Who would have thought Adolf Hitler would be a part of Ken Livingstone’s downfall.
Ken Livingstone has recently said: Adolf Hitler was “supporting Zionism” before he “went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.
Why did Ken have to mention Hitler? Besides being mad, perhaps Ken and Adolf have something in common?
Here’s a transcript from an interview between Oliver Finegold, a Jewish journalist and Ken Livingstone, at the time, Mayor of London, outside City Hall to cover the party in honour of former Culture Secretary Chris Smith, to mark the 20th anniversary of the MP’s coming out:
“Finegold: Mr Livingstone, Evening Standard. How did tonight go?
Mr Livingstone: How awful for you. Have you thought of having treatment?
Finegold: Was it a good party? What does it mean for you?
Mr Livingstone: What did you do before? Were you a German war criminal?
Finegold: No, I’m Jewish, I wasn’t a German war criminal and I’m actually quite offended by that. So, how did tonight go?
Mr Livingstone: Arr right, well you might be [Jewish], but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren’t you?
Finegold: Great, I have you on record for that. So, how was tonight?
Mr Livingstone: It’s nothing to do with you because your paper is a load of scumbags and reactionary bigots.
Finegold: I’m a journalist and I’m doing my job. I’m only asking for a comment.
Mr Livingstone: Well, work for a paper that doesn’t have a record of supporting fascism.”
At this stage, Mr Livingstone refused to comment further and Mr Finegold ended the exchange as the Mayor walked off.
Ken insults the Jewish reporter with no apology.
Ken Livingstone, an anti-Semite I presume.