April 13th, 2012

Ken Losing Credibility Here

When the LibDems are making bar charts about your financial fakery you are beyond being in trouble. Mark Pack takes the credit for this chart. Don’t think Paddick will be winning here…

Another Blairite has come out of the woodwork to condemn Ken’s campaign. Andrew McMenamin is advising Ken to sack his campaign managers “the people running the politics of your campaign have messed up. Maybe that mess up was because they did not account for your mistakes, but that does not lessen their responsibility.” He also tells Ken to “abandon the core vote strategy you have followed”. Not sure that is wise, given Ken is now of necessity running a core-core strategy


  1. 1
    Max says:

    Ken never had any credibilty!


    • 6
      vircantium says:

      “When the LibDems are making bar charts about your financial fakery you are beyond being in trouble.”

      More to the point, when those bar charts are actually *accurate*!


      • 16
        Cameron's Vichy Conservatism says:

        Can we have an open season on Ken every Spring? This has been almost as much fun as watching Dolly implode!


        • 34
          Ughh says:

          Quite frankly I’m getting fed up with this persecution. Why is Geedo not featuring all the other scum infesting Hogwarts?


          • jgm2 says:

            Tell you what, once the mayoral election is over and Ken is thrashed and consigned to another four ears of whining then we’ll call it off eh?

            At the moment though it’s looking like two major election defeats on the trot for Labour. First George Galloway thrashes ‘em and now Ken is looking to get a good kicking from Boris. Plus – if the news of Fake Ken, the blowhard who demands that others pay more tax but only pays an effective rate of 13% himself, gets out to the wider public it could be poison for the Labour’s chances in local elections nationwide.

            The T*ries should be seeking to spread the news of this duplicitous Labour liars nationwide. Use Ken to smear the whole party.


          • Organ Grinder says:

            Ken’s gonna cruise it. Green bird second. Doris a distant third. Wake up and smell the doo-doo.


          • jgm2 says:

            If Ken does cruise it then Cameron had better drop everything and sort out this postal voting racket.


          • Where's Holby? says:

            I’d rather know where Old Holborn’s got to.


          • BBC director of Propaganda says:

            “if the news of Fake Ken, the blowhard who demands that others pay more tax but only pays an effective rate of 13% himself, gets out to the wider public… ”

            It aint gonna happen.


    • 15
    • 21
      Fish says:


      Has he released his full accounts yet?


      • 59
        blowingWhistles says:

        God forbid that anyone might mention the still to be audited after 17 long d..r..a..w..n.. out years

        “Accounts of the EU” – oops I just have.

        I guess some EU snitch will report me to the EU police / MET police / The Information Commissioner or some Marxist stipendary Judge / Mr Justice / Lord Justice.

        “Fraud M’lud” – How can I be done for ‘contempt of court’ – When every British judge is ‘in contempt for failing to administer the laws properly – and in them horrible evil Family Courts of civil BUSINESS too’?

        “SCANDALISING THE JUDICIARY” Huh! – They’re doing a fine job of it themselves and me thinks Leveson. Is he being coached by Hutton?


        • 170
          Orwellian Courts R us says:

          Every Judge who sentences someone to ” Life” imprisonment and then follows that by specifying a term of years which is anything but “Life” should be convicted of Contempt of Court and Perjury. Lying bastards.


    • 95
      81IIy 8owden i5 7he gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

      I wuv Mark Pack


    • 157
      50 Calibre says:

      Livingstone lies like a stinking fish.
      It’s what he does.
      It got his name on it.
      Livingstone spelt L I A R…


    • 166
      Jack Straw says:

      Yes he does as he is in the Labour party and sums are not our strong point.


  2. 2
    Andrew Efiong says:

    If Ken can’t talk straight about his own money there’s no way he should be in charge of London’s budget. Even the Lib Dems know this.


    • 5
      Lee Jasper says:

      I trust Ken to do the right thing with the London budget: shovel it into my pockets.


      • 20
        F for Fake says:

        Ken is the most obnoxious politician in modern times. A vote for this creature almosts invalidates the right to exercise that vote.


        • 25
          The Truth Hurts says:

          More nasty than Assad? Mugabe? Chavez? Admandinejad? Galloway?

          Answers on a postcard, titled

          BBC Poster Boys,
          Media City


          • T Bliar says:

            I killed more people than all those clowns put together and was rewarded by becoming a millionaire.


          • jgm2 says:

            Indeed you did Tony. But you look awfully haunted these days. Cadaverous some might say. So does that C*unt Alistair Campbell.

            I would love to believe in an afterlife because the thought that you would be spending eternity in hell being raped by Satan would cheer me right up. Same goes for Campbell and Brown. And Straw.


          • Credability in ruins says:

            +10000000 jgm2


          • A Bloke Of A Certain Age says:

            Jgm2 your are going soft in your old age :)


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    I nearly spat my wine when I read

    “Boris Johnson is the Tories biggest weakness. Not because of his tax affairs or his colourful private life. But because he is a poor mayor, not least in comparison to you.”


    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      Just like the advice as regards his tax … “stating it is over and attacking anyone who says it is not”
      Yeah, he tried that and quite reasonably this failed – and if the numbers keep changing it most definitely isn’t over


    • 155
      BBC Director of Propaganda says:

      I could cry.


    • 169
      M says:

      Were you driving when you spat your wine ?


  4. 4
    Guardian reader, foaming at the mouth says:

    Ken will win and make London the beacon for 1slam that we all want. It will be a multi-cultural paradise with the hated English reduced to a tiny minority.


    • 9
      Sizzla says:

      If he’s elected Ken will unite Londoners. All will be enraged by hefty Council Tax Bills, broken campaign promises and seeing their money doled out to crony groups run by Lee “Grasper” Jasper.


      • 38
        jgm2 says:

        But by then it will be too late. Feet under the table and four more years of world-class scamming and patronage.


    • 150
      smoggie says:

      ….with the hated English reduced to a tiny minority.”

      If that was meant as a prediction then you clearly haven’t been to London recently.


  5. 7
    Sizzla says:

    “Andrew McMenamin is advising Ken to sack his campaign managers”

    Hilarious. Ken should sack himself, he’s THE problem.


  6. 8
    Ken Livingstone says:

    Now all I need is for Gordon Brown to endorse me.


    • 10
      Gordon Brown, MP says:

      I endorse Ken. He’s the right man for the job.


    • 126
      A Certain Part-Time MP From Scotland says:

      Bung me a nice one and I will. It will go into my shell-corporation, something you’re familiar with, I’m sure. I don’t work cheap, you know; my predecessor taught me that much. Former Ministers and PM’s have a standard to uphold, you know; can’t just endorse any old sad sack o’ shite who comes along, especially one who seems to have his thumb in his bum, without a bit of the old folding stuff in consideration whereof, as we say. In cash; I must stress this part strongly. Have a nice day, Ken.


    • 137
      The Foundation of Gordon & Sarah Brown says:

      This is no time for a novice – London needs a clapped-out 68 year old…oh (bites nails)


  7. 13
    Li Ja Spa says:

    Labour are turning on each other now in a blame game. They know they’ve lost.

    Mind you with twin leadership from Red-faced Ken and Ed Miliband, everyone knew this months ago.


  8. 17
    annette curton says:

    £60, odd thousand?, bollocks! somebodies dropped an 0 before the apostrophe.


  9. 18
    Charlie Kennedy says:

    I alsho endorsh Ken. Go on, my shon. And make mine a treble.


    • 56
      Longshanks says:

      Fuck off back to scotchland you hand wringing piss artist.


      • 70
        HandycockNo1 Trougher in Parliament says:

        Hiya Charlie. I’m having a bad time of it as well. Some B*stard is exposing all the corruption that I control in Portsmouth, we also have a major police investigation going on into the Council, about this corruption. Does any one who reads this blog know who these whistleblowers are, so that my boys can deal with them? They keep posting on the local newspaper’s website exposing me, I used to get their comments moderated, but not any more, since the Katia incident. Boaz, and my boys and the bent council officers say Boaz as well.



        • 79
          Gordon Brown says:

          Hey Handy, for god’s sake do not reveal that I was the Guest of Honour at your Portsmouth Businessman of the year dinner, when I was Chancellor; that Fred Goodwin attended, and that the then Businessman of the year, is a big time drug dealer and major property developer in Portsmouth. Please don’t reveal that we set up the asylum seekers scam at that dinner and that Fred and the RBS provided the money for the development. If you do I am finished.


          • Robert Mugabe and Goodluck Johnathan says:

            Gordon, we learned everything we knew from Handy and it does not surprise us at all that he involved people at top of politics in his corruption. He also told us he had protection at the very top of politics and we now know why from your post. We have learned everything we know from Handy, our hero, and his corruption in Portsmouth City Council. Jahbulon.


  10. 22
    Top dog says:

    Not surprised Ken had his earnings wrong, the calculator he uses seems to under values all the figures he spends and over values any spending done by his opponents.
    HMRC could have a field day looking in to his finances.


  11. 24

    It’s too late to ditch Ken and start over – so get ready for the dirtiest labour campaign you’ve ever seen.


  12. 26
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Here’s why Ken will win


    • 39
      Postal Vote Fraud - Labours Favourite says:

      Yep, they see nothing wrong in having 29 Mr Muhammad’s registered to vote at a one bedroom flat.


      • 82
        jgm2 says:

        Actually it’s a four bedroom house and I have eight people registered to vote. There’s me… and my mum and dad….. and my sister [pauses for mental calculation]..and … my husband (mustn’t forget him)… and.. my grandmother… although she’s in Ban*gl*ad*esh at the moment… and … and… two lodgers.. [pause for more mental maths…]

        Fucking farcical.


    • 57
      jgm2 says:

      Classic. 77 voters registered in eight properties that he controls.

      Nothing to see here. Move along.


    • 136
      Nogbad the Bad says:

      Toothbrushes – as a means of verification of eligible voters. Genius. You could also count chairs, plates, windows, doors… just make sure you don’t count people living in the house.

      And another thing, it’s good to see that George Galloway does not like the idea of postal voting on demand, and can see the potential for electoral fraud.


  13. 28
    Felicity Kendal Mint Fake says:

    So this is what the 5th “don’t vote Ken” update today. Each time various Tory HQ ‘volunteers’ come on and shout ‘Liar’, “Down with the BBC”, “Screw Brown and Blair” etc etc meanwhile nothing changes – nor will it if Boris or Ken gets in (just a few different advisors will get fat cheques for doing diddly squat. Those of you not working for central office or Boris HQ should see this all as a part of a long term strategy to get Cameron elected next election and continue the squeezing of middle british income both parties have been pursuing since about 1950….


    • 119
      margo says:

      down with ken


    • 164
      Archer Karcher says:

      How true FKMF, the people who post against Livingstone are all Tory plants.

      Trouble with that theory is, when Miliband, Cameron or Clegg are mentioned here, the vitriol is aimed squarely at them too. How odd eh? Perhaps most posters here say a pox on all the crooks, liars, thieves and self enriching posuers, that are ruining this country and it’s democracy, assisted of course, by the ever willing, lying BBC.

      Perhaps you might care to take your head out of your arse at some stage and take a good hard look at our political class and the media, who play along with the charade?


      • 179
        The Tuscan Kid says:

        Bollox you karnnt.

        Any decent person, whether of the left or right, does not support Ken. Only someone in Ken’s own entourage would post that load of shite.

        Ken is a lying hypocritical tax-dodging fuckwit.

        Have a look at the Grauniad or the various shite labour sites. Most Labour supporters have the same kontempt for Ken that the general public does.


  14. 30
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Is newtface ever going to publish his tax returns?


    • 33
      T Bliar says:

      I just shredded my expenses and got away with it.


      • 60
        Tony's baloney says:

        It seems odd to me that the department in the HoC who repay expenses do not seem to retain a record of who claims/is paid what amount.

        Should there be such a system, surely it would be possible to ascertain Blair’s position?


    • 144
      Barack Obama says:

      I just released my tax return for 2011 tax year, Ken. Two days before the deadline, true, but still…



      • 148
        Mitt Romney says:

        I’m not going to make the deadline, but the provisional return I have to file to get an extension shows you pretty much how much I make– Americans file extensions only if they figure to get a refund (which I do), since you get whacked by the Internal Revenue very severely for failing to file something and have some sort of overestimate paid in by 15 April. I’ve paid in about USD 3.4 mill and if my accountants can just dig me up some records of my deductions, my tax liability will be about 200K less than that. 3.4 is about what my tax was last year on an income of USD 21 mill, so figure I’ve made something in that range this year as well. I’d give you more specifics, but when you’re as rich as I am, you pay other people to worry about all that shit. Fortunately, my people are a bit more on the ball than Ken Livingstone’s; probably slightly more honest, too.



  15. 31
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He must have found the missing £40,000 down the back of the sofa. :0)


  16. 32
    Quelle Surprise says:

    These leftie politicians are vile. They’re like vicars dipping into the christmas fund.


  17. 35
    Opps says:


  18. 36
    nellnewman says:

    dodgy Ken has done immense damage to the image of UK politicians .

    He has confirmed our belief that our politicians are corrupt, inept and self serving.


    • 43
      A one, a one two three... says:

      ♫ Get your turnips ♪ get your turnips ♪ get your turnips out for the lads!
      ♫ Get your turnips out for the lads ♫
      ♪ Hey!


      • 51
        Sir Aston Martin says:

        Is it on iTunes? I’m a big fan of songs about root vegetables, especially The Beeten Generation by The The.


        • 68
          nellnewman says:

          I suspect Sir Aston that you’ll need to ask sionsimon and twatson about that. That’ll be one of their little ditties!


          • Sir Aston Martin says:

            Nell, you are very tolerant of this never-ending turnip meme. Admirable, I say, and dignified. As for the two creatures you mention, I would pay good money to have no contact with them whatever. And as for the music, Beethoven trumps Jasper Carrott every time.


          • nellnewman says:

            Beethoven, Sir Aston is stunning but I do believe Chopin is my favourite.

            As for sionsimon and twatson I hope they remain in public view for a very long time – they remind us how badly the labour party has deteriorated from the early days of a party that was founded to protect interest of the real working classes. The founders must be turning in their graves at this worthless, self-serving, rich by troughing of the taxpayer, bunch that now call themselves labour!

            As for fresh vegetables – labour taught that they are a) poisonous and b) boring. No wonder obesity bloomed under 13 years of labour!


          • 8i11y 8owd3n says:



      • 52
        nellnewman says:

        Well Bless is that labour’s response to the electorates concerns about failed and corrupt politicians!

        Says everything there is to say about the moral decline of the labour party then doesn’t it!!!!


        • 96
          81IIy 8owden i5 7he gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

          F’uck me Nell are you trying to replace me as blog spammer?


  19. 40
    nellnewman says:

    Watching Harry’s Arctic Heroes on 534. Soldiers who’ve lost arms, legs, broken backs etc in Afghanistan, walking to the North Pole.

    This, Ken, is what courage and honesty is about.


  20. 41
    nellnewman says:

    Watching Harry’s Arctic Heroes on 534. Soldiers who’ve lost arms, legs, broken backs etc in A fg ha nis ta n, walking to the N orth Po le.

    This, Ken, is what courage and honesty is about.


    • 42
      nellnewman says:

      +++Sigh+++ modded twice for talking about real courage!!


      • 64
        ModBot says:

        Sorry about that minor malfunction, madam. Has anyone inserted a digit into your fundament recently? Would you mind?


        • 69
          Pert says:

          Why don’t we just post random comments under Nell’s drivel and let the 100,000 lookers work it out when they log on, bleary-eyed and pouring cornflakes into their milk, tomorrow?


      • 98
        81IIy 8owden i5 7he gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

        Modded twice for talking too much


      • 99
        annette curton says:


        • 101
          annette curton says:

          Has only got any relevance to people in advancing years that used to like a pint.


        • 102
          nellnewman says:

          Actually that Courage advert was good for loads of real working class folk.

          Labour doesn’t understand real working class folk anymore.They’ve completely lost contact with those of us who have had to earn a living and raise a family through difficult times.

          Their experience of life is living in expensive houses, having chauffeur driven cars, drinking champagne and eating in 5 star restaurants.

          The real labour party is dead!


  21. 47
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Ken will be trotting out the same excuses as Harry Redknapp on his inability to pay income tax.


  22. 50
    Stu says:

    I, am proud to announce that this years winner of the Nobel prize for fiction is Ken Livingstone for his outstanding book, “The lying hypocrite and other short stories.”


  23. 58
    nellnewman says:

    Watching H a r r y’s Arctic Heroes on 534. Soldiers who’ve lost arms, legs, broken backs etc in A fg ha nis ta n, walking to the N orth Po le.

    This, Ken, is what courage and honesty is about.


  24. 80
    Gaston Glock says:

    Proof positive that there’s numbers, funny numbers – and Redken numbers.


  25. 84
    Tax Inspector says:

    Ken says that his accountant didn’t know the true 2008 figures he signed off – presumably the tax return his accountant produced is therefore wrong by 40 k


    • 87
      Lies, Damned Lies & Liebour statistics. says:

      Gordon and Ed Bollokov always got confused with all those big numbers too.


    • 89
      jgm2 says:

      I suspect that Ken has finally turned all his numbers over to a grown-up who is now trying to sort out what Ken should have declared, what expenses were allowable and how much tax he should have paid. This increase to 60K+ will be part of that. Right now new accounts will be winging their way to the taxman and a suitable cheque made out.

      In a day or two after the weekend Ken will declare the taxman is totally happy and he has paid all taxes due (the words and tenses being carefully chosen to suggest that this was always the case rather than a very recent development). Time to move on.

      Look over there! A plane!


    • 90
      nellnewman says:

      Well as we’ve all been saying – ken and his lies and his accountant’s incompetence are just cementing our belief that labour is completely incapable of economic management!

      No wonder ken is protecting the name of his accountant . Given the publicity surrounding ken’s dodgy accounts who would ever want to employ ken’s accountant for any accountancy work?!!!


      • 92
        jgm2 says:

        No wonder ken is protecting the name of his accountant

        I’m betting that up until a couple of days ago there was no accountant.


      • 118
        nellnewman says:

        Just had a horrible thought! I do hope ken’s accountant isn’t the same one that’s dealing with labour’s £30million debt.

        If it is , not just ken and the labour party are heading for disaster but their accountants as well.

        I think, before any of we decent hardworking folks get caught up in their web of incompetence, we need to know who they are!


      • 172
        Jack Straw says:

        His accountants did Sterling work for MGN.


    • 160
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      £60,000 still seems a bit light to me.

      Where’s the rest of it?


  26. 97
    nellnewman says:

    We should all regret the sad decline of the ral labour party into dishonesty, lies and filthy lucre. It was once a Great movement formed from the travesties and tragedies of the working classes who lived and died trying to feed and clothe their families.

    Now labour is about champagne socialists like livingstone, bobcrow, bliar and the militwit brothers who live in properties worth £million plus, dine in 5star restaurants and drink £100 bottles of champagne whilst laughing at the hardworking classes decently toiling to make a living for their families!

    Nowadays they have as much connection to we working folk as castro or kim il sung have to their impoverished masses!


    • 143
      Make Britain Great! Napalm Every Council Estate! says:

      I agree with everything you said apart from “It was once a Great movement”.

      It’s a party by and for m-ongs. Is, was and always will be.


  27. 116
    Self destruction watch says:

    Ken running for Mayor under the Labour ticket just shows how incredibly weak Miliwonk is. He would have known that red Ken was not up to it but he was powerless to stop him.


    • 121
      nellnewman says:

      No. What’s really telling about the weak labour campaign is the torrent of abusive and foul language labour are using rather than engaging in considered debate about their positive attributes.

      Clearly they think it is better to swear at people and denigrate them rather than to persuade us with reasoned argument that there are benefits to vote for them!

      Somebody needs to teach them about the parable of the Sun and the Wind!!


      • 161
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        Labour have turned into a bunch of thugs.

        This isn’t politics, it’s just plain old-fashioned bullying.


  28. 117
    nellnewman says:

    Actually I think we real working class folk should say ‘Thank You Ken’ because he has highlighted the real failed, troughing labour party that is, fighting like rats in a sack’ to make each and everyone of themselves rich at our expense!


    • 124
      Anonymous says:

      what? unlike the real troughing tories? what ever happened to those large donors???


      • 128
        nellnewman says:

        Large donors? D’ya mean UNITE and those sort of troughers?!

        You Know – Government gives to UNITE- UNITE give to the labour party? Well after labour mp’s have taken their cut and then wined and dined folks like bullyballs and bobcrow with loads of champagne and stuff.

        Good Life if you’re in the right labour circles isn’t it?


      • 130
        Tony Blair says:

        I was found not guilty of that.


  29. 125
    Just the tip of the multiculti enrichment of my country. says:


    Just another item not reported at all by the bbc who lost all credibility a long long time ago, just like their favoured protege Livingstone.


    • 132
      nellnewman says:

      Ahh. the beeb. Biased broadcasting company in the pay of unions and labour. ie Dont expect us to report anything that is balanced or reasonable!

      We only only give you an extremely leftwing point of view whilst drinking champagne and throwing the empty bottles into the corridors for working class plebs to clear up after us!!


    • 135
      albacore says:

      The expenses debacle proved they can’t be trusted
      Every rat in Parliament should have been busted
      Fiddling their taxes? Now, there’s a surprise
      About as gob-smacking as their porky pies
      The political class, though, is not to blame
      The voters get shat on yet still vote the same
      And now London’s to be a beacon for Islam
      But all Ken gets panned for’s the usual tax scam


    • 138
      AC1 says:

      you can play missing words (P43do-profit) with that article…


      • 142
        David Camoron says:

        I love the p33do pr0phet! Oooh, how his followers enrich our country, with their p33d0phil!a. And I love how they want to k!ll g-ays. G@y-bashing is so cool!

        Now, I would chat more, but I have to go and tell all the g-ay people how much I love them.


  30. 134
    nellnewman says:

    Good Night Sweet Dreams.

    Be interesting to see if the labourparty / bullyballs/ militwit/ twatson /livingstone et al can actually tell us in one succinct sentence what the labour party today can do for today’s real working classes.

    Go on! Give it a Go!!


  31. 145
    Technomist says:

    OT, but why is Eric Pickles failing to sort out councils like Waltham Forest while other ministers are shovelling funds at them?



    • 152
      albacore says:

      Porky Pickles falling down?
      Not another “Tory” clown!
      The government of all no-brainers
      Aspiring to be entertainers
      They’ve got their work cut out competing
      Those Eds and Cleggs’ll take some beating
      The whole shebang’s got just one joke:
      Cock Britain up until it’s broke


      • 162
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        Errrr – it was already broke when Labour lost the election. Liam Byrne wrote a letter saying they’d spent all the money.

        So actually, the fact that the country is broke had a lot to do with them, didn’t it!


        • 165
          albacore says:

          Excuse me, C-o-b, for having lacked clarity
          ‘Tween Lib, Lab and Tory’s no jot of disparity
          In absolute worthlessness they’re joint world champs
          It’s time the electorate doused ALL their lamps


  32. 163
    jgm2 says:

    When Ken chose to campaign on tax
    He’d overlooked one little fact
    That the thick bloody crook
    Had cooked his own books
    And when that emerged he was fucked


  33. 173
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Andrew McMenamin is advising Ken to sack his campaign managers

    This a cart-horse, horse-cart error.

    Ken Livingstone should not sack his campaign managers. Ken Livingstone’s campaign managers should be sacking him!


  34. 178
    Ed Millipede Support Committee says:

    This is very unfair. Ken is not losing credibility over his taxes. Yes last weeks polls did show his credibility fell by 30% but 70% of zero is still zero so it hasn’t really lost any credibility at all.


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