Ken Livingstone Shows His True Colours

David Welch david.welch at SPAMst-edmund-hall.oxford.ac.uk
Sat May 6 18:21:22 MDT 2000




On Sat, 6 May 2000, red-rebel wrote:

> Ken Livingstone shows his true colours?! If you already knew what a rat he
> was then why did you call on us to vote for him?
>  It was your "London Socialist Alliance" which was out there loudly
> campaigning for Ken "Luftwaffe" Livingstone.
> Can't grumble now you are reaping what you sowed.
>
>  The Socialist Labour Party called for no vote to Livingstone or any other
> capitalist candidate, and for this the L.S.A condenmed us as
> "sectarian". Our honesty towards our class may not have won us quite as
> many votes as the L.S.A's oppurtunistic posture, but at least our
> principles are intact.
>
I would absolutely agree that the idea that Livingstone is progressive or
even that the London working class have illusions that he is is wrong. But
IMHO the interests of the British working class were better served by
having recognizable leftists (even Trots) in the London Assembly than
by maintaining this principle. I understand the LSA did invite the SLP to
participate, perhaps some compromise could have been reached. Certainly
some members of the LSA also called for the LSA to stand a candidate
against Ken Livingstone.






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