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Former police chief Brian Paddick wins Lib Dem nomination for Mayor of London

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  1. This is good, but you must get gay women politicians mayors and governors as well , the discrimination has been made with lgbt people and women, women must be elected fairly in the parliments and all must be equal rights fair liberty people in order to keep fairness and harmony in the towns and countries and commuites, much more overhaul is still needed in london to liberal democracies a people government for the people to reistate concern and care for all the people, hate republicans stir up wars and kaos, and many left abused because of disscriminination battles, love , for the people comes under a liberal democracy, and an elected human rights one, check backgrounds for equal rights positive people, then usher them in for the aid of their communities stability and peace and harmony, the councils must always start out and stay caring individuals in order to have positeve implementations for them all,

    1. Eddy - from 2007 3 Sep 2011, 6:49pm

      Berlin has a gay mayor. Paris has a gay mayor. And both those cities have truly benefited as a result. And now London may have its turn.

      And once all these gay mayors have done their stints, yes, Carrie, it would be great to have a round of lesbian mayoresses!

  2. And when you elect gay men make sure they are one hundred percent gay, and not bisexexual , many bisexual has been a problem with sexual harrasment also lately with the hetersexual male problem, they too are a big concern and problem, we need men that does not have a background for womanizeing and harrassment of women, check for this in all newly people before electing them, one hundred perscent gay people are very unlikely to bother anyone out of respesct for their own gender not wanting to be harrassed by the other also, we need people focused on the people rights and their economy and familiy domestic programs and humanitarian aid, not men chasing and bothering women which is a major problemd right now these types of abuses as which keeps other problems occurring instead of good people working for the people and their communities, dont elect ganster officials, but respectful family gay people and others who are decent people are they will mess the communities up worse

    1. Rayne Van-Dunem 3 Sep 2011, 5:49am

      @carrie: I resent your comment on bisexual people. Blacklisting bisexuals as potential molesters and harrasers of the opposite sex is extremely inaccurate and assumptive without any sort of proof. Why should anyone believe your comment if it sidelines an entire sexual orientation, especially one which is already stigmatized by heterosexists?

    2. Hodge Podge 3 Sep 2011, 4:44pm

      Bisexuals sexually harass women? What, like, more then straight men? WTF are you talking about?

      1. Carrie, sexuality isn’t an indication of sexual aggression.

  3. Would rather know who the Green candidate is?

    1. Greens? I wonder how much energy they waste and carbon they emit being the green party. Lets face it, they will never win anything significant.

      1. rovex, at least the Greens are not into bed with the ‘conservative’ devil!

        1. The Greens are a strange lot. When campaigning for the Tories, so many Greens were middle class, big cars, big houses – I have neither and I was thinking, what a bunch of hypocrites some Green voters are. If they want Green policies than live by Green principles, no meat on Monday at least…etc, then slowly become a veggie would be a great start! No foreign holiday for you either, bad and wrong.

          As many gay people have large disposable incomes, isn’t ironic for them to vote Green with their high purchasing power? I am not saying gay people are materialistic but they have more cash to spend on themselves and Greens hate you buying anything that isn’t absolutely essential in their view, even meat isn’t essential. P

          Greens no doubt have a fantastic and admirable record when it comes to LGBT issues but for more LGBT people this isn’t the only issue, we all need/have jobs, homes, families, pay bills etc.

          I do agree with Greens when it comes to recycling things too, I hate waste.

          1. Stuart Neyton 4 Sep 2011, 3:35pm

            Talk about stereotypes.

            As a gay Green Party member i just want to say that i live in a small terraced house, without a car, i don’t eat meat, don’t have a huge disposable income and haven’t had a foreign holiday in about three years.

            I don’t think we pretend to be anything we aren’t (especially when compared to Labour which pretends to be a left wing defender or workers and the poor then acts in the interest of big business and the banks).

            I do like Ken Livingstone though.

            BTW the Green candidate is Jenny Jones (who’s already a member of the London Assembly).

        2. Another reason why Greens can’t appeal to me because they appear to be hidden socialists. I am not a socialist despite having a very low income. I believe in people keeping their wealth to an extent of course and agree with tax funded public services but Greens would take tax on another level, which in think is immoral when they have gone out to work all week to earn. Gay peoples high disposable income would be taxed more and used to pay for things the Greens think is needed, not necessarily in the interests of yourself but in the interests of the Green movement.

          1. Hodge Podge 3 Sep 2011, 4:42pm

            Oh they’re definitely lefties, even if that isn’t in the first line of the leaflets. You shouldn’t vote for them Luke.

          2. Hodge Podge 3 Sep 2011, 4:46pm

            And I would add that the environment is definitely in the interest of every LGBT person

        3. … and they have a Member of Parliament – that is significant.

          1. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 12:49am

            One out of over 600

        4. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 12:48am

          PI noticed when in Brighton at election time last year that many houses in Tory areas seemed to sport Green placards presumably as a way of stopping Labour winning the seat. It worked. That said, Caroline Lucas seems a good egg, but a totally wasted vote when it comes to the Mayoral election except as a first preference to transfer on to the real choice. But nobody can seriously suggest Paddick as a heavyweight alternative to Boris, or that we should vote for the gay candidate rather than the one both with the best policies and the knowledge/skillls/team to carry them out.

      2. They are now the largest party in Brighton and in control of the council…that’s a fair achievement.

        1. de Villiers 3 Sep 2011, 5:52pm

          Power in government is the real achievement for a political party.

  4. Good luck to him.He was most impressive on Question Time giving his views on the riots. He talks sense not politics,

  5. Paddock is not going to be mayor. We all know that so the question is, where are Lib Dems second preferences going because this could prove crucial…..

    I would suggest most will probably go to the Conservatives (40-50%). Will Paddock’s? Probably not. I know he can’t stand the way Ken ran London but he bizarrely gave his second preference to the Left List (an ultra-socialist party, not sure if it’s still about?)… Is he a closet socialist? If so, then why is he a Lib Dem? Lib Dems lay focus on individual freedom than the size of the state. Left List would disagree.

    There will be plenty of questions relating to Paddock’s support for the coalition. He seems to be quite close to Nick Clegg and he supports the coalition but I am sure he will say where he disagrees with the Tories, only obvious really.

    The fact he has a police background and the recent riots will prove a win situation for him if he can communicate the way he did on Question Time.

    1. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 12:51am

      If he supports the coalition, that says it all

  6. Continued….

    I remember his 2008 campaign was a bit crap to be honest…. Any Lib Dem candidate has it hard this time, more than ever. We all know it’s either Boris or Ken or Lib Dem votes are going prove crucial in the 2nd preferences. A rational Lib Dem voter would surely not vote Ken as their second preference? It would be in their interest to see Boris elected as Ken would provide a Labour platform to attack the coalition from. It’s going to be an interesting race.

    1. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 12:53am

      So voting Paddick is a conscience-salving measure for people who are then going to vote Tory?

      1. Lib Dems will not win the mayoralty, I can be almost certain about that. If Ken Livingstone wins the election it will give him a platform to attack the coalition, especially as the cuts kick in. Deficit reduction is supported equally by both coalition parties so it is in their interest to make sure a friendly candidate of the coalition wins in London. As Boris has more chance of winning than Brain, it is only rational, I thought of thought, for a Lib Dems to give Boris their second preference. It doesn’t make sense for them to vote Brain, then vote Ken as their second preference as they could vote in Ken to gve him more cloud to attack Lib Dems nationally. For Liberals, either vote Brain and leave it as that or vote Brain first preference and give your second preference to Boris.

  7. Brian would make an excellent Mayor – decent, intelliegnt and likeable and knowledgeable – and interestingly two of Europe’s other great capitals – Paris and Berlin are already governed by gay men.

    It’s a shame he won’t have a chance, and will be treated to another farcical duel between Johnson – who frankly is an embarassment – and Livingstone who while he has done much to promote LGBT rights also has his unreliable side – e.g. in flirting with religious bigots.

    If I lived in London I would give my first prefernce to Paddick – despite being disillusioned with the Lib Dems nationally.

    1. Couldn’t agree more Caspar

    2. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 12:58am

      Bojo is more than just an embarrassment, he is an insult to democracy. Just watch Mayor’s Question Time, where he waffles and blusters in order to avoid any attempt to hold him to account (one of many reasons I dislike the directly-elected mayor system). Livingstone will this time have a sounder team and have learned from the mistakes that lost him the election last time. He can be a muppet at times, but Paddick is so lightweight.

  8. If he poses in the buff for his campaign he’ll get a lot more votes!

    1. On the one hand I’m tempted to say I find this a bit shallow.

      On the other it would be a huge shot in the arm for the over 50s (especially gay men) to be seen as sex symbols – even if – in this case – he’s a respectably married man….

    2. Of course it is shallow. Being deep all the time is tiring and inevitably is devalued by over-abundance.
      I agree with the rest of your post as well.

  9. Good for you Mr Brian Bobby. Now if you dare, fix your Bullyingdom bosses. Daveboy and his gang haven’t yet paid for the damage caused to Oxford and are now trashing the whole nation. But I bet you will just raise cash to try to airbrush your connections to them. Power corrupts …

  10. The Green Party I’ll have you know was the first party to wholeheartedly support marriage equality and is official party policy, surpassing the Liberal Democrats. What have Labour and Conservative Parties done about that? NOTHING!

    Some Green Party members are actually in a few coalition governments in EU states.

    Brian Piddick would make an excellent mayor with his background and experience. He’d be the first legally married gay mayor in the country. Speaking of which, does anyone hear anything about his Norwegian husband?

    1. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 1:26am

      Labour brought in civil partnerships and a host of other reforms – not the Greens with their then nil MPs. You have to be in power to make things happen, first rule of politics.

  11. Let’s hope BP’s campaign isn’t derailed by young Londoners raising the issue of student fees. He deserves to do well

  12. de Villiers 3 Sep 2011, 5:55pm

    Brian Paddick would seem to be a good candidate. I would have though that any person who achieved the high rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner would have sufficient experience to be the Mayor of London.

    1. Dan Filson 4 Sep 2011, 1:28am

      Really? Rather a narrow experience range, I would have thought by comparison with that of a former local councillor, former MP, former Leader of the GLC and former Mayor

      1. de Villiers 4 Sep 2011, 11:07am

        I would have thought that being the deputy of one of the largest and most high profile police services would have provided him with experience to run any large public sector organisation.

        1. The London corporation is a collection of many large public sector organisations, being run (down) by a clowny buffoon at the moment. We need inspirational leaders, not robocops.

        2. Robocops should go fetch Bullyingdom gang members, but they’re only underdogs serving their masters.

          1. de Villiers 5 Sep 2011, 9:14am

            loony tunes again.

  13. de Villiers 3 Sep 2011, 5:55pm

    - thought

  14. TheLizzie12 3 Sep 2011, 7:59pm

    Oh, no, not HER again! Still, I suppose its better than having that idiot Opik in the running for Mayor. Personally, I do not trust ANY politician, no, not even LGBT ones. Mr Paddick has a few good, decent qualities, but at times he can be an opportunist who grabs every chance to slag off the Met Police (though he does show respect for the bobbies on the beat). I don’t dislike him. I just don’t trust him. He’s too contradictory and politically unstable. What a choice for us voters, eh? Dopey Doris Johnson, Red Ken Up Himself Who Is Still Living In The 1980s, and now The Smiley Smiley Miss P.

  15. He has our votes!

  16. dave wainwright 4 Sep 2011, 3:55pm

    Is anybody seriously thinking of rewarding the liberal democrat betrayel by voting for Brian ? Come on get serious , a vote for Brian is a vote for Boris Doris .

  17. Dan Filson, Labour didn’t voluntarily bring in Civil Partnerships out of the goodness of its heart. Just like allowing gays to serve openly in our military, they were told to change the law by the EU.

    1. Jock S. Trap 8 Sep 2011, 9:59am

      Exactly, at least it did happen though.

  18. Jock S. Trap 8 Sep 2011, 9:58am

    Brian will get my second vote after Boris!!

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