November 2nd, 2011

Tarquin Fights the System


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Tosser lol

    One day when they live in the real world they will understand.

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    Ac/Dc/AC says:

    free right on porn YAY!

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    DaveB says:

    Not entirely sure I understand. Are you saying he/they shouldn’t have use of/own laptops to protest? I genuinely hope not, otherwise I’ve seriously overestimated you.

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    Perhaps the macbook was donated by a ‘friendly’union.

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    The lights are going out all over Europe.... says:

    He’s just booking his skiing trip for Klosters in the New Year ……Mummy will be picking him up in the Range Rover at 5pm as she doesn’t like him camping out at night……

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    Starbuck's is for thick CUNTS says:

    Skinny latte with extra hundreds and thousands – £4.35

    Oh, OK – I’ll just take the free wi-fi, mate.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    are the Laptop and hoddie “fairtrade” or whatever that bollocks is?

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    Mike Litorus says:

    I hope dysentry tears through the dirty Hunts camp…

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    Julian Assange says:

    Has anyone seen Jemima Khan recently ? Can’t get through to her, think she’s changed her number.

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    Our Denry says:

    He has to keep up with his Facebook init, go to any library and I bet 50% are on Facebook

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    Blogger Lord Prescott says:

    Nothing wrong with that. The lad just needs to put on a bit more weight and put in some claims for expenses.

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    Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin- whin-bim-lim-walrusstitty-bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is it “Hoody” or ” Hoddie” ?

    I thought the 2nd, but with my spelling and grammar etc…

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    Our Denry says:

    Why not make a flask up its a lot cheaper made at home, or they too idol or even worse unable to make a flask of coffee up.

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    AC1 says:

    Well taxpayers have been extorted from to “modernise” these superfluous rent-seeking dinosaurs.

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    Our Denry says:

    Sorry idle

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    All those beat up friends of mine
    Got to get you in their books
    And lead guitars and movie stars
    Get their tongues beneath your hood

    Yeah! You’re a star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star
    Yeah, a star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star
    A star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker star

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    In this particular instance, I will say to you those immortal words, “Does it really matter?”

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    Borrowed machine – probably hasn’t got a pot to piss in.

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    Steve Jobby says:

    Looks a little tinny for a Mac. More likely to be Atom or Dell, methinks.

    While we’re on the subject of fighting the system online: How’s the fuck EU e-petition going? I can’t be arsed to check.

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Hardly surprising, the last time you gave her a cup of tea she woke up two days later with a sore arse.

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    Freddy Mercury says:

    Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.
    I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all.

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    I think that’s Hugo. Tarq’s probably inside having a shit.

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    The best marketing scam in the universe is Apple.

    Somehow they managed to make themselves the ‘good’ corporation against Microsoft’s ‘bad’ corporation. They are both megabillion, rapacious, resource hungry corporations.

    Yet somehow if you stick an apple on a product it becomes non-capitalist.

    Its the Polly Toynbee trick. She’s rich, but she cares she’s somehow allowed to be an honorary pauper.

    Maybe this how the predator/not quite so predatory strategy works?

    Bad = BP,Starbucks,Vodafone,Top Shop, McDonalds.

    Good = Fina, Costa Coffee, O2, New Look, Greggs.

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    Those Lads In "V for Vendetta" Masks says:

    Not after Saturday.

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    George Papandreou says:

    So do I.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Why is this pointless camp getting so much wall to wall media coverage daily.

    I’ll bet there are more serious injustices and protests elswhere that are getting zero coverage from the state broadcaster.

    All it amounts to is a big DIVERSION away from the commie clusterfuck that is imploding accross the channel.

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    George Papandreou says:

    I hate capitalism.
    Its totally shit.

    When it was a military dictatorship here, we were doing just fine.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    The Beatles got there first.

    Who’s idea was it, Yoko’s I think.

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    Jackie's husband says:

    Dear John, thank you for the gift voucher valued at £499.99.
    Your very generous with other peoples money, times are hard now the wife has to whore herself to LBC for a couple of hours work.

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    Credit to 5 live. The Times religous correspondent was saying
    “Most people in the country support this camp”

    Aasmah Mir: “Really?”

    Ruth Gledhill – “Yes..They do.”

    Aasmah Mir- “Really? The texts and callers in don’t think so.”

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    So much Stupidity, So Little Time says:

    You do realise you’re just wandering round London like a pillock taking photos of people with MacBooks yes? It’s a pretty weird thing to do. You’re wandering around taking photos of people who you claim are wasting their time. ahem.

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    Gordon McDoom says:

    Who’s idea was it?
    Sue’s I think..dreadful,dreadful woman.

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    Engineer says:

    Soapdodger porn? Best avoided, methinks….

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    just saying says:

    Guido really shouldn’t be encouraging criminals like that. It would be awful if they all got their laptops and iphones nicked.

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    Jon RIchards says:

    Guido, I can’t work out whether you really are this dim or if it is just wilful ignorance on your part. Your McCarthyesque characterisation of this protest suggesting that anyone not happy with income inequality / bail out of banks / crony capitalism etc is some sort of communist / marxist really is poor quality hyperbole at best. Is this what your blog is coming to? some sort of online Fox News? really pathetic. Whether it’s you or the morons on CNBC / Fox patronisingly chuckling about protesters using their iphones / laptops etc as hypocrits because they are the products of capitalism really is lowest common denominator, childish rubbish which is so far off the mark to be unbelievable. This is NOT a protest about capitalism per se, by far the majority of protesters believe in and understand that a market based economy is necessary. What the protest is about is crony capitalism or corporatism if you prefer. The co-mingling of corporations and governments, the revolving door between government and private lobbying, the two tier justice system where bankers can lose millions of $ or £ where at most the culprits will pay a fine but not even have to admit legal liability.
    A few months ago your blog used to be an interesting and insightful read. Unfortunately since then you seem to have descended in to classic right wing tabloid type smearing and your audience is infinitely worse off as a result.

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    East India Company wallah says:

    While Hugo and Oaten watch via web-cam!!!!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido, i really think you should have a compliants section and a compliants handler.

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    Igonikon Jack lives.

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    Gonk says:

    That’s no laptop, it’s Etch A Sketch

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    fear of a twat planet says:

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    I’ve just resigned for no particular reason.
    Are you going to resign?

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    BillyBob... says:

    Cancer is such a slow death ……….

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    BillyBob... says:

    porn on an AppleMac looks like :)

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    nell says:

    Who’s son is that?

    Not mine I hope!!

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    The lights are going out all over Europe.... says:

    Naw it’s all right their parents probably took out the Low Cost Student insurance Package when they started uni….guaranteed replacement mobile/lap top in 24 hours…

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    BillyBob... says:

    Starbucks is sh*t coffee……

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    Hugh Grant says:

    Could be one of mine.

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    East India Company wallah says:

    Listen dickhead,if your parents couldnt be arsed to spell your christian name correctly then why exactly should the rest of civilisation have to listen to your mock moral high ground trolling-your argument on wage inequality was taken up by all communist regimes but it also comes with all the other socialist crap like starvation and that is why capitalism wins-you are free to diet,eat or pig-out on whatever food blows your skirt up-any North Korean restaurants round your end Jon????

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    But it isn’t, is it?

    The teacher who complained about inequality, yet never mentioned her own pension and holidays.
    The activist who claimed he was a ‘full time activist.’ But never explained how he survives without a job or an income except handouts.

    Its a self indulgent hippytrip of the remnants of all the professional protest groups.
    Did Greenham Women remove the missiles from the UK? No, they didn’t.

    Regan did. By winning the cold war. The man that appalled those deluded women the most made the missiles unnecessary.What was funny was they could not see that the missiles were there to protect them, at the American’s expense, from the cold war bogeyman of the USSR. That CND was a laudable protest was irrelevant. The missiles were placed and removed without any input from the Greenham women.

    These hipsters are no different. They are like a an over eager audience watching a weak magician who has barely mastered his craft
    “Pick a cause- any cause -shuffle it – put it back in the pack -Don’t let me see, because I don’t care what it this your cause? Save the polar bears? ..Well, close’re in.”

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    BillyBob... says:

    Bunch of C8nts with rich parents perhaps??

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    self loather says:

    I really wish I didn’t read that.

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    Applications for the position of complaints handler: Interviews to take place on 03/11/11 from 9.30am.

    Applicants list.

    1. Billy Bowden -9.30am

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    nell says:

    That’s cutting to the bone Bill. Telling it how it is – just like a real Fenman!!

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    No he’s intelligent.

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    BillyBob... says:

    what? I have heard of soap on a rope, but shit in a tent is a new one on me :)

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    Nothing ever changes;nothing ever will says:

    This ain’t the “States”…this is the UK…. …it’s why we don’t do revolutions …the majority just moan over our pint instead of taking to the streets…it’s why the UK is the despair of revolutionaries……

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    BillyBob... says:

    hahahahahahahaha a favourite position of the moos a lims :)

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is the pub open a 9.30 am, surely some mistake.

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    Full refund etc says:

    Billy, it is clear that you do not live in the real world. If you did, you would not have time to spend all day waiting for new posts on this website so that you could comment first. Tarquin may live in another world from you, but I doubt his world is as sad as yours.

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    BillyBob... says:

    Whoever he is, he is a very naughty boy !!

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    DaveB says:

    Regardless of the reality that being able to afford a laptop is hardly evidence of rich parents, are you saying that children of rich parents, or even just rich folk, shouldn’t be allowed to protest?

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    George Michael says:

    Im not coming out to play as the papers called me a fat bastard

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    Jon RIchards says:

    East India, why is it with all you far right loonies that the only options are crony capitalism or communism? Is your mind really that narrow? If you read my post you will see that I embrace capitalism and a market economy, it’s just that the current incarnation of capitalism has got far out of control. All people are asking for is regulation in the right places and rules which create the right incentives as opposed to mad risk taking where bankers get all the upside but taxpayers get all the losses. That is a type of socialism and not one that I like. If for one second you could stop frothing at the mouth giving extreme examples like North Korea or some starvation induced by collective farms and actually thought for a second, you know, an actual cognitive process taking place in your brain, then you might realise that no one is looking for massive upheaval or change, just some tightening of the rules to ensure a level playing field. Also as I assume East India company isn’t your real name, I can also confirm Jon is not mine, just a pseudonym….

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    Full refund etc says:

    Billy wants to do compliants not complaints. He could not do the complaints since he would have to judge complaints about the fact that he is not clocked from this site.

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    Harry Pearce says:

    That’s one of mine.

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Whilst I will uphold your right to say what you like you should Go fuck yourself

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    Points of view says:

    Thank you for pointing out an obvious training issue for Mr Mir, he will be put on sick leave until his reprograming is complete.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    The moocher isn’t interested in the coffee.
    True to form for these wankers, he is looking for a freebie internet connection, so he can tell all his friends on Facebook, what a right on warrior he is, in the fight against ‘evil’ capitalism.

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    It is customary to address one’s remarks to the person intended. Since you have stated that your remark is to Billy, you will see, under his name, a link called Reply. That is what you should have pressed.

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    We all know that your parents were married.

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    He has the right to post a reply where ever he licks, and I will defend that right

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    Banker wankers says:

    I agree with jon, there is something inherently wrong about a banking system which charges a customer £30 for going a few pounds overdrawn whilst they themselves are millions overdrawn. Bunch of c unts, fuck them I say!

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    domino316 says:

    Speaking of fighting the system, how about Guido or others set up a Let’s Back Greece campaign in their fight against the EU gorgon….(doesn’t matter if they lived in large on free cash, look at all the wasters, baby breeders, Bankers and terrorists Labour gave our money to).

    I have done by bit by purchasing a bottle of Mykonos Beer :)

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    Full refund etc says:

    Schrödinger’s cat Fin-tim-lin-bin- whin-bim-lim-walrusstitty-bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    A bit of knobbing can land you in a lot of trouble. Ask Julian Assange.

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    Are there any members of the clergy left in St Pаuls?

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Evening ar cat !

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    murdock appreciation society says:


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    Anonymous says:

    That would be Freddie – Freddy Mercury wasn’t ever born as far as anyone knows

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    He was born Farrokh Bulsara

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    nell says:


    Are you kidding have you seen the food they sell in there – high fat, high sugar, high salt and the number of obese people that patronise the Gregg establishments?

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    TOP TIP !
    Do Nowt Dave , Stop Caving in to public service unions by giving them even better pensions than they deserve .

    Let the bone idle fuckers go on strike ,it will save the country up to £200 million a day !

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Admit it, Billy, it’s YOU, posting on this blog.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    I think old Mrs McKenzie still does the flowers on a Saturday afternoon, but other than that …

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    Kered Ybretsae says:

    One day they may grow out of it!

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    Anonymous says:

    I spotted one of the protestors popping into the McDonalds on Fleet Street for a cheeky burger. The staff made him take off his Guido mask before serving him. Made me laugh.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    One day while walking by St Paul’s
    A woman grabbed me by my ball’s
    I cried for help , but no help came
    And so she grabbed my ball’s again

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    retardEd Miliband says:

    You thound incredibly intelligent, comrade Full Refund Et-thetera.

    I could uthe thomeone with your vocabulary to help me complete my blank theet of paper.

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    Charlie Gilmour says:

    Let me out please. My father’s a rock star.

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    As says:

    Just turn off all the free wifi and network signal around St Pauls and all the losers will disappear.

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    Anon says:

    Usually by the age of 18.

    I guess with dumbed-down edukayshun, it might take a bit longer now. 20?

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Well, I’m glad we got that straight. I thought they were just (a) having a doss and (b) building up some material to brag about to their mates.

    Trouble is, we oldies can remember all those Revolting Students, people waving Mao’s Little Red Book, French girls with hairy armpits making colourful T-shirts, the Symbionese Liberation Effing Armyand then the Socialist Shirkers, Greenham Commoners and so on and on and on and on like the lingring smell of a cabbage fart.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    Charlie Gilmour's Mumsie says:

    Are you ok, sweetiekins?

    Those nasty council-house-dwelling chavs aren’t still buggering you senseless every night, are they?

    Don’t forget, poodle, you can’t hate these people. They’re your equals, ok yah?

    See you in 8 months, I’ll be outside with the Bentley, sweetie.

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    Fabians are Evil. says:

    All of these ‘protest’ groups started out of Canada funded by one of George Soros’s professional lefty/progressive/marxist activist operations.

    This bastard is a crazed old man making billions out of manipulating the Marxists

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    AC1 says:

    Right on POrn….

    They kiss passionately.
    He knows what will happen next.
    He reaches down and whips it out, it’s massive.
    The biggest consent to sex form she’s ever seen.

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    Guido can be a cretin at times. says:

    On a global basis, people don’t have to spend £2000 per month on rent, £1,600 on electrics, £2000 on council tax, etc etc.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Yeah, but don’t knock their cheese and onion pasties! Fond memories of eating those piping hot in the winter lunchtimes back when I woz doing my A-levelses!

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    Southpark says:

    Blame Canada!

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    AC1 says:

    Of course it might not be a she, it could be a he or a trans or a cis…

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    AC1 says:

    see 12

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    Fitbad the Tailor says:

    You do realise that everybody’s doing it. There are more cameras than placards/truncheons at most demos.

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    AC1 says:

    Before he pops off to Gap to pick up some new trousers as these ones are dirty.

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    U-turn Dave says:

    I will bravely capitulate and cower, as always. For Lo! I am the biggest cunt in the history of British politics.

    I only stick to my guns when my opponents are Conservatives (*spit*).

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sockpuppet, stop posting with my monkier or I will tweet about it

    Fellow screnlickers
    you can follow me on twitter :)

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Unless they go and work in the public sector, the BBC, or as a stand-up “comedian”…

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    if you dont lick Guidos tweets then please feel free to take a full refund and fuck off

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    Audemus Dicere says:

    SC – I wouldn’t have thought you were in any (super)position to make a definitive judgement about whether someone was alive!

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    AC1 says:

    Apple is really a terrible corporation compared to Gates’s.

    Last year he lowered malaria deaths by 100,000.

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Follow @Ontablets@Ontablets
    Billy Bowden
    Beware of fakes.
    28 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite

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    Lloyds TSB, the bank that likes to say "Fuck you!" says:

    Dear customer,

    We note that you are overdrawn and, therefore, you are struggling financially.

    To assist you at this difficult time, we have written you this letter, and we’re charging you £25 for it.

    Assuring you of our full attention at all times,

    Kind regards
    Lloyds Bank.

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    Audemus Dicere says:

    Indeed (apart from Bill confusing the chief protagonist of The Sweeney with the greatest US President of all…!).

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    AC1 says:

    Glad you support tax cuts then?

    Bet you support that disaster of a tobin (flies be upon him) tax.

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    Engineer says:

    When the protest started, it had a valid point to make. To it’s great credit, it did so pe*cefully.

    Since then, it has become a bit of a mish-mash. It seems to have become a magnet for ‘activists’ of all sorts, so nobody is quite sure what the protest is really about, now. It seems to have caused the Church on who’s lawn it has landed a great deal of grief (though to be fair that is mainly the said Church’s fault), and the fact that most of the protestors go home to quite pleasant properties each evening is something of a PR disaster.

    So far as banks and corporations go, there was undoubtedly hubris in the boardrooms of some banks before the crisis of 2008, and there still is. However, they alone are not to blame – it was politicians who decided to use taxpayers’ money to bail out banks. The sovereign debt crisis is caused by governments borrowing beyond sensible limits, and the ‘easy credit’ splurge causing the boom of the early years of this century was down to central banks, including especially America, being too free with interest rates.

    All these, and the many economic theorists encouraging them, also bear part of the blame. To attack banks and corporations alone is too simplistic; it also won’t solve the current problems.

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    AC1 says:

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
    Ronald Reagan

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    Audemus Dicere says:

    “on and on and on like the lingring smell of a cabbage fart.”

    All very true Sir William, but you have put me off my dinner entirely (especially the cabbage).

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    Cliff Richard says:

    I just received a nice letter from Gordon Brown, saying what a big fan he is.

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    AC1 says:

    Exactly, they should be Occupying Kirkaldy where the loon who decided on corporate marxism lives.

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    Anonymous says:

    Why are you posting your own tweets?

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    AC1 says:

    that 28 year old whore of his is causing the sociopath a spot of bother.

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    AC1 says:

    Do you like in buckingham palace?

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    disenfranchised human #5723981804 says:

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    jabbathecat says:

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    No2IT says:

    Billy Bowden the greatest umpire and all that old tosh is a saddo, but at least he has stopped using the smiley face things.

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    Igonikon Jack says:

    That is a very interesting post by Schrödinger’s cat.
    The cat of course does not exist, he is a thought experiment
    which makes
    his post even more interesting.

    Igonikon Jack, USA

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    sceptical says:

    That’s a nice big winge, Mr Richards. So what’s your solution to all these alleged problems? Any constructive ideas or policies?

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    Evening your éminence grise.

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    DaveB says:

    Thanks AC1, interesting reading, but I’m still curious to know if folks genuinely believe that just by having some money means someone has less of a voice?

    Many kids fortunate enough to be born into affluent families benefit from private schools/education, maybe some of those kids have grown up and are now reading/commenting on this blog; we certainly know some of them are presently running our country. Are you saying that they didn’t have valid opinions when they were that age simply because they were born into money?

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    E Rick Morecambe says:

    O/t, it seems that the Mysterious Death of David Kelly is set to be re-examined in the High Court next month, according to the Eeny Stennit.
    (Sorry, no link – could only find it in the print edition.)

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    What is an a between friends?

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    jabbathecat says:

    Unfortunately. When he disappeared a few weeks back I thought perhaps he had been involved in a mugging gone wrong in, say, Chicago or Detroit, perhaps he had jaywalked at the wrong time in LA, but it seems they merely recaptured him and stuck him back on his meds before he escaped again from Shutter Island.

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    The ghost of David Kelly says:

    You can’t bury me that easily, Agent Orange – I’ll be back to haunt you next month.

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    Comprehensive educated pleb who can't afford an expensive laptop says:

    They’re hypocrites- benefitting from a private education, rich parents and the capitalist system while protesting against others enjoying the same.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    borrowed from a shop in the Tottenham Court Road, possibly….

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    Poor Jack will be spinning in his grave.

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    That, sir, is your opinion. Others may think differently.

    I would refer you to the Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) (400): 97–117. (Church-Turing principle)

    David Deutsch will explain it all for you in simple terms.

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    Oliver Cromwell says:

    Speak for yourself

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Far too short for an IK post.

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    To each who has posted since I last did here, I would repeat those words of Billy Butlin: Go fuck yourself.

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    jabbathecat says:

    Let capitalism work without trying to socialise it, like it’s meant to. If a company, or bank, is bankrupt, call in the liquidator and let the share holders take a haircut like they are supposed to instead of pissing away good taxpayer money putting off the inevitable.

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    Another Engineer says:

    Yes, its all rather ironic.

    All those Steve Jobs worshippers who cursed Bill Gates as a horrible capitalist turned out to be on the wrong side in the end.

    Though I still use Linux.

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    To each who has posted since I last did here, I would repеat those words of Billy Butlin: Go fuck yourself.

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    It does seem a bit unfair that the Wall Street mob are causing pain for Obama, who probably agrees with them, and not Wall Street, who couldn’t give a Sir William’s cabbage emission.

    Dubya would probably have set the National guard on them.

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    Engineer says:

    Occupying the Bank of England and demanding an end to QE might be more constructive, followed by using their energy to start new companies and help earn our way out of the mess.

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    blogging for ugly people says:

    I luv it when you talk dirty you filthy bitch.

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    Sorry. Please re-transmit in Morse.

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    ..And in closing, the world mourns the loss of the original Summer Holiday, Sir Cliff Richard, who died this morning whilst using a letter opener to get at a note from the former unelected prime minister he accidentally slashed his wrists.

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Vote for the Silly Party ;-)

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    Engineer says:

    Dubya possibly would, but that might have been a bit of a PR own goal. Better to ignore it and let it peter out of it’s own accord. Obama seems perfectly capable of making enough economic problems for himself without needing any assistance from OWS.

    If it wasn’t for the BBC bigging it up at every opportunity, the London one would have fizzled out by now.

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    Captain Clanger says:

    MacBook Pro, completely free with a half-brick and a strong right arm

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    when I were a lass says:

    The Greenham Common women spent about ten years camping outside a US airbase until it was finally closed down.They didn’t spend the odd night in a tent in between their media and PR jobs and popping home to feed the cat.
    Those of us on the anti-Poll tax march endured beatings by hoards of Met police who’d been hiding in the South African embassy. I witnessed old ladies being charged by officers mounted on horseback and others being truncheoned.
    Blair got the tanks out when millions of us protested against the Iraq war and Labour’s phoney claims of WMD.
    So Jon, your generation doesn’t have a monopoly on protest and we don’t need lectures from someone who thinks that camping outside a church and forcing the resignation of a few misguided twats in frocks is going to change the nature of capitalism.

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    Jon RIchards says:

    1) return to separation of invt banks vs retail banks
    2) changes in corporate governance so CEO’s don’t just give their mates non-exec director roles to agree their massive salaries / bonuses at the expense of shareholders
    3) A more robust clawback system where any corp that needs bailing out can reclaim bonuses paid / allocated to staff who caused the issue leading to a bail out
    4) More transparency in government procurement / legislation to ensure rules / laws aren’t created by lobbyists to enirch whatever industry they happen to be lobbying at the expense of whatever group the UK population might actually prefer (see Liam Fox)
    5) A clearer path to bankruptcy / restructuring for global firms so we can end ‘Too big to fail’

    just a few examples. Nothing desperately controversial imo, just trying to tidy up the nasty excesses of the unfettered capitalism we seem to have now.

    Anyway, the football’s started so I think that’s me for the evening, cheers all!

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    The Ghost of David Kelly says:

    If you go down in the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise.

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    Anonymous admirer says:

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    Anonymous says:

    Because he’s a shameless whore.

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    Audemus Dicere Pater Noster, I have referred before to the fact that the cat can itself be an observer. No one has considered this. And these quantum mechanics guys are supposed to be bright.

    I do not claim to be bright myself but I did read Bishop Berkeley. I am not a believer in sky fairies but it did give me a pointer to the fact that there is so often an observer when most people think there is not.

    Sed libera nos a malo.

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    Anonymous says:

    That usually they’re confident that nothing will be found

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    Mal Form-Vid says:

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    Joss Ayinglike says:

    No one ‘has to’ spend £ 2,000.00 per month on rent.

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    Anonymous says:

    Love to know the pension packages these union bosses are due.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I’m gay

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    some of us have principles says:

    I’ve only ever eaten one McDonalds and that was 30 years ago.

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    Fiona Mactaggart says:

    I’m not jealous of Chloe Smith’s youth, even though Michael Jackson was still black the last time I got any action.

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    Jon RIchards says:

    not sure how old you think I am or why you automatically assume that I think it will change the nature of capitalism but you can’t deny at least the idea is being discussed on a large scale like never before. I too was on the anti Iraq war march so not really sure what your point is here?
    This narrative that is being sown that all the protesters are just posh kids called Tarquin who go home in the evening and thus aren’t ‘Real like when I did it back in the day’ really is clutching at straws. The whole thermal imaging thing was debunked by people who actually know about this stuff within 24hrs. If you are not moving (thus not causing excess body heat) and are in an insulating sleeping back, it is more than likely that you won’t show up through a tent. I certainly admit that it’s a mainly middle class protest but descending in to childish name calling such as that does not help move the discussion forward…

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    How did you avoid the m*d?
    Did you talk to G*d?

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    Reply says:

    Leave me out if this !

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    You should have just sent Gordon round. That would have terrified her says:

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    Yes. We all know that. But you’re not the real Mad Frankie Haddock son of Cod.

    Your bang lets you down.

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    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    I do hope you’re right.

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    post-op tranny says:

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    King Lear says:

    O reason not the need! Our basest beggars
    Are in the poorest thing superfluous.
    Allow not nature more than nature needs,
    Man’s life is as cheap as beast’s. Thou art a lady:
    If only to go warm were gorgeous,
    Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear’st,
    Which scarcely keeps thee warm. But, for true need–
    You heavens, give me that patience, patience I need.

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    Bono says:

    but, Billy, the fakes are better than the real thing.

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    Which is Gujarati for … (stops himself)

    Anyway, he would never have gone down with a name like that…

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    ‘Fraid it is the real me cat, I realized the truth of it after years of banging rent boys and sucking cock on Clapham Common. I was in total denial until one day I found myself rimming Gregor the neighbours dog. I wouldn’t look twice at a bitch tbh.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Apparently, “tranny” is now an offensive term, and “transphobia” means “doesn’t like weird fuckers that want to be other than they are”.

    I learned this from reading the Indy, and must admit to not giving a flying fuck what trannies are upset about.

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    Guido isn’t happy with the bail-out of the banks? Socialism for corporations isn’t really what Guido is about.

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    Guido isn’t happy with the bail-out of the banks. Socialism for corporations isn’t really what Guido is about.

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    Rob says:

    Fuck me, who does he think he is? The banks may have caused the crash, but so what? (read Ayn Rand). The only way to solve this is to carry on attacking and demonising those on benefits who lost their jobs because of the bankers. Reforming the banking system to stop something like this happening again is ideological and driven by hate.

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    The Toilet Traders Gazette says:

    A survey carried out in the bogs just off Old Compton Street found that .09% of cocksuckers preferred Billy Bowden’s cockcheese to any other type of cockcheese. Fans of Billy’s smeg reported that it tastes of mothballs and greasy shit, with a well rounded after taste of tripe and onions.

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    Now if you had said Falinge Park, I might have believed you, but your geography goes no further than your locality. Have another shot – no, not one of those…

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    The Paragnostic says:

    He went down often enough with a name like Freddie Mercury – does anyone know whether buggers are forbidden in Zoroastrianism?

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I really thought we had got rid of TaT the piss soaked tramp !
    after all this time he still has fuck all to contribute !

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    nell says:

    fionamactaggart strikes me as being the scottish pollytwaddle of the parliamentary labour party.

    If she hasn’t got a tuscan hideaway she’s got a spanish villa plus a london mansion and possibly a ski palace somewhere.

    labour’s not about the real working classes anymore!

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    Sub-prime Dominatrix says:

    Zappa very rarely delivers pleasure without pain.

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    The Paragnostic says:


    (that’s from another Linux user :-P)

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Lol Cat – he’s still commenting in the Telegraph. Saw a comment by him yesterday and thought “wish Ewandme would take this incoherent cunt in hand”….

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I’m talking about my pre Falinge Park days cat, you dopey fucker. Don’t ask me what I’m into now, but it involves dressing up as Liberace, a bucket of swarfega and a dead trraffic warden.

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    Jon RIchards says:

    Good, but you used to have a decent informative blog that used to show a side of politics, the nitty gritty that was actually a useful service to the public. This bollox about Tarquin or all OWS protester being marxists really is beneath you. Grow up and return to informing the publc about the insder details and shenanigans that go on in Whitehall rather than this fox newsesque shite! What we need is independent voices that are actually independent in mind and thought rather than just another partisan blog. Not sure if you’ve ever seen ‘The Slog’ ( but that’s the kind of thing i’m talking about not this childish nonsense.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Fuck off – Kirkcaldy’s a shithole. Not a single Starbucks, and no free WiFi…

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    Film Fan says:

    On the other hand a lifetime of knobbing lets you get away with it. Ask Handycock.

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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Can you let me know who that woman was and give me her number? Was she a teenager?

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    nell says:

    alycampbell, the man with the helicopter that day , says “I hope so too!”

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    Joe the Plumber says:

    Mike Altman was 14 years old when he wrote these lyrics–shows what a life he must have had.

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    The Mad Monk says:

    The world of Sarkhozy, Merkel, Barroso, Van Rompuy and just about every British MP of the last fifty years is about to come crashing down. The only trouble is that they will take the banks, your job and your pension fund with them.
    It will be brutal. It will be bloody.
    There will be executions on the streets.
    Single out your particular hated “representative” and make sure you take them down.

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    nell says:

    Well donlt know what their kids for halloween but sarah and gordon were living it up with models and actresses in 5/6 star hotels in the usa.

    They don’t seem to spend much time at home do they?

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    Dave's millionaire front bench says:

    And we are?

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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Tastes just like my missus’s.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    It’s not about being a marxist or otherwise, Jon – it’s about what is achievable without causing mass ‘poverty’ (read – your pension fund is all of a sudden worth 10p in the pound). The whole system is rotten, and it cannot change – the idiots in Paternoster Square just don’t realise how bad it is.

    Just thank your lucky stars you are middle aged now, rather than in 10 years time.

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    Council tax payer, Portsmouth says:

    Handycock and his bent senior council officers.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Bollocks. He’s made his money, now let him have some fun.

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    nell says:

    Not to worry.

    If you’re part of gordon and bliar’s labour voting block Britain from the last 13 years or so – you don’t have a job or a pension , you’re just a welfare benefit, or alternatively you are a public service worker with a cast iron gold plated end of salary pension.

    So who cares about the rest??!! Not Labour!!

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    Cell time says:

    The generation who are teans now, will have been educated under new labour, will have hugely inflated expectations from their qualifications, coinciding with Uni fees, huge youth unemployment, no pubs to visit to sup a pint, and all this evidence of lack of Democracy all about them, civil unrest is more likely than at any other time in my life.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Is that the Swarfega with or without the polyurethane crumb?

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    nell says:

    A close personal friend of cherieletterboxbliar has been appointed by the coalition to examine whether there should be an inquest into the death of D r D@vid K*lly.

    That is So Wrong!!!

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    Engineer says:

    If the capitalism had been unfettered in 2008, the banks would have been allowed to fail (some were – Lehmanns, Bradford and Bingley for example). Government action should only have been stepping in to nationalise the retail sections and guarantee deposits prior to selling off again as a going concern. I understand the retail sections of the banks were broadly sound, so would have been saleable.
    1) is to happen by 2019, I think.
    2) is a matter for shareholders. If there’s less money sloshing around the world economy, it’ll happen anyway.
    3) If they’ve caused that much of a problem, fire them. Another mistake by government – when it stepped in with taxpayers’ cash, the failed board should have been dismissed as a condition of bailout.
    4) If you follow this blog, you will know Guido’s attitude to lobbying.
    5) If they’re bust, they go bust. That’s all that’s needed.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Get yourself a tent then you whingeing cunt.

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    nell says:

    Not as rich as them sweetie!!

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    Vegan and Cartier.
    THE Treasury – Pt 2

    Tory Inspector ‘Dave’ Vegan arrives to talk with his young Detective Chancellor, George Cartier.

    Cartier is explaining what he knows.

    “This bearded lady came to see me right, guv’nor. She says her old man is missing.”

    “Bearded lady? An actual lady with a beard?” asked Detective Regan, reaching for his gold cigarette case containing Turkish cigarettes and his Dunhill lighter.

    “No Guv..just a know. A Broadway? A Danny? ”

    “George…spare me the Mockney. Just tell the tale, son..”

    “Well guv, she says her old man is missing. No one’s seen him since back in May. ”

    “Since May? She didn’t exactly rush round in a hurry did she? 6 months and she’s only just noticed…”

    “May 2010..he’s actually 18 months missing. She spends time away, she says..” George consulted his notebook, tapping his lip with his Montblanc.
    “She says I don’t spend much time in Scotland In fact I’d rather be anywhere but Fucking Fife.”

    “George..this isn’t a job for the Treasury. This is a missing John Q..give it to uniform..”

    “Ahh..but, there’s a twist..See, I checked about a bit and asked his employer and they say yes, he still works there, but they haven’t seen him either.”

    “What? And they are still paying him, yet he doesn’t show up?”

    “£65 grand,”explained Cartier with a smile.

    “£65 thou’ and he doesn’t show? Are they deranged?”

    “£65 thousand expenses, guvnor. And they aren’t small neither…” He checked his notebook again “..colour TV.. airline tickets, petrol. Biscuits and bananas..dishwasher tablets..cleaner..Sky TV and a pony worth of Nokias.”

    “Are you taking the piss George? Who can claim all this domestic? Its a bloody liberty..So let’s get this straight. This man, what his name?”

    “Brown..Gordon Brown.”

    “This Mr Brown is claiming expense for a job he doesn’t do, where he isn’t even seen for months and months, and he may or may not still be alive? And no one thinks this is ‘a little bit dodgy.'”

    “There’s still more guv. He has other money coming in too. Look at these accounts. £3,500 from the Democratic Party. £2,00 from the Qatar friends of capitalism.
    £0.65p from HSBC for ‘advice on the economy’ And all into an account in the name of the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown.”

    “Ohh I see…Brown bags is it? Brown by name and Brown by nature. And this Sarah is the old bag, am I right?”

    “Right Guv. looks like a Guardian Media Group offshore ‘arrangement’.”

    “And you think she’s come forward now because he’s begun to diddle her?”

    “I doubt that..I wouldn’t..tree trunks and a face like a rubber hammer. Wouldn’t touch her with yours, Sir.”

    “You cheeky sod..Right, we’d better have a look at this. Get the car George. A Bentley I think. We’ll pay a visit to Mrs Brown and see what she really knows about the disappearing Mr Brown.”

    “You know what I think? I think this looks like the Islington know..multiple accounts.multimillion quid deals..taxpayer stumping up for police protection and such..Its got the Blairs’ dabs all over it.”

    “Don’t be soft George. .. The Blairs wouldn’t take a piss for £2,000. This is an altogether grubbier kind of enterprise. Now get the car. And some shooters.. we might get lucky.”

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Silly cunts borrowing money they couldn’t afford from banks that couldn’t believe their luck when Gordon relaxed the regulation is what caused the crash – just remember it takes 2 to tango, or 0.11 if you’re a fractional reserve bankster.

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    Say it ain't so says:

    Surely the coalition want to deal as much dirt on an ex Labour PM as possible?

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    The thoroughly modern British voter says:

    Is it cause we is bl*ck?

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    nell says:

    Oh Give Over!

    Freddie was fantastic!

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    Oliver Cromwell's Dead Head says:

    Yeah but I was exhumed and stuck on a stick for people to despise

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    Jon RIchards says:

    To be clear, I don’t think it’s about Marxism either. I was referring to the hyperbolic extreme comments by Guido and other commenters that mean we have to descend into silly name calling and unrealistic extreme arguments rather than a rational discussion. I also agree that not that much needs to change and I am not advocating things that would cause mass poverty. A couple of comments up I listed 5 possible policies / ideas that might help which would not cause this. I’m a little disheartened by your view that the rotten system cannot change, I hope that’s not true. As I said, i’m not talking about a whole system overhaul, just some intelligent tweaks which might improve some corporate behaviour.

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    Well it's a thought says:

    They’re all in it together, were the ones on the outside.

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    0 Marx out of 10 says:

    If you do some elementary research you will find that capitalism has been discussed quite extensively already, in China, Russia, Romania, Poland, East Germany, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary etc.

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    AC1 says:

    > return to separation of invt banks vs retail banks

    It’s a nonsense that won’t make any real difference. The thing to tackle is credit volume.

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    nell says:

    £2000 a month on council tax. Where are you living? Buck House?

    Get Real!!

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    0 Marx out of 10 says:

    Politics takes place in Westminster, not Whitehall.

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    AC1 says:

    deviantphobia seems sensible to me too.

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    DaveB says:

    There was no ‘reply’ button beneath the Comprehensive educated pleb who can’t afford an expensive laptop, so I’ll have to use this one.

    Dear Comprehensive educated pleb who can’t afford an expensive laptop, you call protestors with money hypocrites, yet you seem to genuinely believe that it’s okay to decide what a complete stranger can or can’t be passionate about? That’s a very scary belief system you’ve got there.

    What’s so wrong with benefiting from capitalism yet feeling strongly about the growing divide in this country? I’m reasonably well off, but feel sickened by the staggering amount of money diverted from this country in unpaid tax. I spent much of this year being hounded for an unpaid tax bill of £1950. My solicitor estimated the whole affair cost around £65k before it was established they were in error. Throughout the entire process I was bullied, threatened, and made to feel like a criminal. Throughout the entire process details were constantly being revealed in the media about yet another huge company being let off paying *what they owe*. Using your belief system, am I wrong to feel that is unjust?

    Earlier in the year I made a significant donation to several maternity wards and the RCM who all had funding withdrawn due to cuts. I have no children, can’t stand the little bastards and have no desire to have children, but these amazing people have devoted their lives to ensuring there are new lives brought into this world, yet is seems they are deemed not that important, and all the while another multinational is allowed to get away without paying *what they owe*. I was moved to donate money to try and help these truly wonderful people. Because of my beliefs about children, was that wrong of me? Because I don’t want kids and have no interest in them personally, am I not allowed to be passionate about their cause?

    I happily munch on animals. I also have very strong beliefs about animal welfare and believe they should be reared responsibly and slaughtered as humanely as possible. I support several animal welfare awareness groups to this end. Because I eat dead animals, am I not allowed to be passionate about living ones?

    That’s a very scary belief system you’ve got there.

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    pundit says:

    As if they aren’t marxists in the main. The lefties on twitter are at fever pitch convincing each other this is the vanguard of the revolution. George Monbiot etc have been wanking furiously.

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    Sir Bufton Tufton MP says:

    How dare the Greeks being given a referendum? No, we can’t be having that. Whatever next, populations being given the right to express their views? I didn’t come into politics to blindly carry out the wishes of my voters, who let’s face it aren’t the sharpest stones on the block, but to lead them with my superior intellect and knowledge of how international diplomacy works in the real world of Brussels, rather than their fantasy world of downtown at the burger bar.

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    nell says:

    No it is ’cause you is labour and brighter than the rest of us and know how to get all this money out of the system a la bliar/brown/balls without having to work.

    All you have to do is keep voting for labour!!

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    The Paragnostic says:

    It’s not about corporate behaviour, no matter how bad that may be. It’s about a world with finite resources, increasing population and an expectation of increased wealth for all. The only way that the illusion can be perpetuated is by continually creating capital from debt – borrowing from the taxpayers of tomorrow to fund the transient pleasures of today. Fractional reserve banking and paper money are the main tools of this deception, and banking is subject to periodic snapping of the illusory elastic to bring things back to reality.

    We can continue as we are, or we can impose sensible restrictions on banks – either way, tomorrow’s taxpayers will pay for today’s folly – the only matter for dispute is the ultimate bill.

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    A British worker says:

    “The only way to solve this is to carry on attacking and demonising those on benefits who lost their jobs”

    Their jobs being, “leave school (after £120,000 has been spent on their state education) with no qualifications, breed, get house, claim benefits”?

    Let’s not forget (because you have, clearly) that every single penny of Income Tax (raised from British workers) is spent on welfare payments for antisocialist parasitic scum.

    Your solution to that is what? Piss-away more money?

    You are a stupid cunt.

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    nell says:

    Well you’d expect so wouldn’t you ??- but I supect the cleggies, cables and huhnes want to protect their labour pals.


    Truth will out one day!

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Indeed. About 6 years ago, I was working as a trainee in conveyancing (never, ever, ever again!). Literally one in every 4 mortgage offers that passed my desk was for a 120% or similar loan from Northern Rock for clients who I could see from the other side of the desk were pig-shit thick and simply must be lying about their income to the mortgage lenders (with the full implicit knowledge of the mortgage sellers).

    I couldn’t believe it at the time, and I wasn’t at all surprised when it all kicked off for Northern Rock.

    I used to despair when trying to explain the implications of their mortgage offers to them. They didn’t want to hear, and you could just see the “never never” mentality.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Speaking of toilets, can we not just go round on Friday night and put a little A4 notice (laminated if you want to be all posh about it) on each tent designating it an “Official Toilet Area”? Then, wait for the pissed up Friday night crowd to pass through…

    The little darlings will be ever so upset when they return on Saturday morning after mummy’s cooked them a nice breakfast.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Speaking of toilets, can we not just go round on Friday night and put a little A4 notice (laminated if you want to be all posh about it) on each tent designating it an “Official Toilet Area”? Then, wait for the pissed up Friday night crowd to pass through…

    The little darlings will be ever so upset when they return on Saturday morning after mummy’s cooked them a nice breakfast.

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    nell says:

    “those on benefits who lost their jobs..” ??

    what alternative paradise is he living in ?

    most people round here on benefits have never bothered to get a job!!

    didn’t finish school – had children by the age of 16 – got loadsamoney from bliars/browns/balls benefit system, got offered a 3 bed house, had more children, got more money got offered a four bed house, went on 5 star holiday on benefits to costa del sol and on and on>>>

    Why would they want to work? Letting the kids run feral, letting the garden go wild, playing poker on line, spending life under the influence of vodka …… what’s to work for? labour’s wonderful!!

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    Francis Maude says:

    Those employed by the taxpayer should not consider it as a free ride for easy money. The bastards stopped me claiming for a second home three doors down from the first so i’m determined to make some poor sucker pay in revenge.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    As soon as you’re born you get an iPod
    You fill it with Dylan, you silly old sod
    Till you think that there’s fairies or maybe a God
    A Middle class wanker is something to be
    A Middle class wanker is something to be…

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    millwall says:

    tarquin is a fucking waster fact

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    Ssh. says:

    Oh, how articulate of you, such a pity that the rest of the dicks you have around you do not have a clue! Perchance you could become a Spad to Ed Millshit!

    I am so impressed by your article I feel the need to swoon, must go…………

    Grow up, dickwod!

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    Ed. Spenser says:

    Harshe butte fayre.

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    Strictly CUM Dancing? Someone should tell Winner what cum means says:

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    nell says:

    Glad they stopped you – why haven’t we stopped jacquismith who is still troughing off the taxpayer through the beeb or straw who is still being paid generously for qt and the likes. Or prezza who , having had his govt credit card confiscated is now using HoL priveleges to keep bingeing instead!!

    Why are we still paying for these worthless leaches??!!

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Bob Diamond said as much yesterday – it wasn’t ‘casino banking’ that caused the problems in the UK, it was idiots borrowing money they stood no chance of paying back on the premise that property prices would continue to rise for ever. Having said that, what the fuck was Bob doing at the time to discourage it?

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    nell says:

    Leave him alone – he’s a lovely innnocent . They’re too rare in this world.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    That ripstop nylon goes up a treat when hit by a spark…

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    millwall says:

    and whilst were here fuck off away from the church you soapdodging sponging moron

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    t says:

    There was a young lady from Neeth
    Who circumsized men with her teath
    it wasn’t for money
    or anything funny
    Just that little bit of cheese underneath

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    Use a Pun, Go to Gaol says:

    A worthwhile Endeavour.

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    The wizz says:

    Probably acquired during the looting riots???

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    Morrissey says:

    Gaydough fights the messenger everytime. Not the message. He’s a scared of.

    It’s what’s good for the economy of fat banking wankers after all.
    :) The time is coming closer Kids.

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    nell says:

    Well Guido militwit with his £2.5million house and as opposition leader with a salary that is far in excess of £21k means he’s way ahead of the 1% doesn’t it?

    His ‘marxist’ Dad, who was far more interested in making £millions than he was in parliamentary democracy, would be proud of him wouldn’t he?!

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    Titus Oates says:

    That’s coz when the chips are down someone always grasses the leaders.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    That does not compute – or maybe it does, depending on the universe you choose….

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    A typical Labour-voting mong says:

    *bzzzt* error. error. *bzzt* does not compute. *bzzt* cannot criticize Labour Party. Even if it showers money onto feckless parasites. *bzzt*

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    nell says:

    You are vince cable and I claim my £5!!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    >Face has stopped hurting

    Freedom does not mean the freedom to be violent.

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    My point to you the other day. Problem is that it is so bloody convincing at first that I cannot tie down where it flies into the air.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    What the idiots who support a Tobin tax don’t realise is that no matter how small they make the tax, there is a point at which it makes sense to relocate in order not to pay it.

    I don’t know what the proposed level of the tax is, but I’ve seen people try to defend 0.05%. Now if you’re doing 10 billion of trades a year (and that’s not large), 0.05% of that is still 5 million quid, which isn’t far off what it would cost to relocate a smallish office and staff.

    For most people, it seems a tiny tax to raise billions for “good causes”. For those taxed, it’s a no-brainer to move elsewhere and not pay it.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    You think that?

    I beg to differ.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    But dont ask about the ribs.

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    nell says:


    I suspect that he’s waiting for a train and working on a Dell.

    Which means that is not a tarquin or even a protestor, but someone working a 70/80 hour week!!

    I need to talk to young mrnell tomorrow , when I get the chance, because it looks awfully like him!!

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    Compehensive pleb says:

    I’ve no desire to decide what people are allowed to be passionate about.
    I am however allowed to have an opinion about whether people are hypocrites.
    And your tale of woe about the inevitable consequences of an unpaid tax bill,your charitable activities and carniverous eating habits are completely irrelevant.

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    Keeping up with the Jones's says:

    The thing is to stop buying stuff you cant afford, using money that doesnt exist, to impress people you dont even like. The Public are stupid thick fuckers. The banks facilitated their fuckwittery. This is the result.
    End off.

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    Engineer says:

    The politics in Whitehall is far more vicious than the politics in Westminster.

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    D L George says:

    — Breaking News —

    Aunty Beeb reporting Greek referendum will be held on 4th of December.

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    nell says:

    G’Night sweeties.

    Hope george papandreou survived his bullying by the poison french drawf and the german ‘warmongering’ hausfrau.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    nell says:

    Yes!! Great Xmas Present!! When are we going to get ours? Hmmm? Cameron??!!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    And then on the 14th if they vote the srong way.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Relativity regarding concepts will lead you to 2+2=5 and a boot stamping on a human face forever.

    Freedom most certainly includes the freedom to be violent – but everything is circumscribed by accepted norms.

    Look at Charlie Hebdo – they take the piss out of some schizophrenic kiddy-fiddler, and get their offices fire bombed. Good for Charlie, says I – even if they are a bunch of communists most of the time.

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    Anonymous says:

    My teen, who’s at uni in the Midlands, has four pubs within walking distance of his flat plus subsidised booze in the SU.

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    Anonymous says:

    Jon you have to understand that some of the “leading lights” on this blog reduce everything down to a hatred of “Jocks” and “the Scotch” . Almost every post is filled with this infantile racist bigoted bile. The paragnostic is one of the worst offenders for this. Pathetic old men , talking simpleton nonsense and pissing off many people who otherwise might have something constructive to say.

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    Jon RIchards says:

    Anonymous – agreed. This is the first time i’ve posted on this blog and mistakenly thought there might be some intelligent and rational discussion rather than the offensive bile. My mistake I suppose….

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    Engineer says:

    @ Keeping up with the Joneses – Indeed, and that should apply to governments especially.

    It’s an undeniable fact that many governments have spent way beyond their means, and made promises they have no hope of keeping. The left-leaning governments have been the worst offenders, but they aren’t the only ones – America’s woes are not solely Clinton and Obama’s doing.

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    Turnipwatch says:

    Polly Toynbee strikes me as being the English Fiona McTaggart

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    Anonymous says:

    Hey Jon-Perhaps you could send your suggestions to Blair, who walked into a couple of cushy roles at JP Morgan and Zurich Financial Services after leaving office.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    That’s my problem with the many worlds view – almost anything becomes plausible. Having said that, Feynman’s path integrals are a sum over all possibilities, so functionally equivalent – but I’m inclined to follow Occam’s razor and discount anything that isn’t strictly necessary to explain the things we see.

    Still, it’s only Wednesday, and Saturday’s metaphysics day in the Paragnostic household…

  286. 286
    The Paragnostic says:

    Now, now, anonymous – I haven’t even started on the Jocks yet.

    Where would you like me to start?

    Gordon Brown and his nonsensical pseudo-economics?

    Fred Goodwin, the failed accountant, fraudster and general cunt?

    Or shall I just cut to the chase and mention John Law, the architect of France’s demise and inventor of sovereign debt and paper money, whose policies led to the beggary of France and indirectly to the Revolution?

    Or would you prefer to return to your piss-soaked park bench, Bucky and fried pizza in hand, and bother some poor fucking squirrels again?

  287. 287
    The Paragnostic says:

    If it’s the first time you’ve posted, maybe you ought to consider the merits of brevity before you bother again.

    Just sayin’, like…

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    East India Company wallah says:

    You simply cannot have a highly regulated market economy as the costs can only be borne by corporations with a monopolistic control of whatever it is they produce or service,when do you think the next big auditor will break into the market,how do you think the next newly formed construction company in your area will get on the tender list for local authority work if the minimum turnover is £5 million,maternity/paternity rights are a godsend to the current champions of industry it simply entrenches them further.
    As competition falls in the marketplace so too does global competitiveness hence the future ramp in inflation as foreign orders dwindle.
    Received education is just that,you cannot buck the market no matter what protectionism is employed.
    Also I am not a far right looney as you well know,Jon

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    Anonymous says:

    Greenham Common women, poll tax demonstrators and anti-war protestors all had clear objectives. Under huge pressure from the state some aims were achieved through commitment by a diverse cross section of society.
    This church protest is laughable-despite claims they were going to stop the City,they didn’t last a day near the Stock Exchange. Even a spokesman from UK Uncut dismissed the protest as having no clear focus and suggested they move on.

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    DaveB says:

    I see you can now afford a new laptop. Hurrah! Congratulations.

    I also see that you have problems understanding the written word. Oh dear. (There’s nothing inevitable about being hounded for a phantom tax bill).

    It’s clear you have nothing much to actually say on this matter, other than you simply don’t like folk, who you don’t like, doing things that you don’t like. Which is perfectly dandy and delightful. It’s your right to feel passionately about not liking certain types of people, as much as it’s their right to feel passionately about injustice.

    And my own belief, while I’m on the subject, is that it’s beyond logical comprehension to genuinely think that because someone comes from an affluent background they have somehow forfeited any right to be passionate about misplaced wealth and unpaid taxes.

    It’s. Just. Bonkers.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Classic Bill Q – thanks!

  292. 292
    J R Hartley Esq says:

    Lest we forget the climate-change Liar Al Gore is on the board of Apple, as if you had run out of reasons to hate them

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    AC1 says:

    The tax would be equal on all moves so would merely be passed onto the consumer directly with no increase in quality of debt, or decline in speculation.

    It would merely makes the stock market MORE volatile.

    I would suggest a tax on bank balance sheets of around 1% (to fund 100% depositor protection) and reasonable interest rates nearer their historic averages (i.e. less systematic debt).

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    Anonymous says:

    I don’t watch football.
    The unbridled wealth and conspicuous consumption of the players turns my stomach.

  295. 295
    AC1 says:

    >it was idiots borrowing money they stood no chance of paying back on the premise that property prices would continue to rise for ever.


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    the stench of hypocrisy says:

    Jon- re.your complaint about silly name calling on this blog.
    Is that why you described us as narrow minded,dim witted, far right loons,ignorant,pathetic,childish, uninformed morons?

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Can’t see how a ‘house take’ (which is effectively what a Tobin tax is) on trades would make the market more volatile. Or rather, I can, but only at the margins – under normal conditions, it would act as a disincentive to marginal trades, but under stress, large trades at small margins would suddenly make more sense (I’m looking at it from a game-theory point of view, modelling trading as a poker game).

    Either way, unless it is a global tax, it’s a disincentive to doing business, and therefore bad news.

    On banks, I’d require sensible (min 15%) capital reserves, and a tax on lending for property (capital for equipment to be exempt) to fund a deposit protection scheme. The short-term impact would be harsh but manageable, but long term stability would be much improved.

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    very angry but helpless citizen says:

    acquired from student loan or from his trust fund.

    either way fuck off and do some work and leave St Pauls in peace to be a church.

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    Cat says:

    I’ve never actually met anyone who admits to having read the Indy.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    It was by accident – they were right out of the Morning Star.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Shiny shit for superficial twats.

    In the past month, both Dennis Ritchie (who co-created both Unix and C) and John McCarthy (the discoverer of Lisp) have passed away, but all you hear about is a spoilt twat who clung to Wozniak’s coat tails and made some very average but very fashionable gadgets.

    Apple peaked at the IIe – if they’d carried that through to today, we’d have desktop supercomputers and not frigging iMaTwats.

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    Cat says:

    And that’s good? We have no proper wars anymore, or any other form of population control. There’s a lot to be said for malaria.

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    OccupyGuido says:

    When the arabs were using social media to further their aims I didn’t see any complaints from you. So far Occupy only had to stand next to St Paul’s for two weeks to bring the CofE to its knees. Not bad going.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    100,000 more people to grow up uneducated, breed and give birth to yet more charity consumers.

    Seems like a good bargain to some…

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    A F says:

    ‘Axe the telly tax’, link to a BBC program? Pleb.

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    The lights are going out all over Europe....... says:

    Everything comes to those that wait…Cameron willl have to concede a referendum within the next 6 months…he’s been hoist with his own legislation….the fact that Greece will exit the Eurozone will require a new Treaty amendnment and as a result the pressure for the UK to have a referendum will be unstoppable sweeping Clegg and the LibDems to oblivion if they stand against it

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    Cat says:

    debunked? Bollox!

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    Blogger Lord Prescott says:

    That’s awright, Dick. I’ll send you another few bob from my expenses so you can get a few more videos – LOL. While the wife’s away? I know where you’re coming from!

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    Jess The Dog says:

    Bet he’s at Oxford doing PPE and he’ll be a SPAD to Osborne or Balls by Summer 2012.

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    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    The Meeja like protest “camps” . They are at St. Paul’s because Dale Farm is over.

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    Anonymous says:

    Stop Him – he’s trying to bring down the financial system.

    He must be a banker!!!!!

    Hah, hah, hah!

  313. 313
    Anonymous says:

    Erm, Starbucks wifi is not free.

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    hapless citizen says:

    Church seem happy to let them stay. You however should fuck off from anywhere you happen to be – you are not welcome in my country.

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    aleksandr says:

    nero is better
    and they have loyalty cards

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    Seriously - Windows is really shit. says:

    Actually, in general, the reason Apple is seen as ‘for the people’ and Microsoft is held up as an example of ‘bad capitalism’ has very little to do with logo’s. It’s more to do with whether the expensive product I’ve just bought works properly or not.

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    lolcatz says:

    Smash the Starbucks windows, chaps, but wait plz until I get out of the way.

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    Milk and two sugars says:

    Erm, neither is their coffee

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    I dream of Guardian with the light blue rinse says:

    If Polly strike me I will cry

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Imran never had any complaints.

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Send him some vaseline sharpish you silly bitch.

  322. 322
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Mummy and Daddy will be in the country, but I’m sure the au pair can rustle something up.

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    Audemus Dicere says:

    Very good point SC – I hadn’t considered that possibility!

    Fiat voluntas tua…

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    0 Marx out of 10 says says:

    There seems to be a misunderstanding prevalent about what politics actually means.

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    Socialism is a mental illness says:

    Should have wrenched his laptop from him, jumped on it a few times then hurled it into the distance, then asked him what is he going to do about it?

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    Immigrantthief says:

    Why has no one kicked him in the face and liberated that laptop from him? London muggers are shite!

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    Archie says:

    Alas Cat, as I have moaned to Guido previously, when one presses reply to a certain comment, it is more often the case than not that said reply will be appended anywhere BUT to the comment intended.

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    Archie says:

    Anytime; rather than the LibLabCons!

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    Archie says:

    Er, I think it’s a “she”!

  330. 330
    Archie says:

    Iggy Jack, Cat! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Whisper it not in Gath……………….!

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