February 7th, 2012

Polly Toynbee Calls in the Doctor

Last week’s Private Eye called the  blog of one Dr Eoin Clarke “obscure” and noted “many of Clarke’s musings turned out to be idiotic,” before concluding:

“Not even Eoin Clarke’s would claim his writings are essential reading, but his blog appears to be one of the few places on the interweb to give Ed Miliband a sympathetic hearing – so perhaps that’s why he reads it.”

Well it looks like the good doctor has found another reader. In her column this morning Polly Toynbee takes fear mongering about the NHS to new levels, and she has damning sources to back her up:

“If leaks to Dr Eoin Clarke’s website prove correct, the main risk is of costs becoming unaffordable as private companies siphon off profits and GP commissioners lack the expertise to control costs.”

Always keen to help out, Guido went over to the site, but could not find any evidence of any leaks. No quotes, no documentation, nothing. Here is what Clarke said, and Polly thinks justifies the high standards set by her Guardian colleagues:

“I am told that the reason for this is that the report contains a very serious warning about the long term damage the bill will do to the NHS. “

Polly is publishing on the basis of second-hand, un-sourced “leaks” from a website already widely derided for spouting nonsense. What would Lord Justice Leveson say!


  1. 1
    tommy5dollar says:

    And I thought I was the only one who saw that Eoin Clarke was dumb…

  2. 2
    J. Hari says:

    That’s exactly what Jesus said to me last week.

  3. 3
    Stepney says:

    That’s not a picture of Polly below the article is it? God Tuscany’s changed that woman.

  4. 4
    Peter Hain says:

    Good assured piece by Polly today

  5. 5
    EdMiliband says:

    At a time when writings are still going on, it is wrong for bloggers to criticise

  6. 6
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Hari Toynbee and Leveson are probably neighbours in Tuscany.

  7. 7
    Synic says:

    Pretty Polly. Pretty Polly. Pretty Polly. Silly Cow. Silly Cow. Silly Cow

  8. 8
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Good assured Orange from you Peter.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    She is a daft bitch.

  10. 10
    EdMiliband says:

    I propothe a tax on Bankerth to pay for the NHTH

  11. 11
    Lord Grytpype-thynne says:

    In essence then, she’s making it up iaw the high standards of journalism for which the Grauniad is famed

  12. 12
    Rh- says:

    Polly Toynbee is a national treasure. Without her we might actually be seduced by the left into thinking their spouted (via the bbc grauniad and labour) bollox is sensible and the only way forward.
    Polly is there to show just how fraking absurd the left is

  13. 13
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Polly Toynbee long ago left the realm of the rational. Today she is just a mad old bat who spends her time gnawing the carpets and shouting at the traffic.

  14. 14
    Synic says:

    Not enough cash there Ed. If the NHS is going to have “free” treatment for everyone for every ailment for ever, like we was promised, then we need to allocate 110% of GDP to it. Vote Labour! Vote for Fairyland! (I’m off to Greece now)

  15. 15
    nellnewman says:

    pollytwaddle quoting from a source that spouts nonsense – I’m sure she’s right at home there.

  16. 16
    The General Public says:

    What exactly is “Dr” Clarke a doctor of?

    My guess is “Social Policy & Raffia Basket-making.”

  17. 17
    Rothbard says:

    Oh Polly what a wolly

  18. 18
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Well at least she is attempting to justify her over inflated salary.

    a fine example of a fuckwit well above their ability and pay grade.

    Lazy useless ugly cow

  19. 19
    AC1 says:

    Perhaps something like a P.h.d in the history of the labour party?

  20. 20
    Beast of Roma says:

    Here’s a weird thing
    Doctors work themselves into the ground to get qualified then spend their entire working lives getting even more qualified whilst helping others,
    Polyp just spends her days moaning and slagging people off from Tuscany

  21. 21
    Cynical-old-bag says:


  22. 22
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I’d do that for half her salary.

  23. 23
    Beast of Roma says:

    OH and she wouldnt get a chance of being a spokes model on maturedating.com

    Carol Vorderman????
    I think so

  24. 24
    Hon. Sec. of the Basket Weavers Guild says:

    We basket makers have learned a useful practical skill. We object strongly to being linked to wxnkers like him who produce nothing.

  25. 25
    AC1 says:

    Imagine Polly running a country!?!

    That’s what France looks like facing, they might be the new Greece, but they could get to be the next north Korea.

  26. 26
    EdButLookBalls says:

    And PAYE will be a ‘proibito’ word in her vocabulary!

    “Surely you don’t expect me to pay my hard earned taxes to give to the NHS”, said Polly opening another Chianti as the last rays of Mediterranean sun bathed the honey-stoned terrace walls of her Tuscan mansion.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Dr Eoin Clarke – sounds like a bit o Iorish t’me

  28. 28

    I had several conversations with Éoin and came to the conclusion that he was a nice guy but daft as a brush.

  29. 29
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Ph. D. if you don’t mind. We boffins are touchy about these trivial things.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Not far off the mark, GP:

    “Dr. Éoin Clarke, I am the editor of the Green Benches political blog http://eoin-clarke.blogspot.com/ and founder of Labour Think Tank GEERhttp://www.labourleft.co.uk/. I live in Belfast where I studied at Queens University and completed my PhD in Modern history. I am a feminist and an educationalist, and I believe passionately in redressing the inequalities found in both.”

    From: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/eoin-barry-clarke

  31. 31
    nellnewman says:

    A quick search of the web reveals he’s widely renowned in the blogosphere for distorting statistics to promote the leftwing and then blocking his site to anyone who corrects his ‘inaccuracies’, challenges or criticises him.

    Now who does that remind me of?

  32. 32
    Beast of Roma says:

    Eoin is a huhne not a real Dr

    A doctaorate in “QIrish womens studies”

    I bet he got his head flushed down the lavatory at school for being “sensitive”


  33. 33
    nellnewman says:

    Lord he’s not paid by us is he?!

  34. 34
    EdMiliband says:

    We will thpend the tax on EMA, tuition feeth, polithe, the MOD and lotth of other voting winning thingth!!

    Vote often, vote Labour!

  35. 35
    Spartacus says:

    What would Lord Justice Leveson say! ?

    Having watched a load of the enquiry, i would say Levinsun it is all true

  36. 36
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Not quite greece, more like, well … france really.

    NK: nah, Marine won’t even stand.

  37. 37
    Steve Miliband says:

    P.h.d in the history of the labour party?

    That’s Gordon

  38. 38
    The Meissen Bison says:

    Was he wearing an ‘I love Rusbridger@ T-shirt in the picture before it was photoshopped?

  39. 39
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Look. The State has been plotting too Take the NHS off the people for 30yrs. Why do you think they have fu-ked it and burdened it with Debt.

    I want to know when they are going to reduce my NI. Fuc-ing robbing Basta-ds.

  40. 40
    Loungelizard says:

    If I wasn’t in such a hari I’d try and think of someone.

  41. 41
    Eoin Clarke says:

    Having spent a lot of time and your money gaining a Doctorate in how to avoid womens front bottoms I know a khnte when I see one and Polly qualifies on so many levels

  42. 42
    yeah, right.. says:

    Left wing people are much more intelligent than those on the right, don’t you know….

  43. 43
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    if you are in France and you want to see a doctor you have to pay for 30 euros for it.

    that soon stops the waiting lists and is just the type of reform which Milligan should be insisting Cameron adopts.

    Even if you go to hospital you have to pay for your board and lodgings per night. This would soon cut losses in the NHS and reduce costs on the taxpayer.

    Cameron has been pussy footing about for nearly 20 months now with that idiot Lamley.H e should get a grip and tell that GMC to sling their hook if they don’t want to provide better and cheaper services for the people

  44. 44
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Toynbee is the most reactionary columnist in Britain. Her bias makes Jon Gaunt look moderate.

  45. 45
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Left-wing intellectual is the ultimate oxymoron.

  46. 46
    Anonymouse says:

    “What would Lord Justice Leveson say!”

    Ask him!!

  47. 47
    Basil Brush says:

    Hey!! Watch it

    Boom boom

  48. 48
    Colin the Meek says:

    Serious question: how long can the Guardian keep going, given its precarious financial situation? Is Rusbridger’s hedge fund enough to keep it running ad nauseam, while he creams off £600,000pa?

    When will it end?

  49. 49
    Cordwangler says:

    I’ve heard that the health service in Tuscany is pretty good-although the locals complain of wealthy foreign incomers using it without ever contibuting a cent.

  50. 50
    Raving Loon says:

    Polly is arguably the worst political commentator in the UK. It’s actually quite difficult to read her “analysis” at times, painful even.

  51. 51
    AC1 says:

    The NHS is the BMAs not the peoples you daft twat.

  52. 52
    guff says:

    When’s the BBC going on strike again…the news is better on those days

  53. 53
    Mata Hari says:

    Johann was there.

  54. 54
    Encircle L says:

    some nice summaries here:


  55. 55
    FonyBlair says:

    Is this numpty a real doctor?

  56. 56
    Welsh Branch of Mossad says:

    He looks like he should be hosting a shirt lifters blog like own jones

  57. 57
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Sounds familiar.

  58. 58
  59. 59
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Toynbee is little more than a self opinionated left wing bitch.

    If you left her to run a sub post office in Doncaster it would be an unmitigated fuckin disaster.

    You are not going to improve the NHS listening to her.

    have they found that person who has been murdering those patients in Stepping Hill Hospital?

    Of course not.

    I rest my case.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    The way to get believed by lefties is stick a little [1] next to anything you say.

    The more of these in an article the more true what you’re writing is.

    To stop you just putting them everywhere, you have to think of one of your friends’ blogs for each one which you list at the bottom.

    ..and Hey Presto, “Cameron Causes Cancer”[1]

    [1] Dr Robotniks honest and independent white paper 2007: http://tinyurl.com/8xl3qa8

  61. 61
    Johann Hari says:

    I’m very proud of my apprentice.

  62. 62
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    “Polly calls in [a] doctor”

    There’s no point in her doing that.
    What Polly suffers from cannot be cured by current medical knowledge.

  63. 63
    Lord Leveson's Show Trial says:

    I shall be asking not so pretty Polly Toynbee to attend my hearings and explain her sources on this and other fictional horror stories that even Harry Potter would find difficult to understand. Perhaps also recall that editor fellow as well as to explain her and his reasoning.
    Have to take care as Paul Dacre did make my lawyers look like the Gestapo without the brains.

  64. 64
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    According to Margaret Hodges Public Accounts Committee, the cost of malpractice law suits against the NHS in 2009 -10 was £15.7 BILLION. Who was in power at the time?

    The committee’s report said: “For instance the Treasury showed surprise at the estimated £10.9bn in outstanding tax and it had no knowledge of recent trends in clinical negligence claims or whether plans were in place to reduce the estimated £15.7bn cost to taxpayers of meeting these claims.

    Add to that the outstanding tax of £10.9 BILLION and a much clearer picture of Brown’s and Ball’s incompetence when running the Treasury becomes even clearer.
    H/T http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16918110

  65. 65
    Ivan Agenda says:

    Ph.D – Philosophical Disaster?

  66. 66
    Ivan Agenda says:

    So he is not a doctor.
    He is a charlatan and his 2 years teaching in the Midlands could be construed as educational sabotage.
    Not so pretty Polly has her knickers in a twist over her sources again.
    Bring on Leveson.

  67. 67
    freezing b beast says:

    the day people stop buying second hand cars and tax avoidance is a criminal offence, oh and maybe when the govy advertises jobs online rather than in that f uckingg rag

  68. 68
    Ivan Agenda says:

    Labourlist and numerous left wing blogs.

  69. 69
    Ah! Monika says:

    BBC News.

    We have today commissioned another investigation and another report.

    Tomorrow’s News is the same.

  70. 70
    Colin the Meek says:

    I thought they’d sold Autotrader though? Or do they retain a massively hypocritical stake in it?

  71. 71
    Alan Sugar says:

    She’s hired!

  72. 72
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Full Circle. A website widely derided for spouting nonsense being quoted by a website widely derided for quoting nonsense. The incestuous Left and it’s most poignant.

  73. 73
    Ivan Agenda says:

    In these difficult times us millionaire announcers with golden pensions have to protect our P45’s. Also we are in the middle of spending oodles of taxpayer money in continuously promoting the Labour Party and its glorious leader and stalwart supporters in the (shadow) cabinet.

  74. 74
    Lefty arsehole with superior air says:

    Yeth, it ith clear by our supewior qualificationth. I perthonally have thwee degrweeth, all in thothal studieth.

  75. 75
    joescotus says:

    wish someone would do polly a “Downfall ” with the “doreen”script

  76. 76
    Ah! Monika says:

    If MPs want iPads let them buy them and claim on their tax returns as necessary tools for the job. I’m sure the IR would agree.

  77. 77
    pissed off voter says:

    Ms Toynbee’s article is a fine example of laziness, dishonesty and contempt for her readership. Revoke her journalist’s licence. What? Not licensed? Why not?

  78. 78

    I suspect they`ll end up with one of those permanent financial appeals that you see in the dear old Morning Star * £15000 needed this week * though given the expensive tastes of Rushbridger, Twaddle etc the readership will probably have to give up at least one of their homes, to contribute.

  79. 79
    Elizee says:

    I wouldnt f uck himif he was solid gold
    Orrid homme petit

    Jus to cheer up you meeserbal Angalais eer I am duncinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfSYeXPQaQI&feature=related

  80. 80
    codswallop says:

    Vile stupid woman.

  81. 81
    Colin the Meek says:

    AC1- quite. The NHS is funded and run entirely for the benefit of its staff, not the patients.

  82. 82
    Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

    It’s just not on is it.

  83. 83
    Ah! Monika says:

    The Independent.

    Science behind the big freeze: is climate change bringing the Arctic to Europe?

    No, it’s called the wind. Simps

  84. 84
    Synic says:

    Not true. A red hot poker is guaranteed 100% effective cure for all her little ailments. Clinical trials in the Middle Ages were all successful

  85. 85
    JH says:

    The left are on a shrinking iceberg, and they know it. All their little heroes are falling one be one, exposed as charlatans and liars. The shriller they get, the more desperate, the more idiocies like this will be exposed.

    The facts of life are conservative. Reality is going to remind us of a few facts of life this decade, there is nowhere else to run.

    You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
    Ayn Rand

  86. 86
    yeah, right.. says:

    Yes Sir, I can boogie.

  87. 87
    Elvis says:


  88. 88
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Yet again, the slag from the rag…..how does this appalling woman get on TV and get so much coverage? She talks nothing but leftie drivel since I came across her umpteen years ago. I think she is worrying about her doctor bills in her dotage.

  89. 89
    Synic says:

    True. But too polite.

  90. 90
    purpleline says:

    How can anyone be surprised about the Tuscany Commie she mentored Johann Hari perhaps the good Doctor is just another Johann Hari character.

    One thing for sure I bet he is not a Medical Doctor

  91. 91
    Ah! Monika says:

    The Guardian.

    “Paul Dacre wants new certifying system”!!!!!!!

  92. 92
    They're there to keep us informed says:

    Coming up – we visit a dozen reporters in fields or by motorways in various areas of the country to tell us it’s cold in winter and if you’re venturing out then put some warm clothes on.

  93. 93
    SpAd says:

    “Irish Women’s History”

    If I’d had to guess the educational ‘specialism’ of someone who sits on his backside all day posting flagrantly inaccurate left-wing polemic on the internet, I think I’d have nailed this in about 3 goes.

  94. 94
    CT says:

    Leftie loon columnist bigs it up for another leftie loon columnist.

    So what’s new?

  95. 95
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Can’t understand why I’m ‘awaiting moderation’ I am just about the most moderate person in these posts.

  96. 96
    Just Couldn't Resist says:

    Did you say Polly was a wally?

  97. 97
    Bongler says:

    Skewered like a kebab by Richard Littlejohn!

  98. 98
    inside- out says:

    Since when have accuracy and the Grunaird been bedfellows? They have an agenda,so they must be right. Nobody believes what Pollytwaddle writes,or her sources anyway.

  99. 99
    SpAd says:

    When the chief exponents of your political outlook are small-fry rent-a-gobs like Owen Jones, Laurie Penny and Mehdi Hasan, you are in very serious trouble.

  100. 100
    Ichabod says:

    We are meant to infer from Ms. Toynbee’s piece that this Clarke chap is a medical pratitioner at least, even perhaps a specialist. To find out he is merely another identikit trend bound humanities left wing academic makes one suspect that la Toynbee is being deceitful or not fully informed. Either way I can’t stand this woman’s sense of moral superiority and adamantine fervour.

  101. 101
    Dr Evil says:

    I’m sure Dr Clarke has heard of evidence based medicine. He should adopt the same principles on his blog and cite a reference. If he can’t substatiate it just say it is a rumour. Anyone treating a rumour as hard evidence is a fool.

  102. 102
    Dr Evil says:

    The GMC does not provide medical services. It is the regulatory body for all qualified doctors practicing in the UK.

  103. 103
    Harold Wilson says:

    I always name my sauces. HP.

  104. 104
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Well I’ve been conned and I want my Money Back. NOW.

  105. 105
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Do you think these Cu-ts are going to CUT the TAX, while they are waging a Peace time deficit in Afghanistan.. No wonder the NHS is up for SALE to the CHINESE.

  106. 106
    Princess Po-face Polytwaddle, handwringing, whining down at people from her ivory tower says:

    I am always right!

    I am never wrong!

    I need a doctor. I’m having a turn . . . I just had a vision of Gordon . . . . and heard his voice . . his strong manly voice . . reading my words . . . and felt the depth of his searching analytic probing . . . his sensitive finger tip search of every nook and cranny of my piece . . . his . . . oh! . . Oh! . . OH!!!!! . . I’m going . . no . . DON’T HELP ME!! . . I’m going into status polytwadlicus . . . oh the sweet agony . . . the bliss . . the relief! . . . .

    Liebore can shove their move up their arse . . . oh I feel so liberated!! . . I’m a woman!!!

  107. 107
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Did they publish how many of the Claims came from Health Tourists and the money spirited out of the country. Its probably a better way to get money to the THIRD WORLD instead of the government aid bill, that will end up in some Swiss bank accounts.

  108. 108
    Fish says:

    Yes Harold, but HP is for BBC types and American tourists. Daddies is the daddy.

  109. 109
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Part of the International banking Feminist Agenda as governments make up as many MICKY MOUSE JOBS for them. So they can TAX fu-k out of them and leverage up as much Debt as possible on the population. No wonder we have an open door immigration policy. Think of the DEBT governments can get us into on the back of Women working and immigration. WOW.

  110. 110
    will says:

    They do have a substantial stake in autotrader which would keep the guardian going. The problem is selling that stake and realising monatary value from it. The other issue is that it would be easy for a large web based company to start up a rival to autotrader and take trade off it as the start up costs are low. Or facebook or google could start a trading site and undermine its profits

  111. 111

    Yes. It does sound a bit Johann, looking at it. However, unlike the award-winning journalist, there is a record of some of our encounters on these pages and his Green Benches blog.

  112. 112
    ta4nowt says:

    Show some feeling for Polly-the-Plonka folks. With all all those homes & villas she has to attend to, the champagne to guzzle & the caviar to stuff down her mighty gob every week AND talk the biggest load of crap imaginable every week, is it any wonder Polly is off her trolley? The old hag is nuts, just laugh at it!

  113. 113
    Richard says:

    Dr Clarke has a PhD on the subject of “Irish Republican Women 1969-83″.

    I hope that Polly, by referring to him as “Dr Clarke” in an article on the NHS, is not trying to suggest that he is a medical profession insider.

  114. 114
    Lizzie says:

    Could somebody ask Polly Toynbee to come on here and explain why there is nobody named “Eoin Clarke” on the GMC’s register of doctors?

  115. 115
    Richard says:

    See above – he’s got a PhD on the subject of “Irish Republican Women 1969-83″. From Queen’s University, Belfast.

    I hope that Polly, by referring to him as “Dr Clarke” in an article on the NHS, is not trying to suggest that he is a medical profession insider.

  116. 116

    I was slightly mystified by this Eoin Clarke character following me on Twitter. The blog looked a bit amateurish so I didn’t really look at it.

  117. 117
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    If her lack of proper research is anything to go by she probably thinks he is a GP.

  118. 118
    Be a dear and go and put the kettle on says:

    Polly is actually Johan and I claim my £5.

  119. 119
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Serious warning about the long term damage the NHS will do to your health!

  120. 120
    Gobbets Raw says:

    Vote early, vote often as we used to say in Belfast.

  121. 121
    Gobbets Raw says:

    and I thought it was just ‘weather’.

  122. 122
    Anonymous says:

    “Polly Toynbee Calls in the Doctor”
    If it’s for her I hope she has nothing trivial.

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    And don’t forget to post it in good time.

  124. 124
    Sir John Junor says:

    But why is deranged and senile Polly trotted out by the BBC as an authority at every rent-a-quote opportunity?

    Is it because she is relative of the Fabian National Sociallist, Arnold Toynbee?

    Wasn’t it this connection she used to get in to Oxford, in spite of having only one A level?

    I don’t know if Merryl Streep will play her in the biopic “The Iron Cross Lady” but I think we should be told.

  125. 125
    Bugler Bert says:

    Just imagine you are asleep having a screaming ab-dabs of nightmare about being in bed with Pollytwaddle – then waking up to find that it was true…………….

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