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“Is he going to say it?”: how social media schadenfreude infantilises our political discourse

Ken Livingstone's comments were contemptible. So how come so many people—and news channels—wanted him to keep repeating them?

By Julia Blunck  

Ken Livingstone outside his house in northwest London, he has resigned from the Labour Party, saying the issues around his suspension for anti-Semitism had become a "distraction".

After two years of acrimonious fights about his membership of the Labour party, Livingstone has quit, claiming it was a “distracting” row. It’s a pathetic and well-deserved end for someone who could have been a beloved politician. Livingstone repeatedly made claims that Hitler was a Zionist, an untrue and racist accusation.

His name was never too distant from the word “Hitler”—so much so that, with every TV appearance, it became something of a game…

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