January 11th, 2013

Have a Nice “Guardian/Observer Weekend” Everyone

Beautiful data journalism.

Via The Media Blog

280 Comments

  1. 1
    Redundant parts says:

    They should try a page 3 starting with Polly.

  2. 2
    felix says:

    Hugh grant congratulated the guardian on their journalistic integrity. So, where do they pay their taxes?

  3. 3
    EC1 PhD says:

    My local newsagent in Grafton-under-Wood only imports 2 Observers when it’s Food Monthly, both bought by frightfully frightfullies who nip in at 7am when no one’s about in case they’re caught.

  4. 4
    Anon says:

    Ah yeah the Sunday Times did a sterlin job of covering the phone hacking at N.I…oh yeah that’s right, no it didn’t

    • 6
      Kevin T says:

      The world’s most important news story! Where was the Observer’s coverage of mass child grooming and gang rape by Pakistani gangs in the North and the covering-up of that by police and social services.

    • 44
      AA Gill says:

      I only buy the Sunday Times for Mrs Mills column.

      • 217
        Reap what you Sow my Country says:

        I only buy the Sunday Times for —see above—.

        But I find their magazine too shiny, doesn’t get a grip, and leaves stains in my underpants/boxers, dependent what day it is.

      • 218
        Reap what you Sow my Country says:

        I only buy the Sunday Times for — see above —.

  5. 5
    Sir William says:

    A nice visual trick, letting the bar graph run out beyond the shading, to make it look bigger.

  6. 7
    Daily Ref says:

    Surely there has to be more teachers, college and university lecturers than that.

    • 17
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      One copy per school/college. Then they all pass it around the staffroom. Saves having to buy a copy. Like most public sector white collar employees, they’re badly underpaid.

  7. 8
    Nonjob says:

    The graun is the most odious, condescending, hypocritical, weasel-like, piece of shit, excuse for a newspaper the world has ever known.

    I wish them happiness.

    Did i say ‘happiness!?’ Sorry, i meant to say ‘DEATH.’

  8. 9
    Phil says:

    If you subtract the BBC and Westminster buck teeth and bloomers brigade block purchases how many are sold privately one wonders?

    • 22
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      I think the number’s about 30-50K across the entire kingdom. That’s fewer than 1 in 1,000,000 of us, and a large chunk of those buyers only buy it for the public sector job ads, which ought to spread across various papers and online (better still, the public sector shouldn’t be hiring in the first place).

  9. 10
    Owen Jones says:

    Just a friendly reminder to everyone who the real enemy is >>>Guido Fawkes and his chums.

    • 13
      Owned Jones says:

      Why are you here, consorting with the ‘enemy’ ?

    • 15
      old SHEP says:

      You are quite right Owen as usual, I recommend a Drone strike [sic].

      • 248
        Le chat dans l'armoire says:

        Labour do not strike! They merely down tools/withdraw labour/walkout etc.

      • 260
        T'Old Fella says:

        Come on, are they really worth that, a drone is an expensive piece of kit. Fawksy has made it a publc access blog and not private (I think he did try that a few years ago but fewer hits), I have never gone on a Liebore blog so I don’t know what is said there, but it probably is just as tribal and use the same expletives. Get real, if you don’t like Fawky’s blog don’t go on it, if someone disparages you go for them.

  10. 12
    Owen Jones says:

    “High Street camera retailer Jessops is to shut all of its stores on Friday, resulting in the loss of about 1,370 jobs, the administrators say.”

    I’ll bet that they won’t vote for the Conservative led coalition in 2015.

    • 14
      Joss Taskin says:

      Betting with your benefits money ?

    • 20
      old SHEP says:

      Mrs Mimms pie shop gone into administration, Lord Prescot call it an outrage.

    • 24
      Tachybaptus says:

      It was bound to happen. They’ve been declining for a long time. They can’t match internet camera prices. They can’t even get near Tottenham Court Road shop prices.

    • 25
      Polly 'batshit crazy' Toynbee says:

      — Jessops has been dead walking from 2003 when we all got digital camera on our phones. It’s part of the natural renewal of life, you can’t protect an industry when people just don’t want to buy products and services from it and they have failed to innovate their way out of the debt pile they built up—-

    • 29
      Natural Waste says:

      What has a crap independent commercial business model got to do with the Conservatives?

    • 61
      Sir William says:

      When some person goes on the telly saying that retail sales are down 0.04%, do they include internet sales, as they should?

    • 127
      Anonymous says:

      Owen Dear chap.

      Jessops were in trouble during the Big Brown Mess. Nothing to do with current politicians.

    • 130
      Anonymous says:

      Owen Dear chap.

      Jessops were in trouble during the Big Brown Mess. Nothing to do with current politicians. Your lot caused it if anyone did.

      • 263
        T'Old Fella says:

        Jessops have been walking the line for a long time, it was just a matter of time before they crashed. If and when our dear leaders finally decide to do some serious cleaning up of the city of London there will be a serious number of traders, bankers etc who will be walking down the road, on the other hand I will not be holding my breath because Dave & Gideon are frightened of their banker friends besides a bank directorship might be in the offering (didn’t work with Brownie though)

  11. 16
    Obama says:

    As a fellow socialist, I’d like to wish the Guardian well in its crusade to keep the UK in the EU. As a UK hater, I really want to see it stuck in there for ever.

  12. 21
    Eric Pickles says:

    I did a gigantically wet fart on the bus earlier and everyone heard.

    “Fancy opening that window?” I asked the man sitting near me. “I just let out a really wet fart.”

    “No problem,” he chuckled, opening it.

    “Thanks a lot,” I replied, flinging my stained boxers out the window.

  13. 26
    █████████████ says:

  14. 27
    Piss Moron says:

    Moron owned on his little show:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/01/10/CNNs-Morgan-Slams-Down-Constitution-Calls-It-Your-Little-Book

    That’s how you deal with the left. Geddit ?

  15. 35
    Owen Jones says:

    Staff at Jessops store on The Strand call in police as angry customers gather to collect products in for repair !!!!!!

    • 42
      London Hoodie says:

      Anyone needs something like that, just text…

    • 43
      Arthur Scargill says:

      Why are you upset about that. The state, as HMRC has first call on assets, is the owner of once private property. I’d have thought you’d be delighted.

      Up the shirkers!

    • 51
      old SHEP says:

      Did anybody get arrested for taking a photograph?.

  16. 36
    Andrew Marr says:

    :oL

  17. 45
    Owen Jones says:

    everyone in the Tory party earns over a million pounds a year!

  18. 46
    Pulp Friction says:

    Don’t miss tonight’s Channel 4 News to see Quentin Tarantino lose his temper and shout down Krishnan Guru-Murthy when he asks him about film violence.

  19. 52
    The BBC Causes Severe Mental Illness says:

    Why does anyone bother with the license fee ?

  20. 54
    Polly toynbee says:

    I sold my Tuscany mansion because it wasn’t bigger enough for all my self-loathing.

  21. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Let’s wish the happiest of weekends and a speedy recovery to Andrew Marr.

    You will note he’d been interviewing Dave the Chameleon last Sunday. Not the first time prolonged exposure to a clot has caused a Stroke.

    As to whether Andrew will rise again following a series of strokes, perhaps we should ask Ms Miles?

    http://order-order.com/2008/01/18/story-you-wont-get-from-bbc-guardian-or/

  22. 67
    Gordon Brown says:

    Osbourne: do I look funy in this hat I’m not waring?

    Can I win the comptetiton plz?

  23. 68
    Male Chauvinist God says:

    I don’t understand why women want to be equal when they could be better.

    That shows a lack of ambition to me.

    Which is why men are better.

  24. 69
    Knob Jockey says:

    I groomed a nation!

    One Nation!

    Big…

  25. 72
    Sid the Sexist says:

    Apple will be releasing a new gadget exclusively for women later this year.
    It’s called the iRon.

    • 75
      BarneyBoy says:

      Statistics say women think they are smarter than men because they can fake orgasms for the relationship.
      Men say, “Big fucking deal, try faking a relationship just for the shag!”

      • 78
        Sid the Sexist says:

        Women eh! Boob jobs, nose jobs, teeth bleaching, tummy tucks, liposuction, colonic irrigation, botox, pierced ears, nipples, bellies and clits, eyebrows plucked, bikini wax, armpits shaved, lips tattooed, legs waxed, diets, exercise but they won’t take it up the arse cause it ‘hurts’.

  26. 80
    Further evidence that Canada is a racist shit hole says:

    Further developments from Mexico of the North:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/10/282887/canada-warned-about-native-warriors/

    Carny should be sent back.

  27. 82
    Out and about with the thick as shit Edinburgh Labour voting dogshite. says:

    What a lot of shite.

  28. 83
    More conclusive global warming evidence... says:

    Hah: Snowmen in Palestine.

    Now why didn’t the BBC report on this unusual story ?

    http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201301110010-0022471

    • 251
      harey tortoise says:

      Why should they? Snow is not unheard of in the higher altitudes of the middle east region.

  29. 87
    fitzfitz says:

    Bring back that Tina Brown bird – she would arrange to finish them off …

  30. 88
    HenryV says:

    The Guardian and The Observer are always sold out at the campus shop. If intelligent thoughtful persons like university lecturers read them then they must be full of interesting fact filled articled written in wonderful pros using a rich vocabulary that should appeal to everybody in classless Britain? Surely it must be so?

    • 99
      Lecturer says:

      You are confusing classless with clueless.

      I buy it as it’s nice big sheets represent excellent value for money and make for good bedding and kindling. Gets cold in these drafty old halls. Strange, as Rapley swore blind things were going to continue getting warmer…

    • 108
      Tarantino's Toupe says:

      “If intelligent thoughtful persons like university lecturers”

      Those who can, do.

      Those who can’t, teach.

    • 252
      Over grad says:

      “wonderful pros” ? I must have missed out during my years at Sussex.

  31. 90
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    The observer would try and hypnotise us into believing their tripe.

  32. 91
    Power of suggestion is shyte psychology says:

    The Observer is tripe.

  33. 95
    bergen says:

    The sad part of all this is that the Observer used to be a really good paper in the days of Atlantic Richfield’s ownership. Even when Lonrho owned it ,it was usually worth reading. The Guardianistas could not have made a better job of wrecking it if they wanted to .Perhaps they did.

  34. 97
    fitzfitz says:

    Light relief : the exquisite liberal angst : to laugh or not to laugh at ghastly DJANGO ?
    http://takimag.com/article/tarantino_explained_steve_sailer#axzz2HbdbDuPU

    • 101
      Internet Videodrome says:

      Have noticed a lot of Tarantino’s stuff on telly lately.

      Used to like his stuff, but to be honest, it is shit.

      • 107
        Tarantino's Toupe says:

        I liked Reservoir Dogs, but that WW2 thing – what was it? (I can’t check on IMDB because I have to ‘allow’ half a million java scripts just to check his Director credentials). Anyway, it was shite. His only asset used to be shock value, today the only thing shocking is that he still finds work.

        • 112
          Internet Videodrome says:

          Inglorious Basterds I think was the Nazi fetish.

          To be fair, ‘Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom’ (Pasolini) is much better.

          Reservoir Dogs was interesting, but always struck me that it would be much more powerful as a stage play. Pulp Fiction was fun, but way too cliched now and Jackson could have been brought out so much more.

          The Vampire flicks were among the worst, and did not like Kill Bill at all. Strange as I do enjoy Godfrey Ho flicks.

          To his credit – he does usually get reasonable sound tracks, but not perfect.

          Minor advert time (unaffiliated): If bored, best on YouTube for alternative films is the Cinema Snob. Recommend Nostalgia Critic (even though character now dead) if drunk and, ahem, nostalgic.

        • 123
          Mr Blond says:

          Tried to make some sense of it all,
          But I can see it makes no sense at all.
          Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
          ‘Coz I don’t think I can take any more–
          Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am…

        • 136
          Can't use me old moniker says:

          Thought Reservoir Dogs was over hyped violence-fantasy tosh, the only good film I’ve seen by him is Jackie Brown. Samuel L Jackson is far more believable in it, as is the De Nero character.

  35. 100
    old SHEP says:

    Can somebody please tell me what… ****Stepped-Down*** … means, is this the third way?, I thought you either resigned or you got the sack, Which is it?, confused of Chipping Norton.

  36. 105
    Oxter says:

    In fairness to the Guardian (as I know this blog values balance ;)), they’re doing rather well playing the online ‘long game’ – while the e-edition of the Times is tanking behind its paywall, the Guardian gets around three million hits per day -second only to the Mail. I doubt if any of these titles will be published in paper format five years from now.

    • 118
      Bill says:

      getting millions of hits per day does not equal money thats the problrm, giving away content for free does not equal money.

      news international is losing money behind its paywall, but at least it has people willing to pay for its news.

      The BBC orders 20,000 copies of the guardian per day. If it has to go behind a paywall how many do you think it will need to order as bulk copies will not be accepted by the audit beareau of circulation, this will take its readership even further downhill and less money to be charged to advertisers.

      • 124
        Daily Mail Reader says:

        I hope they do not put the Guardian behind the pay wall as the mail would surely follow suit.

    • 144
      Oxter says:

      I think the Times jumped the gun with their paywall – it certainly stopped me reading. As I said, my guess is that newsprint will die in the next five years, and the survivors will mop up the ad revenue. If I had to lay bets, I would say there will be five survivors – the FT, the Telegraph, the Sun, the Mail and the Guardian. The rest are finished in my opinion – including the Times if they carry on like this. The Guardian funnily enough, has good reach in N. America, and their ‘internationalist’ outlook bodes well for emerging English language markets in India and, wait for it, China. I think it’s too early, by a couple of years at least, for the others to go behind paywalls, with the exception of the FT whose market aren’t too bothered about cost.

  37. 106
    old SHEP says:

    A step-down (LOL) to only £150 thousand a year would be a stairway to heaven FOR EVERYBODY ELSE!.

    32% Increase

  38. 109
    Owen Jones says:

    Huge thank you for lovely comments about my blog, too many to thank individually I’m afraid, but much appreciated.

    • 110
      Tarantino's Toupe says:

      Fuck off and play with your Sticklebricks, Owen. The adults are talking.

    • 117
      Blog Watch says:

      Some comments should not be allowed on this site, and that is one of them.

      Ok, so I Googled, I found, I got your joke – which is very funny by the way :-), and then I read the seminal work: ‘Fabian Society: A new class politics’

      8 Comments, interesting byline, must be good. Right ?

      Advice:

      Do not Google the blog, do not Google the seminal work, and be very careful with what is written in the Independent. If you hear anyone suggesting community based membership of Unions in public then pre conditioning by watching the human rights abuse clips of Free Syrian Army on YouTube could be very helpful in preparing for what needs to happen next.

  39. 111
    UKIP.i.ain't says:

    Osborne raises prospect of EU exit http://bit.ly/Vud2oy

    • 113
      International Relations Wonk says:

      It is interesting to push this button.

      The German’s really do not want to be left alone to deal with the French. The other ‘loser nations’ on the continent are also not quite ‘richtig’.

      However, following today’s news about car plant closures due to slow down of demand on the continent due to austerity – which we all now know was completely avoidable (in fact error by IMF in advice which should have been picked up by government mongs) – it would perhaps be in UK’s economic interest to retool those plants for manufacture of light armored trucks and tanks for future ‘export’ purposes.

      • 114

        And smaller stuff. We have nothing to compare with the MP5 which sells in millions. But with all our limp-wrist brigade you would have to site the factory on St Kilda.

        • 122
          International Relations Wonk says:

          True. What has happened to the light arms industry in the UK ? We did used to be good at that stuff.

          • Eeyore says:

            Have you ever tried to design and produce anything with half the staff and suppliers on strike at any one time.

            Jack Jones was awarded the Order of Lenin, I believe.

  40. 115
    Jon Snow says:

    I’ll be using my bus pass this weekend.

  41. 119
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    Just been shopping in Asda this evening walk up to the till and placed my cock on the counter!

    I said fucking roll that back!

  42. 120
    Saffron says:

    This quare fellow Owen Jones just out of the nappies stage and purporting to be the font of knowlege of all that is left wing shite,is IMHO getting too much of the oxegen of publicity which he craves.
    Give it a rest on this site chaps and leave it to the beeboids to ensure that he is seen as a nomark.

  43. 125
    youngtorymusings says:

    The Guardian is worse than a tabloid, not as bad as The Independent however.

  44. 126
    The Loony Left says:

    SAVINGS RATIOS DURING THE REIGN OF TERROR 1997-2010

  45. 128
  46. 131
    David, call me Prime Minister if you like says:

    Oh My Goodness! They do tend to drag out these live evictions somewhat, do they not?

    lol and laughing with the anticipation of one who has voted for Ryan. Or was it Rylan?

  47. 132
    P l e b says:

    If as is reported we’re heading for a triple-dip recession, surely that makes Osborne’s position untenable?

    • 138

      When we witness a triple-dip recession of Osborne’s making then his position will indeed be untenable. However, this comes after 13 years of Brown’s stewardship and that makes his position untenable – which is why he is now part of history as both the worst chancellor and the worst prime minister in our nation’s experience. HTH

      • 279
        Eeyore says:

        The Blair Creature was the worst ‘cos he protected and nurtured Bruin the Mad.

        Mr Slippery is on his way to running them both a close Second.

  48. 141
    Rare: Insight into the disturbed psyche of Gordon Brown says:

  49. 142
    Jimmy was pals with Maggot Thatcher says:

    Why did Thatch help Savile get access to hospital wards?

    • 143
      Anonymous says:

      Cos the BBC had elevated him to super star status and he duped everyone into thinking he was doing great charitable work………….

      • 181
        Irony says:

        Hamas and Hezbollah do less damaging charity work.

        Perhaps the muzzies are on to something…

    • 148

      Let me guess…

      You are one of these people who think you are going to win the first prize in the lottery each week.

      Aren’t you?

  50. 149
    Saffron says:

    Re the EUSSR and the comments that are going around right now.
    Please remind me as to what the last two world wars were all about,I seem to remember it was about Germany and us.
    First world war,was it about Prussians Vs Us,well yes it was and the prussians lost.
    Second world war,who was it started by,well that maniac HITLER and we all know how that ended.
    We now have a third world war going on which involves the banksters and their tricks in making huge profits for their clients.
    The ordinary peoples of this land are being raped by this bunch of assholes.

    • 273
      International Relations Wonk says:

      Third world war will be essentially amorality vs. morality.

      Keep an eye on what is going on in Turkey which is the geo-political grenade pin at present.

      To correct you slightly on WWI / II:

      WWI : Was in part about oil, especially UK navy conversion to it and transportation routes on the Baghdad-Berlin railway. (aka: Orient express)

      WWII : Germany pushed too far in austerity by WWI reparations and overly veracious British / French vengeance. US et al. saw an opportunity, industrialists in Germany did not want Marx, National Socialism was born with Austrian leader and those promoting Marx booted out. Rest is history.

      WWIII : Will likely be left liberalism vs. !slamist / any other non-a$$hole on the planet who believes in moral consequence.

      Only war which will take place in Europe outside this may be invasion of Spain / Portugal, which will be triggered by those who believe that Spain is in fact occupied moorish territory. That could lead to subsequent crusade like activities again, which really you must go back and have a look at Turkey again.

  51. 150

    All respect to Araucaria – a true evergreen.

  52. 151
    Meanwhile, in Chipping Norton, Rotherham SS are called out says:

    Rotherham SS show up about 3:20 – but watch through to get the full context of the intervention…

  53. 152
    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    Bit late to the party at the other blog regarding Huhne.

    So what’s going on with all this blacking out shite by Guido?

    Some black judges’ case is also not allowed to be published, what the fuck is going on?

    Every man and his wife knows that Huhne is bent so why all the drama?

    • 156
      ███████ █████ says:

      The █████ ███ ███████ ██ ███████ and bisexual ██████ ███████ ████.

      That ██████ ████ it clear.

      • 161
        Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

        I used to be a dab-hand at crosswords, dear. Now, let me see….
        Mmm…..

        …The blockage required calling Acme Plumbers and bisexual Tubage Experts.

        That Turbo-nator blasted it clear.

  54. 153
    Operation Crossbow says:

    If the Guardian goes bust how will I get to wipe my bum with Polly’s column?

  55. 154
    Stat Tractor says:

    Look at them figures, though! No cúnt with half a brain reads any of that shite. Especially not THE STARS ON SUNDAY where that fat poof Guido dollops his doings.

    • 155
      'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

      Back from the Blue Oyster?

    • 157
      Passing Breeze says:

      +1

      Those figures are completely meaningless. Everyone knows that Murdoch buys back at least half of The Sunday Times’ output to make the figures sexier.

      In the real world, that I live in, I’d be surprised if one person in twenty had ever heard of “newspapers.”

      • 164
        albacore says:

        Oh Lor’, the intolerable anticipation
        Eleven days to go before Dave thrills the nation
        With his meditations upon the E U
        And what the U K is going to do
        Wonder if he’ll query, while shovelling shit
        How come the E U’s books never pass audit?

  56. 160
    Gordon says:

    A BBC spokesman said: “Andrew Marr is responding to medication and continuing to progress. He is conscious and eating. He and his family are touched by all the warm wishes and support flooding in.”

    The presenter is married to journalist Jackie Ashley and has at least three children.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/jan/11/andrew-marr-responding-treatment-stroke-bbc

    • 165
      Derek Smalls says:

      On a practical note, guys: Will he be presenting Mars On Sunday or should I have a lie-in this week?

      • 169
        Fuck Wit says:

        On a more practical note, will the BBC need to install some sort of drip tray next to the coke and crib dispensers in the dressing rooms ?

  57. 171
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP says:

    As Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, I think this is reasonable

  58. 182
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Who’s this Rabbi in Golders Green who’s been accused of multiple cases sexual abuse by several women – who the police in this jurisdiction appear not to be ‘looking at’ … its been printed of in the Iwish Chronical recently?

    • 186
      Blowing Whistles says:

      English law – not sharia or beth din.

    • 201
      Not Blowing Whistles says:

      You must be talking about that haredi rabbi ?

      May be some more detail here:

      failed messiah blog had some detail, and ifyoutickleus.blogspot.co.uk

      Apparently the schmuck has been let off. If it is the same one we are talking about.

  59. 188
    █████████████ says:

    Ukip member in dog America.

  60. 198

    Wonderful view of NY here. Better than the subway.

    http://bit.ly/SmBrwF

    • 227
      Tachybaptus says:

      Amusing that it uses Russian software. I think the early images of Google Maps used Russian images too. Not sure whether it was because Russian satellite pictures were better, or because the Americans were too paranoid to release their own stuff for public use.

  61. 205
    Talking of Owned... says:

    Good to see Moron getting the verbal drubbing he sorely deserves.

    • 225
      Rambo says:

      Good tactic by Moron: sit with the gun nut to make himself seem the perspicacious one.

      • 243
        Tay King-dePisse says:

        BAD move by Piers– have someone on holding the opposite position who ISN’T a grotesque caricature, and look haughty:
        http://order-order.com/2013/01/11/have-a-nice-guardianobserver-weekend-everyone/#comment-1553330
        The Left would have us believe that we ought not contemplate the possibility, however remote they say it seems to them, that a Western democracy could turn tyrannical, nor that we should take steps to prepare individually against that eventuality. That’s Glenn Beck tinfoil-hat country, they say. At the same time, the Left demand that steps be taken against those they consider nutters to insure against any possibility that such “nutters” could actually rebel against such tyranny. Frankly, at this stage of the game, any chance of an uprising on the part of the people of the US or UK or any Western democracy, in practical terms verges on nil, and such preventative measures as the Lefties would take would only serve to confirm what the “nutters” argue, and would lend credence to them. If the chance of success of the “nutters” is dismal, then why devote the time and energy to try to forfend against that off-chance? It makes no sense that you would try to prevent something you think can’t succeed, just to leave nothing to chance, whilst at the same time telling the other side they can’t in effect do the same.
        The only trouble is, the young man who took Piers on showed that Western democracies HAVE turned tyrannical. The Left, whose unstated premise is that any system they would install would be at worst a benign despotism, i.e., the current system “on steroids,” do not wish to be called out on that fact, nor that human nature being what it is, that no despotism, however well-intentioned by those seeking to impose it, can remain benign, if it ever truly was to start with.

        • 270
          EU Watch says:

          But the governments appear to be turning tyrannical, if you look at them properly and ignore the BBC.

  62. 206
    Gordon Brown says:

    I love cock

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  64. 210
    UKIP Being Targetted again says:
  65. 212
    Interesting politics been going down today says:
  66. 213
    Reap what you Sow my Country says:

    People who read The ST have blinkers on.

    Observer for me. (and a sneek look on The Wail on Sunday, just to know what they are up to, you know)

    • 214
      Reap what you Sow my Country says:

      …oh yes, and a sneak look in The Star on Sunday, of course.

    • 220
      david bummersby says:

      i love the mail so much i try to have their star writer melanie phillips on the question time panel as frequently as fucking possible- a decision that has nothing to do with the fact she’s married to joshua rozenberg… whose longstanding relationship with the bbc seems to have recently been conveniently airbrushed off the entire internut.

      i admire the way melanie manages to pull out obscure factoids from obscure reports and gob them out of her mouth as if she was running a marathon. her words per second ratio is second to none and she has a amazing ability to drone on and on and on and fucking on. and if the audience don’t clap once she shuts up we just dub some on afterwards.

      then there is the amazing ability of our cameramen to hone in a member of the audience and have them nodding/smiling/scowling just as a member of the panel says something that we feel is of note. and of course it is not like we edit these shots afterwards.

      course we like the audience to be representative of the public, so that’s why we ask them a whole big bunch of questions so that we can vet them prior to giving them the gig. and such is our vetting skills you’ll often see them clapping a panel member when they say one thing and then you’ll see the same audience members clapping another panel member who has said the exact fucking opposite thing to what the former panel member said.

      deo dante dedi!

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    not a machine says:

    whilst being rather grateful for Mr Hondas liking of His UK workforce and his decent cars , either some sort of insular communications dept malfunction has occured or he is about to look rather ecnomically inept . Just to make it clear the Uk is not the cause of Mr Hondas revised car production plans , its the badly run euro economy which is causing his problem , and should be calling for the sort of reforms that release its people from such poor governance , so that they have enough spare cash , to buy more of his cars , which the euro doesnt look like being able to do . not really much good calling the economy that is tackling its deficet , to roll over to the one that isnt .
    Mr Honda must realise that more expense from the UK economy for the wonk EU , will only make people buy less new cars , and the Uk people buy and like quite a few of Mr Hondas cars .

    i mean it would be rather stupid to crap in the backyard of your most numerous vehicle market wouldnt it ? Suggest you blame EU commisoners for cocking it up and not country suffering to pay the bills , for a better car buying future for more people .

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      watp says:

      the only people who’ve crapped in the uk backyard are those political fuckwits who couldn’t keep their cocks in their trousers and as a result they left themselves wide open to blackmail. simply put it’s high treason- a hanging offence. are these scumbags being brought before the law? nope! why? for reasons of national security! you couldn’t make these shit up. but don’t worry you traitorous vermin, it won’t be long till you all start dropping, “natural causes” stylee, like flies.

    • 269
      EU Watch says:

      On a more subtle note, the Honda plant closures do torpedo somewhat all the ‘good for business’ arguments for staying in the EU.

  68. 221
    DM Reader says:

    The BBC could quite easily redo the study discussed in this article. That would at least justify the license fee.

  69. 224
    Stuff going on while the BBC are fiddling says:
  70. 228
    World Watch says:
    • 268
      JH230923495834 says:

      Will the French be performing UN peace-keeping surrendering duties?

      I trust they will be surrendering in a professional manner, and implementing a full collaboration operation with the rebels.

      • 271
        Surrender Monkey Watch says:

        About the only strategy which would seriously work is one of containment for now.

        Stopping the spread of AQIM further South and West would be a good start, whilst cutting their supply lines from the East and and North.

        Problems though are these:

        i) The Mali government forces are not completely behind their government and a lot have been defecting to AQIM. This is more about life preservation and fact that AQ commanders are simply better leaders and better equipped.

        ii) The territory captured so far is very large indeed. AQIM have been fortifying as well: Think GPS marked buried equipment dumps, construction of ‘cave’ bases, and establishment of good supply lines.

        iii) France thought they were the main backers of AQ – they are not. Saudi money, and looted arms from Libya, Egypt, Tunisia etc. are all flowing down their. If you check what the AQIM fighters are wearing, it has been noticed that the dress is Pakistani style. This should help build a more complete picture…

        iv) AQIM and those in the Sahel will have tacit support of the new governments of North Africa if only to stop them travelling north. Those governments will not fight against them either for ideological reasons.

        v) UN need to be careful. There was incident in South Sudan recently where ground forces shot down UN marked aircraft. These guys will vaguely respect the usual protocols, but will only optionally recognize the white flag / UN markings.

        The Brit who was publicly arrested the other week must have been UK intelligence, so very likely an important set of eyes and ears for UK has been cut off. No doubt after that AQIM had a purge.

        AQIM are heading South, and AQ in East Africa are getting active in Kenya right now. One suspects their real target is to capture and control one of the mineral rich mid-African nations, such as CAR, DRC or perhaps Gabon. Time will tell.

        Ghana could also become a target if the Gold held in Turkey doesn’t get through. One suspects that the AQ presence is in part international payment protection of an extreme nature, as well as what is generally propagandized.

  71. 229
    Reap what you Sow my Country says:

    My thought for the weekend – education is a way to get ahead, to then be bought by the tory infested aged dementiaed establishment, when you get where you want to, ey, them stuck in Georgian times?

    • 230
      Reap what you Sow my Country says:

      France had their republic in late eighteenth century now, and look at them – tories are flocking there to buy there, emigrating themselves,

      Sung by a welsh lady, Alice, and yes nobby – feel free to put her on the wank list also, she again does not mind, at all, as she sits flattered.

      • 231
        Reap what you Sow my Country says:

        Je ne peux pas croire les tories, s’installer en France, même si ils ne parlent pas français, la troisième forme, et tout attendre en anglais, tout attendre de tomber à leurs pieds.

        • 232
          Reap what you Sow my Country says:

          …and Pouroit on the Brit telly private detective was rich fron colonial money his family made, Belgium.

          Another not well know fact, monsieur.

  72. 233
    Reap what you Sow my Country says:

    Shroes Cat, and Uncle, from a previous thread, a pic of my daughter these days, from the startling one from the other day when fourteen. She works in the holiday intustry these days, internationally, and really, I don’t know where she is from one day to the next.

    Pic too for other “uncles” – feel free to be dirty beasts, if you have enough money,

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/401350_10152300606525274_1995298081_n.jpg

  73. 235
    Reap what you Sow my Country says:

    Been talking about daughters too much here, I think, so a song for our lads, confused, thinking which way do we look and see, for our life coming, for our life on the seashore of now age. Where do we stand?

    • 236
      Reap what you Sow my Country says:

      been waiting since 1984 on my Linn PP12 turntable, Scottish developed, to post that.

      • 237
        Reap what you Sow my Country says:

        oops, LP12 even, Linn,

        • 238
          Reap what you Sow my Country says:

          tom,

          • Reap what you Sow my Country says:

            tom looks happy there, not?

            beter tom here, back in his proper day, the naughty big boy he is,

            YEH!, Ladies…

          • Reap what you Sow my Country says:

            and yes, savile fed off tom, as a typical tory, from that time..

          • Reap what you Sow my Country says:

            and yes se inguland public schooled tories, savile was a nothern ingerlish tory protected, as like Pickles these days.

            MP in Essex?? What is wrong with people in Essex? Their tory dysfunctional as well.

  74. 242
    Reap what you Sow my Country says:

    Quiet here this morning…

  75. 256
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    I confess that I buy the Observer every weekend.

    Ideal size to cut into wipe sized squares, much more absorbent than the Times and the ink doiesnt come off on my arse. I can make it last the whole week

  76. 264
    Reap what you Sow my Country says:

    Bugger it, some La tene Halstaddt ladies, as us old celts do, von Osterreich, sud-ouest

    • 265
      Reap what you Sow my Country says:

      baggsie the dark head one…

      • 266
        Reap what you Sow my Country says:

        Und ich werde Sigrid als Chat-up-Linie sagen: “Ihr Freund ist schön, aber ich denke, wir beide können insgesamt Musik im Leben zu machen.”

        Zu viel, Freunde? – Bitte beraten.

        • 267
          Reap what you Sow my Country says:

          bugger it, might as well post italiano, la mia preferita dagli anni sessanta,


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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