Fw: Ken Livingstone Shows His True Colours

M A Jones jones118 at SPAMlineone.net
Sat May 6 18:48:42 MDT 2000


sorry, a phrase got deleted somehow, to the effect that Ted Knight was
Leader of Lambeth Council and that Knight was a Gerry Healey lieutenant (not
that it matters any more)
Mark Jones
http://www.egroups.com/group/CrashList

----- Original Message -----
From: "M A Jones" <jones118 at lineone.net>
To: "Marxism at Lists.Panix.Com" <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2000 1:17 AM
Subject: Re: Ken Livingstone Shows His True Colours


> Lou wrote:
>
> > I think Livingstone's rabid support for Nato's war against Yugoslavia
> > indicated
> > that he was a problematic candidate to say the least.
>
> When Ken was still making his way in local govt, before his sudden ascent
to
> be Leader of the Greater London Council (equivalent to being mayor, except
> that in those days the GLC had enormous powers and budget) he edited a
> newspaper called Labour Herald, together with Ted Knight, then leader
> I'm not so much into the messy and twisted-up entrails of Trotskyism
> as some folks on this list so I really don't know, or remember, or care
> about Knight's provenance, but no doubt Paul Flewers or someone
> will know the EXACT details).
>
> The Labour Party trot/ultra left was an extraordinarily self-obsessed,
> involuted kind of thing. They had very limited horizons; they were
fanatical
> committee men, and women, and they lived for the greasy-pole politics of
> Labour's sectarian-municipal left. They were mostly quite unpleasant
> people  and from their obsessions, malice and spite sprang the
> well-deserved reputation of the loony-left. Anyway, to cut a long story
> short, I got the job of writing for the Labour Herald
> on foreign affairs. This was because, as Ken put it to me, 'none of our
lot
> really knows anything about it' (ie, history, except the history of their
> little sects; of the outside world they knew nothing).
>
> Even in those days I was what people sometimes call a stalinist.
> I never hid my colours; I used to write very long
> articles about Soviet history, the Cold War etc, and the Healy-financed
> Labour Herald published them as big centre-spreads without editing or
> cavilling. Obviously they never read what I wrote, altho' I know Ken did
> because once he slapped me on the back and told me how much he'd learnt
from
> something I wrote about the genesis of the United Nations Organisation,
the
> 1944 san francisco talks etc. This was in 1983, or thereabouts. Others who
> DID read my stuff included the London Pravda man (later expelled for being
a
> KGB spy), and soon I got offered the chance to travel in the USSR, which I
> grabbed. I was happy to leave. I didn't give a single shit about the fate
> of the Labour left, or indeed the Labour Party, any more than
> the Healyites gave a flying fuck about
> anything which went on south of Calais. This terminated my contacts with
> Ken. However, I can say that he did not strike me as a rabid opportunist.
> Let's face it, anyone who is prepared to stand up in an election
> campaign for mayor of one of the world's financial capital's and
> declare that US-led modern capitalism is more lethal than Hitler germany
> is not just out for himself and he is is gonna get my vote. No, Ken is
> not an opportunist, he is just untutored. Remember, Kosovo is a REALLY
long
> way from Calais. I always warmed to him, not just because he is genuinely
> warm and charismatic; he simply is not a mindless sectarian shit; but he
> knows how to maximise, optimise and satisfice his various constituencies.
He
> WILL make a big difference to British politics; he will push it to the
left,
> he will fight his corner, and I will go and opportunistically remind him
of
> our former acquaintance and tell him he was quite, quite wrong wbout
Kosovo.
> I'm sure he will agree and when he relaunches the Labour Herald my first
> article about events on Le Continent will be about how Milosoevic is the
> Castro of the Balkans. He'll publish it, and the fact that HIS first piece
> about Le Continent will be about his favourite brasserie in Brussels,
won't
> change a thing.
>
> As for the loony left, he is well shot of them, including especially the
> British SWP, the "CPGB", the CPB, the SLP, and the whole gang of 'em.
>
>
> Mark Jones
> http://www.egroups.com/group/CrashList
>
>






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