Thanks to Richard Millett who has alerted me to the latest outburst from Labour's failed mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone on Irainian state-funded Press TV. In an interview with Andrew Gilligan, Livingstone comes close to condoning suicide bombing in his defence of Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the controversial cleric. “There would not be any Palestine suicide bombers if Israel withdrew from the occupied lands. If Israel wants peace it should withdraw from the occupied territories and dismantle its nuclear weapons,” he says. Millett goes on to say: "Livingstone also refers to Martin Bright... as 'a bit of an Islamophobe'. Gilligan suggests that Livingstone makes the 'Islamophobia' accusation too readily against people who disagree with his views and reminded him that he recently had to apologise and pay damages to Michael Keith for making a similar accusation."
I must say I am growing tired of this charge from Livingstone and his cronies such as Bob Pitt at the absurd but unpleasantly sectarian Islamophobia Watch website. (When I last checked, Pitt still works at City Hall).