Saddened but not surprised to see Ken ‘Adolf’ Livingstone managing to cling on to his Labour Party membership despite claiming that ‘Hitler was a Zionist’.
Britain’s main opposition Labour Party was in turmoil Thursday just weeks before local elections, after deciding not to expel a senior party member who made comments about Adolf Hitler and Zionism.
Deputy leader Tom Watson said the “incomprehensible” decision by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) not to throw out former London mayor Ken Livingstone brought “shame on us all”.
More than 100 out of 229 Labour MPs signed a statement saying the decision was a betrayal of the party’s values and was “not done in our name”.
Current Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan added to growing calls Thursday for Livingstone’s expulsion.
And Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May weighed in, saying Labour had plunged to new lows.
Labour had “revealed the depths to which it has now sunk, betraying the Jewish community in our country by letting Ken Livingstone off the hook”, she said in a party campaign speech.
The disarray comes ahead of the May 4 local authority elections in Britain, with Labour trailing badly in the opinion polls.
Livingstone, 71, was suspended in April last year after saying on a radio show that when Hitler won power in Germany in the early 1930s, “his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.
On Tuesday, the NEC formally suspended him for two years backdated to last April, meaning he cannot stand in parliamentary or local authority elections — which he was not seeking to do.
The fact that Livingstone has been allowed to stay in the party despite being a total arse over this and other issues is a failure of Labour Party management. It also tells us a lot about what Labour have become and who their core supporters now are, which is Muslims and far Leftists who have Jew hatred running through them like the name of a seaside town on a stick of rock.
This incident and the response to it should mark the time when Left leaning Jews look at the Labour Party and think ‘do I belong here in this party any more’?
It seems that Labour have decided to throw their Jewish members under the bus in order to keep sweet the far Left and the Muslims who now make up a large and growing proportion of the party’s active members.