Bloodsuckers

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It seems that Mayor Ken Livingstone intends to continue his love-in with non-doms if re-elected in May (Feature, Socialist Review, March 2008).

This all fits very nicely with his plan to keep the City of London as the financial capital of the world by any means necessary.

The realities of this thinking mean that while finance capital is allowed to run wild, and London can boast the highest concentration of billionaires in Europe, office cleaners still earn little more than the minimum wage and neighbouring Tower Hamlets can "boast" that two thirds of its children live in poverty. I'm not sure the trickledown effect is working.

Now these "blood suckers" are threatening to leave Britain if they are taxed. This outrageous threat should be seen for what it is: fat cats believing that they run the show as politicians create fertile ground for them to make even bigger profits.

Ken and Gordon obviously believe that these "super-capitalists" help to provide the essential services that we all need. What they will not admit is that these people have only one interest - profit. Having this ethos at the centre of everything they do will not deliver the houses, transport, health and education that Londoners need. London and the country deserve better, which is why I'll be voting Lindsey German on 1 May.

Paul Fredericks
Left List candidate for the London Assembly