Ken Livingstone has had a huge influence upon my career choices. Way back in 1984, just as I was emerging from Art school and set on a life of activism, art and penury, I was lured into the Grater London Council to work as an outreach worker to disabled people’s groups. Paid to help the crips to revolt? Yes, it was a fantastic job. When abolition came 18 months later, I was hooked on a salary and I went for another job instead of returning to the front line of the struggle.
So how do I get these positions? All of mine have been in public service and the vast majority have been openly advertised and use the Office of the Commission for Public Appointments (OCPA) guidelines. All of them have involved making an application and going through a recruitment process, very much like what one would go through to get a job.
04 08 2011