February 17th, 2011

Come Vote With Me

Last night’s Newsnight special hardly covered the referendum in glory, despite the best attempts of the BBC to nail their colours to their sleeve. With the headline “Majority want overhaul of voting system, poll suggests” you would have thought that it was good news for the Yes campaign, but get to the second paragraph of their story and you find: “63% of those polled said a referendum on changing the system is a waste of time and money when there are other pressing needs in the country.” Hmmm…

Jo Swinson did not help her cause last night with her strictly quite ridiculous suggestion:

On Twitter in the aftermath even her own side rejected the idea. Messy.


  1. 1
    Gordon says:

    Be there or Be Square

  2. 2
    Turkey says:

    We want Christmas

  3. 3
    Mrs Bercow says:

    Anyone for a boundary change?

  4. 4
    Gordon you don't half talk a load of crap. says:

    You don’t seem to be very popular with your fellow scotch Goirdon, judging by the comments.

    “We still talk of Thatcher’s children – a whole generation whose lives were blighted by years on the dole.


  5. 5

    The argument appears to run, “I want it but, when I get it, I will become bored with it.”

  6. 6
    John Cravens says:

    I wanna cum over Jo Swinson’s face, even though she’s a Scotchist

  7. 7
    delia says:

    and stuffing

  8. 8
    Rip van Winkle says:

    This is the result of the UK’s ‘superb’ education system, is it? Thousands of taxpayers pounds spilt down a black hole for each of these morons to be let loose into our ‘elite’ to spout mindless drivel.

    Really, do I want a complete tw@ like her (and there are simply hundreds and hundreds of ‘hims’, too) running my life, having an influence on me and my family?

  9. 9
    llloyd george ate my pussy says:

    that’ll be a first

  10. 10
    John Cravens says:

    Anyone hearing this fucking drunken fucking doctor on Vicky Pollard’s show at the moment?

    A fucking Doctor who’s pissed out of her head at 11.48 in the am, drinking Guinness whilst she’s on the fucking radio.

    Unite/Unison will arrange a day of action if the NHS fire her

  11. 11
    Was it the expenses? says:

    Why did the Lords suddenly back down? all that effort into blocking the referendum including an all night sesh then they suddenly cave in.

  12. 12
    Bob Crows says:

    My proud working class members will bring the Toob to a standstill if the Tory scum have her fired for being an alcoholic Doctor

    She works better when she’s drunk anyway, like my members

  13. 13

    “nail their colours to their sleeve. ” Sounds a tad messy to me.

    Best nail them to something wooden, like, I dunno, a mast, say? Leave the sleeve as a place to wear one’s heart, or possibly colours.

  14. 14
    It was the best of times;it was the worst of times;the age of reason;the age of foolishness says:

    “Dave” thinks that AV was a “price worth paying” to get “Nick” into the Coalition and even if less than 40% of the UK Electorate vote in it….. the result will be valid..and the LibDem Hegemony of British politics will be complete rather than their annihilation as a party in 2015 on the present first-past the post system………………

  15. 15

    email me please Tony i need your address for prize… harry.cole [at] guynews.tv

  16. 16
    gordon says says:

    today is the first day of the rest of my life

  17. 17
    Old geezer says:

    They were probably just maximising expences.

  18. 18
    Bill Shaksper says:

    If you nailed anything to your sleeve you could then “Knit up the ravelled sleeve of care”.

  19. 19
    the last quango in paris says:

    she sounds (and looks) like a halfwit.

  20. 20
    Something wooden says:

    How about they nail them to the Director General’s head?

  21. 21
    BBC Editor says:

    Her problems are due to the Tory cuts

  22. 22
    The Gordon Brown Depreciation Society says:

    Let’s hope it’s the first of very few.

  23. 23
    tatmong says:

    I’m tat! I’m a mong! yap yap yap yap! Wheeeeee!

  24. 24

    Sorry, my head was buried in the sea.

  25. 25
    BOB CROW says:


  26. 26
    Kirsty Warks says:

    I second that!, English Tory vermin must be stopped from having drunken doctors fired

    Who will be next? Nurses fired for leaving elderly patients to lay in their own piss for days?

    Is that what you want Cameron you toff bastard?

  27. 27
    Quote of the Day should be says:

    Cameron just said at his press conference “I do listen to Today on occasion even though it gets in the way of my wellbeing”.

  28. 28
    Larry The Cat says:

    I prefer First Past The Post.

  29. 29
    Mad Hattie Harman's curiously cavernous front bottom says:

    You may not want it, but it will be. Your life will be controlled by the state. All decisions regarding your education, welfare, healthcare, housing and job are mine to make. Your interference is forbidden. Your opinions are irrelevant.

  30. 30
    Ben Elton says:

    Who is responsible for this?

    Mrs Thatch!

  31. 31
    Titford Hat says:

    I listen to some of it in the bathroom but I switch it off when it becomes “men shouting at each other” or when the interviewer interrupting the interviewee does it too much. Thought For The Day , should I be in the bathroom when it comes on, gets the off switch instantly.

  32. 32
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I prefer Pass the Parcel.

    Followed by Musical Chairs.

  33. 33
    Ed But Look Balls says:

    Err…try sewing!

  34. 34
    Why do the BBC want AV? says:

    Serious question, how does it benefit them?

  35. 35
    Ed Milliband, Ed Balls poodle says:

    I prefer the first piss on the post

  36. 36
    Titford Hat says:

    I prefer Snog the Babe. YMMV.

  37. 37
    Unelected Emperor Herman van Rumpypumpy says:

    Thank you, my puppet. Good little puppet. Give me another £45,000,000 today, puppet. You may scrap more of your Royal Air So-called Force to pay for it if needs be. Or raise VAT again. Whatever. Gimme gimme gimme.

  38. 38
    Alan Johnson says:

    I prefer being pissed whilst sorting the Post

  39. 39
    Titford Hat says:

    I should add that the only other thing I listen to on BBC radio is ISIRTA.

  40. 40
    Brendon Barber says:

    Fuck the Post, where’s the Piss

  41. 41
    silly sally says:


  42. 42
    You're Postman Twat says:

    I think you were also pissed whilst a minister. Either that or you were just a naturally shit minister.

  43. 43
    Penfold says:

    And she represents LieBore?
    Nuff said.

  44. 44
    Larry The Cat says:

    I heard Mrs Brown loves pussy.

  45. 45
    sir ian blair's gbf says:

    I prefer smashing your missus

  46. 46
    I hope someone embarrasses the cunt in public with awkward questions says:

    Jonah at George Sq theatre in Edinburgh tonight at 7 for talk and book signing, tickets £4.

  47. 47
    Richard Keys says:

    Get in line.

  48. 48
    Do keep up mong says:

    She’s a Lib Dem and member of the coalition government.

  49. 49
    ST says:

    “The Strictly model” Jo Swinson may have just helped shaft her own cause. What a way to make AV ridiculous.

    I reckon if the yes campaign wins it will be due to low turnout.

  50. 50
    Goldbug says:

    Only her face?

  51. 51
    Tonight's QT should be a corker says:

    Farage, Hezza, Cable and Mrs Blinky on panel.

  52. 52
    Why do the BBC want AV? says:

    no seriously, what motive is Guido ascribing to the BBC here? Just wondering how it benefits them.

  53. 53
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today I will consider bottling my book signing again.

  54. 54
    Goldbug says:

    I get all my news from Al Jazeera, it’s less biased than the Beeb.

  55. 55
    Goldbug says:

    What’s the difference?

  56. 56
    PD77 says:

    He won’t take questions, the clues in the fact that he’s just going to talk, and only certified sycophants will get the chance to get a book signed, so don’t expect a Mrs Duffy moment!

  57. 57
    let nation speak unto nation says:

    they always have one blonde airhead, tonight they get eva too

  58. 58
    P o'Toole says:

    What’s new ?

  59. 59
    gordon says says:

    that woman is a spigot

  60. 60
    Sir William Waad says:

    I prefer the voting system in Liechtenstein, where it’s your Count that votes.

  61. 61
    Ed Miliband says:

    Me me me me me me me little me-ee! Hello-o!

    (Waits for applause. Not a sausinge).

  62. 62
    PD77 says:

    Voter apathy was how labour got re-elected twice.

  63. 63
    it's the sdp for me says:

    but is her glass half full or half empty?

  64. 64
    The Sky is Blue Hilton says:

    Please Guido

    We are only doing this referendum to keep the Mexican General on board…

  65. 65
    bunch o' wankers says:

    So a few people put their heads above the parapet and the forest changes are kicked out.

    Millions want out of the corrupt EU juggernaut and their bizarre law making yet nothing is done.

    Fucking wankers.

  66. 66
    streamfisher says:

    Bounders!, the lot of them.

  67. 67
  68. 68
    Sue Denim says:

    Radio Prune.

  69. 69
    Gordon Brown says:

    i have taken to reading toilet pan splatter in order to predict the future

  70. 70
    Jack says:

    The BBC want anything which will further trash the country

    And keep them in the luxury, coke, travel, rentboys inflated salaries and expense etc to which they think they are entitled with our money

    And AV will just produce shit coalitions

    Which will never be able to abolish or flog off the BBC as it should be…

  71. 71
    Ducky says:

    what does a floating glace cherry mean?

  72. 72
    streamfisher says:

    Try examining your own liver, an obsidian knife is in the post.

  73. 73
    Gordon Brown says:

    our headboard is made of bacon

  74. 74
    two flush floating voter says:

    what colour is it?

  75. 75
    The Daily Hobbit says:

    ++++ LATE SCORE ++++

    Ents 1 (Cameron, o.g.) Wizards 0 FT

  76. 76
    Damien McPoison says:

    You can’t beat a bit of bully.

  77. 77
    Do keep up mong says:

    You’re saying there’s no difference between NuLab and the coalition?

  78. 78
    Lord Mandelscum says:

    So that’s where it went!

  79. 79
    Blinky says:

    Ed Miliband has to have his speeches cleared by me first. He’s my bitch.

  80. 80
    Old Nick Heavenly (cue Dutrou vids and lots of foaming at the mouth) says:

    Are you still talking about your Laura K pantasies, Mr M.

  81. 81
    Penfold says:

    Thank you.

    You have of course provided the perfect reason to reject AV and continue with FPTP.

  82. 82
    Lord GaGa says:

    you will do what you are told ..how you should do it and the expected outcome. You will obey…obey…obey.

    Keep the sytem we have its time tested. The real problem is getting the vote out…on the blogs is one thing ..on the hoof is another..widespread apathy towards these type of subjects until the soundbite run-up to voting day.

  83. 83
    streamfisher says:

    Baroooomba!, privatisation is such a hasty word.

  84. 84
    Gordon Brown says:


  85. 85
    PissedasaParrot says:

    I like flying of my handle…give us a large one Slater

  86. 86
    Never held a real job says:

    To be Fair, Jo Swinston is barely out of school therefore the references to Strickly and the X factor are perhaps more relevant and cutting edge to her than to the rest of us.

  87. 87
    Mr Wuv is whining again says:


  88. 88
    structurally confused says:

    depends how blue lionel is on the day for me..

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Kind of kills of the “Scotch” stereo type much loved by little Englanders on here doesnt it. We dont want brown either he was/is a disaster along with some other English disasters like the two Eds, God help us !!!!

  90. 90
    It was the best of times;it was the worst of times;the age of reason;the age of foolishness says:

    That’s easy AV will ensure that all future governments are either Labour or a Coalition with the Libdems and that you will never get a Tory majority government ever again and whichever way you look at it…is a result for the BBC

  91. 91
    Making plans for nigel says:

    You cant Your English and therefore unable to get an erection , unless there is a young boys bottom involved.

  92. 92
    Ratsniffer says:

    What needs to be sorted – and this is what liebore is really scared of – is the re-drawing of boundaries and the culling of a few seats so that labour MPs do not have an inbuilt advantage in every election. That and sorting out postal vote fiddles should see them off for a few decades.

  93. 93
    Lovers apart says:

    Isn’t it funny how Ms Macauley’s always in London and her hero’s always in Scotland? It must be sheer misery for them to be so far apart. It coincidentally coincided with his departure from Downing St. Funny, that.

  94. 94
    the old Dufflebag says:

    thats a yorker BB we’re in it matey bubblebath and staying…..level playing field for trade and commerce..sovereignty retained. Best in the tent influencing the future
    than outside it whining in the cold.

  95. 95
    Ann says:

    I once put it in your corned beef sandwich.

  96. 96
    Mark Oaten says:

    Is it lunch time already?

  97. 97
    The Queens Speech(in the interests of divesrity) says:

    Unfortunately an equerry had left a “live” mic in the audience room and HMQ was heard to say “Who put me with THAT man! It was a disaster ! I think it was Sue wasn’t it ?”

  98. 98
    Dripping Wet Lib Dem says:

    The EU is a sacred, honest wonderful institution and if we withdrew britain would immediately be isolated, shunned and hated by the rest of the world. Plus we want to get oour snouts in the EU trough when we are kicked out.

  99. 99
    Celebrity Warmist says:

    I may have one of the biggest fuckin Carbon footprints in History but I offset it with Carbon Credits. They are totally awesome and work a bit like medieval indulgences, you know pay the money up front and sin away till your hearts desire.

    I so with the students by the way.

  100. 100
    streamfisher says:

    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Tuscan Tony
    Guido Fawkes,
    Conservative central office

  102. 102
    EastMidlander says:

    + 1 and Fox at 10.00am

  103. 103
    from the heavily gilded office of the Prime Mincer says:

    shes coming to her senses after a long run nightmare with the chingrinner. Time and distance strategy…as afar away and as often as possible . Not unlike myself ..even if I say so myselfI think I have been singularly quiet of late…just putting the future finances in order…pip pip

  104. 104
    EastMidlander says:

    The Rabbi bats for the other side.

  105. 105
    an australian says:

    Comentators are always banging on about how great it is in Oz because they have preferential voting, no one mentions its absolutely hated because you end up with some loser who no one want but hasall the preferences.

    First past the poll, approx a fraction less that half of people are unhappy, the other fraction more than half are happy, preferential voting, no one is happy.

    One thing they don’t mention, the donkey vote gets more votes that a lot of candidates.

  106. 106
    EastMidlander says:

    I would rather be outside the EU tent and pissing in, particularly over Von Pompey

  107. 107
    Lord GaGa says:

    just think of Ed Von Ballsup and his henchwoman Eva Brickup Cooper in No 11 and the little boy with birdshit on his head in No 10.

    Could anything be less appealing ?

  108. 108
    voter says:

    ?? won’t it be on preferences

  109. 109
    Lord GaGa says:

    the problem in Oz is you end up listening to that bloody woman with the hair who is a cross between a badly behaved spaniel and a Dame Edna relative. Being in possession of an accent like that should be an offence.

  110. 110
    going where no man wants to go again...A Voyage to Uranus says:

    whats that behind you Gordon ?…yes that black dangling thing with your protection officer behind it…….

  111. 111
    FriendofaFriend says:

    but when I dumped in your handbag you weren’t amused

  112. 112
    Titford Hat says:

    For ISIRTA read ISIHAC. I used to listen to ISIRTA…

  113. 113
    MPs says:

    We want change to the voting system

    But only on our terms

  114. 114
    oooooer says:

    he does indeed…oveyyyyy

  115. 115
    Lord GaGa says:

    I’ll stick to the sun terrace in that case.

  116. 116
  117. 117
    Worthless Lib Dem Pledge says:

    Lib Dems haven’t kept to a promise in their manifesto; why would anyone want AV so they do not even have to provide an excuse for their lies or be held to account for anything.

    Swinston was piss poor and admitted she wanted more if this came into existence. She appears to be already out of her depth- a bit like socialist Cable and Clegg.

    The Propaganda broadcasting association was its normal socialist self. Once more, failing to comply with its own independent broadcasting policy. Come on Dave, FFS, do something about it.

  118. 118
    Dai Laffin says:

    She’s Welsh you know.

  119. 119
    Postal Vote says:

    If there is grass on the wicket ….

    By the way, the introduction of AV will do great economic damage to the UK because it will help labour to regain and keep power becasue within an AV system labour and lib dems will quietly cut deals together to help eachother by encouraging their core voters to give the second vote to the other party.

  120. 120
    dutchy in scotland says:

    She is in fact a nice young woman as I had the pleasure of sitting next to her once at a meeting and I am English !!

  121. 121
    Lord GaGa says:

    no shes a moose with attitude

  122. 122
    Fog says:

    Because if Labour and Libdem voters all vote in favour of AV, Yes will win, and most likely in future there will always be a Labour led coalition?

  123. 123
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Couldn’t organise a referenDUMB in a nut house.

  124. 124
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    @AV or not: You are right, the cost argument is spurious. If it’s a problem, then why do we have elections at all?

    When questioned about STV, the Lib Dems should have pointed out that AV is STV with single-member costituencies.

    As for “it’s too complicated”: I would have thought that even the products of our worst schools could manage “Number the following in order of preference.” And, while counting under STV is complicated, AV need only add a couple of hours’ overtime on election night.

  125. 125
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    It’s not necessarily just the Lib Dems who would benefit from AV. Presumably most UKIP voters would put Conservative as 2nd preference, (and probably some vice versa), which could save the odd few seats for the right.

    And probably Labour would pick up votes from the further-left parties.

    Also interesting that Newsnight guesstimated that the result of the last 6 elections would have been the same.

  126. 126
    Mike Litorus says:

    The only porking going on in that bedroom…

  127. 127
    lybdum says:

    Death of Libdems announced. When the vote turns down AV they’ve effectively lost their raison d’etre. That and everyone hating them.

    Still, you’ve got to laugh.

  128. 128
    Chip "Jock" McChippy says:

    Sounds like you’re a “Wee chippy jock”

  129. 129
    Chip "Jock" McChippy says:

    Take your fantasies back to the gayer tenements of scotchshire

  130. 130
    BBC gay wankstain says:

    put the kettle on luv

  131. 131
    lybdum says:

    whatever it is, it’s 50% full of shit

  132. 132
    lybdum says:

    The BBC think that AV will lessen the Tory vote (and they are probably correct).

  133. 133
    Arse hole alert says:

    Sounds like your an arsehole.

  134. 134
    Making plans for Nigel says:

    Sounds like your a chippy Englishman insecure in his sexuality.

  135. 135
    sandown says:

    The BBC are a collection of leftist Euro-toadies. They know that, under AV, there would be a permanent LibDem minority holding the balance of power.

    That means that there would be no prospect of Britain ever standing up to the EU, much less leaving it. Furthermore, the BBC would never be privatised.

    The AV campaign will be like the last General Election — once more, dear Beeboids, to the breach once more …

  136. 136
    Barry says:

    How about a write-in at the Referendum

  137. 137
    Barry says:

    How about a write-in at the Referendun
    Leave the EU

  138. 138
    Making skirts for Hamish says:

    Your fantasy skirt wearing jock mong

  139. 139
    Chris says:

    On and on the ball runs and argument goes on and on and on!

  140. 140

    They noticed that they were making an eloquent case for their own abolition/root and branch restructuring.

    Even a dog in a manger knows not to bite off the hand that signs off on its expenses, or something like that.

  141. 141

    BINGO! (or, if Billy is about, HOWZAT!)

  142. 142
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    The only thing I listen to on the radio is the Weather Forercast – best daily radio fiction programme on the air.

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