by Ken Livingstone - £12.99 Pluto Press (2016)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780745399058 | ISBN 10: 0745399053
How should the left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in the Labour Party, Ken Livingstone serves up an insider's account of the Party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history.
At a time when many are now looking to revive Labour's potential, Livingstone has form. His account takes us from the self-proclaimed ‘radical socialism’ of the Greater London Council, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as ‘dangerous’ by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow, or improve on, his achievements today.
Having spent years at the head of the GLC, served two terms as London Mayor, and having gone head to head with Boris Johnson, Being Red offers a clear-sighted study of the left's possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the current state of the Labour Party and a look into its future.
(Price & availability last checked: February 2016)