Kipling's Cat (mintogrubb) wrote in british_greens,
Kipling's Cat

Unelected quango suspends Ken Livingstone.

Ken Livingstone has been suspended by an unelected and unaccountable body directly appointed by the labour government.
For full story, go here-

While ken is not a member of the Green Party, Jenny Jones, a Green member of the GLA strongly supports him.

"What has happened today is that undemocratic officials have created chaos at the heart of London's elected governnment, they have thrown the whole organisation into a spin. Londoners voted for this Mayor - not any other.

"The Green Party believe in accountability at every level of government. What happens to Ken should be up to the Assembly and the electorate - if we want him to apologise that's up to us, it's not up to ten unelected, unknown appointees to turn the whole show into a West End farce." she said.

To me, this looks like yet another attempt by Blair to kill democracy in Britain by silencing any opposition.
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Oh come on, Livingstone made a complete fool of himself by comparing a Jewish journalist to a Nazi concentration camp guard. Okay, he may have been a bit agitated and a bit pissed at the time, but the least he could have done was apologise when he sobered up.

He's only got himself to blame.
He's only got himself to blame.

True. But if he is to be suspended from office, then surely it's the rest of the GLA and the electorate he should answer to. or at least the law of the land, as laid down by an elected parliament - not a government appointed, unelected, quango that is only answerable to Blair.

Indeed, he made a fool of himself - accusing someone who was Jewish of bhaving like a nazi. The fact is that this journalist was asking questions - it was his job. It is also worth noting that Ken himself has worked for the same newspaper himself (The Evening Standard). I do not support his position in the least, but I think he should have been dealt with by elected officials, through the democratic process.