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December 30, 2009

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Lola

Wonderful! Couldn't we just do with a bloke like him as PM? At least he's got a sense of humour, which is a whole lot more than can be said for many of the dreary bunch that scurry round the rat runs of power, isn't it?

Chad Noble (ex ToryBlog.com)

BoJo is so cool. Lola is right, we need him as PM.

James Trent

Just make sure you don't take any booze on the free public transport because the first thing this New Labour lookalike did upon being elected was to ban it. I thought he might have been going to get Big Government in London off our backs or re-open the Blackwall Tunnel contraflow as he said he would during the campaign. But no, it was a Socialist type ban that was at the top of the agenda.

Ash Faulkner

James,

"Socialism refers to various theories of economic organization advocating public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with a method of compensation based on the amount of labor expended.[1][2][3]

Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potentialities[4] and does not utilise technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public."

Would you explain how the ban is socialist?

shaun

The alcahol ban is good its public transport not a pub you cant leave a pub with a pint in your hand why should you be swigging beer and wine on a train hardly great image for the city loads of part time drinkers not used to their beer spilling it every where leaving the half empty bottles and cans strwen about stinking out the carriages. I like london as a regular visitor i thinks its a great place but the alcahol ban was way behind every other part of the coutry which banned it on trams and metros years ago.

Lola

Mr Faulkner, I generally agree, but 'capitalism' doesn't really exist as a philosophy. What you describe is to mind what might be termed oligarchism. Freedom and markets - what I think Marx labelled as 'capitalism' in order to have anti-Marxism isn't what you describe. And anyway the concentration of power and wealth in few hands always happens under 'socialism'.

Personally, an on-tube alcohol ban offends my Libertarian principles. But in the short term, whilst the next generation gets a proper education in the principles of mutual respect I'll tolerate it.

James Trent

Ash Faulkner, Socialists have a desire to control the population with instruments such as bans. They also think that they know better how to spend our money than we do. Rather than leaving us free to buy our own bikes they will dream up schemes whereby they pay about 10 times the going rate for a bike then hire it back to us. They also like to have huge staffs of bureaucrats to oversee their controlling policies and impose fines and penalties for the most minor of transgressions.

I hear ever more comments on local radio in London that it resembles Berlin in the 1930's with its hordes of officials in uniform just waiting to pounce on you should you disobey one of the myriad of rules and regulations. Others are noticing the unpleasant nature of the punishment culture which Boris inherited from Livingstone and shows little desire to change.

Sona Peskin

I like Boris too. He is zany and sometimes off the wall lol. I don't always agree with what he has to say but it is so refreshing that what he does is deliver it with humour and in the present economic climate and with the state of the UK economy, we can all do with a dose of that.

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