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Archive for "Feb 24 2006"

But it’s OK for Someone From This Nuthouse to Run the Ports

From the country that didn’t arrest anyone of the thousands carrying “Behead the Infidels” signs and all sorts of similarly vile crap over the cartoon kerfuffle–any one of whom could be an employee of the Brit firm purchased by Dubai World–we get this example of our “shared” values:
London Mayor is suspended over Nazi jibe:

The Adjudication Panel for England ruled Ken Livingstone had brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an “unnecessarily insensitive” manner.

The mayor said: “This decision strikes at the heart of democracy.”

He added: “Elected politicians should only be able to be removed by the voters or for breaking the law.

“Three members of a body that no one has ever elected should not be allowed to overturn the votes of millions of Londoners.”

Which didn’t sit well with the leader of the tribunal:

“The case tribunal is concerned that the mayor does seem to have failed… to have appreciated that his conduct was unacceptable”
David Laverick
Panel chairman

This is what Livingstone actually said:

Ken Livingstone was recorded asking reporter Oliver Finegold if he is a “German war criminal”.

Mr Finegold replies: “No, I’m Jewish, I wasn’t a German war criminal. I’m quite offended by that.”

The mayor then says: “Ah right, 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?”

If that was the standard around here, Guiliani would have done at least three months in Rikers, and Eddie Koch would still be cooling his heels up in Ossining.

“Red” Ken thinks you’re all a pack of wankers, and he’ll be damned before he “apologizes” for hurting some punkassed, thin-skinned Daily Mail reporter’s feelings…

Many other journalists will confirm I have made similar comments to them over the last twenty-four years.

You are the first to complain. If you feel that my comments are too harsh or robust then you are most probably in the wrong job and certainly working for the wrong newspaper group.

…and then proceeded to tear the reporter’s employers a brand new asshole in his official statement.

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