The man who levelled Nazi prison warden jibes at a journalist for giving him a hard time is now forcing digital identification and tracking technology on Londoners through price-fixing heavily against using cash to pay for travel in London.
Yesterday 'Red' Ken announced a 100% increase in the price of train fares for London passengers who opt to pay cash while slashing the price for holders of the privacy-invading Oyster Card to half of the cash price.
Stopping people from using cash on London's public transport and "forcing" them to use Oyster cards that track their every journey around London's transport systems "is the ultimate objective" of the new public transport price hikes says 'Red' Ken.
The question must be, 'Why is it the ultimate objective, Ken, and which master are you serving today?"
Speaking at City Hall, the Mayor whined:
"The simple message is that you don't have to pay the new cash fares - switch to Oyster and pay as you go and you will save money as well as time.
I believe Londoners are astute enough to choose the best value fare for their journey."
As 'Red' Ken forces tracking smartcards onto Londoners with loosely-veiled jibes about cash advocates not being quite as smart as those who 'choose'
"All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind."
The rules of the game are always changing but as Ken says, "Londoners are astute enough to choose the best" which by now no longer includes Red Ken, his Oyster cards or indeed anyone else that seeks to browbeat the populace into submission.