March 20th, 2012

Ken Promises to Start Paying Tax in May

In a tacit admission that his current tax affairs leave more than a little to be desired, Ken has told our friends at LBC that if he’s elected Mayor he will start to pay income tax. Why hasn’t he been doing this already?

“If I’m elected Mayor on May 3rd, I will have no other income, so the taxman will take it straight out the salary at City Hall. We’ll just close the whole thing down.”

Millions of Londoners will continue to pay their income tax on May 3rd, as they already do, whether they are elected Mayor or not. Is Ken suggesting that in the likely case that he loses, that he will continue to dodge income tax? Every time Ken opens his mouth he makes this growing problem worse…


  1. 1
    Twunt spotter says:

    What a sick twunt!

    Holding Londoners to hostage of tax avoidance.

    So he against tax avoidance while running then carries on with it if he loses!

  2. 2

    Ken: Meanwhile, I admit I’m as bent as arseholes.

  3. 3
    MrAngry61 says:

    So RedKen seems to want to keep his company if he is not elected in May. But surely it will have no further aims and objectives, since Ken himself said that its purpose was to fund his re-election expenses?

    Whatever happens, Ken is either going to have to wind the company up or redefine its aims and objectives.

  4. 4
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Andy Burnham currently lying through his teeth in the health care debate. Still nothing of what he actually against in the bill. Just like Harman, useless.

  5. 5
    Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

    Its too late you fuckin hypocrite……….

  6. 6

    If he expected to win, he’d have paid off the dodged taxes.

  7. 7
    All politicians are CUNTS says:

    See above.

  8. 8
    Ready made speech for Ken says:

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard- Australia
    Musli ms who want to live under Isla mic Sha ria law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

    Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Musl ims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:

    I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘

    ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.’

    ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian,
    or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society … learn the language!’

    ‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our
    schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

    ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept
    ours, and live in harmony and pe aceful enjoyment with us.’

    ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about
    Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’
    ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here.
    So accept the country YOU accepted.’

  9. 9
    And If ... ? says:

    he doesn’t “win” ?

  10. 10
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Fucking shyster!

  11. 11
    Cicero says:

    ‘If you want me to pay tax, you have to give me something really valuable that I want first …’
    Just can’t stop himself, can he?

  12. 12
    watson says:

    get Brown to close his shell company next

  13. 13
    Jimmy says:

    Technical advice for this article was provided by Andrew Gullible.

  14. 14
    Distraught master & commander says:

    Ken would get re-elected if he abolishes the parking charge. Ha Ha Ha!!

  15. 15
    Brown Mong says:

    That is very good him. Talk about closing the stable door after the horse has bolted! Useless!

  16. 16
    Vox Populi says:

    Pay in May and then go away.

  17. 17
    Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

    How on earth has this man got where he has today…..This tells me that the world is fucked if Red Ken can hold a position of power in a country…….Hold a position of power, I wouldnt let him hold a fuckin paint brush…….

  18. 18
    jgm2 says:

    It’s an interesting tactic.

    ‘Elect me or I won’t pay any taxes.’

    He’s not really got this hostage negotiation thing figured out has he?

  19. 19
    Jock Itch - the present day MaGonigall says:

    Twas in the year of 2012
    Not by the silvery waters of Tey
    When Gordo spied a fair maid
    And somehow – we’ll never know how or when
    He wanted nae more than a cuppa tea

    It must’a been tha milky ways ye ken

  20. 20
    John77 says:

    And if he does close it down he’ll pay 28% Capitals Gains Tax instead of 50% income tax on quarter of a million pounds thus avoiding over £50,000 in tax….

  21. 21
    Vox Justickitupim says:

    Pay in May

    Then f0ck 0ff

  22. 22
    jgm2 says:

    Post something funny or I won’t pay any tax.

  23. 23
    jgm2 says:

    Surely he’ll pay 0% tax – aren’t there exemptions for small business start-ups. You get to keep the first two or three million tax free ISTR.

  24. 24
    Fenton says:

    So you will pay your taxes if you win Ken? Thats big of you, you are all heart. Then you will be able to launch into those tax dodgers again eh?

  25. 25
    Jimmy says:

    Careful. Guido will tell you what happens to naughty boys who don’t pay their taxes.

  26. 26
    Wille says:

    ..actually, he’ll pay only 10%, “entrepreneurs relief” was never more ironic.

  27. 27
    Unfazed says:

    Funny how the Tulisa Sex tape injunction just made more people aware of the tape.

    Lawyers must think its fun to charge fat fees for nothing!

  28. 28
    Swiss Bob says:

    With an eight point difference, no end to the tax dodging story and now sucking up to the islamists in the Hamas affiliated mosque he’s done for. I should put some money on Johnson as he can’t lose short of being caught kiddy fiddling.

  29. 29
    Tory Tolls says:

    Ken used to be a pretty good campaigner and a fine agenda-manipulator , but he really does seem to have lost his touch this time.

    Might be time for Liebour to put the old duffer out to graze

  30. 30
    cocksucking whore says:

    Hopefully by this time next year he will be serving serious gaol time.

    What an utter geoff hoon.

  31. 31
    annette curton says:

    You mean, he May or he may not, c’mon Guido, get with it.

  32. 32
    jgm2 says:

    We know. They lose the mayoral election. Again.

    Tee hee.

  33. 33
    Terrible But True says:

    Like Ms. Abbott, Baroness Ashton, it is all about CONTEXT.


    Seems to be working well for all of ‘em so far.

  34. 34
    jgm2 says:

    Aaaah. 10%. Okay. ‘entrepreneurs relief’ – That’s the one I was thinking of.

  35. 35
    Here We Go Round the Gooseberry Bush says:

    Ken Promises to Start Paying Tax in May,
    Tax in May, Tax in May,
    Ken Promises to Start Paying Tax in May,
    On a cold and frosty morning.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Yes. Context.

    In the context of their public performances both Jabbot and Ashton would seem to be utter c_*nts.

    Is that the context they’re talking about?

  37. 37

    He should be shot.

    Not Ilford but Ektachrome, which is redder…

  38. 38
    Will Osborne do the same? says:

    In 2009, he received criticism for the way he had handled his expenses, after he was found to have “flipped” his second home,[32] changing which property he designated as his second home in order to pay less capital gains tax. The Lib Dems estimated he owed £55,000 to the public purse as a result of this.[33] He had previously paid back £1,193 on overpayments on his mortgage and chauffeur fares[34] after a complaint from a Labour activist, and it also emerged that he had claimed £47 for two copies of a DVD of his own speech on “value for taxpayers’ money”.

  39. 39
    Troll watch says:

    You posted this yesterday.

    Jog on.

  40. 40
    will says:

    it not over it depends on certain boroughs and voting patterns. I hope the returning officers look very closely at postal voting patterns over london to identify ones that are strange. The tories should challenge this if it does not match the national election ones.

  41. 41
    Mr. & Mrs. Ball-Scooper ( triple flippers ) says:

    Did you upload that to Wiki yourself ?

  42. 42

    The Phantom salary lowerer of old London Town


  43. 43
    Jack D says:

    More useless than Mrs Dromey?
    Surely you doth joke?

  44. 44
    Joss Taskin says:

    Does Ken pay any taxes on his 1ranian income ?

  45. 45
    Trust Boris! says:

    Yesterday Transport for London quietly announced that they will be raising prices on public transport significantly – by as much as 74% in one case.

  46. 46
    jgm2 says:

    Ken is standing against Osborne?

    Who knew?

  47. 47
    John Hutton, the one true prophet, says:

    This rich bastard Livingston just doesn’t get it does he

  48. 48
    annette curton says:


  49. 49

    Mayday, Mayday ,Mayday. This is shyster Ken. Come in please. Mayday, Mayday,

  50. 50
    Ah! Monika says:

    Stephen Hawking once said: “When I hear of Schrödinger’s cat, I reach for my gun.”

  51. 51
    Trust Boris! says:

    Boris Johnson – the bankers’ friend

    Boris Johnson said people should stop “whingeing” about bankers’ bonuses
    He said attempts to regulate the banks are “neo-socialist clap-trap”
    He described anger at bonuses as “schadenfreude at the bankers who have been punished”
    77 per cent of Boris Johnson’s 2008 election donations came from banks, hedge funds and private equity
    He said today, “I’m a great defender of the bankers … I will continue to stick up for the bankers”
    He awarded Barclays bank sponsorship of his hire bikes “on the cheap” – a deal described as “payback” for his support of bankers
    He appointed Bob Diamond – in line for a reported £10 million bonus this year – as a key adviser

  52. 52
    annette curton says:

    IED’s are tax deductible.

  53. 53
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    Nothing wrong with that, lots of us did it, and got away with it, including me. As I have lost a great deal of my earnings from Russia, please buy my T shirt. I know you all love me. Boaz.

  54. 54

    Context ? I thought it was all about tax con.

  55. 55
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    The cumts gone doolally, comeing out with bollocks like that, is he sure of his postal votes?

  56. 56
    Boris will win by a country mile... says:

    Troll twat.

  57. 57
    Troll watch says:

    Good, Its about time someone stood up for them.

    Dont they provide 11% of tax revenue?

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    “I will have no other income”

    He doesn’t now…. his company has income.

    He’ll close down his current company, take the money at a lower tax then set up another for his other work.

    He’s got many books out, hasn’t he? That’s might earn him a residual income even if he does nothing for it.

  59. 59
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Bet Ken would volunteer to pay a jizya.

  60. 60
    AC1 says:

    That’s just the direct amount. Think of all the secondary jobs they create.

    Labour = Envy = Poverty.

  61. 61
    Trust Boris! says:

    They are making money from your savings, investment, mortgage, tax, etc; whether you lose or gain money.

    How did they pay 11%? Does it include all the money government gave them.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Brilliant-who dare say that here?

  63. 63
    Trust Boris! says:

    So you are a Blair fan? Look at the money he is making!

  64. 64
    Fish says:

    I don’t really like Gillard…but I could grow to do so.

  65. 65
    Troll watch says:

    the Labour government?

  66. 66
    AC1 says:

    I wouldn’t trust a word that liar says. Pure politics to get re-elected then it will be back to bending over backwards to gerrymander them in.

  67. 67
    Troll watch says:

    The labour government gave them you mean?

  68. 68
    AC1 says:

    he’s got the concept of taquiya.

  69. 69
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    So the BBC mentions that ‘some’ MP’s stayed away from the Queens speech today. But why didn’t the BBC mention them by name?

    The queen is head of state, regardless of politicians being republicans or not. It’s up to ‘us’ to decide if we become a republic or not. They have a duty to attend.

    Of course you can bet it was the usual bunch of left wing politicians like Skinner that refused to go.

    Funny thing is what would the left replace the queen with? another useless corrupt left wing twat like say Livingturd, Bliar, Brown or Galloway?

    But the moment a right winger got elected as President the left would be up in arms claiming the President had too much power.

  70. 70
    MandyPickleSniffer says:

    OK…so the only way we can reduce the deficit is if we elect Ken, cos then (and only then) will he pay his taxes, and that’ll be good for all of us. Pretty Simple. Understood. Sorry Boris.

  71. 71

    That is what one might call a singularity.

  72. 72
    Brian Paddick says:

    Why is no-one talking about me?

    Perhaps I can appeal to the middle ground by both paying and not paying my tax simultaneously.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Embattled Mayor of London Boris Johnson today unveiled a cut in City Hall’s share of council tax- but only amounting to enough to buy a single onion each month.

    The council tax cut, to each Londoner, is worth a measly £3.10 per year, or 26p per month. The Labour group in the London Assembly contrasted this Boris’ astronomical public transport fare raises: bus fares up by 50%, and zone 1-4 travelcards up by an average of £8.75 each month.

  74. 74
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    I think you’ll find she stole the speech from John Howard.

    She’s going to get annihilated by Tony Abbot :-)

  75. 75
    Troll watch says:

    dont use public transport then and feed the unions pockets.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Boris Johnson’s image as a bicycling, penny-pinching Mayor took a blow today as it emerged that he had spent more than £4,500 of public money on taxis – with one bill alone topping £237.

  77. 77
    Fabians are Evil says:

    This has been doing the rounds for a few years now – originally credited to John Howard.

    If you knew anything at all about Gillard you would know that this bint is straight out of the Ken livingstone mould – being a Fabian socialsist proven liar – this is just about the last thing she would say.

    Oh! and she was born in Wales…………………

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    I can predict said voting patterns right now.


    2 bed house, Bromley – 2 votes registered for Boris

    Studio flat, Tower Hamlets – 4,276 votes registered for Ken (voter registration forms copied free of charge and delivered in bulk by Ken Co Vatlies Ltd)

  79. 79
    I Remember You Hoo says:


    Gillard is a truly awful lying scumbag who will say anything to get elected and as soon as she is, break every promise she made.

  80. 80
    Joy to the world says:

  81. 81
    annette curton says:

  82. 82
    Alan Postman says:

    Ken,mate. No one’s listening.

  83. 83
    jgm2 says:

    Countdown ‘statistics’. One number from the top row, one from the middle row and three from the bottom row please Carol.

  84. 84
    Gordon Brown says:

    I feel my quick visit to Mexico today went well, the people there were so upset to see me leave. They were in tears and wailing out loud as I boarded the plane home to sunny Scotchland.

  85. 85
    jgm2 says:

    Bob Crow’s hostage-taking days are coming to an end. Dr*iv*erless trains are coming.

    Tee hee.

  86. 86
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    It is most laudable that Guido is in favour of transparency in the business affairs of mayoral candidates (and even better that it hurts that wife beating little shit Ken). Can we now extend this to other candidates. In particular I would love to know the precise business arrangements of Boris. Specifically; are his fees for his Telegraph column and similar paid through a company he controls or is he a sole trader for tax purposes? Bear in mind his Telegraph contract alone was worth 250k in 2009. Secondly, is the income from his overseas secondary rights contracts in Russia, Japan, USA, Germany etc (in the mayoral register of interests) subject to UK tax and, as before, is this subject to personal tax or paid through a company? We have a right to know and expect Guido to fight the good fight!

  87. 87
    annette curton says:

    Grimsby and Chuka Umunna, reminds me of a song that should never have been written, you cutting-edge dogs you… BBC.

  88. 88
    Neutral Zone says:

    David Davis, I’ll give you five pounds if you tell vince to stick his taxes up chukka’s bum.

  89. 89
    countdown says:

    You’re short a number …

  90. 90
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    As Hazel Blears said, ‘I’ve not done anything wrong so I’m going to stop doing it.’

  91. 91
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    The only problem with this line is what happens if the aboriginals take a similar position?

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Why is it always coming and not done? Boris wants to give them £850 a week extra during the games!

    Boris had 4 years, even Mrs T and Major had 18 years!

  93. 93
    Jack Of No Trades says:


  94. 94
    jgm2 says:

    Why is it always coming and not done?

    You have to get all your ducks in a row. Just like Wapping. You have to have everything in place and then bang – one morning it’s P45s all round and the fuckers can go and fuck themselves.

  95. 95
    annette curton says:

    The blatantly obvious question to be put to David Dimlebum would be why the people of this country are expected to pay £12 pounds a month under threat of a punitive fine and a criminal record for the privilege of receiving yet more BBC shite, (gets hustled out by BBC trust bouncer).

  96. 96
    Larry says:

    If he wins and is happy to close down the company where will the extra money come from?

  97. 97
    Nostradamus says:

    The fact that Jonah has just visited and there was a serious earthquake was obviously just another coincidence.

  98. 98
    Jimmy says:

    Kremlin gold, Al Qaeda and selling Christian children for vivisection.

    Gullible will have the full story tomorrow. It will be on here the day after that.

  99. 99
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    and you will be here lapping it all up, making sad and vacuous comments.

  100. 100
    Jimmy says:

    What can I say? I’m a traditionalist at heart.

  101. 101
    JH says:

    Well done – you managed to type that while sucking off Sunny.

    He’s REALLY good looking, Sunny, isn’t he. He certainly believes so, with his arsehole oh-so-carefully trimmed beard and arsehole trendy glasses.

  102. 102
    annette curton says:

    What about that place called Westminster?, the forum that your dumb constituents thought you might represent them.

  103. 103
    jgm2 says:

    Still not got over Gilligan wrecking Ken’s campaign last time have you?

  104. 104
    Mrs Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Honey, HONEY!! the batteries have run out – can you get a couple more up here PRONTO

  105. 105
    inside- out says:

    Thats told them.Great. Remember she is Welsh. Pity she didn’t sort the Welsh out before she left.Prehaps Cameron can take some tips,but I doubt it,call me Dave has relinquished the”nasty party” image .he is into inclusive love ins with Muslims.

  106. 106
    Jimmy says:

    Hardly. Can’t stand Ken but Gilligan’s even worse. The Johann Hari of the right, only far far nastier.

  107. 107
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    We’ve run out. I’ll send the maid up to use her tongue.

  108. 108
    Uranus says:

    Ken Go! Ir@n needs you.

  109. 109
    Anonymous says:

    As nasty as Alistair Campbell and his dodgy dossier? A dossier specifically sexed-up by the wicked and malicious Campbell and Blair to justify a war in Iraq? A revelation (by Gilligan) which resulted in the evisceration of the BBC and the death of D*r K*e*lly when the wicked and malicious Labour party took their revenge.

    And subsequently Gilligan (and K*e*lly) proven to be right.

    No wonder he (Gilligan) hates Labour.

  110. 110
    jgm2 says:

    As nasty as Alistair Campbell and his dodgy dossier? A dossier specifically sexed-up by the wicked and malicious Campbell and Blair to justify a war in Iraq? A revelation (by Gilligan) which resulted in the evisceration of the BBC to the point that they became Labour puppets and the death of D*r K*e*lly when the wicked and malicious Labour party took their revenge.

    And subsequently Gilligan (and K*e*lly) proven to be 100% correct.

    No wonder he (Gilligan) hates Labour. Any normal person would hate them for what they did to K*elly. Vile, wicked, malicious, horrible people.

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    Or in your case a miniscule, fleeting recovery in the price of your ever declining stock?

  112. 112
    Truss Ken says:

    And….Carol left years ago. It’s Rachel, numpty

  113. 113
    Truss Ken says:

    Trust Boris.

    We do!

  114. 114
    Jimmy says:

    I think you’ll find only the most deluded groupie now denies that Gilligan fabricated key parts of the interview and doctored his notes afterwards.

    Incidentally I note you’ve posted identical paras with different ids. You’re not him are you?

  115. 115
    Jimmy says:

    And a rudderless administration is just the first step.

  116. 116
    Al Capone says:

    I, too, if elected mayor, will start paying income tax.

  117. 117
    Robert Mugabe says:

    Handy, do you give discounts for bulk orders? If so, I will buy plenty off you and sell them all over Africa. Pse reply asap. Boaz.

  118. 118
    jgm2 says:

    I think you’ll find only the most deluded groupie now denies that Blair and Campbell fabricated key parts of the dossier and doctored their notes afterwards.

    And rigged the ‘enquiries’ by appointing their mates to conduct them.

    Bush and Blair’s ‘success’ lives on. Unlike K*ell*y.

    I bet Gilligan sleeps like a log. Blair on the other hand looks hounded to death by fear. I’d like to believe it was his conscience eating him alive but I think it’s just fear of assassination. I think he has cancer of the soul. Like Brown. And Straw. And Campbell. And Balls.

  119. 119
    jgm2 says:

    Brilliant. One for Boris’ team to stick on a poster.

  120. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Not a big deal: any competently drafted Articles of Association has a ‘subjective objects clause’ which lets the board of directors decide that a company can carry on whatever business it deems fit.

    Even the US Constitution has one, of sorts, in the form of the non-famous Ninth Amendment:

    “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Somehow its existence is ignored by the literal truthists.

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

    I prefer Schrodinger’s dog – its jealous at all the attention that the cat gets.

  122. 122
    M says:

    How much did it cost us for Ken to get Beijing when he was troughing at the Olympics

  123. 123
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Ah the trolls resort to impersonation when an independent voice arrives.

  124. 124
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Gentlemen; lets just agree on our common ground. Gilligan, Campbell, Labour and Tories are all shits.

  125. 125
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Both are unfit to be Mayor. Is it true that Boris is paying tax to overseas governments to minimise his UK tax bill?

  126. 126

    Isn’t she in the article yesterday, bleating on about the middle east?

  127. 127
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    How good of him. The rest of us don’t have the luxury of that choice. As he’s set a precedent, does this mean that I can decide to pay my tax in 2015?

    Didn’t think so.

  128. 128
    wiggiatlarge says:

    Was it not Livingstone who kept the tolls going on the Dartford crossing when they should have ended when it was paid for, something else that gets forgotten with time , not by me though.

  129. 129
    Mary Jackson says:

    Ken Livingstone a vast left wing conspiracy to make Harriet Harman et al look smart

  130. 130
    John77 says:

    He’s not an entrepreneur – this is a personal service company, so he shouldn’t be entitled to entrepreneur relief

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