Pad­dick­con­demns Labourover­liv­ing­stone

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

BRIAN PAD­DICK, the Lib­eral Democrats’ London may­oral elec­tion can­di­date, said this week that his Labour op­po­nen­thadused“dog-whistle­tac­tics to play di­vide and rule” and de­clared: “Labour should be ashamed to have him as a can­di­date”.

Mr Pad­dick said: “Ken Liv­ing­stone knows ex­actly what he’s do­ing when he con­flates be­ing Jewish with be­ing rich and makes other de­lib­er­ately provoca­tive and of­fen­sive re­marks about Jewish peo­ple.

“We should have learnt from his­tory that when the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is dif­fi­cult, ex­trem­ists come out to play. For Ken to say such things at this time is trou­bling, dan­ger­ous, and com­pletely ir­re­spon­si­ble.

“As far as the Jewish com­mu­nity goes, he’s had it. They needed con­vinc­ing af­ter last time, but he has con­vinced them in com­pletely the op­po­site di­rec­tion.”

Un­til his re­tire­ment

Brian Pad­dick: Labour should be ashamed

as deputy as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice in 2007, Mr Pad­dick was Bri­tain’s most se­nior openly gay po­lice of­fi­cer. He said that mi­nor­ity ex­pe­ri­ence had height­ened his un­der­stand­ing of the Jewish com­mu­nity.

“The gay and Jewish com­mu­ni­ties have some com­mon her­itage of be­ing scape­goats and be­ing picked on. I’ve al­ways felt com­fort­able among the Jewish com­mu­nity. I have an affin­ity with Jews and know what it’s like to be com­pletely wrongly dis­crim­i­nated against sim­ply be­cause you come from a par­tic­u­lar back­ground or com­mu­nity.”

Mr Pad­dick ap­peared at last De­cem­ber’s Lim­mud con­fer­ence to dis­cuss the up­com­ing elec­tion. It was, he said, a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There was only one may­oral can­di­date at Lim­mud — me. The oth­ers did not think it was im­por­tant enough to go. I did feel that there was an un­der­stand­ing that I ‘got it’. That’s what came across from the peo­ple in the room.” Mr Pad­dick will speak at a break­fast meet­ing or­gan­ised by the London Jewish Forum on April 22.

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