May 2nd, 2013

Hodge Admits Having Phone in Hand

Margaret Hodge has confessed to having her phone in her hand when she knocked a cyclist off his bike, as Guido reported this morning:

“Mrs Hodge had parked her car and the engine was switched off. As she was getting out of the vehicle she struck a cyclist with the car door. She acknowledges that the accident was completely her fault and that she should have been more careful, which she will be in future. She apologised profusely to the cyclist, who was unharmed. They shook hands before he went on his way. Mrs Hodge had her mobile phone in her hand as she left the car but was not using it.”

Presumably she was about to phone her accountant…


110 Comments

  1. 1
    My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

    That’s six month jankers that is, isn’t it? Get the porridge oats out.

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      Labour MP's secret bike stash says:

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      • 108
        damned impertinent questions says:

        Yeah mins the pink one and the blue one is my mates. Can we have them now

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    • 18
      My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

      Oh yes, forgot to say 1, while I am at it – yah boo suckers!

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      • 23

        I wonder if the cyclist will confirm the story Tax Dodge Hodge has given us.

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        • 39
          My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

          He/she would no doubt confirm that she is a brainless fanny numbnuts, as if we didn’t know! :) If it was Vikki Penders, the tears would be flowing – she has no balls!

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            This lady, if you didn’t know who I was on about – she could blub for Britain she could, with that Scottish yint Chris Hoy pussy alongside her, blubbering for Britain. More waterworks than a welsh lake they are. Pussies! :)

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Pendleton

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            Chris Hoy crying, somewhere in this video – get a spine fella, for gawd sakes!

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            This is a really brilliant Scottish cyclist, Graham Obree, much remembered – use to build his own bicycles out washing machines he did, don’t you know,

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            linky photo

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            certificate arrrrrr

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            Chris told me he hit sixty, down to Devil’s Bridge ride,

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

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        • 56
          Aydodge E. Scheisster QC says:

          Once he realises how wealthy the motorist was, and how he now realises he has whiplash, I would tend to doubt it, till a nominal consideration changes hands, his brief getting the customary percentage.

          To paraphrase Francis Urquhart, in his breaking-the-fourth-wall asides, “Well, what would you do in that same situation?”

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            Had an injury latterly, and think of claiming? Then phone us shite lawyers who are crap failures at doing house estate business – just phone this load of numbers! Capitalist fascists the lot of them are! Go to court? lick my bumhole arse breaths! :)

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          • MightAsWellVoteGreenThen says:

            “Hodge had her mobile phone in her hand as she left the car but was not using it.”

            That’s illegal.

            She should have left it in her car!

            This is such a non story.
            She opened her car door and a dozy cyclist ran into it.

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            WIMMIN DRIVERS! they just don’t know how to park, still.

            duck…..


            ;)

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            monster, Pike’s Peak, Colorado, US, 2011 – GOPRO,

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        • 88
          Pundit too too says:

          Her phone record should prove if she was using it or not.
          First the phone was in her purse, now it is in her hand – changes her story at every turn just like the hypocrite she is.

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    • 49
      M says:

      I know where hodge is coming from here . I’ve had many a near miss
      That’s right use the door
      Best to be sure !

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      • 81
        My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

        Yes, you have got to have at least ten sets of eyes on a pushbike – I always give it five feet when I pass parked cars, and fuck the vehicles behind me – when they toot I give them the fingers, and if they stop to complain to me, I punch their lights out, the fat fucks! Can’t be arsed arguing to those twats :)

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        • 87
          Morgan's Organ says:

          And I’m sure there is an equally plausible explanation about her alleged tax dodging. No self respecting MP would fail to have an imaginative response.

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            What a load of Nicole Cookes they are, is all I have to say….

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

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          • My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

            bollocks twats and arse breaths – cheers modbot fanny arses

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    • 80
      Hang The Bostards says:

      A SIMPLE CHECK OF HER PHONE RECORDS

      Get to it PC Plod !!

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  2. 2
    Todger says:

    So you’ll be apologising to the Dodger will you for implying earlier she was driving without due care, when in fact she was parked up at the time?

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    • 12
      Maqb­oul says:

      Apologise for reporting that someone had made an accusation of that? This is a gossip site you prig.

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    • 19
      SMASH CRASH PAIN BROKEN BONES HOSPITAL says:

      Makes no difference mate. If a car door is opened in front of you when you are doing 20mph then the damage is done.

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    • 25

      Todger appears to be a bit of a prick.

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    • 36
      Kronos says:

      Opening a car door without due care is still a cd10. Engine running or not your still responsible for your actions look it up on highway code

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      • 89
        Pundit too too says:

        Was she parked on yellow lines?

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        • 92
          the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

          I remember a case in the paper where the judge had some very harsh things to say to some batty old dear who opened her car door and had it removed by a passing car he might even have sent her down but I cannot recall exactly.

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  3. 3
    Pollytwaddle says:

    Hodge the Dodge couldn’t dodge a cyclist, eh?

    Now let’s make sure she doesn’t dodge her tax liabilities.

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    • 26
      My girlfriend is called Dolly the Sheep, a bit hairy but like them that way says:

      Perhaps the Cyclist was Chris Boardman, as per vid – he is a right loon on two wheels, but don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant bloke, he can do no wrong in my eyes, a brilliant cycle technician, from building them to cycling them. Could tell you stories about the accidents I had on my pushbike, and I never called the cops, myself – flying into fields over my handlebars to the bemusement of sheep and cattle, when I went into the hedga trash, slipping on loose chippings when a road had been retarmaced in summers, on corners, head ons with cars and motorcycles – I could go on, all war stories now. Anyway, Chris riding his bike like a loon down to Aberyswyth train station early last year, just before the Olympics,

      We don’t mind hooligans on pushbikes here in Wales/Cymru, and I should know, I am one of them. People just wave at mw, while I flash past at sixty miles an hour through a welsh village, on my two wheels like a complete and utter lunatic!

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    • 101
      Fishy says:

      He couldn’t dodge the Hodge

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  4. 4
    Margaret Hodge says:

    It was only a teeny, weeny cyclist.

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      Helpful Herbert ^^^ says:

      Pity; if it had been a bus or a Landrover it would have taken your door right off.

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    Jimmy says:

    If there’s one thing that makes Guido furious, it’s driving offences.

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  7. 7
    Owen Jones says:

    Wish I was at the Crucible watching Ronnie O’ Sullivan and Judd Trump instead of blogging and tweeting. Should be the match of the decade

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  8. 8
    Old Fart UKIP'er says:

    Good. Bloomin’ hate cyclists. It is karma for not paying the road tax and supporting the fossil fuel industry.

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    • 17
      Nosegay says:

      I name you the UKIP East Chesterton candidate and claim my £50 ;-)

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    • 20
      Cyclists are parasites says:

      Cyclists should pay tax to use the road like everybody else and have insurance comparable to car users. That way they may just learn some road manners and behave safely.

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      • 29
        Nosegay says:

        They do pay road tax on the same basis as everyone else. Zero emissions = zero tax.
        Insurance? Well, maybe. I suspect the main result of that would be far more trivial claims against motorists, once the cost of claiming is moved to the insurer. Sounds like the sort of increase in bureaucracy most right-wingers (me included) are against.

        Obviously many cyclists who belong to British Cycling or the CTC are thus insured, as will many be through various household-related legal insurance.

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        • 41
          Tay King-dePisse says:

          No emissions = no tax?
          What if I had beans for breakfast before I went cycling today?
          I may be in violation of the tax regs here.

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        • 100
          Anonymous says:

          Emissions? What about bottlenecks, cycling lanes, silly road markings etc.

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      • 35
        You're an idiot says:

        Cycles are no-emission vehicles and there would pay no tax, just like electric vehicles.

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  9. 9
    DildoBigend says:

    Classical political bait and switch. She has TWO hands, what was in the other is the question we should be asking.

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  10. 10
    Owin Jones says:

    Wish I was at the Crucible watching Ronnie O’ Sullivan and Judd Trump instead of blogging and tweeting. Should be the match of the decade

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  11. 13
    Anonymous says:

    had actually committed a criminal offence and would be liable of a fine up to £1000. (RVCUR r. 105; RTA s. 42; RTOA Sch 2). The exact wording is: it’s an offence to open “any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person”.

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  12. 14

    It is no good her peddling that line.

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      UKIP or bust says:

      She’ll just wheel out the same old excuses, to try and put a spoke in the claim.

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    • 45
      A Mud Guard says:

      I think she has a spokesman

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    • 58
      Diane Abbotopotamus says:

      I smell an impostor. The real Schrödinger’s cat would not make such an elementary spelling mistake. Or indeed, smelling mistake.

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    • 66
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Just another “cog in the wheel” of the chain of events that is Hodge the Dodge’s life, one which is geared to make us all take a brake and consider ourselves lucky it didn’t happen to us. Bar the occasional real disaster, most of us could handle most things, I’m sure.

      All this punning has me tyred out.

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  13. 15
    Maqb­oul says:

    Has she denied yet that she threw her Nokia after the cyclist?

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    memyselfandi says:

    had actually committed a criminal offence and would be liable of a fine up to £1000. (RVCUR r. 105; RTA s. 42; RTOA Sch 2). The exact wording is: it’s an offence to open “any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person”.

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    • 37
      Labour says:

      We’re above the law.

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      • 90
        Harriet Harperson, you know where to find me says:

        I am advising Margaret on road rage and accidents and advising the plod to forget all about it or we will have them when WE get back into power.

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  15. 21
    Dan Hodges says:

    Has Owen Jones “gone terrorist” ?

    Just asking.

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      Owen Jones says:

      No, Dan. But I do occasionally go “commando.” All depends on how I’m feeling and whether I need suitable undergarments for a particular occasion.

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  16. 22
    Anon.......... says:

    Does that mean her sweet heart deal with HMRC will not be looked
    at in much greater detail……..????

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    She's evil to the Stemcore says:

    Hodge has previous for doing nasty things and then apologising when caught.

    In 1985, Demetrious Panton complained about ab*se that he had suffered while in Islington council’s care in the 1970s and 1980s. He did not receive an official reply until 1989, in which the council denied responsibility.

    In 1990, Liz Davies, a senior social worker employed by the borough and her manager, David Cofie, raised concerns about sexual ab*se of children in Islington Council care. Correspondence between Hodge and the director of social work indicates that she declined a request for extra resources to investigate. In early 1992, Davies resigned from her post and requested that Scotland Yard investigate the allegations. The Evening Standard then began reporting on the allegations of abuse in Islington’s children’s homes, shortly after which Hodge resigned to pursue a career with Price Waterhouse. In 1995, the “White Report” into sexual ab*se in Islington Care Homes reported that the council had failed adequately to investigate the allegations.

    In 2003, following Hodge’s appointment as Minister for Children, Demetrious Panton went public with his allegation that he was ab*sed in Islington Council care and had repeatedly raised this issue with no effect. He accused Hodge of being ultimately responsible for the ab*se that he suffered. Davies also went public with the issues that she had raised concerns about while working for the council. Following a media campaign conducted by several national newspapers calling for her to resign from her new post, she responded to Panton by letter in which she referred to him as ‘extremely disturbed’. Panton then passed the letter to the press which planned to publish it, only to be judicially restrained from doing so at the instruction of Hodge. The letter was eventually published, mainly on the grounds that the blocking of the letter was seen as disproportionate. Hodge was forced to publicly apologise and offered to contribute to a charity of Panton’s choosing as recompense.

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      She's evil to the Stemcore says:

      There aren’t many Labourites who are downright evil. Plenty stupid, plenty greedy, plenty nasty. But a select few – Blair, Campbell, Mandelson, Brown, Macshane, Moran, Hoon, Hewitt, Balls, Draper, Whelan, McBride and Hodge – are utterly evil and without any conscience or remorse.

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    • 42
      failed says:

      still find it incredible – but at the same time sadly predictable – that she was appointed Minister for Children.

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  18. 28
    Lady Margaret Stem(core)s the taxes says:

    I had to wash my hands after touching the pleb.

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    Doc Choc says:

    “She acknowledges that the accident was completely her fault and that she should have been more careful”

    Well it’s a start. Now instead of worrying about people on pushbikes, she needs to be more careful with her shrill parliamentary performances.

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    • 61
      Dave Spartacus says:

      “She acknowledges that her contribution to the Brown government was completely her fault and that she should have been more careful” might be better.

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        damned impertinent questions says:

        In those circumstances many insurers will disown her>imagine the impact of the claim on the balance of payments wen all that money has to come home from tax havens

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  21. 34
    Anusol saved my life says:

    Should she now be known as Dodge-the-Hodge?

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  22. 38
    Bradley Wiggins says:

    Why don’t you watch were you’re going you silly cow.

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  23. 40
    Her Tax Accountant says:

    No I called her. Heard the whole thing.

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    An insult to Baroness Thatcher methinks says:

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    not even near funny but says:

    Was car was Hodge driving?

    Maybe a Dodge?

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  26. 50
    Cherie Slotgob says:

    Today is the anniversary of when I cried on the telly and told a story about juggling balls.
    And you all felt really sorry for me

    Suckers!

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    • 53
      The Blairs deserve a Caecescu style demise says:

      I didn’t. I wished, and still wish, for you to get three types of cancer and die in agony. Your c-unt husband too.

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  27. 57
    The Returning Officer says:

    Anybody seen the election results? I had them on my desk a few moments ago.

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  28. 64
    Bash the buggers when its due says:

    I detest Labour as a party but come on its a bit naughty to have implied she was driving at the time with phone in hand. She does commit the offence of due care and attention as she was still in charge of the motor vehicle until exited and secured. The phone is irrelevant, may well have been a briefcase or brolly. If it was one of those courier cylists she was probably run into!

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    • 72

      Guido has it in for her.
      Its her own fault for not replying to the tax evasion,inheritance tax charges.

      She’s like the human form of The Guardian.
      Everyone doing bad things must be exposed, except for us doing those same bad things, because we are doing good work.

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      • 75
        Zurich Gnomeo says:

        Stemcor, Hodge’s family company, was founded by her father Hans Oppenheimer more than 60 years ago. Analysis of Stemcor’s latest accounts show that the business expected to pay UK corporation tax of just £157,000 on revenues in the UK of more than £2.1bn in 2011. The UK tax payable on the group’s global profits of £65m was only £743k, reduced further by £586k in respect of tax that had been overprovided in prior years.

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        • 86
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          ‘Overprovided”? I like that word.
          I have been ‘overproviding’ the Treasury with my income and other taxes for the past 40 odd years!

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  29. 71
    Tristram Shandy Hunt MP says:

    Someone has ‘lost’ all of my money.
    If you find the CLP’s entire funds, will you please hand it all back?

    Yours
    Peter’s ‘friend’.

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  30. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Has she denied getting fucked off with some cyclist and deciding to get him with the door.

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    young Shep says:

    Where’s a State Trooper when you need one?.
    :-)

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  32. 102
    John Reid says:

    God, this is a non story, Guido, must be desperate,

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    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Maybe she has something on her mind.

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  34. 104
    Anonymous says:

    “she struck a cyclist with the car door. ”

    ripped it right orff its hinges, she did, I saw her, thwacked the poor bloke sideways wiv it

    must be a stronger old bird than I thought

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    • 106
      Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill (and 1st class passenger!) says:

      Road hodge. You’re better off by bike as every outer London MP will tell you, except when the wife or office boy is driving at your expense, of course!

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  35. 107
    Nissan Main Dealer says:

    Too many people here with too much money and too much time who have lost touch with reality. Good luck in the real world.

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