over a proposals for a statue of Nelson Mandela in Trafalgar Square, BBC
Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.
Mandela. 'A lot of the people who, back in the 1980s in the Federation of
Conservative Students were wearing T shirts saying 'Hang Nelson Mandela',
have managed to work their way through the structure of Westminster
politics,' he said.
He said Nelson Mandela was recognised and respected by the public and
symbolised the end of empire, just as Lord Nelson symbolised the beginning
of the British Empire.
But Westminster City Council leader Simon Milton said this Mr Livingstone's
comments were a smear on councillors and he demanded an apology. The
application for the statue had not yet been put to the planning committee,
'We have no objection to a statue of Nelson Mandela and he will be the first
living person to have a statue in central London,' Mr Milton said. But the
council's public arts panel says the actual proposed statue is not good