May 3rd, 2011

Wonk Watch: Blond’s Swerve

Steve Hilton’s cipher-wonk Phillip Blond is often a good gauge of what is going on at the no shoes, blue skies end of the Downing Street operation.  There was the briefest point back in 2010 when it looked like some of the more “progressive” bunch might back “Yes to AV” and Phillip, in his position as pope of the Tory wets, set out the reasons that Conservatives should not fear AV” 

“AV or not the Tories will still be able to win that game gain a majority and govern from a position of strength” he declared, after furiously attacking First Past the Post.

But with the winds of change, a new haircut, and a surge in the polls for the “No to AV” campaign, Phillip has spent the morning furiously backtracking and fighting AV all over Twitter. Guido didn’t see any “No I believe 1st preferences count more than 2nd or 3rd – and I fear government by 3rd preference” in the old report. The new haircut must have bought new sense.


74 Comments

  1. 1
    Tax Payer says:

    Jesus – a new haircut and 50lbs!!

    Stay off the pies, you fat greasy f’ucker.

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    • 15
      Anonymous says:

      He looks too much like Stephen Fry to be kosher.

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    • 26
      Up sh1t creek says:

      The Conservatives have always opposed electoral reform, so says Chris Huhne, but is rumbled by Andrew Neil.

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      • 42
        john in cheshire says:

        Mr Huhne believes in man-made global warming so he can’t be that bright. The sooner he is out of government, and therefore unable to cause any more damage, the better.

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    • 47
      Nemo says:

      If that is a hair cut he should fire his barber, more like he’s been pulled through the hedge backwards

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    UK manufacturing output fell to a seven-month low last month as a slowdown in new orders highlighted the fragile state of the economy.

    Manufacturing has been one of the brightest parts of the British economy in 2011, but data released on Tuesday morning suggested that it is now flagging as domestic customers cut their spending.

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    • 3
      Anonymous says:

      But… …Gordon rebuilt the economy to last a 1,000 years, didn’t he?

      Wake up, you dickhead.

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    • 17
      AC1 says:

      Probably a lot to do with problems our export markets. The eurozone and the U.S. are being wrecked.

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      • 24
        Anonymous says:

        Both are growing. US by 1.8%, still they think its not enough.

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          Up sh1t creek says:

          That so called growth in the USA is FAKE. Look at the amount of Quantitative Easing being done, it is bailing out the markets frauds in WALL Street / London / EU, but is NOT helping the respective wider economies.

          The savers and pension funds are being plundered to prop up bad money, and being itself turned to bad money. Until sectors like the housing market experience a PROPER price crash, the economies will NOT recover.

          When there is no more savings and pensions left to plunder by governments and central banks, what then?

          Here is your next crisis looming, maturing debts. How much more will you steal from savers to protect the crooked banks and governments?

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      • 34
        AC1 says:

        Falling currencies make our goods more expensive.

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  3. 4
    Anonymous says:

    This country need a change. It doesn’t matter who is in government as long as their are interested in the well being of people who live in this country. AV might being in UKIP, etc MPs; so thinking of voting yes.

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    • 8
      Tax Payer says:

      I’ve come round to No in the end.

      FPTP is a joke. AV is a joke. Neither are fair. AV will, in fact, make very little difference to the result.

      So: stay with the status quo and argue for proper PR.

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    • 20
      AC1 says:

      If you understand what Condorcet said. No single round voting system will give a majority.

      FPTP is the simplest and probably cheapest. It’s therefore the most suitable.

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      • 22
        Anonymous says:

        Simplicity and cost are not the main objectives of an electoral system.

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        • 27
          Anonymous says:

          It didn’t work, we ended with simple minded people in power.

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        • 31
          AC1 says:

          What is the objective of the electoral system?

          If all single round systems have the same flaw, then it’s sensible to choose the most robust of them i.e. the simplest.

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    • 52
      Nemo says:

      The trouble is they are not bothered about the country as a whole, more like they pander to those who will give them money, tory or liebore chancellors do what they have been told to do by the backers hence banking crisis under liebore and the minimising of manufacturing under the tories, we have a banking system in crisis and a manufacturing system struggling to survive, oh another one the dash for gas and what do we have a fuel crisis.

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  4. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Pakistan’s leadership should be backed as it is in the UK’s interests to aid “democratic forces” in the country, David Cameron has told the BBC.

    The PM’s comment came as he prepares to tell MPs about the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US special forces in Pakistan.

    Mr Cameron said it would be wrong to “throw up our hands in despair and walk away” and not engage with Pakistan.

    US officials have said it is “inconceivable that Bin Laden did not have a support system” in Pakistan.

    However, the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, said the authorities there had not known where he was hiding.

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    • 53
      Nemo says:

      “the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, said the authorities there had not known where he was hiding.” I know, it was a factory making bin bags under the name of Bin Liners inc

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  5. 6
    Dilligaff says:

    It’s alright . ALL second preference votes are counted !John Humphrys says so and he’ll even call the PM a liar on air when corrected on the point.

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    • 18
      Infuriated of West Mids says:

      I really, really hope that Conservative Central make a big hoo-hah about that. It was utterly disgraceful behaviour. I fear they won’t, though, cos if they do, then they’ll just be reported as being moaning minnies. Can’t win with the BBC unless you’re a sandal-wearing, leftie-loving, country-hating wind farmer.

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    • 41
      Logan says:

      John Humphrys also lied in claiming that no other country uses a FPTP system to elect a government.

      What is that guy on? It was a disgraceful interview filled with gross inaccuracies and blatant bias by a delusional presenter who is clearly losing the plot.

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  6. 7
    Socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

    Fat Bastard

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  7. 9
    PD77 says:

    New haircut? It looks like he’s been dragged through a hedge in every which way, if he paid more than £5 for it he should demand a refund!

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    • 12
      Barber says:

      Hair shouldn’t go forwards.

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      • 44
        Donald Trump says:

        Oh yes it should. My hair. My billions. My choice.

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        • 57
          Nemo says:

          Now what do little children use the word “trump” for? still billionaires can do what they like, same old, millionaires are ecentric, the ordinary Jo in the street is off his rocker or Gordy’s case fallen off his rocking horse.

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  8. 10
    fabians are Evil says:

    The cretin is a Greaseball and a twat – and, no doubt, needs outing as a socialist

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  9. 19
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    Just Quote Churchill on AV

    The most worthless votes from the most worthless candidates should not decide a government.

    Manufacturing figures are bad news but my sector seems to be doing well. The level of the pound is a cause for concern as are rising raw material prices.

    Weightwatchers might have a new customer.

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  10. 21
    Anonymous says:

    There’s a lot twats trying to emulate this mopheaded muppet at the moment.

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      Dirty tricks - it's in our D-N-A says:

      “A resident of Bargoed in the constituency claimed Mr David had knocked on her door on Saturday and told her that neighbours found the Plaid placard in her garden “offensive”. He also suggested it was “illegal”.

      “I didn’t want any trouble and let him take it away,” said the resident, who did not wish to be named.”

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  12. 28
    SMITH BROTHERS of HYDE says:

    We will give you a good price for that fat fucker
    he should render down well !

    Sorry! (explanation for those who never had the pleasure of the smell of the bone works)
    that was Smith Bros

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  13. 29
    Who the fuck uses Twitter? says:

    “Phillip has spent the morning .. fighting AV all over Twitter.”

    I’m beginning to see why the Cons aren’t getting their message across.

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    • 32
      Drunk driver Guido, kneeling in awe before trailer trash, farm boys, & slum dwellers says:

      Whoa, Philip is the kind on intellectual colossus the Tory party needs urgently….fighting AV on twitter

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    • 45
      Smig says:

      Twitter? How many fucking mongs outside of the chatterati give a shit about twitter? If you want to get your message across to the electorate start printing it on cans of booze and loaves of bread.

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  14. 30
    Drunk driver Guido, kneeling in awe before trailer trash, farm boys, & slum dwellers says:

    I want any system which can introduce radical programmes designed for the benefit of hard working, law abiding, disease-free, non degenerate, non scrounging, right of centre English people, who wish to make England a great nation again, free from tide of human filth who already infest this nation.

    Colonies of existing foreign scum/English benefits scroungers/disability fraudsters, public sector union members, & TB sufferers, would be transported to Northern shyteholes, and given leave to remain providing they pay for their health care, and accept all state subsidies currently funding their degenerate lifestyles will be stopped as soon as they enter the colony.
    Hell-holes such as Burnley/Bolton/Bradford etc, would be contained in a 40 feet high security wall.
    The BBC would be broken up and its few valuable parts sold to the highest bidder.
    Workshy filth would be forced at gunpoint to build a new high tech Hadrian’s Wall, and all flights from Ireland, Africa, the Balkans, the Indian sub continent, central Asia, Afghanistan, & the USA would be shot down if any attempt to enter English airspace was made.

    All instruments of the US Government’s control apparatus in England would be liquidated.

    Kenny Dalglish would be the only non English person allowed to operate freely in England.

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    • 36
      Alan Hansens says:

      Yer forgot me yer feckun bastard

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    • 38
      TATS MUM Special friend says:

      TAT you have been rimming Nick Griffin and Martin Webster again haven’t you
      if you dont stop i’ll take the wheels off your chair to stop you going out
      and you must be the only person alive that would blow Dalglish !

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    • 40
      Nukes are fun! says:

      Some excellent policies.

      Possibly a bit too lenient on Burnley/Bolton/Bradford.

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    • 62
      Nemo says:

      Why not surround Greater London with a mile high wall they can leave the EU and then the rest of the country can exert trolls on them when they leave and they go back in, charge customs duties, remember they would not be in the EU charge double on electricity, gas, oil as they would have to import everything also food and it would all have to pass through England which is not London, far fetched but has the same meaning

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      • 63
        Nemo says:

        Oh the Olypic Games is being held in LONDON not England but supported to a great extent by England

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        • 73
          Peter MangledBum (Lord of the Rings) says:

          And also TAT you Spacker !
          i live in a northern shitehole and i wont take lessons from a piss soaked tramp who comes from the south with such des res area’s as Slough Brixton Tower hamlets and fuckin Luton you muppet !

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  15. 33
    Slim Jim says:

    If he really wants to improve his appearance, he should lose a serious amount of weight, the fat porky Pickles lookalike.

    Anyone with a BMI over 25 (unless a hugely muscular athlete) should be shot. You know it makes sense.

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    • 39
      If they can't look after their own health, they shouldn't be in government says:

      Harsh, but fair.

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  16. 35
    FRAUDLEY HARRISON says:

    Nick Griffin on 5 live this morning
    Labour are brilliant at canvasing in local elections thats why we lost alot of seats last time they have really got it right when it comes to local elections !

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  17. 43
    mirthios says:

    THAT is a HAIRCUT? Who does he sue to get his money back?

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  18. 48
    Mike Rouse says:

    I can’t tell which one is the before and which one is the after shot

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  19. 64
    Morris Day says:

    Poor bastard looks like a love child of Charlie Whelan

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  20. 72
    gregoriad says:

    wanker

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