Ken Livingstone recently held a pub quiz to benefit his re-election campaign. Inspired by that, I’ve put together a little quiz of my own focusing on the many contributions London’s mayoralty has made over the years to the cause of progressive leadership. See if you can guess the answers!
1. Which mayor wrote that “the light regulation [of the City]… is the cornerstone of London’s success” and called for it to be “resolutely maintained against any challenges”?
2. Which mayor wrote that “professional institutional markets, such as New York and London, have the most sophisticated financial workforces in the world. These should be allowed to assess risk”?
3. Which mayor stated, through his spokesman, that he was “deeply opposed” to Labour’s plan to make non-dom financiers pay tax?
4. Which mayor described the conviction of the Met over the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes as “disastrous… at the end of the day mistakes are always going to be made in wars and situations like this”?
5. Which mayor used his planning powers to back controversial schemes from rich property developers, then took undeclared donations to his re-election campaign from the same developers?
6. Which mayor employed his partner as his City Hall office manager at a salary of almost £100,000?
7. Which mayor employed an aide who had to resign after paying £100,000 of GLA money to two organisations run by a married woman he wanted to “honey glaze?”
8. Which mayor raised bus fares by 25% in a single year?
9. Which mayor invented the cycle hire scheme?
10. Which mayor gave us the Oyster card?
1. Ken Livingstone. 2. Ken Livingstone. 3. Ken Livingstone. 4. Ken Livingstone. 5. Ken Livingstone. 6. Ken Livingstone. 7. Ken Livingstone. 8. Ken Livingstone. 9. Betrand Delanoe, mayor of Paris. 10. None – the contract was signed and the money committed by the Government in 1998, before the creation of the Mayoralty.