June 25th, 2012

Coogan Takes the Murdoch Shilling

Celeb scourge of the Murdochs Steve Coogan has not been shy of launching scathing attacks on the media mogul over phone hacking:

“This is Rupert Murdoch’s toxic legacy.”

“The closure of the News of the World is a small victory for decency and humanity.”

“I will do everything in my power to keep [phone-hacking] in the popular imagination.”

“News International’s behaviour is not unlike a protection racket”.

In other news the first episode of Coogan’s hilarious new series Places of my Life airs on Sky Atlantic at 9pm tonight.

Guido wonders whether he’ll tell the one about the time he took a huge cheque from Uncle Rupe…


  1. 1
    Twat spotter says:

    What a two faced C-unt!

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    Capo di tutti capi Murdoch says:

    I try and buy them all, as you personally know, Guido

    But will I end up like Maxwell, Black and all those icons of the British press ?

    In jail…

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    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Hypocrisy & mendacity….

  5. 5
    keredybretsa says:

    Another hypocritter!

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    Puzzled says:

    Maxwell went to jail? I missed that one.

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    Too Soon Pickens says:

    Pick me a winner Steve — but hand it to me on a Kleenex there’s a good chap — don’t want a social disease at this very moment thank you .

  8. 8
    Le Plongeur says:

    Steve Cougan was funny for about 5 minutes with the ‘Ah ha’ routine but has no ideas beyond that and is now cringingly unfunny.

    Monkey Tennis anyone?

  9. 9
    Moral Collapse Blair says:

    I know you are not talking about ME of slotgob today

    But PLEASE don’t talk about my industrial scale tax avoidance

    I say this to you on bended knee to a fellow British Catholic

  10. 10
    Splodge says:

    It’ll be shit anyway.

  11. 11
    Steve Coogan says:

    People who accept money from Murdoch are the scum of the earth.

    They are worse than Hitler.

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    Slight correction says:

    It will be shit, with 3 minutes of adverts every 5 minutes, just to make it completely uwatchable.

  13. 13
    Madoff Mandelson with his Russians says:

    Or my tax avoidance for the filthy rich tax thanks to Larard and WPP and my Hampstead hedgie parrners…

    ROFL and up yours

  14. 14
    Ex-Sun sleuth says:

    You should say that Murdoch is the scum of the earth

    That would be nearer the truth

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    Shillings and Pence, the epitome ofMoral Collapse says:

    You take out name in vain

    We will be after you Gwido

    We are paid millions to suppress the truth you know

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    Lord Timon says:

    He is both a hypocrite and not a funny one.

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    JH says:

    “I will do everything in my power to keep [phone-hacking] in the popular imagination.”

    We were bored the first time we heard about it Steve. No one gives a fuck that hacks were listening to the voicemails of yourself and Sienna fucking Miller. They just carried on buying papers and Sky subscriptions. Lucky for you eh?

    Take away the fraudulent claim that Milly Dowler’s voicemails were being deleted, and no one gives-a-shit.

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    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    Mr. Coogan seems to have adopted my habit of evacuating the contents of his head via his nostrils.

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    Brown tùrd can fuck off and do one says:

    Money grubbing hoons. Only the rich can afford privacy while they fleece the poor and disadvantaged.

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    Carlos says:

    Yes but in this case the ads can only be more enjoyable that the program.

  22. 22
    Wayne Rooney says:

    Everyone in england’s a c’unt, except me.

  23. 23
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    I didn’t know there were that many New England Patriots fans. He should be concentrating on “New Patriots of England” instead, what with all the Jubilee/Euro 2012 Tournament/Olympics Games “feel-good” spirit that has been sought to be engendered. Was that immigration bit the other day part of it?

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    Carlos says:

    Wonder if Mr. Coogan will be meeting up with a Laydee to celebrate by jumping up and down in a hotel room with lots of banks notes and ‘bath salts’ thrown around for good measure.

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    Tuscan Tony says:

    Delicious thought of the day: Steve Coogan and Lauri Penny as an item*.

    They sooo deserve each other.

    *beast with two backs

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    Mine d'Boggles says:

    No, he just took a long walk on a short boat.

  27. 27
    Another corrupt, money grubbing hoon at Edinburgh University says:

    Jog On. Kerrchiing!

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    *Ewa bites her tongue* says:

    comment withheld

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    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Murdoch’s toxic legacy, what about all the toxic crap you were shovelling up your nose

  30. 30
    Lord Timon says:

    The intellectually crippled have taken over the asylum for the morally corrupted. Two a penny.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    So we see another lefty bell end being outed as a two faced twat. But the BBC will NEVER challenge him over this.

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    Nothing better to do says:

    What a shock, another lefty comedian that’s a hypocrite. Blimey I need a cup of tea to get over it.

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    Penny says:

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    Owain Glyndwr says:

    @OwenJones84 Could I have a re-tweet for a petition to allow gay men to donate blood in NI? Only place in UK they cant.

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    Really didn’t want to… However, I was in a rent crisis at the time, and thought it might be worth the stress..I could earn enough from it to cover the money I was missing, which was several hundred pounds. I asked the Thomas Paine society if they could afford that, and as I expected, they said no – which I was glad about, and I made up the rent money elsewhere.

    Right….Or you could have just said no thanks, like a normal person.

    What kind of self justification is this?
    “I wasn’t demanding too much money, but I needed a lot of money and if they’d have given it to me I would have done the gig, and taken the large {ish} fee, but they didn’t which means I wasn’t asking too much as I didn’t want to do the thing anyway?”

    Only in some airhead, teenager land could that make sense.

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    Steve Cougar says:

    Sky is for retards

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    Jimmy says:

    Liquid Blogging!

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    Gets a round in says:

    The only way to do it, Jimmy.

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    Duragit says:

    Are there any right-wing comedians, though?

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    Double Durrr ..... says:

    Guido’s quite funny in his own, low-circulation, kinda way.

  43. 43
    Lord Scalded Bollock says:

    I am setting up a hedge fund later this week !

    Just Sayin’

  44. 44
    Double Durrr ..... says:

    Don’t read it, Bill.

    Arrggh – too late.

  45. 45
    *Ewa bites her tongue* says:

    Pleeeeeze fund my hedge , Lord Bollocks .

    Ta .

    P.S. I’m lovely x

  46. 46
    The Cunt of Monte Cristo says:

    Carr/Coogan these hypocrite, lefty cu’nts are a right shower of shit

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    Socialists are morons (confirmed) says:

    She’s 25 years old and still has trouble finding a few hundred quid for the rent??

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa!!

  48. 48
    Tachybaptus says:

    Problem of comments simply vanishing when sent? Happens to me. I never know whether it’s intentional or not.

  49. 49
    Blair's favourite mogul says:

    What do you expect from someone who supported Labour?

  50. 50
    Now here's a funny thing says:


    (Not the top bit, look further down.)

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    Computer says nowt in your account says:

    Does she bank with NatWest?

  52. 52
    Bruce the Robert says:

    Lefties are society’s biggest parasites…….absolute guttersnipes.

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    garden shed comedy scientist says:

    Disregarding their filthy political leanings: I find Carr superbly dry and Coogan thoroughly entertaining.

    Dry is the way to go. *slurrp*

  54. 54

    Quite so.
    I wonder if the temperamental auto modbot is becoming self aware?

  55. 55
    Double Durrr ..... says:

    More reason (if any were needed) that the whole internet/media is populated by morons talking at/about each other.

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    Double double Durrr ..... says:

    I spose I’d like to substitute ‘reason’ for ‘evidence’, on reflection. Where’s the edit function, darlin?

  57. 57

    I prefer Coogan to Carr. But both good.

    In the media being left wing is compulsory.
    To be BBC ‘balanced’ Murdoch did give him the gig.

    Two capitalists coming to a deal. What’s not to like. Sensible right tramples looney left once the money starts talking, and all the left wing humbug,disposable knickers,moral stand bullshit that only Laurie Penny cares about, can go hang.

    And even she’s not above asking for a few extra pony’s to turn up to a shouty match.

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    annette curton says:

    Wouldn’t go there if I were you Guido, radioactive umbrella and all that.

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    "Death Is Easy-- Comedy Is Hard!" says:

    In America, anyway– Dennis Miller, Adam Carolla, Drew Carey, Penn Jillette. (FFS even Chris Rock on occasion!)
    What they all have in common is that they’re known for things other than just edgy politically-based humour; Miller– TV sketch comic and later, sportscaster; Carolla– American Jeremy Clarkson analogue, and a “man’s-man” pose as a sidekick on other shows; Drew Carey– everyman-drone office-worker sitcom and game-show host; Penn Jillette– over-the-top magic performer.
    People trust them as being funny, and don’t think that they have to laugh nervously at trendy political screeds being portrayed as cutting-edge humour when these guys perform, so they are forgiven their “lapse” in political beliefs, since they earn money for their sponsors. Money talks and BS walks, as they say.

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    парень вилки есть шпион.

    According to google translator

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    Thumb Screw says:

    +1 He conjured a thumbing function from outta nowhere. Thumbing’s for retards, though. Check out the Mail/Telegraph/
    Guardian for the proof.

    Being able to edit posts would be useful, assuming you had something to say in the first place :(

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    harmony says:

    I’m a bit short at the moment, perhaps if I insult and threaten Rupert he’ll throw me a few quid. or finance a film about my life in Basingstoke.

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    IT professional seeks new opening says:

    I just remembered this re the MP Mensch twitter thingy


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    Thumb Screw says:

    ♥ You should have your own show, Bill.

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    all in the mind says:

    The innuendos on here are disgusting.

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    Frederick says:

    20% of gays are HIV+

    0.1% of the population are HIV+

    After becoming infected, for about 2 weeks the HIV cannot be detected so blood screening will fail

    Will Owen pay for those haemophiliacs who become HIV+ because of such a policy

  67. 67

    Comedy isn’t that hard.

    Gordon Brown was side splittingly funny when he was Pm.
    made our eyes water with his bumbling antics.

    The sketch where he chased the president around the hotel kitchen, knocking pans, servers, waiters, Gordon Ramsey and baffled secret service agents out of his way as he yelled,”I just you to lick my spoon” was Fawlty Towers, The Office cringingly comic.

    And his comic timing. Whenever he even began to be taken seriously, he would make a pratfall into a cement mixer, or catch his tie in the limo window or call an old woman a bigot.

    The man is a comedy genius.

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    FACT says:

    Americans are NOT funny and never will be.

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    I want nothing to do with the intellectually crippled, money grubbing spaccers at Edinburgh University. They are making complete fools of themselves now. says:

    Same old tripe.

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    penny dreadful says:

    Anybody posted this yet? Too late, I can’t be arsed to look at previous threads.

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    annette curton says:

    A double fork?.

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    passing wino says:

    Billy @ 6.50 pm is, simply, brill.

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    Anonymous says:

    How are you say that about Neo G?

  74. 74

    I now understand that Laurie did not ask for the cockney, working class, slang, of a couple of Pony’s. { £50}

    She actually asked for a couple of ponies. A chestnut and a palomino.

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    Hmmm…it was possibly funnier in the original language.

  77. 77

    An articulated Lauri?

  78. 78

    Yes, seen it.
    Laurie bit my finger.

    Its an internet sensation.

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    Pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа, pеа.


  80. 80

    Now that’s good.

    makes me glad my own reply was sent off into the cyber drawer.

  81. 81
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    It doesn’t like you, perhaps. I can’t figure it out. Perhaps in addition to certain words, it also does a random 1/X?

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    penny dreadful says:

    Yeah, I see that now Bill, but some of us work for a living. Oh well, back to the day job for me.

  83. 83
    annette curton says:

    The bad news is Cyprus has now petitioned the EU to bail out its banks, the good news is they only want €1.8 Billion.

  84. 84
    81IIy 8owden says:

    Pot – Kettle – Black

    even if the Sunday Star is not owned by Murdoch

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

    I understood the blood products for hemophiliacs were heated-treated to kill any HIV.

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    annette curton says:

    Tolstoy was (so I’m told).

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    IT professional seeks new opening says:

    thing is. Is it sensible to fire a guy who installed (fucked up) your entire database

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    IT professional seeks new opening says:

    meaning the bank

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    81IIy 8owden says:

    David Cameron is quite amusing

  90. 90
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    I thought they were going to cut a deal with the Russians. Just a rumor, not true I guess.

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    popeye says:

    Anybody know how Russian navy get to and from home ? I thought they had problem with northern ports freezing ?

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    Maxwell House says:

    Glug glug glug…tara. C U soon Rupe.

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    Chardonnay says:

    That Camrin iz a rite mong. If I chuse to hav 4 kids with diffrint dads its my choys. Its a free Huntry. If I chuse not to work its my choys. Its a free Huntry.

  94. 94
    annette curton says:

    She almost made a monkey out of herself {£500}.

  95. 95
    W S Gilbert says:

    Is your home teeming with hidden meaning or is it just overrun with dwarves ?

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    Brutus says:

    Odd how HMC&E are moaning about being encroachingly privatised today. You two are good potential targets for some more Jimmy Carr type treatment by our great leader and th Tax Inspector

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    The Russian Naval Attache says:

    We only go home summer. Is too cold in Russia go home winter. Nobody in right mind want go Russia winter. Only fool like Hancock. For enough vodka, dosh and pussy maybe, but WE can find in other places– maybe not Hancock though.

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    smoggie says:

    “Jumped up public schoolgirl” oooh, there goes the street cred.

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    passing wino says:

    We, deffo, don’t need an “edit” button on here.

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    Thumb Screw says:

    Take all your clothes off and email me a picture, E.

    *Thumbs the air, mindlessly*

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    E says:

    OK. What’s your address?

  102. 102
    Penny Mental Lawrie says:

    I am a deluded cow on the run. Starkey’s arse bandits are out to get me. Aaargh!

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    M says:

    Socialism A career move to pocketing some hard cash on the back of some public moral guilt routine .
    that just good business .
    and Steve has his price & Murdoch can afford it , money in a brown envelope and a TV show to shore up his flagging career . Cynical yes , man of moral integrity fuck no
    Steve is just plying the game .

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    Thumb Screw says:



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    A snobby Historian speaking from his ivory tower says:

    As predictable as the English football team’s performance for the European Cup. Innit?

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    Elvis Presley says:

    These days even the nutters are incapable of showing any originality or flair.

    “Man high on ‘bath salts’ attacks elderly woman with shovel
    John Hall: Robert White claimed he was an alien and had been communicating directly with Jesus Christ at the time of the attack.” The Indi-cisive.

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    Hefferlite says:

    She’s just another useless journalist. The world’s full of them, for fuck’s sake.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I am trying to cut down on bath salts, dear.

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    The Media Will Bum Itself Senseless says:

    It’s all bollocks. Starkey’s mildly amusing, I spose.

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    Taste the p*a says:

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    nellnewman says:

    So he believes in ‘Rupert Murdoch’s toxic legacy’ but is not averse to accepting his cash.

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    The Media Will Bum Itself Senseless says:

    Who is Hefferlite/Penny For Your Thoughts anyway? Who, in their TINY minds, would care?

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    nellnewman says:

    They’re not good for the skin Elsie when you get to our age. Better to pamper ourselves with anti-wrinkle creams instead!

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    E says:

    This is Guido’s world. Ask him.

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    nellnewman says:

    As I said before I don’t believe the likes of owen jones, laurie penney and johan hari can term themselves journalists. They aren’t.

    What they do is self promote by being offensive in the twittersphere in much the same way that wannabe reality celebs do. That is essentially what they are.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    You go ahead, dear. I’ll make do with this cucumber.

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    That wasn’t meant unkindly.
    Well worth you drawing it to the attention of everyone who missed its .

    In fact this vid should be posted up each Monday alongside the cartoon.

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    That is very generous, coming from who I (and so many others) regard as the king of humour here, possessing such amazing and whimsical mental imagery.

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    up your bullingdon, ali says:

    You could not make this shit up, but then of course he went ahead and did so.


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    Stephen o'Rice says:

    Now, I mean, what was the probability that you’d say that ?

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    Anonymous says:

    This isn’t news – even when Coogan was killing time at the turn of the year appearing at Levenson and on Newsnight , Alan Partridge was working hard to promote his book – published by News Corporation subsidiary Harper Collins:


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    Fish says:

    Pfssssst glug glug glug, I think you’ll find

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    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Not funny then, not funny now, not funny ever. Just not funny.

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    Fish says:

    Problem of comments simply vanishing when sent? Happens to me. I never know whether it’s intentional or not.

    Yes, I’m trying to send Laurie Penny a nice message on the Independent site, but the Disqus shit is not loading messages. Same with the Disqus powered Speccie site. Perhaps they’re both powered by Nat West

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    Not as much as it might appеаr…

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    I don't need no doctor. says:

    Steve It’s Not About The Money Coogan. He really is a large piece of shit.
    How much of his Murdoch payout did he give to charity?

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    Gordo says:

    I’ll accept anyone’s cash – no questions asked!

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    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    She’s 25 and still a socialist? She definitely needs a real job. It’s the only thing that might cure her of that filthy disease.

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    I don't need no doctor. says:

    Well we got expensive tattoos, and we got to of the range cars, and we got luxury homes, and we got incredible salaries, but we aint got any penalty takers. The lord works in mysterious ways.

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    nellnewman says:

    LOL! Elsie really!!

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    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Let’s not go overboard with the Maxwell jokes.

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    I don't need no doctor. says:

    Don’t eat it afterwards Elsie!

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    nellnewman says:

    And so says bliar, davemilitwit & prezza too.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    I can remember my father telling me about the days when Steve Coogan was funny.

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    I don't need no doctor. says:

    Are you sure Sir? Could your father have been mistaken?

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    Sir Aston Martin says:

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Foaming at the mouth?

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    Mike hunt says:

    Bob Hope, WC Fields, Stan Laurel.

    Oh, they are all English.

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    annette curton says:

    Thinly sliced over your eyes I hope, ahem!, more tea vicar?.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    When Maxwell’s thieving was finally uncovered – so desperate was he that he appealed to his ‘friends’ to help him out – otherwise he would bring them down with what he knew – and plenty he knew and had hidden from so many for so many decades….

    His ‘friends’ helped him out alright!

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Remember this:-

    Every last dirt deed by the Digger & his executives “Turned” [legal word] upon the ‘conviction’ eventually … (and after many years of failed police investigations …and many police mistakes especially in the Labour years [wonder why?]) … on the conviction of Levi Belfield.

    Look behind – how Belfield – ‘got away with it’ for so long … Look at his charachter and background from birth. DYOR

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    Baldy says:

    I didn’t know that because I don’t watch Sky.

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    annette curton says:

    Fair does’, his portrayal of Samuel Pepys was uncanny, lecherous, grasping and managed to keep his diary secret for over 400 years, I believe its called method acting (note to Leveson).

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    Guido says:

    I’ll accept anyone’s cash, as long as THEY don’t ask questions.

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    Brutus says:

    Think again Waynie, you useless peg legged ball losing imbecile.

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    Anonymous says:

    It makes me laugh that Coogan is now appearing on Sky tv. You would think as he Iwas so offended about the hacking, he would go anywhere but ! funny old world isnt it.I wont be watching !

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    әɔ!ɹdɐɔ says:

    ˙ʇɐyʇ yʇ!ʍ ʎɐʍɐ ʇәƃ p,noʎ ʞu!yʇ oʇ әɔ!ɹʇuәƃ әq ʇsnɯ noʎ

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    What I love about being Lat 51 degrees, Long 0 ish degrees on 25th June says:

    Pink clouds at 22.55. Luv ♥

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    What I love about being Lat 51 degrees, Long 0 ish degrees on 25th June says:

    Correctum: Err, 21.55. :)

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    The Clap says:

    *sitting ovation for the upside down writing*

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    Dad's Army/It Ain't Half Hot Mum! were a load of shit says:

    And the entire cast of “Airplane!”

    And the people who did the RoadRunner cartoons.

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    Life's crossroads says:

    If she’s 25 and still a socialist, she’s either about to wake up to the real world and become a Conservative, or grow into a bitter and moronic clone of Pollytwaddle/Harman/Cameron.

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    Paddy Powder says:

    Crazy, hippie chick. I’ll bet you had to look up the date in the bottom, right-hand corner of your screen?

  156. 156
    Red Penny's overdraft (just like a teenager, except she's 25) says:

    The thick mong’s got no money, so it makes no difference.

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    Lots of pink at N45.17 E13.59

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    әɔıɹdɐɔ says:

    ˙әɔıɹʇ ɐ uı ɥsıuɐʌ oʇ ʍouʞ ʇ,usәop ʇı spɹoʍ sәsnɐɔ ʇoqpoɯ әɥʇ sɯәәs ʇı
    ˙sdoʇɐɹәɔıɹʇ әɥʇ sɐ pןo sɐ ʇsoɯןɐ pɹoʍ ∀

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    1982 and all that says:

    That’s nothing, my grandad could remember when Lenny Henry was funny.

    “It was ‘3 of a kind’,” my grandad said. “Henry came on and said ‘Kadanga!,’ and we laughed! Oh, in 1982, we’d never heard the likes of that,” my grandad told me, smiling. “Then, Henry said it again: ‘Kadanga!’ and we chuckled, oh yes. Henry’s eyes glistened, his lips opened and looking straight at the camera he said, ‘Kadan..’ and then we switched over to something more entertaining: the test card on BBC2. Henry never said anything funny again.”

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    Anonymous says:

    What’s wrong with taking a lot of money from a massive twat you hate?

    Capitalism would die if people stopped working for people they despised.

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    annette curton says:


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    albacore says:

    The guy’s a funny man, for Heaven’s sake
    There’s only so much such jesters can take
    Now all Parliament does is extract the piss
    No wonder the pro’s go all bitchy like this

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    *Ewa bites her tongue* says:

    Thx darlin x. I ain’t mad then, is I?

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    *Ewa bites her tongue* says:


    U’s soooo clever, babes!!

    Sooo effin clever that no one can be bovvered ♥

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    annette curton says:

    That’s Croatia. Knockabout TV series?.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Brown’s brother is of the legal fraternity, Blair his wife and his brother are of the legal fraternity, Cameron’s brother is of the legal fraternity ….

    Do any of you really start to twig something … anything …?

    Come on – it doesn’t take much

    The greater mass of the public are considered as “Fair Game” [inc as of fowl] by the whole legal & judicial fraternity. Why can we hardly breath nor state a word under Freedom of Expression nowadays – save that a lawyer advises / creates the fear of litigation etc etc that you ‘should not do that …’

    Their game is but up – if only so many of you ‘idiot fools’ would just learn to ‘think for yourselves’.

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    Madison Bumgarner says:

    Or an inarticulate Laurie?

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    popeye says:

    Bah, that’s nowt, when I was a lad we used to watch DARTS on’t telly,” eee you don’t get nowt for 3 in a bed”

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    Sky News says:

    Fuck me!…NN is actually having informed debate on Europe tonight with Farage, Davies, Ashdown and Hain…..what the fuck is going on!….oh they are also asking questions from an audience that haven’t got a fucking clue…I knew it go wrong somewhere

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    Off topic, but on Newsnight: Paddy Ashdown is such an arsehole

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    LaurieBad says:

    Give it a rest you talent free zone!

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    Laurie Bad Penny says:

    Give it a rest you talentless no mark!

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    Handypara says:

    “The fact that the democratic standards of the EU are not up to our standards is not a reason for abandoning them.”

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    Deep Froat says:

    Is he still doing the coke? When he was outed by Murdoch he obviously got the arse!

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    Stephen Hester blumental says:

    There is no evidence that our whole effing system was sabotaged & hacked by some disgruntled insider / outsider – I reitterate that it was just a little glitch in a patching up exercise. Honest see my public appearances today on the MSM and the experts we’ve paid to talk it up as nothing more than a ‘glitch’ oops …….. I must learn when to stop waffeling and blathering on too much – might make people think that I’m over cooking the roast.

    No – it was not sabotage. And we do have a disaster recovery site. Well … I was told to say that.

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    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    Big fan of Partridge but the guy is fucking tool.

    What the left can’t understand is hypocrisy. Those of us on the right are at least honest about our intentions and direction, most of these gobshites are so confused they don’t know which way to turn.

    If I hadn’t had a few scoops I’d might even feel sorry for the ignorant boneheads.

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    Neville Chamberlain says:

    “The fact that the democratic standards of Adolf Hitler . . .

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    Newznight says:

    Anyone else watching the Newsnight EU debate? Good stuff with Farage on the panel. He said he didn’t get to vote in the last EU vote, and a man in the studio audience made a twat of himself by accusing Farage of having been too lazy to vote. Farage replied “I was 11, it would have been a bit difficult for me to vote”.

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    Newznight says:

    Why is there an American man in sunglasses in the studio audience discussing the EU?

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    Handypara says:

    “an audience that haven’t got a fucking clue”
    Exactly my thoughts!

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    This whole Starkey / Penny ‘spat’ is but a well crafted ‘SPOILER’ story – designed to keep the heat off of more serious issues of political corruption and the Death of the EU.

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    Handypara says:


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    Newznight says:

    Paddy Pantsdown is still indulging in the same affectations he used throughout his time as Limp Dump leader. Narrowing his eyes as he makes his point is painfully pretentious.

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    Didn’t know that triceratops were gentrice.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    And heffer man still ‘promotes’ the deluded bliar’s messianic narcissistic egotesticle balls. Get a grip heffer man you dumb cow.

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    A Doctor says:

    20% of gays are HIV+

    Did you just pull that statistic out of your arse or what?

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    Tachybaptus says:

    It’s in the sea, 1 km west of the centre of Funtana. And I thought cats didn’t like getting wet. But I suppose that he is also dry.

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    Pentangelis says:

    Coogan always has been an irritating talentless turd!

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    Another vanishing comment says:

    Neither did I. It must be your browser. Chrome and IE (spit) certainly don’t display what I just said in the same way.

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    Calamity Clegg says:

    We want to remain in the EU no matter how enormous a price we you pay.

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    smarmy git says:

    I absolutely hate Paddy Ashdown with every last fibre of my being. He is one pompous arrogant windbag….with questionable integrity.

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    Lord Paddy of Pantsdown says:


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    Get her!! says:

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    I still think he’s a spook.

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    Spooky Dude says:

    Now Soro’s says “three days to Eurocalypse” in Bloomberg Interview today.


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    Joss Taskin says:

    George and his hedge fund parasites all massively positioned up for the collapse then ??

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    Anonymous says:

    If you want to work with luvvies & BBC, you need to be lefty.

    Even Ricky Gervais turned into a lefty. He was always a twat. Now he just isnt funny.

    Ironically Marxism and Comedy doesnt mix.

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    Anonymous says:

    No, I used to watch him at the comedy club when he was young and fresh. He used to do a “geek not funny” comedian routine in an anorak. I was pissing myself and everyone else sat stoney faced. Brilliant.

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    Anonymous says:

    Carr fighting lions with boxing gloves would be funny.

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    Lord Wayne of penny farthing says:

    Hey, to clear up any misunderstandings over Starkey’s ‘mean and grasping’ accusation, what happened was this. I was asked to debate Starkey at the beginning of June and really didn’t want to, partly to avoid just this sort of ugly circus. However, I was in a rent crisis at the time, and thought it might be worth the stress, preparation and risk if I could earn enough from it to cover the money I was missing, which was several hundred pounds. I asked the Thomas Paine society if they could afford that, and as I expected, they said no – which I was glad about, and I made up the rent money elsewhere.


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    Lord Wayne of penny farthing says:


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    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

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

    How did caprice do that?

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    Elihu Root, 1912 Nobel P*e*a*c*e Prize Laureate says:

    “About half of the practice of a decent lawyer is to tell his clients they are being damned fools, and to stop.”

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    not a machine says:

    Money ah haaaaaaaaa !

    Perhaps the PMs speech grated a little , it was after all a foray into the depressing clean up of deficets , the irreconciable truth that Labour ecnomics had not only robbed the future in terms of pure debts , but had left the political structures so organised as to think wanting more debt was the simplist of solutions that everyone would get. The lib dems nipped out for a break and a curious nasal droneing noise came from labour , it perhaps was little more than we have become accustomed to expect . There are times in our history when truth was the only thing that mattered , our early efforts into excellent education used to ensure the truth was a matter of personal integrity. This age of the soundbite is riddled with assumptions , the PM makes a speech about benefits replacing work , with non work lifestyles that work is struggling to keep pace with.
    No doubt such a speech had to be made , as a sort of magical “on the never never land” had given labour a sort of benefits equality image , that lied about how they re jigged the economy to enable them to procure even bigger deceptions .
    I am sure the PM must have pondered if only two years ago , he had used similar words , excpet inserting 656 claiments in the borough of Westminster had led to a culture of expense claims , or that on a certain street in Islington were havin it large one individual managing £1mn , or another having a limo to travel 200yrds or indeed a culture in brussels where it was right to claim £240 first class air travel when one had only spent £70 , or indeed be awarded £16mn for three years entertainment from taxes at the BBC , or more recently having a private jet to shuttle sports commentators to present a football match .
    Tonight 3 PFI health trusts have been put in administration one managing a eyewatering debt of £63mn .

    The culture that Labour engineered is not just a matter for the under 25s and there £2bn worth of savings , but one of change across a number of fronts , and it has a sequence involving first securing deficets , positioning the debt properly so the economy can work effectively and then figuring out how to get a flow of jobs that can replace part of the benefits culture . This is so radical compared to Labour ecnomics we have seen for the past 15 yrs , that most interpretations seem to see it as a cuts message , rather than part of the more transformative package away from the concrete coralling of labour , where hope was a holding pattern with manufacturing jobs being eroded and public sector becoming too lavish and high cost . The truth of of course is , that a high cost public sector economy , engulfs those whose lives are lived through markets and market priced activity . A wise goverment would know that tax gearing can only reach certain points , before it breaks disatrously , as we have seen in Greece , it went beyond that natural refill rate of the public purse , until unable to serve much of its people in any sort of need . True, tax avoidence played a part , but then so does any artifically high, pay and benefits levels , ending in some sort of slavery to the debt monster , which in the UKs case thanks to Labours huge debts , looks like being a 7-10 yr project .
    Unsustainable always seems to refer to the immediate , but the truth in Labours case is a whole wonk ecnomic ideaology was unsustainable from the moment beaurcrcay was made king , communism goes bust because it hides markets true effects and actions unless you like being technologically backward and consider famines caused by unaffordable grandiosity ,necessary happy facts of completely controlled lives and lifestyles .
    Labours solution was in 2010 (and still is) to borrow more , somthing like £600bn extra would have been on the books by now had labour been in power , it would have gone on wage increases coupled with intense wealth taxes and fire sale (remember the ruins little list of what we had already paid for) , we would be paying interest on that £600bn , interest that would have be paid for by extra taxation , extra taxation collection that would come no where near the interest payments by now, as the deficet would be increasing , as they had fed the repeat error , without sorting the previous one.
    Yes you can roll off all the scoialist protagonists qualifications , dinners with bankers and stars of the Labour years , and struggle to find that true voice about the economics of it all , that for over a decade it was unsustainable and becoming little more than finance over gearing , until 50% of the UK banking sector went bust and the word Bailout could be heard across every western and european country that the socialist ecnomic wonk had infected.

    You can perhaps place labours ecnomic policies in the catorgory of “myths and fables” noting Ed has quitened down on the USs example he used so much at one point , failing so much on the difference of wealth and growth . Perhaps “legend” in terms of debt accumlation across balance sheets .

    The interesting thing is Eds submerged proposition of rejecting the re balance with comrade mclsukies war chest and strife , It has to occure to people at some point , that comrade mcluskie could simply be so ecnomic theory impoverished , that he is just a fool with a big stick . If only perceieved ecomonic injustice was cured as simply as borrowing more , he wouldnt need £32mn to propogandise , his theory would be as unasailable as an exchequors purse that refills at a sustainable level , with a tax gearing that gives people actual relative wealth and not debt interest .

    Best take that book back on socialist economic theory , if labour dont admitt it has evidentially failed , it will make somthing much more determined in terms of what comes next .

    For the record I dont agree with some of the things the coalition is doing , but I am dammed if that is an excuse for more of labours economic tripe to enslave people once more , we deserve better after this 10yr recovery required fiasco .

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    not a machine says:

    They have had since 2008 , and still not one of them has ever explained how it will work ……………… so it must be good then

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    not a machine says:

    I think that line goes into all time classic top 10

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    Anonymous says:

    Yeah, right. But you aint bloody Shakespeare and I aint workin for less than £15k innit!

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    *Ewa bites her tongue* says:

    Birds is tweetin The Red Flag thingy , hun .

    Should I throw my ash tray at them ???

    Speak laters x x .

    E x

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    Anonymous says:

    What is the point of your blog *Ewa? Utter tripe & bilge!

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    ʎʇʇɐq ɐɹou says:

    ˙punoɹɐ ƃuıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ

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    Crapita says:

    Sounds like a good thing to us.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    Just last week I opened an account at Natwest.

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    Diddley says:

    Very few people have principles these days, it’s all about the money now sadly. Coogan, long before the Murdick saga, displayed negligible principles anyway.

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    Jonah says:

    The Big Boss warned me to keep an eye out for you.

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    anonymous says:

    Incentives for the rich

    A Kicking for the poor

    The tory mantra throughout the ages

    Still the nasty party

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    Fog says:

    Mr. Fact – are you just anti-American or just no sense of humour? ‘MASH’, ‘Frazier’, ‘Friends’, the list goes on; and the current ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is brilliant and hilarious.

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    bald old git says:

    Guido’s thin this week – one good story on ipads and the rest kind of recycled. I don’t mention Rich & Marks because, well, do you need a reason?

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    I’m surprised that you are surprised, Tachy.

    Ship’s cats have been traced back to Egyptian times.

    SC is probably the only one with a catflap, though…

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    Labour Troll says:

    …and eaters of babies, don’t forget the babies.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    Glorious Radio 5 are talking about the NHS shit hole about to go bankrupt.

    “Failure of PFI!” says the BBC, but they forget just which one eyed halfwitted jock bell end went OTT with PFI to move debt off book.

    Funny that the BBC have no problems mentioning the bell -end’s name when they want to talk about “Labour investment” v “Tory cuts”

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    o cromwell says:

    lefty twat is hypocrite. Not news really is it?

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    Left hand down just a bit more says:

    So he’s not alive and lin Tel Aviv then?

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    misterned says:

    Typical lefty, useless with money and always grasping for more of other people’s.

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    We have th ebest divers in the world too says:

    He does indeed. Just when you least expect it, he gives you a kick in the [penalty] box.

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    1 across: Flower*** *****board says:

    We used to watch the snooker. The prog was called “Nasty undesirable plant darkly hued”. Full of ill tempered Scots as I recall.

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    Bonjour matelots says:

    But to what does “them” refer? The EU or the non-existent standards

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    alexsandr says:

    black sea?

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    Anonymous says:

    plus 50,000,000 others.

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    Anonymous says:

    this should be after comment no.17

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    Handypara says:

    Both, obviously. They come as a package!

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    It’s great that everything is moving forward. The pain is the problemw. I had necrotize faciitis. It’s 13the months now for me and I still have pain. It is not severe. I found the supports is big help. She is getting alot of it. Keep in touch.

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