September 3rd, 2013

WATCH: Boris’ Barclays Deed Poll Promise

Boris has vowed to change his name by deed poll to Barclays Johnson if the bank gives him another £100 million towards his cycle hire scheme. As a man who always keeps his word when it comes to dangerous promises, Guido wonders if Barclays feel like making these into famous last words…

Via LBC.

209 Comments

  1. 1
    Tooth fairy says:

    Barclays the bank that likes to say “F*** off Boris”

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    • 5
      dai laughing says:

      is that barclays Bank?

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      • 9
        Tooth fairy says:

        No, the TSB but a bit of poetic licence I thought might be correct. Notice Boris went from £50m to £100m obviously knowing that it a safe bet that he will get a polite refusal!

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        • 11
          Hugh Janus says:

          He won’t have to do the deed because, as a politician, he would naturally wriggle out of his promise should they come up with the readies.

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          • paddy power says:

            A rugby player changed his name to “paddy power” by deed poll.
            Nobody went along with it.
            They, the betting company Paddy Power, did pay him.

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          • V1le disgusting toxic Labour trashed my Country says:

            A small business will give £1 to charity if Ed Multimillionaireband changes his name to Total Arsehole.

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          • Boris Johnson Turk, honest! says:

            Oy vey! Bomb the goyim NOW!

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        • 60
          lojolondon says:

          He is a real character, probably the only thing that will stop me voting UKIP is Boris for PM!

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    • 14
      Wankers Unite says:

      What a plonker.

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    • 83
      Just Saying says:

      He should go to the Co-op bank and become Co-op Boris.
      Oh I forgot they are bust.

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      • 194
        Blair brown and the entire Labour Party , members and labour voters no more boom and bust says:

        Labour owe them 9 million by the way

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    • 121
      Simon B says:

      Boris is a True British Hero. You’d never see some filthy commie embracing the Free Market by selling their name to Great British Corporations.

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      • 127
        Engineer says:

        Well, possibly not; Johnson is not proposing to sell his name to a Great British Corporation, either.

        Might I respectfully suggest that you read Guido’s post again, old chap?

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      • 178
        Cardinal Biggles says:

        Marcus Brigstocke, you are still not funny, perceptive or ‘post ironic’, or whatever the hell you think you are. Give it a rest and find a real job to while away your lonely existence.

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  2. 2
    Err says:

    Unchained Melody?

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  3. 3
    broderick crawford says:

    Boris instead of changing your name to barclays why don’t you change it to hairdressers are great — – then one of them may just give you some semblance of a decent haircut .

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  4. 4
    Co-operative Ban Ki-Moon says:

    Be careful what you with for Boris, Cookie Boy.

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  5. 7
    My Johnson is bigger than yours says:

    I prefer the alliteration of Boris Barclays.
    Election slogan:
    Boris Barclays a Prime Minister you can bank on.

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  6. 10
    Hazel Blears says:

    I think he’d actually do it!

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    • 23
      Jon V Enables says:

      And what makes you think that any of the bored, white, male, middle class, middle aged, slightly overweight and over mortgaged, a little xenophobic especially on the weekends when they’ve had a few Old Speckled Hens and find themselves ranting away on an EEEEDDDDLLLL facebook page about the d’arkies, office workers who make up most of this blogs readers would give two flying monkey fucks what you think dear?

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      • 27
        Hampster's Heath says:

        Wheel away you nutter. Wheel away.

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        • 63
          Reader says:

          I scored 7/11 on that list

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        • 126
          Simon B says:

          Indeed, old chap. Mr “Jon V Enables” is the true face of the left-wing enemy today, the modern Enemy Within. We must eventually deal with them even harsher than Lady T dealt with the Unions who were at that time one heartbeat away from actually installing a communist dictatorship right here in Our Green and Pleasant Land!!

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      • 69
        My Country, My UKIP says:

        Hmm… Old Speckled Hen.

        More cultural value in one bottle than 13 years of insane Labour immigration policy,

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      • 112
        UKIP nutjob says:

        You say all that as if it’s a bad thing.

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  7. 13
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    A second name always comes in handy if one is accused of any nefarious fatherings ….but of the old smokescreen what , it wasn’t me it was Barclay

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  8. 15
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    I’m quite prepared to change my name by deed poll to Westminster Wank, Bank of Jockland or Co-op Charlie for a fraction of that price.

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  9. 17
    Shicking says:

    Well, isn’t that nice. Huw Edwards, without even a moments pause, spouts excitedly about Operation Black Vote in BBC News24, before introducing and sticking his tongue up Jessie Jackson’s arsehole.
    Casual racism sits oh so easily on BBC.

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  10. 18
    The Great British Public says:

    Since Barclays have been fined, sued, investigated and are still under investigation for multiple crimes etc…fines to the tune of BILLIONS….

    I wonder of Boris gives a shit about the reputation of people he takes cash from

    I rather feel he just takes money where he can get it from like so many other British politicans

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    • 149
      Calidius Eroticus says:

      The difference being that he wants to spend it on push bikes so Juan and Claire can dodge London traffic for a few quid. While most other politicians want to spend it on porn and moat cleaning.

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  11. 19
    The Cabinet Secretary, seconded from Morgan Stanley says:

    We have first rights over the Tories for goodness sake

    What is Boris doing muddying our corrupt waters?

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    • 193
      Blair brown and the entire Labour Party , members and labour voters no more boom and bust says:

      No the bankers are our mates… Well until it all war wrong for us then we all said they were the Tories mates

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  12. 20
    Ed Moribund says:

    What exactly does choke your chicken mean?

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  13. 21
    Boris Johnson says:

    I kiss the arse of this criminal

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183487/Rupert-Murdoch-Boris-Johnsons-inappropriate-guest-honour-Olympic-swimming-final.html

    So why shouldn’t I just kiss the arse of criminal bankers?

    After all, Cesspit London is just a modern Chicago…

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  14. 22
    Gordon the medicated says:

    I will change my name to “Gordon ‘J’ Genius” for 50p.

    Who do I make out my cheque for 50p too?

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    • 28
      Blue Peter Goldfish says:

      Bolloks you have never written a cheque out to anybody in your life! (apart from the ones that that bounced).

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  15. 26
    Boris Johnson says:

    Its bonkers to bash bankers

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/57406604-london-mayor-johnson-says-it-s-bonkers-to-slam-bankers.html

    After all, they have only ripped off fiddled, laundered and generally screwed their clients, shareholders and the British economy

    I am a shameless whore

    But a funny one…

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    • 30
      Hampster's Heath says:

      Do stop posting your bank shit. Its too boring to read.

      Just say “Bankers are scum” and you’ll get a Question Time style round of easy applause.

      Add..”Firemen, nurses..and teachers..they are the real hard workers, deserving of million pound bonuses!”

      They’ll applaud their little socks off for you for that one.

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      • 36
        Clean Britian up says:

        So you want to live in a Cesspit and not do anything about it?

        Or perhaps you are a banker?

        You do not have to be left wing to want a decent country, you know

        Or perhaps you are blind to that as well

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      • 113
        U says:

        Wheel away, you nutter, wheel away.

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    • 61
      Sir William Waid says:

      The problem with our bankers was not greed or corruption but incompetence. It suits them to be thought greedy, corruption generally is impossible to prove, but a reputation for incompetence would sink them.

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      • 78
        Getting tired of crooks says:

        You must be blind, totally ignorant of the facts and restricted to your mansion if you think that there was no greed or corruption…or fraud, or rate fiddling or money laundering and so much more…which lead to their collapse…

        There was deliberate criminal behaviour by the banks for at least 10 years documented fully on the internet if you bother to look

        And what about the ten of billions in fines?

        Just for being incompetent? Come on…

        Have another scotch Bill…

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      • 92
        Economist says:

        The fraud is relatively easy to prove.

        See L’IBOR rigging.

        All business based on those rigged rates was fraudulent by definition.

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        • 103
          Here we go again says:

          And the biggest fraud of all

          Hundreds of billions in worthless mortgage securities created the financial collapse in the first place

          Leading to the biggest fines in financial history, which have not finished, nor have the Court cases…

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  16. 29
    neitherdeadnoralive says:

    I’d change my name by deed poll to “neitherdeadnoralive” for a Grand, never mind £100,000,000 !!!

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  17. 33
    Stop censorship says:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/09/ny-times-scraps-aipac-from-syria-story-171669.html

    So the truth is now going viral

    AIPAC want war on Syria to attack Iran…

    Let the neo con warmongers state their aims honestly for once

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    • 35
      Don't understand lefty terms says:

      What is a neocon?

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      • 37
        Stop censorship says:

        Irving Kristol famously said a neo-conservative was ‘a liberal who has been mugged by AIPAC’

        Look up references

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        • 41
          Hampster's Heath says:

          Don’t bother…Basically- Stop censorship is saying the Je/ws are up to no good.
          Again.

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          • Stop censorship says:

            Oh I see

            And why are many je/ews also attacking AIPAC for their being the 800 pound gorilla pray?

            Are they anti se m i t ic as well?

            Professional smearing will not win any argument

            and only discredits you

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          • Casual Observer says:

            Well, they do have some explaining to do over the selling of oil exploration rights in the disputed Golan area which is Syr!an sovereign territory. The 1973 UN borders are fairly clear.

            In terms of flagrant disregard of international law this is not sounding good.

            It would perhaps be more constructive to correct the quote, and perhaps point out that this is much more about the Z!onists than mainstream J’daism.

            Muddying the name of !srael by addressing the argument incorrectly is not going to help anyone :-)

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        • 45
          Casual Observer says:

          Kristol said that a neo-con was a liberal who had been mugged by reality:

          http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/5357421/a-liberal-mugged-by-reality/

          That was back in 1983: Reflections of a Neoconservative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

          I wouldn’t parallel AIPAC with reality.

          Here is an example of their current unreality:

          h**p://forward.com/articles/172475/aipac-tries-to-brand-!srael-as-liberal-cause/?p=all

          – Switch ‘!’ to i / * to t.

          They are losing a lot of influence / arguments wildly trying to adapt to the politics of Obama.

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          • Stop censorship says:

            Obama does not want this mad war

            He knows that he is risking a World War (all those US ships 80 mileq from Iran in the Gulf not to speak of the rest)

            But he has hoist himself with his own petard by his bloody stupid red line comment

            The worry I have is that boots on the ground will be necessary to stop Alky Q once they have won in Syria…

            Just as the French have had to go into Mali…

            I have never seen such a flusterfuck of an American administration

            The Joint Chiefs should resign en masse…

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          • Casual Observer says:

            Obama is no fool, and is very rational.

            He will act in the best interests of the US, and follow the will of the people.

            The JCS / military will uphold the Constitution.

            In this situation that is all that is important.

            WWIII on the basis of a dodgy oil exploration deal is not going to happen.

            This situation will bring Russ!a, Ch!na and the US closer together as Obama’s error of rhetoric is fixed.

            Drawing attention to that error does not help Obama’s decision making. (Think who first pointed it out, and why…)

            Politely putting this to one side and focusing on the apparent lobby problem which exists in the UK on this matter is much more constructive.

            Obama’s red lines are fine in this case. It has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that any have been crossed. Media outlets are not sources of truth. It is for the UN and US Government to decide what did or did not happen.

            Once this episode is past, Obama can with Congress and the UN perhaps redefine these red lines slightly, and transform them into formal security council resolutions and US law.

            US law formally defining R2P in their own terms, and refining the UN articles would be a very healthy outcome from all this. In particularly to prevent inhumane interventions, and ‘punishment’ actions as desired by France.

            Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Obama, but that is not of any importance in the current situation.

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    • 44
      Casual Observer says:

      AIPAC have crossed a line. This could be their Watergate moment.

      But isn’t Mark Thompson of Jimmy Savile Tribute / Cover up fame at the BBC running the NY Times now ?

      Isn’t he also due back in London soon to answer some more questions ?

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      • 48
        Stop censorship says:

        The 800 pound gorrilla is sawgering around Congress twisting arms at the moment

        They want war at all costs

        As a

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        • 50
          Stop censorship says:

          prelude to war on Iran

          using and abusing the peoples of the US, UK France and others who are against this war

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          • Casual Observer says:

            I totally get that, but the arms they are twisting are not necessarily snapping as they wish.

            They can lobby all they want, but unless Congress decides to vote in favor of action, US action will not proceed. Congress is very divided at present, and is not really in a mood to be dragged into yet another military venture which is in the direct interest of the US.

            Even if Congress does vote in favor, there is no guarantee that Obama as commander in chief will give the order. The buck stops with him.

            The Russ!an delegation that has also been sent to speak with Congress will likely provide assistance in defusing the AIPAC problem.

            Where the Nimitz fleet has been positioned, AIPAC should be aware that !srael is now covered from the Red Sea. Russ!a have them covered from the East Med.

            Obama will likely use AIPAC lobbying as part of the cover for his credible stand down.

            These are delicate issues for the US to deal with, and as a result of Parliaments decision in the UK, are thankfully not a UK problem anymore.

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          • Casual Observer says:

            That should of course have been:

            not in the direct interest of the US.

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      • 54
        Stop censorship says:

        To give the NY Times it’s due

        It ran the article before AIPAC forced them to pull it…

        But it went viral before they could be nobbled!

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  18. 34
    Billy Hayes & The CWU says:

    We are going to prevent the privatisation of the Royal Mail by destroying the Royal Mail. The final few users will have to go to private couriers.

    So the government will have nothing to sell…..hahahahaha!

    {sorry about our 100,000 members who will be out of a job..but..hey..you can’t make a political point without fucking over the workers, eh lads? }

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  19. 42
    To Be Honest says:

    Who gives a flying fig what he changes his name to it still will not alter the fact that he is a over rich buffoon !

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    • 190
      Idiotic poster watch says:

      Why do you have a problem with anyone being successful and rich. You are a typical left wing thicko who because of their own inadequacy of being able to do anything useful comes on and decries and moans about those that do and can.

      just fuck off why don’t you. Should have paid more attention in school than playing truant.

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  20. 43
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    There probably are many others named “Johnson,” in HM Prisons, who have changed their names to, e.g., “Abdul al-Malik al-Kahawleek,” or some other such idiotic wannabe name along those lines, probably not by deed poll, and certainly not for 100-mill. (“A salami I like ‘em,” bluh…)

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  21. 47
    Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

    I would give him 20p to change his name to ‘Bongo’ and join UKIP.

    C’mon Boris – You know you want to :-)

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  22. 51
    The Lifestyle idle says:

    Barclay? I’m liking it, better than Conor, Kyle or Ashley. When our Chardonnay has her twins by two different fathers, I reckon we’ll name them Barclay and Goldman Sachs.

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  23. 56
    The People of the Book says:

    Let’s get ready to rumble!

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  24. 57
    Mrs Morgan says:

    Barclay? That’s a really daft name! Our lad’s called Joseph Peter, or J P Morgan for short.

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  25. 62
    Plonkerbank of Amsterdam says:

    That’s given us an idea….

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  26. 67
    Drake's Drum says:

    Wonga Johnson has a certain cachet (cash eh?) to it.

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  27. 71
    Sir William Waid says:

    It would be nicer still if Boris’s children were called ‘Johnson’.

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  28. 73
    Red Princelings forever says:

    I love the Dan Hodges article about Red Princes

    You seem to be making the mainstream here, Guido

    But his saying
    “They want to become Labour MPs, not drug dealers”

    is particuarly fitting for young Will Straw

    He failed as a drug dealer, so as a fallback, he becomes an MP…

    Young Dan really does talk rubbish and doesn’t even address the question of whether anyone would even have heard of him if he has not his Mummy’s son…

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  29. 75
    C.O.Jones says:

    Banksey is moving to Scotland and is changing his forename to Royal.

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  30. 77
    Worst place in the world to be at 12PM tomorrow: Standing in Ed Milibands shoes at the dispatch box says:

    Popcorn at the ready, PMQ’s tomorrow should be fun :-)

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    • 117
      Nigel Farage says:

      I asked if I could take Miliband’s questions tomorrow and I was told “no, as you’re not the Prime Minister”. This is a typical BBC/Tory smear designed to belittle UKIP. But we will destroy the unbelievers. The more they smear us the stronger we become.

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      • 157
        Calidius Eroticus says:

        If Farage was no threat, you would not be so keen to put him down. Therefore proving that he is a threat.

        Happy Days :)

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  31. 79
    Nendo Kagaski says:

    H.G. Wells had already foreseen the rise of Boris and his Brother:

    The Boris ‘bike sharing scheme’ sounds cute, but has nothing to with Boris. It actually orginates
    from the UN’s agenda 21. (To remove our cars).

    http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/resources/res_pdfs/csd-19/Background-Paper8-P.Midgley-Bicycle.pdf

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  32. 80
    Nendi Kagasko says:

    H.G. Wells had already foreseen the rise of Boris and his Brother:

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  33. 81
    Nendi Kagasko says:

    The Boris ‘bike sharing scheme’ sounds cute, but has nothing to with Boris. It actually orginates
    from the UN’s agenda 21. (To remove our cars).

    http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/resources/res_pdfs/csd-19/Background-Paper8-P.Midgley-Bicycle.pdf

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  34. 84
    Paxmong's Beard (no relation to Mary) says:

    Bojo has had his time. He’s yesterday’s man now.

    The Tories are fucked.

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  35. 86
    Ed Miliband says:

    I shall now be known as Unite Miliband.

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  36. 87
    Powdered Sugar from Netto says:

    So has the Boris bike scheme reached break even?

    It would be nice to view those spread sheets both projected and actual.

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  37. 89
    Nendi Kagasko says:

    This hire scheme costs a monkey

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  38. 90
    Economist says:

    Coordinated action by the BRICS to defend their export markets could cause very deep problem for the UK indeed:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/currency/10277392/India-pushes-shock-and-awe-currency-plan-to-save-BRICS.html

    This could force BoE rates up if there is a sharp unexpected 2-3% rise in Gilt yields.

    But this is more of a problem for European / US markets.

    With current UK national debt levels it would not be long before the country is b’nkrupted completely.

    Now is a very unsafe time to take on new debt.

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    • 99
      Here we go again says:

      Many on this blog have been saying for a long time that UK debt levels were unsustainable

      QE can handle it for a while…

      But the Gilts market is bound to explode soon

      And the banks with it…again…hence the race to increase their reserves so that the taxpauer does not have to pay …again…

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    • 100
      albacore says:

      When has prudence ever entered the frame?
      Parliament treats borrowing as a game
      The winner being who squanders the most
      (Hence the berks that get the Chancellor’s post)

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      • 107
        Blue Peter Goldfish says:

        Dear Prudence:

        Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
        Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
        The sun is up, the sky is blue
        It’s beautiful and so are you
        Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

        (yes I have shamelessly ripped that one off from the Beatles).

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    • 108
      Blowing Whistles says:

      With so much heat having built up in the financial world Re debt & banc rupturings; one would almost think that there is an approaching meltdown in the world of finance and as if the world of finance was going to blow up as it must under the burden of false debt

      But hold on there …

      What an opportune time to distract everyone who has been fleeced to a big and expensive ‘fireworks’ display?

      Some people have these huge new fireworks which apparently cost a million bucks a throw and they appear to be approaching their use by date no less!

      Personally my preferred gold star option to put it bluntly; is to watch the banks melt down. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of evil bastards now could it?

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      • 118
        Blue Peter Goldfish says:

        When you say “fireworks display” is that a euphemism for munitions, phosphorous bombs and the like, not sparklers?.

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  39. 91
    Kevin says:

    Names in SOCA report on bent lawyers coming out nest week

    Including name of firm where Chuka worked

    Lawyers no longer above the law

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    • 93
      Fishy says:

      Wrong!

      Despite the Telegraph repeated your suggestion that Lawyers commissioned illegal activity, that’s not true.

      Lawyers, other organisations and individuals commissioned PIs quite legitimately, but there’s no evidence whatsoever that lawyers asked PIs to undertake criminal activity. This information, in which potential wrongdoers were being investigated, should remain confidential.

      This is just another case of Greasy Vaz, showboating again, just like ‘Lady’ Hodge the Dodge and his boss Milipede.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/10284517/MPs-vow-to-publish-secret-bluechip-hacking-list.html

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      • 95
        Kevin says:

        Why has the SOCA Report not been published?

        You sound like a lawyer,!

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        • 109
          Fishy says:

          No, but I have instructed Lawyers to use private detectives (in the case of employees suspected of fraud and in a personal injury case where someone claiming to be crippled by a £150,000 injury at work, turned out to be a pretty mean golfer when he thought we weren’t looking).

          As far as I am concerned my instructions and relationship with the Lawyer is privileged and nothing whatsoever to do with people like Vaz.

          I expect that the PIs undertook their investigations ethically, if they broke the law, the I and my lawyers cannot be held responsible.

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          • Kevin says:

            I take your word that you behaved legally

            But in the current climate and knowing PIs have been involved in much illegal activity. But recently lawyers have been covering up and threatening for the likes of Murdoch and many other criminals.

            Proof of wrongdoing has already leaked

            You surely understand that when SOCA, which stands for Serious Organised Crime Agency, produces a report that is swept under the carpet like so much else, this raises serious questions.

            One cannot simply cover up all the evidence of crime by lawyers

            And we have no confidence in the CPS for obvious reasons

            If lawyers have done wronng, why not publish the report or at least a redacted version?

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          • Fishy says:

            I’d just repeat that from my understanding there is no evidence that Lawyers have been involved in wrongdoing. It seems that Vaz is looking establish guilt by association.

            I suppose that my examples are nowhere near as exotic as those that Vaz has got his hands on, but I bet he sees some political advantage in releasing the information.

            Looking at his Wiki entry, I guess that Vaz might have an aversion to people using their endeavours to dig out the truth.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Vaz – speaks from within – he publicly being known to be a member of the magic circle! He’s a fucking bent lawyer FFS – what has he ‘known of’ for many years about goings on down at the dirty Elm House place and failed to report?

            Always appoint one of the ‘most guilty’ to the top of the perceived investigative tree … Dohhh! [e.g. The Dodge herself]

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            P.P.S. further example – Dame Butler-Sloss. Now what was it about her hubby being sent off to Kenya [If memory serves me correctly] while a storm around him brewed up? And the wife rises up the dirty legal greasy pole – Family courts. Could I make this up ffs?

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      • 98
        Getting tired of crooks says:

        You chump

        It was the Indy that broke this

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/exclusive-bigger-than-phone-hacking–soca-sat-on-bluechip-dirty-tricks-evidence-for-years-8730861.html

        London law firms stink

        Just look at Harbottle

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      • 120
        Blowing Whistles says:

        If any law firm was to be acting in good faith [<note that phrase] surely they would have fezzed up by now and made good ALL the wrongdoings* – but oh no all that is being served up is 'batten down the hatches' / 'use legalese speak' to "DISTRACT to THEM LOT OVER THERE! – IT WAS THEM NOT US GUV – HONEST – We have acted in good faith!

        Do we 'the people' have enough lampposts? YES WE DO!

        * btw – there is a precedent case for them 'wrongdoers' – but are the free press going to point the public at it?

        The 4 pillars of the state are a disgrace.

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        • 129
          Blowing Whistles says:

          “The deceit of the wrongdoer”. With compliments Cited: Article 19 ‘Freedom of Expression’ UN Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and ‘still just about’ properly recognised in the USA – unlike on this side of the pond.

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  40. 96
    malala`s librarian says:

    I understand I have an unlimited budget for is lam ic reading matter. This is B`ham after all.

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    • 97
      malala`s tribe says:

      After closing hundreds of primary schools, hey presto, you need more for the breeding influx we will be expanding. Who could have predicted that?

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  41. 114
    The Voice of the Mysterons says:

    Testing, one-two, one-two, testing. Is this microphone on?

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  42. 123
    Ed Miliband says:

    Justine’s just suggested this should be ‘Our Tune’…should I be worried?

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  43. 130
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Last comment tonight:

    Israel and many of its firsters / supporters frequent this site 24 hours a day. Last night I laid my formal accusation that they did it – below the hypothetical I posted the other day.

    Let’s be having you – you smearing bunch of whiners – always the first to explode into rages of incandescence that someone would dare call the shot on the Z’s who unlawfully control that filthy state. FU Benji and your criminal enterprise buddies.

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  44. 131
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s all thanks to me that Microsoft view Nokia as a company worth buying.

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  45. 132
    Ed Milli- Backstab says:

    Brothers at war: David Miliband defies Ed to insist intervention in Syria is ‘increasingly necessary’ despite being unpopular

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2410132/David-Miliband-defies-Ed-insist-intervention-Syria-increasingly-necessary.html#ixzz2dryxzkx3

    Poor ed slowly slowly being isolated

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  46. 133
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Just heard of Kerry’s latest utterings being aired on local radio.

    Please Take your Fucking JACKBOOTS OFF – you fucking old ‘fool’. You’re fucked, fucked, fucked – you old old deluded stupid in denial bastard.

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    • 141
      Not Blowing Whistles says:

      Ever heard of the phrase: Give them enough rope ?

      If I were in !srael at the moment I would be very concerned about the nemesis that such hubris beckons.

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      • 148
        jadedjean says:

        Trotsky was Stalin’s nemesis…do you know why?

        Hint: What were the Moscow show trials all about?

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          Not Blowing Whistles says:

          Perhaps because Trotsky’s ideology was never conquered by Stalin ?

          Stalin finally lost his ideological argument with Trotsky after the successful execution of Operation Utka in 1940.

          This was after the Moscow show trials.

          (It should be noted that the purges resulting from the trials had compromised the Red Army to the extent that it could not repel easily the G’erman advances in operation Barbarossa due to so few experienced officers. H!tler very nearly became Stalins nemesis, helped in large part by Stalin’s actions against the Trotskyites.)

          The confirmation of Stalin’s error of judgement was provided by the Dewey report in the US, by Khrushchev’s repudiation after Stalin’s death (at the 20th Congress, 1956) and finally the rehabilitation of 1989.

          Ironically, Trotsky had his words twisted in Reagan’s 1982 address to the UK Parliament when Reagan stated that the march of freedom and democracy would leave Marxism-Leninism on the ‘ash heap of history’.

          Seeing as Stalin had purged virtually all the Leninists during the Great Terror period, this masterful stroke of cold war rhetoric perhaps supported Stalin’s actions.

          An ironic further twist of the pick axe for Trotsky.

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    • 142
      jadedjean says:

      John McCain definitely seems to have some sort of serious brain disorder. Maybe a result of being a POW? Could have been psychologically damaged in some way.

      Would very much like to know what the result would be if he took the Hare Psychopathy test.

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  47. 135
    PP says:

    Rush Limbaugh Suspects Obama Conspired With Al-Qaeda to Frame Bashar al-Assad

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  48. 136
    MSM Claims Military Revolt Against Obama a Hoax says:

    MSM Claims Military Revolt Against Obama a Hoax

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/msm-claims-military-revolt-against-obama-a-hoax.html

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  49. 137
    ‘NYT’ Cuts References to AIPAC in Syria Debate says:

    ‘NYT’ Cuts References to AIPAC in Syria Debate

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/176001/nyt-cute-references-aipac-syria-debate#axzz2ds2rgu9H

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    Cruise missiles unlikely to deter Syrian regime, analysts says:

    Cruise missiles unlikely to deter Syrian regime, analysts say

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/2/cruise-missiles-unlikely-to-deter-syrian-regime-an/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

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  52. 140
    Where's the cheese? says:

    Hollande wants Luxembourg to help them in the fight against Syria?

    http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-france-hollande-europe-syria-20130903,0,5878689.story

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    • 143
      Jack says:

      Latest Le Figaro poll

      64% of French against the war

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      • 145
        Jill says:

        100% of French Presidents who have a vote are in favour of war

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        • 162
          Parlez-vous français? says:

          I thought Chirac was gaga, kaput…

          And Sarkozy is doing his usual dirty deals offshore like his hero Blair

          That only leaves Giscard – God bless him

          The only decent President in 30 years

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    • 147
      Not Blowing Whistles says:

      One may find Fiji in the ‘coalition’ as well.

      Turkey have also said they are up for it.

      If this rips the rotten heart out of the EU it has my vote provided the UK points it’s guns South now and has agreement with Russ!a on sharing the reconstruction spoils.

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      • 164
        Usrael isolated in their arrogance says:

        BBC 2 days ago

        “Arab League foreign ministers urged the world community to “take the deterrent and necessary measures” against Syria. But several members – including Lebanon and Iraq – did not back the call
        Jordan – a key US ally in the region – ruled out joining any US-led coalition against Damascus”

        So no Arab member of the US “Coalition” which consists of France, Fiji, :Srael and perhaps Turkey….plus of course their friends the jihadi Chriistian killers

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        • 168
          Not Blowing Whistles says:

          Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
          – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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        • 195
          Archie says:

          Fucking Ay-rabs wanting the West to do it’s fighting for them whilst they stand back and watch, and them tooled up with all the latest gear and mountains of dosh, as per fucking usual!

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    • 152
      Jack says:

      Sauce Hollandaise is a puppet on a string (puppet master Laurent Fabius who is not new to skulduigery – look him up)

      Hooande is completely out of his depth and I do not think he has the remotest idea of what he his actually doing

      He should be a junior high school teacher

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      • 176
        Not Blowing Whistles says:

        The main reason Hollande would wish to enter this conflict is to deflect from domestic economic problems.

        The reason why the EU don’t mind Hollande entering is because if Turkey can be drawn into Syr!an conflict it may provide leverage needed to have Turkey join the EU. Such leverage could be realized through reconstruction aid after the event.

        The EU is not interested in peace, but is interested in expansion, particularly Turkey, and perhaps Lebanon depending on how any conflict in Syr!a ran.

        Lebanon is currently sitting on the largest East Med hydrocarbon deposits.

        http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-06-02/world/39697881_1_oil-and-gas-contracts-leviathan-natural-gas-reserves

        These are at risk from ‘siphoning’ by !srael.

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    Dr P a u l C r a i g Roberts (former US Assistant Treasury Secretary) says:

    While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a war on his own authority, Obama put his unilateral attack on Syria on hold when he received a letter from more than 160 members of the House of Representatives reminding him that to take the country to war without congressional approval is an impeachable offense and when he saw that no country that could serve as cover for a war crime, not even the puppet British government and the NATO puppet states, would support America’s announced military aggression against Syria.

    http://tinyurl.com/8xoyn8o

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    • 155
      tn02 says:

      Wow!

      The rest of the piece is dynamite!

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    • 158
      Legal Beagle says:

      There in NO MEMBER OF NATO apart from France that wants this war

      Never has NATO been so completely split

      No Security Council Resolution

      The US is naked

      This will be a major war crime

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  54. 151
    Tired of crooks says:

    Marvellous

    We now have David Mliliband telling us what to do after he has deserted Britain and set up in New York. He writes in the Times which belongs to the known international gangster Rupert Murdoch

    D Miliband has no official position in Britain. Rupert LMurdioch has no official position in England and is also opffshore.

    D Miliband works work a charity which is stuffed with neo cons, Colin Powell and Condy Rice in particular

    http://www.rescue.org/board-and-overseers

    We have also just

    We have had the the war crinimal telling us what to do from a yacht off Saint Tropez

    He has no official position in Britain and also writes for Murdoch

    Who do these offshore gangsters and frauds represent apart from themselves?

    They are discredited criminals who should be tried for their multiple war crimes

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    • 156
      Tired of crooks says:

      .had ..the war criminal Blair

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    • 171
      Not Blowing Whistles says:

      The Charity he now works for would stand to make big money from the aftermath.

      David Miliband is also on side with Hilary Clinton’s approach to Foreign Policy.

      In the UK he can be disregarded because as you point out he holds no position here, and moreover the UK Parliament made its decision last week.

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  55. 153
    Mercian says:

    I thought you could only change your surname by Deed Poll? If you’ve been Christened, you have to ask a bishop’s permission to change your Christian name. Or has that all changed? That’s how it used to be in the olden days….mumble, mumble

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      "Skid" mark Brown says:

      Perhaps not after allBlair managed to change his name from Tone to “ThatCnut” and Milliband to his Chinese side “flip flop”

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    Usrael isolated in their arrogance says:

    Latest US opinion poll

    People massively against the war

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-syria-crisis-usa-idUSBRE97T0NB20130903

    Even AIPAC seems to be failing…

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  58. 177
    Jimmy says:

    Why does Boris automatically assume the name Barclay means free money?

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    • 187
      Prawn cocktail circuit says:

      One of the few banks Labour did not trash and did not ask for any support. Amazing really given Brown and Blairs banker chums mostly had to ask for something in the Blair Brown created recession.

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    “I would never say no to becoming an MP – actually I’ll probably have a go. I’m a Conservative but I talk for the ordinary working classes. I get on with the boys at the pub but I can also mix with Prince Andrew.”

    [the future rt. hon. vincent "mosquito brain" jones m.p.]

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      Tachybaptus says:

      Dim as Jones sounds, he would probably get on better with both working-class people and Prince Andrex than a typical Labour MP, whose middle-class pretence of being down there with the workers would be instantly rumbled, and whose envy and spite would shine through equally plainly when addressing one of the nobs.

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      • 183
        Not Blowing Whistles says:

        Prince Andrew is not soft, strong and incredibly long. Fergie is testament to that.

        Perhaps Prince Andrews is a more accurate description ?

        Bubbly when stirred and good for bile.

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        Guy Ritchie says:

        Leave Vinnie alone. He’s all right!

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    BANKRUPT BRITAIN says:

    Well most people think he’s a “Barclays Banker “anyway

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  61. 185
    Bon appetit says:

    I would be far more impressed if this fornicating buffoon cut my Council Tax by 10%.

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  62. 186
    Where's ed bollox now huh? says:

    Britain will have the best-performing major economy in the developed world for the rest of the year, an international watchdog said yesterday.
    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said it expects growth of more than 0.9 per cent in the UK between July and September and around 0.8 per cent in the final quarter of the year, as the recovery gathers pace.
    The projections are stronger than anything seen in Britain since early 2010 and better than the growth rates expected in the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy.

    : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2409831/Britains-recovery-overtaking-rivals-Experts-double-growth-predictions-year.html#ixzz2du1YuSI1
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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    Owen Jones says:

    Ariel Castro’s life sentence really swung by.

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  64. 196
    Ed Miliwit says:

    There’s another wee star in heaven tonight

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  65. 197
    Better ED than Ed says:

    Was it something I said?

    The GMB union is to cut the affiliation funds it gives Labour from £1.2m to £150,000 in the wake of a row over reforms, the union has announced – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23955577

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  66. 198
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    We’ll just borrow some or, better still, pick some from Gordon’s Money Trees.

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  67. 199
    Castro is dead says:

    Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held three women captive for a decade, has hung himself in his prison cell.

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    • 201
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      It’s a shame the lying bastard Chris Huhne didn’t do the same thing.

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    • 205
      fools think alike says:

      Expecting Chameleon Labour to announce a new outward face for the world soon, after a roasting at PMQs today, falling behind on so many fronts. Their disappointment is paplable. But after old Labour, new Labour, blue Labour etc etc dare they hope that a return to new improved Brand X Labour will give them the opposition credibility they are lacking?
      International decisions going tits-up through indecision and political gamesmanship. Recovery improving steadily, slowly that negates any accusations of a Tory boom preceding an eventual bust leaves Balls floundering. NHS cock-ups being tackled. Their Education and ignored school places policies in tatters. And now the Red Princes / Dauphin mentality promoted by the old guard to revive flagging support shows their desperation.
      A party without a moral compass deserves all they get.
      Ed should choose seppuku, and restore a lttle honour..

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      • 207
        Economist says:

        The problem with the apparent recovery is that it is fake but not such that Labour can call it out.

        Largely stimulated by the help to buy scheme the continued lack of investment and still declining loans to small business suggest the illusion is more to do with tweaking the housing market and perhaps doing a bit of domestic temporary hiring.

        Odd that Government only expecting good figures to end of the year. Likely propaganda to try and avoid a repeat of last year Christmas sales fail which is what they expect to kill of growth and retail figures at the end of this year.

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  68. 203
    Border Security says:

    This way. No need for checks or passports. Everybody welcome. Benefit information desk to the left.

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    • 206
      One-term Dave says:

      I give you a cast-iron guarantee that I’ll reduce immigration to a few tens of thousands*. And I’ve abolished the census, so you’ll never officially know how bad the situation’s got.

      Toodle pip.

      *per month.

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    Morgan Stanley Fletcher says:

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    As in short for Bar…
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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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