November 11th, 2011

Is Being a Dickhead No Longer Cool?

The East London Tech City is the pet project of some of the trendier inhabitants of No 10. Yesterday Dave announced 600 new businesses have started up in the area Old Street.

He also appointed a “Tech City Ambassador” – Ben Hammersley of Wired. A King of the Dickheads, if you will…


  1. 1
    Guttah Pwess says:

    They are twats but so are you fat boy.

  2. 2
    Ed the Axeman says:

    What the plonkers don’t realise is that you don’t need a silicon anything unless its page three you want to appear on.

    What you need to get fledgling industries going is to cut the losses and raise the profits.

    That means lower taxes on gains
    It means lower regulation
    It means lower business rates
    It means flexible working environments

    That not surprisingly works for other businesses too.

    However, they have fucked up the government accounts that they are desperate for any cash.

    Just remember the next time you hear growth mentioned, that the liar speaking the words has left out that they really mean growth in tax revenues.

  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    So where does this leave Tom watson (headline)?

    And did Ed get his wish for a emercency summit?

  4. 4
    Senator Blood N'Gore says:

    By trendy Mr. Cole do you mean the Hiltonator, Steve Hilton (Guru).

  5. 5

    There are more new business start-ups in the Kings Cross area every night.

  6. 6
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    What time does it start in King’s Cross?

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t about silicone valley, looks like Dave is having a sneaky peek down happy valley if you get my drift!

  8. 8
    With friends like Gordon who needs enemies? says:

    It seems that Gordon has upset Sarko by talking down the French economy.

    Sarko faces eletions in May and his main oponent will be a Socialist.

    How would Gordon have reacted if a previous French president had criticised his handling of the British economy?

    To read the extracts from Sarah’s diary the reader would think that the Sarkozys and the Browns were good friends. But just as they trashed their other good friends the Murdochs and the Brooks’s Gordon is now turning on Sarkozy.

  9. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    Oh Guido/Neo Guido

    As there no prize for this weeks caption contest does that mean there will be no winner?

  10. 10
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    How many of those 600 companies actually make money?
    How many of them do anything useful?

  11. 11

    Remember that old expression: Winning is not everything.

    Well, here Winning is not Anything…

  12. 12
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Chris Morris was ahead with Nathan Barley; rent in Old Street / Shoreditch environs cheaper than Soho.

  13. 13
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

  14. 14
    AC1 says:

    Malignant Narcissists and their beards don’t have friends.

  15. 15
    geek guerilla says:

    Durr , this site is a consequence of silicon success, or is it?

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  17. 17
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Remember Billy, caption contests must not produce winners.

  18. 18
    Bully Don Club says:

    When your only “friends” left are Damian McBride, Tom Watson and Ed Balls, it is time to ask yourself very searching questions.

  19. 19
    AC1 says:

    Because their presence would make the Religion of Peace attack them.

  20. 20
    AC1 says:

    Because their presence would make the P43do prophet followers attack them.

  21. 21
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    So your answer is:
    a) one
    b) none

  22. 22
    Allan Akbar says:

    I keel you for this!

  23. 23
    Smig says:

    When the big hand touches the little hand.

  24. 24
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I was going to say, I’m pretty sure he does fancy women, esp italian model quality ones, and he’s a lot better than the people who actually call themselves socialists. But then I realised my mistake.

  25. 25
    Tony says:

    Yep, that video just about sums it all up

  26. 26
  27. 27
    Gordon Brown says:

    Good Luck to the Republic of Ireland tonight.

  28. 28
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    OK, so lets change that to

  29. 29
    ex-Tory says:

    I work in EC1 and the media/digital industry has been growing around here for 5yrs+. Its a private sector, enterprise success story. It has nothing to do with State intervention whatsoever The slimey PR man, Cameron, is trying to hijack it to claim its all down to him. Just like Balir

  30. 30
    Smig says:

    Are they having another bail-out?

  31. 31
    nell says:

    It’s pity that people like them and the poppy burners keep trying to politicise the poppy for their own tawdry purposes.

    It’s also a pity that those people don’t do something worthwhile with their lives like all the ordinary ( or rather extraordinary) men and women of the British Legion whose only aim is to ‘ respect the dead and care for the living’

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  33. 33
    Spacker Brown says:


  34. 34
    It could be you Shamus. says:

    No, they have bought 10 billion euro Lottery tickets.

  35. 35
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Classic Cameron…The Silicon Tit

    Tech City started by Brown in 2008. Within a few month 15 IT dedicated companies moved in to Tech City

    There are over 1000 companies / sole traders registered in the area, and The Silicon Tit is counting companies / sole traders that have been there both prior to 2008 and in most cases have nothing to do with IT. These include marketing agencies, lawyers, architects, photographers, PR firms, art galleries, financial services and dance studios etc. Many of which have just relocated to the area. …Classic Cock Head

  36. 36
    TaT Piss soaked tramp and part time rent boy says:

    Even if there was a winner it wouldn’t be you
    you’re about as funny as a fire in an orphanage

  37. 37
    A proscribed organisation recently banned says:

    Onward Christian soldiers!

    Not in your name?

  38. 38
    Jimmy says:

    Just seen the Old Bill have been rounding up rightwingers from the Red Lion.

    You ok?

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    This is why governments should not do enterprise zones and the like, they hardly ever work and usually cost more money than they create. The best enterprise areas just spring up where the conditions are right, there is no need for governments to force them up

    That Solar energy chappy said all new teccnology needs government subsidy. No it doesn’t that is the last thing it needs as you end up with something useless and wasteful. The internet wasn’t created by government subsidy, the PC wasn’t and neither were the canals and railways.

    It’s the government’s job to put in place the right conditions for growth, it is not the government’s job to interfere.

  40. 40
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Just had to steal this picture of a rare sighting of Gordon Brown !
    It’s a fucking classic !

  41. 41
    Smig says:

    They’re going to be pissed off. I’ve got the winning ticket.

  42. 42
    The Paragnostic says:

    In{sufi}ccient towels being worn on heads, I presume.

  43. 43
    Smig says:

    His tailoring has improved.

  44. 44
    The Cabinet Secretary says:

    That looks more like Sarkozy.

  45. 45
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I bet Milimong booked a suite and caught a flight to Brussels this morning. Right now he’s probably sat in a hotel conference room, by himself, gazing stupidly out of the window at the rain as he waits for the eurozone’s prime ministers, finance ministers, presidents et al to walk through the door and warmly shake his hand.

    The cleaners will wake him up tomorrow morning.

  46. 46
    The Paragnostic says:

    “the internet wasn’t created by government subsidy”

    Well, unless you count the US DARPA as an arm of government…

    Silicon Roundabout’s all trendy fuckwits, most of whom will fail, and none of whom will produce anything that a sane person would want anyway. A circle jerk for Apple fans and other ginger types.

  47. 47
    t says:

    Fantastic photo, it’s what I imagined

  48. 48
    carry on up william hague says:

    new openings?

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    There are so many IT people in East London, when I went to East Ham few years ago I thought I have some how landed in Bombay.

  50. 50
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    This is good news! Soon there won’t be anyone who’ll give Gordoom the time of day.

    That also means his outside work will eventually dry up.

    Excellent news!

  51. 51
    The Paragnostic says:

    He probably got confused and flew to Bruges instead.

    But isn’t he manly when he’s masterful and telling Europe what to do?

  52. 52
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    Today would ba a good day for all members of Parliament to resign.

  53. 53

    Gordon Brown goes on a state visit to Israel. While he is on a tour of Jerusalem he suffers a heart attack and passes away. The undertaker tells the British diplomats accompanying him, “You can have him shipped home for £500,000 or you can bury him here, in the Holy Land, for just £100.”

    The British Diplomats go into a corner and discuss for a minute. They come back to the undertaker and tell him they want Gordon shipped home.

    The undertaker is puzzled and asks, “Why would you spend £5,000,000 to ship him home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only £100? With the money you save you could help pay back some of the deficit, help pay for the Olympic Games or help the elderly”.

    The British Diplomats replied, “Long ago a man died here, was buried here and three days later he rose from the dead. We just can’t take the risk.”

  54. 54
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

  55. 55
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I wonder if they would still feel the same way if the UK still had military service.

    Doubt it.

  56. 56
    annette curton says:

    Lol, I would have thought it was about time that the media picked up on the fact that Rab C Nesbitt is still collecting £65,000 a year and all found. The BBC have gone from their saviour of the world fawning coverage of the moral compass to a tacit agreement that he never existed (just too embarrassing).

  57. 57
    carry on up william hague says:

    lets ope ee doesnt cum all over french on t’cleaners

  58. 58
    carry on up william hague says:

    mental guru as t’ late marc bowlem wud ave called im

  59. 59
    The Paragnostic says:

    “…that have been there both prior to 2008 …. Many of which have just relocated to the area.”

    Typical fucking socialist – wanting it both ways.

    You thought that your poor writing style would make us miss that little contradiction, didn’t you?

  60. 60
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I would be so happy if this were true.

  61. 61
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I actually find the thought of a fire in an orphanage to be very, very, funny. Very funny indeed.

    Especially a fire at an orphanage late on Christmas Eve; the excited children lying in bed, listening to an unusual crackling noise in the hallway outside their dormitory. “Oooh,” they squeal with joy, “that must be Santa! Santa’s bringing our mummies and daddies back to us for Christmas!” squeal the soon-to-be-very-disappointed orphans.

    Ha ha ha!

  62. 62
    carry on up william hague says:

    define “here”

  63. 63
    The Paragnostic says:


    It’s OK to harass the haram then, is it? Fucking dhimmi bastards.

  64. 64
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Theres a bit of truth in it, but of course governments tend to pay more to things that stroke their vanities.
    Jet engine technology gets paid for by governments for example.

    Theres a great big black hole for money when doing fairly speculative science/engineering, where most companies wouldnt want to risk. Kind of things one should perhaps have PhD students doing.

    Its possible that one day that someone will come up with a 10p/kwhr solar panel. you would hope that some big chemical company would be paying for that investment, but its an uncertain investment.

  65. 65
    The Paragnostic says:

    But they’ve all got very good degrees, and some of them know which way up to read a program…

  66. 66
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Hoxton. Urgh.

  67. 67
    non believer says:

    Shoreditch based Tweetdeck was sold recently to twitter (who have their offices in Shoreditch) for £25 million, google has offices there as do many other very profitable companies; I know a good few people making a mint who are based there. My own company (not a tech start up admittedly) is doing pretty well.

    Lot of money being made here right now, not quite sure why you find that so hard to grasp.

  68. 68
    Tessa Tickles says:

    To “prevent” a breach of the peace? I take it the EDL members didn’t actually breach the peace then? So, they were arrested because they hadn’t done anything wrong.

    Yeah, that sounds about right.

  69. 69
    carry on up william hague says:

    Let the muzzies have this country, a fair swap, then we get all the oil and sunshine whislt they open market stalls and spend half the day with their arses in the air enjoying the rain

  70. 70
    Belle N. Stilton says:

    Or, for that matter, any day.

  71. 71
  72. 72
    carry on up william hague says:

    onl if you are obese and live in social housing
    its in the rules

  73. 73
    I. M. Pistoff says:

    As opposed to not rounding up vagrants who use churches as a bog.

  74. 74
    carry on up william hague says:

    Dianne Abbott discussing a parking ticket on the telephone

  75. 75
    annette curton says:

    ‘The thought police’, must be a glaring contradiction in that phrase.

  76. 76
    The Paragnostic says:

    They might have taken a walk to St Paul’s and upset Tarquin and Jocasta who are protesting against the evils of capitalism.

    That’s the Met’s latest excuse, anyway. The AP report is a fucking disgrace – “far-right activists” who might have upset the “protest camp against corporate greed”.

    It’s like Ingsoc has taken root 27 years too late.

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

  78. 78
    t says:

    Thought crime, introduced by Rev. T.Blair

  79. 79
    The Paragnostic says:

    Google’s useful, and needed cheap offices, but Twitter stuff?

    Bite sized chunks of thought for those who can’t manage more than a mouthful. Shiny shit for shallow people again.

    You’ll be telling me that Facebook is useful next.

  80. 80
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I am being cynical and deliberately old gittish. It amuses me to do so.

    I’m not impressed with services and advertising, and I have already described one of the dim trends in our economy as “selling ringtones to each other”.

    Tweetdeck? looks like someone wasting £25million. Good luck to ‘em perhaps, but its not the foundations of a solid economy. feels like the dot com bubble 2.0

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    I am sure they do, that is why they come here as highly skilled migrants and end up doing lots of shit jobs while 20 live in a house.

    What is wrong in trying to skill up our own people?

  82. 82
    our own (soon to be lossed) people says:

    Can’t be bothered

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    You are confusing Ed with Cameron.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    our own (soon to be lossed) people says:
    November 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Stop dole then they will work.

  85. 85
  86. 86
    Tom Whats On says:

    Who says it’s not cool to be a dickhead?

  87. 87
    The Paragnostic says:

    To “skill up” our people would require schools to produce winners – more especially it would require examinations to return to the difficulty of 30 years ago, with the result being that lots of people would “fail”.

    That’s why in our new, soft, uncompetitive world, we will struggle to produce technically skilled youngsters.

  88. 88
    How many Angels on the head of a pin argument beckons says:

    If the police have exceeded their authority/or themselves acted unlawfully then no doubt the “Met” will have to defend their actions in court..although of course they will have achieved their ends for all practical purposes in breaking up the March..although a police officer only has to have reasonable grounds to think that a breach of the peace may be committed to act lawfully in arresting the person/person whom he thinks may breach said peace…the fact is that arguing the point could be another nice little earner for m’learned friends methinks

  89. 89
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    They should now sue the met police for wrongful arrest !
    What happened to freedom and democracy ?
    Oh of course they are not muslim

  90. 90
    Our Denry says:

    Guido, is that kid one of your interns?

  91. 91
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    FFS ! London has just won the right to hold the 2017 international athletics championships !
    So that means that that idle fucker Seb Coe will not have to find a job for another 6 fuckin years
    and we will have to stump up shit loads more cash because we can’t have them using second hand stadia
    Problem is that holding the games here
    that when it’s over half the fuckers disappear and don’t go home !

  92. 92
    non believer says:

    “Google’s useful, and needed cheap offices, but Twitter stuff?”

    Cheap offices? In Shoreditch? You really have no idea what you’re talking about or why they chose to base themselves there.

    “Bite sized chunks of thought for those who can’t manage more than a mouthful. Shiny shit for shallow people again.”

    tell that to Guido who’s a fairly adept user of twitter and his many followers, a good few of whom post on here

    in any case when you look at the crass shit that passes for comments on this blog you don’t look in much of a position to look down your nose at twitter or comment on it’s profundity (or lack thereof.)

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Oh yeh, wot they dealing in man, better not on my patch or the crew will be visiting

  94. 94
    fuckers says:

    Come on Estonia….

  95. 95
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Isn’t it ironic – the only people who have freedom in this country are the ones who don’t want it.

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    Praggers, no not 30 years ago 50+ years ago

  97. 97
    Our Denry says:

    Bulligdown Club, they are friends as long as they have the benefir of Gordon’s largess

  98. 98

    Oh to be a dickhead…

  99. 99
    Our Denry says:

    They both pee in the same pot

  100. 100
    the mysterious wine guzzler says:


  101. 101
    Our Denry says:

    Probably companies which are not actully trading or subsidiarity of an excisting company

  102. 102
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Define “Diesel fitters”

    A gang of African immigrants finding a bag of clothes !

    Diesel fit de wife , Diesel fit de kids !

  103. 103
    Michael Fine and his magical tùrd says:

    There are far too many dickheads in this world.

  104. 104
    Our Denry says:

    S c , Wasn’t “Bobby Maxwell” supposed to have been buried in Jeruselm

  105. 105
    Edinburgh is full of repetitive dickheads says:

    They should reported to police at the dickhead department.

  106. 106
    Second class citizen with no rights. says:

    Can’t stand bullying, demeaning and exploitive dickhead.

  107. 107
    Second class citizen with no rights. says:

    Can’t stand bullying, demeaning and exploitive dickheads.

  108. 108
    Crimewatch watching the BBC says:

    The Big Bullying Hunt-BBC-Is full of dickheads. This Corporation is far too big for its boots and deserves a police truncheon up the arse.

  109. 109
    Nickelarse Sarcaustic says:

    Well, there’s original.

  110. 110
    jpt says:

    The age of the geek is upon us.

  111. 111
    The Observer says:

    Not often I agree with Any Mouse but I do on his last effort.
    Poor old Whittle had to go through a lot of hoops to get any investment and only got really famous after his death.
    Governments can’t pick business winners but they will spend plenty of our money proving us wrong.

  112. 112
    The Observer says:

    Perhaps if they had all worn burka’s they would have been left alone?

  113. 113
    Airey Belvoir says:

    The recession means a bleak Christmas ahead and must be done on a tight budget. I shall be firing a starting pistol in the small hours on Christmas Eve, and telling the kids that Santa has shot himself.( I can’t really repeat the ploy from last year, which was giving the youngest an empty box and telling him it contained an Action Man deserter.)

  114. 114
    Our Denry says:

    Nigh lad he mun le-ave it t Willy

  115. 115
    Really? says:

    Mount of Olives. Many thought that was shameful.

  116. 116

    One of the most insightful comments.

    Nice idea for tech city but do any of the 600 actually make money or create jobs? Or do they cost US money?

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