Precept (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Tempting though it would be to develop that argument further, I would like to return to the subject of the original question, which was the council tax, because this argument Val and her colleagues developed that all you have saved them £3 and something by cutting the council tax, rather assumes the other candidate would have frozen the council tax for four years, so that is incredible. Now, I have conducted my own piece of market research on this, Mr Mayor. At a meeting of Havering Council several weeks ago, I asked the assembled throng if anyone there would raise their hands if they believed Ken Livingstone would have frozen the council tax. One person raised their hand. The Labour group in Havering is five strong, so by my calculation, only 20% of members of the Labour Party believed their own candidate would have frozen the council tax. Does your possibly larger public opinion research over bigger groups indicate a similar thing?

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Answer for Precept (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Precept (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No. There is not a cat's chance in Hades that Ken Livingstone would have frozen the council tax over the last four years. He would have done what he did over the previous eight years. He would have whacked it up remorselessly and, in my view, he would have spent it on a load of old cobblers and not least, taxpayer funded Châteauneuf-du-Pape of the kind we still have upstairs in City Hall. I cannot remember what your role was in the previous administration, Val, but I am sure you supported it. That administration was utterly prolific with taxpayers' money. What you cannot do in London now is go back to that approach. It would be a disaster for the City and I know sensible people, like Len, secretly do not want Livingstone to win because they do not want to see that happen again. It is true.