Why it hurts – #kenlivingstone

Not a rant; more considered and measured than Mr Livingstone deserves.

A conglomerate of yodeling hippopotami

Ken Livingstone has come out with some extraordinary comments today about depression.


He was appointed to the Labour defence review, which caused much comment – including comments made by Kevan Jones, MP for Durham North.


In response to these particular comments Mr Livingstone said ‘I think he might need psychiatric help. He’s obviously very depressed and disturbed. He should pop off and see his GP before he makes these offensive comments.’


On LBC he was pushed to apologise, but apparently refused, because ‘He was rude about me, I was rude back to him, he needs to get over it’ and said he wouldn’t have said what he said had he known that Mr Jones had had depression.


The problem is, the comments he made were bad enough – ridiculing someone’s mental health as a response to political criticism is appalling. However, the comment that…

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