December 18th, 2013

Quote of the Day

Nick Clegg is not letting a good crisis go waste:

“I remain convinced that no amount of housekeeping or tinkering will bring about the fundamental change needed to clean up the Lords for good. The only long-term antidote to dodgy office holders taking taxpayers for granted is simple: elections. In other words, making sure that peers know the people are their boss.”


  1. 1
    Rattyman says:

    Says the man who’s going to lose his seat at the next election….

  2. 2
    Sarcastic David Laws says:

    “elections….the people are their boss”

    Yes, dear, because being elected works perfectly for MPs, who aren’t a pack of gouging, dishonest, off-the-hook criminal scumbags at all.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, because that works so well in the house of commons for the likes of Gordon Brown, doesn’t it?

  4. 4
    Herman van Rompuy (unelected president of Britain) says:

    “The only long-term antidote to dodgy office holders taking taxpayers for granted is simple: elections”

    I think I shall have to have a few words with him..

  5. 5
    Fbi says:

    Abput time something will be done.Cameroon may not be reeclted and the whole matter wiill land on
    Eds lap How peers èven then costs will go through the roof
    What is needed is a properley scrutiny body to kerp the government in check

    • 8

      No no no dear…. We cant have the proles demanding accountability… Thats why we aboloshed the National Audit Office – sounds far too transparent and … well… Democratic comrade ;-)

  6. 6

    Pot & Kettle surely – fucking priceless

    • 10
      Why can't we vote van Rompuy out of office? says:

      Exactly! What happened to Richard Allan, who held Clegg’s seat before Clegg was parachuted into it?

      My word, he’s in the house of Lords! A job for life by the age of 40. Nice ‘work’ if you can get it.

  7. 7
    Sunny Jim says:

    There wasn’t as much of this in the Upper House before Blair interfered. It wasn’t perfect, but the system worked. Ultimately these was still the Parliament Act to bludgeon legislation through if necessary, but in general the Lords DID act as a watchkeeper over Government excesses.

  8. 9
    nick smegg says:

    I honestly thought that the housemaster was trying to take my temperature, he said the school thermometer was broken so he was going to use his own. It was just before the chloroform kicked in that I realised his thermometer was somewhat unusual looking.

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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