May 14th, 2010

Farm-Gate : Spelman’s Agri-Business, Bio-Tech Lobbying Past

On the campaign trail David Cameron said

“It is the next big scandal waiting to happen. It’s an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money.”

This week Cameron appointed Caroline Spelman to be the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  Obviously he feels that nanny-gate is all water under the bridge. Spelman’s long history in agricultural politics and lobbying somehow makes her an ideal candidate for the job in his judgment.

Spelman spent her days before becoming an MP in the agri-business, with a lobbying focus mainly on sugar beet, one of  the most heavily subsidised crops in Europe. She was the Sugar Beet Commodity Secretary for the NFU in the early eighties before becoming  Deputy Director of the International Confederation of European Beet Growers. Seemingly well connected in the field, Caroline and her husband Mark went on to set up “Spelman, Cormack & Associates” in 1989 as a food and bio-technology lobbying company.

For over ten years the new Secretary of State, along with her husband, lobbied the very department she now runs. Caroline resigned as a director less than a year ago and conveniently transferred her share of the company to her husband.  The company address was also changed from her constituency home, for which Spelman claimed around £40,000 on expenses for cleaning and bills, to their million pound London flat. According to the company accounts last year, no rent was paid on this “office” subsidised by the taxpayers.

Mark Spelman, who was also a Tory candidate (unsuccessful), uses both his name and his wife’s maiden name (Cormack) on his firm’s letterhead – that won’t hinder business.  After all, the Minister who is now the number one target to be lobbied has her name on the company letterhead. Caroline Spelman lobbied for the industry and is now in charge of negotiating quotas, subsidies and price tariffs with the EU Agricultural Council. Her “family firm”  deals with bio-tech clients that the Secretary of State is now responsible for regulating in the GM foods sector.   As a result of anti-competitive EU regulations and industry lobbying British consumers are forced to pay prices for sugar which are massively inflated in comparison to the rest of the world. Did Cameron know that she was so recently a shareholder in a  lobbying firm focused on Defra before he appointed her to the position?  Because the whole thing taints politics and shows the far-too-cosy relationship between lobbyists, government, business and money…


396 Comments

  1. 1
    Catflap says:

    Well Cameron did promise change.
    A change of snouts at the trough.

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    • 37
      YoYoYo says:

      I ant to cartoonify my face.

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        13eastie says:

        The rest of the obvious conflict of interests aside, why on earth should the Co. pay rent?

        The usual reason would be to effect a (trivial) corporation tax saving, but with the landlord already being a higher rate tax payer this would make bugger all sense.

        Were the “rent” to have been paid, Guido, you would be criticising the Spelmans for that.

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        • 101

          Because the taxpayers were paying for the property and her private enterprise should have been charged a market rent and the taxpayers gained some from her reduced expense claim.

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          • Yorkie says:

            Atta boy Guido keep going, the rulers always stink, “look at the new boss same as the old boss”, (Pete Townsend)….

            I really wish this ConDem coalition well but history teaches…………….

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          • 13eastie says:

            And anything other than a peppercorn for what presumably amounts to a postal address, a phone line and an internet connection (such as hundreds of thousands of directors provide free-of-charge to their businesses), would have invited other criticisms.

            Not sure this is a Shahid Malik…

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          • chrispy says:

            spot on Guido. Apart from the registered address does this consultancy have other office premises? Or do Mr Spelman and indeed Mrs Spelman née Cormack run the operation from their tax-payer funded London pad.

            Will be interested to see whether Ms Spelman has run this by her Civil Servants and if so why on earth they’ve let it pass. Sugar Beets me.

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          • The Piggy Apologist Piglets come out to squeal their excuses says:

            it’s not sleaze if it ‘s a Tory screwing the taxpayer
            it’s just good sense

            Not sure this isn’t absolute bollocks…

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          • IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR THE OINKING TO START says:

            …..So what’s Spelman got over Cameron

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          • MadMitch says:

            C Men

            Has Spunky Spunky moved up the food chain?
            It was a Tory sewer, now a Tory firebreak?

            Good day to bury bad news?
            First Friday of a new administration?

            The 55% wheeze is struggling to gain acceptance.
            Has DD been seen reading up on parliamentary process?

            Interesting to see how this develops, she has a charge sheet as long as your arm on playing it very close to the wind.

            Interesting that nanny-gate was 9 years after the event, that nanny had some memory.

            Any thoughts on how sugar seems to link DD and CS?

            DD = Tate and Lyle = Cane sugar
            CS = British Sugar? = Sugar beet

            Would that make them friends or enemies?

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          • Doctor Mick says:

            You should start your own blog Madmitchwith intricacies like that instead of piggybacking here.

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        • 280
          horse shit says:

          We don’t want any more of this shit. The electorate deserves better than having to endure yet more dodgy MPs. The country and farming industry demand representation from a minister who is beyond reproach, without personal or family links to firms and lobbyists.
          The issue won’t go away and will be used as a stick to beat the coalition with. It has to be sorted out sooner rather than later.

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    • 67
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Is she in the picture with one of her pigs ?

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    • 110
      Engineer says:

      Bit surprised that Spelman got this gig – Nick Herbert (now Minister for Plod) was widely tipped for the Min. of Ag. slot.

      On the plus side, looks like Cameron has appointed someone to DEFRA who actually knows something about agriculture and the countryside, so that makes a nice change. Let’s see how it works out.

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      • 114
        Here comes the new Sleaze, same as the old Sleaze says:

        On the plus side, looks like Cameron has appointed someone to DEFRA who actually knows something about agriculture and the countryside because they are paid by agribusiness to shaft the ordinary farmer and taxpayer, so that sleaze makes a nice change. Let’s see how far I can stick my tongue up Dave’s arse without having any sense of shame.

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      • 130
        Anonymous says:

        Just listen to you Tory stooges!!! ” Let’s see how it works out.” FFS , are you unable to condemn a troughing koont just because she wears a blue rosette. Pathetic!

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        • 140
          Engineer says:

          Just about all politicians were troughers in the last parliament, some worse than others. So far as I can recall, Spellman wasn’t into house-flipping or similar. Fewer opportunities now – which won’t stop some of them. Keep your beady eyes on them, whatever colour rosette they sport.

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      • 370
        Farmer says:

        I agree. Labour despised the countryside and it’s industries. They appointed one Ag Minister who was strongly linked to the RSPCA – so was therefore opposed to commercial animal farming. And one Ag Minister who was a vegetarian – so was also naturally opposed to commercial animal farming.
        She can’t do any worse.

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  2. 2
    More Tories Please says:

    And the Labour Trolls thought that GF would not throw rocks at the Tories.

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      Thunderbox says:

      ‘Spelman spent her days before becoming an MP in the agri-business, with a lobbying focus mainly on sugar beet, one of the most heavily subsidised crops in Europe’.

      Horses for courses Guido I can live with that and that’s what I call a good appointment, Poacher turned Gamekeeper perchance? Who remembers Sir Gerald Nabarro?

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    • 24
      Hayseed says:

      Disaster. NFU is evil. She is right up their anus. Who would have thought we would ever see a minister more useless than Nick Brown and Margaret Beckett, both ministers for this department during Labour’s invidious reign of terror in the countryside? This is just horrible news.

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      • 97
        Mr Ned says:

        Time for guido to dust off the cross-hairs before they have had time for dust to settle on them???

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        • 322
          I've shagged Darling's eyebrows says:

          Yep…. Crosshairs please.

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        • 338
          Can't remember my moniker says:

          Quite right, Mr Ned. We must keep this blog clean! Let’s advertise for a blog cleaner. Will probably be a Polish doctor or similar…..

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  3. 3
    Angry says:

    Unacceptable.

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  4. 4
    final salary civil servant pensioner says:

    Well done GF – do you take sugar with your Tea? I bet Caroline doesn’t not at these prices

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  5. 5
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s about time we had somebody in charge of farming policy who knows something about farming and is in favour of it. Past ministers have scene the countryside as a theme park for townies.

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    • 27
      Terry Wogan says:

      I agree Sir Bill

      I know all about trees, how about I do the job, could have lots of background music to soothe the soul and jokes by the bucket, what says you sir?

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    • 43
      AC1 says:

      She was in charge of harvesting taxpayers money not crops, so no.

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    • 64
      Concentrate you fire ... says:

      Brown Beckett Benn Millipede – 3 outta 4 veggies?

      Bovine TB – disaster area

      NFU – not very good at all – revolving door

      Give the woman a chance you ignorant ‘bigots’

      DEFRA needs a traditional conservative minister to wind back the crap that Libore’s shat upon us all

      You’ll soon be saying that the BBC is good – nay brilliant and unbiased – nothing’s changed there!

      *** C’mon Guido – the BBC’s next – take it apart – channel by channel, show by show, budget by budget ***

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      • 153
        The Piggy Apologist Piglets come out to squeal their excuses says:

        Give the Piggy a chance at the trough you ignorant taxpayers

        DEFRA needs a traditional conservative to wallow in the same crap that Libore’s shat upon us all

        You’ll soon be saying that the Lib Dums are good – nay brilliant and right wing – nothing’s changed there!

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      • 355
        Sir Leicester Dedlock says:

        Of course, everything the Tories do is fine, everything Labour did was shite, brilliant reasoning there you utter bag of cocks.

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    • 111
      Byers Addrink says:

      Who’s going to complain ? – Not Libore ! – they’re all looking for lobbying jobs !

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    • 124
      Here comes the new Sleaze, same as the old Sleaze says:

      It’s about time we had somebody in charge of farming policy who knows something about being paid by agribusiness to shaft the ordinary farmer and taxpayer, so that sleaze makes a nice change. Let’s see how far I can stick my tongue up Dave’s arse without having any sense of shame.

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  6. 7
    Hugh Janus says:

    She surely couldn’t do any worse than Beckett or Benn, whatever her past.

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  7. 8
    David Cameron (Fraudster, Thief, Liar and Coward:1st Class) says:

    Course he fucking knew.
    Cameron is a fraudster adept in the arts of ripping off taxpayers.
    He has yet to apologise for defrauding the taxpayer of over 20 grand a year for making disallowed mortgage interest payment claims from the public purse, indeed, even worse, David didn’t think making false claims was wrong FFS.
    David Cameron – unfit to govern.

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    • 12
      Post-Election Frolics says:

      Hush, Liebore troll. Your hero is gone.

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    • 15
      Thunderbox says:

      Really, where did you get that from you socialist loser troll. Sour grapes, sour grapes. Just wait till the truth commission get their hands on your chaps.

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      • 31
        David Cameron is a liar and a thief, oh, he's a coward as well - FULL HOUSE! says:

        Where did I get that?
        The Green Book that is where I got that you dopey fuck.
        The Green Book clearly states that allowances and claims are only justified if they are needed for an MP to carry out their duties.
        Did the multi millionaire David Cameron need to take out a mortgage to carry out his duties as an MP?
        As he could afford to buy the property several times over the answer to that question is no.
        Therefore David Cameron broke the rules and therefore David Cameron defrauded the txpayer. We could of course go on to argue whether Cameron set up the mortgage for the express purpose of defrauding the taxpayer of 20 thousand pounds a year and the answer to that question is again yes or he would have paid for the property in full.
        Cameron is a thief and a coward.
        Only a coward would appoint a Liberal Democrat as the Minister of the Armed forces during wartime.
        What a spineless piece of shit David Cameron is.

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        • 40
          More Tories Please says:

          He’s not on trial unlike 3 Labour MPs.

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        • 46
          Takes one to Know ONE says:

          Where did I get this?
          The Green Book that is where I got this you dopey fuck.
          The Green Book clearly states that allowances and claims are only justified if they are needed for an MP to carry out their duties.
          Did the multi-millionaire Gordon Brown need to take out a mortgage to carry out his duties as an MP?
          As he could afford to buy the property several times over the answer to that question is no.
          Therefore Gordon Brown broke the rules and therefore Gordon Brown defrauded the taxpayer. We could of course go on to argue whether Brown set up the mortgage for the express purpose of defrauding the taxpayer of thousand pounds a year and the answer to that question is again yes or he would have paid his third property in full.
          Brown is a thief and a coward.
          Only a coward would appoint Bob Ainsworth as the Minister of the Armed forces during wartime.
          What a spineless piece of shit Gordon Brown is.

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          • Ardov Eerink says:

            I missed that – what did you say? again?

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          • Cameron is Like Thatcher But Without the Balls and Without the Principles or Policies says:

            Erm, Ainsworth was a cretin but he was a member of the Labour party.
            David Cameron has palmed off his war time responsibilities to a member of a different party.
            What a cowardly sack of shit David Cameron is.

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          • 13eastie says:

            Now that Cyclops is on the back benches, will he finally buy a FIRST home?

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        • 57
          AC1 says:

          Tat

          Where’……s the blog?
          Where’s the blog? Where’s the blog?
          Where’s the blog? Where’s the blog? Where’……s the blo-o-og?
          Where’s the blog? Where’s the blog? Where’s the blog?
          Where’……s the blo-o-og? Where’s the blog!?

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          • Mr Slater's Parrot says:

            (squit) (s-s-squirt) (splash) A-AAARRKK!!! THERE’SYERBLOGTAT!!!

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          • Cameron is Like Thatcher But Without the Balls and Without the Principles or Policies says:

            You’ve got brave all of a sudden parrot.
            Careful or I will snap your neck.

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          • Mr Slater says:

            Alcoholic emphysema sufferers living in damp, depressing environments should be very careful around Parrots, you know – you may catch psittacosis.

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        • 146
          Anonymous says:

          Tell me 32, did Al Darling (Chancellor of the Exchequer) need to flip his property 4 times in 3 years?
          Did Balls & Mrs.Balls need to both claim allowances for the same house they shared?
          What sort of thieving pieces of shit are they?

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          • Anonymous says:

            As Reagan said, ” The lesser of two evils is still evil.” I’m surprised that after all we went through under NuLab that you Tories will defend troughing scum just because they wear a blue rosette.

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          • Sir Leicester Dedlock says:

            I agree Al Darling, the Balls et al. are a bunch of cock-smoking fucktards, that doesn’t detract from the *fact* that David Cameron is also a cock-smoking fucktard.

            Stop trying to deflect, Tory-bots.

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          • Snotfunny Any More says:

            It’s incomprehensible to me that millions went out and voted ANY of the ferkers back in

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      • 41
        Henry V says:

        Is there an EU quota for sour grapes?

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        • 52
          Thieves, perverts and traitors. Your MP's in there somewhere says:

          Nothing like those blue tinted specs for shielding the wearer from harmful truths about the Tory ponces while allowing through the bright rays of Labour poncing stories.

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    • 201
      TAT COMMING TO A SHOP DOORWAY NEAR YOU give him the price of a cup of tea ! says:

      fuck off TAT you nutter

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  8. 10
    Steve Expat says:

    Well, you go away for a few days to a family event and come back to a new government!

    Well done to Dave and Nick for (hopefully) being pragmatic enough to realise a stable government more interested in the country than themselves, great first announcement of the 5% Ministerial pay cut, only a shame it wasn’t 20% because that’s what’s needed elsewhere in the public sector.

    Well done Guido for continuing the crusade against dirty politics with the likes of Spelman, her husband’s company needs to be kept miles away from DEFRA otherwise the new government is no better than the last…

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  9. 11
    Catflap says:

    Who has helped create this violent society?
    Bloody politicians that’s who.
    I worked in Westminster 7 years and can tell you gospel that MPs think you are shit.
    You want to see change look what happens when one of their own gets blown up.
    Things start fucking moving then.
    If at least one politician per year was shot,stabbed,beat up or killed in a war zone they might learn to give a fuck about us.
    I hope for Mr Timms sake this woman with a knife was a plastic surgeon.

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    • 16
      Tulkinghorn says:

      I would suggest that violent computer games, TV and the pernicious filth spewed out by Hollywood are more culpable than politicians. The guy was conducting a surgery — you know, listening to his constituents. Whatever party he belongs to, he doesn’t deserve that sort of bile. Think on’t, lad!

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      • 19
        oink says:

        what? is he medically trained as well?

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      • 38
        Catflap says:

        I suggest you are wrong but even if that is the case who has ultimate control of those mediums as well?
        Politicians.
        The reason you,me or anyone else is now more likely to be stabbed is as a direct result of political policy or lack of will by politicians to fight those policies.
        I feel sympathy for Timms as a man but as a politician let him suffer the slings and arrows that us mere mortals have to.

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      • 54
        Litigious British Battleaxe says:

        Monkey see, monkey do. ‘Hollywood’ just wants to make money from filmed entertainment. Ancillary rights are normally farmed out to third parties in order to ‘extend the franchise’ in a manner which does not damage the studio’s core product (Mickey Mouse watches that keep good time and don’t cause skin allergies).

        Violent computer games are often originated by software companies, rather than the main Hollywoord studios.

        FWIW, the failure of parents to observe the age limits on the games their kids play is at least as much a problem as the mere existence of adult-rated entertainment.

        Would you let your eight-year-old play an 18-rated game? Plenty of inattentive (to avoid calling them either ‘culpable’ or ‘negligent’) people do.

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        • 74
          stilyagi_air_corps says:

          Yeah, that Jack the Ripper obviously watched too many violent DVD’s, innit?

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      • 84
        Another useful idiot scapegoating violence to inanimate objects says:

        Oh fuck off, what explains the wars and violence that predated tv, video games and radio then grandad you imbecile?

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        • 86
          AC1 says:

          violent cave paintings by soulless corporate tribal elders?

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        • 133
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          “Biggles” books , War comics, John Wayne movies. “Ice-cold in Alex ” glorified physical violence against peace-loving socialists and for racial prejudice, Enid Blyton and Noddy. The Famous Five series is obviously the inspiration behind the Contras, neo-cons and free sex.

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      • 105
        Jan says:

        There are many mentally ill people in the community and the NHS has done bugger all to help them.Just think 40 years ago the country was full of those Victorian asylums jam-packed full of sick people.Where did they all go when the land got sold for luxury housing? Care in the Community that’s where.So that meant a bunch of old institualionalised sick people sitting on benches in town centres all day whilst they are spaced out on drugs. But hey, it saved money so that people could have boob jobs, stomach stapling,gender realignment on the NHS. I mean it’s progress innit?

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        • 244
          AC1 says:

          > So that meant a bunch of old institualionalised sick people sitting on benches in town centres all day whilst they are spaced out on drugs.

          Or call themselves TaT and post on Order Order.com

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        • 387
          Samantha says:

          Well said.

          “Care in the Community” was the most shameful policy of the former Tory regime and has had endless malign effects, not least making ill many people who have to share eg a block of flats with manic depressives and others with compulsive disorders, who can be extremely anti-social and aggressive. There are plenty of people (not just the mentally ill themselves) who have had their lives made a misery by the lack of secure care for these sufferers – their families especially- murder is just the tip of the iceberg.

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      • 142
        concrete pump says:

        ‘I would suggest that violent computer games, TV and the pernicious filth spewed out by Hollywood are more culpable than politicians.’

        No, they are not.

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      • 354
        Sir Leicester Dedlock says:

        Tulkinghorn was shot; violent crime has (and probably always will be) part of society. Not saying we shouldn’t do anything about it, but since violent crime was around long before computers, TV or Hollywood, your charge that they are causing it is unfounded. You have also failed to show any evidence to back up your claim.

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  10. 13
    Lord Mandelson says:

    This is outrageous! This is complete corruption! We need a general election so we can have a government of honesty, integrity and decency!

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  11. 14
    Martin Day says:

    Same old Tories.

    More of the same sleaze.

    Come back Gordon Brown, all is forgiven.

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    • 26
      Madme Defarge says:

      FFS!

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      • 36
        QWERTY says:

        The only thing I want the one eyed mong to do is to go for a lone walk in the woods and never come back. Go with Alistair.

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    • 53
      Henry Cooper says:

      They’ve been in power four days you silly prick. Now run along and don’t forget to stop making that disgruntled ‘we-lost-the-war’ face you Labour muppet or else the wind might change and it’ll get stuck. (Like you’re stuck with our government now).

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    • 65
      Poor Bloody Taxpayer says:

      No it bloody well isn’t!

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    • 344
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be. We haven’t printed any money for a while now. QE has not seen the light of Day.

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  12. 17
    Chain_Store_Massacre says:

    Funniest Typo of the Week in the Telegraph:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/7721144/Coalition-government-may-have-to-impose-50bn-tax-rise.html

    (Read last 2 paragraphs)

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    • 99
      Oh and by the way says:

      For those that can’t be bothered to read the whole article……..

      “high street chains saw sales tumble by double figure percentages”

      Good job the other items for sale got sold!!!!!!

      What we need is a perfect storm and trees to fall.

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    • 346
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      Man was born free, but he is everywhere in chain stores (sorry – saws)

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  13. 18
    Don't give them an inch says:

    Out she goes, Dave. Back benches beckon.

    A couple are bound to slide through given the sheer number of appointments.

    Prima Facie conflict of interest.

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  14. 21
    Thick As Thieves says:

    Demand a future fair for all not just the privileged few

    Want to join us in working towards a progressive future? Click on the link to join Labour now – http://bit.ly/bE2Zek

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    • 39
      OddJob says:

      why not a progressive past? or a progressive present? or a progressive illness?

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      • 45
        Musings says:

        British manufacturing saw a progressive decline in output since 1997.

        He became progressively weaker in the course of his stay at the NHS hospital.

        The government’s progressive and sustained collapse was reinforced by a progressive run of bad economic data.

        His inane political ramblings became progressively less understandable as he sought to justify the role socialism in a well run economy.

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    • 47
      AC1 says:

      Join now and get a free heroin addict.

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    • 164
      Loony Lefty Libcons says:

      We are the progressives now.

      We’re all in this together.

      Want to join us in working towards a progressive future? Click on the link to join the Conservatives now – https://www.libdems.org.uk/join_us.aspx

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    • 177
      Cameron is Like Thatcher But Without the Balls and Without the Principles or Policies says:

      Another thief trying to steal the name of a political genius.
      Happens all the time and it is probably why tat stopped posting under the moniker thick as thieves.
      He always was ahead of the game.

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    • 389
      Snotfunny Any More says:

      These hoons can’t speak English – no wonder they can’t think straight. How can the future be ‘progressive’? It’s just the future, take it or leave it. Meaningless cant – and that’s all Liebore have ever been good at

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  15. 22
    Free Enterprise says:

    END ALL AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES

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    • 61
      Anonymous says:

      Unemployment would rocket – all those paper shufflers in Defra and the EC would have no work

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    • 155
      Yorkie Barred says:

      It’s high time the freeloading farming landowners (large corporates mostly) were stopped from collecting vast subsidies for growing the wrong things (check Tate & Lyle accounts – it’s millions).

      It’s a market-place for f*ck’s sake ! If customers want your product at your price, they’ll buy it – if not they won’t, and you either go bust or grow something else which they do want at a price they’ll pay.

      Subsidies corrupt markets and corrupted markets corrupt people – end the subsidies, end the corruption. End Spelman too – she’s poisoned.

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      • 390
        Sam says:

        Those of us old enough to have voted to be part of the ‘Common Market’ did so partly to protect the small farmers of Europe, who had created its unique landscapes, often over many generations of the same family. We did not vote ‘yes’ so that huge agri-businesses could hijack the CAP subsidies and hoover up billions to extend their poisonous empires at the expense of hill farmers, specialist family farms with prize herds etc etc. We didn’t vote for endless miles of sickness-inducing rape fields, nor for trees and hedgerows to be destroyed to facilitate monster machinery, and miles of Welsh and Yorkshire stone walling to fall into ruin.

        Britain in the EU shouLd fight to ensure that agricultural enterprises over a certain size are ineligible for a greatly reduced CAP. The new SofS is on the wrong side of this argument

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  16. 23
    Madme Defarge says:

    I wasn’t terribly thrilled when I saw her name for inclusion in the Cabinet as she there’s something not quite right about her – all that stuff about her nanny etc.

    I suspect there is a real shortage of female talent in the Tory senior ranks and they have felt compelled to bring her in to even things up. Personally I haven’t much time for this positive discrimination. We need the best person for the job, be it man, woman, Martian, multicoloured, one legged, transexual, whatever – they need to be the BEST.

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    • 34
      QWERTY says:

      If in doubt appoint a woman or a Muslim.

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    • 145
      Maximus says:

      Nanny? And there was I, thinking that her huge cleaning bill was maybe down to staring at goats for too long.

      Good call, Guido. Does she know that horizontal gene transfer is not necessarily going to leave a sweet taste in the mouth? Can we expect to see her bringing home the bacon for the GM lobby?

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    • 186
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Labour have proven conclusively that there is no female talent of ANY sort in their ranks, and the LIbDems obviously agree with the ancient Greeks. The fragrant Carolyn should have been given a QUANGO, to be one of the first to go, and been booted upstairs to a soon-to-be all elected upper house. She would then be able to find a job and earn enough to pay for a nanny.

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  17. 25
    Irene says:

    Sorry, this isn’t going anywhere IMO

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  18. 28
    QWERTY says:

    There are so few decent female MPs that the useless ones are given jobs.

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  19. 30
    anonymouse in the treasury skirting boards says:

    We should scrap the CAP and all tarrifs and subsidies with it.

    However, on the wider point, we need confirmation hearings for these appointments. That would scare the manure out of most politicians!

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  20. 32

    But… but… what about the New Politics?

    All hail the New Politics!

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  21. 33
    Oh and by the way says:

    According to the BBC Timms is sitting up in bed and his injuries are not life threatening. Three thoughts strike me……

    First if perchance he acquires a hospital borne infection eg MRSA or C-dif then that would be just ironic.

    Second, the knife crime on our streets issue may now be more pressing and the rest of us might become safer if this inspires better action to stop it.

    Third, there might be beter understanding for stop and search by the Police and these lefties might get off the backs of the Old bill.

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    • 72
      John Bull says:

      This will be hushed up if its an immigrant or a foreigner – which it more than likely is, there will be no outcry here old son.

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      • 85
        AC1 says:

        The News Article was a POND (Person of No Description) so very likely.

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      • 89
        Anonymous Misogynist says:

        Sky News said she was Asian..

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      • 136
        Anonymous says:

        Labour MP knifed by illegal immigrant – please let it be so. SWEET!

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      • 196
        Twatspotter says:

        Crazed deluded Hunt. I’m referring to both you and the attacker. You are a very good argument for a qualified franchise.

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      • 197
        albacore says:

        C’mon, Stilyagi, expound your theories on the civil war that it’s the ConLibs’ first priority to avert.
        This blog is getting so booooring.

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        • 262
          stilyagi_air_corps says:

          I was only joking, albacore – there’s so much mutual tolerance, ethnic, religious, and social cohesion in this country, it could never happen here!

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        • 268
          albacore says:

          Ooh! You are a one, Stilyagi.
          Newbies here might think your nose didn’t extend to Cyrano hippocampelephantocamelos proportions with that comment.

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        • 277
          stilyagi_air_corps says:

          And anyone reading this blog from somewhere located in the real world this will know for a fact you’re too stupid or sheltered to understand irony when it’s staring you straight in the face.

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        • 291
          albacore says:

          There, there, Stilyagi.
          Take a deep breath. Uncross your eyes.
          Re-read what I said.
          Speaka-da-English? Or only parrot? Pidgin, perchance?

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        • 340
          Can't remember my moniker says:

          Come on, we don’t want people getting killed whilst agreeing with each other, Messrs Corpse and Core.

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    • 91
      All police are Pigs says:

      “these lefties might get off the backs of the Old bill”

      Old Bill was pensioned-off many years ago, by Blunkett. Bill was replaced by PC Socialist, working for the Scum-sucking Service: motto, “If they’re white middle class, batter their heads, if they’re immigrants, leave ‘em be, lads, leave ‘em be, their behaviour is their culture, innit.”

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  22. 35
    spiritleveller says:

    “Because the whole thing taints politics and shows the far-too-cosy relationship between lobbyists, government, business and money”

    I agree entirely. I was originally sceptical about the extent to which you would pursue high-level hypocrisy of the Conservative Party in power but, happily, you’ve remained consistently rigorous in your scrutiny.

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  23. 42
    Martin Day says:

    What a mess the Tories have got us into !!

    May 14 (Martin Day Holdings) — The euro fell to its lowest level since the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. on concern that the 16-nation currency may be headed for disintegration.

    The shared currency fell through $1.24 for the first time since November 2008 as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe is in a “very, very serious situation.” El Pais reported that France threatened to leave the euro during talks that led to this week’s almost-$1 trillion bailout. The yen rose against all its major counterparts, including the Australian dollar, as oil retreated for a fourth day.

    “The euro is doomed,” said Andrew Wilkinson, senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers Group LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut. “It’s like a clown without its makeup. The strains among the partners are becoming clear and it’s becoming harder to see global growth not being threatened by this. The Australian dollar is tripping over this unfunny clown.”

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    • 253
      Smig says:

      Hey Martin! Isn’t it time you started saving to pay for your tuition fees at GayQuance University?

      I’m thinking you you’ll get a GCSE A* in wee tardedness and a Grade B in gobshite fucky fucky 10 dollah.

      Fucking spastic. Go get a job you c’unt.

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  24. 49
    Doc Trough says:

    Ploo Sash Aunge…

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  25. 50
    X- McSquatter with a P45 says:

    Sick of this bitch. Her name keeps coming up so she should be put out to grass

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  26. 51
    Martin Day says:

    Fresh Post: Prime Minister David Cameron Behind Stock Market Plunge:

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  27. 55
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    As I’ve always said, the effect on the people of liebour incompetence is exactly the same as that of tory corruption. Liebour wouldn’t have known about this woman, the tories wouldn’t care.

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  28. 58
    Dack Blog says:

    *’Home Alone’ surprised face* (not).

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  29. 59
    Anonymous says:

    But dave is such a wonderful judge of people-his pure genius is quite staggering.

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  30. 60
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    Hague live in Washington at press conference with Hillary Clinton. How nice to see an intelligent, likeable foreign secretary representing the UK and not that twatty twerp Milipede.

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  31. 62
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    So nice to see political heavyweight Richard Madeley drinking champagne on a yaught – he’ll be doing Tescos ads for them next. He did look a little lost without his granny by his side, but the poor dear has to step into the big wide world on his own one day.

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  32. 63
    Thick As Thieves says:

    Cameron backs England 2018 World Cup bid (AFP)http://bit.ly/drHEtS

    Is Cameron the new Jonah ??

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    • 123
      Cheese Lover says:

      I had hoped he would remain above this sort of stunt. He’s supposed to be the Prime Minister.

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    • 179
      Cameron is Like Thatcher But Without the Balls and Without the Principles or Policies says:

      Maybe if you weren’t such a spastic you could think up you own name and not steal other people’s.
      What a cretin.

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    • 258
      Smig says:

      You’re a c’unt. Fuck off gobshite!

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  33. 66
    Rock Solid says:

    A crooked MP, snouting and troughing at our expense?

    Never.

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  34. 68
    oldrightie says:

    I find this a disgusting situation and hope Cameron has she and her grasping Hubby booted out before more damage arises.

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  35. 69
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    No conflict of interests there then !
    Cameron get real and get rid

    public schoolboys may be inteligent
    but have absolutly no common sense

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  36. 71
    MI5 says:

    Guido

    We knew here (and in informed circles everywhere in London and elsewhere) that lobbying has reached massive proportions (like the Americans)

    It represents institutionalised corruption.

    It is so deep seated that I wonder if you can find one MP who is clean of it.

    So by all means attacke this lady.

    But there are so many others (in all parties) that it is difficult to know where to begin

    And it is very difficult to find rules to avoid it.

    True liberals always believed (and believe) that competition should be on a level playing field. God knows how many times we have said it, since the 17th century.

    Difficult problem – very difficult…

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    • 82
      AC1 says:

      When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
      P. J. O’Rourke

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      • 102
        MI5 says:

        Exactly

        And do you know who is the most powerful lobby in Britain ?

        The Bar and all those barrister MPs…no one is “bought” Just they are the unmoveaLobby..

        Why does it cost (Oxford study) 126 times the European average to bring and defend a libel case in Britain

        OUTRAGEOUS AND DANGEROUS AS GUIDO KNOWS !

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        • 165
          Yorkie Barred says:

          Next most powerful are the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Medical Association. If this new government thinks it will get any doctor to do more than the absolute minimum without crossing their palms with yet more gold (as has been the continuous habit since the NHS was ‘bought in’ in 1948), they’re in for a big and expensive shock.

          Think they’ll do their own out-of-hours visits ? Only for another 5 grand a week each. Think they’ll offer weekend and late-night ‘customer service’ ? Only for another 5 grand a week. Think they’ll ever work a full week for the folk who are paying them ? Nobody’s that daft, not even this government…..or are they ?

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          • Madme Defarge says:

            If you recall when Nye Bevan brought in the NHS and was asked how he got the doctors and suregeons onside he said: “I stuffed their pockets with gold.”
            Another massive Labour cock up to increase salaries massively AND reduce their hours at the same time. I thin k it was on Patsy Hewitt’s watch that little gem

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        • 273
          Jethro says:

          163 Hh’rm. Ladies and Gentlemen, forgive me for dispelling – or, at least, attempting to dispel – your dreams about Aneurin Bevan’s Ponzi Scheme. Is it the case that, before the setting up of the N.H.S., people who were poor or of modest income were just left to die- that, if you couldn’t afford to pay for Medical treatment of any kind, you were denied it?
          NO!
          Before Nye’s Ponzi scheme, Doctors and Hospitals ‘tempered the wind to the shorn lamb’: those Doctors and Nurses would probably have received much of their Medical/Nursing Education from the Church, their Patients might have paid into those BUPA-predecessors, Friendly Societies; Doctors and Hospitals had ‘Almoners’, who would work out how much the patients could afford, and how much could be found from other sources. Nye Bevan nationalised all this, taking over a system that had been working – and working well – for decades, and substituted the usual Labour Ponzi-scheme (“The secret of the Fund, is that there is no Fund.”): benefits paid out of present/future contributions. Meanwhile, the buildings, the personnel, the ethos – all ‘nationalised’ – taken, and now taken-for-granted. Bevan actually said ‘I stuffed their mouths with gold.’ In much the same vein, when the NHS prescription service was being set up, Boot’s the Chemist (the Tesco of their day)offered the lowest figure (threepence per script?), so set the scale, meaning the traditional Pharmacist was now hard put to it to make a living…

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          • Samantha says:

            All very true. My grandfather was one of the founding doctors, and was against the NHS at the start. Like most doctors in those days, he treated the poor for nothing, and never charged or pressed for money if the patient and his/her family was unable to pay (GPs knew their patients and their circs very well in those days – they often went to patients’ houses). He was much loved.

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  37. 76
    Sisyphus says:

    OK, Thatcher-bereft right-wingers! Grab a box of tissues, a six-pack and lock the door, Theresa May’s kitten heels are on the loose!

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  38. 78
    EU Regional Commisars Cameron & Clegg of sector 28119 says:

    MEET THE NEW BOSSES JUST AS CORRUPT AS THE LAST ONE.

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  39. 79
    Postlethwaite says:

    Oink . . . oink

    Postle

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  40. 83
    angelnstar says:

    http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/boris-prepares-to-fight-for-londoners-2/

    It’s only day 3 of the new coalition and already Boris Johnson is preparing to go head to head with the new government.

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  41. 88
    Patsy Hewitt says:

    Caroline’s an amateur when it comes to this sort of thing! I made a shitload of dosh using the contacts I made as health secretary.

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  42. 90
    kingfelix says:

    Why were so many commenters aching for a Tory victory at the same time as the troughing debacle demonstrated that all MPs were at it?

    Oh, for the fiscal restraint, that was Guido’s take on it. Did that include tax rises in the first weeks?

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    • 176
      Anonymous says:

      The “commenters” to whom you refer seem to be mainly LieBour supporters who cannot accept defeat & react by continuing the party lies & smears against any non-LieBour supporters & M.P’s.

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  43. 93
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    MP Stephen Timms has been attacked by a shit stabber (He is alive)

    Lord Mandelson gets about a bit doesnt he?

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  44. 94
    Stephen Timms says:

    Its the only time in my life that I have run away from a shit stabber

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  45. 95
    BLUURGH! says:

    O/T, if anyone is slimming at the moment, have a read of this:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/2010/05/14/former-labour-prime-minister-gordon-brown-s-emotional-final-hour-at-no10-see-pics-115875-22256840/

    You will never need to stick your fingers down your throat again, just remember this, sickly, simpering claptrap next time you’re feeling a little tubby.

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  46. 96

    [...] ‘n’ Stuff, Caroline Spelman, has become the first member of the new administration to be Guido’d. The Right Honourable Member for Meriden cut her teeth as a food and bio-technology lobbyist and [...]

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  47. 100
    The Oxford dictionary says:

    A shit stabber is defined as a person who doesnt have the foggiest as how to shank a politician in the right organs with a big f*** o** knife

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  48. 103
    Claggaroom says:

    Coalition cuts in constituency surgeries already?

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  49. 104

    [...] RT #FF @mattrcb Oh dear, Caroline Spelman http://j.mp/bPpgO2 << [...]

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  50. 108
    angelnstar says:

    http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/boris-prepares-to-fight-for-londoners-2/

    To recap: Nick Clegg, who came last in the election, and whose wacky policies include legalising brothels, who also blocked the referendum on the Lisbon treaty….. his agenda has more influence with David Cameron than the Mayor of London, who came first in his election, and who is a Tory! Is that right? Because I am getting awfully muddled up and dont know who is on whose side anymore.

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    • 117
      Universal Hiss says:

      Just stay on the side of the angels.

      Blog shit alert. I’ve just read a piece of quasi journalism by a Mirror hack. I do apologise.

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    • 127
      Mr Plum says:

      I have a good idea to save money at the Olympics, let the gold and bronze medalists share the same podium.

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    • 129
      Sir William Waad says:

      Legalising knocking-shops is a very sensible policy. It would protect the prossies and divert a great deal of cash away from criminals. They could even collect a bit of tax off them! There is no particular advantage in not legalising brothels, it’s just that politicians are afraid of the hypocrites in the media.

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      • 183
        Universal Hiss says:

        & currently illegal drugs. Imagine the tax take. Might bring to an end the Afgan war. Knock out a huge percentage of criminal activity. Win,win.

        Except we are all petrified of the huge backlash from the meeja.

        Was it Potugal that legalised hard drugs & saw crime plummet? I can’t remember as I’m drowning in reading about the UK election.

        Serious gardening tomorrow to get my sanity back.

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      • 349
        Can't remember my moniker says:

        Financial and sexual zenith can come together, as it were.

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    • 148
      Anonymous says:

      Calm down now. You have to remember you vote for your representative in parliament not the party……..

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  51. 119

    [...] Farm-Gate : Spelman’s Agri-Business, Bio-Tech Lobbying Past On the campaign trail David Cameron said [...]

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  52. 121
    • 180
      lolol says:

      Good luck to them there’s money to be made from the EUSSR and the ex lunatic Brown and co, who fell over themselves to throw money at power companies to build these windmills,the ones around our way are already falling apart after a few years but profits have been made

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  53. 122
    Thick As Thieves says:

    LABOUR WILL WIN AGAIN

    THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

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    • 126
      Gordon ( SoldGoldAtThe ) BottomBrown says:

      in the 23rd Century.

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    • 184
      Cameron is Like Thatcher But Without the Balls and Without the Principles or Policies says:

      Christ these fucking Tory trolls are getting fucking desperate.
      Look you dopey c’unt, the tories have just won the election FFS and yet here you are copying thick as thieves and trying to make out he is a Labour supporter you fucking twat. Stop being such an arshole eh, and enjoy your hollow victory for a moment.
      Everyone knows that on the blogosphere thick as thieves was the most effective opposition to the New Labour War and Torture party.
      You should getting down on your fucking knees you c’unt and thanking TaT for helping to get the tories into power instead of bitching and fucking whingeing like a crackhead whore and stealing his name.
      You fucking wanker.
      Fuck off before your banned you c’unt.
      Thankyou.

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      • 218
        AC1 says:

        That’s the most sarcastic thing I think I’ve ever read. It was sarcasm wasn’t it?

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  54. 128
    Bow down to your new lords and masters toryboys says:

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    • 149
      Mr Plum says:

      Well I’m just glad these two lost the election, mind you they have done it before back in 74

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      • 156
        REJOICE! WE'VE MANAGED TO WIN THE ELECTION! ROFL!! says:

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        • 208
          TAT COMMING TO A SHOP DOORWAY NEAR YOU give him the price of a cup of tea ! says:

          fuck off TAT you nutter one of your six clips again i see . yawn !

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      • 158
        Loony Lefty Libcons says:

        So that’s how they are all in the Cabinet with Dave adopting their policies.
        Because they lost. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

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  55. 141
    West country farmer says:

    Don’t tell me about the sugar beet scandal Guido, it is obscene as is most of the European farning law, you do not know the half of it and it is probably much more corrupt than you suspect.

    That Spelman has not been given a top job by Dave should tell you much, though I would prefer she has NO part in government.

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  56. 144
    Anonymous says:

    For fuck sake Dave get a grip. You can’t be that desperate to get some women ministers. She’s 100% bad news. Get rid of her before she does some serious damage.

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    • 207
      Joining of the desperate says:

      yes why not appoint Nadine – minister for suicidal MPs or something

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  57. 151
    Anonymous says:

    Spellman should have been ditched after “Nannygate”. The decision not to will return to haunt Dave.

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  58. 152
    Peter Sutcliffe says:

    Dave ditch the cow, or I’ll go and see her with me hammer

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  59. 157
    City of Vice says:

    A trougher is a trougher is a trougher regardless of the colour of their rosette.

    No mercy for any of the bastards.

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  60. 159
    lolol says:

    Our Dave has had his major warning by the pissed off, ripped off,stolen democracy,too many crap laws against them voter and if he doesn’t tighten control of his money grubbing above the law mp’s then his flashing hi bright teeth Clegg his new friend and the publics in public darling will be taking Our Dave’s place,spin/lies won’t be accepted anymore.

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  61. 161
    REEVO says:

    The thing is when the “nannygate” scandal first erupted George Osbourn was the first to leap to Caroline Spelmans defense he said….

    “I know Caroline personally and she is literally the last person in Parliament who would want to do something wrong… someone of enormous integrity and honesty’ George Osborne, June 2008″

    Tory frontbencher Caroline Spelman claimed £40,000 for bills and cleaning for her second home in her constituency, despite her husband, Mark, claiming it was his main home when he unsuccessfully stood for the EU elections (failed).

    She was one of the highest claimants of all 646 MPs for bills – pocketing £10,000 a year for gas, electricity, water and telephone, plus £200 a month for cleaning, and council tax of more than £2,000 a year.

    Mrs Spelman – who owns another £2million property in London and a third in Portugal – insisted she was reimbursed for the standard ‘running costs’ for a second home.

    So much for coalition change and cleaning up politics…..

    Be careful when you breath in that progressive freshness you will definitely gag at the stench!!!!

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  62. 167
    Iacomo says:

    We are totally pissed off with crooked money-grubbing MPs. Don’t give her the chance to cause trouble. Put her out to grass now.

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  63. 169
    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Good man, Guido. There were those who wondered if you would be as tough on LibCon infractions as you were on NuLab’s.

    ‘Go for those who behave like bastards, irrespective of party affiliation’ – not a bad policy. Keep at it.

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  64. 172
    Anonymous says:

    Why not bring back that cow Kirkbride as well and sink the whole fucking boat?

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    • 178
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      I thought Dave had appointed her and her thieving scummy little husband to the lobby !

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  65. 174
    What fuckwit put Gummer the bummer in charge of spinning? says:

    He makes your skin crawl

    Little shit thinks changing parliamentary rules on elections and votes of no-confidence is fine because it’s what his Liberal partners are demanding to ensure the Conservatives don’t dump the Lib Dums if the Tories are ahead in the polls

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  66. 175
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    O/T i see all the jock muppets out in force protesting at Camerons visit “Cameron Out” “Not our PM” correct do you idle fuckers not have jobs ?
    we dont want you, more than you dont want us
    i would cut you fuckers free in a heartbeat
    Salmon wanting hundreds of millions more of our English pounds to fund his drug addled dolite shithole
    Fuck the lot of you
    we want our own parliament then we can move on and you can keep labour for ever you thick twats

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    • 182
      George Saint says:

      Correct. I’m fucking fed up of subsidising whining jock dole-wallahs in pebble-dashed shitholes. We need a referendum on English independence.

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      • 194
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        Yep just keeping the “trainspotting” fuckers alive must cost our health service billions a year
        after all a diet of fried mars bars and pigs bladders stuffed with dog shit and sawdust
        washed down with fermented piss cant do anybody any good

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        • 211
          Anonymous says:

          They are the dogshit of Europe the Scottish are.

          They do not even exist as a race, the whole idea of ‘Scotland’ and a ‘Scottish People’ is a fraud and invented identity. Alex S almond and the Scottish are as laughable as Nick Griffin and his idea of an ‘English race’

          They are Irish immigrants to the land formerly known as Caledonia that belonged to the race formerly known as the Caledonians. They outbred the Caledonians and stole their land.

          I have never met a more backwards, intolerant and bigoted people than the Scottish.

          The sad thing is they haven’t even spent the last few decades under USSR rule like Eastern Europe which has a plausiable excuse for it’s backwardness.

          They have been part of one of the greatest empires on Earth and yet they have achieved fuck all as part of this coalition of kingdoms except bitterness and hatred.

          Every Jock that has been useful has had to flee to foreign soils to find success and create their inventions as their homeland is a useless dump.

          They could do with a good dose of mass immigration to sort them out then they wouldn’t have the luxury of kiling themselves over something so fucking stupid as which branch of Christanity they belong to.

          The country is really beautiful but the people…argh. No wonder they get on so well with the French cheese eating surrender monkeys.

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          • S Timms's community cohesion liason officer says:

            Any opinions on T*ffs, M*cks, Sc*users, Kr*uts, W*gs, Bl*cks, C*inks and raspberry ripples?

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          • Tattooed_Arry says:

            The Scots (Scoti) migrated from Ulster to Pictland.
            The Scots were later given land to settle in Ulster.
            Thus the Northern Irish (Scots) are just as Irish as the Southern Irish.
            It’s for this reason that I’ve never really understood the “Irish Problem”.

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          • Universal Hiss says:

            I can’t begin to answer that one mongrel Enlgeesh.

            How fucking stupid. Citizens in Berwick good. Citizens in Edinburgh bad.

            No wonder the media can turn good people into foaming at the mouth idiots.

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          • concrete pump says:

            Don’t forget n*ps, j*cks, fr*gs, p*kis, and j*ws.

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          • I live in Belgium says:

            KEEP ENGLAND ENGLISH!!

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        • 221
          Can't remember my moniker says:

          Nice hammerbeam roof in Town Hall. Not so sure about the rest of the town though. It has changed since I was last here and not for the better. I went and had a look at Syke last night. Pleasant area and went on up into hills through cattle grid. Just one farmhouse building in distance under Blackstonedge flying St George’s cross. Good for him! However it gives the appearance that he feels under seige which, in a way, he is. What would John Bright have made of it all?

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          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK tax payer says:

            Dont know much about Syke apart from there is a big council estate there
            i always bypass it by driving over Healey on my way to Whitworth where i work quite a bit

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          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            The green is quite nice and wide as it slopes uphill. One pub at the bottom and the aforementioned Hunter’s Rest halfway up, both on the west side. Further up still is a village pond that you look down onto from the road. From there, the road leads through a cattle grid. You are in the bleak hills and it is four-track or tractor/truck territory only. Above it you can see over to Littleborough in the distance. Passed through Whitworth yesterday. Quite attractive road, once out of Rochdale.

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          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            i dont know the green or the pubs there is a large piece of grass half way up whitworth rd called “Cronkeyshaw common” i have passed that a few times!

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        • 260
          Prezza the Whizza says:

          That’s what I eat everyday..

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        • 263
          Labour Chief Whip says:

          Is trainspotting better than badgerspotting please ?

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        • 279
          I live in Spain says:

          ENGLISH FOR THE ENGLISHERS!!!!!

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          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            England for those who can speak the language…… TaT, you can’t even manage three words so I will give you a nice simple to understand greeting in just two: Fuck Off!

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          • over me 'ead son says:

            WHOOOOOSH!!

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    • 198
      Universal Hiss says:

      Salmond speaks for firstly himself & then about 20% of Scotland. They are ex wannabe communists or skirt waving loonies. No one with brains takes him seriously.

      Saying that he’s quite popular as he’s led a minority government without frightening too many horses.He’s done popular easy stuff.Abolished bridge tolls.Frozen council tax for the last three years.Prescription charges falling year on year. Free eye tests.Business rates frozen.Free university tuition fees. Free personal care for the elderly.

      When it gets really tricky like under 30 classes in Secondary school & under 15 in primary,it has not been achieved & he’s gone all quiet on that front.

      Ofcourse he dosn’t have to bother about the tricky stuff. Most of the grown up stuff is not devolved.Defence & hard fiscal thingies.

      The real vileness are the entrenched Labour voters in the central belt.

      So don’t blame this conservative voter who happens to reside in Scotland.

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      • 210
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK tax payer says:

        yes great but he’s done it at our expense

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        • 224
          Universal Hiss says:

          Yes. OUR expense. People in Scotland pay taxes too & DO NOT support SNP & Labour across the board. Sorry for shouting but I’m pissed off at being put in a crack dealing,benefit stealing,subsidy sucking sterotype.

          The Barnett formula needs tearing up.

          I’m sure the majority of Scots share your view.

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        • 304
          MAD FRANKIE TAT moniker says:

          I am just about to get banned by the arch tory Guido Fawkes.
          Fawkes never gave a damn about the expenses scandal, he only used it as cover to act as a propagandist for the tories.
          now the general election is over Guido is sweating like a rapist and the reader should expect no impariality from this place from here-on-in.
          Fawkes is a tory fifth columnist.
          end of story.
          still going to be a Labour win in the end Guido and when that happens I will return to gloat.
          you lose, I win.
          VOTE LABOUR GUIDO IS TORY HQ STOOGE FFS
          FUCK THE TORIES VOTE LABOUR

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    • 205
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      Was in the town centre today and stopped to have a sausage roll so sat on a bench to eat it. Up came this couple who looked as if they had crawled from under a hedge with facial rings protruding from places that looked really uncomfortable. The female got out her shiny new mobile (much newer than mine) and phoned someone. “Just come from the Job Centre”, she said. The male was skinning up. Another male of similar species passed, presumably also just out from the Job Centre. “Hello John, alright?”, “Yeah, just going to the pub”, “OK, we’ll be along.”

      If I were an employer, I would have shut my business down rather than employ any of them. It is probably illegal for me to even think this. You wouldn’t trust them with your potato pealings! Leaving tomorrow….

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      • 217
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK tax payer says:

        HI ar-moniker My sister has one of them
        she is about 24 and lies on a couch all day she has no intention of ever working the job center send her and millions like her to job interviews
        she goes in sits there says nothing
        answers yes or no or dont know
        interview over in two mins wasted everybodys time
        job goes to some eastern european that although cant speak much english tries to give better answers
        that is how they make sure they never find a job

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        • 230
          Can't remember my moniker says:

          The problem is that the benefit is more than the minimum wage. Hardly an inducement to work? How did we get into this mess? We know who got us in it….

          Like

          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            See also 218

            Like

          • MAD FRANKIE TAT moniker the schizo says:

            the schizo nutter is still talking to himself

            Like

          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            Well done TaT! You have added another word to your vocabulary. Another 500 and you will have attained a speaking age of 6. That will be nice as you will then be qualified to read The Mirror. Go for it son!

            Like

          • I can't remember it either. says:

            When he qualifies to read the Mirror, he’ll be a whole evolutionary step in front of you.

            Like

          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            If you call that an evolutionary step, I’m glad to be way behind him – as far as possible!

            Like

  67. 181
    TAT the TWAT, in his mouth Esther SHAT says:

    s a u s a g e s

    Like

    • 188
      8.28 sucks cocks for cash(and swallows) burp says:

      baa baa baa

      Like

      • 191
        TAT not enough CARE IN THE COMMUNITY says:

        TAT You are a fucking nutter who talks to himself and answers his own posts
        you stabbed Timmid Stevens and i claim my £5

        Like

  68. 189
    Engineer says:

    Do “Any Questions” have a resident gang of loony lefties that they bus around the country to each programme?

    The style of cheers and whoops for anything said by a Labour politician, and jeers for any politician who might be thought slightly rightwards-thinking, seems to be remarkably similar week after week, and don’t seem to be remotely reflected in, for example, the General Election results.

    Like

  69. 193
    Now then, now then, now then ! says:

    Rare footage of Ed Balls playing guitar on TOTP !!!

    Like

  70. 199
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    MP’s are just twisting pigs !

    Like

  71. 200

    [...] me impressed. Guido Fawkes has yet again spiked the stupid press and looks as though he may have claimed his first scalp of the new Liberal Democrat and Conservative Party Government, the Secretary of State for [...]

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  72. 203
    Oh joy now the tory voters are stark raving apoligists just like the labour trolls says:

    It is a disgrace to see some of you apply double standards here just because the corruption is from the other team. You are as bad as the labour trolls.

    Obviously there are less independant/libertarian free thinkers willing to hold all to account when caught in corruption than first I thought.

    Like

    • 214
      Universal Hiss says:

      I don’t understand.

      I’m quite new to this blog but it seems that any shade will be in for a good kicking if they deserve it.

      It’s just that the red lot seem to give an open goal in that respect & then moan because their goalie only has one eye. We was robbed. No. You were fucking useless.

      Plenty of time to blow the whistle on the blue/orange team.

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    • 226
      Smig says:

      Double Standards? Bollocks!

      I don’t trust any of the fucking gobshites!

      I voted UKIP in the General Circus and voted Conservative in the local govt. elections.

      Your fucking gobshite. What HAVE YOU DONE to make things better.

      You fucking cock. Fuck off or make a difference.

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  73. 204
    2 morrow belongs to ME says:

    So, Clarke to distroy the common law and trial by jury.

    Then this Hag to ensure the CAP is maintained and the French kept sweet.

    Is Browns brother still working for the French by the way ?

    Dave not got one his own in that, position yet ? There is still money to be made from selling off British nuclear sites to EDF.

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  74. 213

    Time to get the dilettantes out of politics and get in some professional people: as quite obviously they’re almost all in it for the money why shouldn’t the taxpayer get some proper bang for his or her buck?

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    • 333
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      Dilettanti, sir, surely!

      Wasn’t the problem with politics the “professionalisation” of it? If anything qualifies someone for politics, it might be best defined as having lead a life outside of it.

      Those wonks who go into politics straight from university have no experience of real life at all. For every exceptional William Pitt the Younger, we have to suffer a thousand Younger William the Pits!

      Having written this, I see a construction of your words which could read “get in some professional people from other walks of life.” In which case, I salute your customary erudition!

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  75. 220
    Smig says:

    Keep at them Gee do.

    New parli a mental. New Gobshites.

    Take them down. Every. Single. Step. Of. The. Way.

    Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss.

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  76. 222
    New Labour is dead! says:

    Two brothers with a rich Marxist daddy want to be Labour leader. Both are pricks.

    http://www.labourlist.org/ed-miliband-tells-doncaster-north-clp-im-in-the-race

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    • 386
      Quantrill says:

      Go for it Millicents, that should put an end to the Labour Party for 20 years whichever one wins.

      Like

  77. 227
    Geoff Cunt says:

    I’m available for consultancy work. I fit that in between my Hoon work.

    Like

  78. 233
    So the battle lines have been drawn says:

    Looks like it’s thick as thieves and I then so far the only ones flying the independent and unbiased flag of truth against the rest of you party trolls and apologists to keep Guidos and the countries reputation in tact.

    We can beat you no matter how many of you come. One hundred, two hundred bring it on!

    The truth will not be stopped.

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    • 236
      So the battle lines have been drawn says:

      Join us fellow custodians of the truth, freedom and independent thought, together we can clean up this country by holding these snakes and supporters to account for their corrupt actions against the cold light of truth.

      Like

    • 247
      Smig says:

      Thick as thieves? That c’unt is as thick as his mothers snatch.

      Rot in hell you fucking windowlicking gobshite.

      May your scrotum be full of weevils and your small, insignificant penis weep the pustulent, blooded goo of a thousand abortive fuckwits.

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      • 257
        Riding Shotgun says:

        Or failing that, a stalker like you.

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        • 264
          Smig says:

          What fooking stalker?

          TaT = TWaT

          Fucking do one.

          You gobsite needledick! Shouldn’t you be busy fapping over well hung ladyboys you fucking smither of mandybum splooge?

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    • 252
      Thieves, perverts and traitors. Your MP's in there somewhere says:

      All the faux anger when the expenses scandal broke was quickly forgotten as the tory drones shuffled into obedient lines upon the orders of their overseers who sniffed the chance to claim first dibs at the trough.

      Like

      • 267
        TAT not enough CARE IN THE COMMUNITY says:

        All the retarded comments in this block are by TAT
        we really do need to reopen the assylums you are not right boy

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        • 274
          So the battle lines have been drawn says:

          Exacatly it’s amazing how the greater howlers all too willing to hold the corrupt scum in Labour to account have fallen deathly silent now their own teams are at the batting stand.

          They have started to try and shut us up with the ‘it’s better than the last lot’ fallacy already.

          If you have been eating shit for the past thirteen years and then are given shit with a lettuce leaf added to eat now how is it better? You are still eating shit!

          All free thinkers must keep vigilant, as some of our former ‘friends’ have now shown there real colours and intentions and like the labour trolls before them they are not pretty.

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  79. 234
    Bullying Dave and his Bullying Right Hand Man says:

    Brown will be back.

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    • 285
      thick thieves tat the twat says:

      ++TOP BOY HAS HAD ENOUGH OF GUIDO RIMMING THE HOUSING BENEFIT CHEAT DAVID CAMERON AND THE CRACKHEAD GIDEON OSBORNE++TOP BOY DECIDES TO START HIS OWN BLOG++TAT IS NOT INTERESTED IN WHORING HIMSELF TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY HIS ONLY CONCERN IS ELECTING BROWN NOT MONEY GRUBBING AND ACCESS WHORING LIKE GUIDO++THICK AS THIEVES BLOG WILL BE THE ONLY LABOUR BLOG WORTH READING++GOING LIVE SOON++WATCH THIS SPACE++TOP BOY HAS HAD ENOUGH OF GUIDO AND HIS TORY MATES STEALING ALL MY IDEAS ANYWAY++WITHOUT CONTRIBUTORS LIKE TOP BOY THIS PLACE IS NO BETTER THAN CONSERVATIVEFOAM INNIT++YOU HAVE QU33RED YOUR OWN PITCH GUIDO++WHAT A MUG++

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  80. 235
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    Why is this c/unt’s website still up?

    http://www.margaretmoran.org.uk/

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  81. 237
    Trev says:

    Shock horror – lets have MPs sponsored by Trade Unions instead.

    Like

    • 251
      Fuck Labour says:

      At least she knows something about the job – Labour put that Bastard Ben Bradshaw in there for god’s sake!

      All Bradshaw brought to the table was ‘effin

      BULLSHIT AND INCOMPETENCE

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    • 269
      Honest Joe says:

      Lets have MP’s unsponsored by any vested interest.
      Or is that too radical?

      Like

  82. 248
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK tax payer says:

    Breaking News
    Ed Millitwat
    will stand against his brother for leadership of the labour farty !

    Like

  83. 250
    The greatest stitch up of all time? says:

    Hey, it could be worse, if Labour got its entire client-state vote out, you could be hearing ” We are securing the recovery for hard-working families…” coming fom the Telly.My guess is Gordon had a nuclear size printing plan at the ready.

    Instead, we have what could be the most humoungus anti-Labour stitch up. The voting public don’t get or care about the 55% wotsit. We’ve then got the equalisation of constituencies. Pick the areas for redundancies very carefully indeed. Agree between Cam/Clegg exactly where each to campaign hard in the next election. Scotland? Why was salmond looking reasonably happy today? Time everything with May 2015 in mind and Stitch…

    This alliance makes possible the one thing the Tories could never achieve on their own – make the big cuts AND stay in power.
    Europe will be tricky. But no problem is too big for the coalition of Stitch.

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    • 256
      Fuck Labour says:

      I hope you are right – make plans to destroy Labour for good but make careful long term plans to also ‘Tame’ those UNELECTED Marxist Bastards within the EU.

      – be very sure that Brown’s ugly face does not open up a new front within the EU TOO!!

      Like

      • 261
        Col Blimp meets the wifeswappers says:

        The ConDemmed lovefest has survived two days so far.
        With any luck they may make it into next week.

        Like

    • 266
      Universal Hiss says:

      Salmond is always happy. He’s had a smug & happy implant free on the caring for usless SNP persons hospital for free. Wouldn’t you? Lots of money & fuck all responsibility.

      It’s all your fault by the way & Sctoland needs lots & lots more money.

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    • 275
      Ratsniffer says:

      I love the scenario you outline. Anything to see the marxists consigned to political oblivion. And it would make them weep at Pravda.

      But Cameron himself wants to make sure that his new chum Nick does not eventually sneak out of the bedroom window to resume his harloting.

      There are those in the lib dems who say that they are having to “hold their noses” and would far rather be cosied up to Labour.

      If that happens, cuckolded cammo could find himself kicked out of bed.

      Cleggy is a man I still suspect as having a side line in snake oil.

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      • 302
        The greatest stitch up of all time? says:

        Is it legal for Ashcroft to fund Tory, Libs and SNP? If not, it will be by 2015.

        The most important thing OF ALL is to keep the LibDem Left on board. Sniff revolt and start throwing them perfectly targeted sardines.

        If there’s no further integration on Europe over the next five years, UKIP will phase out against the threat of a ‘federalist’ Milliband. Similarly, the Tory Right will have nowhere at all to go and whining, Mail-esque style, will troop down grumbling and tick Tory.

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        • 324
          The greatest stitch up of all time? says:

          I’d finally add,that even if i’ve got one or two things wrong, these guys have backrooms full of Ox/Bridge brains who could dream up stitches that none of us have ever dreamed of.
          This is the chance of removing Labour for a generation.

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  84. 265
    Baron Manhandler of Foy says:

    I’ve just been to visit Stephen Timms and am pleased to report that he is sitting up and taking solids.

    Like

  85. 271
    The Morris Marina a nasty log laid by British Leyland says:

    Why is the BBC going on and on about this proposed voting reform in Parliament? The BBC are claiming that there is a backlash against the plan to require 55% of MPs to vote to force a Government out.

    What backlash? I see one twat of a Tory MP (the same one) being interviewed on every BBC channel.

    The jocks have a 65% requirement to make a Government quit in Scotland. How come all of a sudden the BBC have gone of coalitions etc? Could it be because the one eyed shit lost the election?

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    • 276
      Universal Hiss says:

      BBC news is a total laughing stock & should be closed down. I have no problem with educated comment on news. The BBC seem to have a real problem with the definition of news reporting & flagging comment.

      They have & are continuning to behave in a left-winged biased stance. Dreadful.

      So I’ve stopped paying the telly tax. Imprison me if you dare you bastards.

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      • 289
        Anonymous says:

        Read up on what they can and can’t do. They’ll try and bullshit you with a load of crap, i got away with it for years when i was student. I just refused to open the door at first then they caught me mowing the lawn so i invited them in and showed them 1 room, no telly. Eventually you’ll probably have to pay, but its fun leading them in a merry dance!

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        • 296
          Honest Joe says:

          “Eventually you’ll probably have to pay”

          Only if you’re a fucking idiot. Open the door, say piss off and close door.

          Like

          • Percival says:

            On the Arabic Aljazeera in English satellite telly, just been watching 125 year old commie relic Surely Williams being interviewed by 123 year old David O’Frost going on about how nasty Thatcher was and how lovely everything has been for the last dozen or so years. Stupid mendacious old bat needs pushing off her perch pdq.

            Fortunately for my sanity, they were followed by Doug Hurd and the ex Brit ambassador to Washington who brought rather more sanity to the proceedings.

            I need to get out more!

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    • 282
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      pretty easy then as i see it labour already have about 35%
      the glibs have about 15/20%
      a few dessenting tory backbenchers and you have it
      what is the fucking problem ?

      Like

    • 294
      hot metal says:

      They’re covering it on Newsnight now. What a fucking surprise.

      Like

    • 307
      The 55% is a Demand of the Lib Dems says:

      Good to see the toryboys defending it.
      When they finally work out WHY the Lib Dems have demanded this they will soon change their tune.

      Like

  86. 272
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    So nice to see the Milliband brothers take the spirit of liebour infighting so personally. Civil wars are always the bloodiest. Time to pull up a chair, crack open a sixpack and enjoy the fireworks.

    Like

    • 287
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Why dont they “Duke it out” on college green ?
      Mandelscum could impose “Queensfairy” rules

      Like

      • 337
        Can't remember my moniker says:

        Sir, I have suddenly lost the desire to duel with you in that location as we discussed when we first met many moons ago! I have no desire to tread upon pinksword, which I had previously regarded as greensword!

        If the choice was between Consuming (Ale) with Cod and Nesting with Nomates, I have a very clear view of how I would decide!!!

        Yes, I would chose both – because I like to have my cake and eat it!

        Keep well my friend.

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        • 342
          MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

          safe journey and god speed to you sir
          back to your kingdom
          nestled twix’ed the busom of two far off lands
          go fourth in the knowledge that the fair maiden Emily sleeps well in our land
          safe from harm and aware that true English gentlemen
          should if called upon fight to the death to defend her honour
          good night and god bless sir !

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        • 364
          Percival says:

          GreenswArd, if you don’t mind.

          Like

  87. 288
    TAT the TWAT, in his mouth Esther SHAT says:

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    • 300
      So the battle lines have been drawn says:

      Keep making an arse out of yourself as my ally thick as thieves has obviously got you and your masters shaken up and on the ropes already.

      The truth will out on all party corruption, no where to run or hide.

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      • 308
        TAT the mental case says:

        you really are a schizo loon aren’t you?
        everyone knows it’s you as you are the only person who would defend yourself

        ‘my ally’ Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

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  88. 293
    Peter MangledBum (Lord of the Rings) says:

    I have just visited Steven Timms and i can reveal “it’s only a little prick”
    and his wounds are healing just fine !

    Like

    • 309
      Call a Veterinary says:

      The consultant recommends plastic surgery.
      As soon as the wounds heal.

      Like

      • 318
        The Sun says:

        A Matron added that because of his condition previous to the attack, her staff were feeding him toast, because it was the only thing they could kick under the fucking door.

        Like

      • 319
        Tat answers all his own posts because he's a twat says:

        twat

        Tat

        Where’……s the blog?
        Where’s the blog? Where’s the blog?

        Like

        • 323
          Mad Dog K says:

          It is I ‘So the battle lines have been drawn’ the ally of thick as thieves, keep making an arse out of yourself it is amusing.

          Like

  89. 301
    Miliband V Miliband says:

    The pair of them are so fucking Mr Bean they should change their surname to Heinz.

    Like

    • 314
      Catflap says:

      So DavEd milliband is the next Labour party leader.
      That sort of stitch up wouldn’t be tolerated even in a Church raffle for fucks sake.
      Bring back hereditary peers because these hereditary cu*ts are shit.

      Like

    • 320
      Miliband V Catflap says:

      I agree with everything I say

      Like

  90. 321
    Elgin's lost his marbles says:

    Is it a worthwhile improvement to swap turds for cowpats?

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  91. 327
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    A farm worker arrived home after a night on the beer
    stinking of shite
    his wife says my god what the fuck have you been doing you fucking stink ?
    i took a short cut across the cow fields
    and i dropped my cap
    an i had to try
    on 30 before i found the right one !

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  92. 353
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron wastes no time in calling for his government to be the “greenest ever”! Huuh? Maybe I am mistaken but I thought the tory party was blue and the green party was green and the greenest party ever. If Cameron wants the tories to be the green party then why not join the green party?
    The tories want to follow the example of California which was the first big state/country to jump aboard the green utopia dream which quickly turned into a dark nightmare and turned a rich state into a poverty stricken sickly and broke state with mass unemployment.
    But maybe that was just an anomoly, maybe Spain which quickly followed the example of California did much better as it jumped aboard the green dream? Er…uhm…aaaah NO NO NO, Spain quickly found that the green promises of a prosperous green economy quickly turned into an economic quagmire of mass unemployment, economic ruination, economic fraud and mis management, a rise in organised criminal activity exploiting the green subsidies with carpet bagger capitalists syphoning off billions and it is now sinking into second world status.

    The moral of the story is that the green dream is in fact a nightmare for ordinary people and a fantasy dream come true for the criminals and fraudsters and charlatons and freaks. The green economy fantasy of Camerons regime will break us in these islands forever, those who have tried it have crashed in flames and the Cleggerons are determined to follow like lemmings over the economic cliff.

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  93. 356
    Tapestry says:

    In the Philippines where all governments are corrupt, they say that they don’t mind a corrupt government that runs the country well. They hate the corrupt governments that destroy the place, such as the Marcos regime. In Britain, they try to pretend that governments are not corrupt, but in fact most are here also. The dividing line is no longer between the corrupt and the incorrupt, but in relativity – how corrupt, and how competent or incompetent.

    One might hope that Spelman is less corrupt than she first appears to be, and that she deploys whatever knowledge she has to the good of the country. An ex-poacher makes a good game-keeper, as they used to say. The problem might be if the poacher merely sees more things to steal, and puts nothing back in. We are forced by circumstances to give her the benefit of the doubt, until specific stories of wrongdoing come to light.

    But there were plenty of warnings about Spelman regarding her expenses claims.

    Once Owen Paterson’s done in Northern Ireland, he’s as incorruptible as they come, like John Hayes, recently appointed. And what about John Redwood? He’s not known for having even one finger in any tills.

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  94. 358
    Reallyreally pissed off voter says:

    If Cameron really wants to win the trust of the electorate he should ask her to resign forthwith or sack her is she won’t. It’s almost certain that her lobbying firms action has resulted in the British consumer being stitched up yet again

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    • 359
      You may be pissed off but the politicos couldn't really be bothered says:

      It may be a “different “government…same old politics…sometimes the electorate are SO gullible.

      The “ruling class” of any party will always end up on top.They had a bit of a scare in the last parliament over expenses but it’s business as usual…..full steam ahead…..

      Now then where’s that list of tax increases ?????????

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      • 362
        albacore says:

        Botch Cameron and the Clagg-Up Kid getting on their bikes and yodelling “Raindrops are falling on your head” while pissing on the electorate as they pass by, perhaps.
        Trouble is, it gets so farcical that they must be using the nation’s sense of humour as a Trojan Horse.
        I had a most amicable chat with a couple of nice people at HMRC the other day. We all bemoaned the fact that they’re suffering a Chinook software moment and can’t even sort it out by reverting to manual calculations.
        All good fun for us kids waiting for Santa Taxman to hand over the refund anticipated last Christmas; but the sting in the tail is that the system is overdue for going totally automated (sort of like Skynet). When it does, they won’t need any nice people at all there, apart from maybe the Chief Exec.
        How we larfed.

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  95. 365
    Anonymous says:

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss …

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  96. 368
    Floating Voter says:

    O/T – That shit Maguire is on Sky News pontificating about the upcoming labour leadership contest. Quite why this bag of manure is wheeled out from time to time to stink the place out I’ll never understand. Is he the best there is or the cheapest perhaps? Nah, he’s a leftie and by definition, greedy.

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  97. 371
    50 Calibre says:

    I really think that Spelman’s appointment will turn out to have been a bad mistake by Cameron.

    If it looks looks dodgy, sounds dodgy and stinks a bit, it’s probably dodgy and this new government doesn’t need dodgy. There are enough people having a go at it already. To given them further ammunition is very silly. The decision to put her in a position of power is fundamentally flawed just on the basis of the nanny thing, never mind what’s in Guido’s post.

    PMs should have more sense, but then they are detached from reality by nature.

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    • 374
      lolol says:

      No doubt after an airing on this blog,the chances are that the lazy msm will pick it up and start following the trails,just what Liebour loonies and the milliboys need to say that that theirs no change in the NuConLibDum party.

      Like

      • 380
        Get over it ........................ says:

        Remind me again – how many times did ex Chancellor Darling flip his home – three? four? – I’ve forgotten!

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  98. 375
    Jon says:

    Poor old fraud, Vince Cable must be depressed this morning. His beloved Labbour are in opposition and he has the unwanted responsibility of being in govt, something that he is clearly not up to…….

    “Vince Cable told Gordon Brown repeatedly that he did not want to go into coalition with the Conservatives, according to insider accounts of the talks that reshaped British politics.

    Dr Cable, the deputy Liberal Democrat leader, used a series of telephone calls with Mr Brown to emphasise that he regarded a deal with the Tories as the least palatable option for his party, The Times has learnt. ”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article7127382.ece

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    • 378
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      He went into politics to do “Fuck All” thats why he joined the Glib-Dims
      you could tell by his face the other day that he is scared shitless at the prospect of having to make decisions
      he is a fraud and is about to be exposed
      it’s easy sitting at the back of the class muttering what you would do
      but when called upto the front he’s bottled it !

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  99. 376
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Here’s the script if Cameron can have two leaders so can Labour
    so they will elect both Millitwats

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  100. 379
    LOL says:

    David Miliband is nothing more than Mandelson’s gimp!

    “If Miliband is to be a decent Labour leader and have any chance in the looming contest, he needs to be his own man, not the quivering monkey to Peter Mandelson’s organ-grinder.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1278581/PETER-OBORNE-Does-George-Osborne-dare-reveal-TRUE-size-Britains-black-hole.html#ixzz0nz1bbIAB

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  101. 381
    Not many posts either!............. says:

    I know it’s the post election period but this Spelman story is not that significant – or indeed interesting – it’s what politician’s do ain’t it?

    You’re in power or you’re a lobbyist – etc etc

    NEXT !

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    • 382
      Spelman's Lobbying Past ....... says:

      I agree – the key to it is in Guido’s Title –

      Spelman’s ……………….. Lobbying Past

      Thank heaven somebody’s in DEFRA and knows the subject well

      Not like the Benn Brown Beckett Millitwat Fitzpatrick madness – veggies x 4 !!

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  102. 392

    [...] Letters From A Tory is winding up, so it would appear is The Orange Party, Guido is valiantly harping on about Caroline Spelman… but there’s something missing. The srongest stuff is actually on Conservative Home, [...]

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Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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