April 19th, 2013

To Boldly Go Where No Chancellor Has Gone Before AA+

Movie star Benedict Cumberbatch is a textbook metropolitan lefty, almost apologising for being middle class as he attacked arts spending cuts during a speech at a TUC rally in 2010. Surely just a coincidence that his new role as the baddie in Star Trek casts him as the spitting image of George Osborne. “Into Darkness”, just as Fitch downgrades Britain’s credit rating from AAA to AA+…

Pic via @tweeter_anita


  1. 1
    Tosspot says:

    They say that s e x is the best form of exercise. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think 2 minutes and 15 seconds every 3 months is going to shift this beer belly.

  2. 2
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Doesn’t his name sound like a “heavy” in some Dickens novel?

  3. 3
    Dan Hodges says:

    I was just on the laptop in my treasure vault, and entered a state of aghastigation on reading this on the BBC News website, thus:

    “LATEST: Blogs with turnover of less than £2m will not be subject to new system of press regulation, government says.”

    I literally dropped the emerald sceptre I was polishing and now there’s Gold-o everywhere.

    Does that mean that, because I’ve pulled my finger out and made a moderated success of my blog, that I’ll be opening myself to the bureaucratic supervision of the ‘mens with the pens’ down at City Hall, or whatever the English equivalent of that term is?

    No blogger worth their vinegar could lower their game so much that they failed to cross that income threshold. I’m sure this measure will be met with as much scorn in the blogosphere as the recently touted ‘Helicopter Tax’.

    I will need my diamond studded aghastity belt, a strong cup of Gold Blend and some swan sandwiches to settle my nerves while I contemplate this, and possibly write a blog on the subject, using too many exclamation marks!!!!

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    In case people had forgotten under this government benefits increases went up faster than salary. Last year benefit increase was 5.8% but salary went up by 0.8%, if you exclude increases top management gets salary increases are 0% or negative.

    Maximum benefits is £26,000 a year, someone has to earn over £35,000 gross. Families are going to split up and get £52,000 in benefits or its like £85,000 salary.

  5. 5
    The Maitre D’ of M’Lard Prezza’s local Takeaway says:

    John is an avid fan of our products, – as he is of all artistic endeavour! – we aim only to serve the finest local orgasmic produce – served just as our customers prefer! John’s preference is for fat greasy non-entities that won’t answer back! Boyos are more Mandelscums’ speciality.

  6. 6
    You mean . . . ? says:

    Like the late Minster of Global whats’it and his missus over a slight disag over who was a’droivin ‘n that?

  7. 7
    let's seehow long this comment lasts says:

    any chance you can have a word with the sun and ask them why the shard in the background of a picture purportedly taken on the day of the thatcher funeral appears to be incomplete…

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    I am surprised how left and right politic has changed, its very confusing now. People who say they are cutting are spending more. People who wants to reduce welfare spending are giving people on welfare 5.8% increases while people work are getting 0% increase or even cuts in salary.

    People who say they are the supporters of conservative (old) values want man to marry man.

    Life is confusing

  9. 9
    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.

  10. 10
    Hey Dan! says:

    Getting disparate? – try some Cow Pie! And while you’re at it, spare a thought for the millions of people due to be denied State Hand-outs that will upset the life-style to which they have become SO accustomed!

    As for anyone who is not a “teacher” – well . . . tough!

  11. 11
    Blowing Bubbles says:

    Would this be the same Fitch that rated all the CDOs and MBSs (liar loans) as AAA?

  12. 12
    Desperate 'Dave' says:

    I’m trying to find a formula that works fgs!

  13. 13
    An O/S Scam recipient says:

    Just don’t cut our portion buddy!

  14. 14
    butchercameron says:

    2.5 million unemployed
    2.0 million run out of JSA entitlement
    1.0 million on Work Programme and Community Action Programme (count as in work)
    0.5 million long term benefit sanctions

    TOTAL 6 million unemployed

    It doesn’t even include zero hours and those in part time who want full time, yet the media keeps reporting how good unemployment figures are. What a joke.

    Funny how unemployment always goes through the roof when the Tories come to power. Is it due to their economic incompetence or are they just ‘soft on scroungers’ and keep increasing benefits?

  15. 15
    What similarity? says:

    Geedo’s getting pretty desperate.

  16. 16
    Tachybaptus says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch does not look like Osborne. As is well known, he looks like an otter:


  17. 17
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    Austerity is being used as an excuse for an ideological attack on the poor, disabled and low paid, while the real culprits continue to have money thrown at them in the form of QE. They still receive obscene bonuses, pay and have faced no legal action for the mess they created and their other illegal activities.

    In fact they get rewarded very well for their f**kups

  18. 18
    P. Niss says:

    Balls is right as was Darling. Triple dip recession/depression/stagnation is the only thing Osbourne will bring us

  19. 19
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Was it very cloudy and hid the skyline? And the Sun wanted a symbolic London vista?

  20. 20
    M6 Troll says:

    Let’s be honest. Osborne and this rabid government supported by the Lib Fibs are carrying out class war. They know exactly what they are doing and are fully aware they only have one term to do it. Blood on their hands.

  21. 21

    +1,000,000,000,000 and some.

  22. 22
    Will.scousers.ever.stop.stealing.ids says:

    But not the 5% recession that Brown/Darling brought us. And I seem to recall it was those two tossers who threw the most money at bankers.

  23. 23
    Kim wrong 'un says:

    Come on Blittan.
    You know you no likee austerity.
    You wanna be equal like all North Koreans are. Vote Red Ed and everyone be fair.
    Everyone equal. Party members much more equal, but don’t ever mention that or we kill you.

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    WTF says:


  25. 25
    Yourak Hunt says:

    Fuck off numpty.

  26. 26
    Will.scousers.ever.stop.stealing.ids says:

    Excuse me but after 13 years of a crappy Labour government there were more people unemployed than when they came to power.


  27. 27
    BBC Socialist Morons & socialist leeches on BBC iPlayer says:

    BBC lefty Scum. I am pleased I don’t pay these morons & leeches.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Well, years ago we had well educated people who has done real jobs running the government. Nowadays we have so called PR experts and once who studied history are running the government and economy.

    It all becoming a joke. What they want to achieve ends up achieving the opposite for the nation.

    Years ago people who achieved in real life came to serve the nation. Nowadays we have people who came straight to public service or very minimal real life experience to serve themselves at nation’s expense.

  29. 29
    Yourak Hunt says:

    And you can fuck off also numpty.

  30. 30

    It serves to show how far the building would have developed if Labour style labour relations had been in force?

  31. 31
    Brown out & pay me damages. Respect my legal rights. says:

    Star Trek is for arseholes who never grow up!

  32. 32
    Will.scousers.ever.stop.stealing.ids says:

    Anyone from the left saying “let’s be honest” is a sick joke. They don’t know the meaning of the word.

  33. 33
    Yourak Hunt says:

    Yeah – millions have lost their jobs in the 3 years the tories have been in power. Whereas there was no unemployment during the labour utopia. You are a twat.

  34. 34
    No Shit, Sherlock! says:

    “Movie star Benedict Cumberbatch is a textbook metropolitan lefty[]…”

  35. 35
    6 Million Dollar Man says:

    Pull those figures out of your arse?

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    The whole plan is manipulated and ideological – driving us into a new crisis. Osborne needs to go

  37. 37
    Ding Dong!!! says:

  38. 38
    A lefty stuck record. says:

    It is all Fatchur’s fault innit! It is not Ozzy Osborne’s fault. That is just batty.

  39. 39
    Average working Joe says:

    George and Co don’t give a damn, this is a pure attack born out of ideology, transference of wealth from the poor to the rich, from public to private, nothing more nothing less.

  40. 40
    Spock's Vulcan Curse (With Two Fingers, Not Four) says:

    Die young in poverty, fucker.

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Ah Osborne…what did he promise he would do as Chancellor? Cut borrowing, cut spending, cut debt, decrease the deficit, tackle unemployment. Has he done any of those? He’s a dead man walking

  42. 42
    I do not want to share the same air as the Edinburgh Labour voting dogshite. says:

    BBC lefty SCUM. Overpaid t*ssers who live in their ivy towers and not in real world!

  43. 43
    M25 Troll says:

    Cameron is richer than me and that makes me jealous.
    Vote for red Ed as he’s a little bit less rich so i’ll be a little bit less jealous.

  44. 44

    Osborne does have something of the hunted about him.

  45. 45
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    You like debate, don’t you?

  46. 46
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    See 45.

  47. 47
    What the Labour sheep forget says:

    Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, admitted that Labour still lacked “credibility” and warned that even under his party, there “would have to be cuts”.

    “There would have to be difficult decisions,” he said. “We would have to have cuts in police. We’d have to have cuts in the schools budget. We’d have to have cuts in the defence budget.

    “As shadow chancellor, I can say to you unequivocally we can make no commitment to reverse any of the Government’s tax rises or spending cuts,” he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One.

    Mr Miliband added: “Next time we come back to power, it will be different. We will be handed a deficit. So we must rethink how we achieve fairness for Britain in a time when there is less money to spend.” As one example, he said the party would force energy companies to offer the elderly the lowest rates for their heating bills. A Labour government would also penalise benefits claimants who refused to look for work, he said.

  48. 48
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    Osborne hasn’t got a clue about the economy or about how most people live.

    Not a clue.

  49. 49
    Socialist Morons & leeches on BBC iPlayer says:

    The BBC is well pissed off they never got their Socialist Spring at Thatcher’s funeral. Just a few socialist morons & leeches hanging around because they have nowt to do. However, this will make them more cheerful. It is a Propagander War and the BBC is a GOOSE!

  50. 50
    Eunuchonomics says:

    If Osborne wants to accelerate growth in the private sector then he has detoxify the banks. This should be his priority.

  51. 51
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    Osborne has added more debt than labour managed. GDP wise, the UK is still stuck at 2009 levels, whilst our closest economic neighbours (even France) have recovered all the lost growth due to the crash. He hasn’t done anything in his time as chancellor. We’re stuck in a time warp with this guy of rinse and repeat rhetoric and shuffling money about without achieving anything.
    His policies are ludicrous; see the illiquid and worthless shares for employment rights garbage and his £120 billion wheeze to house builders by guaranteeing sub-prime mortgages. He has got to go. He’s even lost his sacred AAA, over which he made such a fuss over.
    He is worse than doing nothing. And the right is too blinkered to see it.

  52. 52
    Ed Miliband without a policy says:

    What I have said will change the nearer we get to the 2015 election. As an example One Nation will become One Nationalisation.

  53. 53
    6 Million Dollar Man says:

    So is Ed Balls any better in your professional opinion?

  54. 54
    Bazinga! says:

    I could fix our economy in 30 seconds.

    Cut fucking spending and then cut fucking taxes.

    See, it’s not hard is it?

    Problem is politicians hate to give us back our own money.

  55. 55
    Diversity and Equality Outreach Worker says:

    Know what you mean.

  56. 56
    Nursey says:

    It’s time for another lithium supposertary again dear, bend over.

  57. 57
    One Dumb Nation & 3 Devolved Nations. says:

    Whatever tripe you come up with. The reality is, you still going have to make cuts. Immoral to suggest otherwise.

  58. 58
    One Dumb Nation & 3 Devolved Nations. says:

    Detoxify banks. No fucking use if you can’t get growth in the private sector.

  59. 59
    The Bank Of Scumbags says:

    Bottoms up! Kerchinnnng!

  60. 60
    Rolfe-Arris says:

    Im looking for a safe and cost effective way to quite Britain

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Who you calling an arth’ole?

  62. 62
    Casual Observer says:

    So, the UK is now officially pants. Knew that – buy Gold / Bitcoin.

    Real question is, how long until US starts to deal with it’s crypto-communist terrorist infiltration (ie. Detain and deport all ex soviet bloc emigre’s joined since the wall came down, and re-point the tanks at Canada), and when is this going to happen here ?

    About time the scum from the east who came over were sent back, and UK exits EU.

    Vote UKIP.

  63. 63
    The Bank Of Scumbags run by Sir Scumbag. says:

    We hold this country’s economy back while the left & the right tear chunks out of one another. Hilarious. Bottoms up & Tally Ho!

  64. 64
    Casual Observer says:

    Saw a snippet of BBC news today, first in about 6 months.

    Red everywhere, and presenter looking like a moving Orwellian poster.

    WTF ?

    Swear I heard Attenbrough yesterday advocate global population control in a ‘nature’ program.

    BBC is in the business of wholesale black propaganda now.

  65. 65
    Cure for unruly bankers says:


  66. 66
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    On the day Richie Rich departs with millions. Osborne could have stopped that, but he didn’t.
    Where are the prosecutions for LIBOR rigging?

  67. 67
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    Where are the prosecutions for LIBOR rigging?

  68. 68
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:


  69. 69
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    What I don’t understand is why Cameron hasn’t sacked him. There are other candidates, Ken Clarke for one. Tories don’t usually do loyalty, they booted out Thatcher & she was the Prime Minister.

    Osborne’s policies are failing so dreadfully that Cameron is showing a gross lack of leadership in not dispensing with him

  70. 70
    Jimmy says:

    Enoch Powell said ‘All political careers end in failure’, we need to modify this for Osborne ‘Some political careers begin and end in failure’

  71. 71
    TheGrimSqueaker says:

    Same reason he hasn’t sacked Gove, or Hunt, or any of the other numpties – self preservation. If he puts anyone of them on the back benches then all he’s done is give them a clearer view of the space between his shoulder blades, and an opportunity for them to plunge the dagger deep.

  72. 72
    TheGrimSqueaker says:

    And back from the golf club bar comes one of the “lets wind up the lefties brigade”.Nothing on TV to watch son?.
    Have an early night

  73. 73
    Artemisia says:

    I think you’ll find that the reason Cameron won’t sack Osborne (or any others high up in the food chain come to that) is that these people have probably known each other since they were eight years old and were at the same prep boarding schools together before they moved on to Eton.

    This chumminess progressed on to their time at Oxford where Hague, Osborne, Huhne, Dominic Grieve and Jeremy Hunt are all past alumni. Their three years there includes the fantastically riotous time that Dave and Ossie and others spent together trashing restaurants when they were Bullingdon Boys.

    For these over privileged people, loyalty to past school friends and university friendships count for much more than anything else. The state of the nation is merely something to toy with – a game – just like the playing fields of Eton was so much fun.

  74. 74
    Yourak Hunt says:

    And you can fuck of as well. Numpty.

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

    Or it could be they know what they are doing, things have got Globally worse than anyone thought, and we have to hang in there.
    The alternative would be to have your lefty prats in charge.

  76. 76
    Bank of Scumbags run by Sir Scumbag says:

    Lick my boots!

  77. 77
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    McMental replies :

    Bend over for a suppository nursey?

    You usually put a suppository in my mouth and a throat lozenge up my arse.,

    Does that mean I ve now finally been cured of talking crap ??

  78. 78
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    Are you the BUTCH that used to be in Emmerdale years go before he was run over by. Sewage truck ?

    Certainly your mental blocks are similar .

  79. 79
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    Of course he s a lefty .

    With a name like Benedict he s probably a left footer with. A Secret desire to enter the monastic life.

  80. 80
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    Love the bloke with no teeth and a hoodie covering everything but his mouth

    Does he really hink plod is that stupid not to recognise the brutal orthodontics ??

    Unless of course he has enough money for implants at 2 grand per tooth …….

  81. 81
    One who is concerned says:

    Hear Hear

  82. 82
    bergen says:

    I still fail to understand why these rating agencies have not been sued out of existence-negligence doesn’t begin to describe their actions before 2007/8.

  83. 83
    One who is concerned says:

    A report on BBC Look North :- A Working Man’s Club will not be celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. Wow what big news we get int’north.

  84. 84

    Can we be sure that the reason Osborne hasn’t been sacked is because he’s doing Cameron’s bidding? I get the impression that Cameron is calling the shots, along with the LibDems and Osborne is just the puppet dancing to their tune, hence Cameron’s obsessive defence of his Chancellor.

    It would be interesting to see what Gideon would be like if he actually had sole control of the economy, instead of having to continually defer to Wavy Davey and Danny(Beaker) Alexander .

    Yes I know he could be an even bigger f**k up left to his own devices, but on the other hand, he could surprise us.

  85. 85
    HenryV says:

    Is it true that “teacher”who organised the “Thatcher” protest had bought her council house under Right To Buy and made 100% profit? Or is just the Daily Wail wailing again?

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    Anonymous says:

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    Anonymous says:

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    Anonymous says:

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Where’s Penny – ah, there she is….

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    Anonymous says:

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  92. 92
    Pistov Teecha says:

    .. and one who does not know the difference (still) between ‘ones’ and ‘once’ no matter how many times you tell him.

  93. 93
    Matilda says:

    There are ongoing cases in the USA against two of these so called ‘stars’. Keep an eye on the financial pages.

  94. 94
    Matilda says:

    … and/or one of the ‘chosen’ (rhymes with) few?

  95. 95
    I there an echo in here? says:

    As somebody said yesterday in response to this self same posting: “police, schools and defence, but not a penny off bennies”.

    Says it all really.

  96. 96
    Matilda says:

    “Black propaganda”? Well, at least you for the adjective dead right!

  97. 97
    Matilda says:

    “got’ not ‘for’. Silly keyboard…

  98. 98
    Matilda says:

    Are you sure about France? If they have been so successful why are all the rich folks emigrating (and taking their cash with them)?

  99. 99
    Matilda says:

    The wonderful NRA would probably have a much more effective solution! They can even provide their own walls and blindfolds…

  100. 100
    Matilda says:

    Quite so – can we start with Ed and Yvette?

  101. 101
    JH32840923840932 says:

    IDEA: New talkshow, interviewing anti-Thatcher protesters for their heartfelt, deep insights into the human condition and the complexities of politics.

    TITLE: Jimmy’s people.

  102. 102
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I be Scotty?

    I canna hold it together c’tain (the economy that is)

  103. 103
    The Admiral says:

    I adore “Parade’s End”

  104. 104
    Socialism = starvartion says:

    I think that this actor bears a likeness to Gary McKinnon, the alleged hacker not extradited to the US.

    When will the Lefties be honest and say that the justification that J M Keynes gave for State sponsorship of the Arts in the 1940s remains just as strong today?

  105. 105
    Socialism = starvation says:

    Well-educated people, like, say, Harold Wilson?

  106. 106
    Socialism = starvation says:

    Soap dodgers party?

    The gay man presumably knows that Mrs Thatcher voted to decriminalise male homosexual acts, unlike a lot of her party’s then MPs?

    The person who said that she privatised the railways fails to explain how this occurred after Mrs Thatcher left office.

    Facts, eh?

  107. 107
    Socialism = starvartion says:

    Were they really ‘Working’ men?

  108. 108
    Plato says:

    Mrs T would have called it right.

    When you are running out of money, you can:

    a. Cut Back and stop putting jam on your bread
    b. Go out to work.

    I think that she would have found plan b more sustainable.

    Just a thought.

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