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Ken Livingstone

Fecha de nacimiento: 17. Junio 1945
Otros nombres:Кен Ливингстон

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Kenneth Robert Livingstone , alcalde de Londres entre 2000 y 2008 por el Partido Laborista. Fue la primera persona que ocupó ese puesto después de su creación en el año 2000, hasta que fue derrotado en las elecciones municipales de 2008 por el conservador Boris Johnson.

Livingstone es uno de los políticos más populares de Gran Bretaña y se le conoce como "Red Ken", el rebelde e incorregible del Partido Laborista, por representar el ala más izquierdista de la colectividad.

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Frases Ken Livingstone

„As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted 14 years ago...“

— Ken Livingstone
Victory speech on being elected first Mayor of London, 14 years after the abolition of the Greater London Council, of which he was leader. Friday 5 May 2000

„If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It“

— Ken Livingstone
Title of his autobiography (1987) A variant of a slightly earlier quote: "If voting could change anything, it would be illegal" ( 1978 https://books.google.com/books?id=RPgcAQAAMAAJ&q=%22if+voting+could+change+anything%22&dq=%22if+voting+could+change+anything%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjg4IDksJHMAhVPxWMKHc7sBikQ6AEIJTAC)

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„Perhaps if they're not happy here they can go back to Iran and try their luck with ayatollahs, if they don't like the planning regime or my approach.“

— Ken Livingstone
Remarks at press conference, 21 March 2006, criticising the businessmen David and Simon Reuben who were obstructing land acquisition for the 2012 Olympics. The Reuben brothers were in fact born in India, to parents of an Iraqi Jewish heritage. Quoted in "Gaffe lands Livingstone back in trouble" by Jill Sherman in The Times (22 March 2006)

„When you see someone trying to manoeuvre it round the school gates you have to think, you are a complete idiot.“

— Ken Livingstone
Criticising Londoners who drive 4x4s in an interview with GMTV (broadcast 23 May 2004), as quoted in "Drivers of 4X4s in London are idiots, says Livingstone" by Ross Lydall in Evening Standard (21 May 2004)

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„It would actually be quite nice if the American ambassador in Britain could pay the charge that everybody else is paying and not actually try and skive out of it like some chiselling little crook.“

— Ken Livingstone
While being interviewed in the street during his dispute with several embassies for not paying Central London's congestion charge (late March 2006). The Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article697933.ece, 28 March 2006. <sup>[ New York Times comment http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/02/world/europe/02parking.html?_r=1&oref=slogin, 2 May 2006.]</sup>

„Only some ghastly dehumanised moron would want to get rid of the Routemaster.“

— Ken Livingstone
Said in 2001. Four years later the Routemaster bus was withdrawn from ordinary passenger service by Transport for London, a decision supported by Livingstone. Quoted in "Livingstone and the 'morons' have killed off the Routemaster" by Philip Johnston in Daily Telegraph (24 October 2005) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2005/10/24/do2401.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/10/24/ixportal.html.

„I feel a degree of regret that Marshall did not push on and say 'Abolish the GLC', because I think it would be a major saving and would have released massive resources for more productive use.“

— Ken Livingstone
In a GLC debate on the Marshall Report into GLC powers, 1979, quoted in "Beyond Our Ken" (1985) by Andrew Forrester, Stewart Lansley and Robin Pauley, p. 43 <!-- Fourth Estate -->

„You cannot just have a socialist revolution in Norwood and nowhere else.“

— Ken Livingstone
Statement to the South London Press in 1977 on moving constituencies away from Norwood in the 1977 GLC election. Quoted in Citizen Ken (1984) by John Carvel, p. 61 <!-- Chatto & Windus -->

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„The American agenda is sweeping everything before it, and although it's not perfect, the EU is better on environmental issues. It's a less rapacious form of capitalism.“

— Ken Livingstone
As quoted in "Livingstone says Bush is `greatest threat to life on planet'" by Nigel Morris, in The Independent (18 November 2003), p. 5.

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