December 8th, 2011

Silence of the Pink ‘Un

Another day and another good secret camera sting. This time it’s the Telegraph catching out exam board officials briefing teachers, for cash, what will be in the exams in order for their pupils to up their grades. Nearly every other paper has picked up the scoop, except one. The FT…

It’s not their education correspondent Chris Cook’s ongoing grudge against Gove that is the issue this time, instead the answer lies significantly above his pay grade. Pearson PLC who own the FT also owns Edexcel – one of the the exam boards named in the Telegraph story. Move along people, nothing to see here…


  1. 1
    nellnewman says:

    What an absolutely fantastic job the last labour government did on our education system. bullyballs should be so proud to realise he wrecked it almost singlehandedly , with the help of course of edexcel.

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      • 16
        Southern Softy says:

        Balls should never be allowed near children again.

        • 30
          Col Nut says:

          And they shouldn’t sit on his knee when he’s dressed as Santa.

          • Goddess, Empress, Dictator, Frau Merkel says:

            Don’t worry about this, a new German education system will be imposed on you soon. Now where are my Cameron and Sarkozy poodles and little Cleggy hamster?

          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            So thats how you get a AAA stars.

            No different to how government govern. Its all a massive Ponsi Scheme

          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            At least the GIRLS get triple A’s now as they have X factored the whole fu-king world including the education system.. When did they last blow up a chemistry Lab. Shit can’t teach what the boys do well in. We cant have any one grow any BALLS just in case they might come back and bite the STATE. YES MEN AND WOMEN ONLY.

      • 141
        Steve from Al Leicesteristan says:

        One law for Somali immigrants, one law for the indigenous population:

        How come only white British are ever charged with racism?

        Sick of it – shut the borders you muppets.

        • 143
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          What the State cant allow is detering the immigration policy that will divide an conquer this country. As we have seen in the USA The constitution destroyed as most immigrants cant even read it let alone defend it.

        • 147
          Tessa Tickles says:

          If you go to live in Germany and then break the law (even if it’s 20 years after arriving), you’re deported. Even if you own a cat.

          So why won’t our fucking useless government grow some balls and do what the public demand?

        • 154
          Sandra says:

          Steve – for goodness sake move away from Leicester.

          It is no longer British territory.

          Leicester will be one of the first places to be surrendered to Islam – they will acquire control of it and have Sharia Law and autonomy from the rest of the UK.

          Leicester is a terrible place to visit now – multi culti’s look upon thy work and cower.

          • Daniel says:

            Yes indeed – I see the statue of St Margaret has been removed from Vaugn Way above the old Corah factory.

            No christian icons allowed in Muslim lands – & Leicester is Muslim land now.


          • Jabba the Cat says:

            Is it worse than Leeds?

          • Jan says:

            Have very fond memories of ’60s Leicester.It was a great place and if I am not mistaken one of the wealthiest cities in the UK at that time.I worked there as a student summer of ’68. Lovely people.Understand it has changed out of all recognition. Tragic.

        • 169
          Charlie Big Potatoes says:

          from the telegraph site.

          “He said he accepted the women may have felt they were the victims of unreasonable force from Miss Page’s partner Lewis Moore, 23, who tried desperately to defend her from the attack”

          In fairness he was either bladdered or the worst street fighter I have ever seen. I like to think if my wife was being attacked I would have sparked all three of them with probably three punches.

          He was woeful.

      • 184
        Handycock says:

        I can’t see the point of educashon. I never had none and look at me. It ain’t done me no harm not having none.

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      Arthur says:

      Nothing new here. Teaching to the exam has been going on for donkeys’ years. The person I took over from did it as does the person who took over from me. If you know what questions are coming up then you would be bloody negligent not to teach your students the answers.

      • 48
        Rip van Wrinkle says:

        That’s OK then Arthur. Let’s just all cheat, shall we? That’ll teach our children how to think and act.

        Boy, you’re such a role model.

      • 54
        Angry of London says:

        Actually, you’d be negligent not teaching your students how to read, write and understand the world around them. After the sh*t shower of our education system the young of the UK will encounter real life. No-one’s going to ‘coach’ them through that (unless you count Liebour’s Benefits Nation).

        I’d honestly like to get a UK job applicant who can (a) write in something other than bad txt speak and (b) add up two numbers in their head without using their mobile phone. Still looking. Got a good French graduate who speaks English better than the UK applicants though. Go figure.

      • 65
        jgm2 says:

        There is a big difference between looking at (say) the last five years exam papers and ‘question-spotting’ and targeting revision accordingly – which I did, as a student, myself back in the day. You are at least taking a gamble that the examiners might not be so lazy this year and use a variation of the same 10 or 12 questions they’ve always used.

        But that is a world away from the examiners removing any doubt by telling certain, favoured, individuals which bits of the curriculum to concentrate on for this year. Nudge, nudge.

        Of course Labour and teachers and their unions don’t give a hoot because these ‘improved’ exam results are used to push the myth that teachers are becoming ‘better’ and that students are becoming ‘better’ and that all that money they ‘invested’ was money well spent. And look – here’s the proof – improved results and 50% of kids at university.

        Whereas all we really have is the same plankton five years older and 30K in debt before they become unemployable. As evidenced by the ‘shock’ rates of unemployment amongst 18 – 25 year-olds now that the Maximum Imbecile is no longer hiring idiots fresh out of university to hide in council offices.

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          genghiz the kahn says:

          The press also overlooked the publication of ‘endorsed’ textbooks written by The Examiners for the courses they were setting.

        • 87
          Major Eyeswater says:

          To state the bleeding obvious: grade inflation happens because all parties are incentivised to have higher grades: the exam boards compete to have the easiest papers which they know smart teachers will select in order to boost results. Throwing in extra “nudge-nudge” services makes perfect sense – the underlying concept (“easiest wins”) is the basic competitive model that prevails between the exam boards today.

          Why not get a bit Austrian and introduce a gold standard? Rank all exam entries from a single board’s exam into percentiles, award an A for a top 10% placing, a B for an 11-20th percentile placing and so on. An end to “all shall have prizes” and the absurdity of needing A* grades at all. Would also make relative school performance totally transparent. And the unions would probably turn blue and explode with fury – surely a recommendation for any policy.

          • jgm2 says:

            Rank all exam entries from a single board’s exam into percentiles, award an A for a top 10% placing, a B for an 11-20th percentile placing and so on

            That’s what used to happen I believe. To allow for variation in the ‘easiness’ or ‘difficulty’ of examinations from one year to the next. Of course schools still used to shop around. I’m pretty sure our school selected an examination board which catered to a largely stupid area of the UK (as opposed to the affluent South East) figuring that by heavily weighting the number of students with wasters and dullards we, at our grammar school, stood a better chance of improved grades.

            Worked too.

          • The Paragnostic says:

            You’re spot on with the old ranking systems, jgm2 – at my school when we took A-levels back in 81, we didn’t indulge in question picking either. We learned the whole syllabus (and the school deliberately picked the board with the widest syllabus), because the purpose of schooling was to prepare us for life, and you never know what life’s going to throw at you.

            So we now have not only grade inflation due to a change in the way grades are allocated (thus producing the mistaken impression that kids are becoming brighter and / or better taught), but also due to examination boards selling to schools a way to game the system.

            No wonder the universities often have to teach first year students how to write coherent English or do moderately difficult sums, and employers have to deal with illiterate, innumerate clods with several A* GCSE passes.

          • jgm2 says:

            The school didn’t indulge in question picking. But I did. I’m a lazy bastard. Worked all through university too. You think examination boards are/were lazy? They’re a whirlwind of imagination and industry compared to university lecturers and their question-setting.

            But there is a risk and I was caught out once and had to ‘wing’ the exam.

            Can’t get cross at anybody but yourself when that happens.

          • Really? says:

            These ‘frontline workers’ benefit from the use of what is an essentially military metaphor to a civilian situation.

            As far as dishonest use of language goes, it deserves a special place in some sort of Hall of Dishonour.

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          Lord Stansted says:

          As in so many areas of modern Britain, the problems comes from the takeover of institutions by “professionals”: managers and politicians. They have a vested interest in seeing their little empires top of the whatever false league table in in fashion. Whereas if the people in charge were real practioners, it is unlikely they would allow debasement of a job they loved. Such people no longer exist, of course. Labour finally killed them off, along with honour, truth, gold reserves and thousands of Iraqi civilians – oh, and a few hundred UK military lives too. As Blair said, a new day has indeed dawned.

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          God's Holy Trousers says:

          jgm2 my brother was a teacher for a few years whilst the sewer party occupied office. This kind of shit was going on wholesale with the “all must have prizes” mentality. He tried blowing the whistle on it but no one was interested. The teachers are all in on it as they want to keep their chances of climbing the greasy pole intact.

          • Rip van Wrinkle says:

            I can’t believe it. You mean, those saintly teachers are more worried about their own interests than they are about the children they teach? But the BBC told me otherwise.

            Anecdotal: My niece, real sweetie, primary teacher, couldn’t place where France and Germany are on an empty outline of Europe when she started teaching. Kind o’ sums it up.

          • jgm2 says:

            It’s not just the teachers who are only in it for their own interests. So are the nurses and the council workers and all the other self-proclaimed ‘key-workers’.

            And of course the politicians.

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        M says:

        You’er absolutely or you would be accused of being a crap teacher . Because GCSE’s alone are not good enough to get a job , so it’s vital they get passed & move on to higher education

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        Jan says:

        It’s not even the exams.I remember with great difficulty trying to find revision booklets to supplement my class notes for the Shakespearean play and the novels I had to study for GCE English in 1965.I phoned Foyle’s who duly sent a flimsy A5 10 page booklet for the play. That was all that was available.Now, the revision books weigh a ton and there are about 20 to choose from.Of course this is a scam as the examining boards publish these revision books and they are very expensive.They show you how to pass the exam. In fact you wouldn’t really need to attend any classes just read their flipping books.Who needs teachers????

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      Anonymous says:

      Does Billy work for Bell Pottinger?

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      Prof Aaron D Highside says:

      Time for some old-style education:
      1. Comparatives, e.g. i) as impartial as the Speaker ii) as dignified as the Speaker’s wife.
      2. Superlatives, e.g. i) Gorbals Mick is more regal than Prezzer ii) lots of leftie luminaries lead champagne lives.

      Next time – alliteration.

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      Loungelizard. says:

      It’s called multitasking, education and the economy simultaneously wrecked. High time Balls hit the lecture circuits in the USA.

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      Education,ejjercation, edyukayshun says:

      Wassamatter bro ?? Innit.

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        Dr Prawn says:

        The rot started under Shirley Williams she of unkempt appearance and sloppy personal habits.

        In 1980 I had a meeting with the Head of my sons’ secondary school because I was alarmed with their poor spelling. I was told not to worry and that spelling was just a detail and irrelevant in the scheme of things. To this day, all in senior positions, they struggle without Wordcheck.

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          Jabba the Cat says:

          It really does surprise me how few people are aware of the great responsibility resting on Shirley Williams shoulders for the serious start of the demise of the English education system whilst the ‘edukashun’ minister in Harold Wilson’s Labour government.

          • Mike Hunt says:

            I was very fortunate to attend a Grammar school and complete my O-Levels just before it was turned into a Comprehensive.

      • 90
        Teechaspet says:

        Oi! Yu spellt won of them rite – yu bin payin atenshun or sumfink?

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      Engineer says:

      Makes you wonder what some in the ‘education establishment’ think their responsibility is.

      Do we want a system that educates youngsters to the best of their individual abilities, or a cosy cabal of mutually back-scratching education establishment insiders looking after each other?

      PS – The FT is smug, santimonious, overpr*ced rubbish, which has been consistently wrong on every major economic matter for the last thirty years.

  2. 2
    Sage Of Bracken House says:

    No FT, No comment!

  3. 3
    Lou Scannon says:

    Edexcel sounds like the spreadsheet that Blinky uses for all his dodgy calculations.

    • 34
      Gonk says:

      Never trust a self-proclaimed expert in spreadsheets.
      They always talk bollocks.

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        Major Eyeswater says:

        Such a strange thing to say and yet profoundly true.

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        Engineer says:

        The world functioned perfectly satisfactorily before the invention of spreadsheets. What’s so special about them? What’s wrong with a piece of paper, a pencil and a bit of concentration?

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          jgm2 says:

          It would have taken Brown so much longer to reverse-engineer his budgetry forecasts without a spreadsheet.

          • Selohesra says:

            You think he did his budgets using the goal-seek function? – would explain a lot

          • Engineer says:

            Given Brown’s eyesight, I suppose he might have needed the back of a roll of wallpaper. He could roll that both ways.

          • jgm2 says:

            Oh definitely. He started from where he wanted to end and worked his way backwards.

            I want to squander umpty billion quid for which I need ‘x’ growth. Therefore growth will be ‘x’.

            Same as Blair’s war in Iraq. I want a war in Iraq to try and emulate Fatcher’s popularity after the Falklands and to keep my head up George Dubya’s arse therefore I need to create a ‘reason’ for a war in Iraq.

            Same with their education policy. We need to ‘prove’ all this money we’re squandering is improving education therefore, four years after we get into power, we will employ every single graduate from 2001/2 and hide them in council offices and NHS corner offices. Using more borrowed money if necessary.

            I need to be found ‘not guilty’ of starting the Iraq war therefore I will limit the remit of the enquiry to the single question ‘If you were given this document would it be reasonable to act as if Iraq was a clear and present danger’. No questions at all about how many times I sent the document back and had it re-written precisely so that I could use it in just such an enquiry.

            And so on and so forth.

        • 104
          Selohesra says:

          Confuscius say – Engineer with constipation works it out with pencil :)

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          The Paragnostic says:

          Don’t forget the slide rule and the book of tables, Eng ;-)

          • Engineer says:

            I must be one of the last people to be taught how to use a slide rule and log tables at skool.

            Never used ‘em since.

            Worth reflecting that Concorde was designed with slide rules and log tables.

          • The Paragnostic says:

            I used a slide rule for my O-levels (1979), just to be perverse. I even used tables rather than a calculator for Physics A-level, again out of a sense of fun, as calculators were allowed that year. One of my classmates had a whole bunch of handy stuff programmed into his TI calc, but my Sinclair Cambridge was a battery pig and besides I thought it was cheating.

          • Jabba the Cat says:

            Great thing about slide rules is that they don’t need batteries or throw an electronic wobbly like the early Sinclair shite. Mind you, then HP invented the RPN calculator and number crunching nirvana arrived.

            Tables, otoh, have not fully disappeared if you are in engineering because you will invariably have a copy of the Zeus tables located in strategic places in the office and machine shop.

          • Mike Hunt says:

            Ah yes, 4 figure log tables for O-Level and 6 figure for A-Level.

            Never got on with a slide-rule, knew how to but I always found log tables easier.

    • 149
      Geronimo says:

      Is this the same EDEXCEL / PEARSON GROUP who run the computer testing for the UKBA. The same test that born and bred English nationals have failed to pass because the questions are so ‘iffy’! A test based on UNLAWFULL regulations that have been before four UK Courts, incl the Supreme Court. where eight British Judges have ruled against the Home Secretary and told her she is trying to side-step Parliamentary scrutiny! No wonder the Home Office UKBA is in such a mess and the Home Sec can’t control immigration!

  4. 4
    UKIP says:

    I stopped reading the FT almost a decade ago after two decades of reading it. I just could no longer stomache its breatheless cheerleading for the EU and the crony capitalism of Bliar, Berlusconi and their ilk.

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      MrAngry61 says:


      I used to get a free copy every morning but it wasn’t even worth that.

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      Mornington Crescent says:


      With so many dopey City spivs (some of whom live on here) still reading such uninformed crap, no wonder the country’s in the doo-doo.

      • 132
        Lord Stansted says:

        When I worked in the City, the FT stayed in Reception.

        • 157
          Tessa Tickles says:

          I got a job at an American stock-brockers early in my career, and thought I’d make good impression on my first day by arriving with a copy of the FT under my arm. Everyone just laughed. They all read The Sun.

    • 156
      bergen says:

      Yes.It’s been discredited for a long time now. I’m surprised that it’s still going.

  5. 5
    Wayne says:

    Fanx 2 laybear, i Gott rEALy guD eDJUkayshon.

  6. 6
    Awaiting moderation says:

    Free Emma West

  7. 9
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Another farce! Answer must surely be to scrap all examining boards and replace with a single entity with questions drawn from any part of the curriculum.

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      MrAngry61 says:

      Or (the Libertarian stance?) allow skools to set their own exams, as happened before the onset of O levels.

      More seriously, why not adopt the International Baccalaureate program in full? It starts at age 3, is an internationally recognised set of qualifications and would be less susceptible to degradation.

      • 61
        Angry of London says:

        Because most of our students will fail it. Not good for the ever-sustaining Liebour politik view of the sun ever rising over the potato fields (shiny new tractors at every gate).

        It’s a bit like asking the BoE to stop doing QE. The moment they do we’ll have a 5-10% economic contraction. Not good for the ‘safe-haven’ nonsense peddled by Libeour-Lite Georgey ‘don’t call me Darling’ Osborne. So we’ll keep doing QE until someone far more sensible takes the toys away.

        Likewise with the education system. Grade inflation until all of our young are drooling spastics incapable of drawing a cross for their signature. It started in Europe (or was it Amercia?). No, honest, it really did (f*ckwits).

  8. 10
    Labour says:

    Schools shouldn’t produce winners. Everyone must be equal. Competitiveness is wrong.

    • 36
      MrAngry61 says:

      A friend attended a state skool which firmly adhered to the principle of excellence – he came top of his class – and was awarded two boiled sweets at the Founders Day for achievement. Every other pupil received a single sweet for trying.

      He felt cheated and his parents were incandescent.

      • 46
        School says:

        It would have been discriminatory not to give the others a sweet.

      • 50
        Anonymous says:

        That’ll look good on the cv; awarded 2 boiled sweets for being top student in class. ROFLMHO.

      • 137
        Russell Grant says:

        Did he turn into a fatty?

        • 148
          Lord John Prescott says:

          No but I did when I didn’t pass my 11+ and so my dad didn’t buy me a bicycle and so I got fat.

          I had my revenge mind you. My government destroyed everybodys education for an entire generation. That’ll teach you for failing me on my 11+.

          • Jan says:

            You also destroyed the housing stock you great plonker. Anybody watching Channel 4 over the last three nights will have seen the great Pathfinder scandal. Hundreds of thousands of houses left empty and £2 billion wasted.People living in lovely old Victorian houses, turfed out by Prezza’s henchmen.Whole communities in the north of England scattered around,rehoused in flimsy plywood gerry-built monstrosities.You only have to look at the badly designed new council houses in places like Lambeth to see crappy design.Within 10 years they will be slums. Well done Pie-face. The joke is that Nu-Liebor chatterers and MPs just love to live in these solid Victorian houses themselves but deny others the same opportunity.

      • 176
        Jan says:

        At my secondary school only two people per class of 35 got prizes.The first prize was awarded to the best pupil and the second prize was for the most improved.In the last school I worked there were 22 pupils in a class yet 10 pupils in each class got a prize

  9. 12
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Cash for questions – will not go away.

  10. 13
    Ed "Hitler" Balls says:

    So What! Schools must not produce winners.

  11. 15
    Labour voter says:

  12. 17
    Taxfodder says:

    One can’t help feeling the pink’un is just as bent as the rest when it comes to unpalatable home truths.

    I thought the FT was above making it up to suit their argument clearly no better than the gutter press then!

    • 41
      MrAngry61 says:

      The europhilic stance, especially in the Comment pages is sickening. And the articles (with the notable exception of some of the guest business leaders) tended to sophistry and pedantry, exactly like a Marxist polemic.

  13. 19
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    FOX Lies!

    Fox News caught banged to rights by Russia Today.

    I wonder why Sky News isn’t reporting this :-)

  14. 23
    Unintentionally ironic comment of the century. He's actually referring to football fans, not a certain political party. says:
  15. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh er….

    Morning Guido/Neo Guido *Waves* and fellow window lickers :-)

  16. 26
    Why, has Gordon hit them already? says:
    • 38
      nellnewman says:

      Please don’t take gordon to see them.

    • 53
      Sarah Twatter says:

      Does anyone think I need help ??

    • 63
      Really really really says:

      Don’t bother waking up tomorrow

    • 84
      Gonk says:

      Sarah Brown frightens me very much. So much so, I have to
      buy some sweets after exposure.

    • 124
      Ivor Tapeworm says:

      “Woke up this morning wondering how the pandas are settling in” is in fact a blues classic, first recorded in 1947 by Eustace “Syphilis” Waller.

      • 140
        Loungelizard. says:

        Is there no professional help available for this woman. Perhaps on the national health as I understand neither she nor her husband directly receive any money for the very wonderful work they undertake on behalf of the world. She needs help, free treatment for her would be the right thing to do

      • 150
        The Paragnostic says:

        “Blind Dave” Blunkett’s version, accompanied by acapella howls from Lucy, is universally acknowledged to be fucking awful and thus in the best traditions of Labour.

  17. 29

    The financial times

  18. 33
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    When Ed Balls removed science from the KS2 SATs exams I thought at the time that there could be no educational reason or benefit for doing so.

    With the recent revelation of Labour asking the unions for their input into parliamentary affairs the penny dropped.

    Balls is bad for childrens education.

    • 39
      nellnewman says:

      bullyballs was disastrous for our children’s education. I’m not much of a fan of the coalition but at least Gove seems to be improving things.

      • 45
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        True, Gove does seem to have a passion for education, speaks his mind and is certainly on the ball.

        Balls was never on the ball.

    • 58
      Ed Balls, Shallow Chancer says:

      Do I get a prize for helping ruin the education system and also destroying the U.K’s finances ?

      Oh, wait – we don’t believe in giving out prizes in Liebour, do we ?

    • 75
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Not to mention abolishing teaching of foreign languages in schools – and his chum MiliMajor closing the FO’s own language school – just when the world is becoming a smaller place. We now have children/young adults who can barely scrape by in English let alone the language and culture of another country.

      • 96
        Expat having seen much of the world already says:

        Then WTF does Hague not reopen it? Britdips around the world are (or now maybe were) famed for their excellent mastery of the local language(s) in whichever country they were posted. Still not too late to catch up. Mind you, many of them arrived already having A level or higher language competence. But if foreign languages are no longer taught in schools, that might be a problem for the newbies.

  19. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
  20. 37
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
    • 99
      Wheelybin says:

      If the wheels fell off you will have to blame that Clarkson bloke for cornering too fast and too deep

  21. 40
    She happily accepted a honour and only returned it after Benjamin Zepheniah rejected his. That's real principles! says:

    Trashbin Alibi Clown on Channel 5. She says Yvette Cooper should be Labour leader.

    • 78
      Yvette Cooper and her interview technique.. says:

      What people really want to know is…

      What people are asking me on the doorsteps of my constituency are…

      • 100
        Wheelybin says:

        What people reslly want to know is…. when is Gasbag Ali Baba going to fuck off back to Africa where it is now quite safe to live?

        Ditto what people are asking on their doorsteps.

    • 106
      melted face says:

      Havent the hordes of Jocks come down to get Matthew Wright yet?

    • 187
      joescotus says:

      seemingly she is the most racially abused woman on telly. Good!

  22. 42
    She happily accepted a honour and only returned it after Benjamin Zepheniah rejected his. That's real principles! says:

    Trashbin Alibi Clown just said Cameron is not a good looking man. Isn’t this the same Trashbin who always condemns ad hominem attacks?

    • 55
      Selohesra says:

      She’s not really a stunner herself

    • 146
      MrAngry61 says:

      Trashbin Alibi Clown just said Cameron is not a good looking man

      IMO she’s making an unintentionally valid point. Dave was selected/elected partly because of his slick, photogenic ‘heir to Blair’ phenotype.

      If he’s aging gracelessly there’s even less reason for the proles to vote for him.

      • 152
        jgm2 says:

        If he’s aging gracelessly

        It’s a phenomenon that I used to find more noticeable with world rulers. You could see Fatcher age under the enormous responsibility. Not so John Major or George Dubya. Mainly because I don’t think either of them had the slightest grasp of the enormity of their responsibility.

        Blair didn’t age too much in power either but then he’s a psychopath so you wouldn’t expect him to bother too much about the potential consequences of his actions. Likewise Brown.

        Likewise Obama. He doesn’t seem to be ageing much either. Another psychopath. The real heir to Blair.

  23. 49
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Iv mi teechur adunt cheetid
    an elped me wiv me eggsams i wunt av got 9 strayt g’s init !

  24. 67
    Obituary Ed says:
    • 69
      Obituary Ed says:
      • 72
        jgm2 says:

        I’m 100% committed to social justice too. You get out what you put in. What could be more socially justified than that?

        You fuckers have perverted it to meaning you get out what some other stupid bastard pays in.

        • 81
          Selohesra says:

          What do you think he means by “Labour to the core”? – milker of expenses and believer of having right to benefits he was not entitled to?

          I thought you were only supposed to say nice things about people when they died – ‘Labour to the core’ seems a pretty spitefull and mean spiited remark to me

          • jgm2 says:

            ‘Labour to the core’ seems a pretty spitefull and mean spiited remark to me


            Like proclaiming somebody is a ‘brilliant politician’. Right up there with being remembered as a ‘brilliant mass-murderer’ or a ‘brilliant liar’.

          • Loungelizard. says:

            Had either of these two had recent meetings with Gordon Brown?

          • Joss Taskin says:

            He was a gifted trougher too, wasn’t he ?

          • Rhonddapurple says:

            Labour to the core = Deep down, he’s all right.

      • 181
        Jan says:

        Alan Keen and his ghastly wife troughed and troughed and troughed their way through the expense scandal. Labour to his core alright.Bought a luxury flat near Westminster on expenses paid for by the British taxpayer.He and his wife lived half an hour from Westminster. but couldn’t be ar….d to go home every night.Greedy b………ds

    • 70
      Obituary Ed says:
    • 114
      Ed on the Dead says:
    • 119
      Morbid ED says:
  25. 77
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
  26. 79
    BBC appendum says:

    Of course this never happened under Labour. Just like the phone hacking is all the fault of the T*ry/Murdoch press who certainly did not do anything like this while they were supporting Labour.

  27. 80
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    Billy do you Frenchman on the loo limerick again.

    It’s needed now more than ever with the credit agencies trigger finger getting itchy.

    • 91
      Fake Billy © says:

      A Frenchman went into the lavatory
      And he was there for half a day
      When he finished he couldn’t find the paper
      So he shouted out in dismay
      Ou est le papier?
      Ou est le papier?
      Monsieur, monsieur, je fais manure
      Ou est le papier ?

  28. 95

    Today the provincial governors are summoned to a meeting where they will be given new orders.

    The measures will further develop the economy and greater glory of the Fatherland.

    Seig Heil.

  29. 110
    Top Gear, the n*gger in the woodpile says:

    Are there any institutions not infiltrated by marxist placemen these day? I can think of only one……Top Gear. Little wonder lefty/green bedwetters start foaming at the mouth at the very mention of Jeremy Clarkson FFS.

  30. 113
    Non-socialist worker says:

    The FT-another example of a once admired British institution that has been discredited and devalued by the perverse values of our left-liberal ruling class.

  31. 121
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
    • 134
      Selohesra says:

      Probalby cost that much to chisel the bogies of Brown’s wall and fill in the nokia dents – anyway not doing so would have taken money out of the economy thus causing the recession

      • 142
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        Would have cost that much to successfully fumigate it.

        Note I used the word “successfully”.

      • 164
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Why not just burn Number 10 to the ground and replace it with a garden of remembrance?

        “Here lived successive leaders of British democracy, 1735-1973″.

        • 186
          Really? says:

          Well, Conservative Central Office has been rededicated to the greater glory of the United States of Europe, so your idea is in line with the thinking of the Bundesregierung.

          How about making it the new home of Frau Merkel’s ambassador here?

  32. 129
    What do you expect? says:

    Media outlet doesn’t cover article due to vested interest shocker.

  33. 151
    Billy Cann says:

    I only come on here for the comedy.

  34. 162
    Gordon Brown says:

    Dear Mr I Amascammer

    I have deposited the money you have requested please let me know when the money will be put into my account.

    King Regards

    Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

  35. 168
    Jungle Drums says:


  36. 171
    Charlie Big Potatoes says:

    I advertised for an administrator. One of the candidates, Julie, who worked at the town hall, turned up. Julie was a man dressed as a woman.

    Our “right on” friend asked if I gave “it” the job.

    “Why not?”
    “Hes obviously fucking mental”

    She was appalled. Not as appalled as the time I told her I had a baseball bat next to our bed.

    “What for?”
    “To smash over intruders heads”
    “But……. what if they are on drugs?” (Her reasoning being the poor dears cant help it)
    “All the more reason to hit them harder”

    • 197
      Traditionalist says:

      What if they are simply nasty, greedy, criminal bastards who just can’t help themselves or who just can’t manage on benefits? Surely you would take pity on them?

  37. 192
    The power of suggestion is a lot of crap as it is not legally binding. says:

    Do people read the FT?

  38. 195
    Anonymous says:

    Deafining silence from the teaching unions. Not surprising really, if you flick through ATL’s consultation response on GCSE changes, published a month ago:

  39. 196
    Traditionalist says:

    This bloody 2012 running and jumping show seems to be costing the whole country a helluva lot – £9.3 billion? – just to subsidise East London.

    • 199
      Anonymous says:

      Don’t blame East London for this bollocks. They have suffered huge destruction of houses and businesses and will be left with a large bill for a huge pile of junk rapidly disintegrating as it sinks into the marshland. And they will not even be able to enter their own homes while the nonsense is operating in case they hold up important people – fucking foreigners as usual.

      This whole thing is a jolly for the liblabcon mis-rulers and has no other benefit or purpose. Even the opening ceremony (- the onlt bit most people ever bother with) will be dominated by the BBC with their shitty camera work designed to avoid showing as much as possible of anything at all that viewers might find interesting or entertaining.

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Kevin Maguire on the less than electrifying Ed Miliband…

“I bet if you went into a pub tonight and started a conversation about ­politics you’d hear strong opinions. David Cameron would be out of touch and Nick Clegg despised while Nigel Farage would divide people sharply. Miliband? In a lot of boozers he’d be the fourth most interesting man in British politics.”

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