May 4th, 2010

Not So Pink ‘Un

FT-CCCP-thumbnailIs Guido being too cynical?  After 23 years of opposing the Tories the FT this morning grudgingly switches editorial support to them. Have the Tories suddenly become europhiliacs? Could it be anything to do with both the re-invigorated Wall Street Journal and City A.M. eating into their readership?

Both those financial papers defend their capitalist readers and take a more robust line, whereas the FT is mainly read by foreigners and the global elite’s limousine liberals.  The FT even backed Neil Kinnock against Margaret Thatcher and it is where Ed Balls cut his teeth as a Labour propagandist.  Maybe it has finally dawned on the pink ones that their falling circulation might be a result of insulting and irritating their overwhelmingly capitalist readers…

See also City Boycotting the Lefties at the Pink ‘Un


  1. 1
    Gordon ( SoldGoldAtThe ) BottomBrown says:

    No FT;no comment.

  2. 2
    Manish Sood says:

    NORTH-west Norfolk’s
    Labour candidate
    has blasted Gordon
    Brown, calling
    him “the worst Prime
    Minister” Britain has
    ever had.

    Speaking from his Leicester home, Manish Sood (38), told the Lynn News: “Immigration has gone up which is creating friction within communities. The country is getting bigger and messier.

    “The role of ministers has gone bureaucratic and the action of ministers has gone downhill – it is corrupt

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Even the BBC is finally shifting its pro-labour emphasise to the Conservatives.

    Less about impartiality and more about supporting who it thinks will get in power and thus protecting their TV licence fee.

  4. 4

    I’m absolutely knackered from my French self-defence class last night.

    I’ve never run so far in all my life.

  5. 5
    sceptical says:

    You are spot on, Guido.

  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    Why did Sue put me with this bigoted candidate? Its just ridiculous.

  7. 7
    Sarah Tweet says:

    Okay, truthfully I was a bit nervous doing tv interview – even with lovely @reallorraine

  8. 8
    BrownFullOfBrown says:

    As long as Balls gets Portillo’ed, I’m happy. Want to see that smug cnut get his just deserts…

  9. 9

    I can’t see an end.

    I have no control and I don’t think there’s any escape – I don’t even have a home anymore.

    Definitely time for a new keyboard.

  10. 10
    Gorfoons Blownit all says:

    brown says he will go if he can no longer make a difference -and boy what a difference he has made.

    doubled national debt
    bankrupt the country
    made it illegal to have free thought, let alone free speech – Hate crimes
    sent the military into action under resourced
    blown the labour party apart – so may be they weren’t all bad things let the blood letting begin on Friday.

  11. 11
    BrownFullOfBrown says:

    No you’re fcking rediculous. End of.

  12. 12
    happy man says:

    This woman is such a fuckwit, who gives a shit what she thinks, she just likes hanging out with violent thugs like Gordon and Naomi.

  13. 13
    Longbow says:

    The news of this election is Dave with 48 hours to go, has not sealed the deal.
    If I was a Tory I would want his head on a silver plate for being a mong

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Wishful thinking – the postal votes will have it

  15. 15
    Rigsby says:

    He is on SKY now totally battering Brown – the country is moving close to anarchy, the PM is a disaster for the country and should apologise to it, and the Queen, sound chap.

  16. 16
    Calamity Clegg says:


    DEFENCE…………………………………WE SURRENDER !
    PRISON…………………………………..WE SURRENDER !
    EURO……………………………………….WE SURRENDER !

  17. 17
    Pickfords says:

    Most couples moving house from London to Fife in just three days time would be at home packing and not sitting on the sofa chatting with “Real Lorraine”.

  18. 18
    Well said that man says:

    Manish Sood is a breath of fresh air.

  19. 19

    Its offical everyone now hates Gordon Brown, with the FT now coming out for the Tories, even deep inside tucked away, his wife Sarah hates Gordon.
    Hitler would more electable then Gordon at the moment

  20. 20
    Geordie Scoot says:

    It is a measure of how far we have sunk under Labour that even the FT begrudgingly backs the Tories. However, it does also say that Labour “will benefit from a spell in opposition” which heavily suggests that the FT backs them to return in 4-5 years. Perhaps their readership would hope for a more permanent absence from power.

  21. 21
    Sarah Twatter says:

    Mind you, I’m even more nervous living in the same household with Janus-faced Gordon. One minute he’s polite ( to my face ), next minute he’s calling me a big-gutted woman.

  22. 22
    Mrs B says:

    The FT used to present a reasonably unpartisan line until the early 90’s. I always thought its subsequent (rather unbelievable) defection to the left was staggering, considering its readership.

    The point about Balls is that he knows how failed and broken his corrupt little party is, which is why he urged people to vote Clegg to keep propping up Brown in power. I hope people are going to take him at his word and vote tactically to kick the useless twat out of his constituency in West Yorkshire.

    PS Dr Fox on R4’s “Toady” this morning was superb, I thought.

  23. 23
    Susie says:

    I think it’s their thoroughly pragmatic readership — they let Neil Hume and Bryce Elder know their state of mind every morning on the Markets Live blog. Despite reading the FT (so other LibDems don’t have to) they’re not too impressed by Vince Cable either.

    A few months ago a local LibDem councillor whose council had just lost £9 million in Iceland banks, said “our Treasurer is far too busy to read the FT…” Says it all.

  24. 24
    Labour are parasites says:

    Labour’s Civil War has started.

  25. 25
    PICK(nose)FORDS REMOVALS says:

    We’re transporting his bogey and snot collection

  26. 26
    Hugh Janus says:

    “Maybe it has finally dawned on the pink ones that their falling circulation might be a result of insulting and irritating their overwhelmingly capitalist readers…”

    Not at all cynical Guido. Pragmatism always makes it in the end, even for the poor old FT.

  27. 27
    Anthony charles lynton blair bow street 1983 says:

    Gordons a bent kinda guy like me.

  28. 28
    Sir William Waad says:

    Guido, old chap, I thought you meant the Farming Times, a much better read than the old Football Pink. Apart from cheeky Lucy Kellaway, all you get in the FT by way of editorial is the usual pointless economic guesswork, a turgid interview with Armand Gosse de Riches of Q-RAP International, advertorial supplements and a bit of half-baked Labour propaganda.

  29. 29
    Nowt so queer as folk says:

    “What has happened to this Country..are the people really so stupid?”

    Considering “the people” voted for a Labour government three times on the trot, need you ask?

  30. 30
    Nigel S says:

    What do you reckon his chances are?

    Norfolk eh?

  31. 31
    Hugh Janus says:

    I am gravely insulted. Now, where’ that deed poll form….?

  32. 32
    Ed (youcayshun) Balls says:

    We’ve been working hard on their kids.

  33. 33
    jgm2 says:

    They used to have a good sports section.

    And Lucy Kellaway is shit.

  34. 34

    27% immmigrant and 1% loony ethnic I’d say.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    For sale: One French rifle. Only dropped once. £25 ono.

  36. 36
    I would vote for him. says:

    He’s on BBC news now talking utter sense and giving Gordon a reet gud kicking.

    I would vote for him.

  37. 37
    Mr Ned says:

    Labour candidate Manish Sood continues his attack on Gordon Brown. The prime minister’s recent policies are a “disaster”, including the rise in income tax, he tells Sky News. True Labour values have “gone missing”, he adds, arguing that the party needs to be cleaned up.

    I never thought that I would agree with a labour candidate, but he is right!

  38. 38
    Mrs B says:

    The roads will be clogged for days.

  39. 39

    Loved it – as a well integrated second generation British Hindu, Mr Sood probably speaks for most right-thinking people in the country, even if he is still a socialist.

    I’m waiting for the heavies to try to spin their way out of this one…

  40. 40
    Gobshite says:

    Ooooooh, yeah, ooh, yeah

    Everythin’, everythin’, everythin’s gonna be alright this mornin’
    Ooh yeah, whoaw
    Now when I was a young boy, at the age of five
    My mother said I was, gonna be the greatest man alive
    But now I’m a man, way past 21
    Want you to believe me baby,
    I had lot’s of fun
    I’m a man
    I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
    That represents man
    No B, O child, Y
    That mean mannish boy
    I’m a man
    I’m a full grown man
    I’m a man
    I’m a natural born lovers man
    I’m a man
    I’m a rollin’ stone
    I’m a man
    I’m a hoochie coochie man

    Sittin’ on the outside, just me and my mate
    You know I’m made to move you honey,
    come up two hours late
    Wasn’t that a man
    I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
    That represents man
    No B, O child, Y
    That mean mannish boy
    I’m a man
    I’m a full grown man
    I’m a natural born lovers man
    I’m a rollin’ stone
    I’m a hoochie coochie man
    The line I shoot will never miss
    When I make love to a woman,
    she can’t resist
    I think I go down,
    to old Kansas Stew
    I’m gonna bring back my second cousin,
    that little Johnny Cocheroo
    All you little girls,
    sittin’out at that line
    I can make love to you woman,
    in five minutes time
    Ain’t that a man
    I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
    That represents man
    No B, O child, Y
    That mean mannish boy
    I’m a full grown man
    I’m a natural born lovers man
    I’m a rollin’ stone
    I’m a man-child
    I’m a hoochie coochie man
    well, well, well, well
    hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
    Don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me child
    don’t hurt me, don’t hurt, don’t hurt me child
    well, well, well, well


  41. 41
    Fishy events says:

    Off topic:

    Guido a question for you – what has happened to that trial of 4 Labour MPs accused of expenses fraud? I thought another court appearance was due about now. Or have Brown & Co got news of it suppressed?

  42. 42
    Al says:

    Longbow, drunk on Strongbow.

  43. 43
    Quantrill says:

    The Paris garrison surrendered last night when fireworks were let off at Euro Disney.

  44. 44
    Longbow says:

    That man has clearly been impressed by Griffin’s manifesto, well well well

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Brown on GMTV states if he looses he would rather do charity work ( spend other peoples money-no change there then) than go into business ( who the fuck would employ him?)

  46. 46
    Catsinasack says:

    Balls and Hain jockeying for position this morning.

  47. 47
    Jack says:

    Who owns the FT ??!

    At least one of them is expat…and has been for years…

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    It’s on election day, so its unlikely the msm will report on it

  49. 49
    Mark Oaten says:

    Of course they are. It appears that they will vote yet again for the LibLabCon cross party thieving consensus who have been shitting upon the electors with gay abandon.

  50. 50
    Nick Clegg says:

    How do you keep your flags so white?



  51. 51
    Adios el Gordo says:

    Vote tactically to keep brown out.

    vote Tory

  52. 52
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Brown in Lorraine Kelly (tough interviewer – not) if I lose at GE I will turn my efforts to charity work “as I want to make a difference” desperate stuff. Cringe TV.

  53. 53
    Quantrill says:

    Brown commits Hari Kari, Clegg vanishes and Cameron still manages to lose the election.

  54. 54
    Mr Ned says:

    At least his won candidates are not touring the news studios slaughtering him with less than 47 hours before the polls open…

    Unlike Brown:

    “A Labour candidate has said Gordon Brown is the “worst prime minister Britain has ever had”, a newspaper reports. In an interview with the Lynn News, the candidate for North West Norfolk, Manish Sood, also says he believes immigration is making the country “bigger and messier”. It is reported that he believes the death penalty should be brought back and that the Queen should have more powers. Labour candidate Manish Sood continues his attack on Gordon Brown. The prime minister’s recent policies are a “disaster”, including the rise in income tax, he tells Sky News. True Labour values have “gone missing”, he adds, arguing that the party needs to be cleaned up.”


    Brown is a BIGOT!

    Brown Is Gone On Thursday!

  55. 55
    barefootcontessa says:

    Manish Nood – on the ball!

  56. 56
    Nick2 says:

    Who cares what the FT thinks? No FT reader I ever knew bought it for the leaders – it was the reporting, the analysis & the financial data that made it worth buying.

    Are the current crop of FT readers more likely to vote Tory simply because their daily paper told them to? I think not.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    why do the French have those beautiful tree lined roads? So the Germans can march in the shade!

  58. 58
    Benjamin says:

    Like the hedgies…

    I have just moved £ 3 billion from Moscow to Shanghai and am shorting the shit out of Sterling and Gilts at the moment…

    Get the thrust ?

    And my company is based in Hampstead…

    What do I care if the Brits starve ?

  59. 59
    jgm2 says:

    The first tactic will be to make sure this gets no airtime. If it isn’t reported then it doesn’t matter. Mandy will be on the phones directing the BBCto ‘announcements’ here there and the far place to keep them running around instead of pursuing this story.

    If Labour fail to close down the story then they’ll reveal whatever dirt they have on him already. Maybe dodgy expenses from when he was a councillor (was he?), and MP, homosexual, playing away, drug problem whatever.

    They’ll have some shit on him. They only seem to place people into winnable seats that they can control through threats so they’ll definitely have some shit on him.

  60. 60
    NURSE!!!!!! says:

    This is not going to be good for Gordon’s health and the safety of those around him.

  61. 61
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    How many more times!1 Never under estimate the sheer stupidity of the majority of the UK population.

  62. 62
    Adios el Gordo says:

    of course he would.

    he would be crap at business – first day in his expenses would be a balls up and he would have overspent by a few million.

    Charity work right up his street- paid a fortune to travel the world and patronise the poor – why can’t he get a job bringing peace to the middle east like blair?

    there must be loads of charities he can support in kirkcaldy.

    why doesn’t he become a phone tester at nokia?

  63. 63
    Mr Ned says:

    The only thing to prevent Cameron winning this election is the insanely pro Labour boundaries. The tories are slaughtering labour in the opinion polls, but they need a knockout to just get a draw.

  64. 64
    Tony blair says:

    Wash your mouth out. There is good money to be made from charity work and what is more it is UK tax free.

  65. 65
    Quantrill says:

    Latest plan gleaned from “Today” is that Brown intends to stay on as PM in the event of losing the election and to form a coalition with the Limp Dems within 2 weeks which will enable Labour to stay in power and complete the destruction of Great Britain.

    We are doomed Mr Mannering, doomed I tel ye.

  66. 66
    jgm2 says:

    Too late.

    The stampede for the door will trash the currency and all UK denominated assets.

  67. 67
    Liberals are wankers says:

    Crime reduction’s good one for the list; the LimpDims had a cunning plan not long ago to cut the number of burglaries by fining any household that didn’t have a burglar alarm.

  68. 68
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    The French flag should be a white cross on a white background.

    The French put their hands up when a car backfires.

  69. 69
    Calamity Clegg says:


    DEFENCE…………………………………WE SURRENDER !
    PRISON…………………………………..WE SURRENDER !
    EURO……………………………………….WE SURRENDER !

  70. 70
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    He can ride home to jockland on his rocking horse.

  71. 71
    barefootcontessa says:

    The French were having their lunch when the Germans marched in.

  72. 72
    barefootcontessa says:

    He’ll never go back to kirkcaldy.

  73. 73
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    If this guy feels confident to speak out then it shows that Liebore’s spin machine is caput. No one fears Mandleslime (alias Grimer Wormtongue) or Alky Ali Campbell(end) anymore.

  74. 74
    Dixie dean says:

    At least the French celibrate their military. I was caught up in Paris in a traffic jam for five hours whilst some event was going on for their war heroes. The whole city was at a standstill and try as they might they still didn’t find one……I did suggest that the best way of identifying a French soldier was by his sunburnt armpits!!

  75. 75
    barefootcontessa says:

    Mr Clegg did very well out of Europe.

  76. 76
    barefootcontessa says:


  77. 77
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Fib Dums in Yellow = The perfect colour for the lentil eating surrender monkeys.
    Liebore in Red = Danger and bloodshed
    Tories in Blue = Clear blue skies of summer.

  78. 78
    barefootcontessa says:

    You silly boy!

  79. 79
    marcus aurelius says:

    used to subscribe to the FT. I told them six years ago to stuff their pro EU, pro Labour bollocks.
    I read City AM now.
    FT is like Liebour utterly fucked for a decade now. Good riddance to both.

    Let’s hope Balls and Eva are unemployed after Thursday. Let’s see who wants to pay their absurd salaries in a market economy. Can’t wait to see the whole pack of hoons on job seeker’s allowance. Let’s poll trade unioinists to see if they really want their subs paying for “research” from dross like this.

  80. 80
    barefootcontessa says:

    Or is it Spanish Mood? or even Manish Sood?

  81. 81
    Broon "I'm talking now" the loon says:

    Just listened to Victoria (can’t remember her surname) on Five Live giving Peter tosspot Hain a right kicking over his “people should vote intelligently” stance, ie vote tactically against the Tories. What a condescending asshole!

    I’m not a Tory, but it was a pleasure to hear a real interview for once rather than the usual pattacake drivel. Remorselessly ground the arrogant, hypocritical twat into the dust! Top gal!

  82. 82
    Committee for a Free Britain says:

    Surely Murdoch has enough flunkies to plug his dire dead tree press publications.

    Is demeaning yourself like this really necessary ?

  83. 83
    Brown's a Tosser says:


  84. 84
    Lord G says:

    Balls winning leadership would be great – another Kinnock that no one sane would be prepared to vote for…. Bye bye Labour

  85. 85
    Postal Vote says:

    FT way too complacent about high indebtedness and subsequent risk of high inflation.

    The have condoned Brown’s and the BoE’s printing of money, while the BoE’s pension fund held on to its index linkers.

    It’s only after the restructuring of Dubai Inc debt that they started qeustioning big deficits.

    Esp Samuel Brittan seems to have lost his marbles – apologies for the sneer

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

  87. 87
    no longer anonymous says:

    Is there a source for the FT backing Kinnock in 87? I read somewhere that this was the case but you only seem to hear about the FT backing Labour since 1992.

  88. 88
    Road Haulage Association says:

    In true socialist practise I think the Browns should have more than one quote for moving them to Scotland. Mr Pickford should not expect the job just because they moved the Blairs across London

  89. 89
    La' says:

    Here’s a charity Brown can get involved in:

  90. 90

    Is Guido being too cynical?

    No. Guido is not being too cynical.

  91. 91
    Quantrill says:

    Proper job

  92. 92
    Mahood Hussien (Burnley) says:

    Very cross I have no job now, the nice Labour man has told me he has no money left to pay me for filling in these paper I have been filling in

  93. 93
    Pink Trash says:

    The FT is a pretentious pink waste of space. One article back in the early 1980s had a headline saying the Soviet Union would run out of oil in 10 years time. I thought blimey I’d better read this. It turns out the goon who wrote the article had got his millions and billions mixed up- but it wasn’t just a typo because conclusions reached later in the article were based on this mix up. Total disgrace that this wasn’t checked before going to print. So much for the authoritative image they try to project.

    Did the FT predict the financial crisis? Did it hell – it colluded in it.

    Recently as a test I checked frequently over a week to see if the supposedly insightful FT would mention the controversial CFTC hearings involving massive abuse of the precious metal markets involving the Comex and the LBMA – guess what, not a bleeding sausage. What a stinking useless rag that paper is.

  94. 94
    I used to believe in democracy before Postal voting says:

    £338,000 profit on house sale in Brussels

  95. 95
    Katie T says:

    This isn’t exactly the headline Tories would want on the day the polls open (but how very true it is).

  96. 96
    ripple says:

    ..on the other hand CITY AM is rather good…unusual for a “free” paper..

  97. 97
    A tax dodging coffin dodger says:

    The next door apartment in our block is up for sale in Gibralter. I can also recommend a Bank which has links to Switzerland.

  98. 98
    Mahood Hussien (Burnley) says:

    How filled in your form

  99. 99
    Mahood Hussien (Burnley) says:

    Me second wife she say Not how must mean who

  100. 100
    Ex Pat Luxembourg says:

    Have they got a web site ?

  101. 101
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Like a Buenos Aires whore in a Borges short story, ain’t they?

    If the whore had been male, that is…

  102. 102
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Is it racialist to say that I like Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs?

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Oh fuck off

  104. 104
    A Cold One In The Kubo says:

    Time to revive this group:-
    (If Gordon Brown becomes PM im leaving the UK)

  105. 105
    Nick2 says:

    That commie Caroline Lucas is on DP talking about a ‘living wage’ that’s 60% of the average wage! Paid for by who?

  106. 106
    It's The Final Countdown says:

    Rats deserting a sinking ship. COME ON!

  107. 107
    Willsteed says:


  108. 108
    It's The Final Countdown says:

    Summed up perfectly by a comment I heard from a young person recently. “I wouldn’t vote Tory whatever”. The Liebour spin machine is all that some young people have ever known. They have been bought up with this constantly repeated line that Liebour is good and Tory is bad. Was it not Goebells who said a lie repeated often enough becomes truth….

  109. 109
    It's The Final Countdown says:

    The business community breathes a collective sigh of relief

  110. 110
    herewegoagain says:

    When I read it as a student
    it had pages of share prices for real companies
    and a bit about managed funds.

    Now the position is reversed,
    and people wonder why the economy’s in trouble…

  111. 111
    herewegoagain says:

    I suggest we close the market and hang people like you out to dry..
    No-one needs you anymore, here or anywhere else in the world.

  112. 112
    Last man standing says:

    “Have the Tories suddenly become europhiliacs?”

    Well they have just appointed Chris Patten as their prospective EU Commisioner.

    Cant get much more europhiliac than that…

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    My wife and I listened to him in awe! We agreed with everything he said apart from capital punishment.

    Manish for PM!!!

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Love the jokes re the French. However, I think you will find that we are the surrender monkies today.
    Look at the Navy’s behaviour when confronted by Iranian navy and pirates! Hold on, better ring up MoD and see if we can say “Boo” to the enemy.
    Drake must be turning in his grave.

  115. 115
    Rick Blaine says:

    You wore blue the Germans wore grey…

  116. 116
    Oxymoron Alert says:

    French war heroes?

  117. 117

    Nope, all good’uns.

  118. 118



  119. 119
    Henry's Afterthought says:

    If I could get the ammo, it would be a bargain at that price.

  120. 120
    BROWNED_OFF says:

    I stopped reading the commie pinko rag years ago…

    It’s so pretentiousness and smug!

    I suspect the main problem is that most of the staff are Guardian readers.

    The WSJ is a far better paper.

  121. 121
    VGER says:

    Try this.

  122. 122
    privates on parade says:

    Perhaps they’ve woken up to the fact that Brown is a financial fuckwit

  123. 123
    hong kong fuey says:

    Oh shit.

  124. 124
    tops and tails says:

    Fuck me, it’s Joe 90 again.

  125. 125
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    I have not read this shit comic for years but I still managed to avoid the housing bubble and the Sterling drop. So win-win. I can get everything I want without them.

    I also realise that I am still only as good as my latest deal. Let us see if their lukewarm conversion recognises this fact of life as well….

  126. 126
    Shoot Commies says:

    Really commie bitch. You and your comrades planning to set of some fireworks in some poor black neighbourhoods? Wouldn’t be the first time eh?

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