May 31st, 2011

The View From the Top

Without a hint of irony Polly Toynbee said in her column this morning:

“Public perception of the shape of society has been so warped that most no longer know how others live, where they stand in relation to the rest, who earns what or why.”

Too true. Did you know the multi-millionairess, three-property-owning, Tuscany dwelling, bleeding-heart socialist gets paid £2,300 per week to write such drivel? Guido reckons you could fill a book with such hypocrisy. Now there’s a thought…

UPDATE: A co-conspirator emails; “When I was a glorified tea boy on the Andrew Marr show, Toynbee was the only person who ever made me remake her cup of tea. ‘What have you done? Far too much milk. Could you make me another please.’ Just what you want having been up since five on a Sunday morning.” Classy.


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

    She really is a disgusting piece of shit!

  2. 2
    Lord Ashcloud says:

    Do as I say not as I do…

  3. 3
    Not-so-pretty Polly says:

    “most no longer know how others live, where they stand in relation to the rest, who earns what or why”

    Er, and what’s wrong with that?

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    fucko the clown says:

    Thats nothing, wait till twitter breaks her superinjunction about her previous life as a man.

  5. 5
    JohnOfEnfield says:

    …you forgot to mention that she inherited most of it!!

    If it quacks like a toff and looks like a toff and lives like a toff – it’s a TOFF!

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    I sent her and other “resting” Guardian writers this guide to “the common people”. Jarvis Cocker approved of course.

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    Gaudi's Tram says:

    With that kind of insightful commentary she could help Dave explain the ‘big society’ thingymajig whatsit

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido , you missed out tax avoider (tho perectly legal) alledgly, No what am i talking about? a caring socailist wouldnt do that would they?

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    mitch says:

    Silly old trout.

  10. 10
    Tessa Tickles says:

    You wouldn’t crawl over her to get to Baroness Ashton though, would you?

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    Jane Pilgrim's Strapon says:

    At least Polly cares,at least she wants to do some good. Her background is irrelevant. It is her heart that matters. Her heart is pure gold.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ed Milibands Bunga Bunga party .


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    Up sh1t creek says:

    So Polly, you’re so wise, tell us from your Tuscan villa just how do the rest of us live?

  14. 14
    Jane Pilgrim's Strapon says:

    What’s a “Socailist”, bell end.

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    Anonymous says:

    That’s the problem with Tuscany these days: full of shites like her.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Yes for a socialist, its important that public money is spent on really worthwhile causes.
    “This is FSA spent £600k on Christmas parties
    The FSA has spent more than £600,000 on Christmas parties since the credit crunch began, it admitted yesterday.

    The enormous amount was laid out while the Financial Services Authority has been under fire for failing to prevent the country’s banking meltdown.

    The figures, revealed under a Freedom of Information Act, triggered fury that such a large sum was squandered during a financial crisis. “

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    Demetrius says:

    On the whole, one is rather glad that Polly does not know were I live.

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    Anonymous says:

    “most no longer know how others live, where they stand in relation to the rest, who earns what or why.”

    Well we know where she stands in relation to the rest, we know what she earns but nobody knows why.

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    WVM says:

    Does she really have a dried-up vag?

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    Oh really? says:

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    Geordie Girl says:

    Blimey Tessa you have a warped mind – I’m in need of brain bleach to eradicate the repellant image of those two old saggy cows.

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    Jane Pilgrim's Strapon says:

    Polly is paid to give her opinion which is more than anyone here. Her opinion is valid and valuable. I think she makes alot of sense talking about neighbourly dissociation. Perhaps if we had a greater understanding of how others, especially the poor, lived we would have more sympathy for them.

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    Rat's arse says:

    Why does no-one expose this lump of shite for the two faced !””!! she is, and why does the BBC value her useless ramblings so much?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    and you lot pray to a Pe8dofile?

    I notice he didnt deny the inbreeding claim.

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    Kered Ybretsae says:

    It’s back to the old do what we say…not do what we do!

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    Jane Pilgrim's Strapon says:

    LOL. Good point well made.

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    misterned says:

    “who earns what or why.”

    Well I have no idea why she is paid the amount she is. Anyone could write her sanctimonious drivel for free.

    She is not worth over 2,000 quid per week for the bullshit she spouts.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Because both sing of the same hymsheet.

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    Call Us says:

    It healed over years ago from lack of use.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nice to see the spelling nazis are out today.

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    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Because the views of fat Polly are considered the norm at the BBC

  32. 32
    Mary Jackson says:

    Guido reckons you could fill a book with such hypocrisy. Now there’s a thought…

    Fillit then

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    Mr Nice says:

    Given that the Guardian operates on a loss, I wouldn’t say Polly’s opinion is valuable.

    But it would be fun to know more about how poor people live. I enjoy a good laugh.

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    Jane Pilgrim's Strapon says:


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    misterned says:

    “at least we KNOW who the the father is”

    Yup! He’s probably an inbred pervert who got his own daughter pregnant and now is overloading the NHS’ resources on treating the genetically weakened mutant that their perversions created.

    It is truly ironic, the amount of public sector employees who have been forced to undergo expensive “diversity” training to make them more aware of cultural issues, yet these cultures themselves are inbreeding any diversity out of their genes.

  36. 36
    Teacher of remedial English says:

    Questions end with a “?”


  37. 37
    Clemmie @3am says:

    0207 293 3950
    Anyone help the dreadful Clemmie at 3AM find out who the major celebrity with the penchant for being violent against fellow females is?
    I am sure she would like to know.

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    Moley says:

    Maybe it is the dawn of self awareness.

    A Guardian epiphany; an understanding that Guardian readers are not part of the real world, are totally divorced from reality, and their opinion matters to no one but themselves..

    It has always been a mystery to me why leftie politicians write articles in the Guardian when they wish to make a point.

    Putting a message in a bottle and throwing it into the sea would have a similar impact at less cost to the environment.

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    Dr Lecter says:

    An possibly tastes nice with ketchup.

  40. 40
    Billy Bowdens English teacher says:

    Hay BLILLY, wat hve i teld you abot your speelnig?

  41. 41
    Chris Huhne says:

    My parents have never been afraid to admit their mistakes.

    They have no problems admitting they should have aborted me

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    Polly Toynbee's dried-up vag says:


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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    While agreeing with you and fervently hoping that the editor of the Grauniad would come to her senses and sack her, as a believer in the free market, if she can get £2300 a week for her views, well good for her.

    So, like Voltaire, I fervently defend her ability to trouser so much dosh, even if I am passionately opposed to what she drivels on about. She meanwhile, if she ever became aware of my wretched existence, would quite happily tax me at 95% for having the temerity to “earn” more than the national average wage. Instead of being merely bled white, I’d be financially dessicated.

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    It's bleedin' obvious says:

    It would be a bit stupid to try.

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    stevep says:

    she’s never done a proper days’ work in her life.

    the guardian is bust. it was only kept going by the previous govt using it as the sole advertiser of public sector non-jobs (a million?) at a thousand pounds a time

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    Billy Bowdens Amazing Talking Arse says:

    Shes a rayving nasty loftie, hing em all.

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    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    The Absolutely Bloody Enormous Red Book of Socialist Hypocrisy; will it fit in my Christmas stocking?

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    misterned says:

    “if we had a greater understanding of how others, especially the poor, lived we would have more sympathy for them.”

    Equally, we may have more contempt for them and for their poor decisions which cause their own misfortune, which the rest of us are forced by law to bail out.

    Of course there are some who are poor for virtuous reasons, who give all their time for free to the service of others.

    However there are also a lot of lazy, feckless, useless scroungers who deserve neither pity, nor sympathy.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    It takes a special type of reality by-pass to be a wealthy socialist bint.
    “ Migrants on dole are ‘true heroes’ says Harriet Harman
    The party chief caused outrage by saying foreigners should be encouraged to claim cash from British taxpayers and post it back to their relatives.

    The former equalities minister even said immigrants should get a tax break on their handouts so they can send even more cash abroad.

    Her comments have caused outrage as thousands of hard-working Brits struggle to make ends meet after the recession and fresh Government cuts.”

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    One is reminded of the phrase, let he without sin cast the first stone. As regards Ms Toynbee, ecumanicaly speaking, move over fuckers, I’m first.

  51. 51
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Don’t tell me she’s on TV as well as in the Guardian?

    Fuck me, I’m more glad than ever I don’t have one.

  52. 52
    Alan Pl8er says:

    Good job that’s not on the menu tonight.

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    Selohesra says:

    and have the current lot stopped this practice?

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    misterned says:

    Indeed, the realisation that they are not part of a “progressive majority” shocked and disorientated them. They are struggling to recognise any other reality.

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    stevep says:

    what do you say?

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    Red Scum says:

    Less Milk? Typical stalinist.

  57. 57
    John Bellingham says:

    Because he is a Special Branch Agent Provocateur.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Because if its in the guardian, the politician can be pretty certain it will be read out verbatum by the bbc .
    The bbc don’t want to waste any of their £3 billion yearly income on journalism, when they can simply quote from the approved bbc source for political commentary.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Hope you have a very large stocking then :-)

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    He_never_married says:

    Milk in tea – how working class

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    Arriet Arman says:

    It is the intentshun of us soshlists to bring evri one down to the lowest comon denominater, ie chavs (or neds) rather than aspiring to be the hi est comon denominater, ie filthy rich.

    It works for me

  62. 62
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Do you know, that’s possibly the most disgusting and vile thing I’ve ever seen written on this blog. Congratulations.

  63. 63
    Smokin' Butt says:

    You work for Mossad, this is an elaborate code, and I claim my £5.

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    Nu Attack Dog says:

    Polly is the finest comedy writer alive today.

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    Social Progressive says:

    I keep in touch with the lower orders by rogering my underpaid black secretary every Thursday lunchtime.

    That’s the sort of inclusiveness we can all enjoy.

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    Picture says:

    Why do you have a photo of a man instead of Polly?

  67. 67
    Hugh Janus says:

    And that’s against some pretty formidable competition too.

  68. 68
    Polly Toy Bee says:

    This site wants a final solution for me.

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    Anonymous says:

    Yea,hard & yellow.

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    Anonymous says:

    You’re wrong on this one, Guido: La Toynbee makes some points that require a more reasoned response. Read her column again here:-

    You don’t have to be on the breadline to see injustice. GC

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    misterned says:

    I agree it is totally disgusting, however, it also happens to be true.

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    Loony left Labour council says:

    You’re disgusting! You should be sent for re-education till you learn that this country belongs to muslims and that there’s nothing wrong with first cousins marrying!

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    Shock,Awe and Total Indifference says:

    Polly belongs to that group of people who throughout history have always thought that they understand the lower orders and then look on in bewilderment as the said lower orders do something totally unexpected and peverse or illogical (as they see it)whereas those that actually belong to those lower orders could predict with a fair certainty their mood and views ……………the recent referendum on AV is a recent classsic example…she cannot simply understand why the people voted so overwhelmingly NO ….she is a product of her background and upbringing and is totally incapable of understanding anything outside her own small circle or what makes those outside of her intimate circle tick….but asshe writes her tripe for a uninfluential rag that has a very small exclusive readership who are equally sequestered in unreality as she is. she is more of an amusement than a serious commentator on the political situation within the UK

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    Ed Balls says:

    If in doubt, sack the fucker.

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    Manfred Mann says:

    Do wah diddy diddy dum, diddy do.

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    socialist wannabe says:

    Only multi millionaires can afford to be true socialists……sigh.

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    pigs in space says:

    looks like Gordon Strachan

  78. 78
    Shock,Awe and Total Indifference says:

    Scratch a socialist and you’ll find a hypocrite

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    Sandalista says:

    Only if the milk is put in first.

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    Sue pekins hate gerkins says:

    Well Mr Chutney you may know! but sadly your kids won’t as their fucked up genes and falling I.Q will mean they will be luck to remember where the dole office is let alone who named them !

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    ichabod says:

    Well she’s still better than Mary Riddell, by some way

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    anon says:

    Polly inherited her wealth and used her connection to get into oxford with two A levels not even decent grades but an ordinary person needs at least 3 A’s to get in. Also she was helped to get a job at the guardian so she has not had to work for it at all. Polly is just a “poverty tourist” commenting on poverty but never actually being poor. She has never faced like my friends having thier wages undercut for the last few years and earning less than 5 years ago like the real poor.

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    Vlad the Girl Impalor says:

    Teaboy,,I hope you re-made the old socialist hags tea with a nice big wad of snot,, plus I would have stirred it with my dick “Baldrick style”,,, you want less milk Polly fuckface,, well here is one with a less snot.

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    Cheryl Cole says:

    Why aye pet! I think I speak propa like! Dunknow why yowze all has problem with me accent like! And besides, yowze can’t deny I has a propa nice pair of foonbags like!

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    Squirty says:

    You, sir, have been trolled! Perhaps.

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    Doc Trough says:

    Fetid old Fishwife.

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    Sue pekins hate gerkins says:

    No but also don’t pretend you understand our suffering ! a rich bitch is the same even if they vote Labour and patronise me !

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    Shock,Awe and Total Indifference says:

    The Guardian isn’t known as the BBC ” in-house paper ” for nothing.

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    Arbitrage says:

    Everyone knows that the more state controlled a country is the poorer it is.
    Polly Toynbee wants more state control just to keep the common people poor so she can look down on them.

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    Chris Huhne says:

    Carina Trimingham said, “Chris, can I ask you a question?”

    I said, “Of course you can.”

    “It’s a bit awkward…” she began.

    I said, “No problem, fire away.”

    “Why have you got your cock in the Hoover?”

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    Polly says:

    It’s big, and it’s a society.

    That’ll be £2,300, thengyop.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    When you consider how frightful her father was, Polly has actually turned out better than one might have feared.

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    Hart's Rules says:

    The hyphen Nazis are among us! Take cover!

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    English Viking says:

    I think Polly should be grateful that I don’t know where SHE lives.

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    Eglantine says:

    Give me any poor district in this country and i will give you a Labour run council in the area. After all, what would the socialists do without the poor?

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    Engineer says:

    Careful with this one – I was conducting some business in a small outfit in Birmingham about 5 years ago, and learned that the going rate for a skilled toolmaker in that area was £8 per hour. I would very much doubt that rates have improved greatly since then. That’s not a very princely return for a trade earned with a five-year apprenticeship.

    You can be hard-working, dilligent and still not very well off.

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    The man with 6 fingers in the corner shop says:


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    Squirty says:

    Don’t forget the Chianti — she can source it for you locally, as well.

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    Shock,Awe and Total Indifference says:

    No she’s not…she’s an extremely amusing columnist…..she’s so out of touch with reality………

    I should say in my defence that I actually don’t buy the “rag”….I read the online copy…wouldn’t like to think that I’m contributing funds that may keep it solvent

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    the moneyshot says:

    every council tenant i know thinks the guardian is about rich folk pretending to understand what it means to live on a basic wage/or less than average then going home to the suburbs an checking there investments’

    actualy i lied

    we dont even read or look at it

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    Lord Taylor of Trough says:

    Why has my lawyer advised me to take lube with me to prison?

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Do you have fairies at the bottom of your garden, or merely are the possessor of a wicked sense of humour?

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    A mutant says:


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    Engineer says:

    Reprints of Toynbee’s columns for the last several years would do for a first volume…..

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    Phantom says:

    The ultimate Pol Roger socialist.

    I was brought up in a family that had little money, little opportunity and little luck in life. They knew how to graft though and also stick together through thick and thin.

    To see this fat, po-faced, arrogant oxygen-thief tell me that because I was born poor I should therefore think what she tells me to think when she is not poor and never has been poor is pure hypocrisy.

    She represents the re-invention of the most venal patrician political clap-trap that was declared obsolete in the 1960s by the very people spouting this rubbish now – her and her acolytes.

    If she really believed in the tripe she reads, she should denounce her wealth and spend her days on the state pension and then in a god-awful care home or worse a geriatric ward of an NHS hospital.

    She should be surcharged her fat pension for spouting such utter drivel for 40 years. A zero-value add human being not even fit for making glue with.

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    Inbred fucks says:

    Watch The Hills Have Eyes or Wrong Turn. That’s how muslims will all look in a few years.

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    Eglantine says:

    The Guardian funds itself on tax payers’ money through its public service jobs pages, thus ensuring another great glut of taxpayers’ money goes into the pockets of socialists, which is what socialists are for, and which is where most of it goges. Most of that money comes from the pockets of ordinary working people who are so heavily taxed that they cannot exercise genuine choice in for example schools. Ffew of them get the perks or pensions of white collar workers and therefore pay a disproportionate price. It costs the state as much to pay for state school places as it does for private school places. One provides a decent education, the other brainwashes and sexual abuses our children’s minds. How anyone could defend these people in the name of the ‘free market’ is beyond comprehension.

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    lola says:

    Thanks to all the tax he’s really on £16 / hr. Trouble is once he’s earned his eight quid, he has stay on and work another hour to earn aother £8 for the bloody gummint. That’s 100% tax in my book.

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    Inbred fucks says:

    A&E’s are always overcrowded with sickly muslims who are the result of generations of inbreeding which has poisoned their gene pool. And that’s why you see so many of them in waiting rooms draining the NHS because they pop a limb every time they fart.

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    Major Paddy says:

    whatever their short of the BBC will top them up any how seeing as their both to be headquartered in the Peoples socialist Republic of Manchester FFS

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    Bullets are the best cure for Socialism says:

    Contrast Polly’s episode with the tea-boy to Mrs T (who I don’t like either, but she’s infinitely preferable to Polly):

    The tea-girl entered the Cabinet room during a full meeting and promptly dropped the tea-pot, smashing it and chucking tea everywhere. A few cold glares later, the worst from Thatcher to the Cabinet, Mrs T went over to the girl, helped pick up the broken china and clean up the mess, comforting the girl and telling her not to worry.

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    Anonymous says:

    Pollyfilla makes me puke. Typical Guardianista, totally out of touch nand who doesn’t give shit about us plebs.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Your co-conspirator should have said “Polly, put a kettle on…..”

    I have to agree with Polly on this one, however. Very milky tea is frightful. Proper tea is the same colour as Peter Hain.

    When I entertained Polly to tea at my club, I tried to kid her that we only used fairtrade human milk from the vegetarian women of Sulawesi – but I’m afraid she saw through me at once. She laughed like a drain!

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    Downing Street Press Office says:

    The Cabinet are in advanced talks with candidates for the new Energy Secretary. It is hoped that an announcement can be made this week.

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    Top Tory Totty on sexymp says:

    I want Penny Mordaunt to sit on my face.

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    lola says:

    Well, she still had the choice to go on and become a silly bitch, or not. She did not choose not. She choose the money. Typical socialist really.

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    Ed Milliband says:

    Good advice, you’re fired!

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    Nostradamus says:

    Hmm lets try and gain that “greater understanding” of poor downtrodden victim status poor folk.

    Right, okay then Polly. We now know:

    – How they live. Drink, smack, hash, crime, violence, promiscuity
    – Where they stand in relation to the rest. They do all of the above while the rest of us pay for their giros.
    -What they earn or why. They earn nothing, because they do nothing. Mainly because they are allowed to do nothing by the monolithic welfare system that makes it easier for them to sit on their arses.

    Now what?

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    Kevin T says:

    I love how defensive the left get about this disgusting woman. “Hey, so what if she lives like the most extravagant Tory, why shouldn’t she lecture the rest of us about socialism?” Meanwhile, a girl from an estate in Tottenham who made it big (Adele) complains that too much of her money is being taken away and wasted and they rip her to shreds. How dare she! That is Sharon Shoesmith’s compensation money, that is. That is Ed Balls’ expenses. That’s first class tickets to Bermuda for local councillors. That’s a second bailout for Greece. KNOW YOUR PLACE YOU INSOLENT WHORE AND BOW TO YOUR PUBLIC SECTOR MASTERS!

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    Moley says:

    I gave up paying a licence fee and watching BBC because paying to have Guardian opinions rammed down my throat all the time became intolerable.

    Will Polly’s degree of self awareness be shared by the BBC; will they start to read out passages from the Daily Mail and the Telegraph?

    Perhaps if the BBC didn’t insist on only recruiting Guardian readers, its views might become more relevant and representative of society?

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    Minger Alert says:

    Polly is a right old trout.

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    Tony Blair Millionaire says:

    True. The tax-avoidance schemes are very, very expensive.

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    lola says:

    That’s £600k of my client’s money spent on the useless bastards.

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    English Viking says:

    When I was in Afghanistan, I actually saw several of them spontaneously explode!

    Weird, eh?

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    lola says:


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    Troy Tempest says:

    Here in the real world, the private sector company I work for stopped funding xmas parties over 5 years ago.

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    Selohesra says:

    I think you will find stirring her tea with the end of your knob will smart a bit – still I’m happy for you to make that sacrifice for the rest of us :)

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    Lenin says:

    Polly has forgotten my core dictum: a man who does not work shall not eat.

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    Major Paddy says:

    Thats why its so damn expensive too,that rotten old bag knows what will hit her account each week/month til the undertaker recycles her ,and her and her ilk spend accordingly,tuscany has lost 40% of rural low earners to big city slums due to morons like her who wont simply hire a hotel and insist on pricing locals out of the market-strange how Devon,Cornwall,provence and Tuscany are jam packed with Our civil servants holiday homes,no wonder Labour huffed and puffed but fudged on the empty property legislation it was their own voters who would cop it.remember marxism states all property is theft so a dacha in italy is ok?

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    Ed Balls says:

    Who the fuck do you think you are? Lord Sugar? Fuck off and get my tea – not too much milk or I’ll fucking deck you.

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    Chris Huhne says:

    I went to Gordon Ramsays restaurant last night and I ordered some pasta.

    After taking a mouthful I called Gordon over to my table.

    I said, “This pasta is overdone, it tastes like crap”.

    He said, “That’s bullshit, it’s perfect, I’ve been cooking this pasta for over 25 years”.

    I said, “No offence mate, but 25 years is far too long for pasta”.

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    Left wing hypocrisy makes me sick and vomit says:

    Polly Toybee does not give a flying fuck about poor or oppressed and Labour hate their own people in the uk yet brianwashed folk continue to vote for Labout that is not on their side! in 1997 people voted for new Labour 1997-2010 they got what they deserved if anybody voted for Labour in 1997 they are responsible for destruction of their own uk country they share the blame.

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    Colonel Blimp says:

    …and with a face & voice to shatter glass at a hundred yards!
    FFS, she IS an ugly mingeing three bagger.

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    Elvis says:

    Patronising, pontificating Cow. She and her husband should be buried alive in a vat of shit!

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Scratch a socialist and you’ll need steam-cleaning + a whole range of vaccinations.

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    You elevate the art of damnation by faint praise to new heights.

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    Comrade Tebbit says:

    Guido’s minions are a pathetic bunch. Ms. Toynbee is paid a fair market rate to express views on important social issues, like social isolation and mental illness.
    So what if she has 3 houses and is paid that much? She is worth it because she educates the general public about progressive issues.

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    Colonel Blimp says:

    Fool’s gold, actually.

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    Engineer says:

    That was £8 before stoppages. His take-home would thus be somewhat less. I’ve no idea if he gets a bit back from tax credits, though.

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    Colonel Blimp says:

    or siblings.

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    A few years? says:

    It’s how they look today, in Lu*ton.

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    Engineer says:

    I’m surprised Polly allowed ordinary tea to pass her lips. You’d think she’d insist on Camomile or some such brew.

  144. 144

    I had not associated the coincidence of my giving up drinking tea with the promotion of Mr Hain to the cabinet until you made that illuminating and helpful remark.

  145. 145
    Engineer says:

    The public probably don’t need much educating about financial constraints. They live with them. It’s Polly that doesn’t.

  146. 146
    Lady Hamilton's Pussy says:

    Then get a summer job as her unpaid intern-slave, you naughty boy.

  147. 147
    Major Paddy says:

    What would you think your local hospital spends buying in the Guardian for its staff-they dont even have to pay for their own brain washing,NHS chiefs see it as a legitamate expense to keep staff on message

  148. 148
    Arbitrage says:

    Well lets hope it was spent on a good cause, maybe several bottles of quality champagne for Sir Fred.

  149. 149
    Colonel Blimp says:

    Chris Huhne to Mr/MsTrimingham
    ” ‘cos I can’t get it up your Hunt, you dried up hag.
    Gi’us a blow job “

  150. 150
    Sir William Waad says:

    P.S. If there are any surviving Blake’s seven fans out there – and you know who you are – you may care to know what Servalan’s doing these dyas:

  151. 151
    Colonel Blimp says:

    Yes, but deeply satisfying, I expect.

  152. 152
    Moley says:

    There is a whole section of the population who would never dream of using the word chav, (if they even know what it means).

    The vast majority of the non Guardian reading public know and respect people at all levels of society and understand that bad health, unemployment and misfortune can strike at anybody including themselves.

    Polly clearly moves in a level of society which has all the nasty and unpleasant qualities which her articles criticise; most of the rest of us don’t.

  153. 153

    The unthinkable in full pursuit of the undrinkable?

  154. 154
    Engineer says:

    I’ll think twice before consuming orange squash after that remark…

  155. 155
    Colonel Blimp says:

    Apropos of which post, exactly?

  156. 156
    Article 38 says:

    The Guardian is also massively subsidised by Auto Trader (same parent company).

    So it’s the hard-working class freely trading unenvironmental old bangers that subsidise this vipers’ nest of parasitic traitors. I guess they see it as justifiable as the kulak class, not reactionaries, are seen as the most dangerous enemies of socialism.

  157. 157
    Tessa Tickles says:

    The Guardian is the unthinking man’s Independent.

  158. 158
    Major Paddy says:

    Also Al Gore on a US website yesterday his high school and university results were published,equivalent to a D+,their totally calm and reasoned query was “did he really win a nobel peace prize with these qualifications”

  159. 159
    PG Tips says:

    Polly should put the kettle on to make her own tea.

  160. 160
    Johnny says says:

    “Public perception of the shape of society has been so warped that most no longer know how others live, where they stand in relation to the rest, who earns what or why.”

    Polly Twaddle things we should all know our place. Why?

  161. 161
    Anonymous says:

    FWIW, if anyone ever suggest in the Comments on one of Polly’s columns that Polly should put some of her own money where her mouth is, rather than her always wanting to spend other people’s money, the Guardian ‘moderators’ will remove the comment! Wonder why that is?

  162. 162
    Sharia, I've just met a girl named Shariaa says:

    But left-wing people DO love children. Especially the ones they haven’t aborted.

  163. 163
    Editor Guardianista says:

    I think it’s about we dumped her.

  164. 164
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    It’s your money not their’s, so why would they give a fuck? The only time they worry about your money, is when there is not enough coming in to their parasite acount.

  165. 165

    Just look on the label, Engineer. If the oranges were grown in Neath, then I would advise you to steer clear.

  166. 166
    Fat Jacqui the Thief, Hanging Basket Beckett, Margaret "Childcare" Hodge says:

    We’d be there too.

  167. 167
    tory boys never grow up says:

    It must be hard for her to keep up with Dave’s holiday a month we’re all in it together regime. As for getting upset about drinks I seem to remember Guido getting a little upset about some spilt Guinness.

  168. 168
    Tessa Tickles says:

    There’s nothing progressive about socialism.

  169. 169
    Mark Oaten says:

    Mmm, I’ll have some of that

  170. 170
    Marcus Edwardius says:

    Correctomundo. I am originally from Swansea. The place is a financial joke – and it is, always has been, and probably always will be – run by Labour.

    No matter what Labour do. No matter what mess they make, the people will vote for them

  171. 171
    Moley says:

    Look at this.

    “In advance of crucial United Nations climate talks in Bonn next week, the UN’s climate chief tried to heal rifts and revive hopes of a breakthrough after news that carbon dioxide emissions from energy are now at record levels despite 20 years of climate negotiations”.

    Those of us with more than one brain cell would deduce that the policy is not working and needs changing.

    We are allowing our politicians to give our jobs to the third world, and with them, goes the emissions.

    But whether or not the climate is changing as a result is a different matter entirely.

  172. 172
    Is Polly Toynbee at risk of hypothermia? says:

    Is the multi millionairess Polly Toynbee still claiming her winter fuel allowance? The WFA is meant for poor pensioners and the disabled at risk of hypothermia. Not for rich sponging old windbags like Toynbee. Surely all the hot air that Toynbee spout will keep her warm enough and put her at risk of suffering from hyperthermia.

  173. 173
    Maximus says:

    Rubbish. Old bangers are the most environmentally friendly vehicles when you account for the costs of manufacture. Eco-loons, like liebore, cannot account properly.

  174. 174
    Polly the daft Socialist Bint says:

    FUCK ME!!!

    On reading the article, she really is stupid!!! She claims benefit fraud is 1.6 billion pounds per year, “only 0.7% of total benefit bill”. Just stop and soak the magnitude of that statement Poll. Knowing Mathematics is not your strong point Poll, that means the total benefit bill is, by your own figures, TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND AND SIX HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS!!!

    Try this: If employers tax and red tape were cut, they could afford to employ some benefit recipients and reduce the overall bill to Taxpayer Polly!!

    Then, she complains about tax avoidance, whilst writing in Guardian…….

  175. 175
    Ho Ho Ho Holiday says:

    Holiday. That’s when you don’t do any work, and get paid for it?

    Polly’s whole life’s a holiday.

  176. 176
    tory boys never grow up says:

    Only way to stop the nasty film that you get with tea bags mate. Loose tea is for ponces. [ Apologies to St George of Orwell – I know I have sinned)

  177. 177
    Anon says:

    Vats of shit deserve far better.

  178. 178
    This woman disgusts in so many ways says:

    Some people, no-one in particular Polly, might use some of their wealth for some beauty treatment. Start with some soap babe.

  179. 179
    Not-so-pretty Polly says:

    The cost of benefits exceeds the total income tax take of the entire UK workforce.

    Put it another way, every single penny of income tax paid by every single British worker is handed out in benefits to scroungers and that still doesn’t cover the total the grasping mutants are claiming ever month.

    Polly’s hero Lenin would have had these parasites shot.

  180. 180
    Top Tory Totty on sexymp says:

    Good idea. Hadn’t thought of that.

  181. 181
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    We lefties detest her as well – what a happy woman she must be.

  182. 182
    Call me Infidel says:

    Fuck the poor.

  183. 183
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Do you have any great grandaughters Polly? If so could you let me have photographs of them and their telephone numbers. If appropriate, I could then perhaps show them around the House one day, and, maybe interview them for the two Intern positions I currently have vacant.

  184. 184
    Anna Tolia says:

    I think you mean her bank account is pure gold. don’t you?

  185. 185
    Vat of Shit says:

    Correct Sir!

    Any self-respecting Vat of Shit would feel sullied and contaminated by the intrusion of the Toynbees.

    I shudder to think of it – ugh!


    V O Shit
    President of the Union of Vats of Shit (UVOS)

  186. 186
    Kevin T says:

    Funny how Polly’s comment threads have changed since May 2010.

    They used to read like:

    “Polly you hypocrite stop defending New Labour”, “Why do you support this hideous authoritarian regime?”, “Labour deserves to lose you stupid old hag”

    Now it’s more like:

    “Yay Polly, you’re sooo right, the Tories are worse than the Nazis”, “Polly you said it, Britain is no different from Syria”, “Yes we should all riot in the streets till the public vote in a DEMOCRATIC government”

    Did someone drop the left collectively on their heads at some point last spring?

  187. 187
    Anonymous says:

    The exclamation mark fuckers are out in force I see.

  188. 188
    Anna Tolia says:

    Been to the Fens recently? Or the Forest of Dean?

  189. 189
    South of the M4 says:

    For years I thought that glow was the sun setting until I was told Hain lived 40 miles to the west.

  190. 190
    Ed Milliband says:

    Yeth, yeth, I’m wery thorry!

  191. 191
    Article 38 says:

    Tea in the morning (with or without milk) is frightfully common. One should take coffee before luncheon.

  192. 192
    Nobbly Things says:

    Burkas for all!

  193. 193
    Pol-Pot says:

    I like comrade Polly

  194. 194
    South of the M4 says:

  195. 195
    I don't need no doctor. says:

    Can’t be easy only getting a job with a second rate socialist backing rag. I mean come on both her and the paper are a joke.
    All the money in the world won’t give you talent.

  196. 196
    Mark Skid says:

    Polly only got one A level. And she failed the Eleven Plus.

  197. 197
    Anonymous says:


  198. 198
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    You can add C4 News to that.

    Someone once described Jon Snow’s job as: –

    1) Turn up

    2) Read out the day’s Guardian editorial

    3 Fuck off home

  199. 199
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Scratch them a bit more and you’ll find a fascist.

  200. 200
    Eric A Blair says:

    Fuck off!

    I was always a Tory at heart.

  201. 201
    Eric A Blair says:

    Only if you’re some sort of colonial loon.

  202. 202
    Eric A Blair says:

    It’s ‘Sue Perkins’ you knob!

  203. 203
    Eric A Blair says:

    Personally I would have done a little wee in it.

  204. 204
    Voice of Reason says:

    She looks like an old harmless granny but in reality she is the biggest piece of shit that ever put pen to paper. This foul woman plays on her socialism (a bit like Prescott) but she is a disgusting wealthy hypocrite. Why the Guardian put up with such a devious hag I’ll never know.

  205. 205
    Kevin T says:

    Labour, the party that made Sharon fucking Shoesmith into a victim AND gave her the laws necessary to get herself a seven figure compensation payout.

  206. 206
    scratch and sniff says:

    can’t be – he played on the right wing

  207. 207
    I still shit in buckets, David Chaytor says:

    As a left wing firebrand and criminal I am disgusted by Ms Toynbee’s behaviour.

    That was no way to treat a member of the working classes


  208. 208
    Polly. says:

    But you have to keep the servants on their toes Guido. Do you want anarchy!!?

  209. 209
    Jethro says:

    Polly-Pot the Kettle on…?

  210. 210
    Mr Angry's livid uncle says:

    Public perception of the shape of society has been so warped by the sight of the shameless diddler dems helping themselves to our money and then trying to stare us out.

  211. 211
    Nick Clegg, king of the diddlers says:

    What about a man who works part time, but to such a high standard that he still gets paid at a full time rate..

  212. 212
    Nick Clegg, compassionate human being says:

    And the sick. I and my colleagues signed off on the NHS reforms.

  213. 213
    Hang The Bastards says:

    What a horrible horrible cow this whore is !

  214. 214
    Grammar School Boy says:

    So did Prescott; I think he may have already mentioned it though.

    I didn’t. I got a new bike.

  215. 215
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Chav. I read in a paper at the week-end that it is actually an acronym.

    Council Housed And Violent. Could this really be so?

  216. 216
    Real libertarian says:

    You clowns will never get it. It’s the role of Polly and her miserable colleagues and employers to make capitalism nicer than the Tories! Whether they believe a word of it or not is totally irrelevant.

  217. 217
    Rufus Stone says:

    “…unenvironmental old bangers…”? That just about sums up Polly Twaddle

  218. 218
    Splooge says:

    Polly put the kettle on
    Polly put the kettle on
    Polly put the kettle on
    We’ll all have tea

  219. 219
    Everard P Burgerpenis says:

    Spot on.

  220. 220
    Asquith says:

    What a pitiable bunch of mindless wankstains cluster round this blog! Like maggots on a dead sheep. Are there any rational readers out there?

  221. 221
    Major Paddy says:

    Aye I reckon her back box is blown

  222. 222
    Major Paddy says:

    thats a face for ozzy moseley to hire-sprechen ze deutsch

  223. 223
    Major Paddy says:


  224. 224
    Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Make her own tea! Surely you can’t expect our good socialist comrade Polly to make her own tea. Isn’t that what the working/lower classes are for?

  225. 225
    Disco Stew says:

    I have always wondered why waiting rooms are filled wall to wall with sickly Muslims.Honest.

  226. 226
    Anonymous says:

    I think you’ll find that it’s Lembitstains.

    Now Clegg off like a good little Laws.

  227. 227
    g1lgam3sh says:

    The Duchess of Tuscany is an arsewipe with the brain of a flea.

  228. 228
    Anonymous says:

    The Lib Dems are thieves, David Laws is a thief who wants to be rewarded for his thieving and their leader thieves by working for less hours than he’s contracted for.

    Is that rational enough for you Asquith?

  229. 229
    English Heretic says:

    And Adele has some talent!

  230. 230
    Late to the party says:

    The libdems signed up to the conservatives health etc reforms, got their arses kicked in some elections and suddenly decided they needed to ‘aquire’ principles.

    Rational enough.

  231. 231
    Mr Angry's silk stockings says:

    You really are a Lembitstain Asquith.

  232. 232
    English Heretic says:

    “zero-value add human being not even fit for making glue with”.

    Harsh, she often fills airtime on Al Jabeeba reminding us of why we don’t pay the TV Tax.

  233. 233
    Katya says:

    You said I was the only one you bastard. Now you are trying to pull Polly Toynbee’s teenage great grandaughters. I am going to ask Valdimir to stop providing you with young girls when you visit the motherland.

  234. 234
    A typical lib dem MP says:

    You need to be horsewhipped Asquith, not because you’ve done anything wrong, but for my sexual edification.

    The positive side of diddling is that old fashioned lib dem pursuits get forgotten about.

  235. 235
    Dave666 says:

    “Public perception of the shape of society has been so warped that most no longer know how others live, where they stand in relation to the rest, who earns what or why.”
    How true Dhaling have you ever spent time outside the M25?
    Have you witnessed the mess the Liberal Left have created?

  236. 236
    Tacitus says:

    I was reminded of Polly’s problems with the proletariate while reading the book Left Bank by Kate Muir, a 2006 novel revealing the inner stories of some of what must be some of the most odious self esteeming people in Paris.
    The “hero” Olivier, an academic philosopher sighs to himself “It was very hard being a socialist with servants”.
    Perhaps Polly should read this book as she is sure to find herself and her fellow travellers.

  237. 237
    scratch and sniff says:

    off there next week – remake of deliverance

  238. 238
    scratch and sniff says:

    A levels are for the little people

  239. 239
    Tacitus says:

    Same here.
    Today’s letter to the BBC Toady Programme
    “I must complain about Sir Richard Alton’s remark on the media (BBC innuendo) on his “bigfoot” analogy as to a media heavyweight pontificating on something he knows nothing about in Tahir Square (James Naughtie in Egypt if you did not get the message).
    We the UK public are not used to hearing the truth in the Today Programme, so Sir Richard’s remark is dangerous in breaking the BBC’s culture commitments to relaying doom and gloom as well as disinformation and half truths”.

  240. 240
    Mr Angry's livid uncle says:

    If you don’t like voters and taxpayers daring to complain about how the Dem’s are stealing their money and then crying foul for being called on it then best of luck finding a new blog Asquith.

  241. 241
    Duncan says:


    Good, your bleating matey was pulled up for a weaklings cup of tea and is still moaning about being pulled up for it.

    Man up son and learn how to do a proper job.

    Oh yes, turn the inverted snobbery off too. Green doesn’t suit you Guido.

  242. 242
    Socialism is a mental illness says:

    Well said no73, i said as much on the comment section in the guardian to one of Toynbee’s ridiculous articles, and was promptly banned from commenting again, permanently. Result? I never look at the site again, save my blood pressure. They really are a bunch of fascists and need to be ridiculed at every opportunity. Full speed guido, let them have it.

  243. 243
    Gladiatrix says:

    I thought it was one A level and a failed 11 plus.

    She also benefited from a family trust, but every time you mention this on CiF they delete your comment and accuse you of being abusive. Apparently stating facts on public record constitutes abuse at the Guardian.

    I would like to know if she declared her earnings from the family trust to the Guardian’s finance department so that she was allocated the correct tax code. If not, she has spent years systematically defrauding the Revenue.

  244. 244
    Socialism is a mental illness says:

    I have commented on this to no73. My moniker on the guardian comment site was ALFREDTHEGREAT, i was removed for pathetic reasons, criticizing Toynbee’s crass articles, along with Monbiot’s and others. They ARE the fascists they think other people are.

  245. 245
    h_pont says:

    i can’t read any of the guardian columnists online, let alone that mad cow Toynbee. It’s interesting seeing them being annihilated by their commentators though. The response to Mad Hattie and the Ken Clarke ‘he said rape was ok’ article was particularly amusing.

  246. 246
    h_pont says:

    It’ll be a good throw if you get her in her villa in Tuscany

  247. 247
    h_pont says:

    i think the inbreeding makes them angry

  248. 248
    Elgin's lost his Marbles says:

    There was talk of the Guardian subsidy being stopped last year, and replacing it with a cheaper website.

    Who killed tht real cut off?

  249. 249
    h_pont says:

    its hard to tell who is the shittest out of toynbee and monbiot.

    Yasmin Alibaha-Bongo wipes the fucking floor with both of them

  250. 250
    h_pont says:

    in polly’s favour, at least she works in the private sector – unlike her thieving leech of a husband. double the prime minister’s salary for a non-job at the audit commission

  251. 251
    h_pont says:

    giving alms to the able bodied demeans you as it demeans them – Gandhi

  252. 252
    h_pont says:

    I have only 2 words to say to that…

    Yasmin Alibaba-theydrinkitinthejungo

  253. 253
    h_pont says:

    her point as is everyone elses in the guardian is to make useless public sector workers feel like the most treasured and useful members of society

  254. 254
    Reactionary says:

    Being the granddaughter of Nazi publicist Arnold Toynbee, with her father founding CND for the Russians, Toynbee is, unsurprisingly, a prominent Fabian (fellow elitist Shaw wanted to liquidate working class “undesirables”). But after she helped the SDP destroy old Labour, the KGB stopped using Guardian hacks as agents. And since promoting LibDemmery she has further alienated the left with her islamist-upsetting atheism. She has praised New Labour whilst denigrating Blairism, was was honoured rather than humiliated to be given a doctorate from OU rote-learning zombies, and like Thatcher will conclude her twilight state by drawing spiteful obituaries from her former colleagues.

  255. 255

    And they say irony is dead!

  256. 256
    opinion prole says:

    Polly does us all a great service by reminding us what hypocrites these socialists are.

  257. 257
    It makes de verld go rownd says:

    But they spent it supporting somebody’s business n’est-ce pas? Money makes de verld go rownd..

  258. 258
    It makes de verld go rownd says:

    Ackcherly mate, I prifer me whorelix…

  259. 259
    It makes de verld go rownd says:

    Me too! It cost my dad twenty quid in 1954 and took a year for him to pay for it.

  260. 260
    It makes de verld go rownd says:

    More likely: Come here (or home) and vomit

  261. 261
    Remittance Man says:

    You can’t tell me Polly knows nothing about real life.

    To gather material for a story, she once lived in a council flat surrounded by real poor people and with nothing but JSA to live on. For a whole week!

    Imagine that. A whole week without ciabatta from her favourite Italian grocer’s shop. Truly the woman is a saint on a par with Mother Theresa.

  262. 262
    Herman Achille Van Rompuy says:

    DSK tried that, and look where it got him.

  263. 263
    Spud Gun says:

    “When I was glorified tea boy on the Andrew Marr show, Toynbee was the only person who ever made me remake her cup of tea. ‘What have you done? Far too much milk. Could you make me another please.’ Just what you want having been up since five on a Sunday morning.”

    Well I hope you pissed in her tea or at least stirred it with your willy.

  264. 264
    teaboy says:

    I always ask people to put their own milk in their tea, it makes for less confrontation. Some people don’t like it too milky, some don’t like it too milkless. This is a challenge that often faces hosts.

    The alternative is to point them in the direction of the kettle and tell them to make their own beverage

  265. 265
    Redeye67 says:

    What a horrible women the darling of the left and BBC her views only represent the minority don’t take her seriously plz it will only give her more credit just ignore her and the other idiot Harriet both champagne drinking socialists and maybe one day they will both go away

  266. 266
    The Blue Baron says:

    I would have thrown the tea over here head. Another champagne socialist preaches but does not practice. What an odious person she really is.

  267. 267
    Anonymous says:


  268. 268
    Smig says:

    Did she really? For a whole week? Wow.

    I did it for fourteen years and took Tebbitt’s advice. I got busy jumping through the hoops of state education then realised University was an epic con and went and got busy working.

    The incentive was being cold in the winter, no disposable income and gobshite neighbours intent on breeding to get a bigger house. A house i’m now paying for via my taxes.

    The shite that pours from the mouths of Guardianistas makes my bladder boil.

  269. 269
    Tracey Emin's undercrackers says:

    There was tired old hack called Polly
    Who was terribly fond of her lolly
    She’d look down her nose
    And strike a socialist pose
    While quaffing her way through the Bolly.

    She thinks all Tories are scum
    A position that’s totally dumb
    She writes in her rag
    The horrid old slag
    With her head stuffed right up her bum.

    There’s only one solution that’s right
    For dealing with this pestilent blight
    Drag her up the mountain top
    And give her the chop
    With a shove from a very great height.

  270. 270
    Thats News says:

    Christ! I am a journalist and she gets more in five weeks than I get in a bloody year!

  271. 271
    Anonymous says:

    She looks a heck of a lot older and wrinklier here than she does in the photo the Guardian use for her column. Too much Tuscan sun I guess.

  272. 272
    mehere says:

    Aren’t the boys in ‘Slum all called Mo? The girls are called Mrs Mo?

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