January 12th, 2012

It’s All Gone Wonga
Is Ed in a Ruddy Mess?

Despite an on camera promise in October, Ed Miliband has failed to release the list of businessmen and lobbyists he dined with at a secret “off the record” supper organised by Roland Rudd the shady spinmeister. His agency Finsbury has a whole host of “predators” as clients, including at the online loan sharks Wonga.

There is growing concern in Labour circles that Ed is not putting his full weight behind Stella Creasy’s ill thought out campaign to outlaw these companies, that she claims, target the vulnerable. Ed has given the campaign the nod, but Guido hears that there is disappointment that it has remained a backbench attack. Some were expecting it to be referenced in Tuesday’s speech. Is Ed pulling his punches because of his behind-the-scenes relationship with Roland Rudd? Proper lefty blogger Carl Packman certainly thinks so. Guido will go further: Did this meeting of “independently minded senior business leaders”, aka Rudd’s clients, include anyone from, or representing, Wonga? We’re still waiting for Ed to keep his promise to let us know who he supped Rudd’s champagne with…


92 Comments

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

    Thanks Stella.

    on behalf of a frustraited D.U.E.M.A

    So many traitors behind Ed.

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    • 3
      Engineer says:

      What is Ed going to do about Predators who also Produce?

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      • 13
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        There is an old Greek saying.” They who keep company with Chickens, get covered in Chickenshit.”

        Someone should tell Ed, before he becomes defenestrat-Ed.

        DUEMA!

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        • 44
          Archer Karcher says:

          Milipipsque@k pals around with Wonga types does he?

          I wonder if those working class types he implores to vote for him because he “cares” know he is perfectly at e@se with people who charge four thousand two hundred and twelve percent interest, on money they shark out to the poor and vulnerable?

          What an utterly principled man Ed is.

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          • Rip van Wrinkle says:

            Ok, so you’ve no money for a couple weeks. Do you: –

            (a) Go overdrawn at the bank incurring a penalty of £85 along with further penalties should other standing orders or direct debits go unpaid along with interest payments, or

            (b) Do you go online, get a couple of hundred quid for two weeks and pay back the loan plus £20 at the end of those two weeks

            Answers on a postcard please.

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        • 47
          misterned says:

          In the interests of DUEMA, the BBC will not cover any of these dodgy dealings with so-called predators.

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    • 42
      Crank says:

      Blimey!
      That Stella Creasy looks like a tasty piece of meat…

      Pint please, barman.

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    • 72
      Polly's Villa in Tuscany says:

      Someone should check if either Errol Damelin, Robin Klein, Saul Klein or anyone from Index Ventures or Benchmark Capital were there too (big backers of Wonga).

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    • 82
      Sir Barrington Minge says:

      Look at the picture – 2 dead-eds

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  2. 2
    Loan Shark says:

    Should’ve gone to QuikQuid.

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    • 4
      Melvin Finster says:

      Or Radio Rentouls…

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    • 28
      Nemo says:

      It seems that some backers in all parties belong to the laon shark fraternity, nothing new really, but it could explain why they were all so eager to relax rules on lending, and have not done anything to control them

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      • 52
        Archer Karcher says:

        But, but, but, Ed is the poor peoples champion, the predators sworn enemy, the man of pious integrity, not at all like those evil, cutthroat nazi wannabees the torwy predators. You know, the ones he constantly tells anyone who will bother to listen, he is set square against.
        Oh wait he’s Labour, so words like principles are meaningless soundbites used to mug the gullible.

        What awful, shameless hypocrites, socialists are.

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  3. 5
    Mr Ed Tourettes says:

    We need to borrow £100,000,000,000,000,000,000 from Wonga immediately to unwind these evil Tory cuts.

    Too Far, Too Fast!

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  4. 6
    Another Engineer says:

    Predators vs Ed the Alien.

    Looks like the Predators win.

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  5. 7
    Mrs. Ball-Scooper ( triple flipper ) says:

    Ed Milibandwagon and Ed Balls. DEUMA and Dumber.

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  6. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Producers = Private sector

    Preadtors= the State.

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    • 15
      Red Ed's non-predator union bosses says:

      Where do we fit in ?

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      • 17
        Engineer says:

        Parasites?

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        • 23
          The Paragnostic says:

          Worst of it is, Eng, that they triply parasitise their members – first through union subs, then through Pilgrims at public expense, then through the Union Modernisation / Labour Subsidisation Fund.

          If I was a union member I’d be mightily hacked off at the scum that triple dip my pocket for their own gain.

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  7. 10
    Sandra says:

    With Scottish independence we can be rid of Labour forever.

    We will of course offer a citizenship swap for all those socialists who want to go North or East.

    Labour is a mental illness.

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    • 14
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      I beg to differ. Socialism is the mental illness. The Labour Party is the asylum.

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      • 21
        will says:

        having many relatives in scotland, thye say that all the politicians care about is the central belt Edinburgh and glasgow. This is why a few years ago the politicians could not wait to hobnob with fred goodwin and the rest of the finacial services industry.

        If scotland was independent 10 years ago, imagine the problems 6 million scots would have had bailing out RBS and HBOS, the country would be in a worse state than ireland.

        Alec Salmon said Celtic Tiger, well even with the oil revenue scotland will be no more than a celtic pussy, as all the financial services industry, would not want to be based in a small country ready to be bled dry by the politicians for thier spending schemes.

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        • 43
          Emperor van Rumboy says:

          They’ll have great fun when they adopt the euro. We can send in one of our Federast Technocrats to ‘help’ them.

          ” I’m from Head Office and I’m here to ‘help’ you”.

          BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!

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          • misterned says:

            LMAO!!! True enough. Especially since that document turned up (posted on the coffeehouse blog) which proved Salmond offered all the help his office could provide in assisting Fred the Shred to over leverage RBS to buy ABN Amro and destroy Scotland’s banking wealth and land the British with a fucking HUGE bill to bail the greedy, corrupt incompetent fuckwits out!

            Had they got independence 5 years ago, they would have been totally bankrupt already.

            I’ll bet that is why Salmond wants Devomax, because he wants someone to bail them out when it all goes titsup!

            Give them full independence outside the UK and outside the EU. Scotland *could* survive nicely outside those, BUT not with their SNP socialist corporatists in charge. Scotland would be a bankrupt failed state within 10 years.

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        • 90
          joescotus says:

          salmond is the best by a mile politician in scotland but he’s also a consumate spiv

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    • 49
      Changing times says:

      The idea that after Scottish independence, it’ll be business as usual for the Liblabcon crowd in Westminster just shows how deluded they are, Scottish independence will mean nothing less than a seismic shift in politics for England.

      For one, the political class in Westminster will be forced to recognise England and the English actually exist politically (sorry Jackass Straw), instead of the absurd situation at the moment where we are treated as non-people in a non-country.

      With Scotland setting an example, we will see the rise of pro-English parties, attracting those disillusioned with the criminals, timeservers and traitors in Westminster. Hopefully the old Liblabcon parties, who have brought so much harm to the peoples of these isles, will wither and die.

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  8. 12
    The BBC are Cunts says:

    Isn’t that David Miliband standing next to Ed Ballsup ?

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  9. 16
    Desperate Dan says:

    Ballsy looked though it was the first he’s heard of this dinner. Then he blew by admitting that he’d done the same thing. What a duckhead.

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  10. 19
    The Paragnostic says:

    It’s not really surprising that a Miliband should be keen on usury, is it?

    These “payday loan” outfits have been going for over a decade, and it’s only now that Labour come out against them. While they were in power, it was a grubby little secret known only to Labour donors and pawn shop habitués – only now, with someone else in charge, is it a Bad Thing.

    I’m surprised they don’t pay Vorderman to front up a campaign against it.

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    • 22
      will says:

      The payday loans and high street cash my gold etc, only really started to expand under labour. They could have passed a law restricting interest to 50% max and many of these companies would disappear overnight.

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    • 26

      Not a reference to Edward I (Longshanks) in 1290? ;-)

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      • 32
        Nemo says:

        I think we could take Edinburgh back don’t you

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        • 78
          misterned says:

          I think that Cameron should grow a pair on behalf of the UK and apply his lawful obligation to the satisfaction of ALL of the UK, by imposing a referendum with only two options.

          Do you want :

          Option 1. Total independence outside the UK and outside the EU without access to UK oil-fields in the North Sea and NO external subsidies.

          Option 2. Total reintegration into the UK, closing that expensive pretend parliament in Edinburgh and having Scotland run from the same place as England with the same powers over itself that the English have.

          Those are the only fair choices for them to have. Anything else is bending over backwards to accommodate and appease Scottish nationalist prejudice.

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      • 38
        The Paragnostic says:

        Longshanks had the right idea – shame Cromwell let them back in ;-)

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  11. 20
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    also Guido is not because Ed Balls policy is Wonga, he wants more borrowing at higher intrest rates for magical growth?

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  12. 25
    Harriet Harperson says:

    They’ve got Ed all wrong. He really is a cunning linguist.

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  13. 27
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Brillo showing up Swinney on BBC 2 right now.

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  14. 29
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    So Swinney doesn’t want to take back the Scottish debt from the RBS, so we have Scottish independence paid for by the English tax payer.

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  15. 30
    Desperate Dan says:

    “The Resident, for enjoying life in West London –
    About once a fortnight Roland Rudd and his wife Sophie give a dinner party for a dozen-odd people in their house overlooking Holland Park. The front door is opened by a discreet figure in black and you are ushered past the dining room with its 16 chairs and into a large drawing room where eye-catching modern paintings and good antique furniture make a statement of understated yet evident opulence. A glass of Dom Perignon is placed in your hand…………”

    Ed the faux Socialist and Trade Union pet loves a bit of glamour.

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    • 35
      Cell time says:

      A dozen odd people, I’m sure Ed feels right at home.

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    • 36
      Nemo says:

      loves a bit of glamour, don’t we all, brightens life up a bit, when you have it all the time you do not appreciate it

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    • 40
      The Paragnostic says:

      The Rezident can afford to entertain in such style? The FSB must have a large budget. Or maybe Roland Rat is still living off the fame he gained by saving GMTV…

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  16. 31
    Leaky Labour says:

    I read a theory on here yesterday that someone from Miliband’s camp must have briefed Cameron’s camp about Ed’s line of questioning at pmqs because Cameron’s response to the fare rises question was too fast to have been spontaneous. Anyone know if this is true? One poster reckoned the leak came from Blinky’s pals.

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    • 37
      apathy personified says:

      The plot thickens *yawns*

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    • 39
      Nemo says:

      Blinky fancies his chances does he, pals would not be Damien and Dell boy, the dynamic duo now they back in the swing

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    • 41
      really really anonymous says:

      Whoever briefed Cameron’s camp about Ed’s line of questioning probably made sure Ed was misinformed about the facts, just to make sure he made a complete tit of himself.

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    • 48
      Ed Balls, Shallow Chancer says:

      Cameron’s response was too far, too fast.

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    • 52
      Desperate Dan says:

      Cameron is a master at thinking on his feet. Its his greatest talent. To the slow-witted Miliband the idea of speaking without notes, rehearsals and exhaustive briefings is so alien that he can’t believe its possible to come up with a witty response without a week’s notice.

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    • 58
      I don't need no doctor says:

      A slug would look fast against Ed Miliband.

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  17. 46
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

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

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  19. 55
    Bill C says:

    If you have not noticed, look at the screen shot where the background slogan becomes “Labour – Fulfilling the demise of Britain”. New Labour spent 13 years fulfilling that promise!!

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  20. 56
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Roland Rudd is a very good friend of Peter Mandleson, but don’t take this out of context.
    I am afraid Rudd’s business friends would not want to be associated with Ed Miliband.

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  21. 57
    The Stilton Eater says:

    “Ed Miliband has failed”

    there’s not much more to add.

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  22. 59
    Angry of London says:

    Labour – the wholly owned subsidiary of Wonga – providing sovereign payday loans for countries with a bit of a squeezed middle.

    We borrow from the paypackets of those who work, to pay for all those who don’t. Who cares about crazy interest, inability to repay, or even the disappearance of the payday itself? Ignore the small print – vote Labour for shiny things now, starvation later.

    [small print - interest 10,000%, Labour financial policies may be damaging to your mental health]

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  23. 60
    I don't need no doctor says:

    A pint of Stella please.

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  24. 61
    Harp says:

    Stella is not the brightest button in the box.

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  25. 62
    Chuka Umunna says:

    What Labour need are some “fresh” faces.

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  26. 63
    Dear Marge letter writer says:

    Help urgently needed.

    My income suffered multiple whiplash injury from 1997 to 2010. Can I claim on my insurance or do I need to consult with the top brains at Northern Rock or RBS for a government pay-out?

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    • 70
      Desperate Dan says:

      If you are a Saudi Arabian caught red-handed in Afghanistan you will have no trouble persuading bent human rights lawyers to extract a large fortune from the govt for compensation for illegal torture. Human Rights lawyers will believe any old tosh and never ask for proof.

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      • 81
        Uman Rite Sloyas says:

        Not so. We have a list of left wing doctors and psychiatrists willing to provide ‘forensic’ evidence of our clients’ claims for the usual small fee. All on legal aid, of course.

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        • 87
          Desperate Dan says:

          And there is the absolute guarantee that the BBC will ALWAYS believe the word of foreigners in preference to the word of the British police or intelligence services. The BBC, acting as PR for foreigners arrested in Aghanistan and Pakistan, are even prepared to falsely refer to them as “British” in order to garner sympathy.

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  27. 65
    Labour's Tax-Payer Ignorance says:

    Looks like they’re running scared Guido, they think it’s a plot to unseat RedEd

    http://labourlist.org/2012/01/we-under-estimate-the-current-crop-of-tories-at-our-peril/

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    • 69
      The General Public says:

      Quote: “…the viciously nihilistic Guido Fawkes website…”

      Nihilist? Seriously??

      Or this this just another dimwitted left-winger throwing big words around without actually knowing what they mean.

      Seriously – we over-estimate the current crop of Labour cheerleaders at our peril.

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    • 84
      labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      “They are highly political, ruthless in their pursuit of power, and merciless in their treatment of enemies ”

      Did he read this in the mirror?

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  28. 66
    Clarence says:

    Stella Creasy has achieved a lot in her 34 years: selective Grammar, Cambridge, think-tank, speech-writer, researcher and now an MP.

    I can’t tell you how relieved I am that people of Ms. Creasy’s calibre and experience are looking after our interests.

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    • 85
      Spot The PR Crap says:

      She may do well in the modern Labour Party. She has experience polishing turds. She once had a ‘job’ with the Scouts trying to convince the public that another knob head called Ed (this one has adopted a moniker of “Bear”) Grylls isn’t a total fraud. So ashamed of her role she was that she claimed to her consitituents that she was a ‘community activist’ .

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  29. 67

    Ed M was quite credible there. Even ..seemed quite normal.
    Didn’t say anything particularly stupid. Obviously he said the usual load of Labour nonsensical bollocks, but that is his job.

    He didn’t say anything additionally stupid.
    Should be a big boost to the keep Ed campaign.

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    • 74
      annette curton says:

      I was disappointed, he did not mention fairness, does Ed Miliband no longer believe in fairness?.

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  30. 68
    annette curton says:

    It’s all about grown up people talking grown up politics Guido (ahem).

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  31. 73
    Timmytour says:

    The video of Americans pissing all over dead Afghans has provoked widespread condemnation…….. Careful what you do to Ed Milliband Guido!!!

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  32. 88
    Gordon B Ruin MP (part time) says:

    I only get out of bed for lots of wonga.

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  33. 91
    Holly says:

    Little gistapio bar steward, stood next to Ed, seemed relieved at Ed’s reply.

    Ed ‘talks to’ people all the time, pity they end up either laughing at him or calling the shit a liar. innit.

    Did I ever mention I can’t stand either of them?

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