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Pots, kettles, filthy rags and Red Ken

Posted by Tim on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Permalink

Ken Livingstone is a man I'm not quite sure about, but I support him in not apologising to the Daily Mail Group for comparing an Evening Standard reporter (who just happened to be Jewish) to a Nazi concentration camp guard. There was clearly no anti-Semitism intended, just an personal insult to an individual who probably deserved it.

The Daily Mail demanding an apology - isn't that just a tiny bit hypocritical? Livingstone sums it up himself:

To the Daily Mail group, no-one in Britain is less qualified to complain about anti-Semitism ... In truth, those papers were the leading advocate of anti-Semitism in the country for half a century. Whilst it is true the Mail group no longer smears Jews as bringing crime and disease to the UK it is only because they have moved on.
After a decade of pandering to racism against our citizens of Black and Irish origin they have moved on and now describe asylum seekers and Muslims in similar terms.
For the Mail group the victims may change but the intolerance, hatred and fear pervade every issue of the papers [full statement].