November 7th, 2011

The End is Nighy

“We all owe any success we have had in our acting careers, to varying degrees, to films supported by the UK Film Council” screamed Bill Nighy in his last doomed toe-dip into the political arena. Since then he’s become the frontman for the cute, if incorrectly named, “Robin Hood Tax” campaign that would surrender the City of London to the sinking European ship. Old Bill clearly hasn’t taken the time to think these two campaigns through though…

The Film Council lobbied the government for tax breaks and special favours, yet this seems to be fine as long as Bill can “owe any success” to it. He even appeared in films shot in the Isle of Man for tax reasons – such as Wild Target. If Nighy wants a unilateral financial tax, Guido wants a unilateral Film Transaction Tax from the man himself. Perhaps “a tiny tax” on every single box-office and DVD sale?


400 Comments

  1. 1
    Smig says:

    I want tax breaks too.

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

    why more taxes Guido?

    The film industry should not recive government money nor special favours.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Hark, the sound of Guido scraping barrels

  4. 4
    Senator Blood N'Gore says:

    Thesbs should stick to Thesbing – actors don’t live in the real world, that’s why they’re actors.

  5. 5
    Dave says:

    Order-order.com is hosted in Texas. Good to see this site supporting the UK economy too!

  6. 6
    MI6 says:

    More TAX less money in economy, while UK gov with USA mates going bombing around the world. Tell bill if he thinks he is getting the money for some poxy film he must be mental

  7. 7
    Southern Softy says:

    Just play yourself, Bill.
    It’s what you’re good at.

  8. 8
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    A 20% tax on DVDs perhaps?

  9. 9

    Balls would say you’re proposing taking money OUT of the economy.

  10. 10
    Well it's a thought says:

    He’s one of those turn off’s , he comes on tv, I turn off.

  11. 11
    bergen says:

    Sadly the support of the “luvies for Labour” does not extend to their own fortunes.

    Why should their industry benefit by perks not open to the rest of the private sector? Does Hollywood run on US taxpayers’ cash? There are some hard-hit parts of the private sector that may need short-term subsidies in the present climate but the film industry isn’t one of them.

  12. 12
    Tax Payer says:

    Why don’t they raise funding by coming up with decent ideas and/or scripts and going to investors, instead of asking me and you to fund the crap they usually write?

  13. 13
    Smig says:

    Balls doesn’t know the difference between spending and investing.

  14. 14
    Stalin's Ghost says:

    Just love these luvvies trying so hard to get state funding for their lifestyles, or at least the life style they want to become accustomed to.
    I knew where to put them, it begins and ends with a G.

  15. 15

    Pirates of the Librarian

  16. 16
    nell says:

    well I’m not exactly over the moon at the moment with the current government but I’m jolly glad bullyballs is not in charge of the treasury because I wouldn’t sleep at night wondering where he was going to throw my money next.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Godalming?

  18. 18
    jgm2 says:

    Balls is a gobshite.

  19. 19
    Sophie says:

    If their product is any good people will invest in it at the beginning & buy it when it is productised.

    Socialist welfare policies for the luvvies to make utter self indulgent crap at the expense of hard working tax paying families is not on.

    Nighy, like all the metropolitan luvvies, is a complete hypocrit.

  20. 20
    nell says:

    well the beeb is awash with our cash – they should be persuaded to cut back on all those overpaid salaries and expenses and unnecessary expensive 5 star trips and put money into projects for actors instead.

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    Well, now that Nighy and the rest of the luvvies are so flush with cash they can invest in their own films and really clean up.

    Them being so successful and all.

  22. 22
    Smig says:

    I do my best to make sure “they” can’t get hold of my money in the first place.

    Then the buggers started printing QE money and made my money worth less than it was last year.

    Can’t win with these gits.

  23. 23
    Tax Payer says:

    George Harrison did it. Funded some decent films and no doubt made a profit.

    Or does Nighy not have the courage of his convictions?

  24. 24
    The Grim Reaper says:

    Another Lefty who believes we should fund his wealth and fame

    The Twitterwaves, pap TV and the Dead Tree Press are filled with rich celebs who actually believe we care about their monstrous egos. Only the wealthy or benefit funded anarchists can indulge in socialism – as Tent City proves.

    Isn’t it interesting how satire died when Labour came to power? Elderly stand-ups still bang on BBC-like about Thatcher of whom few under the age of 30 know about.

    Political satire regarding Lord Lardarse, Gormless Gord & Tony Blair, Millionaire was abundant with potential comedy but the leftoid “comedians” switched focus to making fun of the vulnerable – old, the disabled, the overweight….the truly despised and neglected sectors under Labour….safer ground for people hating National Socialists Workers Party supporters with their approved list of victims…..Stand Up the Regressive Alliance!

  25. 25
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Arts Council were happy to pay large taxi bill for Liz Forgan from Stratford Upon Avon to her London pad. Happy to take the money from taxpayers to fund her lifestyle.

    Of course culture is a merit good and should be funded by the taxpayers/government. The Arts Council, robbing the poor to help the rich luvvies.

  26. 26
    jgm2 says:

    I also thought the Ocean’s Eleven crowd funded those two (three?) films and made a packet.

  27. 27
    Lou Scannon says:

    I’m fully in favour of a tax on anyone named Tobin.

  28. 28
    Sophie says:

    Withnail & I is just one superb example of what is possible if the luvvie set can free itself from Government welfare & demanding unfair tax advantages

  29. 29
    BillyBob... says:

    Feckin’ luvvies, give me their wages for dancing about like a prat and I will happily pretend to have a social conscience !!

  30. 30
    BillyBob... says:

    DVD’s ?? wtf are they ?? I just download for nowt !!

  31. 31
    t says:

    Largely sponsored and then dissipated by BBC (tv and radio) & C4, and then of course Dave

  32. 32
    BillyBob... says:

    Do as I say, not do as I do, perhaps ?

  33. 33
    BillyBob... says:

    Stop giving these luvvies gongs and awards for prancing about, give them to people with real jobs, that will soon have them squealing about unfairness.

  34. 34
  35. 35
    Gardening b34s7 says:

    Sophie
    You terrible huhne!

    Must dig my copy out later

  36. 36
    Loungelizard says:

    Bring back the days when a joint was something you ate on a Sunday.

  37. 37
    Robin Hood says:

    “Perhaps “a tiny tax” on every single box-office and DVD sale?” – I’m not sure I’d call 20% VAT ‘tiny’.

  38. 38
    Gardening b34s7 says:

    Hugh Grants fucking dad*

    *I dream of the day when I see that headline with an added E

  39. 39
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Grimethorpe?

  40. 40
    Bill Nighy says:

    I think it’s important that low-paid workers, many of whom perhaps spend their entire working lives cleaning toilets, should be forced under threat of imprisonment to give their money to me.

    Then they can watch me quaffing Champagne at BAFTA ceremonies at their expense, and this will make them happy.

  41. 41
    t says:

    The proposed cuts completely miss the point, the layers and layers of pointless management are preserved intact, programmes and viewers will suffer.

    I’d spend the money on quality writers not actors

  42. 42
    gman says:

    I’m going to form a group called “LSLPYMLSBIPRJKYUOY.” It stands for “Luvvies Stop Looking for Purpose to Your Meaningless Life Spent Badly Impersonating People with Real Jobs and Keep Your Uninformed Opinions to Yourself”.

  43. 43
  44. 44
    Bill Nighy says:

    The argument is more to do with portability; if you don’t offer favourable tax rates for the film industry they just go elsewhere and you lose the money the production gives to the local economy (the people serving the double cream lattes to the actors). Apparently Nighy is able to see that in the case of the film industry but not in the case of the financial sector, is I think Guido’s point, which the unilateralists believe would just happily conduct business here rather than in, say, Singapore.

  45. 45
    t says:

    Dreadful consequence of modern tv culture, the incessant need for new talentless celebrities

  46. 46
    The Bells says:

    Still there

  47. 47
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Same here. 99% of films now are utter shite.

    Did anyone actually buy “Battle Los Angeles”? Christ on a bike. I downloaded it for nothing and I still felt robbed.

  48. 48
    Rat's arse says:

    If I could sign the petition again Democracy I would. Well done for keeping this petition to the fore.

  49. 49
    David Cameron says:

    You’re all fruitcakes, loonies and closet ray systs.

    La la la la la la! I’m not listening!

  50. 50
    Smig says:

    I’d take it a bit further.

    Huge grants fucking dead.

    Set up a pyre for a bonfire of the QUANGOes please.

  51. 51
    Democracy Now says:

    Correction, 1500

  52. 52
    Smig says:

    Have another sig to add to the pile.

  53. 53

    Bleh – the luvvies would welcome a doubleplus vat tax. As long as the proles are paying it.

    100% income tax over average blue-collar wage for any benficiary of film council subsidy. Including the many for-profit overseas producers that have been sponging off us. That *might* just be punitive enough to wake a few of these dimwits up.

  54. 54
    annomymous says:

    like them films,me I do” fuck you jack I’m al-right”.. dead funny ha ha ha

  55. 55
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Bill is obviously suffering from the ‘Do what I say, not what I do’ syndrome. A bit like the overpaid bankers who drone on about ‘enterprise’ and ‘risk’.

  56. 56
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Is this a hypocrite I see before me. (apologies to the great bard)

  57. 57
    Sex Starved Spakker says:

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  58. 58
    WVM says:

    Typical lefty luvvie double standards.

  59. 59
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    True Sophie. And if they make a terrible fuck-up of it they can run to the taxpayer and ask to be bailed out – like you know who.

  60. 60
    Democracy Now says:

    Nonsense. It is not racist. I know for a fact that one of the people who signed it this afternoon is a former Chinese national now with British Citizenship.

    This is about over-population, the quality of life of all the legal residents in this country and the complete and undemocratic failure of the government (and previous governments) to listen to the public.

  61. 61
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I’m afraid you do not understand bureaucracy t says. You have to have the layers of pointless management there to actually make the cuts. Cuts don’t make themselves, you know.

  62. 62
    I don't need no doctor says:

    54 on ….and the multi millionaire Ed Miliband. Ed and his family know much about tax havens.

  63. 63
    Alan Duncan says:

    My mate,Billy Bowden admitted he has a soft spot for men.

    I said ‘is that your tongue or your rectum?’

  64. 64
    Screw-Fix says:

    Give the banks tax breaks then, they make us ore money and provide real jobs plus pay monumental taxes

  65. 65
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Socialist Anarchism”

    #Oxymoron

  66. 66
    Democracy Now says:

    Well done. You and another hundred.

    Only 1400 to go.

  67. 67
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Gross-Rosen?

  68. 68
    I don't need no doctor says:

    That young chap Yves Cooper is spouting rubbish in the house a we speak.

  69. 69
    Call me Infidel says:

    Balls doesn’t know the difference between shit and clay either.

  70. 70
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sorry, Not signing.

    But good luck anyway.

  71. 71
    smoggie says:

    Me too. Wasted bandwidth if ever there was.

    I was rooting for the aliens in the end.

  72. 72
    Democracy Now says:

    Very strangely, about 50 signatures have just been deleted from the total.

  73. 73
    t says:

    O/T Just read elsewhere Dan Han piece, the 81 should set up the Real Consevatives and join forces with Nigel and the UKIP crowd

  74. 74
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Comment at 4:50 under moderation. Beyond belief. Should I have added racist or swear words?

  75. 75
    Democracy Now says:

    And then re-added. What are they playing at in Downing Street?

  76. 76
    t says:

    Is this a reverse Brown blessing?

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    VAT is on every cinema ticket and DVD sale, you nob.

  78. 78
    Democracy Now says:

    Maybe Billy doesn’t live in the UK.

    You have to put your address on for the signature to count.

  79. 79
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No, because its a bonkers policy.

    what do you do if you are one short of 70 million and someone gives birth to twins?

    eugenics?

  80. 80
    I don't need no doctor says:

    It’s only benefit scroungers that can afford meat.

  81. 81
    Democracy Now says:

    If it gets to that stage I will volunteer to live in Australia.

  82. 82
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dont you see how daneroues it is, to give the state the power to control population numbers, china tried with one child per family (check out the results, Babies left in gutters etc), Can you imagine wkeing up the BBC headline “stop fucking, 70 million has been reached”.

  83. 83
    I'll have some of that..... says:

    Well read “Quote of the Day” Nell – at least he doesn’t want to bung £40bn to the IMF to bail out French banks…..whereas Dave and George? They’ll just do what they’re told…..

    Tories need to be very careful that labour don’t move to a Eurosceptic stance….or they’ll be playing catch up all over again….

  84. 84
    Just saying says:

    ore? maybe owe?

  85. 85
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    i pays me taxes every week although i opt out of the politicol levy that the union try to take – why doesnot everybody else – it is alot of money to me.

  86. 86
    Jimmy says:

    “Perhaps “a tiny tax” on every single box-office and DVD sale?”

    What a marvellous idea. You could call it VAT.

  87. 87
    The Bells says:

    scene from Brazil

  88. 88
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Yes, that did sort of leap out of the screen.

    Someone on this blog a few months ago claimed to be a “Neo-Communist Anarchist”.

    The results of Labour’s “Edjookayshun” system.

  89. 89
    I'll have some of that..... says:

    Yeah – but when’s “Sex Lives of the Potatomen 2″ coming out? That’s the real tragedy behind these Fatcherite cuts…..

  90. 90
    Madoff Mandelson's hairdresser says:

    My Lordship asks me to tell you that he is against all these taxes on honest bankers, actors and other members of the Ilk

    He most strenously denies any idea that he is not suffering, having just bought an £8.5 million house

    He is one of us and we are all in this together, especially those who become filthy rich offshore

    (You know the rest)

  91. 91
    Popeye says:

    Yet another pratish leftie. /why oh why do the acting profession attract such a lot of bums?
    Would it be that when they get a good role and big pay off, its socked away offshore. When they are “resting” they live off the backs of us lowly tax payers?

  92. 92
    Chief Commissioner of the Controlled Met says:

    Usual suspects then ?

  93. 93
    Tessa Tickles says:

    PS: “but for it’s members” shouldn’t have a possessive apostrophe.

  94. 94
    Use a Pun, Go to Gaol says:

    “Old Bill clearly hasn’t taken the time, etc” Maybe we should we set the old Bill on Mr. Nighy, see what turns up.

  95. 95
    Democracy Now says:

    Don’t worry, the likelihood would be that the problem would be managed by actually enforcing existing immigration laws properly and turfing out illegals, of which there are several hundreds of thousands (at the most conservative estimates) in London. By also actually checking who is claiming for what, a considerable amount of pressure on resources could be relieved. No-one I know of is interested in eugenics.

  96. 96
    Film critic says:

    Like in France, all the luvvies and lefties howl when their subsidies are taken away

    Not only are they a self-appointed cast who think they are above the common mortal taxpater

    But the films they have produced, with very few exceptions in the last 25 years are pure and total CRAP

  97. 97
    The Bells says:

    I disagree, Use abit of imagination and google and it’s amazing what cheap peasant food you can make for pennies and generaly delicious

  98. 98
    Really? says:

    Possibly behind a paywall, this article from this weekend’s FT Magazine has Lucy Kellaway ask Nighy about his involvement in the Robin Hood campaign.

    [A word from their publishers: High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights.}

    An idea of his thinking on the subject:

    “I’m not a financial expert. The Robin Hood tax seems to me a very simple and beautiful idea. I don’t see the problem. Unless it’s a problem of implementation, and then if that’s the case, as I say, who gives a f***? If you pardon my language. Sorry, I won’t swear again.”

  99. 99
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    See if had worded the petition like that then i might have able to sign, but the fact it talks about the state limiting the population numbers is one the fills me with fear.

  100. 100
    t says:

    The native population is about stable or even dropping

  101. 101
    Tessa Tickles says:

    What? The government listen to the public? You’re joking. It’ll be a cold day in Hell before our politicians do that.

  102. 102
    Tessa Tickles says:

    If the Government stopped using workers’ money to pay bone-idle feckless chavs to breed like rats, the population would start to fall pretty quickly.

  103. 103
    Another scrounging celebrity c*ke snorting hoon says:

    These luvvies live in ivory towers and do not live in real world. They would do well to stop meddling in people’s lives. Another example of a hypocritical luvvie doing more harm than good.

  104. 104
    George Osborne says:

    Nah, a Tobin Tax is a good idea (in so far as it discourages short-term unproductive take-the-money-and-run trades which only increase market volatility) IF it were applied universally in so far as it would provide both a revenue stream which didn’t retard growth and would actually add to market stability, but it’s pretty fucking stupid if you’re the only one doing it because then the financial trading (which is near enough 100% portable) will just bugger off to the US or Asia. Which I’m pretty sure was what Cameron said at PMQs.

  105. 105
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    @TT

    I am all for scrapping child benifit for everyone, I just think this petition is worded wrong and tho it might have the right intentions, it comes across of state control to much, I mean a set figure of 70 million, like i said, what happens when you reach that number?

  106. 106
    Democracy Now says:

    Many quite ordinary think the institutional deafness of our central and local governments have already many aspects of life into a sort of hell. And as for the big freeze, there are people who don’t believe in global warming who will not be surprised if there is some pretty hard winter weather again this year.

  107. 107
    Democracy Now says:

    The same problem arises if the figure were 69,999,999.

    Still, some figure has to be given to get the government to pay attention. Otherwise, they government would just say the demands are too vague. Much of the public are totally fed up with being used for some unaccountable experiment in social engineering that they were never asked they wanted to be a part of.

  108. 108
    Tessa Tickles says:

    There haven’t been many good films in the last 25 years (and I should know, I’ve downloaded most of them). The Oscar-winning Hurt Locker, for example, was truly execrable. And that was, officially, one of the best.

    However, for a truly awful film (co-star Howard Marion-Crawford actually killed himself after seeing the finished product), you have to go back to 1969’s “The Castle of Fu Manchu” starring Christopher Lee. Not even Plan 9 From Outer Space can match it (I’ve got that, too).

    In one scene, where Fu Manchu’s army are attacking the eponymous highly-defended castle, you can see tourists walking about in the background.

  109. 109
    Belle N. Stilton says:

    There’s an expression that comes to mind with Mr Balls that involves “bum,” “both hands,” and “road map.”

  110. 110
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Any power you give the state it Will abuse, just say that the far left B&P get in?

    How would they reduce numbers?

  111. 111
    Disliker of Bankers says:

    Er…w/bankers?

  112. 112
    nell says:

    link?

  113. 113
    jgm2 says:

    ‘Ghandi’ was pretty fucking awful too and it won a shit-load of Oscars.

    And ‘Chariots of Fire’.

    In fact a hat-ful of Oscars seems to be the movie equivalent of an endorsement by the Maximum Imbecile.

  114. 114
    DCI Brian Lane, ret. says:

    The Usual Suspects were Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Pete Postlethwaite et al.

  115. 115
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Fvcking Luvvies, who cares what these drug-addled wasters who live in cloud-cuckoo land think!

    Another symbol od dumb-ass Britain, that the luvvies and their media allies give these idiots a platform to spout shit.

    Someone should point out to these knobs what the difference is between having notoriety and being notable!

  116. 116
    Why not ? says:

    The tax payers who fund The British Film Council should receive a share in the profits of succesful films they have financed.

  117. 117
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Can you be free and safe?

  118. 118
    Lou Scannon says:

    Is this a spin-off from the post-putsch Tossergraph ?

  119. 119
    Tessa Tickles says:

    @ DN and @BB

    It’s correct, you have to have a figure, otherwise clowns such as Jack Straw will get away without spouting the line that “there’s no practical limit to how many can come and live here.”

    There is a limit – the infrastructure; farms, fuel, power, schools, hospitals, care homes. At some point the cost of building, manning and maintaining these would stuff the country and we’d be passing Albania on the down-slope to the Third World.

    David Attenborough subscribes to the view that Britain’s population should be no more than 17.5million, which is even better. He should be PM.

  120. 120
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    The Beeb have so many people in Athens that they are now interviewing each other in front of the parliament building (Messrs. Hewitt and Sopel) on the box last night. This morning I heard John Humphrys on the Today programme “reporting” from Athens. Well, he wasn’t giving a report, he was actually letting us have the benefit of his opinion. There may have been another reason for a trip to the cradle of democracy, have a guess where John has a villa.

  121. 121
    Democracy Now says:

    That group pretend they aren’t but they are really a one-trick pony. Their ideology is nonsense and their racism is unattractive to most people. With proper controls in place, their emotional appeal (and the appel of groups like them) would evapourate.

    If the government were made to do their job properly and actually enforce our immigration laws in the way the public expects, their other ‘attractions’ would be completely undermined.

    The rate of increase in the population will stabilize and reduce fairly naturally if the illegals are made to leave, proper controls put in place to keep further illegal entrant numbers down by intelligent enforcement and incoming legal immigrant numbers kept under proper scrutiny to ensure it is really in the naitonal interest.

    It will take a decade or so to undo the damage of successive waves of illegal entry and secret amnesties, but it is not worth giving up. There is too much at stake, not least the general feeling the public has that the government does not believe in the rule of law or in listening to the will of the public.

  122. 122
    CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

    It shows just how egotistical these luvvies and so called pop stars are when they presume their ignorant politically motivated ramblings are more important than those of us hoi-poloi.

    I, for one, am sick to the back teeth of leftie ham actors telling us how wonderful it would be living under socialism. The Yanks are just as bad – George Feckin Clooney, Alec “Fat Lad” Baldwin, Sean “fisticuffs” Penn, Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon. Tim Robbins etc. They all think their opinions and love for Obarmey matter to us.

    They are just thick actors who are paid to read dialogue written by people better read than they are.

    Egocentric, shallow and probably substance abusers, these are the last people whose opinions I would give any credence to.

  123. 123
    Lou Scannon says:

    Robin Hood indeed – although it’s precisely the sort of twisted thinking you’d expect, I suppose.
    We should call it a ‘Robbing Hood tax’ or a ‘Sheriff of Nottingham tax’ since it’s intention is to rob the poor to pay the rich.

  124. 124
    Tessa Tickles says:

    How would you increase the numbers? You wouldn’t – 70 million is an increase on what we have now (so far as we know – God knows how many this and the previous idiot government let in).

    A large number of people emigrate every year. They go, you don’t let anyone else in, and you stop paying young women of all social classes (but especially chavs) to breed (the breeding-incentive of a free house can be removed, too).

    The population should stabilise. It should do; what it cannot be allowed to do is keep on growing, forever.

  125. 125
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Agreed Billy Bob, someone does a job for a long time and makes a bundle so they must have a gong, mustn’t they?

    I know a bloke who has built up a small building firm from nothing to a very sizeable concern employing dozens and he regularly gives lots to charity in a very discrete way. A success by any measure but he won’t get a gong, they’d rather give it to a game show host with all his money offshore.

  126. 126
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “How would you decrease the numbers?”

    FFS. Oh for an edit button.

  127. 127
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    It’s not about Race, it’s about Space!!

  128. 128
    Post Hoc says:

    Re the Robin Hood tax, the people I would like to rob are the overpaid, overfed and overhere footballers and their agents who rake in an amount that is obscene, even by bankers standards….

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  130. 130
    Ah! Monika says:

    You’ve answered your own question ” bums “

  131. 131
    Democracy Now says:

    It has passed 99,000.

  132. 132
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Why?

    Are your forced to fund the footballers?

  133. 133
    Smokestack El Morocco says:

    During one of my rare forays into the workings of Parliament, i chanced across part of a debate in the house today. The freak show that was unveiled before me was jaw droppingly cringe making both in its simplicity of speech and knuckle dragging partisan blindness of the participants.
    Is this the best we can muster to represent us on the world stage? Are these the brightest sparks of all generations risen to the fore in our hour of need?
    No wonder we’re up shit creek.

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    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Err…. Try “Knob” in future. The word “nob” is a contraction of “nobility”, which I guess is not what you were suggesting.

    Pip pip

  135. 135
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Ah yes, DCI Brian Lane (ret.) Isn’t he one of the cast of “New Tricks” a programme which is affectionatly known in the Triplet household as “Last of the Summer Crime”.

  136. 136
    Smokestack El Morocco says:

    You’re forced to fund the BBC which funds match of the day by funding the premier league.
    Any solutions spring to mind?

  137. 137
    Tachybaptus says:

    Yes, but only if your name is Tony Blair.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    OK fair point ( just thought of it myself), tho cost of MOTD and highlight rights are tiny compared to what Sky pay.

  139. 139
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    It is significant that many MPs have no experience of meaningful employment outside of the political bubble. These days few have any background of senior positions in commerce, industry or the armed forces.

    I once sat in a seminar where a government minister made a surprisingly erudite speech about what the future could hold for the organisation and the industry it represented. At the end, the president of the organisation leant over to me and whispered in my ear, “He’s repeated everything I told him over lunch”.

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    Democracy Now says:

    Fewer than 700 signatures now needed

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    Lou Scannon says:

    Gettysburg ?

  142. 142
    Democracy Now says:

    640 to go

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    Democracy Now says:

    600

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    Anonymous says:

    In response to 113 above, the name is spelt “Gandhi”. It is the Indian word for “Grocer”.

    The Americans awarded the film several Oscars because they approve of the title character. Of course, if Gandhi had been an American Indian, he would have been shot by the local sheriff.

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    Why not ? says:

    The Continuity Conservative Party

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    Democracy Now says:

    Sexist

  149. 149
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    G Man, don’t forget that the Luvvies have a variable view on the law. A banker builds a house on green belt without planning permission and it’s “bankers greed and arrogance”. If it’s another group, then Vanessa Whatserface is there defending an oppressed minority.

    When I saw the picture of her at Dale Farm the caption should have read ‘I’m ready for my close up now Mr. De Mille’.

    Bill, Vanessa and all the other lefty luvvies are self employed and no doubt have clever accountants ensuring they don’t pay the same level of tax that the ‘little people’ do. They have agents that squeeze the most lucrative contracts from the studios. They are often insecure and wear their hearts on their sleeve as they have to keep in with the lefty luvvie crowd who seem to infest the ‘Arts Establishment’, hence the gesture politics of solidarity with whoever is currently indulging in high profile political posturing.

    Whilst all this nonsense goes on, millions of people up and down the country quietly continue to make things, repair things and sell things that other people need. Others keep the essential services running and make the country a place where luvvies can have the luxury of being mountebanks.

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    Bugger Hugh Grant says:

    Youve no idea how much I fucking hated Four Weddings and a Funeral !

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    I Got Bored Of Having A Hundred Monikers.... says:

    Billy what do you fucking care anyway you poof, you’ve no say in the matter as you won’t be producing kids anytime soon by sticking your dick up mens arses.

    And Gays wonder why people get pissed off with them, sticking their noses into eveything and wanting a say when they have already ruled themselves out of the biological running in the first place.

  152. 152
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Labour’s denial continues re the Teresa May staement to the house this afternoon. The hypocrisy of Yvette Cooper is astounding.
    Labour the party that fucks up everything.

  153. 153
    Alan Douglas says:

    Certain actors KNOW they need to be subsidised – who would watch them paying their own money …

    Alan Douglas

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    You see it pays to use vile language to get past moderation.

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    anon. says:

    What is Ed Miliband’s position on the Tobin Tax?

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    wayne trombone, Lord says:

    “The question is, how can we get the ox out of the ditch?” Mr Skinner said. “In order to create jobs in America, you’re going to have to cut taxes… particularly in the business community.
    “We pay some of the highest [corporate] taxes around the world. There needs to be some levelling.”
    Asked about federal borrowing, he said: “It’s not a good story… the government has to spend less. We have to grow the economy, grow GDP… and you have to be able to do it in an organic way and not through borrowings and increasing debt.”
    McDonalds saves your arse

    we need to sharpen up in UK – cut benefits across the board – JFDI. Taxes – any mid income individuals (say 175k income) get flat tax deal) and corp tax 19% all round

    see the economy surge
    even the benefit cu-ts will like it

  157. 157
    BillyBob... says:

    Robin Hood tax?? Take from the hard working and give to the underclass ?? No fecking way !!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Then dont ask me to fund them then (child benifit etc).

  159. 159
    The nation breathes a sigh of relief says:

    Q. How many illigal immigrants are there in Britain?

    A. Theresa May. Who knows? Who cares?
    Conservatives. Tough on illegal immigration, tough on the causes of illegal immigration.

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    Democracy Now says:

    Good advice. I expect nothing but an anticlimax to come of this.

    Nevertheless, only 406 signatures are needed.

    The speed with which the public is signing up is interesting. You would have thought that this afternoon’s exchanges in Parliament would have shown that our rulers really do give a monkey’s about immigration control. But the crowd knows better, it seems…

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    Democracy Now says:

    371

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    BillyBob... says:

    I fecking hate Red Ed…. I am not one of ‘em, but the Old Time Labour guys I know hate the nasal wazzick also !!

  164. 164
    BillyBob... says:

    Send the buggers back………

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    The nation breathes a sigh of relief says:

    Why are you obsessed with a man of no intellect, no answers and no future?
    What do you think of David Camerons alternative view of the EU tomorrow?

  166. 166
    The nation breathes a sigh of relief says:

    Are you getting off on someone dying of cancer?

  167. 167
    Andrew K says:

    From the FT interview

    “To lighten the mood I ask about his clothes, on which he’s famously keen. Today his suit is from Ermenegildo Zegna, he says, and the shirt is, as ever, made by Margaret Howell.”

    Hmm, so that’s £1,400 upwards for the suit (assuming it’s off the peg) and £160 and points north for the shirt . . . . .

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    Democracy Now says:

    279

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    Jim says:

    I enjoy Bill’s films.
    British films are usually leading the World.
    I understand most of the funding comes from taxpayers who are paying such high rates of tax they would rather make a loss funding a British film than pay the Inland Revenue.
    As for any other tax the task is to stop the State spending more money not giving them more to overspend.
    Look at the State Workers almost every week they make the headlines not doing what they are paid to do.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Told you all Essex Police were coruppt!

  171. 171
    Billy's Dirty Arse says:

    Billy, since you dont pay tax on your dole, there is no prospect of you funding anything. I will sign the petition for you.

  172. 172
    Issy Troughing MP says:

    Godalming?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fuck off with your bullshit.

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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha says:

    No seen that sort of temper since Anon tore you 3 new arseholes on consecutive days about 2 months ago,

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    The nation breathes a sigh of relief says:

    What time will the jury find Dr Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s trainer, guilty of killing him so we can move straight on to the lynching?

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    Full refund, Guido's rules, other banal comments etc says:

    If you dont like the bullshit on here, I think you know what you can do

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    Democracy Now says:

    183

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nobody has ever torn me a new arsehole on hear. If you think they have you have never seen one. It fucks me of that you keep posting in my monkier. Get a life. :(

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    Democracy Now says:

    157

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    beware of fakes

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    I Got Bored Of Having A Hundred Monikers.... says:

    Yeah but no one is forced to pay for Sky if they don’t want it…..

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    Democracy Now says:

    87

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    Engineer says:

    I just want fewer taxes. Don’t add more of them to the already heavy burden, or economic activity will grind even slower than it already is.

    Who the hell is Bill Nighy, anyway? He’s not another of these loony lefty economists, is he? “Tax everything at 100% and then we’ll all be equal.” Yes, we’ll all be equally skint.

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    Detective Sergeant Gerald Standing, ret. says:

    The very same, Guv. Bit of an anorak that one, but me mate just the same.

  185. 185
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Uh oh

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15617132

  186. 186
    I don't need no doctor says:

    LABOUR HYPOCRISY STINKS.

  187. 187
    I don't need no doctor says:

    It’s easy to spot the terrorists as they all have black beards. Could it be clearer?

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    Democracy Now says:

    42

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why not give Ed the nob of the year award now. No one else will come near!

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    BillyBob... says:

    Hmmm a champagne socialist…. wow no surprise there then.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Blair, your storm as yet to come.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Lost the argument so you resort to smears, so easy to spot the left are.

  193. 193
    G Papandreou says:

    Watch out for the fakes.
    (The magiritsa is excellent, however.)

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    Democracy Now says:

    100,018

    The electronic thud of merde on fan, courtesy of the Great British Public.

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    BillyBob... says:

    Do they ??

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    shame you resorted to smearing people you dont agree with.

    Anon.

    you really are full of hate.

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    BillyBob... says:

    and the International Criminal Court !!

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    BillyBob... says:

    Doctor…. surely a knob?

  199. 199
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Gordon Browns beard was white?

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    Democracy Now says:

    That was someone else Billy. I stayed out of that.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    you let your mask slip as soon as you accused me of being not from this country (one of your favorites) even tho i tried to debate in civil manner.

  202. 202
    Gottle O' Geer says:

    Benburb?

  203. 203
    Arthur Bent says:

    I solved the confusion. When Teresa May asked for a “pilot” scheme, she meant that only airline pilots should be allowed through immigration without having their biometrics tested.

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    G Brown MIA says:

    I’m here, and I’d just like to say to yaboo to the Telegraph! The PCC says I won and they lost. I never told Rupert I’d smash the tycoon’s media empire. You’ve only got to look at how the Labour Party has treated News International since we lost the election to know that just isn’t true. Oh, and I never tell lies. Who’s Sarah?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I’m a whore in the kitchen, a chef in the living room and a maid in the bedroom.

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    Hacked off real tax payer.... says:

    Please Note E-Petition” No to 70 Million” has now sailed thru 100K signatures, so will be presented to HoC !!

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    Tessa Tickles says:

    Dear David Cameron,

    The euro – and the EU – are going to collapse. Please stop giving Brussels £50million of our money, every day. It’s a waste. We need that money here, not over there. You should have worked this out for yourself, but being an imbecile, you missed it. I’ve therefore pointed it out.

    Thanks,
    TT.

    PS: sack Therease May. Now. Like you, she’s a fucking joke and (like you) completely out of her depth.

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    To Anonymous says:

    FO Knob!

  209. 209
    Tessa Tickles says:

    And like my husband, a whine in the cellar.

  210. 210
    David Cameron, traitor, thief and liar, says:

    “la la la la la la laaa! I’m not listening! la la la”

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    Tessa Tickles says:

    Ah, they’re the ones investigating Chris Huhne’s alleged crimes, aren’t they?

    That doesn’t bode well.

    Met stops investigating Essex police, Essex police ‘drop’ their investigation into Huhne. Funny handshakes all round.

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I am goin to tweet about this

  214. 214
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    if you dont stop i will tweet again

  215. 215
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I found a scokpuppet in my bath once, but we were able to catch it and chuck it out of the window.

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    fake, fuck of

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    The Paragnostic says:

    As a true libertarian, may I claim anarchy for myself? I’m a devotee of Thoreau, and all his philosophy is just anarchy with the recognition that there must be a certain amount of state activity tacked on.

    Anyway – I know what I want and I know how to get it, and I wanna be….

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    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    i did not write this – beware of fakes – i thoght it was just me but maybe others to. enouf is enouf, please stop it

  219. 219
    Pain in the arse says:

    And a obsessive compulsive annoying c’unt on the net and this blog in particular.

  220. 220
    Derek Idle says:

    How’s the “We demand hanging to come back into fashion,” one doing? Or the “We demand a say in our involvement with the EU” Mk II, for that matter?

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    Tessa Tickles says:

    Oh, be fair. Anyone who acted as “mentor” to Bliar deserved to get cancer. I can only hope it was particularly painful.

    I’ve had friends die of cancer, so I know how distressing it is. So, let’s hope Slotgob gets cancer, too, so Bliar can watch her die a (hopefully) slow and agonising death.

    And then let’s hope Bliar himself gets it. Perhaps a lung, first. Then a kidney. Then his prostate. Let’s have bits of him die, bit by painful bit.

  222. 222
    The Paragnostic says:

    Bollocks to all this – off to watch Dr Strangelove. Back in an hour and a bit.

  223. 223
    WVM says:

    Oh dear :(

  224. 224
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    If you dont lick it hear, please feel free to take a full refund and fuck off somewear else

  225. 225
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    how the fuck did you hack my tweetering acount

  226. 226
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockpuppet_(Internet)

  227. 227
    David Cameron says:

    Look, we only have these e-petition things to make it look like I give a rat’s flying fuck what you stupid little peasants think.

    The reality is, I don’t give a fuck. Once your stupid e-petition gets to 100,000, I delete it.

    Fuck you all.

  228. 228
    Democracy Now says:

    Whichever one of you is which (it could be neither of you, for all you know), please be assured that I am not into personal attacks on other people on here unless that are politicians behaving like crooks. (Presumably that rules you out).

    I did speculate that someone might not sign a petition because they are not in the UK. That was not meant as a criticism of anyone or as a smear, merely as an observation, that someone might wish to sign something but not be allowed to.

    Even if you, or one of you, does not agree with the petition, that is not something that bothers me. I can quite undestand peple not signing it: several of my friends certainly would not sign it, and as a wishy washy person who belives in democracy, I can happily live with that.

  229. 229
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Speaking of refunds, have you thought about requesting one from the English department at your old school?

    I think you’d have a pretty strong case. ;-)

  230. 230
    Hariett's Pants says:

    I always thought it odd that Ghandi won the Oscar for best costume design.

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    When I suck lemons, it's the lemons that shrivel up says:

    I understand Bill, I really do, with a face like yours, that resembles an anus recovering from weeping dysentery, you need all the help you can get.

    You should take it easy for a while Bill, I’d say your arse is out like the neck of a wine bottle.

  232. 232
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Your password isn’t “password”, is it?

  233. 233
    Smig says:

    A neo-communist anarchist? WTF?

    I truly despair.

    Sod it, I’ve got beers in the fridge.

  234. 234
    Lou Scannon says:

    and he’s in the red. ….. OMG, McMoron thinks he’s Santa Claus !

  235. 235
    Smig says:

    Team America : World Police
    Film
    Actors
    Guild

    Enough said.

  236. 236
    Smig says:

    100,478 at 20:12

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    annomymous says:

    Thank you Jeremy Thorpe , you can call me Bunny…

  238. 238
    Takis Yurmuni says:

    I do not believe in paying tax and I will take to the streets to keep retirement at 49 on full pension.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Around these parts we say nob, but if you insist knob is fine by me. Leaving out the silent k is a cost saving, but not in this case a I have typed all this drivel, ah well.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    My first reply is under moderation. Only Guido knows why.

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    I'm Spartacus says:

    Billy I don’t know if anyone has told you yet but… you ARE a sockpuppet, as a living breathing individual you don’t exist.

  242. 242

    So who is the Bananaman in Nato?

    He is the senior Nato official who it says had an affair with Katia Zatuliveter, the sperm receptacle of Handycock.

  243. 243
    annomymous says:

    Its no use hiding behind fake names ,WE know who you are,quote the Jock Cop

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    Engineer says:

    Does that mean the Mafia are going bust?

  245. 245
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    On the grounds that Intellectual Property Is Theft, I would be in favour of a tax on copyright royalties.

  246. 246
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is it a bit of Billy Bowden in everyone.

  247. 247
    Engineer says:

    Mildly ironic that Italy’s economy is about to collapse just as Polly Toynbee starts an extended holiday there. Given her public-spirited need to help the poor, I’m sure she’ll bail them out. It’s the right thing to do.

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    nell says:

    If I read that right, a sockpuppet is someone who’s pretending to be who/what they aren’t.

    Does that include militwit, do you think, who is pretending to be the next potential PM of the UK as he pitches his tent with the occupylsx druggies and abusers of the British Legion.

  249. 249
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Has Greece room for another 60 million people?

  250. 250
    Engineer says:

    We’ve got enough taxes. We don’t need more of them.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yes, she will write colum for the Guardian asking for donations to the Italian Government.

    (and charge the italian government for the article)

  253. 253
    nell says:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100116063/does-ed-miliband-really-want-to-be-prime-minister-or-is-this-just-his-extended-political-gap-year/

    miliband’s latest bandwagon – occupylsx – not going down very with his own shadow ministers and supporters.

  254. 254
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Watch channel 4 now, it’s about Greece.

  255. 255
    robin hoodlum says:

    Forget the Tobin Tax, just extend VAT.

  256. 256
    Kill Bill part 2 says:

    As someone who unfortunately produced a movie with Bill, I can tell you that the hook handed, chain smoking millionaire socialist didn’t bring any of his ‘ success ‘ to my project. I should have got the tax payer to fund it….

  257. 257
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    Kill Bill part 2 says:

    He also didn’t ask for a lower salary or for me to donate some of it to the less deserving. He also enjoyed a driver, a 5 star hotel and a fawning assistant to light his horrible fags every 2 minutes….

  259. 259
    Goldilocks says:

    Do stop whingeing down there you little oik. Can’t you see we the entitled are getting on with the job we were born and educated to do, keeping you people in your well deserved state of penury, and it’s not that easy I can tell you, Gideon and I have to work flat out at it, so just shut up.

    We’re getting out our high speed train plans out now, so we can get home from HoC in the manner which we deserve, which means you lot’ll have to stump up a lot more of your hard earned cash before we’re through.

  260. 260
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The Miliband Bandwagon Tour spins on and on. You can buy t shirts with the slogan “Opportunist” printed on the front and back.

  261. 261
    Yorkshire Man says:

    Hey up fucking hell, bums against the wall lads Billy’s back!

  262. 262
    Up the Workers says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

    And it’s the same with Arts Council grants. They whinge about cuts to theatre grants, thinking they have a God-given right to be subsidised by the taxpayers, even now. If people think a theatre is worth running, let them get sponsorship or put plays on that people will pay to see. 13 years’ of Labour luvviedom – they’ve been spoilt. Welcome to the real world. (By the way, Bill Nighy, Richard Curtis, the BBC – socialist circles within socialist circles, isn’t it?)

  263. 263
    Kill Bill part 2 says:

    Best film ever!

  264. 264
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Seen it. Never liked John Travolta that much anyway ;-)

  265. 265
    I don't need no doctor says:

    It’s the word, it’s the word, it’s got meaning.

  266. 266
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Triplet, you do not speak with forked tongue.

  267. 267
    I don't need no doctor says says:
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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Eee bye gum lad does thee not like a bit o bum, or doe thee prefer a clagged up sheep?

  269. 269
    Up the Workers says:

    ++claps++

  270. 270
    nell says:

    I think maybe we’re better off here, with our own problems, away from the euro and the vicious bullying that the euro nations are getting from the poison french dwarf and his german hausfrau sidekick.

    I don’t know about anyone else but, for me, that blatant french and german bullying of other nation states in order to get their own way has been a shocking eye opener.

  271. 271
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    That odd chap outside Marks & Spencer with the sandwich board was right. The end really is Nighy.

  272. 272
    nell says:

    It should read ‘immature opportunist’

  273. 273
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    nell says:

    I wonder if she’s as good a comedy writer in italian as she is in english?

  275. 275
    Lou Scannon says:

    Yep – out crook-ed by the EU.

  276. 276
    nell says:

    No but the BeeGees music was great!

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    Up the Workers says:

    But have you noticed Nell, they just employ the same few actors over and over again. By the way, maybe part of the Telly Tax ought to be given to the Arts Council every year to support theatres and the like if that is what is needed. That would be better than the BBC wasting millions every year on ridiculous wages and shiny new buildings that arn’t even needed.

  279. 279
    Yorkshire Man says:

    What’s up with thee lad, cat got your tongue?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Depends if she has had her champagne

  281. 281
    Bloated Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Beggars belief, doesn’t it? I noticed that Steven Nolan of Radio 5 Labour went there as well last week, but apparently only for 2 days or so. I mean, WTF? Have they got money to burn?

  282. 282
    Yorkshire Man says:

    Rather a sheep shagger than a uphill gardener as me old man used to say!

  283. 283
    Yorkshire Man says:

    Am a Yorkshire man me, I speak me mind a say what a like and I like what a bloody well say!

  284. 284
    David One-Term Cameron says:

    I’m investing in Gould Campbell. Any port in a storm.

  285. 285
    Up the Workers says:

    ++LOL++

  286. 286
    The Bells says:

    Nothing wrong with a bit of knowledge!

  287. 287
    Up the Workers says:

    ‘media allies give these idiots a platform to spout their shit’ = BBC. (See also Hugh Grant.)

  288. 288
    George Osbought says:

    I prefer Cockburns.

  289. 289
    Verdict imminent on Conrad Murray says:

    He’s bad.

  290. 290
    Bloated Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Well, the cost of MOTD could easily be reduced by sacking Lineker, Hanson and Shearer. Either that or pay them 10% of their current salaries.

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    I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

    Sorry to sound bitchy, darling, but Mr Nighy is at best a one-note actor. Every performance is the same – even, monotonous, as if he’s reading from a mobile idiot board. His delivery is the aural equivalent of watching paint dry.

  292. 292
    nell says:

    Ah the eminent doctor is guilty.

    I suppose that’s a fair verdict – he did after all administer the propofol that michaelj demanded and had the unlimited funds to buy.

  293. 293
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “thick communist opportunist cunt”

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    Cameron Is A Cunt! says:

    When are the Lefty Luvvies going to understand that the rest of us do not want to be forced to support their “artistic” endeavours in any way whatsoever. If your “art’ is so wonderful and so essential then go and get someone who wants to back that sort of thing to cough up, don’t steal that money from me you fucking selfish and greedy tossers.

  295. 295
    AC1 says:

    A Tobin tax is not a good idea and doesn’t discourage speculation (ONLY lowering credit volume does that).

    All banks would pay the idiotic tobin tax which means there’d be no way of competing (except in a wise state that opted out of it) so it would just get passed onto the consumer through higher costs.

    So less volume but the same momentum = HIGHER VOLATILITY.

    Tobin tax = More violent and sudden moves in pricing. Good for the politically connected, bad for consumers.

    Please cut and paste the above where people advocate the King John Tax.

  296. 296
    Anonymous says:

    somebody has hacked into the tosser’s twitter account – ha fucking ha

  297. 297
    AC1 says:

    And we should also be able to grow money trees from the skittles the unicorns shit.

  298. 298
    AC1 says:

    and starved.

  299. 299
    nell says:

    “Good old Tom Watson! First this credit to the office of parliamentarian led the charge on the phone-hacking scandal – thus helping dismantle a media-industrial complex that has had British politics in an armlock for three decades, and giving us all much innocent fun along the way.
    Now, thanks to his Freedom of Information request, we’re all going to find out what work David and Samantha Cameron have had done to the bathroom of their Downing Street flat. Carpet or tiles? Do they have a bidet? Is it avocado? Does he have one of those fancy shower-heads like a dustbin lid, or is it one of those rubber stethoscope jobs you wiggle onto the taps? Oh, what bliss. Watson is a genius. I’d just urge him to be very careful when crossing the road from now on”

    Bless. twatson is desperate to know that cameron never spent more on his bathroom than twatson did whilst claiming off expenses from us!!

  300. 300
    Banana Man says:

    I didn’t know zat I vas following ze handycok in after ze slime. Uuuuuugh!

  301. 301
    AC1 says:

    > Of course culture is a merit good and should be funded by the taxpayers/government.

    I disagree, How do I opt out of this “merit”?

  302. 302
    AC1 says:

    Only one actor I’ve heard good things about…

    Gary Sinise

  303. 303
    AC1 says:

    I see you’ve found another believer in Juche.

  304. 304
    AC1 says:

    I liked it.

  305. 305
    AC1 says:

    Maybe we can leave it to customer demand and retire the immoral concept of extortion funding for entertainment…

  306. 306
    Tessa Tickles says:

    +1

    I suspect the lefty luvvies think what they’re doing is for “the good of the people”, so the people should be forced to pay for it.

    Choice is not something lefty mongs comprehend (qv, that soviet monstrosity, the NHS).

  307. 307
    Ah! Monika says:

    E-petition launched by Migrationwatch, urging population levels to be stabilised, reaches 100,000 mark

  308. 308
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Michael Jackson didn’t have unlimited funds – he was as financially illiterate as Brown & Balls, and every bit as broke.

    What is amusing is that Jackson had a brother (I learned tonight) called Randy.

    I think that’s funny, anyway. Rapacious kiddy-fiddler Michael had a brother called Randy.

  309. 309
    Blair's cocksucker says:

    In addition to her relationship with a NATO official and leader Hancock, Zatuliveter had a relationship with “a Dutch diplomat” in 2004 and a UN official.

  310. 310
    Tessa Tickles says:

    What’s the point? Cameron ignores e-petitions.

    In his book, the public can go fuck themselves. Heir to Blair indeed.

  311. 311
    Occupy says:

    I wonder how she would feel about a bunch of people turning up outside her villa with a few tents.

  312. 312
    AC1 says:

    and any capitalist would say No! The corporate marxists that we have, unfortunately have a different opinion.

  313. 313
    AC1 says:

    They turned me into a newt.

    I got better.

  314. 314

    Now why can’t occupy have protesters like this one outside the Vatican:

    http://tinyurl/cts7mq4

  315. 315
    AC1 says:

    Probably due to a cache/seeing different copies of the signature databases on different machines.

  316. 316
  317. 317
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    +2

    I wouldn’t even mind so much if everything they produced wasn’t some shitty variation on a Palestinian muslim lesbian paraplegic socialist with dyslexia and the “difficulties” she faces living in Bradford.

  318. 318
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Certainly works for me!

  319. 319
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “So many benefits, so little time.”

    “Plus, the application forms aren’t in my particular dialect of Swahili.”

  320. 320

    I would support that … one hand each side.

  321. 321
    AC1 says:

    > why do the acting profession attract such a lot of bums?

    Narcissism. Lefties and luvvy Ak-tours both find common ground in it.

  322. 322

    Is it my imagination or does Carlos the Jackal look like a certain Mr Basil Fawlty?

  323. 323
    AC1 says:

    10% of 1.4M = 140 Grand.

    pay them about 3% of their current salaries.

  324. 324
  325. 325
    AC1 says:

    Actually the ones to look out for are those with red dye on their beards and a bump on their heads.

  326. 326
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    you would not know what to do with her

  327. 327
    nell says:

    Well of course one accepts that he had no appreciation of money or how to look after it – he was after all paying the eminent dr £93k a month! I feel sure he could have got better value for less money.

    But he wasn’t exactly penniless – he did leave his children £200million in royalties.

    I’m sure you and I wish we could do the same but we shan’t.

  328. 328
    Yorkshire Man says:

    Ye lass, he’s a slimy two faced turncoat that one and would sell his grandmother if he could get a bob or two for her.

  329. 329
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    neither, you have no idea how dificult it is to be the star of this site and i am geting more fucked of at what is goin on all the time

  330. 330
    Tessa Tickles says:

    +1 LOL :-)

  331. 331
  332. 332
    Yorkshire Man says:

    I’d call that projection mr Billy poofter, what does thee think to that then!

  333. 333
    Polly Twintub says:

    I am delighted to inform you that I have never seen Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    It sounds positively ghastly.

    And neither Kenneth Branagh nor any of his friends was in it..so I would never watch it.

  334. 334

    I am likely to know rather more than some **** who gets his rocks off posting as Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! ffs.

  335. 335
    nell says:

    I think he looks like our pal hancock the russian spy from plymouth!

    Anyway apparently he’s a marxist (the jackal that is not hancock though chances are he also is) so no doubt militwit, who descends from a long line of marxists will be jumping on the bandwagon to excuse the jackals ‘crimes’.

    It’ll be something like , driven to this by poverty, misguided fight to help the poor, government brutality caused the terrorism……..

  336. 336
    Pedant#1 says:

    Luvvie twat.

  337. 337
    AC1 says:

    VAT is the worst tax. It’s another tax on working, which means fewer jobs.

  338. 338
    Conrad Murray says:

    I can administer some propofol in to you if you like Billy, it’ll make all those bad feelings go away and it’s white and sticky too :)

  339. 339

    Remember Ruby?

    http://tinyurl.com/7drpcby

    AKA Karima El Mahroug.

  340. 340
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I bet he has. I bet there’s some Chinese executive walking around Beijing, with Cameron’s granny’s liver inside him.

    And perhaps one of her lungs.

    At weekends, Cameron winks at one of his Range Rovers. “Thanks, Gran!”, he winks.

  341. 341
    Britain the madhouse says:

    More like Dick Turpin tax and at least he had the decency to wear a mask, mind you a mask would be an improvement for most of the proposers. dopey twunts.

  342. 342
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Just started a fund to pay for Conrad Murray to become David Cameron’s private doctor when released…. all donations welcome

  343. 343
    nell says:

    Sir Luvvie Twit – stephen fry!!

  344. 344
    Tessa Tickles says:

    But, Polly, it’s got Nazis in it.

    Big, strong, Nazis. In uniform.

  345. 345
    Wessies motto (west yorkshireman) says:

    See all hear all say nowt,
    Eat all, sup all, pay nowt
    an if tha iver does owt fer nowt
    allus do it fo’ thissen.

  346. 346
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Now you’ve hit on a key point there, which the defence might have missed. The doctor was paid £93,000 per month.

    What doctor – or any employee, for that matter – who earns ninety three thousand pounds per month, wants their employer dead?

  347. 347
    Conrad Murray says:

    You’ll love it Billy I promise, just give me a call any time night or day!

  348. 348
    Conrad Murray says:

    Now there’s someone I’d propofol for nothing.

  349. 349
    Tessa Tickles says:

    David Cameron has private medical insurance, and therefore already has a private doctor.

    All senior civil servants have private medical insurance as a perk of the job.

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the NHS, is it?

  350. 350
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I get tax breaks, it’s called MP’s expenses. I’ve been shagging on them for years.

  351. 351
    Sir Reginald Titbrain [Decd.] says:

    Yesterday’s man. Still thinks he’s important but is utterly out of touch. Bit like Bill Nighy, who seems to think the average Joe cares a toss about the British Film industry.

    Tracy Emin is another; she excelled herself last week with an Olympic poster of such mediocrity as would have earned a school kid a clip round the ear in the good old days.

    Must go. I have to work out where best to see the Olympic Torch go by. Australia seems just about right.

  352. 352
    Conrad Murray says:

    If I’d of been a white man what do you think would of happened?

  353. 353
    Jeff says:

    NHS is fucking shit I wouldn’t take my dog there, it’s run for the doctors and nurses and NOT the patients who I may add DO pay for their so called medical treatment.

  354. 354
    annomymous says:

    *Tweet*… Meet under Black friars bridge ,…. wear a warm coat,… and bring a Brick…………. ( Its for you Billy)

  355. 355
    Pipe Smoker says:

    Just seen Twatson on Newsnight. God he’s a fat tosser!

  356. 356
    Arthur Bent says:

    Sorry you haven’t a clue.

  357. 357
    annomymous says:

    Be careful what you wish for Jacko 50 tour Guinness word record. well *sky *, A Record Breaker says consumed more propophol than any other human being

  358. 358
    gman says:

    Yeah fuck the Tobin tax. Lets just nationalize 50% of all of them and tax them more directly on their profits.

  359. 359
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    Tax is theft, both Guido and the actor are wrong.

  360. 360
    John Bercow says:

    I’m a dwarf tosser.

  361. 361
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    You know something, this site was meant to be about politics, instead it has become nothing but a place slag eachother off (spelling/grammar/sexuallity), the target off this site used to be those we elect and the hangers-on yet somehow it has changed.

    I believe in free speech which means i dont want any speech restricted, but i ask this.

    After 13 years of equailty bollocks from the government is this the type of debate we have dumbed down to?

    Guido and all of us are to blame, we all stand by and do nothing, we stand by and watch when people get bullied, we stand by when they are abused and we atnd by when they get thier heads kicked in.

    “I despise what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it, but would you ever extend that right to others?”

  362. 362
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

  363. 363
    joescotus says:

    ah hit the nail on the head ……i’ve never seen a variation ever.. saw an impressionist do him once(the impressionist was better than him )

  364. 364
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I’m just a tosser.

  365. 365
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Very strange, I’ve just farted and it smelt of sugar puffs.

  366. 366
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    They BBC reporters weren’t so quick to go to Iceland. Pity, they could have eaten Icelandic pissed-on rotten shark on Beeb expenses.

  367. 367
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I just prefer cock, the burns are an optional extra :)

  368. 368
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I never think of cu’nt

  369. 369
    D L George says:

    I quite liked it too.

    The one to avoid would be Transformers 3.
    Mark Kermode’s hilarious 1 minute review…

  370. 370
    Sally Bercow says:

    I’m a dwarf-tosser. Chuka, would you care to join me ?

  371. 371
    joescotus says:

    08.11.11 what fucking day.. get up at 9 just in time to catch the mathew whshite show on ch5..terry christian( constant to the factor o20000 pie fucking squared )marxist c*unt …totally unfunny lesbo bruiser next to him ,,why are they all boot fucking ugly? larry lamb ,, who fucking cares.

    sleep , fed, settle grandaughter wonder what fucking foreign bastard is going to fuck her future up
    round off the day with docu on why out of 46 men jailed for grooming young white girls 40 belong to the hamilton acckie brigade?

  372. 372
    not a machine says:

    I always enjoy a bit of Kelvin Mckenzie , I feel as though there is a decision to be made against political entropy , alas as the day progressed , there was a lot of strain , a few tacit points , an ecnomic paper the PM hadnt read and it was left to simmer . The new show is Berlosconies 2 days of trouble , however like an argentinian tango the dance progresses . Ed decided it was a good subject to get stuck into Dave on making the most of Daves apparent inability to turn debt into a deal at the g20 , I pondered what if in some alternate life , Ed had been in the driving seat , and was making the statement
    “Mr speaker I would like to inform the house of what took place at the recent Cannes G20, the global crisis which started in America and which Labour steered the UK through , has now come to a better agreement at the g20 , we will be assisting the eurozone , by investing in it , the house should not worry about matters like contagion , for when our far sighted previous PM signed the Lisbon treaty , he had in mind that such a situation as this may arise and we would need to chip in and lose any sense of being seperate from the now capitol of euroland , Berlin “Iche bein Ine Berliner ” as one USA president said and soon so shall we . Further good news at the meeting was that a whole new branch of goverment is to be set up , the truth and debt reconciliation ministry is to be headed by one our top british finance experts ,none other than Chancellor ed Balls , ensuring that investing our money in our shared debts is the right thing to do ……..”

    the curious mantra at the moment takes little account of what a post bazooka eurozone would look like , that is when we have legged ourselves in soo deep that talk of ecnomic recovery becomes meaningless and food handouts become the new jobless help . Very odd isnt it when no apparent solution is at hand on standard ecnomic models , Ed has no solution does he ? like the rest of labours ecnomic strategty , avoiding any connection between what they said at EU meetings , what they were doing to the Uk economy , debts allover the place and never a solution .Where is Blairs or the ruins great speech on reigning in eurozone debts or reapitalising eurozone banks post 2008 ?? absent?, in hiding ?? a prisoner of political fortune ?? Labour were the originators of the do nothing conferences on debts .

    Rather biased mental health package on NN , what about mental health cures that dont need drugs ?? mentioned nothing about how many have mental health issues through recreational drugs , and Labours ask frank approach to advice and free use ? I seem to recall prozac was the wonder drug when labour came in , god only knows what alhiezmer pateients have had to endure in terms of cocktail big pharma fixes , soon have that drug that negates christianity , then those that practise it will be deemed , you know medically and scientifically , a bit wrong in the head and outlawed .

    Cranmer has interesting bit , but no point in telling Dave and George they seem sure gay marriage is an election winner , all he needs now is to introduce licscenced sharia compliant brothels and smack palaces and he will have truly modernised the conservative brand .

    If Dave and george cant make there mind up on when best time is to abondon the EU and UKIP or BNP dont seem comfy then how about a new right party “Noahs ark party” slogan we only get to the end of the rainbow when all the debt has drained away….

    Only a lawyer could have dreamt up “involuntary manslaughter” I was still trying to work out if voluntary manslaughter was also a charge ?

    nighty night , keep yer eyes on Frances stats.

  373. 373
    not a machine says:

    Its when you start passing multi coloured cheerios that you should seek medical help Billy (or fake Billy)

  374. 374
    Astor Ledger says:

    A librarian balances the books, by all accounts. That’s how to get ahead with Chinese Pilates.

  375. 375
    Lou Scannon says:

    It should be called Value Subtracted Tax because that’s what it does – subtract value. Too logical, I guess.

  376. 376
    Saif Gaddafi, Imam says:

    I’m free.

  377. 377
    Les Abbey says:

    Don’t be such a silly dickhead Guido. You can do better than this.

  378. 378
    Not long to wait ...... says:

    From the country that thought the best way to celebrate the Millenium was a sort of second rate trade fair you shouldn’t really be surprised …..I await the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics with an equal measure of dread and anticipation….

  379. 379
    Ice_Road_Mother says:

    Daytime TV exists to prick your conscience.
    What are you doing in the house?
    Should you not be doing something more productive and not wasting the Gas?
    If you work shifts then there is always OT, Charity work or TM.
    Personally I dread 9:15, since I realise that the only background TV wallpaper is BeeB Leftist-24, MurderUsDock News or Matthew’s MultiDreamcoat Show.
    By way of political comment – is it just I – or does Strictly come on 7 Days per week now?

  380. 380
    Anonymous says:

    Yes: our money. Glimpsing how they spend it somehow makes it worse than just having it stolen outright by an anonymous thief.

  381. 381
    albacore says:

    Since the inception of digital TV, with its Donald Duck reception off air around here 24/7, it exists purely to take the piss out of your paying the TV licence fee.

  382. 382
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    A grey and cloudy day over most of the U.K today with light rain and drizzle at times. Mist and hill fog this morning as well. Feeling mild with a moist airmass. The best of any sunshine will be across north western areas of Scotland after a chilly and frosty start and maybe western Ireland and Wales later. xx

  383. 383
    Cynic says:

    I run a business> i want a Government Quango to give my clients millions of pounds so they can employ me at above market rate to make products that lose all the cash because the punters don’t buy enough of them. Please

  384. 384
    Well it's a thought says:

    FFS Billy get a life, your turning into a twitter purveyor ,sports and weather nutter, you missed out the big black near earth object due to pass tonight and the paper plane flight from near space as in the El Reg.

  385. 385
  386. 386
    G Eagle Eaq says:

    It seemeth that Mr Nighy hath (apparently) discovered a TAX that is SWEET and (apparently) painless, at least (he thinks) for him

    …. rather like the CLEVER Tax-Raid on Pensions by the sagacious Mr Brown, the Pension Snatcher, which has removed over £70 billion from UK Pension funds since 1997 …. and which the Tories are continuing at a yearly cost of £6 billion to our Pensions

  387. 387
    Well it's a thought says:

    Six weeks and those battery chargers are going to be expensive or dead cheap, PV or not to PV that is not the question.

  388. 388
    Well it's a thought says:

    Just like the robbing get taxes these tossers want , they will winge and cry their bloody heads off when the banks start charging higher charges to cover this gambling tax, head we lose, tails we lose.

  389. 389
    Anonymous says:

    What happens now, will it get mentioned on the BBC, or have I missed it?

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/19658

  390. 390
    John & Yoko says:

    Give Piers A Chance

  391. 391
    Veggie Perrin says:

    I’m a salad tosser.

  392. 392
    Airey Belvoir says:

    This will make no difference. The size of the population is whatever the Governnent decides to tell us it is, as it owns the statistical information. So if it is politically useful to say that the population is well under 70 million, that is what we will be told. The census is a pretty blunt instrument anyway, given the number of illegals living under the radar.

  393. 393
    Dick the Butcher says:

    with the best vomiting scene ever.

  394. 394
    Anybody But Ed says:

    Bill Nighy= NOB!

  395. 395
    Displaced Brummie says:

    So, let’s get this clear. Bill is such a poor actor that he needs a tax subsidy. Well, he has a point.

  396. 396
    I don't need no doctor. says:

    Eeee bye gum it’s that there modern techo stuff, tinternet me arse.

  397. 397
    Owlett says:

    Don’t read things so literally. It’s symbolic and a nominal figure you gherkin.

  398. 398
    Really? says:

    It would be helpful to know what she is angry about.

  399. 399
    Really? says:

    Nope.

  400. 400

    It’s no good you all slagging off Mr Nighy on line.
    For one thing he doesn’t have a computer and for another he’s too busy wandering round Caterham reliving his youth.


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