It’s in the way you say “Eltham”, Ken


When running for mayor on a platform that includes listening to the concerns of outer London, it helps if you can get the place names right. Unfortunately, Ken Livingstone botched it up this morning in Manchester, managing to mangle the pronunciation of “Eltham” (and west London’s “Feltham“) in front of the watching delegates. Both places, of course, take a hard “t” instead of a “th” sound. Watch it here on the BBC’s iPlayer.

Or listen to it here, via Audioboo.

I’ve heard him do it on the radio, too – how can a man who’s been deeply involved in London’s politics for 30 years not know how to pronounce one of south-east London’s bigger suburbs? Oh, hang on…

Mind you, Boris Johnson isn’t that familiar with south London either – declaring yesterday that areas south of the river but off the Tube were too “isolated” to be included in his cycle hire scheme – and cutting funds to the bus network that we have to live with because we don’t have those Tubes.

Time to rally to the Free South London cause, perhaps…