Ken Livingstone has provoked fresh controversy, after telling an audience: "Hang a banker a week until the others improve." ... A spokesperson for Livingstone insisted it was simply a joke. Livingstone made his comments a week after stating in an interview that a gay banker would not be enticed to leave London to work in Dubai because he could "get his penis cut off", as he highlighted the English capital as a key financial centre. In a similar vein, he told the Guardian in a recent interview that City workers favour London over other capital cities as a place to work because "young men want to go out on the pull and do a lot of cocaine, and they can't really do that easily in Frankfurt". [Guardian, related]
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