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Red Ken Needs to Go ^ | April 4, 2006 | Carol Gould

Posted on 04/04/2006 5:52:07 AM PDT by SJackson

London's Mayor celebrates the socialist, anti-American revolution sweeping through South America.

I had vowed not to think about, write about or otherwise spend valuable time ruminating over the bizarre and obnoxious antics of London Mayor ‘Red Ken’ Livingstone, but a comment from a Canadian friend who is a neutral observer made me break my vow of silence. Please note that the ‘Red’ tag does not connote ginger hair but a past career cultivating the extreme Left that so enraged Margaret Thatcher that she abolished the Greater London Council just to be rid of him.

So it will have gone virtually unreported that on 18 March the London Mayor got up at an anti-Iraq war, anti-‘Apartheid Israel’ rally in Trafalgar Square to announce that the Hugo Chavez government of Venezuela had agreed to participate in an upcoming summer ‘people’s rally.’ Mayor Livingstone said we would celebrate the revolution sweeping South America and particularly Venezuela, whose aim it was to cut off its oil supply to the USA. Livingstone then said he hoped this would be an inspiration to ‘the Arab peoples of the world’ to cut off the oil taps to George Bush.

There I stood, next to a demonstrator with an upside-down USA flag on which he had daubed ‘F^** Bush,‘ thinking of my large family in the United States who, if one were to take the London Mayor literally, would starve and freeze to death sometime soon along with the rest of America if his vision became reality. When I told my Canadian friend about this, she, with no axe to grind, made an astute observation: ‘If Mayor Bloomberg of New York got up in Times Square and said he hoped the oil supply to Britain would be cut off, he would cause such an outcry that he would have to resign.’ Indeed, he would be taken away in a straitjacket.

Now we have a new wave of madness that has emanated from ‘Red Ken.’ A few weeks ago I noticed a tiny item in the newspaper about his appearance in Cannes at an Olympic 2012 planning junket. The article said Livingstone had got up at the Riviera event and made a verbal aassault on property tycoons Simon and David Reuben that others in the planning group had found startling and out of place. This is the Mayor who was suspended so recently for insulting a Jewish reporter with a ‘concentration camp guard’ slur. I said to myself, ‘No, no, no, it isn’t anti-Semitism again!‘

Lo and behold, a week later came his outburst in London in which he said the Reuben Brothers could ‘go back to Iran and live under the ayatollahs.’ ’Go back!’ -- an expression that strikes a chill in every immigrant, but for our champion of multiculturalism, Ken Livingstone, to utter this epithet was an egregious act, made worse by his next jibe. When asked about his outburst by reporters Livingstone said he was not aware that the Indian-Jewish Reubens were not, after all, Iranians, and that he apologised unreservedly to all of the Iranian people for suggesting he would have inflicted the Reuben brothers on them. Then, to top it all, the Mayor said he thought the Reubens might perhaps be Muslims.

But, as the expression goes, it isn’t over until it is over, so as this article goes to press we have the Mayor of London, the international envoy of goodwill of our ancient city, calling the United States Ambassador a ‘chiselling little crook’ on nationwide television. Americans making British boys die in Iraq but not paying the London Congestion Charge, for which some fifty-five embassies are reported to be in arrears, is the cause of his ire. The Evening Standard has pointed out that Mayor Ken did not go after the Communist Cuban embassy, whom it reports also owe back charges.

Like many American expatriates in England I have never forgotten that Ken Livingstone boycotted the State Dinner for President and Mrs. Bush or forgiven him for insulting Her Majesty the Queen by this petulant act.

In recent weeks Holocaust survivors have told me how deeply hurt they were by his ’concentration camp guard’ slur. Liberals rushed to Livingstone’s defense, most notably The Guardian newspaper, which filled up with even more hurtful articles by non-Jewish writers suggesting the small Anglo-Jewish community was engaging in some form of intellectual blackmail. Having seen how devastated my elderly Holocaust-era friends have been since Livingstone berated the Jewish reporter and then refused to apologise (this resulted in his suspension) my inclination was for Livingstone to be removed for the Nazi slur. Now, to defame an ambassador to the Court of St James in a public forum is a further act worthy of removal from office.

Many argue that Livingstone’s trusted deputy Mayor is Nicky Gavron, who is Jewish, and that his top-level Transport executives, Bob Kiley and Tim O’Toole are Americans. Perhaps his regular attacks on Jews and Americans can be attributed to a mental quirk or what British journalist Melanie Phillips calls ‘London’s Tourette Attraction.’

This week Roger McGough has pulled out of a Liverpool Philharmonic concert because Condoleezza Rice will be in attendance. This is churlish behaviour, but he is not the Mayor of one of the world’s most important and economically influential cities. Ken Livingstone is an embarrassment; his refusal to apologise to a Jewish reporter is hideous, and in light of his slur against the American ambassador he should leave office.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs

1 posted on 04/04/2006 5:52:08 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Rope --> neck --> snap.

2 posted on 04/04/2006 6:01:23 AM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage)
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To: SJackson
One third of those eligible to vote for the Mayor of London were born in Bangladesh and Pakistan.Add to them the anarchists of the left who hate everything American and you have a safe seat for a filthbag like Red Ken.
3 posted on 04/04/2006 6:02:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: SJackson
"‘If Mayor Bloomberg of New York got up in Times Square and said he hoped the oil supply to Britain would be cut off, he would cause such an outcry that he would have to resign.’ Indeed, he would be taken away in a straitjacket."

Idiots like this "Red Ken" just might have what they wish for happen to them instead. This idiots jump up and down in support of the Jihad against the west, and one of it's goals is to cut of the oil supply to Europe. Keep offering them your support, Red Ken. Your Iranian friends are demonstating all the missles and flying ships they have to cut off YOUR oil supply. Idiots.

4 posted on 04/04/2006 6:55:53 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Gay State Conservative

Not true, of the 6.68m population of London, in total 1.45m were born outside the UK and of that 1.45m, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis represent the third and fourth largest ethnic groups after the Indian and Black Caribbean groups. So in total non-UK born Bangladeshis and Pakistanis make up less than 10% of the vote.

I do however agree that Ken is a scumbag, but a vote for him is not seen as anti-american, it is seen as anti-Blair. He was voted in because Blair did everything in his power to stop him winning and Londoners don't like being pushed around. They are however, now sick of him and will undoubtedly boot him out at the next election!

5 posted on 04/04/2006 8:34:09 AM PDT by Vectorian
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To: Nathan Zachary

Ken is clearly a loony, but cutting off the UK's supply of oil irrelevant as the UK is a net exporter of oil, not a net importer.

6 posted on 04/04/2006 8:36:01 AM PDT by Vectorian
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To: Vectorian

Ken is clearly a loony

Sri he's no loony, he is an unreconstucted communist, that's why he hates Jews and all Americans.

The man is a menace, but it says an awfull lot that the Labour party have not kicked him out for what he has been saying recently.

7 posted on 04/04/2006 12:00:00 PM PDT by crazycat
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