November 20th, 2012

Merv Swerves Through Northcliffe House

Guido’s eyes and ears over at Northcliffe House report that the outgoing Bank of England chairman Mervyn King has just had a chummy goodbye with Paul Dacre in the atrium. While Merv apparently sits on DMGT’s pension board, the presence of Alex Brummer at the tête-à-tête have lead over there to some speculation a new columnist may have been signed up. It will give him somewhere else to be wrong when he stands down next year…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Was he not appointed by Gordon?

    Is this not the curse?

  2. 2
    the book will reveal all.... says:

    I judge he has been a safe pair of hands given the shitfeist he has been presiding over…whether the bank would have done things differently if they had been left with the full reins originally is difficult to say but Gordon’s input would have been a constant thorn in any BOE chairman’s side.

  3. 3
    Polly Toynbee says:


  4. 4
    The times they are a changing says:

    Just don’t understand why Camoron hadn’t stuffed one of his own hangers on in charge in May 2010, if you leave your enemies in place they can do damage to you, oh yes I forgot they are and are.

  5. 5
    Tachybaptus says:

    Sheer ineptitude, as ever.

  6. 6
    Alex Bummer says:

    Is this shit in English or Yiddish?

  7. 7
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    Merv failed to call the property bubble and failed to ensure rates went up post-2003, by facing down Brown, who wanted the bubble to continue.

    He has made pathetic excuses for this, is known internally as a pettifogging Pooter with a short temper and only got a second term cos Darling couldn’t unseat him mid-crisis.

  8. 8
    Penfold says:

    Oh corks! Oh lumme!

  9. 9
    Edinburgh Socialist dogshite on motorbike says:

    Goodbye to the Labour arselicker.

  10. 10
    Sir John Houblon says:

    This august gentleman has spectacularly failed in the task set before him, to keep inflation down, has done great damage to Britain’s economy with QE which is itself inflationary, failed to speak out publicly about the Labour government’s foolish and imprudent financial strategy, and in recent days has continually talked down the British economy.
    In another eara, if he was lucky he would be staring at the inside of the stone walls of the Tower of London. If he was unlucky his head would be on a pike for all to see on London Bridge.
    As it is, he will retire with a gold plated inflation proof pension and be showered with honours and well paid positions by an oh so grateful political and business class. Funny old world isn’t it?

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    IMHO says:

    First things normal people do when they move into a house is to order a few skips and get rid of all the rubbish that has been accumulating over the years, and give the garden a good dose of Roundup, dozy Dave is the exception.

  12. 12
    Not related to student thickos says:

    All Mong King does is deliberately run the economy down so no one wants to invest in it. He is a fecking liability.

  13. 13
    The curse of Βillу Β says:


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    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Safely missing inflation targets for years (his ONLY target), whilst going along with QE to socialise the bank’s debts, falsely claiming that it is all for the ‘benefit’ of people like pensioners.

    Fuck off Merv, don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

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    Socialist gives u the runs says:

    What a skitter he is!

  16. 16
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The BBC have been bashing the old bishops a lot today.

  17. 17
    Spode says:

    “Lorks”, shurely?

  18. 18
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    + 1

    Fail the banks, default the BONDS, print up the cash for the depositors.

    Enjoy higher land affordability and an economy low on rent-seeking = RECOVERY.

  19. 19
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    That’s nothing new for them, nor is going after Anglican upper-hierarchical clergy.

  20. 20
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    > Brown, who wanted the bubble

    NEEDED not wanted. Debt growth replaced economic growth.

  21. 21
    Mrs J.Dromey says:

    I am in favour of women bishop bashing.

  22. 22
    Tom Watson says:

    What has David Cameron reading a book on the economy and Stephen Hawking reading a porn magazine got in common?

    Both know what they want to do, but have no idea how they are going to do it.

  23. 23
    Glass Steagall says:

    History is there to learn from and to avoid the same mistakes. Will Brown and Balls ever learn from history? Nah! They are far too busy re writing it.

  24. 24
    ukiplocal says:

    He failed when he was among those economists who wrote to Geoffrey Howe about his budget, he was wrong about the Euro, he was wrong not to object to the Brownite regulatory arrangements, he was wrong not to express public concern about the expansion of money and state spending, he was wrong over the way Northern Rock was handled and every bail-out since. he was wrong over QE and he has not got inflation right yet

    How many times can you be wrong and still keep your job and probably get a Peerage to boot!

  25. 25
    Projects4Britain. says:

    On the economy, it is time ditch PFI. Just a thought.

  26. 26
    smoggie says:

    I think Bono would make a good BoE chairman.

    Fuck , if he looks after our money as he does his own then who is to argue?

  27. 27
    Tiny Tom says:

    Well and least they can see their dicks. Whereas, Fatson’s is lost in the flab.

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    IMHO says:

    Like it, the Bank of England should invest all our money offshore.

  29. 29
    Beast says:

    He has been infected by the curse of Jonah McMental so thats The Mail done for

  30. 30
    IMHO says:

    Mention of Dee-jays is verboten!.

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    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    He was less wrong than Blanchflower. That’s about the only “praise” that can be given.

  32. 32
    It's a Mad Mad World says:

    + 63 M.

    Only in the UK can one fail spectacularly at one’s job, then go on to ever greater personal success.

    It’s what we’re great at.

  33. 33
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    First the BBC, now America’s extortion-funded broadcaster has a similar problem.

  34. 34
    It's a Mad Mad World says:

    Is it really worth bothering any more ?

    Guess he’ll be joining Lord Mandelson as a Head of Ethical Banking at Lizard Int’l.

    Perhaps Sharia Law does have something to offer.

    Even Medieval Law chopped the hands off treasurers who debased the currency, followed by their heads.

  35. 35
    Andy Coulson says:

    I’m disappointed they’re going to jail me

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    . says:

    I’ve been bashing my old bishop a lot today. It’s a bit sore now.

  38. 38
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Don’t bank on it.

  39. 39
    Fat Cunt Watson says:

    That’s not nice.

  40. 40
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Any news on the Bercows? Do hope it all get’s much worse for them.

  41. 41
    Morally Bankrupt. says:

    The pipes are burst and the house is flooded. I think I will phone an electrician.


  42. 42
    Fat Cunt Watson says:

    Life’s a bitch

  43. 43
    Milly-Wanker says:

    I like bashing my own bishop

  44. 44
    Milly-Wanker says:

    Every day for me.

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  46. 46
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Six Israeli ‘spies’ executed before baying mob in Gaza City, before motorbike gang drags one bloodied victim through the streets

    Read more:
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  47. 47
    Nil £££££'s says:

    What money. ????

  48. 48
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Showing the love and peace….. on motorbikes…. not quite the justice system we have in the UK.

  49. 49
    Pol Pot says:

    No need for capitals

  50. 50
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Any consideration of the alleged offender’s ooman rights ??

  51. 51
    The One True Apostrophic Church says:

    No need for the apostrophe

  52. 52
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    The knob is only male appendage that will not increase in size in the morbidly obese male :)

  53. 53
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Have you actually seen the state of these women priests? Bishop bashing? I would rather do it for myself !!

  54. 54
    Brown's shitst@ins says:

    The banks are full of scum.

  55. 55
    Ban Ki-moon says:

    I must say that the UNWRA-funded educational programme on ‘civilisation and the rule of law’ has turned out to have been particularly good value for money.

  56. 56
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    The EU and its Member States are the biggest donors to UNRWA. Together with humanitarian aid and support from the Instrument for Stability, the EU contribution for 2011 now stands at €125 million.

  57. 57
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    Bank of moon! Do you do loans ?

  58. 58
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    that is a 125 million euro wasted………

  59. 59
    Gordon Brown says:

    So’s my nappy

  60. 60
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    I was privy to some very awkward late night decisions

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    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

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    Beast says:

    high time that we did such things in Golders Green and Hampstead

  63. 63
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

  64. 64
    Adolf Hilter says:

    Yes. I never found the need to use them.

  65. 65
    Tom Watson MP says:

    I’ll have to make a statement in the House about that.

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    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

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    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Cameron effectively said King was crap when he was Opposition Leader .

    Cameron also spouted some bollocks about the Governorship being a limited fixed term appointment in the future .

    Perhaps this is one of the Idiots less publicised U turns but boy has it cost us all .

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    restore the monasteries says:

    If things were to be done twice all would be wise…….mind you, he has been crap.

  69. 69
    I spy with my little eye says:

    They have gone badger watching together

    In their limos with personalised number plates to be discreet…

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    Defrocked Hansard Reporter says:

    Were you introduced to or into the Chairman of Lizards?

  71. 71
    Defrocked FT Reporter says:

    The British bankers and accountants pulled a great one on HP…

    A $5 billion rip off this time…

    Good going given they were bailed a couple of years before…

  72. 72
    IDF says:

    The motor bike riders are “dead meat”

  73. 73
    Old Etonian Archbishhop of Canterbury says:

    The Synod have defrocked me before I have even bee consecrated…

    It is a druid conspiracy I tell you

    Or is Boris Johnson up to his old tricks?

  74. 74
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    Thanks to Gordo and Merv we’re…

  75. 75
    Larry Livingstone says:

    Having read our glorious Press tonight you would think UBS are squeaky clean .

    Adebole has been found guilty of mega fraud without a penny being found in any of his private accounts .

    The Judge has described him as a self centred gambler. Just the type of guy you want to employ on a trading floor .

    I have never passed an audit exam in my life but I know to do the job properly you have to be a Hunt to work for who has a nasty habit of turning up at odd times asking awkward questions .

    This whole story stinks .

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    Abu Qatada says:

    I just voted against women bishops. Gangnam style.

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    Merv the King of the Wiemar Republic says:

    The British economy is flatlining…

    I say print another £250 billion…like Blinky says

    Before I bow out with my huge pension and peerage for having saved the world from the meltdown from my own stupidity

    Endless eeeaaasing is the answer

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    The times they are a changing says:

    They won’t ditch PFI, it’s a good moneymaker.

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    Historian of our times says:

    Talking abour Brummer and b a n k e r s

    This is a good article

  80. 80
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    CiF and other muslim conspiracy “theory” nonsense ==> that way.

  81. 81
    Operation Crossbow says:

    I see Caroline Flint has been sticking her face all over the media today slagging off Tories. Remind me what did Ed Miliband do to control energy prices again?

  82. 82
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Out of deference to our landlord, no remarks about the, shall we say, “genital shortcomings” of portly men, please!
    He might take it all personal like.
    Then you’ll wonder and whine about why your posts under your preferred moniker somehow get lost in the ether.

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    Historian of our times says:

    There is a gag order on any discussion of PFI contracts already signed

    But they are still costing the British people tens of billions every year

    WHere is the accountability?

  84. 84
    Blair, Mandelson, Lazards and Co says:

    All our money is already offshore

  85. 85
    Toilets Maguire says:

    I nominate Caroline (again) for Rear of the Year

    PS I have told her not to overdo the makeup again

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    the right and wrong side of the law says:

    Great train robbers get 30 years a-piece, for stealing 2,631,684 on its way to be burnt (no body is out of pocket). The entertainment industry earns millions over a 30 year period on the back of it.

    Adebole knocks his firm over for 2. 3 billion, and gets 7 years (which he’ll do 3 max in a kushy open nick). The money will have to be clawed back (mostly off of the little man) nobody gains.

    “he was of good character” I. e. one of them.

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    Projects4Britain says:

    Why can’t we have cost effective projects around Britain to stimulate the British economy. Not projects where costs spiral out of control.

  88. 88
    Arse of the Decade. says:

    Fair dos. She is an arse and everytime she opens her gob, shit pours out of it.

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    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    Because the state is running them.

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    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    She was window dressing once.

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    Anonymous says:

    yes quite.
    we forget, lord.reeeeeeeespect.

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    what if there was hurricane sue.

    offshore too close to water. we should be grounded and centered and well away from our emotional self.

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    and a great socialogical experiment.

  94. 94
    Anonymous says:

    some say to escape this rubbish one should go abroad.
    the problem is that it is the same. everywhere.

  95. 95
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Affordable land? MP’s have had to do some hard lying, troughing and defrauding to get their extra homes, why would they let us plebs have land and property cheap?

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    you have to pay your due to royalty.
    either get close or
    …create your
    …..own king.dum

  97. 97
    Anonymous says:

    only the emotional ones.

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    Anonymous says:


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    Quiet Bat Person says:

    “Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential,” the company said.

    No it isn’t, you pretentious dildos. Your mission is to make a kids puppet show.

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    Anonymous says:

    an englishman’s castle. The House. why are standards so low in the most prominent house but one in the country. What goes on in the most prominent house, well that would be asking. only rupert knows.

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    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Stealing cash that was marked for inceneration and had therefore also been replaced by new notes in circulation is akin to counterfeiting. Or, as it is called nowadays, Quantitative Easing.

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    Anonymous says:

    Lazard has also advised on some of the largest and highest-profile corporate restructurings around the world. Since 1999, we have advised on more than 100 in- and out-of-court restructurings totalling over $300 billion of debt.

    why the fixation on debt.
    debt to society.

    pride and debt go together.
    bit more humilty would be nice.

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:


    children wear frocks.
    how awful.

    and effing 100 year d.notice

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    Saffron says:

    See that Moody’s have downrated the frogs triple A rating.
    Would love them to rate Merv on performance.

  105. 105
    Andy says:

    The buck ultimately stopped with Mervyn King. Good riddance to a very stubborn man.

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:


    arse…goal…hole….dole. welcome to new 21st century.
    he no obi 1 kanobe.

  107. 107
    Saffron says:

    Completely O/T.
    A question:- anyone like to comment as to when we first saw socialism in the western world and what benefit have we seen from it?.

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    moody. what a moody lot.

  109. 109
    Anonymous says:

    ism’s are just that ism’s.

    power lies with royalty.

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    Beast says:

    I wouldnt lend a frenchie one Franc even if they could still spend them on Molluscs and garlic
    A nation of whores!

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    Anonymous says:

    that is correct.
    nothing is worth the bother in the outside world.

    sharia law is too kind.
    for savage behaviour, but then we are not savages.

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    Saffron says:

    I’m with you Andy,good riddance to him and his gold plated pension.
    Economists are seldom right,I seem to remember when this shitestorm hit us that her Maj was asking I think 3 economics guru’s as to what had gone wrong and they could’nt tell her.

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    Anonymous says:

    crooks are us.

    the creater user and circulator of BIG money.

  115. 115
    Robert Roundtree says:

    Cadbury’s Bourneville

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    Anonymous says:

    only thing exonomics is good at is to be exonmic with the truth.

    welcome to number 7.
    the number has been corrupted.

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    Saffron says:

    Well I know that.
    I asked what benefit what benefit have we seen from it.
    Care to tell me about National Socialism/USSR and how ordinary people were affected?
    Sorry about the double benefit error.

  118. 118
    Saffron says:

    I take it you mean economic and I agree.

  119. 119
    Rebekah Crooks says:

    Who’s going to look after my poor little adopted baby if I go downnnnnn?

  120. 120
    Saffron says:

    What is the definition of socialism in real terms?.

  121. 121
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Ho hum – there is no such thing as a ‘free British press’ – there ain’t been since at least 1921

  122. 122
    One Term Cunt says:

    I Talk a Loda Bollocks

  123. 123
    One Term Cunt says:

    But you will be by the time we are finished.

  124. 124
    Arch Bishop of Canterbury says:

    David Beckham wants one more challenge…hmmm!

  125. 125
    I Wank Over Bad News says:

    You guys are very sick

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    Respect My Arse. says:

    See George Galloway is following Browns example for not appearing in The House Of Commons only seen him twice

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    Alexander Solzhenitzyn aka Clive Dunn says:

    They put the heebie-jeebies up the chosen ones?…they don’t like it up ‘em.

    Ask my old mates Adie and Joe.

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    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    130 million dead.

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    god is good says:


  132. 132
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    Not sure the murdered train guard would agree..

  133. 133
    Jimmy the Pervert says:

    Who and how old is Sue

  134. 134
    Hitting Nails on Head says:

    Your 1000% right there.

  135. 135
    Glyn H says:

    About time more folk understood that neat summary of Mr Kings success rate since he left the Fabian economists joy land that is the LSE

  136. 136
    Keeping it very Simple says:

    F’U;C”K O,F’F you C,U”N’T

  137. 137
    Captain B.Fart says:

    The definition of socialism is the BBC

    As Greg should have said ….

    Hideously Left

  138. 138
    Jimmy the Pervert says:

    Iv’e buggerd loads of under age badgers in a limo paid for by BBC

  139. 139
    Dick Head Dave says:

    I would get a Landscape Gardener in to fix that problem.

  140. 140
    Nonews Night says:

    We have finally found out what has been happening in Burma for the past 30 years. Muslims are being persecuted by Buddhists. We thought you should know.

  141. 141
    Gary Glitter says:

    Merv the Perv
    String him up !
    just why are people like this allowed to wander freely upon the streets of London?

    Taking advantage of the vulnerable

    Mixing with mental patients (Brown) and having an assumed name

    Courted by the establishment

    Just what is the world coming to?

    A disgrace to this (n)once great nation

  142. 142
    Gary Glitter says:

    Buddists dont blow you up they blow you off!
    Why do you think I spent so much time in SE Asia?

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    Jabba the Hutt mp Mid-Sussex says:

    He is not like us. We fiddle expenses due to greed. Adebole was a chancer trying to make a quick buck.

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    the book will reveal all.... says:

    I posed a ‘kindest’ possible statement @2 but sorry merv its a dead duck.

  145. 145
    Anal Discharge says:

    Steady on.

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    the gaunt scowler who knows what you really want . says:

    oh christ does posh want another sprog ? summoning up
    the enthusiasm to give her one would be a challenge …

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    Bob R says:

    I wonder what the DMGT Pension Fund split is between fixed and index linked securities.

  148. 148
    Right Handed Wanker says:

    I lean to the left, whats the problem.

  149. 149
    Anonymous says:

    on a tangent here.

    stunning development from the computer giant Hewlett Packard which has just announced that a British company it bought for almost $10bn could be worth less than a seventh of that sum.

    Dr Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, the company it acquired, is reported to have made some $500m from the sale.

    H-P claims accounting irregularities and a failure to disclose, allegations denied by Mr Lynch who was praised in speeches by David Cameron as an example to us all before today’s claims were made.

    crooks the lot of them.

    significance is the number 7.
    it represents truth.
    we know that our language is corrupted and now even the numbers.

    Our only hope is to talk gibberish.
    only that will make sense.

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    Anonymous says:

    too kind,

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    Would it fuck says:

    Why the fuck are the Guardian leading with the headline “Church in crisis” after it voted to reject wimin Bishops ? Would it be using the same headline if it voted by the same margin to allow them ?

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    too unkind.

  153. 153
    Right Handed Wanker says:

    Is there any suction there.

  154. 154
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am a Moody Glass Seagull

  155. 155
    Golden Balls says:

    No problem

  156. 156
    messed up head dept says:

    particularly if you’re a distasteful shit like you bunter

  157. 157
    Anonymous says:

    nothing has been free ever.
    are us.

    only our integrity is free. but try getting there,
    there are enemies our there,
    they do not fear freedom,
    Jimmy So.vile claimed to have ultimate freedom, they fear integrity…internal.grit.

  158. 158
    Anonymous says:

    as i ease, you become austere.
    no thankyou,
    you austere if you want to, we are all for easy living.

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    all ism are a form of religion.
    they are all naff.

    it is all about power who has it and who does not.
    whether the power is based on force or not.
    whether in the process we are manipulated or not.

    there is a manmade life and that is fecked and then there is the organic one. the problem is knowing what is natural.

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    Anonymous says:

    and we thought budhists were ok.
    tossers are us.

  161. 161
    messed up heads dept says:

    a number of our co-commentators talk that already …it doesn’t help

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    nothing and absolutely nothing has been treated as sacred out there.
    how awful.
    but then issues like past life karma, soul development and life purpose come to mind. as Steve jobs showed there is no life experience that is wasted.
    either wait and see or escape the poverty of your imagination.

  163. 163
    Anonymous says:

    but were we ever grace. it was sadly all talk.
    …changing the subject to the english rose.
    the myth says fragile, do not touch.
    i say touch, and feel the vibration. it most certainly will not break.

  164. 164
    Anonymous says:

    who does the Guardian guard.
    is it the praetorian guard

  165. 165
    Wart says:

    Now look here Bummer, it’s PRECISELY that kind of talk which led to the holocaust!

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    monastry = austerity.

    life is for living.

  167. 167
    Anonymous says:

    god is good.
    is the idea of the devil a deception though.

  168. 168
    Football Isn't Life-or-Death, It's Far More Important Than That says:

    Here’s a challenge– try not to turn into another Gascoigne when his playing days are well and truly done. Some footballers can’t handle being a celebrity and go over the edge, and some can’t handle NOT being a celebrity, and the same result. When the wife gets tired of him and chucks him out, we’ll see what Becks is made of. Stay tuned, footie fans.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m bashing the bishop

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    Anonymous says:

    in other news.

    it is reported that at the royal variety performance prince philip told reporters that

    he was “stone deaf” when asked which routine was his favourite.
    “All of them [are] … but to be honest we’re both stone deaf,” he said after the show

    …whatever anyone says we must listen to with care and just laugh it off, as we did with so.vile savile. maybe the queen is the front a nd the prince just tells the truth.

  171. 171
    not a machine relaoded says:

    Do bears crap in Bretton Woods

  172. 172
    Lead is heavy metal says:

    Very well done Wart. At least you know the difference between ‘led’ and ‘lead’ which appears in Gweed’s/arryboy’s original post

  173. 173
    Lead is heavy metal says:

    The Autonomy scandal is discussed further in the last post. Fascinating how manipulative some people can be. Should go far…

  174. 174
    Lead is heavy metal says:

    Or in Merv’s case, ‘norks’ (all of ‘em)

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    Archie O'Logist says:

    In days of yore, all those civilisations had female High Priestesses who ran the show. Look what happened to them, all disappeared without trace, except the odd ruin or two to show they ever existed in the first place.

  176. 176
    Archie O'Logist says:

    I would think about possibly borrowing the sponge from my neighbour.

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    A Citizen says:

    Better ask ManU fans to answer that one. They seem to be in league….

  178. 178
    A Citizen says:

    Puff.. That’s about 2 and a half days of the UK’s contributions.

  179. 179
    A Citizen says:

    I don’t recall meeting King Moishe the First.

  180. 180
    A Citizen says:

    “What things” are to talking about?

  181. 181
    I'm John Taylor, honest. says:

    More sidesteps than Barry John,

  182. 182
    A *anker says:

    His bone-us overrode his sense of decency.

  183. 183
    A *anker says:

    But for/to whom does/did Mervyboy work/report?

  184. 184
    Left back says:

    Well, at least he will be able to be miserable in comfort.

    PS: I like Beck’s beer too.

  185. 185
    Left back says:

    Two wonderful entities – Grace and Favour.

    Them and Us.

    East and West – and ne’er the twain shall meet.

  186. 186
    Left back says:


  187. 187
    Mounted up says:

    The Blues and (especially) the Royals.

  188. 188
  189. 189
    Ade Itti Ferarri says:

  190. 190
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Didn’t Brown try to force pension funds to hold a minimum proportion of their funds in gilts?

  191. 191
    The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

    It’s called DEMOCRACY*…!!

    * Unless of course it goes the “Wrong way” in which case it’s called REACTIONARY

  192. 192
    Clive Sinclair says:

    Re the Autonomy news, many at HP already knew this but the deal got pushed through by their then CEO ‘HP Will Be Cooler Than Apple’ Leo Apotheker. To be honest HP is pretty much a very large company going no where fast. It’s most profitable business is selling coloured water (ink) at 3000% mark up, but the downturn in print has left it with a problem. The rest of their business is moving tin and plastic at 2%gp. Their foray into software and services has only cost them money so far. Omnishambles of the first order.

  193. 193
    William Gague says:

    We are a sovereign nation. Honest. Would I lie to you?

  194. 194
    Gordon Brown says:

    Where were you hiding that one ?

  195. 195
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Let me loose with the levers of power !!

  196. 196
    Uncle Joe says:

    I always write the death list in lower case. And yes Merv is on the list

  197. 197
    Gary Glitter up the shittah says:

    Yeh whateva!

  198. 198
    on me head son... says:

    the comparison is ridiculous…becks is very different to gazza

  199. 199
    the ddepartment of the appropriate says:

    it would be ‘appropriate’ for king to scribble for the dm

    he and the treasury have run the monetary policy that its readers would have wanted – and b….. the consequences

    what a bit of chutzpah to be paid to blame someone else for the highly undesirable results of incompetence and arrogance!

  200. 200
    Sarge says:

    In central banking as in diplomacy, style, conservative tailoring, and an easy association with the affluent count greatly and results far much less

    JK Galbraith

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