February 15th, 2013

Telegraph‘s Big Mac Blooper: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Earlier MediaGuido advised the Telegraph to get in touch with their legal department after running a photo of a Big Mac to accompany their horsemeat in schools story. McDonald’s are thus far untainted by the scandal, now the original picture has been replaced by a much less legally dubious cottage pie. Let’s hope no one at Maccy D’s noticed…


  1. 1
    • 6
      Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

      Get your (rain ) coat.


    • 16
      yeah, right... says:

      The FSA assure us that Mad Cow Disease is no longer a problem.

      Meanwhile, in today’s Guardian, Polly says “Ed Milband is a man with the makings of a bold and visonary leader”

      You decide.


      • 28
        Tay King-dePisse says:

        It would be hard for beef products possibly containing Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis to infect people anymore, if there’s no beef in “beef” products anymore. QED.

        Yeah, I did get it, it was a dig at La Toynbee more than at the ones who declared BSE not a danger anymore. I just attempted to show that in both cases the threat has been rendered neutralised.


        • 43
          Wet Ed Miliband's Diary says:

          Look, forget Polly! I never wanted to be Labour leader, I only entered the contetht ath a joke. Now I’m thaddled with running thith unelectable thambleth of a party and making it look like it hath a vague idea of what it ith doing. I thertainly don’t want to be PM, heaven forbid. Can you imagine Ed Ballth running the country’th economy?

          With thith in mind, I have dethided to run the party in the thame joky manner I ran for the leaderthip. The manthion takth announthement yethterday wath the firtht of many thuch ludicrouth thuggethtionth you can ekthpect from me and my team in the nektht two and a half yearth.

          By the way, Polly ith in on the joke and ith only taking the pith out of her readerth.


  2. 2
    John says:

    Advised them?

    Not confident any of them read your blog? ;-)


  3. 3
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Mary had a little lamb,
    but wasn’t sure what the rest was.


  4. 4
    rocknrolla says:

    I would just like to say, while this country still has enough freedom to allow me to do so, that Hitler was a socialist, a statist and an ardent enemy of capitalism and personal freedom. Socialism has a great deal in common with National Socialism and the modern left need to do more to distance themselves from it. And that’s before we deal with out and out left-wing socialists like Stalin and Pol Pot.

    Isn’t it sad that in David Cameron’s “Conservative” Party such a statement of truth would see me thrown out?


    • 13
      Jay says:

      “Isn’t it sad that in David Cameron’s “Conservative” Party such a statement of truth would see me thrown out?”

      No, it’s not sad. It’s a completely irrelevant point and nutters like you who keep banging on about Hitler and whether he was a socialist, a fascist or both or neither or a combination of the foregoing should not be in the Conservative Party.


    • 21
      cubicle 3 says:

      UKIP would welcome you with open legs


      • 58
        Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

        Only if she was Latvian.


        • 61
          I don't go left or right, or backward says:

          That would depend on if her rates were low enough as they don’t believe in the present minimum wage. And if she gave out nose pegs and blindfolds.


  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Not a lasagne.


    • 56
      Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

      And not a cottage pie either judging by the picture – that is a pic of a shepherds pie. A cottage pie has a pastry crust.


      • 62
        I don't go left or right, or backward says:

        You should join us in the Labour Party, it’s nannies of such fine distinctions given their seeming irrelevance to most people reading the story that make us such a fine country of assiduous regulations.


      • 65
        Fanny Craddock says:

        No it doesn’t. They both have crisped mashed potato tops. A cottage pie is made with minced beef, properly minced from a previously cooked joint. A shepherd’s pie is made the same way but with minced lamb.


  6. 8
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    And if they’re Heinz beans, they better try again. Quickly.


  7. 10
    Welsh activist. says:

    Off topic, but just read that out of all donations to help for heroes, just 10% of the total goes to the charity, disgusting. Give to Royal British Legion instead.


    • 50
      Anonymous says:

      After the “War to End All War”, was not the British Legion set up to get the government off the hook?


    • 68
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Blair & Co put their placemen … oh and women in place at the Charity Commission some years ago. They had all graduated with ‘leadership’ skills.

      The easier question to ask is – How many charities are not fleecing the public in a business-style scam?

      i.e. For every pound that is donated – 90 pence is gobbled up in ‘administration costs’ – it IS HOW SO MANY 5hitheads fronting so many charities have been living the ‘high life’ – it’s all about cooking the books and has actually been going on FOR DECADES. All the political parties know about it they’ve all been … “in it together”.

      The fool and his money ‘are so easily departed’ from one another.


  8. 11
    Sher Gar says:

    If that’s a lasagne, then I’m a horse! Nay, that’s cottage pie, lad!


    • 74
      Red Ed Miliband says:



  9. 12
    Ron Davies says:

    Did someone say cottaging?


  10. 17
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    What goes round, comes round.

    Whitbread sponsor Gold Cup

    Horsemeat in Whitbread Pub Fayre

    Fair enough?


  11. 22
    Freedom of the Press(gang) says:

    As the horse walked into the abattoir, the slaughterperson said, “Why the long face?”


    • 51
      Officer Dibble says:

      > Why the long face

      And the horse says “everyone is doing Kevin Webster jokes now”


      • 69
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Should Michelle Collins be investigated – because she has done some horsetrading – for her continuing fame and infamy – is she a two-faced cow or or a fork-tongued snakessssssSS……?


      • 92
        Anonymous says:

        So the jokes (sic) have started, is nothing or no one safe? There really are some sick people in here.


  12. 23
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    This whole controversy has the taste, pun intended, of all that kerfuffle about tax avoidance-vs-tax evasion row of Hodge the Dodge/Ken Lizardstone infamy, as far as the main point being missed by those who you would hope should know better. Just as what those worthies were doing was lawful, and it wasn’t a question of whether they had the right to do it so much as whether they had moral room to talk about other people’s tax affairs, so too with this “Horsemeat-gate” nonsense. Too many people seem to be bothered that it’s horsemeat, as if such weren’t palatable and nutritious (and it probably is more so than beef). “Oh my Gawd, I’m eating old Dobbin!” seems to horrify too many people. Don’t lose sight of the ball– the problem is that the “food chain” is compromised, people– not that which is being eaten here! Thank Heavens it IS horsemeat, and not something significantly inferior nutritionally! Upton Sinclair would be having a field day with all this– The Jungle, from about a century ago, put paid to the disgusting practices of the Chicago meat-packing houses of that era. But of course, the public in general are too interested in the adulter-Y of luvvies and politicos, and not the adulter-ATION of food, to figure out what the issue is, to judge from all the coverage that’s been presented! Wake up!


    • 27
      we're awake now... says:

      ah ha its the jimmy hoffa burger conspiracy


    • 36

      The problem is not the meat per se, it’s that we don’t know where it’s come from and what drugs it’s been treated with. Let’s face it, the Mafia has to get rid of the rest of the horse somehow.


      • 84
        Phil says:

        What mystifies me is that no one has aked the obvious question which is “how long have the dodgy meat suppliers been flogging dead horses to the supermarket industry?”
        If anyone wants to get to the bottom of it I would suggest you leave “Sherlock” Heywood out of the equation.


    • 70
      Blowing Whistles says:

      WARNING – Grammar Police ABOUT – get the fuck back to school you illiterate paragraph, sentencing terrorist.


  13. 29
    Private Eye says:

    Exclusive: Big Mac school food horse shocker too hot for Guido Fawkes


  14. 30
    Art of Spin says:

    Stable Gate ?


  15. 32
    Leveson says:

    I’m lovin’ it.


  16. 33
    Tight Arse says:

    TESCO QUARTER POUNDERS: The affordable way to buy your daughter the pony that she’s always wanted


  17. 35
    Wildlife Protection Society says:

    Tesco now forced to deny the presence of zebra in burgers,as shoppers confuse barcodes with serving suggestions.


  18. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Snitches get stitches.

    Why are you trying to get a newspaper in trouble?


    • 40
      Point of Information says:

      This was in PD ages ago, and changing the image is closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. Especially when no retraction has been published.


  19. 39
    Propaganda Watch says:

    T’Graph Questionnaire on ‘horsegate’ story:


    Would you eat horse meat?

    Yes, the French do. It is delicious and perfectly healthy.
    No. It may be ‘irrational’ to differentiate between eating different animals, but I do it all the same.

    The issue is to do with unclean meat being mislabeled.

    End EU meat imports, and since when has following a French example been in the interests of anyone ?


  20. 47
    Santa Claus says:

    Has anybody seen my reindeer ? Last seen somewhere over Romania.

    Tasty oxtail this.


    • 81
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Reindeer meat is delicious – last eaten in a log cabin sitting on tree-stump stool in front of a roaring fire in the middle of winter in Finland 200 miles above the Arctic Circle.

      Highly recommended if you are looking for a holiday with a difference.


  21. 48
    New Findus ad targetting children says:


  22. 52
    fitz fitz says:

    There have been no reports so far about what the Grecians are putting in their home grown MOUSSAKA … why the silence, Greece ?


  23. 55
    MB. says:

    I suspect that MacDonald’s have got higher standards than many of the well known food companies.


  24. 72
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The nightmare on ELM street continues and it could end up being a CLIFF hanger.

    Did you know that the Bliars liked their secret unreported holidays with Cliff Richards?


  25. 73
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Smells like the Nadine expenses story is a complete ‘spoiler story’ – didn’t our host post earlier this week that the ‘independent’ body PRE-WARN all those who were to be investigated. Odd then that the nadine / expenses story should out on friday evening …

    JFHC – the PTB really must be desperate – Oh … aren’t they just.

    btw NA/ZI stand for National Zi nasties (loons) the subdiviz.ion of the Internationale of Zioloons … only the national ones didn’t quite clock who was pulling their strings … oops …. lederhosen.

    Right / left who gives a schmuck – they’re too stoopid to realise that they they’ve all been duped by the oy vai boys.


    • 83
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      I am losing track of all these things going on at once:

      Elm Street
      Horse meat/EU
      Cabinet Office spy
      Gay marriage
      Immigrants from E Europe
      Bedroom and 10% tax

      Send the lifeboat!


      • 91
        Anonymous says:

        You might have added:

        State handouts – for the banks

        Illegal Work Programme

        Wage-free Poundland

        Tax-free Starbucks (UK)

        Public service cuts

        NHS sell off

        Mansion Tax (set too high)

        Little Englanders

        Horse meat/UK

        It Came From Outer-Space!


  26. 86
    Bristol Watcher says:

    I suspect Gideon, Dave and the other incompetents are delighted at the “Beef Scandal” – it’s a god-send in that it’s keeping news of the most ridiculous of them all, GOVE, off the front page.

    At every turn his out of control rantings and initiatives are having to be u-turned in the light of evidence & common-sense.

    BTW – why does Guido not comment on this dangerous clown?

    Is there something between them – who is the ventriloquist & who is the dummy ?


    • 93
      Phil says:

      You west country bods are a bit slow off the mark. Ed’s the dummy and the Unions are writing his lines.
      Try that youtube video where he repeats himself in an endless loop if you don’t believe me. The man is a complete fxxxing dummy.


      • 95
        Bristol Watcher says:

        why is the great Guido so silent about the mad GOVE ?

        I think we should be told.

        Are the Govistas tee-ing this vents-dummy to take out dopey-Dave?

        The silence can’t be brought about by respect.


        • 96
          Bristol Watcher says:

          I’ve just realised where I got the vents-dummy idea from.

          It’s an old snap of Archie Andrews.

          Yes GOVE is the dummy but who is Brough?


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