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03/03/00
Ken Speaks Up for Socialism
- Wealth redistribution key to London's future, says Livingstone

KEN LIVINGSTONE last night did a very strange thing. After months of bureaucratic wrangling, the London Mayor hopeful actually brought politics back on the agenda.

Stranger still, Livingstone eschewed the advice of many pundits and spoke up for a creed whose time many thought had past, namely socialism. "I think socialism's time is still to come," the front runner for the May 1st mayoral election said. "That is why I am running for mayor. How you run a city like this is inevitably going to mean the language of socialism [such as] the redistribution of wealth."

Although well known as a left winger - he was dubbed Red Ken during the 80s - Livingstone was thought by many to favour a broad church approach in his likely independent campaign to become London's first elected boss. But last night's talk of socialism and wealth redistribution has blown that theory out of the water.

Tactically, the move could help Livingstone appear as the radical alternative to Blair loyalist Frank Dobson who beat him to the official Labour nomination.




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