May 26th, 2010

The Post-Robinson Age

At the noticeably well attended Policy Exchange party last night, Guido was chatting amiably to James Landale the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor when, just for sport, he asked, “Do you think you are going to get Nick’s job?” “There isn’t a vacancy” he said in the manner of a politician’s answer. Sensing opportunity, “Laura’s prettier, she wants the job” Guido teased.

“There is that” and then his body tensed and his face reddened, “the deputy never gets the job”. It was Heseltinian, it was a non-denial of ambition. There is a lot to be said for Landale, although his explanatory style sometimes seems to be too derivative of Robbo, he has his merits, and he is of course the same generation as the new governing generation. Perhaps more importantly, he is an Old Etonian…

See also: Taxi for Nick Robinson


115 Comments

  1. 1
    Ewanme says:

    OMG !!!

    You ARE a naughty little boy ain’t ya Guido ???

    Wotever they do , they must keep that mong Pesto away from the mic . Laura may be foreign but at least Ewa can understand wot she’s sayin , FFS .

    Na night .

    E x .

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    • 3
      Blogging on thin air says:

      Guido’s looking for a new job!
      Why? because I said so!

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    • 12
      Loony Lefty Libcons says:

      We are the progressives now!

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    • 62
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Ed Balls making sure he’s not elected as Labour leader.

      By his mathematics, the bottomless pit, money draining, non-wealth generating public sector are the ones that can get the UK out of recession*, and the private sector can just wither on the vine.

      * The ONS has rigged the last two quarters figures to include “government spending”, which apart from never having been counted in GDP figures, is now massively distorting the GDP figures to make it look like the UK is out of recession, when it’s not.

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  2. 2
    Southern Softy says:

    If he hasn’t rehearsed his response, he is clearly not up to the job.

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  3. 4
    up your bullingdon says:

    “And, most importantly, he is an Old Etonian…”

    Bend over boy, you know what’s coming.

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    • 58
      Tulkinghorn says:

      Thanks, Guido, I didn’t know before where he acquired that sneering tone.

      Sack him. Sack Knobinson. Sack the whole BBC.

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  4. 10
    Anonymous says:

    to soon to get above your pay grade guido, stick to others back stabbing

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  5. 11
    Anonymous says:

    gutitdo censorship

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  6. 13
    Andrew Neil says:

    I wouldn’t climb over her to get to him.

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  7. 15
    Abduhl of Clerkenwell says:

    I love the thousand yard stare
    Its so Lebanon 1970’s
    What a f&%ing C (*)

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  8. 16
    Fuck Harridan Hardperson and her cunting friends says:

    Ayesha Hazarika is about as funny as cancer and as talented as a lobotomised amoeba.

    Discuss.

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    • 47
      Chris Bryant says:

      the new prime minister didn’t answer the question ….yah boo …it’s not fair i’m gonna cry now

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      • 60
        GCSE Examiner says:

        Chris, you will do better if you read the question. However, I will award you 120%. It would have been 125% but for your slight lapse in capitalization and punctuation (which I am sorry I have pointed out, please forgive me).

        Excellent work. The standard keeps getting better. A tribute to our kids and their dedicated teechers.

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  9. 18
    R.soles says:

    I cabut not even a twitch to robinson I know where my vote goinn crack one off to the lovely laura

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    • 19
      R.soles says:

      It should read I can crack one off to the lovely laura but I dont even get a twitch with robinson I know where my vote going

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      • 21
        NeverRed says:

        ‘lovely laura’!

        Just another scottish sounding bint.

        Far too many jocks on tv. A lot less now in government thank god, lets have an independent England and send the labour voting fuckers home.

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        • 22
          Genghiz the kahn says:

          Lovely Laura daughter of a Scottish Quangocrat, (who was a backer of Windy Alexander).

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        • 94
          Lord Monteagle says:

          Laura is just another scion of the Labour establishment in Jockland.

          However backing Wendy Alexander for Scottish Labour leader does show that her father had a sense of humour.

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  10. 20
    Jimmy says:

    “the deputy never gets the job”

    Poor Harry.

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  11. 23
    mac the spoon says:

    toenails needs to be issued a flying fucksmack. I’d be happy to oblige the balding snatch.

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  12. 25
    Minekiller says:

    Who cares? Get rid of the licence fee and release all that huge talent into the private sector! I’m sure Rupert is gagging to sign up all that famously neutral and objective BBC expertise.

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  13. 26
    The Morris Marina a nasty log laid by British Leyland says:

    I see fatty Abbott is ahead in the latest popularity poll for Liebour leader. Oh yes please, could you imagine her and Hattie running Liebour? Two old dykes together. That should keep Liebour out of power for 100 years

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    • 37
      Bob says:

      It is a popularity poll including Tories and Libdems !!

      If we all voted as well, it would be BLINKY to win by a landslide….

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    • 55
      anon, anon, anon..... says:

      She will withdraw. I hear she has been offered the position of stand-in for Dorothy
      ( as the dog)

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  14. 27
    The Morris Marina a nasty log laid by British Leyland says:

    I listened to the shit spouted by Toenails last night and at the end of it was none the wiser to Government policy at the end.

    Why can’t the useless c u n t talk plain sense like Tom Bradby does on ITV? Oh and for my 2p I think Jon Craig as sky News will get Toenails job as he’s even more pro Liebour than Toenails.

    The wildcard would be Toilets MaGuire, a talentless big nosed leftie geordie mong. Perfect for the BBC.

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  15. 28
    nell says:

    I’d rather be talking about the post BBC era.

    LOng past the time they were auctioned off in bits to the highest bidder and our license fee was cancelled.

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    • 34
      blow um up says:

      agree

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    • 44

      R4 in a panic this morning over Gove’s Academies. Webb asked Gove, ‘if you allow the academies to stray from the national curriculum, you won’t allow them teach that homosexuals are wrong will you’?

      What a state of affairs FFS!!! BBCs priority is teaching that being a poof is fine, not a mention of the sciences or engineering, they just want to ensure our schools churn out rent-boys!

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      • 48
        Bob says:

        The hunger of the BBC for rentboys and cocaine is ENORMOUS…

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        • 54

          So that’s pederasty and chemistry on the curriculum – any other subjects the BBC would like to see taught in our schools?

          Maybe a course in extortion, to supply more license fee collectors?

          Fuck ‘em.

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          • 30 hours of Marxism followed by Empire denial.

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          • Mr Ned says:

            Close, it is actually 20 hours of third way common purpose leadership (formerly known as Marxism) followed by empire GUILT followed by carbon guilt, followed by diversity worship.

            Ironically, there is no scope in the diversity worship for any diversity of opinion at all.

            We must all worship the same minorities and hate the same bogey groups.

            But yeah, that seems to be the BBC’s perfect curriculum.

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      • 59
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        An odd question to come to mind, but such schools might well tell kids the earth is only 8000 years old, and god made it all.

        Hence all of geology and biology is bollocks.

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      • 102
        Anonymous says:

        What is it with the media’s obsession with buggery? Are they rammed to the gills with bummers or what?

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    • 66
      Dream on says:

      Mr Cameron stressed that he supported the BBC

      He said: “The BBC is an important national institution. I want to see it prosper and succeed and be a fantastic cultural asset.”

      He added that he was a “supporter of the licence fee”

      Jeremy Hunt Conservative MP, Shadow Culture Secretary

      “I believe that the BBC is a great national institution.”

      “I am proud of the BBC. I think that most British people think that we are very lucky to have a BBC and most people who aren’t British, if they don’t have a BBC, wish they did have one.”

      “I don’t see the BBC as a State broadcaster. “I think people see the BBC as operating at arms length from the government and it’s very important that it should continue to do so and that’s why we’ve said we will protect the BBC charter.”

      Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has defended the BBC, saying it’s “unique in the world and we should be proud of it” and said the trend for politicians to constantly attack it was wrong.

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      • 87
        Max the Impaler says:

        Yep..they have read the electorate correctly again…numpties.

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        • 92
          Mr Ned says:

          Sadly a large section of the population is brainwashed into blind support of the BBC, by the BBC.

          So yeah, Cameron has read a large section of the public correctly. There is a sizeable proportion of the country that love ‘Auntie Beeb’ and would be utterly lost without it.

          I like a fair bit of the BBC output, from sports coverage, the excellent natural history department in Bristol (when they are not spreading alarmist bullshit about climate change) and some of their drama output is top class.

          Their news coverage is a complete joke though and the entire BBC news department should be closed down, or made on a voluntary pay-per-view basis.

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          • Rip Van Winkle says:

            Mr Ned, I see you’re not a sports nut then. The BBC output on sports coverage is S H I T, spelt in two foot high letters! Sky Sports is simply different kettle – football, golf, rugby – you name it!

            Or would you be into netball?

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          • Backwoodsman says:

            Ned, the natural history is also pretty selectively slanted to the beeboid, leftist narative too ! They really don’t have too much going for them.

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  16. 29
    oldfella says:

    maybe this is where all the nextlabour MPs where last night. There was not one of them – NOT ONE – in the Commons debating the Queens speech mid evening. If this is the state of the Opposition, then bring it on I say…. only, what exactly are we paying them for???

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  17. 33

    Robinson was bloody awful yesterday – what’s the point of a political editor who doesnt’ appear to understand politics? He even seems to struggle with the concept of labour not being in govt.

    And as for the notion that govt can shove through measures, *even if* the BBC oppose them and think those poor Bangor folk may go without a doctor (did you see that? FFS), well that’s just WRONG innit? Fucktarded slaphead. Marching orders, for him, and the entire BBC.

    Two jobs for Cameron – sort the deficit, shred the BBC.

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    • 36
      Rick Nobinson says:

      Did Liebour lose then ???

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      • 42
        Backwoodsman says:

        Whilst some sections of the bbc, are still in denial over ‘their’ party loosing the election, the ‘bedwetters wing’ always were secret closet liberal luvvies. They find Vince just so manly and they don’t have to pretend they like those grusome rough working class types like Prescott any more.

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      • 52
        oldfella says:

        No, of course not!!

        Cripes man, they just didn’t win and neither did anyone else

        Where have you been, North Korea???

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    • 40
      MI5 says:

      Close down BBC News to start with

      There should be no STATE NEWS BROADCASTING in a real democracy…

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    • 101
      fiddle sticks says:

      HEHEHE so this would be the same beeb that screamed about the N.H.S stripping Africa of all it’s doctors would it ??? TOSSERS

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    • 108
      Anonymous says:

      Yup, it was hardly impartial that the piece on the effects of limiting immigration were wholly negative. No mention that maybe, just maybe, our newly qualified docs wouldn’t have to emigrate to find work after we’ve expensively paid for their training, nor a peep that maybe indigenous IT workers might have a better chance of being employed if IT companies weren’t bringing in Indian workers on company transfer schemes on vastly lower wages etc etc. No, that wouldn’t be the Beeb, because we all know (and even if we didn’t, the Beeb would let us know) that the untrammeled, unfettered mass immigration over the last 40 years has been one of limitless benefit to this poor, tired, empire ridden shithole. Well if you watch the Beeb that is…

      Looking forward to Dimbleby’s upcoming series on how bloody marvellous everything in Africa is and that’s why noone’s leaving there to come to Blighty. More propaganda from the Beeb. It’s what we do.

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  18. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Robinson just read his blogs everyone is against the tories even now even his followers have started to slag him off and the numbers have dropped.
    Not one good word for any one but Labour.complete shit head.

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  19. 39
    MI5 says:

    Good psychological warfare Guido

    Keep the presure up and we will get rid of Toenails

    But the real question is

    How to realistically bring maximum pressure on the BBC as a whole

    2 ways I see

    1) Push for publications of all salaries and expenses (and profits made through “production” companies)

    2) Push the Coalition to open an investigation of the whole BBC

    And the Topries and Orange Bookers cannot favour a COMPULSORY TV license….COERTION is against all liberals principles in these matters

    Especially when it comes to a STATE broadcaster…

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    • 45
      Genghiz the kahn says:

      Tell Sid, that the BBC is going to be the next British Gas.

      Sell it off.

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    • 86
      limpservatives says:

      and wet as a dishcloth liberal lover cameron is going to scrap the BBC is he?
      course he is! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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      • 105
        Genghiz the kahn says:

        If you are trying to reduce the government’s debt, you have to keep an open mind over selling off public corporations like the Post Office and the BBC.

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  20. 43
    Sir William Waad says:

    Never mind whether Mr Landale is pretty – has he got the toenails for the job? Good pedicure is essential for a BBC political editor.

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  21. 46
    Unsworth says:

    “Laura’s prettier, she wants the job”

    Prettier? A matter of opinion and tendency.

    She wants the job? OK so what will she do to secure the position?

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    • 56
      Southern Softy says:

      Is the good lady related to Lemprick Optick, or should I adjust my vertical hold?

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      • 65
        Tulkinghorn says:

        I beg your pardon, but I think I can speak for many people here when I say I do not wish to know about your hold, vertical or otherwise.

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      • 68
        lolol says:

        She has one of the Scots accents I would like to hear less of,it’s like a train wheel screeching along a rail,still like you lot, Iam forced to pay for something I don’t watch or listen to,as I prefer Sky,yes it’s crap but when I get fed up I can stop paying and get rid of it as a service but I still have to pay for AlJaBeeb,I would like to see the AlJaBeeb set up as a PayasYou go service and the licence got rid off,then they can be as biased as they want.

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  22. 50
    theprofromdover says:

    Talking of job vacancies -did I miss something that suggested Mandy’s oily skills might get him in line for BP Chairman?
    Everything he touches, he ends up smelling of shit -but smug with it.
    A true dung beetle.

    Say it aint so.

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    • 70
      Father Abraham says:

      BP have come to the conclusion that they can’t fix the oil spill, so a change of tactic means they need someone to convince the Yanks that an environmental disaster is in their best interests.

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    • 74
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      there was a guido-link to it- and its still there.

      I wonder whether BP are going to get shafted and thrown out of america for populist reasons. (Hate of oil companies is allowed over there if they aren’t american).

      Right man for the job.

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    • 83
      Dick Tator says:

      Mandy as BP chairman? Isn’t there a law that says you can’t have an oil slick in charge of an oil slick. Wouldn’t be fair, innit?

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  23. 51
    MI5 says:

    Guido

    Can we have a list of accredited “Lobby correspondents” sometime please

    Then we will know who is being spun and spinning for the government and opposition..

    This would be a good way for the public to know who not to believe…

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  24. 73
    JD says:

    James Landale is just another anti-Tory, pro-Labour shill.

    He’s as biased as Toenails. The BBC need sorting out properly, starting with an official investigation into political bias.

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    • 85
      blow um up says:

      keep up the pressure thats all we can do.

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    • 110
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      As the cops used to say about the Alexandra in Clapham – ‘We don’t mind it – at least we know where all the villains are’.

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  25. 75
    Ed says:

    Now he no longer has the protection of being in government, Mandelson is being hunted. He should be in jail for selling this country down the river:

    “Mandelson driven around Alps in classic Ferrari of Rothschild heir at the centre of £500m dinner with an oligarch”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1281408/Mandelson-s-Alpine-drive-classic-Ferrari-Rothschild-heir-centre-500m-dinner-oligarch.html#ixzz0p1PlUHnn

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  26. 77
    MI5 says:

    Guido

    Did Toenails ever come clan about the Rosie Winterton affair ??!

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  27. 79
    Labour rat race latest says:

    Miliband Ed 41
    Miliband David 37
    Balls Ed 13
    Burnham Andy 8
    McDonnell John 0
    Abbott Diane 0

    http://www2.labour.org.uk/home

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  28. 81
    DMili Tweet says:

    David Cameron speech today very petulant. Not statesman. Harriet had good lines. Lib dems looked sick.
    http://twitter.com/DMiliband/status/14719136516

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    • 91
      Quentin Letts says:

      “David Miliband, on the Opposition front bench, certainly watched Mr Cameron with jovial longing. Ed Balls, on a step below the Speaker’s Chair, crouched in a vat of rage, pink as a man locked in a health-farm steam box.”

      David Cameron creamed the Chamber with such assurance

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      • 93
        streamfisher says:

        “crouched in a vat of rage” -excellent!.

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        • 98
          Unsworth says:

          Yep, very apt. Miliband can’t cut it anyway. He’s got the full gravitas of a duck. Where do they find these schoolboys?

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    • 107
      Anonymous says:

      lol

      Millibana is about as far from statemanlike as it’s possible to get. Cameron is a lightweight but Miliband is far worse, annoying, wonky, weird, childish and thinks he is intelligent.

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  29. 89
    blow um up says:

    What a complete twat he is may i say and who cares a fuck what he says only the BBC polly and the rest of the left wing media.FFS

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  30. 90
    Desperate Dan says:

    During the 24hour a day Agreeing a Coalition drama Laura was brilliant. She always gives the impression she knows what’s going on even if she doesn ‘t and unlike Robinson she doesn’t wear her politics on her shoulder.
    The two men who showed themselves to be not up to the job were James Landale and Mike Sergeant. Landale’s low point was his over-animated report, inappropriately filmed in a busy government atrium, with a bemused Vince Cable in the background.
    Mike Sergeant was completely out of his depth and gave a prime example of why nepotism is always a bad thing.

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    • 99
      Unsworth says:

      Frankly it was clear that she was on something extremely chemical at the time. Whether it was a momentary thing no doubt we’ll see, but I found it exhausting watching her ‘energetic’ pieces to camera – remarkably hyper.

      Toenails by contrast is a pantomime dame with all the arch self-regard that the role demands – and isn’t Peston’s verbal affliction getting worse these days?

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  31. 103
    A man in a white coat says:

    Losing it a bit, aren’t we Guido?
    A beeboid with merit!
    Pull yourself together man.

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  32. 104
    Canary Wharf Rat says:

    Get the feeling that figuratively they are fiddling (musically) while Rome burns. Stock markets begining the meltdown, Europe, the Euro and it’s masters in freefall and inflation thanks to quantative diarrhea just begining to rev up.
    We have yet to experience the real effect of just how dire this and the other western economies truly are. Stand by perhaps for wages default in the Public Sector in the not too distant. Globalisation is about to take a very cold shower.

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  33. 111
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Labour need someone with a unique combination of wit, intelligence, gravitas and honesty to deal with Cameron. That’s why my money is on Hazel Blears.

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  34. 113
    aLabourhater says:

    I don’t understand all the Robinson bashing here? He’s one of us! He’s a tory! Surely we need him to stay there in order to counteract the nasty leftist agenda prevalent in the bastard broadcasting corporation?

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