February 21st, 2013

Arf Maria

The Tories are not happy with the BBC over the Maria Hutchings hustings no show. Kicking back, CCHQ say they made clear to the Beeb they were happy for Hutchings to take part in a live hustings, so long as it didn’t clash with Dave’s visit to Eastleigh today. Despite that last night 5Live briefed that Hutchings had said no and that they would empty-chair her. A particularly irate Tory source insists: “The BBC are being disingenuous, they are wilfully misleading listeners. We’re not quite sure how this fits with their code of integrity”. There is even talk of an official complaint. Either way, that doesn’t change the fact that their candidate was the only one missing this morning…

UPDATE:


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  1. 1
    Thickie juror says:

    Does guilty mean that we believe the defendant is innocent?

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    • 8
      rebekah aka nellnewman says:

      Ha ! Funny jurors. Didn’t understand the basic meaning of words like justice, evidence etc That’s what the education system has produced this last 15 years. Well done bullyballs, for it was he who presided over the trashing of a once reasonable education system.

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      • 16
        Anonymous says:

        Maria cannot defend someone like Cameron who doesn’t believe in Conservative values. This is why I think she didn’t turn up as she cannot defend what this government under Cameron is doing.

        All Cameron wants is to be PM he will happy to do it what ever it cost.

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        • 19
          Anonymous says:

          I’d prefer that than have a party that is so idelogically unwilling to compromise with the electorate that we end up with nothing but Labour PMs.

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          • Basic Question says:

            What’s the difference between the PC cnut we’ve got as Prime Minister now and a Labour one ? Virtually nothing.

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          • Anonymous says:

            If Conservatives run on real conservative policies public will support conservative party.

            What we have is a conservative party that is run for the interest of super rich and their fancies.

            People will support

            1) Low taxes for poor and middle classes.
            2) Family values
            3) No to EU
            4) More grammar schools
            5) No to immigration
            6) Lesser government
            7) Balanced budget
            8) Less government interferiance

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          • Paul says:

            unfortunately the eu will not allow anonymous’ conservative values listed

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        • 31
          Con Artists says:

          Will CaMoron turn up to Eastleigh barefoot in a turban clutching 10 million Indian student visa applications in one hand and a brown envelope franked Westland in the other…

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          • aussie rules says:

            Anon you have just written a Tory Manifesto I and millions o others would vote for unfortunately its unlikely to happen

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          • The issues with the jury in the Vicky Price trial are just a tiny taste of will follow follow when the multi-culti baby boom really starts to impact in ten or fifteen years.

            The balkanisation of the UK has already begun and, I suspect, Maria Hutchings couldn’t be trusted to keep to the party line on that and other topics.

            The tory high command would rather lose the election than air that particular debate.

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        • 78

          I fully agree , i believe she is being asked to put her own principles to one side to curry favour with the electorate . I can only admire her for not playing the political game with her beliefs. I am a UKIP voter and i feel Maria hutchins is a good woman…..wasted on the conservative party!

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      • 21
        Point of Information says:

        Perhaps there were a number of police officers on the jury ?

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      • 23
        Synic says:

        The pig ignorant cnuts are also electors. No wonder the Country is in the shit and sinking.

        The ConLibLabbers have totally fucked the education system.

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        • 80
          Matilda says:

          No, it was probably the teachers that did that. Understandable when maths’ teachers can’t even recite the 7 times table without getting 8×7 wrong or English teachers have never heard of the verb ‘to parse’.

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      • 25
        Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

        Regrettably, the judge also does not understand the UK legal system. It was established in the 17th century that any jury can bring in any verdict it wishes, based on whatever evidence it wants. Judges may not like this (and can issue any instructions they like) but it is a central pillar of the jury system that they do not have to listen to the judge. This was, of course, precisely what happened in the Clive Ponting case.

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    • 54
      ARTY says:

      GET YOUR MONEY ON LIBS-DEM..CERT..CERT..CERT

      CRAP TORY CANDIDATE
      CRAP PM
      CRAP ECONOMY= YES A LIB WIN EASY MONEY JUST HAD ANOTHER £200 ON.

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      • 56
        Four Eyed English Genius says:

        Yes, but LIB IS ALSO CRAP

        Vote UKIP!

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        • 62
          Fishy says:

          Did you hear the UKRAP candidate? What a disgusting creature.

          First she defends ‘Pity Thatcher didn’t die’ O’Farrell and protects him from criticism.

          Then she criticises the government’s NHS reforms….Does this c.unt think that the NHS and its killing fields are fit for purpose? Perhaps the clue is in the fact that she is an ex NHSer

          This candidate seems like a socialist to me. Clearly UKIP are a mongrel party of people of any persuasion who will do and say anything for their 5 minutes of infamy.

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          • Point of Information says:

            If this was 5-Live debate: 5 Live has a predominately communist audience, so she may have adjusted her message to that.

            This would be in order to appeal to the Labour voters some of whose votes UKIP need.

            With Hutchens not on the show, there are unlikely to be too many Conservatives listening to whom she would wish to address a message.

            No politician is going to attack the NHS when seeking election, however James is very familiar with the issues surrounding local health care provisions. In particular how adding additional housing without other services can impact ambulance journey times etc.

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          • Fishy says:

            Oh a UKIP shapeshifter then.

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    • 57
      BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says says:

      Code of Integrity at the BBC?
      We do not follow it until after Labour comes to power

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  2. 2
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    ‘code of integrity’? the biased beeb? ! +++++Laugh+++++

    They’re just doing their bit to help the labour candidate which is what we’ve come to expect of them.

    Who listens to these beeb radio shows anyway?

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    • 14
      John says:

      Maybe the BBC, Labour, Lib Dems, etc, should all just rearrange their plans so that Maria can come in when *she* wants?

      I’m no huge fan of the BBC, but fuck the Torys here. If they were that bothered, they could have made it work.

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    • 18
      Putr1d, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

      The Biased Broadcasting Corp know that if Labour get back into power they can go back to wasting all the money. Get ready for the £500 licence fee!

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      • 51

        The BBC can run a lie half way around the world before the truth can get it’s boots on. And why should the BBC be able to dictate to the PM when he can visit a constituency? I’ve no brief for Cameron the Destroyer, but fitting in with some big-headed Leftard radio producer is not part of any PM’s job.

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    • 48
      Terry Lean says:

      It’s clear to me that the BBC like the Tories less than I do and that they are systematically biased against them in this tiresome sort of way. Given that they are in government what I don’t understand is why they don’t do something about it? I would start by closing the BBC down.

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  3. 3
    Paniagua says:

    Ah the conundrum …

    Politicians are Liars, OR the BBC are liars.

    OR is better being AND

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  4. 4
    Prince Philip says:

    I say again!

    Prince Philip says:
    February 21, 2013 at 10:44 am
    Half the fucking world must be empty.
    They’re all over here on benefits.

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  5. 5

    Why don’t the BBC simply run wall to wall Labour adverts? It may actually help the other parties is they become any more brazen.

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  6. 6
    Conservative Candidate is a Phantom says:

    Vote UKIP Vote UKIP Vote UKIP

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    • 29
      Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

      I shall follow the sage advice of Marta Andreason, the only UKIP member to achieve anything, and stick 2 fingers up to Parker Farage.

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  7. 7
    Godfather of Salsa says:

    Ok – so what
    So she does not want to do things that go with an election-
    like err get free publicity.

    Them why the hell did she stand???

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  8. 9
    AntiLeftoid says:

    More BBC misrepresentation and bias, a publicly funded organisation should not have political agenda, this proves they have. They can stuff their Licence fee up their arses.

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  9. 10
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    If you don’t want to end up working in a Charity Shop then
    don’t do the crime.

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  10. 11
    Thickie juror says:

    What does evidence mean?

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  11. 13
    AntiLeftoid says:

    Vote with your heads, forget tradition and old alliegences vote UKiP.

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    • 46
      A cynical view of the world of politics says:

      I think voting with a cross is more traditional and effective but you could try head butting it – it’s hardly likely to be a less useful way of passing your time.

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  12. 15
    Dave & Gideon says:

    Election Vote Winning News !!!

    We’ve INCREASED the January year to date Deficit by £1.5bn compared with 2012.

    Everything’s getting better in PC Lala Land !!!

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  13. 17
    keeshond8 says:

    She’s apparently not allowed out of her constituency office until Cameron’s motorcade turns up.
    As he’s not due to arrive until lunchtime and the programme is finishing by noon she shouldn’t complain if voters don’t send out a search posse.

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  14. 20
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    I haven’t seen her neither has Boris, just to clear that up.

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  15. 24
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP.

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  16. 26
    Confused Voter says:

    Are not hustings where a candidate who is running for election gets to officially present their case for election to the voters ?

    Not attending the hustings should guarantee that you do not get voted for.

    Who are the Cons actually supporting in this election ?

    Is it UKIP or the Lib Dems ?

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  17. 29
    The man at the back with the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    So it’s the BBC’s fault that the Tory candidate didn’t show? Mind you, wouldn’t have made much difference if she had…

    The BBC should have been more inventive about her replacement. What about Sweep? ‘What’s that you say Maria? People should vote Conservative because they’re going to take the economy completely down the toilet for the next five years? Bye bye, everyone – bye bye!’

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  18. 35
    Tipster says:

    Odds on a UKIP win shortening again. Go on Guido stick a tenner on.

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  19. 37
    hand standing panda says:

    anybody know if the copper who rang the police station on Jimmy’s behalf was/is a mason ?

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  20. 39
    aussie rules says:

    If the Tories win the next election,indeed it should be part of its manifesto,to reduce the licence fee by 15 per cent,this would not only be popular with voters but would be the stsrt of downsizing the BBC which has grown into an unmanageable monolith with an in built left wing bias which for a state broadcaster is unacceptable.If it were left to me then I would make the BBC subscription only,

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    • 60
      Joe Public. says:

      15%? Not nearly enough.
      It should be free to all retired people over 65 and the budget fixed at £2.5 billion with strict controls on EU loans and commercial “investment” adventures, as they have clearly proved they do not understand real world private sector economics.

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      • 83
        Matilda says:

        I have been assiduously following the “Learn sums with Rd Balls” programme curently running on this esteemed blog and I agree with Joe above that a suitable sized cut in this instance would be 115% and another 115% next year too.

        Cuts? What cuts?

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  21. 42
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    Does any plebs out there have a link for the show? I missed it due to a late night leaning basic math.

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  22. 44

    Read 12 cretinous men (and women) by AW in Seen Elsewhere.

    He is spot on.

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  23. 47
    Graham Swift says:

    BBC pro Liebour bias is sufficient reason to scrap the license fee.

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  24. 49
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Problem – They want to do away with juries – so they orchestrate a debacle.

    Reaction – the CP MSM whores write all manner of articles of indignation.

    Solution – They then slowly legislate citing dumb jurors as the costly reason.

    Joshua and melanies hands are not all over it either eh!

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    • 50
      Welsh activist. says:

      This occured to me also. ID cards are not off the agenda of either parties i suspect. Perhaps UKIP is our only hope of seeing British freedoms and values being restored.

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    • 55
      Anonymous says:

      And/or was this jury meant for Huhne? Just imagine if this had happened at his trial (had he pleaded not guilty)! The conspiracy theorists would be doing overtime.

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      • 67
        Blowing Whistles says:

        So whos been selectively ‘picking’ jurors – then? Is the jury selection system open, transparent and democratic – Or is it all shrouded in darkness as in the dark arts men?

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  25. 52
    Jumbo says:

    Can someone PLEASE use the BBC OFF switch, then we will all be a lot better off financially as well as spiritually

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    • 65
      Media expert says:

      Correct BBC1 has gone way past over the line of decency in the level of its criticism it is beginning to look like a national propaganda wing for the most pernicious and bland arm of New Labour.

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  26. 53
    Anti-Tory bias ....It's in the BBC Charter Stupid....... says:

    This isn’t news ……The BBC has been spinning for Labour since 1974 and attacking the Tory Party whatever they do…case in point first they attacked Dave for not spending enough on defence whilst spending billions on overseas aid and now they’re attacking him for diverting funds from overseas aid to defence. To even bother about what they say is a wasted effort…they gave up being impartial decades ago and are just part of the Labour PR machine

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  27. 61
    Wanda Ringhands says:

    Every time the Conservatives are on #5Live they are monstered by a pre-selected left-wing crowd and questions. Why they haven’t worked out they should just refuse every #5live request and Ferguson the channel I don’t know.

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  28. 63
    Media expert says:

    Poor Maria had to be with David Cameron. How would they cope with Mr Hollingbury trying to hold the fort, when he clearly lacks the local feeling. At least she was on the bloody doorsteps not on some god-forsaken show no-one watches…

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  29. 68
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    Pram tax, you heard it here first.

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  30. 69
    Maria Hutchings says:

    .

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  31. 70
    Jimmy says:

    So the Tory response to the suggestion that their candidate is being hidden away is to get someone else to complain on her behalf?

    Lynton’s back!

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  33. 75
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    The BBC’s past history shows that they cannot be trusted.

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  34. 77
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    BBC = Liebor on screen. ‘Nuff said.

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  35. 79
    BBC arsehole says:

    We’re not quite
    sure how this fits with their
    code of integrity” .

    The BBC do not have integrity. Integrity packed its cases a decade ago and fucked to god knows where.

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  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    marie is a 80s tory of a bygone era,its time the tories stopped behaving like the 1970s type militant tendency who nearly killed the labour party. it needs to stop being the party of old right wing school bigots and carry on modernising the party for the future otherwise we will become unelectable and become a retirement home for the old and young fogey s.

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