Ken Livingstone is a British Labour party senior. He was mayor of London during the 80s and was dubbed Red Ken. He's an engaging fellow and despite being of a different political persuasion to me I have always had a soft spot for him. I lived and worked in London for many years and thus his influence over London touched my life a lot.
He has always had a firebrand spark inside him and often gets into trouble with his comments, usually at a speech or with a TV mic in his face.
Some months ago he went off on one and declared Hitler was a a Zionist and had supported the emigration of German jews to Palestine prior to world war 2. This caused the usual snowflakes to get up scream to all and sundry, usually with a mic in their faces. The air of jewish offence was palpable...
Livingstone was accused of being a Hitler supporter and all manner of stuff. But, to his credit, he stuck to his guns and maintained that what he had said was correct, which indeed it was.
He was suspended from the party while an investigation was carried out and yesterday after a hearing he was further suspended from the party but not expelled as the enemies of free speech had demanded. Outrage ensued, outrage I tell you!
The jews are not happy.
Here's this from the BBC website
The Chief Rabbi has accused Labour of "failing the Jewish community" by not expelling Ken Livingstone.
The former London mayor was suspended from the party for two years on Tuesday for comments he made about Adolf Hitler and Zionism.
Ephraim Mirvis said the decision "yet again failed to show" that the party is "sufficiently serious about tackling the scourge of anti-Semitism".
Mr Livingstone said he will launch a campaign to overturn the suspension.
Livingstone suspended again by Labour
The row first erupted in April last year when Mr Livingstone was defending Bradford West MP Naz Shah over claims she had made anti-Semitic social media posts.
He said: "When Hitler won his election in 1932, 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."
He has repeatedly defended his version of events, saying there had been "real collaboration" between Nazis and Zionists before World War Two.
While on this morning's Sunrise Sky News tv show Karen (I lie for a living) Pollack of the Holocaust Educational Trust while accusing Livingstone of lying, lied with a straight face live on tv. She shouted that Hitler was an anti semite, that jews never collaborated with him and they were (of course) the victims, that 6m had been killed by Hitler in the holocaust. Every one of those statements was a lie.
It makes me so angry when they claim their feelings are hurt and they then lie and lie trying to prove that someone else had lied!
The jews absolutely collaborated with Hitler's regime before the war, I have many quotes in several books taken directly from meetings and speeches of the time to prove it.
Why Livingstone says all this stuff though is perhaps the more interesting question...