Ken Livingstone anti-Semitism row: 'A free meal out for anyone who can prove what I said was wrong', promises ex-London mayor

Ken Livingstone anti-Semitism row: 'A free meal out for anyone who can prove what I said was wrong', promises ex-London mayor

Ken Livingstone

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ken Livingstone insists the comments that resulted in his suspension from the Labour party were not anti-Semitic - and has offered to take anyone out for dinner if they can prove otherwise! 

The former London mayor landed himself in hot water last month with his views about Hitler, in an interview he gave while defending Naz Shah over her own anti-Semitic posts on Facebook. 

Those views resulted in his suspension from the Labour party, but Livingstone still believes there is no proof his comments were offensive.

"There's this interesting accusation I’m anti-Semitic," he told Sam Delaney. "Not a single newspaper, or radio, or TV programme has produced any evidence in the last two weeks that what I said was wrong.

"I'll offer a free meal out for anyone who can prove what I said was wrong."

He believes the situation has gone on long enough, however.

"I was asked a question about Hitler's policies and I dealt with it in about 40 words and moved on. And then all these embittered old Blairite MPs, who hate me, ranted about me being a Nazi apologist and so on.

"If I really wanted to cause trouble I could sue them and make a lot of money, but I don't want to drag this out forever."

Boris Johnson also made comments earlier this week about the EU's aims for European unification, likening them to attempts made previously by different routes by the likes of Napoleon and Hitler.

Livingstone, however, dismissed those views.

"Boris is just barmy. Hitler had no plans for the United States of Europe, he wanted a greater Germany," he added. "Hitler was obsessed with preserving the racial purity of the German people, he didn't want a great integrated Europe.

"He was a fascist, obsessed by race."