Sunday, November 05, 2006

Red Ken Livingstone goes to cuddle Castro


London's Mayor - Red Ken Livingstone is on a council taxpayer funded jaunt to Cuba and Venezuela to visit Castro (he has failed there) and Chavez.
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Delightfully, he will no doubt ignore the several hundred political prisoners languishing in prison in Cuba, and not ask why free press and democratic elections aren’t allowed in Cuba. No, his excuse is:
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"But it's very difficult to lecture the Cubans on human rights when on the other end of this island in the American base of Guantanamo there are hundreds of people who've been illegally seized, brought here illegally, and tortured,"
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Furthermore he said Cuba's communist revolution was one of the high points of the 20th century!! The only high point was the end of the Batista regime, but it is no high point to then brutally suppress all further opposition - to confiscate private property and then invite the USSR to be a base for nuclear missiles aimed at the USA.
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You see Ken, had Castro had his way there would be no freedom of speech in the UK - no elections and the UK would have been part of the Warsaw Pact. Private land ownership would have ended, and your precious London would be poor - the City of London desolate. However, everyone would have been equally poor - heaven for a blood red socialist.
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Yes, indeed Ken. Difficult for the Mayor of London to criticise anyone torturing and killing dissidents when Guantanamo Bay exists. May as well have told the Nazis that in 1939.
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His goal apparently is a crazy deal to pay Venezuela less than the market price for diesel for London buses – he obviously likes ripping off developing countries and supporting leftwing dictators. He might ask Huge Chavez how easy it is for the opposition to get on Venezuelan TV – but then probably not.
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Livingstone is a vile little man. He has supported Irish republicanism and sought to meet leading members of Sinn Fein in the early 80s – so you might question how hypocritical he is on terrorism. He is lauded for helping London get the Olympics, which will prove to be a mistake for a city groaning under infrastructure starved of funding as it was state/council run for decades. He is also lauded with London’s economic success, which is in spite of him essentially. His most notable achievement was introducing a very crude and expensive to run form of road pricing to central London. A good move in itself, but badly managed.
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From describing a Jewish journalist as a German war criminal (because he doesn’t like the Evening Standard, a conservative London newspaper), to cuddling up with authoritarians, Livingstone is a disgrace. He has transformed the mayoralty into a personal cult whereby he proclaims his nutty opinions on anything and wants people to follow it. His bigotry against the car is notorious, calling on massive taxes on 4x4 vehicles because he thinks they are “bad”.
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If only the Tories could find a decent alternative candidate!
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Oh and if you have any doubts about the BBC being biased, all it has reported is that Ken said Britain had a lot to learn from Cuba's Olympic achievements. Clearly the BBC has decided it is not in the public interest to reveal the Mayor of London celebrating communism!
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UPDATE - The Independent (London) reports on Ken's trip (it's not entirely a commie rag hehe).

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