February 22nd, 2012

Milburn Gives Up the Act

Alan Milburn is not even trying to hide his membership of the reality based community any more. He tells tomorrow’s Staggers:

“The truth is this: the era of big public spending is over. Austerity is the new normal. It is not a temporary phenomenon. It will become permanent. Fiscal conservatism is the order of the day.”

His party colleagues should listen to him…


  1. 1
    Ed Miliband says:

    Peter Hain wont be happy.

  2. 2
    JW says:



  3. 3
    Legal: Sue Brown says:

    The penny has finally dropped for Milburn. Labour and reality in the same sentence. I think not. They suffer from Itisallfatchersfaulteritis, which is an incurable mental health problem.

  4. 4
    Mr. Putin's Stolen Cat says:

    That porker Pilgrim at the BoE has just sprouted wings.

  5. 5
    Tachybaptus says:

    Milburn may have realised, but has Cameron?

  6. 6
    M says:

    The labour party are moving from are move from tax & spend to just tax

  7. 7
    Golly says:

    How many elections has this guy won and how many early retirements has he had?

    I think the answer is far too many to be given serious consideration now and in the future.

    He may indirectly though be stumbling over a serious point for the future: if people want high class public services then they should pay for them at the point of use from their own pockets and not from general taxation.

    Guido is in danger of lowering his standards methinks.

  8. 8
    jgm2 says:

    These c*unts have a weird understanding of ‘austerity’.

    The fuckers went on a 13 year squandering binge handing out cash for votes and throwing money away as if their pockets were on fire.

    Returning to normal spending levels is not ‘austerity’. It’s normal.

    When Dawn French loses ten stone it’s not an ‘austerity’ measure. It’s so that she looks more fucking normal instead of being an overweight heart-attack-in-waiting.

    Same with these so-called ‘cuts’. The economy has had a heart attack thanks to Brownian over-indulgence. Now we’re trying to stablise the patient before we have a fatal heart attack.

  9. 9
    Dick the Prick says:

    Heaven hath more joy in one sinner that repenteth than over the 99 righteous men who just gobbled the cash and talked bollox.

  10. 10
    Total Ed Balls says:

    Spend, Spend, Spend! Like a manic depressive on a good day. Spend! Spend! Spend!

  11. 11
    Eds got a strategy says:

    No, we will tax and (spend) but do the spend less noisily – we’ll call it er, investment, eh?

  12. 12
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Unfortunately austerity won’t hit local authorities for decades.

  13. 13
    Gooey Blob says:

    There are many sensible people in the Labour party, it’s just that they seldom rise to positions of influence.

  14. 14
    Raving Loon says:

    What’s normal is the fact that you can’t spend more than you earn forever. Or in other words, if you have 3 apples, you will struggle to eat 4.

  15. 15
    Dick the Prick says:

    I dunno yer know – respect where respect’s due and winning elections is a bloody reasonable thing to have on your CV. My mum compared Peter Tatchell to Peter Mandleson and however much I think Mandy’s a odious shit, he is in no way comparable to Tatchell because he’s an electioneering genius. Tatchell got bitch slapped by Simon Hughes in some mad homo slander imbroglio – how base, how vulgar.

  16. 16
    Billy says:

    Austerity practised primarily on the disabled, the sick and the vulnerable is what most decent people object to.

  17. 17
    Archer Karcher says:

    Doubtful, Cameron and the Coalitition are still out in spend, spend, spend, deep space. There are currently no signs that they actually even begin to understand that they are doing, the wrong thing.

  18. 18
    I don't need no doctor says:

    When labour lost the last election they left a national debt of over £800 billion. Why after ending boom and boost and gathering billions and billions in tax.
    Labour are spiteful, hateful, in denial and liars.

  19. 19
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Do what labour do steal apples from those that have bought them with money earnt.

  20. 20
    Gooey Blob says:

    Ah yes, “investment”. Arguably the word that symbolises Blair’s era of spin, the continued use of which by the main parties betrays the fact that they are still spinning away merrily.

    The idea of investing is that one expects to get ones capital back, with interest, at a later date.

  21. 21
    Gonk says:

    Just the truth would do. Pity he didn’t have the courage in Government.
    Like Darling, he apologised and excused lunatic behaviour and policies
    which have almost brought disaster. Cowardly, dishonourable traitors.

  22. 22
    Legal: Sue Brown says:

    Time for the Unions and their spineless members to Jog On! Stop scrounging off tax payers.

  23. 23
    EdButLookBalls says:

    About feckin’ time you Liebour Hunt, now give us the money back you wasted and stole from the taxpayers you johnny come lately converter and feck off to Damascus!

  24. 24
    Archer Karcher says:

    “Now we’re trying to stablise the patient before we have a fatal heart attack.”

    Given the Coalition’s record to date, I found that particularly amusing, in a “what is he smoking?” kind of way.
    Cameron even defended massively useless and expensive wind farms today saying ”Wind farms increase energy security & keep bills down” if any doubt regarding Cameron’s disconnect from re-ality or lack of basic honesty still linger, I suggest there is no hope.

  25. 25
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Are you sick, it’s in their DNA?

  26. 26
    Rh- says:

    need a new tag guido my lad …. “sensible labour”.

    you shouldnt have to use it much but at least it should be there to applaud labours efforts when they do visit planet earth

  27. 27
    Only in the Graun says:

    O/T but wasn’t Polly Toynbee in favour of Work Fair a little while ago?

    Not any more it seems…


    Polly Filla

  28. 28
    Rh- says:

    … but you will still eventually run out of other peoples apples!

  29. 29
    Gooey Blob says:

    Labour borrow apples from the farmer next door and promise to repay him with apples from next year’s crop. They can get away with that while harvests continue to improve, and may even claim to have abolished the weather which leads to poor harvests. Unfortunately, sooner or later the crop fails and they end up with nothing to eat and owing more apples than can be grown in several harvests.

  30. 30
    Archer Karcher says:

    If only it were only £800 billion, sadly, the comrades left a far, far worse debt than that.

  31. 31
    Some Geezer wot's been known to mix a metaphor on occasion says:

    Milburn is that most hated of “party”-givers, as it were, the one who takes away the spiked punch just when everybody was getting nice and “mellow”(yeah, sure!). Although they don’t realise it yet, he’s doing them a favour; that punch bowl’s got a turd in it…

  32. 32
    Hugh Janus says:

    Whilst we all know that Call Me Dave isn’t a Conservative, are you saying that what he’s doing is actually worse than the 13 years of fiscal incontinence and economy-wrecking under NuLiebour? Can anything be worse than that?

  33. 33
    EdButLookBalls says:


  34. 34
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Labour left an economy that was structurally unsound. Even Camerons tinkering at the edges will not rescue it.

    We will face our “Greek moment” once the euro debacle has ended, it will then be our turn.

  35. 35
    Glyn H says:

    Plus one there Sir!
    (And letting Cable appoint Mr L Ebdon of Luton poly to further undermine our better universities has just added another sodding wind farm!)

  36. 36
    Pilgrim's Progress says:

    you will continue to cough up cos won’t get rid of us that easily

  37. 37
    thelabourpartymakemephysicallysick says:

    bahaha spot on Mr Blob

  38. 38
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    So, Alan. You’ll be reducing your expenses by 75%, then?

  39. 39
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Milburn is like Mandleson, Prescott and other ex-Liebour ‘grandees'; they leave a nasty smell around the place; cannot quite get used to an obscurity without power and recognition!

  40. 40
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I thought he’d borrow apples from another farmer to pay farmer number one.

    Isn’t that how it works??

  41. 41
    Sungei Patani says:

    No, nothing is worse than that.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    “Fiscal conservatism is the order of the day.”

    but not for him or any other politician

  43. 43
    Pundit Too says:

    In South Africa years ago the definition of a born again Christian was “a failed businessman” Seems that this can easily be applied to Labour politicians.

  44. 44
    Pundit Too says:

    With the global economy Labour tried to borrow apples from countries abroad and so prolong the eventual agony.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Once a tory stooge always a tory stooge

  46. 46

    Good to see a sinner repent and that is all very well but I saw this was happening eight years ago. Then came the crash over four years ago.

    Only now does he give voice to the truth.

    Meanwhile, the majority of their party still don’t get it.

    What a load of fucking mongs.

  47. 47
    Dog Collar says:

    Hallo! Who woke you up?

  48. 48
    La' says:

    Alan you’re 15 years too late you dick

  49. 49
    Popeye says:

    Milburn has always been a chancer, I wonder if he will require more time with his family, or has he got all the pharmaceutical contacts he needs now?

  50. 50
    Robin Hood Robbing You Again and Again and Again... says:

    Someone should tell the Robbers in Nottm CC here is just one of the non-jobs for their workplace parking levy, loads more to come!!! Travel by Tram if you can, if not we’ll tax the fuck out you till you move your business!

    Workplace Parking Levy Officer
    LH Box 51
    Nottingham City Council
    Loxley House
    Station Street
    NG2 3NG
    e: leila.mills@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
    t: 0115 8762727
    m: 07534 602770

  51. 51
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Trot to Tory via New Labour. What we’ve come to expect.

  52. 52
    Cringle says:

    As Liam Byne said “There’s no money left” and he was perfectly right.

  53. 53
    Greychatter says:

    “Shading his Eyes” – He’s seen the Light!!

    There’s No Money Left. Other Labour MPs Take Note

  54. 54
    Mars attacks says:

    Yep – That’s socialism to a “T” and Labour keep trying it, like a lab rat given the choice between cocaine and water – keep opting for the shit.

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