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 ?

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  4. 5
    Ivor Biggun says:

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

  5. 7

    Caption contest !


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

  6. 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?

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    The Penny Drops says:
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    Northern Lad says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 17
    CCHQ Press Officer says:

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

  13. 18
    T. Blair (CEO Blair Corporation) says:

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

  14. 20
    David Rose says:

    The Orwell Prize is a respected award

    • 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!

  15. 22
    Pawn Sandwich says:

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

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  17. 24
    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.

  18. 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.

    • 31
      Skorpian De Rooftrouser says:

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

      • 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.

  19. 28

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

  20. 29
    Skorpian De Rooftrouser says:

    he’s toast

  21. 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.

    • 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 43
    George Orwell. says:

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

  24. 44
    Libya Watch says:

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


    Enjoy and SHARE.

  25. 48
    Brass Neck says:

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

    • 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?

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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.

  27. 55
    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.

    • 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?

  28. 58
    Da Sunn wot dun it says:

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

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It’s money innit.

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