I’m fucking proud you were the last politician of the Thatcher era to survive into our own
I’m fucking proud you beat Mandelson to the NEC elections in 1997
I’m fucking proud you’re the only Labour politician to feature on a Blur track
I’m fucking proud you stood up to the a rigged mayoral candidate selection process in 2000 and then won
I’m fucking proud at how gallant you were in victory and your kind words for Frank Dobson, the man with the most thankless task in London that year
I’m fucking proud you pushed through the congestion charge for London and it actually fucking worked on the day it started
I’m fucking proud you got back into the Labour party, got Blair to grovel, and fought to a second term as London’s mayor
I’m fucking proud of the humanitarian and open-minded spirit you envisaged the 2012 London Olympics being
I’m really fucking proud of the solemn, defiant and above all non-judgemental speech you made after the July 7th bombings, the day after we won the Games, far better than a thousand words from Blair or anyone else
I’m fucking proud that despite a limited brief, under your watch you’ve got improvements on the Tube, miles more buses at affordable prices, Crossrail and the London Overground, and Trafalgar Square as a clean & amenable civic plaza. Not to mention the encouragement of art & music to London’s streets
I’m not fucking proud that you got chummy with gay-hating fuckwit Yusuf al-Qaradawi
I’m not fucking proud you got yourself in that stupid row with Oliver Finegold when a simple apology and admitting you made an error would have solved it in no time at all
I’m not fucking proud you and Ian Blair are such good mates, either
I’m totally fucking proud that tonight, despite how New Labour fell to third place and 24% of the national vote, you got a bigger percentage of the first ballot vote than you did in 2004
You had your flaws, and a multiplicity of enemies, and you could have done better in acknowledging & confronting both. But your bloody-mindedness worked for you as well when in office, and over the eight years, you did a good job overall. It’s why I voted for you. And yet you still lost. But as upset as I am at the fuckwit they got to replace you, I’m still fucking proud of the job you did. And so are many of us in London.
Don’t let defeat deter you – do stick around, and please find a job where you do what you do best – be competently effective doing important shit and annoying your opponents who obsess over the inconsequential. London will be all the poorer if you don’t.