Magazine
Latest Issue

Gordon Brown Building

By Tom Nuttall  

One claim repeatedly made about the mayoral election is that a defeat for Ken Livingstone would be a major blow for Gordon Brown. I don’t quite follow this. Throughout his political career, and particularly since 2000, Ken has made a virtue of his political independence—he successfully ran as an independent against the Labour candidate Frank Dobson in 2000, of course, and although he’s since returned to the Labour bosom, the imperatives of party loyalty seem to exert little hold on him. Most importantly, the mayoral election doesn’t feel like a choice between parties, it feels like a choice between candidates,…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect