October 25th, 2012

Treasury’s £1 Million Stimulus

Just as the Q3 GDP figures were announced this morning a perfectly-timed FOI response landed in Guido’s inbox. Between January and October this year the Treasury spent almost £1 million of taxpayers’ money renovating their Horse Guards Road offices. The cash was spent on a project to “optimise usable space”, with hundreds of thousands spent on building brand new workstations, receptions and infrastructure and buying new furniture. That’s one way of softening the construction downturn

UPDATE: Treasury sources get in touch to stress that the project will double the occupancy of the building, freeing up space elsewhere and so saving money. Twice as many Treasury officials under one roof, what a thought…


170 Comments

  1. 1
    Engineer says:

    To be fair, a million pounds spent on a pile the size of the Treasury is just running maintenance.

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  2. 2
    Tooth fairy says:

    I was buying a Standard class renovation but thought as the builders were in I would ask for an upgrade…… I didn’t expect to pay for it though.

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  3. 3
    I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

    “The cash was spent on a project to “optimise usable space””

    Couldn’t they just moved the desks closer together?

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  4. 4
    BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

    Yeah…more twatting money pissed up against a wall IN THE SOUTH!

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  5. 6
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Blocked again for this ?? FFS

    Manchester United star Wayne Rooney weighs into US election debate – and gives his vote to Barack Obama

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  6. 9
    London Cabbie believes anything says:

    Shock horror. Government wastes 0.0000015% of the 2012 budget on running the government. This site is becoming wose that the bloody Daily Mail.

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    • 16
      BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

      OK let’s stop all benefits immediately. There, that’s 20% saved. Happy now?

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    • 37
      Archer Karcher says:

      Ah the old socialist dog whistle ‘Daily Mail’. Are we all supposed to boo and hiss, like good citizens, in the politically correct fashion at lt’s mention comrade?

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      • 77
        London Cabbie says:

        WTF are you on about? I am no more a socialist than Tony fucking Blair. My point was this is a bullshit story when we are paying Somalis £100,000 rents and spending £200 million on welfare. Tosser.

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        • 105
          Archer Karcher says:

          You clearly don’t know much about St. Tone of Troof.

          He always refers to himself as a ‘progressive’ try googling it sometime.

          A certain Italian called Benito started the ‘progressive movement’ way back in the day.
          He called it ‘the third way’ too, something St. Tone himself endlessly mentions as well.
          The third way progressive movement, is in fact a modern day variation of Benito’s version of corporatist, collectivist socialism, called fascism.

          Don’t thank me for educating you, tosser.

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          • Anonymous says:

            we are both a collective and an individual.
            depends on the magnifying glass. what matters is the relationship we are seeking.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Wouldn’t want any of you lot to work out who actually pulled and continues to pull the strings of the Fascists AND Communists – but who have stood above them ‘at arms length’ and have been having a right old laugh – whilst making billions at pitting two parties at one another for decades while the moneylenders couldn’t lose which ever faction won out (they pull the strings of BOTH SIDES) – not that the ML’s want it all to end. So their moneymaking goes on and on and on and on …. hello…

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      • 89
        crazy BBC favoured comedians says:

        yeah, fuck the Daily Mail, little Englanders etc

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  7. 10
    First class pleb says:

    Maybe he should have just blagged that uprade

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  8. 11

    We never spent a penny of Taxpayers’ money during The Reign of Terror 1997-2010. It was either an ‘investment’ or it would have been at zero cost through a PFI initiative which will end up costing your grandchildren £ 1.9 billion.

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    • 31
      V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

      You mean £1.9 Trillion?

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    • 45
      Labour voters are sick in the Ed says:

      Ah yes Shallow Chancer. I remember Hapless Harriet spending oodles of tax payers’ money on a ‘Tranquility Room’. People who vote Labour are just plain sick in the head, and beyond redemption!

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      • 67
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        Well, Gordons constituency Labour Party had a “Quiet Room” set up for him when he visited.
        He did not need a quiet room IMO, he needed a padded cell.

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  9. 12
    South Park rules says:

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  10. 14
    BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

    Where did they buy the wallpaper from though? eh? eh? eh?

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  11. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Erm, this was actually work to cram more people into the building from other organisations, principally the Cabinet Offfice.

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  12. 18
    RED ED MILLIONAIREBAND says:

    A million pounds ? How much is that ??? I really don’t know. Honest.

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  13. 20
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    My son got into trouble in his English class today.

    The teacher asked him what other seven letter word he can get from the word “corpses”.

    After thinking for a moment, he turned to his teacher and replied “Aroused, miss”.

    “You can’t get aroused from corpses!” his teacher exclaimed.

    “Well Jimmy Savile fucking did”, my son replied.

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  14. 21
    IDS says:

    Fuck me this is disgusting. This amount of money would have purchased 2 yachts

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  15. 22
    No one wants to sit at the front says:

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    • 25
      Bill Gates says:

      Is this the launch of Windows 8 EU style?

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    • 35
      BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

      Has he had his head specially polished?

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    • 44
      ÁC1 says:

      Calling a hyper-regulated customs cartel a single market should get you prosecuted under the trades descriptions act.

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    • 46
      Virtual Reality says:

      You can simulate being there in person by painting a wall and then watching it dry.

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      • 62
        Dutch Courage says:

        Clegg talks Double Dutch

        Mistrust is deepening between the Europhobic David Cameron and the Eurofanatic Nick Clegg. I hear Downing Street insisted that a No 10 minder attend a meeting in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office lair with Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council. Van Rompuy is that elusive creature, a near-famous Belgian. Clegg is even rarer – a polyglot Brit. The Lib Dem internationalist has five languages: French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Tory. Irritated at No 10’s snooping, Clever Cloggs conducted the entire session in Dutch, so the PM’s cloth-eared spy was left fuming in the corner, listening but not understanding a double- Dutch conversation.

        http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk-politics/2012/10/clegg-talks-double-dutch

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        • 121
          Rotherham Person says:

          I thought all these clever chappies, public school and Oxbridge educated beings would have been able to russell up at least one dutch speaker also knowledge of French, didn’t they think to take a small digital recorder into the meeting, especially if they are that desperate

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    • 154
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Look at them – Donkeys leading asses.

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  16. 23
    Not surprised says:

    In my area, the City Council – one of the worst run in the country- is putting the finishing touches to its proposed move its offices from one area of the city to another. Having spent millions moving a few years ago, they now want to move back to stimulate private investment in the area. Not content with cutting services because it has been so incompetently run, they now want to borrow £40m to complete the new build and move! Spend, borrow, spend, borrow repeat ad nauseum

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    • 34
      Ex Ah! Monika says:

      An Anonymous Council.

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    • 58

      Stoke-on-Trent.

      What else would you expect?

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      • 68
        Labour voters are sick in the Ed says:

        Spot on Cat. The City has been turned into a ghetto & English is very rarely heard nowadays.

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        • 79

          It and Newcastle-under-Lyme are strange places and, like so many English towns, have developed into sprawls with little identity to latch onto. Tunstall is the nicest part I have seen. I had a good curry there once.

          It is curious that I have no particular connection with the place but I always seem to end up there on my visits back to the UK and often went there before I emigrated probably because diesel is cheaper there than on the M6 services!

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    • 65
      Labour voters are sick in the Ed says:

      Is it the same Council who let the religion of piss have a prime site for £1 ‘N.S.? If it is, then I know it well, AND I remember them knocking down perfectly good houses, and then letting the land get overgrown & derelict. The Leader of the Council I am thinking of is a member of the same religion and is bent as a 9 bob note.

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    • 156
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Localism = Commune ism. Wake up to your ‘regionalisation’ it’s what the EU are doing for and to you. Swallow that pill peasants.

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  17. 26
    Labour reveal their new press officer says:

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  18. 36
    BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

    BEAST!

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  19. 37
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ummuna is on the BBC News. He talks absolute bollocks.

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    • 55

      Hаs hе cоmе оut іn suppоrt оf thе sеаmеn?

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      • 119
        The savant says:

        You mean as in seminal fluid ??

        As the man is an inveterate wanker I dare say he has.

        He’ll be going blind soon .

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        • 136
          Anonymous says:

          as a mandy protege, to get anywhere
          meaningful in life,
          CU will have to step over his master.

          not until it is time though.
          In the meantime,
          he will slime on. plodder him.

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    • 159
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Is he just another ‘token’ put up job like Trevor Phillips who cannot see how they’ve been taken for a ride? [De Fatbutt included]

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  20. 39
    I don't need no doctor says:

    What price David Millionaireband returning as shadow chancellor?

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  21. 40
    BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

    So Gideon’s got the decorators in? Why am I not surprised?

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  22. 48
    Conk says:

    Testing , testing. 1, 2, 3
    Mary had a little lamb, its fleece as white as snow …

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  23. 59
    Aunty Matter says:

    Ed Balls or Jimmy Savile, who is the biggest denier?

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  24. 60
    a pole says:

    I would have done it for half the price

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  25. 63

    Mark has provided a detailed account of [Savile news story], and I am satisfied that he played no role in the cancellation of the segment. …he possesses high ethical standards…

    Arthur Sulzberger Jr, chairman of the New York Times Company

    What does he know, sitting in a desk in NYC?

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    • 82
      not a machine reloaded says:

      Certainly had a high pay packet

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    • 160
      Blowing Whistles says:

      And thay all have ‘monied Scheusters’ behind them SC.

      Now do please research – the Original Scheuster – out of NY in the early 1900’s.

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      • 161
        Blowing Whistles says:

        And btw Myers V Ellman Dec 1939 AELR – History hidden behind what else was going on at the time….

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  26. 64
    not a machine reloaded says:

    Ah but has pressing all that space into service led to the deficet going up ….

    Ed Conway didnt quite get the useful answers , well not yet although he did manage to make the chancellor look offended , not that having buinesses doing bns of buisness and no corporation tax should be good reason to look offended or anything , but Adam Boulton continued his good week , although this new “there never was a deficet ” line was a bit much for me . However Ed Balls was all pasted in goose fat and ready for his cross channel attempt , sploosh hadnt even got out of Dover , when he started chewing at deficet going up …Adam “yeah but wouldnt the deficet be going up under your plan”
    Ed: the deficet was decreasing at the general election ….
    And so the crack appeared …. but wasnt made much use of ….. just how much would the deficet be by now if we had the balls plan ….. How many more people would be in work …… how much is Ed Milliband worth …..
    Ed said all sorts new things , selective time moments , not really a deficet problem , but yes would have to reduce it , weak growth not like other EU countries , well at least not like them until the end of the month , have to try him on , what % interest rate had he factored into his figures if he had lost the AAA rating and how can you calculate growth when borrowing reduces the margin ….. clealry difficult subjects for a man who spent so long in treasury … :)

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  27. 66
    Going Dutch says:

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  28. 74
    Lies, Damn Lies And Green Statistics. Die Welt says:

    “Almost all predictions about the expansion and cost of German wind turbines and solar panels have turned out to be wrong – at least by a factor of two, sometimes by a factor of five.
    When Germany’s power grid operator announced the exact amount of next year’s green energy levy on Monday, it came as a shock to the country. The cost burden for consumers and industry have reached a “barely tolerable level that threatens the de-industrialization of Germany”, outraged business organisations said.”

    Read at:

    http://www.thegwpf.org/lies-damn-lies-and-green-statistics/

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    • 80

      That’s Bollocks. Wind turbines will make us all rich. We can export our wind to other countries.
      And the taxes we will put on your energy bill will easily pay the subsidy and a bit more.

      Ok, so the average energy bill will be £14,000 but so what? You can offset that by not using any energy at all. Your own sense of Eco-recycling-righteous-superior do gooding will give you a warm glow that will keep you warmer than any coal fire.
      And if you only eat pepperami there’s no need to cook. the green pack is plenty hot enough.

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  29. 75
    Insensible person says:

    This blog is Really Quite Good. It tells you things you wouldn’t otherwise hear. Even if you don’t agree with the Guido-stance on things, it’s probably the closest thing we have to investigative journalism – which is otherwise quite depressing. Why isn’t the flat-rent-swapping thing a bigger scandal?

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    • 81
      not a machine reloaded says:

      Shame you missed out on origional expenses run , soon have yer blood boiling , one MP even managed to hold all time record of £1mn in annual expenses ..

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      • 83
        Insensible person says:

        I didn’t miss it, but it seems like the intoxication of outrage should be similarly available to sensible people in this case. That said, who got a million pounds of expenses? That I did not know and it could keep me outraged indefinitely.

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  30. 76
    Gideon the decorator says:

    Ken
    Thank you for clearing that up
    Maybe you could pop around next week and have a good long rummage in my red box just for old times sake ?

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  31. 85
    Question Brine says:

    Popcorn fans! Fancy kicking in your TV? Check out the (mostly) awful panel on tonight’s Question Time:

    Vince Fable, Emily “Ten Bellies” Thornberry, smug twat Mehdi Hasan. On the bright side, Tory honey Claire Perry and UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

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  32. 87

    Kim Jong-un has been burnishing his credentials as a hard man by ordering the vice minister of the North Korean army to be executed by mortar round thus leaving no trace of him behind, down to the hair.

    His sin was doing what I am doing now, drinking a glass of wine. If Gordon had stayed on it would be like that in the UK too, I dare say.

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    • 92
      not a machine reloaded says:

      mmm just think of apocolyptic scene from Terminator faranchise , large mettalic droids , firing chain gun , down your street , shouting vote Labour , vote Labour

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    • 168
      Gordon says:

      Complaints would have been mortared in the usual way.

      Until you nasty people took my precious aweey.

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  33. 93
    Andrew_Diary_Perambulations says:

    Rushing to get home last Friday find to my dismay First Class jam packed. Wretched chaps those Pinstripes. What a bore! No seat! As guard’s whistle toots, I espy an umbrella occupying empty seat next to most selfish toffee-nosed square.
    Quickly seizing the brolly, I hook chappy round stroup, in one swift movement turf the fat old boy clean off train. Receding heap on the platform, finally able to squawk out anything remotely comprehensible fumes,
    “Don’t you know who the Hell I am?”
    Disliking rhetorical questions I shout back,
    “How’d you expect a pleb like me to know!”

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  34. 95
    Gordo says:

    People talking about the economy make my tummy feel funny.

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  35. 97
    JS says:

    I see the Plod have gone up to Jockland to investigate crimes possibly committed by a man called Jimmy. They could be there for some time.

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  36. 98
    Question Brine says:

    Popcorn fans! Fancy kicking in your TV? Check out the (mostly) awful panel on tonight’s Question Time:

    Vince Fable, Emily “Ten Bellies” Thornberry, smug twat Mehdi Hasan. On the bright side, Tory honey Claire Perry and UKIP deputy leader P*ul Nuttall.

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  37. 99
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    A random generator has entered the modding code.

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  38. 103
    Fred the Prophet says:

    Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions.

    White minorities still trying to have English recognised as the UK ‘s third language.

    Children from two-parent, married, heterosexual families bullied in schools for being ‘different’. Tolerance urged.

    Manchester schoolgirl expelled for not wearing a Burqa.

    Japan announces that they will no longer consume whale meat as whales are now extinct, and the scientific research fleet are unemployed. UK Government has told the Japanese that Grey Squirrels taste like whale meat.

    Britain now has ten Universities of Political Correctness. Professor Goldman of LUPC says there is still a long way to go in the fight to stop people saying what they think.

    Britain ‘s deficit £10 trillion and rising. Government declares return to surplus in 100 years which is 300 years ahead of time. Prime Minister Mohammed Yousuf claims increased growth through more immigration is the secret to success.

    Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped.

    Iran still isolated. Physicists estimate at least ten more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

    France pleads for global help after being taken over by Islamic Countries. No other country comes forward.

    Jose Manuel Rodrigez Bush says he will run for second term as US President in 2032.

    Post Office raises price of stamps to £18 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

    After a ten-year, £75.8 billion study commissioned by the Labour Party, scientists prove diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

    Average weight of a British male drops to 18 stone.

    Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

    Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil and human rights. Victims to be held partly responsible for crime.

    Average height of professional basketball players is now nine feet, seven inches.

    New law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2035 as lethal weapons.

    Inland Revenue sets lowest tax rate in decades at 75 per cent.

    Bradford City win FA Cup Final, beating Hindu Hornets 4-1.

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    • 123
      The savant says:

      I do not believe the prophecy that the average British person’s weight plummeted to 18 stone .

      That one is a pure canard .

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    • 147
      Light Reader says:

      Uncanny. This is, almost word for word, the plot of ‘Pilkington Abbey’ by Bertha, the forgotten Bronte sister.

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    • 150
      Old Moores Almanack says:

      You forgot

      Still waiting for Ken Livingsone to publish his tax returns

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  39. 104
    Aunty Matter says:

    I love the way the BBC makes out that nearly all the growth in last Q was down to Olympics, when of course it wasn’t. BBC also fail to point out jubilee had negative effect.

    Basically the BBC are pissed off economy is picking up.

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    • 141
      Anonymous says:

      as a supposed democrat Rupert Murdoch should offer sky customers a packgae which is BBC free.

      But then SKY is independent of Murdoch, or is it?

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    • 151
      Cant be arsed to do their own analysis says:

      Its not just the BBC they are all at it, lazy stupid spoonfed media

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  40. 110
    Fred the Prophet says:

    The DPP Keir Starmer QC is now considering sanctions against offensive (yet to be determined) Tweets or Twitters,!! I ask you!! May be he should spend some of his valuable time bringing to book all these robbing fuc*ing MPs. If he is really serious with this Twitter nonsense then maybe he should recruit this Blog’s group of moderators!!

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  41. 118

    Expressing regret. So New Labour. You don’t even have to say sorry. And you get to keep all the money.

    The BBC’s former director general, Mark Thompson, has spoken of his regret over the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

    After a month to think about it that is pretty swift for the BBC. He should become the new President of the USA, nay the World. Lovely beard too.

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    • 165
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Look at all of the candidates that were put up for DG – they were all placemen. And the twat from Ofcom – has his own skeletons blair-style!

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  42. 125
    The savant says:

    Hey !!

    Heard. the one about mad frankie selling admiralty arch on a 200 odd year lease to the japs to turn into. ANOTHER. Luxury hotel .

    He’ll. be renting out Downing Street to Easti European hookers. Next .

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  43. 146
    Trev says:

    Or selling off office space elsewhere?

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  44. 149
    g1ga says:

    Not double the Treasury officials. The building now houses a large number of Cabinet Office staff who used to live in 22 Whitehall. That building has now been handed over to DfID, allowing them to leave the rented building near Buck House which was costing them millions a year.

    You should be happy, a large amount of taxpayers’ money is being saved by this project.

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  45. 157
    Blowing Whistles says:

    If not – how many others did you try it on with ye ken biloddybugher?

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  46. 167
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Sign up to this – No to PCC elections.

    BTW – they [Gov’t] are making it ‘quite difficult’ to get through – so persist

    When they ask you to type in Nos and letters [there aint none save a long useless string] so click on enter – ‘then’ enter what you see – took me 3 goes to get in even then. They really are exposed by their overt obfuscation and attempts to make things difficult – A cult of hanging on to their ill gotten gains.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/33959

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  47. 169
    fnar fnar says:

    My eighty-six year old Mother has been so incensed by the Savile shtick that she has sent her free telly licence back.

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