January 12th, 2012

Can You Belize It: Dods Buys Rival DeHavilland
Ashcroft Pours in Another £6m – Increases Stake to 42.9%

In July last year Dods Plc, which Lord Ashcroft controlled 23% of at the time, bought PoliticsHome from two companies owned by Lord Ashcroft. In November Loss-making ePolitix.com and the House Magazine were merged with loss-making PoliticsHome. Today it seems Dods have made a real purchase rather than merely streamlining the paperwork. They are buying their rival DeHavilland Political Intelligence from Emap for £12.8 million. A merger is only a matter of time…

Given that Ashcroft has already made losses in the region of £5 million since his sojourn into the online political world began two years ago, a money-making plan is long overdue:

Dods will be placing two hundred million new ordinary shares at 5.5p each. Ashcroft has already increased his stake in the company to 42.9% by buying over half of them. Another £6 million ploughed in…


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

    Think i might give it a miss.

  2. 2
    Spot The PR Crap says:

    Sounds like a piece of puffery.

  3. 3
    Ed Tourette says:

    Still losing less money than the Grauniad though….fuck, piss, bollox!

  4. 4
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Does it show?

  5. 5

    Milfs are back.
    Not that I can see that advert for mature ladies.

    I just get adverts for tickets for swan lake..oh yes..

  6. 6
    Gonk says:

    It’ll never get off the ground.

  7. 7
    Let the Hain take the strain says:

  8. 8
    Ed Tourette says:

    I think you can count a proper t*u*rd as a solid

  9. 9
    Spartacus says:

    Prefer the halal video instead eh?

  10. 10
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Ed another soiled performance – full of piss wind and shit.

  11. 11
    Comet says:

    I thought DeHavilland made planes.

  12. 12
    Tony Bliar is a CUNT..... says:

    Tell me Mr Hain, what part did you play in the bank robbery?……………

  13. 13
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am dense

  14. 14
    Neo-Guido says:

    yeah all those losses are great PR

  15. 15
    Loungelizard says:

    Think the mature lady was Mrs Jack Dromey Esq.

  16. 16
    The City says:

    Ashcroft believes his own bullshit. He thinks he’s a great man and that people want to sniff his doings.

  17. 17
    WVM says:

    Has he been tangoed?

  18. 18

    Was an actress, surely?

  19. 19
    tory boys never grow up says:

    Sorry to state the obvious Guido – but I doubt Ashcroft’s interest in this is about making money – he has far bigger investments in outsourcing for that purpose.

  20. 20
    annette curton says:

    Politics as a commodity?, got to be on a loser on that one, sorry will not be investing.

  21. 21
    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    Ashcroft continues his quest for serious political power without having to ever actually seek the affirmation of those over whom he wishes to exercise that power.

    He is a very dangerous individual.

  22. 22
    Mars, The God Of War says:

    They also made the Blue Streak ‘satellite launch vehicle’.

  23. 23
    Dry Senior says:

    How would you rate him compared to that other anti-democrat Gordon Brown?

  24. 24

    Yep, just googled it.
    Surley DeHavilland – Gone with the windex

  25. 25
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    You mean the one who has been at the taxpayers teat all his life?

  26. 26
    Gordon McMental says:

    Aye, say Aye!
    An if the Fife courier dinnae step printin’ lies and maleficence aboot me nae showin’ up t’ae werk, i’ll have ma mcMafia mates pull all their advertising.

  27. 27

    You’d think the she would at least tidy her bedroom up if she was expecting guests.
    Dirty old scrubber.

  28. 28
    Apathy Rising says:

    “Ashcroft is a whale spotter” according to Wikipedia.

    Once you’ve seen one tail/hump/fin – you’ve seen ‘em all really.

    Me – I’m a dragon spotter, which carries much more kudos, though I’ve yet to see one.

  29. 29
    Learn from India... says:

    It’s the public’s fault if they create a power vacuum.

    Money follows the power vacuum…. Or rather is sucked by it.

  30. 30
  31. 31
    Biggles says:

    I want one.

  32. 32
    Engineer says:

    He’s flying in the dark.

  33. 33
    Fake Billy says:

    Out lass said last night that if I turn off the bedside lamp she’d take it up the arse. In hindsight I should have let the bulb cool down first.

  34. 34
    Nurse Botha says:

    Yes, dear. Slightly less so after your morning dump.

  35. 35
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Ashcroft dabbles in politics the way russian oligarchs play footsie with PL soccer clubs. He’s not there to make a profit, he’s there to gain influence in the game of games. This is not an investment opportunity unless you need a loss for tax purposes.

  36. 36
    annette curton says:


  37. 37
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    That’s Jack’s first job after he gets home tonight.

  38. 38
    Nora Batty says:

    You’re wierd! They’re all wierd!

  39. 39
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    He’s been recruited by DUEMA – Smarmy Ops Section.

  40. 40
    The Paragnostic says:

    De Havilland Comet – Gone with the Window.

  41. 41
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Thanks for that. The RAF were using them for target towing until the late 70’s. But I don’t think that 1 flying example is left. Too much woodworm.

  42. 42
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    PMQS aint the same since Ed replaced Gordon.

    If you know what i mean.


  43. 43
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Just Like the PS Unions then.

  44. 44
    The Paragnostic says:

    He went to Belize hoping to spot Jacqui Smith.

  45. 45
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    That’s right. Crony Capitalism’s Crony Capitalist.

  46. 46
    Gonk says:

    I’m sure Gordon sold him that car.

  47. 47
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Scrounger Hain is even more deluded. Why bother lying to the public Hain. Just keep it within your party. We don’t want to hear your drivel.

  48. 48
    Loungelizard says:

    Smarmy Ops Section, they the ones who do wet work?

  49. 49
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Richard Desmond, boss of the Express, has just given evidence at the Leveson enquiry. He must be one of the most thick rich people I have ever heard.

  50. 50
    WVM says:

    Definitely a fake Billy.


  51. 51
    Professor Doo-Dah BSc. says:

    Question Time hasn’t been the same since Sir Robin’s revolving bow-tie hit 10,000 rpm and propelled him to God-knows-where. Get over it.
    The censorship on here seems particularly un-libertarian today, by the way.

  52. 52

    *Note to defence ministry procurement

    The Mosquito was rejected twice by the air ministry.

  53. 53
    WVM says:

    Didn’t this man place broken glass all over a rugby pitch just before the match?

  54. 54
    Engineer says:

    True story.

    When the Mosquito prototype was first flown, one of the teething troubles was that the bomb-bay doors wouldn’t shut. They operated perfectly on the ground, but not when the stresses on the airframe changed once it was in the air. The only way to cure this was to strap someone upside-down in the bomb bay, and fly round while he pared off bits of the doors until they shut. There were no volunteers for this job until the production manager, a former patternmaker, took the job on, on the proviso that he made his own cradle. This he duly did, fitted it to the aircraft himself, and took off armed with a couple of chisels. They then circled around the airfield at about 100 feet, opening and closing the doors, paring bits off until the doors shut properly.

    They don’t make ‘em like that any more.

    (This chap was well known and revered around the Broughton factory for many years after. Being a patternmaker, he was shit-hot on wooden aircraft production, but somewhat knackered when aluminium was introduced later. He was still there during the early years of Comet production.)

  55. 55
    Peter Hain says:



  56. 56
    charisma-free moniker says:

    ….you’ve never heard Peter Stringfellow then?

  57. 57
    Carry Hole says:

    Does he tweet?

  58. 58

    Knows a lot about porn though.
    I wonder if Jacqui Smith is a director?

  59. 59
    Ed Miliband says:

    I defend the poor and needy against predatory capitalists. Unless the predatory capitalists are connected to my pals that is. Labour are never wonga. I mean, wrong. Mental note: remember to redact most of the names from the list of guests at Roland’s party.

  60. 60
    The Paragnostic says:

    I have it on good authority that if you don’t pay Wonga on time, they send the Goys round.

  61. 61
    I piss on muzee terrorists says:

    Why should anyone apologise for US Marines pissing on dead Taliban? Who gives a shit about them? If anything, they should piss on them while they’re still alive.

  62. 62
    Radar says:

    The first stealth bomber.

  63. 63
    un believer says:


    Gordon Brown was a power mad corrupt cu.nt, therefore anyone else gets a free pass for any kind of behaviour as the debate begins and ends at “at least he’s not Gordon” or “how does he compare to Gordon”?

    It’s that kind of feeble minded bullshit that has resulted in Dave and his Nu Blu Crew getting away with it for this long

    “at least they’re not NuLabour”


  64. 64
    ++ BREAKING WIND ++ says:

    Apparently police have received more than 40 complaints about MP Diane Abbott’s slur against white people last week — but they say she will NOT be facing charges.

  65. 65
    Georges says:

    Isn’t there some sort of relationship between Emap and the Guardian?

    If so, I am sure the “ill-gotten” 12.8m will be accounted for in a fair and transparent manner. All spirit of the law taxes will be paid for sure….

  66. 66
    The Paragnostic says:

    Bloody good job we had them at the end of the war though – they were about the only thing we had that could chase down a V1 “doodlebug”.

  67. 67
    The Paragnostic says:

    We all know that only the venal or the stupid are attracted to politics as a career, and thus calibrate our responses accordingly.

    If we expected the sort of self-serving cunts who stand for election to be normal, we’d only be kidding ourselves.

  68. 68
    H, from Steps says:

    These kids grew up knowing nothing but socialism, Prof. Now they spend their days watching 24-hour news channels and tweeting inanities at each other. Do not be surprised therefore that the concept of libertarianism is about as alien to them as is the idea of turning the TV off.

  69. 69
    The Paragnostic says:

    Should decorate each one with a piece of bacon, as well.

  70. 70
    CE mark says:

    Nothing like war to foster ingenuity and set people free to think outside the box.

  71. 71
    The Paragnostic says:


    His concern for his fellow man knows no bounds, so long as that fellow man isn’t white or well educated.

    Orange cunt.

  72. 72
    Abi Cuss says:

    Only 40, for fuck’s sake?

  73. 73
    Jim Davidson says:

    A young man and his date were parked on a back road some distance from London. They were about to have sex when the girl stopped and said…
    “I really should have mentioned this earlier, but I’m actually a escort and I charge £40 for sex.” The man reluctantly paid her, and they did their thing.

    After a cigarette, the man just sat in the driver’s seat looking out the window.
    “Why aren’t we going anywhere?” asked the girl.
    “Well, I should have mentioned this before, but I’m actually a taxi driver, and the fare back to the city is £40″

  74. 74
  75. 75
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Wooden and composite construction, liquid cooled powerful engines, no turrets, no gunners.

    Faster and more effective than the products of The Air Ministry mindset. Pity more them were not made, and fewer Halifaxes, Sterlings, and Blenheims.

    If only the Comet (jet airliner) had had the same resources which were wasted on the Brabazon.

  76. 76
    Snub it... says:

    Make politics less attractive…. Perhaps with this perspective this blog is being quite positive.

  77. 77
    I don't need no doctor says:

    You are Billy Bowden whatshisname and I claim insanity.

  78. 78
    Stufferupper says:

    Hold hands, this is an upstick.

  79. 79
    Stufferupper says:

    Go to Kimono Island. They’ve got lots of dragons to spare there.

    Alternatively, pay a visit to the local Retired Matrons’ Rest Home.

  80. 80
    Stufferupper says:

    oops, sorry, sticky fingers. That should have been Komodo Island.

    The kimono dragons are to be found in Tokyo nightclubs.

  81. 81
    Stufferupper says:

    …and then put their dicks away and behead the bodies – just to make sure like…

  82. 82
    No Mystery says:

    It used to be free. I had it set as my homepage. He bought it. He put up a pay wall. It became useless for those who didn’t feel like subscribing. I changed my homepage to Google News. Others presumably did likewise. Readership and hence stock value plummets. Another victory for pay walls! A shame really; for a while there it was a useful website.

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