Ken Livingstone is alright. He stood up to Thatcher in the eighties and has been a consistent and committed campaigner for the honest political left.
In what both he and I both saw as a neo-McCarthyite revival, his standing up to the nasty little tyrant who was just after an easy news story has caused him to be suspended from the office of Mayor of London - not by an elected body, but by a bunch of unelected officials.
Here is his statement if you want to read it. Go on, you know you want to .