April 10th, 2012

Labour Campaign Manager Overheard Lamenting Ken

Ken’s Campaign Manager Patrick Heneghan was overheard in HQ late last week lamenting “Ken’s own goals” that will be “difficult to come back from”. Heneghan was only brought in after his predecessor Hilary Perrin declared that Ken“cannot win” last October. He is said to have privately come to the same conclusion.

Sources report that despite a shrinking band of loyalists littering Tube stations this morning, the pressure in Red Ken’s camp is clearly getting to his staff. A member of the London Regional Team whispers that “Patrick was pushing for London MPs to do media this weekend to defend Ken on his tax problem but no one was willing to do it.” Walls have ears…

The “own goals” are hurting – tonight’s Standard reports:

“…polling – which took place over three days last week – also shows a dramatic slide in Mr Livingstone’s support after his argument with his Tory rival over tax in a radio station lift. Londoners interviewed before “liftgate” last Tuesday morning were split 50/50 between the two candidates. But those surveyed afterwards divided 60/40 in favour of Mr Johnson. Almost half of those polled, 48%, also said they are “less likely” to trust Mr Livingstone following claims he avoided tax by using a company for payment…”

No wonder morale is said to be “very low”.

Guido also understands that pleas have been made to Labour leader Ed Miliband to energetically intervene, however he’s already gone into damage limitation mode and is starting to try and put distance between himself and the prospect of defeat in London. It has fallen on deaf ears and there’s a running joke in Ken’s camp that there is a pro-Boris Labour HQ faction who want to hurt Ed…


  1. 1
    Need to know says:

    Its all gone wrong since he went out with Ed Miliband. jonah 2?

  2. 2
    Dai says:

    country side – the culling of the millitwat brothers

  3. 3
    AC1 says:

    Talking of Owns Goals…


    Most Real conservatives should be lamenting Dave.

  4. 4
    Teapot says:

    He talks about fair fares but dodges his fair share of taxes. Now he’s been exposed and even his friends are running away.

  5. 5
    Dai says:

    urchin – the best place to punch 2 planks harman

  6. 6
    JH says:

    Labour have no morals
    Labour morale is low.

    Spot the difference. Christ, you’ll be doing the lose/loose thing next.

  7. 7
    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    Worst election campaign ever run by an experienced politician. Makes Brown’s efforts in 2010 almost look competent.

  8. 8
    Loungelizard says:

    The politicals never cease to amaze me. There’s no doubt Ken’s talked himself into a tight corner, I expect very shortly to see him attending some function dressed in a Gestapo uniform…they all do it, just can’t help themselves, why?

  9. 9
    TrollSpotter says:

    It appears that even Anonymous has abandoned Ken. I would hve expected at least three “Boris does it too”, or “Tax is a distraction form the real issue” posts by now

  10. 10
    Billy H.ague war criminal says:

    Never mind all this blue v red charade shite poor little Turkey needs our help and I’ve volunteered to cover the young Turks rear.

  11. 11
    I Vote Conservative but ... says:

    If AVOIDING a bit of tax was an ” own goal ” then Little Lord Lifebuoy’s utterance that he was socked — shocked I tell you! — to hear the great and the rich were/ are finding all means at their disposal to ALLEGEDLY minimise their taxes is more akin to ” Altobelli ” being sent of three times in one match and strangling ” Moon River ” on his final exit .

  12. 12
    Lord Coe-Rupt-Khunt says:

    Any one wanna buy an Olympics ticket? We’re down to the last hundred thousand. Can’t shift the shite.

  13. 13
    Sinbad says:

    Livingstone lost the election last time. Labour could have chosen a fresh face but picked yesterday’s man, someone who rivals Gordon Brown for bad tempered rages and petty grudges.

    Ed Miliband was probably too weak to do anything as he is a union stooge, in hock to Unite and Len McClusky’s chequebook.

  14. 14
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Asking Red Ed for help? That’s like Stevie Wonder asking Ray Charles for help crossing a road.

  15. 15
    tower hamlets muslim says:

    There are 50 ‘living’ in my flat – all with a postal vote. praise allah

  16. 16
    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    Considering the pasting he got in the Guardian yesterday I’m surprised too, but I suspect the poll was taken before last week’s Newsnight debate and the tax returns debacle the next day. The bloke is toast now.

  17. 17
    Andrew Efiong says:

    You could overhear me lamenting Ken when I got my Council Tax bill, when he hiked tube tickets or wasted time cosying up to South American loony dictator President Chavez.

  18. 18
    Mr Galloway managed it. says:

    Still have a feeling shitty newt Ponce will win….

    All those mosques and all those postal votes.

  19. 19
    LabourNutter says:

    It reminds me of the whole OJ thing – nobody thought he was innocent, but many people wanted him to get away with it.

    Likewise, I expect that almost no-one is in any doubt that Livingstone is a hypocritical, tax-avoiding, islamo-fascist-pandering creep – but some people will want to vote for him anyway to say “fuck you” to the Tories.

  20. 20
    Ichabod says:

    Guido–after all this attention paid to Livingstone’s uselessness ( and worse), he had better lose, if only for your credibility. Oh, and not to disappoint your readers.

  21. 21
    Beeboid 1 says:

    Yes but today we had a radio team following the two main contestants and we put a bias in with Boris trying to overcome an activist who stated she did not like Ken, BUT… and then with Ken a much more positive spin with him talking to a somewhat dissillusioned Labour supporter.
    Red Ken for President and the Red Flag.

  22. 22
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Oh dear.

    It shows how popular Ed is when his own party are plotting against him……

  23. 23
    Sausage Roll Jockey Ed says:

    As there are not that many Greggs in London I will not be assisting Ken with his pickle

  24. 24
    Ed Miliband says:

    Back Boris!

  25. 25
    Q says:

    Do you mean a true 40% or when weighted 2.5%? i.e. like someone’s tax declaration

  26. 26
    ffs! says:

    Has someone decked the c’unt again? His nose is more fucked up.

  27. 27
    Neo-Guido says:

    You’re not doing much to boost moral on the guy news room.

    Its a loose loose situation for me.

  28. 28
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    This is an outrage!

    Most people will get the best they can afford when replacing windows etc to make their homes more energy efficient. Surely it is for them to decide – not the bloody Government!

  29. 29
    Baseless Smear of Lies says:

    I once saw Red Ken mercilessly beat a child with a tire iron for his lunch money.

    Later, feeling guilty, he visited the child in hospital to discuss ways of hiding money through the use of companies.

    Today you learned.

  30. 30
    Polly Seewonk says:

    Can’t shift the shite.

    Not even useful for that? Poor design.

  31. 31
    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    Initially Labour probably felt they had no choice. The disloyal, egotistical c u n t would just have run as an independent again and split the left wing vote.

    However after the tax stuff came out and the comments to the Jewish Labour supporters, Miliband should have manned up and dumped him. He’ll pay dearly for his weakness after May 3rd.

  32. 32
    JH says:

    At least you corrected it.

    While we’re at it, get a bloody haircut.

  33. 33
    Hate peacher Abu Hamza says:

    I will be arranging for my postal ballot for Brother Ken before I leave for my trip to the US.

  34. 34
    Joss Sayin says:

    I say ‘fuck you’ to Cameron on a daily basis.

  35. 35
    Ken the crook says:

    I am not a r*cist Dicky boy. I am just sick and tired of seeing London & many other parts of this once beautiful country now stinking under a pile of feotid t*ssers.

  36. 36
    another point of view. says:

    The hair is fine and funky.

  37. 37
    The Boring Gaybo's doormat! says:

    40% voters would still vote for a whiney, tax avoiding, homophobic pensioner? Hmmm? Then again stick a red rosette on a baboons arse and it is likely to get 42% votes. Progress I suppose.

  38. 38
    Lord Coe-Rupt-Khunt says:

    That’s nothing mate. I once saw a geezer in a cave with a stanley knife bring down two 110-storey towers.

    I think Dave is doing a smashing job.

  39. 39
    Call me Dave - windy miller, trougher and europhile says:

    Keep paying your green taxes and shut the f*** up lady!

  40. 40
    Some Geezer wot thinks Ken will find out who his friends REALLY are says:

    All the Labour politicians are behind Ken Livingstone– W-A-A-Y-Y-Y behind him, so far back as to be invisible, ‘twould seem.

  41. 41
    Ken says:

    I fuck Cameron Diaz on a daily basis.

    Don’t believe the Tory smears that I don’t.

  42. 42
    Stasi Watch says:

    Look out for Ken’s TV ad on Wednesday. The French backed ad agency is working hard for the little sh*t

  43. 43
    modbot says:

    Thread fucked already ffs.

  44. 44
    A.P. Brain (proprietor) says:

    Ken to edge it then?

  45. 45
    Taff Jones says:

    Why Am I having to buy the people of London a cable car?

  46. 46
    Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

    Cameron says, ” Fuck you ” to the Conservative Party every five minutes.

  47. 47
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    broon had some glorious moments during his campaign, not least that Elvis moment.

  48. 48
    Phoney B£iar says:

    Ken’s TV ad?

  49. 49
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Sad but true.

  50. 50
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I do pay my taxes – even though I don’t live in the UK any more.

  51. 51
    Ed Sillyband says:

    All thingth conthidered, I’d much, much rather be at Fenway Park for Opening Day, cheering on the Bothton Red Thox, than campaigning for the Lithard Man. (Or even having root-canal work, come to that…)


  52. 52

    “Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, just look into my eyes, and you’re under!” – “You will forget about Ken’s dodgy taxes and anything he said that could be taken as being not very nice about the Jews of London. In fact you will forget every bad thing you have ever heard about Ken Livingstone – because it doesn’t matter. You will not vote for nasty nasty Boris – you will vote for lovely lovely Ken ” “When I click my fingers you will wake up, read the rest of this article, nod in agreement and go out and vote for Ken” “And……. you’re back in the room!”

  53. 53
    Donald says:

    Does Livingstone and Miliband come out of the same nose factory?

  54. 54
    Ken Living Stoned says:

    When I’m talking to an audience of socialists, I promise equality across the land and a cut in tube fares. When I’m talking to an audience of muslims, I promise to ban pork and alcohol and I make fun of J e ws, and when I’m talking to reporters I tell them not to believe everything they hear about me. As you can see I follow the Labour rulebook on campaigning.

  55. 55
    Spartacus says:

    A little too parochial for those of us who do not live in Lundun.

    I would translate it into polish, hindustani, pushtu, romanian and so on, but like i said . . dont live in Lundun so dont have to.

  56. 56
    A French Ad Agency says:

    On ne peut pas polir de crotte.

  57. 57
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    This moring the toady program did a faux piece om the Hacienda club and specifically the music of Joy Division which ended up with todays youth talking about a return to the “doom and gloom lyrics of 1979″ because “we have another Conservative government” .

    What was not challenged by the Bbbc was the song and its ilk, including No Future by the Sex Pistols, were all written and recorded when libore were in power.

    Socialist revisionism at work.

  58. 58
    Mil.i.band says:

    I’ve ordered a quantity of clear blue water which will come in useful if the voters go against Ken in the Sing Off.

  59. 59
    Mil.i.band says:

    Remember Brown launched the election with a speech outside Downing Street in which he said “the People will elect a Government which they will serve”.
    Possibly the greatest freudian slip ever.

  60. 60
    Gilmore's Labour voting Edinburgh dogshite are not welcome to meddle in my life. says:

    Ken a labour arsewipe.

  61. 61
    You mean this at 4:32 says:

    “and I want us to renew the contract between the People and those whom they are sworn to serve”


  62. 62
    Mil.i.band says:

    Thats the one.

  63. 63
    Johann Hari says:

    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions” they told me.

  64. 64
    JH says:

    Just sickening isn’t it. Funny how most people remember the 80s as quite a fun time, unless you were the fraction of a percent of the population to be a miner (thanks to Scargill).

    Pretending that a decade of vibrant growth – culturally, financially and technologically – was some sort of depressing grey decade like Labour’s 70s is indeed a feat to behold by the lefty press.

  65. 65

    Mmm, seem to be having trouble posting comments

  66. 66
    Fish says:

    Not only did Livingslime wrongly accuse Johnson of paying himself through a company, a month or so back Miliband made the same allegation at one of his press conferences.

    Perhaps this other nasally challenged fucking liar should be challenged to apologise

  67. 67
    Boris will win by a country mile... says:

    I went to see Boris at Richmond earlier today, he was on good form.

  68. 68
    Jimmy says:

    Sarah Sands settling in nicely I see.

  69. 69
    Kim Novak says:

    Support slipping away from Sarkozy….Londoners finally seeing Ken for what he isn’t: a Diamond Geezer. Wouldn’t it be simply wonderful if they BOTH slipped on banana skins on the way to the polls!

  70. 70
    Meatspin made me dizzy says:

    I remember plenty of shops closed down with posters on the window proclaiming “another Tory miracle”

    Ken is still a dickhead though.

  71. 71
    Polly Seewonk says:

    Yes, too difficult to write an email to the Tories after being through the NuLiebore ‘education’ system.

    But on the bright side (for Lefties/teachers) they’re still just about able scrawl X on a piece of paper, which puts them on a par with most of the non-English speaking postal (multiple)voters.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Patrick Heneghan is the worst campaigner I know. A total twat.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Not as bad as George Osborne’s own goal after announcing his shock at millionaire not paying their fair share of tax http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/business/cityspy/city-spy-shock-not-awe-osbornes-taxing-problem-7630596.html
    Going to lose the Tories a lot of councils come next month’s elections.

  74. 74
    Jacqueline Dromey-Harman (ms) says:

    Morale is not low because Ken is a lying, shifty, tax-avoiding hypocrite, but because he got found out.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    More anti Labour gossip from the blog that backs Boris the balloon. All gossip, no substance. Get a life you sad reactionary, right wing, rabble

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    More anti Labour gossip from the blog that backs Boris the balloon. All gossip, no substance. Get a life you sad reactionary, right wing, rabbits

  77. 77
    Dr Evil says:

    I’m sure the Pakistani/Bangladeshi block postal vote in Tower Hamlets will help Ken enormously.

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