January 19th, 2011

Cameron Celebrated Christmas With Rebekah Brooks

Guardian hacks were very excited to have discovered – and were planning to splash on – the fact that the Prime Minister celebrated one evening this Christmas around at the home of the Chief Executive of News International. This is set against a background of the Guardian waging war on News International and Downing Street’s spin chief Andy Coulson over the News of the World’s phone hacking. There is also the slight matter of the government imminently taking a crucial decision about the Murdcoh takeover of BSkyB. Is it a shocking revelation? Dave and Sam have socialised with Rebekah and her husband “Champagne Charlie” Brooks before they were even at the couple’s wedding party. In the eyes of the Guardianistas this is yet more evidence of the unhealthy closeness of the Tories to News International. Never mind that Gordon Brown was also at that same party…

It is not the first time they have socialised, Sunday lunches at Chez Cameron are not unknown, because in truth they are near neighbours in Oxfordshire, the Camerons are in Witney and the Brooks’s are in Chipping Norton, some ten miles away. Wonder what shared concerns they could possibly have discussed?


216 Comments

  1. 1
    bbitgu says:

    The guardian is full off mad vioilent lefties !!!!!!

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  2. 2
    Jon Snot. says:

    Channel 4 news?.

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  3. 3
    QWERTY says:

    What Cameron SHOULD be doing is scrapping the BBC TV tax so the drugged up leftie c u n t z can’t afford tier 8 year old rent toys and top notch Cocaine from their favourite Islington drug dealer.

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    • 11
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      I said that the Coalition’s first task, on day one, should be to destroy the BBC and ban postal voting (except for people serving oversees).

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      • 68
        Run the internationalist scum out of Britain says:

        Was never going to happen though, was it. How much evidence do you need that our corrupt, self serving scum of a political class are first and foremost internationalists and all singing from the same hymn sheet?

        The faces of the joker politicians change, but the nation smashing policies remain the same.

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      • 71
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Voting overseas didn’t work for me, because when I tried it (2001), they (Surrey/Runnymede?) would only send the postal vote forms to my UK address (I was on the other side of the world) and no earlier than 1 week before the GE.

        So I’d have had to fly across the globe to my house and sit there until a few days before the election, fill out the forms, deliver them by hand and then fly back abroad.

        Only a week’s loss of wages.

        Postal votes are only for fat lazy fuckers who live 5 minutes away from their polling station.

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    • 89
      rocknrolla says:

      I’d settle for a simple ban on public bodies funding the guardian through their job adverts pages. With millions left unemployed from McRuin’s adventure surely there isn’t a need to even advertise at all, let alone in an extreme publication like the guardian.

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  4. 4
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    The possibility of promoting Coulson out of No. 10 and back into News International?

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  5. 5
    Jock MacScrotum says:

    No change there then. Just another glove puppet for Murdoch.

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    • 16
      East Midlander says:

      Cameron is too stupid to realise that he is being manipulated by a Murdoch pimp who sold out so her and her ” husband” could live in a style that they could not expect to enjoy if they had honest jobs.

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  6. 6
    jamie says:

    UK Media stir up debate, the truth can be an accidental occurance – but not often and it is never one of their targets

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    • 34
      6EQUJ5 says:

      Truth and UK Media in the same sentence, your having a laugh. Try alleged phone hacking and the NotW/ Rebekah Wade connection.

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  7. 7
    bbitgu says:

    wasnt she married to Ross Kemp ?

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  8. 8
    NotW_Scumbag says:

    Rebekah takes over from Andy as weekend enforcer for Murdoch.

    Slugs gather together when it rains.

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  9. 9
    SpinAl Damage says:

    Who cares?

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  10. 10
    Ratsniffer says:

    Given the fact that one of the first important people T.Bliar consulted after becoming PM was Rupert, and New labour’s 10 year love-in with his newspapers, it’s a shame that the Guardian didn’t pipe up sooner.

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  11. 12
    Dave H says:

    If Gordon was at the wedding party, is the divorce imminent?

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    • 15
      MR MUNG BEAN says:

      David Cameron was wondering who was throwing small balls of shit at him ?
      then he realised Gordon was sat at the opposite table

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    • 21
      Bill Quango MP says:

      Imagine going to a reception and finding Gordon there?

      Dash to seating plan. Dash back to car to find pen. Dash back to amend seating plan.. Move the Brown’s elsewhere.. Check just before dinner and see the hundreds of additional amendments moving him around and the wedding planner collapsed in a heap by the board…

      Tell chef that the Scots bloke has a special diet .. only eats food with ash and dog food in it… make excuses and leave.

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  12. 19
    MR MUNG BEAN says:

    What about Call me Dave’s big NHS give away ?
    Once our asian doctors get together and realise there are billions of pounds to be syphoned off

    my cousin owns a drug factory he can make you some tablets that look just like those expensive ones for a couple of pence each

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    • 30
      Engineer says:

      ……which is one reason for grouping GPs together in the new commissioning bodies (or whatever they’re called). You might get the occasional bad apple, but if he’s sufficiently outnumbered by people with a bit less cynicism, he can’t do too much damage.

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      • 40
        Eeu to me says:

        Is this why they forced these super surgeries onto us,we are still getting one on a park,green belt land on the edge of the area, it is about a mile away from the main hospital,a lot of flak was put up but,the council who had a flower nursery on the land made the gardeners redundant then announced the super surgery for this area,the planning went against the majority of locals who said it was out of the area but they still carried on even when we ended up with a NuConned us MP and I think a Libshite/Nuconned us council,so the 3 parties are in on this shitty trick,democracy at it’s best.

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      • 42
        Anonymous says:

        Can’t do too much damage??? Oh right, that’s OK then.
        Will there be a published list of these “Bad Apples” so that we can all avoid them?

        Breathtaking.

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        • 48
          Engineer says:

          Human nature. All doctors are supposed to follow the hypocratic oath and act in the best interests of their patients at all times. Most do. The odd one doesn’t (Harold Shipman being a rather extreme example). Same happens in all professions and trades.

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          • There but for the grace of God, go I. says:

            Got to be careful here Engineer.

            Just as we all knew that MPs were not above human nature, neither are Doctors (and Lawyers). Honourable and Hypocratic do not super humans make.

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          • Hippocrates, for it is after I that the oath is named, and indeed spelt says:

            Call me hypocritical, would you.

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          • Engineer says:

            Precisely. That’s my point.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Totally specious point – mass murderers are rare by definition in any walk of life.

            I suspect there will likely be a more significant number that could be turned by the prospect of saving some cash (for themselves) by buying cheap products for the the untermensch. Andyroid Landroidsley would, I’m sure, approve though.

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          • Engineer says:

            If you don’t like the way a garage repairs your car, you can take to a different garage next time. Why not the same with public services? We pay for them, so why shouldn’t we get some choice? If we do, and exercise it, then in time the poor service providers will be dr*ven out of business by the better ones, and a good thing too.

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          • 6EQUJ5 says:

            As long as the car is still alive to make a future choice.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah that’s right and under the current system nobody dies do they ?

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      • 59
        AC1 says:

        In the past when the NHS chose a bad apple GP for you, you were stuck. Now you can shop around, and leave the bad apple…

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        • 69
          Anonymous says:

          Maybe collect some Nectar points too?

          You need a Psychologist mate not a GP

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          • Anonymous says:

            I’m not a bloody Ford Focus and if these people cut corners it not just the cost of some plugs and points is it???

            What is your relationship with the NHS, does it ever cross your strange wobbly orbit?

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          • Tessa Tickles says:

            After a car accident 15 years ago, my GP transferred me to an NHS ‘specialist’ who advocated amputating one of my legs.

            I went abroad, found alternative treatment and still have 2 legs. Both of which work perfectly.

            The NHS is wonderful, non?

            Good old NHS. Not utterly shit in any way. Ask my deceased uncles whom it miss-diagnosed and killed.

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          • Engineer says:

            Yes it damn well does – a close family member has just undergone a major organ transplant. Care ranged from the excellent to the downright dangerous (they managed to give her swine flu – in hospital, just after the transplant).

            That’s the story of the NHS – some pockets of excellence amid a sea of inefficiency and outright incompetence. An appointment letter that arrives the day after the appointment date (stamped second class, and postmarked on the day before the appointment date). Ward cleanliness that was on one ward spotless, and on another – well, let’s just say less so. A phone call one evening from the police asking where she was, because she’d been reported abducted by one hospital that had passed her on to another hospital the previous day. Two consultants having a political battle at her bedside about her treatment and not talking to her.

            If the NHS can be made to deliver as good or better service at less cost, it might not be perfection, but it would be progress.

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          • Anonymous says:

            You were able to go abroad, so you’ll be OK then – very revealing. That’s not an option for everyone you know?

            Well I’m sure it will all be much better when GP’s are spending as much time working on thier business plan as they do on treating their patients.

            As much as you loathe the idea of the bureaucrats at the PCT’s draining your tax £ consider this for example – they coordinate the recall of drugs that in some way either aren’t efficacious or worse have unexpected, usually unpleasant, side effects. This might surprise you but the Pharmaceutical companies cannot be relied upon to do this.

            Do you really think that kaleidoscope commisioning will, in any way, improve on this?

            Not everything is a product to be bought and sold with Gideons imaginary credit card

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          • Dave Miscavage says:

            Tess wouldn’t that have been before Tony B Liar saved it?
            Glad you got poper treatment

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        • 91
          Points mean prizes says:

          So can we apply for an NHS loyalty card?

          Or better still an NHS discount card if we hardly ever visit the doctors’ ?

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          • Engineer says:

            A sort of No Claims Bonus? Why not?

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          • Whiny socialist says:

            You’ll be saying that community charge should be based on the number of people in the household next, a clear discrimination against those who are unable to work out that a larger household costs more money. Thatcher OUT !!

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          • 6EQUJ5 says:

            I suggested something similar 38 years ago to my local MP. Linking part N.I. contributions to individual National Insurance numbers. he laughed me out of his office.

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          • AC1 says:

            Nah, It’s better to charge people to go to the doctors.

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        • 100
          Bessie says:

          you can’t shop around in rural areaswhere there maybe only one surgery in a 10 mile radius. Even in some areas one surgery will accept you on address where the one enxt store won’t. Choice – the surgeries have first choice and the patients a distant second!

          can some one tell me of an NHS dentist in the west midlands?

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          • Fed up with it. says:

            Actually there are loads of tooth pullers touting for work in the West Midlands.

            And I AM FOR ONE PISSED OFF with with my local surgery constantly bombarding me with junk mail to come in and take this health test or that health test when I know that I am healthy but they get paid big dosh for giving me that test and even more dosh for passing me on to others (on the health gravy train) to give me even more tests to find out why I should not be healthy.

            There was a time when we only visited a doctor when we were ill. Not any more, they want the walking well to come in because it makes them Big money.

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          • AC1 says:

            Fed Up,

            You see Doctors do chase the money, so if you want service make the patients hold the money, not the bureaucrats.

            At the moment you get the expense without the service.

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          • Confused says:

            ACI.

            How can the patients hold the money? For most Patients the NHS has taken its fees from their patients pay packets, even if they are not patients or never want to be NHS patients?

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        • 203
          Anon E Mouse says:

          Can I have a new one please, when I have gone he couldn’t be more disinterested if he tried and can’t tell the difference between a skin allergy and STD.

          Mind you between me, wifey, my mother and inlaws we have 3 different surgeries, 3 different GP’s any they’re all s**t. God knows what we’d do without competant doctors/consultants in local hospitals…..

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        • 204
          Anonymous says:

          I’m lying on the floor, gasping for breath, unbearable pain shooting down my left arm. How the fuck am I going to ” shop around” for the best care? If we’re going to have an NHS (which personally I’m not in favour of ) then I’d prefer it if the Tories directed their attention to ensuring a minimum standard of care in these institutions, especially for emergencies. That’d be a lot more useful than handing over budgets to grasping GP’s who’ve already proven, with their reduction in hours and weekend cover, that they’re more interested in featherbedding their own conditions than those of their patients.

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    • 94
      Dack Blog says:

      Yup, that’ll be doctors who are so committed to the health of the nation that they negotiated (with a dopey/incompetent Govt, granted) less/fewer ‘unsociable’ hours for oodles more pay.

      Yup, that’ll be GPs who – thanks to their slackness in referring cases to specialists/hospital – are probably more responsible than anyone/thing else for the late diagnosis of bombticker illnesses like cancer.

      Yup, that’ll be GPs – the majority of whom have little or no experience of big budget management and will, of course, contract out budget responsibility to private companies (which will in turn, in time, be swallowed up into a few large ones).

      Can’t wait.

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      • 98
        jgm2 says:

        GP’s contract out budget responsibility? Not at all. They’ll be like MP’s. They’ll be employing their entire family as ‘book-keepers’ and such-like. The amounts of money washing around the NHS are simply vast. A million quid or so in over-heads will become a minimum target for those fuckers.

        Half the GPs in the UK will be based in the Cayman Islands in five years time.

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        • 107
          Dack Blog says:

          If we think it’s bad now we’re heading for a fucking disaster… from the embers of which will rise a privatised health service. Then everything will be hunky dory, obviously. (And even if not, hell – muggins the taxpayer will always bail it out).

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          • Engineer says:

            So you reckon the system’s not too good now, but it should be left alone? I disagree – we pay through the nose for an all-too-often second-rate service, and it needs a shake-up. These reforms might not result in perfection (in fact they almost certainly won’t) but at least we have a government that’s trying to get a better service at less, or about the same, cost. That has to be an improvement on “the NHS is our baby” complacency and throwing PFI billions we don’t have at it.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Good luck with that then.

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          • Anonymous says:

            No we don’t actually pay through the nose as individuals, that’s the point, do you see?

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          • Dack Blog says:

            Of course there are loads of problems with it. Of course it could be better managed. Yes the NHS is ‘complacent’. And obviously the consequences of mistakes or incompetence can be dire.

            But ffs – GPs are PART of the bloody NHS.

            We all have our own experiences of the NHS. I’ve had family menbers and friends sent home from (different) GPs with: ‘IBS’, ‘stress’, ‘ulcers’, ‘migraine’, ‘upset stomach’, ‘menopause’ – and in my mother’s case, ‘getting old’. But in each case – cancer. In each case once referred to hospital – no complaint about any aspect of the treatment. But the quickest referral was six months. And delays limit your chances, to say the least.

            The less say a GP has the better.

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          • Engineer says:

            Anonymous – the NHS bill is £110 billion this year, that’s £1800 for every man, woman and child in the country. That – in my book – is paying through the nose. £7,200 a year, every year, for a family of four.

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          • Engineer says:

            Dack – I think we don’t have enough GPs. A ten-minute appointment isn’t enough to properly investigate most unexplained symptoms. Sooner or later, we’ll have to use some of the savings to increase GP headcount.

            The NHS has already admitted it got it badly wrong with midwife numbers. In due course, it’ll say the same about GP numbers, and about using non-practice locums for after-hours cover.

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          • AC1 says:

            > from the embers of which will rise a privatised health service.

            Thanks Fuck for that. The NHS can’t get any worse from this patients point of view.

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          • Dack Blog says:

            With GPs leading the charge? Let’s wait and see, shall we.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Dack Blog:

            I do not agree with the handover of budgets to GPs. It is entirely untested. One big gamble. They also managed to score themselves an overly generous contract…. which I don’t like. But their job is, believe it or not difficult. 10mins or less per consultation and to diagnose someone with potentially very early, vague symptoms of a disease – it is not easy, no matter what you claim.

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        • 209
          Hugh ffishingly-Whittlingstool says:

          There’s no NHS in Guernsey. The population pay about £1000 a year/head for health cover. Because they see (and resent) the money going out of their hands, they feel that they have a right to demand good service.

          Over on the mainland, we just get to play the grateful beggar. It would be human nature for medical workers to want to keep us on the back foot, but Wikipedia and WebMD mean that patients are getting to see that even wonderful wizards aren’t all that.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Hugh ffishingly-Whittlingstool:

            glad you’re happy to put your health in the hand of wikipedia/webmd.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Hugh ffishingly-Whittlingstool:

            glad you’re happy to put your health in the hands of wikipedia/webmd, clever indeed.

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  13. 23
    JUST SAYING says:

    as i watch the news ! isn’t it funny how times have changed
    there Barry Obama and One Hung Low on the same stage
    not long ago Americans used to murder black’s and communists !

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  14. 27
    The wife of The Chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons says:

    http://twitter.com/SallyBercow/status/27779957270773760

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  15. 32
    Meeja Wankers says:

    Fucking hell the Guardian and assorted lefty wankers are so up their own arses. Outside of the media circles, the BBC and Guardian readers, nobody else gives a toss about this type of stuff. Joe Public are more than happy to spend their money on News Corp’s output, they couldn’t care less what politicians are friendly with what news organisations.
    This again illustrates why the left cannot connect with Mr and Mrs Normal, it’s just a lefty/media circle jerk that may as well exist on a another planet as far as ordinary people are concerned.
    It also demonstrates the breathtaking hypocrisy of the Left, given New Labour’s endless sucking up to Murdoch and general worship of anything meeja related. Why do they think that Millitwat’s chief spinner is a Times man? Not because he knows the News Corp set-up by any chance? You can bet he is there to try and convince News Corp not to turn him into Kinnock or Foot.

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  16. 33
    Engineer says:

    Much huffing and puffing about nothing very much. “Somebody in influential position knows somebody else in influential position” shocker.

    What did they discuss? “Terrible weather for the time of year…blah,blah…what a lovely frock…blah,blah…have you been anywhere interesting on holiday..blah, blah…”

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  17. 47
    Gordon Brown says:

    I never met Damien McBride. I have no idea of who you are talking about. I do not know anyone by the name of Steven Purcell. I have never met him and I am not aware of any private fund to which you are referring.

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  18. 52
    Voice of Treason says:

    I doubt whether there more than a handful of policitians who are honest, have integrity and look to serving the public rather than their own selfish interests. It doesn’t matter a jot whether they be Tory, Labour or Lib Dems – almost all are hypocritical manipulating liars. Cameron is proving every bit as treacherous as Clegg and every bit as devious and brown-nosing as Brown, Mandelson and their ilk. To hell with them all.

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  19. 54
    Tony B Liar says:

    Hi Proles! I flew all across the world to have a private dinner with Rupert when I was leader of the opposition. My party fully supported his papers right up until they stopped supporting us and then we tore up a copy of The Sun at conference to show our rage at such a disgusting paper, which hadn’t been disgusting up until that point.

    Labour: We’re not hypocrites!

    Anthony Lynton Blair, very rich

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  20. 55
    Gordon Brown says:

    I hack my own mobile every night. It feels nice. But the other patients keep complaining about the noise I make when I finish hacking it.

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  21. 57
    bbitgu says:

    somehow i am not overwhelmed at this story………

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  22. 76
    Nina says:

    Rupert the Bear was in and out of number 10 and 11 during the previous administration. Rumours had it that Gordie would go into a petulant frenzy if Rupert had tea with Tony and not with him.

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  23. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Near neighbours in Oxfordshire? What a load of old tosh. They live 10 miles apart. That might be hailing distance in the back end of sleepy Ireland, but here in over-crowded, traffic jammed England, its almost a helicopter ride.

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    • 102
      jgm2 says:

      Maybe in the rich and diverse, multi-cultural paradise of London a ten mile car-ride might take a while. Out here in the rolling countryside of Sussex where the white people all live (and Oxfordshire – I’ve been there) then you’ll travel 10 miles in 15 or 20 minutes.

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      • 111
        ichabod says:

        I have relatives who live in Chipping Norton ( nice place, though very exposed) and apparently Cameron lives in the hamlet of Dean which is only 4 miles away ( next to one of the council’s rubbish dumps !) and therefore only a sober bicycle ride away.

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      • 131
        Bill Quango MP says:

        In London my 12 mile commute takes 1,5 hours driving.
        I couldn’t believe it when I got the second home in the country.
        Somewhere that’s fifteen minutes away is only fifteen minutes away. Ten if the tractors aren’t around.

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        • 151
          Take a tip from Me says:

          Buy a push bike Bill. You would be struggling to make that distance last more than three quarters of an hour.

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    • 105
      Comment says:

      You must live in an awful part of England then. I suggest you move.

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  24. 106
    Granny says:

    Why on earth are all those Local government and government ‘non-jobs’ still being given to the Guardian?

    Time to hit the bastards in the pocket I say – particularly as they are doing their best not to pay UK tax on all the UK tax payers money that they are hoovering up!

    Either put all jobs on line or give it to the Telegraph or Mail

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    • 162
      Meeja Wankers says:

      Maybe because Labour were buying up advertising space well in advance, prior to them getting kicked out (as the new it was coming)? Or because these are local government adverts put there by Labour councils to make up any shortfall in National government spending?
      Labour also left behind £38bn of unbudgeted MOD contracts. They wouldn’t have been averse to giving their media chums a few million quid of taxpayers money as an extra big thank you!

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      • 193
        Media Mogul says:

        You may here this often from people who don’t mean it, but as i’m not a politician, tramp or drug addict; Trust me

        The Guardian could be destroyed tommorow if the political will was there.

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  25. 112
    QWERTY says:

    So Sky News are reporting that the top civil servants were pissed off with McBummer and co pissing away billions when they were in power.

    You just know that the BBC won’t report it.

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    • 115
      Labour Party Spin Machine. says:

      Fire them

      Fire them all.

      How dare they express a party political (anti-Labour/Brown) opinion in public.

      They’re not allowed opinions. They’re supposed to just do as we tell them and agree with everything we say.

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    • 124
      BBC Tumbleweed Watch says:

      As I said on the previous thread:

      “o/t – senior civil servant admits government departments “lost control” of public spending under Labour – ticker tape on Sky News now.

      I look forward to hearing more about this on the BBC 6 O’ Clock News.”

      And funnily enough, the BBC News couldn’t find time to report this, busy as it was reporting the various harsh government cuts to the NHS, EMA, and some kiddy scheme that doesn’t exist yet.

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      • 150
        Bill Quango MP says:

        Aren’t you just sick of it?
        Really, really tired of it all?

        EMA is just the tip of the tassle on the nipple of the iceberg of useless programs that are no great benefit except to encourage people to depend on the hand that feeds them.

        We know billions are poured into pointless programs or schemes of such meagre benefit that they may as well not exist.
        ‘Charities’ are government funded to demand for ‘more of the things that this ‘charity’ supports. Councils routinely plant a new flower bed or stick up bronze sculptures of ribbons or blocks of stone at 100k a time. Just to use up the budget, in order to get more budget, for more things we don’t need, next year.

        The government pours money into a leaking bucket to employ someone to carry the leaking bucket to someone else who weighs it, to someone else who measures it and someone else who records it and gives it to someone else who does the same in reverse. All the while the millions are leaking out the money bucket.

        We have regulators who charge fees like the electricians test that means many, many qualified, experienced painter / decorators won’t touch a plug as they haven’t paid the £400 for the annual certificate. The farmers who have to pay the annual £1,000 for membership of the potato board in order to supply supermarkets. The haulage companies who have to supply different road test certificates to five or six different regulating government bodies..each at a cost..

        A friend works 4 hours a week. At that job she has to have a CRB. She already has a CRB for her magistrate work. And another for her school governor post. And another as she has some unpaid work for the hospital. That’s FOUR checks..four criminal checks for a middle aged mother of three who just wants to help out..why four different checks?

        Quangos and junkets and expenses ..
        Aircraft carriers without planes..
        Bridges to nowhere..
        750+ peers. Some who even supported the abolition of themselves before they were ennobled.
        Nation Parliaments..
        ………
        .
        .

        Aren’t you just sick of it?
        We fund all this crap yet we must put up VAT and axe real benefits to pay for it all.

        What is our average taxation / person? It can’t be less than 40%. must be nearer 50%.

        Don’t you sometimes look at Tunisia and think ..’you know.. maybe we could just start again?”

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        • 154
          Give up the Quango says:

          You should be an MP Bill. Your country needs you.

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        • 159
          Engineer says:

          Yup. Abso – bloody – lutely spot on.

          I reckon personal tax-take is more than 50% for most people, taking indirect taxes into account. Probably nearer 75%. The public sector accounts for 53% of GDP nowadays. That’s waaaaaay too much.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Said the man who voted T*ry just to keep Labour out, you understand.

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          • Engineer says:

            To give the current government some credit, it is actually trying to halt the mad spending rush and deficit left by the last shower of incompetent idiots, and trying to get value for the taxpayers’ pounds. Given the sheer enormity of the mess, it’ll take quite a while.

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        • 191
          QWERTY says:

          Why can’t the little c u n t z do what I did when I stayed on at school, get a fucking job during the holidays.

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        • 206
          g1lgam3sh says:

          I’d vote for you.

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  26. 119
    Gordon Brown says:

    I do ploppy.

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  27. 130
    Margaret Moran says:

    Can I be a Page 3 girl?

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  28. 133
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:

    I’ve just noticed my knob is a fountain pen !

    Can i claim ink cum support ?

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  29. 134
    Breaking News says:

    Controversial US pastor Terry Jones has been excluded from the UK for the public good, the Home Office has said.

    The pastor had been invited to the UK to give an address to the right-wing group England Is Ours in Milton Keynes.

    Mr Jones gained international attention for threatening to burn a copy of the Koran outside his church in the US on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    A Home Office spokesperson said the government “opposes extremism in all its forms”.

    He said: “Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behaviour.

    “Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good.

    “The use of exclusion powers is very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate.”

    Mr Jones – who is pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, which has fewer than 50 members – came to prominence in September after he announced plans for his “International Burn a Koran Day”.

    His plan was internationally condemned and sparked many demonstrations around the world. He eventually called off his protest.

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      bbitgu says:

      Fuckin stasi goverment !!!!!

      I despise what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it .

      And we thought we was getting change ?????

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    • 155
      Tell it like it really is says:

      How do the following fit in with “opposing extremism in all its forms”?

      Allowing ethnic to have photo on driving licence wearing face veil.
      Polygamy outlawed but allowing ethnics to have four wives and extra benefits for each.
      Supposedly British justice but allowing Sharia instead.
      Turning the blind eye to thousands of acts breaking British law (poor plod saying – been told not to interfere, can’t touch anything ethnic).and on and on and on……..

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  30. 136
    GORDON tiggywinkle McPOTTY says:

    Going back to Daves great NHS give away !
    there is a tablet on the market called Champix
    taking this tablet will stop you smoking
    if you go to the doctor they will never recomend it
    because it costs £80 per week’s course
    the course can last 12 weeks
    cost per patient about £1,000
    where i live we got them no problem
    but people my wife worked with were refused
    doctors get gifts from drug companies for perscribing their drugs
    notice the posters on his wall next time you go

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    • 148
      A Pipe does something for a Man says:

      I found an even cheaper way to give up smoking. I made my mind up to give up.

      It did not cost the taxpayer a penny and as it was ALL my own effort there ain’t any way I am going back to smoking.

      But do I still love the aroma of a good Cuban or an English shag? YES

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      • 161
        Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

        Bill Clinton loves a good Cuban but I always refer the English shag.

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        • 172
          Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

          Apologies. I greedily ate the ‘p’ in prefer.

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  31. 152
    DIRK DIGGLER says:

    Rebekah old soak Brooks
    married an international playboy Charlie ?
    fuckin hell Charlie you need to take lessons from Call me papa Burlusconi
    the ones he pulls are young and look like women

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  32. 157
    More Breaking News - and this time it's good! says:

    The government is preparing to abandon plans to give the right to vote to thousands of prisoners serving sentences of under four years.

    Ministers now hope to limit the right to those sentenced to less than a year and are prepared to take the risk of being sued.

    David Cameron recently said giving inmates the vote made him feel “ill”.

    But he warned that the government faced paying out more than £160m in compensation if it did not do so.

    Ministers proposed changing the law on prisoners’ voting rights following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

    John Hirst, a prisoner convicted of manslaughter, successfully argued that his human rights had been violated by not being allowed to take part in elections.

    But Mr Cameron is now thought to accept that the Commons is unlikely to vote for a proposal which could involve granting the vote to up to 28,000 prisoners, including 6,000 jailed for violent crime, more than 1,700 sex offenders, more than 4,000 burglars and 4,300 imprisoned for drug offences.

    The BBC understands that ministers now hope they will be able to give the vote only to those prisoners sentenced to serve a year or less.

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    • 164
      Let's get back to basics says:

      A real man would stride into the EU Parliament and give Van Rumpoy a punch in the mouth.

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    • 165
      Bill Quango MP says:

      Damn right.
      And who is the fine coming from?

      Then just never pay.
      ‘Is that the EU court of Human rights on the line .. yeah..we’ll we’ve got challengers and typhoons and some SA-80s. If you want to collect the money in person, come on round. Otherwise the cheque is still in the post..now fu*k off.’

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  33. 163
    Christy says:

    Politicians of all shades have no place in our society,they are nothing but a bunch of deceitful in it for themselves arseholes.
    Fortunately I for one did not vote for the Lib/Lab/Con tossers and in my opinion I have been proved right.
    The sheeple of this country need to wakey wakey and smell the coffee before we reach the point of no return.

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  34. 174
    Are we a sovereign nation or not? says:

    Me personally, I can’t see anything wrong with letting prisoners vote, it won’t change anything much.

    BUT I can see that it is totally wrong that the EU should dictate what laws our sovereign parliament should pass.

    Dave should hang his head in shame.

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    • 176
      Are we a sovereign nation or not? says:

      PS Can’t see what be so bad if the Queen took over running her country again.

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    • 179
      Eeu to me says:

      Were not a sovereign nation,the politician’s gave it away for a pension and a place in the euro money trough it’s the only reason I can think of,if they did it away for free then I really think we have the wrong politician’s in charge.

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  35. 175
    Hopeitsmebear! says:

    @Bill Quango. Most sensible post I have read in a long time. Bureaucracy and waste, this country is addicted to it. It is so ingrained in this country’s psyche and we need to replace it with a more efficient and less wasteful mindset if we are to get out of the mess we are in. Less is more. Clear the clutter!

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  36. 177
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Maybe they were discussing the Guardian’s tax avoidance strategy…

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  37. 184

    UKIP are back up to 5% tonight!

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  38. 188
    Dot says:

    Or breaking European Law!

    Just heard this on the Sky paper review.

    Why are we not under UK law?

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  39. 192
    BIG BROTHER 2011 says:

    ROLL ON THE NANNY STATE, LETS BAN PEOPLE FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD WITHOUT GIVING THEM A SAY.

    WE ARE YOUR MASTERS.

    TERRY JONES YOU ARE BANNED FOR LIFE.

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    • 198
      Miss Tit by a mile says:

      Just how many muzzies are employed by the Home Office? Every time I go through customs and immig here I seem to come up against one or more them. We need to know just who it was in the HO/Immig Service that made the initial recommendation to the minister for this decision.

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  40. 200
    Taxfodder says:

    Camerons sleaziness is well matched by Browns insanity.

    After the scrum for your place at the trough, covering ones chubby arse must be problematical especially when the bum hole is so much higher than the head!

    All in it together!

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  41. 205
    paul says:

    Boris for Prime Minister – stop all this nonsense !

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  42. 211
    Chris says:

    It was Christmas shouldn’t we all be friends during that period!!!

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