Jonathan Calder praises the Ken Livingstone of the past (and deprecates his recent witterings on the subject of the Third Reich). I must admit that he was an attractive personality in those days. I remember his taking part in a Radio 4 nature trail and giving herpetology a good name. But one should also remember the ruthless way he deposed the then leader of London Labour - and the man the 1981 electorate assumed would be the leader of the GLC - Andrew Macintosh, in a back-stage coup. His co-conspirator was the late Illtyd Harrington, uncle of Hinterland's Richard Harrington.