Depressed of London

Ken Livingstone will not be the only one to sink into depression if he's not allowed to stand for mayor of London (Interview, 9 August); so will millions of voters. There are few things more depressing than being told that your opinions don't matter. Londoners want Ken to stand; to ban him will be to tell them that their vision of London is less important than ensuring a quiet life for party power-brokers and bureaucrats.

James Leahy
London EC2

This article first appeared in the 23 August 1999 issue of the New Statesman, No Jews on their golf courses