December 11th, 2011

Cable Said to Be Quitting

According to Will Hutton in the Observer, after being ignored in Cabinet, Cable was “furious when he learned what had happened. He will speak out aggressively against Cameron’s veto; his decision is whether to resign to do so or say so in office, courting his sacking.”

See ya, mind the door on the way out…

UPDATE: Vince’s office now saying he has no intention of resigning.


  1. 1
    albacore says:

    Missing him already.

    • 12
      Engineer says:

      Cable resigning?

      Oh dear, how sad. Never mind.

      • 25
        Anonymous says:

        Wait till banks and business start to relocate to EU. EU will not allow UK to renegotiate, it is either in or out. What people doesn’t understand is “if you leave your wife she will not allow you to see your kids”, this is what EU is offering UK now. UK will not be allowed to be a weekend dad as before. I am not sure how many people will be happy when they realise UK will not be allowed to have free trade with EU if UK leaves EU.

        • 28
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

          You are Wee dougie alexander and i claim my £5.

          • Cell time says:

            Or indeed BBC troll office

          • Hang The Bastards says:

            Good riddance to a useless out of touch treacherous EU Trojan.

          • Old miserable git that he is says:

            It would take a man of principle to resign.
            Vince will stay.

          • Major Eyeswater says:

            Please can we have Mr Redwood limbering up on the touchline? A business secretary who actually like business and wants more of it – just imagine!

          • Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

            Quite right Vince will not resign, for the same reason I haven’t, nor has Nick Clegg nor any Lib Dem Ministers or MP’s. The reason? When it is a question of losing all this taxpayer funded troughing through resignation; taxpayer funded troughing will win every time, f*ck the resignation, I want to keep on shagging in Eastern Europe, with you mugs paying for it. Boaz.

          • Dick Dasterdly says:

            Thanks Mr Cameron for the veto, now we do not get to vote to leave the EU.The pro europeans are the winners. we still have all the bullshite rules to live with.Now a leader with balls would give the British People the chance to vote on leaving the EU. But he dose not want this to happen.hero fore a day, looser at the next Election.

          • Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

            Ta ta Vince, so long, and thanks for all the pish!

          • Splooge says:

            I’m amazed that anyone is daft enough to vote for this treasonous prick. The idea that he is cabinet quality is ludicrous, unless of course you work for MFI. Good riddance to very bad rubbish. Please take Huhne the Hoon with you.

          • Nemo says:

            Splogger be careful with the word Hoon because in Flashman and the Redskins p383 “The only worse noise he (Brulé Sioux) makes is”Hoon” which is the equivalent of the Zulu “s’jee” and signifies that he’s sticking steel into someone”

          • Dave is delighted with his reward of a new twink from the bankers says:

            And his cock was this big!


          • Splooge says:

            Cheers, Nemo

            You learn something new every day

          • Disliker of Bankers says:

            Bye bye tories!

          • Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

            We all said Vince was the weakest link!

            Vince Cable cannot stand the assault on his ideals that being in power requires in the shape of compromise and consensus.

            When are Clegg and the gLib Dems going to realise that Merkozy have propagandised the UK as the bad guy because there is NO Union in Europe. The very people that destroyed Europe with the Folly of unworkable integration are now attempting a massive power grab to deliver mainland Europe into debt penury so the banks can get paid.

            Everyone has to realise what Prince Philip said two decades ago that we cannot keeping growing forever.

            We are in the POST-GROWTH ERA – learn to live with it.

            Energy is no longer cheap, debts are never going to be repaid and politicians, corporate executives and bankers can no longer be trusted to be working in the best interests of the populations they are supposed to serve.

            The UK is the least of Europe’s problems and Vince Cable is a petty wasp chewing arsehole that should be welcomed on the back benches so as the financial wizard he undoubtably is, he can research what “rehypothecation” means

        • 30
          Sod em all says:

          Well perhaps Clegg can tell us what is going to be cut to meet the new deficit criteria of 0.5% of GDP. In other words, cuts of 140 bn.

          • Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

            Oh no, what a disaster, all my British poodles and hamsters are leaving me. I still have my Sarkozy and Karachi Miliband poodles and my Cleggy hamster though.

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            Yep insane. No economy other than perhaps Germany and given the amount of dosh they need to throw at the Eurozone not even they could work with that type of noose around their neck. The whole Merkosy deal is smoke and mirrors their are other motives but one thing is for sure we are 100% better off out of it. If that means being called isolated, marginalised, etc then great. From where I stand the minority of one looks pretty good.

          • Renegade Island says:

            His scrawny throat hopefully, two faced, treasonous, pikey shagging eu scumsucker.

            And thats the nicest thing i can say about him,
            And take your cable layer with you.

          • Anonymous says:

            Will we do the rest of what is necessary to have a level playing field for competing with Switzerland to handle the savings of the corrupt political elites of Europe?

          • Trimingham Muff-Diver MP says:

            Vince who ????????????

        • 35
          Bulldog Drummond says:

          Sorry but your wrong banks will move to the city from the EU not the oher way round if they really do push through a tax on transactions and other regulation…. Merkosy have just started on what is inevitably a path to a bottomless pit.

          • AC1 says:

            A transaction tax destroys comparative advantage.

            If a business can flee it will. If it can’t it will die.

          • Anonymous says:

            EU banks and banks dealing with Euro bonds will move out because this it what will be required by new EU regulations.

          • The Paragnostic says:

            So we will be spared a few dealers in junk bonds, then. Sorry, nonnymouse, but if that’s the price of freedom then so be it.

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            Euro bonds will be junk after the Merkosy deal.

          • AC1 says:

            Most of the EuroZone’s bonds are trading near junk status (looking at CDS costs).

          • Wanker Banker says:

            “EU banks and banks dealing with Euro bonds will move out because this it what will be required by new EU regulations.”

            Or just create subsidiary companies inside the Euro-zone to handle the transactions. How do you think Non-European banks do business inside Europe?


          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

            Surely – restricting Eurobond trades to within the Eurozone is an unlawful trade restriction if the UK cannot trade in them? Maybe the UK could challenge this in European court; we have signed no treaty giving up any right to trade in Eurobonds. we are in the EU; we should be allowed to trade too.

        • 46
          Engineer says:

          Anonymous – if you’re on a bus that’s heading for a cliff, and despite your pleas they refuse to apply the brake, would you get off; or stay on to ‘show solidarity’?

          The Euro is still as doomed this weekend as it was last – nothing has been done to address the underlying debt problems. All the summit has achieved is to drag in more suckers to suffer when it goes down. We got off.

          • AC1 says:

            Debt level was the least important of the euro’s problems…

            It was just the first one to be questioned by markets.

          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

            True, the main problem is the trade imbalance between north & south Europe. That hasn’t been fixed either.

            The UK should rejoin EFTA (which the UK co-founded).

          • I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

            Well said, Engineer. Anonymous spends so long on this blog he’s lost whatever objectivity he started out with. He’s one of the few on Guido (and he’s the most prevalent poster by a million light years) who looks like a professional contributor. Whatever bias he tries to execute for his (her? Don’t think so) paymaster, it’s always crushed flat by other, more intelligent and open-minded posters. For the last time, Anonymous, FUCK OFF and disappear up your own sphincter. Let those of us who genuinely care for the tattered remnants of the UK enjoy the early stages of the EU collapse. Bottoms up!

          • Anonymous says:

            £1 used to buy Euro 2 now it is Euro 1.15. It shows pound is weaker than Euro and more confidence in Euro than £.

          • AC1 says:

            You keep believing that…

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            When did you ever get 2 Euro’s for a quid ?

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            No wonder you are Anonymous ! The highest ever Euro to pound exchange rate was 1.2336 If you can get me two for a quid
            I’ll send you my feckin bank details
            You must be Ed Ball’s or Gordon McPotty McMad !

          • Anonymous says:

            MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD you’re looking at the records for the last two years. It was 1.6 in 2001

          • Anonymous says:

            Try how things were in 2000 and see how £ fell.


          • Anonymous says:

            Why did it fall? Strength of Germany and stupidity of Brown/Blair/Balls/New Labour.

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            Anonymous So what is your point ?
            you said you could get 2 euro’s for a quid
            so i would like to know where or even when?
            1.16 is not 2 is it ?
            At the moment it is 1.17 which is still not 2
            it has been as low as 1.06 which is not 2 either
            and at it’s historical highest it was 1.2336 which is still not 2
            so when COULD you get 2 euro’s for a quid ?

          • Anonymous says:

            MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:
            December 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

            Try looking highest was around £1 = Euro £1.75.

          • I Couldn't Give A 4XXXX says:

            Historical High:

            04/05/2000 – €1.745346775

          • misterned says:

            So you have proven that the labour government allowed the pound to devalue massively against the Euro. How shit are labour in Government? Biggest deficit in history, longest and deepest recession for a generation and achieving that whilst devaluing the pound by about 40%…

            Anonymous, thank you for reminding us how inept the Labour Government was.

          • AC1 says:

            How has Greece’s exchange rate changed against Germany?

            Oh it’s fixed?

            What’s happened to the Greek economy then?

            Oh it imploded…

            Looks like having your own currency is an advantage.

        • 49
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          If it means that I won’t wake up one morning to find an EU apparatchik installed in No 10 or the UK’s budget sent to Brussels for approval by an unelected, unaccountable faceless bureaucrat then it’s a price worth paying. But it won’t come to that, because the thought of losing £15,000,000 a day will win out over Sarko throwing his toys out of the cot.

        • 65
          Henry Ford says:

          Does that mean no more BMW , Mercedes and Audi cars on sale in the UK.

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            That is exactly the point they need us far more than we need them.

          • Anonymous says:

            What are you going to buy? There is no UK car all are owned by others, we don’t have a choice. Foreigners manufacturing in UK will end up moving to EU from UK.

          • Nothing better to do. says:

            Even if it did life wouldn’t end. I’m pretty sure Lexus and a dozen others would be only too happy to fill the gap. We’ve been sold down the river by the likes of Cable, Clegg, Heath and all the other idiots using the fear of losing trade and influence in a shrinking euro market over a growing world.
            If nothing else we might get duty frees back on the ferry.

          • smoggie says:

            I will buy a car made in Britain by British workers. It doesn’t matter who owns it.

          • Anonymous says:

            Nothing better to do. says:
            December 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm

            You might get visa as well.

        • 84
          Fitbad the Tailor says:

          What some people don’t seem to understand is that if your wife threatens to leave you, she’ll make sure you understand she’ll try to keep the kids and stop you seeing them as well.

          • Get over it says:

            If your wife has been fucking someone else behind your back and running up the costs on your credit card, you dump her and start again if you can. The kids may not even be yours anyway

          • Nemo says:

            I law if a wife are living together even if the wife has been playing away the kids are deemed to be the husbands

        • 86

          What a quisling. It’s a pity bastards like that inhabit here.

          He is too thick to realise that a huge majority of our trade with the EU is imports. Also hasn’t the guts to give his name. And before you say anything, my middle name is Ampers, and you won’t find anyone but me with that name. Not on the Internet as I have checked thoroughly.

          Those of us with a little more intelligence will realise that the French and Germans, especially the French (they are the real nation of shop-keepers), aren’t going to say to us:

          “You’ve been very naughty so we will no longer sell our goods to you!”


          • Forgot that this site gives my entire name LOL

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            Ampers, he did not give his full name because his middle name is fu*ckwit. From where I stand you have a middle name to be proud of.

          • Anonymous says:

            We import because we haven’t got a choice not because we want. Even when we had Rover, will you buy Rover? Rover could only compete with Lada.

          • The Paragnostic says:

            Rover could only compete with Lada because of the wonderful years of nationalisation and lack of investment due to the inflexibility of the trades unions.

            Labour lost. Get over it.

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            There are plenty of cars made in the UK and very good ones at that. The central point is made by your own words they will still wish to sell their Mercedes, BMW etc to us. And most likely we we still buy them. There is NO trade issue here it is all made up by politicians as a scare tactic.

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            Just bookmarked your blog you speak sense !

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            Mr Anonymous Yes i would buy a Rover as i did after owning 12 Fords on the trot
            It was a fantastic car with electric everything even heated seats
            Then your beloved Labour party refused them a loan and they shutdown
            I also have a LDV Maxus van which is a superb vehicle
            Another company that your Labour party let go to the wall , despite having a fully electric version on the production line and a bomb proof vehicle ready for the British Army for use in Afghanistan
            We don’t take lessons from lefties especially anonymous ones !

          • CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

            Talking of electric cars, it seems General Motors in the US have been found out trying to cover up the fact that the lithium batteries used to power their “carbon neutral” electric car have a propensity for catching fire spontaneously. How much CO2 does a burning car spew out?

          • One of Labours many civil sevice quislings says:

            WE want the service industry, quaint manufacturing is for the tourists.

        • 102
          Tim Melville says:

          Over the last few months: Tata announce £1.5billion increased investment in U.K., Nissan announce their new hi-tech electric car to be built in Sunderland, Nissan announce their new 4by4 to be built in U.K., BMW announce new £500,000,000 engine plant to be built in U.K., composites for Boeing’s new jumbo are made here in U.K., Rolls Royce working on engines/VTOL system for the new F35 J.S.F., BAE Systems working with U.S. companies on latest development of the Apache helicopter plus numerous other multi £billion companies that have registered on the FTSE and British markets over the last couple of months – Russian, African, Chinese mining companies plus more debating the same move; Britain second on the list of inward investment from emerging economies second only to the U.S. (on a per-capita Britain is top of the list)………
          Is it just possible that with the £billions and $billions that these companies have at their disposal they’ve all by some amazing coincidence made the very same catastrophic mistake by making these investments of £billions into the U.K.? after all they could just of easily gone to Germany? Italy? Spain?? even france? in fact anywhere in the world…. But they chose to come to Britain.

          • No2IT says:

            Mr Melville, you have made a very good point on the evidence of investment of a freely trading nation. It’s not what the politicians say, it’s what businesses think. Good one.

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            Very good point. Other countries and people will buy our products and services for many reasons but surely NOT because we are part of a club known as the EU. The EU in its present form and if Merkosy have their way future form has been and will be an unmitigating disaster.

          • Anonymous says:

            They are here because UK can trade freely with EU, if that goes they will pack up and move to EU.

          • Engineer says:

            Anonymous – that, presumably, is why the Swiss banking industry has collapsed?

            It hasn’t collapsed? What! They’re not even in the EU!

          • Anonymous says:

            Do people buy Swiss chocolate? Do people buy Swiss watches? Do people use Swiss banks?

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            Anonymous you obviously buy a lot of Swiss Cuckoo clocks

          • Anonymous says:

            Look at the future and see how much they are investing?

          • CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

            Anonymous, you ignoramus! Businesses will locate where trading conditions are to their advantage. They will NOT locate to places that are strangled by regulation and bureaucracy and high taxation. It seems the EC and Merkozy want to impose just those disadvantageous conditions – business tariffs, carbon taxes, increased corporation tax, Tobin tax etc.

            You seem to be part of the tsunami of propaganda which is about to hit this country from Brussels, Paris and Berlin (not forgetting their British mouthpiece, the BBC)

          • Alex says:

            Anonymous is talking out of its arse – we import from the EU far more than we export to it. Whilst having those exports blockaded would harm us, it would harm the EU far more due to the loss of sales to us.

            As already mentioned by others here, the whole trade thing is a scare tactic from politicians – the EU will not cut off its nose to spite its face.

          • misterned says:

            Anonymous, you are talking bollocks. We have just had the last quarters trade balance figures. figures which the last labour party ignored to ALL OF OUR peril.

            The last quarter saw a RECORD number of exports with a large increase in the exports to countries outside the EU. So long as we are focusing our trade on the improving and emerging markets outside the EU, continue to add value and and keep innovating then these overseas companies will continue to inwardly invest into the UK.

            We used to have the best inward investment in the entire EU in the 1990s. Labour pissed that away.

            We are still a full member of the single EU market, and even with a free trade agreement the EU will not wish to hurt their own companies by ensuring that the UK stops buying their products.

            With the imminent imposition of a Tobin Tax across the Eurozone, EU banks will be wanting to relocate their head offices to the City of London and utilise any opt-outs that they can find.

            We still are a global leader in trade in spite of labour’s best efforts to fuck this country backwards. We can survive and thrive outside the EU.

            Only negative defeatist unpatriotic and traitorous “little Englanders” would think otherwise!

          • Sparky says:

            All this investment?? Wow!! Must be the unfavourable pound/euro rate you were all chuntering on about above causing all that.

            Plus, some of you have very short memories as not very long ago the pound was exchanged for less than one euro at the height of the Imbecile’s lunacy. I took a gamble that the pound would go back up again and opened a euro account. When I closed it a few months later the pound had gone back up and I had made a tidy profit on the deal.

        • 143
          Stan Butler says:

          Fuckwit. We are still full members of the eu and this veto by Cameron will in no way affect our trade.

        • 161
          Denial_a_river_in_Africa says:

          Ah, yes, of course. The Eurocrats will look at the situation, decide that they don’t need the UK’s Eu10Bn net contribution AND that Germany will pay instead. They will therefore conclude that they can “punish” the UK through punitive measures. Of course. Why couldn’t I see that before! You’re a GENIUS!

          • Taxpayer says:

            EU costs more than £10Bn – remember all the little charges, levies, etc – not evenan EU Biff would call them Eurotaxes – Emissions trading etc.

            That is why government have NEVER told us the true cost – they just answer all questions with the same answer;

            “our membership costs £9billion and we get £1billion trade in return”

            Which is argument enough to leave!

        • 192
          Anonymouse says:

          And of course Britain wouldn’t allow free trade either. I think we import more from Europe than export.

          • Iloathlefties says:

            We import £50 billion more from the EU than we export so who’s going to stop us trading with them? We can have our fishing industry back, food prices will drop as we won’t be subject to the CAP and we can save £19 billion in net contributions and administration costs!! We could stop mass immigration overnight and give jobs to our 1000,000 young unemployed, save further billions on the World Health Service and education system where interpretors have to be employed to educate the 25% of foreign students in our schools. Lets get out now!!

          • Bulldog Drummond says:

            That is the point we import more than we export to the EU. Let me put this in simple terms so you can understand it. They SELL more to us then we SELL to them. The imbalance contradicts your point does it not. We will continue to buy from them and they will continue to buy from us the status quo will prevail here otherwise they would be shooting themselves in the head and although they might be heading for a train crash I do not think they are intent on pushing the nuclear switch – well not just yet.

          • Mixed metaphor city! says:

            Fuck me!

          • Archie says:

            I think the trade figures are supreme bollocks anyway! A relative imported some stuff from the UK for his business in Canada. The shipping manifest said that the cargo went from Felixstowe to Rotterdam then to Canada. THAT was presumably called “trade with Europe”!

        • 194
          Martin Sewell says:

          Seems ilke we’ll have to trade with the nations that are not bust. We shall bear that with as much fortitude as we can muster.

        • 220
          Iloathlefties says:

          Good riddance to this useless socialist dipsh*t!!

          • Hugh Janus says:

            Quite so – if he goes. We can well do without the bumbling and totally inept St Vince who, when put to the test by somehow getting into high office, was found to be a complete waste of space. No more bitching and whining from this silly old Limp Dumb with nothing to offer except his own ego and constant sniping. But then, that’s what the LDs are so good at. Just when we need government unity and people of steady nerve, the traitorous LDs stick up two fingers and start their usual bleating. The gut-wrenching spectacle at lunchtime of sanctimonious Panstdown trotting out his usual predictable garbage was too awful to watch. The LDs are our very own home-grown 5th columnists, ever ready to stab the rest of us in the back.

            Let’s hope they all chuck in the towel. Cameron can then call a GE with the promise of a referendum. Landslide guaranteed – and no more yellow-bellies with ideas well beyond their lowly station in life. Can’t wait.

        • 276
          The Watson Watcher says:

          They need our trade a dam sight more than we need theirs you numpty.

        • 290
          It's a great day to be english. says:

          Cameron has made the right move … His goal is emotional self sufficiency so that the country can be freer to be itself. (another word for freedom). Being great pragmatists we are disciplined enough to bend when needed. Fear by definition distorts reality. There is nothing to fear.

          • Honest View says:

            Right, and one of the great myths is that we will no longer have influence. What influence? It’s always been arranged to suit France, and to some extent Germany. What EU policy have been driven by us? None that I know of. Let’s clear off, for Gawdsake.

        • 295
          Osama the Nazarene says:

          What you clearly do not understand anon is that Euroland, which is not a country, will not survive the medium term as a single currency. It may split into a northern Eurland and a Southern Euroland or more likely a Northern Euroland and southern European countries with their own currencies. Having a single interest rate for frugal Germany and profligate Greece or Italy just does not make sense and will eventually” break”. As your hero Balls keep saying piling on extra austerity on Greece and Italy will ensure that they will never be able to repay their debts or control their deficits.


        • 297
          Pull my Finger says:

          Cameron prefers “I am not into continental wife swapping, I prefer to live with my wife and kids in the Cotswolds and piss the French off from this side of the channel.”

        • 313
          it's gordons fault says:

          wot a load of bollx – it doesn’t change a thing just draws a line under the lies they have spun us all for years

        • 327
          Anonymous says:

          And we should be in an association with this mafia?

        • 335
          a bit less angry says:

          so the EU has quit the WTO? when di that happen?

        • 350
          Sophie says:

          Are you really saying that BMW, Mercedes, VW, Siemens, Airbus & a million other EU businesses want their EU Government to enter a trade war with Great Britain, the 6th largest economy on the planet?


        • 360
          Old Blue Eyes says:

          Who gets free trade with Europe ? I’ve been paying for my French wine on an ever increasing scale. Not any more. I have bought my last bottle of the stuff and would urge any other British patriot to do the same. Come on Guido lets start a campaign on here.

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            Best place for it in my opinion , rat piss coloured red if you ask me

            Sorry about my cap lock problem !

          • roman says:

            Why buy French piss when you can get splendid S African vino at reasonable cost?

        • 361
          Ilovefreetrade says:

          Cable, Jog On you lefty mong

          EU: free trade fine, but the rest of the crap red tape and stupidness, Jog On

        • 368
          New EU anthem?.... "Time to say Goodbye"! says:

          If the EU slaps on a banking tax, expect the reverse to happen. W.T.O. agreements will stop any restriction of trade by other EU countries. I love people who don’t allow complete ignorance of a subject from stopping them from having an opinion. Not surprised that you want to be anonymous!

        • 382
          Anonymous says:

          YAWN! We run a multi billion pound trade deficit with the Euro countries. Their rules and regulations severely impact our ability to export to non EU countries with whom we run a trade surplus. Now, which one should we be hitching our wagon to? The sclerotic, inefficient EU whose share of world GDP has decreased from ~ 30 % to less than 15% over the last 30 years ( btw the USA has maintained the same %age share over the same period) or the expanding markets outside the EU ? It’s a no brainer, which is probably why the liberals, socialists and the BBC never ask the question.

          Isolated? As others have stated, do we really want a seat in the dining room of the Titanic, just so that we can discuss what to have for breakfast once we dock in New York.

        • 453
          FuckThemAll says:

          Yes, cos all those tariffs on goods from Switzerland and China really fuck their trade with the EU. The WTO regulates trade. And we import much more from the EU than we export to it. There is no risk to trade at all. But if we do leave we can stop paying so much into their budget.

          Once the Euro sinks – which will be very soon – we’ll get the blame, Sarko can retire to some EU high paid job cos he is going to lose his election, maybe the Italians and the Greeks can elect their own governments, and the pieces picked up will be the good bits. Free trade, common standards, free travel.

          Stop scaremongering. The world will still be here tomorrow.

        • 468
          Bill says:

          So we embargo eu products?

          This needs a mature debate not silly lefty school boy boys gave away the family silver and got slapped in the face.

          This country is back on track,dougie go and get an e300,000 job in the eu gravy train like kinnock and leave us alone.

        • 478
          WINDY MILLE says:

          Not being in the e u has not hurt the Swiss or the American banks has it?

        • 483
          Boz says:

          I didn’t think trading with the EU was ever actually “free” but rather it was an extremely expensive joke, and the sooner we stopped letting the demented power crazed idiots interfering with us, the sooner we could stop wasting such vast sums of our money.

        • 581
          Bertie says:

          Good point, all those banks and businesses can’t wait to run to the EU so they can pay extra tax to bail out fat, lazy, corrupt Greeks.

          Perhaps you should run for PM.

        • 585
          Anonymous says:

          Utter bollocks, firstly the EU manufacturers want our markets and secondly WTO rules prevent what you suggest.

        • 590
          HenryV says:

          Keep taking the tablets dear.

        • 614
          Anonymous says:

          Are you honestly suggesting that Spanish farmers will refuse to sell their fruit and vegetables to Tesco unless we stay in the EUSSR?

        • 673
          Biffo says:

          You are Nick Clegg, discredited leader of the Lib Dems & I claim my 5 Euro.

        • 685
          David Price says:

          This is simply not true. Under the Lisbon treaty, the EU is legally obliged to strive to negotiate a free trade agreement with any country leaving it.

          If that wasn’t enough, there are umpteen World Trade Organisation rules which the EU is bound by, which would make it difficult for the EU to take any aggressive position you suggest.

          Finally, there’s the case of the net trade deficit with the EU which we have – we import more French wine and German cars by value than goods we export to the EU. As such, a trade war would damage the EU disproportionately. Hundreds of thousands of German workers would lose their jobs, as would French farmers. They’d be dumping manure on the marble courtyards of Brussels!

          Basically, your argument is fanciful nonsense, as is so much said by the pro-EU lobby.

        • 707
          Jim says:

          So what you are saying is that the written Treaty is less than Germany’s instruction?

          • Archie says:

            What I want to know is: if al-Beebeera’s assertion is correct that the EU is of microscopic importance to people in the UK and isn’t on anyone’s radar, why the fuck can’t they stop spouting their non-stop bullshit about it?

        • 713
          Pundit Too says:

          “What people doesn’t understand”
          You are an immigrant leftie and I claim my £500.

          Incompetent old man in a hurry forced to resign after being promised a knighthood by his leader Clegg.
          This should be the new tabloid heading.

      • 38
        Vince the Wince says:

        I’ve been stitched up. Darn !

        • 371
          UK Fred says:

          You should have been bagged up, Vinnie, ma boy, and then dropped like a sack of spuds on your friends in Strasbourg.

          • Alex says:

            Nah, drop him in the Thames – if the pollution doesn’t kill him, the undercurrents are a dead cert.

      • 459
        Crikey says:

        Bye Bye Vince. Much easier being an armchair general anyway. As you have probably noticed.

        • 537
          Airey Belvoir says:

          It will be fun to see the Lib Dum Ministers, fully aware of their coming electoral doom, all fighting like rats in a sack to get the next EU Commissioner’s job. Looks like Cleggy in the lead, Vince coming up on the rails, Lord Oakeshott closing behind…

      • 672
        Biffo says:

        Good luck in your new job Mr Bungle.

    • 29
      Bulldog Drummond says:

      Can this week get any better? In answer NO. Cable gone lets hope so at long last. There is NO way the Limp dems were NOT consulted on the issues surrounding the summit and were fully signed up. Now because DC had the afront to actually do what he said he would do they are throwing their toys out of the playpen. You really could not make this stuff up. Maybe someone should tell Cable to look at the polls the british people overwhelmingly support the actions taken over the last few days and the only people marginalised right now are the limp dems period. So typically liberal bringing a knife to a gunfight. DC did the right thing and time will no doubt prove him right.

    • 43
      AC1 says:

      Vince “Windsock” Cable wrong about everything, all the time.

      Please let the sprung door whack you on the way out you useless toerag.

      • 73
        Bulldog Drummond says:

        He can join that idiot Ashdown as a another yesterday man. To watch the limp dems right now beggars belief how did these twats get elected in the first place. They are on a crash course to obliterate their so called party.

        • 97
          The Boys of St. Vincent says:

          Rent Boys!!!!

        • 493
          Honest View says:

          They didn’t get elected. They just fell lucky because the two main parties came fairly close. They hardly represent anyone now. Let them clear off and we can have a proper government, not one that has to ask a bunch of limp student idealist beardies permission for any decision. Plese go, Vince, you sour-faced old hypocrite.

        • 498
          EdButLookBalls says:

          It’s the grass-roots at local council level taht are the real villains of the piece, they run quite a few councils, still a scenario slightly better than Liebour if Liebour are second though!! Cable is a jumped up ex-labour mong, a full-weighter twatoon!!

    • 62
      piss off says:

      Silly oul fucker threatens to quit more than Ronnie O’Sullivan

    • 104
      Jabba the Cat says:

      Fuck off Vince…who’s next?

    • 108
      Sir Barrington Minge says:

      Lamentably unlamented.

    • 149
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Vince Who ?

    • 174
      Jabba the Cat says:

      A bit of Sunday lunchtime entertainment, best war film around,
      CatShitOne – Apocalypse Meow

    • 190
      Marcus Edwardius says:

      This is classic Euro politics. Our PM has just made a move that the Brussels and Frankfurt groups fear – so now they call in their favours from their undercover agents Cleggy, Cable et al and start undermining Cameron and the UK. Perhaps thy can organise it so that Cameron is forced to step down and Cleggy gets to be PM. His first act? Straight on the Eurostar over to Brussels to sign on the dotted line and fuck us over….

      There are too many people in our corridors of power who are clearly for the EU first and foremost. They don’t care about the UK. These Judas characters are rotten inside

      • 207
        Anonymous says:

        You understand the reality. Even CBI is against what Cameron did. There is right and wrong but than there is reality.

        I don’t want UK to be in EU but there is no other choice, we will be worse off if we are out.

        • 221
          The Paragnostic says:

          The CBI (or at least their spokesman) have been taken in by the fearmongers who believe that our not boarding a sinking ship will lead to problems with trade. It is idiots like you who are spreading the lie that Dave has taken us out of the EU when he has done nothing of the sort – he has merely not joined the massive clusterfuck that is the Merkel-Sarkozy treaty.

          We are still full members of the EU. We still have free trade. That is what matters – the rest is just background scenery to the pantomime.

        • 226
          Hi sailors! says:

          No other choice? Have you ever heard of that place called ‘The rest of the world”?

          You should keep off the fruit gums mate. Rot your brains as well as your teeth.

        • 346
          Marmite says:

          Anonymong, you are a foreigner aren’t you? Probably a p.a.k.i. or some such, and therefore programmed to vote Leiber in return for the t.w.a.t.s. letting you and your nine dozen ‘relations’ into our once proud country. The way you construct your sentences is a dead give-away.

        • 648
          Robinson says:

          So like Clegg, you believe that democracy is all very well, but if we can have a bit more wealth without it, then we might as well ditch it?

          This is a pretty strange argument to make.

      • 355
        This is mad Britain says:

        Don’t forget the bbc working overtime to try and portray the veto move as a disaster/ First Clegg on then Oakshott, then Cleggs man, then Clegg again. Who gives a flying what Clegg or the rest of them think .

        • 476
          Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

          ‘ The BBC, whose biased reporting has once again been a disgrace…’ (Peter Oborne, The Telegraph.)

          So, it’s not just me then. What a relief.

        • 661
          Gonk says:

          Then Oakeshott, then Oakeshott, then Ashdown, then Heseltine, then Oakeshit

      • 723
        Archie says:

        Can’t we get someone to hack THEIR phones? Now THAT would be interesting!

    • 205
      David Cameron - Heir to Churchill says:

      Who is this old f*cker again?…

    • 281
      Cleaner who scrapes bogies from off the benches says:

      He’s a financial wizened, that Cable.
      He likes holding-on dancing – it’s stable!
      He just felt he should go
      as the Con-Lib tango
      had Cleggie bent over the table.

      At business he showed LibDem flair.
      Yes, he seemed simply just not to care
      that billions had gone
      on the big Eee-U con
      and the BBC-Green ‘climate scare’.

      We will not see the likes of this bloke!
      ‘Til they bring in one more LibDem joke
      to give us the news
      of unchanged EU views
      and that we must soon be ‘ein volk’.

    • 562
      Jacky treehorne says:

      Isn’t it funny how Eurofanatics always open with the old chestnut “we will lose trade” They know that it’s bullshit,, they hold the intelligence of their voters in such low esteem, but then they are mostly leftie idiots so I suppose its not that much of a surprise.

    • 601
      Iloathlefties says:

      We import £50 billion more from the EU than we export so who’s going to stop us trading with them? We can have our fishing industry back, food prices will drop as we won’t be subject to the CAP and we can save £19 billion in net contributions and administration costs!! We could stop mass immigration overnight and give jobs to our 1000,000 young unemployed, save further billions on the World Health Service and education system where interpretors have to be employed to educate the 25% of foreign students in our schools. Lets get out now!!

    • 603
      Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

      Absolutely. Its a bugger. One of our men will have to do some work instead of setting the hounds on any Frogs that come near Calais. Tally Ho!

    • 622
      Disliker of Bankers says:

      I hope not. vince is just about the only one in cabinet with a brain.
      Call me Dave might have extended (slightly) his tenure as PM – leading a truly ‘orrible conservitude cabal.
      I hope he will realise his place in history as would be defender of the “city”, when all the business goes to Paris/Berlin or all spots South East.
      Well done you Eton educated turd.

    • 682
      Get Smart says:

      He should be the first traitor hanging from a lamp post.

    • 702

      I heard he is gonna be a tour guide for Saga holidays

  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

    About time, Maybe Laws can make a comeback? seeing as he is above the law.

  3. 3
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Buy a round before you leave

  4. 4
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    Can he take the absolute Hunt Huhne with him as well?

  5. 5
    Falco says:

    Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

  6. 6
    Sean says:

    This really is win,win, win

    Eu stuffed, Lib dems stuffed, cable stuffed.

    how about a who rules Britain election!

  7. 7
    anonymouse in the Cabinet Office skirting board says:

    Wasn’t David Laws seen going in to Downing Street last week?

  8. 8
    Harris Tottle says:

    I shall pray for him to find comfort in his dotage.

    Or let me put in slightly differently.
    Thank the Lord.

  9. 9
    Captain Nemo says:

    Excellent. Maybe we can now have a business secretary who actually believes in business.

  10. 10
    Terrible But True says:

    Can’t wait for the BBC’s unique ‘report’ on this, as so far they seem to be coated in professional, objective glory, as they ‘speak for the nation’.

  11. 11
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

    VinceTunes :-)

  12. 12
    Snap says:

    If I was Cameron, I’d take the opportunity to clear the decks and call a snap election in the new year. Labour are floundering under Miliband and his worst nightmare is an early election. The Lib Dems would be wiped out and the Tories would get a small but workable majority.

    • 75
      Boy Mulcaster says:

      Dave may have to as Clegg is about to slag him off for saying no anyway it looks like the coalition will unravel over Christmas. Winter Election on the way, Dave has just about done enough to make the EU the defining issue that will sink Labour and the LibDems and win back possible UKIP voters. He’ll get the overal majority now but he needs to strike quick.

      • 82
        Bulldog Drummond says:

        Id DC offers a referendum as part of the election manifesto there is no need to vote UKIP at all. He wins by a landslide IMO. I doubt he will do it though.

        • 92
          AC1 says:

          Whole point of Dave’s E.U.S.S.R. manoeuvres was to avoid a referendum.

          • Osama the Nazarene says:

            …agreed and its worked for now though an unexpected consequence might be an early election if the LimpDums cannot stomach what Dave did.

          • Anonymous says:

            Exactly, Watch the Cameron bastard closely.
            He offered to sell us out for a few baubles to hang in his window.
            Fortunately the Merkozy was to stupid to accept.
            Good news if we move towards the exit, bad news if we are just kept in for our subscriptions.

          • Boy Mulcaster says:

            You may be right looking more like the whole performance from Dave is to win the EuroRealists in his own party but avoid the dreaded referendum. With the EU moving to QMV from 2014 we won’t have a choice about this type of decision it will have simply passed on a show of hands!

    • 118
      swampy dog says:

      How would he square that with his stated desire to have fixed five year parliamentary terms?

      • 228
        Tuscan Tony says:

        He would provoke and lose a vote of confidence and as he’s a coalition PM he’ get round the fixed term issue which clearly could and would not apply to coalitions.

      • 234
        Hi sailors! says:

        Stop nitpicking. If his partners are opposing everything he does, they might just as well move permanently across the floor – thereby nullifying any such accommodation with them.

        • 319
          G Brown lover of Prudence says:

          Anyone for a Labour / Liberal coalition then. I’m happy to serve again.

      • 246
        Selohesra says:

        Plan must be to force the Libs to bring down the coalition – Dave then fights the election on moral high ground

    • 341
      Anonymous says:

      The con/libdem coalition agreement is binding on both parties for a full 5 year term; will DC or Clegg renege on the deal,which would be necessary if an earlier election is called?

    • 471
      50 Calibre says:

      Strong possibility of success here. Split parties never win elections and split governments always fail. Splits all over the place really.

      Just so long as Call me Dave doesn’t find himself the victor over a pile of smoking rubble with nobody to talk to, it will be just the thing to do…

  13. 14
    Andrew Craig-Bennett says:

    It would be handy if one of you ” bastards” who are happily celebrating your victory over the rational Tories could explain what Cameron’s hissy fit was actually about, and just how you propose to make sure that we can pay for our oil and gas with European cost levels and no European market to sell to.

  14. 15
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    About time , too he is a useless piece of crap
    The very worst of what a GlibDumb stands for , and also when he was given the job, he looked Physically sick . At the thought that years of slagging off various governments , knowing full well you will never have to step up to the plate yourself . Suddenly found himself in the one position he never thought he would have to be in . Power !

  15. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Ironic he brings up democracy when, what is it, 2/3rds of the electorate are Eurosceptic to a greater or lesser extent?

  16. 17
    Gaylord says:

    The man who predicted 17 of the last three recessions…

  17. 18
    Speed Demon says:

    Huhney Monster talking on bbc news right now.

  18. 19
    I like Little Mix says:
  19. 20
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Cable has lived his whole life with a face that looks like he’s got shit on the end of his nose !

  20. 21
    Liebore says:

    Don’t be surprised if Miliband’s people are having talks with Cable today about crossing the floor.

  21. 22
    Harris Tottle says:

    After his resignation he will be doing the rounds of the TV studios for at least 10 minutes.

    Then he will write book, that no one will buy, and then he will be doing the rounds of the TV studios for at least 10 minutes.

    You have to admit this has been a damned good week.

    • 70
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      He’ll become one of the BeeB’s rent seekers – on every insta-pundit show for the next 12 months at least. If you thought the Politics Show couldn’t get any worse, just wait till Vince is a regular.

      • 165
        Jabba the Cat says:

        No doubt Vince will aired alongside Huhne’s ex-wife, Vicky something or other, who tries to pass herself off as an economist whilst always talking complete bollocks. They would make a perfect team.

        • 362
          This is mad Britain says:

          I wonder, is she the same sticky Vicky of Benidorm fame, if so I can see why she was shacked up with the Huhne?

  22. 23
    Scotsblue says:

    Oh please please let this be true. Stupid old fool.

  23. 24
    Where's My Tip? says:

    Cable from Mr Telegram: “I Quit”

    Or something like that, anyway.

  24. 26
    I like Europe says:

  25. 34
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Good riddance to the silly old fart. A case study in appalling ineptitude.

  26. 36
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Has he secured the gig for Worthers Original or is he off to an old peoples home with a pair of rubber knickers :-)

    • 151
      Cell time says:

      Up coming remake of the old favourite ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, along with Hush Puppy Ken Clarke, retired Postie Alan Johnson, and after appearing in a successful production of Cinderella as the front end of the Pantomime Horse, Margaret Becket to revive the roll of Nora Batty, Hilary Benn as the uncomfortably effeminate interlectual ‘Barraclogh’ character.

    • 157
      Cell time says:

      Up coming remake of the old favourite ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, along with Hush Puppy Ken Clarke, retired Postie Alan Johnson, and after appe@ring in a successful production of Cinderella as the front end of the Pantomime Horse, Margaret Becket to revive the roll of Nora Batty, Hilary Benn as the uncomfortably effeminate intelectual ‘Barraclogh’ character.

  27. 37
    Nick Clegg says:

    good… the man was a fucking liability anyway…

    the whole lib dems in power thing has been a shambles at best

  28. 40
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

    Come on, he did have one good line tho :

    • 272
      ST says:

      Yes and it turns out he was popping into No.10′s backdoor to receive tea and give sympathy to McMental.

      • 621
        Oddly Enough says:

        So he says… But who knows what to believe from this man. A thoroughly untrustworthy type.

  29. 41
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Wee Douooogie on sky
    Murnaghan asked the one direct question that i have been waiting to see
    “What would Labour have done in Cameron’s position” ?
    and suprise suprise he didn’t answer it

  30. 44
    Boudicca says:

    Can he please take Huhne with him?

    • 132
      Judge Dreadful says:

      I bet Huhne’s sphincter is throbbing right now as all his protection evapourates

      • 481
        Carina says:

        It’s throbbing for other reasons actually – I opened my Christmas strap on a couple of weeks early.

  31. 45
    Arch Stanton says:

    Vince who ?

  32. 47
    Edward. says:

    St Vince, can’t hack it – but then so what, his tenure in office has been conspicuous by its, ‘do nothing that helps stance’.

    If he’s going, lets hope he does and along with him, we must encourage this berk – to ‘pipe out’: the rest of the yellow rats.

    Time for another GE.

  33. 50
    Down with Brown! says:

    Running all the way back to Labour…..

    • 74
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      As opposed to running to the Tories?

      • 242
        Archer Karcher says:

        The grumpy old fraud ahs never made it a secret, he has hated every minute of working with the Tories. His socialist dogma is more suited to the freedom hating Marxism of his youth.

  34. 53
    Lomax says:

    Poor old Cat5e. He has been stretched and tied. Did he not know that the next thing is to be terminated?

    Sad loss, lets hope obscurity suits the old donut.

  35. 57
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    EUROPE ! Could this be !

    The Final Countdown ?

  36. 63
    Doktorb says:

    Speculation, Guido. Sometimes it doesn’t stick.

  37. 67
    Mornington Crescent says:

    The Beeboids have given up any pretence of professionalism and neutrality today.

    This morning’s headlines on the radio and web (I don’t pay the telly tax but I presume the TV was just as bad) were “Clegg attacks Cameron over veto” – a complete and utter pack of lies which, to be fair, nearly all the commenters on the news site picked up on.

    Come on Dave, keep going. You’ve seen what happens when you grow a pair and stick up for Britain. Now, clear the decks via a General Election and privatise that fucking bunch of overpaid, overstaffed, overrated, subversive gayers once and for all.

    • 91
      pissed off voter says:

      Good time for an election from DC’s position -

      EU veto has made him flavour of the month
      Lib Dums are skint and more unpopular than they have ever been.
      Labour are skint and leaderless.
      EU veto may have – perhaps temporarily – stemmed flow to UKIP.

      • 254
        Archer Karcher says:

        UKIP currently third in the polls, Lib-Dim’s fourth. Whatever way you look at it, anti EU sentiment is rising. The Brits have had enough of the Brussels / Berlin kommrades dictatorship and want our government and freedom back.

      • 277
        ST says:

        In the event of a snap election one would hope UKIP voters would lend their vote to the Tories to save us all from another coalition or, more likely, a minority government. I doubt they will though, UKIP hate the Tories more than the left.

    • 399
      Columbian Drug Baron says:

      Please dont dismantle The BBC as they are our biggest export market.

    • 491
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      You can almost imagine them in the BBC Newsroom, can’t you. ‘Oh God, it looks like most people think Cameron did the right thing. Quick, let’s spin the ‘Coalition Split’ angle. ‘Cameron panders to the City, Cameron panders to Eurosceptics. Lib-Dems Outraged.’

  38. 68
    Anonymous says:

    When has Will Hutton been right about anything?

    • 72
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    • 88
      Bulldog Drummond says:

      NEVER. Last week he said we should have joined the Euro. Economist FFS I do not think so – moron more like.

    • 94
      The Boys of St. Vincent says:

      Will Hutton gets everything laughably wrong – If i talked bollocks like that and got so much wrong I would keep my mouth shut.

      Hutton is like a man in a room who is farting and complaining about the smell – Hutton has more in common with the Lib Dems than he thinks!!!

  39. 78
    pissed off voter says:

    Is Vince leaving to join the euro?

    • 152
      Legacy of Failure says:

      He’s not really leaving. He will carry on taking his MP’s salary and all the perks. No doubt there will be a bit of consulting on the side too. These people never go that far from the buffet.

  40. 80
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    2012: Cameron, having fucked the LibDems, thinks it’s a good time to dump them and call a general election, certain that he’s got overall backing for an anti-EU campaign. He miscalculates and Labour come back as the largest single party, but depending on the Lib Dems to take office. UK commits suicide, leaving a note saying ‘Sod this for a game of soldiers’.

    • 93
      Euro-fanatic LibDems losing the trust of the British people says:

      To paraphrase the “Iron Chancellor”…Frau Merkel …. Mr Cable was “never at the table in the first place” …he’ll be no loss to the government so let him fulminate on the backbenches about noisome bankers and the City of London…the libDems know that they dare not break the Coalition and then expect to be able to argue in the forthcoming General Election that they have left because they have put Europe above the United Kingdom…their election prospects are pretty dire but to go to the country on this issue is political suicide… align yourselves with the Franco-German Axis would be like Petain standing in the British General Election against Churchill

  41. 85
    I hate Blue Labour says:

    The sooner a GE is called and the Lib Dems rightfully consigned to the dustbin of history, the better.

    • 110
      The lights are going out all over Europe.....LibDems contemplating political suicide says:

      Cameron will go to the country only if forced to by the LibDems whom he can then portray as breaking the Coalition because they support the EU more than tehy do their own electorate….complete and utter madness….they think its the fault of Cameron and the Tory eurosceptics that has resulted in this so called “isolation”…complete nonsense they are only reflecting the view of the majority of the British electorate but then again when has the view of the electorate ever worried the anti-democratic europhiles or Brussels???…

      As Cleggie said…”Be careful what you wish for !”

      In the event of Cameron winning an overall majority(very likely)the LibDems would not only be finished in UK politics but they would see their Euro Sinecures dis-appearing too as if the UK then left the EU there would be no need for MEPs or EU Commisioners etc and a lot of LibDems wuld be out of a job……..including Mr Clegg

  42. 87
    The Boys of St. Vincent says:

    I think Cable should just step down and leave parliament.

    I cannot see what he is trying to achieve, he can take other tainted LD with him.

    • 204
      Vince Cable says:

      • 278
        Use a Pun, Go to Gaol! says:

        This is what happens when you have a life and don’t spend all your time in front of the computer screen: someone pips you. I was going to ask how Eager was he to go. Now the question arises: Is he the world’s loneliest man?

        *pa DOOM poom!*

  43. 90
    Phil says:

    I would worry if our “economic guru”! Cable had been a powerhouse of reform with his ministerial brief and was leaving us to a far lesser mortal.
    However every time he seems to appear,peccadilloes aside, there is a doom laden atmosphere of anguish for the patient,and shoot the only doctor Labour left in town (the bankers).Cable has been a much loved pundit when not in government but any fire in his belly for transforming the business sector is noteworthy only by its absence and an unwillingness to compromise his personal views for the sake of the country.Admit it Vince you are well past your sell by date,retire gracefully and hand over to someone who really does want to get things moving.

  44. 95
    EU will obey. says:

    David Milliband will be your new PM.
    Nick will cause the General Election and be deputy PM.
    The EU call the shots.

    • 100
      The Boys of St. Vincent says:

      No, if the Lib Dems walk it is GE time.

      It’s a loaded gun either way for the Fib Dems.

  45. 98
    JH says:

    There’s not fool like an old fool. Bye bye, remember not to piss yourself on the steps outside.

    If he could just take other inept, inconsequential, self-important windbags like Simon Hughes and Geoff Huhne with him, so much the better.

  46. 101
    They're all the same says:

    Loads of profound thoughts from the LDs this morning on tv.
    These can be summed up to mean.

    Please Dave dont call a general election.

  47. 103
    Popeye says:

    Why does the old fool rabbit on so, just resign, he has my blessing.

  48. 112
    Anonymous says:


  49. 113
    Michael Heseltine says:

    All you Little Englanders will regret this move!

  50. 114
    will says:

    when we left the EMU 50 economists wrote to the papers to say it was a mistake. they were proved wrong as the UK economy boomed. All those commentators now saying it was a bad mistake how much money have they received from the euro gravy train (yes you lord ashton). Also how many have hopped on the euro gravy train (yes looking at you Kinnock family) so they will be grateful for the EU for employing them and giving them a tax free pension, which could be withdrawn if they say anything bad about the EU.

    • 162
      Wendy says:

      Hush! You’re not supposed to mention that!

    • 230
      Must get a pseudonym one day says:

      All those in receipt of an EU Pension should be required by law to pre-fix any public statements on the EU with the phrase…
      “Speaking as one whose personal income depends on not being critical of the EU……”

      As well as others, that would include Clegg, Huhne, Mandelson, the Kinnocks and even Chris Patten chairing the BBC, where all their EU-spinning newsreaders should be compelled to say it on his behalf.

      Surely that’s only being open, honest and transparent like they keep saying they want.

    • 250
      Rod Hull says:

      Yes regrettably I had to leave the emu too..

  51. 116
    pissed off voter says:

    UK joy goes nuclear as Cable implements his option.

  52. 121 says:

    Whoopee, winter election. Au revoir Vince. Simples.

  53. 122
    Rock on Dave says:

    I wish the uhne would resign

  54. 124
    On now says:

    The Politics Show on now will have John Redwood and a flashback to the moment Huhne’s Calamity Clegg briefing was exposed live on air!

    • 446
      Anonymous says:

      For all its merits, their highlights reel at the end showed why it had to be axed: clips from shows made in Afghanistan, Jerusalem, aboard Air Force Two. A remarkable budget, considering the size of its audience.

      Its replacement, The Sunday Politics, gives Andrew Neil’s forensic intelligence another chance to nail those chancers.

  55. 125
    An island race says:

    If the LimpDumbs are so unhappy about us not being in Europe they can always go and live there and be happy over there. In fact, we will be happy too when they go, so it’s win-win!

  56. 127
    Dave grows some balls says:

    I don’t know about you but my opinion of Cameron went up just for that infamous clip of him passing Serkozy and giving him a pat on the shoulder instead of shaking hands.

  57. 129
    Mr Burns must have taught Cameron his negotiating tactics says:

  58. 130
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Just arrived !
    What Dave really said to the Coalition of crooks in Brussels !

  59. 131
    Merkozy says:

    We’ll be back!

  60. 133
    Go to the country Dave, you no longer need the Liberals says:

    It’s about time MPs started representing their constituents in parliament. The Westminster bubble has no idea how uynpopular the EU is in the country.

    FFS most countries in the world do not belong to the EU. There really is no need to surrender our democracy and wealth creation to Merkozy.

    • 146
      Legacy of Failure says:

      I agree. Vince cable should resign from Parliament and we should have a by-election in the issue.

  61. 134
    Veto says:

    Norman Lamb on bbc1 now saying Clegg and the business community are disappointed with veto.

  62. 137
    Anonymous says:

    Only one thing to say, piss off you silly old twat, and good riddance.

  63. 144
    Liberal Liars says:

    Norman Lamb is a LIAR. If we left the EU they would not cease to trade with us, that is a totally wrong thing to say. Trade would carry on as normal.

    • 153
      will says:

      Europe wont cease to trade with us its a load of poo to frighten us. Look at our car industry booming now making as many cars as ever landrovers, rangerovers, nissans. minis and jaguar, all selling more than ever to the US and India and china. The Eu has 350 million consumers including 60 million brits. China and India alone has 2 billion consumers. Who do you want to sell to up and coming China and india or a lathargic EU.

      Our Jet engine indusrty Rolls royce sells more engines than ever, also it powers most of the gulfstream jets. All high tech industries.

      Mind you if i was a polish worker in this country on a low wage i would be worried as if we do pull out, you days could be numbered.

    • 159
      Hannibal Lector says:

      Who is Norman Lamb?

    • 188
      nellnewman says:

      the sad truth is the eurozone countries are going ba nk ru pt . They soon won’t have any money left to import our goods.

      So we need to be looking for other markets anyway – china, india, brazil, america ….

    • 347
      Anonymous says:

      exactly so. trade is between companies not countries.

    • 427
      CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

      Norman Lamb has always been economical with the truth. Thing is, he doesn’t care as long as he makes a partisan political point.

      I’ve always said the Tories would regret partnering up with the Lib Dems. They’ve NEVER been trustworthy and are dirtier political operators that Labour. The only thing dependable about the LibDems is their unreliability.

  64. 145
    Fake Blood says:

    Brilliant week but watch out for how that swine Huhne has sold us down the river in Durban. Hang them all.

    • 172
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Yep, another 10p on the price of a spark, guaranteed. Huhne.

    • 532
      Cell time says:

      His video clip shown on Sky demonstrates a Huhne Puppet would not be required if they made a modern ‘Spitting Image’, he is already a comical caricuture of sincerity.

    • 692
      Sparky says:

      They have urgently decided to leave everything unchanged until about 2020 (that’s the year, not the time!). Now they can all get back into their half empty (or chartered) 747s and piss off back home again leaving carbon trails all over the sky.

  65. 147
    Albert hall says:

    Bloody good riddance

  66. 150
    Alone again,naturally says:

    Watch the rest of the traitorous rats start to leave the sinking EU Titanic.
    Don’t come back.ever.

  67. 158
    Archy Bishop of Canterbury says:

    It . . um . . . . er . . behoves me to . . um . . dwell again at . . um . .some . . um . . length on the . . um . .riots, or . . um . . . . er . .as I pref . . er . .to . . um . . call them . . um . . . . er . protests and the . . um . . aliens . . um . . I mean . . um . . the . . er . .alienation that the riot . . er . . I mean . . um . . the protest – . . um . . ers felt for I too am considered an alien in that . . um . .no one understands what I way or . . um . .am . . um . .talking about it might . . um . .as . . um . . some say . . um . . be double dutch and . . um . . I wear strange clothes . . um . . some say I look like a dalek what . . um . .ev . . er . . that is and I . . um . . . . er . . feel for the . . um . . dalek . . um . .what ev . . er . .that is a . . um . .creature I nev . . er . .met one in . . um . .studies of medieval . . um . . whatev . . er . . it was I . . um . . read once . . um . .um . . er . .. . Where was I ? . . is it . . um . . time for . . um . . coffee . . um . .?

    But we must . . um . . pray and let us . . um . . rememb . . er . .um

    The Grouniad and the BBC and the people who . . um . .work there that they may . . um . . be . . um . . given strength to . . um . . continue their . . um . . mighty work of upholding the . . um . . golden legacy of . . um . . our Glorious Broth . . er . . Brown

    Our fragrant Sist . . er . . Polly to whom . . um . . thanks be . . um . .given for h . . er . . wonderful . . um . .writing and speaking

    And the Glorious EUSSR and . . um . . Herr Rumpy-Pumpey for his . . um . . inspirational leadership and purpose and their … um . . . supporters and . . um . . Mr . . um . . Rope . . I mean um . . String . . I mean um . . what was his . . um . . name . . ?

    And may the . . um . . people who . . um . . I cannot bring myself to name be converted to the Right – I mean Left way.

  68. 160
    John Bull. says:

    This country has a huge advantage in foreign trade outside the EU.

    • 325
      John Bull. says:

      This country has a huge advantage in foreign trade outside the EU.

      • 352
        A pedant says:

        we speak

      • 359
        The french have never liked the Anglo-Saxons says:

        That’s another reason why the French don’t like us…they have a whole Academy employed 24/7 to stop english poluting their langauge but unfortunately like most things the french dream up…it doesn’t work and the language has been occupied by english phrases..unfortunately that matter was decided some time in the past …and we beat them although Napoleon tried to turn back the tide of Anglo-Saxons but came a cropper at Waterloo(another thing strangely missing from French history books)…we helped liberate them from the Germans in WW2 and what thanks did we get from DeGaulle for bankrupting ourselves? Fuck all !! In fact he vetoed our joining the Common Market because he did not want us influencing decisions so Sarkozy is just carrying on the ancient french pastime of trying to get one over “les rosbifs” !!!

      • 383
        John Bulls*it says:

        If you’d ever been south of Dover you’d know that most educated Europeans do too.

      • 430
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        Which Shortarsey and Murky do not !
        In fact i think it was last week that i read the Germans wanted to have German as the main language in Europe !
        Just as they did in 1939 !

        • 487
          Lord Stansted says:

          I don’t think Le Frogs like speaking Kraut very much, although they did do it quite well between 1940-1944.

        • 501
          Harris Tottle says:

          Have read your above posts Mad Frankie.

          It’s a pity recent history has not been part of the great socialist education program. It seems that every generation has to keep making the same mistakes with regards to Germany’s hunger for European domination and France’s inevitable capitulation after an over optimistic opinion of its own role in world affairs .

          At the moment we are labelled as Euro-sceptics by the media and the cloud nine chattering classes of the liberal left but when the mighty debacle that is the Franco German experiment fails, as it will, and Europe is plunged into chaos again, then the tide will turn against these appeasers. Public opinion in this country is already in a ’let’s go it alone mood’, despite the BBC’s and the rest of the wishy washy socialist media.

          Unfortunately there will always be those with little experience of the real world of bloody hard work and dog eat dog to survive that will argue that friendly submission is a substitute for tough negotiation and they will never understand that sometimes you have to be prepared to fight. Fight for your country and to the death if needs be.

          That may seem melodramatic but we have been to war for much less in the last decade and one of those wars was on lies that the perpetrators are still getting rich on. The same people then have the cheek to criticize Prime Minister Cameron for standing up for Britain.

        • 539
          Sir Reginald Titbrain [Decd.] says:

          In idle moments I like to think of an EU without us conducting their business in English so they can understand each other.

          • Well it's a thought says:

            I think of the Billions we can save that won’t go near there 14 years of unsigned/unchecked accounts and think of the billions we can use to renew ourselvesand especially use it to pay our debts, that’s if fkni Liebour rubbish never get near the reigns of power again.

          • nellnewman says:

            Never mind the billions we could save what about the multibillions we have wasted on the eu?!!!

          • Ancient Mariner says:

            Reins, thickhead…

      • 477
        50 Calibre says:

        Trouble is most of it is bullshit…

        • 485
          Fabians and unelected EU idiots like Baroness Ashton are Evil says:

          I like Daniel Hannan

          “A completely new entity is taking shape, based around what Herman Van Rompuy calls ‘European economic government’, and José Manuel Barroso calls ‘fiscal federalism’. Let’s call it the Fiscal Union, or FU. For that, indeed, must be how it often seems to its constituent peoples.
          You’re Irish and you don’t see why your taxes are going up to repay European bankers and bondholders? FU! You’re Italian and you’re wondering why Brussels has imposed a government on you that doesn’t contain a single elected politician? FU! You’re Greek and you’d prefer a devaluation to the present endless crisis? FU!”

          Read more:

      • 528
        BillyBob... says:

        We need to talk Chinglish :)

      • 530
        BillyBob... says:

        Does you talk Chinglish ??

      • 652
        CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

        Spot on! People don’t realise how much speaking English, has meant to this country in getting non-European business investment. The Americans mainly use this country for European operations because of this and the likes of India, China and Brazil (the emerging economies) will speak English as a second language and not German, French or Italian.

  69. 163
    Taxfodder says:

    Old Vince is a bit of a drama queen, like all has beens he hangs around like the pong of rotting cabbage bemoaning the times when liberals did not have to be accountable or work for a living, he won’t be missed especially by the Liberals.

    The space at the trough will quickly be taken.

  70. 164
    LibDems showing their real allegiances....... says:

    Just watched Lord Oakshott and John Redwood debating on Politics Show…ignoring the fact that Oakshott continually talked over Redwood(always a sign of a weak argument if not bad manners)and gave an illustration(if one was ever needed) of how out of touch he and LibDems are…even John Sopel had to point out that 4 out of 5 UK electors supported Cameron and the majority were in favour of re-negotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU or leaving Oakshott still refused to accept the fact…….no British PM be it Mliband or even God forbid Clegg could get such an agreement through Parliament or the electorate…the fact is the Libdems are worried silly that their lucrative partnership with the EU /and vastly overpaid sinecures are over…they know that if they walk away from the Coalition forcing a General Election they stand a very good chance of political annihilation and that if the matter was ever put to referendum they and the europhiles would lose convincingly…it’d be the AV Referendum slaughter all over agaiin for them

    • 186
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      The Libdems are just like a Boil on your arse
      There for a short time then you’ll never see it again !

    • 273
      Lah Lah libs says:

      The ever so impartial BBC, giving Oakeshott all the airtime he wants.

  71. 169
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Some very interesting stats here !

  72. 171
    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    Oh good, one less lying, useless, lefty, Hunt in the Cabinet. The only thing that would be better would be if Cable took his equally appalling and moronic party colleagues off into the political wilderness with him.

  73. 175
    Canary Wharf Rat says:

    Vince thinking of leaving? Heres your hat, whats the hurry?

  74. 176
    Vince Cable says:

    Budleigh Salterton home for the old, infirm and befuddled, HERE I COME!

  75. 177
    Billy Blofeld says:

    So Vince is going to use his veto and sacrifice his seat at the table of influence?

  76. 181
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Has he had a better offer from the Murdoch’s ?

  77. 183
    nellnewman says:

    Oh Dear. vince leaving? how sad. too bad. how soon can you be gone? Oh and will you take huhne with you?

    Of course it’d be a bonus if the whole lot of libdem ministers decided to quit and the coalition ended.

  78. 187
    Tuscan Tony says:

    A sideline sniper wholly unprepared for power, and incapable of collegiate decisions. Shame he ever had to be in Cabinet.

  79. 189
    nellnewman says:

    vinnce – the perfect example of the Peter Principle . a man promoted too far above his station and incapable of doing the job.

    • 202
      Cato Street Conspirators says:

      Other examples include Miliband, Cameron, Hague, Osborne, Clegg, IDS, Brown… it seems to be quite the fashion in British politics

  80. 195
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    No difference between the libdumbs and a Snickers bar
    Both contain nuts !

  81. 197
    Dave '£50,000' Laws says:

    Vince going. Job for me? I’m freeeee.

  82. 199
    The Paragnostic says:

    A valedictory versification for Vince:

    A silly old fucker named Cable
    Was so keen to believe his own fable
    That in the face of the facts
    He continued to act
    As though welcome at Cabinet table.

    • 248
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      An out of touch old duffer called Vince
      The electorate he never convinced
      For years he just sat spouting off like a twat
      Now out of the commons he’ll mince !

      • 280

        There once was a Member for Twickenham
        Whose foxtrot was regarded as sickenin’
        The Business Sec’s line
        Is threatening to resign.
        But the rest of the cabinet ain’t brickin ‘em

        • 440
          HIQ says:

          Schrödinger’s cat,
          Crept into the crypt,
          Crapp-ed, and crept out again.

          • When caught short there is always temptation
            To commit unlawful defecation.
            Schrödinger’s cat
            Would not shat on the mat,
            Let alone the crypt, which would be an abomination.

          • Ancient mariner says:

            Goodness me HIQ, I have not heard that little poem since about 1945 when an uncle used to relate it to us nippers. He also had another one which went:

            It had to be done
            It had to be done
            So out of the window
            She cocked her bum.
            A copper came by
            And looked up high -
            Wallop, a dollop,
            Right in his eye.

            Such worthy of eternal preservation post war humour kept us in stitches…

  83. 200
    Passing Thought says:

    Allegedly, Cable not going now … well it IS pantomime season – oh yes he is… oh no he isn’t!!

  84. 206
    pompous oul turds says:

    Owen, Pantsdown etc… do these boring old farts think they are the nation’s elders or something, the conscience etc?

    Piss off.
    No-one cares what you have to say.

  85. 213
    I don't need no doctor says:

    If Cable had been a tory he would have been long gone. Cable has not lived up to the media hype prior to the last election. Time for him to go!

    • 568
      Bristol Boy says:

      Same too if Handycock had been a Tory. His reputation as the ‘ocean-going shagger’ of the Commons is unequalled – and of course he is still at it. The affair with Katya lasted for four years, during which time Handycock put her up in a flat paid for by taxpayers’ money (where else do you suppose he gets his cash?). Since then there has been the story of ‘Angel’ and the ‘sexy texts’ – and surely of others which have not yet hit the papers. Still he has a brand new car and so does Jacquie – and there’s always the villa in Spain for a while if things get too unpleasant.

  86. 215
    Gonk says:

    As Will Hutton is usually wrong about everything I don’t believe it.
    But if Cable does go this will cap a wonderful week.

  87. 217
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Miliband said Cameron vetoed too far and too fast.

  88. 222
    Brown Badger says:

    So World War 11 was a waste of time……’Greater Germany’ rules OK?

    • 235
      Engineer says:

      Well, until their electorate decide they don’t want their taxes going to Greece, Spain, Italy etc. Or until any other country’s electorate takes a different view to the technoprats.

      Things might start getting a bit messy, then.

    • 236
      WVM says:

      What happened to WWs 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10?
      Have I been asleep long?

    • 288
      AC1 says:

      German seems to be in control…

      Of paying reparation levels of transfers to not just France, but the whole of the continent.

      A pyrrhic “victory” if ever there was one.

  89. 225
    Bullingdon Bob says:

    Whether you want in or out of the EU, can you imagine Miliband standing up to 26 EU leaders, AFTER his normal bedtime?

    He would have been bullied like he was at school. He’d have been buttfucked by them.

    Huzzah for the Bullingdon boy

    • 255
      Barroso's Toupé says:

      Yes. Miliband would have been presented with a blank piece of paper, a blank cheque in fact, and would have signed it on behalf of the British people, and felt incredibly good about it.

      • 332
        AND...talking about betrayal of the UK national interest says:

        Or like his illustrious predecessor who agreed the Lisbon Treaty…failed to turn up to the signing ceremony and then skulking to sign with the minimum of coverage when everyone else had buggered off …truly a conviction politician

    • 328
      Anonymous says:

      Lol, that he would…

      They’d have “done a train on his ass” while Sarkozy held him down…

  90. 229
    cheche says:

    Eds operation didnt work

  91. 231
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Fuck off Sarkozy you little French mong

  92. 232
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    That little rubber faced man is on telly again spouting that Cameron was wrong “He agrees with Nick” !
    But who is he ?

    • 241
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      He’s a rent boy who gets raped at the BBC on a daily basis, but enjoys a good fisting off Nick Robinson.

  93. 238
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Fuck off Merkel you N*zi fucking hag

    • 410
      JH says:

      Watching that makes my chest swell. We may have well have not bothered fighting though, if the Europhiles get their way.

      Quick – let’s paint ‘ALL WELCOME’ in pink letters on the white cliffs of Dover to show how desperately, fashionably un-xenophobic we are. I’m sure the Guardianistas will nod approvingly as they watch the work being carried out (they are above such menial labour themselves, of course), before redoubling their efforts to undermine anything that is actually good for England and its people.

      • 412
        Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        Well said. We should also remember that in WW1 and WW2 the French betrayed us. They mutinied in WW1 and in WW2 most Froggies were collaborators, the south of France remained under French control AND we had to sink the little of their navy left as they sided with the Krauts.

        I’d piss on every fuck Frog grave given the chance.

        • 508
          Honest View says:

          It’s nice to return to normal when the French are our natural enemies, the selfish and traitorous swine.
          It’s been awful, pretending to get along with them and facing some sort of ghastly union with them.
          British history- you can resume normal service!

        • 545
          Geoff of Warwick says:

          It wasn’t that little. Naval warefare experts can correct me, but I believe that the sinking of the French Med. fleet technically ranks as one of the RNs greates victories.

  94. 243

    Anything happening out there?

  95. 245
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    So the BBC are reporting that the FSA fucked up over RBS, but the BBC forgets to tell us just who set up the FSA in the first place.

  96. 247
    So Long Vince says:

  97. 257 says:

    Humphrey the cat would do a better job than Vince.

  98. 258

    I tried to read that Will Hutton article, Guido.

    I really tried, but I discovered myself skipping words, then whole sentences, then whole paragraphs. Know what I mean?

    Sorry. Someone will probably read it here. Moussa Koussa may be along in a moment.

    • 317
      Passing Reader says:

      Same here cat.

      Although some of the comments are very funny. Foaming at the mouth loons.

      What a wonderful weekend.

      • 380

        You are right, sir or madam.

        I read it again without trace of pleasure, erudition or amusement until I go to this line:

        Corrupt journalism is not consequence-free.

        From the Grauniad, that is prіceless

      • 386

        Yоυ аrе rіght, sіr оr mаdаm.

        I rеаd іt аgаіn wіthоυt trаcе оf plеаsυrе, еrυdіtіоn оr аmυsеmеnt υntіl І gо tо thіs lіnе:

        Cоrrυpt jоυrnаlіsm іs nоt cоnsеqυеncе-frее.

        Frоm thе Grаυnіаd, thаt іs prіcеlеss.

    • 385
      Gonk says:

      Title of next book by Hutton, ” Books balanced, accounts settled. ” Oh I forgot, it’s a comedy..

      • 635
        Houghda Thawtyt says:

        I wouldn’t sell in the EU, their accounts have never been ratified. They are more corrupt than the Greeks.

        Did you know that there are more Porches registered in Larissa (in Greece) than the whole of Germany?

  99. 263
    Steve P says:

    Who does your headlines? Surely it should be

    “Cable Parting”

    which would lead in Toty circles to “splicing the mainbrace” ?

    • 460
      Steve P says:

      Cable can also be “cast off”.

      TRhis Cable should not be “cast off lightly”

      Rather it should be “thrown with great force”

  100. 264
    Dave's Big Day says:

  101. 266
    About Turn says:

    So let me get this right. On Friday morning all the Liberal politicians were in favour of what Dave had done. Clegg and Minger went on the telly and radio and said so,

    Then all the Tory politicians and press said well done Dave

    Then all the polls came out saying they approved of what Dave did.

    So today the papers and TV and radio is beseiged by Liberal politicians saying that what Dave did was bad, very bad and they are angry and upset that a our Prime Minister should put his own country’s interests before France’s.

    • 298
      Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Because the Limp Dems know that when the lost their UK seats they could suck a few cocks and get a job on the gravy train in Europe.

      Looks like that might be coming to an end, so Limp Dems will have to go back to doing what they’ve always done in the past to make money, put their arse on sale in London.

      • 309
        Hang The Bastards says:

        The UK public want to see these EU teacherous leaches for exactly what they are…..


        LIMP DEMS are DEAD !

  102. 270
  103. 279
    The Paragnostic says:

    Paddy Ashdown’s take: “We have tipped 38 years of British foreign policy down the drain overnight”.

    Best call the Environment Agency – that shit’s going to kill a lot of fish!

  104. 282
    The Anglo Saxon says:

    Dr Doom and Gloom is quitting, “Mein Gott” about bloody time as well, I have never know such a dreary old duffer !

    Good riddance I say, can you conVINCE some of your fellow Libbies to follow you ?

  105. 283
    End of the coalition says:

    February election. Mark my words.

    • 315
      Something good has come of it then..... says:

      End of the LibDems at Westminster as well,,,to be followed shortly by exit of UK from EU and mass exodus of LibDem MEPS as the gravy train comes to an end………..

      • 357
        Tessa Tickles says:

        It might be an idea to let Scotland become independent before we have an in/out referendum on the EU.

        Whilst the English and Welsh will probably vote ‘OUT’, the Scottish – ever-eager to have an inflow of other people’s money (even if it’s only crappy euros) – will probably vote ‘IN’, just swinging the result and fucking it all up for everyone else.

        • 455
          Really? says:

          It depends if Salmond calculates that he can get a better deal for Scotland by waiting for an ‘out’ vote and then seeing what goodies Brussels offers him to turn his back on the ‘traitor state’ of the EU.

          • The Paragnostic says:

            If we’re still in the EU when an independent Scotland joins, we’d be swamped by Scottish benefit tourists, as there would be no other way for Salmond to run a defecit of less than 0.5% of GDP. Without the Barnett formula money, Scotland would be like a very cold, very dour Greece.

    • 318
      John Bull. says:


  106. 284
    BillyBob... says:


  107. 287
    Cable got Brilloed says:

    • 518
      Anonymous says:

      Wow! That Vince fellow is shit-hot on u-turns. An awful lot of people are going to be very disappointed when he u-turns on his resignation.

  108. 291
    Lizzie says:

    Resignation would take courage and decisiveness, not qualities with which Cable is associated. He’ll stay unless he is fired, which he should have been long ago, and parade his conscience before the world making himself look weak as he does so.

  109. 293
    Gordon Brown says:

    I do all my own stunts

  110. 299
    Psst anyone got a spare Aircraft carrier? says:

    We’re not paranoid – the French really are out to get Britain–French-really-Britain.html

    • 321
      Deutschland über alles says:

      One thing to look forward too in May…Sarkozy losing French Presidential election as by then the french public will have realised that he’s sold them out to Germany….all that’s missing from this charade of democracy is the signing ceremony in the wagon-lits carriage at Compiègne………………

      • 353
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Oh, the fun really starts when Merkel’s replaced by some stereotypical joyless Kraut, fat and in his late 50s, who’s propensity to shout “NEIN!” makes the emotionally unintelligent Brown look like Bob Monkhouse.

        And then the French realise, to their utter horror, that they have to submit their annual budget to this monstre allemand.

        • 507
          Anon. says:

          I find it absolutely incredible that the French have agreed to this. Or maybe, the French people would not have agreed to this, but their politicians have.

      • 389
        Beowulff says:

        A little time left to enjoy vin, pain and brie, before the jackboot arrives to motivate them.

        ‘Arbeit macht Frei’ hoardings at the entrance to Calais Harbour any time soon.

  111. 301

    Unloved by the left wing press,
    The right wing like him still less.
    If Vince keeps his word
    And he falls on his sword,
    Who will there be left to impress?

  112. 307
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

    will the EU be over by christmas?

  113. 311

    @Frankie lost in the bowels of this page.

    We are Europeons.

    Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons. Europeons.

    You can say that as much as you like here.

    • 345
      Tessa Tickles says:

      An American tourist in Paris is using the floor-level urinals in a pub. He turns to the guy standing next to him and says, “hey, buddy, European on my foot.”

      (I shall get my coat.)

      • 364
        French Toilet Humour says:

        Whole books have been written on french toilet habits, Tess…personally I regret the decline of “le pissoir” in french streets…you could continue the conversation whilst attending to your bodily needs by looking over the barrier and addressing your companions in mid-flow so to speak. As for ” a la Turque” lavatories(still found out in rural France) truly an unforgetabble experience for the first time visitor to France as you find yourself immersed(literally)in a foreign culture….

      • 393

        Thе prіcе оf yоυr cоаt аppеаrs tо bе аppаυllіng.

  114. 323
    REV FRANK E HADDOCK son of GOD says:

    Both Gordon Brown and Vince Cable have ruined this country with their disgusting socialist doctrine. I will offer prayers this afternoon for the worst possible outcome in both their lives. They will both be gone by Christmas and we can all celebrate and rejoice in their passing.

  115. 326
    The BBC has become a parody of itself says:

    This is the BBC.

    “Nick Clegg is very unhappy about the UK veto; now follows 2 miniutes of fuckwittery while Ed Miliband tells us why this is a very bad thing.

    Meanwhile, a Tory MP apologises to our po faced, hysterical listeners for standing next to a man dressed in a Nazi uniform at a party.

    And now the weather, it’s rainy and cold.”

    • 338
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Interesting comments from the shameless opportunist, Clegg:

      “Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg defends the use of the UK veto at the EU summit, calling Cameron’s safeguards ‘reasonable and modest’” – Guardian, Dec. 8th.

      “Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the decision “bad for Britain” and said he is “bitterly disappointed” over the outcome ” – Associated Press, Dec. 11th.

  116. 331
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

  117. 334
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Said Vince “I must go, though it wrenches,
    You’ve upset me as well as the Frenchies”.
    But Dave who’s his boss
    Said “I don’t give a toss,
    So piss off and join the back benches”.

  118. 341
    Jan says:

    O/T 90 years ago this week the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed. It led to a civil war in Ireland and the murder of the greatest Munster man ever Michael Collins. I have great respect for him fighting for his country.Much like we are fighting for our own self-determination at the moment. Free from the interference of an undemocratic power Fast forward 90 years and here in Ireland except for a few lone voices what is happening in Europe is all but dismissed. Their faith in the euro and the European project is undiminished.Step forward one junior minister, one Lucinda Creighton.She is the European Affairs Minister.She has been mocking David Camercon and crowing about what a good deal the Irish have got out of being one of the 26 in the inner circle of Europe. Whether her boss Enda Kenny will do anything about it remains to be seen. Ireland has sold its soul for a few motorways up in Dublin,a few flashy buildings here and there..Down here in west Cork our roads are still the same as ever, dangerous and pot-holed.The infrastructure in Ireland including the sewage system is just dreadful. The fishing ports here are full of foreign vessels. If they had kept their seabeds they would be really wealthy now. People like little Miss Creighton are deluded if they think they will be anything other than a minor player, a pin-prick in Europe.I think the Irish have a great sense of their own importance having been courted by so many US presidents.They really believe that they matter in and to Europe.

  119. 348
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

    I think the Lib dems should be taken outside and shot.

  120. 351
    Spartacus says:

    I am Emma West

  121. 367
    The Achievements of Dave says:

    The Sun has got his hat on, Hip Hip Hooray

    The Sun has got his hat on, ‘cos Vince Cable’s on his way

  122. 369
    Laugh? I nearly shat myself! says:

    This whole farce illustrates the the two breeds of politicians, the ones who represent the people and the ones who believe they know better than people.

    We are just merely watching two different factions have a bitchfight.

    • 384
      nellnewman says:

      I disagree slightly.

      There are the politicians who honestly do what they must to represent the people
      (very few and far between)

      Then there are the politicians who don’t give a toss about the people but pursue their own best interests and feather their own nests.

      • 419
        Beowulff says:

        The latter category is certainly true of Clegg. He wanted to stride the world stage as a colossus, with all the status and riches of his pal Bliar, now he’s just Deputy Clegg of the Pygmies.

        BTW Wasn’t his comment about pygmies rather racist.

  123. 370
    Bad move says:

    We’ll come to regret this foolish decision. We are all Europeans and need a stable EU.

  124. 390
    p_dorff says:


    Please take Ken with you.

    • 407
      Eeeyore says:

      Yes please do. These are 2 geniuses we can well do without.

      An excellent living awaits as a busking duo at King’s Cross, featuring the One and Only Jazz and Dance act.

  125. 394
    cynic says:

    The veto WAS wiorthwhile then.

    Great too to see Cleggers squirm while his Lib Dem ‘collagues’ twist the knives in his back. Its another bonus

  126. 397
  127. 406
    DaveA says:

    Has any LibDem ever resigned out of principle? Let’s face it, those LibDems that are Ministers love it in Government – all the trappings and it makes them feel important. I wouldn’t believe anything that that dope Will Hutton wrote

    • 415
      Beowulff says:

      Will Hutton, another Champagne Socialist Millionaire, achieved by spouting meaningless twaddle, on demand.

      Always wheeled out by the Medja as an expert, especially on BBTruth .

      Has same status as Cable, speaks with gravitas but content is all bollocks.

  128. 408
    Coiled Spring says:

    The best thing would be for all the Lib Dems to resign, including that smarmy twat Huhne who’s going to cost taxpayers and industry billions on fucking useless wind turbines. Get rid of the lot, have a general election and see who will vote for the Lib Dems – they will be wiped out. And Millipede won’t fare much better.

  129. 411
    Observer says:

    As a cabinet minister, he was a reasonably good ballroom dancer.

  130. 417
    tory centure blogg says:

    This was a site that could stand views that it disliked. now it a tory party mouth peace. Where is the vote to leave the EU. not going to be one?

  131. 418
    The Man says:
    • 547
      That referendum comes closer to happening... says:

      Farage is starting to look and sound worried…the last thing he needs is a resurgent eurosceptic Tory party filching votes back from UKIP

      • 641
        Houghda Thawtit says:

        Actually, no. Farage said he would not oppose the tories if they held a referendum, but the tories reneged.

      • 669
        Really? says:

        There hasn’t been a seismic change to the main players in UK politics since Labour relegated the Liberals to permanent third place at the start of the twentieth century.

        There’s an outside chance that Farage’s lot will be beneficiaries of a collapsing LibDem vote, leaving us with two pro-market parties and a socialist one which has taken the fellow regressive ‘democratic liberals’ into its embrace.

        British politics will be recast for another century.

  132. 420
    NelsonsGoodeye says:

    Will Ken Clarke resign as well? HERE’S HOPING!

  133. 426
    What a load of LibDem tosh says:

    This is really getting hilarious as Lord Oakeshott LibDem Peer tells a credulous BBC that Cameron’s veto was invalid as it was not agreed by Clegg(???)They and he really ought to inform themselves on the British Constituion….the Prime Minister is appointed by the Sovereign and he alone exercises the Royal Prerogative(not Cabinet Ministers) on behalf of the Sovereign. He can appoint Ministers,Dismiss Ministers,Sign Treaties or veto treaties;wage war etc etc. All Cabinet Ministers to use an americanism “Serve at the pleasure of the PM”…there is no constitutional position of Deputy PM it is purely an honorific title it holds no power other than that ceded to it by the Prime Minister.

    Now you may dis-agree with Cameron’s actions but to say that his act is invalid shows how much the Libdems (and Oakeshott in particular)do not understand the position…Cameron as PM acted Legally and constitutionally within his power. The only option open to a Cabinet Minister in the event that he does not agree is to tender his resignation and in the case of the LibDems endeavour to force an election and put their case to the country…that is the only option open to them…they cannot claim that the actions of Cameron are invalid.

    So perhaps they can now either decide to walk and face electoral suicide or shut up

  134. 431
    Ian e says:

    Does this mean that Vince will be isolated?

  135. 435
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    There is an old rugby song
    Sung to the French national anthem
    It goes :
    A Frenchman went to the lavatory , just to have a fucking good shit
    He took his coat and his trousers off , so that he could revel in it
    But when he reached for the paper , he found that someone had been there before
    O’u est le papier ?
    O’u est le papier ?
    Monsieur, Monsieur !
    J’ai Manure
    O’u est le papier !

    you should sing this at every opotunity when slightly drunk this christmas !

  136. 443
    Reg. Blank says:

    Cable is subject to the Duh Vincey Code, so his standard approach is to orate warm flatus then fail to follow through due to his overriding lack of balls.

    His volumetric displacement in this universe is even less worthy than some kind of theoretical negative vacuum.

  137. 450
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Lest we Forget ! The Frogs Never wanted us in the EU in the first place !
    Even after we liberated their sorry arsed country ! That great French Warrior and war hero Charles De Gaulle ,(Who Scarpered across the channel tail between legs)as soon as he heard the Germans were coming !
    Twice blocked us joining in the past
    All this from a big nosed twat that spent the war standing on the cliffs of Dover shaking his cowardly fist at the Germans (From a safe distance of course )

    • 454
      ECSC says:

      The European Coal and Steel community was set up by the Frogs so that France and Germany would never go to war again. Italy and the Benelux countries also joined in. It’s taken a few years but Germany is now effectively running the six original members. Fuck knows why the Irish have capitulated though, I had some great Irish mates in the services and they must be spitting blood over what has happened to their country.

    • 484
      Tessa Tickles says:

      The children’s TV series ‘Magic Roundabout’ was originally French, and I forget the details but the BBC got hold of it and gave it to some guy who projected each episode onto a door in his house, and he came up with a completely new script for each episode – nothing to do with the original French scripts. Even the characters’ names were new.

      The dog, you will recall, was called Dougal. When they found out, the French company that had made the original series were apoplectic, believing that Dougal was a p*ss-take on ‘de Gaul’. To the French, de-Gaul is not merely a war hero who single-handedly removed the Nazis from Paris, he is a deity, a man-god.

      Even though, as the rest of the world knows, he was a spineless coward who spent the war living as a coward, in London, doing diddly-squat apart from cowering and seething at the British.

      • 497
        Tom Ericsson says:

        Wiki reckons Dougal was loosely based on Tony Hancock. Did the frogs really think Hancock was like de Gaulle ? Quelle bande de trous du cul !

        • 697
          Ancient mariner says:

          Wasn’t it Emma Thompson’s dad who did all that brilliant humour?

          Boing, said Zebedee, time for bed.

      • 529
        French Bullshit and other fables of our times says:

        If you read the history of Second World War…in actual fact it was the Americans,Canadians and Brits who were responsible for the Liberation of Paris. De Gaulle always was an awkward cuss(in fact Roosevelt disliked him and wanted to ignore him but Churchill talked him around).Britain gave DeGaulle sanctuary when we stood alone against German agression and the continent of europe surrended en masse to German control. Later the americans re-equipped the free french and funded the Gaullists for the invasion of France.

        Prior to the liberation of Paris (for political reasons )LeClerc’s “2e Division Blindée” was pulled out the line and re-assigned to lead the attack on Paris as a sop to DeGaulle and french sensibilities(as a result it got almost God-like reputation in post-war France).Likewise De Gaulle was allowed to strut down the Champs-Élysées posing as the saviour of France…all bollocks of course….it’s also a myth that the majority of the french were in the Maquis(French Resistance)again all bollocks….a sizeable majority actually if not actively supporting the German Occupation didn’t do much to stop the mass transporations and the French Police actively co-operated… 1940 they also were quick to throw in the towel and the Petainists annd Vichy governed the south of the country mainly doing the Germans bidding even though there was an illusion of independence..of course it was blamed on the Brits for abandoning them at Dunkirk even though the collapse of their vastly numerically superior army which caved in without much of a fight against the Germans dangerously exposed the BEF … the french have a history of blaming Britain for their own shortcomings and this latest spat is nothing new

        • 638
          Anonymous says:

          Was that the same LeClerc, the silly old duffer with the tash and specs from Allo Allo? “Eet ees me, Le Clerc” (raising specs).

  138. 451
    The Clegg house, Sheffield, England says:

    Four in the morning Nick’s phone rings.

    “Hello This is Miriam…. Hi Dave I’ll put Nick on to speak to you. Is it important?”

    “Hi Dave this is Nick, never mind Dave you are only doing what we agreed beforehand if Merkozy played awkward to get. I’m going back to bed now and will tell the press you had no other option in the morning. Have a safe journey back and I’ll catch up with you monday morning.”

    Nick puts the phone down and Miriam asks, “Was it important?” , “Nah” says Nick, “Dave, likes to make a fuss over nothing”

  139. 456
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    The reason the French hate us !

    • 609
      Captain Birds Eye says:

      The Navy philosophy, built on several hundred years of experience of dealing with French, is that if ever you have the opportunity to sink the French Fleet, you should take it. This will still hold true today of course.

  140. 457
    Anonymous says:

    Clegg looks like a man who has not been allowed to get his chorizo near Miriam’s rosquilla

  141. 461

    I really don’t think there’s much danger of a lib dem resigning on a matter of principle

  142. 465
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    IMO all this talk of an early election is a bit premature when there’s still the B-bbc to sort out.

    • 542
      Be very careful what you wish for.............. says:

      The danger for the LibDems is that they(and the BBC)may just talk themselves into forcing one to happen …..but then again …do Turkeys vote for Xmas ????

    • 551
      Mike Hunt says:

      Don’t forget the gerrymandered boundaries, until that is done, Liebour can still get some seats.

      Which is ‘some’ more than they deserve.

    • 596
      The Golem says:

      +1 LW. From the day the election is announced, the country will be bombarded on TV and radio 24/7 about the tories having brought doom upon us all. Sky so far hasn’t been much better. I’ve no great affection for any branch of liblabcon, but it is plain stupid not to fix this situation if it can be done. Doesn’t the BBC have a Royal Charter? I’m not sure of the legal procedures involved in ending such.

      • 686
        Chloe Sal Gerbeeba says:

        The present Charter runs from 1 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2016.
        Perhaps we could persuade Her Maj to tear it up.

  143. 473
    annette curton says:

    The silly old duffer must be suffering from altzeimers if he still thinks the EU is the Holy Grail to all our futures, good riddance!.

  144. 479
    Fabians and unelected EU idiots like Baroness Ashton are Evil says:

    With unelected cretins such as Baroness Ashton in charge of the EU surely the whole bloody mess is heading full speed for disaster – and if Baroness Ashton is the best we can send Europe then it is no wonder Sarko gets grumpy!

    Warning you may need a stiff drink after looking at the images of ‘her’

    • 565
      joescotus says:

      holy fuck! she should be forced to wear a mask .imagine her and beckett turning up as your carers . you’d fucking top yourself pronto.

  145. 486
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Caption contest winner) says:

  146. 496
    Calamity Clegg says:

    ‘Old Vince, was this beetle-browed figure, the shade of burnt umber, with the air of a Presbyterian minister from the Hebrides who has just discovered a parishioner laughing on the Sabbath’.’

    Vince will always remind me of Private Fraser from ‘Dad’s Army’. Although Fraser was always more personable.

  147. 503
    Passing Reader says:

    Who is this Lord Oakshit?

    Radio 4 loves the bloke.

    Followed by a 10 year old with nasal problems.

    The BBC is a total disgrace.

    • 512
      Chris Hoon says:

      Oakshit ( no relation to FibDem Mark O@ten ) has been working the airwaves all weekend trying to convince the ever-dwindling number of FibDem supporters that this Country would be much better off taking orders from Brussels and that we don’t need our own democracy. Funny how ‘Dems’ in ‘FibDems’ stands for democrats when they would much prefer we became eurocrats. Very strange people.

    • 534
      The sound of his voice was beconming tedious in the extreme says:

      Didn’t Clegg sack him from the government(LibDem contingent) ?? Obviously even Cleggie had had enough of the bloke’s rantings !!!

  148. 504
    Anonymous says:

    BBC confirms he’s not quitting. Hutton wrong- who’d’a thunk it?!

  149. 505
    Ratsniffer says:

    Bye Vince. See you on ‘strictly, and then the Cruise liner circuit doing after dinner talks.

  150. 509
    The UK voting public says:

    Dear Mr Rumpy Pumpy
    Please accept our resignation.
    We do not wish to belong to a club that wants us as a member.

    • 524
      Herman van Rumboy says:

      Resignation accepted: in the small print of the Lisbon Treaty ( signed by one Gordon McRuin ) you will find that you still have to pay us FIFTEEN BILLION POUNDS every year until you have baled us out of financial difficulty.

      Thanks !!

      • 535
        Prove it....Monsieur says:

        Apparently Brown signed in felt tip which unfortunately was not indelible and the signature has now mysteriously faded away without trace

  151. 511
    Politicians are CUNTS says:

    it’s fucking idiots like tis we have to deal with too

  152. 514
    Breaking News says:

    Queen Vince scuttled : a nation yawns.

  153. 525
    Teri says:

    More posturing from Vince. He loves the power too much too quit. Unless of course, Labour offer him a place on their Cabinet

    • 540
      Another buggers muddle in the making says:

      He’d better be quick…after 2015 the LibDem Party will cease to to trying to form a Coalition with Labour in the present parliament the numbers would be difficult andof course as PM Cameron has the power to ask HMQ for a Dissolution which the Queen would be advised to agree to(it is unheard of for the Sovereign to refuse a request for Dissolution in recent times) in view of the Constitutional Issue involved which would require to be put to the people at an election rather than cobble another Lib-Lab pact together especially since both Labour and Lib-Dems were for surrending British sovereignty to Europe and the Tories stating they were sticking up for British Sovereignty

  154. 527
    nellnewman says:

    So has vince gone yet? If not why not?!

  155. 541
    Pull my Finger says:

    Wikipedia.””….. Oakshit has been married to Philippa Poulton since 1976; they have two sons and one daughter. One of his relations is Isabel Oakeshott the political editor of the Sunday Times.[3]

  156. 542
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So what now? I have won the caption contest, what next?

    • 566
      WVM says:

      Maybe you start your own blog and fuck off?

    • 569
      you know it makes sense says:

      WVM might have a point Billy, what’s good enough for nell is good enough for you my boy. We can all come and slag you off over at your place then. I look forward to all the crap 80′s and 90′s vids too.

  157. 544
    Steve Foley says:

    Jolly good riddence!

  158. 546
    Vince Cable says:

    I would just like to express my deep regrets at not being able to get up the gumption to quit today. A lifetime of spinelessness is a terrible habit to try to kick, and I have to humbly admit that I just reverted to type and chickened out. Sorry.

    Can i keep my pension?

    • 598
      Anonymous says:

      The EU, regional assemblies etc are just a scam to produce more of the parasitical political class. The analogy of a spreading cancer is entirely accurate. Cancer cells take but give nothing back. The sooner these blood suckers are cleared out the better.

  159. 550
    AnotherAnon. says:

    Clearly the Government failed to make common cause with other EU member states at the December 2011 European Council. Consequently many British businesses are now asking how the government – having entered a negotiation with 27 other countries – finds itself in a minority of just one.

    “27 other countries” ?

  160. 556
    Kevin Bollox says:

    Vince who ? Shut the door on the way out please, just in case fat Prescott is lurking in the bushes

  161. 559
    MandyPickleSniffer says:

    Good riddance. The guy’s a complete socialist and has no place in a Tory-dominated coalition. His zany ideas are completely out of touch and he should’ve been put out to pasture years ago. The idea that he was somehow a trusted figure that the common man could related to when it comes to economic & finance matters ia laughable. This guy would rather have every City job transferred to Paris, Frankfurt, Milan or Geneva than to ever admit that the UK’s tax coffers HUGELY depend on keeping the City happy. Clueless old man. Good luck with the Ballroom dancing!

  162. 563
    Calamity Clegg says:

    It’s at times like this that I recall the sayings of Horace from my private education at independent schools:

    ‘parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus’ sums it up nicely.

  163. 571
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Has Vince actully done anything while in office?

  164. 574
    Paddy Ashdown says:

    Thank goodness for that. Vince ‘Chocolate Teapot’ Cable is going. What was he for, someone remind me? Won’t that twat Oakshott have to go as well? I mean. he doesn’t know that DC is PM, not NC. Stupid huhne.

  165. 579
    But the Urope is irreversibly!!! says:

  166. 583
    genghiz the kahn says:

    That Hunt Huhne is still in government but without power – as some of his bloody useless wind farms explode in high wind conditions.

    Thanks to that Limp Dim idiot the UK taxpayers are picking up the bills to subsidise wind farms which cannot produce reliable levels of electricity in summer and winter.

    Lets face it wind farms are like Cable – of no discernible use what so ever, and can’t produce the goods.

    • 606
      Chris Huhne says:

      That is as it may be, but the wind turbines are a symbol of our desire to produce carbon-free electricity, and it’s this symbolism that is, I believe, more important than whether or not they actually work. Which, as you’ve now realised, they don’t.

      And this symbolism costs nothing more than an extra £200 per year on your electricity bill, so it’s worth it.

      Vote LibDem. Thank you.

      • 608
        Judge Dreadful says:

        You’re nicked

      • 640
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        What about all the toxins they produce when they burst into flame because it’s too windy ?
        and while we sit here in our dimly lit houses with our heating turned down
        eating our meager rations , spare a thought for the Chinese
        still opening at least one coal fired power station per week
        unregulated steel mills belowing out polutants
        economy growing faster than anyone else’s
        armed up to the teeth just in case anyone tries to stop them
        (no defence cutbacks there)
        buying up any profitable business still in existance
        lending all their money to ailing continents like the US and Europe
        all this while fucking idiots like Huhne tell us to cut our emissions !

  167. 592
    Forbidden Words says:


    • 612
      The Paragnostic says:

      Don’t forget market, drive, paul, harry, bankrupt and many, many more!

      • 632
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Well, that’s not on! We wouldn’t be able to mention “Harry and Paul”, the greatest UK TV production of recent times, and indeed the only good thing to come out of the BBC since.. ever.

      • 678
        The Paragnostic says:

        I have offered to fix the modding so that it accepts regular expression matching, which would ban “pea”, but allow “European”, “Shakespeare”, etc., and to do it for free. But despite my email being attached to all my posts, Guido seems to think it amusing to annoy regular posters.

        Doesn’t affect me, of course – I have my own way around the modbot ;-)

  168. 602
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  169. 611
    nellnewman says:

    Has vince vacated his office yet? No?! What a surprise!

    But then I suppose it is a difficult decision.

    Ministerial salary, expense, pension, chauffeur driven car , free world travel Versus Bring down the coalition, let cameron call an election and the libdems face annihilation.

  170. 613
    nellnewman says:

    Has vince vacated his office yet? No?! What a surprise!

    But then I suppose it is a difficult decision.

    Ministerial salary, expense, pension, chauffeur dr i ve n car , free world travel Versus Bring down the coalition, let cameron call an election and the libdems face annihilation

    • 630
      Tessa Tickles says:

      He’s an old, old man, and he’s checking that he won’t lose his gold-plated ministerial pension if he walks out.

      But, weighed against that, there’s the fact he’s an old old stupid man, and won’t ever get another job. What he has now is as good as it will get for him. Tricky, for an old old man to let that go.. to fade away into the background noise, to be gone forever.

      I mean, who the hell remembers Charles Kennedy? *He* wasn’t even that old, when he faded away.

      • 698
        Extremely Ancient Mariner says:

        Tessa, stop being so bloody ageist. At least, despite the Imbecile’s best efforts to destroy us, we have the numbers on the board! If you ever get to be as ancient as me (which I certainly hope you will) you will realise what a complete *rse you sometimes made of yourself.

  171. 615
    nellnewman says:

    why does the automod not like the word dr i v e n ?

    • 617
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      One of our hosts had a brush with the law nell.

      Inolving a offence that include3d that word.

      • 631
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Was it the word “driven”, or “drive”?

        And was the other word “drink”?

      • 633
        nellnewman says:

        Well I didn’t know that. Mayhap someone is being a little too sensitive??!

        • 679
          The Paragnostic says:

          Our host got sick of being trolled about his past indiscretions. Can’t blame him, but Wordpress (the software that runs the blog comments) is a bit stupid when it comes to modding.

  172. 618
    Ballymoney Boy says:

    If Vince Cable waltzes out of the Government, perhaps he will get a nice little job being imposed on Greece or Italy as a member of their European Commission puppet governments.

  173. 620
    robbie says:

    Of course this was all forecast by the storms in Scotland- when the cables fell (geddit?) .
    Anyway, this has all the hallmarks now of Lord of the Flies with Dave playing the originally expelled Jack and gradually gathering followers from those who will still have to leave the Eurozone because they won’t meet the “new” ? fiscal rules and will still have unbalanced economies. Its just a matter of time.

  174. 624
    John Bull. says:

    Cable IS the weakest link.

  175. 628
    Will he fuck says:

    Has he resigned yet?

  176. 637
    Jolly Jack Tar says:

    Cast off the cable !

  177. 639
    grobdj says:

    Even an idiot can see Cameron has just saved us a fortune by using the veto. The only ones bleating are those with one foot in the Euro gravey

    • 644
      Well it's a thought says:

      Keep hearing about this veto, I thought the big meeting was explority talks and was just to sort out how to get debt down, are we being told lies and it’s actually changes in the treaties that is going on, if so we’ve been lied to yet again.

  178. 643
    Anonymous says:

    Cable hasn’t got the backbone. A man with great hindsight nothing more.

    • 649
      Well it's a thought says:

      If he had hindsight , he would be a multi multi billionaire instead of an ex little accountant, who was rude with Brown, he’s a nothing MP, who’s wearing out his time in the limelight.

  179. 646
    Flip-Flop says:

    He said he approved of the veto on TV yesterday.

    A day is clearly a long time in Lib Dem politics

  180. 657
    PrinceTight says:

    Tough shit, Vince. Bye!

  181. 658
    Archie says:

    That prize slag Jenny Tonge has just been on Radio Bloke whining in pitiful tones about Cameron’s stand. THEN they had that towering intellect and ubiquitous media dogsbody Owen Jones. I don’t know why I listen to it week in week out. Does my blood pressure no good at all!

    • 675
      Anonymous says:

      Confused. Is that BBC Radio BlokeLive, or TalkBloke that you’re on about?

      • 681
        The Paragnostic says:

        TalkBloke is a twat-free zone except for Friday nights, when they have George Galloway followed by some ex-Labour twat called Mick Ford. Most of the time, politics isn’t discussed (though Adrian Durham was being a bit of a cunt on Friday afternoon, following the Miliband line). Must have been FiveDead he was listening to.

  182. 659
    nellnewman says:

    OK folks . Another school run tomorrow. Alarm set for 6.30am and I’m off to get my beauty sleep.

    Good Night . Sweet Dreams x

    Night x to the Waltons.

  183. 664
    Really really really says:

    This Blog will explode when the Euro sinks.

  184. 670
    Displaced Brummie says:

    I started to read Will Hutton’s hysterical rant, sorry, article, but I could feel my blood pressure rising so gave it up as a bad, very bad, job.

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  186. 677
    HenryV says:

    I am beginning to despise the LibDems. I always regarded them as harmless twerps who made up the numbers. They received attention far exceeding their real worth because of the inadequacies of our political system. But since being invited into government they have become even more deluded that their odd, eccentric, non-representative views have merit and worth. They are neither liberal, how dare anybody stray from the tangerine doctrine what ever it is?, or democrat as in their extreme minority view in their addled minds out weighs the vast majority who it seems are too stupid. Cable, Ashdown, and Clegg should be tried for treason, but I fear a plea of insanity by their defence council would get them off.

  187. 684
    Lord Fondlebun says:

    I am available to be appointed leader by EU.

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  189. 703
    The parties over Nick... says:

    Can anybody tell me the relevance of Nick Clegg and the LibDems…if they are so “disappointed”…”incensed” or whatever can they just fuck off now…to-day and let’s get that election called for January….after that they’ll no longer be a LibDem party to speak of at Westminster and very soon no longer any MEPs in Strasbourg/Brussels either

  190. 706
    Now there's no lights on the christmas tree mother says:

    Nick Clegg the man who led his party out of the shadows, straight into the wilderness!!!.


  191. 708
    Little Mix spokesman says:

    Hey Vince. You make us feel much better knowing that there are others with no obvious talent who get selected and promoted beyond their capability.
    See you at the Job Centre.

  192. 710
    nellnewman says:

    So is he still dithering or has he gone.

    Any sight of David Laws . Expect that’s who’ll replace him.

  193. 717
    I hate Blue Labour says:

    Of course he won’t resign.

    He’s an old fool, but even he knows this is his one and only opportunity to have even a sniff of power. Ditto Clegg and Huhne.

  194. 719
    Lobster throttler says:

    Why would a knobhead with no talent or prospects or principles walk away from a job that gives him half a million quid ( including fiddles) a year for doing nothing but talk through his arse.

  195. 720
    Uniterested Constituent says:

    Will he either fuck off or die…..

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