There’s a good interview in Total Politics today which is a reminder of why it would be a mistake to write off Ken Livingstone; it appears there is plenty of life left in the wily newt-loving leftwinger.
Asked why people should vote for him, Ken jokes:
“It’s a simple choice between good and evil – I don’t think it’s been so clear since the great struggle between Churchill and Hitler… The people that don’t vote for me will be weighed in the balance, come Judgement Day. The Archangel Gabriel will say, ‘ You didn’t vote for Ken Livingstone in 2012. Oh dear, burn forever. Your skin flayed for all eternity.’… I’ll come round with a serious pitch nearer the time.”
He is also in peak physical shape, apparently:
“I’ve got a low cholesterol level. My doctor says I’ve got the same heart profile as an Olympic runner. I can’t run like a champion athlete, but I can cope with a lot of stress… [My teeth] are shit. That’s the weakness.”