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Joking apart . .

PUBLISHED: 15:53 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:38 25 August 2010

A MAYORAL debate was always going to be an interesting night – even more so when Ken Livingstone is invited to the lion s lair. . .

A MAYORAL debate was always going to be an interesting night - even more so when Ken Livingstone is invited to the lion's lair.

After all, the Evening Standard have never been on great terms with the Labour Mayor and to hold the event in Tory-loving Chelsea made it a tough night for Ken.

Queues snaking round the Cadogan Hall last Monday evening hinted at what was to come.

Women holding a banner reading 'We Need A Mayor We Can Trust' shrieked with excitement when blond bombshell Boris Johnson walked past.

Yet the candidates themselves lived up to their own stereotypes.

Ken sauntered on to the stage with a glass of red wine while the others stuck to water.

Boris's trademark wit did not disappoint reducing the packed hall to laughter but Ken was not without his own off-the-cuff gags.

But his remarks backfired when he admitted he would use Johnson's pledge, to force youths who misbehave on buses to earn their free travel back with community service, should he be voted in again.

The next day, the Standard's front page screamed: 'I'll steal Boris ideas, admits rattled Ken'.

But this was not the only pilfering going on.

Ken made a joke off microphone that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith should be more scared of a kebab she bought in Peckham rather than walking in the town centre late at night.

Thank goodness then that Bozza leaned towards the microphone and made sure everybody heard 'his joke'.

Naughty Boris!

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