Weekly Web Watch: Punk icon applies for job in office

Any election yields a number of off-the-wall candidates as well as the more serious propositions, and it would be excusable to class the latest bidder for London Mayor, Sex Pistols impresario and punk icon Malcolm McLaren, in the former category. The web site outlining his manifesto, however, is a surprise.

Any election yields a number of off-the-wall candidates as well as

the more serious propositions, and it would be excusable to class the

latest bidder for London Mayor, Sex Pistols impresario and punk icon

Malcolm McLaren, in the former category. The web site outlining his

manifesto, however, is a surprise.



The New Statesman was the launch vehicle for McLaren’s bid at the end of

December. There are links to the New Statesman’s web site and the

relevant pages from the issue in which the interview with McLaren

appeared, as well as links to the latest news from Yahoo on the race for

Mayor.



McLaren’s home page kicks off with a rousing extract from the New

Statesman piece, ’My vision of London’, which makes it clear that

McLaren is far from a party political contender for the role. He says

London needs an independent spokesperson at its helm, and goes as far as

describing the politicans who will ’destroy the capital’s true and

authentic self’ as ’its main pollutants’.



Also on the home page are extracts from national newspaper articles

which reinforce the seriousness, as well as the refreshing nature, of

McLaren’s bid.



The manifesto itself is a tight 16-point document with a broad

approach.



The staples of housing, education and transport are covered, but are not

dealt with in the same way as by Messrs Dobson and Norris. For instance,

McLaren proposes a London homeless lottery system, with tickets sold by

the homeless and all proceeds going to creating housing designed and

built by the homeless themselves.



Less radical ideas including the re-introduction of

environmentally-friendly trams across the capital, reducing organised

crime by legalising some drugs, and getting rid of fees for museums and

art galleries, are also on the agenda. He also calls for increased

business rates for cappuccino chains to save small businesses, and

legalising brothels outside the houses of Parliament.



McLaren also reckons that the internet has a role in play in the future

of London’s democracy, as a forum for London voters to voice their

opinions.



Malcolm McLaren has never been an easy person to pigeonhole, and the

small web site is used to good effect to show that there is much more to

the man than his image. He’s not exactly about anarchy in the UK these

days, and his manifesto is a breath of fresh air in the ongoing fiasco

that is the political race for London mayor.



Subject: Malcolm McLaren

Issue: London mayoral bid

At: www.malcolmmclaren.com



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