WE DIDN’T BEAT KEN

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

Can we please put an end to the self-ag­gran­dis­ing clap­trap pub­lished on the front page of the JC (May 9) and by Ge­of­frey Al­der­man ( JC, May 16) to the ef­fect that we, the Jews, sin­gle­hand­edly put paid to Ken Liv­ing­stone’s hopes of a third term as Lon­don’s mayor? The num­bers just do not add up.

For ev­ery 14 Jews in the world, there are 8,000 non-Jews. In any po­lit­i­cal elec­tion any­where on the planet, other than Is­rael, the ef­fect of the Jewish vote is but a gnat bite com­pared to the non-Jewish vote. Liv­ing­stone lost the elec­tion be­cause, at last, the ma­jor­ity of the elec­torate saw him for what he was: an am­bi­tious, self-serv­ing em­pire-builder, obliv­i­ous to the needs and wants of the com­mu­nity which he should have served, not ruled. Michael Ross Leys Gar­dens, Cock­fos­ters, Herts EN4

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