Quote of the Day: Lord Ken

May 8, 2012 12:02 pm

Ken Livingstone responds to the suggestion that he might enter the Lords:

“Oh God, no, spare me that. I’ve been punished enough.”

  • treborc1

    His choice let him choose what he wants to do next, perhaps he will step away and do his own thing.

  • AlanGiles

    Nice to see he has kept a sense of humour. Probably for the best though – just imagine the tantrums Messrs Marchant, Richards and Akehurst would go through if he was elevated – days, weeks of hissy fits on LL :-)

  • AnotherOldBoy

    Peers have to declare the outside interests and income.  That is why Sir John Major and Mr Blair have not become peers.  And why Mr Livingstone is unlikely to do so either.

  • Just_Another_Voter

    I seem to remember hearing this from that other working class hero, John Prescott.
    This time next year Ken will be a peer.

  • Brumanuensis

    Going by Kinnock’s example, he’ll probably change his mind. Then again, Ken is cussed that he might well stick to it.    

  • Jeremy_Preece

     
    Just thinking as to whether I would vote Ken for House of Lords.

    Hang on a moment – sorry – the point is that it dosn’t work like that. Hmm interesting democratic institution isn’t it?

  • Patrick

    I seem to remember Lord Prescott of Hull saying much the same thing.

  • MattWales

    Oh God, no, spare us that. We’ve been punished enough.

    • John Dore

      Iif he were to get it, it will be just another act of hypocrisy from the machine that is Ken. This time though he wont get it as he has nothing to threaten the leadership with. Memories live long and the front bench wont be accommodating this time. Ken and Labour are divorced.

      • AlanGiles

        Has anyone else noticed “Dore” has only been hanging round this site since “Guy” left it? – and he has about as much charm.

        (*Jimmy Deuchar 1930-1993)

        • John Dore

          Why are you not addressing the point I am making about ken only getting the candidacy by threatening GB by running as an Indy?

          Is it because I make point you can deal with that you make it personal?
          What makes you think that Guy has left? Lastly Guy was a bit eccentric, but do you not think there may have been a tiny something that you may have learned from him?BTW I’m not expecting any well informed or intelligent reply, so dont push yourself.

          • AlanGiles

            You have all gone on FAR too long about it “Mr. Dore”.

            How do you know KL “threatend”  GB that he would stand as an independent?. Granted he did that in 2000, but that is not to say he did so this time. Were you actually there to witness this alleged conversation?

            With all due respect KL is last weeks news. KL has said that he will not stand again and that he does not want to go to the HoL. 

            Isn’t it time you started thinking about the issues of today – e.g. 8000 jobs could be lost on the High Street?

            * Joe Harriott (1928-1973)

          • John Dore


            BTW I’m not expecting any well informed or intelligent reply, so dont push yourself.”

            Thanks for meeting my expectations. Have a nice day.

          • AlanGiles

            Well, were you a witness to the conversation you claim took place?.

            You didn’t answer

            Have you nothing to say about the prospect of 8000 jobs being lost, rather than continue your absurd Ken Livingstone obsession?

            You didn’t answer

            You, too, met MY expectations, Mr Dore so we are all square.

            * Jackie McLean (1931-2006)

          • Brumanuensis

            In terms of interviewing for GuyM’s successor, the consensus round here is ‘must try harder’.

            Also, any chance of answering Alan’s question?

  • JC

    Why do we want the HoL to be a retirement home for politicians? Surely they get a pension paid by the taxpayers; isn’t it sufficient? The HoL should represent those who don’t want to be politicians, who won’t toe a party line, who don’t have vested interests and who are not elites who are life long taxpayer funded.

  • JC

    Why do we want the HoL to be a retirement home for politicians? Surely they get a pension paid by the taxpayers; isn’t it sufficient? The HoL should represent those who don’t want to be politicians, who won’t toe a party line, who don’t have vested interests and who are not elites who are life long taxpayer funded.

  • Rabih Chaaban

    I would suggest Ken Livingstone for MEP -especially at
    these times-

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