While we all know that the election in May 2012 will be a two horse race between Boris and Livingstone it is rather sad to see the Lib Dems and the Greens throw the towel in so early.
It has become increasingly clear that both the parties were gravitating towards Labour by all the back room deals that have been done to exclude Conservatives from committee chair positions, to jointly draft politically motivated motions and their refusal to oppose the transport unions’ mindless strikes.
A quick look at the conference speaker list for Livingstone’s front organisation Progressive London, shows both Lib Dem and Green party Assembly Members on the line up not only with Livingstone himself but with militant union bosses and the organisers of the London demonstrations which became so violent and damaging.
This cosying up to Livingstone has new led to a co-ordinated attack on Boris at this morning’s MQT, which was so transparent and amateurish that the whole meeting descended into farce. It became clear that the attack was to take the form of accusing Boris of “misleading Londoners”. The phrase was repeated verbatim by each of the left wing Assembly Members in turn as part of their questions to the Mayor. After the third or fourth outing it was greeted by laughter and derision from both the Conservative members and many people in the gallery. It was particularly amusing because time after time the Mayor showed that the facts and figures behind their questions were wrong.
The real joke, however, is on the Greens and particularly on the Lib Dems. Their desire to score a short term PR win and pump out an anti Boris press release will cost them in the long run. By obediently parroting Livingston’e attack lines they show to the London electorate that they are really an irrelevance and in doing so increase the chances of being squeezed out at the election.