To understand what Ken Livingstone really thinks about his autobiography tally up keywords like “Jew” , “Zionism” etc
Here’s a tally of selected keywords (mentions in text only, excluding index):
Jew/ Jews/ Jewish 80
Israel/ Israeli 64
Racism/ racist 43
Wadley [Veronica Wadley, former editor of the Evening Standard] 33
Zionist/ Zionists/ Zionism 32
Transport for London/ TfL 30
Nazi/ Nazis/ Nazism 23
NHS/ National Health Service 17
Lee Jasper 16
Socialist Action 1
Bendy bus 0
I had bit of chuckle this afternoon as I meandered through Haggerston Park, watching what I thought was a normal 5-a-side event only to be confronted by wall-to-wall, or i should say box-to-box hipsters playing football. http://boilerroom.tv/fives/naturally it wasn’t too much of a sporting occasion as the teams predominately made up of friendsters, sceney kids and unemployable media types with long hobo beards to match were enjoying the loud music and free beer (thank god the stupid gulliable Red-Stripes of this world still think Hipsters are someone useful marketing tool)
Part of me was thankful that hipsters were finally getting fit and stopped washing down everything with monmouth coffee but another part was cursing the most camp announcer who was taking too much pleasure in pronouncing teams and gentleman’s name. Yep you can’t have a hipster event without the obligatory gays-in-control I suppose.
So the event went on regardless of the shitty weather and made for funny fare for my hipster-anger . here are the highlights or ‘footlights from my rather wet phone’ (you geddit!!)
Nick Cohen reports in the Jewish Chronicle
‘In my last column I wrote that Labour is taking a huge risk in running the tired and seedy figure of Ken Livingstone as its candidate in next year’s London mayoral elections. No sooner had I filed the copy than a delegation of Iranian leftists came to see me. They had been sickened by the sight of Livingstone taking the money of Press TV, the propaganda station of the Iranian government that has murdered thousands of their comrades, and tortured and raped tens of thousands more. The Iranians intend to picket him at every stage of the way in the campaign and force the British media to ask two questions which few apart from Martin Bright, Andrew Gilligan and your humble correspondent have raised before.’ So it takes Iranian citizens of Britain to remind the political classes and the Police how we should treat backers of the Iranian thug-eoracy.
Will his PressTV days finally catch up with him?