Ken Livingstone - My Fake Diary
Saturday, 18 August 2012
I see I've made the WikepediA:
Kenneth Robert Livingstone (born 17 June 1945) is a British Labour Party politician who has twice held the leading political role in London local government, first as the Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until the Council was abolished in 1986, and then as the first elected Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent East from 1987 to 2001. A democratic socialist and social liberal, Livingstone has positioned himself on the hard left of the Labour Party.
Born into a working-class family in Lambeth, Livingstone first joined the Labour Party in 1968 and was elected to represent Norwood at the Greater London Council in 1973, before moving to represent Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1977, and then to Paddington in 1981. That year, he was internally elected to the leadership of the GLC, overthrowing Andrew McIntosh. Attempting to push through a reduction in London Underground fares - a policy known as "Fares Fair" - it was subsequently quashed when it was challenged in court and found to be illegal. More successful was his support for a number of schemes designed to benefit women and various underprivileged minorities in London, although these too faced stiff opposition. A vocal opponent of the Conservative Party government of Margaret Thatcher, Livingstone was heavily criticised in the mainstream media for his vocal support of controversial issues such as republicanism, LGBT rights and a United Ireland, being given the moniker of "Red Ken" for his socialist beliefs. Viewing the GLC as a political threat and a waste of money, in 1986, the Thatcher government abolished the Council, putting Livingstone out of a job.
Then they asked: I've listed this article for peer review because over the past few months, I have dramatically revamped the introduction and first half of the article, covering the period of Livingstone's life up until the abolition of the GLC in the mid-1980s. I would be really grateful if anyone could peer review this first half of the article; letting me know what I'm doing right, and what I'm doing wrong.
Why didn't they just ask me?
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