It is a fascinating article, if you thought that Gordon found it hard to admit to past mistakes you’ll realise he has nothing on Red Ken. More than that, not only does Livingstone not take any responsibility for his defeat, he blames Gordon. There is no love lost between the two of them and I’m sure the smiles in their joint campaign photos were actually grimaces.
Livingstone was very careful not to slate Gordon after the election, he wanted to stay in the Labour good books to get the Mayoral nomination for 2012. Judging by the broadside that he fires at Gordon in the interview he no longer feels that loyalty to Brown is a prerequisite for the Labour nomination. Basically Livingstone is saying that Brown is an irrelevance.
I don’t believe for a minute that Labour will have Livingstone as their candidate for 2012, the more interesting question is whether Livingstone will run as an independent again. He gives himself a bit of wriggle room in the interview. I suspect he might.