Whatever your political views, whatever your opinion of David Cameron or Andrew Gilligan, I think most reasonable, tolerant, moderate people would say that to compare either of them to Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian monster who killed 70 kids – is pretty reprehensible. Of course, Ken Livingstone isn’t reasonable, tolerant or moderate, and has done precisely that. As seen in the video over at Harry’s Place, Ken says all three men are on the same right-wing “spectrum of intolerance”.
But who was the last person to make such crude and depraved comparisons? Ah yes – step forward Lee Jasper, Ken Livingstone’s £120,000-a-year stooge in City Hall. Just days after the horrific events last summer, Jasper joked that Breivik and Boris “could be brothers”. Then, a few weeks ago, he claimed that Breivik is the Tories’ “soul brother” and that Conservative politics had “inspired Breivik”. Jasper and Ken are evidently two peas in the same particularly nasty pod.
Just as polls show that Ken is losing the support of even Labour supporters, let alone floating voters, and just as he needs to put on a more moderate, inclusive, unifying front, his bitterness and divisiveness can’t help but shine through.
Let’s be quite clear, here. We’re backing two concurrent campaigns. There’s the campaign to get Boris re-elected – and I blogged yesterday on his tremendous set of achievements as mayor – and then there’s the campaign to end the political career of one of the most divisive politicians in British politics. By turning out and voting for Boris tomorrow, Londoners have the chance to do both.