April 2nd, 2013

A Masterclass in Miliband Spin

How convenient that “fascist” Di Canio gave David Miliband the perfect chance to loudly leave his £25,000 job at Sunderland Football Club on a matter of principle. How convenient too, that the former Labour-leader-in-waiting is getting away just at the time widespread anger is boiling over in Africa at the club’s sponsor: a sponsor that David Miliband secured. Regular readers will remember Tullow Oil.

According to the Guardian, David played a vital role in forging the Sunderland deal with Tullow, the African oil firm who have been humiliated this week after accusing the Ugandan President of being involved in a $50 million bribe, leading to the company making a grovelling apology.

This sort of hiccup cannot have gone down too well with Miliband’s other employers – he is an advisor to African leaders through Tony Blair’s African Governance Initiative. Along with his escape to New York, a cynic would say Miliband saw a perfect excuse to spin this one…


  1. 1
    Stroke it says:

    D Miliband is Hilary’s Toy Boy.

  2. 2
    Vic Halom says:

    If that is true you better buy him a pint then.

  3. 3
    David Minibanana says:

    I’m a smarmy, self-serving champagne socialist and I’m off on a Mandy ‘Make Me A Multi-Millionaire’ jolly. Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !!

  4. 4
    pissed off voter says:

    Spot on. Milliband resigning on principle? WTF would he find a principle?

  5. 5
    The guys at the betting shop says:

    He’s a dodgy chancer.

  6. 6
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Paolo Di Canio column: The transfer window is a good thing

    BBC Sport have signed up one of football’s most controversial and colourful characters, Paolo Di Canio.
    The former Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham star will be writing a monthly column for the Sport website, discussing life as Swindon Town manager and commenting on the game’s big issues.
    To kick-off, the Italian talks about the transfer window…


    Why was this a non story on BBC News when BBC Sport encouraged him to reach out to a wider audience? Then Sunderland sign Di Canio, Milband resigns without even attempting to convert him…

  7. 7
    Coffee and cake says:

    Miliband is emigrating. Of course he is resigning from Sunderland. He should have resigned a few weeks ago.

  8. 8
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

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    Milicunt says:

    Lets not forget rendition.

  10. 10
    Joyce Thacker says:

    He’s only going to America to meet the parents of the children he bought

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    LaTeX jonny says:

    Miliband is not emigrating: he’s running to a cushie job secured by his pal B£ier et al. Please don’t confuse him with ten-pound poms.

  13. 13
    Milicunt says:

    Miliband is the heir to Blair, a slippery, slimy, crooked piece of shit.

  14. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    Not exactly ‘in the loop’ as Vice Chairman – watches match on Saturday. Club sack manager and appoint new one next day. He then resigns as the club have appointed a ‘facist’.

    Must have felt like he did when the Unions told him; ‘by the way David, we’ve appointed Ed as leader’

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    Lord Stansted says:

    at the end of the rainbow?

  16. 16
    Smell the glove says:

    Good riddance he can’t even do the mcDuff thing properly!

  17. 17
    Moussa Koussa Mark 8 says:

    Poor Gidders is a QPR fan, and Call Me a Sheep is a Villa man

    Oh dear !!!!

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    Lord Stansted says:


  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    If I want to buy a house all my details including price paid are available on line to anyone.
    If I vote, all my details are in the local library for all to see.
    If I buy a plane, all my details and address are online for all to see.
    If I buy a boat, its details and my surname and installed equipment are listed online for all to see.
    If I start a company, all the director details are available online for all to see.
    If I own a farm, every piece of stone walling is detailed online for the thieves to select.

    If however I wish all other tax payers to pay for my up-keep my details are secret and unquestioned by anyone.

  20. 20
    Dennis Tueart says:

    If you need any help my consultancy fees are very reasonable

  21. 21
    Coffee and cake says:

    He won’t be back.

  22. 22
    The Prodigal Son says:

    All I know is that the BBC went into official mourning when Miliband said he was running away to America to escape his brother.

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    We in the meeedja says:

    I think we should have an organisation dedicated to the persecution of people in public life in relation to their legally held political beliefs (together with appropriate branding of said offender). Left of centre politicos will be exempt from the Inquisition.

  24. 24
    Dick Malone says:

    I bet you wouldn’t say that to his face.

  25. 25
    Owen Jones says:

    Tory populism: wheeling out some of the most privileged men in Britain to tell the lower orders they have it too easy. Reprehensible.

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    Charlie says says:

    In unrelated news, Lewis Atkinson the SAFC fan who set up an Anti-Fascist Group and was interviewed by BBC news 24, praising David Miliband for stepping down would appear to a Labour activist / failed NEC candidate.

    http://lewisatkinson.co.uk/ twitter.com/lewisatkinson http://www.facebook.com/Lewis4NEC

    Needless to say BBC didn’t mention this.

    In other unrelated news, Labour will be looking for a candidate for DM’s seat shortly.

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    gildedtumbril says:

    The millipede cannot be ‘hilary’s toyboy’ as she ‘bats on the left field’.
    International Rescue is, I have heard,is a front for the CIA.
    He is also much more of a fascist than Di Canio and falls in the same category as david dimplebum who brook no comment, critiscism or debate of the Frankfurt Crap.

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    Bobby Kerr says:

    Dont use any funny words with me pal

  29. 29
    Richie Pitt says:

    I’ll kick him into the back of the stand if you like.

  30. 30
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    The David Prescott Daily is out! http://paper.li/davidprescott

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    James Montgomery says:

    Are you trying to make me go bosseyed now ?

  32. 32
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Labour populism: starting illegal wars and renditioning asylum seekers and delivering them to torturing dictators. Lying to the British public. Reprehensible.

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    genghiz the kahn says:


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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Funny how Miliband did not see anything remotely worthy of resignation, during the Braun Blitz on the economy.

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    Dennis Tueart says:

    Left wingers are always trouble you know.

  36. 36
    Kim Jong deux says:

    Months ago! He should never have been involved, must have been the money that attracted this loser! Good Riddance! Thank you New York!

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    Red Egg Millitit... Social Naturist or Notional Socialist says:

    Methinks that the Left do protest too much ;)

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    Chris Guthrie says:

    That is more than you can say for left backs

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    Charlie says says:

    In unrelated news, Lewis Atkinson the SAFC fan who set up an Anti-Fascist Group and was interviewed by BBC news 24, praising David Miliband for stepping down would appear to a Labour activist / failed NEC candidate.

    Needless to say BBC didn’t mention this.

    In other unrelated news, Labour will be looking for a candidate for DM’s seat shortly.

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    Vic Halom says:

    I am very sorry but I appear to have just broken your nose.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    “I bet you wouldn’t say that to his face.”

    Which one?

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    Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two bog seats, two Jags & Shags. says:

    The sins of the fathers shall be visited on the sons.

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    He's just andother broken-hearted socialist giving up on a defeated cause says:

    D Miliband is yesterday’s news. He’s history.


  45. 45
    Guido Fawkes says:

    Remember in debates about welfare cuts that the weak economy is the biggest crisis facing most households. Lack of growth is catastrophic.

  46. 46
    Waltham Forest Council says:

    Shouldn’t that sign be in Bulgarian?

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    In a nutshell says:

    Miliband is an odious granstanding c unt.

  48. 48
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    The rate of unemployment in the eurozone hit 12% in February, a record high, official figures show.

    Come on the UK,you can do better than that,go for 20% for heavens sake.

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    A Saver says:

    Lack of growth is not catastrophic. Yet.

    The debasement of the currency and the growth of the government debt are catastrophic, however.

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    No one in the NE or SAFC will regret the departure of Miliband,parachuted into a safe seat,he had absolutely no connection with the NE and certainly not SAFC,the supporters of SAFC couldnt care less if DeCanio has expressed an interest in Fascism they just want a winning football team,I cant recall anyone kicking off when Milliband was appointed because his father was a Marxist a bigger crime than Fascism in my view,

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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I would never resign on a principle. Boaz.

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    David Miliband says:

    See, you do something like help snag a shirt sponsor for a barely-holding-on-in-the-premier-league football team, which allows them a lot more money in terms of transfer negotiations with star players in order to cement the team’s place in the bigs, meanwhile you’re helping African economic development in the process as well (and of course, I don’t condone any dodginess in how that’s accomplished), and then, what do the club go and do but hire a wop who wants to bring back the days of Old Bullet-Head? I mean, what’s the son of a good Leftie professor to do in that instance? And I don’t want to cause embarrassment for Li’l Bruvva either, much as you might think otherwise. What choice do I have, FFS? That a desirable job opened up in New York just before all this went public, and I took it, is pure happenstance.

    Well, anyway, that’s my story, and I’m going to stick to it, see?

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    MB. says:

    How much was he paid? Various figures being given – £25,000, £50,000, £75,000, £125,000, ‘£125,000 since 2011′. Mail says that for 15 days ‘work’.

  54. 54
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Before you piss off to the States can you return the knife to you know who. The one you found sticking in your back.

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    be social. havabeer says:

    being social is a good thing.
    when the world is divide and rule.

    the ism after social exists to divi
    being contained in a social environment is for 4sum.

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    Owen Jones says:

    5000 Strongly Agree with Owen Jones- Farewell to the NHS: a dear and trusted friend murdered by Tory ideologues http://ind.pn/12aepxa

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    Anonymous says:

    Has Lord Ahmed been kicked out of the Labour Party for his anti semitic rants? Maybe Dave M could spare some time out of his busy schedule saving the world to comment on the noble Lord.

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    Pawn Sandwich says:

    He definitely won’t be back. His brother stabbed him in the back as a back bencher, can you imagine what he would do as prime minister,

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    Corinne Stockheath says:

    Which figure would you like it to be?

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    Ex-Tory says:

    David Miliband failed to secure good A levels, but stole a place for reserved for disasdvantaged working-class kids to enter Oxford, thanks to his father, an Oxford Don. Whilst in Govt, adoption became ever more difficult and pc. Instead of going through such a process he went to the US to buy babies. He’s an avowed athiest, but rather than let his kids attend the local poor performing, very mulit-cultural school, he started going to church to get them into the much better, whiter church school. He’s now got a job that distributes British taxpayers money to corrupt African regimes, who then pay corrupt ex-PMs, thanks to his mate Blair. Meanwhile, taxpayers continue to pay security for Blair.

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    Tom says:

    Seems odd that when Tories act like this they’re good capitalists but socialists are money grabbing scum.
    You should rejoice that the left have been dragged to the right of the dividing line.
    Thatcher is.

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    not a machine says:

    I rather liked the reiteration of the denial the week before about sour grapes over not being on the front bench … somewhere the Benn Dynasty will be feeling more secure

    I somehow dont think the 2 eds are going to make it to next christmas , one nation was basically just drivel and Eds response to budget was nearer a clown making ballon shapes to make the kids smile and hardly anyone spotted obvious dilemma or bull for that matter , but ten it would have rebounded on ed anyway I mean it is labours watch debt crisis when all said and done , but to me it looks like some different choices have bee taken earlier on , which I shouted about , yes we shoul d miss another dip , today some mighty strong medicene has been given in terms of overseeing UK banking (coughs …. why didnt labour have such things in place)

    Totally pissed off with labour , they have buggered the benefits sytem , we cant afford it they spent so much so obscenly , speak to them locally they are having none of it , it wasnt us it was banks (9 bankers in labour govt) ,left this country totaly trashed for a decade , they smile and draw there 64k salary making a play out of sottish play that keeps em in the game as though they had pulled off some sort of political genius masterstroke , I mean you would hve to be pretty nuts to coprehend the term genius wen millions of yor own client voters were shuffling round in bgger ques getting spanked by trainee torquemda now n teasury , 1.2 mn manufacturing jobs were lost under labour , gone never to be seen again , now we have bedroom tax on a benefit , i mean isnt the idea of benefits that your so near to absolute dependency , mmmm I know says osbourne lets tax them , why not just make it possible to move oh well suppose middle incomes will have to downsize , never mind the dependency lot , come to think of it whle were breathin all heavy on dependency culture , can we have some legislation to tip the pockets of corrupt mps , how does the socalist D milliband earn £2m while being paid to do his elected job for £64 k , why cant we take some wealth out of these corrupt bankers , bedroom tax ….. I want a bollocks tax , for any public or corporate office holder that just lies and makes suckers ot of the public and there money and livings . Osbourne wants to make work pay , well how come then , he cant explain what should happen to town like merthyr then , why has he not take up eds chalenge on sky then . some oe must correlate that the more political people and power we have had , the more we ave gone down the crapper . go on what was the cost of politics in 1982 just after we had been to IMF , compared to this box of leeches teling grandma how to suck eggs , they have had the shirt of our backs , by mismanagement when in power , why cant we tip there pockets , tax there salaries for being basicaly just liars and contempt for jobs and peoples livings .

    (note normal servcie is unlikey to resume as i cant make up my mind if we have just seen another bunch of tossers appear and Blair and brown were bad enough )

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    timeshift like the contented peacock. says:

    happi.sad is in the heart.
    anger is the weakness within the navel.
    peep into the heart.
    for stronger times.

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    A Pleb says:

    Why is he still a ‘lord’?

  65. 65
    A Reader says:

    Too long. Get your own blog

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    Cyril Ames says:

    Heard this in Private Eye first.

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    Oliver Twisted says:

    Exactly. Tie up all the loose ends and he is now nothing more than a Charity case. Good riddance and may he never set foot in the UK ever again.

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    Observer says:

    Is that a survey to see whether we have at least 5000 imbeciles in the UK?

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    not a machine says:

    Too short your a bit dim

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    Anonymous says:

    “How convenient too, that the former Labour-leader-in-waiting is getting away just at the time widespread anger is boiling over in Africa at the club’s sponsor!”

    How convenient for you that happens at this time. So you say.

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    The Grim Reaper says:

    What were Militwits main achievements in government?

    Didn’t he destroy the Foreign Office historic Library as FM? Didn’t he or TweedleMili introduce the petrol escalator? Didn’t he promote mass wind farms?

    Errr….that’s it.

    What a loss to our national life.

    Now he can SPad Off.

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    Nogbad the Bad says:

    Yes, but well worth the effort of reading it.

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    Tosspot says:

    The “fascist” Di Canio reaction is interestingly by said Non Political Sports Journalists and yet Communist Union Leaders are acceptable.
    Fascist or Communist, they are each as repugnant as the other with little difference between them.
    If we revile one, then let us publicly revile the other or let us have more Fascists as a balance against Political Communism.
    Yin and Yang, so to speak.

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    Webwrights says:

    Furthermore, as a director of the club, he would undoubtedly have known, some time ago, that di Canio was being sounded out for the job, after he became suddenly available by leaving Swindon (on a point of genuine principle, it should be noted).

    Thus Miliband had plenty of time to confect his outrage, and contrive to appear to be a man of principle – by resigning within minutes – rather than one who had deserted his constituents in a grubby mixture of petulant thwarted ambition and pursuit of the big paycheck.

    Yes, masterly spin indeed.

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    JH32904823094801 says:

    You are of course willfully ignoring the hypocrisy of the Champagne socialists who bang on about protecting the poor and downtrodden to stimulate their moral superiority glands, while enriching themselves beyond belief.

    Thatcher is? Do you still get paid for incomplete posts?

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    Resident of 96.99% white Merseyside says:

    Don’t know what to make of DM now.

    Back in about 2003 I remember him saying “Britain is a richer, fairer and more confident place than ever before”. I was so impressed with these words I wrote them down.

    To think of how we were ALL living the New Labour dream back then. Doubt if anyone cares to admit it now.

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    Anonymous says:

    Nicky Campbell of BBC radio 5 had a phone in this morning about the “fascist”.
    He interviewed an expert Italian historian who talked about Mussolini. He informed Campbell that Mussolini was on the left of the political spectrum, he was actually a socialist! Campbell was gob smacked!

    Campbell,Miliband and Mussolini – all socialists and on the left. :-)

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    Resident of 96.99% white Merseyside says:

    Perhaps he was a shareholder in Binns?

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    Fish says:

    Despite the promise of a referendum, with Brown, he signed the Lisbon Treaty giving even more of our freedoms to the EU

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    Anonymous says:

    Has mili ever had a real job where he had to cut it in the real world?

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    Fish says:

    There was another one on the BBC news last night who said he would not be going to games while DiCanio was in charge….It said ‘Sunderland Supporter’ on the caption but this particular ‘supporter’ was called Bob Hudson. A google shows that he is a professor of social this that or the other at Durham Uni, and (or has been) an elected politician and writes regularly for the BBC print arm, ‘The Guardian’.

    If it is one and the same person, it’s disgraceful. The BBC regularly passes off activists as the ‘man-in-the-street’ – it’s time that they were taken to task.

    Mind you it’ not that the new DG will be in the slightest bit bothered, he apparently doesn’t believe that the BBC leans to the left

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    Anonymous says:

    Has he never heard of The National Socialist Party and Hitler?

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    Ed Milliebrain says:

    We impoverished millionaires on labour benches are determined to defend the poorest plebs in the country from the posh millioniares on the other benches.. they’re more reprehensible than we are…honest.

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    A fascist apparently says:

    I keep reading in the media of the rising protest at the appointment of Di Canio and the “principled” stance of millie the loser. But all I read on the sunderland fans blogs is overriding outrage at the media hype and the publicity seeking betrayal by millie. Why if Di Canio is such a terrible person was there no problem when he played for a southern team..you know West Ham, that bastion of left wing and rational thinkers.
    The overriding view of fans is..lets play football.

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    A fascist apparently says:

    Apparently the GMB have withdrawn their financial sponsorship for sunderland. I wonder if union dues were meant to be used to pay for free seats in a football ground. Surely the honest diligent trade union bosses dont take advantage of the free hospitality that would of course come with such sponsorship.

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    A fascist apparently says:

    The facts dont need to get in the way of a good story

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    fire's too good for them says:

    he’s almost certainly after the sec of state job under Obama or Hillary Clinton in due course.
    Oh, and that charity he’s supposed to be running is a complete front for the CIA
    And what’s the difference between a fascist background and a marxist background? Let’s also not forget he’s desperately pro-EU and the ‘community method’ aka fascism. *anker

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    N.E. Citadel of Light says:

    Great fucking riddance to another incompentent and total hypocrite.

    One down, one to go.

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    New Town Toff, Edinburgh says:

    Oddball Milliband resigns from Sunderland (just as he happens to be packing up for New York incidentally) on the grounds that Di Canio is racist and unacceptable to black players. Did it occur to this political geek that most black African countries are one-party states and, by definition, fascist?

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    US Immigration says:

    Tell me Sir, have you or any member of the family either now or in the past been a member of the Communist Party.

    Hooray hooray, his whole life and family will now be despised and suffer daily insult.

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    Anonymous says:

    I spoke to someone I know who is on one of these placement schemes he is in his late twenties works for three weeks then has three weeks off whilst another person works in the job, so I would half the Govt figures of new so called jobs

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    James Joyce says:

    Ah, stream of consciousness stuff, love it.

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    John says:

    What I find deplorable is that for a club that Miliband took money from (presumably for doing something, although fuck-knows what use a failed political geekboy is to a football club we’ll never know) that he hasn’t wasted anytime shitting on the club and painting it’s owners as fascists.

    That is, frankly, self serving cvntdom of the first order. We will not miss this childish little tosser when he emigrates.

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    MB. says:

    I wonder if there would have been as much a fuss if had said he was a communist – responsible for far more deaths then the Fascists.

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    I was a boring old tory fart but not any more now my eyes have been opened & I will be VOTING UKIP says:

    Mr Fawkes I am really really shocked to learn that one of our elected
    representatives of the Cons*LieLabor*LebDims unholy alliance would stoop
    so low as to spin the appointment of the new football manager at
    Sunderland for political gain.

    Never Sir Never…………

    Why next you will be saying a serving Minister in this Coalition was so
    economical with the truth. He had to resign & are now serving time
    at Her Maj*esty’s Plea*sure………!!!!!

    And the current Leader of the Leb*Dims was like the Three (un)wise Mon*keys claiming he Heard Nothing, Did not see anything & is not Saying
    anything regarding one his Leb*Dim MP’s and his long history of large pecca*dillo’s & who is supposed to represent one of the oldest Navel Cities where the wreck of Mary Rose is now located……

    What they are both 100% true…….!!!! I’m speechless……..

    A large G & T is called for…….

    Before my rant at a national newspaper editor

    What is the world coming to……..No Standards what so ever……

    Its good that I heard that chap called Nigel speaking today, he made

    excellent sensible points & I will certainly VOTE for his UKIP party from now

    on…….along with lots & lots of EX tory supp*orters

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    Anonymous says:

    In the normal world a private enterprise business carrying out what Fascist Milliband has just pulled off with Tullow Oil and Sunderland FC is called bribery and corruption.

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    BBC Radio 5 (Labour) Commissioner says:

    What the fuck happened there? How did this guy get through our vetting procedures?

    We NEVER admit that fascism is about big government and supremacy of the state over the individual, just like us. NEVER. Remember, if it is not very nice, it must ergo be right wing. That’s the meme. Push it.

    Next time, get one of our Labour activist bruvvers or sisstuz to pretend to be an expert or member of the public, like we usually do.

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    Socialism = starvartion says:

    I don’t recall di Canio seeking to defend torture as Foreign Secretary, or supporting invasions of faraway lands, he wasn’t even born when Abyssinia, Albania, France, Greece and the USSR were attacked by Italy.

    Whereas Milliband…

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    Truthteller says:

    Of course he did, we all know what the Miliband’s are.

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    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:


    I am not a fascist
    I never was a fascist
    I will never be a fascist

    In fact so detached am I from the doctrines of the Emperor. Der Fuehrer . And. Il. Duce that I hereby pledge my undying allegiance to the socialist policies of. That nice upcoming leader. Kim. Jong. Eun …… Oops

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    Truthteller says:

    That’s only an 1/16th of what he is, the rest is unprintable.

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    Anonymous says:

    His whole life is a Fraud, Von Milliband as he’s known in certain circles due to his Father being a Nazi Spy.

    Yep, it’s true. Fuck him and let’s hope he gets mistaken for a black man by NYPD.

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    Berlock says:

    Piss off Miliband you will not be missed,over the past 2 years there have been more sitings of Elvis in South Shields than Abel Miliband.

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    Jimmy says:

    I’m I the only one who thinks the Lemon Party may now have a by election candidate? Someone with name recognition, solid right credentials who can make the point that the party only hates the EU, not Europeans per se.

    Just a thought.

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    John Tandy says:

    David Miliband was one of B Liars most trusted advisors and as I have claimed before, he is now being rewarded with B Liars support for the £300.000 a year charity job he has just landed. How on earth can a man pocketing that amount of charity donations, relate to the poorest and most needy in this world, which is his job now? After witnessing around 100 employees of a large international charity partying in Sri Lanka shortly after the tragedy there, whilst staying at the Browns Beach Hotel in Negombo, a party which I am reliably informed cost in excess of Rs1 million Sri Lankan rupees about £5000) of donors cash, drinking fine wines and eating the very best food, I no longer give to large charities but only directly into the hands of those I truly believe are in need. The latest scandal involving the British overseas aid program which Cam has ring fenced despite having to borrow the £11 billion to then give away, is that it is being used by the largest recipient Pakistan, to fund political parties, much to the disgust of Imran Khan for example, amongst many others. Charities and aid are nothing more a business today, as such, maybe we should distribute our aid in the form of infrastructure projects built by British workers, the same way that China distributes its aid to Africa and places like Sri Lanka, where they have recently completed the construction of a deep port facility and a second airport, not that that country needed either, when many there cannot afford even a bowl of rice and vegetables, let alone a plane ticket or cruise, but it reduces the unemployment level in China, secures them much needed goods in exchange for their aid. Overseas aid given China benefits the Chinese as much as it does the recipients. Now there’s an idea Mr Cameron !

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    pitts says:

    David Miliband must have a very convenient conscience, an Italian fascist is unacceptable but an illegal war and rendetion is OK when he was foreign secretary and a member of the blair and brown junta . I imagine the £300,000 pa will be plus expenses and be tax free .

    A company law point, a director of a company must act in that company’s best interest . To cause a media storm on a departure can not be the correct couse of action for a director who is leaving . He has caused Sunderland problems but puts himself in a very good light . Could the club sue him for his breach of director’s duties .

    Thirdly an Italian fascist is not the same as a German Nazi .

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    NE Frontiersman says:

    Which charity? Do tell, please, we all need to know.

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    Tom says:

    Incomplete? For people that need things spelt out to the Nth degree perhaps.
    Milliband represented a shift in the Labour party to the right in an attempt to take on Thatcherism.
    Hypocrisy occurs everywhere (see your post for starters) – Conservatives should take comfort that the only option to Thatcherism was Thatcherism Lite (Blairism).
    Or you could just carry on making half arsed comments which appear to be motivated by jealousy.

  109. 109
    Major Plonquer says:

    Fascism? The last thing we need in football is a bunch of guys in black shirts running around, making hand signals, ordering people around and blowing whistles.

  110. 110
    Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond says:

    Does anybody else loathe these greasy Labour hypocrites?
    They’re all raking in the money personally, usually hidden from the gaze of the general public, yet spout off like Banana Man to grab the headlines.
    It’s not that I’m a fan of greasy money-grubbing Tories, but if you’re going to take a high ‘moral’ stance on things as these Labour pricks do then either live up to what that means on a personal level or **** off and do something else, that’s what I think.
    To think I have voted for Labour in past elections too. Never again.

  111. 111
    FLETCH says:

    the time lines here are all wrong
    Sunderland sacked their manager after the Man United (that’s the football team, not the gay bar) game, and appointed DiCanio in less than 48 hours.
    As vice chair Millyboy must have been part of both of these decisions, which must have been taken long before Fergie’s lot ever got on the bus to Dunderland.
    Why did he not announce his resignation from parliament and the football club at the same time
    Looks to me like a good day to bury bad news all over again
    All the talk is about fascism, and Millyboy looks good, and nobodys is asking why he left the sinking ship of which his brother is captain, and Balls is cabin boy ?

  112. 112
    Penny Red says:


    You absolute idiot Ann Barnes giving a responsible post to 17 year old Paris Brown. Haven’t you ever heard of Ellie Gellard?

  113. 113
    Frank says:

    Well If you live in the Dayton Area Check https://daytondonations.com

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