Simon Heffer takes issue with Livingstone

I have been chatting with some friends at work who are getting very angry about Ken and his power grabbing attitude. They were saying how disappointed they were and how let down they feel by his “arrogance” (their word, not mine). It is funny how the maverick persona, the cheeky chappy that everyone loved, has morphed into an arrogant, spiteful dictator.

The standards Board for England wield to powerful a weapon. The deeply insensitive, insulting and vitriolic remarks made by Livingstone to Oliver Feingold are completely inappropriate to his position. Despite this it looks as though he might get off because the punishment (being bared from office) is too great a sanction, I think the standards board should hit Ken where it hurts, his ego.

How about some nice big posters financed out of his own pocket with his smug face saying “I am sorry for acting in the same way as the fascists that I purport to hate.”

Just in case you missed the original exchange outside Chris Smith’s party, here is a transcript:

Feingold: Mr Livingstone, Evening Standard. How did tonight go?

Livingstone: How awful for you. Have you thought of having treatment?

Feingold: How did tonight go?

Mr Livingstone: Have you thought of having treatment?

Feingold: Was it a good party? What does it mean for you?

Mr Livingstone: What did you do before? Were you a German war criminal?

Feingold: 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, but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren’t you?

Feingold: 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.

Feingold: 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.

Not very nice really. Calling Feingold a fascist just because he works for the Evening Standard, just like Ken Livingstone did when he was their restaurant critic. Arrogant and hypocritical.

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