The answer to the headline question is the same for why Ken Livingstone continues to be Labour’s London Mayoral candidate on 3rd May: they are both people of the Left.
Diane Abbott posted a racist tweet on Twitter which said “White people love playing ‘divide and rule'” and apart from being told to remove the offending tweet no disciplinary action was taken by the Labour high command and she was allowed to carry on as normal.
Now we have Ken Livingstone saying the Conservative Party is ‘riddled’ with gay people ‘like everywhere else’. Again, Labour leader Ed Miliband will take no action.
Just imagine if a Conservative MP had sent a racist tweet or if Boris Johnson had talked about homosexuality in such divisive terms. That would be it, game over. End of career.
But not for the Left it would seem. They have spent so long painting the Tories as the devil incarnate they now actually believe themselves to be all holy. This allows people like Ken Livingstone to spout their filth and cosy up to extremists like Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has praised Hitler and the Holocaust, without any sanction.
As the Left are such strong advocates of equality, should they also not be treated the same as the Right?