January 17th, 2013

LibDems Smash Another Manifesto Commitment

Vince Cable stood, and was elected in Twickenham, on a manifesto commitment to hold an In/Out referendum on Europe yet today he will say such a ballot will “weaken Britain’s ability to deliver more reform inside the EU”. He is planning on slamming the Tories for encouraging “uncertainty” with a vote. Another smashed LibDem promise. And they wonder why everybody hates them…


129 Comments

  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Richmond is Zac. Vincey is Twickers.

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    • 20
      Swiss Bob says:

      O/T My Google account has been compromised and I had a good strength password.

      On my account activity I could see both Russian and US logins to my account, the bastards. Fortunately I do not actually use this account for mail.

      Check your account activity and where people have logged in from. The reason I know this is that Google notified me and after some searching found the reason in the account activity.

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      • 57
        Tuscan Tony says:

        Thanks SB, just changed mine.

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        • 64
          Swiss Bob says:

          Fortunately I don’t use the same password for all types of accounts, it’s still a bloody pain in the arse changing everything that’s compromised.

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          • Expert says:

            The problem with google is that they only allow one password across all ‘facilities’. Thus if you have an Android phone then it has the same username and password as a google wallet account. For this reason I always delete my credit card from my google wallet, except when I need to carry out a transaction such as buying a paid ‘app’. As soon as the transaction has occurred and is visible in the wallet, I delete the card again.

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      • 75
        Anonymous says:

        invasion of body space.
        it is love too,
        the dark side of the …..
        ……………………………….moon is actually the shadow of venus, the lurve zone.

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      • 82
        Swiss Bob says:

        Update:

        Do NOT sign up to World of Tanks!

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    • 61
      Anonymous says:

      Zac is a lib dem though.

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    • 76
      tabblenabble01 says:

      The liar Cable is nothing more than an economic anarchist, a libertarian shill…or to be more precise, a quisling.

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      • 80
        Bill Payer says:

        You are too kind. You could be much better that that.

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      • 83
        Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

        Lib Dems are fine. Decent people.

        PS My lobotomy went well.

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      • 116
        Country is Finished.. says:

        So What.. The Whole System is Fu-ked.. Secret Courts to cover up Police having Sex at the Tax payers expense.. ha ha .. Every Cop licence to Kill.. ha ha Or Licence to Shag.. . Political Class Keep over Taxing the economy,, how many more shops do they want to close or how many more do they want on the DOLE.. The Wests Government Military and Police complex has cost to much for to long.. Its over,, No more Martini’s

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      • 125
        Old Blue Eyes says:

        Send him a cable, preferably a live one.

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  2. 2
    All MP's are scum says:

    I hate them. They are even madder than Labour.

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    • 37
      GeoffM says:

      People say this guy is an intellectual and yet every time he opens his mouth out comes a fart.

      Is this the best we have? No wonder our political system is corrupt and in meltdown.

      In the real world would any of these creatures get a job?

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      • 47
        Pep" Guardiola says:

        They mean he’s an Inter – Lecture.

        Another finger wagging, sandal eating, sarong wearing, diversity embracing, academic infighting idiot.

        Twickers is full to bursting with them.
        But there are even more in Richmond. Richmond has even better schools. Some of the best in the country.

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      • 67
        Ex-Conservative voter says:

        “In the real world would any of these creatures get a job?”

        I’m inclined to say “no”, although in fairness, about 18 years ago, Cable did spend nearly 2 years of his 48 year working-life in the private sector (as an accountant for Shell), and draws on this vast experience when he lectures British businesses (all of them, big and small) on how they should be running themselves. Even though he himself has never actually run a company of any kind, and wouldn’t be capable of doing so.

        I’m not entirely sure what Cameron was thinking when he gave Cable the job.

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      • 108
        JabbaTheCat says:

        “…every time he opens his mouth out comes a fart.”

        That’s coz when he speaks he talks out of his arse…

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    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      Vince baby may have changed his mind on this, but, as far as changing minds is concerned Wavey Dave Boy still leads the list, he is being pulled one way then the other, changing his mind as he goes (or having his mind changed for him), now folks don’t know where he really stands on anything.

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  3. 3
    KO says:

    TWAT

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    • 58
      Archer Karcher says:

      Hey Vince, in what way can anyone ‘reform’ a DIRECTIVE? “Oh I don’t like that directive so I’m going to reform it to my liking” yeah right, try it and see what the comrades at the Brussels Politburo say why don’t ya?

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    • 69
      Jeffrey Bernard says:

      Cable another unprincipled and dishonest f*ckwit. Perhaps Milipede’s coyness about Balls’s career prospects are because Cable is being lined up to go to No. 11 in a Labour government.

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        Mr Fuckwit Snr says:

        Don’t lump Cable in with us self respecting fuckwits. Try ‘Mules genitals’ – useful for fuckall

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  4. 4
    Ladies and Gentlemen, We Present Vince Ca...Zzz says:

    I think most people will be asleep by the third sentence.

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  5. 5

    If the Lib Dems had won the election, we could hold them to their manifesto commitments.

    But they didn’t and we can’t

    Just like the Tories and the EU vote

    It’s not as if the Labour Party are democratic – ask Rhodri Morgan or Liam Byrne

    Get over it

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    • 65
      Archer Karcher says:

      “hold them to their manifesto commitments.”

      Already tried under the Brownshirt regime.

      He went to court and won, the precedent is now set, “Manifesto pledges, are not subject to legitimate expectaion”.

      The mongrels, all of them, can say what they like and the law will back them up no matter what they susequently, actually do.

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      • 84
        museV says:

        You are correct.

        Somebody called Barry Singleton tried to take the Tories to court after the last GE because of a lie that was made on a Tory GE flyer (in Newbury if memory serves) with the same conclusion that you mention above.

        I believe it’s got something to do with political parties not being recognised as legal entities. Something very strange and very convenient.

        Have you met your “Straw Man” btw?

        http://www.yourstrawman.com/

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  6. 6
    Rayne says:

    To be fair, you can be for an In/Out referendum on the EU and be for staying in. Same as James Goldsmith and his Referendum Party in 1997.

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    Anon says:

    Ladbrokes are offering 200-1 on a Liberal majority in parliament at the next election. I reckon the chance of them being less than 10 MPs is better than 200-1

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  8. 8
    Mike Hunt says:

    One feels they have given up and are now going through the motions of being an unofficial opposition.

    Bloody TV debates.

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    • 40
      Dave failed to win a majority against the worst PM ever so what chance has he got in 2015 says:

      All “Dave’s” fault…he was actually outbullshitted(is that a verb ?)by Clegg who conned the gullible segment of the electorate and the naive student vote into thinking he was actually different when in actual fact he was the same as all the other politicians…in it for himself and party advantage

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      • 48
        Handycock (Immigrant Trafficker) says:

        Well it worked a treat for me in Portsmouth. The students and the immigrants turned out in droves and my boys saw to it that their tenants voted for me too. Boaz.

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      • 50
        gramma says:

        The ability to look good on camera has always been a political pre.
        Ronnie Raygun, Phony Blair and now Niche Clegg.
        Don’t look at the quality, feel the width.

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        • 63
          Sally Bercowitz says:

          I always go for length (not height though)

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        • 92
          T'old Fella says:

          It did not stop Dubya getting a second term though, but it did for Palin and her ambitions, Reagan was an “actor” so if he could not do it not much hope for anyone else, B’Liar thought he was a Shakespearian actor the way he talked, to me very anoying, Clegg had a brief victory against Brown who seemed always to be nervous in front of a camera and did not court the media as the others did, especially B’Liar.

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    • 98
      bergen says:

      The poor sod never expected to be in government. It has come as a terrible shock to him. I must confess to some sneaking regard for Clegg- a Liberal who actually wanted to put his hands on the levers of power rather wail about how pure they were compared to the other parties.

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  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    He’s right though and considering he was the chief economist to shell, he probably knows a bit about business confidence.

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  10. 10
    No more lib lab con says:

    Want out, vote/join UKIP

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  11. 11
    Not a BBC spokesperson says:

    St. Vince of Fable can do no wrong – we think he is the economic mind of the last and next century and are happy to quote him whenever it can do down those nasty Tories on all of our website, TV and radio stations day and night.
    Him being forced to offer an in/out referendum all those years ago was actually ‘fatcher’s fault
    Thank you for your money plebs.

    Yours faithfully,
    Blustering leftist Buffoon

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  13. 14
    Question Time says:

    Chris Huhne QUESTION:

    DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF MR HUHNE’S TRIAL IS UNDER WAY OR NO?

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  14. 15
    Incapable Vince says:

    And they wonder why everybody hates them… But we thought you all loved our muesli-knitting, tree-hugging, energy price hiking, weirdie-beardie, windmill warriors ??

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  15. 16

    Really? An arch pro European in a pro European party pledged to hold an in-out vote on Europe?

    Please provide a link to the pledge, because on the face of it, this looks like completely implausible rubbish.

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    • 23
      Calamity Clegg says:

      Voila !!

      http://bit.ly/XFOmbh

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      • 129

        Thanks for the link. I’ve checked it out, and it doesn’t mention Vince Cable, and if legitamate (which is far from clear – the aledged google cache no longer exists and the link is not valid) seems to have been an idea promoted by one party member which was removed within a few hours.

        Hardly a manifesto commitment of campaign promise, and probably a hoax.

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  16. 18
    Westminster Gossip says:

    I’m pro-European but still feel democracy requires the people are asked their views in shaping the UK’s position within a changing European dynamic.

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  17. 19
    illogical says:

    Another Lib Dem carthorse coming home to roost.

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  18. 21
    Jon Snow says:

    Now I wonder if Vince has a buss pass, I have you know.

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  19. 22
    DT says:

    Vince Cable – Business Secretary.

    How a crypto socialist with absolutely no idea gets to be a Minister for Business is beyond my comprehension.

    He came to a trade fair at the NEC a few years back

    His absolutely bovine understanding of British manufacturing & value was terrifying.

    He is thick – & worse, he is an ideologue putting his socialism before market reality.

    Scary how a deeply flawed man like him can get so high up the food chain of politics.

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  20. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Sign this petition to restrict Bulgarian and Romanians from entering the UK:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41492

    The UK cannot cope with any more

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    • 43
      Dave failed to win a majority against the worst PM ever so what chance has he got in 2015 says:

      I wish you luck with THAT…..epetitions are NOT to be acted upon they’re merely to keep the “plebs” quiet and in their place by fooling them that we actually live in a democracy where their voice is listened to…

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    • 104
      Con artists says:

      Nothing to worry about here, move along now…

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  21. 27
    Nick is Nicked says:

    The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain committed to an in/out referendum the next time a British government signs up for a fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU.
    – Liberal Democrats 2010 manifesto

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  22. 28
    What they (lib Dems) said says:

    The Liberal Democrats believe we should have a real vote on Europe – whether we should be in Europe or out.

    We have been blocked from having a vote on this in Parliament, and all the Conservatives are proposing is a limited referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

    However, the public back our position by a margin of 2:1: twice as many people think a referendum should be on whether we stay in Europe or not rather than only on the Lisbon Treaty.

    We want that real referendum because if Britain is to stride forward confidently into the 21st century and tackle global issues like climate change and terrorism, we need to decide once and for all whether our future lies within the European Union, or outside it.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100112571/look-what-i-found-on-the-lib-dem-website/

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  23. 29
    Vote UKIP says:

    Now that UKIP are second in the polls for the European elections the Tories will be splitting the UKIP vote.

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  24. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Quick Guido, news just out, maybe Assad didn’t use chemical weapons after all.

    You gonna place a link on your website? for the balanced reporting?

    http://news.antiwar.com/2013/01/16/us-we-do-not-believe-syria-used-chemical-weapons/

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    • 117
      Syria Watch says:

      There is ‘evidence’ that BZ may have been used.

      Strictly is a chemical weapon, but really only a little more serious than standard CS. It is certainly not the stuff of doom and gloom.

      The hospital which is treating ‘victims’ of the gas attack has been unable to perform test to confirm, and samples were unable to be got to a location in time for test to be performed. Believable for blood / urine (in absence of a fridge ?), but not so much for skin / hair.

      There is a big drum beat going on for intervention right now which is being ignored as Obama does not want to collapse the Syrian state and deal with another !raq. Also, the 16 Russian warships hanging loose off the coast and around Tartus are also likely staying his hand a little.

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  25. 34
    Diddley says:

    Breaking news: Politician is a slippery fucker.

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  26. 35
    TESCO PONY EXPRESS says:

    Vince (Orally Laying a)Cable = The Great Pretender

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  27. 39
    The Hodge offshore trust fund says:

    Saunt Vince probably had the nod for a Eurojob and doesn’t want that going pear shaped?

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  28. 51
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Of all the libdems vince was the one I thought was most sensible until the coalition came in and what a bumbling leftwing fool he’s turned out to be!!

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    • 62
      Dave failed to win a majority against the worst PM ever so what chance has he got in 2015 says:

      He was member of SDP before he became a LibDem and before that a Labour Councillor for Glasgow so that’s hardly surprising

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  29. 52
    smoggie says:

    Why don’t they have a referendum to see if we should have a referendum ?

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    • 60
      rebekah aka nellnewman says:

      Well I quite expected militwit on the today programme to say we need an inquiry to find out whether we should have an in/out eu referendum.

      But he’s learnt a few new words just lately like ‘sleepwalking’ and ‘off a cliff’

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      • 71
        retardEd Miliband says:

        In allowing a wefewendum on our EU memberthip, the government hath acted in a weckleth and iwethponthible manner. Thith wefewendum goeth too far, too fatht.

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  30. 54
    the general public says:

    Wasn’t the SNP slated by, well, all he other major parties that their independent referendum posed serious risks to Scotland because it gave “uncertainty” to EU membership?

    How ironic if it turned out that the only way Scotland could remain in, or get back into, the EU was to be independent…..

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  31. 55
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    The disgusting truth about all these europhiles whether they be labour or libdem is that to them the EU is a gravy train they personally want to get on a la the kinnochios – never mind that the EU is no good for the national interest.

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    • 78
      Ex-Conservative voter says:

      The other disgusting truth about Europhiles is that they’re perfectly happy for us to p!ss away spend nearly £20 billion every year on our (utterly pointless) membership, whilst Britain’s heavy level of debt is forcing us to cut vital services for the disabled and elderly. It’s no exaggeration to say that our EU membership is killing vulnerable British people.

      Also, Europhiles were happy to watch the French, Dutch and Irish vote ‘no’ to the EU Constitution, and were happy to watch those voters have their decision spitefully overruled, they were happy to see our promised referendum get thrown away by Brown, they’re happy to see us forced to accept an unelected (and unelectable) president, and THEN the Europhiles say, “The EU safeguards democracy in Europe.”

      Scum, all of them.

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    • 81
      The Hodge offshore trust fund says:

      I bumped into the Welsh Wizard in the Caribbean once. The hotel owner confided how much ‘his party’ had run up at the bar….the owner had no doubts who’d be paying. All in it together

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    • 127
      SarumSea says:

      And remember, once they are drawing EU pensions they must support the EU. (Mandelson, Patten, Kinnocks x 2 and more to come). Talk about vested intersts!

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  33. 66
    Owen Jones"The Cheekie Chappie" says:

    adducebantur autem ei equi de Aegypto cunctisque regionibu
    And can I have that between two halves of a burger roll

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  34. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Sign this petition to have a referendum on EU membership in 2013.

    https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42347

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    • 89
      One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

      Bally Hell, I thought I’d closed that ruddy e-petition thing down. What what.

      Crikey, I’ll have to get a minion to send an email out in response, in a few months’ time. Let’s see, what wording shall I put in my response?

      By jove, man! I know!

      “Feck orf!”

      Guffff-haw haw haw haw haw haw haw!

      Tally ho!

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  35. 85
    PPE Mutual Masturbation says:

    Of course ANYTHING that comes out of the mouths of these night crawlers is NOT subject to legitimate expectation.

    Apart from the legitimate expectation that they are all C.unts.

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  36. 86
    They must be making some money says:

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    • 122
      That's the way to do it says:

      As the Shadow Health Minister, you should know that EVERY restaurant in Hackney should be going to the wall to be maintaining the very highest professional standards.

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  37. 87
    Beveridge says:

    No. The pledge said that there would be one if there was a fundamental change, ie sending more powers to the EU. This pledge was then passed into law, hence the referendum lock already in place. The LibDems did what they said they would do.

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    • 103
      An inconvenient truth says:

      Wrong.

      Their pledge was, and I copy and paste from page 65 of their manifesto:

      “The European Union has evolved signifi cantly since the last public vote
      on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain
      committed to an in/out referendum the next time a British government signs
      up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU.”

      What Cameron is proposing is a “fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU”.

      Therefore the Libdems should honour their manifesto promise to hold a referendum. But instead they’ve decided to break their promise.

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    Milliband Jnr says:

    Our new policy is to have no policies

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    • 96
      Losers lost, Leaders we don't have says:

      He can’t have any policies, Brown screwed that up, his policies can only be dreams, I wonder if an ambulance chaser would take that one on if he came up with a real polic.y

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  40. 93
    Golly says:

    That man will say anything to a pretty face in a skirt .

    Risk to national security he is.

    Should have been sacked last time it happened.

    Only thing of any relevance he has ever done is to recite his A Level economic notes in front of Brown.

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  41. 94
    Losers lost, Leaders we don't have says:

    I see the green wins again in the house of corruption, horse meat 1 people 0.

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  42. 95
    hank the cat says:

    55 civil servants caught looking at pornography while at work

    To be fair it was the Cardiff office, and they where watching sheep dog trials

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  43. 99
    Raving Loon says:

    When push comes to shove, Lib/Lab/Con will never allow the possibility of an outright exit from the EU.

    Vote UKIP.

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  44. 100
    Tesco horse burgers Welsh sheep buggerers says:

    Is there no sheep need shagging ?

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  45. 102
    Owen Jones says:

    Will my luck ever change? My new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is due for delivery today, just as they get grounded!

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  46. 105
    Tesco horse burgers Welsh sheep buggerers says:

    I’ve just been to tesco ,
    i bought some white rum, some dark rum and some red rum

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  47. 106
    Owén Jones says:

    In my next job, I will be asking big important questions.

    Questions like, “would you like fries with that?”

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  48. 107
    Tesco horse burgers Welsh sheep buggerers says:

    Breaking news
    30 Algerian hostages have escaped from the gas compound
    Breaking news
    15 foreign hostages have escaped from the gas compound

    FFS these must be the the worst fuckin terrorists ever , by the end of the day
    there will be no one left for the SAS to rescue

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  49. 109
    David B says:

    A referendum promise is only made to solve a problem! They promised a referendum on the EU “Constitution” for the 2005 general election, which diffused the EU issue for the Lib Dems. The constitution eventually became the Lisbon Treaty. We the public could not be trusted to give the right answer on that, so the in/out referendum was thought up so they could vote against the referendum, this pledge remained useful for the 2010 election as it again defused the issue for the Lib Dems in the PM debates. Again it looks like it is time to ask the public, but that would never do, as we need influence in the EU and the public might give the wrong answer!!

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  50. 124
    Jimmy says:

    “they wonder why everybody hates them”

    No, they no why. They put the tories in.

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  51. 126
    Anonymous says:

    So, Guido, you’re fibbing. The commitment to the in-out referendum was only if there was another constitutional change which required a referendum. And there hasn’t been yet.

    Perhaps a need for Guido to do a Nick Clegg-like ”sorry’ video? Or even a song?

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  52. 128
    fitzfitz says:

    Go for it, Libs ! Remember the AV triumph !

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