November 18th, 2013

Rich’s Monday Morning View
Balls Owes Office to Coke Sniffin’ Rev

You had to wonder what they were smoking over at the Co-op, and now you know. It was crystal meth…

Ed Balls did not have a very good weekend either. Not only was he publicly described as a “nightmare” by Team Miliband (albeit accidentally), the Shadow Chancellor would have been sweating about the Co-op story. Doing all that gear after his Select Committee appearance was not the only bad life choice that Rev Flowers has made recently. As the Telegraph reported at the beginning of the month:

“Rev Flowers confirmed he had been involved in authorising the payment of £100,000 to Mr Balls and his Parliamentary office, though he said the money had come from the Co-op Group and not the Co-op Bank as the lender was “politically neutral”.”

What was it that first attracted this coke snorting, meth buying, fiscally incompetent cluster of a banking boss to Ed Balls? And lets not forget that Labour owe the Co-op millions. You have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.


  1. 1
    FBI says:

    I think the Labour Party needs a full criminal investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency

    They are beyond a nightmare


    • 11
      Please Give Generously says:


      • 18
        The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

        If the left wing hate the rich so much why do they buy lottery tickets?


        • 25
          Keith's Asleep says:

          Guido will be busy today, he will have orders to rum smear stories on P@ul S’y’kes today because he has now switched from Tory supporter to U K I P backer.
          One would imagine a quiet morning on Order Order before the smears start appearing at some point this afternoon. I may even place a small wager on it.


          • M102 says:

            Is his right hand lifting pudsey’s wallet?


          • Lord Stansted says:

            and the BBC will be busy today keeping quiet.


          • Anonymous says:

            After listeninig to Paul Sykes on the today prog about an hour ago, nobody needs to smear him, he comes over as being mentally challenged at the most charitable! how on earth did he make his money ?


          • Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

            And the Lefties never smear do they….


          • Swivelly says:

            How to be a lefty

            Step 1 Insert fingers in ear.
            Step 2 Ignore anything factual.
            Step 3 learn the Mantra – Its a right wing media.


          • Old Hal says:

            It’s Syko’s money, not yours and he can give money to who he wants, I wonder if it will appear on UKip’s return to thje registrar


          • Old Hal says:

            Anonymous, first started in flogging 2nd hand buses and parts to India and far east, then he got backers to build the Meadow Hall shopping centre, not bad for a lad from Barnsley


        • 71
          Anonymous says:

          Imagine for one minute this had involved a Chairman of B@rclays B@nk who had advised DC and had arranged for donations to the T@ry Party. The BBC would need an extra large ladder to help everyone on to the high horse and you can safely assume it would be the only story the BBC talked about 24/7.


          • Barclays Bank PLC says:

            I think you will find that we give sufficiently large bungs to offshore hedge funds in order to conceal our donations to the Tory Party.


          • Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites and criminals says:

            It appears that the Labour bank is the model of corruption just like the Labour Party.


          • Grrr says:

            Why should the Tory party have anything to do with offshore hedge funds.

            London is the world centre of Hedge Fund activity, and the Left is just as involved in financial criminality as the Right.

            This is the kind of lazy cliche found on the BBC.


          • (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

            Walking into our building you see the old chestnut “You dont have to be mad to work here but it helps”.
            Do you think there is one at the Beeb that says “You dont have to be a climate change zealot obsessed with gay rights, anti-christian, pro muslim DM hating blinkered left wing and politically correct apparatchik to work here………….. blah ,blah but it certainly helps”


      • 37
        Delilah says:

        There’s a hole in your bucket


      • 139
        Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

        I’d count the cash in that bucket if I were you. Given the man’s way with UK finances Pudsey is probably fucked already.


      • 163
        PETER MANGLEDBUM says:

        The bucket is already losing money


      • 165
        PETER MANGLEDBUM says:

        Yellow bucket , Children in need
        Red bucket , Labour party funds


      • 174
        BUSTERS WORLD says:

        “Mummy that man in the flasher mac keeps winking at me “


      • 215
        broderick crawford says:

        why did you not collect for something immediate and worthwhile like the phillipines typhoon disaster Balls you clown

        Compared to the sick , drowning , injured , dying children out there going without basics such as WATER !!! — tel me which British child is so comparative,y immeasurably less better off than their third world counterparts such that they do not even know they are born !!!

        No X box for johnny this christmas ??? Bless ! Try teaching him the Nativity Story that after all that is what it us supposed to be about , humility , being born in a manger and a short life leading to crucifixion … thst s what the fillipino s are going thru right now !!

        PS I am NOT fillipino nor do i have friends or contacts there …..


      • 229
        Cor Blimey Trousers says:

        Given what we now know should the BBC be allowed anywhere near children in need?


    • 23
      Henry Chinaski says:

      Guido will be busy today, he will have orders to rum smear stories on Paul Sykes today because he has now switched from Tory supporter to UKIP backer.
      One would imagine a quite morning on Order Order before the smears start appearing at some point this afternoon. I may even place a small wager on it.


    • 84
      the FLOWERS POT men says:

      flobalop Ed – fancy a LITTLE WEED?


  2. 2
    Or him says:

    You’d need to be on meth to shag his missus


  3. 3
    ancientpopeye says:

    I thought Balls was a pathetic little creep, now I have it confirmed.


  4. 4
    Tooting Tony from Tel Aviv says:

    They are just trying to catch up with me

    I walk on water, you see


  5. 5
    PPE student says:

    Does meth make your eyes blink?


  6. 6
    Peter Grimes says:

    Fat, gay orgy attending, crack-smoking former Bradford Labour councillor slotted into a £132k pa sinecure by the Labour cabal who have placemen everywhere. Knowledge of banking – fuck all, just like BrownBalls.

    What could possibly go wrong?


  7. 7
    Phil the Greek says:

    Did the FSA seriously think that a gay pastor was a suitable bank chairman?

    Or were they all spaced out as well?


    • 42
      At least Andrew Marr did a drugs check says:

      And was gay Church of Scotland Gordon a suitable financial Chancellor of a country?


      • 82
        Old Hal says:

        So what are Gideon’s qualifications for running the economy, his degree was modern history like Gordy’s


        • 109

          So that’s OK then? however in ggeorge’s favour, he didn’t spend 10 years living off the State writing 40,000 words about 2 streets in Glasgow so he could call himself a PhD


          • Displaced Brummie says:

            Nor did George write a handbook advising students to rip off and steal from other students, unlike Gordon, who did exactly this.


    • 62
      Sir William Waide says:

      I hope it was ethically-sourced, Fairtrade cocaine.


    • 81
      Hawkeye Pierce says:

      Phil the Greek wrote:

      “Did the FSA seriously think that a gay pastor was a suitable bank chairman?”

      Small wonder then that Hector Sants signed off permanently sick at theend of last moth and resigned from his new Job at Barclays after only 9 momths into the appointment.

      He must have been tipped off about the crack smoking Rev.


      • 98
        Connaisseur says:

        Sants probably found thousands of crackheads and criminals in the dealing rooms in his new job

        Too much even for him

        You must know that the City of London and Wall Street have the highest coke consumption per capita IN THE WORLD

        Why do you think they went collectively mad?


      • 209
        Peter Grimes says:

        Sants – ostensibly supervising 30-40 major banks at the FSA but when faced with the day-to-day management of just one bank, he flips.

        Who the fuck appointed the know-nothing idiot to head up the FSA in the first place? Do you reckon that in 2007 it might have been the fuckhalfwits BrownBalls?


  8. 8
    Never believe anything you find on Google (or anywhere else on-line) says:

    Will the banks new owners demand the loan to Labour Party be repaid or written off as a bad debt? If the formre and the Labour Party was put into receiver and the debt written off, would that count as a political donation?


    • 56
      Do the Maths says:

      Think about it for a millisecond

      If you were owed a large sum of money by someone who was about to be appointed to a position influene and you could (theoretically of course) exert your own influence, would you be demanding the money be paid back ?

      It’s a much better position than having to kiss a multi billionaire’s arse to get funding.

      Or shop in one supermarket for your donations.


      • 210
        Peter Grimes says:

        At least a multi billionaire’s arse might get washed occasionally, unlike fuckwitBrown’s diaper-clad arsecheeks.


  9. 9
    Madoff Mandelson of Ethics says:

    The best thing was when this p e r v e r t told the Commons Committe that the Coop Bank’s total assets wew £7 billion when they were £47 billion

    Almost as disconnected from reality as the ultimate con man “Lord”Stephenson


  10. 10
    Dr Spock says:

    This is all quite 60s really

    Flowers power and all that…


    • 222
      broderick crawford says:

      yes and if you come to san francisco you might still bump into scott mckenzie and the flowers in your hair people

      …. who are now presumably earning their crust by pimping the tenderloin whores .


  11. 13
    Trumpers says:

    Did Gideon have a dose of meth before his latest butch haircut?


  12. 14
    Children leave those drugs alone. It's not big and it's not clever. says:


  13. 15
    Village Idiot says:

    ….Labours discomfort,oh ,how we laughed! Nothing like something cheery to start the week!
    Once again,the supposed educated elite,in high places,found wanting!Sick!!


  14. 16
    Ed Balls says:

    Look, I know the Rev. was convicted in 1990 for indecency after was he caught in a public lavatory with another man.

    It was rather unfortunate timing he was then Vice Chairman of Rochdale social services committee which had control over the Rochdale Satanic Abuse Cases during the height of the allegations

    But I didn’t see any reason to block his application as Chairman of the Co-Op. We all have skeletons in the cupboard, or in my case Nazi uniform in the cupboard.


    • 19
      Jack says:

      He took over from Cyril Smith then?

      Is it congenital in Rochdale?


      • 22
        Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

        Are you saying that these Conservatives nearly handed my personal bank account over to some kiddie fiddlers to meddle with?

        if that is what you are saying then frankly that is disgusting.


    • 40
      bergen says:

      The Co-op was founded by the “Rochdale Pioneers”. God only knows what they would make of both the modern day Co-op and the modern day Rochdale.

      This story is simply too bizarre for words.


      • 58
        Caligula is disgusted says:

        We have had New Labour

        Obviously we now have the New Rochdale Pioneers…

        Thye worship Golden Dildos…


  15. 17
    ed says:

    Was the meth ethically sourced?


  16. 20
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Hang about. Wasn’t it Cameron’s lot who wanted to hand parts of Lloyds to these people and not give the customers a penny piece?


  17. 21
    Grammar pedant says:

    ‘all be it’

    That would be ‘albeit’, I take it …


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  19. 26
    Igor says:

    May be ALL bankers and politicos should under take regular random drugs tests and booted out of position if found contaminated by illegal stimulants or for just being Twats?


  20. 30
    All in the best possible taste says:


  21. 31
    Joss Taskin says:

    Would the Sate-owned banks, bailed out under Brown/Balls, have to contribute ?

    Isn’t this just Ed’s Marxist dad’s dream being enacted


  22. 32
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    I can’t say ‘ Child Care Crunch ‘ with my dreadful stutter. Is this a deliberate ploy to stop me from speaking ?


  23. 34
    Labour=Waste says:

    Incompetence, cronyism and criminality all in one go.

    Welcome to the world of Ed Balls.


  24. 36
    One and a bit says:

    “When asked by Mr Tyrie to detail his qualifications for running a bank, he responded: “‘I took the exam of the Institute of Bankers. I completed part one and the best part of part two of those exams before I became a Methodist minister. I would judge that experience is out of date in terms of needs of contemporary banking.”

    He was more qualified than Gordon then.


  25. 38
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    Methodist, eh? Say no more!

    A crack-smoking, convicted gay Presbyterian on the other hand is the salt of the earth.


    • 46
      And there's more says:

      Not forgetting he was a Labour Councillor in Bradford, and in 2010, was appointed by Labour leader Ed Miliband to the party’s finance and industry board.


  26. 39

    Ed can “smoke” my crack


  27. 41
    Wesley Methodone Church says:

    He will always be welcome here.


  28. 44
    Pink News says:

    and what does the Meth-odict Churech have to say about all of this?

    Standard Operating Procedure?

    Is there


  29. 47
    Chinese tourist says:

    What do they spoke in Falkirk then?


  30. 50
    nellnewman says:

    As you say it’s hard not to laugh!!


  31. 51
    Caligula is back from holidays says:

    This reverend takes things to far even for me…


  32. 54
    Charles Baudelaire says:

    The Flowers of Evil?


  33. 55
    Anonymous says:

    And we still have no legislation enforcing random drug testing on company directors and politicians.


  34. 57
    nellnewman says:

    you’re sure he’s not a clone of that Toronto Mayor who’s been all over the news lately? he looks awfully like him.


  35. 64
    M102 says:

    C@ampbells back isn’t he. I wonder if he’s having a clear out on behalf of Miliband.


  36. 73
    nellnewman says:

    Bank of England risk survey out at 9.30 and as Prime Minister David Cameron says we re feeling more skint despite recovery – energy bills partly to blame,but mostly the policies of the Conservative led coalition.


  37. 76
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:



  38. 86
    Crisp Ackham says:

    Labour are funded by union bullies and drug-addled bankers.


    • 121
      nellnewman says:

      The Tories are funded by offshore, tax-avoiding hedge funds and phone-tapping news paper proprieters who encourage their staff to fiddle with murdered teenage girls mobile phone numbers who then go on to provide senior managers at the Met with bungs.


  39. 88
    Connaisseur says:

    Dave’s one word reply to anything coming from Empty Ed or Blinking Balls at PMQs


    Default word



    • 129
      Anonymous says:

      Good one ! cant wait for PMQ`s


      • 162
        David Cameron: A life in politics says:


        It was in November 2013 after a failed visit to Ceylon that one of the more interesting scandals involving my colleagues on the opposite bench broke.

        After receiving a confused texts from Hague, Gove and Osborne talking about meth and gay orgies, which did not seem out of the ordinary, I then received one from IDS. Something was up, and this was not wishful thinking or a jolly gape.

        That week there was much anticipation of what would happen at PMQ. Lynton had briefed me with a set of good cues and lines with which I should have been able to defenestrate the political careers of Balls and Miliband, but then my Common Purpose training kicked in and once again the party felt betrayed.


    • 135
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      Bercow would rule ‘meth’ to be un-parliamentary, but it would be interesting to see if there are any mis-pronunciations of ‘math’ at the dispatch box this PMQ.


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      Nicholarse Clegg and Dimmy Dave Camoron says:

      But but but.. allowing hundreds of thousands more Roma into Britain is the right thing to do. After all, it’s a two-way street; some British people have taken well-paid jobs in Germany. So that makes unfettered immigration by Roma perfectly OK.


  41. 93
    Thin end of the wedge says:

    Google and Microsoft agree measures to block abuse images

    All well and good the reader may think. How long before politicians then decide to ban other searches such as, gun, bomb, corruption, expenses, past speeches, manifestos and cast iron guarantees?


    • 118
      Smoke n Mirrors says:

      How long before….? Depends when they want the revolution to kick off in earnest.


    • 126
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      It would be much better to detect the hosting sites, take these offline, and arrest / prosecute all involved.


    • 134
      hello anybody there says:

      Like drugs, the legitimate headcount and multimillion pounds cost to stop it will soon overtake the headcount and multimillion pounds cost for people doing the criminality.


  42. 123
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    “That said, and to state the bloomin’ obvious, regulators at the defunct FSA and its successor body, the PRA, have a few questions to answer, about why they gave the thumbs up to Flowers.

    There’s also an important governance issue for the Co-op Group, about whether it is really appropriate for those who rise up through the political side of the co-operative movement to be able to exercise significant influence over its commercial activities.”

    What a scoop this would be for Robert Peston had he written this in 2008. Looks like a load of self justifying balls to cover his own arse.


    • 144
      Genghiz the kahn says:

      My comment should be:

      What a scoop this would be for Robert Peston had he written this in 2010. Looks like a load of self justifying balls to cover his own arse.


  43. 124
    Nigel says:

    Ukip hits the jackpot


  44. 127
    The only good Socialist is a dead Socialist says:

    Trying to get the low down on this Flowers character because this all smells a bit odd.

    He is on the Terence Higgins Trust with a whole host of others including good old Ben Bradshaw and a guy from Goldman Sachs not to mention a host of NHS executives.

    Not a bad place to work if you ask me.

    Last year five employees were paid between 70/90 k each and employers contributions into staff pensions were over 400K.

    Of course Pension Funds need to be managed too. An annual management fee of 130k seems a bargain to me.

    Also very charitable too to bring a bit of property development in the mix. Luckily a property deal in Larcom street London went well.

    I would like to thank the Rev Flowers for smoking whatever it was because if he hadn’t I would not have found out what I now have.


  45. 136
    Sir William Wayde says:

    If you are a banker, you have to find a way to feel Emperor of the World and babble nonsense.


    • 152
      Long Memory says:

      Going on holiday to P’oland with a well thumbed copy of the treaty of Rome and quoting that to ensure fair price for coffee works for some.

      Meth fueled gay orgies are a little bit OTT.


  46. 143
    Elsie Hargreaves 5 Railway Terrace Dewsbury says:

    “politically neutral”

    Well that is nice to know isn’t it.

    I will sleep a lot better in my bed tonight having heard that.


  47. 149
    Anonymous says:

    Hilarious. You could not make it up. It will be hard to beat all that. Much more to come as well.


  48. 151
    altruism in industry says:

    Clearly none of these people are fit to be making any sort of decision that affects anybody else. One suggestion to improve matters could be to make a list of things that people think are important and the entire population votes yes or no. This could be done every six months by some sort of a dedicated protocol over the existing infrastructure.


    • 161
      The problem with democracy is anyone can vote says:


      Question 1: Britain’s most popular pastime is (a) reading books or (b) watching television.

      Question 2: Britain’s most popular TV programme is (a) something that stimulates the brain or (b) EastEnders.

      This is where, sadly, your idea of “everyone can vote on important issues” falls apart, quite badly.

      Mind you, it might be better than letting LimpDums decide what becomes law.


  49. 156
    Sur Nob Skelpoff says:

    Yes, we have a little window on what it takes to reach the ‘Top Echelons’ of ‘Society’. Some ask, how did this man get to the top? Well he was well qualified in all the right circles: Drug taking, homo-orgy, Satanism/child abuse:
    “Twenty or so years ago, Flowers came to attention as vice-chairman of Rochdale Council’s social services committee during the ‘satanic abuse’ fiasco between 1988 and 1991.
    It involved social workers making lurid claims about satanic rituals being performed on children and, as a result, 20 children from six families were placed in care.”


    • 183
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      Rochdale was Cyril Smith’s old haunt.

      Perhaps the lurid claims were meant as a distraction to discredit anyone who came forward with allegations against Smith at the time.

      There seems to be a lot of weird claims in areas where there is genuine p’aedophile activity going on, especially if it involves politicians.


  50. 158
    David Cameron says:

    Compassionate conservatism is the politics of envy and anyone who earns more than I do should be taxed, imprisoned or murdered.

    Hear ! Hear !


  51. 165
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP


  52. 167
    Does that include the Plod? says:

    Road charity Brake in call to ban car hands-free phones


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    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    I have tried to read Guido’s link to the Telegraph article but now they are blocking me and demanding money.


  55. 197
    All Politicians should be shot says:

    Little Ed “nit picking” Reallybland
    The only person in Britain who thinks the whole economy can be funded by a bankers bonus tax


  56. 206
    Hmmm says:

    I laughed at Guido’s Monday morning cartoon, which is a new experience for me.

    This has overturned my worldview and left me confused and afraid.


  57. 224

    What a cock up
    Wonder what st peter takes


  58. 227
    nick says:

    So its Wardle Flowers and Balls? Wardle has resigned, so do we anticipate Ed Balls-ache resignation today? I mean really, Mps taking £100k drug money? I always thought Balls-ache was thick duplicitous and dishonest. I mean , he is a Labour MP after all. Now I know for sure that Balls-ache is that way. Looking to you resignation speech with interest and anticipation.


  59. 228
    nick says:

    Blinking Balls, Empty Ed- the best Tory vote getters. Of course they will both have to resign over taking money from drug dealers and supporting meths and paedophilia. But hey, they are Labour MPs, what else would you expect?


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