September 27th, 2011

Lewis’s Looney Licensing Plan Disowned By Miliband

Ivan Lewis’s plan to licence journalists has dominated discussion around the conference zone today. It’s been met with near universal derision. Guido hears that Tom Watson and Ivan met up last night, keeping Ed most definitely out of the loop, not least because he was having a polite tête-à-tête with Hugh Grant at the time. Ed, and those around him, were kept in the dark…

Lewis didn’t mention the idea to the fringe event he spoke at last night , despite the fact he had clearly already briefed the press. Conspiracy theories are rife, with party staffers scratching their head at why Lewis dropped this dumb-bomb today of all days…

UPDATE: Ed Miliband’s spokesman has just pulled the rug out from under Ivan to The Sun:


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    Sir William Waad says:

    Because he’s an idiot?

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


  4. 4
    Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

    They just can’t stop interfering with stuff.

    Tony Blair used to make policy on the hoof using edible sound bites,

    looks like Milibands NoClue labour are doing the same

    Who gives a toss about the MSM hacks anyway, it’s the bloggers that always inflict the initial blow

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    AC1 says:

    Can’t say it better than this…

  6. 6
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Hugh Grant – what a complete cock.

  7. 7
    Tony Bliar is a complete cunt says:

    If it p1sses Hugh Grant off keep it as it is…………….

  8. 8
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Ed Miliband’s official spokesman: “We’re not in the business of regulating journalists”.

    They are not in the business of regulating anything!


  9. 9
    jgm2 says:

    What odds that the period 1997 – 2010 will be entirely erased from Labour political history?

    No apologies. No mea culpa for destroying the UK economy and running monstrous deficits.

    Just ‘too fast, too deep-ing’ his way around the stage for half an hour.

  10. 10

    Yes, it’s the bloggers!

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    Bobby Socks says:

    And Lewis is still Shadow Culture Secretary with his dictatorial leanings ?

    Is he the new Lenin of the Labour Party ?

  12. 12
    Hugh Grant says:

    I will sort out the Labour Party


  13. 13
    AC1 says:

    He showed more taste meeting Divine Brown…

  14. 14
    Mike Litorus says:

    I propose we never refer to him again using his name, but by the moniker “Piemans Puppet”

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    Fred the Shred says:

    If I remember Brown, Balls and Milliband DEREGULATED banking with the famous “light touch regulation”

    With the disastrous consequences we all know

    These people change their spots as often as I have a whisky

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    It seems that Ed is not in control of his cabnait.

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    AC1 says:

    That’s what the broadcasting arm of the left (AlJabeebya) is for.

  18. 18
    Jack says:

    Watson has an excuse

    He was probably drunk

    Lewis is just an evil j e r k

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Actully i thought the fuck up that Brown and Labour made was removeing the powers that the B of E had of supervising the banks.

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    Bob says:

    Would Watson “strike off” all those journalists who told lies for him and Brown ?

  21. 21
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    The odds? It’s a racing certainty. Just as with every Labour govt before them.

    Down the ‘memory hole’ with all those inconvenient and embarassing facts about how they squandered the money, fucked the economy, curtailed our liberties, tried to micromanage every aspect of our lives, wished to spy on us from cradle to grave, forced a massive tide of immigration upon us, fragmenting this country for generations… etc.

    Read Toynbee’s article in the Guardian today. Whitewash doesn’t come any thicker.

  22. 22
    Sir William Waad says:

    Well, he’s had it done to him – now it’s time for him to give something back.

  23. 23
    AC1 says:

    Polly Moon-Glampers Toynbee is the thickest nepotist of the let IMHO.

  24. 24
    EdMiliband says:

    Dotting Hill

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    jgm2 says:

    Oddly enough the FSA was absolutely chock full of regulations. Phone-book-sized, densely printed regulations. Thousands of the fuckers employed. All going after one-man band IFA’s for failing to get this tick-box or that tick-box filled out before they sold you a pension or gave you any advice.

    As with everything Labour did – it wasn’t that there was no legislation. On the contrary, there was fucking shit-loads of legislation. No. It was that the legislation was ill-considered, mal-directed and mal-administered.

    Never mind the quality – feel the width.

    Exactly the same as the thousands of billions they squandered.

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    AC1 says:

    They didn’t de-regulate banking, but they certainly did de-regulate the credit market.

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Tribal to the core and a massive hypocrite to boot.

    As somebody once said…

    It’s champagne for Polly and socialism for the rest of us.

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    misterned says:

    Don’t worry, I am sure that the bloggers are firmly in labour’s sights.

  29. 29
    Andrew Efiong says:

    I’m really enjoying Labour’s conference humiliation. It’s like a Carry On film.

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    The Stilton Eater says:

    Hugh Grant’s made a career of playing indecisive lead roles. I wonder what Ed Miliband sees in him?

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    AC1 says:

    They de-regulated credit as they loved the extra money in VAT it brought them.

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    Old Tory Bigot says:


    Gordon’s motto was something like: –

    Never mind the God awful levels of service in the NHS, look how much money we’re pissing at it!

    Pissing money away is ‘investing’ in Labour terms.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Are you doing a live chat for Eds big speech and has his spinners leaked it yet?

  34. 34
    jgm2 says:

    i thought the fuck up that Brown and Labour

    ‘the fuck up’? ‘the fuck up’? Labour made two main fuck ups.

    Everything they said and everything they did.

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    Ah! Monika says:

    But we’re not told whether she liked the taste

  36. 36
    David Miliband says:

    But why would Ivan Lewis want to upstage brother Ed? What could he possibly gain?

  37. 37
    jgm2 says:

    Not at all. In his fucked-up partisan mind they were no doubt lying in the national interest.

    Anyway, strictly speaking, most of them weren’t lying. They were merely uncritically reporting any old Labour press hand-out as ‘fact’.

    Most so-called journalists are not worthy of the name. Because if they were then there is no way Brown and Labour could have got away with destroying the UK economy.

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    jgm2 says:

    Not at all. In his fucked-up partisan mind they were no doubt lying in the national interest.

    Anyway, strictly sp*e*a*king, most of them weren’t lying. They were merely uncritically reporting any old Labour press hand-out as ‘fact’.

    Most so-called journalists are not worthy of the name. Because if they were then there is no way Brown and Labour could have got away with destroying the UK economy.

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    ed milliband says:

    Johann Hari gave me a brilliant idea.

    How about accrediting to the lobby only friendly journalists, and sending them press releases that they can reword?

    It saves them doing dull journalist stuff such as research andinterviews. It leaves more time for brown nosing and looking for a government spin doctor job or better still something selling the EU to the hapless voters of the UK.

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    simon r says:

    just watching the bbc footage – the conference backdrop screens say ‘fulfilling the promise of britain’

    what the f*** is that supposed to mean, meaningless twaddle – just like the forthcoming speech no doubt

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    Chris1966 says:

    Is this not just another plot to undermine Millipeed – after all, we know that politicians (especially Labour) are more interested in self-serving scams and in-fighting than working for the betterment of their constituents and country.

  42. 42
    Liberty says:

    Not until he’s been properly embalmed. Till then, he’s a dangerous man who needs keepng a close watch on

  43. 43
    jgm2 says:

    I’m afraid I’m persona non grata over on CiF these days. I can’t decide was it getting stuck into Ned Balls or Angela Eagle or Polly Toynbee that did it but they’re no longer taking my calls.

    They don’t like it up ‘em.

  44. 44
    AC1 says:

    You cannot hope to bribe or twist,
    thank God! the British journalist.
    But, seeing what the man will do
    unbribed, there’s no occasion to.

  45. 45
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    “Carry on Spending”

    I think Terry Scott would make a passable Ed Balls.
    Bernard Bresslaw as Miliband.
    Charlie Hawtree as Harriot Harman.

    Could be a box office smash.

  46. 46
    Democracy says:

    Its a tragedy. Say what you will, it is a very sad day indeed when the opposition to any government is a crap as Labour are. The public deserves better.

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    jgm2 says:

    Labour? Fulfil a promise?

    I remember them promising a referendum on electoral reform (twice). And I remember them promising a referendum on Europe.

    I don’t remember them promising to anally rape the UK economy though which is the only promise they actually managed to keep. So they must have promised it.

    Labour promises?

    Oh do fuck off Ned.

  49. 49
    Democracy says:

    I think they are referring to their plans to offer us a referendum on the EU

  50. 50
    Fred the Shred says:

    This states it pretty clearly

    Strong Bank of England regulation was replaced by light touch tripartite regulation which most refer to as banking deregulation…

  51. 51
    Southern Softy says:

    I know – I used to work for them! Most of them knew fuck all about the industries they were supposed to regulate and most of the senior staff were overpaid jobsworths from the Treasury or Bank of England.

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  53. 53
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Blunkett, Darling and Chukka up, all bitter and twisted. Currently on BBC News 24.

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Practically everyone is persona non grata at CiF judging by the moderation policy.

    I used to post there but there are so many morons (above and blow the line, and behind the scenes) it just made my piss boil.

  56. 56
    Gordon Brown says:

    British Jobs for British Workers?

  57. 57
    simon r says:

    ed is late – still working on his wave ?

  58. 58
    jgm2 says:

    What? Again?

    Do they really think folk will fall for that one twice?

    If you needed any proof that Labour will lie again and again then folk need to be reminded of them twice reneging on electoral reform.

    And still 28% of the population voted for them.

    But that 28% would vote Labour if Labour were herding them into cattle trucks at gun-point for a two day journey followed by a ‘shower’.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    well he is late , so fuck him!

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Hear hear!

    This effectively is no opposition now.

    The Libs are in with the Tories and Labour are a complete and utter wankfest, led by a man with special needs.

    I think there should be a clear left-wing alternative. I would never vote for them personally, but the people should have a choice.

    All they have at the moment a various shades of beige (to quite the ludicrously tribal Steve Bell in today’s Graun cartoon).

  61. 61
    Mal_Entendu says:

    Well at least he’s an English man

  62. 62
    Anony Mong says:

    He’s so late they’ve sent on a clown as a warm-up
    .. no wait.

  63. 63
    jgm2 says:

    Don’t know why they missed the obvious ‘Cat Burglar’ headline.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Eds time keeping is shocking.

  65. 65
    simon r says:

    Oh the irony of having that extremely wealthy, corrupt, bullying fuckhead Fergie on screen.

  66. 66
    Mal_Entendu says:

    And it’s greatly to his credit………….

    that he might of been a Russian


    He’s not English then !

  67. 67
    US economist says:

    Banking deregulation started, in particular, in the US with Robert Rubin, Clinton’s Treasury Secretary and ex CEO of Goldman Sachs in the 1990s

    Greenspan agreed with it, thinking, as he said, that “bank executives would always act in the interests of their shareholders”. He does not believe that anymore, and even Clinton has “regretted” taking Rubin’s advice.

    The bonus culture destroyed the integrity of banks in the US and UK. Long story…

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    whos own sucsess is due to capitlisim.

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    Anony Mong says:

    I think he borrowed Izzards’s joke book from the last election.

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    jgm2 says:

    Aye. And the Scots responded by voting S&P and throwing Labour out of power in Scotland.

    Fucking magic.

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    jgm2 says:

    He didn’t want to appear too soon or too deep.

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    Anony Mong says:

    He’s good at managing money – he managed to keep most of his inheritance away from the tax man.

  73. 73
    jgm2 says:

    He didn’t want to app*e*ar too soon or too deep.

    So instead he’s going to be late and shallow.

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    Bill d'Sarse says:

    So, if the LibDems are the moderating force, surely that makes them the opposition?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I aint listing to it, he was late, his speech was meant to start at 2.30.

    When you start work you start at say 9, that doesnt mean you start at 9.10.

    Such lack of discpline is not good for leadership.

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    Hackwatcher says:

    There already is a list of state-approved journalists, it’s called the Lobby.

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    Anony Mong says:

    For all the coaching he’s had, they could’ve given him a laxative to sort out that frown. Ironic that he’s campaigning against false hopes.. being a hopelessly false charlatan.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ed has failed the 7 p test.


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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Well not really Bill.

    They don’t ever seem to ‘oppose’ much of anything.

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    Anony Mong says:

    Hey – when he froze he started making sense – why cut it?

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    jgm2 says:

    You should read a book called ‘Liars Poker’ written in 1990.

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    nell says:

    Discipline and leadership are not principles that labour understand Bill.

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    Ha hah! says:

    You’ve got to laugh, Pravda have had a technical failure in the middle of Milis speech.

    I wonder if it’s a comment on the content?

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    Anony Mong says:

    The bullschite level was exceeded and the fuse blew.

  85. 85
    simon r says:

    BBC online feed has gone down – is it the same on the TV ?

    Nothing for at least 4 mins now.

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    Anony Mong says:

    Har Har, now BBC are having to make the speech for him! unusual.

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    Gawd Help US says:

    Has Gordon turned up?

  88. 88
    Steve Miliband says:

    Oh the irony

  89. 89
    David Miliband says:

    Poor Ed cut off in his prime

  90. 90
    Tom Watson says:

    Dark Forces are at work.

  91. 91
    bbc tech controller says:

    IDIOTS, IDIOTS – you are supposed to pull the plug in a weeks time when Cameron is on, not now !!!

  92. 92
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ed had been Jonahed!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ed Miliband's speech is awful says:

    Technical fault during Ed Militwit’s speech. Power is down.

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    jgm2 says:

    It’s a tactical ‘technical failure’. Ned is obviously so shite that the decision has been made to expunge his embarrassing failure from the record.

    If he was any good the BBC would be covering it all from 50 different angles. It would be like one of those freeze-frame shots from ‘The Matrix’.

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    Anony Mong says:

    What’s that smoking screwdriver in your hand?

  96. 96
    Bill d'Sarse says:


    I shall pinch that for use elsewhere.

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    Ewanme says:

    LMFAO !!

    Five live is soldierin on wiv it .

    E x .

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    Backwoodsman says:

    No, the tradgedy is when the ‘National’ broadcaster, reports the goings on at this chimpanzees tee party / sixth form wank fest, as serious politics and without any vestige of criticism.
    The bbc is arguably as much a danger to this country as the labour party is.

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    jgm2 says:

    Should have built more power stations when they were in government.

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    nell says:

    Predictable , bandwagon jumping, start to militwit’s speech – rupertmurdoch and millydowler –

    Then he called gordon a great man who’d achieved great things or some such!! instantly marking himself out as a poor judge of character.

    One of his other paragraphs will no doubt be ‘too far too fast’

    Not to worry this is one man that it is absolutely certain will never make no.10.

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    Flashman says:

    That’s handy.

    Whenever I see women in Hijabs I get my cock out and wave it at them.

    Breaks the ice, so to speak.

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    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Discipline and leadership? They could always call upon those in the party leadership who have served in the armed forces for some guidance and advice. Oh wait…

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    Anony Mong says:

    There was an immigration POLICY? Who knew, I thought it was a freeforall.

  104. 104
    Ewanme says:

    Hiya , nell xx

    Be amazed if he makes May 2015 , hun .

    E x .

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    bbc just stated that EVERYONE lost the link..not so…SKY kept going…..BBC knobheads……someone will be sacked for disrupting the marxist propaganda machine

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    Ed's Bargain Bin says:

    Ivan Lewis is a bog standard politician and a publicity seeking sponging hoon.

  107. 107
    The kidz of Doncaster says:

    Up yours twat-face

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    jgm2 says:

    It’s a bit of an obvious riposte next time some gimp from Labour is giving it ‘too soon, too deep’ in parliament.

    Just describe Labour’s policies as ‘too late and too shallow’. In fact ‘too shallow’ is still a compliment. We know for a fact they are no deeper than a single blank sheet of A4.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    It’s not just Labour who are piss poor, all three are utter shite and infested with parasites. Voting for any of them will change nothing, because behind the charade, they all desire the same outcomes.

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    Spartacus says:

    Of course they should licence journalists. Nanny licences everything else.

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    jgm2 says:

    Fucking magic. Like that car crash they had (literally) during their election launch.

    The baton of incompetence has been handed on.

    A far cry from the choreographed Nuremberg rallies organised by Blair.

  112. 112

    Now pay attention, y’all. I’ve just had an idea that uses Lewis’s thoughts in a much better way.

    What we should do is licence people to vote. If they ever vote Labour, then their licence is withdrawn. Simple. Effective. Lasting. Indiscriminatory. Progressive. Hell, who knows, Lewis might even be tempted to vote for it.

    You know it makes sense.

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    Anonymous says:

    His acting coach has done a remarkable job of getting him to keep a straight face.

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    EdButLookBalls says:

    retardED going down well at The Scouse House…

    Evening Standard political reporter Craig Woodhouse tweets: This speech is provoking literally no reaction around the conference centre. It’s like a morgue. #lab11 !!!!!!

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    Ed's Official Spokesman says:

    We’re not in the business of admitting that we will regulate journalists.

    We will also fingerprint them, and you, and put everything in a database you can’t access. Like we tried to last time.

    Also, Labour hates democracy.

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    Ed's Bargain Bin. says:

    Ed’s bargain bin. 2 for a pound. Ed’s Bargain bin, 2 for a pound. Get your New Labour Bargain bin today! Put your rubbish in our new economy bargain bin.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    Perhaps they want to apply some sort of draconian “Your copy is awaiting moderation” policy.

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    Southern Very Cross indeed. says:

    Can someone remind me where Duncan Bannatyne made his money? Oh, that would be looking at granny’s like commodities and selling car homes to the government because he knew there would always be old people and the government will always pay.

    And who was he advising earlier this year?

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    jgm2 says:

    Back in 1997 the UK could indulge the idiocies of parties of the left because the economy was in good shape. At the moment we don’t have the luxury for such idiocies.

    Which is why Labour appears so beige to the bed-wetters of the Gruanaid.

    Labour is still stuck between the political implications of admitting they fucked up and serving their time in outer electoral darkness as righteous punishment or the risks of promising their client state too much, too soon and then being forced to deliver if the coalition collapses or, even in four years time, if it doesn’t.

    Ultimately I reckon Labour will stick to just lying and promising the earth and worry about the delivery in the event that folk with short memories actually re-elect them.

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    jgm2 says:

    Fantastic news.

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    Southern Very Cross indeed. says:

    “His Quality Care Homes (QCH) chain quickly spread across Britain. By 1992, the group had 14 homes and Bannatyne sold 48% of the firm publicly through an initial public offering. Yet five years later, he decided he had “had enough of the industry” and sold his stake for £26m. “I was tired of sitting in an office and I started to find working in an industry where all of your clients eventually die quite depressing.” He used the money to launch Bannatyne Fitness, which now boasts more than 60 clubs across Britain.

    But what made QCH a success? It was the fact that the firm didn’t put making money ahead of residents’ needs. “All of us [the private care-home operators] received the same amount per patient from the government.”

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    Nodrog Nworb says:


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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Oxbridge PPE [check]
    Rich Daddy [check]
    Never ran a business [check]
    Never did a proper job [check]
    Metropolitan elite [check]

    They are all the same now. Why expect them to behave differently?

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    Labour are depressing says:

    Ed’s speech is full of bull. The audience looks like they are on a care in the community day out.

  125. 125
    Nodrog Nworb says:

    Well all right (in fonny welsh accent).

  126. 126
    Man of few words. says:

    The NHS IT system.

    I rest my case.

  127. 127
    Bob says:

    My god Ed Milliwead is bloooody boring, im falling asleep listening to his drivel.

    They have forgotton about the last 13 years.

    Just finished with a line from star trek i think


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    Del Boy says:

    New Bargain lads.

  129. 129
    M says:

    If labour get in it’ll be the end of free speech & democracy and the mafia unions are gonna want some pay back if labour get after propping them up for so long

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    Millions of TUC votes says:

    Al-beeb is virtually indistinguishable from NuLab. They both put on comedy shows, suck on the public teat and tell fibs.

  131. 131
    Millions of TUC votes says:

    We were just practicing for the big switch off at the nastytory conference.

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