We on this side have watched with interest the arguments toing and froing between former Socialist allies. Londoners watching all this would say, "A plague on both your houses." They just want it to get going; all these details are Byzantine so far as they are concerned. I feel that everybody's patience is running out while the two of you argue away.
I want to return to the point made by Andrew Pelling. I have to say, Mr Livingstone, that a lot of people were incredibly disappointed that you put your old political allegiances ahead of championing Londoners' interests during the general election campaign. You may say breezily that, at best, Labour might have lost a handful of seats, but they clearly did not see it that way. That is precisely why they were at pains to get Mr Kiley on to their board - to buy off your opposition during an embarrassing time. They clearly thought it was serious.
You bought into that, which I think was letting Londoners down badly, when you could have held them to account on this matter which you claim is so terribly important. You did not think it was that important during the election campaign. I remember putting it to you just before the election started that this was just a temporary arrangement to save Labour any embarrassment, that you had bought into it, and that it would all unravel afterwards - as, indeed, it has. That allowed a lot of important messages to go astray.
My question to you on that is this: when you went out campaigning with Labour candidates during the election, did you bother to ask them whether they would be prepared to support you once it all unravelled afterwards? Do you think that those Labour candidates, who are now Labour MPs, are indeed going to support you in this?