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Ken Livingstone’s petulant signoff is the last act of a very sad spectacle | Gaby Hinsliff

Even now, he’s clinging to his theory about Hitler. When did such a shrewd, likable politician become such a liability?

Ken Livingstone is not enormously sorry. That much seems evident from his resignation statement, a classic of the “If anyone was offended by my perfectly reasonable behaviour, then … ” genre. Even now he can’t seem to grasp why repeatedly insisting that Hitler was a Zionist was so damaging to his party and to his own reputation. What a waste of a once formidable political talent. For, whatever you make of his ideas, he was an outstanding communicator of them – one of the most naturally gifted politicians I’ve ever interviewed.

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