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  • seandodson 11:04 am on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boris Johnson, elections, future of political polling,   

    The future of political polling? 

    Fascinating piece in the Telegraph this morning outlining how Boris Johnson will beat Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral election, well according to analyses based on data from Google searches, Twitter and Facebook. The future of polling? I’m not convinced just yet, but might well be if Johnson does indeed win tomorrow. I suspect a low turnout may deliver a surprise victory for Livingstone, but maybe the machine know better already.

    “Search has been overlooked as a key indicator of success in the run up to the election,” said
    Neilson Hall, a spokesman for iProspect, a digital marketing firm. “It shows Boris has integrated better with the online community – you only have to look at the number of Twitter followers versus Ken.”

  • seandodson 2:57 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boris Johnson, , , , london review of books, psychogeography   

    Splendid essay on the London cycle-hire scheme by Iain Sinclair in the latest London Review of Books

    Like everything else in the Alice in Wonderland world of pre-Olympic London, cycling has become the plaything of bankers and politicians. We have been persuaded to undergo an online process, like applying for a mortgage, or a loan we don’t need, in order to become a mobile advertisement for the benevolence of a financial institution. And by this application, we are registered, tagged, our movements logged and our conversations recorded.

  • seandodson 2:40 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boris Johnson, gaz7etta, grazia, , , men's magazine   

    Have been reading Gaz7etta this morning…. 

    Have been reading Gaz7etta this morning. It’s basically a bloke’s version of Grazia. Same publisher, ame layout, same typefaces, same mix of the frivolous and semi-serious stories. It’s respectable in a way that Nuts is not. I don’t especially mind it. It’s just a bit too lightweight for my tastes. There was one well written feature about the history of Saatchi & Saatchi and then a potentially quite interesting story about Boris’s chances of winning re-election as London Mayor. That was where it went wrong for me. It turned out to be a story about a possible infidelity and news that he’s moved out of the family home. So what. I couldn’t give two figs that he has. Neither do I want pap shots of Daniel Craig leaving the Apple Store. This kind of chaff is precisely what wrong with most women’s magazines. Men don’t need it, really. It will probably sell in its hundreds of thousands, mind.

  • seandodson 2:14 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anish Kapoor, , , Boris Johnson, , , fourth plinth, future systems, , naples, napoli, , , sir keith park, trafalgar square   

    Anish Kapoor: where high art battles with architecture and politics 

    A tale of two cities: First up, Naples. Anish Kapoor and architects Future Systems have been commissioned to create a fully-functioning tube station (left) that is “a synthesis of purpose and beauty.”

    London: Kapoor has been shortlisted for the vacant fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. The newly elected London Mayor Boris Johnson has waded in, saying that the plinth be used for a permanent statue of World War II RAF commander Sir Keith Park. Kapoor recently told the Art Newspaper: “He [Johnson] is a a fool. He hasn’t the faintest idea and he ought to keep his mouth shut.” Now, that won’t get your sculpture built Mr Kapoor. But the contrast between the two developments shows the different directions the two cities are heading, perhaps?

    • rantersparadise 7:12 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply


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  • seandodson 11:27 am on May 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boris Johnson, , , environmentalism, GLA, , , , London Mayor, ,   

    Was a vote for Boris a vote against combating climate change? 

    Like many people of the left I was dismayed to see the election of Boris Johnson as London Mayor. I haven’t lived in London for over three years, but I still work there and to my mind Ken Livingstone had done a reasonable job. Flicking through the Sunday papers yesterday most commentators seemed to agree that two things had done it for Ken. Firstly, his plan to extend the congestion charge, especially for large petrol-consuming four-wheel drives. The second was the issue of recycling (which actually had more to do with local councils than the Greater London Authority). Both of these issues are climate change issues and it seemed to me that Ken Livingstone was addressing them and Boris Johnson isn’t really. So was the vote for Boris part of a climate change backlash?

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