Life on Gilligan’s Island (Part 38): Hatchet-Job Hodges gets in on the act too

Boy can Kennite churn them out. No sooner that he’s produced one blog in which he smears Ken Livingstone, out pops another. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: if Gilligan spends this much time on his single biggest obsession, then he can’t be doing much in the way of reporting. In one blog a few weeks ago, he claimed that the blogging was just a little sideline; a hobby, if you will… something that he does aside from his day job. But for those of us who keep tabs on him, it would be fair for us to conclude that his bosses at Canada Square have given him license to continue producing at least two smears a day. It pays the mortgage. Right?

This blog looks much the same as all the others. In fact, it reminds me of an alcoholic who is so desperate for a drink that he’ll try to suck the last droplet of beer out of a beer towel. His legion… well, not so much a legion as a gang of followers, hang on Kennite’s every word. One regular, the gloriously named “imrankhan”, who once told me that he was really a “Muslim” (this is the Internet, people say lots of things), spends most of his time on the blog doing the “amen” thing to Kennite’s evangelical rhetoric. Here’s one of his responses to Kennite’s call out.

The man is a compulsive liar.  I looked at his site earlier and he is still claiming that on 58 new affordable homes were started in London in the last six months.

As I have pointed out here before his Islamist crony in Tower Hamlets is claiming thousands completed in the last year something which has been  verified by The Institute of Housing.

He is still claiming to be going to cut fares in London by 7% when TfL have said this is impossible without stopping all improvements and a great deal of maintenance.  Within a year fares would have to rise by at least ten per cent and probably more.

Lie after lie and still there are 40% plus out there who will vote for this crook.  The only good thing about him being elected is that it will guarantee another Tory government because he will bring the Capital to the verge of bankruptcy.

Birds of a feather, as they say. Here, “imran” mentions the Institute of Housing but doesn’t link to an article or support his rant with a quote. This person is not any random commenter, he’s an astroturfer. He produces lengthy comments; many of them are well over 500 words long. I had an encounter with this fruitcake on Liberal Conspiracy fairly recently and after I’d exposed him as Kennite’s number one fan, he disappeared.

This blog is just as bad, “imrankhan” has left dozens of comments but this one caught my eye,

I had a phone around this morning to get reactions to the tears and without doubt everyone finds the whole thing cringingly embarrassing. It is on a par with his tears when he apologised on behalf of Londoners for their part in the Atlantic slave trade.

That was another nail in his coffin last time and I think that this has really done him.  The last time he was comforted by that crook from over the water Jesse Jackson.

I think it must be time for the two photos to appear side by side,  that will be something for Milliband to hang on the wall at home. I,ll see if I can dig it out.

Hang on, who’s the ‘journalist’ here? Kennite or “imrankhan”? I wonder how much he’s being paid to do this? No one spends entire days leaving massive comments on other people’s blogs without some kind of remuneration. Here’s another comment from “imran”.

I recommend that all read ” Islam’s Black Slaves ” by Ronald Segal, ” White Gold” by Giles Milton and ” The Grand Slave Emporium” by William St Clair.  These three books are all that anyone needs to know about how African rulers sold their own, sometimes, relatives to the Europeans.  Read them and shut up.

There appears to be no reason for this comment and if “imran” is supposed to be a Muslim, I wonder what kind of Muslim he is? Better still, why did he mention this at all? Is it because when Ken was mayor he apologised for the slave trade? It’s as if some people in this country cannot, for the life of them, come to terms with Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. It’s better to deflect attention away from such issue and go for the big smear. It’s also gives the racist half-wits that clutter Kennite’s blog something to moan about.

Gilligan’s stablemate, Dan ‘Hatchet-Job’ Hodges is a self-confessed Blairite; a Nu Labour numpty, who has all the charm and charisma of a deathwatch beetle. This is how the Torygraph describes him,

Dan Hodges is a Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest. He has worked for the Labour Party, the GMB trade union and managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation.

“A Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest”? Someone’s having a laugh.

In the last couple of weeks he’s produced 3 blogs to support Kennite’s ongoing smear campaign. That’s decent of him but Kennite doesn’t need help. He’s a one-man smear machine; a veritable solo industry of negative reportage.

Here’s a taste of yesterday’s blog,

But there is another truth as well. Which is there is no single individual in the Labour party who has been more indulged over the past 30 years than Kenneth Robert Livingstone.

Under his stewardship of the GLC, Livingstone became poster boy for the 1980s loony-left excesses that consigned Labour to the political wilderness. But having watched him lead his authority to extinction, Labour merely patted him on the back, and handed him a safe seat.

As John Smith and Tony Blair dragged their party back towards government, Livingstone sat sulking on the sidelines. Then, as the prospect of the London mayoralty hove into view, he sprang into life and began shouting “me, me, me”. Once again, his party – including me – gave him the benefit of the doubt. Blocked from being Labour’s official candidate, we voted for him anyway.

Ah, the “loony left”, the catchphrase of Tories and right-wing 80’s headbangers. Are you trying to tell us something, Hatchet-job? If this numpty was around in the 80’s he was probably helping Kinnock with his anti-socialist witch hunt. But something tells me that he’s still wet behind the ears. I reckon he thinks of himself as a ‘modernizer’. In other words, he’s a Blairite bootlicker. Now, he plays the role of the Telegraph’s pet ‘lefty’. But Hodges is no lefty, even if those who comment on his blog say so.

This blog puts Hatchet-Job’s role at the Torygraph into perspective.

In this blog he declares that it’s “the end of the road for Ken Livingstone”.

Yesterday, Ken Livingstone finally ran out of road. For almost a month, ever since my colleague Andrew Gilligan revealed that Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London has been using a corporate vehicle in a way that reduces – perfectly legally – his tax liability, Livingstone has tried every trick in the book to evade his pursuers. It was a smear. A fabrication. A non-story. He hadn’t used a tax avoidance vehicle. Then he had. One moment he was claiming that tax avoiders were “rich bastards” who should “not be allowed to vote”; the next he was questioning why anyone “would vote for a mayor that pays more tax than they have to”.

As with Kennite, Hatchet-Job offers no analysis of policy and there is absolutely no mention of Bojo the Clown’s poor performances on the hustings, not to mention his glaring lack of policies. It’s as if none of that matters at all and all that matters is the idea that Livingstone is a crook. But hang on, didn’t Emperor Windbag associate with a known criminal?

The people of London deserve better coverage of the election that what is given in the Tory press which is vehemently anti-Ken. So much so that it can’t bring itself to discuss the real issues.  There is also the issue of Johnson’s casual racism. I mean, is it really acceptable to refer to black people as “piccaninnies”?

Something that none of our smear jockeys have dared mention is the fact that Boris Johnson has lied about the so-called “super sewer” and the fate of Shepherds Bush Market. HF Conwatch has the story.

If Boris Johnson wins a second term at City Hall, it won’t be because of his policies. It will be because of a massive smear campaign that was started nearly two years ago.

Vote Ken for London Mayor!


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