NEWS

Britain First's Mayoral Election Plan Suggests They Don't Really Know What A Mayor Does

They're STILL exploiting the memory of Lee Rigby.

09/04/2016 18:47 | Updated 09 April 2016

Not for the first time, Britain First appear to be a little bit confused.

Leader Paul Golding, is running for the position of London Mayor but doesn't seem to know what being a mayor actually entails.

Here's his "plan for London" as it appears in the candidate booklet ahead of the election on 5 May.

For a zoomable version click here

Here are 13 things wrong with it.

1) Golding thinks the Mayor of London has the power to withdraw the UK from the EU.

Sure, he can vote in the referendum on 23 June, but his vote will certainly not be the deciding factor. 

As a result, pledging to "Get Britain out of the EU superstate" is at best endearingly misguided and at worst, betraying an absolute fundamental misunderstanding of politics.

And there's a lot of politics involved in being Mayor.

2) They want to promote Christianity despite not being very Christian.

.

Behind all the antagonistic cross-waving and claims of protecting "traditional British values", lies a group who are about as un-Christian as you can be.

Proof of this came in January when every single major Christian denomination in the UK denounced Britain First. 

Representatives of 14 churches and Christian groups variously described the political party as "extremist", "self-serving" and "blasphemous" and condemned its actions as "hi-jacking the name of Jesus Christ to justify hatred and spread fear".

3) They appear think the Mayor has a direct say in setting immigration policy.

Dover is not part of London. Or any other border point of the UK. And even if it was, the Mayor of London would still not have a say in national immigration policy.

That would be the jurisdiction of the Home Office.

4) Golding says he is not like other politicians because he "grew up on a council estate".

Chris Ison/PA Archive
Sadiq Khan

Only, so did Sadiq Khan.

Britain First aren't big fans of Khan, here's how they typically describe him.

5) What exactly is a "real" Londoner?

Getty Images

Answers on a postcard please (no foreign ones from abroad though).

6) Golding claims BF have made "the streets of our city a safer place" even though he's on bail after antagonising whole sections of London.

Remember this? How about this...

7) They're STILL exploiting the memory of Lee Rigby despite the late soldier's family asking them not to.

Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

In April of 2014, the Electoral Commission was forced to apologise to Rigby's family after they allowed Britain First to use the phrase 'Remember Lee Rigby' in leaflets to promote candidates in the European Elections.

In June of 2015 family members including his mother Lyn, stepfather Ian, wife Rebecca and son Jack, released a statement reiterating they did not want far-right groups exploiting his memory.

Despite this the group callously continues to regularly post his picture on Facebook and have used his name again in the London Mayoral election brochure.

Now let's flip it round and look at what isn't in Paul Golding's plan.

While the shouty rhetoric around Muslims may well solve... well nothing, there are a number of genuine problems facing the nation's capital.

8) The Environment. 

Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Parliament shrouded in smog in central London 

In the last 11 years, 57 people have been killed in London by Islamic extremists.

Rather more worrying is the fact up to 9,000 people die each year from pollution.

Levels are so bad in some areas of the capital that EU annual pollution limits are breached in just one week.

9) Transport.

Sang Tan/AP

No matter who you are, where you live in London, your political affiliation or anything else for that matter, one thing that affects us all is simply getting around the city.

We've all experienced the frustration of delays and cramped buses and tube trains and without serious investment and a brilliant plan this will only get worse.

London is already the worst city in Europe for traffic congestion.

So it seems a little odd not to address the issue as part of a London Mayoral manifesto.

Not even whether or not you'd raise the congestion charge...

10) The housing crisis.

Bloomberg via Getty Images

London’s house prices are now so inflated it is cheaper to buy a luxury private island in the Caribbean than a bedsit in East London.

More than half of Londoners - 56% - ranked housing in their top two or three challenges.

Sadiq Khan has proposed a 'London Living Rent'.

11) Policing.

John Stillwell/PA Wire

Keeping London safe is not only a huge concern for all but also a massive undertaking.

The London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee highlighted the 24-hour tube as an impending issue for whoever becomes the next Mayor.

Golding doesn't appear to have any plans for this unless he is wishing to dramatically expand the scope of his 'Christian Patrols'.

12) Education - or anything else to do with children or young people.

Tim Ireland/AP

A recent report found teenagers taking A-levels at inner London schools are outperformed by students elsewhere in England.

Add to this the pressure on parents of finding school places and the fact children are, well, our future and all that, and education is and always has been one of the most fundamental parts of society, not just in London but everywhere.

How many words are dedicated to this issue in Golding's manifesto? 

Zero.

13) Business.

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Business and finance is a pretty integral part of London - in fact it's the "financial centre of the world".

The Mayor is responsible for "promoting economic development and wealth creation" so a little bit of experience in such matters would go a long way.

Paul Golding has none.

 

 

 

 

 

Suggest a correction
Comments

CONVERSATIONS