September 24th, 2012

BBC Conference Cuts Consternation

Word reaches Guido that the BBC have seriously scaled back their conference coverage this year, with only a handful of hacks making the trips to Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester. While Beeb journalists have in the past taken up around half the space in conference media centres, we won’t be seeing the likes of Andrew Neil and Jeremy Paxman there this year. Newsnight as well as the Daily and Sunday Politics programmes won’t be sending their usual numbers around the country as part of a BBC economy drive that is said to be saving £500,000.

Guido hears that regional journalists are particularly annoyed at the decision. BBC political programmes chief Sue Inglish phoned Tory press office to demand that the free pass applications for BBC journos be withdrawn – this was apparently done without notifying said hacks. Given that party conferences are a rare chance to get big hitters on local airwaves there is considerable unrest in the ranks. Paxman is said to be less bothered about having to stay at home…

UPDATE: Paul Waugh shows how this plan has already started to backfire.


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  1. 1
    Ed Miliband says:

    Too far, too fast!

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    • 12
      The PM has No confidence in the Police says:

      As Dave has full confidence in Andrew Mitchell. It must therefore mean Dave has no confidence in the police who are guarding him from the outside world to tell the truth.

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      • 15
        Anonymous says:

        Why don’t you just sod off to Will Straw’s blog no: 12. Pathetic little shyster!

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      • 26
        Plagiarist says:

        I heard that exact line from some lefty twat on the BBC News Channel an hour ago, well done on the free thinking originality of your progressive comment.

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        • 40
          Drop Kick says:

          It’s true though innit?

          Dave has not really thought through the full implications of what his spokesman told the lobby this morning.

          Now that it has turned into a case of he said she said between a government minister and the police guarding him. Then Dave should have distanced himself and kicked the whole mess far away into some official enquiry or something, rather than siding against the police.

          What is often not reported is that a PM must have full confidence in a minister for that person to remain a minister, it’s in the rule book. So that’s why they always issue the full confidence statement as long as the person remains a minister, another reason why Dave should have kicked this into the civil service inquisition long grass.

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      • 44
        Just saying says:

        Of course, we all repeat the mantras and want to police to be beyond reproach , but most people in public life have come across a copper who embellished things or even told outright porkies when it suited them.

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        • 49
          Revenge says:

          Mitchell’s error was his parting comment. “You haven’t heard the last of this”.

          From that moment he set in motion a train of events that will eventually bring about his downfall. If he had simply said “I’m very sorry constable, it’s been a long day and I just want to get home” that would have been the end of the matter.

          By making that threat to take his revenge, then the gate police had no choice but to cover their backs and submit written reports of what happened.

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      • 57
        Lord Presturd says:

        He won’t be doing that when I’r poleece comishiner on umberside!

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        • 73
          jgm2 says:

          Does anybody seriously think that if the likes of Prescott were in charge of local police that they’d use it for anything other than political purposes. Arrests of T*ry councillors/supporters on trumped up charges etc etc.

          Blind eyes tuned to Labour malfeasance on planning applications etc etc (not that that would be much of a change from the present situation)

          And not that it would be limited to Labour Police Commissioners.

          The whole country will become like Chicago. And not the musical with Denise Van Outen high-kicking her way around the place (which would be nice). But Mayor Daley kind of Chicago.

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      • 104
        Fcuk me, can it get any worse says:

        I believe the police.

        Cameron puts mainly people from his public school background into the top jobs in govt. It’s like the poilitics of a hundred years ago. Cameron should realise that his hero Tony Bliar’s hero was Thatcher, cut out the middleman and try to emulate her, not Bliar.

        Better still he should be ousted and replaced with someone more in touch with the country. He and thrasher Mitchell should be in a position their mediocre talent and attitudes deserve, i.e. a million miles away from the government.

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    • 80
      Sir William Waad says:

      The Beeb splashed all its money on the Olympic Games this year, hence its thin, el-cheapo coverage of the Diamond Jubilee. This could be a good thing, if it causes the top brass to spend more time with their Party and less with media royalty.

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    • 93
      AC1 says:

      Can’t the BBC just get more loans from the EUSSR?

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      • 125
        BBC aka Bring Back Communism says:

        Cuts, cuts and more cuts so that we BBEC executives can get more freebies and send our BBEC Marxist comrades and of course ourselves on a month long public paid junket to the USA to support our friend Obama.

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    • 136
      lojolondon says:

      I notice the BBC didn’t hold back on coverage of Glastonbury. Or the Olympics (lucky for the budget this year they were local!) etc.
      They think they are ‘punishing’ the politicians and that by reducing exposure they will ‘learn their lesson’ and up the BBC budget!

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  2. 2
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Does Paxman pay less income tax than Boris?

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  4. 4
    BBC person says:

    And we will go on preventing politicos from appearing until you reinstate our BBC tax. Oh, you haven’t stopped it yet. Well, this is just a shot across your bows.
    We RULE.

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    • 9
      The Labour and Liberal Party says:

      Well, WE don’t mind at all. We have all our friends who work for you and put our line across all the time in all sorts of subtle and less subtle ways.

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  5. 5

    A journalist has come forward with an eyewitness report in full of that Andrew Mitchell outburst.

    Mitchell: [yelling at the dawdling plod] Come on! Come on! Open the gates, you vicious bastards! Come on! Oh, my God! I’m warning you! If you don’t start moving… ..come on…I’ll count to three!

    [jumps off his bike] One…TWOOOO! THREEE! Right! That’s it!

    [leaving the police, he starts yelling ]

    I’ve had enough! You’ve tried it on just once too often! Right! Well, don’t say I haven’t warned you! I’ve laid it on the line for you time and time again! Right! Well, this is it! I’m going to give you a damn good thrashing!

    [he goes away then returns holding a branch and starts thrashing the police across their faces]

    From The Pages of the Guardian

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  6. 10
    I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

    “the BBC have seriously scaled back their conference coverage this year”

    Excellent. The BBC have finally become as bored of LibLabCon as everybody else.

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  7. 11
    Well it's a thought says:

    Watched the politics programme before and I think we all should be scared to death if those fkin Libsh*tes ever get closer to power, we will end up like all the other sh*tehole countries in the world, full of rich politicians and hangers on and everybody else rummaging through the rubbish dumps, the ones that were on haven’t got a clue what day of the week it is never mind how to rule the country.

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  8. 13
    Toffs and plebs says:

    Anyone who knows Tories won’t be surprised over Mitchell’s outburst. They’re all arrogant and feel superior to the rest of the human race.

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    • 18
      BBC says:

      Don’t forget the baby eating too, Tories just can’t get enough of fresh babies to eat! Oh and by the way the Scottish Tories, all three of them, love to deep fry their babies before eating.

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      • 43
        the savant says:

        correction they envelope their babies in mars lard before deep frying

        and call it haggis

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        • 77
          Mick fae the Gorbals. says:

          As opposed to you sassunachs who use it to lube your arseholes prior to mounting each other and making squidgy noises, OOOH Matron. Your women are just as bad. Quite vile.

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    • 20
      A matter of degree says:

      Nobody minds Toffs. It’s not their fault they were born Toffs and if they have what is required to run thge country properly and not cave in to the Unions, Lefties and greens every five moinutes then great. What people do mind though is arrogant twats like Mitchell who think they are actually better than the rest.

      Having said that isn’t the putting down of the chavs who appear on Jeremy Kyle much the same?

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      • 28
        jgm2 says:

        Naaaah. The chavs love that. Jeremy Kyle seems to have an endless supply of fuckwits that even the chavs can look down on.

        It’s kind of comical watching the bedwetters getting all sanctimonious about call the police ‘plebs’ when only a few days before they were all wandering about the place in sackcloth and ashes bemoaning the wicked police force that had covered up the Hillsborough enquiry and shoved that Tomlinson chap in the back and…

        But now, suddenly, they’re all in favour of ‘Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir…’ to the police.

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        • 46
          Dave says:

          Thank God it’s raining and most of the country is flooded……..I can pay a few visits;look concerned;praise the emergency services;urge insurance companies to speed up claims process and with a bit of luck the public will be too bothered about bailing out their homes to worry about what Mitchell said

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      • 31
        I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

        Putting down chavs on live TV. Now, that I would watch.

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      • 70
        I hate chavs says:

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    • 97
      AC1 says:

      >They’re all arrogant and feel superior to the rest of the human race.

      Unlike our betters at the Gruaniad. Doffs cap.

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  9. 21
    Rt Hon Lord Justice Leveson says:

    If reporters are not at the Conferences, it is less likely they will whip out their mobiles to be able to record a politician acting the fool, and then keeping that footage hidden till they shall need an exclusive from that politician. (Of course, all others attending will have had their mobiles confiscated to begin with, to forfend that possibility– honour amongst thieves, if you will.) This will assure a free and open Press in our land, unburdened with secret agendas on the part of certain media organisations.

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  10. 24
    Gerry Whatshisgrimace says:

    The oxygen of publicity never did me any harm

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  11. 27

    Sue Inglish. Fell out with her over a decade ago. We had a curious one-sided correspondence where I detailed fault to her and she responded in dystopian generalities of which even George Orwell would have been proud to author.

    Ghastly woman. Why is she still there? At the public expense too…

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  12. 38
    81lly says:

    I have just taken delivery of my t-shirts ready for Tory Conference.

    The slogan reads “Don’t blame me, I was whipped by Andrew Mitchell”

    They’re flying off the shelves right now.

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    • 72
      Hurricane watcher says:

      Must be those gales. Come on in from the rain, you’ll never sell anything while it’s like this.

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  13. 39
    Liarpoliticians says:

    I’m sure Andrew Neil is all cut up about not having to attend the conferences, in particular the LibDems one.

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    • 76
      Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

      Wouldn’t have gone anyway. In these winds his hair would be deemed a health and safety risk.

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  14. 42
    jgm2 says:

    I bet if one of the political parties held their annual conference in the Maldives (to highlight the challenges presented by ‘global warming’) then there wouldn’t be a BBC ‘journalist’ who wouldn’t be on the plane.

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  15. 48
    jgm2 says:

    If the BBC are not covering party conferences then that can only be as a favour to Labour. The BBC have (rightly) twigged that the less the voters see of Miliband and Balls the more likely they are to remain ahead in the polls.

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    • 55
      WVM says:

      Mmm yes I’ve noticed that.
      Also we’ve had no Milimong or Bollock Ed shouting the odds on the box of late, definitely a change in tack from Labour as Milimong normally can’t resist jumping on any old bandwagon.

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      • 62
        jgm2 says:

        Indeed. The first signs of self-awareness. The Maximum Imbecile knew he was a walking, talking voter repellent which is why he used to limit himself to one budget speech a year.

        It was only when he became PM and was in the spotlight 24/7 that the full horror of his utter ineptness and incompetence was laid bare to the voters.

        The media wing of the Labour Party (BBC) has obviously finally got the message through to Ned Miliband.

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        • 96
          Plebs Incorporated says:

          “It was only when he became PM and was in the spotlight 24/7 that the full horror of his utter ineptness and incompetence was laid bare to the voters.”

          ALL of that is of course true….which makes it an even bigger fuck-up that “Dave” the master of PR couldn’t manage to win an overall majority…one thing’s for sure if he couldn’t manage it in 2010 he’s got fuck-all chance in 2015

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        • 126
          Millipede 1 - the one everyone gets confused about. says:

          No no we are trying to work out some policies that the public will appreciate.
          We have 3 of the leading Communist PR companies AND my brother working on it and we are fully informing our comrades in the BBC of our future launch next year.
          We also have Vince on board, but that is a secret.

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    • 90
      annette curton says:

      That’s a surprisingly [sic] cynical point of view, But I was looking forward to watching the Labour party conference coverage (warts and all), not often you get a chance to see a live broadcast that incorporates sheer comedy, an LSD trip and a nasal twang saying “it’s the right thing to do”, “hard working families”.
      “It’s what’s wight and its what’s wong” and the classic “where’s me bacon sandwich then?”, Cock-ups on the predistribution front. That could be why the BBC have decided to take pre-emptive damage limitation precautions.

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  16. 50
    Nadine4UKIP says:

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    • 64
      Backwoodsman says:

      ‘never less than 700′ – none of them from the bbc though !

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      • 127
        Evan Davies, your BBC sniggering schoolboy friend says:

        No I was there and it was illuminating. I reported back to our Labour friends on their tactics to use UKIP to their advantage.

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    • 79
      Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

      Which proves two things; the LibDems know where the bar is and have the nous to choose it over the hall, and the UKIP crowd have to wait for their carers to return to help them out of their seats.

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    • 87
      The Grammar Nazi says:

      “…[N]ever FEWER than 700…”, for heaven’s sake! Even in a Tweet, where things can get abbreviated into “telegramese,” this is egregious; when you have character space left, use it properly. And a full-stop after “yesterday” wouldn’t have gone amiss, either. And where are the opening inverted commas that those after “changing” are meant to close? That’s it, young lady– no Twitter for you for a week!

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  17. 51
    nellnewman says:

    Hmm is it because Brighton Birmingham and Manchester don’t offer swish five star hotels in exotics locations?

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    • 69
      I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

      Could be! Brighton obviously has the Grand Hotel, but (like Brighton itself) it’s seen better days. Much of Brighton is a worn-out crap-hole, rotting away by the sea and in this sort of weather it’s as grim as can be. Birmingham is a crap-hole whatever the weather, and Manchester is a crap-hole when it’s raining, which is about 364 days a year.

      My guess, though, is still that the BBC realises no-one’s interested in what the windbags have to say to their diminishing membership.

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      • 78
        nellnewman says:

        At the moment I’m rather afraid you’re right. There’s not a decent mp/leader in any of the parties. I can’t remember the last time British politics was in such a dire state.

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        • 85
          Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

          I am afraid I can remember. Late 70s with Farmer Jim leading Labour, Thatcher before the PR people persuaded her that she should not base her image on Vlad the Impaler and Jeremy Thorpe leading the Liberals in between court appearances.

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          • nellnewman says:

            The Iron Lady would have sacked mitchell without a second thought – then again she wouldn’t have appointed the idiot in the first place.

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          • Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

            Indeed. I remember her wonderful taste in ministers – St John Stevas, Gummer etc. Best summarised by the Spitting Image sketch;
            Waiter; what will you have for dinner Ma’am?
            Thatcher; Steak – raw.
            Waiter; And the vegetables Ma’am?
            Thatcher; Oh, they’ll have the same.

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      • 89
        Sir William Waad says:

        Where do you live, then?

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        • 109
          I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

          I live in Suffolk, but I used to live in Manchester and Brighton.

          To be honest, I was guessing about Birmingham, which I haven’t visited for many years.

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          • Sir William Waad says:

            Well, for a start Birmigham has what’s for my money the UK’s best symphony orchestra, the Royal Ballet, the Barber Institute of Fine Art and a darn good county cricket team.

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          • Sir William Waad says:

            Oh, and the Birmingham Opera, though that is frankly very weird, recently putting on the first complete performance of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht, complete with the string quartet in four helicopters and pantomime camel. You wouldn’t see that in Beccles.

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          • I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

            I take back what I said about Birmingham. Any negative feelings I have towards the place are the fault of Jasper Carrot.

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          • blowers says:

            beccles punx

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          • Pundit Too says:

            The canal scene in central Birmingham is very good and the atmosphere in Birmingham has improved greatly over the last 5 years.
            Still got a long way to go though.
            They have good business seminars I will be at one this week for the food and non drink – but the economic scene is still in the bunker stage.

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          • Bill Shakespeare says:

            The canal scene…… I don’t remember penning that one. It must be one of Marlowe’s.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Child abuse cases in Rotherham – MacShane calls for an inquiry whilst forgetting that labour was in government when many cases occurred. He tries to imply that the police are at fault for not telling MPs. So should we believe him that none of his constituents ever raised the issue directly over the last 10 years?

    http://www.denismacshane.com/

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    Twatson Backs the Sun says:

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    • 67
      jgm2 says:

      Hypocrite. Busted.

      If it was a Labour politician who was being embarrassed by a whistleblower it would be a matter of national security who was leaking these revelations and the police, reporter and any MP who’d come into contact with the details would be arrested.

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      • 88
        Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

        No, the core point is sound. Unfortunately (or perhaps not) it just makes Watson look more stupid since whistleblowing is one thing, leaking confidential police reports which could (theoretically) be needed in a court case and hence have legal protection is another thing altogether. If the Sun had limited itself to taking comments from onlookers it would be fine.

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    • 100
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Watson, you really are a fat freak, hypocrite and shyster. You are the complete puking package.

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    • 107
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      And suppose they did, Fat Boy? Would that make it any more or any less true or false? Oh yeah, of course; could they bung some copper to make a false report– isn’t that what you’d ask if it came out the copper was lying, even if you had no evidence they handed over any mazuma to him. You’ve got all sides covered, haven’t you, Bunter?

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  20. 61
    bias bullshitting c-nts says:

    What are the chances of the Labour Party getting more coverage than any other party?

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    • 65
      jgm2 says:

      100%. All positive.

      Nuremberg rallies. Synchronised standing ovations. Great sweeping shots of wild-eyed acolytes in rapture..

      Leni Riefenstahl lives on at the BBC.

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      • 74
        I believe, from good sources, - says:

        - that it was not unknown for National Socialist Wimmin to swoon and undergo orgasms at said Rallies – which says much about

        a. Wimmin

        b. National Socialist Wimmin

        c. the oratorical or power possessed by The Pseaker at N. Rallees

        and leaves me wondering whether Bliar or other Supreme Beings of the Universe ever cause LieBore Wimmin to come all over unnecessary and find their knees have/had gone ‘funny’.

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        • 113
          I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

          I bet it was b), and it was probably the uniforms what did it. We had a fire at work once and, when the firemen showed up the women could barely control themselves.We almost had to stop them running back in the burning building just so they could be carried out. Power Executives one minute, giggling schoolgirls the next.

          It wouldn’t have been c), as old AH wasn’t exactly George Clooney.

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      • 93
        The Golem says:

        True. The BBC is very good at what it does. As a subversive organisation it has few equals.

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      • 129
        Stalin's Ghost. says:

        Please do not forget me at your peril.
        I am the architect of the Labour party over the last 20 years.

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    • 105
      annette curton says:

      BBC?, they can’t help it:

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  21. 83
    john hill. says:

    The bbc would have saved £350,000 of said half a million if they didnt try to smother the Balen report….

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  22. 98
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Just saw the Guardian headline ‘Yorkshire is disappearing three time as fast as last year’. Imagine my disappointment when I found out it is still only eroding at 22ft per year.

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  23. 134
    Isaac Hunt says:

    The BBC should stop sending those t’wats all around the world wasting tax payers money to commentate on formula 1. No doubt they fly first or business class. Gets on my tits.

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