A frank, gripping and moving - and controversial - autobiography from one of the most idiosyncratic and effective politicians of the last fifty years. His political convictions, his distance from New Labour, and his direct, plain-speaking style and personality have allowed him to survive longer than any of his contemporaries as a man of principle and influence.
From his eccentric South London working class childhood to running one of the biggest cities in the world, Livingstone is one of the very few politicians to have scored a major victory over the Thatcher Government and has championed issues as diverse as the environment, gay rights and anti-racism.
Written in Livingstone's unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is a hugely important and remarkable book from one of the very few respected politicians at work today.
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He championed that monstrous protuberance when as Mayor he turned cheerleader for speculative skyscrapers, and the billionaire developer's best friend â another strike in favour of the Johnson thesis about London's elite competitors.Nov 18 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs
Livingstone admits to both hard graft and fear â he trembled so much during his first political speech he had to lean against a wall â whereas Johnson's aim is to dress up his success as effortless.Nov 06 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs
Far from saying the unsayable, Ken has always been .Nov 25 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs
But Livingstone's years of oppositionism had created a mindset that was hard to break out of, even as Mayor: in 2008 especially, he came across as bitter and inflexible rather than as above politics.Oct 27 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs