February 19th, 2013

John O’Farrell: Labour Went Back on “Every Policy I Believed In”

The Eastleigh by-election has reached that point where every word the candidates have ever uttered is dredged up and thrown back at them. John O’Farrell got it in the neck about his views on the IRA and Thatcher at the weekend, Maria Hutchings apparently once called Dave a sell-out and the LibDem bloke’s voting record does not match his leaflets. For his two cents, the Brighton bomb quote was not the only bit of O’Farrell’s 1998 autobiography Things Can Only Get Better that caught Guido’s eye:

“I was able to stay in the Labour Party while it ceased opposing privatisation, ceased to support unilateral nuclear disarmament, ceased voting against the Prevention of Terrorism Act and went back on just about every policy I believed in to get itself elected in 1997.”

O’Farrell has fired up the Labour Twitterati and got some boots on the ground, but aside from his comedic running commentary from the stump, he has not really said very much. Has he changed his mind on privatisation and nukes?


  1. 1
    Casual Observer says:

    This guy wants Tories killed in their bathrooms. Not Funny.


    • 4
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      If that was said by a tory it would be a hate crime.


    • 13

      One needs vile people to attract vile voters, or so it would seem. My faith in human nature will be partly restored if he does badly but I won’t hold my breath.

      BTW I left you an apology for my appallingly poorly constructed observation:



      • 44
        Casual Observer says:

        I did read: No need to apologize though :-)

        I still think that the carry trade unwind has a few more kinks which are going to hurt when they straighten out.


      • 46

        Why don’t we just get all sixty of the most regular BBC panel-show contestants and question-time talking heads and give them cabinet positions for life.

        Then allocate parliamentary seats to the Guardian’s two hundred or so regular readers, add the LibDems and, hey presto! A Government of all the talents.


    • 24
      Oscar Pissedoffatus says:



    • 35
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      Is voting Labour a sign that you’re insane and want to die (bringing everyone else along with you?)


      • 91
        Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

        It’s certainly a sign that you haven’t matured as a person since your early/mid teens. It’s most likely a sign that you are also on the state’s payroll, but your theory dose hold water.


        • 118
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          Is that the same water Kinnockio fell over in a few years ago? His timing was lousy as the tide was coming in at that time of the day.


      • 145
        Harbottle says:

        Generally yes, but some Labour voters have a more rational reason: those on the public payroll, the scroungers and the workshy, the less desirable element of the immigrant population, plus crappy comedians/luvvies/BBC types etc for whom it is an essential qualification for the job.


        • 153
          Bolivian says:

          Being high as a kite is also essential for Liebour luvvies…. ahhhhh.. hang on! suddenly it’s clear why Labour are so loved by media and showbiz types!


    • 41
      Jimmy says:

      Well if they are going to be killed (and I’m not necessarily saying they should you understand), the bathroom would be the best place. Much easier to clean.


      • 68
        Legolas says:

        Also the new holes in the bathroom door provide much needed ventilation


      • 83
        Ma­qboul says:

        Clearly that’s what Oscar Pistorius was thinking when he shot his “intruder”; wait for the blighter to go for a crap and then blast fuck out of him through the closed door. No blood, guts or grey matter on the carpet.


        • 154
          Should that quote not read unable as oppossed able to remain in the Labour Party ? says:

          Credit to Pistorious he is one of the most talented Bass players in music.


      • 161
        2112 says:

        “..and I’m not necessarily saying they should you understand”
        No, but you’re not necessarily saying they shouldn’t are you, you nasty little weasel?


  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    TBF Dave is a sell out, since when has stating a fact been a crime (unless you rightly pointing out Nazis are socialists) ?


    • 22
      Mid staffs death camp commandant says:

      We were just following orders


      • 84
        Herr David Nicholson NHS Kommon Purpose Kommandant, says:

        Indeed, the Kamp Kommandant from Mid-Stafford, was promoted to head of the entire NHS, though his second in command had a slightly harder path after her promotion for her part in killing 1200 people.

        She had to resign from head of care excellence when the public noticed that excellence was somewhat lacking… again.


        • 109
          CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

          Well getting 3000 people killed (more than Islamic terrorists managed to murder on 9/11) isn’t news it seems. Meanwhile a bit of near cow in beef is still news!


    • 155
      One Term Dave says:

      Look I am one of the many hundreds of oxbridge PPE graduates who have succumbed to the erronious groupthink repeated over many generations that the Nazis were Right Wing.


  3. 3
    Mike Oddpiece says:

    Voting against the prevention of terrorism act? They, through Merlyn Rhys, introduced the damn thing.


    • 39
      Anti Fabian says:

      But he realised in 1984 that terrorists weren’t killing enough people for his liking, so was against it from then on.


      • 120
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        If he had mastered the art of networking, he could have called upon a few of his Palestinian mates to lend a hand.


  4. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Must be difficult selling a blank piece of paper to an electorate who won’t vote for a donkey with a red rosette


  5. 6
    Red Ed says:

    He is the future Minister of Foreign Affairs. He’ll give back Ulster and the Falklands, nuclear weapons, pull us out of NATO and the EU, and help me nationalise the top 100 businesses, introduce a 98% tax rate, and open the doors to everyone from around the world who wants to share in the NHS – because it is the envy of the world.


  6. 7
    Red Ed says:

    Oh and deal to Thatcher, because I wanted to be the first woman Prime Minister.


  7. 8
    T B£air says:

    Things can only get better! Yes, indeed. Crikey, what a life. The money just keeps roilling in. Jolly good I got rid of those receipts.


  8. 9
    JH4568564563523 says:

    Typical common-or-garden lefty, like a spoilt teenager lashing out against the parents that have given him everything except in this case it’s sneering at a whole country. A nebulous, shapeless, spiteful desire to harm the very thing that sustains him.

    I think the fact that insidious little leftist gobshites like this can walk down the street without getting a vicious hiding says a lot for this country. That tolerance is getting threadbare though.

    Cvnts like him will not be happy until we are all coffee coloured peasants, crawling in the dirt at the feet of our benevolent socialist overlords. I’m sure the piece of shit will be happy to pen a book explaining how wonderful that situation is – very wittily of course.


    • 104
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      People who get given things develop an entitlement complex and begin to detest the giver.


    • 147
      Porker says:

      Yes, our extreme tolerance (complacency?, laziness?, carelessness?) has resulted in some very bad outcomes for our post war way of life. Think immigration, crime, rubbishy public services,the destruction of historic towns and cities by useless planners and greedy developers, corrupt politicians, a politically biased national broadcasting body that we all have to pay for by law. And now the voters who elected the Huhne could well elect this little tosspot.


  9. 10
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    For two cents, I’d slap John O’Farrell around just to get the smirk off his face. In fact, I’d do it for nothing, just on general principle, but hey, might as well be a rent-seeker like all the others and manage to get paid for something, even such a pittance as 2c. But if it’s on offer, take it, or someone else will; better in your pocket than in theirs, as my Mum always told me.


    • 16

      I’ve got $98.00 in bills lying around here, which you are welcome to on a pro-rata basis. :-)


      • 45
        Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

        I’ve got a dollar bill, sitting here. It’s all yours. Nock yourself out, err, that should be the otherway round.


        • 71

          I’m going to need time to work that one out.

          My last trip across the pond was way back in 2001. I thought, shall I change my dollars back? Decided not on the basis I was bound to be over there again soon and would use them up that way. 12 years later…

          If I were to exchange them now, it would doubtless expedite the need for an immediate visit.


          • Catty Comment (Ms) says:

            If you were to change them after all these years either:

            a. some nosy git would want to know where you got them from (complete with receipts); or
            b. someone else would accuse you of hoarding cash and causing a run on the currency.


  10. 14
    Lefty Logic says:

    If a Tory makes a tasteless joke about Islam or homosexuality in an after-dinner speech, he must be held accountable for his words!

    If a Labour man supports terrorists or the death of a former Tory leader in a published book then he is just being a bit high spirited and what about freedom of speech and that?


  11. 15
    Smell the glove says:

    This man oFarrell uses all the tools of capitalism to make it in the world. Then he pulls down his pants and issues an almighty turd and then asks us to look at it!


  12. 17
    Kevin T says:

    If O’Farrell gets beaten by UKIP I think the smirk will vanish fairly quickly.


  13. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m fresh out of tea leaves, but a quick reading of my poo suggests that Labour will win Eastleigh.


  14. 21
    Owin Jones says:

    Guido kindly explain clearly what you believe I am guilty of ?


  15. 25
    Red Egg Millitit.....National Socialist. says:

    Once an arrogant tit, always an arrogant tit ! ffs get a real job…..


  16. 31
    P l e b says:

    How do you lot know he won’t make a great constituency MP?


    • 36
      Steve Miliband says:

      Because only a minority of his constituents would agree with him


    • 40
      John O'Farrell, funnyman says:

      I say I say I say, what’s the difference between a parliamentary candidate and a Turner Prize judge?

      One canvasses votes and the other votes canvasses!!

      OK, paintings don’t win the Turner Prize but, hey, work with me….is there anybody here from Eastleigh?


      • 102
        CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

        Art doesn’t win the Turner prize either.


      • 112
        Jackie No-Laffs says:

        Is this an audience or a mural?
        I got more laughs at the Portrait Gallery!
        Fuck you all for coming tonight, you’ve been a wonderful morgue…


  17. 38
    Ed Miliband says:

    The only thing I stand for is my union bosses when they enter the room.


  18. 42
    Jimmy says:

    Guidophiles reading books?

    This was not a development we had anticipated.


    • 47
      Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

      I had, however, confidently anticipated the destruction of the UK economy during The Reign of Terror 1997-2010.


    • 49

      You seem well read and keep coming here so I would class you as a Guidophile.

      My house has been built around the need to accommodate my books, which currently number some 8,500.


      • 59
        Jimmy says:

        Indeed SC, but you are the acceptable face of reaction.


      • 65
        Book Worm says:

        It sounds more like you built your house around a library. Cool.


        • 74

          You are pretty well correct. I bought two new-build properties intended as second homes which were parallel at a distance of 5 metres apart. I filled the gap with a three story structure, the entire first floor of which is the library with a viewing level above. It is about 12 metres long. My books pretty well fill the walls of this space without (yet) having internally standing shelves.

          I would probably not have been able to obtain planning consent for such a non-standard structure, due to the bureaucracy which exists here, so adaptation provided an answer which original drawing board stuff could not provide.


          • Librarian says:

            If you arrange your books alphabetically, is it “Tickle, Mr” or “Mr Tickle”?


          • My indexing system is very precise about this sort of thing:

            If you look up wild goose chase, it says see: goose chase, wild.

            If you look up goose chase, wild, it says see: chase, wild goose.


          • Book Worm says:

            I know you likely don’t have the Hargreaves Mr Men series (excellent studies in psychology though if you will), but have the image in my mind of what you have done. (Boswell you have mentioned before)


            My personal projection is that you have a wrought iron spiral staircase linking the two levels, and great light for reading under on the upper.


          • OK where are you spying from? :-)

            Only bit you got wrong is that spiral linking stair is not wrought-iron but Arke. Kudos back at yer!

            Yet another story: half a mile away is a shop which sells them for £1600. In Italy, where they are made, they cost the same. Germany, Austria all similar. I drove back to the UK and picked one up for £800. What I saved paid for the journey back, ferry, accommodation with some to spare. But they had to go from Italy to UK and then back here again. Crazy.


      • 77
        Man at the back in the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

        Let me guess the name of your ‘house’ – The Local Library? You must be one of the blokes who spend all day every day there reading the papers.

        By the way, my house was built around 1990.


      • 134
        Roof full of boxes of books says:

        Fuck me! Where do you put them? I’ve got over 3000 and every wall is covered with bookcases.


    • 158
      Nazis and Commies two cheeks of the same totalitarian collectivist arse says:

      “We” Jimmy ? Is that a reference to the Collective, The Borg ? Assimilate, resistance is futile.


  19. 43
    Red Egg Millitit.....National Socialist. says:

    ******** Breaking News **********

    Following tests, sea horse has been found in Findus Cod Fish Fingers……..


  20. 48
    Tax is theft says:

    Your picture of a vile left winger guesting on a BBC programme says everything that is important.


    • 138
      Fishy says:

      Wishing Thatcher dead was ok, but her daughter, who said a tennis player had hair like a golly, was dead meat in the world of the BBC, even though she apologised.


  21. 52
    Athelstan says:

    O’Farrell is a joke candidate. Red Ed doesn’t need a Labour stooge im that seat when he can count on getting a lib Dem one (yeth comwadeth) Can anyone think of any policy on which Lib Dem’s and Labour disagree? It’s hard to actually find anything on whihc the Tories disagree wiht Labour either as proved by Gideon’s continuity McRuin act


  22. 53
    Useless Council says:

    The women with 11 kids for whom the council is building a house.

    There is NO LEGISLATION which says she should have a purpose built house built for her. The act merely says that adequate accomodation should be provided.

    Now, the easiest and cheapest way of providing thta accomodation would be to knock a connecting door through 2 or 3 flats in a high rise block. Why can’t the local council use common sense? The council appear to have even less sense than the stupid woman acquiring 11 kids.


    • 56
      Rotherham SS (Social Services) says:

      The cheapest solution would be for someone to send her a UKIP membership.

      Then we can move in. She doesn’t need that many children.


    • 57
      Red Egg Millitit.....National Socialist. says:

      You might find that the housing officer is giving her one, on the side :)


    • 70
      M says:

      Contraception would have been cheaper


    • 72
      Durr says:

      Cos there ain’t no high rise blocks in rural tewkesbury maybe?


    • 87
      SP4BS says:

      Theres been much fuss about this being an eco mansion. bollocks. its a double sized council house made to current building regulations.

      IF the council are building houses, and IF they know they’re stuck with this family, forever, it might well be the cheapest solution.

      Would it be cheaper to bugger up 2 or 3 flats, or include a doubled up design in a new building site?


      • 89
        Stupid Council says:

        The issue here is REWARDING her for cocking a snoop at the system. It encourages others to do the same and especially immigrants and other ethnics with a propensity for large families. She should be given the MINIMUM that is leaggly allowed. Its also difficult to see why the two houses she is currently in won’t do just that.


        • 101
          SP4BS says:

          you see those capital letter “IF”s

          I was trying to prize apart the different aspects of this, to point out that it might well be cost effective for the council.

          Just to tweak you a little more – Do you think if tewkesbury council build a tower block, and then knocked together a few of the (presumably worth a bob or two) flats, they wouldn’t be REWARDING her too?


        • 142
          Con Artists says:

          Stupid Council
          with 11 kids, I suspect a 6 bed house is the minimum.

          but like I said, this lady is a non issue. Her little house is but a dropped glass of water whilst the Tsunami comes down the street.

          We’ve got millions of illegal and legal (bulgarian and Romanian) immigrants coming, and already here.

          A great many of them will have large families, and they will all need housing.

          Are you gonna vote LibLabCon who all want to give them houses ? Or not.

          There is no fricking point moaning about this woman if your not prepared to consider the consequences of your vote.

          Its up to you.


      • 95
        CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

        Might be cheaper to not pay child benefit?

        The only “reason” does seem to be her belief that ransoming her own children isn’t immoral.


        • 106
          SP4BS says:

          If you did that she’d make a full page in the newspapers, and they’d have the violins turned on full volume.


      • 107
        Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

        It would be cheaper and more humane to cull the entire family.


        • 136
          The gene pool could use a little more chlorine says:

          Too right. In Soviet Russia they’d have been sent to the gulag for parasitism.


    • 151
      Rip van Wrinkle says:

      Knock a hole in walls in a high rise?? Are you f’ing nuts? It wouldn’t be a high rise any more, that’s why.


  23. 58
    The truth that dare NOT speak its name !! says:

    What is it about Labourites that they have to go on about a frail old lady who hasn’t been in power for almost 23 years ?

    The convenient truth is that pre-Thatcher the unions and Labour had fucked over the country big-time and completed the job in the 13 years from 1997 to 2010


    • 80
      No steps forward 100 steps back says:

      Libor have done well in the revenge dept, destroyed plod and got their own back on the voters and have destroyed the lives of ordinary people by opening the gates to immigration, now if you want a job, you have to join the queue of foreign nationals going after the same job, all housing seem to be allocated to immigrants while the ordinary people have to pay high taxes to allow this injustice to carry on, NHS well less said etc.


    • 105
      Ethel Merman says:

      Labour, who see themselves as the progressive party, still haven’t had a female leader.

      It really riles lefties that the Tories had a female leader nearly 40 years ago.


      • 110
        Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

        They’re not going to have a female leader while they’re so dependant on votes from muslims and other minorities who come from countries where women don’t have any rights, such as voting.


      • 126
        Curly says:


        Harriet didn’t want the job. THAT is the only sensible decision she ever made in her entire lifetime.


        • 160
          Harriet Harman part of the Fabian Aristocracy says:

          Harriet couldnt handle the responsibility nor the accountability of such a position. She is a dimwitted arsehole.


  24. 60
    EUseless says:

    There is going to be an energy shortage in the short term. The simple solution is to keep the old plants running. Oh dear, EU says NO – I say leave the EU and tell them to sod off. The Chinese build one new power station EACH WEEK and its coal-fired – so a half dozen of ours aren’t going to make much impression on global warming (which has been constant anyway for the last 10 years).


    • 69
      The EU can seriously fuck off says:

      See moniker for a new EU directive.

      Note: They are trying to run power cables through the escape tunnel of the Channel Tunnel in order to get UK more energy dependent on French nuke plants.

      Apparently to make up for the shortfall from the useless wind turbines put up.

      A suggestion:

      Reorient the turbines so they point at Europe. Build coal fired plants in front of them. Use the French electricity to drive the generators in reverse to blow the smoke towards Europe.

      Clean skies in UK, acid rain for EU.


      • 164
        Anonymous says:

        LOL, if only, how about using the turbines to hose liquid pigshit across the channel during those ‘off peak’ moments.


    • 78
      genghiz the kahn says:

      When the lights go out just remember Ed Miliband and the other 11 useless Labour Energy Ministers.

      A Miliband measures the difference between power required and power generated when the lights go out.


      • 93
        CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

        and “green” “peace” and their fellow travellers. Loot their buildings for things to burn to stay warm.


      • 124
        It WILL end badly says:

        Nobody will come out of the ongoing energy fiasco well, with the possible exception of Owen Paterson.

        He alone is talking like a grown up, while his predecessors and his current boss, are like idiotic children who believed magic dust, wishes and puffs of wind can power a major developed economy.

        From the truly idiotic Miliband, through Huhne and now Davey, we have been presented with an avalanche of stupidity and outright lies, regarding our energy needs.

        India and China are building 1200 new coal powered electricity power stations that will meet their combined energy needs, for the next forty years.

        We are spending far more than the cost of those 1200 coal fired power stations, on windmills, wishes and happy clappy thoughts.


    • 92
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      Think it’s 16 years.


    • 111
      Roughneck says:

      Still, at least we have that enormous sovereign wealth fund built on 40 years of profits from our North Sea oil reserves. Oh, hang on…


  25. 67
    aussie rules says:

    Off topic/Bulgarian illegal immigrants trial for the murder by decapitation of a Norfolk grandmother underway in Spain looking forward to dec 31 when 4 million of these fcukers will be heading here.


  26. 73
    Taking my cue from John o'Farrell says:

    It’s a pity the purple flour bomb wasn’t anthrax that could’ve killed Blair.


  27. 79
    Man at the back in the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    I’m making a point using statistics I’ve made up to prove that everyone I agree with is right and everyone else is wrong.

    The world is made up of 2 types of people: those who think the world is made up of 2 types of people, and those who don’t.


    • 90
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      The world is made up of 10 types of people: those who know binary, and those who don’t.


    • 113
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend, those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.


  28. 81
    Ma­qboul says:

    Why has this nonentity written an autobiography?


    • 116
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      And has anyone actually read the narcicistic crap?


      • 117
        Ma­qboul says:

        11 people according to Google books.

        But he’s getting a shitload of publicity now so I’ll not ask why this nonenity is running for election.


  29. 94
    Owin Jones says:

    Owen Jones takes down Twitter account after hack attack.


    • 103
      Ma­q O'boul says:

      For a moment I thought you said axe attack.

      I felt a surge of excitement at the nearness of your demise and yet disappointment that such a chance had been missed.


  30. 96

    Deliberations, deliberations, deliberations, deliberations, deliberations, deliberations, deliberations …


  31. 132
    keredybretsa says:

    Does this drongo have a mind to change?????


  32. 140
    EyeSee says:

    Presumably as Ed Miliband has given the unpleasant O’Farrell his whole hearted backing, the man hoping to be the next Prime Minister is in support of the assassination of British Prime Ministers. Maybe, and this is not a rarity, Miliband needs to think things through a bit more.


  33. 144
    Lord Effingham says:

    O’Farrell is not worth getting agitated about; the twat’s not going to win in Eastleigh anyway. If anything, he will be an embarrassing failure, as a metropolitan ‘luvvie’ parachuted into the seat.


  34. 146
    Geordieboy says:

    O’ Farrell sounds Irish to me, an IRA sleeper perhaps!!!


  35. 148
    Edinburgh Shitty says:

    Labour = lying scum? Never. Shurely shum mishtake


  36. 152
    Snotrocket says:

    “I was able to stay…”

    Shouldn’t that be “unable” – or am I missing some kind of litotes in the text?


  37. 163
    Joe Public says:

    David Nicholson is an actual terrorist, O’Farrell is just a terrorist mouthpiece.
    Best to chuck them both in prison for a very long time.


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