"if voting changed anything they’d abolish it"

“The establishment of consultative committees so that tenants could have a say in the management of their estates; the ability compulsorily to purchase properties where landlords were harassing tenants; our initial success in humanizing the treatment of homeless families; the drive to get empty property back in use by the Family Squatting Association – all had convinced me that an imaginative approach to local government could have an immediate and direct impact on people’s daily lives.”
Ken Livingstone, 1987

So Mr Livingstone, with your great powers as the first directly elected Mayor of London and with the city’s housing crisis, why not steal some of your old ideas?


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