March 12th, 2012

Exclusive: Boris: I Don’t Fiddle My Taxes
Says Ken is Lying, Ed Miliband Mistaken

This morning at his press conference Guido asked Ed Miliband specifically about Ken’s tax avoiding arrangements. Ed Miliband claimed that Boris used a “similar scheme” to that used by Ken – a claim first made by Ken Livingstone himself on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this Sunday. Boris is really not happy to be accused of tax dodging.

This afternoon we asked Boris specifically about his tax arrangements. Here is his angry answer in full:

Dear Guido,

You have asked about my business affairs and tax arrangements. Specifically do I have any company or other arrangements constructed to enable me to pay less tax and do I, as has been claimed by the Labour Mayoral candidate and the Opposition Leader, have the same arrangements as Labour’s Mayoral candidate.

The answer is simple and unequivocal in both cases. No.

My salary as Mayor is taxed as an employee of the GLA. In the same way as when I was an MP my salary was taxed as an employee. Any other income that I have received from outside endeavours has been received on a self-employed basis, to me as an individual (no company or other structure has been involved). No income earned by me has ever been paid to a “service” company, through which a person or person’s freelance earnings can be channeled so that they pay corporation rather than income tax.

To suggest otherwise is a complete and utter fabrication.

Of course the real point is not about my tax arrangements. It is about the hypocrisy of a man who for years has railed against those who use special arrangements to reduce their tax and who has then been caught – bang to rights – doing the very same thing himself.

Boris Johnson

Looks like Ed Miliband owes Boris an apology…


264 Comments

  1. 1
    Tom says:

    But if a politician say one thing then the opposite is true.

  2. 2
    NeverRed says:

    The headline is wrong!!!!!

    It should read …Ken is lying, Miliband is lying

  3. 3
    MrAngry61 says:

    However much RedKen attempts to blameshare, and RedEd to ignore it, this hypocrisy isn’t going to go away.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ken’s share of the vote evaporate by election day.

  4. 4
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    RedEd should be asked for the source of his information, you cannot just make these false allegations withour reference. We cannot have smear based on lies from our politicians.

  5. 5
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I have to confess, I like Boris.

    Ken, on the other hand, is a grabbing hypocrite. He deserves everything coming to him……..and it will. It will.

  6. 6
    Barclays Bank employee says:

    We apologise for trying to fiddle

    £500 million ..

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/barclays-centre-tax-avoidance-clampdown-093442532.html

    Where are your priorities Guido ?

  7. 7
    just asking says:

    How many other members of the Labour party have similar tax avoidance arrangements to Livingstone?

  8. 8
    Gay Simon says:

    Boris should slap Ed.

  9. 9
    Lord Carrington's binoculars says:

    Incredible.

    Livingspart just lies and lies again.

    How does he think he can make stuff up about Boris and get away with it?

  10. 10
    Popeye says:

    An apology? Flying pigs.

  11. 11
    Jock Watcher says:

    Of course Ken is a silly little tax fiddler

    But just look at the hundreds of millions being fiddled by the Banks…

    After they have been bailed out by the UK taxpayer FFS…

  12. 12
    CT says:

    “Looks like Ed Miliband owes Boris an apology…”

    Don’t hold your breath…

  13. 13
    Tom says:

    Ta avoidance is legal and should be used by all (unless you are against tax avoidance).

  14. 14
    Popeye says:

    Why would they change now?

  15. 15
    Keep Kommie Ken Out says:

    All politicians are equal, but some more equal than others….

    I would trust Boris more than most other politicians put together. On the other hand, Ken is to be trusted less than a hungry pitbull with rabies.

  16. 16
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Nice bit of deflection here. Ooh look at Enron.

    Lets stick with the hypocrite RedKen, have to stay on subject.

  17. 17
    Bonos offshore tax haven says:

    Taxation is for the little people

  18. 18
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    It’s not only Labour, they’re all at it.

    They make the Rules. End of.

  19. 19
    not a machine says:

    Biff Baff ………………. winner !

  20. 20
    HMRC says:

    We are not amused!

  21. 21
    Sir William Waad says:

    If Ken Livingstone swallowed a nail, he’d shit a corkscrew.

  22. 22
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I can’t understand why Ken would think that nobody would check his donations after his waffling on the TV.

    The guy is an arse.

  23. 23
    Gooey Blob says:

    Ed would be wise to distance himself from Ken. Unfortunately, I don’t think he is.

  24. 24
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    +1

  25. 25
    God's Holy Trousers says:

    Never underestimate just how retarded the average sewer party vote is. Ken will still get a substantial vote. Most (if not all) socialists have shit for brains.

  26. 26
    Raving Loon says:

    Barclays was obeying the law and was punished retrospectively. Large numbers perhaps, but its actions were completely legal. Their treatment was unfair and the only reason they don’t garner sympathy is that most people can’t see past the £500m figure.

    Ken’s actions are also legal, just on a smaller scale. The issue at hand is not the legality of the actions, merely Ken’s rhetoric on tax avoidance, which is worth stating again is completely legal. If you think tax avoidance is wrong, in other words each citizen has an obligation to arrange their affairs to maximise the tax they pay to the state, that’s one thing. But to criticise tax avoidance, or legally arranging one’s affairs to minimise one’s tax liability, and then engage in it yourself is hypocritical.

    The main problem is that many politicians (I think deliberately) do not distinguish between tax avoidance and tax evasion, the latter of which is illegal. It’s more than just a technicality, it strikes at the heart of whether you believe in the rule of law or not. If we ban tax avoidance, then we make the argument that every person must necessarily labour to maximise government revenue. Revolutions have been fought over that sort of thing, and we must be very careful not to let the government to take us down that path.

  27. 27

    ‘I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move’

    – Boris Johnson

  28. 28
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Perhaps Silveta could sell them….??

  29. 29
    Well it's a thought says:

    Ken knows this is his last chance to get anywhere and if Boris wins this time then Ken will just become an out of date has been, just like the ones that litter the BBC and newspapers, he fighting to get another chance at another political life, time has passed him by.

  30. 30
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Aw. Bless.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Boris you should sue Milliband

  32. 32
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    We can only hope.

  33. 33
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    He has thebig boys at the Bbbc behind him to help.

  34. 34
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Furthermore, he’s the only guy I know who has to screw his socks on.

  35. 35
    albacore says:

    Erm, and to how many of those who habitually vote Labour will all of Gudio’s praiseworthy exposures make one iota of difference?
    Just asking.

  36. 36
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Ken thinks on his feet. With his feet.

  37. 37

    Agree. With a writ.

  38. 38
    A Tower Hamlets resident says:

    I’ve voted for Ken 50 times already

  39. 39
    Scamp - The Excitable Dog. says:

    These Labour party geniuses had really better realise that the days of having their cake and eating it are now over.
    In my eyes, in every strata where they try and take the high ground and spout their misinformed robotics, nothing makes them sound more unelectable, nothing makes them sound more dumb and nothing makes their impractical pious altruism ring SO hollow.

  40. 40
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Well said comrade!

  41. 41
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He doesn’t need to. Let them try and sue Boris.

    They won’t, because they know it’s not true.

  42. 42
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    I cannot see that what Boris states is untrue – it would be too easy to check. In that case Ken and Ed are guilty of making up blatant lies. This should receive the greatest possible publicity. Come on BBC, Guardian, Daily Mirror and Independent lets be having it.

  43. 43
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I thought it was wiff-waff.

  44. 44
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He doesn’t need to. Let Ed sue him.

    Ed won’t. Because he knows it’s not true.

  45. 45
    Animal says:

    Ed is so desperate to win the London mayoral election he doesn’t care who is the labour candidate, or what he says, or what lies he has to fabricate. Anything to win, to make him look less of a liability to the growing murmurs of the party’s rank and file and to keep his job.

    And when I mean anything, just wait to see if this latest lie get thrown round left-wing blogs, CIF, Twitter, anywhere to make it stick, give them breathing space and try to rescue something from the damage Livingstone has done to his campaign.

    As for an apology, forget it. Miliband keeps being portrayed as a dull, nasal halfwit. He is far more of a nasty, unreconstituted, janus-faced little toad than you give him credit for.

  46. 46
    Raving Loon says:

    Because Boris is a Tory, and Ken thinks therefore that he deserves it. It’s the worst form of mindless partisanship.

  47. 47
    They're all the same says:

    All a smokescreen.

    Toady little Ken or buffoon Boris, we’ll all get rinsed no matter what.

    If we squabble about the candidate’s tax affairs and ‘credentials’, then we don’t question whether we need any of the useless feckers.

  48. 48
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Boris comes across as a it of buffoon.

    He isn’t.

  49. 49
    Selohesra says:

    I can’t hold my breath much longer

  50. 50
    BBC, Guardian, Daily Mirror and Independent says:

    Ashcroft, Tory cuts, Ashcroft, Tory cuts, Ashcroft, Tory cuts, Ashcroft, Tory cuts, Ashcroft, Tory cuts.

  51. 51
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Sorry – that was meant to read….

    Boris comes across as a bit of a buffoon.

    He isn’t.

    Too much wine!

  52. 52
    BBC Guardian Daily Mirror Independent we are one says:

    The news today…
    The baby eating Tories have accused Ken and Ed of lying but it was down to man made global warming.

    Now here’s the weather with Laura Tobin.

  53. 53
    Ed Moribund says:

    Looks like Ed Miliband owes Boris an apology…

    Sthory Bowhith

  54. 54
    wait out says:

    If Ed apologises, Ken is finished. If he doesn’t, Ed is finished.

    What do YOU think will happen …

  55. 55
    inside- out says:

    He probably took a punt that the chances are Boris had similar tax affairs.After all every other MP and politician is.

  56. 56
    One for Ken says:

  57. 57
    harps accord says:

    Not a fiddler- just vile-in most respects

  58. 58
    Lord Stansted says:

    Quite right. I wouldn’t have any problem with Red Ken using a compnay to avoid tax if he and his fellow travellers were not such an appalling hypercrites.

  59. 59
    Tachybaptus says:

    There is no such thing as too much wine.

  60. 60
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Red Ken, a liar and a hypocrite. Who would have thought it ?

  61. 61
    smoggie says:

    Seems that Red Ken has a better grasp of capitalist tax economising measures than does Comrade Baris. Is not Ken therefore better qualified to be mayor of London?

  62. 62
    50 Calibre says:

    Correct. It’s what the socialist bastards do for a living and as for that piece of shit Balls, he wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him squarely on the nose.

    Wish I was the truth…

  63. 63
    Gordon F Brown's former advisor says:

    It’s the right thing to do…

  64. 64
    Abbot's fat face says:

    anus faced

  65. 65
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Why does anybody give a shit about what little Ed says or thinks ?
    To me he looks like someone who struggles to tie his own shoe laces

  66. 66
    Darren says:

    Mr Boris Johnson: Resolution Letter
    Letter to Ms Karen Buck MP from the Commissioner, 25 June 2008
    I have now completed my consideration of the complaint you sent me on 23 April against Mr Boris Johnson, who at
    the time was the Member for Henley.
    In essence, your complaint was that Mr Johnson failed to register in the time required his shareholding in Finland
    Station Ltd, contrary to the rules relating to the registration of Members’ interests.
    My conclusion is that Mr Johnson was in breach of the rules of the House in failing to register in time his
    shareholdings in Finland Station Ltd. Mr Johnson has explained to me that this was an oversight because he was not
    aware that his shares had any pecuniary value (his holding was of 33 shares each worth £l).
    Mr Johnson has apologised for this oversight. He subsequently registered his shareholdings in the Register of
    Members’ Interests. His entry has, of course, now been removed since he is no longer a Member of Parliament.
    Mr Johnson recognised his oversight therefore and took steps to rectify it. He has apologised. I regard the matter as
    now closed. I shall report the outcome to the Committee on Standards and Privileges at its next meeting.
    I am copying this letter to Mr Boris Johnson.
    25 June 201

  67. 67
    Fish says:

    Have you seen Boris’s tackle then?

  68. 68
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Well said Bono, I couldn’t agree more. Do you have a villa in Spain as well as offshore accounts in the BVi, Cayman and Turks and Caicos Isles like me? Boaz.

  69. 69
    Worzel's Doppelganger says:

    That gentleman Boris from that there gentleman city, is very handsome, he is.

  70. 70
    Innocent Bystander says:

    with his feet stuck firmly in his lying gob. That’s if he does actually do thinking!

  71. 71
    Steve Miliband says:

    Guiders should have framed the question

    ‘If someone denounced tax avoidance but then practiced it themselves would you say they were a predator or a provider?’

  72. 72
    NeverRed says:

    Because almost daily on our screens, Miliband, Cooper, Balls, Byrne, Creepy underpants man (forgotten his name), in fact every labour MP and spokespersons make stuff up, i.e. lie

  73. 73
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Yes. and No.

  74. 74
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    It’s always Wine o’Clock here.

  75. 75
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    May God help us all.

  76. 76

    Now just remind me.

    Who was it who called the American Ambassador a chiselling little crook?

    Is Ken a Butt, a Skew or a Gouge?

  77. 77
    Ken's To-the-Bin Tax says:

    Shaaaaaddup!

  78. 78
    Ctesibius says:

    You are posting a letter from the year 201 AD, when Caracalla was Emperor of Rome. What is the relevance of that to Ken Livingstone’s hypocrisy and ‘Mr. Ed’s’ lies. Gee, even the talking horse told the truth.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Barclays Bank were doing something which was perfectly legal and had been done by others previously, including Barclays. What we should all question and be concerned about were the actions of the ‘Revenue’. It is far from clear the HMRC have acted according to the Law. They are saying that the arrangement Barclays were using was contrary to the Banking Code, but the Banking Code is not Law, nor ever has been. It is for Parliament to decide what is or is not the Law, and it is most certainly not for HMRC to invent it when they feel like it.

  80. 80
    Guardian Media Group in the Caymans says:

    Everyone needs to pay tax!
    {except us}

  81. 81
    seenitallbefore says:

    Since the last election for Mayor, the “all welcome” immigration policy has stuffed enough extra Ken voters into London to ensure a win for him.

  82. 82
    Guardian Media Group in the Caymans says:

    This is a stinker story.
    Get the CIFerati onto twitter and blogs and try and deflect the story onto anything apart from mendacious Ken’s .

    Start with the usual and work on down until this stiny fish is buried under our sense of righteousness..

    Bankers
    Bankers bonuses
    Philip Green
    Murdoch
    Ashcroft
    NHS
    Pal-epstein
    B+N+P
    and global warming

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    totally agree ken screwed up last time and implemented congestion charge zones taking more money from the tax payer even though they already pay road tax, back boris Johnson, conservatives sort out the mess labour leaves happens every time, that’s why the tories are painted as the bad guys, I’m better off under the conservatives every time labour milk the working class

  84. 84
    The Lee Jasper Forum-Bot™ says:

    Look Dougal, I told you, That money was just resting in my account, OK?

  85. 85
    Gaston Glock says:

    Redken is a Yesterday’s Man. A living fossil from the state socialism 1970’s.

    His political death rattles provide a most amusing entertainment.

  86. 86
    Sir Keith Josephs Preserved Head says:

    Livingstone really should have realised when he lost the last election that he’d had a good run, got away with a lot of things, pushed his luck… and quietly slipped into the House of Lords ( oh you have to laugh at that don’t anyone start I am JOKING) and done media work.
    If he (god forbid) scrapes this election London will descend into chaos and I would expect scandal after scandal to emerge

  87. 87
    Laura Tobin says:

    Another chilly night tonight, the big freeze continues for a record fourth year.

  88. 88
    the beast of hmrc says:

    Boris is as much of a liar as ken “i put the pecs in peckham” livingstone

    Rememember Boris’ comment ” its an inverted pyramid of piffle”

  89. 89
    Raving Loon says:

    HMRC have effectively suspended the rule of law and said we just want you to give us whatever we think you should give us, regardless of the actual law. This is the same as “gratuity” payments in tin pot African dictatorships run by juntas and mobs.

    The de-facto state of affairs in this country is that the wealthier you are, even if you aquired that wealth legally and fairly (Barclays wasn’t bailed out by taxpayers) the less protection you have under the law.

  90. 90
    Gordon Brown says:

    i am against cock fighting

  91. 91
    Georgia Gould says:

    BoJo cannot manage his affairs to minimise taxes can you trust him to run London?

  92. 92
    Tron says:

    Ken is such a hypocrite and liar but on this blog everyone already knows this. He has been getting away with it for years.

    If Boris was doing this it would be on the BBC News every night until he apologised.

    But this is Ken, the Cheeky Chapie, man of the people. I’ve never seen anyone get the better of him on TV. Certainly not Marr.

    He would never let Brillo have a go.

  93. 93
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    Ohh get you ducky

  94. 94
    Ed the fed says:

    That he has the time to respond within an afternoon to two blokes sat in their pants shows that he’s not taking the job of Mayor seriously.

  95. 95
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    OK. So there is NO Borisgate, and if he is so emphatically open, then we can believe him. But Kengate and Silvetagate plus all his hypocritical speeches, which are just plain blah! blah! Which surely disqualifies him from any honourable election. With or without a vest ‘n shirt!

  96. 96
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    You forgot Thatcher

  97. 97
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    But Ken is a ‘socialist’ (read parasite) so he ‘deserves’ to win the election from that nasty rich bloke

  98. 98
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    Dear Rupert Murdoch

    Can you give me a job

    Thanks

    xxxx

  99. 99
    Paul Hewson from Glasnevin says:

    Only little little people and not those who are SAS, Short Arsed Superstars, pay taxes

  100. 100
    ReJoyce! says:

    I bet that privately Labour are congratulating Joyce for his behaviour.

    Eric Joyce has resigned from the Labour Party after admitting attacking four politicians during a drunken evening in a House of Commons bar. The MP for Falkirk, in a personal statement to the Commons, said he had handed his resignation to party leader Ed Miliband.

  101. 101
    What is this for? says:

    He has an estimated personal fortune of around £4 million, as the beneficiary of a trust fund that owns a 15-per-cent stake in Osborne & Little, the wallpaper-and-fabrics company co-founded by his father, Sir Peter Osborne, Bt.[53][54][55]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Osborne

  102. 102
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    I’m going to get a telling off from ontablets. :(

  103. 103
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    Yeah but if the tables where turned and Tories started lamping Labour MP’s they’d be the first to scream ‘oppressive fascists’

  104. 104
    My comment is awaiting moderation says:

    The point is that Newt Liveunderstone is doing the very thing that he criticised others for, in a UK Uncut rally.

    That is hypocrisy, just like his pejorative remarks about the gay Tories.

  105. 105
    Golly says:

    How many parents of Eton pupils past and present are pure and simple PAYE taxpayers?

  106. 106
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Wait and see.

    This could well be his undoing.

  107. 107
    What is this for? says:

    Lord Astor’s family trust owns the property company Sableknight, valued at £130million, and his wealth has certainly contributed to Samantha and David’s quality of life.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1191155/Claims-David-Cameron-30m-fortune-sit-uneasily-taxpayers-So-truth-money.html#ixzz1oveQwRHN

  108. 108
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    It’s not just the working class who Labour shaft, it’s everyone but their crony pals who they make laws for.

  109. 109
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am Batman!

  110. 110
    George0 says:

    So you problem is not Ken’s tax arrangents but his hypocrisy?
    Boris Johnson says in the NS that the love of his life is his wife Marina meanwhile having multiple affairs , one in City Hall with an advisor and getting her pregnant. And he is not a hypocrite?

  111. 111
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    Gay Tories.

    My favourite kind!

  112. 112
    Steptoe and son says:

    Joyce resigned! Derrrty old man!

  113. 113
    Chuckus Yamoney says:

    LABOUR DON’T DO APOLOGIES

    The champagne sociopaths see it as a sign of weakness rather than humility and humanity

  114. 114
    Mr Polite says:

    fuck off

  115. 115
    Red Ken Newt says:

    Hypocrisy, I am quite literally riddled with it.

  116. 116
    Dave Laws says:

    How much do you claim for ‘expenses’ against your self-employment payments, Boris?

  117. 117
    ToonBob... says:

    Porkies pies abound in Ken’s world….

  118. 118
    Les McEwans says:

    Cheerio Eric. Phone the polis then phone your girlfriends baybe sitter. Let her know yer sober!
    Bye baby, baby don’t cry. Bye, bye, bye!

  119. 119
    Chuckus Yamoney says:

    The avaricious conduct of the cabinet of the previous government who entered Parliament as poor as church mice, but squadered opportunities to do real good as they were too busy becoming multi-millionaires.

    It is therefore better to have a cabinet who are already rich so they don’t spend all their time decitfully lining their pockets They also know how to handle money and how the economy works in the real world without experimenting at our expense.

    When I was a lad, you needed a 20% to 25% deposit for a 4 times annual salary mortgage to buy a house and this was prudent. Dave’s latest wheeze of government assisted 95% mortgages is purely to maintain overinflated property prices and help out the builders and bankers.

    WE NEED TO PRESS RESET AND REVERSE THE DESTRUCTIVE FINANCIALISATION OF OUR ECONOMY TO WHICH WESTMINSTER IS BEHOLDEN AND ADDICTED.

    So fat chance there then

  120. 120
    Kevin T says:

    It’s a pretty depressing time to be a Conservative right now, what with Cameron sucking the EU’s cock as enthusiastically as his 3 predecessors while doing fuck all to improve the economy, and the US Republicans looking set to give the useless Obama a second term.

    Thank god for Ken Livingstone to give us some light relief. At least we will get the pleasure of watching this complete and utter c u n t (sorry, “Huhne” will not do) getting hoisted on his own petard and his career ending in humiliation and shame.

  121. 121
    DUEMA says:

    Boris is still married to her and lives with her, so technically speaking the epithet, ‘love of his life’ applies more to Marina than any of the other women he’s slept with or made pregnant. Trouble is, Ken seems to think that being married to money is wrong for other people and not himself.

  122. 122
    Kevin T says:

    One confusing thing about the story though – why is Boris angry? If I was in his shoes right now, I would be over the bloody moon.

  123. 123
    DUEMA says:

    Boris is still married to her and lives with her, so technically, the epithet, ‘love of his life’ applies more to Marina than any of the other women he’s slept with or made pregnant. Trouble is, Ken seems to think that being married to money is wrong for other people and not himself.

  124. 124
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    I think you will find he is.

  125. 125
    the stench of hypocrisy says:

    There should be an apology to Boris on the next Andrew Marr show.

  126. 126
    My comment is awaiting moderation says:

    Boris should demand a public apology from Newt and Miliband both.

  127. 127
    Sword of Truth says:

    Hypocrisy? Shocking!

  128. 128
    Gordon Brown says:

    Does my bum look big in this?

  129. 129
    annette curton says:

    To set things straight Joyce hasn’t resigned as an MP (Falkirk) oh deary me no, still plenty of troughing months left until 2015.

  130. 130
    jrand says:

    Barclays benefitted from the state guarantees supplied to the entire industry and was thus an indirect beneficiary of taxpayer largesse. All the bankers owe us big time and the many crooks among them need to defend their reputations in a court of law accompanied Icelandic-style by McRuin.

  131. 131
    annette curton says:

    Another Scottish chancer.

  132. 132
    13eastie says:

    Quite.

    We should be content to listen to rhetoric on legal tax avoidance from any and all lefties who can demonstrate the additional personal voluntary tax contributions they are altruistically sending to HMRC.

  133. 133
    Mike Hunt says:

    correct, it’s a carefully constructed persona designed to wrong foot the opposition.
    Which succeeds quite often.

  134. 134
    annette curton says:

    They should invent another adjective (is it?) for Ken, the word hypocrisy doesn’t do him justice.

  135. 135
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Doesn’t it rather say more about you that you think an email such as that would take any appreciable time whatsoever to write?

  136. 136
    OnTablets says:

    Didn’t Cherie Blair once say that she never apologises?

  137. 137
    Head full of shit says:

    Bit shit.

  138. 138
    Mean & Moody on what not to say to Eric Joyce if you are a toreee! says:

    Joyce is down graded to the AA. Bra size that is, just kidding! Oh chute!
    How juvenile! Damn my skoolboy humour! Ah well Eric, politics is all swings and roundabouts. Damn Jimmy Krankie!

  139. 139
    Anonymous says:

    A West Yorkshire teenager will appear in court on Friday after allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six soldiers in Afghanistan.

    Azhar Ahmed, 19, of Fir Avenue, Ravensthorpe, faces a racially aggravated public order charge.

    Ravensthorpe – shit hole muzzy ghetto in Dewsbury.

    Treasonous bastard.

  140. 140
    Col D Front says:

    Don’t go taxing that pretty little head of yours.

  141. 141
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Time for Ed Miliband and Ken Livingstone to declare all of their finacial dealings, including family members. After all they are the accusers.

  142. 142
    AA says:

    So Falkirk is left with a piss up without a party. The c’unt Joyce better go to the AA meetings like every alky has to. No rehab in the Bahamas in the quest to find himself at the expense of taxpayer. No siree. AA or down and out! That’s it.

  143. 143
    M says:

    Hang a liar a week & 1 extra on bank holidays

  144. 144
    Ichabod says:

    I saw Niall Ferguson put Livingstone in his place once on QT, but then they were debating an economic matter, and Livingstone can’t really waffle and humbug on technical subjects.

  145. 145
    Felicity Kendal Mint Fake says:

    So is this the blog of ‘plots, rumours and conspiracy” or just another right wing voice box rather like the Evening Standard which is running an unashamedly anti Ken campaign. I’m not that keen on Ken (or Boris, they are both creeps and self serving in their own way) but this blatantly one sided campaigning is rather naff.

  146. 146
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Didn’t notice much about this story on the BBC News tonight. Funny that.

  147. 147
    A Prick Posing as a Sub-Prime Minister says:

    I say chaps! Steady on! I drink champers y’kno!

    Watt!!

  148. 148
    Ctesibius says:

    So what?

  149. 149
    Gathering Storm says:

    Oh yes that’s the question, which smells worse folks dog shit or cat shit?
    Rome is burning down around us and this is important?
    The US of fuckin’ A is borrow about 35% of it’s spending this year, that’s how the spending will be funded. Japan will borrow 49% of it’s spending this year, they like funding their spending that way.
    50% borrowing!

    The world is totally insane!

  150. 150
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    Is it not slanderous to make a statement whoch you know to be untrue or cannot be substantiated by facts and that affects a persons reputation negativley?

    As such are not ken and eds statements not actionable?

    Just curious……..

  151. 151
    Some Geezer wot would like to cut him off without a brass farthing says:

    No, you’re not, but by being paid to be a no-show MP, you ARE robbin’.

  152. 152
    Pickled Wizard says:

    and he dresses like Steptoe

  153. 153
    Anonymous says:

    So soon will all the other Al Qaeda and organissedc Fraud/Crime nominees on the Inner London voting registers – not just Tower Hamlets. No wonder Ken no longer cares about the Gay, or any other non-fraudulent vote.

  154. 154
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    Ah. The good old I’m-nota-fan-of-Livingstone line.

    Haven’t seen that trotted out since the 2010 election, when the local Labour party drones were given it to try and damp down hostility to Moron Brown on the blogs.

    I’d give it up If I were you. In the last 48 hours Ken has invented two fake employees and lied about Boris’s tax arrangements.

    Can only get worse from here on in.

  155. 155
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    Quite so. When this hits the fan, they’ll be starving in the streets.

    The Great Depression will have nothing on a global 20 percent cut in public spending

  156. 156
    Titanic says:

    QE3 on the way.

  157. 157
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    >we’ll all get rinsed no matter what

    The ultimate definition of politics. Should be made into a poster and hung on every classroom wall.

  158. 158
    WVM says:

    Indeed, the central planners are like an addict or a hardened ex-con. The addict keeps using despite the health impact and the hardened ex-con tries to get back in the clink after being unable to deal with the real world. Just the same central planners keep borrowing and spending. Why?

    Because they don’t know any other way to live.

    The difference is of course when the addict relapses or the institutionalized criminal reoffends, they (mostly) only impact themselves. The central planners will destroy the economies of the western world because they literally do not know to do anything but what they are doing. They are addicted to the conveniences of inflating the money supply, they are institutionalized by Keynesian economics, and nothing will stop them until reality finally brings it crashing down.

  159. 159
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Another own goal by the great unwashed. Ken’s private life has it’s little ups and downs as well.

  160. 160
    WVM says:

    The world is not insane.
    It is collapsing.
    Next comes war, it always does.

  161. 161

    Which one is the giver and which the taker?

  162. 162
    Sheeple says:

    I’d glady pay you with my grandkids earnings for a cheeseburger today.

  163. 163
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It’s all a question of balance. The blogs are running with the story, so the BBC provides balance by ignoring it.

  164. 164
    sandy says:

    Labour lasted for 13 years plying lies that only idiots would be stupid enough to believe. Sadly there are a lot of them around. I blame the state education system.

  165. 165
    Coming to a ATM near you says:

  166. 166
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Well if Boris was to ‘threaten’ litigation then the BBC would have to report it – at present the BBC are witholding news and as such showing strong political bias.

  167. 167
    huwwuh says:

    That statement given by Boris was as sincere as anything I have read. ”An honest answer is as a kiss on the lips”.

  168. 168
    Strategic Lawyer says:

    Sound like slander to me. Methinks Boris could make a case of it and hold both of them to their words and to a public apology?
    Great PR for Boris if he is clean – watch Red Ken and Ed dive for cover -timing is critical to tie them up.

  169. 169
    Strategic Lawyer says:

    What has Gingrich got to do with it?

  170. 170
    Caligula's Horse says:

    But I am a pretty horse and married

  171. 171
    Anonymous says:

    Start with David Cameron

  172. 172
    Jimmy says:

    Tomorrow as part of his campaign against hypocrisy, Guido will be publishing his tax return in full.

  173. 173
    annette curton says:

    If you don’t live in the real world, I guess they don’t live in the real world.

  174. 174
    Outlier says:

    The Militwats both know about tax avoidance http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/09/ed-miliband-journalists-in-glass-houses
    People in glass houses…..

  175. 175
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    Once he rails against and denounces those who conduct themselves in the same manner as himself then perhaps it will be news and a demonstration of hypocrisy.

    Until that time, much like with red ken up until now, i couldnt give a f u c k

    Me? self employed via a limited company so as to pay as little tax as lawfully possible so the government doesnt waste it on feckless dole scrounging c u n t s or sponging virtually unemployed civil servant cockbags. Or filthy foreign swine who detest our way of life, Like the milibands for instance.

    But unlike newtfucker i dont have a problem with others doing the same, even if it is ken, or even you, you c u n t.

    Begin the jogging on procedure, and be quick about it.

  176. 176
    Livingstone's cat says:

    I’m gutted.

  177. 177
    The solution says:

    Bomb the bankers.

  178. 178
    cheche says:

    of course it wont be on the BBC too many of their stars are paid the same way

  179. 179
    Jacqueline Dromey says:

  180. 180
    Anonymous says:

    Boris should sue for defamation. That would shut them up.

  181. 181
    Greg Sanders says:

    Sue ? Not in Boris’ DNA.

  182. 182
    Stu says:

    Don’t be stupid one is a tax dodger the other isn’t. Typical lefty crap when you are caught out to whine, but they are all the same.

  183. 183
    Stu says:

    No no no my friend Allah has told us how to postal vote and that is all we need.

  184. 184
    Chuka Urmunneyaround says:

    Way to go, bro ! http://bit.ly/t4ydNH

  185. 185
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Am I the only person who cannot see the problem here. I use a company for my consultancy services delivered in Germany, charge the Germans a fortune for advice they could get off the internet and then pay tax on it. As long as the rules say this is ok, so what? I benefit, the government benefits and the Germans lose. Its whats called a win-win.

  186. 186
    Jimmy says:

    I thought I detected some railing and denouncing. Perhaps you missed it.

  187. 187
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    Do you denounce those who do the same as you as ‘rich bastards’ who should be stripped of their basic rights because they lawfully do the same as you?

    If so you are like Ken and therefore a hypocritical c u n t

    If not then you are like me and therefore fucking brilliant.

    Surely thats not too hard to understand.

  188. 188
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    Im pretty sure i told you to jog on. Go google the word hypocrisy, im sure you will find a giant picture of ken sucking of a gay muslim terrorist newt with aids. Or something.

  189. 189
    Pentangelis says:

    Here here!

  190. 190
    Displaced Brummie says:

    So Ed Miliband took what Ken Livingstone said at face value?

    He believed the beneweted liar?

    Fucking Hell. If anyone needed confirmation that Ed Miliband is utterly unfit to lead a political party, then this is it.

    No! Sorry, on second thoughts… Ed is the perfect and most able man of his generation to lead the Labour Party. In no way did the wrong brother win the election…

  191. 191
    Pentangelis says:

    Whether we are for or against tax avoidance is not the point; which is the hypocrisy of both Milliband & Livingstone, coupled with what appears to be a clear-cut slander committed by them both.

  192. 192
    Your Average Guido-Blog Reader says:

    Guido and Neo-Guido sitting around in their pants?

    Oh Jeez…

    MIND BLEACH, STAT!

    I’m all right now. I hope.

  193. 193
    Displaced Brummie says:

    A Socialist millionaire should not happen. It is like a police officer being caught running a drugs den.

  194. 194
    Displaced Brummie says:

    So fucking what, you Labour lackey?

  195. 195
    Durr... says:

    My…. my….. my…. err….. err…. haircut is a tax decuctable expense.

  196. 196
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    I really don’t get what’s so hard to understand about all this.

  197. 197
    Durr... says:

    Hear hear shurely

  198. 198
    Durr... says:

    Very important point that.

  199. 199
    Displaced Brummie says:

    You really haven’t understood the purpose of this blog, have you? Go to the top of the site, read the description and then seek out the button to get your magic refund.

  200. 200
  201. 201
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Hypocrisy and Mendacity. It’s in Liebour’s D-N-A.

  202. 202
    AC1 says:

    Interesting lack of detail in this AlJaBeebya article

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-17348302

  203. 203
    Seen this sowhere says:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband was spotted at a football match just hours after claiming he was ‘too ill’ to attend a planned protest against NHS reforms.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113838/Ed-Miliband-seen-football-match-hours-claiming-ill-attend-NHS-reforms-protest.html#ixzz1owuFAdfV

  204. 204
    Ha ha says:

  205. 205
    Ratlines says:

    A politician without his nose in the trough. Whatever next?

  206. 206
    annette curton says:

    A lonely trough looking for a politician.

  207. 207
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Hypocrisy and Mendacity. It’s in Liebour’s D-N-A……

  208. 208
    Anonymous says:

    Jimmy doesn’t get the concept of hypocrisy, he’s a socialist ffs.

  209. 209
    Jimmy says:

    I did google it and the illustration was someone b@nkrupted by the revenue for non-payment of tax lecturing someone else on their ta arrangements. Wonder what that was about.

  210. 210
    Sad Warsi says:

    I love vegatarian chicken.

  211. 211
    Jar Jar Binks says:

    Mesa think Ken is wanker!

  212. 212
    A proper right winger! says:

    Making money isn’t wrong in any way…. What’s wrong is being hypocritical and Ken has been Well and truly exposed as one!

  213. 213
    Dianne Fatbott says:

    You fucking wacist bastard.

  214. 214
    GlobalGaz says:

    Cos, they got off their arses and did sumfin?

    It should be a moment of pride to stop working for ‘the man’ and work for yourself….

  215. 215
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    Not that anyone is listening but Ed Vaisey was HAMMERED on Newsnight, and his buddy Jewemy lat him off.

    What a ferking laugh!!!

    Look at this PLANK…

    Early life

    Vaizey is the son of the late Lord Vaizey, a life peer, and Marina Vaizey, a well-known art historian. As the son of a peer he has the title “The Honourable Edward Vaizey”. Vaizey spent part of his childhood growing up in Berkshire. He was educated at St Paul’s School and Merton College, Oxford, where he rose to the rank of Librarian (Vice President) of the Oxford Union and took a BA in History, achieving a 2.1.

  216. 216
    Anonymous says:

    Shame you didn’t see the example of a socialist politician who berates ‘rich bastards’ for not paying their full share of tax by using perfectly legal tax arrangements, but then does the same himself. I don’t know if you’ve noticed Jimmy, but Guido isn’t a socialist and like me will find any way to screw the tax system, because we don’t trust fucking dim politicians to spend our money wisely. Ergo, Guido is not a hypocrite for owing the tax man money, because he does not pretend to have a socialist, grandstanding stance, unlike the hypocrite, Livingslime. I was right, you socialists just don’t get hypocrisy do you? So sad.

  217. 217
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    Vaizey hammered on Newsnight, buddy Jewemy let him off.

    Boaz.

  218. 218
    M says:

    hi ken

  219. 219

    I agree, I agree!

  220. 220
    Ken says:

    Socialism is for others to believe in and me to make a fat living off .

    Look its ok for Tevez the football player playing for a team but not giving a flying flock of sheep about it , but making a fat pile of cash , I admire that but fuck if I’m then gonna hand it over in tax to a bunch of working people

  221. 221

    I told you never to contact me at work.

  222. 222
    Jack Cohen says:

    You’ll find it right next to the kosher pork.

  223. 223
    Glyn H says:

    Thank you Raving Loon; much more sense from you than some of the silly trolls!

  224. 224
    Bugler Bert says:

    Ed Millibrain apologise? you can wait until the cows come home; he has neither the breeding nor courage. As for Ken leninspart; anyone that accepts he tells the truth about anything, obviously cannot tell the difference between his arse and his elbow!

  225. 225
    Ed Millimong says:

    I had a dothe of pthittacothith.

  226. 226
    Yeah But says:

    Then he’ll have the grand excuse for getting that obligatory LieBore Disease: ‘DEPRESSION’ – you’re no-one nowadays unless you have it! – and a lorra lorra sympathy!

  227. 227
    Yeah But says:

    How, in this day and age, + all the equipment on offer, – did she c.u.m to get pregnant? Did she think she was taking notes?

  228. 228
    A Sub-Prime Prick Posing as a Sub PM says:

    I say chaps – this is jolly spiffing!!!! My dreams of being like Tone have come true!!!

  229. 229
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Boris, its someone else’s turn on the van der graaf generator.

  230. 230
    The eye of the beholder says:

    She’s a sexy little thing – I would.

  231. 231
    albacore says:

    You’ve exceeded all expectations
    But don’t expect any ovations
    In bringing this great old nation down
    You’re more than a match Gordon Brown

  232. 232
    Felicity Kendal Mint Fake says:

    Yep but even if Ken hadn’t turned out to be a tax dodger (sorry minimiser) this blog and the Evening Standard would be running some negative story on him. Indeed if Ken was Boris we would be hearing endlessly about his affairs etc.

  233. 233
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Japan had a once-in-1000 years natural disaster.
    If they’re spending far more than average to rebuild their country, they have got a reasonable excuse.

  234. 234
    Anonymous says:

    How in this day and age did he manage to get her pregnant? Did he not give a flying f**k for her – one of the unimportant little people. The man is an absolute hoon, alongside anyone but Livingstone this would stand out a mile.

  235. 235
    Felicity Kendal Mint Fake says:

    Thing is both Ken and Boris represent and serve particular interest groups neither of which happen to be the people of London….if you want to bang on about Ken’s hypocrisy all well and good but don’t for a moment think that Boris is somehow on your side.

  236. 236
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Conspiracy theory?

  237. 237
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Labour lie at will. I remember Ummuna’s phone that wasn’t ringing on the Daily Politics one time. In fact labour speak, labour lie.

  238. 238
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Fuck off moderation sp ea k. Get it fucking sorted you bunch of toss face arsewipes.

  239. 239
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Mark Serwotka says Ed’s victory was a resounding success. Yes that’s Serwotka the twatting hypocritical wanker.

  240. 240
    b says:

    eric joyce resigns from the labour party – but wouldn’t we all like to attack felow mps in the bar??

  241. 241
    Un says:

    Socialists have shit for brains do they? I think the same about Tories.

  242. 242
    Unaligned voter says:

    Me/|\

  243. 243
    Raving Loon says:

    jrand,

    Barclays didn’t ask for artificially cheap credit or state guarantees. It’s not fair that they should have to change their actions because a protection racket was imposed upon them by the government.

  244. 244
    Raving Loon says:

    I just read Austrian School economics, they’re not my ideas really.

  245. 245
    mark says:

    but does boris admit to breaking other laws?

  246. 246
    bob says:

    hmm but from his name i can guess whats missing!!! but BiasedBBC would not sink low enough.

    Now on the other hand if it had been 2 NON WHITE girls killed by a B&P supporter they would have a photo of him, his house, family and telephone number in the story

  247. 247
    bob says:

    it was on facebook, a few of my friends found out his address but the police had lifted him as a precaution just before a few ex-marines went around for a chat.

  248. 248
    Cleanas says:

    My tax arrangements are the same as Ken’s.

    We use the same accountant.

    In fact I recommended him to Ken.

  249. 249
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Piss off Jack Drony – you effing pillock!

  250. 250
    Ha-Ha-Haaarold Steptoe says:

    And he’s a dutty, old, man as well.

  251. 251
    The first stages of CiF says:

    Sheep don’t have autonomous thought. Now feck off and read what the Graun is ordering you to think for today.

  252. 252
    glanaman says:

    loved the LP

  253. 253
    Peter Grimes says:

    WTF else would you expect ZaNuLaB assholes like Livingslime to do? It’s in their DNA!

  254. 254
    Antony Warhol Romps On says:

    Well we shall see.. I always say the proof of the pudding is in its ‘lifting

    .. I mean eating !

  255. 255
    Stan Laurel says:

    Speak for yourself you big bully !

  256. 256
    Stan Laurel says:

    Sorry Guido — who is b ??

    Could it possibly be construed that my reply to an inanimate constitutes grounds for exposing your organ to libel ? .
    Get yourself a new set of ” briefs ” — this lot are frit of their own shadow !!

  257. 257
    Stan Laurel says:

    Alright Guido fair play … you finally published .

    Beter late …etc etc

  258. 258
    Stan Laurel says:

    As you were Guido my mistake — you have NOT published . Hope mental block cleared soon ..

  259. 259
    Q says:

    It’s all sour grapes, Ed is just annoyed that Boris has gotten more women into Labour than Ken ever could do.

  260. 260
    Anonymous says:

    hate crime anyone?uummmm……..no didnt think so

  261. 261
    Anonymous says:

    brillo would gut ken from scrotum to throat

  262. 262
    My comment is awaiting moderation says:

    Not Gingrich – Livingstone.

  263. 263
    Archie says:

    More diversity and cultural enrichment! We really don’t appreciate how lucky we are!

  264. 264
    In Soviet Russia says:

    my taxes didn’t fiddle I!


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