February 26th, 2013

Polly’s Conspiracy Theory

You can always rely on Polly Toynbee to spectacularly miss the point:

rennard-logo“Their distrust may be justified here, as this byelection follows a familiarly vicious pattern, the air thick with dirty tricks. Where did the Lord Rennard sleaze reprise from 2009 suddenly come from, and why now in the final runup to election day? Blasted across every front page, Nick Clegg’s fumbling response hasn’t helped, but it doesn’t take an expert political nose to suspect this stinks.”

She then goes on to play down the claims against Rennard as “less than criminal” – despite the police being called in – and compares the story to “Tory tricks directed at UKIP”. Perhaps she should read what Cathy Newman has to say on why she ran the story now. This is about the women who are victims of sexual harassment being able to hold a sex pest to account, and the lies being told by people who tried to stop their story coming out:

Polly’s diversion tactics are one in the eye for the sisterhood.


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    You would think like the child abuse scandal ( Savile/BBC etc ) that some things would be above party politics, I mean all sides have skeletons ( and some dark ones), but then again maybe it is too much to ask adults to act like adults.

  2. 2
    Ploppy Toynbee says:

    I’m very concerned. Right here on my balcony in Tuscany, I’m concerned.

  3. 3
    F5 Key back from his vacation says:


  4. 4
    SP4BS says:

    Good to see Guido is at last up to speed with feminism. How progressive.

  5. 5
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    You’re toast !!!

  6. 6
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp 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.

  7. 7
    Polly vs Elizabeth says:

  8. 8
    Miss Wanda Legover says:

    Ms Toynbee once again demonstrates the ability of the left to bend their own concern for “equality” and “rights” whenever it is politically expedient to do so. If Rennard were a Tory and Eastleigh were a Tory held seat, would Ms Toynbee spout the same drivel, then? Answers on a postcard, please.

  9. 9
    Liar.Politicians says:

    Someone will get a bloody nose of of the Eastleigh by-election. Let’s hope it’s the LibLabCon with people FINALLY being fed up enough to give the parties a kick up the backside.

  10. 10
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Her nose is not one of her finest assets when it comes to groundbreaking journalism. Is she seriously suggesting that had these women come forward to her rather than Cathy Newman as a means of going public about the alleged sexual harrassment that she would have just patted them gently on their ‘pretty little heads’ and told them to be on their way? If so, she’s as complicit as the rest of the senior lib-dems. Shame on her!

  11. 11
    Wanda Ringhands says:

    Of course all this would have come out in 2009 if Clegg hadn’t buried it, so he has nothing to complain about

  12. 12
    Glyn H says:

    But did all Lib Dem MP’s sleep with Rennard? And was it worth it?

  13. 13
    PC Dixon says:

    Just what you’d expect from that idiot Toynbee – presumably she condones this sort of sexual harassment when its committed by a lefty?

    I wonder if she could explain to the rest of us when and what is acceptable and when does it become unacceptable?

    That is when shes got time to get up from her Tuscany pool.

  14. 14
    Guardianistas are above common law (when it suits them) says:

    Polly is like Zoe Williams. They both believe it is OK to break the law for a cause in which they are favour of.

  15. 15
    Matt Johnson says:

    It’s small wonder that only the perverted and amoral types are the ones that make it up the greasy pole…they really are a nasty bunch.

    We are just a symptom of the moral decay that gnawing at the heart of the country.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Hope Clegg resign on Friday.

  17. 17
    The taxpaying public says:

    Everyone who got a job by sleeping their way into power got jobs at our expense.

  18. 18
    Wanda Ringhands says:

    Mr Cable didn’t. Rennard told him he wanted full sex with him, but Vince blew him off

  19. 19
    Anne D Burnbum says:

    I wonder if polly thought there was a conspiracy in bringing the horsemeat scandal out(no deaths)at the time of the Francis report(1200 deaths on labours watch.)

  20. 20
    Ye of little ambition says:

    I hope he will resign this afternoon

  21. 21
    Max Keiser says:

    I think you may have left the word “third” out somewhere near the end of that sentence…

    …and omitted a capital P at the end of your moniker.

  22. 22
    JH2389423904823 says:

    I get it.

    The Evil Tories have forced the painfully left-leaning C4 news to do their dirty work prior to the Eastleigh election.


    No, hang on. Just what the fuck are you on about Polly?

    Funny how your righteous indignation carefully picks its targets.

  23. 23
    Brillo says:

    Wear a bin liner next time. I did

  24. 24
    Bumboy Dave says:

    Guido, you or Chris Rennard been ballooning over the Nile recently? Cops in Egypt looking for tiny pricks near large bodies of hot air.

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Does any one really take any notice of that frustrated old “Up Pompeii” sooth sayer any more other than the BBC?


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    Tethered To His Lordship's Bed says:

    Polly should remember that a lot of us girls have to ‘get on’ in any way we can.
    We can’t fall back on wonderful journalistic skills the way she can, and therefore had no option but to fall back on Lord R’s firm mattress instead.

  27. 27
    Raving Loon says:

    What exactly does Polly get by avoiding the real issue? Who is she trying to appeal to?

  28. 28
    tabblenabble02 says:

    I think you’ll find that equalitarianism was a j e wish backed legal construction.

    Check out who many of the suffragettes were maried to and where that group were essentially congregated in the UK. Trotsky even visited there once.

    This group has form in promoting “wimmins rights. Isn’t that right Melanie?

  29. 29
    LOL says:

  30. 30
    Comrade Delta says:

    Polly found me to be above reproach.

    I would say this is a carte blanche to aggressively bed all the leftist cat I can get my podgy little hands on, but it sounds a bit racist to me.

    As long as I shoot off my gob into a loudhailer at our next rally I will regard myself as completely vindicated.

  31. 31
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Toynbee you really are an arsewipe. Why do you get on the BBC so much, is that a conspiracy?

  32. 32
    Kosher Fawkes says:

    Sssh! Don’t mention Grillo, the anti Goldman Sachs, anti Chosen Ones Anti-Semite goy bastard!

  33. 33
    Owin Jones says:

    Ed Balls visits garage in Eastleigh and first voter to whom he talks, Guido Fawkes,a right wing political blogger, says he’s voting Conservative.

  34. 34
  35. 35
    JH20348923458734 says:

    Yeah, lots of people paying tax to be shoveled in your direction, you dried out talentless hag.

  36. 36
    Vince says:

    If Nick goes, who will be the deputy PM?

  37. 37
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    So how do you go on Toynbee, if it’s humans at the till?

  38. 38
    Andy Burn 'em says:

    Don’t tell him Pike!

  39. 39
    Arryu C. Nyle says:

    In other words, Polly, let’s all laugh it off and go for a pint, ‘coz, after all, no harm done, really? Why don’t we all just have a singalong, too? Let’s sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day!

  40. 40
    Same post alert police says:

    Same post alert.

  41. 41
    Weygand says:

    I cannot see how any aspect of this story has anything positive to say about women and wonder what Emmeline Pankhurst would have thought about todays ‘Sufferergettes’?

  42. 42
    Polly Carbon Ate says:

    Very strange. Only a few days ago she was saying that pursuing one’s hobby at the local museum was far more important than work experience in retail.

    Jobs for old bone collectors.

  43. 43
    Rupert Murdoch says:

    Guido…sort out this for me will you…or you won’t receive any more of my Sunday morning shekels!

  44. 44
    Observer says:

    I was intrigued by some misdirection by the Eastleigh’s LibDem candidate on yesterday’s Channel 4 News hustings: with a yellow rosette and carefully chosen purple tie, he could easily have been mistaken for the UKIP candidate. Perhaps that’s what he is hoping for?

  45. 45
    Dirty Desmond says:

    That’s it Rupie boy, go get him!

  46. 46
    The vicky Pryce jury says:

    You wouldn’t get it over her head

  47. 47
    Eastleigh Voter says:

    That table looks electable, yarp

  48. 48
    Major Flip-Flop says:

    Cable just doesn’t like commitments

  49. 49
    Will says:

    by trying to blame the evil tories all polly is doing is undermining the real victims of this, What i find incredible is that a woman who is weathly with a holiday home in umbria and a multi million pound house in clapham, has no shame in knocking those below her

  50. 50
    And so is the Labour party says:

    Eastleigh Labour candidate John O Farrell believes it’s OK to blow up people who’s political views you disagree with.

  51. 51
    Will says:

    the real joke of all this is that the women who was working unpaid now has a part time job in ta da a supermarket. you could not make this up

  52. 52
    Observer says:

    Polly Tuscany writes of “Nick Clegg’s fumbling response”. Is that not rather unfortunate phraseology in view of the allegations?

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    It’s not about feminism- it’s about a powerful man in the Liberal party allegedly sexually assaulting women and the matter being covered up by party leaders.

  54. 54
    Weygand says:

    There has not been any accusation of assault.

  55. 55
    Old Uncle Rupe says:

    Poor old Pol – self service is all she gets.

  56. 56
    Old Uncle Rupe says:

    Is dat my boy Guidy playing dat dere banjo?

  57. 57
    Casual Observer says:

    Groping is sexual assault, if a complaint is made.

  58. 58
    Old Uncle Rupe says:

    Anyone below old Pol needs to hold their nose.

  59. 59
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    He shouldn’t be allowed to resign. The party bosses should fire him before he even thinks of resigning. Ditto any public sector employee caught bang to rights.

  60. 60
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    Maybe she should lie beneath a cow’s arse. Then she’d get a pat on her own arse.

  61. 61
    Casual Observer says:

    Misses the point that slightly higher skilled people, and generally more of them, are required to maintain the self service check outs, let alone secure them, design them and manufacture them.

    P0lly is a retarded mong.

  62. 62
    Casual Observer says:

    I liked the purple lighting C4 opted with. I know it is there colour, but looks nice.

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Messenger machine gunned as per. Ad hominem as per.

    No one then thinks it’s er, “a bit odd” timing wise? Anyone?

  64. 64
    Mong Watch says:

    More credible explanation of timing that P0lly’s green lizard version:

    C4 and others have been chasing this for a while but no victims were willing to come forward.

    Huhne’s push the boat out lying, which would likely have been known inside the party, combined with the Sav!le progress probably gave victims the gumption to come forward, as they did.

    C4, as Newman states, had to go through a lot of legal hoops compared to print media as they are a regulated broadcaster. Then, once all that was cleared, they had to get the program out ASAP before someone else scooped.

    The only possible conspiracy here is that the print media gave way to C4 and allowed them to break, which was likely much more common journalistic courtesy than anything else.

    P0lly and the Guardian are clearly on the outside of most of the real news loops, hence her rather bizarre article.

    OJ Simpleton is another example of such a toy Garfield columnist who is merely stuck to the rear window of current events looking back.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Ahhh … what is more amusing?

    Watching the ones in the red rosettes scream themselves blue in the face about dirty tricks?

    Or is the fun in watching the ones with the blue rosettes suddenly condemn (sic) someone for sexual impropriety?

    Or is the fun in knowing that all outside your little Westminster bubble know that skullduggery, sexual perversion, and of course, let’s not forget, gross hypocrisy, are all par for the course for each any every one of you guillottine fodder fucks?

    Let’s face it, groping non-consenting adult women is beyond the pale for 99% of us, but almost choir-boy behaviour for the a member of the depraved beyond redemption British Establishment. Lying, cheating, and every form of moral depravity is your daily bread.

    If you really think that exposing of one the subjectively less disgusting of your rotten little club will score you by-election points, you really have under-estimated the depth and breadth of contempt that is universally felt for your
    in-bred and putrid little PPE clan.

  66. 66
    G Brown lover of Prudence says:


  67. 67
    Fishy says:

    If that had been a Tory telling everyone that there’s nothing to see / these complaints amount to politicking, we would never have heard the last of it.

    The Guardian should sack the cow.

  68. 68
    It's bleedin' obvious says:

    I’m astonished. Though anti-lib-dem as anyone here, and anti-Polly too, I congratulate her for getting it right in this case. Nothing but dirty tricks before the election. What seems to have upset the women in this case is their ambition, and their imagination of what they might be asked to submit to; not any actual harm. They were all adults, after all. They should have told the man where to get off in very clear terms. If he persisted after that, report him immediately.

  69. 69
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    You know I too had wondered if there were dirty tricks afoot to bring this out at this time. However that Polly Twaddle thinks this is the case leads me to now discount the suspicion. She’s never been right about anything.

  70. 70
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Better it was on her face – might improve it.

  71. 71
    Polly Toynbee's Tuscan maid says:

    My employer no good. She lock me up. She make me hurt real bad. Help me Mr Gideon, help me!!

  72. 72
    Bod says:

    Odd. I don’t recall Polly coming to the defense of Lord McAlpine when he was falsely accused.

    But I must have missed it.

    I mean, she must have done.

    Mustn’t she?

  73. 73
    Polly T (surname witheld) says:

    Apart from Carpet World, where do I go to get felt?

  74. 74
    B Boyd says:

    No. Nothing wrong with the Grauniad or any of its unbiased reporting.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    She is so nasty

  76. 76
    keredybretsa says:

    At no time or on any occasion did his hands leave his arms and wander off on their own.

  77. 77
    Andrew says:

    Sounds like Galloway talking about Assange.

    If you ever feel tempted to wring somebody’s bloody neck who deserves it: just remember that if you do and they bang you up you just might miss the chance to wring Polly’s – and she deserves it more.

  78. 78
    Just Saying says:

    Who on earth would have ever considered Polly T as a sexual object?
    OK, the husband, but he could have been drunk all the time.

  79. 79
    Idiot voter says:

    My vote is for Danny Alexander as he is the only one willing to treat the coalition as a coalition.

  80. 80
    I'm only saying. says:

    Time wise why did the Pope resign now?
    Conspiracy theorists abound – and where was Margaret Thatcher? Dennis Skinner and the BBC want to know – NOW!

  81. 81
    Edward. says:

    Oh dear, Polly is guardianista numero uno and chatterati fruitloop, she just cannot help herself poor dahling!

    Ugh and – damn it! She must defend the faith with all of her working class values in defending the poor and those indigents with no assets and far less gifted than Polly [why does she waste her precious time on the ungrateful masses – Gaia only knows].
    But – no mention of defending the rights of the women involved though – “it’s the principle at stake here ffs – now hurry up and pass that Bolly wench or it’ll be back to El Republika Philipinas…..for you!” – said Polly.

    btw – have you sold the Tuscan villa yet luv -wot are you going to do with all those saved air-miles ma cherie?

  82. 82
    Just Saying. says:

    Like they did to Jimmy Saville you mean? He did molest women as well as children.
    Rennard will be shown to be a serial sex pest / offender whose reputation as such was known to the Lib Dem management, but he was considered too important to address in a formal manner.
    Its just the BBC and Saville all over again, my dear.

  83. 83
    Polly Twaddle Duck says:

    You are so nice to me. Will you marry me?

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    GDS says:

    I didn’t realise the sexually incontinent Lard PressClot was a PPE grad. Oh, he’s not, you’re just a biased, self serving, narrow minded hypocrite.

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    The wicked witch of toynbee says:

    Caught “banging” to rights perhaps?

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    A passing retarded mong says:

    Oi! She worst than me

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    John Snowman says:

    Oh for FFS!.
    C4 clearly had this in progress long before Huhne resigned. Do you think that they were just sitting on it until a by-election popped-up in a Liberal seat?

    Politicians are always getting scandalised. It is quite possible that these will sometimes coincide with political events.

    And last I heard, C4 news wasn’t exactly working for the Tory Party!

  88. 88
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Ah, but he and the Conservative Party, asked for it don’t yah know!

    After-all, what better way to deflect attention from Labour’s most ardent and influential media supporters at the BBC.

  89. 89
    Mark O@ten says:

    Someone say “blowup”

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