March 25th, 2012

Cruddas Quits – Full Resignation Statement
Stanley Fink Returns As Treasurer

Sunday Sleaze

Resignation statement in full:

“I only took up the post of principal treasurer of the party at the beginning of the month and was keen to meet anyone potentially interested in donating.

“As a result, and without consulting any politicians or senior officials in the party, I had an initial conversation with Zenith. No further action was taken by the party.

“However, I deeply regret any impression of impropriety arising from my bluster in that conversation.

“Clearly there is no question of donors being able to influence policy or gain undue access to politicians.

“Specifically, it was categorically not the case that I could offer, or that David Cameron would consider, any access as a result of a donation.

“Similarly, I have never knowingly even met anyone from the Number 10 policy unit. But in order to make that clear beyond doubt, I have regrettably decided to resign with immediate effect.”

Peter Cruddas resigns and kisses goodbye to the traditional peerage. Lord Fink has been brought back to CCHQ as principal treasurer…


  1. 1
    Headline says:

    Just hang em all!

  2. 2
    They are scum says:

    “Sunday Sleaze”

    Is well and truly back.

  3. 3
    Taxfodder says:

    Same old Tories…same old sleaze

  4. 4

    Before they start the job, please.

  5. 5
    Granny Grey says:

    A good Tory is a Tory without a safe seat!

  6. 6
    Brill-owned says:

    Brillo will be interviewing Blinky on Sunday Politics shortly. If Brillo is as forensic and cutting as he was with Owen Jones the other night, it should be popcorn worthy stuff.

  7. 7
    Brill-owned says:

    Michael Fallon has been sent in to do damage limitation on Brillo’s show now.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Is this were tax cut to the rich was decided? Hope this is not were granny tax was also decided to fund tax for the rich!

  9. 9
    John Cruddas says:

    I thought I was the only crud arse in politics!

  10. 10
    Frank's son says:

    I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing excuses. The line..’no donation was offered or taken’ is completely bogus. Of course there was no donation offered, there was never any money, it was under cover journalism.

    Then..’it was bluster..he made a mistake’ is also bollocks. He was offering access for donations. If this wasn’t possible then at the very least it suggests that Cruddas was trying to obtain donations based upon a lie. Or put another way, he was trying to defraud a donation of £250k.

  11. 11
    red/yellow/blue = all the fucking same says:

    So what who runs the show? They’re all the same – complete bastards.

  12. 12
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    Same sh*t, different day. Never mind, the trolls will be out shortly

  13. 13
    The Talented Mr. Werritty says:

    So, what terrible crime is Peter Cruddas accused of, exactly? Seems a fit and proper businessman to me.

  14. 14
    Why can't our politicians be as colourful and enthusiastic as this guy? says:


  15. 15
    genghiz the kahn says:

    If Cameron was so smart, why has he allowed his minions to copy Blair’s mistakes?

    Looks like a gentle reminder that Leveson is too focused on odd news gathering methods at one particular news group, whilst ignoring the behaviour of others.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    It seems Blair became a crook after few years agfter becoming PM (at least the public didn’t know). With Cameron it seems he was a crook even before he because a PM. Cameron was have policies for sale even before becoming PM and most the the policies people wanted which were promised were all watered down or abandoned when he became PM e.g. EU, immigration, tough of criminals etc.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Aren’t we paying Dave’s rent when he entertains his donors?

    Aren’t we paying the members of his policy making committees when they talk over his donors suggestions?

    This reeks. Another one in the gut of the honest voter.

  18. 18
    Michael Gove, Murdoch's liar in Cabinet says:

    Why all this fuss?

  19. 19
    Sir William Waad says:

    I wouldn’t give more than £2.50.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Cruddas gave over £2 million to Conservative’s what did he get in return?

    It is just based on what he said.

  21. 21
    Margaret Beckett says:

    Five pounds and I’ll give you a hand shandy.

  22. 22
    Sir William Waad says:

    Expect to hear that old barrel-organ tune “None of This Would Happen if Political Parties were Funded by Taxpayers”.

  23. 23
    Brillo v Blinky says:

    Blinky is on Brillo’s show now!

  24. 24
    Oh. says:

    Ed Miliband would love someone to pay 250k to meet with him.

  25. 25
    Sir William Waad says:

    Hazel Blears can do better than that, standing up.

  26. 26
    Sad Tory says:

    Same useless contribution from Camoron. No win at the last election, can someone please tell me while we’re sticking with this incompetent as leader.

  27. 27
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Breathtaking arrogance! Does he honestly think we’ll fall for that pack of lies?

  28. 28
    Jay says:

    Oh dear. Cameron’s week just got a whole lot worse.
    First, handing a gift to Labour with scrapping the 50p rate and pissing off the nation’s pensioners, now emulating Labour sleaze. Thank God Ed Milliband is such a muppet, otherwise it could get really difficult for him.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Usual Anonymous

    Did these people also give money to PM and Osborne to buy houses as well?

    On £65,000 as an MP (he says he hasn’t got any other income except government salary that is why he doesn’t pay 50% tax.) how did Osborne manage to buy properties worth £2,600,000? Did anyone give him money? If yes, why?

  30. 30
    Brillo v Blinky says:

    Brillo has Blinky on the ropes.

  31. 31
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    Stop Press! Politician trades patronage in exchange for party donations……

    We need to understand that this is how democratic politics works – worldwide. You scratch my back – I’ll scratch yours.

    Go see how Preseident ‘Hope and Change’ Obama does his politics in the US. Look at his key appointees and look at the donations they made to him, fundraised for him – or the favours they traded with him.

    There is not a politician on the planet who hasn’t or doesn’t trade favours for donations…..

    Can we now wake up and get on with the job of getting the country back to its feet……

  32. 32
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    This is almost as sleazy as the unions bankrolling Labour.

  33. 33
    Schrödingers kack says:

    I’m a cult!

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Now I think it will be cheaper for tax payers to give political parties money. Due to the tax cut (50% to 45%) it will cost the country £3bn a year. Even if we take Osborne’s view it is few 100s of millions a year.

    Tax payers funding political parties will much much less than this, it will be about £4 million a year, maximum.

  35. 35
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    it was a gift guv’nor

  36. 36
    Cash for Dave says:

    So Dave is just as bad as his dad Blair. This democracy thing just does not work, put the Queen back in charge.

  37. 37
    John Prescock says:

    Anything around the size of a cocktail sausage is perfect.

  38. 38
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    Also, remember how only last week Ed Milliband took £100K off a Rolls Royce driving football club Chairman.

    What did the Chairman get in return?

    1. 90 minutes at the footie together (to natter about bits and bobs)

    2. Some private time in the back of the Roller on the way to the game (not sure if Ed made the return journey though…) to natter about some specific ‘issues’ that the millionaire might be having….

    3. A nice photo of the two of them to go on the mahogany desk (and to be used to impress upon others the closeness and access that the Millionaire has with the leader of the Opposition)

    4. A sincere ‘Thank you’ from Ed Millband (and following the laws of reciprocity where we are taught as children to give something in return for someone giving something to us) a chance in the future to ‘call in’ the favour (valued at £100K)…..

    Money donated to party funds, Presidential libraries – and exhorbitant speaker fees (£50K for Gordon BRown to bore your pants off) are all forms of ‘grease’ used in modern day politics….

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:


    Fuck M. Why should I give one single penny to a politician?

  40. 40
    Small Political Parties Don't Become Big Political Parties Until You Start To Support Them says:

    How right you are! We can never have enough of such a good thing! Corporate fascism FTW!

  41. 41
    Well it's a thought says:

    Furniture van for Camoron and Osborne no 10 and 11 Drowning st please, ASAP the taxpayers are getting pissed orf.

  42. 42
    Crud Ass says:

    I deeply and sincerely regret being caught. My only explanation is that I must be some sort of cΰnt or something.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    When people try they are being shouted down in this site and else where.

    Take me as an example, I support people like IDS and David Davis to lead conservatives. Look at the abuse I get.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    You seems to support Saint Blair, you have missed him!

    Do you you support Blair as Cameron is Blair’s hair?

  45. 45
    Vote UKIP ("not as bad as the others!)" says:


    without the EU’s human rights legislation, and without having to give them billions, we’ll have a chance to sort things out.

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Because now you are paying more. Only reason I support is because it is cheaper.

    Even now one why or other it is costing you money, whether money is given by unions or businessmen, they all want more money for themselves, it is coming out of your pocket.

  47. 47
    Well it's a thought says:

    They are just as bad as the rest of these politician’s, even to letting people from the Flat Earth Society (Greens) join them, that’s why they don’t have any MP’s, “TRUST” is sadly lacking.

  48. 48
    Traitor hater says:

    I saw Cameron saying that when he took over as leader the conservatives were 28 million pounds in debt and that now their finances are healthy. Now we can see why Cameron you, in my opinion, deeply unpatriotic twat. You’re supposed to be running the country for the good of Britons, not for your self aggrandisement or the good of your donors.

    Same deeply unpatriotic treachery to not win the election, in my opinion, i.e. boosting News Corporation at the expense of the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation as a reward for being helped to lose the election.

    It seems appropriate that I’m posting these comments on a blog called Guy Fawkes. The only difference that I can see between him and Cameron is that he was executed and Cameron continues to sell ‘his’ country down the river so that he can continue to cling on to power.

  49. 49
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    There are so many fire engines around this story after a couple of hours I suspect we might be about to see the Great Fire of London Mark Two.

  50. 50
    A pragmatist says:

    Breaking News:

    Eton Tory toffs steal an hour from pensioners.

    Many old people woke this morning to discover an hour had gone missing. Claims have been made that this was not in the Tory manifesto.

  51. 51
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    Politicians are slime. Here, there, everywhere.

  52. 52
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    And dont send the taxpayer the fucking bill!

  53. 53
    Unaligned voter says:

    Yes, that’s cheaper!

  54. 54
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    Unoriginal observation: Power corrupts

  55. 55
    Ed Moribund says:

    “if I stick my head out of the window and cup my hand to my ear ,I believe I can just make out the sound of a bandwagon.”

  56. 56
    BBC Mong says:

    We will be making this Tory theft the top story of the day.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Because most Tories would have a hard on the size of Nelsons column at the thought of Bliar leading them.

  58. 58
    Call me Dave - windy miller, eco loon, trougher, europhile and closet socialist says:

    I’m a decent kind of guy. Look at me in Sport Relief!

    That will be 250k please!

  59. 59
    Silver Surfer says:

    The price of eggs has gone up. I wasn’t a child through the Korean war so that gummints could make eggs more expensive. And stamps! Oh lord. They says them stamps is going up 25% next week. What am I to do?
    That Tawney Blur never put stamps up. And he never took no hour of me neither.
    I wish he’d come back and help us.

  60. 60
    Labour never took money for changing Government policy did they? says:

    The documents – released to The Sunday Telegraph after a two-and-a-half year Freedom of Information battle – reveal that Mr Blair personally intervened to secure Formula One’s exemption from the tobacco advertising ban just hours after meeting Bernie Ecclestone, the motorsport’s billionaire boss.
    The Government has always maintained that the meeting with Mr Ecclestone, a major new Labour donor at the time, did not influence the final decision to offer the exemption.
    However the previously secret papers show that Mr Blair did order ministers to find ways to implement the “derogation” for Formula One after the meeting.
    The revelation casts doubt on the version of events given by officials both to Parliament and to lobby journalists when the sleaze scandal first broke in 1997. The documents also show that civil servants believed draft statements on the affair, which were about to be made public, were “disingenuous”.
    The Ecclestone Affair was New Labour’s first major scandal and a test of Mr Blair’s leadership and his claim to be cleaning up British politics after John Major’s government.

  61. 61
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    You are.

  62. 62
    nell's snatch says:

    So am I darling!

  63. 63

    I’ll give you £10 to leave me alone.

  64. 64

    You’re a bookie – Hunt is redundant.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    David Davis maybe, but IDS? Wasn’t he the shitbag who said ‘work makes one free’ as Work and Pensions minister, the same slogan found above the entrances to Nazi concentration camps.

    IDS’s appaling anti semitism / insensitivity may have been overt and shameless but wasn’t Cameron’s (since he, as far as I am aware, didn’t censure IDS for this remark) anti semitic by omission, or by association?

  66. 66
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    You are so right and would it were not so. The trouble is it’s worse now than ever and this is because of the need for expensive campaigning. We have followed the American style of electioneering and are now caught in the same trap.

    The attraction of the LibDems for many voters was that they were not in anybody’s pocket, and relied on donations and their own fund-raising. Consequently they could not put on the same glitzy campaign as the other two. (I’m not a LibDem by the way but I
    do like democracy and freedom of choice)

    Regarding the latest expose from the Sunday Times – I do not like this type of journalism, there are ways of finding things out without resorting to sting operations. HAd it been an outfit other than the NI owned Sunday Times I might have liked it better. After all aren’t News Corporation kicking off about the Panorama programme scheduled for tomorrow night? Call me a cynic but-

    That Sara Southern woman- what a seedy way to earn a living -ugh!!!!

    It may well be that state-funding will be the only way to stop this but it will mean throwing money at the Revolutionary Layabouts Party et al –Oh Dear

  67. 67
    Dr Who says:

    So how is the BBC saving money by not showing the Grand Prix Live? They still have all their luvvies at the event, commentating at the event, filming the event. The only difference is that they are screeining the event later on in the day. I personally feel this is the BBC making a political statement.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    How can IDS make work pay when Osborne gives 5.3% increase to people on dole?

  69. 69
    Timeless says:

    Why do politicians piss about with the clocks? The only sensible time to use is mid day, 12 noon when the Sun is at its zenith. And for Britain that should be when it passes over the Greenwich meridian. Any other time is a lie.

  70. 70
    Granny Taxed says:

    “Dear Mr Crudeass

    I am a pensioner with no money who has just been mugged by the government, can I meet Mr Cameron.”


    “You have no money, no power, no influence so the answer is no and by the way hurry up and die so we can CGT your son, now F Off.”

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Never mind the 5.3% raise, why not introduce policies aimed at reducing the number of people on the dole by increasing work opportunities. Maybe concentrating on this rather than on his donors suggestions would be more in Cameron’s interests. Oh I forgot, Cameron’s interests are his personal interests.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Osborne, MPs salary £65,000 before tax. He says his only income is what government pays him. These were his expense before his £135,000 salary, in other wards from £65,000 as an MP.


    1) Mortgage on his house and farm house £2,600,000 @ 4%, £104,000 a year interest only.

    2) Kids school fee £22,000 per year.

    3) Holiday £11,000 plus each. Even if it is 2 a year another £22,000 per year.

    4) Other expense £xx,xxx?

    Things aren’t adding up are they?

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    “I do not like this type of journalism”; there is no other way of finding these things are there? I is the only way.

    Issue I always had was Rupert and his gang should have done this to all the parties at the same time rather than depending on who Rupert support at the time (give cover to one he supports and have a go on the other).

  74. 74
    Small Political Parties Don't Become Big Political Parties Until You Start To Support Them says:

    Political parties shouldn’t get any funding at all from the taxpayer. Let them raise the monies they need solely from their membership subscriptions. That and a free party political broadcast slot on Biased Broadcasting Corporation should be all they need.

    Might have to regulate membership fees so that the same fee amount is levied across the board because these scum would just opt for doing the same thing through differential membership fees. Something for the Electoral Commission to regulate?

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  76. 76
    Rupert my Hero says:

    What do you Fink ?

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    I had always said this government hasn’t got any plan for growth either. Cameron always wanted to reduce employment has increase poverty.

    For the rich and powerful its always better to keep the rest poor. This is what happens in communist Russia and the Capitalist America. This way you can play one poor person against other while enjoying power and the wealth of the country.

  78. 78
    annette curton says:

    “Clearly there is no question of donors being able to influence policy or gain undue access to politicians”… LOL!, maybe I am a bit stupid but your ‘bluster’ seemed to indicate that there was. Another premier tosser.

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  80. 80
    Cold & hungry pensioner robbed blind by Labour and Tories says:

    This is a bit early for Tory sleaze, it must be the Limp-Dumb influence.

  81. 81
    Bastards, the lot of them says:


    The bastard is trying to wriggle out of a corruption charge.

  82. 82
    Bruce says:


  83. 83
    thespecialone says:

    Labour would never accept money to enable rich lobbyists to meet with their leaders. Would they?

  84. 84
    David Cameron says:

    It is completely unacceptable for Cruddas to make these claims in the presence of an undercover film crew and then for them to be made public.

    He should have kept it private.

  85. 85
    riddle diddled says:

    For instant access just come round the back and ask for Willy.

  86. 86

    Erm Ministers do earn more than MPs. And the family farm may well have been bought for less than 2.6 large. Hell! it could have been inherited and thus have no mortgage.

    Perhaps you could provide us with some evidence to back up your statement.

  87. 87
    fatbottle says:

    It’s divide and rule, innit?

  88. 88
    ffs! says:

    Good for them!

    Rub their noses in it.

  89. 89
    Oh. says:

    Hang on, if you were invsting 250k wouldnt you at least to meet with the leader to gage whether you should invest/donate the said 250k?

  90. 90


    What is the biggest problem with politics at the moment?

    It’s not the corruption, that’s just a symptom.

    The biggest problem is the way the scum have isolated themselves from the people they claim to represent. Public sentiment demands one thing, the scum palm the public off with platitudes and then do exactly the opposite because it suits them.

    One of the few ways the people have of even partly influencing things is through membership of political parties and paying of dues. It’s not much and I wish they had a bigger influence, but state funding would just reduce that tiny amount of influence they have now.

  91. 91
    AC1 says:

    Heir to Blair!

  92. 92

    Well he did get a hundred grand in bung and a ride in a roller from the Chairman of some second rate footie club

  93. 93
    The UK is becoming East Germany circa 1976 says:

    Anonymous, you are an irritating twat.

    Bliar was on the take before he was even elected PM. Dimwit party trolls like you are just absurd idiots, with your “my side is better than your side” idiocy, when they are all wankers.
    The entire political class is as bent as the proverbial £3 note, if you can’t see that you are a halfwit.

  94. 94
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Funny the BBC have forgotten all about The Bernie Ecclestone affair

  95. 95
    onan the rotarian says:

    Methinks the honourable member is making a fist of it.

  96. 96
    The Tories weren't starring in Downton Abbey after all but The Titanic says:

    Michael Fallon received the full “Brillo” treatment over this on Sunday Politics and was floundering badly when asked whether the so-called privte “Downton Abbey Dinners” at Highclere were in the public domain and could only keep parrotting that all meetings between Ministers inc PM with businessmen and possible donors were recorded and despite being asked 4 times in the interview whether this applied to the above he clearly didn’t know;couldn’t say or didn’t want to. There is plenty more mileage in this along with Osborne’s assertion that he does not fall into the50p tax bracket

  97. 97
    Col Nut says:

    Gauge,or are you referring to throwing down the gauntlet?

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    The Remittance Man

    Just do a search on Daily Mail and / or Telegraph. If it is inheritance did he pay tax as others.

    Issue is whether it is gift from especial friends? As he is a senior minister and in-charge of this countries finance as well as taxes, he should come out and tell the people.

    I congratulate Osborne for being open in saying he doesn’t pay the 50% tax, rest of the ministers including Cameron or Clegg aren’t answering. All I am saying is that, now there are more questions that he needs to answered.

  99. 99
    'cutio says:

    Ste*aming S t*rd

  100. 100
    'cutio says:

    Ste*aming S t*rd

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    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Financial Advisory Service says:

    Let Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, and Don Ameche explain how Peter Cruddas made all his money, in his case from currency speculation as well– it’s the simplest explanation we can find, one that even a financial illiterate like Owen Jones would understand, and Eddie gets it in one:

  102. 102
    Distraught master & commander says:

    Wonder how much Sky news paid mandlescum to appear on the 1400 program just now. Still taking the Fox dollar eh Peter nothing like one rule for me and another for you plebs

  103. 103
    M says:

    finking out loud can be harmful to your career

  104. 104
    'cutio says:

    /Politician’s what?

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    It seems strange that the “important people’s Sunday paper” has outed “The Crud” is it a shot across Dave’s bows, the guy must be a completed plonker unless he was given the nod and wink, did The Crud actually do a similar trick in the time of B’Liar and Brown so though it ok to do the same now.

  106. 106
    Lord Carrington's binoculars says:

    What’s so funny about Labour’s fury is that this div has only been in the job three weeks and probably only two weeks when he was filmed.

    How much money had been handed over in that time? And no time for any ‘access’ to Cameron, surely?

  107. 107
    'cutio says:

    Maybe he ‘ mis-spoke’.

  108. 108
    ***** says:

    This one will run and run!

  109. 109
    Anonymous says:

    And absolute power corrupts absoluty

  110. 110
    Phil from the Srekent says:

    Pull the other one Cruddas: it has bells on it.

    Get those prisons built now Kenny Clarke.

  111. 111
    Lord Carrington's binoculars says:

    Dear oh dear.

    When the hype clears, 99 percent of pensioners won’t see a penny less and 22 million people get a pay rise next April.

    It’s all going to plan.

  112. 112
    Just the tip of the multiculti enrichment of my country. says:

    Anonymous – you are an illiterate product of either/or the Labour education non policy, the open door immigration Labour policy.

  113. 113
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    With revelations like this this years riots are quite likely to start at Easter.

    What has been going on is truly awesome.

  114. 114
    Jimmy says:

    250k may be Premier League but Bumface let’s face it is Conference. South obviously.

    “I only took up the post of principal treasurer of the party at the beginning of the month and was keen to meet anyone potentially interested in donating.”

    In other news, Asil Nadir’s trial continues.

    Same old tories.

  115. 115
    Unaligned voter says:

    Isn’t a criminal investigation in order..right now.

  116. 116
    Anonymous says:

    That goes for all of them, all the parties parachute their favoured candidates into nice safe jobbies for life constituencies the rest just get shoved to no hope constituencies, this angers the local parties who want their own candidate

  117. 117
    albacore says:

    Taxpayer-funded political parties?
    You can bet that it’s coming; also that it will be paid proportionately to the number of seats already held or votes cast.
    Catch-22 revisited. You’d have to be nuts to vote for the Tories, the Liberals or Labour. But, since you know full well how mad it is, you must be sane. Therefore you can keep on voting for one of them, with manageable regret, just to keep the others out.

  118. 118
    Unaligned voter says:

    You will notice that the moan of the coalition (mainly tory) is that no party is “absolute”. Long may it continue.

  119. 119
    Unaligned voter says:

    +1. Done after the Archer model.

  120. 120
    Cherie B£iar says:

    I will endorse that.

  121. 121
    A pragmatist says:

    Rolex deny any involvement.

  122. 122
    Anonymous says:

    This guy gave £2 million to the conservatives he should know how it works and what Cameron and Osborne can give in return. He is a very good businessman who knows how to make money.

  123. 123
    BagLady says:

    but who are “these people” you speak of?

    Who were the undercover reporters pretending to be?

    What corporation did they, purportedly, represent?

    What was the preamble to this ‘final’ conversation?

    It would be interesting to know the details.

  124. 124
    David Camoron says:

    /MP’s what, too, what what?


  125. 125
    Dobby says:

    another potential crminal investigation I hope. I would like to see B£iar in prison (as they can’t hang the begger now)

  126. 126
    The UK is becoming East Germany circa 1976 says:

    Farage is their star and biggest problem. His judgement on issues is sound, yet his judgement of people and presentation of his party is woeful, deliberately so?

  127. 127
    A man in a chair says:

    I’m sure this one must have been asked before, but if parties are funded by the taxpayer, and funding is proportional to votes cast.. how does one start a party? How would a new party fund its first election campaign, if it has to wait until after an election to get the funding it needs to fight the election?

  128. 128
    Frank's son says:

    Change the words ‘bluster’ into ‘lying’ He was either telling the truth and there is access for large donations, or he was lying, and trying to procure a £250k donation by deception! Either way, he is corrupt.

  129. 129

    Yes. Meanwhile Putin is only back in the hot seat for five minutes and a Russian banker gets murdered in London to prevent him from giving evidence in an attempted murder case.

    Same old commies.

    Neither should have happened.

  130. 130
    Mr Magooo says:

    This is part of Murdoch’s payback for the Leveson enquiry. The tories deserve this anyway but Rupert is waiting for his revenge.

  131. 131
    A man in a chair says:

    By “if parties are funded by the taxpayer”, I do of course mean, “if they were to be funded by the taxpayer”.

  132. 132
    ArthurFauxsake... says:

    Mr Cameron said: “What happened (GETTING CAUGHT) was completely unacceptable. This is not the way we raise money in the Conservative Party. It shouldn’t have happened.

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    ArthurFauxsake... says:

    WINNER :-)..

  134. 134
    ArthurFauxsake... says:

    In the immortal words of “Yates Ov the Yard”…Fook Off..Nothing to see here…

  135. 135
    Red Ed's non-predator union bosses says:

    But if that happened, how would we pull Red Ed’s strings and Balls’ ?

  136. 136
    Dobby says:

    Good point …I am going slightly mad.

  137. 137
    Bent political class says:

    We are above the law.

  138. 138
    ArthurFauxsake... says:

    sorry “End’orseing is becks Job..

  139. 139
    A man in a chair says:

    Lots of fake postal votes?

  140. 140
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Yeth ! Thame old Towwieth !!

  141. 141
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    I was shocked by how common this awful little oik Cruddas sounded. This would never have happened when Alec Douglas-Home was Prime Minister, a spiv like Cruddas would not have been employed as one of his footmen, much less the party treasurer. The Conservative Party has gone to the dogs and must be destroyed.

  142. 142
    ArthurFauxsake... says:

    ermmmm ………………yes…and the next pack as well….and the next …add infinitum……

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    Get the popcorn! says:

    What a cool year this will be! Riots in Easter, bombastic Olympics in July, with Team Muzzie doing the synchonised exploding, and then George’s 3.5p per litre fuel duty increase in August! No doubt by then WWIII will be kicking off in the Mid East.

  145. 145
    Dr Holly Goodhead says:

    Moonraker. Top Sunday afternoon telly.

  146. 146
    The Russians are Coming !!! says:

    Anyone wishing to understand Putin and what drives him and his methods should watch these recent BBC programmes….truly absorbing and informative.

  147. 147
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    Fook Off..

  148. 148
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    Fook Off….

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    A man in a chair says:

    “The allocation of £2 million is divided between the eligible parties according to a formula set out in legislation.
    Eligible parties are, on the 7 March each year, those that have at least sitting two Members of the House of Commons ”

    So, in short, you wouldn’t (under such a system) be able to set up a new party to oppose the existing parties?

    That Catch-22’s great, isn’t it?

    (the book isn’t).

  150. 150
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    Got a job in Bahrain for you..

  151. 151
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    It would appear from listening to Alexander of Orange that Parliamentary funding has gone to the top of the political agenda in a matter of hours on a Sunday morning.

  152. 152
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    I’ll Help..

  153. 153
    A man in a chair says:

    The most absurd Bond film, ever. And the best.

    I spotted a plot inconsistency, though.. only a small one. (plot spoiler) Wouldn’t it have been easier for Drax to give his team an antidote, and then release the poison using unmanned rockets from the ground, thus obviating the need for a space station and stolen Shuttles?

  154. 154
    a journalist writes says:

    Time to call in some of those bottles of champagne

  155. 155
    albacore says:

    Shirley, you jest?
    I’ve always found Heller’s “Catch-22″ a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

  156. 156
    A man in a chair says:

    In fact, he could have used hot air balloons. Or migrating geese.

  157. 157
    Eric Joyce says:

    Crudarses’s big mistake was joining the wrong party. He’d never have had to resign otherwise.

  158. 158
    A man in a chair says:

    I thought it started off very funny but the ground to a halt, so I never finished it. It was many years ago.

  159. 159
    As bent as an MP says:

    But for their long lists of crony contacts, these fuckers would be unemployable in the real world beyond Westminster.

  160. 160
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Why should we give any money to these people?

    They should find their own electoral campaigns and, if elected, they should raise their own funds.

    To use taxpayers money is an outrage. They are all well-heeled, so let them sort out and pay for their own affairs.

  161. 161
    albacore says:

    Give it another go and consider which of our glorious Parliamentarians has best triumphed in emulating Milo Minderbinder.

  162. 162
    Community leaders says:

    And that’s where we come in.

  163. 163
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Pass me the bucket!

  164. 164
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Farage speaks well, but gets too personal.

    I think this lets him down.

  165. 165
    Anonymous says:

    Granny now Osborne is trying to tax your bread as well.

    What exactly is bread? Osborne’s takeaway tax bombshell provokes furious backlash over which savouries should be subject to VAT

    Read more:

  166. 166
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Ecclestone may have been first, but a long list of people followed during their time in Government.

  167. 167
    The UK is becoming East Germany circa 1976 says:

    WTF, you are advocating I fund the fucking SWP and B&P etc, by force of law? You are an idiot, end of.

  168. 168
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    No – Sky offered more money.


  169. 169
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    If a businessman is prepared to give someone else 250K, he must be pretty sure he will make more money than he’s given.

  170. 170
    The UK is becoming East Germany circa 1976 says:

    Get real, they are all shite parasites, leeching off of the backs of honest people. Flush them all down the toilet of history, you will not regret it.

  171. 171
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Mr Bag asks why they don’t just take the shirts off our backs?

    They’ve got everything else.

  172. 172
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He would, but he’d just take a six month break somewhere nice and sunny, and then get re-instated.

  173. 173
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    …and the problem is?

  174. 174
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Highclere Castle is a shabby old pile with an ugly exterior designed by that bloke who did the HoP.

    Can’t they afford anything better?

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    Jimmy says:

    I see Lightweight has denied any knowledge of this. Although this is reassuring there is an obvious concern. Unless Flashman is lying (and let’s just park that one for a moment shall we?) then large numbers of tory donors have managed to get into his flat and have dinner there without his knowledge. This looks like a very worrying security breach.

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    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    Good in Bahrain….

  177. 177
    Frankie GooGootz says:

    I charge two-fifty to meet ME, too. (All right, two-and-a-half quid– a lad’s gotta cash in during his fifteen minutes, innit? Please, people, I NEED the dosh, I’m seriously skint…)

  178. 178
    Sarah Ferguson says:

    F**king amateurs the lot of them.

  179. 179
    RANT says:

    Tories caught selling access, just like Liebour before them … and still some sneer at corruption in other neighbouring European countries! Fully independent inquiry is needed to snare these Tory influence-peddlers …

  180. 180
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Probably the same people who broke into Red Ed’s office and found his collection of Wallace & Gromit DVDs.

  181. 181
    smoggie says:

    With inheritance tax the giver, not the receiver, pays the tax. So if Osborne inherited anything it will have been nett of tax. Whatever he receives he keeps.

    No wonder you are Anonymous being so fucking clueless an’ all.

  182. 182
    smoggie says:

    Quite agree. I don’t care how they get their fucking money so long as it’s not my hard earned dosh.

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    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    I am innocent. I do not take backhanders from drug dealing property developers in Portsmouth, for housing asylum seekers, that I fix up for them, as well as the planning permissions. Now that you all know I am a man of utmost integrity; if, as you say there is a peerage in it, I am quite prepared to take up the responsibility of principal Treasurer of the Conservative Party. This will almost make a full house, as formerly I have been a member of the Labour Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats so joining the Tories won’t be a problem Boaz.

  184. 184
    AC1 says:


    I’m not listening. ‘Tis perfect bond film. Even has a message against fabian eugenics. In fact the villain seems the perfect Fabian.

  185. 185
    AC1 says:

    It’s the party system that corrupts Westminster. I can only think that private voting is the answer.

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    not a machine says:

    Ed Balls does yet another prime political televisual , as conservative version of donargate gets headline , yet as ever passed enourmous buck , it was the budget and not the big mess he left , when pressed on solutions nothing , when pressed on what he would revise or reppeal nothing , just same vaccuous smile george osbourne does not have enough jobs mmmmm let me think Ed why is that , could it be because he has deficets and debts instead of productive economy . Even Andrew Neils deft question “you borrow when its growing and borrow when its recession , when dont you borrow” , burp , carry on in benal generalities and making slim target blame time frame that everyone thinks is relevent , without mentioning debts would take years or relation to economy.

    I appreciate political funding is back in the frame , It may be better if we just legislate for a lie detector test to be taken , how can you moderate the corruption of a decision , if those duly elected wish to twist things. If no one can grasp that the place of decison making needs to rely on being uncorrupt , funding will make no difference .

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    London is a perfect place to murder a dissident.

    Freedom of movement and a police force that has been cultured only to know how to persecute law abiding citizens.

    Don’t have time to watch all those so read this synopsis:

  188. 188
    Eric Joyce (Teen Fondler) says:

    You are my Hero and Inspiration Handy. I only came into politics because of you. I have not yet attained all your lofty achievements, but I am sure, even you will admit, that I have excelled as a Teen Fondler and Trougher.

  189. 189
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    No. he would just stay in his pad in Monaco , silly

  190. 190
    AC1 says:

    I think they’ve already auctioned all out future shirts.

  191. 191
    Mondeo Man The Lifestyle Conservative says:

    Don’t ask me to do anything difficult or painful, anything principled. That would push away the “good feelings”. I know we are living in an out of control oligarchy but the Conservative Party will see sense eventually.

    Won’t they?

  192. 192
    AC1 says:

    Seems to me like Daves party is behaving like Gordos and Blairs.

  193. 193
    Baron Hogwash says:

    How much to unions pay to enter Ed’s pants?

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    old git says:

    The Tory Cabinet Song

    Jolly big back-handers
    Added to our large hoard
    You can meet the PM
    We’ll take your views on board
    It’s not illegal so you wont be slapped in jail
    It’s common Knowledge our policies are for sale

    Don’t use direct debit
    That would just leave a trail
    We can’t have the public
    Knowing that were for sale
    If you are wanting to purchase committee votes
    I can arrange it for a bloody great wad of notes

    We know the public
    Are for the most part thick
    We’ve already cut your taxes
    Was that not a cunning trick
    We’ve clawed back the money from all of the OAPs
    We are the Tories and we can do what we please

    We’ve set the agenda
    By upping the Uni cost
    Cutting the Child Allowance
    Pensioners tax break lost
    We are getting richer so in us you should invest
    We’ve all got millions so bollocks to all the rest

  197. 197
    Tory Tolls says:

    Heir to Blair indeed

  198. 198
    Splooge says:

    He used to be the future once

  199. 199
    rebekah wades-inne says:

    As Dave said to me just this morning – never look a gift horse in the mouth!

  200. 200
    Rinka Scott says:

    Clearly this is the biggest non story of the year.

    Cruddas was lying through his teeth . There is no truth whatsoever in what he said. Milliband is jumping up and down like a wounded pygmy but he has not one scintilla of truth to back up his preposterous claims.

    Improving the living standards of 60 million people if for big boys and girls with vision imagination and ability.

    No one in their right mind would think that a man of the calibre of David Cameron could sink so low for £250,000.

    I blame the Sunday Times for ruining a perfectly lovely spring Sunday.

    Up and down the country people have been horrified by what has been appearing in the Press.

    Police should take action now against the Sunday Times for telling lies and the paper should be putting in place a compensation scheme.

  201. 201
    Tachybaptus says:

    Always do: you might be able to look down its neck and see it was full of Trojans.

  202. 202
    Tachybaptus says:

    I meant full of Greeks. Silly of me.

  203. 203
    Dаvid Cаmеrоn says:

    I’m awful for your business.

  204. 204
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Barry Obama’s going to go mad when he gets his invoice…

  205. 205
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The BBC needed to save money so that they could pay Victoria Derbyshire to fly up and down from London to Manchester every day and they bought ‘The Voice’

    Just what we need on TV another shit singing Karaoke show.

  206. 206
    baron archer of ambridge says:

    of course he should keep his entitlement to a peerage – like me he qualifies well – perhaps Baron Crude-Arse of Payola is apposite

  207. 207
    Stephen Byers says:

    Certainly not.

  208. 208
    Archie says:

    Diversionary tactic over at The Telegraph, but I would say that it has backfired spectacularly judging by the comments!

  209. 209
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms says:

    Just hearing Cruddas speak should really have put the Sunday Times on notice.

    What ,if any ,independent corroboration did they seek and obtain before publication?

    There were two guys in the Colliers this lunchtime and they nearly ended up fighting over this story.

    Luckily I was able to stand between them as otherwise it would have ended up with the police and courts which would have cost the taxpayer an absolute bundle.

  210. 210
    baron cashcroft says:

    unblessed are those that give the game away

  211. 211
    Johnny Cash says:

    All this is giving me a bad name.

  212. 212
    PoliticoSpreads says:

    Now that Im out ofan ( unpaid ) job I’m reveting to my rootsto really make money .

    Right — how shall we price the spread on Click Negg lasting as Deputy PM till 2013 …Buy at 3 months Sell at 4 months……

    or ” Adenoids ” having another operation on his nasal canal before September
    Yes I can feel the old adrenalin flowing already .

  213. 213
    PoliticoSpreads says:

    Guido please moderate this …. it’ll keep you busy on a lazy Sunday afternoon ….

    ” KINKy” !!!

  214. 214
    Cash4Cameron says:

    Surely Crud arse has broken the law?

  215. 215
    baron cashcroft says:

    This Jerk’s Progress story is all good unclean fun – but doesn’t live up to the quality of a beautiful spring day – which,listeners at home only will delight in knowing, has inspired the following poetic gem:

    a winsome young maid of chihuahua
    had a bout of intense ‘hows your father’
    on the 89th stroke
    her partner cried ‘smoke’
    and yanked out his charred balaclava

    a bit of culture always helps!

  216. 216
    Prescott's chipolata says:

    Leave me out of this.

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    rebekah wades-inne says:

    on the subject of Greeks – there’s a nice turn on the saying beware ‘greeks bearing gifts’, which goes ‘beware geeks bearing GIFFs’

  218. 218
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:


  219. 219
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    I resent that..

  220. 220
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:


  221. 221
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    You mean like the unions bankrolling the Labour party and having access to and contributing to policy making decisions over 13 years of Labour government?

    Yes, lets have an enquiry into BOTH.

  222. 222
    Beowulff says:

    The Sun has got his hat on, hip hip hooray,

    The Sun has got his hat on, ’cause Cameron’s in the shit.

    Not only that, but as an entitled, vacuous and useless twerp, he is now fully qualified to lead the Limp Dems.

    Live by PR, Die by PR.

    BTW UKIP’s over here, on the right.

  223. 223
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    I’ll run it…..

  224. 224
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    Got any Champers……….wat u mean noo…you’re Nicked…

  225. 225
    Tachybaptus says:

    The Limp Dems are leading Cameron. Have been since he was elected.

  226. 226
    Jimmy's Quote of the Day says:

    “We have reformed party funding. I took over a party with £28 million of debt, it’s now virtually debt free,”

    Qt. Hon. D. Cameron MP earlier today.

  227. 227
    Beowulff says:

    The Muppet is now 10 points ahead.

    That must be some kind of judgment on Cameron.

    You have to wonder where the LibbyCons find their focus groups.

  228. 228
    Call me Blair says:

    Most kind of you sir, to pay us such a compliment.

  229. 229
    Jimmy's Almost Quote of the Day (Honourable Mention) says:

    “Possibly the most damaging allegation made in the Sunday Times article is this…

    “There was still one problem, however. The proposed donation was being paid from a Liechtenstein fund and belonged ultimately to Middle Eastern investors. It was a foreign donation. Cruddas was happy for the reporters to find a way around this and said he’d arrange a meeting with the party’s “compliance people” to check that it was legitimate. One option was to create a UK company to donate the money.” ”

    Iain Dale, business partner of Lord Ashcroft, apparently forgetting who it was that invented that idea in the first place.

  230. 230
    Anonymous says:

    Its your hard earned money either way

    1) For the tax cut / subsidies for the rich you are taxed more.

    2) For unions money, you pay more just look at the salaries in our railways.

    Its cheaper to the political parties directly or have a low that says individual and family donations cannot be more than £1,000 and you should live and pay tax in UK to give the money.

  231. 231
    Anonymous says:

    In Newham it is estimated that there are 70,000 illegal immigrants how hard is it to catch them and deport them? Still noting is done by the government.

  232. 232
    Sign Granny's e petition to restore age related alowances says:

  233. 233
    r u a happy camper? says:

    I do look forward to Jimmy’s camp comments.

  234. 234
    Jimmy says:

    Does Granny have 250k?


    Then Granny can fuck off then can’t she?

  235. 235
    Jimmy says:

    You think there may be a link between the Labour Party and labour?

    You know too much.

  236. 236
    Gordon Brown says:

    Nurse said that if I was a good boy today I could wash out her twat with a length of industrial hosing and some xtra strength Vimto.

  237. 237
    Anonymous says:

    If a civil servant do it it will be a criminal offence but not for PM!

    What will happen to a council employee if his friend says give me cash and I will get my friend to give you planning permission and this is videoed? Or even to the friend?

  238. 238
    Gordens diary and ¾ says:

    I laid a magic poo today which will decrees the deficit and save the world. Either that, or I’ll print some more money with my peppa pig rubber stamp set.

  239. 239
    Merlin says:

    Why all the hand wringing they are politicians-of course they are F****g bent who expects otherwise.
    What gets me is this Cruddas bloke is supposed to be an intelligent guy-thick as pi****t if he mouths of to anybody without checking up on them first.
    And these are supposed to the great and the good-could not organize a piss up in a brewery

  240. 240
    alf garnet says:

    Labour Party and layabouts more like.

  241. 241

    As bad as this current sleazy scandal appears to be, surely SKY must have been taking the piss by having Mandleslime, Lord of Misrule, the Prince of Sleaze and Baron Backhander, pontificating about “Cash For Access”. How come nobody appeared to remind him of the Hinduja brothers’ £1,000,000 bung to Labour’s Millenium Dome project in return for a couple of British Passports – thereby enabling them to escape justice in India who wanted them for a massive fraud. How come nobody reminded him of Ecclestone’s £1,000,000 bung to change government policy? Remember Dolly Draper’s Cash For Access wheeze? Cash for Peerages? Why has no one asked Mandleslime how he funded the purchase of an £8,000,000 London gaff?

    Just when you think Labour has broken the mould on political hypocrisy, they always find another, more breathtaking one.

    Bastards the lot of ‘em.

  242. 242
    annette curton says:

    The crud always floats to the top.

  243. 243
    CLINT Cameron says:

    none of this tory dirty dealing is any surprise but my question here is – what is it with Brett Lee?

  244. 244
    Nurse Botha says:

    Hmm. I’ll thank you to keep your prepubescent fantasies to yourself, Mr. Brown. Besides that, you’re scaring the other ladies, dear.

  245. 245
    annette curton says:

    And then sinks to the bottom.

  246. 246
    Woodkerne says:

    It’s the end o the world, were aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal doomed I tell ye!

  247. 247
    Jimmy says:

    For 250K I’d suck on Cameron’s cock and give George’s bumhole a good rimming, ‘cos I’m a soicalist innit?

  248. 248
    Cash for Dave says:

    But why would anyone pay £250,000 to have a meal with Dave? What are they expecting to get out of it?

    I never had Cameron down as a bad un. Misguided certainly on his green/euro/homosexual agenda but I never thought him corrupt. How wrong I was.

  249. 249
    annette curton says:

    Admonishment: Less of that filth or when you grow up you will come to bad end as a President of the EU.

  250. 250
    Rupert Murdock says:

    Consider that a shot across the bows for leveson Cameron. if you don’t ease up then the next one will be below your waterline

  251. 251
    Dai Hatsu says:

    Why does he live in Monaco?

  252. 252
    Just Deserts says:

    That’ll teach Dave not to rob grannies and give to the millionaires.

  253. 253
    annette curton says:

    Hmm, for Starters: minimum price on alcohol units gives drinks industry £600 million windfall.
    Main course ?
    Cheese and Biscuits to finish.

  254. 254
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    Didn’t Bill Clinton have a scam like this? You donated a certain amount and got to spend a night in the White House, sleeping in Lincoln’s bedroom. Something like that.

  255. 255
    annette curton says:

    Hmm, for Starters: minimum price on alcohol units gives drn’ks industry £600 million windfall.
    Main course ?
    Cheese and Biscuits to finish.
    the word that dare not sp*ak its name (that’s two already).

  256. 256
    sunday bloody sunday says:

    I think Mr Brown and his nurse should be applauded for upholding traditional Sunday pursuits, like going to church and coming home for a good fuck, then some lunch, a little sleep, then another good fuck. There was fuck all else to do you see? Why do you think Catholics had such big families? Now we’re all expected to go and shop in IKEA ffs, where’s the fun in that? Sunday has been ruined by money grubbing barrow boys.

  257. 257

    Here is some more grotesque politics for you:

  258. 258
    Pussy Galore says:

    Don’t you find that if you’ve watched “Dr No” and “From Russia With Love”, you’ve pretty-much seen all the Bond films? Everything that followed was essentially remakes. In terms of the suspense, anyway. Even the astronauts fighting in space in Moonraker were a copy of the scuberdivers in From Russia.

    Still, when you’ve got a good formula, you should stick with it.

  259. 259
    Mr A Cynic says:

    Here’s a suggestion: Dave “wants” (so he says) to cancel the order on two very QEII-class aircraft carriers which, together, are going to earn somebody (me) £10billion (plus maintenance costs).

    I pay £250K to have a meal with Dave, and over dinner I tell him “just tell everyone the carriers would cost more to cancel than they’ll cost to finish. Tell everyone the contract is sewn-up and watertight and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.”

    And Dave calls the waiter, we have another bottle, then Dave toddles-off with £250K and I get £10billion.


  260. 260
    Ed Moribund says:

    Wesign! Wesing! Everywon should wesign!

  261. 261
    Dr Evil says:

    Watch this excellent drama called ‘Goldeneye’ on youtube with Charles Dance as Ian Fleming. Based on Fleming’s life and made in 1989, it’s a cracker I think.

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    Well it's a thought says:

    Didn’t take them long before they started rolling in the sh*t , I suppose nearly two years in charge the tills have made them light fingered, hope they don’t expect us to vote for them again because they can go to hell.

  263. 263
    Mr A Cynic says:

    “two very QEII-class” = “two very expensive QEII-class”

    Or maybe Dave wanted to cancel all the ruinously expensive PFI contracts that McMental signed-up to. Phone rings, Dave’s given £250K to have dinner with owner of PFI company, Dave takes £250K and (whadayaknow) PFI contracts stay.

    There’s a very good reason the structural deficit isn’t being reduced as Dave promised, and I think Dave’s £250K dinners just might have something to do with it.

  264. 264
    Mr A Cynic says:


    Ed’s going to have to work very hard to save Dave now. I know “a week’s a long time in politics”, but as it stands now the Conservatives are screwed. Everybody hates them, everybody’s tired of them. Just as Labour shot themselves in the foot every day under Brown, the Cons do the same with Cameron.

    He delivers all the failings Labour delivered (and more), plus all the sleaze of the Major years. He can only hope the public’s mistrust of Balls and Miliband are enough to save him.

  265. 265
    The Labour Party says:

    You first.

  266. 266
    I did not rodger that women says:

    No, no, no. I paid them the money, and they slept in my bed.

  267. 267
    Dick the Prick says:

    Planning’s quite hard but Licensing’s a piece of piss.

  268. 268
    Wavey Davey - man of the people says:

    My focus groups tell me the ghastly oiks in the streets want more immigration, greater EU integration and a minimum price for alcohol.

  269. 269
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Tomorrow’s Rich and Mark cartoon looks nothing like Cruddas. And it’s a bit obvious.

  270. 270
    Mac the Knife says:


    While they have no qualms about detaining nearby bypassers when kettling protesters. And yet no dragnet or kettling for illegals.

  271. 271
    Auric Goldfinger says:

    Pussy Galore below is thinking of Thunderball.

  272. 272
    annette curton says:

    Just impossible to keep any of these piggies snouts out of the trough, but can they please spare us the holier than thou, It’s an insult to ones intelligence.

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    Anonymous says:

    Seems you are part of the problem in proclaiming corruption is OK. What do you do?

  274. 274
    Central Office stooge says:

    I though we were supposed to push the “personal responsibility” angle? We can always fall back on the usual party-political guff later.

  275. 275
    Bluebottle says:

    David Cameron is innocent.

    When he says as party leader that he knew nothing I believe him as is so often the case.

    Nobody has come forward with a shred of evidence against him.

    Milliband knows nothing . He flies kites.

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    Central Office stooge says:

    So why not more support for the option you list after “or”?

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    Bluebottle says:

    Mr Murdoch is innocent too.

    If he knew anything he has forgotten all about it.

    He is 96.

    Panorama are not nice people.

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    my dad used to shout at the telly when Gordoom was on with Millitwat he just laughs says:

    didn`t red ed drop everything pretend to be ill cough cough to rush to meet some nob from hull who just bunged liebour 100k is that not “face time ” yet he will bang on about this for as long as he can deflects attention from the budget though just a thought nice one dave

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    annette curton says:

    But they are very selective. (:

  280. 280
    Some Geezer wot's not forking over any money without an answer says:

    There is an anecdote about the US President Harry Truman, to the effect that his political padrone, the Mob-connected Boss Pendergast, once offered his assessment of the character of Truman: “Harry Truman is an honest politician; once bought, he STAYS bought.”

    THAT’S what I’d want to know from Cruddas if I were to be solicited for hundreds of thousands of pounds: What assurance have I that Dave Cameron, once bought, will stay bought? Or is it just an entry fee I’m ponying up, so to speek, meaning I get no guarantees he WILL do anything for me, only that if I do NOT contribute, I can be sure he WON’T do anything for me.

    So what is it to be, Mr. Never-to-be-Sir-or-Lord-after-this Peter Cruddas– a bribe, or a shakedown? I need to know what I’m dealing with here.

  281. 281
    nellnewman says:

    Well let’s be honest. I don’t call giving pensioners a 5.2% rise and then taking away £1.60 robbery!!

  282. 282
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    I’m innocent to..I have been Judged and sent to Bahrain…oh how I miss the Ivy..

  283. 283
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    Gissa Job Roopert…

  284. 284
    nellnewman says:

    Thorny question party funding. Isn’t it?

    Labour funded by the unions who then wield unseemly influence to get power for themselves sometimes against their own members and the Conservative funded by business donations sometimes by people who think the donation will buy them influence in government.

    And to make a bad situation worse the rest of us don’t see why the system should be changed so that taxpayers pay for the whole mess instead!

  285. 285
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    250k Dinners….count me inn..

  286. 286
    Cash4Cam says:

    And Dave asking £250,000 for dinner with him?

  287. 287
    Distraught master & commander says:

    Called been a little passed it, the wear and tear that hits all fast bowlers bodies re Sir Ian

  288. 288
    City Slicker says:

    Any truth that a quarter of a million is now known as a Dave?

  289. 289
    Ed Miliband says:

    But no one will pay a single penny to have dinner with me.

  290. 290
    Anonymous says:

    Remind us wtf is the point in voting UKIP unless you want Labour to have permanent office?

  291. 291
    Ah! Monika says:

    Those Special Branch officers running the mile with Cameron were somewhat handicapped running with sub-machine guns in their track suit pockets. No wonder they dropped off before the end. Bows and arrows would have been lighter.

  292. 292
    dirty dickie emery of desmond says:

    but I like you

  293. 293
    dirty dickie emery of desmond says:

    Fair play, it does include service

  294. 294
    Arsenal goy says:


  295. 295
    Central Office stooge says:

    As is Fink (his predecessor/successor in the job). Is there a trend here?

  296. 296
    dothemaths says:

    its either that or kick the living crap out of a few of them so as to indicate to the others your distinct lack of approbation.

  297. 297
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Murdoch’s revenge. You mess with me, then this is what you get – transparency!

    Next stop Scotty land and mischief making with Mr Salmon.

  298. 298
    anon says:

    Yeah Lord Fink, the man who was too busy to attend his dying uncles beside or funeral.

    True family values ………………………………..when previous the 80 odd year old man had traveled 250 miles to be at his sons bar mitzvah..

    I wouldn’t even waste my spit on him.

  299. 299
    Anonymous says:

    how else did Abu Quatada get a nice ne large family home?

  300. 300
    crudder chops says:

    ‘ere this one gave me a good chuckle…methinks it could be a real ratings winner innit..

  301. 301
    Anon. says:

    And don’t forget Gary Lineker’s taxi back home after Match of the Day.

  302. 302

    This all depends on how the money and property portfolio was inherited – if, for instance it was through a trust fund, there are much lower specific areas for taxation, depending on the type of trust, and where that “vehicle” is located (on shore, off shore, tax haven – all of which are LEGAL!!!)

    You do have to be catastrophically stupid if you think that ANYONE can bank the sums you are suggesting without having Freddy Flatfoot and his steam powered calculator squad asking loud questions.

    All sounds like the usual “please Sir, Cameron and Osborne are chewing in class”, while the unwashed trot gives himself a class hatred hand shandy.

    Move on and get some facts – stop asking where did Osborne get the money from, and tell us what you KNOW – shouldn’t take more that two words – “fuck” and “all”.

  303. 303

    Hey nonny nonny Mouse – If you don’t start listening in class boy, you will be sent to the Head again, and no copy of Das Kapital down the back of your pants this time!!!!

    Is this WHERE!!! Hope this is not WHERE granny tax (sic)!!! PAY ATTENTION!!!

    If you continue with this lack of care in your schoolwork, you will be declassified from working class hero and Juvenile Agitprop (3rd class) into the remedial class with Ed and Ed.

  304. 304

    Nonny – you are illiterate – both your writing and your blogs show that you have little knowledge of syntax or grammar, your sentences are illogically structured. Yyour thinking would be arrested by the office of fair trading if you tried to pass it off as thinking…

    Are you trying to get a job in tabloid journalism?

  305. 305
    Vote UKIP ("not as bad as the others!") says:

    If you don’t vote for what you want, you’ll never get what you want, and you won’t deserve it either.

    Perhaps life as a pink-Tory serf suits you?

  306. 306
    The Iraqi Dead says:

    Please don’t kill and all my family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  307. 307
    Saxon Sid says:

    “if they were to be funded by the taxpayer”.

    Thank fuck for that, I thought some fucking pedant was going to stick their fucking oar in.

    (Self-corrections are of course, admirable).

  308. 308
    Davy Crockett says:

    ” When young girls hide
    And brave men shiver
    They see me, Lord Fink
    King of the River.

    ( and I can tell you now I’m back to drain this particular swamp — with a penile catheter.).

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