Ex-Labour politician, presently elected Mayor of London. Since the abolition of the GLC in the early 1980s, Ken has been partially successful in shaking off his "Red Ken" image.
These are the answers which we judge Ken Livingstone would have given to the survey. Where appropriate, answers are accompanied by a rationale which explains why we believe this person would have given the answers we claim.
|New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.|
Livingstone has been strident in his opposition to the Private Finance Initiative.
|Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.|
|Sometimes interest rates should be raised to reduce inflation, even if doing so would cause a large number of job losses.|
|Drivers should pay enough tax to cover the cost of environmental damage caused by motor transport, even if that would price some people off the roads.|
Livingstone implemented the London Congestion Charge for this reason among others.
|The wealthy should pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.|
|The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.|
|Overall, economic migrants bring benefits to our country.|
|The government should subsidise farmers so that they stay in business, even if it would be cheaper to buy food from abroad.|
Livingstone believes that the EU's Common Agricultural Policy should be abolished, and the money spent on urban regeneration instead.
|Smokers should be required to kick the habit before receiving medical care for smoking-related illnesses.|
Ken is strongly anti-smoking and has proposed a ban on smoking in public. By extension he might give qualified support to this statement.
|Everyone bears a moral responsibility for the actions of their government, even when they do not support them.|
|Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.|
|The mix of minorities in public institutions should reflect their numbers in the general population.|
Livingstone is on record as saying, "I think you are absolutely right that positive discrimination is totally counter-productive, based on my experience in other areas. People have to be advanced on merit."
|Having individual local representatives is more important than electing parties in exact proportion to their support.|
Ken has long been an advocate of proportional representation.
|Officials like public prosecutors should be directly elected rather than chosen by the government.|
Livingstone has argued for greater local, elected control over the Metropolitan Police Commission. By extension we might expect him to support local direct elections for some such offices.
|For society to be cohesive, it is important that everyone shares a common language.|
|Legal protection for free expression creates more trouble than it's worth.|
|Nobody should go hungry, even if they refuse to work.|
|Some art should receive government funding.|
See, for instance, this press release on the empty Trafalgar Square plinth.
|Our nation has a glorious history.|
As mayor, Ken has at least paid lip-service to British heritage.
|A person's social status shouldn't depend on who their parents are.|
|We should offer sanctuary to anybody fleeing persecution.|
Livingstone repeatedly for the rights of asylum seekers.
|There are some ethnic groups who can never be fully integrated into our society.|
|Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.|
|Class distinctions should exist.|
|To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.|
"Ken Livingstone... described the war on drugs as a failure and called for greater emphasis on treatment."
|Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than marijuana.|
|Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.|
|Family is more important than society.|
|Sometimes the only way to make a legitimate point of view heard is to break the law.|
Ken's opinions on this seem to be mixed. He supported the Seattle demonstrations against the WTO, but cracked down on "anti-capitalist" demonstrations in London. Hence, weak agreement here.
|Our society needs more lawyers.|
|Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.|
|Dealing with nuisance crimes like petty vandalism makes serious crime less likely.|
Livingstone advocates "zero tolerance" in London.
|Everyone should have the right to trial by jury.|
|It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.|
|It is only acceptable to use proportionate force to defend your property from criminals.|
|Members of our society should be familiar with the history and traditions of our culture.|
|Overall, young people benefit from compulsory military service.|
|Schools should concentrate on training people for the workforce.|
|Schools should not teach children anything which contradicts their parents' religious faith.|
|Some people should not have access to the Internet.|
|Correct grammar is important.|
|Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.|
|Some technologies should never be used, whatever their benefits.|
|Some medical research would require so many animal experiments that it should not be done, whatever the benefits.|
|Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.|
|There is a place for organised religion in government.|
|There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.|
|It is immoral to be lazy.|
|It is never moral to break the law.|
|No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.|
|National law should always override international agreements.|
|Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.|
Ken supports CND and unilateral nuclear disarmament.
|The people of this country have a very different character to those of our neighbours.|
|Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.|
Ken often speaks in favour of, for instance, distributing EU funds to poorer regions.
|It's acceptable for a businessman to bribe a foreign official to complete a sale.|
|Our armed forces should intervene to stop genocide in other countries.|
Livingstone advocated intervention in Kosovo.
|Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.|
|Children should always obey their parents.|
|In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.|
Ken is in favour of increasing taxes on the wealthy to fund public services.
|Economic globalisation will increase inequality.|
|It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.|
|There is a danger that some large corporations will become more powerful than governments.|
|Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.|
Livingstone has appeared on "anti-War" platforms at demonstrations.
|Drug abuse is a problem primarily because of its effects on drug users, not its effects on the rest of society.|
|The only way for some workers to achieve fair pay is through collective bargaining.|
|Nobody should be sacked for going on strike.|
|Small businesses are more important to the economy than large corporations.|
|The government should act to stop companies paying executives excessive salaries.|
|Workers in the public sector should be paid as much as those doing similar jobs in private industry.|
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