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May 7, 2011

Ken likes swimming.

Despite a frankly joyful and triumphant relaunch, Ken Livingstone’s new website still fails to impress. Apart from the introduction of a new countdown clock (361 days to go, if you’re interested) and fewer noticeable spelling mistakes, I can’t see any real improvement on the previous one. Unless I’m missing something, there is no reference whatsoever to his record in office – admittedly, I can’t blame him for not wanting anyone to remember the reasons he was kicked out of City Hall, but it seems a weird omission nonetheless. [UPDATE: Spies tell me his 'achievements' are on the site, but clearly hidden away. Unfortunately I can't have another look for myself because the site seems to have now crashed.]

Probably the most ‘informative’ part of the site is the ’10 things you may not know about Ken’ page. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they’ve not included the fact that he’s recently worked for Iranian state television, or that he’s friends with Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Hugo Chavez, or that he thinks Barack Obama is a ‘mobster’ for ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden. They do, however, let it be known that ‘Ken likes swimming’.

Indeed he does. Here he is recently being helped into his favourite pool…

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