September 30th, 2010

Guido Outbid for Gordon Brown Memorial Plaque

The metal plaque commemorating the opening of Lehman’s Canary Wharf offices by Gordon Brown in April 2004 was up for auction yesterday at Christies. Sadly Guido’s £1,000 bid was not enough for this, tangible evidence, that the accursed Gordon Brown caused the global financial collapse which began with the fall of Lehmans.

The plaque went, as you would expect with anything associated with the accursed Gordon Brown, way over budget. The auctioneer’s gavel came down at £28,750…


  1. 1
    genghiz the khan says:

    The bidder is going to use it as a dartboard.


    • 14
      info missing says:

      so who won it ?


      • 20
        Fred the Shred ( knighted by Gordon Brown ) says:

        I won !


        • 86
          Ampers says:

          Do you didn’t, David Milliband did :-)

          I hear the Icelandic government are going to charge their ex Prime Minister for harming Iceland over the banking fiasco.

          Do you think Gordon…

          Of have the “looters” got too much of a stranglehold on this country.


          • Balls Deep says:

            Tony Blair could afford it.


          • scouse twat says:

            The bidder is going to destroy it ,hoping it will get rid of some evidence


          • Long memory says:

            “Despite Gordon’s whining to the EU it is now the case that Irish banks now represent the safest place to deposit money in Europe, with a AAA guarantee from a country with the lowest national debt to GDP ratio of any AAA country.”

            Guido Fawkes Blog – 2 Oct 2008


      • 25
        Quack! Quack! says:

        Same guy who bought Sir Peter Viggers Duck House.
        He’s going to install the plaque on that then put it in a specially made moat.


      • 32
        La' says:

        The winning bid? – one Anthony Charles Lynton Blair


      • 40
        It wasn't an Irish Banker was it? says:

        Anglo Irish Bank bailout could cost €34bn
        Thu 30 Sep 2010

        LONDON (SHARECAST) – Bailing out the ailing bank Anglo Irish could cost as much as €34bn (£29bn) Ireland’s central bank has said.

        While the figure is how much the central bank envisages the government having to pay to keep the nationalised lender afloat in a worst case, or ‘stress’ scenario, it would still cast €29.3bn in a ‘base’ scenario, it said.

        Anglo Irish’s woes have heaped renewed pressure on Ireland’s economy. Bond yields, a reflection of the returns investors demand to lend money to the Irish government, have soared amid worries the former Celtic tiger will default on its debts.

        Finance minister Brian Lenihan has warned that the failure of the nationalised bank Anglo Irish would ‘bring down’ Ireland. The country’s precarious fiscal situation is in spite of the fact that reforms designed to improve its fiscal position, such as public sector wage cuts, are well under way


      • 95
        scouse twat says:

        I just heard it was a Turkish banker who bought it.


    • 213
      unablogger says:

      Gordon’s going to claim the £28k on expenses


  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    30K for a bit of a laugh?

    Expensive gag.


  3. 3
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    £28k for a bloody piece of metal. With no real value, just some sort of momento, a rather crap one at that.

    No wonder the economy fucked up.


    • 16
      Just some guy says:

      The Adam
      Smith institute had this to say about Damien Hirst:
      He is not troubled by the fact that the market determines the value of art: “I’m one of the few people in the world who can say, ‘I know what everything is worth.’… Everything in the whole world is worth what anyone else is prepared to pay for it. And that’s it. Simple.”

      Full article here-

      If only more people were aware of this truism…


      • 24
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Clearly some people are dicks. The big problem comes when they suddenly realise that they’re dicks, want to sell it and notice they’ve lost £28k for no reason.

        That might be OK if its a single person with more money and sense buying a piece of metal with magical properties, but its also how bubbles and busts work.


      • 54
        P. Doff says:

        I tried to reason with my bank manager that my rather large overdraft was worth fuck all… but he wasn’t buying it!


      • 72
        genghiz the khan says:

        Thanks for the link to the Adam Smith Blog.

        The other article by David Galenson was a real find.


        • 97
          Impression of crap says:

          I just shit on a canvas and spread it all over, wanna buy it?


        • 109
          Can't remember my moniker says:

          This is a super article. Thank you.

          There is one thing that the protagonists in these arguments sometime appear to ignore though – and that is the difference between price and value. I say this as one who has a small collection of fine art. I am not blind to the fact that should I face hard times, I would have to flog off my art in order to eat or provide for my family.

          But it would be the last stuff to go because I get something out of it that art cannot buy. That is the value. It is “true” to me but I cannot necessarily expect it to be the same to everyone else. As the original article stated, it can only be subjective. In that way, the market becomes irrelevant.

          The market price is what someone will pay and always will be. To even begin to understand the value, one might as well listen to John Lennon singing “Can’t Buy Me Love.” It is a two stranded matter where, to ignore either strand is to miss part of the relevance.


      • 106
        letcher says:

        They should presnt it to the Royal Family and perhaps they would vanish too


      • 208
        Cardinal del Monte says:

        Hirst was talking about the monetary worth of his art, not its aesthetic worth, which is precisely nil.


    • 83
      anonymous says:

      rather have spent 28K on a decent Chateau Lafitte


    • 158
      Anonymous says:

      Or even a memento.


  4. 6
    genghiz the khan says:

    ScotLab involved in odd election practices.

    Seems that about 13,000 papers went out, despite 20,000 registered Hoons on the books.

    Nothing like the tainted endorsement of a rigged election. Red Ed’s legimitacy is questionable thanks to the special electoral practices of the Brothers, now ScotLab look as if they have fouled up.

    Vote Riggin’, Brother Stabbin’, Deficit Denyin’, History rewritin’ Red Ed.


  5. 7
    The Watcher says:

    This is obscene. There is something revolting about the rich who exhibit no taste. £28,000 would pay for hundreds of cataract operations. In case you think I am a bleeding heart leftist (I assure you I am not) consider what you would sell your vision for. Exactly. It is priceless. You could have an identical plaque made for around £350. The world is insane.


  6. 8
    Dazza says:

    The Jonah bought it himself himself with his Westminster Earnings…


  7. 9

    Whoever bought that must be a fucking idiot, it wasn’t Charles Saatchi was it?

    And what the fuck made you bid a grand for it Fawkes?


  8. 10
    Voice of Treason says:

    Probably bought by a wanker out of his or her petty cash.


  9. 11
    Alex says:

    Throw us a grand and I’ll get one made up for you.


  10. 12
    The Marxist of Joo says:

    Like the filth they are the ‘Blairites’ will now shed their political skin and become dyed in the wool ‘New Generation Labour’.
    They will carry rictus grins when rubbing shoulders with fellow New Generation members Red Ken, Dennis friend of the workers Skinner, Diane chicken Wings Abbot, Ed briefer Balls, and Tony scarface Woodley.

    Proof not that any proof was required that to these vermin principles are but mere baubles.
    Just ask Tessa Jowells, the bint who did so much to dissuade the blood soaked Blair from quitting in 2004.


  11. 15
    pp says:

    Another £30,000 Brown is responsible for wasting!


  12. 17
    Engineer says:

    It’s a good job you missed it, Guido. The Curse of the One-Eyed Mong will cling to it like a limpet. I’ll give it six months before we hear that the buyer has suffered a sudden and severe medical condition, or that their house has burned down.


  13. 19
    Bananarama says:

    Why are you clapping, you voted for it?


  14. 22
    Liam Fox says:

    It was not me. I was busy handing over a letter to the telegra.. I mean conducting an exhaustive inquiry into the appalling swine who leaked my private correspondence with Dave.


  15. 23
    Red Ed ( New Degeneration ) says:


  16. 26
    • 33
      Anonymous says:

      The £1.6M for the auction will go a long way to relieving the creditors (£211 Billion)


      • 60
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        At a rough guess I make that 0.0014 P in the pound, give or take a 0 – which is a damn sight more that we can expect back from the Labour Party’s “Investment” policy.


  17. 28
    rustygecko says:

    ….Or maybe Gordo bought it himself as a Christmas Prezzie for Red Ed?….or David for Ed?


  18. 29
    Postlethwaite says:

    Note the third world date format . . . couldn’t even get that right



  19. 30
    Gordon Brown, addressing staff and fellow patients in the Secure Unit at CurrrCuddy Lunatic Asylum says:

    I wish to reassure Progressive Members of the House that events over the past weekend merely confirm my role and standing as Supreme and Undisputed Leader of the Partee, The House, the Country, the EUSSR, the World, and the Universe.

    Everyone who follows my unwavering guidance and ten-year plans will avoid Progression, Recession, Boom, Bust, and the other evils of Capitalist Society and Banker Wankers – although I did have a Best Friend once what I opened his branch for in Edinburgh – but I forget his name, his bank, and anything to do with it.

    AlJaBeeba will relentlessly broadcast this.

    I will issue a further statement later today.

    Meanwhile, the House can rest assured that nothing is my fault!


  20. 34
    Doc Trough says:

    I should imagine that collectors of McTwat memorabilia must find it terribly difficult to obtain life cover.


  21. 37
    filipinomonkey says:

    Would make a good t shirt…


  22. 38
    Paris Claims says:

    The gavel should have come down on Brown’s head. several times.


  23. 42
    New suspect in daring Liam Fox robbery of leaked letter from under his nose says:


    • 79
      Mr Ned says:

      They need to get working on this seriously. It is too late for my Brother, a former soldier, who killed himself in July 2001. Hopefully they can help many others who are yet to have their breakdowns.


      • 94
        The Labour Partys New Generation says:

        The Iraq War was soooooo last year


      • 113
        he was all for it back then, but now ? says:

        Well if we’re being serious, then since Fox is in government now perhaps he needs to prioritise full post combat/tour care and ringfence the military trauma, hospital and psychological facitilties and services. rather than all the shiny toys the admirality and airforce want him to protect to the detriment of everything else.


    • 124
      Foot soldier says:

      So little money spent on those who work so hard and lay their lives on the line every day. So much money spent on idle layabouts who don’t even try to get a job. A perfect example of Labour’s priorities over the past 13 years.


  24. 48
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    The ultimate curse of McBust !


  25. 50
    The Ape Man Commeth says:

    I ‘m sick of the bbc and C4 interviewing and commenting on some posh tosser who lost an relatively unimportant contest recently, the likes of jon (I harangue Tories) snow actually went round his house for a cosy chat!! which got full airing as prime time news!

    Can’t recall if the champagne socialist and champion of the working class’ went round to David Davis’ house for a cosy chat when he lost the leadership contest.


  26. 53
    Anonymous says:

    My, that’s an awful lot to pay for scrap stainless steel scrap.


  27. 57
    grobdj says:

    Clearly outbid by somebody else spending other people’s money


  28. 61
    Gordon Brown says:

    Gordon brown was scheduled to make an important keynote speech at the labour party conference yesterday but after he was given the new child’s toy, a rubbery wobbly, he somehow missed his queue.

    A spokesperson for brown said that: “Gordon brown regrets missing his important speech but wants the country to know he will make sure everybody in the state gets a free rubbery wobbly, except, ‘that woman’ ”.


  29. 65
    hugh Jend says:

    way off topic..but it looks like Katy D’s been caught out being a bit pervy..


  30. 66

    Every time i see the Rt. Hon before Broon’s name, i scowl.


  31. 67

    I’d have paid £1k for it to use as a splashback for the office “restroom”.


  32. 68
    JOE PUBLIC says:

    90% of people woulld like to re install it about a foot up Browns arse !


  33. 69
    Barry says:

    Would make very good wording on a Tee shirt, should sell well at the Cons Conference next week.


  34. 74
    barefootcontessa says:

    Charles Whelan, newlabour fixer on radio 4 this am. A complete low life. Slime. It makes no difference – Old labour, labour, new labour, new generation labour, a labour government in any guise is slime, deceit, trickery, and every other derogatory adjective you can think of.


  35. 77
    Sir William Waad says:

    London has a memorial to pretty much everybody these days. What about a monument to those who have beeen undone by the Curse of Jonah? It could include a giant Hate Sculpture of the Scourge from Kirkcaldy, symbolically destroying our pensions and public finances with one hand while holding up a sort of reverse cornucopia in the other. The Lehman Bros plaque would go nicely on the base.


  36. 84
    Doc Trough says:

    I reckon it’s in Labour hands. Thousands of copies will be knocked out and sold to swell the party coffers. It’s a little known fact that Hattie can do acid-etching with her mouth (learned under Armstrong’s tutelage), so investment in plant should be minimal.


  37. 87
    Who the fuck liked Gordon Brown that mucm ? says:

    Somebody should get a couple of thousand replicas knocked up by a Chinese factory and sell them on the internet for a couple of quid
    that would fuck this idiot up !


  38. 96
    Mike Hunt says:

    HOW MUCH!!!!!!!!!


  39. 104
  40. 107
    Gonk says:

    It was bought to Hex an enemy.
    I’m sure they didn’t touch it with bare hands.
    A third party sent it as an anonymous gift.


  41. 108
  42. 117
    scouse twat says:

    What is Cameron up to? Where the fuck is he?


  43. 119
    The Royals says:

    You like us. We are nice people, until you try to get rid of us.


  44. 120
    The Rupublic of England says:

    You know you want me.


  45. 123
    Red Ed Militant says:

    We’re all being optimistic together


  46. 126
    Liam Fox says:

    I’ve just quit.

    only joking!


  47. 127
    They won't though says:

    The BBC striking over the conference period is the T*ories chance to go to the next level on the internet


  48. 136
    Anonymous says:

    They won’t though


  49. 141
    Cock Heads says:

    The BBC has made “great progress” in its portrayal of gay people and gay relationships, but there is still more to be done, according to a report pubished today.

    Billy Boy Vague must be pleased


  50. 147
    Chris Huhne says:

    I bumped into an old friend the other day and asked him what he’s doing these days.
    He said “I eat hammers”.
    I said “Do you get paid for that?”
    He said “No, I’m an ‘ammer chewer”.


  51. 148
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Here’s an interesting stroll down Memory Lane from 2009:

    ‘Here are some of the reasons Guido thinks Ireland will bounce back faster than the UK:

    Corporate and capital tax breaks for start-ups have been extended
    Corporation tax rate of 12.5% is ‘here to stay’
    “Green tax cuts” for zero emission vehicles
    VAT has been reduced by ½%
    Public services efficiencies sort
    Welfare benefits reduced to 2006 levels, social welfare bill cut by equivalent to 1.5% of public expenditure
    Dole allowance to be reduced to €150 a week
    Social welfare to be cut 4.1% etc etc etc.’

    And here’s what the papers are saying today:

    ‘The cost of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank, the lender at the centre of Ireland’s financial crisis, could rise to €34bn (£29.1bn) under a worst case scenario, the Irish central bank admitted today. The news came as the country’s finance minister warned that the failure of the nationalised bank would “bring down” Ireland, and warned of further austerity measures.’


    • 155
      scouse twat says:

      You’ve heard the saying once bitten twice shy? Well the little man once ripped off in the m*arket never comes back, a bit like fool me once etc. Lower all the penalties you want.


      • 171
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Funny that, because part of the problem is a property bubble. I wonder why so few people seemed to remember “negative equity” in the years around 2003-2007


        • 187
          Engineer says:

          Negative Equity in which country? Between 2003 and 2007 it certainly wasn’t happening in Britain – rather the reverse. House prices went mental, lenders were giving 125% mortgages, first-time buyers were priced out of the market. We might have some signs of negative equity now, but not then.

          There was a negative equity problem in the middle 1990’s, but it seemed to evaporate within a couple of years.

          Can’t speak for Ireland though.


          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            you’ve slightly misread the sentence (Note “seemed to” as in not remembering at that point in the past).

            I am astonished by the levels of optimism in 2003-2007, and that there seemed to be some sort of amnesia about the 1990s.


    • 160
      Cock Heads says:

      Yes Cato. And Guido other brilliant economic forecast regarding the housing market in May. The HIPS were scrapped, and he predicted immediate upward house price inflation, and the housing market to return to normal trading with a few months…..YAWN


    • 184
      Sir William Waad says:

      When you go to Dublin, you find that every single decent building in the city was built before 1921, that their politicians are even more venal and incompetent than ours and that their Prime Minister, Brian “Biffo” Cowen, makes Gordon Brown look a genius.


  52. 154
    Anonymous says:

    Won’t someone please post Gordon’s little speech made when unveiling the plaque at Lehman’s? It was priceless! The bit about Lehman’s “innovative” trading methods was a masterpiece. That other criminal known as Fuld was, of course, master of ceremonies…


  53. 156
    Martin Day says:

    You’ve seen the light,Comrade Fawkes

    Political blogger,Guido Fawkes has given his strongest signal yet that he supports Ed Miliband’s policy of putting up taxes in order to protect public services from spending cuts.

    Mr Miliband said he would raise taxes further than former chancellor Alistair Darling had been planning in the previous Labour government to help pay off Britain’s record deficit


    • 165
      Lolobotamy says:

      Oh martin thank god yer here we needed a laugh as the conference was awful it now seems the labour party is run by the uniominati and has been hijacked by a strange child like elf robot called millius or R.E.D. for short if you look closely you can see the wires marked ‘property of the BBC’ sticking out of his arse !.
      Oh the humanity!.


    • 190
      Engineer says:

      Where are these taxes going to come from, Martin? The private sector is already taxed to the hilt, and companies are moving overseas to find more equable tax regimes. What remains is barely out of recession, and even the Bank of England has had to resort to pleading with savers to bail out the economy by spending. There ain’t no more to give.


  54. 159
    Call me Dave on Dumb Down TV says:

    Dave is on ITV doing some daytime chat show. Not a bad performace, seemsto enjoy being PM and quite likes working with the Liberals


  55. 162
    Cock Heads says:

    Daytime ITV…… How very Dave…… Yawn Yawn Yawn. Come out of his cave has he. Must be worried.


  56. 170
    Cock Heads says:

    News this week

    Lib Dum conference

    Fag end Daves first interview in weeks, ITV not Pacsman, talking about his new kid sleeping in a box. God help us all.


  57. 172
    Nick Clegg says:

    The receptionist at work handed me a note saying, “Fancy having a shag on my lunch?”

    I handed her one back saying, “As long as you don’t mind your sandwiches getting squashed!”


  58. 174
    ElloElloEllo says:

    Try and get PC Plod anywhere near your house.


    • 183
      IanBlur says:

      A murder?
      Let me give you a crime number and we will send you some marketing leaflets from Victims of Crime AND as a bonus we will send you some police counsellors.

      Its taking place now?
      Sorry, all our resources are allocated to watching (sorry policing) football matches and checking the speed cameras at the moment – we’ll get back in touch in a day or two.


  59. 176
    Cyclops says:

    “I am deeply honoured (drops jaw, pause), to be able to receive this plaque and also the sensodyne with which to remove it”


  60. 181
    Mr Pickles says:

    Officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government will be hoping for a mild winter after plans were announced to turn down the office heating as part of the Government’s “austerity” drive.

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said that the measure – to be introduced initially on a trial basis at Eland House – was one of a number of cost-cutting proposals put forward by staff themselves.

    Others include cutting the number of lavatories, stopping toilet rolls at any toilet visit lasting more than four hours, and cutting back on farting in office hours


  61. 186
    David Cameron says:


    Preview of opening gag at Conservative Party Conference

    A guy goes over to his friend’s house, rings the bell, and the wife answers.

    “Hi, is Tony home?”

    “No, he went to the store.”

    “Well, you mind if I wait?”

    “No, come in.”

    They sit down and the friend says “You know Nora, you have the greatest breasts I have ever seen. I’d give you a hundred pounds if I could just see one.”

    Nora thinks about this for a second and figures what the hell – a hundred bucks. She opens her robe and shows one. He promptly thanks her and throws a hundred pounds on the table.

    They sit there a while longer and Chris says “They are so beautiful I’ve got to see the both of them. I’ll give you another hundred pounds if I could just see the both of them together.”

    Nora thinks about this and thinks what the hell, opens her robe, and gives Chris a nice long look. Chris thanks her, throws another hundred pounds on the table, and then says he can’t wait any longer and leaves.

    A while later Tony arrives home and his wife says “You know, your weird friend Chris came over.”

    Tony thinks about this for a second and says “Well did he drop off the 200 pounds he owes me?”


    • 191
      Red Ed ( New Degeneration ) says:

      I told that at our Conference and nobody noticed.


    • 202
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      When you say ‘store’ do you mean ‘shop? And when you say ‘guy’ do you mean ‘bloke’ (or ‘chap’ if you’re middle class)?


      • 207
        the beast of clerkenwell says:

        Let me help you
        “Guys” is standard in millitary circles for all ranks
        A shop is just that, a store however a larger retail outfit that offers many types of goods under one roof
        “Bloke” is acceptable to all
        “Chap” is a word used in jest or by twats over the age of 75
        Hope that this helped


        • 209
          Roger Daley says:

          There is a hundred bucks in there that needs changing.

          Kind of kills it for me thinking this was once an American anecdote


  62. 203
    annnnnoyperson says:

    Just as well Guido. You have a family to consider and really woujld not want to own such a cursed item!


  63. 204
    Pedantic Prat says:

    Guido, you write at the start that the “the gavel came down”. It must have been a strange auctioneer. The gavel is the block upon which the hammer comes down.


  64. 211
    genghiz the khan says:

    Once bought, what would I have done with it?

    Melted it down.

    Bolted it to the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square.

    Use it as Brown’s gravestone.


  65. 214
    Spindokter says:

    I was in the HMT entourage which accompanied GB to Lehmans on that fateful day. They had Martin Johnson to open the company gym. Perhaps they got them muddled up?


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