There’s post from Dan Rickman – a Jewish Ken supporter – over at Huffington post today that’s worth drawing attention to. The crucial part of the post is this:
“I want to give Ken the benefit of the doubt and be able to vote for him on 3 May. However I am increasingly uncomfortable. It isn’t just the Jewish community. Ken’s recent comments about the Tory party being “riddled by gays” led to his being accused of homophobia by his rivals. Importantly though, it also demonstrate that he can re-build bridges, as shown by Peter Tatchell’s recent defence of Ken.
So I would appeal to the man himself. Ken please help me out and genuinely reach out to Jewish Londoners who want to support you. I would rather vote for you and a progressive future for London than become popular in my synagogue by no longer being able to defend you…”
He goes on to say:
“You have persuaded many of [the the Jewish community in London] you are part of the problem not part of the solution. This is a travesty and needs to be resolved by some clear leadership from you.
And as someone who wants to see you win, I’d appeal to you – make it easier for all your many supporters in London by being more measured with your words.”
The full post is well worth a read.