December 18th, 2012

PICTURE: Liz’s Placemats


  1. 1
    David Dickinson says:

    They are shit. Is that really all we are willing to gift the Queen?

    Bet they turn up on eBay.


    • 8
      Anonymous says:

      Is Cameron using Queen for PR? Its even low than Blair.


    • 12
      Patten is a Bad un says:

      I watched the Queen visit Dave’s place of work earlier on Sky news and it was a nice factual account.

      I then listened to the BBC’s report on the midday news and most of their report was taken up with how undemocratic this was and many around the country were very upset about it.

      FFS the queen is the head of our state BBC, get over it. Just to check I went outside and did not see one upset person.


      • 16
        Anonymous says:

        Queen is Head of State. But she hasn’t got any involvement in politics that is why we are democratic.

        Sad thing is, Cameron using our Queen for PR.


        • 45
          Anonymous says:

          bring up monarchy.
          bring back feudalism.
          few families running the world.

          it never changed.


        • 73
          Anonymous says:

          egypt, the mouthpiece of the world, the land of the pyramids…
          the pharoah king is struggling to be beyond the law.
          here it may well be that the queen now wants to spend time…her husband is not getting younger. life is so fragile…

          when king charles comes…..will he be beyond politics too. he is an activist.

          …..beyond all this the trillion dollar world. the liebour scandal.
          when the the fines are in the billion dollar category..imagine the size of the scam. we all suffer from poverty.
          imagination. pyramid makers knew it.


    • 15
      Anonymous says:

      It was very sad to see our Queen sitting between two queens. Queen should not be used for PR by any politicians.


      • 51
        Anonymous says:

        do this. do that. who are you?


      • 76
        Phil for PM says:

        This was certainly true in the case of Blair and ‘the people’s princes” blubber-fest and his strenuous, though repellant, efforts to turn the passing of the former Empress of India into another PR extravaganza for his party.

        I hardly see inviting HM to the cabinet as an observer in the same light as the odious, cynical, manipulation of one of our last revered national institutions to produce some good vibes in the grid


        • 89
          A gentleman from Adelaide says:

          Was she invited? Or did she invite herself? After all, it is her government so she should be able to pop in from time to time to see what they are up to.


  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    “I went to Cabinet and all i got were 60 shitty placemats”


  3. 3
    Tom Tomos says:

    My Nan had a set of those.


  4. 4
    Dennis McShane's Shed says:

    You can tell the cabinet had to pay for these themselves (subject to future expenses claims, obviously). Got them from Poundland did they?


  5. 5
    One says:

    One does so enjoy a well-placed palace mat – knowotoymeen? – like?


  6. 7
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    It just gets worse and worse…7 Down.

    * Downward inflation ..ended
    * Pleb back in the news
    * UKIP foaming at the mouth..14% = 0 seats.
    * Using the queen to help PR ( chuffin heck things must be bad )
    * Strikes
    * Boris bounce over
    * Warsi has been let out


  7. 9
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:



  8. 10
    I love Baroness Warsi for defending freedom of religion! says:

    But they’re quite nice placemats.


  9. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Of course, anything really expensive would have had you complaining about MPs on the take again.


  10. 13
    Penfold says:

    How naff.


    • 52
      Grammar School Boy says:

      Agree completely; utter tat. One can only imagine The Duke of Edinburgh’s reaction.

      Perhaps they’ll end up as a present for Fergie?


  11. 14
    Dead Wrong says:

    A Swedish woman accused of using human bones as sex toys has been convicted of “disturbing the peace of the dead”. The unnamed 37-year-old avoided a charge of necrophilia however, telling the local Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper she is an “odd bird” but “not sexually interested in necrophilia”.


    • 31
      Necro Watch says:

      She is f*cked in the head and needs careful supervision moving forward, if not permanent incarceration in a secure facility. The deeper details of this case are seriously disturbing.


      • 47
        He who no longer posts says:

        Good God!

        Doesn’t the woman know what considerable effort and dedication goes into a boner?

        This is in very bad taste.


  12. 19
    Barry Obama says:

    Makes the DVD box set I gave to to Gordon Brown look a class gift.


  13. 22
    I don't want to share a fart with the Labour voting dogshite in Edinburgh says:



  14. 23
    SaltPetre says:

    To the Queen, every single person in the country is a pleb.


  15. 24
    A Firm Pair Of Breasts says:

    It’s typical of the Conservatives telling everyone to know their placemats.


  16. 25
    alexei says:

    What a relief only 60 for a State banquet from now on.


  17. 28
    Loopy Lou says:

    How much did those set Dave back ?


  18. 35
    Honest Opinion says:

    The place mats look quite nice, and would make a nice addition to the home.

    (No sarcasm, irony, or satire intended – they look good.)


  19. 36
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’ll swap them for a complete DVD box set of classic American movies.


  20. 37
    Frozen out says:


    • 91
      A gentleman from Adelaide says:

      But will she ever get to see it? It is a bit chilly down that way and you know what happens to octogenarians who stand about for hours in the cold.


  21. 40
    simon says:

    Holy shit. I thought the placemats were a wind up! ‘Know your place’ Liz-Mats’ as a prezzie must rank up among Ernie Wise’s present to Eric Morecambe of a Des O Connor LP. We know HMQ likes the wrestling- a dvd of Wrestlemania would have probably gone down better.


  22. 43
    • 92
      A gentleman from Adelaide says:

      Made in NZ? Don’t believe it. All that sort of tat may be sold in NZ, but last time I was there everything but everything actually made in China. The labels usually say something like ‘designed in NZ [or Australia]’ but manufacture is 100% Chinese.


  23. 44
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Fortunately they’re not personalised, so I guess she can re-wrap them and give them to someone else!


  24. 47
  25. 49
    The Queen says:

    I shall pass it on as a Christening present to William and his wife when the time comes. That’ll save a couple of quid on the civil list which is what all you thickie republicans are always on about.


    • 58
      Anonymous says:

      the birth of a new generation is the start of a new generation. when the new child is born the queen will take time off from being a monarch.

      it is only fair. tectonic plate movement.
      king charles. take care….for in his hands lies the welfare of the monarch.


  26. 53
    Placemat Watch says:

    Detail on the place mats:

    Hand finished by Lady Clare company in Gloucestershire, show images of Buckingham palace chosen from the Royal Library at Windsor.

    GBP 200 each rumoured to have been put in the kitty by each of the ministers.


    • 68
      More money than sense says:

      Bloody hell. 32 ministers attend cabinet, that’s £6,400 or £106.66p a placemat.


      • 72
        Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

        You are Alan Johnson and I claim my £ 5.


      • 75
        Placemat Watch says:

        They are hand finished, and custom made by a very good company here in the UK.

        May be a bit boring, but for Her Majesty, the designs will mean a lot and they are more than suitable for a state function.

        This is a good news story: Super work for flagging Guido.


    • 78
      Phil for PM says:

      I recommend close checking of the next set of expenses claims. Clearly a whipround for place-mats for the Queen is a legitimate living expense.


  27. 54
    Down sizing says:

    Six place mats is not going to make a very big banquet.


  28. 55
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Daily Politics – Union boss Frances O’Grady – same old, same old, same wolf’s clothing with a quieter voice. Must have had the same coach as Tom Watson.
    Notice how Coburn let O’Grady go on without interruption?


  29. 59
    Man Hating Feminazi says:

    sisters together


  30. 61
    Fit for a Queen says:

    Crikey I just gave something similar to the age concern charity shop. Do you think I should ask for them back?


  31. 63
    The Donald gets pranked says:


  32. 66
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Sixty (60) placements, not six (6).


  33. 83
    wot says:

    If we were still a truly great country, those placemats would be hand painted. What next, DVDs?


  34. 85
    Jimmy says:

    You’d think posh people would be able to get this right, if nothing else.


  35. 86
    keredybretsa says:

    Did they have a whip-round to buy them?


  36. 87
    YorkshireLad says:

    God, how dreadful


  37. 94
    An expat ex higher rate taxpayer says:

    With all the financial disasters flying around to show this Government’s total incompetence it must be a welcome relief to invite the Queen around and have a photoshoot of some table mats!


  38. 96
    THE QUEEN says:

    Philllllllip ! One will be car booting again this weekend , we have to get rid of ones ghastly trinkets


  39. 97
    Jay says:

    Whatever they cost – they spent too much on the likes of the old sour krout – hasn’t she sponged enough for free already?


  40. 98
    Monica says:

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