August 31st, 2011

Polly: “Labour Weren’t Very Good at Blowing Their Own Trumpet”

There’s an hilarious report of Polly Toynbee’s appearance at the Edinburgh Book Show over at Total Politics. Though she pines “nostalgically for the good old days of Blair and Brown”, apparently the last government were only worthy of a six out of ten in her view. She apparently had some hard hitting criticisms of the New Labour machine. Not the debt, deficit, moral bankruptcy or rank corruption that the project racked up, rather their lack of spinning skills:

“Labour weren’t very good at blowing their own trumpet.” 

UPDATE: Polly’s declaration that “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people” has caused some splutters too…


304 Comments

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

    Alistar capbell days ?

    Golden ?

  2. 2
    Lord Lucan says:

    Chr*s Bry@nt was good at blowing everyone’s trumpet…Boom Boom

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Most would blow anyone of thing!

  4. 4
    MrAngry61 says:

    That woman is a national treasure – for the North Koreans…

  5. 5
    A Droyd says:

    I thought they did little else.

  6. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido

    This IS desrveing of the loony left tag.

    It is unbelievable!!!!!!

    Bonkers Brown chucking Nokias at terrfied staff the good old days?

    Lying to parliament to launch a war that cost the lives of up to 5 million (displaced as well) the good old days?

    Oh silly me , i forgot that the leftest fabians supportted Eugenics.

    O/T Some good news : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2031924/Celebrity-Big-Brother-2011-Sally-Bercow-regrets.html

  7. 7
    Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

    Who let Mrs. Rochester out

    Man alive, does Polly ever read anything back to see if she makes any sense at all?

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Underpants Bryant love a good blow.

  9. 9
    Stan Stedd says:

    Is this moronic cow for real??

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Old Polly Hasbeen’s comments usually make me angry…but the comment “New Labour weren’t good at bowing their own trumpet” is hilarious. One of the best laughs of the day. It’s quite cheered me up!

  11. 11
    Sir William Waad says:

    Polly complains that the majority of the press is right-wing, but does not mention that the BBC is left-wing while other TV news channels are neutral.

  12. 12
    Smig says:

    Piss off PollyTwatter!

    Vacuous, self-centred, insidious, devious bitch.

    Champagne Socialists should be shot. Then nuked from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

  13. 13
    SpAd says:

    That’s a quite astounding contention from mad Polly – “blowing their trumpet” was actually the only thing the last Labour administration was any good at.

    Their ministers – a motley collection of bourgeois poshos and jumped-up local councillors – were completely useless.

  14. 14
    Bad Al says:

    I use to blow Tony’s trumpet good and hard.

  15. 15
    Sir William Waad says:

    Whereas the present lot are….er….

  16. 16
    £160,000 lmao again says:

    When they go ballroom dancing, do his ears get chafed?

  17. 17
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Did the rancid old crone not have any views on Jackie Smith’s job creation scheme for her husband, her creative accounting, her use of her sister’s pad as a main residence, claiming for p0rn at taxpayers’ expense, then having prisoners to repaint her home.

  18. 18
    Marvin, the Paranoid Android says:

    Speak for yourself.

  19. 19
    Smig says:

    The ony Golden they left behind was a Golden Shower pissing in the face of every decent person in this country.

    Bollocks to the Grauniad, Bollocks to PollyTwatter, Bollocks to the lying bastard BBC.

    Those c’unts make my bladder boil.

  20. 20
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Boom and bust.

    Tractor stats

    Endless articles blowing thier own trumpets.

    record spending, record laws made, record corrupption.

    Dear Polly.

    please feel free to come back to reallity at anytime you please, but please until then.

    stop writing bollocks.

  21. 21
    Brian's voice of disbelief says:

    6 out of 10!

    That’s f’king generous.

  22. 22
    Smig says:

    There was this one time at band camp and he fed a flute to his chocolate starfish.

  23. 23
    Ah! Monika says:

    Speechless!

  24. 24
    Ah! Monika says:

    Slightly less useless

  25. 25
    Dazza says:

    Fucking unbelievable! Once again… I read what ‘Our Polly’ has been up to and now I want to smash up the world.

  26. 26
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Hey Polly, why don’t you trumpet Labour’s greatest achievements.

    Labour racked up of the biggest deficit in the UK’s history: creating a run on the banks – first in 130 years, the record low interest rates stealing from savers to bailout feckless borrowers (including the government), high inflation to inflate away feckless borrowers debts (but cripple savers), selling more than half UK’s gold reserves at massive loss to buy worthless bits of Euro paper, record breaking 30% devaluation of the UK Pound raising costs of fuel food and other commodities the UK economy needs, record immigration into the UK throwing British on jobs crap heap for cheaper foreign labour. Signing the Lisbon CONstitution, meaning the UK is bailing out the failing Mickey Mouse Euro currency despite not being in the Euro project, and even more billions extra given away to the IMF.

    Yes Polly, weren’t Labour great!?!

  27. 27
    BillyBob.... says:

    Not easy to blow a trumpet in a quagmire of sleaze, corruption and incompetence !!

  28. 28
    Dazza says:

    How much does she get for typing her column?

  29. 29
    BillyBob.... says:

    Time for state enforced euthanasia perhaps ??

  30. 30
    Smig says:

    …are using Westminster as a stepping stone towards the bigger payoffs from the EU.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Fears homelessness could spread to middle class as economic downturn and welfare cuts take hold

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032136/Middle-classes-forced-live-streets-years-economic-downturn-eats-away-welfare-safety-net.html#ixzz1Wc25JxQ6

  32. 32
    so I said, ah screw it says:

    The only interest these twats had in public service was self interest, it seems that Polly twaddle is so far from the mob she’s forgotten about real people, her dreams are like bubbles full of air,far from reality and keep bursting and leaving marks all over the place.

  33. 33
    BillyBob.... says:

    Ahhhhhhh tractor stats, now they were the days, iron curtains and so few immigrants and illegal asylum seekers !!

  34. 34
    lola says:

    Silly bitch

  35. 35
    CT says:

    Polly Fuckwit never lets us down – she’s always good for a laugh!

    Her body may be in Edinburgh but her mind’s still up in the ivory towers of her Tuscan mansion, looking down on all we little people…

  36. 36
    Ministry of Truth says:

    Anyone who disagrees with Polly’s re-writing of history needs “re-educating”

  37. 37
    Ah! Monika says:

    Polly, put the kettle on and do something useful, you’re giving the Guardian a bad name.

  38. 38
    Smig says:

    No need for the state to do it.

    Several trigger happy people that are prepared to take a step further than most other people will.

  39. 39
    Jimmy says:

    It’s true that our natural modesty has held us back at times.

  40. 40
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Read more:”

    No thanks.

  41. 41
    Foo says:

    “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people”

    Or , anyone who disagrees with me can’t, therefore, be as intelligent as me.

    Is that an oxymoron or just a moron ?

  42. 42
    Like watching paint dry..... says:

    That you get so excited over anything a journalist says is a sad indictment of the volume of this blog’s pee-brain.

  43. 43
    Dudley Monk says:

    I never thought I would be in favour of specific political re-eduction but Polly Toynbee need some stuff pointing out to her, Gordon Brown’s £10 Billion gold sale loss is enough on its own to bankrupt the whole New Labour ideology

  44. 44
    so I said, ah screw it says:

    Yes!

  45. 45
    Smig says:

    Shock horror! Middle Class votes bought by New Liebour in 1997.

    It’s not just the Chavs that can be idle and feckless. Mumsnet loves money for spawning.

  46. 46
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Iain Dale gives Polly one in recent newspaper review.

  47. 47
    Not quite the greatest batsman ever says:

    “No more boom and bust”.

  48. 48
    Father Jack says:

    And Al-Beeba has given the Rancid Crone her own show.!! FFS!

    PS. Anyone else notice how Al-Beeba is making a ‘thing’ at the moment about ‘class’ and ‘tories’! Setting up the twaddle methinks. Does the old fart ever read back her scribblings and think what the common man/woman would think of it all. Do us a favour pollytwaddle and feck off you witch!!

  49. 49
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Labour did not overspend!

  50. 50
    Waupoos says:

    Trumpeting their achievements was ALL they did during their time in office. The shame that there is still no remorse being shown for the crimes (as kindly detailed by “Up sh1t creek”) shows how ill prepared they are for anything other than drinking champagne at the expense of others.

  51. 51
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    If the thumbs were still working, there would be plenty of thumbs up for this one.

  52. 52
    Backwoodsman says:

    Must be, every bit of revisionist wishful thinking she utters, is cast in tablets of stone and endlessly regurgitated as facts by the bbc.

  53. 53
    redunkulus and billy bonkers says:

    I’m lost for words! That anyone is this self delusional proves that the lunatics were truly running the Asylum!

  54. 54
    so I said, ah screw it says:

    Plots, Rumours and Conspiracy and taking the piss is Gs header.

  55. 55
    Smig says:

    Oi O’Brien! Your time will come.

  56. 56
    Sungei Patani says:

    If you hold such contempt for this blog why do you contribute to it?

  57. 57
    Polly's Friend Joe Stalin says:

    So Left wing people are cleverer and nicer. That’s why they invented the stupidest economic system of all time — Soviet socialism — and the most murderous system of all time, global communism. Polly and company were apologists for all this. Does that make them deeply unpleasant and stupid people or very nnice and clever people.

    The woman’s a total idiot….

  58. 58
    BillyBob.... says:

    The left-wing political elite tend to be intelligent con-artists, otherwise the numpties at the bottom of the pile would not have voted them in 3 times…..

  59. 59
    Old Tory says:

    Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson were the best in the business for PR and “trumpet blowing” So I dont really understand her comments. You may not agree with what they said, but they were still good.
    It must be that she means, with the benefit of hindsight, they were saying the wrong things… you can confuse history but you cant carry on with a debt run economy, things are still going to get ugly.

  60. 60
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Cleverer and nicer? is that why the Fabians wanted Eungenics?

  61. 61
    Like watching paint dry..... says:

    Is it worth eight and a half minutes of my life? Will it tell me anything I don’t already know?

  62. 62
    Like watching paint dry..... says:

    I’m in love with Billy.

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Its nice to see immigrants who came to UK under Labour having ago at Labour!

    It also say “Half of London’s rough sleepers are migrants from outside the UK”.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032136/Middle-classes-forced-live-streets-years-economic-downturn-eats-away-welfare-safety-net.html#ixzz1Wc7Tb0qN

  64. 64
    nmj says:

    Too much!

  65. 65
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Rancid old bag – she’s been barmy for years. Getting sopping wet knickers at each new arrival on the Labour scene – Blair then Brown then Miliband ,D and Miliband, E.

    A mindless shill who seems to have lost all touch with reality.

    If you’re ever in doubt about the political impartiality of the BBC remember Polly Pot was the social affairs editor there for 7 years.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    These are the same once who voted for this government this time around.

  67. 67
    JohnOfEnfield says:

    Don’t forget they also appointed Michael Martin – the worst Speaker of the HoC in THREE HUNDRED YEARS.

    Then they went on to vote in Bercow.

    Ye Gods.

  68. 68
    Fish says:

    Didn’t see this on the Beeb yesterday. Did they report it?

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    What about Osborne? At least Chris is honest about it.

  70. 70
    Clarence says:

    “Left-wing people are more intelligent,” says Polly Toynbee, who failed her Eleven Plus, scraped one A-level and dropped out of university after barely a year.

  71. 71
    nmj says:

    She’s not fit to be let out without a lead.

  72. 72
    Bloated State says:

    You never see Polly and Eddie Izzard in the same room.

    Mans Hands

  73. 73
    Gordon Brown I saved the world. says:

    I sold 400 tons of gold at $256 an ounce today that gold would be worth $1882 an ounce may I blow my trumpet.

  74. 74
    The Grim Reaper says:

    Of course, Polly…..now sit down…..sip more of that good Tuscan wine stockpiled at your second home in Italy…..and think of all those decent, better Left Wingers…no, not Tony Blair, Millionaire or Croquet Lardarse or plutocrats Kinnockio or Mandlebum….or dody dossier, Tourettes Campbell…or backstabbing Boy Milibland…or perfidious IRA/Quradawi LivingHell……there is the close link between the Nazi movement and the Left, conveniently airbrushed out by the Intellectual Gulag…..Mosley was a former Labour Minister, Mussollini a card carrying Socialist and the Nazi or People’s Party…..the National Socialist Workers Party….no, not even them…with their shared political values – anti-capitalism, people’s party – just different uniforms….

    How about Shining Path (Marxists) raped and murdered £12,500 people; or Pol Pot (Marxist) eliminated £12 million people or Mao Tse Tung, that caring sharing Left Winger UN estimates: 80 million souls; Stalin that decent cove executed or starved around 40 million….I could go on but the overwhelming goodness of Left Wing idealogues, just reduces me to tears……..

  75. 75
    Old Tory says:

    We must remember that this happened also in America under a right wing Government. So blaming the lefties is not really on. Did the Tories mention the problem in 2006 No, and you think they are well placed to get us out of this… I see three years of treading water then a Labour win at the next election and then inflation racked up to, say, 12% – 20%… If you think Im wrong, tell me. I would love to hear the brighter side of things.

  76. 76
    Sir William Waad says:

    Yvette Cooper demostrates Labour’s position on the economy, the riots, Libya and practically everything, while blowing her own trumpet:

    http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/21683203

  77. 77
    we'll all be gay one day says:

    One man’s bias is another man’s impartiality. Luckily for me, I don’t believe anything.

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    “gold reserves at massive loss to buy worthless bits of Euro paper”; well what about selling assets including houses to pay dole? We can have a debate of whether Mrs T or Brown was worse.

    Another point Euro has appreciated to £ but money paid on dole are wasted. I do agree it would be better to have kept the gold.

  79. 79
    Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP Aothor PEN says:

    Never mind Piddly ToyB……

    this is one lad who knows how to blow his own trumpet.

  80. 80
    Polly isn't my real name says:

    The woman hasn’t a clue. Why doesn’t she fuck off back to her Tuscan retreat and stay the fuck out.

    I’m sure Campbell & Mandelbum will be well pissed off – both masters of PR and spin…and, as much as I disagree with everything he stands for, when it comes to political spinmeistering Mandy is THE master. I reckon Rory Bremner got him spot on as a rather menacing Colin Cowdrey…

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    I do agree, these idiots are going to give this government in a plate to Labour. I also agree Labour will end up fucking this country a bit more.

  82. 82
    AC1 says:

    Polly “Moon-Glampers” Toynbee has a serious case of Dunning Kruger.

  83. 83
    statist says:

    The right is free-market, Libertarian, i.e precisely what caused the financial crisis through excessive leverage/credit ie predatory lending in the first place. If Europe is moving to the right, that can only be because efforts to regulate financial services are in fact failing, and these efforts to regulate are failing because most people are being misled into falsely believing that regulation is right-wing. The psychology of this is really quite clever. Anarchists (deregulators) will have most people fearing regulation by making them associate it with fascism. But fascism was left-wing not right-wing. What the financial services fear is a return of legislation in the USA and Germany from 1933 onwards which was effectively Keynesian. Economics for much of the last forty years has been non Keynesian. See Friedman, Hayek etc and what they vilified and look into who the most prominent economists have been since the end of WWII. It is statistically unexpected.

  84. 84
    AC1 says:

    and Guido wants the state to discriminate against people who don’t cause these costs.

  85. 85
    Sir William Waad says:

    It depends what you mean by ‘intelligent’….I suspect that people with an academic education in non-rigorous subjects do tend to be more left-wing. I would be surprised if the same were true of those educated in rigorous subjects, or those who can actually do things.

  86. 86
    misterned says:

    That was no right wing government. Bush ran a wholly corporatist government, with the establishment of the largest public bureaucracy in American history. He was an authoritarian corporatist, which is a left wing authoritarian in action, not a Conservative!

  87. 87
    Humble Scholar says:

    And look what a rubbish government they are turning out to be.

  88. 88
    Up sh1t creek says:

    They did not, and neither did Channel 4 News.

  89. 89
    47 leather-clad Village People extras milling around Soho Square fiddling with their Bl*ckberrys says:

    Get in line, pretty boy

  90. 90
    Fu Man Chu says:

    They can’t afford her.

  91. 91
    AC1 says:

    worst yet houses that aren’t affordable, in fact the whole left-right lot celebrated the fall in house affordability.

    Debt is wealth
    Inflation is growth
    saving is harmful

  92. 92
    Cato the Dreary says:

    Embarrrasssed schuffling von left talon to right talon …. und ruckwärts [back to left]

    I s’pose looking from her balcony in Tuscany on her Mega-Salary, while spending shedloads of other people’s money [taxpayers] encouraging “worthy” causes (eg subsidizing single-parent families), this Young Lady can easily luxuriate in a self-satisfied “Moral Superiority”

    BUT

    Things may perhaps feel different to those sleeping under the Embankment, after losing their jobs (and perhaps their families) because their Employers have gone bankrupt because of over-regulation and over-taxation, largely initiated by the wretched Blair/Brown Gouvernement-General

    PERHAPS this Young Lady may wake up, if she loses her Job

  93. 93
    misterned says:

    Better to pay people dole, than spend even more money than the dole paying people to create business destroying red tape. Those people should get a job with private, wealth generating companies, rather than suck money from taxes to be paid to do work which will hurt employment creating businesses.

  94. 94
    AC1 says:

    Were those “assets” yielding any money with the dole sitting in them?

    Mrs T turned liabilities into assets.

  95. 95
    beyond desperate says:

    What, no Totty Watch tag?

  96. 96
    The BBC says:

    Thanks to the unique way we extort money by threatening to jail tv owners.

  97. 97
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Globalisation is the friendlier turd-polished name of Communism.

  98. 98
    misterned says:

    The majority of the press is right wing, from the perspective of a delusional left wing extremist like Polly. As for those few papers which are now right wing, in 1997 they were all left wing and it only took 13 years of a labour government to turn them right wing again.

  99. 99
    AC1 says:

    I disagree. They were terrible at blowing their own trumpet. It’s just that AlJabeebya covered for them when they made their mistakes, and was a PR front against any opposition.

  100. 100
    Ali G says:

    Brilliant as usual Grim.

    The historic rivalry between the Nazis & Communists was a family squabble the world paid dearly for

  101. 101
  102. 102
    annette curton says:

    Polly: “Labour Weren’t Very Good at Blowing Their Own Trumpet”, coda for: we needed more political indoctrination. The BBC gave them an entire philharmonic orchestra for ten years and they are still fiddling as if there wasn’t any yesterday.

  103. 103
    WVM says:

    No surprise there then.

  104. 104
    Coffee cup says:

    Polly Toynbee is an upper class twit. No-one outside of the la la la de da metropolitan ruling classes cares too hoots about her or her opinions.

  105. 105
    AC1 says:

    The Credentialism Industry is where the next bubble will pop. Watch the U.S. university industry (that gives out certificates for being indoctrinated) go “POP”.

  106. 106
    All the fun of a lynching without the mess says:

    No, they just enjoy that sort of thing.

  107. 107
    AC1 says:

    The BBC’s job is to try and erase the lefts (many) past failures.

  108. 108
    47 leather-clad Village People extras milling around Soho Square fiddling with their Bl*ckberrys says:

    So you believe that imaginary sources, and imaginary integrity, exist only in the IMAGINATION of the IMAGINOR. And ultimately, who gives a fuck anyway?

  109. 109
    The People's Hanky says:

    Go the whole hog. Blow your brains out.

  110. 110
    statist says:

    It wasn’t Labour, it was the libertarian element within labour.

    They were Trotskyite, anarchist entryists.

    Go look up entryism on Wiki.

    There are also entryists within the conservatives as well (look up members of the Bullingdon club). They seem to have all the bases covered these days.

    Note: Nat Rothschild and co are very pleased with this current set up. You just imagine what they must have discussed at those privelidged club meets – when we take over power blah, blah, blah.

  111. 111
    Old Tory says:

    This is a good point. Im sick to death of watching “non jobs” talking to other “non jobs” about our problems. Get a real wealth creating job and you start to see “the problem”…

  112. 112
    Jimmy says:

    True. Sometimes whole days on this blog go by without mentioning her.

  113. 113
    we'll all be gay one day says:

    No. I don’t believe anything.

  114. 114
    bergen says:

    Perhaps she has in mind eugenics to rid the country of unintelligent people who cannot appreciate the wonders of socialisml.It was supported by the early “intelligensia” of the Labour party such as H G Wells.The Toynbee family were associated with this set.

    Of course,Soviet Russia had this mindset.If you could not realise that it was paradise then you were insane.Thus dissidents were placed in the local asylum.

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    This is why I support stopping immigration, stopping exporting UK jobs and stopping dole for people who can work.

  116. 116
    BBC News says:

    Gordon Brown was justified in his decision to sell gold at $256 an ounce to fund the increased schools budget, unlike the Prime Minister’s decision to employ Andy Coulson which is continuing to send shock waves around Westminster.

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    No Mrs T turned assets into waste.

  118. 118
    AC1 says:

    statist

    Stop talking crap. The level of debt is controlled by the reserve ratio which was deliberately lowered by the state to encourage more debt, and all currencies in the currency cartel called Basel did this. They did this to try and get more tax.

  119. 119
    Old Tory says:

    I was told by my old business man grand dad “don’t put your faith in any government put it in yourself”.

  120. 120
    the last quango in paris says:

    People who support Labour are assholes, people who support the Lib Dems are weirdos and people who support the Tories have a job.

    Discuss that Polly you champagne socialist.

  121. 121
    Princess Po-Face Polytwaddle, Sham-PainSocialist talking down at little people from her Ivory Tower says:

    I am always right!

    I am never wrong!

    And I do miss Gordon so very much, – his strength, . . . his grasp of my essential points, . . . his incisive explorations in the depths of my depths of my being, . . . the power of his thrusting analysis, – oh, oh, OH – I can’t go on! The sweet agony! The pain that spreads through my being when I think of what might have been!

    Little, unintelligent right wing people cannot understand this, – they have no way of knowing what it is to be a woman, a woman rich in experience and socialist doctrine. Not for us the limitations of convention and what has been. For us – FREEDOM!!

    And I so crave the the chance . . to . . . offer my self, – my whole self to Eddy-boy, or shall I call him Teddy, – that young inexperienced leader that tries so manfully to fill Gordon’s shoes, – except that none can fill his shoes, – his socks, his knees, – his strong manly thighs – his strong and supple . . . oh what am I saying!!! I must stop!

    But waves of something I can’t explain tug and ripple in places that have not been touched in that way for years. What can I be but a poor helpless woman with a woman’s feelings and a woman’s parts, and a woman’s yearnings. I want to mother him, to be a sister, an aunt, a . . dare I say it? . . . even to myself? . . a . . no no no that can never ever be. Or could it? Should I invite him to stay at my castle? . . . he could have the room over the corridor from me . . . and I could check that he has all he needs . . . and is quite comfortable . . . oh oh oh OH I’m going going no don’t help me . . I’m going into status polytwadlicus again . . oh the sweet pleasure, the relief . . that feeling of deep relaxation . . . and then I must write a piece for my adoring readers . . . but first I must give myself to the moment . . . .

  122. 122
    Anonymous says:

    Wait till interest rate becomes negative, it did happen in Switzerland.

  123. 123
    Alex says:

    Evidence?

  124. 124
    Stinkfinger says:

    I did read and can quite accept that people with a high IQ are often left wing.
    Sociopaths also have a high IQ as well and we have all heard of ‘the mad scientist’ stereotype.
    Brains don’t mean you have common sense and certainly doesn’t mean you will be nice.
    I can’t think of anything a left winger does for anyone else,that they aren’t paid to do,have some reward attached or be at someone elses expence.I really can’t.

  125. 125
    EC1 PhD says:

    Polly Toynbee’s delusions are getting so serious that sympathy is now the only appropriate response.

  126. 126
    Larry the Cat for PM says:

  127. 127
    Kama Sutra says:

    What position is that again?

  128. 128
    Ac/Dc/Ac says:

    I fear that one day soon polly will be found naked in the gutter eating faeces since she appears ready for the straight jacket right now.

  129. 129
    Fish says:

    ‘Left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people’

    …or to put it another way, elections are too important for the little people. Allow the masses to have their say and see what happens – they go and choose the wrong government.

    In future only Guardian subscribers will be trusted with a polling card. As for the rest of us, we’ll have our ballot papers filled in by those better able to understand what is good for us.

    I think, actually, what Polly meant to say is that left-wing people THINK that they are more intelligent. Pop over to the CiF site and see what the Guardianistas are saying. See if you can work it out – ’caused I’m fucked if I can. Most seem to speak to each other in a smug, impenetrable language that only the initiated can understand. It as though they are some sort of sect speaking in tongues.

    Or, just a thought, is Polly really telling us how intelligent she thinks that she is? – despite, it is said, finding herself at Oxford with 1 ‘A’ Level – and predicatably emerging with nothing.

    Now that is a real waste – her scholarship could have gone to a much brighter, less privileged working class kid who would no doubt have made a far better fist of things and would most likely make a better contribution to society than the sour, elitist Toynbee ever will.

  130. 130
    Jimmy Stuart Mill says:

    I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

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    the last quango in paris says:

    they had nothing to blow (not in the political sense anyway).

  132. 132
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    0% growth

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    A L Echer says:

    Ooohh goody goody! Would that include the handcuffs too?

  134. 134
    annette curton says:

    That’s the best piece of prose you have ever written Polly, shades of Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice with sex scene from an Alastair Campbell potboiler thrown in.

  135. 135
    Elite Sports Agent says:

    giants in last-gasp transfer frenzy

    who’ll give me £15 for Billy?

    Anyone …..

  136. 136
    Mike Hunt says:

    Actually quite liked them. They disappeared while I was on holiday.

  137. 137
    Polly Queen Bee's readership says:

    The Grauniad: A natoinal newspaepr with an average dialy circulation of 256283 copies.

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    Just look at him and hear him talk.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    “Labour weren’t very good at blowing their own trumpet.”

    They didn’t need to be, the B-bbc did it for them.

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    Mascarpone, I scream says:

    “left-wing people believe they are more intelligent, and just generally better people, and therefore feel entitled to rule

    Fixed it for ya.

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    47 leather-clad Village People extras milling around Soho Square fiddling with their Bl*ckberrys says:

    A fiver each. Last offer. That’s, err …..

    You do the maths, darling.

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    statist says:

    No she didn’t, Mrs T turned the state’s assets over to the private sector. Just as she was instructed to be her grey cardinal Keith Joseph (an ardent libertarian and free-market anarchist promoter).

  143. 143
    Captain Tryps says:

    The Guardian and Polly Toynbee – Who wants yesterday’s paper? Who wants yesterday’s girl?

    (Apologies to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)

  144. 144
    annette curton says:

    Labour ignoramus cuts Conservative idiot.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Interest rates already are negative.

    0.5% interest rates + (-)5% inflation* = -4.5%

    BUT that’s only if you use the rigged official statistics, savers are losing hand over fist.

    (* inflation is a minus)

  146. 146
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Nat went with Peter Mandelson to the Med on a yacht with an Oligarch, Hollywood and music executives. Make of that what you will.

  147. 147
    Gordon ( SoldGoldAtThe ) BottomBrown says:

    Why did the deluded Polly Twaddle not stay in her Tuscan villa ?? Have they run out of champagne in Florence ?

  148. 148
    Reimer says:

    Applause

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    Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

    My diary secretary used to blow my trumpet.

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    Daydream Believer says:

    Note to Ms Toynbee re “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people” I think a better description would be “left wing people are born hypocrites and just genearally out for themselves whilst conning the general public that they aren’t”

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    Raving Loon says:

    “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people”

    I would say instead that left wing people are generally convinced they are intellegent, and may well be, but are usually economically ingnorant. However they’re main failing is the overwhelming desire to impose that ingnorance on other people to the detrement of our liberty and prosperity.

  152. 152
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Labour on the make and on the take.

  153. 153
    Tom Badwind says:

    Maybe we should put her on some of Gordon’s medication ??

  154. 154
    Lord Stansted says:

    Hate to tel you guys, but Mrs. T hasn’t been PM for nearly 20 years. Do please get up todate.

  155. 155
    Lord Stansted says:

    Well put Mr. U. S. Creek.

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    Maximus says:

    @statist

    And whose moral compass completely failed in the face of moral hazard?

  157. 157
    Anonymous says:

    For fuck’s sake, Billy. Learn some English before you post again. My dog’s spelling is better than yours. Oh, yes, and how come you’re always first past the post, as t’were? I think many of us have guessed the answer to that one………..

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    statist says:

    Polly doesn’t really understand politics.

    The New Labour versus Tory pantomime is just a charade for the masses, perpetuated by the many trolls (aka useful idiots) on here.

    What if there were elements (essentially libertarian), within the parties on both sides of the parliamentary house. Libertarians promote freedoms (aka liberal democracy) above responsibilities…as it’s good for business. Libertarians implemented equal rights legislation and race equality legislation. Libertarians promoted human rights and the wider european union integration all because they are good for business.

    Blair must have been extremely relaxed about the super rich just as much as Mandelson, judging by their houses.

    Libertarians are employed to do what’s best for private profits and big, oligarchic businesses whether it be via free or even rigged markets.

  159. 159
    Gonk says:

    Incredibly, I think that may be right.

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    Maximus says:

    It wasn’t Labour, it was a big boy that did it and then ran away.

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    A Reeeda says:

    ‘n we orl is inteljunt 2

    innit

  162. 162
    God is an Englishman. says:

    ………..and Jesus looked upon the Polly Toynbee and wept!

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    Ewanme says:

    OMG !!

    You sayin that 1 in 250 humans in this country has the potential to be exposed to Polly’s brain , babes ??

    Heavy shit !!! I wouldn’t of never heard of her if I ain’t fallen in love wiv Thicky Thiefs an kept fingerin Guido’s shortcut , FFS .

    Personally , I ain’t never read her but some people mus do , otherwise she’d be unemployed , I spose x .

    Hands up evryone else on this blog wot hasn’t contributed to Pollywally’s salary ??

    Hmmm . Thought so .

    Hypocrites evrywhere I looks , honey .

    Off to tescos . Laters .

    E x .

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    Reimer says:

    Most of what NuLab achieved was deeply toxic and those whose job it was to sell it to us were themselves deeply toxic. And even after all that they weren’t wiped out. The bitch should be grateful she still has that bunch of no-marks to cheer-lead for, instead of wooden stocks & manacles around her body.

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    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    Polly comes across as pretty disturbed, a very rich and privileged woman who has been brought up to feel wracked with guilt for her lifestyle but not of course to reject it. She bangs her left wing drum because she thinks that makes her better than equally rich people who do not hate themselves. She needs either sympathetic counselling or a hard smack around the head. I will leave it to others to decide which.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    “Left-wing people are more intelligent,”

    Fatty Prescot says; Gurmnnsjh], hoIhdkjsy, fhiwwdd ksjsljeemn, fuck it, ASHCROFT.

  167. 167
    MB. says:

    For any masochists around, she is on Radio 4 tomorrow morning.

    EDUCATION: The Class Ceiling
    On: BBC Radio 4
    Date: Thursday 1st September 2011 (starting tomorrow morning)
    Time: 09:00 to 09:45 (45 minutes long)

    Polly Toynbee unpicks the myths about class in Britain today. What can happen in a child’s early years that might boost or block their chances later on in life?
    (Repeated Later, Part 1)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Excerpt taken from DigiGuide – the world’s best TV guide available from http://www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=7346

    Copyright (c) GipsyMedia Limited.

  168. 168
    Mark Austin says:

    “Labour weren’t very good at blowing their own trumpet.”

    The point that is being made is that Labour made a lot of changes (e.g. minimum wage, Sure Start) that potentially benefited those in the middle income groups and below (I say potentially, because some were so cack-handed and bureucratic as to be counter-productive), but because of the fear of upsetting the prevailing neo-classical economic consensus the kept quiet about them.

    Doing good by stealth. Unfortunately, it was so stealthy that even the beneficiaries either didn’t notice or didn’t associate it with Labour.

    Bill Clinton made exactly the same mistake, with exactly the same result.

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    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    Left wing people are nerds. Nerds are usually academically clever but clueless about anything outside the classroom or their computer screen.

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    Spartacus says:

    No loss

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    Crikey says:

    “Blowing their own trumpet” was all they were good at Polly.

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    Anonymous says:

    Sig – you wouldn’t be referring also to that champagne leftie bat from the wealthy acting dynasty that’s joined the gypsies to object to their removal from the site from which they’ve been raiding the locals and driving a coach and horses (tee hee!) through greenbelt planning laws, now, would you?

  173. 173
    David Blunkett says:

    She can blow my trumpet.

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    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    So what are you saying, people in Huddersfield are generally brighter than people in Maidstone? People in the inner cities are generally brighter than people in the suburbs? I hope you’re on a wind-up because otherwise I’d be worried.

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    Maximus says:

    Quite likely she treads on his hampton.

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    Pretty Polly says:

    Ah the man who can’t find his own arse with his hands.

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    Pretty Polly says:

    They can probably spell though Raving Loon – intellegent, ingnorant, detrement. Bog-standard comprehensive was it?

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    jgm2 says:

    Bush, after 9/11, was determined not to let America slide into recession. So he okay-ed the hiring of millions of ‘homeland security’ types and squandered bazillions pump-priming the US economy to make sure there was no recession.

    ‘Merkins were actually told that it was their patriotic duty to go out there and spend money. Interest rates were cut to the bone to enable them to go and borrow more money to spend at WalMart. To not let OBL change the ‘Merkin way of life.

    This provided the perfect cover for the Maximum Imbecile to employ one million bedwetters, box-tickers and bastards. If anybody challenged him as to what, the fuck, he was doing he used to just point to the yanks and say ‘they’re doing it too’. All he had to do was borrow slightly less and he could (and did) use that excuse time after time. Likewise, when Greenspan would cut interest rates, that gave Brown the go-ahead to cut rates here. ‘They’re less than America’ was the only excuse he needed. ‘We’re not alone’.

    And when house pr*ces were going stratospheric – same excuse – ‘They’re going up less than America’.

    The yanks merely provided cover for the Maximum Imbecile. So, in that sense, it ‘started in America’.

    And also, in the sense that the US and UK economies are destroyed then OBL did win. Although at least he’s not about to rub our faces in it.

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    Anonymous says:

    Up sh1t creek says: August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Wait for 0.5% to become -0.5%. Its going to happen soon.

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    Pretty Polly says:

    Yes, that’s why Dyke had to go as Director General and Gavyn Davies as chairman in 2004. Because they were so friendly to Labour. Twerp.

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    joescotus says:

    looks to me like she needs a right solid rogering ……omg the image of it

  182. 182
    Pretty Polly says:

    I’m staying at my house in Sussex and I’ll be popping into Pizza Express in Lewes a bit later.

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    Jimmy Stuart Mill says:

    Suppose any party, in addition to whatever share it may possess of the ability of the community, has nearly the whole of its stupidity, that party must, by the law of its constitution, be the stupidest party; and I do not see why honorable gentlemen should see that position as at all offensive to them, for it ensures their being always an extremely powerful party

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    annette curton says:

    I think this sums up Labours performance whilst in office:

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    Joseph Gobbles says:

    Indeed, the left wing came up with such astonishing ideas as The Great Leap Forward, The Iron Curtain and The Final Solution. Whilst the Right Wing (Conservative and Republic governments) were busy doing their moronic “liberating”.

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    Smig says:

    Arrogant pricks.

    Bring in a test for “entitlement to rule” based on merit.

    Multiple Choice.
    Question 1. Who is most capable of determining an individual’s future?
    The State? or
    The individual?

    Question 2. Which practitioner of economic theory is most likely to be prosperous?
    Hayek? or
    Keynes?

    Question 3. Which political doctrine has killed more people?
    Socialism? or
    Everything else combined?

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    ……….and there was me thinking that the only thing that load of old Labour tossers, charlatans, self serving, self aggrandising, line their own pockets scum did, with conviction, was spinning and lying…………….Toynbee – just rises into view again and again in the same way a turd does.

  188. 188
    Maximus says:

    So you don’t believe we’ll all be gay one day either? That must be a disappointment for you.

  189. 189
    joescotus says:

    polly, an irrelevant rancid arsewipe lefty fucktard

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    Oh yes! And left wing people are better looking?

    And left wing people have more of a sense of humour?

    Made Oi larff.

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    jgm2 says:

    Possibly. But you can be sure that the working class kid whose place she robbed and squandered at Oxford wouldn’t have had the …errr… necessary qualifications to get a job at the Guardian even if that working class kid had got a first class degree.

    Polly, you see, is special.

    Perhaps what drives her is her guilt. Deep down she knows she’s the worst kind of free-loader imaginable. A shining beacon (or whirlpool in a cesspit) of the very privilege that she rails against.

    Or she could be as genuinely stupid as she presents. Although, were that the case, she would surely have forgetten to breathe and simply died from asphyxiation years ago.

    Naaah, Polly is just having a laugh at those fuckwitted sycophants that cheer her every idiocy to the rafter.

    Just as we should.

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    Crikey says:

    She could ease her guilt by donating her assets to worthy causes, couldn’t you Polly?

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    HandsomeDavid says:

    Martin was good at wasting public money hiring barristers to stop the public from seeing MP’s expenses details. Then goes on to shred his own expenses receipts.

    Democratic principles of openness were a but obtuse for this person.

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    AC1 says:

    haha, yes. Maybe Statist is Brown.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    That quote about intellingence and being nicer should have been quote of the day.

    It sums up socailisim nicely.

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    jgm2 says:

    At which point Labour, who had turned a blind eye to their phone-tapping while Murdoch was supporting the economy destroying lunatics, spat out their dummy and eviscerated them.

    Just as the wicked and malicious party did to D.r. K.e.l.l.y, the BBC, Andrew Gilligan, Hazel Blears, Alistair Darling and every other fucker that crosses their path. Including the entire UK.

    Polly is fucking mental to be supporting these wicked and malicious bastards. Either that or she’s living in fear having seen what the evil fuckers will do to you if you ever stray from the one true path of idiocy.

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    statist says:

    @maximus

    “And whose moral compass completely failed in the face of moral hazard?”

    The banks.

    @AC1

    “Stop talking crap. The level of debt is controlled by the reserve ratio which was deliberately lowered by the state to encourage more debt, and all currencies in the currency cartel called Basel did this. They did this to try and get more tax.”

    It was the banks that controlled their reserve ratios not the state. They found clever (or not so) financially engineered ways to subvert their captial ratio requirements. Banks are private instutuions. They create the money supply. It was their predatory lending behaviour that created the bubble. Blair/Brown simply allowed this to happen by emasculating the BoE’s powers to control the money supply.

    Blair and Brown are/were libertarians, just as Cameron and Osborne are. They were/are good for business (especially for banker’s bonuses).

  198. 198
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    What little green-cheese planet is this deluded Toynbee creature living on?

  199. 199
    HenryV says:

    When the majority of Labour MPs have had a comprehensive education, rent their 3 bed semi-detached house, holiday in the UK for a week, shop at ASDA and IceLand, and worked on a production line or minor office job for 15 years before standing for election I might believe they represent the majority of the population.

    Polly should fuck off back to Tuscany. Is that in Wales?

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    Don’t forget also that the Prime Imbecile announced his intention to sell well before the event, driving down the price per oz even further.

  201. 201
    Fish says:

    More than enough to to pay her servants at her Tuscan retreat

  202. 202
    Tell it like it really is says:

    What’s with MODERATING every comment posted?

  203. 203
    Domino says:

    Speaking of deluded left-wingers, just seen the make-up of the panel to hear from victims of the riots, ehm alas going on the fact that most of them seem to be as lefty as you can get, short of being sat in the BBC canteen, here is a summary of their findings to save money.

    1. We conclude that the riots were a result of perceived TORY cuts.

    2. In no way were those caught rioting and looting guilty of criminality, instead they were a victim of a dietary deficincies in parents, which was caused by lack of milk due to Margaret Thatcher.

    3. Respondents were all racist, even those of ethnic minority backgrounds who raised concerns regarding the activities of their neighbours are in fact “Uncle Tom’s”.

    4. The youths involved should not be sentenced to custody, the panel feel that several weeks in Disneyland as punishment would be appropriate, for particularly violent offenders this should be Disneyland Paris.

    5. The main cause of the disconnect of youth is the gap between rich and poor, increasingly those misguided youths who carried out such acts are increasingly concerned about employment opportunities, particularly where Eastern Europeans who generally have better qualifications, can speak English and who do not believe society owes them a living are replacing them.

    6. There is no correlation between the fact that almost all of those involved (up to the age of approximately 26 – 27), would have been a product of the Blair / Brown education system, any research indicating that society degenerated in the 13 years of Labour and “liberal / PC teaching” is circumstantial and the panel conclude that any entity blaming them is indeed a Nazi / Baby Eater / Pedo**.

    (** Draft only, delete prior to release..exc. Guardian)

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    Smig says:

    I have no idea who the person is that you’re referring to but I do know that luvvies will do anything to keep themselves in the spotlight. Including being incredibly thick.

    Does this luvvie have anything left in it’s wallet or have it’s credit cards been liberated by it’s campsite dwelling, countryside-roaming, friends?

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    jgm2 says:

    Disagree. Alistair Campbell and Mandelson may be are complete c*unts but they were ruthlessly efficient at getting the ‘message’ across in the press.

    I’d say it was these two’s success that persuaded Cameron that he needed the likes of Coulson to do the same job for him. Unfortunately Coulson was shit at the job. Perhaps he didn’t exude the same kind of malevolence as Campbell and so the papers (and BBC) were’nt frightened enough into getting the T*ry message across.

  206. 206
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    But, looking at it from a different perspective, the left-wing rants of La Toynbee, Le Balls, and Le Miliweak et al do serve to show just how ludicrous the Labour Party has become.

    Keep it up folks the more bullshit you spout the less electable you become.

    Simples!!

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    albacore says:

    Please don’t knock dear Polly
    To slate her is folly
    By gosh and by golly
    She’s such a real dolly
    Her Thoughts are so jolly
    She’s ivy and holly
    As cute as a collie
    As sweet as a lolly

    And the last line ends in “brolly” but I just can’t make it scan.

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    pundit says:

    Sadly that’s not true of your moronic comments.

  209. 209
    Harold Wilson says:

    Kick the fucking bitch off her Tuscany balcony with a rope around her neck.

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    jgm2 says:

    No. They had to go because they stopped being so friendly to Labour. A mistake the BBC has been careful not to repeat.

    And a lesson drummed home by Labour’s reaction when Murdoch jumped ship. Suddenly they remembered that he (Murdoch) might actually have been tapping every fucker’s phone after all. Which wasn’t a problem when his papers were re-printing Labour’s press-releases as fact.

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    Barbara Castle says:

    Stick a bayonet up her box until it’s poking out her mouth.

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    “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people”

    Not the ones I’ve met.

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    jgm2 says:

    She was bitching about the b*anks not lending 50K to some mate of hers to run a micro-brewery last week.

    Other people’s money for her pet projects. It’s all she knows. Anybody who suggested she dip into her own pocket if it was such a sure-fire guaranteed success was modded to fuck.

  214. 214
    Tony Crossland says:

    Pour petrol on her and ignite the whore.

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    Smig says:

    Gordon Brown was a totally incompetent, bong-eyed, Jockinese gobshite to sell gold at $256 an ounce to fund buying votes from lazy, idle, fuckwits, with an expectation that everyone else should pay for their children, their beer, their huge fuckoff TV, and Lambert&Butler unlike the Prime Minister’s decision to employ Andy Coulson which most people don’t give a shit about, because we’re too busy working our bollocks off to pay for the theiving, bastard socialists wrecking the country again.

    Just had to put the record straight there. I know its sometimes difficult to copy and paste from the Big Red Book of Socialist Lies. Never mind. Go and have a lie down.

  216. 216
    Robbie says:

    and no-one bought her sh*te book either.

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    Anonymous says:

    Surely this worthless cow should have been pensioned off- or preferably shot- years ago?

  218. 218
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    I like the cut of your jib
    But surely petrol could be put to a better use
    I say burn the fucking witch alive on eco friendly charcoal and then use her ashes to fertilise my garden
    Its green and far crueller

  219. 219
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    Now you are just being scilly

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    They’ll keep working for minimum wages and voting Labour, I am so loved by my comrades you see. Anyway fuck you all I’m off to my villa in Tuscany for the weekend.
    Champagne de la socialism around!

  221. 221
    Anonymous says:

    Fuck me. There’s a bright side?

  222. 222
    MajorFrustration says:

    Putting aside the political arguments – just fancy waking up next to her.

  223. 223
    50 Calibre says:

    Silly bitch…

  224. 224
    Algorithms 'r' Us says:

    It’s something to do with 3 particular letters in a particular order. Forgot which letters and what the order is.

  225. 225
    50 Calibre says:

    They speak Italian mostly in Tuscany…

  226. 226
    50 Calibre says:

    speak

  227. 227
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    Its similar but the Tuscan locals dont live in caves nor fuck sheep
    Think Anglesey but with good food, a lack of inate malice and no interspecies love action

  228. 228
    50 Calibre says:

    ea

  229. 229
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    You must be blind!

  230. 230
    50 Calibre says:

    e and a as in s p e a k triggers moderation

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Polly put the kettle on, then piss off.

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    Cressida's Dick says:

    No panic folks, she’s only earning a living. The braindead bint can’t possibly believe the stuff she says. Can she?

  233. 233
    Cressida's Dick says:

    Well I got braindead past the bots.

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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Absolutely. Nerds are Geeks without the redeeming technical knowledge.

  235. 235
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    Richard Littlejohn should anally rape her live on question time before gouging out her eyes then shooting her in the back of the neck with an illegal handgun
    That would be worth the telly tax

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    I'm a fat tosspot called P4ul straines says:

    Did that get modded?

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    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    I’m flummoxed rather than offended. Tory and Labour supporters tend to vote on geographical and economic grounds. Tory voters are more likely to be the better off, the self-employed, non-industrial private sector workers, and people from rural, suburban and southern parts of the country. Labour voters are more likely to be the working class, public sector workers, industrial workers, those from the North, Scotland, Wales and urban areas. That’s simplifying it obviously, but you get the point. Policies actually hardly enter into it, beyond the basic economic ones (which I suppose is why we’re all ignored!) Most people don’t choose their politics, they’re drawn to a party and then rationalise it. But I’m confused why you think the people in the Tory groups are stupider than the ones in the Labour groups.

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    nod and a wink says:

    The circulation is a nice cover for our BBC operations.

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    Gooey Blob says:

    Polly is delusional. It’s probably only a matter of time before she announces herself to be a “national treasure” or some such.

    I’m a little right-of-centre, and a Mensan. Within the organisation I’ve encountered viewpoints from right across the spectrum. In my experience, the really clever bods have tended to veer slightly more to the right, but maybe the sample I’ve met have been unrepresentative. I don’t seriously think left, right or centre can claim to be more intelligent than anyone else.

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    Desert Rat says:

    True Pol Pot must have been funny to make all those Cambodians die laughing.

    Toynbee really is an arrogant twat, like most new labour arseholes she has never met anyone who is working class or has a proper job.

  241. 241
    Desert Rat says:

    How the fuck can the minimum wage / sure start benefit those in a middle income group?

    More economic bollocks like that and you’ll be in line to be next labour chancellor

  242. 242
    DI Reagan says:

    Planet ‘What’s your is mine, you slaaaaaag’

  243. 243
    DI Reagan says:

    They are ludicrous to those of us with more than half a brain, but most of the population are morons. We should split the country geographically by IQ.

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    Anonymous says:

    Statist,

    If you insist on a warped interpretation of libertarian then
    you are whistling in the wind. In a libertarian economy each bank
    could issue their own currency (backed by for example gold) and set their own interest rates from the ground up. A bank failure would be treated like any other corporate failure. Read Hayek, Rothbard or de Soto.

  245. 245
    DI Reagan says:

    Our unique way of funding, just like the Mafia. That’s why we can afford to spend £1 billion refurbishing our office in London. Yes, £1 billion — you MUGS.

  246. 246
    Jimmy thimbsdown says:

    You are an enabler of totalitarianism.

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    DI Reagan says:

    spot on smig.

  248. 248
    Tony Crossland says:

    Jeremy I’ve just got time to give you a +1. I must get back to my coffin – it will be daylight soon.

  249. 249
    Jimmy Stuart Mill says:

    There is a dense solid force in sheer stupidity-such, that a few able men, with that force pressing behind them, are assured of a victory in many a struggle; and many a victory the Conservative Party have owed to that force.

  250. 250
    Raoul Moat says:

    Good. I’m waiting with my shotgun.

  251. 251
    Liebour 4ever says:

    Labour will always get the Trots, which explain the smell of poo that surrounds them.

  252. 252
    Ed Miliband says:

    It’s not fun.

  253. 253
    John says:

    In Polly’s world, New Labour was a good thing. I mean Tony Blair has come out of it pretty wealthy hasn’t he? Mandy seems to have made a shitload, and most of the original Blair cabinet have managed to either flipflop thier homes and expenses, line up nice little directorships, or got seats in the Lords.

    The Union chiefs are coining it, and Polly herself extracts well over £100k a year for writing one piece of bullshit each week in the Grauniad.

    Sounds like everyone Polly knows is doing pretty well doesn’t it?

  254. 254
    HenryV says:

    I am surprised you didn’t say the Isle of Man Jezza.

  255. 255
    HenryV says:

    That is unfair to cows.

  256. 256
    Liebour 4ever says:

    But every copy is read by very intelligent people.

    Some of them even hold it the right way up.

  257. 257
    East India Company wallah says:

    No government in history had as many spinners nor spent as much on governmental policy advertising
    And humble as they were-Labour assumed every problem could be solved with taxpayers money administered by a guardian reading leftie

  258. 258
    Horns of a dilemma says:

    “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people”

    The ones I’ve met are bitter, rather twisted people who always moan about how the nasty tories took their meal ticket away. They seem to remember nothing of the past twenty years other than “That Woman” and have a complete blind spot whenever some socialist tinpot dictator massacres their own people.

    They understand nothing about economics and imagine that we are always just one new law or regulation away from the perfect society.

    On the other hand, La ToyBee has a house in this country and another one abroad and pulls in the sort of wage most would love, and all for writing silly things in a newspaper read by a few people.

    Oh yes, and she can spot a viking when she sees one.

  259. 259
    East India Company wallah says:

    And another billion at media whore city

  260. 260
    blackbyle says:

    Your moderation is getting so prissy – I don’t intend to be bored to death by you Guido so farewell

  261. 261
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t imagine Dale “giving one” to anyone.

  262. 262
    Popeye says:

    ” Polly’s declaration that “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people” has caused some splutters too…”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Silly cow!

  263. 263
    East India Company wallah says:

    When combined with the human rights act-ala robespierre

  264. 264
    East India Company wallah says:

    Some of them even pay for their own copy out of their taxed income,most in the NHS get theirs on the company-its the only in-house rag

  265. 265
    Anonymous says:

    The psycho solution could be counter productive.

    Just privatise the beeb and let nature take its course.

  266. 266
    Anonymous says:

    With Pretty Polly doing it so regularly on the bbc why would they need to?

  267. 267
    Rhoda Borrocks says:

    Your election achievement, yes ?

  268. 268
    Me, Me, Me says:

    ‘Left wing people are … just generally better people.’

    She means herself then?

  269. 269
    Fabians are Evil says:

    Polly please go stick your head up a dead dog’s bum

  270. 270
    The BBC is biased says:

    Apparently the ‘travellers’ (who clearly haven’t travelled anywhere in a very long time) were offered alternative housing by the local council. However, I don’t appear to have heard this pertinent fact reported on the BBC News.

  271. 271
    Tuscan Toynbee says:

    Typing? I don’t type. Typing is what working class girls learn at Technical College to earn money. Now just read that back to me. And fetch me another bottle from the cellar.

  272. 272
    Maximum Hypocrite says:

    She got where she was because of her name. You know, that thing the Socialists are always accusing the Toffs of.

  273. 273
    I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

    Why does anyone give this twittering twat the oxygen of publicity?

  274. 274
    DM says:

    Toynbee shows her lack of intelligence by making her assertion. Amazing bearing in mind the total f&&k ups left wingers manage to make of everything.

  275. 275
    Hasel Blearz says:

    So why aren’t the rioters in school again? I forgot.

  276. 276
    Nodrog Nworb says:

    £246

  277. 277
    Elvis says:

    Cruelty to dead dogs; besides she’d have to extract her head from up her own voluminous arse.

  278. 278
    Polly T says:

    To be honest we’re just vacuous, bigoted, egotistical poseurs who’d be horrified to
    actually be on the sharp end of our tyranny.

  279. 279
    Hugh Janus says:

    Yes Polly, you really are a daft old bint and a complete laughing-stock. I have suspected as such for quite a long time now, and your article has dispelled any lingering doubt.

    Now excuse me while I file this load of steaming manure under ‘Fiction’.

  280. 280
    Anonymous says:

    She does not even merit a twatwatch tag.

  281. 281
    Splooge says:

    “left-wing people are more intelligent”

    says polly twaddle, who somehow managed to get into oxbridge with truly dreadful A level results

  282. 282
    Atar says:

    OK, all grey area surrounding the argument has evaporated.

    “Labour Weren’t Very Good at Blowing Their Own Trumpet”

    Polly is:

    a: Fucking mental. or,

    b: Fucking stupid.

  283. 283
    Willy the hag says:

    >Half of London’s rough sleepers are migrants from outside the UK, particularly from eastern Europe. They have often come to Britain but found themselves unable to secure work or benefits, and without the money to return home.

    Unlucky.. Much hassle and expense to get here, only too find the streets unpaved in gold and the ‘Hotel Benefit’ fully booked..

  284. 284
    filipinomonkey says:

    Can’t we just quote her as such

    Polly Toynbee “Labour weren’t very good…”

    At last something of hers I could agree with.

  285. 285
    Sir Everard Digby says:

    How do corporatists control us?

    Three ways:
    Debt
    Taxes
    War

    Ring a bell?

    Forget politics. It’s a veneer of differences. They are all corporatists;PFI,Tax credits being prime examples. None of the parties are ‘good for business’ They all support leviathan corporation building -just ask anyone who owns a small business just how business friendly our politicians are.

  286. 286
    M says:

    Polly recognises playing a trumpet with your head up arse isn’t easy .

  287. 287
    Iloathlefties says:

    …………..and Tony Blairs were shredded. How did he buy those houses? again?

  288. 288
    Doctor m , pollys state funded theropist says:

    Pollys always been great entertainment , only the other day she showed every one at a labour focus group that if everyone took their head from arses & replaced with a trumpet ( her favourite instrument ) & blow hard you indeed can be heard.
    Twinkle twinkle little stars my favourite.

  289. 289
    Quantrill says:

    That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not ‘alf an hour
    ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.

  290. 290
    Quantrill says:

    Yes indeed, Polly will shortly be spouting more drivel on radio 4.

  291. 291
    Quantrill says:

    FFS, moderated? For what?

  292. 292
    Quantrill says:

    yes………..moderate that then

  293. 293
    Anonymous says:

    I was!

  294. 294
    Anonymous says:

    “Polly’s declaration that “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people” has caused some splutters”

    From thick, evil right-wing scum.

  295. 295
    Mary Jackson says:

    http://www.wikileaks.org/Guardian-journalist-negligently.html

    Guardian negliently revealed wikileaks password or wikileaks was negligent in handing data to overrated obnoxious newspaper?

    You decide.

  296. 296
    Ben Elton says:

    “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people”

    and I am proof of this.

  297. 297
    Anonymous says:

    How is it that several years ago, Peter Mandelson had to get a loan to buy a house. I think in the region of £375.000. A week or so ago I read that he is buying a house for over £8million quid. My question is- how did he get this kind of money? What has he done to earn it?Who would give him such a f–k–g large mortgage if a mortgage he needs.
    Another champagne socialist like Blair,Campbell ,Brown, Prescott etc., Can any one wonder why the political class is so despised.

  298. 298
    annette curton says:

    The serious fraud squad or even a person of average intelligence walking the streets would tell you there are only so many ways of achieving such a meteoric rise to wealth which he is so relaxed about:
    Drug dealing
    Treason
    Blackmail
    or somebody accidentally left £10 million quid on the back seat of my car.

  299. 299
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Sky get it wrong. Iain Dale – “Politcal” Blogger????????

  300. 300
    Mandelscum says:

    How dare she insult my blowing skills?? Bitch!!!

  301. 301
    Socialism is a mental illness says:

    In reference to a great Python sketch of years past, i nominate Toynbee to be, ‘Upper class twit of the Year’. Huzzah! Pimms all round, rather.

  302. 302
    Cameron Is A Cunt! says:

    Polly is a Moron, Polly is a Moron, Polly is a Moron , Polly is a Moron.

    (Sung to the tune of Jilted John’s “Gordon is a Moron”)

  303. 303
  304. 304
    Anonymous says:

    Hmm, P/T claims that she is earning £110,000 yet over 2 years ago she was congratulated in an EDM for limiting her earnings … Are we really to believe that she has taken a pay freeze for over 2 years now?

    These Easyjet flights to Tuscany don’t pay for themselves you know.


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