October 18th, 2013

Great Jumper Wearing Politicians of Our Time

Jumper-gate was the worst knitwear-related blunder since President Carter’s beige address to the nation in 1977. Well we have some renowned jumper wearing politicians of our own. Who can forget Gyles Brandreth and Peter Mandelson camping it up:

Of course Michael Foot was the founding father of jumper-based fashion in the Labour Party:

Taking over the mantle in many ways, Red Ed is himself partial to a socialist chic grey sweater, perfect for those windy days standing on soapboxes:

Social and Liberal Democratic grandees Lords Owen and Steel were trendsetters for future generations back in the day:

Nowadays the yellows have Mike Hancock, while Chris Huhne brought a new meaning to the phrase pullover, sir:

Anthony Eden had the blue corner covered. Also a fan of a woolly dog:

You get the impression the yanks have always been way ahead of us though. Michael Dukakis is in a league of his own, while Chris Christie goes as far as having his own branding:

The class of 2013 is well-represented by the likes of Caroline Dinenage, Ken Clarke and Craig Whittaker:

And Matt Hancock. Obviously.

Of course the PM is fully behind them:

We’re all in knit together…


  1. 1
    MILF! says:

    Caroline Dinenage can knit me a sweater any time!

  2. 2
    fernandos pants says:

    I’m never wearing a jumper again, ever..!

  3. 3
    MILF! says:

    She’s got my vote!

  4. 4
    Mustapha Djinn says:

    This so called government appears to be going out of its way to alienate as many voters as possible. Is it some secret agenda to get UKIP elected?

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    Anonymous says:

    Can’t understand what the fuss is around jumpers. Just about everyone wears one. FFS Guido you are plunging the depths to spend so much time and energy deriding an article of clothing that is warm and useful. You have not been shopping for clothes this year- the shops are full of them. Next time you’ll be deriding hats and coats for combatting cold weather.

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    Nuffink else goin’ on like. Itsall bumper. humper, jumpers innit?

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    Engineer says:

    The denizens of the Guido Fawkes newsroom probably had one too many at lunchtime. That, or a dodgy batch of ‘powders’.

    They’ll probably be OK by Monday.

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    Lord Stansted says:

    Every thought of working at the BBC. Come to think, didn’t you read the Radio4 News last week?

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    We're Alright - Well You Are Mate says:

    Second picture down, dead, dead, still sucking with Dyson cyclone power on the public teat path to personal enrichment!

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    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    After knocking one out to porn, try whistling, “When I’m cleaning windows”, while you delete your internet history.

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    Knitmaster says:

    Would a knitted hoody with partially concealed face be called a jurqa.

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    Slack Alice says:

    That Gyles seems like a nice boy!

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    We're reall all in Knit together now says:

    UK Muslims warned of militant al-Shabab threat
    Al-Shabab militants posted a film praising the killing of the soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich

    British Muslims who speak out against extremism are being warned that they could be targeted by members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

    British Muslim commentator Mohammed Ansar said he was currently under police protection because of what he was told was a “credible threat”.

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    Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

    Jumpers for goalposts, idiots for politicians.

  16. 16
    Guido Fawkes says:

    Welcome back, Bob. Have you given those pesky Scousers the slip, then?

  17. 17
    George Formby says:

    She pulls her hair all down behind
    Then pulls down her… never mind
    And after that pulls down the blind
    When I’m cleanin’ windows.

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    World's worst comedian says:

    Maybe. If it got in the way of your eyes, it would be a “Bumper”.

    As in “BUrqa” and “juMPER”.

    And you’d bump into things. Because it would block your vision.

    I’ll get my coat.

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    Unhealthy Looking Meat says:

    Who are these Ali’s Kebabs wallahs?

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    Senor Portillo says:

    I mis-spoke I said thump her not jump her.

  21. 21
    Knitmaster says:

    No, don’t rush off, I can see that!

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    "Derek Yeasty" says:

    I think so, yes. To be on the safe side, though, I’m typing this in Poland.

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    Who let 'em in, eh? says:

    “British Muslims who speak out against extremism are being warned that they could be targeted”

    Ah, yes, the religion of peace and tolerance..

  24. 24
    I should have gone to Specsavers says:

    Thought it was mad Nads.

  25. 25
    Mat P The Equaliser says:

    Are you out yet?

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    a non says:

    No John Major photo?
    From what I read Edwina found him a great jumper.

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    Delete the elite says:

    Twat face giving more of our hard earned to support the fascist EUSSR. The sooner we see the back of this c*nt the better.


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    mungo's mouthpiece says:

    No…idiot politicians as goalposts. Jumpers for the poor and needy who will not be able to heat their homes this winter.

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    A soon to be British Albanian says:

    Thank you Tony Blair, thank you EU. A life on benefits curtesy of British taxpayer, will soon be mine.


  30. 30
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Vote for Jumper Party!

    A sweater in 80 seconds.

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    fernandos pants says:

    Perhaps Mr Fawkes could point out which of these politicians is (or was) ‘great’.

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

    I would have thought it more appropriate if politicians wore fleeces.

  33. 33
    Ron Broxted says:

    Don’t hurry back, old boy. I’ve almost polished your wife’s engagement ring to perfection but it needs a few more weeks of buffing.

  34. 34
    Observer says:

    It’s just a bit of whimsy.

  35. 35
    Dr. Me says:

    Liverpool Pathway U Turn….New Scientist

    Back from the dead: Reversing walking corpse syndrome

  36. 36
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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    Rob says:

    How would Somali terrorists get access to a UK citizen, apart from just getting on a plane and walking through passport checks? Oh…

  38. 38
    A nincumpoop says:

    Great red line. I sense Simon’s hand at work.

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    We are not alone says:

    Space fuel crisis.

    NASA is running low on plutonium

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    Love this shit, but something serious says:

    Can the case that the N’azi’s were in fact left wing be made upon the observation that they explicitly took the means of production from a narrow section of their society and redistributed it among the people, partly via the state ?

    If so, would be worth tweeting in the general direction of Owen Jones ? :-)

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    Fashoin Notes says:

    It’s Wool Week until Sunday run by The Campaign for Wool and several young designers have had their designs produced by 12 retailers such as Brora, Barbour and Hobbs. Just because several politicians haven’t looked in a mirror before leaving the house, is no excuse to tar everyone with the same brush. There are some beautiful woollen jumpers out there!

  42. 42
    Err says:

    They’d need to wear a jumper to blend in tho.

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    Brock says:

    We’ve moved ‘em both.

  45. 45
    Why did Comrade Nicky Campbell's parents abandon him? says:

    fuck me i know its friday, but find some juicy shit or give up the political blogging fawkes

  46. 46
    Free thinker says:

    North Cheshire J3wish school have had to remove their gate sign.
    ( influx of muslims nearby )

    Suggest they call it a Muslim Free School instead.

    That’ll confuse them.

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    Very individual thing.


  48. 48
    All 130,000 of us says:

    Not clicking until you have got the page loading correctly.

  49. 49
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Nothing better than a woolly jumper when it gets cold, and I’m not talking about crossing a Kangaroo with a Sheep, I hear British Gas are distributing knitting kits to the needy with instructions on how to stay warm.

  50. 50
    3 Hours to Get Out Of Stansted! says:

    ….It’s not hard, UK border agency, being foreigners themselves just before they got the job, only target white Englishy looking people to stand in line for hours.

    Then the false passport carrying criminals just walk on by.

  51. 51
    All 130,000 of us says:

    If that were true comedians would be out of work.

  52. 52
    toberlone says:

    How do you manage to resist flipping that pic of Ed with his arm raised to the mirror image? Or has it already been done to death?

    Vote for the United Knitting Inspection Party!

  53. 53
    John The Grey Wolf says:

    Did you ever see what Edwina could do with a hard boiled egg and a vagina, I kid you not!

  54. 54
    OUT Knitted says:


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    M102 says:

    Any news on the t0pless picture?

  56. 56
    a piece of crumpled A4 says:

    putting stupid pop ups on a website when closing browser window is incredibly moronic.
    /etc/hosts fxbites.blogspot.co.uk

  57. 57
    Ball of Kerrimuir says:

    This jumper story is beginning to unravel.

    Just wait until someone gets that pic of Miliband and uses photoshop him as a One Nation Socialist. Must be the stiffening arm from his Iraq war wounds.

  58. 58
    WOY HODGSON says:

    Fucking arse Monkeys

  59. 59

    A newly discovered asteroid, with the snappily name 2013 TV135, has a slight chance of smashing into Earth on August 26, 2032 and ruining everyone’s day in a very big way Register


    Fortunately I am out that day so may stay away overnight.

  60. 60

    Some should be.

    But we didn’t reckon with the BBC.

  61. 61
    fernandos pants says:

    “Fortunately I am out that day so may stay away overnight.”

    Is that another way of saying you’ll be dead..?

  62. 62
    a piece of crumpled A4 says:

    the other interesting recent astronomical discovery is of a wandering planet that does not belong to a star, like planet X

  63. 63
    WOY HODGSON says:

    The hypocrisy of Labour
    Sad Git Kahn Shadow justice sec Says “It is Gross incompetence on the part of the gov that the prisons are 95% FULL

    This from a twat who’s administration under McMad ,
    instructed judges Not to jail people and to let the fuckers out because the prisons were overflowing

    Labour = as clueless now as they were in 2010 , They have learned nothing !

  64. 64
    Podiceps says:

    Armageddon outta here.

  65. 65
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

  66. 66
    The Earl of Cardigan says:

    No buttons? No class!

  67. 67
    BOOOORING !!! says:

    You’re talking about Labour tits. The Opposition benches are full to overflowing with them.

  68. 68
    Baz O says:

    Niqabs get waved through as its all too much hassle. Unbelievable.

  69. 69

    I get my curtains from Terry’s Fabrics, just a few minutes away, in Edgeley Road, Stockport.

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    I`m a dinnajackitt says:

    Wanna buy some?

  71. 71
    All 130,000 of us says:

    Read that when Ah! M posted it 3 days ago.

    Do keep up C

  72. 72
    All 130,000 of us says:

    We’ll never know.

  73. 73

    My Dear Mr pants,

    Have you considered that if I am already dead, a bit of a negative, if you know what I mean, and this kills us all, then two negatives normally make a positive.

    Incurable optimist that I am, I think that is a very advantageous superposition.

    I have the honour of remaining, Sir, your most humble and obedient servant etc..

    Cornelius J Catt

  74. 74
    Sir William Waid says:

    My father’s old Harris Tweed sports coat does me fine, even though Waad Towers is unheatable.

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    N a d s says:

    Plenty of wool around my ladygarden.

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    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:


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    For heaven’s sake, man!

    It travels at a speed of more than 50,000 kilometers per hour relative to us. That means 3.6 million kilometres difference to whatever you told us.

    I am therefore ahead of you by that distance. :-)

  78. 78
    Ed Twelvety Balls says:

    The other day I invited Ed Miliband to the roof of the HoC to discuss his lamentable performance as Labour leader. It was a chilly day and I remarked that I wished he were a jumper.

    Sadly, he didn’t take the hint…

  79. 79
    Sir William Waid says:

    Really, the NSDAP took ideas from both Left and Right. From the Left, centralised state control, control of education, indoctrination and the idea of the individual as a unit of production; from the Right, extreme nationalism, militarism and race theory.

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    Sir William Waid says:

    TV135? Is that one of Richard Desmond’s channels?

  81. 81
    Fred Rogers says:

    “You get the impression the Yanks have always been way ahead of us though.”
    Can you say, growing up watching Mr Rogers (at least in “Baccala’s” case)?
    I knew you could!
    I always wore a cardigan!
    If it’s cold in your house, I know you’re smart enough to dress warm too, neighbor!

  82. 82

    Possibly, Mr Desmond could get there before the asteroid did.

  83. 83
    Toxic Labour scum trashed my Country says:

    No we can’t lose him yet, he must drive the Socialist scum further left first.

  84. 84
    Sir William Waid says:

    Not at all. Their aim is to make as much dosh as possible for themselves and their cronies, while shafting their client, in this case some dumb cluck of a civil servant and, indirectly, us.

  85. 85

    None of us are absolutely sure what Ed Davey is for.

    Doesn’t he look rather like that Bob Morritt bloke at Wandsworth?

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    fernandos pants says:

    Trust you to get all quantum about it…..

  87. 87
    All 130,000 of us says:

    130,000 = plural.

  88. 88
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Situation very nicely ‘summed-up’, If I may say so Sir William.

  89. 89
    nellnewman says:

    so labour are knitting woolly hats, the tories are promoting classy woolly jumpers, presumably the libdems are adopting woolly mittens.

  90. 90
    Catching says:

    Some bod on Look North re opening up an underground reservoir to the public says they are doing it … wait for it… ” Because it’s the right thing to do “

  91. 91
    Owen Jones says:

    Al Shabab threatening me?

    Ha Ha Ha. Bring it on fools. Not wanted, not respected, not serious.

  92. 92
    Someone had do it...one for Mr Staynes past says:

    Jumpers [OUT NOW!]

  93. 93
    Ed Davey's Chinese Takeaway says:

    Hullo, i would like to order

    Pork pie
    Boil in the bag Lamb Shanks

  94. 94
    US Watch says:

    This b/s is a bit like the stuff seen in the UK:

    But handled properly.

  95. 95
    A Great Leader says:

    Advisers advise and ministers decide.

  96. 96
    broderick crawford says:

    in huhne s photo is that HIS OWN hand which s draped across his right shoulder ..??

    i suspected he was a shape shifter but did not dream he was that ambidextrously devious .

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    broderick crawford says:

    what is the difference between

    a sleeveles pullover

    a jumper

    a sweater

    a chunky sweater

    and which of the last three keeps you warmest in an upcoming winter forecast to be the fiercest in 200 years aka since records began given no one will be affording gas or electricity ???

  98. 98
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Perversely you get punitively fined for not displaying this one in a EU country once you have accepted the Danegeld.

  99. 99
    broderick crawford says:

    ..or if you were milley cyrus … a twerka

  100. 100
    Illegal immigrant says:

    I’ve just received a text from Lynton Crosby telling me to go home. I sent him one back telling him to do the same.

  101. 101
    It's Pat rant time again! says:

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    broderick crawford says:

    if a muslim lady — or man — can wearthe full face covering whilst walking into a bank why can t i wear a balaclava when walking into a bureau de change clutching my walter ppk hidden under my toga ??

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    fernandos pants says:

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    broderick crawford says:

    primark tracksuit onesies as pyjamas , wear at least four layers
    not only will you not feel the cold you will awaken paralysed down one side forcing you to remain bedridden forever thus saving even more on heating shoe leather etc but eventually dying of starvation in your own faecal discharge .

    bello eh ??

  105. 105
    Casual Observer 4 says:


    How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
    In an English country garden?

    Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, forget-me-nots
    In an English country garden


  106. 106
    Nuggy says:

    How the f**k do they know the mobile number of someone who is an illegal? What a pointless and utterly useless waste of money. Better control at the borders to prevent these wasters flooding in in the first place would save billions. Then follow it up with a round up of those that got in with the aim of booting them out. Only the poncey Brits could come up with a van touring the streets and sending text messages “asking” they scumbags if they wouldn’t awfully mind leaving our country……

  107. 107

    Quantum is tiny, as you should know…

  108. 108
    broderick crawford says:

    yes we quite understand

    you were of course referring to diane ….

  109. 109
    Joe Kerr says:

    Text message to the Tories:

    “-Slipped Into Government With No Mandate? – Using Paperwork Fiddled By The Lib-Dems? The UK Does Not Want You! Continue to Avoid All Contact With The Electorate! Return to Your Mansion in Berkshire Immediately! Thank You For Your Co-operation!”

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

    By 2032, a big asteroid will wipe out the earth’s population and we wont have to endure being Jumpered by politicians ever again, ever..!


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    Someone had do it...one for Mr Staynes past says:

    Flying the flag is just too national socialist for some these days.

    Remember Thatcher’s comments about British Airway’s abandonment of the flag on the tails of the BA airliners in favour of the multikulti “efnick” flags? It’s just libertarianism running rife.

    Thatcher wasn’t as bright as she thought she was. She was lead astray by the cosmopolitans of the likes of Keith Joseph and Lord Young. Now what tribe do they (did they) belong to?

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    fernandos pants says:

    I’m sorry, i am mildly baked due to a mix of Bells and weed….would you elaborate on the “you should know” bit…?

    My knowledge of quantum mechanics is a bit fuzzy, or are you making a crude comment on the size of my tallywhacker…?

  114. 114
    N a d s says:

    As predicted, Fuhr er Milliblunder has brought forward the energy price prices and how. As we were supposedly insulated by the windfall of last winter`s use and company profits, it only takes an idiot to undo the concord. Nice one, Ed.

    Next year expect two rises. 10% each time. Cue useless idiot energy minister making a noise and boring the pants off everyone. Cue Milli saying something must be done.


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    JadedJean says:

    Thatcher used to say she liked Lord Young because he was the only minister who used to come to her with solutions instead of problems.

    This begs the question…solutions for whom?

  116. 116

    Oh dear! This started off as an existential matter concerning my existence in some 19 years time and has somehow metamorphosed into that which I know not of and, without wishing any offence, would prefer to keep that way. :-)

    I had thought I had recognised your recent moniker as being in the style of a previous poster here but so recherché is your undoubted taste in medicaments that I am probably mistaken and, accordingly would offer any apologies which might be deemed necessary.

    But the clue was in your familiarity at 6:51 pm which at least gave me reasonable, if misplaced, grounds.

  117. 117

    Names? Or it is not true!

  118. 118
    Karl Marx says:

    Some of us have done rather well out of the privatisation of the the means of production.

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    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    I think it’s about time he was invited on to a Question Time panel, don’t you think so too BBC?, well no perhaps not, you have long since ceased to represent the views of the mass majority of the people in this country.

  120. 120
    Tommy Robinson says:

    ***Wishing all Muslims happy Eid Mubarek***

    Today was the first and only day I didn’t have to queue behind 50 Muslims to see my GP!

    Fucking amazing!

  121. 121
    US Watch says:

    This is the US version of Universal Credit:

    Taxi for Mr. Obama please.

  122. 122
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Addendum, I meant the BBCs views not Pats.

  123. 123
    fernandos pants says:

    “I had thought I had recognised your recent moniker as being in the style of a previous poster here”.

  124. 124
    Soraya White-Fak Abdulla-Fuker says:

    Your, juvenile, anti-Muslim posts are becoming rather long-in-the-tooth now, Billie.

  125. 125
    *Yawns* but banned, unfortunately says:

    Inserts humorous response

  126. 126
    fernandos pants says:

    As if Billy could ever spell or punctuate like that…

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    The only thing I hate more than Labour and the Tories is the Illiberal Dimmocrats says:

    Wooly straightjackets for the LimpDums, surely?

  128. 128
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Send one for Andy Burn Em’.

  129. 129
    Ed Davey's Chinese Takeaway says:

    I had just a call from Ed Davey who want’s to put a tax in chilli

  130. 130
    Mooohamid Ramadanadingdong says:

    Anti-Muslim posts are really very boring indeed. Because Islam is a progressive religion of peace and tolerance and, oh, hang on, the police have arrived to advise me on how to not be killed by other Muslims who don’t think I worship Allah in exactly the correct way.

    Or at least I hope it’s the police.

  131. 131
    Owen Jones says:

    karl marx

  132. 132
    Owen Jones says:

    The Muslims are the foot soldiers of the communist revolution.

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    Jumpers are cool says:

    I’m on Vista and , if it plays at all, a volume setting of 70 works well for this:

  134. 134

    І trіеd аnаgrаm sоlvеr but іt оnly gаvе mе:

    Nоt аssrаpеd ΝFΝ!

    NFN, І аm rеlіаbly іnfоrmеd by my trusty Dіctіоnnаіrе Urbаіn cаn mеаn “nоt fuckіng nіcе” оr “nоrmаl fоr Νоrfоlk” whіch, sоmе mіght sаy, tеnd tоwаrds еаch оthеr. By cоntrаst, І hаvе аlwаys fоund thе dеnіzеns pеrfеctly chаrmіng…

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    Podiceps says:

    Vista goes with jumpers, XP with plus fours, Win 7 with hoodies, Mac OS with suits, Linux with slogan T-shirts.

    Sent from my Commodore 64

  136. 136
    fernandos pants says:

    콘크리트 펌프

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    *Yawns* but banned, unfortunately says:

    Nina Schlürpscøch does it for me. Character Map is so typically MS:

  138. 138

    *goes rummaging for his Argyll socks in complete mystification*

  139. 139
    Microshaft says:

    No one said technology had to be easy.

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    Herman van Rumpboy says:

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    *Yawns* but banned, unfortunately says:

    It was your poncy software that sent the Mars Lander to Jupiter, presumably?

  142. 142
    vote go says:

    Jump then

  143. 143
    Bottle of Beaune says:

    Jump then

    SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon pledges 5% energy bills cut post Yes vote

  144. 144

    Ottimo stato, spero!

  145. 145
    10 million Fairy Lights says:

    Bugger the electricity cost.

  146. 146
    Microshaft says:

    A tiny glitch. The late-eighties is still rather grainy so check out this, wannabe, has-been in full Dobly. I think she’s a full-time mum in Woking, these days.

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    Ed Davey's Chinese Takeaway says:

    Ed Davey should be airlifted in to broker a deal between Roy and Hailey

  148. 148
    10 million Fairy Lights says:

    I’m on benefits and watching my 50″ whist eating my curried goat with my fingers.

  149. 149
    10 million Fairy Lights says:

    More BBC staff to make Gardener’s World than I’ve got fairy lights.

  150. 150
    10 million Fairy Lights says:

    Why does Hislop look away unless he’s on camera?

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    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:


  152. 152
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    It’ll get better when there’s something happening, dear. It’s rather late for my Reg, though.

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    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    Oh, do fcuk off !!! No wonder the betting shops are half empty these days.

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    M103 says:

    At least the Tories can claim that either they’re galactically stupid and ignorant about people who can’t afford fuel – after all, they just throw another serf on the fire.

    But the Lib Dems yet again plumb shameful new depths. Come 2015, I sincerely hope they are wiped from the political map

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    ukip.i.am.not says:

    Do these jumpers need to be bought at Harrods or Selfridges ?

    Bullingdon, the bloated worthless sack of toff shit that he is, really is a ridiculous figure of fun these days.

    I hope to fuck the vermin decide to stick with him for another 18 months or so.

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    US Watch says:

    Obamacare A+E could be an apt punishment for Burnham. :-)

  157. 157
    Weed says:

    One of the best programmes on TV.

  158. 158
    Ed Miliband says:

    I buy my jumpers at Marx.

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    Tachybaptus says:

    Indeed. Most normal people already where jumpers and warm clothes to keep the bills down, what do they think, that we all swan around in shorts and vest with the thermostat cranked up to 35c?

    FFS, talk about having never lived in the real world…

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    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Silly comment – energy firms are just greedy or haven’t you noticed that? At least Ed is bold not like these scaredy cat Tories

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    Just sayin' says:

    Can we see a House of Commons at PM Question Time packed with opposition MPs wearing woolly jumpers please?

  162. 162
    Huntwatch says:

    Jeremy Hunt recommends wearing your grandma. :-)

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    British public says:

    Can’t pay the fuel bills? Get yourself a jumper from the clothes bank!

    Can’t afford to feed your family? Get down to the food bank!

    Haven’t got a job? Work for free!

    Haven’t got a job and you weren’t born here? Go home!

    …And these are all actual government policies, incidentally.

    Has there ever been a more cynical, idiotic and incompetent bunch of jokers in government?

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Hello what about this then


    A very quiet thing considering it was a six week trial what?

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Hilarious photo of Militw*t giving an “Ed Balls” salute

  166. 166
    Blowing Whistles says:

    You’re a fucking comedian SC – and a gutless cognitive dissonance suffering old bastard living in your own world of total denial as well.

  167. 167
    Onslow (Hyacinth Boo Kay's brother-in-law) says:

    “…[W]hat do they think, that we all swan around in shorts and vest with the thermostat cranked up to 35c?”

    Well, to be fair, some us have done, lad.

  168. 168
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    My Aran-knit underpants are very warming

  169. 169
    Joss Taskin says:

    Was he a LibDem Councillor ?

  170. 170
    fernandos pants says:

    I like to swan around in my shorts with the heating on high in the winter, what’s wrong with that..?

    I recycle stuff, have a fully insulated house and my car does 50 mp-fucking-g…!

    I’ve done my bit for the planet.

  171. 171
    time 2 CTL ALT & DEL says:

    The lot before this lot?

  172. 172
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

  173. 173
    Blowing Whistles says:

    btw – you didn’t deny that you are an Israeli Firster last night – and I think you failed to look around at some other comments oh and a reply put in this afternoon you old buzzard.

  174. 174

    Why thank you BW! When are you going to pull out all those tropes about speaking to the issue, not the man? You are no better than a fucking socialist, really, are you?

    Why don’t you come back when you have a realisation of your own cognitive dissonance? You will have to develop some arguments because ad hominem cannot be answered with reason.

    I just don’t think you have it in you. You are a one trick pony. And I ain’t got no carrots for you…

  175. 175
    Tracy from Romford says:

    I prefer a snuggle blanket.

  176. 176
    a piece of crumpled A4 says:

    thousands BBC pundits and assorted tech gleefully checking hotel availability for duration of world cup.

  177. 177

    Shalom, سلام, शांति, శాంతి, hòa bình, શાંતિ, शांतता, 和平, פרידן, kev thaj yeeb, amani, அமைதி, sa kalinaw, 平和, kapayapaan.

    Oh, and whilst you are translating that lot, Go Fuck Yourself! :-)

  178. 178
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Further to my reference (last night) to Max Hastings’ article in Thursdays DM – Mr Hastings has got one thing wrong – The Police HAVE lost the trust of the public.

    And as an aside – I want to see documentary proof whereby any Member of the British Public did ‘actually’ give their ‘full and proper consent’ for the moron Gordon or the banana-man Miliband to sign that Lisbon Treaty ‘False Instrument’.

    They had no mandate from the British Public to do so – as for the supine ‘silence’ of the free press on the matter and the legal scum – don’t that speak volumes about who’s side they really are on?

  179. 179
    nellnewman says:

    Well at least the tories jumper beats michaelfoot’s donkey jacket hands down!

  180. 180
    Purple Tie watch ( Suit division ) says:

    Nicola Sturgeon

  181. 181
    Ah! M says:

    nell, the thought of you putting your hands down Michael Foot’s donkey jacket is not in keeping with you usual probity

  182. 182
    Universal Hiss says:

    That’s because they were all sanctioned so are now robbing & mugging.

    I hope George Smith has a full moat.

  183. 183
    Mercian says:

    What the hell’s the matter with people? If you’re cold, wear a jumper! How on earth can that be a gaffe? Are we supposed to have a god-given right to live in tropical temperatures?

  184. 184

    Despite the fact that you are at base a сunt, I have no problem in agreeing with you here and in your post above.

    I am not dogmatic and decide arguments and claims upon their merit, unlike you. When you grow up, you may improve… but I doubt it.

    For now, you are still a сunt. A nun’s сunt, no fucking good to anyone.

    Cue: Blowing Whistles trope time!

  185. 185
    J.R. Hartley says:

    Sounds fishy to me.

  186. 186
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    My problem is that after 5 layers of jumpers, I haven’t any which will fit. And I can’t move my arms to knit any more.

    And with Cameron et al taking up knitting wool is now more expensive than gas :(

  187. 187
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    NB in case you missed it Gavin has a jumper on.

  188. 188
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    I have never heard of the FT.

  189. 189
    The real Tаchybаptus says:

    Poor little thief, who gives a fart what you think?

  190. 190
    Yellow Page says:

    Are you still alive?

  191. 191
    QED says:

    Schrödinger’s cat says:
    October 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm
    Quantum is tiny, as you should know

    Err no.

    Quantum is relative as you should know.

  192. 192
    Ah! M says:

    I quite like Hunts.

  193. 193
    J.R. Hartley says:

    Yes but I’m feeling below parr, though I don’t carp on about it.

  194. 194
    Ah! M says:

    HEY!!!! how come he gets c u n t s through and mine’s morphed to hunt. Animalism I suspect.

  195. 195

    According to the Times 52% of the retail price of fuel is accounted for the raw material – much of it from abroad so beyond the government or energy company’s control; 24% by distribution costs; 8% to subsidise green energy (wind farms etc.)l; 5% VAT; and 6% administration/head office costs (seems very reasonable) and 5% profit (hardly exploitative). So I think all this knocking of energy companies is unfair – much of their costs are beyond their control and their profit margin is piddling – and of course has to fund the massive capital investment we need in the UK (new power stations etc.).


  196. 196
  197. 197
    Truth be told says:

    Vince Cable priced at 5p for the whole.

  198. 198
    Ah! Well says:

    Hooked, line and stinker.

  199. 199
    The Compleat Angler says:

    Smells fishy too.

  200. 200

    Er, no QED

    Quod non demonstratum est

    A quantum is the minimum amount of any physical entity described by discrete values.

    Why are you skulking down here?

  201. 201
    Sue Ezcanal says:

    I bet you’re getting all moist about that picture of Anthony Eden.

  202. 202

    Because I really meant it about that twerp, Blowing Whistles. Say fuck you with great feeling as you hit the Submit Comment and if you are genuine, you will hear the sound of the waters of the tidal race by Wexford Bar (no not the one he drinks in!) and the comment will slip through safely without going aground.

    It helps if you have already kissed the Blarney Stone, but you already knew that. :-)

  203. 203

    Oh and by the way, you can say what you like where you like. I am not going looking for them. I just can’t be arsed.

  204. 204
    Podiceps says:

    Think he means QED to stand for Quantum ElectroDynamics.

  205. 205
    Nice one, Cyril says:

    That’s disingenuous. I know how you did it.

  206. 206

    I am perturbed.

    However, in case he is trying to Schwinger it, I would suggest that Feynmen butter no parsnips.

  207. 207
    Fashoin Notes says:

    I wish them well as there’s not many who could deal with the tension…

  208. 208

    Its the way I tellum!

  209. 209
    Fashoin Notes says:

    Right. How cool are you, what with your fab sense of humour?

  210. 210

    Education? It’s just a way to get kids out of the house, Duke of Edinburgh tells Malala.

  211. 211
    albacore says:

    Cameron’s knitting for victory!
    How much more inspiring could he be?
    Given his cast-iron history
    That purely is a real mystery

  212. 212
    Meanwhile, in a galaxy far far to the left says:


  213. 213
    Labour...the paedophile years says:

    Jumpers. Nobody looks good in them. They are warm though. Grandad/schoolteacher/paedo/oddball – none a good image.

    You can get fashionable looking sweatshirts from Fatface and the like. Otherwise politicians should stick to suits because thats what everyone expects.

  214. 214
    Telegram for Mongo says:

    Last post for Cable.

  215. 215
    Podiceps says:

    The Atoms of Democritus
    And Newton’s Particles of Light
    Are sands upon the Red Sea shore,
    Where Isrаеl’s tents do shine so bright.

  216. 216
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Sultans of Dave.

  217. 217
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Gypsies are scum everywhere.

  218. 218
    Meanwhile, in a galaxy far far to the left says:

  219. 219

    What a marvellous sight , people beginning to realise the nature of the oppression that is engulfing them. The people of Southern Europe are far more volatile than the northerners and don’t take to being bossed around by bureaucrats in the same way.
    The cracks are getting wider all the time.

  220. 220
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Can’t afford to feed your family?

    WELL DONT HAVE KIDS THEN! Being the sensible answer. Robbing your fellow citizens being the idiot answer.

  221. 221
    Not Blowing Whistles says:

  222. 222
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:


  223. 223
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Stop replying to your own sock-puppets.

  224. 224
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    How do you knit a coffee table and how do you wash the shit out of it?

  225. 225
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    I’m guessing that they (Advisors and Bureaucrats) have no “skin in the game”.

    An old blog used to call government “simple shopper”, but fraud and malfeasance is a simpler option.

  226. 226
    Purlin Plains says:

  227. 227
    Mrs Cable's Diary says:

    In 2033 the political establishment will finally admit that ‘global warming’ was a massive scam to defraud the public and will apologise from the heart of their bottoms.

  228. 228
    Life's a gas in o'Barmy World says:

    If NASA used helium balloons to assist their launches …..


    Oh, wait …..

  229. 229
    M Aheming says:

    Bruce’ll fix it.

  230. 230
    Jack N Gill says:

    He’d be more credible if he wore a revolving bow tie.

  231. 231
    Bern A Qoranaday says:

    He probably lights his to keep warm.

  232. 232
    Pearl E Oaks says:

    That should give Camoron the needle.

  233. 233
    Anonymous says:

    Oh well, that settles it then!

  234. 234
    Country Joe says:

    No, but he can channel bass.

  235. 235
    C Squire says:

    Keep the noise down, some of us are trying to sleep.

  236. 236
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Perry Como and Val Doonican always wore nice pullies.

    At least that’s what my gran told me.

  237. 237
    Even the BBC rubbished this jumper shite says:

    Before Guido even posted this topic:


  238. 238
    Bern A Qoranaday says:

    More like the foot soldiers’ verrucas.

  239. 239
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Totally unintelligible. Why can’t these oiks speak properly so we can understand what they are trying to say?

  240. 240
    Little Bo Peep says:

    He must be a U kipper then.

  241. 241
    Little Bo Peep says:

    I thought we had been told for the past few years that we would indeed all be living in tropical temperatures any day now. Did I misunderstand the message? Or was it really all just a big joke to make money for the elites?

  242. 242

    I don’t think I am old enough to be on William Blake’s wavelength. He was born at the age of 172. His paintings disturb me greatly.

    We used to sing his hymn Jerusalem lustily at school without having the foggiest notion what it was about. Frightening when you think about it.

  243. 243
    Tina Thatcher says:

    Arrest that man now on suspicion of theft of £1.5billion from the State in flagrant breach of trust.

    He can be released on police bail subject to conditions.

  244. 244
    It's the way I Shippam says:

    He’s been in a bit of a jam.

  245. 245
    Archimedes says:

    This post reminds of that comment made by someone at the opera for the first time: “Look how much work it takes to bore me…”

  246. 246
    Awabshabaloobopalshababbomboom says:

    Since one-term Dave is so keen on bombing people, you’d have thought he’d want to bomb the shiite out of those mozzed up farqwits.

  247. 247
    A Brit in Britain reading a Britto/Oirish blog says:

    That seems to be a story from another country.

  248. 248
    A Brit in Britain reading a Britto/Oirish blog says:

    Calais full of Syrians desperate to come to England

    The EU
    The gift that keeps on giving.

  249. 249
    A Brit in Britain reading a Britto/Oirish blog says:

    Guardian too: Calais full of Syrians desperate to come to England

    “More and more Syrians are arriving in Calais wanting to reach the UK”
    “We demand one person from the UK Home Office comes here to speak with us”
    “We have the right to claim asylum in England”

  250. 250
    Cicero says:

    Ed Davey has a wife??

  251. 251
    Handycock says:

    Not as good as my pink woolies knitted home made one

  252. 252
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Then it is time to renounce the post war Convention on asylum and its seekers.

  253. 253

    The gross incompetence is on the part of the Police the prisons ought to be 100% FULL

  254. 254
    Nigel S says:

    Milliband channelling Fred Kite to defend everyone’s eweman right to not wear a vest in bed.

  255. 255
    Santayana, Repeater of History says:

    Just like Eircom (state telecom) shares in Ireland in 1999:

    Stock Market bubble.
    Precipitous fall.

    If you’ve still got ‘em, get rid of ‘em!

  256. 256
    Shish Kebab says:

    I thought they were called Ali Kebabs takeaway group?.

  257. 257
    Tommy Robinson says:

    Allahu akbar!

  258. 258
    Tommo says:

    You’re way off beam old son. None of those things is exclusive to the right. None of those things is a keystone of the traditional conservative right.

  259. 259
    lojolondon says:

    The third pic down looks like someone giving a Nazi salute. I think the police should investigate UKIP to see if he was ever a member of their party.
    And why isn’t the pic front page news on the BBC, publicising this individual while they investigate his (nationalist) socialist leanings??

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