Yesterday Ken Livingstone lost the London Mayoral elections to Boris Johnson. I wasn’t particularly interested in the election until something incredibly strange happened on my Facebook homepage the moment the results were released.
Status after status amongst my Jewish friends changed to reflect the sheer relief that they felt at the result. I don’t know how many of them would normally vote Conservative and how many vote Labour but all of them were united in their loathing of Ken Livingstone.
A simple “Thank the lord for that!” after the election summed them all up for Jews who largely seem to consider the former mayor and Labour party candidate an anti-Semite. One Labour supporter commented saying “Labour does well and Ken Livingstone loses. Job done Britain!” Nobody Jewish seemed to want this guy to win and they flocked to the polling booths to make sure that he didn’t.
Yes there have been articles aplenty discussing at great length Ken Livingstone and the Jews but it wasn’t until I saw such widespread relief at the fact that he lost that I really understood just how hated, and feared he was. Time after time he showed London Jews just how little he cared for them and quite frankly one wouldn’t expect much else from someone who regularly plays host to shows on the Iranian regime’s propaganda channel; Press TV.
Now that he has lost perhaps Ken regrets his self fulfilling prophecy about Jews not voting for him. The margin of 65,000 votes that he lost by could doubtlessly have been filled by the Jewish vote had he not united the Jewish community behind his rival Boris Johnson and ensured that those usually too apathetic to vote came out against him.
Hopefully this will mark the end of divisive politics in Britain but with George Galloway recently elected and such MPs as Jeremy Corbyn still ready to shout out their hatred of Israel from the rooftops and imply that Jews carry too much influence in British government it is unlikely that that is the case.