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Last night, I sat in City Hall as Ken Livingstone’s political career ended; bizarrely, my parents were there as it was beginning. Back in the early 1970s, they were all members of Norwood Labour party’s insurgent left, battling the party’s right together following the perceived disappointments and betrayals of Harold Wilson’s Government. And so began a two-pronged struggle that would mark the rest of Ken’s career: against the Tories on the one hand, and the right-wing flank of his own party.
Election time is not the most exciting time in the political calendar, but the most boring and predictable one, for it invariably requires of a party person that they leave their critical faculties at the door, else it be said that they are handing ammunition to the enemy.
After the report of what Ken Livingstone said about Jewish Londoners, I said the other day on Twitter that, as a non-Jewish Labour voter, I would be voting for Boris Johnson in the London mayoral election in May.
A reader asked me to explain. That might take too long. Instead, here are some Livingstone quotations, thanks to [...]
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