January 25th, 2013

LibDem HQ: “There Will Be Consequences”
David Ward MP Summoned By Whips

This is getting very messy for David Ward. The LibDem MP has now been summoned to a meeting with party whips on Monday. Tory MP Rob Halfon has slammed his comments, telling Guido:

“I am greatly saddened that in the week of Holocaust remembrance, David has seemingly compared the gas chambers of the Nazi regime to the West Bank. This is the tragic trivialisation of real evil. It should be remembered that Israel withdrew from Gaza completely, and yet has faced a barrage of 7000+ missiles from Hamas and been the victim of hundreds of terrorist suicide bombers, and been attacked by all it’s neighbours in 1948, 1967, and 1973. I hope that David will reconsider these remarks, when he remembers that 6 million Jews lost their lives under Adolf Hitler.”

The Holocaust Educational Trust are even more damning, accusing Ward of “abusing the memory” of Holocaust victims with his “sickening” comments. Monday could be very difficult for him…

UPDATE: It is all kicking off now. Ward isn’t backing down, telling 5Live he won’t be “stifled”. “If the party has a different view that’s for the party to decide”. Apparently the party’s response is “regrettable” and he hopes he won’t have the whip withdrawn. That meeting with the whips just got all the more interesting…

UPDATE II:


135 Comments

  1. 1
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Rule !

    If you’re in a hole o cast stop digging

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    • 4
      Jess says:

      who do you trust

      Paul Krugman
      Nobel prize-winning economist

      OR

      George Osborne
      Magdalen College, University of Oxford where he received a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in Modern History.

      Paul Krugman attacks ‘mad’ austerity policies in Britain
      The Government’s pursuit of austerity is “fundamentally mad” and could cast a shadow over the British economy for up to 15 years, Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has warned.

      Who in hell decided with his history degree that Osborne was Chancellor material?????????
      this complete and utter duffer also had to have his budget re-written for him dont forget that
      Did Cameron just hand out a job on the basis of pure freindship over abilty… IT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE IT the same friendship that is keeping this plank in a job thats way above his ability

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      • 27
        Libertarian says:

        Neither. Trust in von Mises.

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        • 86
          The Frankfurt School says:

          Everything’s still going to plan.

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        • 88
          Statist says:

          I would trust Gideon-the-Goy any day before the those chosen-ones such as Krugman and Von Mises.

          There is such a thing as a J conspiracy…and mark my word we will have a an entire w/e this w/e of them bellyaching over the H.

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      • 31
        Anonymous says:

        You should say some words about Osborne sidekick Alexander.

        In 1993 and 1994, Alexander worked as a press officer with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, before spending eight years as the Director of Communications at the European Movement (1996–1999) and its successor organisation, the Britain in Europe campaign (1999–2004).
        In 2004 and 2005, he was the Head of Communications for the recently formed Cairngorms National Park Authority.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Alexander

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        • 47
          Sir William says:

          Since economists always disagree with each other, it follows that most of them are wrong most of the time.

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          • CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

            The current Keynesianist lot seem to be wrong, all the time. Even when they try to fiddle with the readings (Inflation fiddles, GDP includes debt), they can’t make it work.

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          • Economist says:

            Keynesian economics has not been followed for a while now, so they are not wrong on that front, except perhaps they are wrong to have abandoned Keynes.

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          • michael says:

            Hitler was the last really successful Keynesian …’arbeit macht frei’ -labour, and cigarettes instead of Reichmarks .

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          • Anonymous says:

            All Mossad agents report to base urgent new mission has now been approved.

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      • 37
        CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

        ABPK

        Anyone But Paul Krugman.

        Always Wrong, All the time!

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        • 81
          CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

          what do expect, Jess is a typical sinister lefty spin merchant, spouting well crafted marxist claptrap.

          You see, it works like this:

          One bunch of Marxists give other Marxists prizes for being Marxists. Other Marxists then quote these prize winning Marxists when they want to try to prove that anyone who isn’t Marxist is wrong.

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      • 38
        CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

        Did someone called Gordo have a history certificate specialising in Labour party?

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      • 39
        CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

        ABPK

        Anyone But P4ul Krugman.

        Always Wrong, All the time!

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        • 120
          Expat says:

          Couldn’t have put it better. He has a regular column in my local paper (syndicated from some US rag) – pure claptrap and lefty propaganda from start to finish.

          And he thinks Obama is God’s gift to the world…

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      • 49
        Sandra in Accounts says:

        You are Ed Balls & I claim my pension back.

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      • 61

        Krugman’s Nobel Prize related to trade patterns not to macro-economic policy; he has however developed a knack for self publicity, despite being part of the spend, spend, spend consensus that has undermined most western economies in the ast decade.

        As to Osborne “austerity”?!?!? we’re still running a massive deficit (i.e. stimulus) with public spending considerably above long term averages at what could be seen as unsustainable levels. Osborne is from the same mould as Brown, slightly less free with other people’s money but merely tinkering with the fundamentally flawed legacy he inherited.

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      • 78
        TobyG says:

        the EU won the Nobel Prize… that puts that in perspective!

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    • 14
      censorship says:

      In a political lifetime, every politician will, at least once, follow a hollow cause.

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  2. 2
    Calamity Clegg says:

    Whooooooooooooooooops…

    http://bit.ly/XEXA5A

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  3. 3
    SP4BS says:

    your picture there. what is the url of the page it came from?

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  4. 5
    Rob says:

    I hope Halfon gets to repeat his words on TV News, as the broadcasters are keen to ignore the exit from Gaza & the 7000 missiles (or home made rockets)

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    • 10
      The BBC are cunts says:

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    • 13
      Libdems are pathetic says:

      Of course he won’t be allowed to. Can you imagine the Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation letting the truth be told after all their biased reporting. The recent Israeli elections came as a total disappointment – they were hoping the result would support their erroneous claims to a shift to the far right and instead they got democracy in action shoved into their stupid faces.

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  6. 7
    Opportunist referendum watch says:

    …….the softening up of Liberal MPs, by Tories, goes forth toward a general election

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      SP4BS says:

      I am not furry, and do not have bar actuated hands. Aresehole.

      Thank you for the clarification that the picture is all about Burma. This was left out by Guido.

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      Myanmar Watch says:

      Worth checking up on what is going down in ‘Burma’

      http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/757080.shtml

      UK: Bit out of it down there.

      The !ran!an’s are even having the temerity to call the US on it’s Foreign Policy as being a major cause of the humanitarian in the country, and the US Asia pivot is not likely to swing around in time to counter the expansion of Ch!na’s sphere of influence.

      BBC may big up suu kyi, but the country has real politik it needs to address now without perceived loyalties getting in the way.

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      • 121
        Expat says:

        Never mind, there will no doubt be a few empty garages in Bradford to house a few displaced Rohingas (or whatever they are called).

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  8. 9
    Jimmy says:

    “attacked by all it’s neighbours in 1948, 1967, and 1973″

    Halfwit not a history graduate then I take it.

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  9. 12
    Lord Stansted says:

    This could be interesting if only I knew of David Ward. He’s an MP?

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  10. 15
    Applecart says:

    Glad 5Live has started broadcasting relevant content again today after still more hours wasted on Murray’s latest tennis match. I prefer it if he loses the first match in each tournament so we don’t get dozens of hours of endless coverage of his antics in each match through the competition. Is there any other sport* where one individual man can repeatedly divert listeners attention away from normal broadcasting? It’s not as if he’s very likeable anyway. (*OK apart from boxing perhaps!)

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  11. 18
    David Irving from Gaol says:

    Wardy you are in hot water. Call your lawyer and good luck

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  12. 20
    Obergruppenfuhrer Cleggito says:

    There is never a gas chamber when you need one.

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  13. 26
    Jen The Blue says:

    How warped does your mind have to be to consider the systematic murder of an entire people to be the same as defending yourself against people who wish to wipe your nation off the face of the earth?

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      Vlad the Inhaler says:

      I agree, but many still attempt to justify Nuttyahho and his gang trying to wipe ot the Palestinians

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    • 58
      CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

      The left seem to be consistently able to do it…

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    • 73
      Tommy Talmud. says:

      Not an entire people surely?

      Now excuse me while I go and build a few sheds in the middle of my neighbours pristine lawn. ‘I have the right to build sheds.’

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      • 109
        Jen The Blue says:

        Well, while I am not condoning the settlements in those areas, I would suggest that if my neighbour had previously attempted to steal my entire house and garden and in the ensuing skirmish I had occupied his garden as a defensive measure, he might have less reason to be upset about my nice new shed.

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    • 105
      Alfons says:

      “How warped does your mind have to be to consider the systematic murder of an entire people to be the same as defending yourself against people who wish to wipe your nation off the face of the earth?”

      You mean just like the EU are trying to do to UK, and others, using a different method, but with the same end in mind.

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  14. 28
    Dan says:

    Then open them you mentalist. No comparison, is there? Thanks for playing.

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  15. 29
    Mark says:

    Tory MP Rob Halfon seems to have not even read David Ward’s piece.
    He also has a fuzzy grasp of history as Israel launched the 1967 war by bombing the Egyptian air force. Israeli leaders’ memoirs document that they knew Egypt wasn’t preparing to attack.

    Israel is still the def facto occupier of Gaza and thus has responsibilities. Israel knows how to stop rockets: have cease fires (there have been no rockets since 21st Nov), open borders, allow Gaza to import and export goods, allow free movement of people. Behave like a democracy, not a bully with a powerful ally.

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      Sandra in Accounts says:

      1967 was a pre-emptive war (legal) to stop an attack.

      Even a fuckwit like you would not wait to be punched in the face if you absolutely knew it was coming.

      Cease fires? What is the weather like on your planet? The lulls in the barrage from Gaza are merely pauses to re-arm & extend the bunker network for the Hamas leadership.

      I dont expect a myopic, anti democracy, anti gay, anti pluralist, useful idiot like you to comprehend anything really – probably the result of the left wing University indoctrination you suffered.

      If the Lib Dems do not remove the whip they are endorsing his sick grandstanding and hijacking of Holocaust Day.

      You are dismissed.

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      • 68
        CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

        Hudnu. = A pause to re-arm. The MSM always call it a cease fire and actively mislead the public.

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        West Bank is not Northern Rock says:

        Quite right: But minus the ad hominems, only thing relevant is to point out that Egypt is irrelevant to this immediate issue.

        Operation Focus, the opening of the Six Day War, was legal in context.

        UN Res 242 covers the aftermath, and illegal Ar@b rejection of UN Res 181 which triggered this justified !srael’s defensive reponse.

        !srael to meet it’s requirements under Fourth Geneva Convention is important. Especially now that P@lestine is a an official nation state the E-1 question should be looked at very carefully.

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      West Bank is not Northern Rock says:

      You are quite right.

      However, PA is very likely to collapse soon as !srael reduces funding and H@mas + F@tah are joining forces in anticipation of filling power vacuum.

      You cannot do anything about rockets fired at these ranges other than negotiate a situation where those firing them at you stop.

      The most enlightened response so far, other than incursions against P@lestinians, has been to make the wall higher. Solution: P@lastinians made rockets go higher and further.

      !srael needs to act like an occupying force only. To your point on ‘bullying': Recent actions have fallen short of Geneva Protocol requirements which is something that should be raised with the UN. It should not involve poorly constructed Godwin equivocations in the popular press.

      Freedom of speech and expression is fine, but this is undeniably quite irresponsible rhetoric and has only served to undermine any legitimate UK view on the matter and stifle coherent debate within the UK.

      On the plus side though, it helps weaken the Lib Dems further.

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      • 72

        When there are people on both sides who’s positions of power are strengthened by continuing profit, there is always going to be an incentive to try to ensure such conflict continues.

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        • 93
          West Bank is not Northern Rock says:

          This issue is not about economics, it is about ideology and survival.

          If it was about economics it would have been resolved very easily years ago.

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      • 74
        CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

        The answer is to the rockets is of-course to use counter battery fire.

        It’s a pity that Isreal is too peaceful for it’s own good.

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          West Bank is not Northern Rock says:

          Over a distance of 30km or so, anti-missile technologies have a very low success rate.

          The rockets being fired cost only a few hundred $ to produce, to shoot them down costs $100k’s. The economic and defensive arguments serious do not add up.

          Cutting supply lines is an option, but that has not worked so far.

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          • CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

            Counter battery fire is not to intercept missiles…. It’s to hit where they launched from quickly.

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          • West Bank is not Northern Rock says:

            Doesn’t win many friends demolishing a school or residential block of flats. Has been tried before and failed.

            It is also breaking Fourth Geneva Convention to do that: Occupying forces cannot deploy military directly against civilians who live in occupied territory and all that. To do so, even defensively, would be a serious breach of international law.

            Similarly, the occupying force cannot cut off essential services such as water etc. to adjust attitude of those occupied.

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    • 66
      CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

      You’re also talking about Egypt, because they have exactly the same policy as Isreal WRT the border with the area those booted out of Jordan settled in.

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        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        A lot of those booted out settled in southern Lebanon – and were the indirect cause of the 1970s civil war when they tried to set up a state within a state, to which, naturally, the Lebanese folk had strong objections.

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  16. 33
    Meat on the bone says:

    Relevant question: Will he resign or be fired ?

    Likely not fired as UKIP may well flatten Lib Dems again in byelection. Maybe stand down if he has any shame or wants to stick it to the party.

    Ward had majority of 34%, only 1% ahead of Lab, and 7% on Con, in East Bradford.

    So, the question in a byelection would be, how far behind Lab would UKIP come in, and how far behind UKIP would Cons come ?

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    • 134
      Casual Observer says:

      No chance of him being fired. Just look at what the Lib Dems did about Handycock after all his adventures with the Russian girl and the many stories circulating about those trips to Russia and Rumania. Nothing. They will never dare risk losing those few seats which keep them in Government.

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  17. 34
    Khoklovskairvlin says:

    Ward was right. He should tell the Lib Dem whips to fuck off.

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    Nothing Better To Do says:

    Well the West Bank does have a striking similarity to the Warsaw ghetto which also relied on tunnels to bring in supplies. Main difference is that after the uprising the Germans treated survivors as POW’s not terrorists, probably due to fear of war crimes trials- something that doesn’t trouble the Israeli government.

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    • 87
      I play the spoons says:

      Funny (or should I say not funny), I thought the Warsaw ghetto survivors were either shot on sight or sent to concentration camps. Treble cropped photos, fact twisting half-truths and loony comments all round.

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        I play the spoons says:

        PS Those POW red cross parcels never quite got to Treblinka, did they?

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        Nothing Better To Do says:

        Well you are wrong, Spoons. The survivors were treated as POW’s. I know that because I am related to one who was captured by Wehrmacht soldiers and shipped out to a POW camp in Czechoslovakia. You can also find the same information is quite a few written histories that deal in reality not politically correct fantasy. Some survivors were no doubt shot and some sent to work in factories but the majority were not. As I said the war was ending and any German officer with an eye to the likely outcome was shy of ordering mass slaughter. I don’t actually remember cropping photos or twisting facts whereas your knowledge of history appears to come from tabloid headlines and Mossad press releases.

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          I play the spoons says:

          My “cropping photos” related to the picture at the top of this article – ie keeping the swastika but removing the context (Burma, so presumably Buddhist rather than nazi swastika)

          I also understood that the Warsaw ghetto was finally cleared in the spring/summer of 1943 – that’s about two years before VE day, so hardly the final months of the war, or have I got my dates wrong?

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      HimmelHagenWittenDortmund says:

      Except that the Warsaw Ghetto couldn’t send its middle class kids to universities all over the world and come back for weddings.

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        Nothing Better To Do says:

        No I would imagine that if nothing else the enormous war that was going on may have limited the further education options somewhat but you are correct. I would also point out another difference, the Germans didn’t actually use phosphorous shells and the fighting only lasted months rather than decades so I suppose another difference would be the duration of the suffering. Don’t get me wrong, I have little sympathy for either side I merely point out that there are similarities and contrasts, I wasn’t claiming that Israeli’s were the modern SS but to suggest that they are innocent victims strains credulity and ignores facts.

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  19. 43
    albacore says:

    Never mind all that, get them cattle trucks rolling
    For every treacherous sod that ain’t extolling
    The sheer perfection that is the holy E U
    Referendum? Tee hee, Dave. Did they believe you?

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    • 126
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Are you thinking of the new high speed train set to Birmingham (a place where hardly anybody wants to go anyway!)?

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    Red Egg Millitit... says:

    F*cking idiot !!

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    alexsandr says:

    Why does anyone in GB need to have an opinion on who is at fault in middle east?
    They are al too quick to take offence, scream and shout and then blow each other up.
    All acting like toddlers who need their legs slapping and telling to grow up.
    Whole lot of em.

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    • 127
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Must be down to the books they read which were written in some desert shithole about 2000 years ago.

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  22. 46
    Red Egg Millitit... says:

    A very silly boy indeed and certainly not the Messiah :)

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  23. 48
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Hand Ward over to Jack Straw, he’ll no what to do.

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    Doomed I say... doomed ! says:

    Modding is a little harsh today.

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    • 128
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Ah! Ye Inkyspots – what a great group from yesteryear….. when you could hear and understand every single word that was sung.

      Them woz the daze my fren.

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    Vicky says:

    I totally agree.

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  26. 55
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Tin foil hats are in aisle 7 sir.

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  27. 57
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    What colour is the sky on your planet?

    No change from IsReal’s neighbours.

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  28. 59
    Ed Balls and Stephanie Flanders, we are as one says:

    We have been waiting two and half years for the latest GDP figures.

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  29. 60
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Consequences?

    Don’t tell me – he’ll have to sit on the naughty step for 20 minutes.

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  30. 63
    Argie Bargie says:

    What is his view on the Malvina Islands?

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    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Obviously unconnected with the large population of rag-heads in his Bradford marginal constituency…….

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    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Has BBC Question Time become the David Dimbleby show? Yet again that gay labour MP was allowed to waffle on while the coalition representatives were constantly interrupted by Dimbleby.
    Now I thought the questions were the audiences own, so how did Soubry get asked about fat poor people, when that was only on the BBC midlands earlier in the day. Loaded BBC biased left wing shit.

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      bird with small brain says:

      Agreed. Dimbleby has apparently forgotten the golden rule of chairing discussions – namely stay neutral. He is nowadays more a participant that a chairman – and a profoundly irritating one to boot. I don’t remember the prog being this bad in the past. If he was female he would have been put out to grass years ago.

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      It's no use complaining to the BBC...Nepotism is mother's milk to them says:

      Just accept that the BBC is institutionally socialist in its outlook and that to progress within the organisation you have to be firstly a Guardian Reader or ex-Journalist; Support Labour and just as hypocritically send your kids to public school before sending them to your “Alma Mater” of Oxford orCambridge then securing a job for them at the CorporationIt’s very similar to Labour politticians

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    • 130
      Extremely ancient seafarer says:

      FFS!! WTF do you still watch it???

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    There are serious questions to be asked and answered – without wild deranged maniacle tirades – as to when / where and why the figure of 6 Million was first muted and written of. Books and press publications go back as far as 1902.

    There are those who conveniently take ‘hissy fits’ with this subject matter and they need to educate themselves ‘properly’.

    There are no – no go areas when it comes to miscarriages of justice / propaganda and lies.

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  34. 70
    Owen Jones says:

    Bradford City have announced that cup final tickets will start at 60 rupees each !! And tickets are limited to 40 per HouseHold.

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  35. 71
    David Ward says:

    More to the point, how long will it be before someone edits my video to show me either shouting about Ronaldo/Rooney or being banned from X-Box live?

    http://thumbpress.com/15-of-the-most-funniest-hitler-parodies-videos/

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  36. 75
    Swansea Ball Boy says:

    I learnt my technique from watching Suarez of Liverpool.

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  37. 85
    The Maccabees reading The Merchant of Venice says:

    The Jews have been persecuted for centuries. Their history is a sad and dark one. But fortunately they remain resiliant and strong.

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  38. 90
    Owen Jones says:

    To all those who received a book from me as a Christmas present…

    They are due back at the library today.

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  39. 97
    Julia Gillard says:

    Me, me, me !

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    Alex says:

    “seemingly compared” (from Halfon) = “Didn’t actually make any such comparison but I have twisted his words so that he is reported as saying”.

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    Charlie says says:

    Bradford West and Bradford East are next door to each other, I wonder if the views of their MPs are in any way related.

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  42. 114
    Ed Balls says:

    I don’t give a shit about the people of the UK, I just want negative growth, so that I can be negative about the coalition.
    Of course I know in reality that I along with my socialist comrades fucked the country up before 2010, but what’s that got to do with anything.
    My hatred for Cameron and Osbourne comes first, fuck the voters, I thirst power for powers sake. I need to waste your money, oh yes, oh yes.

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    • 132
      Extremely ancient seafarer says:

      Ed, no matter how much of it you and your “partner” have managed to accumulate, always remember “Money can’t buy you love”.

      Best wishes

      A constituent

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  43. 115
    The Loser Police always fiddle the log book says:

    Loser

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  44. 117
    Swansea Ball Boy says:

    I want to partner Tom Daley at the next olympics.

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  45. 118
    Anthony says:

    May I respectfully draw attention to the following please.

    * The UN view of the Palestinian Territories can be seen at
    the following URL: http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/OCH….

    * The West Bank and East Jerusalem is occupied Palestine (bilaterally recognised by 132 na-tions in the world including India, China, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Iceland).

    * Palestine is officially a non-member State and recognised by the UN. 138 nations supported Palestine last November in its successful bid for statehood. France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Greece, Cyprus and Malta were among many European nations to support Palestine. Their vote for Palestine was important as were those cast by India, China, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand who supported Palestine too. The Secretary General of the UN and Vatican Church welcomed the re-birth of Palestine.

    * However, Palestine (West Bank and East Jerusalem) is still illegally held and sadly Israel’s Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu has ignored the ruling of the International Court of Justice (subse-quently supported by the UN and EU) with respect to the “separation barrier”. This “wall” is 3 times the length of the Berlin Wall.

    * UNESCO’s recognition of Palestine in 2011 was supported by France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Norway, Greece and other European nations.

    * Please also see UNSC Resolution 478 concerning Jerusalem. The 4th Geneva Convention is applicable to all the Palestinian Territories.

    * International law and UN Resolutions (over which there are over 150) are ignored by Israel’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

    * UN Resolutions specify Israel’s illegal hold of the Palestinian Territories to be a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention and as such is a War Crime under international law. More so now, that settlements are being placed in another nation.

    Yours sincerely
    Anthony

    *** UN Security Council Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August
    1980 – BINDING
    The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980);
    reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible;
    deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli
    Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of
    Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has
    not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to
    examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of
    the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its
    resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in
    the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on
    Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

    http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL….

    *** Resolution 694 (1991) – BINDING
    Adopted by the Security Council at its 2989th meeting on 24
    May 1991
    The Security Council,
    Reaffirming its resolution 681 (1990),
    Having learned with deep concern and consternation that
    Israel has, in violation of its obliga-tions under the Fourth Geneva Convention
    of 1949, and acting in opposition to relevant Security Council resolutions, and
    to the detriment of efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace
    in the Middle East, deported four Palestinian civilians on 18 May 1991,
    1. Declares that the action of the Israeli authorities of
    deporting four Palestinians on 18 May is in violation of the Fourth Geneva
    Convention of 1949, which is applicable to all the Pales-tinian territories
    occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem;
    2. Deplores this action and reiterates that Israel, the
    occupying Power, refrain from deporting any Palestinian civilian from the
    occupied territories and ensure the save and immediate return of all those
    deported;
    3. Decides to keep the situation under review.

    *** Resolution 672 (1990) – BINDING
    Adopted by the Security Council at its 2948th meeting on 12
    October 1990
    The Security Council,
    Recalling its resolutions 476 (1980) and 478 (1980),
    Reaffirming that a just and lasting solution to the
    Arab-Israeli conflict must be based on its resolutions 242 (1967) and 338
    (1973) through an active negotiating process which takes into account the right
    to security for all States in the region, including Israel, as well as the
    legitimate political rights of the Palestinian people,
    Taking into consideration the statement of the
    Secretary-General relative to the purpose of the mission he is sending to the
    region and conveyed to the Council by the President on 12 October 1990,
    1. Expresses alarm at the violence which took place on 8
    October at the Al Haram al Shareef and other Holy Places of Jerusalem resulting
    in over twenty Palestinian deaths and to the in-jury of more than one hundred
    and fifty people, including Palestinian civilians and innocent worshippers;
    2. Condemns especially the acts of violence committed by the
    Israeli security forces resulting in injuries and loss of human life;
    3. Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide
    scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth
    Geneva Convention, which is applicable to all the territories occupied by
    Israel since 1967;
    4. Requests, in connection with the decision of the
    Secretary-General to send a mission to the region, which the Council welcomes,
    that he submit a report to it before the end of October 1990 containing his
    findings and conclusions and that he use as appropriate all the resources of
    the United Nations in the region in carrying out the mission.

    24th April 2012 – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
    “I strongly condemn the Israeli government’s decision
    yesterday to turn three illegal outposts in the West Bank into settlements. I
    urged the Israeli government in my statement on 5 April to remove – not
    legalise – outposts across the West Bank”.

    Furthermore, I would like to refer you to specific serious concerns raised by the International Court of Justice (2004) – with relevance to the ‘security barrier’ – which was viewed with alarm by the international community. Incidentally the reference to the illegality of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was also reinforced when the International Court of Justice also found the following (indeed the EU supported the UN vote pertaining to the ‘security barrier’):

    * That the separation barrier is intended to assist the settlements, the establishment of which violates Article 49 of the Convention. Also, the court pointed out that the restrictions placed on the local population located between the barrier and the Green Line are liable to lead to abandonment of the land, which also constitutes a violation of Article 49. In addition, the opinion stated that taking control of private land to build the barrier injured
    private property owners, and thus violated Articles 46 and 52 of the Hague Regulations of 1907 and of Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
    * The illegality of the barrier under international human rights law. In this context, the court stated unequivocally, and contrary to the position held by Israel, that international human rights law applies in its entirety in occupied territory, along with humanitarian law. The court ruled that the separation barrier violates rights set forth in conventions to which
    Israel is party. The court mentioned the rights to freedom of movement and the
    right against invasion of privacy of home and family, which are enshrined in Articles 12 and 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the right to work, to an adequate standard of living, health, and education, which are enshrined in Articles 6, 11, 12, and 13 of the International covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights.

    http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/index.php?pr=71&code=mwp&p1=3&p2=4&p3=6&ca

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  46. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Back to the topic. Well said David ward. Why does every critism of Israeli action have to be classified as anti Semitic

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  47. 135
    Anonymous says:

    “To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize” Voltaire.

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