January 3rd, 2014

Sir Ming Coughs Coalition Divorce Plan

Sir Ming has given an interview to Total Politics, where the closest the LibDems have to an elder statesman reveals the depth of thinking in the party at the coming divorce:

“I have a theory, which so far I have not been able to persuade anyone to accept. It is that Clegg and Cameron should choose three people each who have not been in government – and this is not a job application – and send them off into a room to work out how we have a dignified, non-acrimonious division. The ministers will have to keep going to the very end. Why? Because the country has to be governed. But I think we should accept that the point’s going to come at which politically we may be together governmentally, but politically we’re going to start – well it’s started with differentiation – moving away from each other. And we should do that without recrimination or acrimony or intimidation or anything of that kind. Why? Because it is very damaging for both parties if it breaks up in a row, or a series of rows. But more to the point, it would have a considerable impact on the creditability of coalition. If people enter into it and then by the end of it get at each other’s throats, that would be the worst possible outcome, in my view. So I adhere to my view, six wise men and women, in a closed room, with instructions not to come out until they have a solution. This idea does not yet seem to have any traction.”

It’s  not an entirely daft idea…


  1. 1
    Lord Duckhouse of Pondlife says:

    SIX wise men and women? Bit of a tall order………

  2. 2
    Athanasius says:

    It’s an entirely sensible idea. Shall we synchronise our watches? Or not bother!

  3. 3
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “I have a theory, which so far I have not been able to persuade anyone to accept.”

    I stopped reading there.

  4. 4
    Morgan's Organ says:

    It’s simple Dave just tell Clegg to F**K OFF and please do it quickly.

  5. 5
    william says:

    Clegg will be lucky if he gets ‘six wise men or women’ to vote for him in his constituency , in 2015.

  6. 6
    Podiceps says:

    The Dim Lumps have been at the Tories’ throats since this wretched arrangement started. What’s new?

  7. 7
    Keith Robinson says:

    Rather pointless and naive. The request is that party politicians behave in a way which is alien to them; having done that what chance is there that those in government would have any commitment to the proposal. Cameron and Clegg made an agreement to go to the end date; so Sir Ming wishes them to break that promise. Really?
    Plus for many months know Clegg has been focussed on positioning himself so that post 2015 he would appeal to both Tory and Labour. Cable has never given any other impression that he desires to be in government with Labour.
    Politicians come up with nonesense on a regular basis, however this has to be the most preposterous for 2013/2014

  8. 8
    Lomax says:

    Obviously he has a Phd in ‘Stating the Bleeding Obvious’ – I thught it was in ‘Nail Technology’, but must have been misinformed.

  9. 9
    Mingers Off says:

    Only money allows this haddock to spout in public. He would be spat out of his Jobcentre for being unable to create a believable CV.

  10. 10
    has a red blanket or is it bed says:

    Don’t tell Prince Vince

  11. 11
    all in good time says:

    can not they wait until the kids grow up

  12. 12
    morning crescent says:


    gandh who
    ghand i
    gAND i

    a new da…da
    wich hour is over
    wardrobe has been
    for get the li in me leon.

    go go rilla is on. when the head hurts twist.

  13. 13
    morning crescent says:

    yu dread .
    is wolved howde yet,

    when unclear turn th screen around,

  14. 14
    Wisdom says:

    Ming should be nominated to oversee it all. He is the buddha of politics!

  15. 15
    The Married Party says:

    You must Not. You must not ever forget that the Liberals do not and have never seen themselves as a governing party, their reason to exist is as a coalition party and to this end they WILL make the coalition work. If the coalition fails then the Liberal party fails.

  16. 16
    Jethro says:


  17. 17
    Is this MP serious? says:

  18. 18
    Jethro says:

    and i meen that in th kindliest WEIgh

  19. 19
    FFS says:

    I’ve got a better idea. Put them all in a room fully armed. They have to find it out until only one survives.

  20. 20
    Pull the chain lets get rid of the log jam says:

    The political triumph since 2010, Libcrap and the Camorons Conservatives joining together to force the crap like the global warming scam and lies and spin and high prices onto the public and taxpayers, we’ve had no change of 13 years of Liebour and these tossers who don’t actually control the country as that’s left to the corrupt sods in the EU, time the tribes got their act together flushed this lot of politicians where they belong down the toilets.

  21. 21
    eleven. says:

    why be odd mr ken dodd.
    dod is rubbish.

    time to get even with even.
    got any evens

    stretch van, get ven. ecstasy is when,
    so get stuffed or be stuufed.

  22. 22
    FFS says:

    What is it with Labour today? Are they making a big push for the total retard vote?

    “Vote for me, I’ll give you free gym passes!”

    “Vote for me, I’ll put Corrie on 7 times a week!”


  23. 23
    eleven. says:


  24. 24
    Trotsky's Ice Pick says:

    So I adhere to my view, six wise men and women, in a closed room, with instructions not to come out until they have a solution. This idea does not yet seem to have any traction.”

    You could not FIND six wise politicians in the UK – here is my suggestion

    Vladimir Putin
    Ann Coulter
    Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty)
    Wayne La Pierre
    Dave Daubenmire
    Peter Hitchens

  25. 25

    Er, hello, it’s a soap, not the real World ?

  26. 26
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:


  27. 27
    Ragnar the Viking says:

    I have a better idea, much easier.

    each MP makes a draw out of a hat, there are three possibilities inside :

    piano wire and lamppost
    120 ravenous dogs (copyright K.J-un )

    All problems solved.

  28. 28
    Penfold says:

    Ming been at the medicine cabinet…?

  29. 29
    I hate socialists. says:

    Never,never trust a Libdem.

  30. 30
    dump says:

    do a clearout from the storage area also known as a war.Drub.
    rub the robe.

    buy a new wardrobe for those important undies.
    keep it near the exit

  31. 31
    Dozy old cunt says:


    What the fuck is that?

  32. 32
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Senile old man,Cameron should end the Coalition and go it alone bring in real Tory policies and with the help of the DUP and the SNP who wont want a GE before the independence vote bottle it out.

  33. 33
    y says:

    Now we have the evidence that the c’unt thatcher lied to parliament and lied to the british people in her efforts to decimate the miners and working people in this country all those years ago


    the foul, vile, killing tories haven’t changed – they still are destroying the country and the people and they still don’t care

    tory = fucking lying vermin

  34. 34
    Kim Jong-Un says:

    Why not just place him under arrest?

  35. 35
    Jack Ketch says:

    I thought that Liberal Party failed in 1922. The bunch of sexual deviants, closet marxists, sandal-wearers, trouser-wetters, incompetent fools, outright liars and opportunist scum that make up the Lib-Dems are hardly proper successors to the real Liberal Party.

  36. 36
    dump says:

    use ink that is not visible.
    travel lite.
    the mere is essential.
    just part the fart.

  37. 37
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    I expect nothing else from Marxist scum,be grateful we had Margeret has Pm for ten years and what she did for this country and democracy,the miners fucked themselves you retard.

  38. 38
    Penfold says:

    Kim Jong-un seems to be a reasonable type with a nice line in persuasion…..;-)

  39. 39
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I nominate the following:

    Lib Dems:

    Mike Handycock
    Lord Rennard
    Chris Huhne


    Mad Nad
    Shagger Noakes
    Ann Widdecombe

    Should end in several court cases and possibly a surprise pregnancy

  40. 40
    Kim Jong-Un says:


  41. 41
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I think Handycock has a full house on those characteristics.

  42. 42
    MacGuffin says:

    11 and a half years, actually.

    Though she had gone a bit doolally by the end.

  43. 43
    M102 says:

    Or fire mortars at him.

  44. 44
    M102 says:

    Gloria De Piero + Soap =

  45. 45
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Scargill fucked them as well

  46. 46
    Abdul the Envelope Stuffer in Lahore says:

    He has an installment plan

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    mingy is an idiot

  48. 48
    The British Public says:

    She was right

  49. 49

    A Soul Full of Hope?

    Where’s the Soap?

    I’m For Ever Blowing Bubbles?

    Oh bugger!

  50. 50
    The Army says:

    Do we still have any mortars?

  51. 51
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    There’s no fool like an old fool.

  52. 52
    dump the lion king. says:

    matrix says dump trinity.
    hindu says fuck me.
    arab says fuck you.
    sing without rab and see. the singh have a mental melti.

    now melt i.
    become a giraffe. then invite a gorilla. gorilla is nickaless. buy him a war by the drobe. lion has been stuffed, the king has no clothes. emperor gorilla is nickerless. the tiniest would do for he needs head gear. now move the motor. keep the handbrake on.

  53. 53
    You reap what you sow says:

    Labour refused to accept alcohol problems would increase when they relaxed the drinking laws.

  54. 54

    Would this surprise result in Widdecombe changing her name to Woodcock or Oakhampton?

  55. 55
    MacGuffin says:

    The ‘killing’ Tories? Who have they killed? Why haven’t I heard about this?

    Or are you just delusional?

    Calm down FFS.

  56. 56
    Expat Geordie says:

    I grew up in a former mining village in County Durham. At one point it had five pits, although there were none left when I was there. There were opencast mines though, and another one was opened up after I left in 1989.

    No miner ever wanted his son to follow him down the pit. I can’t remember which Energy Secretary it was who said that he got tired of having to write condolence letters to the families of dead miners – it was the worst part of the job and he had to do it far too often, but you can see why no miner wanted his son to follow him. The left idolises miners, but to be frank, I think that the miners themselves would have preferred to have been doing something else rather that being “idolised” by a bunch of namby pamby tossers with soft hands and patronising attitudes.

    The left wanted to keep the miners down the pit that the miners actually wanted to escape from. Maggie did the miners a big favour.

  57. 57
    Granny Grunt says:

    As a child in the 70’s I was taught Liberals liked to “run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.”
    Despite Labour’s hunting ban,that still applies today.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    The miners weren’t actually working-they went on strike for a year.
    They were shafted by the NUM,not Thatcher.

  59. 59
    It was Gordons policies that caused it all along says:

    use your English majority votes to do the boundary changes and tell the Celts to keep their noses out of English affairs for the first time in over four hundred years.

  60. 60
    PICKFORDS REMOVALS (Van for a Mr Cameron) says:

    BBC just now !

    Nick Griffin declared bankrupt

  61. 61
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    breaking news from outlets getting excited about climate change.

  62. 62
    PICKFORDS REMOVALS (Van for a Mr Cameron) says:

    A new pair of underpants for the sky news reporter who in the early hours of this morning was reporting from the wrong side of the railings on a sea wall when there was a large explosion as a power cable exploded and all the lights went out
    He fucking shit himself and flew back over the railings

  63. 63
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    I insist on keeping my lovely Secretary of State scam sinecure in the 2015 LibLab Coalition.

  64. 64
    The BBC are cunts says:

    If he’d been one of ours, he’d have received a six figure compo payment.

  65. 65
    Expat Geordie says:

    Never said that they were shafted by Maggie. She did them a favour. How many miners lives were ultimately saved by closing down the pits?

    With Scargill and McGhahey trying to get funds from the Soviets, at the height of the Cold War no less, I’d have had the pair of them on the end of a rope for treason.

  66. 66
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

  67. 67
    Reverend Spooner says:

    A woman with soap in her hole is part of God’s Plaster Man.

  68. 68
    Vince Cable MP says:

    I have no memory of being in a coalition.

  69. 69
    Fresh Air And Fun says:

    Blackpool promanade. The EU has just finished rebuilding the sea wall at enormous cost in a scheme whereby for every two pounds which we put in a pound goes into the project. Naturally I can’t get to work because of there’s sea water everywhere.

  70. 70
    Intellectual Pygmy says:

    I don’t see how any Tory would consider voting for Clegg, knowing that vote was for no EU referendum and the electoral boundaries remaining unchanged.

    I would suggest, that at least for the Lib Dems it makes perfect sense that coalitions are seen as workable. It is they who will probably form part of the next coalition and it is their only way of getting power. If Clegg lets division and dissent reign, then I would consider that a failure on his part.

  71. 71
    Some metal fatigue in the Iron says:

    So it turns out Thatcher had plans to destroy the coal industry, despite denials at the time. And it also emerges that the Thatcher government had two advance warnings before the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher AND in a conversation with Leon Brittan she personally authorised the decision to let the Libyan who murdered Fletcher leave the UK. Is she still the flawless Maggie for some of you?

  72. 72
    Intellectual Pygmy says:

    What do they have to find out? It must be pretty dangerous information if it is so deadly that only one will survive.

  73. 73
    John Bellingham says:

    He is delusional. The only time a Kim-Il Labourite ever told the truth was when one said “there’s no money left”.

  74. 74
    Expat Geordie says:

    Met her in 1990 when she was a government minister, slim and with dark greasy hair. Wonderful woman. Quite fancyable at the time. When I asked her who she was voting for in the upcoming leadership election she said Douglas Hurd, which can’t have done her career any good.

  75. 75
    Cry wolf says:

    My usual walking path alongside Belfast lough was roped off today due to the imminent danger of massive flooding, according to the council guy. When I pointed out to him that the path wasnt even the slightest but wet at high tide, he said it was his bosses decision and the boss hasn’t been down yet.

  76. 76
    Reader says:

    Let him rant. Every silly little twit who exagerates like this just puts people off and exposes the vapidity of the fake socialists’ position.

  77. 77
    Mr Potato Head says:

    Why don’t they just include Labour in the talks and become the Liblabcon party? They are 80% there already.

  78. 78
    Graeme Swann says:

    Wise woman – that’s an oxymoron. Fucking ‘ell. Rape etc

  79. 79
    please take epilum. says:

    you fit.

    epileptics know life. regulr dump essential.

  80. 80
    John Bellingham says:

    Amusing fact. His solicitors, Messers Gilbert Davies and Partners have put him in for failure to pay costs. he owe them at least £120k.

  81. 81
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Why be selective, why not tell the whole story?

  82. 82
    here have a tic, extra strong. says:

    ep ep il tics

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Coalition is a very bad and sdarft idea unless it is on a very narrow basis in times of crisis (eg war) or reults from a policy pact announced to voters well before the election.

    I wish the members of this coalition all the inconvenience and discomfort possible.

  84. 84
    Ed Miliband says:

    I have frozen all my knowledge of Hollande.

  85. 85
    Expat Geordie says:

    So Gadaffi said, if you make our embassy staff leave with their hands up, then your in Tripoli will be made to leave on their hands and knees (Remember the effect of THAT photo of the Royal Marines in Port Stanley after the initial British surrender?) Had we done anything to arrest the murderer Gadaffi could have had our diplomats slaughtered. Sometimes there are no easy options when you are in charge.

  86. 86
    Mr Potato Head says:

    Wilson closed more coal mines than Thatcher. Very odd left wing hypocrites never remember that. Maybe they all have dementia. It would certainly explain their lost memory of 13 disastrous years in government as well.

  87. 87

    Widdecombe is a strange one. She could be brilliant at times but then, suddenly, could appear to be so out of touch.

    Did you ever go to the Select Committees? I used to go there quite a lot for a while and gave evidence on the Transport one. Met many MPs from all parties. I found that I could sometimes like MPs from parties other than my own and yet dislike those from our ranks (as I saw them in MT’s time). It all went downhill so very fast in the later 90s.

    Still have occasional contact with some from those times, even from out here as the world has become smaller.

  88. 88
    buttercups and daisies says:

    That’s not fair.

  89. 89
    Mr Potato Head says:

    Even more amusing fact is that it was a Labour government who passed a law in 2002 so that ban*kru*pts like Griffin can stand for parliament.

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Agree with every word you said expat Geordie.
    I was trying to reply to the twat at 33.

  91. 91
    Labour in 2014 says:

    Francois who?

  92. 92
    Ed Millionaireband says:

    It’s a cost-of-loving-Francois crisis.

  93. 93
    Intellectual Pygmy says:

    Fucking idiot. Wilson closed more pits than Thatcher and you lot said fuck all. It was only when the Tories were in power that the communist trade unions, backed by their allies in the Kremlin threw their toys out of the pram.

    You are a fucking disgrace.

  94. 94
    Ippikin says:

    I think they need an elder statesman to do the job. One with impeccable references, so I think they should ask an ‘ex-politician’ to advise them.

  95. 95
    Judge Jeffries says:

    Hang the whole lot of ‘em!

  96. 96
    Mr Potato Head says:

    There are only two certainties in this world. Death and socialist failure.

  97. 97
    Fake Watch says:

    It was never socialism. It never was, it never will be.

    Everything Ed Miliband pretends he believes in is a load of made-up baloney to fool the gullible. He has no beliefs. He no more believes in what he says than any other charlatan. He might as well be offering to fix the nation’s financess by spraying rum round the room while slitting a chicken’s throat.

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    FFS says:

    Oops! Was supposed to be “fight it out”

    Apologies for the confusion. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

  100. 100
    Expat Geordie says:

    Well socialists never were any good with money.

  101. 101
    Expat Geordie says:

    He works for the BBC. Is he allowed to say this?

  102. 102
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Never forget – Ming is an advocate (Barrister) out of Scotland. He has lied for all of his sad political and legal life ‘all of it’ about the truth. He is and has been closely associated with the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates – ref Roy L. Martin Q.C. (Dean as of 2006)

    Ming Campbell – has served his ‘Purpose’ – dirty lying fucking legal bastard that he is.

  103. 103
    Mad, bad and dangerous to know says:

    Just been Googling some images of flamethrowers……

  104. 104
    mirrored says:

    break the mirror or be stuck in the loop.
    u r u
    u r nice
    un is on i e.
    i sn.
    when i is running on empty, no dry eye in house.

    so dump the cast fawkes.
    dump the ouch.

  105. 105
    Alan Retentive. says:

    Please suggest an alternative action regarding the decision to allow the killer to leave Britain bearing in mind both that
    -there were many thousands of expat Brits in Libya at the time who would have been at the mercy of the unpredictable Qaddafi regime
    -the chances of identifying the killer were remote given that the authorities were not permitted to enter a foreign embassy.

    Please suggest what action the government should have taken regarding these warnings which were made to pressurize the government into banning an anti-Qaddafi demonstration,

    I have never read a comment on this blog suggesting Maggie was flawless.

  106. 106
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    Harsh but fair.

  107. 107
    FFS says:

    Wilson was a bit odd near the end, but I think he was trying to make out he’d gone barmy to cover himself when he quit. I’m pretty sure he didn’t want to be in the driving seat when he realised the economic shit was about to hit the fan. Anyway, he lived for another 20 years.

  108. 108
    und is ie says:

    potato is fucked.
    kebab is minced and the cat is neutered. whistler’s ass s noted.

  109. 109
    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    He’ll be out on his arse by Monday morning.

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    i says:

    A LibDem facing both ways is usually out hoping for a surprise meat injection.

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    John Bellingham says:

    Read the original documents, not the press spin. McGregor proposed that a total of 75 unproductive pits be closed over a three to four year period–20 per year, about the same as had been proposed before. There was a discussion document in place.
    So the Government had been warned that if a demonstration was allowed to be held outside the Libyan Embassy, there would be “violence”. Had you been in government would you have stuck your arse up for Gaddaffi? As for letting the Libyan shooter go, what would YOU have done while there were British diplomatic families still in Tripoli under clear threat, clever clogs?

  112. 112
    The Department for Left-wing Propaganda and Revisionism (BBC) says:


  113. 113
    lun is on Duh says:

    how ledge is yours.
    the baibi is .
    know is up.
    cock or kok it is all ,. baibi

    when the baby knocks get the ledger ho’ed.

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    FFS says:

    One of the reasons I was sanguine about Labour coming to power in ’97 was because I thought that after all the bluster about “the miners” they would actually step in and give them real help and real hope by moving them away from pit villages that only existed to dig coal to areas with better employment prospects, at least for their kids if nothing else.

    But they did nothing. Just put half of them on disability benefit and left them to rot while the jobs in areas of high employment were filled by Polski.

  115. 115
    single is a man in a surrey. says:

    earn shit.
    load flaw.

  116. 116
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Who would trust this expense fiddling twerp who lined his pockets over the Dolphin Square scam and hands out free university degrees to EU students while he also awards degrees to English stunts who pay tuition fees. All against the background of his his party stating for fully they would resist all attempts increase tuition fees and shut the gates of Westminster to clean up politics. Horrible man who would say one thing and act in stark contrast.

  117. 117
    The very useful Environment Agency says:

    So sad that most on here won’t have an effin clue what you are on about in thsis particular post.

    Forgive them because they know not what they do springs to mind.

  118. 118
    WeiNell is heavy. says:

    just push.
    skinni pads. kin shin. get the tampon out.
    hides the babies. the dogs are out,

  119. 119
    Reader says:

    My comment on this has been censored.

    I merely pointed out that Ed Miliband does not believe in what he claims he does.

  120. 120
    Thy ass is a spring. says:

    poing. noted.

  121. 121
    FFS says:

    He’s freelance. I doubt he really cares that much what the Beeb think of him. I notice he doesn’t have the corporate stamp on him.

  122. 122
    Banned says:

    I assumed his account was in the black.

  123. 123
    Expat Geordie says:

    No wucking furries. :)

  124. 124
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    out second ball

  125. 125
    Boobs fan says:

    I don’t usually watch bollocks like Celebrity Big Brother. However, there are two reasons to tune in this time. Apprentice loser Luisa Zissman is fucking sexy. She may be a bit of a narcissistic bitch but she’s got a cracking pair of melons. The other reason is Jim Davidson. He’s a shit comedian but he pisses off lefties. That alone will make it lulzy.

  126. 126

    On an earlier page and in passing, I mentioned my Lotus Liva I wood-burning stove which I have been working on today. Readers were kind enough to pass me tips on how to get the best results. Although very grateful for all this consideration, I have been fortunate to always enjoy plentiful wood for many years now and have been able to produce spectacular results after the initial spark has been applied correctly. There is absolutely nothing which beats the good servicing which I give.

  127. 127
    Expat Geordie says:

    No, only went to The HoC once – 1st November 1989. All the Conservative Collegiate Forums had laid on a do at the room where the 1922 Committee meet. Met Widdecombe when she came to talk to our CCF at Cov Poly. Lost contact with the party after I graduated – Smith Square seemed to be piss poor in keeping in touch with graduates at that time.

  128. 128
    NE Frontiersman says:

    49: Talking of bubbles, would this help, if we simply stuck the nozzle into the Commons chamber?


  129. 129
    Expat Geordie says:

    Obviously not. I’ve have thought that the last think that he would have wanted in his account would be anything black.

  130. 130
    Expat Geordie says:

    It’s obviously very expensive trying to run the Reich.

  131. 131
    ancient Chinese wisdom says:

    it is advisable never to compromise with evil

  132. 132
    Expat Geordie says:

    I had high hopes for Michael Carberry – he’s a bloody good opener for Hampshire and probably the best thing to come out of Croydon. He’s been a bit of a disappointment on this tour though, but no worse than Cook. 8 – 2 already, with Bell dropped first ball. It’s enough to make you cry.

  133. 133
    Spartacus says:

    will the common market elite allow them to do this – assuming they care??

  134. 134
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Most on here are pitiful, misguided, sad pathetic journos – scraping for any lead on a story – who collectively are ‘suborned twats’ suborned under meedya laws – written up by the legal fraternity who spineless journos; haven’t got the testicles to question never mind being craven (under meedya laws) to never actually publishing the truth about the criminal activities of the legal trade. What a ruse eh?

  135. 135
    £2m direct aid + £7m through the EU is the Aid we give to Argentina says:

    Why does the UK give £2m in aid to Argentina? Revelation comes as South Americans launch yet another diatribe on the Falklands


  136. 136
    Spartacus says:


    i remember them, weren’t they the white party years ago before the silent invasion?

  137. 137
    Spartacus says:

    the next coalition . . . ?

    there will probably be more ulster unionists than lib demps

  138. 138
    Alastair Cook says:

    I resign as captain. I need to learn how to open the batting instead.

  139. 139
    The Public says:

    Have you ever thought of taking up cricket?

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    A Cast Iron Warranty that is worth something tangible says:

    Burning an old apple tree through ours at the moment, smells of would you believe it apples, very slow burning and hot embers. Ain’t got a clue what the stove is, it came from China and looks like something from a hobbit house with loads of brass, but got it way before the films came out when imports from China were still a very cheap novelty (they were just starting to move from pushbikes to cars). The door has mica panels rather than glass. No doubt it would never be allowed into the EU now by the H&S alas.

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    Mr Chainsaw says:

    Get down to the beach once all the storms have petered out; bring a chainsaw and a jeep. The trees, wood etc washed up will make for cheap fuel.

    As an aside, as the wood burns the salts from sea give the flames different colours – very hypnotic.

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    Spartacus says:

    more if he were a policeman

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    Spartacus says:

    stay focussed you lot, where is the caption competition?

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    Expat Geordie says:

    17-4. Anderson TOP SCORING with 7. Pietersen out for 3. National disgrace.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    Let’s hope so.

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    FFS says:

    Oh, and if you want the facts about the decline in the coal industry (more or less linear rate from 1930 to 1990) you will find it in this fascinating document prepared by the ONS:-


    Unless you find facts disturbing of course.

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    I’ve seen enough I’m going to bed!

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    Eu Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

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    hand on tye cock says:


    say slowly
    oly. mmm.
    now say pus before the bus.

    ulympus has risen from the ashes.

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    unkubur is buzdu says:

    ucstusy is pussu us bu numu.
    kung luur. jhunnu ungush.

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    unkubur is buzdu says:

    dump is su lussu Huntry.

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    Fat boy Un says:

    Yeah but his solution is one man and 50 rabid dogs in a room.

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    magnum pulls the wood out says:

    iron may be cast but it is broken. brittle is the king. it is hardly emporioi armani. dung is high.

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    manicbeancounter says:

    Probably the best thing that Vince Cable has said in a long time.
    This may need some older wise heads to due it. Maybe some senior people in the House of Lords? Baroness Nicholson for the Lib Dems maybe? Though some Tories may not have forgiven here for defecting in the 1990s. Lord Heseltine would be a good mediator, though one might make sure that there is nothing like a mace to swing if the debate gets somewhat heated.

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    Fat boy Un says:

    Wilson closed twice as many mines in half the time. Obviously another example of lying vermin.

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    Uncle Heinie, chicken-farmer extraordinaire says:

    A few gallons of the final solution should do the job.

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    broderick crawford says:

    mortars have all been MORT – gaged ….

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    broderick crawford says:

    @ william

    HOW … WHY !!??


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    Non taxable pikey says:

    I used to listen to your “letters from America”.

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    Non taxable pikey says:

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4472710,00.html

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    Stating the bleeding obvious but.. says:

    Yes, if Dave had had a quarter of an ounce of guts, he would have formed a minority administration and then called for new elections, which, without the UKIP running interference the second time would have given him a clear working majority.

    Had that happened, I wonder what the country would be looking like today!?

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    Eddie Witsisname says:

    Is he the new Pushmepullme variant?

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    Gibberish, a Mediterranean Ape says:

    I am keeping all these wonderful comments of yours in a folder I will use to teach my new Romanian housemaids proper English.

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    bill says:

    not entirely daft from a man of the old tax and spend era.

    as a wet lawyer he would be in the room for years,with the clock ticking…

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    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    So you enter into a coalition Government and get your hands on the purse strings without reaching any agreement as to how the coalition will be unwound in 2015.

    I think we all get the picture.

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    The Boy Plunger says:

    During the course of this Coalition Government Food Banks have increased exponentially.

    Let us not continue down this route which only leads to poverty and misery .

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    Thomas from Tonna says:

    Hugh Morris leaves his job at HQ and in weeks the English team falls to pieces

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    albacore says:

    Wonderful photo up there at the top
    One poser serenades another fop
    Realisation of grand ambition
    Musical comedy coalition
    It’s a shame such entertaining farces
    Make the British look like silly arses

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    The national debt not decreasing by the day despite Austerity says:

    People are dying throughout the country.

    People are living in perpetually flooded houses.

    There is water everywhere

    We have a houseful of Politicians more interested in their own self interest and preservation after 2015.

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    He's not wrong says:

    The EU elite only care about themselves and the ‘project’ everyone else can go to hell, as far as they are concerned.

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    UKIP to the max says:

    Meanwhile back at the ranch:

    Why does the UK give £2m in aid to Argentina? Revelation comes as South Americans launch yet another diatribe on the Falklands

    Argentine government issues five-page rant about UK ‘colonial occupation’

    But official figures show the country receives £2m in direct aid from Britain

    UK also contributes £7m to £50m EU aid fund for Argentina, a G20 country

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2533591/Why-does-UK-2m-aid-Argentina-Revelation-comes-South-Americans-launch-diatribe-Falklands.html#ixzz2pPdR7bS5

    David Cameron, weak and cowardly and stunningly incompetent? Unable to face down the whack job Kirchner, unwilling to protect our interests, handing over millions of pounds to our enemies.

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    Benny Fitz Aarhus says:

    This austerity is killing me. I’m down to a bottle of vodka, 40 gaspers and two takeaways a day. Yesterday the wife brought home a lettuce from the food bank. The kids had a game of footy with it but it didn’t last long and they were soon back on their XBOXs.

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    Labour Re-Writing History and Rebuttal Unit says:

    THIS meeting NEVER happened AND we would like to make it perfectly clear that Labour Party is not responsible for ANYTHING that happened during the period 1997 – 2010 we were merely the government and had the Tories carried out their proper job as the Official Opposition Britain would never have been involved in Iraq or Afghanistan. Further neither Mr E Miliband or Mr E Balls had ANYTHING to do with any decisions taken during that period. Thank you

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    Alan Retentive. says:

    I trust you will have that thought in mind when someone sticks a gun in your face and demands your wallet.

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    Can I clean your car sir and other annoying people in supermarket car parks says:

    Mr Vaz’s Roumanian gets a job…

    Of course he will NOT be classed as “self-employed” like many in this line that approach you in every supermarket car park and thus be immediately eligible for housing benefit, family benefit and workers tax credits


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    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Well it’s January 4th and I must admit I have not yet seen a Bulgarian.

    But in all fairness, I have only been in Bulgaria for4 days.

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    Porky says:

    see guido’s trying to smear UKIP at every opportunity. Even reading gay bloggs to get his ‘news’. I didn’t know you cared guido.

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    Alan Retentive. says:

    BW try making your posts readable. Normally I skip them because I can’t be bothered to translate. I suspect you have something useful to say but the message is lost in the vitriol and Citizen Smithery.

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    Flooding the market says:

    Well of course if you by pass local planning laws to build houses on the flood plain then you have to expect to be flooded. People who buy new houses have no excuse as any solicitor worth their fee should automatically carry out a “Flood Search” as part of the conveyancing and many insurers require it before they will insure as you have to state on any proposal to insure that the area is not subject to flooding. You can of course lie but as an insurance contract is a contract of
    “uberrima fides i.e. “of utmost good faith” ….you MUST divulage ALL relevant facts the contract will be voided and you will have no insurance

    The peopleI sympathize with are those that bought their houses many years ago when flooding was not a problem but subsequent housing built on the flood plain and who have flood defences which deflects the flooding to exisiting housing instead do

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    Can the police and social services please visit your local coastal flood zone and first of all take all those little children into care , yes the ones being allowed to play dodge the 50 foot waves coming over the sea wall
    and can the police knock fuck out of the brain dead arse hole who claim to be parents
    These people should be sterilised

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    Tristram Hunt says:

    Laughing so hard no noise comes out; so you just sit there clapping like a retarded seal.

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    albacore says:

    Rest in peace, Phil Everly
    Thanks for that sweet harmony


  183. 183
    PHIL EVERLY says:

    Bye bye love !

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    GAY NEWS says:

    He always cums here , to get lots of column inches

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    Anonymous says:

    Stop wondering;it would still be looking like the same misceginated sh*thouse with an HoC full of thieving get rich quick scum as it is now.

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    Gawd Help Us says:

    They’ll still be allowed to vote though.

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    Can insurance companies also refuse to pay claims on any of those vehicles parked on the sea front as they have had at least a week to shift them ,and do not pay the claim of that utter twat on the sky news clip , who tried to drive his transit van through it just to show off and ended up broken down in 4 feet of water

    The things some shit heads will do to get on telly

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    Southern Softy says:

    I suppose it’s all Dave’s fault, although the leftie scum nornally blame Fatcher. Two year ago there was a drought so be fucking grateful!

    NB People have always died; even under the Labour government.

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    time 2 CTL ALT & DEL says:

    O/T even the bbc are covering this
    Labour councillors suspended over racist facebook comments

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    UKIP to the max says:

    The BBC toady show doing its best to ignore the unfolding PR disaster of the clitanic in the Antarctic while dragging on an alarmist fanatic Beddington waffling on about how extreme weather events may become more common, obviously no reference to actual data was provided which shows no such increase.

    The BBC was hoping for a daily portion of ready made up propaganda from their man on the Clitanic, that went belly up and so in the grand tradition of the BBC they simply ignore the continuing and increasingly expensive rescue. A PR disaster is unfolding with the Chinese rescue ship now trapped in ice that was supposed to be disappearing, three ships and more on the way and real scientists suffering because of a few utterly selfish and stupid fools.

    Have we heard a single word of regret or shame coming from the ship of fools? Lots of singing and laughing and self even self pity about trivial hardships endured but not one apology. A rescue costing millions and a drama unfolding and the BBC drags on a discredited fool to waffle about climate change, thats the BBC for you.

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    लिफाफा भराव says:

    Do not worry, Nick Sir, there will be plenty voting for you who are not in your constituency. ;)

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    Mr Potato Head says:

    Guido readers – ‘Unhinged’ conspiracy theorists today, IMF theories tomorrow.


    “Debt burdens in developed nations have become extreme by any historical measure and will require a wave of haircuts, warns IMF paper.
    Much of the Western world will require defaults, a savings tax and higher inflation to clear the way for recovery as debt levels reach a 200-year high, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.”

    This is something that Guido readers have been saying for years.

    And still the dim-witted left wing whinge about sham austerity measures.

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    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Lord Reynard

    Jeremy Thorpe

    Paddy Pantsdown

    Derek Osbourne

    David Laws

    Simon Hughes

    What an honest upstanding group

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    One has to read Ambrose with care. He can be right at times. ;-)

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    BBC Employee says:

    I’ve been eyeing up the cabin boy since I got on board but now the foods run out I might have to eat him.

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    Ambrose Pilchard Evans says:

    Lord Kinnock, Gordon Brown, the ghost of the Blessed Margret, Polly Toynbee, Cherie Blair and a transgender person from the Grauniad, ie Owen Jones.


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    Ah! Monika says:

    ‘Dogs align themselves along a north-south axis when they defecate.’

    Pity the poor Huskies at the Poles.

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    non taxable pikey says:

    Does Argentina have a Space Programme?

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Did you read ‘ Lucretius. On the Nature of the Universe ‘ yet? He was right most times.

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    Fuckety fuck says:

    I get up early to bag a top slot in the Saturday comments section and then Guido decides to have a lie in.

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    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Oddly enough a bank manager at a L’loyds branch close to St John’s Wood said much the same thing to me back in 2006. This was unprompted, and he introduced it into the conversation whilst we were discussing the state of the housing market back then.

    At the time I was securing a business loan which was successful and is itself now history.

    Despite it being quite common knowledge in the City, and the street, that personal and national debt had crossed the boundary of sustainability, back then before the 2007/8 disruption in the inter-bank lending markets (aka Financial Crisis), the notion that certain authorities could be discredited, and the client accounts could be targeted for theft in the name of bail out seemed incredible.

    In fact – anyone even 5 years ago who would suggest that government or even the likes of the IMF would advocate stealing private banks deposits would have been classed a foaming at the mouth, tin foil hatted conspiracy nut, who perhaps should be placed in a rubber walled room for their own protection.

    Then C’yprus happened, but one should not forget that prior to that there was the small matter of client accounts being raided at a large number of (now failed) hedge funds, MF Global, and the exposure of fraudulent operations such as that run by Madoff, and the others which have not yet blown up.

    If there are 1930s style defaults to happen then this is a good development.

    C’apitalism requires the reset to be pressed: If the necessary b’ankruptcies had been allowed to happen sooner and regulatory rules actually enforced to the letter then a lot of the abdication of moral responsibility would have been avoided and the firms which are not viable, and hence represent what economists would call a ‘mis-allocation of capital’ would have gone a long time ago.

    That would have allowed the business cycle, and the economy in general, to move forward.

    To further the faux-conspiracy notion, it is perhaps not so incredible to suggest that there is perhaps an occult reason for the business cycle to have been perverted.

    Perhaps the sword of judgement should be held at the throats of certain Masonic orders, and those in office who perhaps have an anti-capitalist agenda, such as the Common Purpose fraternity, and other enemies of the West.

    When the defaults occur, the return of Glass-Steagal style legislation will be welcome, and perhaps a proper war in Europe can be started to re-establish certain other pecking orders.

    The UK’s position has been undermined in a most vile way in that regard and should be restored. It is also time to thin down the numbers a bit.

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    Ambrose Pilchard Evans says:

    Mr Cat,
    I am always right! The euro died years ago Just because nobody told the local shopkeepers here in the wonderful Belgian Ardennes, Luxembourg and Trier does not mean that I am wrong.

    A Happy and prosperus, euroful year to you, Sir.

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    Bill de Blasio says:

    So what was that that your family scattered in Central Park ?

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    Ambrose Pilchard Evans says:

    or prospero, even already, my life!

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    David Cameron says:

    Yes – terrible.

    Why they can’t just leave their kids in the pub, or maybe in the company of a well known celebrity, or even at a BBC creche is beyond me.

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    bergen says:

    In fairness to Wilson, much of his difficulties second time around were caused by the result of the Barber boom turning to bust at the same time as the oil shock- both on Sailor Ted’s watch.

    As far as the miner’s strike was concerned, the lefties never now mention that, as a national strike, it was in breach of the union’s own constitution so the Midlands never joined it. It was destroyed by its own illegality.

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    Ambrose Pilchard Evans says:

    Politicians align themselves with their wallets and then defecate upon us!

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    The Obvious says:

    Pity the pole ;-)

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    Nurse says:

    Youse mad ones are up early this morning!
    Remember, it’s the purple pills on Saturdays.

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    My comment will look positivly old by 8pm tonight says:

    Don’t say we are going to be stuck with this stale post till Sunday.

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    I did respond to you on this before. Unfortunately, you must have missed it with all that haute cuisine you were doing… *poor old bugger is getting old – I am glad I am so much younger :-) *

    Take the rolling pin and gently, but with even force, roll slowly up and down the child’s arms, legs and back… Seriously that is in a published book Learning in Motion: 101+ Sensory Activities for the Classroom by Patricia Angermeier, Joan Krzyzanowski, Kristina Keller Moir. Joyce Thacker would have had them imprisoned without charge.

    To your point, I was most surprised not to find it in my library and have put it on my list. I also downloaded it and read various parts, though I have to confess I was somewhat disappointed by the bit on the movements of the heavenly bodies in Book V. Not what I was expecting at all…

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    Final Solution says:

    Six Wise Party Elders
    A room
    A bottle of whiskey
    A loaded revolver

    Repeat in sixes, until all members “accounted for”
    Then, start on Labour

    Then, vote UKIP

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  215. 215
    Imre Panda says:

    The Cat Must Come Down

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    Whiskey with an 'e' says:

    You must be a Mick.
    Gawd ‘elp us, if the Micks start voting UKIP.
    That means at least 5 million Labour votes lost.
    Hmmm. On the other hand…

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    Duckyhouse, with this lot are there any wise men, for the righty right wing as exhibited by most contributors to this blog would love to go their own way they cannot stand Cameroon, (you would think he was a trotskist to read their comments even though he is their most liked by the electorate of the tory front bench ), I dare say in the LibDems what remains of their leftie cohorts they say the same thing about the Cons (in their view Cleg has led them over the cliff and they cannot stand the Con right wingers).
    “It’s not an entirely daft idea…” strangely I agree with Guido there, if it all ended in an allout bitch fight, young Teddy would just walk straight into power at the GE and the country woud end up in turmoil. The LibDems should NOT have gone into coalition but remained independent of Libore and the Cons.
    The way things are going voters are going to have to make some difficult decisions in the next 18 months, but maybe the Cons could split the righty right wingers going in out direction and the the more liberal types old cons could merge with the LibDems, like wise Libore could split into the lefties along with the union henchmen and the right (excluding the B’Liar ) merge with the LibDems.

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    R.G. Bhargee says:

    Disgusting.. there are no depths to which the Conservative led coalition will not sink.

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    Someone will come up with a H@rry is still under the duvet piece soon because it must surely be his Morning of Glory. Or not.

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    On the Scene says:

    Fuck off back to lefty health and safety land.

    Most of those pictures in the papers are taken from angles that make a safe situation look dangerous or the weather look far worse than it really is. This country seems to be filling with Keyboard critics like yourself who have no appreciation of what it is really like on the ground.

    As for yesterday the weather was not the slightest bit exceptional here in the South West, even the Springs which normally flood roads around here failed to do so.

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    Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

    Guido is fully on the record that he does not like politicians.

    This blog is not an advocacy forum, but more an acid bath with a litmus baseball bat.

    It is good that he is taking some shots at UKIP as it means that UKIP are credible, and are having their profile raised. In fairness, the pot shots are constructive, and valid (if only by highlighting the moronic state of UK politics, where Gay News is considered a worthy source of political opinion).

    It should be noticed that the blog is not savaging the Green’s so much, or for that matter the old Monster Raving Loony Party, nor does it adorn the BeanP / E.D.L. with many pixels of anything either.

    It helps to keep UKIP in shape if they know they are getting attention here, but overly positive attention from this blog (even support) would undermine its credibility fatally.

    Vote UKIP :-)

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    Now look what you have done! You have woken up the nonsensical Trolls again.

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Indian tonight ( French pudd Clafoutis )

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    Calm down dear says:

    You don’t get 50 foot waves coming over sea walls. You get 20 ft waves crashing into sea walls and the spray being driven and blown 50 ft into the air (not the same). The sea wall has done its job and removed the energy from the wave like it always has done.

    The Press in these last couple of days have been allowed to get away with murder. Coupled with the Environment agency management blaming their engineering mistakes which in some cases have made things even worse on the myth of global warming.

    PS if 50 foot waves really did come over sea walls most of the UK’s coastal towns would be under water with only church spires visible.

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    Ex-parlo says:

    No one gives a flying F**k about the limp-dicks… they are history, they signed their own death warrants with the backstabbing they did on student loans, etc, etc, Same for the Cameroons.

    Vote for no one…

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    Calm down dear says:

    You don’t get 50 foot waves coming over sea walls. You get 20 ft waves crashing into sea walls and the spray being dr1ven and blown 50 ft into the air (not the same at all). The sea wall has done its job and removed the energy from the wave like it always has done.

    The Press in these last couple of days have been allowed to get away with murder. Coupled with the Environment agency management blaming their engineering mistakes which in some cases have made things even worse on the myth of global warming.

    PS if 50 foot waves really did come over sea walls most of the UK’s coastal towns would be under water with only church spires visible.

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    Seems_like_a_nice_boy says:

    Dave has,nt got any balls. Too busy “hangin” out in Gay lobbies

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    Ah! Monika says:

    The pendulum swings.

    Up North, there’s queues outside the food banks. Depositors trying to get their beans back.

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    Maybe this blog puts folks off the Cons but they will not vote Libore. The LibDems only have themselves to blame for a low opinion poll rating, if they were independent their rating would be even higher, but as it is they are dumped along with the Tories in the same pool, ah the glories of power it does something to a man’s mind.

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Vote for no one…

    Cat might call that an oxy moron.

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    Casual Observer 5 says:

    If Eurozone governments become weakened as a result of default, and are militarily weak, then realpolitik does state that it is rude not to take advantage.

    The UK’s national priority through this phase is to ensure that it maintains an advantage over others in projecting force (for both defence and offence) and it should realign such that problematic zones across the channel can be neutralized without upsetting either of Russ!a or the US – more so Russ!a at present.

    G’ermany should be in the crosshairs as any default in the Euro system will likely hit their financial sector hardest, and they do possess the means and motivation to try and resolve such a situation ‘dishonorably’.

    If not the default directly, then civil unrest as a result of the bail-in alternative or monetary policy which sees ultra high rates of tax imposed, would be the secondary concern.

    The real issue is how Russ!a would react to such an event. Obviously if their main energy export markets have lost credibility to settle payments for the hydrocarbons they are being supplied with, the first step is to switch off that supply. Then you are looking again at a civil unrest problem in G’ermany.

    Western Europe should be guarded against possible Russ!an incursion also. The issue in the U’kraine and S’yria is clearly demonstrating that the country is beginning to regain its power, however at present that appears to be without imperial ambition.

    It would be foolish to assume that such moves are benevolent seeing as the US plan to completely destroy communism has not entirely worked.

    The UK itself may be at adverse risk of European default also, a fact which should not be discounted.

    A pre-emptive first strike option should be maintained and made credible. Capturing Land – perhaps – but it would be more beneficial to simply remove problematic capital and production plant.

    The Land option only makes economic sense if Russ!a decides to make a move.

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    Very strongly worded comment, but your sentiment speaks truths

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    Ah! Monika says:

    120 starving dogs, and only one man to eat. Now that’s what I call cruel.

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    House price bubble in the wind says:

    Property market must be about to explode again.

    That’s three unsolicited letters since Christmas from agents looking for country homes outside the London area. Last time this happened was around 1999 – 2001

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    Scenic Ship Ahoy says:

    Imagine being stuck on a cruise with her… which I believe she partakes regularly.

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Clegg is going on a 10 week course at Cambridge University.

    ” Finding M4del1ne Mc Cann “. It’s his only hope.

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    ‘ “Vote for me, I’ll put Corrie on 7 times a week!” ‘ No not that please , not that, it would be a form of torture!

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    The Currant Bun says:

    Nah. He’s got the Sunday Sun to promote, it’s written into his contract. Best he doesn’t write for the Mail on Saturday though.

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    You Like water Puss Cat, not many cats do

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Up North, you can still buy whole streets, or if you’re strapped a terrace house for £1.

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    The Currant Bun says:

    Nah. He’s got the Sunday Sun to promote, it’s written into his contract. Best he doesn’t write for the Mail on Sat u rday though.

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    Ted Heath says:

    Mine sank, together with some small buoys.

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    Scouse tossers says:

    I reckon putting her parents on trial for child neglect would also be a vote winner.

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    Churchill was one at one time ;-)

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    Mr Potato Head says:

    I have no problem with the morality of a government giving away current taxpayers’ money to countries like Argentina and North Korea. For governments have been elected to power by Liblabcon loonies for many decades and so it is at least marginally democratic. Where I do have a problem is that they are giving not just our money away (even paying NHS GPs bank boss wages) but that of our grandchildren as well. Through unsustainable high state debt, that even the IMF has finally been forced to admit to, our grandchildren are the ones who are really paying for money being squandered by the Liblabcon-men. And they have no representation when it comes to choosing a government. It is highly immoral to give away money that rightfully belongs to our children and grandchildren.

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    Sometime Chef on expedition says:

    Not like the old days. We used to shoot penguins for dinner.

    When the ammo was low we had to take to clubbing them with hockey sticks

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    Des Rez says:

    Oop North is in a state of Flux. I realise Leicester is not really the North but as far as London is concerned, it is. And there the Asians are up in Arms with Keith Vaz, they had already started an Asian Flight out of Leicester to the surrounding market towns due to an influx of what they see as immigrants, his latest stunt has made things a lot worse.

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    English-Hungarian Phrasebook says:

    Would you like to come back to my place for some rumpy-pumpy?

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    Mr Potato Head says:

    The British taxpayer bill for investigating this child’s disappearance is already running at over £6 million. Does anybody else think this money could have been put to better use? Silly question? Does anybody though really think this is our money being well spent?

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    Always good let ‘em argue, fight, bite, scratch, kick and swear. Then it’s all back to troughing because that is MORE interesting, innit!

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    Charidee begins at home says:

    I do. That’s another reason not to vote LibLabCon

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Majid al-Majid, the commander of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has died in custody in a hospital in Lebanon, state media say.

    ” Absolutely disgusting ” says Andy Burnham

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    Flooding the market says:

    Same in Stoke…you can buy the whole neighbourhoods of dilapidated terraces for £1,000 a time

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    One of those mysteries says:

    The whole of the mainstream media and the political elite are out of sync with public opinion over this. Are they frit of the Lawyers ore something?

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    Er says:

    Maybe; but my car is cleaner this morning.

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    Location Location says:

    Yes but move as little as 3 miles out from there and the prices are booming. Move out to the country around Stoke and you would be paying Cable’s mansion tax

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    FFS says:

    Can there be any better definition of “pissing our money up against the wall”

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    Exaggerate says:

    Sinn Fein’s Oliver McMullan told utv news there were 50ft waves coming over the sea wall in Cushendall.
    Lying cùnt

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    Exaggerate says:

    Fuck the real scientists who were denied their equipment and other supplies when the ships were diverted to rescue those spoiled indulged brats.

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    FFS says:

    All the houses I have seen flooded were built back in Georgian times.

    I think someone should go and have a word with this George…..

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    Daniel Lambert says:

    As someone born in Leicester the City has changed dramatically since I was a child in the 50’s. In the 70’s areas of the City principally around Belgrave Road, Melton Road, Highfields , Narborough Road and East Park Road were progressively inhabited by Asians and then gradually as they got prosperous they moved further out to the more affluent suburbs of Oadby, Wigston,Evington,Stoneygate, Great Glen(and now Market Harborough,Rothley, Newtown Linford,Bradgate etc)leaving the inner city to newer migrants but that’s how things progress as my grandparents lived in a large house in Spinney Hill in the early 1900’s which was considered a market garden area of Leicester inhabited by lawyers,doctors etc. The houses were large and the people in them had servants but when the inhabitants died the houses were sold and converted to bed sits for newly arrived immigrants and the student population of the new(at the time)University of Leicester whose Halls of Residence now inhabits vast areas of Stoneygate in an almost rural settings just two miles from City Centre because they bought those large houses in the 20’s as they became vacant and other developers were unable to do so, tear them down in 1960’s and build high rise blocks as they did in St Matthews

    However I agree that Vaz’s constituents(mostly Asia)are not too impressed with his Luton Airport stunt as they most certainly do not want an influx of eastern europeans vying for the same jobs and corner shops as them

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    Andy Belsen Burnham says:

    I deny that emphatically!

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    Wavy Davy Cameron says:

    No, just a re-armament programme

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    Hmmmmm says:

    Investigating or continuing to cover up?

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    FFS says:

    Anyway, he’s doing UKIP a favour. That character looks like another UKIP will need to turf out before the next election. I think these days they’ve got more people to choose from as alternatives.

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    The Rule of Media Exaggeration says:

    Next year they will be 100ft above the wall……

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    Non taxable pikey says:

    From kidney failure, apparently after interrogation. Is there a water shortage in Lebanon?

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

    The Aussie resurgence is due to having a real leader of the country in Tony Abbott.

    If only we had a Tony Abbott leading the Conservatives.

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    If you are right here, it looks as if we will become vulnerable again to the fact that almost everything has to arrive by sea in the UK. The situation has moved on a bit from the World War convoys and in your scenario, one can imagine several contenders for The Third Happy Time! Operation Paukenschlag may not become revived only from Germany. It will be like shooting fish in a barrel for them.

    We will have to start to grow our own food again, mine our own coal, manufacture our own vehicles, ships and aircraft. Not a bad thing to do in peacetime but, if one is being bombed out of existence having got so far left behind from our own sloth, it seems most improbable that we shall ever get started.

    Where it leaves our international insurance and banking industries, one shudders to think…

    Churchill must be doing around 5,000 RPM in the ground right now! Anyone close to St Martin’s Church, Bladon? If so, could you pop in to confirm?

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    FFS says:

    It is purely a mathematical problem. In 1997 mortage rates were 8%. Now they are 3%. How can the banks be making more money today than back in ’97 when interest rates were much higher? They must have shifted a lot more debt into the market.

    So the housing bubble in the UK and elsewhere was caused by shifting massive amounts of debt into the system and neighbour competing against neighbour to buy the bext house and pushing up prices. This is where the inflation caused by all that extra debt ended up – in th property market.

    OK, so we want to recover the situation. The tempting thing to do is say “Look, you’ve all been very naughty, so you’ll have to take the consequences of your actions” Debt is allowed to default, banruptcies rise. This is what happened in the ’30s. People starved to death, the money supply declined drastically, business confidence vanished. Not good.

    The Germans took a different approach. Seeing that the money supply was declining and this was making problems much worse, they printed money. But they made a big mistake – they simply pushed the freshly printed banknotes onto the consumer. Some people didn’t have debts and ended up with vast amounts of cash. This caused inflation. In the case where you have high inflation you want to be spending the cash as soon as you have it, not saving it or even paying down debt. So the debt problem wasn’t solved. The German government tried pushing yet more cash onto the consumer, sure this would eventually cure the debt problem. It didn’t it simply caused hyperinflation.

    The correct solution is to simply replace the actual debt itself directly with cash. This way the total broad money supply (i.e. the amount of debt and cash in the economic system) can be kept the same, thus not causing inflation. Those that funded the debt will find that they don’t get as much interest back as they were hoping for, but they won’t lose their capital. Those that got themselves into enormous debt will find that some of the debt will effectively be written off (say about half) which may seem they’ve got away with murder – but were they really responsible for getting into unpayable debts anyway? They were just mugs playing the beggar thy neighbour mortgage game to the benefit of the banks. As the debt is written off you put up interest rates to 10% or so to control the market for debt. The people that will lose out in this scheme of things are people like me. I paid off my mortgage debt three years ago because I could see the debt crisis coming. But I’ve already extracted as much entertainment as I can from the schadenfreude and it isn’t in my interests to have a UK economy falling about my ears.

    Of course, the BofE is already doing the monetising of the debt, they call it QE. But they are only doing this for PUBLIC debt. They need to do it for PRIVATE debt as well. Corporote as well as domestic.

    In the end, the economic crisis is about numbers appearing in computers. It isn’t about farming or building houses etc. There is no way it should be causing mass unemployment and poverty like it is in Greece right now.

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    Ha! Had a great Indian last night. Followed up with treacle pudding with Bird’s custard.

    That is most probably a first upon the Adriatic coastline.

    Bon appétit Monseigneur! :-)

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    FFS says:

    Doesn’t necessarily mean the market is booming. Even when the market is slow estate agents like to have as much property on their books as possible. They hope to corner what market there is…

    However, if you happen to live in Westminster right now the Roma-poo problem might encourage you to move away…..

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    Whilst I see your point, I think that bad businesses should go bust.

    If that should include a bank or two, then so be it.


    Will it hurt? Sure!

    Will it start to make the mаrkets work again properly? Sure!

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    Me? A cynic? says:

    A face-saving exercise for the LibDems to avoid acrimony as the coalition unravels, and ireduce the scale of their slaughter at the polls.

    It would also set the stage for Cameron and Clegg to agree another coalition in the event Labour fail to win the election outright.

    (I suspect Cameron would prefer that to an outright win for the Conservatives).

    And this would be cobbled together by six “wise” souls deemed so smart they’ve not been worth enlisting into government?

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    Psyche the Dog says:

    They love those little blue lozenge ones on this blog nursie, it compensates them after all that booze this Christmas, so that lover girl doesn’t go elsewhere for action, they will not need the valium after a 6 hour session.

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    Tracey Worthless says:

    6 wise men or women in Parliament? Apart from Vaz can’t think of any.

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    Banned says:

    You can say that again.

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    Split hairs and i'll split your head says:

    Sky news yesterday said exactly the same thing , that where he was standing on the sea wall was only hours earlier under 50 feet of water

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    Mitchell Kerry Imhoff says:

    Shiite ! I was told everything was above board.

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Mark Oaten – shit eh?

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Clare Short – bizarrely – is rather good on the piss

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    RSPCA bloke says:

    Oi! Ken Dodd’s Dad’s dog’s dead.

    Have some respect!

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    RSPCA bloke says:

    the libdems have sponsored these polls.

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    Ming_the_Merciless says:

    I have a moon base ready to attack coalition forces with nasty secret weapons
    (ex-luftwaffe surplus). Come 2015 I will wreak havoc upon the one you call “DAVE”

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    Ming_the_Merciless_II says:

    In the event of a failure to launch.. I shall use the not-so-secret UKIP Disrupter Gun

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    MandyPickleSniffer says:

    Janus-faced opportunists…perfect!
    These Lib-Dem losers are such a deluded bunch; they spent years in the wilderness as a joke 3rd party, with no-one ever giving them the slightest odds of ever governing, and then when they stumble backwards into a shared position of power purely because of election mathematics (and not because the country actually voted for them) then they squander the chance to shine and merely lose even more credibility by turning into prima-donna wankers who somehow feel that they deserve to be in power. The only reason they’re in there is because of Labour’s gerrymandering which meant that, despite winning more votes than Tony Blair did in his second election victory the Conservatives couldn’t quite get the actual seats it needed for a majority. From the second the Lib-Dems got into the coalition they’ve spent 100% of their energy undermining the Tories at every turn. Going from anti-Labour during Gordon Brown’s tenure, they somehow now seem to have chosen to differentiate themselves by promoting their anti-Tory side. Their own LibDem policies are completely out of touch with what the general public actually give a damn about, what with their ridiculous AV nonsense and the faffing around with tuition fees and the economically-illiterate proposal of a Mansion Tax. They are completely useless & hopeless, and yet they prance about as if they actually won some kind of mandate to rule! If they’re not pushing some crazy idea that nobody cares about, they’re embroiled in some kind of scandal or another, or back-stabbing their coalition partners. What else have they done? What are their accomplishments, other than being obstructive ungrateful slimebags who behave like petulant children when they don’t get their way?

    Bring on the general election! Since when do any of the newspaper polls about how people vote ever been correct? The LibDems will lose even more seats and end up being relegated to 4th party status after UKIP!

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    S Cameroon says:

    Saw ‘call me dave’ on Marr. What a horrid little man.

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    MandyPickleSniffer says:

    well…he’s the best looking horse in the glue factory at this point. Certainly better than the utter chaos we’d have if Millibland, Balls, Clegg, Cable, Harman or Chuka were in control! God help us, what a nightmare that would be…

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