October 11th, 2013

Polly Blames Headline Writer For Baby P Smear

Polly Toynbee is blaming her Guardian headline writer for her smear of the year contender this morning.

“many commenting here have not bothered to read my article carefully (or at all), and the headline (which I didn’t write, and which is more provocative than the print Guardian) I didn’t write.”

Of course that hasn’t stopped her from tweeting the very same headline. This excuse didn’t wash for Geoffery Levy. For some reason the same privilege wasn’t afforded to the Mail…


  1. 1
    McPoison says:

    Is Potty Toynbee part of Red Ed’s Seal Team ?

  2. 2
    Nobby says:

    I can’t wait to see the coverage that the BBC give this in the name of balance.

  3. 3
    hobson says:

    The headline accurately reflects the text of the article.

    The article states: “Hamzah Khan fell off everyone’s radar, but ContactPoint would have raised the alarm that he was never seen by a GP or registered at school.”

    Contactpoint was abolished in August 2010.

    Hamzah Khan died in December 2009.

  4. 4
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Can we discuss this over a latte in the Guardian coffee shop? Then my Barista can be in attendance.

  5. 5
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Put the kettle on luv and clean behind the fridge…

  6. 6
    Leamas says:

    A disgusting piece, proving the Welfare Party are getting very, very concerned ahead of the election. The mods over there are going bonkers limiting the damage.

  7. 7
    Hugh Janus says:

    The Grauniad – friend of terrorists (sorry, militants).

  8. 8
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    She’s just an ignorant self-righteous *hore. With a house in Tuscany to ‘retire’ to. (Please please Polly f***-off)
    I would not dream of watching her on the BB* who think the sun shines out of her arse. (of course)

  9. 9
    lukewarm says:

    Nicely put

  10. 10
    Bill Quango MP -9 says:

    Sorry – sign on the door says no solicitors.

  11. 11
    Koinkidink says:

    Dunno. Toss her a bucketful of fishy treats and see if she honks and claps at the same time.

  12. 12
    Kinnochio says:

  13. 13
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wasn’t prime minister in December 2009. Thatcher was. It’s all Thatcher.

  14. 14
    Hugh Janus says:

    Steal Team, as in ‘oxygen thieves’.

  15. 15
    Isn't it Polly who accuses others of using deaths to score points? says:

    Whilst I wouldn’t call myself a rightwinger, I’m not left either, as the left really don’t do themselves any favours with the lunatics they have speaking for them. Owen Jones, Mehdi Hasan, Polly Tonybee, Diane Abbott – all hypocrites, all idiots.

  16. 16
    Polly Pot says:

    Sorry – look everyone the headline was a mistake by a junior, ok? But the article content was totally factual.

    The headline should have said “Ralph Miliband hated Britain”

  17. 17
    Sir Anthony Wedgwood Benn says:

    Trafalgar Square, 56. Suez. I was there. The miners. I’m getting old, where am I???

  18. 18
    Hugh Janus says:

    That sounds suspiciously like a ‘don’t know’ to me….

  19. 19
    Realpolitik says:


    85,000 BBC Followers.

  20. 20
    Sunny Jim says:

    It’s certainly good spectator sport – but one or two good blows are still getting through :)

  21. 21
    Andy Burnthem (1200 deaths and counting) says:

    Just about every comment is against her. Fucking useless cow has done it now. She should be sacked.

  22. 22
    Dave Fincham says:

    So it wasn’t her fault but The Guardian who decided to use dead children in a misleading headline.

    Ah, then everything is ok then!

    Move along, nothing to see.

  23. 23
    Isn't it Polly who accuses others of using deaths to score points? says:

    This piece of shit has got previous. When she did her Final Solution piece, she later claimed it was “a slip of the pen”. Dishonest c-unt.

  24. 24
    Sally Bercow says:

    Have you seen the tatoo on my front bottom

    It says ” All Tories Are “

  25. 25
    Don't hold your breath as socialists never apologise says:

    No doubt she will make that clear in tomorrow’s Guardian then ??

  26. 26
    Mitch says:

    At home, banning innocent ramblers from strolling along ‘your’ beach..

  27. 27
    Rustbringer says:

    To sack or not to sack, that is the question.

  28. 28
    Goose & Gander says:

    Newsnight, in interests of balance, must now have Rusbridger on to personally apologise for this offensive headline, whilst allowing Alistair Campbell to berate him live on air in a mouth-frothing rant. That would only be right surely? Oh, then I woke up….

  29. 29
    Don't hold your breath as socialists never apologise says:

    Gove should make a formal complaint to Guardian and demand the right of reply like Miliband did to the Mail

  30. 30
    Don't hold your breath as socialists never apologise says:

    Good joke…I’d actually start watching Newsnight again if that happened

  31. 31
    Webwrights says:

    Both Peter Connelly and Hamzah Khan died during the last Labour administration, and under the ‘care’ of the social services departments of Labour local governments (Haringey and Bradford respectively). Not that it’s in any way relevant, of course, but Mad Polly Fruitcake wants to make political capital so it’s only fair to point out her characteristic slipshod, knee-jerk point-scoring.

  32. 32
    Mad Medhi says:

    Dan Hodges is a former Labour Party and GMB trade union official, and has managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation. He is on Twitter at @dpjhodges.

    This is what gave ME the idea to apply to the Mail

  33. 33
    Rickytshirt says:

    More commonly known as The Guardian, Independent and BBC.

  34. 34

    A new word needs to be coined to define a person whose every ethical statement stands in direct contradiction to one of her previous statements and who fails to research her pieces to ensure there is any element of truth in them. One who pretends to be something she is not whilst ensuring the thirty pieces of silver still arrive on a regular basis.

    I submit: Polyhypocritical

  35. 35
    The British media are cunts says:

    What I’d like to do to Labours seals.

  36. 36
    Cardinal Richelieu's mole says:

    Rusbridger and his offshore trust need to take a serious look at the culture and practices of the Guardian perhaps?

  37. 37
    Nelson's Eye says:

    Polly Wally doodle all the day!

  38. 38
    Headline writer says:

    Guardian monitors win Nobel Peace Prize

  39. 39
    Headline writer says:

    Join the Club.

  40. 40
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    or keeping the Rumanians out of the garden in your town house in Holland Park that you forgot to give up when you gave up your Viscount Title

  41. 41
    Cuckolded by a Gyppo says:

    “All Tories Are…..Great Shags”?

  42. 42
    Ah! M says:


  43. 43
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    A good session of seal-clubbing is called for.

  44. 44
    M103 says:

    These miserable Tories are 19th century throwbacks

    Gradgrind policies, as warm-hearted as Scrooge

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    And today we learn about child ‘T’ who thankfully wasn’t killed but suffered months of abuse till eventually the (labour) council social services dept woke up and took him into care

    still, lessons will be learned, our policies have been reviewed and tightened , the various agencies will learn to communicate with each other, it’s all the fault of the tory cuts, more money is needed ,we must move on

    any more cliches that readers would like to suggest while we wait for the next serious case review on some poor little sod to be bashed and battered???

  46. 46
    Loftytom says:

    They have been doing that for some time, for the crime of right wing thought I have been banned by the Guardianistas.
    Comment is free, except when they don’t like it.

  47. 47
    Ortsac says:

    “George Osborne’s plan to cut financial support for energy efficiency in poorer households is an “unforgivable” attack, according to the government’s own adviser on fuel poverty.”

    Just another day in George Bullingdon Osborne’s “Fuck you I’m alright Jack”way of things to come. The mere thought of another five years of this heinous creatures assault on the disadvantaged of this land must fill any fair minded person with dread.

  48. 48
    Loftytom says:

    As we say in Caledonia
    ” It wisnae me, a wee sub ed did it and ran away.

  49. 49
    Pol(ly) Pot(oynbee) says:

    New twist on the Nuremberg defense. Shame.

  50. 50
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  51. 51
    Mong Watch says:

    If there a Nobel Mong Prize ?

  52. 52
    Headline writer says:

    Poly Tonybee sums up her evidence to the order-order select committee:

    “With great respect, I’m not saying anything.”

  53. 53
    @rry in the office says:

  54. 54
    Back1woodsman says:

    Ramblers too ? The local wildfowlers thought it was just them he didn’t like !
    Still, that’s socialism for you , everybody loses, except the party bosses.

  55. 55
    Woodward and Bernstein says:

    The Guardian never lets the facts get in the way of leftist propaganda.

  56. 56
    An Englishman says:


  57. 57
    average joanna says:


  58. 58
    PitPony says:

    Looks like she is still cleaning behind the fridge. The headline is still there


  59. 59

    Disadvantaged by what?
    Thirteen long years of Blair / Brown economic malfeasance.
    Do you really think it is up to the taxpayers to pay the energy bills of everyone else in addition to their own?

  60. 60
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Owen Jones, Mehdi Hasan, Polly Tonybee, Diane Abbott are some of the unknowing propagandists controlled by the Fab!ans.

    Take Ed Miliband away and you are looking at a Fab!an front bench.

  61. 61
    Mong Watch says:

    Polymong ?

  62. 62

    Many of us wish that they were really more scrooge like, especially when they persist in chucking around billions of pounds of OUR hard earned money.

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Remind me, which Government was in power in 2009 ?

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Do they really let “juniors” write the headline on an article by a revered columnist ?

  65. 65
    Sir Frederick Starr OM says:

    Ralph Miliband Ate My Gerbil

    ( Whaddya mean it’s already been done ?)

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Acually he doesnt write about Labour with tribal loyalty, he is very even handed and honest.You have never read anything he has written have you ?

  67. 67
  68. 68
    melvin says:

    Well, ostensibly Labour but obviously controlled by Mrs T through invisible evil manipulators.

  69. 69
    golly says:

    No soliciting?

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Do grow up FFS, the “disadvanteged” are better off now than they were under labour !

  71. 71

    Rich what gets the pleasure and the poor what gets the blame!!
    Of course all these mothers involved can of course have more babies to mishandle and be cruel too. Dreadful old world innit!!!!

  72. 72
    Not a liberal says:

    Presumably we can look forward to 2 weeks of wall-to-wall BBC coverage of this disgraceful article and its offensive headline as per the Ralf Miliband article.
    Oh wait… no… it’s in the Guardian … and it’s attacking the Tories .. well that’s all right then.

    BTW what a lovely human being Poly Toynbee must be using dead babies to manufacture political attacks.

  73. 73
    melvin says:

    Why? You are not suggesting perfection can be improved upon, surely?

  74. 74
    Pompous Lefty Twat says:

    I disagree with what you say but defend to the death* your right to say it

    *e & oe

  75. 75
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Seal? More like imbecile.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Think she’s sold the Tuscan villa now – no idea whether or not she bought a new non primary residence, but either way, what’s the betting she found a way of avoiding paying any CGT on it?

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Eew, please don’t make us think of mad Pol soliciting.

    I need some mind bleach now.

  78. 78
    The Poltergeist says:

    They are too busy interviewing serious figures like Cookie Monster.

  79. 79
    Rob says:

    Every time some high minded Guardian hypocrite wanker mentions the Mail, just mention this article. A by Fred times worse. Unbelievably cynical and depraved.

    The lesson here, folks, if you hadn’t already learned it – they will literally do and say anything to win. Anything.

  80. 80
    The Poltergeist says:

    The BBC won’t do this. Polly is one of their socialist heroes. I think trying to score points of dead, tortured babies shows her true nature.

    Horrible piece of shit woman.

  81. 81
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    How in God’s name has this woman achieved the status and been allowed the platform she enjoys. She is utterly bonkers.

  82. 82
    Alan Douglas says:

    So it was Michael Gove’s predecessor who was responsible ? I wonder who that was ?

    Oh …

    Alan Douglas

    PS Having a good week, are we, Ed ?

  83. 83
    Jimmy says:

    A poor excuse. Righties not reading is hardly an unforseeable event.

  84. 84
    Julian the Wonderhorse says:

    Come on Guido, press this ridiculous posh, public school woman to apologise and for the grauniad to pull the article.

    Start a campaign and press the Beeb to do something about it, with friends of Gove, the dead kids etc going on the telly to say how shocking it is

  85. 85
    Labour Hypocrites says:

    Polly is a typical socialist, it’s always someone else’s fault

  86. 86
    Glib bastard says:

    Certainly not Ed Miliband or Ed Balls. No sirreeeee bob… Nowhere near Government back when the Worst Government Evahh!! was in power.

  87. 87
    Glib bastard says:


  88. 88
    Cookie Monster says:

    It was embarrassing appearing on that dreadful programme.

  89. 89
    oh dear says:

    Your political leanings have no bearing on being able to disseminate this Guardian article.
    Toynbee’s claim that action by Michael Gove has resulted in the deaths of those
    two children is quite clearly false.

  90. 90
    poor as feck says:

    P for Polly

  91. 91
    Elvis says:


  92. 92
    Elvis says:

    Stop complimenting her!

  93. 93
    Aristander of Telmissus says:

    Alan Rusbridger was a fur-lined, 24-carat, diamond-studded, ocean-going twat at school, and he’s only refined his role as a priggish, sanctimonious and self-satisfied ass in the years since. I can’t recall if he ever did have his head stuffed down a lavatory, but feel that he would have been much improved by it. Surely it’s not too late for some remedial flushing. His older brother Robin was/is twice the man he is, in every sense.

  94. 94
    Chop chop now says:

    85000 – being led like sheep to the slaughter. Talking of which, it is Eid el Whatnot next week when several hundred thousand animals around the world will have their throats slit with anesthetic. Lovely people our immigrants.

  95. 95
    Burgers are bad for you says:

    Did you have to buy the biscuit yourself?

  96. 96
    Burgers are bad for you says:

    Labour likes to draw red lines….

  97. 97
    Burgers are bad for you says:

    Yes, Obama got that some time ago and they have never made another one.

  98. 98
    Wordsmiff IV says:

    The word might be spelled ‘screwjoo’

  99. 99
    Mumsnet editorial mishap says:

    … to the tune of around 26000 a year. That buys a lot of fags, especially now the food banks are providing the grub. Any kind-hearted soul who leaves so much as a tin of beans in these collection boxes needs their marbles felt.

  100. 100
    Cinna says:

    What kind of journalist doesn’t check the facts? Obviously the blinkered, socialist deadbeats who write for the Guardian.

  101. 101
    nick says:

    When are we to be rid of this vacuous woman who has been living on her last name for any credibility. What a droll and useless woman-oh yeah-typical Labout trougher.

  102. 102
    Chocolate Fireguard says:

    And Hell will freeze over before that happens, how do they get away with it? The left wing socialist b###t##ds get away with it all the time, smear! smear and smear! yet when they are caught out nothing is said by their friends at the BBC, or the Mirror, what a sanctimonious t##t Toynbee is

  103. 103
    Beness says:

    It’s called privillege.

  104. 104
    Polly put the kettle on says:

    why is it the BBC attack the DM for basing an opinion piece on facts (Ralph Miliband attacked and hated the uk system) and yet no comment on pollyfilla saying the tories murdered 2 infants who died towards the end of a 13yr liebour govt?

  105. 105
    Dessert Rat says:

    The tories are guilty in retrospect; show trail now please!

  106. 106
    Dessert Rat says:

    no fucker who matters would read the Guardian

  107. 107
    Dessert Rat says:

    Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease), seems appropriate)

  108. 108
    Chyna Chitta says:

    It really is time for Polly from Umbria to stop this False Consciousnes raising that is – lies . The liar from Umbria is a great fan of Hobsbawm, Milliband snr and his spawn … tell more truth, liar. omitting is a lie too .

  109. 109
    Chyna Chitta says:

    The Duncan Terrace plotters love : Polly from Umbria, Hobsbawm, Hobsbawm’s spawn, Milliband senior and his spawn … their aim is to profit from the breakup and part privatisation of the BBC . That’s socialism !

  110. 110
    Tom Catesby says:

    Did anybody see that disgraceful interview and book plug on BBC1 this morning.
    It is wrong of the BBC to give Vicky Pryce the oxygen of publicity to promote the whinge she has written, after her brief ‘lie down’ in jail, many people in there, spend more time in the dinner queue.What next, Huhne’s life story?!

  111. 111
    Too arrogant to listen says:

    Lessons will not be learnt!

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