October 29th, 2012

May We Have a Short £200,000 Recess, Your Honour?

You’ve got to hand it to Geoffrey Cox QC MP. The Tory member for Torridge and West Devon has almost quadrupled his yearly wage as an MP by moonlighting as a Queen’s Counsel.

In the last month Cox declared earnings of over £200,000 through his work as a barrister. His clients include none other than the Government of Mauritius and Greek mythology-quoting tax experts Aegis, from whom he has just trousered a six-figure sum for a few days’ work. The good news is that Cox’s £4,000-a-day rate means that he still has plenty of time left over to look after his constituents. No further questions…


234 Comments

  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    I genuinely don’t know why somebody earning 200K as a lawyer would want to be an MP on 65K a year. Unless for the immunity to prosecution it seems to give.

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    • 9
      Anonymous says:

      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.

      Don’t say there is no money

      1) Foreign Aid £12.7bn
      2) EU, Cameron wants to give inflationary increase, doesn’t want to cut it, £20bn
      3) benefits increase by 6%, so people can sit at home. Benefits paid a year, over £200 bn.

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      • 13
        Old Tory Bigot says:

        Oh do shut up!

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      • 20
        Anonymous says:

        Worse, British taxpayers’ money was shoring up an autocratic regime, funding indoctrination and with food used as a political weapon.

        The same is true in Rwanda, where Britain aided a sham election last year by funding the electoral body that prevented the president’s rivals from standing and the media council that closed independent newspapers.

        This tiny nation, a favourite of Mr Mitchell, is being given an average £83 million a year despite last month’s disclosure it had sent a hit squad to assassinate exiles living in Britain.

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012074/David-Camerons-foreign-aid-How-money-squandered.html#ixzz2Ai9TWa9o
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      • 60
        Marie Stopes says:

        We should not pay any child benefit. if you cann’t afford em don’t have em………….

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        • 62
          Anonymous says:

          Then why does this government still paying billions in Child Benefits!

          Can we have the same for schools, hospitals, pension, care, all other benefits, etc?

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          • ÁC1 says:

            It would be a good idea to extort funding for schools, hospitals, failure-rewards etc…

            However I’m a nasty Adam Smith capitalist, so I think every adult citizen should get a dividend raised from taxes on land rights, patents and copyrights instead of a complicated system of moral hazards..

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          • ÁC1 says:

            It would be a good idea to DE-extort funding

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          • Anonymous says:

            ÁC1; why should someone with land pay tax? Think of how much Samcam’s dady and step daddy has to pay.

            We have a system where middled class are bled to pass it over to the supper rich and poor.

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          • ÁC1 says:

            You can start at David Ricardo, or even earlier Adam Smith.

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      • 114
        Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:

        There’s NO MONEY LEFT !!!

        WE HAVE TO FUCKING BORROW IT. SADLY, GORDON FUCKING BROWN AND ED SHIT-FOR-BRAINS BALLS GOT THIS COUNTRY IN THE WORST FISCAL POSITION SINCE WORLD WAR II.

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        • 140
          Anonymous says:

          These idiots are borrowing more in 5 years than what Brown did in 13 years.

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        • 152
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Goldman Sachs were the then Labour Governments preferred advisers. They advised Gordo the moron to sell the gold.

          And Goldman Sachs are still doing dirty deals with the present Government.

          Come on now all you intellectuals – work something out.

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          • The very rev.. Ian Paisley. says:

            Most of you “Righties” Need to go on anger management courses.It can not do your little hearts any good getting so angry and CAPS lock shouting like this .Calm down and if you are able communicate in a more civilized manner,THANK YOU.

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          • Anonymous says:

            gold.man sacks advise sale of gold.
            is this in the national or even notional consciousness. ..let’s be conscientious and expand.
            …our. conscious.ness

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      • 178
        FREDDIE STARR ATE MY SISTER says:

        No money indeed , thats why This shower of shite have just announced £350,000,000 for development work for a replacement for Trident
        Just to appease the Jocks

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        • 216
          Archer Karcher says:

          That’s peanuts, we will give the E-ewe £13,600,000,000 this coming year ( without any increase ) DfID will squander a further £12,500,000,000 and that is just the start of the squanderama. The coalition of fabians are every bit as rapacious with your money as commie Brown and his looting thugs.

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    • 12
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      Surely that’s a good thing in that he’s not ‘in it for the money’.

      Perhaps he genuinely wants to be an MP to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of this country, or at least his own constituents.

      He’s probably just another bastard though.

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      • 33
        Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

        Only one question: Does he claim expenses as an MP?

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        • 34
          Old Tory Bigot says:

          Why shouldn’t he provided they are reasonable?

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          • Good man.Well said. Why shouldn’t an Mp make a claim? If its within the rules, then why not?

            Now excuse me, I have to go and collect and pay some rents to fellow MPs and order that drinks cabinet shaped like a globe. They are more expensive than I thought, so I was hoping you lot would pay. you normally do.
            Especially as its going to be submitted under refreshments.

            With all the refreshments that it takes to fill it.

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          • Old Tory Bigot says:

            You deserve every penny Bill. No doubt about it.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            To Bill Q
            You started with Good man.
            Ahem – Arnold was not a goodman he was a crook, a double dealing dirty, duplicitous, low life mongrel … a Scheuster of the most despicable order. There’s a lot of em aboout you know.

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    • 43
      Value says:

      I think the difference is that Geoffrey Cox does not need the 65k because he can make money in the real world. It is people like Ed, Ed, Yvette and also Dave and George, who do not seem to be able to find a job in the real world that we should be worrying about. The real world will pay Cox what seems a lot of money for a little time because that it what he is worth. Can’t say the same about Ed etc.

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      • 54
        Anonymous says:

        Soon Clegg will make over £1,000,000 a year in EU.

        Hope his £200,000 is not made on “Legal Aid”.

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      • 58
        Anonymous says:

        At least 500 barristers earned more in taxpayer-funded legal aid last year than the Prime Minister is paid in salary.
        The top-earning state-subsidised advocate made well over £800,000 presenting the courtroom defence of those accused of serious crime.

        And in civil law cases, the best-paid legal aid barristers – one accumulated nearly £600,000 – were experts in divorce and child law in the secretive family courts.

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004915/500-legal-aid-barristers-earning-David-Cameron.html#ixzz2AiJOGIK4
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        • 151
          Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

          I wouldn’t necessarily say those barristers ‘earned’ that money, because that would suggest they worked for it and deserved it. No, they simply received all that money.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Norm … you missed off from your paragraph

            … for their acting and stagecraft skills in duplicity and trickery.

            No – witne.. st..ement in any court of law in the UK is of any worth at all.

            Always demand sworn affidavits. No affidavit – no truth.

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    • 222
      M says:

      The reason he’s an MP oh ,
      Access to easy cash , that’ll be £4000 in used notes , ok thanks bye .
      NEXT .

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  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Nice work if you can get it.

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  3. 3
    Dr Freud said all women suffer from penis envy says:

    Is he another tax avoidance expert as well?

    All in this together

    My arse…

    The Tories will do anything to shoot themselves in the bollocks

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    • 218
      Archer Karcher says:

      If it were only the Tories you might have a point. As it is, there is nothing between any of the mainstream parties beyond rhetoric. Thieves and liars nearly all.

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    • 225
      Beast with 2 Eds says:

      Nice Jimmy S wig. Very tasteful.

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  4. 4
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Hmm. Not entirely sure what your point is, Guido. Are you saying that MPs should have to give up all other employment while acting as an MP? Are you suggesting, and if so on what basis, that his work as a barrister is impairing his ability properly to represent his constituents?

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      Got a new crayon says:

      How much time do you think his constituents deserve?

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        wiggy_uk says:

        If you think they do anything for their constituents then you are an idiot, surgery work is just an inconvenient part of the PR work to keep the local papers happy.
        If you haven’t ever held a proper job outside government & politics paying £65k you shouldn’t be paid to be an MP at all!

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    • 96
      Anonymous says:

      Spotty, I don’t give a damn what Guido says but I say being an mp should be a fulltime calling.The great majority of them have shown by their actions to be more concerned with the opportunities to increase their personal wealth at the expense of their electorate rather than doing the job they were elected to do.

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      • 219
        Archer Karcher says:

        Are you mad?

        It is the ‘work’ they have tirelessly devoted themselves to over the last fifteen years that has ended up in this gargantuan mess and mass government looting.

        MP’s should only be allowed to ‘work’ two hours a week in the HoC and be banned from introducing any new laws, until they have repealed the 36,000 useless, oppressive, money grabbing, shit ‘laws’, they have introduced over the last fifteen years.

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    • 103
      Fog on the Tyne says:

      If being an MP is a part-time job then it should attract part-time wages. Say about £15000 pa?

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    • 109
      ÁC1 says:

      The less the political classes do, the better off we are.

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      • 230
        bergen says:

        I agree. I wish my MP was gainfully employed. The old reason why the Commons sat in the evening was to allow its members the chance to have a day job. And they were far better at politics than the present shower.

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  5. 5
    Brown out and pay me damages. I want a fresh start out of this socialist shithole! says:

    Oink! Parasites!

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  6. 7
    Too young to be an old bag says:

    Snout in trough!

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  7. 8
    Tony Le Pony says:

    What a horsehaired c.unt!

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  8. 10
    Selohesra says:

    Is it the ‘few days work’ you object to or the £200,000?

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    Hava Nagila says:

    Aegis actually means ‘goat’ in Greek – and those familiar with Thucydides will remember the battle of Aegospotami (Goat River). It comes to mean ‘shield’ because shields were often constructed from goat hides.

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  10. 14
    Rupert my Hero says:

    Unimportant Plebs, who needs Constituents.

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    • 163
      Blowing Whistles says:

      What a ‘humbling’ statement. I am sure the Milly could have been saved – if those who had known of Levi Bellfields activities had only spoken up.

      Fuck off and die Murdoch.

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      • 232
        unejekatid tit says:

        Your constant babbling in riddles is wasting everybody’s band with. Say what you have to say properly or STFU.

        pretty please.

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  11. 15
    Blogtastic says:

    It’s time that a blog was started for the best of the judiciary, may I suggest a title M’lud:

    C.***.s in wigs

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  12. 16
    Alistair Watson says:

    I would much rather have an MP who can earn a good income in the real world than some no hope political nerd who has never done a proper days work. He is much more likely to understand what is going on around him than the nerd – any talk about what a QC takes in should focus on the fact they earn what they can in a very competitive market – big income = good at the job.

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    • 23
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      Absolutely right.

      The politics of envy is alive and well here I see.

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      • 30
        A Geranium says:

        Most politics is about envy when you get down to it. Why do people want to take on junior ministerial positions if it is not out of envy of others, of jealously at not being picked? The jobs themselves are often pointless.

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        • 231
          Evan says:

          I would rather have an MP who has experience and knowledge from outside politics than one who has spent his or her life as a policy wonk or entirely within the Westminster bubble.

          Surely we want a nurse who does a couple of shifts a month in Parliament; a teacher who teaches a couple of classes a week; a doctor who actually sees a few patients; and a lawyer who actually does some lawyering. Each of these things ought to be possible – and indeed were encouraged (and required as MPs were not paid at all) until relatively recently.

          Is out politics any better for having a political class that sees their role as an MP as a ‘job’ rather than a service?

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      • 212
        Marmite says:

        Too true OTB. Most of the Leiber MPs are too thick to hold down their present job, let alone a second one.

        I still can’t believe people vote for Leiber, I honestly can’t. No wonder Ed Militwat was banging on about men.t.a.l health today. He was talking about Labour voters!

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      • 221
        Archer Karcher says:

        “very competitive market”

        Err, the legal profession is a closed shop, what’s more it’s a self serving closed shop and there is an ethical point too. Should law makers be financial beneficiaries of laws they introduce under such closed shop circumstances?

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  13. 17
    Call me ‘Dave’ says:

    Good Evening!

    Tomorrow I wish to be known as

    The Slippery Shit who doesn’t know his VichyArse Hole from his Quisling Elbow.

    Thank you.

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    • 120
      EU Commissioner Mandy off with Nat somewhere says:

      And guacamole to you Sir

      Methinks we have the same tastes

      PS And I have just replaced my Dior plastic Arse Hole with a new Burberry one…so there…

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  14. 19
    John Lyon CB says:

    Bloody hell he gets more money for less work than me and I’m the benchmark!

    They don’t call me old three day week Lyon for nothing!

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    • 164
      Blowing Whistles says:

      The Lyons (Clan) are bleeding us dry – what happened to Mouchel? Where did the debts ‘disappear to’?

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  15. 22
    Tom Tomos says:

    Plus refreshers!

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  16. 24
    On benefits in Majorca says:

    It’s just shocking.

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  17. 28
    All Troughed Out says:

    Fit the Huhne with a nosebag the trough is simply not big enough!

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    • 31
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      It is not ‘troughing’ to conduct a successful career in law or anything else.

      You probably just don’t like people who earn more than you.

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  18. 32
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    A QC who moonlights as a Member of Parliament, more like– what’s his voting record? Anyway, why not? Maybe working in Westminster is his own version of ambulance chasing– heaven knows most of the people there are going to need a brief sooner or later, so why not throw some business a colleague’s way?

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    • 83
      Not Bothered says:

      If that’s the case, what about all those MPs who are moonlighting as Ministers of the Crown, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker, PPSs, chairs of Select Committees etc. They all seem to have enough time to do their jobs as plain old MPs.

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    • 90
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Which begs the question of whether MP actually IS (or should be) a full-time job; yeah, like they hold surgeries back in the constituency every day they’re not in session, right? And there’s plenty of those days for sure!

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      • 228
        Anonymous says:

        yes. indeed. where are surgeries?
        The idea that our MPs are surgeons.
        we have been had.
        blind blind.
        us.

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        • 233
          unejekatid tit says:

          Surgeons were originally barbers. So they have continued with the scalping (us) – just changed their titles a bit.

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  19. 40
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I was in the Colliers on Saturday with my friend Cheryl and we had a nice little chat about fiscal policy .

    Anyway we both agreed that if you are going to operate any meaningful control of the economy at times you will have to reduce taxes and at other times you will have to increase them .

    What you cannot do is say you are going to increase taxes and then when people start screaming cancel everything you said you were going to do .

    That is the problem see.

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  20. 42
    Call me Dave says:

    If,like me,you are pestered by nuisance calls.

    The Nuisance Calls Forum
    27 Old Gloucester Street
    London
    WC1N 3AX

    enquiries@nuisancecalls.org.uk
    http://www.nuisancecalls.org.uk

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  21. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Delighted to see there’s at least one of the bastards capable of earning – in a very competitive market based on success – a decent salary. Almost all the others are sodding unemployable, and have never worked, so hats off to this chap – live long and prosper, sir!

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    • 168
      Blowing Whistles says:

      As for justice – well that blew out of the window decades before David mills’ documents to do with the dirty blood selling debacle.

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    Old pervert should be made to pay says:

    So when are the police going to arrest Leon Brittan?

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    • 52
      LOL says:

      I’m getting confused now. Did someone mistake Kenny for Leon or were they both at it?

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      • 56
        Old pervert should be made to pay says:

        Leon’s name is all over Twitter as being an open secret since the 80s. Who’s Kenny?

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        • 201
          I seem to recall... says:

          Somewhere in the records of Tower Hamlets social services there should be some mimutes of a meeting. 1986, I’d say or thereabouts, if memory serves.

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    • 61

      Savile died one year ago today. Would have expected the police to make some arrests but perhaps even they are beginning to realise that tokenism does not cut the mustard any more.

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      • 65
        Loopy Lou says:

        But it brings in some overtime .

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        • 88
          LOL says:

          Lily as well?? FFS

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Boy oh boy .. Nothing to do with Lord Montague then or several judges, lawyers, barristers and cops that I could mention.

            And wash my mouth out if I mention Dame Butlers Slossss’ Husband’s proclivities of yesteryear.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Wires are Humming on a certain man who just never seems to achieve anything in the similar arena he protests about so much …

            where’s the cat?

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  24. 49
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Over the past few years, governemnts of both sides of the house have implemented policies that have resulted huge reductions in professional personnel to be replaced with part-time, poorly trained and less qualified people. The Police, teachers, the Army, Navy, Airforce and Royal Marines are just a few examples that spring to mind.

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea if MPs implemeted a similar policy.

    Oh. Sorry, they seemed to have already done it.

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  25. 50
    Brown out and pay me damages. Take the useless parasites with him. Game Over says:

    Trougher¡

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  26. 51
    Tony Blair says:

    £4000 a day? Amateur. I don’t get out of bed for less than $20 million.

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  27. 55
    Ed Miliband (Prime Minister designate) says:

    BBC News – Tory MP David Davies sorry for ‘incompetent government’ http://bbc.in/IZWm3Z

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    • 64
      genghiz the kahn says:

      BBC Points West praising the BBC for exposing the maltreatment at Winterborne Grove.

      Vile things happening, how could you live with it? Odd that the same line isn’t used to ex Pop Off Their Tops staff and BBC executives.

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  28. 63
    Christmas at Chequers says:

    The bbc has a lot to answer for, but so does the Tory governments of the 70s and 80s. It can’t be a coincidence that he was a friend and guest of Heath and Thatcher and got two royal honours. It’s also inconceivable that so many at the bbc and in the charity world knew about Savile’s behaviour but not the government of the day. I’m not saying Thatcher herself knew what he was doing but the same bunch who protected Brittan must have protected Savile too.

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    • 67
      Chin Chin says:

      Ted Heath was a turd burglar. Thatcher was probably just thick.

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    • 69
      Loopy Lou says:

      Perhaps Thatcher should have known ?

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      • 71
        Thatcher's Snatch...ing of milk says:

        She was too busy robbing schoolkids of their milk.

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        • 81

          And closing mines. Don’t forget all those closed coal mines that Labour said they would reopen if they ever got into power.

          I think they did briefly get into power. Wasn’t it between 1997 and 2010?
          I suppose they didn’t have time to carry out that manifesto pledge.

          Maybe next time.

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    • 85

      Here’s a tip. Hang wire coat hangers from your ceiling lights. Keeps the toughtbeam probes away.

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    • 97
      Engineer says:

      There are all sorts of rumours, but precious little corroborated facts. For example, after the atrocity at a primary school in a small Scottish town, the perpetrator’s firearms certificate was said to have been certified by a prominent Labour politician – who was promptly shunted off to a job elsewhere (Secretary General of Nato, if memory serves).

      I think there are people who should be very careful of trying to make party political capital out of this one.

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      • 123
        NATO says:

        I think you will find that he departed NATO very abruptly and quietly very shortly after the event to which you may be referring

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        • 229
          Anonymous says:

          firstly there was.
          adult.ery. (the not so adult thing to do)
          then there was homo.sex. (what homosapiens do)
          and now. pa.edo. (pa…trust me, i am your father..not any father. your father confessor)

          are we being played.
          using the very language that is meant to bring ppl to.gather.
          it’s called divide ‘n
          ru.
          l

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      • 169
        Expat Geordie says:

        Yet apparently Hamilton had quite a run in with Robertson at one point, even to the point of making physical threats. Why endorse the FAC of someone who has threatened to kill you?

        Then again, Hamilton was supposed to be supplying little boys to the local Labour Party bigwigs.

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          Blowing Whistles says:

          The unburied makes for some reading pages 101 at the foot thru to pg 107.

          It was happening all ‘across’ the house and logic dictates that one particular society have lots of secrets.

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          • Expat Geordie says:

            If you are refering to the Freemasons then you are probable wrong. The Labour Party leadership in that part of the country at the time was mainly Catholic, and in Britain (at the time, not sure about now) practicing Catholics couldn’t be masons.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Excuse moi – ‘probably wrong’ does not mean wrong.

            And as for … them ‘couldn’t be masons’ – I know of an ex-judge who when it was put to him practicing as a solicitor / lawyer ‘distracted’ to anything but the question put to him.

            The Ashton family of Lancashire are a very old well to do family from oop North.

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  29. 66
    Gordon Brown says:

    Who’d like to bunga bunga with me?

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    OldSoldier says:

    He`s my MP. Eurosceptic and all round good bloke. Not a trougher (I know- he doesn`t have to be, but plenty of serial troughers didn`t have to be either). Give me an MP who can cut it in the real world over a full-time politico any day. I`ll be voting for him next time round. Great wig, tho`.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    No further questions m’lud.

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  33. 87

    Over on the BBC living wage page, comment after comment say we could all have a living wage if the greedy bastards didn’t fiddle so much.

    £12bn it would cost to raise the wage. How much was the troughing? About £15k each I think. Even if it was 100k each that’s still only £65 million.

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    • 92

      Ah! I see a solution! Why don’t we make everyone an MP? Then they could all have expenses (and probably all overclaim a bit, well, one does really). That way no one could complain. Those green benches would fill up a bit though…

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      • 107
        ÁC1 says:

        Is the “living wage” the latest leftist insanity the BBC is narrativing?

        Living wage x
        Productivity < x
        Result Unemployment.

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    • 173
      Expat Geordie says:

      How can you have a living wage when the going rate for factory jobs in Poole now is the same as when I arrived there 17 years ago? I could buy a flat on £6.00 an hour then. Now the same job pays £6.20 an hour, but the flat costs 4 times as much. The difference? When I started everyone’s first language was English (except for a few Portuguese), whereas now their first language is anything but.

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    I used to live in bideford but I'm alright now! says:

    Well, I used to live in Bideford and I can tell you from personal experience that Cox does pretty well as a constituency MP. As long as he’s doing alright by the constituents, he can earn as much as he wants from other jobs.

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  35. 94
    Observer says:

    I think it is healthy for MPs to have a profession to practise rather than to be beholden to their parties for their living. It makes for independence and gives them a view of the world beyond Westminster.

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  36. 95
    Leon Brittan says:

    My music teacher caught me with my cock inside a woodwind instrument today.

    I’m getting done for sax abuse.

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  37. 99
    Legal beagle says:

    Guido

    This MP’s fees are small change compared with Jonathan Sumption QC who was paid a reported £5 million in this case :

    http://markhollingsworth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/biff-bang-powski.pdf

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    • 100
      Jack says:

      And delayed his appointment as a High Court Judge to receive the payment…

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    • 183
      Blowing Whistles says:

      And not to mention his ‘acting’ skills at the Hu…n whitewash. No-one was on Oath well, well, well Hoondog Bliars all of ‘em.

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    Gradgrind says:

    That is 200,000 in one month.

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  39. 102
    For once a woman is on time. says:

    Sandy has timed it exactly with High water.

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  40. 106
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Tony Blair: the EU needs a president
    Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up.

    Now who could we elect?

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    • 116
      Joss Ayinglike says:

      ABTB

      Anybody but Tony B£iar

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    • 117
      Gordon McJinx says:

      ME!
      I have a reputation for financial probity and prudence , with my steady hand on the controls all will be well(as I have already told the president of Greece Mr Takitupthearsealtous

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    • 188
      Blowing Whistles says:

      No need to elect anyone – the Brussells House of Cards is falling to pieces – but don’t expect the most senior British news / media / city journo’s to truly mention it any day soon.

      Liked the bit on CH 4 tonight about the greek man who exposed Greeces most prominent 2000 rich tax evaders with accounts in Swiss banks – and he originally got the info from Christine Lagarde. [Wasn't on her 'guard' then 'before' she got the latest appointment] He’s up before the Greek beaks this week – Thursday.

      Now that’s the ‘perfect storm’ to watch out for.

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  41. 108
    Westminster Gossip says:

    Disgusting; if I went to my boss and said I’ll when I can and trouser £1000s from my day job I would sacked in a heart beat… when it comes to public money these greedy xxxxxxx will cut benefits for some while cheating the public for their own gain.

    Hypocrisy of the highest order. Such lowlife cannot understand why values such as integrity and honour are from a bygone era…

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    • 128
      Engineer says:

      You make a fundamental mistake – confusing private business with public affairs. I have a free choice whether I pay his fees or not – I am quite free to engage a lawyer on a lesser rate, but I have no choice over whether or not I support excessive welfare payments through my taxes.

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      • 165
        Anonymous says:

        “I am quite free to engage a lawyer on a lesser rate”

        Obviously never needed a real lawyer. You are not free to do anything. You can expend much money trying to interest them, and they will play you along for months with no intention of doing anything. They are free to engage you if they believe you are fodder to earn them money.

        However, you have a right to put your vote to anyone that supports your idea of taxation. You are the one that compromises and votes to the candidate that is closest to your needs.

        There is a fundamental issue with this country in that there is no ability to force the services of a lawyer. However, if you are desperate and attempt action without their support you stand before a Judge (lawyer) that refuses to listen. Been there.

        Do not ever use the words “free” and “lawyer” in the same sentence. Justice is permitted to some, others just die.

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        • 189
          Blowing Whistles says:

          There is a growing number of people who the judiciary are 5hit scared of – and those numbers grow by the day. The key is to have fun with the bugghers whilst they become ever more desperate to decieve from all of their wrongdoing.

          “The Deceit of the Wrongdoer”.

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  42. 113
    Adolph Balls says:

    A man who gooes to work in a silk gown , tights a wig and silver buckled high heeled shoes
    Call me old fashioned but its not the kind of person that I would wish to mix with

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  43. 121
    Herman of the EU says:

    Anybody vishing to leave the EU vill be shot. But ve are not all monsters. I still laugh ven I zink of Frank Spencer on his roller skates.

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    • 127
      Angela Firkel says:

      And ze shopkeepers, are you being served unt open all hours, ve vill not tolerate any of your pounds and ounces and vicious and outdated tills.

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    • 132
      An Englishman, singing robustly, says:

      Who do you think you are kidding Mrs. Mer-Kel?
      If you think we’re on the run,
      We are the boys who will stop your little game.
      We are the boys who will make you think again.
      ‘Cus who do you think you are kidding Mrs. Mer-kel?
      If you think old England’s done?

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  44. 124
    A British Citizen says:

    How can I leave the EU? I want no part of it.

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  45. 125
    Georgeanonymous says:

    I really, sincerely hope he claims all the expenses due him —– hahahhahahahahahaha ——–what a fuckwit and how stupid of the peopel to vote for him – there’s no wonder the country’s gone to the dogs

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  46. 129
    Gordon McBonkers Brhune, eyeing the Night Staff on the locked Ward at CurrrrrCudeeeee Lunatic Asylum says:

    These people are not tae make fun o’ me, – nor mock my Savin’ o’ tha’ Wuld. Ma worthless successor – Ed Bonkers says so.

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  47. 137
    Anonymous says:

    The Spanish PM reiterates his faith in the Euro.

    What a pity he can’t give that same faith to the 25% of people in his country who are unemployed?

    Where are those lefties then? Is 25% unemployment in Spain a price worth paying to save the Euro and the faces of the European political elite?

    It is an absolute scandal and a disgrace, shame on all the politicians to allow it!

    It does not have to be like this. The blame again lies firmly at the German government yet again. History has taught the Germans nothing. She wants to conquer yet again. But this time economically, without a shot being fired.

    How long before the unemployed in Europe are in camps begging for food again?

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  48. 138
    Major Bumsore says:

    I was in Bicester today and I noticed the plaques on the little flowerbefs in the pedestrian area said something like “these plants are growing in soil made from your garden and domestic refuse”
    I thought it quite an informative message and considered writing to the council to explain that it gave quite the wrong message much better to say “our garden and domestic refuse”

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  49. 139
    Saffron says:

    No 1 no mp should have a 2nd job,try and tell your employer that you will work for him part time but he will pay you full time.
    No 2 T-bliar for presedente of EUSSR,dont make me laugh, a man despised for illegal wars in thrall of you know who.
    No 3 tin knickers mercali,why don’t you feck off with your germania ideas,which your own people are not with you on as you will find out.
    No 4 beeboids are at panic stations as to what skeletons are in the cupboard waiting to come out on a drip drip basis.
    Dunblaineo,try robertsoneo,your starter for ten.
    No 5 Cammoron,the pr chancer,please dont give us all your weasel words about the EUSSR cabal,you are a disgrace to your party as was another not straight guy.
    No 6 Anybody to me who is a traitor to THEIR country is the lowest of the low and there are many of these turncoats in this country and it’s time we were rid of them.

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  50. 141
    Anonymous says:

    The hatred the English feel for their political elite hardens every single day.

    Keep ignoring us at your peril!

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  51. 142
    Anonymous says:

    All Cameron is, is the heir to Blair, nothing else. He just wants to be Prime Minister.

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    • 150
      The Air to Blair says:

      You can’t say you weren’t warned.

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      • 166
        Tachybaptus says:

        And so I was. Formerly a lifelong Conservative, I have voted UKIP every time since the bugger was elected party leader. But somehow, the way things are going, this isn’t very comforting.

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  52. 155
    Anonymous says:

    All the tax rises and benefit cuts that Cameron and Osbourne are making, just go towards paying more in to the EU budget. I hope Cameron is listening.

    You have no chance in 2015. You would rather see Milliband elected in 2015, because more and more of your core Tory vote is going to vote UKIP. That Mr Cameron is the result of your Euro loving policies. You should know that the Germans and the French will never let ENGLAND BE AT THE HEART OF EUROPE. The only Europe they want is THEIR Europe and that does not include giving any consideration to England’s views what so ever. I thought you would have realised this by now!

    Cameron, just like Blair is a traitor to our country, the country that is England, now that Scotland is on its own and rubbishing the English at every opportunity they get. So be it!

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  53. 158
    Sandy is a busted flush says:

    If the NYC subway does not flood in the next hour then it never will.

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  54. 195
    suissebob says:

    Water levels on the link above are interesting, still rising!

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  55. 196
    Another Engineer says:

    Looks very very bad now.

    All subway lines flooded, out for at least a week.

    If the subway fills with water to the brim, it has been estimated that it will take the pumps 29 days to empty it. And saltwater is very corrosive.

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    • 200

      I heard that some of the subway switchgear is around 100 years old and replacing that in any extent would take some time.

      Have not heard any reports of subway flooding *yet* but it seems that water levels in Lower and Raritan Bays are being kept up by the exceptionally strong winds and the next high tide is 09:00 EDT which may sent the current levels even higher. So it does look as if it will seriously breach the subway at some point.

      Tracking all subway reports on a number of tabs.

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      • 204
        Another Engineer says:

        Hmm, some tweets a bit premature perhaps, but this suggests some salt water has got into the system and they are pumping it out:

        Battery Inspection

        However, they’ll need to inspect anything that’s beein flooded, however temporarily, so I can believe it will be out for a week.

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        • 207

          Even on a rainless day they pump some 80 million gallons out of the subway so it would have to get to where the switchgear is sited. There is no current running in the rails at the moment. It will be that new morning surge that they have to survive to get through this intact. I would agree that a week out of action would be quite likely but if the entire system filled (unlikely but the possibility exists), it could take a month to replace and test.

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        • 208
          suissebob says:

          MYFOXNY.COM –
          It it turning into the worst case scenario for the MTA as storm surges from Sandy batter New York City.

          The agency that runs the subway system reports that up to four feet of seawater is entering subway tunnels under the East River.

          The MTA had tried to prepare the system to keep out the saltwater but the surge of water proved to be too much on Monday evening.

          Salt can eat at electronic parts and metal that keeps the aging system running.

          The MTA had closed the entire subway system on Sunday night.

          Before the storm, the MTA said that it could take up to four days to pump out any flooding in the system.

          Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/19948203/seawater-flooding-subway-tunnels#ixzz2Ak1babWV

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  56. 199
    Crapster says:

    So 3 million Yankers and rising can not flush their dump.

    This is serious.

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  57. 213
    Marmite says:

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE HUTTON REPORT??? HAS IT HAD A ‘D’ NOTICE SLAPPED ON IT BY BLIAR & CO?

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  58. 214
    Agent Orange says:

    Vote for me as your president and I will shave you all.

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  59. 215
    AUNTYGATE says:

    The shit is still rising from the sewers.

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  60. 217
    illogical says:

    Sandy in full swing and the next one, should it occur is due to be named Tony [undoubtedly a failure].
    Gordon too in August was a bit of a wash out- a little rain.
    Unfortunately tropical storm / hurricane names that turn out to be minor happenings do not get retired and can be used again in the future.
    Sounds a bit like politics.
    Next year we are promised a ‘Rebekah’

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    • 220
      fabians are Evil says:

      Good on him I say!

      I would rather have a part time intelligent M.P. than a full time bovine fat arsed, ex trade union, socialist Labour bint.

      For God’s sake can you not remember ‘Blair’s babes” ?????

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  61. 223
    The one & only kekbab says:

    I think my pacemaker is broken.
    Everytime I’m coughing the garage door opens.

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  62. 224
    You wanna be in their gang, their gang, their gang says:

    Jimmy So-vile

    Gary Glitter

    Freddie Starr

    Leon Brittan

    Jeremy Thorpe

    Ted Heath

    Derek McCulloch

    Wilfrid Brimbell

    More to come…

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  63. 226
    Outlier says:

    This practice should be banned not only because of the obvious great potential for conlifct of interest, but also because constituents (and taxpayers who fund their generous salaries, expenses and pensions) should be afforded 100% of an MP’s time. Parliament should NOT be a “career choice”, where those who would otherwise fail in the “real-wold” enrich themselves at public expense.

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  64. 234
    Northern More-ish tory says:

    Is he the only one?!

    I believe not! A certain Stephen Phillips is too.

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Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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