February 25th, 2011

London’s Working Class Prefer Boris to Ken

The latest YouGov polling [pdf] on the London mayoral voting intentions shows Boris leads Ken 44% to 41% amongst the “C2DE” working class voters, even though Labour has a 12% lead nationally amongst the same group of voters in a general election. Ken is clearly the Islington Guardianista candidate…

Downing Street should be worried – the failure to attract working class voters stopped Dave from winning last year. On these numbers Boris could have done it…


197 Comments

  1. 1
    Nick Clegg says:

    I’m in charge

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      ReddyEddy says:

      Are you sure?

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      • 15
        Social Jism says:

        We love you Ed!

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          Worthless Lib Dem Pledge says:

          Clegg comes home after another holiday- we should rejoice. But he only does half days and a couple of hours on a Friday. He will be gone again at Easter, the kids need to be looked after.

          Dave did not have an election plan, everyone was waiting to know what he stood for, no answer. The Tories had more votes because people despised Gordon not because they liked what Cameron said.

          Clegg might have became popular after the first TV dual, but when he announced his views on defence, immigration and the EU he lost his party more votes than they anticipated and the Lie Dems came a poor third.

          Red Ken should remain out of office for good, we do not need rubbish like him holding public office. Go on Boris. I wish you were the Tory leader at least we would get a view.

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          • G Adams says:

            Vote for my vulture like party for a future of shivering in a shoddy cottage and babbling over a tin of stew in Gaelic.

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          • I Remember You Hoo says:

            The more Dave talked, the less people liked what he had to say. You don’t lose a 17% lead for no reason, Dave’s advisors were and still are, shit. Trouble is, he is not bright enough or ruthless enough, to realise that and bin them.

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          • Whether you admit it or not it's true says:

            If Dave had said anything worthwhile on immigration then the Tories would of won the election on a landslide.

            He also looks a prat for laying into that Dick Sniffin who like him or loathe him the white working class can identify with his arguements and now that he was proven right on Muslim Sex Gangs and the massive youth unemployment problem due to untold immigration.

            Thatcher may have got away with it decades ago, Major just got away with it still as the country had a lily white majority illusion but no other Consverative administation will get away with lax stances on immigration.

            Not now that old whitey taxpayer and voter is bunkering down into seige mentality from the baying hordes of freeloaders that keeps increasing.

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          • Archie says:

            Guido, my dear fellow. What the fuck is all this “Log in to comment”/Wordpress bollocks? M’learned friends rearing their ugly heads?

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    • 3
      Hague the Vague says:

      Is you know who in Venezuela yet?

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      • 50
        Colonel Gaddafi says:

        Not me.

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      • 108
        Hugo Chavez says:

        I’m here and like any good socialist in office aiming to stay in power as long as possible without the inconvenience of re-election whilst looting the country to the maximum extent possible.

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    • 8
      Miriam Clegg says:

      No! I tell you what to do!

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    • 12
      William Hague says:

      Boris 4 Tory Leader

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    • 17
      Cheese says:

      You blew it Nick. There was a crisis to take charge of while Dave was off selling guns. But what did you do? You pissed off to your family Chalet in Davos for a few days on the Piste. Keaving Hague to run around like a headless chicken.

      You had your moment and you did not take it.

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      • 51
        Nick Clegg says:

        You do not understand, politics is very stressful and I needed a break. Isn’t doing a twenty hour week enough for anyone? I feel exhausted, I am going for a lie down.

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        • 92
          Atheist says:

          Clegg is a disappointing lightweight.
          My son and his mates at uni used to rate Clegg but he’s now a total joke among students.

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          • Rat's arse says:

            Atheist, EVERYTHING is a total joke to students. Sorry to tar them all with the same brush, but now, I can’t take anything they say seriously.

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    • 23
      William Hagues head polishing spad says:

      Of a bunch of hoons

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    • 68
      Brucie says:

      Oi ! I was here first !

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      Ken says:

      Whats the matter with these people Im not a toff! I can hold civic receptions for murderous Islamic scholars one day and attend Gay Pride the day after. What more do they want?

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  2. 4
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:

    KRAWW-SQUARRRRKK!!! (flap) BORISBORISBORIS!!! (tweetle) (ping)

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  3. 5
    Tony Blair says:

    Hi proles. I’m afraid I’ve never heard of this Mr Gaddafi that you speak of. Anyway, must dash. Got some things to shred. I mean, thing to file away.

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  4. 6
    on any bike boris says:

    I’m very good with oiks.

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  5. 7
    Gordon Brown says:

    Who said no one likes me? I’ve got an invitation from a Mr Damien Fowkes who says he’d like to see me for a private meeting. I’m off.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    It is within the margin of error…… But Boris at least apears human unlike Ken….

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  7. 10
    Darren says:

    I iz working class and me like da Labour well good. Dey give me nuff benefits and ting.

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  8. 13
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I think Bojo will geta second term, Labour have no alternitive but to choose some who been rejected by Londoners voters before, Must be the lack of talent in the party….

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    • 14
      Nick says:

      I agree with Billy.

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    • 24
      anon says:

      just how in 2011 can Livingstone still be in the position to become mayor again? What does this say about Londoners???

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      • 30
        Muslim benefit cheat says:

        We love the Mr Livingstones!

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      • 77
        Lou Scannon says:

        Ken Livingstone once explained why no-one should be allowed to run for a second term – and then proceeded to prove what he said was true by running for a second time and totally fucking up our capital city. Perhaps someone can dig up the quote.

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  9. 16
    Katabasis says:

    Oh dear. The Guardian / BBC axis will not be pleased about this.

    Let’s see if they even mention it…..

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    • 26
      City of Vice says:

      Yep, the Guardianista’s won’t be pleased…merely confirms the charge that champagne socialists are the new toffs. The publicly funded oligarchs of the Labour party both despise and have little in common with ordinary folks.

      Boris, the workers’ favourite…Ken, the toffs choice!

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    Scary Biscuits says:

    Call Me Dave, believed the Labour Party when it said it had abolished boom and bust; believes it still when they say the Conservatives are only for the rich. Not only has he no plan for reconnecting with the working class but actively antagonises them with airy-fairy BS and PC nonsense (positive discrimination, windmills, “hello, clouds; hello, trees!” etc) and attacks on the ‘right wing'; he claims he is against ideology but attacking the right, or attempting to triangulate against them, IS Cameron’s ideology.

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  11. 20
    William Hague says:

    I am not gay , nor am I naturaly bald, I just had 14 pints got pissed and asked for the full Venezuelan
    ‘appen

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  12. 21
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Those wretched lower classes!

    They just won’t think how the Guardianistas tell them to.

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  13. 22
    Chris Bryant says:

    I like BJ.

    But not BoJo.

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  14. 25
    Ken ( 'pond life' ) Livingscum says:

    I’ve never met Mad Dog Qadafy but I am a great admire of Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon.

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      streamfisher says:

      Dangerous Dan Mc Grew:
      The music almost died away. . .then it burst like a pent-up flood;
      And it seemed to say, “Repay, repay”, and my eyes were blind with blood.
      The thought came back of an ancient wrong, and it stung like a frozen lash,
      And the lust awoke to kill, to kill. . . then the music stopped with a crash,
      And the stranger turned, and his eyes they burned in a most peculiar way;
      In a buckskin shirt that was glazed with dirt he sat, and I saw him sway;
      Then his lips went in in a kind of grin, and he spoke, and his voice was calm,
      And “Boys,” says he, “you don’t know me, and none of you care a damn;
      But I want to state, and my words are straight, and I’ll bet my poke they’re true,
      That one of you is a hound of hell. . .and that one is Dan McGrew.”

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    Non believer says:

    Bojo is a cretinous performing albino gorilla and an embarrassment to London.

    I wonder if the working classes surveyed knew of his ‘thoughts’ (such as they are) on immigration?

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      Old Tory Bigot says:

      He might be wrong on the imigration cap but Johnson is still a light year ahead of that chisling little marxist shit Livingstone and his gang of theives.

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      Cynical-old-bag says:

      You really ought to up your medication dear. All this ranting is no good for your health.

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    • 136
      PD77 says:

      Well it has to be better than Labours non-policy on immigration (AKA: Operation open the floodgates to masses of foreign Liebore voters).

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    • 170
      Cuckooooo! says:

      Up the meds.

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      Archie says:

      That Bozza’s well out of order on that immigration an’ ‘at, but he’s a diamond geezer compared with that bleedin, newt fancier! String ‘im up I say, ‘angin’s too good for ‘im! I ‘ad that Saif al-Islam al-Ghaddaffi in the back of the cab once.

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    What is the fucking point of this long-winded drivel says:

    You should take to wearing your arse as a hat mate.

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  17. 32
    Gordon Brown says:

    Only a few months ago I wished the people of New Zealand all the best. And I rang Col Gaddafi to give him my best.

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  18. 35
    Simples says:

    National polling is bollocks! The pollsters are hand-in-glove with the anti-coalition/Tory media narrative. C2s outside of Labour heartlands, detest Labour.

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    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Not surprisingly the gurdian reading mummies boys are hitting hard on this piece, they just can’t get with the fact that many of the working class perfer someone like Boris Johnson to that snidey frog man; (who, I seem to remember, was caught hitting his bird).
    Just like they can never get their head round how a woman was PM for the party of inequlity.

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      Were all equal but the party of equality ask Bliar says:

      I didn’t know Liebour had a women MP, being a party of equality I would have thought that would have happened during the last 13 years of the regime of course the next time your in, will you have a women PM, are you going to dress red Eddy him up in womens clothes, after all you are the party of equality ask mad hattie. .

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    SocialGhism says:

    Ken courts minority groups and is seen my regular people as a bit weird. Like Gordon, he wants the job TOO MUCH to be safe.

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      PD77 says:

      Socialism only works when desire is removed from the equation, Red Ken isn’t a socialist because he desires the Mayoral job and all the trappings it brings including power and money.

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        Alistair Crowley says:

        Humans will always have desire it was the gift of the serpent in Eden and the one which the Almighty trusted them with.

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  22. 42
    Sir William Waad says:

    Of course the overpaid London spivs vote for Ken. They recognise one of their own.

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  23. 43
    John Robson says:

    Of course they do.

    Is the sky green too Guido?

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  24. 45
    Sally Bercow says:

    Me so horny! Me give you sucky sucky only ten dollah!

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  25. 46
    QWERTY says:

    Boris should be leader, he’d be fucking brilliant

    “Wiff waff is coming home” .. and something about sticks of rhubarb being rubbed on Victoria Pendletons body or something (I might have made the victoria Pendleton thing up)

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  26. 49
    Steve Miliband says:

    Core voters, ABC1 prefer. Go figure.

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  27. 52
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    At least Boris has sex with the opposite sex.

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  28. 55
    Rudyard says:

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man —
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began —
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire —
    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

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    • 93
      c.eng says:

      Is this really Kipling, and if so what does it mean, ‘The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.’ ????

      Must say it sounds like he envisioned the ‘blessings’ of the Benefits Society 100 years in the future.

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  29. 59

    Well, what do you expect? Boris is a geyser, whilst I’m a c u n t.

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  30. 61
    Down with Brown! says:

    No surprise, Bankers, Lawyers, IT workers and other professional working in London with families tend to live outside Greater London and commute into work.

    Young lefties, Guardianistas, BBC workers and over-paid public sector executives still live in Greater London and are propping up Labour in our capital city.

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    • 63
      Hi T Hi T were going to have Hi T says:

      The IT workers I know can’t afford to live in London,besides they are too busy trying to make money just live in the outlands, the days of an IT chappy and chapess making a lorra lorra money has long gone , with all the Liebour cutbacks in 2007/8 and the 19,000 Indian lads imported to do goverment work.

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      • 69
        Unemployed IT worker (used to pay high taxes, now on Jobseeker's Allowance) says:

        “19,000 Indian lads imported to do goverment [sic] work.”

        And public-sector work.

        But is it per year, or per month?

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          Unemployed IT worker (used to pay high taxes, now on Jobseeker's Allowance) says:

          Private! Damnit. Damnit Damnit.

          Edit button, please.

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  31. 62
    Marilyn Merlot says:

    hey hey you boys, I just find this on the tele netty thing

    enjoy x

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  32. 64
    Ed Balls says:

    My wife has a bigger dick than me.

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  33. 65

    Shhhhh!!! Don’t publicise this ffs!!!!!!!

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  34. 66
    It's Friday! Forget politics and dance, motherfuckers! says:

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      Musical originality patrol says:

      Hmm, that sounds familiar……

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      • 74
        It's Friday! Forget politics and dance, motherfuckers! says:

        Yep! I thought the exact same thing. I googled and saw that virtually the whole planet is saying it’s the same song!

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  35. 67
    Who will be Grumpy? says:

    Channel 4 are hoping to emulate the success of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding with a series about seven dwarves starring in a Snow White panto.

    The documentary will show dwarves playing Doc, Sleepy, Bashful and pals, performing together while living in the same house.

    A source told The Sun: “They were a great bunch of people, with a real sense of fun – but there are lots of tears, tantrums and breakdowns.”

    Channel 4 are said to be keen to make more dramatic documentaries after their My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding series, which delved into the lives of the UK’s travelling community, caught a peak audience of 8.2 million.

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    Don't eat red meat! says:

    Red meat lovers have been warned to cut down their intake by the government’s health advisers. So just how much red and processed meat should we consume?

    Do you regularly tuck in to a couple of sizzling rashers of bacon for breakfast, a ham sandwich for lunch and a juicy rump steak for dinner? If so, then you’re probably eating more than the new recommended allowance of red and processed meat.

    The Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition, which advises the government, has issued new guidelines.

    One Big Mac a day is within the guidelines
    A typical Sunday roast is twice the daily limit
    And a cooked breakfast or a doner kebab is nearly twice the recommended daily portion

    They say that adults are advised to consume on average no more than 70g (2.5oz) of such meat a day – about 500g (17oz) a week – in order to cut the risk of developing bowel cancer. This is the equivalent of three slices of ham, one lamb chop or two slices of roast beef a day.

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    Composite Reader of Order Order says:

    Rant rant I love Boris I hate Labour I love Guido he is my God I want to rim him rant rant socialists! socialists everywhere! get rid of the NHS it’s a luxury banish unions fair wages fuck off benefit scroungers hang ‘em David Cameron and George Osborne are benefit scroungers too? That’s alright, they’re Tories rant rant splutter immigration? makes my blood boil bloody foreigners apart from Paddies like Guido he is my God Iraq, 700,000 dead civilians who gives a fuck Palestinians? bloody wasters who cares if they are murdered by the fascist Israelis we love Israeli because Guido loves Israel and we have no minds of our own rant cough splutter rage women? fucking whores etc etc etc

    Yawn.

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      Lesson in Irony 101 says:

      Yep, it’s mentalist Mr Wuv. Has the irony of your post escaped your notice? You call the readers here idiots, wasters etc, and yet by posting multiple times a day, you are yourself a “Reader of Order Order”.

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  40. 89
    Handycock says:

    I like Boris, even after what he said about Portsmouth. Why? Because he is, to quote the Sunday Times, an ‘Ocean Going Shagger’ just like me.

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  41. 95
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Has dear old Boris acrually done anything useful for London?

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  42. 102
    William Hague says:

    Marc Almond is a lightweight I can drink fourteen pints a day!
    Gaddafi,is at this very moment, on a plane returning from Santiago,Venezuela.

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    • 107
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      fourteen pints of male semen
      by all accounts

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    • 112
      nell says:

      At this very moment gaddafi and sons are firing rocket launchers on unarmed demonstrators in tri poli’s green square.

      saif, gaddaf’si favourite son and personal friend of nate, gordon, bliar, mandy, david held and livingstone, today called on his western friends to throw their weight behind the gaddafi family bloodbath of innocent people to help gaddafi and his evil family hold onto power.

      Interesting, knowing them as he did really well, that saif thought they would do that for him?

      Suggests that they had had conversations over lush dinners in posh places that made him think they would support him even now!!

      Where are they all by the way?

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      • 122
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        Syph Gay-daffy said on state tv
        We have plan A ,B,and C
        A= To live and die in Libya
        B=To live and die in Libya
        C= To live and die in Libya

        I hope their wish is granted within the next 24 hours !

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        • 158
          nell says:

          I’m not naturally a bloodsthirsty person but I really hope the gaddafi & sons firm, are going to pay the ultimate price for their massacre of their own people and as soon as possible.

          If the libyan public take their revenge for the gaddafi family’s horrific killings of civilians with instant executions , I’m sorry, I have to say I welcome it!!!

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    nell says:

    http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2011/02/24/gaddafi-ken-livingstone-and-left

    Let’s face it ken has a dodgy history – friends of bob crow, gaddafi, the ir a, cas tro, hugo cha vez ……………..

    I think after this disatrous week in lb ya ken’s credibility will slip even further.

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  44. 113
    Dave is back. Thank God says:

    Well at least we now Know that Hague would have been as big a disaster as PM that Gordon was.

    To give Dave his due he has certainly knocked heads together and got the government back on track since his early return from the middle East.

    But who advised Dave that it was still OK to overtly sell arms to the Arabs at this particular time?

    Can’t see why Dave recalled Nick back from his Skiing holiday though.

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    • 118
      nell says:

      hague as big a disaster as gordon?

      Nope gordon registers 10 on the richter scale way above anywhere else in the world except perhaps lib ya where gaddafi and sons are registering 40 maybe 50!!

      So what is labour doing about it’s financial and social links to the gaddafi mafia?!!

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    • 130
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      FFS come on !
      Hague is ten times the politician Cameron is !
      Can you imagine what Gaddafi thought when he heard Camerons statement
      “What on earth do you think you are doing ? Stop it !”
      He must be quaking in his boots after he changed his piss soaked underwear,
      not out of fear
      From pissing himself fucking laughing !

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      • 134
        Hague is full of Shite. Official says:

        And what Did Gaddafi think when sat in his Trripoli palace as he heard Hague say that he was at this very moment on a plane to Venezuela?

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          Camoron's stunningly brilliant defence review says:

          We have an Airfix model of a Harrier Jumpjet, and another model of an aircraft carrier, and if Libya and other countries don’t stop messing about, we’ll photograph our models and send the jpegs to a newspaper and say, “don’t threaten British lives, Johnny Foreigner!”

          That’ll show them their place. Oh yet.

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          nell says:

          What was he and his pros ti tute ukr aine ‘nurse’ thinking?

          ‘Thank God he hadn’t got on that plane!!

          Because either the UK or the US would have shot him down before he arrived in venez uala!!!!

          Only option left now? To be executed like cau ces cu!

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        • 163
          nell says:

          And what did gaddafi and his sons think when cameron said ‘the arm of international law is very long and we are watching you’ ??!!

          Though personally speaking I suspect that statement struck the fear of God more into bliar, gordon, militwit and david held!!!!

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  45. 116

    “The Swiss government, meanwhile, has ordered a freeze of any assets belonging to Gaddafi in the country. Libya’s foreign ministry has denied that any such assets exist, and said that it would ‘sue’ Switzerland.”

    Al Jazeera

    Notice the logic here? Same as that employed by Brown, Balls, Blair and all their awful minions. Oh, and that other Ed fellow, whatever he does…

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    • 123
      Nat Rothschild says:

      They won’t find anything other than peanuts in the Swiss accounts. I advised the Gaddafi family well. As long as Tony, Peter and John do not sing.

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    • 133
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      So Libya is going to sue the Swiss for freezing assets that they dont have ?
      Hmmmm ! So what will happen to the 20 Billion pounds he doesn’t have deposited in London banks then ?

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  46. 120
    Damien Fowkes says:

    Can I be Justice Secretary?

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  47. 125
    Tony Blair says:

    Sorry I can’t comment on Libya. I’m at one of my villas enjoying my millions.

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    • 128
      nell says:

      St Tone is in Florida ‘on holiday with his family’.

      Hiding, actually, from the world’s press.

      Well would you want to be asked about your personal friendship with saif gaddafi, the ‘secret’ visits you’ve made to lib ya to advise gadda fi on hanging onto power and the £millions you’ve been paid for your advice , which has now come to grief?!!!!

      bliar the failed man!

      When are they going to sack him as the middle east peace envoy?!!!

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    A bit harsh says:

    A headteacher has been removed from his school after suspending SEVEN youngsters after just two days in the job.

    Superhead Craig Tunstall was hired to turn around failing Oval Primary in Croydon, South London on a salary of £137,881 a year.
    A day in, he suspended five children, then two more the following day.

    Staff claimed they were in a ‘climate of fear’ whilst pupils reported they were told to walk with their hands behind their backs as though they were ‘in prison’.

    Behaviour which led to suspension included not lining up quickly enough, not wearing a coat, and not finishing a school dinner.

    One mum whose five-year-old son was excluded said his suspension – for not lining up quickly enough – was ‘unbelievable’.

    Croydon Council leader Mike Fisher said: ‘We apologise, we made a mistake.’

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    • 143
      Well if they won't accept discipline then go to plan b says:

      Burn the fucker down with all the teachers and children in it, nothing of value will be lost.

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    • 164
      The wizz says:

      One of the reasons he was a well paid Head Techer was the fact he could turn around a bad school. However, his method was to be swift to stop any insubordination and to punish said miscreants. This went against the teachers who had lost control antway. So he is pillored because of bad teachers. Nuff said.

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  49. 129

    “Economic downturn at the end of 2010 was the biggest drop in GDP in two years”.

    Now someone correct me if I am wrong but: is a GDP measure that has been pumped up artificially by QE directly comparable with one that hasn’t?

    I would say not – but I am not qualified as an economist.

    Note:

    GDP = private consumption + gross investment + government spending + (exports − imports) (Expenditure method)

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  50. 142
    Colonel Gaddafi & family says:

    Has anyone got the new phone number for our great friend and financial advisor, the Middle East Peace Envoy, Anthony Blair?

    The number he gave us does not seem to be connected anymore.

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    • 184
      ???? says:

      I’m sorry but all our operators are busy right now .However your call is in a queue and will be answered as soon as an operator becomes available.We should like to assure you that your call is important to us…in the meantime here is some music….

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  51. 169
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tonight I will be Mr Blobby.

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    He's got 2 hot daughters says:

    Lord Patten, the former governor of Hong Kong, has been confirmed as the government’s preferred candidate to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

    Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt put the 66-year-old forward after six candidates were interviewed by an independent panel.

    The Culture, Media & Sport Committe will hold a pre-appointment hearing with Lord Patten on 10 March.

    Sir Michael Lyons, the current chairman, will step down on 30 April.

    In a statement, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said: “The Committee’s conclusions will be considered carefully before deciding whether or not to proceed.”

    The appointment will finally be made by the Queen under the BBC’s royal charter, which is in place to establish the Corporation’s independence from government and parliament.

    Chris Patten, now Lord Patten of Barnes, served as environment secretary under Margaret Thatcher.

    He was later Tory chairman during John Major’s premiership, before overseeing the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule as governor.

    He served as a member of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004 and has been chancellor of the University of Oxford since 2003.

    Sir Michael Lyons replaced Michael Grade as Trust chairman in 2007 and announced last year he would not seek a second four-year term in May

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    bbitgu says:

    Lord Mandlescum Has spoken, now sit back and watch Labour have a civil war.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/feb/25/mandelson-criticises-miliband-new-labour

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    satanslittlehelper666 says:

    I can’t say i’m surprised

    “Murderers launch campaign for freedom based on their human rights”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8349226/Murderers-launch-campaign-for-freedom-based-on-their-human-rights.html

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  56. 181

    So it’s Smaller, Better Government across the water?

    Without Labour, even?

    ….

    Or is it?

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  57. 182
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Papers are demanding UK go and rescue its poor citizens.
    Just a few months ago Non Doms were about as popular as traffic wardens.

    “They don’t live here. They don’t pay any taxes. Their families live in this country using up valuable resources that could be spent on old and poor people. Or even old,poor people. Its a disgrace.

    Mary Bucketbin siad ‘ I live next door to a non dom. They have more stuff than me. It ain’t fair. Why should they not pay any tax in the UK just because they earn their money overseas? I don’t understand how it works but I do know their kids go private and mine don’t even go to school because they don’t like the teacher. The government should make them pay up and should make my kids go to school so I can get some peace. ‘

    When asked should we rescue stranded non doms Mr Gobber replied
    ‘ They’re sort of like bankers aren’t they? No way. Let them get themselves out. We don’t need more people coming over here and taking our jobs and getting another free house from the council because they’re seeking asylum. I don’t want someone drilling for oil in the back garden. I bet a lot them are Scots. Why can’t they live in the North Sea like the rest of them?’

    Deputy PM Clegg was unavailable for comment as he’s gone skiing.

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  58. 183
    mrangry61 says:

    Boris may be more popular than Ken Spart amongst CDEs, but why is that? Is it because Ken is (viewed by some as) a boring phony populist or that Boris is an intentionally comic character?

    Frankly, I think that Londoners are short changed by the Boris/Ken saga – I’d like to see a more conservative candidate battle it out with the best that Labour/the left put up – Londoners might get a better mayor as a result.

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  59. 189
    Anonymous says:

    Well just to point out there numbers for working class are within the margin of error.

    And the election is some time off. Most likely Ken is winning solidly among people who live in London proper, just like last time around, and Boris has his base on the edge suburbs which are not really in London only in the “Greater London”

    These numbers should be very worrying to Boris none the less. These C2DEs are the very people who are going to be most hit by cuts and are most likely not to believe they will be hit by cuts. In 2012 they will be shocked and angry at the extent to which their lives will be harmed and they are likely to take it out on LibDens and Tories in any election.

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  60. 194
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    My analysis is that, to stand a chance of being elected Mayor of London, with a constituency of 7 million media watchers, you need to be a TV personality. Boris and Ken are both TV personalities.

    As far as day-to-day life in London is concerned, the Mayor’s main powers are over public transport; he also has some powers in respect of the police and the fire service. For all these, operational issues are in the hands of professionals (whose competence is another issue). Beyond that, the Mayor’s other duties are strategic planning and PR.

    Who else could be a candidate (without considering what party they might stand for)? Nigella Lawson? Alan Sugar? Jamie Oliver? Ian Hislop? The cast of Dragon’s Den? Simon Cowell? Andrew Lloyd-Webber?

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  61. 196

    Sorry – this article is very misleading… Anthony Wells, YouGov man over at UK Polling Report, was quite clear that you can’t take (unweighted) samples from the detail of a poll and extrapolate like that.

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  62. 197

    Cameron doesn’t give a stuff for the capital’s working class. In his mind, if they don’t belong to the ciabatta scoffing classes of Notting Hill and attend the right sort of dinner parties, they aren’t “our kind of person” and hence don’t count.

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