June 12th, 2012

Treasury Denies Secret Eurozone Contingency Planning
Revokes “Trading With Enemy” Legislation Without Debate

The Treasury has denied to Guido that a discreet Statutory Instrument is part of a secret contingency plan preparing for the potential collapse of the European Central Bank. At the end of May the government rushed through an order revoking the 1939 Trading with the Enemy Act, which prevented the UK from trading so-called Negotiable Instruments with former enemies – including former enemy Axis powers. The Act will now allow the UK to trade complex debt packages directly with EU countries, effectively allowing us to directly provide bailouts for European states unable to repay the money they owe to their British counterparts. Greece and Italy are on the list of countries that have now had their enemy status revoked for the purposes of dealing in their government’s debt paper.

The S.I. was slipped through quietly just before the Jubilee break at the end of May. Senior Treasury sources ignored our questions for weeks, until finally a junior press spokesman then directed Guido to Vince Cable’s  BIS. When Guido pointed out it was clearly a Treasury initiated Statutory Instrument they tried to play down the impact of the order, insisting that the existing legislation was obsolete and that it was simply an attempt to clean up the statute book. Yet with the Eurozone entering a new critical phase of financial crisis, the timing seems more than a coincidence…


168 Comments

  1. 1

    It will still take longer than you think, Guido.

    Will have to happen though.

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    • 24
      Anonymous says:

      With the numbering system here, no wonder we are in a mess.

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      Liarpoliticiains says:

      All running to plan, as part of the biggest heist in the history of mankind.

      The bankers are getting rich, and their enablers the politicians are too. Notice how NO banker or politician has been done for defrauding taxpayers? Notice how the politicians are SO eager to bail out FRAUD? This is all by design, and you will pay for it in poverty.

      Quantitative Easing is printing fake money, and laundering it through the economy, nobody in prison for this money laundering by the UK government / Bank of England. See how much prison time you get if you pass off a single fake note to someone else.

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  2. 1
    Basil says:

    Don’t mention the war.

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  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    I’m pleased to see this. We need to ensure we can profit as much as possible from the Euro crisis.

    We should take out large adverts in the continental press saying “We Told You So”. That’ll learn ‘em!

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    • 22
      Archer Karcher says:

      Do you imagine for one moment we will get a single penny back from any “loan” given?

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        misterned says:

        That’s the point, it’s not money owed to us, it is money owed to financial institutions which gambled on an ever increasing market and never ending growth.

        This allows our government to use the future tax-payers here to bail out foreign institutions which owe money to our banks.

        It is a bank bail-out via a more convoluted route.

        If I am wrong, I am sure AC1 will put me right.

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  4. 4
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    Mr Panos explains the Greek Euro Crisis

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  5. 5
    Dilligaff says:

    When were Greece our enemies???

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  6. 6
    Sophie says:

    Con / Lib / Lab conspiring to bail out their brothers & sisters of the political elite in the EU with British taxpayers money?

    No surprise.

    Vote UKIP.

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      taC eht abbaJ says:

      Good summation of UKIP today in the DT comments

      “A party which has never won a Westminster seat, did not pick up a single council seat last month, and now has so little support, as little as the collapsed Lib Dems, that the Conservatives could pick up the whole of it and still be five points behind.”

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      • 20
        Running Dog says:

        Overtaking the lib dems is a big deal whether you like it or not. UKIP is now the third party in UK politics.

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        • 21
          taC eht abbaJ says:

          “UKIP is now the third party in UK politics.”

          Lol…just keep repeating that to yourself and drinking the Kool Aid…

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          • Archer Karcher says:

            The next EUro elections, should the corrupt shithole still exist, will see UKIP coming first. Then what will the Camerloon line be?

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          • Sandra says:

            How is that hug a hoodie clown working out for you?

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          • UKIP.I.AM says:

            As most of our laws and decisions now come from the EU, apart from such important matters such as the cost of pasties, being in second place in Brussels is at least as important as being in second place in the HoC.

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          • Well, he may have left his daughter in a pub, but at least he didn’t leave his principals with his Euro expenses, nor his pilot in intensive care – how’s that whole “Mind the fucking power lines mate, I’ve got £2m quid in expenses coming from the EU!!!!” going for you all, Sophe?

            Put the coffee on love, and leave the grownups to talk

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          • Sophie says:

            Dont Give A Shit About Liebour…..
            …….
            ………………..but you obviously, given your OTT Camerloon Dorries sexist style response, give a shit about UKIP methinks……

            You are supporting a PM & a Party that today made another 4,000 British troops redundant – as they give yet more billions to the EU.

            You Heathite’s have no sense of shame.

            UKIP it is for me & many others Tories – we will deny Camerloons pro EU party anything like a majority.

            Enjoy.

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          • Thanks love – biscuits? You see, jabbering on about things you don’t know about makes you forget your proper job.

            Shame? £2M in EU money, for an anti EU party, used to fund the UK anti EU party?

            Has someone torn out the words “ironic” and “hypercritical” from you dictionary?

            You’ll NEVER be the Government. Read it a weep.

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          • pissed off voter says:

            Cameron … principles? lmao

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          • Ivoe Tapeworm. says:

            Actually, DGASALE said ‘principals’ not ‘principles’. And the rest of what DGASALE said was guff too.

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          • “Fraid not Ivoe (or is that Ivor?as in principles) – all true – misuse of EU expenses by UKIP, crashing – planes and bores, and that UKIP will NEVER BE THE GOVERNMENT. Delusional UKIP supporters with no hint of irony – anyone would think you were the American Tea Party…. hang on a minute!

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          • Anonymous says:

            Mr. UKIP, above.

            The pasty tax was VAT – it was an EU issue and an EU ruling ( on a german issue ) hat drove this.

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      • 23
        UKIP.I.AM says:

        UKIP the only party to tell the truth about Europe, immigration and so much else and you think the British public are so stupid they will carry on voting for liars like the Lib/Lab/COn alliance forever? Well there are indeed many stupid people in this country. But you can not fool all the people all the time. No matter how much money and power you have. The last MEP elections proved that when UKIP kicked Labour into third place.

        Oh and did anyone mention that you are backward?

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        • 33
          I don't need no doctor says:

          UKIP, the one man party. Spin, tell them what they want to hear! And when it comes down to action, what then?
          Just the same as that Lucas woman, all spin.

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          • UKIP.I.AM says:

            Cameron is the only one in his party (apart from that nutter Clarke) who still thinks the EU is a good idea.

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        • 74

          UKIP is a sideshow, like Monster Raving Loonies – third party in the UK is a bit like being AMSTRAD – the 8th best computer in the world. Big deal.

          They will never be Apple though. UKIP will not become the Government. Live within your remit, make a difference to the body politic, if you wish. Agitate and make those in power think, sure. BUT UKIP WILL NEVER BECOME THE GOVERNMENT.

          Now, move on, nothing to see.

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          • UKIP.I.AM says:

            That’s what they said about the SNP? And how did Labour, the Lib Dems and Tories ever come to power in the first place? Are you some creationist nutter who believes they were made by some God?

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          • Sophie says:

            BUT UKIP WILL NEVER BECOME THE GOVERNMENT

            ……….And niether will Camerloon after the next GE.

            Enjoy Ed Miliband as PM – created by Dave Camerloon & the Heathite likes of you idiots.

            We have go to through a Camerloon to get to a Thatcher.

            No matter what – the next GE is a conscience vote – not a hold your nose vote.

            Thats why real Tories will vote UKIP.

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          • No shit – SNP, hey? Over 5.2 million people in Scotland, they got 31% of the vote= 1.6m votes – that’s slightly more votes for the whole party than BoJo got on his own to stay as Mayor of London!

            Fuck me, the Tories must be quaking in their riding boots – UKIP are coming!!

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        misterned says:

        So just because UKIP trebling their level of support in the polls in the last two years, has not yet resulted in any sort of national breakthrough, we should all quit and abandon our beliefs, our values and our standards, reject our heartfelt conservatism to join in with the lefty, politically correct racist, climate changey, immigration loving, anti-British EU loving, Big-Government, Big taxing and Big wasteful spending tribal pricks who fight like ferrets in a sack over which of the other three identikit parties get to implement all the identical and equally wrong policies for this country?

        Is that really your logic, taC eht abbaJ? Because if it is, you are a fuckwit.

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          taC eht abbaJ says:

          My point is that UKIP are an even bigger bunch of crooks than the other bunches of crooks. Unfortunately, the more this is brought to the UKIP sheeple’s attention, the more they stick their fingers in their ears and scream la-la-la even louder…

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          • pissed off voter says:

            small steps … even if your allegations about UKIP were true – I think you are quite wrong – they would at least unshackle us from the real biggest bunch of crooks of all – the EU.

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        • 110

          Mister Ned.

          You will remember that I have called you a great polemicist in the past. And yes, it was meant as a compliment!

          But I do not think you further your cause with ad hominem.

          I could say that anyone who did not emigrate from the UK before September 2007 was a fuckwit. But I do not.

          My point is that perspective can change your viewpoint. taC eht abbaJ made a valid point that the current Labour polling figures (for what they are worth) would eclipse Con/UKIP.

          That is the real problem here. Neither you, he nor I want lefty political correctness and all the claptrap that goes with it. But you are both going to get it the way things are going, like it or not.

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          • Anonymous says:

            The are a lot of long political weeks before the people get their say. Much can happen to spoil Labours chances.

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          • pissed off voter says:

            Maybe, but if we do get it, it will be a direct result of the current conservative ‘leadershp’ rather than anything else.

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          • misterned says:

            How is it a bigger problem that labour’s polling eclipse’s tory + UKIP, than say tories having a lead?

            Either way, the same treasonous spivs pushing the same policies to destroy the notion of a nation state, are going to win the election.

            I do not support fascism, or corporatism. I do not support the EU, I do not support big, overspending over taxing left wing statist government, I do not support all the addiction to climate change lies to promote tax rises and more control for the state, or supra-state. I do not support uncontrolled immigration, or the politically correct multiculturalism which is being used to dilute, and destroy OUR national identity as traditional culturally British people, by all sorts of alien cultures. I do not support the selective and racially imposed bans on free speech, where some people from some cultures are allowed to spout the most vile and vicious racist attacks on me, but I am forbidden by law from any similar action.

            Why should I vote for these policies to stop another party from imposing these policies?

            I may have succumbed to resorting to the Ad Hominem attack, which is indeed beneath my highest level of argument, but sometimes the argument I am faced with is so inherently and self-evidently stupid, backwards, illogical and fucked up, that there really is little else it warrants, but resorting to calling the person who posits that argument a fuckwit!

            How can I vote against the above policies by voting for a party which is implementing those policies? It is the logic of the blindly loyal, unthinking and utterly irrational idiot. It is illogical, it is wrong and it is idiotic.

            Suggesting that I should vote tory to stop labour is boneheaded, because it will not stop the continuation of the same wrong policies.

            The only way I can vote for a national party which supports what I support in a majority of it’s policies, is to vote UKIP.

            In fact the only way to vote for traditionally conservative policies set alongside policies to help the aspirational working and middle classes, (both groups sold out and used and abused as cash-cows by labour and tory alike) is to vote UKIP. ALL the other main parliamentary parties have wholly shit on both groups from a great height, whilst bending over to serve the lazy slackers, layabouts, immigrant scroungers and elite banking interests.

            Whilst you say,
            “That is the real problem here. Neither you, he nor I want lefty political correctness and all the claptrap that goes with it. But you are both going to get it the way things are going, like it or not.”

            That is correct, unless the tories get rid of Cameron, Osborne and all the other Europhile lefty liberals. Voting for the conservative party as it currently is, will not change that.

            Voting UKIP in small numbers will not change it either. But voting labour, liberal or conservative in large numbers shows the “powers that be” that we are endorsing it, when I am most certainly not!

            The only way to stop it, peacefully, is to vote against it, and vote UKIP.

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          • Am glad you saw it Ned and I agree with so much of what you say.

            I have even admitted here that I am prepared to vote UKIP myself. But I don’t see it as a panacea and on the next page I say why.

            But I don’t actually see any answer myself as it is my belief that we have long gone past a tipping point. So in a way, my view is worthless.

            http://tinyurl.com/bvqsk4m to avoid repetition.

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  7. 7
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Italy i can understand, but why was Greece on the list of enemies?

    I thought they were on our side in the war.

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  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    Leveson has the afternoon off as Miliband will have nothing of consequence to say apart from ‘progressive’

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    • 14
      Well it's a thought says:

      The tanker taking the whitewash has filled up Levesons whitewash tanks so the show can go on, hattie hate white men I presume is there so she can say nothing but garbage but still be on seen tv.

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      • 48
        misterned says:

        Clearly Cameron is taking this Blair Mk II thing far too far. There is no need to keep whitewashing for Blair now that labour are out of power. I guess Cameron just loves Blair far too much!

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      Liarpoliticiains says:

      Maybe Ed Miliband has a blank piece of paper as his Leveson evidence? He seems to have a blank one for every other Labour position.

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    Well it's a thought says:

    Does this mean the lefty nutters have been thrown out of power and we will trade with any country that has money, just as Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Luxembourg, Switzerland, USA and uncle tom cobbly and all do or does it mean we are really in a mess and need as much foreign currency as we can get.

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    • 16
      Forkbender says:

      “Italy” are you really sure about that one.

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      • 18
        Boudicca says:

        Italy doesn’t have a pot to piss in.

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

          They sell nice little Pandas, though, even if they don’t make ‘em,

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          • Sleepless in Kirkaldy says:

            I’m confused. I thought it was the Chinese who sold some nice Pandas to Alex Salmond. They probably won’t make any more.

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    • 39
      jax says:

      Why do so many Guido readers come to the conclusion that everything is the fault of some non existent left wing conspiracy? And they always frame their opinion in such an ignorant way

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      • 44
        misterned says:

        It is not a left wing conspiracy. The current mess is the natural consequence of 13 years of incompetent left wing public policy. No conspiracy required!

        Just like a hangover is the natural consequence of drinking too much, the current need for austerity is the natural consequence of pissing away all our money and an additional 162 billion per year on top!!!

        What is it that the lefties cannot understand about running out of money = austerity?

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      • 46
        gildedtumbril says:

        Kindly do me the honour of pissing off.

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          Jaxie – what a dumb fuckwit you are – the conspiracy is that of left wing tossers.

          If, as I suspect you do, you think that “Fatcher” was the greatest disaster to happen to the “working man”, then 13 years of Bliar & McTwat’s NOO LieBore have eclipsed anything she ever did, and ranks alongside 1939-1945 for the wreckage inflicted on the UK economy and the time it will take to repair it.

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  10. 12
    Josiah Bartlett says:

    I presume Guido means that the SI has removed the countries he mentions from the list of “enemy” countries referred to by the 1939 Act. (That may be all the enemy countries I suppose).

    You can’t “revoke” an Act of Parliament by a Statutory Instrument.

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  11. 13
    Forkbender says:

    The comment,”The Act will now allow the UK to trade complex debt packages directly with EU countries, effectively allowing us to directly provide bailouts for European states unable to repay the money they owe to their British counterparts”, those words fill me with dread especially “complex debt packages” aren’t they the very things that caused all the problems in the States, especially when bought by our own banks, if they do use these complex debt packages the government, the bankers, and all other finacial institutions should know exactly what they are buying, this country cannot stand another any other great financial shock.

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    • 95
      Going Down says:

      The only complex Dave has is the one known as “inferiority” in the presence of his Yuro masters/mistresses

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  12. 17
    Tooth fairy says:

    Ok I am confused. If this SI remove a legal hurdle to allow trading with ex EZ states when they leave, does that mean that the UK has been trading for 70 or so years illegally?

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  13. 28
    Danny de la Rue says:

    I’m laughing all the way to ….. oh dear, where am I going to put all my money ?

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  14. 32
    jax says:

    Can’t support ukip nutters because they literally want to increase defence spending. Maybe if they weren’t so insanely jingoistic rational people would consider them viable no one likes the EU

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    • 42
      UKIP.I.AM says:

      The nutters are the one who supported the EU and the Euro. Events have proved who the real nutters are. And with the jingoistic Argentina and Spain acting so belligerently of late, anyone who thinks cutting British defence is a good idea is also a raving nutter.

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    • 52
      misterned says:

      And protecting highly skilled defence equipment manufacturing jobs is bad because…?
      And having a strong independent defence is bad because…?

      I suppose you would give the Falklands away too?

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      • 65
        UKIP.I.AM says:

        He probably only knows them as the Malvinas.

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        • 97

          Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel and UKIP need their “band wagon Oyster card” as well it seems – go and see Millitwat, as he has his on annual repeat renewal.

          Argentina – great footballers and dead invaders, with a president who has a constant blob strop on.

          Spain can’t afford to dig up their own massacred dead from the civil war mass graves, let along afford the bullets for a war with someone else that they would lose.

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  15. 34
    Ah! Monika says:

    OED

    New entry 2012

    “Euroholics”

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  16. 36
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I still find Brown’s evidence yesterday beyond belief. Is Leveson a puppet of the ruling classes? He must be if Brown get’s away with yesterday.

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    • 53
      Ah! Monika says:

      The YouTube of him denying he gave the Sun permission to publish, will be the Tube of the decade. Reminded me of the ‘tearful’ couple who had set fire to their house trying to force tears which just wouldn’t come.

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  17. 37
    I love the FT says:

    Yeah… with the parl. parliamentary timetable under such pressure it was critical to push this through to clean up the statute book. Sure

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  18. 43
    gildedtumbril says:

    So, we get to bail out these stupid bastard countries who were our enemies and turn out still to be? These lazy shitholes have enjoyed the transient benefits of the free lunch collectivist dreams and now their stupidity turns round to bite us on the arse.Free lunches are inevitably paid for by the poorest of the poor.Then the NHS abbatoirs bump them off as they are high maintenance, non-productive pensioners, usually.Tis a shame the NHS cannot deal with these crapholes in Europe.

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    • 152
      oddly helpful says:

      Until I got to bit about the NHS, I thought you sounded like an angry German taxpayer.

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  19. 45
    Edwina Curried says:

    John Major telling Mr Jay how good a PM he was. My memory tells me otherwise.

    Sky have had enough of him too.

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    • 57
      UKIP.I.AM says:

      At least he hasn’t claimed to have saved the world.

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    • 58
      misterned says:

      Hmmm he came to power in a recession and bequeathed the best economy for decades, so that even labour took three terms to kill it. He left behind falling crime, strong defence, he secured the opt-out from the Euro against labour’s wishes and generally improved things in the UK. He was a terrible manager and a terrible party leader, but a very successful PM in terms of what he achieved as PM.

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      • 64
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        I remember that twat Blair pointing a finger at him saying education, education, education. Well Blair had ten years in power and what did he achieve – sweet fuck all.

        Remember being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, again nothing was achieved by Blair, hot air blair.

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        • 73
          Synic says:

          Blair achieved an illegal war in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of 100,000+ civilians. He is a War Criminal.

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          • The Law is the law says:

            The war was not illegal. You may not like that it happened but it was not illegal. Move on before the bitterness rots away your innards.

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          • Pawn Sandwich says:

            Show me the UN resolution.

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          • If the evidence given to support the war is either false, knowingly or otherwise, or is fruit of the poisoned tree (made up dossiers) then the war was indeed illegal.

            The law, as you so succinctly put it, is the law.

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          • John Smith says:

            Countries do not need the UNs permission to go to war

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      • 67
        A comedy of errors says:

        Black wednesday saved the UK economy. No one knew it at the time but it set us on the road to recovery and away from European integration.

        Greece needs one of those black days as from then on every day becomes a little better. The BBC have now cut Sir John off too.

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        • 101
          Going Down says:

          That was quick. He was quite chirpy on the sofa the other day before popping off to St Thingy’s cathedral

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      • 79
        Gawd Help Us says:

        After the fiasco of yesterday it’s refreshing to watch and listen to someone who comes across as rational and normal.

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        pissed off voter says:

        Only politician so far that has taken the oath seriously when appearing before Leveson.

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  20. 47
    Nothing better to do says:

    Never believe anything until it’s officially denied.
    So we definitely preparing for a Euro collapse whilst simultaneously bailing it out. No wonder Britain has gone from a world power to a province of Brussels.

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    • 98
      The Golem says:

      Has always worked for me, Nothing better. Mushroom management is in the liblabcon
      DNA. It’s to be expected, they haven’t been working for us for decades.

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  21. 50
    Ah! Monika says:

    Websites will be legally obliged to provide victims with the identity of people who post abusive and defamatory online messages about them under plans by the Government.!!!!!

    Insult Guido at your peril. Libertarian today, but………

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    Johnny says says:

    “At the end of May the government rushed through an order revoking the 1939 Trading with the Enemy Act, which prevented the UK from trading so-called Negotiable Instruments with former enemies – including former enemy Axis powers.”

    The legislation *uses* the powers in the 1939 act to revoke the legislation listed on the schedule on the second page. That legislation on the second page is legislation brought in after WWII to *allow* trading of negotiable instruments with nations that were former enemies or occupied nations.(Look at the schedule – apart from a couple of general pieces of legislation the rest are specific to nations that we had been fighting or trying to liberate.)

    I’m not sure what the consequences of this move are but going by the document provided here the trading with the enemy act 1939 itself has not been revoked.

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    • 150
      pointless legalisms-R-us says:

      Let’s all use bows and arrows to shoot Welshmen who are inside the town walls of Chester after sunset while we’re at it.

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  24. 63
    Well it's a thought says:

    What the hell is that has been John Major got to contribute?, is he feeling lonely and needs the re-assurance just like all the other ex MPs who are/have joined the Leveson self promotion circus.

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  25. 66
    Gordon Brown says:

    Comment of the Day
    “Owain Glyndwr says:
    June 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    Just a thought, you cannot really call Brown a liar if he truly believes that he telling the truth, same goes for all nut jobs.”

    You’ve spoiled it now. That was to be my defense against perjury.

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  26. 72
    Go, and sin no more says:

    God says sodomy is sin. The Church uses God’s word for its rules. End of.

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    • 81
      Dave the PC vote seeking prat says:

      Come on now. We must have a PC inclusive society. Following Gay Marriage, I will introduce legislation to permit Welshmen to marry ewes, and then on the basis of equality, Englishmen to fornicate with goats.

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    • 92
      Bible says:

      Hmmm. Son of God dies at 33, still a virgin!!

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      • 109
        Going Down says:

        Returned unopened?

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      • 114

        But buggery isn’t? Hm – so having carnal knowledge of a woman’s anus is OK, but not a man’s? Seems a bit “non-inclusive” for the old happy clappies. Still, at least they don’t have to think about poverty and famine all over the world while they are decrying what consenting adults do, because that’s just really depressing stuff.

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  27. 75
    Mary & Joseph says:

    {Guido Fawkes ‏@GuidoFawkes
    @DamiAwobajo Only mummies and daddies can make babies. This is a good thing, society should support traditional stable families.}

    We were the first stable family, and you celebrate the fact every year.

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  28. 78
    Sir Tone says:

    I wonder when Dave will deem it appropriate to make Mr Blair a Sir Tony? Though I think it’s a cert Mr Brown won’t be kneeling beore the Queen this side of 2015.

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    Elgin's lost his Marbles says:

    The text is here.

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/1367/pdfs/uksi_20121367_en.pdf

    No Act has been repealed, only Orders made under the Act. It also mentions Siam and Japan, as well as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

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  30. 90
    gay gordon says:

    i’m free

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  31. 105
    SAS NOT !!! says:

    Dave and Co will soon ensure that websites / blogs will be forced to identify people who have posted defamatory messages online.

    You Must Be All So Proud.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to say that Louise Mensch is without doubt the most intellectually rigorous and talented MP’s to enter the HoC in the last 100 years.

    Not only is she beautiful, fragrant and lovely, she has the mind of a genius, the heart of a lion, but possesses the delicate touch of a new mother. She is just pure wonder.

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  32. 117
    PitPony says:

    The SI does not appear to revoke the Act. It revokes various orders made under the Act relating to specific countries. Bizarrely most of the countries listed were our allies at the time the orders were made – France , Poland, Netherlands etc.

    One country not appearing on the list of revoked orders is Spain. Is that because it was never the subject of an order or because such an order is not to be revoked?

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    • 137
      Johnny says says:

      The orders listed in the schedule were for granting permission to trade negotiable instruments. The 1939 act was presumably too useful to remove but orders could be made to allow trading once hostilities had ceased.

      For example: The 1945 order relating to Greece

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      • 147
        PitPony says:

        Thanks Johnny. That makes sense of the original orders.
        Although revoking the right to trade negotiable instruments with Greece does make a better story

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  33. 121
    Steve Miliband says:

    Patrick Wintour ‏@patrickwintour
    Ed mili at leveson cld explain his role as ‘ambassador to planet f*ck” – title blairites gave him as the link to the “Briefing Brownies”.

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Dave’s kid has it good.

    I used to get left OUTSIDE the Brook House in Liverpool every Sunday for over an hour.

    The upside was the frequent occasions when we were pulled over and the remaining journey home was in a police car.

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    • 130
      Anonymous says:

      I can also remember being left outside a pub as a kid while my parents were indoors. It was fairly common practice.

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      • 133

        It has happened to most people – getting separated from your parents as a kid at the shops/ playground/ airport/ train or bus station, it happens all the time. It’s only in certain families where it could never happen, like the Fritzel family.

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        Older now though says:

        Me too, but my reward was a glass of cream soda and bag of crisps. Those were the days…

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  35. 124
    HenryV says:

    TREASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. 132
    Legal Eagle says:

    Guido, this post is completely nuts. The clue’s in the name of the Act, which defines ‘enemy’ as ‘any State, or Sovereign of a State, at war with His Majesty’. Last time I looked, we weren’t at war with Italy or Greece.

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    • 138
      I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

      …………….yet!

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    • 139
      Hannibal from Carthage says:

      That could soon change shipmate.

      When the Banks fail and there is no money for food or petrol people will be shot for simply trying to cross a boundary line.

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  37. 149
    Jimmy says:

    “The Treasury has denied to Guido that a discreet Statutory Instrument is part of a secret contingency plan preparing for the potential collapse of the European Central Bank.”

    Well if you know about it then it wasn’t discreet. Perhaps you should have asked about a discrete SI.

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    • 158

      Jimmy, me old trot, you must try to learn the difference between discrete and secret. If is individually separate and distinct, it is discrete – if no one outside the circle knows it, it’s a secret.

      I know it’s confusing because both words contain the same letters as “secret” but they mean discretely different things.

      OK now?

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  38. 160
    gildedtumbril says:

    I was thinking, Britain has many enemies, aside from Argentina and Spain and France and Germany…And then there are the 650 in the House of Conmen and 792 in the House of Turds.

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  39. 163
    Anonymous says:

    I doubt HMG will profit from the Euro crisis . It is however a relief to see an official acknowledgement the Franco German Alliance is the enemy.

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