A recent YouGov survey for The Sun found that UKIP, with 9% support, had pushed the Lib Dems, on 8%, into fourth place. This is a massive boost for us not only in London but across the country. It is a clear sign that our common sense policies resonate with the public. We might not have the millions from the Unions like Labour, the money from the wealthy donors of the Lib Dems or the cash the Tories get for access to Cameron but we are certainly making our voice heard in standing up for ordinary people.
TfL boss, Peter Hendy today call on those travelling to the 2012 Olympics to stagger their journeys and to stop off for a drink along the way to ease overcrowding.
Although we do not yet know the final bill for the Olympics around £20billion has been spent on London’s transport infrastructure in readiness for the games; is this is really the best solution to the potential travel chaos. Perhaps a little too much of that £20billion was spent on hospitality rather than upgrading London’s creaking transport network.
BORIS JOHNSON IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY,
Boris Johnson is out of touch following his comments about the increasing amount of young Londoners who are unable to find work.
In the week that it was revealed that unemployment had risen by 118,000 to 2.68million, the highest figure since 1994, the Mayor of London has said that young Londoners need to match the energy of foreigners and pointed out there were around 30,000 mid-market and lower skilled job vacancies in London.
UKIP believes that these comments will do nothing to inspire young Londoners seeking work. They also fail to address the real problems that exist when it comes to ensuring that youngsters in the capital are adequately equipped to successfully apply for vacancies and achieve employment.
Boris is out of touch on this matter and has shown borderline contempt for youngsters who just want a job.
It is not simply a case of matching the energy of foreigners who successfully filled the jobs on offer; the problem is far more deep-rooted than that.
Many young Londoners are hampered by the failings in our education system which does not always equip school leavers with the necessary skills to find work.
Five years ago the Public Accounts Committee revealed that 51,000 pupils left school without a GCSE of at least D-G grade in Maths, and 39,000 left without grade this in English.
Those school leavers will be in their early 20s now and unless they have been able lucky enough to get a second crack of the whip will be competing for jobs against better educated foreign workers.
Boris should be calling for a better education system, not providing cheap sound bites that he hopes will give him a poll boost.
Mayor of London’s remarks go some way towards demonising young Londoners and will not be well received by those who believe he has had privileged upbringing.
Boris is not providing any solutions but simply having a go at the young unemployed in London.
He has been lucky enough to have a decent private education and I doubt he has never experienced the soul destroying feeling of having dozens of job applications rejected.
There has been much ado about Westminster Council’s plan to extend parking restrictions; from January you won’t be able to park on single-yellow lines in the evenings; existing bays will charge until midnight; and charges will even apply on Sundays.
Nobody is in any real doubt that this is just another cynical ploy to extort yet more money from the already hard pressed people of London to help fill the Westminster’s coffers.
Westminster Council is not alone in this but perhaps they are the worst, even Band-wagon Boris waded in and although he said there is nothing he can do, I think there is…
‘Give the Mayor the power to coordinate parking across London’
It will of course require a change to existing legislation, which will of course mean that Parliament will have to have a debate on it. All we need to do is give them a nudge.
“We call on Parliament to give the Mayor of London responsibility for all parking in the city. The Mayor could then ensure that parking is adequate, fair and affordable, meeting the needs of residents and local businesses, and keeps the London economy moving. It will also prevent authorities such as Westminster City Council from using parking charges to increase their income at the expense of hard working Londoners. “
This afternoon there will be a protest on the #M25 against the farce that is the #LEZ. Failure by #TfL to take seriously the concerns of the recovery industry about the difficulties they face in trying to comply with the new restrictions on emissions, which due to come into effect from 3rd January, have left the industry no option but to protest. Starting at 2pm from South Mimms, those in recovery industry who fear the LEZ will put them out of business will drive, at the legal minimum, once around the entire M25.