April 30th, 2012

Bercow Supports Hunting

The Speaker has just granted an Urgent Question on the Hunt situation, meaning that the last day of the session will be dominated by Murdoch and the Culture Secretary. This will not go down well with No.10, especially as many saw Labour’s demand for a statement as over-playing their hand…

UPDATE: After failing to land a punch last week, Guido recommends that Ed has a read of this post from legal blogger David Allen Green.

UPDATE II: The statement will be at 15.30.

UPDATE III: Guido would also recommend that Ed turns Theresa May’s Qatada line on it’s head:

“If any of my officials made a mistake, that is my responsibility…” 

This could get messy…


179 Comments

  1. 1
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Fox off.

    Why not a debate on Brown’s and Blair’s contacts with Rupert, and why the media/BBC weren’t wetting themselves over this from 1997?

  2. 2
    Oy Vey says:

    Maybe not the best move but in reality most see Dave as acting far too aloof to this, for want of a better word, scandal; so making him more accountable and asking him to actually justify himself to the house rather than to Marr is a good move IMO.

    And why are they breaking up again, they’ve only been back a couple of weeks

    Workshy arses

  3. 3
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Will Leveson be looking into the media outing of Dr David Kelly? Anyone know?

  4. 4
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Bercow is a labour puppet, but also does what his labour wife says.

  5. 5

    Cameron should say “OK Ed, I’m going to start an inquiry into Jeremy Hunt’s control of his spad – I’m also starting one investigating Gordon Brown’s control of his spads”

  6. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Weird Ed will fluff his lines and Livid Dave will live to fight another cock up

  7. 7
    bob says:

    because they’re not serving Minister’s

  8. 8
    Penfold says:

    The Vidkin Quisling of the House and Party.

    His bias and support to the left too open and he must be sacked.

  9. 9
    Russ... says:

    Labour are playing a Dangerous game….
    ..More perspective and a fewer lies from all sides would be for the better of all. Labour are poisoning the waters from which, if elected, they will have to drink.

  10. 10
    Trinny says:

    Didn’t Labour ban such blood sports?

  11. 11
    David Camoron says:

    By all means ask me an urgent question.

    But make sure you pay me £250,000 first.

  12. 12
    Fatso Watson says:

    *puff* We the hypocrites in the Labour Party want our pound of flesh and to eat it! *pant* *puff*

  13. 13
    David Cameron says:

    By all means ask me an urgent question.

    But make sure you pay me £250,000 first.

  14. 14
    Nice work if you can get it says:

    What do you mean by the last day of the session?

    Just had a look at their holiday dates, nor content with having had three weeks off at Easter they are taking two weeks off at Whitsun and of course most of the Summer shortly after.

    http://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-commons-faqs/business-faq-page/recess-dates/

  15. 15
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    “His bias and support to the left too open and he must be sacked.”

    Ditto David Cameron.

  16. 16
    Trinny says:

    not serving Minister’s what? Coffee?

  17. 17
    Sally says:

    I’m signing us up for a celebrity ‘how clean is your house’ OK darling?

  18. 18
    D. Abbott MP says:

    nom nom nom

  19. 19
    Mr Curious says:

    Minister’s what?

  20. 20
    the rat pack says:

    Cameron should have got rid of Bercow when he first became PM.

    No doubt Bercow’s delectable wife has had something to do with this.

  21. 21
    Mr Curious says:

    Taxpayer-subsidised booze in the HoC bars, maybe.

  22. 22
    Mr Curious says:

    I wonder what sort of damage our MPs would do to Britain if they actually worked about 48 weeks per year, like the rest of us.

  23. 23
    Cressida's Dick says:

    Tough luck Dave. You had the chance to fuck the dwarf off but you didn’t bother. As Bomber Harris almost said ‘you sowed the wind, now you’re reaping the whirlwind’. Saft cnut.

  24. 24
    Luvvies Revenge says:

    Hunt has some powerful enemie. The BBC and the arts council.

  25. 25
    Stacks of Sleaze says:

    There is absolutely nothing in the SPAD Code of Conduct that can be used as justification for what Smith did.

    Even if Hunt relies upon total ignorance on his part he has to accept responsibility under the Code.

    If Milliband cannot get a knock out on this one then there is something seriously wrong.

  26. 26
    Camoron is the Fuckup Fairy says:

    Failure to get rid of the poison dwarf is only one of a long litany of Camoron’s failures. You can add it to..

    Failure to cut contributions to the EU.
    Failure to privatise the BBC.
    Failure to cut immigration.
    Failure to cut spending.
    Failure to cut taxes.
    Failure to cut foreign aid.
    Failure to cut borrowing.
    Failure to cut civil service nonjobs.
    Failure to get rid of quangos.
    Failure to get rid of Pilgrims.
    Failure to ditch all ‘green’ taxes.
    Failure to listen to people.

  27. 27
    I live in a London house with 14 other Labour voters says:

    Completely unnecessary.

    Ken will win anyway.

    Can’t Bercow see that London mayoral election is already stitched up through all those London addresses with 15 voters and all the postal voting?

  28. 28
    Spangles says:

    Bob, you’re dillusional.

  29. 29
    Theresa May says:

    Yes just like I was forced to resign apologise when my department got its dates wrong.

  30. 30
    Cruel but to the point says:

    You only have to study Miliband’s blank sheet of paper, or look at his mongy face, or listen to him spe*ak in his lithpy mongy voice, to know there’s something seriously wrong.

  31. 31
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    Have NEWS INTERNATIONL (AKA) USA special interests. Written Millibands Speech today??

    Just wondered as the whole Quasi Media Driven Political Agenda is falling to pieces, Wonder who is going to Fix the MESS, but we cant rely on the Profligate War mongering Politicians any more.

  32. 32
    Tango Tango says:

  33. 33
    Spangles says:

    You’ll have to get rid of the fishy smell fist Sally.

  34. 34
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Serial throughers – Liz Forgan ex Gruaniad/Arts Council/BBC thought nothing of billing you and me for her taxi ride from Stratford Upon Avon to home.

    Blair must have modelled himself on Walpole and Henry Pelham with careful use of patronage and placemen.

  35. 35
    Gordon Brewn says:

    Important precedent …….

  36. 36
    Spangles says:

    OK Hatty, we’ll take your word for it.

  37. 37
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    Sorry to inform you, but The Rubber Stamping house of commons needs to be put out of its misery.
    The Political Class have shown their contempt for the British People, when the Judiciary and the Lords have had to step in to control the excesses of the STATE. Or should I really say NEWS INTERNATIONAL.

  38. 38
    Ed Miliband says:

    My Blank sheet of paper now has a drawing of a bandwagon on it.

  39. 39

    Stick to the script Ed

    Too far too fast for the hardworkingfamilies pasty Millie Dowler resign!

  40. 40
    A pragmatist says:

    They don’t need to work very much as most of their work is now done in Brussels. But they still need their expenses and high wages and pensions.

  41. 41
    Simon Tugmutton says:

    It would be a good plan, and a very cheap one, to buy some congenial island in the West Indies and fit it out as a luxury resort for MPs, then invite them to remain there permanently.

    Belgium is the obvious example of a country that functioned perfectly well without a government. The general principle can also be seen when traffic lights fail or are removed: left to our own devices, not nagged or taxed or fucked about, we get on just fine without them.

  42. 42
    Desperate Dan says:

    So Bercow and the Labour Party are going to waste parliamentary time and my money trying to get Hunt to confess and plead guilty to whatever ludicrous scenarios they have dreamt up and for which they have no proof. Bercow must be angling for a BBC job. That’s usually their job.

  43. 43
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    I always wondered who the economic terrorists are that pushed the WINDMILL BUILDING GLOBAL WARMING FRAUD.

  44. 44
    Desperate Dan says:

    Failure to withdraw advertising from The Guardian.

  45. 45
    A pragmatist says:

    And his past banking connections.

    Ten days before they went bust:

    “I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain,” Mr Brown told Lehman bankers in London’s Canary Wharf . “During its 150 year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realize their potential.”

  46. 46
    Simon Tugmutton says:

    Strictly in the interests of political balance, may I point out that Eric Pickles says:

    chomp chomp chomp?

  47. 47

    He’s like an ambulance chasing lawyer. Grab every passing opportunity and hope one of the ‘no win no fees’ comes up big.
    This time, I think it might.

    Hunt, why are you still there? You’re guilty. If you were a Labour politico you could expect to carry under their 3, maybe 4 strikes and you’re out..for a little bit.

    Cameron should have told you last week. Take one for the team and resign.

    ‘Although I have done nothing wrong, for the good of the nation…’ etc

  48. 48
    Mrs Dromey says:

  49. 49
    Spangles says:

    Mctw*t sure was “horrified, shocked & very angry indeed” – by getting found out.

    He was on R4 this lunch time banging on about his toxic be*ch, which, he claimed, was only toxic for the past ye*r or so. You feckin well couldn’t make it up could you?

  50. 50
    Simon Tugmutton says:

    Failure to abolish the DCMS.

  51. 51
    I live in a London house with 14 other Labour voters says:

    Sally, don’t go OTT, following today’s move you hubbie has helped you to secure a safe seat.

    Soon the Bercow family will be entitled to 150k pension a year after 1 has never had a job outside politics and the other failed in the private sector.

  52. 52

    Bercow was put into office by the labour party, and hangs on only with their patronage, so he must do their bidding.

    Much like Ed himself who is held in place by a mixture of union money, political favours, incredulity and general apathy.

  53. 53
    Stacks of Sleaze says:

    ‘5. Spads should conduct themselves with integrity and honesty……..they should not misuse their official position tofurther……. the private interests of others….”.

    6. Any Spad disseminating inappropriate material will automatically BE DISMISSED BY THEIR APPOINTING MINISTER……..’

    There are another dozen sections of the Code I could quote like this so why exactly is Parliamentary time and taxpayers money being wasted?

  54. 54
    Solicitor for James Allen says:

    My client is unfit to stand trial as the prospect of a prosecution has given him a depressive illness and agitation. He feels abandoned by other double murderers. I therefore ask the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge him given his fragile state.

  55. 55
    SouthEastVoter says:

    How many Labour Ministers resigned when we went to War on a lie? 1000’s were killed or injured and no one has taken responsibility.

    This issue is of utter insignificance in comparison. Murdoch did not get control of Sky and if did it does not matter if he did, when the BBC has a 70% share of news media.

  56. 56
    genghiz the kahn says:

    What a lawyer she is, condemns Hunt but admits on TV that she hasn’t read the evidence.

    Wouldn’t trust her to organise a defence or prosecution in any court, including the famous Court of Public Opinion.

  57. 57
    Peppers Ghost says:

    Didn’t we try that one before? in Oz

  58. 58
    Margaret Moran says:

    It’s going to be a nuisance having to keep up the pretence of being depressed and anxious. I’ll get tired of making myself look like an old woman and crying my eyes out every time I go to the local shop to buy milk.

  59. 59
    Steve Miliband says:

    I don’t give a shit about this. Miliband should resign for being a twat.

    The BBC is the biggest media monopoly, maybe they should be privatised

  60. 60
    Desperate Dan says:

    Labour have drawn a veil over 1997-2010

  61. 61
    Dirty Mare says:

    Yeh Sal, try standing in the fresh air with your pins wide open (like you usually do).

  62. 62
    Desperate Dan says:

    Bercow and Miliband both go to the same sinagog.

  63. 63
    A Vicar writes says:

    I bet Cameron wishes he had not tried to send Bercow to Afghanistan now …

  64. 64
    ? says:

    The internal staff emails given to Leveson last week are not evidence of Hunt’s actions.

    But why did James Murdoch publish them, he had no obvious need to, what was his gain?

  65. 65

    Sorry luv..
    There’s a bit of a queue of former ministers who we are waiting for an apology from..

    John Prescott – Lord Mandelson. Lord Mandelson again. Charles Clarke – Steven buyers – Patricia Hewitt – David Blunkett. Geoff Huhne – lord Mandelson again. David Blunkett again..Beverley Hughes..Estelle Morris – Geoffery Robinson – Ron Davies – Anthony Blair -Gordon Brown -

  66. 66
    Gordon Brown says:

    I only did the R4 gig so that the HoC wouldn’t put a ‘missing person’ alert out

    I mean imagine my face on the milksour cream carton !

  67. 67
    Desperate Dan says:

    What code breach? If she knowsabout a breach why doesn’t she spell it out instead of just making baseless allegations. I could allege that Harriet Harman is a common streetwalker in her spare time and make her prove its not true.

  68. 68
    URGENT HELP REQUIRED!!! says:

    In these straightened times I’m preparing a draught statement of a/c for the Revd. Phoney Bliar. Any suggestions would be welcomed:

    Dear Despised One,

    Here is a statement of a/c for which you owe the UK the following. Figures are rounded up so you do not have the bother of small numbers: Please pay asap.

    To

    2 (two) wars @ £100bn each – £200bn
    Airline fares / hotels / food and habiliments £10bn
    For your part in destroying the fabric of the UK £500bn
    For lumbering the UK with your successor £200bn
    For lumbering the UK with your successor’s successor £400bn
    For not freeing the UK from the EUSSR £2000bn
    For wood, rope and ladders for your Final Exit Event – gratis
    etc

  69. 69
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    It has to be said about Bercow that he let Hunt off the hook last year when his Ministerial statement was leaked in the Press.

    Hunt’s response was he had only distributed the statement against undertakings as to non disclosure.

    Undertakings were of course the things he was prepared to accept from Newscorp for the deal to go through.

    The whole thing stinks of dead foxes.

  70. 70
    Loungelizard says:

    Cameron hauled kicking and spluttering into the house by a hypocritical Labour party is his own fault. Berco should have been flushed months ago.

  71. 71
    The last Jack Straw says:

    Don’t forget about me

  72. 72
    Desperate Dan says:

    And the Labour MPs who want to lord it over the Olympics. And the talentless community who wants him to subsidise their piss poor films, plays, dance and art.

  73. 73
    Peppers Ghost says:

    Robin Cook

  74. 74
    bob says:

    I know – it’s listening to Dave and reading this bilge

  75. 75
    Traffic "engineer" and his department says:

    Very good point on traffic lights. The traffic always slows better when they fail and what is more it is a lot safer as people are more aware. The recent fad of putting lights on roundabouts is another example of fucking up the traffic flow.

  76. 76
    Dave says:

    Will no one think of the bankers?!

  77. 77
    Who the f**k is running the country whilst all this load of b*ll*cks is happening ??? says:

    AND 99% of the electorate couldn’t give a shit about Hunt;Murdoch:Phone Hacking;NewsCorp;BSyB bid Rebekkah Brooke’s Former Police Horse or the Leveson Inquiry……………..

  78. 78
    Maximus says:

    Screw that for a larf. Debate on Fatcher. Innit? We want Fatcher. Fatcher Fatcher Fatcher.

  79. 79
    Durr... says:

    Hunt is finished (for now – nice bloke he may be). He breached the Ministerial Code at least by his aide sending cosy messages to the now defunct Murdochs. Our great PM knows he’s next in line for the chop which is why he’s hanging on to Hunt. Makes life fun though dunnit!

  80. 80
    Steve Miliband says:

    Ed Miliband is ask for an Urgent Question on Eggheads this afternoon. Then one on Quesetion of Sport.

  81. 81
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    The woman is a complete waste of space.

    All she has to do is read the fuckin Code for christsake.

    This whole thing is not that difficult to deal with.

    She would not work for me.

  82. 82
    Dobbie says:

    Aght aght aght!

  83. 83
    Desperate Dan says:

    No wonder the country went bankrupt under Labour. Instead of worrying about defence, health, security or education they spend all their time nitpicking over semantics.

  84. 84
    Bollox says:

    So now there’s 2 of you

  85. 85
    Desperate Dan says:

    What do you mean your comment is waiting consideration? Explain yourself Guido’s assistant’s assistant’s assistant. Guido, get rid of these underlings. They’re useless.

  86. 86

    ..No, you’re alright Jack.

    We only want those already found guilty of wrongdoing to apologise. That’s why Smith isn’t on the list. Or Blears… They at least gave a teenage type, unconvincing, SORRY!.

    Gordo is on the list for the cleaners scam.
    Blair for Ecclestone.

    if we want a list of those who need to apologiose for wrongdoing, criminal damage, warmongering, theft, incompetence, idiocy etc.. who haven’t been yet found guilty, we could be waiting several weeks just whilst the names are read out.

  87. 87
    Desperate Dan says:

    What is the charge against me? What have I been found guilty without trial. If you invited Tom Watson to moderate this blog he would be more reasonable that Guido’s little helpers.

  88. 88
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens says:

    I keep telling you, folks, nobody’s life, liberty, or property is safe if the Legislature’s in session. Take the shit out of your ears, why don’tcha?

  89. 89
    Dave Cameroon says:

    Personally I’m glad otherwise I would have had to visit that Far Northern dump Milton Keynes

  90. 90
    Dave says:

    Let me tell you all about the ‘Big Society…’

  91. 91
    Steve Miliband says:

    How’s that economy thing doing?

  92. 92
    Maximus says:

    Why are must we have school races where everyone wins, but tolerate discrimination like medals at the Olympics?

  93. 93
    Boris says:

    Stuff Tim Donovan and his fucking bollocks.

  94. 94
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Perhaps Clegg will be put up front to answer the question. In fact, I DEMAND that the DPM answer the question.

  95. 95
    Labour supporter says:

    Tell me about it…

    The other night I was looking at some old holiday photos from 2000.

    Or so I thought!

    As I learnt during my 7 years at the Labour/BBC/Grauniad rehabilitation centre the year 2000 does not exist.

    How we laughed and laughed at our once fond memories of that holiday

  96. 96
    Gordon Brown, undergoing care in the community says:

    Do you suppose that if I showed up to Parliament to-day, Mr Bercow would let me pull out my yo-yo and play with it? If he won’t, then I won’t go– I won’t, and you can’t make me! (*razzberry*)

  97. 97
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    So be it.

  98. 98
    Spangles says:

    Oh Bob, just go to another blog if you’re fed up of this one. The answer’s simple really isn’t it?

  99. 99
    Ed Millipede says:

    Does incontinence get you into this set?

  100. 100
    misterned says:

    When Blair left office, he said that he wished he had been more bold and wished that he had gone further.

    Cameron failed on all the above, because Cameron has implemented the bold Blairite vision, unfettered and pure.

  101. 101
    Hang The Bastards says:

    The BBC needs to be broken up….. I only watch Eastenders & why should I pay over £100 quid just for that shite ?

  102. 102
    The Daily Mailygraph school of mangled English says:

    “Guido would also recommend that Ed turns Theresa May’s Qatada line on it’s head”

    It’s?

  103. 103

    Plus, stop/ start traffic causes more CO2 pollution and faux’s up your fuel consumption, meaning that you have to buy more fuel, more often with roughly 62% of everything you spend going to Government – see… clever isn’t it!

    Nursey! Gordon go plop plops!

  104. 104
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Would,’t you if you had a wife like Sally? Boaz.

  105. 105
    David Camoron says:

    Don’t worry. When you all get bored of all this nonsense, I’ll get back to promoting the big issue that’s preoccupying you all: legalising gay marriage.

  106. 106
    Hibs for the Cup says:

    Hello Tory boys.

    Not going well, is it?

    It’s someone else’s fault- the BBC, the Speaker, the Arts Council, the EU …

    You sound like Rangers.

  107. 107

    And indeed Peter Mandelthingy:

    Nosh nosh nosh

  108. 108
    Maximus says:

    Same as the Climate Change Act?

  109. 109
    Tory Party RIP - Killed by Camoron says:

    I don’t watch Eastenders, or anything else that the BBC puts out (including radio), and yet I am expected to pay them £140+ every year.

    What next? The government forcing everyone to give McDonalds £140 every year, regardless of whether we go there?

    The license fee is just Commie-era crap and it makes sense only to our dimwitted politicians (who no-doubt put their licenses on expenses).

  110. 110
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    I have never had a job outside politics either unless you count an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner, and union Rep. My dear wife used to be a seamsress for Spyrella. At one stage I was an MP, a county councillor and a councillor, all at the same time. I am now an MP and a councillor, my wife is a councillor, my daughter was a councillor and my son Che, who used to be a labourer now works for my boys. Not bad for a family with no education, none of us can even spell, but I have a villa in Spain that my boys bought for me, although it is in my daughter’s name, for obvious reasions. We will one day retire there on fat public sector pensions when I decide to finish troughing.

    http://therantingkingpenguin.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/handycock-rides-gravy-train.html

  111. 111
    Britain - a now ruined country. says:

    When the bbc and their puppet, the nonworking Labour party, have succeeded in removing the Coalition Govt., what will the scenario be?

    Stupid question, they can’t see further than constant opposition to any efforts to even stop this country sinking even further into the mire.

  112. 112
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    +1,000 Plus most of his cabinet of fabians.

  113. 113
    bergen says:

    No luv.Once you’re acquitted you can do as you like and have a good laugh at our expense at the stunning piece of twisting you’ve got away with.

  114. 114

    No Ed – sh.it happens, as my great friend George W. Bush.

  115. 115
    Every Child Counts, just not very well says:

    Sucess at Failing!

  116. 116
    dr. sipp says:

    webCAM showed the kitchen sink–now its his government

  117. 117
    Jimmy says:

    Popcorn anyone?

    Just me then.

  118. 118
    SouthEastVoter says:

    Robin Cook resigned because he did not agree with the decision to go to war. Not for making a decision based on lies.

  119. 119

    Noo! He needs them for plausible deniaibilty.

  120. 120
    I think says:

    that should read .. every MUSO child – oh and of course those ‘born’ to q.u.e.e.r.s / t.r.a.n.n.y.s. and weirdos

  121. 121
    Oli Heald says:

    when are we gonna have a statement on Ian Corby of the PRUs trip to Cayman?

  122. 122
    Baron Hogwash says:

    I am so bored.

  123. 123
    Hey, - where's the kid that does the modding? says:

    - gone for a shit, a smoke, – or both?

  124. 124
    M says:

    anyone on the list for rendition ?

  125. 125
    Ian Corby says:

    Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  126. 126
    Sciencebencher says:

    If its based upon Labours previous examples, does this mean Hunt should just say sorry and get promoted?

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Phone hacking at the NoTW happened under Labour’s watch.
    Blair is Godfather to one of Murdoch’s kids.
    Let’s debate that.
    The Coalition need to grow a pair and start telling it like it is instead of allowing Millibland to dictate the agenda.

  128. 128
    Peppers Ghost says:

    OK Clare Short?

    LOL

  129. 129
    If you think the Tory led Government is bad just think what a Labour one would be like says:

    I WAS contemplating NOT voting Tory at the local elections but after the left wing media;the BBC vociferously telling us that the electorate’s no 1 concern in the Hunt Sage and that people won’t vote Tory because of it and Miliband’s total load of Urgent Question bollocks I ‘m damned well gonna vote Tory just for the sheer hell of it

  130. 130
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    One things for certain if that happens the blue tory party will be just as inefective in opposition as they were to the broon/blair fuckup.

    The only true opposition in this country is the british bollcks company, and they only oppose anyone who isn’t the labour party.

  131. 131
    Tony Blair says:

    I would put him in the HoL for his crimes to humanity

  132. 132
    Camilla Parker-Starney says:

    Is Jeremy Hunt having an affair?

    Does Bercow want to get him?

  133. 133

    Sorry to go “Off Piste” a bit – but has anyone noticed that Ed Militwit and Terry Pratchetts “Igor” characters have a very similar thpeech, sorry speech patterns?

    Just me then, damn it.

  134. 134
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    There are only two types of labour supporters: The poor who have to be kept like that so as the socialist narative can work, and the rich who like the idea of hiding their guilt behind a socialist narative.

  135. 135
    The Old Todger says:

    Hunt is another politico who has started to do some gurning along with Brown and farage is it just nervous smiling or what

  136. 136
    Fish says:

    So did Motorman – which Labour knew about and did nothing (probably because they didn’t want to upset Mirror Group (the worst offenders) and Dacre, Gordon’s mate and walking partner and Daily Mail Editor.

    Actually when you think about it is the acceptance by Labour of this criminality that is the real story and one that is not being examined.

    It’s starting to feel like a BBC / Guardian / media inspried Coup d’etat is underway.

  137. 137
    The British public. says:

    We’re fed up with this bollocks.

  138. 138
    Leveson says:

    Don’t be silly. We are only intersted in Tories

  139. 139
    Fish says:

    Fox? Hunt?

  140. 140
    Kinnock says:

    BINGO!

  141. 141
    Ken Livingstone says:

    I’m in the second group.

  142. 142
    SouthEastVoter says:

    Where do you start with Short? It’s the same with Clare although she resigned after the event.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3019983.stm

  143. 143
    The Labour Party says:

    We have not done anything wrong. The electorate made a mistake in 2010. They will correct that mistake in 2015, and we will return to power and continue where we left off as if nothing had happened.

  144. 144
    Make Britain Great! Napalm every council estate! says:

    The first group are better described as “terminally stupid”.

  145. 145
    smoggie says:

    Hunting with dogs, yes; throwing to the wolves, no.

  146. 146
    Vince Cable says:

    Wasting time? Since when has accountability been wasting Parliamentary time?
    Dave pissed off because he had to stop kissing babies in Milton Keynes?
    Boo-fucking-hoo.

  147. 147
    Our gal Poll says:

    I’d like to be in the first group – to validate my narrative – but to be honest- which I rarely am, – I couldn’t bear it!

  148. 148
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The BBC were totally uninterested in the Murdoch empire when they were backing the BBC’s beloved Labour party under the one eyed wanker.

    However, it’s all Camorons own fault for not sorting out the BBC when they came to power.

    The best thing Camoron could do if Hunt goes is to put a real Tory in that department with one single aim, to smash the BBC into a thousand pieces.

  149. 149
    smoggie says:

    I am reminded of one of Spike M’s finest poems.

    A thousand hairy savages sitting down to lunch
    Gobble, gobble, glup, glup
    Munch, munch, munch

  150. 150
    will says:

    had the misfortune to catch the bbc news and london local news last night over a quarter of it was related to hunt and attacking boris johnson. you would think that thier is nothing else going on in the country.

    This hunt issue is only relevant to the london politicians and the london media no one else give a shit about it.

    most individuals care more about petrol prices than whats happening in london

  151. 151
    smoggie says:

    Can’t say I agree with Dan Hodges’ politics but the bloke comes across as intelligent, witty and sincere. All the things that chancer Hain is not.

  152. 152
    will says:

    The liberal press and the labour gov are all in it together, so remember that the labour gov took a £1,000,000 off formula 1 for not banning tobacco advertising and had to give it back.

  153. 153
    See the light says:

    Cast Iron doesn’t have the balls.

    Have none of you die hards worked it out? Uou boys are supporting a useless and hopeless team.

    One day you’ll see the light. Bring back David Davis.

  154. 154
    Dobbie says:

    Murdoch is a spent force and politico after politico have had to cosy up to his dreadful influence. Now old and past it he can’t be bothered to even say sorry. I hope they learn a lesson in Downing Street. What a turd.

  155. 155
    Dobbie says:

    My kick at Rupey is awaiting moderation….

  156. 156
    Dobbie says:

    Mad as a hatter, but bloody good.

  157. 157
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Bet he wishes it was not a return trip.

  158. 158
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    PS: nice to see Pickles looking so prime-ministerial this afternoon, sitting next to the young pretender.

  159. 159

    Igors are useful, intelligent, wise and use their special surgical skills to improve certain physical characteristics and be a hit with the young ladies. Apart from the lisp and a certain lack of comeliness, Igors and RedEds have nothing in common.

  160. 160

    You’re not dishonest dear, that would mean you know what you’re doing – you’re delusional.

  161. 161

    Then the light at the end of the tunnel could well be an on-rushing train…..

  162. 162
    Hint of the week says:

    Dan, you really have to learn how to spell bannncrupt

  163. 163
    WessexWyvern says:

    Its amazing how the left go on about the NORTH and SOUTH divide but , are actually talking bollocks as usual. Its really a Northern Cities (sponsored by labour with state jobs) and London&SE , and stuff everyone else divide

    The south west has low wages on average, high house prices due to londoners and notherners buying houses in this region. Which means local people cant afford houses. I myself can only afford as i decide to go IT Freelancing by having to commute by car 5hours daily as no IT work of any worth in south west .

    I wonder has Miliband ever ventured south west. Many working class , but they cant stand labour . Which is why labour hardly ever exists in Dorset Devon or Cornwall.

    The left go on about Tuition fees, yet it was Labour who introduced them , through the help of Scottish Labour MPs to force through ledgislation. Despite the fact their own consituents are immune to it.

    When will
    England get an English Parliament vote (Its seems never by labour and liberals fearing England is too right wing, while Tories wont because they are unionists!)

    A vote in/out of EU/ – The 3 parties will have to consider their positions if UKIP come 1st at next European Elections in UK. Though they only believe in referendums they think they can win.

  164. 164
    WessexWyvern says:

    They were and what about Labour ministers dealings with INDIA, Palming off IT contracts to India , at the expense of people in the UK.

    Oh yes the IT projects were still messed up . So cheap price doesnt mean good quality.

  165. 165
    WessexWyvern says:

    regarding Labour’s front bench and co

    A passing look at the backgrounds of some of the high profile members of the current Parliamentary Labour Party show: that they are mainly Oxbridge educated, (NB. some of them do not seem to have got the mandatory straight As that anybody without influence and connections is required to enter these illustrious institutions), many had opportunities available to them in order to obtain work experience through family connections, and some were privately educated. More pertinently, almost every single one comes from an upper-middle to upper class background (with close relations being Members of Parliament, High Court Judges and some even Lords), very few have had a proper job outside of politics and many are personally wealthy. While it is certainly justifiable to take the view that the Coalition does consist of a large number of privileged individuals with little experience of real life, but for many in the Labour Party to do so shows a shocking lack of self-awareness.

    This lack of self-awareness stretches beyond the Labour Party to many other parts of the Left in British society. Take, for example, the media where many of the most strident critics of the current Coalition can be found; like the Labour Party they make a great deal of the backgrounds of many of the members of the government and accuse them of benefitting from nepotism and lacking an understanding of the real world. Just by doing a little research you will find that many of the most implacable opponents of the government have privileged backgrounds, benefitted from family connections and nepotism, are personally wealthy and lack any real life experiences. While it is certainly all right for them to criticise the government, surely it is hypocrisy to attack people for exactly the same things that they themselves profited from. Similar examples can be found in academia and among the arts where again a predominantly large number of the fiercest critics of the government attack them for their background and class even though they come from exactly the same strata of society and have enjoyed the same advantages.

  166. 166
    Ed Fluffer says:

    Dave kicked Ed all around the park!

    Enough said!

  167. 167
    Undeucated Chav says:

    deer mr Cock, can i cum to portsmuth to lern about politics from yu. I wnt to spend my lif trughing lik yu du, travul the wurld shagging and hav a villa in spain.ples help me. I am willing to join any secrit society if reckwired, I will wurk wiv yur sun Che and yur boys if reckwired. Thanks.

  168. 168
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Failure to set up a new Merseyside Development Corporation (funded by the tax-payer of course).

  169. 169
    Fish says:

    David Winwick told me that joke in 1983

  170. 170
    cynnffeeaarr9 says:

    And Harperson’s sister has got form!

  171. 171
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    What happened to Mr Cameron today? I have never ever seen him behave so badly in public? Has he had a row with Mrs Cameron?

    And that poor Mr Skinner. i thought it was part of conservatism to show respect to the elderly but clearly times are changing. I know the EU now say that if you have a job you can stay in it until you are 96 but to suggest he retire now well I am sorry to have to mention this but that is ageism pure and simple.

    Perhaps the father of the House that Sir Peter Tapshot should have a quiet word in his ear.

    And I thought Mr Cameron had promised to banish Punch and Judy.

    Me and my customers here in Tooting are very upset by it all.

  172. 172
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Dear Mr Blair,

    To anyone who wonders what your legacy is, I say come to Liverpool and just look around you.

    Skyscrapers
    New shopping malls
    Numerous new hotels and office blocks
    Conference and Convention Centre
    Cruise Liner Terminal
    Largest museum built in UK for decades

    What wonderful times we were living in at the beginning of the 21st century. Almost like our predecessors 100 years ago during the Edwardian heyday.

  173. 173
    genghiz the kahn says:

    +10.

  174. 174
    I'm Not Judging, But... says:

    No, I suppose you are right. One of them is in implausible fictional character and the other one is Igor.

  175. 175
    Marion the cat says:

    Feel better ?

  176. 176
    Marion the cat says:

    Succinct, I like it. Just one point though – you can’t blame Blair for Cameron, that was our collective responsibility. We didn’t have the balls to vote for Farage, we did actually realise our mistake.

  177. 177
    Anonymous says:

    Well said !

  178. 178
    Archie says:

    Er, that’s “delusional”!

  179. 179
    Archie says:

    Thinking of the Dimblebores, presumably?


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