Diary: Hit or Miss... Livingstone and Muslim cleric

London mayor Ken Livingstone's invitation to Muslim cleric Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi to speak at a conference in City Hall this week triggered a storm of criticism as the tabloids railed against the 'evil' preacher. The move, designed to promote social tolerance, descended into a PR disaster. It was portrayed more as a stunt to gain Muslim votes than as extending the hand of peace. The Daily Express quoted a Jewish student saying 'Livingstone is a traitor to his country'.

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