My proudest moment
I got home from canvassing for Ken Livingstone last night to find that he had taken time out from the campaign to record a YouTube interview:
Asked: "Looking back on your political history, what would you say was your proudest moment?" he replies "Oh it's taking on and smashing the New Labour machine in 2000 when Tony Blair wouldn't let me run for mayor and just grinding them into the dust. But you won't be able to use that one."
Well, being given to nostalgia like Ken I can say that one of my proudest moments in politics was when the London Labour Party's electoral college blocked him from standing as Labour Party Candidate in 2000 and picked Frank Dobson instead.
But I would be even prouder - and I hope Ken would - if all of us, "new", "old", "left", "right" and plain "Labour" pull together for the next month as comrades, forget for a few weeks about the battles of the past, and unite to get Ken elected, smash Boris Johnson and the Tory machine, and grind that into the dust.