Boris Johnson strike ballot proposals

UPDATE: Audio now available below

Speaking on Today earlier, Boris Johnson clearly wasn’t keen on discussing his barmy proposals that strike ballots should be subject to different turnout thresholds than his own election — a rule which would see him banned from office.

But when pressed by Justin Webb, he implied that the four-year mayoralty was somehow less relevant to Londoners than a two-day strike:

“I just think there is a difference between a local election, a political election, and a vital public service”

“A political election doesn’t threaten mass disruption for millions of people”

A minute later he had the cheek to invoke his election — with the backing of less than 17% of eligible voters in the capital — to defend TFL job cuts:

“I got a new mandate from London”

Consistent, eh?

UPDATE: Here’s the audio …

  1. As I am sure you know, the London Mayor needs to have over 50% of the total votes, including second preferences in order to win.

    There’s no reason why a similar scheme couldn’t be applied to union votes, so that a range of preferences are tallied up until you reach the same 50% threshold.

  2. @Ian To be carried, strike ballots already require over 50% of the votes cast. It’s just that the outcome is reached more quickly because there are only two questions – yes or no. If there were only two mayoral candidates, it would only take one round of voting to decide the winner.

    As Laurence points out, Johnson is talking about a turnout threshold – which, if applied to his own position, would have meant all four of the London mayoral elections were invalid (not to mention a significant proportion of council and Euro elections and the disastrous PCC elections last year).

  3. Actually Ian, this isn’t true. Neither Boris nor Ken ever received more than 50% support in any of their elections in the second round due to the nature of the Supplementary Vote system.

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