Thursday, May 1, 2008

Vote for London!

If you're a Londoner and reading this post, I hope that you've already cast your vote for election that will decide who will be occupying the City Hall for the next four years.

The Mayor of London, wielding an annual budget of 11bn pounds (US$21.8bn, S$29.6bn) can effective change the whole outlook of London for the better or the worse during his term in office.

Incumbent Ken Livingstone (centre picture), who has been steering London for the past 8 years has more than his fair share of controversies. He is responsible for removing the Routemaster, which was almost synonymous to London itself. He also brought in articulated (bendy) buses, which some claimed to contradict his pledge to make London more cyclists friendly. Most importantly, he implemented the congestion charge, which is the more transparent form of Singapore's ERP.

Will Conservatives' Boris (left) or the underdog Lib Dem's Brian (right) replace Ken as the Mayor of London? Well, the 5 million voters will decide today.

You know what? As a citizen of the Commonwealth and a resident in London, this Singaporean in London is eligible to vote as well.

Unlike the obligatory voting system that I'm used to, the right (but not obligation) to vote has indeed cultivated a sense of belonging to the city.

Come on mate, what are you waiting for?

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Eaststopper said...

So is it comical Boris or dull Ken?

Happy Labour Day, though not for UK..


C K said...

Haha... well, if you put it that way...

Yep, but we get next Monday off don't we?

Great to hear from another Singaporean in London! Cheers!

SheR. said...

Oh!! When I was there in 2003, I was required to vote too! Strange.. as long as you live in London, you have the right to vote! But I didn't, couldn't be bothered! :P

LadyBanana said...

I've voted, went in, closed my eyes and made a cross... lol (not quite true but may as well be)