Earlier this week Andrew Gilligan wrote that he detected a shift in Ken Livingstone’s strategy to win City Hall, appealing for support from those looking to name their second best would-be Mayor.
Comments made by Livingstone at last night’s Evening Standard hustings would seem to support Andrew’s hunch.
During the debate Livingstone made a direct approach to Green and green-minded voters by condemning Boris Johnson’s policy of gluing pollution to the roads.
Such comments will make it easier to win support from those Green members who were sceptical about endorsing the former Mayor.
But work is also underway to shore up Livingstone’s internal support.
And after weeks of direct hits from Labour supporters unimpressed by their candidate’s tax affairs and comments about Jewish voters, Mehdi Hasan has warned Labour supporters “If you don’t want Boris, you have to vote for Ken”.
Nothing speaks louder about how badly Ken has handled his campaign that his own supporters – those whose votes he should be able to take for granted – need the choice before them set out in such stark terms.
Normally such films involve candidates and parties appealing for votes, but Livingstone’s effort involves ‘ordinary Londoners’ appealing him to win the election for them.
Re-watching it today, it feels almost like a public appeal from his own supporters to stop cocking things up.
Update Friday 13th April: In the Independent Owen Jones writes that “The 1 per cent have an interest in demonising Ken Livingstone”