September 30th, 2013

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Tory Conference Special

George Osborne’s “footballers that look like lesbians” haircut has gone mainstream. Dan Hodges couldn’t take his eyes off it during his speech:

“None of it mattered. No one was listening to a single word. Because we were all staring at the top of George Osborne’s head. At least I was. Roughly between the crown of his skull and the top of his eyebrows, something was just lying there. The Chancellor was talking about exports to China and all I could think was: “George, you’ve got something sitting on your head”. I was actually on the verge of jumping up and shouting a warning until I realised. The thing sitting on top of his head was his hair.

Not ordinary hair. Entirely new hair. As if someone had reached down, lifted off his old, bog-standard politico’s cut, thrown it in the bin, and stapled something entirely different in its place. This usurper hair was quite hard to describe. Imagine if you woke up and all your hair had mysteriously fallen forward. Think of those pictures you’ve seen of iron filings being attracted towards a magnet. The Chancellor’s hair appeared to have become magnetised.”

Osborne SpAds point out the similarities between their boss’ new hair and that of their new colleague Neil O’Brien.

In the interests of gender balance following this blog’s fashion reports on Miliband last week, Guido brings you Theresa May’s outstanding tartan suit worn during her speech this afternoon:

Och.


312 Comments

  1. 1
    • 8
      Chuckas Yamoney says:

      Dan Hodges has a Beaker Cut (that Danny Alexander should be wearing) and Denis Healey eye brows.

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    • 35
      Simon B says:

      Being a stylish man himself, I’m grateful Guido is keeping us in the loop with what the Great and Good of our nation are wearing. And the Good Mrs. May looks exceptional hot in her Power Suit. Hopefully she’ll be PM some day and Mrs. T MK II (of course nobody could ever out-do Mrs. T for looks and fashion sense.)

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    • 45
      Gideon says:

      No one is smiling. One of those staged interviews

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    • 52
      Gideon says:

      Important, not

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    • 63
      gramma says:

      I always wanted to be a metro-sexual.
      Wash, cut and conditioner
      Peroxide free hair colouring.
      Layered haircut.
      No more short back and sides.

      Could never afford the train fare.

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    • 64
      strip them says:

      Lets not keep on being distracted by their looks, hairdos or suites.
      Lets hear what they have to say without distractions.
      Make them all stand before us when talking to us the electorate on a level playing field

      as naked as the day they were born, with a no 4 haircut.

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    • 76
      broderick crawford says:

      who’s the guy in the middle background of the Tartan in May picture .?

      He looks for all the world like a Labour financed contract killer .

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    • 146
      Pippa Middletontonton says:

      Unlike your tumble weed shit blog that no one reads. Just fucking give it up you fucking dullard.

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    • 292
      Ippikin says:

      Dan Hodges should add little more substance and gravitas to his utterings if we are to pay any attention to him.
      His own locks are far from perfect and methinks he now displays more than a little of the green-eyed monster when denigrating George’s perfect pate.
      Shame on you Dan.

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  2. 2
    Penfold says:

    and what clan is she claiming kinship with?

    Or, is some subtle ploy to get some votes orff the Scots.

    Perhaps pictures could be subliminally beamed during adverts on STV.

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    • 15
      Barnehurst Bob says:

      Perhaps she’s doing a Nicholas Fairbairn tribute. So rather than pledging kinship with a clan it’s with a distillery.

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      • 33
        The Office of Tony Blair says:

        Under a Labour government this country would be swamped with immigrants of every colour and race on any excuse of asylum or bogus marriage or just plain deception Sir Nicholas Fairbairn QC in 1992.

        He got that well and truly wrong then!

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    • 41
      Sir William Waid says:

      Could be Clan MacKay?

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    • 59
      Gideon says:

      “Or, is some subtle ploy to get some votes orff the Scots.
      Perhaps pictures could be subliminally beamed during adverts on STV.”
      I doubt it, she would probably be given the Farage treatment

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  3. 3
    Nemesis says:

    I find hugely odd that people think Miliband is a geek whilst ignoring two of the biggest geeks of them all – Cameron and especially Osborne.

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  4. 4
    Aristocrat says:

    My hair’s always falling forward. It’s the shape of our upper class heads.

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    • 5
      Aristocrat says:

      You must remember Dan Hodges doesn’t know this sort of subtle identification marker. I believe his mother was a shop assistant. Oh…

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  5. 6
    An Angry Aardvark says:

    Osborne is obviously thinning over the temples and is trying to cover it up. I don’t know the names of 1 Direction but one of them has exactly the same problem (that’s the “bad hair”, not “being a fuckwit”)

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  6. 7
    Perse O'Nalley says:

    Guido, I think you mean ‘Ouch’.

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    • 57
      Guido Fawkes says:

      After a day’s roofing, I can’t really think of a hairdo-related comment, dear. Do any of you people work?

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      • 70
        Billie Botty - Kebab Time says:

        Nah, not really. Hey Giudo- you could could make a joke involving flashing or toungue and groove maybe?

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        • 74
          Guido Fawkes says:

          Oh, do fuck off Billie. I’m going to relax on my favorite bean-bag and see if I can drink half of this bottle of Mendoza Malbec before the song finishes.

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          • Billie Boredom is The Grossest Bumpile, EVER !! says:

            I find this jungle music makes my moobs sway in awkward directions tho ugh :(

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          • Guido Fawkes says:

            Try the latest Wonderbro®, Botty. I had mine custom-fitted.

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          • Gideon says:

            Fawksey I thought you in the clinic drying out, you know that posh one where all druggies and alkies with lots of money go, they don’t seem to be very successful given the amount of dosh they relieve all their wealthy clients of.

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  7. 10
    Peter Martin says:

    Who was operating the android with the brown shoes in that pic?

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  8. 11
    Cat Watch says:

    Can anyone confirm that Larry is not missing, alive and well ?

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  9. 12

    In trying to get to the bottom of this, it occurs to me that it might be a metrosexual ploy.

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  10. 13
    Ted Heath (hello oh oh sailor) says:

    It’s laughable ! Cameron doesn’t like Larry the cat residing at No 10 Downing st
    While 60 million don’t like him living there either ,

    and most would rather see the cat running the country as it would do a better job

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  11. 14
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    OMG – Theresa May – Bay City Rollers, circa 1975.

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  12. 16
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    If you are a patriot and want your country back:

    1. Stop paying the telly tax.

    2. Stop buying the laughable rags calling themselves newspapers.

    3. Vote UKIP at every opportunity.

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  13. 17

    Is the serious looking bloke on the left sporting a UKIP tie?

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  14. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Gideon’s new barnet makes him look like Julian Clary. But not in a good way.

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  15. 22
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Vote LibLabCon get LibLabCon.

    Vote UKIP get UKIP.

    Remember to play the LibLabCon at their own corrupt game.

    Vote early, vote often, vote UKIP :-)

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    • 37
      Fact: 9 out of 10 cat owners could Vote UKIP says:

      Follow the money:

      Larry the cat does not walk alone ;-)

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      • 53
        Not Donating says:

        Why should anyone donate money to a cabinet of millionaires? If they want to ignore the public but still want to win elections they can spend their own money, not mine.

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        • 68
          Is it wealthy farage says:

          Never thought nigel was so wealthy. A sign of success before politics.

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        • 121
          GORDON McMENTAL McMAD McBROWN says:

          I would gladly donate , the contents of my bowels to Dave and his party of liars

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          • Nursie says:

            That’s a generous offer. Gordon keeps all his valuables up his bottom. I have to give him an enema when he wants to buy a round, which isn’t often

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      • 100
        broderick crawford says:

        for god s s sake why don t cameron and farage act like grown ups and form some sort of national alliance . ??
        it will be the ONLY chance of a right if centre govt in 2015 .

        DO NOT FORGET … despite his obsessive incompetence milliBland has got an ELEVEN point lead … and the feckless majority will always vote labour as long as he promises an easy life on freebies and to hell with the balance of oayments deficit .
        Italy successfully adopted that ploy for 40 odd years before the wheels came off so labour doing it for five to ten years ought to be a piece of piss.

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    • 62
      Gooey Blob says:

      Your vote would be better spent finding out who is best placed to beat Labour locally and vote for that party. Here’s a tip: it won’t be Ukip as they cannot win a single seat under our electoral system.

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  16. 25
    M103 says:

    About that idiot we have for a Chancellor.

    “Help to Buy scheme providing government guarantees for 95% mortgages.”

    What is the story with Mark Carney, the new Bank of England Governor? Now, he is an American so he worked in American Banks during the last housing bubble. He had first hand experience of Government Backed Mortgages and the disaster they bring. Why in hell is he overseeing the exact same scheme and supporting it?

    He has also to be held responsible when this goes belly up and the taxpayer is left riddled with debt. He can’t be allowed to just sneekily hop back on a plane with ‘Nothing to do with me, Guv”. He has to be held to account.

    Also, I saw a very chummy video snippet of Mark Carney and Gideon and Call Me Dave arriving at the recent G20 Summit in Russia. I know that Gideon wanted to talk up Britain’s recovering economy at the G20 Summit and what better way to do it than have your Governor of the Bank of England there.

    Is it normal for the Governor of the Bank of England to attend such Summit’s? Did Mervyn King attend these Summits?

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    • 34
      Athelstan says:

      a) They don’t know what they are doing
      b) They know what they are doing

      Either way, they are a danger to our country.

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    • 49
      Sir William Waid says:

      This scheme will increase demand for houses when we need to increase their supply. It will push up the price of houses when we need them to be cheaper. This can be done by relaxing planning rules and/or curbing immigration.

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      • 58
        Londoner says:

        Chuck out a million illegals from the Greater London area, stop any more arrivals and prices will ease to a sustainable level.

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        • 105
          broderick crawford says:

          M 103 . i have to correct you . carney is NOT an American he s a Canadian . As Governor of central bank canada he seems to have managed to have Canada escape very lightly from the great depression …. its banks were among the most prudent and thus solid in the western world .

          however i agree he has taken on a much bigger job at boe and as yet nobody really knows if he knows whether he has a credible longterm plan or whether he is flying by the seat of his pants

          and yes .. merve the swerve DID attend g 20 s .. if tennis or cricket were not taking precedence on the dates in question.

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        • 171
          JH30u4092340932 says:

          Something in London has dropped by a million.

          The w*h(i)t*e population, since 2000.

          In any other time or place, they would call it ethnic cleansing. But of course the Guarniad cheers it on, claiming that it is just the successful people cashing in their chips and moving to the shire.

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      • 86
        George Osborne says:

        Bollocks. All immigrants live in sheds.

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    • 55
      Con Carny says:

      Carney is a Canad!an, not an Amer!can.

      He is ex GS and Bank of Canada guy.

      Canada’s economy is sort of screwed.

      Guess what was responsible for that, and what he is going to do to ours.

      It is not normal to see them photographed together since BoE was made independent of government. This is why the photograph of them arriving together is a little odd.

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      • 303
        Fifi riant says:

        Chili con Carney is just protecting the rest of {what remains of} GS’s gold reserves at the BoE.

        Can’t say you weren’t warned that his appointment was basically flawed right from day 1.

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    • 187
      Gideon says:

      Sorry to be a bit of a bore, but Ossie and Cams seem have totally lost the plot with this topping up deposit on new houses so people can buy high value houses presumably these will be mostly in the Londonistan area, if they cannot afford a full deposit ie 60K on a 600K house, how on earth will they be able to repay the full mortgage, especially if interest rates start going up, having been kept artificially low for some time. Why on earth do politicos, of all parties insist that boosting new house building increases jobs, builders will all build bigger houses because they cost less proportionally to build and they can charge more for them.

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      • 193
        just a thought says:

        Why aren’t local councils stopping people living in sheds?
        Houseowners usually have to jump through hoops to get basic
        planning permission for their homes.
        Erecting sheds and stuffing them full of people is illegal and dangerous.
        It needs sorting.

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      • 296
        Former "none of the above" says:

        Hmm, why do politicians, who tend to own at least two properties, always try to keep the housing bubble expanding?

        Add me to the list of people who is going to vote UKIP for the first time, and for the general election too. I don’t care if the tories are marginally less shit than labour, they are still useless eton spivs

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  17. 27
    Hair Watch says:

    The original ?

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  18. 28
    Thrill Seeker says:

    What a boring ‘story’.

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  19. 29
    Sturmfuhrer Burnham says:

    #MyBiggestFan #TehKillingFields #JustFollowingOrders #MidStaffs

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  20. 30
    Tachybaptus says:

    I do hope the revelation of Cameron lying at Leveson gets as much time and attention at the Tory conference as the McBride book did at Labour’s

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    • 39
      The Public says:

      Cameron is a professional politician, educated at Oxford. It is in his nature to lie.

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      • 44
        Tachybaptus says:

        Perjury is a crime for which a custodial sentence is applicable.

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        • 71
          Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

          It’s time all manifestos were sworn upon as being the truth by each cabinet member in a court of law.

          Then if they renege on any of it later they can be done for perjury.

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        • 101
          Tachybaptus says:

          That was the sockpuppet Tachybaptus, and I have a message for him. Get your own name, you pathetic twerp. And earn a reputation for what you have to say without hiding behind someone else’s moniker.

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          • Dr Strangelove says:

            was that a sockpuppet saying that or the twitcher ?
            I’m 97% certain was the twitcher.

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          • Tachybaptus says:

            The comment above yours was by the genuine small brown bird, which is getting a bit pissed off by being impersonated by someone making silly comments. I’ll make my own silly comments, thank you.

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          • Dr Strangelove says:

            I wouldn’t worry, I can tell which is your comment it is a bit trickier with cat fish because he says so much drivel that is easily duplicated :-)
            fortunately my unique brand of hippy socialism and out and out barbaric christian, anarchistic , totalitarianism is difficult to emulate :-)

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  21. 40
    M103 says:

    I noticed on Sky News Osborne didn’t have an answer to the question about the person who e-mailed asking how he’s going to afford £17 each day to go down the Jobcentre to be a slave.
    The man really is a ĉunt

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    • 60

      Quite possibly because it’s a stupid question cooked up in a smoke-filled back room by a committee of Owen Joneses. Walk instead of hiring a Limo is an answer that springs to mind.

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    • 112
      Juan Kerr says:

      The “go to the job centre once a day” option is only one of three. I suppose it didn’t occur to the e-mailer that he/she could do a work placement instead.

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  22. 42
    Vidal says:

    George Osbourne’s new hairstyle makes him look even more like Porky Pig.

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  23. 46
    Mary Whitehouse says:

    Is Theresa May in the Bay City Rollers ?

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  24. 51
    Heil Cameron says:

    Well we expected the nasty party to revert to type this week and they haven’t disappointed.

    They keep saying they are gutting the welfare state because it is popular. I wonder how popular Osborne making a legal challenge on behalf of the bankers is?

    Also whenever the issue to the welfare state comes around up pops the taxpayer alliance. Why are they never around on the issue of tax avoidance? They always go MIA then don’t they?

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    • 73

      In case you missed it, the TPA is all about reducing taxation so that centrist governments have less of other people’s money to hose away. Supporting a system that cuts the cash available to rent-seekers of all types, from from work-shy low-lifes through Union Pilgrims to PM’s Fathers-in-law is what the TPA does.

      Tax avoidance is the over-riding concern of the Looting Party. Dame Hodges regularly castigates multi-nationals who are using the EU tax code in exactly the way Hodges business interests do. Once more, socialists money is different to other peoples money. Hypocrisy and greed are dominant mutations in Socialist Genes.

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    • 197
      you've got a memory like a sieve says:

      It was Brown that gave the banks billions and knighted
      dodgy bankers. Miliband and Balls were on the Labour
      front bench at the time.

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  25. 54
    Bye bye Cameron says:

    Good on the 50,000 plus people who marched through Manchester yesterday, vastly over-numbering the number of delegates who attended the conference. And of course there were the two old soldiers who heckled Hammond’s self-satisfied and lying speech.

    The Tories can now add the army to the increasing list of sections of society that they’ve utterly alienated.

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  26. 61
    LyingLoonyLeft says:

    Yes,there were millions in Manchester.

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    • 75
      a non says:

      Socialist lemmings really need a cliff to be in the neighbourhood. ;)

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      • 84
        Tachybaptus says:

        The myth that lemmings jump off cliffs was started by the 1958 Disney wildlife film White Wilderness. The lemmings were put on a turntable which was revolved to throw them off the edge, while they were filmed from below. Ugh.

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        • 150
          Dr Strangelove says:

          Disney was always looking after the nickels apparently and employed, cheaper than American, Mexican people to do the labour intensive inking and stuff. I did know somebody who made a deal with a Mexican female prison to get the inmates to do work. That is real capitalist enterprise, see an opportunity and make it happen. Win Win

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          • Dr Strangelove says:

            but I don’t mind that, that is the private sector, creating something that was not there before. What really, really pisses me off big time is the complete lack of imagination of Capital, they are grabbing the utilities because they see that they have a captive market. It helps nobody. Guys, do the right thing. How long are you on this earth for ? what legacy do you want to leave ? do you want a student of history in 400 years time to look back through records and say ” Well he was a right bastard wasn’t he”

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    • 102
      Juan Kerr says:

      Looks like the usual rentamob. Racking my brains to think what relevance CND banners have.

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    • 110
      broderick crawford says:

      i think the rug du jour must have been obscuring her vision and she clicked on the wrong twitter link whilst her mind was quite patently on more important matters.

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    • 131
      Times haven't changed says:

      Shame you lot didn’t take notice when Liebour was in power the million or more people who wanted to stop a war, you don’t expect anybody to take notice of a few thousand ban the bomb merchants

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    • 207
      The Eagle has Farted says:

      Ah the four year old photo which Labour claimed was from yesterday. Lying Twats

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    • 238
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Eagle trying to rewrite history…just like Dr Goebbels…

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

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  27. 79
    RomaBob...picking a pocket or two ! says:

    Cannot beat a neatly trimmed bush…….. but cannot think of any MP of any party that I would want to check out.

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  28. 81
    Teasy Weasy says:

    Am I right in thinking that Air To Blair refers to the fancy jet that he now rents to put the world to rights. If Popes can become Saints it’s only a matter of time before we have Saint Miranda.

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  29. 87
    The British media are cunts says:

    Good old Mark Easton doing his usual job of twisting the truth on the BBC News.

    Talking about nationality, Easton was prattling away about how many white folks think of themselves as English rather than British.

    Easton then ‘claims’ that the more ‘British’ of all are the ‘Asians’. Wow you mean Muslims really like calling themselves British Easton?

    Well no, what we actually see are Indians (who are for the most part Not Muslims) who see themselves as British. Of course we all know Indians have long been more likely to integrate into British society than Muslims, especially P*kistani Muslims who have nothing but hate for Britain.

    Once again the BBC distorting the facts for political reasons.

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    • 138
      John O'Groats 874 says:

      When the m*slims who live in our village talk about ‘home’, they are referring to Banglad*sh, not Britain.

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      • 169
        Casual Observer 3 says:

        It is when you notice the second and third generations talking that way, that the true magnitude of the multi-culti failure should be realized.

        New arrivals will likely never feel properly settled, which is understandable.

        When their offspring are in a similar situation, and feel it necessary to travel overseas to fight under a foreign flag they feel more aligned with, again, the magnitude of the mutli-culti failure should be realized.

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  30. 88
    Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

    On the issue of the alleged ‘text':

    http://twitter.com/amjadmbashir/status/384717063060979712

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  31. 91
    applecart says:

    “Of course I would not suggest that the BBC is institutionally biased. It seems to me to be pretty evenly split between outright supporters of the Lib Dems and those committed to Labour, so it is nicely balanced between the conflicting views of The Guardian and the New Statesman”

    Nice one Norman! (From Norman Tebbit’s latest blog)

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  32. 92
    Anna says:

    Oh dear, I really couldn’t care less what a politician LOOKS like, never mind what fashions/hairdos they adopt in clear obeisance to their lobbyists and PR folk. I’m interested in the policies they articulate and the more they try to be trendy the less I take notice of them. Perhaps trying to be trendy is all they have; they certainly don’t seem to articulate logical policies.

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    • 222
      Michael Foot (Old Labour not New Labour) says:

      That’s what they said about me!

      All I did was wear a jacket with rain proff shoulders to the Cenotaph…and the Murdoch press crucified me!

      Funny old world eh!

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      • 312
        Anna says:

        Not only the Murdoch press. I didn’t much like that Cenotaph donkey-jacket insult to serving soldiers & veterans who took such trouble to turn out smartly polished
        to represent their country.

        However I recognise that however mistaken that “statement” was, and however much I thought his policies mistaken, Michael Foot was a patriot who loved his country and intended good for it, and a Parliamentarian that current MPs don’t have a hope of equaling. :)

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  33. 95
    Dogsbody says:

    I realise this is old hat but why do ministers require ‘spads’? What exactly is a ‘special’ adviser? Indeed, why do they require advisers at all (let alone special ones) given that they have Civil Service professionals at their beck and call 24 hours a day? Ministers are elected as MPs, broadly speaking, to reflect the views of their electorate – and by their election they are assumed to be competent to express views without a bunch of unelected yuppies speaking for them. Bah humbug!

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  34. 98
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Too early to say if the Conservatives are in terminal decline, but it is possible:

    Change of leadership and direction is required.

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    • 103
      Tachybaptus says:

      Yes, that’s clear to us. But the economy is improving, largely through normal processes unaffected by politicians, and Cameron and Osborne are undeservingly taking the credit for it. This makes it very unlikely that there will be a coup against Cameron before 2015.

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      • 109
        Jimmy says:

        No doubt the unemployed being forced to work for their benefits will be taken off the unemployment figures by Smith to make them look good

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        • 114

          You could call them the civil service. Like all those compliance officers fining people for non-crimes.

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        • 119
          D says:

          How about all working socialists sponser a long term unemployed person?

          Step up to the plate, would ya Jimcrack?

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        • 123
          Jimmy the wonder boy says:

          Deja vu, bin police, smoking police, talking lamposts, Liebours jobless civil service, instead of finding jobs give the a pretend civil service job and get them in the union, blocks vote via the tax payer.

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      • 122
        Casual Observer 3 says:

        Economy is improving, but it is fake.

        This is why the help to buy has been brought forward.

        The imbalances from before in UK are still present, and I would bet it will be Eurozone which knocks it off balance again.

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        • 126
          Cato Street Conspirator says:

          Which means, of course, that the Osborne-Alexander duo will be able to blame… the Labour government.

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          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            Not sure if that will wash. They will be able to blame factors outside the UK for sure, as long as people do not notice that in the ‘recovery’ house building and some other basic indicators didn’t pick up.

            PMI figures for UK are out this week:

            Tue: Manufacturing
            Wed: Construction
            Thu: Services

            Weds / Thurs figures are going to be of interest. Tomorrows will probably be reasonable.

            Jul + Aug did show sustained output, with +0.7% GDP growth (pants, but better than negative).

            The US / Italy problems may overshadow any bounce on the back of ‘good’ news.

            More importantly for the economy is where Gilts are headed. 10Y yield is up slightly to 2.72% today, but down from a high of just over 3% earlier this month.

            H’S’B’C are predicting this to go down to 2% by next September.

            If the economy starts behaving itself, this may be realized.

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          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            And just after saying that:

            http://uk.advfn.com/news/DJN/2013/article/59421228?xref=newsalerttweet

            Ch!na PMI is indicating a slowdown which has hit miners on FTSE today.

            Most people see FTSE has being main economic indicator. That is of course not quite right, but there does appear to be a lot of negative pressure on stocks right now. (Combo of this + US shutdown being used as excuse for sell off…)

            Centr!ca and SSE have still not recovered from the 7% spanking Miliband gave them with his price cap speech the other week.

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          • Quarterly advance 4%.

            Not what it used to be in the good old days but any Euro finance minister would saw his right arm off slowly with a butter knife to be able to boast of such achievement.

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          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            The silly thing about Ch!na is that people are worried about the 10%+ growth rates slowing to something more normal. 4% is quite good.

            How the next chapter plays out, when Ch!na properly monetizes its middle class and gets them into the new cities it has been building is a different and more interesting question.

            They are already creating a generation to take on design and innovation roles rather than simply production. The flip side to that of course is that the better educated masses will also provide real domestic demand for the economy.

            I do not see that resulting in a form of heat death, as J’apan experienced following the 80s boom.

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          • I would not wish to forecast on that last matter. China can certainly produce but it cannot produce to a quality. Look at the cars they buy: Mercedes, BMW, Audi, VW etc.. I see them being shipped out from Koper, just down the road from here.

            If their design and innovation is to the current low quality standard of their production, then they are creating a hostage to fortune with India, Asian tigers and Brazil hot on their tails.

            For the first time in three millennia, you can arguably accuse the Chinese of not looking ahead. And China is also experiencing vast corruption. They are quite worried about it. It may be too little, too late.

            Agree the one thing they do handle exceptionally well is education. There are many Chinese who, never having stepped foot in the UK, speak better English than the majority of our population does. What a sad admission to have to make. However they are not taught to think for themselves.

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          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            I think it is that last point which is changing.

            Previous generation were trained and expected to go into factories. The next is expected to do much more service oriented stuff and design locally.

            Bilateral trade in cars is not really relevant. Ch!na does manufacture the majority of cars they drive domestically, and the new ones they have been producing are better in many ways than European models (cleaner / more fuel efficient / have cup holders etc.).

            Europe cannot import easily as the Ch!nese auto’s do not comply with EU regs and EU manufacturers do not want competition. Similar issue with the US, but they are a little more open to Ch!nese autos.

            Ch!na will always import EU / US cars, but only because they retain prestige value. That type of trade will always remain. The autos you see going out on the boats are going to the new upper middle class: There are a lot of them in Ch!na now.

            The other reason is that Ch!na has no real motivation to export auto’s at moment. European and US autos are luxury items there and they will import even if they are themselves world leaders.

            I am talking more about the next generation of gadgets in any case, and possibly development of new technology.

            The big question mark is whether Ch!na will ever transition to full democracy.

            This may happen once its domestic economy resembles more that of a Western nation as internal trade may force this. Like their version of capitalism, their version of democracy may not be quite the same as ours, but the people will likely demand more of say about who occupies certain key positions as they realize their own economic independence more fully.

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          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            I think it is that last point which is changing.

            Previous generation were trained and expected to go into factories. The next is expected to do much more service oriented stuff and design locally.

            Bilateral trade in cars is not really relevant. Ch!na does manufacture the majority of cars they dr!ve domestically, and the new ones they have been producing are better in many ways than European models (cleaner / more fuel efficient / have cup holders etc.).

            Europe cannot import easily as the Ch!nese auto’s do not comply with EU regs and EU manufacturers do not want competition. Similar issue with the US, but they are a little more open to Ch!nese autos.

            Ch!na will always import EU / US cars, but only because they retain prestige value. That type of trade will always remain. The autos you see going out on the boats are going to the new upper middle class: There are a lot of them in Ch!na now.

            The other reason is that Ch!na has no real motivation to export auto’s at moment. European and US autos are luxury items there and they will import even if they are themselves world leaders.

            I am talking more about the next generation of gadgets in any case, and possibly development of new technology.

            The big question mark is whether Ch!na will ever transition to full democracy.

            This may happen once its domestic economy resembles more that of a Western nation as internal trade may force this. Like their version of capitalism, their version of democracy may not be quite the same as ours, but the people will likely demand more of say about who occupies certain key positions as they realize their own economic independence more fully.

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          • @CO3

            As much as I admire your depth and breadth of knowledge in the field of IR and many other areas, I think you are making a category error here.

            It is not about cupholders in cars, it is about durability. The Germans manufacture to a much higher level of quality and refinement than the Chinese can hope for. They are manufacturing down to a price.

            Chinese stuff falls apart so quickly that I wonder if they put a destruct mechanism in the chips that control their laptops and other technical junk so that they fall apart one day after the guarantee runs out.

            German goods carry on for ever. You have to be brutal when upgrading to a new washing machine as your 30 year old one works just as well as it did on the day you bought it! Open it up and you see why. They are built like tanks.

            Now to the issue of thinking. One of the problems of academia is that it can stultify innovation. Think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Branson and so many similar. Sergey Brin is still on leave from Stanford, FFS! On a much more mundane level, your current interlocutor is an academic dunce. :-)

            These sort of people cannot leap out of a communist environment in the same way as they do in the west. I do not mean to denigrate academic achievement at all. These guys I have mentioned surround themselves with many of them and these people are vital. But the ability to self-start cannot be taught – it is an internal flame.

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          • Casual Observer 3 says:

            The automobile manufacture is not of key importance.

            However Ch!na domestic manufacture is set to outstrip EU:

            http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/591fb1c8-5119-11e2-b287-00144feab49a.html#axzz2gQ20YWWN

            The dominant players in the domestic Ch!nese market are GM, VW and Ford. They typically outsell their domestic partners (like Opel is to GM).

            I referred cup holders only because the standard models which are manufactured in Ch!na are generally higher the EU models, more in line with US.

            Ch!nese manufacture should also be considered more carefully as well. The export market EU sees is a tier beneath that which the US sees in terms of quality. The primary gripes should be about faulty component parts (particularly capacitors in electronics), fake goods (like analog TVs masquerading as digital, even if HDMI is there…) and supply chain problems.

            Another important aspect is that right now Ch!na can make a perfect air-frame for a combat aircraft, but cannot manufacture the engines. (They currently buy from Russ!a)

            This last point they are in part hoping to address in the next phase of their development, among other things.

            I would avoid the hyperbole of Gates / Br!n as examples of great innovation. They did not get to where they are without assistance. They have been propagandized well, which is why we consider them to be household names. Other competitor nations including Ch!na will produce similar icons, and may successfully add them to our cultural archive.

            For the context of this blog the really interesting question is going to be whether economic development and a more economically independent middle class in Ch!na is going to create the demand and enable transition to democracy.

            This has been the perceived experience in the UK, and much of Europe. (The US started as a democracy once it got independence and then went on to develop economically)

            As you have observed my interests are mainly in the area of IR / Geopolitics. Note my observations with regard to automobile industry in Ch!na is more concerned with bilateral trade, but in Ch!na itself with Ch!na’s own strategic concerns for its industrial base.

            The following may be of interest:

            h**p://www.cfr.org/democratization/relationship-between-democracy-development-implications-policy/p5778
            – Briefly looks over relative performance of autocracies vs. democracies noting democracies generally return more economic growth. Also notes how stagnant / backsliding economies lead to a reversal of democracy. (Look at Greece…)

            One suspects that in order to boost economic growth Ch!na will need to democratize. It may do so along Schumpeterian lines (see his democratic theory).

            This has profound implications for foreign policy and the direction that an emerging global power will have. It also perhaps has some implications for some of the assumptions many live under in the EU.

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          • Tourist says:

            Poempou’s Twat:
            “There are many Chinese who, never having stepped foot in the UK, speak better English than the majority of our population does.”

            The implication is bullshit. A tiny minority of Chinese speak any English. You should try getting a train ticket outside Peking.

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          • I still hold that we are talking from the same side of the equation but perhaps both being blindsighted about the other’s views on two seemingly relatively minor (in themselves) points which actually have momentous potential.

            Fully accept that China domestic manufacture is set to outstrip EU (I do not subscribe to FT as there is little value for me in the stuff they publish which others don’t in some way, but could probably write a reasonable abstract of that article myself.)

            My point is that it is easier for them to fill GDP statistics than it is to manufacture to a specific quality. It will take them much longer to drive the quality up as its presence necessarily involves ethos. You have listed some of the problems but not explained how they will cope with the challenges of correcting them which are of an entirely different order. Incidentally, I have seen no evidence myself that they are running two sales markets of different quality directed towards different continents but please show me proof. It does not really make sense to me in the area of say electronics to do this*. If you disagree with my contention that ethos is key here, then please state why. I am always willing to listen but clearly there must be sufficient cause to change my viewpoint.

            * Unless you are claiming that Europeans will accept inbuilt redundancy and simply buy again from the same source where Americans for some reason will not accept this?

            Moving on to the other matter, I ask you to reconsider my point One of the problems of academia is that it can stultify innovation I was speak mainly in a British context and the situation may well be different in the States. The only reason I mentioned the names I did was that they would be recognisable and admit I have met none of them. However, I have met and experienced the personalities (on a prolonged basis) of two billionaires in my time, one in the 60s and another in the 80s, both household names. There are characteristics which I have observed in both which owe no part to any conventional education. They were both able to see inside one’s mind as if it were an open book. They would immediately go to one’s weakest point and exploit it. That forced people to up their game. Both on occasions could be extraordinarily generous and breathtakingly cruel to different people in the same hour.

            When I used the word innovation I was using it in relation to minds, not goods. I already had made the point that my exemplars surrounded themselves by people who had completed their education with distinction and wonder if you actually read my piece too quickly?

            So your experience draws more inferences from generalisations (in perhaps a Baysian objectivist way) whilst mine is specific and admittedly to an extent anecdotal (still evidence though!)

            On your CFR article (good, admittedly controversial, but others reading should remember that corporations are not states even when they have bigger budgets!) and already known Schumpeter point (mostly, but not completely sympathetic – another subject!)

            Conclusions:

            1. I hold that the raising of quality will take longer than you seem to think in China.
            2. I anticipate a continuing place at top level business for intelligent individuals who do not complete their studies out of impatience to get on and do something before the pioneering spirit is crushed out of them.
            3. These above leaders still need highly qualified people to support them.

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          • I still hold that we are talking from the same side of the equation but perhaps both being blindsighted about the other’s views on two seemingly relatively minor (in themselves) points which actually have momentous potential.

            Fully accept that China domestic manufacture is set to outstrip EU (I do not subscribe to FT as there is little value for me in the stuff they publish which others don’t in some way, but could probably write a reasonable abstract of that article myself.)

            My point is that it is easier for them to fill GDP statistics than it is to manufacture to a specific quality. It will take them much longer to drіve the quality up as its presence necessarily involves ethos. You have listed some of the problems but not explained how they will cope with the challenges of correcting them which are of an entirely different order. Incidentally, I have seen no evidence myself that they are running two sales markets of different quality directed towards different continents but please show me proof. It does not really make sense to me in the area of say electronics to do this*. If you disagree with my contention that ethos is key here, then please state why. I am always willing to listen but clearly there must be sufficient cause to change my viewpoint.

            * Unless you are claiming that Europeans will accept inbuilt redundancy and simply buy again from the same source where Americans for some reason will not accept this?

            Moving on to the other matter, I ask you to reconsider my point One of the problems of academia is that it can stultify innovation I was speak mainly in a British context and the situation may well be different in the States. The only reason I mentioned the names I did was that they would be recognisable and admit I have met none of them. However, I have met and experienced the personalities (on a prolonged basis) of two billionaires in my time, one in the 60s and another in the 80s, both household names. There are characteristics which I have observed in both which owe no part to any conventional education. They were both able to see inside one’s mind as if it were an open book. They would immediately go to one’s weakest point and exploit it. That forced people to up their game. Both on occasions could be extraordinarily generous and breathtakingly cruel to different people in the same hour.

            When I used the word innovation I was using it in relation to minds, not goods. I already had made the point that my exemplars surrounded themselves by people who had completed their education with distinction and wonder if you actually read my piece too quickly?

            So your experience draws more inferences from generalisations (in perhaps a Baysian objectivist way) whilst mine is specific and admittedly to an extent anecdotal (still evidence though!)

            On your CFR article (good, admittedly controversial, but others reading should remember that corporations are not states even when they have bigger budgets!) and already known Schumpeter point (mostly, but not completely sympathetic – another subject!)

            Conclusions:

            1. I hold that the raising of quality will take longer than you seem to think in China.
            2. I anticipate a continuing place at top level business for intelligent individuals who do not complete their studies out of impatience to get on and do something before the pioneering spirit is crushed out of them.
            3. These above leaders still need highly qualified people to support them.

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          • @Tourist

            You are so wise and everything you say is true. You even know the name of the capital city of China.

            There are only 300,000,000 English learners in China. It amounts to nothing really.

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    Not The BBC says:

    #StillQuidsIn.

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    Jimmy says:

    Can I just applaud the first caller on the FiveLive phone-in who pointed out that the punishment for low-level criminality, community service, is now being used for the unemployed therefore he’s being treated as if he were a criminal

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      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      Quite so Jimmy. Tories believ that anyone who is unable to get themselves exploited by a boss must be a criminal.

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        Dr Strangelove says:

        the Trotskyites would say that there are only 2 classes of people; the people who own the means of production and the people who sell their labour to them.
        It seems like a sensible summing up.
        The people who consider themselves successful middle class can consider that.
        You are not empowered by your above average wage and the newest consumer stuff. You are still selling your labour.
        I was ever freelance so I’ve always felt out of the circle.
        This system we have is looking a bit strange I don’t know if it is a Capitalist system or what it is.
        Since the money lenders have been given container loads of the currency that we have given a value to I cannot see that we are a capitalist state anymore.
        It is like the ones that own the means of production have been given the keys to do what the fuck they please.

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          Sir William Waid says:

          I can’t see the problem with selling one’s labour. I sell mine; it is hard work running a successful business, especially with bloody DEFRA on your back and the oligopoly power of the supermarkets. People would, however, be wise to build up some intellectual capital in the form of skills, knowledge and (most important) attitudes, rather than just loafing around with a slice of pizza and the TV remote.

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          • Dr Strangelove says:

            there used to be available on the internet 2 books about the perennial vegetables and the arable forestry written by 2 americans, probably I missed my opportunity to buy before they went out of print. If you have an acre to play with I would go for that sort of thing

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        is this what you mean says:

        So Jimmy and Cato believe that every boss
        is exploitative??

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        Fog says:

        Cato – so those on benefits because they don’t want to ‘get themselves exploited by a boss’ prefer to fund their lazy good-for-nothing lifestyle from my taxes paid by me from my hard work. The entitlement culture inaction inaction.

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        JH30u4092340932 says:

        Sure.

        So rather than be ‘exploited’ by a boss, they exploit the net taxpayer.

        It they are so bothered about ‘exploitation’, they had better form a completely closed-loop commune with the like minded.

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      Jimmy says:

      I’ve complained before about the poor quality of fake jimmies here and there inability to stay in character. The suggestion that Jimmy is a five live listener represents a new low.

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  38. 128
    Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

    Nigel at Bruges today: Audio

    http://audioboo.fm/boos/1631197

    Enjoy.

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  39. 129
    Tachybaptus says:

    Successful conference so far:

    No Members
    Vice-Chair arrested for rape,
    50 000 people protesting outside,
    Colonels heckling the Defence Secretary.

    Makes UKIP look like a professional organisation

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    Tachybaptus says:

    Successful conference so far:

    No Members
    Vice-Chair arrested for r@pe,
    50 000 people protesting outside,
    Colonels heckling the Defece Secretary.

    Makes UKIP look like a professional organisation

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    • 134
      One-term Dave (dragging the Tories to their grave) says:

      We make UKIP look professional?? By jove, what arrant nonsense!

      I tell you what, good Sir, I’ll reduce the number of benefit claimants, and reduce the numbers of immigrants, by opening the door to 29 million unemployable Romanian immigrants.

      That’ll show you! What what.

      Toodle pip!

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      • 136
        SamCam says:

        fuck off fag.

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        • 145
          One-term Dave (dragging the Tories to their grave) says:

          Well, I jolly well intend to, I can tell you, what what.

          I’m going to jolly well fuck off on my jolly spiffing HS2 railway! “Toot! Toot!” I shall say, when I fuck off away on it in about 30 years.

          You see, a jolly spiffing legacy. There’s no way you silly little oiks would waste invest £70 billion on HS2, and that’s where I step in! Because I know how to spend your money better than you do!

          Toot! Toot!

          Tally ho!

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    • 135
      Gideon says:

      And a bumboy mincer for a Chancellor!

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      Tachybaptus says:

      Fuck off, Tachybaptus sockpuppet,

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    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    What is Gideon’s job role?

    I thought he was Chancellor of the Exchequer and not Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

    Isn’t the job of the Chancellor to help create jobs for the unemployed? For some reason we have an idiot of a Chancellor who thinks his job is to get people to work for No Pay. What the hell does he think that does to help the economy?

    Why is the Chancellor making announcements about idiot ideas that fall under the Work and Pensions remit? Why is there no mention if IDS anywhere? You know the “In Praise of” guy?

    Does Gideon not have enough to do as Chancellor? Is he bored so he is sticking his nose into other Depts?

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      The only good MP is a dead MP says:

      “Isn’t the job of the Chancellor to help create jobs for the unemployed?”

      Not quite. His job is to help create the economic conditions for the private sector to create jobs.

      Which he isn’t really doing. Because he’s a tit.

      But I wouldn’t worry about it, because he’ll be gone in 20 months, and we’ll have the Balls nightmare to deal with instead.

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      I d on't n eed no d octor says:

      So many questions for the sake of asking questions.

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      says:

      comment withdrawn due to lack of interest

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      Mousey Mousey mouse you are a scouse says:

      No pay if your unemployed = no benefits, mousey are they getting paid or are you just playing crap again.

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        Anonymous says:

        They wouldn’t be working for no pay.
        They would be working for the benefits
        the rest of us are contributing to support
        them.

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  42. 143
    Lancashire Procurator Fiscal says:

    Theresa’s outfit is Black Watch Tartan- based on the Campbell of Argyll Tartan but often known (and appropriate for the Home Secretary) as “Government Tartan”

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      says:

      Hair by Gummidge of Westbury, Wiltshire?

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    • 149
      I used to vote Conservative but now I'd sooner eat my own face says:

      Well, whatever it is it looks fucking boring.

      Not as fucking boring as the charmless vacuous hag that’s wearing it, I’ll grant you, but..

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      Tachybaptus says:

      Before the conference, Cameron rang the hotel and asked for a tartan room. He got them.

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    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    What is the bint in the background doing, multi-tasking with two mobile phones or risking a high note during a rendition of a traditional folk song?.

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    @political realities are painful

    I answered you on the last page.

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    Tachybaptus says:

    Osborne thinks the Tories are ‘moving to the centre ground’!!! If you define centre ground as the centre of a hard right wing wasteland then perhaps.

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    anonus says:

    Why is brenda knighting Parky every night under here. For services to useless FS products on daytime TV?

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        Dr Strangelove says:

        I liked these ones

        and I invoiced and declared everything.

        When I worked in Dublin I really liked the money where for each denomination increase the picture had a bigger smile so on the 50 punt the guy was laughing madly, that is very Irish and is why we want them to be our mates.

        Ireland, taoiseach, feel the love, abandon that brutal mistress, return in forgiveness to our breast, melt into our bosom and return to us. because we are the same people.

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    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    I see our Tone has been in the news jetting around in a borrowed £30 million Bombardier Global Express (and I must say what an appropriate name of transport for this peace envoy), but it is very sinister looking, painted in black, can’t recall seeing an aircraft painted black before unless it was in a James Bond movie when the chief villain tries to make his get away.

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    UKIP or bust says:

    It strikes me as very telling that the BBC doesn’t make a program critiquing the EU, its politicians its policies or its finances.

    This is telling because it often critiques the Tory politicians, their policies or their economics (fair play they are in power) and yet as we are now governed more by the EU, one would have thought that there would at least be the odd program looking into what might be worthy of criticism with this massive bureaucratic institution that is ruling us.

    It beggars belief that such an undemocratic and powerful institution, one that hasn’t signed its books off for over a decade, that is rife with accusations from whistle blowers of corrupt finical dealings on a grand scale, has not sparked the intrest of one single BBC program maker.

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      anonus says:

      And being mainly ruled by the EU is exactly the reason why pimping MPs should not have more money.

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      Blue Peter Goldfish says:

      Don’t be so naive, the BBC are in receipt of large bungs of money from the EU, into the hundreds of £ millions, but nobody knows where the money goes, it would be a very foolish investigative journalist (of which the BBC have none anyway) that would dare to pose a question about the Godfathers.

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    Tachybaptus says:

    The face of Osborne above says it all – arrogance confident of its right to power. Cynicism in the service of self-interest. Contempt for a public who meekly abet his ambition. A swagger stick and light blue uniform with an appropriate armband would complete the picture

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    #savelarryfromOsborneswig says:

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    ‎Dear Gordon Osborne says:

    Although this thread has, more than likely, gone into ‘loop-mode’ this far down, I’d like to dedicate this song to you, and your coiffure-

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      Her Majesty's Bean Counter-In-Chief says:

      Why, thank you, Elsie, dear. The ‘Barnet’ was ‘borrowed’ from the blind angel, Pygar, who had a starring role in Barbarella (1969) and who then stumbled his way into obscurity.
      Here’s a tune for you, with my thanks and blessings:

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    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Perhaps Cameron has just made another tactical error:

    This may ruffle some feathers which have already been ruffled in his own nest.

    Those MPs who operate on conviction may take this as a signal to perhaps switch party.

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    Keith Chegwin joins #Torybrownhatters says:

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    Herman says:

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      Everywhere that Herman goes, Hosay goes. Who is controlling Who? says:

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        Me and my Shadow says:

        They always double up. It is just ridiculous that one does not trust the other. They must be costing us a bloody fortune in expenses.

        Commie Twats

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    • 192
      More PR rubbish says:

      One countries flag is real, the other is just a pile of lies, can you guess which one.

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      A pleasant little cluster of islands off the west coast of Africa with half a million inhabitants, just smaller than Leicester.

      Above Van Rompuy’s grade.

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        Blue Peter Goldfish says:

        A pleasant little cluster of islands, beware Jorge! my advice is escort Rumpey (the bald vampire) off the premises ASAP (and on no account sign anything).

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        Cardinal Biggles says:

        Ah, the Cape Verde Islands!

        I remember them for all the wrong reasons. On a lonely beach on Boa Vista a few years ago I was robbed at knife point by a large and menacing character, face swathed in what looked like a keffiyeh.

        Happy days! I spent most of the rest of the weeks ‘holiday’ going to and fro’ the police station trying to get the dozy coppers to give me a statement that would enable me to put in an insurance claim.

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    Anonymous says:

    May appears to be channeling D:REAM (of “Things can only get better”) fame.

    http://tinyurl.com/q5wm99h

    She must spend a considerable amount on her wardrobe, but she really has no idea how terrible she looks most of the time…

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    Dave leaves the cat out says:

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      Moggy mountains says:

      It’s just a normal moggy sitting on a dry patch on the step, it looks too well fed and needs to go on a diet, as usual some tosser is trying to make a mountain out of data bytes,

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      Blue Peter Goldfish says:

      He is pondering: Once I had principles, times were hard in Battersea but we all mucked in and got by, I miss the old days, look at me now, sold out as a rat catcher, sure the perks are good but my heart was never really in that, Just another fat cat on the doorstep of No. 10

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      A Horse and Trap says:

      I wonder who the last person to use the boot scrapers was?

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    Tachybaptus says:

    … “This time we are going to run a surplus. This time we are going to fix the roof while the sun shines.”…

    The sun certainly isn’t shining for many people and that is down to you, a true sociopath. The only people to benefit are the wealthy.

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  59. 219
    Orson Cart says:

    Well another load of drivel. This place is getting more like a womans mag prattling on about hairstyles.

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    Guido Fawkes says:

    Interesting comments down here. Next click wins the chance to mouse this link.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_nkw=guido&_sacat=0&_odkw=&_osacat=0&_armrs=1&_ssn=richiejohnston

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      Billie Boredom is The Grossest Bumpile, EVER !! says:

      I think Steves just popped out to fire escape for quick peppercorn wheat chip in hummus moment Guifo. shaould I hold everything till he comes back in to win our link-comp?
      Im getting a bit flustered by the sudden activity

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    Dr Strangelove says:

    It used to really annoy me but now I don’t care. I would say something that I thought might happen or that things (socially) were going in a particular direction and it was like people did not understand what I was talking about and it would happen so often that I would just think to myself “well, wait then, I don’t need to prove anything to you”
    It is like I was making things happen just by thinking about them.
    What is that ? does the world really be created by me ? or do I spot trends ?
    40 no 25 years ago I said ” I am really worried about the muslims”

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      Tachybaptus says:

      І gеt thе ѕаmе fееlіng. І thіnk оf mуѕеlf аѕ а bіttеr реѕѕіmіѕt, аnd thеn mу glооmу іmаgіnіngѕ bесоmе rеаl.

      Mу mоmеnt wіth thе Muѕlіmѕ саmе іn аbоut 1980, whеn І wаѕ а frееlаnсе сору еdіtоr wоrkіng fоr ѕеνеrаl рublіѕhеrѕ. І wаѕ аѕkеd tо еdіt thе Еnglіѕh trаnѕlаtіоn оf оnе νоlumе а lоng wоrk bу Sаууіd Qutb, а rаdісаl Muѕlіm thеоlоgіаn whо hаd quіtе rіghtlу bееn еxесutеd bу thе Еgурtіаnѕ. Τhе ѕеrіеѕ wаѕ саllеd Іn thе Shаdе оf thе Qur’аn, аnd іt wаѕ а соmmеntаrу оn thе hоlу bооk, ѕurаh bу ѕurаh. Mу νоlumе dеаlt wіth thе ѕесоnd аnd lоngеѕt ѕurаh, Аl-Bаqаrаh (Τhе Соw), but іn wоrkіng оn іt І hаd tо rеаd thе whоlе оf thе Qur’аn — whісh іѕ muсh ѕhоrtеr thаn thе Bіblе.

      Untіl thеn І hаd thоught νаguеlу аnd rоmаntісаllу оf Іѕlаm аѕ а рurе, brасіng rеlіgіоn fоr nоblе nоmаdѕ аnd gеntlеmеn (уеѕ, І wаѕ уоungеr аnd fаіrlу іdіоtіс). But І fоund thаt Qutb’ѕ hаtе-fіllеd rаntѕ wеrе асtuаllу fоundеd іn thе Qur’аn — аѕ fаr аѕ thаt bооk асtuаllу ѕауѕ аnуthіng соhеrеnt, bесаuѕе іt mаkеѕ Еzеkіеl аnd Rеνеlаtіоn lооk quіtе ѕеnѕіblе, аnd еνеrу wооzу рrоmіѕе оf раrаdіѕе іѕ flаtlу соntrаdісtеd bу rаgіng аbоut dаmnаtіоn ѕоmеhеrе еlѕе іn thе bооk.

      Whеn І hаd fоund thаt thе bіgоtrу аnd іntоlеrаnсе оf Іѕlаm аrе fіrmlу rооtеd іn іtѕ сеntrаl bооk, ѕubѕеquеnt еνеntѕ саmе аѕ nо ѕurрrіѕе.

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        Dr Strangelove says:

        yes it was about that time late 70’s early eighties we noticed these Arabians with great wealth and a disdainful attitude driving about London in swanky cars and we thought ” Who are these fuckwits ?” I went across all those countries on the hippy trail and I could see the difference in just education, the populace had no access to free thinking, were ruined intellectually by stupid ideas of importance of religious thought, and they were so confident and blood thirsty.
        I can see why the idiot jihadist wankers want to stop education because someone given alternatives will see how fucking stupid their society has been for the last how many hundreds of years.

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    anonus says:

    The nightly moosie news on all channels is just reverting to other topics after 20 minutes. Stop telling us about these people, forever killing each other.

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      Modern Man says:

      I find the idea of a person in a suit, two people actually, sitting behind a desk and po-facedly reading out something they declare to be ‘the news’ quite weird.

      Just who do these flaccid Town Criers think they are?

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        It's all a bit Jackanory really... says:

        Most people are quite capable of reading the news themselves.

        Having someone read it on the radio is handy, for catching up whilst driving, but sitting down to watch someone who is reading off a tele-prompter is a waste of time.

        Television is a very odd medium if you properly look at it.

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          Tachybaptus says:

          And the oddest thing about television news is how slow it is as a means of giving information (leaving aside the matter of whether that information is true or not). All the news that it takes a ceremonious hour to show could be got out of a halfway decent newspaper in ten minutes or less (leaving aside the matter of whether there are any halfway decent newspapers in Britain now).

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          • A breathless runner with a forked stick says:

            The whole idea of ’24 hour news’, which is really just what you described being repeated over and over again with minor variations is even stranger.

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    Furloughing starts soon.

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    Purple Tie Watch says:

    Todays turn Peter Bone

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    UKIP or bust says:

    All throughout the Bush era the BBC had at least one lot of staff permanently critiquing the workings of his administration, during the Obamah administration, there has been and still is at least one permanent body of staff reporting every week, if not daily on the workings of the Democratic leader; it doesn’t need mentioning that America is a foreign country that has no apparent jurisdiction over our nation.

    The EU which has a massive input into our daily lives through everything from our laws to the food we eat, our place of work and its practice, our transport, our media, how we communicate, our education and much more, in fact every aspect of our lives, our nation and our sense of who we are is shaped by the EU, yet The BBC shows no weekly or daily reports from Brussels on this inscrutable and secretive institution.

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      EU Watch says:

      In it’s defence, the EU is actually quite transparent.

      For news on matters related to the EU:

      http://euobserver.com/

      And:

      h**p://europa.eu/newsroom/

      h**p://www.europarltv.europa.eu/en/home.aspx

      The problem in the UK (and most other European countries) is that the people are generally not much interested in what is going on in the EU, and the MSMs are not much interested in reporting either.

      The reason corporate media does not report much is that there is no real corporate interest in doing so.

      Most international news presented in the UK is presented in order to mold public opinion so it allows for certain decisions to be taken either at a government or corporate level, not for properly informing the public of what is going on in the world.

      NB: I do not make a pro-EU case, as the lack of demos or sovereign status makes the supranational entity illegitimate in my opinion. It is a construction whose sole aim is to reduce the running costs of member state nations, to provide a cheaper means of maintaining peace in western europe, and to allow certain US foreign policy objectives to be realized.

      The EU does not exist to serve the interests of the people of Europe.

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        The Atlantic says:

        No organization as anti-democratic and corrupt as the EU and whose accounts have not been signed off as legal this century can, by any stretch of the imagination, be described as ‘ transparent’.

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        UKIP or bust says:

        I think I was being too ironic or opaque for my own good.

        What I was saying was, given the EU shapes our lives, (and the BBC is certainly in the business of social engenering, all be it deceitfully) then the BBC is giving us a running commentary on what the EU is about not just daily but hourly, program by program.

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          EU Watch says:

          The BBC reflects a range of corporate interests in the UK, and is itself part funded by the EU.

          If you look in their entertainment programming you will see subtle EU propaganda.

          The most enlightened EU reporting I have observed has been on country file, and that is only because it is impossible to report on anything affecting agriculture in the UK now without speaking about various EU bodies, agreements and directives.

          The last serious mainstream show about Europe I recall was EuroTrash.

          You may have missed irony in my seriously worded response as well.
          :-)

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  66. 257

    Being clever is now a crime according to the Daily Mirror:

    Google accused of sidestepping £150m in UK tax last year using clever accounting

    I am not clever enough to understand why.

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      cheche says:

      the bbc gets money from brussels. full stop

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      Casual Observer 3 says:

      Bringing moral relativism into the tax debate is idiotic at best.

      If Google did not evade tax, break the law, but merely worked within it there is absolutely no complaint.

      Change the law if more tax is desired.

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    Dr Strangelove says:

    so I’m saying that the people who are buying the utilities and wanting to build railway lines through peoples houses for no practical reason are the new gangsters. They are the ones who try to demand protection money from everybody if they want to have a drink of water or turn on a light. They should really go somewhere else to play with their money. I understand Nigeria is pleasant this time of year why don’t you fuck off there and buy some utilities ?

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    What do demented right wing Republican voters think of Dick Cheney having a lesbian daughter? says:

    So the Repuglicùnts are going to shut down the government just to give Obama a bloody nose and satisfy their redneck base who hate a “níggèr’ being President, much like the racist loons here who love calling him everything from nig nog to darkie to arab.

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      Prick Robinson impartial BBC mong says:

      Actually I just prefer to call him a shite President.

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      The Atlantic says:

      That’s the yanks’ problem.

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      Dr Strangelove says:

      No, you really are a funny guy.

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      IRS Staff Helpline says:

      Is it true that during a furlough any government officials working from home will have write their own hate mail?

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      Social irresponsibility says:

      Remember most towns these days have rules on alcohol and plod will take your booze off you when your walking in certain areas, they will also check you out and tell your mummy if they think you are pissed and getting ready to fight, so don’t get caught, wouldn’t want mummy and daddy socialists have to explain to their lefty friends their off spring is a nasty minded little git.

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        Alki Da says:

        Plod will take your booze off you when you are drinking it in certain public areas.

        It is still legal to carry it home from ASDA, though from next year the carrier bag will cost 5p, adding 2.5% to the cost of a two liter bottle of cooking cider unless you remember to take your own bag with you.

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    Little Boy Blue. says:

    Best Newsnight in Years.

    Katz effect or just an aberration?

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    No justice says:

    The mother of Baby P is to be given early release. What’s the bet that disgusting fat evil c-unt will have a new identity and house all at our expense? Who started this wretched policy of protecting convicted murderers? They have to take responsibility for what they did. It’s not the public’s problem that someone like this evil bitch would be likely to get her head kicked in. That’s the price the hideously rancid ugly piece of shit has to pay. She deserves to have her fat ugly head caved in.

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    Black Ed says:

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Did you know that Jimmy S.avilles most prominent lawyer in Bournemouth was Harold G Walker – Both of them being dead of course? And did you know that Harold was a prominent but bent masolegger? And why have the msm remained sooooooooooooooo ‘silent about it all? Maison Royale Bournemouth / Le Cardinale Bournemouth oh and Ken Bailey [Dead] former cheerleader for the England team.

    Expat – how much do you know?

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    Furry Thing attacks Obama lookalike says:

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    Larrycopter ? says:

    If Cameron does not take care of Larry:

    Attach hellfire, and Larry can b’omb Cameron :-D

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    Crosshairs : Handycock says:

    Request by police may not reflect well on the Council: They should have handed it over perhaps ?

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    US Watch says:

    The US Government shutdown, if it occurs, is not a major problem, however, a following downgrade by S+P might be.

    US Government has shut down 17 times from 1976 to present. The most recent shutdown was in 1996 under Clinton.

    Assuming you are not a US Government Federal Employee, the impact is minimal. The effect is minimal also for the markets: Debt will continue to be paid, Treasury functions continue. US Government purchases will be broadly absent. IRS will still continue to collect Tax.

    The debt ceiling is being touted in the media as being a much bigger problem.

    This is not entirely true:

    The following article by Dan!el J M!tchell at CATO explains why:

    http://www.cato.org/publications/testimony/economic-costs-debt-ceiling-brinkmanship

    The following is his testimony delivered to the JEC:

    h**p://www.cato.org/blog/testifying-joint-economic-committee-about-debt-limit-brinksmanship

    The debt ceiling was passed back in May 2013. The Treasury has been exercising extraordinary powers in order to continue making interest payments on outstanding US Government debt.

    There have been stories circulated indicating that this money will run out around Oct 17th: These rumors are not entirely accurate.

    The reason why there is no reason for default is this: The US collects ~ $3tn / year in tax, but its interest obligations on debt are: $230bn. This argument is agreed by B’rookings, The Economist and other notable budget commentators in W’ashington.

    The only reason for a debt default on US paper is if the Secretary of the Treasury decides not to pay. It should be noted that this is unlikely as the Secretary of the Treasury is personally liable for the interest payments on US Government debt.

    Something which perhaps should be held up against UK domestic fiscal arrangements is the author’s (M!tchell) ‘Golden Rule’ of fiscal management.

    The rule is simply this: Keep the burden of government spending growing less than the rate at which private economic output is growing. This means, do not allow the public sector to expand faster than the private sector.

    The case is made for smaller Government in the US in this article, and programs of modest reduction which would eliminate the deficit entirely within 7 years. Interesting reading, and perhaps pertinent for how the UK economy could be repaired.

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      US Watch says:

      On the matter of fiscal ‘Golden Rules’ one should recall Gordon Brown’s:

      ‘Over the economic cycle, the Government will only borrow money to invest and not to fund its current spending. This means the Government will only borrow money to pay for investment that will benefit the coming generations.’

      A simple flaw to this rule is that it does not set any limits or guidance on how far public borrowing can grow with respect to the private sector rate of production.

      As the UK is now learning, as this rule allowed UK Government borrowing to grow at a rate which was considerably higher than the rate of expansion of the economy, a rate inflated by government investment as a result of borrowing for investment purposes only, it can be seen that a simple Ponzi scheme of sorts was set in motion which was terminated when the cost of borrowing approached the tax revenue raised from the economy.

      Gordon Brown’s policy was a recipe for disaster.

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