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Something Stinks in London

In an interview with the Guardian, Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, has made it clear that he would like to see Ariel Sharon locked up in the next cell to former Serb president Slobodan Milosevic.

And in further comments demonstrating which side he supports, Livingstone stated that peace would never be achieved in the Middle East until “the west shows it is taking on board the injustice of what’s happening to the Palestinians, and looks at the financial network of corruption between some of the oil sheikhdoms, the oil companies and the White House.”

The Saudi royal family do not escape his wrath either, as this Livingstone quote indicates:

I just long for the day I wake up and find that the Saudi royal family are swinging from lamp-posts and they’ve got a proper government that represents the people of Saudi Arabia

While these comments have been condemned by Livingstone’s rivals, one of them, Simon Hughes of the Liberal Democrats, has only condemned them on account of the sentiments about the Saudi royal family.

Two of the contenders to unseat Ken Livingstone as mayor of London today rounded on the incumbent for suggesting that the Saudi royal family should be hung up from lampposts.

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Today, Mr Hughes said: “Mr Livingstone’s comments about the Saudi royal family are deeply unhelpful, offensive and inappropriate.”

This is the only part of Livingstone’s rant with which I agreed!

It is interesting that Hughes did not find anything offensive in the Sharon comment. Interesting, but not surprising, considering who else is a member of his political party.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

1 thought on “Something Stinks in London”

  1. Ah yes, Mr. Livingstone:

    “…the financial network of corruption between some of the oil sheikhdoms, the oil companies and the White House.”

    Shouldn’t the west really clean house by acknowledging all the euro-bucks which have been invested in corrupt sheikdoms as well, including Hussein’s Iraq? What about the fraudulent oil-for-food program, which happened while the world was condemning the US over “the sanctions”? And what’s this I hear about Hussein bribing European officials, Mr. Livingstone? And who wants to see Mr. Sharon put in a cell with Mr. Milosevic? The International Court? And speaking of Milosevic, is his trial even over yet? Hell, I don’t even know…

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