November 17th, 2010

David Laws Slams Savage “Slash and Burn” Tory Cuts

The once shining star and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws, who was set to oversee the most dramatic overhaul of public spending in a generation has unleashed an out of character scathing and savage attack on the “slash and burn” cutting approach being undertakenBy Somerset County Council’s Conservative administration…

With the tell all book out-of-the-way and television appearances beginning again, many expect Laws to be back in government soon. Punters are still betting he’ll be back before the end of the year


132 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    A two faced Mp , Never ??????????????? wheres the 4ok ?

  2. 2
    Geezer says:

    There one Laws for us…..and there one Laws for him…….specially when he is tad forgetful about his own expenses.

  3. 3
    A Wurzel says:

    Ee be daaaft, ee be. If ee did know ’bout growin’ things, ee’d know that slashin’ off old growth be zummat ee ‘as to do afore ee gets new growth.

  4. 4

    Evil Tory plans for the county include cutting grants for free banjo lessons for the 6-fingered, rendering illegal relationships with blood relatives, and stopping promotion of cider as a baby soother.

    Somerset: home of Deliverance tourism.

  5. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    But it is a good batting track at Taunton .

  6. 6

    I’m at Wincanton for the Boxing Day race meet, looking forward to it.

  7. 7
    The Biased Brainwashing Corporation says:

    Well we are well into November Guido. New beginnings and fresh starts usually occur after New Year.

  8. 8
    A Wurzel says:

    And just what be wrong wi’ zider?

  9. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Put a bet on the ashes : A harmison ball first up like 2005/6 aussie tour

  10. 10
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Mandy the Unflushable Turd survived much worse, more times.

  11. 11
    Social Origins of Dictatorship says:

    Is that a shot of Laws in his open prison?

    He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy indeed.

  12. 12
    Popeye says:

    A bid for power, methinks?

  13. 13

    Not doing Ascot this year Tuscan?

  14. 14
    no longer anonymous says:

    Will he now become a hero of the fickle Left who have never got over the coalition?

  15. 15
    A Wurzel says:

    Ee can’t afford new ‘at.

  16. 16
    Tapestry says:

    So how exactly is Osborne able to afford to bail out Ireland’s banks, unless he’s finally met up with Lord James’Foundation X?

    Laws might have an opinion on that. If Osborne was not acting fiscally responsibly, would the central bankers’representatives be willing to lend him large sums interest free?

    http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2010/11/uk-to-bail-out-irelands-banks.html

  17. 17
    Ars Gratia Artis says:

    In my naivete, I ask myself why a thieving crook like Laws is not behind bars. Stealing 40,000 squid usually results in being invited for a spell at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

  18. 18

    Was a Kempton Park man until recently, haven’t been to Ascot in years, sadly.

  19. 19
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Because they are above the law ( apart from the 7 labour mps and 1 Tory lord charged )

  20. 20
    Steve Miliband says:

    It’s just a headline. The content is not so bad. The Govt have made budget cuts which he supports; it’s up to councils how they get on with it – he disagrees with some of the carrot crunchers council cuts that’s all

  21. 21
    Sophie says:

    Of course David will return to the front bench – no matter how much he has stolen from the taxpayer & no matter what outbursts he makes.

    He is a shining star in the coalition of crooks.

    Is this really the best this country has to offer?

    Where are the real men?

  22. 22
    FFS says:

    Oh do fuck off

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    The elegant solution would be for the UK Treasury to start printing euros.

    Or, for comedic effect, Irish pounds.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    That’s just so funny…

  25. 25
    concrete pump says:

    Fucking hell! All he’s prattling on about is the possible closure of a fucking recycling centre in some p*ss wipe town in Somerset!!

    Trust a lib dem to think that a fucking recycling centre is important….

  26. 26
    The Biased Brainwashing Corporation says:

    I emailed the BBC a while back telling them I was looking forward to the QT outing a Labour toerag in the same nasty way that Laws was outed . It is the interest of the BBC impartiality to make a complete twat out a shadow cabinet minister. Still waiting!

  27. 27

    Ascot is common, full of chavs and too close to Bracknell.

  28. 28
    Smig says:

    Caption competition isn’t until friday. :P

  29. 29
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Makes you end up looking like this.

  30. 30
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is Laws the condems Mandy ?

  31. 31
    retardEd Miliband says:

    I am the leftth hero. I inthitht you keep your eyeth on me!

  32. 32

    Tut, tut. Ascot first, then Wentworth club for lunch.
    New Year is for Kempton and St Georges.

  33. 33

    Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said

    “This fellah came over from Scotland, an’ he said “Wha’ are you all doin’ sittin’ around lookin’ at all dat gold in your vaults. I’ve ended bust I have, to be sure. You all want to be out spendin’ an creatin’ a housin’ bubble like oi’ve done. Get some zero credit.. If you regulate yourseld den you can do what the feck you like.
    Tings won’t go tits up, cause i’m a financial Leprechaun, an’ Oi’ve sorted out da whole world’s economies, I have.”

    “So we copied his plans, an’ it all went very well, until the money ran out an’ the EU stopped bribing us once we’d said ‘Oilright’ to dat Lesbos Treaty ting. So I phoned up Brown an he said “Just devalue your currency 30% and you devalue your debt 30%, see? Easy Peasy. Den print as much new money as you all like, using your independent currency. ”

    When I told him we didn’t have an independent currency he just shouted “Well dat’s you fecked up de arse den, isn’t it? I’m too busy to help. I’m writing a book about my plan to refinance Greece using Swiss francs made of chocolate..Look at what dat’s done to cocoa prices! I’m a feckin’ genius. Don’t phone me again!”

    So now de plan is for me to sit outside a cash machine in Oxford street with a “spare change gov?” sign and hope that all the Japs treatin’ demselves on cheap sterling, will spare a few billion for Ireland”

  34. 34

    It is to Lib dems. Its where they get their policies from.

  35. 35
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Well, under the instructions of David Cameron, who promised we’d never bail out failed Eurozone countries, Osborne will borrow – in our name – another £7bn from China at a good rate of interest which, by next year, will be a very bad rate of interest, and hand the whole lot to Brussels.

  36. 36
    FFion says:

    the Gov. need someone who knows what he’s doing in that post NOt some ginger prat who’se only there because the liberals don’t have anyone else

    The ginger PR guy reminds me of the president and all the others in the EU “government” –

    risen without trace

    not necessailrly hubbies POV in public :) – Diolch Yn Fawr I chi

  37. 37
    Chris says:

    Yes! Never let the facts get in the way of Guido’s hits though

  38. 38
    A Wurzel says:

    Ee be vrum Zouthampton, baint ee? No zider thur….

  39. 39

    Real men don’t eat beef

  40. 40
    Red Ed says:

    This is no time for a novice !

  41. 41
  42. 42
    Rat's arse says:

    Nice one Wurzel!

  43. 43

    Its not an unsecured loan Tessa. He’ll fix the rate.
    Then lend to the EU at slightly over. Makes on the deal over the long term. Providing Ireland doesn’t just sink with he weight of all that debt.

  44. 44
    Beast 666 says:

    Those without sin are permitted to cast the first stone.
    FAO Yasmin A Brown, its just a joke!

  45. 45
    Not With Nick says:

    errrrrrr… Outed. I think you find that all Outings are commited by right wing supporting newspapers. And I think you will find that your right wing friend Guido instigated the Billy Vague Outing

  46. 46
    Evie Lennon says:

    What a scruffy b@stard he is. Nice to see he made the effort for his Court appearance.

  47. 47

    I’m in Taunton today. Pissing it down.

  48. 48
    Ed the overgrown schoolboy says:

    Thod off, I am the real Ed Miliband. Mithter thpeaker, pleath remove thith man from the chamber.

  49. 49
    Evie Lennon says:

    Seconded FFS.

  50. 50
    Evie Lennon says:

    Been modded for calling that student a sceuffy b@st@rd and saying it was nice to see that he’d made the effort for his Court appearance! Guido’s little machine needs to get a grip!

  51. 51
    no longer anonymous says:

    Comment of the day.

  52. 52
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    O/T But in the corner its says rollover to watch film .

    I am getting some funny looks from workmates .

  53. 53
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

    I invented this brilliant idea when I saved the World.

  54. 54
    Sophie says:

    Indeed Bill, indeed.

  55. 55
    Evie Lennon says:

    Guido, why have I been modded for my comments on that scruffy student?

  56. 56
    The Biased Brainwashing Corporation says:

    @Not with Nick. QT knew of Laws predicament and where looking forward to the morally pure Bullies Campbell and Morgan making a complete k*nt out of Laws infront of the hybrid of bleeting sheep and clapping seals otherwise known as the QT audience.

  57. 57
    Rat's arse says:

    Behave Billy!

  58. 58
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Cant you see the halo ? :)

  59. 59
    Ampers says:

    Don’t blame him, he’s just not clever enough to know about the 4.8 trillion pound debt we carry around our necks, bless hiS LITTLE COTTON SOCKS.

    aMPERS.

  60. 60
    Rat's arse says:

    Wish I was clever Mr Quango. I never thought of that. I, like McDoom, am completely crap at maths.

  61. 61
    Guido your site is full of cretins says:

    NuLab and Tories both have form for nicking Lib Dem policies

    which leaves that ‘joke’ a little flat no?

  62. 62
    Somerset County Council says:

    Orright?

  63. 63
    Sir William Waad says:

    Most of these carrot-crunching councils manage their finances a damn sight better than Her Majesty’s high-and-mighty, oh-Tarquin-look-at-my-degree-from-the-LSE, quantitatively-eased, a-cup-of-skinny-high-grown-Blue-Mountain-and-an-arrowroot-biscuit-please Treasury, I’ll have you know my young feller-me-lad.

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    I used to live in Warfield Actually. Not Bracknell, even if you could walk to the town centre without seeing any gap in housing. And hear the Broadmoor alarm being tested every Monday morning.

  65. 65
    Sir William Waad says:

    Sorry, I can’t help myself:

    “The more Laws, the less justice.” (Cicero)

  66. 66
    Mr Plum says:

    I once met two irishmen running past me in the desert, I said whats the hurry, they replied, we’re getting out of here before they deliver the cement

  67. 67
    Ed M says:

    I’m in Doncaster North. Oops. No I’m not. I’m not even sure where the place is.

  68. 68
    Ed the Vaze says:

    What I mean is don’t come bothering me when townies get fibre all the way to the front door and everyone else has just dialup — I have another date with Trace the M&M.

  69. 69
    Tacitus says:

    Corruptissima republica, plurimae leges ??

  70. 70
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ” Burn baby Burn , Public sector inferno “

  71. 71

    Anonymous: Remember the Botley’s ?

  72. 72
    Méfiez-vous des Geeks portant GIFs says:

    Laws will be back indeed – like Weebles, they never fall down.

    Live Chat PMQs are available here – did you get a mention?

  73. 73
    A Wurzel says:

    Arrr.

  74. 74
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    One week to go ……………………

  75. 75
    How many chances did Mandy have? says:

    Oh FFS, give the Nancy boy a second chance. If he messes up again then we stick him in stocks and pelt him with rotten vegetation for 10 years.
    My guess is, Labour don’t want the Coalition’s Nancy boy anywhere near the treasury because he is better at counting than Labour’s Nancy boy who turned out to be as useful as chocolate tea pot when dealing with our economic issues.
    The Coalition’s Nancy boy is feared by Labour who aint got a scooby doo on how to get us out of this mess. They know Laws is a formidable opponent and they secretly wish he was their Nancy boy. It is time to set Laws loose and expose Labour’s economic proposals for what they really are tripe!

  76. 76
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I would if he repaid the 40k and said sorry .

  77. 77
    I'm entering Aunt Hildas says:

    shouldn’t that be pissing up Bill ?

  78. 78
    Aunt Hilda says:

    yep but many like a sausage

  79. 79
    Rat's arse says:

    One week for what Billy?

  80. 80
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The Ashes .

  81. 81
    Aunt Hilda says:

    is it like Princess Di’s ring ?

  82. 82
    Aunt Hilda says:

    who are we burning?

  83. 83
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    the Aussies

  84. 84
    albacore says:

    “The Government is already having to act decisively and with speed”.
    Well, that’s Mr Laws’ opinion, so now we know.
    But could not the £7 billion for Ireland be classed as foreign aid?
    If so, why doesn’t Dave speedily and decisively take it from that sacrosanct budget? There’d still be a few pennies left over for supplicants like China, India and Argentina, especially after Gordon’s recent, heart-rending oration.

  85. 85
    Dick the Prick says:

    OT – the totty on Countdown just gets better. That is all.

  86. 86
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    depends what ring you on about :)

  87. 87
    no longer anonymous says:

    Nerve touched?

  88. 88
    James Lundie says:

    He can certainly count to 40,000 as can I.

  89. 89

    …one wonders following the scathing attack by David Laws re: Somerset County council what he has to say re the £359m debt the Tories inherited from LibDems last year when we took Mendip District council

    David, I suggest you take a long hard look in the proverbial mirror sunshine

    @Parlez_me_nTory

  90. 90
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    New thread

  91. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Whats new.The Libs have had to vote scavenge for years…it quite an art….say whatever,wherever theres votes up for grabs.Not unlike Labour…its a leftie thing.If what ur sellings shite and unworkable dress it up.Job done.Expect more of the same.

  92. 92
    Raoul Moaty says:

    I’M BACK!

  93. 93
    Rat's arse says:

    Sorry Billy, I forgot ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Head up my arse today ……… durrrrh.

  94. 94
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Midweek Blues

  95. 95
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    All three main parties, are dancing on a pin head regarding all their policies. With all three being a slightly different shades of red / pink, social democratic, progressivism.

  96. 96
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Only one type of cuts the UK needs, but Blue Labour (Tories) do not want to implement them, the population and politicians too thick to understand that less taxes = more tax income.

    Still, it was a good excuse for the UK to raise taxes to be more close to the EUSSR VAT average ciome Jan 2011.

  97. 97
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Oh for a second home in between Rachel Riley’s thighs…

  98. 98
    Up sh1t creek says:

    In the picture, is that David practising the reach-around manoeuver?

  99. 99
    Old dog no tricks says:

    LOL !!!!

  100. 100
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Are you saying that the left wing media deliberately misleads the British people by not reporting stories that may be of interest to the electorate, regarding the honesty of their elected representatives? Wow, the left finally admits complicity in dishonest reporting.

  101. 101
    I'm a tea pot says:

    I did get this right didn’t I?

    Laws DELIBERATELY lied to fees office, claimed more expenses than he was entitled to…..and his excuse was he wanted to protect his partner, as in wanted to keep quiet about being gay.

    Fraud? Lying? False claim? call it what you will so why on earth is he even considered for a return to government.

    You really could not make this up…….

  102. 102
    Old dog no tricks says:

    I’d settle for a hat :)

  103. 103
    Old dog no tricks says:

    Yeah agreed – we can’t get fools like you to bog off !

  104. 104
    Anon E Mouse says:

    Judging by the Ch4 documentary last week neither do a lot of our 650 elected representatives.

    Worst was Alan (I’m Shadow Chancellor Me) Johnson. Either he didn’t know or was lying for political opportunity; have no idea which is worse.

  105. 105
    Old dog no tricks says:

    He shouldn’t ! He should be by now returning to the cop shop every week whilst awaiting trial ! But as we know – these are politicians we are talking about who seem to exempt themselves for any responsibility for their own wrongdoing.

    So much for Cast Iron’s cleanup campaign !

  106. 106

    what a load of tosh. Ireland tried the low-tax baloney… look where it’s got them.

  107. 107

    The Castle Hotel there repays a visit Mr Q.

  108. 108
    Bring back Mathematical Laws says:

    Unlike Labour and the NUS, Laws knows how to add and subtract. First he knows that second chances don’t add up to a third chance and he has to subtract £40k from his post office account in order to put things right and square things with the tax payers.
    He deserves the benefit of the doubt considering his circumstances were somewhat ‘akward’ and too embarrassing for him to come out of the closet. It is a common problem for many cowardly gay men to cower in the closest!

  109. 109
    Akbar the extremist moozlim says:

    I speet on Homos and they should be hanged. Now give me more benefits! May hell reign upon you all.

  110. 110
    Primrose Hill Marxist says:

    What a bummer. Oh, hang on…

  111. 111
    angelnstar says:

    Guido, can’t get the link to work. It worked before and there were some great odds on there for Ken v. Boris, so would like to look at it again, thanks!

  112. 112
    Camoron is a lying cun't says:

    £7 Billion of taxpayers cash from Osborne

  113. 113
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I don’t think he’ll lend anything to the EU. He’ll just hand it over. Did you hear him say anything about lending? If you did, did he have his fingers crossed behind his back, as per usual?

    And if Dave “I won’t bail out eurozone economies” Camoron is paying off a loan he’s taken out to bail out a eurozone economy, he can’t be using that money to pay off the nation’s £4.8trillion de*bt bequeathed to us by Labour.

    All in all, Camoron is a c*unt.

  114. 114

    With so many more cuts to come I wonder how long it will be before the poor and working poor start to react. It is no big surprise that the students march against cuts saw violent action. I can never support violence yet what other voice do the poorest in society have?
    The best cut to make a start on would be the bullshit of the establishment and then perhaps society can begin to move forward.

  115. 115
    Tapestry says:

    Where will Osborne get the money to bail out Ireland’s banks then? A minute ago he was pleading we had to make cuts and get our borrowing down. The money has to come from somewhere. I have to say that ”óh do fuck off”’is very hard to argue with, but I need an answer to the question – where will Osborne get the money? I’ll fuck off when I get one.

  116. 116
    WokinghamChris says:

    “Oh, be us devonshire?

    Be us buggery,

    us come up from Sarum.

    Where the maids wear calico drawers,

    and us knows how to….

    tear ‘em.”

    A cider drinker’s ditty.

    Upstairs at the George and Dragon, Stoke Gabriel, South Devon, circa 1974

  117. 117
    Tapestry says:

    Central Bankers are finding the EU to slow and bureaucratic in bailing itself out, and are sounding out Osborne as a way to get things done more quickly. If they will release funds on open-ended terms to Osborne, until the crisis is past, we should be not happy about the situation, but aware that we don’t have many more choices at this stage.

    The question should thenbe how did the central bankers get hold of all the money that previously was lodged securely with banks like AIB, RBS etc. The answer could well be through derivatives fraud, whereby the banks took out big bets on currency etc, but didn’t realise that the central bankers were also playing in the game, and manipulating all the prices, via their agents such as Goldman Sachs.

    If the money was acquired through fraud, it should be returned anyway. Osborne is a way for the process to happen without legal processes required, or the corrupt bureaucracies within the EU or the US trying to get their hands on all the money. If Brits are the most trusted by Central Bankers, it should be too surprising. Many of the Central bankers are Brits sch as Rothschild and the Royal Family. I am sure they are aware of the damage done by the derivative frauds and want to help in putting the situation back to rights.

  118. 118
    A Notherwaiter says:

    Is that with brown or white sugar Sir?

  119. 119
    The Ref says:

    Er, I guess that’s a No then.

  120. 120
    A Very English Woman says:

    Any forward thinking person can see there’s trouble ahead. So what do this stupid government do? They inflict cuts on essential services i.e. Police and Fire Brigades. Increased terrorist threats and civil unrest, just the time when these services will be needed even more than usual. Plus the NHS as well of course.
    And cutting money to these essential services is not only false economy it’s not even necessary. 7.5 million people work in the public sector. Out of these people only 196 thousand work for the Police and just 57 thousand for the Fire Brigades. Latest figures from the office of National Statistics.
    With 7.5 million working in the public sector, why pick on essential services, when there are so many other people doing non-essential jobs. It makes no sense. In fact it is sheer and utter madness.

  121. 121
    Billy the Kid says:

    Haven’t watched it for a year, thought I had the wrong programme when I switched on yesterday. Cracker. Couldn’t concentrate on the words though.

  122. 122
  123. 123
    Worthless Lib Dem pledge says:

    If Cameron and Clegg stuck to their pledge to clean up politics this corrupt expense fiddler would be booted out. He claimed he did not personally gain from his fiddling, true, but he knew his boyfriend would gain £40,000. Coincidently I suspect they also lived together so indirectly he did benefit from the fiddle and so another deception/lie. He has no authority to question Somerset County Council on their budget cuts when he and he party break promises without a blink of the eye- tuition fees ring a bell?

    He might also recollect it was the Libs who got Somerset County Council into debt in the first place by wasteful spending ie £57,000 on staff for foreign travel (thrid highest in the country). Too many public sector management/director hoons in SCC on excessive salaries and there is a need for a unitary authority instead of the expensive two tiered system with five borough districts as well as SCC. Get real we can’t afford it.

    He should be subject of the right to recall and booted out, closely followed by Wiggin.

  124. 124
    Worthless Lib Dem pledge says:

    Oh, it is far more than £7 billion. The UK will also contribute to the IMF part of the loan. This is on top of the 2.9% increase to the EU budget, currently £9.2 billion. Remember he was going to stick up for us in Europe- Clegg and socialist Cable have different ideas which are pouring through.

    This will stop about the same time when he sarts to clean up politics or cuts immigration. But I would not hold my breath waiting.

  125. 125
    Billy the Kid says:

    If the Coalition continues to act like idiots, funding terrorism by rewarding those who kill and maim our troops, giving 7bn of our money to Ireland while robbing the poor, ring fencing foreign aid, then it won’t be long before they begin to reap the whirlwind.

    To the Housing Minister whose misinformed comments on Radio 4 this morning showed just how out of touch this government is, rents are usually set as a percentage of house values, not according to benefit rates. Therefore, as the previous two governments have permitted house prices to rise astronomically in order to prop up a failing economy, rents have risen as a consequence. Control house prices, rents will fall, and with them the need for housing benefit.

  126. 126
    Billy the Kid says:

    Freedom of speech? Not here, judging by the modding of inconvenient truths.

  127. 127
    Billy the Kid says:

    To the Housing Minister whose misinformed comments on Radio 4 this morning showed just how out of touch this government is, rents are usually set as a percentage of house values, not according to benefit rates. Therefore, as the previous two governments have permitted house prices to rise astronomically in order to prop up a failing economy, rents have risen as a consequence. Control house prices, rents will fall, and with them the need for housing benefit.

  128. 128
    Billy the Kid says:

    After a seat in the Hose of Lords Guido?

  129. 129
    Billy the Kid says:

    After a seat in the House of Lords Guido?

  130. 130
    Billy the Kid says:

    Still not modded?

  131. 131
    Billy the Kid says:

    Thank you !

  132. 132
    Duncan says:

    Er… we cut income taxes on those with lowest incomes (who spend the greatest percentage of their income making them the most growth-conducive group to cut taxes on) as per LibDem policy; what more do you want? The government still has to pay down the deficit!


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