February 18th, 2013

Howlett’s Selection Howler

You have to wonder what made outgoing young Tory chairman and wannabe MP Ben Howlett, who once publicly praised Gerry Adams as a “conviction politician”, think he stood a chance of becoming the member for Eastbourne. The seat was held by Ian Gow, Thatcher’s ally who was assassinated by the IRA in 1990. Unsurprisingly the local Conservative Association gave him short shrift at their selection meeting on Saturday. Better luck next time…


  1. 1
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Someone better warn him off from applying for any of the Brighton and Hove seats.

  2. 2
    Sarah says:

    Vote Ukip – Ben Howlett is the rotten future of the Conservative Party.

  3. 3
    Don't be a sore loser says:

    looks like a bit of a chinless dim but nice

  4. 4

    He really does, doesn’t he.


  5. 5
    JR says:

    Typical silly little c*nt. Typical of a lot of career minded work shy MPs who have never had a real job.

  6. 6
    La Fold says:

    Praising Gerry Adams? well he sounds like a Thoroughly nice fella.

  7. 7
    Terrible But True says:

    Silly billy.

    All he needed to do was make an off-colour joke about murder and he’d have been a shoo-in. With full media support.

    Oh, sorry, that was Labour, and the BBC.

    But there was some stuff about the IRA.

    (the BBC dropped the bits about the Falklands – they know what plays well, and doesn’t)

  8. 8
    Casual Observer says:

    Agree with UKIP.

    This guy does seem to be only marginally more preferable than O’Farell. Looks like both Lab / Con are testing how far down the barrel they can go with candidates.

    Perhaps when he gets out, if the Lib Dems are still around, they could select Huhne to run as he will by then be a convicted politician.

  9. 9
    Jimmy says:

    Strictly speaking Adams does actually have a conviction.

  10. 10
    More student visa to India, Cameron says:

  11. 11
    Kent Constable says:

    If he can get into B&H on his tim nice but dim act I will weep.

  12. 12
    Shahed Marakbha says:

    Ben Hewlett is referred to as “Chairman Hao” within Conservative Future circles owing to his control-freak nature.
    He is a careerist, devoid of any ideology or intellect. Type of person who would be ideal in the middle management of a low rank HR department or as a Camden Council Diversity Enforcement Officer.

  13. 13
    David Ward says:

    Does he hate Je’ws too?

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    More Indian students and businessmen will be welcomed into the UK, David Cameron announced today, as he scraps limits on immigration and speeds up the visa process.

    The Prime Minister made the announcement as part of a deal that means India will make it easier for British companies to do business in the sub-continent.

    He made the announcement after arriving in Mumbai ahead of the largest trade mission ever to travel overseas with a prime minister.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280379/Cameron-announces-day-visa-service-Indian-students-businessmen-rolls-red-carpet-Mumbai-trade-mission.html#ixzz2LFkLQ9mF
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  15. 15
    Engineer says:

    We’re entering an era when the history of Northern Ireland politics, and the terrorism and organised criminality linked to some of it, needs to be remembered carefully. Too much re-writing of history will reopen old, and in some cases unhealed, wounds.

    From time to time, realpolitik dictates that some very undesirable characters have to be brought into the political fold. Gerry Adams perhaps should be a politician with convictions, though not the sort Howlett was referring to. It may well be the lesser of two evils having him in the political tent, but that pragmatism does not erase history. Nor should it.

  16. 16
    Curious mind says:

    You think he could get that high up the local government pole?

  17. 17
    John O’Farell says:

    Ed Miliband has the intellect of his brother’s banana.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    something about Nigel Farage

  19. 19
    Don't be a sore loser says:

    Is Huhne sitting in Court with his toothbrush this morning, or is he on standby

  20. 20
    Labour=Waste says:

    UKIP are nutters. Talking of conviction politicians, UKIP’s had it’s Brussels gravy train troughers jailed for fraud:


    Vote UKIP = Vote Miliband + Vote Nutter

  21. 21
    Nelson Mandela says:

    Terrorism is a little bit wrong.

  22. 22
    JH23487387324 says:

    Fat faced unshaven gormless looking twat.

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

    BBC News 24 is actually interesting today. Not the usual endless looping, not the usual anti-coalition drivel, not the usual interview any labour MP whatever, not the usual Guardian drivel, and not the usual up their own arse news readers.

    The BBC should sack the current news readers. Imagine the cost saving for us license fee payers, you never know we may just get a some new programmes.

  24. 24
    Lord Suckmeoff says:

    He stood in Sutton and Cheam too. You can’t just get onto the candidates list and expect to fall into a safe/marginal seat. Not possible.

  25. 25
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Why moderation? Oh I know dr i vel. Well the mod is dr iv el.

  26. 26
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Why is it taking so long to sort out the Andrew Mitchel pleb issue?
    Doesn’t Hogan-Howe know how?

  27. 27
    Brendan Gallaher says:

    Another career politician in a suit.

    Why don’t they chose a local who’s done a real job instead of some gurning journeyman?

  28. 28
    V1le, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

    Well Labour have already ruined the Country so he may just as well finish the job.

  29. 29
    V1le, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

    This is probably true.

  30. 30
    Kun Tea Bollox says:

    Welcomed by whom?

  31. 31
    The actual labour candidate for a Parliamentary seat, reminding you what utter scum they are... says:

    ‘In October 1984, when the Brighton bomb went off, I felt a surge of excitement at the nearness of her demise and yet disappointment that such a chance had been missed.

    ‘This was me – the pacifist, anti-capital punishment, anti-IRA liberal – wishing that they had got her. “Why did she have to leave the bathroom two minutes earlier?” I asked myself over and over again.’

  32. 32
    Pryce Watch says:

    Jury still deliberating: Judge had directed for unanimous verdict.

    That direction is standard.

    A majority verdict may be directed as acceptable by the judge after at least two hours of deliberations. The majority can be no greater than 10-2.

    In the event that the jury cannot find either a unanimous or majority, a hung jury, this would count as a mistrial. It is then up to the prosecution to determine if the case should be retried, or if the charges should be dropped.

  33. 33
    Casual Observer says:

    That is the Europe branch of UKIP.

    Not the domestic.

    Good reason to get out of Europe: There are a number of MEPs with convictions sitting in the Euro Parliament at present, particularly from !taly.

  34. 34
    Engineer says:

    Because they’re no longer allowed to by Central Office. A policy that needs to be revoked, and sharpish.

  35. 35
    Engineer says:

    The English law equivalent of the Scottish verdict of ‘Not Proven’, i.e. not guilty but don’t do it again.

  36. 36
    Casual Observer says:

    The !ran-Contra links in particular should be well remembered.

    As also those on the left who propagandized terrorist acts against the government of the time in order to make political gain. That was perhaps the blackest propaganda of all in living memory.

  37. 37
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Oh, would you be referring to the “slightly-killed” Eugene Terreblanche, by any chance, Madiba? No room for that sort of “payback” in the “new” SA, right? And of course, Jay-Zee goes along with you on that one, right?

  38. 38
    Sir William Wade says:

    Why did it take 23 years to replace Mr Gow? It seems unfair on the burghers of Eastbourne.

  39. 39
    Bristol Rover says:

    Eloquently put.

    In your view anyone who detests big, nanny state politics and undemocratic control of a countries ability to govern itself, is, ‘a nutter’.

    Looks like the LabLibCon socialist party is rattled, good.

  40. 40
    keredybretsa says:

    This lad could go a long way. Arrogantly out of touch as he is!

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Because they are scared of them. Having experience and knowledge is a terrifying ability that they equate with intimidation.

    As a politician, ignorance is bliss. They cannot be blamed for anything if their job description does not allow them to look at it. So we have the main excuses: It is either an EU issue, or it is delegated/devolved/ignored to a 3 party quango. So any expertise that comes with a new MP will avoid the ability to deny knowledge of a situation.

    You heard them last week.Horse, what horse, nothing to do with us that is an EU competence. Deaths, what deaths, nothing to do with us, that is a trust issue. Trustees, reply that is nothing to do with us that is management. The management then threaten the whistle-blower. No ability required at any level.

  42. 42
    Hargaret Modge, Labour MP and Hypocritical serial long term aggressive Tax Avoider + expenses thief says:

    To describe Gery Adams as a Conviction policitican is pretty close, but more accurately Gerry Adams is a lucky not to have been convicted of a terrorist offence politician, and in a UK less wishy washy touchy feely wet blanket limp dem he would nay SHOULD have been a hanged by the neck till he was dead kind of politician. And who would miss him?
    Man has the blood of hundreds of innocents on his hands. Evil little fecker with a paedophile brother.

  43. 43
    Hargaret Modge, Labour MP and Hypocritical serial long term aggressive Tax Avoider + expenses thief says:

    and his brother loves children…REALLY loves children and has been to court about it too.

  44. 44
    Sarah says:

    First they ignore you….

    Then they insult you….

    Thank you for confirming that Ukip are tearing through your ranks like a hot knife through butter.

  45. 45
    Jimmy says:

    Well I’m convinced. I’ve been a Labour member since leaving college but I can’t support a party which would have as its candidate a man who once made a tasteless joke about Mrs. Thatcher. It’s Dave all the way for me now.

    That Lynton Crosby’s a genius. I wonder what CCHQ will give you to tweet tomorrow.

  46. 46

    And there was I thinking that Howletts was a zoo.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    corruption and political incompetence is such … though on balance the chinese and russian may feel that they are relatively better off with theirs..
    corruption and political incompetence is such globally that cannot see the political class lasting for ever…electoral democracy has failed.

  48. 48
    Big Dave on B Wing says:

    Come to momma Chris.

  49. 49
    R Swiper says:

    And his butt plug

  50. 50
    Hang em all says:

    There are a number of MPs in the cuurent British parliament who ought to have convictions!

  51. 51
    UKIP if you want to while I'm having a knap says:

    Nice chap but if he’s the answer it’s got to be an awfully stupid question.

  52. 52
    Fishy says:

    and his KY Jelly

  53. 53
    Stumped says:

    Nope. It doesn’t narrow down enough. Could you provide more clues to the mystery politician?

  54. 54
    Young Tory Cllr says:

    I’ve met Ben several times. He’s a nice man but in a country of 62 million, we really do scrape the barrel for MP wannabes these days don’t we? Even the USA has age restrictions on who can be elected to Congress. It helps ensure people have some experience of life outside the party.

    Well done Eastbourne Association.

  55. 55
    Fishy says:

    ‘…Vote UKIP = Vote Miliband + Vote Nutter.’


  56. 56
    Jimmy's Arsehole says:

    comrade jimmy, this is the voice of your arsehole….allow me to correct you
    it should have read: been a turd since leaving college.
    don’t forget to say you were also a turd whilst at college
    just imagine! you were once just an arsehole like me before you discovered the labour party. perhaps you’d better let me do the talking.

  57. 57
    All of the lads on B Wing says:

    Pining for Chris.

  58. 58
    Con Artists says:

    The LibDems have said they will not chuck Hulne out of the party. Hypocrisy.

    Compare this to ukip, who chucked this independent candidate out of the party immediately 6 years ago.

    Vote LibLabCon = more EU, more immigration and higher taxes

    Vote Ukip = leave the EU and reclaim our sovereignty.

  59. 59
    average joe says:

    First they ignore you.
    Then they attack you.

    Latest Eastleigh poll puts Ukip in 3rd position on 16%.

    Libidiots are third with 8%.

  60. 60
    BBC Big Brother Comptroller says:

    We are constantly rewriting history to suit our agenda and of our fellow travellers.

  61. 61
    Curly says:

    At the rate they are going the Libdems will consist of just 2 persons – Huhne and Vince. They can then squabble all day over who is to be the leader.

  62. 62
    Curly says:

    He is aiming for acting deputy assistant under dog walker

  63. 63
    Curly says:

    It is quite astonishing how many terry wrists get to become president of their countries.

  64. 64
    Curly says:

    How can they both be third? R U another victim of a certain party’s ejercashun policies?

  65. 65
    Curly says:

    Good! You are learning…

  66. 66
    Curly says:

    I grew up round that way and back in the day Sutton was a pleasant place to live. Had a nice swimming pool to for us kids to splash around in. Then the Libdems got in and place went to the dogs. The once very pleasant High Street is now just a mess.

  67. 67
    Curly says:

    … except how to complete an expenses claim form.

  68. 68
    Curly says:

    He will eventually be a “pair” for Owen.

  69. 69
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    What difference is there between Milliband + nutter and the present setup of Cameron + nutter?

  70. 70
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ..and his dad as well.

    ‘Where does this leave Gerry Adams?

    Like Catholic bishops dealing with priests’ abuse, Adams has handled a family secret badly and may be politically damaged’

    Malachi O’Doherty
    guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 December 2009 19.00 GMT

  71. 71
    alexei says:

    One can be deceived by appearances,maybe he isnt an absolute shit.

  72. 72
    Demetrius Skortou says:

    More immigrants into our country, from India now……..how wonderful!!!!!

    In 2014, the taxpayers are going to have to pay even more when up to 29 million more migrants from Bulgaria & Rumania come flooding into our country.

    The vested interests, will be able to maximise their profits still further, all because Tony Blair signed that wretched Ascension Treaty, that the Labour government, at the time, had no mandate to do so in the first place!

    Nearly 4 million of our own people cannot find work. How, in gods name are these immigrants going to find meaningful employment and where are the government going to house these people?

    It seems to me that this coalition government will have to build whole new towns on green belt land, to accommodate them all?

    And in building new homes, the government will also have to build; new schools close by, hospitals, transport facilities and of course, conveniently, new super & hyper markets, all on green belt land!!!

    The British people have not been told the whole story of how many more migrants are going to be allowed into the country (already 7.5 million have arrived into the UK), where they are going to be housed, how much extra, is all this going to cost the already hard pressed taxpayers as well as a greater burden placed on our public services?

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that the vested interests, somehow persuaded Tony Blair to sign this Ascension Treaty, knowing full well that the rich & powerful would be able to boost their profits like never before and create a low wage society, at the stroke of a pen!

    I have realised, for a very long time, that we, here in the UK, have never lived in a proper democracy, but, a dictatorship and governments, masquerading as political parties are in fact “Organisations”, that have been in the pockets of the vested interests, for as long as I can remember.

    Most of those, who sit in the House of Commons are nothing more than a bunch of criminals, lining their own pockets & the pockets of their rich masters!!

    According to the latest Census figures; their are now 60 million people living in the UK. In 10 years, 70 million and in 20 years, 80 million. Lots of extra profits for the rich.

    The overcrowding this is going to cause, will be catastrophic, for this country. I will not be surprised, if we have a civil war in this country, sometime, in the not to distant future.

    All Prime Ministers have neglected the needs of its own country, its people, with a breath taking arrogance, handing over billions to the IMF, 10 billion a year to the EU, 12 billion on overseas aid, 75 billion, over the next ten years on nuclear weapons, billions on immigrants & illegal immigrants and billions more for these Euro zone debtor countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland.

    None of which, any of these voted in organizations have ever had a mandate to hand over all this money, which has been, stolen from the British taxpayers for decades now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    That is nearly, £100 billion pounds, of British taxpayers money, going down the drain on counter productive things. But all this money wasted, is obliviously ending up in the pockets of the rich & employers.

    I really do fear the worst, for my country.

    Surely, there should be a proper investigation into how all these bogus treaties/agreements, came to be signed in the first place and without a mandate from the British people?

    Demetrius Skortou

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    You have to wonder if politicians engage their brains before speaking or do that think and decide to say unacceptable things anyway. Another explanation could be ignorance about Britain’s recent and longer term history but the amount of money most had spent on their education by their parents (in all three old Westminster parties) that ought not to be a realistic explanation.

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