December 3rd, 2012

Broke Guardian Selling the Rest of the Auto Trader Silver

Somehow Sky beat the Media Guardian to the story in their own backyard – GMG are selling their remaining 50% stake in Auto Trader for up to £600m. Things must be getting really bad…

Of course it was the sale of the first chunk of the car classifieds goldmine that employed the finest tax avoidance techniques known to the Cayman Islands. Guido will be watching this sale closely…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Anyone would think they were losing money….

  2. 2
    DeShawn LeRoy says:

    Bunch of low life honky c’unts.

  3. 3
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    Guardian is utterly useless.

  4. 4
    Operation Crossbow says:

    600 million?????????????? I can’t see that.

  5. 5
    Chandler Bing says:

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    cheche says:

    Whats the CGT position

  7. 7
    Mark Skid says:

    Great news. The sooner the Guardian goes tits up the better.

  8. 8
    NE Frontiersman says:

    We’ve had it explained to us more than once that the feckless, insolvent Guardian is kept in profit by an obsolete means of flogging bangers. Unless it’s all a front for drug-running, I just don’t get how this can be worth £600m.

  9. 9
    Mollox says:

    All those crap UK tabloids – you’d think people would want a quality paper to survive, even if they disagree with its politics.

  10. 10
    Kevin T says:

    GMG also owns large stakes in Hidden Shores Tax Solutions, Antebellum Tobacco, FireStorm Weapons Technology and Kosher-Goldberg Construction (settlements a speciality).

  11. 11
    Basil Brush says:

    Andrex is better quality that the Guardian.

  12. 12
    King Edward says:

    so the world’s biggest benefit scroungers are having more kids hey – more comedy from the media for the next nine months – it’s worth leaving the fucking country to get away from this load of shit

  13. 13
    Joss Taskin says:

    Page 3 ?

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    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    The Guardian will be pouring bad money into bad.

  15. 15
    Madge Hodge says:

    Looking for a Tax Dodge ?

  16. 16
    Ba-da Bing says:

    I’ll be there for you, Cassie!

  17. 17
    Basil Brush says:

    That should read “than the Guardian”. Bloody Lysdexia.

  18. 18
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    When fish and chips could no longer be wrapped in newspaper, that sounded the death knell for the Guardian.

  19. 19
    Chas Wales says:

    But it keeps that horrible ginger haired man in work at the BBC.

  20. 20
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Bloody Hell, the Dow has just dropped below the 13,000 support level.

    This is now serious and I still have no Plan B

    12,993.10 DOWN32.60 0.25%

    If I were you,I’d go very,very,short

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    Fact Hunt says:

    How long will it take them to spend £600m and what happens when that’s gone?

  22. 22
    Aristander of Telmissus says:

    Bent 90 degrees at the waist, while HMR&C takes you roughly from behind

  23. 23
    Marg Tiny Hodge says:

    I find being on the monetary committee so taxing. I try to avoid any questions on tiny tiny tiny tax avoidance.

  24. 24
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Polly will sell one of her houses.

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    Here Comes Fatty With His Sack O' Shit says:

    Oi! Did somebody mention “bangers”? Will there be mash too? How about onions?

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    don’t think we can afford em.

  27. 27
    Liam Byrne says:

    Don’t worry George, I never did.

  28. 28
    Louis Walsh says:

    What a delightful and good looking young chap in the video.

    He looks like boyband material to me,and would go places in “One Direction”

  29. 29
    The spirit of christmas and goodwill to all PAYE tax payers says:


  30. 30
    Arthur Foxache says:

    simples £100,000 a day losses….£600 millions….3 weeks…

  31. 31
    Only in the Graun says:

    The BBC will step in with pots ad. money (out of our pockets).

    If the Gruan does fold, expect to see the usual suspects (Toynbee, Moonbat, Milne et al) appearing on the BBC even more often than they do now.

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    Maqboul says:

    I hope they get Gordon Brown to broker the deal.

  33. 33
    Only in the Graun says:

    The Grauniad a ‘quality paper’.

    Well fuck me with a rag man’s trumpet.

    Izvestia was a quality paper too, I seem to recall.

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    gramma says:

    May I just commiserate with the loss of a great publication.
    The Dandy prints their last offering tomorrow- 75 years of pure enjoyment.
    Re Auto Trader- who cares?
    The world ended when Exchange and Mart popped their clogs.

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    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Chinese sh*t perhaps? :)

  36. 36
    Professor Plum says:

    Erm: At £100,000 a day loss, to lose £600 million will take just under 16 and a half years.

  37. 37
    Nursie says:

    He might just about mange a big pooh and get it all in the commode.

    That’s all I hope for.

  38. 38
    Bullshit Bingo says:

    Since when was the Guardian a quality newspaper? Since when has Polly Toynbee, been a good journalist? The rag is a left wing propaganda sheet, for left wing, sheepish snobs, who don’t want to be seen reading the Daily Mirror.

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    JH98874132 says:

    Well, with a £100’000 a day cash burn rate it will be 6000 days before the magic money tree is bare. Presuming they get £600 mill, that seems excessive – Auto trader can’t be worth £1.2 billion, surely.

    Plus, now they have that cash, they’ll probably want to buy even flashier headquarters, with even wankier inspiration spaces.

    16 years. I can wait.

    When will they fold the print division I wonder? I can only imagine their sad little faces as St Alan of Rusbridger sits them down to inform them they are out of a job, because no-one actually wants to buy their product in numbers.

    Wait for the whines to start. Progressive media license fee now! Internet tax! Etc!

  40. 40
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    I’m going for another 100 point drop on the day….already half way there.

  41. 41
    Korky the Cat says:

    The bastards!

    How I’m I supposed to pay all the alimony for my 3000 odd illegitimate kittens now!

  42. 42
    Keeper of the Exchequers says:

    That’s what I thought. I was getting near an answer when the Abbacus caught fire. 3 weeks sounded a lot better. Are we sure it isn’t correct.

  43. 43
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    One of our greatest analytical minds and an undoubted an intellectual, Lord Prescott of Faeces, is linked to great things happening in China…… time for praise and not questions :)

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    Korky the Cat says:

    I doubt it will be as long as 16 years – more like 16 months.

    Even the GMG board must have some basic kind of grasp on ecomonic realities.

    SS Manchester Guardian is holed below the water line.

    God fuck all who sailed in her.

  45. 45
    Korky the Cat says:

    economic realities

  46. 46
    Lord Black says:

    too broke goyim

  47. 47
    Korky the Cat says:

    I’d very much like to be introduced to her pussy.

  48. 48
    George Galloway says:

    Kate Middleton has said if she has a boy she will call him by the most popular British boys name at the moment.

    We look forward to the arrival of baby Mohammed.

  49. 49
    Robert Catesby says:

    Seriously, Harry. Combs cost like 50p or something.

  50. 50
    Bullshit Bingo says:

    Anyone who is on PAYE is a fool and a government serf.

    Government piss money away, it’s what they do. The bigger the government, the bigger the theft and waste. Wise up and minimise you tax obligation to the max, get out of PAYE serfdom.

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    Korky the Cat says:

    As far as Prescott goes, the only ‘great thing to happen in China’ is when he takes his morning dump in a chamber pot.

  52. 52
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    The Telegraph will do. It is not perfect but hey ho.

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

    Funny that, according to the BBC we are all poor bordering on poverty, but still manage to spend £10,000 every second on tinternet Christmas shopping :)

  54. 54
    Ed Militwit says:

    Every paper should be controlled except the Guardian.

  55. 55
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Kick leveson into touch.

    Not so easy for Donald Duck, Joseph Vissonariach Stalin, and Michael Mouse to sign.

  56. 56
    The Waft of Hypocrisy says:

    £600Million – So to conform with Guardian Media Group best practice, that will be in cash, in standard brown envelopes for later stashing offshore!

  57. 57
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    If the BBC says we are so poor, then how many people get the tv license free?

  58. 58
    Nonjob says:

    We will party hard when the graun finally goes down the pan.

  59. 59
    Interested Public says:

    There, there, we understand. That is why we would like to see Stemcor added to the list so they can answer the PAC questions.

  60. 60
    HMRC says:

    In the GBP 600m model – have we deducted tax from the money tree ?

  61. 61
    Jimmy says:

    Yes. All newspapers should be pro Government.

  62. 62
    Big bellender says:

    Actually it prompted me to check when the “Podgy, clueless-looking cun*t of the year award” show was being broadcast.

    I think I may have seen a winner.

  63. 63
    Arthur Foxache says:

    Bad news …Interest on £600 millions wisely invested (tax free) £35 millions…eggssackley the currant losses…soo the grauneead is hear fourevah

  64. 64
    St Alan of Kings Place says:

    Um, hello? It’s us, The Guardian?

    Worthly left wingers like us don’t need to pay taxes, we are just doing far too much in the way of good works for such trivialities.

    That Starbucks on the other hand…

  65. 65
    h says:

    That’s Jimmy’s line I’m sure.

  66. 66
    Hodge Bodge says:

    Any more of this scurrilous tax nonsense and I will take action, it is defamatory and deeply worrying.

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    Grrr says:

    Does that mean I can stop subsadising this student rag with my Council Tax.

    No more half page ads for Assylum, Feminist, Eco-Marxist wellfare co-ordinators at £40kpa & benefits.

  69. 69
    tourmaline says:

    Oh Dear Polly soon facing redundancy then.

  70. 70
    Sally Bercow says:

    Leave Guardian alone. *angry face* I totes luv it. *great paper* Me and John read it evry day. *grins* Logging off now. Got busy evening planned. *gets on knees closes eyes awaits bukkake*

  71. 71
    Kebab,Our USA Correspondent says:

    Mitt Romney is bored no more – he’s landed a new job. He’s on the board of Marriott International.

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    shove it says:

    It was pro government for 13 years you prat.

  74. 74
    Marion the cat says:

    Everybody wants to be a cat these days.

  75. 75
    Thanks for the mammaries says:

    Can’t wait for Kate’s breasts to become full and blooming during her pregnancy. Wouldn’t mind sucking on the Royal tits.

  76. 76
    Cwispy pants Bwyant says:

    Jonathan Reynolds confessed at 19.58hrs in the HoC debate that he’ read The Spectator and the Guido Fawkes blog and enjoyed them both’.

    His good judgement is questionable by dint of the fact that he is sitting right next to me.

  77. 77
    shove it says:

    Nah, the BBC will continue to employ her to spout utter bollocks.

  78. 78
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Jimmy is not a bright boy

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    I intend to see to it that my corridor is littered with emptied champagne bottles.

  80. 80
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Since when has the Guardian been a quality paper?

  81. 81
    Operation Crossbow says:

    They will be hoping to hang on until Labour win the next election.

  82. 82
    enver hodge says:

    I’ll thue, and I’ll thue, until I am thick.

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    Hairy hole stylist to the stars says:

  84. 84
    Socialist tax dodging exposed says:

    Neither will the tax man.

  85. 85
    National Socialism is still Socialism says:

    Ba da boom.

  86. 86
    TopCat says:

    That was the understatement of the year, Marion. But who cares? It’s Chooch I’m worried about!

  87. 87
    George Osborne in 2010 says:

    As a result of the measures I will announce today, public sector net borrowing will be: £149 billion this year, falling to £116 billion next year, then £89 billion in 2012-13, and then £60 billion in 2013-14. By 2014-15 borrowing reaches £37 billion, exactly half the amount forecast in the March Budget. In 2015-16, borrowing falls further to £20 billion. As a share of the economy, borrowing will fall from 10.1 per cent of GDP this year to just 1.1 per cent in 2015-16.

  88. 88
    PollyTwatty - sniffily and haughty arrogance - says:

    ever since I deigned to write for it!

    Now leave my presence! – go back to your cardboard box in the gutter!

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    “Tories vow to match Labour spending
    Mr Osborne’s pledge comes as the Prime Minister vowed to reach beyond Labour’s traditional base By Brendan Carlin, Political Correspondent
    12:01AM BST 03 Sep 2007
    The Conservatives sought last night to destroy Labour claims that they would cut public services by issuing a formal pledge to match Gordon Brown’s spending plans.

    “Today, I can confirm for the first time that a Conservative government will adopt these spending totals,” the Shadow Chancellor said.

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    Bill says:

    “Apax acquired a 49.7% stake in TMG in 2007 in a deal which valued the company at more than £1.3bn. It is unclear how much the latest talks are likely to value TMG at, although industry sources speculated that the GMG stake would be worth in the region of between £500m and £600m.”

    If APAX is the only buyer then it would pay towards the lower end, no media group at this point has the money to buy this, and APAX is not going to let someone else take control, so its a buyers market.

    Its amazing how the guardian has blown all the money it made during the boom years, it does not even own its own building.

    I reckon it will survive for at least 20 years, but the quality of journalism will decline even further, with the observer getting closed down in the next 5 years.

  91. 91
    Bill says:

    but that was before the conservatives realised labour made spending promises such as 2 new aircraft carriers before the election to bolster the labour vote

  92. 92
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    The Editor’s redundancy pay is a capital sum to deduct from £600,000,000. So he might be on the money.

  93. 93
    David Cameron says:

    I give you a cast iron guantee that I will continue to allow public money to sunsidise the guardian. I am a modernised liberal man. I even changed the rules to make sure if William and Kate have a daughter she will become queen even if they have a son. All to appease the extreme feminists.

    If you don’t like it then go and vote UKIP.

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    Mr Slater's Parrot says:


  95. 95
    TopCat says:

    Right, the first thing is to get rid of this Do-It-Yourself drowning kit…

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    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    Tell me something I don’t know – knew those Guardian hunts were hiding something from us – I prodded, and they responded.

    Song to sum up the Guardian, and their close close close friends at The New Statesman – another bunch of tax dodging hunts,

    hypocite hunts!

    More Marsheaux, Scandanavian, which I like – Red Riding robbing Hood – look behind you for farck sakes!

  97. 97
    A bat out of hell (no, not Vicky Pryce) says:

    Chris Huhne in court over speeding charges

    Former energy secretary Huhne attends pre-trial hearing over claim he persuaded his ex-wife to take speeding penalty points

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    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    strange this, got banned fromm the beeb from commenting when I posted Marsheaux above with their popcorn, they just simply did not get it. So yes, I have serious previous online brit history bannings. Ironic ey?

    The tools they are!

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    Calamity Clegg says:


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    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    in 2005 it was, over Xmas.

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    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    yes, look behind you as in,

    More brilliant Swansea Badfinger here, non-Jimmy-perve,


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    lojolondon says:

    Yes, just like any other profit-making organisation – EXCEPT they make a loss! Pink slips all round!!

  103. 103
    T. P. Fuller says:

    Hello hello hello! Our psittacine friend has returned! Thank goodness — Kate up the spout, and now this, what a frabjous day!

  104. 104
    Meanwhile says:

    Oh dear the failed PCC candidate for ‘umberside appears to have his won tons in a twist with despatches. And his son too. Wonder if Tracy went along for the ride ???

  105. 105
    Miriam says:

    Perverting the course of justice carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    Here’s hoping.

  106. 106
    T. P. Fuller says:

    You’re both wrong — he’s last year’s winner of a TV reality show sponsored by Bosch hedge-trimmers. His hair’s a mess now, but back then it was clipped into a topiary replica of the Cutty Sark in full sail, complete with sailors in the topgallants and a following flock of seagulls.

  107. 107
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:

    SSKQUAAARRRKK!!! (flutter) (sploodge) A-AAKK!! (ting)

  108. 108
    T. P. Fuller says:

    As opposed to the royal tits sucking on us. Makes a change, anyhow.

  109. 109
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:

    (flapflapflap) DOYOURBIRD!!! (scrittle)

  110. 110
    Tachybaptus says:

    For a member of the parasitocracy, perverting the course of justice carries an acquittal and the offer of an obscenely highly paid EU sinecure by way of apology for the inconvenience.

    Here’s expecting.

  111. 111
    T. P. Fuller says:

    We like to hear him swear,
    We like to hear him squeak,
    We like to see him biting fingers
    In his horny beak …

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    Herman van Rumboy says:

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    Hank the Cat says:

    This must be the nfreaking headline of the year –

    Porn Company Offering Sex-Ed With Live Demonstrations

    12.03.12 4:36 pm

  114. 114
    tourmaline says:

    well prezza knows how to make money out of the Chinese.

    graudian needs to employ him so they can get on board this international troughing ship too!!

  115. 115
    Austin Forecourt says:

    Auto Trader valued overall at £1.2 billion ? Yer ‘aving a laugh.

    Kick the tyres, mate.

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    Saffron says:

    Ex Man Guard must be the most asshole of newscrap ever.
    Lets hope that with the selling off of auto thingy they will go under.
    Georgie Porgie gets his day tomorrow will he won’t he re appropriate taxes step up to the plate.
    Levinson charade,noticed earlier that the house was crowded NOT although I did see fatso watsonion there.
    Top companies not paying their fair share of tax according to the chair of the select committee,how the hell that woman can have this brass neck to complain is really stretching it,think about your company interests missus.
    Prescotty/son re China,lets see what happens.
    Kate preggers,will this be the main story tomorrow,hope not as it’s been natural since time began.
    Israel playing politics again,tell em to feck of and paddle their own canoe without help from others.
    Red Ed and jumping on a bandwaggon re affected families in this hacking caper is about as low as you can get for political advantage,I don’t know about birdshit on his top but he continually proves he has birdshit for brains.

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    Anonymous says:

    what is the justification for a BBC tax?
    it’s funding is huge.

  118. 118
    Erwin, the Quantum Physicist says:

    Except for someone we know, whose moniker has not been seen much, of late. For all we know, he may be dead or alive, but we have no reliable method for ascertaining this without perhaps inadvertently killing him in the process. From what we can work out on our own, he is both dead and alive, a curiosity (pun intended) of quantum mechanics employed by the modbot of the tousled-haired man in the above video.

  119. 119
    Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two Jags & Shags. says:

    Ah mean Tony’s gonna get his son into a safe Libor seat and so is Jack Straw and Harriet is as well plus Hilary Bernn’s gonna get a job for his daughter so ah mean the least now we want is MY son David to get a nice cushy job in a difficult Libor seat like Rottenham fnaar fnarr Pauline says we need a Prescott dysentery just like them nasty Tories used to just pass on their seats to their kids we need the same for us too

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    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    Bugger it, my almost half welsh blonde daughter on the landing stage of a triple decker Lahndahn bus – in total love with London alongside the Thames from the southern bank she is,

    Song for my precious daughter, also from the south bank, back in the day, where now near the Design Museum is,


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    Operation Crossbow says:

    Not to mention all the off book PFI shite. I mean 12 billion for 8 RAF tanker planes we won’t even own, what genius came up with that one?

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    Bollocks to Getting a Pseudonym says:

    There are times when you could read the Failygraph but swear you were reading the Graun. It’s been going on for a few years now.

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    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    daughter scupa dives by the way, literally, all over the world – that is why her hair is salt water bleached, and why she was amused by no desitnations underwater no doubt as well.

    RIGHT! Do I gear half a million for my daughter as dowry to me? hundred thousand then – I hear hunred thousand, thanks… 110, 120 120 120, do I hear 130? Thanks 130… 150! new bidder, 150 150. what?!? oh right, 175 on the intertwit, american bidder, WHAT NOW? ah, alright, 200 on the telephone, wants her for her son…. etc etc etc

  124. 124 says:

    In 2010 TMG reported pre-tax loss of £503m – mainly due to £463m charge on the magazine.

    In 2010 90% of trade was digital.

    In Oct 2010, Apax were looking for £2bn sale within 2 years – possible IPO by 2012 – no doubt hoping for a recovery in economic conditions and linear revenue growth.

    TMG currently has outstanding debts of £637m, and total semi-annual revenues of £127.7m (~£255.5m pa) .

    Overall revenue has been falling by 3.7% pa since 2007.

    Digital revenues have been growing by 4%, and currently account for 83% of total revenue.

    As a whole, valuation of TMG is interesting question due to the companies decreased net profitability as indicated by reduced revenue, increased debt burden and decrease in proportion of higher profit online sales.

    Unit production costs on the magazine will also be higher than in 2007. (Circulation has halved to c. 85k)

    Advertising revenue has likely also been reduced since the Motor Traders Advertising Union complained about advertising cost increases back in 2011, and recommended dealers boycott placing ad’s in TMG publications.

    The 50.3% stake is likely worth more towards the £450m – £550m level, perhaps less given the buyers market factor.

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    Anonymous says:
    one day the anger will be excessive
    but then one has to be strategic with au,tho,ritte

  126. 126
    Sally's thoughts sends my eyes on stalks says:

    mmm denise richards, mmmm…

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    Liberal Zombie says:

    Story over at SFist – been running for a while – no need to bring your own lube / sanitizer – lecture first before the show – if your in town check out the Armory building before this gets shut down – currently they are sold out.

  128. 128
    Blowing Whistles says:

    I refer to the ‘Bring it on Hodge’ blog – much more fun being had over there.

  129. 129
    The White House says:

    We deny any rumour that a classified inquiry into the security risks posed by telecom suppliers has been conducted, which would include Huawei.

  130. 130
    SwedishChef says:

    This is closer:

  131. 131
    SwedishChef says:

    Sorry – this may work better:

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    Ethel. Purley says:

    Are they at the Guardian too fucking stupid to realise the Auto trader is not worth a carrot.

  133. 133
    SwedishChef (Failing dismally with embedding... Sorry guys) says:

    That’s the one:

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    Economist says:

    It is Apax who are buying – by this logic the Grauniad are being quite shrewd.

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    NE Frontiersman says:

    Wow, that didn’t take long.

  136. 136
    LEL says:

    Well the FT has pink pages if it’s any constellation.

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    dudes don't blub says:

    I see Robert Smith has forgotten to put his make-up on again.

  138. 138
    plan b says:

    a little nolidge is a danjerus thing
    unlike a little nob

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    Anonymous says:

    Have I got news for you on the fecking beeb – anyone think the modern canned laughter spoils it? That is if it is funny anymore – quite emporers clothes it has become, after 1994. Fecking BEEB Pathetic it is!

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    Private Eye Emporers Clothes Horse Shit says:

    Have I Got News for You on the beeb canned laughter – fucking pathetic it is. Was alright it was, but lost it’s way after 1994.

  141. 141
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP says:

    No thanks. Otherwise I can’t continue to blight enhance the country with wind farms and raise your energy bills

  142. 142
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m going to spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend.

    It’s the right thing to do and I’m going to just get on with the jobby.
    Hoots mon!

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    ed millithing says:

    thir, i thalute you!

  144. 144
    Private Eye Emporers Clothes Horse Shit says:

    ha ha ha?

  145. 145
    Private Eye Emporers Clothes Horse Shit says:

    Merton near Wimbledon is a nice place, then?

  146. 146
    Private Eye Emporers Clothes Horse Shit says:

    Merton is a hunt – can’t stand the fella – have I got news for you pal – you are well past your sell by date, you comfortably puppet beeb nonse!

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    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    This is my choice when I am invited onto Desert Island Dicks…

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    whoop whoop Whoop says:

    All on Hold now that Kate is preggers.

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    Man on Clapham Omnibus says:

    If there’s one thing that really sticks in the gullet it’s the blatant hypocrisy of the oh so do-gooding and well-meaning leftie media of which the Guardian and Polly “Tuscany” Toynbee are arch-examples.

    Keep going Guido – this deserves to run and run .. Rusbridger should be ashamed to show his face … but he won’t be … showing his face that is …

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    filipinomonkey says:

    What you seem to be missing in your calculations is the profit Auto Trader brings in, which once sold will no longer occur. Hence the losses to the group will I presume, increase quite substantially.

    Seems to me they are trying to cash their chips before Murdoch’s spoiler arrives to ruin the party.

    Buyer beware…

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    Miss Creant says:

    It’s ecomoronic these days mate.

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    Ford Cos(i'm)worth it says:

    Oi! You keep your sticky fingers orf my aerial.

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    Fatty Pang says:

    I once had lunch with that Alan Rusbridger. I had oysters – slurped down with a glass of Oyster Bay Sav whilst my guest sipped warm water and watercress soup.

    We agreed that BBC and Guardian would still be around in a 100 years. Cheers.

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    Clarry Fication says:

    Like the Milfy Way you mean??

  156. 156
    JH5524232 says:

    IIRC The Naurgiad itself loses £100K per day. If it is drawing down from a fixed pot it will last approx 15 years. Not sure what the cashflow is like for the group aside from the Naurgiad and Auto Trader.

    Of course, they won’t let it dwindle to nothing. Socialist vanity project or not, the players will want to walk away with something. At the same time, the ikkle liberal elite working at the place will have £ £ popping up in their eyes as that cash comes in. Like all true Hobsbawm acolytes they will be demanding the best of all things as everything turns to shit so an even bigger, tartier office beckons.

    Most interesting thing is when they fold the print wing. Yes, it’s expensive but it also brings in the bulk of the ad revenue. It is also the source of their bragging rights; The Guardian web site / blog does not sound quite as impressive as being a Newspaper and advertising will truly collapse once the presses stop running.

    The main thing is they are now circling the plug hole, with no water splashing into the sink any more.

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    nigelforengland says:

    Prefer Wendy Richards myself.

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    Fight for Freedom says:

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    XXXxx says:

    It’s more case of hair uncut for that fat guy commentating, who is he?

  161. 161
    XXXxx says:

    Therefore they pay no tax, NI makes some money, pays little tax.

  162. 162
    XXXxx says:

    Poor old Prezza, he’s gone all moldy

  163. 163
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Another day,another bloodbath for the FTSE !!!!!

    FTSE 100 5853.70
    -17.54 -0.30%

    For the hard of hearing,I repeat that there is no Plan B.

  164. 164
    An economist says:

    The degree of the fraud pulled off on the British people by the Blair/Mandelson/Brown Ponzi scheme has yet to be fully appreciated

    And what are the three doing? Influence peddling to get filthy rich


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    Socilisim is running on empty says:

    For the hard of understanding


    As well as the Britsh culture.

  166. 166
    Wayne Rooney says:

    So would I– as P-a-u-l-ine, though, not as Ms Brahms.
    (You ain’t gonna get me, modbot!)

  167. 167
    Uncle Joe says:

    Pravda was the ultimate in quality truth.

  168. 168
    Max By Graves says:

    We already have Dave.

  169. 169
    Desperate Dan says:

    I didn’t realise that things were that desperate! Could it keep going a little longer if I cut back on the cow pie a little?

  170. 170
    Jimmy Carr says:

    Already got one thanks

  171. 171
    Lord Godzilla says:

    Yes it is a better read and a lot softer on the b*m

  172. 172
    Socilisim is running on empty says:

    As someone who feels a strong affection, respect and affinity to my cultural heritage I can only take a small dose of the traitorous brown-wipe before I get too unhealthily angry.

  173. 173
    Mr Picky Picky says:

    If it really WERE the White House, they would spell it “rumor.”
    Do “humor” the Americans on this one, and spell it their way when you purport to be writing something they’re saying.

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    This Fat'un says:

    Sometimes I manage to fit in half an hour’s work at the BBC each month.

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    Fatty Pang says:

    Blair is the British version of the Russian oligarch. Vast accumulation of riches through contacts built up during a period of so called public service. Prepared to do business with anybody with a wheelbarrow of $ and no questions asked. Favours Cayman Islands as financial base. Personal protection, outriders and last but not least a fat ugly wife who likes shopping.

    Do not be fooled by the veneeer of the Blair charities which exist as part figleaf and part job creation scheme for family and friends

    I had lunch with Blair but he did not have the oysters preferring the caviar. Greedy bastard.

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    Saint Tone says:

    I wish people would stop implying that my friend Lord Prescott is a corrupt lying money-grabbing scumbag. He’s as honest as I am.

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    Robert Mugabe says:

    Blair is an amateur. I am top boy when it comes to corruption.

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    Ed Go-balls says:

    In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility, because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily.

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    Spartacus says:

    Chub chops

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    It’s Mary Riddell – lost her way going to the Grauniad, ended up at the Torygraph by mistake. Writes lefty nonsense, best ignored.

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    Anonymous says:

    Alien reptile.

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    Keyhole Kate. says:

    You always were a big greedy bastard.

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    Slugged her with me lead pipe in the library says:

    feel free – or is necrophilia still against the law? But anyway, I have a spade and a latern I could lend you, for nothing – go boy, bang those bones buddy, whatever gets you off,

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    Slugged her with me lead pipe in the library says:

    tidy – might as well post the alternative Little Red Riding Hood panto, look what is approaching your young arse from behind, and all that,

    hymens? sorry – got a bit pervy Jimmy Ess then a bit, the ach-y-fi he was!

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