Across the pond in jolly old England, the opposition Labour Party are going through trials and tribulations that are in some ways similar to what’s been happening to the NDP in Canada.
Just when Prime Minister David Cameron found himself in an awkward spot because of the infamous Panama Papers, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was not able to take full advantage because he has been preoccupied with a strange controversy on his own front bench. Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London no less, has been suspended by the party for making strange remarks about Hitler and the Jews.
Livingstone got in trouble for coming to the defense of Naz Shah, another Labour member, who had a two year old Facebook posting come back to haunt her. Between the two of them, Livingstone and Shah seem to be suggesting that poor old Adolf was badly misunderstood. They say if you read what Der Fuhrer wrote before the Nazis came to power in 1933, it’s abundantly clear that Hitler was in fact a supporter of Zionism and was very supportive of the idea of a Jewish homeland in the middle east.
If they had not been taken to the woodshed by their leader, who knows? These two Brits might have tried to have us believe that Hitler and Winston Churchill could have been pals if they had only tried a little harder to get along. Honestly, I’m not making this up, I promise.
I only visited England once, more than 40 years ago, and I was hugely impressed by how accepting everyone seemed to be of a truly amazing range of opinions, in places like Hyde Park Corner.
Just settling in right now as the new Mayor of London is another stalwart of the Labour Party, Sadiq Khan. He’s the first Muslim to hold the job, and it appears that he’s ready to deal directly with any controversies that might arise.
Politics! Grand theatre, on both sides of the Atlantic.
I’m Roger Currie