January 1st, 2012

Hello 2012

As is traditional during the New Year low in news flow pundits are expected to predict the future. Recently Guido has been veering between pessimistic and apocalyptic on the economy. Not quite as apocalyptic as expecting  the world to end on December 21, 2012 as the Mayan calendar comes to an end and the winter solar solstice sees the alignment of the sun with the Milky Way to form a galactic equinox. Am betting that doesn’t mean the end of the world, and if it does, well no one will collect on that bet…

Guido’s predictions for this year:

  • Margaret Thatcher will outlive the €uro as we now know it. If one of the weaker countries doesn’t break free in 2012 it will just mean the crisis will drag on unresolved until 2013.
  • The probable Eurozone recession will be worse than the possible UK recession.
  • Inflation will drop sharply as the VAT hike falls out of the calculation but it will be stubbornly higher than many forecast. Savers will still face negative real interest rates. There will be no sign of the deflation predicted by Mervyn King since 2008.
  • There will be a collapse of another major European bank, arguably some have essentially collapsed already, it is just being hidden by governments and the ECB propping them up.
  • Boris will vanquish Ken Livingstone from frontline politics forever.
  • Ed Miliband will remain as leader of the Labour Party.
  • A Tory cabinet minister will resign in disgrace.

This blog, with the help of co-conspirators and readers, will in 2012 go on being Britain’s favourite political blog. Happy New Year…


  1. 1
    harry says:

    Billy Bowden to post second?

  2. 2
    BillyBob... says:

    Happy New Year y’all :)

  3. 3
    Bogey Nights says:

  4. 4
    thank you and goodnight! says:

    You’re not quite the full Billy are you?

  5. 5
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    Coalition breaks up.

    Tories win landslide May Election.

    I wish :-)

  6. 6

    Of course, as a socialist i am thoroughly opposed to the Monarchy but i recall dinner at the palace, during the Queen`s silver jubilee. I was seated next to the Queen Mother, who graciously deemed to speak to me. “And how is your little Dizzy,” she asked. Smiling, i replied “Dont you call my wife, that, you toothless old b*tch.” How Prince Philip did laugh!!

  7. 7
    Tony says:

    I guess everyone else must have a hangover still

  8. 8
    Tory Cat says:

    Must have been a laugh. Any casualties?

  9. 9
    chinky bear keeper says:

    no change there …. not like the b*ggers done any mp like work for the last 20months!

  10. 10
    MrAngry61 says:

    My prediction? (Max Keiser’s really) –

    The UK faces a sterling crisis in early 2012.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  11. 11
    Tony says:

    Doh, how did 5 people manage to post in the time it took me to write that? I’m obviously just an amature…

  12. 12
    BillyBob... says:

    But I am real :)

  13. 13
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    You say goodbye and I say hello

  14. 14
    BillyBob... says:

    Bringing up the rear Tony, we all have a place in society :)

  15. 15
    aboukir says:

    Surely Guido can’t be losing faith in justice ? Wot – no resignation by Huhne…

  16. 16
    Tony says:

    I doff my cap to you. I’ve obviously been put well and truley in my place.

  17. 17
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    i predict the tfat politicons will steal our money and freedoms and That Neo Guido will still have the greatest hiar in the politcal blogging world.

    Happy new year :-)

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    “A Tory cabinet minister will resign in disgrace.”

    That’s a given anyway, it’s which one that matters on the betting markets. Hope you’ve got a hot tip for the New Year.

  19. 19
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Is that a Conservative minister or a Coalition minister? Dave has an unenviable record of protecting his chums from the consequences of their actions – Spelman and Wiggins are still with us.

  20. 20
    BillyBob... says:

    Must be linked to a sexual misdemeanour :)

  21. 21

    Tony Crosland? Good Heavens, i have`nt seen you in years!!

  22. 22
    thank you and goodnight! says:

    No Billy, you say, ‘ooh ‘ello’! You can’t even get gaying right ffs.

  23. 23

    Am aiming to make it happen.

  24. 24
    BillyBob... says:

    Thanks a f*cking bunch !

  25. 25
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    What about the Huhney One?

  26. 26
    Dick the Butcher says:

    Fell off my chair larfing at the paper review on Sky last night.
    Sunday Gaurniad reports “Labour concern at biased BBC” ffs.

  27. 27
    BillyBob... says:

    Harry has just relegated me to second…… retribution will follow !

  28. 28
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Amateur and truly.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Yep, something involving a tub of lard and hedgehogs hopefully.

  30. 30
    BillyBob... says:

    Crisis, what crisis….. ?

  31. 31
    BillyBob... says:

    Some floozie reviewer agreed with the story, wtf ??

  32. 32
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Ed Miliband will remain as leader of the Labour Party.”


  33. 33
    Tony says:

    Yeh woteva!

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Are these fuckwits not aware that there are whole websites devoted to tracking BBC bias in favour of the left? The reason there are no websites on the the opposite track, could mean to any reasonable person that there is no bias in favour of the right.

  35. 35
    Dud says:

    Boris will be panting to get the leadership of the tory party, he’s justing picking his moment – Good Bye London Mayor status – it just keeps him in the public eye.

  36. 36
    Tachybaptus says:

    Should auld resentment be forgot,
    and carelessly put down?
    We’ll save a cup o’ paraquat
    for auld Gord Brown.

  37. 37
    Number 10's cat says:

    Happy New Year to one and all :-)

  38. 38
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is this gen or fake?

  39. 39

    I predict everything’s going to get worse, the lefty dullards will keep blaming Thatch, the EuroBastards will keep pinching our money/our grandchildren’s money to keep their Reich afloat, the world *won’t* end on the winter solstice but we’ll probably wish it had.

    And I further predict that this hangover will last till Tuesday.

  40. 40
    Oswald Kirk says:

    “A Tory cabinet minister will resign in disgrace.!”

    Only one?

  41. 41
    there's something about Hаггу says:

    I’ve watched some Guy News reports and I think that Hаггу’ѕ diction needs a bit of working on Billy.

  42. 42
    BBC - biased towards power says:

    Everybody thinks the bbc is biased – Tories complain about its ‘pro-euro, pro-immigrant, pro-union’ output, the left complains about its ‘pro-royal, pro-religion, anti-union (“union threat/management offer”) output’.

    The reality is that it’s the mouthpiece of the establishment – left and right – and thus embodies its prejudices, hangups and worldview.

  43. 43
    MrAngry61 says:



    31 December 2011 09:40PM

    This is about bloody time the BBC was a mouthpiece for the coalition whilst they negotiated Browns removal via constant slurs as to his character.

    They remain almost irrelevant and far short of their independent remit.

    644 recommends so far…

  44. 44
    Joss Taskin says:

    Was it a ‘slumber party’ with the Mudrochs ?

    Did Gordon take a bag containing a brick and ONE can of beer on top ?

    Have the people whom McRuin wished a Happy New Year doubled their life insurance ?

  45. 45
    Engineer says:

    Happy new year to Guido, Mrs Fawkes and the Fawkettes, Neo-Guido and all the regulars.

    Making predictions is a bit of a mug’s game unless you have inside information, but that won’t stop me. I predict that energy policy will slowly, quietly and without publicity shift away from all this green nonsense to a more pragmatic approach. At least one nuclear power station construction project will get the nod, as will further exploration of shale gas reserves. There will continue to be much hot air about wind farms, but less actual building of them. All this will probably accelerate when Huhne leaves the cabinet.

  46. 46
    Joss Taskin says:

    Weren’t you a wife beater ?

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Investment’ in a political ideology is never a good idea, history has shown us that time and again. These fuckers will never learn.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    That’s the very reason that this disinformation story has been launched, by the Bbbc and the lie boore party.

    Wasn’t there a word for it during the second world war?

    Things that are discused on blogs were begining to filter through to the man in the street, it’s patently obvious who’s behind it and why.

    Lies, damned lies, and leftie disinformation.

  49. 49
    a non says:

    Impossibilities for 2012.

    Billy will eventually place a short pearl of wisden without spellnig missteaks.
    Neo-G will relinquish a bottle of spirits for the caption competitions.
    Rich and Mark will place a recognisable cartoon.
    Gui-do will be allowed to tell Leveson all.
    Schrodingers cat will return announcing a litter of kittens.
    The moderation of pe@, ri-ce etc will be rescinded.
    We will all have a lousy year.

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  51. 51
    M says:

    Great news for the conservatives , Ed Milliband to remain leader

  52. 52
    a non says:

    Billy will eventually place a short pe-arl of wisden without spellnig missteaks.
    Neo-G will relinquish a bottle of spirits for the caption competitions.
    Rich and Mark will place a recognisable cartoon.
    Gui-do will be allowed to tell Leveson all.
    Schrodingers cat will return announcing a litter of kittens.
    The moderation of pe@, ri-ce etc will be rescinded.

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  54. 54
    East India Company wallah says:

    You talkin to me?

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    That would be OK, but I’ve never really noticed it’s, ‘‘pro-royal, pro-religion, anti-union’ , output, tbh. Perhaps these complainers think they should be actively anti-royal, anti-religion and pro-union, instead of at the moment supporting these views by omission and implication in their editorial stance.

  56. 56
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    I predict that the Kilkardy coward will make an apperence in the HoC.

    I know it’s a bit far fetched but still within the relms of the possable.

  57. 57
    Gotcha says:

    There aren’t many Tory cabinet ministers.


    The rest are just pretend Tories or Liberals.

    So what has Billy Hague done then?

  58. 58
    Disliker of Bankers says:

    I predict another year for me, without flying Ryanair or any of the cheapo (but acually dearer) cowboy operations. I miss flying…sob.

  59. 59
    An inshore ant says:

    Read the small print. Insurance is null and void in the event of any form of contact with McMong.

  60. 60
    P.Mandevison, the Eminence Greasy says:

    How many times will they resign ? Can they beat my record ?

  61. 61
    Get orf my land says:

    Wind farms are clearly BS, but it’s not ‘green nonsense’ if you happen to live in an area selected by the state and its mates to be the next nuclear power station or fracking site.

  62. 62
    Dick the Butcher says:

    Have you noticed the astonishing likeness of Kim-il Young Porker to Ed ‘special needs’ Milliretard?

  63. 63
    Lou Scannon says:

    At least Tories do resign (even if it sometimes takes a little persuasion).

  64. 64
    East India Company wallah says:

    Come out?
    as what? a gayer?an atheist?an arsehole?a europhile?a liar?a two faced liar?a smoker?spineless cretin?a leftie?a lib dem?a cock?

  65. 65
    kipper says:

    Yawn, we’ve heard all this ‘tough on benefits scroungers’ before. Just piss and wind as usual.

  66. 66
    Phil says:

    Ed and Yvette after an extraordinary meeting of the Labour Party agree to sex change op in order for Ed now (Edwina) to win a safe seat on an all woman shortlist and Yvvette (Now Ivor) to replace Ed Millliband who unfortunately moved left instead of right whilst standing under a grand piano being lifted into a third floor window of his house.
    On a more serious note the economy will perform far better this year than the prophets of doom, led by the BBC and the usual culprits, would have us believe.

  67. 67
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    They both have the 1000 yard stare as well (but they never earned it).

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  69. 69
    Lou Scannon says:

    House of Correction I could believe.

  70. 70
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Welcome to the asylum, Tony :)

  71. 71
    Handycock, Boss of Bosses, Portsmouth says:

    Happy New Year to all my many friends, particularly those in Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Romanian Orphanages; will be seeing you all soon, with the UK and European taxpayer’s paying for our good times; no austerity here. Happy New Year to my ‘Boys’ and business colleagues in Portsmouth, plenty of planning permissions for your developments and immigrants coming to fill them in 2012 and lots of money to be made by all. Finally Happy New Year to all my Constituents; if there are any young girls among them with problems, do not hesitate to seek my help, as I take a ‘holistic’ approach to solving them.

  72. 72
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The BBC will tell us that Red Ed has all the answers

    The BBC will tell us Ed Balls has all the answers

    The BBC will tell us that Hattie Hatemen has all the answers

    The BBC will tell us that Yvette Cooper has all the answers

    The BBC will tell us John Prescott is slimmer of the year

    The BBC will tell us that only Red Ken can save London

    Cocaine and rent boy shagging at the BBC will rise 5000%

  73. 73
    Engineer says:

    I’d far rather live near a nuclear power station than a wind farm. They’re both unsightly, but the nuclear station is far more compact and far more effective at generating electricity. As for fracking, that’s a few drilling rigs for a few months, then you’ll hardly know it’s there. Bit like the high-pressure gas distribution network currently in operation all over the country (bet you didn’t even know there is one).

  74. 74
    Tony Blair says:

    I would just like to take this moment to remind you all that I’m filthy rich. I made full use of the expenses system then just shredded the paperwork, started illegal wars to get the yanks onside and now get paid millions to be the smiley face for their banks and I even get free 24hr protection courtesy of the mug English taxpayers.

    And there is nothing, nothing at all, you peasants can do about it. My greedy wife and I will continue to buy mansion after mansion from my ill gotten gains. I put the final nails of the coffin into England, I flooded it with immigrants, I let the banks go crazy, I gave away our powers to Europe and destroyed civil liberties. You think doing all that was easy? I deserve to live out my days in absolute luxury and Cherie deserves a new credit card to binge on every week.

  75. 75
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The BBC should just fuck off and die.

  76. 76
    Engineer says:

    The BBC told us that the AV voting system was a Very Good Idea, and that the Euro was a Very Good Idea. A large majority voted against the first, and the second has never been especially popular in this country, and now appe*rs decidedly wobbly.

    So much for the BBC representing the views of the majority.

  77. 77
    BBC - biased towards power says:

    Depends how you look at it. Having royal correspondents, devoting days worth of coverage to one family’s events might be ‘normal if you don’t care but excessive if you do.

    Likewise its fawning coverage of business won’t be a problem if you think this is how things should be done.

    It is blatently pro-EU, pro-Westminster, pro-not rocking the boat. Why would it be otherwise when it represents the Establishment?

  78. 78
    BillyBob... says:

    Richard Bacon, one of the new breed of ESN and intellectually challenged interviewers on the beeb.

  79. 79
    the general public says:

    mmm, don’t think Ed prediction correct, he will be gone by Oct me thinks.

    Tory minister to resign in disgrace – that’s not so much a prediction, it’s a dead cert (do bears shit in the woods etc).

  80. 80
    Anon says:

    I used to live next to a nuclear power station, and contrary to popular opinion one does not grow two heads.

  81. 81
    Michel de Notre-Dame says:

    I’m going way the hell out on a limb here with this prediction:

    Guido Fawkes, not content with bomb-throwing in UK politics, will “chance” across something juicy in the US Presidential Race. More likely some Yank blogger will hand it to him (of course), because the Yank, who is not necessarily afraid of a libel suit (but IS afraid of losing access) wants Guido to jump first. Guido will publish the story, which the mainstream media both British and American will at first ignore because “it’s THAT man again,” but will get picked up and will not be attributed to Guido.

    Stranger things have happened.

  82. 82
    BillyBob... says:

    Seems to be a theme coming through here…… :)

  83. 83
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Well, they did televise Brown’s reaction to the “bigoted woman” tape while being interviewed on 5 live, I think it was. That remains my favourite clip of Brown’s cataclysmic 2 years. Second is Brown ushering VPOTUS into a broom cupboard.

    Putting aside Zapthecrap’s total disregard of basic English grammar and syntax, which makes the sentence ambiguous to say the least, the response is what you’d expect from the Comment is Censored faithful. I fully expect Gordon Brown T-shirts to be outselling Che Guevara T-shirts in time for the ’15 election.

    BTW, has anyone worked out what this “Peterloo” motive appearing on the avatars of the more loony bloggers on CiF is all about?

  84. 84
    Old Fish says:

    Vince will threaten to resign once again in 2012

    David Miliband goes on manoeuvres

    Growth will significantly exceed expectations much to the disgust of the BBC and Stephanie two Eds

    The heat will be turned up on the BBC’s lack of impartiality, leading to a high level resignation

    Balls and his missus go on manoeuvres

    Following her latest piece of shitty incoherent bile, Polly gets sectioned to a Tuscan asylum where she cuts off her right ear.


    Chucky looks in the mirror and sees himself as PM in waiting and leader of the world. He goes on manoeuvres

    Guardian ‘Cif’fers cut off an ear in solidarity with Polly

    The Murdochs relaunch the ‘News of the World’ in April

    Guardian ‘Cif’fers cut off their other ear in protest

  85. 85
    Dud says:

    A bit lightwight, except for Pickles..there’s a thought, “Eric Pickles in sex scandal”

  86. 86
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    + 1000, if you are going to sound off about the difference between windfarms and nuclear power stations get your facts right first otherwise join the Huhnes

  87. 87
    Old Grumpy says:

    Happy New Year to all! It is the 31st anniversary of my ONLY successful New Year’s Resolution….to give up smoking………

    It is the first year in Lord knows how many, that we have not had a full house for the New Year, so I managed to sleep through all the celebrations! Such is age………

    Bliss!……… and Bugger the UErozone!

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    I note you confine r&m to a recognisable cartoon. Presumably you also consider a funny cartoon beyond them?

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    Pawn Sandwich says:

    They are also a piss poor broadcaster. They deserve Manchester and Glasgow.

  90. 90
    Handycock, Boss of Bosses, Portsmouth says:

    Well said Tone. We are certainly benefitting from your enlightened policies, particularly those on immigration, here in Portsmouth. I would like to also send the thanks of my ‘Boys,’ all of whom, including me, have got very rich as a result. Boaz.

  91. 91
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It worked for “two shags”. Obesity as a sexual turn-on, now there’s one for the Chief Medical Officer to produce some dodgy statistics about!

  92. 92
    Get orf my land says:

    How would gas be distributed otherwise?

    Nuclear’s great (‘with an impeccable safety record’ etc etc).

    Problem is, you can’t bet against the ‘Engineers’ (or rather employers of engineers) fukashima-ing it up can you? ‘Safe as houses’ they said, ‘we disinterested/doing it for the good of all’ types know what we’re doing”.

  93. 93
    Ex-Labour voter says:

    With respect, I don’t think Ed will leave. For a start, dismal Labour leaders (Foot, Kinnock, Brown) don’t leave until they’ve lost a General Election. Second, his departure would make sense and Labour never do anything that makes sense. Thirdly, when Labour hear people saying, “Ed is a useless pillock”, their reaction is, “well you would say that, wouldn’t you?”

    Lastly, statistics showing the level of public contempt for Miliband will have no affect on a Party for which the terms ‘statistics’ and ‘lies’ are interchangeable. The Party that generates ‘statistics’ out of thin air to suit its agenda will always assume everyone else is equally mendacious.

  94. 94
    AC1 says:

    >Inflation will drop sharply as the VAT hike falls out of the calculation

    But unemployment will continue to rise as the employment destroying VAT (and other taxes on employment) continues it’s wrecking of the economy.

  95. 95
    Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

    My Karachi Miliband poodle will continue to manage the Labour Party under my instruction.

  96. 96
    AC1 says:

    No I think the BoE’s done enough. The Eurowreck will be the focus of attention (and China’s mercantile economies implosion).

  97. 97
    Edgar Cayce says:

    Here’s my prediction:

    Some MP whom nobody has ever heard of, least of all his/her constituents, will say or do something so fatuous that it cannot go unremarked upon. At which point, depending on which party, the Press which support the other party will call for his/her ouster immediately, as such behaviour cannot be countenanced in a free democracy, and his/her continued presence in the House mocks all our ideals. Subsequently a few days later, some racy headline involving some quasi-talented celebrity will grab the headlines, and Mr/Ms MP will be forgotten and will continue on in the obscurity they so richly deserve.

    I realise I’m going far out on a limb with that one.

  98. 98
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    They are also a piss poor broadcaster. They deserve Manchester and Glasgow.

    Oops, have I just repeated myself? That was a free repeat.

    BBC repeats you have to pay for whether you watch them or not.

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    AC1 says:

    “Ah, well – I had been up for most of the night but I was doing this Five Live breakfast programme with our colleague at the time – it was a bloke called Peter Allen so – I had to get a bit of sleep, and I do remember I walked back into – we were broadcasting then from Broadcasting House in the centre of London – all very upmarket in those days – and the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles – I will always remember that (Allen laughs) – er – not that the BBC were celebrating in any way shape or form (Allen, laughing – ‘no, no, no, not at all’) – and actually – I think it’s fair to say that in the intervening years the BBC, if it was ever in love with Labour has probably fallen out of love with Labour, or learned to fall back in, or basically just learned to be in the middle somewhere which is how it should be – um – but there was always this suggestion that the BBC was full of pinkoes who couldn’t wait for Labour to get back into power – that may have been the case, who knows ? but as I say I think there’ve been a few problems along the way – wish I hadn’t started this now…”

    Jane Garvey BBC Radio Five Live

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    AC1 says:



  101. 101
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Miss Maud Dick complains to police aboutMP’s Nazi stag party


  102. 102
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Hunt or the Fop?

  103. 103
    Iloathlefties says:

    ………………and Huhne and his damn ugly ex wife will be charged and go to prison!!!!

  104. 104
    AC1 says:

    Fukashimna death toll ZERO
    German Organic Food death toll LOTS!

    For safety don’t live near organic produce

  105. 105
    Really? says:

    In other news, recently-released files reveal that a Mr Joseph Goebbels, of Berlin’s Wilhelmsstrasse, complained repeatedly about the persistent ‘anti-Nazi’ bias in German media during the period 1933-1945.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Which Tory MP and what have you heard ?
    Come on i thought this was a site for “Plot’s rumour’s and conspiracy ”
    So stop pissing about and give us the rumour !

    Oh and there’s more chance of Cameron adopting the Euro than Little Ed remaining as Leader

    And as for Merv King Every prediction he’s ever made , He’s got wrong so it’s not really hard to predict that is it !

  107. 107
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Right the NHS is said to be the best healthcare system in the world, If so, why do we have so many people to “sick” to work?

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    Tories resign cos of sex scandals (- Labour do money) so it should be fun. – Boys or prozzies?

  109. 109
    Who's the bum boy? says:

  110. 110
    Get orf my land says:

    “Fukashimna death toll ZERO
    German Organic Food death toll LOTS!
    For safety don’t live near organic produce”

    Zero so far.

    What about the livelihoods and property affected?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Too Billy.

  112. 112
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Sounds about right Once the cheque has cleared
    Jump on the feckin band waggon
    Did she ask them to leave ? NO !
    Did she refuse to serve them ? NO !
    It’s funny in this country and i guess most other EU countries there are hundreds of people who dress up in SS/Nazi uniforms every weekend and walk around towns doing re,enactments So what is the problem
    The only people who seem upset by this seem to be The Germans , Their French Collaborators and a few sympathisers !
    Like this lot

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    Fake Blood says:

    Come on Guido, what about Gordon Brown and Robert Peston being outed for their illegal shenanigans over HBOS?


    They can share a cell and Peston can get a real gimp, instead of treating the British public as his fantasy slave.

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    Frankie GooGootz says:

    I predict that I will be joining the cast of Jersey Shore, if my American management, headed by Mr. Anthony Soprano, can make the necessary arrangements. I have every confidence in his abilities.

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    annette curton says:

    My first comment in 2012… There’s nowt queerer than folk!

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    In 2012, the CPS will come to a conclusion that it is no longer able to make decisions. The binary nature of whether or not to prosecute is far to demanding for any mortal being.

    A marketing man suggests that they use the same acronym to create Chipped Potato Supplies, the staple diet of 90% the UK, and their premises are converted and all staff retrained.

    They fail even to do this.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    nd this lot is “Battle Group South” the Irish regiment , Taking part in German film about the life of the last surviving member of Hitlers Bunker team !
    Hmmmmmmmm !

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    New Year Wishes says:

    The euro crashes to an unplanned end leading to mass disruption, regime changes, and revenge on the European misruling class especially the liblabcons.

  119. 119
    Sven Hassel says:

    Seems to be a modern trend that people can’t take the piss out of Hitler or the Nazis. The Franco-German thought police are at work in Europe again,

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    annette curton says:

    Well I said it was my first comment in 2012,,, but modded, cess la vie and diva vue.

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    !! says:

    This blog needs to up its game in 2012.

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    Anonymous says:

    Because from Thatcher onwards civil servants and politicians shoved as many people as possible onto sickness benefits so they could lie about the numbers being made unemployed by their disastrous policies.

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    Engineer says:

    The world death toll from construction, operation and maintenance of wind turbines exceeds that of nuclear power station (including fuel fabrication, reprocessing and waste disposal) construction, operation and maintenance.

    Make of that what you will.

    How many deaths due to coal mining? Due to oil extraction? There are about 3,500 deaths a year on the roads in the UK.

    Best to keep these things in proportion.

  125. 125
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    I have £5 bet at William Hill’s that it will involve a snorkel, a donkey, 5 metres of hosepipe, 5 choirboys and a bathtub full of whipped cream.

  126. 126
    grobdj says:

    Possible recession?

    Only because we are frantically planting subsidised wind turbines is GDP growth above zero.

  127. 127
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Are you saying that Before Lady thatcher everything was perfect?

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    Right now, 3rd biggest story in world according to bbc is….

    “Duke [of Edinburgh] applauded on way to church”.

  129. 129
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I predict the following.

    Tom Watson will remain a fat bastard hypocrite.
    The Chilcot Enquiry will be a whitewash. Tony Blair will be praised.
    The labour party will remain in denial, and be even more spiteful.
    The Leveson Enquiry will result in no action whatsoever.
    Ed Miliband will be even more useless.
    Ryanair will find another way of screwing money out of passengers. Why are Ryanair so stupid, just add somthing to the fare you dumb fuckers.
    Ed Balls will still be saluting like Adolf Hitler (flat lining jesture. Note the spelling of jesture, just for Balls.)
    Peter Hain will be even more Orange.
    Harriet Harman will be even more of a two faced sour faced bitch.
    The Eagle sisters still won’t wash their hair.

  130. 130
    annette curton says:

  131. 131
    I don't need no doctor says:

    as a tin of beans.

  132. 132

    Yes, Bill is certainly slipping, do you think it’s the booze?

    And Guido, you can do better than “A Tory cabinet minister will resign in disgrace.” We can all predict that, without even knowing who the MP is!

  133. 133
    I hate Blue Labour says:

    Gordon Brown will die in agony.

    More of a hope than a prediction really.

  134. 134
    Get orf my land says:

    ‘The world death toll from construction, operation and maintenance of wind turbines exceeds that of nuclear power station (including fuel fabrication, reprocessing and waste disposal) construction, operation and maintenance’


  135. 135
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The BBC will tell us that the Christmas – New Year programmes were the best ever, and excellent value to the license fee payer. Mark Thompson and his cronies will tell us that they are worth much more than their current salaries.
    Everything the BBC do is great and beyond reproach.

  136. 136
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    People are far more likely to be killed falling off a roof installing a solar panel than being killed by nuclear power.

    Watt for Watt, nuclear power is orders of magnitude safer than any other power source, even taking Chernobyl and Fukashima into account.

    I am an engineer, with no interest to declare regarding power generation, other than that I want it to be the safest.

  137. 137
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Ed Milliband will announce his resignation on April 24th 2012 at 10am.

  138. 138
    Dick the Butcher says:

    Yes – isn’t he hideous? – rather like a humanoid form of an in-flight magazine of one of the less expensive airlines. His vacuous chatter always make me think he would be happier presenting something like Blue Peter.

  139. 139
    Mr Jacqui Smith says:

    Sounds good to me. do you have that on dvd that I can put on expenses?

  140. 140
    Billy's uncivil partner and luv bunny says:

    I predict that I will take Billy up the aisle…..about 3 times a week.

  141. 141
    BillyBob... says:

    Blue Peter enveloped in white powder?

  142. 142
    BillyBob... says:

    Sven Hassel, some of the best WW2 descriptive writing :)

  143. 143
    Miss Nicolle Clegg says:

    A Dutch Transvestite

  144. 144
    Rodney Dangerfield says:

    He-e-e-e-y, no respect– I predict Ed Miliband’s gonna get more respect than me, tells ya what shape I’M in…He-e-e-e-y, it’s a jungle, people…

  145. 145
    Anonymous says:

    I think the BBC cover Royal events quite reluctantly these days, but carry on bearing in mind their majority audience who actually pay the license fee, over 50’s. As for, ‘It is blatently pro-EU, pro-Westminster, pro-not rocking the boat,’ as I say, pro centralisation and big government, ie lefty.

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    MrAngry61 says:

    Janet Daley’s also predicting it in her Labourgraph column today.

  147. 147
    AC1 says:

    The BBC told us that AGW was NOT a fraud.

  148. 148
    AC1 says:

    Everyone supports the BBC that’s why it cannot be funded by voluntary subscription and requires force to fund it.

  149. 149
    Vince Cable's rucksack says:

    Vince says that Jeremy Clarkson is bound to open his mouth in 2012 (trained by the DoE)? Won’t be fired though, worth too much to the Beeb.

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    the ghost of jim callaghan says:

    Yes Billy we’d already had the so called ‘winter of discontent’ and everything was well on schedule to become a socialist shithole distopia. Please read your history.

  151. 151
    Gordon Brown says:

    On 21/12/2012, I shall save the world again.

  152. 152
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I’m a recovering alcoholic, and I think I’m doing really well.

    I haven’t had a drink since last year.

  153. 153
    A Biased Broken Broadcaster says:

    The clear alternatives are:

    1. Keep BBC but stop (so called) reporters talking to reporters. Opinions are not news. Will never happen!

    PLAN B+

    2. Close the Broken Biased Corp.
    Save cash for millions.
    Improve relations with Industry & bankers.
    Stop Thatcher bashing
    Stop that Flanders woman dripping on.
    Can buy 10 bottles of Scotch for the price of licence. (25 in Spain)
    East Enders dumped.
    Over paid presenters now on streets begging.
    The end of mincing chat shows.
    Stop news readers smiling when announcing deaths from Ganistan.

    You may add you own plus points to this list a/r ……………

  154. 154
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish you all a happy new year.

  155. 155
    Anon says:

    two heads

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    You’re making me horny.

  157. 157
    Andrew says:

    Your last prediction is cheating. Of course a Tory Minister will resign in disgrace. You might as well predict that the sun will rise in the East.

    Here’s a better one:

    HMT will strain to keep the September inflation low – whatever happens before and after – because that’s the one which triggers the increase in the index-linked pensions for which retired public sector employees paid during their working lives and which this Government would like to welsh on.

  158. 158
    Free money says:

    One safe prediction: Gordon will continue to not turn up to work while still collecting his MP’s salary.

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    “The Leveson Enquiry will result in no action whatsoever.”

    I thought that’s what we wanted, freedom of the press.

    Btw, I thought the Eagles were brothers.

  160. 160
    Gordon Brown the Insane says:

    I will lead a re-vitalised Labour party to election victory & then save the United Kingdom after I’ve done a big plop plop.

  161. 161
    Gatso Flasher says:

    Wot no forecast on the Huhne?

  162. 162
    The Dirty Rat says:

    Open letter from Frederick Forsyth to Merkel.


    Spot on Fred.

  163. 163
    Is this the Monster Mammaries blog? says:

    I predict I will not get a job checking dodgy breast implants.

  164. 164
    Gordon Brown the Insane says:

    Aaargh, arrrgh, oooo, owwww, foook, plop… that’s better

  165. 165
    Maker of the Mayan calender says:

    Hur Hur Hur……

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    Good link.

  167. 167
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Good chap, that Forsyth fellow.

    Writes a pretty decent book now and then, too.

  168. 168
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Richard Bacon tells us he’s really good value for money.

  169. 169
    Excellent says:

    Wow. Someone should send this to Nick Clegg.

  170. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Inbreed you mean.

  171. 171
    Lobster Throttler says:

    Just watched the scruffy unwashed eagle bitch refuse to comment on bob crowe living in social housing, fucking hypocrite cow.

    ps , i don’t capitalise the names of champagne socialist bastards.

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    Here are some of the coming highlights to look forward to from The BBC says:

    The Cuts! The Cuts!!!!! embed embed embed
    The ice caps are melting…. embed embed embed
    The Labour Party is just brilliant and really hasn’t ruined this country …. embed embed embed
    The EU is one happy family and we should see it as an honour to give them all our money- embed embed embed
    Rupert Murduch eats our children and as too much power (not like us…) hacking hacking hacking…. sorry I mean….embed embed embed

    That’s right, suck it up my little sponges, and because your so good I’m going to give you something you may actually want to pay a licence fee for…. bend over now boys and girls… ……..brace yourselves….. here comes my Eastender !!!! ( drum intro…)

  173. 173
    The Boss says:

    Guido is spot on regarding the removal of a Cabinet Minister my choice is Windbag Penning…WHO??….he who allowed an increase in the length of trailers which my Road Haulage industry rejected in a consultative process by a large majority of 6 to 1.Minister for Transport Windbag Penning is my candidate just wonder who paid him to go against a democratic consultative process.

  174. 174
    Happy New Year To All (excepting the usual suspects of course, and they can r o t ) says:

    …. are better than 1.

  175. 175
    Apathy Rising says:

    It seems beyond the limited intelligence of world’s leaders but the most un-green thing you can do is reproduce, and yet I’ve heard not a peep on this.

    Wind turbines and solar panels make not a jot of difference if you’re increasing the number of consumers worldwide.

    With a diminishing local population the UK solution appears to be to import new consumers from low carbon areas to crank up our energy usage.

    I don’t proffer a solution. I just point out the hopelessly illogical strategies of people who seek to find complex and expensive solutions to problems that have much cheaper and easier solutions, that is, if the problem they perceive actually exists.

    Personally – I’m enjoying the warm Christmas.

  176. 176
    a passing muzzie says:

    Death to infidel bacon!!

  177. 177
    Billy Nomates says:

    He’s not a cabinet minister

  178. 178
    Really? says:

    Couldn’t P#ss Straight. Cannot Prosecute Servingcabinetministers. This game is fun.

  179. 179
    I don't need no doctor says:

    On the Eagles you could well be correct.

  180. 180
    HappyUK says:

    The Peterloo motif is I think some lefty-inspired cobblers, based around the time the paper was founded on May 5th 1821 to support social reform in the aftermath of the Peterloo massacre in Manchester.


    The fact remains that the ‘progressive’ Guardian continues to avoid paying its fair share in tax.

  181. 181
    Jimmy says:

    “A Tory cabinet minister will resign in disgrace.”

    The sun will continue to rise in the east and set in the west.

  182. 182
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Billy is off to work his passage to India.

  183. 183
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Any news on that lying shit Piers Morgan?

  184. 184
    HappyUK says:

    I would much prefer that version of reality too, but my fear is that the new world orders will try to prevent Nuclear Power schemes that would create plenty of energy for everybody and eliminate the need for wars over resources.

    We really do have evil shits in power – wind farms are just a mechanism to prevent cheap, abundant energy production, keeping us proles in place and taxing us to buggery.

  185. 185
    Anonymous says:

    That’s rich Jimmy considering that Labour ministers don’t do resignation, or see it just as a sabbatical.

  186. 186
    Anonymous says:

    His US TV ratings are still shite.

  187. 187
    Tony Blair says:

    Not just you, old son.

    Every factory owner in the country now no longer needs to train or employ those hideous English people. Plus finding maids and servants is so much easier now – they really will work hard for slave wages which pleases Cherie no end. She endlessly reminds them that she is poor and working class too so they are lucky to be scrubbing our toilets.

    Still we won’t stop there. We must modernise Britain further. A good few million more from Turkey, India and China would I think culturally enrich the country further.

    Together we CAN and we will make England a green and pleasant mutli-cultural vibrant land of 100million serfs where nobody feels any belonging but will work all hours for peanuts and scrap over last bit of land and food – and just think of the rising property values and rents. Everyone’s a winner. Modernise. Future. Skills. Education. Education. Education.

    Must go, seeing accountant to sort out inheritance tax avoidance scheme.

  188. 188
    Gordon Brown says:

    Have applied for the job of testing all the dodgy implants.
    But they want to know what experience I’ve got.
    Told them I have an (.) (.) levle in French and Biology and use silicone polish on the dining table.
    Buggers have decided to give the job to David Blunkett. Something to do with nipples and braille and me not having enough hands-on experience.

  189. 189
    Anonymous says:

    “in disgrace”-but does she have a good majority?

  190. 190
    Tachybaptus says:

    Telegroan headline: “Beast implant scandal victims: ‘It was hell, I thought I had cancer'”


  191. 191
    Kim Jong young'Un says:

    We are great admirers of the BBC.

  192. 192
    Some Geezer wot knows a million corny jokes says:

    As W.C. Fields once announced, “As of January first, I won’t drink any more. Nor any less, as far as that goes.”

  193. 193
    Jonah says:

    I think you’ll be on a winner with 2012.

  194. 194
    What a plonker. says:

    You forgot the scented bootlaces.

  195. 195
    sorry, no sympathy for people who muck about with their bodies says:

    Er…nothing to do with her deciding to have a dodgy operation for dubious reasons then?

  196. 196
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Sounds like last year…or any other BBC year

  197. 197
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Happy Easter!

  198. 198
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    My predictions for the year:

    1. Boris will beat Ken

    2. Labour will endure a year of unproductive hand-wringing with the majority of MPs wanting to be rid of Red Ed but lacking the collective will to perform the execution.

    3. A European national banking system that has not yet come under much scrutiny will be revealed to be practically insolvent – perhaps Austria or Belgium.

    4. Greece will default, exit the Euro and the normal democratic process there will be suspended because of civic unrest placing its EU membership under question

  199. 199
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Not a good idea to bring up the rear when Billy’s around.

  200. 200
    Rinka Scott says:

    I was doing a taxpayer audit of MPs expenses and noted that our Eric had claimed seven quid for a ‘survey’.

    I wrote to him asking for an explanation.

    Two years later still no reply!

  201. 201
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    And the sewing machine.

  202. 202
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    I’m over 50 and I don’t pay the fuckers.

  203. 203
    Silicone breast milk is best says:

    All my kids have been brought up on silicone milk.
    Problems:-They are a bugger to get hold of.
    They are taunted at school as Slippy and Slimey
    They will not wear raincoats
    They both want to learn Polish.
    And refuse to use sledges

  204. 204
    Sir Aston Martin says:


    Trouble is, you can’t get paraquat over the counter any more. I believe councils etc. can still use it, though.

  205. 205
    Rinka Scott says:

    When they were leaders of the opposition did you ever hear Thatcher calling for foot or kinnock to be sacked.

    Of course not.

    Plus ca change as they say in Germany

  206. 206
    Huhne is Innocent says:

    I predict we will see nothing of the Hutton report during 2012 although all outstanding expenses claims will be settled.

  207. 207
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Hunt is innocent”

    You are Mark Pack and i claim my £5.

  208. 208
    Ahmed Ishmael (George of the Akash Restaurant) says:

    I have got another large batch coming over from the sub continent, next week Handy. Immigration issues and accommodation fixed as normal? Allah Akhbar!

  209. 209
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Ryanair are not stupid – that adjective applies to those passengers who accept the deal and fly with them.

    It’s optional – if you take their deal, they’ve got it right. If you don’t like the deal, don’t fly.

    And if enough folk don’t fly with them, they’ll change the deal – that’s how a free market works.

  210. 210
    MB. says:

    Isn’t it the standard reaction of any party that is trouble to blame the media in general or BBC. The Conservatives have done it in the past. Much easier than admitting what a disaster Milliband is.

  211. 211
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Those implants were approved by the French authorities, therefore UK had no choice but to allow their use under EU rules.

    Any costs of rectifying must be addressed to the French authorities or to Brussels – tell that to the no-win-no-fee lawyers queueing up to make a killing out of this case.

  212. 212
    Ripley's Believe It Or Else! says:

    Angela Eagle and Maria Eagle are a pair of twins, of dodgy moral rectitude, one KNOWN to be gay.

    Reginald and Ronald Kray were a pair of twins, of dodgy moral rectitude, one known to be gay.

    The difference is that the Krays were private sector crooks, who weren’t stealing taxpayer money directly just by virtue of showing up.

  213. 213
    nellnewman says:

    I didn’t know Emily had a brother?

  214. 214
    nellnewman says:

    “A Tory cabinet minister will resign in disgrace.”

    I’ve no idea who that might be. But I hope whoever it is, cameron applies some honour to the resignation and never lets him/her back in office.

    labours record in ministers resigning in disgrace and then coming back into another ministerial post a few months later was disgusting and destructive of trust in public life. And yes I’m sorry that does also apply to davidlaws.

  215. 215
    The British Army says:

    We beat them

  216. 216
    nellnewman says:

    ah let’s not forget the smarmy piers.

    tv career in decline – wonder what he’ll do next .

  217. 217
    nellnewman says:


    That sort of surgery is all about lazy people who don’t want to look after themselves with proper diet and good exercise.

    How can women do that to themselves? Its disgusting.

  218. 218
    nellnewman says:

    Hmm predictions for 2012?

    sarkozy will lose the french presidential election.

    obama will just scrape in (though I hope not, but the republican candidates are a load of old rope aren’t they?)

    militwit will be rechristened michaelfoot II

    And we might all be battered by the coming economic storm but we, in the UK, will survive as we have always done. Just ordering up my vegetable seeds from Thomson&Morgan for the Spring and stitching what’s left of my hard earned pension into my mattress.

    Happy 2012 Folks!

  219. 219
    Use a Pun, Go to Jail!, if you would prefer that spelling says:

    Any relation to Cressida? Or is she just plain “being a dick” about the whole matter?

    *(no rimshot, I promised CRMM)*

  220. 220
    nellnewman says:

    “Huhne is innocent” +++++Laugh+++++

    Funniest joke of 2011!!

  221. 221
    nellnewman says:

    Why do you have to come out? Where are you going to come out from? Why can’t you just be what you are? What’s wrong with that? Hmm?

    New Year’s Resolution for 2012. Be Yourself!!

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  223. 223
    bergen says:

    When I first saw that Ed was whining about BBC bias against him , I did just wonder whether I had misjudged him and that he had a sense of humour after all. But it seems that he means it…..

  224. 224
    Nothing In Life Is Certain But Death and... says:

    Shouldn’t have said that last part, Nell; now HMRC know where to look when they raid you on suspicion of not paying tax on the canned produce you may give away to family and friends, if your veg seeds come through as you hope they will. “Right, Mrs Newman, you wish us to believe you just GAVE the stuff away. Right. Tell us another porky like the cheque is in the post, why don’t you?”

  225. 225
    It doesn't add up... says:

    The Eagles were desperados who took it easy with a witchy woman one of these nights in the hotel California: after they took it to the limit they had a peaceful easy feeling before waking to a tequila sunrise.

  226. 226
    It doesn't add up... says:

    Everything in moderation, of course…

  227. 227
    Doctor Beaker says:

    And this is politics?

  228. 228
    nellnewman says:


  229. 229
    The Pundit Two says:

    No Huhne or the Pilgrims?
    Nothing on Germany, Brazil, China, Russia, Falklands and Nigeria?
    Listening to the so-called pundits on BBC radio 4 there were few stretching issues, so they put their P45 ahead of sagacity.

  230. 230
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (the original fake and the author of the winning line) says:

    Happy New year

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

    90% of BBC news output is simply BBC opinion be it climate change, politics or economy.

    The days of simply giving the people the FACTS and letting us make our minds up are long gone.

  232. 232
    Going Down the Pun says:

    Yep, those lawyers will be milking this situation for every penny they can get.

  233. 233
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (the original fake and the author of the winning line) says:

    So who sayes that you get to make the rules. Guidos blog, guidos rules. If you dont lick it feel free to take a full refund and fuck off.

  234. 234
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    It will only be a good year if you’re found swinging from some rope in your house.

  235. 235
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (the original fake and the author of the winning line) says:


  236. 236
    Anonymous says:

    2012 Guido and the ‘Moderators’ allow free speech!! Yeah and I believe in Father Christmas!!

  237. 237
    Umpire Ces Pepper says:

    You couldn’t spot an lbw in aa effin brothel!

  238. 238
    Montgomery Cheddar says:

    Her and her sister both come across as gibbering retards, yet I’m told they both went to Oxford. Didn’t know the city of dreaming spires was also renowned for its special schools.

  239. 239
    Anonymous says:

    Of couse he’s innocent he’s just miss-understood! Nobody has a fuckin* clue what he’s talking about!!

  240. 240
    The Pundit Two says:

    Ron Paul to do well in Iowa and generate more funding.
    Jeb Bush comes into the frame.

  241. 241

    2012 will prove to be the 58th consecutive year in which the Bilderberg group fail to release a record!!

  242. 242
    This is mad Britain says:

    Even if one of them is a sheeps head.

  243. 243
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    my new years resolution was to improve my life by not Wanking in 2012. it was fun while it lasted

  244. 244
    The Pundit Two says:

    BBC Radio 4 Toady Programme had that criminal Victor Blanc as Editor last week.
    They must still think that the british public do not know of his banking crimes and crass protestations of innocense

  245. 245
    This is mad Britain says:

    The bbc have one of the ugly Eagle sisters on saying “Conservatives must build hundreds of thousands of social housing units” – FFS no mention of 13 years of Labour inaction and completely unchallenged by the bbc interviewer. Plus ca change etc.

  246. 246
    David Wisteria says:

    I predict that in 2012 we will have a new Facist Leader in Europe.

  247. 247
    Don Henley, of regatta fame as well says:

    Of course. No sense getting Frey’d, especially with the new kid in town. Your lyin’ eyes may tell you you can do it, but there’ll be a heartache tonight, I’m sure. I can’t tell you why, though.

  248. 248
    EU Wankers' World says:

    Don’t vorry mein kinderen, ve are zinking many vays to infect you vith Euro disease, of elf n’ safety, ‘uman rites, etc. to destroy all human endeavour and independence in ze ghastly uncontrolled Ango-sphere.

    You vill nefer escape ze dead hand of Euro Vanker Vorld

  249. 249
    Anonymous says:

    Fukashima was hit with a tidal wave caused by the largest earthquake ever recorded and to date there has only been a tiny release of radiation. The Greens have yet to express any sympathy for the 22000 people who were drowned all they bleat about is the radiation leak. Do you think the families of the dead give a flying F**k about small radiation leaks.

    If you want details of industrial deaths have a look at the HSE website and if you want details of road deaths look at the DoT website; currently running at ~ 3500 per annum

    No one in the UK has died from radiation exposure since the first nuclear power station was commissioned in the early 1960s.

    Nulcear power is the cleanest and safest power source and address any issues surrounding geo-politcial restriction in supplies of oil and gas. Do you really want our futures dependent on the political situation in Russia and the Middle East.

  250. 250
    Grumpy and Grumpier says:

    You must have been called by the grim reaper, then.

  251. 251
    Father Christmas says:

    Just for that clever remark, smart Alec, no presents for YOU next year.

  252. 252
    Merkozy says:

    Schweinhund, how have you known zis

  253. 253
    not a machine says:

    Boris mix on last nights fireworks was about the best display I have ever seen , must have been pretty good to be there , however for sheer best fireworks had to be rio , given they had calm waters they could do some really big shells from boats (check out how high/wide some of star bursts were) .

    Predictions , I think all I can predict at the moment is that is very complex and the overeach has not begun to be corrected , which is a little unfortunate as they do not see the error of it . I am astonished next summit is still going ahead on basis of more FU . I enjoyed the new word made in last days of 2011 “fiscal slippage” for missed target .The mean speaking hasnt begun yet and a calm head will be needed as they seem to not have changed there minds and are bound by it . Even if they do service the 1trn euros by July still have to get deficets down . EU has not made any budget cuts , so I think recession is ineveitable in EU .
    Dont know about USA , as figures seem a bit unclear , if any bubbles are being made be a stupid thing to do ,

  254. 254
    The Video Umpire says:


  255. 255
    c.eng says:

    Absolutely correct.

    This is the root cause of all problems, eco and economic, but because it’s not PC, it never ever gets a mention.

    When it does we might assume a rational human being has emerged.

  256. 256
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    Our Dave claims to be a life long passionate Aston Villa fan.

    The name ‘Deadly Doug ‘just happens to be on the Honours List.

    I always thought Dave was an arrogant stuck up conceited type but this is really taking the michael .

    My prediction is that by the end of 2012 there will be a file of papers with CPS relating to abuse of power charges gathering dust

  257. 257
    Mike Mercury, no relation to Freddie says:

    Or what passes for it in these parts, anyhow.

  258. 258
    Umpire Ces Pepper says:

    You can stick your electonic cricket stump where the sun don’t shine!

  259. 259
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Form an orderly que those who would like to be doing this to him.


  260. 260
    the general public says:

    You are probably right, I foolish tried to apply some logic and common sense to my prediction……but this is politics

  261. 261
    The wizz says:

    Mr G,
    You most defintely have your ear to the ground to predict a Tory MP will resign. However I think a few other MPs of different hues may well be in the same predicament, no names, no pack drill. Should be an interesting year especially if a few Peers are involved.

  262. 262
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Don’t know but i think her husband is called Harry Dick !

  263. 263
    Prescott's chipolata says:

    I’m predicting the demise of my man. I’ll just be a shriveled,useless piece of crust.

  264. 264
    Airey Belvoir says:

    ‘Small green spherical vegetables on Earth and goodwill to all men.’

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    Spartacus says:

    not very likely is it?

    kicking, screaming and offering to pay back the public funds and . . . is more like it.

    pm and dpm
    – we have full confidence in this mp

    all his mates
    – it is a sad day for the country when such a hard working consensus politician is unreasonably ousted from his seat . . . .

  266. 266
    Spartacus says:

    i cant think of three
    as gf would say ‘help us out here’

  267. 267
    John Galt says:


    According to the Mayan calendar, the world is due to end on the day which would have been my late (and formidable) grandmother’s 100th birthday!

  268. 268
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Here are some of my predictions:

    Guido will gain some more scalps this year. A couple of Labour and maybe a Tory and/or Lib Dem.

    However, a scandal (perhaps relating to funding) will rock the Miliband boat.

    Potential revelations from Libya will haunt certain senior Labour Party members.

    Tom Watson will begin to wish he had kept his mouth shut. But he won’t. He’ll just make it worse for himself, becoming more marginalised.

    The Pilgrim scandal will unravel for a few Labour/union stalwarts as the FIA requests for information on Pilgrim payments have some unexpected developments as skeletons of one kind or another start coming out of various closets.

    There could be a scandal involving a leading Labour academic or three.

  269. 269
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    to sick too

  270. 270
    The Doddering Old Fart says:

    Mayan Calendar my arse. I’m having an All Day Breakfast at Morrisons on December 21st as always. And don’t think your electricy bill wont turn up in January 2013 because it F’ing well will. This Brandy’s strong. Well I’m off to bed. Bollocks to it.
    F’ing politicians.

  271. 271
    Anonymous says:

    “social housing units” LOL council houses for the dissolute.

  272. 272
    Aunt Mat says:

    Where were your predictions in 2007?

    Did you see the recession coming?
    Why didn’t you proclaim it from the rooftops?

    You were too busy guzzling the goodies to notice.

  273. 273
    Anonymous says:

    No dearie, just answering your question. If you don’t want to know, don’t ask.

  274. 274
    Huw Jampton says:

    Rinka Scott . . . Now, that’s a name I’ve not heard in many a year. My sister was once ejected from the Liberal Party comference for shouting ‘Remember Rinka!’ in the main hall . . .

  275. 275
    Huw Jampton says:

    My money’s on Hague . . . Guido’s probably been doing a lot of research / evidence-gathering ever since Hague got away with it by the skin of his, er, teeth last time . . . mark my words.

  276. 276
    Anonymous says:

    Wot – no prediction about Huhne?

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