Crying shame as Ken’s tears overshadow manifesto.

April 11, 2012 Ken Livingstone, London mayoralty Comments Off

Far be it from me to suggest that Ken’s tears earlier weren’t genuine, but they made for a truly surreal spectacle. On watching his election broadcast – which he must have seen multiple times before – in front of various press and supporters, he began to “weep”, prompting Ed Miliband to supportively pat him on the back. Rather than dab the tears away subtly, he bawled, almost childlike, into his fists. For much of the remainder of his manifesto launch, he appeared utterly miserable.

It’s yet to be confirmed whether it was his highly misleading election broadcast or yesterday’s polls which rendered him so emotional. Either way, his campaign team might have hoped for a wave of sympathy to head his direction, but early signs suggest they’ll be left disappointed, with the front page of the Evening Standard (right) less than sympathetic.

Ken’s problem is that he so rarely shows any kind of emotional tenderness – his cold-hearted treatment of London’s Jewish community is a prime example – that people will be cynical at the tears emerging just three weeks before the election. As Guido points out, Hillary Clinton, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all cried in front of voters. They were all given the boot by those very voters shortly after…

One other thought – Ken’s bemoaned the fact that policies aren’t getting enough airtime in this campaign. Thanks to the tears taking all the headlines, I haven’t got a clue what he announced…

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