August 20th, 2010

Polly’s Fears Strike Home

Polly writes movingly today of the fear that is stalking the Guardian reading public sector parasitical classes:

“…Cameron and Osborne have been most successful is in frightening people, not in itself a useful economic tool… However, fear can be useful politically. Cameron’s government has skilfully created a hate campaign directed at the public sector. The release by Eric Pickles this week of all the spending data from his department and its quangos was admirable openness – but mainly a crafty assault on everything spent by public servants… Cameron has performed a political conjuring trick of some brilliance in diverting voters’ wrath from the gamblers of high finance to public servants’ excess.

Tragic isn’t it? The truth and openness about public servants’ excesses. Enough to fill any decent Guardian reader with fear…

Polly personally knows the meaning of that fear, having to scrape by on her six-figure Guardian salary supplemented only by media appearance fees and royalties from her book Unjust Rewards, co-authored with her husband David Walker a former Guardian journalist, which attacked the rich and inequality.

He is (for now) the axed Audit Commission’s six-figure salaried Managing Director of Communications and Public Reporting, basically an upmarket spinner. With a household joint-income in the top 1% and some ten times the national average, her husband’s looming unemployment must put her in fear for their multi-million pound property portfolio – the £2.4m London townhouse, the villa in Tuscany, not forgetting the holiday home in upmarket Lewes, Sussex. Thank god Polly and David no longer have to worry about their Amy’s private school fees. How will they cope?


505 Comments

  1. 1
    Deficit denier says:

    Who is queen polly backing now ?

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    • 2
      Deficit denier says:

      And Spend spend spend , Print print print

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      • 73

        Councils ‘could cut 500,000 jobs and not harm services’

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11034769

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        • 124
          Jack says:

          They could probably cut £ 5à billion and not harmervices as well

          Apart from the bloated, overppaid non-working anti-public servants…

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          • Ampers says:

            And did you catch: “supplemented only by media appearance fees and royalties from her book Unjust Rewards, ”

            Christ! She has a nerve, she has even written a book about her unjust rewards!

            Ampers

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          • A po-faced, crop-haired, hand wringing, (‘enlightened’) ShamPain SoSherLyst, ‘reading’ her Grouniad says:

            (with an emphasised progressive sigh) Oh poor, poor, poor Polly.

            However will she manage?

            Oh darhhhling – you won’t forget the quail’s eggs will you?

            Mwwwwuh! Mwwwwuh! Mwwwwuh!

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          • AC1 says:

            Diana Moon Glampers writes a book about Unjust Rewards.
            Scaredy Cat Brown writes a book about courage.

            I sense a theme.

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          • ron vibentrop says:

            Hopefully Polly will slip over on a dog shit in Tuscany and break her fucking neck.

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        • 167
          Walter Cronkite says:

          We could get rid of all these charity leeches calling themselves charitable housing by converting rent payments to mortgage payments.If they are truly charitable I’m sure they will agree letting people pay to own is much better than them leeching rent for ever and ever.

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          • Mr Ned says:

            I stopped supporting the housing charity Shelter, in the late 1980s when I learned that they had enough money in the bank to buy a small house for every homeless person in the country, yet still paid their Chief Executive a 6 figure salary.

            I am not for a moment suggesting that they should have bought houses and given them to the homeless for free, but they had enough money to do so. Baring that in mind, they could have ended involuntary homelessness entirely. They could have easily built enough social housing (low rent/low cost to purchase) to end homelessness.

            Had it not been for my own Brother letting me live at his house for a little while, I would have been homeless at the time. Sickening is not the word for how I felt that a charity set up to help the homeless was doing far far far less than what it was capable of and seemed to me to be encouraging homelessness so that it could profit from their misery.

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          • Ron E. says:

            The charitable a greedy selfish C’unts.

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          • Confused says:

            you have to remember Mr Ned charity begins at home

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          • Arsonist says:

            It would fire up the economy.

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        • 476
          Dai s Havards Bald Wig says:

          I say. Less of that. Up here in the Valleys thats fighting talk.
          I ll have to have a lie down now before my tea break.
          You dont know how hard it is working for the council.

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      • 74
        six-figure Guardian salary says:

        Dave has found his his new Conservative Party Treasurer.

        She’s almost as left wing as he is.

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    • 33
      HDB111 says:

      Who cares at the risk of repeating myself to call her a twat is to malign all those hard working twats out there

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    • 38
      Mr Ned says:

      I do not believe that anyone has been distracted for a moment from the gamblers of high finance as Polly claims. The bankers are vicious greedy bastards. Their sole purpose for existing is to create credit and trap people in debt. That is what they are and what they do, so no surprise there.

      However, whilst the last government and their acolytes in the gaurdianista fan club where criticising the excesses of the city, the labour government were doing absolutely nothing to reign them in and doing even less about the excesses of the public sector, in fact, they kept increasing them.

      The coalition has introduced banking taxes and is attacking the public sector excesses too and they have only been in power for just over 100 days.

      Labour had two years from the near collapse of the banks, to introduce measures and they failed.

      The coalition are clearly a vast improvement on the labour maladministration.

      Polly adds, “but mainly a crafty assault on everything spent by public servants…” She says this as if it is a bad thing. Well I do not care how Northern Rock wasted its money for I had no money there, but when the government reaches into my wallet and takes my money, then I do care how civil servants spend the money that has been extracted from me.

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      • 62
        Engineer says:

        Exactly Mr Ned – that’s the point, isn’t it?

        Nobody hates the public services, or public servants – provided they are doing a job that needs doing, doing it well, and not wasting public money.

        What we do hate is waste – unlike you, Polly, most households in this country do not have six-figure incomes, and have to budget carefully to ensure that the mortgage and the gas bill are paid, there is food on the table, and that everyone has decent clothes. Add to that the problem of saving for our old age – a far more difficult proposition now than it was 14 years ago – and whilst we all recognise the need for taxation, we deeply resent the profligate use of our hard-earned by feather-bedded overpaid piss-takers.

        We want to see far less waste of public money, and we want to see it very soon.

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          jobs says:

          “Nobody hates the public services, or public servants”

          Comedy!

          You must be a different Engineer who’s never seen any of the usual comments on Guido’s blog before.

          It’s the private argument at the heart of some of the coalition tensions just now. Nick and Dave are having a real problem deciding how heavy to lay on the cuts rhetoric and just how much they can afford to attack the public sector and anyone in it.
          Dave’s rebels represented by Redwood and Davis want it to be an all guns blazing attack on the public sector while Clegg’s rebels want nothing to do with the crude demonisation of what used to be a large chunk of their core vote.

          Polly and Cameron are wrong because the ‘campaign’ if there is one hasn’t even yet begun. It begins when the cuts take place and the tone and arguments the coalition use when they do take place is dividing the coalition as much as any individual policy.

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          • Engineer says:

            Don’t underestimate public frustration with public sector profligacy.

            Twenty years ago, most public sector workers were not especially well paid, relative to their private sector equivalents, but they had generally better job security and a reasonable pension to look forward to by way of compensation.

            Now, many public sector jobs (especially managerial ones) are better paid than the private sector equivalents, and still have the job security and guaranteed pension. (That’s not necessarily true in the lower grades.) Things have become unbalanced, and some correction is needed. Barely a week goes by without some minor scandal involving a senior council officer or senior police officer being awarded a £200,000 salary or half-million payoff.

            The number of people on the public payroll has risen dramatically over about the last decade (from about four and half million to about six million, I believe). The work required of the public sector hasn’t changed that much, so what are they all doing? Do we really need (and can we afford) Assistant Directors of Diversity on £70,000 per annum?

            Some of us think that public money can be spent far more effectively than it is currently being.

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          • Walter Cronkite says:

            If Dave keeps on cluster fucking as he has up to now it won’t be needed,he’ll wreck the con party all on his own.

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          • jobs says:

            Don’t underestimate how being in a coalition changes the entire equation of how you frame cuts. Nor the fact that they aren’t taking place in a vacuum but in a fragile economy.

            The public will always be in favour of cuts, until they start to affect them personally. I’m certainly not saying there aren’t cuts that can be made to the public sector, but the only thing as ridiculous as those who think there shouldn’t be any cuts are those who think there can be almost unlimited cuts without consequence.

            The colaition agreement specifies broad agreement on the need for cuts but not the detail of every department and not the rhetoric or public policy of what happens when they do take place. It’s going to be a fault line every bit as powerful as the AV vote.

            Liberals are still Liberals and Conservatives are still Conservatives even if Dave and Nick are the best of friends.

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          • Sir Everard Digby says:

            However,those who espouse more borrowing are the real enemies of public services. More borrowing = more interest to pay and less money available for those public services. As debt levels are forecast to be higher than now by 2015 and Labour had less dracionian cuts planned I suggest all the main parties are enemies of public services.

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          • buy now pay later says:

            every PFI and PPP scheme currently on the books
            or rather
            OFF the books

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        • 104
          Technomist says:

          Well said there.

          Don’t forget also that in some places, like Waltham Forest, we have councils which have been corrupted during years of one party domination and where rings of thieves operate with almost complete impunity, protected by the ‘code of omerta’ in the local Labour party.

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          • Waltham Forest Council says:

            We are enacating Eric Pickles new regime and so have carefully chosen and paid our auditor handsomely. He says we are doing a splendid job!

            Thank you Eric Pickles!!!

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          • Unsworth says:

            It’s very widespread. Corruption within councils – Borough, District and Local is commonplace. Pickles is certainly getting some sort of grip, but if he wants to really eradicate waste (and corruption) he’s going to have to get right down to Borough levels. I’ve lost count of the number of bent deals I’ve seen over the years, there must have been thousands. The move to publish actual expenditure is a start, but much geater scrutiny of tendering processes is necessary.

            For example, in construction and building projects there is a very unhealthy relationship between various suppliers which amount to cartels. Price fixing between contractors is rife. That’s where much of the money is going. And revolving doors are everywhere.

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          • proverbial says:

            agree

            one council I know is swamped with people all from the same family. So to complain about the housing manager you talk to his wife in the legal department. This is rife. People appointed by who they know. Contracts given to ‘friendly’ companies not necessarily the best etc. Close all local councils down – they are just breeding grounds for empire building mongs

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          • Commisar says:

            if you want to know how corrupt local councils are try standing for election and see

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        • 461
          Anonymous says:

          Well articulated, Sir.

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      • 324
        AC1 says:

        Ned,
        Once again your ignorance about how finance works astounds me.

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          Mr Ned says:

          So banks do not create credit? They do not lend at interest? And then use the assumed gains as collateral for funding a myriad “magical” money making schemes and financial instruments? And we did not have a banking crash and there is no such thing as CDOs?

          Fuck off! Bottom line? Banks are in existence to create money to lend at interest!

          If not, then what the fuck else are they for AC?

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          • Banker Wankers and City Shitters says:

            Ned, AC1 thinks Iraq was a great idea and the Bankers are blameless
            he’s a fuckwit

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      • 347
        Fubar Saunders says:

        Fuckin’ A, Ned.

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      • 439

        Leave the bankers alone! They’re lovely people.

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    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      Her hubby is a tax payer funded six figure spin merchant for a public body. No wonder the audit commision is being closed. Pity they didn’t audit themselves.

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    • 59
      Peter Grimes says:

      Queen Mandy probably!

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    • 374
      Noise says:

      I am delighted to see axing the audit commission could well have a side-motive of bringing ol’ Polly Twonkbee down six figures in earning.

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    • 466
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Look, Labour didn’t plunge the UK into the recession…. it was everyone else’s fault. Labour were FORCED to spend £4Trillion on buying votes so Labour could get into the Guinness Book of Records for longest Labour tyranny in the UK.

      Well, Labour got three terms so it was money well spent!

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Polly put the kettle on you fuckin hypocrite

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    • 37
      The great 'n' the good says:

      Move her to Burnley or Peckham for a real dose of diversity.

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        Gone Fuckin mental says:

        She would fuckin freak out

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        • 48
          Billy Braggard says:

          Diversity’s so much better when viewed from deepest Dorset you know.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Too right Billy;that’s why I moved there from what was once a pleasant, non-diversified, GLC suburb.

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          • Unsworth says:

            Yeah, but they’re getting everywhere now.

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          • Diversity Dave says:

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          • Steves' mum says:

            The Office for National Statistics estimate that the white native British will be a minority in this country within 30 years. The immigrant birth rate is estimated at about 50% of all live births now in England and Wales. Guess the ONC will be next for the chop producing such truthful inconvenient figures.

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      • 505
        Cassandrina says:

        She is the epitome and role model of a Champagne Socialist, don’t ye know?
        A few days (weeks?) living on the streets, like Orwell did, would do her no end of good and give us a breather from her systemic hypocritical piousness.

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    • 127
      BoJo says:

      I say :

      She “incarnates all the nannying, high-taxing, high-spending schoolmarminess of Blair’s Britain. Polly is the high priestess of our paranoid, mollycoddled, risk-averse, airbagged, booster-seated culture of political correctness and ‘elf ‘n’ safety fascism”

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  3. 4
    Stan Butler says:

    Champagne Socialist
    A champagne socialist is a derogatory label for a person who vocally and ideologically expresses support for democratic or radical socialist beliefs, but lives a lifestyle that contradicts these values. Wealthy politicians, celebrities, academics, entrepeneurs and the refined urban middle-class are often accused of being champagne socialists. Variations of this British term include “Limousine Liberal” in the USA, “Chardonnay Socialist” in Australia and New Zealand, “Gauche Caviar” in France, and the more obscure “salon Bolshevik”.
    Source:Champagne Socialist (2010)

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      proverbial says:

      they are all scum however you define them

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      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      Millionaire Marxists ? (e.g. Millibands)

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      • 108
        AbleTheSpace Monkey says:

        To jog memories:

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1151892/New-questions-David-Milibands-property-empire.html

        Didnt Russia intimate that the Millipedes’ grandfather was implicated in leftist atrocities in revolutionary/post revolutionary Russia?, was any hard historical information forthcoming?.

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        • 178
          amongymous says:

          What is going on with the conservative-liberal investigation into the torture used by new labour?

          Everyone thinks go-balls would be the worst (ie from non-dolescum/criminals/public sector workers point of view best) choice for labour. But I say either Militwat is. Apart form their total lack of grace, humour, gravitas, their general weirdness, geekiness and wonky appearance and the proven ability of bananaboy to annoy governments around the world there is the small matter of his seeming to have covered up torture. Imagine if he wins their leadership then is plunged straight into torture rows – could even the BBC spin that to be pro-labour?

          Got to be far more damaging than dodging inheritance tax – all rich lefties and guardian readers do that sort of thing. Most, it has to be said however vile they are, are not in any way involved in covering up torture as it has been suggested Milipede is.

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      • 168
        ST says:

        Why should we be suprised? The likes of the Millibands and Polly have good pedigree in this.

        Engles became a full partner in his father’s business Engles & Ermens a spinning factory. This money he used to live the high life throwing parties for his “brethren” and to support Marx who just couldn’t be arsed working. All this while he bemoaned the poverty of those working within the spinning factory.

        He was also quite keen on lying and spinning abouth the words of others; for example adding whole sentences to transcripts of Prime Minister Gladstone’s speeches published in his party literature.

        *RANT (about someone whose been dead 115 years) OVER

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      • 447
        Steves' mum says:

        Talking of tossers I heard lisping Balls on PM last night whilst driving home and nearly ran off the road laughing. Haven’t heard such a balloon of blather since I unfortunatley heard a Millidumb.

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    • 55
      BluRay says:

      I’d have Photoshopped a tiara on her head and a bottle of champers in the hand.
      Another popular expression is ‘Bollinger Bolshevik’.

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      I Loathe Tesco, Too says:

      A few nominations, off the top of my head: ‘Lord’ Melvyn Bragg. Peter Mandelscum. Tony Bliar and his nauseating other half. Harold Pinter, Deceased. Wedgie ‘Don’t Call Me Stansgate Or Mention My Late American Wife’s Money’ Benn. Denis Healey. Ali Campbell. ‘Lord’ Levy. Peter Hain. ‘Two Bogs Chipolata Willy’ Prescott.

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      • 472
        Ping Pong Pang says:

        You may like to know that the “nauseating other half” is currently hob-nobbing in Malaysia with the wife of the local PM. Piccy in the papers with her mouth wide open (as usual). Look out here comes a trolly bus…

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      • 479
        Anonymous says:

        Not forgetting Ben Elton. Loved his Blackadder scripts but the guy couldn’t open his gob in the 80’s without bemoaning dear Maggie.

        Jump forward in time- Labour government and true socialist Ben fecks off to Oz because he doesn’t want to pay massive taxes on his millions.

        Socialism is so contrived. The poor can’t be arsed with it yet some of the rich love it…so long as equality doesn’t mean them paying more.

        Scum; every last one of them.

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    • 181
      ST says:

      Limousines Liberal is more likely a socialist insult toward the liberals. Liberalism is not, inherently, anti-capitalist. The Communists used to denounce liberalism as bourgeois sentimentalism and an attempt by the bourgeois to hold off world revolution by throwing scraps to the proles.

      Utter wank I know, but there you have it.

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    • 188
      Walter Cronkite says:

      A Bentley boss.

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    • 196
      Maximus says:

      Sham pain socialists – sipping champagne (chianti, orvieto, etc) while plotting how to leverage the trust they have accrued from their specious sympathy for the ‘working class’ to their own personal advantage. Sociopaths, really.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Well if Prescott becomes Labour treasury the circle will be complete

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    Gordon Brown says:

    I will make a statement on this to the house at 14.30

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    • 122
      Anonymous says:

      Haven’t you got a lecture to make.

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      • 214
        Celebrity Speaker Agency says:

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        We have many celebrities on our account and will for a modest increase in fee provide:

        Robert Mugabe on racial tolerance and the rule of law
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        IF you prefer to wait we will call the hospital next week to see if Mr Brown is available to give his expert testimony on the economic situation. We would like to remind you that:

        ” He has been widely applauded for his ending of boom and bust and his good-natured, calm public speeches. He once wrote a PhD about the Labour Party and was Chancellor for many years where he spent more money than any predecessor – quite an achievement and brought the first instance of Muagabenomics to the UK with his famed quantitative easing. He was also instrumental in the government which brought in millions of immigrants to enrich the country and vote Labour. “

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      What stupid arse would pay money to hear the ravings of a madman says:

      Will you be charging £100,000 to make it ?

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    • 252
      ST says:

      Have you started shouting at houses now?

      You truely have left the land of the sane haven’t you

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    QWERTY says:

    Come on Pickles and Osborne kill off the Guardian by scrapping the lefty jobs pages.

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    • 67
      purpleline says:

      That is the one failure so far that they have not stopped funding the Guardian Newspaper.

      Mind you I was in a London Hospital this week visiting and I would imagine the job adverts must have all been in the African Times, or the Asian times as there was no repeat no White English staff at all.

      We need radical surgery on the NHS and cut 20,000 jobs that would help the immigration numbers.

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      • 430
        QWERTY says:

        I carry a piece of paper that states “in the event of my incapacitation under no circumstances am I to be treated or taken to an NHS hospital, take me home (address attached) or stick me in a taxi.”

        I’d rather die in the streets that fester to death is an NHS shit hole.

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        Call me infidel says:

        Sadly all that would achieve is an increase in the amount of benefit thieves. Immigration is the genie that cannot be put back in the bottle.

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    Tenner Lady says:

    Toynbee is a member of the Parasite Class

    Bent on taking money from the industrial class who create the wealth because SHE believes they do not have the morals or ethics to make wise choices

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    • 197
      ST says:

      I don’t know why we rightist don’t use this sort of language against the left more often, turn their own agitprop against them. Deficit Denier is currently my favorite, but I’d kill to denounce Polly as a parasite on Question Time.

      Perhaps it’s because inherently the rights belief in the individual is revulsed by this ‘four legs good two legs bad’ stratergy.

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    • 335
      AC1 says:

      I call it the rent-seeking classes.

      There’s the Toynbee lot of leeches, and they created the under-class to distract the rest of us from their parasitism.

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    Selohesra says:

    I cant help feeling that we will hear lots more from Cameron & co talking about being tough in cutting all this waste but am pesimistic that they will actually deliver such cuts – the parasites and scroungers will find ways of getting preferential treatment for their pet scams – supported by BBC with their endless list of journalists and ‘representative audiences’ on QT and 5-live thinking their desrerve hand outs of other peoples money

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    • 56
      Hugh Janus says:

      Not to mention the Beeb’s anti-cuts campaign, aired without fail in every news broadcast. Their turn next I trust.

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    • 176
      Susie says:

      Re BBC’s representative audiences: The audience probably is representative, but the BBC plants their own in it and they’re the ones picked for air time.

      I saw how they work it for myself the other week at Any Questions.

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      • 203
        ST says:

        Then why aren’t the audience members against the Dimblebums why they are doing this? All it would take is an individual to ask a follow up question and ask why the BBC is planting questions.

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      • 492
        Anal Fez Vests says:

        Plants? Vanessa Feltz lost her show which she was paid £2.5 million for because two feuding sisters were actresses. She earned £50 000 a week for doing absolutely nothing as they could not use her on anything but shows like this. The BBC has a contempt for money.

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    • 437
      Ubber Fuhrer says:

      government moves too slow. By the time they have committeed and waffled everyone knows the move and has built heavy defenses up.We need an Adolph who will come in and blitz it in a few hours.hack,chop,slice,slash.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    She is proberly pissed at the new 50% tax rate

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  10. 12
    Ben says:

    I think I canvassed her maid (or housekeeper, or whatever) during the election.

    She spoke enough English to tell me that the lady of the house was not home.

    I left leaflets. Wonder if she read them?

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    P*ul the octupus has been signed by the 2018 bid team

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  12. 14
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Cardiff city fc is a ponzi scheme

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    Poor Polly.

    “diverting voters’ wrath from the gamblers of high finance to public servants’ excess.”

    Since the gamblers of high finance had little to do with Gordon’s inability to add up, it’s about time.

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      AC1 says:

      Since it was the likes of Gordon who control how much credit is in the financial system, it is about time.

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    All good fun if you live half way below your means, as most of us have to…

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    • 155
      AbleTheSpace Monkey says:

      That’s irresponsible. Its your duty to borrow to consume, so that the economy can recover. What you little people fail to grasp is that the way to cure the problems of borrowing and consumption is to borrow and consume more. The audit commission perform the vital job of ensuring that government deficit investment spending is wisely directed, and they need good communicators to help ignorant little people like you understand this. Poly has Britains best economic and social interests at heart, she too is doing her bit to try to make you understand basic economics.

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    Polly Toy Bee says:

    Leave me alone.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    I thought she like everyone else agreed with Nick ?

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    SpunkBack Liebore AKA Bullingdon Dave and his Bullying Right Hand Man says:

    Don’t you dare make fun of Polly! I wuv her!

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    filipinomonkey says:

    OT but from John Prescott’s campaign to become Labour Party treasurer

    ‘…not only to hold the leadership to account in unnecessarily spending money we don’t have…’

    Bit too late John, but appreciate the sentiment. A sorry would be nice if you could go that far.

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    • 208
      Unsworth says:

      “…not only to hold the leadership to account in unnecessarily spending money we don’t have…”

      Fucking stroll on. Does this man have any understanding of the English language? How on earth did a cretin like Prescott get anywhere near Parliament?

      And ‘unnecessarily spending money we don’t have’ WTF does that actually mean?

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      • 239
        Hugh Janus says:

        It does gladden the heart, though, that his wretched party is “on the verge of bankruptcy”. Such excellent news, and on a Friday too. I feel that life is looking a whole lot better on hearing this.

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      • 272
        Mr Ned says:

        He means that they should not spend money that they do not have on things that are not necessary, instead they should carry on spending money that they do not have on things that they think are necessary.

        Either way, it is typical labour. We spend all the money we have and then carry on spending.

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    Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi says:

    Ha Ha Ha you suckers

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    • 45
      Kenny says:

      You’re dead to me now.

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    • 106
      Mr Ned says:

      How are we suckers.

      Even though Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is innocent of the charges against him , he still has the conviction and spent years inside for a crime he never committed.

      Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is the sucker!

      The reason he had to be released on compassionate grounds was solely to prevent the evidence which would have proved his innocence, from being placed before a public court. The embarrassment that would have caused in certain powerful circles could not be risked.

      The Americans (and other intelligence services) do not want another investigation into who actually cause the bombings, so they throw mud at the release of the patsy instead!

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      • 158
        Anonymous says:

        The Yanks are protesting to much methinks. They should be careful what they wish for.

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      • 220
        Walter Cronkite says:

        why not name them,they have been named in every national and international newspaper already.Only BBC and Sky news seem reluctant to say it.

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    concrete pump says:

    What’s wrong with David Walkers face? There’s something not right and i can’t put my finger on it.

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  21. 26
    English Heretic says:

    Touch of schadenfreude Guido? I’m looking forward to the Guardian’s job ad revenue drying up but can we expect a bonfire of the Quangos in time for Guy Fawkes night?

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    • 147
      Bob says:

      Any bets on when the Guardian will be wound up ?

      Can’t be long now…

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      • 223
        English Heretic says:

        Not sure – they seem to have a bottomless money tree in ‘Auto Trader’ magazine that keeps the Scott Trust able to fund their losses.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jul/30/guardianmediagroup.pressandpublishing

        Still, a bit of fear and loathing is overdue at GMG, like we’ve had in the real world for years. The labour Party looks odds on for bankruptcy though, they’ve run it like Gordon ran the country and they’re broke. Only the union comrades can save them, you can guess the quid pro quo.

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          Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

          Er, I think they were so embarrassed by the Auto Trader-propping-up-lefties story they flogged it. The result is that they lost about £170m last year.

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    They're all smug, sneering, Celt cunts at the BBC, 'cept Kuenssberg whom I wish to bum intensely says:

    Unrelentingly unfunny, grindingly awful, utterly smug BBC ‘comedy’ lefties talk
    shyte about Tories, (Part 83).
    Without the BBC to parasite off these cow’s c’unts would be begging in the street

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    • 35
      Wails4Eva says:

      All these ‘comedy’ programmes are the same – they have a dig at the same boring things ‘Tories are Nazies’, ‘Thatcher is dreadful’, ‘the Queen costs a lot of money’, ‘they are the only funny thing on TV’ – get a life, the rest of us have moved on, we have seen what Labour can do. Jo Brand, Arfur Smith, and most Scottish comics are still stuck in 1995 awaiting the next Labour Messiah.

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      • 44
        Ben Eton College says:

        I loved Labour and socialism so much, I did a runner to Australia a year or so ago.

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      • 79
        Mr Ned says:

        It is about time these tired old hackneyed left-wing stereotypes were culled. These left wing comedians have had there time and it is about time that they learned how the older, joke-telling, lean-on-a-mike-stand comics felt when political correctness and “alternative” comedy came along.

        Likewise all these ethnic stand-up comics whose acts comprise a whole conveyor of racist stereotypes which would be illegal for a white comic to come out with and then they call their audiences “racist” for laughing at them.

        We need a new comedy that is not constrained by political correctness and lazy left-wing stereotyping.

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      • 459
        Steves' mum says:

        Except for Brillo XXXX

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    • 43
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      Watched the lovely Laura on Newsnight last night have a right go at Blinky Balls. She’d get my vote. Also saw Kirsty giving Millipillock a rough time earlier in the week. Is it just remotely possible that the Beeboids have woken up to the fact that the present government can slash and burn the Beeb, and, as a survival strategy, the Beeboids are injecting a bit of balance and journalism in to programmes.

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      • 82
        The IMF is not coming says:

        Not possible

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        • 105
          Fiddler-Diddler says:

          When Pickles has finished with slashing and burning Local Government down to value for Council Tax, I expect his next job will be the cutting of the BBC down-to-size as value for the TV Licence … I imagine that one of the first casualties with be staffing levels.

          The BBC is just a bunch of useless mouths spouting liberal bias about bleeding heart issues and wasting other people’s money like all good Socialists do!

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      • 116
        Engineer says:

        The lovely Laura in action trying to get Balls to answer a simple question (from 7mins 30secs in).

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

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      • 118
        Technomist says:

        Taking swipes at Balls and Milliband is like a game warden culling the wounded, weakest members of the herd.

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      • 234
        Walter Cronkite says:

        yep.Kirsty seemed desperate to get the Milipede asking rapid questions but not waiting for a reply.Milipede ended up staring at her like she was having a meth anphet tongue chewing session.

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        • 452
          Still not convinced by Wark says:

          Could it be that her tactic was to actually be seen to ask some hard questions so as to avoid being perceived as biased but do so at a rapid rate thus enabling the Milliwit to avoid answering them due to the pile-up of questions which were piling up in front of him making it impossible to answer even if he dared ?

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    • 454
      Steves' mum says:

      Except Brillo XXXXX

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  23. 29
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Does the Gaurdian pay all the tax it should ?

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    • 51
      Guardian Reader says:

      Fascist!

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      • 96
        Stan Butler says:

        Facism.
        Philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state’s authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. Martial virtues are celebrated, while liberal and democratic values are disparaged. Fascism arose during the 1920s and ’30s partly out of fear of the rising power of the working classes; it differed from contemporary communism (as practiced under Joseph Stalin) by its protection of business and landowning elites and its preservation of class systems. The leaders of the fascist governments of Italy (1922 – 43), Germany (1933 – 45), and Spain (1939 – 75) — Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Francisco Franco — were portrayed to their publics as embodiments of the strength and resolve necessary to rescue their nations from political and economic chaos. Japanese fascists (1936 – 45) fostered belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese spirit and taught subordination to the state and personal sacrifice. See also totalitarianism; neofascism.

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        • 109
          Mr Ned says:

          See also corporatism.

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          • I am Sick says:

            It’s arguable that Franco was not a fascist, although he accepted, among others, fascists into his nationalist alliance.
            Mr Ned is correct in citing corporatism, more recently rebranded under ZaNu and Bliar, as the “third way” and “public, private partnerships”. Obama is another servant to the cause, though in America far more people understand that socialism and fascism are indeed closely related, than here in socialist revisionist Europe.
            Fascism and socialism, differ only in their means to a common aim.

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        • 140
          commienazifascists says:

          See also straw men.

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        • 144
          Backwoodsman says:

          Well, silly me, here’s me thinking if they called themselves national socialist party, they might just be socialists !

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          • Mr Ned says:

            The only difference between fascism and socialism? When the state’s thugs are kicking your head in, the fascists have corporate logos on the boots whereas the socialists have a national flag.

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          • AC1 says:

            Yep The difference between Marxism and Corporatism, is that Corporatism uses a Proxy called the corporation to extend the state and Marxism doesn’t bother.

            Both extend extortion at the expense of reciprocation.

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        • 462
          Steves' mum says:

          So it follows, therefore, that Labour are the Fascists as I always suspected. When can we expect a bonfire of the Fascists? 5.11.10 poss. or am I asking too much?

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      • 426
        HappyUK says:

        Fascists are left-wingers, pure and simple. The whole notion of right-wingers (conservatives) as fascists was and is nothing more than a smear, a big huge lie that eventually, unfortunately stuck.

        Remember the term Nazi derives from the first two syllables of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers Party) – an undeniably left-wing organization.

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  24. 36
    Eileen Critchley says:

    There must be cuts and the cuts must be severe.

    But she is right in once sense, the credit crunch was caused by those white collar criminals down the road.

    Slash public spending, but lest we forget what that army of well healed blaggers and bullshitters did to this country!

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    • 225
      Susie says:

      ‘Well-heeled’

      Sub-prime: Lending money to people without the means to repay it. As encouraged by Bill Clinton.

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    • 259
      jgm2 says:

      The ‘credit crunch’ was caused by millions of idiots borrowing more money than they could afford. It was encouraged by the incompetent, myopic Labour government because the ‘feel-good’ factor engendered by all the reckless borrowing and spending took the electorates eye off the Labour governments own reckless borrowing and spending.

      The electorate are, as election after election proves, essentially a bunch of children. You just give ‘em plenty of sugary treats and to hell with worrying about their dental care and they’ll keep voting for you.

      The problem is that it is the government who are supposed to act like adults. Prevent the naive electorate from their self-destructive nature. A bit like Labour banning smoking and lecturing us all on eating too much fatty food. Fucking nannie stae we all shout. Who the fuck are these arseholes to tell us how much to eat, how much to exercise and what we can and can’t smoke.

      And yet when it came to our national financial well-being this nannying, Labour-knows-best shower of busy-bodies had nothing to say. The economy burning in front of their faces and them po-faced giving it ‘nothing to do with us’ or worse, ‘entirely a good thing caused by the miracle chancellor’. No wise words of warning. Nothing. Only borrow, borrow, borrow – spend, spend, spend. And when they could borrow no more they fucking well printed 200bn quid and proclaimed the resultant surge in GDP as a ‘recovery’.

      Under that argument Robert Mugabe had a booming economy for the last 20 years.

      The blame for the ‘credit crunch’ lies squarely at the feet of Brown and Greenspan. Arseholes who sat there and watched the whole thing develop and, instead of averting disaster actively pouted petrol on the fucking flames and basked in the glow. Financial arsonists burning all the money.

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        Nobody believes Excuses and Horseshit from a Banker or City Shitter any more than they believe Brown says:

        The overleveraged Banks, made BILLIONS in Bonuses selling/re-selling and re-packaging worthless CDS and CLOs in casino bets, then went running to the taxpayer to save them.

        Brown’s disasterous ‘light touch regulation’ and Blair both played full part in the taxpayer bank robbery.

        Difference is I’m not some City Shitter idealogue too blind to see that the Banks were just as much to blame as Brown.

        The public aren’t fooled and they know that the Bankers are scum.

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        • 339
          jgm2 says:

          You have fallen for the Big Lie. The bankers are just money-laundering Brown’s printed cash. If you take a bundle of drug money to some Foreign Exchange kiosk in Knightsbridge then you expect to get a shit rate. The shit exchangerate is just the Forex Bureau’s commission for laundering your dirty money.

          The banks are just doing the same for the government. Banker’s bonuses are just the cost of ‘fencing’ all that dirty printed money. 20bn quid in printed cash – your friendly neighborhood Forex Bureau would have 5-10% off you to launder that kind of money and so have the banks. The banks are just laundering the governments printed money.

          The true scum here remain Brown and Labour. I’m sorry if you are too stupid to see that or perhaps you’re simply a paid apologist for the Brownian idiocy.

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          • jgm2 says:

            S’cuse me. 200bn in printed cash. And y’all wonder where the banker’s bonuses are coming from. It’s their cut of the dirty money.

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          • AC1 says:

            Exactly right.

            The STATE controls the volume of credit in the economy.

            The state decided that Max credit was best for them.

            The Banks just allocated this debt into the economy with predictable results (credit being used for non-investment and rent-seeking, lowering affordability of land).

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          • Nobody believes Excuses and Horseshit from a Banker or City Shitter any more than they believe Brown says:

            Are you seriously stupid enough to be saying the Bankers didn’t make Billions in Bonuses from gambling selling and repackaging Toxic securites ?

            because if you are then it’s pretty clear who is lying.

            so go fuck yourself you Banker apologist city shitter scumbag

            I’ve already said Brown was as much to blame as the incompetent greedy Bankers
            try again you smearing lying wanker

            the only apologist here is some tax dodging city wanker idealogue who doesn’t have the balls to accept the truth that the responsibility for the economic clusterfuck falls on the Bankers as well as Brown

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          • Nobody believes Excuses and Horseshit from a Banker or City Shitter any more than they believe Brown says:

            Perhaps you missed the fact that Bonuses are Back and some of the worst Bank offenders in taking corporate welfare are now busy showering the incompetent in the same type of bonuses that caused the ludicrously risky behaviour for a short term bonus bonanza ?

            Only far right idealogues think that the Banks did not fuck up royally and are nice chaps really.

            Both Osbourne and Cameron have been talking about curbing the Banks and Cities worst excesses. both the left and the right in Poltics realise that they can’t be apologists for the kind of irresponsible incompetent behaviour that cost the Taxpayer hundreds of Billions.

            If Banks understood that if you fuck up you fuck off then why are they still here ? They fucked up. Their pet poodles and apologists can try to spin it to their hearts content that they did not but the public knows they did and even the Politicians who are the recipients of so much largesse from them know they did.

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          • Nobody believes Excuses and Horseshit from a Banker or City Shitter any more than they believe Brown says:

            “Mr Cameron upped the political ante on bonuses by saying that no one at banks that have taken money from the taxpayer should be paid a bonus worth more than £2,000.”

            “The Tory leader has also suggested that bankers should do charity work to apologise for the credit crunch and called for more “morality” in the market.”

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          • Nobody believes Excuses and Horseshit from a Banker or City Shitter any more than they believe Brown says:

            Wall Street Bonuses Hit Record $39 Billion for 2007

            By Christine Harper Jan. 17 (Bloomberg)

            Wall Street’s five biggest firms are paying a record $39 billion in bonuses for 2007, a year when three of the companies suffered the worst quarterly losses in their history and shareholders lost more than $80 billion. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos. together awarded $65.6 billion in compensation and benefits last year to their 186,000 employees. That means year-end bonuses, at 60 percent of the total, exceeded the $36 billion distributed in 2006 when the industry reported all-time high profits. The New York-based firms, which shed 25 percent of their equity value during 2007, have said they’re eliminating at least 6,200 jobs amid mounting losses from the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. The payouts come as the U.S. economy slows, with unemployment rising, retail sales declining and new home foreclosures surging to a record. ‘To many people, it will be shocking and questionable,” said Jeanne Branthover, managing director of Boyden Global Executive Search in New York. The industry’s bonuses are larger than the gross domestic products of Sri Lanka, Lebanon or Bulgaria, and the average bonus of $219,198 is more than four times higher than the median U.S. household income in 2006, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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          • Bankers Wankers and City Shitters says:

            And good luck finding anyone else stupid enough to believe the bullshit that Bankers are blameless and weren’t at the heart of the credit crunch

            You would have about as much success finding anyone dumb enough to believe that Blair wasn’t lying about Weapons of Mass Destruction

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          • Banker says:

            Fuck you,with my bonus I can hire a mercenary army never mind a hitman.

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          • jgm2 says:

            I think you’ll find that there are milions of folk in the UK who know that Brown is the real culprit.

            Just because he had the BBC run up a well-scripted ‘End of Thatcherism’ show-and-tell on the day he bailed out the banks doesn’t mean that his version of events – ‘It’s all the banks, nothing to do with me’ should be afforded any credibility by any sentient being.

            The cu*nt either knew exactly what he was doing and destroyed the UK deliberately or he was as utterly incompetent and deluded as he appears. Either way Brown is to blame.

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          • Bankers Wankers and City Shitters says:

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          • aintcha says:

            AC1 is shagging a banker

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          • jgm2 says:

            And that useless Hunt Penfold should either quit or be fired by Dave for failing to speak out.

            My missus was head-hunted for a job working for Penfold’s office a couple of months ago.

            She told ‘em to stick it up their arse. Full of their own self-importance and thinking folk will drop all and come running at the opportunity to work for the world renowned BoE. Centre of Empire. Big marble halls and corridors. Oh yes, people will fall over themselves to work there. Jackasses.

            Work with a bunch of useless cu*nts who sat there watching Brown fuck everything up and said absolutely fucking nothing.

            No resignations on principle.

            Absolutely nothing.

            Fucking useless cu*nts.

            Yeah. Who wouldn’t want to work with that shower of useless cu*nts. Oh, let me think.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Ho ho ho. They’ve really got to you haven’t they? There you are warbling about CDOs and mortgage-backed securities just like you’ve been conditioned.

            The government trying to over-complicate the issue. Dress it up as some esoteric financial business that they knew nothing about.

            It was (and remains) a real estate bubble. Abubble that was hyped and sustained through hundreds of billions of government borrowing. A bubble that is still not deflated because Brown has slashed interests rates to 0.5% to prop up the insane cost of everybodies miracle asset.

            It was all jut a real estate bubble on the back of hundreds of billions of government recruitment and pump-priming. There was no ‘growth’.

            You’re over-complicating things with CDOs and mortgage-backed securities and chaff like that. You really are.

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          • You’re over-complicating things with CDOs and mortgage-backed securities and chaff like that. says:

            Goldman Sachs charged with $1bn fraud over toxic sub-prime securities

            Securities and exchange commission charges Goldman Sachs with conflict of interest in sub-prime mortgage asset sales

            http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/apr/16/goldman-sachs-fraud-charges

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          • Rate some of the Casino Banks were over-leveraged says:

            30-1

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          • jgm2 says:

            There would be no problem with mortgage-backed securities if the real estae bubble hadn’t burst.

            First came the real estate bubble. Then came the mortgage-backed securities then came the real estate bust which caused the problems or lack of confidence in the mortgage-backed securities.

            No real estate bubble = no problem.

            We’d had a real este bubble and bust in the late 1980s. You’d think Brown would be aware of the dangers instead of egging on another one. Wouldn’t you? You’d think he’d be warning Bush and Greenspan of the risks we’d seen in the UK from letting housing loans boom out of control. Wouldn’t you? The great financial helmsman (self-proclaimed).

            Instead of which he presided over years of 20% house price rises and did fuck all. Entirely natural state of affairs. What could possibly go wrong eh? No precedent at all for anything going wrong under those circumstances.

            The uselss economy-wrecking cu*nt.

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          • phrases and words for morons to learn the meaning of says:

            “BOTH”

            as in

            BOTH the Bankers and Brown were to blame

            “Finanacial Weapons of Mass Destruction”

            as in

            the Dot Com Bubble of 2000 didn’t take out the worlds economy and reduce countries like Greece to chaos because financial weapons of mass destruction that powered the credit crunch weren’t at the heart of it

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        • 376
          jgm2 says:

          MMMM. Cut’n’paste-tastic Brown apologist.

          The banks are only to blame in the sense that Brown turned a blind eye to their money-laundering while he (Brown) printed hundreds of billions and p*55*d it into the econmy to deliberately create a feel-good Potempkin economy.

          The banks are to blame in the same sense that a blind person who falls down the steps is to blame for their predicament. Although most people would blame the chap who shot the guide dog and spun the blind man around in circles. Brown.

          The banks could not have done anything wrong without Brown standing and watching and cheering from the terraces as the idiocy unfolded. He was the ‘adult’ of last resort. He could have stopped this self-evident, rampant idiocy in a heart-beat.

          The whole ‘jealousy-driven bonus’ argument is neither here nor there. It was utter lunacy even if the bankers were on minimum wage.

          100% Brown.

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          • Bankers Wankers and City Shitters says:

            Did the Banks make Billions in Bonuses from selling Toxic securites ?

            YES or NO ?

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          • Lickspittle Watch says:

            so the burgler is not to blame for breaking into a home its cos he was not stopped so the cops are to blame

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          • jgm2 says:

            The cops are to blame if they stand there holding his coat and handing him a fucking crow-bar.

            That’s what Brown did.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Why are you so obsessed with bonuses? Would it be somehow okay if they were on minimum wage?

            Surely the problem is that they were given hundreds of billions of printed cash by an economic lunatic. They quite literally couldn’t do anything useful with that amount of freshly minted cash. It was all just printed to pay Brown’s million newly hired public sector bedwetters.

            All that cash sloshing about the economy looking for something to do. And we’re all supposed to be surprised that it became a real estate bubble.

            Like we didn’t have one of those in the late 1980s.

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          • it wasn't me guv! I only made a few billion from the robbery says:

            the burglers should still go to jail along with their accomplices
            and any c’unt lying to give them a false alibi

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          • Banker Wankers and City Shitters says:

            YES or NO ?

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          • jgm2 says:

            Did Blair/Brown win three elections by flooding the UK with borrowed money?

            YES or NO?

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          • Banker Wankers and City Shitters says:

            yeah, no wonder you won’t fucking answer you cowardly banker apologist scum

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          • Banker Wankers and City Shitters says:

            The banks were not just packaging and selling toxic mortgage-backed securities for luscious fees, but holding these securities. And that was only step one in the metastasizing of leverage enabled by illusory risk management.

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          • Buffett warns on investment 'time bomb' - Tuesday, 4 March, 2003 says:

            The rapidly growing trade in derivatives poses a “mega-catastrophic risk” for the economy and most shares are still “too expensive”, legendary investor Warren Buffett has warned.

            The world’s second-richest man made the comments in his famous and plain-spoken “annual letter to shareholders”, excerpts of which have been published by Fortune magazine.

            The derivatives market has exploded in recent years, with investment banks selling billions of dollars worth of these investments to clients as a way to off-load or manage market risk.

            But Mr Buffett argues that such highly complex financial instruments are time bombs and “financial weapons of mass destruction” that could harm not only their buyers and sellers, but the whole economic system.

            Contracts devised by ‘madmen’

            http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/2817995.stm

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          • What did New Labour ever do for us says:

            New Labour was born with the Philosophy that “Low interest Rates are the Opium of the people”.

            It was the high interest Rates under John Majors Government which done in the Conservatives NOT any of the well publicised scandals.

            Anyone who doubts this should meditate on the fact that similar Scandals which were in some cases worse, under New Labour did not lead to the downfall of the Government.

            It was thought , correctly as it happens that a Government who keep the interest rates down by fair means or foul will be kept in power by the electorate.

            In order to keep interest rates low “permenantly” ie no more boom and bust, artificial measures have to be taken to prevent the natural cycle of the markets. This involved pumping hudge amounts of money into the economy.
            The source of this money was amongst other things provided by the Raid on the Pension funds, The selling of the Nations Gold etc etc.

            Sooner or later this facade would come tumbling down.

            It did, it has and its payback time.

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          • when short of the facts or credible witnesses says:

            use shrill assertion

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      • 441
        bank says:

        Debt = Slavery

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  25. 39
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    If we had a proper education system then the Gaurdian wouldnt exsist

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    • 47
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      If we had a proper education system you would be able to spell ‘exist’!

      Sorry GFM, an open goal. Back of the net!!

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      • 49
        Gone Fuckin mental says:

        What a Rob Green i made of myself :)

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        • 232
          Susie says:

          Sod’s Law — anyone commenting on a grammatical/educational error, makes one himself. Don’t feel too bad.

          Another OT one is that anyone pulling out from a junction causing you to brake, immediately turns right at the next one…

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          • The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

            And another OT Susie. Have you noticed on buildings with double doors at the entrance, someone always bolts one of them.

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    • 58
      A levels for all says:

      Our rising examination pass rates are the envy of the world.

      Educators from near and far beat a well-trodden path to our shores to witness for themselves the great British education miracle.

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      • 64
        Can't remember my moniker says:

        The British do have a talent for moving the goal posts. No so good at scoring goals though. Are these two facts connected?

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        • 72
          Kevin Pietersen says:

          as a true Brit, I agree.

          that’ll be 100 grand – no shit pounds.

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        • 189
          Steve Slaphead Hiltons Hairdresser says:

          Oh i bet the Chinese and Indians are just shitting themselves at yesterdays record A* A level results in the UK………..not.

          As worthless as a billion dollar Zimbabwe rand note.

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          • Walter Cronkite says:

            They are to let loose a future think they are smart generation on a dumber than a box of frogs population.

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          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            Sorry, Walter. I know you are getting on a bit but your retirement seems to have impaired your clarity somewhat. I have read this five times but still cannot understood it.

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          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            Cannot understand myself now. SB “understand”.

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          • Walter Cronkite says:

            Its the Yankee in me. OK. The current low standard to pass at A* is to give the generation that passed with it a feeling of superiority over the dumb inferior who never took an exam.

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          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            Thank you sir and I agree that this might have been the intention, with all the predictably disastrous consequences that will no doubt ensue. I hold that education does not end when an A level is passed, nor when a Graduand receives their degree. It starts at that point. For those that miss out on either process, the same applies, but they have to ‘develop the tools’ themselves. Much harder but perfectly possible.

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        Cheese Lover says:

        Sadly, it was the weak Major government that actively pursued the rot. The Department of Education, still pursuing their 1960s strategy of downgrading education to ensure equality for all, were allowed by weak ministers to permit all the Polys to become Universities. Prior to the change, the brightest Poly students took external degrees from Real Universities. But the floodgates were opened once they were allowed to create their own degrees.

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    They're all smug, sneering, Celt cunts at the BBC, 'cept Kuenssberg whom I wish to bum intensely says:

    Great post Fawkes

    But I have to say it’s no wonder the left are such utter hypocrites and display such monumental arrogance.

    They preach to imbeciles who believe someone else should pay for their way of life, or encourage the crypto Fascist notion their political view is the only one which is acceptable.
    Im sure it’s very easy to slip into the mind-set that we are superior to any halfwit who chooses to believe what we know to be lies.

    Look at the cretins of Tooting as a case in point, or the troglodytes of ackney norf where the the yoofs leave skool knowing less than they did when they first entered the school system.

    Yet these drones vote in ever larger numbers for the lazy pig abbot and her love of private schools, funded by her BBC retainer for talking shyte.

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  27. 46
    Down with Brown! says:

    One year today since the Scottish government let Al Megrahi go on “compassionate grounds.”

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    • 63
      Voice of Treason says:

      ‘Compassionate grounds, means bundles of money directed to some unseen bank accounts with the main beneficiary being BP Oil. I listened to that jowly Scottish twat Salmon this morning, what a complete arsehole. The only time when the Scots have been involved in a major international affair and they go and fook it up.

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      • 125
        Technomist says:

        I see Obama has gone on his 87th holiday of the year. Doesn’t he have an oil spill to clean up?

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        • 133
          Ronnie says:

          yes, because like all commmunists he’s taken over BP and it’s now part of the U.S. State

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          • jgm2 says:

            Just got back from the US. The Japanese (and Korean) car manufacturers are being serially targetted for ‘safety’ recalls. The much publicised sticking brake problem from Toyota and subsequent safety recal looks to have been entirely manufactured by the US government.

            Meanwhile GM is back in profit as yanks all rally around the flag and buy ‘reliable’ US made vehicles.

            It’s US protectionism pure and simple. Same with BP. Hung out to dry and plundered. A US drill company, a US crew, US equipment and suddenly it’s a UK companies fault.

            The US is engaged in a trade war with the rest of the world. Always has been.

            The last person to get away with any significant cash from the US was Andrew Carnegie. And the yanks are still p*55*d off about that.

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          • cecil Rode says:

            Exxon Mobil is 14th in the oil list,let them supply their own oil,they’ll come crawling back as they are as useless at engineering as they are at making cars.

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          Anonymous says:

          I think you’ll find he’s rather busy planning a mosque.

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          • Susie says:

            You just know they’re taking the piss… construction to start on 11th September, 2011.

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          • Walter Cronkite says:

            he swam in the Gulf but he wouldn’t eat the fish.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Yeah. If true then starting construction on Sept 11 is just one big ‘Fuck you’ from the religion of peace.

            It’s such a big ‘Fuck you’ I find it difficult to believe it’s true and not some redneck invented ‘fact’. Although the religion of peace is nothing if not insensitive so it would be entirely in character.

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          • Call me infidel says:

            Sounds like a redneck invented fact to me. All the same building a death cult assembly hall in such close proximity to the former twin towers is provocative to say the least.

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      • 152
        Mr Ned says:

        Well there was the original trial, which they fucked up. Then the appeal, which they could not afford to allow to proceed, so they let him go on “compassionate grounds” instead. So that is 2 fuck ups really.

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        • 365
          AC1 says:

          Opacity + Bureaucracy = Balls-Up!

          You cannot get more opaque or Bureaucratic than the “intelligence” services.

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          • Angry NeoCon Mong says:

            you mean the ‘intelligence’ servies you were stupid enough to believe about Iraq ?

            you are a fuckwit

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  28. 52
    Stan Butler says:

    http://www.mediaworksasia.com/publication/detail/000000006/page1/

    Why does a rag with such low readership get to have all the public sector jobs advertised in it? Come on Cameron, grow a pair and fuck this lot off.

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  29. 66
    Voice of Treason says:

    I wish they’d do some cuts to the hypocrite Toybee – a nice circular cut around the neck would do fine. She’s a real champange socialist of the worst order – even worse than Lord Mock Tudor.

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    • 117
      cant hunter says:

      She isn’t the worst at the Guardian at all. Seumas Milne, Winchester educated, Oxford for afters (natch), son of an establishment figure ( and former BBC head) , obviously a natural lefty–and an extreme one at that : the personification of pious ‘we know whats best for you’ nonsense. Then there’s the equally perenially adolescent rebel John Harris, like Blair a middle aged rock music obsessive, and another lefty who cant’t bear to be contradicted in debate. Two pretty boys, one very privileged, the other spinning tales of youthful hardship and of being educated, partly, in a prefab building—oh the shame and the hardship.

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      • 254
        Susie says:

        Well how about Rusbridger himself? Born in Rhodesia, educated at Cranleigh (my brother was a classmate) then Cambridge (natch).

        Highest paid (£471,000 pa) editor of a UK national although the newspaper makes a loss, member of board of the offshore Scott Trust which owns the Guardian. Both daughters educated at St. Pauls School. In 2009 it emerged that one of his daughters, Isabella, had been working at The Guardian, but had been using her mother’s surname as a “nom de plume” to avoid charges of having obtained the job through nepotism.

        Big chums with the Jowells and both own cottages in the same Gloucester village.

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        • 467
          What did New Labour ever do for us says:

          Is that the money laundering Jowells you are refering to? You know the ones who “staged” a seperation to avoid possible consequences of asset freezing due to the proceeds of crime act kicking in on the conviction of Mr Jowell . Those Jowells ?

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        • 495
          Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare says:

          His wife is good friends with Tessa Jowell, whom she knew at the University of Edinburgh,

          Is that the University that gave Gordon Brown a Phd?

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      • 257
        Susie says:

        Try reading Wikipedia on Rusbridger, the editor… it’ll make your toes curl.

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  30. 68
    Ireland says:

    fuck off you fat queer.

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  31. 69
    The IMF is not coming says:

    Laura put Balls back in his box on Newsshite last night

    …I’m going to have to stop you there Mr Balls……………………

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  32. 70

    O/T But does Damien McElroy realise he’s making Britain look stupid with his ”
    Britain warns Libya not to celebrate anniversary of Lockerbie bomber’s release”. Apart from affording them the free speech we hold dear to us, we might as well Pee+ into the wind for all the notice they will take of this headline…

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    • 85
      Polly twaddle will suck cocks in hell says:

      That woman truly is one of the most stupid creatures that has ever lived! a more ‘happy to be her’ full of it socialist has yet to be born – a plague upon her

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    • 94
      purpleline says:

      it is called playing to the gallery, or US senate. We ned tough politicians, who come out call a spade a Muslim or Obama. Call him out for supporting the Mosque how compassionate is that to the victims. A darn sight worse than releasing a convicted bomber just before he appealed and evidence emerges that implicates US & UK operatives involvement.

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  33. 77
    I use the red flag as toilet paper says:

    A turd of the highest quality….Polly Toynbee

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  34. 81
    Sarah Tweet says:

    fingers are too tired to tweet

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  35. 83
    too much information says:

    i have just burped and could taste yesterday’s pork sandwich

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  36. 84
    Dual Citizen says:

    Er .. think this sums up the Audit Commission’s value for money !!!

    http://www.acwisejobs.com/

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    • 90
      Dual Citizen says:

      and as it says on the Audit Commission’s recruitment page –

      “All kinds of people work here, not just auditors.
      Could you be one of them? “

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  37. 86
    The IMF is not coming says:

    “incarnates all the nannying, high-taxing, high-spending schoolmarminess of Blair’s Britain. Polly is the high priestess of our paranoid, mollycoddled, risk-averse, airbagged, booster-seated culture of political correctness and ‘elf ‘n’ safety fascism”

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  38. 87
    purpleline says:

    Always brings me back to the best bit of TV on Question Time when Littlejohn outed her and her villa in Tuscony, it was pure TV magic and she was not amused

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  39. 88
    Trev says:

    At last a useful tit bit of news. Well done, good point well made.

    Mr Toynbee is a leech on the public purse. The hypocrisy of his missus is exposed.

    But then hypocrisy of the left is old news.

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  40. 93
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    She backed Brown the she didnt then she did etc Has she lost her marbles ?

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  41. 95
    Bollocks is back from Boston says:

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    Engineer says:

    In fairness, Toynbee does serve a purpose, in a way. She puts a point of view up for critical appraisal. Now, I fully agree with most of Guido’s co-conspirators that Polly’s point of view is usually loopy and sometimes outright barking (or, to avoid offending Polly, outleft barking), but unless such opinions are expressed they cannot be weighed against others. Thus, she serves the role of useful idiot. It is fortuitous that her generous salary is paid by the purchasers of the Grauniad, so we all have free choice not to contribute to her life of undoubted privelidge and luxury.

    Apart from that, she gives us all something to chuckle at on a wet Friday.

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    • 164
      Backwoodsman says:

      Engineer, sadly not true ! Surely the greatest complaint against the grauniad, is not that it employs some startlingly hypocritical hacks, to tell us to do what they say, not what they do. It is that a very low circulation paper is masively subsidised by adverts for public appointments, written in meaningless public sector jargon , designed to be incomprehensible to the average job seeker and yet paid for by the taxpayer.

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      • 185
        Engineer says:

        Fair point – having never bought a copy of the Grauniad, I’d forgotten that, despite the point being highlighted on this blog many times.

        I still think that the views need to be expressed, though, if only to be rejected by thinking people.

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    • 182
      AbleTheSpace Monkey says:

      The point is that the vast sums of public money spent on advertising in the Guardian pay for her, and that the Guardian has dodgy offshore accounting arrangements to hide from the socialist state’s tax man.

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      • 280
        Susie says:

        So that’s why, officially, the Guardian is a ‘loss-making’ enterprise. It’s just a tax dodge.

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    • 372
      The Village says:

      we throw soggy tomatoes at our idiot not pay him a fat wage

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  43. 100
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Is there ONE mp that isnt corrupt , on the take , got a fake charity , being a hypocrite , wasting taxpayers money , Stands by there belifs not a cheuqe book ?

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  44. 103
    middle class dave says:

    doesn’t the silly bitch know that if you earn lots of money you have to be a Tory?

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    • 289
      Susie says:

      Tories are more discriminating and intelligent… she’d be blown for the lightweight she is in seconds.

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  45. 107
    Dack Blog says:

    Lewes is weird place full of dress shops for ‘laydeez’ of a certain age and class run by laydeez of similar ilk as a hobby, yummy mummy crammed cafes and hurrah henry owd fellas talking ‘property’ and quaffing wine (hidden behind a p*nt of real al*e) in pu*bs. And everyone past 40 thinks they’re an artist. There’s a good busker on the bridge tho’ who plays punk classics on a fiddle.

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    • 121
      Engineer says:

      Sounds as if Polly should blend in seamlessly.

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    • 224
      Man in the street says:

      Doesn’t Don Partridge of ‘Rosie’ fame get down there now and again? Still busking apparently…

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    • 300
      Susie says:

      I can see them all now — bet the chaps wear rust coloured cords and occasionally linen jackets to hide the paunch.

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    • 379
      crip says:

      I work in Lewes. Now I know that daft bint resides here, I’m gonna take a few minutes each day trying different routes in to work . If I catch her on the road is she considered to be fair game?both barrels, just to be sure!

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  46. 113
    GrimeLord says:

    Fucking c*nts

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    Cameron told: it's time to ditch Churchill.Polly Toynbee, not Winston, should set Tory social agenda says:

    One of David Cameron’s key policy advisers will urge the party today to abandon its Churchillian and “out of date” ideas about the welfare state, the Guardian has learned. Greg Clark, who is overhauling the party’s approach to poverty at the Tory leader’s request, will urge Conservatives to look to the Guardian commentator Polly Toynbee rather than the wartime leader.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/nov/22/uk.conservatives

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    • 258
      I am Sick says:

      Clark is a full on “Thatchers fault” Camerloon lefty. Yet another SDP socialist turned “tory”.

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  48. 123
    The Duke of Hazzard says:

    Toynbee makes me that angry my sphincter pukkers

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  49. 131
    Shag n Jags Prezza says:

    I am runniong to become Trasurer of the Labour Parteh

    It is already bust

    So I can’t make it any worse…

    Gimme a pie please…

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    • 145
      Loony Lefty Libcons - all ex Labour Ministers and rejects welcome says:

      Dave will hire you as long as you start tax dodging fatboy.

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  50. 136

    I’ve had a go at fisking her:

    http://wp.me/p3Y3w-m9

    Now off to wash my hands. In bleach, just to be sure.

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      Anal Fez Vests says:

      They are also said to be appalled that the BBC made no attempts to verify the confession before it was broadcast, despite having two months between filming the documentary and screening it

      This is the company that paid £50 000 a week to someone to do nothing. She would have earned in 5 weeks what Gabby Roslin earned in a year for doing the same nonjob!

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  52. 141

    She is full of lefty shit.

    And not that Brown and Darling didn’t spend the last 12 months of their reign stoking up fears of the UK being ruled by elite toffs who would take away all the workshy layabouts’ benefits and satellite dishes. Which they should do.

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  53. 142
    Shingles, Muck and Scrape, Solicitors says:

    Now look here Guido

    You are insulting all the clients nowadays

    I hope they are public sector scroungers but still

    They fulfill a vital purpose in absoorbing the impact of the recession you know

    They draw huge salaries and do nothing

    Excellent in an economic downturn…

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    Johnny says says:

    Polly Twaddle said: “Cameron has performed a political conjuring trick of some brilliance in diverting voters’ wrath from the gamblers of high finance to public servants’ excess.“”

    At least she is not denying the public sector excesses!

    Until Brown remortgaged the UK to throw money at his friends in the banking sector (many leftie commentators seem to ignore that Brown was indeed very chummy with a number of bankers, especially Scotch ones) the banksters were not spending ‘our’ money (ie taxpayer money). They were very badly regulated by double agents from the finance sector who were not poacher turned gamekeeper but remained poachers.

    The same is true of the public sector and Eric Pickles and others have begun the process of fixing that through transparency. It is unfortunate that Parliament itself has failed to regulate the public sector but this coalition Government is taking small steps towards enabling the public to do the job which our representatives have long abandoned doing.

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  56. 160
    An Insider says:

    Is there some kind of different law book for Labour politicians, or did this hoon use Harmans and Baroness Scotland’s lawyer.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1304447/Yasmin-Qureshi-fell-foul-driving-laws-days-Labour-MP.html

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  57. 161
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    Has Prescott’s slimmed-down battlebus got bulimia by proxy?

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  58. 162
    Anonymous says:

    Toynbee only got where she is because of privillige and nepotism. A case study in the Socialist Aristocracy that is rife in this country.

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  59. 179
    What will the future bring says:

    Another Day another Labour Leadership Candidate canvassing on the BBC masquerading as a News story.

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  60. 183
    Not many people seem to agree with Nick anymore including his own Party says:

    The “left” still haven’t got over their dis-apointment with the LibDems yet for failing to join Brown in the “Progressive Alliance of the Left” in those heady 5 days in May when everything seemed possible after their successful campaign (the BBC being in the vanguard)over those months from December 2009 to May 2010 when the words “Hung Parliament” and “Send for Cable”..was on everybody’s lips as the salvation of the country and Nick’s bravura appearance in the PM Debates gave them an unlooked for fillip too when for one glorious moment it felt as if the LibDems were on the brink of something truly wonderfull and that the hated Tories would be deprived of power for another 5 years( fate it seems though had other ideas for the LibDems)
    Of course they also underestimated other forces at work within the Labour Party who were equally determined to ditch Brown and who had no wish to be in government after 5 May anyway having seen the books and realising that they would have to be responsible for massive public spending cuts and redundancies if they won thus facing the opprobium of Polly-Twaddle and her friends in the media. Better to let the Tories do the necessary dirty work whilst denying the defict exists

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    • 255
      numbers game says:

      the numbers simply never added up for such a coalition
      but the Libs did manage to fool Cameron into thinking there might be one
      which is how they got the AV vote

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      • 330
        So I did says:

        I said during the 5 day period Clegg was a force to be reckoned with,can’t remember who I was when I said it.

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        • 338
          numbers game says:

          in the country of the blind the one eyed man is king
          Clegg is a tit but you don’t need to be very smart to fool the heir to Blair

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      • 334
        Susie says:

        And Cameron neatly turned the tables on both the LibDems and Labour — by bundling AV in with constituency boundary reform and cuts…

        Even with AV, the LibDems would have even less seats than they have now. Ho ho.

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        • 345
          suicide rebels says:

          the boundary changes give the tories 5-10 seats and the liberals do lose out on those more than labour
          but if AV doesn’t get passed then the coalition falls
          simple as that

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  62. 187
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I have my fizzy orange now, mummy?

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  63. 190
    Genghiz the Kahn says:

    “You can’t have political credibility without economic credibility.”

    Even Polly in one of her thickest moments ought to recall that this was said by Alistair Darling, Labour MP and ex Chancellor of The Exchequer.

    Perhaps she ought to read up on the idea of Crowding Out, where scarce funds are taken away from the private sector by a bloated State.

    If she wants to live in a socialist paradise, I suggest that she moves to Cuba, for good.

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  64. 199
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    This is wonderful stuff Mr Fawkes. Don’t imagine all us loony lefties have any time for people like Toynbee.

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    • 321
      Gaddafi says:

      Mr Al Basset Licker My Allsorts was an innocent man set up by the British and American governments as a fall guy for their botched drug running. We will be celebrating with much heart and gusto.so piss off .

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  66. 210
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    I have just been sent this:

    “In order to earn my monthly pay, I work on a fire station for the Fire and Rescue Service, I am required to pass a urine test for drugs and alcohol at my three yearly medical, with which I have no problem.

    What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.

    Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a benefit cheque, when I have to pass one to earn it for them?”

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  67. 210
    Sir William Waad says:

    I’ve always found Polly charming and witty in person. Her husband is a bit of a bore but he keeps a very decent wine cellar (including some lovely Tuscan Tignanello – simple but perfect), so I forgive him. They are not ostentatious people but merely want to live well. We can’t really blame them for working the system and grwoing rich at public expense. Most people in most jobs want to do that.

    They’re total hypocrites, of course but, if we’re honest, who isn’t? ‘

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    • 235
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      This must be a troll!

      I have much more respect for someone who produces something which enriches others’ experiences. They can get as rich as they like as far as I am concerned. You could never point that accusation at Polly and I don’t think David’s wine cellar really fits the bill either (they are not actually married, either).

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      • 281
        Sir William Waad says:

        Irony, dear boy/girl, irony.

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        • 312
          Can't remember my moniker says:

          So sorry, sir! (boy btw). I thought that I had your number and this was definitely not you! As you will be aware, we run the gauntlet here with the proliferation of sockpuppets. I have been particularly affected, so perhaps it is my ultra-sensitivity to the problem. Best wishes.

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        • 313
          Arthur Scargill,socialist says:

          heh heh,had em going there Waad.

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        • 317
          middle class Dave says:

          Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee

          aren’t hypocrites funny ?

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  68. 212
    Mr Politically Incorrect says:

    Am I the only one to find it rather hypocritical, and more than a little annoying, that millionaire and terminally unfunny Billy Connolly spoke at the funeral of socialist union leader and former communist party member Jimmy Reid? Millionaire Billy Connolly hardly embodies the principles of socialism and communism. Or comedy, for that matter.

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    • 222
      he's nowhere near poor enough says:

      he should have gave away all his money years ago the hypocrite

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    • 265
      Right of Attilla says:

      It it hadn’t been for Reid and his ilk we would still be building ships! It was quite a sight to watch those inbred cretins applauding his cortege – they could have been doing something useful like earning a living.

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      • 301
        Genghiz the Kahn says:

        F E Smith “It would be possible to say without exaggeration that the miners’ leaders were the stupidest men in England if we had not frequent occassion to meet the owners.”

        If he had lived long enough, he might have added Clydeside shipyard workers and their union leaders.

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      • 316
        jgm2 says:

        They are doing something useful. They’re wiping themselves from the gene pool by stupendous rates of a*c*h*lism, drug dependency and chain-smoking and lard intake. They’re also turing the whole of Scotland into one giant rotten borough just like Mugabe has done with Zimbabwe.

        Very soon there’ll be nobody in Glasgow old enough to vote. They’ll have all self-destructed.

        Wish they’d get a fucking move on to be honest.

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    • 305
      Ray Gosling, hitman says:

      he kept giggling like a cretin at his own cretinism.

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    • 320
      jgm2 says:

      Yeah, Billy Connolly, just like that other ‘greatest living Scotsman’ Sir Sean Connery. Championing Scotland and the working class heroes of the shipyards from…. Beverly Hills.

      Loves Scotland. Wouldn’t want to live there though.

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      • 352
        The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

        Yup
        Connolly married a slag and got shagged up the arse by his dad (Its in his wife written biography) dies his beard (facial hair not pamela) purple
        Connery wears a wig and beats his wifeand wont pay a penny in tax

        Typical jocks

        The highland clearences were the best thing that ever happened to the oats munching bastards (and us)

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      • 448
        Alex Salmond, our pocket Mussolini says:

        I’m scottish and I don’t want to live here: east german politics, maudlin idiocy and bad weather. Alba soon to be the Albania of the north. We lost our best in the 19th century to the colonies and the gene pool has dried up.

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    • 343
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      Billy Connolly was a worker in the Clyde shipyards where they “Not only built ships but they also built men!” Billy loved his working class lifestyle so much he pursued a career in show business, purely as a counterpoint, you understand.

      Touching to see Jimmy Reid’s eulogies spouted in a place of worship. So, he wasn’t an Atheist after all then.

      The blame for the demise of shipbuilding in this country cannot be entirely laid at the feet of the Unions. Their attitudes and intransigence about outdated working practices were equally matched by yard owners who would not, or could not, invest in modern manufacturing plant and technology.

      This was pushed further along by a Labour government that gave half arsed support and a Conservative government that needed to save money so pulled the financial plug.

      Add to this heady mix aggressive competition from the far east where the quality of the ships was better, they could be built faster and they were a fraction of the price and, Voila! The shipbuilding industry in Britain all but disappears.

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      • 469
        AbleTheSpaceMonkey says:

        Back in the late early nineties a family friend working for a Norwegian company tried to buy a closed shipyard in Sunderland on behalf of his Scandanavian company, the plan being to build ships. He was told that he could buy the yard, but not build ships as the EU was paying the government not to build ships on Wearside.

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        • 473
          The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

          Even better ATSM, the EU refused to allow subsidies for shipbuilding yards but they allowed subsidies for shiprepair yards. Britain complied but I am told that a certain mediterranean country converted the shipbuilding yards to repair yards. They also started an amazing new process whereby they “repaired” complete ships from scratch with brand new completed vessels gaining a subsidy.

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  69. 217
    Greychatter says:

    Anyone who lives in the real world not the Politically elite Labour world of the likes of “Queen Bee” know the reality of Labours disasterous 13 years in office.

    Business and anyone employing people know to their cost how the economy needs radical reshaping away from government. Give people the freedom to earn a living and create jobs. Government does not create useful profitable jobs.

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  70. 218
    Steve Slaphead Hiltons Hairdresser says:

    The left can dish it out but can’t take it back

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  71. 219
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Can we have afresh election ?

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  72. 233
    Sarah Beard says:

    I love muff.

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  73. 237
    "Saint" Vince Cable says:

    Two mansions Polly? however will you pay my mansion tax when the Guardian and BBC are no more?

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  74. 244
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’ll make a statement to my egg soldiers in ten minutes. Yaaaaay!

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    • 325
      Anonymous says:

      Don’t forget your appointment with the sound engineer to check the levels at the lecture hall, some of those empty auditorium can reverberate so much.

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  75. 245
    Mary Whitehouse says:

    Stop swearing !

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  76. 246
    The Duke of Hazzard says:

    Does Polly’s husband have to follow her round with a doggy poo bag?

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  77. 248
    Pete-s says:

    Polly’s husband, another political appointment. I think a list of ALL the appointments to all quango’s and commisions together with the linkage to labour, would shock most of the normal labour supporters.

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  78. 260
    Bob says:

    For information,

    From Audit Commission Annual report 2009/2010

    “David Walker’s brother is the Chief Executive of Broxbourne Borough Council. During the year transactions for services provided by the Commission to the Council amounted to £166,642 (2008/09 from date of appointment, 6 October 2008: £107,529). The balance due to the Commission at 31 March 2010 was £2,372.”

    From the Mercuty newspaper

    “Broxbourne Council refused to release details of its employees’ salaries”.

    So much for transparency….as we would expect…

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    • 354
      Susie says:

      Pickles must tackle this — all CEOs in receipt of public money to reapply for their jobs declaring any interests in full.

      Any found to have not declared, face immediate dismissal and are barred from holding public office.

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    • 443
      Anonymous says:

      Transparency like Socialism and The Law only applies to the Little People.

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  79. 261
    GrimeLord says:

    Does anyone know what the Jim Garner for Labour leader advert is all about?

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  80. 267
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Ah, good to expose her Guido. She should have mentioned her husband’s job.

    They’re often like that at The Guardian. Will Hutton’s wife runs a buy-to-let property empire in the poshest parts of South-West London.

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    • 451
      hand wringing leeches says:

      Hutton pays himself a massive salary and then whines about ‘disadvantage’. Another one you wouldn’t get tired kicking.

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  81. 268
    CuntBack Labour says:

    Sploot.

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  82. 269
    tattyboy the battyboy says:

    top boy is leaving this site forever mong spaztic cripple crackheads!
    I’m starting my own Gordon Brown wanking blog
    and I won’t ever come back!!!!
    maybe

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  83. 275
    Penfold says:

    How will they cope?

    Bankruptcy?
    Suicide?
    Trading down?
    Getting a life?

    Of course not:
    They will whinge and blame that great right wing conspiracy that seeks to blight their champagne socialist life-style and prevent them from enjoying the fruits of their labours; being parasites on the back of good working class people.

    Attencion, a punte, fuego.
    Viva la revolucion

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  84. 277
    Ray Gosling, hitman says:

    I can put her with the fishes

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      bandersnatch says:

      I kept shouting you are a complete fantasist and I’m sure seventy-five percent of those with their crap detectors switched on shouted at their tele’s the same way. What took the police so long to catch up with you, old fart?

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  85. 282
    Phil says:

    Polly fxxxing doodle all the day hasn’t got a clue.
    It’s not high finance or the public sector per se we are pissed off with
    it’s a decade long overspend and waste by New Fxxking Labour and somebody has got to put it right and guess what the perpetrators are already sniping from the wings that its Thatcher’s and the tories fault for inheriting the biggest debt legacy in our history.

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    • 453
      hand wringing leeches says:

      Sure she has a clue — he and her husband have 1/4 million a year of taxpayers money (gubmint ads in Grundian, fill yer boots audit commision). The joke is on us.

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  86. 283
    Moaty says:

    Is she a copper ?

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  87. 285
    bandersnatch says:

    Rather unworthy of you Guido tarring every public sector worker as a member of the ‘parasitic classes': plenty of hardworking, not particularly well paid, nurses or teachers, whether Grauniad readers or not, would rightly resent that. Haven’t read the Pozzer’s article (bar the extract) and I don’t expect I shall have the time. I suppose you’ll say you meant the fat cats at the top directing others.

    ” Tragic isn’t it? The truth and openness about public servants’ excesses.”

    ‘m all for exposure of troughing, but please direct your fire carefully.

    Pozzer herself is certainly fair game.

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  88. 288
    Don't you DARE make fun of Gordie! says:

    I wuv him!

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  89. 291
    Roger Pearse says:

    Thank you, Guido, for pointing out what this odious woman would prefer we mere mortals did not know.

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  90. 296

    Sploooooooooooooooot.

    I wuv you, Gordon!

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  91. 302
    tattyboy the battyboy says:

    Slosh for me, Gord!

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  92. 323
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Englands deficit is only 15 runs

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  93. 332
    tattyboy says:

    I will shut down Guidos site again with my crack team of lawyers and hackers you bunch of mong cripple crackheads
    then we’ll see who’s laughing!!!

    Like

  94. 337
    A Grand Dad says:

    here is one. My daughter was constantly vomiting during pregnancy and I called the NHS helpline.They sent a black cab to collect her to take her to a drop in centre .Now I was happy she got good treatment but I thought we had ambulances for that.

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  95. 340
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    Lucky for the old trout and her gay “husband” that they can clear off to italy with a nice pension
    12 months from now The GUARDIAN will be out of business

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  96. 350
    tattyboy the battyboy says:

    Spilge.

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  97. 355
    Ellie Gellard says:

    Ellie Gellard is backing Ed Miliband for Labour’s top job.

    “For once, the party can elect a leader who is both Labour and likely to win the next election.”

    Ellie Gellard goes on “Friendship compels me to give Ed Balls – Gordon Brown without the charm – my first preference, but Ed Miliband comes second.

    Nothing for the others.”

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    • 385
      The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

      “Comes second” ?
      Is this a confession about your se xual habits?
      I can see either of the Milligeeks gettingsloppy seconds and feeling grateful

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  98. 360
    tit says:

    put polly with sally bercow add toilets macguire..shake well add ice and get a true shitpot cocktail …yukky two faced scum the lot

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  99. 368
    proverbial says:

    If labour goes bankrupt will that make the leadership battle (hahaha) a waste of time? Or will Miliband continue to lead nothing into nowhere??? All the MPs will have to resign won’t they as labour ceases to exist???

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    • 409
      CoOp bank says:

      We are looking out for them

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      • 480
        Titus A Duxarse says:

        Raedwald’s blog (Google it) today mutters something about public financing of political parties. Bad idea. Keep their sticky fingers out of our wallets.

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  100. 384
    Martin"Call me Ed Miliband" Day says:

    Oh what a surprise, Tories to make it easier to avoid tax. Wonder who came up with that idea? http://bit.ly/aWPTsl

    Like

    • 440
      This isnt ordinary tax dodging this is New Labour Tax Dodging says:

      Remind me again Who as it that exploited houe flipping whilst chancellor gain ?

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    • 477
      Tired of being Taxed says:

      We’ve had way too much tax thanks to Gordon and Ed. About time I manged to dodge a few of the bullets. I’m sick of paying for our colassal underclass of malingerers/labour voters

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  101. 387
    Bankers Wankers and City Shitters says:

    Isn’t it about time we hung a few Bankers from the lamposts for a laugh ?

    Like

  102. 407
    Anonymous says:

    It is simplistic to believe the populace will be placated by public sector cuts we will have Bankers on Lamposts.

    Like

  103. 410
    HappyUK says:

    “… the Guardian reading public sector parasitical classes”

    I love it!

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  104. 416
  105. 419
    Former Guardianista says:

    She’ll just have to get by on writing more Polly Twaddle.

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  106. 422
    The TV Licence says:

    Oh boohoo, another Shampoo socialist hypocrite whining about being kicked of the ZaNuLabour gravy train and becoming one of the great unwashed!

    My heart bleeds for you Polly………..

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  107. 425
    Maggie Moran says:

    My flaps can sheet a wagon

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  108. 463
    local government worker says:

    Those who say I waste 65% of my working day are totally wrong. It must be more like 95%.

    Like

  109. 471
    Steves' mum says:

    The latest brain washing line from the BBC together with “Labour is the only answer to the ills of the world” – “Equality. ” – as in you don’t/won’t work but you have a right to be equal. You are thick, lazy,feckless, idle, knock out kids at more than one a year, have never attempted to save a penny, your rent is paid to live in a house you don’t deserve, you have never put a penny in the national pot which is paying for everything and yet you are encouraged to demand to not only be EQUAL but better than, all on th backs of us, the unconsidered workers. Get a grip Cameron and do it now!

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  110. 478
    Betty Bogglesworth says:

    I notice that Polly’s article hasn’t yet made it onto the Grauniad CIF page:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree

    I wonder why? Perhaps the CIF eds are afraid that the commentators would rip her a new one following the David Walker relevation.

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  111. 483
    Ratsniffer says:

    Guido you are one evil man. I got home, just looking forward to a nice glass of something and a snack – and I log into here and see a picture of PollyTwaddle. Totally ruined my appetite. In fact, she makes me feel physically sick. If there’s one thing which makes my piles pulsate it’s Rich Polly sqawking on about the poor.

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  112. 490
    Laban says:

    Many Years Ago …

    However, some students failed to fulfil their early acting promise. Nick Elliott, now head of ITV drama, says that the “real sexy beast” among his fellow students was Polly Toynbee, the left-wing commentator. She confirmed this weekend that she was a “real raver” …

    You have to imagine her 40+ years ago… probably had a touch of the Sonja Kristina’s about her …

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  113. 494
    Dreadnaught says:

    Typical communist filth. She needs a Ceaucesceau ending.

    Like

  114. 498
    polllyhater says:

    isn’t t great to see polly squirming…… even better than littlejohn pasting her on question time

    Like

  115. 499
    i hate polly says says:

    isn’t t great to see polly squirming…… even better than littlejohn pasting her on question time

    Like

  116. 503
    Anonymous says:

    Lovely.
    Now then, how about introducing a Champagne Socialist tax aimed at the richest and most hypocritical?
    Nobody with an iota of a Social Conscience could possibly object.

    Like

  117. 504

    I think it is such a shame for them both however it may improve her writing sometimes when you feel pain you can write about it!!

    Like


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