Well known journalist Iain Dale has a radio show on LBC, and last night, one of his guests was Alastair Campbell. Iain Dale rather cheekily suggested that Alastair Campbell should run for Mayor against Boris, and this morning, there have been a lot of tweets, saying that there is support for Alastair to run! Clearly, Labour voters are desperate for a credible candidate, because Ken’s poor showing in the Mayoral contest so far seems about to end in a god almighty thrashing for Red Ken!
It it not just that Ken seems tired, jaded, jealous and desperately short of ideas, and this is reflected in the lack of conviction and energy from his supporters on Twitter, who are only too easy to shoot down. Even the most passionate Ken supporter must quail at the thought that Ken is working for Press TV, whose anti-female, homophobic, Holocaust denying views must outrage any decent person. Ken has refused to give up the job, and in the face of horrified disapproval from The Times, a Nobel Prize winner, and many Labour journalists, he still stubbornly refuses to quit. The Times said that either Ed Miliband should make Ken resign, or he should refuse to campaign for Ken as Mayor. This says everything about Ken’s judgment and his fitness to be Mayor.
Alastair Campbell must be one of the most unpopular, discredited figures from the last Labour regime, but the fact that for many, he is preferable to Ken says everything about how Ken is coming across. Of course it is hard being pitted against a hugely popular, talented, charismatic political figure like Boris, and everyone understands that, but Ken has also been master of his own undoing. He is lagging behind so badly, it is starting to look embarrassing.