London Mayor Suspended

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, was suspended by the Adjudication Panel for England for 4 weeks for comments he made to a reporter. Who is the Adjudication Panel for England? Good question. Apparently, it’s some 3-person judicial panel that reviews the conduct of authorities. Were the comments criminal? No. Were they in bad taste? You decide…

Livingstone: Are you a German War Criminal?

Reporter: No, I’m Jewish, I wasn’t a German war criminal. I’m quite offended by that.

Livingstone: Ah right, well you might be, but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren’t you?

The reporter was supposedly harassing Livingstone as he left a "predominantly gay" public event. Livingstone refused to apologize and the matter was brought to the Adjudication Panel.

The issue raises the question about who has the right to remove a publicly-elected official and what kind of behaviour warrants removal. Personally, I think it was a stupid way to make his point, but I can’t see how this thing can fly in a democracy. I think that an elected official should not be removed without due process from an elected assembly. Three guys in some back room doesn’t cut it.

Read more on this from the BBC.