January 26th, 2011

Adams Takes the Queen’s Shilling

He was happy to take the expenses, but now someone’s taking the mick. They say all political careers end in failure, but this has to be a new low:

There is some debate about whether Adams applied or had the constitutional position forced upon him. Hardly the point though when the crown is on the press release


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  1. 1

    Now he’s a Steward and a Bailiff.
    Is there no end to second and third jobs for MPs?

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  2. 2
    Up sh1t creek says:

    That’s just helping out giving someone a job “in these tough times” ™… just like in this clip we’re reminded who’s fault it all is.

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  3. 3
    Mal Feasence says:

    Hells teeth……………………..

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  4. 4
    Bob Dixon says:

    Only suicides cases should make a comment

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  5. 5
    Tachybaptus says:

    Cheer up. There’s no such place as Northstead now, so he can do no harm there.

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  6. 6
    ciasmaninlondon says:

    Presumably a call to the chiltern hundreds so that he can bring honour and justice to the thieves in the south.

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  7. 8
    Blackshirt Milliband says:

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  8. 10
    bbitgu says:

    Fuckin expesnses C-unt , Needs hangin , Adams is a wrong un.

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  9. 11
    Engineer says:

    The Manor of Northstead? I hope it’s been taken over for a landfill site, or a waste chemical dump.

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  10. 13
    Copper's Nark says:

    So the Plod have significant new information on the phone hacking. I guess they tipped off No10 last week and told them to get rid of Coulson PDQ.

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    • 23
      Engineer says:

      1) The last time they had ‘significant new evidence’, the witness blabbed to the papers about knowing something, but wouldn’t talk to Plod. What makes you think this might be different?

      2) Coulson’s still there. He’ll walk away in due course, with nothing proven against him.

      3) Apparently, it was not just News International hacking phones. An allegation against the Daily Mirror was made last week. Is this the tip of an iceberg?

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  11. 14
    Man With A Very Hot Bladder says:

    How can Adams be an MP if he has not taken the oath?

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  12. 15
    Tim says:

    Care to withdraw your accusations against John Bercow, then?

    You said yesterday that “In wanting to avoid giving the republican a headache, Bercow has altered the British constitution forever”

    It would appear that isn’t true…

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  13. 16
    solopolis says:

    Hang on. Where’s TaT? ;) I heard he likes beards….

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  14. 20
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    An absentee landlord!

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  15. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Bloody fat cats; Revolving doors; Sucking on the teet of the state; Jobs for the boys.; government waste; where’s the accountability; burn the quangos in Northstead; he must have something on the chancellor; blah blah blah etc. etc.

    What a strange way to run a country. A letter to the speaker seems far more civilised to me. Anyway, at least now his constituents can choose somebody else to not represent them in the house.

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  16. 27
    Stepney says:

    Any chance another fucker who never turns up to the commons but is happy to take the cash can be foisted out as the Baliff of Neverneverland? Or is Kirkaldy happy for the madman to sit on his fat arse all day spending our taxes on kitkats?

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    • 42
      nell says:

      http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/6647013/brown-takes-the-opportunity-to-peddle-his-global-growth-plan.thtml

      You surely can’t mean gordon ‘mad as a hatter’ brown? He is currently frantically travelling the world with his global growth plan, that he says will create 25 million jobs and take 100million out of poverty, in the desperate hope that someone is going to offer him an internation job with loadsa money attached.

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      • 54
        jgm2 says:

        He’s a fucking lunatic.

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      • 55
        Gordon McRuin says:

        Global, global, global, global, new world order, global, global, global, new world order, global, global, global……..

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        • 59
          jgm2 says:

          He’ll claim credit for the Indians and Chinese creating 25 million jobs and dragging 100,000,000 of them out of poverty. Which, indirectly he did, by squandering a trillion quid of borrowed money paying his legion of public servant so they could all get little plastic toys in their Happy Meals and afford the latest i-shit.

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      • 58
        Tessa Tickles says:

        I don’t suppose he said what “taking 100 million out of poverty” would cost?

        In May 1997, 1 in 3 British children lived at or below the poverty line. By May 2010, after 13 years and hundreds of billions of pounds ‘invested’, 1 in 3 British children lived at or below the poverty line.

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        • 61
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          British poverty, for British children.

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        • 69
          Engineer says:

          It was a different 1 in 3. Before 1997, anybody with a job was just about able to keep their children above the poverty line. Now, anybody on benefits can keep their children above the poverty line, but many people with jobs can’t.

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          • Tessa Tickles says:

            So in other words, from a woman’s point of view, a potential mate who is unemployed – and probably unemployable – is a better bet than one in a job?

            Human evolution is about to take a serious hit.

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          • jgm2 says:

            You’ve obviously never been to Newcastle or Glasgow. Evolution didn’t just take a ‘hit’ – it went into full reverse. We’re talking the hair-balls and sticking plasters and children’s turds that got stuck in the filter of the fucking gene pool.

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          • Tessa Tickles says:

            I’ve driven through Glasgow, several times (on my way to Fort William and further north – Wester Ross). I had my doors locked and I didn’t stop.

            I’ve never been to Newcastle. But I have been to Hastings. If that’s the shape of things to come, we are in trouble.

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  17. 28
    nell says:

    And how much are they paying him for this non-job?

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  18. 32
    Demetrius says:

    Northstead is in Scarborough and has a nice lake where in the past they used to do battles between miniature battleships. There must be a moral here.

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  19. 37
    bbitgu says:

    As long as he stops bombing london then whatever……..

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  20. 45
    jgm2 says:

    Gerard?

    Gerard?

    No wonder he turned into a psychotic murderer’s frontman.

    In a surreal twist that only the Catholic Church could manage St Gerard Majella (a man) is the patron saint of pregnant women. How’s that for gender equality eh?

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  21. 46

    Bailiff’s Irish Scream.

    Apols.

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  22. 48
    bbitgu says:

    Guess murdering hundreds of people does not stop you becoming a Mp.

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  23. 52
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I was mildly amused that both kilroy-silk and Matthew Parris had taken on this difficult post.

    highlights:
    4 February 1931 Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones “Allowed his wife and daughter to use House of Commons rail travel vouchers”

    24 November 1958 Ian Harvey “Found engaging in sexual acts with a Coldstream guardsman in St James’s Park”

    Finally, what could have been a rather awkward christmas if he went too:
    17 December 1985 Resigned in protest to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.[64]
    Paisley, Ian
    Forsythe, Clifford
    Maginnis, Ken
    Robinson, Peter
    Smyth, Martin
    Walker, Cecil
    Powell, Enoch

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    • 62
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Oh. And I missed out on Mandleson and Boris, and the chap who was “Found engaging in sexual acts with a 17-year-old nightclub hostess on a park bench”

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  24. 53
    bergen says:

    It is an office of profit under the Crown.Presumably Adams either had to take it to quit the Commons or be ineligible for the Dail.Alternatively.athough he had never taken his seat,I assume that they could not elect anyone else unless he did so.If Sinn Fein wanted to keep the seat for themselves,Adams had no alternative.

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    • 105
      Johnny says:

      Yes exactly. He’s publicly denying it of course to save face and his republican credentials and claims he wrote a resignation letter to the Speaker and that was that. I suspect he privately accepted the crown office as it was his only way of resigning his seat but agreed with No10 that he would deny all knowledge. They accepted this to prevent a mildly annoying constitutional issue having to be dealt with. Both know it’ll soon blow over and is really not of that much interest to most people.

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    • 111
      jgm2 says:

      They should create ‘An office of Profit Under the Crown’ specially for Gerard.

      ‘Royalist spy and informer to MI5′.

      That’ll fuck him.

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  25. 63
    I hate Blinky says:

    I thought Cameron was on top form today at PMQs. Ed was fried.

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      Johnny says:

      He would say that though. Better he can say those slippery Brits did it behind his back. Then…oh well…it’s done now…such is life and remain a good fenian.

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  27. 72
    bbitgu says:

    Death to Ed Balls.

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  28. 74
    nohandsclapping says:

    What is the exchange rate between Queen’s Shillings and Euro cents?

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  29. 75

    Guido,

    This story is inaccurate. Gerry Adams has had an official apology for the innacuracy of the PM’s comments. Sinn Féin would never accept such a title.

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    • 83
      bbitgu says:

      wont be the first or the last time , guido will blame it on Tory Bear…….

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    • 106
      jgm2 says:

      He doesn’t have any choice. He’s been appointed. Anyway, it’s just a load of procedural BS to give Gerard his P45 so he can give the Irish Parly the benefit of his wisdom.

      And may the Lord have mercy on your souls.

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    • 107
      jgm2 says:

      Although, to be fair, which I like to think I am, it is total BS this Chiltern Hundreds stuff. Surely all it needs is a show of hands and they can change the rules on this one. An MP should be able to resign without going through that pantomime.

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    • 108
      Mauldeth circle jerker says:

      Never forgiven Adams or his friends for blowing up the footbridge between M&S and the Arndale Centre Manchester and my bank around the corner.

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      • 135
        Anonymous says:

        I lived in Manchester at the time and still can’t forgive the for blowing up the cathedral and the Royal Exchange but the Arndale? He should be given a K for destroying that shithole.

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  30. 78
    Give us another £7BILLION Bailout Osborne, Begorrah! says:

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  31. 79

    As a former Sinn Féin member, I can say that this type of dissemination is very typical. It has simply zero basis in fact.

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    • 93
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      As a former Sinn Fein member, can you throw any light on the unmarked graves of the disappeared?

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      • 114
        Usual fork-tongued reply from Gerry says:

        I would like to think that all victims of violence would be remembered and not single out any individual.

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      • 127
        Phantom says:

        Well I suppose switching support to the Labour Party means you don’t have to kill your leader in cold blood does it?

        Mind you… doesn’t stop Labour leader killing thousands of innocent people on the back of a PhD thesis from the internet does it.

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  32. 84
    ++BREAKING NEWS++ says:

    Former News of the World head of news Ian Edmondson sacked amid phone-hacking inquiry

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  33. 87
    ++BREAKING NEWS++ says:

    Police have launched a fresh investigation into phone hacking after receiving “significant new information”, Scotland Yard has said.

    The information relates to hacking at the News of the World in 2005, which led to its royal editor being jailed.

    The BBC has learned the paper sacked former head of news Ian Edmondson on Tuesday following an internal inquiry.

    A source said a trawl of his e-mails had found “highly damaging evidence” that had been passed to the police.

    Mr Edmondson was suspended from active duties in December 2010 after he was identified in court documents as having instructed private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to access phone messages.

    Mr Mulcaire was jailed for six months in 2007 alongside royal editor Clive Goodman, who got four months, for hacking into the mobile phones of royal aides.

    The new inquiry will be moved from the Met Police’s counter terrorism command to the specialist crime directorate.

    It comes after the resignation last week of Prime Minister David Cameron’s official spokesman Andy Coulson, who said the media storm surrounding ongoing hacking claims had distracted him from doing his job properly.

    A series of inquiries and legal cases involving public figures is investigating just how widespread the practice was.

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    • 112
      nell says:

      I have no idea what all the fuss over hacking is about. So they listened in to people like prezza trying to pick up shoddy women or oilyvaz trying to make shoddy deals or damian and edb planning on who to smear or stab in the back next.

      These people need exposing.

      And look, they produced the very excellent resuly of tommy sheridan getting 3 years for dishonesty in court!!

      Less police backroom boys and more NOTW phone hacking I say.

      Nothing to hide nothing to fear as the saying goes.

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    • 129
      Phantom says:

      I’ll wager that this will exonerate Coulson and leave Edmondson to carry the can.

      Wonder if the Groiny-ad and the BBC will then apologise for harrassing Coulson?

      Will they bollocks.

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  34. 92
    Andy Coulson says:

    I know all your secrets Dave. If I go down you go down with me.

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  35. 96
    jdennis_99 says:

    So, Adams wrote a letter to the Speaker saying he was resigning. The Speaker said he can’t resign until he applies for an Office of Profit under the Crown. George Osborne seems to have taken his public statement of resignation as such an application, and has therefore appointed him Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead. But Adams has to accept such an appointment for a by-election to be held, which he probably won’t do. And until a by-election is announced, he is still – technically – an MP.

    The rules are mad. But they are the rules, so Adams should follow them, regardless of how he feels about the system. He didn’t seem to have any problem following the rules when claiming his Parliamentary expenses, despite never having taken up his seat.

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    • 116
      Mauldeth circle jerker says:

      He accepted that the rules apply to him because he claimed and was paid his expenses,I presume that’s why they went ahead with this appointment,good one for the lawyers to get their 25th house out off.

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      • 134
        Anonymous says:

        can’t he just take the post for technical reasons then resign it and go on TV laughing at the stupid British and their insane system

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  36. 99
    Lying to Parliament is a big no-no Andy says:

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    • 100
      bbitgu says:

      Worked for Tony blair ok.

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      • 115
        nell says:

        bliar and alastairc – lied to the cabinet, lied to parliament, lied to the people over the ‘little’ question of a major war that killed thousands of innocent civilians and hundreds of our men.

        phone hacking pales into total indignificance when compared to that.

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  37. 109
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Despite her ministerial commitments, Caroline still makes time for my parliamentary escort agency, at a very reasonable £150 per hour (anal £50 extra). To avoid falling foul of anti-discrimination laws, I would point out that gays are very welcome at the agency, and Tristram Hunt has been stocking up on KY waiting for the rush.

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  38. 110
    Tom Tomos says:

    Sigh.

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  39. 117
    Anonymous says:

    What happened to not negotiating with terrorists? Now we give them jobs?

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    • 120
      One man's terrorist is anothers freedom fighter says:

      Get real…….The British Empire has always negotiated with “terrorists” throughout its long history…Makarios;Mugabe;Ben Gurion to name but three(there are countless others before and after)……the thing that Britain is famous for is its hypocrisy

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  40. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Fuck of Adams. Hope the murdering bastard dies soon.

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    • 125
      Tone Wolfe says:

      Like the original Guido Fawkes who tried to blow up Parliament 405 years ago? I am surprised that today’s GF does not feel greater affinity with the endeavours of the IRA given their common hostility towards the institutions of the British government.

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      • 145
        Hava Nagilah says:

        Indeed. It’s mildly amusing that the proprietor of this blog has chosen as his nom de plume a murderous religious fundamentalist who spent much of his life as a hired gun in a Spanish army that murdered and raped its way across the Netherlands for half a century. The real Guido Fawkes didn’t want to free England; he wanted to bring in the Inquisition and purge the country of anyone who didn’t share his religious views. Which isn’t exactly libertarian of him, is it?

        There is a definite purblindness on the part of Roman Catholics about their history of genocide against pretty much anyone and everyone who belongs a different religion.

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    • 130
      Phantom says:

      Now, now… a long degenerative physical illness first and meeting his end by leaving the gas on….

      As he’s blasted out of the bedroom window, a few moments of empathy as he sails across the street and gravity takes its course.

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  41. 121
    Chamberlain says:

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

    What a twat the new Steward is. Loved Dodds’ emigrating crack.

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  42. 132
    Comedy Gold says:

    Guido, you could do worse than have an on running blog of Gerry Adams efforts to discuss the economy in the Republic of Ireland. Its hilarious watching.
    Yesterday he was solving the debt problem, today he was saying he didnt know the VAT rate.

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  43. 133
    Anonymous says:

    ‘but now someone’s taking the mick’ Very clever.

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  44. 144
    Hava Nagilah says:

    We must support the glorious holy Oirish crusade to stop proddies from wearing condoms.

    We must support the holy ethnic cleansing of Oirland, so that none may dwell within the 32 counties who is not a pureblooded Oirishman – and let’s have none of yer lip about the number of pureblooded Oirishmen who live in Glasgow and Liverpool sucking up welfare money and showing no apparent interest in making aliyah to the Promised Land of Erin.

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  45. 146
    0151n says:

    What’s pathetic about all of this, is
    1) that what ought to be a procedural issue (“I resign”) is not only raised to the level of a “constitutional” issue, when the use of that word in the UK is as bizarro-backwards as “Public School”;
    2) that you, Guido, don’t actually see how absurd this makes the British attitude to such look to any country with an actual Constitution (hint: it’s a fundamental law of the land by which all other laws and the legislature are legally compelled to follow – it’s not a set of sometimes really dumb political habits).
    3) that all of you, despite the institutionalised asshattery you are trapped in, actually think you’re the clever ones!

    We’re not laughing with you, we’re laughing at you.

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Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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