April 20th, 2010

Disgraced Rennard’s Return

Chris Rennard stood down as the CEO of the Liberal Democrats citing ill health. Nothing to do with the outrage caused by the £41,000 in expenses he claimed for his “holiday home” in Vauxall-on-Sea. Let’s not forget all those other skeletons in the cupboard too.

Well the rotund trougher is back. He was spinning for Clegg in Manchester and has been spotted going in and out of the Lib Dems Cowley Street HQ. When Guido put a call in to ask them what his official role in the campaign was the inept spinner replied “Oh I’m not even sure what his unofficial role is.”

So we know he is back but they have taken over an hour and still no response to what his official role is, how much he is being paid and whether he has recovered from the health reasons that saw him stand down… Still waiting for that return call.

UPDATE: So the official line is that Rennard was in Manchester in a “personal capacity” and “he is not part of our campaign team“. That doesn’t really wash given that the Manchester debate site was on lock down and someone would had to have cleared his pass. Is he also going in and out of Party headquarters in a “personal capacity”?

UPDATE: Cowley Street’s Phil Reilly has got himself into a right teenage rage with this one. He claims because he hasn’t personally seen Rennard in HQ he’s not been there, but that’s not what Guido’s witnesses say.  The line has also changed to Rennard being a “guest of a media organisation” in Manchester.  Everyone there was a “guest of a media organisation” – namely ITV who hosted the event.


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    giant bee says:

    Well nobody can dispute the ill health claim – looks like he ate Prescott for lunch

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    He unoffical role is “Head-of-hoping-to-grab-onto-the-tail-coats-of-hung-parliament-power”

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    Manc says:


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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    They are all fuckin’ amatures compared to Cyril Smith, who once said “The SDP should have been strangled at birth”. How right he was.

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    Anonymous says:

    It’s just Mr. Crasspot’s opinions that are so hard to digest.

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    Anonymous says:

    With Labour and libdem has beens comming out to do their bit, when will we be seeing Geoff archer on the campaign trail?

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    “Change” we can believe in???

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    Unsworth says:

    So, Rip Off Rennard is back in circulation? Excellent news. How many more disgraced persons are ‘helping’?

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    We’re all sleazy and corrupt together.

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    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Could he be inflated further and used to ferry stranded ‘holiday-makers’ across the Channel? You know, something useful, seeing as Elfin Safety has decided to stop jet aircraft flying out of Airstrip One.

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    Stop Claiming Benefits Dave, you're a millionaire FFS show some class, eh? says:

    When are you going to do a piece about the millionaires David Cameron and George Osborne claiming 1700 pounds a month in housing benefit payments?
    Could one of the tory trolls here please explain why David Cameron, who is a multi millionaire, has a mortgage.
    What’s that all about?
    Surely the only explanation is he is a greedy self serving fraudster who could well afford to buy a property outright but decided he would rather rip off the taxpayer by making a false housing benefit claim.
    What a dirty thieving rotter.
    Typical selfish tory scum.
    Fuck off Dave you thieving housing benefit cheat.

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    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Talking about non-flying …. did I see that the national air traffic control organisation is a private company? How does that work? It goes bug … nobody flies. So it does not go bung? Lovely jubbly?

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    Mine d'Boggles says:

    …. bung ….

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    Whitney Huston says:

    Where do smelly farts go

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    Whitney Huston says:

    OOOOHHH i wanna dance with somebody

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    Yawn, housing benefit, dave, housing benefit, dave, housing benefit, osbourne, dave, housing benefit.

    Ad-fucking-infinitum etc, etc.

    Change the fucking record, you boring, boring c*nt.

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    Happy immigrant says:

    Housing benefit is good. I live in mud hut in Somalia. Here I get 6 bedfroom house in Kensington.

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    CCHQ Instant Rebuttal Dept says:

    We don’t want to talk about Dave’s unnecessary housing benefit claims because they make him look like an untrustworthy money-grubbing whore and not like a person who could lead this country during times of austerity.
    So we will just ignore that nasty self serving streak that runs a mile wide through Dave’s character.

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    David Cameron is a fraudster who makes false benefit claims but Tory supporters don't mind at all says:

    I am surprised that a staunch conservative like you is so blase about housing benefit cheats.
    Are you sure you’re not a communist?

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    HMRC says:

    Is the Labour Party paying you for this work?

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    Staunch conservative?


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    Whitney Huston says:

    And iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    amongomous says:

    Would you pay for such pathetic shite?

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    If it's Brown, flush it down says:

    Fantastic feedback from spain regarding our dear leader and 100 imaginery coaches

    Completely parallel universe

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    Lizzie says:

    If people can keep the vision of Sarah Teather in full focus when they go to vote LibDem, the Tories will be safe, more Sarah Teathers….I think not, vote LibDem, get the Sarah Teathers of this world.

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    Down with Brown! says:

    The Conservatives received £1.45m in donations during the first week of the election campaign, nearly twice the £783,000 banked by Labour, the Electoral Commission says. The Liberal Democrats were given £20,000.

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    Tory in-tray says:

    civil service nonjobs…..pending

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    Sarah Teather is awful, but i know that there are posters on this site who, given the opportunity, would make ‘plenty sexy time’ with chubby Sarah.

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    Lizzie says:

    Party donations just announced, Tories on top again, raising 1.45million, Labour runners up with half that amount and Lib Dems a mere 20,000.00.um!

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    Martian Day says:

    Like many other people, I want to listen again to Gordon’s masterful and inspiring performance on Radio 1 Newsbeat Leader Interviews today.

    Unfortunately it is still unavailable on BBC iPlayer, presumably Gordon is a victim of his own success because so many people are trying to listen!

    Lets hope its not a technical fault that means that for some reason Gordon’s interview was not recorded for posterity, what a loss to us all that would be.

    Maybe if Lord Ashcroft had paid his tax, the BBC could afford more reliable IT equipment.

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    Lizzie says:

    More confused numbers from Brown.

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    Anonymous says:

    Charlie Whelan, for one

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    Manc says:

    Money back if you roll off.

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    Lizzie says:

    In the words of a true LibDum “that’s bilge”.

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    Mr Plum says:

    Just wondered if the holiday home now belongs to the nation

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    Conservative (or is it Labour or Limp Dim) Home says:

    Come to our website, Martian Day! You’ll fit right in with the other Trolls there. Oh….I expect you’re already there posting under about 5 different names….

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    Lib Dems, soft on Sleaze and soft on the causes of sleaze

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    Right Bastard says:

    How many more fat fuckers do we have to put up with?

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    If it's Brown, flush it down says:

    Have a good laugh, a really good laugh Martin


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    Mark Oaten says:

    I feel the need to pop up here, just to remind you of LibDem sleaze, and Simon Hughes may join me later

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    Thank you, Mr Nick says:

    The other day, the Tories were looking for something to attack Calamity Clegg on. Now they’ve got it.

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    The Labour Goebells Unit says:

    Phew! That takes the attention away from Gordon’s disastrous performance at today’s phone-in.

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    Lord Baron Lord Mandelson says:

    Me so horny! Me love you long time! Me sucky-sucky, only ten dolla!

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    Johannes stevenson says:

    Het es en vos?

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    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Foxes will certainly notice a change once tally-ho cast iron gets in and all his chortling toff chums in top hats call in their favours.

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    jgm2 says:

    That probably depends on how well those three Labour MPs being prosecuted for fraud get with their ‘Parliamentary privilege’ defence. If they manage to pull that off then I reckon Aitken, Hamilton and Archer will be going back to get their convictions quashed.

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    Houdini Brown says:

    Someone call a locksmith

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    Johannes Stevenson says:

    You would do her if the choice was between her and Jackboots Smith!

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    Better than the telly says:

    Labour troll fighting for liberal this gets more entertaining every day

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    Nozik says:


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    Caroline Flint gives good head says:

    Go Compare! Go Compare! Brown and Clegg are both totally shit, and have no flair! So fuck them both, and that annoying ad for Go Compare!

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    LimpDick says:

    I wouldn’t touch her with yours.

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    Jeffery Archer says:

    Cheating is the new honesty

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    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Speaking of has been no-hopers from the past, I wonder if the delightful Mark Oaten is eyeing up the recent libdem popularity surge? He could go for a senior position in industrial environmental health & safety, where he’d have to personally inspect the countries sewage farms and cess pits to ensure they are up to sniff.

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    It seems Gordon Brown’s expenses aren’t enough to pay for his conscience http://whogoeshome.co.uk/?p=926

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    Richard Timney says:

    I would.

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    Raving Loon says:

    That’s because, despite rumours to the contrary, nobody likes the lib dems.

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    Jeffery Archer says:

    The Uk , the cops and the courts are private companies,check it out on Dunn and Bradstreet.

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    amongomous says:

    You left out the bit where they feast on baby flesh you trolling mong

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    South of the M4 says:

    I am voting for Siobhan! Who is she standing for? In 5 minutes she has done more than Cameron has to put him on the spot in three years.

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    Mr Plum says:

    Give Siobhan Paxmans job

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    Simon Hughes says:

    Everything you say is shit.

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    The Gluttony Addiction Help Line says:

    I’m not sure if I should be saying this but we have taken a number of telephone calls from a gentleman called Chris at Liberal Democrat Headquarters. We have tried to help him with his addiction to pies, but we weren’t able to wean him off of them as he was claiming for them on expenses. Our files are full of MPs with gluttony problems.. but I shouldn’t be telling you this, should I ?

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    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    The fact they are bringing back the fallen, liebour style, is an even bigger sign they are serious about forming a government.

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    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Paradise for Oaten: http://tinyurl.com/y2za88x

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    Get Digging says:

    seeing as my post of who owns the courts and cops I give you this.


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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    The coaches exist, he moved them on the map. If there is a problem it is because he is surrounded by traitors. The British people have let him down. Now where’s that Walther PP?

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Sarah’s signed up with my parliamentary escort agency for any of you whose tastes go in that direction. I can confirm that her diary is free for the rest of the month, so there should be no problem arranging a rendezvous.

    I’m afraid that Gloria del Piero is booked solid till after the election, but she’s expecting to have a lot of free time after that.

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    QWERTY says:

    Fuck the BBC. They are claiming that the one eyed jock twat is doing a great job, but Sky interviewing people in Spain saying what an utter fuck up the jock twat had made.

    Note the BBC say “Government plans” when it’s a fuck up but “Gordon’s plan” when things are going well.

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    Martian Day says:

    I’d also like to be the first to say that Gordon’s performance in the next Leaders Debate in two days time was masterful and he won hands down.

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    Give her a job says:

    that girl will go far

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    Disaffected says:

    Is McBride back on this blog? Now that Darling is moving out of No 11 does that mean Balls will have McBride as a house guest to share Cooper with- as the opposition chancellor? Presumably Cooper will be his shadow secretary spokewoman.

    Harperson is not interested in the way the leaders wives dress, probably because she is more attractive with a bag over her head. perhaps all female MPs should dress in black and wear a veil to cover their faces- it would then make Harperson equally unnatractive as her counter parts per Harperson’s equality legislation.

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    cheche says:

    Has any else noticed how that its Boris Johnson’s Dad and Clegg’s kids who have got home with government help, while the rest of the Brits are left abroad

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    david says:

    All for a fur-lined top hat!

    Gordon’s gaffed again today – he IS totally useless! He told the world yesterday to travel to Milan and board one of the 100 free buses (paid for by the UK) which would whisk them away to the Channel ports.

    People turning up at Milan airport today are finding that this is all hot air. When my cousin told the airport authorities (at 3pm today Tuesday) that Gordon had promised a coach – the frowning Spanish gendarmerie said (in Catalan – I translate) ‘you don’t believe that idiot do you -everyone in Spain knows that he is as mad
    as a hatter – whatever that is”. “El honor es mi divisa- get back to Liverpool – you can walk all the way as far as I am concerned!”
    After a slight altercation my cousin ended up in the local “casa cuartel’ in very short time.

    The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’, like most phrases, has its basis in a curious and long forgotten fact.

    In his novel of 1850 Pendennis, William Thackeray uses the phrase to imply anger, as opposed to madness:

    We were talking about it at mess, yesterday, and chaffing Derby Oaks – until he was as mad as a hatter.
    The phrase was later used to imply madness, or at least eccentricity, as demonstrated by Tom Brown’s Schooldays, when Thomas Hughes described someone as:

    a very good fellow, but as mad as a hatter.
    Dementia was indeed a common ailment among 19th Century hatmakers, as exemplified by the most famous literary example, the lunatic host of the tea party in Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland: the Mad Hatter himself. The earliest mention of a ‘mad hatter’ appears to refer to one Robert Crab, a 17th Century eccentric living at Chesham, England. He gave all his goods to the poor and lived on dock leaves and grass. Carroll, however, seems to have based his mad hatter not on Robert Crab, but on a certain Theophilus Carter – not a hatter but a furniture dealer – who was known locally as the Mad Hatter, partly because he always wore a top hat, and partly because he was quite an eccentric and produced some wacky inventions. Makers of felt hats would indeed often drool, tremble, talk to themselves and have bouts of severe paranoia, for reasons that will become clear. Both in Europe and North America they were the eccentrics and madmen of the clothing trades, which gave rise to the phrase as used today.

    These hatmakers used the softest of felts for their hats and these felts were originally derived from one of two animal pelts: beaver or rabbit. Beaver was the pelt of choice, though rabbits were more plentiful, hence cheaper, so were often used. However, rabbits had very short hairs that required treatment. To soften and mat the hair, hatmakers used a heated solution of mercury (II) nitrate. Every one of these hatmakers had a vat of this nitrate heating away in his workshop. This process was known as ‘carroting’, as the treated fur turned orange. Not being an era known for its decent working conditions, ventilation was poor.

    What these hatmakers did not know was that their mercurous nitrate, though inorganic, was still highly toxic. Though not as deadly as its organic cousins, severe renal and gastrointestinal problems can occur. To add to that unpleasant prospect, given that mercury tends to travel rapidly through the bloodstream to the brain, other symptoms of poisoning also include drooling, trembling, memory loss and psychotic behaviour. The hatmakers, without knowing it, were poisoning themselves in their workshops in their efforts to craft felt hats for the people about town. The common sight of these muttering tradesman gave birth to the phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ and, later, Carroll’s demented character.

    Due to the trembling, this condition also became known as St Vitus’ dance. It was thought that joyous dancing in front of this Sicilian saint’s statue could bring good fortune throughout the year. The trembling, poisoned hatmakers were said to resemble these dancing devotees seeking a good year. In Danbury, Connecticut, one of the centres of the hat trade in the the United States, the conditon became known as ‘the Danbury Shakes’. To add to this, the people who wore the hats themselves would often develop similar symptoms.

    All for a fur-lined top hat.

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    Norvern git says:

    Speaking of non-flying,

    With the lack of air traffic over our green and not so pleasant land, does this mean that we have fullfilled our target on C02 emmisions?

    Just a thought.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    The only coach going to Madrid is Rafa Benetiz.

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    thespecialone says:

    Clegg is doing his Party Political Broadcast telling absolute porkies. Lib Dems are whiter than white and will clean up politics. The trouble is is that it is going out at prime time and millions will believe him.

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    barefootcontessa says:

    Sarah Teather looks like an eager chipmunk on heat. And so earnest too.

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    Lord Sucrose says:

    Where’s my bleedin’ money? I give Labour half a million and they’ve gone an’ lost it. With regret Gordon … you’re fired!

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    Dave Has Single Handedly Lost the Tories the Election says:

    Judging by the above comments from the tory trolls none of them is able to answer the question: why does a millionaire like David Cameron have a mortgage.
    What a fucking carry on, eh?
    The only conclusion that can be drawn is that David Cameron has made fraudulent and wholly unnecessary allowance claims to steal 1700 pounds a month from the hardworking taxpayer to pay interest on a mortgage he does not need and that was specifically taken out to maximised his allowance claim.
    Why would a multi-millionaire have a mortgage when they can afford to buy a house outright? It is unanswerable and indefensible and at least the tory trolls here today have not been so foolish as to attempt to defend David Cameron’s untenable position.
    Dave’s dodgy, he simply cannot be trusted to run the country when, at the very first opportunity, he sought to defraud the taxpayer.
    Ever get the feeling you’ve been ripped off?
    You will if you vote Conservative.

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    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    What was a Spanish policeman doing at Milan airport?

    i’d put Miriam Durantez in charge. We’ve got a Spanish office manager and those girls don’t fuck about. Make the English look organisationally sub-normal

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    Leaky pipes says:

    What the fuck is that narcissistic wanker Jamie Oliver doing on Randall & Boulton. Obviously they got a nice little bung for it. Heeeeeeees a geeeeeeezer, riiiiight. Fuck me are there no more pressing issues?

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    alex says:

    He can cook fuck all, banging on about a book.

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    Unsworth says:

    Why don’t these pillocks understand that sometimes the best thing to do is to say absolutely fuck-all? Reilly is a political numbskull.

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    You could balance your pint on her head while she was ‘soliciting your vote’ but otherwise I fail to see the attraction.

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    It comes to something when a bunch of kids can put Brown on the spot more effectively than all the Andy Marrs in medialand. Although the full programme is mysteriously unavailable (thanks unbiased BBC), the snippets I have seen on his expense claims and immigration are so revealing that I think they deserve a wider audience.

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    Milan is not in Spain, you twat. I think you meant Madrid?

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    Simon Hughes MP seeking re-election says:

    I’m right behind you, Mark.

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    Scottishnotracist says:

    Scottish Tory Grandma recalls that in Scotland ‘a clegg is a wee beastie that sucks blood” How appt.

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    please look at my website! click name for the link! if 10 million people want to rip themselves off, why should we stop them? WHAT WAS THAT MORTGAGE FOR AGAIN???

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    I thought he wasnt part of the campaign says:

    Lord Rennard was on Radio Ulster this morning defending Clegg.

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