28 January 2008
Ken Livingstone For Mayor!
I was chatting on Skype to a friend who lives just outside London last night, and the conversation turned to upcoming elections in May for the Mayor of Greater London. I pointed out that many of the warmongering "left" are cheerfully attacking the incumbent mayor, Ken Livingstone. My friend replied that "a man is known by the enemies he makes," which I thought was quite a good one-liner.
When you think about the enemies that Livingstone has made they tend to be the same cockroaches who cheered on the war against Iraq. That war has little to do with this local election, but the wheeze seems to be to hope that Boris Johnson can defeat Livingstone - and then select an out and out warmonger as Labour's candidate in 2012.
Actually, we agreed last night, that Boris isn't a bad bloke, and he does have the redeeming feature of being absolutely bone-idle. As mayor he would probably do no harm, but Livingstone has done some positively good things for the city.
So we have old friend Boris who we happen to like versus a man who annoys the people who cheered on a war that killed almost 200 British soldiers.
Let's hope that Boris comes in as a credible second to Ken Livingstone:
A man is known by the enemies he makes. . . And can be judged accordingly.