Friday, February 24, 2006

London Mayor Suspended Over Nazi Crack

From the Guardian:
Ken Livingstone was today suspended from office for four weeks by a disciplinary tribunal for likening a Jewish Evening Standard reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
Here's what Hizzoner said to reporter Oliver Finegold:
While being recorded, the mayor asked him: "Were you a German war criminal?" On being told the reporter was Jewish, he added: "Ah, well, you might be but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren't you?"
The mayor's lawyer invoked a rather...questionable... defense:
"When John Profumo apparently slept with Christine Keeler and then committed the far more serious offence of lying to the House of Commons about it, he was compelled to resign, but no one could seriously think that that affected the reputation of the office of secretary of state for war. It reflected badly on John Profumo but not on his office.

"When David Blunkett was allegedly inappropriately involved in assisting an application for a work permit and he resigned, that could not be regarded by an informed observer as damaging the reputation and bringing into disrepute the office of home secretary."
Ix-nay on the esign-ray stuff solicitor, right now the mayor's only being suspended.

Also posted at The Jawa Report.