The Jewish community reacted angrily tonight to London Mayor Ken Livingstone apparently likening a newspaper reporter to a concentration camp guard. The Board of Deputies of British Jews said they were “appalled” at Mr Livingstone’s “insensitivity” following his comments to Evening Standard journalist Oliver Finegold. On being told Mr Finegold was Jewish, Mr Livingstone told the reporter he was “just like a concentration camp guard”, it was claimed.This follows directly on from Mayor Ken inviting a radical Muslim cleric, Sheikh Qaradawi, to London, although Qaradawi has publicly supported Palestinian terrorism, wife beating and throwing gays off cliffs (bizarrely, Livingstone is a well known supporter of gay rights -- the incident with Oliver Finegold took place at a party celebrating the 20-year anniversary of an MP coming out the closet). Fed up with all the criticism, Livingstone then accused his critics of being under the influence of a "Zionist front organisation."
As time goes on, Livingstone is becoming less and less reticent about letting his anti-Semitism (and anti-Zionism) show. He is fast becoming an extreme embarrasment. And yet, there hasn't been any real change in public sentiment towards him. The main reason, as far as I can figure out, is his ruthlessness at tackling London's traffic problems, which are extremely severe and really impede the quality of daily life in this city.
But then, Mussolini made the trains run on time. It's amazing what people will put up with for an easy commute.