March 28th, 2012

Ken Patronises Irish as Navvies

Last month Ken Livingstone was an unwanted gate-crasher at an event in London with the President of Ireland, undiplomatically grabbing a photo-op with the Irish Head of State, to put on his leaflets without asking permission. The Office of the Irish President told The Irish Times: “There was no contact made about using the photograph in the literature” and Ken didn’t bother to have the courtesy to stay for the speech once he got his photo.

This week he was asked in an interview with the London Irish Post what he would do for the Irish, old Ken is about as patronising as it gets:

“Two two thirds of the jobs that have been lost in London have been in construction. This hits the Irish community hardest. What they and all Londoners need now is for London to start building again.”

As if all the Irish in London are still “navvies”…


  1. 1
    Father Ted says:


  2. 2
    Have i heard this one before? says:

    Is there any group that Ken has not upset?

  3. 3
    Oy Vey says:

    Nope, certainly no construction in the city

  4. 4
    Londinistan - Beacon of Sharia Law says:

    Yes, Muslims

  5. 5
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Isn’t it insulting to describe the construction industry as “navvies”.

  6. 6
    The community of communities community says:

    “This hits the Irish community hardest. ”

    Why didn’t he just say “This hits the Irish hardest”? Why is everything a ‘community?

  7. 7
    A pragmatist says:

    Never mind. I hear someone is looking for tree fellers.

  8. 8
    Billy says:

    Could we have a little less on village elections Guido, there is a whole country outside London.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Divide and rule.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Yeah .. All these big bastard cranes spoiling my view must be to transport his ego.

  11. 11
    Patrick and his wheelbarrow says:

    Much as i like to disagree with most that Ken says. I do think he has a good point here.

  12. 12
    The divided community says:

    We’re going to attack the ruled community after lunch.

  13. 13
    Tory Boyzone says:

    Tory Boyz supporting Dave from the Uni lawn massive

    yo yo yo yo yo!

  14. 14
    Ooops says:

    Not quite –

    “Everyone is bisexual. Almost everyone has the sexual potential for anything.” – Ken Lincingstone.

    Speech to Harrow Gay Unity Group (18 August 1981)

    That’s the muzzie vote gone for a burton.

  15. 15
    Peter Arrif says:

    Anyone know where I can find an old speech of Kens where he states he wants the British army dissolved & armed worker militia’s formed to protect “the factories?”

  16. 16
    Seumas says:

    Really, Patrick, you can be a most difficult chap. Just now, for example, you almost put your pickaxe through my foot. My retort of “Please be more careful in future, esteemed colleague” was not wholly undeserved. Safety in the workplace and all that.

  17. 17

    That’s OK -I’ve got four Fellas available.

  18. 18
    Gilbert Fiddler says:

    Don’t worry Patrick, Ken never did understand about getting the right buildings built in London, he just pretended he did.

    The morons he had under him as ‘advisers’ and ‘chairs’, knew even less, so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until he loses again, and let the real developers become involved without the usual labour interference.

    Upturn will come third quarter this year, and I’ll make sure you get the job Forget Ken, he’s history!

  19. 19
    O Toole's toolbox says:

    Since the Irish have been traditionally well represented (and still are) in the UK construction industry, what he says is hardly contoversial.

    Not everyone can be a blogger, banker or hurler you know!

  20. 20
    Ken Livingstone says:

    The more intelligent a person is, the less likely they are to vote Labour.

  21. 21
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Under “Unsourced” on this page

    As well as following memorable comments reported at the time.

    Oliver Finegold: Mr Livingstone, Evening Standard. How did it …
    Ken Livingstone: Oh, how awful for you.
    Finegold: How did tonight go?
    Livingstone: Have you thought of having treatment?
    Finegold: How did tonight go?
    Livingstone: Have you thought of having treatment?
    Finegold: Was it a good party? What does it mean for you?
    Livingstone: What did you do before? Were you a German war criminal?
    Finegold: No, I’m Jewish. I wasn’t a German war criminal.
    Livingstone: Ah … right.
    Finegold: I’m actually quite offended by that. So, how did tonight go?
    Livingstone: Well you might be, but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard. You’re just doing it ’cause you’re paid to, aren’t you?
    Finegold: Great. I’ve you on record for that. So how did tonight go?
    Livingstone: It’s nothing to do with you because your paper is a load of scumbags.
    Finegold: “How did tonight go?”
    Livingstone: It’s reactionary bigots …
    Finegold: I’m a journalist. I’m doing my job.
    Livingstone: … and who supported fascism.
    Finegold: I’m only asking for a simple comment. I’m only asking for a comment.
    Livingstone: Well, work for a paper that isn’t …
    Finegold: I’m only asking for a comment.
    Livingstone: … that had a record of supporting fascism.
    Finegold: You’ve accused me …

  22. 22
    Mr Helpful says:

    “I’m not in favour of the army, I’m in favour of replacing it with armed workers’ brigades to defend the factories.”

    It’s one of his, but it’s unsourced. Probably from the ’70s.

  23. 23
  24. 24
    Paddy in IT says:

    When did you last see a construction worker who wasn’t spe*aking Polish?

  25. 25
    'ows about that then says:

    Whats Jimmy Saville doing with Livingstone?

  26. 26
    Ex-Tory says:

    How will the Country survive with less inbred driveway specialists, ripping off old ladies, dumping their waste in country lanes, paying no tax and claiming benefits?

  27. 27
    James Michael Curley ("Vote Often And Early, For...") says:

    Oh, sure an’ begorra, ’tis but the usual election-year blarney at work, be jeezus! And I ought to know; I worked that bit of business for over 30 years in Boston and it nivver failed, praise be!

  28. 28
    O Toole's toolbox says:

    All my subcontractors are Irish.

    Part of the service I offer is that my workers are unintelligable to my clients.

  29. 29
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    He’s hoping they have a memory as short as their violence fuse. Here is Imam Ken these days.

  30. 30
    Jimmy says:

    It could be worse. Even more patronising would be to assume any reference to Irish people in the construction industry to mean unskilled labourers rather than managers or engineers.

  31. 31
    Father Ted says:

    By invading other countries, killing the locals and ripping off their natural resources.

    ** Simples **

  32. 32
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Divide and rule was and is the entire premise on which multiculturalism was built.

  33. 33
    OI Are Ay says:

    Let’s be realistic here. If the Oirish aren’t busy blowing London up then they are busy re-building it.

  34. 34
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Then you must have some thick clients. The Irish that I know have all been intelligent and decent people, happy to call them my friends.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Never said anything about anyone being intelligent and decent, or otherwise.

    Assumptions, assumptions.

  36. 36
    JH says:

    Except the White English ‘community’ that does not actually exist you see, it’s just a hideously white void that is not worth saving, to be filled with diversity and colour and festivals and the song and dance that comes so naturally to their immigrant betters.

    The fact that the main observable result of this policy is slums, crime, tension and murder is the is neither here nor there.

    If you disagree you iz racist innit.

  37. 37
    JH says:

    Yes, because that’s exactly what Ken meant, isn’t it.

    Desperate. Just desperate.

  38. 38
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Perpetuation of stereotypes. I think my assumptions are well founded.

  39. 39
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    “ripping off”

    Last time I looked we were paying the going market rate. As for the rest of it, don’t bother looking at our government for explanations, they are just errand boys doing as they are told and using lies to justify their complicity in mass bloodshed.

  40. 40
    Rastus Ahmed O'Goldstein says:


  41. 41
    The Labour Party says:

    There really ought to be an investigation into the way some Irish construction companies operate. They don’t employ enough Bulgarians and Poles.

  42. 42
    Stephen N says:

    I thought the Irish all run Political Websites :)

  43. 43
    Jimmy says:

    Obviously too late now.

  44. 44

    Yep – It’s a rainbow alliance against Boris – and now even those of a Green persuasion are trying to elect Ken as Klingon in Chief:

    Does anyone else thinks She looks like Mrs. Brown (From Mrs. Brown’s Boys and not Gordon’s designated carer) having a fu*k of a bad hair day?

  45. 45

    Yeah, but with the Good Friday agreement it was the end of Boom and Bust.

  46. 46
    Dermot Hegarty ( God love 'im ) says:

    ” And remeber laddie
    He’s still your daddy
    Though he’s always far away
    Workin’ day and night
    Upon the site
    Of Englands motorway ” ( in Brent !!).

  47. 47
    The pie snatcher in the rye says:

    Bob Crow is fat.

    Bob Crow is remarkably well paid compared with the average salary earned by his members.

    Winston Churchill was bald.

    I like pies pasties and beer.

    All true statements of fact.

  48. 48
    Golly says:

    I have always found it amusing how politicians suddenly discover religion before an election.

    Ken does not disappoint.

  49. 49
    T. Dan Handycock says:

    Ken is a great politician like me. He sucks up to the muzzies just like me, and encourages immigration from asylum seekers, just like me. He is, as a result, extremely rich, just like me, from housing them. He also likes a good shag, just like me. Boaz.

  50. 50
    Marion the cat says:

    I thought there was something about ‘doe eyed boys’ not to mention taking a 9 year old virgin as a wife. Seems they are not always about ‘straight laced sex’ at all. Maybe I just signed my own death warrant and delivered it personally to the caring religion headquarters.
    No, it won’t get past the modbot, will it Guido?

  51. 51
    My gypsy hen party. says:

    Could have been worse. Ken could have offered to build a gypsy site for the travelling or rather non travelling gypo.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Yep, because Fawkes is patronising to the people from his own country on a regular basis.

    What a fucking moron you are.

  53. 53
    Jimmy says:

    I believe he’s from Harrow. Don’t get me started on the whole cod-Oirish thing.

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