What should be a story about a Tory campaign of disinformation about Labour’s candidate to be Mayor of London is turned into trash about the anti-Semitism controversy by The Guardian.
This is gutter journalism from a paper that should know better.
Zac Goldsmith, in trying to link Sadiq Khan with Ken Livingstone, who has been suspended by Labour while the party works out whether quoting historical fact is anti-Semitic or not, is trying to get the public to ignore his own campaign’s Islamophobic activities.
The details – or as many as are currently known to This Writer – are laid out here.
The Guardian could have mentioned them, to give context to its report that Goldsmith is trying to accuse Khan of anti-Semitism.
What kind of candidate allows Islamophobic campaigning and then accuses his rival of anti-Semitism? It’s ridiculous behaviour and the Conservative Party should be suspending Goldsmith rather than supporting him.
It just shows how Labour is much more responsive to complaints than the Tories.
The Guardian‘s claim that Ken Livingstone had said Hitler was a Zionist is inaccurate, of course. Livingstone had said Hitler supported Zionists in one instance.
That seems to have been lost in the clamour for lurid reportage.
Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative London mayoral candidate, has denied that attempts to link his Labour opponent, Sadiq Khan, to the antisemitism row surrounding former mayor Ken Livingstone amount to “dog-whistle politics”.
Goldsmith, who is trailing Khan in the polls before Thursday’s election, said Khan and Livingstone were “certainly part of the same movement within the Labour party” and had defended each other in the past.
Khan was one of the first MPs to call for Livingstone’s suspension from the party after the ex-mayor gave several radio interviews in which he said Adolf Hitler had been a Zionist before he “went mad and ended up killing 6 million Jews”.
“Ken Livingstone’s comments are appalling and inexcusable,” Khan tweeted. “There must be no place for this in our party.”
Boris Johnson, the current may, told LBC he believed there was “an ideological continuum between the views of Ken Livingstone about Israel and the position of Jeremy Corbyn and indeed the views of their candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan.” He called Khan’s condemnation of Livingstone “politically expedient”.
Goldsmith said he agreed with Johnson’s analysis. “They’re certainly part of the same movement within the Labour party,” he said. “Ken Livingstone has been a strong supporter of Sadiq Khan and vice-versa. Ken Livingstone hasn’t suddenly decided to make outrageous comments; he has been making them for a very long time, and on previous occasions Sadiq Khan has rushed publicly to his defence.”
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