July 25th, 2012

Polly Inflates Cuts by 5100%
Guardian Forced to Retract Toynbee Yarn

Polly Toynbee was on particularly dramatic form yesterday as she attacked council tax benefit reforms in the Guardian. However those revisiting her scaremongering online today might notice one glaring correction:

“This article was amended on 24 July 2012. The original said households in Haringey would lose £38 per week. That has been corrected to £38 per year”

There is a very big difference between people losing £1,976 a year, as Polly tried to spin, and losing £38 per year, as is actually happening. The percentage increase between the two numbers is 5100%*. Aside from reckless scaremongering and horrendous Guardian subbing, Toynbee’s article dismisses that these reforms will save the taxpayer £480m a year.  So it is official – Polly is 5100% wrong.

* ( ( £1,976 – £38 ) / £38 ) * 100 = 5100%

176 Comments

  1. 1
    Nullbymouth says:

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    I think Polly has a crush on Guido.

    So much tension between them ;)

  3. 3
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    SiLly cow

  4. 4
    northofsouth says:

    Almost as funny as 0% growth from Cyclops!

  5. 5
    Polly Smugbee says:

    It’s rather nice in Tuscany at the moment!

  6. 6
    Pollys Dildo says:

    The only time I want to hear the words “crush” and “Polly Toynbee” is when they are combined with “Fatal car accident”

  7. 7
    Nan Taylor says:

    Polly is 5100% barking.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    well its easy then ..if 38 pounds from everyone will save the council 480 million – lets see now – that means to save a trillion – DIVIDE 1 trillion by 480 million = 2083 ( google answer ) 38 x 2083 = 79154 and that means ( different things to different people – ) One possibility is that the local borough council identify a tax haven with the same number of people as their Borough and – well, get the government to ask these people to give the money – cancel a trillion and start all over again ..simple MATH – YOU ARE BRILLIANT ( the people who ‘give’ the money can open a TAX-free shop in the borough ) its a stroke of GENIUS

  9. 9
    Kebab Time says:

  10. 10
    MajorFrustration says:

    Is she hiding out in Italy or at the BBC?

  11. 11
    Pretty Polly says:

    Sqwark! I’ve shat all over the cage.

  12. 12
    UKIP.i.iz says:

    Time to put the poor old Biddy out to grass…

  13. 13
    G BROWN our once and future PM says:

    £51- about the average price Polly pays for a bottle of Barollo

  14. 14
    duncanstott says:

    “Toynbee’s article fails to mention that these reforms will save the taxpayer £480m a year. ”

    Toynbee’s article: “All this is to save just £500m.”

    When mocking an article for making a mistake, it’s probably a good idea to avoid making a mistake yourself.

  15. 15
    Penfold says:

    Ahh, the ole Bolshevik principle, never let the facts get in the way of the agit-prop, the proles must be mustered, mastered and made malleable to the will of the leadership.

  16. 16

    Polly is a true Champagne Sociopath

    She really does think that people outside of her Trustafarian Islington Leftie Pseudo Academic Bleeding Hearts Microcosm actually listen to her drivel.

    Gordon Brown has more credibility than Tuscan Toynbee.

    Only the Guardian appear unaware of her real value to humanity

  17. 17
    Chalky Black says:

    You are Mitt Romney and I claim my $5

  18. 18
    Hew Dunnit says:

    Oh you are mean! Polly had to take her orthopaedic stockings off so she could count that high & now you’ve gone and spoiled it.

  19. 19
    misterned says:

    Whenever is she right? Her grip on reality would improve massively if it ever reached ‘tenuous at best’.

    The woman is a delusional fruitcake.

    And to think that Cameron was courting her and her acolytes before the election.

    Now we have had Blairite economics non stop for 15 years, it is clear that it is not working. The economy contracting -0.7% Q2? Let’s GET RID OF CAMERON AND OSBORNE and try a conservative economics for a change? Does anyone remember free market economics? Competition? lots of small independent businesses competing for their customers by offering better products and services at better prices with better service?

    The last 15 years of corrupt corporatism has failed. Our economy is falling off a cliff and it is NOT for the reasons Polly thinks.

    It is Cameron and Osborne’s adherence to 99% of Alistair Darling’s economic plan, instead of a distinctly conservative one.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Somebody may be rounding…

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    If nobody spent anything that’d save a bit?

  22. 22
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Inequality is no joke. Millionaires who get paid a fortune for contributing nothing of any value get to spend the summer basking in their luxury villas in Tuscany, while hardworking poor people who can’t afford holidays worry about paying the rent.

  23. 23
    Raw Nerve----Hit! says:

  24. 24
    Ivor Novello says:

    The gals always quoting tractor statisics. Does she pay her Gardener, cleaner, cook and pool boy cash in the Tuscan sun?

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    His dog loves him?

  26. 26

    Daft cow.

    She must have been riding that Sybian too much recently.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    What a horrible comment!

  28. 28
    Libertarian says:

    Now you’ve summoned the unwanted image of Polly taking her stockings off, you unutterable swine.

  29. 29
    Fubar Saunders says:

    out to grass? Time for her to be shot, more like

  30. 30
    Mr Spock Redwood says:

    I’d do a better job, but its best I keep my head down, rather than rock the boat too much.

  31. 31
    Fubar Saunders says:

    +1!!!!!

  32. 32
    It's no fucking joke says:

    It’s not hilarious it’s fucking delusional. He needs to be sectioned (into many little pieces).

  33. 33
    Polly Wolly Doodle says:

  34. 34

    *Don’t look below if that disturbed you – really – don’t do it*

  35. 35
    Uuuurghhh! says:

    Mindbleach!

  36. 36
    Sir Trev Skint MP says:

    “More important than being loved is to love”?????

    I’ve already complained to Mr Lama as this is just not the case.

    Last Friday evening in our village local, during a late lock-in, I tried to love our busty new Latvian barmaid, she told me that she didn’t love me and I said it doesn’t matter as Mr Lama said it was “better to love than be loved”.

    Hopefully after my letter to the landlord, my ban will be lifted before the ‘Vicars and Tarts’ night on Friday.

  37. 37
    It's no fucking joke says:

    What… a monkey?

  38. 38
    Yeah, right... says:

    Furthermore, those on the left are far more intelligent that everyone else.

    So there.

  39. 39

    I did post a warning above ;-)

  40. 40
    Yeah, right... says:

    ..than… obvs

    (pre-empting the pedantic onslaught)

  41. 41
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    My arse speaks more sense and is more articulate than that punchdrunk old cat lady.
    Isn’t it time she just jogged off out of our faces and maybe write a tour guide for her palace and grounds in Tuscany, she may actually be able to get that one slightly more accurate.
    Btw Guido, please don’t print any more pics of her, it scares my kids, she looks like an old leather handbag with eyes.

  42. 42
    Yeah, right... says:

    Well just don’t vote for him next time.

    Oh, hang on…….

  43. 43
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    She ignores that fact the her and her fellow lefties largely exist on hate.

    Who are they hating today?

    The bankers (of course)
    The Tories (naturally)
    The Coalition
    Bullingdon Boys and ‘toffs’
    Middle England
    Daily Mail readers
    Patriots
    Americans
    Christians

    My goodness. With all the hating they do they would surely win a few gold medals at it.

  44. 44

    Its all too much for her.
    She needs another holiday.

    Silly old baggage.

  45. 45
    Polly Tuscanee says:

    Truth is of no concern to me. I have made a very lucrative career out of talking shite and I will continue to do so.

  46. 46
    Yeah, right... says:

    Just £500 million?

    A billion here, a half a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking serious money.

  47. 47
    johnny says:

    and she gets paid £130k a year by the guardian to write that slop.

  48. 48
    Dave is a wet! says:

  49. 49
    Owen Jones says:

    Occupational hazard, you know; us Lefties really aren’t good with Maths when it comes to money.

  50. 50
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Suggest you read the comments about how they yearn for Mrs Thatchers demise on CiF – then you’ll know what horrible comments look like.

  51. 51
    The Tuscany Pimp says:

    Both places…….she’s a Leftie…..

  52. 52

    Now that really is in the most appalling taste…

  53. 53
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Her grasp of matters economic is on a par with little Owen Jones.

  54. 54
    erm... says:

    we all disconnect but it is incompetence when you are on the job.

  55. 55
    SP4BS says:

    All that maths is great, but you’re saying there that a year is 51 more weeks than a week.

  56. 56
    Sniper says:

    Or even the world infamous “negative growth”:

    The revised ONS figures of November 2009 showed that the UK had suffered six consecutive quarters of negative growth.

  57. 57
    Broadcasting Bias Constantly says:

    + anyone who questions the BBC’s bias

  58. 58
    Or so they tell me... says:

    Readers unfamiliar with the Sybian might like to glance at a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin site called Fucking Machines, where there is the odd artistic video.
    NSFW.

  59. 59

    Another comment in most outstandingly bad taste – well done! :-)

  60. 60
    ukiplocal says:

    So the conclusion is the coalition is not doing enough to limit benefits. Benefits paid out of taxes by those earning less than the benefit itself.

  61. 61
    Sniper says:

    Is that cash in hand?

    Could be worse, could be a pony.

  62. 62

    GDP fall explained in full.

    Blame it on the lack of sunshine
    Blame it on people moonlighting
    Blame it on the end of the good times
    Blame it on the boogie eater

  63. 63
    oy vey Dave says:

    Ive got it! Plan B – a cones hotline!

  64. 64
    Fish says:

    Mc Donalds
    The EVIL MURDOCH EMPIRE
    Coke (Coca Cola, that is)
    Fatcher
    Private Education and Free Schools (as opposed to Stayte Edukashun)
    Anyone who makes a profit
    Strivers
    Anyone who succeeds

  65. 65
    Sybian says:

    We enjoy an 85% penetration into the mаrket place here, sir.

  66. 66
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Polly put the kettle on – that’s all your good for.

  67. 67
    Raving Loon says:

    Guido, do you mean to tell us that a left wing commentator has a poor grasp of financial matters? Well I never!

  68. 68
    Monnie Jarbles says:

    Er, if the most anyone was losing was £38 a year, and the government saving was £480 quid, there’d have to be 125 million people all paying the full amount. This is pretty shoddy journalism from Guido – and unlike the Guardian, he won’t issue a correction!

  69. 69
    Guardian reader says:

    I hate subtitles. They’re wacist. Next time I see them I will call the police or I’ll wet the bed.

  70. 70
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    I calculated that to be a zero percent increase. I’ve always found numbers confusing.

  71. 71
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Serwotka backs down. What a shit is this £100,000 a year union leader. Serwotka is a liar.

  72. 72
    rocknrollalla says:

    What is a ‘gold medal unloving hater’? She really can’t write English very clearly. Perhaps too much time spent in her luxury second home villa in Tuscany.

  73. 73
    Ken Livingstone says:

    Labour’s supporters are usually thick unqualified poverty-stricken underachievers with sad pathetic lives and non-jobs. Intelligent, successful, people tend to support other parties.

  74. 74

    Its globalisation Sir Trev.
    in the old days the promise of some potato soup and a pair of leggings would have got you to third base.

    Our European partners are more worldly now.
    A crank shaft for a 1998 Massey Fergusson Olantio and tickets to Legoland may be required.

  75. 75
    Gordon Boom and Bust Brown says:

    I am a genius – I sold the gold at $280/oz and invested in Euros.

    Now I am a global statesman who has a job at the UN. I am respected by all as an expert.

  76. 76
    National Socialist says:

    “Boy boards plane to Italy at Manchester Airport without passport”

    It’s not Osborne, is it?

  77. 77
    Bent as a Nine Bob Note But you can call me Gorgeous Gordon.... says:

    Sorry Mr Forks (No Knives but only in East London for next Month or so) I have to correct your mis information you’ve put into the pubic domain regarding our sister or brother or awaiting the genda change NHS operation, on this well not researched load of effluent ……..during my tenure as the GREATEST Chancellor the Universe has been allowed to worship from 1997 to 2010. I personally devised & wrote this form of Brownite Nuttyonics Accounting scam where you take original figure then re- announce this over & over again…in this case just just a small number of fifty two times only …..so you get at the correct figure that Polly so very intelligently, even if I say so myself, discovered what this Nasty Party are really up to……I look forward to seeing your ejaculation very shortly…….

  78. 78
    Ken Livingstone says:

    Success is elitist.

  79. 79
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    It might not necessarily be an accident.

  80. 80

    Too late.
    What a terrible thought.

    Maybe the thought of her nude 100m hurdling will erase the image.

  81. 81
    oy vey Dave says:

    Oops! Of course I meant to say Plan B is invade Syria/Iran, cause Russia/China to intervene, so start a global thermonuclear war, wiping out 6 billion little people. Silly me!

  82. 82
    The Labour Mindset in a Nuthsell says:

    Making an off-hand comment about Polly and a car crash = horrible.

    Telling lies to the whole world in order to start an illegal war that killed more than 100,000 men, women and children = totally OK.

  83. 83
    Looney watch says:

  84. 84
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    It would be a lot nicer in England if you were to piss off permanently.

  85. 85
    Anon Middle Englander called Slightly Lionel of Chipping Norton... says:

    just go & Fcuk off then for good…….that way we will all be better off !!

  86. 86
    I only speak English says:

    can anyone translate this?

  87. 87
    she is a stupid cow tho' says:

    Polly is a genius, she gets good money to write total bollocks that would be worthy of a lobotomized chimp, and keeps the whole circus going by writing the complete opposite of what she wrote before, ad infinitum.

  88. 88
    The Labour Mindset in a Nutshell says:

    Money grows on trees.

  89. 89
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Only not as useful as the old leather handbag.

  90. 90
    The Tuscany Benevolent Socity says:

    Listen we’ve got enough problems in Tuscany to last us a lifetime without inflecting

    Ga Ga Polly on us for any longer

    Get it

    Or shall I make you an offer you cannot refuse…?

  91. 91
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    That statement should be qualified by saying that you’re pretty sharp with your own money. It’s only other people’s money that you waste.

  92. 92
    Bogeyman says:

    The old bat also makes a fool of herself with this:

    Each council must choose who is “vulnerable”, as the government refuses to provide its own definition…. People who live in areas with a lot of pensioners or a lot of the “vulnerable” will suffer the biggest cuts, as much as 30% or more.

    Is this the same Polly who applies the adjective “vulnerable” to anyone who isn’t a super-fit karate black belt?

  93. 93
    The Labour Mindset in a Nutshell says:

    “spending” = “investment”

    “borrowed shed loads of money that will incur crippling interest payments” = “grew the economy”

  94. 94
    Labour's time bomb says:

    Any fool government can “grow” the economy by borrowing and spending. But the chickens have to come home to roost at some stage. In this case trhe chickens have come home to roost on the next government.

  95. 95
    Guardian Education Editor says:

    After much soul searching, I made the difficult decision to send my child to an expensive private school. It was a tortuous dilemma. I had to choose between sending my kid to an expensive private school 5 miles away, and an expensive private school 8 miles away. But I won’t apologise for putting my child first. Frankly, the private school 8 miles away was just too far, but the one 5 miles away is perfect. Just as Diane Abbott said she was a mother first and a politician second, I am a hypocrite first, and a hypocrite second.

  96. 96
    Ploppy Toybee says:

    This government wants a Final Solution for everything and everyone.

    Enjoy the summer. I’m off to Tuscany.

  97. 97

    Aaaaaggghhhh!

    Have you thought of consulting a psychologist?

    Don’t know about you but the thought just comes to me and it is out on the keyboard before I can stop it. (Ewww. I could have phrased that better too….)

  98. 98
    The Labour Mindset in a Nutshell says:

    The term ‘black belt’ is racist. Also, the notion that one person could be better than another person at Karate is elitist.

  99. 99
    Guardian Reader from a Yurt in North Korea says:

    I agree, lets all drink some peace tea and be friends

  100. 100
    Chimps are Higher Life forms than State Educated CHAVS says:

    I say old chap, I must protest at your use of such derogatory terms……in all of my years working with chimps I have found them to be very intelligent social animals.

    They are certainly far more evolved than the so called Hacks that are restrained by the Guardian but then the so called average left wing sub normal dick head that try’s to read the crap that is ejected each day from them they are well suited to one & other……

  101. 101

    Immoral. Grossly immoral. David Gawky.

  102. 102
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    And where is cast iron Dave?

    Why did he not veto this outrage?

    This increase has just cost the British taxpayer an extra £356 million per year in subs to the federalist lunatics in the EU.

    No accounts signed off for over a decade, a fiscal mess of epic scoialist incompetent proportions & yet Dave cowers behind a sofa as the unelected Barroso, Van Rompuy & the hideous anti democrat Baroness Ashton steal yet more of our money to squander?

    Modern Conservative MPs are rubbish – utterly useless for anything other than filling in their expenses.

    Mere lobby fodder for a quizzling naive inexperienced Europhile who is out at the next GE.

  103. 103

    Labour also grew the debt by trying to buy that election.
    The figures are staggering.

    In July 2007, Britain had government debt at 35.5% of GDP. This figure rose to 56.8% of GDP by July 2009. 2010 the British national debt amounted to £940.1 billion, or 61.4% of total GDP.

    so long, and thanks for all the debt.

  104. 104
    Dick says:

    Yes indeedy. I’m loving the way she puts “vulnerable” in mocking quote marks, as if it’s a bad word, yet she flings it about with abandon in almost every article she writes.

  105. 105
    Kinnochio says:

    I am tottally and utterly disgusted at the treatment of Polly on this blog. She is a Progressive and doesn’t have to be able to do maths- that’s for the Little people like you, that have to produce something tradeable so we can seize most of it in tax, to fund us to boss you about.

    It’s the wonderful “postdemocratic era” for which Common Purpose is training its Droids. Check out the olymic Zil lanes and “party members only” hotels in London. The IOC politicians have go the idea. Do try and keep up.

  106. 106
    Nullbymouth says:

    The newly created Media Guido loves him

  107. 107
    Nullbymouth says:

    How about a cup of shut the fuck up?

  108. 108
    Nullbymouth says:

    Can you tell the difference between butter and margarine?

  109. 109
    Backwoodsman says:

    Yes, because a great many people point out all these inconvenient facts about the flaws in the graun / bbc LALa land project and, in fact, deeply resent the damage done to our country by the said perpetrators, we are all gold medal haters.

  110. 110
    vipid socialist says:

    Dave is out today preparing for life after government with his bestist mates in the jolly EU

  111. 111
    will says:

    Poor old Polly, writing for a newspaper running out of money.

    According to the times the guardian loses £125,000 per day. thats £44m per year. Whilst ita has a cash pile of £225.8m Becsue of a £100m div from autotrader. It spent £80m on new presses and now £12m on its headquarters per year. Also several million on 50 employees on New York. It EMAP stake now written down to zero (not worth anything). It has TRader media valued at £1.5billion with £500m of debt as half owned with APAX, of floated it should get £500m.

    so i recking the guardian will be bankrupt within 15 years, unless it has a paywall but most guardian readers will not pay for it, so its revenue from this would be limited and its claimed 30 million readers online would fall dramatically affecting advertising.

    long term the guardian is buggered to put it mildly.

  112. 112
    I really, really can't be arsed to..... says:

    “Negative growth” – now there’s an oxymoron!

  113. 113
    Brown,Balls & Darling Eron by name, Eron by Nature (Mis)Accounting Services says:

    You mean the flocks of diarrhoea infected chickens have & are starting to

    come home to roost.

    Just look at all of the shit they continue to rain down each & every day on

    Call Me a Dick Head Liar Dave & the rest of his genda benders…..

    I am just brilliant in the way I have made UK economy the basket case of

    Northern Europe the same as south…. I look forward to my crowning……

  114. 114
    I really, really can't be arsed to..... says:

    Can you just imagine that wrinkled, hairy, pussy with dangling labia, clenched around the business upright of the Sybian as it bucks her into oblivion?

  115. 115
    Labor Nutshell is there Mindset says:

    Ok then is the term Opposite to a White Belt acceptable ???

    Or do we need a judge lead enquirey team to delve into this matter

  116. 116

    Chaps and chapesses.

    On September 2, 2010 at 10:40 am, Anonymong posted …To me, Guido Fawkes is the blogopshere’s form of tabloid journalism at its very worst…

    Our host has done his best – and we have striven to assist him – in living up to these high ideals.

    Were Anonymong to grace us with his/her presence again today (and we surely would make him feel most welcome), I feel that he would struggle to find satisfactory new superlatives to describe the progress.

    We may note that the subject matter of this thread must be in the top five for attaining these dizzy heights. Gordon is arguably a greater contender.

    Alongside all of you, I feel proud in setting new landmarks for quality upon teh interwebs.

  117. 117
    Fish says:

    During the Mayoral Election, Toynbee wrote a story lambasting Boris (and in support of Tax Dodger Livingstone), including the ludicrous claim that in the previous six months there were only 56 affordable house completions in the whole of London. Checking the official numbers it was clear that Polly had done an Owen Jones / Joanne Hari and had made it up (i.e. lied) – the official figures showed that there were more than 3520 Housing Assn / public sector completions with more in the private sector (and with over 6200 new starts under-way in the same period).

    To use GF’s formula, Poly was out by at least 6186%

    I did drop Poly a line to ask where she got her figures from (that nice Leveson person reminding me about journalistic standards, integrity of the press and all that – I didn’t want her to be dragged in front of Judge!). I never did get a response.

  118. 118
    Archer Karcher says:

    Indeed, a quick look around Labour “heartlands” reveals conclusively they are all unremitting shitholes, full of seething failures and dole bludgers looking for constant hand outs.

    Anyone with the slightest intelligence got out as soon as they could and never go back.

  119. 119
    Peter Grimes says:

    A recent Biased-BBC comment, undoubtedly from one of ZaNuLieBor’s all-too-many trolls, suggested that those who attack the fat-arsed, ugly, hypocritical, useless cow PollyTwaddle never read her articles.

    FFS!!!!!

  120. 120
    Peter Grimes says:

    AND a big dose of HB and benefits for life!

  121. 121
    Sir Trev Skint MP says:

    How True Bill, even on our MP junkets to Azerbaijan to offer advice on the Eurovision song contest, I noticed some of their scantily clad backing vocalists were only interested in hard cash. I went back still carrying the nylons and chewing gum!

  122. 122
    Peter Grimes says:

    It’s very rare, hence the price. Barolo on the other hand …….

  123. 123
    The Middle England (In)Torrent Society says:

    Fcuk Off, back to your sheep shagging luvers…….

  124. 124
    Just wonderin' says:

    I wonder what Rebekah Brooks is doing right now?

  125. 125
    Peter Grimes says:

    It wouldn’t touch the sides!!! Pelvic floor muscles are undoubtedly fucked.

  126. 126
    Nullbymouth says:

    Polly prefers to drink Barroso

  127. 127
    Fish says:

    Serwotka: ‘What swung it was the Government’s agreement, in a meeting last night, to recruit 800 extra border force staff.’

    But the jobs had been already advertised last week.

    Serwotka Livingstone’d out knowing that he did not have a mandate for the strike with only 1800 of 16000 voting to go out. Add the substantial number of non-union staff in the IS and Serwotka could see the writing on the wall.

  128. 128
    Peter Grimes says:

    Anyhow, you can’t blame the subbies, Guido, the Guardian has probably sacked them all so that it can continue to pay Rustybridges and PollyTwat their vast, unmerited salaries!

  129. 129
    Treasury Media Spokesperson says:

    The Chancellor would like it to be known to everyone the following

    I am using Gordon’s abracuss !! abra!! cadabra !!……oh Balls…..

    I am buggered buggered……..will someone anyone just please bugger me…

  130. 130
    Chipping Norton Gazette Court Reporter says:

    Packing her Suitcase for a very long, soon to be announced, visit to……

  131. 131
    soiniciulacht says:

    The figure should be £3.80 per week or more depending on certain variables.

  132. 132
    simon r says:

    oh look, its chuka and hazel blears

  133. 133
    pissed off voter says:

    Polly Toynbee 5100% wrong? Must have been one of her better days.

  134. 134
    Archer Karcher says:

    Or for all that expensive green “renewable” energy Polly and the progressives are so keen on.
    The thousands of poor people who die in winter, because they can’t afford to heat their homes, are a price worth paying for the greater good, presumably.

  135. 135
    Tolly Poynbee says:

    Those on the left are kind, altruistic, morally and ethically upstanding, and generally all-round nicer and better people than those money-worshipping Tories.

    The fact that my newspaper does not pay UK tax does not in any way signify that I or my colleagues are hypocrites of the first order for writing articles criticising the Government’s evil tax regime.

  136. 136
    Illegal Substance User from Sub Sahara says:

    Yer man I get that myself for my many Wives & Hordes of Children on your lovely UK Benefits here

    its still a struggle each week……..

  137. 137
    Slippery Slope says:

    ‘unloving’. 1984 double-speak?

  138. 138
    Slippery Slope says:

    +1000

  139. 139
    Running Dog says:

    Polly: Guido loves what you fear… the truth!

  140. 140
    Anon Treasury person called George..... says:

    someone just call out my favorite word…..buggered….can’t get enough myself, any more still going spare

  141. 141
    Slippery Slope says:

    Owen will be on Radio 5 Labour, Today, The World at One, Any Questions, Question Time, The Daily Politics, Newsnight, The Sunday Politics, BBC News 24, BBC 3 and any other BBC programme which the BBC News Editors can shoehorn him onto to give his expert economic analysis of the situation.

  142. 142
    CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

    It’s time the deluded old cow retired and pissed off to Tuscany, never to return.

    Fuck me, this silly bitch gets paid about ten times more than the average hardworking person” for producing this garbage? Which idiot decides she’s worth all that money? It seems only the Guardian and its broadcasting arm, the BBC, think she’s employable.

    Just what life experience has she obtained to make her think she can tell the rest of us how to live. A homeless tramp probably has more wisdom than Dopey Toynbee.

  143. 143
    Bent as a Nine Bob Note But you can call me Gorgeous Gordon.... says:

    Kindly read my earlier posting @12.19 under the same pseudonym about the Nasty Party’s misinformation & Lies they keep spreading…..

  144. 144
    Slippery Slope says:

    V. good point. Like we voted for the Eurotroughers Kinnock and Mandelson as well.

  145. 145
    Slippery Slope says:

    Pity she can’t be made to disclose her tax arrangements before she takes it upon herself to pontificate about cuts which need to be made because there isn’t any money.

  146. 146
    Slippery Slope says:

    And she pays tax at?

  147. 147
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Haha! Very good.

  148. 148
    Hang The Bastards says:

    This stupid cow is truely mental.

    How anyone can listen to her claptrap is beyond belief. She is a national laughingstock

  149. 149
    Aunty Matter says:

    Her arse inflates about 20,000%

  150. 150
    Aunty Matter says:

    Did Owen Jones do the maths.

  151. 151
    Grrr says:

    Simples

    The Left uses ‘The poor’ to provide themselves with jobs, power, money, influence and an excuse to attack their enemies – Conservatives who want people to be left alone to get on their lives without Socialist interferance.

    Polly – typical wealthy champaign socialist – needs the poor – they don’t need her.

  152. 152
    BBC aka OJ appreciation Society says:

    No thats not for Gays & Bum bandits…..

  153. 153
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    Clarke’s the sort of brainiac who’d pop to the local garage and borrow a petrol pump if he thought his Sunday afternoon bar-b-que flames were getting a bit weak.
    Someone needs to give this bunch a good shake to see if it fires up the half of their brain that isn’t working.

  154. 154
    JK Rawlings says:

    No – leave her there – always good for a laugh

  155. 155
    M says:

    polly for shadow chancellor

  156. 156
    Pastry chef says:

    Crowning with a rolling pin is the best idea you’ve had this year.

  157. 157
    Pastry chef says:

    try’s ??? Ar u a grundina poofreeda

  158. 158
    What do you expect from the left (BBC)... says:

    The woman is beyond belief, mentally unbalanced, who the hell actually believes anything she ever says. – More lefties I suppose, poor dears. -

  159. 159
    Barnard says:

    I don’t know where you studied mathematics but the average Band D council tax in England is £1,444 per year and a 20% reduction in benefits is £288.80.

    This equals £5.55 per week that people will have to find out of their other benefits.

    So your figure of only £38 per year is as inaccurate as Polly’s

  160. 160
    reason says:

    £500m in the Guardian article.

    Don’t cry.

  161. 161
    Libertarian says:

    Too late dammit!

  162. 162
    G BROWN our once and future PM says:

    But Polly you make it so easy and so rewarding

  163. 163
    Anonymous says:

    The grauniad strikes again. Idiots.

  164. 164
    Elvis says:

    BURN THE WITCH!

  165. 165
    Elvis says:

    Leave her head on the bed- poor horses have enough to contend with.

  166. 166
    Elvis says:

    Bleeeeeaaaaaaaaaghhhhhhhh! Wipes Mouth and reaches for mind bleach.

  167. 167
    Bluebird says:

    Drink Barroso’s what?

  168. 168
    fitzfitz says:

    What a curiously brazen old broad this is : we wonder why you tolerate her .

  169. 169
    EdButLookBalls says:

    I am self-employed can only afford a 4 day holiday in Summer in the UK. Twats like Tuscan Toynbee and her fellow ‘non add value’ twunts like MPs and Westminster commentators take it for granted that they can freeload. I hate the Hunts!

  170. 170
    Ringstone says:

    Play fair! We all known she’s away with the pixies and has been for years.
    She’s the novelty act not a journalist; therefore normal rules [competence, fact checking, etc,etc] do not apply.

  171. 171
    Tony B Liar says:

    Polly put the kettle. Don’t make a mess of that!

  172. 172
    Beness says:

    It’s called Scorched earth policy.

  173. 173
    Rory says:

    Given there are 52 weeks in a year, then any escalation from a weekly to yearly figure is going to be 5,100% as it’s 52x as much. I mean, you just multiplied the number by 52 anyway, when it should have been 52.142 (or, as it’s a leap year, 52.285). But then you show us the working out, where you’ve mentioned the figure of £1,976. (Missing the extra fiver in a normal year, tenner in a leap year.) So why do you need to show the maths to prove that an exaggeration of weeks to years is 5,100%? (When actually it’s 5,114% or 5,129%) Would you also feel the need to get out your calculator in a day/week case to tell us that it was a 600% exaggeration? Dear God, is this the state of education in our country?

  174. 174
    terrycollmann says:

    Anybody who uses the expression ‘ZaNuLieBor’ has already lost all credibility.

  175. 175
    Anonymous says:

    I think you should start referring to her by her proper title: the multi-millionaire Polly Toynbee.

  176. 176
    Anonymous says:

    Typical Grauniad columnist – never let the facts get in the way of a good headline


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