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An interesting book by an interesting author at an interesting time in politics! One of the country’s most colourful and controversial politicians, Ken Livingstone, discusses how the left could and should govern. In so doing he serves up an insider’s account of the Party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history.
His account takes us from the self-proclaimed ‘radical socialism’ of the Greater London Council, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as ‘dangerous’ by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow, or improve on, his achievements today.
Ken Livingstone has twice held the leading political role in London regional government. He served as the Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until the Council was abolished in 1986, and then as the first elected Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as MP for Brent East from 1987 to 2001. His autobiography, You Can’t Say That, was published by Faber & Faber in 2011.