August 13th, 2013

Crisis? What Media Crisis


  1. 1
    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    We are buggered now.


  2. 2
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Can I still pull down £115k pa blagging?


  3. 3
    Rip Van Winkle says:



  4. 4
    Machiavelli says:

    The Telegraph reports 5 hour queues at Gibraltar. I’ve realised that this is all a put up job between Cameron and the Spanish government. Without the pain and expense of the Falklands, he can demonstrate how strongly he stands up for ‘Britain’. Probably one of Crosby’s ideas since both countries are getting increasingly worried about their people’s decreasing support for control from Brussels.


    • 7
      Joss Taskin says:

      Lost your tinfoil hat ?


      • 23
        Machiavelli says:

        Never had one Lynton.


        • 46
          10.4 highway patrol says:

          Just shows you Latin blood is thicker than financial water …..

          Spain apparently seeking an ally in Argentina at the UN in fight against Falklands / Gib annexations by Colonial Brittania ….

          Er .. sorry?? … This being the same Argentina which nationalised YPF Spanish oil company with little or no compensation causing Espana to mount furious protest … is that all forgotten now ??

          A bit like Arab /Persian blood being thicker than the Iran/ Iraq War . Saddam Hussein under terminal USA attack in Iraq War number one puts all his airforce into an Iranian airfield for safekeeping for the duration .
          Er … this was the same Iran with whom Iraq had been at war foir the previous several years with bloody carnage on both sides .. What was that all about then ??


    • 10
      Flaw in the thought says:

      Except to be strong on Britain he has to win a victory. At present the press is negative saying he isn’t doing enough.

      If it really is all an Illuminati put up job, how can Spain & the UK both get an acceptable outcome? Spain must stop harassing Gib citizens on the border and Britain must cede Gibraltar to Spain.


      • 13
        ready meals are a cheap source of tinfoil says:

        They are always like this. Everything is a conspiracy. Yet the evidence of your own eyes shows almost everything is a cock up.

        Iraq, Vietnam, Groundnut scheme, Wind farms, Ed Miliband being leader ..its all cock up.


        • 31
          Monkey Puzzle Tree says:

          So it is really a conspiracy of cock ups. So the cock up misdirects from the conspiracy.

          All conspiracies fail in their objectives and descends into chaos. Funny that.


        • 76
          RedoMcClusterfuckski says:

          Ed being leader nah we fixed that


    • 18
      Long John Silver's parrot says:

      At least the Spaniards are addressing their economic problems and lack of competitiveness unlike some.


      • 34
        Where's Wallmart says:

        By increasing bureaucracy at the border?

        That will help them out of their troubles.


      • 43
        Spanish Fly says:

        Seems a bit stupid to actually penalize your own citizens who are crossing the border to work, £43 each way soon makes it uncompetitive to carrying on working in Gibraltar for the 10,000 Spanish who cross the border every day and I’m sure that there are millions of “Poles” and other Eastern Europeans who would gladly take over the work for probably 25% less money.

        Another excellent strategy especially when you have youth unemployment running at 54%


        • 47
          Nige the pint says:

          I am a Faralangelist!


        • 49
          10.4 highway patrol says:

          Indeed so — seems like a Spanish Fly in the Ointment from here .


        • 51
          Moroccan Berber says:

          For Western citizenship passport we will work for free.

          Until we move onto the UK- then you can give us free house …my Brother said he had a free house and ..some other things… wonderful things..

          Like a gold car and liver transplant and university degree and silver doorknob and all you can eat pizza and windmill for garden and class A drugs and woman who wear just tight t/shirt and hot pants and bank holidays and free eye tests and holiday on narrow boat and colonic irrigation and pierced nipples and tattoo of dolphin on woman’s tit and buy one get one free and packet of 2 condom from machine in alcoholic place toilet and amusing sign for fridge say ‘I have big knickers’ and ITV2 and fish and chips and Angry Birds and big bird house and silver boots and an umbrella with dots on it and recycling bags and Alton towers and DVD boxsets and social workers and no tax paid and no work ever again…and bingo and gay pride marches and ..


    • 147
      El Presidente says:

      Take this as a warning, British region. If you leave the EU, you can wave goodbye to the rock.

      Yours modestly,
      Portugal’s Gra-Cruz da Ordem Militar de Cristo in 1996;
      Winner of the Casa da Imprensa prize in the area of politics in 1992
      Named Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1993
      Chosen Personality of the Year in 1991 and 2004 by the Foreign Press Association in Portugal
      Given “Medalla de la Universidad de Alcala de Henares” and “Medalla de Oro de la Ciudad de Zamora”, Spain, 2005
      Golden Medal: The Bell Celebration – Message to the United Europe, from the Ferdinan Martinengo Company, Slovakia, 2006
      EFR-Business Week Award from Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2006.
      Honorary Citizen of Rio de Janeiro, June 2006.
      “European of the Year” award by European Voice newspaper, November 2006.
      Awarded Honorary HEC diploma, Paris, December 2006.
      Special Prize, Business Centre Club, Poland, February 2007; Gold Medal of the city of Lamego, Portugal, April 2007;
      Transatlantic Leadership Prize, European Institute, Washington DC, April 2007;
      Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great (Lithuania, 06/2007)[24]
      Honorary Citizen of Delphi and Golden Medal of the “Amfiktyons”, Delphi, Greece, July 2007;
      Academic Title EBAPE – FGV, for the relevant contribution and services towards the study and practice in Administration – Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, August 2007
      Conde de Barcelona International Prize from the Conde de Barcelona Foundation, Barcelona, November 2007.
      Honorary Medal and Honorary Diploma of the City of Nicosia, Nicosia, January 2008.
      Honorary Member, Academia Portuguesa da História, Lisbon, March 2008.
      State Medal “Stara Planina” I Degree, Bulgaria, March 2008.
      “Prémio Rotary da Paz”, Rotary International Distrito 1960 Portugal, Lisbon, April 2008; “Chave de Honra da Cidade de Lisboa”, Lisbon, May 2008.
      Confraria Queijo S. Jorge, Acores, May 2008.
      Ciudadino Andino Honorifico, Lima, Peru, May 2008.
      “Transatlantic Business Award”, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, Brussels, May 2008.
      Confraria vinho do Porto, Porto, June 2008.
      Orden de la Cruz de Terra Mariana, Primera clase, Tallinn, February 2009.
      Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of European Studies, Royal Institute of European Studies Madrid, March 2009.
      Gold Medal of the Hellenic Parliament, Athens, April 2009.
      Medal of Honour and Benefaction of the City of Athens, Athens, April 2009.
      European Excellence Award, by the Government Council of the Community of Madrid, May 2009.
      Prix European of the Year, The European Movement in Denmark, Copenhagen, May 2009.
      Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great, Vilnius, June 2009.
      Laureate of the Quadriga Prize 2009 – United for the Better, Berlin, October 2009
      Collar of the Order “pro Merito Melitensi”, the Order of Malta, Rome, May 2010.
      Medal of Merit from the Federação das Associações Portuguesas e Luso-brasileiras, Brazil, July 2010.
      “Man of the Year 2009 of Central and Eastern Europe”, Krynica, September 2010.
      Great Collar of the Order of Timor-Leste, Brussels, October 2010.
      Golden Victoria “European of the Year 2010″ award by the Union of German Magazine Publishers VDZ, Berlin, November 2010.
      Collar of the European Merit Foundation, Luxembourg, November 2010.
      the “Steiger” Award 2011, Bochum, Germany, March 2011.
      Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse, the College Historical Society(CHS) of Trinity College, Dublin.
      Honorary Degree from Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, 2005
      Honorary Degree in Humanities from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
      Honorary Degree in Political Science from the University of Genoa, Italy, 2006
      Honorary Degree in Law from Kobe University, Japan, April 2006.
      Honorary Doctorate in Social and Human Sciences from Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, June 2006.
      Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, University of Edinburgh, November 2006.[25]
      Honorary Degree from the Economics Faculty of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, January 2007
      Honorary doctorate at Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, November 2007.[26]
      Doctor Honoris Causa degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 2008.
      Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, University of Liverpool, July 2008; “Prémio Política e Responsabilidade Social”, Fundação Luso-Brasileira, Lisbon, October 2008.
      Honorary Degree of Doctor, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, November 2008.
      Doctor Honoris Causa, Tomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic, April 2009.
      Honorary doctorate of the Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, May 2009.[27]
      Honorary doctorate of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, USA, September 2009.
      Doctor Honoris Causa, University Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro, July 2010.
      Doctorate Honoris Causa, Łódź University, Poland, October 2010.
      Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Geneva, October 2010.
      Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Bucharest, November 2010.
      Honorary Doctorate, Baku State University, Azerbaijan, January 2011.
      Honorary Doctorate, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome, March 2011.
      Honorary Doctorate, Ghent University, March 2011.


      • 197
        Calidius Eroticus says:



      • 205
        Not Blowing Whistles says:

        The sheer quantity of honorary degrees there, many from less than select ‘latam’ institutions, does more to devalue the value of the degree than it does to enhance Barosso’s credibility.

        At the very least, it proves that he is a mong with qualifications that he did not in fact earn, but likely bought.


  5. 8
    • 17
      Vote for real Change and freedom says:

      Err, except that voting for any of the LabLibCon socialist Alliance of traitors, thieves and liars, will always get you more of them same old shite we have had for the last twenty years.


    • 21
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      Vote Con, get Dimmy Dave’s faux Tory Party.

      Only kidding. Labour set to get an 84 seat majority. Vote Con, get Labour. Vote LimpDum, get Labour. Vote UKIP, get to stand on the moral high ground.


    • 30
      Raving Loon says:

      Voting Tory also gets Labour so I guess we’re screwed.


      • 54
        Universal Hiss says:

        Hah! Vote SNP,get SNP.

        I’m only smug until next year when wee Eck gets his arse kicked.


    • 225
      Conspiracy Theorist says:

      Where’s the logic?

      Swing will happen on all sides, and the race will be to see whose supporters swing most.

      It’s still anybody’s race to win.


  6. 11
    Troll under the bridge says:

    “An email from Sussex Police said: “Further to our telephone conversation today, I would like to confirm that Sussex Police is investigating the malicious, abusive and threatening comments made on an open forum website”

    Moussa what have you been doing now?


    • 28
      Vote for real Change and freedom says:

      Oddly, I remember a time when the police used to go after real criminals who did real crimes.
      Not after people who say nasty or spiteful or idiotic things on the internet.

      Mind you, we lived in a relatively free society back then and free speech was still something that was allowed, by our increasingly poisonous political elite.


      • 37
        Dixon of Ipad Dock Green says:

        But its much easier to wait for a tweet from feminist human rights lawyer saying she has had some saddo knob told her to die in a fire.

        The evidence is all there, already collected, and the law is clear and the offence is there already confessed. We have the time of the crime. Name and email and home address of the suspect. Its a piece of cake to go round and arrest them during office hours.

        Looking for people nicking lead from the roof of the school means staying up late and sitting in the cold. No one much fancies it.

        So we police the internet to keep feelings going unhurt.

        ‘evenin all..


        • 66
          UKIP or bust says:

          “Its a piece of cake to go round and arrest them during office hours.”

          Don’t you mean go there at four in the morning mob-handed with helicopters, film crew and smash down the door yelling American type orders, so that when it becomes good entertainment/scaremongering on the box six months later.


          • Dennis Waterman says:

            What part of “We’re the police– on the floor, face down, hands out to the side!” is uniquely American?

            Cor blimey, I tell a bloody lie, if I say me and John Thaw weren’t doing that sort of shite back in the Seventies!


  7. 12
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    The sooner Leveson Part Two is started concluded and implemented the better.


  8. 14
    Media Scumbag working for the Daily Scumbag says:

    Masters in the art of fiction. The same repetive genre with no imagination or wit. A blunt tool, a substitute for the sword of truth.


  9. 15
    Chris Bryant says:

    I thought yesterday went rather well, if I say so myself.


  10. 22
    Monkey Puzzle Tree says:

    Why did David Miliband leave politics? Surely, he worked out that Ed was just leader on a temporary basis. If he stuck at it, the ruin & rubble that has become the Labour party would have been his to reconstruct & reign over for a least a decade. He need not have worried about stabbing Ed in the back as someone else would have done the nasty work for him. I think David Miliband worked out that there is something that is rotten to the core about Labour that could not be easily fixed -most likely unions- & decided he was better off out.


    • 29
      Realit says:

      More likely he realised he could make a lot more dosh.


    • 33
      Gooey Blob says:

      I thought Purnell should have stayed around too. 2015 is dead and buried for Labour, but if they want to form a government in 2020 someone will need to pick up the pieces in 2015, rebuilding it and leading from the centre.

      Nobody in the shadow cabinet looks like a leader-in-waiting. They are all awful.


    • 58
      Universal Hiss says:

      I think it’s possible to get flights from New York to London.

      He just needs to wait,point,laugh,return. Perhaps.


    • 100
      bergen says:

      He just realised that baby brother wasn’t up to it and the very last person to replace a useless Milliband would be another one.


      • 195
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Neither of Ralph Miliband the Marxist Trotskyist commie’s (and they’re all jooowish btw – innit funny how some cannot connect the dots) sons are ever going to be the PM of what is currently Bongo Bongo Britainland. [And btw how long before All them union barons wake up to who has really deceived them?]

        Davey Bland may find that there is an unstoppable and growing resurgance across the Atlantic of that Macarthy thingy?

        To rule for a 1000 years and more – get fucked you Z loons and those who you have duped – talk about the stoopid christians may your God forgive you?


        • 204
          Not Blowing Whistles says:

          A dose of McCarthyism is required in the UK to purge the Common Purpose and other communist filth which has infiltrated public services, media and certain high offices.

          Just need to be careful that the fifth column do not adorn the robes of inquisition though.


        • 222
          Binkie, The Professional Israeli Troll says:

          Blowing Whistles smells of wee.


  11. 24
    Scottish Chav says:

    so when does polly get forcibly retired to her dacha in the sun?


  12. 25
    Paxmong's Beard (no relation to Mary) says:

    Are the number of beards increasing though?


  13. 32
    samuel poops says:

    there won’t be any shortage of scribblers – there’s mass youth unemployment – the tragedy is in the disposable incomes of the hacks on the nationals

    and the realisation by those running the media that monkeys really can be fed peanuits can still churn out the drivel demanded by the mob

    then there’s the bbc………


  14. 38
    Gordon the Medicated says:

    I have Pogonophobia.

    That woman/man/beard person I live with has a hairy triangle that sends me screaming in terror.


  15. 42
    Sir William Waid says:

    The y-axis show the relative number of job ads for journalists, not the number of jobs.


    • 48
      Daily Telegraph job ad for trainee journalist says:

      “The successful candidate must have at best a rudimentary understanding of English grammar, little or no knowledge of the world prior to 1988 and a strong and proven ability to copy and paste endless drivel from Twitter and Facebook. This is a trainee position but the job title will include the word ‘Editor’ to impress your mates.”


    • 60
      Universal Hiss says:

      They are the zero hours,self employed,no win no fee jobs.


  16. 50
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Labour needs to ask itself what question voters are asking to which the answer is “Owen Jones”.


  17. 52
    Choochoo says:

    Latest labour sound bite Cost of living crisis . Train fares to rise and ms Eagle on BBC news stating government out of touch if they think people can keep paying. Meanwhile she completely ignores fact in the graph shown on the screen that they went up more under Labour


    • 61
      BBC Red Bottom says:

      Isn’t she a darling? And she speaks so beautifully. Not like a mumbling retard at all. She doesn’t make anyone want to hammer nails into their ears.

      We love her!


    • 70
      nellnewman says:

      Ho Hum. Another bandwagon labour is jumping on without any considered thought for a credible policy.

      They’re really run around now like headless chickens babbling rubbish! Tiresome!!


  18. 63
    Jon 'pinko' Snow says:

    Can’t wait for the next big disaster so I can buy a new rig out and get out there; all expenses paid by the taxpayer – It’s so exhilarating to see things on a such an awesome scale and to be part of earth shaking events, all in the name of sympathetic reporting you understand.

    Disaster tourism: it’s only for the very rich and privileged as access all areas is very difficult.


    • 69
      Paxmong's Beard (no relation to Mary) says:

      He doesn’t have a beard like I do!


      • 87
        Simon Cowells ex factor says:

        Ive got a whole boat full of them.


        • 97
          Tay King-dePisse says:

          Spiffing wheeze, old sod, getting that couple to say you broke them up by getting her with child– I mean, how much more “macho” could you try to act, ducky?


          • Ed Balls, economist extraordinaire says:

            The best thing about Cowell is that there’s only one of him. But if he breeds……..arghghgh!


          • Tay King-dePisse says:

            Ermm- (*pssst*) Ed– yeah, YOU, mate…
            Are Yvette’s three yours as well?
            I mean, after saying what you just did– some might say, bad enough a sprog with Yvette’s genes, but with Balls’s too, wotta “double whammy” on any kid…
            Well, you brought it up, di’n’tcha, that bit about breeding!


    • 130
      Dan Snow says:

      Oh daddy, can you get me another role on telly too.


    • 135
      Channel 4 Musl!ms says:

      Get back to shitty sandland.


  19. 65
    Cynic says:

    “Rail fares to rise by average of 4.1% in January 2014″

    So by half the annual rate of inflation, eh?


  20. 71

    Well, like, I fink there will always be a job like, for a geezer,like, who can put more than two words togevver, what make sense, innit like!


  21. 72
    nellnewman says:

    No doubt those new jobs are all based at the beeb – no doubt the job descriptions promise loads of five star hotels, worldwide first class travel and lots of champagne all courtesy of the taxpayer.

    Only requirement for the the job is that you are a rabid biased leftwinger with no sense of fairness or journalistic balance.


    • 77
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      “no doubt the job descriptions promise loads of five star hotels, worldwide first class travel”

      No doubt. Even worse, I bet they’re all for BBC local radio, too.


  22. 82
    Sir William Waid says:

    So, when nobody will lend us any more money and there are four dependants to every taxpayer, we will have plenty of news analysts to analyse the collapse for us.


  23. 91
    Bongo Bongo Land President says:

    I demand billions of pounds in aid for your countries insult of my glorious land.


  24. 92
    Y front man says:

    Ian Flynn @ifflynn
    I agree that Chris Bryant feels strongly about the immigrant workers. Indeed so strongly that he has attacked himself for his speech.


    • 93
      Y front man says:

      RT @Jamin2g Chris Bryant is essentially having an argument with himself and losing. #radio4today


      • 94
        Y front man says:

        Harry Cole @MrHarryCole
        Home Office source re Bryant: “We hope there isn’t a reshuffle as we’d like to keep him.”


      • 95
        Y front man says:

        The Labour fightback starts now ….

        Owen Jones‏@OwenJones842m
        Right, off to adopt the foetal position until Labour sort themselves out

        Dan Hodges‏@DPJHodges28m
        Chris Bryant basically ended by attacking himself for undermining his own ridiculous silly season message.

        James Kirkup‏@jameskirkup34m
        This @chrisbryantmp Today prog interview is truly painful. Fortunately for him there’s not a Labour reshuffle coming up. Oh.


      • 101
        Anonymous says:

        Tim Gatt @TimGattITV
        “@ITVLauraK: Recruiters organisation, REC, says Chris Bryant is ‘painfully uninformed’ about employment rules”


  25. 96
    A Blogger says:

    Guido, for a post to finish the day on, this one is pretty lame


  26. 99
    Anonymous says:

    RT @LabourHistory: Today in 1975 inflation hit a postwar record of 26.9%


  27. 102
    And the good news keeps on coming says:

    Markit Economics @MarkitEconomics
    UK Regional PMIs: Recovery strengths again in July, led by strong output growth across North West England & London


    • 107
      Anonymous says:

      CCHQ Press Office @RicHolden
      CIPD Labour Market Survey shows net hiring at highest level since 2008. #Employment…


      • 207
        Anonymous says:

        In relation to comment 107 – I wonder whether the CIPD announcement takes into account measures undertaken to circumvent Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) by ‘resetting’ the clock just shy of every 13 weeks in order to deny the job-holder enhanced conditions. Does the same job appear as 2, 3, 4, 5…. jobs??


    • 109
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      It’s the Dimmy Dave good news show!

      510,800 immigrants allowed into UK last year. Plus the many, many more that slipped in under Theresa May’s nose.
      National debt set to double by 2017.
      Britain’s debt interest payments set to rise from £44 billion p/a in 2010 to £75 billion in 2017.
      Prime Minister Dimmy Dave due to open the door to 29 million more East Europeans on Jan 1st.
      Dimmy Dave to borrow £32 billon to build the unwanted/unnecessary HS2 railway.
      Price of HS2 rises to £43 billion.
      Then add another £7 billion for the trains.
      Thanks to gutless Dimmy Dave, our EU membership fee increased 13% last year; exceeds £20 billion for the first time.
      £500 million of our foreign aid ends up in al queda’s pocket.
      Hundreds of millions more ends up funding other countries’ space programmes.

      With Dimmy Dave Camoron, the good news never stops coming!


      • 114
        Anonymous says:

        Just about all of the above points were started or created by Labour. It’s gonna take time to correct


        • 117
          Marie Antoinette says:

          They do not have time. The public is losing patience by the day.

          And don’t be naive about the economy: after a long depression, the most dangerous time for any unrepresentative, ossified, regime is when an economy starts to improve, bringing hope and unbottling the pent-up desire for major change


          • nellnewman says:

            True – labour have almost run out of time to prove they can provide an alternative government.

            They’re looking more ramshackle than kim jong un at the moment and that’s saying something!


          • Channel 4 Musl!ms says:

            No need to take foreign hols anymore, wonderful foreign voices, dress, mosks and sad faces coming up your way very soon if not already there.


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  29. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Billy Blofeld @billyblofeld
    “the only speech in British political history to be attacked live on air by the politician actually delivering it”


  30. 105
    Man from the street says:

    Any Kippers on here know who the little hottie in this vid is?


  31. 122
    nellnewman says:

    So what is labour going to do to make themselves into a credible opposition?

    Because at the moment the keystone cops look much more likely to provide an alternative opposition in this UK democracy!!


    • 134
      History says:

      It is entirely possible they will fail to become credible and actually implode. There is no immutable law of politics, even with gerrymandered constituencies and FPTP, that says a former party of government must survive forever.


    • 140
      • 145
        nellnewman says:

        Just been to Cornwall – lovely beaches, great food, relaxing time . Hope to go back soon!


    • 163
      Screw the liblabcon says:

      Aint you worked it out yet? There isn’t any real party opposition, cos we live in a fake democracy.

      The real opposition in this country is us, the native British people outside the Westminster bubble. Which is why we are targeted for ethnic replacement by mid-century.


  32. 131
    Bob Fleming says:

    UKIP are now the opposition Nell


    • 136
      Jimmy says:

      No my friend…organised Islam is the opposition.


      • 138
        Channel 4 Musl!ms says:

        We will stand by the oppressed until the dawn. Enrichment will be ours. Victory!


        • 143
          nellnewman says:

          Sorry but you’ll need to register with the electoral commission first .

          You’ll needca charter that gives Men and Women equal rights, a transparent bank account and a declaration signed by all your members to allow hatty harpics demands for all women shortlists that oermit husbands priority as Members of Parliament!


          • Channel 4 Musl!ms says:

            Silence, harridan. You have replied to the wrong blog. Your spelling smells of the evil alcohool drink.


      • 187
        Bob Fleming says:

        I hear you James, but don’t overestimate backward savages. They are a sideshow I believe. True Brits are now fighting their own Government for survival


    • 139
      nellnewman says:

      No they aren’t – though I’m sorry they are not more powerful electorally. Like the LibDems – I once hoped that these two parties might overtake labour. Clearly that is not possible now. The libdems are a busted flush and ukip have hit a glass ceiling.

      Truth is a one party state is unhealthy. And Yes I know that that is what labour dishonestly tried to create when it was last in power.

      But now labour is providing an opposition that is less effective than a drizzle to a storm! In fact labour are being drowned out by the unions who mistakenly think they can hijack the parliamentary labour party for their own power trip!!.

      Democracy needs robust and quality debate – that’s not exactly what labour is providing at the moment is it?!! And the libdems and ukip are failing to make headway with the electorate.

      It’s all very disappointing!


      • 150
        Londoner says:

        Nell, I live in a borough in London which has been a one-party (run bv Labour) for the past twenty-four years. The opposition put up by the Tories has been abysmal in that time.


        • 155
          nellnewman says:

          Time to move then?!


          • Casual Observer says:

            Probably not time for that poster to move.

            But the Conservative class divide shows most strongly in their poorer performance in inner city town areas vs. countryside.

            This is something which UKIP does transcend the Tories on.

            And the Conservatives have never really considered inner city areas a serious location to campaign as Labour tend to keep away from places such as Buckingham.

            Social engineering as a result of political party laziness or unwillingness to contest fairly all seats is not a very smart thing to advocate.


          • Londoner says:

            I agree. If the Tories are not prepared to seek the urban voter, and address their needs at a borough level, they are not really fit to govern nationally.


  33. 142
    Raptor says:

    Labour doesn’t need to become a credible opposition. All they need to do is to wait until May, 2015. Cameron brought in a five-year Parliament rule, so he can’t go to the country earlier at a favourable moment. Well done, Dave!

    Public sector employees, benefits claimants, ethnics, and postal voters will all vote Labour — some of the latter many times over. 35% in total is enough for Labour to have a substantial majority, given the present government’s failure to reform the constituency boundaries. Another blinder, Dave!

    Many Tories have been deliberately antagonised or insulted by their own party leadership, and will vote UKIP instead. Jolly good show, Dave!

    Oppositions don’t win elections — governments lose them. Back of the net, Dave!


    • 144
      nellnewman says:

      No I don’t think so.

      I’m sure militwit is kidding himself that he will win next time around.

      But you only have to look at him to know that like gordonbrown he is a loser. Nobody is going to vote to put him into no 10 or bullyballs into no11.


  34. 153
    nellnewman says:

    OK sweeties off to bed now.

    Don’t want to suggest that labour has become a laughing stock but that Laughing Sailor on the Pier at Cromer has a challenge now doesn’t it??!!


  35. 157
    nellnewman says:

    Oh come on – you only have to look at chrisbryant or chuckusyamoney or hattyharpic or the eaglesisters or militwit or bullyballs .

    These people are not the sort of folks you let near the levers pf power!!



  36. 158
    Children at play says:

    That Bloke on the right of picture looks Hard.


  37. 162
    Point of Information 4 says:

    Police investigating BBC
    Police investigating Political Scrapbook

    Things are changing…


  38. 166
    Paxmong's Beard (no relation to Mary) says:

    I’m going to be even bigger tonight. Who has more hair, me of Kirsty’s beaver?


  39. 167

    Had a delightful morning in Parma, enjoying the works of Correggio, Parmigianino, Fra Angelico, Leonardo, Canaletto, Bellotto and others. Then some delicious prosciutto before taking the autostrade to Savona and onto Cannes. Avenue Carnot is being dug up for no benefit. Avoid. Otherwise all is well.


    • 169
      anon says:



    • 171
      Pretention Meter says:


      Why do people always throw such words into their conversation?


      • 174
        Casual Observer says:

        Probably because he is talking about !taly ?


        • 176
          Pretention Meter says:

          There are roads in Italy. Who knew?


          • Casual Observer says:

            Well – I guess Google Translate could help:

            autostrade = highway

            For mapping to UK, somewhere between dual carriageway and motorway depending on which specific autostrade the Cat was on.

            I guess saying: Had some ham sarnies before hopping on the dual carriageway to downtown Savona, is another way of putting it.

            Myself – enjoyed the little missive above. Can smell nice citrus scents and enjoy a warm feel knowing that the Cat right now is likely about to pull in an all night ice cream joint, whereas us in the UK are being deluged with ‘don’t vote UKIP’ propaganda and really waking up to the reality that uncontrolled immigration and reduced living standards have to offer.


          • Long John Silver's parrot says:

            What price are fresh peaches in Cannes ?


          • Pretention Meter says:

            Yes, ‘road’ idoes sound so romantic in Italian. So lemony:

            Here’s a stretch of that road last year:


          • Casual Observer is really a good observer of life. I will retell my story in two ways: the first as if I were in England, the second as life actually was:

            Version 1: On my journey to see my elderly mother in Sheffield, I stopped off at Southend-on-sea, walked along the pier and enjoyed some jellied eels. I presume Pretension Meter would not have exploded at that one as he might identify with it in some way.

            Version 2: On my way to see my elderly mother, I stopped off at Parma, looked at some sights and had a ham sandwich. The ham sandwich was one of the tastiest I have ever eaten but the ham at Parma is renowned. Later I arrived at my mother’s home in Cannes. Substantially similar to Version 1, Pretension Meter is going to have an apoplexy entirely to the change in destinations, a matter which is purely a record of fact.

            I leave it to the reader to decide who has the problem here.


    • 189
      Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

      Who can claim to know art, who can claim to know life,
      Until he has seen thee and thy cathedral O Parma.

      Whoever wrote that (or something like it) had Correggio in mind.


  40. 168
    Channel 4 Musl!ms says:

    Islum-ists, postal voters(multi), inmigrunts, benny claimants, social housing specialists via friendly immigrunt fee councillors working with friendly immigrunt fee housing department bods, you indiginous lot can bog off if you think you`ll get a look in.


    • 170
      Point of Information 4 says:

      Sounds like the real version of the word map that should be associated with Labour.


  41. 177
    Bongo Bongo Land President says:


  42. 178
    Saffron says:

    Liebour = jump to the union paymasters tune and put us in deep shite again.
    Millipede Crap is no leader and frankly I would’nt let him and his band of liars run a whelk stall.
    Millicrap and his lack of policies plus juvenile antics have now got various in his party back stabbing him like he did to his brother compliments of the unions.
    Does he have a backbone at all?, well yes about as much as a jellyfish has.


  43. 181
    Step back, step back...step backwards! says:

    Piers Morgan falls off Segway


  44. 185
    Nosebone, The Mud Hutter says:

    Send more cash now. Wive new child comin soon. Number 12. Or we come fur benifits.


  45. 196
    The Loony Left says:



    • 198
      Bitch Slap says:

      I have no problem with him re-writing his speech when it became obvious that he was about to libel Next and Tesco but I have a massive problem with his blatant lies that he had not altered it.

      To rub salt in the wounds he probably never wrote the bloody thing anyway and it was the work of some junior lacky wishing he was away on his holidays.


  46. 201
    A quarter of a Century Ago says:


    • 203
      Abbott Spot says:

      Miss Diane is the “young” lady MP with the glasses sat to Mr Makanji’s right.


      • 211
        Anonymous says:

        Can you just imagine if this was transposed and the Bee n pee were there with the banner white section. Dislike bee n pee intently but all must apply the same rules and what is / is not acceptable.


        • 217
          Itz w@ycyst only when we do it says:

          Don’t be so naive.

          Ethnic minorities and their backers have zero intention of applying any such rules equally. It is all about gaming the system and getting one over the native white population.

          Blacks and Asians understand this instinctively. Only white people are dumb enough to subscribe to a fictitious universality that exists nowhere outside of academia and government propaganda.

          Oh, and you can forget any special privileges being extended to whites when they become a minority in a generation or two.


  47. 202
    Blowing Whistles says:

    At least being a blogger I can turn to them vultures of the legal kind who tell all them stoopid and ‘already suborned under meediyaaa laws’ journos that you ‘can’t say this; and you can’t say that’ – and tell them vultures to go sling their fucking hooks.

    Thankfully Article 19 of the UN Dec of Human Rights (1948) is still enforced in the US. Freedom of Expression – I’m in love with it while on this side of the Atlantic the free press and the EUSSR ‘daren’t mention it’.

    The loons have taken over the asylums – and it ain’t gonna be long before the good people lock ‘em all up. [The ‘em is a ref to of the ‘cross-party political puppets and stooges’]


    • 221
      A sceptical observer says:

      Oooohhh! Sweetie-pie! I reckon you’re not blowing whistles at all. I reckon you’ve never blown one single whistle in your entire life. I think you’re probably not physically capable of blowing whistles. You probably don’t even know what whistles are. You’re just pretending you know all about whistles, in order to seem big and grown-up. And everyone else humours you because they can see how pathetically vulnerable you are, with your total lack of whistle-related knowledge/experience.


  48. 209
    albacore says:

    Media crisis? My, you must be joking
    The media need a bloody good poking
    The mighty free press, stuck, sat on its asses
    What do those sods need – magnifying glasses?
    The whole country thieved away – and in plain sight
    So which great thunderer piped up it ain’t right?
    Fellow-travelling, LibLabCon state-driven
    Welcome back, old Pravda. All is forgiven


  49. 210
    albacore says:

    Media crisis? My, you must be joking
    The media need a bloody good poking
    The mighty free press, stuck, sat on its asses
    What do those sods need – magnifying glasses?
    The whole country thieved away – and in plain sight
    So which great thunderer piped up it ain’t right?
    Fellow-travelling, LibLabCon state-dr1ven
    Welcome back, old Pravda. All is forgiven


  50. 213
    Anonymous says:

    Cost of living is labours latest buzz word all else ending up in a car crash I suppose.
    If you want to see how much disarray they are in read the comments here from their own supporters. They gave all but given up on ed and his party.


  51. 215
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Is anyone surprised by what our scumbag politicians get up to anymore.

    Utter cnuts the lot of them


  52. 218
  53. 219
    When are we taxpayers getting our money back from Iceland? says:

    Over the last three years what has David Cameron done to protect the Human Rights of Lefties?

    As far as I can see he has bent over backwards to help homosexuals and lesbians but has done little to help left handers.

    It would be good if he could put his thoughts and plans in writing upon this very interesting subject.


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