February 13th, 2013

Get Your David Davis T-Shirt Now, While Stocks Last

Dave and George aren’t exactly at their most popular with the Tories this week. Why not express your dissatisfaction with a “Don’t blame me, I voted for D.D.” t-shirt?

The T-shirts are just £10 (plus £3 postage and packaging) and you can get yours by simply clicking on the size you want below:

               

There are only a few left, so order yours while stocks last…


299 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    DD is even more of a self regarding tosser then Cameron.

    • 4
      Misternedderry says:

      Maybe he is, but at least his policies were properly conservative and he would have won the last election outright with a majority and we would have got our referendum on EU membership.

    • 5
      KEITH VAJAZZLE says:

      I am THE MOST self-obsessed person you will ever meet.

      • 8
        ---ooOoo--- says:

        Excellent.

        • 122
          Vazoline says:

          I am indeed an excellent example of the integrity that Parliament deserves and demand that my long expected honour of a knighthood or peerage is awarded without further delay.

    • 17
      David Davis says:

      I bite my thumb at you, sir.

    • 22
      Spokeshave says:

      >more of a self regarding tosser then Cameron

      Sorry, does not compute. System will shut down in 60 seconds.

    • 74
      Ed Miliband says:

      I voted for David too. David Miliband.

      Can’t believe anyone voted for me, I only stood as a joke. Now I’m lumbered with a party to run, and no idea what I want to do with it.

      Anyone got any policy ideas I could borrow?

      • 87

        Spending 300 times the nation’s GDP on PFI scheme schools ‘n hospitals was very popular last time.

        Why not give that another go?

        You need some Bollox, made up, unaccountable fiscal rules and say Prudence a lot. That’s about it.

        Should see you safely until 2025 when the mother of all bankruptcies comes along. But you’ll be long gone.

      • 162
        V1le Labour set to cripple Britain says:

        Mix the Fabian Society with the “ippr Left-wing think tanks the IPPR and the Resolution Foundation that have a joint report out advocating higher “living wages” forced on employers …” (thanks guido) and you should have finally achieve George Orwell’s 1984 totalitarian bliss and drive all the serious money making enterprises away, and don’t forget to leave the EU and have impose a far less attractive tax regime to pay for all of this.

      • 232
        Curly says:

        Cross the floor and Dave will make you his trusted deputy. It’s the only way you will ever see power.

  2. 2
    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    It’s Lent, and probably a good time to quit doing that hilarious thing at PMQ’s where I go to confession and just recite “Trapped in the Closet.”

  3. 3
  4. 6
    Gilbert O'Sullivan says:

    Alone again.
    Naturally.

  5. 9
    Weygand says:

    I’m voting for David – one of them anyway.

  6. 10
  7. 11
    A Full stop too far? says:

    Why D (full-stop) D (full-stop)?
    But no full-stop after ‘me’.

  8. 13
    The weakness of 21st Century Marxism: Discuss says:
    • 18
      Owen Jones' Mum says:

      Owen dearie you’ll never grow up! You’ll always be Mummy’s little babykins!

    • 21
      owy owy owy out out out says:

      Half term Owen, can’t find any decent cartoons to enjoy, go and play with your toys, you know you will only annoy the grown up’s.

    • 23
      Owin Jokes says:

      It was clearly a fairy tale as things never did get better.
      The debts just got bigger#MadBad&DangerousGordonMcRuin(Member in absentia)

      • 46
        Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

        We certainly noticed things getting better in our area. I’d say we went through a purple patch.

        • 64
          Star, News and Standard says:

          Tell me do you read the Sun newspaper up there? It was the sun that got Blair elected, or so they say.

        • 75
          Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

          Yes indeed. Welfare spending rocketed during the Reign of Terror 1997-2010.

          • Anonymous says:

            We’ve got a left of center dictatorship now, nothing we can do except revolt.

          • Con Artists says:

            +1mill

          • Anonymous says:

            no…we do not revolt. the voltage of the re.volt….will strike a mirror and come back at us…making us feel helpless and hurt.

            all hurt designed to put us onto to the longerterm path of fulfilment leading to ultimate freedom.

            only a blind gets hurt when fueled by others. better to enjoy natural and godly…for feet on the ground and head held high is really and truely….can not be touched…as ultimately agreeable to all.
            It will always be a blessed existence..

    • 24
      old SHEP says:

      Was it subtitled after 13 years of New Labour?.

    • 35
      Esther says:

      What a deluded idiot. We are in an economic doodo because of Labour’s economic mismanagement when they were in government.

      • 128
        The British Public says:

        That’s life dearie! We all know that you’re a desperate attention seeker with a need to persuade the Daily Mail to print one of your drivel articles almost every day. Please give up and don’t get into politics.

    • 42
      Labour Health Policy says:

  9. 14
    Just published says:

    “Parliament for Dummies”
    HOC bookshop sold out.

  10. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t blame me, I voted Labour.

    • 26
      braindead dead ahead says:

      look where it’s got us , £1.5 trillion in debt, gordy’s taxes sorry investments, 3000 new laws ,banking so screwed up it will be 50 years before it’s sorted, immigration, I’d rather blame you and your idiots who put them in.

    • 132
      Mr Quelch says:

      Or me : I voted for no sod. Oxygen thieves the lot of them

  11. 16
    Owin Jones says:

    Just had phone sex.. My fucking arse is ringing.

    • 20
      Spokeshave says:

      Did you use a mobile? Try a fixed phone next time, especially if it’s fixed to the wall. No lube, mind.

  12. 25
    Eeyore says:

    Sometime, whenever D.D. feels able to unburden himself, it would be fascinating to learn what really lay behind his decision to resign and place himself at the disposal of the electorate.

    At the time it seemed odd, and it’s not got more explicable as the years have passed.

  13. 27
    you need to do much better than call me a little Englander says:

    David Davis did have a significantly successful non political career before being an MP in exactly the same way that Blair, Brown, Cameron, Osbourne, Miliband, Miliband, Balls and others haven’t.

  14. 28
    Carina Spinagain says:

    Am I classified as Chris’ ‘going away bag’ ?

  15. 30

    He voted with the Lib Dems on boundary changes. You may argue that losing his own constituency is a good enough reason. But there is no good reason for siding with the Lib Dems, on anything.

    • 257
      Fog says:

      Good enough reason for a selfish bastard thinking only of himself, only himself. Not caring about his party. Not caring about the country.

  16. 31
  17. 32
    madasafish says:

    DD?

    A fantasist – see his resignation – a waste of time at jkey points – see his elction speech vs Cameron’s – and a guaranteed vote loser.

    Any Tory who thinks turning right wing is going to win the next GE has learned nothing from Hague, IDS etc.

    Since most Tories appear to be under the misapprehension that they are the governing party (hint: Coali tion) , I conclude most Tories as as dumb as most Labour supporters…

    • 124
      Anonymous says:

      Most people I find have a quaint grasp of politics. All the guardianistas think we’re all pining for socialist revolution. Traditionalist conservatives also bore on assuming they speak for the majority. Neither do. To get a majority in this country you have to a complete bullshitter. Principles don’t work.

      • 164
        Rotten Boroughs says:

        You can’t get a “majority” with an undemocratic system that means votes are worth up to five times as much in one part of the country as they are in another.

  18. 33
    Two 'Eds is worse than none. says:

    David Cameron was dealt a shitty economic set of cards by Labour and its economic mismanagement of the economy.

    Unlike Bliar, Cameron did not take us into dodgy wars. Unlike Bliar he did not sell us down the river in Europe for his own personal gain. Unlike Bliar he did not turn a blind eye to immigration and the problems it has caused because it increases votes for his party. Unlike Bliar he doesn’t use his position of power for his own gain. Unlike Bliar he does not suppress the media. Unlike Bliar he promotes freedoms and personal responsibility. Unlike Bliar education is more liberal as opposed to teaching kids to obey and be dependent on the State. Unlike Bliar, Cameron does not promote a ‘Shameless’ culture.

    Do we really want to go back to dark days of the labour government of spin and lies and kept within the grip of its big brother policies?

    David Cameron must get to grips with economy and do it soon, if he is to survive.

    • 43
      Guido Fawkes says:

      Pure d r˜ivel. Try going outside once in a while.

      • 47
        + a billion says:

        + a gogolplex and a half

      • 65
        Esther says:

        Why is it dr˜ivel? Who are you to dictate when a person can and cannot go out? Try debating your point.

      • 206
        Con Artists says:

        Two Eds is..

        Complete and utter bullsh1t.

        CaMoron and the Cons are the dinosaur party of troughers with their snouts in the EU trough all paid for by the working plebs of the UK.

        The Conservatives active promotion of uncontrolled immigration and the EU is destroying this country, if you think its bad now, wait till we have 5 million new friends from Romania and Bulgaria, let alone all the illegals on top.

        It is simply unaffordable and will destroy this country. The only solution is to leave the EU and ECHR.

        Remember CaMoron lies…. and continues to lie.. the man is not trustworthy.

        Gay marriage – lied
        EU Referendum – lied
        Inheritance Tax – lied

    • 48
      Guido Fawkes says:

      You state the bleeding obvious for the thousandth time. Now PISS OFF my blog, you boring arsehole.

    • 53
      Point of information says:

      Mal! ?

    • 173
      Jimbo says:

      Cameron got us involved with wars, remember Libya etc he asked us to suffer “austerity” to pay off the debt and everytime he gets some money in he gives it away, what an arse, then he borrows more so that he can give it away again remember India, he gave them money so that they coud get modern arms, aircraft carrier, new war planes which were made in Russia, what an arse, did he not get funded for his leadership challenge for the Conservative Party by Arms Dealers and did not the Conservative Party obtai some funding by Arms Dealers. No, there is very little difference between Cameron and Blair. Let us be honest, it is time for Cameron to go, for the sake (and jobs) of the Conservative Party.
      I can see it now Conservative MP’s on Job seekers allowance !

    • 266
      Anonymous says:

      in the phase of the world designed for trouble and strife … cameron is the front for the issues now close to our face….in order to dibilitate us. the male homo rule of the planet and their aspirational approach to rule the universe.
      .
      we need to turn our face away.
      get close to the natural…the smells sights and sounds nicer but nature is a vengeful mother if it cannot have it all …though it does not harm the harmless and is very geneorus to those who are dutiful to her. Hence peace on earth…is appropriate…however we do need more for fulfilment but without a harmonious inner existence, nothing doing.

  19. 39
    Down the drain says:

    endemic food filth

    dirty bastard EU food inspectors

  20. 40
    Owin Jones says:

    Roses are red, Violets are blue Anal sex means A cock covered in poo.

  21. 44
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Maybe there should be a Guido t-shirt.

    DON’T BLAME ME

    I TOOK MURDOCH’S TWENTY PIECES OF SILVER

  22. 51
    Andy Burnham says:

    My morals are different from other peoples.

    • 57
      Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

      I think your eyebrows are lovely, dear. Can I buy them at The Army and Navy?

      • 59
        Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

        You can get them at Beatties in Birkenhead Else.

        • 61
          Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

          Although they might be called House of Fraser now.

        • 86
          Woolyback who hates Liverpool says:

          Long time since you’ve been to Birkenhead, Beatties of Wolverhampton went years ago.

          • Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

            They’re still there as House of Fraser (Beatties) in central Birkenhead. Yes, it’s years since I shopped there. Why, with my free pass, should I get off at Hamilton Square when I can stay on to James Street or Liverpool Central?
            Our Liverpool One which opened in 2008 is a fantastic shopping centre.

      • 60
        Engineer says:

        You can probably get them from Avon, Boots and most good department stores (health and beauty department).

    • 68
      Engineer says:

      Strange, political life, isn’t it?

      I’ve just been listening to the umpteeth day of coverage of the horsemeat scandal, and hearing that the PM expects the full force of the law will be brought crashing down upon anybody found to have fiddled the paperwork. Meanwhile, there is a resounding silence about a healthcare trust that could well have killed up to 1200 people, and the people responsible for that scandal not only have the PM’s full confidence, but have also been promoted, one of them to the NHS top job. Also, the ministers responsible at the time of the scandal are not required to explain their actions on the BBC (well, I can understand that one, if not condone it).

      Is it just me, or have priorities become somewhat skewed, somewhere?

  23. 58
    Judge Owen Jones says:

    Chris Huhne sentence listed in error for 12pm tomorrow. He will NOT be sentenced until after jury returns a verdict in trial of Vicky Pryce.

    • 63
      Calamity Clegg says:

      But, but I’ve opened this Jereboam of Bollinger. What shall I do with it now ?

      • 73
        Judge Owen Jones says:

        Give it to John O’Farrell,the incumbent MP for Eastleigh.

        Good evening.

        • 93

          His first book was vey good. A satirical look at history.

          But the second one when it came to Blair, couldn’t find anything very bad to make fun of about new labour.

    • 81
      Halal Donkey says:

      Ah – I thought someone had been making heroic assumptions about the jury’s return, and the turnaround time of Huhne’s community service assessment and social enquiry report.

  24. 66
    EU Watch says:

    Why not just ban imports of Euro faux-meat ?

    http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/377325/The-EU-is-in-charge-of-our-food-hygiene-regulations

    Or are we no longer allowed to decide what we want to eat without a ‘directive’ ?

    • 70
      Engineer says:

      You’ve got it in one. If the EU decides that Rumania can export horsemeat full of pharmaceuticals to us, there is absolutely diddly-squat we can do about it.

      • 89
        EU Watch says:

        The EU have likely not decided that.

        The dodgy meat is coming via France.

        Would suspect it is being sorted there.

        The problem is that the EU are not enforcing their own rules.

        Summary:

        Enforcement of rules for UK to have to buy rubbish from the EU on understanding it is fine.

        No enforcement against loser countries who put mis-labelled foodstuffs not fit for human consumption into the system.

        This is not the kind of organization the country should be involved with.

        It is not the first time it has happened:

        http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/surveillance/fsis2000/8chick#.URvjaOQ1mSo

        • 101
          Engineer says:

          There is still diddly-squat we can do about it, apart from huff and puff and wave our arms about.

          No wonder so many commenters on this blog keep writing ‘Vote UKIP’.

          • EU Watch says:

            As others have written here, as consumers just stop buying the affected products – ie. Meat not from butchers.

            Should be relatively easy consumer choice that, and will get the message across.

          • Con Artists says:

            By George I think he’s got it….

      • 234
        Curly says:

        Well, we don’t have to actually BUY it, do we? Find a trustworthy local butcher – or go vegan for the next few months.

    • 118
      Anonymous says:

      They can do as they like, they could easily treat this as an indicator of a health risk. They choose not to do anything.

      Even on issues that are purely internal, and have no EU input, they just do not care about our lives. Time will tell.

    • 199
      nothing to offer says:

      boEUf

  25. 67
    laura says:

    great post
    text for free at
    http://www.utextme4free.com

  26. 71
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    What a stupid Hunt Mervyn King is…….. talk down the pound and stuff the ‘working’ classes …. thanks for f*ck all !!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-2278022/Currency-traders-forecast-pound-falling-euro-Bank-forecasts-weakens-sterling-again.html

    • 79
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      He’ll be gone in May, to spend motre time with his index linked pension.

    • 95
      Economist says:

      GBP falling should be good news: Means the country is in a better position to export. That should be a good development for the working classes.

      The only problem of course is that so much capital has been misallocated that the UK is in a poor position to take advantage. So, being import dependent this will result in a spike in inflation combined with decrease in tax income as the economy contracts in response. Ouch.

      If the Euro does get pushed higher though, European exports will be adversely effected which could trigger depression properly over the channel.

      The UK should cut all European imports now in preparation.

      The gilts are worth watching though, particularly 10Y and out. They are edging up now which is the first sign of the real storm arriving which will make 2008 seem insignificant.

      • 96
        Economist says:

        Oh, and check the prices of GBP, USD, JPY and EUR against Gold (XAU) and Oil. Gold : Oil ratio of prices (oz / bbl) is worth looking at also.

        That will tell you what is really going on.

        • 153
          jhg says:

          Gold price hasn’t moved in 2 years

          • Economist says:

            Gold has strengthened against all, but against JPY especially so over the past 2 years. Not sure what chart you are looking at ?

            Here is USD:

            http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=XAU&to=USD&view=2Y

            The Gold:Oil ratio is currently about 16.9 bbl / oz which is putting upward pressure on price of oil in USD, (WTI Crude currently about $97 / bbl)

            Gold:Oil ratio is important again now as oil producers are trusting less USD for payment and accepting local currencies / gold. Gold will be the primary settlement instrument for a large proportion of oil soon, so the markets will be continuing to find an acceptable price point. Historically the average is about 13.66 bbl / oz.

            XAU:XAG ratio is of interest. Other than bitcoin, the only real currency alternative out there are the metals, but going back to only gold would not be a smart move as there is not enough of it.

            A Bi-metalic market mechanism which is centered on trade between silver and gold to distribute purchasing power and determine prices in key commodities would be a better solution than the SDR alternative to USD.

            Anyone interested in the bi-metal model should do some research into the political allegories of the Wizard of Oz, or just look up what the Silverites were advocating in the 1890s America.

            The Sherman Silver Act of 1890 through to the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was a very interesting time in the political economy of the US which had big implications for all of us.

          • William Jennings Bryan says:

            You shall not crucify mankind upon the Cross of Gold!
            (On the other hand, I’m the same joker who said you shall not teach children about evolution, either. Judge for yourself whether it sounds like I’m a smart cookie or not.)

  27. 78
    Owin Jones says:

    Alf Dubs on the selection of his friend John O’farrell as Labour’s Eastleigh candidate http://bit.ly/12M3N6S.

  28. 84
    Wet Ed Miliband's Diary says:

    The day did not thtart well, I awoke to dithcover I had thpilled Lucothade on the bed. Then I remembered I don’t drink Lucothade.

    Rang Len McCluthkey today to athk why we don’t have any polithieth. I couldn’t underthtand hith reply. He thaid if we are to have an earthly of foithting our neo-communitht agenda on an unthuthpecting population we have to keep quiet and hope nobody notitheth. Until then, it’th about building a narrative that we are ahead in the pollth and on courthe for victory to dithcourage a leaderthip challenge from my thibling. The time for repercuthionth ith after our gloriouth and noble defeat in 2015, whereupon I will be firtht againtht the wall. I think that meanth my pothter will be on all the billboardth.

    Ed Ballth thtill hathn’t returned the money I lent him.

  29. 88
    Jimmy says:

    “you can get yours by simply clicking on the size you want below:”

    Are they regular sizes or rightie?

  30. 90
    fella on the underground says:

    cheap shot. osborne must not let the sniffling gutless mp’s their fix of more money that will be repaid by our great grandchildren. the more unpopular george is the better he is doing his job

  31. 91
    Down the drain says:

    Food Standards Agency = Dirty Bastards

  32. 97
    Jon Snow says:

    I’m a Bus Pass arsewipe.

  33. 99
    Channel 4 News Team says:

    We are major contributors to the country. Where would you be without us?

    • 102
      Engineer says:

      Still here, probably.

    • 114
      Anonymous says:

      Quite happy going a different way. There is always more than one solution. Some solutions however have only short term gains.

      • 259
        Anonymous says:

        some solutions though not all….have short term gain.
        .
        Any situation which creates a conflict at any level is a loss making one as the saying goes have a short term gain… the short becomes the long when people to are expected to live for a long time. that is modern tech….tech 4 u? or the reverse. or tech is neutral? or really a shade of grey. all the best.

  34. 103
    Owin Jones says:

    My local paper shop has just folded, my butcher has got the chop, and the hair salon has cut its hours….

  35. 107
    The Landlord's Accountant says:

    “There are only a few left…”
    As many as there are orders for them, I suspect…
    Gotta make that t-shirt printing machine pay for itself, eh, Guido?
    Say 500 quid for the machine, 2 per shirt, that’s 8 clear on each shirt– 63 shirts and you’ve got it knocked!
    100K readers, give or take, that’s a 0.063% response rate, not atypical for this sort of promotion to this sort of crowd…
    You MIGHT swing ‘er, kid, but I’d come up with some more T-shirt ideas, as a Plan B, just in case…

    • 165
      Broken Abacus says:

      100,000 readers? Are you sure?

      • 209
        The Landlord's Accountant says:

        With apologies to the Ricky Gervais-equivalent character on the American version of The Office: “That’s what HE said…”

      • 236
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        I thought we were supposed to joined here by 2,000,000 Sun readers with effect from last week. What happened?

        • 268
          Anonymous says:

          the sun is bigger . Geedo is blessed and the blessed one.
          He is one ell of a Kelvin Mac..

  36. 108
    anon. says:

    Looks like the lib dem voters are jumping ship.

    • 109
      The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

      The editing was a little bit weird, but she did not do badly on BBC either referencing the concerns currently being raised in Germany which are forming raising similar concerns in the federal campaigns there:

      Will be interesting to see what happens when the campaign issue swings around to jobs, but James is very strong and well positioned to speak on the housing and public service aspects.

    • 120
      Sir William Wade says:

      Who’s Ukipuki?

      • 121
        Fred Uusikaupungista says:

        They’re campaigning to get Finland out of the EU

      • 130
        Ukipuki the Inuk says:

        Nanurmik qukiqsijunga!

      • 148
        Jimbo says:

        Ukipuki is something that Conservative and Labour supporters get when Conservative and Labour supporters get when UKIP start to take away vast numbers of votes, did not mention LibDems as they are now the fourth Party and as good as finished. British Politics are about to make a dramatic change starting with the exit of all the lying political rubbish in Wesminster at present, they have seriously misjudged the British people and continue to do so.

      • 238
        Jak Arta says:

        Sir William, we were all totally unaware that you speak fluent Indonesian!!!

    • 125
      Anonymous says:

      I PUK

  37. 115
    • 119
      old SHEP says:

      Doomed I’ tell ‘ee, we are all doomed!.

    • 239
      If it's in the Mail... says:

      But why, having made so much reference to it, was it not mentioned in that article that the Resolution Foundation is a lefty front ‘think tank’.

      Anyone know where they get their funding from?

      • 250
        UK Watch says:

        Resolution Foundation apparently 100% funded by Resolution Trust (charity no 1123128).

        Resolution Trust has one single funder: Cl!ve C0wdery

        C0wdery made his money (about GBP 150m initially) in the insurance industry, his original company Resolution Plc specializes in ‘zombie funds’ (closed Funds).

        There was some M+A from 2000, and the majority of the UK Life insurance and private pension insurance market ended up being owned by the group:

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

        NB: Note Sun Alliance, Britannic companies and others.

        The ‘zombie funds’ are closed to new business but have obligations which extend into the future. Many in the industry question their viability as once the funds close their ability to provide returns diminishes, particularly in the face of adverse market conditions.

        One would suspect that Resolution Foundation is predicting living standards to go down for two reasons:

        i) The actuarial projections which it has available (C0wdery is well placed for that access) will be showing this as the overall trend right now.

        ii) There would be a commercial interest in making this case as the closed funds which are under Resolution’s control will likely be reducing size of payments over the next few years as their investment returns diminish or fail completely.

        This is interesting:

        http://labourlist.org/2013/02/earning-and-belonging-by-jon-cruddas-full-speech-text/

        Resolution also host the Commission on Living Standards.

        They appear to be independent, but make use of Fabian Society and J0seph R0wntree foundation work in building their cases.

        C0wdery does appear to be a philanthropist, however his business model does not work very well if there is no Br0wn style boom going on.

      • 253
        • 255
          UK Watch says:

          He is also involved with the Clore Social Leadership Programme as a trustee. Google Clore with Common Purpose and you get a lot of hits.

          Clore was chaired by John Gieve in 2009.

          C0wdrey also non exec director of British Land Plc.

  38. 127
    My kingdom for a horse burger says:

    I’d still rather have Cameron as PM than Miliband.

    • 129
      Casual Observer says:

      It’s the same $hit, just a different tie.

      Real question is: Given a choice of Miliband and Clegg, which one is preferable ?

      • 133
        Mr Quelch says:

        None of the above.

        • 135
          Casual Observer says:

          Agreed.

          So, putting UKIP to one side, is there at least one of the others in the main parties who are electable ?

          • Anonymous says:

            Clegg. He’s a bit taller. Easier to snipe.

          • Con Artists says:

            LibLabCon = troughers = same policies = more EU = uncontrolled Eastern European legal immigration = lower wages = relentless pressure on schools, healthcare, hospitals and GP’s = higher tax’s = lower pensions = old people either being killed in Stafford (god bless the victims) or put out to die on Liverpool Care Pathway = Christians being prosecuted for wearing a small cross to work = higher crime = uncontrolled immigration from illegal immigrants = more expensive housing = higher crime = higher energy bills to pay for windmills that dont work = lack of energy security as existing power stations are shut down = socialist fcuking nightmare from all 3 parties…

            NO THANK YOU – NEVER EVER AGAIN

            So putting the 3 existing traitorous parties to one side, the only party representing the people of this country is UKIP.

      • 145
        Jimbo says:

        Mugabe would probably be better !

        • 240
          Cecil Rhodes granny says:

          You have obviously never been to Zimbabwe. If you had gone in say 1985 and then gone back again last year, you just might have noticed the teeniest bit of difference in that poor benighted country which was once the flourishing bread basket of Africa.

          • Anarchists In Blazers says:

            I remember all the lefty coffee shop talk about Africa in the seventies. They never mention it now. They’ll fight ideological wars to protect Muslims but fail to aid a former colonial country preferring to leave it to be run by a brutal communist.

      • 157
        w.w. says:

        That is a bit like been up to your neck in sewage, and someone throws a bucket of vomit at your head.

        Do you duck?

        W.W.

  39. 134
    george says:

    Why do fuckwitted – so-called conservatives – continue to disparage UKIP? What kind of lame-brained comment is this?: “Who is Ukipuki?” I will tell you what Ukipuki is. It’s a movement that is going to bury idiots like you.

    UKIP haters are SE England Conservatives or Labour Party poseurs. Establishment Fuckwits. EU teat suckers. UKIP is conservativism for the little people. UKIP is for people who aren’t so special that they want Europe to protect them against people like us. We are the people who are not sucking on the EU teat.

    That teat is running dry, and you teat-suckers are running scared. Eastleigh will be UKIP’s.

    • 136
      Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

      Watch Russia Today television to see some of what is realy going on in the great utopia of the EUSSR, it’s the kind of things our media doesn’t want to talk about, and the power lizards in the EU would rather we didn’t know.

      • 137
        Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

        Opps, forgot to add that people are seting light to themselves in the street.

        • 140
          Jimbo says:

          RT News is the only news channel that tells the truth or reports actual News rather than football, reallity shows and all the rubbish. If you like the rubbish then watch BBc or Sky, if you want a laugh then watch Euronews.

        • 152
          EU Watch says:

          Self-immolation is the way forward in France:

          http://rt.com/news/france-self-immolation-employment-134/

          It would be good if they could start wrapping themselves in the EU flag next before lighting the fire.

          Widespread civil disturbances within 6 months: They should target the EU institutions rather than themselves.

          Could make the German Federal elections more interesting.

          • Hans Neezenboomzadaysee says:

            Mrs Murky, late of East German communism, will get kicked out. Her countrymen are heartily sick of her wasting all their hard earned cash on the feckless around Europe. The teeniest problem here is that she is reputedly right of centre – so one wonders quite what will replace her and her ilk.

          • Torquemada says:

            We should also get Pôle Emploi to give them a copy of the Qoran first.

    • 142
      Jimbo says:

      George, the people that have a go at UKIP are the self same idiots that support Cameron

    • 144
      Casual Observer says:

      That may be a hasty assessment of the electorate and this blog.

      If by the implication though you are suggesting that UK!P are gaining popularity in the North, and are appealing to Labour voters there then that is great news. It is already known they have a lot of ex-Lib Dem support and Tory. MSN survey the other day put them first, 3% ahead of Labour on a leadership question.

      The biggest problem area for votes @ GE would be London and the North. The way their message on immigration and the EU is framed could work one of two ways there, and they are aware of this. The mandate is defined, but the message is still evolving as one would expect, but evolving constructively.

      The Eastleigh campaign will broaden its message focus away from the two specific immigration problem groups before any legitimate claims of persecution can be raised. This I am looking for as what is in their mandate is more to do with a general problem which is actually very important.

      Health and their position on jobs and local economy will be what wins it for them in Eastleigh, if they do. James is particularly strong in those local issues and appears very electable.

      Before any chickens are counted it is important to probe the party well. So far they are being given an easy ride by the press and others, but they know that this is a ruse to knock the wind from their sale.

      As they are coming across stronger and more credible in the face of ridicule is extremely significant, and it is that which the other parties are really noticing. If this is how things are when people are mocking, think what will happen when the real questions are asked.

      Such ridicule is actually a shield in the event that they do not win. This is not defeatist, but with the system rigged against ‘new comer’ parties (thinking postal votes…) and a fickle electorate there are no guarantees. There are still 15 days to go, and if one recalls the dirty tricks played in Rotherham, that is plenty of time for things to happen which may influence the vote.

  40. 138
    old SHEP says:

    Dident really understantt Mervin Kings statmment that Uk economy is set to improve, nobody dident actuaally come out with any factual information to supposite this wild acuqtinastinon, and my inflation is going through the roof with QE.

  41. 139
    Jimbo says:

    Ordered mine, He should have had the Leadership in the first place. Cameron got it supposedly by remembering his speech without noted ! Ever since then he has forgotten or lied about everything. He obviously forgot his vast Iron guarantee, he forgot he was going to stop immigration, he forgot his promise regarding inheritance tax etc, etc. The only way that Conservative MP’s will keep thier jobs at the next election is to dump Cameron and George quickly appoint David Davis who will take a great number of Labour votes as he understands the people of Britain, failure to do this will result in vast numbers of votes going to UKIP from Cons and Labour. I bet David Davis and Nigel Farage could work together to get this Country out of the Mire it has been dragged into by Labour and David Cameron. Come on Conservative MP’s, we know you read this site, get rid of the silly Dangerous boy Cameron, he seems all out to get rid of the Conservative Party, wake up !

  42. 143
    Anonymous says:

    Dave appears to stumble upon one vote winner after another.
    He just makes fools of those who say he has no interest in re-election. ;-)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278171/David-Cameron-No-limit-student-immigration-India-Prime-Minister-opens-door-Asia.html

    • 166
      Casual Observer says:

      There is a CP link with !ndia:

      http://www.commonpurpose.org.uk/news/press-releases/100728-david-cameron-meets-emerging-leaders-with-common-purpose

      The K!aran Stapleton case though works against the education selling point to !ndia.

      Funny in the article that Cameron is expressing hope for ‘a really special relationship, a special partnership’ with !ndia. A very large chunk of !ndia, those whose families were on the wrong side of the Raj, still have a problem with the UK and the English.

      The political scene down there is also de-liberalizing, especially in the wake of the spate of high profile gang r@pes in the North recently.

      May only be matter of time before CP are booted out down there, especially if the political scene continues to drift towards the H!ndu nationalist end of BJP. The history of this faction is quite interesting.

      As for the students, if they have the $ they are better off going to the US, Germany or a local institute in !ndia before the UK.

      • 203
        Blowing Whistles says:

        CP – is totally dependent upon ‘reverse psychology’ it entraps many young ‘uns who are desperately snaking their way up the political and society ladders – with no real ‘intelligence or life skills / life experience’ – most of them are naive moneygrubbing & powergrabbing deluded 5hits – and especially their younger ranks who come out of uni knowing FA about FA. Oh dear could I be describing an intake of across the political divide for the past ten or so years … The

        ‘MISLEADERSHIP’ of fools – who are but the ‘tools’ of older and more devious evil and old dirty dirt digging barstewards.

        How come the DM and the scum ‘waited until the last possible moment’ before they sprang the CP stuff? How come indeed …

        A Neil [A 5hit in his own right anyway] – as editor of ‘The Business’ some years ago ran an article about ‘Despeardos’ (fat cats etc) running across the mexican border – the article was originally printed in vanity fair / some aremican publication I believe (will be back with the actual publisher in due course)

        I prefer capitalism – when it is held properly in check and not ‘out of and beyond bloody control’ as communism always will be.

        You can trust the communists – to be communists. know who your enemy is – but don’t be ‘fooled’ by extremist right wing capitalists either.

        CP – originated in Commie Russia.

        • 217
          Casual Observer says:

          You may want to look up the 45 steps of communism which the American’s were concerned about back in the 60s. Naked Communist will get you to the appropriate stuff. That is where the CP cr@p started.

          Don’t knock Vanity Fair: Some very good investigative journalism in there. Can recommend the piece they did on Kashogg! / B0rdes back in the 90s, and Fayed. Excellent journalism. Will look up the A Neil piece (he is a good journalist) you mention, thank you for the heads up.

          The Mexican border stuff has changed a lot. This would be before Fast and Furious / Hezbollah involvement in drug trafficking, but will be interesting reading.

          Here is a good piece of theirs on missing !raq billions (remember that ? ;-) ):

          http://tinyurl.com/d6ocvjz

        • 273
          Anonymous says:

          bw you are a number 7, the deliverer of truths….but lets be honest you may be more 8. to be a a happy 6 though is to be relaxed.
          .
          so close the number 8 down. but.
          access to higher truths…beyond who runs the world need to emerge first.
          not who runs the world, but why? and within that how that has come to be. see the arc of history thru both the telescope and the lens…lens only needs to be at the edges.. so dig deeper…which is ultimately about feel deeper.
          .p
          bask in your glow not in passing light of your followers and foes. you and sc seek the same….to neutralise others.
          but the chilled man is not necessarily neutral but still harmless.
          so become harmless?

  43. 150
    Anonymous says:

    Have you met DD? He’s a turbo-charged tool. UKIP can have him, and most of you fucking idiots.

    • 172
      george says:

      We will have him. He may be a turbo charged tool – but no one knows that but you. Thanks for telling us. Whereas everyone knows that Cameron is a fuckwit.

    • 270
      Anonymous says:

      Davis has no charisma. Bit of a plank and still the c’unt he was as chief whip if you dig deeper.

  44. 156
    Tom Pride says:

    Nothing annoys me more than right-wing authoritarians pretending to be libertarian.

    And unfortunately for me, at the moment the country seems awash with them.

    If it’s not right-wing, pro-Tory, Murdoch columnist and blogger Guido Fawkes pretending to be a ‘libertarian’ rebel, it’s UKIP leader Nigel Farage claiming his party is ‘libertarian’.

    Guido a rebel? Don’t make me laugh. If Guido entered parliament he wouldn’t so much try to blow it up as go for a G&T and a cosy chat with its extremely authoritarian leading members.

    And as for Nigel Farage, I can’t imagine anything less libertarian than politicians deciding who you can and can’t get married to, can you?

    If I’m wrong about that, then where is all the outrage from these so-called libertarians about the government’s attempts to push through secret courts?

    You know – the Kafkaesque idea that a judge and a government representative can meet without you or your legal representative and decide if you’re guilty or not of something.

    They don’t even have to tell you what you’ve been accused of.

    I had a look at UKIP’s policy documents and their only policy I could see on justice and crime – apart from stopping all cooperation with foreign police forces – is to spend 2 billion more of taxpayers’ money on building more prisons.

    Although to be fair, if the UK stopped all cooperation with foreign police forces, there’d be such an international crime free-for-all and breakdown of law and order in the UK we’ll be needing all those extra prison places.

    And as far as I’m aware, Nigel Farage and his party have said nothing at all about secret courts.

    If UKIP supports government policy on secret courts, that’s fine.

    But they should stop this ridiculous pretence they’re libertarian because they’re not.

    They’re just a bunch of right-wing authoritarian Thatcherites who don’t like foreigners and homosexuals much.

    Nothing in the least bit libertarian about that.

    • 159
      Libertarian says:

      ‘And as for Nigel Farage, I can’t imagine anything less libertarian than politicians deciding who you can and can’t get married to, can you?’

      Do not confuse Libertarian with Liberal: Replace that in your words above and then it is coherent.

      And further it is not for politicians to decide on the rules for marriage. That is the domain of the Church.

    • 174
      george says:

      Guido a rebel? You made me laugh by asking that question. Change your photo you dick-head.

    • 187
      Knobhead says:

      can I be your facebook friend?

  45. 158
    Blowing Whistles says:

    It seems there is more drip dripping out about Heath and his ‘parties’ down Salisbury way … Oh dear

    Guido should be ‘Flattered’ by clauses surreptitiously added to try and ‘stop – A person’ and his bloggers speaking and writing out “The truth”.

    They don’t like this – “The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth” phrase do they – hence their “REACTION” – which won’t wash – to their surreptitious ‘solution’. Problem reaction solution – are they all bloody CP mongrels in the highest offices of LEADERSHIP?

    • 161
      Not Blowing Whistles says:

      Cheers for recommendation on Panodrama last night. Watched and not surprised. Oakeshott was a surprise though, but his interest is purely in not seeing commercial property market correct as that would screw up the pension fund he’s involved in. (Hardly transparent BBC…)

      CP at high levels: Likely yes. Maybe best to ask just how indoctrinated / brainwashed they are rather than who is. Question is, what is the hold they have over each other: Anything like the rumors with Heath ???

      • 197
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Marcus Agius – is NOT out of the woods just yet; been hearing things about the untimely death of a former wife of his … He has lots to hide and lots to fear.

        • 211
          Not Blowing Whistles says:

          They got in over their heads when they picked up the left overs from Lehman’s. Big mistake in many ways.

          The gentleman you mention does have a lot to worry about. He was the brains of the operation with del Missier, hiding behind the Diamond front.

          Awful lot of !talian names involved in the MBS world and debt space that Lehman’s occupied, and seems like they got a tad too close with similar wise guys in the middle east. B’s involvement with certain northern !talian banks is a bit close, especially BMPS:IM.

          They got stung in Russia but managed to get out of their without losing too much, however Asia is where the job axe is swinging now.

          The problem with introducing fraud into your business model and knowingly trading with criminals is that you have no moral high ground to turn to when business goes sour. Worst, if you know your business partners operate outside the law you know what you have to fear.

          Silly bank.

          • Don Quiksetting-Cement says:

            NBW: Fascinating stuff- but please learn the difference twixt ‘worse’ and ‘worst’ – gives you away every time!

  46. 160
    Blowing Whistles says:

    BARCLAY.S – When found out their legals resorted to the ‘but it was only a draft agreement’ – how quaint, how typical, how dare they?

    Eight out of ten fat cats always prefer their legal advices.

  47. 176
    Owin Jones says:

    But there is one group for whom the good times will come this April with an average tax cut of £100,000 for everyone earning over £1m.

    • 193
      Owin Jokes says:

      Libor were in office from May 1997 till May 2010.

      The 50p tax rate came into effect in April 2010. Opportunist ???? No, surely not !!!

  48. 177
    Anonymous says:

    None of them will “save” you
    Just do it yourself
    Ignore them

  49. 178
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    I think there should be T Shirts saying :

    picture of bullyballs and a speech balloon saying ‘don’t blame me gordon sold the gold’

    • 182
      Not a fan of Ed says:

      If Ball’s is being savaged by dobermans following a serious self inflicted road accident, then such a bubble is balloon is acceptable, and the T-shirt may sell.

  50. 181
    crabbybeast says:

    Non of them can can “save” you
    Ignore them and life gets better

  51. 183
    Fuck the telly tax says:

    BBC news at 10 = party political broadcast for the Labour Party

    When the fuck is omen ne anyone going to stop these left wing twats

  52. 184
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Talking of T Shirts = there should be one for AndyBurnham with his Face and the words ‘How to Kill people off in the NHS!!’

  53. 185
    Labour Pride says:

    i am thinking of strapping on a toffee hammer

  54. 186
    Joseph McCarthy says:

    Is HRH Liz II a communist ?

    • 214
      HM Elizabeth II, DG Regina, UK-GB&NI says:

      One is referred to as “HM,” to be technical about it, sir. There are proprieties which must be observed. As to your question: None o’ yo’ fuckin’ beeswax!

      • 218
        Joseph McCarthy says:

        The committee would like to know, before sundown, are you or have you ever been member of the communist party, have you ever served the communist cause or ever associated with communists ?

  55. 188
    Saffron says:

    The news for today:-
    Huhnie and his ex wifey,sentencing is imminent,well lets see what they get.
    The beef scandal,bin hapenning for years,buy from your local butcher and ditch the main players.
    PMQ,s another fiasco of playground politics and name calling.
    Merv Kingy telling us what he would’nt tell us until he is retiring.
    Millicentipede coming out with his policy statement shortly which will be another blank piece of paper.
    Mid Staffs Trust 1200 died,just who was responsible,and now we see many other trusts in the fireing line,what the hell goes on in these so called havens, who is going to take responsibility,or will it be the usual lessons will be learnt.
    Eastleigh,I now see that the three main parties are getting the message as regards UKIP,the people are now seeing the forest from the trees as regards the other three traitors to this land.
    Whether they like it or not UKIP are appealing to the electorate and in MHO this lot are running scared.
    Finally to Cammoron and his etonian assholes can I say this.
    People who have spent a lifetime paying into a system which will protect them in their latter years,to suddenly find out that they will have to sell their houses to pay for their care,is to me a symptom of a government who could’nt care less.
    All of these so called three party politico’s need to feck off out of politics,we do see by their antics that this lot are not interested in us the people.

    • 190
      The BBC says:

      It was a bad day for the Tories

    • 195
      Blowing Whistles says:

      A sub-note to the Staffs 1200 dead. Throughout the time of it all – the liars in chief – beancounters politicos and leadership fools – were all banging on about MRSA. It was a hoax it was a convenient excuse / method of ‘simply’ explaining away thousands of unexplained deaths. Oh the death certificate says MRSA – and that was that – I know not so.

      • 212
        Not Blowing Whistles says:

        It would be good to see the genome sequence for MRSA produced.

      • 247
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        .. which then leads on to the obvious question, how and where did this bug start from, and how did it become so widespread around all our hospitals?

        Never used to be any such thing in hospitals when matrons ran the show and ruled with iron fisted efficiency.

    • 201
      greedy? says:

      I went to my local butcher today. £75.36 worth of meat. Felt to me that the prices were well up compared to my last visit. The miserable Hunt let me off the 36p.
      Butchers need to play this one correctly. Any hint they are cashing in and not offering a good deal, they’ll blow their last opportunity to survive.

  56. 189
    Fuck the telly tax says:

    This is insane BBC just anti government all the way now on news at 10

    It’s insane they have just thrown any balance out the window

    End the telly tax NOW fuck the BBC

  57. 194
    The Independent says:

    Morning meeting
    The assistant to Mr Lebedev makes an announcement.

    Listen little hacks. I have news. This newspaper..is….what is right word? In Russia we say Chush’ sobach’ya. You know this..It mean.. you stink.
    No one read this commie crap. What is headline? I ask..what is headline on day future queen get her tits out?
    All news in whole world say “Phwooar..look this. Picture taken in France..go to website..see queen’s boobies.”

    But you..you shower of Kulak’s piss. You have “Global warming summit on Galapagos sea levels inconclusive!”

    Who write this? You..? Are you some kind of retard? Were you the product of a drunken conscript and a factory welder moonlighting as hooker?

    NO ONE READ THIS! People buy Independent newspaper. Best paper in land, say former owner. He laugh and take much money and say HA! HA!
    I find not best paper. Is dump! Is Blyadischa stain.

    “Oh but the people love our progressive, socialist, liberal, green, centrally planned views.” You say..

    No fuck that..no one read!
    Is more boring than politburo. Only idiot think any socialist paradise cool.
    Don’t you know the USSR? North Korea? Fucking Albania? All the shittiest, backwards, polluted, under performing crap holes of the earth. Look at Africa? Oh..you love Africa..Say to boss..oh Africa..Is so spiritual. Is so in tune with nature.

    Africa is dump. Everyone poor. Everyone corrupt and everyone dead.
    Is craphole.

    Now..today..your last chance. Get with program. Write some stories people want read. No more lefty shit. Even USSR Pravda was better than your drivel.
    And sold more copy..want to know why?

    Because in socialist, centrally planned economy, no bog roll. Train in Murmansk has 2 million bog rolls deliver instead of raw materials for foundry.. And in Chelyabinsk citizens must wipe arses with iron ore. Everyone queue for a week for a shit or buy Pravda.

    That is not business model. Guardian loss making worse than Trabant factory.
    No one pay money for shit. Make this paper not shit.
    Or close you down and send to salt mines.

  58. 196
    A LibDem a Leading MP? LOL 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 says:

    ‘Ruthlessly ambitious, Mr Huhne wanted power, he wanted to be an MP – he wanted to be not just an MP, he wanted to be a leading MP.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278141/Court-told-Vicky-Pryce-forced-speeding-points-domineering-bully-husband.html

    • 215
      Casual Observer says:

      Well in his own way he has achieved this ambition.

      He got to be minister in the department for energy and dubious assertions about the climate, and helped wreck the pastoral vistas of England with wind farms. This position was short lived after he became the first minister in living memory who had to resign after being charged with perverting the course of justice over 10 year old allegations of speeding point mis-appropriation.

      Then after publicly professing his innocence he entered a guilty plea at trial and left his Eastleigh seat, forcing a by-election whose results are yet to be determined. The by-election results are likely to be revolutionary for the country, and fatal for the Liberal Democrat party.

      He had his marital dirty laundry from histrionic ex-wife plastered all over the media after ‘Guido Fawkes’ had the reporting restrictions lifted on the trial, a legal first for a political ‘blogger’ ?

      A very interesting character who one fears will be the gift that keeps on giving, but pray not in public life.

  59. 200
    Horse burger says:

    Jon Cruddas talking an enormous amount of shit on Newsnight. And he has such a punchable face. The cock has a permanent smug smirk on his face.

    • 202
      Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

      Barrow boy bollocks, and ‘Chisler’ is making out to come down hard on him.

  60. 204
    ████ ' changed my tune' Hoon says:

    Damned by faint praise…

    • 220
      Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill (and 1st class passenger!) says:

      Liberals everywhere empathise with his weakness. Not just for sexual partners but also for riding on the back of his council’s evident careful financial management which has nothing to do with generous Tory benefactors and management of yesteryear. It is nice the media are so wonderfully Liberal in the area and that national politics counts for so little.

    • 275
      Dunkly says:

      Peter Sutcliffe was a good lorry driver

  61. 207
    Sally Bercow says:

    John’s home with the kids. I’m out getting hammered with some lads at a club. *innocent face*

  62. 208
    Crud says:

    Jon Cruddas. What an appropriate surname. Crud arse.

  63. 213
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    cameron is a c’unt

  64. 219
    V1le Labour set to cripple Britain says:

    Cracking afternoon speaking to students at Mossbourne Academy in Hackney. Future of the country depends on young people fighting for it…— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 12, 2013

    Be careful crack has two meanings, both bad in Hackney. May get shock by using such a duff word Jonesy.

  65. 221
    What has Harriet got to say? Nothing cuz Vaz is a Labour Twat says:
  66. 226
    Last minute Valentine shopper says:

    Could you print a Chris Bryant version on a pair of Y-fronts?

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  68. 231
    albacore says:

    What’s the going rate to keep your trap shut?
    No wonder inflation ain’t getting cut
    If in public life when you get the sack
    Hush money means you need never go back
    To employment for the rest of your days
    Today the state never fails to amaze
    Seems to me it wasn’t that long ago
    If you got dismissed, then you got no dough

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278341/Gary-Walker-NHS-chief-whistleblower-paid–million-quiet-2nd-hospital.html

    • 237
      Casual Observer says:

      Sir David Nicholson was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain until 1983.

      How did he then make it up the civil service ranks to be in charge of the NHS with that back ground ?

      The guy is clearly a socialist of the sociopathic persuasion.

      It may be an idea to get a list of the members of that political group and expunge those who may be in similar positions of power within the civil service and government as they pose clear and present dangers to national security and the general public.

      • 244
        He's a commie bastard says:

        He also lives a life of luxury on expenses and he fast tracked his wife, 22 years his junior, into a cushy job. I hope they both die of cancer.

      • 251
        Curly says:

        Back in the day, any connection with the Communist Party precluded you from obtaining any position in the civil or diplomatic services. When did that change?

        • 254
          albacore says:

          Why expose just historically overt reds?
          Commies don’t hide today under government beds
          Now they’re inside, snug as bugs, beneath the covers
          Those ardent LibLabCon E U-sucking lovers

  69. 252
    UK Watch says:

    Resolution Foundation apparently 100% funded by Resolution Trust (charity no 1123128).

    Resolution Trust has one single funder: Cl!ve C0wdery

    C0wdery made his money (about GBP 150m initially) in the insurance industry, his

    original company Resolution Plc specializes in ‘zombie funds’ (closed Funds).

    There was some M+A from 2000, and the majority of the UK Life insurance and private

    pension insurance market ended up being owned by the group:

    The W!k! entry on Resolution_plc is worth a look.

    Note Sun Alliance, Britannic companies and others.

    The ‘zombie funds’ are closed to new business but have obligations which extend into the

    future. Many in the industry question their viability as once the funds close their

    ability to provide returns diminishes, particularly in the face of adverse market

    conditions.

    One would suspect that Resolution Foundation is predicting living standards to go down

    for two reasons:

    i) The actuarial projections which it has available (C0wdery is well placed for that

    access) will be showing this as the overall trend right now.

    ii) There would be a commercial interest in making this case as the closed funds which

    are under Resolution’s control will likely be reducing size of payments over the next

    few years as their investment returns diminish or fail completely.

    This is interesting:

    http://labourlist.org/2013/02/earning-and-belonging-by-jon-cruddas-full-speech-text/

    Resolution also host the Commission on Living Standards.

    They appear to be independent, but make use of Fabian Society and J0seph R0wntree

    foundation work in building their cases.

    C0wdery does appear to be a philanthropist, however his business model does not work

    very well if there is no Br0wn style boom going on.

    • 290
      If it's in the Mail.. says:

      EU Watch, tqvm for this response to my query way up there ^^^.

      I knew that I recognised that name from somewhere, and you reminded of exactly where – SA Insurance.

      About 25 years ago I had a couple of endowments running with them (came with the mortgage I had taken out some years earlier) which used to pay a reasonable bonus each year. However, one year (forget which) the bonus on each was under a tenner and I had been paying 100 quid a month. Along with the bonus certificates came a letter to say that SA had been taken over by Resolution some months earlier.

      That was the early warning of the mayhem to follow. So the day after I got the notices I cancelled the direct debit with immediate effect and wrote to them to make the policies “paid up”. No point in throwing good money after bad on non-performing endowments. I did not need the money so I just allowed the policies to run to their maturity date – no point in handing over a chunk of my cash to what seemed to me to be a bit of a dodgy outfit in the “fees, charges, commissions and misc deductions” which would have been invoked for closing the policies.

      A few years later, the policies matured and the cheques I got from Resolution matched EXACTLY, the money I had paid in over the years.

      Looks like Mr C has found another new money spinner for himself.

      • 291
        If it's in the Mail.. says:

        oops! Apologies – I meant to type UK Watch.

        • 296
          UK Watch says:

          No worries. Check above, original comment came through after m0d with some other details.

          The endowment mortgages scam, remember that one now.

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20858236

          It isn’t really a money spinner for C0wdery. Stopping and thinking about it for a minute, with a closed fund, how is it going to fund itself as policies continue to pay out and eventually pay a redemption ?

          Simple way: Invest capital in a bond, pay a % of the coupon payments you receive out to your investors. Your risk in the scheme is the bond yield.

          Slightly more risky: Invest capital in bond + equity. Now the outgoing payment is combination of bond coupon + dividend.

          If anything goes seriously wrong in the bond / equity market, or you have a lot of capital leave with no chance of replacement, you can see where this calls apart.

          I think it is better to regard such schemes as a form of closed pyramid. They work great whilst building and if the bond / equity and other invested markets are performing well. If you strip the cash out of them through M+A consolidation and the invested markets stop performing well, they are stuffed.

          This has been noticed which is why C0wdrey is not regarded more as a charlatan now than as a genius before. But at least he does try to help people out directly, even if that is by telling them the lie that they will be poor and there is nothing they can do about it.

  70. 258
    gary glitter says:

    ‘avent you ‘ad ‘nough ‘f my trousers?

  71. 261
    Erskine May says:

    Now we discover that phenylbutazone, better known as bute, has been fed into the foodstuffs via the equestrian delicacies masquerading as beef.

    When is this decade long run of outrage against the population going to end?

    That the quantities might have been tiny is neither here nor there. They should have been NIL.

  72. 267
    Oy Vey Maria says:

    French and German economies contract http://bbc.in/12CsM8i

  73. 269
    Owin Jones says:

    Valentine’s day is suuuuch a drag!

  74. 272
    Owin Jones says:

    This is the final nail in the coffin for David Cameron’s Conservatives.

    Millions of workers are earning LESS today than ten years ago http://bit.ly/ZbEeeM

    • 292
      Headmistress in depair says:

      Owin, go to the back of the class and start again on page 1 of “Economics for Fuckwits” which you will find in the drawer.

  75. 274
    Oscar Pistorius says:

    Just call me Oscar Pistolius.

  76. 277
    Oscar Pissedonabus says:

    Don’t know if I am shooting myself in the foot or not, but do you mean Dave Lee Travis? Sheer talent and hairy cornflake good looks for added voter appeal to the ladies.

  77. 278
    Andy Bumhum says:

    One of the most important, though least recognised, functions of the modern Liberal Democrat party has been as a home for eccentrics and the harmless lunatic fringe.

    That’s a bit harsh on eccentrics and the harmless lunatic fringe…

  78. 281
    Oscar Pistorius says:

    Blap blap!

  79. 282
    Oscar Pistorius says:

    They call me the Blade Gunner.

    • 289
      KIDBABS says:

      His girlfriend tweeted “What do you have up your sleeve for valentines day” ?

      Well it looks like a 9mm Glock was the answer

  80. 284
    Awards Season says:

    And the Oscar for worst boyfriend goes to…

  81. 285
    PATERSON AND FSA LYING TO THE PUBLIC says:

    It’s funny how your local curryhouse never has beef on the menu, they are usually
    lamb , chicken and “Meat” curries

    .
    Mmmmmmmm

    • 286
      Oscar's Pistolius says:

      And Sainsburys do a range of value brand ‘Meat Lasagne’ for 80p. That’s bound to be high quality!

  82. 287
    KIDBABS says:

    If your not happy with horse meat try a kebab from Blackpool

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1552482/Missing-girls-body-put-into-kebab.html

  83. 299
    Border Terrier says:

    Flakey, disloyal, capricious, inconsistent, incoherent, ….

    didn’t vote for him then, wouldn’t now.


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