October 29th, 2012

Cooper’s Cash from Shamed ‘Expenses Queen’

You might have thought that any self-respecting ambitious shadow cabinet minister and future party leadership contender would want to keep a safe distance from the sleazy world of expenses cheats. Not Yvette Cooper.

The shadow home secretary trousered a donation of nearly £5,000 from shamed ex-Labour MP and so-called ‘Expenses Queen’ Barbara Follett this month. Follett lost her job at the last election after she was exposed as one of the worst expenses troughers of all, amongst other things claiming £500 to clean a Chinese rug. Her novelist husband Ken bankrolled Ed Balls’ leadership campaign, and overall the Folletts have donated almost £60,000 to the Balls-Coopers this Parliament. Last time round public pressure decided that Barbara Follett had no role to play in public life. Ed and Yvette clearly disagree…


114 Comments

  1. 1
    Call me Dave says:

    X

    • 13
      Tony Ginza says:

      I don’t think the phrase “Jap’s Eye” is used enough when writing about Ed Balls

      • 54
        Anonymous says:

        I think its wrong to cut child benefits for families on £50,0001 and still pay to

        1) families who make almost £100,000.
        2) people who have 10 kids.
        3) Cameron and Osborne’s parents and in-laws who are some of the richest in country. They are still getting winter fuel allowance, free TV licence, free travel, etc. Some even get millions for having wind turbines as well.

    • 15
      I Agree With Ed says:
      • 20
        Roscoe Rules says:

        Miss,Ed Balls said the ‘C’ word.

      • 27
        The BBC are cunts says:

        Ed, whatever happened to ‘too far, too fast’ ???

        I thought spending cuts were what the nasty Tories did ??

        Please send us clear instructions for the 6 o’clock news as we are confused.

        Love and kisses.

        Ever.

        • 40
          A tw*at from Ed's (dis)organisation says:

          Sorry Ed is unable to reply in person as he is heavily promoting

          Mental Health problems on behalf of his life long patron

          Gordon Fcuking McMental who is due out on day release very soon

          hence the urgent pressure on his time…..

          How ever he has said to Please use your own B*B*C inventive slant

          as usual…..

          • V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

            So how many millions do Ed and Yvette Multimillionaireballs-Cooper own?

        • 59
          Keith Dovkunts says:

          There is more chance of the career shirker, Chris Patten, finding a ‘real’ job one day, than Ed Balls knowing what he is talking about . . .

          • M says:

            When commentators say labours narrative must change if the economy starts to pick up.
            Does that mean Ed balls has got to change the bollocks he talks on the economy to anther load of bollocks ,
            Then we’ve got to forget everything said before .

      • 50
        Illegal Payments says:

        Why are we giving a single penny? I would consider it illegal to donate British taxpayer money to an organisation that has never been audited.

        • 80
          Really? says:

          But the E-ewe have been audited many, many times and every time the auditors found massive fraud and theft, and every time the E-ewe just shrugs and carries on as if nothing is untoward. The real criminals are the enablers, who keep taking nations taxpayers money and giving it to their partners in crime in Brussels.

      • 71
        Socialists = Sociopaths says:

        Hypocrisy and mendacity. It’s in Libor’s D-N-A.

    • 94
      Peter Grimes says:

      PLEASE!!
      The collective term for the Balls-Coopers is either ‘Gonads’ or ‘Bollox’.

    • 99
      seriounsly says:

      Heh, I come here to laugh at fictitious truths and the first comment sums up the kind of people that believe them. Thanks for proving my point, you homophobic fuck.

  2. 2
    • 26
      SpAd says:

      Barbara Follett looks a bit like Emma Harrison – another fat Labour-supporting bint who retired to spend more time with £8m of our money.

  3. 3
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Load of Balls.

  4. 4
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Daddy. Is it true that when you became an MPs you swore the Hippocratic Oath?

    No, Darling; Mummy was just saying we have become a swearing hypocritical oafs.

  5. 5
    Jimmy says:

    And yet the dead tree press refuses to lead with this scoop. It’s a conspiracy of silence I tell you.

  6. 6
    Nan Taylor says:

    That Cooper woman looks like she’s got her mouth jam-packed full of money. Or something ….

  7. 7
    Trusting voter says:

    Yvette (@ Premier-in-waiting) has no compunction in taking money from any source in order to advance her overweening political ambitions. She would even dump Mr Blinky if it served her purpose.

  8. 9
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Taking care of the books for a number of SME’s I am always struck at how incredulous small business owners are that Ed Balls has survived the economic wreck that Labour left behind.

    Not one business owner I know believes that Ed Balls as one scintilla of economic credibility.

    Shows what Labour really think of small & medium sized businesses – invisible cash cows even though they employ the vast majority of workers in the private sector.

    • 12
      Jimmy says:

      The 53% are important too.

      • 18
        Sandra in Accounts says:

        The 53% – paid for by a diminishing 47% of taxpayers in the productive side of the UK PLC economy.

        I thought you would recognise, given the vast & historical evidence available, that even utopian sixth form small time opportunist political pygmies like Labour have to balance the books & be believed by the international markets to have credibility & sustain a nations growth.

        We all cannot be North London property millionaires working in the public sector you know.

        • 29
          North London Property Millionaire Working In The Private Sector says:

          God, you’re SOOO right-wing!

          *takes another forkful of couscous with roasted red peppers and chargrilled halloumi*

        • 33
          Primrose Hill set. says:

          Recycle,recycle,recycle.
          But keep those unslightly wheelie bins off our patch.

      • 31
        Q says:

        Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

        • 100
          Ernestine Tentions says:

          An admirably concise and accurate summary of why the UK is so utterly fucked!

    • 37
      bergen says:

      Ultimately Milliband will dump him-he’s far too toxic and if worst came to worst he might find himself used by the Tories like that murderer Dukakis released whose picture was used on so many Republican billboards that there was a joke that he was his running mate.Remember, he wasn’t Milliband’s first choice anyway.

  9. 10
    The General Public says:

    People who are so thick that they enjoy Ken Follett’s literary works are frequently thick enough to inhabit Labour’s core vote. It’s a logical partnership, to be fair.

  10. 11
    Gonk II says:

    I’ve decided that it would pay me to go around doing good.

  11. 14
    Yvette says:

    Censorship?

  12. 17
    Mr & Mrs. Ball-Scooper, TRIPLE FLIPPERS says:

    It’s nearly Remembrance Sunday. Time to claim for those poppy wreaths.

    http://eotp.org/2010/05/05/video-new-labour-m-p-ed-balls/

  13. 19
    Historian says:

    Will the last honest MP please turn the lights out?

    We have had enough of this

    Come back Cromwell, all is forgiven

  14. 21
    Gold medallist in the triple flip event says:

    I or my master have never heard of Barbara Follett

  15. 22
    King George the third says:

    Yvette, thats a damn Frenchie name isn’t?

  16. 23
    Sparkler says:

    LOL, £500 to clean a Chinese rug, send for Max Headroom.

    • 105
      Max says:

      I seem to remember Labour MP Andy Love claiming £800 for the cleaning of his curtains, £600 for the cleaning plus £100 for taking them down and another £100 to put them back up.

  17. 24
    Piers Corbyn says:

    • 28
      Shucks the media want a monster storm that will monster all storms that have ever been says:

      There must be some mistake. I just saw a Sky reporteress stood in half an inch of floodwater down by the the NYC waterside.

      • 97
        The bent Italian Justice system which refuses to jail corrupted criminal politicians says:

        They better get this one right or we will have a cell waiting for them.

    • 36
      Sparkler says:

      Is he from the University of East Anglia?, Stanley Unwin.

      • 90
        Really? says:

        Actually, Corbin is usually very accurate, unlike the cabal of liars and climate alarmism activists at UEA.

  18. 30
    Leon Brittan says:

    I’m in Gary’s gang.

    • 91
      Really? says:

      There’s a surprise. Now what about the rest of your gang, when are they coming out of the woodwork?

  19. 31
    A hard Pressed Tax Payer says:

    Point of Order: Is there a legal requirement to declare ALL of this influx of

    readies to HMRC ? or are Mr & Mrs BA*LLS exempt from being accountable

    because of who they are ?

    “Some are certainly more equal than others……….”

    Oink……. Oink ……………Oink………..Oink………….

  20. 34
    Crispy Pancakes says:

    Kick them both in the balls. Put them both in the stocks.

  21. 35
    The Beast says:

    Just what do the children of Adolph Balls and Eva Cooper look like?
    Hard to imagine what that pair could pump out

  22. 38
    Primrose Hillibands says:

    Chinese dustman-’Where’s your bin?’

    Ed Milliband-’I’ve been keeping a low profile till this Jimmy Savile shit calms down’

    Chinese Dustman- ‘No,where’s your wheelybin’

    Ed Milliband- ‘Oh,no we don’t want them ghastly things round here’

  23. 39
    Tony Ginza says:

    Is “cleaning a chinese rug” a euphamism?

  24. 41
    Labour are off their Ed says:

    Is Yvette a man or a women?

  25. 44
    The Beast says:

    Socialism in action
    All bottom feeders

  26. 47
    Welcome Good News says:

    BREAKING NEWS: A number of MP’s from all parties have just taken off
    on a luxury private chartered 100 seat jet bound for Kennedy Airport,New York.

    This will enable them to get 1st hand experience of a major natural
    disaster and is vital for there early total demise

    More Good News later

  27. 51
    The Beast says:

    Labour party conference
    The Millibands should be very worried if Adolph Balgets his hands on the lever of power , it will be rail road trucks and camps all around, he does of course have form

    • 63
      RED ED MILLIONAIREBAND says:

      One brother ! One knife ! One Nation !

    • 77
      No Balls At All - Obviously The Best Option says:

      Cooper and Balls are dead ringers for that famous pair of National Socialists, Hitler and Eva. Obviously similar scruples as well!

      Can that guy get to look any shiftier, it gets worse by the day!

    • 81
      Doppelgänger says:

      Bloody hell, nice clip, It’s Blinky with a tash!

    • 88
      One fcuked nation says:

      Amazing how the political classes have spent the best part of 70 years balkanising Britain, and are now starting to get a little concerned about inevitable consequences.

    • 95
      Backwoodsman says:

      Can you dig up the mrs balls’ car crash interview, where she keeps gabbling the party line over and over in a screechy voice ? The first time I saw it, I thought it was an out take from the ‘Chicken Run’ animated movie !

  28. 52
    ancientpopeye says:

    Why are the current bunch or Labour “lovelies” such a strident bunch?

  29. 53
    The Loony Ethnics says:
    • 55
      Sarah says:

      Is millionaire Chucka talking about those who work within the mental health care system or its customers?

    • 60
      The Beast says:

      Maybe it should tell you a thing or two about your DNA Mr Ommuna

      That or maybe the copius consumption of psyochactive drugs in your “community”

      Every black person that I mix with doesnt take any such things and are perfectly normal pleasent people

      You on the other hand are an exploitative c$%^&

    • 68
      Jack (feel sorry for me) Straw says:

      I was first.

    • 73
      Itz only waycist when YT does it says:

      Is Chuka concerned about the OVER representation of ethnic minorities in things like politics, BBC, sport etc..

      • 79
        Mad Men Gone All PC says:

        …and Halifax adverts! Well ok, all adverts, but particularly the crappiest of Halifax adverts

        • 86
          Advertisers r us says:

          Oh, we love putting people of colour in adverts to show what lovely people we are, so in touch with the Zeitgeist.

          We particularly like to have idealised black men depicted in relationships with highly, highly attractive white women.

          But never the other way round. That just doesn’t feel right.

  30. 57
    The Beast says:

    balls only had one ball
    his mother the dirty bugger
    ad it for supper when e was small
    an now the other is in the free trade hall

  31. 66
    Charles Craberry-Bellend says:

    I think the Cooper woman would be a great addition to my herd, my heffers are in need of bulking out and a shorting of the legs

  32. 67
    The Green Kebab says:

    Obscene that govt. plans to spend hundreds of millions on nukes, while slashing welfare & benefits http://bit.ly/S8jMnh

    • 93
      Really? says:

      Welfare and benefits need slashing. While they are at it, they can change the law requiring people to have paid in, before they can get a payout.

  33. 69
    Pudsey says:

    So if the BBC was not aware of Savile’s behaviour, why did they ban him from Children in need because they were aware of his behaviour?

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/279647/SAVILE-HAD-PUDSEY-BAN/

    • 75
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Savile was a BBC employee, and had been abusing minors on BBC premises, but somehow it has become the actions of a rogue, an odd ball, an eccentric, acting on his own without the knowledge of others.

      The BBC must have employed all three blind monkeys at board level, Mr Speak-Noevil, Mr See-Noevil, and Mr Hear-Noevil.

      If only the UK had had a regulated media, none of this nonsense about Child Abuse would have ever seen the day.

    • 78
      BBC in need says:

      Please give generously, cos we desperately need some good publicity…

  34. 70
    BLI NKY and FL1 PPA says:

    5000 is chicken feed compared to the stash we made flipping our taxpayer-funded properties.

  35. 72
    Prezza and his girl over the desk says:

    Please don’t forget my Mock Tudor beams

    Only I could have invented that

    • 83
      Lard Pressclott - Laughing Policeman in waiting says:

      Two Jags, two bog seats, two dor beams, two inches, two shags.

      • 98
        Those who live by other rules says:

        Just remember the standards of behaviour expected of rank and file Police officers DO NOT apply to wannabe Police commisars.

  36. 74
    Prezza and his girl over the desk says:

    I see an add on your site Guido

    Sotheby’s

    Learn the busines of fart

    Quite original

  37. 76
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Mr. Balls, sir, we’re getting confused again. Is it still ‘too far, too fast’, ‘much farther, much faster’ or …….???

  38. 82
    Bent City solicitors says:

    And don’t forget this shady bum who has tried to whotewash his reputation

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9am87_mps-expenses-minister-resigns_news

  39. 96
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The Balls do not understand financial affairs.

  40. 114
    keredybretsa says:

    Troughers of the World Unite.


Seen Elsewhere

Guido’s Column | Sun
NUT’s Loony Defence of Status Quo | Jago Pearson
A Dozen Reasons to Be Cheerful | John McTernan
Political Bloggers Are Equal Opportunities Attackers | ConHome
Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV


new-advert
Guido-hot-button (1) Guido-hot-button (1)


Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:






RSS




AddThis Feed Button
Archive


Labels
Guido Reads