August 24th, 2010

Polly’s Undeclared Interest

Millionairess Polly Toynbee is on the rampage against public service cuts again this morning:

“Many will see their good faith rewarded with a kick in the teeth. The bullying rudeness and sheer nastiness of Eric Pickles, the chill callousness of Francis Maude and the evident relish with which most ministers flourish carving knives at public services advertise their contempt.”

Whilst managing to get a plug of her book into her column, strangely Polly didn’t feel it necessary to declare any conflict of interests in her special pleading. Given the obvious financial pain Toynbee will be feeling when her husband’s six-figure “loyal public service” non-job at the Audit Commission is scrapped, her readers really should be told about the undue influence this is clearly having on her writing. In the U.S. there would be serious ethical concerns raised about failing to declare such a direct interest. Just because you have three houses to support is no excuse for a drop in journalistic standards…


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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Hypocrite , Do as i say not as i do

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    Brit on the edge says:


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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    What i dont get the avrage wage is about 24k but all these non-jobs are about 4 times that

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    jdennis_99 says:

    Dear Polly,

    If you feel the need to sustain unnecessary public expenditure, you pay for it.




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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Hope she pays all the tax that she has to unlike the Gaurdian

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    Realist says:

    Another one with an inflated sense of self-worth.

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    Money says:

    Polly’s losing me.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Typical champers socialist

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    Amongomous says:

    dotty old scab.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    I will make a statement to the house about this at 15.30

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    Tapestry says:

    Nice to hear the buggers bleating for once. They’ve been troughing on our taxes long enough. If it wasn’t such fun hearing their squeals, it might have been even better to send for the guillotine. But no. That can wait. Bleat some more, Polly. It’s the most exquisite sound, music to my ears – to hear a quangocrat and his journalistic wife moaning at the loss of their unearned millions.

    I’ll only be happy when Cherie Antoinette Blair joins in the collective bleat, though. Couldn’t some way be found to part her from her ill-gotten gains?

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    Genghiz the Khan says:

    January 29, 2008.
    “A graphic account of life at the frenetic court of Gordon, from A Friend In High Places. Rumours of tantrums, harassment of minions, chaotic micro-management and telephone-throwing are true.

    Gordon, she says, is perpetually exhausted, constantly micro-managing and takes disagreement personally (‘Why are they doing this to me?’).

    He fires off up to 100 emails a day, demanding answers on every subject under the sun. He is said to have written Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-Budget speech.”

    Looks as if Tears for Piers was a load of bollox, and that Brown was a deluded Hunt.

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    chirles says:

    where are her 3 houses again?

    i’m assuming tuscany, london and some white enclave somewhere (maybe near billy bragg?)

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    Imagine John Prescott without Bulimia says:

    She just doesn’t understand how a Northener can be Tory, or why it’s wrong for a socialist to be rich for that matter…

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    Number 10's cat says:

    Back hand Polly

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    Polly Toy Bee says:

    Leave me alone you horrible right wingers! Or I’ll go and sob in my villa!

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    Jack says:

    Well said Guido

    There seem to be no limits to the journalist dishonesty of these people..

    She is clearly a deficit and debt denier who does not understand that there is MASSIVE WASTE in the public sector and a MASSIVE deficit…

    Starting with the armies of PB/Lobbying/spin fookers..THOUSANDS OF THEM…all spinning for their own jobs now…it is both pathetic and deeply revealing about the morality of the Luvvies…

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    Money says:

    Labour’s lost me.

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    ‘Just because you have three houses to support is no excuse for a drop in journalistic standards…’

    Come on Guido, Poly’s standard of journalism has always been at the bottom of the cesspool – It can’t possibly have anywhere to go!

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    We shouldn’t be too hard on her with this: after all, if Barack Obama can forget his mother was white, the a small matter of the origin of half one’s household income is actually a minor oversight.

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    Tim Lovejoy says:

    Hi , My names Tim Lovejoy and i am a BBC legend with a non-job .

    Ker-Ching !

    More money for the BBC

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    Mr Matrix says:

    Communist cow.

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    Peter Grimes says:

    1 Exactly! The fat, ugly, ZaNuLieBor ass-licking bitch is getting the comments she deserves – even in the Guardian!

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    I smell wee wee says:

    Toynbee = Tenner Lady

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    complete and utter twat spotter says:

    She’s not all bad, just read her column in ‘The Guardian’ its priceless.

    Lest we forget, this is the woman whom stated that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are ‘the best thing to happen in British politics’.


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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Who writes the most shit Polly or Mcshane ?

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    concrete pump says:

    ‘no excuse for a drop in journalistic standards…’

    Toynbee doesn’t have journalistic standards, her standards can’t drop, they’re already at the very bottom.

    Toynbee is the ‘journalistic’ equivalent of a muddy river catfish, desperately gobbling up scraps of shit that sink to her belly scraping level.

    Cruel to catfish, i know.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s not nice to be told that the job you are doing is completely useless, even if it is. The thought of David hanging around in the house all the time, getting in the way when the maid is trying to hoover, must be extremely irritating. Perhaps Polly could try to fix a Labour peerage for him?

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    Hasn't Pwolly Ton-of-big-ones notice yet? says:

    The raison d’être for Leeches such as Pwolly and her associated eejit non-jobber hanger-ons was to support the cause of the Labour party in power. The only reason they existed in the first place was to further the dead-man’s clutch of B-Liar and the Scotch Mong on the simpleton sheeple of the UK. It is therefore no surprise that essentially political bodies manufactured by the Labour party to transfer our money into the pockets of their supporters are now under the coalition axe. Why on earth would any sane politician continue giving huge sums of taxpayer cash to their political enemies?

    Conversely the opposite is now true. Labour are OUT OF POWER Pwolly. The game is over and your side lost. The bunker has been automatically unlocked. You can accept your fate, come out into the daylight with the rest of us and stop propping up the greedy, stupid, feckless and power mad bunch of twunts otherwise known as the Liebour party. Honestly, doesn’t it make you feel dirty having to write that twaddle? You have enough cash. Cut them loose and gain some long-f*cking-needed integrity woman.

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    Champagne Socialist Law Firm says:

    We represent Polly Toy Bee and we are issuing you with a cease and desist order against your constant unwarranted attacks on our client’s integrity. If you fail to comply, we will take you to court and Polly’s friends will wage a smear campaign against you.

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    Nothing worries a Socialist more than if their own personal wealth is put at risk says:

    You’re being very unfair to Polly.It obviously takes a good deal of money to maintain a villa in Tuscany and she’s obviously fearful that they may have to sell up if “hubby” loses his job.That’s obviously bound to affect her views regarding cuts

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    Old Tory says:

    We have a new party game when watching any news stories etc and that is pointing out all the people who are in “non jobs”. It is always interesting to hear their points of view… the Bishops, the MPs the mayors the journalists, quango heads and we sick and tired of their views.

    We want to hear the views of the productive workers, the export leaders…

    The trouble with the likes of the BBC is “non jobs” talking to other “non jobs” top class navel gazing.

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    Cynic says:

    Polly is torn by the inner conflict of genetically being Tory Totty material and having mad socialist leanings. From her Wiki bio

    “After attending Badminton School, a girls’ independent school in Bristol, followed by the Holland Park School, a state comprehensive school in London (she had failed the Eleven Plus examination), she won a scholarship to read history at St Anne’s College, Oxford, despite gaining only one A-level.

    After 18 months at Oxford, she dropped out, finding work in a factory and a burger bar and hoping to write in her spare time. She later said “I had a loopy idea that I could work with my hands during the day and in the evening come home and write novels and poetry, and be Tolstoy”

    Loopy …..quite

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    Southern Softy says:

    At least the “readers” of the red tops are honestly ignorant.
    There is no excuse for buying the Grauniad.
    I wouldn’t insult my budgie by putting it in his cage.

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    Audemus Dicere says:

    Which villa, Polly? Oh how difficult it is; decisions, decisions…

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    Jack says:

    Good idea

    Create 1,000 labour Peers and then immediately

    Abolish the House of Ermine Vermin…

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    Money says:

    Tony’s cracked and he’s giving me away in a hell-fire panic.

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    giant gonad says:

    Can’t disagree with Fawkes on this one-time for a change at the Guardian.

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    GrimeLord says:

    I have the urge to put my cock and balls in her hand!

    I think i may have issues!

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    Audemus Dicere says:

    “Hideously white”, surely TT?

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    Court or be damned says:

    What integrity? Sounds like an exercise in shadow boxing my red-tied chums. G’luck.

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    Tony Blair - Millionaire says:

    Your not surely implying that a socialist is a hypocrite?

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    Anonymous says:

    “was”?,”was”? He still is Genghis.

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    Can't remember my moniker says:

    In Chemnitz, Saxony (formerly Karl Marx Stadt), is a monumental bust of Karl Marx by Lev Kerbel, protected to this day as a national monument, most of the other statues of Marx having been torn down and destroyed.

    See here:

    It is my hope that Polly Toynbee can be preserved, immediately, rendered into granite by some chemical process that concrete pump can probably advise us about, as a national monument, for exactly the same purposes: to remind us all for generations about how things should not be done.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    How long before they start backing newer labour ?

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    Bob says:

    I think Polly should donate one of her houses to charity

    Let’s say to a charity looking after battered wives

    How about putting a little money where your mouth is Polly ?

    Instead of insulting those who are tring to balance our national books after years of profligate spending by your friends (and from which you have personally benefited)…

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    Wheatchief says:

    better watch out Guido,the Gay and single women police are lurking today.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Polly has put women writers back 100 years just like Gordon has for mental people

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    smoggie says:

    I wouldn’t insult my sphincter by using a piece of it.

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    chirles says:

    nice place unless you’re catholic!

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Aston Villa

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    I use the red flag as toilet paper says:

    Another grimy socialist millionaire pig. ‘Off with their heads’ comes to mind.

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    Walter cronkite says:

    Is this government going after the off shore banks?

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    Genghiz the Khan says:

    A nice piece on the wide mouthed frog.

    Lunch with Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Tom Watson. Along with most other participants in the 2006 uprising [against Tony Blair] he has been wafted into Gordon Brown’s Government. I asked what caused him to lose faith in The Man. He mentioned several things.

    The bill for Cherie Blair’s hairdresser [during the 2005 Election campaign Cherie, billed the Labour Party £7,500 for her hairdresser], an article in The Times in which The Man talked of going on indefinitely, hut the final straw was unbelievably trivial.

    ‘I was sitting in a meeting in the MOD, idly chipping away at the gold star on my security pass.
    “Don’t do that, Minister,” remarked one of the Army top brass.
    “That star is what will get you admitted to the bunker in the event of a nuclear war”
    ‘Where is the bunker?’
    ‘Seven floors down from where we are now sitting. We can arrange a tour, if you’d like.’
    ‘Have the Blairs been round?’
    ‘Yes, they took a look at the Prime Minister’s quarters.’
    ‘And were they satisfied?’
    ‘No, as it happens. Mrs Blair didn’t like the decor. We had to redo it.’
    And that, according to Tom, is what tipped him over the edge.

    Will Cherie be serving a writ of scandalum magnum on Mullins and Watson?

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    String emUp says:

    Not so liberal when it comes to bonfire night so I hear

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    Genghiz the Khan says:

    Only if the same is done to Gordon Brown.

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    smoggie says:

    Dunno, Tolstoy didn’t get ANY “A” levels at all, so Polly did one better.

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    chirles says:

    where will her hubby go for work next? even polly herself must be worried. the guardian was largely supported by the income from the last govt advertising public sector non-jobs.

    i would like to think that the fortunes of the toynbee household act as some sort barometer for the fortunes of the wider country.

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    goebels says:

    Sounds like a downfall parody to me.

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    Plug? Book? Couldn’t happen here.

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    simon r says:

    Cannot someone please pick HER up and drop her in a wheelie bin for 15 hours ?

    Or better still, send her down that mine shaft in Chile so we don’t have to put up with her witterings for a few months.

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    Anonymous says:

    Speaking of the bbc ,just heard a presenter on the news say to Balls, you have to take the credit for the marvelous exam results.oh some breaking news a fat ginger bloke a liberal councilor has defected to the labour party they are really disapointed its not the other ginger minger.

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    concrete pump says:

    Ricky Villa.

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    Prezzer says:

    I agree,er no I don’t

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    David Villa

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    Mr Ned says:

    Well it will be alright for those lucky buggers up top who are fried in a nanosecond, even those who are merely poisoned and burned will have injuries to take their minds off their surroundings, but feel sorry for us elites. Having been used to flying the world, waited on hand and foot, we will then be expected to be trapped in a bunker for goodness knows how long looking at unpleasant wallpaper!!!

    I mean OH THE HUMANITY!!!!

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Can we use her to plug the oil leak in the USA ?

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    The Rt. Dishon. Phoney ‘£rd-Way’ Sanctimonious Bliar, Banker Wanker & ***, emoting & wiv stupid grin says:


    I’ve popped by to remind you that I’m very Very VERY RICH!!

    So rich I can afford to be a soshalyst – there, that rimes don’t it!!!

    I owe it all to Noo_Lie_Bore!!!!!!

    But not as rich as my boy Dave – yet!!!

    But seriously – wanna join my bank?

    But you MUST be SERIOUSLY RICH!!!!!

    The Cream of Noo_Lie_Bore will of course be there – ‘coz they’re so RICH!!!!

    I’ve dumped my book on the BL.

    Don’t need the money!

    Not bovvared!!

    And as servicemen they’re used to being dumped on!!

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    Public says:

    she is a fooking tory,all this socialist shit is a front,the oppo game.

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    HenryV says:

    She is an arse. For every civil servant working hard for the communal good there are at least a dozen just trying to get through the week like the rest of us.

    The cow would happily see soldiers, sailors, and airmen on the dole.

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    concrete pump says:

    Not at all, perfectly reasonable thing to have on your mind.

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    lenny says:

    right across the chops…

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    You’re just as big a hypocrite as Polly, Guido.

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    oh no! says:

    i bet Toynbee stinks out the motorway service station bogs with meat rich bog splatter

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    concrete pump says:

    “Where will her hubby go for work next?”

    Kings Cross?

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    I hate New Labour says:

    She really is a hateful witch isn’t she.

    The thing about these champagne socialists is that they’d all cross the road if they ever actually met the working class.

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    Fubar Saunders says:

    Hear fucking hear JD!

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    Liars and tricksters says:

    The Audit Commission has today announced the appointment of David Walker as its new Managing Director of Communications and Public Reporting.
    twats all week the jobs page there said there are no jobs going.

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    Princess Polytwaddle, pointless pontificating penpusher, talking down at people from her Ivory Tower says:

    I am always right.

    I am never wrong.

    And I am rich enough to be a socialist.

    But this is SO under threat by the depraved wickedness of the Tories, who are taking money from ME . . ME!!!! . . a hand-wringing, po-faced member of the Noo_Lie_Bore aristocracy!! Wot hav done so much for ourselves and the EUSSR.

    And I’m a single parent, – or I can make it look that way on the old returns if I want.

    I must seek comfort and solace!

    I must fly to the voice of Gordon, – his deep gravelly voice . . . his penetrating gaze . . . his all-encompassing appraisal of my situation . . his raising me and relieving me of my poverty . . !

    I’m going . . . . no . . don’t support me . . let me swoon in deepest bliss of status polytwadlicus . . the rapture . . the relief!!!

    Then I must write something for my adoring Grouniad readers – they expect it.

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    Fubar Saunders says:

    THAT was what tipped him over the edge? Not noshing on Brown’s dick for the best part of ten years?

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Part of the firm i work for employ polly and her like for interviews , She really is a nasty piece of work

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    Princess Polly Toypee says:

    The working class smell and keep ferrets.

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    Engineer says:

    Why would he need to work? He’s 59, so his gold-plated public sector pension will be payable next year. Given their joint earnings, they’ve no doubt got a very nice nest-egg stashed away, which will keep him in cashmere jumpers and Gucci loafers for twelve months.

    Have no pity for Polly and her husband – they will be very well insulated against the cold winds of recession.

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    Anna Karenina says:

    Polly,jump! Let the train take the strain.

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    Genghiz the Khan says:

    Will Brown and his crew like to spin the line that he is still a caring, sharing guy who is misunderstood? Chris Mullins doesn’t think so.

    “January 29, 2008.
    “A graphic account of life at the frenetic court of Gordon, from A Friend In High Places. Rumours of tantrums, harassment of minions, chaotic micro-management and telephone-throwing are true.”

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    Eric,a dickensian character Pickles says:

    Thought you fucked off.

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    McDoom says:

    The unspoken truth is these rich socialists see themselves as moral crusaders for the poor working classes who can’t defend themselves against the capitalist marauders. IN fact they are sanctimonious and thin kthey are above everyone – intellectual snobs, they dont actually believe in equality or everyone having access to the same opportunities – just passify the masses with benefits and low paid jobs, a basic subdued level of educashun for all.

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    Engineer says:

    Measured by volume or by quality?

    (Probably Polly on both measures, actually.)

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    Well it would only take five squaddies to match her husband’s income – surely a small price to pay for keeping Polly in the Chianti life!

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    Sir William Waad says:

    I’m sorry, but I can’t help liking the old stick. Polly’s not really a journalist, of course; she just does op-ed rants based on bits and pieces that she’s picked up, like Rod Liddle. (I don’t mean she’s picked up Rod Liddle, but that she writes like him). Nevertheless she has a way with words and is surprisingly civil in person. I think she really does want things to be nice for those dear working-class persons.

    My grandfather Sir Frederick was the same. He always had a kindly word for the staff at Waad Hall and, during the Great War, took great pains over the physical and moral wellbeing of his men. He even paid for the footballs they kicked in front of them when they went over the top at the Somme! So I see Ms Toynbee in the same great tradition of enlightened paternalism.

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    Can't remember my moniker says:

    There is nothing wrong with Lewes on bonfire night. I have witnessed it. It is like this blog except with REAL explosives.

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    Don’t be silly.

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    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Both are hypocrites and smear merchents but one is a politicion

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    Pancho Villa says:

    Pancho Villa

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    Can't remember my moniker says:

    ειρωνεία και πάλι?

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    tomfiglio says:

    If you really are against wasting public money, then Brussels should be a much more high-profile target. The going rate for jobs within that bloated, venal organisation is more than twice the rate in the real world, and that’s without taking the incredible benefits and ridiculously short working week into account. Why is the the axe not being wielded there? Why aren’t more voices raised about the abuse of public money taking place there?

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    Can't remember my moniker says:

    And Tony Blair.

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    chirles says:

    best Nov 5th celebrations in the country in my experience.

    that and the 30 foot high effigy of the pope that goes up in flames!

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    Polly may be greedy and she is definitely a hypocrite but atleast she means well says:

    Well said Sir Waad.

    You are right, Polly is very similar to an enlightened Tory. She goes the long way round the gasworks about it but basically thinks she knows better than the workers on how to improve their lot whilst filling her own boots to the brim.

    Yes, she is a hypocrite and yes, she is basically as quick to screw the workers as the Tories. But in her favour, at least she offers to use vaseline.

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    Pancho Villa says:

    hey I’ve been robbed

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    Beauty and the Beast says:

    These two have “history”. Last year, Pickles submitted 3 (i think) FOI requests asking about Polly’s payments from some public body, so you can see why she despises him.
    I’m sure a interweb expert can dig them out.

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    Para Handy says:

    Hope all those with long knives out for the public sector don’t forget how much it spends in the private sector. A visit to Specsavers in order?

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    I wanna be a billionaire so fricking bad
    Buy all of the things I never had
    Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine
    Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen

    Oh every time I close my eyes
    I see my name in shining lights
    A different city every night oh
    I swear the world better prepare
    For when I’m a billionaire

    [Travis “Travie” McCoy]
    Yeah I would have a show like Oprah
    I would be the host of, everyday Christmas
    Give Travie a wish list
    I’d probably pull an Angelina and Brad Pitt
    And adopt a bunch of babies that ain’t never had sh-t
    Give away a few Mercedes like here lady have this
    And last but not least grant somebody their last wish
    Its been a couple months since I’ve single so
    You can call me Travie Claus minus the Ho Ho
    Get it, hehe, I’d probably visit where Katrina hit
    And damn sure do a lot more than FEMA did
    Yeah can’t forget about me stupid
    Everywhere I go Imma have my own theme music

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    Anonymous says:

    These sorts of people need a client group to feel superior to and patronising towards.
    It used to be the British working classes years ago, now it’s ethnic minorities.

    Whichever group it is, they are essentially just props for these people’s vanity.

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    Eileen Critchley says:

    Of course many in the Public Sector will be praying for redundancy.

    A huge payoff plus another gigantic slab of cash in the pension fund and its off to take full advantage of a depressed housing market at home and abroad.

    Oh yes all those little spreadsheets will be fizzing with this scenario and that.

    “We’ll need to pop back for your free hip replacement Margaret!”

    ‘Oh look Brian we’ve finally paid off the £13.85 mortgage we took out on our council house’

    Now where did I go wrong!

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    Slotgob's Husband says:

    Bundarika Villa

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    HandsomeDavid says:

    No, but then the EU is not a democracy.

    Compare the American constitution with the Lisbon Treaty.
    One is clear and concise and the other is a 291 page document that refers to other documents.

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    Money says:

    “Speak no ill of the dead.”

    This is how Toynbee crowed over the corpse of the great Auberon Waugh.

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    Anonymous says:



    100 of Baroness Ashton’s EU diplomats paid more than William Hague
    More than 100 of the European Union diplomats working in Baroness Ashton’s new Brussels diplomatic corps will be paid more than William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary.
    At least 50 of her 114 senior officials will earn between £157,000 to £171,000 a year, higher salaries than David Cameron’s annual wage of £142,500 in the new EU foreign service, which was created by the Lisbon Treaty.

    It’s so nice to know that your pension, bus passes and winter fuel payments etc will be cut so we can continue the socialist gravy train that is the EU!”

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    Swanky Frank says:

    Getting his hole ripped by McBride

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    Genghiz the Khan says:

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    Progressing towards post democracy says:

    Voting’s so last century.

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    smoggie says:

    They say crime does not pay, but this socialism mallarkey certainly seems to. Even that oik Prescott seems to have acquired a nice property portfolio at the expense of the real workers.

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    Anonymous says:


    100 of Baroness Ashton’s EU diplomats paid more than William Hague

    At least 50 of her 114 senior officials will earn between £157,000 to £171,000 a year, higher salaries than David Cameron’s annual wage of £142,500 in the new EU foreign service, which was created by the Lisbon Treaty.

    They have also been quite quick and happy to sign up to the new Policing EU directive. Same old Tories.

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    Officer Dismissal says:

    i think my grand father shot yours.

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    smoggie says:

    What’s this about burning catholics??? I was always taught that the Pope was inflammable.

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    Gordon Browns moral compass says:

    Ms Toynbee is doing a difficult job and is worth the money she earns. Not everyone can do charitable work like myself.

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    Wavie Davie Blair says:

    We are part of the problem, so don’t bother looking to us to sort anything.

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    Slotgob's Husband says:

    What deterrent is this for someone who has stole(sic) money from the government?
    If an employee stole this then you would expect a custodial sentence, so why not here? And how will she be asked to repay?

    – Peter, Derby, 24/8/2010 10:55

    There is one law for important people and one for nobodies

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    HandsomeDavid says:

    It is a real pity that the papers do not have a go at the MEP expenses.

    I remember a few years ago looking at the online expense and benefits declarations for some of our MEP,s. Very few of them declared the airport parking benefit that they recieved (worth in the region of 5k).

    If they fail to declare that then what else are they not declaring?

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    smoggie says:

    yeah to write a blog

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    Gist says:

    Ring Ring. Morning Poly
    morning Paul.
    Going to run a shorty on you today,be a bit patronising,you know the score.
    No problem Paul,just mention my book.
    will do.

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    smoggie says:

    You mean they give back a fraction of what they take?

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    Gist says:

    Ring Ring. Morning Poly
    morning Paul.
    Going to run a shorty on you today,be a bit patronising,you know the score.
    No problem P*aul,just mention my book.
    will do.

  128. 128
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Too true. About time they abolished elections as well,

  129. 129
    Gist says:

    Ring Ring. Morning Poly
    morning P*aul.
    Going to run a shorty on you today,be a bit patronising,you know the score.
    No problem P*aul,just mention my book.
    will do.

  130. 130
    Money says:

    Polly drops off her perch.

  131. 131
    Anonymous says:

    Your pensionable age benefits will be cut so that MP’s can still get subsidised food and drink in the commons and Baroness Ashton can go on to be a millionaire, just like the killocks did. It’s nice to know that we are all in this together.
    Thank God for champagne socialists!

  132. 132
    Sir William Waad says:

    “No dogs allowed”? No I was trying to be ironical again.

  133. 133
    Engineer says:

    Cynical, but with a substantial kernel of truth. In all probability, the first to apply for redundancy (if it comes to that) will be those most capable and experienced and those who contribute most; the dross will sit tight, continue to cause problems for all, and contribute very little to the overall good of the nation. So those of least benefit to the public will remain.

    Twas ever thus.

  134. 134
    Spinning top says:

    Didn’t she accompany him around when he was doing some campaigning a year or two back, for one of her columns? Perhaps they didn’t get on! But Toynbee and her husband are just more Labour media cronies who have been given a reward of taxpayers cash by their brothers and sisters. The public sector crammed with these fuckers

  135. 135
    albacore says:

    Did the teeny weeny fly in the ointment skip your mind, Fawkes?
    Asked about job losses, Eric Pickles said: “In terms of people working for the Audit Commission, almost certainly we are looking for them to be able to continue in another form.”

  136. 136
    Engineer says:

    Interestingly, it’s the private sector that will benefit from the abolition of the Audit Commission, since it is the private sector that will now pick up the business. The same would undoubtedly be true in other departments, as well.

  137. 137
    Beness says:

    Mods at the Guardian are removing posts relating to her husband as fast as they can.

    What is it about these so called liberals that hates the uncomfortable questions?

    The truth hurts?

  138. 138
    P. Doff says:

    Pancho Villa… maybe she likes hot Mexican.

  139. 139
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Priceless Guido. Its why I come by to this blog every day and I’ve managed to survive without the Times, though I have been sorely tempted to pay the odd pound occasionally.

  140. 140
    Anonymous says:

    It’s like coffee- when you add milk to it it becomes…oh, a WHITE coffee. There’s something wrong here- maybe Obama is white!
    Or could it be that it’s more correct to be black, and that millions of Americans (not racists, of course) will vote for you because of your colour.

  141. 141
    Mr Matrix says:

    Toybee do sex? Oh come ON now how coarse. When one is rich one doesn’t do sex, one has others do it for one and one rents a DVD at the local MPs DVD porn shoppe. One then watches it and tut tuts. These commies long ago traded their Orgasms for Organizations.

  142. 142
    Honest View says:

    Does the Beeb ever ask a Coalition politician to comment on anything, unless, that is, they are going to make mutinous noises?
    All news is now: “The Coalition have come up with something nasty and reckless. We asked a Nulab person what they thought of it, and they said….”

  143. 143
    Honest View says:

    No, her type DOES believe in equality so long as it doesn’t actually happen.

  144. 144
    Honest View says:

    One was written by eighteen century Englishmen, or perhaps Brits. It was bound to be better than some Eurotrash.

  145. 145
    Mr Matrix says:

    Ahem she can be placed on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. Pigeons would have a field day, right lads?

  146. 146

    McShane writes more polished prose than Polly, or so I’m told…

  147. 147
    Mr Matrix says:

    48 million a DAY we pay to that Soviet cesspit. Come on Guido where is the outrage?

  148. 148
    Mr Matrix says:

    Let’s have some more of THAT!!!

  149. 149
    Gist says:

    does the automod unmod itself,no human activity detected here.

  150. 150
    Gist says:

    maccies jockeys.shelf stackin?

  151. 151

    Smoggie, you haven’t got a foggy.

  152. 152
    Kered says:

    Nice comfy, champagne commie Polly.
    When we get in power everyone has free cigars and champers!
    But I don’t like cigars or champers.
    When we get in power…you’ll like what we tell you to like, comrade!

  153. 153
    Auntie Flo' says:

    It’s high time Pollyanna’s little game was rumbled. Well said, Guido.

  154. 154
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    I have a beautiful Greek professor friend who appears to understand my feeble Greek but, alas, it has not got me anywhere yet!

  155. 155
    Number 6 says:

    But Catfish taste nice – would not want to ‘taste’ Polly in any fashion.

  156. 156
    Ethan says:

    Just remember it’s bad for the planet for you oiks to travel by air. Especially as you don’t have Villa’s in Tuscany like Polly does. Champagne eco Mentalist socialists say do as they say not what they do. Now you smelly oiks, vote Labour and Get orf moi land!

    Hypocritical shitbag she is.

  157. 157
    Number 6 says:

    My budgie read the Graundiad on the cage floor. He now chirps “global warming, global warming, EU good, EU good” all fucking day long.

  158. 158
    Arch Stanton says:

    Does anybody bar Guido actually read that ridiculous Woman and equally stupid Rag

  159. 159
    random moonbat says:

    That is why the AVERAGE is roughly 25K

    The vast majority earn between 10.5 and 15K yet have to support all these parasitic bastards who earn three times (and more) as much.
    Democracy is about keeping the people funding the elites party, time to crash the party I say.

  160. 160
    Fabian scum says:

    Toynbee is Fabian scum: corruption piled on corruption, hypocrisy upon hypocrisy. c. 1/4 million a year between her and her nonsense-job husband, most of it from the taxpayer: that’s you and me, plumbers, shelf-stackers, warehousemen, factory workers included.

    A grotesque parasite of the worst possible kind, the middle class equivalent of the nonces who rob old ladies.

  161. 161
    burning your money says:

    jdennis, clearly you don’t understand socialism.

  162. 162
    Mike Hunt says:

    I’d have a go myself.

  163. 163
    burning your money says:

    No. She is a waste of macromolecules. A genuine speak-your-weight, boot-filling, equality-of-outcomes primitive. However, the joke is on the poor deluded fools who read and support her trash in that enemy-of-the-people rag, especially all the commies with their red-this and red-that usernames. Losers all.

  164. 164
    burning your money says:

    wot conflict? Guido is here to have fun and make money — as we all should. Take a full refund etc.

  165. 165
    burning your money says:

    Actually toy bee visits the ‘poor’ occasionally to gather material for her hand-wringing books about the ‘deprived’ (deprived by whom? champagne socialists and their tax grab?) — like some victorian visiting an indian reservation. She no doubt washes vigorously afterwards.

  166. 166
    Phil says:

    Polly fxxxing wolly doodle all the day is all she does.

  167. 167
    My Other Cars Not A Prius Either says:

    He should have stabbed her with a doc marten

  168. 168
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Strange how Socialists always seem to end up rich and titled.

  169. 169
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Patronising, lazy, pampered, Nomenklatura bee-yatch – “Common, manual, labourers can’t/shouldn’t be writers, if I couldn’t manage it in a gap year!” Nice advice to aspiring Working Class rivals, Polly.

    I’d like to stick a copy of “Borstal Boy” up her hypocritical fundament. And some early Ballard, for good psychosexual measure.

  170. 170
    Anonymous says:

    and tax paying pensioners

  171. 171
    wasp says:

    I think Polly’s tirade against public service cuts ( such a lazy way of thinking) has not judged the mood quite sufficiently. I meet local authority social workers regularly and they are resigned and in some cases fully supportive of cuts in services. One even told me that ‘you can’t solve social problems by throwing shedloads of money at them’ and another suggested that families should do more for their old people. Until recently, these ideas would have been heretical for social workers.
    But I suppose that from her ivory tower, Polly can afford to see things in black and white, and categorise people as goodies and baddies. Not very clever or subtle, though

  172. 172
    the man with gnu name says:

    I read it. It’s like going to the zoo.

  173. 173
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Thanks for linking to my video clip, we have to keep reminding the world at every opportunity what a hypocritical cow is Polly Parrot.

  174. 174
    Travis says:

    Vila from Blakes seven.

  175. 175
    Anonymous says:

    It’s the usual dross from Polly Vinyl.

  176. 176
    Laban says:

    Polly dropped out of uni to live in a hippy commune in the Welsh hills. Really. It was the sort of thing one did in those days.

  177. 177
    Elvis says:

    Hypocritical, self-important, pontificating cow. Fire her and her husband (preferably from a very large gun).

  178. 178
    Anonymous says:

    Agreed that’s why I vote UKIP to get us the fuck out of the EUSSR.

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  180. 180
    Archie says:

    Talking of deleting posts, the mods at The Telegraph are having some sort of brainstorm over the responses to Coughlin’s moderate slagging off of Pakistan. Either that or les Barclay have taken on Mohammedan staff! Here:

  181. 181
    Archie says:

    Gordon Brown? A total nutter? That WILL come as a surprise to everyone!!

  182. 182

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