Saturday, April 19, 2008

London elections

I shall vote for the Christian Choice candidate on principle, then for Boris just to get red of Ken. Here is my party's press release

"Christian leaders are urging London voters to back Alan Craig of the Christian
Choice in his campaign for Mayor and the London Assembly. The group come
from a range of church backgrounds - Anglican, Roman Catholic, the Black
Majority Churches and Free Church and say Alan Craig is the outstanding
candidate to run the capital. Cllr Craig also tops the London List of Assembly
candidates for the Christian Choice and needs just 5% to qualify for a seat.

Human rights campaigner and a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords,
Baroness Cox of Queensbury said:

"Among all the candidates running for London Mayor, Alan Craig stands out above
the crowd. He has shown leadership in industry and for years he's been devoted to
bringing change to the inner-city through serving the community in London's East End.

But it is his Christian qualities which make him distinctive - brave in facing-up to
political correctness, standing by ordinary Londoners and confronting issues like the
threatened Mega Mosque, which other politicians won't touch. London won't do
better than to choose Alan for Mayor."

Mgr John Armitage, Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brentwood
praised Alan Craig for his years of service in London's East End:

"He is a committed Christian, a man of integrity who has a passion for the common
good. His service of the people in one of the most socially deprived areas in the country
has given hope and encouragement to many people. He has a true desire to serve and
help to build strong local communities in London."

Prominent leader in the Evangelical Alliance and founder of Icthus Christian Fellowship
Roger Forster said:

"A vote for Alan Craig of The Christian Choice can put the name of Christ officially onto
the Greater London Authority, which after so many years must be a good thing. I have
every confidence concerning the Christian commitment, integrity and intelligence of Alan."

Dr Sola Fola Alade leads the Trinity Chapel congregation of major black church,
RCCG. He wrote:

"Alan is an honourable and compassionate Christian man. I know him to be a visionary
leader who is not afraid to stand for justice and truth. He has shown himself to be selfless
leader, one who has now become a voice of the voiceless and a defender of the helpless.
Though a Christian he is one who reaches out to people regardless of class, colour or creed."
Rev Lyndon Bowring, Executive Chairman of campaign group CARE said:

"Alan Craig is an outstanding Christian leader and a man of the people. London and the
GLA needs him and I wholeheartedly commend him to you in the forthcoming Mayoral
and GLA Elections."

Writing in Christianity Magazine, Premier Christian Radio broadcaster and
Chief Executive Peter Kerridge wrote:

"Personally, I hope Alan Craig gets onto the London Assembly where I believe his
influence would make a positive difference."

Former London Mayoral candidate for the Christian Peoples Alliance,
Ram Gidoomal CBE praised Alan Craig's business credentials:

"London deserves better than simply a politician for Mayor. That's why Alan Craig
is so different - he walks the talk - spending years in sacrificial service in one of
London's most deprived communities. But unlike other mayoral candidates, he comes
with significant business experience. He understands that to stay ahead, the capital
has to stay competitive, have a high quality of life for all its citizens and be the British
engine-room of innovation and investment. He makes a formidable candidate."
Christian author, speaker, writer and founder of Pioneer Gerald Coates concluded:

"Alan Craig is just what we need and is suitably equipped to be Mayor of London. He
was a successful senior businessman, has more recently worked among the deprived
and vulnerable and is a politician with considerable experience and expertise."
Colin Dye of Kensington Temple and JJohn of the Philo Trust are also backing the

The Christian Choice is the united electoral option of the Christian Peoples Alliance
and Christian Party. It is committed to serving all Londoners regardless of race, faith
or background."


Fenella said...

I have nothing against Christians. I have in fact alot of respect -utmost -for those who take their faith seriously . (aprt from Islamic militants).
However I think religion should stay out of politics. Not because I am Jewish but because being a politician in todays Western modernised society means you ahve to be very openminded and unbiased. Whilst I agree we definitely don't want a mad mosque here I believe political activists should not be asking for votes on the basis of their religion. Rather on the basis of what they can and will do and past achievements for constituents. If political activists happen to have a strong belief in their faith fair enough but why use it to pull votes?
Besides-voting for Alan Craig will not ensure we get rid of Ken. Voting for Boris will.
I have a lot of time for Alan Craig just would not want a Christian who uses his religious beliefs to gain power. Nor would I want a Jewish orthodox person to become leader. I don't believe in any bias - we have to come to terms with the fact that whilst faith is important and has a clear role in itself it should never interfere with political decisions in London.

Graham Weeks said...

Fen my friend,
Do you think secularists are very openminded and unbiased? If so you are more secular than Jewish ( To be fair I think that applies to most except some orthodox)All people including politicians have a basis for their action and a bias. Some of them know it but many do not.
Alan asks for votes on the basis of policy not religion. Our party has had support from non-Christians.
My vote will be on principle with the first for Alan. Boris and Ken will go to the second votes. My second vote will be to stop Ken.

Have a happy Passover!