Every day has seen fresh 'revelations', smears and innuendo. And - as I've pointed out myself on a number of occasions - Ken is pretty far from being the ideal Labour Party candidate for this job. But there is reporting, and there is smearing. And The Standard dived over that line a long time ago.
The result appears to be too close to call.
But if Ken Livingstone loses, there will be no doubt that the Evening Standard's relentlessly negative targeting of his campaign has been the decisive factor. It will be a display of political muscle-flexing that hasn't been seen since notorious 'it woz The Sun wot won it' crowing of the early 1990s - a tabloid campaign that resulted in five calamitous years of John Major's government.
If Ken Livingstone loses, the only realistic winner will be Boris Johnson. And it would be reasonable to assume that The Standard will be in no position to criticise Boris for any failures that are likely to happen on his watch. Londoners would have an obvious riposte if they did: "But you told us to vote for him!"
And those mistakes WILL happen .... be in no doubt about that one.
So, one newspaper may be able to exercise enough power to gift the management of a city to a pet politician. And if that happens, that same newspaper will be in no position to scrutinise one of the EU's most powerful men.
For far too long now, the Standard has been allowed to avoid measures to break its monopoly. There is barely a position on the political spectrum that would not agree that this monopoly is bad for London's politics, bad for consumers, and bad for jobs. And just to illustrate how much of a monopoly it is...
- London has a larger population than at least ten of the twenty-seven EU member states.
- It only has one paid-for newspaper covering the whole city.
- The Irish Republic - a nation with only a bit more than a half of London's population - has ELEVEN daily paid-for newspapers.
But it's the right thing to do. And it needs to be done. Badly.