Being Red

A Politics for the Future

Ken Livingstone

Being Red

Ken Livingstone

Distributed for Pluto Press

160 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745399058 Published July 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Following the unprecedented election of radical Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party in September, there was a tremendous surge of interest in the Party and its future. At a time when many hope to revive Labour's potential, Ken Livingstone provides a fascinating insider’s account of the Party at this pivotal moment in its history. Being Red takes us from the self-proclaimed radical socialism of the Greater London Council; to Livingstone’s controversial independent candidacy; to a head-to-head with Boris Johnson; to the political battles against privatization and pollution which characterized his time as mayor of London. At each point, he offers lessons for those who would seek to follow—or improve on—his achievements today.

Written by one of Britain's best-known and controversial politicians, Being Red provides a clear-sighted study on the current state of the British left, with reflections on its possibilities and limitations. Just in time for the upcoming 2016 British mayoral elections, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the recent surge in the Labour Party and the future of UK politics.
Contents
Preface
1. The GLC years: In conversation with Anna Minton
2. The GLA years and beyond: In conversation with Anna Minton 
3. Boris Will be the Death of Me
4. Rebuilding the Party, Rebuilding Britain
5. Ken: A Personal Portrait: Interview by Angharad Penrhyn Jones
6. ‘I Don’t Know Much About Art – but…' By Jan Woolf
Notes

 
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