Mayoral Elections; the green view
If you’re going to vote in the upcoming elections for the London Mayor and Assembly, and have a bit of a green tint to you, it’s well worth checking out some of the recent podcasts on Guardian Environment Weekly.
This week featured the Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick, last week it was the Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone – and I can only assume Boris Johnson is coming up soon! Oh, and the (easily) most attractive candidate in the race, the Greens’ Sian Berry, was on the show back in February. You can find the entire audio archive at www.guardian.co.uk/environment/environment+content/audio.
Whether you think Chelsea tractors are destroying the planet or the Congestion Charge is throttling London’s own residents, the candiates’ environmental policies will clearly have a massive impact on the election. It’s not the only element, but with getting around the place being so central to living in the city, and transport being inextricably linked to the climate change debate, each of the candidates should have interesting things to say about it.
It’s also worth remembering that – unlike national and council elections – the London elections are run on the supplementary vote system. Hopefully this is a small step on the way to nationwide single transferrable voting, but what it means right now is that you get two votes, the second of which is only used if your first choice candidate gets knocked out. So you can be even surer that your vote is going to make a difference… what have you got to lose? You’ve got until the 16th of April to register to vote.