January 2nd, 2014

François Hollande Abandons “Milibandism”

In a panicky new year message France’s President François Hollande has pledged to cut public spending, lower taxes and reduce labour costs for businesses in a bid to convince French voters that he is trying to avert le triple dip. The opposite of the policies which can be described as “Milibandism”.

It seems only yesterday that Ed was welcomed onto the steps of the Elysee Palace with a handshake from his new best comrade, saying:

milibande

“What President Hollande is seeking to do in France and what he is seeking to do in leading the debate in Europe is find that different way forward. We are in agreement in seeking that new way that needs to be found and I think can be found.”

Socialist Hollande now has the lowest net approval rating ever recorded for a French President at +20%. When you are a loser no one wants to shake your hand, as this batch of photos of Hollande with world leaders shows. Well, all apart from one other socialist leader with an even worse net approval rating of -34%, Monsieur Miliband…


229 Comments

  1. 1

    And when he was up he was up
    And when he was down he was down
    And when he was neither up nor down
    He was always Ed Miliband.

  2. 2
    Loser says:

    Stop associating me with Hollande and Miliband.

  3. 3
    The good news keeps on coming so don't vote labour says:

    Inflation down employment up the country getting better
    Don’t vote labour back in for more years of terror

  4. 4
    this ladder is ours says:

    Holliband is a thick socialist twat.

  5. 5
    Ah! M says:

    Technical Problems with our country too. Is it the 2014 bug?

  6. 6
    Tuscan Tony says:

    -20%, shurelee?

  7. 7
    Ah! M says:

    The ‘Ed’ seems superfluous. HNY

  8. 8

    I double checked, their socialist leader’s net approval rating really does seem to be some 50% points better than our socialist leader.

  9. 9
    this ladder is ours says:

    He’s 20% more of a twat than last year.

  10. 10
    Le Milliband says:

    Hollandth hath the polithies that I want to copy and make thith country juth like fwance. There ith another way to desthsruction led my me the gweat leader and my chancellor ed balls.
    TheNHS is thathe is our hands and ignore sthatthord.

  11. 11
    Gordon Brown says:

    You don’t give a monkeys about approval percentages when you have saved the world with +0% growth. Tractor production is more important.

  12. 12
    Le Milliband says:

    As in mi..li..band.

  13. 13
    Lib Dem Poll machine says:

    8 out of 10 women who expressed a preference, preferred not to be felt up.

    Note to self. Next time don’t ask.

  14. 14

    One and one is one
    One and one is one

    My Head needs some Medicine:
    h**p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f5RWNTPT1c

    It is Adobe so I will forbear from the proper link or it will fuck everyone’s computers up… :-)

    Sort your jump-to commands as well, G, it is all over the shop!

  15. 15
    Fanatical times says:

    Ft this morning

    Britain to boom in 2014. Hahahaha

    fuck you Balls with your flatlining shit.

  16. 16
    Red Alert says:

    Manufacturing data today show France is further on the slide.

    Mad Franky Hollande’s pro-unemployment policies of loading new taxes on business, extra job regulations and scaring the wealthy out of France means he’s driven the French economy up a cul-de-sac.

    What a plonkeur! And to think Labour still want to copy his loony ideas.

  17. 17
    Joss Taskin says:

    When can we expect the Miliband/Balls U-turn ?

  18. 18
    Paris coffee cup says:

    I bet he sits there over his cafe’ and thinks at least I’m not as bad as that “Ros beef twat” leading Labour so its not all bad.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Soon BBC briefing underway already

  20. 20
    Cruncher says:

    It’s not a net approval rating, it’s the % of voters who back him. Some sources give it as low as15%.

  21. 21

    You are in and out of here like a fiddler’s elbow. I left this for you on the last page… :-)

    http://bit.ly/1kaDvoG

  22. 22
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Jaw Jozzbourne needs a Plan B: cut VAT, waise taxes, incwease Government spending.

    If you don’t change course, the economy will continue to flat-line.

    Like me, it’s simple.

  23. 23
    dai laughing says:

    the problem with ‘lower labour costs for industry’ euro-style is subsidies

    sure the french consumer is screwed sideways by utilities prices – but industry is not, and, perhaps, as in supposedly efficient germany, is heavily subsidised

    could his idea be to subsidise labour costs rather than reduce (ludicrous0 labour taxes on employers?

    which would put the pressure back on megaband – if nic’s aren’t income tax – then why are uk employers paying part of them? and why are uk employers paying business rates several times the level of the cost of services that they consume?

  24. 24
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Hahahaha!

    Joy.

  25. 25
    You should read the reply tweets says:

  26. 26
    Cinna says:

    The last line doesn’t quite scan.

  27. 27
    Ariel Sharon says:

    I’m a tomato with renal failure.

  28. 28
    Plan B is GO being sent to the back benches says:

    Why does he need to do that when he’s engineering a plain vanilla housing bubble for the 2015 GE?

  29. 29

    My poetic licence was withdrawn.

  30. 30
    Robert says:

    Hollande has just increased VAT.

  31. 31
    Ariel Sharon says:

    My name is whoop whoop!

  32. 32
    EXECRABLE ED BALLS says:

  33. 33
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    WHAT ??????

  34. 34
  35. 35
    Gerard Depardieu says:

    When you prefer to live in Belgium ffs, you know your country is finished.

  36. 36
    The Duke says:

    Why do these leftie twats hate our country so much? A country that has given them so much to be thankful for.

  37. 37
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    I abolished Boom & Bust so you can relax.

  38. 38
    KEITH VAJAZZLE says:

    Don’t you like our multi-Cultural Revolution ?

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    GUIDO FAWKES DOWN … GUIDO FAWKES DOWN .

    MAYDAY MAYDAY …

    SERIOUSLY GWEEDS CONGRATULATIONS ON WHAT I PRESUME ARE WELL PHOTOSHOPPED FOTOS OF HOLLANDAISE SAUCE BEING REPUGNED BY WORLD LEADERS IN THE HANDSHAke STAKES

    HOWEVER IF PERCHANCE THEY ARE NOT REPEAT NOT SIMULATED AND ARE THE REAL THING THEN CONGRATS AGAIN FOR FERRETING THEM OUT OF THE ATCHIVES . IF THOSE ARE TRUE PHOTOS THE MAN IS GONE .

    TEAM EFFORT !!

  40. 40
    Ah! Monika says:

    OK will stick to this moniker, providing Guido finds an alternative moniker to his CotD within the next 6 months.

    Had family and kids here since Christmas Eve. Never been out of the kitchen and have just about produced every dish in La Repertoire de la Cuisine.

  41. 41
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Well at least she is admitting, subtly, that Global Warming is bollocks.

  42. 42
    Flash Gordon says:

    I am the saviour of the Universe!

  43. 43
    ps says:

    and the very best wishes to the first eleven in their majestic innings

  44. 44
    The Duke says:

    I most certainly do not.

  45. 45
    Randy Rennard says:

    I never did!

  46. 46
    Dartanian d'ed says:

    One for all and all for me.

  47. 47
  48. 48
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    It likely isn’t, but the woman with the long blonde hair in the top left photo does look an awful lot like S’ally B’ercow. Snubbed by S’ally, even a look alike, is very poor showing.

    The wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons…

    … and not a fan of H’ollande ?

  49. 49
    Weygand says:

    Hollande may promise it, but he has neither the will nor the political support within the PS to do it – and any such steps will be met by riots in the street.

    This is a country which considers it worthy of congratulation because this New Years Eve yobs only torched 1067 vehicles in the street – a fall of 10% on New Year of 2012.

    France still in need of the liberating experience of a few years à la Dame de Fer.

  50. 50
    Chew on this percentage Guido says:

  51. 51

    You c**t!

    I deliberately did not post the link to a vid to prevent this from happening.

    Now you have fucked the page up! Put stars in the link until Guido can sort this mess out: h**t// etc.

    Happy New Year by the way. :-)

  52. 52
    Silly Beercow says:

    “which one’s Peter, which one’s Paul?”

  53. 53
    Diane Fatbott says:

    WWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCIIIIIIISSSSTTT !!

  54. 54
    M102 says:

    All socialists are thick tw@ts.

  55. 55
    Rhodes Boyson says:

    If the little French genius does not meet the Budget deficit target of 3% this year big tough Dave should really stick it in him.

    It will be good for Britain, good for France and good for Europe.

  56. 56
    GORDON BROWN says:

    Please do not use capitals. It is often a sign of mental illness.

  57. 57
    Laurie Penny Fan Club says:

    Careful Laurie, this new batch of scroungers are known to kill dogs, like what you have in your photo, for fun, food and pleasure.

    Don’t worry though, as they will deposit back on doorstep once digested, but the collar may end up on EBay.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    UN CUL DE SAC DES SANS CULOTTES !!!

  59. 59
    The Libor party says:

    Rail fares fell every year during The Reign of Terror 1997-2010.

    This was financed by planting more Money Trees in the back gardens of Downing street.

  60. 60
    Tonto disguised as PJ Harvey says:

    Good old FT – always get’s it … er … wrong.

  61. 61
    Fishy says:

    Morning Miliband.

    How many Syrian kids’ deaths has your support for McClusky, Putin and ‘Mother Russia’ led to this Christmas?

    Nothing, not even morality, gets in the way of this gurning idiot’s ambitions

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/16/thirty-six-people-killed-syrian-army-helicopters-barrel-bombs

  62. 62
    Cinna says:

    NO! Foxtrot Oscar!

  63. 63
    Prime Minister Comrade David Cameron says:

    U know that Lenin statue in the Ukraine which the “pro EU” protesters toppled? Well, it went back up hours later ;-)

  64. 64
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Just FYI: Disable plugins in Chrome – the page is still loading Ok for me.

    You could also sign up for the html5 trial with youtube as well – I found that puts up the html5 vid player rather than the Adobe bollox most of the time – much more stable.

    Did not post the above – but the embedded videos on tweets which were posted up on another thread relating to those cúnts in Antarctica seemed to get around that and play with audio initially despite showing themselves as muted. That stuff was very annoying…

  65. 65
    A great big mess says:

    Hollande seems to have admitted by inference in his New Years address that he has misjudged the economic situation over the first 18 months of his Presidency.

    I take it therefore that Eurobonds are now well and truly off his radar.

    He signed up to the EU Fiscal pact. If he cannot deliver then I think there will be a minor earthquake on the European political front.

    The Printing presses will be working hard and debts will be deflated away.

  66. 66
    Well I never says:

    Well, joint firsts!

    1 Schrödinger’s cat says:
    January 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

    and

    1 Loser says:
    January 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Voila

  67. 67
    Fishy says:

    Labour Liars (as usual)

    From the previous thread. Rail expert and fares analyst Barrie Doe says, since privatisation rail season tickets have increased or in some cases DECREASED by +/- 5% in real terms.

    Rail fares were hiked when LABOUR introduced the rail fares escalator in 2004 (inflation + n%).

    Anytime fares have increased but only 20%* of people buy those types of tickets, most are advance and off-peak tickets which are substantially cheap now than they have ever been.

    *Those 20% are usually business people who see themselves as too important to lower themselves to buy a cheaper ticket…or who are crap at planning their journeys, or who work for the BBC and can’t be arsed to save other peoples money.

    The question is, will the BBC challenge Labour on this?

  68. 68
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    It is notable that France is drifting further from G’ermany now at what appears to be a geomteric rate.

    That is the end of the EU right there – no point in pretending otherwise.

  69. 69
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    The Uk should be getting very worried now because in the next 12 months the French will be using Eurostar to migrate in droves to London.

  70. 70
    Blooming Godfrey says:

    So why didn’t Liebour re-nationalise the railways when they had the chance???

  71. 71
    FFS says:

    The funny thing is he is considered to be something of a left-wing intellectual with a large number of academic works on socialism published.

    So basically he’s the best the left can get.

  72. 72
    The Tour De France starts in Leeds this year says:
  73. 73
    I hate socialists. says:

    Over the next year ,the Conservatives should have posters and full page adverts
    showing Miliband embracing French socialist policies and then people can see what
    a first class dickhead he is along with his bag carrier Ed Bollox

  74. 74
    BBC News Editor says:

    No.

    We will however continue to use Tonto as our guest editor on the flagship Today prog.

  75. 75
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Do you not think it a sad indictment of the ruling political classes that one of them could actually have married a woman such as this and still gained nomination for a safe Tory seat?

  76. 76
    C.O.Jones says:

    UNLESS OF COURSE YOU USE BOLD.

  77. 77
    RomaBob....hello and thank you for benefits! says:

    The answer is………… NO ! The BBC will not challenge Labour on this.

  78. 78
    Don Caster says:

    It’s actually lower than under Labour and besides, almost all the rail deals in place were designed and signed by Labour.

    #LabourMoreExpensive

  79. 79
    JadedJean says:

    Because they are really libertarian and right-wing. This happened when they rescinded clause iv and did a deal with the City’s predators with light touch regulation.

    They are right wing shills. It’s why Murdoch originally backed New Labour.

  80. 80
    Cinna says:

    A slapper of the first order.

  81. 81
    I hate socialists. says:

    Gods gift to the Conservative Party , Red Ed Miliband and Ed Balls .What a pair of muppets.

  82. 82
    BarryW says:

    Why do rail users expect the general tax payer to subsidise their travel by something over 30%?

  83. 83
    George at no.11 says:

    Great, an ever bigger housing bubble, er boom

  84. 84
    Ziggy says:

    It just goes to enforce the facts that why should any country allow such useless twats to determine our present and futures? In the real world the majority of these half-baked political fuck wits wouldn’t be allowed to manage an elevator let alone a country. If it wasn’t for their “connections” and “parental influences” the majority would be destined and placed in the bin of obscurity!
    Why do we as electorate always vote for these incompetent entities?

  85. 85
    C.O.Jones says:

    A German take on a current theme.

  86. 86
    NotTheBbc says:
  87. 87
    Ah! Monika says:

    Thanks for not picking me up on my French. Make that Le Rép….

  88. 88
    Angela Merkel says:

    On ze contrary, it is just how ve planned it.

    Europe does not need your nasty indecisive Anglo-American democracy shit.

    You may haf believed zat ze dreams of ze surd reich ver over. How wrong you ver.

    Ve put all ozer politicians on meat hook and ve were still runnink Germany in 1946. Ze French Vichy, ze Facist in Spain, ze Facist in Italy all still runnink ze show. Our show.

    We give you ze pretence of democracy in ze EU with ze puppet European Parliament and behind ze scenes ve Germans run everysink. Now even ze French do not dare get in our vay.

    We are destroyink your little island. Soon you vill be little angry English pigs living in ze countryside too scared to confront ze foreigners invadink your cities. Zen you will be finished and no more a thorn in ze side of ze Great European empire. Ver Napoleon and H1tler failed, ve will succeed.

  89. 89
    Hollande says:

    I fart in your general direction.

  90. 90
    Ah! Monika says:

    Now off to get some quotes to repair my 14 yr old Merc. Wife decided to redesign the back door and wing on Xmas Eve

  91. 91
    Penfold says:

    Hollande will do as he is told by the french farmers who will take to the streets in their tractors followed by the air traffic controllers and dock workers.

    Hollande is a dangerous example of an apparatchik given responsibility over his grade level.
    He is also a typical example of an EuroSozi. (A French version of Clegg).

  92. 92
    Mr Potato Head says:

    Hollande has seen all the evidence that his illogical ideology has wrought. The rich are leaving in droves and going to countries that do not gleefully punish success.

  93. 93
    FFS says:

    Because in the last election only 4.5 million indigineous Brits voted for them. That’s just 17% of the adult white population, and that number is declining fast.

    Labour need migrants and they need to suck up to them big time, otherwise they are finished. It also has the advantage for them that migrants only want their residency status confirmed, so they don’t care about other issues and Labour can do what they like.

    If it all goes tits up and civil unrest follows, Labour believes that their placemen in the police and the UAF etc will bring about some kind of glorious Marxist uprising.

    Migration is a win, win, win situation for Labour.

  94. 94
    How can we ever repay you? says:

    I’m sure the r@ped children of Rochdale, Rotherham, Oldham and a dozen other enriched cities thank you from the bottom of their little hearts.

  95. 95
    FFS says:

    What Hollande actually said is this:

    “Taxes are way too high I admit. So I’m going to be bringing them down eventually”

    He thus managed to piss off both the right and his own supporters in one short speech.

  96. 96
  97. 97
    Blowing Whistles says:

    A Vazzz…st there pirates – What powerful piece of persuasion could have led to the dujas being granted their port passes back in time?

  98. 98
    Warren Peace says:

    Hollande declines to shake the one hand offered to him, that of barroso, some semblance of dignity left then.

  99. 99
    Sir William Wayde says:

    What is it with short, ambitious Frenchmen?

  100. 100
    Sorry, all out of guilt says:

    Off you go then, join up with your ‘rebels’ at the nearest mosque.

    What’s that? You don’t actually want to fight yourself, but you expect others ie British Soldiers to fight for your moral vanity?

    Well thanks, but no thanks. British troops will needed on the streets of this country soon enough, containing the mess the liblabconers dumped on the rest of us.

  101. 101
    International Jihad says:

    “Britain to boom in 2014.”
    We hope so. We’ll do our best to make it happen.

  102. 102
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    When Hollande visited that agricultural show in Paris last year he was actually photographed stroking a cow .

    Contrast this with non animal loving Sarkozy who thought he could side step the whole event.

  103. 103
    Brillo says:

  104. 104
    Cinna says:

    Oh…I didn’t realise that. I thought there were two dogs in that photo.

  105. 105

    Excellent comment piece by Robin Shepherd in Commentator.

    You can expect a pretty brutal response from him if you start denigrating the peoples of central and eastern Europe, Romanians and Bulgarians included.

    Me too.

    Blame the EU and our successive governments, not people who are trying to better themselves and are also prepared to work for it.

  106. 106
    A vacant plot of land opposite the Palace of Westminster says:

    I think I know where they can put them

  107. 107
    Lord Stansted says:

    Cheer up Cat, at least you’re not a twat like “Sir” Andrew Motion:

    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2014/1/1/you-reap-what-you-sow.html

  108. 108
    Cinna says:

    As well as taking over all the “fast food” outlets in those areas, they seem to have driven all anglo saxon cab drivers out of business.

  109. 109
    Sir William Wayde says:

    I wish we had a leader with Merkel’s brains, integrity and courage.

  110. 110
    Tina Thatcher says:

    Madame Merkel is keeping her distance and her counsel !

    She might be fat but she is not daft.

  111. 111
    UKIP or bust says:

    Looking at those photos of Hollande, I can’t help think that he is some kind of puppet leader.

    Thing is though who put him there?

    And have they come unstuck or is it all going to plan?

  112. 112
    Naughty Nev says:

    Angela Merkel can inspect Little Nev any time she likes. He will stand to attention like a proper boy soldier.

    http://www.arrse.co.uk/intelligence-cell/201469-who-recognises-woman.html

    These French bum-boys can go and suck each other’s tiny little cocks though. Pointless, garlicky country.

  113. 113
    de Volkskrant says:

    What about an acknowledgement, Guido?

  114. 114
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Could someone post up the ‘Garland cartoon’ from the graph dated Saturday Jan 1 2011 – what a shower and circus of pitiful performers that was – but satire it was?

  115. 115
    Adolf Hitler says:

    That was my motto!

    “Arbeit Macht Frei”

  116. 116
    Blowing Whistles says:

    I am going to have another look at Garland’s graph cartoon from Jan 1 2011.

  117. 117
    Gorgon Son of the Manse says:

    So tremble false Whigs in the midst of your glee,
    For you’ve no seen the last of my muck-ups and me.

  118. 118
    The Franfurt/Austrian/Chicago School says:

    Don’t worry, it’s all going to plan.

  119. 119
    Kerry Katona says:

    No class.

  120. 120
    C.O.Jones says:

    A bit long at 9.75 minutes but certainly an eye opener.

  121. 121
    Blowing Whistles says:

    p.s. ‘have some’ modbot at 1:19 pm

  122. 122
    Soon to be happening near you says:

    Should be compulsory viewing. Bet we won’t be seeing that on the Beeb.

  123. 123
    Err...... says:

    Why did Mary Creagh say Labour plans would see fare increases of 3.1% instead of the 2.8% they increased today….and the BBC interviewer never batted an eyelid?

  124. 124
    Valerie Trierweiler says:

    If you knew what Francois does with those fingers, you wouldn’t be so surprised.

  125. 125
    Wotak Hunt says:

    Swivel.

    Happy New Year, by the way.

  126. 126
    C.O.Jones says:

    Bit too early to use Godwin’s law.

  127. 127

    Thanks, but rather committed to Firefox at the moment due to some projects I am undertaking where several of the add-ons assist. I also want to keep the Google eye out of the picture until I am more advanced as otherwise some bastard will want to pinch it before I can monetise the damn thing. :-)

    I may do without Adobe for a day or two until this gets clear. The alternative is not to come here but I don’t want to disappoint the trolls, that would be awful for the poor darlings at this time of year.

    …those cúnts in Antarctica Could not have put it better myself. On how many levels is it possible for people to be wrong simultaneously?

  128. 128
    Charlie says:

    Hollande’s future may depend upon when and if the German people realise they will have to carry the French economy in order to keep the Euro together. Already some analysts are saying the French economy is beginning to look like Spain’s

  129. 129
    C.O.Jones says:

    Seeing it on the BBC. Pop out and buy a lottery ticket for tonight, jackpot is over £90M, you stand more chance of winning that.

  130. 130
    left wing, right wing, they're all turkeys. . says:

    Is it just me? or does Hollande look like the one having second thoughts in the bottom picture?

    There’s no loser like a labour LOSER…..

    Aaaah ha ha ha HNY

  131. 131
    Err...... says:

    I hope Vaz has a load of these undesirables move in near his house…and they shit on his driveway

  132. 132
    A Pensioner says:

    Because we wouldn’t be able to get around?

  133. 133
    left wing, right wing, they're all turkeys. . says:

    Is it just me?
    Or does Hollande look like the one having second thoughts/regrets in the last picture?

    No LOSER like a LABOUR LOSER!

    Ahhhhh ha ha ha
    HNY

  134. 134
    C.O.Jones says:

    Sorry – not tonight, tomorrow night.

  135. 135

    Courtesy of school friend, Joe Mazurkiewicz: Dupa!

  136. 136
    Carole Ann Duffy says:

    There was a young man of Japan
    Whose verses would never quite scan
    When they said “But the thing
    Doesn’t go with a swing”
    He said “No, but I like to put as many syllables into the last lines of my poems as I possibly can”

  137. 137
    Charlie says:

    Probably because she had bad time at public school , in her case Brighton College. Brighton is mixed , so good looking and sporty girls lime Pippa Middleton have good time wheres Laura Penny types are ignored.

    Most left wing middle middle and upper class types tends to be the unfit , non -sporty and less attractive types who were unpopular at their schools , especially is they attend public schools. Sporty types who played for the school or even better county or country tend to be popular , even if they happen to less academic whereas swotty non-sporty types tend to get cold shoulder. those who are academic, sporty and attractive tend to receive all the laurels.

  138. 138
    this ladder is ours says:

    I bet Dave has the tighter pussy.

  139. 139
    Athelstan says:

    The borders are still open and the Bulgarian and Romanian hordes are still pouring in. Instead of meeting to deal with this invasion, COBRA discusses the British weather.

  140. 140
    First of the losers says:

    In a dead heat, there’s no 2nd

  141. 141
    Gangsta rap says:

  142. 142
    Foreigner Watch says:

    “She is of Irish, Jewish, and Maltese descent”

    That’s why.

  143. 143
    Proper Charlie says:

    That or she’s just has a personality disorder.

  144. 144
    FFS says:

    There was a man from Milan
    Whose verses would never quite scan
    When they said “Aren’t you knowin’…
    …Your verse ain’t a poem?”
    He said “I don’t give a shit”

  145. 145
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    I guess that ship will be lost for quite sometime, maybe forever now they have abandoned it and helicoptered out. The sea ice only grows from here on out.
     

  146. 146
    Joss Taskin says:

    Ever thought of using your savings ?

  147. 147

    I am reminded again of Russell’s The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so certain and the intelligent are full of doubt (several variations exist of this and I am not sure that the big quotes sites have it right).

    BTW The Schrodinger’s cat on the excellent bishophill is not me (everybody wants to be SC nowadays, it seems…) but I broadly agree with what he says using a rather a more timid tone than I would chose to use.

    As for Andrew Motion, he has rather went down the pan some flushes ago.

  148. 148
    Climate Change Scam watch says:

    The guy’s even got skin in the game re the climate change scam

    “I am an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales where my team and I are focussing our efforts on using the past to better understand the changes we are seeing today. To do something positive about climate change, I helped set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.”

    http://www.christurney.com/

  149. 149
    FFS says:

    Leaked to media so that the Judge can say “This man can’t possibly get a fair trial” and throw the case out of court.

    Bunch of shifty wankers.

  150. 150
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It can’t be long now before the IMF bailiffs come knocking on Hollande’s door :-)

  151. 151

    We are please with our puppet leaders, if we weren’t they wouldn’t be leading.

  152. 152
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It will be crushed like a tin can.

    Shame the eco-loons won’t be on board when it sinks without trace :-)

  153. 153
    Reader says:

    Thanks for that. Following the link through to the article and the comments is very informative.

  154. 154

    Give them enough rope and what do they do?

    http://nyti.ms/1eXQKXk

  155. 155
    A Penguin says:

    So he’s a crook.

  156. 156
    Mr Nobody says:

    A pair of losers. Socialists are clinging on to the fact that they have a small poll lead 16 months from an election and that they don’t need much of a lead for a majority. Unfortunately, they haven’t grasped the concept of the electoral cycle any more than Brown and Balls did the economic cycle.

    It isn’t enough, Miliband is heading for a big defeat.

  157. 157
    A Polar Bear says:

    It’ll be fine if the wind changes direction and stops compressing the pack ice towards it.

  158. 158
    FFS says:

    She was hospitalised with anorexia. Eating disorders are commonly associated with personality disorders.

    In Penny Red’s case I’d plump for Narcissistic Personality Disorder since she seems to have many of the symptoms revealed in her writing.

  159. 159
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    I wonder…

    How much carbon dioxide and pollution do three ice breakers, seven helicopter trips, two rescue ships and the ship that will be lost and probably sunk in the Antarctic with all the fuel and oil spilling out produce?
     

  160. 160
    Mr Nobody says:

    All this talk of Miliband ditching Balls is irrelevant. Labour’s unelectability is primarily because of Miliband – it is him they need to drop if they are not to face defeat a la Michael Foot.

  161. 161
    nell says:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/30/ed-miliband-new-year-message-economy

    I’ve just realised that militwit issued his New Year plans for ‘revamping the economy’ on Monday but apparently no-one bothered to listen to him. It was all about something called a cost of living crisis – not sure what he was on a about.

    Any Happy New Year Folks!

  162. 162

    They want to get taller?

    They lost the flower of their youth in the World Wars and are now essentially a peasant nation of runts.

  163. 163
    Foreigner Watch says:

    “She is of Ir!sh, Jooish, and Maltese descent”

    That’s why

  164. 164
    Too Far says:

    It’s realy odd, or is it? that the British Bullshit Corp. forgot to mention that these Ecoloons where investigating (trying to prove) the ice sheet was shrinking. Sometimes I think there is a God… priceless

  165. 165
    T May never says:

    That would only expose the absense of police walking the beat on the streets in British cities. If the Germans can do it, why can’t our police?

  166. 166

    Wife decided to redesign the back door and wing of the Mercedes.

    Was she cooking in it?

  167. 167
    Hugh Jend says:

    There’s an ugly old bag named Beckett
    When camping she’d sh1t in a bucket
    She looks like a horse is a trougher
    Of course…
    And when she got caught she said
    F**k it!

  168. 168
    Mr Nobody says:

    The BBC won’t report on anything which makes Labour look foolish. If Balls and Miliband modify their position it won’t be reported as a U-turn. On the other hand, the merest hint of a change in any Tory policy area will be loudly trumpeted as such ad infinitum.

  169. 169
    The BBC Telly Tax says:

    Sadly, it is not priceless. The bill for this fiasco will be massive. Guess who will be paying for it?

  170. 170
    Plan B not going so well says:

  171. 171
    The British Public says:

    Syria is not of our business

  172. 172

    primus inter fenestram lambendo

    *OMG Tachy is going to hate this so much*

  173. 173
    Armchair Civilian says:

    Not even I want to get Britain involved in Syria

  174. 174
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Jahbulon.

  175. 175
    Mr Nobody says:

    Savings? Are you mad?!?!

    There are too many doves on the BoE MPC, they’re already sowing the seeds for the next cycle of boom and bust by keeping rates this low for too long.

    Anyone with any sense has taken their money out and invested it elsewhere.

  176. 176
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Those two females are too busy posing and he profered his hand to a Muslim cleric, the 3 guys bottom left also seem to be posing the one on the bottom right looks as he has smelt a rather smell

  177. 177
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    How utterly embarrassing for the BBC. They paid all that money to support this scientific expedition to report on how the ice is melting at an unprecedented rate, even sending a reporter along, an now its all gone pear shaped with their reporter stuck in record levels of ice, they’ve had to impose a news blackout on the trip.

    An inconvenient truth indeed.

  178. 178
    Mr Nobody says:

    Not just London, there are many French people in our other cities.

  179. 179
    UKIP or bust says:

    Disgusting picture, where are the blac faces?

    Are they racist as well as hypocritical twats?

  180. 180
    C.O.Jones says:

    HaHa, I suppose you would have named your placeman Miliband?

  181. 181
    GT Mnd says:

    i gurrr me.
    i gurrrrrrrr ikuheeeeeee.

  182. 182
    Le Petomaine says:

    Their official “military” losses in WW2 include resistance movement (fair enough) plus colonies plus … err 38,000 who were killed fighting for the Axis.

  183. 183
    Back to school says:

    Hey, if Miliband loses its back to school, be it post eighteen level. Happy days returns, like Daddy. Lecturing and writing from his readings will keep Miliband happy for the rest of his life.

  184. 184
    V rum Varum says:

    Dh oooooM groooooooom.
    frewm

  185. 185
    UKIP or bust says:

    “Common Purpose”.

    Didn’t Devious Dave say “We all have a common purpose” in his new years speech?

  186. 186
    The Report that the British Public will NEVER see published says:

    I think we made THAT abundantly clear….Syria was a USA war-by-proxy TOO far even for the usual yankee-philes in Parliament although it appeared NOT for our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

    There’s ONE thing the country should thank Bliar for and that is that no future British Prime Minister will be able to stand at the Dispatch Box and lie to parliament and say that it is in the British national interest to invade another Arab country

  187. 187
    A Young Man From Nantucket says:

    I couldn’t possibly comment.

  188. 188
    Mr Nobody says:

    2014. The year Labour ditches Miliband…?

  189. 189
    The BBC supports "responsible capitalism" says:

    Unfortunately for most of the electorate THIS is of no interest and they are stupid enough to belive the BBC lie and elect Labour in May 2015 because they believe that Miliband and Labour will make things better….instead of finishing the job that Brown ably assisted by Miliband and Balls started in 2007

  190. 190
    Joss Taskin says:

    Can you cash in some of the investments then, rather than look for a handout from the Taxpayers ?

  191. 191
    RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

    “beeg issue, beeg issue, beeg issue…yes please, thank you!”

  192. 192
    RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

    “beeg issue, beeg issue, beeg issue…yes please, thank you!”

  193. 193
    RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

    Yes

    “beeg issue, beeg issue, beeg issue…yes please, thank you!”

  194. 194
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    I not sure but I think I’ve spotted at lease one ‘yellow’ face so all must have been well on the HMS Socialistic Utopia, well until reality bit and gave them a brain freeze they’ll never forget.

  195. 195
    Hergé says:

    If you watched the BBC Documentary on Merckel last year you will realise exactly what a smart political operator she is…no one survived under the East German regime and then rose to prominence in a re-united Germany without knowing who to schmooze and who to give the “Black Spot” to. She was elected as the token woman in the Christian Democratic Union Party hierarchy after re-unification and quickly and ruthlessly got rid of the “old farts” that promoted her on the assumption they could control her ambitions…like most they found out too late that she was smarter than the whole lot of them put together and twice as ruthless

  196. 196
    RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

    “beeg issue, beeg issue, beeg issue…yes please, thank you!”

  197. 197
    Free masons cost us money - so how come they are supposed to be free (when half of them should be be says:

    So just who had access to it – other than lawyers? No doubt all of the faith.

  198. 198
    Free masons cost us etc... says:

    * the rest of my moniker should read “behind bars” – but you probably guessed that anyway.

  199. 199
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    If Perky Merky was really that clever, she would pull Germany out of the EU and eurozone before the weekend – then let the others get on with it themselves without German cash support.

  200. 200
    Mr Nobody says:

    Ha! Apparently, the NUT has commisioned a poll and excluding don’t knows, 16% of teachers would vote Tory. Honestly, if the Tories are in double figures among teachers, Labour really do have a serious problem with their leader.

    Ed’s going to get annihilated…

  201. 201
    Common Man says:

    The same problem that the conservatives have with Cameron.

  202. 202

    Monsewer Minibandit ees a still seeking ze vay forward.

  203. 203
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    …. because Angie can afford to pay for them, unlike Dave who prefers to give 11 billion to wasteful foreigners.

  204. 204
    Hung Parliament 2015 says:

    Thankfully, so is Cameron.

  205. 205
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    He did – and everybody on here noticed it at the time. He was also wearing a purple tie. We need to resurrect the tumbrils as this is all getting beyond a joke now.

  206. 206
    David Cameron says:

    I’ll sort out that problem with more left wing bullsh*t and lies. Nobody will notice, will they?

  207. 207
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    Bit like that callow Korean youth then?

  208. 208
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    If Gordon had wished the rescuers success, that chopper would have ended up upside down about 5 miles from that stuck boat full of *%&$$$#@s

  209. 209
    Banned says:

    I can’t be the only Thatcherite Tory university lecturer in the north of England can I?

  210. 210
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    Mme Christine probably has more sense than to do that!

    Any one else notice how white her hair is now. Must be a very trying job running the International Marxists Federation.

  211. 211
    Not Dame Lawrence of Arabia says:

    What!! You mean 16% of teachers actually know the meaning of the word ‘vote’?

  212. 212
    Diane's burgher-flipper says:

    I bet Abbotamus doesn’t mouth off too much in favour of EU immigration as her voters are more likely to have them as neighbours than Laurie Penny is.

  213. 213
    Jack Ketch says:

    Actually, the Napoleonic Wars reduced the average height of Frenchmen by five inches, as they began to recover along came WW1, after that–syphilis.

  214. 214
    Jack Ketch says:

    Or in Romanian–“du-te-n pizda mă-tii!”

    In Bulgarian—“Razkaray Se!”

  215. 215
    Jack Ketch says:

    It will do wonders for house prices in Ashford.

  216. 216
    Jack Ketch says:

    Hmm! The last time an outsider was promoted by old farts in the German government who thought that they could control their creation, it all ended in tears–although he did have a coherent policy about Roma.

  217. 217
    Ed Millionairband says:

    Oh Thit!

  218. 218
    Mustapha Beni-phit says:

    Only in the UK I should think.

  219. 219
    Dan "Mr nepotism 2013" Snow says:

    I will fly out later this week to do a programme on the history of this episode.

    So long, suckers!

  220. 220
  221. 221
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Should be,”profered his hand to a Muslim cleric,”

  222. 222
    Anonymous says:

    More likely to be “proffered”

  223. 223
    Bye Bye Miligimmick says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10546875/French-borrowing-costs-rising-at-worrying-rate.html

    France was out performed by Greece! OMG!!! . Do not let Miligimmick & Ballsup anywhere near our economy or u get slapped!

  224. 224

    Thanks in favor of sharing such a fastidious idea, piece of writing is fastidious, thats why i have read
    it entirely

  225. 225
    HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

    The most frightening thing about this video is the mealy mouthed response of the Police and the local Council, deathly afraid of making a non politically correct response .

  226. 226
    HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

    Embarrassing for the BBC ! you’re joking they are an organisation totally without shame ,to them embarrassment is an alien concept ,their first instinct will be to find a way to spin themselves out of it.

  227. 227
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Shurely “D’Artagnan”?

  228. 228
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t know anything about what Francois does with his fingers, but perhaps you could explain what Miliband is doing with the middle finger of his right hand, while clasping Hollande’s right hand (in the second photograph)?

  229. 229
    lojolondon says:

    The ice cap in Antarctica has been growing steadily for several years – the greenies manage that information by completely ignoring the fact, and never mentioning it, while focusing all their attention on the Western edge of the Arctic…. So much for ‘global’ warming, which only works if you ignore 50% of the earth’s poles!


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