I find myself in the minority on the internet these days. I seem to be one of the few right-of-centre/libertarian/reasonable left bloggers who is not sorry to see London’s Ken Livingston suspended for a month. In fact, I think his suspension is a slap on the wrist that should have been far longer.

Now, many claim that his suspension by an unelected board is patently undemocratic. They repeat that the voters have a chance to castigate him for all his vile actions when he comes up for re-election. Alas, I think these well meaning people forget a few things about the realities of Ken. First of all, they seem to forget that much of the press, especially the BBC, are rather keen on the “maverick” Mayor. The exception is the Evening Standard whose Jewish reporter Ken referred to as both a concentration camp guard and a shill for Nazis, the remark having been the cause of the suspension.

His media will, come the next election for Mayor, do their best to poopoo his critics and point out all the “great” things he has done for London. Mmm, like bringing the Olympics here. Yes, there are many who think this bottomless money pit project is a good thing. The puff-pieces will fail to mention the debacle over the concentration camp comments or the fact that Mayor Ken is routinely seen hosting and celebrating Islamists.

Ken even has the gall to use taxpayers’ money to fund a defence of Al Qaradawi, a man who supports Jihadi terrorism and is neither fond of Jews or homosexuals. Ken, claims that those who criticise the man are Zionist stooges. This is what Qaradawi said on Qatar TV (via MEMRI), February 25, 2006:

“Everything will be on our side and against Jews on [Judgment Day], at that time, even the stones and the trees will speak, with or without words, and say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there’s a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ They will point to the Jews. It says ‘servant of Allah,’ not ‘servant of desires,’ ‘servant of women,’ ‘servant of the bottle,’ ‘servant of Marxism,’ or ‘servant of liberalism’… It said servant of Allah.”

Livingston defends this man as the voice of moderate Islam. Ken continues these actions; as well as refusing to meet frequent approaches by Jewish community leaders over his behaviour. He even refuses to distance himself from this person and his type in the wake of the 7/7 attacks. Livingston considers the entire board appearance and sanction as part of wider “Zionist conspiracy” against him.

And these are just his racist and terrorist-loving antics. I do not have the space to detail the levels of over-spending, business-killing (via his congestion charge), over-taxing and corruption that is rife in his administration. He has done his best to make the London Assembly as powerless as possible. Harry’s Place is a wonderful resource on the antics of the London Mayor.

While it would have been better if Londoners were to vote him out last time round or that he would be brought to book on another one of his disgraceful acts; I see this decision as rather like Capone’s downfall due to tax evasion and not for all his other misdeeds.

Ken Livingston, Mayor of one of the greatest cities on the planet and the capital of the United Kingdom, is a Jew-hating, terrorist-enabling bigot who is a disgrace to this great city. Any act that clearly demonstrates just how vile the man is should be seen as a good start.

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