March 22nd, 2011

Lord Madsen

One person who will have a closer than usual eye on the budget tomorrow is the Adam Smith Institute’s Madsen Pirie. Tobacco duty rising again is the last thing a blossoming cigar company needs. Putting his money where his mouth is, Pirie backed and remains a shareholder in Regius Cigars, who seem to have returned the favour with a nominally optimistic tribute:

Baron Fawkes or a cigar named after Guido. Tough call…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Smokers prop up the NHS.


    • 3
      Socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

      Somebody has to.


      • 18
        Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

        How about a Big Willy cigar named after Bill Clinton, well known cigar fan along with his friend Monica Lewdinsky…


    • 5
      smoggie says:

      It would be a profitable enterprise if it were not for all those sick persons. But it’s ultimate problem is that for any service or product which is free: demand is unlimited.


      • 15
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        But it’s not free. We all pay for it.


        • 23
          smoggie says:

          You don’t pay for it directly. Whether you use it or not you will pay a fee, a tax, which is unrelated to your demand. So, if you use it once, twice or whenever you fancy, it will cost you nought, ergo it that sense, it is free.


          • Cynical-old-bag says:

            Really? I’ll remember that next time I need a prescription, or dental treatment.


          • Word says:

            A prescription isn’t a service.

            Dental treatment I’ll give you… though it is heavily subsidised.


          • Cynical-old-bag says:

            Dental treatment might be heavily subsedised but it’s still bloody expensive in the UK.

            I didn’t realise quite how expensive it was until I needed a dentist in another part of Europe. Same qualifications (trained in Sheffield) but about a quarter of the price – and a far better quality of treatment.


          • Dick4Brains says:

            can somebody tell me the nearest NHS dentist to the west country?


          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            London, But only if you are a ethnic minority.


          • The Sleeper says:

            You can turn up to the A&e every day and it won’t cost you a penny piece.

            A spell in the Third World might also cure your selective blindness.


          • Cynical-old-bag says:

            Sleeper has obviously never needed an NHS dentist. They’re about as rare as rocking horse shit.


          • jgm2 says:

            And you can sit in A&E for 3 hours and 59 minutes before being seen by anybody with even the most perfunctory medical qualification.

            Then they’ll send you home to die.


          • Tessa Tickles says:

            “You don’t pay for it directly”

            Funny, before I quit working full-time in 2005, I was paying £704 National Insurance contributions every month. I’d call that “paying for it directly”.

            Free NHS? Yeah, right.


          • The Orwellian definition of the word Free says:

            Smoggie you don’t half talk shite mate.


  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sorry but what makes it worse is that normal white workin classes are taxed to the fuckin hilt , Add to that the destruction of the pub industry with taxes and the smoking ban , When will goverment get out of our lives , I once saw a advert stating that in petrol, More goes to the goverment than is made in profit, the same with fags, Does anyone wonder why so many people fuck off to france and mainland europe to get cheap baccy and booze? Remeber what the TEA party stands for Taxed Enough Already, when are we going to protest? ( I am not protesting with lefties to try and overthrow this goverment , not that they will, Plus they want bigger goverment , i dont) . The political class are so out of touch that NONE of them know how the real world works.

    Tossers the lot of em!


    • 9
      smoggie says:

      Over 80% of what you pay at the pump goes to the government in tax. They like to blame the greedy oil companies for ths (just as they like to blame the greedy bankers for economic problems) but the truth is, no ne benefits more in a price rise hike than the exchequer.


    • 53
      Word says:

      Destruction of the pub industry. Genius. Twats like you are the reason they bother with all their made up bullshit about being driven out of business. No hidden agenda there, no, not all all. *coughs*profit*coughs*.


    • 65
      PigShit says:

      It seems to me that the British actually enjoy a bit of flogging and hardship – something about character development – which makes it very easy for our corrupt legislators to take the piss. We could learn a thing about revolution by watching the Libyans and Yemenies and others. Thje establishment here is fucking crap and totally self-centred


    • 139
      petrol pump says:

      I seem to recall reading not long ago [perhaps somebody cleverer than me will know how to google to find it] about a garage somewhere that changed its till procedures to list individually all the elements that went to make up the pump price.

      It went something like:
      1 gallon 4 star – 8p
      tax – 70p
      vat- 39p
      extra duty levy 77p

      etc etc. If every garage did this then the motoring public would soon realise by just how much per gallon they are being screwed.


  3. 4
    Smoking gun says:

    No smok without fire. Disgraced MP Mark Oaten takes job promoting fur trade.
    Oh shit!


  4. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can someone name something after me please?


  5. 7
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    6 x 38 ?

    What do those numbers stand for?


  6. 10
    Sir William Waad says:

    That would be a cigarillo, surely Guido?


  7. 17
    Lt Gen Bertie Farquarson says:

    Not really part of this but Barnet council are insulting the Irish.

    On their website, about the forthcoming referendum, they put:

    You can vote in the referendum if you are registered to vote, are 18 or over and are:

    a British citizen, or
    a qualifying Commonwealth citizen*, or
    a citizen of the Irish Republic

    Blatantly ignoring the fact that the people of Southern Ireland won their independence the hard way. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if this insult came from Parliament.


    • 20
      jgm2 says:

      What are you talking about?


    • 142
      R U Pistov II says:

      Oops. They forgot to add that lot from the EU. surely they are entitled to a say seeing as how they make so many of our decisions for us anyway? And, moreover, I do not understand why the Eireans still have a vote anyway. They pissed off voluntarily – so they should be told to stay pissed off.


  8. 21
    Bill Clinton says:

    I like cigars.


  9. 26
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    “Happiness is a cigar called Lord Masden”.

    Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.


  10. 31
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido , IF and i do if the Goverment offered you a seat in the Lords for services to tackle corupption ( Or something like that) Would you take it?


  11. 32
    Happy now?!! says:

    You happy now?!! Look what you’ve done to our beloved Auntie Beeb! Look! You happy?!!!!

    The BBC could cut back on its overnight programming in a bid to save money. The move, which would affect the schedule between 10.35pm and 6am, is one of the ideas suggested by the corporation’s staff in an internal review.

    Asked if overnight programming – which the BBC currently spends £150 million on a year – could disappear altogether, he said: “Obviously that’s one theoretical possibility, or you might do something else, you might put something else on.”

    The BBC committed itself to saving billions of pounds from its budget when it launched the process, called Putting Quality First, last year.

    Other ideas, which the BBC described as “common emerging themes” from the process include repeating its popular shows like the drama South Riding on different channels in the same week.


  12. 37
    Justice says:

    Say what you like about I*rael but I can’t imagine any muzee country imprisoning one of its own former leaders for anything, let alone sexual crimes.

    Former I*raeli president M*she K*tsav has been jailed for seven years at a court in Tel A*iv for r*pe and other sexual offences. He was convicted in December of r*ping a former employee and sexually harassing two other women who used to work for him. The court rejected K*tsav’s lawyers’ request for leniency, making him the highest-ranking Israeli official ever sent to jail.


  13. 39
    Gordon Brown says:

    Mummy says if I learn to wipe my bot bot, I can have an extra portion of boiled cabbage with my din dins. Yaaaay!


  14. 41
    Steve Miliband says:

    Wouldn’t Gordon Brown leaving No10 been better if they started playing the Hamlet music


  15. 50
    Fawkes go native says:

    I suspect that as a Baron you can claim expenses, so a no brrainer.


  16. 56

    I wonder does this count as tobacco advertising……


  17. 62
    Socialists at it again says:

    Brace yourself. There’s gonna be a load of protests against cuts this Saturday being held by various lefty socialist groups.

    Kettle time!


  18. 66
    PigShit says:

    Now that the British Government have solved the Japan crisis and are nearly finished in Libya can we expect them to tak some notice of the people in this country – agh, yes, it’s the budget tomorrow – more fucking strife


  19. 68
    You couldn't make it up says:

    On the SWP website:

    We believe David Cameron’s statement that multi culturalism has failed was a dangerous declaration of intent. David Cameron’s speech was reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher’s infamous 1978 statement that Britain was “being swamped by alien cultures”. He has branded Britain’s Muslims as the new “enemy within” in the same way as Thatcher attacked the miners and trade unions.

    Initial signatories include:

    Peter Hain
    Jeremy Corbyn
    Ken Livingstone
    Salma Yaqoob
    Bob Crow
    Billy Hayes
    Mark Serwotka
    Lauren Booth
    Lindsey German


  20. 83
    angelnstar says:

    His odds are inching towards a victory…… can Boris defy the fates a second time?


  21. 89
    Yanks begin attacking the wrong people in Libya as usual says:

    Pilot number one, who was scarcely injured, was taken to the military authorities in Benghazi from where he was quickly handed over to the Americans.

    But a rescue mission was mounted for pilot number two, and this is where what could have been comic turned sour. Osprey aircraft came in, all guns blazing, assuming – as the American military tends to do – that this was hostile territory.

    “We are disturbed about the shooting because if they’d given us a chance we would have handed over both pilots,” said Colonel Sayid. “This shooting created panic.

    “Worse than that, several bystanders were injured, amongst them 43-year-old Hamad Abdul Ati. We found him in Jala hospital in Benghazi, with multiple shrapnel and bullet wounds, and a broken arm. He didn’t understand why the Americans had been so aggressive in their rescue mission.

    “We consider that whoever is shot down or a prisoner of war, we should save him and hand him over,” he told me from his hospital bed. “But another plane shot at me and Hamdy my son. I have shrapnel in my hand.”Hospital staff told us that 20-year-old Hamdy’s injuries were far worse, and he was undergoing an operation to amputate part of one leg.


  22. 90
    Bob Crow says:

    Socialism will save us.


    • 148
      I hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

      Fuck off, Bob, you ignorant, bigoted, semi-literate fraud. Why don’t you do something useful before your clogged arteries fur up completely? Donate all the fat round your middle to the nearest greasy spoon to fry eggs in? You twat.


  23. 91
    Yanks begin attacking the wrong people in Libya as usual says:

    Six villagers who rescued a US pilot have been shot by a US helicopter.


    • 107
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Imagine how they’d have been treated if they hadn’t rescued the aircrew.


    • 121
      Yankee Doodle Fuckwit says:

      Yeeeeeeehhhhhhhaaaaaaaa Top gun Dude !


    • 126
      :) says:

      We’re being rescued by US Marines.

      …..Quick get the f**k out of here.


    • 146
      Old geezer says:

      There was a saying during World War 2. When the Luftwaffe flies, the British take cover. Whe the RAF flies, the Germans take cover. When the Yanks fly, everyone takes cover.


  24. 98
    Tachybaptus says:

    A title is only a title,
    But a good cigar is a smoke.

    (Kipling actually said ‘woman’, not ‘title’.)


  25. 100
    Madge says:

    Well this afternoon I went to church and offered a little prayer to God in the hope that he gives Gordon Brown a very special gift of incurable Cancer. The thought of him slowly dying in painful agony made me feel so much better that I really enjoyed the rest of my afternoon with the grand children.


    • 109
      Chayree Blair says:

      Good on yer, Madge. We don’t want anything quick and clean, but I did offer Tone the stainless steel carving knife every time the one-eyed Scottish wanker came through from number 11.


  26. 101
    Engineer says:

    I doubt that anybody would be silly enough to name a cigar after me, but if they did it would have to be 1″ x 8 tpi, or at a pinch M24 x 3. Length to suit, of course.


  27. 102
    Beast says:

    Cough the job Fawkes how many free ones have you been given?


  28. 104
    Richard Baron says:

    We are fortunate to be able to visit the Regius website. If you try to get to from the UK, you will be told that the law prevents your accessing it here. The nanny state has (a) gone mad and (b) never heard of proxy servers.


    • 108
      Tessa Tickles says:

      hide my ass, by any chance? Excellent – thanks to Google, it took me about 20 seconds to get round the restrictions.


    • 112
      Jim Royle says:

      ‘Welcome to

      This website is exclusively dedicated to information on smokers’ items and accessories by Davidoff.’

      So why is it verbotten?

      My arse.


  29. 113
    Gordon Brown serenades Sarah says:

    You’re once, twice, three times a beard.


  30. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Winston (Churchill) got a regular supply of his favourite cigars every year from Cuba, a personal gift from Fidel Castro, what that says about capitalism v communism I dont know, but obviously neither of them had any big hangups about lighting up. A woman is only a woman but a good cigar is a smoke- Rudyard Kipling.


  31. 128
    nell says:

    gad afi is apparently tonight seeking a safe haven.

    I wonder if he will go here where one of his sons has already gone with that plane load of bulllion and some of the family.

    (By the by gordon and balls, please note that some countries, libya in particular, had enough sense not to sell off their bullion when it was at rock bottom, but to keep it for a rainy day!)


  32. 129
    nell says:

    Two infamous men who publicly enjoyed cuban cigars.

    One has already gone to meet his maker , the other may well follow soon.


  33. 133
    albacore says:

    Needing a some light relief from the doom and gloom of the budget, I took a gander at our witty Government’s latest side-splitter:
    “Building a fairer Britain: Reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission”.
    Here is not the place to launch a comprehensive appreciation of this masterwork of shaggy-dog-story gobbledegook; but I cannot recommend it highly enough to fellow insomniacs.
    Rest assured that your blood pressure, elevated by tales of why that vicious QUANGO has been put on the naughty step, will be restored to tranquillity in the knowledge that not only do we have a Minister for Equalities but also a Minister for Women & Equalities, too, to get medieval on its ass.


  34. 135
    PigShit says:

    In a unique display of endeavour and creativity, Col mGaddafi has opened his store of old Dunlop tennis raquets as a means of repelling the ‘enemy bombs’. As the bombs are fired his armed militia are to be seen playing a variety of tennis strokes to hit the bombs back where they came from. David Campbell, apparently the British PM has scornfully remarked … “at least we’ve still got Tim Henman”

    back to the studio in London, where there is nobody because we are all in Libya, Sky & BBC, planted before the conflict began, NewsTeams


  35. 136
    PigShit says:

    in other news, my sources tell me but it is not being reported on the british media, it seems that the level of radiation in drinking water in Tokyo is 27 times greater than the safe, not normal, level.


    • 140
      tube_thumper says:

      well not in the sun anyway too busy with Russell brands “romps”
      Its ok let the chavs die .. but oh no they wont because they dont drink water


  36. 137
    Tax Payer says:

    someone else has paid for every sheet of paper Gordon Brown has ever wiped his arse with


  37. 141

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