July 11th, 2010

Is this Labour’s Khrushchev Moment of Truth?

When Rawnsley’s The End of the Party book came out in January on the heels of Peter Watt’s Inside Out and the allegations of Prime Mentalism committed by Gordon Brown were again denied, Guido predicted that Labour Will Have a Khrushchev Moment of Truth in the End:

When Brown has gone after the election it seems inevitable that we will eventually have a Khrushchev moment, where a senior Labour figure articulates what everyone knows.  It will be devastating.  Gordon Brown is a malevolent, deeply damaged and unpleasant human being.  He is at the centre of a culture of political bullying that has been unhealthy for the Labour Party and the government.  The loyalist cabal around him are unpleasant people who have no place in a healthy political culture, they are as secretive and malicious as they are vindictive and vicious.

Gordon Brown was often compared to Stalin, but who will be Labour’s senior Krushchev figure who condemns the previous regime? Mandelson has laid to rest any continuing pretence (if there was any) about the TeeBeeGeeBees, the vicious infighting that paralysed Whitehall for a decade, yet was denied on camera in barefaced lying by Labour politician after Labour politician, including Mandelson. Mandelson is getting all the coverage for his book The Third Man highlighting the failings of Gordon Brown. Less focus is on David Miliband, Mandelson’s new protege gave a speech yesterday that comes near to that Krushchev moment

I agreed completely with Gordon Brown, when he became Prime Minister in 2007, that we needed renewal.  I supported and voted for him.  I agreed that we needed greater moral seriousness and less indifference to the excesses of a celebrity drenched culture.  I agreed with him when he said that we needed greater coherence as a government, particularly in relation to child poverty and equality.  I agreed with him on the importance of party reform and a meaningful internationalism that would be part of a unified government strategy.  I agreed that we needed a civic morality to champion civility when confronting a widespread indifference to others. But, it didn’t happen. It was not just more of the same.  Far from correcting them failings – tactics, spin, high-handedness – intensified; and we lost many of our strengths – optimism born of clear strategy, bold plans for change and reform, a compelling articulation of aspiration and hope.  We did not succeed in renewing ourselves in office; and the roots of that failure were deep not recent, about procedure and openness, or lack of it, as much as policy.  That is a political fact and now words are cheap but the stakes are high.

It was a backhanded condemnation of Brown’s failure. If David Miliband wants Labour to move on, a frank, uncoded, reflection on the period of Labour brutalism is required. Brown was a disaster for the Labour Party and the country, if Miliband wants a reborn Labour Party he first has to bury Brown in the truth.

UPDATE : Punters give David Miliband a 63% chance of being the next Labour leader.


148 Comments

  1. 1
    50 Calibre says:

    O/T, but if you are quick you might see Prezza take a breath just before he explodes all over Marr’s settee…

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    • 19
      Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

      Where’s me full English brekkie ??

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      • 48
        here comes the new boss.. it's another Blair clone to join Dave and Nick says:

        Brown was fucking useless and cost them the election
        and this is news how ?

        so the new regime shits on the old regime
        shocking
        it never happened after Blair left
        except of course it did

        like it will after Clegg and Cameron and Mliband also eventually and inevitably become liabilities and get shat on in turn by their replacements
        and so the circle of life will continue

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        And theres fuck all you can do about it except get your own bunker ready says:

        I’d say we are on a political road that is a hairs breath from violence. other country’s have it now. It is on it’s way to this one. there is no going back to the old politics no matter how you try to whitewash them or blame the other side. The banks colluded with the politicians to rob us .The whole world knows it and the clock is ticking.

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          Madme Defarge says:

          Can you just add to that along the lines that any consumers trying to take on the banks, through the courts, are being thwarted at every turn and the Judges are supporting the banks and flying in the face of consumer laws.

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    • 24
      Terrible But True says:

      Well, one thing was sure from the Marrtha show, answers to such questions as posed in the headline will be a bit thin from the BBC.

      Had to switch off before the probable savaging of the token Tory (with the party deserving all it gets by the wets it seems to field, or allows to be seduced by ‘national coverage’), but what is with the BBC and its endless, cosy, sofa chats with Labour Dinosaurs?

      Ken, Prescott… all given constant top billing to play the avuncular retired but not shy uncle who really had nothing much to do with the young whippersnappers vying for the top slots today, or any of the policies or hypocritical abuses that has brought this country to the brink of ruin, morally and financially.

      I am simply amazed that they also did not have wall to wall advertorials for yet another tainted ‘Lord’ to complement his risible book promo. Maybe this aspect does not quite suit the narrative? Barely a peep on it to two guys who worked hand in hand with the guy.

      Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, when he is given free rein of the uniquely funded airwaves, someone might just possibly ask how the hell it came to pass that this country was left in the hands of such a disfunctional set of incompetent bozos for so long, without comment or challenge from the entity that is supposed to represent the public, but in fact was and is idealogically compromised to just one viewpoint?

      ‘Unique’ has become an insult in the hands of the BBC. Injury being added through so many having to fund the plaything of a small clique.

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      • 33
        Anonymous says:

        TBT @ 24. It came to pass because the “bozos” were primarily concerned to keep their snouts in the allowances & expenses trough.

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    • 35
      Lord Professor Prescott, Esquire says:

      haha no but siriusly wil sum1 tel me wat an idyert seys my colligs kip arksin me an i seys wat but thay wont tel me i wanna no cus then i wont sey it cus im not an idyert

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    • 134

      WE don’t want a “REBORN” “Labour” “party”.

      We want it dead.

      WE want the socialism-meme to be expunged from the brains of Men.

      All this guff about “renewal” and “reform” – it’s just “Glasnost”.

      The buggers are evil, wicked anti-liberals, and ought to be without representation and without a “party” that can do electoral stuff. They ought actually to be without jobs, but I guess as libertarians we can’t stop them being employed by whosoever may decide to. Unless we have a proper “Political Affiliation Register”, which I shall dub a PAR.

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      • 135

        They like acronyms: let’s give them one.

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      • 136

        What is this socialist obsession with “reform” and “rebirth”?

        Humans don’t get “reborn”. Why ought ideas, especially bad ones, get to do so?

        Is it that they won’t admit, yet, quite, to everyone, how unutterably evil and wicked they are, so they have to keep on trying to say that “we didn’t get your death quite organised the last time, so give us one more chance”…?

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  2. 2
    mugwump says:

    “A Reborn Labour Party”…. Christ help us all if that day should ever come. All of them have defiled themselves beyond redemption. Their Party stinks of corruption from top to bottom. There is only one place for garbage and that’s the nearest tip. All I need to hear from New / Old Labour is the silence of the grave. May they rot in hell.

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    • 16
      Peter Grimes says:

      Hear hear!

      Millipede is tainted by his participation in the shitheap that was ZaNuLieBor’s misrule, and he should be reminded of this, and of his abject cowardice when offered several opportunities to depose McDoom, at every opportunity!

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      • 25
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Anybody else seen Mandy’s TV advert book-plug? Watch it and vomit. The leer over the use of ,”fairytale”, is particularly nauseating. Must be in competition for Bad Taste Advert of The Decade.

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        • 43
          Maximus says:

          Suggest you read it semiotically. In every ‘fairytale’ there must be a ‘fairy’. There are several in this one of course, but as it’s not explicitly a fable to establish a self-mythology, the central fairy is not Mandelslime.

          Enter stage right (sic) Miranda…

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          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            Does that mean I’ve got to watch it again? Stuff that! Anyway, the pre-production puff I’ve seen seems bent on establishing Mandy in the role of the wronged and misunderstood fairy quean.

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        • 78
          Poo Ing says:

          Dr Terrible’s House Of Horrible.

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    • 27
      And anyone that still supports any of them says:

      And no conservative or liberals had their hands in the till? lets make it all of them are greedy,corrupt,thieving low lifes that a tip is too good for,A riverbank in Rothbury is more the place for them.

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      • 62
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        “They are as bad as we are” is neither a reason, mitigation or an excuse and should be consigned the the infants school yard where it belongs.. Various droids should now be re-programmed to ‘fess up and weep crocodile tears of remorse over how they were misled by Salvator Mundi, who isn’t even politically inactive, let alone dead…… yet, It’s still totally risable, but being Totally Risable is a Socialist Core Value.

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  3. 3
    Al says:

    Even Nick Robinson on the BBC is tacitly acknowledging that the “mistakes” over school spending for which Gove had to apologise, was a deliberate act of sabotage by civil servants stil lloyal to Labour. Tim Byles, head of the schools building quango who Gove had previously upset, also seems to loom large in this set-up.

    Sackings appear to be in order.

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  4. 4
    Gordon Brown stole my pension says:

    “if Miliband wants a reborn Labour Party he first has to bury Brown in the truth.”

    True, and then Miliband and all the others so closely associated with (and to blame for) Labour’s failed Great Experiment should resign and let a new, untainted, team take over.

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    • 15
      Cassandrina says:

      Millipede is a coward and also does not have the charisma or following to make a true declaration.
      Kruschev was a bloodied survivor of Stalin and the system including Stalingrad, and knew he could get away with his declaration after sounding out the Politburo.
      If Stalin had lived even two years beyong 1953 Kruschev would have died before then.
      So Millipede will give soundings, but watch a procession of fellow travellers including the bbc, make some adverse Brown comments to recover a corrupt Labour Party.
      It will be kite flying season, especially with the bbc, who will attempt to hide or gloss over the past 12 years much as Stalin did for decades.

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      • 28
        Gulags was Us says:

        if Gordon was 1% of what Stalin was this site or anything like it would not exist and everyone on it would be…..well you all know what.

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        • 49
          The Ape Man Commeth says:

          He’d only just started, now if he’s been in power as long as the other stalin . . .

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        • 68

          Here in the Aldershot Gulag, we have seen the past 13 years of top-down dictatorial politics, the 3,000 new offences, the continuing destruction of respect and values in our community, the further destruction of the Army despite involvement in numerous foolish escapades – yes, McRuin was only 1% of what Stalin was, but that 1% was quite enough to damage our civil society, our politics and our national finances beyond repair.

          But that pipsqueak Miliwatt as Kruschev? Can’t imagine him banging his shoe on the podium and telling the Septics to take a running jump, can you?

          Nice to see that the recriminations are getting into full swing – show trials and charging Sarah of Canterbury for a 7.62 cartridge can only be months away…

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          Four-eyed English Genius says:

          He had the same aims as Stalin. He was just incapable of implementing them, as he was total tosspot! (Actually, still is or I assume so as he has not been very visible recently)

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          • Allan@Aberdeen says:

            I thought by ‘Krushchev moment’, it meant the sacking of Mr K by his bosses in New York and London.

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  5. 5
    TGN says:

    I wonder if Gove was deliberately set up by people still loyal to Labour or angry at his docking of their bloated pay cheques?

    Education Secretary Gove scrapped £40k bonus of quango boss blamed for schools fiasco
    By Simon Walters And Glen Owen
    11th July 2010

    The £220,000-a-year quango boss blamed for landing education Secretary Michael Gove in trouble over new school buildings had his £40,000 bonus scrapped by Mr Gove last month.

    Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnership for Schools (PfS), the body in charge of the £45 billion Building Schools for the Future programme, faced demands from MPs that he be sacked yesterday following claims that his organisation is ‘a shambles’……..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1293780/Education-Secretary-Gove-scrapped-40k-bonus-quango-boss-blamed-schools-fiasco.html#ixzz0tMUemhwF

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    • 6
      Pete says:

      Toenails hinted it was sabotage by pro-Labour civil servants.

      Heads must roll.

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        miliband's dropped testicles says:

        The Truth will out. If Toenails is hinting a Labour partizans in the CS playing dirty tricks there could well be something in it. Slimeball Tom Watson and Ed “Nikita” Balls will be totally exposed as the whole story about rebuilding is revealed.
        Any improvement on Ed’s 8% support for the Leadership of the Unelectable Party? Following Nikita’s example and “neutralising”a few opponents would help.

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      • 14
        A Roman says:

        Decimation .

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      • 18
        Unsworth says:

        Are there any in the CS who are not pro-Labour? I thought they’d all been sacked or shuffled to one side. After all they’ve had thirteen years to get rid of them.

        Mind you, is Toenails not one of the pro-Labour BBC employees? Never been known for his independence of reporting, has he? Perhaps he’s just riding shotgun for Balls.

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          Gordon Brown stole my pension says:

          Regards the CS, I suspect you’re right. The government must be coming around to that conclusion, too. Given the catastrophic mess we’re in, a CS seeking to subvert the government doesn’t bode well, but it’s not as if we didn’t predict this..

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      • 50
        it was not me I was only in charge says:

        Please! lets not paint Balls as some halfway competent opposition shadow minister when he isn’t. He’s a cun’t and a fool.

        He just lucked out that Gove has always been gaffe prone but Dave still loves him.
        Gove was gaffing away merrily when he was in opposition so why should it change now ?

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      • 80
        Man 0 War says:

        I think most fair minded folk [so that excludes Lieber supporters I suppose] know that this statistics balls-up was done by the Civil servants loyal to Labour. It has Blinkey Ball’s finger prints all over it. You could say that Michael Gove should have checked these figures, but I suspect Labour Ministers never did. By the way, aren’t Civil Servants supposed to be politically neutral? What out for leak after leak from ‘Blinkey’s Bastards’. Just hope they are caught.

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  6. 7
    Sir Edmund of Testicles says:

    I can make Labour electable again.

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    • 66
      Dorian Smith says:

      You’ve got my vote Ballsy, mainly because you make Labour unelectable, the truth is any of the candidates would be a disaster…..for Labour and a lot of fun for the rest of us.

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  7. 8
    The Ghost of Moaty says:

    I never liked that Brown fella.

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  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    New Labour = the vilest collection of political beings this country has ever known.

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    • 63
      THE TRIUMVIRATE OF EVIL says:

      WANTED: FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE BRITISH PEOPLE.

      TONY BLAIR (AKA MIRANDA)

      PETER MANDELSON (AKA THE PRINCESS OF DARKNESS)

      GORDON BROWN (AKA UTTER CUNТ)

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      • 145
        Hal-Astair Camp-Bell says:

        Waddabout me? I’m a bigger turd than any of ‘em – AND I killed Dr Kelly!

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  9. 11
    JohnB says:

    Do keep up, Guido. They’ve all condemned the old regime, in much the same terms as David M. I’ve heard his brother say all the same things the other day, and he was closer to GB. I think David was just afraid of being left behind. He knows the ‘Blair lite’ tag is damaging him in the party.

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  10. 12
    Unsworth says:

    Quote: Sally Bercow

    “Doesn’t think much of David Miliband stabbing Gordon Brown in the back *again*”

    and “Miliband also said the Tory vision of the big society should be taken seriously” – hahahaha. Now that’s *really* pushing it.

    So Mrs Speaker is one of the old guard, then.

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  11. 13
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    And The Turd Man should know.

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  12. 21

    Unfortunately for Miliband, there’s a first mover’s disadvantage here. Someone needs to be the first person to come out and say it, but they’re going to get met with hostility by the electorate, which can rightly ask “So, why couldn’t you admit any of this at the time?”

    And, unfortunately for the rest of the Labour party, there are also second mover’s, third mover’s, …, 100’th mover’s disadvantages too. Get used to opposition.

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    • 51
      Backwoodsman says:

      It’s rather like when that ginger drunk was running the limpdims. After he went, all the Westminster insiders admitted they knew he was an alchy.
      You’re damn right people want to know why the labour party selected a known incompetent, with manifest mental health issues, to be Prime Minister.
      It should be the stock Tory response to any labour MP, who has the temerity to raise his head above the parapet.

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  13. 22

    Might actually get this book, unlike the drivel that Campbell, Blair and (eventually) Brown will be peddling. Mandelson has no vested interest and was untainted by Iraq; this memoir is his best shot at having some sort of post-Labour punditry career. The most revealing memoir will be the winner. I laughed at the TV advert as well….he has a line of work open to him if anyone remakes the old Hammer horror films….

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    • 34
      P. Doff says:

      …or WW2 remakes with Hitler in the script.

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    • 73

      That corpse-like appearance in the advert wasn’t make up, though – merely the result of the antiretrovirals struggling to cope with the onslaught of Mangledbum’s justified punishment from the Lord for his sins.

      He’ll be in hospital by Xmas, mark my words.

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    • 117
      lola says:

      Listen, the shit got to be a millionaire (alledgedly) whilst in the pay of the State – that’s us. Why the Hell should we put more money in his grasping mitts by buying his Damd’ book. you can’t trust anything says anyway, so you’ll have to discount whatever he writes.

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  14. 23
    Lil Olmey says:

    The truth ? Millipede’s true attitude to the people of this country is there for all to see.

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  15. 29
    The long view says:

    Stand by for the New, New Labour Party. Somewhere out there, an unknown Blair and Mandelson are already redefining their “message”. How long before the vibrant young Turks ride the next electoral wave to power? Five years? Ten? Less? They’ll be back, as sure as Labour follow Conservative and Conservative follow Labour.

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  16. 31
    Sarah Tweet says:

    On way back from Piers Morgan and Celia Walden’s wedding party #fabnightout
    http://twitter.com/SarahBrownUK/status/18229295838

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    • 41
      Unsworth says:

      To return to a Gordonless home. Oh the relief!

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    • 72
      Political Fag Hag says:

      Portrait of an ex-PM at bay:

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    • 102
      cant hunter says:

      If you’d seen the list of the ‘celebrities’ who attended this event then you’d be wondering, with all respect to Ms Walden ( an intelligent, beautiful woman), just where all the bloody terroists ,of any creed, have gone. Or indiscriminate pistol shooters; Sarah Browne, Bleakly, Holden, that Derham woman now ruining R3, Jordan and several BBC people. What an oppourtunity missed.

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  17. 36
    Genghiz the Kahn says:

    Once Britain was a kingdom, ruled by a king, then it was an Empire ruled by an Emperor, then in June 2007 became a country ruled by a ….

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  18. 37

    Fight fire with fire.

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    • 46
      Doris says:

      Well said Guido. The unpleasant and nasty leftists absolutely hate it when anyone beats them at their own nasty game; they are just terribly bad sports and have no integrity; they are nothing more than out and out cheats. The left have lowered the standards and they must ultimately pay the price for the wrecking of british politics. Fight fire with fire!!

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      • 57
        Maggie's dagger filled back says:

        hear! hear!
        you would never see Conservatives stabbing each other in the back and carrying on fueds for years

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        • 59
          Nasty Leftist says:

          It is grossly unfair that we didn’t have time to establish a totalitarian state of perpetual leftist shite. Next time it’ll be different.

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        • 81
          Doris says:

          The tories are just more subtle and clever at their back stabbing and they admit defeat when caught, unlike the last lot who just whinge and moan when caught and continue the lie/smear/deceit. Infact, as we saw with the loon Brown, they left end up believing their own lies and don’t have a clue how to be a good loser or admit defeat. Bad sports.

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  19. 38
    Followers of the Blessed Keynes says:

    Tovarich Braun was correct. We must spend, borrow, borrow and spend and spend even more to move out of RECESSION! This is called INVESTMENT and Comrade Braun was investing in our country.

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    • 40
      Genghiz the Kahn says:

      McStalin was not investing he was trying to buy votes. Look at where Notwork Fail infrastructure projects were going – largely ZaNuLab marginals in the Midlands and NW.

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      • 45
        bozo the chump says:

        36% of British bozos would still vote Labour. Britsh votes for british bozos!!!

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        • 60
          Benny Fitz-Clements says:

          Bring back Gordon !! He can buy my vote any time he wants.

          I want handouts, no questions asked.

          Where’s my share of this ?? http://tinyurl.com/24rk85q

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        • 70
          Sir Stuart Bell-End MP says:

          I wholeheartedly agree with Bozo.

          Ker-ching!!!!

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        • 118
          Peek-a-b00 says:

          I can’t understand anyone voting Labour. Who are these cretins? Are they mentally subnormal? What’s become of British common sense? I suppose it’s the lure of benefits from the cradle to the grave.

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      • 140
        Followers of the Blessed Keynes says:

        INVESTMENT – it is what us followers of the Blessed Keynes call spending of your hard earned taxes on our pet projects so that the great unwashed vote for us again and again. If there aren’t enough taxes in the coffers then we just borrow the money or even print it. I know it makes your savings worthless but it also cuts the value of my debt so we can borrow some more and invest it innit.

        Don’t understand wot went wrong this time we borrowed loads and even printed our own money and they had to vote for Kompo or the Toff?

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  20. 39
    Anonymous says:

    “Brown was a disaster for the Labour Party and the country, if Miliband wants a reborn Labour Party he first has to bury Brown in the truth.”

    A bit too soon. Perhaps when he has become leader, but by then who will care? Brown at this very moment is rewriting history in a gazebo in Fife.

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    • 146
      Tesco Is Shite says:

      It has been said that his fragrant wife is not with him, and is, instead, in London. Of course, this could not possibly be linked in any way to her attraction to a junior civil servant with whom my man-in-the-know tells me she has been having a small dose of the how’s your father for more than a year – could it?

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  21. 52
    if you can't stand the heat says:

    “they are as secretive and malicious as they are vindictive and vicious.”

    also what’s known in the trade as a ‘politician’

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  22. 54
    yesterday's man says:

    was John Major really raked over the hot coals for the 97 landslide ?
    don’t think he was actually
    the Tory Party just let him fade away, forgot about him and pretended he never existed for many years afterwards
    which Labour will do with Brown, just like they did with Kinnock, just like every Political Party does with their losers

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    • 108
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      Only if they are allowed to do so! Keep the bugger’s name up in lights!

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  23. 61
    maguire on fire says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1293730/Somali-asylum-seeker-family-given-2m-house–complaining-5-bed-London-home-poor-area.html

    This story isn’t true. Immigrants are not taking the piss as depicted in this article. The Mail make it all up, and are liars and hypocrites.

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  24. 65
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    No, The Mail have not made it up, they’ve just spun it a bit, the more to appeal to their readers. The real piss-takers are the Landlords who charge these extortionate rents, and the Council bozos who authorise housing benefit to be paid at these rates.

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  25. 69
    Dorian Smith says:

    thanks for that ‘anonymous’

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  26. 74
    Selohesra says:

    Presumably when they take office they swear some sort of oath to act in the best interest of the country (and if they don’t they should do) – now they admit what so many critics were saying all along about insane dysfunctional gov’t which no-body could conceivably believe to be a good thing they should be apologising and stepping away from public office for their part in the cover up rather than trying to influence politics anymore

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  27. 75
    The revenge execution of Moaty by the fucking pigs says:

    Put Sue Sim on the case to get to the truth. She will have the rancid old queen, Mandelpeed, tasered with military-grade stun guns that case total Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI), then she will shoot him in the face with a shotgun.

    The the ugly old cu-nt will give a press conference saying he shot himself even though the police tasered him to try to stop this.

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  28. 76
    sneak thief says:

    Meanwhile some expenses troughing shitehawk is sneaking out of your back door with your hard earned savings. Nothing ever changes does it?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-1293683/200bn-backdoor-raid-pensions.html

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  29. 77
    Mr Plum says:

    Why are we giving the turd man all this free publicity

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  30. 79
    Posh Totty Lover says:

    Julia Hartley Brewer on a repeat of Have I Got News For You last night looked mighty tasty with her ample cleavage on display. She should stand as a Tory candidate. The Commons is lacking in top totty. The exception is Gloria De Piero but she’s got a fucking annoying accent. Shagger Nokes is too horsey, Beckett’s face makes me ill, and Sarah Teather…no, just no.

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  31. 82
    Genghiz the Kahn says:

    From the ever fawning Al Beeb.

    “New photographs have emerged showing Fidel Castro greeting workers in a rare public appearance.

    The images of a grey-bearded Castro, 83, smiling and wearing a white tracksuit, offer a rare glimpse of the reclusive former Cuban leader.

    Mr Castro appears slightly stooped but otherwise healthy in the four pictures, which were reportedly taken with a worker’s mobile phone.

    He had not been photographed in public since falling ill in July 2006.”

    Sycophatic leftist myopic crap at its very worst from a bunch of Hunts who should have known better. The Cubans are hardly likely to permit rare footage of a grumpy, angry old man ‘reportedly taken with a worker’s mobile phone’ – are we supposed to believe that Cubans have access to the things, and he was able to get away with taking the images and forwarding them to the world? In next week’s news a peasant sends in an email describing his joy at meeting the former jefe in a doctor’s surgery in Havana.

    Why does this remind me of Brown opening another primary school, greated by the smiling masses.

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  32. 85
    Hello Moato says:

    Muzees have condemned Raoul Moat for shooting himself.

    They say he should have blown himself up in a crowded area.

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  33. 88
    Sue Sim-ple says:

    Do I make you lads excited?

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  34. 90
    Ban the BBC says:

    “Prayers said after gunman ordeal”

    Fuck all difference that will make. Obviously the prayers said while it was under way made fuck all difference.

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  35. 91
    Wacko Browno says:

    I’m bad, dangerous and off the wall. Oh…and I’m history.

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  36. 95
    Slotgob says:

    If my Tony was still PM, he’d have saved Mr Moat’s life and that of the man he shot dead. My Tony is a hero. He buys me a new pair of shoes every day. I knew the $20m he made from Iraqi oil would come in handy. I guess I should thank all the dead Iraqis and dead soldiers, without whom I wouldn’t have 25,000 pairs of Jimmy Choos and Manohlo Blahniks.

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    Kered says:

    Third Man…ohhhhhh Duckies, now whats he been up to on the hedge fund front?

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  38. 99
    William Hill says:

    UPDATE : Punters give Peter Mandelson a 99% chance of being the next ‘suicide’ on Harrowdown Hill.

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      Fu**ed off says:

      This would be one ‘suicide’ I wouldn’t give one shit about- as dodgy, sus or anything else tin foil hat-esque.

      Fuck off Mandy!

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      On the cam says:

      if he gets in my punt I’ll make it 100%

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  39. 100
    Hello Moato says:

    I really can’t stand the the cold and affected manner in which Sue Sim speaks. Bad enough she’s got a face that could freeze time and looks like she lost a nuclear war with the ugly stick.

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  40. 101
    The Outer Limits says:

    Funny how you always get a reply?

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  41. 106
    Find me a wench says:

    I have a cunning plan. I will find a wanton lass with large hips and procreate a dozen sires. Then raise them to government.Once established I shall then rule with an iron hand.

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  42. 111
    Beyond The Grave says:

    Sorry I didn’t manage to shoot “The Sky News’ Kay Burley” before I left for a better place.

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  43. 113
    Taser Instruction Manual says:

    It is essential that you read these instructions fully before using this weapon for the first time. Please pay particular attention to the section titled “Situations in which a Taser should NEVER be used”. These situations include when a potential target is holding a loaded firearm, or has their finger on the nuclear button.

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      pigs says:

      Sue Sim taser instructions: Set tasers to maximum power, taser Moaty in the head with at least 2 tasers, then shoot him in the face with a shotgun.

      We have the post-mortem stitched up, so Dr Gupta [police pet Asian phorensic corrupt retard] will omit all evidence of taser injury, and omit to state that the shotgun blast was from a distance [making suicide impossible].

      The family want a proper postmortem:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/11/raoul-moat-family-postmortem-taser

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    • 128
      Sue Sim says:

      Whoops a doodle. I thought they were phasers to be set at stun

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      • 139
        Moaty's Gun says:

        He was shot by shotgun Taser projectiles! Yep…remote tasers fired from a gun that hadn’t had it’s cock sawn off…like Moaty did to me! Had he kept me 10 inches he could have blasted the fuck out of the 20 pigs hiding in the bushes behind him!

        Fishing with Gazza would have been nice though!

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    lola says:

    “…and we lost many of our strengths – optimism born of clear strategy, bold plans for change and reform, a compelling articulation of aspiration and hope….” Eh? for clear strategy read ‘goverment by spin. For bold plans for change and reform read more totalitarianism, less freedom, more taxes. For aspiration and hope read creation of a huge client state bookended by sink estate benefit dependency and fat quangoistas. What fucking hallucigen is Milliwotsit on?

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  45. 122
    Free Speech is no more says:

    It would seem the MSM are uniting in the Moat whitewash. many of the facebook pages started are being closed by Facebook,a US article 1 of the Constitution of the United States based company.

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  46. 125
    Anonymous says:

    All of this road to Damascus stuff makes me want to puke. They knew that he was damaging the country but they let him continue in fact they defended the one-eyed Mong says a lot for their integrity does it not

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  47. 127
    Gordon Brown Fan Club says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1293664/Sarah-secret-weapon-No10-portrait-war-How-Commons-officials-ask-Browns-wife-persuade-sit-artist.html

    Now newly released documents show House of Commons officials were so exasperated by Gordon Brown’s refusal to sit for an official portrait they were forced to call upon his wife for support.

    Maybe he was expecting it to be airbrushed after the next election?

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  48. 132
    Stu says:

    Truth and a Liebor politician. MMM what can you say.

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    Shocked I tell you shocked says:

    thought I would post this here in the hope someone would be interested

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/philips_bailiff_fee_explanation

    Apparently the Met Police are using section 44 powers to stop & retain drivers who haven’t paid parking tickets. They are detaining them until the collector arrives. Also its understood that they stop them when the info, which should not be there anyway unless its a warrant for an unpaid fine or council tax, pings the ANPR.

    Even without section 44 & despite the police arguing that those who have unpaid parking tickets are more likely to be involved in crime which is nonsense this is a wholly illegal use of police powers.
    It’s clear from this & all we have seen in the last few days, weeks & months there are some police forces who are running amok & must be reined in & the sooner the better otherwise this will be just a fore runner of what’s about to happen.
    Remember there are those in government who like Blair think you should be stopped from travelling anywhere from a port if you have unpaid council tax or any County Court Judgements awarded against you.
    George had no idea how bad it would get

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    I hate New Labour says:

    Funny how these people don’t bother to reveal these things when the country is going down the toilet and they could do actually do some good.

    But when there’s a book to sell and personal fortunes to be made they’re suddenly singing like canaries.

    I detest these Labour scum. I wish every last one of them a slow painful death.

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  51. 144
    Cream Puff says:

    Has Brown turned up at the House of Commons yet??

    We need to be told
    He is still sulking away in North Queensferry, apparently dealing with constituents matters. After all this time you would think that had been all wrapped up. Perhaps he keeps breaking down when faced with a member of the public. Perhaps its just all spin from Scottish Labour as that is all they seem to do

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  52. 147
    Gooey Blob says:

    As Labour’s next sneerleader Miliband won’t change much. He has plenty of enemies of his own within the party, and he’ll need to keep them down.

    DM will make a total pig’s ear of the job when he gets it anyway.

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  53. 148

    [...] of neo-Leninist loyalty these muted criticisms of the past are pretty strong. Following on from his Keir Hardie speech it looks increasingly like he and Mandelson intend to bury Brown and his allies with the historical [...]

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