April 21st, 2010

Cable’s Soothsaying Blip

Having been the front man for the entire LibDem campaign until 45 minutes into the Leader’s Debate, Vince has all but disappeared into the background this week.  No longer the nation’s favourite politician, his soothsaying sage act is also washing a little thin. Inflation figures released yesterday were higher than Cable expected again at 3.4%, leading him to claim that “the inflation rise appears to be a blip caused by things that are out of our control...”

But that’s not how he saw it when he was reading his magical economic runes three months ago in January, then he said with his characteristic bluffer’s confidence “these figures are almost certainly a temporary spike.”  Doesn’t seem too temporary to Guido,* in fact when you print £200 billion and call it quantitative easing (as supported by Cable), you inevitably get inflation.

Perhaps if Clegg would let him back on the platform, he might be able to explain why inflation has remained high and got even worse over the last three months. Could certainly liven up this afternoon’s Chancellor’s Debate…

*Have you taken Guido’s advice?


  1. 1
    The IMF are coming to Tax the Bankers says:

    poor old vince didn’t see that coming


    • 7
      Goldman Sachs of Shit says:

      He only campaigned for it and called it correctly.


      • 17
        Can't remember my moniker says:

        Sorry, I know I’m ex-pat (only a moderate drinker mind), but who is this Vince Cable?


        • 58
          Crockfords says:

          Used to be a saint, I think.


          • The LibDems caught out bullshitting the electorate again says:

            Like his boss Clegg…St Vince is a false prophet. Like most soothsayers he issues generalities and picks up on a small thing that the person he’s talking to has said but not noticed and said…”I can see from your aura that you’re visiting your mother in hospital !” and when the gullible “mark” says “Why yes Mr Cable that’s right ! You must be a genious However did you know ?” not noticing that they are speaking in a hospital corridor and that they are carrying a bunch of flowers and a “Get Well Soon…Mum” Card. Cable will do untold damage to the economy if God forbid he’s let anywhere near the Treasury as part of the deal that Brown has to agree to to get Clegg to join the coalition. Bloody disaster waiting to happen


          • DNTT says:

            Saint Jude by any chance?


          • St Jude says:

            Sorry luvvie, even I can’t help this lost cause


          • Thats News says:

            Vince reminds me of a lecturer many years ago. He would always twist things round so that he could pretend he’d been right all along.


          • jgm2 says:

            Wasn’t a history lecturer at some Scottish technical college was it? A sinecure position while his KGB handlers decided where best to insert him into the system to cause maximum damage?


          • And when the public were actually watching says:


          • Busted Vince says:

            What they need to see…


          • LOL! says:

            Brillo has a rant.


          • If only George could land punches like this says:


          • Andy says:

            “When did you stop beating your wife?”

            “fallacious fucking c’unt”


          • Wavy Davy man of substance! and that substance is jelly says:

            All Wavy Davy ever did was show up for photoshoots with huskies bicycle around the place and squeak Blairite tosh like
            “We’re all in this together!”
            “Big Society!”
            Bit fucking rich to start crying if someone else does it better than him.


      • 128
        Disaffected says:

        Old man Cable also wanted to join the Euro, best he disappears into the background if Lib dems want to keep the mania rolling. I still don’t believe the polls, especially Yougov Liebour poll and the BBC Liebour broadcasting company, I genuinely think Dave will romp home. The real loser will be Brown. The Lib Dems will become the opposition with Brown nervously twitching from the backbenches as they discover and recall how Britain got in this mess. Darling will be back in Scotland trying to write and sell a book how he was beaten mercilessly by Brown’s henchmen-Balls, McBride and co. Balls, McBride continue with subversive ideas scheming with Unite and Whelan how to undermine the state and its leaders by smear campaigns. While Brown in his quiet moments jealously wondering if he could ever be as rich as Blair, but knowingly resigns that he was equally to blame for thousands of people unnecessarily dying in Iraq, is not a good a liar nor public speaker, economic half-wit and accepts he wrecked the wealth and immediate fortune of the UK. Finally, a soldier suffering PTS puts Brown out of his misery while the Lib Dems crow that the soldier would not have gone to prison under their leadership. On reflection of this unlikely hypothesis, perhaps I ought to consider voting Lib Dem!


        • 153

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          • Cast Iron Cameron says:

            Not like Dave’s real chancellor the Eurofanatic Ken Clarke.

            Ken Clarke says he could support a yes campaign if there was Lisbon treaty referendum. He also hinted that he would be opposed to any proposal for a separate referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU.


          • Ken Clarke says:

            Yoo Hoo!


          • “correcting factual inaccuracies”

            Sounds like a full time job with Gordon.


          • Axe The Telly Tax says:

            ‘registered your complaint on our audience log’ means ‘filed in the bin’


          • Hang The Bastards says:

            FUNNY THAT RESPONSE! Here is what I recieved today at 12:59:07

            Thanks for your e-mail.

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            Chris Summers, who normally works on the UK news desk for the BBC News website, was given alternative duties whilst being a candidate in the election, in keeping with BBC guidelines. His brief has been to keep the database of constituency profile pages up to date by processing newly published stories and correcting factual inaccuracies. He is not responsible for dealing with complaints or other editorial issues. These are dealt with by senior editorial staff.

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            Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.


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          • Kenneth Clarke says:

            Don’t forget I would be running the show at the Treasury not boy George


          • Old Holborn to run Cambridge’s Uglist Baby contest this weekend, subject to Cambridge Council Health & Safety audit.

            No, I’m not joking either



          • Duckfucked says:

            you fat Hunt i was almost over my duck watching me phobia and now its back


        • 154
          Cast Iron Cameron says:

          Not like Dave’s real chancellor the Europhile Ken Clarke.

          Ken Clarke says he could support a yes campaign if there was Lisbon treaty referendum. He also hinted that he would be opposed to any proposal for a separate referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU.


        • 265
          Penfold says:

          Well Kaletsky slagged him orff well and good. The man is an economic pygmy. And rather more ominously for the taxpayer an unreconstituted leftie who only joined the Lib-Dems when the merger happened, so we can expect nothing less than old fashioned tax and spend dressed up in a tarts/whores short skirt.


    • 14
      Meg says:

      Inflation is high because of the prices at the pumps. Darling, Gideon and Vince are not Mystic Megs


      • 23
        hmm says:

        I urge you all to vote Conservative this election. If you don’t, we could end up with a hung parliament between Labour and the Lib Dems.

        And as any 5 year old could tell you, when you mix yellow and red, you’re in serious danger of ending up with Brown.


      • 24
        jgm2 says:

        Prices at the pumps are high because of insanely high fuel tax and the pound in the shitter. Both caused by the Maximum Imbeciles woeful stewardship of the UK economy.


        • 38

          You can expect the beakers at the ONS busy throwing bread, petrol, convenience foods and booze out the basket and putting in iPods, LCD screens and KFC bargain buckets in a desperate attempt to get the inflationary figures lower, under the orders of the Prime Mentalist.


          • jgm2 says:

            And house prices. Got to keep them out of the fucking mix. The single biggest purchase most people make in a lifetime. Greater than all the money they ever spend on food, cars, holidays, anything else combined. Got to keep that fucker out of the statistics.


          • Brown's a Tosser says:

            jgm2: Agree with most of that and if people think inflation is high now god help them after this election if Brown or a dull kind of Orange get elected cos it is going to get far worse. Don’t get me wrong it will go up if the Tories get in there is no escaping that and remember who made it happen = Brown/NuLabour. You cannot pump £200 Billion into the economy together with other factors and expect that interests rates will stay low. Interest rates will have to increase and that means increased mortgage costs. We are in for a very rude awakening nobody is being told the true extent of this economic crises and its going to come down to who can best chart their way through it Labour/Libs/Tories. History tells us the Tories are best placed to get us through this mess. Definitely NOT Brown the total imbecile or a mix of Brown held together by a lib/lab pact.


          • Axe The Telly Tax says:

            A lot of people, under the age of about 40, have never experienced the fallout following a Labour government. They are in for one hell of a shock.


        • 88

          Prices are high because oil is purchased in USA $.
          Uk to US today on tourist rate = £1.469

          Someone has devalued the currency at a greater rate then the ‘pound in your pocket’ Wilson government.

          Who did that? who pushed up the price of all imports and added 25% to the price of pretty much everything. Which nonce reduced VAT, partly to disguise the QE inflation surge, but as that cost 1 billion a month it couldn’t be sustained? Now Vat has gone up, Inflation has gone up.

          Between 970 and 1979 inflation was NEVER lower than 10%. Mostly it was 17%.

          Fire up the Vauxhall Avenger its time to throw away your change.


        • 97
          Exchange Rate says:

          The pound has hardly moved against the dollar over the last 12 months. About the same price today as it was 365 days ago.



          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            Thats more or less true, same for € The big movements were well over a year ago now. But crude oil has been going up recently.

            And I’ve been wondering how the retailers managed to keep prices lowish for so long, when a lot of what they sell is imported. Perhaps a miracle, probably just “loss leading” of some sort – and that aspect of things is catching up with them/us/the economy.


          • Lead times for clothing is 12 months. This years Summer fashions were bought last June on the price of the $ then. They are only appearing in the shops now..since about end of February.
            That’s the inflationary increase now as this stock hits the shelves. f you did into those inflation numbers you’ll see clothing and footwear are leading the increases.
            Some products are different. Cards and stationary are mainly purchased in January. The increase there is around 25% on the previous January, which in itself was a 15% ish increase on 2008.

            Expect all goods to be increasing in price from about now. Can’t see those retail driven inflation increases coming down much.


          • Sorry Sock..modded for no reason.
            The lead times are your answer.
            Clothes in the shops today were purchased in summer 2009 at the higher for UK dollar rate.. The clothes in the shops last year were purchased at the $ rate summer 2008.


    • 43
      Brown Hater says:

      …maybe his halo has simply slipped and covered his eyes?


    • 298
      Busted Vince says:


  2. 2
    Eileen Critchley says:

    Blimey you’re on message today Guido!

    Someone been buying you drinks?


  3. 3
    Ken Lorp says:

    It always amazes me that Economists never really get the basics of economics!

    £200bn of extra cash in the economy is the real reason for the rising inflation rate – forget all this extra capacity. Rising interest rates are coming sooner than we think!


    • 10
      yawn says:

      wake me when we get the much hyped ‘Zimbabwe’ levels of hyperinflation touted on here for years


      • 16
        Billy Cotton's Band Club says:

        Wakey! Wakey!


        • 28
          Johny Bigtits Kit-Kat Club says:

          UK inflation 3.4%

          Zimbabwe hyperinflation from 2008/9

          The monthly inflation rate in Zimbabwe is currently running at 13.2 billion per cent, and could reach an all-time world record within weeks.

          The latest figures put Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate at 516 quintillion per cent. That’s 516 followed by 18 zeros.

          Yeah, they’re the fucking same aren’t they ?


          • English Viking says:

            Once it gets past 15% the consequences will be utterly devastating. It doesn’t need to reach mega levels, just to keep increasing the way it has done recently for a couple of years or so. Couple it with colossal debt interest payments, a colossal deficit, high gilt yields, mass unemployment, mass house repossessions, loss of AAA status (the markets are basically trading as if that has already gone) and a couple of insane, unwinable, extremely expensive wars and a continually devaluing Pound, you end up with unbearable conditions which could lead to civil unrest.


          • Captain Black says:

            Why are you quoting Zimbabwe’s 2008/09 inflation?

            For March 2010 it was running at an annual rate of just 3.5%. Just 0.1% higher than in the UK under NuLieBourPF.



          • Johny Bigtits Kit-Kat Club says:

            because that’s not the Zimbabwe hyperinflation that some here predicted is it stoopid ?


      • 25
        Blue Rosette says:

        You chose to ignore the tide coming in Canute, be at your peril.


    • 59
      Engineer says:

      Does economic theory cover the following?

      1) You can’t spend it until you’ve earned it.

      2) If you do spend it before you’ve earned it, you have to borrow it and then pay it back with interest.

      3) If you borrow too much and can’t cover the repayments, you’re in the soup.

      Or do the above not apply to national and international economics?


      • 68
        Ken Lorp says:

        the economist text starts with (pick one) …

        1) Assume that we’ve earned it, …. , now go and spend it.

        2) Assume that we borrow it, … , now go and spend it.

        3) Assume that we can cover the repayments, … , now go and spend it.

        Every economics paper starts with the word ‘Assume’.


        • 106
          South of the M4 says:

          First rule of prudent financial management. Anticipate all losses, expect no gains. Go from there. Least that is what this household has done.


      • 71
        DNTT says:

        If you’re a government, borrow too much and can’t cover the repayments, you print more money.


        • 72
          jgm2 says:

          Call it 200bn last year shall we?


          • DNTT says:

            Give or take a few bob.

            What’s the difference of a few billions between friends, eh Mr Bruin and Sir Fred?

            Buy beans and gold now. If Liebour win, get the hell out and head for sunnier climes.


        • 84
          Margaret says:

          ….you print more money and give it a posh name, like Quantitative Easing, and hope people won’t notice.


          • DNTT says:

            They’ll soon notice when their wages don’t increase in line with the rising cost of fuel and food. By then it will be too late for us “little people”.


          • jgm2 says:

            Inflation at 4.4% on one measure and Bob Crow just itching for a Cameron government.

            How are we going to keep public wage sector demands down when Brown has fucked the currency, printed 200bn quid, borrowed another 200bn quid and set loose the dogs of inflation to try and cover up his scorched earth economy?

            The vile CU*NT.


          • DNTT says:

            jgm: Let them strike. Starve the bastards back to the bargaining table.


      • 101
        Brown's a Tosser says:

        No your quite right they do apply but NOT if you are a Labour supporter and follow like sheep this total clusterfuck of a government. Christ most 16 year old could do a better job and I feel sure could certainly run a bus company which clearly this government cannot. Brown has a great deal to answer for and nobody in the MSM is holding him to account.


    • 77
      Sir William Waad says:

      Economists always say that their forecast wasn’t wrong, reality was out of step. Thus Dr Cable talks of a ‘blip’ and ‘things that are out of our control’ – yes, Vince, that ‘out of control’ thing is the real world.


    • 100
      Yank says:

      harvard yarders.or shit head economists as they are known as.


      • 207
        jgm2 says:

        My wife got a job years ago [in the US] with one of those hated investment banks that caused the global crisis that started in America and has fuck all to do with Gordon Brown. Fuck no.

        So she thought she’d better read up a bit about current business thinking blah blah. Anyway we got a subscription to the Harvard Business Review.

        What a load of facile bollocks. There was, I think, a single article in a 12 month subscription period that wasn’t utterly self-evident. Only one where I thought – Aaaaah, now that’s interesting. I can’t remember what it was about – I only remember the fact that in 12 months it was the only piece of new information they’d supplied. To a layman.

        And I do mean that. These were (presumably) faculty members and PhD types writing these articles. Utterly trivial. No business nor indeed any insight beyond that of a twelve year old. And not self evident in a ‘I’ve already done a business degree kind of way’ (I haven’t).

        Then you had the managers of this fucking investment bank sending e-mails to each other attaching ‘I thought you might be interested in this…’ and referencing some of this trite, self-evident shite. It seemed to be more a badge of membership that you’d bothered to order up a (company-expensed) HBR than anything else.

        If these cu*nts were truly deriving any new business insight from this self-evident crap then it explains how they thought lending hundreds of billions to muppets who had no hope of paying it back made good financial sense.

        Doesn’t excuse ‘em though.


  4. 4
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Any old Nazi could have told you printing money leads to inflation – even this one: http://tinyurl.com/4v2xt7


  5. 5
    St Vince of Hindsight says:

    My son by Margaret Beckett is doing a fine job, I’m with Nick


  6. 6
    Grilled Cable says:

    Vince is being Grilled by Brillo at 14:15


    • 51
      Brown Hater says:

      Now THAT will be fun!

      Go Brillo…………………………………


    • 269
      Anonymous says:

      Brillo & Flanders gave Darling a real roasting at the start of the show.See also Darling’s evasion of Brillo’s question on “boom & bust”


      • 299
        Brown Hater says:

        It would appear that he was well and truly bitchslapped by Brillo and Steff Eff. St Vince is a silly old duffer who believes that people are laughing with him and not at him.

        Will the BBC allow it to be shown on BBC1 or,2 ?

        Brillo is having a terrific GE campaign!


        • 315
          yawn says:

          same as the hardtalk, seen it all before
          Brillo hates vince and the libs and always has
          the one which mattered for the chancellors was two weeks ago
          and the only one we’ll be talking about for the next week is tomorrows


  7. 8
    Sarah Blog says:

    More news from Wales tomorrow – Hwyl Fawr!



  8. 9
    Pavlov's Bell says:

    Hyped up politics =hyperflation.


  9. 11

    Cable, was wildly stabbing in the dark, making predictions that he thought he wouldn’t have to back up, now the spot lights on the Lib Dems he looks like the toser he always was


    • 33
      jgm2 says:

      Why would the press be any more critical of Cable’s wild predictions than ‘no more boom and bust’, ‘best placed to weather the crisis’, ‘it started in America’ Brown?

      Brown has shown you can say any old shit you like and the press will just instantly forget it.


      • 132
        Brown's a Tosser says:

        Brown is certainly getting an easy ride other than from the general public and Radio one listeners!! He usually attends staged sessions with Labour supporters, really hard hitting that – not. Clegg/Cable will come under more scrutiny due to their rise in the polls but given the time left in the campaign this might prove difficult to convey to a very dissatisfied electoate who seem to be in a “plague on all your houses” mood. The liberals seem to have tapped into this mood understandably being the party with much fewer MP’s. This is going to be fascinating election roll on the evening of May 6th.


      • 171
        Disaffected says:

        No, the BBC will spin it and not cover any opposite view. When people complain about their impartial broadcasting policy, they will claim their journalists/presenters are too professional to stoop to this. Then they will put their customer service personnel to other duties when they find out they were really bias and bored with complaints of political bias. Meanwhile, Bad Al is laughing from behind the scenes at what he has orchestrated with the admirable help of McBride, Whelan and Unite.

        Blair gently distances himself while continuing to soak up the sun earning millions from his public speaking about the illegal Iraq war where he caused thousands to die and watching his property port folio grow- given to hm by UK tax payer- and now benefitting his children’s life styles. He is a capatalist while extolling the virtues socialism. I say he should be properly investigated, charged and prosecuted for war crimes and his assets seized for the widows and wounded military personnel.


    • 52
      Blue Rosette says:

      Toser? You mean tosser.

      Cable correctly called the 07 dump. Wasn’t that hard, even I called it.

      However being correct once doesn’t make one a genius – only lucky.

      Cable and academic boy wonder Clegg have much to learn, namely that the electorate will not be able to afford their policies and even if they were able, will be living in darkness with no heat due to the stupid and deceitful policy of no new nuclear power stations.

      Honestly this country is once again the laughing stock of the western world.

      Even the Commie countries have nuclear power.

      Well Britannia and her citizens will all be slaves at the rate this bunch of nincompoops are headed.


    • 240
      Johnny says says:

      Apply this to the Treasury and the BoE and you’ll see economists generally talk a load of pish. From 2001 onwards Gordon spent 5 or 6 years as Chancellor claiming we would quickly be back in the black and we have never even got close. Fancy graphs. Silly assumptions. And we have a Government using those predictions to decide future budgets. With the Treasury being wrong year after year it is no wonder we are in deep shit.

      They should stop trying to run the markets and engineer constant growth and get back to merely regulating them. They turned a blind eye to an obvious asset bubble by exacerbating the exclusion of housing costs from the measure of inflation they chose to target.


  10. 12
    St Vince of Hindsight says:

    That’s my boy!


  11. 13
    Dave now supports Quantitative Easing says:

    oh dear!


  12. 15
    BillyBob - Time for benefits reform !! says:

    Can just see it….. hyperinflation, low to zero interest rates for savers!!


  13. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Getting desperate, Guido? Promised job in a Tory regime under threat as Tories go under?


  14. 20
    Anonymous says:

    First egging of the election hits Dave


  15. 21

    BBC talking about inflation rising because of rising confidence? What?

    It’s about the crashing pound you cocks – that’s *all* it’s about. brown has *devalued* the pound, hence everything imported has risen in price, hence we have inflation. How feckin’ hard is it?

    lying sonsofbitches.

    Lying propagandist filth.

    how happy are we all to be FORCED to pay for the BBC this week, or go to jail? Does anything about that feel like freedom to you?

    At least stalin didn’t send people to jail if they didn’t buy Pravda.


    • 39
      jgm2 says:

      Inflation rising because of rising confidence? Did they really say that?

      And the Titanic sank because of rising sea levels no doubt.

      It’s just so hard to take in that the BBC would spout such utter shit. Pure shit.


      • 76
        Blue Rosette says:

        Why so hard?

        The BBC are the puppets for their masters.

        Get rid of the telly licence and all will be well. Well, it couldn’t get any worse.


    • 74
      backwoodsman says:

      remember, under the beeboid pro-labour veneer, there’s an inner limp dim, struggling to escape.
      A local guy just pulled into a layby for his bait. Parked in front of him was a Highways Authority transit and in front of that, up on the bank was a limp dim sandalista, struggling to nail a big election poster to a fence post. Putting on his high viz jacket and hard hat, he marches up to the sandalista.
      “Do you realise it is an offence under Section 34 of the Highways Act, to illegally errect or display any signage which may distract drivers ?”
      Exit one bearded sandalista, forlornly dragging his sign behind him.


    • 94

      I like the BBc. But they shouldn’t be allowed to do news. They can’t do it well. Leave the news to C4 and Sky.
      BBc stick to making houses out of lego, inviting people to cook things, looking in attics, celebrities doing the foxtrot, Daleks and telling you that you haven’t won the lottery.


  16. 22
    a surge of apathy says:

    ”the inflation rise appears to be a blip caused by things that are out of our control…”

    We should start calling this sort of remark, “laying a cable.”


  17. 27
    Greychatter says:

    Watching Vince Cable answering questions on last Sunday’s Political Show he seemed to me a very reluctant front man and I would think scared to death of the through of being in power with Nick Clegg.


  18. 29

    rising inflation, rocketting unemployment, strikes and threats of strikes, record debt, record defecit…., volcanoes…

    There’s something very familiar about all of this. Apart from the volcano.


  19. 30
    Sir Dando Tweakshafte says:

    This is all very unfair criticism of a very gifted man.

    I was told this morning that Mr Cable accurately forecasted the Icelandic Volcanic Eruption. Several years ago. Of course, no-one heeded his warnings…


  20. 32
    String emUp says:

    When is someone really going to explain exactly what PR entails. There seems to be some kind of idea that it is like what we have but fairer. If , as would probably be the case , it is the list system then it means that there will never ever be another Portillo moment. Such “important” people ensure their names are near the top of the list and will almost certainly get returned. If there were to be a politician that is really objectionable to many , the so and so will just keep getting back in. No names please because we can all think of several candidates


    • 111
      I Remember You Hoo says:

      PR is a con trick on the electorate, designed by the ruling elite to ensure eternal power to the selected few, no matter how dismal or corrupt they are in office.


    • 170

      Alternative vote is not Hunting PR – it isn’t proportional.

      If every one of us simply punches anyone who says AV is a type of PR, then perhaps the message will filter.

      Anyway, the GlibDems are no longer talking about PR – now it’s all “fair votes” bullshit. “Fair! Fair! Let’s all say “fair” together as it it means anything!” twats


  21. 34
    Lizzie says:

    David Cameron has been hit with an egg while campaigning in Cornwall, could the same chicken from yesterday be responsible.


    • 49
      jgm2 says:

      Did Dave make sure his protection officers were to hand before giving the chap a good punch in the gob?


  22. 35
    Calamity Clegg says:


    • 66
      Dipshit Dave says:


      • 79
        On Tat the Twat's back says:

        Find summat else would ya tat. There’s a good little troll.


      • 104
        the gang of five says:

        Sheesh, not this fucking vid again FFS!!!


      • 109

        Ooh! look, a video of dave making a dick out of himself. Now where have i seen this before, mmm……………………………………..Oh yeah, now i remember, i’ve seen it here about 50 FUCKING TIMES, every time a new thread is created we get the same fucking videos over and over and fucking over again.

        You must be the most boring, lonely and witless fucker ever to crawl upon this earth.

        Get some individuality and originality. In fact, don’t bother.

        Just fuck off.


        • 119
          greg says:

          It’s all they’ve got left in the bunker.


        • 125
          no chance fuckwit says:

          go take a running fuck to yourself you petulant twat


          • Is that all you’ve got, fucking feeble. ‘Take a running fuck to yourself’, did you make that up all on your own?

            Owned again you c*nt.


          • fuckwit detector says:

            Lately I’ve been getting the smell of spedo shortarse doing a very bad tat impression.


          • mongbleat chump says:

            how about, take your pathetic pissing and whining and shove it back down spineless shill toryboy throat when you remove Dave’s cock from there

            you monkeypumping pussy

            epic fail from the mongbleating chump yet again


          • fuckwit detector says:

            Fuck off s’pedo shortarse, we know it’s you.


          • On Tat the Twat's back says:

            I still want to suck your knob tat dear. How big is it? I do student discount if you’re short.


          • ROFL!!! says:

            thick as thieves


          • I’m not going to get involved in a running bitch fight up and down this thread, Fawkes’s thread on Prescott’s shennanigans a week or so ago was ruined by just this sort of shit.

            I have work to do Thieves/mongbleat/anon.

            I suggest you do the same, or at least go and look for a fucking job.


          • Blonde Girl says:

            i wish they’d ban this guy, tat. Nobody likes him


          • so bored of tat talk says:

            i just wish everyone would shut the fuck up about tat; people pretending to be him, people going ‘… said tat the cowardly ‘, ‘hi tat how’s the blog’ etc etc ad nauseum ON EVERY FUCKING POST EVER MADE ON THIS BLOG

            it’s just a *little* bit old now, and diverts the attention from all the Mandy jokes and stuff about poo and giraffes


    • 118

      Ooh! look, a video of Clegg making a dick out of himself. Now where have i seen this before, mmm……………………………………..Oh yeah, now i remember, i’ve seen it here about 50 FUCKING TIMES, every time a new thread is created we get the same fucking videos over and over and fucking over again.

      You must be the most boring, lonely and witless fucker ever to crawl upon this earth.

      Get some individuality and originality. In fact, don’t bother.

      Just fuck off.


  23. 37
    Mrs Mhatcher says:

    Well Done Willie Walsh for calling the government’s bluff and flying 26 jets into the UK.

    Everyone needs a Willie.


  24. 40
    Mystic Clegg says:

    Beware of a man wearing Red who will promise you the earth and not deliver. The number 11 will be a lucky number for you this week but not next week.


  25. 41
    Lizzie says:

    Not so “invincible” after all.


  26. 44
    Anonymous says:
  27. 45
    Engineer says:

    Has been suggested by the Beeb (OK – probably not the most insightful source of economic comment) that the inflation rise is substantially due to fuel price increases. That’s partly down to a surge in oil prices, but mainly down to Sterling’s weakness against the dollar.

    The effects of recent government policies on the economy are beginning to be felt. Inflation is unlikely to drop soon; let us hope for all our sakes that it doesn’t become stagflation.

    The sooner we control government spending, the sooner we can stimulate the private sector into growth again. Messing about with more borrowing for the next five years will cripple the real economy.

    Throwing public money at the banks was a mistake – they should have been allowed to take the consequences of their own risk-taking and go broke. Government’s involvement should only have been to nationalise the retail arm of banks’ activities, and guarantee deposits. There would probably then have been no need, or a much lesser need, for QE.

    Cable backed QE. Cable was wrong.


    • 73
      ladle says:

      Cameron changed his mind about QE


    • 80
      DNTT says:

      Stagflation is already hitting the employees of lots of private sector businesses.

      No payrises for almost 3 years while the cost of living has increased by at least 12%.

      Idle wastrels in the public sector don’t realise how fucking cushy they’ve got it. And I for one am sick to death of paying more and more in taxes to pay for that shower of bastards.


      • 113
        Electorate warned..... says:

        At least the electorate cannot say that they haven’t been warned of the dangers awaiting the UK in the event of a “Hung Parliament”…Ken Clarke has iissued a “clear and present danger warning” and that the IMF could just be weeks away from putting the UK into administration in the event that there is no clear winner


  28. 46
    wooden spoon says:

    daves been hit by an egg, The mirriors payback , me thinks


    • 138
      Seventies Survivor says:

      …proving that the chicken (yesterday) comes before the egg.


    • 155
      Brown's a Tosser says:

      Labour twats throw Eggs careful Mr. Brown there are a few million out there willing to shoot rather than throw. The question is: is it vomit? or projectiles?


    • 203
      Hang The Bastards says:

      Looks like payback time for Brown… The eggs are out now.


    • 274
      Double Pie & Chips says:

      Why would someone egg him? Was it a Tory? Oh, it’s in effin’ Cornwall, the Land That Time Forgot. Been a Lib Dem stronghold for six thousand years. Says it all really.


  29. 50

    Vince should go back to counting paper clips for Shell. I predicted the downturn too, but a converstation over the hedge with a neighbour in 2006 counts for nothing.

    Cable and his cabal were allegedly in a position to warn government. But they didn’t. All they have done is indulge in a lengthy bout of hindsight prediction.


    • 216
      Running out of your money says:

      The inevitability of a crash has been fairly obvious sine 1997, when less than 1:7 on publi payroll, been going up ever since, now 1:3.5

      That’s socialism


  30. 53
    10 Dowsing Street says:

    The pendullem of politics swings from left to right.


  31. 55
    Palmistry says:

    Brown will go blind.


  32. 56
  33. 63
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    “YouGov this week asked the question: ‘How would you vote on May 6 if you thought the Liberal Democrats had a significant chance of winning the election’. A massive 49 per cent said they would vote for the Lib Dems.”



    • 77
      Fidel X Penses says:

      What a fatuous question. It’s the political equivalent of “If you were irresistible to women, do you think you’d shag a lot of birds?”


    • 83
      Canary Wharf Rat says:

      The next question should be: How would you vote on May 6th if a coalition between the Libs and New Lab resulted in Gordon Brown remaining Prime minister.


    • 85
      Blue Rosette says:

      The folk who make up the Court of Public Opinion, bless them, are not well educated, have sh*t jobs, are in debt up to their eyeballs, are clients of the State and breed like rabbits.

      Don’t pay too much attention, pray it rains on election day and praise the fact that even they are not quite stupid enough to vote for a party which will tax them more


  34. 65
    Tea Leave Reading says:

    Yet another pig of a politician will be outed as a corrupt trougher.


  35. 67
  36. 81
    Sky says:

    David Cameron has cracked a joke after being hit by an egg while campaigning in Cornwall.
    The egg, thrown by a protester, hit the Conservative leader on the back. It happened during a visit to a college in Saltash.

    Sky’s Joey Jones, who is with the Conservatives on the campaign trail, said Mr Cameron was not injured in the incident.

    “He was supremely relaxed about it,” Jones said.

    In a separate incident, the Tory leader was confronted by a person in a giant chicken suit on Tuesday.

    Mr Cameron joked: “Now I know which came first – the chicken not the egg.”

    More follows…


  37. 95
    Vince Cable says:

    I can assure you all that economic plans will be made on a toss of coins. Heads or Tales?


  38. 107
    Sir William Waad says:

    Cable wanted to be a footballer but he telegraphed every pass.


  39. 131
    St Tony Blair says:

    The thing about a halo is…..it can quickly become a noose around ones neck.


  40. 142
    watch out, watch out, there's a labour fuckwit about says:

    Labour’s machine now in first gear. Yesterday we had the miraculous conversion of a pissed off publican back into the fold after a chat with Brown. Then Dave gets accosted by the Mirror’s clucking chicken and today Dave gets egged. The most despised politician however has been confronted by no such obstacles.


  41. 156
    Capital Punishment says:

    The prat who threw the egg is identifiable so I wonder what a suitable punishment would be?


    • 167
      jgm2 says:

      Being outed as a Daily Mirror employee.


      • 181
        Leaky Pipes says:

        Probably not as he is a college student. Too high an IQ to work for the Mirror. Maybe the nice young chap should be offered an internship with the Dark Lord.


        • 212
          jgm2 says:

          How can Cameron have so incensed anybody they’d want to chuck eggs at him? What has he done to piss them off? He hasn’t destroyed the UK economy. He isn’t locking ‘em up for 42 days without charge.

          What, the fuck, is the twat playing at?

          Seriously. Who poisoned his young mind to the point where he’s chucking eggs at a chap who has had nothing to do with the Brownian clusterfuck?


          • Anonymous says:

            Sky news should get hold of him and ask him why he did it. It was not political, more like a student prank. However Labour will get hold of him and brief him.


          • rickilake (labour supporter) says:

            RT @indiaknight: Would have been more pleasingly alliterative if Clegg got egged.
            by SallyBercow via twitter at 4/21/2010 12:26:50 PM1:26 PM



        • 223
          DNTT says:

          Probably studying Meeja Studies. No need for a high IQ, just a subscription to Sky and Socialist Tosspot Monthly.


    • 191
      Local yokel says:

      Plod have let him go. Probably the best outcome really, move along now nothing to see. No doubt Gordon would have had the lad banged up under some terroism law, His DNA taken and detained without charge.



      • 236
        jgm2 says:

        This kid will have been poisoned from birth, just like a bigotted little-fucking-Scotlander, about the evil Thatcher and how she fucked the mines and closed the steel works or some-such shit. Vote Labour – they’ll look after you.

        The same way the soon-to-be-ex-Labour-government will be poisoning the minds of anybody still stupid enough to believe their version of events as to how the economy got to be so completely fucked and how Cameron just made all those cuts for a laugh. Just like last time. Because that’s what Tories do.

        I want out. What an awful fucking devisive shower of cu*nts. What a vile party Labour is.

        What pure, unmitigated scum. Poisoning their children’s minds like that.


    • 194
      rickilake (labour supporter) says:

      RT @indiaknight: Would have been more pleasingly alliterative if Clegg got egged.
      by SallyBercow via twitter at 4/21/2010 12:26:50 PM1:26 PM

      No egg throwing at anyone is the proper way to do politics


      • 243
        English Viking says:

        Egg and Clegg is not alliterative, it is rhyme (but don’t expect any reason from that silly bint).


    • 254
      Bless him says:

      Give the hoodie a vigorous hug.


  42. 157
    City Barrowboy says:

    Get your gold-painted tungsten bars here!


  43. 162
    Eugenic Brainwasher says:

    Vince can we have stagflation instead of hyper? Ta


  44. 180
    Blonde Girl says:

    It seems this “tat” character is getting his come uppance….. I bet he deserves it, meanie!!

    Blonde Girl


  45. 190
    Jacobi says:

    Remember Callaghan’s last Labour Government when inflation was running at 27%? Remember how they hid the true figure from the public, claiming it was much less?

    How come the costs of material from my suppliers has risen by over 15% year on year for the last three years yet this lot claim inflation is still under 4%?

    How come my import costs for the past 2 years have risen by over 25% yet this lot claim inflation is still under 4%?

    I’m not the only business in the country to be affected by price rises in the cost of materials or massive hikes in the cost of imports, all which can not be absorbed by the business but have to be passed on to the consumer.

    Who’s kidding who – Gordon – Alistair – Vince?


    • 279
      Manufacturer says:

      I have to agree here. We’re a manufacturing company and our material prices have doubled in many areas, nevermind the little increases.
      Then we get onto the issue of supply where it is now weeks and months rather than days, plus you have to pay more and higher volumes


  46. 197
    Sick of Labour says:

    This may sound childish but I will never vote Labour for as long as live. Totally sick of them!


    • 206
      Confused and sore says:

      I was told ‘vote Labour once and you won’t vote Labour again’. Or have I got that mixed up with ‘once you’ve tried black you won’t go back’?


  47. 198
    Rothschild must be laughing says:

    Why have all the three main parties got a bunch of INCOMPETENT TOSSERS in one of the most important roles in Government arguably more important than the Prime Minister i.e. the Chancellor?


  48. 201
    David Cameron says:


  49. 210
    Frampler says:

    For a former chief economist at Shell, he seems to be overlooking the fact that the rise in inflation is caused by the sharp increase in fuel costs. This is largely due to the weakness of the pound, which in turn is down the BOE’s QE programme lessening the value of sterling in the eyes of currency traders.

    A £200 Billion con trick ALWAYS has consequences, though I suspect the alternatives would have been similarly unpallatable, so cocked up were public finances thanks to the Scots Cyclops’ 10 years of bullshit.

    Still, Vince does strike me as smarter and more capable than that chump Osbourne, and he also has the advantage of not being Peter Mandleson or Ed Balls.


  50. 215
    Genetically Modified Pensioner says:

    Brown is a scumbag. Jog on Cock Rot


  51. 221
    Twat a Fuckwit when you see one. says:

    A Von Rumpoy fuckwit, twat him.


  52. 222
    jgm2 says:

    I HEAR A PLANE!!!!


  53. 227
    woodenspoon says:

    Any news on mandlebum and balls up ruck


  54. 229
    James says:

    Relly disgusted at the dedate in Scotland last night when the main culprits of the expenses scandal all sat as though butter wouldn’t melt, saying it had all been sorted, but not taking any blame for perpetuating the situation by voting down past attempts to change the rules.

    The LibDem man was the worst example of hypocrisy as he tried to come over as whiter than white when his party has taken thousands of pounds in donations from a man who was embezzling money and what is worse is they have kept the money after knowing about the crime, even although some, if not all of it, is likely to have been stolen.


  55. 235
    left always beats right says:

    haha tories getting egged, jog on losers you have lost the election.


  56. 241
    Fell off the chair says:

    Someone’s been winding Georgie Boy up, hes the most aggressive I’ve seen him and landing punches. Go on my son.


  57. 246
    Nozik says:

    I hope the members of the Nazi Labour Party all die of kidney cancer.


    • 280
      South of the M4 says:

      Why restrict it. There are hundreds of other form of cancer than can also prove fatal.


  58. 247
    Jed says:

    George Osborne is coming across very badly in the debate. Weak on policy and he sounds utterly devoid of enthusiasm. How is it posisble that after so long in opposition they are having to rely on the nebulous idea of a ‘Big Society’ and a promise to bring in a proposed hike in NI?


    • 253
      boy george says:

      He looks like Little Lord Fauntleroy


    • 272
      Spot the nob says:

      A promise to bring in? a proposed hike in NI? You dimwit its the opposite and even the great Vince had to agree that their manefesto leans towards getting rid of LABOUR’s proposed hike in NI. Grow some fucking brain cells.


  59. 248
    10K_Cleggie says:

    It’s not a 3-horse race – it’s a three-legged race!!

    I’m Jake the Clegg, diddle-iddle-iddle-um
    With my extra leg, diddle-iddle-iddle-um
    Whenever I diddle, on the radio
    My ratings in the polls – just grow and GROW!!

    (and then they shrink)


    • 284
      Mr Paul Mike Clegg says:

      Did you notice that the more those three argued the more they sounded like just the same old three tired old parties that got us into this mess in the first place.


      • 292
        jgm2 says:

        I think, if you’re being honest and review the last 13 years you’ll find it was really only one of those parties that got us into this mess.


  60. 252
    Danny says:

    Out of the 3 Cable is the preferred choice of the majority.

    Osbourne has a paper mache head and his mouth looks deformed by cocks (probably Mandelson’s and Alan Duncan’s in many a double suck). The most sickening thing is, he seems to have adopted the slimy insincere style of that diabolical piece of shit, Tony Blair. He just waves his arms about and make a pleading whining noise when he tries to speak.

    Darling is a bad joke. He was a member of the left-Nazi Marxist and Trotskyist gangs, set up to thieve off the poor, and man has he thieved. He is one of the worst criminals in parliament. The dirty evil little thief has quite a property empire (along with the pig-faced slag c’unt, Margaret Vaughan) all paid for out of taxes via fraudulant expenses claims. He is truly evil and in politics only to thieve as much as he possibly can, and grind his boot into the faces of the poor.


    • 260
      Sunset Times says:

      Brillo stuck the boot in again today but like the hardtalk it was watched by dozens and based on Brillos one trick of caling Cable honest before every question then complaining that he was the same as the other two


    • 261
      Animal says:

      Today’s debate put the spotlight on Cable – and he failed, big time. That inept performance under some decent questions will be shown time and time again. Cable will be YouTube’d into oblivion.

      Cowley Street will be a sombre place this afternoon. Cable is a walking pox for the LibDems.


      • 268
        Flanders says:

        It was no different than the hardtalk interview.


        • 289
          Brown's a Tosser says:

          Cable was bitch slapped full stop. You can say what you like and the MSM probably will, but it was a no contest Osborne clearly won this debate it was not even close.


          • Gideon's widdle bumchum says:

            shame he couldn’t have won it when it mattered
            it was Neil who did the talking not the twatty kid with the greasy hair


      • 275
        Danny says:

        As Osbourne says (usually on he knees), “one swallow does not make a summer”.

        Cable has a lot of goodwill and forgiveness in the bank. This weak performance will make him stronger next time.

        Brillo knows and employs all the dirty tricks barrister filth use to discredit honest witnesses. Naturally he’s loyal to that Nu Liebore black pig and the Tory arse bandit he has on his main show.


        • 290
          Animal says:

          Danny, you had your day in the sunshine and it melted your wax God Vince Cable.

          Don’t expect the public to be so forgiving now that Cable’s deceipt has been aired in public.

          You can expect the polls to start slipping back a little now Danny. Cable is not the expert you were duped into believing in, just an opportunist politician who got shown up and shut up.


          • The Daily Whowatchesit? says:

            sorry old fruit but the public still like Cable and they still liked him after Brillo Pad did the exact same thing on his hardtalk show ages ago

            keep on dreaming little buddy
            the big debate the public actually watched was two weeks ago


  61. 259
    Old Moores says:

    Song for Vince


  62. 263
    Sir Willaim Waad says:

    The CAA
    Kept flights grounded for many a day
    Hoping that Eyjafjallajokull
    Would shortly run out of fuel
    Until Lord Adonis
    Said “I wonder what that load groan is?”
    And sent out the call
    That it was safe after all.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    Other motto:
    Computer models are no substitute for experimental science.


    • 276
      South of the M4 says:

      The CAA’s strings were being pulled would be my guess. Gordo had a surge in popularity with terrorist bombs and floods 3 years ago, and he gambled on another surge from another crisis. Except that if the CAA and airlines were allowed to manage this situation then there would have been disruption but it would have been minimal. And it would not have been a crisis. So one was made. For him to manage.
      Except, he didn’t.

      Waste your money for no gain. It is what Brown does.


    • 301
      Computer says don't know says:

      Especially when same computer predicted BBQ summer and Mild winter


  63. 267
    Avuncular Vince says:

    I am now debunked.


  64. 270
    iain says:

    Well Vince, it was fun while it lasted.
    Now, kindly leave the stage…

    Good stuff from Osbourne today, and I never thought I’d say that. Darling was all blahblahblah, and to finally see a Tory sticking the boot into the woeful Labour chancellor, and making it personal, was long overdue.


    • 295
      Brown's a Tosser says:

      Your right. He needs to get as very upset and as angry as we the public are. NuLabour have wrecked the economy and they need to have that rammed down their throat and every possible opportunity.


    • 297
      Labour Scum says:

      Darling was barely touched and got away with murder.
      It’s still the Economy stupid and Darling needs to be destroyed not tickled.


  65. 286
    Hugh Paul Lyn Mike Clegg says:

    The other ones got bells on


  66. 288
    Tresgothick says:

    Brown and Mandelscum are laughing as the press and conservative machine judders to a halt to swing around and target the Lib-Dums. Even Darling got an easy ride today. That’s what happens when you are forced to fight a war on two fronts.


    • 296
      Brown's a Tosser says:

      Darling got an easy time! Sorry you are very deluded comes with being a Labour Troll I suppose. I just love objectivity.


      • 302
        Tresgothick says:

        I’m sorry but are you normally this cretinous? Nu-Liebore have left the economy for dead in the longest recession for decades. They can go hang. You appear to be one of these feckless indigent partisan trolls that infest these political sites. You attack everything and everyone that does not accord with you viewpoint as a Labour troll as you are devoid of all insight and intellect. That’s your error and misjudgement not mine. Darling should have been roasted over hot coals for what he’s done to the economy. If today was your idea of that then you really are as pitiable and partisan as your post suggests.


    • 304
      The Vince wince says:

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Dickhead


      • 318
        Hooray for the Bankers! says:

        The public thinks all Bankers are pure scum.




  67. 294
    Anonymous says:

    Are we – like the mainstream press – waking up to the Liberal Democrats at long last, and need to do the nasty party’s dirty work for them?

    It was Labour’s deregulation of the banks, egged on by the Tories, and exploited by bankers, which created this mess. And so far these parties have done sod all about it. Laughable to see the Tories campaigning for MORE regulation:D


  68. 300
  69. 319
    Hugh Paul Lyn Mike Clegg says:

    Sitting on a sofa on a Wednesday afternoon
    Going to the chancellors debate
    Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you’ve got to choose
    Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose


  70. 320
    Anonymous says:

    Cable learns that economies are hard to predict accurately. News at 10.


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