New poll highlights Boris’s failures as Mayor of London


It’s a wonder Boris Johnson even chose to release his latest opinion poll (pdf). With just under a year to go until the London Mayoral elections, one might assume the Tory Mayor would be overstating his ‘achievements’. Instead, Johnson yesterday published a poll clearly highlighting his failures in office.

Boris-Johnson-yawningThe Mayor’s survey, which interviewed more than 1,000 Londoners face-to-face, found people are unhappy with the management of policing, housing and ticket pricing in the city.

Fewer Londoners say they are seeing police on the streets, while 54 per cent of those polled said more officers on foot would make them feel safer in their local area. A figure found too late perhaps, since Boris is proposing to cut officer numbers by 1,000.

Only 3% regard the range of available housing a plus side of living in London, while the number of those who consider the cost of housing a ‘major problem’ is up 10 points since 2009. If Boris wants to fix this, he must to stick to his pledge of building 50,000 new affordable homes.

But 20,000 homes short of target with just under a year to go, and questions over whether the rest have even been commissioned by him, it’s not looking promising.

Fear of unemployment has risen almost threefold since Boris became Mayor (14% now consider it a ‘major problem’, compared with 5% in 2009). Perhaps some of those polled were the 1,000 tube staff about to lose their jobs, or the 30,000 in local government in fear of being sacked. If the Mayor is to ward off rising levels of unemployment and help vitalise London’s economy, it might make sense to halt redundancies and prevent the closures of local Job Centres.

Almost half those polled believe transport fares to be too high, the figure up by a third. Yet Boris Johnson has committed London to 20 years of above inflation fare rises, and this year raised prices yet again, with no consideration of higher living costs due to VAT rises.

The Mayor even had the cheek to raise child travel by 50% – particularly tough at a time when his chums in government are cutting Education Maintenance Allowance.

The second most discussed travel grievance among Londoners was traffic, with 37% saying it is an aspect that needs improving. This comes as no surprise since Boris recently cut the Western Extension of the Congestion Charge, a scheme which clearly helped reduce the number of vehicles travelling through central London.

Londoners are showing a clear distaste with Boris’s handling of transport, crime and housing. While the public call for lower fares, more police and affordable homes, the Conservative Mayor is doing the opposite. That a record number of people polled in his own survey believe Boris is doing ‘nothing at all’ for London speaks volumes.

Boris himself said of the results in last night’s Standard:

“There is still much to be done.”

Time is running out; the Mayor has only 343 days left with which to do it.

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  • Hazel

    Excellent article Shelly! I wonder if Boris could release a statement on what he has actually done for London- but that would be a much shorter article I imagine…

  • Selohesra

    Despite this he is still favourite to get re-elected. Doesn’t say much for Liebor does it?

  • David

    “While the public call for lower fares, more police and affordable homes” -I’m sure the public are calling for this, but how can any practical and rational person believe that all three are viable? I agree that transport fares are to high, but any reduction in costs will have to be subsidized by price hikes in other areas that are in his jurisdiction. If ken is re-elected, I’d like to see how his policy of seemingly slashing the price of all services provided by City hall stands up. Unless he moderates his claims, gaining office could turn out to be very embarrassing for him.

  • Anon E Mouse

    The reason Johnson is favourite for re-election is not just that Ken Livingston associates with Islamic nutters who advocate beating woman and murdering homosexuals but because he is just so totally useless and managed an office where Lee Jasper, despite earning £120k a year, apparently couldn’t keep his hands out of the till.

    Voters in London probably don’t (allegedly) like having their money stolen…

  • http://www.twitter.com/ShellyAsquith Shelly

    Boris favourite to get re-elected? I don’t know what poll you guys are looking at… http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-mayor/article-23923191-ken-livingstone-neck-and-neck-with-boris-in-mayor-race.do

  • Selohesra

    Shelly – rather than looking at Polls where people lie and results can be manipulated with leading questions in the build up to the main question a far more reliable guide to the ultimate winner are the odds on gambling sites. Real people putting real money where they think the value is. :)

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  • Abominominable

    Selohesra – there’s a study nobody’s done yet-Do betting sites actually get it right? I remember the Guido Fawkes blog put money on Ed Balls being the first to be knocked out of the Labour leadership race, and he was knocked out last. And they didn’t mind putting money on a spiteful bet because it wasn’t actually an amount of money they’d miss, but if it came off they would have been laughing.

    I suspect an awful lot of political share trading is more like fantasy football than actual serious investment. But I’d be fascinated if a study came out with “most wagered money was put on the ultimate victor”.

  • Selohesra

    Abominominable – maybe you have a point on mischievous bets but I think you would need to waste a lot of money to move the markets

  • Matt

    @ Anon E Mouse – three separate reports into LDA found nothing untoward. Jasper (and I’m not his number one fan by any means) did not have his hands in the till. That’s just shrill bollocks left to the likes of Andrew Gilligan.

  • Anon E Mouse

    Matt – Not just Andrew Gilligan but I accept your rebuttal and withdraw the remark…

  • Ed’s Talking Balls

    Workers in London would surely like to know each of the candidates’ views on Tube strikes. That is a key issue: it’s horrible irony for Bob Crow to claim to be a champion of workers when he denies workers the opportunity to get to work.

    My guess is that Livingstone is less hostile to strikes than Johnson, but if that is wrong I look forward to being contradicted. The candidates’ attitude to reckless and damaging strikes will influence my vote, and the votes of thousands of others.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ShellyAsquith Shelly

    Selohesra – I hope the betting sites are wrong, I’ve put £25 quid on Ken to win at 11/8!

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