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Livingstone I Presume?
David Vance, A
12 May 2003
Anglo-American alliance? Here are London Mayor Ken Livingstone's thoughts: “I think George
Bush is the most corrupt American President since Harding in the Twenties.
He is not the legitimate President.”
London Mayor Ken Livingstone is a man with a messianic mission. He has come
to believe it is his task to explain to the Great British public that that
US President George W. Bush is “corrupt.”
Speaking to an audience of schoolchildren (it is always best to ensure that
your audience offers little intellectual threat) at City Hall London, Mr.
Livingstone carefully put forward his cultivated view that he will get as
much pleasure from seeing Mr. Bush forced from office as he has done from
the downfall of Saddam Hussein.
Mr. Livingstone, of course, opposed the US-led liberation of Iraq, but like
all good leftists, his ability to rapidly revise history is as elastic as
his political morality.
Just in case Americans might be unsure as to what he meant, the Lord Mayor
of London spelled out his feelings for the leader of the free world. “I think
George Bush is the most corrupt American President since Harding in the Twenties.
He is not the legitimate President.”
Warming to his venomous anti-Bush theme, Livingstone concluded by stating
that, “This US Government is completely unsupportable and I look forward
to it being overthrown as much as I look forward to Saddam being overthrown.”
Ari Fleischer came out with a good putdown line when he said, “First of all
I’ve never heard of the fellow. Second, I’m not going to dignify it with
a response.” The trouble is that Ken Livingstone is a much loved icon of
the British left, he is a former member of Tony Blair’s Government, and he
is the Lord Mayor of the capital city of the United Kingdom. Maybe Ari should
have heard of him?
Livingstone came to power in London in May 2000 with a stupendous 13% share
of the electorate voting for him. Oops! Such is the apathy of most
Londoners to the Mayoral competition that this miserable level of popular
support was sufficient to get him into power. On this platform of minimal
support, the historic traditions of the UK’s capital city are being ruthlessly
Livingstone’s political pedigree is typical of the British extreme left.
He was prominent in offering support to the IRA even as it bombed the city
of which he is now Mayor. This would be the equivalent of the Mayor
of New York supporting the Taliban! He has fawned over the United Nations
whilst castigating the United States. He has impeccable credentials opposing
US military action around the world whilst earning himself the sobriquet
Livingstone represents the very worst of Britain. With his anti-UK agenda
now institutionalised through his election, his current obsession is to force
Londoners into accepting the erection in Trafalgar Square -- that world famous
celebration of Nelson'ss victory at the eponymous Battle in 1805 -- a statue
of, yes, Nelson Mandela.
The Lord Mayor of London has chosen to express his contempt for the US President
and therefore for all those who voted for and support George W, Bush. Yet
each day, London bustles with free spending American tourists. Perhaps it
is time they decided that the best lesson they can teach this contemptible
Lord Mayor is that they will be going elsewhere until he publicly apologises.
Why not email Red Ken and let him know what you think of him? Ken Livingstone can be contacted at [email protected]
Should the London tourist trade decline, even the most docile Londoners may be encouraged to pack Livingstone in, I presume.
David Vance is
a UK based political commentator. Having previously been the Deputy Leader
of the UK Unionist Party he decided it is better to be outside the tent peering
in! His web site is A TANGLED WEB.
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