January 14th, 2014

WATCH: Taiwan’s Take on Hollande Affair

Sums it up nicely.


223 Comments

  1. 1
    Mick Butcher says:

    I keep wanting to laugh at the French but worry they’ll have the last laugh if Edouard Millibande gets elected because he’s got Hollande’s policies but not his virility.

    • 20
      EU Policy Directive %^& says:

      In view of various heads of states going do-lally from Henry viii (syphilis) to President Georges Pompidou ignoring Doctors clear advice, and in agreeing with USA presidential hopeful in revealing their medical records we shall:

      require all existing and proposed Heads of States to reveal their medical records or
      be subject to a regular medical examination as need be and make public these records and examinations.

      We have decided, with delay, President Hollande shall be regularly examined for STD.

      • 31
        Right to Know says:

        Journalist To Hollande: In talking about being not too economic “What have you shared with DSK?”

        Fashion Editor: “How ofter do you get out of your dark suite?”

        Trendy Person: “In view of your hectic life style what is your preferred way of relaxing?”

        Match Journalist: “Owe any one any favours?”

    • 25
      Gooey Blob says:

      No need to worry, Ed’s lead is down to 3% and his ratings will continue to fall over the next 16 months. Come the election, Ed will struggle to win 230 seats.

    • 39
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      The employer beatings will continue until the economy improves..

    • 55
      Justine says:

      If only that were true, I might get a good night’s kip once in a while. As it is, I’m worn to a frazzle.

  2. 2
    From First to Last Lady says:

    Are French lefty Women really that thick?

  3. 3
    Bonkers says:

    Whatever it is the Taiwanese are smoking, I want some of it.

    • 10
      Bilda Berger says:

      You think they’re stoned?

      Check out the Japanese:

      • 12
        Dirty ole Bugger says:

        A ciggy lighter that you charge up via USB. Cool.

        • 132
          A brilliant Japanese solution looking for a problem to solve says:

          Very useful when trying to light up in a typhoon or when mounting a viking raid. As long as you have your laptop with you in the longboat.

          • Rebekah Brookside says:

            Some silly bugger put my laptop in a black bin liner, maybe in an attempt to waterproof if for the longboat ride

  4. 6
    The quiet man says:

    Universal credit will be delivered on time and under budget.

    (If you wish often enough your dreams can come true).

    • 15
      UKIP or bust says:

      If you gave Ed Bollock gold he’d complain that it was heavy.

      • 51
        Barnehurst Bob says:

        No he wouldn’t. He’d tell the market how much he had and when he was going to sell it. Then when the price fell to record lows because of his annoucement, he’d still sell it. It’s the right thing to do!

  5. 7
    The sage of Fazakerley says:
    • 11
      Dirty ole Bugger says:

      Jizz! You have settled for second!

      (I wonder if she knows just what a figure of fun she’s become)

      • 19
        UKIP or bust says:

        Trouble is she’ll laugh all the way to an MP’s trough.

        • 24
          A lesson from history says:

          Spot on. People can mock her BUT I give you evens that she’ll probably be a Labour Cabinet Minister in 20 years time after a spell at Uni gaining degree, couple of years as Labour Reseracher and Councillor then MP and then a nice sinecure in Europe or with BBC

  6. 9
    Leaked footage of Diane Abbott's portrait sitting says:

  7. 13
    Nigella says:

    Hollandaise sauce?

    • 29
      A banned bird says:

      The slightest change in temperature, and it separates.

      • 48
        Foxie says:

        Well now Nigella’s free who knows what’s possible?

        Maybe call her new book/series ‘How to be a Fairytale Heroine [err not sure about that] — recipes include Snow White and the French Dwarf’

  8. 14
    George Smith says:

    Can anyone tell me when the next of Benefits Street series is on? I think it’s going to be called ‘Benefits Mansions’ and details the harrowing lives of well connected individuals struggling on income from the government. Individuals such as the in-laws of the prime minister, who’s 350,000 pounds a year given from taxpayers is barely enough to pay for the horses, or the relatives of Ian Duncan Smith, who are reported to have recieved over one and a half million euros over a ten year period in grants and subsidies from the EU taxpayers purse. I understood they might also be covering the brave milliband brothers who fought the taxman by arranging property and inheritance affairs in order to dodge paying a sizeable chunk over.

    Or is the next series focusing on 300 pounds a month benefit claimants again? Cos that’s the real scandal, right?

    • 16
      Ignoramus says:

      I want to see the Lords getting 300 quid for a few minutes in the House. And the struggles of those trying to get their over-sized pay and bonus cheques into off-shore accounts. Plenty of material available.

      • 212
        Mr Potato Head says:

        The real scandal is not Benefits Street but that there are so many Benefits streets around the country. And that adds up to billions of pounds of hard earned taxpayers money being pissed up the wall in booze and smoked up the chimney with fags and spliffs.

    • 21
      Dirty ole Bugger says:

      The scandals are at both end because both ends are wealthy.

      The ones at the bottom are wealthy in time, whilst the ones at the top are just plain wealthy.

      It’s those of us in the middle that have to give up so much of our own time to pay for it all and yet are not cash rich.

    • 22
      A lesson from history says:

      Er…NO !! The real scandal is the fact that for 13 years Labour have done nothing to help these people and just allowed them to fail and think that the state(the tax-payer)will always pick up the tab. The benefits system was NEVER designed as a life choice which it clearly is for some especially those featured prominently in the series.

    • 23
      CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

      If Miliband was able to avoid tax, as much as loath him, I take my hat off to him.

    • 64
      I hate socialists. says:

      Are the socialists starting to panic as the gap is closing?

  9. 17

    Nibbards!

    H/T Podiceps

  10. 18
  11. 27
    Louise Mench says:

    Itch

  12. 28
    Daily Express 1908 says:

    Frog gives Chanel. Danger of cut off.

  13. 30
    Potts says:

    Meanwhile I thought Dave Lee T had been up to serious mischief. Turns out he is accused of putting his hand down girls’ skirts, which he denies.

    Back in the 70s it was an unusual party if you didn’t end up with your hands everywhere. And not just your hands.

    • 32
      Political Correctness Police says:

      You are guilty of harbouring sexist,ageist,religionist and many other politically incorrect thoughts. You are guilty of not conforming to a liberal agenda.
      prepare yourself for reeducation.

      turn to BBC4 and watch the entire output from 7pm right up until midnight. Then tune into the Today program and Woman’s hour.

      After that you will be completely immersed in liberal thought and deeds and will never again think differently.

    • 35
      Dirty ole Bugger says:

      Down girls skirts or up them? Or do you mean down girls tops?

      • 135
        The Dean of Ely says:

        Bras used to fasten at the back. Sometimes with several rows of hooks. The numbers got less. Then one day whilst trying to get a bra off by reaching for these bloody hooks, I was told that it opened at the front. One squeeze and they literally popped out. Then they stopped wearing them all the time. Very easy to help yourself. With skirts it was get in any way you could, up, down. The corselet was the worst obstruction to encounter. The only way to deal with that was for the girl to take it off herself. If she did that of her own accord, it really meant she had given herself to you.

    • 37
      Swinging Sixties was a myth for most people says:

      That may very well be correct BUT notwithstanding unless you had consent even in the 1960′s and 1970′a you were committing an offence of sexual assault

      • 40
        A banned bird says:

        I remember that consent was pretty easy to obtain. (And I was only slightly less ugly then than I am now.)

      • 44
        Dirty ole Bugger says:

        It seems some of the allegations are pretty serious and there were witnesses that are prepared to testify.

    • 46
      The Archbishop of Canterbury says:

      The whole point of going to parties in the 70s for a bloke was to find a nice bird and give her one. If you were exceptionally lucky, you would do that quickly enough to have sufficient recovery time to find another one and do likewise. The luckier of us might get to three in a night but I am not saying anything about myself for obvious reasons. As far as the girls were concerned, a significant number of them had the same purpose. One arrived at my party, saying “Where’s Bill?” Within ten minutes we were in bed together. Never seen her before nor since. We were both happy. This happened across the land hundreds of thousands of times. My name is not Bill as I have changed the name but even if she had asked “Where’s Bill?” we would have ended up in bed together just the same as she was tasty and I never liked the name Cedric, anyway.

      • 54
        Jasmin Beckett says:

        I read this post and cried Kill Bill

        • 59
          The Archbishop of Canterbury says:

          There was a Jasmine (but with the e on the end). She went like a rocket. Masses of dark hair which she could sit on. It was just like being in Epping Forest on a dark night but I got there.

          • Potts says:

            Well bugger me, Archbishop. The incidents I referred to at the start of this thread were in, or on the edge, of… Epping Forest!

            Perhaps we both knew Jasmine.

          • The Archbishop of Canterbury says:

            Well there was Jayne. She was a luscious blonde with the biggest self-supporting tits you have seen which were completely natural. She used to quarrel with her boyfriend as he would upset her. I was her revenge on him and got very lucky. Many girls do things like this. I know this because they have told me, not always when I have been the beneficiary of the moment. When you hear the same type of story a number of times from different girls, you can bet that there is no smoke without a fire. It happens. It is life.

          • Potts says:

            Archbishop, you make it too complicated. The cue for a shag in those days was a few beers and funky dance music. It was sheer, ecstatic fun. Everyone happy. Then along came the New Puritans…

          • The Archbishop of Canterbury says:

            Bless you Potts. There is only one woman I remember who had to get drunk in order to lose her inhibitions enough to do the old business. Problem is I had to drink a load too and it rather defeats the objective unless you are very lucky. Only about 5% are on a revenge kick, some do it for associations you have rather than for yourself but most do it because they want you to do it to them and you feel likewise. It is pure animal instinct, is reciprocally based and ffs, why not? You are a long time dead.

          • Dressed to kill says:

            One of the biggest problems (not sure if that is the right word here) was those flared skirts the girls used to wear. They were made so by having a one-yard-diameter hula-hoop inserted around the hemline which made the lasses look a bit like they were wearing one of Delboy’s drinks umbrellas. When you got close for a eg a quickstep you had to push the front of the hem, which made the back pop up so everybody else could view the colour of the new lace knickers. Shame and scandal in the family back in the late 1950s! The hanky-panky but only really arrived in the early 1960s.

      • 57
        1970s bird says:

        Hi Tinky-Winky, remember me?

        • 87
          The Archbishop of Canterbury says:

          Seeing as Tellytubbies did not begin until 1997, then no! Will be happy to see you in court. You just want to put me on trial so you can claim compo.

      • 73
        Universal Hiss says:

        I think you may have come across a little known womans club called I’ve smoked bigger than that.

        • 100
          The Archbishop of Canterbury says:

          Oh sure. I was never that well endowed. Didn’t bother me. Had some bottles of beers left over after one party and my best man’s girlfriend turned up to say he had left her. So I gave her one.

      • 97
        Foxie says:

        Exactly. I was only 14 when a 16-year-old school boy put his hand down my dress at a party in the 60s.

        He’s now a very very famous actor and movie star… am I supposed to sue him for sexual assault?

        Of course not. I’m really chuffed that the first bloke to snog me was XXXX XXXX – we never shagged – but probably could have. I’d definitely shag him now.

        • 124
          Dick Scratcher says:

          Some quite well known people are my eskimo brothers.

        • 216
          M­a­q­bo­ul says:

          If you were cynical and want to pay off your mortgage in one hit you could sue him for “all those years of hell you have endured” since he assaulted you.

  14. 33
    Fred Flintstone says:

    Why is his cock a British Airways plane?

  15. 41
    oldboy says:

    Frank and Julie at the Quay D’Orsay,

    F-U-C-K-I-N-G

  16. 43
    Michael Gove says:

    Teaming up with universities to offer an A-Level and degree in Sharia law.

    • 47
      oldboy says:

      Piece of piss.

      The punishment for everything is DEATH.

      It’ll be like getting a General Studies A Level but without having to have even read the newspaper in the Sixth Form.

  17. 53
    Round the Bend says:

    The droopy Eiffel tower, post coital, was a nice touch.

  18. 56
    Pick litter for bennies says:

    BBC now actively pushing on Drive/bbc radio 5 for UK to take up to 10000 Syrian refugees.Then turned on SKY news and an Imam from the Central African Republic is heading to Europe for help and aid and the first person he,s seeing is Cameron.What are we,the solution to all the worlds problems??.Surely we must help the native welfare victims who are suffering cruel(but necessary) cuts?.

    • 115
      A Christian says:

      Quite

      And in the Central African Republic, where the muzzies created the problem with a coup d’etat

      We should simply arm the majority Christians and not help the Salafists

      But Dave and Hague are totally confused (or bribed by the S audis q a t aris)

      One day they attack Sunnis in Afghanistan, Yemen, P aki or Yemen

      The next they support cannibal Sunni jihadis in Syria with the disastrous results we see every day

      What madness will the Britis Government produce now?

  19. 58
    EU Watch says:

    Syr!an Chemical Weapons to be dumped in the Med somewhere between Malta, G’reece and !taly:

  20. 60
    Bilda Berger says:

    In the grim aftermath of the Christmas holidays, may I just cheer everyone up a bit by reminding them that Denis McShane is in prison?

  21. 61
    EU Watch says:

    Something has kicked off in Spa!n:

    This is in part reaction to the banning of peaceful protest, and locals not happy with an underground car park and restriction of a road from four lanes to two in Burgos.

    • 62
      EU Watch says:

      The original report:

    • 106
      Foxie says:

      I broke down in Burgos, or my car did.

      4 f•cking days of trying to get the siesta-addicted mechanics to a). say what was wrong with it and b). fix it.

      Eventually two very charming Basque businessmen took pity on me and my friend and gave the mechanics hell until it was fixed. I hope Burgos goes up in smoke — I’d cheer.

      • 205
        Burgers are bad for you {still here but resting} says:

        See! I keep telling you Burgos are bad for you!!

  22. 65
    Dave Lee Travis, Rolf Harris, Bill Roache and the BBC Paℯdo Ring says:

    Busy day today!

    • 89
      Mr Whippy says:

      Yeah, funny they’re all on today, any bad news being buried Mr Govt?

      • 116
        Casual Observer 5 says:

        Well Dave was trying to sell fracking earlier.

        All for fracking, not for Dave’s utterances though, but it is odd that on such a day the BBC is wall to wall historic sex crimes. Is a bit odd.

        • 206
          When the cows come home says:

          I do hope – and expect – the prosecution to produce every single one of these aging females who made these allegations in order for the defendants’ reps to cross examine them in detail. If they don’t it is just one’s word against another’s.

  23. 66
    The Politburo says:
    • 67
      Memo to British Civil Service. It is NON-BINDING says:

      The 28 member governments will be urged to follow the new non-binding principles

      http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/01/14/european-union-drafting-minimum-guidelines-for-fracking-shale/

      • 77
        Truthteller says:

        Environmental Genocide.

        • 108
          Foxie says:

          Utter rubbish.

          A fraccing well head… what’s wrong with it?

          http://vps.templar.co.uk/Energy%20pictures/Wellhead.jpg

          • Casual Observer 5 says:

            Russ!a doesn’t like it because it will hurt their gas exports if countries in Europe become self sufficient.

            Fracking for oil can and does pollute ground water aquifers.

          • Casual Observer 5 says:

            Should also add that EU does not want member states to become energy independent either as it will break the control structures of Brussels managed interdependence which they are trying to put in place.

          • Anonymous says:

            If they make them declare exactly the composition of the liquid used, I would agree with it.

            However, the secret ingredients they use seem only to be a way to put waste products into the ground.

            They must declare the composition and samples must be taken by multiple independent bodies. Markers must be added. The samples will be necessary if/when they make their first mistakes. Without them we will not know which insurance has to pay out. Make sure the insurance policies are assigned with the well head ownership.

            If they are so confident then it would be easily agreed and calm the sceptics.

          • M­a­q­bo­ul says:

            All of these things can be managed and most of the scare stories are bollocks. Fracking does however entail using a helluva lot of water. Where does this come from? If it means abstracting from the local rivers this could have serious consequences for the ecosystem. Or taking it from the ground water. They certainly won’t be paying for it from the mains. Hope I don’t sound like a treehugger but this is the one serious area that seems to be overlooked thanks to the clouding of the issues by the scaremongers.

      • 207
        CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

        They must poke their fucking snouts into everything ,the government if they had the guts, would tell them to get stuffed, but we all know they won’t!

  24. 70
    Joe says:

    Why is she now trying to cover up her French accent, she sounded quite sexy before?
     

  25. 74
    Meanwhile, in a galaxy far far to the left says:

    The Mysteron’s have stolen Owen’s sense of humour…

    … if found please return.

  26. 76
    Biased News says:

    Heard on the news that Fast Looking (that’s what the British designer said) trains have created a booming Chinese economy.

    That’s putting the cart before the horse and is a political viewpoint.

    A truthful report would be, booming Chinese economy has allowed creation of Chinese rail network including High speed trains. They also don’t have the hassle of a crowded island and planning consent.

    • 79
      JH2303409329-3423 says:

      They do however have the hassle of vast distances to cover.

      Super fast trains don’t offer marginal benefits anyway – who cares if they clip 20 minutes off a journey? If you can get a table and use a laptop all this balls about millions being lost in lost time looks daft anyway. Plus what’s wrong with relaxing for 20 goddamn minutes and looking at the countryside?

      Just give us a modernised version of the Inter-City 125 for Christ’s sake, and lay on loads more of them so we aren’t packed in like sardines.

    • 107
      Potts says:

      Yes, this is exactly like the idiots who say the solution to our crap education system is to let pupils (sorry, “students”) call teachers by their Christian (sorry, “first”) name because that’s what they do in Norway.

  27. 80
    The Vapours says:
    • 98
      Dirty ole Bugger says:

      He meant her missionary position has no official status.

      For years the EU have been trying to introduce a certification scheme for the correct use of sexual positions.

    • 101
      i don't n eed no doctor says:

      Because Hollande is an hypocritical scumbag socialist.

    • 111
      Brillo has exceeded his shelf life says:

      Brillo

      You have reached the limits of your intelligence and are gettihg cheap

      We know you like your pad on the Cote d’Azur

      Do you have problems picking up French totty?

  28. 81
    René Artois says:

    J’ai toujours donner un à Yvette lorsque Madame Edith est absent. Quel est le problème ?

    • 84
      The A'njem C'houdary Marriage Counselling Service says:

      Donner Kebab, inshallah, stone her if she complains and marry many. PBUH.

    • 99
      Dirty ole Bugger says:

      Well the problem is, René, you are actually a raving homo. So the whole thing lacks credibility and is a bit of a farce……

  29. 85
    Pick litter for bennies says:

    It,s an open goal=Tory plant at PMQ,s “does the Prime Minister think the French Socialist method is the best way to stimulate the country”?.

  30. 90
    The British media are cunts says:

    If only Hollande was as good at running the French economy as he is at picking up totty.

  31. 91
    Historian says:

    Guido

    I see you cite bearded young Rifkind denouncing coverups in France in Murdoch’s Times

    Perhaps he will now denounce the massive coverup of hacking lying extortion bribery and more carried out by the Murdoch press for years

    Or can he not see what a hypocritical ass he is?

    Long live your criminal coverups Riffikind!

    • 94
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Rifkind – plenty of bucks earned from being on the board for landmine sales. Two-faced lying duplicitous Israeli Firster.

      • 105
        Historian says:

        LOL

        And Rifkind senior is leading the coverup of NSA GCHQ illegal bugging, surveillance and lying

        What a family…

  32. 92
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Trending to the worst political blog – wotever is name is Central.

    Trying to be controversial pah! – Load of old bollox by trending central. Desperate for a headline pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.

  33. 95
    Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Nothing that happens abroad can possibly be as funny as us taking 800 million from the licence fee to plug the hole in our pension fund. Absolutely hilarious! Why is no-one laughing?

    • 123
      Labour supporting hedge fund manager says:

      We want to make an offer for the whole of the BBC

      Is £2 billion OK.

      The property is worth that by itself..

      And we can fire the staff

      Lord Cashpoint and Dirty Desmondo want some of the action as well

    • 126
      The British media are cunts says:

      Look poor Paxmong has to make do on a million a year, that’s rations at the BBC, the least we can do if fund their pensions for them. Have you any idea what it’s like on the poverty line on a million a year?

      • 222
        John Bellingham says:

        How can people who are classed as self-employed for tax purposes be part of a corporate pension fund?

  34. 96
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Francoise Hollande – It was the thought of my Glowballs Warming that made me do it.

  35. 120
    Iain Smith says:

    Universal Credit will be delivered on time and on budget.

  36. 130
    Well Well well. I didn't hear this on the BBC says:
  37. 136
    The Huhne aftershocks are still being felt says:

    CLAPHAM, SOUTHWEST LONDON A jury panel is being selected to try a part-time judge accused of lying to police in the Chris Huhne points-swap scandal. Constance Briscoe, 56, allegedly gave inaccurate statements to Essex Police during their investigation into the disgraced former Energy Secretary. In the documents, the barrister and recorder – or part-time judge – is said to have falsely claimed she had no dealings with the press. Briscoe, who was suspended from the judiciary after her arrest on October 6, 2012, is also accused of altering a copy of her witness statement before claiming it was correct. -

  38. 139
    Emily Mateless says:
  39. 140
    The Enemy says:
  40. 142
    Politically correct swearing? says:

    The British Board of Film Censors or whatever the Quango is now called has announced that they will certify films containing swear words fit for teenagers as they say teenagers swear a lot these days. Perhaps in London but I have not noticed anything worse these days from teenagers than when I was a teenager and it is still the norm not to swear in front of your parents, teachers and little sister. So I believe this is an unnecessary retrograde step.

    But more to the point, will they actually allow all swear words or will they politically censor them? For example will they allow, n1gger, c00n, spaz, mong, kweer etc ?

  41. 148
    Bled dry says:
    • 150
      SCAMeron says:

      Three months is what ALL EU countries are allowed to do. Cameron is duping the public as the 3 month ban is only what he is allowed to do under EU rules.

  42. 151
    Andy Murray says:

    Fuck me it’s hot !

  43. 152
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP.

  44. 154
    Fish says:

    2nd attempt

    Enemy Maitless on BBCs Newsnight running a Party Political Broadcast for Labour, trailing Milipede’s latest big idea; the breaking up of the banks.

    Maitless tells us that Miliband will introduce this initiative, but fails to point out that only he can do so if he gets elected.

    Maitless, like Miliband uses the assumptive, the purpose of which is to get people to see Miliband as the Prime Minister.

    • 156
      Casual Observer 5 says:

      It is a shame they cannot see the flaw to their logic or that the libertarian awakening is happening.

      The people no longer need or want to be told who they should have as leader.

      This time they are ready and wanting to choose for themselves.

      • 161
        A banned bird says:

        How good that sounds. How I wish I could believe it.

        I believe that the inhabitants of this country are either bribed by benefits or sound asleep, and that our next prime minister will be a horrible little git with birdshit in his hair. How I wish I didn’t.

    • 163
      Hard hitting, like a rope says:

      The flaw is that no one watches Newsnight anymore as its shite.

    • 176
      Percy says:

      So he’s planning to take the worlds largest bank and split it up until its constituent parts are no bigger than a local post office?

      That makes no sense at all. Again.

  45. 155
    le reel says:

    It is one hour later in Paris. A very small part of a very small man is just about to be pressed into service. It is a matter of state. But there will be no fanfare, no twenty one gun salute, no TV cameras nor flashlight bulbs popping. It will last exactly 6.3 minutes and snoring will start less than ten minutes later. The croissants will arrive in the morning. The ordeal is over, the questions asked, the bump is still growing. The bump? Nobody knows about that! Mon Dieux! It is on the interwebs! Good thing we control them. What? The rest of Europe knows? Must get onto EU tomorrow and get it all stopped! What? It is round the globe? Merde! That means a call to M President. What will he demand for covering up that? It will be like Hitler all over again. Que? The Daily Hitler is running it! Salauds!

  46. 158
    The British media are cunts says:

    Paxmong on Newsnight just accused the French media of sucking Hollande off, of course our beloved BBC would never do the same for Ed Milimong would it?

    • 197
      Paul Daycare, Daily Hitler says:

      Disgraceful. An entire press conference devoted to serious policy issues with only one question about shagging. Do we really want this sort of thing here? Yawnsville!

  47. 160
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    This would suggest that the global economy is perhaps back in recession:

    • 169
      altruism in industry says:

      what’s domestic freight doing ?

      • 175
        Casual Observer 5 says:

        CASS ended the year at about the same level it started.

        http://www.cassinfo.com/~/media/Files/Transportation_Files/Freight%20Index/2013/Cass%20Freight%20Index%20Report%20-%20Dec%202013.ashx

        Was at 2 year lows last February according to B’Berg (h/t Zero Hedge) last year:

        h**p://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-19/freight-shipment-volumes-plunge-lowest-two-years

        Looks like inventory stacking which was going on in the last quarter was not sustainable – perhaps a last gasp prior to Ch!na putting up its prices ?

        Might have an impact on prices of consumer goods later this year.

        Announcing the end of the cost of living crisis is perhaps to prepare people for the additional supply side inflation headed our way.

        • 220
          Percy says:

          China economy is fucked. Parts of Europe going quite well, especially in automotive.

          Chinese government has a mountain of debt for vanity projects. Meanwhile they have hit the end-stops of how many people they can move into the big cities some time ago and wages are rising 18% a year. Not so many cheap Chinese products on the market in ASDA. ARGOS, B&Q etc. is there?

  48. 166
    Lard Everard says:

    LIB DEM PASTORAL CARE

    Following allegations that female party activists were sexually harassed by the former Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Howe, the party has appointed a pastoral care officer to manage how complaints against the party are managed. Jeanne Tarrant, a former trade union officer and manager at the Royal College of Midwives has been hired to implement “best practice for managing complaints” and giving advice and support to those making their complaints.

    http://bit.ly/1aDmptq

    FRIEND OF HANDYCOCK ??

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      Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:
    • 187
      A banned bird says:

      Pastoral care officer: cover-up operator
      Best practice for managing complaints: smothering them
      Advice and support to those making complaints: threats

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    In Un PC words. UK Moslems are killing their Girl Child says:
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      Casual Observer 5 says:

      It isn’t muzzies exactly who are wholly responsible here.

      Ch!na leads the world with female infanticide, !ndia is a very close second.

      The practice is common in countries where males remain economically dominant and cost efficient. The dowry system for example and the enhanced status of men in !ndian culture combined with overcrowding which is rightly attributed towards more women have conspired with modern medical tech to lead their society to this pass.

      My statement re women above is based purely on the observation that more fertile women available leads to higher birth rates. Reduce the number of available females and the birth rates will go down. That is the logic being played out in the non-PC reality which exists out there – perhaps reflected in the dowry systems which exist in some parts.

      In Ch!na, the gender bias for terminations was a direct effect of the one child policy. (nb. A copy of that policy is being brought in to !ndia at present)

      The practice is prevalent elsewhere – it transcends culture.

      One unintended consequence of this is that countries with the gender balance induced by this type of termination tend to have larger army’s as a buffer for absorbing otherwise sexually frustrated males who will be denied opportunity to breed. (This has been going on for more than a generation now.)

      There is only really one logical outcome to that which will occur sooner or later.

      Evidence suggests that the practice has been imported into the UK and is practiced by certain parts of the ‘enrichment’, free on the NHS.

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        Rt. Hon Butch Cameron MP says:

        Shocking stuff. We will allow you to have two. Otherwise we might have a gender imbalance worse than the cabinet.

        • 199
          Non taxable pikey says:

          “however, our deeper statistical analysis of data from the 2011 National Census has shown widespread discrepancies in the sex ratio of children in some immigrant families, which can only be easily explained by women choosing to abort female foetuses”.

          I take issue with the Idependent’s reporter about the phrase “women choosing”, the women have little or no say in it.

          Its illegal, immoral and in all probability being done by Doctors from the same ethnic background who should be prosecuted but will not be.

          • Percy says:

            And then having bred nothing but men they all have to go off to Pak!stan to marry their 1st cousin and bring them to the UK too.

            Send them all back from whence they came, please!

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      albacore says:

      Only three seconds to load – and the rest
      That shirley must be a real jolly jest
      Even with active scripting disabled
      The wait to get on here must be fabled

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    pintandapisstheorist says:

    Hollande – not the first to put Hunt before country!

  56. 185
    pintandapisstheorist says:

    For Hunt read C U N T – the moderator wins!!!

  57. 186
    Delingpole induces great frothing at the mouths of Lefties says:

    Such portrayals skew the public debate about benefits and cause distress for many of the millions of people who need this support.

    That’s lefty speak for: “If working people ever get to discover where their tax money really ends up, at a time when they find it tough enough to feed their own families, let alone those of workshy scroungers, then that’ll be the end of the line for our welfare state gravy train.”

    • 189
      The Comments don't work for me says:

      Quite often when I click comments on the Telegraph Blog nothing happens, like now. Is that because they have switched them off or is my browser not set up correctly?

      • 192
        A banned bird says:

        They can be blocked by various anti-ad, anti-popup, do-not-trace add-ons that you may have understandably added to your browser. Ghostery, for example, blocks them. Try disabling the add-ons one by one until the comments appear again. Then, having traced the add-on that is causing the problem, you can probably add the Telegraph site to the ‘whitelist’ of this add-on, so that it makes an exception for the site and no longer blocks the comments.

    • 198
      albacore says:

      Folks can easily see where their taxes end up
      And they know that they’re being sold many a pup
      The give-away stench at the ends of their noses
      Accompanies all that Parliament proposes

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    OK you guys. About time you did some bloody work! says:

    http://bit.ly/1iRa9HO

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    bill says:

    for a man trying to spend his way out of a debt crisis,spending not just the french childrens money,but on to their grandchildrens money;

    this is surely a bit of light relief and a small positive.

  60. 215
    Mr Potato Head says:

    If Hacked Off get their way the press in the UK will be as castrated as it appears to be in France.

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    Adultery is ust a way of life for these chancers says:

    Hows the mad cow getting on in hospital anyway ?

    • 223
      Anonymous says:

      I do not think she is a mad cow. A full stop cow, maybe but certainly an opportunist. So is the new one ! How can a woman go to bed WITH THAT ? Unf…………able


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