October 11th, 2012

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  1. 1
    Gordon Brown says:

    Dear Jim

    Can you fix it for me to be the Governor of the Bank of England?

    Gordon Brown

    Age 62

    • 9
      Kebab Time says:

      Warming it up already

      • 28
        Anonymous says:

        • 32
          Gordon the Medicated says:

          See…I was right all along. You fools. If you’d only have let me spend another billion billion pounds this recession would have been over by now.

          Ed Balls is the only one who gets it. I commend this beach to the house. Now I must fly to Neverland where my lifetimes policy work will never be forced to grow up..

        • 48
          I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

          The trouble is, the Tories seem keen to keep their promise.

          On-the-books debt set to rise £600billion over five years.

          And spendaholic Balls wants to borrow even more.

          Whichever political party wins in 2015, Britain loses. Britain is f*cked.

          • Anonymous says:

            Last Labour government didn’t manage to borrow £600 bn even in 13 years.

            Now this lot also want to follow Spain and Ireland and build more houses. Without jobs how are people going to pay for these houses.

            Its becoming worse and worse each day. Osborne is saying he is paying off the credit card while borrowing more and more. Debt has passed £1.1 bn, we don’t know what’s in off balance sheet (Enron accounting). Also saying 1,000,000 jobs has been created while benefits payments are going up.

            Without growth UK is finished. Ed Ball’s might be right, if he can borrow more in the short term to grow the economy and then starts cutting the debt. Don’t know whether Ed Ball’s plan will work but certain Osborne’s plan has failed.

          • Anonymous says:

            During the 50′s UK debt to GDP was around 250% (http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/uk_national_debt); so still there is a chance for UK.

            Debt is not the biggest problem, the biggest is keep people at home and feeding them. Still 200,000 odd people are coming into UK every year and finding jobs, if we stop dole our people will start taking these jobs. Stop immigration and stop dole, UK can save around £180 bn every year. Giving dole make people and the government lazy.

          • UKIP.i.am.awake says:

            Ed Balls is totally wrong. Yes he may be able to buy some temporary growth as Darling did. But that had a cost to it. And that cost was the extra debt which is now adding to Britain’s problems while the growth it bought is long gone. Until a Chancellor gets is brave enough to get the economy in order by really cutting spending (rather than the half-arsed measures adopted by Osborne) with money it clearly struggles to pay back (whoever is running the Treasury) the country is well and truly fucked.

    • 24

      Dear Gordon.
      Thank you for your crayon letter. It was very well written for a big boy of 6.2 years old. Well done. We understood almost all of it!

      Unfortunately the governor of the Bank of England is a very responsible job and requires someone who has had a successful career in banking, economics or finance.
      We note that you have a diploma in the history of socialism. We don’t believe that would be sufficient.

      We do have a segment where we need someone to try out the role of a supermarket trolley manufacturer, at a machine lathe at a factory in Gateshead. How does that sound? It might be fun to push the buttons and pull the levers?

      Do let us know.
      Stella Pear Formance

      Head of children’s umbrella diversity inclusion output predistribution media and learning.

      Wood Lane
      W12 8QT

    • 36
      Anonymous says:

    • 109
      Postal Vote says:

      you can brush up your cv, Gordon, and inflate your broadcasting credentials and try become director general of the beeb; it seems position will soon be vacant since the Guardian tonight is writing:

      However, because he is reporting to the director general, it is not clear how far MacQuarrie will be able to examine precisely whether Newsnight’s editor, Peter Rippon, decided to drop the film because of negative feedback from Entwistle, then director of vision …

      Guardian definitely signaling heads arre about to roll at beeb

  2. 2
    Fake Billy © says:

    ‘Ere Guido if you want a laugh read todays Huff Po, Gordon and Sarah Brown have been spamming it with articles all week.

  3. 3
    Ed Balls MP says:

    ‘Ere Guido if you want a laugh read todays Huff Po, Gordon and Sarah Brown have been spamming it with articles all week.

  4. 4
    Gordon Brown says:

    Dear Jim

    Can you please fix it for me to be Gordon Brown MP

    Gordon Brown

    Age 62

    • 11
      whip round says:

      Here’s a cheque for £65,000 for not turning up at the House of Commons.

    • 39

      Please get back to work. The Loch Ness monster has appeared in parliament for longer than you, you troughing coward.

      • 142
        GORDON McMENTAL McMAD says:

        Dear Jim please can you fix it for me to sell your bracelet as i think i could get at least £5.65p for it
        Thank you
        Gordon “saver of the world”

  5. 5
    A Feminist says:

    I am offended by men doing a poo

  6. 6
    A Feminist says:

    I offended by male dogs doing a poo in the drain

  7. 7
    The BBC and their scrounging parasites can Strictly fuck off out of my life says:

    Sick fed up with socialist parasites.

  8. 8
    8illy from behind says:

    I regularly reach around for Guido’s column too.

  9. 10
    Question Crime says:

    Politics fans! Roll up, roll up! Tonight’s Question Crime panel:

    Grant Crapps, Caroline Bint, Simon Hughes That, Benjamin Zephyr-in-the-sky-at-night-nia and Cristina Odious-one.

    • 12
      dreading the dreadlocks says:

      I could practically write the script now for what the talentless Benjamin Zephaniah is gonna say. I’d rather have Pam Ayres on ffs.

    • 14
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Editing out questions on Saville.

      Even Red Ed is a non person today on the BBC website – no mention of his call for an investigation of who knew what, when and how.

      • 72
        hmmmmmmmmmmm says:

        Well, Mr PR-Guru Clifford is saying that he’s been contacted by a lot of anxious celebrities regarding $avil. I do hope that he is passing these names on to plod. Why should they be anxious?

    • 16
      Steve Miliband says:

      How many times has each of these been on? ZZZZzzzz

      • 18
        On the QT says:

        Well, look on the bright side. Caroline Lucas was on the panel about 500 times last year, but now that she’s no longer the Green’s leader, she won’t be on again.

    • 74
      Blowing Whistles says:

      QT – Excuse me but one of the biggest lies is that it goes out live, It effing damned well does NOT go out live and never has done.

  10. 13
    Strictly fuck off and take the scrounging students with says:

    Quick week!

  11. 15
    Political Scrapbook says:

    Relating this discovery to his editor, Simpson (John) was then admonished for being a “destructive young idiot” before a full scale newsroom cover up was orchestrated. The copy written up for newsreaders read as follows:

    Uncle Dick’s partner for many years — Auntie Gladys — told the BBC that she was deeply saddened by his death. She said “He had a wonderful way with children.”( Interfering with kids in the BBC toilets as it happens)

    As with the fawning tribute to Jimmy Savile broadcast after his death in 2011, BBC managers wouldn’t allow serious allegations of child abuse to tarnish the reputation of one of their stars.

  12. 17
    Typical right winger here says:

    I hate blàcks, gays, women, anti-war types, atheists, foreigners, the poor and the disabled.

  13. 22
  14. 23
    Right wing manifesto says:

    Kill all gays!

  15. 33
    • 41
      Anonymous says:

      Ah climate change. Interesting that the Antarctic ice is growing beyond what it normally experiences. The beeb of course will insist that ice is melting everywhere.

      • 53
        Aunty Matter says:

        This is normal for the BBC, when the north pole is melting and the south is not, the BBC only tell us about the north pole. When the north pole is freezing and the south pole is melting the BBC only report the south pole.

    • 69
      Anonymous says:

      Thanks for posting this, a must read for anybody not wholly taken in by the insanity of AGW.

      • 173
        hide the decLInE says:

        Any ‘science’ based on weasel words like ‘could’ ‘may’ ‘might’ ‘up to’ etc, along with computer models that the same ‘scientists’ insist are accurate over a period of ten, fifty or a hundred years, is not and never will be, science.

  16. 35
    Aunty Matter says:

    Nice to see ITV keeping their boot on the throat of the scum at the BBC, especially Entwhistle. Lucy Manning doing a grand job, I guess she can kiss goodbye to ever working at the BBC.

    The BBC seem very quick to try to divert the story now to Leeds and Stoke Mandeville.

    No BBC, you’re the centre of the shit storm.

    • 37
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Isn’t it odd that Ed M goes to Bristol and Cardiff today to launch Labour’s by election and mayoral candidates, then some berk asks him about Saville, now there is no mention of any of Ed’s remarks on the BBC webpages.

      On most days the Beeboids think that the sun shines out of Labour’s arse.

      • 40
        annette curton says:

        Are the BBC going to do the decent thing as NOTW?.

        • 51
          Aunty Matter says:

          The BBC don’t know decency

        • 52
          I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

          Now there’s a good question. I bet if “Cap’n Cash” had been fingering little girls, and the NOTW had known about it and covered it up, just like the BBC did with Jimmy, NewsInt would have pulled the plug. So, there’s really only one appropriate course of action for the BBC board of governors to take; admit that the BBC (a 1920′s anachronism) has behaved despicably (to put it mildly), is beyond redemption, and pull the plug.

          • UKIP.i.am.awake says:

            Hard to believe the NOTW has higher moral standards than the BBC but the facts are that the NOTW closed down because of a few years of phone hacking while the BBC will brush 40 years of child abuse and cover-ups under the carpet and carry on regardless. Then again the BBC and the Catholic church are part of the state establishment, so untouchable. And they know it.

  17. 38
    Huhne,Chris says:

    Whilst out driving a policeman pulled me over and said “Would you mind blowing into this bag please?”

    Nervously I asked “Why?”

    The policeman replied “Because my chips are too hot”.

  18. 45
    nellnewman says:

    I see chrispatten has described the beeb as a ‘cesspit’.

    Never a truer word!!

  19. 49
    Aunty Matter says:

    How interesting that both ITV and C4 news are concentrating on what the BBC knew about Savile and also the role of Entwhilstle in the investigation of Savile being cancelled.

    Entwhistle looks ever more shifty by the day, so how come he’s not been called to Parliament to answer some tough questions? He refuses to be interviewed except by his boyfriends at Radio 4 Today (they might as well have just sucked his cock for all the use that interview was)

    There is clearly a cover up going on at the BBC, whilst they are trying to get everyone to look elsewhere, they are behind the scenes up to no good.

    Patten and Entwhistle should be ordered to Parliament next week, where is fatty Waton and ols skidmarked pants then?

    • 54
      BBC Whitewash and Emergency Shredding Dept. Foreman says:

      Next shift in here now, at the double, chop chop.

    • 76
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Where are Watson and Bryant? No money in it for them, so nowhere to be seen.

    • 86
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Entwhistle sprinted faster than Usain Bolt. What is he so frightened of?

      • 105
        Mark Thompson says:

        I just knew I had timed my departure well!

        Fuck you and thanks for all the money and gold-plated pension you tosser telly taxpayers!

        Really, fuck you!!

        p.s. Thanks again!

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  21. 59
    ooer says:

    The PSNI should be brought in to investigate the BBC.
    Oh the irony of Patten’s politically correct farce of a police ‘service’ delving deep and bringing charges…

    • 66
      Aunty Matter says:


    • 197
      Shunted into the sidings says:

      Doesn’t really matter which bit of the establishment is brought in to investigate, if the enquiry starts to throw up big names and involving senior politicians past and present, as many sites are strongly hinting, it will be buried in double kick time.

  22. 64
    Jimmy Savile's Gravestone says:

    I went to pieces after I heard the allegations about Jim.

  23. 65
    lush says:

    Sad to read big G or junior G has a sore throat. Jura does appear to be a suitable medicinal cure.
    Do hope this means the Friday caption competition will have a similar prize on offer. Difficult to drink a book.

  24. 75
    Gordon Brown says:

    Using the poo stripes on my bedclothes I have managed to plan a 4th runway at Heathrow

  25. 81
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Look, is Ed Millionaireband a millionaire or not?

    • 116
      UKIP.i.am.awake says:

      He is at least a double millionaire (a £2.3million house with 400k mortgage) and more inherited money and assets besides. But he won’t come clean as to how much because it may frighten the horses.

  26. 82
    Freddy Krueger says:

  27. 83
    I don't need no doctor says:

    If an MP attends parliament less than say 30 times a year his or her salary should be given to charity.

  28. 84
    retard says:

    It would be interesting to see reaction of the BBC if the cesspit child abuse allegations had been made against a large automotive factory or steel producer where employees and senior management had become intertwined in abuse of young girls

  29. 85
    Left wing utter total fuckwits all of them says:

    Civil servant apologises to justice greening over west coast rail fuck up.


    Hahahahahaha fucking lefties all jumping on the minister when it was the civil servants all the time

    • 87
      I don't need no doctor says:

      The civil servant cock up was deliberate. Reason – job cuts, pension decrease, more years at work, department empires scrapped, labour supporting insiders.

  30. 89
    the company they keep says:


    Dianne Abbot, Graeme Morris and Owen Jones chumming it up with Sinn Fein /IRA man (and MP who wont take his seat) Conor Murphy in Venezuela, whilst observing the elections.

    • 92
      I don't need no doctor says:

      You can smell them from here.

    • 97
      Nogbad the Bad says:

      Oh no, how will we manage without them. Who will provide the casual racism, wallowing self-pity, sneering pointless waffle and the shallow justification for murder and maiming.

  31. 94
    Anonymous says:

    Fuck off you corporatist shite.

  32. 95
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    What I do not understand is what a bachelor middle aged disc jockey is doing with the keys to a high security jail .

    No doubt the Guide Dog will have a definitive answer .

    • 101
      screw the lot of them says:

      Ask the Police, the Judiciary, Masons, Westminster and the media. They are all fucking culpable.

      No wonder the establishment didn’t want this coming out.

      The wankers in very temporary charge have been shown to be charlatans with no morals whatsoever.

      They will get their comeuppance.

    • 104
      annette curton says:

      Something about “half the station would go down if they charged me?”.

      • 160
        Gillian Taylforth says:

        I’d do that without the charge

      • 176
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Jim must have fixed it for some very senior plod. Now then, now then, now then, young pre-pubescent lass chief constable? How’s about that then?

    • 111
      nellnewman says:

      The pollytwaddles of this world including the beeb are hoping that Leveson will prevent such a scandal ever being brought to public attention again.

      Post leveson leftwingers and the likes of savile will be able to function without any public scrutiny whatever!

  33. 99
    screw the lot of them says:

    Lance Armstrong, Jimmy Savile, … the celebrated celebrity culture continues to brainwash the masses.

    The BBC is innocent of all charges, past – present and future.

  34. 100
    Pleb says:

    Atos are sub-letting some of their work back to the NHS.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  35. 103
    Bumma says:

    Gordon Brown couldn’t even find his way to the brewery

  36. 106
    nellnewman says:

    Are you really going to do a leveson and mod this Guido?!

  37. 108
    Bumma says:

    Why don’t we get Andrew Marr to conduct the Jimmy Saville enquiry?

  38. 115
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    How it shapes up.

    The right’s main critique of the left is that they are financially incompetent and site Gordon Brown. This is true.

    The left’s only critique of the right is they are posh and site David Cameron, George Osbourne and Boris Johnson. This is also true.

    • 124
      ffs! says:

      They are all utter wankers. What else is there to know?

      • 177
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Agreed, the LabLibCon are three peas in the same pod, all identical and all treacherous liars and thieves.

        • 196
          Liblabcon life long mugs says:

          When it comes to the LabLibCon, there are three type of people in the UK

          1) The high ranking party big wigs who know it’s all a circus

          2) The increasing apolitical Joe Public who are wising up to the whole scam

          3) And the poor deluded party tribalists, LibLabCon ‘til the day they’ll die

      • 189
        bumboys and nonces says:

        How to spell “cite”?

  39. 120
    Laura Norder says:

    If Abu Hamza gets the electric chair, he can stick his hook in the air and pretend he’s on the dodgems.

  40. 121
    ToonBob... says:

    The BBC will remain the Guardian of broadcasting.

  41. 125
    Question Brine says:

    Don’t miss Question Time in a minute. Will Grant Shapps be asked about the fake testimonials on his Michael Green website? Will Caroline Flint pretend that Labour tried to extradite Hamza? Will Simon Hughes be boring as always? Will Benjamin Zepheniah say predictable things? And will Cristina Odone showboat for applause by shouting all her points as she usually does?

  42. 128
    Neighbours says:

    You know how the law dropped on a christian couple like a ton of bricks for not wanting gayers in their guest house, then shouldn’t it also do the same to a gay couple advertising for gayers to stay in their pad?

    I suppose they could always ask Andrew Mitchell to pop in on his way home from work to sort it out.

  43. 129
    Aunty Matter says:

    Newsnight finally reporting on Jimmy Savile…. except it appears the BBC are not involved.

    Just concentrating on the NHS and homes abuse.

    The real story that Newsnight is not covering is the cover up at the BBC and WHO ordered Newsnight to drop the story.

    Only the police can find out.

    • 136
      who why what where when says:

      Lucy Manning at ITV has been excellent on this story.

    • 145
      To Be Fair says:

      To be fair it would have been inconsistent for the BBC to broadcast this documentary around the same time as their tribute programme to the serial child abusing p***o

      • 157
        UKIP.i.am.awake says:

        To be fair the lauding of Savile by the BBC should not have taken place given the knowledge the BBC had about Savile’s child abuse.

  44. 130
    Aunty Matter says:

    So no one on Newsnight from BBC management and still no explanation of why Newsnight story got canned.

  45. 131
    Aunty Matter says:

    Newsnight have a c u nt on defending BBC, there’s a shock.

  46. 133
    Aunty Matter says:

    What a cover up, why don’t Newsnight get the editor on and then get someone like Lucy Manning from ITV to do the interview? Not a beeboid as they can’t be trusted to do a real job.

    I hope people are watching this, it’s a total cover up by the BBC.

  47. 139
    The BBC says:

    Nowt to do with us. Blame the NHS for allowing our top talent to roam their hospitals.

  48. 140
    Aunty Matter says:

    Not one of the guests on the Newsnight panel is allowed to be negative of the BBC and Eddie tosspot is giving the BBC a verbal hand job.

  49. 141
    Aunty Matter says:

    Newsnight asking if Savile could happen now. Just how many other perverts work at the BBC then?

    I think that answers it.

    Time to screen all beeboids for their perversions and political leanings.

    • 163
      UKIP.i.am.awake says:

      It probably is happening now. However I expect the celebs are being much more careful about abusing plebs. Although there is no reason to suppose the BBC would not continue to cover up anything they may become aware of. You also have to wonder if this Savile business is just the tip of an iceberg.

  50. 146
    Its probably institutional says:

    There is a narrative getting pushed at the moment along the lines that people did not report these cases of abuse at the time as Savile was a powerful figure. This is not true , many people did make reports and they were ignored. This is revealing because it goes right to the heart of the matter that it wasnt so mch that Savile was all powerful but that the establishment itself was up to its neck it in it . Its who savile could implicate that was being protected, thats what gave him licence.

    • 150
      James @ 45º to the vertical says:

      How’s about that then, ladies and gentlemen.

    • 162
      the company they keep says:

      why the fuck cant someone say that on the TV?

    • 198
      Curious Yellow says:

      Exactly the same has been claimed concerning a LibDem MP on the South Coast. Cases have been reported – but always the response was ‘not enough evidence’. With friends in high places, the brothers, the local press and the heavy gang to protect him, he has got away with it so far. Boaz.

  51. 147
    Witch Hunt says:

    Seems to me that this Jimmy Savile thing has become out of all proportion of what actually happened.

    I realise that we now live in a society that is no longer free but in the 60s 70s groping was not a crime.

    • 151
      P.C. Filth says:

      SIR – I, wholeheartedly, agree in the affirmative, sir. Back in the 1970s we couldn’t start the day without having had a rigorous grope, sir. Over.

    • 154
      Top of the Tots - Straight in at Fourteen says:

      Can I claim for what a cackling bunch of sexally frustrated middle-aged women did to me when I started my apprenticeship at age 17?

      • 158
        70's apprentice says:

        Now that was a problem. But I could not complain as the Cop Shop would have broken out in laughter (and envy).

    • 159
      UKIP.i.am.awake says:

      So WH, you think serial child abuse is not worth kicking up much of fuss about?

      • 195
        They were only plebs says:

        Probably thinks the decades of attacks against white girls in Bradford, Rochdale, Keighley, Blackburn, Oldham etc… a mere trifle.

  52. 148
    annette curton says:

    1.) Given the serious nature of the goings on down at the BBC, and it is just not Savile however they would like to spin it but a culture of Institutional Sex Offenders.
    2.) Where is the leader of this organisation?, DG not prepared to appear on any of his sham programmes to explain?.
    Rupert never got away with that and only about Hugh Grants phone hacked Pizza order.

  53. 149
    James @ 45º to the vertical says:

    No Biased BBC live chat these days? Have they gone straight?

    • 152
      BBC Bias? Quelle Suprise, says:

      So lets see, the man I’ve never heard of before with the dreadlocks reels of a list of reasons why he thinks Boris is apparently “dangerous”, that awful Flint woman whines on about why she hates Boris, but as soon as Grant Chapps tries to redress the balance with some positive things about Boris, Dimblebrain cuts him off “because he doesn’t want a eulogy”

      • 153
        James @ 45º to the vertical says:

        Ha haw hee haw hee haw. But where is Vance’s live chat, young man?

      • 166
        Curious says:

        What do Dimbleboy et al know about child molesting at the BBC?

        • 170
          albacore says:

          Oh dearie me, now wouldn’t that be telling?
          But don’t expect Beeb boys to begin smelling
          The ordure piled high in their own vestibules
          They’re the chosen few and they define the rules
          So one must ignore their tiny peccadilloes
          And await their edicts on which way the wind blows

  54. 156
    ... a good day to bury bad news... says:

    Seven Marines arrested on suspicion of murder.

  55. 161
    Communist Britain says:

    I notice that a man was sent to jail for 8 months today for calling a dead policewoman a Pig and that is one less. But was it a crime that really justified this punishment?

    I am frit that we are becoming a closed society where no one can express an opinion unless it is pro state. And I for one am pro state.

  56. 164
    Aunty Matter says:

    The Sun has a headline that someone tipped off the BBC about Savile and was ignored.

    The cesspit gets smellier by the hour.

  57. 165
    birthdaybot says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY E w a n m e !!!
    28 again?
    Don’t let these wankers grind you down.
    You deserve everything that’s coming to you.

    P.S. This blog is fucked.

  58. 169
    blub says:

    If the whole truth about the BBC end of this comes out there should be enough momentum for some cold cases elsewhere to be re-opened – which is nice.

  59. 174
    anonymous says:

    oh another miserable day ahead!
    each morning i switch on skynews to see if thatcher has died yet
    not today unfortunately
    always tomorrw though…………..

  60. 175
    anonymous says:

    after thev revelations about savile and a former tory pm comes this interesting analysis – once a c’unt always a c’unt hey jeremy

  61. 178
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    It would be fair to state that Jim fixed Libor.

  62. 179
    Anonymous says:

    Not yet on a BBC screen.

    Ed wants a can of worms looked into – Celebrity witchhunt.

    • 194
      B Boyd says:

      We’ve just had this great idea for a new series called Celebrity Witchhunt.
      Pay up, £145.50, or we’ll send the goons to break down your door and throw you in jail.

  63. 184
    Pleb says:

    Well, here’s a nice little thing. Did you know that Jeremy *unt is the cousin of former Health secretary Virginia Bottomly, now of BUPA? Shome mishtake, shurely?

    And that when *unt got his exclusive contract supplying the British Council, with which he made all of his money, his cousin was on the Board of the BC?

    And that his first MP job just happened to be in the same constituency as his cousin, SW Surrey?

    And that his cousin, being the main lobbyist for private health care in the Lords and a senior Tory grandee, had absolutely nothing to do with *unt pushing through a deal to pass the running of an NHS hospital in SW Surrey to the odious Richard Branston’s Virgin group.

    And that even before Cameron knew *unt was going to be Health Secretary, apparently *unt himself knew.

    Some people might call that nepotism, or think of Chinese senior politicians, of having friends in high places, or “leg-up” advancement, but I would just call it purely coincidence, of course.

    • 187
      Huntwatch says:

      OK. Let’s look at what has happened to a few high-profile “successes” in private management of NHS care.

      Hinchingbrooke, run by Ali Parsa, an investment banker, CEO of Circle Health. A firm whose flagship clinic in Bath was in serious financial difficulty, a firm which has no experience in running an organisation of the size and scope of a district general hospital. Not much due diligence there.
      The first thing that happens is a dedicated stroke care unit is closed. A unit that reduces morbidity and prevents long-term disability with all the expense of chronic condition management. Gone. Then the maternity services get the chop; women have to travel much further for care, those in labour or with babies at risk due to complications have no local service to help them in an emergency.
      I understand that A&E is next on the list. Staff are given shareholder/stakeholder status, and are now facing cuts in pay; despite cutting services, the new regime is failing already.

      Serco – many times failing to provide GP cover for out-of-hours emergencies; on occasion, providing just one doctor to cover the entire county of Cornwall. Censured by regulators for lying about this and other issues more than 200 times. Action? None.
      Private management of the NHS in the South West have threatened all staff below consultant or senior management grade with the sack unless they agree to pay cuts, increased hours, reduced terms and conditions. Action by government? None.

      The H&SC Act has removed any accountabiltiy for the Secretary of State. He does not have to, as used to be the law, provide a comprehensive health service free at the point of use; all he has to do is promote a health service. He is not responsible or accountable for it any more.

      Billions and billions is going to any provider. We are still paying for the NHS. The difference now is that a significant proportion of that money will not be spent on patient care, it will go to shareholders.
      Every single penny cut from services or staff is not being used to improve or maintain health care, it is going to the pockets of people who are probably already well-off and who want more.

      Jeremy Hunt believes in homeopathy. He therefore holds at least one view which is considered unevidenced nonsense by qualified medical professionals.
      Jeremy Hunt is where he is thanks to nepotism. His seat was previously held by his aunt, Virginia Bottomley, who now sits in the Lords and was a vocal supporter of the H&SC Bill in its’ unimpeded passage through Parliament. She is also a director of BUPA, a director of an agency which recruits health care managers, she is a board member of a company which supplies chemicals and paints to the NHS, and she is a board member of a Japanese pharmaceutical company which conducts trials in the NHS.

      Jeremy Hunt attempted to get the pro-NHS sequence in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony removed; he receives donations from Hotcourses, a company he founded; which he offsets against tax; he gets rents from a house in Italy and offices in London. He does very nicely, thank you.

      This is the man who is now in charge of health care in the UK – he has no experience, he has no knowledge, and he thinks dissolving a substance in water to 1 part per million (or something) is effective medicine.

      It’s a joke.

      • 188
        Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

        I am shocked .

        I never knew anything about any of this .

        What with Jimmy Savile and John Peel, all this in the space of one week is just too much .

        • 193
          pint of cider please says:

          It ceases to astonish, hopefully they will be held to account like the B B C it will be explained to them that this “open secret” was a disgrace and they are culpable.

      • 192
        bumboys and nonces says:

        But no-one’s laughing.

        Other than a bunch of cun*ts, all the way to the bank.

  64. 190
    Anonymous says:

    Has Elsie been in?

  65. 199
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    The beginning of the week George Osborne was telling anyone who would listen that he was going to cut the welfare budget by 10 billion .

    Today bleedin Clegg opens up and says it ain’t going to happen !

    What the fuck is going on ?

    Hopefully Guido will be able to sort it for us .

    I mean to say I have been offered a double shift on Sunday but if I do every pound will be taxed : if Cameron’s lot are going to piss my money down the drain I would rather have the day off .

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