February 28th, 2012

Tax Silence from Ken’s Chums

The leftie blogosphere is normally first out of the blocks on supposed tax avoidance and general hypocrisy when it comes to personal finance. However it seems Ken  has stunned them into silence with his latest shenanigans. Top bloggers and avid Ken cheerleaders have chosen to remain tight-lipped about the tax-avoidance – despite his public statements condemning those who engage in similar practices – saving himself over £50,000 by paying corporation tax at a low 20 or 21 per cent rate.

The left-wing blogs from Dave Hill, Mayor Watch, Adam Bienkov, The Scoop, Boris Watch, The Staggers, Political Scrapbook, Liberal Conspiracy, Labour List, Labour Home and Labour Uncut are all covering this race closely. You won’t hear a peep out of them on this subject, despite plenty being written about Barclays today…

UPDATE: Mayor Watch get in touch to say that they consider themselves to be neither left-wing nor Ken fans. Guido is happy to set the record straight.


  1. 1
    True says:

    You seem suprised?

  2. 2
    Ed Miliband says:

  3. 3
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    They’re all in it together.

  4. 4
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    You wouldn’t know fairness if it came up and hit you in the face.

    Try telling that to all the people your government fleeced out of their pensions.

  5. 5
    Yes we Ken says:

    Four words – Press TV Ken Livingstone !

  6. 6
    Jimmy says:

    It’s almost as if this were a non-story got up by someone who doesn’t understand how the tax system works.

  7. 7
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am an E-Type Jaguar.

  8. 8
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘Ken cheerleaders have chosen to remain tight-lipped about the tax-avoidance’

    Wall to wall on the BBC, mind.

    Allegra is doing a full Newsnight special on it.

    No, really. Ok, no, not likely.

  9. 9
    Bon Voyage Ken says:

    Has anyone found an account in Venezuela yet? Look under the name ‘Newt’.

  10. 10
    JH says:

    Oh, come on Jimmy. You know this deafening silence triple underlines the hypocrisy of the leftysphere.

    Would it be a ‘non-story’ if it was Boris? Hmmm?

  11. 11
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    It is not about our understanding of the tax system.

    It is all about this man’s blatant hypocrisy.

  12. 12
    chriselee says:

    you’re having a larf,bring back the test card

  13. 13
    Dorian Smith says:

    SIlence too from ukuncut and occupylsx (who, while inept fuckwits, unfortunately get the ear and the oxygen of publicity of the left’s propaganda machine, the BBC), who were quite ready to get into bed with the tax haven lovin’ Guardian.

  14. 14
    Bloke says:

    Stop talking about ‘fairness’ you Commie gobshite.

  15. 15
    Bloke says:

    What I am curious about is whether Ken’s company is registered for VAT as it should be as his ‘sales’ exceed £73,000 pa. If he isn’t – he could REALLY be in trouble…can’t somebody find out?

  16. 16
    NBeale says:

    Well Ken says he will:
    (a) lower fares on TfL, thereby reducing their income substantially
    (b) get more police, paid for by… charging TfL for them.
    So where will the money come from for that. He’ll need a lot more than the £300k he has stashed away.

  17. 17
    AC1 says:

    Propose retrospective tax legislation to gather from Tax avoiding ex mayors.

  18. 18

    If a protestor stands outside ken’s house and shouts ‘pay your taxes’ would anyone care?

    Far more effective to block the Fortnum’s tills and stop some pricey biscuits and jam being sold to a gullible tourist.

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    Anonymous says:

    Trouble is, politician is a hypocrite with his nose in the trough is hardly news.

    Personally not only would I not vote for the newt-botherer, I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.

    The Penguin

  20. 20

    Mod mod mod mod mod
    bloody bot is out to lunch.

  21. 21
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He’ll say he hasn’t got any money. All politicians say that. That’s why they use ours!

  22. 22
    Jimmy says:

    Is he opposed to self employed people using companies?

  23. 23
    Helpful says:

    On BBC lOndon news :)

  24. 24
    barrie singleton says:


    Jus heard Fraser Nelso declare Uk corruption free – especilly media . . .t

  25. 25
    boo hoo says:

    Ken is a big baby

  26. 26
    Chuckus Yamoney says:

    We are intensely relaxed about OUR people getting filthy rich

  27. 27
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Who? Red Ken, or Guido?

  28. 28
    George Michael says:

    Surely this is what IR35 is for? Prevent a single person earning the majority of income into a company and reducing the tax paid on it. So yes, using a company this way is wrong. Extend IR35 to stop it

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    in it for number one, just like the tories says:

    Jimmy, if he was a real socialist, he’d maximise the amount of tax he pays to the revenue for the benefit of the proles, but he isn’t and he doesn’t, innit? He’s a fucking hypocrite, end of argument.

  30. 30
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    When Ken is on £250K+ he pays 50 percent tax or commits political suicide.

    He’s chosen the latter.

  31. 31
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    Remember that crap about using cheap oil from Venezuela to power London buses?

    A total lie. Venez oil is super-heavy and only good for container ships, unless Ken has his own super-refinery.

  32. 32
    Phantom says:

    Socialism is full of venal corrupt carpetbaggers like this shower of …. demanding you do what they say (or face calls of ‘racist’ or ‘fascist) rather than what they do.

    Ably assisted by a stupid welfare class who are their victims.

    And lefty students from wealthy parents…..

    In the case of the stupid welfare class, they were so peed off last time – they voted for the BNP, the more tolerant party of the left wing.

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    we're all in the conpiracy of silence together says:

    Do as I say not as I do.

  34. 34
    Meat Spin made me dizzy says:

    Bastards, lock ‘em up in a Tory duck house and chuck them in a Tory moat.

  35. 35
    Accountant Manque says:

    Forget dividends: once you are over £38,000 you have to pay higher-rate tax. I suspect that Ken is onto a much better scheme: roll up the cash on the balance sheet and then take it out as a capital gain using Entrepreneur’s Relief. The great advantage of this is that it’s subject to tax at 10%.

    For every pound earned, 20p goes in corporation tax and then 10% of 80p = 8p goes in capital gains tax. Result: 72p in Ken’s pocket. You can’t get anywhere near that using any other technique short of being Barclays (ambiguity intended).

  36. 36
    Labour Tribalist says:

    Ken says he doesn’t wear glasses. I can’t see him wearing glasses. Ken says he doesn’t avoid paying tax. He doesn’t avoid paying tax. Labour cuts good, Tory cuts bad. Labour investment good. Tory spending bad. Labour private sector NHS involvement good, Tory private sector NHS involvement bad. 1 + 1 = 3.

  37. 37
    Jimmy says:

    It is why Gordo brought it in. I thought the tories were against it?

  38. 38
    Jimmy says:

    Guido’s a stickler for tax compliance.

  39. 39
    Jimmy says:

    End of yours anyway.

  40. 40
    Some Geezer wot's always in earnest says:

    There’s a story of a novelist of middling talent approaching Oscar Wilde and asking how it is that some books are reviewed in the press and some aren’t; the author felt that the fact he wasn’t being reviewed was not so much a reflection on his talent as that he somehow “wasn’t playing the game,” and that the book-review critics were somehow a conspiratorial cabal:

    “Whatever shall I do about this Campaign of Silence, Oscar?”
    “Join it!”

    (Feel free to ignore Wilde’s advice, Guido.)

  41. 41
    MrAngry61 says:


  42. 42
    Rh- says:

    apparently ken says some bloke from the guardian told him it was ok not to pay tax as long as he was a good socialist … and anyway the little people should realize that socialists are always in the right no matter what the law actually says.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    If RedKen’s company has got reserves from more than one year in it, he could be in a bit of bother. The IR35 rules stipulate that if remuneration isn’t drawn the same year as it’s earned, then the director can’t impute the tax/NICs suffered by the company to the directors’ emoluments.

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    Stick to Singing says:

    fcuk off cnut.

    IR35 has caused more pain and anguish to small companies than enough.
    There was even a motion in parliament to repeal it on those grounds plus the total lack of successful prosecutions.

    To repeat, fcuk off cnut.

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    EdButLookBalls says:

    Feck off you pension grabbing twat Miliband, you are a Hunt of the first order!

  46. 46
    Mrs. Ball-Scooper ( triple flipper ) says:

    Then flip it three times and pocket the profit.

  47. 47
    Earnest says:

    I don’t even know this Some Geezer fellow. And I’ve been dead for twelve years. Know what I mean?

  48. 48
    boo hoo says:

    boo hoo Ken is a baby

  49. 49
    Jimmy says:

    It would here certainly.

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    Anonymous says:

    Yeah, but he doesn’t say things like this Jimmy, does he?

    [Ken], “warns that the “super-rich” are “exploiting every tax fiddle” and says he wants to “sweep away tax scams and everybody should pay tax at the same rate on earnings and other income”.

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    huwwuh says:


  52. 52
    Red Ed's non-predator union bosses says:

    Olympic Games ?? Everybody out, bruvvers !!

  53. 53
    in it for number one, just like the tories says:

    If we’re arguing about whether Ken is a hypocrite, I think you’ll find you’ve lost tbh.

  54. 54
    waa waa baby Ken says:

    Ken needs a nappy

  55. 55
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    I heard it too. It was on the BBC so it must be right. Not that the BBC itself is corrupt in any way, demanding money with menaces the way it does, then handing it out in large lumps to its favoured sons and daughters. Heaven forfend!

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    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Hello Jimmy.

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    riddled with doubt says:

    Ken has chums?

  58. 58
    The small boy from the film the sixth sence says:

    They only see what they want to see

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    It would be a non story because he wouldn’t be pretending to be something he isn’t, which Ken is. Geddit now Jimmy, or is hypocrisy so ingrained in the left that they can no longer recognise it?

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    Anonymous says:

    SOME Venezn oil is very heavy, not all of it.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    I noted last night that Ralph Miliband was the answer to a question on Universally Challenged – the show that makes old gits like me feel smug about knowing more of the answers than the supposed pick of what passes for students these days.

    Unsurprisingly, it was the UCL team who knew that Ralph once wrote a book called “Socialist Democracy” – an oxymoronic title if ever I saw one. It’s a good job the LSE weren’t on – they’d probably have been able to quote chapter and verse from this masterpiece of British literary heritage.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Thank fing christ – anything to stop the hype.

  63. 63
    The Paragnostic says:

    You are Arsene Wenger and I claim my €6.50

  64. 64
    Charmless Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    No. Chumps.

  65. 65
    War Economy says:

    Fraud, Hypocrisy and lying from the Political Master Class must be punished with the most severe sanctions as these issues are destroying trust in any of our institutions. Can we ever have a clean institution. the answer is NO, however we need to punish the infraction with the most severe of punishments. TAKE AWAY THEIR PENSIONS.
    Getting paid off with a full or partial pension is a reward and not a punishment, so why is this the way the State punish the wrong doing?

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    Alistair Campbell says:

    It’s OK “toenails” Robinson is covereing it on the BBC news tonight and Polly has a ploemic in the Grauniad tomorrow – NOT

  68. 68
    AC1 says:

    The NHS is the envy of the world, apparently too.

    No-one’s given it the flattery of copying it yet though.

  69. 69
    AC1 says:

    But it’s ALL got lots of sulphur in it.

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    Ichabod says:

    Not bloody likely at all. I remember when Blair was first elected in 1997 and the contoller ( I think) of radio 4 was exposed sending out an internal memo to staff that basically said it wasn’t part of the BBC’s remit to question too rigorously the new government’s programme ie we’re in power now so its all softly softly. Their pussillanimity towards the Blair government was one of the defining features of the BBC for a decade.
    Contrast that with Mrs Thatcher coming to office in May 1979. By September we had the introduction of ‘Question Time’–expressly to question the new Tory government and its policies.Then two or three months later the BBC introduced ‘Newnight'; in which yet again the Tory government could be held up to ridicule, sorry scrutiny.
    Similarly within the year or so of Cameron’s ‘victory’ in addition to the constant BBC attempts to cause the coalition trouble , and query its mandate, we have had the Daily Politics extended by half an hour every day, and its expansion on a Sunday. The World at One has been similarly extended by 15 minutes every day. In short the BBC always regards a Tory or Tory led government as something to be constantly and rigorously questioned and confronted, whilst it tends to treat Labour governments ( at least until they start illegal wars) with soft gloves. Cut the licence fee in half !!

  71. 71
    David Miliband says:

    Or the person my mong-faced spastic retard of a brother fleeced out of a job.

  72. 72
    The Paragnostic says:

    Sore, are ya?

  73. 73
    Major Eyeswater says:

    I recall that other well-known business guru Vince Cable had a similar wee problem with unpaid VAT on sales of his seminal masterpiece (predicting the crash about a year after it happened).

  74. 74
    annette curton says:

    Funny how they manage to spotlight Barclays Bank, the only one of the big U.K players that did not go bust and did not the cost taxpayers a fortune, unlike Lloyds, RBS and Northern Crock.

  75. 75
    Edjukayshun ejukayshun ejukayshun says:

    “The Claimant is the ex-spouse of an Asian Head of State. A Head of State that is considered a strategic ali to the”

    What, like Mohammad Ali?

  76. 76
    Fish says:

    Apparently Len McClunky and Trots want to target the Olympics, but ahead of that Unite are targetting 7 oil companies, attempting to bring tanker drivers out creating a fuel crisis.

    To paraphrase Paxo’s – how did these union leaders get so big-headed? The answer is that the left have become embolded with the support of the BBC / Guardian, Toynbee, Jones and the leftward lurch of Labour.

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    Distraught master & commander says:

    Problem is we dont have a tory gov

  78. 78
    Distraught master & commander says:

    We used to carry loads of refined product into Venez. Crap HO up to N America.

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    annette curton says:

    Like it, a “ploemic” not a polemic… just a rush of blood.

  80. 80
    Anon says:


    The NHS, ahead of its time.

  81. 81
    L1bertar1an says:

    This s!te used to be gre@t until the fcuk-faced sp@stic “Ne0” G-w-eeed0h showed up. Apparently he has form for fcuking-up bl0gs through over-m0dd-ing bl 0gs.

    Look at how many regulars are on here today.. half a dozen that we knew 2 months ago.

    This site’s fcuked. Still, G-w-eed0h’s bl=0g, G-w-eeed0’s r–ulez.

  82. 82
    Ken Dodds dads dogs dead says:

    Northern Wreck isnt it ?

    I notice Barclays was the only one that didnt get too much in the sh1t…

  83. 83
    Well it's a thought says:

    According to Peston this evenings news, Barclays got money from the taxpayer, I thought they received a £3billion loan from the Middle East, maybe I misheard but when that guy comes on you have to dissect every word he says.

  84. 84
    Viv says:

    Why not save time and dissect him instead ?

  85. 85
    Princess Po-face Polytwaddle talking down at people from her Ivory Tower, Silver Spoons in her mouth says:

    I am always right!

    I am never wrong!

    Clearly you have not paid attention to my unambiguous words!

    Taxes are for stupid little people, – like what you are!!!

    Educated people, like what I am, – with pedigree – DO NOT PAY TAXES!! We are paid for our erudite wisdom, knowledge, discernment, and general all-over wonderfulness.

    Gordon always said how Wonderful I was . . . Gordon . . . just the name brings ripples of pleasure to my skin . . . goose pimples of expectation as I feel his presence . . I hear his manly voice . . . his perceptive gaze as he searches my innermost depths . . . his probing questioning as he searches first one area and then . . . another . . . oh . . . OH! . . . I’m going . . . . no . . leave me . . leave me in the throes and ecstasies of unbridled joy . . the satisfaction . . . I’m going into status polytwadlicus . . . leave me be . . . I must give myself to the moment and his whimsy . .

  86. 86
    annette curton says:

    And this weeks Question Time comes to you from East Cheam (allegedly), David Dimbelby will now take a random question from the audience, a Mr Tony Handcock, yes you sir! at the back, the person with his hand on…, and your question?, Surely a Handcock half hour is more than enough even for the BBC.

  87. 87
    Robot PissedOn says:

    I have a very special sauce that I cannot discuss.

  88. 88
    Ivor Biggan says:

    you always hear what you want to see.

  89. 89
    Stander By says:

    Well then, comfort him, – give him something to fiddle!

  90. 90
    Anon. says:

    Well, he probably thinks, ‘If the Guardian doesn’t pay tax to the British Government, why should I?’ Morally bankrupt hypocritical scum, all of them.

  91. 91
    Jimmy says:

    On the contrary, as Larochefoucauld observes it is merely the homage vice pays to virtue.

  92. 92
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    “In this country it’s a good thing to kill an admiral* now and then to encourage the others.”


    Or: *self important has-been.

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    annette curton says:

    Dissect a verbal chimera?, a ,uu, wueee!, nah then,, you know?, he is the product of a mad political scientist from the Island of the Damned.

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    Anonymous says:

    You really believe that this is news?

    There isn’t a single politician, current or otherwise, in this country, who isn’t in it for his/herself.

    You really must have realised this by now surely?

    Every single one of them lives off the state.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    This is something like what happens:

    Your average libore voter gets to hear about ken livingslime’s tax evasion, he doesn’t read it in the mirror or hear it on five live or see it on the Bbbc news, but possably a friend/neibour mentions it.

    He doesn’t quite understand the full details but gathers it’s something to do with free money and not paying tax.

    His reaction:
    “Well what do you expect, at the end of the day their all the same, I bet that Boris does it too and gets more but at least ken’s on our side, and anyway good luck to him (he means red ken) because the tax man gets too much anyway; fu king Boris Jhonson’s arich toff working for the bankers anyway.”

  96. 96
    It's a fair cop... says:

    Yup, the old place ain’t what it was, that’s for sure

    Still a good site, but a pale shadow of its former self

    Sad really. And yes, the decline seems to coincide with the arrival of N£0

  97. 97
    Chuckus Yamoney says:

    Most of the current Labour leaders entered politics as poor as church mice with the great intent to redistribute of wealth.

    It is only fair in tough times that having made themselves millionaires while in power for 13 years that they try to get back in power and make some more money.

    Miliband, Benn, CooperBalls, Umunna, Mandelson, Brown, Blair, Scotland, Toynbee, Livingstone – all left wing millionaires, all intensely relaxed about getting filthy rich on our behalf

  98. 98
    Mary Jackson says:

    Tax is for little people

  99. 99
    My (probably-soon-to-be) Lard Woss says:

    I dun OK art of it! I would be doing so now if wetched wankers hadn’t spoilt it for me.

  100. 100
    Lee Jasper (Labour's Red Ken Certainly Looked After Me!) says:

  101. 101
    Mr Hilter and His Buddy Iykeperson says:

    Ah Zo! – but we free transport provided! Unt zer orchestra music played. Unt zer peeeple found zer strangth through zer joy.

    Unt now, meine liebchen, sleep for you prescribed is. Unt I hav here eine kleine how you say? – bottle of zer poison – – – nein nein nein – I mean zer potion!!!

    Ha Ha Ha – meinen little yoke – nein?

    Zoon, all your trubles over will be!

  102. 102
    South of the M4 says:

    You heard correctly. Peston lied on national TV. Objective achieved. By the time the BBC are forced to correct the statement, 80% of those tuned in would only remember how big and bad Barclays was/is.

  103. 103
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    Glad you took me advice on the 1337 style name pal. Never failed for me.

  104. 104
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    That is why Sharia law can’t come quick enough in my book, chop the lying poofs hands off

  105. 105
    They're all the same says:

    Who cares what the blogs say.

    Boris/Ken – they’re all the same.

    Don’t vote for any of them!

  106. 106
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Ken is a novice at tax avoidance. We Toynbees could teach him so much more.

  107. 107
    grobdj says:

    ‘Costing the taxpayer a fortune’.

    Is this £500m tax bill for Barclays historic, or is it for the £2.7bn transferred in 2011 from Barclays Capital to Head Office, then subtracted from the tax calculation?

  108. 108
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    Your average labour voter is on the way out via Labours own open door policy.

    Only thing the new blood of this country cares about is ££££££££ and who will give them the most for free.

  109. 109
    Well it's a thought says:

    Don’t vote then don’t complain when either of these two get back in, you have a choice, no doubt these two won’t be the only one’s in the running.

  110. 110
    They're all the same says:

    Dog shit vs Cat shit?

    Not worth my time!

  111. 111
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    As a ghost i’ve got to vote whiter than white these days.

  112. 112
    Lard Pressclot says:

    Oooooohh ! I just love those Ferro, rochester,

    Ferrero Rochers. Lovely !

  113. 113
    Diane Fatbott says:

    Racist !

  114. 114
    Liberal Elite says:

    Don’t vote then don’t complain!

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    Liberal Elite says:


  116. 116
    annette curton says:

    Peanuts compared with Bank of England Mervin King (sweat on brow) churning the handle of the £200 billion, £300 trillion money making machine.

  117. 117
    annette curton says:

    pe8nuts, pe*nuts!, sunlight come and we wanta go home.

  118. 118
    annette curton says:

    Pee nuts compared with Bank of England Mervin King (sweat on brow) churning the handle of the £200 billion, £300 trillion money making machine.

  119. 119
    Gordon says:

    He can have one of mine when I’ve finished with it.

  120. 120
    Wikilurks says:

    Less newt, more lizard.

  121. 121
    They're all the same says:

    If voting changed anything, they’d ban it.

    It’s a sop.

    Don’t fall for it – remove your consent and stay at home!

  122. 122
    Bad boy Sweet reward. says:

    Why is the Huhne receiving 17 k severance pay? He has not been sacked, he walked away from the job by his own chosing.

    Our political class just take the piss out of the rest of us.

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    There is nothin' like a Huhne, Nothin' in the world. There is nothin' you can Huhne that is says:

    Huhne is no rich Huhne by accident.

  126. 126
    Jimmy says:

    I thought I’d raise the tone in case the Star readers visit.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Just a guess at the identity of the “ex wife”

  128. 128
    The Paragnostic says:

    Stop talking about Neo like that – with his Jedward hair and poor education he’s a very sensitive soul.

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    Bye bye says:

    Free speech

  131. 131
    smoggie says:

    Red Ken is living proof that inside every marxist is a capitalist trying to get out.

  132. 132
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Er…..de La Rochefoucauld, shurely?

  133. 133
    albacore says:

    Ken’s but a symptom. He ain’t the disease
    LibLabCon sphincters ALL do what they please
    Be ye worker, shirker, queen or plain drone
    They see you as an identical clone
    Never mind that it’s patently madness
    They’re going to cure you of all your sadness


  134. 134
    smoggie says:

    You completely missed the point. Firstly, Ken does not live off the state but is a part of the private sector and secondly, like most astute taxpayers seeks to minimise his taxbill by legitimate tax avoidance measures.

    The problem is … the point… is that he has for years been condemning others for doing precisely the same.

    Now if he’d only own up to being a practising capitalist and a budding entrepeneur he might actually stand a chance of becoming Mayor. If only he were an honest man and as good with public finances as he is with his own !

  135. 135
    Lou Scannon says:

    More Huhnery :


    or should that be Livingstonery ? Here’s how it ends :
    “Opposition MP Chris Evans has previously pointed out that Mr Huhne shared a platform with Tory co-chairman Baroness Warsi in 2010 when she urged Gordon Brown’s ministers to decline their rights under the 1991 Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Act. He said: “If he didn’t agree with her, he should have said so – so he should now forfeit the £17,207 he is entitled to.”

  136. 136
    Archer Karcher says:


    Livingscum does not create anything worthwhile, he produces nothing of value and obtains we-alth via influence peddling and exploiting the public purse. By any me-asure the clown is merely a parasite and a hypocritical one at that.

  137. 137
    Archer Karcher says:

    Get rid of the licence fee and make the marxist BBC fund itself via voluntary subscription. The very idea that a state broadcaster can send people to prison for not funding it, is straight out of Stalinist dogma.

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    Anonymous says:

    Offensive language does just that! Offends. Don’t bring the debate down to this level and don’t ruin the reputation of the website.

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The left has always had a difficult relationship with Livingstone – most lefties despise him on a political and personal level, particularly those who have been unfortunate enough to have anything to do with him. But when he was a winner they had to support him. That may be changing now.

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    Anonymous says:

    Looks like you completely missed the point.

    He is able to do his “private” stuff exactly because he is a politician, put there and created by the voters.

    So try using your brain first before you comment, and read and digest what the comment says before you comment on it.

    No wonder this country is in the state it is when people can’t even understand the Emglish language.

  141. 141
    Danny L Jackson says:

    Fear not for our future energy supplies – there’s a large lump of coal due in 30 years time :


    Wonder who took the photo ?

  142. 142
    Nancy Sinatra says:


  143. 143
    Danny De Vito says:

    Things are looking up.

  144. 144
    smoggie says:

    OK, so he’s the unacceptable arse of capitalism.

  145. 145
    Anonymous says:

    and by voting for any politician you give them the authority and legitimacy for what they do, and that includes creating the United States of Europe.

    None of them will get my vote, indeed they really are the same, whilst feathering their own nest at the same time.

    Don’t play their game. Democracy did exist, but it doesn’t today. You vote for them and do you think they give f*** about what you think or want?

  146. 146
    smoggie says:

    Touched a nerve there hehe. He is not a politician while he holds no public office.

    And as for the Emglish language, no mate I don’t understand a fucking word of it.

  147. 147
    Kens , polly's & all the rest of us says:

    It’s not our fault , the system is there and it made us avoid tax

  148. 148
    Spartacus says:

    when i was a boy, i remember some sort of e-petition.
    but that died a death after a couple of months

  149. 149
    Anonymous says:

    Obviously just a “normal” state comprehensive education for you.

    Waste of time dealing with people like you. It’s why this country is in such a mess and ungovernable.

  150. 150
    David Milibland says:

    BBC are not reporting this story at all, So i assume that this is made up or a FALSE allegation!

  151. 151
    Baby Ken says:

    Ken is helpless

  152. 152
    sandy says:

    These economic terrorists should be deported (preferably to Iran or Afghanistan). I am no fan of the Olympics but what message does this send to Johnny Foreigner? We don’t want your wealth creators, we don’t want your jobs, and now we don’t want your athletes and we don’t want you.

  153. 153
    The BBC says:

    We apologise for some of the stories we have been running today as they give the impression that the NHS is not running smoothly. The NHS is of course perfect and does not need reforming.

  154. 154
    The Brhoon Bullshit Corpse also says:

    The BBC is also perfect, – and does not need reforming.

    Now GET TO WORK – if you’ve got any – so you can EARN MONEY to PAY YOUR TELLY TAX!! We need all the dosh we can get, – we’ve got expensive and highly refined tastes, – specially after all them cooky progs.

    Now bugger off!

  155. 155

    David Gauke (Secretary to the Treasury)

    I suspect the bank in question is regretting what it has done. I think it is not going to do them any reputational good

    Barclays haven’t actually broken the law.

    If not then what the fuck is the stupid c*nt bellyaching about?

  156. 156
    MacClucky, t'Boss of UNTIE (laughing) says:

    We’ll do all we can to ensure t’Lympics run OK – yeah OK!

    (aside) as much chance of that as Ken paying his tax ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  157. 157
    Stander By says:


    Has it any connection with the creative era that brought us Neo-endogenous some-twaddle-or-other?

    Sounds like more Bliaristic thrid way excrement – oh wait a mo – place is still full of the neologistic bass tards.

  158. 158
    m'Lord PrizClot of Hull and Damnation says:

    I like a big c u u u u – ‘ang on – how dooyer spell it?

  159. 159
    Handycock says:

    I deny it all. It wasn’t me with my hands on her. I was never there at the time. Unfortunately I cannot prove it because my passport fell in the sea.

  160. 160
    Mr Always says:

    Boots, Nancy, boots.

  161. 161
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Put it this way, the NHS and the BBC are far from perfect – but given the alternatives, they’ll do.

  162. 162
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    What always fascinates me is that you can have quite ordinary working people coming on and defending the indefensible. I suppose that explains collaboration in occupied countries: worms fawning over the powerful.

  163. 163
    Head of BBC says:

    There is no public interest in this story. By public, we mean the Socialist Worker’s party and Unite members (ie. our staff).

  164. 164
    Mars attacks says:

    Yeah, but be fair – that book was donated to LSE by Saif Gaddafi, so they would know the answer (for a price.)

  165. 165
    Mars attacks says:

    Oh yes – we truly need a lesson on hypocrisy from a 17c French Prince – how about “Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones” like Ken’s absence from the corridors of power but his increased fucking bank balance!

    They are all corrupted by the power we invest in them – don’t let them have your dreams as well. Politicians are, by nature, one compromise away from being Faust.

  166. 166
    Fluffy Bunny says:

    We apologise for the escapee’s comment. We will take him back to our land of bunnies, elves, kittens and unicorns

  167. 167
    Ed Centipede says:

    My cousin also called Ed ( Millipede ) is much speedier than I thus I defer to him in all things er .. speedy. . I know my place !!

  168. 168
    Jimmy says:

    Ken has no real politic views. He is an opportunist. Ken believes in Ken.

  169. 169
    Yabu Dabu Du says:

    “Mayor Watch get in touch to say that they consider themselves to be neither left-wing nor Ken fans”

    Doesn’t mean they aren’t though.

  170. 170
    Martin says:

    Thanks to Harry and Guido for adding the update, much appreciated.

    To Yabu Dabu Du, all I can say is , if I were batting for Ken I’d not have published this interview


    which gave others a stick to hit him:


  171. 171
    Archie says:

    Fuck that bullshit, you wanker!

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