April 15th, 2010

The Success Benchmark :
How Many Will Watch the Debate tonight?

After months of speculation, hype, arguments, tantrums and rule changes the first of the debates are finally here. Guido hears that after all the effort that Sky News put in to make the debates happen, they might be a little miffed that they won’t be chairing the first of its kind. But what will tonight actually achieve for the political class and more importantly how many will actually watch?

Ten million people watch Coronation Street, a similar number tuned in to Doctor Who on Saturday. Eight million tuned into see Nick Griffin on Question Time. The BBC are sending over sixty staff to cover ITV’s debate, so who know’s how much taxpayers cash will be spent when it’s actually their turn. For these debates to be worth the millions being spent they need to be a game-changer and need to pull in the viewers.  They need, in the jargon of spin, to get cut-through…

The smart money seems to be on nine to thirteen million viewers, less than a quarter of the forty-five million registered voters. Guido has a feeling the debates may just be stirring up apathy…


215 Comments

  1. 1
    GEORGIE PEORGIE says:

    We’re all watching the debates together.

  2. 2

    I’m only watching it because some twat from the Guardian wants my opinion on it.

  3. 3
    Sarah Blog says:

    went for a lovely walk with Gordon along the canal and start to understand the appeal for our friends who live on a house boat.

    http://www2.labour.org.uk/my-day-nine

  4. 4
    gone fuckin mental says:

    some spainish footie on thank fuck , it will be spin spin spin blah blah blah and then everyone will bechucking bricks through there tvs , is that the stimulas that gordon keeps going on about?

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    Moody Blue says:

    I’m planning not to watch.

  6. 6
    AC1 says:

    I know Gordo believes in it but that form of “stimulus” has been known to be false for centuries

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    What’s happened to Guido’s grammar today? “…the first of the debates are [sic] here…”; “…who know’s [sic] how much taxpayers [sic] cash…”.

    Anyway, I’ll watch but I doubt it will make me change how I vote. I prefer to judge the parties on their performances over the last five years, not the few weeks before the election when it’s all just electioneering.

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    Gutless Gordon Brown says:

    Makes a nice change from nick robinson.

  10. 10
    Mass Debating says:

    Can lead to blindness…..

  11. 11
    What if? says:

    Latest met data shows the ashes still over the UK in the morning. This must be having quite an adverse effect on the economy. Shouldn’t Gordon be in His COBRA bunker taking charge? What if people start falling ill will the health service cope?

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    gone fuckin mental says:

    that was intresting , thanks

  13. 13
    Charles Flaccidwidger says:

    I’ll start watching it but I’ve a nasty feeling that the whole thing has been rigged to prevent any serious questioning of the three candidates. Brown will spout tractor statistics and not answer anything and I’ll end up shouting at the telly.

  14. 14
    Unsworth says:

    Yes, it would be a very good move on your part. Keep moving – then no one can find you.

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Quite outrageous that only those 3 are invited…

  16. 16

    If he can’t even steer the great ship of state, would you really want him steering your house?

  17. 17
    gone fuckin mental says:

    no we fuckin aint !!!!!!!

  18. 18
    forget the media circus we want a real debate with real issues says:

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    Friends on a boat says:

    I think you’ll find she means Nathan Rothschild, Peter Mandelson and Oleg Deripaska. They live on a boat (sometimes)

  20. 20
    Longbow says:

    british airways flight through vulcano ash

  21. 21
    Anti-Illuminati says:

    Won’t be watching or voting for any of the fuckers. Only gonna
    join in when we start hanging the bastards.

  22. 22
    Damian McBride says:

    I shall be blogging like mad on this site rather than watch the live mass-debate

  23. 23
    Another Engineer says:

    Unlikely that anyone will fall ill at the moment.

    Not a huge amount of Sulphur Dioxide being emitted, at least so far, although apparently people in Shetland and N Scotland have detected the smell.

    If the volcano continues to erupt (last one at this volcano lasted two years), then the weather patterns will continue to feed ash in our general direction for at least a week.

  24. 24
    gone fuckin mental says:

    i would pay to watch them hung , would raise loads to cut the deficit

  25. 25
    David Cameron & Gordon Brown says:

    Hear Hear

    Such a shame that UKIP wasn’t invited

  26. 26
    Pub@8.30 says:

    I wonder if the traitors will be tackled on this subject?

  27. 27
    gone fuckin mental says:

    no independents either

  28. 28
    One party state says:

    We won’t see any of thsoe issues raised, the whole event will be a propaganda show for the Euro puppets.

  29. 29
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Quite. I will watch the debate but I just now that when Brown starts spouting tractors stats the TV will be in exteme danger of a flying Sony Ericcson (not Nokia) hitting it.

  30. 30
    gone fuckin mental says:

    fuck off tramp

  31. 31
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Thought you would be with Ed Balls planning his response.

  32. 32
    axe the BBC says:

    Is it any wonder why the mainstream Media have lost all credibility!

    They treat us like dumb sheep and pure contempt.

  33. 33
    As If says:

    As if the Pime Minister and his missus could have a quiet walk down the canal towpath. FFS the place would have been heaving with minders, aids, protection squads, police, press and rubber kneckers

  34. 34

    After 13 years of sleaze, smears, corruption, theft, 800 billion overspend, higher crime, higher unemployment, longer NHS waiting, malnutrition in hospitals, erosion of freedom, increased taxes, dissapearing pensions, flipping homes, parachuting union money and members, selling gold at rock bottom prices, lying about troop funding, illegal wars, cash for peerages, cash for honours, cash for mortgages, fiddled expenses, tax evasion, immigration out of control, employing illegal immigrants, Prime Ministers slush funds, beating secretarys, throwing Nokias, killing weapons inspectors, ignoring drug advisors, losing medical records, losing military records, losing criminal records, faking climate change, giving sovereign powers away to europe without a referendum, and the Millenium Dome, I might just give Labour one more try.

    Only joking chaps eh eh.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    IMO 3/4million max to watch the “great debate”. I shall not bother my mind was made up yrs ago.

  36. 36
    Jonty Pryor says:

    Bloody hell !!!

    “David Cameron to take laxatives before tonight’s leaders’ debate”

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    There should be a protest – anyone who thinks they are all lying bastards, sick of sleaze, angry at format etc. etc. should simply not turn on for the first 5 minutes.

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    Mass Hysteria says:

    But this country is full of hypochondriacs once one says it is ill from the fumes or glass particles then the rest will follow.

  40. 40

    Me Too! Only from Yougov. I won’t actually watch. I’ll just copy yours.

  41. 41
    amongomous says:

    I’d rather rim Mandelsons spunky sphincter ITV can get stuffed.

  42. 42
    gone fuckin mental says:

    wasnt the dome started under the tories?

  43. 43

    Tell them tamiflu is the cure. We’ve got tens of millions of vials to shift.

  44. 44
    South East Voter says:

    Next year when Climate Change Believers measure the melting Glacier surrounding the Volcano and find it is now smaller the reason given will be Global Warming.

  45. 45
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Sulphur dioxide is surprisingly non-harmful.

    I used to go past a dye works, and you could easily smell it, god knows what it was like for the poor sods that worked there. But they aren’t all dead.

    PS: on radio 4 they appear to have duncan bannantyne discussing it. (isnt really).

  46. 46
    Who says:

    Brown, can’t stand the lying bastard.

  47. 47
    A Twat from the Guardian says:

    Forget it then if you don’t wanna do it, we’ll get someone else!

  48. 48
    Lord Mandelson says:

    Just be yourself Gordon! everyone one knows your fucking useless there’s no hiding it anymore.

  49. 49
    random idiot says:

    TV ratings are nonsense. Their methodology makes the treasury’s forecasts look sophisticated.

  50. 50
    Dick Robinson says:

    I’ll just watch the highlights on the news later (not BBC of course)

  51. 51
    axe the BBC says:

  52. 52

    I’ll be watching but I bet there’s no more than… eight million more who will be

    30 million? No way… Or is this the BBC’s seasonally adjusted 30 mill, including 29 million Azeris?

  53. 53
    Dave says:

    I won’t be watching it. I’m watching some paint dry.

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Must get my eyes tested, for a moment I thought that said rubber knickers.

  55. 55
    davemcwish says:

    600 BBC staff to cover….WTF ?????

    Pointless exercise really (unless you’re Clegg getting acres of publicity) – it’ll be a hung parliament with Liebour as minority government with Brown as PM and Clegg + 3 other Lib Dems in the cabinet.

    The stitchup’s already happened.

  56. 56
    Longbow says:

    If it sticks around for any more than a week it will play havoc with the weather forcasts,.
    The best news would a large low coming in from the south west

  57. 57

    I’ll be watching this instead:

  58. 58
    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    Say what you like, when put so simply, it’s hard to argue with those facts.

  59. 59
    Dick Tator says:

    Weekly quiz at the pub tonight, and that’s where I will be.

    Question 1: Why are you not watching the debates. (Any answer will get the point).

  60. 60
    Old Archer says:

    I’ll have 2 sugars in my apathy

  61. 61
    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    I shall probably watch it (most likely through my fingers) – but 90 minutes?!

    45 each way + Extra Time and Penalties?!

  62. 62
    filling his nappy says:

  63. 63
    Guardian Twat says:

    you never called me that when I was buying your ale

  64. 64
    I can't lose McMentallist says:

    It doesn’t matter how I do in tonight’s debate – we’ve made sure the voting system is well and truly skewed in New Liebours favour. Even if I get a million or more votes less on May 6th, I’ll still have more seats and there’s no way I’m going so there. Even if most of you English don’t want me, I can always rely on my fellow countrymen. What’s that – well yes I know I have no say over 70% of their affairs but it doesn’t stop them keeping me and Flipper next door in power so we can destroy what’s left of England. Why do you think I left England out of devolution?

  65. 65
    Bye bye Labour says:

    What’s happened to the story about the geeks, at the top of the page.

    Has Guido pulled it?

  66. 66
    Blanchflower and Hutton's sweat stained jock straps says:

    Guido, where’s your thread on Labour’s Marxist poly lecturers and their dismal letter, disappeared to?

    Have you been threatened?

  67. 67
    Vic Mellons says:

    The geeks have brought down Guido!

  68. 68
    Vote LibLabCon get EU says:

    Vote LibLabCon get EU

  69. 69
    Geek Watch says:

    Perhaps one or more of the geeks objected?

  70. 70
    gone fuckin mental says:

    guido sort it out !

  71. 71
    Bye bye Labour says:

    The durty rotten bastard!

    I’ll bet he couldn’t wait to get back to the rocking horse.

  72. 72
    carter fuckem says:

    Looks like the Marxist-Trotskyist college geeks have got mi’learned friends on to our host.

  73. 73
    The EU says:

    Once we get full power we are going to gas you all

  74. 74
    Sir William Waad says:

    Not I. I’ve bought some nice battleship-grey paint. One of the outdoor staff can use it on the exterior woodwork of the gardeners’ bothy and them I’m going to sit in the study, look out of the window and watch the paint dry. Bliss!

  75. 75
    gone fuckin mental says:

    or guido pressed the wrong button or spilt coffee over his pc?

  76. 76
    the end says:

    First the Devil’s Kitchen now Guido Fawkes. The Stasi Thought Police are really flexing their muscles right now.

  77. 77
    Bye bye Labour says:

    Was it the Chuckle Brothers one?

  78. 78
    Brown's nervous tic says:

    Was it the boz-eyed one or the J*wish one?

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    I’ve rarely seen news telly be so orgasmic – and they seem to think we (the public) share their obsession with the minutae of politics. Everyone shouts at everyone. Nobody says what they really think because they are all media trained not to answer questions……..and on and on it goes. If anyone is to blame for the lack of interest in Westminster, its the media – and TV in particular……to be honest, chaps – you’ve BORED us all to death.
    I know who I’m voting for, and I won’t be watching because it will make no difference to the views I have formulated over the past 12 years! I’m going to watch last night’s Midsommer Murders oin Sky+……Marvelous!!

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    “The Geek shall inherit the earth”

  81. 81
    Floaty Votey says:

    Shame that UKIP and BNP weren’t invited I would have enjoyed watching the mentalists parties having a scrap.

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    The Sleeper says:

    Just spent 10 minutes composing an intellectually stimulating post to that thread…..and it’s gone!

    Oh well…you guys will just have to imagine how inspired it was.
    ;-)

  84. 84

    Yeah, what happened to it?

    I was going to reply to it saying they give Geeks a really bad image.

  85. 85
    gone fuckin mental says:

    aint they skint and getting a hand out from france and the germans?

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    Information Cascading says:

    Watch the lying and bullying Brown talk throw a hole in his anus? No thanks.

  87. 87

    Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs, surely?

  88. 88
    Bye bye Labour says:

    Paste it here, you twat!

  89. 89
    It's all Balls says:

    Beware Geeks bearing gifs

  90. 90
    The Sleeper says:

    Do you want to know who did it?

  91. 91
    JG says:

    An expert is studying Brown’s body language on Sky News: the freak is a bag of neuroses and constantly trying to cover up the reality of what he really thinks. He really is a nasty, screwed-up piece of work.

  92. 92
    Bye bye Labour says:

    Come on Guido, you fat oaf, put down the Shiraz for a mo, and give us the lowdown.

  93. 93

    Can’t be pleasant getting a jolly good Carter Rucking up the blog eh Guido

  94. 94
    The Sleeper says:

    Sense of humour failure,Buddy?

    That was a fuckin’ joke…arsehole.

  95. 95
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    (quick look at various weather charts)

    Not going to happen within the next week.

  96. 96
    Bye bye Labour says:

    I didn’t mean it, honest! :(

  97. 97
    The Sleeper says:

    That was another joke…sorry.
    ;-)

  98. 98
    Big Mac says:

    GORDON -guid riddance to bad rubbish!!

  99. 99
    Mad Mick the Plasterer says:

    Oi Guido! Where’ve the gargoyles gone?

  100. 100
    Market Cascading says:

    I just can’t be bothered shouting ‘You fucking liar’ at the TV for 9O minutes.

  101. 101
    ?? says:

    I wonder if Gordon Brown will piss his pants in the debate tonight, like he did during that press conference last year?

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    jgm2 says:

    Sulphur Dioxide is safe enough while you can still smell it. Or maybe that was Hydrogen Sulphide. Although I think you tend to get the two of ‘em together in volcanoes. The H2S is the lethal one though.

    Smells like….. Middlesborough.

  103. 103

    I will be watching (and wanking) over ‘Pineapple Dance Studio’ at 8:30.

  104. 104
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    That’s the daisy chain from hell.

  105. 105
    gone fuckin mental says:

    guido , what happened with the geek post? you can tell us we wont tell anyone

  106. 106
    Information Cascading says:

    Through!

  107. 107
    Eugene Terreblanche says:

    noo noo master baiting can lead to annihilation

  108. 108
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    No.

  109. 109
    Dino says:

    I was wondering that too.

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    Mr Ned says:

    And you need to watch it to give an opinion, OH?

    It is three puppets of an international elite giving us the false impression of choice. They do not give a shit about us, only our votes, and so the media puppets of the international elite, in league with the political puppets of the international elite put on a show to hoodwink the public into believing that the only choice is between three shades of shit. They rely on and revel in our ignorance.

    Can you seriously see any of these puppets tell the truth? Will any of them answer a question with, “We will do whatever the EU commands us to do!”?

    Who needs to watch the puppet show? when you KNOW it is all theatre, an ACT. (like what is produced in Parliament)

  111. 111
    Herd Mentality says:

    I only vote on X factor

  112. 112
    Catflap says:

    It will be like watching three Necrophiliacs fighting over which way to fuck a corpse.
    Anything else on tonight?

  113. 113
    Gordon Browns' Cat says:

    I would like to watch my master licking his own hole on national tv but I’ve an appointment with a nit comb….

  114. 114
    Old Archer says:

    I live by a Sonae factory so I won’t notice the difference.Expect a call from them Guido.

  115. 115
    GMTV says:

    What time do the voting phone lines open?

  116. 116
    QWERTY says:

    What happened to the blog post with the three mongs on?

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    gone fuckin mental says:

    spanish footie on sky

  118. 118
    Couch n click says:

    Can’t do that wiv me 50 inch plazma, too delicate to waste on a Brown

  119. 119
    Herd instinct Market Bubble says:

    Is it presented by Dermot the Lear?

  120. 120
    Hipster says:

    And i will be relaxing to whalefart music.

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    Anonymous says:

    Will Ant and Dec be there?

  122. 122
    Brown's Buggered Britain says:

    It overlaps with “Have I got news for you” – I’m not sure it’s worth missing that – unless we could be sure of seeing Brown getting a good kicking!

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    Anonymous says:

    We want the geeks back!

  124. 124

    Guido must be re-jigging the article.

    They looked like Peter Tatchell’s to-do-list.

  125. 125
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    I’m going to the debate, ICM have promised there will be refreshments, and they had better be good to get me out of my nice warm armchair. There will be “airport style” security, so at least one person will get to see my knob tonight. I’m only going because I hope the Prime McFister will have a JFK moment, and I don’t mean the Nixon debate.

  126. 126
    T. Ennapad says:

    Got it covered

  127. 127
    Couch n click says:

    hear hear

  128. 128
    Reality approaches says:

    We know what you are like Lord M; here you are sending a letter that has no factual or legal basis;

    http://www.shaftedbyalabourgovernment.webeasysite.co.uk/first1_008.htm

    Pretty detailed analysis, think you would find it hard to refute, which is probably why you did not reply to the letter to you in November 2009. A cover up for almpst 13 years.

    Lying, it is in Labour’s DNA

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    gone fuckin mental says:

    just wait for the highlights

  130. 130
    Information Cascading says:

    Just follow the arsehole in front of you

  131. 131
    Couch n click says:

    turn off tune out drop off

  132. 132
    Alastair Stuart says:

    Gordon could steal the show by placing his glasseye in his bumhole and winking it at the audience

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    Market Cascading says:

    Buy into what the other arseholes buy into.

  135. 135
    If you're reading this Brown, you know what you can do says:

    The one in the middle looked like he was getting the pineapple treatment.

    The other two looked like they’d had it.

  136. 136
    concrete pump says:

    Mandy being the ‘lucky Pierre’.

  137. 137
    Arch Stanton says:

    The Labour Trolls are already all over the Wretchedly biased BBC slagging of Cameron.

    They must really be worried

  138. 138
    Couch n click says:

    By the time the 90 minutes are over the population will have remembered every MP that robbed them and will have a fixed hatred that will last a month

  139. 139
    Crowd sourcing says:

    Baaa Baaa Baaa.

  140. 140
    Crusty says:

    After the most crap week on an election the stupid formats for their launch’s etc. I cannot believe the bickering over one %NH contributions while the country is falling apart these dick heads do not deserve my time or vote
    I shall not be watching anytime or voting for any of the big 3
    The best way I can sum up the complete alienation of the politicians from the electorate and the fear we instill on them was dear Harriet “mummy knickers” touring her constituency that paradise of a multicultural nirvana called Peckham wearing a flak jacket surrounded by police.
    That is the picture I will always associate with the Labour Government she was shit scared of her own voters.

  141. 141
    jgm2 says:

    I think they will be lucky to get five million watching it. Most people have already made up their minds. And I, for one, don’t want the remainder of my life polluted by listening to the economy-wrecking jackass any more than I can avoid it. And the fact that I know exactly where he is means I can avoid the incompetent fucker like the plague.

  142. 142
    Black Sheep says:

    None of them appeal to me.

  143. 143
    jgm2 says:

    It’ll take until next year for them to paddle their way their in their kayaks then trek all the way across the tundra. Probably drown or starve before they get anywhere near it.

  144. 144
    white single male says:

    be fair, they have increased child allowance. but if muslims are breeding at ten times the rate of native Brits ….hmm! guess your point is made.

  145. 145
    We the Sheeple says:

    I’m voting for Simon!

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    pissed off voter says:

    nothing new in this, there’s been a black cloud over the UK for the last thirteen years

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    click says:

    BOOM

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    Sheep says:

    I’m voting for Dannii cause she is well fit. Real tidy so she is!

  149. 149

    It did say ‘rubber knickers’, in your sick mind.

    Fancy joining the Labour Party?

  150. 150
    Road_Hog says:

    I couldn’t think of anything worse than those three saying the same thing in unison. There are only two parties offering something different and one of those seems to be going off the rails since it had a change of leadership.

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    Vic Mellons says:

    Is she still up the duff?

  152. 152
    COBRA says:

    1300From the BBC’s Kirsten Campbell at the Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s First Minister has set up an emergency response group to deal with the volcanic ash incident and the resultant disruption to Scottish airports.
    Alex Salmond will chair a meeting of what’s called the Scottish Government Resilience Room

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8622438.stm

    So why is Gordon prancing about electioneering? He should be in his bunker taking charge.

  153. 153

    Am I having an LSD flashback? WTF is happening to this thread?

    It’s the CIA innit?

  154. 154
    Disinterested says:

    I think you should be talking about how long people will watch it for. I doubt people can stomach more than 5 minutes of McMental’s tra ctor stats !

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    pissed off voter says:

    but piss-easy if you’re a politician (with vested interest)

  156. 156

    No, no, we’ll be talking about the real issues, like the need for more green taxes, how the EU is good for Britain and how we’re going to be tough on immigration by pushing for Turkey’s entry into the EU.

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    Catflap says:

    That will do.
    And I don’t care if it is league one or the Spanish Spakademicals.
    I just can’t bare to watch them three fuckwits.
    Especialy Brown with his drug induced grin.
    Every time that Cu*t smiles a British domestic cat dies in front of the telly.

  158. 158
    The Sleeper says:

    O/T…

    In an attempt to escape the relentless election crap on TV,I have switched on the golf from China, on Sky.

    The commentators speaking as though they are there,but I swear I was having a drink with one of them last night in our golf clubs bar!!

    Not even Sky can get a guy from Berkshire to China in 12 hours,given there’s no bloody flights today.

    Moral of the story..nothing is as it seems….which brings me back to the election debates!!!!

  159. 159
    Pavlov's Bell says:

    Ring a Ring Ring
    Let the brainwashing begin!

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    Anonymous says:

    As Parliament is dissolved can Gordon do what he likes without Parliament’s approval?

  161. 161
    Vic Mellons says:

    Sod this, if the geeks have gone I’m off back to PB

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    Anonymous says:

    anywhere in Wesminster showing these?

  163. 163
    Catflap says:

    That would certainly pull in the ‘Britains got talent’ vote for Brown.lol

  164. 164
    Adios el Gordo says:

    i think she meant along canal street.

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    pissed off voter says:

    cant’t prejudice a trial. it’s the British way. give ‘em a fair trial then hang the bastards.

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    Gordon Browns' Cat says:

    What do you do when you see an MP with half a head ?

    Stop laughing and reload.

  167. 167
    Pavlov's Bell says:

    Spending 9O minutes shouting ‘Liar’ at the TV.

  168. 168
    Mr Ned says:

    The tories originally proposed a massive dome. But theirs was to be a shining marble dome that would last at least a century.

    Trust the labour party to downgrade it to a tent and then fail to do anything with it, other than turn it into the biggest white elephant in the country!

    So then trust the private sector to take it over and turn it into one of the biggest and most successful concert venues in the world.

    If that does not show the difference between government waste and bluster Vs private enterprise, nothing does!

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    Google cache says:

    You mean this one?

    http://tinyurl.com/y7r42eo

  170. 170

    A polite way of putting it – I too have studied body language; that man is not just trying to conceal what he *thinks*, but what he *is*….

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    Canary Wharf Rat says:

    Forget the Marx Brothers…. Here’s the Marxist brothers! Not as funny but just as laughable.

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    streamfisher says:

    Gordon warned us and blimey he was right for once, those iclanderers ARE a gang of terrorists, first the nefarious scheme that lured unsuspecting local authorities into depositing all their pension and old peoples home money into a wooden hut with Bank written on it in the Arctic peninsular and now a deliberate attempt to shut down all our airports with a volcanic pumice attack, the Cod wars have not been forgotten, this time we need properly equipped and trained trawler men able to hurl a potato projectile with sufficient force to pierce 1/2 inch armour plating, then send in The King Edwards and the Marris Pipers.

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    pension shot, sinuses shot says:

    Erm – Middlesbrough – but do agree – probably explains the accent.

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    Anonymous says:

    Debate, my arse !
    These shows are more stage managed, directed and rehearsed than any TV drama or documentary but nowhere near as entertaining or informative.

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    He’s always lucky Pierre.

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    Slotgob andJawgrinder, Reality Engineering says:

    And as you find yourself remembering the wasted Thatcher years of slash and burn Capitalists closing down mines and the faces of the children of redundant steelworkers crying in anguish (taps wrist gently) you will come to realise that selecting a future fair for all makes perfect sense…

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    Henry's Afterthought says:

    I’ve decided to admire Renée Zellweger’s bum in “New in Town” instead. Crap movie, great ass, as the yanks would probably say.

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    shergar says:

    Stage managed or not, I’m going to settle back with a glass of something and watch Cameron wallop fatty brown’s straining arse cheeks to every corner of the remove.

    Take that, fatty!

    Yarooo!

    And that!

    Yarooo!

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    Even the sand on Bournemouth beach knows Browns support is crumbling says:

    Pravda doing live broadcast from Bournemouth beach and shillin on behalf of LibDems gaining seat at election…cut to beach and young lass of reporter interviewing holiday makers…final cut…three upturned buckets in shape of sandcastles…blue,yellow,red for Conservative,LibDem,Labour…after some careful steering young lass asks holiday maker to pick a bucket for who she thinks will be best…she picks red one(of course)for Labour….reporter gives it a whack with a spade expecting to get perfect sand castle…she lifts the bucket and its a total shapeless mess of crumbling sand…..quick cut back to tent on esplanade…before electorate see connection of Brown and Labour crumbling before onslaught…….you ‘ave t’laff !!

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    Over 6.7 Million watched Dr Who on Saturday. That’ll piss over the numbers that watch the twats on tonight.

    Dr Who is closer to reality than anything that will come out of the gobs of any of ‘em too.

    Fuck it, I’m going to watch Dr Who on iPlayer while those Hunts are on.

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    Thats News says:

    I have laughed! Thanks!

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    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    How about athe Browns take a very long walk off a very short pier. Thats the kind of walk that would appeal to most people regardless of if they live on a house boat

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    Cheese Lover says:

    Yes, it really is a long time since I watched anything at all on the ‘mainstream’ channels. If a programme’s any good it will be repeated on one of the satellite channels. I won’t be changing my habits tonight, nor for any of the other ‘debates’.

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    Stop Funding The Labour Party Spin Machine With My Licence Fee says:

    Tony Blair’s quote regarding the dome – “If we can’t make this work, what can we make work?” Nice one Tone, another quote to remember!

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    Stop Funding The Labour Party Spin Machine With My Licence Fee says:

    Perhaps he has non dome status?

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    Stop Funding The Labour Party Spin Machine With My Licence Fee says:

    I have erected a security barrier system to prevent me from getting to, or throwing anything at, the screen. Could be a costly error if I get it wrong.

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    MingeMunchersRus says:

    what a shame she didn’t tweet….’went for a lovely walk with Gordon along the canal..he fell in and drowned along with mandy and ed who I pushed in to
    rescue him.

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    Stop Funding The Labour Party Spin Machine With My Licence Fee says:

    Do you think there will be a further chance to see any bits of the debate? I am not sure the News media will want to show it in case we mortals find it boring

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    Stop Funding The Labour Party Spin Machine With My Licence Fee says:

    Cheryl all the way ….. I wish

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    revolting peasant says:

    Was that the time Harman crashed her car while talking on her mobile, before leaving the scene of the accident without giving details and saying ” You know where to find me” ?

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    revolting peasant says:

    I’m not watching Brown gurning, grinning manically and lying his way through 90 minutes of this crap.
    If anything interesting happens I’ll find out on here later.

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    reaperghost says:

    not going to watch it. what is the lib bloke doing on it. can not even remember his name and there is no chance what so ever the libs will get the swing they need to become the party of goverment. it is a total waste of time. im voting tory any way so i do not need to here them drivel on. im not voting for these people im voting for my local tory. i want to here what he has to say if anything. still he can say he is shagging my mrs if he wants, ill still vote tory. any one but labour.

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    Saggy Tarius says:

    You are ALWAYS wanting to stir up apathy, you are, Old Archer.

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    click 2 says:

    BUST

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    I don't believe it says:

    Gordon’s got aids As if?

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    I Love NuLabour oooooodles (I'm Mad, me) says:

    Is Mandy a short pier?

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    purpleline says:

    Jst had promtion from t mobile offering deal blockbuster video + game or two videos, cola, popcorn & sweets.

    I know what my family will be doing without moi

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    purpleline says:

    Pity the red button cannot be linked to a stick of dynamite under Brown’s lectern. When we get to 10 million hits it lights the blue touch paper at 15 million it is within inches of reaching the stick and at 20 million the election result is confirmed. Hey Manchester we need another Prime Minister

    Red button techno inc

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    cassandra king says:

    Hear hear!

    A false choice, a non choice and an engineered perversion of our democracy, the so called leaders debate is the political class showing their contempt for the British people.
    I hope people do watch and I hope they see the reality of these three sellouts selling themselves for what they really are, whores for sale. These smarmy lying shits need us only for as long as it takes to vote after which they will fill their boots and enrich their friends and sell us out as though we mean nothing to them.

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    cassandra king says:

    It really doesnt matter if just a hundred people tune in to watch the fraud, by the time the MSM have adjusted the viewing figures with their state of the art algorerythm the made up figure will be twenty million and the BBC will add their own special magjc and have Brown winning by a mile.

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    Wee Georgie Osborne says:

    What about me?

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    Flim Flam Dave says:

    I’m glad someone has an erection. I managed one just before Christmas

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    Anonymous says:

    They’re all self seeking bastards. But the trick is to make sure the worst two don’t get to run a government

    So who would the worse two be then ?

    Watch the body language and the weasiling around in the debate and work it out yourself.

    MODERN TIMES IN MUDSHIRES – THE BLOG at http;//rocketspage.wordpress.com

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    Boz says:

    Morons – the lot of them

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    John says:

    If the debates produce one positive outcome it’s been watching that pompous & self important Jock Alex Salmond throwing his toys out of the pram all day.

    Watching the anguish on his face tonight was almost as satisfying as the Spurs win last night.

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    Gobshite says:

    I wish Gordon will stop doing that weird thing with his jaw!

    Clegg came across alright, but I still don’t know if they are yellow Labour or yellow Tory.

    Cameron made some good points about cutting £6,000,000,000 from the budget. Made Gordon look stupid when he said that was only 1% of national expenditure. Well actually, he made Gordon look like a c***!

    Griffin would have had them all for breakfast.

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    Gobshite says:

    Or the circuit to a large battery terminating on each testicle.

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    Gobshite says:

    Two’s company.

    Three’s a crowd.

    Would have been much better without Clegg. And Jeremy Kyle asking the questions.

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    Gobshite says:

    If one of these parties had manged to keep their MP’s in line on expenses, they could have wiped the floor with the other two.

    Best chance the Libs would have had, especially with their ‘Look at those two w*nkers!. We are not like them!’ argument.

    Falls kinda flat when you realize that there MP’s were trotter-deep in the trough too.

    Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle. Live.

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    Gobshite says:

    I would vote for him if he did that on live TV.

    Unless Cameron had a good comeback.

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    Gobshite says:

    Griffin is box-office dynamite. Don’t even know who the UKIP head is now. Galloway might be a contender too, if he is alright after getting beaten up by his constituents.

    You would think one channel would do it just for the audience.

    Dave for one needs some new shows. You can only take so much Clarkson.

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    Gobshite says:

    I hear Nick Griffin is available.

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