Hire a select band of ethnic cheerleaders who careeristically volunteer to join the line and clap moronically whenever The Leader Ken Livingstone chances his eyes upon them! And you are home and dry.
On rent, Livingstone is prone to do that than anything really revolutionary, really liberating.
Livingstone had indulged in "Fares Fare" stunt in the 1970s when he grabbed hold of the main local media and attention. As soon as he staged that coup in May 1981 and usurped the Leadership of the GLC, Livingstone moved manifestly opportunistically. His “rebellion” against Thatcher was no such thing as Livingstone has been confessing in bursts of miniature rewriting of his own adventurous strategy to stay in the limelight.
Livingstone’s defeat by Boris Johnson was proof that Livingstone had lost it. The past two years and Livingstone has failed to lead on a single London issue. That did not mean that that Johnson had got it either. But that does not mean that either of them is fiat to be the elected leader of the bureaucracy called the Mayoralty.
The office is corrupting and the sooner it is ablsoh4df the sooner the overdue movement for democratic representation in London can begin.
The first task that all true democrats must undertake in London is the need to establish the idea of social education in all that is sold as education.
How is it that thousands of young people in London are in gangs that are actively criminal?
How is it that Livingstone has not made a big personal issue of addressing and dealing with it?
This failure is to do with Livingstone’s having no humanitarian universal vision that is outside of the petty cabinet culture that Livingstone encourages and profits from.
In areas like Tower Hamlets thousands of homes are wrecked with children and other young people made unhinged by the sheer brutality and desperation that dominates the families.
Livingstone has been silent on the terrorising increase in THE NUMEBRS OF ATTACKS by the social landlords and by Tower Hamlets Council on poor families and individuals who are being thrown out of their homes. This can only have been due to suit-wearing gangs in the various organisations that Livingstone courts for the local votes...
This is exactly in line with Livingstone incredible attack on the parents of the youths who were killing one another.
As Mayor before Boris Johnson Livingstone failed to show any awareness of the challenge.
How could he have not known?
Compare that silence with the role that Lee Jasper has been playing for the past few years since he lost that space at the City Hall.
Lee Jasper has become the wearer of every imaginable radical black “role model”.
Isn’t it very odd that Jasper had not told Livingstone about the very dangerous thing that has been going on now for too long: black youths killing black youths!
Livingstone did not want to accept the role of Education in Society when he was controlling the GLC.
What he has the knack for is to grab hold of anything that is trendy for the hour.
He will do that with the rent revolution. No doubt about that at all. Then he will move on to the next fancy thing. And so on. There is no assembly of ordinary people inspired or sustained to do the thing that all of society needs. Livingstone is too crafty to let that happen. For an educated, inspired community across London will not need him. So the rent revolution is only going to get in the headlines if Livingstone can find a way to keep it there for the months before he squares up to Boris Johnson for the duel at the polling booth.