Jeffrey Archer thinks Ken Livingstone will win the London mayoral race "by a whisker" even though Boris Johnson is 10 points ahead in the latest YouGov poll. "He's the best political operator I have ever known," Archer tells Rob McGibbon of Livingstone in a video chat for Access Interviews. Will Ken resort to dirty tricks? "Oh yes," says Archer. "In the next few weeks ... " How fascinating. But Archer should know as a master of dirty tricks himself.
Archer may very well be the best London mayor we never had - he was thwarted by a little criminal matter some eight years ago - and he reveals Ken's biggest mistake in office. "He should have gone to New York straight after 9/11 to show Americans we care - it would have brought the American tourists into London! We missed a chance." Isn't that a bit cynical, suggests Rob, riding on the crest of such a cataclysm? "Yes! But that's what mayors must do ... " Only Archer could make Ken seem, um, palatable. To see the interview click here.