• Islamism,  Ken Livingstone,  Labour Party

    Corbyn Can’t Defend Us Against His Friends

    I’ll keep this brief because this one point is all that needs to be said: Jeremy Corbyn and his friends – like Ken Livingstone, George Galloway, those who lead the Stop the War Coalition and Socialist Action and Momentum – have been the leading enablers of Islamism in the UK. They now expect us to believe that the fight against Islamism and its violent terrorist expression is in safe hands with them. These are the people who invited Islamist groups into leftwing coalitions. These are the people who smeared liberal commentators – including us at Harry’s Place – as racists and Islamophobes for warning against the poison of hate-preachers and…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Genocide,  Ken Livingstone

    Tony Greenstein’s Sleight of Hand

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor Not long ago, Fathom published my refutation of Ken Livingstone’s antisemitic guru, Lenni Brenner. Tony Greenstein, a founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, has twice jumped to Brenner’s defence. His first reply to me can be read here and my rejoinder here. Greenstein has come back for more with an extremely long-winded blog post here. My second rejoinder to him is now available here. From the introduction: In his latest interminable response to me, he invokes Moshe Menuhin, a regular contributor to the neo-Nazi press in Germany; the “Information Bulletin” of the Soviet-controlled Israeli Communist Party; and a long-defunct journal published by a group expelled from…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Ken Livingstone

    Tony Greenstein’s House of Cards

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor A few days ago, Fathom published my detailed exposé of the deceitful methods and antisemitic views of Ken Livingstone’s guru, Lenni Brenner. Tony Greenstein has come to Brenner’s defence. His hysterical reply to me can be read here. My rejoinder is now available here. From the introduction: Tony Greenstein is in a state of panic. This is easily judged from the tone of his reply to my recent paper on Lenni Brenner. Calling me “pathologically demonic,” “rabid,” and so on, while reinforcing his insults with a litany of personal smears – all invented – Greenstein fails to answer even one of my claims…

  • Ken Livingstone,  Labour Party

    Ken Livingstone’s inflammatory remarks condemned across the political spectrum

    Yesterday, it was reported that Ken Livingstone had encouraged supporters of Lutfur Rahman to adopt intimidatory tactics when dealing with government commissioners sent to investigate allegations against Tower Hamlets Council: He added: “When these commissioners turn up, find out where they live and then have a peaceful demonstration outside their homes so their neighbours know that these are the type of people that turn out and overturn a democratically elected mayor. Both Labour and Government spokespeople have condemned these remarks. James Bloodworth said the Labour Party needed to consider the option of expulsion.  Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, stresses that Livingstone in no way speaks for Labour:…

  • Ken Livingstone

    What Ken ‘Haw-Haw’ Livingstone learned…

    Ken Livingstone appeared on PressTV, the overseas broadcast network of the Iranian State to say the following about the root causes of the Boston bombing, according to the BBC: “Very often, people get incredibly angry about injustices that they see. “They would have been reading about the torture at Guantanamo Bay, at the Bagram airbase [in Afghanistan]. They would have read stuff about how, I think, it is 54 different countries secretly collaborated with America for this rendition – people being snatched off streets, taken to be tortured, because the Bush regime believed that they were all potential terrorists.” Mr Livingstone, mayor from 2000 to 2008, added: “There was such…

  • Ken Livingstone,  Media

    Livingstone, Lie, Libel

    Andrew Gilligan triumphs.  Ken Livingstone’s publishers have apologised for “lies” about Gilligan in his autobiography, You Can’t Say That. Turns out you can, but you really shouldn’t have. Gilligan writes on his Telegraph blog: I have today received an apology in the High Court for false and defamatory statements made about me by Ken Livingstone in his recent autobiography, You Can’t Say That. Other redress has also been agreed. Presumably to save face, Ken’s side insisted that this remain confidential. In the book, reviewed here, Ken wrote that I was “shown the door” by my previous employer, the Evening Standard, after writing “lies” about the allocation of grants by his…

  • Ken Livingstone

    Hugh Muir on Livingstone

    I had not anticipated adding yet another post on this topic, but this caught my eye. In his commentary on Livingstone’s defeat Hugh Muir writes: How much damage did he inflict by failing to make peace with the Jewish political establishment, still sore over conflicts past: the insult to a Jewish reporter, the embrace of Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi? When in March he secretly met a group of senior figures who hoped to reach accommodation, why didn’t he make nice? Instead he upset some again by referring to the Israeli government as Zionists and implying that “rich” Jews wouldn’t vote for him anyway. “I can’t say words that I do…

  • Galloway,  Ken Livingstone

    Ken’s Cloaking Device Fails

    Why was a gang of Livingstone/Galloway supporters threatening to beat up the Green candidate? The police are involved. Now this is interesting. The Greens are also a Left wing party. So why would Labour and Respect supporters – who are supposed to be rivals – be ganging up against a Green? Unless….

  • Ken Livingstone,  Labour Party,  UK Politics

    Today is a day to vote Labour

    Despite some of the anti-Ken Livingstone feeling and out of kilter polls it is still all to play for today as London finally goes to the polls. Boris Johnson’s team have tried as hard as possible to distance him from the Conservative Party, but that is his party and you can not divorce them. This is a two horse race and if you vote today that is what it comes down to.  A choice between the party of bankers, public service cuts, austerity, attacks on the NHS and tax cuts for the rich and Labour. Today is a day to put aside doubts and disagreements and vote Labour. It’s what…