July 27th, 2012

There Is No 99%

When the Occupy movement took over St Paul’s they claimed to represent the 99%. Their message was forced down our throats in the name of the silent majority. In their first electoral test, the movement has taken a massive kicking. Rioting hippy Bryn Phillips managed to get just 23 votes in the Farrigndon by-election for the City of London corperation last night. Or 13.5%…

Spinning nonsense until the end, Bryn can’t even distinguish between turnout and the electorate. It’s over…


  1. 1
    HA HA HA HA HA says:

    Lets all laugh at the violent tosser!

    • 15
      jgm2 says:

      23 votes = 15.5% of turnout?

      Has the religion of pe*ace been made aware of the postal voting opportunities in such a low turnout ward? It would only take a couple of rented flats on six month tenancies to produce enough votes to ensure election.

      • 20
        Only 16 days 13 hours 15 minutes until the Olympics are over! Yay! says:


        • 168

          1559 registered voters & 173 turned out

          23 votes from 1559 eligible voters = 1.4% of the electorate

          23 votes from 173 ballot papers = 13.3% of the voters

          Quite clearly the voters of Farringdon Within do not care about their Common Councilmen and care even less about Bryn Phillips

          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

            What I dislike most about Bryn is that he has hijacked legitimate loathing for bankers for his own publicity,and makes it easier for the financial establishment to dismiss criticsism.

            And in other news today:

            The criminal organisation called ‘Barclays’ is under investigation yet agai, this time over disclosure of fees payable under unspecified deals made in 2008, and has had to set aside £450m to compensate for the money it fraudulently obtained from people who actually work for a living – small businesses.

            Take note: The rich bankers behind these frauds are part of the 1% richest, not the 99% poorest, no matter what any blogging banker fanboi might want you to think.

      • 31
        Shooty* says:

        What are you trying to say?

      • 46

        @jgm2 You can say peace on here now. I appreciate that Pavlov’s Dog syndrome may be at work. ;-)

      • 172
        Anonymous says:

        The only one to come out of the debacle with a raised profile is that odd Vicar, ? Giles something.I have heard him talking rubbish on R 4 a few times and i think he also does thought for the day.Laughable, when he couldnt even cope with the situation !

      • 177
        Not Another Lot says:

        Yes but the Corporation allows businesses to vote,many of whom young Bryn has avowed to occupy or otherwise damage -fine campaign management that.

        ‘Phillips, who is running in Farringdon Within ward, said if elected he would use his position to democratise the ancient traditions, societies and conventions of the City’

        I am not sure how a tradition can be democratised? I like to wear brown socks at the weekend -would I need a vote to continue this? If so,I would have no better freedoms than I do now. Does that make Occupy just one more group telling me how to live my life?
        How could a believer in participatory democracy take part in an election campaign like this on principle.

  2. 2
    Andrew Efiong says:

    What a crushing humiliation. Excellent!

    • 25

      Are you from Nigeria, do you mind me asking?

      • 114
        Spartacus says:

        great publicity for his cause, keep up the good work

        • 130

          Some very good people come from that country. Philip Efiong, for one, was a very great man indeed.

          Nnaemeka Aneke wrote: General Efiong’s handling of Biafra’s surrender is one of the most tactical and devoted maneuvers ever seen on the Nigerian scene. Those who do not appreciate the depth of it may not have appreciated what was at stake as Biafra capitulated.

          I spend much time in Africa where I see many who would put much of our population to shame.

          • jgm2 says:

            Indeed. I worked in Gabon years ago. We had a heap of Ghanaian labourers who I would cheerfully swap on a one-for-one basis with most of the indigenous total-fucking-waster kids I went to school with in the UK.

          • Mine d'Boggles says:

            I am working in sub-Sahara at the moment, and it always takes time to adjust. What you say is actually true of any population as JGM2 also says. The African problem as always is tribal (I get fed up saying that so I won’t any more). A tribe gets a reputation, like the Ibo (I suppose Efiong must be Ibo) who are supposed to be the mechanical and industrial strength of the east of Nigeria. Whereas the Yoruba in the west are the administrators and the Hausa/Fulani in the north are the military. But I don’t go along with this type-casting entirely, but is echos strongly.

            Here, it is a bit different, but still VERY strongly tribal.

      • 140
        Andrew Efiong says:

        Sort of by heritage but rooted in a leafy suburb of South-West London.

  3. 3
    Sniper says:

    “Bryn can’t even distinguish between turnout and the electorate.” True, and a arse to boot it would seem.

    But then again, the same is true for the Spine Donor, Pinhead and that one with the funny teeth.

  4. 4
    lolathebeautiful says:

    Twat. That’s all to say. Twat.

  5. 5
    Bob says:

    All your post proves is that the 99% don’t like violence either. Hardly a compelling argument that we don’t exist…

    • 12
      jgm2 says:

      You are not the 99%. In the last general election Labour polled 28% of those who could be bothered to vote (about 70% of those eligible). So Labour represents roughly 20% of the voters.

      So you bedwetters are in fact the 20%. The other 80% wanted nothing to do with the Maximum Imbecile’s insane economics that destroyed the UK economy. So do fuck off and learn some maths instead of proclaiming to spe*ak for the ‘silent majority’. You in fact are only spe*aking for the fuckwitted minority.

      • 88
        Laughing Out Loud says:

        So in fact this idiot’s result is not so much worse than those of our usual heroes of democracy. In a few years, with a bit more practice he too could be a minister of the crown. Scum.

    • 35
      Kevin T says:

      “The 99%” is just the percentage of the population that earn less than an arbitrary amount of money. It’s political spin. The Occupy movement, which seems to include an unusually large amount of people whose mummies and daddies are in the other 1%, has no more right to claim to represent them than anyone else. The fact is the left has not been a mass, working class movement for years – these days it is largely made up of upper and middle class North London types who believe they are entitled to tell the rest of us how to live our lives and spend our money doing it.

      • 42
        jgm2 says:

        Indeed. Labour is no longer a ‘working class’ movement if indeed it ever was. It has morphed into a middle-class support centre for bedwetters and the professionally concerned. The ‘working class’ in some areas still vote for them out of tribal loyalty but in truth, if you’re not a school teacher or a ‘health professional or some council knob-jockey or one of the other middle-class parasite professions then there is no place for you at the top table.

        • 63
          Ms. Pig Grim says:

          Where do diversity co-ordinators fit into all this ?

          • jgm2 says:

            They are the new Labour shock troops. They will litigate all Labour opposition (such as the B&P) into bankruptcy using public funds.

          • jgm2 says:

            They are the new Labour shock troops. They will litigate all Labour opposition (such as the B&P) into bank*ru*pt*cy using public funds.

          • Bluebird says:

            I would classify diversity officers and the like as ‘knob jockeys’

          • A. Box-Ticker says:

            Div cons fit neatly into the same box as a multi/darkly-hued over-weight single one-legged lesbian with three kids – none of whom speak a word of English. Hope that helps

  6. 7
    HA HA HA HA HA says:

    Guess that Farringdon spring has turned into a damp cold winter night.

  7. 8
    SP4BS says:

    So the turnout was 170 people?

    I got more votes when I stood for the vice chair of leeds poly kebabSoc.

    • 133
      Spartacus says:

      yes, such elections are often even less well subscribed, that’s why we have the political elite we have.

      look before you leap . . .

  8. 9
    Raving Loon says:

    Why doesn’t he run in Camden or some other hippy area?

  9. 11
    Fact! says:

    More people read about this story on Guido Fawkes than voted for the scumbag!

    • 147
      A. Box-Ticker says:

      But do we need to know who the 23 were and what threat they present to the Holy m Picks?

  10. 13
    He's right though says:
    • 21
      jgm2 says:

      Romney has obviously decided (Like Omaha beach) that there are more votes to be had at home (from the tenth generation yanks who fondly imagine they’re somehow ‘Ir*ish’) in dissing the UK than supporting the UK.

      Either that or he’s George Dubya Mark II.

      • 48
        Forkbender says:

        jgm, I think it’s like you said, Romney is Dubya mark2, he will probably get in then, the Yanks certainly helped by donations, to keep the civil war in Ulster going, if he gets in to power he and his mates would like to donate to keep Eire afloat.

        • 83
          UKIP.i.am says:

          “England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population. ”

          Apart from being educated to British state school standard in geography, I don’t think the guy is all that far off the mark. If someone from Britain had said that nobody would have raised an eyebrow. He highlights quite rightly how we have fallen from a mighty Empire moving towards a small, socialist province of Europe.

          • SP4BS says:

            yebbut, he’s american. And he probably isn’t saying it in an “oh shit thats happening here too” kind of way.

          • jgm2 says:

            Context is everything. If that’s the whole quote then he’s quite correct.

            We should spend less time apologising for our colonial past and more time trying to figure out how we managed to throw it all away.

          • Taxfodder says:

            I totally agree with comment (83) …no amount of rabbiting on about 1966 world Cup victory and “how we won the war” can change the fact that the political and establishment classes have plundered and buggered it up for all, this country needs meaningful leadership, not a PR street party and an Olympic fiasco.

            Today would be a good day to “look out” for bad news too methinks…

        • 96
          Girl with the Golden Bogie says:

          Good thought. Why don’t the septics rattle the bucket at fundraisers to support Ireland through the latest troubles? Maybe Noraid was more anti-british than pro Irish. The biggest irony is that all they achieved was delivering the country into the hands of the EU, as Region No. IE01.

      • 161
        Anonymous says:

        I dont think he will get in, he is obviously a fool. No matter what you think about Obama, at least he is a very bright man.

        • 173
          Obama says:

          That’s where you’re wrong

          I think it’s 2008

        • 180
          Noggin the Nog says:

          So bright he thinks there are 57 States?

          Still, can’t expect Kenyans to know all about US geography.

    • 23
      The Congestion Charge says:

      I think it is time he fucked off home.

    • 24
      Only 16 days 13 hours 11 minutes until the Olympics are over! Yay! says:

      They’ve separated us from Wales and Scotland? When?

    • 29
      SP4BS says:

      Never mind that Britain is a medium sized island – the criticism- that we don’t make much world beating stuff, probably applies to every western country (apart from Germany)

      I’m pretty sure that Hitler would have made a big bad mess of new york if it was connected by land to europe.

      • 38
        McNazi says:

        So why did Rudolf Hess fly to Scotchland?

        • 44
          jgm2 says:

          Less fighter cover. Less chance of being shot down.

        • 52
          Only 16 days 12 hours 57 minutes until the Olympics are over! Yay! says:

          He got lost?

          • Santa says:

            So he’s the one who stole Gordon’s moral compass.

          • Hamilton Athletic says:

            He was looking for Douglas Douglas-Hamilton 14th Duke of Hamilton.

          • SP4BS says:

            In that case he’d got things pretty wrong. Even Ryanair wouldn’t advertise that as “London”

            hahaha :Douglas Douglas-Hamilton – “President of Securicor (Scotland) Ltd ”

            As I originally thought, he’d heard that the prisons were run by G4S.

          • Fish says:

            Ryanair did actually. Fell foul of the regulator in Norway for advertising flights to London (Prestwick) Airport

          • A. Box-Ticker says:

            Must’ve had a Chinese knock-off GPS then.

        • 65
          SP4BS says:

          Are you on about that “scottish duke” he said (*) he was off to see? Even if he had been good at tennis, he wouldn’t pass current scottishness rules.

          (*) excuses excuses.

        • 70
          Try and get something right, tossers. says:

          He thought he was going to meet a supporter who had the power to bring about a change of government that would then negotiate a peace treaty.

          • Laughing Out Loud says:

            Attempting to make peace was such a terrible war-crime that he had to be kept locked up for half a century.

          • almost crying now says:

            As he was mad (must have been – Churchill and Hitler said so) it was thought unsporting to hang him.

            And he missed out on time off for good behaviour by continuing to say Hitler was right.

    • 149
      Mitt Romney says:

      So you’ve turned me into the colonel in A Few Good Men with all this controversy:

      “You Can’t Handle The Truth!”

      Are you all happy now? A children’s story involving clothing, a small boy and an emperor springs to mind…

      And everybody said I was too plain-vanilla, too nicey-nicey– well, you didn’t count on the Romney of the Bain Capital era showing up, a guy who said “Yeah yeah, let’s cut all the bullshit and get down to cases here…”

      • 151
        A. Box-Ticker says:

        Just to clarify, are you referring to suitcases, briefcases, or nutcases?

  11. 16
  12. 18
    Justin Sane says:

    These occupy tax dodgers are just squatters, nothing more and nothing less, just trying to justify why they destroy other peoples property by demanding we pay our taxes so they don’t have too.

  13. 19

    I know very little about the ‘shakers and movers’ of the Occupy movement, but off the top of my head, I would think its supporters draw a distinct line between direct action, which the protests were, and an electoral system which has been discredited on so many occasions. Put simply, voting isn’t cool for their ‘grass roots’, and I wonder that Occupy even considered standing for elections?

    • 26
      jgm2 says:

      It’s good that they did stand though. Because the fuckwitted jackasses probablydid think they represented 99% of the country until it turned out that they represented only 15.5% of those who could be bothered to vote.

      Hopefully it’ll shut them up about claiming to represent 99% of the UK. Although I doubt it.

      • 94
        UKIP.i.am says:

        The unions would consider 15% was a mandate for strike action.

        • 126
          Little Nicky I-did-so-want-to-be-a-prime-minister-one-day Clegg says:

          I’m absolutely drooling.

      • 103
        Sir Aston Martin says:

        “We are the 15.5%” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

        How about “let’s smash the 84.5%!”

        Nope, doesn’t seem to work either :-)

      • 170
        Anonymous says:

        Surely if they think they are a “movement” they realise that if they want change ,they have to actually get elected to something ,democratically? talking rubbish on phone in programmes really wont do it !and please dont ask Owen Jones what he thinks.

  14. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Awww, and look, he put a suit on for his Twitter account photo and everything.

    ‘…rejected the narrative of the riots’. That’s all politics seems to be these days, obsession with a narrative, usually defined by fucking pitiful fauxhemian middle-class lefties.

    The English have not spoken yet.

    • 93
      Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

      What is “the narrative of the riots” supposed to mean?

      • 107
        Sir Aston Martin says:

        It’s just jargon, Mr Cat, traditionally wheeled out to hide a lack of meaning. The air is thick with it over here — “issues” and “upskilling” and “targetting” and similar managerial bollocks. I used to find it funny but now it just pisses me off.

  15. 28
    Fatbot Tales says:
  16. 32
    Forkbender says:

    23 votes and that represents 13.5% of the electorate therefore the total registered voters 170 or is that of those that bothered to vote, probably the same ones get in every time a sort of closed shop (I thought Maggie had done away with those)

    • 47
      jgm2 says:

      Wait till some representative of the religion of pe*ace does the maths on this. It won’t be long before they make a move on such a system so easily swayed by a tenanted property with 30 registered voters.

  17. 51
    wavygravy says:

    “It’s over” is it ? Didn’t Bush say something similar about Iraq ?

    • 58
      Lord Scalded Bollock says:

      No,but it was a great record by Roy Orbison though.

    • 59
      ed martin says:

      yes, and we didn’t ‘misunderestimate’ him, did we?

    • 62
      jgm2 says:

      Was it John Reid who reckoned we’d be in and out of Afghanis*t*an without ever firing a shot?

      • 71
        In, out, shake it all about says:

        He didn’t fire any, anyway.

        • 82
          jgm2 says:

          I think he was planning to achieve that (not a shot fired) by simply not supplying them with any ammunition.

      • 81
        Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

        Yes, it was some time after Balls and I had eradicated the economic cycle and abolished Boom and Bust

        • 111
          UKIP.i.am says:

          And Gordo’s election promise was to halve the budget deficit in four years. Yet going off their opposition record since the election they would appear to have done all this without ANY cuts in public spending. How anybody could ever be taken in by these blatantly fraudulent, socialist twats amazes me.

          • jgm2 says:

            Half the population are of below average intelligence. Those are the ones Labour is appealing to. You know, the postal voters. The ones who, without ‘help’, wouldn’t be able to make the correct voting choice or find their way to the polling station.

            You think they can understand maths?

          • Norm says:

            This is the problem of using averages. As the other half are then above average intelligence.

      • 84
        Not Fit for purpose says:

        It was. I can’t help feeling that G4S made a blunder taking him on as a director.

        • 159
          Reid my lips says:

          Made a blunder? More like played a blinder – given the millions (he and) they seem to have accumulated over the past few years.

  18. 54
    Bryn Phillips says:

    I blame the postal votes and will demand a recount.

  19. 55
    ed martin says:

    he has a great future – behind him

    • 122
      Gonk says:

      Not at all. He’s a delusionist, liar, alleged criminal and hypocrite.
      He’ll have a great future with the Labour Party.

  20. 76
    RK says:

    Join the Liberals, Bryn!

    • 89
      Incapable Vince says:

      Join me, I will soon be leader of the LibDemons and Chancellor of the Exchequer !

  21. 85
    fuck the Olympics BBC quiz says:

    Will the BBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony be…

    As appalling as that for the Jubilee?

    As atrocious as that for the Beijing Opening Ceremony?

    Reach new depths of idiocy?

    Cost more than the Ceremony?

    Involve a cast of thousands of BBC employees on expenses?

    Be more interested in showing lots of LGBT perspectives?

    A celebration of all that diversity that has so benefited the nation?

    Don’t care as will be doing something else?

    • 91
      jgm2 says:

      Almost ten o’clock and no bombs gone off yet in London?

      For fuck’s sake. Those 7/7 guys had only a day’s notice and were able to celebrate the award of the games in approriately enriching fashion. A seven years heads up and we’re supposed to believe they’re relying on Bob Crow to fuck everything up?

    • 98
      Stephen Fry says:

      They will probably cut away from the lighting of the Olympic flame to Tess Daly interviewing transvestites in a london Park.

    • 108
      Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

      All of the above?

    • 109
      Diversified out of existence says:

      In contrast to the Jubilee, which for the BBC had connotations to nasty pre-Windrush days, the Olympics will be one great big orgy of vibrancy and diversity. The BBC will truly be in their element.

      • 119
        UKIP.i.am says:

        The opening ceremony will be a celebration of all the socialist bollocks that has turned this country from a mighty empire into the economic disaster it is today.

        No doubt the NHS will feature, as will our subservience to the socialist EU. Not forgetting our racial equality laws and gay/lesbian rights. I doubt there will be any mention of the huge debt burden this country has accumulated though to pay for all the above.

        • 134
          jgm2 says:

          Indeed. Apparently the NHS will feature. Apparently there will be hundreds of choreographed nurses shambling about the place. And farm animals. For fuck’s sake. Sixty thousand cheering spectators and they’re going to be working with farm animals. Has nobody though this through?

          Can you imagine how demented a bunch of cattle are going to get if they’re thrown into an arena with sixty thousand screaming spectators? There’ll be nurses and dancers and athletes and officials flying all over the fucking shop.

          You can tell Labour commissioned this fucking madness. Live farm animals?

          Did nobody ever tell them about never working with children or animals? Are they fucking mad?

          This is going to make cocking up the North Korean flag pale into insignificance.

          This has all the ingredients for the most monumental Olympic fuck-up of all time.

          • Only 16 days 11 hours 59 minutes until the Olympics are over! Yay! says:

            “This has all the ingredients for the most monumental Olympic fuck-up of all time.”

            I’m almost tempted to watch.


            As for celebrating the NHS, will they have rows of beds, filled with thirsty pensioners lying in their own excrement, desperately pushing red buzzers whilst disinterested unintelligent nurses stand around in groups and talk about “working practices” and “union membership”?

            That would showcase it perfectly, just in case there’s any country anywhere in the world that’s actually considering copying the NHS.

          • Fish says:

            The beds will be arranged, in front of Her Maj, to form the letters, N-H-S. There wasn’t enough room on stage to form the word S-T-A-F-F-O-R-D.

          • At the third stroke (clock or NHS style - you decide says:

            Mr Talking Clock, please do not confuse disinterested with uninterested. There is a mighty difference.

        • 138
          Stuff the BBC says:

          You can bet it will not be a celebration of what we have contributed to the world. Like stopping Germany in two world wars and one world cup, deporting our convicts to Oz or creating the industrial age.

    • 117
      Only 16 days 12 hours 20 minutes until the Olympics are over! Yay! says:

      “Don’t care as will be doing something else?”


  22. 90
    Smell the glove says:

    And in about 6 hours, she will want to go for a crap.(hope that vision stays with you all day long !).

  23. 112
    ToonBob... says:

    Tit heed…….

  24. 120
    Just Asking says:

    If the Queen or Mrs T dies tonight what will the BBC do?

  25. 131
    I'm the leader, I'm the leader, I'm the leader of the gang! says:

    • 154
      Fish says:

      From some paper or another….It seems that the Frogs are having similar difficulty with Grommit.

      First there was his arrival on the steps of the Elysée Palace for the protocol-busting handshake with French President François Hollande. On paper this was a political coup, but ended up being slightly undermined when one of the few French photographers who bothered to turn up failed to recognise the leader of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition and instead started papping away at his press secretary Bob Roberts

      • 165
        Plat du jour says:

        Not surprising. I doubt more than 6 people in the whole of the UK could name, much less recognise, the leader of the French opposition (or the name of their party either).

  26. 166
    OS Map reader says:

    Why have they named a damp part of Kent after this yank Mitt?

  27. 167
    Cressida's Dick says:

    It was suggested to Danny Boyle that the opening ceremony should celebrate great British literature. They chose Pilgrim’s Progress. Therefore there will be a 10 minute vignette of public sector workers standing round a flaming brazier waving placards shouting ‘ Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, out,out,out ‘.

  28. 174
    Jimmy says:

    Isn’t he the first candidate you ever campaigned against who lost?

  29. 179
    keredybretsa says:

    Now it’s gonna be Farringdon Without Bryn Phillips! Those that voted did a good job!

  30. 182
    Mark Wouters says:

    Well were all governed By the cia and not our politicians ,and were in a double D_ck recession which the yanks will not get out of !

  31. 185
    Mike says:

    At least he had a crack.

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