"London’s mayor has been suspended from office for four weeks for comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard."
According to BBCi, the Orwellian-sounding ‘Adjudication Panel for England’ ruled London’s Mayor Ken Livingstone had brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner.
Ken Livingstone has reacted furiously:
"This decision strikes at the heart of democracy. Elected politicians should only be able to be removed by the voters or for breaking the law. Three members of a body that no one has ever elected should not be allowed to overturn the votes of millions of Londoners."
Nicky Gavron, Mr Livingstone’s deputy, will be mayor for the four week ban that begins on 1st March.
Editor’s note: "Ken Livingstone was wrong to say what he did and he has arrogantly refused to apologise but he has a point about this unelected ‘Adjudication Panel for England’. Mr Livingstone has the right appeal to the High Court. I hope he does and I hope he overturns the Panel’s decision. The time for Mayor Ken to be suspended from office (for good) is at the next mayoral election. London’s Jewish community and all others offended by his insensitivity should relish the opportunity to vote him out."