August 22nd, 2011

Labour and Gaddafi, Follow the Money

Guido’s critique of Miliband’s handling of the first days of the Libyan uprising upset some of his apologists, who dispute the fact that the Labour Party are losing an ally today. In order to put this to rest once and for all, Guido thought he would take a last look at Gaddafi, his family and the key players in the last government.

In September 2009 Gordon Brown told the Andrew Marr Show “there was no deal” to have the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi released early on compassionate grounds. Two years later the convicted terrorist was seen cheering on Gaddafi from the comfort of sunny Tripoli. “So if you’re suggesting there was any deal, there was no deal. There was no conspiracy, there was no attempt to make anything conditional on anything else” Brown promised. The line was pushed the next day by Ed Balls, when he told the Today program“none of us wanted to see the release of al-Megrahi.” However we know now that this is just not true…

Far from it in fact. A Cabinet Office report in July 2010 revealed that the Labour government did “all they could” to get Megrahi released. And it wasn’t just the Cabinet Office blowing Gordon’s line out of the water. Guido brought you leaked emails from former Blair adviser John McTernan that explicitly mentioned a deal. Jack Straw let slip that British trade had been a major factor in the release. As Guido reported back in February, the Scottish nationalists tried to line their pockets too.

“Scot’s justice was bought and the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s price was £100 million. The Labour government in Westminster brought forward legislation to get the SNP government in Scotland off the Somerville judgement hook in June 2009, two months later Megrahi was released.”

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Far from Gordon’s line that the decision was made in Scotland and that he couldn’t of possibly have had anything to do with it, a dirty deal was concocted at the heart of the British government. It involved Downing Street, the British intelligence services and BP. In September 2009 Guido brought you the players:

“Nick Butler is the Economic Adviser brought into Downing Street when Gordon became Prime Minister.  Prior to that he was a senior strategist for BP. He joined the firm in 1977 and helped to develop close links between BP and New Labour in the 1990s. 

Incidentally Butler is a mate of Peter Mandelson who has also been treasurer of the Fabian Society for more than 25 years. He helped to bring close to half-a-million into Brown’s coffers from his city chums.

“Sir Mark Allen is a Special Adviser to BP. Before that he was the senior MI6 officer who negotiated with Saif Gaddafi to end Libya’s international isolation in 2003-04…”

It was these two men, one ex-BP then at the heart of government, the other  ex-MI6 and then at the heart of BP, who conspired to give Gaddafi what he wanted for access to Libya’s oil. Less than twenty-four hours after Guido revealed the cast more details began trickling out. Allen had called Jack Straw twice in November 2007 to put pressure on him for a deal. Despite initial denials, BP also coughed that they had lobbied the government over the slow progress of the deal, highlighting that there would be “negative consequences for UK commercial interests”. And what was Peter Mandelson’s disingenuous take on these allegations? “It’s not only completely wrong to make such a suggestion it’s also quite offensive…”

No doubt Mandy had plenty of time to make up his mind as to what is offensive whilst he spent a shooting weekend with Gadaffi’s son and Nat Rothschild. A tight and close gruesome threesome. There is no denying the closeness of the upper echelons of the last government to the murderers currently being hounded out of Tripoli. Just last year Gaddafi was asking the Libyan people to “pray for Gordon Brown”, but it’s the hand of Gaddafi’s “good friend” Tony Blair which is never far away. The deal was concocted on Tony’s watch and he even approved the training of Gaddafi’s special forces by the SAS. So close were they that it was Blair that Gaddafi phoned to seek advice on how to deal with the uprisings. Mandelson was keen to help out too – speaking of Saif Gadaffi’s chilling threats to slaughter the rebels, Mandy thinks he could have spun it better:

 ‘I’d rather have had a couple of minutes with him beforehand to say that you know this sort of performance in a very clumsy and ham-fisted way is not going to get you anywhere.’

Even Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary who was so keen to talk down the threat of No-Fly Zone, took to the airwaves to claim Blair was right to make friends with Gadaffi, even after he had begun slaughtering his own people. With such a shameful past you would think the “next generation” of the Labour Party might have been more careful to keep their distance from the Mad Dog of the desert. But no…

As the crisis kicked off in February Guido brought you the Miliband family’s own connections to Saif Gaddafi. LSE Professor David Held, who is seemingly in charge of desecrating Ralph Miliband’s memory, welcomed Saif to LSE as a “representative of the Miliband program” – a series of lectures in memory the Labour leader’s father. Held failed to mention the £300,000 he had taken off Gaddafi in his sycophantic introduction. Showing his trademark judgement, it turns out Ed is a very big fan of Professor Held.


198 Comments

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

    Full inquiry Ed?

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    • 18
      AC1 says:

      BBC have put a link to this very article!

      Only kidding, that would never ever happen.

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      • 32
        Wayne trombone says:

        I think you ll find the BBC only reports with a left wing slant.

        Hopefully it will be cut one day. Such a waste of money.

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        • 40
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Blair should be impeached; investigated, charged and jailed for making agreements with foreign powers ie USA over Iraq and Libya over Megrahi. UK citizens lost their lives and limbs because of his underhand deals.

          Blair continues to line his pockets from his former position of office. WHere did he get the expertise to act as a security consultant to Kuwait if it was not from what he learnt from our security services when he was PM? He authorised the SAS to train Libyan forces after their secret service committed the largest ever mass murder over Scotland!! And then he did a deal to release the culprit along with Straw, while undoubtedly the vile Campbell spun or used sophistry to con the British public. The Chillcott Inquiry could redeem itself and recommend Blair is impeached and further investigated along with his cronies who helped in the crimes.

          Over the weekend wanted to mitigate his failings that he brought to the country concerning the riots and the greedy socialist welfare culture at the heart of it.

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          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            Guido, how about starting an e-petition for impeaching Blair? At least the turds will have to talk about it in the House of Corruption.

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        • 48
          Grunt from Special Ops says:

          I think you will find that the BBC, as well as the Labor Party have financial links to Qaddafi, much as the LSE did.

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          • misterned says:

            Perhaps Muamar gaddafi is hiding here:
            39 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0HA?

            Labour Party headquarters.

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          • Wrench That Organ Vicar says:

            the labour party’s connections and past dealings with gadaffi his family and co henchmen are disgusting to behold.

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          • Hang The Bastards says:

            Hang All the two-faced-lying-Labour bastards who will sell not only their own souls for money, but also the souls of every decent voter in this country.

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          • Poosh says:

            “Blair should be impeached; investigated, charged and jailed for making agreements with foreign powers ie USA over Iraq…”

            You’re a bloody idiot.

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        • 49
          Fake Blood says:

          Should be one of George’s priorities.

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        • 125
          Major Eyeswater says:

          Don’t worry there’s not just the BBC – if the truth leads to the heart of the Labour Party then you can bet the Guardian will be all over it, using their excellent contacts etc.

          Now I think I should go and drop the rest of that acid….

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        • 191
          OneBadMouse says:

          Heads we win, Tails we win.

          We have no friends, only interests!

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      • 59
        Nu Attack Dog says:

        Go on BBC – prove me wrong and actually allude to this unholy alliance to your spittle drooling audience.

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        • 81
          A bloke of a certain age says:

          I see the BBC have now allowed their reporter outside in Tripoli. The female reporter from SKY got right in about it last night whilst the BBC chap was confinend to his hotel room. BBC PR machine swung into operation this morning with tales of their brave reporters coming under fire etc
          The girl whipped your arse BBC and everyone knows it ! I bet your reporters are well pissed off with your Health and Safety policy.

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          • MrAngry61 says:

            Even the Graun is saying that Sky got the story.

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          • CuttingEdge says:

            It did make me laugh this morning watching the BBC journo cowering in the hotel in Tripoli while the Sky team were out and about bringing the real news. And to think its taxpayer money that funds him sitting on his arse.

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      • 84
        M says:

        If you are gonna hack phones for a story this is the one
        Who knows where the bodies are ?

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      • 98
        Guido's kindergarten says:

        No it’s a link to CBeebies [fun and learning for children aged 0 – 6] so that the majority of contributors on this site will be able to see it.

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      • 176
        BeebHater says:

        Fuck the bbc.
        Theyre actually promoting yardie patois to babies would you belive?
        And then they wonder why the yoof of today cant string a coherent sentence together.

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        • 193
          Archie says:

          Yeah, I and I ‘as to aks meself if it true, see. ‘an’ me say, big up,bruv you is well wicked, innit?

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    • 78
      M says:

      Thumbs up

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      • 150
        IED Dector man says:

        I am the only one, but has the thumb icon gone into the ether the way of Labours promised claim of ending the cycle of no more boom and bust?

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    • 137
      Drew Pecock says:

      When you consider all the PC bolloks and Human Rights laws not to mention forcing immigrants on us and denying us a vote on Lisbon it is obvious that Labour would befrend a despot, they are despots themselves

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      • 140
        The voice of unreason says:

        So, Gadaffi has been financing the Labour party and some of their senior members. And still, the muppets will continue to vote for them.

        What is it about Labour supporters? No matter how venal, corrupt and immoral their MP’s are shown to be, these muppets keep voting for them?

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        • 151
          Labourite says:

          Because we’d rather have them than the bed-wetting; sodomised; weak-willed; crooked; toff; exploiters that stand for the CONservatives.

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          • The BBC is Biased says:

            Labour MP’s : venal, corrupt, immoral -yes, but most importantly, you forgot: lying, devious, conniving hypocrites.

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          • M says:

            Unfortunately you would rather live with VENAL , CORRUPT & IMMORAL than fight it because you are to weak to stand up to it .
            If you had a dog you would let it shit in your home.
            May be good enough for you

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          • Archie says:

            Huh?

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        • 195
          Archie says:

          ‘T were ever thus. I remember as a lad (more years ago than I care to remember! growing up in a Northern town that now resembles Calcutta, listening to relatives shouting themselves blue in the face that the ONLY vote even worth considering was for Labour. My father begged to differ but was shouted down. Wanna know why I vote for none of the above?

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    • 165
      Tory hater says:

      Was it only me, but did you think Cameron looked a bit pinky when he appeared on TV today? Has he been on holiday?

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    • 166
      The Closet says:

      The Libyans had nothing to do with Lockerbie. Susan Lindauer former US intelligence asset reveals in her book Extreme Prejudice. It was Abu Nidal. The elite wanted to build up a catalogue of crime against Gaddafi knowing they wanted at some stage to invade and grab his oil.

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    can we re-arrest al-megrahi now?

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    • 54
      Anonymus says:

      “You and whose army?” as they used to say in the playground.

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    • 72
      The Cabinet Secretary says:

      No. He is a pal of Salmond and MacAskill and an honorary member of the SNP.

      He is above the law – how do you think he got off with the biggest mass murder on British soil?

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      • 102
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Q: how do you think he got off with the biggest mass murder on British soil?

        A: Because there was no evidence.

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        • 163
          The Cabinet Secretary says:

          You a member of the SNP, pal? How much are they paying you to post here?

          Fucking idiot.

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          • Cream Puff says:

            Your a fucking idiot, your nothing but unionist scum
            that hasnt a clue, unless the BBC tell you – fuckwit

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    • 99
      Glyn H says:

      Why? He was not guilty but put up by the Mad Dog to get rehabilitation onto the agenda (successfully) and his appeal would have exposed the lack of evidence. He had to be let go. It was a neat piece of realpolitik.

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      • 162
        Al Megrahis Doctor says:

        I am now starting to fear for my job (best one i ever had!)…the rebels are getting closer…thinking of jumping ship…hopefully, if Tony ever gets brought to justice, & conveniently becomes gravely ill!!!! he will give me a cushy little job in england! If not i will be ringing Mubarak! Dont fancy accompanying my patient back to Scotchland!

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  3. 3
    Grumpy editor says:

    “have are”, “due on” – does nobody sub-edit this stuff?

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  4. 4
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ” So close were they that it was Blair that Gaddafi phoned to seek advice on how to deal with the uprisings.”

    So not only has Tony Blair got Iraqi blood on his hand, But Lybian as well.

    now i get this mornings “Cartoon”.

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  5. 5
    imnumbervi says:

    Birds of a feather….
    Vermin the lot of them.

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  6. 6
    The Stilton Eater says:

    A devastating exposé of Labour’s support for big business and corrupt dictatorships.

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  7. 7
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Unbelieveable skullduggery, they are a treasonous bunch of swine.

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  8. 8
    Jimmy says:

    You’re not even trying any more.

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  9. 9
    The Sheikh Of Arabeee says:

    Fucking filth.

    Fucking Labour scum should be in fucking prison camps.

    This country will not be a clean place to live in until Labour is fucking utterly fucking destroyed as a political force.

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    • 65
      misterned says:

      +1

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    • 75
      The Cabinet Secretary says:

      +1. Your opinion mirrors mine when I was working for Blair and Brown.

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    • 130
      East India Company wallah says:

      Where would all the wealthy idiots go to play politics then?

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    • 138
      Fubar Saunders says:

      Prison Camps? Cost too much to run. About thirty lengths of rope and a protege of Mr Pierrepoint working double shifts ought to do it.

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      • 164
        Anonymous says:

        Tut. Mr Pierrepoint used the same rope for each execution. So we can have 3 ropes (one for each drop on the scaffold) and save money. Oh we do need a spare of course. I wonder if Mr Pierrepoint’s protege would give us a bulk discount.

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    • 167
      John Bellingham says:

      It would be a breach of human rights for murders, rapists, paedophiles and drug dealers to have to mix with members of the labour party and journalists INSIDE prison as well as out.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    you miss out the bit about how and why one locks up someone without any good evidence for several years.

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    • 41
      MrAngry61 says:

      Because the US had to pin the blame on Mad Dog Graffiti?

      (Only kidding – weird Firefox spellchecker!)

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      • 45
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        It is a different story, and its got to be a rather interesting one, as to how and why Gaddaffi (sod the spelling), handed over Big Al.

        He is a dictator who does what he likes after all.
        (apart from leave his house or live for another 8 hours)

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  11. 12
    Reds Under the Bed says:

    None of this will cause the slightest embarrassment for Labour – they’ll do what they always do when faced with inconvenient facts – they’ll simply rewrite history.

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  12. 14
    Miguel says:

    Couldn’t HAVE (not of!!) possibly-tut tut!!

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  13. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No wonder they scrapped the death pen for treason!

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  14. 17
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Ed Miliband must return from holiday and sack anyone associated with this disgusting behaviour.

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  15. 22
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Blair, Brown, Manldeson, Campbell, Straw, Ed Miliband, Balls et al – smell the shit, hear the lies, hear the spin. What a disgrace to the UK.

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  16. 25
    Fancy that! says:

    Peter Mandelson is buying an £8 million house:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/8714791/Mandelson-poised-to-buy-8m-home.html

    Where did the money come from after a career in the public sector?

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  17. 31
    Craigoh says:

    I’m starting to see the truth in Herr Schickelgruber’s maxim of “the big lie”.
    Revelations like this, if true, really ought to sink Labour as a political force; but you can bet they’ll just carry on regardless, and they may even be back in Govt in a few short years.

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  18. 34
    The Dirty Rat says:

    Let us not forget Mandelson’s secret meeting with Saif Gadaffi just prior to the release of Megrahi. They spent the evening together at the Villa owned by Rothschild on the island of Corfu. Are they friends or was it business?

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  19. 36
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Look at it like this, the only policy that Dave has taken from Baroness Thatcher has been a sucsess, I wonder if he will take the hint now?

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  20. 37
    EC1 PhD says:

    Question: prior to the Arab Spring, would David Cameron have done the same secret deal with the SNP over Somerville? Would he have been persuaded by Butler and Allen on behalf of BP’s interests in Libya? How much realpolitik would he endure to secure lucrative oil contracts in the desert?

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  21. 43
    bergen says:

    Perhaps BBC’s Panorama could make a programme on these links….

    or perhaps not.

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    • 70
      The BBC says:

      Maybe we can cover it like we covered the Grauniad corrupting the police to make it look like it was the news of the screws?

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  22. 44
    No British Jobs for British workers. says:

    At least Labour were doing the right thing by British Commercial interests. Unlike Dave who buying trains from the Germans and Windmills from Sweden.

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    • 49
      Dave is a TWAT says:

      Figures from Utilyx, the energy consultants and traders, forecast a 58pc rise in the cost of power by 2020, largely driven by the impending avalanche of green taxes due to come into force over the next 10 years.

      The consultants estimate that 18pc of the current electricity price relates to climate change policies – or £15 per megawatt-hour out of a £82 per megawatt-hour average.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8713691/Green-tax-hike-hits-businesses.html

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    • 52
      Selling England by the pound says:

      Also all those Swedish Windmills are being planted in the UK’s waters by Dutch contractors.

      Bombardier did not stand a chance with Dave at the helm of UK plc.

      What’s next? French Nuclear reacors, that’s what’s next.

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    • 64
      bergen says:

      Would those be the trains that were subject to Nulab’s tender requirements with which Bombardier couldn’t comply?

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      • 107
        BillyBob.... says:

        Not to mention Labour’s PFI dealings…

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        • 157
          Guido's kindergarten says:

          Once upon a time . . . PFI was implemented for the first time in the UK by the Conservative government of John Major in 1992. He realised that after getting rid of Thatcher that all the schools and hospitals were crumbling so he had to do something. The old witch had sold all the silver so Major had no money left. He tried to copy the Australian government’s policy and introduced PFI’s. When Blair took over he soon found out that the cupboard was bare so continued with the policy. And we all lived with empty pockets ever after.

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          • Liebour 4ever says:

            And then came Broon who saw there was no money, but said there would be no more boom’n’bust because it sounded soooo good, so he spent even more!

            And Millie’s lot want to go on spending ‘cos they never noticed there was noooo money ever and haven’t got a clue how the economy works, unless it’s selling Che-foppish t-shirts to the brain-lite.

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      • 111
        misterned says:

        It would indeed, the same tendering requirements which the tories would like to see amended, but there is soooooooo much labour shit to clean up, it may take a while to get round to it.

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        • 139
          East India Company wallah says:

          I recall a certain Anthony Lynton Blair putting in a good word for Lakshmi Mittal when he purchased a steel plant in Romania,by 2004 all newly purchased gravel bogies operated by Network Rail were supplied by Arcelor (Mr Mittal)
          Network Rail are HQ’d near Warwick university as is the BP sponsored trade union museum and where Gordon the Dim called an emergency pow-wow after two scottish by-election defeats-Warwick University-the intelligence capital-HA HA

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    • 127
      Fish says:

      Tains from the Germans that actually work ,unlike those new ones from Bombadier which are only now coming into service 12 months late because of faults – something that Bombadier have a track record (intended pun) with.

      Now then, when did I last hear this type of thinking (have to buy it ’cause it’s made in britain, irrespective of cost, irrespective of design, irrespective of quality). Oh yes. British Leyland.

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    • 143
      Fubar Saunders says:

      Doing the right thing by British commercial interests?

      What, like they did with fucking Cadburys, for fucks sake? Not to mention Tata Steel in Middlesboro? And DAF in Birmingham? Gordon “British Jobs For British Workers” Brown allowing a French firm to award a contract for work on a British site to an Italian contractor?

      With Cadburys the fuckers even let a majority state owned bank provide the leverage, the borrowed money, tens of millions of it, for a hostile takeover which they were warned was going to cost jobs, which they knew Kraft were lying about when they said they were going to keep plants open.

      And the fuckers and their piece of shit lickspittle power hungry two faced champagne socialist bastard union paymasters stood back and watched it happen and didnt say jack shit.

      And thats without even mentioning the subject of MOD acquisition and the constant sucking up to BAe, the carrier deal, Nimrod MR4 and so on and so on.

      Labour doing the right thing by British Commercial Interests, my arse. Get the fuck out of here….

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  23. 46
    Phantom says:

    Great work, a fish rots from the head down.

    And so does the Labour Party.

    Now replace the word ‘Labour’ for ‘Conservative’ and replace the politicians accordingly.

    Would the BBC then go with it or not? The silence about this scandal has been deafening.

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  24. 47
    disgusted of provence says:

    great work guido

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  25. 51

    Put this news together with the “One Term Tories” news on Sunday.

    I would like to amend (second time) my comment to “You are totally, utterly and irretrievably fucked.”

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    • 73
      girl enginner says:

      I think you broke the thumbmeter with that post

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      • 104

        I do hope so.

        It was initially a good tool to gauge responses. But it was incredibly slow as it appeared to be a Java add-on to the original code.

        Worse, it encouraged a discourse that owed more to heat than light. Something said with passion, or bile, is often said without direction. And, as has been pointed out elsewhere here, to get a lot of points, one had to post under the first post. It changed the dynamics in a most unattractive way. Just look at the last Caption Contest.

        Maybe the number of thumbs over an arbitrary number, such as 10, could be withheld for a few days. That way, we all learn if we are carrying some opinion with us or not.

        But the best measure is in the message itself. What is written without care is read without pleasure.

        If I know anything about Guido at all, it will be that he will always be looking for a way to get a better blog, so we cannot assume that it has gone for ever.

        I have enjoyed your posts.

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  26. 53
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    2 quick wickets.

    Tendulker out LBW 91, Bowled Bresnan

    Mishra 84 bowled Swann

    262-5

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    • 61
      A Cricket Critic says:

      Let’s do a deal. We won’t try to nail Chris Huhne and Guido won’t do the cricket scores.

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      • 121
        Billy Bowden is the greatest policital commentator ever ! says:

        If you dont lick it please feel free to take a full refund and fuck off

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      • 179
        M says:

        Crickets something both sides of the political spectrum seem to be interested in
        At the moment
        let’s take note who won’t be there when the natural ebb & flow of sporting successes moves the other way

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    • 106
      MrAngry61 says:

      If anyone was remotely interested in the cricket scores they could just look them up on the net.

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  27. 55
    His Eminence Cardinal Blair SJ says:

    This point is – we’re all wanting the best solution for Libya and the Libyans but, y’know, when you’re in a situation and you have to make a decision [serious face, lean back] then you have to make decision, and follow it through, even though some people might say “Stop, you haven’t thought through every conceivable detail” because [grin, lean forward] that’s not what I was here to do after all. I’ve almost made it clear that I favour a peaceful solution in Libya and that regime change, on its own, isn’t….what we need to do now is to move on, because I for one am in favour of a lasting peace in Libya, a just settlement, a brighter future for the libyan people and, y’know, pointed the finger and debating what happened in, oh, 2002, or 2003, or whatever – it’s unhelpful and the last thing we need now is to be vindictive…..

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  28. 58
    M says:

    So it’s about time this stink with the labour party & Gaddafi Got the billing it deserves
    This brings the judgement of the present labour leadership into question !

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  29. 62
    b345st of w9 says:

    Best thing that I have ever read here
    New staff?
    I may send the refund back (OK Im keeping it)

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  30. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is The Labour Party a ponzi scheme as they are always after other peoples money?

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  31. 69
    b345st of w9 says:

    Whilst we are all getting excited most private pensions in this country depend on BP

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  32. 71

    And pray tell me what will Fatuous Dave and his NuBlue friends do with this open NuLabor goal?

    The usual – kick the ball over the sideline to give Gaddafi corrupted NuLabor a chance to regroup!

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  33. 74
    Don't Forget! says:

    Don’t forget the Labour Party’s links to Mubarak. His National Democratic Party was the Labour Party’s sister party.

    http://order-order.com/2011/01/28/solidarity/

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  34. 77
    Guido fan says:

    There probably was some sort of deal involving trade and oil and the Labour government, but that was not why Megrahi was released.
    He walked bacause he didnae do it !
    The Scottish criminal review body was looking into the case, and another appeal was due to be heard, in which the real conspiracy would have been exposed. He was offered the deal to go home if he dropped the appeal.
    You like a good conspiracy, Guido. Why haven’t you got your teeth into this one ? Why were all US government employees taken off the flight in Frankfurt?

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  35. 79
    NeverRed says:

    Labour are pure scum, lying, thieving hypocrites every one of them. Why oh why don’t the tories just make these points and sink them.

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  36. 80
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    To be fair Gaddaffi didnt smell as bad as Gordon so you can see why Labour were keen on him.

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  37. 82
    P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    Gimme a break !! I’m busy buying an £ 8,000,000 house. I don’t need any of this shit ( no pun intended ).

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  38. 83
    Bodo says:

    An excellent forensic analysis Guido.

    If it was the Tory party with such close ties and dodgy dealings then we’d have the BBC schedules cleared for wall-to-wall coverage. Robinson and Peston would be all over it (remember yacht gate? and Ashcroft?). They might even ask some questions about Mandelson’s new £8 million house – just to see if there are any dots to be joined.

    But the appalling truth is that the BBC will ignore it, and that we know they will, and what’s more we won’t even be surprised.

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      BillyBob.... says:

      Are you suggesting that our great and good BBC is a whore to the Labour Party ?

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    • 113
      bergen says:

      So depressingly true.

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    • 159
      Gooey Blob says:

      The BBC’s bias isn’t in any doubt. Their recruitment policy is almost engineered to produce a skewed perspective. Just one reason why it’s falling further behind its commercial rivals. Sky has the best news coverage – and it’s unbiased. The Telegraph has the best news website – although it’s just as biased as the BBC, albeit from a centre-right, rather than centre-left viewpoint.

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  39. 85
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Chris Hunts Ex wife accepts the points you have made Guido.

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  40. 86
    Displaced Brummie says:

    David Held, who is seemingly in charge of desecrating Ralph Miliband’s memory, welcomed Saif to LSE as a “representative of the Miliband program”

    Or is Held merely reflecting the true nature of Ralph Milband and his offspring?

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  41. 87
    BillyBob.... says:

    Smoking gun? I can smell the cordite from here !

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  42. 91
    William 'Vague' Hague says:

    About whether Col. Gaddafi, is in Venezuela, I have no information that says he is although I have seen some information that suggests he is on his way there

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    Anonymous says:

    It’s a BilderBanker war.

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  45. 95
    Conundrum says:

    Is there any connection between this story, Gaddafi’s huge wealth and our old friend, ” The Bandit” Mandlescum’s pending purchase of an 8 Million Pound house.

    I think we should be told.

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  46. 117

    Labour and Gaddafi, Follow the Money

    I thought one of their lot said there was none left.

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  47. 118
    Gordon Brown says:

    i am not to blame as i was having a poo when all this happened

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      In yer breeks... says:

      Shades of Price Ruprect in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

      “May I go to the toilet please”…..

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  48. 120
    'er Indoors says:

    Libyan records will be the key to getting to the whole truth in regards Labours dealings with Gaddafi.

    Saddam’s documents provided a treasure trove of information about academics, journalists, and international diplomats long on the take from Saddam’s regime but, alas, too few were published. What was exposed through the oil-for-food was a tantalising window into international corruption.

    Let’s hope they preserve and publish documents from Gaddafi’s archives.

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  49. 121
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    New Thread.

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  50. 126
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Mandleson – scumbag shyster.

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  51. 129
    BBC investigations unit says:

    Dear licence fee payer,

    After a massive investigation and a very detailed look at the evidence the BBC has come to the only obvious conclusion possible, it was in fact Lord Ashcroft in association with Rupert Murdoch who secretly set up a number of entirely innocent members of the labour party in order to discredit socialism. Gordon Blair and Tony Brown have fought the Gadaffi regime for years often slipping into Libya to help the secret rebels in order to slip them some hope for the future. The BBC cannot find any evidence in its comprehensive record of news items during the release of the dying innocent Megrahi of any deals between Gadaffi & Brown & Blair or that heretic from Scotland and as we all know, if it is not in the BBC news archive it did not happen. The real focus should be the close relationship between Cameron and Murdoch and Gadaffi and Ashccroft who are the prime movers in everything bad that has gone on.

    The outrageous allegation that Peter Mandelson is able to purchase a mansion with the proceeds of bribes and pay offs and backhanders from BP and others during his time in government is a totally false and insulting lie. Everyone knows that Peter Mandelson won the euromillions lottery and after giving most to help a hero and some disabled kidz and other nice things he is able to buy a nice house and the evil smears that he somehow extorted his millions is frankly a crime against humanity and a step too far from the evil right wing. We at the BBC hope this wonderful explanation has put your minds at rest and we look forward to blaming the evil right wing again and again and again.

    Dame Constance Hardone MBE, KBE, OBE

    Senior executive partner in human rights and equality services to interior design outreach programming and gender informative empowerment.

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  52. 133
    Desperate Dan says:

    Guido, Your assistant’s assistant doesn’t seem to have much of a nose for news.

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    50 Calibre says:

    Originally I thought you couldn’t really make this sort of thing up. On reflection I realised that you could, you really could, you could make anything up. They are all so fucking corrupt whatever you fancied ‘making up’ about the lying self-serving bastards would turn out to be right on the money sooner or later.

    Makes you feel good to be British doesn’t it?

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  54. 145
    Gaddafi is hiding under the bed. says:

    I am sheeting myself! Labour help me please! I geeve you all oil if you help me please.

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    Post hoc says:

    This one stinks. Labour will be quaking in their boots to see what comes out on all that dirty dealing between Blair, Brown et al in relation to Lockerbie, PC Yvonne Fletcher, LSE and Saif and a whole raft of noxious events. Now that Saif and his sibling are detained, presumably they will know some interesting details and I can’t wait for this lot to finally come out. Presumably never in Brown or Blair’s wildest dreams did they ever think Maddafi would ever be booted out. I hope they toss and turn at night as they should. Payback!

    Lying, mendacious, dishonourable scum.

    Time to clean out the Augean stables at the BBC, LSE and elsewhere.

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    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Great innit, how all these geezers all end up wiv pockets fullacash. It ain’t what you know it IS WHO!! Even if its that Mad-daffi dictator they couldn’ all get to give him a KISS quick enough. All the Champagne Lefties, shaking hands and gimme a kiss Colonel, what’s in it for me? Brown envelopes no way ‘eres me Grans account number in Zurich, lot easier that way. And untraceable. Know wharimean?

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    Osama the Nazarene says:

    So this helps to explain why Al Ja beeba has been doing its best to sow doubt about the freedom fighters of Libya. This morning’s Today programme was a litany of bile aiming to discredit the victory of the ant-Gadaffi forces. Quite different from Sky last night and today.

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  58. 161
    Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

    Angola offers Mad dog a safe haven…..

    what a choice…there….Sedgefield, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and Robert Maxwells Boat!

    Tony and Gordon always said they would come good!

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    Post hoc says:

    Curioser and curioser…the scottish council have now announced they want to talk to Megrahi imminently – presumably so they can make sure he doesn’t reveal anything embarassing.

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    M says:

    Megrahi to appear on new series of strictly come dancing
    You heard it hear first

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    Cream Puff says:

    Oh dear, you really really dont have a fucking clue do you Guido!
    Maybe if you got yourself upto Scotland and actually spoke to real Scots and established the actual relationship between the Labour party and the SNP, you would realise that Labour really do hate the SNP and would do no favours what so ever.
    The problem with you Guido is you have spent to much time wondering the corridors of Westminster and have ended up just like them with your head stuck way up your own arse, that you don actually know whats going on outside the Westminster zoo.
    Try and accept the fact that Blair, Brown, The Labour Party had fuck all to do with the Scottish Government releasing al-Megrahi. It really was down to Scots Law, something you have little grasp of!. Blair and Browns meetings in the desert with Gadaffi were wishful thinking, trying to look big, but like Labour, they were deluded.
    Scots have enough to put up with with a crass Labour loving BBC in Scotland, which pours out anti SNP bile at every opportunity on behalf of the Labour party, without ill informed bloggers like you adding your ill informed tuppence worth. I actually thought you were better than that, but when you really dont understand Scottish politics, its not surprising you copy and paste the pro unionist cess pit

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      Jess The Dog says:

      Main reason that Megrahi was happily repatriated was his appeal, which would have opened a can of worms…the worst scandal to hit the Scottish legal establishment in living memory, the kangaroo court of the Hague trial.

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      Mark Austin says:

      To add to this, under Scottish law, the Scottish Government had no choice but to release al-Mrgrahi once a diagnosis of a terminal illness was given, with a short predicted time. The only grounds for refusal would have been if he posed a risk to the public, which, as he would be returning to Libiya, was clearly not the case.

      That he has survived longer than predicted is embarrasing, but not entirely unpredicatble: predictions regarding cancer are notoriously uncertain, and the morale factor of not being in prison, and with his family probably explains it.

      Further to the point about Labour hating the SNP, the reverse is also true. If the SNP government felt that they were doing Labour a favour, they would be less, rather than more, willing to help.

      Further, the one factor that is being missed is that al-Mrgrahi, and Libya in general, are almost certainly innocent. I believed than, and believe now that the main factor in the release was to avoid his appeal being heard, followed by his almost certain release after the quashing of his conviction. The synthetic anger from the UK and US governments was merely to hide their releif that this had been avoided.

      Libya only “owned up” to the Lokerbie bombing (and threw two of its agents to the wolves) in order to ease their path back into inter-govermental respectibility.

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    Jess The Dog says:

    Time to send in some ‘forward air controllers’ to ensure the precision of airstrikes … maybe around a company of them … armed to the teeth. Maybe they could bring out Gadaffi in one piece as well, tongue also intact.

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  63. 197
    Bill Ockham says:

    We all know that New Labour was rotten and corrupt, and that deceit was its second nature.

    But we still have endemic governmental misfeasance long after Labour’s fall, and the public despair, because there are no longer any legitimate parties to which they can turn.

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