January 3rd, 2014

Labour’s Gym Spin Machine Needs to Row Back

Top Labour thinker Luciana Berger has already been widely derided for her spandex-clad election winner that she unveiled last night:

“Millions of people across the country will want to kick-start 2014 by getting fitter and more active. There is a real risk however that many people will be put off from keeping to their New Year’s resolutions by soaring gym charges and David Cameron’s failure to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.”

Berger went on to claim: “A yearly pass now costs £368 on average, an increase of £15 since 2010″. Before this intervention is allowed to shift the entire political narrative, it should also be pointed out that it’s complete nonsense.

An increase of £15 since 2010 constitutes a 4.1% rise. However, if subsidised costs had risen in line with CPI over the same period (10.5%) a pass would cost an average of £390. So in fact that is a real terms cut of £22 in gym membership costs since 2010. Not only was Berger’s intervention completely vacuous, it was just plain wrong. Roll on 2014.


347 Comments

  1. 1
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Westminster Village Bike.

    • 4
      Chuka says:

      I didn’t charge her for greasy pole climbing.

      • 11
        RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

        Watta a silly slappa!

        • 20
          tn02 says:

          Ed and Luciana look like brother and sister. Are they from the same extended family?

          • Paul Flowers - retd says:

            Indeed. I’ll be honest, I still would.

          • Gail Forswinds says:

            “Top Labour Thinker”.

            Ha!, bloody good one Guido.

          • Juda says:

            Yes, same family, same tribe.

          • Jim Khannah says:

            My name is Luciana
            I’m an OK lookin’ tart
            So why is it that on seein’ me
            Ed M lets out a fart?

          • Common Man says:

            Maybe it’s David Miliband in drag.

          • Ed Milibands Ghost Writer says:

            Was her Mother also abandoned in Belgium?

          • Luciana says:

            Let’s just say I haven’t been sat under an Oak tree for the last 1000 years, you horrible English oik.

          • trin trin says:

            varoom wah room.
            Dhoom, BooM,
            trinity is dead.
            long live the ner vie endings?dnooooooooooooooooooo

          • Ed over heels with Ed says:
          • penny netflicks says:

            elastic.

            when the law is an ass, it is worth noting the location, left ass or right ass.

          • Anonymous says:

            It is self-evident that there is no other way to get control of a society with strong moral values than to weaken those values. The formula is simple: destroy the belief system on which that society is founded, especially its religion and its traditional codes of honor and decency. Promote godlessness and a philosophy of despair. To put it in even plainer language: reduce men to beasts if you wish to control them.

            They use multiculturalism as a weapon of mass destruction in addition to moral corruption. They flood the country with immigrants, legal as well as illegal. They turn race against race (engineered ethnic conflict), parent against child (attack on authority), and man against woman (radical feminism). Above all, they teach the non-White races to regard the White race as the ultimate evil: “the cancer of human history”, to quote Jewish feminist Susan Sontag.

        • 30
          Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Immigrants and Criminals says:

          This is indicative of the quality of the Socialist argument! WTF, what a total minging airhead, she should go and clean something where her skills would be more appropriate.

        • 40
          Bill Quango MP/5 says:

          Bob .. I was listening to james O’Brien on LBC.
          He said that as 20 million Romanians and Bulgarians had not arrived on the morning flights that the ‘scare’ on immigration was exaggerated.

          Apart from his reasoning being a little bit..shall we say..Lucinda style, do you know how many new Eastern Europeans are arriving daily?

          Does anyone know?

          • Who is this Jim? says:

            We will only know when it’s too late.

          • Common Man says:

            Too many.

          • Londoner says:

            Any is too many. London is full

          • Ex Rhodesian currently stateless says:

            I have changed my name to Dominescu and I am on my way, finally.

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

            We are waiting for the weather to warm up, of course we will say we have been here for 3 months already, you cannot prove otherwise :)

            Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue……thank you very mooch!

          • FFS says:

            The only people that can listen to LBC are brown.

            James o’Brien knows which way his bread is buttered.

          • Anonymous says:

            TERESA MAY S LEFT CROCODILE SHOE SAYS

            NO @BILLQUANGO .

            WE DO NOT KNOW

            WE HAVE NOT KNOWN

            WE WILL NEVER KNOW

            AND YOU BILL QUANGO OF ALL PIIKEYS I MEAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN TO ASK AN UNSETTLING QUESSTION LIKE THAT WHILST WE ARE STILL ONLY ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS .

        • 181
          Macheath says:

          So, the press features food banks and the difficulty of feeding families, but Labour want to make sure that the gym pass is affordable.
          Islington-centric

    • 19
      Mustapha Djinn says:

      I wouldn’t mind jumping on that exercise bike as long as the chain wasn’t a bit loose.

    • 24

      Wouldn’t touch her with yours on a long pole, mate! :-)

      • 28
        Mustapha Djinn says:

        Ed seems to be considering the possibility

        • 177
          Baldrick's burger bar says:

          No, I don’t think so. It is clear from his expression that he is thinking “WTF is this vapid bimbo on about this time”.

        • 231
          Hugh Jend says:

          I wouldn’t bone her with a stolen penis…….

      • 39
        Ippikin says:

        Wake up Sir and shake off the post Christmas hangover – you’ve lost your quote of the day slot!!

        • 53

          I’ve been hard at work on the boiler actually. No, not next door’s missus! It is my wood burning stove. have had it to pieces and cleaned off all the tar deposits that build up like empty bottles at the Palace of Westminster. Give it a dust and wash down and then screw it back together again, good as new and with a shiny front opening. No, not Luciana Berger…

          • Yeah,right.... says:

            Wood a touch moist, Sir?

          • Good gracious me no!

            The wood should be seasoned for two years before burning and kept out of the rain and even preferably somewhere inside where air humidity will not get to it. You should keep enough wood near the stove so that the following day’s fire can be drying out further.

            The control of moisture is something one should be very careful about in these, or any other circumstances. Each situation has its critical level of moisture to achieve the best outcome. My whole lifetime appears to have been dedicated to this purpose.

          • the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

            Ash will burn OK without seasoning

          • TOMMASINA FROM TIMISOARA SAYS says:

            HOPE YOUR STOVE S BURNING IN A SMOKELESS ZONE SCHRODDY.

            STILL COME TO THINK OF IT THE CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS OR WHEREVER SIMILAR BODE YOU VE PRRSENTLY HUNG YOUR HAT WILL NOT HAVE HAD MUCH TRUCK WITH THE CLEAN AIR ACT .

          • Are you trying to tell me that burning properly harvested wood, which is carbon-neutral, is less healthy than burning oil?

            And, by the way, please do not use capitals as it is often a sign of mental illness.

          • Yeah, right.... says:

            Chill cat. Just puzzled at the quantity of tar your combustion produces.

            Not burning Korans again, I hope?.

          • Ippikin says:

            Old bitumen soaked telegraph poles and railway sleepers do that to a boiler as well as an oily dago’s prick – or so I’m told.

    • 29
      The BBC says:

      We don’t care if the facts are wrong, we shall obedintly report it anyway

      • 162
        Lord Stansted says:

        Is it true, Mr The BBC, that in order to appear on your TV and/or radio one must promise to utter the words CLIMATE CHANGE at all and none opportunities?

        • 170
          Not the BBC says:

          Or just say “Tory led coalition” and you’ll get a green pension too.

        • 244
          An unhinged conspiracy theorist says:

          But don’t mention the war Jimmy Saville.

          I mentioned him once, but I think I got away with it all right

    • 120
      simon cowell says:

      guido is a pathetic excuse for a man.
      all he wznts to do is to fuck himself.

      guido should decide.
      will he fuck fawkes or himself.
      folks wanna ?dno

    • 136
      Graham says:

      Don’t you mean dyke ?

      • 153
        horsey baby says:

        simon cowell loves himself. like a true guido he fancies the female cersion of him.

        Rguido is fake. wanna buy a watch. chipchip. or just the location independent time.

    • 149
      Pawl says:

      Darn it had the P name

    • 160
      Quack quack says:
      • 165
        Lord Stansted says:

        Haven’t these cows heard of walking in the outdoors as exercise?

      • 169
        Must try harder says:

        Ms Eoin clarke, how can there be an obesity crisis if the Tories are also to blame for people going hungry?

        Another question you won’t hear on the BBC.

      • 172
        angry anti-politics type says:

        STATE FUNDED GYMS? OH PLEASE FUCK OFF

        EAT LESS GO FOR A WALK FATTY PEOPLE

      • 188
        Capitalism at its best says:

        I used to be a member of the local council Gym – £32 per month. Until recently.

        I have now joined a brand new privately run gym with better equipment – £12.99 per month.

        As there is a cost of living crisis £12.99 is a better figure than £32.

        Thank you Tory Funding cuts.

      • 277
        I hate socialists. says:

        Eoin Clarke is a left wing windbag who spouts a pile of crap on his blog .

    • 310
      Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

      I bet her constituents in Liverpool will really appreciate her insightful input on their behalf.

      They have high unemployment, poor housing, poor schooling and she is wittering on about council run gyms. But being from metropolitan North London with a private education she will really be able empathise with their problems

      God save us from the modern politician.

    • 319
      Handycock says:

      I most certainly would. Boaz.

  2. 2
    Jabba the Hut says:

    Buy a skipping rope!

  3. 3
    Ruttiger says:

    Somebody obviously hasn’t been to the great value for money gyms run by Liverpool City Council . . . be rather embarrassing if that person were an MP for Liverpool

    • 18
      Pollytwaddle says:

      Why is the city council running and subsidising gyms?

    • 27
      Back to Basics says:

      The council is supposed to empty the bins and keep the parks tidy, not run fucking gymnasiums. No wonder council tax is so high in Labour areas.

      • 60
        Anonymous says:

        Exactly. They should sell off their gyms.

        • 103
          Non taxable pikey says:

          Nobody would want to buy them. Gyms are overpriced and full of equipment that achieves 50% of FkAll. The glossy health mags perpetuate the fallacy that the latest bit of expensive kit is what is needed to get fit and healthy. As Anon says, go for a walk. The gym isn’t necessary and if you want to improve your health a bit more, eat correctly. If anyone can still remember him, Charles Atlas had the right idea.

      • 143
        Jack Ketch says:

        If you are on benefits you get a discount, if you are on jobseeker’s, gym membership is free.

        • 189
          jack sketch says:

          do not welsh on me.

          welch on.

          time to break the house.
          split it first.
          HO USE
          HoHoHO is of no use.

          USEUSEUSE is just abuse….,so absolute.is my .

          HoHoHo is good for health….and wealth. when the laughter becomes painful. when in hysterics the pain is bitter, the pill is called abuse. extreme use of the abs.

          So long.
          the foundation is pragmatic. is there something automatic about it?dno

  4. 5
    Mr Nobody says:

    You have to laugh. Labour have lost the argument on the economy and are now trying to change the terms of the debate. Ed is toast.

    • 21
      retardEd Miliband says:

      Many hard working familieth cannot afford toatht becauthe of the cotht of living cwithith, which hath incweathed the cotht of making toatht too far, too fatht.

    • 33
      One of the Eds, I forget which says:

      Exercise makes me run too far and too fast

      • 271
        Luciana says:

        - look f-ckheads, of course it was total rubbish but its the soundbite that matters

        - that, and impressing the tit to my left

  5. 6
    Ippikin says:

    I was always of the opinion that if you jogged to the gym and back instead of going by car, you would not need to go in the first place, let alone spend a fortune on doing so.

    • 10
      Lucinda The Troll says:

      And ease of the pies!

    • 100
      geordieboy says:

      Have a shag, apparently it is the equivalent of running a mile in 4 minutes.

      • 163
        Dirty ole Bugger says:

        Problem I have found is that if one of you is fat, that one ends up underneath and consequently doesn’t do any of the work. The one on top is the one that works up a sweat and stays thin.

        If you have a girlfriend who’s a bit of a plumber to start with, she just gets fatter and fatter while you get thinner and thinner, until you decide she’s a bit of a minger and it’s time to get a fitter bird.

        • 216
          A Right Fucking Bastard says:

          True, but plumpers are usually fucking well dirty (i.e. grateful) and you can get them to do all sorts of stuff.

        • 339
          The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

          There was a young plumber from Leigh,
          Who was plumbing a maid by the sea,
          Said the maid, “Stop your plumbing, I can hear someone coming!”
          Said the plumber, still plumbing, “It’s me!”

  6. 7
    Peter Mandelason says:

    Try spinning

  7. 9
    David B says:

    Facts only weaken a good story for Labour

  8. 12
    Ed P says:

    One pound a day and she’s complaining? Compared with the (outrageous) cost of a cup of coffee, that’s good value. Muppet!

    • 25
      The £1.40 per day Graudian says:

      £1 per day is too much for Britain’s hardworking families, suffering from a cost of living crisis.

    • 36
      Doalite says:

      Why can’t I get free gym membership down at the food bank?

  9. 13
    WelshRacer says:

    Someone should do an FOI on the gym at Parliament – who uses it etc costs etc…..

  10. 14
    PC Dixon says:

    What is it with Labour politicians forever getting it wrong -

    • 31
      David Cameron says:

      Because they’re congenitally thick.

      By the way, the EU is spiffing, membership is in all our interests (not just mine and Neil Kinnock’s and Peter Mandelson’s) and HS2 will be jolly wizard! (and affordable, like my £11billion p/a foreign aid budget).

  11. 16
    Bill Quango MP/5 says:

    I think this gym membership and the Thomas The Tank Engine sexism are going to win labour the next election.

    Keep going Ed and team Ed! Check out the price of fax machines! They are a disgrace. Up £40 quid since 1997.
    And a Grand Piano is over £7,000 ! That’s up a staggering 6300% since 1789.

    Go Ed!

    • 26
      The Eurozone says:

      Imports of Schadenfreude have rocketted under the current government.

      • 193
        Pop goes the weasel says:

        Yes, quite so. That’s why me and the missus have to stick to the merlot.

    • 41

      Actually, the Fazioli (min £45k, max £250k) has risen even more. A friend tells me that they are like a Lamborghini, fast and wild, with great looks. But really to be compared with the girl you have a fling with at a bar, not the one you take home to your mother.

      You would never get one past IPSA now. Hey-ho!

      • 56
        Bill Quango MP/5 says:

        I did get a Yamaha PF80 through Ipsa. Claimed it as keyboard, which it is.
        They allowed it as

        1- desktop PC replacement Keyboard – £1800

        Denis McShane got it for me. I miss him now. especially as I want to claim heating allowance for the Bentley.

        • 99

          Completely understandable. It would be foolish having spent all that tax-payer’s money upon the insulation kit (£7,400 for the Daimler, how much did the Bentley kit cost, BTW?) only to then allow the inside to get cold.

          Never mind. Denis will out again in no time and there have now been so many, it is not even a stigma any more. The BBC is all ready to give him a series and the book about rehabilitation is going to be the standard coffee table item in 2014. He always was a lucky bastard over timing, could not have happened at a better time for him.

          If you handed yourself in, it would probably not go anything like as well. Bloody unfair.

    • 70
      Lucy Beefburger says:

      Fortnum and Mason tea hampers are now £350!!!

      Good gracious, how on earth my constituents in Wavertree afford them these days?

      It’s all Cameron’s fault.

    • 151
      Yeah,right.... says:

      Thats nothing. Have you seen the cost of government these days?

  12. 17

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    Meanwhile see the amazing blog about the stalking story of the century, start here

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  13. 23
    Pam Fritter says:

    I was going to give up fags in 2014 but didn’t because of the cost of living crisis.

    • 44
      kmc says:

      I gave up fags in 2004 on cost grounds – glad I did; at 22 per day (avg.) at £8.63 for a pack of 20, I’d be spending £3,464.95 a year now.

      The cost of living crisis has made me nearly £3.5K better off. :-)

      • 97
        Smug bastard says:

        I gave up smoking at Easter 1984, almost 30 years ago. Best thing I’ve ever done. Well, there was that girl…

    • 62
      Mr J Dromey says:

      I only go for the black fags.

    • 74
      Wee Willie Hague says:

      I was going to give up fags as well but changed my mind.

      • 77
        Dave Cameron says:

        My new years resolution for the last 4 years is always, to give up the UK’s sovereignty. This year I really mean it.

        • 90
          Paniagua V5 says:

          I thought it was to give up £11bn on corrupt 3rd world leaders vehicles and foreign housing?

  14. 34
    FFS says:

    If they had said something like “Gym membership has such a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing that we intend to make it free because it will pay for itself in the long run due to less pressure on the NHS” they might have been on to something. At least it would have had a level of plausibility that would have been difficult to challenge. But trying to sell it as part of a the “cost of living crisis” baloney is just ludicrous.

    Utter morons.

    • 63
      Taxpayer says:

      I see the logic. If we ban all subsidies on cabs, cars and the use of public transport by MPs, everyone is going to be so much healthier when they walk or cycle and it will save us all a fortune.

      • 223
        A Right Fucking Bastard says:

        And if no cvnt ever plays rugby, or rides a fucking horse, or a moto-x bike, or skis down a fucking mountain, or even walks up a fucking mountain when it’s a bit windy, then that too will save the NHS some money.

        Except it isn’t the NHS’s money in the first fucking place, and a society organised on those lines would be even more of a fucking cvnts’ paradise than the one we’re currently living in.

  15. 35
    PTI says:

    Never did see the sense in running on a treadmill, riding a bike that goes nowhere, rowing a boat on dry land or lifting heavy weights for no good reason.

    The great outdoors is FREE. Do you geddit lefties, FREE?

    • 45
      People have got thicker and fatter since we adopted GYM's says:

      Also sucking in vast amounts of skin flakes and dust particles which fill any enclosed space.
      No thanks.

    • 51
      The Left says:

      It is deeply unfair that this great outdoors you speak of costs the same for the evil rich as it does the noble poor.

      We hereby announce an outdoors tax. For everyone. So it is fair.

      Green campaigners and their supporters will not have to pay due to the worthiness exemption.

  16. 37
    Miliband is a knob says:

    ‘Cost of living’ the one size fits all gripe that all people have all the fucking time even in boom times.
    it’s like the catch all ‘climate change’ bollocks.

    • 42
      Bill Quango MP/5 says:

      That’s why he likes it. Taps into the grumbling middle narrative.

      What he’s going to do about this crisis is a different matter. probably pay all our credit cards off for us out of the banker bonus and mansion taxes again.

      • 72
        FFS says:

        Oh I can see it coming now:

        “The weather under this Conservative government has been atrocious. They have inflicted bad weather on the most vulnerable in our society. It has caused a crisis amongst the sick, the disabled and the poor. Meanwhile the bankers escape the weather at every opportunity. We believe in a fairer Britain and better weather for all.”

  17. 43
    Silent Majority says:

    Labour are desperate to find a price rise and then blame Cameron for it, so much so they’ll rush out numbers that are wrong or say the opposite of what they claim.

    No wonder Labour collapsed the economy, these people can’t even get gym prices right, yet alone bank debt or unemployment.

  18. 46
    Who is this Jim? says:

  19. 47
    Cynic says:

    Shes a girl …she cant do sums.

    Shes also a Labourite so cant do economics

    And as a Scouse MP the shell suit is her natural habitat

    • 102
      Bill d'Sarse says:

      She is as scouse as Keith Vaz. She was born in Wembley, London and is the great niece of Labour MP Manny Shinwell (nepotism? – not here my friend) and educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, a private school (elitism? – not here my friend) in Elstree, Hertfordshire. A far cry from Wavertree – one of the most deprived areas of Liverpool.

      She was parachuted into the safest of safe seats where a pig with a red rosette would get elected, for the 2010 election. Berger lived during the selection process for about a month at the home of Jane Kennedy, then the sitting MP, whose boyfriend was the Labour official, Peter Dowling, who ran the selection process. The completed ballot papers were returned to Kennedy’s home address.

      Move along now, nothing further to see here.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciana_Berger

    • 192
      Nigel Farage says:

      Is that you Godfrey?

    • 347
      Susan Bor says:

      Board of Barclay’s bank for her then

  20. 49
    TrT says:

    My Gym costs £200 per year.
    My local (labour) council ran gyms cost nearly £400 per year

  21. 50
    Ed says:

    Does she know that she is an MP for Liverpool and not Islington?

  22. 52
    Anonymous says:

    There was a great outcry around here because the cash strapped council wanted to close the local gym they run.

    The car park and surrounding streets are regularly filled with expensive newish cars, mostly the flash sporty model. These is a perfectly good commercial equivalent up the road.

    What the council is doing running a subsidised facility for this lot is a good question. I suppose it buys votes – for a Labour council!

    • 154
      Bilda Berger says:

      I like the irony of people driving 5 miles to the gym, working out, then driving 5 miles home again. A 10-mile walk would burn about 800 kcal, depending on body-weight, the equivalent of about 4 oz of blubber. Moreover, you wouldn’t have to go in the gym and endure the smell of all those sweaty herberts.

  23. 54
    Don Croy says:

    Labour are on the run!

    Unable to say anything substantial about the economy and falling unemployment, they resort to inaccurate whinges about gym subscriptions.

  24. 55
    Cynic says:

    Luciana Berger? Every time I see that name i think of Lucrezia Borgia

  25. 57
    Fat bastard looking for an excuse not to lose weight says:

    Yeh Luciana cost of living crisis…nice one.

  26. 58
    The Critic says:

    Ed does not need a gym pass. He get’s plenty of exercise bandwagon jumping…

  27. 61
  28. 64
    Gym'll Fix It says:

    What next, will Labour pledge to fix gym prices?

  29. 65
    Ed Miliband says:

    I will freeze gym membership in 2015

  30. 73
    Lies, damned lies and Labour lies says:

    Eh? My annual gym membership is £240. She’s talking out of her arse.

  31. 76
    Richard Chimney says:

    I know this is a good time of year to have a moan but console yourselves with the fact that Dennis MacShane spent Christmas in prison having his bottom fondled by a drooling halfwit.

    • 81
      Not that I don't believe you, but... says:

      Evidence?

    • 85
      Dave Cameron says:

      How did you know he was at Chequars with me ?

    • 93
      Anonymous says:

      “Dennis”

      His name is Denis with one “n”, as in Penis.

      Oh, and his family name is really Matyjaszek. Another member of the extended family.

      • 178
        Dirty ole Bugger says:

        Dennis McMatyjaszek, Luciana Berger/Borgia, Nick Clogg, Sadam Khan, Chukkas Urmoney, Fuckwit Fabricant, Keith Vas-Deferens…..

        ….blah, blah, blah. List is endless. All fuckin foreigners or descendents of foreigners and then we wonder why we are still in the EU and allowing immigrants to take over.

        • 218
          Ed Miliband says:

          We get elected. That is in the nature of democracy. OK, it’s all rigged.

          But in principle, you could always choose to vote for better candidates if you want to.

      • 208
        Get on with it says:

        Why did he change his name?

        • 332
          Jack Ketch says:

          He went to work for the BBC. They thought that listeners may find a foreigner untrustworthy. So he changed it on their instructions.

  32. 78
    White Flight says:

    I think there must be a gym membership bubble in London! I’m paying £600+…

  33. 79
    Dævid Camerön says:

    At least I know how much a pint of Gym is.

  34. 80
    A cheeky scouser says:

    Nick Griffin just declared bankrupt.

    What a bummer !

  35. 82
    Professor Plum says:

    It’s actually 4.25%

    An increase of £15 means it originally cost £353. So you want 15/353. You’ve made the schoolboy error using the wrong figure.

    So you’re (almost) as shite as she is.

  36. 83

    Call her a ‘ top thinker’ I call it a liberty.

  37. 84
    MayfairMagFan says:

    What about the cost of beer crisis?

    Or the cost of wine crisis?

    Or the cost of scotch crisis?

    Or the cost of tobacco crisis?

    Or the cost of petrol crisis?

    Who’s going to be the first to mention the ‘cost of crisis’ on any of these taxman-jollies?

    Luckily they haven’t found a way to tax tarts yet. But that’s probably only because it would increase their expense claims.

    • 107
      Bill d'Sarse says:

      At sometime during 2014, I am sure there is to be a Labour-led lack of crises, crisis.

    • 113
      Lord Duckhouse of Pondlife says:

      Frigging ironic to hear them bleating about this stuff – when it’s all down to the cost of Labour’s crisis.

    • 152
      The Shadow Milicabinet says:

      We’ll get back to you when we’ve run those past the focus group.

  38. 86
    Pam Fritter says:

    I was going to go for a brisk walk today but because of the cost of living crisis had to stay home and watch Jeremy Kyle instead.

    • 95
      A horribly white indigenous person says:

      I’m still in bed. CBA

      • 127
        frig me says:

        is the bed in a pa a.

        if the fucker arguido a criminal suspect then who cares. the portu geezer have given up on wanking on him.

  39. 89
    Taxpayer says:

    The ‘Big issue’ is still remarkably good value if you take out the cost of having to subsidise the c*nt selling it.

    • 105
      Go back to your shithole of a country says:

      Why are they always effnix? And why do they think I carry coins?

      • 186
        FFS says:

        Because they call themselves “self-employed”. This means they can avoid minimum wage legislation and also claim immigration status. They can then claim housing benefits and tax credits.

        They don’t actually have to sell any newspapers. They can just stand there “trying” to sell newspapers but still avoid deportation and claim up to £26,000 in benefits.

        This has been going on for years and we have had TWO governments that have done NOTHING about it.

        • 212
          Pop goes the weasel says:

          Perhaps we might ask Hacked Off and Co (very politely of course) to have the magazine closed down. Then all the sellers can pisov home.

        • 337
          Anonymous says:

          LibLabCon have agreed that we can boost GDP by having immigrants fill the millions of highly skilled Big Issue sales entrepreneurs vacancies.

  40. 92
    Anonymous says:

    The obese don’t need gyms this just need to stop shoving food in their gobs.

    If this is the level of modern political thinking then god help us

  41. 96
    Meanwhile - Back to more serious politics says:
    • 116
      Dante deBlasio says:

      Sho’nuff gotta look 70′s Radical Chic– Pops he gon’ bring all dat back. You gon’ love NYC. Join yo’ peeps David Miliband and Louise Mensch ova heah, Big Momma. Ain’ nuffin shakin’ in London fo’ you any mo’.

    • 124
      Huggy Bear says:

      You is the Pits, sister.

    • 125
      JH48509435-0234 says:

      …aaaannnd New York will be back to being a gang infested war zone shortly.

      But who cares, as long as the Mayor’s bog-eyed son has cooooooool hair.

      Bread and fucking circuses.

    • 130
      fat witch of 'acney says:

      Momma, aint that just so right-on.

    • 196
      The Dark Destroyer says:

      I had an Afro once.

      You’ve been warned.

    • 259
      Anonymous says:

      Repeating what I said previously if this is the level of modern political thinking then God help us.
      Vapid just vapid

  42. 106
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    Gym charges ?

    You just have not got a clue Mr Milliband. Same old Labour .

    It is 2014. What we want to know is how we got horse meat in the food chain and we want people in prison and hefty fines imposed and compensation funds set up.

    • 111
      Thomas the Tank says:

      Labour should have sorted this mess out over the Christmas period.

      Too many mince pies and prawn sandwiches I suspect.

    • 134
      horsey baby says:

      do you sell by the donga.
      always always?dno

  43. 108
    geordieboy says:

    62% of Britons are obese, is that put down to the cost of living?

    • 117
      RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

      Labour are only interested in people being dependant on state aid…..

  44. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Does she take it up the arse ???

  45. 115

    Why is our host reading Pink News?

    I do hope he did not buy that condominium in Keighley.

  46. 119
    Romanian and Bulgarian Governments says:

    It is an outrage that RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS are objecting to us offloading our scumbag populations onto other European countries. What else is the EU for?

  47. 128
    Owen Jones says:

    The Roma will be the vanguard of the revolution.

    • 147
      Vanguards 'R' Us says:

      Well they can’t do a worse job than you have been doing. And they are far cheaper.

  48. 129
    Goffa Watch says:

    Oh well off to watch the waves. A pity it’s nowhere near as windy as the BBC said (and are still saying) it would be.

  49. 135
    Graham says:

    Lucian Berger is like the rest of her Liebour female comrades , another limited intelligence thick c*nt.

  50. 137
    Who will Rescue the Rescuers? says:
    • 138
      Brass Monkey says:

      This global warming is a right bugger.

      • 221
        Pop goes the weasel says:

        ‘Sokay. Their chopper can airlift them all to that Ozzie boat which has sensibly remained far enough offshore not to have any such problems.

        D’you think the Chinkygov will foot the bill for the rescue?

  51. 140
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    So the EU are trying to claim that all is fab in the Euro Zone, and the Euro will continue for a further thousand years, yet the IMF are talking about doing an EU wide bail-in (theft of deposits) to try and fix some of the debt problems ?

    It would be very sensible for people to pull their money, perhaps next Monday (if they haven’t already), buy gold (and Bitcoin ?) and watch the banks and Euro collapse.

    Cyprus, already violated in this manner, have been switching to Bitcoin quite a bit.

    No wonder the Saudi’s have been selling off their London assets…

  52. 145
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    If politicians think that the cost of gym membership is a political matter, then we have a long way to go before any form of sanity takes hold on the political class and their hangers-on.

    If this country had a half-sensible political class, a point about the cost of gym membership would be laughed off the stage as absurd nannyism. It is, in fact, symptomatic of a totalitarian obsession with every aspect of life, from what we think, what we do in our spare time and even what we eat and what we weigh.

    • 311
      Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

      The cost of gym membership is a piece of intellectual genius compared to their recent comments about Thomas the Tank Engine and sexism

  53. 146
    OMG. Labour Have taken her seriously says:
    • 238
      Mike Bloomberg, fmr NYC Mayor and Fizzy Dr!nk Hater, says:

      Now that I’ve just left office, my next mission in life– to wipe out carbonated beverages, first in New York, and now the UK! The Nanny State forever!

      And I’m just the old Nanny Goat that can do it, too! I’m a really rich MF’er!

      (And T May, you can fuck right off, with your Yankee Go Home too, you fugly old side of mutton!)

  54. 148
    Labour Alf Wit says:

    Yeah and something needs to done about all the Tory tax on petrol too!
    All they do is tax,tax,tax!

    • 155
      R Sonist says:

      Is that plastic bottle legal?

      • 327
        Lucinda The Troll says:

        Look at the way the girlies are holding the petrol cans. Its obvious they don’t go in for this sort of help-yourself, get yourself dirty milarky the rest of get up to. I can image that look of distain when Mary Whitehouse had to pick up her old man’s dick.

    • 195
      RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

      F*cking ridiculous people.

    • 280
      Hugh Jend says:

      Looks like fatty on the right has been to too many food banks…..though he should know that the public weighbridge is just up the road…..

    • 299
      JH48509435-0234 says:

      I remember fuel going up from 90p a litre to £1.25, almost felt like overnight, in about 2009. Remind me who was in power then Reeves, you boring snoring cow.

      I was driving a 4.2 litre supercharged Jag at the time, which may have served to aid my awareness of this price change.

      In short – fuck off Labour.

      • 312
        Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

        Of course there were no price or tax rises 1997 -2010.

        The problem is it is only blogs like this one that is challenging these liars, The BBC, Sky, national and local press have lost the ability to ask politicians any difficult questions particularly about when they were in power.

        I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by all this when Sophie Ridge is the senior political correspondent for Sky News. She of course brings all her vast experience to the political debate.

    • 331
      Cynic says:

      Looks like a queue down the ATOS DLA Test Centre

  55. 157
    Terrence Beerfart says:

    She should should just stick to being the party cum sponge.

  56. 159
    Anonymous says:

    She’d make a great dogging partner.

  57. 164
    Don't look over here, look over there! says:
  58. 166
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Why join a gym? Go run around where you live, do sit ups at home. Use your fucking brains labour scum.
    Berger wants everything to be free, but it isn’t you dozy fucking tart, it’s the tax payer that pays.

  59. 167
    Anon. says:
    • 180
      Joss Ayinglike says:

      Talk is cheap, Lucy.

      Walk is cheap, too.

    • 183
      Joss Taskin says:

      ‘Lots of people’. Chucka Urmuneyaround ? Diane Fatbott ? Red Len ? Ed Balls ? These kind of ‘people’ ?

      • 197
        Anon. says:

        The Liverpool Hilton, wonder who paid for that?
        Do they have to register these sorts of media meetings now?

        photo/1

        • 210
          FFS says:

          She did karoake later. Several top songs from “Fiddler on the Roof” in the style of Barbra Streisand.

        • 225
          Stella Creasy says:

          She has a magnificent schnozzle. I can see why Ed Likes her so much instead of me.

          Did I mention I am also a Labour Friend of Is-rael? It’s not fair that I can’t tell people more about that in my constituency: there are loads of muslims in Walthamstow so I have to wear one of those stupid palestinian scarves when I go out to eat cake in public and seek votes

    • 191
      angry anti-politics type says:

      JOG ON LUCIANA

    • 229
      The Mornington Crescent exercise class, completely free of charge says:

      1. Put left foot in front of right.
      2. Put right foot in front of left.
      3. Go to 1. Continue briskly for half an hour a day.

  60. 168
    Public information bulletin says:

    The film Zulu is currently on Channel 4.

  61. 173
    A cheeky scouser says:

    What a complete pair of out of touch tossers !

    This stupidity should be marked up for special attention at Election Time and PMQs.

    They just do not know what life is like for most people.

  62. 175
    Denis Macshame says:

    My cellmate, Ahmed Waleed bin Tarak, says he’s going to give me love Jeddah style. What does that mean?

  63. 194
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Worry not, the EU has a cunning plan to regulate the cost of Gym Fees, (whoever he is)
    Clowns!.

  64. 199
    RomaBob....we benefit you! says:

    We Romas come to Britain in waves just as the Zulus do in the film, this time we win :)

  65. 211
    Confused.com says:

    Surely if people go the gym then they’ll need to use foodbanks more?

  66. 213
    Get on with it says:

    This is not important.
    Now, an MP demanding tougher prison sentences for those stealing/defrauding the public purse would be.

  67. 214
    Fucking Idiot Dave says:

    Honestly Sally, Chukker’s cock is this big. Why don’t you try it up the Piccadilly sometime?

  68. 220
    A cheeky scouser says:

    2014 is getting off to a cracking start.

    There is some silly Welsh bint on Sky News saying it is asking too much to ask people to dig into their pockets to pay a tenner for a visit to an A and E Unit.

    For FFS this country is crap .

    • 224
      A flying seagull says:

      These are probably the same old moaners who go out and think nothing about paying over 600 quid for an iPad and 50 quid a month for an iPhone .

    • 235
      Pop goes the weasel says:

      There was also some loony lefty “academic” making the same point earlier. Life would be so much easier for everybody if Sky stopped wasting our subs money inviting these thick socialist f/wits to pontificate live on air. Don’t expect anything different from the other lot though.

    • 243
      The Inconvenient Truth says:

      It is what they do in that horrific right-wing dog-eat-dog country of Sweden.

      £10 per visit to the Doctor, capped at about £100.

      Why is the NHS such a sacred cow?

  69. 222
    I wonder which group of lawyers she is campaigning for? says:
  70. 226
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Berger a vacuous,useless toad,parachuted into a constituency she knew nothing abouand probably still know little about the Scousers deserve all they get.

  71. 228
    Casual Observer 2 says:

    Honk! Honk! What a lovely pair of of conks (sorry, I meant tits)

  72. 234
    john mackie says:

    Altogether now…..

  73. 258
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Labour can only offer lies, hypocrisy, false promises. Are you a labour type, join them and if elected help fuck the country up again.

    • 269
      Mark Wouters says:

      hello,
      Let me put you straight as you are Incoherant and stupid,The Monarchy inthis country rule the roost ,if you seriously think that the labour party fucked things up your a case for the mental hospital,everythings fixed the Monarch is uncrowned (stone of scoone was stolen in 1950)and theyre criminals ,the courts are fixed ie money making courts there is no Justice just Tory Fascist nannies.
      The Tories are fucking this country up and Lets watch and laugh These fascist nannies off our sad arses.
      your a Fascist loving manarchistic Loser and im having a fucking good Laugh at your Stupidity.

  74. 260
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Anyone seen or heard from Nigel Farage? Strange, not a peep out of him since the 1st of January.

  75. 262
    Diane Abbott says:

    I have asked Ed Miliband to make me sports minister when we are elected in 2015. I will make bun eating a compulsory sport in schools.

  76. 265
    Mark Wouters says:

    Hello Bundesstagracoon here ,
    The Fascists have stopped my esa and now im Living off fresh air ,im expected to go to local churches to beg for my food (God knows whats been put in it !)so the police can get intelligence and every where i turn im thwarted by the Police,all i want to do is get out of this fucking fascist paradise ,and be Left to live my Life without these Fascist Nannies poking and fucking my life up.

    • 284
      FFS says:

      Well if you need a few quid to fuck off back to Belgium and stop taking my tax £ then let me know.

  77. 266
    Catswhiskers says:

    Silly bitch!

  78. 267
    Anon. says:

    Mahmood Ahmed. Honoured for being Chair of Birmingham Labour Party.

    It’s not what you know…

    • 273
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Not if it was Other Bastards’ Efforts, love, no.

    • 286
      Dirty ole Bugger says:

      No, but you should stop sucking his cock.

      • 287
        Dirty ole Bugger says:

        And why don’t you all just fuck off?

        Another fucking foreigner running the fucking show. Makes me sick. Not been here five minutes and they’re climbing the greasy pole of politics. Asian nepotism. Then you wonder why the country’s screwed?

        Like these foreign arseholes give a damn. They are squeezing the place for all its worth before we chuck them out.

        • 296
          Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

          Harsh and acerbic bit I agree with every word,these fuckers dont give a shit about us.The white liberal middle,media class deserve to be taken out and shot for the state they have this country in.

  79. 270
    U won't catch me in a crappy. says:

    Berger can fuck off and die of cancer. Don’t go to a stinking gymn. U pay fuck all!

  80. 276
    Anonymous says:

    She raises gym prices as a guide to the cost of living! What a bloody airhead. Who cares about gym prices only those in the Westminster village no doubt, stupid cow do they actually believe this crap.

  81. 281
    Binned says:

    Resign you hooked nose Brown arse rimmer. Resign! What does that leeching bint know about the cost of living? She is a leech. Labour are one big crappy gimmick at the moment.

  82. 288
    Dirty ole Bugger says:

    Two fucking foreigners demanding we give them free gym access.

    Fuck off the pair of you. Fuck off and never come back.

  83. 289
    Winston says:

    I joined LA Fitness Piccadilly in 1999, when it first opened. The monthly fee was £52, which was low at the time, as it was an introductory offer. Holmes Place, nearby, wanted £70/mth. I now use LA Fitness Holborn. They have just increased my fee to £47/mth and I can use any of their clubs in London. £52 in 1999 = £78 in 2013, after inflation,

  84. 295
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Reading this crap about Berger is confirmation,if any were needed,that the prospect of a Labour government at the next GE is a horrifying thought,this woman is delusional she seats for a seat in Liverpool with some of the worst deprivation in the UK and she talks about subsidising gym membership you could not make it up,There is a simple answer,cheap as well.if you want to get fit walk about 10000paces a day give up smoking and eat proper grub.The lower classes would rather spend their money on fags,booze,takeout meals etc etc.I have no problem with that as long as I am not subsidising them thru benefits and freebies.If we dont get to grips with the benefit culture that pervades Northern cities then we are lost.

    • 307
      HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

      How can that moron Miliband splutter on about th cotht of living cwisith if there are idiots willing to pay £ 70 per month to go to a fucking gym ?

  85. 300
    TOMMASINA FROM TIMISOARA SAYS says:

    I WAS ONLY THREE WHEN IN 1989 WE SHOT MR AND MRS CAUCESCU AFTER A SOMEWHAT SPEEDY VERDICT FROM A HASTILY CONVENED REVOLUTIONARY COURT

    GIVEN THE CURRENT DESTITUTION WE EXPERIENCE TODAY I CANNOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE THE ” SOMETHING EVEN WORSE” SCENARIO THAT MR AND MRS C PRESIDED OVER .

    WHATEVER… I M BOUNDING FOR BLIGHTY AS WE SPEAK VIA THE NOSFERATU EXPRESS WHICH TRAVELS SILENTLY ON THE NIGHT WIND AND THUS HAS NO TRUCK WITH CUSTOMS CHECKPOINTS .

  86. 303
    Tom Watson is a fat cunt says:

    Labour’s ideas are Boggin.

  87. 306
    The Last Quango says:

    If miss Berger is worried about fitness she should pack in the fags and perhaps encourage the labour front bench to join a gym – some need it and others would do well not to be seen running the streets (I’m looking at you Miliband)

  88. 313
    Dirty ole Bugger says:

    Lets face it, if it all goes tits up Berger and Milliband will be fucking off to Israel and leaving the rest of us to deal with it.

    Same with all these foreigners in Parliament, they all qualify for second passports.

    People that can emigrate at the drop of a hat shouldn’t be allowed the vote let alone get a seat in Parliament. The rest of us can’t risk them treating the UK like some sort of political toy – we’ve got no choice but to live here when they’ve buggered it all up.

  89. 314
    Deflationista says:

    ‘cost of living crisis’ is sounding like a deflation campaign – where all prices to fall. Of course this also increases the real debt burden for a government but then it’s not like Labour have figured that out yet.
    I suppose at least they’re consistent and have prior form – they caused the last debt bubble and want to cause another (govt real debt) one too…

  90. 316
    Your secrets are SAFE with the BBC. says:

    Labour’s “Cost of Swimming” crisis.

  91. 317
    I smell Labour Bullshit and it stinks! says:

    When will Labour exercise their two brain cells? They need a GCSE in economics. Ffs! They are a complete waste of fresh air & tax payers money. No common sense whatsoever. Maybe Boggin Luciana can don a shellsuit -paid for by taxpayer- and take her Liverpuds for a long walk off the end of a pier! Pathetic! Can you hear Ed Miligimmick scraping the bottom of the barrel?

  92. 318
    Ed the Eunuch says:

    My new year resolution is to tell Labour & their voting scum to fuck off. Jog fuckin on! Pathetic leeches!

  93. 326
    Ippikin says:

    Anyone spotted a Bulgarian today?

  94. 334
    Displaced Brummie says:

    You’d have to be really up yourself to think this would play with ordinary people. Ordinary Labour voters. Idiot!

  95. 335
    realspin says:

    Miliband, Berger and Reeves all look like a special sub-species of 21st century champagne socialist – three peas from the same pod. Is Peter Mandelson genetically engineering Labour’s future footsoldiers from some old copy of the Guardian, in some shady laboratory somewhere? David Miliband was obviously allowed to ‘die’ because he wasn’t lefty enough…

  96. 336
    They lie with stats says:

    I made this p0int in the “Cost of Living crisis” story comments 520

    Let’s see the next time you accuse Private Eye of nicking stories

  97. 338
    Anonymous says:

    Buy a dog and walk it for exercise.
    Buy a dog to protect your family and Property
    Buy a dog as a hot water bottle.
    Buy a dog for company

  98. 340
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    “cost-of-living crisis” mmm , where have heard that before?

    • 346
      inside out says:

      Not for MP’s pay going up shortly to £74,000 can afford private gym as well as Commons gym.

  99. 341
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    Pathetic

  100. 342
    Luciana on the make again says:

    I’ll do anything for money, notoriety or attention – just like the rest of my lot.

    My knickers have been on many Westminster office floors – including the squeaker’s….

  101. 343
    We in the Labour party have a monopoly on compassion ! says:

    It’s obviously not dawned on Berger that you don’t have to JOIN A GYM to keep fit ! HELLO !!!!! More Labour claptrap.

  102. 344
    Ken for Mayor of.....Tehran ! says:

    Only the Labour party could be try and link keeping fit with a cost of living crisis (which would have been WORSE had they won in 2010). Bit like the non existent bedroom tax. Has anyone from the Labour party been in touch with HMRC. They’ve never heard of this so called bedroom tax. Nothing to do with tax and everything to do with benefits. The intellectuals in the Labour party think we’re all thick !


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“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.”



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