January 7th, 2013

Red Len and Laurie Follow in Gaddafi’s Footsteps

The Ralph Miliband Lecture has been no stranger to some rather explosive characters recently. Readers will remember how in 2010 Ed’s mate at the LSE David Held invited Saif Gaddafi, the Butcherer of Bengazi to be, to speak as a “representative of the Miliband program”. Held buttering Saif up as a great reformer and humanitarian will surely go down as one of the most ill-fated welcomes of all time:

Almost as lavish as Ed’s own praise for the discredited lecture program:

Surely no self-respecting defender of the downtrodden would want to follow in the footsteps of Gaddafi?


This year’s Ralph Miliband programme is being headlined next week by Len McCluskey. The former Unite union baron will presumably be explaining how the general strike would work as he eulogises about the Labour leader’s late Marxist father. And just to round things off the following week? Laurie Penny will be sharing her pearls of wisdom. The whole thing has about as much credibility these days as the Orwell Prize…


  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    They should have given you the gig, Guido.

  2. 2
    STEWART HALL says:

    Who is that lovely boy ?

  3. 3
  4. 4
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Are you any relation to Stuart Hall, in court today?

  5. 5
    Ivor Biggun says:

    Buthcherer? Come now, Guido — we expect better than that, even from a Paddy.

  6. 6
    Max Clifford says:

    They’re not that hard up!

  7. 7

    Caption contest !

    And here is a list of people that should never be left alone with your grand daughter

  8. 8
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:


    We expect better Ivor.

  9. 9
    The BS counter says:

    My favourite Laurie Penny story is when she asked for payment to attend a conference. When Starkey mentioned it, she denied it. She later wrote an article explaining that at the time she was invited to the conference, she was behind with her rent and asked if they could make a payment for her attendance. She wrote “Thankfully they declined”. How utterly disengenuous! If she was glad they didn’t take her up on her request, why ask it in the first place?

  10. 10
    The Penny Drops says:

  11. 11
    Northern Lad says:

    I was under the impression that the awful McCluskey was still the Gen.Sec. of the repulsive Unite Union.

  12. 12
    SpAd says:

    Laurie has descended into slightly embarrassing self-parody lately. Probably the pressure of having to bang out 500 words to a schedule, rather than writing only when inspired by actual events.

    Her article on “50 Shades of Grey” was one of the silliest things I read last year.

  13. 13

    one and the same

  14. 14
    Skorpian De Rooftrouser says:

    Turned on the radio the other day and there was this guy holding forth, turned out to be a Professor of African Intellectual History In The United Kingdom, wonder if he just dreamed that title up or maybe it was thought up by a committtee of Professors. How about a Professor of Left Wing Homosexuality
    Amongst The Basket Weavers of Sunderland.

  15. 15

    “Seb Coe splits from his wife after 13 years | Mail Online
    Olympic gold medallist Sebastian Coe, who received a life peerage for his services to William Hague, has parted from his wife Nicola after 13 years’ marriag

    Just love the way that link reads LoL

  16. 16
    bergen says:

    True-and is standing for re-election.

  17. 17
    CCHQ Press Officer says:

    Government have confirmed that there will not be any Oral Sex in the House Of Commons today.

  18. 18
    T. Blair (CEO Blair Corporation) says:

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most equal of them all?

  19. 19
    The BS counter says:

  20. 20
    David Rose says:

    The Orwell Prize is a respected award

  21. 21
    Owen Jones says:

    Its me! Its me! Please let it be me!

  22. 22
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    The Orwell Prize, is that similar to the Darwin Awards?

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    Isn't Farage a French name? says:

    They seem to be picking their own friends, very cosy.

    Still, Len wants some attention after all the money he pays Labour and Miliband.

  25. 25

    She isn’t but she needs to keep her options at the BBC open.

  26. 26
    I don't nee d no do ctor says:

    Any word yet from Andy Burnham on the Stafford Hospital report. Even the BBC said it happened while labour were in power.

  27. 27
    Andee Burnum says:

    Ban Frosties! But obviously not Coco Pops, because that would be racist.

  28. 28

    Those words Held buttering Saif conjure up a grotesque Last Tango in Paris Redux

  29. 29
    Skorpian De Rooftrouser says:

    he’s toast

  30. 30

    Better be Shreddies than Redies.

  31. 31
    Skorpian De Rooftrouser says:

    All the managers involved will be given a pay rise and promotion

  32. 32

    “The two men remain close friends, with a shared interest in judo – during one of their bouts at the Budokai Club in Chelsea, Hague caused Coe momentarily to lose consciousness because of the strength of his stranglehold.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-149725/Seb-Coe-splits-wife-13-years.html#ixzz2HHysGbRp
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  33. 33
    STROPPYCOW says:

    Keep telling yourself that fuckwit.

  34. 34

    Only if Garage is exclusively a place to park French cars.

  35. 35

    Maybe the reporter ran in the relay?

  36. 36
    JH3455745323 says:

    How is Saif these days. It’s so nice to not have to be treated to his shit eating grin on TV any more.

  37. 37
    bergen says:

    Their subsequent careers were detailed in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. I think of myself as a total cynic but even I was dumbfounded.

  38. 38
    TGF UKIP says:

    Guido, WTF are you playing at with these loudly obnoxious audio ads – you can’t be that desperate for money – can you?

  39. 39
    Michael Green says:

    And for only 299 quid, I can tell you all you’ll need to know to win it!
    All cards accepted, PayPal preferred!
    Offer may be withdrawn at any time, so act NOW!

  40. 40
    David Cameron types always shits on North of England says:

    Shreddies have always been suspect – recycled underpants with milk?

  41. 41
    Ivor Biggun says:

    Oh, shit.

  42. 42
    Libya Watch says:

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is currently cooling his heels in Zintan after being caught by the rebels.

    There is an ICC arrest warrant out for him, for crimes against humanity, but he is going to stand trial at some point in Libya first.

    One thing that is for certain: Labour did try to sidle up to a war criminal, and aided and abetted him in the execution of his crimes.

    This should not be forgotten, and neither should this very good DM article:


    TB is certainly guilty of poor moral judgement, but then no one was expecting the French support of the rebels (AQ) to be quite so successful.

  43. 43
    George Orwell. says:

    I am spinning in my grave at 5G.
    Who are these idiots to take my name in vain?

  44. 44
    Libya Watch says:

    For the record, and particularly Milibands, here is the ICC Arrest Warrant for Saif:


    Enjoy and SHARE.

  45. 45
    Old Northern Schoolboy rhyme says:

    Shreddies make you strong
    Shreddies make you fit
    Wake up every morning to a bucket full of ……

  46. 46
    Rob says:


  47. 47
    TFO says:

    Is “Move My Furniture” a eufeminism?

  48. 48
    Brass Neck says:

    Is that the same Laurie Penny who once appeared on the Daily Politics smoking one of those electric cigarettes ?

  49. 49
    Untalented, ugly, vaccuous, and a red-head to boot says:

    Laurie Penny?

    Not even worth a half-penny, silly bint.

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    2013 is going to be bleak in sunderland as the benefit caps kick in says:

    Penny,Jones Held allthese so called leftie intellectuals caling to man the barricades would be the first to depart if they came under fire.All those on the right need to ensure we fight these lunatics at every oppotunity.

  51. 51
    Art Ache says:

    Who’s the lucky boy to be?

  52. 52
    I wasn't a intellectual til last week and now I can spell it says:

    But why wasn’t she sat in an electric chair?

  53. 53
    cmiobr says:

    Hahahaha you are definitely a misogynist, but it comes second to your being a comlete fucking sociopath. No woman thinks all men are bastards, more likely is that all women think you are a bastard.

  54. 54
    gramma says:

    Possibly the most truthful appraisal of Ms Penny’s attendance yet relegated to the bottom of the thread.

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    keredybretsa says:

    These Lefties must be a laugh a minute. With their Social Protests and Working Class Rebellions. I missed the word Revolution would have made it a real Maxist day out. Followed by ‘Can Democracy be Saved?’ depends on how one interprets Democracy of course.

  56. 56
    Britain the ruined country says:

    They looked round to find someone who would speak in words of not more than two syllables.

  57. 57
    tourmaline says:

    You do the working classes a great injustice by associating them with union barons who spend their time in 5 star hotels and first class air travel and lefty elites who spend their time in 5 star restaurants etc. These people have absolutely no connection to the real working classes which is you and I.

    As for Ralph Miliband , the question has never been answered , how did a poor WW2 immigrant to the UK make so much money during his lifetime that he left his widow and both of his sons millionaires?

  58. 58
    Da Sunn wot dun it says:

    Hypocrisy and irony are common bedfellows especially with Labour in a 3-in-a-bed vomit romp.

  59. 59
    Miss Ogenist says:

    I told you I don’t hate women and still thinks she needs a damn good seeing to!

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