If ever you find yourself struggling to remember what London was like under Ken Livingstone and his cronies – the bitterness, the divisiveness, the intemperance – head over to Twitter and look at the tweets of Lee Jasper, the man Ken Livingstone paid £120,000 a year and insisted he’d trust with his life.
Apparently my politics are “not dissimilar” to those of Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian terrorist who killed seventy children last year. Indeed, apparently my politics “inspired Breivik”. It gets better: I have, apparently, “an ideological blind spot on racism”. All of which will no doubt come as concerning news to my black best mate.
Jasper went on to insist that “Tories promote racism”, and subsequently branded anyone – literally, anyone – who criticised his comments “racist trolls”. When he’d got bored of attacking white people, he started a tirade against Catholics, declaring them all to be child abusers.
The way he tries to play one group off against another, one community against another, is not only abhorrent and contemptible behaviour from someone who claims to have an interest in improving race relations. It’s also a miserable reminder of the kind of nasty baggage that Ken Livingstone comes with.