January 24th, 2012

Pickles’ Pilgrim Party

Guido is off for beer and sandwiches with Eric Pickles to mark the launch of the growing  Trade Union Reform Campaign. The new group must be doing something right given that they have sent both the Morning Star and the TUC round the bend today.

In a pre-emptive move the TUC rushed yet another one of their poorly researched spin memos declaring all of the great things that taxpayer-funded trade  union officials apparently do. It will come as no surprise that the Taxpayers’ Alliance were able to shred it within hours.

Next time the TUC want to be taken seriously, they shouldn’t get the pseudo-academic/Morning Star writer Gregor Gall to do their research. He relied on a discredited BIS review that was conducted under the union-funded Labour government. No wonder it was pro-brother…

After campaigning for nearly a year now on the issue of Pilgrims, Guido likes what has been trailed so far from Pickles’ planned speech:

“The public want their council tax frozen and their bins emptied every week. They don’t want it spent on trade unions’ political campaigning. It’s not right that the public’s money is covertly being used to bankroll union activists. They are diverting resources away from frontline services, waging class war with public funds. At a time when every council needs to help pay off Labour’s deficit, it’s time to cut these pilgrims and axe these non-jobs on the rates. Unions should not be given free office facilities and the free service of union dues being collected by government employers.”

TURC has attracted the support of both Liam Fox and Aidan Burley, amongst others. Anyone know what the dress code is?


202 Comments

  1. 1

    Eric Pickles and food. Ugly

  2. 2
    Popcorn time. says:

    Have fun Neo.

    Watching andrew Pelling and eye spy Mp got toe toe :-)

  3. 3
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Beer and sarnies and Eric Pickles ? you’ll be lucky
    Be like sharing a meal for two with Prescott ! LOL

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Dress code is a nurses outfit in remembrance of the Pilgrim that got the ball rolling and may actually be wearing one herself nowadays.

  5. 5
    Away with the loud mouthed big-arsed buggers says:

    Reform Trade Unions eh?

    Sounds a bit like reformed meat: you’ll have to shred it to bits and mush it up first.

    Then squash it.

    Sounds OK to me though.

  6. 6
    Whistleblower says:

    THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN THE UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND.

    Eric Pickles and Senior Government Ministers should hang their heads in shame at this decision.

    http://f2cscotland.blogspot.com/2012/01/bid-for-court-hearing-on-smoking-ban.html

  7. 7
    Wanderer says:

    To what purpose? Probably couldn’t do f*ck all and be a danger to everyone.

    There again, – get her an unpaid job at the TUC

  8. 8
    Fred Dibner (RIP) says:

    ‘Bib’n’braces ? ecky thump wot sayy ‘elf’n safty ??,
    go to the foot of me petro plant !!.
    Horses are the way forward to the way back !!.

  9. 9
    Fred Dibner (RIP) says:

    FIGHT ! FIGHT !

  10. 10
    nellnewman says:

    The TUC and labour have an insurmountable problem with pilgrims.

    How to defend the indefensible.

  11. 11
    private sector says:

    fuck the unions

  12. 12
    Ewa says:

    Try to avoid ingestin too many carbs , babe x .

    You doesn’t wanna go *POP* , does ya ???

    E x .

  13. 13
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    Chukka suit on

  14. 14
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Despite the wind, I quite enjoy onions, dear.

  15. 15
    Andrew Efiong says:

    These TUC panic pamphlets show you’ve flushed them out and have got them on the run!

    Keep up the good work.

  16. 16
    chinky bear keeper says:

    I’d like to say … as a member of UNITE … I’m perfectly willing to fund my own representation but …
    I FRAKING RESENT FUNDING THESE BONE IDLE PILGRIM LEECHES ON MY TAX MONEY.
    … frak them I say!

  17. 17
    fat tony says:

    Headline ! Torys support plan to attack their enemies in the unions. No shit sherlock.

  18. 18
    NeverRed says:

    How about reminding him of the £millions being stolen from non union taxpayers who detest the labour party and the ‘Trade Union Modernisation Fund’ as well as the £millions being stolen from the same people for ALL public sector employees who are Pilgrims, not nurses, teachers, policemen, firemen etc.

    Show him the comments on your site from all previous Pilgrim articles.

  19. 19
    Cell time says:

    Tip of the Common Purpose Iceberg. Pro-Labour bile has been dripping from teachers lips up and down the country in all the state classrooms for all of my life, but it’s a good start.

    BBC bias must rise up the priority list soon.

  20. 20
    ellisjackson says:

    If Pickles is present the dress code is bound to be XXXXL whatever-the-fuck.

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Nazi oufit I would presume.

  22. 22
    Fred Dibner (RIP) says:

    Well done dear,knit yourself a comfortable seat
    & you can power my ooohhhh so friendly ‘fart car’.
    (in the back).

  23. 23
    your comment produces insufferable images says:

    My instinct tells me the old ‘big hole going in but small hole going out’ diet advice does not apply in this case.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Beer and sandwiches with Eric P? Better bring a nose peg for dress code. Otherwise any dress will do as long as it is not too far above the knee.

  25. 25
    Ewa says:

    OK. Have a good one :)

  26. 26
    History Man says:

    Was anyone responsible for bringing the pilgrim system into existence or did it just emerge without a guiding hand? How long have they been robbing me? Come on, if there there are responsible parties, name the bastards.

  27. 27
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Sponge for the union activists!

  28. 28
    P Pat says:

    Updated

  29. 29
    Andrew Marrrrrr's diseased arsehole says:

    Go on Eric, smash those parasitical filth

  30. 30
    Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann says:

    waffen ss panzer commander uniform ok I presume

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Wonder how many signatures on the No 10 website this would attract, lets get rid of these scumbags

  32. 32
    George Woodcock (Deceased) says:

    It was rife in the 70s in the nationalised industries like coal & steel.

    The bruvvers got addicted to the state teat then – but it might have started up to 20 years earlier.

  33. 33
    Pip says:

    I do not want my council tax frozen. It should never have reached the unbelievable amount it has now.

    I want it halved.

  34. 34
    nellnewman says:

    Abolishing the biased beeb needs to be next on the agenda.

    It can’t some too soon.

  35. 35
    Andrew Marrrrrr's diseased arsehole says:

    Cu’nt

  36. 36
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Call Me Dave has done sweet FA about this waste of taxpayer’s funds, it is time it was stopped.

    If the NUT, UNITE and the others want fully funded reps, then they, not the ratepayers pay for them.

    Cameron has been all words and no action on this and the quangos. Stop the bunny hugging and sort these leeches out.

  37. 37
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Want to borrow one of my spares ?

  38. 38
    B.Bob... says:

    Unions with brains?? I have sh*t more and better…… nuke the barstewards !! :)

  39. 39
    B.Bob... says:

    Blick pudding all round :)

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t want to pour cold water on things as everyone, including me is getting excited, Guido,but this wouldn’t be a case of marching the troops up to the top of the hill and marching them back down again, would it?

    I can’t yet think of any legislation that this coalition has turned around from any of the previous 13 years nasties committed under Labour.

    I wouldn’t hold your breath; I’ll believe it when I see it. Why does it take so bloody long any way! We need to save the money now! not in 5 years time ffs.

  41. 41
    B.Bob... says:

    Union leaders no better and the same size as the fat cats :)

  42. 42
    nellnewman says:

    And don’t forget that these pilgrims eanring a fortune and a half and local government senior officers paid more than the pm are the reason why local councils are cutting frontline services to the elderly and to children.

  43. 43
    B.Bob... says:

    Indeed …

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    The next thing to scrap is Political Assistants – employed at taxpayers expense to work for political goups in local authorities. Scrap them and save millions – why should taxpayers pay for political parties workers?

  45. 45
    Lard Pressclot says:

    They’re playing my song !

  46. 46
    Whistleblower says:

    Questions that must be answered:

    This case held on 16 January 2012 never appeared in the Courts List – Why

    There were two Prosecutors, one from the Council and one from the Government-WHY

    He was not allowed to call witnesses-Why

    THEY WANTED TO HIDE THE TRUTH.

  47. 47
    B.Bob... says:

    The I..ranians are coming :)

  48. 48
    BK7 says:

    With exuberance

  49. 49
    BK7 says:

    Peripheral parasites

  50. 50
    Chris says:

    I concur; it’ll take years to sort out the mess they’ve left. C**ts!

  51. 51
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    This must be a stadium event
    Guido, Pickles and cucumber sandwhiches with added Guinness
    Cheese , chips and cod, Doritos, dips
    Beef wellington,
    A whole roast hog stuffed with a suckling pig and its siblings
    A Camel stuffed with an ox and a sheep
    You fat b*****

  52. 52
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    Admit it
    it was funny
    Apart from genocide the 4 by twos do good humour
    The food is rubbish , most are ugly bastards, however, they are funny
    especialy after thet havent eaten for a few weeks and are wearing striped pajamas
    OI

  53. 53
    Blind old git says:

    .It was used in the 70s and 80s to bribe union officials who did like leading strikes and did not like work. It stopped strikes fairly well and if you threatened the pilgrims with having to do a proper job again they would tell the brothers to stop being bolshie and go back to work. I helped set up several of these posts in the NHS. Saved loads of hassall

  54. 54
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    Nice new M4
    Now just who makes them?
    America and Canada are queing up to sell them to HAMAS

  55. 55
    Moss Bros says:

    Dress code: Julie Davies fancy dress (ie clothes suitable for teaching in)

  56. 56
    smiley says:

    Dress code is a fat suit.

    Oops, sorry, you don’t need one do you?

  57. 57
    Chris D'Oar says:

    Harriet’s cow patterned oufit looks becoming at any venue as it draws attention away from the face (especially THAT face)

  58. 58
    Julie Davies urself says:

    Silly boy!

  59. 59
    Abbott says:

    Puddingist and racist.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Headline should read, “Tory Dinosaurs Launch War on Public Sector Parasites.”

  61. 61
    Cyclops says:

    All the unions need to do to greatly assist this sad, sad nation of ours is to wage war on government funded so called charities such as ASH where Sandford, Arnott, Dockrell et al are creaming off vast wages whilst honourable men such Chris Carter ( http://smokersjustice.co.uk/ ) are looking at a prison cell because of these bigotted ….souls and their demented wishes. Well done for pointing this out “WhistleBlower”

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Hello Billу. :(

  63. 63
    Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

    How would Julie Davies know what clothes are suitable for teaching

  64. 64

    Didn’t he become all posh and change his name to Oakhampton?

  65. 65
    Oh bummer says:

    Don’t miss Obama’s state of the union speech later tonight. Probably his last one as president. And then the world will be faced with either Mitt Mormony or Newt Gitshit.

  66. 66

    bit rich unions calling Tories dinosaurs.

  67. 67
    Gordon's Gin says:

    No wonder you’re blind, a git and old.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Party workers paid for by the council tax payer – scrap the lot of parasites.

  69. 69
    Put Housing Benefit Claimants into Caravans says:

    With all the cash washing around the BBC there must be hundreds of pilgrims. The BBC need to spell out how much of the TV tax is used to fund these parasites.

  70. 70
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Exactly.

    And how ironic that the headline’s on a propaganda rag published by communist dinosaurs.

  71. 71
    Observer says:

    It’s not only a matter for the Government. Pilgrims are also employed by (some) local authorities and (some) schools’ boards of governors.

  72. 72
    Universal Hiss says:

    Don’t look here,look there. Let’s bomb Iran sort of thing?

  73. 73
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Did you ever watch G W Bush’s SOTU speeches? They were amazing. In day to day life the man had the intellect of plankton, slime or Ed Miliband, but when he did his SOTU speech he was incredible. Honestly, if you can track them down (especially the first one), you’ll be amazed. It’s like a different person.

    I hope we can say the same of President Newt Gingrich. Eek.

  74. 74
    Put Housing Benefit Claimants into Caravans says:

    Agreed there should be a massive reduction but the problem is you’re now paying for all the overpaid Jobsworth’s Massive pensions.

  75. 75
    Phildog says:

    northern Ireland is in the UK!

  76. 76
    Some Geezer wot would like to make some Progress on the "Pilgrims" issue says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a few blokes dressed like this going after the thieving Pilgrims, if we could be sure they weren’t in on the deal themselves:

  77. 77
    Detach Detach and Detach somemore... says:

    .
    Labour and it’s backers.

  78. 78
    Tony Benn says:

    Unions are the backbone of society!

  79. 79
    Universal Hiss says:

    This is O/T but does anyone read Dan Hodges musings in the Torygraph?

    For a leftie he seems almost sane,or am I loosing my marbles?

  80. 80
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Well done Guido, what we need is the expenditure details on..

    Public Sector Pilgrims
    Public Sector Politico Assistants
    Union Modernisation Scam
    The BBC

    how much for how long and re-imbursement to the taxpayer for all monies extracted by these conspirators!!

    FFS!

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    even more excuses, just legislate, quel surprise, the excuses are coming out already!

  82. 82
    Mike Hunt says:

    Political Parties have no place in local government, most of the time they are just wannabes playing at politics, at the rate payer’s expense.

    Councillors should be independent local people (Handycock take note) doing what is right for the local residents not playing ya-boo politics.

  83. 83
    At a time of crisis, war is always big business says:

    A war with Iran has a serious chance of triggering a third world war, and while I’m not one for conspiracy theories I do wonder if the slow drumbeat towards a conflict with Iran and a possible WWIII is just what vested interests need at a time of global financial crisis. A World War produces a massive global realignment in terms of population, infrastructure, debt, and revenue.

  84. 84
    Mister Ed says:

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland actually.

  85. 85
    Pundit says:

    Not quite. First the redundancy money and then the pensions.

  86. 86
    nellnewman says:

    Sensible man DanHodges.

    He realises that labour have backed themselves into an impossible corner.

    militwit says he backs the cuts then labour votes with the bishops to stop the cap on benefits.

    militwit says he backs austerity then fights to keep pilgrims.

    militwit says he backs improvements in education and then says he wants academies abolished and more of bullyballs btecs and nvqs.

    I thought foot, kinnochio and brown were bad but militwit is going to be a much bigger failure than all of them.

  87. 87
    Bamboo Harvester says:

    Indeed

  88. 88
    nellnewman says:

    +++Shudder+++

    As a student of WW1 and WW2 I just seriously hope you are wrong.

  89. 89
    Pundit says:

    This will scare you even more. Chief Officers pay at Bolton Council. This is just one bog standard county borough, pop. circa 250k, and I’m guessing this level of remuneration is standard throughout the UK.

    Salaries 28 Chief Officers in total:

    £170,000
    £110,000
    £75,000
    £75,000
    £75,000
    £75,000
    £130,000
    £90,000
    £75,000
    £75,000
    £130,000
    £85,000
    £80,000
    £75,000
    £75,000
    £80,000
    £130,000
    £85,000
    £80,000
    £75,000
    £130,000
    £75,000
    £75,000
    £65,000
    £110,000
    £75,000
    £70,000
    £70,000
    £65,000

  90. 90
    nellnewman says:

    As a kid, newts were something I trolled for in stagnant pond water.

    He’s about as inspiring as the stagnant pond water.

    What is the matter with the republicans? newt or sarahpalin who thinks alaska is somewhere in the south atlantic? Can’t they produce anyone with a smidgen of intellect?!

  91. 91
    Trevor from Treherbert says:

    Compulsary military training for all 18_24 year old boys and girls to start February.

  92. 92
    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    Every union I have come across in various jobs have been led by loudmouth bully-boys who treat the ‘workers’ they are so keen to represent, with complete contempt. Usually thick and arrogant with no brains to climb further up the ladder, they earn their keep and respect by bullying their members and threatening the actual producers who pay the wages.

    The members that defend scum like Crow are McLuskey are chicken shit little gobshites hiding behind these thugs coat-tales and not man or intelligent enough to think for themselves. They deserve all they are going to get, and more.

  93. 93
    John's Bunion says:

    These unions need a good foot up the arse. These scrounging socialists divert taxes away from the truly needy. A MS sufferer has to go without heating because her DLA has been cut. Yet the likes of Julie Davies can scrounge over £1 million to brainwash the Socialist sheeple into voting Labour. Unfair, undemocratic and down right immoral. Time to get rid of the self-serving Socialist scum.

  94. 94
    nellnewman says:

    And that’s just the basic salaries. Imagine what the total is is when their costs, cars, pensions and expenses are added on.

    And all of this just to empty your dusbins, reluctanly providean absolute minimum of frontline services and stop you adding extensions to your home!!

  95. 95
    Universal Hiss says:

    Iran rattles sabres from time to time.

    We just need to do the diplomatic talking & talking,a few sanctions,throw out a few visiting Iranian students from their physics degrees & let Mossad do the rest.

  96. 96
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Yes, but..

    In WWI and WWII, the principle enemy was extremely powerful. Today, Iran is – let’s be blunt – crap. Two US Nimitz-class aircraft carriers are parked in the Gulf, together their planes outnumber and outclass the whole Iranian airforce.

    And the US has another 8 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in reserve.

    The other key difference between the early-mid 20th century and today is.. in 1943 we had to send thousand-bomber raids against Germany, night after night, with maybe 90% of bombs missing their targets by half a mile. Today: push big red button, Iran disappears.

  97. 97
    Wrong war says:

    “Unions waging class war”?! If only!

    They exist to negotiate the price of labour on behalf of capital and state.

    If their leaders can secure their positions by cosying up to the statist (and capitalist) ‘Labour’ party then all the better.

    “Red Len/Ed” my arse.

  98. 98
    Golly says:

    Do they work Friday afternoons too?

  99. 99
    Julie Davies says:

    I will be wearing the latest designer outfit at the tax payers expense. Chanel or Gucci?
    The truly needy can remain needy and dependent on State because these poor clowns keep me in a job and pay for my luxurious vacations abroad. Stay poor and keep socialists in power.

  100. 100
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    She could crack your neck between those thighs
    A man can dream

  101. 101
    Mrs Hyacinths' Bucket says:

    Can we expect an in depth investigation into the matter of Pilgrims by the ‘fairminded’ BBC/Channel 4/Guardian Axis ?

  102. 102
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    But you will never be alizee and more tha our HS will be like her namesake

  103. 103
    Tessa Tickles says:

    +1

    You also have to add their ‘corporate’ credit cards, which the councillors use to buy their iPads etc.

    I bet their homes are little (or perhaps not-so-little) Aladdin’s Caves, stuffed full of hi-tech consumer gadgetry, all funded at our expense.

  104. 104
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Call me Miss Pedant, but if they’re aged 18 to 24, they’re not “boys and girls”.

  105. 105
    South of the M4 says:

    About all of it is used to support ‘ these parasites ‘. Does that help?

  106. 106
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Work? At all?

  107. 107
    albacore says:

    While you’re wearing your tinfoil titfer, you might just mull over what begat the massive and continuing realignment of population right here at home.

  108. 108
    South of the M4 says:

    I thought it was your Tesco bill for a weeks shopping.

  109. 109
    un believer says:

    Oh yes.

    Having Liam Fox on board is definitely a great way to promote transparency and fight misuse of public office.

  110. 110
    Fuck me are they thick on here or what ! says:

    Which means The United Kingdom comprising Great Britain and Northern Ireland you stupid twat

  111. 111

    A man has been charged with the murder of a teenage boy who was stabbed to death on London’s Oxford Street during the Boxing Day sales.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16711289

  112. 112
    albacore says:

    Ah, Tessa, have you not overlooked the benefits that they will have enjoyed from our superlative state education and uninterrupted conditioning?

  113. 113
    Mission Accomplished! says:

    Well said old chap thats why the Iraq campaign only took errr 8 or 9 years give or take, but at least it was a convincing victory

  114. 114
    The name is Cock, Handycock says:

    We have and support many Pilgrims on Portsmouth City Council, it is the right thing to do.

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    Shares in Kleenex have just risen again.

  116. 116
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Uh-huh.

    It wasn’t World War III though, was it?

    And war with Iran won’t be, either.

  117. 117
    Margaret Thatcher says:

    What the f*ck is Eric Pickles doing about this mess in Local Government? Officers salaries quadrupled in 10 years? SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) running things entirely to their own satisfaction at taxpayer’s expense, whose council tax has more than doubled over the same period, and incompetent collusive councillors being bribed by the same officers to turn a blind eye. This is a scadal of proportions never seen before in this country and Pickles is doing f*ck all about it.

  118. 118
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Whatever brainwashing kids got under Labour, it doesn’t alter the fact that a 24 year old is *not* a boy or girl.

    My mum used to get the Daily Mail and it used to drive me up the wall: they would refer to any female human up to the age of about 90 as a “girl”.

    “Career-girl Joanna Smith, aged 38, said..”

    I blame them for turning me into a communist.

  119. 119
    What happened to Mike Hunt says:

    Now we know.

  120. 120
    Joe says:

    Now that’s the real war.

  121. 121
    Tessa Tickles says:

    +1

    Cracking comment, like a bullet between the eyes.

  122. 122
    Only me :) ! says:

    How did you know

  123. 123
    Only me :) ! says:

    What the fuck are you doing back – I thought you and your tweetering mate had been kicked off

  124. 124
    Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    Political parties in local government are major contributors to the political parties, mainly from planning corruption. I should know, I am head of planning on Portsmouth City Council and the 3rd largest donor to the Liberal Democrat Party. Some of us also become very rich through the same route. It is all about money, that is why I can fiddle my expenses, have multiple affairs with young girls, be a Russian spy and get away with it. Money. Boaz.

  125. 125
    Universal Hiss says:

    I have the same feeling about the use of “our lads.”

    Makes my teeth itch.

  126. 126
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Pickles is a LEGEND !!!

    This isnt about party politics. This is about doing the right thing.

    We need more conviction politicians and less self serving troughers.

  127. 127
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I used to catch newts, too! I used to put them in open icecream tubs in the garden, but they either escaped or birds ate them.

    As for American presidential hopefuls, jeeze. It’s the only thing that really strikes terror into my heart. What if they actually get a real life president who actually really truly believes all the “Jesus is Lord” shit?

    To quote Bill Hicks, “Tell me when Lord, tell me when. Let me be your servant Lord.”

    It’s scary.

  128. 128
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I could give her a right one. Teddy bear?

  129. 129
    albacore says:

    Would that you had accompanied me to (yes!) Tesco this very afternoon. One or two young couples were bickering at even greater volume than their entirely splendid offspring. I kid you not. To cap it all, two twenty-plus young ladies really went out of their way, applying their car door to put some nice new scratches in my own, yet to have done 300 miles, vehicle. I have, shamefacedly, to admit that I failed to apologise for not having parked nearer, so as to make their task less irksome.

  130. 130
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Hmm. I don’t like Pickles. Anyone who lets themself get into that sort of physical state is clearly a cunt and has no business lecturing others what to do.

    My dream-ticket military dictatorship would put him in a fat-camp and sort him out.

  131. 131
    Jimmy says:

    “It will come as no surprise that the Taxpayers’ Alliance were able to shred it within hours.”

    It would come as a major surprise if anyone at the Taxdodgers’ Alliance were able to shred cabbage. Did you actually read it?

  132. 132
    albacore says:

    Oops! This was intended as a reply to Tessa at 9.24, below.
    Sorry, pardon.

  133. 133
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I didn’t do a comment at 9:24 did I?

    What I do, by the way, is park my car as far away from everyone else as humanly possible. The chavs park their (uninsured?) cars close to the supermarket doors so they don’t have to waddle far, so stick your car well away from them and you won’t get dents from their doors or (more likely) discarded trolleys.

  134. 134
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Reserved for golf!

  135. 135
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Now, now Jimmy! Taxpayers’ Alliance is for people who pay tax. Taxdogers’ Alliance is for people (such as Tony “£325,000 tax paid on income of £8million” Blair, or Chuka “£1million hidden in offshore tax haven” Ummuna.

    Nice to see you back, by the way. I’ve missed you.

  136. 136
    Bristol Boy says:

    … and the costliest of these Pilgrims are from SOLACE. Highly-paid Senior Officers busy setting their own salary levels.

  137. 137
    albacore says:

    Indeed, you did not, Tessa. Your comment was at 9.26.
    I’m packing it in now, before I go completely ga-ga and the cat gives me a severe talking to.
    By the way, I’ve tried that parking in splendid isolation ploy but some plonker with a severe case of herd instinct inevitably parks next to me. Every time.

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    So you support these thieving scum pilgrim parasites Jimmy?

  139. 139
    Princess Polytwaddle, taking a moment off from her lappy says:

    Nope!

  140. 140
    Ab's Botty says:

    Full Booty

  141. 141
    dimitri says:

    I’ve missed him too, like the smell of overcooked cabbage.

  142. 142
    tosspot watch says:

    WTF are you on about James? This Gregor Gall wanker can’t even get his fucking grammar right, ffs. Jeez….

    “In this I have work [sic] with the Institute of Employment Rights, established a research service for trade unions, write [sic] regularly for the Morning Star and conducted research for unions like the FBU, PCS and RMT.”

  143. 143
    AC1 says:

    Council tax funds less than a quarter of council spending. the rest is top-ups funded by even more harmful taxation (income, employment, investment, spending).

  144. 144
    Saffron says:

    The beeb you can forget about,they will not report on anything detrimental to their beloved LIEBOUR wasters.
    John Bunyan would be shocked as to how his progress has been hijacked by these LIEBOUR arseholes.
    Pickalow needs to really read these money wasters their fortunes in no uncertain terms.
    Town halls are stuffed with these wasters of tax payers hard earned cash,when oh when are the hard pressed tax payers going to wake up and smell the coffee.
    THE QUESTION IS SIMPLE SHOULD UNIONS PAY FOR THEIR OWN ACTIVITIES ABSOLUTELY AND UTTERLY YES,WHAT IS HARD ABOUT STATEMENT.
    Answers on a postcard please.

  145. 145
    AC1 says:

    I’m sure the teleprompter reader will do an ok job.

    He’s got much less of an intellect than Bush (Some VERY strange happeneings surrounding the Zero’s degree).

  146. 146
    AC1 says:

    Er, we were trying to avoid civilian casualties…

    If there was a proper war to defeat the threat of Islam then the middle east would be a smoking ruin in under 3 days.

  147. 147
    Anonymous says:

    Bradford might take a tad longer.

  148. 148

    Now I’m stuck with an image of Pickles dressed as a nurse. He looks like a galleon under full sail with a Red Cross pennant.

  149. 149
    AC1 says:

    So waste money, and ruin the armed forces too.

    Must be one of Ed’s “win win” ideas…

  150. 150
    Anonymous says:

    Neo Guido, popcorn and mangled prose. :(

  151. 151
    Another Engineer says:

    Not everyone who ends up like that is necessarily bad. I can think of a few that aren’t. Some people are just born that way, although its hard to spot them these days, admittedly….

    I quite like him, he’s a proper Northerner and he doesn’t mince his words.

    We should judge him by his actions and nothing else.

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    Sorry, no pets.

  153. 153
    Another Engineer says:

    You haven’t quite got the right tactic. Park in splendid isolation but as close to the dividing line as you can get.

    Then the buggers will be forced to park far enough away so they can’t get you with a door, or in such an orientation that they can get out on the side away from you.

    Works for me.

  154. 154
    Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime says:

    All mouth, no trousers. He’s failed to do anything at all about the corruption, waste and thefts in Waltham Forest Council

  155. 155
    Another Engineer says:

    Or go shopping at 11pm on a Friday night. That also works for me.

  156. 156
    t says:

    Sky should be included in ‘The List’.

  157. 157
    Jimmy says:

    He who would valiant be…

  158. 158
    Hang on Guido? says:

    Guido, the Italian Lover

    A virile, middle-aged Italian gentleman named Guido was relaxing at his favorite bar in Rome when
    he managed to attract a spectacular young blonde woman.

    Things progressed to the point where he invited her back to his apartment and, after some small talk,
    they retired to his bedroom where he rattled her senseless.

    After a pleasant interlude he asked with a smile, “So, you finish?”

    She paused for a second, frowned, and replied, “No.”

    Surprised, Guido reached for her and the rattling resumed. This time she thrashed about wildly and
    there were screams of passion..

    The sex finally ends and, again, Guido smiles and asks, “You finish?”

    Again, after a short pause, she returns his smile, cuddles closer to him and softly says, “No.”

    Stunned, but damned if he was going to leave this woman unsatisfied, Guido reaches for the woman
    yet again. Using the last of his strength, he barely manages it, but they end together screaming,
    bucking, clawing and ripping the bed sheets.

    Exhausted, Guido falls onto his back, gasping. Barely able to turn his head, he looks into her eyes,
    smiles proudly and asked again, “You finish?”

    Barely able to speak, the beautiful blond whispers in his ear, “No, I’m Norwegian.”

  159. 159
    Mlle Nika says:

    Merci bien, Monsieur Mike!

  160. 160
    Gordon Brown, the disaster years says:

    …..’gainst all disaster.

  161. 161
    Anus Homo says:

    Ahh a quality slut from the fucking 90’s

  162. 162
    A BBC/Labour party spokes-arseole says:

    Fuck off cu’nt

  163. 163
    Professor Sir Robert Winstons says:

    These British s’Hunts had it easy, with a little flash ere, and a little flash there

    No, what you want is Japanese fucking pornos

  164. 164
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Let him in constancy,
    follow his Union master.

  165. 165
    Ace Gikmo says:

    Has anyone quizzed Liar Fox why he flogged our Harrier fleet for sixpence ha’penny yet? To those American military chaps who were always coming, and then going, through his office?

  166. 166
    AWT (telly tubby chef) says:

    I’m not a fan of Tesco and have moved on to the corner shop. Cheese counter is not up to much though.

  167. 167
    I found it funny! says:

  168. 168
    GuernseyGeordie says:

    Surely this should be T.U.R.D. (Trade Union Reform Drive), notwithstanding the Brownite connotations?

  169. 169
    Anonymous says:

    Can we not demand the unions pay back all the money taken from taxpayers in these scams?

  170. 170
    The Paragnostic says:

    When I piss, it smells of fucking asparagus. Should I stop having cancer of the knob?

  171. 171
    Jimmy says:

    I fucking hate all you cunts – if I get off this park bench I may just piss myelf

  172. 172
    smoggie says:

    Dress code for the brothers? Armani, innit?

  173. 173
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    does she do blood queening?

  174. 174
    Sir Francis Drake says:

    They let any riffraff in these days.

  175. 175
    Mince Cabal says:

    and their pesky mansions.

  176. 176
    Lurker says:

    Ex Lebanese Army ones

  177. 177
    Fabians are Evil says:

    This Rag only has a circulation of some 12,000 or so and is kept afloat by way of donations from the Communists who own the shares and the Trades Union Movement.

    “A continuous ban on advertising by commercial firms has left the finances of the paper permanently on a knife-edge and the ban’s effects have only been offset by the commitment of the trade union movement to advertising in the Morning Star”

    So here we have a perfect example of how part of the millions saved by the various unions, at the tax-payers expense, is then used by the socialists and communists to wage a political war on the elected government of this land.

    If that was not bad enough the ‘Pilgrim scam’ also helps fund a hate fueled class war on the very people who have had their tax-pounds taken by the trade unions and their commie buddies. – Madness sheer madness!! Well done for highlighting the scam Guildo.

  178. 178
    Holly says:

    What was the bloke saying to Skinner in the HoC last night?
    It didn’t look overly friendly.

  179. 179
    bald old git says:

    ‘Trade Union Modernisation Fund’

    They didn’t.

    Can we have our money back, please?

  180. 180
    Cooky says:

    The question of Gross Income required to pay £26,000 benefits is interesting but so is the amount a business needs to turnover to pay benefits of £26,000.

    It is odd, but last year my small company with a turnover of approx £500,000 paid out about £18,000 income tax +ni and £8,000 corporation tax = £26,000

    A whole year of me working full time + 3 part timers to pay one families benefits

    FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS TURNOVER = ONE FAMILY ON BENEFITS

  181. 181
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    So thats another WAR. Has no one explained to these Wan-ers that WAR dont make any MONEY.
    Phoney Drug War. = Police Authorities, Wages, Pensions, Prison Staff, Judges, Barristers, Whole Criminal justice system, Probation Staff, NHS, support, Benefits to keep the Drug takers on the Drugs.
    If they leaglize them it cuts off the Drug Gang funds, but we wont do that as it will put to many Public sector workers on the DOLE.

  182. 182
    A doctor.. says:

    You will find it helps if you stop having carnal relationships with vegetables.

  183. 183
  184. 184
    palaeologist says:

    Commusaurs

  185. 185
    @Occupy Tuscany says:

    #Let’s hope not

  186. 186
    An Elf says:

    that’s not fair

  187. 187
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Ah, Bradford, time for some ethic cleansing there!

  188. 188
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    If this country deported (a) All the illegal immigrants, (b) All the incomers from P*kistan, (c) all the “gangstas”, it would solve all the following intractable problems.
    1. NHS overcrowding & waiting lists.
    2. Most benefit fraud.
    3. Drug related crime.
    4. Affordable housing shortage.
    4. A breeding ground for radical Islam in OUR country.
    5. Miscegenation.
    …………You get my drift?

  189. 189
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    In the First Lady’s box? I hope it is POTUS!

  190. 190
    Sungei Patani says:

    There would be no need for the Public Sector workers to be made redundant. They could be retrained as psychiatric nurses to look after the vast increase in people with mental health problems that would occur if addictive drugs were decriminalised and these drugs were legally, and hence readily, available.

  191. 191
    Indigo says:

    WTF, dude??? Congrats on a really stupid comment. Just how many public sector workers or union reps do you know who own mansions? Now, bankers and ‘captains of industry’, on the other hand…

    Suggest you get out into the real world and away from the Daily Mail sometime, mate…

  192. 192
    Indigo says:

    Union reps do not set their own pay. Unless you’re happy to put your money where your mouth is, and provide some kind of proof…

  193. 193
    Indigo says:

    Mike, what part of the word ‘government’ don’t you understand…?

    local government is run by local politicians – that’s kinda the principle of democracy. Therefore politics does have a place there. That said, I think I’m most likely in agreement with most here when I say that local government should be driven by the people that are represented, not party politics or special interest groups.

    But wait a minute – the TPA is a special interest group… It’s not an alliance of taxpayers, but of Tories.

  194. 194
    Indigo says:

    Lol!

  195. 195
    Indigo says:

    Unless Iran presses the big red button first. They’re not as weak as you think…

  196. 196
    Indigo says:

    Er, that’s not good at all…

    Not sure they really should be getting paid that much – with you on that one.

  197. 197
    Indigo says:

    It’s those ‘socialist scum’ that are fighting for MS sufferers, and indeed all disabled people. Oh come on, you don’t think the ConDems are, do you?

    They are also fighting for fair pensions for those in the private sector.

    Regarding taxes spent, the TPA has some very dodgy figures in their ‘report’. As an example (and it’s one of a few) they included 28 organisations that are supposedly getting taxpayer money that are in fact not unions – a good deal of them being charities, professional regulation bodies such as the General Medical Council, or non-existant organisations.

    Are you seriously saying that you’d like to save the taxpayer £133 m in order to cost them £500m or more in employment tribunals, recruitment costs, admin time unnecessarily tied up… I could go on.

    Even the £113 m figure is dubious. But, even if it wasn’t, it means it would cost the taxpayer £4 each per year… A sense of proportion is needed, maybe?

  198. 198
    Indigo says:

    Why not? It’ll be fairer and most likely more accurate than that the TPA and the TURC. And you lot…

  199. 199
    Indigo says:

    Yep. I’m surprised that these guys aren’t asking for their tax pounds back from Dr Fox and his little jaunts for his pals.

    And they’ve got a chairman who likes to hang with folks who are fond of dressing up in SS uniforms.

    Great advertising – really gives a clear idea of their priorities…

  200. 200
    Indigo says:

    What actions so far would they be, then? Other than pursuing pet ideologies?

  201. 201
    Indigo says:

    Andrew, the publications you refer to are called rebuttals, a perfectly normal means of addressing inconsistencies and inaccuracies in documents.

    The TUC had to pro-actively address the flawed report that was written by the TPA – it isn’t in any way a sign that you’ve got them ‘on the run’, I’m afraid.

    Sorry to disappoint.

  202. 202
    Indigo says:

    And here you eloquently show your own intelligence, huh?


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