March 27th, 2009

Most Expensive London MP : I’m Worth More than Churchill

Harry Cohen is the chippy left-wing MP who disgraces the Leyton parliamentary seat once held by Winston Churchill.  Harry claims more for his second home  and expenses than any other MP in London, in fact his annual expense claims of £123,718 are £30,000 higher than neighbouring Walthamstow Labour MP Neil Gerrard’s claim of £92,228 and greater than Chingford Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith’s allowance of £104,222.

How does this troughing MP explain his porcine ways?

“I am almost certainly the most professional MP Leyton and Wanstead has ever had, and that includes Winston Churchill.”

harry-cohenNeighbouring Walthamstow MP Neil Gerrard quite rightly does not claim mortgage expenses.  Despite Leyton being a mere half an hour from Westminster on the Central Line tube, Harry Cohen claims the maximum tax free second home subsidy of £21,63.

The effrontery of this odious MP comparing himself to Winston Churchill is astounding.  As the Guardian wittily points out: “One saved the nation. The other saves his receipts.”

Hat-tip : Waltham Forest Guardian


159 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    (Speechless)

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    • 39
      Victoria Glancey says:

      Why?
      He is actually doing an excellent job.

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      • 52
        iain,ni says:

        ‘professional MP’ says it all.

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      • 73

        Eleven of his last twenty written questions to all Depts concerned the employment of redundant bankers. See it here: Harry Cohen. That noise you can hear is the sound of his axe being ground.

        “Voted very strongly against a transparent Parliament
        “Voted strongly for introducing ID cards
        “Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban
        “Voted a mixture of for and against Labour’s anti-terrorism laws”

        Oink

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      • 89
        McLovin says:

        Doing an excellent job, you taking the fucking piss. Wanstead is a shithole of the highest order. It is slowly becoming the next Leytonstone and dragging down the rest of Redbridge!

        Cohen is really playing to the worst Jewish stereotype and sullying the name of one of the greatest Britons in the process.

        He should only be claiming the amount of a zone 1-4 annual travel card

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      • 139
        Diversity says:

        If he bothers to save his receipts, he must be unique.

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      • 155

        Doing an excellent job… of what, exactly?

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    • 62
      winston churchill says:

      Oh no you’re not, you bloody liar.

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    • 70
      BREAKING NEWS -- The UK economy shrank by 1.6% in the final quarter of 2008 says:

      BREAKING NEWS!!! SKY NEWS BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!

      GOVERNMENT IN TOTAL DISSARAY!!!!

      The UK economy shrank by 1.6% in the final quarter of 2008, a bigger fall than first estimated.

      The figure – revised lower from the original 1.5% estimate by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – represents the worst fall in output since April-June 1980.

      The slump was driven by a bigger-than-estimated fall in construction as well as declining output from the UK’s services sector.

      More follows . . .

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    • 107
      Anonymous says:

      His electorate will give him the appropriate message in due course.

      If he was my MP I’d be giving him grief at every constituency surgery from now on.

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    • 136
      Muppet says:

      “Cometh the hour, cometh the man.”
      A phrase that can comfortably be applied to Churchill, a leader when we needed one.

      Who is there now, in the new hour of need?
      Well this little prick can fuck-right-off for a start!

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  2. 2

    I think him a lesser man than Churchill

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  3. 3

    Socialisits often confuse “cost” and “worth”: there can be little doubt Harry is more expensive that Winston, though whether that automatically makes him more valuable only history will tell us.

    What an absolute poillock, asi if I need to say that.

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  4. 4
    DR says:

    Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, the destroyer HMS Gloomy Gordon lays down a smokescreen full of regal primogeniture and religion issues as if there’s nothing much else worthy of his attention.

    Watch out today for a significant matter coming to light which he wishes to bury at sea.

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    • 6

      Well don’t tease, tell us what it is?

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    • 26
      Anonymous says:

      This is payback for the photo of HM and ‘Swervin’ Mervyn’.

      Nobody thought the hysterical Queen in No.10 would let the one in Buck House escape scot-free did they?

      Another bit of tradition for the mucus-muncher from Fife to blowtorch.

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      • 30
        Plato says:

        About 5ish I should think, once the news cycle is about done and coats are on.

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      • 31
        Anonymous says:

        Fix the economy and the NHS before messing up the Monarchy, Gordon.

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      • 56
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Strictly speaking, I think you mean, “the QUEAN in No, 10″. Lets not confuse a national disaster with a national treasure.
        PS. Love the new site, Gordo.

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      • 88
        Slobberdown Menob says:

        Many years ago on joining the military i took a vow to protect my Queen and country with my life, can anyone tell me if this now obligates me to off the Scottish slack jawed threat to them both?

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    • 43

      The UK’s economy has today shrunk by 2% GDP – which is more than expected.

      This is the bad news that Gordon is trying to smother with ‘Royal stories’

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      • 65
        Woman on a Raft says:

        Note the advert which GF is running today: ‘How good are you at spotting depression’.
        Ans: Not very good if you are the PM, but the rest of us can see one coming.

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    • 90
      vlad the pimp says:

      This is just more of the Labour plan to kid-on that this ‘global downturn that started in America and has fuck all to do with me, Gordon Brown’ is not that big a deal and can simply be sorted by printing several trillion quid and presenting the cash to Labour voters.

      I see a parallel in Nazi occupied France. Wandering around France you will notice (say) in a lift a proclomation that you are not to smoke and then it will actually give you the Law and the date on which it was passed. Now if you go anywhere near a restaurant or a bar you will notice a sign with a Loi relating to Ivresse Public (Public drunkenness). But what I find interesting is the date the law was passed. It’s 1940 or 1941. (Can’t remember which but the point is they were ocupied)

      Fucking hell. Your entire country occupied by Germans. Francoise Mitterand and his ilk wandering about in Gendarme uniforms arresting you on the orders of their German masters and you fuckers try and kid on that everything is normal and pass a law about public drunkenness. If they had anything at all to say I’d have thought it would have been to make it fucking compulsary under the circumstances.

      Same with this shit about primogeniture. And this shit some fucking Labour apologist prick was on here about a day or two ago. Clause 48 or something relating to ‘hate speech’ against LBGT who apparently make up 7% of the community – have they no rights of woe is me kinda shit.

      Look you thick fuckers. It’s the economy stupid. You have fucking wrecked it. Now get in there and fix it. Nooooo, printing money doesn’t count.

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      • 137
        Anonymous says:

        Wikipedia says 1873. Perhaps it was Prussians.

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      • 140
        vlad the pimp says:

        Naaaah. The signs are definitely WWII. Take a look next time you’re there. See the priorities of the government of occupied France. Savour the parallel today in the UK.

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire”

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  6. 7
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Left-wing’? My god, whatever you think of the left there have been some honorable people in the past who were genuine in their beliefs and actions. But these people are absolute scum.

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    • 64
      Anonymous says:

      We have a functionally fascist government.
      Not comic opera uniforms or ‘invade Poland before lunchtime’ Nazis (although sometimes I wonder), but real, live Mussolini-style Corporate State, Third Way fascists.
      They are not, as people on the left wish to think, exemplars of Capitalism-run-amok; the number of regulations affecting business large and small (but especially small) tell the truth about that canard.
      Neither are they old-style Labour Socialist, as many Tories would wish to paint them.
      They are a joke played on the electorate: for the past twelve years voters in the UK have elected what their forefathers fought against over 60 years ago.
      And for those twelve years Blair, Brown, Smith, et al have been laughing up their sleeves at the people of this country.

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      • 108
        Budgie says:

        No, we have a quasi-Marxist government.

        Brown, Straw, Darling etc etc were all extreme left student agitators. Indeed their hatred of the liberal capitalist system was so intense that it spilled over into a bilious hatred of ‘Thatcher’ (and Reagan) because communism was defeated by them.

        Unable to genuinely repent or even express bereavement for their god forsaken Marxist/Trotskyist/Maoist views, Brown and co have allowed their hatred to curdle into a determination to bring the whole capitalist system crashing down around their (and our) ears. Fascist? there’s not a shred of evidence.

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      • 125
        The Miner's Canary says:

        @Budgie: Mussolini started out as a Communist newspaper editor, just as our current nomenklatura started out as left-wing student politicians, trade union reps and the like.

        These people slither easily enough from one type of totalitarianism to another in their pursuit of power and privilege. Don’t ever expect them to ever openly acknowledge their own trimming though.

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      • 145
        Aberdeen Agnes McDayie says:

        With all due respect to the memory of miners and their canaries, I think you are mistaken about there being more than one type of totalitarianism – that’s only the way it might look from outside.

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  7. 8
    Anonymous says:

    I went to school with a Cohen. His parents hailed from Galway. These Irish pols are given to bending the rules.

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    • 14
      idle says:

      And there was me about to make a mistake and stereotype him as a greedy, mean four-by-two. Bloody Irish pols – can’t trust ‘em.

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      • 156
        Anonymous says:

        Excuse me! #8 said he went so school with a Cohen…not this one. Old Irish saying – If you have nothing to say, then don’t say it!

        Measure twice – cut once!

        Irishman from Galway

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    • 29
      Anonymous says:

      was he a prick at school

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    • 36
      Hugh Jardon says:

      ” The wheels on your house go round & round, round & round, round & round….”
      Gyppo scum!

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    • 130
      Springheel says:

      I was at Birkbeck with him a long while back (studying Politics and Administration, from which he seems to have carried away very little). He struck me as affable enough but not terribly bright. I am now reconsidering my judgment regarding his affability

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  8. 9
    Invicta says:

    Never in the field of modern politics has so much been taken from so many to benefit so few.

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  9. 10
    Clapham Commoner says:

    The left-wingers are always the greediest.

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    • 21

      Many of these left-wing office holders are members of extreme left groups that tithe themselves to fund the ‘Movement’. They are put their by local activism and expected to give back. After all, that’s what the Labour party and trade union relationship consists in – the unions get tax-payer funding for their various outreaches and modernisations and retrainings and then subsidise the Labour party with some of their cash.

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    • 22
      Hamish Macbeth says:

      “”I am almost certainly the most professional MP Leyton and Wanstead has ever had””

      Modest bastard….

      “You are almost certainly the most professional fraudster and benefit thief Leyton and Wanstead has ever had”

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      • 40
        davidc says:

        ‘professional’ – displaying a high level of competence or skill.

        has he defined in what area or areas he displays this high level of competence or skill ?

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      • 142
        Anonymous says:

        as I recall he is (thus far and more is the pity) the only MP Leyton and Wanstead has had. Snaresbrook and Wanstead wards (the Redbridge bit of L&W) were previously part of Wanstead and Woodford and for many years were represented by Lord (Patrick) Jenkin of Roding (who was an excellent constituency MP) and subsequently James Arbuthnot before getting lumped in with Leyton and Leytonstone then saddled with Harry.

        The luckier bits of the old Wanstead and Woodford went into Chingford and Woodford Green and have IDS or into Ilford North and have Lee Scott MP (who does not claim ACA at all).

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  10. 11
    IRB says:

    “Mr Cohen added: “Generally I do give very good value. It works out in the region of £3 per year for every taxpayer in my constituency. For that they get access to me…”

    May I suggest that constituents of Mr Cohen visit him during one of his surgeries with a rubber glove and claim their three pounds worth of access to him.

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    • 27
      Anonymous says:

      Rubber Glove?

      Shurely shome mishtake:
      rubber hose, dear boy. Rubber hose

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    • 127
      Elby The Beserk says:

      £2380 per week expenses. £240 PER DAY. £30 an HOUR assuming an 8 hour working day.

      Larger than my take home pay ever managed, after 25 years in the IT sector.

      Nice job.

      Can I have one?

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    • 159
      Anonymous says:

      You have to make an appointment before you are allowed access to him. I recently tried to contact him with regards to a problem with bureaucracy and here I am some weeks later still waiting to hear from him.

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  11. 12
    dutch says:

    A story form 2004?

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  12. 13
    jammy dogger says:

    ‘Chippy’? Yes, come to mention it, he does have a resemblance to the guy who runs our local chippy. Their chips are crap.

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  13. 15
    IRB says:

    “Voted very strongly against a transparent Parliament”

    No shit.

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  14. 16
    DR says:

    It’s good to see there’s life yet in local newspaper journalism … well done, Waltham Forest Guardian!

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      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Aye up! In the run-up to ’97, the local press were very NuLab-centric. Now they are biting the hand that fed them. They’ve seen the way the wind blows and weathercocked accordingly. Gets your bets on for a blue election before the bookies stop taking bets.

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  15. 17
    Lola says:

    Little prick

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  16. 18
    Colonel Madd says:

    The odious mincing poof who is the current tenant at No10 has obviously blown a fuse about HMQ and t’Governor enjoying a tete a tete.

    Hence the need to fire a shot over the Palace’s bows and the sudden jump to prominence of a change to the law on Succession.Humphreys as ever failed to ask Chris Bryant the killer question on the hot slot this morning

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  17. 19
    The odious Member for some ghastly place in Londistan, . says:



    Oi! Shurrup!!

    Wot wiv me poncey aftershave ‘n me ‘air oil ‘n that –

    It’s coz oim worf it, – innit?

    Enuff Already!!

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  18. 20
    Strawberry says:

    who the fuck is Cohen? never heard of him

    whilst i’m on, Draper’s a butterball chicken

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  19. 23
    bofl says:

    wow! who would have thought it?
    first was tony blair churchill-
    then maybe gordon cuckoo churchill-
    now this one too?

    labour party obsessed by tory leader?

    A comparison with Nero would be better…….

    ps fawkes-you have a typo on the £ amount!

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    McNulty’s constituents, the phone number for Harrow nick is 020 8423 1212. says:

    Don’t forget McNulty either. Littlejohn does a nice demolotion job including the number of the local nick. Any of his constituents out there?

    It’s time to dial Harrow 1212…

    “Is that it, then? The Prime Minister has complete confidence in thieving minister Tony McNulty. Time to move on.
    Since it was revealed that McNulty has fraudulently claimed £60,000 in expenses for visiting his parents, I’ve heard from a number of serving and ex-coppers.
    They’re all convinced that he’s guilty of what used to be called ‘obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception’ and is now covered by the section of the Theft Act about misappropriation of public funds.
    McNulty doesn’t even have the tenuous excuse that he sometimes sleeps at the property, which has so far proved enough to get corrupt liar Jacqui Smith off the hook while she continues to pretend that her sister’s spare bedroom is her ‘main’ residence for the purposes of claiming allowances.
    Labour can’t have any objection to the police being called in.
    After all, it was Smith herself who was behind the arrest of Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green simply for doing his job.
    Scandalously, Green is still on police bail, more than three months later.
    In any event, the House of Commons guidelines are no protection against criminality. This is taxpayers’ money McNulty has embezzled.
    The police will argue that they can’t investigate unless they receive a formal complaint.
    If you’re one of McNulty’s constituents, the phone number for Harrow nick is 020 8423 1212.”

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    • 41
      Sarah says:

      I visit my parents regularly too, where do I apply for my 60 grand?

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        Mr Rosey Vases's Standards Committee says:

        Sarah
        HoC but you have to be elected…. and well err…Labour to actually get away with it after of course a thorough investigation has been held that left no stone unturned before finding no irregularites or any intentional wrongdoing by the Labour member concerned even though taped and recorded evidence was available and the text message was never sent.

        Meanwhile in other news a Tory MP has just been hanged at London Bridge for failing to purchase a 10.32p train ticket with the incorrect date. The MP had already been fined for getting on the train without a ticket after the ticket office was closed and the automated ticket machine had been robbed overnight. A spokesman said that it was a shame he had never been the Labour Mayor of london as he would have been waved through with a smile.

        Labour PM Gordon McFuckwit stated the failure to purchase such a ticket just shows that fraud is systemic within the conservative party and not like us whiter than white persons who never ever do this in our government Zils.

        Thhhhhhhiiinnnnngggs can only get Bettter!!!!!! Yeah ! Yeah…

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  21. 25
    King Gordon the Brown says:

    Expenses should replace “Expenses incurred”, ie money spent.

    Anything else is income and should be taxable.

    It is not difficult to check. The Inland Revenue can access bank accounts.

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  22. 28
    Gormless Clown says:

    “Never mind the quality, feel the width”

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  23. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Sure, there’ll be an Inquiry by the Standards Committee and both Jackboot Smith and McNulty will be let off. I’d lay 60grand on it.

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  24. 34
    Uncle Pip says:

    Eric Pickles on Question Time last night, felt that MPs need the allowance because they have to get to work on time! Even Dimbleby asked “do you mean like a job?”

    Poor love, he has to travel 37 miles and get in before 9:30am!

    Maybe if he eat less pies he could run for the bus!

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  25. 35
    Number 6 says:

    The tories should be all over this. The reason they are not is because they are troughing bastards as well. Fuck the lot of them. Piggies need to be slaughtered now as they are fat enough. Here piggy, piggy, piggy. Sound of knives being shaarpened on the whetstone in the background.

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    • 59
      judith says:

      Mr Cohen’s constituency (Conservative) neighbour in Ilford North is Lee Scot MP.

      He neither owns nor claims for a second home, so ‘they’ are not ALL troughing bastards, No 6.

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  26. 37
    Martin C says:

    And the Guardian is, as usual, wrong. He doesnt save his receipts; he doesnt need to. MPs simply submit expenses on a form, they are not required to provide proof of the expense. Everyone else is, and you and I are required to submit proof of expense, if we for example wish to claim back VAT or offset against tax. But MPs? Not required.

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  27. 38
    Anon says:

    Greed and arrogance – so NuLiebour.

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  28. 42
    Plato says:

    have you got a citation for her Wiki page :) ?

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  29. 44
    Culloden says:

    Harry worth more than Winston?! Next you’ll be telling me the Queen’s a Catholic!

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  30. 45
    bofl says:

    what do you mean by ‘may have’ ?

    ps front or back?

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    • 49
      Hugh Jardon says:

      May have is a get out clause..if I’ve mistaken her for someone else…which I may have done :-)
      Both!!
      She may love it when you whip it out & jizz all over her back!!!

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  31. 46

    Why are they all so fucking UGLY?

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  32. 47
    600 mile a week commuter says:

    They are all at it. Saw Eric Pickle on Question time last night trying to justify his second home because he lives 37 miles from Westminster and needs to be in work by 09:30!!! They make me sick.

    Are they so far out of touch that they can’t see how this looks to the rest of us. (HH’s “court of public opinion”)

    To paraphrase the Jeff Goldblum Jurassic Park character;

    Most MPs are so preoccupied with whether or not they could claim a second house allowance, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

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    • 51
      dr. sipp says:

      “One saved the nation. The other saves his receipts.”

      great quote–LOL

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    • 85

      Totally agree. He came across as an out of touch fool.

      I have transcribed the exchange from QT on my blog here.

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      • 97
        Hang_em_High says:

        It was a classic moment…………….that Pickle thought a studio audience would sympathise with his need for a second home in London because he couldn’t possible commute 37 miles AND get to work for 9.30am just beggars belief. How can the fuckwit claim to represent the interests of anyone apart from his own?

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    • 113
      Plato says:

      He claimed that it took him 0530 – 0930 – what mode of transport is he using? Sinclair C5 perhaps?

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    • 116
      pp says:

      Much as I am sure their noses are in the trough…

      If Pickles really does have a small flat/office and lives there away from his wife/family during the week – I’d say fair enough that he claims it as a second home.

      However if it is not a small flat, if his family live there, or it is classed as his main home, or he doesn’t use it as a matter of course – then he is ‘at it’.

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    • 122
      Anonymous says:

      I live 50 miles from where I work and have to be in for 8am

      If I stayed in a hotel, it wouldn’t even be tax deductable

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  33. 48

    Off topic.

    I’m still reeling from having seen you on TV yesterday, Guido. You look and sound totally different to what I’d imagined – nicer and more affable if you like.

    Will I be seeing you down the Games Workshop this Saturday ???

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  34. 53
    Hugh Jardon says:

    I all seriousness, Prickles didn’t cover himself in glory did he?
    37 miles??? Whooahhh, he should try & get from Lancs to Yorks on the M62 at bloody rushour!

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    • 128
      William says:

      Why on earth would you want to? Unless it’s for a meat bhoona at the Karachi in Bradford, that is.

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      • 131
        Hugh Jardon says:

        Never actually want to..it’s a case of having to…

        oh well..

        Incidentally, have I mentioned that I may hoave boned…oh yeh, i did..sorry!!

        What do you mean..posting too quickly? I’ve not been on all morning!! Hoons!!

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  35. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Labour bribes civic leader in desperate attempt to cling to power!

    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/latestnews/Provost-I-was-offered-OBE.5115300.jp

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  36. 55
    Swiss Bob says:

    .

    The hubris of the greedy cünt is unbelievable.

    Definitely a story for skymadeupnewsandfilth or SMUNAF as we call it.

    The Daily Politics blog will be running a Live Chat for todays show, ‘Toilets Maguire’ will be on, do join us (video of Guido and Dolly also available) THE DAILY POLITICS BLOG

    HOW TO SPOT A TERRORIST UNDER YOUR BED, SWEETIE, BY TOP GOVERNMENT MINISTER, ADMIRAL LORD LIBERACE WEST, Stanislav’s Blues

    .

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  37. 57
    Eric Pickles Conservative Party Chariman says:

    Sorry about messing up on Newsnight, it’s not easy, the idea of commuting makes me feel ill. I live 37 miles from Westminster and some days I have to be there by 9:30 it’s unbelievable. Plus I am incredibly overweight, maybe you don’t know what it’s like sitting on a train when your as outsized as me. I should get a special allowance for being a complete lardy. At least I won’t make the same mistakes as the previous incumbent of my job Caroline Spelman, mind you (misty eyes, love me) I don’t have any kids (sniff) and I didn’t think of adopting any poor orphan. There that’s a bit more nuanced, don’t you think?

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  38. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Here’s what you’re paying for East Londoners.

    How Harry Cohen voted on key issues since 2001:

    * Voted very strongly against a transparent Parliament.
    * Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban.
    * Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
    * Voted strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.

    Professional indeed.

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    • 84
      Luke says:

      * Voted strong to middling for larger portions in the MP’s Cafe
      * Voted so-so for new leather faced exucutive swivvel chairs
      * Voted “Hell-Yeh” for shitting in the publics eyes
      * Voted until his nipples bled for free rent boys on thursday afternoon.

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  39. 60
    Anonymous says:

    ASA?

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  40. 67
    Romeo says:

    What’s the point of leaving a comment?

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  41. 68
    Verticalwater says:

    O/T

    Want a laugh? Perhaps not……….

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/wales_politics/7966565.stm

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    • 83
      Anonymous says:

      So the BBC on Page last updated at 10:27 GMT, Friday, 27 March 2009 gives a whole web page to this but still can’t bring themeselves to report the EU speech other than a viral.

      tells you all you need to know

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  42. 72
    Plato says:

    If anyone fancies a laugh at Labour’s latest viral video effort – I’ve posted it here along with the endorsement of the Sec of State for Wales.

    It is terribly good value :)

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  43. 76
    Plato says:

    If anyone fancies a laugh at Labour’s latest viral video effort – I’ve posted it here

    Even the Sec of State for Wales has formally endorsed it – so it must be good :)

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  44. 77
    CC says:

    What a hoon

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  45. 78
    Pete-s says:

    First time I have heard of a kosher, snout in the trough.

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  46. 80
    Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

    The system is crap and invites sleaze, especially from the integrity challenged.
    MP1 lives close to Westminster and gets zilch accommodation allowance [or should do, if the system worked properly].
    MP2 lives in Birmingham and the taxpayer effectively buys it a house in London which it gets to keep.
    MP1 is pissed off and cheats.
    Surprise, surprise.
    MP2 should be provided with appropriate accommodation in London which does not increase its personal wealth and MP1 wouldn’t be able to cheat.

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  47. 81
    Anonymous says:

    Effrontery ? No, it’s chutzpah.

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    Unsworth says:

    So, what’s a ‘professional politician’?

    Someone who sells their services?

    Maybe Cohen does.

    And maybe he does ‘save his receipts’ – but the taxpayer and The Revenue don’t get to see them, do they?

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  49. 91
    Thatsnews says:

    “I am almost certainly the most professional MP Leyton and Wanstead has ever had, and that includes Winston Churchill.”

    ‘Hubris’ and ‘petard, hoist by,’ are two sayings that come to my mind.

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    Anonymous says:

    “professional MP”, what, as opposed to an “amateur MP”?

    If you’re a true professional then you have to justify all your expenses with receipts, and virtually no expenses are allowed anyway because that’s already taken into account with your salary level, especially your daily commute, which is never ever ever an “expense” in the real world.

    As for getting 24grand a year extra to help subsidise a 2nd house when you only live half an hour away from where you work, well, I don’t think anything I say can really explain just how wrong that is, with the possible exception of simply referring to him as a hoon.

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    Simon Harley says:

    To be fair to the lefty t***, he wasn’t comparing himself to Churchill the statesman, but to Churchill the constituency Member of Parliament. That’s a big difference. I rather doubt a 74-year old (when he was first elected to Woodhead) would be the most active proponent of his constitutents, and when he was in his late 80s…forget about it.

    Whether Cohen’s own record as M.P. for Leyton stands up to scrutiny is an entirely different matter. I rather doubt it will.

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    Ninnymous says:

    Would be considered bad form that thanks to the able leadership of a certain Mr Churchill that Mr Cohen is alive and well and troughing away, as I believe a certain German Chancellor didn’t like people with his surname

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    Bill Quango MP says:

    He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

    Sir Winston Churchill

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    Have Draper’s bots all been made redundant? Or are even they vomiting in disgust at Labour’s troughing?

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      Anonymous says:

      wot day iz ben fit payded?

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      Ambrose Silk says:

      You should know that a ‘bot’ is not a human being it’s a computer/internet/software thing that does things like snoop about. But if you mean people who post a view divergent to the limp, dim, Daily Mail reading simpleton views generally expressed on this site, they are probably laughing at Eric ‘Cheese and Pickles and lots of them’ the new hard hitter Chairman of the Conservative Party who keeps a check on sleaze. He was a pitiful dimwit on Question Time, just like his leader Scameron is a pitiful soft soap salesman with no idea of what to do, except to ‘do nothing’.

      Tra laa!

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    Plato says:

    Is it me or are the comments in a completely random order??

    Do pop over to Mr Dale’s place – Tim Ireland has started Blogwars III – if I were still in primary school, it would be appropriate to shout:

    SCRAP SCRAP SCRAP at this stage.

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    Clarence Dock says:

    Yaaaaawwwwwnnnnn!

    So we have yet another sponger. Doesn’t matter what party it is, they’re all at it!

    Give it a rest Guido and find a new subject as this is getting boring. It might be easier if you just listed all the parliamentarians and make a headline “Corrupt”, then you can toddle off and concentrate on something else.

    How’s about getting some closure on the Draper case? You’ve been asked umpteen times to do this, but there is just a deafening silence!

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      Ambrose Silk says:

      The Times covered the whole thing last week showing all the London MPs and their allowance takings. All GF has to do is what he usually does, lift it and pretend it’s his. Of course he won’t becasue one the the biggest hoovers in the list is Ian Duncan Smith (of broken society fame and previous party leader). Now how much does Scameron claim, hmmmmm?

      Tra laa!

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    Is it just me or are the numbers up the side of this page fucked again?

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    Bogeyman says:

    Guido, can’t you do something about this left margin? Everything after 48 is unreadable.

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    Anon. says:

    Michelle White getting a new arse ripped at the Grauniad – how sweet.

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    adam says:

    no comment on Pickles on Question Time?

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    I_Despise_Labour says:

    Typical troughing Labour Hunt, they’re all as bad as each other

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    They Work for Us says:

    We Work for Him!!
    Odious hooning creep!

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    WATO is a fucking shambles today with some dozy bint talking on the phone over hanrahan for the first min. you’d expect the Beeb to do better given how much of our cash they tax us out of!

    Even that wouldn’t be too bad but are the twats going to go with this catholic shite all day? Lets have some real news please!!!!!!! This takes the piss!

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      Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

      The catholic shite as you so eloquently describe it is there to keep Browns futile and laughable attempt at world unification from prominence, it beginning to look like the G20 summit will not be the triumph it was hoped it might be.

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    Anonymous says:

    Maybe Guido could buy him a nice kosher pizza….

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    Hugh Jardon says:

    whooahh..how come this is still at the end???

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    Anonymous says:

    Would this be the same Harry Cohen who has a (third?) house in the Dutch Quarter of the fair Essex town of Colchester? He tries to let this pad as a “holiday home”. Trouble is there’s a youth club next door which specialises in heavy metal bands at 3am in the morning.

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    It is about time they split that ward back up to separate Leyton from Wanstead and Woodford, with which it shares little in common except the Central Line.

    What does that bleating self-loather know? What value has he added?

    He would never have got in had Leyton not been thrown in the mix. W&W might well have been LibDem, but unlikely to have been voting for this creep.

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    Brassic Britain says:

    I wasn’t impressed at all by Eric Pickles’ defense on QT.

    HOWEVER, I used to live in Cohen’s constituency when I was a student. I was appalled to read the article where it was revealed that this effing leftist sh1t is London’s most expensive MP. Some pigs really are more equal than others.

    Anonymous says@3:42 pm: ‘Would this be the same Harry Cohen who has a (third?) house in the Dutch Quarter of the fair Essex town of Colchester?’

    I remember that Churchill used 3 properties when PM: 10DS, Chequers and Chartwell. To paraphrase L’oreal, ‘He was worth it’.

    Comrade Cohen very definitely isn’t worth it. He desperately wants to destroy the UK and replace it with an odious tyranny. The idea that I’m giving money to somebody who hates me and my country makes me want to puke repeatedly into the keyboard; but to a certain degree we still live in a democracy so I guess I’ll just have to put up with it until the rules are changed. HoHum

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    Guardian_gal says:

    Hi All, thanks for the hat tip Guido, but you’ve linked to the wrong story.
    Please find the right one here…

    http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/4230394.LEYTON__Cohen_tops_expenses_claim_list/

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    irished says:

    What a bloated piggy this one is! Surely even Gormless Gordy can see this snout merchant is taking the mick. Jonah was lecturing Wall St. about bankers avarice earlier this week maybe he ought to be looking a little closer to home. The ZaNuLab pigsty is heaving with greedy piggy’s especially the top of the litter but this one is definately a bloated porker. Disgusting greed of the highest order!

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    denverthen says:

    And this is equivalent to the silly old (but modest, honest and hardworking) lardbutt Pickles how, exactly?

    Jeez. Pick your targets, bubba.

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    Grimer says:

    The Hoon/Cohen is my MP. I had a bit of correspondence over the Damien Green arrest (Cohen’s comments are *bound with stars*):

    From: XXXXXXXXX [mailto:XXXXXXXXX@yahoo.co.uk]
    Sent: 01 December 2008 14:42
    To: ‘COHEN, Harry’
    Subject: RE: Letter from your constituent XXXXXXXX

    Mr Cohen,

    You raise numerous (largely spurious) issues in your response. I hope you won’t mind if I address them individually.

    *I agree with the enclosed article. You will note that Cameron was silent (and possibly yourself) when police action was taken against those connected with Labour, also in circumstances also linked to democracy.*

    Ruth Turner was not a member of Parliament. The Labour Party is a private organisation. The sale of peerages to raise money for the Labour party is manifestly ‘not in the public interest’. Perhaps if Tony Blair had been selling them off to help cut the prolifigate levels of Government debt, then that argument might carry a bit more weight. Also, as far as I’m aware, she wasn’t arrested by Counter Terrorist officers and held for nine hours. The Police didn’t rifle through her love letters and her daughter was not left in tears. Again, as far as I know, the Police did not invade her office in the Houses of Parliament and rifle through her Parliamentary papers.

    *I am glad that you agree that MPs have a special role in a democracy which deserves special consideration and protection. I recall being criticised for a vote I did in Parliament to protect constituents’ correspondence with MPs(myself) from direct disclosure under The Freedom of Information Act.*

    Of course, that had nothing to do with preventing the public from seeing how far your snout is inserted into the public trough. I will have to take your word that your had my best interests at heart when you tried to get yourself an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act.

    *This case is about police instigated action in the course of an investigation they are pursuing and the established view has been that politicians should not interfere with operational matters.*

    I’m afraid I disagree with your assessment of the case. This police action is clearly politically motivated. It is ridiculous for the Home Secretary to claim that she knew nothing of the raids. Why would the police warn Boris Johnson and David Cameron, but not Gordon Brown or Jacqui Smith. This is Stalinist behaviour and in the words of Nick Clegg:

    “the claim Ms Smith did not know the arrest was looming was either “implausible” or showed “incompetence”.”

    He also states:

    “This is something you might expect from a tin-pot dictatorship, not in a modern democracy,”

    *However, I think that you are making the case that they should especially where it involves democratic arrangements.*

    No, I really am not. Quite the reverse.

    *In these circumstances the tone and content of your email was quite uncalled for, especially the extraneous material.*

    Rather than dismissing my comparisons with Zimbabwe, you should familiarise yourself with the comments from Zimbabwe’s Central Bank. They fully endorse the British adoption of the Zimbabwean economic model:

    http://www.rbz.co.zw/pdfs/2008%20MPS/AprilMPS2008.pdf

    ______

    As Monetary Authorities, we have been humbled and have taken heart in the realization that some leading Central Banks, including those in the USA and the UK, are now not just talking of, but also actually implementing flexible and pragmatic central bank support programmes where these are deemed necessary in their National interests.

    That is precisely the path that we began over 4 years ago in pursuit of our own national interest and we have not wavered on that critical path despite the untold misunderstanding, vilification and demonization we have endured from across the political divide.

    …..leading central banks in the global economy are bailing out troubled economic sectors to achieve macroeconomic and financial stability….the Bank of England… providing a £50 billion lifeline to the UK’s banking sector.

    Here in Zimbabwe we had our near-bank failures a few years ago and we responded by providing the affected Banks with the Troubled Bank Fund (TBF) for which we were heavily criticized even by some multi-lateral institutions who today are silent when the Central Banks of UK and USA are going the same way and doing the same thing under very similar circumstances thereby continuing the unfortunate hypocrisy that what’s good for goose is not good for the gander….

    As Monetary Authorities, we commend those of our peers, the world over, who have now seen the light on the need for the adoption of flexible and practical interventions and support to key sectors of the economy when faced with unusual circumstances.
    _______

    *On that, I think the Government is right to save the country from a total banking collapse and to mitigate the worst consequences of it on ordinary people. In an historic context, the irony is that democratic Socialists like myself are using the State to save Capitalism from the greed and stupidity of its practitioners. They were given too ‘free’ a hand to speculate, with the Tories here the cheerleaders for demanding no control or regulation.*

    I think it is a bit rich to try and blame the ‘stupidity of its practitioners’. Especially, when this recession has been predicted for a number of years. Your government turned on the credit tap and let it run unabated. You may wish to familiarise yourself with this Economist article from 2002.

    http://www.economist.com/surveys/displaystory.cfm?story_id=E1_TPPGNDN&source=login_payBarrier

    The Unfinished Recession (2002)

    Alan Greenspan is widely considered a highly successful chairman of the Federal Reserve, but the belief that he has special powers to eliminate the cycle is foolish. In July 2001 Mr Greenspan himself said in testimony to Congress: “Can fiscal and monetary policy acting at their optimum eliminate the business cycle? The answer, in my judgment, is no, because there is no tool to change human nature. Too often people are prone to recurring bouts of optimism and pessimism that manifest themselves from time to time in the build-up or cessation of speculative excesses.”

    Indeed, speculative excesses in asset prices and credit flows might occur more frequently in future, thanks to the combined effects of financial liberalisation and a monetary-policy framework that concentrates on inflation but places no constraint on credit growth. The current conventional wisdom that central banks will reduce economic and financial instability by keeping inflation low and stable is flawed. Low inflation is no guarantee of economic stability.

    If the Fed had increased interest rates sooner in the late 1990s, America’s economy might now be in better shape. Some economists worry that it may be making a similar mistake now by allowing low interest rates to encourage a rapid increase in house prices and mortgage borrowing. The Fed may be offsetting the bursting of one bubble by inflating another.

    This survey will analyse the causes of recessions, examine whether economies are becoming more or less volatile and ask what policymakers can do to prevent downturns. It will also explore the controversial idea that recessions are a necessary, sometimes even desirable feature of economic growth: they purge the excesses of the previous boom, paving the way for the next expansion.

    Its two main conclusions will not make comfortable reading. They are, first, that after decades of declining economic volatility in developed economies, the business cycle is likely to become more volatile again over the coming years; and second, that America’s “recession”, defined as a period of growth significantly below trend (and hence accompanied by rising unemployment), is far from over. Until America’s excesses have been purged, robust growth is unlikely to resume.

    The job of policymakers is ideally to curb the build-up of speculative excesses. If they fail, then their task is to ensure that recessions do not become too deep, rather than try to prevent them altogether. Such efforts simply leave large economic imbalances. An economy that has been on a binge will inevitably suffer indigestion. Stuffing it with yet more credit is unlikely to aid its recovery.

    Of course, under this Stalinist regime, with our very own Pravda, I don’t expect the truth to be getting an airing any time soon.

    Yours,

    Co-Conspirator

    ____________

    He refused to correspond with me after I sent him that letter. The man is a total and utter NuLabour <unt

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    [...] A smart blogger added an interesting post on Most Expensive London MP : Im Worth More than Churchill – Guy …Here’s a small excerptSee it here: Harry Cohen. That noise you can hear is the sound of his axe being ground. “Voted very strongly against a transparent Parliament “Voted strongly for introducing ID cards “Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban “Voted a mixture of for and against Labour’s anti-terrorism ….. The Daily Politics blog will be running a Live Chat for todays show, ‘Toilets Maguire’ will be on, do join us (video of Guido and Dolly also available) THE DAILY POLITICS BLOG … [...]

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    Hunting for hoons says:

    Identify them all. Make this public and shame them for what they are – common thieves.

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You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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