Ken Livingstone has this week been quoted as saying that the Tory party is “riddled” with homosexuals. Why would a London mayoral candidate say this? The word ‘riddled’ clearly has negative connotations. It seems a strange move to make derogatory comments about homosexuality when it is a well-known fact that the percentage of gay and lesbian people in the capital is higher than in the rest of the UK.
What is even more bizarre is the fact that a spokesperson for Ken Livingstone said: ‘Ken is clearly saying the advance of lesbian and gay people into politics is unequivocally a good thing.’ How can what he said be taken in this way?
I am also surprised that Ken hasn’t retracted these comments. In fact he has actually defended his remarks. Of course, this episode has sparked a row, with Tory MPs calling for Ed Miliband to force Livingstone to take his comments back. This seems unlikely.
Most of my gay friends are simply bemused by Livingstone’s error but do we really want this man to be Mayor of London? This has only spurred me on to do all I can to campaign for Boris in the coming months.