A recent interview in The Guardian helps explain his reticence. Ken, it seems, was once a trainee science teacher: "I made a terrible mistake," he confessed. "In 1970 there was a national teacher shortage and they were desperate. The standard of the course was so low it wasn't very much more demanding than A-level. Basically everyone who sat the exams passed unless they had a nervous breakdown or took drugs during them. It was a complete waste of taxpayers' money." With views like that, Labour should be backing Ken for mayor.
Ken Livingstone, said to be the people's choice for London mayor, has never ventured far into the rocky terrain of education politics.
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