September 19th, 2011

Vince Attack Shafted By History

The most memorable sound-bite from Vince Cable’s speech will be his attack on his coalition partners and the right in general:

“What I will not do though is provide cover for ideological descendents of those who sent children up chimneys.”

Like his attack on “spivs” last year, this one will stick for all the wrong reasons. Who was it that brought an end to children being sent up chimneys? Lord Shaftesbury and his 1864 Act for the Regulation of Chimney Sweepers. Shaftesbury was a Tory. You would think Vince would remember voting on it…


110 Comments

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

    He is just playing to the crowd , or he losing his marbles.

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    • 5
      Anonymous says:

      To do both would be thoroughly brazen wouldn’t it Billy.

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      • 7
        Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

        Is Vince Cable turning into John Prescott?

        He always looks like a Bulldog chewing a wasp while harping on like playground tell-tale – They’ve got this, they’ve done that, it’s not fair, whine, whine, whine.

        His economic guru status quickly evaporated under scrutiny. He seems to have given up trying to undermine the coalition, so he is now trying to undermine Clegg. Does he know who is buttering his bread.

        The LibDems need to cauterise this canker before he becomes too divisive; he is obviously not meant for high office.

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        • 12

          Clegg should remember what happened to Jim Carey.
          He got involved with the weird Cable Guy and it almost ended a promising career.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Alexander flips his house to evade tax and now wants to create 2,000 new tax collector jobs when teachers, police officers and nurses are being cut???? Why can’t Alexander start with MPs who fiddle their expenses, flip houses and do not pay tax on their expenses??

            Cable (mate of Brown) and Clegg need to address the 370,000 households where no family member has ever worked since the age of 16yrs.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Cable (mare of Brown) and Clegg need to sort out the welfare lifers who are true leeches and parasites. 370,000 households where no family member has ever worked since the age of 16yrs, what are they doing about them??

            Alexander a serial house flipper is creating 2,000 more tax collectors when Lie Dumbs are cutting teacher, nurses and police officer numbers. Have they lost the plot??? If Alexander wants more tax try sorting out serial MP house flippers, make MPs pay tax on their expenses, cut their pensions like everyone else, change pensions from RPI to CPI like everyone else. Instead of a mansion tax, how about a tax on the MPs second homes or give the houses back and build a halls of residence??

            Stop immigration in all forms so pensioners could have proper allowances in old age. Out of EU now to save £17 billion a year, they will still want to sell their goods to us. Stop £11.5 billion in overseas aid. a few clues what could be done to help the uK dire fiscal circumstance. instead of PPE course at Oxbridge MPs would be better served taking a Business study course at a third rate uni, they appear to understand economics better.

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        • 15
          Clarice Starling says:

          He’s looking more like Dr. Hannibal Lecter as each day passes.

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        • 35

          From that photo it seems he’s turning into Hannibal Lecter. Pretty frightening after I’d once thought of him as nothing but a relatively harmless bumbling old fool in the mould of Doc Morrissey from the original Reginald Perrin series.

          http://cazzyjones.blogspot.com/2011/05/vince-cable-and-doc-morrissey.html

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        • 40
          typo alert says:

          The LibDems need to cauterise this canker

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          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            We need an election ASAP. Cable (mate of Brown) needs to be put out of his misery. Along with Clegg, Huhne, ALexander and Laws. All dull or corrupt little men with no substance.

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        • 41
          Greychatter says:

          Vince ‘Cable’ give him enough rope – and as they say – “he’ll hang himself”

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          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            No he won’t. he is like Huhne and Laws they will continue to milk the gravy train and hope a job in the EU will arise when they leave. They are already considering Kennedy for the Lords FFS. Why should a self confessed drunk be paid to go there??

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        • 43
          Southern Softy says:

          Cameron needs to remind Clegg what the deal is and order a reshuffle to get rid of Cable and Huhne.
          Although come to think of it, give them enough rope……………..

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        • 94
          Jethro says:

          John Presscott? No: look again more closely. This is the love-child of Michael Foot and Spike Milligan.

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    • 44
      Anonymous says:

      Dr Who?

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    • 67
      gildedtumbril says:

      Losing his marbles? Did he ever have any? Cobble is a24 karat eejit. Totally unfit for public office. He would be employed beyond his ability if he were a Public Toilet Attendant at a demolished site.

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      • 74
        The Observer says:

        A little over the top but by most standards he is now the village idiot raving about progress, or the lack of it, (depending in which time of the week it is).
        This is why the BBC love him because his demented soul craves attention and the BBC give it to him, much like the two totties set up to make him wilt under their adoring eyes and admit to them how very very important he is to the UK, nay the World.
        The odious Carolyn Quinn interviewed Cable’s wife at Birmingham today on the World at One; and then later quoted her out of context when interviewing Danny Alexander.
        According to the BBC nothing except anti Conservative rhetoric is coming from the Limp Dims at Birmingham; and the LD’s seem incapable of stopping this stupid chatter.

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    • 73
      Anonymous says:

      The Lib Dim chairman said at conference that their purpose in the coalition was to block Tory policy day by day.

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      • 101
        Colour me disinterested says:

        Would the NuLab Dummies undermined things if they had hopped into bed with Broon instead of the Cameroon?

        No, I didn’t think so either. An orange-tinted-blue was never going to appeal to anyone, though it is the nearest Clegg’s lot will ever get to power.

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        • 104
          Honest View says:

          Hypocrites all. They whine about fair representation, and then have the gall to boast that 75% of their manifesto has come to pass.
          Given their lamentable share of the vote, how dare they pass ANY legislation? People didn’t vote for it; they’re only part of government because of the similar weighting of Conservatives and Labour, not because they were voted in. They’re just a mathematical fluke.
          AS for their TOTAL disloyalty to the coalition which is giving them this taste of power that they didn’t earn…. It’s time the Conservatives turned on them and attacked in similar vein, revealing what a vile, thankless shower of hypocrites they are.
          I think I even prefer Labour, and they are basically loonies.

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    • 80
      Crikey says:

      Does he not have someone who knows what they are talking about to check his speeches? Still he probably thought it would be a crowd pleasing sound bite. He should be encouraged to “go nuclear” and be finally got rid of.

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    • 106
      Lord Elgin says:

      Cable is a silly old twat with delusions of competence. He, like the Greeks, lost his marbles some time ago.

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  2. 2
    Lady Virginia de Seigneur says:

    Don’t you mean “you think Vince would remember voting AGAINST it”.

    The sooner the old fool is put out to pasture the better.

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    • 18
      Tax Payer says:

      He can’t transplant the values and failings of one generation onto another?

      That is intellectually perverse. And actually, just plain silly.

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

    Anyway Guido people re-write history all the time, The BBC and Labour party would have you believe that the nazis and B&P are far right while the truth is they are both far left.

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    • 46
      Nemo says:

      Billy, through out time history was whatever the ruling elite want successive generations to believe what happened , in the past only certain parts of history was recorded they would have met a very unhappy end. Historians job is to decipher what writings there were or have been handed down. A classic one is the role of Richard 111 in history he was writing in the days of the tudors, who really had only a very tenuous right of sucession to the throne, except by right of conquest.

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      • 48
        Nemo says:

        “He” I mean will Shakespeare or what spelling you like

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      • 54
        White Hart says:

        Sorry? Richard III was writing history during the Tudor period?

        shome mishtake shurely

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        • 71
          A Blackberry ! A Blackberry ! My Kingdom for a Blackberry !! says:

          Strictly speaking I suppose Richard could have been updating his “facebook” page at thef Battle of Bosworth before he was beaten byHenry Tudor,Earl of Richmond later King Henry VII so technically he could have been writing in “Tudor Times” momentarily before being hacked to pieces ….an interesting tweet…..” So far so good…everything going well we’ve got ‘em on the run….Sod it this horse is going the wrong way…Bugger it’s Henry Tudor’s Army I ………….”

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    • 99
      Monster Nation says:

      That’s why the pre WWII, the fascists were virulently opposed by communist and socialist groups… and supported by the Daily Mail.

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      • 102
        Colour me disinterested says:

        Of course the Nazis were opposed vehemently to the Commies, and vice versa. They were singing off the same song sheet and no one likes a duet when they can be a soloist.

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  4. 4
    Backwoodsman says:

    Don’t forget, a limp dim is merely a socialist who’s too up themselves to vote labour. It doesn’t reflect any lessening of the revisionist hypocrisy gene.

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  5. 6
    Popeye says:

    Vince Cable is the biggest hypocrite ever and would still be in the wilderness if his soul mate Cameron hadn’t given him a job. Two hypocritical liberals together.

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    • 16
      Dave ‘No Balls’ Cam – (Upper Class Twit of the Year) – and his Simply Spiffing Wind Farm Scam says:

      I say!!

      We had to have Vince – on merit if nothing else!

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      • 76
        Conservative Party adjudicator says:

        We inherited him as he was part of the negotiating team for the LD’s.
        Also the public actually believed he had wisdom via his asides from the wings.
        Now we all know (except Vince) that he is well past his sell date, and is incapable of running a department except with talented aides; so he has uprated his old man in a hurry phase on his way to the Lords with stupid Prescott like statements.
        If you had heard his defence of apprenticeships in the UK during his interview on the Business Programme on radio 4 you would understand what I mean.

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        • 95
          Jethro says:

          76 It has been brought to my attention that I have referred (earlier) to ‘John Pisspot’, when I should, of course, have said ‘John Press-slot’. I apologise for this error

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  6. 8
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Can’t someone just shoot him & put him out of our misery.

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  7. 9
    Cole Porter (you hum it) says:

    I like old Vince, (mainly because he pisses Guido off) that aside

    Vinces latest call for fat cat companies to justify their high salaries would have a little more resonance if he applied it to council chiefs and hangers on, and went on to do something about it rather than witter on ineffectively like the old fart he is.

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  8. 10
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    Grumpy old bugger is only jelous because he’s being swept out in the next re-shuffle!

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  9. 11
    Who's for shoving Vincey boy UP a Chimney? says:

    Me Sir, – please Sir – me Sir!!!

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  10. 13
    The sword of righteousness says:

    Check out Margaret Moran masquarading as her gran on the BBC website!

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    • 28
      BBC Controller says:

      I see we’ve mentioned her Labour past in the third paragraph

      someone’s in for a right arse kicking

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      • 108
        bbc journo says:

        She may have technically been a Labour MP, but I think it is fair to call her a Tory because of the way she behaved. Obviously, Labour MPs do not really act like this. Do you see?

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  11. 14
    Behind The Fold Up Bike Sheds says:

    Ideological, not party political descendents. Shaftesbury increased bureaucracy on business and curtailed the free market, reducing the hours people were allowed to work, as well as intervening to provide better housing for the poor.

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  12. 17
    Stinkfinger says:

    And what possible benefit is there for working class people to have more working class people shipped into their country Vince?
    Cheaper chimney sweeps perhaps.
    Fuck off you big bald twat.

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    • 23
      Tax Payer says:

      There would be more credibility in saying immigration is the modern equivilant of the slave trade.

      But the old c’unt doesn’t say that, does he?

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      • 36
        Stinkfinger says:

        It would be unfair and ungrateful not to aknowledge the Liberals of the past and what they did for ordinary people.
        Instead of bowing out with grace though once they had established a fairer society.They turned into rebels without a cause and have managed to really fuck things up for the ordinary people they were meant to help.

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    • 45
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Is there is a single line of ideological descent that last 170 years and is called “Tory”.

      Who was vince on about anyway?

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  13. 20
    Dick the Prick says:

    Who the fuck writes his speeches? Surely to fuck the gimp can figure out how Google works! It’s one thing to talk bollox to pretty girls. Ho hum – fuck him.

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  14. 21
    Generally demoralised says:

    Cable by name… Fucking twat by nature!

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  15. 22

    Which one of his own policies is he threatening not to implement this time, because he doesn’t agree with it.

    Clegg should beware. It only takes Murdoch to send in some Lap Dancers and Vince will spill all the secrets.

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  16. 24
    Chris Hoon says:

    Chimneys create global warming. Put that fire out.

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  17. 26
    tommy5dollar says:

    Nice try Guido… chimney sweeps under the age of 21 were actually banned under the Chimney Sweepers and Chimneys Regulation Act 1840 passed by the Whigs… the 1864 was simply a reaffirmation of the 1840 Act and was still largely ignored.

    The actual practise didn’t stop until the 1875 Act which was passed by Disraeli so the Tories do get the eventual credit but as we all know Disraeli liked the steal Gladstone’s policies and pass them as his own!

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    • 38
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      You’re wasting your time trying to instil some accuracy tommy. Unless you put ‘nob’ or ‘tit’ in your post most people here don’t read it.

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    • 75
      Neo-Guido says:

      Actually Tommy the 1840 act was ignored and it was Shaftesbury’s raising of the fine to £10 that made an impact.

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  18. 27
    nell says:

    Poor old vince has been exposed as the bumbling old fool that he is since being made a minister of the Crown.

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  19. 29
    David Rose says:

    Lord Shaftesbury leaned over whispered in my ear: “I think this bill will make a huge difference, Johann.” Same old Tories, unemployment is a price worth paying, i thought to myself

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  20. 31
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    The only thing the Lie Dems are good at sweeping is mess under the carpet for some other poor buggers to clear up.

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  21. 32
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Frayed cables are dangerous. Junk them.

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  22. 33
    Dave says:

    I’m going to send Sarah Teather up the chimneys in Chequers – that will keep her quiet.

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  23. 37
    The Stilton Eater says:

    He seems intoxified by power and audiences.

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    • 65
      Fish says:

      Cable always has – a self publicising fantacist with more than a touch of Gordon’s, I saved the world’ flaws on view.

      He was on the radio this morning telling everyone what a good job he was doing – despite having to have his NI brief removed…and being reminded that he said he had the ‘power’ to bring the government down (although he chose to blame the DT for the tactics they employed).

      Popeye’s got it wrong. This man’s soul mate is Gordon Brown not David Cameron. Cable is continuing the class war that Brown re-ignited, for his own purposes, before the last election.

      The language of the past few weeks, ‘the undeserving rich'; ‘punish the wealthy’ and now the chimney sweep jibe is deeply divisive and not anything that would encouage anyone with any aspirations to remain in this country.

      It is the language of the workers versus the bosses (managers of any level). Moreso it gives comfort to the feckless and those who see anyone that has worked hard and achieved something as ‘fair game’ (Cable does) – fair game for the looters, fair game for those during the riots (and over the week-end?) who thought that they could break in to homes and steel from the ‘haves’.

      If Cable want’s to talk about ideologies he needs to decide where his lie and rejoin his brothers – but there’s something a little parasitic about people who hop from one party to another for their own personal gain. Talking of which, if we are hung again at the next election, no doubt Cable and his chums will be seeking to become the parasitic wagging tail of the labour dog. Anything to gain power.

      I doubt Cable’s competence for high office and like Gordon think he has the capacity to damage this country further; I am puzzled how he maintains his relative standing in the eyes of the public.

      I must dig out that video of him getting Brillo’d

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  24. 39
    smoggie says:

    The guy is a fifth columnist. He needs to decide whether he is a member of this government or whether he is in opposition. Or if he can’t do that then someone should make the decision for him.

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    • 49
      Mr Sharden Freuder says:

      FFS smoggie it’s obvious, he’s playing the crowd wile eyeing up the top lib dumb job.
      Yes it really is that simple.

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      • 57
        WVM says:

        Indeed, he cannot be relied upon and isn’t trustworthy within his own party never mind the coalition. These are the signs of an underhanded ruthless c’unt.

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        • 96
          Jethro says:

          57 – speaking of which (‘an underhanded ruthless c’unt.’), it has been further drawn to my attention, that, in referring to ‘John Pissfart’, I have inadvertently omitted to give Lard Pissflap his full title of ‘Laird Pitstop of Temple-Bar-None’. I am grateful to Lady Pauline Dishcloth of Beehives for drawing this to my attention, and would be grateful if Messrs. Farter-Rock would pass on to her my condolences.

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    • 50
      HandsomeDavid says:

      He is a loose cannon, cannot be relied upon. Not trustworthy in my opinion. Coalition government needs people who understand the politics of the other party, this man doesn’t. Too often he is self seeking and vindictive, a totally nasty piece of kit.

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  25. 42
    Slapper says:

    Jog on Vince

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  26. 52
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Health and safety gone mad.

    Anyway, I don’t send kids up the chimney. I’ve got a pole to do it.
    With a brush on the end of it.

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  27. 53

    Tory panzers prepare to advance on the labour heartlands.

    “Field Marshall Cameron, Bad news.”

    “What now Major Osborne? We are poised for another lightening strike against our demoralised foes. I want to make a wide sweep into the desert and catch them unprepared. Their ponderous ideology can’t adapt to changing situations. Onwards to Cairo!”

    “I’m afraid its our Italian allies. They aren’t ready to attack. They want more time to prepare.”

    “What? What for? We agreed to strike at dawn.”

    “Yes Sir. But they don’t think they’re troops are quite sure they should be attacking anyone. They think maybe just a focus group would do. They prefer sitting in Tripoli, drinking wine and eating couscous. They don’t really want to join us in any of the actual fighting.”

    “These Italians! They’re yellow I tell you.l They can’t get organised. They have no funds. No backbone. Run away at the first sign of trouble. Look at their attacks! Feeble. Tiny probes and then they run back to base. This is no way to fight a war.. Even the vegey Greens could beat them! What is it now. Do they want us to promise not to damage property with our bombs? Maybe they want us to lay a carpet for them..right to Alexandria, eh? These weaklings.”

    “They want you to consider their alternative plans. A leaflet campaign against the enemy. A full on conference to look into the various arguments of both sides. A promise that no one will lose out if we win the war, and full credit for any victories we may win. And also full credit for any setbacks we may endure.”

    {Deep sigh}
    If only they would pull out of this war half way through. Join the enemy and become a deep drain on them.

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  28. 55
    Charles Dickens says:

    Liberal Democrats I am afraid, are making it up as they go along. Pathetic really.
    Is it just me or does anyone else smell the fear that overwhelms the LD’s conference hall? The LD’s are extremely fearful and on edge this year. The speeches are very awkward, drab, and extremely defensive. I wonder if they have been tipped off by the media that a shitstorm of story is heading their way?

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  29. 56
    Engineer says:

    I know it’s probably silly to judge a political speech on the basis of BBC reports, but after listening to WATO I had the impression that Cable is a man who can see the bald truth of economic reality staring him in the face, but still can’t quite bring himself to say it as it is.

    He’s still blaming the bankers. Sure, some of them were stupidly greedy, but none of them control the public finances. There was no reported acknowledgement that the Euro crisis might well affect us, still less any explaination of how the UK economy might be affected. He talks of the economic situation being as bad as a war situation, but claims the government is ready to tackle anything that comes along.

    Cable reminds me a bit of Dad’s Army.

    “Right, men. Show Jerry what we’re made of. Fight to the very last, and keep your last round for yourself. How many rounds do we have, Wilson?”

    “One each, sir.”

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    • 62

      Liberals are a bit like dad’s army.
      You mean,

      They are made up of the very young and very old.
      They aren’t really a proper part of the military, just a militia.
      They don’t have any resources at all. Just used items, policies, discarded by the real army.
      They are well meaning but almost useless in a real scrap.
      Their commanders have a very high opinion of their own worth, even though no one else does.
      Its very difficult to get them all to march in step.
      At the command ‘about face’ half of them are pointing one way, half the other.
      They are only there at all to try and persuade the public that ‘we’re all in together.’

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    • 79
      The Observer says:

      Also the Lib Dems at Birmingham, as far as I have heard or read, have not made any comment on the Labour government’s handling of the economy.
      Sends all the wrong signals out.
      Strutting martinets come to mind.

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  30. 59
    Jamie says:

    I imagine it was the poor who sent their children out to work, and some of them ended up in chimney sweeping. So is Vince coming out against the poor now? The heartless bastard.

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  31. 61
    Observer says:

    Isn’t it time that the Liberals went home to their constituencies and prepared for government?

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  33. 66
    Charles Dickens is Having a bad day! says:

    Vince likes to mince his words. “No Santa Claus” says he.
    Vince desperately wanting to fill the shoes of Scrooge went around telling the little chimney boys and girls that Santa is dead and it was the evil Tory Mr Pickles who killed him, by lacing the mince pies and Brandy, laid out for poor old Santa on Xmas Eve, with the deadly poison. Arsenic.
    “Poor, poor Santa” said Vince. “That evil Mr Pickles has wiped out Christmas forever”
    Vince likes to mince his words but Mr Pickles will have the last laugh and indeed the last laugh had he.

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    • 69
      Vince attacks industrialists for allowing their grandad to push kids up chimneys says:

      I’m surprised Vince didn’t manage to get the following quote into his speech too….

      “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us………………….”

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  34. 68
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Looks like a trailer for ‘A Nightmare on Downing Street’ starring Vince Kreuger!!

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  35. 78
    Cressida's Dick says:

    ‘I predict a credit crunch and collapse of the banks’.

    We don’t give a fuck you piss soiled old tosser.

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  36. 81
    Father Ted says:

    May I remind all the “knowledgeable” people here is the reason you’re having do deal with these people is that your LOST the election.

    Even with the gerrymandering FPTP system which you do not even use to elect your own leader – shame about it Dave – you could not generate enough interest in your own brand of class war.

    You are stuck with these [fill in the blanks] until you have the guts to call another election – when you will no doubt be reminded about the toxic nature of your views.

    Toodle pip

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    • 110
      Father Jack says:

      The tories got more votes last time than Blair did when he won, wot da fuck r you on abaht you dozy old lefty farkwit

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  37. 83
    To be born English is to have won first prize in the lottery of life! says:

    The chocolate starfish speaks!

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  38. 85
    Vince Cable's rucksack says:

    Think we can get a few more bags of soot in here, Vince?

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  39. 91
    Alistair Watson says:

    Did he really say this? watching the BBC news this evening, no mention – is this another case of BBC selective amnesia (the Obama gaffe) where their favourites are concerned.

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  40. 92
    Officer Dibbles says:

    Typical pandering to the proletariat from a political opportunist with little grounding in reality.

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  41. 93
    Princess Aurora says:

    Some poll has Vince second in popularity to Cameron. Must have been a loaded question.

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  42. 98
    A Cautious Saver says:

    Vince probably can’t remember what he had for breakfast, where he lives or the name of the party for whom he voted at the last election. If he’d only stand up and say something about the BOE’s policy of transferring money from savers to borrowers via low interest rates I’d respect him.

    With every meeting of the MPC we’re ever further screwed. Money is being transferred from small-time savers and investors to the ultra-rich. What’s left is rescuing the reckless.

    Posen and King are the architects of this evil plan to steal what little money we’ve managed to scrimp and save over the years. They should be sacked NOW.

    Posen and King OUT. NOW. No excuses.

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  43. 105
    ed milliband says:

    Couldn’t agree more with cautious saver, but then the whole idea is to jack up inflation to increase the gummint’s share of the economy. Outrageous fucking theft of peoples’ savings I know but then savers are Daily Mail readers are not “progressive” and totally unsuited to a brave new multi kulti collection of English regions run from Brussels

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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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