Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ken is toast

Cranmer knows all too well precisely what it is like to be made into toast, for on that fateful day he was reduced to little more than carcinogens and charcoal, and the butter and jam were thereafter only to be found in the afterlife. But Mayor Ken Livingstone is about to become toast in a very real political sense, for key members of his staff have deserted him, the media are intent on exposing him, and his empire is crumbling around him.

Rumours of dubious grants made to organisations led by his friends have been circulating for quite some weeks, but C4 Dispatches lifted the lid on the worst. The accusations made against him are not, as he likes to think, all ‘Tory smears’ - though some may be - but proven manipulations and deceptions which have given this Trotskyist an unparalleled unaccountable power-base which permits him to consort with the likes of Yusuf al-Qaradawi or Hugo Chávez on the world stage, and apologise ‘on behalf of London’ for slavery, poverty, global warming, and the Jews.

We now know that he drinks whisky from 10 in the morning until midnight, in contravention of his own rules. It is alleged that he used public money to campaign for his own re-election and smear another politician, and he has perpetually sought to undermine Trevor Phillips by appointing others to advise on matters of race and equality. And he has no shame in supporting a man who praises terrorism, loathes Jews, and hates homosexuals. And yet he has stated that he would refuse to meet the Pope!

Yet it is strange indeed that, despite all these accusations, the policy failures, the mususe of public funds, the controversies over courting muslim clerics and insulting a the Jews, that nothing ever seems to stick to Mr Livingstone. Cranmer applauds Kate Hoey MP for speaking out about this man. She seems to be the only Labour MP who has raised her head above the parapet.

It is time for a change, and Cranmer is praying for Boris.


Anonymous hear o israel said...

with ken , you kind of thought the man was destined to head greater londons municipal works dept.

but you just look at it , i was in campden town and it was like some sort nightmare, hoodies on bikes , litter , grubby shops , and then you find 315k has gone into a project for taxi driving and the money has mysteriously disappeared.

and the tube is just getting out of hand !!

no GLC is not been run on the basis of what its supposed to do , its become a nu labour spin machine , big showcase projects and minorities get the money and the press features , the rest just gets swept under the carpet .

sorry ken but your not my vote

30 January 2008 at 09:52  
OpenID yokel said...

But at last the press have begun to get the measure of the man. And plenty of bloggers are not going to let the issue drop. We might yet see him turfed out in ignominy; in a way that was not done when Maggie abolished the Greater London Council, specifically to get rid of him last time. At that time he was able to play the "victim" card, just like his playmates from the religion of peace.

But we mustn't let up yet. Truth about Uncle Ken must continue to emerge, all the way up to polling day, so that no-one could say they didn't know.

30 January 2008 at 10:53  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Would that I could believe your prognostications. I fear that Livingstone has a very similar surface to that of Blair (indeed, both Blairs). He continues to deny all responsibilities, attack those messengers who bring uncomfortable truths and ingratiate himself with various self-serving and self-interested bodies.

It is plain to all that his deliberate and vociferous refusal to consider independent inquiry into the actions of his ghastly associates is a virtual admission of culpability.

Yet it is doubtful that this soiled and despicable Mayor will be overthrown in the forthcoming elections - simply because of the perceived weakness of opposing candidates. There is some time before the elections take place. Let us hope that the electorate comes to its senses and that the rival candidates greatly strengthen their position.

The prospect of another term of office for Livingstone is simply too hideous to contemplate.

30 January 2008 at 11:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

London got what it wanted, London voted for Ken, London got Ken and now they have to suffer the consequences for this intolerable mans unhinged ideas. Mayor Ken's latest scam is the new unprecedented Low Emission Zone organised by Transport for London (the same crooks who gave us the charging zone) from 4 February this year. Initially to target HGVs, PSVs, taxis etc but watch this space, if he gets in again how long before he goes after cars and more importantly if Boris wins will he scrap it.

30 January 2008 at 12:43  
Anonymous giles said...

"London voted for Ken, London got Ken..."

Up to a point; more people have voted against him than for him. He only secured 36% of the first ballot (winning by approx 140,000 votes). The second ballot votes greatly assisted him; presumably many who put him down second didn't think their preferences would actually matter. Unfortunately in this loopy system they do.

Most of London hates Livingstone or at least is beginning to hate him, now that his vicious nature, corruption and cronyism have been widely reported. It goes without saying that he is an odious tyrant who runs London like it's a third world banana republic. The trouble is that he knows his electorate. So he appreciates that being anti-Semitic and cosying up to Islamist terrorists helps shore up his core minorities vote. His crusade against the car appeals to dim-witted students and eco-airheads, whilst his policy of free bus travel for anyone who doesn't have a job appeals to benefit-dependents and feckless parents who are happy to let their kids terrorise buses all day. Unfortuantely such people form a large part of the electorate.

Livingstone will only be kicked out if the anti-Ken vote unites behind one candidate, who would then win by a comfortable margin. It is a tragedy for London that neither Boris nor Pannick looks likely to be that candidate.

30 January 2008 at 13:17  
Blogger Newmania said...

Hear Hear

( Go Boris ...hope to hear the great man on Friday)

30 January 2008 at 15:32  
Blogger BrianSJ said...

There is to be a protest on Monday against FARC Savoy Street 12.30 pm 2.30 pm Charing Cross Station, as part of a worldwide peaceful protest. Opportunity for Boris to take a stand against Chavez and Ken and gangsterism?

30 January 2008 at 17:26  
Anonymous mary tudor said...

cranmer said...

Cranmer knows all too well precisely what it is like to be made into toast, for on that fateful day he was reduced to little more than carcinogens and charcoal

Oh stop complaining...

some people...

*much mock-patient eyeball rolling*

30 January 2008 at 19:13  
Blogger POLIS said...

If you have faith in Boris and think Kate Hoey can change anything then Ken is safer than he might think.
I have no affiliation to Ken but he has been written off too many times to let current difficulties effect him.
You are indulging in wishful thinking.

31 January 2008 at 19:29  

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