London Mayor

The View from 22 — 12 April 2012

12 April 2012 8:36

Today, we are releasing the inaugural episode of the Specator podcast: The View from 22. We hope that CoffeeHousers who…

When it comes to personality, Boris will always win 

10 April 2012 15:11

The fight for London Mayor election has well and truly descended into a clash of personalities. Policies have all but…

Has Osborne fully considered his transparency promise?

7 April 2012 17:02

Will Osborne come to regret his new-found transparency zeal? This week’s saga from the London Mayoral candidates highlights how financial…

The implications of today’s tax releases

5 April 2012 16:34

I suspect that three important consequences will flow from the release today of the London mayoral candidates tax returns. First,…

How much tax do the mayoral candidates pay?

5 April 2012 14:06

So, Ken has now released his tax details. He hasn’t gone as far as Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick, who’s…

Is Ken done for?

5 April 2012 12:34

Last night, during their television debate, all four London Mayoral candidates declared they would fully disclose their tax returns. This…

The coalition to defeat Ken Livingstone

4 April 2012 23:50

The most striking thing about tonight’s mayoral hustings on Newsnight was how often Brian Paddick attacked Ken Livingstone. Paddick, who…

Boris is right, but will anyone listen?

3 April 2012 19:10

The tensions that have been bubbling away in the London mayoral contest spilt out into the open today with Boris…

Boris to Ken: you’re a f***ing liar

3 April 2012 11:25

From the Guardian, reporting on this morning’s Mayoral debate on LBC: ‘We’ve learned that things did not go well in…

The pressure is now back on Ed

30 March 2012 10:31

This morning’s front pages are simply awful for the government: every single one is critical of Downing Street. But this…

Ken’s identity crisis

24 March 2012 15:30

Jonathan Freedland’s column in The Guardian today, explaining why he can’t vote for Ken Livingstone, is a remarkably direct piece…

Ken launches his negative campaign

20 March 2012 11:05

A dark, damp and freezing cellar beneath Waterloo station isn’t an obvious choice for launching a political campaign — but…

Ken just can’t escape his tax knot

12 March 2012 18:43

After several months on the back foot, Boris looks ready to sink Ken’s campaign for good. The cries of hypocrisy…

When will Boris pull his finger out?

29 February 2012 17:34

What does No.10 make of Boris’s campaign so far? Not much, judging by Alice Thomson’s column (£) in the Times today:…

The coalition for a Boris victory

26 February 2012 12:34

When David Cameron addressed Tory MPs on Friday, he told them that the London Mayoral elections were ‘the binary moment…

Ken’s gaffe and what it tells us about his campaign

9 February 2012 16:44

We now have the first major gaffe of the 2012 London Mayor race and to everyone’s surprise it wasn’t Boris.…

A preview of just how personal the Boris Ken struggle will be

25 September 2011 16:43

If anyone had any doubts about just how personal the 2012 London mayoral campaign is going to be, they should…

Now Sir Paul Stephenson resigns

17 July 2011 20:22

This story just keeps speeding up. Paul Stephenson, the commissioner of the Met, has nowresigned because of his links to…

Boris versus Osborne

22 June 2011 11:41

One of the staples of the Westminster summer party season is speculation about future leadership contests and so I rather…

Boris’s remarkable ability to infuriate Labour

28 March 2011 20:04

Today’s Commons ding-dong on the riots that followed Saturday’s march was real, politics of the viscera stuff. The Labour benches…