Does anyone remember Godwin’s Law?

It’s the argument that, the longer an argument continues, the more likely it becomes that someone will make a comparison with Adolf Hitler.

Here’s Boris Johnson:

Here‘s MSN News:

Vladimir Putin hosting the World Cup is like Adolf Hitler hosting the Olympics in 1936, UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson suggested on Wednesday.

Asked by Labour MP Ian Austin at Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee whether Russia’s hosting of the games was comparable to Nazi Germany’s hosting of the Olympic games, Johnson replied that the comparison was “certainly right.

“I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. It is an emetic prospect to think of Putin glorifying in this sporting event,” he told Austin.

The reaction has been overwhelmingly negative:

Perhaps the most pertinent objection is the fact that 20 million Russians died defeating Hitler and the Nazis in World War II. Whatever our quarrels with that country now, the comparison with Hitler and his government is hugely insulting to the memory of those people:

Russia’s reaction has been predictable:

The Russian foreign ministry responded to Johnson’s remarks by saying he was “poisoned with venom of hate, unprofessionalism and boorishness”. It said: “It’s scary to remember that this person represents the political leadership of a nuclear power.”

Putting aside the current tensions between the UK and Russia, This Writer tends to agree: The prospect of Boris Johnson having an input into whether the UK presses the nuclear trigger is scary.


Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.


The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:

SWAHTprint SWAHTeBook