January 11th, 2012

“Prédateurs” Theme Sarko’s, Not Ed’s

Labour types are scraping the barrel this morning claiming that Newt Gingrich has “stolen” Ed’s much derided “predators” line. Tom Watson is crowing, Political Scrapbook are grandstanding and Guido is laughing. Ed isn’t even the first European leader to develop the theme. Rewind to 2007 and enter stage right French Presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy:

Nicolas Sarkozy, the neo-Gaullist favourite, has vowed to “hit predators” with a tax on speculative investments – apparently a version of the Tobin tax, a staple of populist discourse in Europe for years. “We can’t tolerate hedge funds buying a company with debt, firing a quarter of the staff and then enriching themselves by selling it in pieces. We didn’t create the euro to have capitalism without ethics or morals,” he said. Mr Sarkozy is supposed to be the “free market” candidate.

Ed’s line was nothing but a cheap rip off of that…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sainsbury’s sales hit new record.

    That’s because Anthony Worrall Thompson shops at Tesco.

  2. 2
    Raving Loon says:

    There are no “free-market” candidates in France, freedom is illegal in Europe.

  3. 3
    Foxman says:

    scraping or scrapping?

    craving or crapping?

    seems much the same to me

  4. 4
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Rather an English point of view there.

    You just ignore the laws and do what like. PAH!

  5. 5
    Loungelizard says:

    Ok just unearth proof that he was totally crap at the Rubik’s cube and that’s the end of him!

  6. 6
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Ed Miliband, Newt Gingrich and Nicolas Sarkozy are all on course to lose their next election.

  7. 7
    Anon says:

    Get lost, jock. Once Hadrian`s wall is rebuilt, we wont need anymore tattie munchers infesting our parliament, media, etc. Independence for Buckfastland!!!

  8. 8
    chinky bear keeper says:

    socialists dont DO history

  9. 9
    misterned says:

    Are labour insane? Trying to take credit for something that corrupt old preditor Gingrich said? Oh dear…

    Still, I am heartened to see Ron Paul coming in a strong second in the New Hampshire Primary. His message of Liberty, Freedom, sound money, end the Fed, and bring the troops home is getting more and more popular.

    It is only the shit feared corrupt corporate media who cannot, or will not, see it.

    Ron Paul will not win the nomination this time, even if he were to win the most delegates, because the GOP will not allow it when they get to the convention in August. However, the philosophy the good Dr Ron Paul is promoting is spreading and those Americans under 40 are supporting it strongly. That message will spread further and further and my prediction is that Obama will win in 2012, (because Romney cannot beat him by selling the same basic program), but Rand Paul will win in 2016 and restore liberty, freedom and sound money to America.

  10. 10
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed’s SPAD’s are from the same school as Hari.
    Original ideas from labour – no chance.

  11. 11
    Gaylord says:

    Three Stooges…

  12. 12
    chinky bear keeper says:

    on you go, build away … cost you 46 billion, take 14 years and it wont work

  13. 13
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    now that wwas funny billy

  14. 14
    misterned says:

    90 seconds IS crap! I used to do it in half of that time and I wasn’t the fastest in my school.

  15. 15
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No wonder Ed would prefer to be French the British then.

  16. 16
    Tom Fatson says:

    We invented everything which is positive – like the War Against Terror – and discarded everything which is bad – like Boom and Bust.

  17. 17
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    the four bys know how to build wall and are reliable
    lets also get the idf to patrol it and have the odd aerial sortie over edinburgh dropping phosphorous on skirt wearing bladder munchers

  18. 18
    Fish says:

    Typical of the bandwagoner that Miliband is.

    He does seem to be a bit of a parasite, plagierising the words and thoughts of others seems to be something of a left wing trait. Miliband even talked about ‘sharing the proceeds of growth’ yesterday, ripping off one of the things that Cameron’s was saying during the election campaign.

    No doubt if you take time to examine all of the things that this loser is said to be ‘leading on’ you’ll find that someone has been there before him.

    Another Labour fantacist who is saving the world

  19. 19
    Desperate Dan says:

    Ed has a long history of plagiarism. The only way to alleviate the boredom of listening to him is to play “Spot the Stolen Quote, Word, Phrase or Idea”.

  20. 20
    Willard Mitt Romney says:

    What happens to a company if I, as a “predator,” don’t come in, sell off some assets, sack all the half-fast management, make some of the workers redundant, and then try to sell the company to investors looking to invest in a new streamlined company? The company goes into administration, the Trustee sells off the assets, sacks management and lets workers go. And oftentimes can’t find a buyer, as by then the company is too far gone, and must be wound down. All I was doing was keeping a passel of greedy lawyers from putting their grubby predatory paws on the company.

    Newt, you’re a pain in the ass sometimes!

  21. 21
    Bogeyman says:

    Guido, how can you say Sarko used this (English) word first when he speaks another language?

  22. 22
    Ed Tourette says:

    Fucking predators, bollox!

  23. 23
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    New footage has just been released of Ed Miliband’s relaunch.

  24. 24
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    Well he did start avec un blanc shit de papier

    what a fucking tool
    Easily Le Ed

  25. 25
    AC1 says:

    Government shares wealth like a rapist shares women.

  26. 26
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I’m english. If the scottish ranter is still about he probably won’t complain that I used “english” where “british” is more appropriate.

    Based on a very deep ingrained and very false assumption about the auld alliance.

  27. 27

    Its not going well, is it?
    Miliband does seem to have been infected with the Jonah virus.
    Everything he does falls apart in moments.

    He’ll be lucky to get through the week without a car crashing through his relaunch poster or an Elvis giving him a big hug outside Greggs.
    Maybe he’ll leave an open mic on after PMQ’s

    “That was a disaster..Those questions were rubbish..Who’s idea was that? Bob I think.. He was all over me…He even made fun of my Blackbusters slip. Just a bigoty man..I hate him..hate!Hate! Hate! He makes me look so nerdy..! Call the team together Baldwin.You’d better start planning next week’s relaunch now before I get knifed by Balls…Hello? Is this thing on?”

  28. 28
    AC1 says:

    Ron Paul is a loon.

    The only people who scare me more than the current Fed management are those people who want to end it and put gold miners (or fruitcakes like Ron) in their place.

  29. 29
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Not quite correct. Socialists screw History. invent History or take 10 years to write 40,000 words about 2 streets in Glasgow, which makes them ideal candidates to be Chancellor of the Exchequer and PM of a foreign country.

  30. 30
    AC1 says:

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan (PBUH)

  31. 31
    Gillian Duffy says:

    He can call me a haggy old c*un*t and I’ll still attend the conference, they put on a lovely spread you know.

    I like that Tawny Blurr me

  32. 32

    Edouard le conquérant!
    Nous sommes agitant dans nos Wellingtons:

    HeHaw HeHaw Hehaw!

  33. 33
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    The French for predator is predateur because both words have the same ancient Greek root. The first “e” has a hook on top.

  34. 34
    Terrible But True says:

    I have worked in advertising, and often still do.

    One thing that really sets you out as a sad b!@£$ is getting knickers in a twist that a) what you write really matters much, and b) that another may have nicked it.

    As demonstrated here, one good reason is that, even though you feel the flash of genius was original and new, it may well not have been.

    So, Ed… minions… grow up. Though as you have all regressed to near ovuum stages on current performance, that may be a stretch.

    I now await the tiresome weekly ‘blow landing’ sport that passes for observing how our country is not being run these days via our risible MSM.

    Blogs such as this are given a pass by pretending to be nothing more, but if I see one more ‘political editor’ on the idiot box ‘analysing’, like the doctors did the boy’s poo in ‘The Last Emperor’, I do feel I will be further vexed.

  35. 35
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    the bladder munchers had that with our eternal enemies the*shudders* french

  36. 36
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Brillant au sommet de son Boote?

    Arf Arf Arf Arf!!

  37. 37
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    He is a” Loon” because he is in favour of small govt , empowering people and sending young men and women to their deaths?

    He also happens to be a Dr and a very good one at that by all accounts

    You are the loon

  38. 38
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:



    He has also brought over 4000 souls safely to life rather than having taken life
    A good man

  39. 39
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    its mainly the same language
    just a matter of pronunciation

  40. 40
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    he is a twat
    or should be that toit?
    one with a few slates missing

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Well, you discarded the Boom, I’ll give you that. As for the Bust, I think you carefully nurtured and developed that. My, how it’s grown!

  42. 42
    Pepé Le Pew says:

    I know it’s a translation by the Torygraph, but it looks to me as though Sarko doesn’t have a clue what a hedge fund is (or does) – quelle surprise! “buying a company with debt, firing a quarter of the staff and then enriching themselves by selling it in pieces” sounds to me much more like the tactics of a private equity fund.

    Still, when your Finance Minister has no idea how rating agencies work, and why British sovereign debt might deserve a higher rating than that of France, what can you expect?

  43. 43
    James says:

    This ‘Good Capitalism’ vs ‘Bad Capitalism’ thing that Ed’s using goes further back than 2007, actually.

    Gottfried Feder, the Volkisch economist who inspired Hitler to get involved in nationalist politics and acted as his mentor, spoke of ‘rapacious capitalism’ and ‘productive capitalism’ in the same way that Ed talks about finance businesses and manufacturers. Feder spoke out against the bankers and investors and in favour of industries that ‘made things’. All couched in the language and ideas that turned Hitler on.

    So you can see that Ed’s economic ideology has a lineage that goes much further than 2007…

  44. 44
    the general public says:

    The frencie bloke has a point…..unlike Ed M

  45. 45
    misterned says:

    Yeah, because the alternative has worked out real well for Americans hasn’t it?

    The Fed is what the corporatists have used to destroy the value of money in the USA.

    But if the Fed goes, those corrupt fuckwits who believe that they can print money forever and still miraculously have it retain its value, will lose their thoroughly undeserved paper wealth. Awwwww I nearly want to cry for them…. Tears of fucking unrestrained joy, for then those who would then be able through their own efforts, create REAL wealth again, and not have it stolen by criminal spivs on Wall Street!

    The corporate bankers in the USA should be in jail for fraud. for selling the same mortgage over and over to different families and then illegally foreclosing their homes using private unconstitutional courts paid for by the banks to rubber stamp fraudulent foreclosure documents when they did not keep the note or deeds or illegally ran the mortgages through out-of-state companies.

    All this corruption needs to be rooted out and people should be in jail.

    Of course the corporatocracy protects these criminals. Ron Paul won’t!

    The FED MUST close for it is causing mass starvation, and it is ruinous to the United States.

    President Andrew Jackson was right when he said his greatest achievement was to end the bank!

  46. 46

    No, Socialists ARE history.

  47. 47
    The Doddering Old Fart says:

    Did you mean shoplifts at Tesco

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