Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Livingstone campaign lies, lies and then it steals?

As Her Trixyness eloquently points out this morning, Ken Livingstone has been shown to be a liar of rapid speed in a recent interview with Vanessa Feltz with an average of one lie every 58 seconds. Putting aside Trixy's quite accurate concerns about Vanessa Feltz's inability to spot these lies, what other falsehoods are there coming from the Livingstone campaign?

Well, first of all there is the claim which I blogged about on Sunday which people like Alex Hilton have put out on their blogs. That being that Boris will put the bus fare up to £1.05 and Livingstone will reduce it to 90p. Boris has not actually said that he will increase bus fares though. Livingstone's poster is lucky that it does not directly say Boris did say that or might have to be pulped under electoral law I think.

Livingstone has also put out his new Transport manifesto, which runs to a massive 14 pages, full of lovely promises, none of which have been costed. This from the man who decided to use costing only last week to criticise Boris. We all know about Livingstone saying one thing just before an election and then doing the other of course, and then screwing over Londoners financially in the process.

Most surprisingly in his Transport Manifesto he seems to have made Boris's ideas key to his re-election bid. He wants a Veterans Card which was proposed by Boris last year and was in his manifesto last week. He also wants automated congestion charging. Another Boris idea. For a man who's campaign is basically running with the pathetic line that Boris is an evil Tory it's rather amusing that in between the campaign lies and deceit he should be lifting ideas from his opponent isn't it?

5 comments:

Ed said...

I'm fairly sure that the bus fare is already 90p.

ianvisits said...

Do people actually pay individual fares for buses, or just use a travel card.

...or thanks to massive pressure - an Oyster card (which has just been hacked as it happens).

JuliaM said...

"Putting aside Trixy's quite accurate concerns about Vanessa Feltz's inability to spot these lies..."

She'd spot them double-quick if they were nailed to a donut.

"Do people actually pay individual fares for buses, or just use a travel card."

If it's a bendybus, they don't pay at all!

nick said...

Strange that in its 14 pages, Livingstone's transport manifesto doesn't mention his plans for "congestion" charging in the outer boroughs, revealed by the Times this morning. If it's such a popular, successful scheme, he wouldn't want to keep it quiet would he? Now he's put the cameras up for the low emission zone it can only be a matter of time.

dreamingspire said...

Yes, its 90p on the buses with an Oyster card for a while now (don't know about cash payment).