...THOUGH LIVINGSTONE DOES HAVE FRIENDS IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
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: email@example.com. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.