January 15th, 2014

PMQs LIVE: Da Bankers Da Bonuses Edition


  1. 1
    Victor Spirescu says:

    My friend Mr Vaz has arrived on a bandwagon

  2. 2
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    War on sugar ???? FFS.

  3. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

    Less foodbanks

  4. 4
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Morning peeps.

  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Freeze on sugar

  6. 6
    Maximus says:

    Looking forward to the epic Da Banksters and Da Lampposts finale.

  7. 7
    Toby Belching-Felcher says:

    Gideon looks like he’s passing a kidney stone.

  8. 8
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Dave’s parting is looking wider. Hair loss, or reflective of a real split in his party ?

  9. 9
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Bonuses down due to conditions, not regs.

  10. 10
    PowerPoint says:

    Bercow always says the same thing every Wednesday. He’s getting boring

  11. 11
    Tuscan Tony says:

    M m m m Mr Speaker.

    Like the good old days under the Brown Terror.

  12. 12
    Photoshop Fail says:

    I guess last weeks low key approach has been abandoned,,,

  13. 13
    Keep politicians out of board rooms says:

    Since when can an MP tell shareholders what pay levels they must approve?o

  14. 14
    Weybridgeman says:

    whos the woman with the purple scarf?

  15. 15
    Photoshop Fail says:

    When they are a shareholder?

  16. 16
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Good attack over RBS, but Dave’s weakness is that he / coalition have not done anything to fix the problems which were created.

  17. 17
    nell says:

    Ah is militwit going to be launching his next vacuous slogan ‘ I’m saving the middle classes’ at PMQ’s today?

  18. 18
    Photoshop Fail says:

    Or rather, ‘the government’ is a shareholder.

  19. 19
    Acts not talk says:

    Abbott did not respect the outcome of the inquest. Will Ed Censure her?

  20. 20
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Is Lammy Diane Abbott’s lovechild?

  21. 21
    Gawd Help Us says:

    I’ve been trying to forget those years, I’m finding it very difficult.

  22. 22
    Steve Miliband says:

    Ed thinking up some more shit questions

  23. 23
    High School Musical says:

    Would Hitler vote Labour if he lived in the UK today?

  24. 24
    Blah fuckng blah says:

    It’s all just noise now. No-one’s listening to the lot of them any more.

  25. 25
    Mitch says:

    Dave says he can’t comment because it’s being investigated, and then comments.

  26. 26
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Theresa Villers – Northern Ireland Sec.

  27. 27
    Toby Belching-Felcher says:

    FYI Theresa May’s astronaut suit is currently on display at the Science Museum.

  28. 28
    Tuscan Tony says:

    True. Great news.

  29. 29
    Snore says:


    Bring Back Insults, fights and rage

  30. 30
    Weybridgeman says:

    Dead Ed really has to come up with something new to talk about….

  31. 31
    Photoshop Fail says:

    Ed counting fail

  32. 32
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Why correct quarter of a million to 250,000 ?

    Has Ed Miliband been taking lessons in sums off of Balls.

  33. 33
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Ball is surprisingly quiet and sullen today.

  34. 34
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Ed corrects 1/4 million to 250,000.


  35. 35
    Cynic2 says:

    I have a bid in for the pants

  36. 36
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Fascinating, Blinky usually nods feverishly whenever Miliwank talks but he’s completely still today.

  37. 37
    Under the Thumb says:

    That’s what happens when a man is forced to sit next to his wife.

  38. 38
    Cynic2 says:

    hes a buffoon

  39. 39
    Fish says:

    Not necessarily true. Cameron has established a banking commission, is sorting out the regulation of banking and is seeking to introduce more competition.

    Miliband’s problem is that, once again, he is opportunistically jumping on a bandwagon that’s already moving.

    That said his friends at the BBC will never challenge Miliband on this.

  40. 40
    Jasmin Beckett's Dildo says:

    is someone going to question Abbott why she spunked 12k on a photo of shrek?

  41. 41
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  42. 42
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Who’s Eagle pointing at?

  43. 43
    Fish says:

    What’s got into one of those Eagle brothers?

  44. 44
    Shite Hawk Watch says:

    That Eagle person is a nasty piece of work.

  45. 45
    Steve Miliband says:


  46. 46
    Weybridgeman says:

    It’s the valium…..

  47. 47
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    The oily little git was trying to play for impact.

    On paper 250,000 has more impact than quarter of a million.

    What a tosser.

  48. 48
    Peter Hain says:

    An assured performance from Ed Miliband who scored several own goals. Back of the net!

  49. 49
    The warm up act is dragging on says:

    When does PMQs start?

  50. 50
    Edouard Millibande says:

    It backfired faster than a Trabant on a cold morning.

    What a plonker.

  51. 51
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    The commission will help bury the problem and buy time to break some of the banks up – which is necessary.

  52. 52
    Mostly Balls says:

    Why do Labour always talk down the economy?

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    How is HS2 going to help Milton Keynes? There is not going to be a station any where near it!

  54. 54
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Should look bloody silly in Hansard, assuming that gets recorded accurately. :-)

  55. 55
    non taxable pikey says:

    Having watched Benefits street, it’s not much different to Sesame Street.

    Both have a big bird, a bloke living out of a bin, and people trying to learn the alphabet.

  56. 56
    Gawd Help Us says:

    Grenade thrown in?

  57. 57
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    P*ul Maynard is a decent man and the Labour MPs who mocked his disability in 2011 should get cancer and die.

    During February 2011, Maynard told The Times about abuse he suffered from Labour Party MPs, who mocked his disability. He said “some were pulling faces at me, really exaggerated gesticulations and faces. Only they know for certain whether they were taking the mick out of my disability. But it certainly felt like it. That is why politics is held in such low esteem.” The Mail on Sunday reported a senior Labour MP as saying “What they did was disgusting. It was obvious that P*ul was upset but they sensed a weakness and went for the kill like a pack of hyenas.” When Maynard refused to give way in a Parliamentary debate to Stella Creasy, male Labour MPs started mocking Mr Maynard openly by pulling faces and imitating his speech and mannerisms. Subsequently, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow issued a written statement warning MPs that such abuse was unacceptable. However, it was revealed Bercow had known about the incident for more than three months and did not speak to Maynard about it.

  58. 58
    Mitch says:

    Yes, she is strangely sinister.

  59. 59
    Watson = Waster says:

    Watson hints he’s got something. If he does, time to come forward rather than lurk in the shadows.

  60. 60
    Twat Son says:

    Like him or Loath him. Watson has asked the only question worth asking at PMQs

  61. 61
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    I’m so thoroughly sick of seeing Watson get up with his notebook and ask a question in that affected solemn tone. The arrogant c-unt has got serious delusions of grandeur.

  62. 62
    Supply and Demand says:

    Clearly someone thinks they know something about Amritsar.

  63. 63
    Kenny says:

    So we now have Christian women giving evidence in Court behind a curtain.

    If a Muslim woman walks the street with a curtain on her head all hell lets loose.

    Britain really is a strange country you know

  64. 64
    Jesus says:

    Oh, another costly Inquiry…great. More money wasted

  65. 65
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Good dig on Leon Brittan there.

    The recent cancellation of helicopter contract by !ndia – which was Westland related – over corruption is perhaps coincidental.


  66. 66
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Like him or Loath him

    Anyone who feels the former should be slapped.

  67. 67
    Hugh Jend says:


  68. 68
    Fish says:

    It will free up capacity on the West Coast line for more calls there. Desperately needed. MK, as it has grown, is underserved – often standing room only from MK to Euston.

  69. 69
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Watson has been deathly silent over Operation Ore. Funny, that.

  70. 70
    Supply and Demand says:

    Admire Harry Flashman? Has he ever said that?

  71. 71
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Nice one. :-D

  72. 72
    You are posting comments too quickly says:

    Admire H*rry Flashman? Has he ever said that?

  73. 73
    Doh says:

    The lad comes across better than the leader of the opposition

  74. 74
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Very. The way she pointed and held that pose for about 20 seconds was just bizarre.

  75. 75
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Why will it put off ethnic minorities?

  76. 76
    The Balls out says:

    Balls kicked in the Balls

  77. 77
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    The Internet does. Suspect some in the middle east / Russ!a perhaps either stirring the pot, or do actually know something.

    US for sure would be in the loop.

  78. 78
    Fish says:

    +100. A good man indeed

  79. 79
    Jasmin Beckett's Dildo says:

    copied off sickipedia

  80. 80
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    Siobahn McDonagh = moron

  81. 81
    She made herself look cheap says:

    No he has not. It was just a cheap unintelligent comment which ruined any gravity in her question.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    “And tell us Madam how many years ago was it that you claim this man grabbed your breasts? ”

    is this a sketch from Monty Python ?

  83. 83
    You are posting comments too quickly says:

    Lol, that’s better!

  84. 84
    Mitch says:

    Oh dear, Ed, they’re laughing at you..

  85. 85
    Sheikh Basha Banka says:

    But on the world stage Bank leverage ratios are being watered down and Cameron is saying and doing nothing to stop it.

  86. 86
    HMG says:

    He couldn’t organise a putsch. We’ve shut down the pubs

  87. 87
    Fracking says:

    Good point from Dave that his Fracking offer is probably better than realised

  88. 88
    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    Just saw Angela Eagle scratching her fanny – not very ladylike really – especially in the HoC.

  89. 89
    Non taxable pikey says:

    Yep. Still funny though.

  90. 90
    Charles Atlas says:

    Since when was Milton Keynes on the West Coast?

  91. 91
    Bald Eagle says:

    She’s not a lady

  92. 92
    Handycock whipping it out says:

    Does anybody know who this Chris Spivey is so that my boys can deal with him? Boaz.


  93. 93
    Fish says:

    It always has been…since the railway was built in 1840

  94. 94
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The last dregs of labour is just glugging down the drain. Miliband was pathetic.
    Is Balls in an induced political coma?

  95. 95
    Thrill Seeker says:

    It’s not a fanny

  96. 96
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Let’s hope he’s got cancer and AIDS :-)

  97. 97
    C.O.Jones says:

    Ed is probably the only politician who can be mugged by his previous utterances. That is what happens when you jump onto bandwagons.

  98. 98
    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    Mr K tells me she is a lesbianista? Is this true?

    She looks very tired and worn out. She could do with a make over

  99. 99
    You lez if you want to says:

    A big ugly bulldyke.

  100. 100
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    My short term knee-jerk reaction is much more potent than Osborne’s Long Term Economic Plan.

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

    Only in your eyes.

  102. 102
    anon says:

    Put it this way – I don’t think Ms Eagle likes men parking their cars in her garage.

  103. 103
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

  104. 104
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Why does the BBC’s Nick Robinson always stick up for Ed Miliband and labour?

  105. 105
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Watching CMD v RedEd has become a bit like watching the AB’s take on Luton Girls Choir Second XV. The result is never in doubt and the score only varies according to the level of disinterest exhibited by the superior side.

  106. 106

    Well not in a true sense.

  107. 107
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Possibly his innate empathy with the underdog? Len’s poodle was wiped out today.

  108. 108

    That contains a presupposition too horrendous to process whilst retaining any vestige of sanity.

  109. 109

    That should be fewer.

  110. 110
    Mar Mar Bar says:

    You are thinking of London in the South East of England. The rest of the country considers the West coast line going up from Penzance to Glasgow. Except the Welsh

  111. 111
    Voice of reason says:

    Because he’s a rabid leftie and he works for the BBC.

  112. 112
    2nd pps says:

    it pays to protect the balls.

  113. 113
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Given the constant going-and-froing between HM Forces and the Indian military, it would be strange if there were not at least one senior British officer in India at the time. Watson is a past-master at resurrecting shit from the Blair/Brown terror and smearing the Coalition with it.

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

    ‘Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.’ ;-)

  115. 115
    Les. B. Friendly says:

    Prefers dining at the Y.

  116. 116
    Portsmouth City Council is the most corrupt Council in the world says:

    Robert Mugabe and Goodluck Johnatahan. Hey Handy, are you losing your grip? This would never happen in our countries and we are surprised, you and the Grand Master allow it in the UK. Get your boys on to it right away. Boaz.

  117. 117
    Jack Ketch says:

    A member on the Government Front bench is sticking out.

  118. 118
    Embrace the enrichment says:

    A man and two teenage boys have been found guilty of a series of r*pes and sexual assaults in Peterborough. Zdeno Mirga, 18, and two boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted of a total of 14 r*pes and three counts of sexual assault. Two more men, Dusan Mirga, 20, and David Ziga, 19, and two teenage boys were acquitted at the Old Bailey. A jury is considering 11 remaining charges against Zdeno Mirga, Hassan Abdulla, 32, and another boy.

  119. 119
    A lesson from history says:

    Means nothing though as 90% of the electorate in the wider world outside of unrepresentative “Westminster Bubble” NEVER watch it(if they do it will on the news headlines and by selected editing the BBC can always show Miliband as bettering Cameron in any PMQs) and Labour will STILL win GE in 2015 even though they don’t deserve to

  120. 120
    Joe Public II says:

    Here endeth the weekly meaningless farce of the thieving pygmies

  121. 121
    JH2303409329-3423 says:

    It will happen wherever they have numbers.

    It’s ethnic cleansing, pure and simple.

  122. 122
    The LibLabConners let them into the U.K. says:

    These wouldn’t be effnic immigrants or their descendants by any chance?

  123. 123
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Did anyone else notice how “tired” Ms Flint looked?
    Is it affected or has she realised that she just can’t hack it as a shadow minister?

  124. 124
    Owen Jones, Mental Aged 13¾ says:


  125. 125
    Nick Clegg and Vince Cable says:

    Mike Handycock, we have never heard of him, but if we had, the link above would be extremely accurate.

  126. 126
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    So all that talk about a truce was a load of bollocks then.

  127. 127
    Anon. says:

  128. 128
    Pdubya says:

    You left off the important bit and I doubt it was casual.
    “Good attack over RBS, but Dave’s weakness is that he / coalition have not done anything to fix the problems which were created” by the Last Labour government fo which Red ED was a leading member.

  129. 129
    Is the stress getting to Balls? says:

    I was more amused by Balls’ silence. Cameron should have ridiculed him even more. He did it a bit but I’d have mocked him throughout.

  130. 130

    This business about 16 and 17 year olds hiding behind anonymity needs challenging as a matter of urgency, I imagine if no adults were involved we would have heard absolutely nothing about this case

  131. 131
    Jack Ketch says:

    His ringtone “Fat Bottom Girls” that was the only thing that could shut up Flintheart for a moment, was priceless.

  132. 132
    crac says know a good joke then says:

    frackers get ppl to work. something of the joan rivers about them.

  133. 133
    it's all bull says:

    ball will get in the balls. i kid you not.

  134. 134
    Don't let Hacked Off ruin it says:

    Hollandes affair is a welcome reminder of what a decent
    job our journalists do compared to useless French hacks.

  135. 135
    I hate socialists. says:

    Well he was a National Socialist.

  136. 136
    Ed Millibrain says:

    We are going to freeze the middle classes

  137. 137
    frack on. says:

    whip the crack out.

    balls need weed protection.
    balls nees to work on his balls.

  138. 138
    Mandy says:

    Only a chump would argue with Hansard

  139. 139
    head ball to you mister says:

    did you miss me then?

  140. 140
    Officer Dibble says:

    It’s the duffing up he got from that scottish bruiser Dougie

  141. 141
    Ithankyou says:

    What’s brown and sticky

  142. 142
    Reader says:

    Yoghurt helps, I’m told.

  143. 143
    steve jobs works for jehovah's witness says:

    how is the witness protection programme then, mister seargaent .

  144. 144
    A Piper says:

    Have a look at his salary.

  145. 145
    Non taxable pikey says:

    Zdeno is a Slovak name. Very few mo slems in Slovakia. Mainly RC.

  146. 146
    Non taxable pikey says:

    Did Camoron mention the government has pledged additional £100 million for Syrian refugees?
    It would have been cheaper to bomb Assad.

  147. 147
    Blooming Godfrey says:

    Because he does what the Guardian tells him to do.

  148. 148
    Embrace the enrichment says:

    And Hassan Abdula is what, Spanish?

  149. 149
    Potemkin Village says:

    a stick?

  150. 150
    mark oat*n says:

    my coffee table

  151. 151
    Anonymous says:

    cut inheritance tax cameron like you promised

  152. 152
    Nigel's Red Barrel says:

    Spivey should be in a secure unit with padded walls. He is stark staring mad.

  153. 153
    Ed The Eunuch says:

    Ed Lenin’s housing & lands policy would make the Bolsheviks proud. Confiscating private land by a geek who pretends to respresent the Middle Classes.

    Labour have lost the plot! Big Time!

  154. 154
    Anonymous says:

    But why does Dave always talk up the banks, and put the interests of the British public last? As with many of the British public, good job Ed is not conned by that all that ‘talking down the economy’ BS – and is willing to stand up to the bankers.

  155. 155
    Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, getting back to the issue, Robert Peston says:
    “…But if history teaches that it is dangerous for Labour to make an enemy of big capital, it may not be astute popular politics for the Conservatives to be seen as the chum of financial capital, otherwise known as the bankers.

    The effectiveness of the Tories’ attack on Labour as the enemy of wealth creation may be blunted if they are seen as too close to a face of capitalism seen by many as unacceptable.”

  156. 156
    By the way says:

    Do you have an old rich uncle?

  157. 157
    Piggy Banks says:

    “Greedy bankers STILL don’t get it: Bonus culture returns with a vengeance as, five years after the crash, 2,700 British bankers pocket an average of £1.6million”
    Mail Online

  158. 158
    Piggy Banks says:

    “The figure make’s Britain’s financial elite the highest paid in Europe
    These bankers also had pension packages worth at least £830,000

    Average workers saw wages rise by a minuscule 0.8 per cent last year

    Flies in the face of the banks’ repeated claims they have scaled down pay”

    Mail Online

  159. 159
    Greedy bankers STILL don't get it says:

    No they don’t.

  160. 160
    Greedy bankers STILL don't get it says:

    Even if it does have the legal right to do this, has not the government a duty to protect our interests and comment on board room pay?

  161. 161
    Anonymous says:

    Should not that read: Dave, Under the Thumb – of the bankers and uncle Sam?

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