So the candidates are announced and we're looking at a hard fought contest and a whole bunch of candidates, some of whom will do rather better than others.
Whilst the spurious Damian Hockney had the good sense not to waste any one's time with his failed One London project there are plenty of others hoping that the £10,000 deposit plus £10,000 to get into the election handbook plus however much will be spent on their campaign (the limit is £420,000, high enough for most campaigns not to have to worry about) will reap them political rewards.
The list of ten candidates in order of charm, sense and pugnacity are;
- Sian Berry (Green); the only candidate to have been endorsed by a teddy bear.
- Ken Livingstone (New Labour); you'll need your rose tinted spectacles on to see much Red in Ken these days, but I've always admired his chutzpah.
- Lindsey German (Left List); long serving central committee member of the Socialist Workers Party.
- Brian Paddick (Lib Dems); new to the Lib Dems, not quite up to speed yet.
- Winston McKenzie (the only Independent); ex-boxer, ex-Veritas. Silly.
- Gerard Batten (UKIP); likes drawing large wages whilst doing f-all of use.
- Alan Craig (Christian Peoples Alliance); does not like Mosques.
- Matt O'Connor (English Democrats); fathers for justice, denies being a far right fuck knuckle.
- Boris Johnson (Conservatives); ah, now, well, you see, oh, now, then, when I was at, Eton, was I, or was that you? Oh I don't know - what ho.
- Richard Barnbrook (BNP); ballet loving, gay porn star and authentic voice of the white working class.
Now, let's play a game. What order will the candidates come in, for first preferences, (don't skip any) and who will win the contest? The trick is to do this now - not five days before the race ends to see how good you are at judging these things. I should emphasise this is not what you *want* to happen, but what you think *will* happen.
My money is on 9, 2, 4, 1, 10, 6, 3, 7, 8, 5 with a win for Ken.