June 1st, 2010

Whodunnit?

Speculation is rife about who stuck the knife into David Laws and told Holly Watt at The Telegraph that she might want to go back and take a look at their well guarded, unredacted, expenses files. There was a desire to out Laws officially from the moment he stepped into the Treasury, but who could have been so angry with his hurtling rise to village-fame?

Obvious suspect number one would have to be the man fleeing the scene of a crime. Liam Byrne was humiliated and has left his recovering party wide open to attack with his infamous “there’s no money left” note that Laws revealed so publicly. Baldemort doesn’t look like a man who would let things go lightly…

Some eyebrows were raised at Alastair Campbell over the weekend after he appeared on Question Time slamming Laws on Thursday and even produced a framed photograph of the former Treasury Chief. Vendettas are his forté, but would he or Byrne have had the knowledge of Lundie? That vital clue points towards a Brutus-style stab in the back….

As Guido’s old chum David Aaronvitch said, Vince Cable has spent the last three weeks looking “like a bulldog sipping piss from a nettle.” He  has got the raw end of the cuts and his economic reputation was decimated by Laws. Clearly he isn’t a happy bunny and as Guido wrote last week, he stood down as Deputy Leader in a simple manoeuvre to have the left-winger Simon Hughes elevated, reminding Clegg of the more lunatic elements of his party. In collusion with Hughes, Vince is clearly up for causing trouble. A former Deputy Leader and a former President of the Liberal Democrats would be privy to vital information about their MPs. Like rumours of boyfriends for example.

David Laws’s right-wingery drives the left of his party round the bend. When he became the darling of Westminster, applauded on both sides of the House for his deft Commons performances, he would have given many of them the needle. The culprit could be the one who would have not only the spite but the knowledge too. Either that or it was some young upstart at Edelman who wanted to make a quick buck.

Or perhaps Holly cross-checked the expenses claims against records for the address, noted that the landlord lived at the address and was a good looking young man which in view of the rumours… You know, good old fashioned research?


220 Comments

  1. 1
    older not wiser says:

    Surely Professor BumChum, in the treasury with a the Cable.

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  2. 2
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Campbell? Maybe. So let’s listen to his latest rantings on New Labour for free (because who would buy his book)…

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      Thunderbox says:

      Nice to see Mr Shit near the top of this thread. He and the BBC were up to their necks in it, hence the row over Laws’ non appearance. It was all part of their plan to sensationalise the programme. The BBC managed to spin off their disappointment with the excuse they ‘would not be dictated to by Downing Street’ when their seedy plot failed. Downing Street quite rightly demanded an opposition shadow front bencher to face Laws, knowing that Alchy Campbell was accountable to no one but himself. The only point that I wonder is whether Downing Street knew the BBC/Campbell plot.

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      • 104
        Laddie says:

        I agree – denied the outing of Laws. AC’s attempt at scooping his leak to the DT?

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    • 190
      Another Tory let down by the Tories says:

      This man is who exactly?

      Move on, nothing to see here.

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  3. 3
    DT Editor says:

    If you are thinking of taking a high-profile, public service office, do not bother sticking your head above the parapet unless your balls are squeaky clean.
    We got shit loads more dirt where this came from.

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    • 19
      It doesn't add up... says:

      Who’s been cleaning Balls’ balls?

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    • 60
      One of the many ex-DT readers says:

      OK, DT editor.. let’s have it!

      Anything to stop your illiterate teenage hacks writing endlessly about Google’s Doodle and Apple’s bloody iPad.

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      • 117
        Hugh Janus says:

        …and endless ‘lifestyle’ pages, results of endless surveys (which are nothing more than silly press releases from those purporting to produce the survey), silly shopping stories (they caught that from the BBC) and trivia unlimited.

        Quite glad I don’t waste my heard-earned on this rag any more, it’s really scraping the barrel.

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    • 128
      DT Editor says:

      SIR- Granted, One of the many ex-DT readers, sir; Missy Briananonny Gordon is a, slightly, immature twenty year-old and James T. Kirkup’s balls are going to beam down anytime soon but we do have some more mature writers and bloggers on the pay-roll: James Delingpole (51) writes about AGW; Gerald Warner (79) writes on English matters from a twisted, Scotch, Jacobean point of view and we have our resident man-of-the-cloth, The (Rev.?) George Pitcher (61), to inject his form of insanity into the proceedings.
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      • 146
        Peter Carter-Fuck says:

        If they get Bryony Gordon on page 3 with her rather impressive tits out, I shall gladly donate a quid to the Barclay twins’ slush fund.

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      • 149
        Jabbb the Cat says:

        Ah yes, Igonikon Jerk, the regurgitator of other peoples writings and firm legend in his own mind.

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      • 153
        Anonymous says:

        Oh No! Not Ingonken Jack!!

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      • 221
        One of the many ex-DT readers says:

        Just on the off-chance you pop back – yes, the Dtel website’s free, but you get what you pay for. The dtel website is just crap. Paragraphs that start with ‘but’ or ‘and’. Endless spelling mistakes. The overwhelming impression that the hack doesn’t understand (or care about) his subject. Articles that start “Is this the reason..” (why are you asking us? You really are the Daily Mail, aren’t you?) Little things like that.

        But it’s ‘free’. Great. I don’t bother reading about “Google Doodles” any more (just checking tonight, and you’re running yet another story about Google Doodles. Great if you’re 14. I’m not).

        I used to BUY the Telegraph, but I don’t any more because it’s low-brow drivel. Simon Heffer’s endless “I hate the Tories” articles every Wednesday (it’s basically the same article, reprinted every week, isn’t it?), Bryony Gordon’s inane shite. Dross. All of it. You’re screwed, Dtel. You’re a shadow of what you once were, a pale imitation. You can’t even hide this inescapable fact from yourself.

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    • 206
      Graham says:

      On the basis that they have decided to buy a major British newspaper I assume the same applies to the Barclay brothers, so can we now expect an investigation of their affairs by the Daily Telegraph? For years the DT was owned by a crook, yet we heard not a squeak from the DT journalists. It seems that their silence is easily bought.

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  4. 4
    MarMar says:

    My guess is Cable. The man has walked around sulking. Terrible little twat. He is my local MP as well.

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    • 138
      cant hunter says:

      Perhaps. Most of those senior LibDems are the most awful shits–Campbell, Hughes, Steele (are we ever going to be given a reprieve from that self righteous creep; 40 years he’s been around),but I would believe anything, anything of that sanctimonious, holier than thou,puffed up, secretary shagging,eyes screwed for visionary effect, Paddy Ashdown.

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      • 188
        Anonymous says:

        They are the most dysfunctional group imaginable. They would fight over turds in a cesspit.

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      • 200
        Snotfunny Any More says:

        Not forgetting the appalling Shirley Williams.

        An Indian friend asked me many years ago (around the time of the Jeremy Thorpe murder case I guess) whether the whole party was made up of depraved perverts. I don’t think he was primarily shocked by their sexual proclivities

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      • 207
        Anonymouse says:

        Good to see Steel has a new set of teeth.

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      • 213
        Bene says:

        Cant hunter – right again; but presumably that is why they took a risk with Laws and now with a.n.other… just hope that Laws got things into place before he left.

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    • 156
      Cocklecarrot says:

      Did Laws turn Vince’s advances away? Nothing as furious as a pooftah scorned!!

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      • 158
        Grammar School Boy says:

        David Laws will be a neat replacement when St Vitus is humiliated as Business guru…within 6 months…now that will seriously piss him off!

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    • 205
      Graham says:

      Vince Cable has specifically denied knowing about David Law’s homosexuality. While obviously parliamentary colleagues I doubt whether they had much in common from a social perspective. Even if Vince Cable had any suspicions I imagine both parties would have adopted the strategy “Don’t tell, don’t ask”.

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  5. 5
    Dutch says:

    Doesn’t uncle Ming have form in this area?

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    • 103
      Yorkie says:

      The enemy always sit behind you in the Commons, the ones facing you are simply the Opposition or the Government!

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    • 140
      Anonymous says:

      Doesn’t uncle Ming have form in this area?

      Sure does-him and his mate broon the cloon tried to bring down the Scots govt-unsuccessfully I may add

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  6. 6
    Tom Tomos says:

    Well it wasn’t his vetting officer! Infamy, infamy, they’ve all… !

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    purpleline says:

    Menzies Campbell in the LibDem Kitchen with the lead piping did it in my humble opinion with the support of Grandad Cable

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    • 9
      That's News says:

      Why didn’t Simon Hughes join the Ecology Party/Green Party? Especially after attending a Party Conference?

      It was, he let slip, because he wanted to have influence. He didn’t see it as being possible to become an MP by joining the Greens. Nice to see a young man with such strong principles.

      But ong term Green Party member Caroline Lucas has shown that it is possible to be a Green and to become an MP. But perhaps Simon was a bit more desperate for personal glory and power? Ooops! I mean influence, of course!

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      • 29
        green is the new pink says:

        …but only in the gayest constituency in the country.

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          More Tories Please says:

          It wasn’t when Hughes was first elected. I was working in Borough High Street at the time. One of the receptionists was a local lass in her early twenties and from a traditional Labour family. She stated quite clearly on a number of occasions that “No way was she going to vote for that poof Tatchell“. I think that applied to the rest of her family.

          No doubt thay have all been re-educated.

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        • 78
          The only non-gay in the village says:

          No, the gayest constituency is Brighton Kemptown, which one of Dave’s minions holds by a very measly 1,322 votes.

          I live in Brighton Kemptown. If Dave goes ahead with his CGT hike (or he continues to be a gutless wonder with regards to the EU), my vote switches to UKIP at the next GE.

          Ah, but Dave can afford to lose seats, can’t he, having so soundly beaten the worst government in British history..

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      • 80
        Cassandra King says:

        Aaaah Simon Hughes, my abiding memory of him smirking as he patted the back of the drunkard Kennedy just as he retired.
        A nasty smirk from the backstabbing two faced greasy pole climber and typical libdem material, they all deserve each other.
        Remeber the libedems lying through their teeth about Kennedys alcaholism, lies and more lies, meat and drink to a libdem and must be a required qualification.

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        • 107
          Andrew Dalby says:

          And Churchill’s alcoholism and Thatchers liking for a wee dram and ….

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          • bergen says:

            Just remember that the PM most fond of the drink this country ever had was the last PM of a purely Liberal administration-H H Asquith “old Squiff”himsellf.

            It was so notorious that it could even be celebrated in the music hall songs of the period.

            “Mr Asquith tells us in a voice so very calm
            That another little drink won’t do us any harm”

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          • Grammar School Boy says:

            …unlike that nice Mr Hitler who was a teetotaller.

            The follies of drink, eh?

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          • (Inevitable) Dead Parrot says:

            Socrates himself was permanently pissed.

            Heidegger, etcetera….

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      • 116
        Sgt Pepperspray says:

        Has Simon Hughes finished his tour of Islam yet?

        Surely he would be too busy on his appeasement tour to be involved in any bumchum shinnanigans in parliament.

        My money is on Mangledbum, with the pink furry handcuffs in the ministry of russian ogliarchs.

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  8. 8
    Technomist says:

    ‘like a bulldog sipping piss from a nettle’

    He’s certainly looked sour recently, but Cable is no bulldog.

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    Article 38 says:

    Mandelson?

    See this:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/dominic_lawson/article7140199.ece

    David Laws’s first act in a two-week career as chief secretary to the Treasury was to reveal how in its last year in office Labour issued no fewer than 13 “letters of direction” to civil servants — with Mandelson the most regular offender. Such letters are insisted upon by permanent secretaries when they believe they are being asked to implement expenditures that, to quote the official guidelines, “are illegal, improper or represent poor value for money”.

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    • 16
      The Court of Public Opinion says:

      He’s certainly evil enough, and whenever evil deeds are done his name tops the list.

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    • 24
      Peter Carter-Fuck says:

      Mandelslime will have known that Laws was a gayer. They can always tell.

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      • 118
        Hugh Janus says:

        Anyone who has both Mandelslime and Campbell trying to destroy them doesn’t stand a chance. Both are equally evil and should return to the sewer where they belong.

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  10. 11
    Anonymous says:

    David Laws should try looking MUCH closer to home (except he does not really live there) as it appears the dagger was thrown from Yeovil, just as the ASH came DOWN. The fact is he is not much liked by the Yeovil Lib Dems. They can’t even be bothered to fundraise for him and hardly hold any fundraising events any more. Something about keeping your enemy close.

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    • 64
      Anonymous says:

      Lord Ashdwon is a very bitter man and might have got jealous of the atention his former protege was getting. Former Labour party member Ashdown was not very happy about the deal with the Tories either.

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      • 83
        Thunderbox says:

        Wasn’t so long ago old ‘pantsdown’ wasn’t happy with his wife either. Adulterous bastard.

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      • 161
        Grammar School Boy says:

        Ashdown had a great reputation as a leader or so he never tired of telling everyone.

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        • 164
          Knights who say Ni says:

          If I remember correctly he couldn’t last 30 seconds in the secretary though.

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          • My Other Cars Not A Prius Either says:

            My friends in Bosnia wouldnt describe him as a left winger they reckon he was meaner than their soviet masters were!

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  11. 12
    I want to flip says:

    Maybe she’s gone through the expenses files of the new cabinet to see if there’s any new dirt she missed last time around? Certainly looks that way as only shortly after being announced, Danny Alexander was picked up by Holly about his second home. Why didn’t that get found out in the original expose? Or it’s just good old back-stabbing….

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  12. 13
    Michael Read says:

    Since when did any reporter do any legwork?

    He was fingered.

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    Alastair Campbell is my rentboy says:

    I think Laws has been stitched up by a number of people. A collusion consisting of people who are not whiter than white and have a self interest in destabilising the coalition. They have claimed their first scalp and a very worthy scalp at that. Laws will be back, cleaner & stronger than when he first took up the post. Good Luck to him.

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    • 30
      angelnstar says:

      I really hope you are right. I can’t think of any incident in politics that has disgusted and sickened me as much as this. It is so cruel.

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      • 74
        The Court of Public Opinion says:

        Yes – millionaires defrauding the people they are pretending to represent is terrible no matter what the cut of their jib.

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      • 93
        Great Granddad says:

        Why would any sensible person want him back? He thought that he could hold a very public office and have a very private life. My fox terrier has more brains than that.

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      • 99
        Granny smith says:

        I agree.

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  14. 18
    Ed Balls (Leader of the Labour Party) says:

    Who says I don’t have a sense of humour?

    Balls not bananas folks !

    A man walks into a New York City bank and says he wants to borrow $2,000 for three weeks.

    The loan officer asks him what kind of collateral he has.

    The man says I’ve got a Rolls Royce Keep it until the loan is paid off, before handing over the keys.

    The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the banks underground parking for safe keeping, and gives the man $2,000.

    Three weeks later the man comes into the bank, pays back the $2,000 loan, plus $10 interest, and regains possession of his Rolls Royce.

    The loan officer asks him, Sir, if I may ask, why would a man who drives a Rolls Royce need to borrow two thousand dollars?

    The man answers, I had to go to Europe for three weeks, and where else could I store a Rolls Royce for that long for ten dollars?

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    Andrew Dalby says:

    Sorry this is speculative twaddle – you have been reading too much House of Cards (written by a good Tory who knows how intrigue should be done).

    The whips office is the place to look. Remember how Nick Brown Gordon’s grunt ran off with the whips office PC with all the top-secret files on the PLP. How do you think Brown kept Blair in check? He knew where all the skeletons were.

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    • 201
      Snotfunny Any More says:

      So too does Lord Fondlebum, including Tony’s Blair’s.
      How else do you think he kept getting the top jobs, with his record?
      Now he has endless fat pensions too, at our expense. Makes me sick

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Well, if it was blue on blue, it confirms what those of us who have seen the limp dims campaigning know, they are really not very nice people.
    And if it was any combination of campbell / mandelson , those well known unelected bbc pundits, they continue to surprise people with the depths they can plumb !

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  17. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Holly should take a much deeper look at Tim Farron’s expenses. These were amongst the highest of all MPs, he was also a public defender of Mark Oaten and supported Simon Hughes for leadership.
    Clegg made a big mistake by not auditing all standing MPs before this election.

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    • 55
      Andrew Dalby says:

      I had a look ouch it is a killer you can definitely expose him – he used loads of stamps.

      He does not rank highly on anyone item except stationary but he does claim all the different allowances and he has a large rural and remote constituency and I do not think he is personally wealthy.

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    • 150
      Peter Carter-Fuck says:

      Oaten and Simon Hughes? Was he hoping to be lucky Pierre?

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  18. 23
    Nash says:

    I cannot believe it took much research.

    Laws was on record saying he did not join the Tories because of “Section 28″. What bigger clue do you need!? (A bit like Mandelson being on the Board of Stonewall.) (Although it is surprising that (married) MPs who switched from Tory to Labour because of Section 28 have not been outed as well; along with senior MPs who marry their PR advisers…such dedication from the PR lady!?)

    When your research reveals a sudden drop in utility bills once receipts are required you have what is “a redflag to a bull”.

    Then the guy is given the “Mr Hatchet” role and you have someone who comes under scutiny anyway…..

    How much effort is needed after that.

    Why is it that MPs think they are so clever that they will not get caught?

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    • 48
      Andrew Dalby says:

      I completely agree.

      There are a fair few beards amongst the Tory party elite and they have to remember that there has been at least one closet homosexual prime minister this century.

      I find it much sadder and perhaps more morally questionable that you go to the lengths of marrying the PR person rather than trying to avoid your sexuality becoming common knowledge in the ways Laws did. Within the party many people know who the closet ones are but we still live in a society where they are too afraid to come clean. It is our fault as members of an intolerant public as much as theirs.

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      • 72
        Anonymous says:

        Shaun Woodward said he left the Tory party for Labour over Section 28 because he has a transgender sister/brother. Or perhaps he was shagging his butler and being blackmailed?

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        • 92
          Peasant says:

          No it was a long term ploy to get Cameron into Number 10. (Look at the constituency that Woodward occupied as a Tory…)

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        • 211
          halfpint says:

          No he left because he was shagging a school child. (keep-up)

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  19. 25
    Nat Rothschild says:

    When I threatened to destroy George Osborne I also meant anyone connected with him. I am especially targeting anyone who is hell bent on revealing which of Mandelson’s associates received £billions of British cash to prop up their hedge funds, holiday complexes and aluminium conglomerates in the aftermath of the credit crunch.

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    • 95
      Peasant says:

      Hurry up with Gideon, please. (When is Natalie Rowe’s book being published?)

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      • 114
        Nat Rothschild says:

        My little Lickspittle, Mandelson, also handed over large sums of your money to the loan sharks to the motor trade.

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    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      I think the FSB will take you some time. Meanwhile everyone is free to pay a vist to http://www.atimes.com and type a yachtsman’s name into the search box.

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    • 172
      Lord Mandelslime says:

      I still need some petty cash to buy that Maserati. How many British workers out of jobs will it take?

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    streamfisher says:

    Goes to show how collectively stupid these people are, he who is without sin.. they are all in living in a Crystal Palace, the Great Exhibition.

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  21. 27
    Anonymous says:

    these protesters were trying to break an internationally declared blockade.

    The Gaza Flotilla and the Maritime Blockade of Gaza
    Legal Background – 31 May 2010
    … See more
    1. A maritime blockade is in effect off the coast of Gaza. Such blockade has been imposed, as Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza, which has repeatedly bombed civilian targets in Israel with weapons that have been smuggled into Gaza via the sea.

    2. Maritime blockades are a legitimate and recognized measure under international law that may be implemented as part of an armed conflict at sea.

    3. A blockade may be imposed at sea, including in international waters, so long as it does not bar access to the ports and coasts of neutral States.

    4. The naval manuals of several western countries, including the US and England recognize the maritime blockade as an effective naval measure and set forth the various criteria that make a blockade valid, including the requirement of give due notice of the existence of the blockade.

    5. In this vein, it should be noted that Israel publicized the existence of the blockade and the precise coordinates of such by means of the accepted international professional maritime channels. Israel also provided appropriate notification to the affected governments and to the organizers of the Gaza protest flotilla. Moreover, in real time, the ships participating in the protest flotilla were warned repeatedly that a maritime blockade is in effect.

    6. Here, it should be noted that under customary law, knowledge of the blockade may be presumed once a blockade has been declared and appropriate notification has been granted, as above.

    7. Under international maritime law, when a maritime blockade is in effect, no boats can enter the blockaded area. That includes both civilian and enemy vessels.

    8. A State may take action to enforce a blockade. Any vessel that violates or attempts to violate a maritime blockade may be captured or even attacked under international law. The US Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations sets forth that a vessel is considered to be in attempt to breach a blockade from the time the vessel leaves its port with the intention of evading the blockade.

    9. Here we should note that the protesters indicated their clear intention to violate the blockade by means of written and oral statements. Moreover, the route of these vessels indicated their clear intention to violate the blockade in violation of international law.

    10. Given the protesters explicit intention to violate the naval blockade, Israel exercised its right under international law to enforce the blockade. It should be noted that prior to undertaking enforcement measures, explicit warnings were relayed directly to the captains of the vessels, expressing Israel’s intent to exercise its right to enforce the blockade.

    11. Israel had attempted to take control of the vessels participating in the flotilla by peaceful means and in an orderly fashion in order to enforce the blockade. Given the large number of vessels participating in the flotilla, an operational decision was made to undertake measures to enforce the blockade a certain distance from the area of the blockade.

    12. Israeli personnel attempting to enforce the blockade were met with violence by the protesters and acted in self defence to fend off such attacks.

    Now whilst the deaths were regrettable, the action wasn’t illegal under international law.

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    • 32
      streamfisher says:

      You protest too much methinks, are you posting from the Israeli embassies legal department?

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      • 47
        Anonymous says:

        It matters not from where he posts! What does matter is the post is correct or not.

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        • 53
          streamfisher says:

          That’s a yes then, I rest my case m’lud.

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          • Lord Denning says:

            Then I have to say, Mr. Streamfisher, that you have in fact, presented no case at all, rather, you have been guilty of wasting this Court’s time. Next time, Mr. Streamfisher – if indeed there ever is a next time – I suggest you come with a fully-prepared case and not try to suggest that the opposing side can be smeared into silence. Can you controvert the very substantial statements as to International Law that have been made in this Court? It seems not, Mr. Streamfisher. I am minded to find that the Accused has no case to answer.

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    • 38
      Andrew Dalby says:

      I agree with the above reply.

      So that means the Germans were right to sink the Lusitania while we were under blockade in the first world war?

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    • 39
      Mike (England) says:

      who claims the deaths were regrettable? they were asking for it the moment they attacked the soldiers who were legally trying to search a vessel they suspected to be smuggling weapons (which it was).

      i’m not a supporter of that state on most things but in this case they were clearly in the right and provoked into opening fire by a bunch of terrorists, terrorists and assorted pro terrorist scumbags whose twin interests were supplying weapons to hamas and provoking the idf.

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      • 49
        streamfisher says:

        Oh dear!, first an anonymous, then “i’m not a supporter of that state on most things but” from a Mike England, we get used to smelling a rat on this site you know.

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        • 63
          Anonymous says:

          It is now revealed/claimed that of the 6 ships intercepted by the IDF, 5 agreed to be inspected & there was no trouble. The 6th. ,sailing under a Turkish flag,refused inspection.
          As the saying goes,if you’ve nothing to hide ,you have nothing to fear.

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          • streamfisher says:

            ID cards to you too, oh but it was passports that time though wasn’t it, cloned from British citizens for a little mossad assassination trip, the end always justifies the means.

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        • 68
          Anonymous says:

          Confirmation Streamfisher that your nose is too near your a**e.

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          • streamfisher says:

            O.k. I’m off before you inevitably get down the same old cul-de-sac I.E you must be a Nazi and Holocaust Denier, too tiresome.

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          • Andrew Dalby says:

            I saw the Israeli army pictures of the deadly weapons – the people of Gaza were going tot throw kitchen knives over the wall at Israel. So you won’t need the missile defence system from the US then.

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        • 96
          Mike (England) says:

          i dont post too much here i’ll admit but i always post under this id so hopefully that will ease your suspicion that i was not the op of this section, oddly i do agree with your comments below with regard to the cloned passports, but my comment was on this post and i’ll stand by that because as i said, in this particular instance i believe they were in the right to do what they did.

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      • 141
        Indigo says:

        Not right. The Israelis boarded a Greek-registered ship in the flotilla from helicopters, blew open the door to the bridge and used plastic bullets at close quarters.

        Israel did everything wrong: they behaved like Somali pirates, in international waters.

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    • 94
      Oh dear summer is here says:

      One question

      Such blockade has been imposed, as Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza
      cut and paste

      So when did Israel declare a state of war against Palestine,always thought it was armed reaction to terrorism.

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      • 101
        Oh dear summer is here says:

        He put his head above the parapet unfortunatly he got it chopped off,it happens to lots of people.

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    • 108
      AC1 says:

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137816

      Much of the equipment and supplies aboard the “humanitarian” ships for Gaza has been checked and found to be worthless.

      The cargo was taken off the boats at the Ashdod port and checked there, in accordance with the Israeli embargo on Gaza. The embargo is an acceptable measure taken between entities that are in a state of armed conflict, as are Israel and Hamas-run Gaza.

      An IDF source said that the poor condition of the supplies renders most of it unusable. “This once again strengthens the evaluation that the intentions of the flotilla organizers were not humanitarian in the first place,” he said.

      Many of the medicines are expired and/or came in an assorted, not easily organized manner. In addition, much of the equipment is in poor condition. Despite this, it is being taken to the Kerem Shalom crossing, and will be distributed in Gaza by human rights organizations.

      Israel, despite the blockade, allows thousands of tons and food into Gaza each day. (IsraelNationalNews.com)

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      • 157
        Anonymous says:

        Isn’t that confirming the cargoes were harmless – bit of an own goal

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        • 163
          Major Jethro (rtd.) says:

          158 – Probing/testing enemy defences can be a useful means of sizing-up the opposition: Hitler did it again and again, re-militarising the Rhineland etc., and concluded that neither France nor Britain had the stomach for a fight, and would rather ‘turn a blind eye’, so the Flotilla organised boats filled with what could be passed off as ‘humanitarian supplies’ when, in fact, it was an entirely cynical exercise: if the Israelis seize the ‘aid’, it will be no great loss; if they let it through, it’ll do for the people of Gaza!
          They should have known that Israel tends not do half-measures – or, perhaps they did, and saw these ‘Aid’ people as their ‘useful idiots’, much as, no doubt the people of Gaza are their ‘useful idiots’.

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      • 184
        Indigo says:

        I interpret that as saying that the Israeli forces have opened the sterile dressings, broken the seals on the bottles of medication, urinated on the babies’ nappies, smashed up some of the equipment. So they could call it all “worthless”.

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      • 218
        Welshatheart says:

        “The embargo is an acceptable measure taken between entities that are in a state of armed conflict, as are Israel and Hamas-run Gaza.”

        Does this mean that Israel recognises Palestine as a sovereign state? Their entire house of cards justifying the blockade is based on this premise: if so, I would call this the biggest step forward in the peace process in my lifetime!

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        • 219
          Quantrill says:

          And while you all worry about 5 deaths, regrettable though they doubtless are, why has nobody taken up the cause of South Korea aginst an open act of war by North Korea?

          In case you missed it, North korea torpedoed a South Korean ship with the loss of 46 lives. Although information seems to be sketchy, I believe the ship was not on the High Seas but within South Korean territorial waters.

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  22. 28
    angelnstar says:

    http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/religion-can-tear-your-soul-in-two/

    Mr. Laws comes from a very devout Catholic family. I wonder if whoever stabbed him in the back is totally aware of what they have put him through.

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    • 105
      Oh dear summer is here says:

      He put his head above the parapet unfortunatly he got it chopped off.

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  23. 35
    The Powers That Be says:

    There will be those who are rather reluctant to accept a Government with such a strong civil liberties agenda, making moves to roll back the worst of the surveillance state and even hold embarrassing inquiries into certain matters. The removal of someone – and someone competent too – who would have been a lynch-pin of the coalition’s attempts to bring finances under control and calm the markets, seems a very worrying signal. At best, Laws has been replaced with someone less experienced, and an excuse to expose the stresses within the coalition has been only too eagerly seized on by the media.

    Who’s next?

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  24. 36
    redcliffe62 says:

    Would Mr Regev please do his pro Israeli rant under his own name rather than anonymous?
    When cement for houses, electric wheelchairs for maimed people and water purifiers for clean water for children are seen as weapons in a PR war, then Israel needs to change tack.
    Knowing the lunacy of Israeli troops in combat situations, I would defend myself as well as I would half expect the IDF to open fire and ask questions later.
    Clearly towing the vessels away in a Cod war style approach did not interest Israel. Bowing to the mighty IDF commando force was needed, and people died as they defended themselves from these pathetic actions.

    When the australian journalists on board now in detatention can tell me what hgappened I will have a better idea than the “independent” report the IDF ae doing on the botched job. After the false passports and sacking of a diplomat two weeks ago Israel is doing its best to alienate itself from people who were strong friends until recently. But the new Israeli government actions made this inevitable.

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    • 46
      AC1 says:

      Look at the films.

      The IDF were attacked and retaliated.

      The IDF showed great restraint in not sinking the terrorist re-suplly vessel.

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      • 58
        Moshe Shlomo Moses Finkelwallet says:

        “The IDF were attacked and retaliated”

        The IDF flew out to intercept the fleet in international waters, boarded the vessels and started waving their guns around and generally acting like a colonial force. The crews retaliated with sticks. They may or may not have let off a couple of rounds from dropped IDF pistols.

        “The IDF showed great restraint …”

        Of course they did. The sort of restraint they don’t show when teenage boys dare to throw stones at them, and they casually kill the boys. The sort of restraint that has them killing Tom Hurndall, Rachel Corrie and James Miller, to name but three. To say nothing of the countless Palestinians and Lebanese. What fucking saints they are.

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        • 67
          These bigots are getting boring says:

          Where were they going?

          Passports?

          Cargo manifest?

          Disease control (port hygiene)?

          Or doesn’t that matter to your emotionally charged sense of justice?

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          • AC1 says:

            They were going to re-supply the Hamas terrorist group. Now thanks to the IDF they’re not.

            Time to send some Pizzas.

            The IDF. Killing Terrorists so we don’t have to.

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    • 57
      These bigots are getting boring says:

      If you were convinced that North Korea would shoot and ask questions later, would you still organise a convoy with women and children to bring food to ‘starving’ North Koreans?

      You pays your money and you takes your choice.

      Or would you seek to provoke an incident at whatever the cost?

      PS. International Law is wholly on the side of the sovereign power of Israel to control alien shipping declaring its intention to enter waters over which it bears a heavy and tragic responsibility.

      PPS Try going by land through Egypt.

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      • 65
        Anonymous says:

        You could not be more profoundly and idiotically wrong about international law. If the killings were authorised by the Israeli government it was an act of war. If they were not authorised, they were murder.

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        • 139
          Jihadist PR stunt says:

          China has executed a British national as have the USA, so are we at war with them? seems to be a solid cows belly reason or your just full of shit

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        • 144
          Please, think says:

          Murder? Prove the rea mens.

          Manslaughter? Prove culpability.

          Try violently resisting a legal inspection by the authorities of the port of destination by a bunch of zealous bigots.

          Come on.

          Gaza may very well be a problem in search of a solution, we all know that, but hysterical gesture politics can be in no way be described as intelligent or productive of anything more than confusion and hatred.

          All violence is wrong.

          State violence is a necessary evil to be exercised with extreme regard for proportionality.

          Private violence is anarchy and barbarism.
          I believe that the situation in Gaza is the product of 75 years of appalling incompetence on behalf of the leadership of the Arab world confronting an aggrieved and wounded people.

          Remember there have always been Jews in Israel (legal state since 1948), or Palestine (not a state) under Turkish colonial control as a province including Syria and Jordan and parts of Egypt. (see Ottoman Empire.)

          If you had asked an inhabitant of the Turkish province whether he was ‘Palestinian’ 100 years ago, he wouldn’t know what you are talking about.

          There will be peace one day but the ‘peace activists’ will not be the heroes of the tale.

          Aid, yes. Politics, no.

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        • 147
          Law of the Sea says:

          Article 19
          Meaning of innocent passage

          1. Passage is innocent so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State. Such passage shall take place in conformity with this Convention and with other rules of international law.

          2. Passage of a foreign ship shall be considered to be prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State if in the territorial sea it engages in any of the following activities:

          (a) any threat or use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of the coastal State, or in any other manner in violation of the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations;

          (b) any exercise or practice with weapons of any kind;

          (c) any act aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of the defence or security of the coastal State;

          (d) any act of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of the coastal State;

          (e) the launching, landing or taking on board of any aircraft;

          (f) the launching, landing or taking on board of any military device;

          (g) the loading or unloading of any commodity, currency or person contrary to the customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations of the coastal State;

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          • Anonymous says:

            All references to passage and the coastal State show that those conditions arise only within the territorial waters of ‘the coastal state’. If Israel had boarded, incapacitated or blown the ships out of the water within the 12-mile limit, international sympathy would be more likely to be with ‘the coastal state’. Raiding the ships, and killing crew, in international waters puts the raiding forces in the wrong. Blaming the crew for its resistance is characteristically bizarre.

            This simply demonstrates that Israel will never allow mere law to stand in the way of what it considers, in its paranoid fashion, to be necessary for the preservation of the state of Israel. When even Haaretz condemns the action, you know they’ve got it all badly wrong!

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          • Indigo says:

            Israel now says it is going to “deport” all 680 activists – yes, “deport” not “release” – those civilians from 37 nations that Israel kidnapped in international waters –

            http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-to-deport-all-activists-seized-on-gaza-flotilla-1.293634

            Australia 3; Azerbaijan 2; Italy 6; Indonesia 12; Ireland 9; Algeria 28; United States 11; Bulgaria 2; Bosnia 1; Bahrain 4; Belgium 5; Germany 11; South Africa 1; Holland 2; United Kingdom 31; Greece 38; Jordan 30; Kuwait 15; Lebanon 3; Mauritania 3; Malaysia 11; Egypt 3; Macedonia 3; Morocco 7; Norway 3; New Zealand 1; Syria 3; Serbia 1; Oman 1; Pakistan 3; Czech Republic 4; France 9; Kosovo 1; Canada 1; Sweden 11; Turkey 380; Yemen 4.

            Ten years hence, Israel will probably justify some new horror by telling us, “remember the 680 activists that were illegally in Israel and were ‘deported'”.

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  25. 37
    A woman scorned says:

    I reckon it was Teather, she is the one who did Kennedy and she hasn’t been given a job in the coalition

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    • 45
      It doesn't add up... says:

      I’m sure the coalition will have Teathing problems. Not sure about this one.

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    • 88
      Anonymous says:

      She has. She’s an education minister. Do keep up at the back.

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    • 152
      Peter Carter-Fuck says:

      Don’t mention that bitch to me. She hasn’t made me dime one for the parliamentary escort agency, she just sits on her fat arse all day eating my bloody chocolate digestives (no Oaten, that’s not a fucking euphemism you sleaze). Caroline Flint’s a real money earner, she loves it and it’s all tax free, nothing that those fucks from Ipsa need to know about, and Gloria de Piero is building up a good client base, but this Teather bitch is a complete liability. If Dave had bothered to ask, I’d have told him never to have anything to do with a Lim Deb.

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  27. 43

    So, the country is up shit creek, and there are slimeballs out there playing games???

    Death penalty back for treason, now.

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    • 75
      TOO FAR says:

      Agree, these fuckwits don’t give a shit about the UK just as you say”playing games”

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      • 87
        Broon says:

        They are amateurs. If you wanted a political career, why would you become a Lib Dem? Only the rare occurance of a hung parliament would ever give you a chance at a ministerial position. These people have always sought to avoid the responsiblity of office. Now that they have found it foisted upon them, they have been proven incapable of maturity or commitment.

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        • 179
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          I agree. The Labour party is exactly the right place for those proven incapable of maturity and committment.

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  28. 50
    HappyUk says:

    Nah it wasn’t Campbell. It was some sly, sneaky shitbag in his own party. LimpDems are truly the worst at this sort of thing.

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  29. 54
    angry bastard says:

    The crook got caught with his fingers in the till and then it was Laws HIMSELF that brought out all this crap about his sexuality as a diversion. Nobody “outed” him. Don’t fall into his trap guido or the thieving git will be back in the cabinet as some sort of gay martyr.

    Lets remind ourselves, he deliberately claimed expenses he knew he should not have and only agreed to repay them when he got caught!!!!!!

    How difficult is this…………….

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  30. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Nick Brown I reckon. He wanted to do a little something to make his friend Jonah feel better. Didn’t the bunker use the Labourgraph to try and defend McBride?

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  31. 62
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Journalists don’t do “good old-fashioned research” anymore, they expect it served up in an email, preferably written in such a way that they can copy and paste.

    My money’s on slimey-Simon Hughes and the Cable. After all, Hughes has done his research…

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    • 82
      String emUp says:

      Agreed , Simon Hughes is one of the nastiest pieces of work in a house full of them. Saw him on the box a day or two ago , starting to look and sound like a Wedgie Benn clone. Most likely done at the behest of Saint vince himself. How many times have you read about the Lib Dems being the really dirty fighters , it all fits

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  32. 66
    Broon says:

    Alistair Campbell is a little bitch. David Laws should bum him as punishment.

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  33. 73
    P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    I reckon it was a combo of Baldemort, Alyingstare Campbell, Liar Byrne, McPoison and me.

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  34. 79
    Peasant says:

    Laws living arrangements were well known. Lundie is a LibDem and was well known by all at Cowley St. The relationship was a secret kept from Laws’ family, everyone else knew.

    More likely that the Laws story was put on the back burner by the Telegraph to be used later. And it was – a shot across the bows about what would happen if Boy Gideon messed up their tax agenda.

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    • 122
      Andrew Dalby says:

      Peasant hits the nail on the head. No more game playing as this is treason and so I would join with the far-right in bringing back the death penalty for treason. If it is carried out by un-elected newspaper tycoons.

      Read the history books Rothermere and Beaverbrook vs Baldwin and now Rothermere and the Barclays vs Cameron.

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    • 130
      Dack Blog says:

      I agree. It only became front page news since he got a cabinet post – that cabinet post in particular. Maybe they back-burnered it before because the LDs were never going to be in Govt or even a serious opposition and/or because of the tricky ‘outing’ aspect. Then everything changed. A bit of time to check/confirm, and…

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  35. 85
    Laddie says:

    A vindictive Baldemort/Campbell or a spited Cable/Hughes. Or could it be a CGT-frustrated Tory backbench shot across the bows?

    What about a combination of two of the above? Campbell was certainly pretty active as these events unfurled – denied a scoop on outing Laws on QT by Laws withdrawing from the program – before the DT came out the next day.

    And the DT had launched their anti-CGT campaign supported by Redwood – perhaps they were tipped off by AC – himself tipped off by Hughes – looking to cause trouble. Hence Campbell 1 Coalition 0. Or should that be hat-trick.

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  36. 86
    Mandy oh mandy says:

    Mandelson gets my vote. He is the Westminster Gayer village chief. He was also in the Labour coalition team as was Laws in the Liberal’s.

    Revenge, plain old fashioned revenge.

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  37. 90
    True Blue says:

    So the Turks allow a dodgy ship carrying arms and “aid” to Gazza. The ship leaves Northern Cyprus (an area stolen by the Turks in an “illegal war”)

    The ship carries many of various nationalities (some whom in their own propoganda films are covering their faces – normal aid/humanitarian behaviour?) and heads toward an official Naval Blockade.

    I am amazed the IDF were as restrained as they were.

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  38. 97
    Sir William Waad says:

    “The more Laws, the less justice” – Cicero

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  39. 100
    Mark's Oaten says:

    I was just having a midlife crisis because I’d gone bald. That’s all. Nothing else.

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  40. 113
  41. 123
    Duncan says:

    “David Laws’s right-wingery drives the left of his party round the bend. ” What rubbish. Stick to what you know mate.

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  42. 124
    J. R. Hartley says:

    Y’ know that funny fucking speaking Czech cinema buff who says he’s a stalinist and philofoffer – yeah, him with the massive, slippery, irritating, horrible sounding p-lisp. Well Cleggo’s wife sounds just like him! Beauty talking like a beast!

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    • 129
      caligula says:

      Don’t worry , the other 31 were not so awful

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      • 178
        J. R. Hartley says:

        I wonder if he can understand how many his wife had ssss-s-s-s-ucked off before his dick. What a conversation at the supper time. How does that lanky fuckwit get the birds?

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        • 193
          Peter Shitchens says:

          About her, it seems to me, his common sense is at fault. I mean, how can he listen to that fucked up mouth?

          With a sl-sl here; a sl-sl there; here a sl; there a sl; every time a sl-sl. Oh my god he has a wife, with a fucking sl.

          Slausages.

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  43. 133
    jolly says:

    campbell and mandlegrot minders for slimy blair lock em both up .. jolly

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  44. 134
    The tyranny of control says:

    Prior to appearing on QT, Campbell was tipped off by the media about David Laws predicament, hence the framed photograph. Campbell’s use of the photograph is a publicity stunt to help launch his new book. This may have backfired as Laws hogged the headlines instead of Campbell. Brown’s bumboy Campbell is a lying trougher and Guido keeps giving him publicity.

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  45. 135
    Ampers says:

    Whoever did it has to be classed as the man who has dropped Britain right in the shit, and will cause pain and anguish to every child in the country, if they grow up with a financial debt, which might have been eased if the new government were left to “get on with it!”

    Ampers

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    • 145
      Ted Bundy says:

      Err Britain was well in the shit long before the David Laws state subsidised buggery scam came to light. Who ever exposed this in the long run did the country a favour and I hope there is much more yet to come. If they’ve been thieving lets get it out and have them exposed. The bigger the fish the tastier the dish. The politicians are always blowing hot air about cleaning up politics, well this is it in practice. No one is indispensable it’s just a pity the replacement had to be a useless wet liberal and not John Redwood but I suppose that’s the price of the sleaze coalition.
      Very well done Daily Telegraph more power to your elbow.

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      • 214
        Bene says:

        146 and when you have found out everything about everyone: any choice for a government after that? or is this just a prelude to emigration.. suicide..joining the next flotilla to Gaza?

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  46. 137
    Free to choose says:

    One thinks and hopes David Laws will have the last laugh.

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  47. 142
    Unsworth says:

    Why does it have to be someone giving the story to the Telegraph? Does the Telegraph merely wait for a story – or does it set about creating a story? Why would the Telegraph wish to publish the story, anyway?

    Seems to me that we should examine the Telegraph much more closely. Who made the decision to publish, and why now? After all the information is old, has been held by the Telegraph for some time, and the articles are specifically aimed at one political group. Where do the Barclays stand in all this?

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    • 167
      Jethro (?) says:

      143 And is there honey still for tea? And when will the Bishops open Joanna Southcott’s box (don’t snigger, there!)? And when can we hope to see an end to all these Rhetorical Questions?

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      • 187
        Unsworth says:

        Like ‘why are you such a berk’, or ‘what is the meaning of life?’. I find that sometimes it’s better to ask than to spout shit – but you knew that already, I guess.

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  48. 148

    It seems that most comments think this was the work of a Liberal.

    But what if it was a Tory?

    In the cabinet maybe?

    Tories are hoons, it was a hoon thing to do, a lot of evil from the de…vil sits on the backbenches as well, perhaps a heavy breather got a bit carried away.

    You can’t rule anyone out.

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    • 169
      Jethro (?) says:

      149 – George Laid! Got it! A hole in one! Ken suede-shoes-Clarke – oh, but, he’s not really a Tory, just a Butskellite! Even worse, he’s a Heathite! (Woo! That’s not as in Hampstead Heath, Badger-watching, and all that, more Edward Heath, ‘Man of Principle’ – ‘Hello, Yachtsman! My, aren’t you bronzed!’). Perhaps not… I know: Alan Clark! What? He’s been dead that long? Sorry, really sorry.
      Light-bulb-moment! I know what you’re saying! A Tory! And while we’ve all been thinking men (well, we do, don’t we)… ‘A Tory’! And not just ‘a Tory’, but the only Tory the Conwhigative, Conpoofative, Party has had since about Lord Salisbury! Of course, as usual – as always! It’s Maggie’s fault!

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  49. 168

    […] Guido floats a number of conspiracy theories about “Whodunnit?” – i.e. who pointed the Telegraph in the direction of their bootleg CD and its unredacted details on David Laws (if they didn’t just follow their own leads, of course). (I certainly don’t buy the Cable and Hughes theories, by the way). […]

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  50. 170
    revolting peasant. says:

    I care because he’s well-educated, has experience in the City and seemed to have a good grasp of the huge financial problems we face and possible solutions. Those that shafted him obviously don’t give a shit about the future of thie country- only their own interests.

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    • 189
      Another Tory let down by the Tories says:

      So what!

      He’s a crook. End of.

      We are all getting fed up with one set of rules for “them” and anotherfor “us”

      So, we have 59,000,000 other people in the UK. Laws is replaceable.

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    • 212
      Bene says:

      Agree – how about praising ability, we need people with skill, and with a desire to put this country back on its feet.

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  51. 171
    gildedtumbril says:

    The more I learn about the 650 ‘new’ creatures in the Palace of Iniquities the more I realise I have been right these many years describing them as…shysters, charlatans, scumbags and scalliwags most of whom are scoundrels. The new intake, I feel, are all scoundrels as ever.
    I hate and detest the whole bastard lot of them. Every day my loathing increases. The sooner we are shot of them the better. We need a new Ollie Cromwell.

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  52. 174
    gildedtumbril says:

    p.s. I have been looking forward to seeing a Christmas DVD coming available starring Monkey face Major & Curry, Cecil Parkinson and that woman, John Tosspot and Tracy English,Ashcan and whoever, Jeremy Thorpe and that dog…The late Robin Cuckoo and his lady, who became his spouse and various assorted filing cabinets. Every damned Christmas I am disappointed…

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  53. 182
    Anonymous says:

    David Blunkett.

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  54. 191
    NoetiCat says:

    Given what he and his first wife went through after getting married, Vince Cable knows more than most people the amount of conflict one’s choice of partner can bring to a family, the suggestion that he would have deliberately put Laws through this so publically is ridiculous.

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  55. 192
    Did they get the wrong LibDem says:

    And Danny Boy states that there was no CGT on the sale of his London property in June 2007 since the rules allow him 3 years to dispose of the property after it ceased to be his main residence. But where was Danny living 3 years before June 2007 – well between early 2004 and the GE in 2005 wasn’t he living in Aviemore working for the Cairngorms National Park, so might it not be the case that he took more than 3 years to dispose of his main residence? Now he would still be entitled to the 3 year exemption providing that he occupied his main residence after his period of absence in the lovely Cairngorms – or if it was a requirement of his job that he had his main residence in his constituency (which would seem unlikely for an MP). So unless there is something wrong with the sequence of events outlines then it looks as Danny may have re-established his London property as his main residence at some time after he became an MP – but of course it could still be his 2nd residence when claiming expenses.

    Curioser and curioser – but Danny could clear it all up by answering the following question – what was the last date when your London property was you main property for CGT purposes?

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  56. 194
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    Q. Cui bono?
    A. Vince has form.

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  57. 197
    Anonymous says:

    Labour has accused Laws of breaking the tradition of keeping the private note that was meant as a joke, private. However, Reginald Maudling, Conservative chancellor of the exchequer from 1962 to 1964, was reported by James Callaghan, his Labour successor, to have remarked, “Sorry, old cock, to leave it in this shape.”. So if James Callaghan didn’t keep it private, isn’t it already a tradition (started by Labour) to break the confidentiality of notes meant to be private?

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  58. 198

    […] Whodunnit? Speculation is rife about who stuck the knife into David Laws and told Holly Watt at The Telegraph that she might want […] […]

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  59. 202
    John Bellingham says:

    Could any of you people who follow behind the Westminster crowd and make them the butts of your jokes and know the ins and outs of modern political intercourse please explain— if a rent boy is a nancy that does it to pay his rent or is “rented” for the occasion, what do you call the man who pays the rent?

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  60. 208
    Anonymous says:

    “Baldemort doesn’t look like a man who would let things go lightly…”

    Quite right too. David Laws behaved like a cad. And he’s a liar. And a benefit cheat.

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  61. 209
    God help us says:

    Whoever exposed Laws deserves a medal.
    He should resign as an MP as well.
    His campaign was a fraud.
    He is a liar and thief and we need these people OUT of the HoC if we are to remove the stench of corruption.
    Alexander needs his marching orderes too.

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  62. 210
    The LibDems are known as the nasty party says:

    Liverpool Echo – News – Liverpool Local News – Liverpool Lib Dem councillor in internet “disabled joke” row

    Liverpool Lib Dem councillor in internet “disabled joke” row
    May 28 2010 by Marc Waddington, Liverpool Echo

    Sharon Green’s Facebook page
    A LIVERPOOL councillor today faced calls to resign after a photo mocking disabled people was posted on her Facebook page.
    The picture of a group of physically disabled adults appeared on Liberal Democrat Sharon Green’s site, with text underneath comparing them with the council’s Labour group.
    Cllr Green, elected in the St Michaels ward this month, apologised for the image, but Lib Dem leader Cllr Warren Bradley insisted she “could not be held responsible”.
    Cllr Bradley, speaking on Cllr Green’s behalf, said someone else sent the image to her page and she thought she had removed the “offensive” picture.
    But the picture appeared to have been placed in an online “album” called “the opposition by Sharon Green”, which could not be created or accessed by anyone but the owner of the Facebook page.

    The text, the names of Labour councillors, appeared to have been added after the picture was received.
    Today, disabled charities said they were “disgusted and appalled” while Labour said it would refer Cllr Green to the standards committee.
    But Cllr Bradley said he “considered the matter closed”.

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  63. 217
    The Commissioner Reports. says:

    Laws was NOT treating Lundie as a spouse.

    1. He never forgot Jimmy’s birthday.
    2. They never argued over housekeeping money.
    3. They did discuss what happened in the workplace.
    4. He has never had sex with anyone else.
    5. They never went out together, had public fights, or
    were forced to visit each others families at Christmas.
    6. Nobody has ever seen them together at a wedding,
    baptism or funeral.

    All Laws was doing was helping a dazzlingly handsome, gorgeous
    young man, get on the property ladder by giving him a hand up.

    Whodunnit?
    Gordon.
    Although he blames someone else.

    Case dismissed.

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  64. 222

    Yeah and next we’ll be debating oil spills! :)

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