December 1st, 2010

Odd Couple : the Minx and the Basher

Do you remember the mini-furore over Andy Burnham’s scurrilous innuendo-rich suggestion of some kind of seduction of Basher Davis after “late-night, hand-wringing, heart-melting phone calls with” Shami Chakrabarti? In the last month they have appeared on Question Time together and Basher was coincidentally in the audience to ask Shami a question when she was on the panel at an Intelligence Squared event last week.

Last night they lingered long after everyone else at the Political Studies Association Awards at 1 Great George Street. (Clegg and Cameron jointly won politician of the year, Liberty and, errm, the Southall Black Sisters won the award for setting the political agenda. Sir David Frost got Best Political Satire – only 40 years late.)

You know how it is, you can’t bring yourself to leave the restaurant, the candles are melting low, you make small-talk about detention orders only to steal one more delicious moment of time with a soul-mate.

Basher and Shami had switched seats earlier in the night and left together only after everyone else had gone.


  1. 1
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Did he shag her then ?


    • 6
      Anonymous says:

      Does it mean Dave has left Osborne and now with Clagg?


      • 103
        Coulson's bought and paid for poodle says:

        What the fuck is this shit supposed to be?

        If you think they have been fucking say so and put up the proof.

        If not it’s far weaker shit than the Hague scoop you were given on a plate by Daily Mail journalists.

        Except this sounds like it was written by a 10 year old Sylvie Krin oblivious to how fucking toecurling it is and this paper thin shit has no witnesses, photos, credibility or point.

        It couldn’t be that Dave and Coulsons recent spell of uselessness means Dave is shitting himself from David Davis again ? so he’s paid the pet lapdogs to smear Davis ?


      • 105
        ZZzzzzzz says:

        WHAT a SCOOPZZzzz


      • 153
        no longer anonymous says:

        I thought she was married?


    • 7
      Spitting image says:

      Is that waiter her younger brother?


    • 9
      Sister Sledge says:

      Who the F+ck are the Southall Black Sisters?


      • 11
        James Rocks says:

        they look after asian and black women who suffer abuse from their family, husbands, partners.. they also help asian women in forced marriages.


        • 16
          F Nick says:

          They won’t help white British women then?


        • 86
          Unsworth says:

          What do they mean by ‘Asian’? Do the Malaysians, Fillipinos, Burmese, indigenous Chinese, Vietnamese, Singaporeans etc come into their sphere of operations? Or are they only interested in persons of the Brown Persuasion?


          • Tessa Tickles says:

            I understand that one woman of a Brown persuasion – Sarah – is in a forced marriage to a husband known for his abusive and violent behaviour. We should put her in touch with The Sisters.


        • 101
          Willsteed says:

          Do they help men too, or are they both racist as well as sexist?


          • misterned says:

            They do not help men. All men are potential rapists remember!. Dintcha know that there is no such thing as a male victim of domestic abuse?

            The sexist women’s charities would be raise far more money if they ceased their sexist anti-men tirades and accepted reality.

            There are almost as many male victims of domestic abuse as female.


      • 14
        TATS DAD says:

        A pretty crap funk band from the 1970’s


      • 58
        fuck them all says:

        Who the fuck are any of these non-entities?

        Fuck off!


    • 23
      It's a Joke, Right? says:

      The Political Studies Association Awards must be some kind of joke. Lord Kinnock of the European gravy train and self serving Welsh windbags was given a Lifetime Achievement in Politics award.


      • 99
        Tessa Tickles says:

        He helped keep Labour out of power for 17 years, so he deserves the award.

        Let’s hope Ed’s picking his award for the same thing in 2027.


    • 31
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      Probably did.

      Liberty as an organisation does not always attract the most liberal minded people – nannying control freaks like Harman and Patsy Hewitt were involved in it in the 80s

      And no I don’t think Basher has shagged either of them and nor would he want to unless he has some kind of mental illness.


      • 138
        AC1 says:

        Wasn’t it before then, when they were campaigning for the rights of predatory paedophiles to indulge?


        • 151
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          Both actually – 78-82 for Harman and 73-83 for Hewitt. Their CVs read like some kind of spoof of dreadful left wing harridans which of course they are


          • misterned says:

            Correct. Do not forget the way Margaret Hodge failed in her duty of Care regarding care homes and the way she ignored calls to investigate sexual abuse of children when the Islington council leader. And then they made her minister for children FFS!


    • 148
      Anonymous says:

      “Adams was at the controls of the Polish-made Wilga 35A, with Mr Farage sitting alongside him, when it suddenly nose-dived to earth during a party-political stunt on the morning of May 6.”

      Why didn’t Farage use a British plane?

      “In 1999 he married Kirsten Mehr, a German national, by whom he has two more children, Victoria (born 2000) and Isabelle (born 2005).” Not even a British wife!


      • 176
        Twat Audit says:

        Since when did being anti EU mean you can’t marry a foreigner of fly on a foreign built plane you massive mong?


    • 178
      Pickled Wizard says:

      Gaunty will be so jealous…


  2. 2

    Man empties himself into woman shocker.


    • 10
      Anonymous says:

      Not in Hague’s family, where is he?


    • 19
      Snotrocket says:

      And Guido fails to rip new @rse for Hutton and the work foundation. You have to wonder just what the multiple of salary Hutton has over the lowliest in the WF.


      • 50
        Dick the Prick says:

        He’s bankrupted the Work Foundation after selling off its profitable teaching and educational arm to Leicester Uni after a over a 100 years of existence!! He gets £220k with office costs of over £1 million and now over half of them are getting laid off with a massive unfunded pension defecit. Will Hutton – business genius.


    • 27
      Roger the butler says:

      It is when its Shami.


  3. 3
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Nothing on Wikileaks from Merv the Swerve on MacMental’s useless economic policy.

    Is this another case of power being an aphrodisiac, or just some low level smearing of a political rival by Call Me Dave?


  4. 4
    Rosscoe says:

    Good on him, I would…


  5. 5
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Good old Basher.

    Well, I would.


  6. 8
    Greg Beales says:

    Ed Miliband to outpoint Cast Iron Dave at PMQ’s today.
    As yet unable to confirm that Vince Cable will “cross the floor”


    • 13
      Anonymous says:

      Cable will be the only man who might end up voting against his own policy.


    • 17
      Ratsniffer says:

      St Vincent the Cable Layer has always, I reckon, hankered after his days as a labour councillor in Glasgee. An appropriate place and position in which to spend his twighlight years, perhaps?


    • 18
      Nurse says:

      Greg Beales to start taking the medication again and re-enter the head hospital


    • 21
      Major Eyeswater says:

      So Davis has been taking liberties with Shami -snicker- I guess his big flouncy walkout on habeus corpus paid off big time then… blimey the things we men do to get our rocks off.


    • 22
      thankmuckbrownsgone says:

      Followed by a practical demonstration on how to nail jelly to the ceiling!


    • 64
      Sophie says:

      Watching that small time opportunist & neo-commie Cable get ripped to shreds has been one of the highlights of this Parliament for me.

      Odious toad – & the best is yet to come.


      • 75
        Mornington Crescent says:

        Yup, apparently Licence Fee payers are going to be treated to the sight of a senior Secretary of State in a prime time dancing show over Christmas. How dignified.


  7. 12
    Ratsniffer says:

    There is something deeply alluring about shami’s beautiful brown doe eyes…though getting up in the morning with her and being forced to read the Guardian would rather but a dampener on the proceedings…


    • 32
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Hmm. I had to look her up on Google images, as I hadn’t a clue who she was.

      She looks like Ed Milimong’s twin sister.

      Are you abtholutely thure you’d thag that?


    • 60
      Absolutely Passionate says:

      Have a look at her on her last QT appearance Here.

      Then compare with previous QTs for example here

      Notice any difference?


      • 115
        Tessa Tickles says:

        The second video’s unwatch-able for more than 30 seconds because she’s yabbering and waving her arms around like a spaz?

        And what’s with her comment about “medieval torture with razor blades”?

        “Forsooth! We must looseneth this foul knave’s tongue. Goeth ye to yonder Tesco and purchaseth some Wilkinson Swords, wouldst thou?”


      • 121

        It’s not the same person. Time to get Agents J and K from the Men In Black on the case.


      • 182
        Iwouldn'ttouch her with Dave's says:

        She’s a two-bagger for sure.


  8. 15
    Spank Sinatra says:

    She used to be worth listening to but no longer…….she enjoys the sound of her voice too much and has become far too mainstream. Heard her the other Sunday on 5live pronouncing herself to be a monarchist so is now clearly committed to climbing the greasy pole and becoming a baroness in years to come. Nauseating.


    • 28
      Mellowed says:

      Yep I get that impression too. She has gone full on mainstream. I used to want to throw a rock at the telly whenever she was on but I now find myself agreeing with most that she says.


  9. 20

    Every good double act needs a straight man !


    • 100
      Bernie... says:

      Aren’t you and your dog both dead?


      • 164

        No no no your getting me and Shnorb’s mixed up with
        Gordon and New Labour


    • 134
      Bobby Ball says:

      You’re pinching me skin, Tommy!


      • 165
        FLANAGAN and ALLEN says:

        Me and my shadow walkin…………………


        • 166
          CAMERON and CLEGG says:

          I say i say i say my dog has no nose
          really how does it smell ?
          fucking terrible !

          I say i say i say
          that gang of skinheads over there look like they are going to mug us Dave !
          Your right Nick
          Heres that 300 quid i owe you !

          Run Nick RuN !
          Why whats happened Dave ?
          A big Lion has escaped from the zoo !
          Which way did it go Dave ?
          Well you don’t think i’m fucking chasing it do you ?


  10. 25
    Liberal minds says:

    Libertarian takes liberties with Liberty leader.


  11. 29
    Dazza says:

    Politician of the Year? Clegg? FOR. FUCK.SAKE.

    So did Basher get his basher out then? Oi! Oi!


  12. 30
    Barf says:

    She’s fugly.


  13. 33
    Martin Day says:

    Gordon Brown’s book will offer insight into the events that led to the fiscal downward spiral and the reactions of world leaders as they took steps to avoid further disaster. The book will also offer measures Brown believes the world should adopt to regain fiscal stability. Long admired for his grasp of economic issues, Brown’s book will be a work of paramount interest during these uncertain financial times and is sure to attract intense media coverage.
    The book offers a unique perspective on the financial crisis as well as innovative ideas that will help create a sound economic future and will help readers understand what really has happened to our economy.
    Mr Brown has this to say: ‘We now live in a world of global trade, global financial flows, global movements of people and instant global communications. Our economies are connected as never before, and I believe that global economic problems require global solutions and global institutions. In writing my analysis of the financial crisis, I wanted to help explain how we got here, but more importantly to offer some recommendations as to how the next stage of globalisation can be managed so that the economy works for people and not the other way around’


    • 35
      Choking Hazard says:

      Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,


    • 36
      Hmmmm says:

      Very interesting. And does he say anything about why he’s such a c unting liar, bully, misogynist and fuckwit?


    • 39
      Tessa Tickles says:

      “Long admired for his grasp of economic issues”

      You should do stand-up, Martin. I nearly p!ssed myself laughing.


    • 41
      Yasbin Alibi Clown says:

      Why won’t anyone try and shag me?


    • 44
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Gordon Brown: The UK Economy My Part In Its Downfall.

      Coming soon to pile up in second hand bookshops in Hay on Wye.


      • 69
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Maybe not.. the publisher’s going to have a fair idea that no-one’s going to buy the book, so the first and only print-run’s going to be, what? 1,000? And Gordon will be signing most of those at Waterstone’s in Kirkaldy high street. They’ll be in Oxfam a day or two later.


    • 46
      Anonymous says:

      What a load of globollocks.


    • 57
      Martin Basher says:

      Martin, why do you have this strange obsession with globes ? Have you ever slept with one in your bed ?


    • 68
      Gordon's editor says:

      Can’t breathe……talking like…….William Shatner……..aarrrggghhhh! My career!


    • 72
      Life with Labour is Sweet Doom says:

      Marti Day, you are Gordon Brown and I claim my £5


    • 85
      Chutney Bandage says:

      jUST READ some Taleb


    • 97
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Dear Martin. This particular genre of fuckwittery is generally accepted as the sole property of la Toynbee. While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you may like to consider developing your own form of fuckwittery to a more immediately recognisable level, enabling the discerning reader to ignore the post.


  14. 37
    Voice of Treason says:

    Shami Chakrabarti – bloody hell I’d need a bag to put over her head and a strong perfume before I would even consider her – and then only for a blow job, which means I’d have to cut a hole in the paper bag! Ermm, no forget it somebody else is welcome to the mouthy little bitch.


  15. 38
    Gordon Brown says:


    A little bit of wee came out.


    • 45
      Nurse Jafulgazee Namboondootoh says:

      Gordon, how many times have we told you not to play with yourself in front of the others?


  16. 43
    Ed Miliband says:

    We mustn’t become complacent in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today, on World AIDS Day, we should all Act Aware.


    • 59
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Act Aware?

      Act Responsibly. Be Aware. But “Act Aware”?

      Why don’t you learn to speak f*cking English?


  17. 47
    Question Crimes says:

    My only problem with Shami is the highly affected manner in which she speaks whenever she’s on Question Time. She’s constantly playing to the gallery with her various facial and vocal affectations which render anything she says, even if it’s sensible, as annoying.


    • 184
      Iwouldn'ttouch her with Dave's says:

      It’s part of the cult of Political Correctness. Never smile. False rage. Act like you’re the conscience of the nation while spouting poisonous anti-white and anti-British bile.


  18. 48
    Mr Plum says:

    I notice all the gayers left early


  19. 49
    Barnaby Todger says:

    For goodness sake, Fawkes, a man and a woman fancying each other — what could be more natural? Or less worthy of notice? She may become a lot less obnoxious if she’s getting a regular seeing to. What do you say we all leave them alone to get on with it? Fucking — it’s what men and women were designed to do. You and I would not be here otherwise.


    • 147
      Aesop o'Sardis says:

      Or, perhaps, they have fundamentally different life experience and outlook and disagree on a wide range of issues – but enjoy discussing them. Ms Chakrabati rarely says anything I agree with. David D rarely says anything I disagree with (since the vote to go to war in Iraq!). I respect them both, however, for their convictions and the way that they argue for them.

      In the great spectrum of political pondlife, they are both well to the opposite end of the majority scum. Give them a break For Goodness’ Sake.


  20. 51
    Red Ed - please don'th replace me with Davidth, I can do betterth, I promise! says:

    Comwadesth! I will be mosth impressiveth at PMQsth today! Ayesha’s writtenth some greath jokesth and Len McCluskey hasth written my questionsth!


  21. 52
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Both of them are too political for the usual count the toes and divide by ten shenanigans. Is DD, Plotter Extraordinairre, on manoevres again? The Conservative party could do with a Conservative in charge instead of the europhiliac watermelon at present masquading as a Tory.


    • 78
      Tessa Tickles says:

      masquerade: verb (masqueraded, masquerading) intrans (especially masquerade as someone or something) 1 to disguise oneself. 2 to pretend to be someone or something else.

      I beg of you, Sir, where is the lefty’s/liar’s/traitor’s/spendaholic’s/tosser’s pretence at being a Tory?


      • 113
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Dear TT. Apologies for the typo. The masqerade is in continuing to accept the titles and emoluments connected with being the leader of the Conservative Party while publicly demonstrating that he is a natural LibDem.


        • 143
          Tessa Tickles says:

          True. I suppose he’s the 2nd LimpDim to realise actually being in the LimpDims would kneecap his career. (The other being Ken Clarke.)


        • 150
          Aesop o'Sardis says:

          Cameron looks more like a Blairite than a LimpDem (though arguably more to the left than Tony) . Everything he does is tinged with a deep need to be popular.

          A principle free salesman, IMHO, and a great disappointment.


      • 128
        Goodbye, hello and welcome says:

        manoevres is fucked 2 init!


    • 162

      Alternatively, is someone closeto the aforementioned europhiliac watermelon at present masquading as a Tory doing the plotting.

      With the Tory right getting more and more restless I’m sure he’d love to see his conservative arch-rival skewered in some bonking scandal or other.


  22. 55
    Broken career says:

    David Davis has gone off the rails ever since he got mixed up with Shami.

    He would now be Home Secretary if he had not stood down as an MP over ID cards. She says she pleaded with him not to do it but I reckon she was the catalyst.

    As a result, Cameron is free to persue his Liberal socialist agenda.


    • 180
      fucking morons says:

      oh fuck off – at least get it right, it was over pre-charge detention not fucking id cards.

      Some sharp political minds on here.


  23. 56
    David Davis says:

    I’m outraged by this innuendo. I have therefore decided to resign as MP in order for there to be a by-election.


  24. 63
    Smarmy Chakrabarti, High Priestess of Liberty and Enemy Within Par Excellence says:

    What with Brother Abu free and my claws into a good establishment SAS man, The Project continues…


  25. 65
    Mr Muslim says:

    Death to everything. And can you please backdate my benefits to 1872?


  26. 67
    Sir William Waad says:

    Shami Chakrabarti
    Abruptly left the party
    On finding that her friend Basher
    Was an unrepentant flasher


  27. 70
    The Beast of greece says:

    If basher were to get another chap involved and spit roast the young lady that would make her a shami kebab


  28. 71
    nell says:

    I see delusionalgord’s book on how he saved the world has been reduced, by Amazon to half price, despite the fact that it’s not due for release until next tuesday.


  29. 73
    Ho Hum says:


    Cameron, rather than Gidders made an emergency speech on the economic crisis to the 2008 Tory conference partly because internal Tory polling suggested the latter lacked gravitas with the public due to his “high pitched vocal delivery”


  30. 74
    Ho Hum says:


    Liam Fox told the yanks the Tories would be tougher on Pakistan because they were “less dependent” than the Labour Party on votes from the British-asian community

    Has anyone told Woeful Warsi yet….


  31. 76
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I would nt say no :)


  32. 79
    waxit says:

    I thought Movember was a bloke thing. No need for Shami to get involved.


  33. 80
    Harriet says:

    I wonder how she shaves her back?


  34. 82
    Global warming says:

    For the best part of a week most of the country has been frozen up and coped. Now that the home counties have had a few flurries of snow and three trains have been delayed the BBC is working itself up into state of mass hysteria.

    They do this every year mind.


    • 88
      Tessa Tickles says:

      And the inevitable “thousands of school closures.”

      For Christ’s sake, teachers, you’re getting a bloody holiday in a few weeks’ time, anyway! Don’t use 0.1 mm of snow as an excuse to bunk off now.


    • 104
      Mr Plum says:

      Its pretty bad around here in south london, the snow is about a foot deep in the garden.
      Althouth it was forcast well in advance just like last year there is not a bit of salt on the roads.
      People had to abandon cars last night and walk home becuase the traffic was not moving, trains going south out of victoria were cancelled.
      Just wish for once the council got off its arse and did what we pay them so much to do.


      • 131
        fuck them all says:

        They never will get off their arses. It would be cheaper to shoot the lot of them.

        Therapeutic too.


  35. 90
    Anus BBC Homo says:

    What is it with blog these days?

    Once it used to be an expose of the hateful deeds of the Labour stasi and it’s emperors, with a bit of juicy Lib Dem hypocrisy thrown in.

    Now it’s snigger oh he’s a gay, and this arsehole was seen chatting to that arsehole, and you know what they were seen talking until late…yeah

    Cmon Pikey, it wont be long before the parasites of Britain re-elect Labour, so have a big of online dignity in the interim


  36. 91
  37. 93
    Ho Hum says:

    I am 100% behind it, I believe in it….errrrrr…I’m not gonna vote for it !!!!


  38. 96
    Old Heathers says:

    The level of debate on this blog has become depressingly elevated. I mean, there are scores of comments and not a single one has yet rendered the lady’s name as Shami Shagrabarti.


  39. 98
    Andy Burnham says:

    I was just jealous cos no one’s ever taken an interest in me.


  40. 110
    Corridor of Uncertainty says:

    Not tagged under Totty Watch, come on Guido, have a heart


  41. 111
    purpleline says:

    Guido- I was going to make a comment on this immediately after her appearance on QT. It was the first time I had seen her wearing lipstick and make-up. I just had a feeling this was a change a subtle change but good luck to them if they are having some fun perhaps if he is lucky he can keep his pecker in detention for best part of the month with a one week pass to go back upt North for more black pudding and a spot of mining downt pit


  42. 114
    Dave gave us £7billion of your taxpayers money! the stupid fecker. Ha ha ha ha says:


  43. 117
    Choppy waters says:

    It should be a lively PMQs today. Unfortunately Ed has a couple of open goals with Cable planning to abstain and the leak about Mervyn King calling Cameron and Osborne inexperienced and too political. As much as I like Cameron, it’ll be a rough ride for him today.


  44. 126
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Maybe the reason Gordon aint been to the house that much is because after he resigned as leader they told him what they really thought of him and now he has no friends ?


  45. 135
    Tom Tomos says:

    Floreat, florebit!


  46. 167
    NotProf says:

    They may have left together but they didn’t leave alone!

    It being the 60th Anniversary of the PSA there were 3 Jubilee Awards for Satire over the life of the Association; they went to David Frost, Jay and Lynn and Ian Hislop.

    Similarly Southall Black Sisters won an agenda-setting award as did Liberty and The Daily Mail.


  47. 169
    giant gonad says:

    Basher for PM.


  48. 170
    david davies says:

    On a scale of one to ten.

    I’d give her one.


  49. 175
    SaltPetre says:

    Did he take a Liberty ?


  50. 179
    Boringboringboring says:

    what total bollocks this ‘story’ is – what you can’t see in this picture is that there are actually still some people at that table (nice cropping – you can actually see the shoulder of someone else beside DD) and they did not leave after everyone else had gone, given i and others were still there after SC left. With her colleague. Total utter bollocks. Can’t we do a little bit better than this?


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