August 14th, 2013

Joan’s Estate-Gate

The Mail have tracked down the will of Joan Edwards, Q2′s second largest donor and things have got a little murky for the Tories and the LibDems. Where it was briefed yesterday that the 90 year old deceased nurse had left the money to the party of government, the will actually states she wanted to leave her entire estate to: ‘whichever Government is in office at the date of my death for the Government in their absolute discretion to use as they may think fit’. That is not the same as giving to parties even if a friend of the late Ms Edwards says she made the money trough shares and was a Tory…

It is very hard to give money not owed to the government though. A row between the Treasury lawyers and Dominic Grieve the Tory Attorney General has broken out with the learned beancounters claiming Grieve said it should be party political donations. Grieve says the opposite and the parties are playing dumb. Guido is sceptical that they let half a million wander into their accounts without picking up a phone though. If they did not then that is a very worrying state of affairs. So if they did ask questions it stinks and if they did not it stinks. So which is it?


194 Comments

  1. 1
    Call me Dave mincing into oblivion in 2015 says:

    Hold your nose and spend spend spend

    • 6
      Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

      That’s how I achieved so much for Great Britain during The Reign of Terror, 1997-2010.

      • 40
        David Cameron says:

        I reckon the money should have gone to the Govt of Bongo Bongo Land.

        • 46
          UKIP says:

          It will.

          • Sun reader says:

            If the Daily Mail has seen the Will have they published the names of the Executors and the Solicitors?

          • Anonymous says:

            Has anyone used the Solicitors Nick, Dave and Partners. I can’t find them on The Law Society database and need to make a Will.

          • Village Idiot says:

            ….The money should be used to help “Bongo-Bongo Land”,help set up “Gay Marriage”,and,to build more useful mosques for our friends,also a substantial contribution should go to that marvellous institution, The European Union!!! (I hope that helps the decision makers.)

      • 56
        'arry says:

        it was a gift yer ‘onner

        • 165
          Anonymous says:

          The lady is very clever. To give to the government so that they could use it as they think fit. It was a test and they failed

          The result was they pocketed it, by giving it to their own parties.

          I congratulate this lady for her ability to create this test of character. It should have gone to finance an improvement to this country.

    • 20
      Joan, instruct your Ghost to visit Cameron says:

      Just found out that India has a Nuclear Submarine program. Not like the UK where we were given all the knowhow and the plans for out first boat from the Yanks. Nope they have their very own program.

      That costs a lot of money, shedloads of money and a massive infrastructure. And still Dave is sending them British Taxpayer money because he has this odd idea if he cuts the dosh in one go they won’t be able to manage.

      Fuck off Dave, if they can afford to build SSNs then they do not need foreign aid, quite the reverse.

      • 63
        DAVE Fuckwit CAMERMONG says:

        They also have a Space programme ,as do China who we also give millions too , even though China insists they don’t need or want it !

        I really am a Fuck head

      • 92
        Giro Bob says:

        Dave is hoping that by helping the regional super powers of the future they will let us shine their shoes mid 21st Century. He really is a twat who is only saved by the fact all his political opponents are bigger twats. Very sad end to once great nation. Still good chance we’ll have the shoe shine business sown up mid century.

      • 144
        Greychatter says:

        How much money is sent by Asians in Britain, who are of Indian descent, to their families or charities? Millions must be sent out of the country every year to countries around the world.

        One customer I recall sent 10% if their income back “home” that was in the 70′s.

        Does the Government need to suppliment this with our money? Money sent by individuals goes direct to the roots. Where does “Government” money end up?

        • 179
          NE Frontiersman says:

          Remittance transfers home from overseas workers are by far the largest form of cross-border aid, with no bureaucratic overhead beyond a Western Union fee. I seriously reconsidered my monthly bung to Oxfam when I saw a photo of Annie Lennox addressing the staff in the tiered atrium of their HQ building (they need this kind of encouragement, for some reason). It was like La Scala, packed with fresh-faced Guardianistas – overwhelmingly white, funnily enough. Forget tube wells or vaccines, I wasn’t even paying for their teabags.

          If we redefined the wages we pay foreign staff in the NHS as ‘Aid’, perhaps we could meet our 07% of GDP without the need for any government agency, a double saving. A Mozambican staff nurse explained to me how it benefited his country more for him to be grafting here sending money home, rather than doing his shift in Maputo, even though Mozambique had lost the services of someone it had probably cost them proportionately more to train.

      • 153
        Anonymous says:

        They havent just dashed out and bought nuclear Subs you moron, they have been doing this for years even when Saints Tone and Gordon were in number 10. stop being to partisan its becoming fracking boring.

    • 61
      Ask a Solicitor says:

      I thought the Executors of a Will must do what the Will says. Does “Government of the Day” mean the same as the political parties in Government? I want to leave the Conservative Party 80 pence in my Will as the Government is going to take 40% in death duties. I am not married (to a woman or a man).

      • 183
        Greychatter says:

        I think this should be a lesson for all of you who intend to leave money to the Government of the day.

        On top of the 40% they will take in Death Duties (if there’s enough left) and all the Income tax and Council Tax and Vat and Fuel Duty you have been fortunate enough to have been able to pay during your lifetime.

        I think the correct wording should be to the Exchequer or to the Treasury.

    • 70
      Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

      Yes, I should resume spending, spending, spending. I’ve run out of ideas what to buy. Haven’t ordered anything from Amazon for about 3 weeks.

      • 82
        handy shopping tip says:

        I bought five bottles of wine yesterday, none of them Spanish.

        • 104
          Canny Shopper says:

          I was waiting for one of those 25% discount for 6 bottles offers they sometimes have at Sainsbury’s. I have a lot of nectar points to use up.

          • Cash Flo says:

            I lost a £5 Tesco voucher and 300 Tesco points last week in Sainsburys in Kettering. If you find it please hand it in to Customer Care.

    • 101
      Anonymous says:

      • 120
        Eloc yrrah says:

        ” So if they did ask questions it stinks and if they did not it stinks. So which is it?” It’s an ABSOLUTE STINKER. One thing it goes to prove is that all politicos are the same, how can the ConDems possibly lambast Liebour for money fiddles. Give back all the money and sue them for breach of trust the money belongs to the people of the UK, political parties just cannot keep their sticky fingers off money entrusted to them for the benefit of the people of the UK.

        • 160
          Anonymous says:

          For petes sake,i bet you wouldnt be whingeing if it had been left to Labour! its a stupid thing to have done anyway talk about a drop in the ocean !

          • Percy says:

            If liebore had done the same trick I would have exactly the same comments, maybe you are an entrenched tory, piles of money, house in London and spacious pad in the country. It’s time someone did something with all this fiddling before it starts going underground, and totally hidden from observation.

          • Percy says:

            And leave Pete out of it

    • 132
      Sir William Waid says:

      The people in trouble here are the executors of the will, who appear to have paid the money to the wrong persons and may be personally liable.

      It is very unlikely that anybody would leave money to a random political party, not knowing which one it would be.

      • 141
        Nick and Steel says:

        No worries. I think Executors and Solicitors can claim up to 10% of an Estate for work done and reasonable expenses.

        • 154
          Observer says:

          I’m not too sure about that. In any case, reasonable expenses would be permissible only if the job is done, including those pesky little details such as distributing the estate to the right people.

      • 187
        Anonymous says:

        Poorly drafted will?

        Separately, Is it really necessary to appoint a professional person, such as a solicitor, as the executor of a will. Commissioner yes, but executor??

    • 150
      Published Donors List says:

      I didn’t think anyone would notice. – Government Spokesperson.

    • 151
      Dougie says:

      Political parties regularly receive letters from solicitors informing them that a client has left them a bequest in their will. What are they supposed to do? Tell the executors “we don’t believe you, show us the will”?

  2. 2
    Hear all See all Say nowt says:

    IT STINKS

    • 30
      Cute says:

      In the early part of Today on Radio 4, Evan Davis pronounced “executor” as
      exec- u-cute-or.
      Cute can mean shrewd.

    • 96
      bergen says:

      It really stretches the imagination that someone would be so interested in politics to leave that much to a political party but so disinterested in politics that she didn’t mind which one it went to. It was simply a very badly drafted will.

      • 127
        Eloc yrrah says:

        Probably drafted by solicitors highly attuned in legal niceties

      • 155
        Observer says:

        Indeed, though the wording was “government”, rather than “party”, according to the Daily Mail.

      • 158
        Sir William Waid says:

        I’m not sure that the ‘Government’ is actually a legal person, capable of receiving money under a will. Possibly Mrs Edwards meant ‘HM Treasury’. Possibly the bequest is void for uncertainty, in which case the residuary beneficiaries could claim the money.

  3. 3
    M102 says:

    I’d rather leave my estate to my cat.

    • 26
      Judge Cocklecarrot says:

      Hmm, the treasury and the parties have started bickering about who get the lolly – so it’ll all go to lawyers in the end.

      • 33
        The Public says:

        It ought to end in prison. Theft like this should be punished severely.

      • 114
        Mornington Crescent says:

        …lawyers who’ll string the whole thing out until their fees ‘coincidentally’ reach the value of the estate left. Greedy fuckers.

        • 130
          M'Learned Friend says:

          What envy and ignorance fuelled tripe you talk. Why would the lawyers stop once the value of the fees matches that of the estate …
          More seriously, if the terms of the bequest are as reported by Guido then it seems to me that it should be treated as property of the state and NOT as money to be trousered by the Conservative and Liberal parties. Looks to me as if the executors made a hash and the politicians have since been rather hasty …

          • Chancery Court says:

            To be fare it does look like a very poorly drafted will and I’d have expected some form of challenge from the interested parties. If Probate has been granted though it means the will has been ‘proven’ so unpicking it will annoy the Probate Registrar.

          • Mornington Crescent translation service says:

            For “hasty”, read “greedy”.

        • 136
          Chancery Court says:

          We offer highly specialised services to clients based on the best legal knowledge available. Wills and Probate are complex and the layman is simply not able to understand the issues involved. Simply put I have 3 daughters to put through Rodean so expect my fee to be based on the terms fee multiplied by 50 and then by 3.

        • 138
          Judge Cocklecarrot says:

          This is government remember – they’ll spend tax revenues to fight the case, and end up spending investing 2 million fighting over who gets the 520k

  4. 4
    The Public says:

    Thieves.

    The government should resign. They are no longer credible. We need a general election.

    • 54
      An interested party says:

      And who would YOU (not the public, as no one person speaks for ‘them’) like to see win that said election?

      Just so we know were you are comming from.

      • 71
        The Public says:

        When an election is called I will see who the candidates are in my constituency and select one of them – if they are good enough. What I won’t do is choose a party logo in advance and then vote for the thieving pigs bladder that is wearing it.

        • 191
          Not a Len McLuskey Troll says:

          What you mean is that if none of the candidates on offer is already a placeholder for Unite, you will bus in (a) a suitable candidate and (b) lots of like-minded Unite members to vote for him/her/it.

    • 78
      Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

      With all these revelations will anyone feel inclined to vote at all. I have come to the conclusion that all I will be doing is to help someone to get their nose in the trough.

      • 147
        Eloc yrrah says:

        I see the Geedoes have a convert ;-). Seriously I cannot see the sense in voting for someone from outside the area (parachuted into a jobbies for life), someone I have never seen or met, very little information about them in the flyers they send out even if their party can even be bothered. In the UK, believe it or not, you actually vote for a man or woman NOT a political party (works in a different way in the EU elections) or that is it is laid down. Everyone eligible must do their duty and vote, the big trouble there is, for what or whom, if you are dissatisfied vote even if it is an unknown placeman and I hate to say it the party who you most agree with on voting day, but remember if the candidate of your choice gets in, you will be stuck with them for 5 years, and you will probably never see them again until the next GE

    • 170
      Anonymous says:

      HA HA HA ! they are 100% more credible that the last Labour lot was in the whole time they were in ! why do people make stupid comments that arent true just to score a (in their eyes) point?

  5. 5
    lescrompsblogg says:

    This money was just “resting”in their accounts,”resting”

  6. 7
    Miss Diane takes the Pledge says:
  7. 8
    The Duchy of Cornwall says:

    Stealing the estates of dead people is despicable

    • 143
      Duke of Rothesay says:

      I must have given the government the idea during all those lobbying meetings I didn’t have with them recently

  8. 9
    Skidmarks Bryant says:

    I must have shit myself 20 times during the past few days. Anyone interested?

  9. 10
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    This goes to confirm what we have all known for ages.

    Just pass the papers over to the Police.

    Why people stay in the UK, work, pay taxes and, if they are in the private sector, give money to the pension industry is frankly beyond me.

    • 35
      nellnewman says:

      Well I suppose we could emigrate to spain or australia or somewhere but are their governments really any better?

      • 59
        Abdel from Tooting says:

        We could put up a few wooden partitions in the country and try to cut ourselves off from the corruption as in Egypt but they just come along and attack and kill you.

      • 62
        Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

        You’ll find as many different nationalities living in Madrid and Sydney as there are in Londonistan.

        • 89
          nellnewman says:

          I can get along with anyone of any nationality, mr merseyside, as long as they have a few basic principles like, they work hard for their living, they look after their families, they see that their children are properly fed , clothed and schooled, they keep a clean house and they garden.

          It is political elites that I have an issue with – seems wherever they are in the world, they are corrupt and untrustworthy.

          • Fire up the Quattro says:

            Well said.

          • Londoner says:

            Hear hear.

            Though there gets a point when even if they are nice, law-biding people, there are too many and the burden on public services is too great. That point has been reached and exceeded in my part of London – not helped by the massive horde of illegal immigrants who are also now living in the neighbourhood.

          • Owen Jones says:

            I like to uphill garden, does that count?

  10. 12
    Anonymous says:

    In fairness use of the term ‘in office’ suggests she meant the political rather than civil layer of government. Add in the ‘absolute discretion’ and I suspect its okay from a legal point of view.

    On the other hand a public statement and a thank you wouldn’t go amiss would it?

    Ungrateful bastards.

    • 14
      Au Contraire says:

      It is theft. She said government, not party.

    • 22
      Perry Mason says:

      I think the clause is void for uncertainty in which case the money reverts to the residuary benficiaries.

      If this clause however is already part of the residue then the money falls to be distributed under the Intestacy Rules.

      • 28
        Smart, Grabbit and Runn Solicitors says:

        If this is an intestacy situation and the deceased died without issue then we know a firm of Genealogists who will track down any distant nephews or nieces and ,however difficult or easy to find, charge just 20% as their finders fee.

    • 55
      Websters Political Dictionary says:

      ‘absolute discretion’ = Steal

      ‘in office’ = In the office

  11. 15
    The "Bad Bank" division of Bradford and Bingley says:

    They say the only things certain in life are deaths and taxes.

    There is a third thing: if you die leaving a few bob then some fucker is going to come along and cream it.

    • 18
      The Public says:

      Some fucker being some arseholes from the Tory and LibDem parties. They thieves, unfit to hold public office.

      • 77
        The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

        Unlike the Labour party who steal it from the taxpayer and give it unions who then… guess what? Yes, give it back to the Labour party.

        • 106
          Canard Sooting Season says:

          We know all that. It is also wrong.

          That does not in any way excuse theft by the Tory and LibDem parties, does it?

  12. 17
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Why did Muslim Brotherhood embark on a campaign of terrorism and building a state within a state? They are fascists. They must be defeated.

  13. 19
    Roger Dewhurst says:

    The bastards are bent. What do you exoect?

  14. 25
    Dracula says:

    Stealing from the dead. A new low in British politics.

  15. 27
    nellnewman says:

    It is unfortunate that this respectable lady did not specify an actual use for her money.

    To leave that decision to politicians , whom we all these days hold in great contempt, was a big error of judgement.

    • 37
      They are taking the piss says:

      But she did say the government and political parties are NOT the government.

      She obviously meant the money to be used for the good of the Nation in whatever way the government decided and not for a piss up at the party conference.

      • 83
        The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

        But the government are the Tory and Lib Dem parties and they obviously think the best way for them to spend the money is on themselves. It’s not the Tories or Lib Dems fault. It’s the fault of the stupid old bint for not making it clear what she meant.

        • 162
          Bert says:

          It is clear from the will that she meant the Government. Use of the G-word is the clue. The Government is not the same as the party or the parties that make it up and nor is it the same as ministers in their private capacities.

      • 94
        nellnewman says:

        Oh Yes I absolutely agree. But it does show the need, when making a will, to be absolutely precise in the way one words ones requests. Though I have to say the solicitor who advised her on the wording of this is probably also at fault.

        • 176
          The Critic says:

          I am a fan of this approach personally – I would much rather wait to donate to government until I have expired. Beats PAYE any day.

  16. 31
    Heel Patch says:

    If they had any sense and stopped chasing personal wonga for 5 minutes they could have donated it to a charity and saved themselves a lot of grief.

    • 103
      Glyn H says:

      Would that be Oxfraud, Red Left RSPCA who prosecute politically and don’t understand stock management, one if the ‘religious’ charities or perhaps the Child poverty lobby who campaign to damage the state as all lefties do? And all paying £100k salaries. Bring back the retired Colonels and daughters of the aristocracy say I!

  17. 32
    Ezekiel says:

    Sounds good to me. Much better the Conservatives and Lib Dems use this cash rather than seeing disappearing into the pot of public sector waste.

  18. 34
    The blue Skoda in the carpark says:

    Just to think if it had not been for this new Register thingy this legacy would have passed under the radar.

    I just wonder what “nice little earners” have gone on in the past?

    • 45
      Anonymous says:

      What we should do is this.

      Inspect the Disability Register and find five people who have brains and qualifications but who can’t work because they are stuck in a wheelchair or are housebound or something.

      Give them all a computer and open access to documents relating to all political donations made in the last ten years and tell them to investigate and prepare a report for the taxpayer within six months.

      Give them all £15K each.

      • 49
        Duncan says:

        Err if they can do this work then they can jolly well get a job and stop sponging. High time they paid back some of the money they’ve claimed off the social and drained from the NHS.

        • 134
          Negligence by elites says:

          …There are quite a large number of benefit recipients who receive them as a result of medical negligence,through absolutely no fault of their own,but because of the way our shitty,uncaring society has gone,they are tarred with the same brush as so called scroungers…There but for the Grace of God go i……Think on Dunc?????

      • 60
        PFI says:

        No. You lease the computers from us on 40 year contracts

  19. 38
    a non says:

    “To use as they think fit” does not suggest line their or anybodies pockets or pay off the national debt.
    Fill the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square ? Always wanted to see a multiracial one legged , quasimodo type LBGT footballer filling this void.
    Seriously. Who has “absolute” good judgement these days. Certainly not any of those in government , Red Blue or Yellow

    • 85
      The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

      If someone gives YOU money to spend as you think fit would you then want people telling you how you should spend it? Or would you tell them to f’off? I would.

  20. 41
    Anonymous says:

  21. 43
    NICK (ive shagged 40 women CLEGG says:

    ERRRM ! My party is also in government , wheres my cut ?

  22. 44
    A Pensioner says:

    If she left it to the Govament then she was clearly not of sound mind. Will invalid.

  23. 47
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Is there a rat in the house?

  24. 50
    Baroness Warsi says:

    I would like to amend my figures about Palestinian deaths from yesterday. As the IAF has just launched an attack.

    Thanks

  25. 52
    DAVE Fuckwit CAMERMONG says:

    I say chaps what ! i think we should give it to the poor people of the EU
    Those that have not already made it to Britain , the land of milk and Money that is

    Toodle Pips Peeps !

  26. 57
    Will of the people says:

    Put to a public vote am sure sets of stocks for politicians and councillors North, South East and West would go down well seeing as a gibbet would not obtain approval in this PC day and age.

  27. 58
    Ed Miliband says:

    I am so glad this money wasn’t left to the Labour party. Without implicit instructions on what to do with the money I would be stuck.

  28. 66
    Fidel from Cuba says:

    I think Mr Cameron should come back from holiday to clear this little mess up.

    People are getting angry as the news spreads

    It is August and it is hot.

    • 84
      Nobody's interested they're all watching Eastenders and Holby City says:

      “People are getting angry as the news spreads”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,are they ? Haven’t seen any demonstrations or even crowds of protesters. In fact it’s rather quite for a Wednesday

  29. 67
    Sunny Hundal's Today interview says:

  30. 68
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Be very afraid !! I am going on the attack today !

    • 76
      David Minibanana says:
  31. 75
    Ed Miliband says:

    The money should be ours, ours I tell you.

  32. 79
    DAVE Fuckwit CAMERMONG says:

    It’s so refreshing to see Democracy in action in an Arab country like Egypt

    Well Done What ho !

  33. 80
    Ah! Monika reformed says:

    ” she made the money trough shares ”

    These typos are increasing since G went on holiday

    • 91
      edjerkayshun, innit says:

      It seems to be a trend. Over on the Telegraph website there’s a story about 5-hour delays at “the Spainish border”.

      • 148
        Fidel from Cuba says:

        You have to remember a lot of these Spaniards crossing into Gibraltar are doing off shore deals and purchases and do not pay that much tax when they go back to Spain.

    • 107
      Margaret Moran says:

      I love troughing more than my share.

  34. 87
    Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

    “Vote for Dimmy Dave Camoron, grave robber”

    • 90
      REALITY CHECK says:

      Vote Ukip, get Red Ed, Balls, Chucky and the Unions’ bully boys.

      • 100
        Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

        Vote faux Tory, get Dimmy Dave.

        Debt: doubled.
        Immigration: officially 510,800 last year.
        HS2: soaring beyond £50 billion.
        Foreign Aid: billions of pounds to countries with space programmes.
        Foreign Aid: half a million quid to all q’aeda.
        EU membership fee: up 13%last year to over £20 billion.
        Meanwhile, services are slashed and the dead are plundered by Dimmy Dave Camoron.

        • 116
          The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

          Well he is the self-admitted heir to Blair.

        • 126
          Ah! Monika reformed says:

          When HS2 ic cancelled, Dave will claim savings of £52 billion. Masterstroke.

        • 168
          Bert says:

          That’s net immigration, is it not? The immigration figure is the important one, but ministers gloss over the difference in interviews.

      • 193
        Conspiracy Theorist says:

        You appear to be making the fatal error of assuming that no previous Labour voters will vote UKIP.

        It is reasonable to assume that at least the same percentage will swing from Labour to UKIP as from Con/LibDem.

        It’s still anybody’s election to win.

  35. 88
    Little Ed Union Puppet says:


    Little Ed has put away his bucket and spade and willgo on the attack today
    his catchy new slogan

    “DAVID CAMERON IS OUT OF TOUCH
    YOU ARE OUT OF POCKET”

    Fuckin vote winner that Ed , for the tories

  36. 95
    Concerned Parent says:

    Dear BBC,

    Please stop putting the Eagle sisters on our screens before the 9pm watershed. They are frightening my children and giving them nightmares.

    Thank you

  37. 98
    JOHNNY ENGLISH last of the few says:

    Just the sort of woman i dream of , Very old , barking mad and Fuckin Loaded
    how did i miss that one ?

  38. 102
    nellnewman says:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/13/ed-miliband-attack-coalition-cost-living-crisis

    edmilitwit going to galvanise the country today with a speech on the cost of living.

    That’ll cut the mustard ed! Yawn.

    • 108
      Hampstead says:

      The housekeeper says that the cost of muesli has risen at Waitrose.

      • 119
        Out of touch Cameron, man of the people. says:

        What is Waitrose?

      • 125
        One term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

        By Jove, the cost of Champers has risen substantially, according to my butler. Gosh, I was frightfully worried the Party wouldn’t be able to afford it for the meetings, what what. But then, by an incredible stroke of luck, some old biddy snuffs it and I thought, “she’s got lots of lolly, let’s steal it and blow it in Champers and caviare, what what!”

        And so I did.

        Toodle pip!

    • 121
      The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

      How much of that is caused by soaring energy bills entirely due to Liblabcon’s half-baked green policies?

  39. 117
    Have you ever noticed that the Islamic for Allah looks like the Loch Ness monster ? says:

    somebody decided ” oooh look, I think we could have this money for ourselves” and they want locking up.

    • 123
      The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

      Yes I am sure nobody here when offered money would refuse to take it.

      • 129
        One term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

        Yes, but the thing is, I wasn’t offered it. I just stole it.

        Guffff-haw haw haw haw haw!

        Tally ho!

  40. 122
  41. 128
    JOHNNY ENGLISH last of the few says:

    The population of Egypt is plummeting by the hour

    • 135
      One term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

      The population of Romania will be plummeting by the hour from January 1st..

      .. when I let them all move here!

      Gufffff-haw haw haw haw haw haw!

    • 152
      Tommy Shaw says:

      This is civil war in a large middle eastern country.

      The Islamists want to live in Egypt separate and apart from the rump of the Mubarak regime and the rump of the Mubarak regime are refusing to let them do as they wish and have reorted to force.

      • 177
        JOHNNY ENGLISH last of the few says:

        Isn’t Blair being paid millions to sort this out as middle east peace envoy ?

    • 161
      Bob Fleming says:

      Mooslems k!lling mooslems? Surely not?

  42. 137
    Could have been worse, If Ed was in power. says:
  43. 146
    The Critic says:

    Blimey, have they been to the Jack Dromey school of accounting?

    • 169
      One term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

      Look, it’s jolly simple. I was born to be PM. Britain belongs to me. And therefore everything in it belongs to me, too. Including any money left behind by some old biddy.

      I must say, though, that stealing from dead people isn’t half as much fun as smashing up restaurants. Sigh.

  44. 149
    Edinem says:

    Hi! My name is… (what?)
    My name is… (who?)
    My name is… [scratches] Ed Miliband
    Hi! My name is… (huh?)
    My name is… (what?)
    My name is… [scratches] Ed Miliband

    My brain’s dead weight
    I’m trying to get my head straight
    But I can’t figure out which union boss I want to impregnate
    And Ed Balls said “Miliband, you a dickhead!”
    Well, since age 12, I’ve wished I was someone else
    Cause my brother David always did so well
    I got pissed off and ripped my Harold Wilson poster off
    And tore it so hard, my fingers broke like a hooker giving 1000 handjobs
    I smoke a fat pound of grass and fall on my ass
    Faster than that fat bitch Margaret Moran who sat down too fast
    C’mere slut!
    (Ed, wait a minute, that’s my girl, dog!)
    I don’t give a fuck, god sent me to piss the world off
    My politics teacher wanted to flunk me in Junior High
    Thanks a lot
    Next semester I’ll be thirty-five
    I smacked him in his face with a Marxist book
    And stapled his nuts to a stack of speeches by Michael Foot

  45. 164
    Anonymous says:

    Ha ha. Bleak House

  46. 174
    Anonymous says:

    “Despite some good news in the latest jobs figures there are worrying signs about the underlying state of the UK jobs market,” said John Philpott, from the think tank, The Jobs Economist.

    “The rise in employment is almost matched by an increase in the size of the workforce, which means the unemployment rate is unchanged at 7.8%.

    So the fucking shirkers refuse to get jobs and immigrants are imported. Cut benefits further.

  47. 185
    George says:

    Why in the hell does everything hve ;to be; “GATE?”

  48. 186
    jrbearbull says:

    Guido,

    It is not ‘very hard’ to leave money to the Government if it is not owed. The Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt now mainly look after the NI fund, but they still retain the function of using bequests to reduce the outstanding stock of Gilts. Their contact details are:

    Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt
    UK Debt Management Office
    Eastcheap Court
    11 Philpot Lane
    London
    EC3M 8UD
    United Kingdom

    General Enquiries
    e-mail: pressofficer@dmo.gsi.gov.uk
    Telephone: 020 7862 6530
    Fax: 020 7862 6504

    Jo Whelan Comptroller General

    Martin Duffell Assistant Comptroller

  49. 192
    MB. says:

    Not a good advert for the solicitor, I thought we were told to have our wills made up by a professional to avoid disputes like this.

  50. 194
    King Cnut says:

    The wording of the will is unequivocal – it is in effect a gift to the people of the UK – the government of the day having discretion on how the money should be spent. How on earth this bequest could be regarded as a party political donation is completely beyond me.


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