The steady stream of exposees and innuendo about Ken Livingstone have become a crescendo. The latest is the full length Dispatches programme, which comes on top of a consistent set of stories from Andrew Gilligan in the Evening Standard.
The implication is that Ken Livingstone is a drunk and sleazy politician.
As regular readers of this blog will note, that is a view that I have put forward for some time.
I do not believe he is fit for office. I do believe he should be replaced.
However, the leading opponent of Crony Ken is currently the equally absurd Boris Johnson.
The litany of Johnson's questionable career begins with the fact that he was sacked for making up quotations for an article he wrote as a trainee journalist. Despite his starter marriage, which ended in divorce, and a further marriage which produced four children, Johnson caught the public eye when he lied rather obviously about his considerable philandering, including a four year affair with Petronella Wyatt amongst others.
He also has a consistent pattern of being forced to apologise by his employers for insensitive or false remarks. His friendship with convicted fraudster Darius Guppy led to him being accused of threats of violence against a journalist- and Ian Hislop was able to humiliate him and negate his denials during an appearance on Have I Got News for You by reading verbatim a transcript that was taped of Johnson which appeared to be quite conclusive against him.
In short Boris Johnson is a serial and proven liar, whose bumbling public persona imperfectly covers a pattern of dishonesty of the most personal kind, a man who, by his own admission, finds it impossible to grasp the basic tools of administration. A man- in short- not fit to be Mayor.
There is, however, a candidate in the race who is not the kind of politician- as Livingstone and Johnson are- who values being a "celebrity" above the people that they are elected to serve.
A man who has had a whole career serving the community quite literally on the front line. A man who has not been afraid to tackle radical solutions to the problems of crime. A man with considerable personal integrity.
The only genuine and serious candidate for Mayor of London is the former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police: Brian Paddick .
UPDATE: Johnson does it again!!- He is *again* forced to apologise . This time for a load of language that he used that is by even the broadest standards unacceptable and actually is racist.
Give it up Boris- a joke's a joke but people have stopped laughing now.