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CALL TO VOTE AGAINST LONDON MAYOR

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Sunday Business columnist (p19) Norman Macrae calls on Londoners to vote against plans for an elected mayor and ass...
Sunday Business columnist (p19) Norman Macrae calls on Londoners to vote against plans for an elected mayor and assembly for the capital.

He predicts that the vote, which will take place amid overwhelming apathy, will establish yet another London assembly and install 'a poseur as mayor who will have nothing intelligible to do'.

He says that the current system of local government needs reforming and that it is 'scandal-hit places', not London, that need cleaning up.

'My guess is that we will sometimes have to move to greater commercialism,' he says. 'A commercial firm will eventually appear on the ballot, promising to levy a 10% lower council tax, and also to improve the figures for crime prevention, street cleanliness and happier children's homes.'

He concludes: 'Londoners wanting to play their part should vote on 7 May against the proposed London assembly and mayor, because it would condemn the possibly useful device of elected mayors to start in a limelight where it would prove vacuous nonsense.'
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