June 12th, 2011

Political Matthew Taylor Risks RSA’s Charitable Status

Guido likes Matthew Taylor, he is a smart operator, shares Guido’s view of Gordon Brown and now runs the Royal Society of Arts. He is unfortunately turning this august institution into a third-way “progressive” think tank. He shouldn’t, hard as it might be for Tony Blair’s former Chief Adviser on Political Strategy and a former director of the IPPR to depoliticise himself, he really ought to separate his personal agenda from the RSA’s mission.

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce has a mission to “embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce”. Past members have included Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, William Hogarth, Charles Dickens and Guglielmo Marconi. That is a great heritage.

Last year ahead of the AGM one Fellow, Angus Stewart, challenged the RSA, claiming that

“The real problem with the RSA is its management. It’s a political body. The title should go and it should be hived off to be a consultancy firm. The same thing happened to The Industrial Society. There is no validity here, everyone is uncomfortable, and management are uncomfortable as they know they are not liked or admired by the ordinary Fellows. In terms of quality thinking this society has no standing anymore.”

Will Hutton notoriously ran the Industrial Society into bankruptcy, the RSA is financially solid, however it is becoming intellectually bankrupt, an ideologically narrowed think-tank reflecting only Taylor’s hobby horses. Matthew will no doubt cite the invitations to George Osborne to speak and the chairmanship of right-leaning Luke Johnson. It doesn’t really deflect the central charge.

Another Fellow, Kevin Cahill, Chair of the South West Region, also challenged Taylor, arguing

“We have a perfect mandate and a simple mission, there is nothing in our mandate about reforming society or changing humanity, those are the wild utopian missions of the person in charge.

Last Thursday Taylor gave his annual keynote speech to the RSA. It was an attack on the profit motive and Milton Friedman in particular. Taylor will no doubt argue that this is perfectly in tune with the RSA mission – he has argued this before to Guido face-to-face. The Charity Commission may take a different view if he is going to turn the RSA into the IPPR Mark II. More importantly the Fellows of the RSA may not stand for it much longer. Many of them are closer in their thinking to former members the free marketeers Benjamin Franklin and Adam Smith, than to Taylor’s “twenty first century progressivism”.

See also: Matthew Taylor is Ruining the RSA, February, 2009


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

    What a Wonker!


    • 2
      Pot 'n Kettle says:

      You should know.


    • 10
      Lefty-bollocks says:

      Has he ever had a proper job?
      Doesn’t look like it – justing wonking about:



      • 24
        Anonymous says:

        Same as Cameron, Nick and Ed then; cannot say this about Osborne he used to enter dead peoples detail in a computer.


        • 48
          Tony 'dhimmi' Blair says:

          I read the Qur’an every day. Partly to understand some of the things happening in the world, but mainly just because it is immensely instructive.


          Islam means terror peace, innit!


          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            It strikes me that the Lefties are influencing al aspects of life. Wet Dave, is doing more U turns to help McClegg and he has included Hutton and Field in his team to conduct reports fro him. Says it all really. Wet Dave is the cuckoo in the Tory party. Time for a change of leader please, this one is soaking wet. More U turns predicted on foreign student numbers, immigration etc etc. Read this weekend how our pilots are being taught French so they can fly french planes on a French aircraft carrier, and we still are going to give £12billion in overseas aid!!

            Why couldn’t the overseas aid be given in kind?? Send UK employees to help build water irrigation, keep military personnel and use them to help infrastructure (when not needed for politicians Middle East wars!). Why does it have to be cash or goods. I accept medicines or food in real times of famine but most of what we give away could be exchanged for in kind benefit. This could help British firms and keep more people employed while doing a good turn.

            McClegg could off load a few SPADs in his office for the task as well and try doing a full days work like everyone else. He wanted the job FFS. Lazy hoon thinks he is the only one with kids.


    • 108
      James May says:

      Boring, boring, boring post Guido.


  2. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    First of all why do arts need funding?

    O/t Conteneder for quote of the day:

    “I explained to you before, the working class enjoy paying taxes… give them a fair wage to do so..

    12 June 2011 14:11

    3rd : Guido, Sir, I know its your(your rules) , But with this new thumb system, Is there any chance it could be refind as when you load a long thread it takes ages for the thread to settle or could you perhaps do a poll during PMQS to ask reades what they think (you can still ignore the readers as your blog) But just to see what readers think?


  3. 4
    Christian says:

    Guido, you should look even deeper into the IPPR itself. It also has charitable status but it is so obviously centre-left, pro Labour that it makes a joke of the rules set by the CC. Why is no one challenging them??


  4. 5
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Naively, I thought the Royal Society of Arts had something to do with, y’know, arts, like…

    Then I hear Taylor popping up on every single fucking QT, or AQ, or some such, spouting NuLab policy-wonk crap. Now it’s getting favourable tax treatment.

    FFS, this is no better than being a Pilgrim.


    • 15
      Nemo says:

      I believe they used to run exams in commercial subjects like shorthand and typing, book keeping etc


      • 33
        BaggPuss says:

        That’s right. Fifty-odd years ago, I took (and passed) RSA Handwriting (Elementary) and English Language (Elementary) exams I was thirteen-years, at the time. They were probably equivalent to 3 “A-Levels” today.


  5. 6
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    All praise to your sterling efforts Guido, but looking from my vantage point of a relatively poor African country pullling itself up by its bootstraps all I can see at the moment in UK politics (broadly) is a bunch of Canutes up to their necks in the sea and shouting “wa-hey, surf’s up!”


  6. 7
    There'sAlwaysTomorrow says:

    Slow news day Guido?


    • 111
      Gordon Brown says:

      Its the calm before the storm. Later this evening at a North Queensferry hotel I will announce my acceptance of the Prime Ministership of the IMF and I will get to work staight away on my dream of a world tri partied regulator to bring stability to the world of financial Tory bust.

      I will immediately announce a world Tobin tax to save the third world and planet from global warming.


  7. 8
    Bollox To It All says:

    The RSA is in effect a government quango – it should be closed down and all the money given to me


  8. 9
    A Cronim says:

    Is this where the problems with NHS hospitals started ?


  9. 11
    Popeye says:

    Why do all these left wing zealots always want to change the world for us but not their narrow little existence? And always at our expense!


    • 14
      tell it like it really is says:

      Talking of everything being at our (the taxpayers) expense, read this – it’s unbelievable, it WILL make your blood boil.



      • 193
        Boiling water says:

        Why do all these people [seem to] have Arabic or P-accistany names? Clearly they have nothing better to do than try to abuse the system (and all at our expense as every single one of them is paid from public funds).


    • 23
      Eyeruletheworld says:

      It’s so they have their jobs – they don’t really believe that they can change the world, and they don’t really want to change the world, they just want you to think that they can and would change the world.


  10. 12
    Moley. says:

    Here is a golden opportunity to test the organisation; which says about itself;

    Our mission is to “embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce”

    A British inventor has invented a plastic which will “resist the heat of a nuclear blast”.


    Talks are ongoing with a Company in India; (among others).

    What is going wrong in this Country?


    • 22
      Nemo says:

      The captains of British industry don’t care a flying monkey about British inventions so inventors go abroad, eg hovercraft, fluidised coal burning boilers, tilting trains, went to, Japan, Germany, Italy and if we want to by those products iit now costs that much more. By the way anyone remember Blue Streak now have to by rockets from the States or elsewhere, this has been going on for at least 50 years, we have been dependant on the bookmakers of the London financial instutions, would they be taken on by a real bookies.


      • 127
        MrAngry61 says:

        Blue Streak was obsolete when built – cryo liquid fuelled when the yanks were moving to solid fuel.

        The proposed silos were ahead of the game, however…


    • 97
      Harridan Harperson says:

      We don’t want that kind of industry here being centred on science which has too many males. Before any company could produce this new white male plastic I want a thorough inquiry done into why at least 51% of their workforce are not representing society as women then the management should be taken before my court of public guardian-reader opinion.


      • 147
        Nemo says:

        Harridan dear heart, during the last world war, women were employed to make armaments, assembling aircraft, given the training women can do most jobs as well as a man, the trouble for great sections of the country apprenticeships for both craftsmen and technicians fell to a small number and now those who remained in skilled jobs are coming up to retirement, so there will be a lack of skilled craftsmen and technicians this has contributed to immigrants from eastern europe who were train up by their state but they had no skilled jobs to go to.


  11. 13
    genghiz the kahn says:

    If the are no profits, how can a society “embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce?”

    Unless the UK sells goods which people really want to buy, there are few opportunities for employment or profits.


    • 25
      Eyeruletheworld says:

      The Left don’t want to soil their hands with dirty commerce. That is left to the little man. And they change the life of the little man by making him a poor dependent of the State.


    • 29
      Maximus says:

      It’s really code (a semiotic algebraic transform) of an another “mission” statement, which is rather more famous: embrace, extend, extinguish.

      And on peculiar language, YTF is Guido telling us he likes hoons. What non-standard sense of ‘likes’ is this — like in “I likes slugs cos I can put salt on them and watch them explode”.


  12. 16
    My other car's a Merkava says:

    As predicted by Sullivan’s First Law.


  13. 17
    • 58
      Call me Infidel says:

      No doubt the electrickery produced will be “too cheap to meter” Thorium does look promising but there is a long way to go before it becomes a commercial product.


      • 71

        If its results have not been hyped out existence (a problem we have seem in the AGW field), then it is indeed a good start. My hunch is that human progress in energy research is still in its infancy. There are so many vested interests at work here that the development of this as a product is at risk from these areas rather than from the timescales required by the conventional research process.


    • 83
      Hinduja brothers says:

      Especially for us Indians.


  14. 21
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Can someone run a value for money test against all Quangos?


    • 28
      Nemo says:

      Bill, quangos are created to provide jobbies for politicos and former politicos, not the ones who acctually do the nitty gritty day to work, but chairmen and senior execs. I think this is what Guido is getting at in this piece in the form of Taylor.


  15. 26
    Colonel Blimp says:

    You can tell it’s a boring wet Sunday afternoon when you see an irrelevant subject posted like this one.


    • 36
      The Met Office says:

      Wet Sunday afternoon?

      We’ve just declared a drought! Hosepipe bans! It can’t be wet!

      PS: the ice caps are going to melt within 100 years. We’re perfectly capable of forecasting a century in advance.


    • 50

      Order Order prides itself on being the foremost chronicler of the London wonkish world. It is a small but interesting niche for a small number of interesting people.


      • 57
        MI5 says:

        “Progressive” means socially and economically regressive in reality…

        It was used throughout the world to cover up for Stalinism, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung and all the other murderers of the 20th century..

        Do progressives under stand that ?

        The People understand now…the Labour Party is dead now just Empty Ed and his fat cat union supporters…

        Where is Socialism in Europe today

        In the dustbin of history like its progenitor Communism and the wonderful Karl Marx..


        • 66
          South of the M4 says:

          Unfortunately in the UK the dustbins are not emptied often enough.


          • The Greens says:

            Much too frequently for us. We’d rather see friendly rats gnawing away at the rubbish then having it removed weekly.


        • 194
          Vive la France? says:

          Possibly, but the latest polls in France suggest that rightish-wing Sarky will lose to one of two socialist candidates at the upcoming election.


      • 171
        Colonel Blimp says:

        There IS life outside London, you know!


  16. 27
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Does this make sense?

    “He is unfortunately turning this august institution into a third-way “progressive” think tank.”


  17. 30
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Is it right that Chris Patten is so far up the arse of the BBC? Shouldn’t he be much more neutral?

    The Tories disgust me how they can’t see the bias at the BBC, they deserve every bit of crap thrown at them by the beeboids.


    • 46
      Cameron's Judgement Failures, #2,653 says:

      I think Dave’s ordered a ‘softly softly’ approach towards the BBC, in order to avoid antagonising them.

      Big mistake. It won’t work.


      • 53
        I says:

        It’s called The Sir Walter Raleigh approach


      • 94
        The Golem says:

        Certainly isn’t cowardice in the face of the enemy. I lean more towards the view that he shares their agenda, but I suppose it could be that he is incapable of seeing the wood for the trees.


        • 195
          Up ze verkers says:

          He is in thrall to the EU. Once a Commissioner always a Commissioner. Any step out of line sees his jumbo size pension vanish down the proverbial. There are over 60 million people in the UK so why did the Camoron have to pick him?


  18. 31
    Humph T Dumpty says:

    When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean.
    I choose to say ‘progessive’ when I mean ‘regressive’.


  19. 32
    News at Last says:

    Pippa Middleton spotted on Slutwalk


    • 39
      Imam of Britainistan says:

      Hoare! B!tch! Infidel! Acid in her face! Get this harlot out of our country!


    • 40
      Wolverhampton Ring Road says:

      Where ? Where ? Point me in that direction !


    • 104
      Eve says:

      May I suggest the women who go on ‘slut walks’ turn their attention to more pressing matters for women such as the attitude of Islamic fundamentalists to females.
      Female circumcision, preventing education of girls beyond 14,forced marriages,not allowing women to work, drive, vote or leave ther homes without wearing a sheet. Surely they’re more pressing matters for those concerned with women’s rights?


  20. 35
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Guido likes Matthew Taylor, he is a smart operator, shares Guido’s view of Gordon Brown and now runs the Royal Society of the Arts…’ where he has developed a reputation as a bully and is unpopular with the staff who have to suffer him.


  21. 54
    They're all the same says:

    Nothing wrong with the profit motive. The problem is when those with capital construct a state to protect themselves from others who might profit by their own profit motives. The British Right (ie every party with representatives in the state legislature, as well as those with aspirations to that effect) are all signed up this…the only debate is over how many crumbs are required to keep the masses quiet.


  22. 55
    Jack says:

    Progressivism = Stalinism with a human face

    Cf. Hayek


  23. 56
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Who let the Fawkes out? :-)


  24. 59
    Stats porn monitor says:

    I think I’ll take the evening off.


  25. 60
    Thuggie Whelan says:

    I scent the blood of this little pipsqueak that I got elected Leader of the Labour Party

    I now support Two Jags Shags and two Shags Prescott as Leader

    He will unite the Party and I can continue my salmon fishing paid for by all those lovely trade union members..


  26. 61
    Reuters Correspondent says:

    BTW Guido

    Where is Cicciolina the wife of Squeaker…

    Did you bury her in shame ??


  27. 62
  28. 68
    Deja vu again says:

    It started in America

    Many of us won’t be able to retire until our 80s
    You’ll probably have to work much longer than you anticipated.



  29. 69
    spellcheck says:




  30. 70
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am the world’s shortest man


  31. 72
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Progressive’ always seems to mean going backwards doesn’t it? The same has happened in the arts themselves. Before, we had the perfect universality of Shakespeare, now we have the dreary didacticism of such cuпts as David Hare which is universally admired by intellectual pygmies.


  32. 74
    I says:

    Guido, Baz Bamigboye is listed on Matt Drudge’s site but not You????

    About time you sent the boys over.


  33. 76
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Ladies and gentelmen I give you the brain of a liebore suporter.

    This is from Labour List

    ” No day or night should pass when there is not some sort of opposition, pressure or comment concerning current Government policies, from Ed Miliband, Shadow Cabinet members, Labour activists and ordinary supporters like me. It felt like a desert at 12 midnight with only Sally Bercow’s merry tweets for company as the Leader of the Opposition was under media attack.”

    I think she misses out the words ‘whatever they are’ after she says “Government policies”


  34. 77
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Progressive’, always seems to mean going backwards doesn’t it? The same has happened in the arts themselves. Before, we had the majestic universality of Shakespeare, now we have the dreary socialist didacticism that seems to infect every aspect of the arts.


  35. 80
    c.eng says:

    Mathew Taylor is a self obsessed blairite creep.

    All honourable RSA Fellows should resign their fellowship while this socialist is in charge. You’ll feel much better when you’ve done it and you’ll save yourself a bundle by not funding this socialist centre of pollytwaddle.

    The Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce was once a noble and important British institution (Note, they ditched the Manufacturing and Commerce bit, doesn’t suit their pinko view of the world) but now the RSA is yet another putrid cancer on the British Body Politic.

    Time to hit the eject button


  36. 81

    I had an abortion two weeks before my wedding after falling pregnant to Ryan Giggs, says his sister-in-law Natasha – MailOnline

    But left to our High Court, he could have kept this under wraps – which would have left his money-spinning brand intact.

    British justice is the best, of course … (?)


  37. 84
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m a Knight Industries Two Thousand with Turbo Boost function.


  38. 86
    All set for an explosive PMQs on Wed says:

    Thanks to the memos and documents published this week and today’s embarrassing coverage in the papers, Cameron has a ton of ammo to use against Red at PMQs on Wed. And that pretty much guarantees that Grumpy will cut him off when he tries to refer to them, aided by shrieking Labour benches.


  39. 87
    Ploy Twatbee from he Italian Ivory Tower and obscene wage packet says:

    “David Cameron made an outrageous Ryan Giggs joke at a Tory fundraising bash at the expense of two Lefties who have attacked his policies, Neanderthal rail union leader Bob Crow and Guardian grande dame Polly Toynbee.

    ‘Would you trust Bob Crow and Polly Toynbee with running the economy?’ asked Dave. ‘It would be like trusting Ryan Giggs with your sister.’”


  40. 88
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m a Delorean.


  41. 90
    Nicholas Bennett says:

    I didn’t renew my membership at the end of last year because of my disatisfaction with the left-wing approach now adopted by the RSA. The Fellows’ magazine had become unreadable and the London lectures had become very arcane. At nearly £200 a year it no longer represented value for money.


  42. 93
    Ed Millitwat says:

    Keep Red Ed as Labour leader Sign the petition now and gurantee a decade free of the Labour party in government



  43. 95
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Whenever I see someone claiming to be progressive I automatically assume they are an economically illiterate, self-regarding twat.


  44. 101
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m a Harley Davidson.


  45. 102
    Ed says:

    Thith time next year, I’ll be prime minithter! Yeth!


    • 110
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Thith time nexth year a Milliband might be priminithter
      Correct !

      But alath it wont be you !


    • 124
      Anonymous says:

      Why doesn’t some journo ask the rubber faced twat Dave Milliband
      If he feels any guilt about stealing taxpayers money while swaning around the world earning vast sums of money and not doing the job he is being paid to do !

      Thieving Zooney faced Twat !


  46. 106
    @tollypointbee says:

    ‘In the autumn of 1983, a young well-dressed man presented himself to Bow St Magistrates’ Court on a morals charge. He was given a conditional discharge and bound over to keep the peace. The young man gave his name as Charles Lynton. He is now among the highest in the land.’


    Never read any of this it’s GREAT


  47. 107
    Nigel says:

    If racing cars is so clever how come they can’t go out in the rain?


  48. 109
    john miller says:

    Read the Cadwal Chronicles by Jack Vance.

    Congruent situation and you’ll love the pragmatic solution to the problems created by the looney minority.


  49. 113
    I don't need no doctor says:

    In life if you do the dirty on anyone it always comes back to bite you, and hard. Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been bitten hard.
    Gordon Brown will always know, in his own mind, what a shit useless Chancellor and PM he was.
    Tony Blair will always know, in his own mind, what a liar he was.
    They will all never get any peace, no matter how much they remain in denial.


    • 186
      Eyeruletheworld says:

      They’re all delusional – they know they’ve saved Britain and the World from those dreadful nasty common Tories.


  50. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Question to the UN
    Why is a Libyan arab’s life worth more than a Syrian arab ?
    would it have something to do with oil ?
    Or is it because their army might fight back ?


    • 116
      I don't need no doctor says:

      What about Zimbabwe? How quickly the media forget.


      • 121
        Anonymous says:

        and Bahrain
        etc these arabs will one day feel very bitter that they saw the west helping the Libyans yet stood by and did fuck all while they were slaughtered in their thousands
        and we all know what happens when you piss the arabs off !


        • 126
          Man in a hat says:

          Why is Gadhafi’s life more important that a child’s life in Misratah?
          Why is T. Blair not locked up in The Hague?
          Why Is G. Brown not being arrested for economic treason?
          Why has the BBC not been closed for socialist cleansing?
          Life is just not fair.


      • 163
        Fog says:

        The African Union won’t allow any intefernce in Zimbabwe.


  51. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Does anybody Really have a clue what this post is about ? ? ?


    • 118
      Anonymous says:

      Yes, it’s about lefty busy bodies always wanting to interfer in our fucking lives. Why don’t they just piss off?


  52. 119
    David Cameron on Stars In Their Eyes says:

    Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be a Tory.


  53. 122
    tat says:

    “I have moved on from the leadership election and so should everyone else. Ed won, I stand fully behind him and so should everyone else.”

    “I called for unity last October and I repeat that now.”

    statement by David Miliband, 12 June 2011


  54. 123
    HappyUK says:

    One encouraging sign is that the RSA has members with the guts to speak out against managerial incompetence and misbehaviour. Unlike the vast bulk of Westminster hacks for example.

    What’s needed is more engagement – of the kind Guido displays here and more people like Kevin Cahill to point out Matthew Taylor’s humbug.

    “Progressivism” my arse.

    No good ever come from do-gooders.


  55. 125
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I go on Popstar to Operastar?


  56. 129
    TJ says:

    See who’s attending Bilderberg alongside George Osborne and Rory Stewart:



    • 146
      Sid says:

      I hope Osborne is watching his back.
      We all remember what happened the last time he got together with Mandelson and Rothschild.


  57. 131
    Nick Erzoff. says:

    No, try Plopstar instead.


  58. 132
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fuck it, Hang him!


  59. 135
    albacore says:

    Ahem! Fawkes.
    You know the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?
    Well, that don’t apply in this case.


  60. 136
    bastards! says:

    East London Mosque under pressure over hate preachers.


    Come on Call me Dave – DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!


    • 138
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      The freedom of speech also means the freedom to offend.

      If however they are inciting murder then arrest them and charge them.


    • 143
      Anonymous says:

      It’s already too late
      there’s nothing we can do
      Eu human rights forbid us from deporting them
      and as such they stay here and are free to recruit others into their fold protected from the laws of this country by the un-elected grey suits of the EU


    • 145

      The Muslims have declared Tower Hamlets “gay free zone.” something that would please a few posters on here I’d have thought!


  61. 137
    Fock you, asshawl says:

    Collateral Damage starring the Governator on channel 5 is a laugh. The kind of conservative action film they don’t make anymore.


  62. 140
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    England U21 1-Spain U21 1


  63. 141
    Victoria Borwick says:

    Well done Angus Stewart for highlighting the real issues here – glad there is at least one Fellow who is prepared to stand up and be counted and try to save the true principles of the RSA


  64. 148
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido and fellow windowickers (and lefties)

    Can i just say that Order-Order is a gay friendly blog and i am really happy that you all have accepted me for who i am .


    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! :-)


  65. 149
    Nostrodamus says:



  66. 150
    If you're going to have a bat, use it properly says:

    Shame on all those players at the charity cricket match on Friday in which Ed Balls took part. Not a single one did the decent thing and smash his head in with a bat.


  67. 151
    MI7 says:

    Manderlson is having a jolly stroll with his billionaire buddies at the bilderburg and probably planning the next financial crisis



  68. 152
    Looking For Answers says:

    Does anyone happen to know if any Goverment Agency or EU Agency will give me money or a grant to buy political history books?

    Or will I have to steal them?


    • 156
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      “Borrow” from parliament as you paid for them in the first place.


  69. 153
    Gordon Brown says:

    I want a handjob.


  70. 154
    albacore says:

    Hmm. I like this new game, Fawkes, although perhaps it might get the teeniest, weeniest bit tedious after a while.
    First you get the mad scrambling of the thumbs up/down buttons to catch up with the rest of the blog; then Windows kicks you out to protect itself.
    Finally, the coup de grace: the vote you’ve cast and been cordially thanked for is zapped and the thumbs re-set.
    Nice one.
    And for your next trick?


    • 155
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      It will go the same way as the log in tosh that Guido tried a few months ago.


  71. 158
  72. 160
    Gordon Brown says:

    I like jalapeno peppers.


  73. 165
    Lord Carrington's binoculars says:

    Superb, superb piece. Listen up people…this is how this country is being cut off at the knees by big statists who want to spend big while undermining the way this country actually makes any money.

    Taylor recently packed up twitter cos he realised the charity commission might actually pick up on his deception. All fellows should write to the Duke of Edinburgh and complain.

    Excellent work guido.


  74. 168
    nell says:

    “embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce”

    And Charles Dickens, that depressive, dreary writer of victorian england, so like our very own gordon, was a past member!

    I’m sorry. I am trying very hard here not to laugh!

    How much does this useless quango cost us?


  75. 170

    Mondays Rich and Marks cartoon will be funny.

    And you can quote me on that!


  76. 174
    Order-Order Spokesman says:

    I quote”Mondays Rich and Marks cartoon will be funny.”


  77. 176
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m a tricycle.


  78. 177
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Death on two legs (dedicated to goverment)


  79. 181
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Fucking hell, is it dyke night on TV? Firstly I had to look at Yasmin Alibi-Brown spouting shit on the BBC paper review, not on Sky it’s Julie fucking Bindel who is even uglier. They should ban ugly hags from TV.

    Luckily we get totty on Fox. Courtney Friel as an example.


  80. 182
    nell says:


    militwit is relaunching himself tomorrow. Again.

    gordon of course did a lot of this relaunching nonsense. It was always entertaining to watch. Never did him much good though. Won’t help militwit either.

    Anyway, militwit’s new bi-word which he will be using a lot over the next few weeks is “Responsibility”. I think it’s intended to be used in much the same way as I use it when talking to young nell about responsibly spending her pocket money.

    Unfortunately for labour the words Responsibility and Money conjure up a different picture don’t they ?

    Those two words always make me think of militwit, bullyballs and gordon, flying about just before the last election, throwing £billions of printed money and what was left of our money at anything they thought would buy them votes.

    So I dare militwit to use Responsibility as his new campaign slogan.

    Everytime he says it I shall be hoping some fleet street hack with a decent conscience asks him to explain where labour’s Fiscal Responsibility went at the end of their last term in government?!!


  81. 184
    Labour twat on Sky says:

    Who’s the snot nosed schoolboy on the Sky news paper review? Is it Will Straw? He just said people are facing the worst squeeze since the 1920’s.


    • 185
      Labour twat on Sky says:

      They showed his name, Owen Jones. Who the fuck is Owen Jones and what qualifies him to talk about politics? Tosspot.


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        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        It must be mong night at the BBC and Sky that’s all I can think of.


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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:



  83. 189
    Shut your fat mouth you fat fucking cunt says:


  84. 192
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The Liebore party MUST elect mad Hattie as their next leader, check this out, so fucking funny.


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    Matthew Evans says:

    I have no liking for him or the RSA. But it’s sheer hypocrisy to say that attacking Milton friedman is inconsistent with charitable status when bodies like the IEA churn out right wing propaganda all the time with taxpayer support.


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