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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Livingstone refuses to say sorry

Livingstone digs in his heels.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone refused on Tuesday to apologize for comparing a Jewish journalist to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
Speaking at a press conference broadcast on international television, Livingstone told London's Jewish community he did not mean to offend them with his comments.

But they have taken offence, and the politically correct have been encouraging us to believe for some time that it is the taking of offence that matters rather than the intention to give offence.

The Macpherson report on the Stephen Lawrence enquiry defined as a racial incident anything 'perceived to be racist by the victim or by any other person'. This has always been rubbish, of course, but if it applies to people who use the word "niggardly" it is difficult to see how Ken can avoid it.

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