The problem is that many MPs never see the London that exists beyond the wine bars and brothels of Westminster.
1987 In The Times,19 Feb.
There is now a desperate need for a London-wide left caucus of those interested in the GLC and local councils so that we can compare and discuss what is happening in each borough.Ken Livingstone
I can't think of a more appalling contrast between this wedding beanfeast and what is happening in Ireland.Ken Livingstone
I feel like Galileo going before the Inquisition to explain that the Sun doesn't revolve around the Earth. I hope I have more success.Ken Livingstone
I've met serial killers and professional assassins and nobody scared me as much as MrsT.Ken Livingstone
You cannot just have a socialist revolution in Norwood and nowhere else.Ken Livingstone
I feel a degree of regret that Marshall did not push on and say 'Abolish the GLC', because I think it would be a major saving and would have released massive resources for more productive use.Ken Livingstone
Everyone is bisexual. Almost everyone has the sexual potential for anything.Ken Livingstone
The next election will bring an influx of over 120 new MPs who will be overwhelmingly on the Left.Ken Livingstone
I take a much more pragmatic view than many people on the Left about working with Neil Kinnock. Kinnock represents the best vehicle possible for achieving socialism now.Ken Livingstone
Nothing could have been greater than the pride of serving this city. I do not believe I am sure I speak for my colleagues on all sides nothing else that happens to us in our lives will be as rewarding and fulfilling as the years that we have spent in this building.Ken Livingstone
The British judiciary is one of the most corrupt in the world because of politically active judges.Ken Livingstone
If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish ItKen Livingstone
Only some ghastly dehumanised moron would want to get rid of the Routemaster.Ken Livingstone
Some US journalist came up to me and said: 'How can you say this about President Bush?' Well, I think what I said then was quite mild. I actually think that Bush is the greatest threat to life on this planet that we've most probably ever seen. The policies he is initiating will doom us to extinction.Ken Livingstone
The American agenda is sweeping everything before it, and although it's not perfect, the EU is better on environmental issues. It's a less rapacious form of capitalism.Ken Livingstone
I just long for the day I wake up and find that the Saudi royal family are swinging from lampposts and that they've got a proper government that represents the people of Saudi Arabia.Ken Livingstone
When you see someone trying to manoeuvre it round the school gates you have to think, you are a complete idiot.Ken Livingstone
When reporters say to me I'm only doing this because it's my job... that's the same abdication of moral responsibility at the thin end of the wedge that in its most extreme and horrific version ends up with others being prepared to stand as a concentration camp guard.Ken Livingstone
To avoid manufactured misunderstandings, the policies of Israeli governments are not analogous to Nazism. They do not aim at the systematic extermination of the Palestinian people, in the way Nazism sought the annihilation of the Jews.Ken Livingstone
You can't expect to work for the Daily Mail group and have the rest of society treat with you respect as a useful member of society, because you are not.Ken Livingstone
Perhaps if they're not happy here they can go back to Iran and try their luck with ayatollahs, if they don't like the planning regime or my approach.Ken Livingstone
It would actually be quite nice if the American ambassador in Britain could pay the charge that everybody else is paying and not actually try and skive out of it like some chiselling little crook.Ken Livingstone
One thing that Chairman Mao did was to end the appalling foot binding of women. That alone justifies the Mao Tse-tung era.Ken Livingstone
He has every right to his own view but not to express it when he is mayor of this city.Ken Livingstone
First of all, I've never heard of the fellow. Second, I'm not going to dignify it with a response.Ken Livingstone
We look to the left and to the right And we need help but nobody's in sight Where is the man that we all need Tell him he's to come and rescue me.Ken Livingstone
I know one thing... Ken Livingstone is a folk hero.Ken Livingstone
Livingstone apparently is that very odd and increasingly rare creature called a sincere liberal.Ken Livingstone
[Pigeons are] rats with wings.Ken Livingstone
Sandy Bates: What was that? What was that?
Dorrie: Hey, that's so pretty. A pigeon!
Sandy Bates: Geez ... no, it's not pretty at all. They're... they're... they're rats with wings.