Mayor Johnson today released his 2020 Vision, a muddled report identifying where London needs to go and what infrastructure it needs to get there. The London Assembly Labour Group sent out this press release as an initial response:
“Mayor’s long-goodbye to London begins”
Today the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, set out his “2020 Vision” report for the capital. The report launch has been described as the beginning of Boris Johnson’s “long-goodbye to London” as his attention increasingly turns elsewhere.
Mr Johnson also today faced renewed criticism that he has failed to deliver on the promises he made during last year’s election. He promised 1,000 more police, to “bear down” on fare rises and build 55,000 affordable homes. On all of these main promises Boris has failed to deliver.
Responding to the report Leader of the Labour Group on the London Assembly, Len Duvall AM, said:
“He’s been Mayor for five years and all he’s done is open projects started by his predecessor, today’s report launch looks like he’s panicking about his legacy. Many of the aims in the report are laudable, but the Mayor’s failure to deliver any of this in the last five years doesn’t fill us with confidence that he’ll do them in his last three. This is the beginning of Boris’ long-goodbye to London as his attention turns elsewhere.
“The Mayoralty is a potentially powerful tool for setting the strategic direction for London and tackling the big problems facing ordinary Londoners. Today he has re-announced old policies, some of them started by the previous Mayor and previous government. He has said nothing about tackling the cost of living crisis that is hitting Londoners’ quality of life and driving some to desperate measures like using foodbanks to survive.
“Today we’ve seen another nice photo opportunity and more empty rhetoric. He talks a good game, but he has failed to improve the quality of life for Londoners. His ‘2020 Vision’ report doesn’t change that simple fact.”
In the past year Boris Johnson:
– has raised transport fares above inflation for the fifth year running, despite promising to “bear down on fare rises”
– has cut 1,351 Police Officers and lost 497 Special Constables, despite promising 1,000 more Police Officers and extra Special Constables (since 2010 over 2,700 police officers and over 1,900 PCSOs have been lost)
– Failed to meet his own target of ending rough sleeping by the end of 2012
– Delivered just 1,672 social housing starts last year, down from 11,329 in the previous year
– Is trying to cut 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 520 firefighters, none of which were presented to Londoners prior to May 2012
– Has cut council tax by 1penny a day for a Band D Household – enough to buy a pint once a year
– Delegated major decision and spending powers to unelected political appointees