November 21st, 2012

Speccie Awards: The Winners

Guido has been enjoying a very pleasant afternoon at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards this afternoon. Here are the winners in full:

  • Newcomer of the Year – Andrea Leadsom MP (Con)
  • Backbencher of the Year – Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP (Lab)
  • Campaigner of the Year – Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP (Lab)
  • Inquisitor of the Year – Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP (Lab)
  • Speech of the Year – Charles Walker MP (Con) & Kevan Jones MP (Lab)
  • Resignation of the Year – Rt Hon Lord Hill of Oareford (Con)
  • Apology of the Year – Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP (Lib Dem)
  • Resurrection of the Year – Rt Hon Sir George Young MP (Con)
  • Minister to Watch – Elizabeth Truss MP (Con)
  • Double Act of the Year – Rt Hon Edward Davey MP (Lib Dem) & John Hayes MP (Con)
  • Peer of the Year – Rt Revd Justin Welby
  • Minister of the Year – Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Con)
  • Parliamentarian of the Year – Jesse Norman MP (Con)
  • Politician of the Year – Boris Johnson (Con)

Some worthy winners. Some less so…


  1. 1
    Invertebrate of the Year says:

    David Cameron.


    • 9
      lojolondon says:

      I guess Hodge got her award before they read the Telegraph and Guido reports on her shareholdings else she would have got ‘hypocrite of the year’!


      • 99
        No double standards here! says:

        BBC certainly wouldn’t report the poor standards that Hodge operates by..


        • 118
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Don’t forget that Hodge has ‘form’ – she of course did zilch in reality with the Islington mob about child abuse – but thereafter Blair rewarded her failure by making her the Minister for Children.

          As they say – sometimes it is those who are the most guilty in an area / field – who are then promoted to the highest position of office to ‘overlook’ [?] continuing cover ups. Its basically such that the ‘promoted’ being guilty themselves can be ‘controlled’ from higher above.


        • 125
          FFS ! says:

          Shrieking, hysterical,creating a smokescreen “look over there” inquisitor of the year you mean !


          • V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

            There’s many categories missing, trougher of the year, most ingenious expenses claim of the year, greatest expenses claim of the year, most morbidly obese MP of the year, best lie of the year, most condescending statement of the year, most grovelling euro statement of the year, etc.


    • 34
      Omnishambles of the year? says:

      Dr Lynch, 47, who is a non-executive director of the BBC and adviser to David Cameron, could now face a criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and today said he was furious about the claims levelled at him and rejected them all.

      Read more:
      Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook


      • 63
        Anonymous says:

        7 the number of truth has been corrupted.
        it is said that Mr lynch doctored his accounts by a factor of 7.


      • 119
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Ahh – “Due Diligence” and issues of it being carried out properly rears up again. Old Rupert Mudrock knows plenty about ‘Due Diligence’ and of at many a company he has ‘flogged on’ overinflated of its true worth. ABN Amro did a jobby with Murdoch and his NDS some years ago. The ‘Bid Book’ still exists out here … very interesting read – what with what’s happened in the past 3 or so years.


        • 143
          h says:

          Murdoch! Is there nothing more to say? Is he always to be TROTted out whenever there’s possible naughtiness elsewhere? Predictable and lazy.


          • Anonymous says:

            corruption is a worldwide phenomena,

            however in the world of evil and tyranny, a new study of Hitler states that followers acted with enthusiasm as they saw vicious acts as virtuous.

            To lack humanity is not a virtue.
            under the wrong circumstances, the human brain is easy to fool….you can make it forget our humanity.

            don’t make the life of baddies easy.
            it feeds on the less bad.


    • 49
      On Tenterhooks says:

      Never mind the Speccie winners, more importantly when is the winner of the Louise Mensch caption competition from last Friday going to be announced?


    • 61
      XXXxx says:

      Nowhere to be seen


    • 158
      Theresa May says:

      Proud to be nominated for Minister of the Year 2010 – Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Con)


    • 205
      Mrs Trellis (Cymru) says:

      Absentee of the Year – Gordon Brown [retained from 2010-2011]


    • 218
      Shaqgger of the Year says:

      Handycock. Boaz.


  2. 2
    Dan Saffend says:

    Hypocrite of The Year?

    Thieving, troughing shitbag Of The Year?

    No. Didn’t think so.


    • 21
      Archer Karcher says:

      Newcomer of the Year – Andrea Leadsom MP (Con) Who?

      Backbencher of the Year – Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP (Lab) Tosser.

      Campaigner of the Year – Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP (Lab) Liar.

      Inquisitor of the Year – Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP (Lab) Simpleton.

      Speech of the Year – Charles Walker MP (Con) & Kevan Jones MP (Lab) Who?

      Resignation of the Year – Rt Hon Lord Hill of Oareford (Con) Who?

      Apology of the Year – Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP (Lib Dem) Liars liar.

      Resurrection of the Year – Rt Hon Sir George Young MP (Con) Shill.

      Minister to Watch – Elizabeth Truss MP (Con) EUphile authoritarian.

      Double Act of the Year – Rt Hon Edward Davey MP (Lib Dem) & John Hayes MP (Con) Davey dripping wet dunce, Hayes, slippery.

      Peer of the Year – Rt Revd Justin Welby. Rev. Flip-Flop.

      Minister of the Year – Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Con) Deeply intellectually challenged.

      Parliamentarian of the Year – Jesse Norman MP (Con) EUphile traitor.

      Politician of the Year – Boris Johnson (Con) Closet Marxist, out clown.

      What a shower.


    • 31
      bumboys and nonces says:


      “Nonce of the year”

      “Bumboy of the year”

      “Troughing cun*t of the year”

      “Sleazeball of the year”

      These awards are determined by shifty “journos”, whose only skills are arselicking and cocksucking


      • 128
        FFS ! says:

        And a lifetime achievement award for failing to hold our corrupt Politicians to account goes to the main stream media !


  3. 3
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    Some Good news.

    IDF planes on Monday targeted and eliminated another four senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.


  4. 4
    Kebab Time says:

    Inquisitor of the Year – Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP (Lab) < WORDS.FAIL.ME!


    • 23
      Archer Karcher says:

      A real politician speaks.


      • 101
        JabbaTheCat says:

        If that is a real politician then we are truly doomed…


        • 123
          The Nobel Committee says:

          He’s on a par withbetter than any of the pygmies we’ve give our prizes to recently


          • JabbaTheCat says:

            You should ask yourself what the dear leader has actually achieved in fighting this countries corner in the EUSSR talking shop, and you will find that besides bellowing at fuckwits like Rumpy Pumpy and the holy Roman Emperor Barosso, not a lot. Same goes for the other troughers in EUKIP, who merely turn up to sign in, claim their expenses and do SFA else. The upcoming Ch4 documentary on EUKIP should make educational viewing for UKIP mushrooms like yourself…


          • CarryHole is a Hunt says:

            Looks like the establishment is rattled.


          • Anonymous says:

            we really should stop listening and focus on the absence of appropriate action.

            talk less do more.
            whatever we do,

            decrease the quantity but increase the quality.
            hopefully the age of competence commeth.


          • Really? says:

            “You should ask yourself what the dear leader has actually achieved in fighting this countries corner in the EUSSR”

            The answer is in the video numbnuts, it’s a pity you are too much of a tribal clown to watch. Never mind, your werstminster heroes will and then tell you what to think.


      • 144
        The wizz says:

        BRAVO-encore keep telling it as it is, when we leave this travesty maybe, just maybe, we’ll start to trade with all the other countries that makeup the World. I will not hold my breath that we will leave this bunch of self-seeking idiots, but one can hope.


        • 154
          CarryHole is a Hunt says:

          He seems to be doing the job.

          56% now agree
          only 29% disagree.

          Being first to the lifeboat means you survive.


  5. 6
    Piss-taker of the Year says:

    Margaret Moran


  6. 7
    Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

    The Spectator have lost the plot. Some (all?) of the Labour MPs are vermin.


    • 12
      Tachybaptus says:

      The Spectator awards have never made sense. They are given by Westminster insiders to Westminster insiders, for reasons that are incomprehensible outside the bubble. Even allowing for that, the spectacle of the award jury bending over backwards with their heads up their arses in an attempt to be even-handed is repulsive.


    • 40
      The Nobel Committee says:

      A bunch of duds.

      But so were most of the winners last year. Its pretty obvious that most of the awards are sarcastic.


  7. 8
    Sweeney, The says:

    Most absent of the year
    Brown, Gorgon LAB


    • 11
      Castrol says:

      Grease ball of the year – oily vazz


      • 93
        BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

        They stopped that award two years ago, when he won it for the tenth time. Like Maradonna’s shirt number.


    • 25
      Gooey Blob says:

      NASA scientists are set to announce that they have discovered life on Mars.

      Unfortunately, it will turn out to be Gordon Brown.


      • 167
        Anonymous says:

        Astrologically, Mars represents your inner Warrior — the part of you that fights for what you value, protects your loved ones, and takes on heroic quests. Mars reveals your strength, your courage, passion and individuality.
        looks like we all need to tap into this.

        When Mars is suppressed or ignored, the shadow side of this energy will reveal itself: anger, frustration, fear, depression and feelings of powerlessness.

        The Latin root of the word Mars (mar) means “to shine,” . so shine!


  8. 10
    Hunk of the Year says:

    Chris Bryant


  9. 13
    dunstall says:

    Margaret Hodge Inquistor of the year?..Theyre having a laugh shurely!


  10. 14
    pink tourmaline says:

    margarethodge given an award !!

    Even hypocrite of the year would have been too good for her. she dodges tax and then accuses others publicly of doing the same thing. Odious woman!!


  11. 15
    a well stuffed chicken says:

    was the jerk of the year award too difficult?


  12. 17
    dunstall says:

    trougher of the year jointly awarded to Dennis Mc Shame and Margaret Moron


  13. 19
    Waiter, there's a politician in my soup says:

    All worthy winners, to be sure. We must be grateful for their selfless devotion to public service.


  14. 20
    dunstall says:

    Twat of the year/ Louise Mensch literally and figurativley


  15. 22
    Just Another Barclay Bros Rag says:

    Speccie is shite these days, full of left-wing writers and moronic trolls.


  16. 24
    SouthEastVoter says:

    Appears to be a need for the equivalent of the Darwin or ignoble awards


  17. 27
    The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

    Andrew Mitchell was nominated in the “Minister most likely to survive despite bad press” category but was pipped at the post for the award by Jeremy Hunt


  18. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Why is Guido mixing with the lefties on The New Spectator?


    • 30
      I don't nee d no doctor says:

      Best to know your enemy close up.


    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      It wasn’t St*ines, it was W*ckham.


      • 103
        Your Friendly Neighbourhood Who's-a-Guido Explanation Service says:

        “Guido,” as the landlord is quick to point out, is a corporate name and can refer to Pa(u)laeo-Guido, Neo-Guido, or, now, Wiki-Guido.
        Or, coming soon, Jersey Shore Guido:

        What happens in Jersey ain’t gonna stay in Jersey too long with this gavone.


  19. 29
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    If labour MPs couldn’t lie what else would they do?


  20. 33
    Mr Ahmadinejad says:

    Has anyone who isn’t high profile been contacted by McAlpine’s lawyers?


  21. 35

    Automodding still in refusal mode like a bouncer at a posh nightclub
    What a chore.


  22. 37
    My arse says:

    “Minister of the Year – Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Con)”

    Oh, right – presumably because like all the other dumb fucks who preceded her in the game of “let’s pretend to be Home Secretary”, she couldn’t get rid of Abu Qatada.

    Yeah. Let’s give Theresa “Dumb-Fuck” May an award. Because she’s so brilliant.


  23. 38
    Jonathan Wilson says:

    Grrr, how do you get images and youtube to work in here?


  24. 39
    Blairite says:

    No award for ‘Hypocrites of the year’ ? – The Labour party. They have collective amnesia about almost everything !


    • 68
      Anonymous says:

      it is called i don’t care.
      why call it something else.

      the labour party does not care.
      why should you care?


  25. 41
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    Just reading proceedings about a Muslim husband/wife in Cardiff who are blaming each other for killing their son who didn’t learn the Koran sufficiently quickly.


    • 43
      Who let these fuckers into the UK? says:

      “Islam is a religion of tolerance,” cried the father as he (allegedly) smashed his son’s head in for not learning the peedo-prophet’s hate-manual fast enough. “Rot in hell you little f@g bastard!” he screamed as his son’s brains oozed out onto the carpet.


      • 70
        The Only Way is Down says:

        Looking forward to Turkey joining the EU then?


        • 102
          BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

          73 fucking million of them


          • I Was Bored Before It Even Began says:

            Don’t forget Boris loves Turkey and wants it in the EU pronto, he’s part Turkish I recall. They’ll get on really well with the Armenians and Serbs we have here (currently f_cking over eack other) I expect a ‘Holy War’ to follow as the Turks muscle in on the local drug trade and prostitution business. Who’d have thought a little old midlands market town could have so much diversity!


        • 136
          F-nik cleansing in all but name says:

          I wonder how the quisling political class are going to guilt trip Britons into accepting 100s of thousands of turks into the UK?

          Turkey was a part of the British Empire, and Turkish solders fought side by side with British soldiers in two world wars just aint going to work.

          Perhaps we need Turks to do the jobs the lazy Poles won’t do. Yes that must be it.


          • Camoron is the ultimate Westminster traitor. says:

            Hang on, the Turks were against us in WWI, and there was a division of Turkish troops in the Waffen SS in WWII.

            With these great historical ties, it’s no wonder Camoron wants to let the Turks into the EU.. and Britain.

            That’s if there’s any room for them, after the gutless inbred tw@t in Downing Street has let 29 million Rumanians and Hungarians move to Britain as of Jan 1st 2014.


      • 111
        Anonymous says:

        who is worse?
        secret savages, or not so,secret ones.

        shame is the lowest level of hell. secrecy breeds shame. it contains hell. it is hell.
        It is a despicable, humiliating, miserable world. with apparently no way out.


    • 147
      CarryHole is a Hunt says:



  26. 42
    Tom Watson says:

    I would like to thank myself for my campaigning and smearing of innocent people. I’ve always tried to be fat, biased and repulsive. I feel this has been my anus horiblis and Chris Bryant can confirm this. I accept this award of “deluded fat c**t of the year” with pride


  27. 45
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    When I don’t have a condom I use a Subway foot long bag.


  28. 46
    must be pissed says:

    What’s pleasant about spending an afternoon with a group of MP’s?


  29. 47
    Prescott's chipolata says:

    My man was loser of the year.


  30. 51
    Boris is our favourite bimbo says:

    I think we can all agree Boris has been good entertainment this year.


    • 132
      Everyone in Chingford says:

      No we can’t. He was a total c*nt who lied to everyone that he wanted to prevent the destruction of Walthamstow dogtrack when he wanted to get elected – specifically saying so when campaigning in Waltham Forest for votes , and then decided to allow the place to be demolished and ruined. The man is a liar and not fit to hold public office in a democracy.


  31. 54
    Rob Wilson, M.P. says:

    Can I register my protest at the distribution of awards this year?

    It’s quite apparent that there has been some funny business going-on. Look at all the letters I write this year, and not even a mention?

    I am placing this complaint in the public domain.


  32. 55
    For the historians among you says:

    So yesterday I was reading the Standard and there was a bit about Rachel Johnson’s new novel which is based on the antics of Unity Mitford and friends in the 30s. I must confess I was hitherto unfamiliar with this chapter of British political history, not being in the same age bracket as many here. I did a bit of reading on her (OK, I went on Wikipedia) and was fascinated by what I found and hard to believe that not only a Brit did what she did but was allowed back, albeit severely injured and died shortly after. I’m surprised no one’s made a film about her and her equally zealous sister.


    • 62
      Beast of Istanbul says:

      They did and it was called “Unity”
      Her Ma also loved Herr H apart from his vulgar manners and low German
      I prefer him to Cameron
      Both good speakers ,however, Herr H meant what he said and carried through
      Cameron doesnt mean what he says and then follows through when he reads the polls
      F*&^%ӣ$ worm!


    • 64
      dunstall says:

      You cant beat education by wikipedia!


      • 71
        Bob Crow says:

        aboleesh oll pryvet skools!


        • 78
          Beast of the old skool says:

          The are not private they are public
          Anybody can attend as long as they have the cash and can pass the mirror test (does it mist when breathed upon?)
          Or did a member of your family attend?


          • Anonymous says:

            they are private they are not public.
            not everyone is allowed into the inner sanctum.
            you need money,
            without money there is no entrance,
            it is a private members club. and you never know you may even need references. how are we to know?

            in the rest of the world, fee paying schools are called private.


    • 105
      Dorothy Parker says:

      They were all fucking boring bitches compared to me.


      • 130
        Beast of the old skool says:

        Well Mr anon mine was “Private”
        Very liberal like Millfield
        Yes your family need the csh (not in all cases)
        It was open to those with with an open wallet and those like Boris with a good mind
        And just what is wrong with that?
        If a kid was either super smart or super dim the rest of us paid via grants
        The super dim found a refuge,super smart got a decent education
        Humanity in action


        • 177
          Anonymous says:

          what is wrong?
          nowt. It is very much life in action.
          the super dim needing a refuge?

          in the public mind refuge is about wimmin and their protection from an abusive situation.


  33. 56
    Sally Bigcow says:

    I’ll be back.


  34. 57
    Beast of the woods says:

    Their logo looks just like either a Minaret or a cock wearing a particularly pointy condom
    Or is it just me


    • 58
      Beast of Istanbul says:

      Just worked it out
      Boris Johnson editor (Turk and shagmeister)
      Ergo the logo
      Sadly he ran out of Bospherous brand Johnnies with Petronella Wyatt


    • 79
      Jonathan Wilson says:

      No its not just you… here’s one I doodled on earlier.


    • 134
      Your Friendly Neighbourhood Westminster Design Critique Service says:

      Thank Sir Charles Barry for that, hiring a church-builder (A.W.N. Pugin) as one of the designers of the Houses of Parliament. Campaniles are the Christian equivalent of minarets, so you hire a church builder, you’re going to get churchy-type bells & whistles, so to spe*ak. A large clock tower ended up being incorporated into the building, rather than being a free-standing piece, which Prinz Albert (he of the piercing), who consulted in these matters, being involved as the Royal Patron of the project, may have thought too phallic if left all to its lonesome. (His bedroom was his bedroom and his public-works efforts were his public-works efforts and the twain didn’t meet, so far as the male organ or a symbolic representation thereof were concerned.) Albert apparently wanted a Clock Tower and not a Cock Tower.


  35. 80
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    No one has mentioneed the biggest political laugh of the year which is still ongoing tonight .

    Just look at the mess Sarkozy’s lot have got themselves in .

    I don’t think a Dallas scriptwriter could have done better .


  36. 81
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    I’m not finding the anal bum party as horrifying as some, though I admit the addition of SuBo into the equation does complicate matters


  37. 83
    The Sleeper says:

    For fucks sake….the fuckin’ media are obsessed with awards and self fuckin’ praise.

    Why don’t these bastards just do the job we pay them to do..properly!!!

    Fuckin’ self serving hoons.


    • 127
      Operation Crossbow says:



    • 137
      Gwee'd oh! says:

      I’m a real journalist. Look! I’ve got a small column in the Daily St*r Sunday. It’s amongst all the tits.

      You might miss it. But it’s there. Next to the photos of thongs. Yeah, real journalist, me.


  38. 84
  39. 86
    Tax Dodger and Crooked Shit of the Year says:

    Margaret Hodge MP


  40. 88
    Loyd Grossman says:

    Why did that c.unt Fraser Nelson nick my voice? Council estate shit.


  41. 91

    What some people will do for a free lunch….


    • 98
      IMHO says:

      I’ll give them an award, just as soon as I get the sight calibrated on the Anti-Personnel White Phosphorous Filled PIAT Bomb mortar.


  42. 96
    David Baron says:

    As you say,Guido, some very much less so! As a subscriber to the Spectator for some years, I find some of the award winners beyond rational explanation.


  43. 109
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Who got lying troughing shit of the year?


  44. 113
    Cumbrian says:

    Conman of the year. Roderick Stewart MP Penrith and the Borders


  45. 116
    nellnewman says:

    alistairdarling-the right hand man of gordon brown who trashed our economy

    andyburnham – that labour healthminister in office when mega deaths in hospitals like sheffield were taking place.

    margarethodge that labour person worth loadsamoney in a company that is mostly offshore and yet publicly derides other companies for doing self same thing

    kevanjones the right hand man of that chap we called aintbustinagut who both presided over under provisioning our troops at war whilst claiming mega expenses for themselves.

    Yep all worthies for some sort of award as long as it’s not attached to anything linked to respect!


    • 135
      Beast of the old skool says:

      Simple answer is to not pay any of them one groat
      1 hour a week in the house and thats it
      No TV appearnces|(let them appear at public meetings in places that they actually live)
      Caught trading influence?
      Shagging staff?
      A round of applause


      • 179
        Anonymous says:

        let them appear at public meetings in places.

        excellent idea.
        perhaps as part of the Mp’s jobspec, we could have atleast one public meeting a month. Thankyou.


  46. 117
    IMHO says:

    Member in absentia award goes to G. Brown (enthusiastic rounds of applause echo the chambers), skeleton narrowly beaten into second place looks downcast.


    • 162
      David Miliband says:

      I think I deserve an Honourable Mention for truancy, as I rarely attend when Little Bruvva is indahouse. My erstwhile guv has us all beat by NEVER showing up, but I do believe I’m entitled to some recognition for my skiving.


  47. 126
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Me thinks Guido should have his own awards, we should make up the categories


  48. 138
    Abu Hamza says:

    I am claiming for rent on cell plus Jobseekers allowance via proxy sign on
    Americans have ripped out toenails to save on Chiropody bill
    Human rights denied
    Stone and burn these Kuffur
    Please sign my online petion to have me sent back to my homeland Great Britain
    Thanking yous


  49. 139
    Guido's Awards says:

    I think Guido can have his own awards on his blog. The biggest hypocrite, smear of the year, pork pie award and so on.


    • 148
      Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two Jags & Shags. says:

      Pork pie ?? Where ??


      • 172
        Tay King-dePisse says:

        Parliament is just one porky pie after another, Your Lardship, but I believe he meant it as I just did, in the figurative sense. Of course, around you, one ought never joke where food is concerned lest we wind you up too tight and make you gorge yourself on subsidised gourmet food, which in your case is “caviare for the general,” as a fellow from Stratford-upon-Avon called it over 400 years ago.


  50. 140
    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    Does anyone outside Shiteminster give a flying fuck?

    Thought not.


  51. 146
    Saffron says:

    Once again your modding machine is out of gear,you need to update it.


  52. 150
    Saffron says:

    Anyone know how many Liebour MP’s now only seldom appear in the House of Corruption?.
    After all we are paying their wages and expenses for apparently doing naff all.
    Gorgon Bruin is obvious but there are many more.
    Who would like to name them?.


  53. 152
    Saffron says:

    Re:- This Boltonistan MP,she needs to think carefully about what she is saying re: IDF/AMMA.
    Before open mouth get brain in gear springs to mind although with a name like that and her electorate am not surprised.


    • 213
      extra part says:

      Must be the name: try again

      Extra part says:
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      November 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Lots of people up that way come in parts. The ‘bolt-on’ brain is apparently extra.


  54. 156
    Saffron says:

    The C of E synod voted down the ordaining of women bishops against the majority opinion.
    Women in this country have fought and died to be recognised EG: Emily Pankhurst and her organisation.
    Equality for women is the standard in this country as it should be,one example is councils being ordered to pay women for being discrimminated against pay wise.
    Now we have the official church in this land voting against womens equality,what a disgrace.
    IMHO the church needs to take a long hard look at itself,do we really want to be a society like the immans one were women take a back seat always according to their religion of peace were women always walk behind and are subserviant.


    • 164
      The wizz says:

      @saffron: Their rules are taken from the scriptures that they have faith in. This is not a poltical argument, if you believe, fine; if not nothing will change the writings. If you have a problem with this reply, speak to someone of the Muslim faith.


      • 171
        Abu Qatada says:

        When you say scriptures do you mean the Koran or the Hadith?

        How can you have scriptures when there is another book to translate them, and they are both allegorical ?

        Ooooops what I have just said if Haram.

        Maybe we need an Itjihad :-o


    • 169
      Abu Qatada says:

      Actually in many countries we make the women walk in front. Especially when there are many land mines.


    • 174
      albacore says:

      Judging by the current demographic projections
      It’s a bit late to fret about bishops’ selections


    • 184
      not a machine reloaded says:

      Saffron : whilst many people will agree with you , they may not have had to consider the bible and what is written . All some of us wanted was that our traditional belief could be held within the church , this was not on offer , and yet this is the tradition not just of the Cof E but of other churches . Your just seeing it legal terms and its a bit beyond that ..


    • 207
      Synic says:

      All religions are complete bollux. Period.


  55. 161
    The Libor party says:


  56. 162
    Call me Dave says:

    OMG dropped £5k on telephone votes and Mad Nads is still coming back.


  57. 165
    albacore says:

    What is this Spectator, some In-Crowd comic?
    Its circulation must be astronomic
    Alas, you know who didn’t get an award
    Too much to hope for that he’ll fall on his sword?


  58. 168
    Maslows Hierachy of Greed says:

    It is good to see many people achieving level 5 – ‘Self-actualization greed’

    i.e. They are fucking stinking rich but that does not stop them troughing.


  59. 178
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Watched the further exposure surrounding Savile on ITV tonight – oh dear Esther Rancid … and what else are and have ‘you’ been concealing about Child abuse down in your neck of the woods?

    She says as a collective ‘We are all guilt of allowing it to happen – do excuse Me Esther – but who exactly – do you mean by”we”, ‘cos it aint the greater public luv?


  60. 185
    not a machine reloaded says:

    wonder what that speech was made by J P morgan was ,in the 30s refrered to by Rothschild on NN ?? See if govner uses if it as any good ….

    Interesting article in telegraph “wondering if I shall be the last to tell the difference about sexualisation in society ”

    You called us all prudes and vilified us , now you have indifference and violence as mainstream , hope your happy with it , I am not


  61. 188
  62. 190
    Call me Dave says:

    I intend to “fast track” the legalisation of gay marriage gangnam style.

    It’s what the electorate want,and I shall deliver.


    • 200
      White Van Men says:

      We will fast track your arse out of No.10 in 2015, assuming the elders of the Party haven’t done a Brutus job on you beforehand.

      K weers cannot marry. Marriage is between a man and a woman only.

      Stop trying to progress this ridiculous proposal, you PC bigot


    • 211
      Miss Bishop and Ms Bishop says:

      Us too?


  63. 193
    Mr Ahmadinejad says:

    The hilarious mugshots of career criminals banned from the West End for FIVE years.


  64. 194
    Margaret Hog says:



  65. 196
    Voter says:

    Rear of the Year – Nadine Dorries??


  66. 197
    Happiness 4 Nad says:

    Mad Mass is out of the Jungle and she is mad at aT Andrew Mitchell. She’s just told that Jockanese woman Lorraine that Mitchell gave her permission to go away for a month to keep her happy.


  67. 202
    Bob Fleming says:

    O/T but just heard them banging on about prisoner votes on R5. In all the debate on this ludicrous subject I’ve not heard anyone on either side of the argument raise the issue of the logistics and cost to the taxpayer of this unwanted ‘right’


  68. 214
    Dodd G. Share-Holder says:

    Who inquires upon the inquisitor of the year?


  69. 217
    Anonymous says:

    Wot NO Rear of the Year Crumpet on the list


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