...THOUGH LIV­ING­STONE DOES HAVE FRIENDS IN THE JEWISH COM­MU­NITY

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

As Ken Liv­ing­stone’s Deputy Mayor since 2000 and the Jewish daugh­ter of a refugee from the Holo­caust, I was in­ter­ested to fol­low Jonathan Freed­land’s chain of thought in his col­umn “Why Liv­ing­stone Gets My Vote”. Can I first re­it­er­ate his con­cern that the BNP is com­fort­able with Boris John­son’s style of pol­i­tics. There is a gen­uine con­cern that Boris — for all his blus­ter and protes­ta­tion — is rid­ing on BNP sup­port be­cause the BNP are giv­ing him their sec­ond-pref­er­ence votes. Boris may not look like a Tro­jan horse, but that is just what he may turn out to be if he is elected.

There is a sec­ond point I would like to make. Jonathan Freed­land’s ar­ti­cle con­cen­trates on the few — and much quoted — ex­am­ples where Ken is seen as not sup­port­ing the Jewish com- mu­nity. What never gets a men­tion is all he has done for Lon­don’s Jews and how com­mit­ted he is to cul­tural and re­li­gious in­clu­sion. I have worked with him on the whole spec­trum of poli­cies for Lon­don. What is plain to me is that Ken Liv­ing­stone has done more to fight racism in all its man­i­fes­ta­tions — and that in­cludes an­tisemitism — than al­most any­one else I can name. Nicky Gavron City Hall, Lon­don SE1

As some­one born in Lon­don’s East End and who saw the rise of Mosley’s fas­cist equiv­a­lent to to­day’s BNP, I con­grat­u­late the JC and the Board of Deputies for their en­light­ened lead­er­ship in urg­ing younger peo­ple to get out and vote to keep out the BNP.

I will go fur­ther than Jonathan Freed­land in warn­ing of the dan­gers emerg­ing from the Lon­don elec­tions on May 1. It may not be widely ap­pre­ci­ated that the Lon­don As­sem­bly has only 25 mem­bers and it is pos­si­ble that a Tory-BNP ma­jor­ity may well emerge. Only three weeks, ago the BNP vote in Haver­ing went up from 28 per cent to 38 per cent and if re­peated across Lon­don would give them three seats which, cou­pled with the Tory ex­pec­ta­tion of 10 seats, may well pro­duce a Tory-BNP ma­jor­ity.

It is this ma­jor­ity that will de­ter­mine the mayor’s bud­get. The To­ryBNP al­liance may be an un­of­fi­cial and un­wel­come one to Mr John­son, but it is too risky for me. My vote will go to Liv­ing­stone. Monty Meth MBE Lak­en­heath, Lon­don N14 Please note that in­di­vid­ual let­ters can­not be ac­knowl­edged. Let­ters may be edited. The email ad­dress for cor­re­spon­dence is: let­ters@thejc.com. All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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