I know almost nothing about the London mayoral elections, but I hope that there are candidates with better visions then these two. An article in the Weekly Standard highlights the vision of one David Lammy, a MP and mayoral candidate wants to use taxpayer money to erect more statues around London. That sounds like an excellent use of taxpayer money. I don’t know what London could use, but I really doubt more statues is the answer. And not just any statues either. Here are some of his ideas:
David Beckham, Adele, Zadie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis and David Bowie. Of Adele, he says that a statue of her would be “an inspiration to people in my constituency of how, with with hard work and determination, they can succeed in the arts.” I don’t know Adele’s work, but presumably she has some talent too? I could be the hardest worker and have the most determination of any singer possible, and I would still completely suck at it.
But Lammy sounds downright appealing next to the possibility of Russell Brand, who has also hinted that he wants to be mayor. Here are some awesome tidbits from the article:
“Brand said he was “open-minded” about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks, highlighting what he described as the “interesting” relationship between the families of former US president George Bush and al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Brand is on record as saying voting is a waste of time and is planning to stand on an independent “anti-politics” ticket.
In a recent book, Brand admits he “can’t get my head around economics”, declares his support for “collectives”, and says he wants to ban fracking and the monarchy.” I’m not sure what he means by collectives, but I completely believe his admission about not understanding economics. I am sympathetic to his last point about the monarchy though.