Councillor Troy said:A reminder that today is the 25th anniversary of the most interesting London Mayoral election, probably ever.
It was such a bloody strange election- it just ended up becoming this weird, multilayered proxy fight that shaped postwar British politics. Isabel Bertram, after being beaten to the Radical leadership by George Holland, then had a massive falling out with him (depending on who you ask, it's either because she got caught out trying to gut Ben Griffin's cabinet portfolios as a power grab or because he accused Bertram of abusing the memory of her dead husband as a way to try and run a "party within a party"), resigned from the cabinet in a massive huff and proceeded to beat his handpicked candidate for London Mayor.
On the other side, you've got a really close acolyte of Thomas Caro (who, please note, is not yet the leader of the Unionist Party) winning the Municipal Reform nomination because Caro explicitly stitched up the nominations for her. A victory for her was a victory for Caro, not Taggart, whose star was fading fast. So what you ended up with was a highly personal, vitriolic campaign while both the PM and the leader of the Opposition (both quite unpopular by now), both all but said that they wanted their own people to lose and let their own people campaign for what was supposed to be their opposing side.
In the end Howell became the first female Mayor because she campaigned on actual policies and the whole "Peace Dividend" thing.
roystenlla said:At least Mother Goose kept her promise to leave frontline politics if she lost- imagine what would've done to the Radicals and her daughter's career if she'd won and actually followed through with all that threatened infighting. She was Past It by 1992, that was painfully clear. It was probably better that she lost- it was more dignified for everyone.
SolentP said:Not for the people in the Aspen Centre it wasn't.
Councillor Troy said:I imagine that you're referring to the allegations that Howell, as Mayor was complicit in the corruption that led to people turning a blind eye to fatal design and safety faults in the Aspiras Centre. The investigation was intense- intense enough to totally destroy Howell's hopes of a political comeback. If she was guilty of anything, they would've prosecuted her- the outrage was just too intense, and there was a lot of anger that they didn't charge her. They nearly lynched Taylor Thorne, and with good reason. Howell's role was murky, but not criminal, and her co-operation with the investigations and how totally remorseful she was about her part in that sorry business is well-known.
I still find it remarkable that none of this in any way directly blew back on Caro, though it links into that slow erosion of Unionist dominance which came to a head with Devonport.
roystenlla said:You think that Mother Goose would have been any less in thrall to Taylor Thorne and the property empire?SolentP said:Not for the people in the Aspen Centre it wasn't.
The whole business was just pure greed and thoughtlessness, part of the whole culture of the time. So much stuff was going up in London after the Second Great War, I knew a fair few.people who were part of it. Thorne was by no means the only case of stuff like this happening. It was just that he was the flashiest case, built that fanciest building, got all the right people under his spell. And that it was his building that killed a hundred people.
Paul Ennis said:It turns out that an old colleague who I no longer speak to believes in that conspiracy theory that the Aspira Collapse was some kind of terror attack and linked to the Whitehall Bombings. His reasoning for it is nonsensical and ghastly
Beaconsfield said:Let me guess: is it that the Whitehall Bombing was a false flag so that Caro and his Jewish cabal could drum up support for a proper homeland in Palestine and Aspira was covering up loose ends in the form on Andrew Thorne?
I've heard it from a couple of people I've met out campaigning. They voted Ecologists.
roystenlla said:Well, no-one in the Europe or the Middle East trusted Caro to be objective about the Jerusalem Impasse on account of his faith even after the Arab Liberation Front tried to blow him up.
The rumours of him totally flipping out at President Slater when he tried to suggest that the civilian deaths were accidental are probably true.
TWD.scot said:Yes. A remote controlled denotation that's supposed to go off as Caro's motorcade goes past, but ends up going off just as half the civil service goes out to ? They knew exactly what they were doing, doesn't matter how many statements they put out otherwise.
oh noGentlemen have gone around with undercuts/mohawks for a few decades (and longer hair and dye on men is more common, even amongst the very professional very professional) while the rebellious youth tend to be rocking homburgs and straw boaters.
Oh yesMuch fashion is very seventies oriented; bright colours and big lapels.
Thanks, will now steal@Callan this is more in relation to your London mayoral map above, but have you considered doing some form of London electoral map/wikibox using the rejected proposed Herbert Commission London boroughs? That might be a similar good example of 'wait, what' to still having Municipal Reform in 1992.