Advertising Campaign? (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
April 4, 2001
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Personal embarrassment aside, my question is around the further and wider consultation that you are proposing on issues that I know are important to you - those relating to the environment. Are you intending to consult people on their response to American banking in the light of Bush's Kyoto comments?

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Answer for Advertising Campaign? (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Advertising Campaign? (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is a later question which we may not reach about that. The transport strategy is exceptional, because there is the legal requirement around the congestion charge: we had to make certain that we did everything possible to generate the maximum interest and response. With many of the other strategies that we are looking at, it is much more a question of targeting particular groups with an interest in the field, while doing more extensive polling to get public opinion.

Len Duvall has a question about climate change. We have a major meeting of all the players likely to be involved in this at the end of May, to discuss fund-raising, so that we can get the reality of the impact of climate change of London. Of course, there is still the question of what the Assembly will advise me on the strategy on pollution, air quality and so on, when we get to it. So, yes, I will be happy to sit down and discuss how we can carry all these things forward.

Hopefully George Bush is going to be a one-term President; he would not have been the President at all if his brother had not rigged the election for him. In the meantime, the decisions he has already taken will mean four years of rapidly escalating pollution, with appalling consequences - not particularly for Londoners, who will just get the general background problems; but for people in coastal areas they could be absolutely lethal.