December 27th, 2013

SpAd Average Pay Now £73,470 SpAds Paid More Than MPs

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Matt Chorley has been crunching the numbers in an effort to overcome the lack of political news. To no-one’s surprise he has discovered that in two decades the official number of SpAds has tripled to 98. Despite Cameron’s promise to reduce the number of SpAds their numbers have increased. Their pay is on average at £73,470 now higher than it is for MPs. This will only further fuel the venality of politicians.


186 Comments

  1. 1
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Very disappointing: Belsize Fire Station to shut in early January: http://ow.ly/s5BiS Serious concerns about response times.

    Don’t blame me,I voted for David Davies.

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  2. 2
    Im Voting UKIP says:

    maybe we should sack all MPs and let SpAds run country. Easy, save loads

    But will the SpAds need an army of Super SpAds?

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      Psyche the Dog says:

      ” Despite Cameron’s promise to reduce the number of SpAds their numbers have increased”, what a suprise from dithering Dave, not fulfilling his promise, he probably realised if you have a lot of spads, ministers do less work so they have more time for meetings, luches/dinners at their club (fewer prying eyes) jollies, and the like . You have to look beyond the surface.

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  3. 3
    Anon says:

    Shouldn’t that be how it’s soared in two years?

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    • 19
      Anonymous says:

      There’s just no pleasing some people, is there?

      We can all read the chart, as can you, so what exactly are you whinging about?

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  4. 4
    cyclops says:

    Because Call Me Dave is a fucknugget and talks the talk.

    We need to remove the political class. why cant Anjem Choudry get one of his useful idiots to detonate himself in that cesspit alongside the Thames?

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    • 9
      Alan Chingachgook says:

      That would mean the return to power of absent members such as Brown the horror, Livingstone the mental, or even Blair the unimaginable…. Argggghhhhh

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      • 33
        Psyche the Dog says:

        Not B’Liar, please not B’Liar. As for Brown the disappointment the least said. I doubt whether even Liebore would would welcome either one in charge again.

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    • 10
      Anonymous says:

      Couldn’t Choudry (or one of his mentalists) stand for Parliament in one of the more, ahem, enriched areas?

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  5. 5
    Nigel says:

    UKIP have added to Labour’s comments on Thomas The Tank Engine, demanding that the Wombles deport Uncle Bulgaria.

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    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Im off to the food bank,fed up with leftover goose,fresh cream sherry trifle et al,I hope my Labour MP is there to greet me for a foto op.

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    • 11
      RomaBob....open the doors! says:

      Surely you should be in awe of Bridget Phillipson, so young and so admired by Labour.

      Her only job outside politics was working for her sour faced mother in a Sunderland battered wives home. A member of Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation and probably Common Purpose.

      Labour and nepotism go hand in hand.

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      • 70
        Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

        You are well tuned in,her mother has now got a powerful ally in the Northumbria PPc one Vera Bair,yes that one,the whole of Northumbria Police Strategy is now focused on domestic abuse as if we are all mysogynists in Tyne and Wear.Phillipson is the best of the 3 of the MPS representing Sunderland which dosnt say a lot for the other 2 who are totally useless cnuts.

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      • 114
        Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

        I forgot to say now eff back to bucharest!

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      • 140
        Expat Geordie says:

        Wasn’t she the one who tried to get “fifty Shades of Grey” banned from the local libraries?

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        • 153
          I love fast wimmin says:

          In August 2009, she was caught on camera doing 98 mph on the M4 motorway at Miskin, South Wales.

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  7. 8
    NelsonsGoodeye says:

    Who pays the spads, anyway? If it comes out of mp’s salary I’m all for it!

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    • 55
      Real Conservatives vote UKIP says:

      Dave realised it’s us who get to pay, not him – that’s why he reneged yet again.

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    • 80
      Handycock, whipping it out says:

      I will tell you what, if the LibDems won’t have me as an MP in 2015, I am becoming a Spad. Boaz.

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      • 175
        Gordon McDoom says:

        You can be my Spad Handy, after all you did me a great favour taking all those asylum seekers in to Portsmouth.

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  8. 12
    Viv says:

    Now let’s see a breakdown by Party. I suspect most of these may be ‘working’ for Lib Dems & Labour.

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    • 15
      William Gague says:

      I certainly ‘work’ my spads!

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    • 21
      Anonymous says:

      I suspect that they’re all at it and that your tribal blindness to those dickhead Tories is no better than that displayed by the morons who give Labour and the Lib Dems their unconditional support.

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  9. 13
    English for Beginners says:

    “To no-ones surprise”

    No-one’s.

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  10. 17
    Jack Ketch says:

    Now if you were the boss of a company making, say, French letters, it would be understandable if you employed a firm of management consultants to advise you on installation of an IT system or relocating the factory to a different country.
    It would be inconceivable that you would employ outsiders to tell you how to design, make, distribute or use the product. Likewise it seems incomprehensible that government departments and ministers employ outside advisers. It would seem to make sense that the Minister of Defence has a bloke around who knows how to kill people or the Minister of Health has an aide who knows where babies come from–but surely that is why billions are spent on a professional civil service. Apart from the obvious need for someone as important as a minister to have someone to carry his or her bag, field the phone calls, arrange the hookers, shred the evidence and so on– “advisors” are surely an indication that ministers are incapable of doing their job.

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    • 25
      Alan Chingachgook says:

      It seems to me that the last twenty years or so has seen increased scrutiny of Ministers who should display some knowledge and understanding of their department. They mostly don’t, hence growth of spads who are kept creatures independent of the civil service, who are semi kept.
      Most good spads are cleverer than thicko ministers and can whisper self-evident facts like how to spell potato, bigot or racism.

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      • 53
        Matilda says:

        These days both Ministers and Spads are superfluous and not wanted on the voyage. All the real work is done by Labour appointed Quangoisters

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        • 63
          Ed Millibland says:

          When you say “work” do you mean stopping benefits cheques from reaching people on welfare so that it neatly ties in with Labour’s “foodbank” obesession?

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          • 0845 604 3719 says:

            There is no proof that 32,000 failed payments were intended to communicate the message that the Unemployed should not enjoy Christmas.

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    • 26
      Sir William Wayde says:

      Politicians crave is somebody who is unequivocally on their side and will do what they want without going through the System. Somebody who, although paid by the public, is not accountable to us or anyone but their boss. Somebody who will agree with them and find a line of reasoning to support what they want to do. A toady, a sycophant, a hired gun. “We shall, my lord, perform what you command us”, as the hired murderer said to Macbeth.

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      • 37
        Psyche the Dog says:

        Well said Sir Bill, the trouble is when the syncophant says flattering things to them (ministers) they actually believe it.

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      HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

      WTF you will probably find it will be necessary to nosh your way through about
      600 tons [ metric of course ] to have even the remotest chance of contracting a cold never mind cancer .

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  12. 20
    MIKE OXHARD says:

    FFS Camermong These people have lost everything in the floods
    The last thing they need is a rich twat telling them how awful it is , and then fucking off back to his taxpayer heated grace and favour residence

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  13. 22
    Owen Jones says:

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  14. 23
    Andy Bumhum says:

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    • 46
      Labours NHS safe in their hands hahahahahah says:

      Burnham now has to be brought to the HOf C and made to explain. Dragged by the ankles if necessary but Labour must answer all the questions.

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      • 88
        All socialists are hypocrites says:

        Get real. Labour NEVER answer ANYTHING.
        They were in government for 13 years bewteen 1997 – 2010 and NOTHING is their fault from waging “illegal war” to busting the economy to the Staffs Scandal.

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  15. 24
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Once, we ruled a quarter of the world’s land surface without a single SpAd.

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    • 28
      Penfold says:

      And a fraction of Civil Servants to run the world’s largest Navy…..

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      • 42
        Psyche the Dog says:

        and a fraction of the admirals and sub admirals!

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        • 66
          'Dirty' David Cameron, grappling champion says:

          Trouble is, today’s typical rear admiral is only half the man Nelson was.
          They need to get a grip.

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          • Bilda Berger says:

            Don’t forget that the indigenes (are we still allowed to say that?) had no AK-47s in the 19th century …

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          • Hilaire Belloc says:

            Whatever happens, we have got
            The Maxim gun, and they have not.

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          • Expat Geordie says:

            Yes, but the white natives had Mausers, Pom Poms (40mm rapid fire cannon to the uninitiated) and huge bloody artillery pieces.

            Still, Palmerston’s Foreign Office ran with just twelve, yes twelve civil servants run control a quarter of the world and bring the other three quarters round to our way of thinking. But in those days, the FO presented our view to foreigners, now the represent the foreigners instead of us.

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  16. 27
    Penfold says:

    And so much for the “Bonfire of Quangoes”. :-(

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  17. 30
    MIKE OXHARD says:

    I’d want a dam site more if i had to share a bed with my minister

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  18. 32
    ████ 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    How many SpAds does Calamity Clegg have now ?

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  19. 35
    Ric"Tally Ho" Holden CCHQ says:

    David Cameron ‏@David_Cameron

    I told Tim in Yalding we’d help him recover from bad flooding by getting power back on & ensuring a quick clean up. pic.twitter.com/XErCGFbAjG

    What a joke “One Termer” is turning out to be !

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  20. 36
    end of liberty as we know it says:

    Read this and ask why anyone would even consider voting LibLabCon in any election going forward. The fact that Maggie thatcher’s Tories are implementing a police state by stealth is heart-breaking.

    http://devilsknife.blogspot.ie/2013/07/democracy-is-not-freedom-death-of.html

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    • 74
      Real Conservatives vote UKIP says:

      Haven’t seen any of Maggie’s Tories for quite some time.
      Think Dave got his mate Vacant Ned to knife them all.

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    • 90
      All socialists are hypocrites says:

      Another one living in a “fictitious universe”…….There are no so called “Maggie Thatcher’s Tories” in the government….Cameron is not and never has been a Tory…and THIS is nowhere near a “right wing government” either despite all the invective from the left

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      • 104
        FFS says:

        Sadly Cameron is the Tory, in the manner of Heath before him.

        It was Maggie that was not a Tory. She sticks out like a sore thumb in the history of the Tory party.

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      • 139
        Sir William Wayde says:

        I think Cameron is a Tory but not a Conservative. He has all the Tory sense of entitlement and solidarity with the ruling class, but none of the Conservative values of moderation, patriotism and pragmatism.

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    • 91
      Bilda Berger says:

      Observe Mounsey being destroyed by Brillo!

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    • 106
      The new road to sefdom says:

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      • 182
        HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

        Hannan, as they say ,talks the talk, but ,if he had any balls he would resign the pro EU tory party in the European Parliament and join UKIP .
        Until then nobody is listening to him.

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  21. 38
    Blowing Whistles says:

    H/T to Terence Blacker from yesterdays Indy. (pg31) his ‘banned’ list of words for 2014 includes this gem:

    Quote
    Aspiration. With a general election on the horizon, an array of middle-aged politicians from the three main English parties will be looking for the one great cause – if possible,a single word – which will provide a rallying cry. “Aspiration” fits the bill perfectly since no [sic] could possibly argue against it. From Cameron’s “aspiration nation” to Miliband’s “party of aspiration” via Clegg’s “army for aspiration”, here is the word which captures the tone of British politics in all its resonant emptiness. Unquote

    Priceless.

    and btw Ex Pat is the turkey who cooked his own bacon in the past few days. What a laugh and the fake sc indulged Ex pat to his 95 % certainty. Ex Pat you might want to read the obituary of Kate Losinska in yesterdays Indy – to increase your IQ a little.

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    • 48
      Labour lies again and again says:

      Labour used this back in 1997 with the things can only get better malarkey. Look how that turned out

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    • 52
      A single person who can not be doing with political canvasers. says:

      I declare 2014 to be a “hard working families” free year.

      Plus

      “When I knock on doors”

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    • 134
      Expat Geordie says:

      You see Pete, the first part is a sensible post that people could agree with, or at least argue about, and people on this site like that. It’s the bullying bit at the end that we get a bit hacked off with.

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      • 155
        Blowing Whistles says:

        “we” expat. In yeur dreams.

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        • 162
          Expat Geordie says:

          On the lash tonight Pete. I take it that we can expect some nastiness from you later. But be careful, you had to declare your address when you stood for Bournemouth Council. That will still be on record.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Expat – ever thought about a little fact – that you in your own personal mind and with your personal anger against this pete bloke just might have got it all wrong … Best you quietly think again and then try and save some face / credibility. How you ‘add things up’ in your belief structure is for you – you are however the biggest turkey to have posted over the past few days. Entertained – I have been.

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  22. 47
    PROOF. That This Woman should not be an MP says:

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  23. 49
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Parasites for thick MPs who are too stupid to work things out for themselves. God help us all.

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    • 51
      Gordon McFuckwit Bust says:

      I saved the world you know, all on my own.

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      • 78
        Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

        Ed Miliband and I both helped you get the U.K. into the worst financial crisis the Nation’s been in since World War II.

        You can’t have all the glory for yourself.

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        • 84
          retardEd Miliband says:

          Pwethident Hollande of Fwanth will thow uth the way to thuckthethfully wepair the economic damage wreaked upon thith country by the thavage Tory cut’th and authtewity.

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  24. 54
    Spad word game says:

    Call a spad a spad
    Bucket & spad
    Spad U like
    Complete spadstik

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  25. 58
    Matilda says:

    SPADS = Some People Are Definitely Superfluous

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  26. 59
    Obamalamadingdong says:

    The new climate-changing weapon I’ve been testing on Surrey has performed brilliantly!

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  27. 61
    Downing street cat and chums says:

    You seen all those spads move into No10?
    Yup,there goes the neighbourhood.

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  28. 67
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    LABOUR 1998 to 2010, NEVER EVER AGAIN MUST LABOUR BE IN GOVERNMENT.

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    • 79
      And we still have Prime Minister Milipoodle to look forwards to. says:

      1997 to 2010.

      You couldn’t forget 1997, surely? The sight of an embarrassed John Prescott dancing to “Things can only get better!” and Slotgob appearing at the door of 10 Downing St with a major hangover.

      Like many people, I remember those two scenes because, like many people, I’d just voted for Labour and I was immediately left thinking, “what the f*ck have we just done?”

      Not that my vote swung the election, mind you. :-)

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      • 85
        CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

        I have never voted Labour and they spent 13 years illustrating why I never will.

        But I am sick of people giving it the “I voted in for them in ’97” line , like everybody was doing it? Labour received less votes in the 1997 election than the Conservative did i their previous 4 election victories. Yet, the people with the blood of the country on their hands (who voted for Blair), try to re-write history by saying “everyone was doing it though” like that absolves then of blame.

        You are an easily duped stupid bastard and you are not forgiven!

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      • 93
        A lesson from history says:

        Never in the field of politics have so many been betrayed by so few

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        • 113
          Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

          I have never voted Labour since I becam eligible to vote in 1966.Where Imfrom I saw the Labour Party machine in action T dan Smith,Andrew Cunningham et al.Labour is a corrupt party who have only survived because the morons from the North keep them in power oblivious to the fact that Labour have shafted them for generations.

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          • worker drone 22 says:

            I hate to say it but I was one of those people that always voted Labour because I genuinely thought they represented the working man. What can I say, but, sorry. I was young and didn’t really know how the world worked.

            1997 was the last time I voted Labour and I’m sure I won’t ever be voting for them again. But I’m not alone. I have a mother, father and two brothers who have realised that New Labour deliberately targeted the British working man and woman for termination with their fucked up immigration policy.

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      RED ED'S SEAL TEAM says:

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      • 99
        Dr Mcoy says:

        Ed is obviously a product of too much inbreeding amongst the socialist aristocracy.
        In the good old days they would have shut him away in the loft.

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      • 107
        FFS says:

        Please tell me that picture is photo-shopped and he never really pulled that face

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      • 141
        Anonymous says:

        Brilliant photo worthy of guido headers on any story about Milli loony band

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        • 183
          HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

          Keep publishing the photos ,they are a reminder of the reality of the prospects of this cretinous moron ever becoming PM.
          IMAGINE THIS SPUTTERING IDIOT REPRESENTING THE UK AT THE UN ,MEETING WITH FOREIGN HEADS OF STATE ,AND NEGOTIATING TREATIES AND TRADE AGREEMENTS ON OUR BEHALF the country would die of shame !

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          • Burgers are bad for you says:

            It already did that when Brown was at the helm. Laughing stock of the world – and not much has changed under the present lot either.

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Henrik Freischlader Band, if you like great blues rock. Check them out on youtube.

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  30. 71
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    It’s amazing that labour do not have a crisis during the christmas recess. How can this be?

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    • 109
      Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

      Because most of the MPS and Spads are out of the country at some exotic holiday resort.

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  31. 75
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    I’ve been pumping furiously for hours now; my wrist is really aching!

    But luckily there’s been no flooding in Kirkaldy…

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    • 165
      AcTung says:

      the hootie play station is x. the stretchmark is super.
      polish off the restful while bumbumhole gains kola.

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  32. 77
    Blowing Whistles says:

    BISEXUAL AND PROUD!

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  33. 97
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    HHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLPPPPPPPP !!!!!

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  34. 100
    Ed Millibandwagon says:

    Has anybody seen my Zil? I’m late for my photo opportunity at the food bank.

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  35. 110
    An awkward bastard says:

    if this was Turkey Cabinet Ministers would be under house arrest by now.

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  36. 111
    A Wandering Bulgarian says:

    You have to be absolutely mental to live in the UK and pay taxes for this to happen

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    Mr Potato Head says:

    Feeling terribly sorry for all those green peace cnts who have missed Xmas with their families. What a bunch of irresponsible twats to not even consider the consequences of their idiotic actions.

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    • 130
      A Wandering Bulgarian says:

      They are a bunch of terrorists the lot of them.

      They cause trouble through put the World.

      It is a surprise they have not been stripped of their citizenship yet as others have.

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  39. 121
    Jack D says:

    When twittering, I like to call a spad a spad.

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  40. 122
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    What do they actually do?, no, I mean what do they actually do?.

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    • 147
      FFS says:

      They dramatically improve the government’s competance in all matters.

      Oh my god, can you imagine what they would be like without them?

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  41. 127
    Owen Jones says:

    Islam has the most extreme hatred for non-Muslims and their cultures – yet Muslims demand respect? Deranged!

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  42. 129
    Lock em up says:

    Hilarious watching those wankers from Greenpeace being interviewed on SKY.
    ” was it like a concentration camp?”

    Who the fuck do they think they are?
    No-one apart from the shower of tossers who have wrought this energy shambles to this country gives an absolute flying fuck about them and their activities which pissed off the Russians so much.
    Maybe next time they’ll have pause for thought before they go creating trouble. Their activities may have little consequences here in the UK, but other places aren’t the soft touch this shithole is.

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    • 132
      A Wandering Bulgarian says:

      They were using violent when they were trying to get on that Russian ship on the high seas and never had any lawful invitation to board.

      Also there is the small matter of the illegal drugs found on that Greenpeace ship by the Russian authorities after the arrest.

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      • 168
        HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

        I am very disappointed with Putin ,I was hoping these ecoloonie arseholes were going to spend a little time being sodomised in a prison camp in the arctic circle .

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        • 181
          Cardinal Biggles says:

          Putin should have sought advice from the Frogs on how to deal with Greenpeace. They left an illegal bom*b on their boat in Auckland harbour and that was done under the auspices of that ‘nice socialist’ Francois Mitterrand!

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  43. 131
    albacore says:

    Judging by the works of our Parliamentary farces
    They’d need berks by the cartload just to wipe their fat arses
    But they could be that incompetent only by design
    No adviser could teach them how to be yet bigger swine

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  44. 137
    OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT says:

    We’ve already got a bloated Civil service.

    WT do we need all these fucking wannabe political placemen?

    You were going to reduce their numbers Dave.

    YET ANOTHER TOTAL FAILURE BY THAT TOSSER CAMERCNUT

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    • 171
      Dave 'the rock with Common Purpose running left through it' Cameron says:

      I’ve ordered Gove to teach all your sprogs Mandarin.

      Vote Faux Conservative for Big Government.

      
      

      Waddya mean, that’s not what I said before ? Surely you didn’t believe me ?
      Buwahahaha !!!!!

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    schizoid says:

    having endured another night tussling with the belief i could control the weather with my mind i have decided to get back on my anti-psychotic medication. over the last few weeks i have occasionally posted some shitty comments on here and to anyone who found them offensive i am sorry. the explanation is i have a neurological condition caused due to being molested as a child that caused my brain to develop non-typically and consequently as an adult i found i could not cope with reality so i used drugs as my crutch aka the brain damage became compounded. not an excuse of course it is merely the explanation and of the research done into schizophrenia case studies have shown childhood trauma aka forms of abuse is the root cause in about 60% of patients.

    i loathe having to take the medication, the side effects are shit so wish me luck and if you are of sound mind… i envy you.

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  47. 150
    Labour left wing hypocrites says:

    Ed Miliband’s energy department ‘spent cash like a drunk on a Friday night’ as figures reveal a £125,000 bill for travel and hotel stays in NINE months
    £12,000 spent on overnight stays for ministers and civil servants in London
    Tory vice-chairman said the Labour leader is not fit to run the economy
    Labour accused Tories of trying to deflect from cost-of-living crisis

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529824/Ed-Milibands-energy-department-spent-cash-like-drunk-Friday-night-figures-reveal-125-000-bill-travel-hotel-stays.html#ixzz2ohDSo5Zk
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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  48. 159
    Millibands socialist euro coming to somewhere near you if labour win in 2015 says:

    French president accused of being in denial as unemployment hits 3.29million but he says country has ‘turned a corner’
    Francois Hollande’s electoral pledge was to halt the rise in joblessness
    Number of people out of work in France rose by 17,800 in November
    Social president says temporary contracts should not be part of figures
    But opponents claim move is an ‘artificial attempt’ to reduce numbers

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529894/French-president-accused-denial-unemployment-hits-3-29million-says-country-turned-corner.html#ixzz2ohFlUZYo
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  49. 173
    Dogsbody says:

    We vote at election for MPs to represent us. The party to win the most seats forms our government (albeit this time round necessitating a coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party). The winning party – in the present case parties – then appoint(s) secretaries of state and ministers on the basis presumably of their competence to formulate policy for the Civil Service to subsequently enact. Will someone, anyone, please explain to me why a bunch of unelected individuals, the vast majority of whom appear to have had no real experience of life (other than possibly as so-called ‘consultants’) are then recruited to provide advice at considerable expense to the tax-payer. As I never cease to aver, when it comes to spending tax-payers’ money as opposed to their own, politicians adopt a wholly inappropriate and exceedingly wasteful policy of gay abandon. At this time of ‘goodwill to all men’, bah humbug!

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  50. 177
    manicbeancounter says:

    I would see the £10m a year cost to the taxpayer as money well spent if spAds played the role of court jester – the fools that were the only wise counsel to leaders who could not be questioned by lesser mortals. Just a single caution could prevent a financial cost (or human cost) hundreds of times this amount. But their main role is the opposite of a the medieval fool – to act as gatekeepers against alternative perspectives, or our leaders lack of abilities and skills.

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  51. 178
    SpaAd Watcher says:

    An investigative journalist may want to investigate how many SpAds in the Cabinet Office are avoiding tax by being paid via offshore companies. Nudge, nudge say no more.

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  52. 185
    Araucaria says:

    An investigative journalist might want to investigate a lot of things.
    They should certainly avoid the North.

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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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