12th June 2012
Livingstone: “If I was you, and I really wanted to do something about it, go and bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair for war crimes, devote your life to that.”
Noticing earlier on Twitter that it is being mooted within the Labour party to expel Dan Hodges for, allegedly, urging Labour voters not to vote for Ken Livingstone in May’s Mayoral London election, I thought I’d dig around for the video of His Livingstoneship. I recalled he had been urging other Old Labourites daft enough to applaud him to devote their lives to bringing “a private prosecution against Tony Blair”, for whom, by the way, he also tells them he had never voted. Blair and his awful (three times winning) New Labour were not fit for His Saintedness’s cross.
The video was on YouTube not that long ago. As if by magic it is no longer there!
But I managed to find this article written by Dan Hodges himself and in it the audio of the awful Livingstone. Clearly, the one for overdue expulsion is Ken Livingstone.
Boot that traitor out.
Audio (sound not so good): Ken Livingstone “go and bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair”
Dan Hodges’ Telegraph article of November 18th 2011:
Ken Livingstone on Tony Blair and New Labour: ‘Go and bring a private prosecution against him for war crimes’
Let’s be honest. One or two of us harbour doubts about Ken Livingstone.
It’s a skepticism that crosses the political divide. According to the polls, 20 per cent of London Labour voters are planning to back the banker-loving Bullingdon brawler Boris Johnson over the newt-loving champion of the working man.
This gross disloyalty rankles with many on the Left. “Just whose side are they on?”, demanded the influential (-ish) website “Left Futures” last month, in a swipe at those who dared suggest their hero may not be a shoo-in for the mayoralty.
Whatever your doubts, they say, Ken is our man. A Labour man. He has a right to our support. The trouble is, has anyone told Ken that?
On Monday Labour’s mayoral candidate attended one of his regular Tell Ken events in Lewisham. What, he was asked, was wrong with New Labour. Labour Ken couldn’t resist. He said:
The gentleman asked what’s wrong with 13 years of New Labour? Well I never voted for New Labour. I never voted for Tony Blair and I stood against his awful government as an independent and… why I withdraw as the official Labour candidate. And I opposed the war in Iraq. I took the last Labour government to court five times and I fought them when I thought they weren’t doing things in London’s interest.
Just for good measure Ken then dabbled in a bit of international jurisprudence.
If I was you, and I really wanted to do something about it, go and bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair for war crimes, devote your life to that.
Tactically, this latest outburst is quite astute. Ken recognizes Boris Johnson’s success in defining himself as the maverick who will stand up to the Government, and knock down David Cameron, if it’s what it takes to get the best deal for Londoners. And his call for Tony Blair to dragged to the Hague in leg irons is an unashamedly brazen effort to recapture the luster of his own glorious days of middle age rebellion.
But the glee with which he attacks the previous “awful” Labour government is instructive. The 20 per cent are watching. And waiting.
Twitter link for Dan Hodges,
@DPJHodges, Blogger for the Telegraph, Total Politics, Former Commissioning Editor of Labour Uncut, neo-Blairite. Painfully unpragmatic.
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