As Boris Johnson has been criticised for his comments in the past, let us look back at some of Red Ken’s anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic, racist and misogynistic moments.
When questioned by an Evening Standard journalist on how a party went, cuddly Ken replied:
What did you do before? Were you a German war criminal?” Having been informed by the journalist that this was offensive because he was Jewish, Ken felt compelled to say that “ah right, well you might be [Jewish], but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren’t you?
Having not insulted Jews for a few weeks, Livingstone decided to adapt the old racist cry of go back where you came from if you don’t like it here, Jewish brothers David and Simon Reuben were told to “go back to Iran and try it under the ayatollahs.”
Even more despicable has been his repeated hostile behaviour towards homosexuals.
The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has denounced same-sex relationships and gay pride events as “satanic”, “unnatural”, “deviations”, “blasphemy” and “deadly moral poison.”
In February 2006, Grand Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin was quoted as saying about Moscow gay pride marchers, “if they come out on to the streets anyway they should be flogged. Any normal person would do that – Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike…”
The charming mayor of Moscow was subsequently invited to London. Livingstone did eventually condemn his anti-gay stance, but felt moved to point out that Peter Tatchell was conducting “an Islamophobic campaign” for pointing out that the Grand Mufti urged violence against gays. Thus, people who argue that gays should not be flogged for being gay are now right-wing fascists; welcome to Livingstone’s world.
Livingstone was one of the pioneers of various weird ideas (London as a nuclear-free zone), and pushed for people to be punished for making offensive remarks, which is why his offensive remarks matter so much.
I could bring up Livingstone’s grovelling before Irish terrorists in the 1980s, or his support for dictators in Latin America, or his backing of the authoritarian Hugo Chavez. But I will leave you with the memory of his staunch backing for, and entertaining of, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Dr. Qaradawi is “the chief scholar of the website IslamOnline, which endorses the execution of homosexuals – who it describes as “sick perverted and abonimable”; and which blames rape victims who dress “immodestly” for sex attacks, and outlines the conditions under which a husband can beat his wife.”
Qaradawi He also supports the murder of Israeli civilians and lauds their killers as martyrs.
By supporting Qaradawi, Livingstone has betrayed homosexuals, Jews, women and most of all moderate Muslims, who have to struggle for the limelight while men like Qaradawi are embraced by Livingstone.
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