September 20th, 2011

Burnham Muddled and Cook’s Motives Revealed

With Burnham going on the attack over the Department of Education email leaks all day, he’s managed to get himself in a right muddle. Firstly he suggested that when in government he used his departmental email address for everything including, we must presume, political activity, which would be against the rules. And this evening one of his spinners has told the BBC‘It’s pretty hard to separate purely party political issues when in government’. Well that somewhat dampens the attack.

With the Tories expecting other leaks to surface in Chris Cook’s FT copy, Guido is wondering quite what this former Tory education advisor is up to. The Information Commissioner has confirmed that they are not running an investigation, contrary to Cook’s report this morning and the whole story has unravelled rather quickly. Toby Young thinks he might have worked it out


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

    So this is something of nothing then?

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


    When you go to Labour conference (what fun), can i ask you to do one thing if you get the chance, Can you ask Ed Miliband if i can have his brothers (David Miliband) autograph?

    Thanks :-)

    Posted at bottem of thread, not that anyone will care :-)

  3. 3
    Dame Davina Pancake says:

    Well, an award for whoever in the team is responsible for labelling photos:)

    Davina x

  4. 4
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Burham has always been a complete fuckwit, so no surprises there…

  5. 5
    Reg511 says:

    Andy Burnham, another NuLabour personality-free zone

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

    Just noticed LOL :-)

    Sorry for 3 quick posts Guido.

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    Cry, piggy, cry! says:

    I’ll be enjoying this image for a long time:

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    Anonymous says:

    bit like you billy.

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    Jabba the Cat says:

    Yeah, one of those ‘ain’t life a mother fucker’ moments…

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:


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    annette curton says:

    He has an eerie resemblance to me of that Coronation Street character (something not quite right about him).
    Richard Hillman (Brian Capron), a financial advisor, who would go on to leave Duggie Ferguson to die, murder his ex-wife Patricia, attempt to murder his mother-in-law, Audrey Roberts, murder Maxine Peacock and attempt to murder Emily Bishop. After confessing to the murder of Maxine and his ex-wife, Hillman attempted to kill Gail, her children Sarah and David, and her granddaughter Bethany, by driving them into a canal. The storyline received wide press attention, and viewing figures peaked at 19.4 million, with Hillman dubbed a “serial killer” by the media. (hat tip to wikipedia).

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    nell says:

    I wonder. Was she crying in remorse for all the money she stole from us taxpayers or was she cryig in regret at getting caught?!

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    nell says:

    Burnham muddled?

    Well he’s labour what do we expect?!

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    Ewanme says:

    Hmmmm …… Andy Burnham …..

    ….. nope . It ain’t no good .

    Jus can’t get Tracy Island outta my *brain* , honey .

    E x .

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    Nostradamus says:

    Burnham. Another career bag carrier.
    Would it not be worth making it a requirement for MPs to have had at least a decade of life in the real world before standing for election?

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    Chris Cock says:

    I haven’t finished yet. I have PROOF that Gove once cheated at Scrabble. AND he leaves the bog seat up. Not only that, he sometimes wears socks that have holes in them, if they don’t show.

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    tatifilarious says:

    I said get some magic funny dust, NOT twatpowder. Jeez!

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    tatifilarious says:

    Mister Charisma is he not?

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Andy Burnham, another labour MP that could do with a good shower and hair shampoo. What’s wrong with these dirty socialists, too lazy to keep themselves clean?
    As for Chris cooking the books Cook, shyster plain and simple.

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    Gold is above 1800 again. That might concentrate the mind…

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    Could you also kick Ed Balls very hard in eponymies as well?

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Just how petty will labour get?

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    tatifilarious says:

    Does he remind you of Scott or Troy?

    Or Eddie Stobart?!!!


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    To be fair, He aint the worst looking Labour Mp, If i didnt know he was a socialist and he got me drunk on my money, i probarley would.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    In the picture he is reporting his first meeting with Lord Mandelson.

  26. 26
    Tat's back says:

    Have you all enjoyed the various names I’ve used today?
    Did you think it was lots and lots of trolls


    You knew it was just me all along.
    How could you tell?

  27. 27
    tatifilarious says:

    Thievin fucker.

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:

    Pathetic attempts at a smear campaign.

  30. 30
    tatifilarious says:


    Never you mind

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    tatifilarious says:

    Too much information pal.

  32. 32
    BillyBob... says:

    Chop off ‘is knob, the knob…..

    biggest non-story of the year !!

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    Cry, piggy, cry! says:

    I think she was under the illusion that people would feel sorry for her if they saw her crying and looking like a granny. As someone pointed out yesterday, that’s something you should save for the actual trial. Not that it would make any difference then either but doing it so soon means she can’t fall back on it at the trial. Maybe she’ll turn up to court and say her mother is dying or some bullshit to get sympathy.

  34. 34
    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:

    @Billy. What do you want David Militwit’s signature for? Do you fancy him or are you just too inlove with Guido and this is a means of getting closer to him. Billy you ought to join a gay forum so you can meet likewise people.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Billy, just what will you do to widen the circle of your friends?

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

    What, I didnt go into detail?

    Some posters go a lot more graphic when talking about female Mps that would like to get to know better.

  37. 37
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nah, I was hoping Guido would take a camra and take a picture or film Ed when asked.

  38. 38
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nah, Just giving a opinion, Like men do when female totty on here.

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    tatifilarious says:

    Just because there’s sexists on here doesn’t justify your broadcasted homosexual lustings. Have you no dignity, man?

    Most people at best are not interested in your unnatural carnal desires and at worst are disgusted. No wonder you have attracted the attentions of a depraved stalker.

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    Buy – with the money we got from selling at 300! Brilliant!!

    What, all the money has gone?

  41. 41
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Everyone is entitled to thier own opinion.

    I disagree with what you wrote but respect your right to hold any views you want.

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    how tedious says:

    Billy and his scabbie boyfriend tatifilarious are back!

  43. 43
    AC1 says:

    Back to jail for breaching the terms of his release…

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:

    @Billy. Out of ten what would you give David Militwit as a bit of totty? I would give him -1.

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    AC1 says:

    Buying Euros.

  46. 46
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    He is one of the more polished Labour Mps.

    If i didnt know he was a labour mp 4 (sober) , 6 (Pissed).

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    AC1 says:

    Not sure Andy’s inclined to widen billy’s circle.

  48. 48
    Enid Blighter says:

    Billy’s got a stalker? LMAO. Who the fuck’s got time for that?

  49. 49
    Justin Bouffant, hair stylist to the dregs says:

    He’d look quite tasty with an afro.

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    if you see this man, shoot him. says:

    Billy – salt & pepper mullet, pissed stained 80’s shell suit, shoes – grey pvc bought in Shoe Zone sale 5 years ago for £2.50.

  52. 52
    A football crowd says:

    Who sold all the gold,
    Who sold all the gold,
    You fat bastard,
    You fat bastard.

  53. 53
    tatifilarious says:

    Back? Maybe.

    But tat clearly never left….. despite his histrionic vows never to return.

    Who can not forget his threats to bring down this blog with his magical technological powers? To start his own exclusive blog, so exclusive that it would have no members or visitors; to bring down the Coalition government with a campaign of attrition on Youtube. We are still waiting but nothing seems to have fucking happened. Perhaps tat is full of shit. Or perhaps he is just a big bag of wind whose only joy in life is the online stalking and bullying of gays.

    Sad fucker.

  54. 54
    tatifilarious says:

    Don’t you talk to ma Billy like that, only me can talk to him rough, innit?

  55. 55
    tatifilarious says:

    tat aka thick as thieves

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Have a look at his evidence to the Stafford Hospital Inquiry, he doesn’t cover himself with glory. Burnham gave the impression that he was out of his depth. Kept on trying to blame others for not telling him there were problems. Both Burnham and Bradshaw come across as complete lightweights, wanting power without accepting responsibility. A pair of useless Hunts, just like Chris Hunt.

  57. 57
    Morley walks early says:

    Why’s there been no thread about the release of Elliot Morley from prison today? The thief only spent 4 months of a 16 month sentence. Arsehole.

  58. 58
    et tu you brute says:

    See comment No.38 for gay bullying technique.

  59. 59
    Labour says:

    If you thought we were bad last time, just wait and see what we’ll do if we get back in power. Labour: A future fair for us.

  60. 60
    tatifilarious says:

    We’ve upped the offer for your IP Address to £1800. Guido, bless his capitalist socks, is still holding out for two grand. Wer’e homing in anyway so I hope your little sphincter is not twitching too much.

    I always get my troll in the end.

    The Sun
    Troll Desk

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    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    When the fuck is that lying scumbag Huhne going to get charged?

    It’s getting beyond a joke Guido, the greasy bastard is guilty as hell.

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    Anonymous says:

    Piss off you silly old twat.

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    tatifilarious says:

    Nice try tat. That was an opinion about not using people as sex objects, which is equally applicable to gays as to heteros. Back on topic….

    Your time is coming. All bullies get in in the end. geddit?

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    BillyBob... says:

    Is it true that a g’ypsy is a thieving b’stard…..???

  65. 65
    rimming tramps for fun says:

    Knocking out 3 in a row should be a piece of piss for you madam.

  66. 66
    tatifilarious says:

    Just keep posting numbnutz.

    The state of the art TrollHunterKiller (Windows 7) software is homing in on you. The more you post the more the net tightens.

    Before long, I’ll be breathing down your neck. geddit?

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    All the fin of a lynching but without the mess says:

    Not remanded in custody?

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:

    @Billy. So who floats yer boat? I saw one yesterday that was passable but he is a lib dumb. Can’t remember his name.

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    All the fun of a lunching but without the mess says:

    Or at least to wear electronic tags and report twice a day to thier nearest police station

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    lulz says:

    You’ve been skewered, knobhead.

  71. 71
    Gordon Brown says:

    I can turn gold into base metal.

    I’m an alchemist

  72. 72
    Norman Scotts dog says:

    Arts Council spend half a mill on moving island to England from cold place where bears frolic. Pity said bears didn’t gnaw off con artists head.

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    All the fun of a lynching but without the mess says:

    He wears false eyelashes

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    This isn’t a gay dating forum you cuпt.

  75. 75
    D. Draper says:

    Yes. Bring back the professionals.

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    tatifilarious says:

    That sounds a bit deviant tat. Anyway as I say, please keep posting.. as many monikers as you like. We’ve tracked you down to which town you live and maybe the street.

    Thank you

    The Sun
    Troll Desk

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    Anonymous says:

    I’ll be able to smell the contents of your colostomy bag well before then, you disease raddled old queen.

  78. 78
    tatifilarious says:

    We see you’re rattled now.


    You know that once we have your IP Address we’ll know which house you live in? I expect you don’t get many visitors but your next could be us – Sun Special Troll Reporter and Photographer. Whhoooooh!!!!

    We’re due a new one for this week and it could be you old bean. I always get my troll in the end.

    Thank you

    The Sun
    Troll Desk

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    tatifilarious says:

    I wuv U Billy.

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    nell says:

    And here’s another labour sob story – andy burnham admits labour made mistakes when he was minister for health – and yet he wants us to re-elect him so that he and they can have another go!

    I think he’ll find the electorate has a rather long memory when it comes to the iniquities of the last labour govt!!

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    jgm2 says:

    Worde than that. He turned it into ‘1’s and ‘0’s on a computer. 0.000000000000000000001p of memory.

  82. 82
    jgm2 says:

    And lots of make-up.

    Because he’s worth it no doubt. Unlike the inmates of his death camp in Staffs.

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    Had he done that it would have been better than pissing it away on public sector salaries, pensions and benefits for immigrants.

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    jgm2 says:

    Naaah. What you do is hand the camera to Ned Miliband or Ned Balls and ask him to take a picture of you with your girlfriend. Like he was just some anonymous tourist.

    Start by waving the camera and saying ‘Excuse me, do you mind…..’ at which point theri head will start bursting with conceit….. ‘Gosh, me? They want a picture of me? The future PM…’

    Then hand them the camera and ask them to take your photo.


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    Reg511 says:

    As much charisma as a dog having a shit

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    Do Brasil says:

    I always wanted to go the future fair. It sounded like the Millennium Dome but with candy floss.

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    Anon. says:

    As petty as it takes, no doubt.

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:

    @Anonymous. Fuck off coward!
    I am chatting to Billy is that against the law? So fuck you totalitarian c*unt, I did not address the question to you. So fuck off.

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    Voice of Reason says:

    “I was chatting to Billy” – you sad c-unt, get a life.

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    Not even with a 30 incher – or two, even…

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    jgm2 says:

    Yeah. Another go at nobbling whistle-blowers. Bury embarrasing facts like the Staffs Death Camp and define ‘success’ purely in terms of the amount of billions squandered.

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights & my privacy back. says:

    @Voice of unreason. Who gave you permission to tell me who I can and cannot chat to? You are the sad, illiberal c*cksucker. Get a life of your own instead of controlling other people’s. :)

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen!

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    Fabians are Evil says:

    The bastards are still at it – we actually pay these people!!

    Labour Council renames Guy Fawkes Night

    The Evening Standard reports that Southwark Council is renaming Guy Fawkes night “The Colour Thief: A Winter Extravaganza Celebrating The Changing Of The Seasons”.

    I wonder if the new name will catch on. The event takes place in Dulwich Park on November 4th and is the only official fireworks display in the borough.

    Cllr Veronica Ward, Southwark’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, says:

    “It is shorthand (for fireworks night). It is an event and festival around an artistic proposal that involves some fireworks.”

    She says the “shorthand” name is because there will only be one event due to the cuts. Holding it will cost £55,000. But in Ravenscourt Park, in the eponymous ward I have the honour to represent, the council hosts a magnificent fireworks display each year which makes money. We do this by selling tickets.

    Even if they do decide to hold just one fireworks display this does not mean that ditching the traditional name is justified.

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    Jack Dromey (Ms) says:

    A nutting would be quicker.

  96. 96
    Jack Dromey (Ms) says:

    … wearing makeup.

  97. 97
    Jack Dromey (Ms) says:

    Does Billy’s circle need widening?

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    winterval is cancelled due to tory cuts says:

    They’ll be renaming this blog, ” The Piss Artist, a colourful extravaganza celebrating opinionated knobheads and passing tramps.”

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Please be considerate with your posts. Users may be warned and can receive short or long term bans at the moderators’ discretion.

  100. 100
    Phoney B£iar says:

    I always advise my people to blub at any opportunity –

    I did it
    Gordo did it
    Madge did it
    and a whole load of others

    my boy Dave doesn’t yet – but he will!

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    Mzzzzz. 'Mad' Hattie HaHaHaPerson, - aka the Joker says:

    Now! Now! – don’t get your knickers in a twist!

    Anyways, – me and the Wimmin don’t like loud banging and all the mess that goes with it – and all that cleaning up after.

    In plain langwidge – go and f”ck yourself!

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    nell says:

    And mandy tonight is in malaysia giving speeches, (no doubt for enormous sums of money – though Lord knows why people pay to listen to him!) extolling the virtues of eu integration and the benefits of the euro!!!

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    P.C. Filth says:

    Yes, sir. I will be on duty in Dulwich Park on the 4th, with my truncheon cum flask, to prevent the revellers from singeing themselves on the big screen upon which Southwark Council will be projecting images of a real, live bonfire, sir. Over.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Suck on my toffee apple, bitch.

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    nell says:

    Well she can cancel bonfire night and xmas and easter eggs all she wants – but most of us out here are just going to celebrate our seasonal traditions as always!!!

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    A PC, Divvy and Equal Titty Advisor in your local Town Hall says:

    Travellers! they’re travellers!

    I’ll expect you at my desk first thing in the morning to pay your really big fine.

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    Ewanme says:

    Oooo !!

    Can Ewa have a long one pleeeze , ModBot ??

    Ta .

    E x .

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    Ewanme says:

    Hiya , Filth , honey x .

    How much liquid does your truncheon hold , then ??

    E x .

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    nell says:

    Another way labour defined success – kids coming out of school at 16 with nvq’s in such subjects as ‘how to claim benefits’ – they couldn’t read or add up mind !

    And then labour decreed that these useless nvq’s were equal to academic gcse’s!!!

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    knobhead or tramp? penny a throw says:

    You’re a knobhead, and I claim my £5.00.

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    ModBot says:

    Please desist from pestering our Billy, Ewanme. He has enough gay stalkers coming at him from every direction already.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I’ll be round shortly to teach you the meaning of rampant inflation and fistal stimulus. Until then, you may go.

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    Sick of being followed about in Edinburgh with dogshite & their scabby brats. says:

    Chrispy Cock mong!

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    BBV (before billy virus) says:

    nell, what was this blog like in the 19th century?

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    P.C. Filth says:

    Good evening, madam. Thank you for the inquiry. Mine is the two litre issue (that would be about three and half pints of your old English litres.) Some of the younger lads refuse to pound the beat with anything less than half a gallon in their truncheons. Personally, I proceed to fill mine with an old Filth family recipe of Bovril and cheap whisky at a ratio of seven parts to three. I hope this answers your question. Over.

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    I thought it was Twatson! says:

    Phone hacking: Met police drop Guardian demand

  117. 117
    The Pink 'Un says:

    Appearances can be deceptive! All the Billy love is rather worrying and not a little tiresome.

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    Fistal says:

    you ©unt :)

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    Ewanme says:

    **loud snoring**

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    Lib/Lab/Con = cunts says:

    Won’t require much re-branding of the site or visitors, present company excepted of course.

    Will it be sponsored by Gay Pride?

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    Anon says:

    You sure it’s Cook? There is a Labour member who’s parachuted in Team Gove. One who knows the media as well.

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    Tessa Tickles says:

    I overheard two schoolgirls discussing their GCSE results in Brighton this afternoon. One said she’d got four ‘A’s and six ‘A*’s. She knew she’d do well, she said, because when she took the ‘past exams’ (I’m assuming she meant ‘mocks’), she’d “got more than 100% in all of them.”

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    Ewanme says:

    LMFAO !!!

    Where does the DT get these spotty interns from , FFS ???

    “Daniel Knowles is an Assistant Comment Editor at”

    Drop the TruthSpeak an : Daniel Knowles is a moderator at

    I asks ya ??

    E x .

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    Ewanme says:

    Don’t mod me ModBot , darlin x .

    I’ll put Austrian wine in ur antifreeze , babes .

    E x .

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    Blair = cunt says:

    It’s a shame Blair wasn’t at the same meeting as Karzai’s chief peace envoy earlier today. What is the fucking c’unt doing for his money anyway?

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    ModBot says:

    Billy is unmodding your comment, madam. You did mention “m o d e r a t o r,” which is on the list.

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    nell says:

    Don’t know!

    You need to ask gordon, bliar, twatson and aintbustinagut.

    They’re all older, richer from the public purse, wiser in troughing and more experienced in failing the common man, than me.

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    Sud de Nîmes says:

    Who cares a) what some spotty little shit at the DT thinks or writes and b) what Peter says or does?
    You are all examing each other’s arseholes and not seeing the wood for the trees, whilst Rome burns.

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    Kinky Coke says:

    Good application of anal-ologies, E.

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    Fish says:

    Yes. He blamed the people of Stafford for not speaking up. Yes another nice, intelligent left wing scumbag.

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    E says:

    How did you know it was me?

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    Fuck the aged. I want my rights and my privacy back. says:

    When is the Labourt conference on and is it just for one day?

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    nell says:

    So now we have huhne in charge of our anthropogenic global warming scam instead of edmilitwit. And apparently he hopes to jump ship and become labour’s agw spokeman if they look like winning the next election!

    But if we voted labour back in we’d have :

    edmilitwit as pm

    bullyballs as chancellor

    hattyharpic as labour wimmins minister and

    andy burnham, having miserably failed as health minister in the last govt, aspiring to be education minister the next time around.

    Does any of that sound electable??!!

  134. 134
    Kinky Coke says:

    Oh. The punctuation malfunctions give you away as a non-journalist. Bless you.

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    nell says:

    Good Lord!

    Do you think labour really have enough substance to fill a day??!

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    Voice of Reason says:

    Billy! Don’t be a hero, come back and make me your wife. x

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    nell says:

    Unfortunately for labour middle Britain will be what votes in the next government.

    Think militwit / bullyballs etal is going to cut the mustard?!!

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    Nathaniel Sloth says:

    Chill out, nell and take something relaxing, man. The next general election is 1392 days, dude.

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    nell says:

    Trouble is VoR you’re leftwing. Benefits. Dumbed down education. Print money and Spend. Too many taxes…..

    Bill is Right Wing. Spend what you earn. Decent cricket. Gentlemanly behaviour…..

    Never the twain shall meet so to s p e a k!!

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    Nathaniel Sloth says:

    Or is that 13920 days? Whatever, it is a cosmic amount of time to reflect, meditate, toke the bong and think pure thoughts, man.

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    nell says:

    You want be a man darling … be my guest!

    I however am a woman . One of Mrs T’s housewife’s who believe we have to live within in our means.

    Of course I accept that labour believe the opposite. Print and Spend !! And then some!!!

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    Good News says:

    Just been passed the house In Bramhall where that criminal intruder received more than he anticipated. The flowers left outside the house where he met his maker by his criminal compatriots, have been removed.

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    billy's tie, pissed says:


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    Bystander #41 says:

    Hate to disagree with you on one point Nell, but I think you may find the kind of people that you mention, – together with their families and friends – to be especially astute at calculating (‘sums innit’) their benefits and other emoluments derived from sitting on their arse all day!

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    l says:

    Hello, my names William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate, I am a liberal politician, I later joined the labour party, it’s what many of us from the better class did when we saw which way the wind was blowing.

    Although my own father was a politician We were against the practices of those toffs who would pass the reigns of power to their privileged offspring, you know succession, or nepotism as they used to call it in the Vatican . . . waffle, waffle, waffle,

    Now, where was I, anyway I was made a Labour peer and my son Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn took over the reigns of power from me, for the benefit of the little people you understand . . drone, waffle, drone , . . .

    Anthony did great things for those working class people he gave them a great big aeroplane to cross the Atlantic in and tie up any business deals they might have over there, or just to do some shopping abroad, in a fraction of the time we used to go there, and at only 2,000 pounds a trip in the 1960s this was a good deal for the lower class people.

    Oh yes and he also got rid of that awful pirate radio thing that the common folk didn’t want and gave them the BBC popular radio thing. This was much better for them because we can help them better themselves by giving them what we think they should hear and not something out of our control . . . carries on endless self satisfied and pompous bleating . . .did I tell you I ended up as a Labour peer, and his son is now an important person in parliament on behalf of the great unwashed . . .

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    AC1 says:

    A travesty he was even arrested.

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    Tammany Hall says:

    Looks like Edinburgh might be giving Glasgow a run for its money in The Boardwalk Empire Stakes. Worth keeping an eye on

  149. 149
    The Joker (for it is she) says:

    Come round to my place Big Boy and you can have it! Bring a totthbrush though!!

  150. 150
    AC1 says:

    more like merthyr tydfil burning.

  151. 151
    AC1 says:

    He sound’s more like someone who has to make do with a lap.

  152. 152
    Labour dirty tricks says:

    Sky News is reporting that Scotland Yard will not pursue application to force The Guardian to reveal its hacking sources. I smell the stench of Labour pulling strings behind the scenes.

  153. 153
    Fast and Furious says:

    The Huhney Monster on Newsnight now!

  154. 154
    East India Company wallah says:

    Sadly one of the victims was an NHS nurse in her forties,she trusted her own,In a few years we will look back and think-did WE allow this to happen and no ONE was responsible-ever!

  155. 155
    Anonymous says:

    “Scotland Yard will not be pursuing the Guardian to reveal its sources in the phone-hacking scandal.”

    That’s because it’s quite different when the Guardian does it, or indeed anything else. More decent, more moral, more public-spirited.

    More paid for by public-sector advertising …

  156. 156
    East India Company wallah says:

    Gosh,and I thought you were simply another lifer on the take!

  157. 157
    nell says:

    The stench of labour, it’s irresponsibility, it’s incompetence, it’s overspending, its self-serving, it’s troughing unfortunately , is going to wreak down the ages for decades to come.

  158. 158
    The Punctuation Police says:

    What exactly is it that the third exclamation mark is supposed to convey that meant the first two failed to suffice?

  159. 159
    oops wrong email says:

    I also smell the yellow streak of rusty not sorting the BBC and plod out with there Liebour placemen, heard the piece of slime Huhne on Newsnight, what a self serving piece of rubbish he is, if that’s the of the best best in politicians then why bother voting, might as well vote for the unmentionables at least we will know we are at the bottom of the pile of shit.

  160. 160
    The Bow Street Runner says:

    Behind the scenes? The upper ranks of the Met have all been Labour supporters for at least a decade.

  161. 161
    Guardian hubris says:

    The front page of tomorrow’s Guardian is them gloating about the Met giving up its investigation into their phone hacking sources.

  162. 162
    Tom Watson says:

    Sorry, I’m not interested in hacking by The Guardian.

  163. 163
    Judge Dreadful says:

    The burglar he killed is not much of a loss to society

  164. 164
    Breath Lisa says:

    I really can’t see how drinking and driving over the limit is policed these days.

    In me yoof, I could expect a copper to be around every corner or following behind. These days all I have to do is obey the camera.

  165. 165
    Judge Dreadful says:

    Why is that modded? You can’t libel the and in any case, it’s true.

  166. 166
    Judge Dreadful says:

    the dead

  167. 167
    oops wrong email says:

    Can I ask a question, if we are in a political coalition and blue Liebour got the most votes and the Libshites got a few how come the Libshites seem to be the goverment and the blue Liebour are the baby eaters?.

  168. 168
    Anonymous says:

    Billy- please go away. Get a life man, why are you ALWAYS here?? Just go, jesus, ur like Hazel Blears.

  169. 169
    Ewanme says:

    Hiya , Guido xx .

    The Tellytubbygraph seems to of accidentally blocked me from talkin , darlin x .

    Bein a Librarian , defender of free speech , an that , can you lean on ur buddies at that pile of poo , an explain to them why they is provin themselves to be the over-qualified , under-employed , left-wing hypocrites I always told them they woz , darlin ??

    Ta .

    E xx .

  170. 170
    Les Abbey says:

    There are few certainties in life. One of those few is that Guido will always support Gove.

    Why is that?

    Did Guido get a £500,000 bung as well?

  171. 171
    albacore says:

    Have you ever paused to wonder who it is that has conditioned you into accepting reflexively and religiously that The Unmentionables are the untouchables?
    Just asking.

  172. 172
    albacore says:

    Now, now, nell. Chill out.
    Beauty is in the nose of the inhaler.
    From a demographic perspective, Labour and its ersatz Tory counterpart look set to smell like sweet violets within a decade or three. Of course, by then they’ll just be footnotes in whatever history books the ayatollahs approve.

  173. 173
    Clock on the kitchen wall says:

    and I am the egg timer.

  174. 174
    the kitchen wall says:

    Bit of a damp if you ask me

  175. 175
    the kitchen wall says:


  176. 176
    Delightful, delicious and delerious says:

    Neither electable nor delectable actually.

  177. 177
    Delightful, delicious and delerious says:

    The word is REINS, thickhead

  178. 178
    Delightful and delicious and etc.. says:

    E, our host is not a librarian. More like a capricornian (or even a leprachaunian!) I suspect.

  179. 179
    pass her a turnip she's frothing says:

    Yeah because there is an nvq called ‘how to claim benefits’

    And there IS no such thing as intelligent kids who come out of comprehensive and go onto have moral lives

    And there IS no way kids use sarcasm or exageration God no deary they’re not smarts like you two!

    Take your laudinum and shut the hell up. Witches.

  180. 180
    The Other Bloke says:

    This site should get its priorities right.
    This morning at 6 a.m. Sky led with a story about a kitten caught in a drain in Sweden while the BBC featured a story about some squirrels who fell out of a tree.

  181. 181
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Opps, I think it might be a obvious pun on the word, you know royal power or rule and transfer of that power.

  182. 182
    Anonymous says:

    Is that you Tat ?

  183. 183
    Sick of the greed and lies says:

    Is that any way for a lady MP to behave?

  184. 184
    The untouchables - er, The BBC's unofficial spokesperson says:

    That’s quite enough of that thank you.
    We shall be reporting this for many days to come – the BBC and The Guardian – we write the rules.

    Thank you for your money.

  185. 185
    Anonymous says:

    What do you call a past it Islamic terrorist?

    A Muja-has-been

  186. 186
    tube_thumper says:

    is that the Andy Burnham who NHS killed more people than it cured when he was health minister. The one that presided over all those hospitals judged to be 3rd world or worse.

    The FAILURE who then threw his hat into the ring for the Labour party leadership.

    Any Burnham who has NEVER had a proper job. He was Tessa Jowells arse wiper then when he decided he was a poof was a spad for chris smith.

    What a k unt

  187. 187
    Cream Puff says:

    Interesting that Former city Labour council leader Ewan Aitken was interviewed during the programme, claiming that he had daily complaints, especially as the contracts were taken out under his watch.
    Never mind there is another scandal looming for Former Labour council leader Ewan Aitken and how he and his Labour colleagues took out PFI contracts to build Schools and Hospitals. Turns out that not only will Scotland will be paying for the buildings over 25 years, but in addition Scotland will be paying for land leases that the buildings are on for around 100 years. Example Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 25 years for the building 130 years for the land. The investigation will be broadcast tonight on BBC Alba’s Eorpa programme at 8:30 pm

  188. 188
    jgm2 says:

    Yet again I believe Private Eye was all over this years ago.

    Edinburgh council is as crooked as the rest of Scottish (and English, Welsh and NI politics).

    What other explanation is there for their decision to tear up the roads and build a toy train-set (or ‘tram’ as they’re laughably calling it) up to the airport when there is an existing railway that runs within spitting distance of the fucking runway?

    Half a billion quid to tear up the road and stick a few rails in. They must be made of solid gold.

    Fucking crooks. Thieving crooks. On the fucking take. Gangsters.

    There is no other rational explanation unless they really are all easily led fuckwits who were sold a white elephant by a bunch of slick-talking hucksters like the monorail episode from ‘The Simpsons’.

    A fucking tram. In the 21st century? Why not build a fucking canal and go the whole retro-hog. Jackasses.

  189. 189
    Cream Puff says:

    By the way our English freinds should be interested in this as PFI contracts were also taken out in England by Tony Blair / Gordon Brown’s Labour UK Government. So someone should start looking into the contracts for Schools and Hospitals built in England and see what leases were done for the land – enjoy

  190. 190
    D. Draper says:

    But he does have cow-like eyes, even if the lashes are false.

  191. 191
    The BBC's unofficial spokesperson says:

    Up yours – we’re waiting for the next story from the Guardian (they were out partying last night for some reason so we’re behind with our stories today).
    We’re running with tortoises later – geddit!

    Thank you for your direct debit.

  192. 192
    titfer says:

    Think not, he’s more crass than that.

  193. 193
    Cream Puff says:

    ‘[Edinburgh] airport when there is an existing railway that runs within spitting distance of the fucking runway?’
    Actually freind, be glad that the SNP cancelled Labour’s plan for Edinburgh Airport Ral Link. Part of the plan was to tunnel under the main runway at Edinburgh. Due to ground conditions that exist, it would be hazardous to the extent that BAA wanted the Scottish Government to underwrite the work under the runway, in effect provide BAA with a blank cheque for possible Runway damage. Labour were more than happy to allow this, which in effect could have cost Scotland billions if something went wrong.
    It was Labour that set up the idiotic contracts for the Edinburgh trams, which the SNP didnt want as they could see that it was all flawed, yet they were forced to let the Tram project to proceed by the Labour, Libdem and tories in the parliament

  194. 194
    oops wrong email says:

    Dear Alby da boys have been unmentionable on this blog as long as this blog has existed , like hoon the unmentionables have a differrent name that they are called well many different names, the old statement, what’s in a name, so long as the statement is understood by others. love and kisses from a non unmentionable.

  195. 195
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I was pretty much with you up to that last bit.

    But trams were a very good solution for manchester.
    But thats down to a couple of factors that might not apply elsewhere and certainly not to airports.
    (that is: 5-10 mile commuter rail routes, and a 1 mile gap between the major stations (a problem that dates back to the 19th century))

  196. 196
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nick clegg to defend spending cuts in speech today.


  197. 197
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I am sick to fuckin death of seeing these lib dem twats all over the news
    anyone would think they won the fuckin election
    Last night the BBC were interviewing the “most famous”lib dem of them all
    Limpdick Toothpick who was clearly pissed and was about to go on stage to preform his hilarious comedy routine of playing one note on a mouthorgan
    has no one told the bbc that the “Kidney Bean Faced Twat” is no longer a lib dem mp ?
    The tories gave away far too much power to these no hopers and it’s time they got shut of them ,even if it means an election

  198. 198
    MrAngry61 says:

    Check out the Graun article when the story broke – he literally said that.

  199. 199
    jgm2 says:

    I know the SNP wanted to cancel the tram and were out-voted by the other fuckwits.

    And I know too that Edinburgh airport is built on what looks like a swamp from the amount of water surrounding the area so tunnelling was never really a good plan. But a bus or covered walkway from a station created from 10K of concrete and breeze blocks at the end of the runway would have solved the issue. Notwithstanding there is already a perfectly good and regular airport bus into town anyway.

    A total fucking waste of money. Another half billion squandered.

  200. 200
    ex-Tory says:

    This Cook may have worked for the Tories, but he’s probably a socialist c*nt. They are all over the media. Even the Telegraph’s leader writer’s wife is a Camden Labour councillor. All hacks are champagne socialist c*nts.

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