His cynicism and brass nerve defy belief. His claims have been disproved by Shadow Transport Minister Maria Eagles, by the respected checking facility, Channel 4 FactCheck and are not even believed by members of the Labour Party, notably Jonathan Roberts, who wrote an open letter to Ken on Labour List. But in the teeth of overwhelming evidence, Ken is still lying about fares.
In an article touted by Guardian journalist Dave Hill on twitter this morning, Ken is still peddling the blatant lie that Boris is sitting on a large surplus of cash at City Hall, which will enable Ken to cut fares. In an article with the Guardian, Maria Eagles made in plain that in the main, Labour, because of the credit crunch were in agreement with Boris’s cuts and investment strategy. There is no surplus. Channel 4 FactCheck said the same thing, there is no surplus. In an open letter to Ken, Jonathan Roberts, in Labour List, made clear his scorn that Ken had made this claim, and quoted the verdict of Factcheck.
But demonstrating a brass neck that is incredible under the circumstances, this morning Ken is still lying to voters. Dave Hill is assisting in Ken perpetrating a fraud on the British public and he should know better. Ken is clearly so consumed with the need to win, he has no connection whatsoever with any sort of moral compass. If he ever did.
UPDATE: 11/3/12 Now the City has come out in condemnation of Ken’s promised fares deal. The London Standard reported today that the City believes “ Transport for London faces years of financial turmoil and even economic collapse if the cuts go ahead. Ratings agency Moody’s, which delivers verdicts on the financial health of organisations, is warning that any fall in TfL revenue will lead to a “downgrade” in its credit rating. Fare cutting could cost £1 billion in lost revenue.
Dave Hill of the Guardian wrote an article on the riots and the reaction and solution of the Mayoral candidates, our present Mayor, Boris Johnson, and the ex-Mayor Ken Livingstone. The videos of Boris and then Ken speaking about the riots are highly revealing. Labour supporter Dave Hill came down in favour of the reaction of Boris Johnson.
It is very important that Londoners examine the deeply thought out response from Boris, giving solutions. Then compare it with bitter, politicised response from Ken Livingstone, with no mention of the motivation of the rioters. and no solutions. Once again, Ken is harking back to his obsession, Mrs. Thatcher. You decide which is better for London.
Posted in London, National
Tagged boris johnson, Dave Hill, Ken Livingstone, looters, mentoring, Mrs. Thatcher, police, riot zones, riots, the Guardian
Leftie blogger Mayorwatch reported today that Ken Livingstone has been censured (again!) by the London Assembly for his remark comparing new Boris aide Eddie Lister to Serbian dictator, Ratko Mladic. Martin Hoscik of Mayorwatch does not excuse the comment by Ken, as he made plain in a previous blog. One of Boris’s strengths is the way he has united Londoners, and a slight against one of us affects us all.
Ken has been censured by the London Assembly before for inappropriate insults and suspended for four weeks for bringing his office into disrepute when he was Mayor, over the Oliver Finegold controversy. As described on the link, he was also heavily criticised for his remarks regarding the Reuben Brothers. Continue reading
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Tagged boris johnson, Boriswatch, Dave Hill, dictators, Hamas, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Mayorwatch, Nazis, PRESS tv, Ratko Mladic, Tory Troll
Years ago, I voted for Ken Livingstone, because I admired his independence. When he lost to Boris Johnson, I felt genuine sympathy for his clear distress at losing his job, but, tied up in a demanding career, I did not know as much about him as I do now. When Ken loses to Boris a second time, I will not feel an shred of sympathy, because he has so alienated and angered me with his extremist views. Not only do I believe that Ken as Mayor would tear London apart, I believe he is not fit to be a Mayoral candidate and should not have been allowed to stand.
Ken’s campaign got off to a shaky start. Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian said Ken wasn’t much cop and maybe Labour should think about getting somebody else. That must look pretty prophetic from where Ed Miliband is sitting today.
KEN AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY: The writing was on the wall. The Oliver Finegold controversy in 2006, saw Ken compare a Jewish reporter to a German war criminal and a concentration camp guard. A transcript of the conversation is here. The incident was investigated, and the London Assembly voted overwhelmingly that he should apologise. Ken insultingly refused. On 24 February 2006, Ken Livingstone was found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute and suspended from office for four weeks, the verdict being that he seemed “to have failed… to have appreciated that his conduct was unacceptable”. Continue reading
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Tagged Ariel Sharon, boris johnson, Dave Hill, Ed Miliband, Eddie Lister, Gay Rights, Ken Livingstone, Mladic, Oliver Finegold, Peter Tatchell, Pink News, PRESS tv, Reuben Brothers
The ludicrous bleatings from Leftie males because David Cameron quoted a Michael Winner joke have descended to bathos. Now Boris Johnson is getting it in the neck in an article by Dave Hill because he sometimes says “my dear Caroline” and “my dear Dee” at Mayor’s Question Time.
To put this in context and fully appreciate how ridiculous such an article is, let me recap what regularly occurs at the London Assembly. Mayor’s Question Time is often the scene of appalling rudeness towards the Mayor, but oddly enough, very little is ever done about this and I have never heard Dave Hill complain at all. I have blogged in the past about the rudeness of John Biggs, reported here, which includes deliberately ignoring someone who is talking to him by conducting a conversation with someone else, and then when they mildly remonstrate, having them thrown out of the meeting. This actually happened, to senior Boris aide Dan Ritterband, and how he kept his temper I will never know. Continue reading
In a development that must appal all decent, liberal and compassionate Londoners, there is clear evidence of growing homophobia in the council chambers of Lutfur Rahman. Ken Livingstone supported and campaigned with Mr. Rahman, against the wishes of the Labour Party. Mr. Rahman is known to be an extremist backed independent with links to the Muslim supremacist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe. It poses a huge danger to London that a Mayoral candidate should support such a man.
In an even more disgraceful and disgusting development, there is clear evidence that a band of hecklers have been shouting out homophobic abuse on a regular basis in the Tower Hamlets council chamber. Continue reading
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Tagged anti-semitism, Dave Hill, Ed Miliband, Gay Rights, homophobia, Jewish community, Ken Livingstone, Lutfur Rahman, Nazi Party, Pink News, PRESS tv, the Guardian, Tower Hamlets
High drama in the Tower Hamlets Mayoral race. An earlier candidate, Lutfur Rahman, was sacked amidst allegations of links with a Muslim extremist group, and replaced by a Labour candidate, Helal Abbas. Ken Livingstone appeared alongside Mr. Rahman, but insists he is campaigning against the Conservative Party. Campaigning for Mr. Rahman, who has the backing of the Respect party, would be in clear breach of party rules.
Ken and Mr. Rahman
There are so many conflicting opinions on this situation, I can only refer you to an article by the well-informed Dave Hill of the Guardian and also to an article by Andrew Gilligan in the Daily Telegraph. Ken believes that the Labour party has made a huge mistake by deselecting Mr. Rahman, but according to the London Standard, the Labour party is furious and sees Ken’s action as undermining their candidate. Ken is facing calls for his expulsion from the Labour Party, and 8 councillors have been suspended for supporting Mr. Rahman.
Londoners are used to a Mayor of passion and principle, whose gift to inspire has elevated his office in the eyes of the capital. Ken’s fatal flaw, his love of giving the finger to established authority, looks like being his undoing once again.
Ken Livingstone looked miserable as sin as City Hall yesterday. It’s understandable. If you might be up against brilliant Boris, you would probably look miserable too. His attempt to recapture his crown as King Newt got off to a shaky start, when Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian that Ken isn’t much cop, and maybe Labour should think about getting someone else.
At Mayor’s Question Time, the audience contained Ken’s journalist supporters, Dave Hill, Tory Troll Adam Bienkov and the owner of Boris Watch. The usual suspects. They all ignored my beaming smile, but regarded me with fear in their eyes. Probably terrified I will beat them to a pulp like last time. Continue reading
Dave Hill’s article on how he sees the position that our Mayor is in at the moment is worth reading for the hilariously truthful opening paragraph alone. Dave says: You are, therefore, a ferociously ambitious politician blessed with both a stellar self-belief that sometimes looks like arrogance* and a gift for bringing a smile to voters’ faces that others envy and fear. You would like to be in charge of the entire solar system, but until that domain is blessed with a governance framework for you to jovially bestride you must limit your ambitions to becoming the prime minister of Britain.
Die hard Boris fans will all be nodding sagely as they read the words above, because Boris is so idolised, and venerated, if we could, we would vote Boris in as Chief Deity of the Pantheon, with blond Greek Gods noble father Stanley, brother Jo and sister Rachel as a triumvirate of Regents.
Guardian journalist Dave’s article shows both perception and imagination. I urge you all to read it. *It may look like arrogance, but it isn’t. Boris has a brilliant mind and he would be a fool not to know that, but he doesn’t show off. Also, I know you are a Ken Livingstone supporter. Isn’t it a little bit hypocritical to accuse Boris of arrogance when Ken employed his live-in partner at City Hall on a large salary? Veronica Wadley is very intelligent and talented, so is a good candidate for the job, which is a lowly paid position. But to employ your partner…. nepotism for sure!
Boris takes on leading economic thinker, Will Hutton, in another spirited defence of the City.
Throughout the debate, in today’s Observer, Will Hutton persistently implies that Boris has contradicted himself in the past by a) backing bankers to the hilt and b) criticising bankers for taking suicidal risks and accepting massive bonuses, thus necessitating huge reforms.
Gosh Will, even I, with my pitiful knowledge of economics, know the answer to that one! Boris is very angry at the risk taking and excesses of the bankers, but he does not believe in a ”Pol Pot purge”. Shrinking the financial services industry will do more harm than good.
Boris then goes on to give his solution. “The solution is not to demolish the banks. The solution is to ensure that if a greedy, bonus hungry, testosterone fueled banker takes a stupid risk – then he cops it, or his bank cops it and not the tax payer.” Sounds good to me.
Read the intricacies of this fascinating debate reported in detail in the Observer. Dave Hill in the Guardian has also commented on the point that Will Hutton is making, but comes to a slightly different conclusion here.
Finally, promoting London is reaping huge benefits for the nation’s economy, read the full details here on the Mayor’s official website. In today’s Standard, David Cameron denied that there was any split with Boris over the banking overhaul.