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What We Think About Ken

By Rob Last edited 146 months ago
What We Think About Ken
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Ok, time to lay our collective neck on the line and throw our hat (which we won't be needing if our head gets chopped off) into the Ken v Standard ring.

So here's what we think: we like Ken, he knows his own mind and never panders to the media or the public. And to say that his relatively unchallenged position as Mayor has made him arrogant is just nearsighted...he was always like that. Even in the 80s when everyone was arrogant, Ken stood out as a tiny bit more arrogant than everybody else.

But we elected him anyway, and we knew what he was like. And he's done a relatively decent job.

Plus the Standard is a terrible terrible paper. And so is the Daily

Mail and so is the Metro and anything else tainted with the AP brand.

And the one, really unfortunate thing about this whole argument is that the issue of the Standard being a load of scumbags has got lost.

And that is, undeniably, Ken's fault. He wasn't racist (as everyone we think must realise by now) he was just childish and a bit daft. If he'd chosen his words a little more carefully and really verbally floored this bloke then we'd be cheering him from the rafters ...unfortunately, in the end, he came across as a bit of a knob.

We suggest that Ken hire Stephen Fry to follow him round and feed him

cutting repartee at opportune moments, or, failing that, just grow the moustache back. Everyone enjoyed the moustache.

As for the Olympics - if the committee see Ken's remark as indicative

of Londoner's feelings they're very very misguided indeed. We would love the Olympics to come to London but only if the infrastructure is in place and someone can guarantee that it won't send huge areas of the city into irreversible destitution. And if the committee are concentrating on what Ken said after some party rather than the future of large swathes of the East of London, well then we need a new committee please.

We don't like Seb Coe though. Wow he's obnoxious. At least we can have a go at him if we don't get it. In fact, thinking about it, we may have a go at him even if we do get it.

Last Updated 16 February 2005

Dominic Sayers

Nobody gives a flying one about this, except the Standard. And that's only because of their agenda and because it was one of their journalists.

You are dancing to their tune.

Dominic Sayers

By the way, your clock's wrong. I make it about a quarter to two.

bryan

It is just stupid of them to say that Ken is being anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish. Yes, I guess you are right that he was a bit childish but put that in perspective of how stupid and childish and racist the ES is ...

IHateKen

You like Ken! Have you met him?

Livingstone is an arrogant twat.

I have had the displeasure of photographing the pompous little git on several, always painful, occasions.

What people don't realise is that these outbursts aren't occasional. He's ALWAYS that rude and obnoxious.

Rob

IHK: Yes we like Ken...as a Mayor. We wouldn't necessarily want to go for a few pints with him but that's not what he's there for. As we said - we know he's arrogant but we can deal with that if he gets the job done.

Bryan: Yes the Standard is far more childish and ignorant than Ken but then they are not a democratically elected body who's job it is to represent the city...Ken is.

Dominic Sayers

Nobody gives a flying one about this, except the Standard. And that's only because of their agenda and because it was one of their journalists.
You are dancing to their tune.

Dominic Sayers

By the way, your clock's wrong. I make it about a quarter to two.

Katie

I don't necessarily like or dislike ken. and his comments were rude and offensive to the journalist. but they were in no way anti-semitic, and i think it is totally ridiculous that any major jewish groups are even paying attention to this petty story.

Bearded Marsupial

I'd love to go out for a pint with Ken. But I would not take responsibility for the locals glassing his smug little face. And I would not accept criticism for laughing my evil little face off! Thank you, good night.

Ian

I am pretty much in agreement apart from one thing: Jeremy Hardy would be even better than Stephen Fry!