ITV London mayoral debate: open thread

by Stephen Tall on January 10, 2008

The London mayoral contest is hotting up, and tonight ITV1 broadcasts a debate at 11.05 pm (London only; or Sky channel 993), with Lib Dem contender Brian Paddick, and the Tory and Labour candidates, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.

The London Evening Standard previews the debate here, reporting that:

Brian Paddick looked and sounded the part. He relied on notes but was polished. He ably deflected questioning of his “softly, softly” approach to cannabis possession while Lambeth borough commander.

He boasted about not being a career politician yet appeared as slick as the best. If TV debating is less about what you say and more about how you say it, Mr Paddick will have impressed many. … Much remains to play for – and from this initial skirmish, it’s going to be a hell of a battle. But we may just have seen the first signs of the end of the Livingstone era.

If you’re able to watch, and want to sound-off, please feel free to use the comments thread.