Tory London Spokesperson Jacqui Lait has told ePolitix.com that she believes “many residents are on the point of “revolt” over mayoral intervention in areas like planning” claiming there is a “general fear that Ken Livingstone, if he’s given these extra powers, will dictate”.
I wonder where she gets her facts from? How does she gauge the level of disapproval over an issue such as this?
One can only assume her mailbag contains hundreds or even thousands of letters and emails from Londoners spewing forth on the issue. If this is the case she should suggest they participate in the current consultation as a quick call to Ruth Kelly’s Department for Communities, Fluffiness and the Cessation of Religious Extremism reveals that there have been only “a handful” of responses to date.
Could it be that the comments are actually informed by lots of Tory Councillors bristling at the prospect of Ken Livingstone, as opposed to the Mayor of London, obtaining power that currently rests with them.