June 16th, 2011

Is Hilton Going On His Bike?

As Downing Street’s Digital Communications guru takes the money and flies off to Dubai to work for mega-spin-shop Hill and Knowlton, speculation turns to policy guru Steve Hilton’s future. Sam Coates in The Times suggests that there is a “50-50 chance” of Hilton walking out within six months, disillusioned with the realities of governing from Downing Street and having lost key battles to Osborne. Hilton was an advocate of big-bang reforms, Osborne is more cautious about securing a Tory majority.

It isn’t only Osborne he has been losing out to, Andrew Cooper has been providing an evidence-based reality check and pulled Cameron on to the right side of the argument over Ken Clarke’s discounted jail terms for rapists. Craig Oliver is also competing successfully for Cameron’s ear. So speculation mounts that Hilton may be on the way out…


113 Comments

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

    I hope so, can he take Dave with him and piut a real tory in charge.

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    • 2
      Gordon's job on the side. says:

      Since leaving Downing Street the full time MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has earned £492,886.96 plus £92,691.19 expenses doing non MP work.

      http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/110606/brown_rt-hon-gordon.htm

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      • 4
        is it says:

        Earn is probably not the right verb

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        • 6
          Anonymous says:

          True but think what he woudl be like if he had to slum it on just his MPs salary + ex PM pension + ex Chancellor pension + expenses.

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          • Another 5 months left for this to happen in UK (1m months of cuts) says:

            The European Union’s failure to contain the Greek debt crisis is sending fresh shockwaves through currencies, money markets, equities and derivatives.
            The euro lost more than 2 percent against the dollar in the past two days and the cost of protecting corporate bonds soared to the highest level since January, with credit-default swaps anticipating about a 78 percent chance that Greece won’t pay its debts. Equities declined around the world, while a measure of fear in fixed-income markets jumped the most since November.
            Market moves suggest heightened concern that authorities won’t be able to keep Greece’s debt troubles from spreading after Moody’s Investors Service said it may downgrade BNP Paribas SA and two other big French banks because of their investments in the southern European nation. The collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in September 2008 caused credit markets worldwide to freeze as investors fled all but the safest government debt.

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          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            MPs should not have second jobs there is a conflict of public interest. They set themselves up as a public company to avoid paying income tax rate while the squeeze every penny from us to help Cameron’s multi billion pound give away scheme.

            Radical overhaul of parliament is required ASAP. Where are you McClegg????? It is your job to do something about it, it is your responsibility.

            Why should Brown and Miliband be allowed to accrue pension rights as an MP when they are earning money on the side for doing another job???

            FFS it is unbelievable at a time when MPs are cutting the pensions of everyone else in the country and Brown fcked up all private pensions as one of his first actions as Chancellor. What about MPs pensions, what is happening and why are they exempt again??

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            Mr Cuts … should that be mr cuts and pastes.

            http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0616/breaking16.html

            Britain is a long way from greece. (takes bloody days in a coach)

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          • tell it like it really is says:

            You mean like Frank Dobson (Labour) circa 100K pa who says he has to live in a subsidised council flat (central London) as he can’t possibly afford to rent anywhere else. Free loading Labour hypocrite.

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        • 31
          Gordon's job on the side. says:

          You are of course correct. I should have said trousered as he is putting the dosh straight into his limited company.

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      • 27
        COMRADE BOB CROW (ANNUAL SALARY £254,978) says:

        RITCH SKUM DONT NO WHOT ITS LIKE 2 WURK HARD 4 A PITTUNCE.

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      • 105
        Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

        Fuck me Gordon. Why do you declare it? You don’t have to declare gratuitous shagging do you, if so I am in deep shit.

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    • 53
      Anonymous says:

      At this rate, soon it will be real labour running the govvernment.

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      • 66
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Real Labour is like the Real Conservatives. Extinct. Wiped-out by chancers, traitors, crooks and liars.

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    • 74
      misterned says:

      Hill & Knowlton are the same PR company that invented the baby killing Iraqi soldiers tipping special care babies out of incubators onto the floor of the Hospitals in Kuwait to use them in Iraq and leaving the babies to die on the floor.

      They employed the Kuwaiti Ambasador’s daughter to act as a Nurse at hearings into it and used it to persuade the world to go to war in Iraq in 1991.

      Whilst the Invasion of Kuwait was real and we were right to kick Saddam’s army out of Kuwait, the whole incubator story was completely made up. It was a lie.

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    • 76
      Anonymous says:

      Don’t fancy a tax cut then? I thought you’d love that.

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  2. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

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  3. 5
    Anonymous says:

    No surprise. The reality of a smugly self confident Cameroooooooon, backed by the Scroogely weasel Osborne. Both of them, and the rest of cabinet concerned only with what Board Room positions they will hold in 4 years time must be an overpowering stench.

    Smug, complacement, vacuous are just a few words that describe this Premiereship

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    • 9
      Amongymous says:

      Smug, complacement, vacuous are just a few words that describe the last Premiereship.
      Criminal and incompetent are two others.

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    • 14
      Should be workng harder! says:

      Complacement doesn’t describe anything!

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    • 29
      Twat watch says:

      Your assuming they will lose in 2015.

      Come back in four years time and lets talk about it then

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    • 63
      Great Days says:

      Who would not be smug seeing that shower of sh1t being kicked out of government last year…… Go on admit it, it made you smile as well :)

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    • 103
      Backbencher says:

      Dave needs every sensible real world voice he can get after his ego and desire to be heir to Bliar made him force through so many ill thought out policies so quickly and have to U turn on them.

      On the other hand wouldn’t Hilton be the wanker who ‘formulated’ these ‘policies’?

      I think Wikileak Obama had Dave and wee Georgie well sussed. A couple of amateurs.

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  4. 7
    Chris Huhne says:

    Sorry, an error occurred after you clicked the last link

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  5. 8
    Sophie Taxpayer says:

    By detoxifying the Conservative brand, Hilton & Cameron have destroyed the last vestiges of Conservative principle the party once held dear.

    Its too late for Cameron now – Conservative voters will remeber his hectoring, nagging & insulting tones over aid – borrowing to give it away just does not make sense when we are in dire straits – and the public knows it.

    If I were Hilton I would be going for one of those plum Dubai based jobs quickly – it could all come unravelled in Downing Street in a flash.

    I look forward to the end of Camerons career as much as I did Browns.

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    • 15

      He looks like a busker.

      That’s all we need. Another crappy version of Wonderwall.

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    • 16
      Steve Miliband says:

      I look forward to a majority govt

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    • 20
      Eamonn U Ensis says:

      Good riddance IF Hilton is going…we can perhaps then start to have “real” Tory policies instead of clunkers like the “Big Society” which nobody understands and the “Happiness Index” another wonderful Hilton cunning wheeze !!!. We can then start to get the overseas aid budget cut back…as i said yesterday THIS isn’t going away …whilst we’re on the subject if I was “Dave” I would make sure above all else that we had sufficient military assets in place to defend Falklands should we have to…if he loses them he’s finished…no Tory(ok I know “Dave” isn’t a “Tory”)PM would survive the loss of those islands..he can forget about freeing Libya or Afghanistan lose British possessions and he’ll face a vote of no confidence and it’s unlikely the majority of his party would support him in that event……

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      • 52
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        how can we sit about and blame hilton.
        He didn’t hold Cameron down and directly inject the bullshit into his brain.

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      • 89
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Haven’t the Tory High Command yet realised that bringing in MSM condottiere to promote the party is pissing the membership’s money down the drain? Most MSM big beasts are amoral, cynical and directionless. They don’t feel for the party and have no understanding of tory values. Far better to pick a dedicated conservative and get them the training and skills necessary to do the job.

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    • 107
      City of Vice says:

      If Cameron relies on blokes like Hilton for advice it’s pointless Dave occupying No. 10 at all.

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  6. 10
    Alex Hilton says:

    “So speculation mounts that Hilton may be on the way out…”

    As one Hilton goes, so another one enters

    I’m free

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  7. 13
    Steve Miliband says:

    It appears that Craig is quietly effective. Many of the policy woes were down to badly handled policy announcements. They were as much to do with presentation than content. Seems to be a bit better now Coulson has gone

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  8. 18
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    “”Osborne is more cautious about securing a Tory majority””

    Never going to happen.

    The longer rusty Dave stays in power the more despised his Heathite liberalism will become.

    A reminder of rusty Daves achievements:

    * Higher taxes than under Brown

    * Higher VAT than under Brown

    * Higher fuel prices than under Brown

    * Higher contributions to the EU than under Brown

    * Higher contributions to the IMF than under Brown

    * Higher immigration than under Brown

    * LOWER morale & investment in Great Britains armed forces than under Brown

    Yes, real Tories are just swelling with pride at the dear leaders gifts to the nation.

    Blue Labour out.

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    • 22
      Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

      Mod bots – which word is it you dont like?

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    • 79
      Bat Fastard says:

      * Higher taxes than under Brown
      Because of Labour overspend

      * Higher VAT than under Brown
      Because of Labour overspend

      * Higher fuel prices than under Brown

      * Higher contributions to the EU than under Brown
      Signed up for by Labour before leaving office

      * Higher contributions to the IMF than under Brown
      Signed up for by Labour before leaving office

      * Higher immigration than under Brown
      Labour allowed 2 million immigrants in i don’t think the torys have reached this figure yet, if its okay by you i will put this under category bullsh1t

      * LOWER morale & investment in Great Britains armed forces than under Brown
      Because of Labour overspend

      Hope that clears things up for you

      New Labour Die

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      • 102
        the only way is anal says:

        very convincing rebuttal – so when exactly do we see something that dave (and/or his tame arsewipes) is prepared to take responsibilty for?

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  9. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    can we hang him?

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    • 32
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Oh, go on then! Just this once.

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      • 45
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        Wooo Hoooo

        I will get the rope and lampost ready……

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        • 97
          Bled White Taxpayer says:

          Billy,

          great job offer for you. Pick a lamp post somewhere along Whitehall (any one will do), and stand there with your rope. About once a day some hapless political fool will need hanging, and you can do it.

          8 hours a day at minimum wage is all we can offer, but surely that’s a better gig than you’ve got now?

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        • 113
          Peter says:

          Piano wire for preference.

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    • 78
      Chopper Harris says:

      Can we quarter him as well? I have some sharpened pikes too if needed.

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    • 86
      Postlethwaite says:

      yes, by his thumbs

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  10. 26
    Dave Shepherd says:

    Ed Balls on the radio 2 Jeremy Vine show at 12.30 but I am not sure if listeners will be able to question him.

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    • 41
      The Jeremy Whine show is the biggest pile of crap on Radio 2 says:

      Fab. Possibly the worst Labour MP being interviewed by definitely the worst radio presenter in the history of the BBC.

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  11. 28
    Moussa Koussa says:

    May 2010

    FT100 = 5620
    Inflation = 3.2%
    Dole = 2.4m
    Petrol = £1.11 per ltr
    University fees = £3000 pa
    My car insurance = £375 pa
    Pint in local = £1.95

    May 2011

    FT100 = 5666 up 0.8% in 12 months
    Inflation = 4.5%
    Dole = 2.4m
    Petrol = £1.36 per ltr
    University fees = £9000 pa
    My car insurance = £520 pa
    Pint in local = £2.45

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    • 36
      Steve Miliband says:

      No Gordon Brown = priceless

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    • 37
      Tessa Tickles says:

      £2.45 a pint? Where’s your local?

      At mine it’s £3.30.

      ps: my car insurance is £227! Ha!

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    • 38
      Bat Fastard says:

      Just for you twatty bollocks

      Figures from the treasury under Darling
      HM net debt figures IN BILLIONS

      Year GDP-UK Public Net Debt-total
      1980….. 233.184….. 98.20 a Thatcher
      1981….. 256.279….. 113.80 deficit
      1982….. 281.024….. 125.20 a
      1983….. 307.207….. 132.50 a
      1984….. 329.913….. 143.80 a
      1985….. 361.758….. 157.20 a
      1986….. 389.149….. 162.70 a
      1987….. 428.665….. 167.80 a John Major
      1988….. 478.51……. 167.40 aSurplus
      1989….. 525.274….. 153.90 a
      1990….. 570.283….. 152.20 a
      1991….. 598.664….. 151.30 aend of surplus
      1992….. 622.08……. 166.10 a Deficit
      1993….. 654.196….. 202.60 a
      1994….. 692.987….. 249.80 a
      1995….. 733.266….. 290.00 a
      1996….. 781.726….. 322.10 a
      1997….. 830.094….. 348.00 aTony Blair
      1998….. 879.102….. 352.90 a
      1999….. 928.73……. 351.60 a Surplus
      2000….. 976.533….. 345.40 a
      2001….. 1021.83….. 312.40 a Tony Blair
      2002….. 1075.56….. 315.50 end of surplus
      2003….. 1139.75….. 347.10 aDeficit
      2004….. 1202.96….. 382.80 a
      2005….. 1254.06….. 424.00 a Gordon Brown
      2006….. 1325.8……. 463.00 a
      2007….. 1398.88….. 500.00 a
      2008….. 1448.39….. 525.00 a
      2009….. 1395.87….. 616.90 a
      2010….. 1474………. 771.50 e Cameron
      2011….. 1539………. 932.00 e

      Legend:
      a – actual outturn
      e – estimate in HM Treasury 2010 budget

      Please note …debt was increasing after 2003 …which means we were running a deficit

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    • 43
      Liam Byrne says:

      If you want your Social Utopia im afraid somebody has got to pay for it, unless you know of any money trees we can use.

      As i said before leaving office

      “There is no money left”

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      • 55
        Sitting on £11bn of foreign aid, the Third World says:

        Really?

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        • 65
          Liam Byrne says:

          National debt is in the trillions, 11 billion is a piss in the pot…. so yeah really we are broke.

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          • Camoron's piss-poor government says:

            So broke we can give £11bn p/a to nuclear powers with space-programmes, fund a few schools in Pah kiss tan to the tune of £650,000,000 over four years, give £10bn each year to the EU, and give multi-billion pound bail outs to Greece, Portugal and Ireland?

            In my book, that’s not broke.

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          • Liam Byrne says:

            If your that bothered about the EU bailouts you need to ask Labour why they signed the country up to multi billion pound bailouts for Greece, Portugal, and Ireland after they lost the election and jsut before they left office.

            I think they will probably tell you something like:-

            Country last and Labour first

            As i said before 11 billion is a piss in the pot and it would not even make a dent in paying the national debt off.

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    • 62
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Of course Fuel is expensive because of trouble in the arab world.

      Admittedly the £ has gone down since may 2010, but thats because the currency meerkats were at the time in a ridiculously happy mood about not having brown printing money any more.

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  12. 34
    Unbiased BBC says:

    Tonight’s Question Time is from Aberdeen. That guarantees balance! :-D

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  13. 40
    angelnstar says:

    http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/labour-mps-believe-rapists-like-women/

    Boris Johnson accused of saying women like rapists and told to eat his words.

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  14. 44
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m a Bentley.

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  15. 47
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    England win toss and choose to bowl.

    Finn out Anderson in

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  16. 59
    Eeu to me says:

    So their was I thinking rusty warmonger Cameron was in charge but he’s only the figurehead for a load of tossers sucking on taxpayers money in jobs that are above their capabilities.

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  17. 64
    Alex Hilton says:

    Three cheers for the public sector unions!

    Good to see people standing up for their standard of living while the government tries to wreck it.

    Ignore the seething, resentful Tories

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    • 69
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      The more they strike, the more the public will support the goverment, Unions will be shown up for money grabbing greedy parasites they are.

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    • 80
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Yeah, “people standing up for their blah blah blah.”

      How many voted in favour? 1 in 5? Great turn out. Such magnificent support.

      Anyway – the more strikes the merrier. We don’t have to pay the fuckers on their strike-days.

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  18. 70
    Sky's Charlotte Hawkins is the greatest news presenter in the world says:

    http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Charlotte Hawkins TVChoice Awards 2010 Arrivals 7Fk-iUMoDRal.jpg

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  19. 71
    Penfold says:

    The less spinners there are the more chance we have of open and clean government.
    You would have thought after all the smoke and mirrors and outright lies we had under NuLieBour that the ConDemns would have broken the mould.
    So Hilton and the rest can foxtrot oscar to pastures afar.

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  20. 72
    Moley. says:

    Does Balls really believe that tax cuts will save the economy?

    Probably not, but there is nothing like a little mischief making by appealing to those apparently to the right of the coalition.

    His plan fails the credibility test because consumers are too indebted and too worried about the future to spend money anyway.

    In addition, u turning on the deficit reduction strategy (which thanks to EU bailouts is struggling anyway) is likely to lead to a very sharp re-evaulation of the UK’s credit rating, putting interest rates up significantly.

    Pity Balls did not suggest infra structure projects such as building some power stations; that would have made more sense.

    It would be nice if the Chancellor considered Mr Ball’s suggestion and gave a considered reply. To Mr Ball’s credit, he is at least doing the job that the opposition is supposed to do, which is more than can be said for his leader.

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    • 96
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      You must have missed the Mansion House speeches last night. The BoE governor absolutely trashed Brown and Ball’s handling of the economy. Balls was there listening and had to take it. He then pops up today with a load of fatuous crap. Why he thinks that anybody will take him seriously is beyond me.

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      • 100
        South of the M4 says:

        King is paid for his foresight not his hindsight. Why did he not trash Brown’s handling of the economy years ago whilst said trashing was taking place?

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  21. 75
    Gordon Brown says:

    I kissed a girl
    And I liked it
    The taste of her cherry chapstick
    I kissed a girl
    Just to try it
    I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it

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  22. 84
    Yvette Cooper says:

    I’m the value bet to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

    Hurry up and get on

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    annette curton says:

    Tomorrow never comes.

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  25. 106
    Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    Hilton is a complete and utter Hunt and the sooner he goes the better, the best place for him, and his poxy push bike, is under a bus! If only he would end up replaced by someone who is actually a Conservative, as opposed to Cameron and most of his quisling lefty tosser advisers and cabinet members.

    This Government is the biggest disappointment in modern political history and does not deserve to survive.

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  26. 112
    TGF UKIP says:

    Bill Haydon didn’t try to walk away until right at the end so why would this mole. Anyway his Labour Karla wouldn’t let him.

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