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London Tory

Boris will do well in the usual areas of West London, and there may be votes to be picked up in South West London as well, particularly with the Lib Dems floundering.

But the real target audience for Boris is in Zones 5-6. He needs to start crafting and articulating a message to appeal to them.

An informed opinion

Halleleuiah - this is fantastic news!

Regarding the appointment of James McGrath and moving the campaign team into CCHQ, this is exactly what is required.

Perhaps the ridiculous 'Lettuce' (whoever he or she may be), who foolishly contradicted me when I called for this course of action on 12.12.07, (and who pretends to know what goes on at CCHQ when he/she actually knows very little), could now withdraw their comment and acknowledge their ignorance?

London passenger

Autocar's Routemaster design may be ruled illegal under disability discrimination legislation. It does not appear suitable for wheelchairs.

Boris would have to budget for large increases in staff costs as the design would require a conductor. He needs to get himself a professional transport adviser so he avoids gaffes like this one.

WG Graceless

Anyone else think the 'London passenger' comment sounds like a Red Ken rebuttal?

Why is it not suitable when it does include spaces for wheelchairs and has a ramp? Why would you need a conductor when the bendy bus has those self scan machines?

Best run off down to the city hall press office and find out.

I think it looks good and it's only a goddam prototype!

London passenger

WG Graceless lives up to his name.

Current bus designs allow the driver to be close the ramp and supervise the its use. The Autocar Routemaster would require a conductor to supervise the use of the ramp and collect cash. Not everyone uses Travelcards and Oystercards. Bendy buses are used only on a few key routes.

Boris jumped on Andrew Boff's Routemaster bandwagon. Anyone with basic transport knowledge would know that it would be an expensive gimmick. As a party member in London, I abstained from the Mayoral primary ballot because all four candidates were awful and unfit for the office.

London deserves better than Red Ken, Boris or Paddick.

David

"Autocar's Routemaster design may be ruled illegal under disability discrimination legislation. It does not appear suitable for wheelchairs. "

The redesign features the same sort of ramp arrangement that the modern double deckers do.

Roger Evans

Paddick's plan to move the bendies to Outer London is just dopey. We don't want those monsters here in Havering and we don't want any more in Redbridge (we already have the notorious number 25).

Meanwhile Ken is purchasing some new buses - 10 hydrogen powered vehicles, at a cost of almost £1 million each.

Give us buses which suit our city - we are Londoners, not guinea pigs.

David

"Boris would have to budget for large increases in staff costs as the design would require a conductor. "

No it wouldn't; the network's moved quite substantially to purchase before boarding.

London passenger

All this fuss and expense just to have a back entrance. Gor blimey mate!

Adam-

"Boris would have to budget for large increases in staff costs as the design would require a conductor."

We'll fund it by abolishing most of Ken's highly-paid non-jobs.

Phil Whittington

Look at the writing style of the bits you quoted (which I'm sure are representative)

It looks to me, a student of Boris's work on the Telegraph and Spectator, this is very un-him.

Either they weren't written by him personally and are the result of deep thought by his advisors (good) or they are written by him but with joke mode turned off (even better)

Either way, this sends a signal that things are getting a bit more serious for 2008, which is to be welcomed.

PDW


Lindsay Jenkins

What an iconic bus. Just what we need for Christmas.

I've read the spec carefully: it does the job.

Treacle

This thinly veiled CCHQ attempt to grab the controls of the Boris campaign is a disaster waiting to happen; and CONHOME should know better than letting itself be used in this way.

James McGrath - nice bloke but no experience of campaigning, and being Maude's sidekick is absolutely no recommendation. My Aunty knows more about the sort of bare knuckle fighting we need for this contest.

As for moving it into CCHQ, excuse me while I hold my sides laughing... that well known powerhouse of efficient campaigning.......

Radio rental

Will the changes include bringing in a proper media handling team for Boris?

Experience/weight/influence etc

Thats what he is crying out for.

Martin Wright

Sorry, but the idea of reintroducing Routemasters is just sentimental nonsense.Having an open rear platform just doesn't comply with safety standards. Moreover it would require a doubling of staffing costs. We're supposed to be in favour of efficiency, not waste.

Finally do any politicians ever consult engineers and scientists before they jump on the hydrogen badwagon? Hydrogen isn't a fuel,it is not available as an element but is found in compounds, most abundantly in water. It is expensive and inefficient to obtain usually through hydrolysis of water.

The net result is that it is far less energy effient to power a bus by hydrogen than diesel fuel. and if we want to use electricity to power our public transport (and that is a good thing) it is far more energy efficient to send the power down wires to reach underground trains, trams and trolleybuses that to waste the electricity manufacturing hydrogen.

calcio

The real story here is the Ashcroft / Barwell / Gilbert takeover of the campaign.

McGrath is clearly just the trojan horse to bring the campaign under the CCHQ umbrella. He is a decent hardworking backroom staffer but not a strategist. He hasn't held a senior role at CCHQ but is renowned as reliable.

Chief of Staff roles in politics are very confusing. They are normally bag carriers with grand titles because the nature of the job is administrative and they don't actually have control over other staff. In reality they are private secretaries.

Despite the above changes to the campaign will be a good thing - presumably McGrath with a link to the real strategists and replacement of the junior media team with a big hitter and support.

Boris is lucky that Gilligan has put Ken under pressure.

london conservative

"The real story here is the Ashcroft / Barwell / Gilbert takeover of the campaign."

So that will be a big success then.

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