April 27th, 2011

Silencing Court Jesters

The role of a court jester was subtler than you might think, he made fun of the king and his courtiers in such a way as to often tell truths which could not be said directly. A strong king did not fear the role of the jester, knowing it was a safety valve for dissent and an indirect source of intelligence that would be otherwise difficult to convey to his face. A wise king who was lucky enough to have a clever court jester could learn much from how the court reacted to his japes and court observers could learn from how the king reacted more than might otherwise have been known.

Only a king too weak or too arrogant would find a jester insufferable. Jesters strengthened kingdoms.

It seems to Guido that today the rich and the powerful are too arrogant and perhaps too afraid of the media, much as weak kings feared the jester, they fear an unfettered free press.

In an age of moral relativism the court of public opinion is so often the only one we have in which to judge public figures. The politician who disports himself naked in parliament - like Nigel Griffiths did – may feel no shame, his wife may be blameless, his party may stay silent, but should he really be able to hide his foolishness from the voters? Should he be able to go to the Courts to protect his privacy after literally cavorting with his lover in the public offices of parliament? He won an injunction to stop a free press reporting the full truth about him to his voters. That seems to Guido to be dangerous to our freedom and to the exercise of informed choice in a democracy.

Celebrities who use their wholesome image to endorse products similarly protect their commercial value using the Court to cover up their sordid reality.

Celebrities, soap stars and footballers go to Courts of Law to avoid being judged by the court of public opinion. If they succeed they escape censure and society is worse off in two ways; public figures get away with behaviour which society rightly disdains and they still manage to project a false self-image without the truth being exposed to the society they deceive. Secondly there will exist in society those who know the truth about public figures – mainly people in the media, politics and the law – and those who are kept ignorant like Roman plebeians.  That can’t be right.

Fear of widespread humiliation and popular opprobrium are two social restraints on the tendency of flawed humans to succumb to their baser instincts. It is an unfortunate fact that many of the characteristics which drive men to power are the same that make them scoundrels. If society wants those who rise to fame and fortune to behave less scandalously, society should keep the justified fear of exposure by a free press as a restraint. Muzzle the press by protecting the privacy of public figures and public life will be even more dominated by unreported scoundrels.


200 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    and i thought we had a free press.

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    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      More to the point what kind of wicked justice system allows someone to pay the legal profession to have the courts ban the reporting of wrongdoing . Why are our courts party to this ?

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      • 21
        Innit? says:

        If any previous Government had bothered with proper privacy laws then any judges making the law up as they go along could be tried.

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        • 145
          Great Granddad says:

          There is nothing at all wrong with the law, which is perfectly plain. It is the judges who are making up their own law that is the problem.

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        • 152
          hypocrisy test says:

          dr*nk dr*ving charge

          bankr*pt

          friends with Hull B*P

          one mans automoderation is another mans cheap and quick method of superinjunction and silencing criticism

          “Fear of widespread humiliation and popular opprobrium are two social restraints on the tendency of flawed humans to succumb to their baser instincts”

          innit?

          LOL

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      • 26
        jgm2 says:

        Robert Maxwell was the pioneer of this kind of shit. It was only Private Eye that stood up to the c*unt while he was robbing his own pensioners and he tried every legal trick they could to stop ‘em reporting it.

        Not that I should give a shit. Fucking lefty apologists c*unts deserve to be shot for championing Labour instead of highlighting their incompetence, theft and destruction.

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      • 63
        ampersfa says:

        What I find difficult to understand is why isn’t this reported in foreign blogs owned by foreign nationals.

        Perhaps Wikileaks will develop a page just for these injunctions?

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        • 88
          Anonymous says:

          At PMQ labour are going nuts because Cameron told some screeching harridan to calm down dear, My Christ this from the party that brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy, they are completely incompetent if that’s what gets them animated. Idiots the lot of them

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          • jgm2 says:

            Excellent. Patronise them for the incompetents they are.

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          • Geoffrey HooooooooN says:

            Iraqi mothers will one day thank us for our intervention

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          • Harriet the hypocrite says:

            Following today’s disgraceful scenes in the House I have tabled a motion to criminalise the expression “calm down dear”. Anyone who utters this expression will be liable on conviction to 10 years imprisonment and a life time ban from taking up employment anywhere in the country.
            That is all.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Yeah. And no doubt Libyan mothers will be lining up to thank us in a similar fashion in a few years.

            Dow we learn nothing from history? We might as well ban it from the curriculum.

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          • Justice Eady says:

            As from today I have decided to place a hyper injunction on the lessons of History. Nothing of the past particularly those incidents which led to failure and embarrassment can be taught or spoken about. That is all.

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    • 148
      Maximus says:

      Sometimes free as in beer, and sometimes free as in speech. More of the former at the expense of the latter is a faustian bargain. The furnaces of hell tho continue to draw closer.

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    • 190
      Nemo says:

      Don’t be silly

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  2. 2
    stun says:

    What have they done with the real Guido? No spelling mistakes or nonsensical sentences? I think we should be told….

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  3. 3
    Bacon Lover says:

    Go go gadget Hemming …

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8476356/MPs-to-rule-over-Sir-Fred-Goodwins-super-injunction.html

    If only the other 649 had balls like that, it would be a different place.

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    • 196
      Greychatter says:

      Talking to someone a couple of years ago after the ABM-AMRO – RBS fiasco, a continental friend of ours, while studying had wanted to use the subject of Bank risk as a Phd thesis subject. Apparently bank risk had gone from x 2 to x 7 what ever that means.

      A Professor at the university did not want the subject discussed and refused to let the subject be used. This Professor was a Director of the ABM-AMRO bank. I understand that same Professor later became a director of another bank.

      Apparently local knowledge regarded some of those running the bank as crooks. Obviously they hood-winked Fred Goodwin.

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  4. 4
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    The only conculison we can take from this is that we need a first admendment right in this country, For to long the laws of this cvountry have been used and abused to give censorship to people that preach to us, Remeber the politicons didnt want us knowing how much money they stole!

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  5. 6
    Good stuff says:

    Brillo is tearing to shreds some slaphead Labour c unt over Labour’s hypocrisy on cuts. I’m amazed Brillo is employed by the bbc.

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  6. 7
    Cassius says:

    deports himself?

    Feck Off.

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  7. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Well said. We need a free press – we don’t want to end up like France. Amidst the financial disaster befalling the UK, the only thing that get put to referendum is AV, which further protects the political class.

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  8. 10
    Bill Clinton says:

    I did not take that woman up the shitter 11 times over a three day period.

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  9. 12
    Good stuff says:

    Anita Anand is fucking sexy.

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  10. 13
    Dogsbreath says:

    and….blog moderators no doubt!!

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  11. 15
    4getmenot says:

    Don’t 4 get PMQs Guido

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  12. 16
    Landale says:

    I am James Landale. Hear me roar.

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  13. 17
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    No PMQ live blog today? Oh well Miliband looks like a fucking mong

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  14. 19
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Can anyone tell me what the paddy is saying?

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  15. 20
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Ou est PMQs chat FFS?

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  16. 23
    Sir William Waad says:

    Mr Justice Eady
    Wasn’t really greedy
    He just thought that his function
    Was to grant a superinjunction
    Defending Wealth and Power
    Against the unwashed shower

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  17. 25
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Ed…………………………….. Miliband

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  18. 28
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Red Ed surrounded by mongs, Ed Testicles and man hater mad Hattie

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  19. 29
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Twat watch. Gordon is not in the chamber.

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  20. 31
    Tit wank in order says:

    Who’s the asian babe with the stunning cleavage sitting behind Red? They’re almost spilling out.

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  21. 32
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Why does Ed Testicles look like he wants to batter the back of Red Ed’s head?

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  22. 34
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Celeb watch: Andrew Marr is not in the chamber.

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  23. 35
    genghiz the khan says:

    The BBC and other media were constantly harping on about Tory sleeze, sex scandals in late 80s and 90s.

    ZaNuLab were no strangers to sleeze, and sex, yet there was no calls for resignations, no questioning of Treasury Ministers bending the expense rules to suit themselves.

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  24. 37
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Liebore in total denial as usual

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  25. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Dave is well shafting Red Ed and Bollock Ed

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  26. 41
    Dogsbreath says:

    I see the BBC is whining how its struggle to hire senior managers because it can no longer offer the bumper pay packets of its commercial rivals, apparently 400k won’t buy a quality manager these days…boohoo you just can’t get the staff.

    Clearly this shortage of cash can’t be the reason their programs have been so crap for the past 20 plus years.

    How many senior managers at 400k a pop do they think they need ffs.

    Another good reason not to pay your TV license methinks.

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    • 48
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Why don’t they recruit from Poland? They have TV there (and some fit auto cuties) pay them £10 an hour (well above the minimum wage). The BBC love immigrants so having a few thousand at the BBC would be welcomed would it not?

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      • 135
        Axe The Telly Tax says:

        Never mind daisy cutters. Shell the BBC HQ with depleted uranium until not one brick is standing on top of another.

        Or nuke it from orbit. Only way to be sure :-)

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        • 161
          bled White Taxpayer says:

          DU is for kinetic effect against hardened point targets. Reducing a building to rubble is most effectively done with HE, internal over-pressure and gravity assisted collapse.

          Nevertheless, I like your point.

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          • The Golem says:

            +1

            Always use the right tool for the job otherwise you’ll end up with a crap result – as the guy who taught me woodwork used to say.

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    • 144
      Anonymous says:

      Has anyone outside the BBC offered Jonathon Ross a contract as generous as his previous one courtesy of the tax payer ? No ? Could that be because in the real Market place some highly paid celebs are not actually worth what the BBC claim they are?
      Same applies to some BBC executives I’ll wager.

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      • 160
        Alan Yentob says:

        Wash your mouth out with soap. I am worth 5 times what you silly little taxpayers claim, and I make programmes enjoyed by the 17 people who matter in the art world. I don’t give a monkey’s what the other 70 million people in the country think.

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  27. 44
    Whoppers says:

    KIN L LOOK at the CLEAVAGE behind Red ED

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    • 52
      Dick Scratcher says:

      Angela Lansbury = dead meat

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    • 60
      Good stuff says:

      Yep. I posted about it above. They’re faptastic. I didn’t know Labour had such a sexy babe on their benches.

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      • 65
        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        I hope she’s a lezzer. Her and Nadine oil wrestling would be great.

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        • 165
          Huw Jampton says:

          Lisa Nandy is MP for Wigan, selected after an all-female shortlist was imposed. She is 1 of 6 Female Asian MPs. Well, I say Asian, but she was born in Manchester. Formerly a Labour councillor, no proper job, that kind of thing.

          Last July she was appointed to the Education Select Committee, and in the autumn was appointed PPS to Tessa Jowell

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  28. 47
    Good stuff says:

    I love how Blinky is sitting right next to Red, reminding him who’s boss.

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  29. 50
    Champagne Socialists still reign supreme says:

    Why would MP’s want to rock the boat? This legislation is there for them too. Don’t bank on any one of them wanting to change it quickly.

    There now sits in our island the results of 13 years of unadulterated marxism.

    The chances are they will be back in 4 years time any way to heap even more communism upon us. You have been warned.

    Don’t believe me? Have you watched the Champagne Socialist Queeen herself defending these injunctions on sky news?

    There is no hope.

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    • 57
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Of course because Polly probably has one on anyone investigating her champers life style.

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      • 78
        jgm2 says:

        Or details of any directorships and company accounts she may submit. Specifically dividend payments, parent companies and their tax domicile.

        I would guess.

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  30. 53
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    fuck off Bercow!

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  31. 57
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Is that a Rennie McIntosh outfit?

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  32. 61
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Nadine is looking very foxy today.

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    • 149
      She's a liability. says:

      Is Nadine saying that 70% of that yes to av leaflet is pure fiction or does that only apply to the contents of her constituency blog? Just wondering.

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  33. 62
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Aldous = boring twat

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  34. 64
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Fuck the nurses – lazy twats may have to do some work for a change

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  35. 66
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Cause Labour fixed the figures.

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  36. 68
    Dick Scratcher says:

    …cos Labour pissed taxpayers money up against the NHS wall

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  37. 70
    Gordo says:

    I thought that I was supposed to be a jester

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  38. 72
    Good stuff says:

    The woman with the stunning cleavage sitting behind Ed needs to go topless. Her tits are fucking amazing.

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  39. 74
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Red Ed getting punchy

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  40. 75
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Dave is ripping Miliband apart again.

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  41. 75
    Dick Scratcher says:

    ozzy really looks spaced out

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  42. 77
    juggernaut says:

    Parliamentary fucking privilege? Is that what it amounts to now? If Andy Pillock Marr is anything to go by: No wonder there is no democracy in the UK. The UK MSM needs to unglue its mouth from the dicks of parliament.

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  43. 79
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Liebore what a bunch of fucking omngs

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  44. 80
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Bercow is a twat , he allowed labour to shut down the PMs answer.

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  45. 81
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Cam used that disgusting term “dear”

    I have never heard the “D” word before at PMQs

    Call in the police

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  46. 82
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Anyone know big tits name?

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  47. 83
    Good stuff says:

    That was quite an enjoyable clash. But Squeaker was a disgrace for not telling Blinky and co to shut up. Enjoyed Dave’s “calm down, dear”.

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  48. 85
    Dick Scratcher says:

    She can take my temperature anytime

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  49. 86
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Ask the fucking lazy doctors you tit

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    • 92
      Doctor Foster, can't believe my payrise says:

      Sorry, I can’t answer you just now. Labour stuffed my mouth with gold and I only need to work three days a week for the same money I used to get for five days.

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  50. 88
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    “Future SQueaker in the making”

    Has Dave signed Bercow death warrent?

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  51. 90
    Good stuff says:

    Cameron to Sarah Woolaston: “A future speaker in the making”. Talk about a direct jibe against Bercow! And she’s a tasty MILF too.

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  52. 93
    Anonymous says:

    I cant see this pair of tits!!! Im going out of my mind!

    Fuck off Fiona

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  53. 94
    Dick Scratcher says:

    another Rennie McIntosh outfit

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  54. 97
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Can Labour give our money back?

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  55. 99
    Good stuff says:

    The Labour babe with the juicy melons spilling out needs to offer tit wanks to constituents.

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  56. 101
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Cam = coward, he will not take on the EU

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  57. 104
    Good stuff says:

    Some on the Labour benches didn’t like Dave’s “loony left” comment and started yelling. Ha ha!

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    • 112
      jgm2 says:

      Labour needs to get a grip. They’ve totally lost the plot now that the figures show there is no recession and Labour’s economic policy is in tatters. Not that it wasn’t in tatters anyway but now it’s been ripped up and put on the compost heap along with the grass cuttings and horseshit.

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      • 156
        Gideon Osboobery says:

        0.5%

        YIPPPEE!!!

        YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD!

        Now I can afford to bail out the Spanish too.

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        • 158
          jgm2 says:

          ‘Double-dip’ recession non-existent. Ned Balls wrong again. Get over it.

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          • Gideon Osboobery says:

            Fancy a bail out ?

            WE’RE IN THE MONEY! WE’RE IN THE MONEY!

            TAX CUTS ALL ROUND.

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          • Di Atishun says:

            But but but – the econobabble bird on the beeb says that next month there may well be “negative growth”, a sentiment with which the equally gormless newsreader concurred. so, watch this space then.

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        • 199
          The wizz says:

          Brown tried the con us with a 0% rise, remember that?

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  58. 105
    Good stuff says:

    Christ on a bike, Kerry Macarthy looks uglier every time.

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  59. 107
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Should have gone to Vision Express

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  60. 108
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Beard count = awful

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  61. 110
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Mandy likes hot rods

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  62. 111
    Good stuff says:

    Still trying to identify the Labour MP with the world class cleavage. Anyone know?

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  63. 113
    Good stuff says:

    Ben Backdoor talking vomit as usual.

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  64. 114
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Ben Bradshaw, an ex beeboid who supports Nu Liebore, what a shock. Not!

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  65. 115
    Anonymous says:

    Brilliant

    The person who won actually won. Take that Union vote red ed

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  66. 117
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Why the fuck is an MP getting worked up about Sri lanka? Who gives a fuck?

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    • 125
      Dick Scratcher says:

      Their Gov knows how to deal with terrorism. We are soft as shit

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      • 136
        Le Tigre says:

        Circumstance, dear boy. If any British Government decided to cleanse the country of tiresome, dreary fucknuts you’d probably fight for your pointless life too.

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  67. 120
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Panda getting tetchy – someone give him a bamboo shoot

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  68. 121
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Dave 7 ed 2 bercow-2

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  69. 122
    Anonymous says:

    LISA NANDY

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  70. 123
    Good stuff says:

    I don’t usually watch pmqs more than once but I’ll have to watch it later to enjoy again the stunning cleavage of the woman sitting behind Red. Utterly faptastic.

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  71. 126
    Anonymous says:

    Lisa Nandy = titcow

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  72. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Getting back to the injunctions, with the internet isn’t there a far greater opportunity for the facts (or at least the identities) to leak these days? One unmoderated blog’s good enough for the news to spread…

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    • 132
      jgm2 says:

      Trouble is that some blogs get the wrong idea and it becomes ‘fact’. Alan Johnson’s local difficulty springs to mind.

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    • 134
      trip dickwell III says:

      Twitter seems even more apt; can you file a super injunction against a trending topic?

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    • 155
      Tin Foil Hatters says:

      I beieve everything I read on the net

      the lizardpeople from space are probing my anus

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  73. 131
    Casual observer says:

    It would take a super duper injunction to hide Lisa Nandy’s tits.

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  74. 140
    wunderbar! says:

    even telegraph blogs has a picture of the PMQ cleavage mystery…….

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  75. 141
    ianbeag says:

    New video from Labour’s Iain Gray supporting the SNP

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  76. 142
    Feste says:

    I Just took the time to read your post Guido. Well said, I could not agree more.

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    Good stuff says:

    I take back everything I’ve ever said about Lisa Nandy. She can give me a soapy tit wank any day of the week. Preferably several times any day of the week.

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  79. 150
    Good stuff says:

    Lisa Nandy in lingerie, my cock between her oiled up tits. That’s what it would take for me to vote Labour.

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  80. 154
    Good stuff says:

    That christian evangelical fuckwit Jonathan Bartley who ranted at Cameron at the election about childcare is on Brillo’s show talking in support of AV. Tosser.

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  81. 164
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Injunctions can be quite useful. I took one out against an opponent just before the last general election. He was accusing me of having underage sex with a young girl. The Judge granted me a temporary injunction for three months on the agreed terms that I would sue my accuser in the civil courts for defamation. I did not, of course, do this, as, if I had done, the truth would have come out. My accuser then took me to Court for costs and damages which he was awarded, and I had to pay. The moral of this story is that you can use the Law to your advantage and make a profit out of it. The costs and damages I had to pay were a drop in the ocean compared to the pay and expenses I have received since as an MP and the biggest Trougher in Parliament.
    The injunction stopped the information being released. I broke the agreement with the Judge upon which she awarded the injunction in the first place. I paid a small amount in costs and damages and got re-elected. Q.E.D. Oink oink!

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    • 175
      H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh says:

      When is this Spy and Pervert going to be arrested and prosecuted? This country has gone to the dogs.

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    • 198
      Former Naval Person says:

      Trousers down in the House of Commons? Surely Nigel Griffiths was not the only one. What else were the East European ‘interns’ up to in Handycock’s Commons Office? and what else might Handycock’s injunction against his Election opponent been trying to cover up? The story of the vulnerable constituent has not yet run its course and the stories about the underage girls in Rumania and Portsmouth won’t go away either.

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  82. 166
    Hans-Pieter Briegel says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1381094/Imogen-Thomas-reduced-tears-tells-suffering-super-injunction.html

    Silly Moo! Kaiserlautern are the Red Devils the Lions are Millwall.

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    • 167
      Hans-Pieter Briegel says:

      She said: ‘I didn’t want my name to be out there in the public name lie this. I’ve been exploited. I feel really angry”

      Gut English this is?

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  83. 168
    ODESTON says:

    You are right Guido. King Lear’s ‘fool’ was no fool. And his words germane to the points you make.
    “Have more than thou showest;
    speak less than thou knowest,
    lend less than thou owest,
    ride more than thou goest,
    learn more than thou trowest,
    set less than thou thou throwest;
    Leave thy drink and thy whore,
    and keep in-a-door;
    And thou shalt have more than two tens to thy score.”

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  84. 169
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    It is time for WikiJunction.

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  85. 171
    Jingouk says:

    Well written and completely to the point.

    Totally agree.

    Another Labour nonsensical outcome. The courts are running loose and unaccountable. Superinjuctions are only for those who have the means to protect a reputation that they do not deserve.

    Berlusconi will retire to the UK.

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  86. 173
    Justanotherjack says:

    Bang on. Happy birthday, mate.

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  87. 177
    HappyUK says:

    “Muzzle the press by protecting the privacy of public figures and public life will be even more dominated by unreported scoundrels.”

    This includes you just as much as Giggsy, Marr.

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  88. 179
    Voice of Treason says:

    The people who know about these super injunctions and which ‘celebs’ etc have gained them should anonymously drop bits of litter (well away ffrom CCTV) throughout the country with the names and trangressions of those protected. Just a few sheets of well disguised writing on A4 dropped here and there would soon spread by word of mouth throughout the land.

    And the newspapers/media involved should quietly publish their findings before the ‘celebs’ have time to get a super injunction.

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  89. 180
    Winny in a wheelchair reading the press. says:

    Pap! The press can be a destructive force & the hypocrisy of politicians & sponging slebs is simply sickening.

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  90. 181
    Electro-Kevin says:

    Marr proferred his resignation to the BBC – he recognised correctly that this was a resigning matter. They responded with clemency and refused to accept it. Good for him. Good for them too.

    I have no judgment on how fit this likeable man is to do his job because of his extra-marital affair. But how was the BBC’s leniency rewarded ?

    Marr went out and got a Super Injunction and gagged them (though admittedly other news outlets were the target.)

    So I suspect it to be the case that the BBC were in cahoots with Marr and cooperated with him in doing this.

    They could have forced him to resign without breaching the injunction if they were unhappy with the terms of the restrictions that he’d imposed on their industry. They didn’t. Therefore we can conclude that they must have approved of his position.

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    • 195
      Voice of Treason says:

      Likeable!!!! Are you some sort of arse-creeping Beeb? Marr is about as likeable as Gaddafi.

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  91. 182
    Forsooth The Soothsayer says:

    Oh they are all at it. I could tell you all sorts of tales about a senior acupuncturist on the Executive Committee at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, and his hanky-panky with students and clients, but…

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  92. 183
    Forsooth The Soothsayer says:

    EK. Likeable? He must have spent the past year washing Brown’s turds off him, so far up his arse was he? No, a grotesque and a pander to the BBC.

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  93. 187
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    You didn’t write this Mr Fawkes. Not your style. Far too pompous.

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  94. 189
    the moneyshot says:

    nigel griffiths hasnt committed any crime or financial misdeeds

    time to drop the subject

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      Was it a prostitute he shagged? says:

      On the contrary he may well have committed the criminal offence of misconduct in public office. This applies to all public servants. There have been recent cases where police officers for example have been convicted and imprisoned for shagging whilst on duty, even where it was accepted by the courts that this occurred during their lunch break.
      There is currently an active complaint against Prescott for the same thing.
      If the circumstances as reported in the press are correct then Griffiths and others may well have committed crimes.

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    Nemo says:

    There is just one thing that a so called free press does not like is when they are caught out doing the naughty bits, they lean one police, politcos, super injunctions etc they are not happy at all when the naughty bits get exposed, when throwing stones make sure you are not throwing at your own greenhouse.

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      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      The thing is, we can stop buying their paper or watching their channel and no harm done. But with politicians, the filth and the bureaucracy – they can really affect our lives.

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    Si says:

    The funny thing about all of this is that anyone can go on Twitter etc. and find out all about super-injunctions that various celebs etc. have taken out but yet websites and press that are headquartered in the UK are bound by these injunctions…

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