January 27th, 2011

Westminster Wobbles

After growth flat-lining and Labour going ten points ahead in one poll there is a distinct wobble being felt around Westminster about the cuts. The usually unflappable Speccie have today drawn in their breath about the NHS:

“Barack Obama may have been right to push healthcare reforms, but may nonetheless suffer for the timing and way he did it. The same may be the case for David Cameron.”

While Ben Brogan is quick to point out that Ed Balls is hurting Osborne and:

“…just because Mr Balls is wrong does not guarantee that Mr Osborne is right”

The keep calm and carry on coming from Downing Street is falling on increasingly deaf ears. The coalition are losing their lead in the blame game too. Guido is a little confused at how a £100m sale of some trees has become such a big story in comparison to the much larger swings Osborne has taken with his axe. Maybe it’s the imagery of literally cutting trees, or perhaps this is being allowed to flare up as a distraction for the more radical measures.


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    bbitgu says:

    Ed Balls couldnt lie straight in bed.

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    chutney dave says:

    can’t belive it’s not chutney

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    robert peston's speech therapist says:

    Did you get that from Evette?

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    bbitgu says:

    The main problem is people , For some reason they depend on the state , The state is thier to serve us not the other way around , The brain washing by the progressives seems to have worked .

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    Tim says:

    I think it’s even more simplistic than that. I think it’s that, for some reason people *think* they depend on the state.

    The brain washing by the ‘progressives’ has worked so well that even though most people have next-to-no involvement with Government, they believe that it is vital that it retains woodland, or employs more people to sit doing very little all day, or sends them forms to fill in.

    It’s scary how well the brain washing has worked in this respect.

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    jgm2 says:

    May be deliberate to keep attention focussed on 100m of trees rather than umpty billion in other cuts. that’s certainly what Labour would do. Unfortunately I don’t think this crowd have the brains to mount a diversion operation like that.

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    Ampers says:

    http://alturl.com/8niqu gives you the facts on this Forestry business.

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    Ratsniffer says:

    What I see is the press being allowed to lead the political agenda…mixed messages coming from the coalition…some policy which has been drawn up on the hoof…and labour trying to re-write economic history.

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    South of the M4 says:

    Nope. It is because Labour have proved time and time again that they are better at the PR thing, and they understand that the electorate, in the main, are stupid. Cameron, and inexcusable for an ex PR chap, is an amateur in this aspect. The BBC are still allowed to run rife, and council leaders are still deliberately choosing to cut front-line services to embarrass the government rather than manage their budgets properly.

    We have a bunch of facist, lying, cheating arse holes on one side, and a bunch
    of gentlemen cricketers reliant upon people knowing what is right on the other. I think it was jgm that said “… we are fucked.” How right that is.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I must say I have some form of center-park-phobia. and those forests must be just full of floating voters walking their labradors.

    Perhaps its the confusion. in the old days they might have gone.
    “we’re selling them.” “for money”.

    And now they just witter on about the big society and stuff like that.

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    Lord Clark of Civilisation says:

    No backbone among these youngsters, I would say…

    The cult of youth has outlived its useful life…

    Plus no one in their right mind wanting to be a politician….

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    apagusta says:

    Balls is a two faced double talking devious smartarse who will eventually implode. As part architect of the last government’s economic fuckfeist arrogance such as his is seldom seen. The ascerbic scrubber hes married to is of the same mould and the boy wonder Milliband is going to be outmaneuvered very regularly until he falls to the pair’s plots.

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    Prince Charles says:

    I like hugging trees.

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    A Bloke says:

    All this and yet the coalition is set to spend more and more each year until 2015 at which point we shall have an even greater national debt than we do now!

    Why oh why doesn’t this government get that across to the stupid cocks in Britain

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    Spell Right, Smell Right says:

    ‘Centre’, please

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    Engineer says:


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    HandsomeDavid says:

    It is the duty of the BBC to show Tory cuts and Labour investment.

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    Alistaircampbellsbike says:

    Was Balls in the treasury when the Gold was sold – please help nail this weasel

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    jdennis_99 says:

    The worry is, as some have rightly pointed out, that people have got so used to the State nannying them that the prospect of them having to do things by themselves and assume responsibility for their own lives is fundamentally terrifying.

    It’s classic addiction behaviour. Only when people are fully weaned off the narcotic of public spending will they realise that actually, they’re far better off.

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    Span Ows says:

    Clearly dangerous socialist twats talking down the economy. OECD etc all say UK has done the right thing and early wobbles were expected to ensure medium and long term benefits.

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    bbitgu says:

    Death to Ed Balls!

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    I see a 24 hour a day, seven days a week, anti-Coalition propaganda war being waged by bbc, this has intensified since the Coalition came to power. Every so called news programme they wheel out people to denigrate the govt. Prick Paddick, pudding Watson, Livingstone – still hanging round like a bad smell, Prescott, all failures who have been ousted yet sycophantic communist bbc employees hang on their every word as though the commandments are being brought down again from the mountain.

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    I'm not wobbling says:

    How short some peoples’ memories are. If you’re having to deal with the trashed economy which Liebor left behind, that means tough policies which in turn leads to unpopularity. Commenting on a poor set of economic statistics in April 2010, Brown said it was due to the terrible weather in January 2010. But of course, he was the Liebor Leader so it was ok for him to say it, and the Liebor Broadcasting Corporation conveniently forgot to remind us of that in Tuesday’s bulletins. As was said many times in the spring of last year, the May 2010 General Election would have been a really good election to LOSE.

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    Anonymous says:

    me as well .were fucked

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    Michael Read says:

    Balls and ballsy. Not a day in the job and he reeled off a perfect 20-second soundbite rubbishing the col’s economic policy. You bet Gideon is bricking.

    Do I detect respect in Guido’s reporting? Perhaps the real Brown is finally unveiled. Frightening as fuck. But Balls is good, very good.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    nope. its the word “parc” I got wrong. “Center-Parcs-phobia”

    I was going to mention that I even hated the spelling.

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    Engineer says:

    Aljabeeba won’t let them. The truth according to Aljabeeba is cuts, cuts and more cuts. The real truth shall not get in the way of a good story.

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    statechaos says:

    The electorate Labour under the misapprehension that there is some sort of alternative to cuts that doesn’t involve total economic meltdown. Somehow the public, and even some Labour MP’s judging by PMQ’s believe that under Labour there wouldn’t be any cuts. They also believe the cuts have begun even though the statistics say otherwise, and that Coalition policies should have produced distinct economic growth in only 8 months. Basically, the electorate are economically naiive and it is Labour’s aim to keep them that way.Incidently, somehow, Balls is considered a trained economist even though he studied PPE at Oxford just Like David Cameron.

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    Engineer says:

    That’s about the size of it. Until the gentlemen cricketers start to fight fire with fire, we’re going to stay fucked.

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    Eeu to me says:

    It’s a good way to bury bad news,trees,birdies,squirrels,beat VAT up,prices rising etc,let the mob bey at the small stuff while you get the big stuff out all wrapped in greenery,blame the greens for that.

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    simon r says:

    O/T – I see today that Mandela is in hospital for some tests, can we get McDoom to wish him a speedy recovery ?

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    Anon says:

    Labour can’t really be stopped from making their noise about the last quarter figures. My company has been fairly busy since the beginning of January. If that keeps going and other firms are having the same experience, people actually in jobs will know the truth of the situation from personal experience in a way that the commentariate and the pen-pushers will not. This quarter’s non-snowy figures will speak for themselves.

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    Eeu to me says:

    Very well put.

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Well bowled sir!

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    Nice one, Centurion.

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    Anon says:

    Anon says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    Labour can’t really be stopped from making their noise about the last quarter figures. My company has been fairly busy since the beginning of January. If that keeps going and other firms are having the same experience, people actually in jobs will know the truth of the situation from personal experience in a way that the commentariate and the pen-pushers will not. This quarter’s non-snowy figures will speak for themselves.

    Why would you moderate this comment? What is this, the BBC?

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    Voter says:

    “Guido is a little confused at how a £100m sale of some trees has become such a big story ”

    1. it’s public land potentially be sold off to speculators

    2. the public already own the land and shouldn’t have to pay again for it

    3. the coalition are in serious trouble in the country about this plan. local tory MPs are seen as following the party line rather than adhering to what local people want – so where’s local democracy?

    4. the coalition are wrong in this instance

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    The slump in Govt. popularity due to economic necessity was accurately forecast by Mervn King months before the GE. It was accepted as a foregone conclusion by the political and journalistic estates, who are now cynically exploiting the bleeding obvious for their own agendas and wallets. This is the reason that Dave, (I’m not really a Conservative) and Clegg (the Reluctant Sandalista) have tied their parties so close together that a GE will not happen before 2015. The Coalition is working to a 5 year agenda. A week’s flatulence led by the Beeb is neither here or there. The real test of the Govt’s policy is in the markets. The FTSE 100 stands at 5989, within a whisker of it’s 2 year high of 6001 set on Tuesday.

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    Anonymous says:

    OH’s blog prob

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    only one ball says:

    would it not be more appropriate that the BBC changed their logo to a swastika?

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    streamfisher says:

    Spectacular own goal being scored by them re- proposed forests sell off, 85% of people rightly or wrongly are opposed to it, who is pushing this silly agenda?, for gods sake it ‘only’ costs £10 million a year for the Forestry commission to administer them, how about the axe being sharpened instead for a profligate quango like the BBC? costing us £3 + billion a year.

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    Gordon ( SoldGoldAtThe ) BottomBrown says:

    I think that was Sue’s decision.

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    Gone to the Dogs says:

    Oh dear, things are worse than I thought.

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    Funny old world says:

    Selling off some woods to city slickers seems to stirring up a hornets nest while raising the pensionable age of a pension that has been paid for throughout your working life (unless you are an immigrant ) is not.

    And I’ll wager most people did not even realise that HMG had some woods on its books anyway.

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    Blue Note says:


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    Anonymous says:

    What is so wonderful about the impenetrable midge infested sitka spruce plantations that have ruined so many hill farms?

    Ploughing planting furrows in peat soil to plant spruce trees dries out the soil and releases carbon into the atmosphere. Not a good idea.

    About time the Commission was reformed. How is it possible to own millions of acres of land and still lose money?

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    Mr A Hitler of Munich says:

    Democracy dilutes political genius.

    What we need is a dictator with an armed militia to ensure policy decisions are carried out without question. Anything else at this late stage is doomed to fail.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    One can go further. Clearly all the economic theory was Balls, and if I’ve not made a mistake it can be summarised as “nothings ever going to go wrong, don’t worry”. If that is the reason why gold was sold, the thing could not only be pinned on Balls, its his party piece that did it.

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    Engineer says:

    BBC approach to journalism, “It’s in the Guardian, so it must be right.”

    See Peter Sissons for details.

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    Anonymous Misogynist says:

    And how many people are aware that the Liebour government sold off many acres of forests during their disastrous 13 years in office..?

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    Balls's delayed P45 says:

    Yes Balls was in the Treasury, and what is more it was Balls who advised Brown to sell it.

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    Stan Butler says:

    Interesting that the studio, title credits etc for BBC News is still coloured all red. Shows where their allegience is!

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    Engineer says:

    Let’s just pretend that Labour had secured a majority (maybe a small one) in May 2010.

    They would have continued to spend to ‘support the economy’. The markets would in all probability have downgraded our sovereign debt rating, so we’d be spending more in interest payments. Taxes would have risen more than they have, stifling whatever weak private sector growth has happened.

    No, if Labour had won, we’d be in the tight grip of the IMF by now. The Beeb would have had some cuts to report, then.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Blaming the BBC now, is ridiculously weak.
    Everyone knew when Labour were in office, that they were the propaganda wing of the Fabian movement. Indeed they cheered Labour on as they swung the wrecking ball into the economy and praised them to the rafters as they wrought havoc on the nations finances.
    So Cameron enters Downing Street knowing that his biggest obstacle to any meaningful change, is the malignant corporation and what does he do? Absolutely nothing, no high profile resignations, no summoning senior directors to Downing Street and telling them how it is going to be from here on in, nothing.
    He left his opponents propaganda army unscathed and totaly unrepentent. Cameron has none to blame for his standings in the polls but himself, his wet policies and why can’t we all just be friends mantra, has been pushed aside and the BBC is gleefully pissing on all his plans on behalf of the Labour party.

    You could not make the fool up, what’s more, you probably couldn’t wake him up either.

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    More appropriate says:

    They used to use the shining star of Communism:


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    Steve Miliband says:

    I am surprised the polls aren’t even worse.

    It’s a five year project. By 2015 the ship will hopefully be righted, there will be tax cuts, lots of nice sweeteners for the voters and the Conservatives can start to divorce themselves from some of the LD’s ideologies and shock horror may even be able to stand up against the EU.

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    The BBC says:

    We are the Opposition to the Coalition whilst we wait for Red Ed’s New Generation to appear.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Ah yes, and a convenient panto’ villian too. It’s not nasty Labour doing all this cutting, they have their hands tied and really, really wuv you, it’s the beastly IMF. Look at how horrid they are! The saps would probably buy into it too, with enough support from the BBC and their print allies.

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    Unelected Emperor Herman van Rumpypumpy says:

    Just make damn sure Dave doesn’t cut the £48million he gives me every single day, while he lies prostrate at my feet, grovelling and whimpering like the spineless little traitor that he is.

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    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    That’s not what my Union bosses have promised ????

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Absolutely correct, the land belongs not to the Government but the people, it is not theirs to sell.

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    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I agwee !!

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    Archer Karcher says:

    I think that you will find Mr. Rumpypumpy, it is now £50 million a day to belong to your most treasured club of communists, con men and mafia thieves.

    How blessed we are, to have a government that has the foresight and great generosity, to enables your collectivist work to continue, unrestricted by such foolish notions as putting your country first and serving your electorate above all others.

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    ichabod says:

    And have you noticed how often Alaistair Campbell is on the BBC now ?

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    Archer Karcher says:



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    Hugh Janus says:

    Boy blunder Miliband, surely?

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Michael Foot had a bigger lead on Thatcher back in early 1981. Just saying like.

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    Sir Cuthbert says:

    Neither were the trains, water or electricity but that didn’t make any difference did it?

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    Anonymous says:

    While Ben Brogan is quick to point out that Ed Balls is hurting Osborne and:

    “…just because Mr Balls is wrong does not guarantee that Mr Osborne is right”

    My that is the cruelest cut of all, poor old Gideon.

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    Anonymous says:

    Not forgeting school playing fields.

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    Frank Kemble says:

    …and “comedy” performers like the Marks Steel and Thomas, plus the entire cast of the News Quiz and the Now Show. Surely enough to make any sensible person reach for the “off” button.

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    bofl says:

    grdnon brwon was the worst pm ever…………and cmd is trying really hard to take his crown!

    with those at the top getting richer,offshoring jobs and importing more cheap immigrants while prices and taxes are through the roof does it not occur to him that the proles are not happy?

    400,000 jobs. 2.5million officially unemployed.9m+ according to O.N.S!
    then the ‘quiet man’ blames the people at the bottom for not working!
    of course there are those that milk the system…….but more than the criminals at the top with ‘expenses’ and bonuses and dividends?

    getting £60,000 per MONTH is a bit different to £65 per WEEK!

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    Frank Kemble says:

    King is a nincompoop and economic illiterate. The man should be shot.

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    John Wiltshire says:

    Here’s a wild and whacky scenario, far removed from the real world. Dave says anyone with a bit of spare wonga can buy a piece of the Forest of Dean. Lots of people do so. Then along comes, oh I don’t know, think of a random company, Tesco, which has a lust for non-Tesco sites exceeding even the Honey Monster’s desire for Sugar Puffs, the owners of the trees sell them to the Money Monster at a vast profit, and we have the biggest supermarket in the world on a designated Site Of Outstanding Greed.

    I’m only joking! It couldn’t possibly happen under Dave ‘n’ Nick!

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    Sir Cuthbert says:

    These three persons just emerging from No 10 look like they have just received a sever bollocking from the head mistress.

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    Sir Cuthbert says:

    oops, wrong thread. see Guido’s post above.

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    pointless observations says:

    Yes the poor PR of the government is inexplicable – they have allowed the agenda to be dictated by their opponents for some reason. The real story should be why are there not enough cuts?

    As an example, I was in a taxi at the height of the tuition fees thing and the driver (unprovoked) started ranting about how he didn’t have 9K in cash to give to his son and so he wasn’t going to uni – telling him that the fees are not upfront was like repeatedly hitting a brick wall.

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    Aesop o'Sardis says:

    The fact is that very few ‘cuts’ have been made so far. Most are to come in the future. I suspect that the economy is suffering from many influences that even the brightest Oxford PPE 1st class graduate (sarcasm) does not understand.

    For example, over Christmas our oven packed up, followed a few days later by the central heating boiler. 12 months previously, I would have bought a new oven and called a dude to replace the boiler. However, I bought some new parts and fixed both myself at the cost of less than £200 versus maybe 3 grand.

    People are not spending money because they are feeling the pinch, are worried about the future and in my family’s case, pissed off with government and opposition and the political classes in general. We are spending as little as we can so that those fuckers in Westminster can get as little of our money as possible.

    Also, we try to avoid using cars as fuel prices are so high. Much of the revenue that the parasites depend on is non-essential expenditure. Save money and starve the politicians of their power to abuse us!

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    Postlethwaite says:

    John Major changed Scottish water to Government owned and later sold it off.

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    Aesop o'Sardis says:

    But Mandela is a great man! He must be – thousands of University students’ bars are named after him, piss stained carpets, vomit soaked furnishings and all. (Not to mention what they wipe on the curtains)

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    Anonymous says:

    Advice Please.

    I have cash to invest, why woluld I want to buy forest? What’s in it for me?

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    Anonymous says:

    Advice Please.

    I have cash to invest, why would I want to buy forest? What’s in it for me?

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    Anonymous says:

    He will probably be the Beeb’s next Chairman of Governors.
    Two half days per month with annual salary of £150,000 + expenses.

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    Anonymous says:

    Aesop, I hope you have the relevent licenses to do those repairs.

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    Slash 'n' Burn says:

    Try looking at sites like http:// 38degrees.org.uk/ that are highly politicised calls for action and protest where idiots (like my sister) are encouraged on the strength of headline to sign a petition before actually reading a balanced argument.

    The forestry commission are useless and the these woodlands are better off in the private sector. But put to the masses the way these kinds of spin-web sites do creates organised noise.

    The the labour pricks like Prezza come out and say “Aye, that be right… etc.. etc..” and you have much ado about nothing… all to Labour’s advantage.

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    Anon E Mouse says:

    Tis easy, Labour are running rampant all over the medja, apart from the ‘Save the Trees’ saga, there’s also:-

    the ‘World Service’ cuts thats going to be blamed on Osborne, despite the fact that the BBC could make savings elsewhere if they *really* wanted to but it’s too convenient to their leftie agenda

    last night’s revalations on the NoTW ongoing phonehacking saga that Sally Bercow used to stick one over Cameron despite the fact that they, the latest ones involving Sienna Miller, (who she ?) occurred after Coulson resigned as editor.

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    Anonymous says:

    At least the taxi driver had aspirations for the benefit of his son even though he had not fully understood the detail of the scheme (like a large proportion of those on the demo).

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    Taxfodder says:

    Highly amusing, the unelected without a mandate coalition never the sharpest axe in the box has now taken to axing trees, could this be death by a thousand cuts…HoHo

    Sadly if you court the media establishment you are just asking to be mauled by the tree hugging luvvies.

    Remember Joanna Lumley made new Lab look a total bunch of charlies, with their treatment of the Gurkhas and rightly too!

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    Little Red Riding Hood if you’re into that sort of thing.

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    Name lost in ANOTHER cache clearance fiasco, damnit! says:

    Balls is hurting Osborne?

    The only person in dfanger of being hurt by Balls is Balls.

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    Name lost in ANOTHER cache clearance fiasco, damnit! says:


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    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Not forgetting “Ranty” Herring!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Putrefaction is not reduction of deadness. Contraction is not flatlining.

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    Paul Marks says:

    Health care “reforms” would be to eliminate some (of all) of the vast level of regulation and huge government spending schemes that make American health cover so expensive – the results of govenment intervention that has been building up for many decades.

    The Obama approach ws to do the exact opposite – to add yet more mandates (and other regulations) and spending schemes. With the deliberate intention of making real private cover so expensive that the vast majority of people would eventually be forced into crony capitalist “private” cover financed (and controlled) by the government. We know this because Barack Obama was filmed saying this (about the true objective of “health reform”) again and again over the years. Thanks be to the wonders of modern technology – even if only Glenn Beck (and a few others) had the courage to show the recordings.

    “Off topic Paul” – no it is not, whilst the Specator (and Mr Cameron’s office) are full of people who think that Comrade Barack Obama is a well meaning chap, things will continue to go badly.

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    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Right then, trees is it? The Forestry Commission was started a while ago to supply timber and pit props during the first world war. Timber is a useful material and the trees were planted AS A CROP! They were meant to be chopped down and harvested, just like lettuces or wheat.

    Twonks who like hugging trees think that because the land is owned by the state they can whinge about access and the environment if it goes to a private landowner. The forests are mainly on marginal land and anyone buying them can be made to keep it as woodland, maintain public access and proper woodland management. It’s called a restrictive covenant.

    Please, no more over emotional claptrap about pine plantations.

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    Anonymous says:

    Mandela IS a great man. Any man that went through what he went through and came out the other side without any outward sign of bitterness towards his captors is truly one of the greatest people to have walked this earth.

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    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    “…just because Mr Balls is wrong does not guarantee that Mr Osborne is right”

    No, but it’s quite likely

    Mad and Bad = Balls

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    Sir Cum Spect says:

    Does one need licences to work on such appliances in one’s own home?

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    Hugh Jorgan says:

    But he was still a terrorist…lest you forget.

    Great man my arse.

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    Hugh Jorgan says:

    They say a fish rots from the head, but in the case of the labour party it rots from the Balls…..

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    Jan Smuts says:

    I’m sure Guido will be wearing one of his “Hang Nelson Mandela” t-shirts from the old days just to show some empathy…

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    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Just watched a news article on Sky with a reporter on site in one of England’s ancient woodlands which provided the wood for Nelson’s ships. The only problem was the trees in the back ground were pines. How poor can news reporting get in this country.

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    That's MISTER pleb to you! says:

    Can anyone enlighten me as to why Call me Dave is so sh*t scared of the BBC? Have they ‘got’ something on him?

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    Poll - axed says:

    Once again, can’t believe people give Mori or indeed an pollster credance when the media narrative has been, Tories (coalition) government so unpopular due to cuts, since months before the election. Seen all this crap before from them, they are essentially following their own left-wing narrative or the anti-government narrative of the media clients who commission them. The raw data in polls is so bad, that they have to use any amount of Statistics Voodoo on them to get them to say anything they like. If you think that Labour are up to ’97 levels of support, you are madder than Gordon Brown. Even in very safe Labour territory like Oldham and Saddleworth, where Labour got the protest vote out and Tory voters stayed at home, they only managed 42%. But Mori expect us to beleive that the National average would be greater?!! What bollocks!

    The election is ove 4 years away, the pollster don’t give a shit about accuracy, when there is no chance of them being disproved anytime soon.

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    Anonymous says:

    So was Guy Fawkes. South Africa wasn’t a democracy, he had no vote.

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    Anonymous says:

    Yes Sir, one does.

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    Flashback to the windowlickers excuses at the election campaign says:




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    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    The big problem here it that it upsets (a) the anti-denationalisation brigade on the left, (b) Middle England dog-walkers, (c) Tree-huggers.

    Even if the sale is properly drawn up to protect rights to roam, etc., (although I tend to fear it won’t be), the Sheeple will take away the End-of Civilisation headlines which are only too easy to write.

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    Taxpayer tops up BBC Pension Fundt says:

    House of Lords debate 8.00p.m.” the government is providing a further £14m to assist in the BBc pension fund deficit”
    Christ we pay £150 per annum license fee.And noware our taxes topping up the pension funds for these very highly paid and feather bedded employees..
    Perhaps if the BBEB spent less on guest appearances by Alistair Campbell, Fiona Miller and the like, they would be able to fund their own pension fund without further recourse to taxpayers whose private pensions were so wickedly raided by Gordon Brown .
    This should be headline news …the principal is wrong…yet Fleet St, Westminster and BBC..Thank goodness for Guido

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    Red Ed Loves The BBC says:

    Some people have been confused by the BBC spin. These forests are being leased, not purchased. Compare and contrast:

    McDoom/Balls/Red Ed PFI everything. We taxpayers pay gazillions and take possession of our schools, hospitals or whatever at the end of the contract.

    Dave leases forests. Government collects a wad of cash to offset agains Labour’s profligacy. We taxpayers don’t have to pay a £10 million annual bill for forestry upkeep and take possession of our forests at the end of the contract.

    Which should there be an outcry about?

    No wonder Red Ed loves the BBC.

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    Forest laws in England pre-date Magna Carta.

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    Archie says:


  115. 115
    Archie says:

    Well said, Archer!

  116. 116
    Archie says:

    More typical bureaucratic bollocks! Why can’t we be more like Canada, f’rinstance where the only ticket you need is your title deeds – with I think, the exception of gas appliances. Licences=tax!

  117. 117
    Archie says:

    Agreed! Look at Northamptonshire. Years of open-cast mining were bad enough, now those vast acres of non-native evergreens planted in square blocks to hide the bad news. Sell those off, keep the indigenous broad-leaves.

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