June 16th, 2012

Progress for Liam

They gave Liam Byrne a punishment beating. The Labour left demanded his head on a platter, so Ed removed him from his policy role. Now they want the Blairite Progress faction outlawed.

Whatever could Liam mean by this tweet?


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    come on says:

    Full of shit they are.

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    Meatspin made me dizzy says:

    I can’t think of anything interesting to say – goodnight

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Is there a political implosion going on similar to the one in Commie Russia in 1989 when it all went pear shaped?

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    john in cheshire says:

    Socialists – take them or leave them, one can’t help but hate them.

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    Nicky h says:

    The lad used to wear a hammer and sickle badge on his blazer when we were at school. Victory for pragmatism over idealism I guess.

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    Anon Voter says:

    Yep every morning while sitting on the Throne I always think of ZanyLieLabor as
    I dump my load…….then wipe arse with McMental’s image loo roll….what a nice way to start the day….shitting all over the lot of them…….perfect…..

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    La' says:

    Is this what he meant? : “there’s no money left”

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    not a machine says:

    note found in eds drawer ” there appears to be no progress left ”

    Interesting article by Janet Daly in telegraph , I mean I if understand it correctly what on earth were the 13 yrs of labour for …….. perhaps its an example of how long and how much debt you force on everyone to produce a empire death star ……

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    Dan cowpie Twatson says:

    Pastyfantabulous. Liam has no part to play in the piefantastic new labour cowpie

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    The Dandy says:

    You must be desperate, Dan.

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    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Labour– we purport to represent the workers AND the shirkers. How we manage to actually do it is a miracle, but as long as we can ALL unite under the banner of “Saw Fatcha’s Fawt Innit!” we will be around for a long time. As long as there’s one successful person in Britain and one other person to begrudge the first one his/her success, there’ll be a Labour Party. Count on it. As long as the human race keeps falling prey to pride, envy, avar!ce, wrath, gluttony, lust and sloth, we’ll be there to sign up new voters as they come along.

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    Baldemort says:

    I want a cappuccino at 8.47am – one minute late, serf, and you’ll be out of here and replaced by an 1mm1gr4nt worker.

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    rocknrolla says:

    Whatever happened to Johann Hari? Is he never going to come out of exile?

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    t says:

    You’ve got to leave them, you can’t take them anywhere.

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    Jimmy says:

    My guess is that he means progressonline is a great source of ideas in the labour party and well worth a follow.

    Is this a trick question?

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    Lord Leveson says:

    The judge leading the probe into media behaviour threatened to quit after he was publicly criticised by a Cabinet Minister, senior Government sources claimed last night.

    Lord Justice Leveson phoned Whitehall’s most senior mandarin and demanded that Education Secretary Michael Gove – who claimed the inquiry had created a ‘chilling atmosphere’ towards freedom of speech – should be gagged. In the angry call to Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, the judge claimed that if Ministers were not silenced, his inquiry, set up to investigate phone-hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, would be rendered worthless.

    He also summoned Mr Gove to give evidence to the inquiry to explain himself. An alarmed Sir Jeremy informed David Cameron of the judge’s ultimatum.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160389/Levesons-threat-quit-meddling-Education-Secretarys-claims-inquiry-having-chilling-effect-free-speech.html#ixzz1y0cdY9vu

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    David Rose says:

    One never knows, do one?

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    Tachybaptus says:

    I have to agree. I can’t see the point of this post either.

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    albacore says:

    Oh Lor’. Now what would become of us all
    If a mardy beak ran off with the ball?
    Considering how the Inquiry’s progressing
    Let’s all wave him “Ta-ta!” and give him our blessing
    There’s more than enough law that Plod could have used
    To stop some poor celebs from being abused

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    Backwoodsman says:

    minor gender re-assignment surgery, new hair colour and calls himself penny red or something. Apparently didn’t get the reality bypass problem sorted out at the same time, unfortunately.

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    Labour Party = Collective Denial says:

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    Labour Party = Collective Denial says:

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    domino316 says:

    Interesting article on the DM about Greece “Will Greek Poll wreck UK’s economy” with a large section by one Greek-born City Economist Vicky Pryce saying;

    “The public sector grew to vast proportions, with many workers being recruited as political favours. Corruption became endemic, tax avoidance and evasion the norm and public spending span out of control”.

    Have asked in the comments section if this is Vicky (Huhne) Pryce put they don’t seem to have posted it, intriguing insight about the Greek state if it is don’t you think?, written while on bail for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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    UKIP.I.AM says:

    I don’t believe Levy threatened to quit but surely what he is doing is trying to deny Gove’s freedom of speech. Hasn’t Gove a right to express his opinion?

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    Baroness Waziristan of Dewsbury says:

    They need a good Tory Government like what we have.

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    David Camoron says:

    No money left? Poppycock, old chap!

    I’ve managed to find £11billion every year, to give to India so it can buy French jetfighters and put men on the moon, what what!

    And I’ve keep finding £13.3 billion, every year, to give to Brussels, so it can lose it all whilst it plans to destroy Britain’s democracy.

    And I’ve found £32billion for the HS2 railway that absolutely no-one wants (other than me and my rich chums who are going to build it and get super rich as a result, with a big fat juice backhander for me, what what).

    And I’ve managed to find billions and billions to bail-out the euro, which is doomed, so the money’s completely wasted. But it secures me a good job in Brussels after I get kicked from Downing Street in 2015 what what.

    No money left? What a load of bally fiddlesticks!

    Toodle pip!

    PS; I’m going to sack thousands of soldiers because there’s no money left. Oh, and your local hospital’s for the chop, too. No money. Sorry. Oh, and those care workers who look after your dear old Aunt Mable.. P45s for them! What what. No money.

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    Well it's a thought says:

    Today is when Greece votes to be enslaved by the EU or free’s itself to go it’s own way, whatever way it picks it is in deep doo doo, what with the worlds politicians being corrupt and the EU’s even more corrupt I expect the people to put on their own manacles.

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    David Camoron says:

    What I evidently need, Sayeeda, is more effnics in the top jobs. If I throw meritocracy to the wind, ignore bright, capable people and instead appoint individuals purely because of their effnicity and muzzieness, I’m sure all my problems will go away.

    I mean, Sayeeda, you never cause any bad headlines to blow up in my face, do you?

    Toodle pip!

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    What a fantastic name for the Greeks’ new currency!

    The deep doo doo.

    I can see that catching on in the markets due to its honesty. None of this I promise to pay the bearer… crap or In God we Trust.

    It would be like a breath of fresh air.

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    Bill says:

    Labour locked us into the requirement to pay into the euro.let’s get down to facts not fiction

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Oh do fcuk off, Cameron, if he had any balls, could just say no and tell the EU to do one. No parliament can bind it’s successor to any agreement. Do you even know the laws of this country?

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    As a private individual, yes. As a member of parliament or government, maybe not.

    It is a convention of our unwritten constitution that Parliament does not comment on cases which are before the court. This is matched by the principle of parliamentary privilege i.e. Members of Parliament are protected from prosecution in certain circumstances by the courts.

    Of course, as in any walk of life, there are shades of grey and this is one of them. One would need to see Gove’s exact words and context in which he spoke them. If he were talking in a general sense, then I do not see how Leveson could have cause for complaint. There is always some sort of enquiry in progress and it would be unreasonable to preclude comment on them all to politicians.

    The more they were targeted at the Leveson Enquiry, the more problematic they become. However, Gove, in his choice of words could be quite critical if he did not specify the specific enquiry or preambled with a Generally…

    That would be the newspaper equivalent of pointedly printing two articles side by side when to print them together would be a contempt of court.

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    Bouncing Bomb anyone?

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    Archer Karcher says:


    Once again socialism has proven to be a disaster. Now every vesion of post Marxist socialism has failed as equally as Marxist socialism, perhaps the clowns who are devoted to it might just get a clue, though I doubt it.

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    Forkbender says:

    “Whatever could Liam mean by this tweet?” Could it be that the B’Liarite tendency is on manoeuvres with the posible return of the unmentionable one, the antics in the Liebore party could get interesting.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Progressivism ( socialism by another name ) is such a rip roaring success isn’t it Dave? What could possibly go wrong?

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    Forkbender says:

    ” I promise to pay the bearer” basically a promissory note, and basically only as good as the reputation and reliability of the person (government) giving the promise.

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    Like everything else that most governments do, it is a downright lie.

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    Forkbender says:

    When are they goin to start fracking in Cheshire, oil is often found under salt as in the middle east

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    Pawn Sandwich says:

    To be honest I view Leveson’s position as I viewed Alaister Darling upon accepting the keys to no 11.
    With Darling, the economy was already fucked, he had been handed a poisoned chalice by the Great Leader. The economy was already dysfuctional, he should have known better than to accept the chancellorship.

    With Leveson, he has been asked to view culture, practice and ethics of the press only to find that politicians were so heavily involved with media moguls and were part of the problem. FFS, Tony Blair godfather to one of Murdochs kids, pyjama parties at the Great Leaders house, you could not make it up.

    We the public need protection from these people (politicians), I hope never to say that we should have had protection from Leveson as well. Leveson was handed a poisoned chalice as well but it was his choice to take it.

    When Gove raised these issues of freedom of speach, he was talking on my behalf as well and I fully agree with him.

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    As if ! says:

    Those of you who say the Country has gone to the dogs are being a tad pessemistic I mean its not like a bent lawyers wife who arranged a seperation of convenience to avoid her home being seized under the proceeds of crime act has been honoured by the Queen or anything !

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    Forkbender says:

    Yes Russia was also involved in a an unwinable war which must have cost billions and which would have sapped their finances, now which country was that, are yes Afghanistan

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    Anonymous says:

    Thus sPoke the bigot.

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    Mike hunt says:

    To waste as much money as possible and be as repressive as possible.

    It’s in their DNA, they know no other way.

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    Pawn Sandwich says:

    The one eyed one spoke of an internet tax last week. The twat, all he can think of is taking money out of hard working families pockets.

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    dick emery-board says:

    Oh go on then! It is Sunday.

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    do me a favour says:

    Blair’s gracing R4 with his presence this lunchtime.
    Wonder if he’ll mention his wife and son’s sub-letting arrangements?

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    Aunty Matter says:

    2 stupid bitches on Radio 5 going on about “what an exciting week Leveson was”

    Murdoch, Cameron, Murdoch, Cameron. Did no one else appear then BBC?

    Then 2 silly cows mentioned the Ali Campbell spat with the bloke who wrote the Thick of It. Except of course the BBC fail to mention the WMD comment.

    Oh then they had a dig at Gove who appears to have pissed off Leveson for daring to question the Leveson inquiry.

    The BBC batting for Alistair Campbell and Labour once again.

    It’s interesting that the only people who have stood up for the freedom of the press have been Tories, Liebore scum want the press muzzled.

    Be interesting to see how lefty hacks react if Leveson comes down hard on them.

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    Andrew Marrtian says:

    Er, what’s this nasty, smelly slime on my programme ?

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    The BBC are cunts says:

    Move along, please. Move along.

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    just asking says:

    Surely there must be rules preventing Leveson doing this sort of thing?

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    Gillian Duffy says:

    Gordon !!

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    Don Tully says:

    Labour themselves know they don’t work but that doesn’t stop their half-wits from supporting hypocritical snobs like Lucy Powell in Manchester Central: a rich ex-SPAD with little or no idea who thinks these are more desperate times than the Blitz and rationing, with her massive beef curtains.

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    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

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    Truth says:

    Not sure if you know Lisbon treaty has already been signed by labour

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    I agree with you.

    But the division between parliament and judiciary has taken centuries to evolve and I am seeking to show how independence of the judiciary could be compromised.

    The issue is not one dimensional and, much as I dislike the legal profession in so many ways, it does stand as a bulwark against the other branches of government.

    Disturb this and you will get a whole load of other problems that we never considered would be possible before in modern times.

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    UKIP.I.AM says:

    “It is a convention of our unwritten constitution that Parliament does not comment on cases which are before the court.”

    Indeed but this is not a criminal trial but an enquiry which has been going for ages now. Plus many other people in Parliament have commented on the Leveson enquiry without any reproach.

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    Died, went to heaven and is interviewing God, right as we spеak.

    Back next week.

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    Leveson must stand down. says:

    So leaping lord leveson wants Gove gagged. Yes he wants an elected politician gagged, the politician who wants to protect freedom of speech. Unlike the luvvies and the Nazi orgy rich.

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    labour online is another country says:

    What’s going on?

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    Richard Timney says:

    If they are good looking I am quite prepared to smack their naughty botties!

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    For the purposes we are discussing, a public enquiry is essentially a court. It conducts Her Majesty’s business, hence the name.

    Other persons who are not politicians do not get caught up in the Legislative, Executive, Judiciary relationship.

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    Sarah Smith says:

    60%have which explains its decline.

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    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Rejoice !! After bringing p3ace to the Middle East, I am returning to government in 2015 !

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    june bug says:

    No Jimmy, he means there’s a lot more Labour infighting to follow, given Mandy’s entry into the fray ( no order_order pun intended) Hahahahahahaha……pass the popcorn as 8illy used to say.

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    Dreary Steeples says:

    Shit is useful to grow the grass and the crops, I doubt there is even that much good in these treacherous bastards.

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    Gordon's nurse says:

    Stop that at once, Gordon !

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Not sure any of you know the law. Simple lesson. A treaty is binding on successor governments unless they choose to withdraw from or abrogate the treaty. Withdrawal means meeting terms within the treaty providing for withdrawal. This is highly unlikely with European treaties. Abrogate means to withdraw without meeting such conditions. Both would result in the loss of benefits (such as favoured trading status) as well as removal of the matters objected. Abrogation usually incurs longer lasting issues. Most significantly, to the best of my knowledge, no European treaty provides for partial withdrawal – it is all or nothing. So unless Cameron could get a decision through parliament for full abrogation (and it is a legislature not executive decision) then the current government is bound by decisions of the last and previous governments. And the chance of Dave getting that through parliament are about on a par with Nigel Farrago failing to make an expenses claim.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I appreciate your analysis Moniker and understand Leveson’s concerns but surely the answer would have been to let Gobshite go ahead. He is such a useless tosser that this falls under the principle of exposing stupidity to the light – and Gobshite is the tory equivalent of Baldrick Burnham.

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    question time says:

    Anybody else notice that there’s a tuгd in Satuгday?

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    done up like a kipper and then totally fucked says:

    In other words, we’re totally fucked.

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    Anonymous says:

    hehe, 8illy said ‘come’

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Yes. Russia was also ruled by a tight clique educated in one place and used to violence – I am talking about the KGB and the gulags of course, rather than Eton. The lesson to be learned from Russia is that there can be a political earthquake but the same scum rise to the top in the aftermath.

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    annette curton says:

    What has the opinion of Gove or anybody else got to do with Lord Leveson?, does his remit now include putting a gag on 60 million people until we have his weighty summation of gossip and tittle-tattle, probably sometime in the next century.

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    up yours leveson says:

    “When Mr Gove appeared in front of the inquiry at the end of May his exchanges with Lord Justice Leveson were tense.

    At one point, the inquiry chairman said bluntly: “Mr Gove, I don’t need to be told about the importance of free speech, I really don’t.” BBC News.

    Gove can remind him of what the fuck he wants to, innit?

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    out of sight... says:

    They used to call it the ‘survival of the fittest’, until the left abolished the term, as if that act alone meant there was no such thing.

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    Though I am actually an admirer of Gove, I think it important to consider what level of liberty we managed to achieve from the times of the Norman Conquest.

    In recent times, we have been much better informed than we were. But it seems as if, the more we know, the less we care.

    We nearly blew it in the lead up to WW2. Again at Suez. Wilson/Heath/Callaghan. Yet again in those Glorious Blair years that never were (glorious), we now discover.

    We have thrown away habeas corpus, preferred the guilty to the victims, destroyed our manufacturing base, poisoned our currency, legislated to the extent that would have made the USSR proud. I could go on all day…

    Of course we must be able to spеak freely. But let us engage brain before mouth, especially when it comes to the very institutions that are meant to protect us, however poorly they may at times appеar.

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    annette curton says:

    I seem to recall that Gove upon being asked By Jay on some point or other merely said that it is important to protect freedom of speech, Leveson then chipped in with that reply, a reply to an opinion that was not directed at him (overtly anyway), what a pompous prick.

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    Cess Pitt says:

    Yup, I’ve noticed that they’re there every day on the week.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Gove virtually the only politico who has got favourable reviews from the troops for his performance at leveson. He’s smart enough to have picked up on this and will presumably not be shy of calling a charade a charade.

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    Marcus Brigtocknot says:

    I enjoyed Hitchins the other night on Question Time.
    The two vacuous politicians were shown up splendidly as he recited poetry, whilst the majority of the audience sat mute, shocked as they were that someone had a little depth.

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    blue sky tinkering says:

    Remember when the government of the day, Tories as it happens, were panicked by the chattering classes into spending huge sums proclaiming how AIDS would wipe us all out if we didn’t practice safe sex? Turns out that only certain groups were at risk, and it was those very groups who complained afterwards that they who should have been specifically targeted, when it was they who originally said they would be discriminated against if they WERE targeted, cheeky fucking bastards. I had a gut feeling at the time that this was all bollocks, the same as I do about climate change.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    So according to Ben Fenton this morning on the radio, when the Tories came into power they did in fact want to tear the BBC apart and get rid of the TV tax but it was our mate Nick Clegg who persuaded Cameron to be nice to the BBC instead.

    So that worked out well Tories.

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    pension pot says:

    Just listen to any BBC report about climate change, the science is presumed settled, no doubts about it whatsoever.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    Because the BBC wanted to try to pretend that it wasn’t gayers dying.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    Remember the BBC’s part in this though. The BBC sneer at the self regulation of the press (Guardian excepted of course as it always tells the truth LOL) but the BBC is of course self regulated.

    Perhaps the BBC should come under Ofcom so complaints get made public and the BBC can’t hide them away or reply to them using drugged up kids?

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    who will rid us of these wankers? says:

    ffs I hope this isn’t true. That means another U turn to be add to the list. Fucking wanky LIbDems, and I include Cammo in that.

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    annette curton says:

    Always thought how very strange that the object of our very existence as regards the Earth and its climate i.e THE Sun is never mentioned or admitted as having any effect whatsoever on our Planet by these self-appointed ‘experts’.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    allegedly the operation to sew up the split along the middle of his tongue has failed, and he still remains in denial that Al Goremonger’s CC thing is a busted flush.

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    Gangster Elite says:

    It is essential that we use the news media to frighten the Greeks into voting for the status quo. Otherwise we will all lose a great deal of money.

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    The Biased BBC says:

    Fed up with the BBC lining up commentator after commentator saying the world will be bankrupt if Greece leaves the Euro. No it won’t Greece has only been in the Euro zone since 2001,an insignificant time in history. greece should never have been admitted anyway. The Exit of Greece is facing up to reality and that is a good thing and not a bad thing.

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    blue sky tinkering says:

    The maddening thing is that this was obvious at the time. This is not knowledge gained in hindsight.

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    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Much ado about very little. Especially as Lord Justice Leveson (NOT “Lord Leveson”) has delivered two very public bollickings to those who are trying to politicise his inquiry and hang, draw and quarter witnesses before they have even given their evidence. Now, I wonder who Leveson could have had in mind – how about:
    1. The unprincipled and opportunistic Milipede
    2. Thomas Watson
    3. Harriet Harperson
    4. Chris Bryant

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    Aunty Matter says:

    It was but so called experts like Roger Harrabin just sneered. There was an excellent book out a long time ago called “The Chilling Stars” and CERN have also provided evidence of the sun’s impact on climate change.


    The guy who wrote the Chilling Stars got slaughtered on Newsnight a few years ago by the BBC’s favourite loons spouting lies, funny as the eco loons spout shit as facts just like Owen Jones does with his 90% of 50% of the people think 8 billion of us all vote Labour.

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    Norman Smith says:

    Ross and I both agree with the wonderfully perceptive and wise Mr Watson.

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    blue sky tinkering says:

    It’s baffling, only the other day they showed a repeat of a Brian Cox programme, popular, down wid da yoof, scientist in chief for the BBC. In it they showed a graph indicating strong correlation between sun spots and river flooding, ie increased evaporation of earth bound water into the atmosphere, and yet no mention whatsoever how this impacted on the climate change debate.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    The poor old BBC are trying to defend the failing Euro and EU still. Of course we know what the BBC fear, if Greece does leave the Euro it shows that a Country could also leave the EU.

    Nothing is ever locked in.

    Where would the BBC then go for those 200 million Euro bungs they keep getting?

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    Cameuron says:

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    The BBC just get worse. says:

    The BBC have gone overboard today, never before have I heard them spout so much unbalanced rubbish. FFS Greece should never be in the EURO, leaving it would help restore the status quo.

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    The EUBBC says:

    Brillo is on now. I hope he restores some sanity to the BBC’s coverage of this.

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    Fish says:

    I think that he delivered this bollocking the morning that the nutter from Fife gave his evidence (and began to give it in very partisan terms).

    This Gove thing was reported ages ago. It’s strange that the Daily Mail now seems to be attacking all Tories – left or right of the party, seems to have switched sides and can now be condidered a Labour supporting rag.

    (Could it be that it’s Editor, Daker, is a mate of Gordon)

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    Expat Geordie says:

    Sadly, all true.

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    Marmite says:

    Got it in one ‘Fish’. The daily mail is now pure poison to the tories.

    I’ve stopped reading the damned thing, as my B.P. was going through the roof.

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    Marmite says:

    Rather like the Leiber party then Tristram.

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    Marmite says:

    Isn’t it strange that Leiber now have all the answers in opposition, whereas they didn’t have a clue when in government. Now there’s a thing!

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    Marmite says:

    Leveson is just a big girl’s blouse.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Don’t forget that the Beeb bungs – also link to their being suborned to the Climate Change Act – pumped out from Brussels.

    All this wind farm ‘Hot Air’ [Taxing the masses] is a diktat from the EU and our craven MP’s (All three major parties bought into Al’s Myth) – prove their worthlessness by trying to ‘sell it on to the masses’ hand in glove with a press pack of lickspittals.

    So a gathering of the great duped will convene in Rio shortly with cleggy along for the ride.

    It is wonderful to be able to watch and read the unravelling of the fork-tongued rhetoric of the Al Myth Global Mob. Remember Copenhagen ….

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Shit is useful to grow crops? Why? Does it keep the farmers mellow?

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Amen to that my son.

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    Forkbender says:

    Doubt it he will too intent on self promoting himself as the messiah and saying that he is not standing for this office or other

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    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    That was the most recent bollocking. There was an earlier one when Harpee, Bercow and others were indulging in synthetic indignation about Hunt not giving parliament a preview of all his evidence to Leveson, prompting Leveson to threaten that if such naked politicking continued then he might not call Hunt at all.

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    tottenham chutzpah says:

    Ed fiddles whilst Liam byrnes

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    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    “‘Leveson said that if this was going to continue with Cabinet Ministers offering opinions while the inquiry was in its early days, he would have to question whether the inquiry had any value, bearing in mind it was using public money,’ said the source.” – BBC


    So how long does Lord Cocklecarrot want Ministers to be gagged on the subject – especially when the subject is (irony of ironies) free speech?

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    joescotus says:

    he was found to be such a dispicable excuse for a journalist that his lefty pals would not risk the humiliation of attempting to rehabilitate the porno scribbling,plagiarising,utter bastard!

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Liam Byrne, along with many other labour MPs, is the kind of shit that makes normally placid people turn violent. Where do labour find all of their parasites? Is there a breeding ground somewhere?

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Yet another cheap shot from Farage.

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    Haribo Halfwit says:

    CRMM, I appreciate your soaring prose, as well as the stream of thought which sees Mr. Gove as our last bulwark against barbarism. That his comment about the potential of the Leveson process to have a ‘chilling’ effect upon free expression to have had this effect, is in itself chilling for democracy: a vindication of the man’s fears.

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    I have the fear that the dark, brooding clouds of self-referentialism may be a harbinger of paradox possessed of a Russellian proportion.

    How then do we split this baby? Freedom of speech is pretty well towards the top of those things I hold to be sacrosanct, as with any person of a Libertarian disposition. Therefore, where two ideals find themselves in mutual conflict, this one will normally prevail.

    But with rights come responsibilities. Mr Gove, as a cabinet member, will know only too well that he has to defend some things in public that he opposes in private. So this is not new ground to him.

    The government can only be regarded as legitimate whilst the other branches of state are as strong as his own. Therefore the onus of responsibility here lies at his door.

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    Join the Dots says:

    Baffling, although it shows that they are at least consistent. Both the BBC and RBS are reported as having rebalanced their investment portfolios in favour of industries which produce less methane, rather than obsessing about CO2.

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