My latest Telegraph column, discussing Boris Johnson's chances of beating Ken Livingstone is HERE. It begins...
Ken Livingstone is displaying all the signs of being the political equivalent of a paranoid schizophrenic. He's paranoid about his rival for the London mayoralty, Boris Johnson. Livingstone genuinely fears he will lose. When Boris was first selected, Ken (as we must call him) collared every Conservative he encountered, quizzing them about his rival. Instead of ignoring his opponent, as most incumbents would, Ken talks about Boris all the time. He launched personal attacks on him from the off. As an electoral strategy, it was bizarre.
He dubbed Boris a racist, yet the charge failed to stick. Why? Because no one who has ever met Boris, seen him on TV or read his books would ever believe him to be one. Ken failed to understand that, in Boris, he had met the Right-wing equivalent of himself - a politician seen by the electorate as independent of party politics and with a Teflon-type ability to deflect attacks. But there the similarity ends. Boris unites people, whereas Ken revels in division. His political strategy is based on class, and setting people against each other.
To read on, click HERE.