Two of Livingstone's top advisors - Redmond O'Neill and John Ross - are members of Socialist Action (a self-styled Trotskyist group). We wondered what that group thought of Livingstone's call to scab. Faz Velmi phoned up NUS executive member and Socialist Action supporter Pete Leary and asked him. The date was Tuesday 6 July i.e a week after the tube strike.
Faz: Hi Pete, it's Faz from the AWL. How are you?
Pete: Fine thanks.
F: Have you got a minute?
P: Yes, sure.
F: We're doing an article on the tube strike for our paper, and since I know you guys work pretty closely with Livingstone, I was wondering what your take was on his attitude to the strike, which was obviously quite surprising.
P: I don't have a take.
F: What do you mean?
P: I don't know anything about it.
F: Well, you must know it was a strike over pay and hours that Livingstone tried to break.
F: But you live in London!
P: No, I've been away.
F: Well, now you're back, I guess you'll find out. Is there any chance I could send you some information and call back later or tomorrow?
P: No, I'm not interested. I've already spoken to Alan [Clarke, AWL member on NUS executive] about this. Sorry.