October 1st, 2013

Osborne Speaks

Hold the front page: Osborne has finally spoken on the main conversation topic at Tory conference, his new hair.

“I have turned it around, like the recession.”

Surely an understatement. His hair’s growth is in a different league…

Via @christopherhope

131 Comments

  1. 1
    lolwut says:

    “I’ve turned it around, like the defic… oh”

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    • 4
      Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

      Can we not have a system like they have in America where the public sector stops getting paid when the government spends far too much?

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      • 7
        Yeah, right.... says:

        Or even better, government shuts down completely.

        What better way to reduce spending.

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      • 8
        Mitch says:

        I suspect that won’t actually happen. Closing a few museums temporarily is about all they’ll get.

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      • 15
        lolwut says:

        Yeah, that’s what we need – a system where the person who was voted in gets shafted by the opposition because he doesn’t do what they want.

        DEMOCRACY BITCHES! YEEEEEAH!

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      • 76
        Lord Stansted says:

        The BBC are selling the line that its all fault of the Republicans and their opposition to Obama-care, which, the BBC says, has nothing to do with money! Fuck me, Obama-care would costs billions and it has nothing to do with money! What sort of Jimmy Savile logic is that.

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        • 82
          US Watch says:

          There are many problems with Obamacare as it is being considered.

          The most important is that for many in the US it will degrade the level of health care they currently have, and for many others increase the costs.

          The BBC do not report that the US does have a free universal health care provided by charities and the government Medicaid system. It is not great, but will patch you up in an emergency irrespective of your income level or employment status.

          The level of care you can expect to receive on Medicaid is roughly equivalent to the majority of NHS hospitals in the UK.

          The level of care on the insured / private systems are generally much further ahead.

          Am not sure how Obamacare addresses the investment put in by corporations in certain parts of the US for health care. One example is that by Ford, who constructed many hospitals in areas close to their factories. The corporations have invested quite heavily already in health care provision, and are perhaps being shafted by the government under this plan.

          Obamacare as it is being proposed should not be considered equivalent to the NHS. They are replacing the existing free health care with a mandatory pay system enforced through the IRS which will see those who have good private cover disadvantaged, and those on the lowest incomes excluded.

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        • 90
          local wind says:

          the republicans dislike the fact that in broadening the provision of health care in the states Obama is allowing people to get health care that otherwise has been denied … what possible connection you can make with savile and obama’s efforts is pathetic.

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          • Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

            So why not make food free and energy free as well? Let everyone eat caviar and guzzle free champagne? Maybe because there is no such thing as free.

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          • Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

            You can live a long time without breast implants. You’d soon starve without food and freeze without energy.

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          • Lord Stansted says:

            I was referring to the BBC – not Obama.

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    • 17
      Dave Loves Larry afterall says:

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      BoJo@No10 says:

      Tonsorial tosspot!

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  2. 2
    M102 says:

    Was it a fringe event? :)

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  3. 3
    One flew over the cuckoo's nest says:

    That is not a turn around.

    It is more like napalm on green shoots recently sprayed with agent orange.

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    • 116
      Gidders says:

      “I have turned it around, like the recession.” Should that have been, ““I have turned it around, like the recession in Londonistan and the City.”

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  4. 5
    Charlie says:

    It’s been bothering me, but I’ve got it now. It is Blackadder first series…

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  5. 6
    (optional) says:

    Childish playground stuff. All in a day’s work on Order-order.

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  6. 9
    Gordon Brown says:

    Phwooooooar!

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  7. 10
    Brillo says:

    I make a point of avoiding the subject during my interviews.

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  8. 16
    Ed Miliband says:

    The tide just like Osborne’s hairline is receding.

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  9. 18
    Son of McBride says:

    Reminiscent of Servalan…

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  10. 19
    George Osbrown - NWO Stooge says:

    My new mullet is made out of a coarse mix of Unobtainium and ducking pubes.

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  11. 20
    Like Recession like hair says:

    As the Stats now show that the economy has never been in recession while Osborne has been Chancellor, doe this mean he is bald?

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  12. 21
    10 Years Deader says:

    1. Odd white Pallor to the skin

    2. Bloated look to the facial expression

    Has he just been fished out of the Thames?

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    • 35
      Two lines on my shirt says:

      Too much of a faceful of black minge.

      Once you’ve tried it, you always go back.

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  13. 23
    Brendan Barber says:

    The twat just walked into my office and sat down in the chair, what else was I to do?

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  14. 24
    Anti Internet Campaigner is robbed says:

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  15. 32

    Osborne Python: Of course I can speak, I am the Minister for Overseas Development, you know!

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  16. 33
    To Natalie, from G'eorge says:

    A cut above the rest:

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  17. 34
    David Icke says:

    His new skin and hair is of a lower quality than the last one.

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  18. 36
    A hero for all you ageing righties says:

    John McCririck has told an employment tribunal that his image as a bigot and a sexist went “side-by-side” with his image as a serious journalist.

    The 73-year-old claimed his appearances as a “pantomime villain” on reality TV shows did not reduce his “gravitas”, and denied they damaged horse-racing.

    The racing pundit is alleging age discrimination against his former employers Channel 4 and IMG Media Ltd.

    Channel 4 said it was “vigorously defending” the case.

    McCririck was axed from Channel 4’s coverage last year, as a new-look team led by Clare Balding took over.
    ‘Taxi for hire’

    He told the tribunal that he remained highly qualified to do the job, and that his appearance on reality TV shows, such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Wife Swap, had not detracted from another, serious image.

    He said he had become a “taxi for hire” in 2010 after his days on Channel 4 were cut to 40 a year and he had been encouraged by the broadcaster to pursue appearances on reality TV.

    But he said his persona as a bombastic and “domineering” individual was a pantomime character that he would have reined in if he had been asked.

    “When I came out of Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 to all the howling and catcalling, Davina McCall said, ‘don’t worry John, it’s all pantomime’. That’s all it was, not serious,” he said.

    “This is a different persona, you are putting on a performance, you are doing a pantomime act.”

    McCririck said he had also appeared on serious programmes such as Question Time and Newsnight, and his “gravitas” as a serious journalist was not put at risk by his antics away from racing.

    The long-time pundit was repeatedly urged to “control his aggression”, “refrain from grandstanding” or passing comment during his appearance at the hearing, sitting in central London.
    ‘Saucy minx’

    Asked by Thomas Linden QC, representing Channel 4, if his behaviour had damaged the sport of horse racing, he said: “I don’t believe it did,” adding that he would have changed his ways had he been asked.

    “You listen to your bosses; everybody who works in any profession, in any job, they listen to the people in charge.

    “No one ever came to me. Nobody has ever questioned my professionalism on Channel 4 racing, ever,” he said.

    McCririck admitted there had been plenty of complaints to Channel 4 about his behaviour, and accepted descriptions of him as “nasty, revolting, rude”, “boorish”, and “obnoxious and sexist”.

    But he added: “I was fully aware that Channel 4 approved of it because they kept on having me on their programmes.”

    Asked by Mr Linden about the nicknames used on Channel 4 racing, such as “saucy minx” and “the pouty heiress” for presenters Alice Fox-Pitt and Emma Spencer, McCririck said it was all for effect.

    “I think it livens up the programme. We liked to think we were a family and people coming in were watching and the family were in the drawing room.

    “We tried to entertain the public and give them information as well.”

    The hearing continues.

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    • 48
      I d on't n eed no d octor says:

      They got rid of him because he is a twat. They should also sack the pillock that employed him in the first place.
      Now if it’s old age can they get rid of Jon Snow.

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  19. 39
    The British media are cunts says:

    I see the left are up in arms over the Mail’s reporting of Red Ed’s fathers hatred for Britain.

    Aparently it’s wrong to judge someone on their views when they were so young.

    Funny then that the very same leftists (BBC, Guardian and Channel4 news) did exactly the same to Nigel Farage making all sorts of accusations about what he might have done as a school kid.

    Difference is of course hard extreme leftwing views are seen as OK by the media and utter hatred of your country is worn as a badge of pride by the likes of the BBC and Guardian.

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    • 47
      Noel Chadwick says:

      Come the revolution, Portland Place and Salford Quays will become abattoirs.

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    • 51
      Miliband Senior hated what Labour stood for says:

      So Ed was quite happy to use his father in his speeches when he thought it would advance his career.

      A mate of his Dad was on the Radio earlier saying that Miliband was wrong to use his father in his speeches and also that his father detested Labour.

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      • 53

        Small l for the last word.

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      • 70
        jadedjean says:

        It was “Old Labour” which was socialist/statist that he hated. As a Trotskyite, he would have very much approved of “New Labour” which is now pro free-market/libertarian (as transformed by Blair and Mandelson [ref clause iv] and their little helpers Milibands D and E).

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    • 55
      he excitedly says:

      That has been true for a long time.
      I think there are a lot of people who have spent so much time talking about and thinking about what is wrong in our society that they don’t see what is excellent about it.

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      • 93

        42,000 NHS patients dying of thirst is admittedly rather trivial.

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          Chubby Dave's cat says:

          that wasn’t the point I was trying to make. I started to make the point I was trying to make but gave up. I was attempting to say that in the formative years of the 20-30’s people who might well be working in the media that there was some kind of bursting out of interest in social issues ( feminism, ban the bomb, that sort of thing) from places and people you really wouldn’t expect it from, it (expressing dissatisfaction about society) was like a fashion. that way of thinking was like an apidemic and these busy-bodies natural gravitated towards the media and political stuff.

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  20. 52
    Ch!a Heads says:

    We have an Osborne head:

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  21. 56
    teazy-weazy says:

    No mention of ‘Brillo’ today in the tonsorial department G?

    The red-brown dead rat on his head was a site to behold.

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  22. 58
    Poor old Tories says:

    Why are the Tories being lectured by the former head of a teaching union from Washington ?

    (They even clapped to interrupt him… big hint…)

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  24. 60
    Orson Cart says:

    I don’t see any growth or implants if that is the implication, just shorter and combed forward. It also lessons the high forehead Cameron look that so many ridicule.

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  25. 63
    Dacre the dickhead says:

    Is it really the classy thing to do to attack someone’s dead father? I’m no fan of Miliband, I think he’s a twat, but to go after his long dead father is just sleazy. As for “hating Britain”, the Mail would know all about that, having been fervent supporters of Hitler during that little incident back in the day called the Second World War.

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  26. 65
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    A LIBDEM OSBOURNE……

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  27. 73
    I d on't n eed no d octor says:

    How can the BBC’s top story be the Red Ed vs The Daily Mail. Because the Guardian says so? Because the lefty biased twats at the BBC say so.
    Top story – It beggars belief.

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  28. 75
    EU Watch says:

    Meanwhile, across the channel:

    ECB would not be able to bail out !taly. Would the EU dare try a Mont! style putsch again ?

    If elections are required this would be a proper test of Dragh!’s pledge.

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    • 79
      The EU is collapsing says:

      Greece is also on the verge of collapse, but
      the Greek Government tries to distract
      attention by arresting members of Golden
      Dawn.

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      • 92
        EU Watch says:

        Greece is headed towards civil war or military coup. Coup is more likely.

        Spa!n is chipping away at liberty as well:

        http://www.ibtimes.com/spanish-government-plans-ban-online-protest-organizing-436854

        There was a protest the other day with a few hundred marching through Madr!d calling for the King’s abdication.

        Whilst the Span!sh government attempt to distract with G!braltar from their fiscal problems, some are looking for break up, whilst those in favour of the union are seeking a republic.

        This is similar to what was happening prior to the Span!sh civil war.

        Incidentally, if Target2 is brought down by !taly, Spa!n has no means to cover its debts. !taly still has healthy gold reserves so could restructure if it exits Euro and prefers not to default.

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    he excitedly says:

    Baron Kinnock of Bedwety. I think that he is taking the piss.

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  30. 83

    I took a friend into the Colony Bar at Midland Hotel last year for a drink. She had a glass of white wine and I had a scotch and dry.

    The bill came to £20.

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    • 97
      Little Boy Blue says:

      Come on cat. Which wine? Large? Double Scotch. I think we should be told.

      A few months ago we went for afternoon tea @ 4.00pm. No cakes, no sandwiches. Walked out. Last time. And they’ve buggered up the decor in the French.

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      • 120

        Small house wine but, being me, it was probably a large scotch. :-)

        My point is that one’s doorstep contributions are probably disappearing down someone’s gullet right now as I type.

        I stayed there once in the mid 1980s and, whilst it was expensive then, I felt it was value for money. From what you tell me it seems to have become a rip-off.

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    • 103
      green ink says:

      why are you supporting ukip SC … as someone who is clearly some streets ahead of many on this site I am amazed you can be suggesting it is in our national interest to potentially let Miliband et al back into No 10.

      if, as it would appear quite possible, ukip ring in some 6% of the vote and whilst some of that vote may come from labour the biggest loser will likely be tory then this can only open the door to labour for another disastrous tilt at government.

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      • 108
        Chubby Dave's cat says:

        perhaps people should vote for the candidates whose views they agree with, perhaps the election after this next one, or the election after that one will have a ukip majority of 97%

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        • 115
          ukipping or what ? says:

          therein lies the problem…if the intervening years means labour in power again then that is a disastrous prospect for the entire country regardless of political allegiance

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      • 111
        Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

        Do you seriously believe that your one puny vote will make any difference?

        Are the Tories so bloody awful and shit-scared they have to scaremonger to get votes? Even Labour are not so desperate even though UKIP are taking more votes off them than they are off the Tories.

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        • 118
          political realities are painful says:

          labour are praying ukip can mutilate the tory vote and thus win the next election by default. In that scenario ukip goes nowhere and labour shaft the country again … what a good result for ukip …yeah right

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      • 119

        @green ink

        Thank you for your kind words and I do understand your puzzlement. However I did explain my reasons here:

        http://bit.ly/15IN4z9

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        • 124
          green ink says:

          sorry SC didn’t pick up your response to my posed question yesterday .. you know my syntax.

          I don’t disagree that its time there is a new way of politics that a majority support but my concern is the potential damage to the country the journey getting there can cause because this is not a one-jump move.

          As I see it this is perhaps one of the most pivotal elections the UK has in prospect not unlike ’79 when MT (exulted in her time but inappropriate in ethos now) came to power engendering a root change in direction and fortune for UK plc.

          The excellent economic legacy of 18 years Tory power were absolutely squandered by Labour over their 13 years and unlike the Tories Labour still have the nuts and bolts of the past administration in place unbowed and without question still driven by the same socialist dogma no longer tenable in the real world the UK needs to thrive in.

          It would be economic suicide to see the country taken down the road of Labour impulse again.

          I never did and still don’t see the LibDems as a reliable coalition partner in any sense and in voting terms they are a dead duck so we’re left with a ‘default’ Labour victory and everything that brings with it … be that the socialist dogma or economic nightmares they have created since their post war election.

          I see the attraction of what Farage represents but I struggle to see how we can get the benefits without getting considerable pain from what can only be seen as economic suicide with Labour in between.

          As a way to the ends many would support …If Farage could/would work with the tories (and vice versa) we could really achieve something … but as he appears to be totally against any sort of co-operation with David Cameron even in the short term knowing he (dc) will move on in due course I just don’t see the light of voting UKIP.

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        • 128
          GI says:

          sorry SC didn’t pick up your response to my posed question yesterday .. you know my syntax.

          I don’t disagree that its time there is a new way of politics that a majority support but my concern is the potential damage to the country the journey getting there can cause because this is not a one-jump move.

          As I see it this is perhaps one of the most pivotal elections the UK has in prospect not unlike ’79 when MT (exulted in her time but inappropriate in ethos now) came to power engendering a root change in direction and fortune for UK plc.

          The excellent economic legacy of 18 years Tory power were absolutely squandered by Labour over their 13 years and unlike the Tories Labour still have the nuts and bolts of the past administration in place unbowed and without question still driven by the same socialist dogma no longer tenable in the real world the UK needs to thrive in.

          It would be economic suicide to see the country taken down the road of Labour impulse again.

          I never did and still don’t see the LibDems as a reliable coalition partner in any sense and in voting terms they are a dead duck so we’re left with a ‘default’ Labour victory and everything that brings with it … be that the socialist dogma or economic nightmares they have created since their post war election.

          I see the attraction of what Farage represents but I struggle to see how we can get the benefits without getting considerable pain from what can only be seen as economic suicide with Labour in between.

          As a way to the ends many would support …If Farage could/would work with the tories (and vice versa) we could really achieve something … but as he appears to be totally against any sort of co-operation with David Cameron even in the short term knowing he (dc) will move on in due course I just don’t see the light of voting UKIP.

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    • 109
      Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

      Did that include the room?

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    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Well done Harry Cole on BBC News 24 – vile BBC trying to whip up sympathy for Ed Milliband who dragged his father’s memory up in order to score political points. I notice that they brought one of their own correspondents on after Harry appeared in order to make sure that the viewers were told what they should really think about the Daily Mail. Ha ha ha.

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  32. 94
    Little Boy Blue says:

    Neil Kinnock kicked out of his seat during football match for upsetting opposition fans with his celebrations ( Mail)

    Leopard and Spots comes to mind.

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  33. 98
    David Camperon PM says:

    My apologies to Sam for calling her a bread maker.

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  34. 101
    Penfold says:

    All he needs now is a tan and he can be sent back to Bucharest………where he belongs.

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  35. 102
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    It would be good if Ed Ba!!s or Gordon Brown himself, could be asked to explain how public sector investment can yield a profit to government over time which can justify funding through the international bond markets.

    The answer is likely to be waffle about future tax revenues.

    Whilst this may hold true for infrastructure projects, such as road and rail, ports, construction and funding of schools and decent universities, investment in health care and failed IT projects – especially those farmed out to foreign companies / contractors – surely represent net losses from an investment perspective.

    Labour need to be held fully to account for their decisions.

    From an economic perspective, Brown’s economic policies (heavily influenced by Ed Ba!!s) represent some of the worst capital mis-allocations since Stalin’s five year plans of the 1930s.

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    • 113
      green ink says:

      How right you are CO … brown inherited a strong growing economy when he became chancellor and yet he managed to preside over it’s progressive destruction over 13 years.

      Now some 3 years after their election slaughter they now present themselves as a party that cares for the ordinary man in the country and they should be trusted with power in ’15 … what they say is so totally expedient it is risible.

      A good example of the warped logic they apply to their method was the teacher’s union guy interviewed during the demos today suggesting their pension provision is one of the roots of their discontent … they seem to forget Gordon’s raid on the pension industry .. his very first action as chancellor in ’97 signed the death warrant of what had been a historically popular final salary based pension
      system. They are a complete joke and headed up by miliband and balls totally without conscience.

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  36. 105
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    There will only be ever one Thatch in the Tory party.

    Osborne like the rest of the Cameroons will be hair today gone tomorrow :-)

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  37. 107
    Little Boy Blue says:

    Alex Wickham ‏@WikiGuido 47m
    If you are the young male researcher who received some very unwanted attention from a Tory MP outside the Radisson at 4am, do get in touch.
    Retweeted by Guido Fawkes

    And form an orderly queue.

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  38. 125
    (optional) says:

    “Who will vote for George Osborne’s even nastier economic medicine now?

    Forever dogged by his tax cut for the rich, the chancellor struggles to be believed when he says the country will recover together”

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  39. 126
    Tachybaptus says:

    Camerons resumé.

    David Cameron walked into a Tory job from university after a mystery caller from Buckingham Palace recommended him.
    He started on around £12,000 at the Conservative Research Department in 1988, less than his City banker mates were making, but worth almost £25,000 today.
    Cameron was disappointed not to receive a hefty pay rise four years later when he was hired by Chancellor Norman Lamont as a special adviser at the Treasury.
    But when he moved to the Home Office with Michael Howard he was earning £49,000 a year at the age of just 26.
    Mother-in-law Lady Annabel Astor sorted out his only job outside politics, head of corporate affairs at TV firm Carlton.
    Cameron started on around £90,000 in 1994 but moaned to friends that he could have got more if he had not admitted he wanted to return to Westminster one day.
    He took a cut when elected MP for Witney in 2001, but boosted his £60,000 salary as director of Urbium, owner of the Tiger, Tiger bar chain.
    He pocketed £28,000 a year for sitting on the board at a time when his party opposed late-night licences.
    He also had a reported £40,000 of shares in Urbium, where his step-father-in-law Viscount Astor sat on the board.
    As leader of the opposition he gets a £73,617 allowance and a car on top of basic Commons pay, taking his earnings to £138,383.
    Cameron has claimed close to the maximum for second home allowances, filing for £102,874 between 2002 and 2007.
    The Tory leader shelled out £130,000 for his first home, a one-bed flat in London’s trendy Notting Hill in 1992.
    Two years later he traded up to a £215,000 house nearby with help from his dad and money which he inherited from a great aunt.
    In 2001, after Cameron was elected, he and Samantha bought a second home in his new constituency for £650,000.
    The couple took out a £350,000 mortgage on the house in Dean, Oxfordshire, with the interest paid by taxpayers.
    Four months later they controversially paid off £75,000 of the mortgage on their London home.
    Experts reckon he could have saved taxpayers £22,500 in interest payments between 2002 and 2007 if he had cut the loan on his second home instead, which is now valued at up to £1million.

    The man’s a shyster.

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  40. 127
    Tern says:

    Wait until Osborne’s speech registers with voters

    “We are turning the corner, but so slowly that we won’t be able to afford any let up in the destruction of jobs until at least 2020.”

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  41. 129
    Chubby Dave's cat says:

    you can always tell guys who have taken a trip from their eyes.

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  42. 130
    Anonymous says:

    He’s turned it around?

    As in, made it worse?

    Yes, I’d agree with him.

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  43. 131

    It was Cameron down the camera, helped by giant autocue screens. Guido’s favourite bit was when the PM claimed that he did not lead a party of shoddy compromise, apart from when they made a shoddy compromise to get into power rather than attempting to rule as a minority government. But who cares for details eh?

    There was one telling photograph of Cameron seemingly preparing his speech, a a pair of reading glasses were neatly folded on the tabel. This accounts for the wierd bug eyed look as he stareed direcly down the lens. Start wearing your glasses Dave you are just at the right age for your sight to deteriorate. If he also laid off the hair dye, you’d immediately see what I mean, might also be a good idea to urgently have a blood pressure test as well looking a tad florid and the face was puffy ( …A daily Candasartin tablet for the rest of your life…is on the cards)

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