Ken Livingstone’s attempts to make the ‘living wage’ a vital plank of his policies in London should be wholly supported in my view. On Thursday he managed to help defeat an attempt to block a living wage provision for cleaners. All those opposed to the living wage were Conservative party members and his attack on them yesterday is also to be applauded.
It is of course a great example of “progressive” policies to describe the proposal to pay cleaners, one of the lowest paid groups of workers in London, a living wage as ridiculous. But at least Londoners now know what a vote for this “progressive” agenda means – a vote to cut cleaners pay.
His pandering towards dodgy Sikh, Hindu and Sikh groups may be a problem but on poverty and green issues he is right more often than not.
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