Jessamyn McArdle, British/Canadian (AC, 07-09)
The 2008 London Mayoral elections are soon upon us, galloping, ever faster towards the forefront of our minds, whipping up a storm of political debate and foolhardy promises. On May 1st Londoners have the choice of, in the right corner, Boris Johnson, better known for his television chat-show appearances and scandalous affairs than his hard hitting policies on knife and gun crime in the capital. And in the left corner, Ken Livingstone, current mayor of London, whose complacency has been jolted by Boris’s surprising surge in the polls and whose Congestion Charging has divided the city. And in the middle, (apparently), neither left, nor right, ‘just English’ is Matt O’Conner, whose picture in the campaign booklet wouldn’t look out of place in a John Frieda advert, and who bases his campaign on removing money from Scotland and placing it in circulation in London.