On average, how many times a day do you think to yourself ‘if I was in charge, I’d get this sorted,’ ‘that wouldn’t happen on my watch,’ or, with a cantankerous shake of the fist, ‘if I met Boris, I’d tell him a thing or two.’ Well, now you can. Two big fish in the think tank world, the left-leaning IPPR and newbie-indie Centre for London are giving Londoners a hotline to the Mayor in aid of the inaugural London Policy Conference on 12 and 13 December. With a clutch of high profile speakers including digital wiz Martha Lane Fox and new Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe stepping up to the lectern, how are you going to get a word in edgeways? Through the medium of Twitter, of course. Just use hashtag #ideas4mayor and fire off your wish list. The top ten ideas will be picked on 7 December, with the Tweeter behind the winning concept getting to present it in person at the Southbank Centre.
In case you’d forgotten, next year’s a pretty bumper year for the capital, what with the Mayoral Election in May, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June and then it’s the turn of the five rainbow rings of the Olympic Games- so don’t hold back. In case you doubt the micro-blogging powers of the candidates, both the current and former mayors have taken to the Twittersphere like ducks to water, hashtagging and even Twit-picking their way around town. That’s worth a #FF, we reckon. Kirsty McQuire
For info, see #Ideas4Mayor Twitter page.