February 24th, 2013

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

The Sun is #1 for politics on Sundays. In Guido’s column today you can find out:

  • Which LibDem has been defending Lord Rennard?
  • Why should Jo Swinson know all about workplace cover-ups?
  • Why ‘bute’ is the least of our equine worries.
  • What MPs really think about the Civil Service.
  • How Chris Huhne’s moment of truth has been memorialised forever.

The column isn’t online, so get down the newsagents and read it today for only 50p…


359 Comments

  1. 1
    my amazing life as a space monkey says:

    The sun goes down on me.

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  2. 2
    Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:

    Time for Nick Clegg Apology Part 2 :

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    • 9
      EU Watch says:

      The Dutch government are calling for an end to mass immigration from !slamic countries, and activists show up yelling racist:

      http://tinyurl.com/aao22rg

      How can you be racist towards a religion ? And why such an irrational reaction to sensible immigration police ?

      Is Europe really a continent of mongs, or do all the countries have a common problem.

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      • 10
        Operation Crossbow says:

        Yes it’s called the left. Here in the UK it’s the Guardian, the BBC, Nu Labia and the Unions. Oh and the Scots (who get little immigration) and those in the north.

        Problem is there is nothing you can do to stop it, I would seriously expect Islam to be the main religion of Europe and the UK within 50 years, probably less.

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        • 36
          Old England says:

          Just about every problem faced by this country,and in large part,the world,
          is “Man-made”,(sorry to the pc brigade)…All todays’problems were entirely
          predictable,and outcomes realised,but still the “elites”,carried on,on their
          path of errors,without listening to any opposed view..The scale of the “rip-off”,
          created by the banks,the way the peoples money has been used,in bailouts etc
          ,is immoral,and people are suffering as a consequence…..Immigration,avoidable,EU,unnecessary,but no,the elites carry on with more of the same,putting off the day of reckoning..Sunday rant!!!!!

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          • cui bono says:

            Find out who are these ‘elites’ are, and why they they are so intent on destabilizing white countries of European heritage…. also certain mid-east countries – Syria-Libya-Afghanistan. No good just complaining.

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          • Pay Attention says:

            They carry on because what they are doing is part of an agenda.

            The United States of Europe which they desire beyond reason, will never arrive without destroying existing national identities, via mass immigration and the creation of a new european citizen, who will have no ties to the past history of this continent.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Woman is culpable due to Her silence, through the millenia …

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        • 74
          Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

          You obviously haven’t been to the South Side of Glasgow recently.

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          • Census says:

            Eastern Euros don’t really count, some of them even have ginger hair as well!
            Many of Libeour’s traditional Northern heartlands are still mostly Wh1te working-class/welfare class, as you lot in scouseland will know. Same could be said of places like Newcastle/Sunderland and most of South Wales. Contrast these places with some of the more newly created urban Labour strongholds in the South East

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      • 357
        Archie says:

        Those “protests” were actually in Australia, whose ego-challenged citizens are capable of anything, but equally these appear to be students, who will fill the streets at the drop of a hat if they so much as suspect that there won’t be enough sugar in their tea!

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  3. 4
    Muuurty's Ghuuurst says:

    I wouldn’t read ii if it were free with 50p sellotaped to it.

    Tits & footie whilst the country slides down the crapper.

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  4. 5
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.

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    • 6
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      So when are we going to get Plan A then George?

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    • 45
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Georgie baby, you could make a few billion very easily by selling off the BBC – and giving all us plebs (well, at least the idiots who still actually buy a licence) a 150 quid a year pay rise, cash which we could all spend to help boost the economy.

      What’s not to like?

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      • 59
        rebekah aka nellnewman says:

        +10 and then some.

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      • 68
        Pay Attention says:

        Pretty much anyone with a brain could cut at least 200 billion off of government spending , without anyone even noticing.
        Butch and Gideon are under orders not to, so, being the incompetent cowards they are, will not disobey their masters instructions.

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        • 78
          Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

          They are cowed by the civil service, the BBC, the Lib Dems and the unions.

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          • Axe The Telly Tax says:

            They wont have any say when the IMF bailiffs come in to cut the bloated public sector to the bone :-)

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          • Prof. International Human Rights Law says:

            But if you are the one with a congenital defect, or a major series of strokes, or even many who would otherwise be reluctant to pay for medicines needed to gain a job, would you not want those services to continue to be free? However the point of India (<4% of aid spending) is over-used and a flaming obvious bribe. The point of the BBC is actually to impartially educate (not just entertain). Unfortunately with their dumbed-down mainstream broadcasts they singularly fail to bring people up even to the standards of their radio broadcasts and should I agree forfeit the substantial bills we pay to them. Also the housing budget, simply evict expensive housing claimants even more from expensive areas and save another 10BN and to hell with the BBC screaming but people are being evicted from Chelsea/Hackney/Hammersmith/Sale/Solihull or any other semi-expensive areas you care to name.

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      • 79
        Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

        £150 per year would only buy you about twenty packets of fags.

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        • 80
          Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

          In fact one of my weekly benefits comes to more than that.

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        • 100
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          Agreed, but that would be 20 packs of fags folks could not otherwise afford to buy, and pay tax on, to Georgie’s little pie. Plus multiply that up by say 30 million smokers and Georgie’s little pie expands exponentially and daily.

          Sums is obviously not a strong point in Merseyside.

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      • 86
        Blodwen says:

        I’ll third that. Let’s see how red ed and his paymasters get on without the free propaganda afforded to them by the British paedophile corporation.

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  5. 7
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  6. 11
    Rupert says:

    Guido – work the room biatch

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  7. 13
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The loss of our AAA rating shows that the media don’t get it. The BBC obsesses about mansion taxes that at MOST would bring in 1.7 billion and the 45p tax rate that also raises very little.

    We are borrowing 125 billion a year, we pay 40 billion a year in interest payments on our debt.

    We are totally fucked yet the left just can’t see that unless there are serious cuts to spending and not the crap the Tories are doing at the moment we are finished.

    Interesting that scrapping the TV tax would save the public TWICE what the so called mansion tax would raise. That would be a nice tax cut for all families and easy for the Tories to do.

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    • 20
      Jimmy's lonely brain cell says:

      The best solution would be for Labour to win the next election and spend our way out of recession by borrowing more, much more.

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    • 91
      Blodwen says:

      Have not Japan been following comrade balls’s plan for the last 20 years or so? Look at their dept, 225% of GDP I read somewhere. Keep dreaming ballsey. Couldn’t find his arse with both hands!

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    • 192
      Who Want's Some! says:

      All the comments are on the right track, our elite can’t and won’t face up to reality because to do so means they have to change the plan and if they change the plan they’re out of a job. Every government we’ve had for the last 50 years has set out to expand the size and scope of the state. The final dream project is the US of Europe, it the the long term goal of the elite that has been at the centre of all they do. It is the very substance of the political elites existence. But reality can’t be avoided, the finance sector was allowed to operate in a criminal way and so long as the ponzi kept being topped up all looked well and the politicians could strut about claiming the wisdom of their light touch. That’s all turned to shit, but our elite have no other plan, grow the state, merge into the super state, control and regulate every aspect of the citizens life.

      Anyone not locked into this plan can see at once what needs to be done. Real substantive cuts across the board, a disengagement from grand plans aboard, an honest statement that the days of unlimited NHS treatment, open ended free education and unlimited welfare is over. The good news would be real control of our borders and who is allowed to be a citizen, our citizens would have a new social contract with the state that would see them keep much more of their earnings with much lower tax, business would be supported to develop British growth and companies investing would be rewarded. Citizens would still have access the free health and education, but it would be capped and set against clear responsibilities. There would be greater use of private insurance to top up the states contingency welfare provision. If you’re not a citizen then you don’t get any state aid at all. Mass immigration would end.

      We’d be a ‘poorer’ in many material ways, but as anyone who’s been bankrupt will tell you, being free of debt means actually being free to live again. Our elite don’t want you free, they want you in hock and in awe to them. It will be a long struggle.

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  8. 15
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    At last a bit of honesty from Clegg.

    “I know nothing”

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  9. 16
    EU Watch says:

    Bulgarian’s are really going to be a benefit to the UK economy:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/violent-protests-force-out-government-in-bulgaria-the-eus-poorest-nation-8502756.html

    Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU.

    If any Euromong can explain coherently how there is any economic benefit at all in letting people who have clearly demonstrated that they are incapable of economic development in their own country into the UK that would be much appreciated.

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    • 18
      Paniagua says:

      ‘people who have clearly demonstrated that they are incapable of economic development’

      Won’t they be back in power come 2015?

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      • 37
        EU Watch says:

        The argument does apply equally to Bulgarians and Labour, yes.

        But that does not mean that any more of this losing class should be let in to the UK.

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    • 92
      Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

      The latest is that the Bulgarian and Romanian governments are advising any citizens who are considering moving to the UK next year to avoid cities like Londistan, Bradford, Leicester and Birmingham because they are full of “picaninnies”.

      So why the h*ell did they also include Liverpool on the list?

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  10. 17
    EU Watch says:

    The other economically retarded nation Romania:

    http://www.theweek.co.uk/europe/euro-debt-crisis/44462/eu-demanded-austerity-romania-%E2%80%93-now-there-are-riots

    The horse issue is well known about. Aren’t these just the sort of people which will benefit the UK ?

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    • 42
      Let 'em eat horsemeat !!!! says:

      German Development Minister says feed poor with products containing horsemeat rather than throw it away as products are prefectly edible. He HAS a point considering that Germany has over 1,500 types of sausage made of varying ingredients…..and I dread to think what goes in them….. this sausage in particular ….”Kochwurst”

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21559451

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      • 53
        Samuel Langhorne Clemens says:

        Those weak of stomach should never watch sausages or laws being made.
        And Otto von Bismarck can quote me on that (and he did).
        Nice to see Germans still hold on to some of their old ways.

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      • 53
        genghiz the kahn says:

        The wurst has yet to come.

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      • 89
        EU Watch says:

        Not surprising coming from a German.

        Misses the point though that the meat is not clean.

        However, killing people off like this would be in line with historical German government policies.

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        • 96
          Blodwen says:

          And labour. See Staffordshire nhs trust!

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          • EU Watch says:

            Yes. Well, they are all socialist policies.

            Action T4 ?

            The German Federal elections are coming up later this year, about September, so it is interesting that the CDU are taking this line.

            Guess they need to distract the opposition from the more obvious problems which exist in the German food chain with dioxin contamination, the poor of Europe turning their cities into Ghetto’s, and the ECB imminently about to drain the Bundesbank reserves in an attempt to keep the failed Euro afloat.

            They likely still have exposure to Spain / !taly, so today’s !talian election and the protests in Spain should keep them on their toes. The poor who may ending up this $hit food may well be the Germans.

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          • Frank Furter says:

            the word in the coffee shops is that Merky is skating on very thin ice.

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      • 203
        Who Want's Some! says:

        Why not replace all the food in all of the national EU Parliamentary restaurants with this horse meat? If there is nothing wrong with it why not reduce the public bill by feeding it to the very legislators who’s laws have encouraged the crime? I’m sure our lot could soon trough their way through it?

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  11. 19
    Anonymous says:

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  12. 21
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    You ain’t seen me, right !

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    • 57
      No steps forward 100 steps back says:

      The right see you as left, we don’t really want to see you except accepting the Chiltern Hundreds

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    • 119
      Where's Wally ? says:

      I think Osborne is hiding behind Burnham ?

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      • 249
        I had no idea about Stafford says:

        No wonder he can’t be seen, Burnham’s such a big arse.
        Good choice Gideon.

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      • 325
        Poking fun says:

        Certainly. Must be as when in the same county (see list of parishes) steers well clear of “Beaconsfield” and “Seer Green”. Prefering Hardwick and mocking Tesco’s Horsenden branch. He also appears at times to stray far from “Chequers”.

        Iver feeling that Andy Burnham and other Labour-Cooperative Party cronies are actually in league with BBC News e.g. George Alagiah and Huw Edwards and they should report on the positive measures as they did under Brown’s time in the office. Or is it just that BBC1 has a lot of fun with the Labour front bench. For the record: Denham is never Brill nor are Gayhurst and Fingest pet names to be used for the Labour front bench. Wooburn is strictly out of the question.

        The chance of reaching any form of “Newton Blossomville” or “Woughton” under the present BBC rule are next to zero.

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  13. 22
    Nick Clegg live from Spain says:

    Weather here, wish you were nice.

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  14. 24
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    Who brought up the Rennard story now just before the Eastleigh polling.

    Has someone in CCHQ found some brains and balls at last or was it Huhne’s revenge.

    Clegg is going to have to get his sorry video out again.

    Where does this leave Jo Swinson – all Libdems are equal as long as you are a drunk, liar or sexual deviant. All very animal farm.

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    • 175
      Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill (and 1st class passenger!) says:

      Yes Margot and I have long discussions over the social mores of various politicians. We are anxious that there is not nearly enough quality revelations about private lives and too much focus on real economic policies.

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  15. 28
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    This was on the radio this morning for some reason, don’t know if it means it is on now if so we know of some politicians who should hurry up over.

    http://www.whichfestival.com/#!festival:festival-of-the-pig-%28la-pourcailhade%29-fr

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  16. 31
    Lord Effingham says:

    Why the f*** would I want to waste 50p on the Sun?

    What happened to Guido’s contempt for the ‘Dead Tree Press’?

    Oh, I forgot.

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  17. 39
    HMRC Watch says:

    This doesn’t help with the collapse of tax receipts:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/14/prince-charles-estate-tax-avoidance

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  18. 43
    Anonymous says:

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  19. 44
    just askin says:

    So, Nick Clegg, Jeremy Brown and Vince Cable, despite being senior members of the LibDems had never heard the allegations before they surfaced during this week…yet I read of them years ago on the internet and have nothing to do with that party.
    How does that work?

    Can someone ask the three of them if they would submit to lie detector tests.

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  20. 49
    Nasty Nick says:

    I don’t know nuffink, you slag!

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  21. 56
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Doctors will be banned from working in the UK if they cannot speak English in an attempt to cut down on serious blunders.

    But….meanwhile will they be eligible for jury service?

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  22. 66
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    Clegg still wittering on about the Mansion Tax – for all those smug mongs out there who think it won’t affect them a history lesson

    Harold Wilson introduced stamp duty circa 1972 and said it would be applied to houses worth £40k or more and only affect the very very rich and now look at it; every house sold in the South East has to pay it plus many many more around the country. This is exactly what will happen with a mansion tax.

    The Matt cartoon today sums it up ideally ” will I have to pay mansion tax on my full tank of petrol?”

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  23. 67
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Surprise surprise!!

    Nigerian president ‘spent $1million of aid money meant for poverty-stricken country on star-studded festival featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z’

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  24. 69

    With having to clean up messy problems, the LibDems are as busy as a Pretorian morgue.

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  25. 85
    Jess The Dog says:

    Can’t see it in the free copy kicking around the hotel… what page is it on? Damn dead tree press. Anyway, I believe there willbe a ‘nlog tax’ soon, to fill the coffers….

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  26. 88
    Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

    So it appears that all those half-arsed wind turbines create more CO2 emissions than they save when built on peat, which many on-shore ones are. So will the absurdly lucrative subsidies for them that have caused our energy bills to soar be reduced? OK, silly question.

    After all this was known about back in 2009 by Guardian readers, both of them.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/aug/13/wind-farm-peat-bog

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    • 97
      Anonymous says:

      You don’t expect the left to follow anything that’s sensible and logical do you?

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    • 121
      old SHEP says:

      There was an expression used some years back in USA, dust to dust, meaning you have to take into account the affects of any project from start to finish, wind turbines can be huge structures 300 ft tall, built of steel which has been smelted from conventional power sources, tons of concrete used in each one, access for each one, roads etc, damage to environment, peat bogs, chopped up bird life, noise pollution, ugly vistas, not in a concentrated area but now all over the place. They are a fraud and a scam but a nice big earner for landowners and certain politicians and pundits that have jumped on the green band wagon. Can somebody remind me what percentage of our electricity is now produced by wind turbines in this country?, after billions spent, on a good day when it is not too calm or too windy… 2% ? (to be generous).

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      • 137
        iGlow says:

        Yes, but what is the ‘dust to dust’ cost of nuclear, when you consider some types of waste have half lives stretching into hundreds of thousands of years.

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        • 152
          old SHEP says:

          No such thing as a free lunch, if you live in a power hungry world it has to come from somewhere and anybody that thinks it is going to come from windmills is a dreamer or an opportunist with £ signs.

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    • 139
      Sandy Castle says:

      Can I get a windmill subsidy ?

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      • 186
        Harriet says:

        Potentially if you have enough output. However being a castle, it would seem you will fall within the first wave of those properties caught by the mansion tax.

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        • 195
          the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

          without looking it up I’m guessing the internet consumes 30 nuclear power stations

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      • 196
        Axe The Telly Tax says:

        Time for a windmill tax :-)

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  27. 95
    Tom Smear Man Watson says:

    My smear man tactics are paying dividends. Lord Rennard is in the bag, now who’s next.

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  28. 109
    anon. says:

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    • 113
      (I don't need no doctor) says:

      Yes, but you had nothing to be advised on, you fat freak pie muncher.

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    • 132
      old SHEP says:

      Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

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    • 133
      Casual Observer says:

      If Clegg is having to spend so much resource spying on what his coalition partners are up to, that really speaks volumes as to how dysfunctional the coalition is.

      Doesn’t sound like there is a coalition at present.

      GE Time ?

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    • 134
      Wyle Cop says:

      “Aye, I ‘ad two, aye. Over the fookin’ desk – and I right good shag they were, I tell thee.”

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    • 136
      Blodwen says:

      My arse. The pie bill alone would have amounted to millions, and as would the Xerox repair bill for office printing and copying equipment destroyed by your amorous adventures….

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    • 284
      Mine's a pie - no, make that a dozen says:

      Well Presclott, you probably only had two because the desk wasn’t big enough to sh*g more. Whatever your lovely wife sees in you, it aint your good manners.

      Dirty fat old fart!

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    • 316
      CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

      That’s very big of Prescott. Now how much has the thick fat bastard cost the taxpayer with all his failed policies whilst in power? Feckin’ billions! Cleggie’s £1m is checken feed compared to what Prescott wasted (good houses compulsorily purchased for £70 grand apiece and sold for 1p each, good money thrown after bad on a f**ked up transport policy, or anything else this incompetent twat got himself involved with.

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    • 353
      Anonymous says:

      How Prescott has the nerve to draw attention to himself, i dont know.

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  29. 117
    Chris Rennard says:

    If this comes to court, can I get the Vicky Pryce jury, please?

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  30. 118
    Owin Jones says:

    Adam Afriyie emerges in Mail with growth plan: basically the millionaire businessman/MP urges tax cuts for millionaire businessmen

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    • 188
      hold them to ac says:

      For INVESTMENT. As opposed to public sector cash injections. There is a difference. One is generally perceived as more effective than the other, as it has fewer restrictions. Don’t worry a basic grasp of business is difficult for Mr Jones.

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  31. 127
    Welsh activist. says:

    Dear John, Destroyer of Homes/lives/class warrior/hypocrite/vermin in ermin/the most unsuccessful bulimic in history. Fuck off.

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    • 166
      Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

      Well, thanks to him loads of houses in Liverpool (and Bootle?) are to be put on sale for £1. This will kick start the economy, especially for the local DIY stores.

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      • 197
        Soft Southerner says:

        £1 is too much for any house in scouse land

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        • 335
          Hard southerner says:

          I think with John Bishop from there, not to mention a host of other normal, straight talking people even the footballers I’d like it there. People only mock what they don’t have and central Liverpool and especially its north and south outskirts are really lovely places. At least people from Runcorn work out which is better than can be said for much of the lazy south.

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  32. 130
    Owin Jones says:

    The problem is I care way too much about people who don’t give a shit about me,such as Guido Fawkes.

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  33. 131
    Wyle Cop says:

    Perverts on Parade! Two of the biggest benders in British politics:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/bermondsey-byelection-1983-homophobia-hatred-smears-and-xenophobia-8508258.html

    Health warning: not to be read after consuming food or drink, unless your computer is suitably protected.

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  34. 141
    Ed Miliband says:

    I am still a twat. I will keep you posted if anything changes.

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  35. 144
    Angela Merkin says:

    Now that all the North Sea oil has gone the the UK is being found out for the failed state that it is…

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

    Maybe Georgie boy could do with a loan.

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    Pryce Watch says:

    So, what time is the retrial kicking off tomorrow ?

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    • 164
      Gangmasters-R-Us says:

      Just as soon as they can find a bus load of eastern european and nigerian immigrants to ship in…any old london street corner will do.

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      • 190
        Prof. International Human Rights Law says:

        Objection: there is a basic standard of English required of all jurors. Go and research this. Too much information put about on this subject. The defence is obscure but has now been heard by almost everybody in the U.K. Marital coercion or not? We shall wait and see.

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  38. 155
    One Term Dave says:

    I demand to be paid in euros. Sterling is completely fucked.

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  39. 159
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    I see vincecable has said today that neither he nor cleggie knew anything about rennard. Pity someone in the Mail has now produced emails to cleggie sent in 2008 telling him all about it.

    the bumbling vince is a twit of the highest order but I had not thought he was also a liar.

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    • 178
      Anon says:

      Vince knows. Or ought to. There is at least one woman who he knows personally and who was probably affected. Not sure if she has come forward publically yet, but if I were him I would be coming up with a better excuse that the ‘I knew nothing’ one.

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    • 181
      Anonymous says:

      Oh come on Nell…how many times have you heard it said…DO NOT JUDGE THEM BY THEIR WORDS, ONLY JUDGE THEM BY THE BEHAVIOUR AND ACTIONS!

      Every word that falls off their slivery tongues are complete and utter lies. They are the words of traitors.

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    • 226
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Nell, it’s going to end up being just a variation on the “BBC/Jimmy Savile” defence: “Oh, you don’t know what to believe, when it comes to certain people blah blah blah…” The Business Minister is just giving everybody the “business” here; he’s playing like he don’t know too much, and he don’t wanna know too much, like the Kevin Pollak character in Casino. (In fairness to Clegg and him, I doubt Rennard was doing anything right in front of them, to where they’d know for absolutely sure.) But you can bet your food money Nick gave Rennard the old “All right, you didn’t do it, and don’t do it again” bit of advice. And I’m sure Cable DOES know that much.

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      • 261
        Casual Observer says:

        If any of them admit having knowledge then by implication they are admitting they did not act upon this and hence admitting a liability.

        They will know what the rules are and are likely under legal advice.

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        • 286
          Tay King-dePisse says:

          When it comes to having to pay a load of money for your misprision of someone else’s bad acts, you’re damned right you don’t say anything; to paraphrase Mandy R!ce-Davies, in regard to Cable not admitting he knew anything, “Well, he WOULDN’T, would he?”

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          • Casual Observer says:

            There is likely no criminal here. But there would be civil litigation risk.

            The party and its executive will have public liability insurance, which of course would not pay out if they admitted liability on an issue like this, leaving them wide open to a possibly quite high damages award.

            I only seek to augment your point, which I fully empathize with, with some rational explanation.

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  40. 162
    The Government says:

    This is a public announcement.

    Work place pensions…we demand that everyone gets in so that we’re all in…and when everyone’s in we will raid it and pay ourselves big fat salaries and expenses.

    Robert Maxwell – thank you for the idea.

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      Learn to Count with Ed Balls says:

      Eleventeen, twelvety…

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    • 355
      Quantrill says:

      Funny that, and we all thought National Insurance was paying for our pensions when we contributed, now its time to pay out the moneys gone and the government come up with a brilliant new idea of “workplace pensions” ” best of all, when you pay in, your boss pays in too” ????? Isn’t that what happened under NI?

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  41. 169
    Past Debates says:

    This is interesting debate from 1985:

    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1985/nov/29/child-abuse

    Apparently one member of the house, G3offrey D!ckens, declared that he had been put on a hit list.

    The dossier he had compiled and handed to then Home Secretary Le0n Br!ttan, is still being looked for. The second copy was destroyed by Dickens’ family a couple of years after his death in 1995 as they considered it too hot to have in the home.

    It is strange that PIE was not banned after D!ckens had raised concerns in 1981. He was quite vocal in the house about a ring. Curry recently admitted that she had knowledge that there was a cover up.

    That was when he raised questions about Sir P3ter H@ymans involvement. H@yman was British High Commissioner to Canada in the 70s, and worked for M!6.

    Dickens’ questions were concerning national security implications in relation to H@yman being compromised as a blackmail target, as well as H@ymans involvement with p3d0ph!lia.

    This is what Wats0n is quite animated about as it is connected with a certain guesthouse. There is a Labour member involved in those allegations among others. The individual who ran the guesthouse is currently attempting to flee to the US.

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  42. 176

    Roman Catholic church is now for bumsex.

    At least if you are Cardinal Keith O’Brien.

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    • 184
      Meanwhile says:

      By resigning The Pope has gone up in my estimation.
      At his age and health he couldn’t sort this mess out.

      http://rt.com/op-edge/pope-benedict-allegations-scandal-312/

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    • 185
      jadedjean says:

      Yes, the RC Church really are easy targets for the kosher press at the moment. Why don’t you fools see this for what it is, they’ve been playing this game for millenia now.

      Their coup de grace was to pursuade the RC intelligentsia (their brightest and best) to become priests and celibate. Now that was clever.

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      • 201
        Agrees strongly, is popularist filth to express shock at just being gay says:

        Yes if all of the RC homosexuals, nuns, monks, priests over the centuries had been allowed to enter into loving relationships with their partner(s) and in a few cases merely make their relationships known then I think the church would be much more strong. It would also be better equipped to deal with unacceptable sexual deviance such as a sexual liking for children or at the lowest end of the scale priest womanisers/adulterers.

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      • 250

        It is arguable that the Damascus Road experience brought much more harm to the church than all P@ul’s previous efforts to persecute its followers.

        It is appropriate to discuss this in a political blog because so much of Christian theology was set in place by him for the purposes of gaining conversions. he was a politico. In other words here was a fundamentalist who converted but brought his previous undesirable values with him. Imagine Abu Hamza suddenly becoming Christian and you get the picture.

        P@ul started the rule of celibacy and the world is still paying for it.

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    • 220
      old SHEP says:

      I thought they had always been into bum sex, but didn’t a radical priest say recently that they should now be allowed to consort with the female gender and get married? but my interpretation of the scriptures is somewhat hazy.

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      • 236

        The Church of Rome has taken two Millennia to box itself into a tight corner, if I may use such an infelicitous expression.

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      • 239
        Anonymous says:

        How anyone can run their lives on the basis of a 2000+ years old book and the orders of a celibate pope / priesthood must be clinically insane.

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        • 257

          The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle is both older and better. We are fortunate that it has survived which is in no small part due to the Arabs at Alexandria.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Good documentary on BBC last night. The Bedouin live without gas, electricity or petroleum.
            Clever people – eh?

            Like

          • Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene says:

            It’s clear that both of you know fuck all of the one and only true church. Clue: it’s got nothing to do with that one twentieth part of the human psyche called ‘logic’.

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          • Anonymous says:

            I know enough about the Roman Catholic Church to know it is thoroughly evil.

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          • Sophronios says:

            Ah yes, the Arabs who burnt the library of Alexandria – thanks Abdul!

            Like

          • Lucy Fir says:

            Anything prone to human folly is evil. What you fuckwits don’t understand is that you’ve been sold a Janet and John version of reality, and that includes religion. I’m sorry, but you must work a bit harder and dig deeper you lazy gets.

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        • 287
          Atheist funeral service says:

          She’s dead. End of story. Get over it.

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  43. 189
    Juror says:

    What’s a murder?

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    • 211
      Joke box jury says:

      How many biased women jurors does it take to fuck up a trial?

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    • 320
      Oscar "Cricket bat" Pistolius says:

      “What’s a murder?”

      FFS, I’ve given you all a pretty good fucking clue!

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      • 337
        M'lud says:

        Speculation. To date Pistorius has made no full defence story known. His defence may well be that someone banged her with a bat round (who knows who, friends, acquaintances, old enemies/lovers) and then he just sort of went after him/her with a gun. Let’s hold one’s ammo literally. A good idea of a murder is something like the Moors Murderers, killing of small children. Or of course the Iain Huntley or Levi Bellfield having been more recent murderers. It is fortunately a relatively uncommon word in this country. In a few U.S., Russian and Syrian cities murder is more of a fact of life alas.

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      • 338
        M'lud says:

        FYI there have been many borderline cases of murder (the lesser version with less direct intention, or a partial defence succeeding being known as manslaughter). It is in a surprisingly large minority of cases explained to a jury what that obscure degree of intention is, because our law sensibly decides this on a patchwork quilt of unlawful killing previous Appeal Cases established over the centuries. Even now perhaps on average one appeal a year will succeed arguing to the senior “Appeal Judges” that a murder was not murder. So the question is actually often sensible.

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      • 350
        Olympic Paralympic Legacy: Murder Family says:

        The Twilight Zone exists in South Africa:

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/24/oscar-pistorius-brother-homicide-charge

        Nice family.

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  44. 194
    Charles Dickens says:

    The Sun……..A Sale of Two Titties.

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    q says:

    is this why they’re called the fucking rich????

    or maybe this
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027708/Samantha-Camerons-father-nets-350-000-year-subsidised-wind-farm.html – talk about benefit scroungers

    they’re all the same – fucking shits

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    • 262
      think! says:

      So you don’t have a mobile phone, how about all those phone masts on private land, do you think the owners of the land are allowing the masts on their land for free.

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      • 269
        Casual Observer says:

        The mobile phone companies do not receive massive public subsidy, and the phone masts perform a service which is useful.

        The phone masts are also not so densely packed (except in city areas), in need of so much supporting infrastructure, do not kill off birds or wreck the landscape so much.

        A building / landowner would not get anywhere near the amount for having one sited on their land as is being made from the useless windmills.

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        • 288
          the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

          I think it is 300 quid a year for the wooden electric poles, I’d guess the big pylons would be 5x that maybe.

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        • 318
          Subsidy or Not? says:

          There would be a small profit in the schemes without the “subsidy”, which is just a minimum energy price. In most cases as this has been cut dramatically by Osborne sites are no longer economical, it only makes sense in the most windy places. Too easy isn’t it like oil producing companies to have immense envy. Try making some of your own hot air. Literally.

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          • Casual Observer says:

            If it can’t run without subsidy it probably shouldn’t.

            The big cock up has been shale gas development, and new oil fields being brought on line. As well as the generators only have a life 1/3 what they were meant to be meaning the unit cost of power produced by these things is significantly higher than what was sold.

            Wholesale price of energy, particularly gas, is set to come down soon.

            Irrespective of that, the windmills generate virtually no power. Nuke plants would have been a much greener, cheaper and practical investment, irrespective of what the eco mongs say.

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  47. 206
    Jimmy's Rightie News Of The Day says:

    An Oxford student involved in the setting off of fireworks at The Bridge nightclub two weeks ago is reportedly a member of the Bullingdon Club.

    Orme Alexander Clarke, a student at St Benet’s, was confirmed by a staff member at Bridge to have been named by police in connection with the incident.

    Sources close to Clarke have suggested that he is a member of the infamous dining society.

    One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I can confirm that Orme Clarke told me about his Bullingdon Club initiations.”

    The student also backed up reports of initiations last year, saying: “He described them as involving him having to burn a £50 note in front of a tramp.”

    [oxford student]

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  48. 210
    Owin Jones says:

    Dear Guido Fawkes, fall in love with me.

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  49. 213
    Owin Jones says:

    Vince Cable has dismissed the loss of Britain’s prized AAA rating as “background noise”. Sheer,fucking arrogance @Telegraph http://soc.li/qpK0Aij

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  50. 217
    Anonymous says:

    It is a Guido error even to conceptualise that a copy of the the Sun might paid for and allowed into the car …

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  51. 222
    Ed Balls(Chancellor Of The Exchequer Designate) says:

    The AAA downgrade – the first for Britain since 1978 – vote tory. They know what they are doing, The Professionals.

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    • 232
      Anonymous says:

      Libertarians, Trots, deregulators, anti-statist, right-wing free-market anarchists (anarchy means without rule) are all state busters. The profits were privatised and now the losses are being socialised. This is all just part of the further transfer of wealth from poor to rich on a scale never seen before. The middle class are next!

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    • 252
      Learn to Count with Ed Balls says:

      Eleventeen, four, eight, twelvety, three. Hey, I got to three! Everything’s coming up Balls today! We’ll soon get that BBB credit rating back if I become chancellor!

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  52. 224
    Owin Jones says:

    For avoidance of doubt, is it accurate to say Mr Clegg has 15 Spads ?

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    Considering collectives, is Parliament inhabited predominately by Lapwings, Crows or Owls ? Discuss. says:

    I suspect there are more Lapwings than Owls at present in the house.

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  55. 248
    Mark Wouters says:

    Clegg has lost the tripple aaa credit rating ,ITS NOT GOING TO COME BACK EVER !!!

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    • 258
      Learn to Count with Ed Balls says:

      It’ll take eleventeen years and four squillion eurodollars sterling in tax rises across the board before we get it back. I know this because I am an expert.

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      • 264
        Gaddaffi's chauffeur says:

        Quite frankly as long as I can keep borrowing money at 1.5% I am quite happy to lose my Triple A rating.

        Last summer I went on holiday and stayed at a two star hotel . With the money I saved I ate out every night and when I got home I had enough cash to fill my car up at least twice with petrol .

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  56. 259
    Owin Jones says:

    Quote of the Century

    ‘We are in terrible trouble!’ Prime Minister David Cameron.

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    • 276
      Leon Brittan says:

      Qoute of the century

      David Milliband

      “I have in my hand a blank sheet of paper…..
      Errr thats it “

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    • 281
      Labour hate democracy says:

      Quote of the Century:

      “The Conservative’s in/out referendum on our EU membership is wrong. We must stay in the EU, no matter what the cost. The British public must not be given any chance to have a say. There must not be a referendum. Labour are committed to denying the public their chance to speak. The State knows best.”

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  57. 265
    Anonymous says:

    Quote of the Century.

    “I’m going to try not to fuck the Budget up, unlike last year” – George Osborne

    H/T Andrew Rawnsley

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      • 315
        Hairy white mouse says:

        Can you say that now in a family paper ?

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          Casual Observer says:

          I guess so. The BBC may put a big fat black pen through it though.

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          • Hon Lady Cordelia Fortescue-Smythe in Chipping Norton says:

            Apparently “My main aim is to avoid fucking up the economy”. The implication/connotation is that he hasn’t done so yet, Labour would fuck it up. Rather simple really. I suppose he is reaching out to those Essex heartlands, as we don’t speak like that in our Guardian columns.

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          • Essex bloke says:

            This is the flaming Guardian article that says: A year can be an aeon in politics. What? Get a grip of normal English. And it’s “voguish” to talk about “omnishambles” last year. Really. It’s gay more like.

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          • Casual Observer says:

            It may be directed more at the City, agreed.

            But how many who work in the City of London reads the Guardian ?

            How many in Essex for that matter ?

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          • Hon Lady Cordelia Fortescue-Smythe in Chipping Norton says:

            The point is this isn’t what he said at all. It is all saying in that article by very poorly disguised innuendo: “he is an admirer of America” that his reference to “fuck” one poor set of political statements around March last year, not to the “the economy as a whole” which he is diligent not to completely “fuck off”. Unlike Alastair Darling/Ed Balls.

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          • Hon Lady Cordelia Fortescue-Smythe in Chipping Norton says:

            For “fuck off” read “fuck up”.

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          • Dowager Lady Grantham at the races!! :-) says:

            Pay little regard to my daughter’s obscene use of language in the commentary above, it transpires that she may have spent considerable time with certain nouveau-riche elements in the conservative party who now seem to hold the Conservative Party in a vice.

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          • Ed Balls admirer at the Beeb. says:

            I think the off version was nearly right.

            Ed Balls wants to “suck off” the economy, in every which way.

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  58. 272
    Eastleigh Watch says:

    Whilst the LibLabCon slowly burn, D!ane J@mes is getting support in Eastleigh:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/support-grows-for-eastleigh-ukip-candidate-8508254.html

    The by-election is due next Thursday. What else can happen in the next four days ?

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  59. 273
    Leon Brittan says:

    At no time have I ever had a physical relationship with Nick Clegg
    or any other pretty boys !
    You can take my word upon this as a politician
    Thank you

    BTW

    I can highly reccomend a guest house for anybody who is looking for a cosy weekend getaway

    Leo

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  60. 275
    The BBC says:

    We demand to know everything about you, but you can only know what we want you to know about us.

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  61. 290
    It's all going tits up for Dave & Co says:

    “Labour lead over Tories up to 12% in advance of Eastleigh, poll finds.

    Labour enjoying 41% support compared with 29% for Conservatives and 13% for Ukip”

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  62. 292
    Machiavelli says:

    There are many unsavory rumors in flight at the moment sourcing from the Wats0n smear machine.

    Some are true, others simply confusing.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9884343/John-Whittingdale-MP-condemns-Lords-curb-on-press.html

    There may be some good intentions, but is Wats0ns real objective to simply have the press censored ? His boss is a well known advocate of P!E, and he has not spoken out against p3d0ph!lia as such, but certainly has been using it as basis to smear and bolster the objectives he set out from phone hacking.

    He has a ‘source’ who blogs directly to him, and he was involved in the setting up of Exar0 with the ex Guardian reporters. The whole modus operandi is very reminiscent of the operation run to discredit the Major government in the 90s.

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  63. 298
    BARON CHRIS RENNHARDON of WAVEACOCK says:

    My friend Nick Clegg will tonight admit that he did know three years ago that i’m a fat disgusting molester
    He is now saying that he had heard rumours only because the lying fucker has been rumbled

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  64. 301
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

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  65. 303
    Nick Clegg says:

    Guilty your honour

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  66. 326
    P l e b says:

    Osborne stated it was crucial the the UK AAA status must be retained for our recovery and spent billions propping it up. Now that it is gone he sent his sidekick Beaker from the Muppets, Danny Alexander to say it didn’t really matter. So all those billions were wasted and the recovery is not happening as Osborne’s policies have failed. He will not change them due to party dogma trumping common sense

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    • 329
      Casual Observer says:

      The QE money has been spent keeping yield down by buying debt and stashing it in the Bo.E

      No real money has been wasted, but if only new debt has been purchased and there has been no effort to buy back existing debt in the market, you can see that the government has been running a very sneaky financing scheme indeed.

      That the markets will likely punish.

      The downgrade will undo the work to control the cost of the existing debt. It will be sterling which gets hit hardest, and that will trigger a domestic inflation problem.

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      • 331
        Secretbanker says:

        Let’s face it. The coalition hasn’t got a clue. They cut too deep when ‘tweaking’ was required. They let the banks get away with murder when fundamental reform was required. Now the much laughed at Euro is stronger then the pound. Europe has not imploded as predicted.The NHS is failing, ‘pillars of society’ are being exposed daily to be corrupt and selfish. Welcome to the UK 2013 ! 0 Hour !

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        • 334
          Casual Observer says:

          Europe is not out of the woods by any means yet. And the US is also looking quite shaky.

          The big problem was transferring private sector debt of the banks over to the public sector. That should not have been done.

          Osborne did comprehensively screw up the previous budget as well. About 90% of it was reversed out.

          External risks, primarily Europe, are the main cause of problems right now, and the UK is not alone in having to deal with this problem. Remaining in the EU is an issue as it is preventing UK having free trade with other parts of the world that can afford to buy our produce.

          EU quotas on wheat etc. also screwed up UK last year. Which is another problem still unfolding: Our potato harvest was a bit poor thanks to the rain, and we have not got enough wheat at a time when global prices are going up due to poor harvests in the US.

          Europe is at the root of most of the UKs direct problems here. It is about time that issue was removed from the equation.

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      • 333
        Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

        Austerity and the AAA has been nothing more than a smokescreen for this morally repugnant government to hide behind whilst they implement their divisive privatisation agenda. The rich are getting richer, the poor getting poorer, foodbanks are struggling to keep up, social mobility has been set back decades.
        We’re all in it together all right, the posh boys in clover, the rest of us
        in the xxxx

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        • 336
          Casual Observer says:

          Austerity was advised by the !MF.

          The !MF have since revealed that they got a key economic figure used in their model to determine that advice wrong. Hence the complete shambles across EU and UK.

          They would not have got that wrong by mistake, and governments implementing would have checked the figures, yet for some reason proceeded.

          Bulk of UK national debt not paid off was acquired under previous Labour government.

          Here is a good representation of true Labour legacy:

          http://www.debtbombshell.com/

          Brown signing Lisbon did not help matters.

          No one is in this together. It is soon going to be every man for himself.

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        • 356
          Quantrill says:

          +100

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    • 330
      al Kebabah says:

      “one of the things I’m very keen on doing, and that’s putting it mildly, is to preserve Britain’s international credit rating. You know it’s absolutely essential we don’t have the downgrade that hangs over the country at the moment.” – George Osborne

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      • 339
        CHRIST ON BIKE! says:

        who gives a crap what hot air a politician comes out with. The credit rating, the real world doesn’t actually mean a whole lot, given the state of other country’s, other than it exposed the lie that they were “cutting to far to fast” when clearly they weren’t even scratching the service

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        • 348
          Ghost of Gordon says:

          You have to sort out the borrowing by increasing public spending in line with growth. You have to invest money when Britain needs the investment and spread out the long-term cost of borrowing. There will be no returning to boom and bust.

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          • Eastleigh sailor in Humble le Rice says:

            “Through us a rope Gord please mate!”

            Gordon:

            “I would but I’ve thrown prudence to the wind and am going after her”.

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  67. 347
    old SHEP says:

    Talking about credit ratings but on a personal level, mine is now EEe minus, thanks to the monumental fuck-ups of the powers that be.

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  68. 351
    Broker says:

    Asia has opened, GBP is going down.

    May go beneath 1.50 when the real action starts tomorrow.

    Predictions:

    i) Sterling is going to get hammered.
    ii) Gilts are going to sell off a little bit.
    iii) Gold is going to start going back up.
    iv) Then Gilts will get hammered a lot.

    Somewhere in the above, Osborne has to resign, or a GE called.

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