December 4th, 2012

Blanchflower’s Bizarre Rant


Now that he’s promised to spare us of his ill-fated predictions David Blanchflower is having to scrape the barrel for copy. Yesterday’s Indy column by Gordon’s favourite economist was just plain bizarre:

“I am aware of no pilots that were done to suggest that the Work Programme was ever going to work – this is policymaking by guessing. It’s the equivalent to introducing a drug that was not fully tested. It is the labour market equivalent of thalidomide.”

Yeah, just the same. Stay classy…


  1. 1
    Dandy says:

    Dan is desperate

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Maybe he has been experimenting with untested drugs? Mid life crisis maybe?

  3. 3
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    “this is policymaking by guessing. It’s the equivalent to introducing a drug that was not fully tested. It is the labour market equivalent of thalidomide”

    Yes ….that was Gordons economic policy when you still had some influence – and look where it got us

  4. 4
    Aricolza Narzole says:

    Goal !


    Oops !

  5. 5
    Jimmy says:

    I agree with David.

  6. 6
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    As Ed asked for an Inquiry yet?,

    or said “it beggars belief” yet?

    Listening to the arsonist constantly criticise the fire brigade is getting really dull.

    Why the Torys dont smash the truth down Labours throats every time they open their mouths is beyond me.

  7. 7
    Toilets Maguire says:

    Hello Guido

    I a man economist among other things

    That is why we measure the British economy by bra sizes..

    Intelligent no?

  8. 8
    Cam's D Man says:

    He’s a fruit cake and a closet racist.

  9. 9
    A Pleb says:

    Gawd Bless her Majesty! Long may she and all her German-Y*ddish offspring reign over us!

  10. 10
    An economist says:

    This is a more intelligent method of measurement of economic activity than that which Blanchflower, the Maximum Imbecile and the rest of the Labour Party ever found…

  11. 11
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    The bloke is a reject., and like all socialists a useless loud mouth.

  12. 12
    Nigel Garage says:

    Fruitcake? Did you say fruitcake?


  13. 13
    The Maximum Imbecile says:

    That is why he is in America

    It all started in America…

  14. 14
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Does he vote UKIP also? :)

  15. 15
    tourmaline says:

    A friend of gordon who claims to be an economist? hmm

  16. 16
    UKIPman says:

    Exactly. Not only did Labour and their advisors wreck the economy when they were in power but they also damaged it by increasing higher rate tax to 50% just before they were kicked out. Why Osborne and Cameron are not shouting it from the rooftops baffles me. By alienating wealth creators It has damaged not not only jobs but growth as well. Instead of defending their policy of reducing the higher rate tax band to 45% they should be lambasting the Labour wrecking crew for raising it.

  17. 17
    K.McKenzie says:

    If they give Kate thalidomide will we have a royal flid y*d?

  18. 18
    Europe is a land of cheese monkeys says:

    Think you will find the middleton blood line is as English as you will find on our North Atlantic Island.

  19. 19
    Gay Fawkes says:

    Send pizzas! Incinerate baby Palestinians! Stay classy!

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Things are going from bad to worse for the government and country. In 2012/13 deficit will be almost the same as 2009/10. Need more cuts, elimination of tax loopholes, etc.

    Cut should be made on pensions, benefits (from £26,0000 to £20,000), schools (no point in wasting money on kids who doesn’t study), stop subsidising houses building and rent, stop legal aid.

    Tax increased on fuel tax (road tax should be eliminated), non dom tax, etc. Stop tax avoidance.

    People should be given grants to become self employed. Give them £10,000 and stop benefits for life. Increasing small business is what is going to get this country out of this mess.

    Regulation should be reduced. Increase personal allowance to £25,000 for family and £12,500 for single and stop family credits, council tax benefits, etc.

  21. 21
    John Lardarse says:

    OOOh. Fruitcake! Yes please and plenty of large portions.

  22. 22
    A sceptic says:

    Gordon knew an economist? Gordon had a friend?


  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Of course you do.
    Thinking independently is a bit tricky for someone of your political persuasion.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Without major changes UK will end up in triple dip and UK will end up losing AAA. UK should have balanced budget or surplus every year unless in times on major emergency. Major emergency to go for deficit budget should only be approved by 3/4 of MP for it to be passed.

  25. 25
    Lord Mandelson, offshore with one of his Oligarchs says:

    Hello boys

    I wish to make a serious contribution to the political and economic debate.

    Contrary to the idiot Gordon Brown, I always believed in boom and bust

    It is all a question of timing

    As a politician, you must organise a huge Ponzi scheme at the start of your term of office

    Than keep in running until you have enough contacts and fawning commentators to leave and get filthy rich on your contacts in banking

    Others then have to pick up the bills

    When I started life as a Communist (like all good barrow boys), we used to sing

    “What goes up
    Must come down
    So said Wehrner von Braun’

    Remember that? My bank now makes as much money when markets collapse as when they used to rise…

    And a very good guacamole to you all

  26. 26
    A lobotomised Pleb says:

    Don’t worry, Mr Anonymous, according to the truthful British media the Eurozone is doubly-fucked, and in fact the Brits have never had it so good, as can be shown by trade data for Germany, released this morning, which shows exports from Germany to Britain up 14% in Q3 2012, and imports from Britain to Germany down 7%. I think you’ll agree this proves categorically Britain is in recovery and the evil Krauts are totally fucked.

  27. 27
    Andrew Mitchell says:

    Fcking racist pleb.

  28. 28
    Red Tape Manufacturer says:

    Another good year.

  29. 29
    'elf and saftey Consultant says:

    Not as good as ours.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Increase competitions in the energy market. Produces should not be allowed to sell to customers directly or indirectly. They should sell to 100% independent companies which should sell to customers.

    Let the market decide whether it should go to green energy, gas, etc; without government intervention. Stop CO2 targets.

  31. 31
    Fatty Pang says:

    Dan I like the cut of your jib – are you free for lunch? Ever had oysters? Slurp slurp. See you at BBC House around 1215. I eat 4 days a week at BBC and get paid £110K pa.

  32. 32
    bergen says:

    His problem is that he has become discredited and slightly ridiculous. His best bet would be to shut up for a while.

  33. 33
    Eu Commissioner says:


  34. 34
    An awake Pleb says:

    Mate, there is no ‘double dip’, ‘triple dip’. For the average indigenous Brit the country’s been in economic collapse and continuous depression since the early 1970s. All you’re seeing now is mass media propagandising to stop a long overdue English Spring.

  35. 35
    Realist says:

    A sensible suggestion but the last 5 Labour governments spanning a century pissed everything up against the nearest wall and the last one condemned our Great grandchildren to pay for our present predicament.Add to the mix the fact that the current Labour bench is stuffed full of the same chancers who got us into this mess and there is a very real chance that they will get back in.
    We are potentially well and truly fxxxed.

  36. 36
    Vote Early & Vote Often in Bolton says:

    A bit like all liebor’s policies then reallly. What a twat.

  37. 37
    A princess who doesnt eat properly, where have we seen that before says:

    Perhaps if they would actually feed Ms Middleton from time to time she wouldnt be so sick. Just sayin.

  38. 38
    Barry says:

    His syntax is as bad as his grasp of economics.

  39. 39
    Dreary Steeples says:

    I agree, she is now going to be feeding two.

  40. 40
    The General Public says:

    There’s little doubt that Labour would have spent £millions on a pilot exercise.

    Whatever the actual results of the pilot, they’d have been massaged to justify rolling out across the entire country. It would have been largely similar to the Work Programme, failed just as spectacularly and (of course) far more expensively – but of course the line to take would be that the pilot exercise indicated that it should have worked and due diligence had been applied.

    Of course, the real problem with any “back to work” scheme is the quality of the candidates. Report after report from real employers indicate that they’re actually having difficulty filling vacancies because so much of the potential workforce “lack basic motivation and skills” (i.e. they’re bone idle and thick as pigsh*t.)

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    exports from Germany to Britain up 14%
    imports from Britain to Germany down 7%


  42. 42
    BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says, Guardian states says:

    We still love Blanchflower and will inflict his unusual non-predictions on a totally pleb public until he expires, or until Labour come to power, then we will ignore him.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Very true.

    Regime change will not be stopped though. The dimly dawning fear of this is partially why lickspittle of the rich make so many bizarre attempts to ignore realities and focus on trivia about the liblabcons. Won’t work. Arrest and guillotine time is coming.

  44. 44
    Chriselee says:

    stick to football you are so much better at that.

  45. 45
    Greedo's vermin says:

    It is good to waste billions of public funds on productive companies like AfE.

  46. 46
    Bollocks to Getting a Pseudonym says:

    Jimmy, it’s time you killed yourself. Every time a lefty dies, there’s a bit less hatred in the world.

  47. 47
    Europe is a lost cause says:

    This is because Europe is bust and can’t afford to but anything, while their neighbour Great Britain is buying up all their lederhosen and saurkraut.

  48. 48
    I'm only saying... says:

    If it is unacceptable that people should be given more on benefits than those in work on average wages (and it is)… then surely it is also unacceptable that people should be given more in pension than those on average wages. Public Service Pensions – at half final salary for those now earning well above the Prime Minister – are now obscene. These people on ‘salaries’ of over £100,000 (or £200,000) pa can quite well afford their own private pension – and most of then do as a further scam on tax avoidance.

  49. 49
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    I thought we had a Government in situ who two years ago had a clear plan to put us back on our feet .

    I have been paying my taxes for the last two years so what exactly is the problem ?

  50. 50
    Boo B Job says:

    Bra sizes up? So that’s why the economy went tits up?

  51. 51
    Boo B Job says:

    Permanently would be better.

  52. 52
    Sir William W says:

    Thalidomide was fully tested for its intended original purpose as a sleeping pill and is still used today to treat certain conditions. When it was discovered to combat morning sickess, however, it was not re-tested for safety because scientists of the day did not believe such large molecules could cross the placental barrier. Not quite the ‘wicked drug company’ myth that the Blanchflowers of this world like to believe.

  53. 53
    Bystander says:

    We are already there and have been for some years. The entire world economy is a world of make believe and sham, run by people who do not know what they are doing on behalf of a small number of masters who do.

    There is no way out without world wide revolution, and who is going to start it, control it and end it.

  54. 54
    Hank the Cat says:

    The more bizzare his rant the more BBC will want him

  55. 55
    Hank the Cat says:

    I spent my first sixteen years in Germany, there is nothing like the smell of warm lederhosen in the morning

  56. 56
    Hank the Cat says:

    Mind you the smell of a burning socialist in the morning could be rather pleasent

  57. 57
    Hank the Cat says:

    What we need is the mars bar index

  58. 58
    Interested Public says:

    They may be onto something. Especially with the observation of increased bust size due to implants – that is somewhat analogous to some aspects of monetary policy which have been keeping the show going. More so when you consider that when these break they will permanently disfigure or kill the host.

  59. 59
    Hon B Levison says:

    This can be arranged.

  60. 60
    Blanchflower is a prize dickhead says:

    A body with no arms and legs? So the work programe has no arms and legs? What a fucking hoon.

  61. 61
    Grimy Miner says:

    Has anyone noticed that the 2 main cheapo supermarkets (Aldi & Lidl) are both German?

  62. 62
    Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

    This is true. For a Christmas special we intend to team up Blanchflower, John Prescott, Jacqui Smith and Margaret Moran for political and economic insights into 2012. We feel that this will be very popular with licence-fee payers.

  63. 63
    38JJJ 30 34 says:

    Not sure it’s been tits down for while either

  64. 64
    Socialism is generalized National Socialism says:

    Perhaps the quadriplegic work programme should be referred to ATOS ?

  65. 65
  66. 66
    Jimmy says:

    That’ll teach him to be mean to the PM. Not on Guido’s watch. He may not know much about economics but he knows what he likes.

  67. 67
    lojolondon says:

    Hilarious – I presume that Blanchflower believes that pilots should be done to ensure that programmes are going to work.

    Based on his track record, I guess either he never did a pilot in his life, OR he did pilots and disregarded the results.


  68. 68
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    To compare the work programme to Thalidomide is just sick.

  69. 69
    Jimmy says:

    True, many thalidomide victims have been able to lead productive lives.

  70. 70
    Jack the Hat says:

    Blanchflower reminds me of a long lost Kray twin – one that was gayer, pervier and less in touch with reality than the other ones.

  71. 71
    Polly to me to you to me says:

    David Blanchflower walks on water as far as I am concerned. And nice thalidomide touch Dave, quite topical, what with Duchess Katie vomiting everywhere and anywhere at the moment.

  72. 72
    Polly to me to you to me says:

    furthermore – perhaps Katie will get involved with the charity for ageing late fifties/early sixties thalidomide borns that are now getting older, after her gestating a baby experiences? They need a real figurehead for them.

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