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Old 09-04-2009, 02:02 AM
 
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Does London suffer from the Political machine type problems that NYC and Chicago do?
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:45 PM
 
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Probably not so much since they stopped obediently voting for Ken Livingstone. But the way the system is set up, whoever you vote for you get similar policies and taxes. I suspect the same is true most places, especially big cities.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:00 AM
 
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Interesting, but I read that the phenomenon of popularly elected mayor is pretty recent in London's history. How was the place govenrned before without an excecutive?
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:37 AM
 
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Interesting, but I read that the phenomenon of popularly elected mayor is pretty recent in London's history. How was the place govenrned before without an excecutive?
The Lord Mayors of London | British History Online
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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Does London suffer from the Political machine type problems that NYC and Chicago do?
This is usually asked by someone who has no idea of what Chicago politics are.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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Well, London went through a comparatively brief period in modern history, courtesy of Mrs Thatcher, in which it had no central governance and it still has less than a multi-borough city like New York. Each London borough has a large measure of local governance. The reconstituted governance of Greater London is relatively weak, although the mayor sometimes acts as rather a despot. Ken Livingstone certainly did; I'm not sure about Blond Boris's mayoral behaviour, as I'm not presently living there. I had the joy of living in London entirely under the regime of Commissar Ken and don't know what it was like after Meg abolished London's county authority and before the present Greater London authority was established. It would be interesting to hear from posters who have experience of all three systems under which London has existed during the late 20th Century up to the present.
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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I had a friend who worked for the Inner London Education Authority in the 80s, which was an offshoot of the GLC. Apparently everyone was too busy being politically correct to do any actual work connected to London schools.
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