January 6th, 2014

O’Flynn Makes it Official with UKIP

Patrick O’Flynn of the Express will spin, officially, for UKIP as their new Director of Communications. O’Flynn is already a UKIP candidate for the EU elections, though he’s taking on one of the hardest jobs in Westminster: dealing with ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racist’ stories. No news on who will take over as the Express Chief Political Commentator…


142 Comments

  1. 1
    First says:

    Fruitcake.

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    • 3
      Nige says:

      Rum soaked fruitcake. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

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    • 4
      Coco says:

      And the clowns…don’t forget the clowns.

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    • 18
      jimbooo says:

      Anyone see Evander Holyfield being caught having forbidden thoughts on some tv show? And the silly girl he was talking to kept trying to tell him they shouldn’t have the conversation as it’s a thought crime now? Scary stuff for a free country.

      How long before the BBC, guardian, teachers unions – and then the rest of the media will follow in line – decide that advocating withdrawal from the EU is inherently “racist” and therefore a police matter and something you will lose your job for because we have to be inclusive and tolerant.

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      • 21
        Casual Observer 5 says:

        Would be fun to see Evander discuss his position with some social workers.

        In any case he is American, so can say what he likes.

        Good to see the contrast with the brainwashed girl: Sad state of affairs in the UK – truly reflective of a shitty little police state.

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      • 122
        broderick crawford says:

        it s happening now jimbo

        just note how many callers with an ” unsuitable” viewpoint are the subject if “line dropout ” and ” time constraints ” not to mention downright ill bred interruptions by the ” chat jock luminaries ” on radio five dead . lbc and talksport .

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      • 139
        Hereward says:

        How quickly freedom was lost.

        From palaeolithic via iron-age, Romano-Brits, Anglo-Saxon, post-Norman right up until 1997: Free

        Then Tony B£ai’rs New Labour/Common Purpose stasi and now we’re fucked.

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    • 19
      Reader says:

      I rarely read the Express. Is this important?

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    • 39
      Anonymong says:

      Don’t forget that Farage will now have to mention Diana Spencer in each speech.

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  2. 2
    Cameron v Cameron says:

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    • 6
      Coco says:

      First day back after Christmas and they turn up at lunchtime. Quelle surprise..

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    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      Only the rich and those who qualify for legal aid can afford to fuck around in courts.
      Hardly ‘Justice for all’ is it.

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      • 56
        Bystander says:

        PS very poor “asylum seekers” seem very able at securinglegal aid.

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      • 92
        (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

        I just got burned for £3k by a useless metro-sexual “solicitor”, he charged me this to interpret some legal documents and consult a barrister, who proceeded to tell me what I already knew.
        When I tried to complain I got told to f**k off.
        Nice work if you can get it, greedy bast*rds need stringing up alongside their political and media buddies.

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        • 110
          FFS says:

          Friend of mine got shafted for £3000 by a solicitor. Girl was barely out of law school but she charged him £150 /hr for the same advice that I pulled off the internet for free.

          They are an absolute disgrace.

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    • 12
      Pass the Grecian, Gracie says:

      Strange that his brother is totally grey but Dave doesn’t have any?

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  3. 5
    Anonymous says:

    I didn’t know there was a chief political commentator at the Express. I thought they were all Mr Desmond’s puppets, does this mean the Express will go to the left and support UKIP now?

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    • 9
      House prices & weather says:

      NO to liblabcon, YES to the not-at-all rabble-rousing and opportunist Farrage.

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    • 118
      Psyche the Dog says:

      O’Flynn now that seems like a bit of Iorish to me, that lot decided to go on their own way years ago, why do we still have dealings with them we are the UK not Eire, does Mr Garage know that. Don’t forget Guido used to be one of Dirty Des’s puppets

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  4. 7
    Yes to change says:

    UKIP is the only party that will end the state and protect employers and business from greedy, grasping workers.

    NO to the EU, NO, to liblabcon, NO to taxation.

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  5. 8
    The EU construct has no clothes says:

    You wont need spin if just keep telling the truth about the EU.

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  6. 13
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

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  7. 15
    Little English People says:

    Good. Top bloke O’Flynn.

    Vote UKIP.

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  8. 16
    Sunny Jim says:

    Time to buy the Express then, & to hell with the other dead tree press, none of which oppose the jackboots of Brussels

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    • 108
      jimbo says:

      But he has just left the Express?

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    • 120
      Psyche the Dog says:

      The Express used to be a good paper, but I have not read it in years, in fact I haven’t bought a newspaper for years they are too expensive especially at the weekend ones.

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  10. 22
    nell says:

    I rather think that UKIP is losing its grip in the polls. Guess it will do reasonably well in forthcoming EU election but after that suspect it will fade considerably.

    I still hope, for the sake of entertainment, we see nigelfarage with a seat in parliament come 2015 elections – he will be a breath of fresh air. But I doubt ukip will win more than 1 or 2 seats then.

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    • 25
      Reader says:

      Thank you Nell. Always good to come across your misreadings of the political scene.

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    • 34
      tigerowl says:

      UKIP will loose ground because they do not and never seem able to hold a policy for longer than Farage holds a pint. In Labour areas they will come unstuck as the party who want deeper public spending cuts and to remove many of the employment rules supporting workers because UKIP do not like the Social Charter of the EU. UKIP can not win an election based on an ignorant electorate who blindly vote for a party that has nothing but popular messages. Even Godfrey Bloom admitted that UKIP have not had a new policy for over two years. So once the hype is over and the media eventually questions them the people will see UKIP and Farage for what it is. The worst type of political opportunists EVER

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      • 57
        Fuck the LibLabCon says:

        You are so full of shit !

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      • 58
        Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

        “remove many of the employment rules supporting workers ”

        The voice of the lunatic left. If they’re not working, they’re not workers.

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      • 83
        Give me a break says:

        It would be a good idea if the other parties stopped trotting out new policy ideas every other day. It is almost impossible to know where any of them stand on anything for more than a day or two as they change positions in the wind.

        At least UKIP retain the one important policy of this generation which is to get us out of the madness that is the EU.

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      • 103
        Common Man says:

        Ed Miliband doesn’t even
        know what a pint is….

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      • 125
        Psyche the Dog says:

        ” they do not and never seem able to hold a policy for longer than Farage holds a pint” that seems to be the case with Dithering Dave, apart from leaving the EU what are their policies, the great British public awaits to hear, Dave was all for the EU now he has been told to blow cold on the EU not to actually leave but start throwing his weight around

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      • 134
        Late again says:

        That’s it you’ve convinced me I promise I’ll never vote for UKip again,now stop playing with yourself and go to bed.

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      • 136
        Anonymous says:

        And then you woke up

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    • 41
      UKIP is a means to an end for most Tory Voters NOT a breakthrough for Farage says:

      Get real…UKIP is merely a “party of protest”…sure it will do well in the European Elections as most of the UK electorate want OUT of EU and UKIP is just the means to keep the pressure on the mainstream parties and especially the Tories to concede ground BUT they will NEVER achieve a breakthrough in a General Election or even win ONE seat as many Tories voting for them will hold their noses and vote for Cameron in 2015 when faced with the disaster that is Miliband and Labour.

      Cameron maybe useless but he’s 200% more competent than Miliband

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      • 61
        The electorate says:

        We shall see

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      • 127
        Psyche the Dog says:

        Of course UKip is a party of protest, but they put the jitters on Dave, but they take votes from all present main parties, Teddy is in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks UKip just take from the Tories, the same goes for Clegg and co but due to the first past the post system, it is very hard for a small party to break through, Dave has always liked the first past the post system, which works to the Tories advantage in the Wales and England GE.

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  11. 24
    Jimmy says:

    “he’s taking on one of the hardest jobs in Westminster: dealing with ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racist’ stories.”

    He was at the Express. He’ll be fine.

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    • 27
      Casual Observer 5 says:

      And of course your lot Jimmy:

      Mad Al Campbell and his lies to the UN in order to facilitate Blairs war in !raq, and covering up Burnham et al’s mass murder on the NHS.

      Seriously: Reflect, and go fuck yourself.

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    • 28

      You realise that, by coming here, you are putting yourself at risk?

      That is the second time today I have landed on your tail.

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    • 55
      Casual Observer 5 says:

      And apologies for the off the cuff ad hominem – not really personally directed at your good self, but rather at all idiots who continue to support Labour in its current state.

      When Chilcot gets published, that may help draw a line, but given what happened with UK government propaganda under the last Labour administration, criticism from known Labour supporters of who other parties appoint to position of communications director is really a silly place to go.

      Incidentally, how is Mr. Campbell’s general health these days ?

      Still batting for Blair ?

      Or screwing about with depression, drink and considering suicide ?

      I worry for him because it would be a shame if he died before the war crimes trial, unless that death was somewhat slow, protracted, degrading and painful.

      Perhaps a liver or pancreas tumor brought on by his fondness for drink would be acceptable penance, and, ironically just.

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      • 62
        Jimmy says:

        Stay classy righties, stay classy.

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        • 66
          Casual Observer 5 says:

          On a more serious note, why aren’t Labour ripping Cameron a new one ?

          Is there some sort of sympathy thing going on or is Miliband up to his neck with the Unions again ?
          :-)

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          • Jimmy says:

            We picked the wrong brother. Too late to do anything about it now.

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          • Casual Observer 5 says:

            I think that many in the Conservative party share that sentiment.

            David Davis would have been a better choice there.

            Am not sure though if David Miliband would have fared any better right now, but he would have been able to deal with Cameron a bit more convincingly at the dispatch box.

            If he hadn’t screwed up so much when he was in the Foreign Office, then perhaps he could have had a serious shot after Ed, or at least be able to make a positive contribution to move the party on from Brown and Blair.

            The real question no one is asking, but should be: What would Ed Miliband be like as a coalition partner ? Have a feeling we might have two general elections in 2015… :-)

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          • Psyche the Dog says:

            Like him or not, Dave is the best hope the Cons have got of getting back in, at least in the eyes of the general electorate, just look at the those in the cabinet, two losers there in Hague and IDS, Gideon no chance, Pickles (even if he wanted the job) no chance. If things go on as they are now it is going to be a very close call at the next GE. Folks are getting very restive with the present administration but they just not trust Liebore to run the economy, or maintain control on spending and activities of the bankers, another lot who the public do not trust, like it or not.

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        • 119
          Vlad the Loudhailer says:

          Well at least we know how many feet there are in a mile!

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      • 63
        Whitewash Watch says:

        The delay involved in Chilcot being published, raises so many questions I doubt that it will manage to draw a line.

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        • 71
          Jimmy says:

          Everyone’s mind is already made up. Chilcot will satisfy those and only those who agree with its conclusions, whatever they may be. Those expecting catharsis of some sort are likely to be hugely disappointed.

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      • 88
        Dandy Burnbum says:

        Perhaps he might commit suicide like David Kelly

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        • 107
          All lefty news says:

          Assisted suicide like Dr K e l l y?

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Murder and a paper trail that goes beyond Bircham Dyson Bell and which was covered in various newspaper public domain publications throughout the whole dirty timeline.

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  12. 26

    OK UK O’Flynn

    Nope. Still cannot think of a good alternative name for the party.

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  13. 29
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    The Express Chief Political commentator? you are having a effing laugh,probably Donald Duck.I remember being an Express reader in the days of Peter O Sullivan and Chapman Pincher when it was a newspaper I wouldnt wipe my arse on it now.Just like Channel 5 dumbed down for dumb Britain.

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  14. 31
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Nigel Farage and the 49 million immigrants.

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    • 47
      Joe says:

      That’s 27,486,211 Bulgarians and Romanians eligible to come and live here permanently in the UK because Dave is shit. Get your spin right.

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      • 51
        Shooting UKIP's Fox, one immigrant at a time says:

        That number has already been greatly reduced – thanks to our effective immigration policies which are integrated with efficient European bus, train and plane transport.

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      • 59
        i don't n eed no doctor says:

        Spin off.

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  15. 32
    George Osborne says:

    This will be a year of hard truths, which will cause our Prime Minister some difficulty.

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  16. 33
    General Pinochet says:

    Any Irish ancestor of Errol Flynn is good enough for me………& ‘El Presidente Farage’!

    Hasta La Victoria Siempre UKIP! Come the revolution……I wouldn’t wanna be Ed Balls……or Dave & Nick, Bo Jo or Ed………etc & so on!

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    • 38
      tigerowl says:

      So to UKIP, if you are a child of an immigrant, you are accepted, as long as it is from a white, English speaking country regardless of ability? Will UKIP class Australians and Americans as immigrants or migrant workers here to claim our benefits and scrounge off our NHS? Of course it wont.

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      • 44
        Little English People says:

        Please pay attention & stop making a fool out of yourself in public.

        …and vote UKIP.

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      • 45
        T May says:

        Australians are fine. Yankees should go home.

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        • 84
          Afrocutter says:

          … “fine”, except for their exceptionally violent cricket team….

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        • 135
          Jack Ketch says:

          What about that f****ing woman who runs the Green party? Or Patricia Hewitt? Or peter Andre? What was the point of transportation for life if their descendents come back?
          Statistical point. If one counts Germaine Greer there were 118,000 Ausssie citizens in the UK in 2009. There are 210,000 Somalis.

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      • 94
        Anon says:

        Try another tack tigerowl cos that sort of bollocks still doesn’t work.

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  17. 35
    Anonymous says:

    O’Flynn is the best political commentator, he wont get sucked in by any of the liblabcon spinners.

    Tell it like it is Patrick .

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  18. 37
    Frankly my dear,I don't give a damn says:

    Guido, I really can’t say this strongly enough:

    Thank you.

    Thanks to Labour supporters like you, we smashed our New Year’s fundraising target.

    In the three weeks before the end of 2013, we needed to raise £29,000 to help fund an organiser for a key seat. The amount we worked together to raise? An astonishing £48,060.

    This is an incredible start to the year: we’ll update you once our new organiser is hired, and let you know how the extra money you raised will strengthen our campaigning.

    Our organisers will help members and supporters organise the strongest grassroots campaign we’ve seen. Can you start 2014 by telling us you’ll be part of the Labour effort in your area?

    Under David Cameron, families are £1,600 a year worse off, yet he has chosen to prioritise a tax cut for those earning over £150,000 a year. That’s why on Saturday 11 January we’re launching our #CostofCameron campaign. At events across the country, thousands of Labour supporters will come together to demand that David Cameron face up to the cost-of-living crisis hurting millions of us.

    Are you free on Saturday to volunteer for an hour or two? Take a look at the events happening in the South East, and sign up to support your local key seat.

    We’re launching this campaign because we simply cannot sit by while the Prime Minister refuses to help people struggling as bills like energy and housing soar, rising faster than wages.

    We need to get the message out that while the Tories only stand up for a privileged few, Labour would make tackling the cost-of-living crisis the absolute priority.

    Will you help us get the #CostofCameron message out on Saturday? There are several target seats in the South East that need your help. Sign up now to lend a hand.

    If you haven’t campaigned with us before, this is the event to get started at — even if you stop by just to say hi and see what goes on. And if you’re a regular, please come along to welcome first-timers and show them how it’s done!

    Best wishes and happy new year,

    Michael Dugher
    Vice-Chair of the Labour Party

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    • 126
      Jim says:

      Was this a single expense claim or part of a series?
      Where did the rest of the cash go?
      You should always follow the Money if you want to know the Truth.

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  19. 43
    Beggar Nation Watch says:

    Polish government admits they send breeders to the UK in order to receive the British taxpayers’ cash as remittances.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/10553020/Poland-attacks-David-Cameron-plan-to-ban-Polish-and-EU-migrants-from-claiming-child-benefit.html

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  20. 48
    Bystander says:

    Bystander effect

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect

    “The bystander effect is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Several variables help to explain why the bystander effect occurs. These variables include: ambiguity, cohesiveness and diffusion of responsibility.”

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  21. 49
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    As tonight is Twelth Night does anyone know whether Nelson has risen yet?

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  22. 50
    Anonymous says:

    remember when Brown was “Running ” or even ruining the country

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  23. 54
    P l e b says:

    Osborne’s problem is that the shortfall is substantially as a result of large and even medium size corporations avoiding Tens of Billions of Corporation Tax by artificial transfer devices whose sole purpose is to avoid tax.

    If anti-avoidance measures against the likes of Starbucks, Google, Amazon, Tesco, Facebook and all of the others were to brought in then the gap would soon narrow.

    Poor individuals are paying in cuts for the taxes that should be collected from the rich corporations.

    Sort that out and the problem will be solved

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    • 60
      Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

      Exit the EU, and most of the tax avoidance mechanisms which allow taxable profits etc. to be recorded in low corporate rate centers, such as !reland and L’uxemburg, will vanish immediately.

      If the corporations do not wish to continue trading in the UK as a result of that, then there will be gap in the market for new UK corporations to emerge.

      So – exit EU would not only fix the tax problem, but also create jobs.

      Vote UKIP.

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      • 68
        Londoner says:

        I think you are right. Or we will simply see businesses which want access to our markets actually realising they need to pay full taxes here.

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    • 65
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      Starbucks and Amazon dont make much of a profit in the UK.

      Hence they don’t pay much tax, however those leasing the land under their properties do make vast work-free profits.

      You want to tax land values (which cannot be exported) not work which harms the economy.

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      • 69
        Prince of Wales says:

        A land tax, that seems a good idea!

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      • 70
        Londoner says:

        Then they should pay their fair share of tax or leave. I have no doubt that they won’t go.

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      • 82
        Dandy Burnbum says:

        Were they doing this when Liebore were in office?

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      • 111
        FFS says:

        They don’t make much of a profit in the UK. Ha! That’s a laugh. Take a look at Café Nero. Making big fat profits out of the same business and expanding like crazy. Same for Costa.

        Starfucks just engage in creative accountancy to pay their workers minimum wage, charge £2.80 a shot of coffee and somehow, someway don’t make a profit.

        Please, please,please start to wake up.

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      • 140
        Hereward says:

        “Starbucks and Amazon dont make much of a profit in the UK”

        Only because EU law allows them to off-shore their profits to Ireland or Luxembourg.

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    • 73
      Starbucks, Google, Amazon, Tesco, Facebook says:

      We are all very grateful for all of the infrastructure that the UK provides that enables us to make and transfer all of our profits to our selected tax havens.

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    • 87
      Dandy Burnbum says:

      Why did;nt the Labore government collect these taxes?

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      • 141
        Hereward says:

        Couldn’t be arsed mate, it wasn’t the Right Thing To Do and we were too busy just Getting on With the Job.

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  24. 91
    Mrs Jackson says:

    Joy for UKIP as poll rating soars

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  25. 96
    P l e b says:

    It is amazing how many people who support free market economics so little sign of understanding how free markets works. Labour is a resource and good businesses take that resource, use it well and produce add value. Quite frankly if the only way a business can make profit is to take its HQ off shore so it pays no UK tax then it would rapidly go bankrupt if subjected to fair competition.

    What worries me is that our own competition authorities – and they have sweeping legal powers to clamp down any any business activity that is anti competitive – have never identified off shore tax arrangements as anticompetitive. How can well run UK businesses that reward their staff ever hope to succeed with the odds stacked against them – we are killing what is in our own best interests

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  27. 99
    Pikey's private says:

    The first cut has to be this useless, incompetent government and that will happen this year in the local and euro elections.

    For all his posturing this chancellor is on track to have spent more in three-four years than Gordon Brown spent in 13 years as Labour chancellor and Osborne has the gall to call him incompetent.

    At the end of five years in office the majority of people are still no better off and he’s still going cap in hand to Brussels to stop a tax on the very people who got us into this mess in the first place; bankers

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    • 113
      Bemused says:

      The tax which you are referring to doesn’t impact banks very much. It is aimed at sharedealers. Sharedealing is handled by a totally different part of the financial service industry, and Britain makes a lot of money at it because London is now second only to New York for this activity.

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  28. 100
    P l e b says:

    Sadism, attack the poor because they enjoy it. The economic crisis has just given them excuses to go after the poor, anyone who knows anything about the benefits budget knows that pensions are the major part of it but they wont touch that because they are their voters.

    Their ‘recovery’ is built on a government backing for mortgages to blow up a housing bubble

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  29. 101
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Incredibly, these austerity measures are not necessary but totally ideological. It’s the same as Margaret Thatcher wanting to close the coal mines. It’s all ideological and aimed at hurting the working class as much as possible.

    They are stupid though as they don’t think of the bigger picture, it will end up hurting everyone as the economy will suffer and unrest grows. This is why I despise the Tories and right wing

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    • 114
      Bemused says:

      Francois Hollande thought they weren’t necessary too. He took the opposite approach just as Millbland wants to.

      They are both clearly wrong, as the unfolding situation is demonstrating.

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    • 131
      M­aqboul says:

      Trying to reduce spending to a level approaching what is earned when you are up to your eyeballs in staggering debt is “not necessary but totally ideological”.

      That statement typifies why I have utter contempt for the ignorance and malice of the left.

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    • 138
      HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

      Benn and Wilson closed many more coal mines than any other government , what possible motivation could induce any political party to deliberately hurt the working class who constitute about 80% of the electorate , you are clearly suffering from a persecution complex and in need of help.

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  30. 102
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Cameron knows he’s been rumbled, that’s why we are to have the last chance to “Wreck the restaurant”. To them this is what it’s all about, to ensure that the next lot are in power for as small a time as possible, not the good of the country.

    We badly need reform of parliament, these people do not want government, they want private wealth to be the power in the land and that ain’t you and me. Until that happens they will just keep applying the wrecking ball.

    In the end the ballot box takes power from the Corporations as they cannot vote, the purpose of small government is to stop that from happening

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  31. 109
    No such thing as Happy New Year in Edinburgh shitty! Same Auld Leeching Tripe over & over again! says:

    The Ukippers are idiots when it comes to the media. Their strategy was to be as obnoxious & to be as contraversial as possible to get attention from the media. It tends to backfire on them.

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