March 22nd, 2011

Despite What You Hear, Osborne is Not On Course

Norman Lamont has been wheeled out as one eye is turned to tomorrow’s budget. He claims.

“In many ways, the best Budget the Chancellor could introduce would be one that did nothing.  The Chancellor has courageously set out his strategy over five years, moving Britain back towards budget balance, largely through expenditure cuts but also with some tax increases.  The overwhelming important task is to stick to that strategy.”

That’s the Christmas card list sorted, but John Redwood has pointed out a few inconvenient truths in the last few days. Take a glance at the numbers for the next few years compared to the last year of Labour:

“Total spending plus £71 billion a year, Total tax revenue plus £176 billion a year, 5 years additional state borrowing £440 billion.”

Osborne is hardly the axeman. And nor are his Cabinet colleagues it seems. Redwood has put together a database of how the departments are getting on, specifically the promise to cut staff overheads by 30%:

“So far, they have lost around 4% of their staff numbers in an eight month period. This suggests the overall annual rate of  leavers is 6%. What is surprising is they have replaced half of these, meaning that the overall numbers are only down around 2%.”

Chris Huhne’s Department of Climate Change has seen its numbers increase, Pickles has managed to hire 263 new staff to replace 266 who left. Only Defence and the Home Office have made any real headway in the last few months:

Some three thousand people left the MOD and yet 1,700 of the posts have been re-filled. And that’s in the department making the most headway… The 30% target is still miles off.


  1. 1
    Hugh Janus says:

    Wake up Billy!!

  2. 2
    Smig says:

    The numbers aren’t even close to reducing the “structural debt” let alone the PFI and Pension liabilities.

  3. 3
    Hugh Janus says:

    This could well turn out to be the worst of both worlds. On the one hand there is the doom and gloom of essential reductions in spending (ably assisted by the BBCC) and on the other the failure to deliver in 4 years’ time after all that pain. Call Me Dave will then be facing oblivion, and Liebour will be back in to carry on fleecing the country to the point of bankruptcy and beyond.

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    Double Dip says:

    They were warned long ago that they couldn’t hit those targets and would end up falling back on taxation.

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    Span Ows says:

    When you consider that the interest on the borrowing and the continuing need to borrow in the short term (impossible to just stop dead) I think he’s doing alright. The deficit and debt don’t go away by magic and the oil tanker needs stopping before turning.

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    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Lip service.

    They’re all really good at that.

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    Steve Miliband says:


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    Worthless Lib Dem Pledge says:

    Perhaps the Lie Dems are having too much of a say in government??

    When are the tax loopholes for MPs going to be sorted out?? When are their expenses going to be liable for tax like the rest of us??? Benefit in kind of all sorts especially to family members including renting their homes. Come on Clegg, you were going to clean up politics and have the biggest reforms since time began or something similar-tosser.

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    The BBC says:

    Tory cuts, Tory cuts, Tory cuts…..

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    tube_thumper says:

    saw rich and marks cartoon this week – usual amateur-ish shit and unforgivably unfunny.

    Now then.

    Why is guido boring us with insignificant content when there is so much happening.

    I mean of course John Terry re-instated as captain of England.
    Jordan has a new boyfriend
    Kerry Katona is still a k unt
    Kelly Brook is pregnant
    and.. oh yes

    we are bombing Libya
    50k people are dead in Japan
    Salle Bercow shaves her fanny

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Climate change has increased? Now i know why he is a Hunt, It looks like the coalition are following Darlings policy of only halving the deficit of the life time of the parliament.

    Hang the fuckers, Its not thier money its the Taxpayers!

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    Smig says:

    BBC Lies, BBC Lies, BBC Lies.

    Tories spending more than was spent last year.

  13. 13
    tube_thumper says:

    twunts for moderating

  14. 14
    Smig says:

    You’re late. Didn’t you switch on your twitter feed this morning? ;)

  15. 15
    Moley says:

    When will the markets wise up and look at the reality?

    When will the Tories become serious about winning the NO vote for AV?

    Under AV, if there is no outright winner, (more than 50% of the vote), the second preferences of the Candidate with the lowest number of votes are reallocated to the other candidates; if again there is no candidate with over 50% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated, and their second preferences are redistributed to the other candidates until one of the candidates has 50% of the vote, and wins.

    Do you spot the flaw?

    Imagine an election with these candidates;

    Lib Dem
    Monster Raving Looney
    Jihad NOW

    The election is going to be decided by the second preferences of the voters who supported the nutters and extremists.

    The second preferences of mainstream voters will be ignored.

    How is that an improvement on FTP?

    Under AV the Country’s future will be determined by those INSIDE the asylum.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Twitter is for twats” :-)

    and for my first piece of evidence i present Sally Bercow .

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “supported the nutters and extremists.”

    they are already in Parliamnet!

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    Observer says:

    Or inside prison if the European Court of Human Rights gets its way.

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    The wife of a busy Westminster MP says:

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    “Norman Lamont has been wheeled out as one eye is turned to tomorrow’s budget.”

    Spare us all from that – we had one eye turned to the budget for 10 years and look at the pile of shit we’re in now.

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    A says:

    It takes time to shed thousands of jobs. There are processes to go through, not least in the civil service.
    The latest round of voluntary release schemes finished recently in the CS and there’ll be a big flow of departures in the next few months that’ll see headcounts fall significantly. Albeit with a big initial payoff cost.

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    Smig says:

    There will be more pensioners in four years time all taking more from the pot.

    There will be more pensioners not getting any younger and needing greater healthcare provision.

    By the time of the next GE, in order to save money I’m sure CMD will have laid off the majority of our armed forces and committed us to a PanEuro Defence Force. We’ll supply the nuclear deterrent and special forces, France an underpowered aircraft carrier, the Germans can ante-up on the artillery and the rest can cobble together a few aircraft, pilots and infantry.

    We need income. We need to manufacture and export. Everything else involves taking by force or taxation.

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Where was Gordon last night? A disgrace. Debating about going to war and the former PM is to weak to come to the chamber.

    Gutless Labour as usual

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    Loungelizard says:

    Maybe the Estonian Kroon is worth considering. Understand Brown is out there looking into it.

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    Vote early, vote often. says:

    The election is going to be decided by the second preferences of the voters who supported the nutters and extremists.

    As opposed to FPTP, where it’s the first preference of voters who support the corrupt political elite who decide things, and no one else matters. Lab & con are scared witless of any change to the system, as it would mean the eventual end to their cosy monopoly.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Perhaps dave was always a lib dem.
    He certainly sounded a bit like one during the election campaign. presumably the conservative party went along with it at the time thinking it was just election talk.

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    Smig says:

    FFS Billy, you could’ve at least made her put some clothes on and put a bucket on her head.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Good point , Did he vote? I did see 17 votes against action against Lybia?

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    jgm2 says:

    Yep. That’s the paradox. The wicked and malicious Labour party is making hit after hit over ‘cuts’ when we can all see that, aside from natural wastage ie folk quitting or retiring not a single government box-ticker, bed-wetter or bastard has been given a P45.

    So, no redundancies, government spending going up year-on-year and this si somehow being presented as ‘cuts’ by both sides?

    What the fuck is going on?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The bucket refused! :-)

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    How can an MP be sacked for not doing the job he is paid to do? says:

    They are obsessed with celebrities.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I wasn’t listening properly to BBC news yesterday you know. honest. but I did catch the headlines which were pretty much saying “osbourne is on course”.

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    pundit says:

    The coalition’s enemies are on predictable autopilot.
    The narrative/opinion against the coalition is the same whether the
    deficit is cut in 5 years or just 12 months. Cameron may as well do the latter and then
    cut taxes to boost the economy and therefore Tory (and maybe LD) electability
    in 2015.

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    stop the press says:

    US warplane down pilot rescued by rebels

  35. 35
    Lord Haw Haw from the BBC says:

    Evil Tories
    Tory cuts
    Tories eat babies
    Tory cuts

    Savage cuts

    Massive cuts

    Evil Tories

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    jgm2 says:

    It takes no time at all. Just load up a file with all their names and their statutory redundancy packages and simply fire every one in ten alphabetically. Print the lot off on 7th April.

    Wollop. One big hit firing the useless c*unts which will more than pay for itself by the end of the tax year because, on average, their redundancy package will be a lot cheaper than paying the c*unts for the entire year.

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    herewegoagain says:

    Civil Service Featherbedding, as usual..

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    If only…………..

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    Moley says:

    It would be far more logical and fairer to reallocate the second preferences of the Candidate who came second in each round.

    That would work, and it would produce a result which better reflected people’s wishes.

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    Smig says:

    Had Mister Squeaker been standing on it?

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    Bomber Dave says:

    Rejoice! Rejoice! RPI 5.5%!

    It’s incredibly important to remind the plebs that Britain leads the world in hyperinflation!

    Bombing the rag heads, world-class prices – highest diesel price in Europe – boy, do I feel good!

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    jgm2 says:

    0922: A presenter on Libya’s the UKs pro-GaddafiLabour TV station al-Libya the BBC is shown holding an automatic weapon in the studio and pledging to fight till his “last drop of blood”.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    nah , He was hiding under it :-)

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    Steve Miliband says:

    It is difficult sometimes to choose a first preference let alone 2 or 3

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    tube_thumper says:

    i have a question.

    is it sore when one bombs Labia

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    wierd suggestion. That would be very likely to get the same result as FPTP. Unless it actually results in the one who would be 3rd or 4th in FPTP winning.

    I don’t get how you think it is more logical or fair to ignore the first choice of the second most popular candidate.

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    Smig says:

    Osbourne is on course to do what?

    I suppose it depends if “on course” follows the BBC agenda.

  48. 48
    Smig says:

    Hahaha. You should join the rest of us at the back of the bus having a smoke before school ;)

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    screw the lot of them says:

    Piss off.

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    Slot Gob says:

    No – Tony still excites me in every possible way.

  52. 52
    jgm2 says:


    Absolutely. There is no sense at all in deferring or ‘spreading’ the pain. It’s analogous to removing a sticking plaster.

  53. 53

    In last night’s vote, Labour MP Barry Gardiner of Brent North voted against military intervention in Libya. This is the same Barry Gardiner who They Work For You states voted very strongly for the Iraq war and voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. Utter, utter c unt.

  54. 54
    Van Rumpuy Pumpuy - Cameron's mate says:

    Ja ja ja!

    Divide and conqueror is the only way forward.

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    Barry has obviously learned his lesson.

    Unlike 500+ other MPs.

  56. 56

    No. He said in his speech on Friday that he opposes this because he believes it’s for regime change. Unlike Iraq which was for…er…regime change. And the Iraq invasion was illegal, whereas this has a UN resolution. He’s just an opportunistic partisan prick. If Labour was in power right now, he’d be voting in favour.

  57. 57
    Steve Miliband says:

    The irony is that if Libya did have WMD they could actually launch them into Europe within 45 minutes (according to my minicab driver last night)

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    Moley says:

    If my first vote went to the Candidate who came second, I would find it preferable to have my second preference vote taken into account rather than ignored.

    I would be furious if the second preferences of the voters of minority and extremist parties were counted before mine.

    Sockpuppet – “It (Your system) would produce results similar to FTP”


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    Hugh Janus says:

    Why in God’s name should we find SB’s twaddle of even the slightest interest? Go and plug your incompetent and inadequate bully-boy of a husband somewhere else. Your attempts to promote him are just pitiful. We all know what McBust did to this country in 13 years of the most incredibly profligate and mendacious activity, and therefore do not wish to be reminded of his part in our downfall.

    A golden example of the saying “Twitter is for twats”.

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    tube_thumper says:

    I wish everyone would stop picking on Librans

  61. 61
    Hugh Janus says:

    Nurse, I need the bucket – NOW!!

  62. 62
    Norman Lamentable says:

    The only thing Lamont should be wheeled into is a ditch. Ugly, foul, useless c unt.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Don’t worry about budgets…. Labour never did!

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    Eeu to me says:

    I find it strange Liebour were taking a sword to the town halls in 2008/9 and the Unions or the BBC didn’t seem to be bothered ,even when they hit the plod and the fire brigades, as soon as the UnConned us got in, the BBC ,Unions and Liebour thought they had lit a big firework but it seems after a year the firework is a damp squid, rusty Cameron the warmonger should go ahead with the cuts and get it over with.

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    Edward. says:

    George hasn’t ‘cut’ aught, he has merely cut the rise in government expenditure, there is a hell of difference.

    As for cutting jobs in Gov’ depts, no chance, it’s all smoke and mirrors.

    Meanwhile in the real world RPI goes up and up, time for George and cut income taxes, give something back, to the real economy. He could pay for it by, just binning the disastrous mind numbingly inept Broon scheme, the tax credit ‘re-distribution’ system and into the bargain, a perfect reason to rid the exchequer of the liability of paying for the salaries of half of the HMRC.

    Promises, Promises, George is a little boy lost and the Tories are as likely to cut civil servant jobs in real terms, as a new Socialist admin’ would be.
    Blue Labour with their Lib dem chums, same old, same old.

  66. 66
    Eleanor Mills says:

    “But Mumsnet rather lets the air out of their argument when they claim that Britain “falls behind Spain, Greece and Italy when it comes to family-friendly businesses”.

    Yup, because those three countries, all teetering on the brink of the financial abyss, are really who you want to be extolling. ”

    Mumsnet becomes an internet arm of the Labour party. Quelle surprise.

  67. 67
    Max Mosley says:

    So Nazi uniforms and caning are not out of the question then?

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    jgm2 says:

    Actually, he probably would. Fair point.

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    8 Minute Eddie says:


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    jgm2 says:

    Labour were taking a sword to town halls because most of them were T*ry run by that point.

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    al-Megrahee-hee says:

    Rescues me! I wants to go back to prison in Fried Mars Bars Land! I mean, Scottishland! Please! It is very explodey and dangers here!

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    misterned says:

    But we are seeing LOADS of cuts on the BBC. Bulletins are full of left wing councils axing front-line services, or protests about the axing of front line services.

    As Hugh Janus above states, worst of both worlds for Cameron.

    The tories have failed in communicating the needs for the cuts, the reasons for the cuts and the scale of the fuck-up left by labour which will take a decade at least to recover from properly.

    The tories simply MUST communicate this and place the cause of every single cut firmly at the door of labour if they want to stand any chance of remaining in office in 2015.

    They are not looking very much like a party that does want to remain in power at the moment.

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    Sally Burcow says:

    I most certainly do not shave my fanny.

    My little husband trims it with his teeth.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Inflation hits 4.4%, Gadaffi supposedly mad but according to the FT he is sitting on $6.5 billion of gold. Gordon on the other hand…”

    You are not suggesting that Mad Dog is saner than Gordon?

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    Ampers says:

    Absolutely, and what can Labour do after all their talk about us not needing to cut so much.

    They are powerless, imagine the laughter if they started accusing the Government of not cutting enough!

    and, hands up everyone who is surprised at the above posting?


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    jgm2 says:

    Also, while I’m dead against our involvement in Li-b-ya (just as I was against Iraq both times) I’m very much in favour of direct action against the governments (and not the military or the people) of regimes that are p155ing us off.

    It’s not your average Li-b-yan who is shooting British policewomen or supplying the IRA with bombs. They don’t deserve to be targetted. Target the c*unt at the top. That’ll sober the fuckers up when they’re planning their next act of idiocy.

    Just as if Li-b-ya wants to bomb the UK parliament in retaliation then you’ll hear no complaints from me. After all, they’re the ones making the fucking stupid decisions. They’re the ‘leaders’. Why should I be afraid to get on tubes or buses for fear of being killed for their fucking stupid decisions?

    Bollocks. If you’re going to have a war then the very first thing you should be targetting is the leaders. The ones giving the fucking orders.

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    Steve Jobs says:

    Sorry SarahBrownUK I do not use iTunes as it is crap. Just like that Gordon Brown chap.

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    misterned says:

    The plan is to turn the tanker around 180 degrees by 2015. We have to pay off the deficit before we can even begin to start reducing the debt.

    Labour’s plans were only to turn it 90 degrees by then. That would mean even more deficit, even more debt and even more debt interest and less money available for nurses, teachers, police, doctors etc…

    Labour’s cuts would have had to be a lot worse and a lot deeper later in this decade as they ran out of even more money.

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    jgm2 says:

    How can they communicate it when the Al-Libya of the UK remains in enemy hands?

    Beaming the ‘facts’ into every home 24/7. The ‘British Television Network’. Straight out of ‘V’ for Vendetta.

    There you go proles. Here’s what to think.

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    misterned says:

    As I said before the election, the left were scared that Cameron was lying, the right were scared that he was not!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    That should be “Mad Dog is more sane than Gordon”

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    In this video clip, change the word USA for UK and you have the EXACT same statements apply to the UK’s ponzi economy. The coalition, just as Labour before them, are massively cooking the UK’s books to make them look good. This is aided and abetted by the crooked Office of National Statistics.

    This is a scam by the G20 to steal more of taxpayers moeny for the politicians and the bankers.

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    jgm2 says:

    Slavering Mike Mad, the maddest c*unt in Carstairs, is less dangerous than Gordon Brown.

    And yet, to be fair to Brown, which I always am, he had three years as PM and didn’t start a single fucking war. Cameron has only had his feet under the table for nine months and he’s bombing another country.

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    Cynical-old-bag says:

    That’s right – blame the Conservatives and the Liberal Democarats for your money-wasting 13 years of government.

    If Labour had been more diligent with taxpayers money, we wouldn’t have to tighten our belts now – you stupid ******* ****!

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    Tessa Tickles says:

    What happens if Monster Raving Loony come last, so they’re kicked out of the contest and the 2nd votes of those who voted for them are taken into account. The party that comes last in this 2nd round is Independent, so they’re knocked out and their 2nd votes are taken into consideration. But those votes are all for Monster Raving Loony. Do the Monster Raving Loonies get back into the running? Are the original first votes for Monster Raving Loony reconsidered?

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    Free AK's with every Falafel Meal Deal says:

    Why is it whenever we see footage of arabs celebrating something, they’re shooting machine guns in the air? Are AK-47’s available at every local shop and falafel stand? Not even Americans with their constitutional Right to Bear Arms walk down the street carrying fucking machine guns. And arabs call the West savage and violent? That’s a laugh.

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    Eeu to me says:

    +1 go after the leaders, those bastards and these bastards will soon reach an agreement , it won’t do much for the gun runners but think of the money made on equipment to help “protect” the public afterwards.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    At least Dave got UN backing first though.

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    Fabianus says:

    Nearly everyone is aware that Gaddafi funded the Provos but fewer are aware of another typically misinformed involvement in the Northern Irish paramilitary underground. The story is bizarre and, as far as I know, relatively little is known about it.

    In the aftermath of the Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) strike of May 1974, which brought down the power-sharing Executive established following the Sunningdale Agreement, loyalist paramilitaries got an inkling that perhaps they didn’t need to look towards Unionist politicians any longer. As Hugh Smyth, later of the Progressive Unionist Party, said, the UWC victory “belonged to the workers and not to the politicians who did not declare their hand until it became clear that the workers were going to win.” Of course, this is to romanticise the so-called ‘strike’ by presenting it as some sort of spontaneous expression of working-class consciousness, when in fact it was initially a narrowly-based coup d’etat planned as early as the previous autumn by a self-selecting committee of paramilitary leaders. Nevertheless, it was loyalist trade unionists such as Hugh Petrie and members of the UDA and the UVF which made the ‘strike’ possible, not Ian Paisley or Bill Craig.

    So nearly everyone is aware of the IRA arms but why are they so unaware of those supposedly loyal to the British state receiving arms from him?

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    Cynical-old-bag says:


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    misterned says:

    The tories are spending more overall, but less on services. There is a massively inflating balloon of debt and debt interest which is eating the available money. This means that as the overall spending rises slowly, the debt is still growing faster and reducing the overall amount left over to go into services.

    So departments are facing spending cuts to put money that would have been spent on services, into paying off debt interest.

    However, as written above, it seems that the amount being spent on services is not being cut as much as is needed.

    Focusing on how many people are employed in departments, is not a very accurate way to measure cuts though. If they can still employ the same number of people, but still cut budgets by 20% by eliminating waste, then that should suit both sides. We save money but less people are made unemployed.

    Only cynical lefties who love to see unemployment rocket for political reasons would hate that!

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    No but Brown was probably the only person who could have pulled the rug from under Blair in 2002-3 but he sat on his hands and in fact did his Macavity act when the Iraq debate were on.

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    jgm2 says:

    Yep. They’ve been at the same stunt for a decade now.

    Yeah, so your house increased in value by 15% last year (up 30,000 pounds) but we’re going to keep mortgage rates low because your pocket calculator got cheaper by 15% (25p).

    And they wonder why they have a housing cr*sh. And now they’re using the same justification to inflate away everybodies debt. Trashing the prudent and the pensioners and the savers to force us all to keep working to earn more of their devaluing bits of paper so we can eat.


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    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I don’t see Martin McGui**ess or Gerry Ad*ms rushing to Gadaf*i’s aid. Do you?

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    well, its more logical to want FPTP if you want the system to produce results like FPTP.

    If you are in a marginal seat. lets say Chorley …
    If conservative gets 19,000 votes and labour gets 20,000 1st preference votes, what happens next?
    What happens if you voted for the smoking pub landlord candidate gets 2000 votes?

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    jgm2 says:

    Yep. True. Either one of the c*unts could have saved us from the other. Blair could have saved us from Brown’s economic destruction and Brown could have saved us from Blair’s social and international destruction.

    As it was they were so wrapped up in the ultimate ‘prize’ of wearing the ring that they were prepared to allow each other to destroy everything they touched as long as they got their ‘go’.


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    Cynical-old-bag says:

    [And yet, to be fair to Brown, which I always am, he had three years as PM and didn’t start a single fucking war.]

    Only because he was so busy saving the world from financial ruin, that he didn’t have time.

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    Gen Sir David Richards says:

    Uhmm. Not exactly.

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    albacore says:

    How does it follow that Dave and the blue plonkers, a waste of space when they were the Parliamentary Opposition, should somehow, in one bound, transform their worthless hides into the Wonder Government?
    Have you ever suspected that Dave hasn’t a clue on how to delegate a real job of work and get it done; and that, even if he had, the pool of pondlife that elevated him to lead them would starve to death if they were paid on only results that benefitted the UK?
    Just not being Gordon ain’t enough. Our cat does that with panache.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    We’re all joining together to “save money”…. but let’s not talk about that European Army plan in case it scares people of a EUSSR superstate. All signed up to since Gordon Brown signed the Lisbon CONstitution behind everyone’s backs, like a thief in the night.

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    One of the factors which is also driving up public-spending is the fact that a decent proportion of our national debt – around 20%- is linked to the inflation rate and in particular to the Retail Price Index. As this is higher than CPI and rising this is proving to be very expensive for the Exchequer as we have to pay out based on higher inflation. In terms of the numbers this is part of what I wrote today.

    “If we for a moment look at our old inflation target of RPI-X we can see that it is indicating an even larger problem than that shown by the current measure. It was targetted to be 2.5% and today it is at 5.5% which is 3% over what was its target. I have long argued that it is a superior measure to Consumer Price Inflation and therefore it means that our inflation problem is worse than the already poor headline figure.”

    So not only do we have an inflation problem it also adds to our deficit and national debt problem

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Hard to disagree with your conclusion there.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    And I bet the libdems still can’t believe their luck.

    It has long been my belief that cameron simply wandered up to the wrong stall at fresher’s week.

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    misterned says:

    Not true. Labour change the contracts for many public “servants” to give them massive redundancy payoffs. In some cases equivalent to 10 years salary.

    The coalition needs to find who it can sack cheaply!

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    The ext question that needs to be asked is this:

    Of those few former civil servants that do make up part of the net decrease in head count, how many have been shuffled into “independent” organisations and now provide the same service to government as they did before but at a significantly increased cost?

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    Lord Lucan says:

    it’s not rocket science. If in 12 months the total headcount AND staff budget for permanent and temporary staff has not fallen by less than 10% the minister is fired. Period.

    F*cking Nancy-boy consensus driven Cameron has cojones the size of peas. Typical though from an in-bred, Eton twat who has never run anything in his life (Sorry, PR is not a real job).

    Between Labour who don’t think crushing debt is a problem and the Con-Dems who are too soft to do anything about it, the UK is f&cked. Get out while(if) you can.

  109. 109
    jgm2 says:

    Not true. Labour change the contracts for many public “servants” to give them massive redundancy payoffs.

    Seriously? Another part of their scorched-earth legacy?


  110. 110
    jgm2 says:

    I think you’ll find he spent the entire three years engaged in a monumental cover-up trying to hide the fact that he alone is responsible for the UK’s unique (in the G8) economic clusterfuck.

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    Exactly, why the fuck is it somehow immoral to target the very guy at the top who is the cause of the problem yet somehow acceptable to bomb his armed forces and infrastructure with the inevitable result that innocent civilians are killed in the hope that maybe just maybe Gadaffi will be killed accidentally by being in the wrong place at the right time.
    The only explanation is that approval of targeted assassination would put all the world leaders in the same perilous position as they rest of us and we can’t have that can we !

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Mums net should get of their fat arses , wasting their time on the computer. And get the housework done .

  113. 113
    Edward. says:


  114. 114
    No wonder so many civilians get hurt says:

    I always wonder what happens to all that lead released into the air. The footage last night should some guy emptying an auto matic machine gun into the skies above, that’s a lot of bullets.
    They have to come down eventually.

  115. 115
    Mystick1 says:

    Ed Balls. What a fucking shit.

  116. 116
    Anonymous says:

    Can you imagine what would happen if any of us let off a few rounds in the air down the local high street, even if it was to celebrate winning the ashes? We’d get 20 years minimum

  117. 117
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Is there REALLY a Department of Climate Change? Really, really, REALLY? They can’t be serious. Chop is NOW. Complete waste of money.

  118. 118
    Up sh1t creek says:

    CPI inflation massively up, RPI inflation massively up, and borrowing massively up. The coalition doing very well then to deal with Labour’s record breaking £4Trillion deficit. And that’s before you discount the fact that the Office of National Statistics are cooking the nations books, along with the Bank of England, keeping the figures small to look less worse than it actually is.

  119. 119
    Goldbug says:

    “fire every one in ten”?

    8 in 10 would be far better.

  120. 120
    Rodsky returns says:

    Just read in the Open Europe thing (yet another “Oooo get the feck out of EU” to please the “Sceptics” when we all know they’re there to take your eye off the real ball) that the so called “UK Government” is “assessing” whether to take part in “Pact for the Euro”.
    Dear God (sorry not allowed to say that shite), just keep feeding the masses the money and they’ll vote for any cnut with a wallet.
    Question, in a Gen Elect, if no fecker turns out to vote, do the pricks keep their jobs…or… will the truth become obvious and Brussels take full control… we’re paying double for government boys n girls… Sorry fellow hupersons

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

    There is no chance of the deficit being eliminated in the next four years unless the government takes a chainsaw to the Welfare Budget, but they won’t. They could reduce Disability Benefit claimants by 90% and not one disabled person would be affected, but they won’t. They could restrict Child Benefit to a maximum of 2 children, but they won’t. They could reduce the DFID budget by 50%, but they won’t. They could stop spending hundreds of millions of £’s dropping bombs on Libya, but they won’t. The list is endless.

  122. 122
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Yes. I was being sarcastic.

  123. 123
    misterned says:

    Well it would help if every time a minister is being interviewed they actually created a vivid image of the scale of the disaster. Something like “the addition of a Black Wednesday sized cost to the taxpayer”


    “we would not need to be cutting this if labour had not added a black Wednesday sized cost to the deficit every sodding week!”

    It is up to the ministers to reinforce this every time that they are giving interviews on the media.

  124. 124
    misterned says:

    Do you really enjoy in boasting about your ignorance?

    5.5% per year is nowhere near hyper inflation.

    “Definitions used vary from one provided by the International Accounting Standards Board, which describes it as “a cumulative inflation rate over three years approaching 100% (26% per annum compounded for three years in a row)”, to Cagan’s (1956) “inflation exceeding 50% a month.” As a rule of thumb, normal monthly and annual low inflation and deflation are reported per month, while under hyperinflation the general price level could rise by 5 or 10% or even much more every day.”

    Whilst 5.5% P.A. is not good, and is significantly above target, it is nowhere near a 5% per day is it?

    Let’s just step away from the delusional hysteria shall we?

  125. 125
    Fabianus says:

    Glenn Barr, OBE, also did not rush to his aid. Perhaps he is still trying to read the green book Gadaffi sent?

  126. 126
    misterned says:

    LMAO!!! Very probably true.

  127. 127
    misterned says:

    Indeed very true. I saw an article where some town planner and his school teaching assistant wife were very worried about the government changing their contracts to change the redundancy packages.

    He said that owing to his 30 years service, his current redundancy package was 10 years of salary. Hers was nowhere near this, of course.

    Alright for some.

  128. 128
    :) says:

    Department of Climate Change has 4 sections – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

    Greg is currently modelling the forthcoming Summer collections.

    Mmmm nice.

  129. 129
    Good thing says:

    It was obvious that they would not hit their targets. Too much self-interest further down the chain by people who are supposed to make those decisions. But it pulls the rug from wanker Balls and co. They keep saying that they are cutting too fast, when the figures and the monthly deficit will show that they haven’t done nearly enough.
    Hopefully it will induce the proper remedy for this financial mess which should be very widespread pay freezes and real paycuts in the public sector. If the wankers won’t fire themselves then they can at least have curbs on pay put on them from above. This way, the swines who have benefited most from the nation’s bankruptcy will actually have to suffer to put it right, instead of extra taxation on the private sector to keep on paying to maintain the public sector inflated salaries and pensions.
    The problem is that this is the most politically damaging way to do it. Even when compared to the scaremongering by the BBC and Liebour about evil Tory public service cuts. Most people actually think it is essential housekeeping (if they have an opinion), including many public sector workers because few will actually lose their jobs or perks if it is just job cuts and frontline service cuts and many people won’t see a noticable difference in service levels or their qulaity of life, depending on where they live and what they use. Where as cutting public sector pay, will ensure possibly millions of potential voters and strikers having their noses put out of joint, not to mention MPs pay may have to take a hit as well to make it seem fairer.

  130. 130
    Anonymous says:

    The second preference vote for each candidate will not be left to chance. In Australia the major parties negotiate with the smaller parties for second preference votes. All the pRties then hand out voting cards to their voters telling them who to place as their second preference. This will be interesting because it will mean Nick Clegg will basically have to do a pre election deal with either Labour or the Tories to decide who is to get Liberal second preferences and Labour and Tory second preferences as if Clegg gives his second preference to the Tories Labour will have to tell their voters to give their second preferences to the Greens or SNP in Scotland. It will make to build up to the election fascinating.

  131. 131
    Bobg says:

    Good. Bye bye Tories.

  132. 132
    Honest View says:

    I fear you’re right. They are receiving all the opprobium for being savage cutters while actually tinkering around the edge. I’m afraid the Welfare State is too big a beast to deal with now.
    I agree with your ideas, but what else needs to be done? Leaving the E.U. would be a start. Can anyone please tell me what benefit membership brings- and before you start saying how much trade we do with the E.U., would we be not be allowed to trade any more? LIke Norway and Switzerland cannot trade?

  133. 133
    Honest View says:

    You find it strange? Surely not.

  134. 134
    Honest View says:

    Some of those heroic freedom fighters look scarier than the Mad Dog himself.

  135. 135
    Martin Riggs says:

    If the angle is wrong they can come down with lethal force. If not they do not but the angle between the two is very narrow and no sane individual would fire into the air like that

  136. 136
    Martin Samuel says:

    qui tacet consentire

    So I take it that all those who did not condemn the UDA for coonsorting with someone to attack the British state is quite acceptable

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