August 2nd, 2013

Tories Hire Obama Campaign Chief

Jim Messina, who ran Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, has been snapped up by the Tories as a strategy adviser to Lynton Crosby. Messina’s approach to “winning the fight of the future”, will be key. Labour will love that…

Via BBC.

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  1. 1
    Lynton Crosby says:

    British jobs for British workers

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    • 27
      pleb says:

      Kenny Loggins on the way!

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    • 68
      Eloc Yrrah says:

      Not another with a self satisfied smirk. The Tories must be beginning to panic when they look at the opinion pols and they see they are not advancing even though UKip has slipped and the unpopularity of Mr Ed. Less than 1 year to the euro elections and less than 2 years to the UK elections, but Dave is more popular than the Tories, at least a lot of his own hand chosen men in the cabinet.

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    • 121
      grrrr says:

      Shock news. Cameron ids half Black. If you don.t vote for him You Are A Racist!

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      • 139
        Liberal Hampstead says:

        Oh dear. Ed Miliband is also half black and if i don’t vote for him I am also a racist. What to do?

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        • 184
          Grrr says:

          Don’t worry!

          If you live in a Labour ward you can vote up to 20 times with New Labour Postal Votes.

          And if anyone complains – call them a racist.

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        • 263
          Anonymous says:

          votre for nigel he is 100 percent young s best bitter coloured.

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    • 182
      Grrr says:

      All we need now is to get 99% of journalists behind us, and the entire Leftist press to lie, cheat and attack anyone who dares to question the Tories – and a win is guaranteed – just like good ol’ half White Obama.

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      • 253
        Grrr says:

        I do enjoy exposing racist vermin, and I do remember a few racists on a Middle East page (not blog).

        I’m assuming you’re one of the Israel-obsessed racists who posted there.

        Happy to make racists miserable, particularly those obsessed with a certain ethnic group that happens to live in Israel.

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        • 269
          Grrr says:

          I’m not Israeli.

          But I do find racists revolting and am happy to taunt them.

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          • Bloke says:

            What other ‘ists’ do you hate?

            Personally, I don’t like blue cheese. Am I ‘fromageist’ in your eyes?

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          • Grrr says:

            I am not sure if this is an attempt at a joke.

            You’re comparing a low life racist who posts sick comments about an ethnic group which would go down well at a Neo-Nazi rally, with disliking a dairy product?

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    • 202
      WORST TORY PARTY EVER says:

      That must be why we have a Canadian running the Bank of England
      and now a New Zelander for RBS

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      • 264
        Anonymous says:

        … and an italo – yank as tory campaign manager via video link apparently as he cannot be arsed to get on a plane .

        Does the name Messina have the same logistical significance as the name Corleone ? after all they are both place names of southern italian locations .

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    • 218
      Jabba Le Chat says:

      Before anyone gets carried away with the Messina appointment, it should be understood that there was a substantial swing to the Republicans across the vast majority of states in the last presidential election that was somewhat under reported my the msm, as clearly shown in the attached swing map, and that on the ground the only thing that stopped Mitt Romney winning lay with a great many of the Christian conservatives refusing to come out and vote for a Mormon. So to label Messina as the architect of a wining Obama victory strategy is completely false and misleading…

      http://tinyurl.com/chu9rj5

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      • 231
        Aaron D Highside says:

        “winning the fight of the future”, I heard Labour are hiring Eric Joyce.

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      • 262
        Grrr says:

        And Romney running a weak, confused, non-aggressive campaign. Combined with a media that was in awe to Obama like a love struck teenage girl, Obama’s victory wasn’t exactly a miracle.

        A potted plant could have won the last presidential election under those circumstances.

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    • 234
      Tory controller says:

      Come in Septic! Come in Septic!

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  2. 2
    T May says:

    No, you can’t have a visa

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  3. 3
    Peter Martin says:

    Hope. Change. Actual mandates don’t matter.
    That kind of thing?

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    • 7
      The Ends Justify the Pay says:

      Yeah, you know the sort of thing. Lies, spin, subverting the constituion, breaking the law…. anything to force leftwing policies on the people we have duped

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  4. 4
    David Cameron says:

    I am a lefty at heart

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Obama! Is he another leftie then? Hard to believe Cameron would appoint a conservative.

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  6. 6
    Penfold says:

    He was responsible for attracting grass roots support for Obama, and raising lots of lolly from the ordinary people.

    Perhaps we might see the Tories trying to value their grass roots.

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  7. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Messina didn`t convert any conservatives to the Obama cause.

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      Lynton Crosby says:

      No worries. I don’t expect to convert any conservatives to the conservative cause. I don’t give a xxxx for conservatism, any more than my good mate Dave does.

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      • 16
        Anonymous says:

        Absolutely. Are Tories so dim the can`t see this?

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          Lynton says:

          Well we sent a couple vans out to Hounslow and Tower Hamlets during the silly season when everyones on holiday, and sent 11 Romanians home for a holiday on a free fligh who were in Marble Arch so I think we’ve got the UKIP vote covererd…

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          • Jim says:

            But it got lots of air time so it worked!

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          • Marble Arch resident with sh1t in the street says:

            Not round my way it didn’t…

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          • Snowballs says:

            I just saw a voxpop of a spokes( Leave blank in case of offence) from the “Bl@ck Sisters of Southall” on C4 News, complaining about pol1ce Waaaacissm in the recent stop-searches. Shurely such an organisation is both waaaacist and sex1st.

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          • Village Idiot says:

            ..Perhaps the equivelant opposite could be “The White Sisters of Kensington”?

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  8. 10
    The EU says:

    Did the Tories advertise this job in Romania?

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  9. 11
    Barack Obama says:

    Best of luck to my mate Dave in renewing his leadership of the old British Empire – but it has to be acknowledged that promoting an oily, economically semi-literate botox attack victim with bad hair and those shorts (!) he wore in Portugal is a much tougher proposition than campaigning for the man they are now calling “The American Chuka”.

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  10. 12
    Private Frazer Walmington on sea says:

    Labour are doomed… Doomed i tell ya

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  11. 14
    Anonymous says:

    CAMERON IS NUTS!

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  12. 17
    Chuka Umunna says:

    What??? No. No no no no no! I am the British Obama. I even have the silly name.

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    • 21
      Stella Creasy says:

      Sorry Chuka, I am the new darling of the Labour party. I am blonde, media friendly and almost MILFish, if you overlook my cold, managerial eyes. You are so yesterday’s news.

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      • 24
        Gok Wan says:

        Have a good look in the mirror darling. When you aren’t dolled up in your Palestinian ‘volunary sector woman’ scarf (how does that go down with your mates in the Friends of I sra el?) you dress like a frumy dumper truck overdosing on second-hand tweed.

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      • 30
        Cross-bencher says:

        Miz Creasy is the only member of the Labour Party that is worth doing from the front.

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        • 44
          A constituent says:

          That’s your opinion based on superficialities

          She’s actually quite a nice woman in many ways, but far too much of a loyal party hackette and PC loony lefty Fabian for her own good.

          Her ideological baggage means she is incapable of representing her constituents because she won’t speak up on the issues that matter to them: the waves of illegal immigrants who have arrived in Walthamstow driving up rents and driving down wages, the corruption and mismanagement in the Labour run local authority, its anti-business ethos which is destroying jobs and local retail industry, overpopulation, homelessness, the shortage of school places, the shockingly poor standards of local schools, the lack of democratic accountability in the planning system, the predatory activities of the gambling industry, the nonsenses of multiculturalism, the authoritarianism and divisiveness of extremist muslims in her constituency, the unfairness of the welfare system rewarding indolence while low paid workers in her constituency are heavily taxed to support welfare dependants. The list could be continued, but the point is that she has been silent on most of these things and well as the greater questions of national interest.

          She has taken up just one issue of relevance to a minority of locals: the payday loan scandal. This is a moral cause and one she is correct to have highlighted, but she has gone about it in a manner that has actually provided ineffective in stemming the tide of these predators in her own constituency.

          Stella Creasy is a first term MP feeling her way, so one has to forgive her a lot, but please, do not think of her as being in any way ready or suitable for any role requiring attributes of leadership, because at the moment she gets about 1/20.

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    • 183
      Chuka Umunna Fan Club says:

      No! No! Stop responding to her! She’s getting all the publicity! Everyone ignore her! I am the Great Chuka! Pay no attention to that woman behind the Twitter Feed! No! Come back! I am your new Messiah! The British Obama! Oh, no! Please, come back to me!

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    have you noticed how the Islamic for Allah looks like the Loch Ness monster ? says:

    could I just use this opportunity ? ( ok I will )
    Why is everybody thinking so short term ?
    I saw this likelihood muslim problem 40 years ago.
    I know I will upset people but Thatcher was a misguided idiot, she had no sensible future vision for the country.
    I cannot express my loathing for Blair and Brown.
    Why? just fucking Why ? are we ruled by idiots ?

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    • 29
      tired of the same old shit says:

      because all the tories on here think idiots are bets

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    • 46
      Common Sense says:

      Because we vote them in, time after time.

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    • 63
      Anonymous says:

      Muslims are not a problem.
      They are a wonderfull expression of multicultural diversity and richness.

      Now where are those 12 year old white Christian virgins.

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      • 73
        Confucius says:

        In my garden today I watched numerous butterflies enjoying their fill of nectar from my Buddleias. They cavorted together for a time, a Peacock with with a Tortoiseshell, Small Blue with a Red Admiral etc. And so the scenes were repeated, but when they had had their fill, off they went, 2 Peacocks together, 2 Tortoiseshells together, and so on. There is a moral in there somewhere.

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        JH78567567567467 says:

        Muslims are not the problem. Left in the shitholes of their own making, they are no trouble.

        It is the people who hyperventilate about how brilliant it is they are here that is the problem.

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    • 277
      Jaffuff says:

      Why are we ruled by idiots? Guess who voted for them?

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    • 278
      Jaffuff says:

      Another question. I worked on a building site in the Home Counties in the very early sixties where fully three-quarters of the workforce were from “minorities”. So only now has immigration become a problem? How many elections have we had since then? Who voted for the parties who allowed this to happen? Mirrors, anyone?

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  14. 20
    Maqboul says:

    Providing Unite don’t proffer another candidate as leader of the Labour over Unite Labour Party (LOUPY) and Clegg stays as Clegg then Dave is on course to win a landslide.

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  15. 28
    The Barry Obummer of the Labour Party is all style & no substance. says:

    I wonder how Chukus yer pants will cope with that? Plus Chukus yer suit is in the pockets of the unions and they are paying for his all style & no substance political strategies. Heheheheehee!.

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  16. 31
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Will he propose letting a load of Mexicans into marginal seats, to swing it for Conseratives?

    That’s what won it for Democrats and Obama in 2012. Can’t see that strategy being much use to the Tories over here.

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    • 39
      Common Sense says:

      They’d have to send a lot of Muslims to Scotland, and I think they’d rather go back to Iraq or Afganistan than be forced to live in Scotchland…

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    • 72
      kropotkin says:

      What a load of rubbish. What won it for Obama was the failure of the Republicans to realise that they could not win the election by appealing only to one section of US society. That and their failure to find a candidate who didn’t resemble a particularly sleazy televangelist. Obama didn’t win the election. He didn’t need to. The Republicans handed it to him

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    • 74
      Eric Holder, US Attorney General and Friend of Mexican Drug Cartels, says:

      Well, d-u-h. Why do you think we in the US Justice Department Civil Rights Division fight all attempts by States to impose Photo ID requirements at polling stations? The traficantes have as much right to vote as anyone else! And so do all the illegals they use as mules, and as victims of debt-slavery once they arrive in the US, too! And we do it for the Ching Chongs too– it ain’t just the li’l brown beaner brothers and sisters!

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    • 77
      Anonymous says:

      Or perhaps disable Credit Card Verification/AVS for donations?

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    • 84
      David Cameron - 2015 - Votari Popularis Burrito Gonzales Conservative Butt-Fuck Party says:

      Que hombre ?

      Who says it isn’t a good strategy.

      If they can stamp a letter, they can vote for me.

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  17. 32
    John Bellingham says:

    How about a suitable slogan?

    Yes, we might be able to, all things considered!

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    • 43
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      Faux-Tory election slogans currently under consideration by Dimmy Dave Camoron:

      “Twenty billion a year to be in the EU is jolly good VFM!”

      “£20,000,000,000? Is that all?! Let’s double it!”

      “Can Dave spend all your money better than you can? Yes he can!”

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    • 52
      Common Sense says:

      LibLabCon – One Team, One Dream

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    The Barry Obummer of the Labour Party is all style & no substance. says:

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23551323

    So who will be Ed’s strategist? Len McCluski & Yuri Andropovski from the ex Communist Party of Russia?

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  19. 36
    Owen Jones says:

    Very soon, we could all be well and truly fracked.
    As you read this, people in Sussex are blockading a proposed fracking site near the village of Balcombe, trying to stop drilling equipment from entering.
    Balcombe is the fracking frontline and what’s happening there could soon be happening in your area. Email your local councillors and tell them you don’t want fracking near you.
    Big energy companies are lining up to start fracking operations throughout the UK and there are a huge number of proposed sites. Already, 64% of England is under consideration for fracking so they could soon be coming to a field near you.
    But you can stop the fracking before it starts. Local councils have to give planning permission before drilling can begin and are obliged to take your views into account. So tell your councillors that your area is off-limits to fracking.
    Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a destructive and dirty process using a mixture of water and chemicals to blast rocks and release trapped gas and oil. Not only have these chemicals been linked to water contamination, but burning more gas pumps more carbon pollution into the air which warms the planet further, melting the Arctic faster and destabilising our weather systems even more.
    Perhaps the biggest scandal is that the government is bending over backwards to kickstart the fracking industry. George Osborne, the Conservative chancellor, has more than halved the amount of money that frackers have to pay in tax, even though it will do nothing to lower our energy bills. [1]
    And Cuadrilla – the lead company trying to drill in Balcombe – has said a fracking “boom” would have an “insignificant effect” on gas prices. [2]
    There’s still time to stop fracking in your neighbourhood.
    Your local council can stop energy companies from drilling and fracking near you. Even if your area isn’t currently being considered for fracking, now is the time to take a stand and tell your local councillors that you don’t want fracking in your area.
    We can do it,
    Owen Jones
    The Peoples Assembly

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    • 42
      Engineer says:

      Drill baby, drill.

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    • 45
      Common Sense says:

      You blockade the roads when the uncompetitive coal mines were shut down.

      And now you blockade the roads when we want to start getting the gaseous black stuff out of the ground…

      There is no pleasing some hypocrites…

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    • 49
      Anonymous says:

      Owen we couldn’t stop the old gypsies camping and they pay Fuxk all. So bring on someone who will pay something to help our area.

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    • 53
      Uhm.. says:

      “these chemicals been linked to water contamination”

      Given that they’re pumped into the ground with water, it stands to reason they’ll contaminate it. You know, because they’re, like, mixed with water. And since they’re pumped into the ground in order to displace oil and gas – themselves chemicals – it’s not exactly doing a great deal of damage, is it? Put crappy chemicals in, get useful chemicals out.

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      • 79
        Anonymous says:

        It is all a matter of layers and trying to seal one from another.

        Just like BP could not seal the casing of the well, neither can these people guarantee sealing the casings all the way down.

        One fault in one well could kill off the whole underground water system.

        If they used non-poisonous “liquids” then it would be fine. There is even work on using gas under extreme pressure. The gas is CO2! How apt.

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        • 89
          frack baby frack says:

          Kill off the whole underground water system? Nothing like going over the top is there? Why not claim it will pollute the whole world and destroy the Maldives and melt the poles and cause a tsunami into the bargain? You green taliban certainly know how to over egg the pudding not realising that your hysterical chicken little impressions turn people off.

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          • Anonymous says:

            So you will drink the water?

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          • Anonymous says:

            The point is that it can be done safely but it will cost more. I just wish they would stop playing about and just mine the coal. Much less of a problem.

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          • Engineer says:

            Potable water is treated before it enters the water mains. Even if there is any contamination, it wouldn’t enter the drinking water system; it would be picked up and treated out.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Not all water is drunk by humans.

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          • Engineer says:

            So what’s drinking the water 3000 feet down?

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          • Anonymous says:

            Page 55.

            http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/sites/default/files/tyndall-coop_shale_gas_report_final.pdf

            “…disclosure of chemicals and composition of formulations is not possible owing to trade secrets exemptions from public disclosure.”

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          • Anonymous says:

            Company 1 has a toxic waste issue. It costs them heavily to disposed of it.

            Company 2 drills for gas.

            Company 2 finds, after extensive costly research, that waste chemicals from company 1 significantly increase gas extraction from wells.

            Company 2 pays company 1 zero for chemical and puts it underground.

            Company 1 is very grateful.

            This is also the issue with the seeding of Oceans. Those chemicals are waste products from the steel industry.
            Same with the paper industry and the dumping of waste on fields. The research for that was a joke involving improving a spoil heap.

            Just keep believing, that is all they need. Anyone else noticed how many more cancer cases are occurring in the working population. Lost 3 I know in the last few months.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Engineer: Agriculture.

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          • Engineer says:

            3000 feet down? Funny place to find agriculture.

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          The cat in the hat says:

          Sort of like carbon capture?

          I thought greenies liked the idea of transferring CO2 from the atmosphere into underground storage.

          You really don’t have a clue, do you?

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          • Anonymous says:

            Nothing like carbon capture. The difference is that it comes back up with the gas. Clue is that it goes down the same hole where the gas comes up. It is all to do with pressure.

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          Raped BP Shareholder says:

          “Just like BP could not seal the casing of the well”

          They couldn’t do it because they didn’t drill it or operate it. That was all down to Halliburton – whose political connections allowed them to get off scot free.

          Don’t forget Obumma blamed everything on BRITISH Petroleum (last called that back in 1990) as an election strategy.

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    • 58
      Maqboul says:

      Let’s replace Britain’s ancient forests with windmills. Who the frack cares. Or understands.

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    • 61
      Common Sense says:

      You blockade the streets when we shut the coal mines down.

      And now you blockade the streets when we try and get the gaseous black stuff out of the ground and create a new industry.

      There is no pleasing some hypocrites.

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      polythesis says:

      “the peoples assembly”

      You leftist nut cases think you are back in the glory days of the USSR or Maoist China, the Khmer Rouge had a peoples assembly BTW and most of the most evil psychotic regimes had a peoples assembly and in this assembly there were no ordinary people, they were making their way to the death camps and the firing squads. Your peoples assembly would be no different from any of those, just as long as the ‘peoples’ consisted of your own deranged kind eh? Your rancid Marxist philosophy is nothing more than a mental illness mixed with liberal helpings of hate and spite and intolerance, God help us if your kind ever got power.

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    • 90
      Sir William Waid says:

      When anything new is proposed, the quantity of scaremongering is directly proportional to the usefulness of the innovation.

      Conversely, there was very little scaremongering about wind farms.

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      • 102
        Engineer says:

        True enough, there were some informed people saying, “Wind farms will generate very little relative to the capital investment and operating costs”.

        Oddly enough, they were proved right. Why we’re still building the useless things is utterly beyond me, but then I’m not a politician or Whitehall civil servant.

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        • 105
          Mong Watch says:

          Or a landowner who is set to cream in quite a large rent for these devices which are sited on their land for at least 20 years – well maybe 10 if the things stand up that long.

          For balance, a Land Tax should be top of Labour’s policy list.

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          • The cat in the hat says:

            It irritates me as much as anybody but you can hardly blame landowners for agreeing to be paid stupid amounts for.
            Of course you’d say no, wouldn’t you.

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    • 92
      Mong Watch says:

      Owen is confusing gas fracking with oil fracking.

      Gas fracking does not have the same pollution problems.

      Oil fracking – not sure if any viable in the UK. Would be good if there was, but that would be more dirty.

      Mong fail Owen.

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      • 103
        Engineer says:

        Oil fracking has been used in the North Sea for many years. Not sure if it has been used in the onshore oilfields.

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        • 110
          Mong Watch says:

          They are developing on shore over in the US.

          There is has caused some problems with ground water / pollution at surface level etc. It is still a dirty technology on land, but is not yet perfected.

          Offshore most of the ill effects are not seen, and the technology is different.

          Gas fracking is very much different. The pollution worries are not such a concern. The ground water issues for sure are no where near as serious, and the solvents used to loosen oil are of course not used.

          The biggest concern should be safety around transporting large volumes of gas from production to storage – the risks at production are higher. But this technology is very advanced now.

          The general public generally do not distinguish gas / oil production methods / technologies / risks very well as they have not been properly educated about the differences. Hence many consider them to be one and the same, and the same as oil.

          That is a false perspective.

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          • Protest Changes Your Opinion says:

            As soon as “rent-a-mob” appeared in Balcombe and the Northwest, my mind was changed. Anyone playing pan-pipes, superglueing themselves to bulldozers, having stupid banners like “Frack off” and clearly not working for a living should be arrested on the spot and their finances should be investigated. Yes, you changed my mind from a don’t know to a get on with it.

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          • Anonymous says:

            It would have been better if they had not been so daft as to cause earthquakes without warning the people first. Actions like that mean the people will never trust them.

            They made the enemy because they were dishonest.

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          • Engineer says:

            Out of about a million wells fracked, there have been three instances of siesmic activity resulting. One in the US, one in Canada, and one in the UK (Blackpool area). The UK one was about magnitude 2, which is barely detectable except by siesmometers. Britain regularly has natural earthquakes of greater magnitude, the largest being around magnitude 4 to 5.

            It’s odd that the same sort of people who bitterly opposed the end of deep mining (a frequent cause of significant land subsidence) now oppose the development of shale gas deposits, a technology with far fewer human safety and environmental degradation concerns.

            Still, that’s human nature. Once shale gas wells have been operating successfully for a year or two, we’ll all wonder what the fuss was about.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Engineer: They do not oppose the technology.

            They oppose the secrecy and the deception.

            Get out of your engineering ways for a while and try marketing. It is a whole new world. The ability to take people with you in a technology change might just improve your management skills.

            The people will not tolerate being deceived.

            The technology is just the spanner/wrench. It is the people holding the spanner/wrench that worry them and especially me. Me because I know what has been done.

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          • Anonymous says:

            25 earthquakes over 4.0 in 100 years. Zero around Blackpool.

            If it was barely detectable how come there was so much movement?

            The reason is that areas not prone to earthquakes are actually significantly prone to damage. They have never been shaken before.

            Ask the people of Napa what happened when they got one. Even though just across the Bay they are always getting them.

            For example earthquake areas do not use cast iron pipes for gas pipelines anymore. We can not even keep people from being killed from ruptures due to ground freezing.

            Certain areas are just not built for earthquakes. The ground has not been settled. Especially for close to surface quakes.

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          • Engineer says:

            Anonymous – “….the people will not tolerate being deceived…”

            Quite. Renewable energy is the way forward, a nuclear meltdown will kill millions, blah, blah.

            Sadly, the ‘environmental’ lobby has form as long as your arm on deception.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Engineer: The people are not the environmental lobby.

            Lobby groups are money making companies. Well drillers are money making companies.

            The people are those that are living between these adversaries. For a claimed Engineer you are very polarized in your views. I know every force has an equal and opposite force, but take some time to think of the innocent material that is squashed between them.

            In the play ground at school did you ever notice the children that were neither part of your gang or opposed to your gang. They were the ones too busy with their own interests. Yet they suffered from the gang activities. They were not part of your world. It is the fanatics that demand everyone must join one side or the other. They can not recognise anything other than their right path

            Mong watch: Mine coal and burn it in a closed system for local electricity.

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    • 95
      Eloc Yrrah says:

      Owen old lad, at the bottom end of our town on the outskirts of Rotherham they are building new houses on the site of an old tar distilling plant, they gone down several meters and it was still black, the smell of creosote has been wafting on the wind for about 1 mile, closer to sickening, an impermeable membrane was supposed to have been put down before building commenced. Guess what the local authority is Labour, I don’t know of anyone local who buy such a home.

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  20. 37
    graham smith says:

    It is almost beyond belief that a party which considers itself capable of forming an effective government cannot find within its own ranks a stategist to present its policies to the electorate.

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    • 54
      Common Sense says:

      And therein lies the problem.

      Strategists within the Conservatives, are frankly, probably too “conservative” for Dave…

      He needs policies which are socially liberal, that will be attractive and “inclusive” to everyone including immigrants and muslims.. a home grown strategist and true conservative would just alienate the aliens…

      He needs people who will take the cash and then frack off so they dont have to live in this sh1thole they’ve created.

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    • 67
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      When Dimmy Dave’s policies can essentially be summerised as “bugger Britain”, they need to be dressed-up and presented by someone who’s a bit of a black belt at bullshitting. How do you sell, “we’re going to double Britain’s debt and do pretty much everything you don’t want us to do, such as open the doors to the whole of Romania, and not do any of the things you do want us to do” to the British public?

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    • 69
      Common Sense says:

      Because any home grown Tory strategists would be way too “conservative” for Cameron… they simply wouldn’t appeal to immi gr@nts or min0rities or muss iees.

      He needs some paid for shill from abroad who will take the cash and spout some meaningfull trite drivel that sounds good on TV or looks good in a photo call and attracts all of the above. Then they can frak off back home and leave the sh 1thole they’ve helped create.

      Dave is spineless cnut.

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      Eloc Yrrah says:

      Dave doesn’t seem to know anyone that has not been to public school outside his cabinet

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  21. 38
    Madme Defarge says:

    God they haven’t got a bleedin’ clue have they? They hope to focus group/strategise/bullshit their way to a GE win in 2015 with the same pointless eejits spouting the same, pointless, meaningless platitudes and spewing out PR soundbites/photo ops.

    How about some sound policies in tune with what people really want? No spin. No making promises they have no intention of keeping. No more stupid pictures of Cameron and Sam pointing at fish in Portugal.

    They are an utter disgrace and bringing in some big talking Yanks who are used to work on US elections won’t do anything for them. They are doomed. Doomed I tell ye!

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  22. 40
    Anonymous says:

    with milliband at the helm labour are going to be destroyed 2015 and they know it.imagine this cretin across a negotiating with putin .

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    • 106
      UKIP or bust says:

      I think the Millibland / Putin thing would work well, as Milliland likes strong men working him over, as in the Milliband / McClusky wedlock.

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    • 180
      Anonymous says:

      Milliband is a disaster. Bearing this in mind, I’m worried (very worried) about the Labour lead in just about all the polls (possibly all of them – I can’t be bothered to check ‘em all). Perhaps the pollsters don’t quite know how to handle a 4-party political landscape.

      What’s going to happen to the Libdems at the next GE and has the success of UKIP been underestimated, I wonder.

      On a slightly separate note, that’s was an interesting result for UKIP in the Anglesey by-election yesterday: coming in third (and almost joint second with Labour).

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  23. 56
    Simon lewis says:

    Amazing. Obama economic policies complete opposite to the Tories.

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  24. 60
    Simon lewis says:

    It does show that there is very little talent in the Tory party. It’s been a long time where both the Tories and labour are so shorn of anyone with any brains

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    • 62
      Election Strategist says:

      No dear, it’s the New Politics. What we do or say doesn’t matter, all that counts is getting the right air time and conning a small number of voters in a few floating constituencies while working at poisoning opposition viewpoints. It’s called democracy and only the old fashioned think that word still has the meaning it had once. We know better than all you lot.

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    • 100
      Anonymous says:

      It is a feature of industry as well. A poor company with poor standards stands out, to the ones with talent, as a problem. Most will stay away. It becomes inevitable that the company dies a long slow death.

      Unless the Tories change their attitude no one will go near them unless they have other motives. The question is what are these people real motives. Most of their MP are on a ticket to expenses but I doubt it is the case here.

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  25. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t Cameron use the services Anita Dunn, again? ;-)

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    • 94
      Sir William Waid says:

      I suppose the Fox TV guy with the waving hand thinks that, if Mao Zedong said something, it must be wrong. That’s magical thinking.

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  26. 75
    US Watch says:

    An odd choice for the Tories. They are going full communist by the sound of it.

    Unless Dave has something of the magnitude of Benghazi to cover up.

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  27. 79
    Lefty Barack Hussein Obama II says:

    There you Go. Proof that Dave is a Socialist.

    Like

  28. 81
    The Minions from Despicable Me says:

    Any one of us would make a better prime minister than anyone currently in the House of Commons.

    Like

  29. 82
    Red Dave says:

    So why is Dave hiring a Commie to help get him elected?

    Like

  30. 86
    Owen Jones says:

    I’ll never forget the day when my dentist took off my braces.

    And my trousers fell to the floor before he started molesting me.

    Like

  31. 87
    Joe Dromey says:

    If you’re mean to me, I’l scweam and I’ll scweam till I can’t scweam anymore! Now stop interrupting the cricket!

    Like

  32. 88
    CON GAIN says:

    Labour are already infighting to replace Ed Miliband.

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  33. 91
    dave says:

    I’m adrift in the straits of Messina.

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  34. 104
    Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

    Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.

    He can fuck off then, yankee, small-knobbed, pooftah!

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  35. 108
    Anon says:

    Look at @Messina2012 feed, he's a complete lefty. What on earth is Conservative party doing?— Ryan Bourne (@RyanCPS) August 2, 2013

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  36. 111
    Joe Dromey says:

    Mummy, they’re being howwible to me!

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  37. 113

    Well he did it for us of a

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  38. 115
    Krishnan Guru-Murthy says:

    I’m not agressive, not me. Rude, who me, no not me. I’m just trying to make a name for myself.

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  39. 116
    Anoneumouse says:

    The blinded leading the blinded

    The Conservative Party has hired Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina for its general election campaign team.

    As Detroit files for bankruptcy, the largest city in history ever to do so, we are reminded of the 2012 Obama speech (Jim Messina) quote in which the president boasts that he ‘refused to let Detroit go bankrupt’

    Stock up on the rice and beans.

    Welcome Jim Messina

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  40. 118
    lagwolf says:

    Camoron just keeps serving up the softballs to UKIP doesn’t he?

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    Spinal Damage. says:

    Bunch of hoons give Boris the run around.

    http://www.itn.co.uk/And Finally/82058/free-runners-jump-over-boris-johnson

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    have you noticed how the Islamic for Allah looks like the Loch Ness monster ? says:

    Is this the globalization of bull shit ?
    It is not required. what is required is to make safe the English culture and prosperity of the indigenous population.
    you know how to do that, do it.
    thanks

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  44. 135
    Tachybaptus says:

    How long before he’s lobbying Scameron?

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  45. 140
    person of colour--creamy pinkish fawn really says:

    The blessed doreen soon got to work, defending illegals as unfair targetting by the Home Office. Look at it another way, love, why were they all “of colour”. Duh!

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    • 144
      The Duke of Hoxton says:

      The Ukrainian woman who was arrested will be fascinated to be described in such a manner.

      Most of the Afro-Caribbeans I know are vehemently against illegal immigration because it drives down wages and makes it even harder for them to get jobs. They and most other minority communities which are well established in the UK particularly resent people waltzing into employment and especially benefits who did not have to go through any of the hoops they and other legal immigrants and their descendants had to jump through.

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  46. 143
    Anonymous says:

    Could those that care take note. The UK just had a court case that highlights the stupidity of the child care system.

    As a result there is a sudden increase in the number of children removed from their parents.

    This means that the fear of accusation of the care staff, is actually higher than the fear of danger to the child.

    If I was in charge I would review all these cases and ask: What was so good last month that the child was not taken into care?

    It might be a hard question to answer.

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    • 148
      Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

      The words state and care are mutually exclusive opposites.

      The problem with socialists is that they don’t understand this.

      The problem with the Tories is that they want to be like the socialists.

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      • 185
        Anonymous says:

        That is politics. I care for people.

        For that, I am threatened by politicians and their attack dogs.

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  47. 146
    Fact Hunt says:

    The spineless jellyfish just doesn’t get it. It’s no longer about presentation, it’s about policies and any decent ones he may had have been reclassified as aspirations or dumped. People are waking up to the cosy LibLabCon cabal.

    Vote UKIP and piss em all off.

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  48. 160
    Chuka says:

    Yes! He’ll know that the only way to win is to have the campaign fronted by someone young, gifted and black. Viz, myself.

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  49. 162
    Heel Patch says:

    That reminds me, was approached just the other day in the shopping precinct by a nice young lady who asked me if I liked animals, I said well yes, ish, she had a leaflet in her hand with a picture of an Elephant on it “do you want to adopt one?”, I said I’d think about it.

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  50. 166
    polygenesis says:

    A liberal left PM employing a liberal left spinner in order to pursue a grubby campaign sans morality or honesty or decency? Its about Cameron being cut from the same ideological cloth as Obama, two cheeks of the same social democrat arse. Cameron a conservative? only the first three letter of the name accurately describes Cameron and his gang. Vote Tory get social democrat progressive left government led by a liar in chief that makes Brown look like Mother Theresa.

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    • 168
      albacore says:

      Dear me, Dave’s being a silly billy
      Parliament don’t need to gild the lily
      Having conned then kept us in the E U
      They could teach yank spinners a thing or two
      And that masterpiece – mass immigration
      Foisted on us without consultation
      When it comes to dirty, barefaced fibbers
      There’s no sod can touch the LabConLibbers

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    • 170
      Polly Parrott says:

      Fancy a drink?

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  51. 169
    Ed Miliband says:

    I’ll outdo that Cameron, my new strategy adviser is going to be a unicyclist with a big red shiny nose.

    Like

  52. 171
    Eid Miliband says:

    Happy Ed!

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  53. 172
    Fecund Dart says:

    Seems fair to me – Dave has Jim and Ed has Len. Jim has some catching up to do though cos Len already has an MEP strategy.
    UKIP of course has a three stooge election strategy – Nick, Dave and Ed. Incestuous old game this politics lark innit!

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    • 176
      The British Public says:

      No. Not only is it not fair, it is unacceptable.

      We demand better government that places Britain and British people first.

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  54. 188
    David Cameron says:

    I’m a low tax Conservative (it’s bullshit but, hey, I’ve got say it). I’m also helping hard working families ( I’m not but, hey, who cares?).

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  55. 189
    Bonfire of the Quangos says:

    Anyone remember me?

    Like

  56. 196
    The Decent Thing says:

    So, having promised the country that this would not happen, will David Cameron now resign?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2383686/Millionaire-gay-fathers-sue-Church-England-allowing-married-church.html

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  57. 204
    Eastend girl says it like she sees it says:

    Anyone who paid attention to the Obama 2012 election campaign should have realised that Obama won not because he offered significant policies or had been particularly successful the previous 4 years, but because of Romney’s disrespectfulness to 47% of America.

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    • 208
      Fairport are Good says:

      I don’t care. This is Britain. There is no need for yet another yankee carpet-bagger.

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  58. 205
    WORST TORY PARTY EVER says:

    They could hire Saddam Hussein to murder all the opposition and they still wouldn’t get in

    Wait till the Murk dochs exact revenge on Dave by switching back to labour just before the election

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    • 207
      The Writing on the Wall says:

      Whatever they do, Labour and Tory MPs alike will find their votes falling significantly in the face of a groundswell of anti-incumbent feeling.

      Like

    • 246
      Rupert says:

      As a down to earth, tell it like it is Australian, I mean American, I rather like the look of that Farage fellow.

      Like

  59. 209
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    Ed just got a stake through his political heart. Now we will see iof he still refuses to die

    Bye bye Labour. And what beautiful Tory timing. Just at start of recess so the Labour party is frozen in action for 2 months maximising Eds chance of hanging on

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  60. 210
    Eastend girl says it like she sees it says:

    Ed Miliband should hire One Direction to wear one if his t.shirts

    Like

  61. 211
    Eastend girl says it like she sees it says:

    Seems like all of Cameron’s Christmas’s have come at once….

    Like

  62. 212
    Ministry of Magick says:

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    Doreen says:

    I’m looking for topics I can talk crap about. Any ideas?

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  65. 217
    Bazinga! says:

    BBC in total panic mode over Red Ed’s incompetence. Was that piece of chubby Stratton’s really worth the top story?

    Seems to me old Tory hating big chin Anand was almost pleading with Red Ed to hurry up and get his act together.

    Fuck knows how Labour can lose the next election, I can’ imagine anyone voting Tory who has a brain.

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  66. 220
    Hairspray tip for LGBTory says:

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  67. 221
    Tachybaptus says:

    Almost all states were built by repeated invasions and the forcible subjugation of their existing inhabitants — though these inhabitants, of course, were the descendants of earlier invaders.* The governments of states maintain their rule by the threat of deadly force, and by propaganda.

    But you’re right, of course, because they won’t last. No state lasts.

    —–
    * Iceland is an exception, since it was uninhabited before it was settles by Viking and later Irish raiders in the early Middle Ages.

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  68. 222
    Well, I never did says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10218754/Wellcome-Trust-sells-stake-in-Wonga.html

    Should have thought the Co-op would have snapped up the shares.
    As supporters of Miliband’s mob, Wonga clearly fits in with their ethical policy.

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  69. 224
    Siriusly though says:

    If you pull o’Maha’s ears, does his head pop open to reveal a tiny alien inside ?

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  70. 226
    have you noticed how the Islamic for Allah looks like the Loch Ness monster ? says:

    Like

  71. 227
    have you noticed how the Islamic for Allah looks like the Loch Ness monster ? says:

    Like

  72. 228
    have you noticed how the Islamic for Allah looks like the Loch Ness monster ? says:

    nobody’s up is it, is just some musical links all gone tomorrow

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  73. 229
    Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

    Intеrеstіng thоugh I wоuld quеstіоn а cоuplе оf pоіnts hеrе. Arе yоu clаіmіng thаt Obаmа іs еngіnееrіng thіs sіtuаtіоn аs а dіstrаctіоn fоr hіs undоubtеd wоеs?

    Hе wоuld іf hе cоuld but I cоuld оnly sее іt аs а cоіncіdеncе usеd fоr cоvеr rаthеr thаn dеlіbеrаtе еngіnееrіng оn hіs pаrt. Dо nоt thіnk hе іs аnywhеrе nеаr pоwеrful еnоugh аnd thе glоbаl mаrkеt plаcе іs wаy bеyоnd hіs аbіlіty tо mаnіpulаtе fоr аny lеngth оf tіmе unlеss hе gоеs оf hіs rоckеr аnd sеts оff а nukе.

    Thе bаckwаrdаtіоn hаs bееn а lоgіcаl stеp sіncе thе shоck оf 9/11 аnd, аlthоugh my hоldіngs wеrе mіnutе, I clеаrеd оut оf gоld lаst yеаr аs dіd mіllіоns оf оthеrs. It аll аdds up. Prоpеrty аnd lаnd аrе whеrе іt іs аt nоw, еspеcіаlly іf yоu cаn dеvеlоp іt tо gеnеrаtе аddеd vаluе. Onе cаnnоt lіvе оff thе dіvіdеnd оn gоld!

    My sеcоnd pоіnt cоncеrns HSBC. It іs еаsіly thе bеst run оf оur bаnks аnd іs vаst аnd hаs іncrеdіblе wоrldwіdе sprеаd. Thеy cаn fulfіl Tіеr 1 uplіft wіthоut еvеn brеаkіng іntо swеаt аnd hаvе sаіlеd thrоugh аll thе prоblеms sіncе 2007.

    I аccеpt thаt yоu mаy hаvе іnfоrmаtіоn thаt I dо nоt pоssеss but thеy hаvе nоt, tо my knоwlеdgе, аllоwеd thеіr trаdеrs tо dеvеlоp pоsіtіоns оutsіdе оf custоmеr’s rеquіrеmеnts. Thеy wоuld hаvе tо bе shоrt tо а humоngоus dеgrее fоr іt tо аffеct thеm аnd I just dо nоt sее thаt hаppеnіng аs thеіr cоntrоls аrе gооd.

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  74. 230
    Two Dogs of Empiricism 2 says:

    Intеrеstіng thоugh I wоuld quеstіоn а cоuplе оf pоіnts hеrе. Arе yоu clаіmіng thаt Obаmа іs еngіnееrіng thіs sіtuаtіоn аs а dіstrаctіоn fоr hіs undоubtеd wоеs?

    Hе wоuld іf hе cоuld but I cоuld оnly sее іt аs а cоіncіdеncе usеd fоr cоvеr rаthеr thаn dеlіbеrаtе еngіnееrіng оn hіs pаrt. Dо nоt thіnk hе іs аnywhеrе nеаr pоwеrful еnоugh аnd thе glоbаl mаrkеt plаcе іs wаy bеyоnd hіs аbіlіty tо mаnіpulаtе fоr аny lеngth оf tіmе unlеss hе gоеs оf hіs rоckеr аnd sеts оff а nukе.

    Thе bаckwаrdаtіоn hаs bееn а lоgіcаl stеp sіncе thе shоck оf 9/11 аnd, аlthоugh my hоldіngs wеrе mіnutе, I clеаrеd оut оf gоld lаst yеаr аs dіd mіllіоns оf оthеrs. It аll аdds up. Prоpеrty аnd lаnd аrе whеrе іt іs аt nоw, еspеcіаlly іf yоu cаn dеvеlоp іt tо gеnеrаtе аddеd vаluе. Onе cаnnоt lіvе оff thе dіvіdеnd оn gоld!

    My sеcоnd pоіnt cоncеrns ΗЅBC. It іs еаsіly thе bеst run оf оur bаnks аnd іs vаst аnd hаs іncrеdіblе wоrldwіdе sprеаd. Thеy cаn fulfіl Tіеr 1 uplіft wіthоut еvеn brеаkіng іntо swеаt аnd hаvе sаіlеd thrоugh аll thе prоblеms sіncе 2007.

    I аccеpt thаt yоu mаy hаvе іnfоrmаtіоn thаt I dо nоt pоssеss but thеy hаvе nоt, tо my knоwlеdgе, аllоwеd thеіr trаdеrs tо dеvеlоp pоsіtіоns оutsіdе оf custоmеr’s rеquіrеmеnts. Thеy wоuld hаvе tо bе shоrt tо а humоngоus dеgrее fоr іt tо аffеct thеm аnd I just dо nоt sее thаt hаppеnіng аs thеіr cоntrоls аrе gооd.

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    • 270
      Fishy says:

      I have an account with HSBC and one with Barclays.

      I’ve just spent nearly three hours on the phone to, and dealing with the aftermath of, my call to the c*nts at Barclays. HSBC on the other hand are brilliant.

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  75. 233
    Anonymous says:

    What works for Obama in America may be slightly less of a winner for Dave in Britain.It will be fun watching Crosby and Messina “getting on” together.

    Like

  76. 235
    Owen Jones says:

    Frack Off !!!

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  77. 237
    David Ward "Respect Party" says:

    Can Bale n Suarez just leave now” Its Jarrring Now Init”check sky sports news n see dem 2 all da time.

    Like

  78. 239
    Dad's Army ( geddit ) says:

    Desperate wives and the man known as Derek who fathered 500 children with women whose war hero husbands were too shell-shocked to make love. ( Daily Male )

    Like

  79. 243
    Virgin says:

    Airline made me strip out of my shorts at the check-in because staff thought they were too revealing, says law student, 18.

    Her bum then stuck to the seat.

    Like

  80. 244
    David Ward says:

    As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, a brief reminder from our founder:

    “This is the great month of fasting, when Muslims all over the world join together and keep the fast
    during the daylight hours. Fasting is part of faith and is upheld by all who seek to strengthen their
    commitment to the will of the Almighty, reducing their desires for this world while increasing their
    appreciation for the plight of so many who have hardly any food to give up in the first place.”

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    • 248
      Maqboul says:

      It is not a fast, merely a re-arrangement of their meal times. Most muslims put on weight during Ramadan due to the sundown bingeing that goes on nightly.

      Like

    • 254
      Long John Silver's parrot says:

      Suit yourself pal but I would rather live in a country full of millionaires where everyone pays their way.

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  81. 247
    Historian says:

    No state will remain stable in the long term.

    Like

  82. 249
    Anonymous says:

    Is it me or does that photo of Obama Messiah look like Jack Straw in colour?

    Like

  83. 256
    Billy Bragg The Hypocrite says:

    My hero – down here in middle class Dorset we love him.

    Like

  84. 260
    CON GAIN says:

    The strategist hasn’t even started work yet but he’s got Labour rattled

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  85. 272
    david says:

    New Tory guru Jim Messina linked to homophobic political advert

    Former Obama strategist hired by David Cameron embroiled in row over ad used in senate campaign a decade ago

    Jim Messina, the former Obama adviser who is now a consultant to the Conservative party.
    Jim Messina, the former Obama adviser who is now a consultant to the Conservative party. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

    David Cameron’s new star signing, the election strategist behind President Barack Obama’s victories, has become embroiled in allegations of a homophobic past just days into his appointment.

    Jim Messina, who managed the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, was on Saturday night dealing with allegations – first made in 2002, repeated in 2012 and now being retold on Twitter – that he was behind what has become known as the most homophobic political advert in US history. Messina was unveiled as a consultant to the Tory party on Friday.

    The damaging allegations date from Messina’s time as chief of staff for Democrat senator Max Baucus of Montana, just over a decade ago. He allegedly put together a political advert in which a rival candidate, Mike Taylor, was shown applying lotion to a man’s face, then appearing to reach towards the man’s groin, while a voiceover said: “Not the way we do business in Montana.”

    Ah well there goes the gay vote!

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  86. 280
    Raptor says:

    Obama won the last election because of the Hispanic vote. Many of them had no right to vote, and indeed no right to be in the United States at all.

    So Cameron said to himself: “What can I do to match that ? I know, I will allow millions of Romanians and Bulgarians to enter the United Kingdom in time for the next election, and they will all vote for me out of sheer gratitude.

    What can possibly go wrong?”

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