The Labour party has today announced that Ken Livingstone will be their candidate to fight Boris Johnson in 2012. He beat Oona King 69% to 31% so the result is pretty emphatic. Labour reaches for the comfort blanket. In his statement Livingstone said:
We need a Mayor who will stand up for London.
The choice between me and Boris Johnson could not be clearer. I will protect the fare payer. After Boris Johnsonâ€™s unnecessary fare increases that go hand in hand with cuts to investment we need fairer fares. I promise that fares under my administration will be lower than if Boris Johnson is re-elected.
Todayâ€™s decision by London Labour members signals the start of a campaign to change London for the better and to protect Londoners from the cuts of this government that threaten to wreck lives and push us back into recession. I will unite Londoners around this message. The London election in 2012 will be the chance to send a message to David Cameron and George Osborne that we donâ€™t want devastating cuts to our public services, fewer jobs, and declining living standards. If you want them out, first vote Boris out.
Two key points from Ken then. A return to “Fares Fair” which got him elected in 1981. Or rather it didn’t. It got Andrew McIntosh elected as the GLC leader. He was then promptly deposed by Livingstone and his left-wing stooges. Livingstone became Labour group leader in an internal election and thus GLC leader. The rest was history. The other part of his pitch is a deficit denying “cuts” line. Good luck with that Ken. I think that Londoners will see straight through you. We know who to blame already – Gordon Brown.
I can’t believe that Labour have been this silly. Hopefully they will be equally silly tomorrow and make Ed leader. Fingers crossed.