After Scrapbook rebutted several laughable attempts to link Ken Livingstone to Bob Crow and the RMT union, Boris Johnson’s campaign team stepped their smear campaign up a gear this week by enlisting the help of the cabinet. Transport secretary Phillip Hammond became the latest mouthpiece for their fibs, spinning to the Evening Standard that Livingstone was poised to accept cash from Crow.
Could it be that team Johnson is attempting to distract our attention from something? The Guardian’s Dave Hill reports on a record-breaking moment he will be hoping Londoners miss:
When it comes to Tube strikes Ken can make a strong case for being a far better friend to Londoners than Boris has been. If the string of stoppages planned to start on Sunday evening takes place there will have been more of them in three years of Boris than there were in eight years under Ken – 17 compared with 16.
As evidence-based bloggers, we naturally wanted to see this represented in graphical form:
Perhaps it’s time for Boris to drop his notoriously hands-off approach to industrial relations and actually do the job Londoners pay him for.