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August 18, 2011

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Boris is Hitler, says Ken.

Just when one imagined it impossible for Ken Livingstone to reach greater levels of depravity, it was today reported that he has compared Boris to Hitler. He’s described the mayoral contest as being a battle between good and evil – akin to Churchill and Hitler. He’s also said that anyone who doesn’t vote for him will go to hell. The full quote – as reported by Total Politics’ Amber Elliott – is as follows:

“It’s a simple choice between good and evil – I don’t think it’s been so clear since the great struggle between Churchill and Hitler… The people that don’t vote for me will be weighed in the balance, come Judgement Day. The Archangel Gabriel will say, ‘You didn’t vote for Ken Livingstone in 2012. Oh dear, burn forever. Your skin flayed for all eternity.’”

I’m not going to over-analyse the quote, because it largely speaks for itself. It’s just contemptible. What I will add is that it can’t be dismissed as an out-of-character aberration. It comes just months after Ken compared Boris’ Chief of Staff to Serbian war criminal, Ratko Mladic. It comes just weeks after he declared Boris and everyone in City Hall to be “evil”. And, lest we forget, it comes six years after he was suspended from office, pre-appeal, for comparing a Jewish newspaper reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard. Such comments display an abhorrent flippancy towards incidents of mass genocide, and a willingness to say absolutely anything, regardless of taste or class, to get one over on his opponents. The electorate awaits, Ken…

1 Comment
  1. Aug 18 2011

    The most outrageous aspect in all of this is the trivialization of Hitler and his crimes. Mr Livingstone is clearly unfit for office: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/ken-livingstone-hitler/

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