December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Mayor of London has been accused of making “grossly offensive” comments about Hitler and the use of chemical weapons.
Labour’s Len Duvall, on the London Assembly, called for Boris Johnson to issue a “full apology” following his appearance on a television chat show last night.
During an interview on Channel 4’s The Last Leg, Mr Johnson claimed that “even Hitler did not use chemical weapons”.
Responding to a question on the Syria conflict, he said: “The use of chemical weapons has been banned under international law since the Battle of Ypres, or since the First World War. And not even Hitler used chemical weapons as far as I can remember. Not even Hitler used chemical weapons against allied troops.”
Show host Adam Hill then interjected to say: “There is an argument to say that he did use chemicals at some point,” to which Mr Johnson replied: “He did, but in the theatre of war, as far as I can remember, and I stand to be corrected on this, I don’t believe that even the Nazis used chemical weapons.”
Today City Hall Labour members reacted to the Mayor’s comments, with Mr Duvall claiming his words “diminished the Holocaust and the calculated murder of over six million people.”
The representative for Greenwich and Lewisham said: “Boris Johnson’s comments are grossly offensive. The planned mass extermination of Jews, the Roma and the disabled did happen and it happened using gas.
“Hitler and the Nazis also gassed gay people and gassed captured Soviet Prisoners of War who were of Jewish decent. Boris seems to be suggesting the fact Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons against allied troops means that somehow he wasn’t completely morally reprehensible.
“He has diminished the Holocaust and the calculated murder of over 6 million people, and has relegated it to a historical footnote.”
He added: “He needs to issue a full apology immediately and reflect on what he has said.”
Fellow Labour AM Tom Copley also criticised the Mayor, tweeting: “Boris must apologise for grossly offensive Hitler remarks”.