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If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it. ---->>>

I'm never going to take the view that I should say whatever I need to say in order to achieve something. Because that implies a level of dishonesty. ---->>>

Global warming could be solved by shifting three to four per cent of global GDP to pay for it. ---->>>

I have met the people who run the world, and I am not in awe of them. ---->>>

Polling in a general election is pretty accurate, because turnout is usually high. ---->>>

I was a weedy kid, not like one of those working-class men who can accommodate not being academically clever by physical strength and prowess. ---->>>

I've always been a workaholic. I reckon, on average, I've had less than one day a year off in my working career. ---->>>

Most kids don't get to go their parents' wedding. ---->>>

Most people are not shocked that I am occasionally rude to journalists. They are probably amazed I don't punch one in the face. ---->>>

I actually think the civil service, who are the malignancy at the heart of public life, have consciously prevented, talked ministers out of, made it difficult regulatory-wise, to allow more pressure on alternative energy sources to grow. ---->>>

I would like to sound like James Mason. I reckon if I'd had a better voice I could have been prime minister. It is the most irritating voice in public life. ---->>>

I mean I get loads of money, all from different sources. You give it to your accountant. They manage it. But you pay corporation tax. If you're then taking it out and spending it on yourself, you have to pay more. ---->>>

If I was courting the Muslim vote, I wouldn't have put establishing the partnership ceremony at the forefront of my first term, would I? I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. ---->>>

My political beliefs are my moral, quasi-religious framework. ---->>>

World wide capitalism kills more people everyday then Hitler did. And he was crazy. ---->>>

I do the gardening. ---->>>

The press keep asking me, 'What was your biggest mistake?' But if I had made a big mistake, they'd all be writing about it, wouldn't they? ---->>>

I am a socialist, a believer in rational thought and the rule of law. ---->>>

I don't work hard enough. If I had worked harder I might have been prime minister. ---->>>

I grew up in a house with very few books. ---->>>

I never came into life with any favours or privileges. ---->>>

I spent the 1960s and 1970s seeking myself - the working-class tradition of self-education. ---->>>

I think democracy's undermined when those who own newspapers fill them with trivia rather than real issues. ---->>>

My only regret is the media's obsession with the past. ---->>>

Politics is not a healthy lifestyle. ---->>>

Thatcher was prepared to destroy the world rather than give in on something she believed in. ---->>>

The civil service are risk averse. ---->>>

The world is run by monsters and you have to deal with them. Some of them run countries, some of them run banks, some of them run news corporations. ---->>>

This life is messy. ---->>>

Well, I get on with people who believe in something. ---->>>

What do we do about climate change bearing down upon us? ---->>>

When I'm sifting the compost seed or pruning, I argue over issues in my head; I talk to myself. ---->>>

Working with the Jewish community is essential to me and what I stand for. ---->>>

All the politics of the post-war period was about the clash between the Soviet Union and America, and virtually all issues ended up being subordinated to that. Now, the question is, what is the most a socialist can achieve in a global economy? ---->>>

I employed my wife for three years to sit in the attic and type up my autobiography, 700 pages, organise everywhere I go. I'm paying the normal rate of tax on the money I take out for myself. ---->>>

There needs to be radical development in equality law to create the environment to allow women to stay in work. ---->>>

Anybody who enjoys being in the House of Commons probably needs psychiatric help. ---->>>

The people I really most admire are Robert Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt. If you know someone, it is very hard to revere them. ---->>>

Everyone changes all the time. ---->>>

Give me the whole world to run and then I'll be happy. If tomorrow I was told I had to sort out the whole world's problems I'd sleep like a baby. ---->>>

I am not against Israel, I am against Zionists. ---->>>

I became a councillor back in 1971, so if by this stage in politics I'm making lots of big mistakes, then I shouldn't be here. ---->>>

I grew up in Lambeth, I went to normal schools and I've grown up in a city where people say what they think. ---->>>

I have no interest in managing my financial affairs. ---->>>

I have only ever borrowed money for investment. I have been sound money all my life. ---->>>

I have opened newspapers and read incredible lies. ---->>>

I liked it when we had ugly politicians who droned on about issues. ---->>>

I refuse not to have a sense of humour. ---->>>

I think I have gone through my entire public career never telling a lie. I have made mistakes but I never knowingly lied. ---->>>

I think it's much more important to keep people in work than have pay rises. ---->>>

I would like all newspapers to become workers' co-operatives. ---->>>

I'm in exactly the same position as everybody else who has a small business. ---->>>

I'm more interested in politicians who deal with human rights in their own country rather than lecture the rest of the world. ---->>>

I've always told the truth. I've often been wrong - but I've never knowingly lied. Not in public life. Because I don't see the need to. ---->>>

I've got people handling the media. I employ at the moment two people. No-one is paying income tax on the money they use to employ people. ---->>>

I've never declined to do an interview. ---->>>

If women had never been given the right to vote, then Labour would have won every election after the war. ---->>>

If you are running a city you must focus on day-to-day problems. ---->>>

Most people wouldn't want to marry a politician. ---->>>

Most politicians aren't allowed to express themselves any more. ---->>>

My administration will tackle these issues in consultation with the black communities of London. ---->>>

My main income is from speaking. ---->>>

Press TV is one of the few TV channels anywhere in the West that fairly presents the Palestinian case. ---->>>

Psephology isn't a hate crime. ---->>>

Short of being prime minister there isn't a better job in British politics than running London. ---->>>

The truth is, no one pays more tax than they have to. ---->>>

The whole culture of my background was deeply Conservative. ---->>>

There isn't much about my life that's been particularly conventional. ---->>>

Well, I mean, I'm very much a pragmatic person. ---->>>

You lose power in Britain and you are just Joe Public again. ---->>>

Every budget I have ever prepared has been balanced. ---->>>

I can easily lose myself emotionally in absolute Hollywood garbage. ---->>>

I can only admire people who I have never met and are dead - because you know so much about anyone who is alive. ---->>>

I do explicitly see Jewish people as a people - not either a religion or an ethnicity but a people. ---->>>

I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. ---->>>

I loathe and detest all this trivialisation of politics. ---->>>

I swim three times a week. ---->>>

I'm an emotional person; I do occasionally shed a tear. ---->>>

Jewish voters are not one homogenous block. ---->>>

The best way to demonstrate the values of a western democracy is you put Osama bin Laden on trial; you challenge what he says. ---->>>

I came into politics because I wished to change things. You can't do that by lying to people; you have to educate, and persuade, and carry them with you - and it's often a long haul. ---->>>

I can't understand why anyone would want to live the life of a politician if you can't say pretty much what you think. You are not in it for the money: there's unremitting pressure on your life, you give up so much of your privacy. It can only be because of the things you want to do and the things you want to say. ---->>>

I Kenneth Robert Livingstone, having been elected to the office of mayor of London, declare that I take that office upon myself, and will duly and faithfully fulfil the duties of it to the best of my judgement and ability. ---->>>

I undertake that, in the exercise of my functions of that office I will have regard to any guidance with respect to ethical standards issued by the secretary of state under Section 66 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999. ---->>>

The market is a brilliant system for the exchange of goods and services, but it doesn't protect the environment unless it's regulated, it doesn't train your workforce unless it's regulated, and it doesn't give you the long-term investment you want. ---->>>

When I was leader of the GLC, by the time I had been in control for three years, the difference in pay between the cleaner and the director general was a four-to-one ratio. I find that attractive. ---->>>

Yes, there are lots of individual exceptions. But no one has ever done a study about voting intention without ascertaining that the biggest determining factor is your income and your wealth. ---->>>

I could not cherish London and not value Jewish London. The contribution of Jews to London is immense - politically, economically, culturally, intellectually, philanthropically, artistically. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 06-17, 1945
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Occupation: Politician
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Kenneth Robert Livingstone (born 17 June 1945) is an English politician who served as the Leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) from 1981 until the council was abolished in 1986, and as 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 (wikipedia)