January 29th, 2013

Late Night Flirting Gives Tories Glimmer of Boundary Hope

Crunch time for boundary reform today. The LibDems will be ditching collective responsibility to vote against the Coalition for the first time, and defeat is on the cards for Dave unless SNP and DUP MPs can be persuaded to help. Tory rebels are made up of the three Davi(e)s: David, Philip and Glyn. A deal with the DUP would bring the government eight votes closer to the 326 target, but would likely mean exempting Northern Ireland from the review. The SNP insist no deal will be done though that hasn’t stopped their MPs openly flirting:

It would come at a very high price but works in both the SNP and Tory interest. The unlikely deal has four hours…

UPDATE: It’s over Dave.


  1. 1
    Hac says:

    George Osborne is a Communist

  2. 2
    tommy5dollar says:

    There will be more Tory rebels? Quite a lot of them will lose their seats…

  3. 3
    Gonk says:

    There’s me thinking justice and democracy would decide it.

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Minus one vote for G Brown MP. He seems to have forgotten how to vote

  5. 5
    None of the above V2 says:

    To be fairer boundaries should reflect the BMI of the MP that represents the constituents within it.

  6. 6
    Nick Clegg says:

    Over my cold lifeless corpse.

  7. 7

    Abolish all seats. Govern by jury for ten years – no opt-outs. Then call a referendum to see if people want to go back to the vote.

  8. 8
    Grollace says:

    The Milli-Clock goes, tock, tick, tock………..

  9. 9

    But Hull would have covered the entire UK in the past.

  10. 10
    Chris Huhne Is Silent Today says:


  11. 11
    Iain_33 says:

    The Ulster Unionists lost all their seats in 2010 – although Lady Silvia Hermann (Ind North Down) could vote with the Tories. Although the other Independents Nadine Dorries likely to vote against as her constituency gets abolished under the review. Eric Joyce doesn’t tend to turn up these days.

  12. 12
    Hugh Janus says:

    It seems unlikely that these turkeys will vote for Christmas, even though such a small reduction in their numbers is almost insignificant. With 70 to 80% of our laws emanating from the corrupt and profligate EU, we should expect nothing less than a corresponding reduction in their numbers.

    Fat chance!

  13. 13
    Doh! says:

    Clegg’s only concerned about a possible future coalition with Labour.
    Last week they agreed on denying the country a referendum on Europe.
    This week it’s blocking any boundary changes.

  14. 14
    Technomist says:

    Having once sat on a jury, I think you may be on to something. I was very impressed by the common sense and spirit of co-operation with which a group of total strangers with a clear and important task all worked together.

  15. 15
    None of the above V2 says:

    Well it would have abutted Hackney North to the south for sure.

  16. 16
    Slawtenbergius says:

    Lady Sylvia in effect takes the Labour whip — on the rare occasions she makesit from George Best to Westminster.

  17. 17
    The Netherlands says:

    He is only doing what he thinks is in our national interest

  18. 18
    The squeaker says:

    Er, why not have a look at some of the faces who ‘work’ at the boundary commission?

  19. 19
    Nick Clegg says:

    Waarom ga je niet alle fuck off en laat me met rust?

  20. 20
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    299 new taxes under Dave Cameron & George Osbourne.

    And more to come.

    Instead of finding new ways to extort money out of the productive side of the economy, why dont they spend & borrow less?

    Oh yes, I was forgetting – Osbourne is the economically illiterate son of Brown.

    Vote UKIP for small Government & low taxes – the only route to growth.

  21. 21
    pigsballs says:

    DUP would be better securing a deal to ensure the second placed MP should take the seat if the party winning the election refuses to sit in the Commons. That would fuck Sinn fein off perfectly.

  22. 22
    Mustapha ben Effit says:

    I extend warm welcome to my friends in Romania and Bulgaria to join me in England next year.

  23. 23
    pigsballs says:

    second placed candidate
    (you know what I mean!)

  24. 24
    Chief Fuzzy says:

    So the BBC is reporting that Dave is sending 40 military advisors to Mali.

    Just what the fuck are military advisors?

    And do the Frogs really need advice from us on how to deal with the Fuzzy Wuzzies given our less than glorious history in taking them on?

  25. 25
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    This was a commitment that was given by both sides during the structuring of the coalition. If the LibDems renege on their agreement then surely the coalition falls apart.

  26. 26
    Just Asking says:

    Why do we need 650 box tickers to sanction EU directives anyway?

  27. 27
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    We need to keep England free from Scotch tax-grabbers.

    Independence for England (from New Darien*)!

    *Very Sad that the land that birthed Adam Smith has gone so rotten.

  28. 28
    HMG says:

    It’s not the qualified that worries us but the tens of thousands of Gypos who will come flocking here for the welfare, health, education, food, housing and cuddles.

    But we are not allowed to say so.

  29. 29
    Chartist says:

    Simply implement the final point of the Charter. Yearly parliaments. Do exactly as we tell you to do or you will be kicked out.

  30. 30
  31. 31
    Iain_33 says:

    there is a debate on funding opposition parties in Westminster Hall at 14:30 – expecting it to be a bit of a partisan bun fight between the main parties also expect the DUP to give Sinn Fein a good kicking for getting funding with taking their seats.

  32. 32
    Nick Clogg says:

    That lovely well-paid sinecure in the EU is getting ever closer!

  33. 33

    The Party’s Over
    Blueprint for a Very English Revolution
    Keith Sutherland

  34. 34
    GypposRus says:

    We are well-qualified in pickpocketing and in benefit fraud.

  35. 35
    luckyinlibya says:

    Why do we need over 600 of the (e)useless money grabbing barstewards anyway? They are governed by the EUSSR and also get rid of most of the Lards too!!
    Will it ever happen NO….pass me more gravy!

  36. 36
    bergen says:

    The same type that the US sent to South Vietnam in the early days, probably.

  37. 37
    Rob says:

    Dave wants to force companies to publish their ethnic make-up.

    Remind me again why I voted for him?

  38. 38
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Coming to a city near you soon under Dave Cameron, Nick Clegg & Ed Miliband:


  39. 39
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    …and the taxes on all that oil that has bankrolled all of the UK so nicely for so long came from, er, Scotland, so stick your ill-informed prejudice up yer jacksy chum.

  40. 40
    pigsballs says:

    …meanwhile in Stormont, Martin and Peter plan their latest all expenses paid junket, this time to South America!

  41. 41
    One Term Dave says:

    You voted for me because I am a super-slick PR man who promises everything and delivers nothing. Please vote for me again.

  42. 42
    None of the above V2 says:

    Are you a masochist?

  43. 43
    Chris Huhne Is Silent Today says:


  44. 44
    Gonk says:

    And ‘O’ levels to change a nappy and stack lego bricks. Pathetic rubbish.

  45. 45
    Call me Dave says:

    And with a champagne taste and a lemonade budget

  46. 46
    Westminster. The Atlantic Island outpost of the European Continent. says:

    Quite. Our Government no longer self governs but imposes the will of the European Empire on our Islands.

    Energy = Brussels
    HST = Brussels
    Homosexual practices = Brussels
    Welfare for All Europeans = Brussels
    Pay farmers twice for doing nothing once = Brussels
    Garbage = Brussels
    Doctors hours = Brussels
    Scientific Research subjects = Brussels
    Law Courts = Brussels
    Harriet Harman = Brussels
    Poofters = Brussels
    Gold plated pensions 4 Eurocrats = Brussels
    lip service to democracy = Brussels
    Catherine Ashton = Now that is one ugly Euro bint.

  47. 47
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    It’ll be special forces types off to keep their eye in slotting sundry ragheads.

  48. 48
    None of the above V2 says:

    Now to be known as the EU Civil Service, UK branch.

  49. 49
    Something fishy, beware says:

    The woman, from Sao Jose do Rio Preto in Brazil, planted a toxic substance in her genitals then lured her husband to bed, local reports say.

    But when she asked him to give her oral sex, he is said to have fled after noticing a strange smell.

    The suspicious husband then took his wife, who has not been named, to hospital where doctors carried out tests and found she had ingested a poisonous substance.

  50. 50
    None of the above V2 says:

    Look on the bright side the rest have all been pushed into the various channels and oceans.

  51. 51
    George Osborne says:

    I am on record as saying I am metropolitan and socially liberal.

    So tough titty all you Tories.

  52. 52
    Synic says:

    Good try Sam, better luck next time.

  53. 53
    Mission Creep at Full Sprint says:

    The BBC also understands ministers are considering deploying British troops as “force protection” for the advisors


  54. 54
    Send 4 Balls....Ed Balls...To know what Bankruptcy really is. says:

    France is ‘totally bankrupt’, jobs minister admits as concerns grow over Hollande’s tax-and-spend policies


  55. 55
  56. 56
    The UAF have nowt to say about Islamofascism says:

    Fancy going to the UAF annual conference? They’re going to discuss fighting Islamaphobia!

    This year’s conference hosted by Unite Against Fascism, One Society Many Cultures, PCS and NUT on Sarurday 2 March is a chance for antifascists and antiracists to plan the campaign for the coming year. It will also be an opportunity to discuss how we challenge Islamophobia and racism, and defend multiculturalism.

  57. 57
    Billericay Dickie says:

    Let’s look on the bright side though.

    Sally’s got a big smile on her face at the prospect of getting fucked up the arse by hundreds of thousands of Paddy’s extended family.

    Poor little Johnny Berkowicz isn’t so amused though – shame.

  58. 58
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m Batman! Who’d like to be my Robin?

  59. 59

    I think that The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are planning a test launch for that day. How convenient.

  60. 60
    Owen Jones says:

    Come the revolution the evil tory scum, oppessors of the workers will be shot.

  61. 61
    Dave the Spendthrift. says:

    Gosh George, in the three minutes it’s taken me to drink this cup of coffee, you and I have increased the national Debt by a million quid.

    What say you we get back to important stuff like gay marriage?

  62. 62
    Mummy Jones says:

    Owen. I’ve told you before to pronounce your “R”s properly when talking out of your arse.

  63. 63

    Whan I am War Secretary, “Labour” MPs will be taken at their word as better representatives of their people, and will be voluntold to work harder. In return, they can claim “more expenses”. It’s called a profit-focussed incentive scheme (a “Peefis”.)

    This will involve the abolition of all “Labour” “seats” that adjoin any other labour seat. The abolished seats’ voters will be added to whichever labour seat’s area adjoins them by a clever “matching algorithm” developed at the “Department of Studies” (DOS), within the “Global Studies Faculty Group”, (the GSFG), at the “University of Studies”.

    Then, one Labour MP can more efficiently represent the entire lot. This is called “Bringing Government Closer To The People” (BGCTTP). This will “ensure efficient representation in Parliament of the real concerns of hard-working-children-and-vibrant families, going forward”.

    One MP, One Vote.

  64. 64
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Errant nonsense.

    As socialism as taken hold of Scotland it has gone from world innovator & dynamic exporter of global talent to complete welfare junkie basket case.

    Voting to give yourself ever more money from the public purse always ends in disaster – Scotland knows this & will return to reason.

    It will also never vote for independence.

  65. 65
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am griding things in my pestle and morter

  66. 66

    Agree totally.

    Do you think we ought to take away our atomic sumbarines and our oil too, before it’s too late?

  67. 67
    Owen says:

    Despite a top Oxbridge education,I’m from ‘oop north mum and we say ass not arse.

  68. 68
    The UAF have nowt to say about Islamofascism says:

    The UAF don’t care about human rights abused carried out by their friends. That’s why Yvonne Ridley is silent over Iran’s record of torture and execution.

  69. 69

    In hindsight, I should have called it a “Profit-Notarised Incentive Scheme” …

  70. 70
    Owen Jones says:

    I am real working class northern man’s man.

  71. 71
    The UAF have nowt to say about Islamofascism says:

    Owen’s the northern equivalent of a mockney, affecting an accent to sound more working class when he’s nothing of the sort.

  72. 72
    Rocking Robin says:

    Fuck off, you rotting corpse. What you need is a dodo.

  73. 73
    Chris Huhne Is Silent Today says:


  74. 74
    Lol says:

    It’s interesting that reporting restrictions have been relaxed in the Huhn3 case, yet we’re not hearing anything more about Constant Biscuit.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    The video commentary stated: “From women walking the street dressed like complete naked animals with no self-respect, to drunk people carrying alcohol, we try our best to capture and forbid it all.”

    Another scene showed hooded youths forcing a man to drop his can of lager, telling him they were the “Muslim patrol” and that alcohol is a “forbidden evil”. The gang then approached a group of white girls enjoying a good night out, telling them to “forbid themselves from dressing like this and exposing themselves outside the mosque”.

    Worse, though, is film footage from last week, thought to have been taken in Commercial Street, Whitechapel, which showed members of a group who also called themselves a “Muslim patrol” harassing a man who appeared to be wearing make‑up, calling him a “bloody fag”. In the video posted on YouTube last week, the passer-by is told he is “walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag” and ordered to get out. Last Thursday, police were reported to have arrested five “vigilantes” suspected of homophobic abuse.


  76. 76
    Vague Willy says:

    Have you got a baseball cap? Can you down 12 pints of Stella in 3 minutes? lf so, welcome to my Realmen’s Club

  77. 77
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:


  78. 78
    Lol says:

    Don’t put the words lip service above Cathy Ashton please :(

  79. 79
    JH293923492384 says:

    The UAF will not be happy until we are all coffee coloured peasants.

    I can’t imagine the contortions their minds are going to get in to when they start wanting to put their kids through a school where the class is not dominated by kids with English as a distant second language and with no interest in learning.

    Or how about wanting their daughter to be able to walk to school without being shadowed by wannabe asian groomers in a shitty 3 series. I bet they’ll be deafeningly silent about their precious fucking multi-culti worship then.

  80. 80
    Gorgon Brownose says:

    I thought I could smell peardrops last time I did a bit of trench digging.

  81. 81
    Sarah says:

    Try saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal.

  82. 82
    Jimmy says:

    Last time the SNP helped the tories was 1979. The voters punished them pretty soundly for it.

  83. 83
    Angela Rommel says:

    Piss off out of the way Hollande and Cameron. A couple of Panzer Divisions will help the ragheads see sense

  84. 84
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    I think it’s the French who have a less than glorious history.

    1940 and all that!

  85. 85
    Time for the Edinburgh socialist dogshite to take their brats and mind their own business. says:


  86. 86
    Harsh but true says:

    Regardless of boundaries, it will be the postal votes wot win it.

  87. 87
    Watcher says:

    Yes, I saw that article on the Telegraph site, but when I looked again it seemed to have vanished…

  88. 88
    Anonymous says:

    I dont know how you can parrot rubbish about UKIP, they dont even have one MP ! how long do you think it would be before they had a majority in Parliament ? 100 years ? even i coalition they couldnt do much ! grow up, FFS !

  89. 89
    Nurse says:

    In any case, you’ve done quite enough robbin.

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    The Lib Dema really are an unpleasant shower, never mind they will be wiped out at the next election!

  91. 91
    Owen Jones says:

    How dare you.
    I once watch a football match..
    I am working class.

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Thats what set Nadine off, she thoght she would lose her seat, instead she chose to make a fool of herself and ruin what reputation she had !

  93. 93
    Vote UKIP says:

    At least Labour and the Lib Dems can never preach about fairness ever again.

  94. 94
    Fog says:

    This is all about not wanting to cull 50 seats, and some MPs losing their troughing rights, otherwise why would Tories be voting against boundary changes? Could someone explain in plain English, please.


  95. 95
    Ctesibius says:

    I’d actually be perfectly happy for HM the Queen to take over.

  96. 96
    BBC politics is controlled by Labour says:

    Dave should link a reduction in the number of MPs with a rise in MPs salaries. Quality not quantity.

  97. 97
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Good idea. Dave should just sack all the liebdems from govt posts and relegate them to the back benches. That includes the so-called deputy prime minister. What will they do then?

  98. 98
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Must be all the EUnarchs then….

  99. 99
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    That’s why they have started a war in Africa. Creates all sorts of necessary supply jobs.

  100. 100
    Fishy says:

    Just watching the debate.

    Sadiq Khunt is a real inspiration. If someone as thick and incoherent as he is able to get onto the front bench, anyone can.

  101. 101
    David Laws Lib Dem Fiddler says:

    You keep voting for the same LibLabCon nonsense and nothing will change. They are the same polyarchy. More EU and MPs become regional reps for the socialist dictate. I am changing and voting UKIP.

  102. 102
    JH293923492384 says:

    I can only imagine the lakes of piss there would be in your bed if the Tories were going into the next election with a 30 seat head start.

    Enjoy your rotten boroughs. You should go live in one, and really get your nose rubbed in it.

  103. 103
    Swollen Glands says:

    You might grow up FFS, remember the Labour Party grew from nowhere to replace the Whigs -you are a partisan tit with no appreciation of history.

  104. 104
    Swollen Glands says:

    Scotland only became part of the Union because they were flat broke. So I can see a certain logic that says once they have money they should cut free again. Now then, lets say the English money was a loan and NOT a gift. I wonder what it is worth at todays prices.

  105. 105
    Swollen Glands says:

    He might, but think of ‘backbone’, ‘spine’, ‘strength of purpose’. Nah, give it neck.

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