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Drop red, Ken

Roll out the red carpet, bake a red cake, strike up a red band and paint the town red - Ken Livingstone has been readmitted to the Labour party.

17 December 2003

There's just one thing bothering us about Ken's re-admittance to the Labour party: why on earth has it happened?

Not why has the NEC (Labour's national executive committee) voted to readmit him - that's painfully obvious: Labour just loves newts (and guaranteed winners).

No, the really baffling question - which no one seems to be asking - is why on earth would Ken want to be readmitted to a party that he hates - and one that so obviously hates him?

Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Simon Hughes has described the move as a "cynical deal" to help pay for his re-election campaign - but surely there must be more to it than that? Surely Ken isn't such a penny-pinching sell-out that he's willing to trade his principles for a few extra quid in his war chest?

TFT considers the alternative explanations...

1) Ken is not satisfied with having the largest popular mandate of any single UK politician, and the second largest in Western Europe (after the President of France). He'll only be truly satisfied when he gets Tony's vote too.

2) He likes annoying John Prescott. (Prescott stormed out of yesterday's NEC meeting after the vote, swearing at journalists.)

3) He's changed his mind about the war.

4) And the rest of American foreign policy.

5) And PPP funding of the London Underground.

6) And the dozens of other policies that put him at odds with the Labour party.

7) He's worried about the very real prospect of Nicky Gavron (currently polling fourth) beating him at the ballot box.

8) He was embarrassed at being voted Politician Of The Year 2003 by the Political Studies Association for his courage and independence (in implementing the congestion charge) and doesn't want to risk the same thing happening next year.

9) He's a penny-pinching sell-out, willing to trade his principles for a few extra quid in his war chest

Well, Ken, which is it? We're waiting....


N.B. In the meantime, it's probably best to vote for Simon Hughes. Just to be on the safe side.

N.N.B. - The '4' in Simon's domain name is the only reason why TFT is not fully endorsing the Hughes campaign. (That and our current disillusionment with the Liberal Democrats)

N.N.N.B. Is the job of LONDON Mayor only open to people with the letters ON in their names? Nicky GavrON, Ken LivingstON, SimON Hughes and Steven ONrris?


Henrys Ken

Livingstone: "Awwwwww"



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