My contempt at this moment for people supposedly on the Left whose feuds with Livingstone allowed them to take the Standard's shilling is almost overwhelming. Yesterday one of them, Martin Bright, tried to friend me on Facebook and I refused him and told him why - he is not even the worst of them, which is probably Gilligan. The Standard has been trying to get Livingstone for decades and they finally managed it, partly through his occasional folly, but mostly through smears.
I am very sad. I have never liked Livingstone all that much, but he has been good for London twice, and now it is over, again.