Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, is these days possessed of one great idea. Climate change, and how to avert it, consumes him. It now informs all his decisions on transport. It is top of his agenda for social housing and new building developments.So the long distant threat of climate change, is more important to him than the everyday worries of Londoners. We should be thankful that he is only Mayor.
As mayor, he has one arm tied behind his back, he says. If it were up to him, he says he would legislate against almost anything that adds to the problem. He would ban inefficient light bulbs, bang on carbon taxes, and massively increase the cost of air fares.Thats nicely liberal of him. Not that any of it would effect him:
Meanwhile, Livingstone has been to the US to link with other world cities to share knowledge on reducing emissions, and to China to see the beginning of the world's first major eco-city.No doubt he would have still gone if the ticket price had been twice as much. After all he's not paying, we are.
Londoners are worried about public transport, traffic, crime and their local environment. Its not the mayor's job to tell them that their priorities are wrong and replace them with his own.