In Germany, there is an informal rule in political debate: if you have to invoke a Nazi-comparison, you have lost the argument because you have displayed that you have no serious arguments left.
By these standards, Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate for mayor of London conceded yesterday that he is not interested in a serious debate about the issues in his quest to re-occupy City Hall: Mr Livingstone said about the mayoral race between him and incumbent Boris Johnson that it was “a simple choice between good and evil – I don’t think it’s been so clear since the great struggle between Churchill and Hitler.” He went on to say that Londoners who will not vote for him will “burn forever”.
- I am less concerned by the effects this outrageous comment will have on Mr Johnson. He’s a politician, he has a tough skin.
- I am more enraged because of the trivialization of Adolf Hitler: Comparing a mass-murdering, anti-Semitic, racist dictator who ordered the Holocaust and waged war against half of the world to a freely elected mayor of London is not only wrong and stupid, but it is also an insult against the victims of the Nazi tyranny.
- And what are these religious references (“good and evil”, “judgement day”, “Archangel Gabriel”) about? Does Mr Livingstone think he is God’s second son?
- At least he seems to think that he is Churchill. That would also explain why he is so obsessed about running for mayor again after he lost to Mr Johnson in 2008. After all, Mr Churchill served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45 and 1951-55).
- This is not the first time that Mr Livingstone has tried to invoke Nazi-comparisons. In 2006, he compared a (Jewish) journalist to a concentration camp guard.
- This man is clearly not fit for office.
I am a swing voter somewhat left to the centre and I would usually choose between Labour, Liberal Democrats or the Green Party in any election, based on the respective candidate and the current issues. – But Labour in London have lost my vote for the election of mayor in 2012. In fact, I might be voting Conservative for the first time in my life.