February 13th, 2014

Robinson’s Lobby Colleagues Fed Up With Him Lifting Stories

Nick Robinson was the focus of ridicule among his Lobby colleagues last night after he yet again lifted a newspaper journalist’s story and claimed it as his own. “BREAKING”, he tweeted, the three major parties would reject a currency union with an independent Scotland, “the BBC has learned”. Just one problem, Nick Watt at the Guardian had broken the story some 21 hours earlier. 

Several Lobby journalists have since been in touch with MediaGuido to express their increasing frustration at Robinson claiming stories broken elsewhere as his own, attributing them instead to “BBC sources”. It is a running joke that BBC news broadcasts consistently refuse to credit other news organisations – putting up  ‘Breaking News – the BBC has learned’ graphics half an hour after it was on Sky – but Robinson telling readers that this story was his own has crossed the line. One hack notes his regular surprise to see lines from government or opposition press releases (emailed out to every Westminster journalist at the same time) reported as “a Tory/Labour source tells me” on the News at Ten. The fact he is “never around” is hardly helping his popularity either. BBC head of news James Harding is cracking the whip demanding exclusives from his political team, Robbo seems to be feeling the pressure.

When MediaGuido spoke to Nick Watt last night, he wanted to stress that “I hold Nick in the highest regard” and suggested we take a look at the high volume of critical tweets from Lobby journalists to gauge how other hacks feel. Despite Robinson confessing to reading the Guardian story first, last night’s News at Ten again fibbed “our political editor Nick Robinson broke the story”Tut tut…



  1. 1
    Tom Paine says:

    What do you expect? Robinson’s a Tory/

  2. 2
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Is it okay to do anal on valentines day?

  3. 3
    dixon says:

    Same old, same old.
    Another newspaper journalist ‘Nicked’

  4. 4
    Me says:

    You think?

  5. 5
    Me says:

    Is it ever okay?

  6. 6
    fabians are EVIL says:

    He ‘works’ for the BBC – what else would you expect?

  7. 7
    fabians are EVIL says:

    Oh piss off you Labour mindless twat

  8. 8
    Jimmy says:

    Lefty tells porkies shocker.

  9. 9
    Old Codger says:

    Well I liked him when he played Sgt Bilko

  10. 10
    Rick Nobinson says:

    I am only paid £ 400,000.00 per year. What do you expect ?

  11. 11
    Rob Roy says:

    So as the PM correctly points out the Scottish Independence vote will impact on 63M people.

    Who is the idiot I ask who is letting only 4M decide the future of 63M ?

  12. 12
    Jeremy 'TaxPlan' Paxman says:

    Cheapskate !

  13. 13
    Asslick Almond says:

    You rang ?

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    About time too.

    There are 5000 journalists working at the BBC, more than the rest of the UK media combined. Yet They still can’t get offtheir arses to do their own news gathering.

    Think about that next time you see one of their self congratulatory trailers telling us how wonderful BBC news is.

    Remember the old joke;
    How many people work at the BBC?
    About half of them.

  15. 15
    Observer says:

    ‘BBC source’..? The main BBC source is always the Guardian.

  16. 16
    C.O.Jones says:

    You are confusing him with another person who also parts his hair with a chamois.

  17. 17
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    He is the only guy ever to have blinded President Bush with his … bald pate.

  18. 18
    Penfold says:

    Good grief, you mean to tell me that Auntie Bee is a plagiarist…….

  19. 19
    lojolondon says:

    Robinson is too dirty to be a Tory. Follow the money – he works for the Biased BBC. Simples.

  20. 20
    BBC says:


    St@ines-on-Thames to be renamed Thames-on-St@ines

  21. 21
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    @bbcnickrobinson BREAKING wind.

  22. 22
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    I have crawled out of my hole in the ground to make a Party Political broadcast.

  23. 23
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The fact that all the party leaders/Bank of England etc are shitting bricks over Scottish independence prove Salmond & the SNP right, that it is Scottish oil & gas that is propping up the mickey mouse pound and bankrolling all the benefit scroungers down South :-)

  24. 24
    Eric Pickles says:

    I am tired, so I am off for several Ginsters Cornish Pasties then back for a sleep, life is hard.

  25. 25
    Alf Garnett says:

    The BBC is thoroughly discredited, and Robinson is but one manifestation of the low standards and incipient dishonesty of the whole organisation.

    Anyone would be able to discern how low it has sunk by the language it now employs. Why, in heaven’s name, would anyone be doing anything “on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis”, when, for instance, Robinson’s “scoops” actually occur daily, or every day?

    Similarly, crassness and tautology in describing the weather is now creeping in, with talk of “weather events”. We have good, bad or indifferent weather- just weather, not “events”. Even as I write this, some clown on R4 is talking about “rainfall events”.

  26. 26
    Jim says:

    Nearly everyone knows the BBC never lets the Truth interfere with their news stories.

  27. 27
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    So the Lib Dems are running on a tax bombshell ticket in the run up to the general election.

    Vote Lib Dem for higher petrol prices.

    Vote Lib Dem for higher electricity & gas bills.

    Vote Lib Dem for higher council taxes.

    Bye bye Lib Dems :-)

  28. 28
    Perk O'lator says:

    Why do use fib instead of lie Geedo?

  29. 29
    Spartacus says:

    i’ve given up watching the bbbc – long time back.

    what does this fellow do?

  30. 30
    Stretch Cred says:

    Dave claims to be a Tory.

  31. 31
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Even the BBC are too embarrassed by the Grauniad to mention it by name :-)

  32. 32
    Vince says:

    dont forget the mansion tax

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Never mind the hissy fits among media types, let’s consider the reality.

    HMG and BoE cannot stop Scotland using the pound any more than the US could stop most undeveloped countries using the dollar instead of their own useless currencies.

    What the political parties are doing is to seek to influence the vote in Scotland by pointing out that outside the British Union they either have to go it alone or join the Euro. Salmond might just call their bluff and announce they will adopt their own currency which they would link to a weighted average of sterling (100% initially, but declining) and later to the USD and maybe the EUR (althoigh this would be political rather than economic).

    Westminster is being ham fisted over the Scotland debate and needs to smell the coffee before it is too late.

  34. 34
    C.O.Jones says:

    All African countries have their own currencies but in many parts of Africa they will only trade in the $.
    An independent Scotland could choose to peg their currency to anything they like, €, £, CBOT Pork Bellies, oil, gold – anything they like and NOBODY could stop them.

  35. 35
    seriously? says:

    that it is Scottish oil & gas that is propping up the mickey mouse pound

    We’ll see.

  36. 36
    seriously? says:


  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    If you do you will probably cause more floods but then the AGW lot can claim that this is what they predicted anyway.

  38. 38
    Moll Usk says:

    So the Thames is not dredged because a mollusc has moved in and it’s rights to a home are classed more important than all the humans living in the area.


  39. 39
    seriously? says:

    I remember a quote from Nick Robinson when he was challenged about why it was he merely regurgitated whatever piece of paper Evil Al Campbell shoved under his nose.

    It was, he explained, because he was a reporter – not an investigative journalist. Right there and then I knew for sure the man was an unprincipled c*u*n*t.

    You don’t need to pay 400k (really?) to have some gimp mindlessly reading out Labour press releases to the nation as if they were facts.

  40. 40
    Dawn Chorus says:

    Early for you Guido. Shit the bed?

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    This comment alone explains why the SNP cannot have anything to do with administering the pound when Scotland hopefully gets its independence.

  42. 42
    Dave says:

    Is there any other way?

  43. 43
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Trident. A weapon we’ll never use, against an enemy we don’t have, at a price we can’t afford

    Vote Tory !

    Hear bloody well hear !

  44. 44
    Ear trumpet says:

    BREAKING: Wind.

  45. 45
    seriously? says:

    That’s right. They could. They could chose to put themselves on a par with African nations whose economic reputation is so low that their currency isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

    They could do that. In fact, with Scottish Labour waiting in the wings like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, that’s probably the way to bet.

  46. 46
    Flooded in Wraysbury says:


    Funny that people have forgotten we called this hack Toenails because he was so far up Brown’s arse

  47. 47
    seriously? says:

    Nuclear weapons? Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

  48. 48
    A small creature with green eyes and sharp claws says:


  49. 49
    C.O.Jones says:

    Exactly, nuclear weapons are a detergent, when needed they can clean things up.

  50. 50
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It doesn’t look much like the Sahara desert outside, where are all these droughts the eco-loons said we would be suffering from and having to be careful to conserve water :-)

  51. 51
    Ded4 says:

    This is the most strange thing about Dave and Claire and their attempt to protect Children from perverted online pornography when they are promoting perverted sexual activity in the real world and draw up legislation to place real children into the middle of it.

  52. 52
    Prick Knobinson Ace Reporter says:

    Breaking………the Roman Legions have crossed the channel and the invasion is underway. More to follow. Be safe.

  53. 53
    Other LimpDim policies that will prove popular says:

    And extra immigration. Just what the public have been demanding.

  54. 54
    The British media are cunts says:

    Toenails like Easton, Peston and Marr used to get lots of exclusives if you remember when Labour were in power because they all sucked Brown’s cock.

    Now the Tories have worked out finally the BBC is not their friend. Of course in the case of Peston he soon forgot how he bigged up the one eyed moron’s decision to shaft Lloyds bank.

  55. 55
    retardEd Miliband says:

    You are a little mouthe and I claim my five poundth.

  56. 56
    The British media are cunts says:

    The BBC were always happy to take Labour claims as facts.

  57. 57
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Q: Why, then, do alll but the tiniest island nations, and the deluded Eurozone, persist with national currencies?

    A: Because (1) everything they produced or consumed would be priced wrongly (see Eurozone) and (2) their governments would be constrained only to spend what they actually had.

  58. 58
    Ed Burke says:

    Nice to see the BBC finally acknowledging the Guardian as their source. For, !ets face it, everything.

  59. 59
    The British media are cunts says:

    Bollocks. The smelly socks will have to create their own central bank and borrow on the open market. No one will trust them.

  60. 60
    Iran says:

    Yes. Unilateral nuclear disarmament was such a popular Labour policy in the 1980s, comrade.

  61. 61
    Lord Smiffy says:

    I am pleased to report that the Environment Agency is now strenuously engaged in dredging for excuses and building defences for its swollen staff numbers.

  62. 62
    C.O.Jones says:

    They had so many scoops and exclusives from the Labour Party one wondered why they even employed journalists. They did not even have to corroborate their stories as they got it straight from the horses mouth.

  63. 63
    The British media are cunts says:

    Good, if Scotland is so brilliant hopefully they will vote to fuck off and we can get rid of the jock scum at Westminster.

  64. 64
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The Thatherite reign in the 80s would not have been possible without the oil/gas money to pay all the benefits for over 3 million unemployed.

  65. 65
    A Greek Person says:

    It worked for us!

  66. 66
    One Term Dave says:

    I’ve got a lovely new bagful of promises and I think one of them is to sort out the BBC.

  67. 67
    seriously? says:

    Peston and the BBC didn’t just ‘big-up’ the decision – they were the vector whereby the entire national perception of what happened was created.

    I keep saying it but only because it is true.

    Do you remember when L*a*d*y D*i died? The BBC literally didn’t know what to do. We had hours of sombre music and still pictures while they scrabbled around trying to put together a report.

    Yet on the day the ‘banking crisis’ that had, we were told, literally arisen overnight, a bolt from the blue, they had a 30 minute ‘news-cast’ ready to roll explaining how it all started with ‘big bang’ in the 1980s’ [cue: archive footage with big perms and huge shoulder pads] and it started in America and had fuck all to do with Labour/Browns reckless economic policy, and, further, thanks to Gordon Brown’s decisive action with, literally no notice at all and only the huge power of his brain deployed to find a solution – overnight, we were all safe.

    And the rest of the media – who hadn’t had 6 months briefing about how to present this were caught flat-footed and just ran the BBC/Labour story as if it were fact.

  68. 68
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Perhaps Lib Dems agree that gay marriage is bringing wrath of God on UK ? The anti-sodomite ticket could be a vote winner.

  69. 69
    C.O.Jones says:

    Anything you say or do will be taken down and used as evidence against you in the HoL.

  70. 70
    AGW is a man made story says:

    He means that people are finally waking up to the fact that man made climate change is a load of cockwaffle and his days of captaining the AGW gravy boat are numbered.

  71. 71
    Spartacus says:

    didn’t have potholes though

  72. 72
    Spartacus says:

    not whatever, wake up and smell the whisky

  73. 73
    Not a BBC spokesperson says:

    What do you mean ‘were’?

  74. 74
    Not a BBC spokesperson says:


  75. 75
    seriously? says:

    I didn’t realise there were that many unemployed people in Scotland. Although if you count those employed by the state as ‘unemeployed’ then you may have a point.

  76. 76
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    The BBC continue to be less than honest about sexual abuse of children on their premisis, and on matters Savile.

    They are not a credible news agency these days.

  77. 77

    Either way we finally rid ourselves of the whinging malcontents, let them pay their own benefits .

  78. 78
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    If the jocks bottle it on independence they will be forever known as “haggis eating surrender monkeys”, a bunch of pussy whipped mummies boys forever under the English yoke.

  79. 79
    oh dear says:

    Stephanie Flanders was the same.
    Now she apparently fancies being Dep. Gov of the
    Bank of England.

  80. 80
    William Wallace says:

    It is, and has been for ages the SNP position to seek a currency union with sterling.

    Six months before the vote the others pull the plug completely on the idea.

    It rests with Salmond to come up with another option; Euro or a Scottish pound in a stupidly short time scale.

    That the main English parties should have kept it under wraps that a sterling union is off the table for so long is reprehensible behavior.

    After all they do have a duty of care to over 60 million people.

    A truly independent Scotland would be the kick start to increased real competition for jobs and outward investment which is sadly missing at present within the UK.

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    Clearly the greens have yet to work Dave Cs Valentine’s night activities into the computer models.

  82. 82
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    I thought people like Robinson were there to report the news not make it but, there again, what do I know.

  83. 83
    seriously? says:

    They never were credible. It is only viewer conditioning that gives them their ill-deserved reputation for unbiased reporting. I bet, in the same way, the Russians used to thank God for Pravda telling them the ‘truth’ what with all that nonsense being broadcast by the BBC and Voice of America.

  84. 84
    RomaBob.... Beeeeg Issue! says:

    Bilko……. had better scripts in those days?

  85. 85
    Scotland will always need others to blame for its failings says:

    They’ll never vote for independence – their constant anti-English whining is what defines them as a people.

  86. 86
    Sheikh Basha Banka says:

    Robinson’s salary should be subjected to the same restrictions and fines as those of Bankers.

  87. 87
    Fred says:


  88. 88
    Nick says:

    I enjoy fat-bottomed girls.

  89. 89
    but says:

    Politicians won’t let the English have a say
    because they know we’d vote for Scots

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Nick Nick Robinson

  91. 91
    seriously? says:

    That’s his defence. He’s only a ‘reporter’. A regurgitatr of Labour press releases.

    And the BBC is just an umbrella organisation for regurgitating whatever shit Labour or the ecoloons or whatever other left-liberal bias the BBC happens to sympathise with.

  92. 92
    Dave Ricardo says:

    Two independent nations with independent floating currencies sharing a common border.

    Now that is what I call competition.

  93. 93
    BBC News and Propaganda Unit says:

    We shall continue claiming that climate change is
    responsible for all weather problems.

  94. 94
    testiclees says:

    all very silly – the idea of ‘exclusives’ and a ‘lobby’ system seems inconsistent

    any agreement of substance between these three parties is sure to be leaked – and probably meant to be for its (supposed) impact

  95. 95
    Rob Roy says:

    At least there are four of us here not spouting utter rubbish.

  96. 96
    seriously? says:

    I8r*e*land managed to keep up blaming England for a full 70 or 80- years after independence. I think we’re still being blamed for most ills of the Middle East and Africa and India which have been independent for 50+ years.

    I reckon even with independence England will still be blamed if Mrs McTaggart from Alloa stubs her toe on a cracked paving slab 200 years hence.

  97. 97

    Nick Watt says “I hold Nick in the highest regard”

    I think he’s a cuпt!

  98. 98
    brown-dog says:


    It’s absurd.

    Think of the allegations all those years ago about Elton John and what has happened since. It’s stomach turning.

  99. 99
    The Critic says:

    Is the Euro an option?Scotland will not automatically gain EU membership after independence.It only needs one vote against them by other EU states to veto membership If it happens, can Scots still work in England?

  100. 100
    Ah! men says:

    AGW is rather like Islam. A worldwide religion without a titular head.

  101. 101
    Rob Roy says:

    Perhaps the solution is to postpone the vote for 12 months to firstly increase the electoral base and secondly for all the parties to publish their policies on how monetary fusion would be dealt with by them in the event of a vote for independence.

  102. 102
    Ask The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The St. Valentine’s day arse-acher :-)

  103. 103
    seriously? says:

    And that c*u*n*t Andrew Marr.

    ‘So, Gordon Brown/Ed Balls/Tony Blair, welcome and tell me in your own words why you are utterly fantastic and the Tories are rubbish. Take all the time you need…’

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    I lost all confidence in the BBC years ago. I never watch their news programmes due their left wing bias.

  105. 105
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Has Lord Rennard been let back into the Lib Dems or is he going to be suing them ?

    His deadline was today wasn’t it ?

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    She was the former Labour party cum-hole.

  107. 107
    seriously? says:

    ‘If it happens, can Scots still work in England?’

    You have to hope so. There’s no work for them in Fucking Scotland. Only hand-outs and pretendy state employment.

  108. 108
    Davíd Cameron says:

    No after you, I insist.

  109. 109
    Ah! love says:

    Your moniker get the chop? XXXXXx

  110. 110
    seriously? says:

    You forgot Al Gore. He’s a tit-head.

  111. 111
    Peter Grimes says:

    Poor ol’ Toenails has had his ‘exclusives’ cut off since Mad Al and his even madder pal Fat Gordo were evicted from Downing Street.

    What a crying shame!

  112. 112
    Mrs McTaggart from Alloa says:

    Och! I went oot to celebrate hogmanay in 2214 and I did stub my wee toe on uneven paving. Uneven, I might add, because it was English paving, which is very inferior to Scottish paving. And Thatcher left it uneven.

  113. 113
    Nick Clegg says:

    Sorry and all that.

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Oh, what now? Don’t tell me he’s bent as well?

  115. 115
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    It has been put off for years as it suits Salmond to have the ever retreating mirage rather than the reality of independence. For once he has delivered his goal, he is out of a job.

  116. 116
    Nick Clegg says:

    I’m betting the farm they also fancy a go at the Euro.

  117. 117
    The BBC says:

    And anyone who doesn’t believe in it must be put to death.

  118. 118
    seriously? says:

    No. Whatever. This may be terribly important for the Little Scotlanders but I, mercifully, no longer live there so am not affected by whatever nose-cutting fit of spite they chose to indulge in come September (is it?).

    England will do just fine either way. And so will I.

  119. 119
    DLT says:

    I’ve got more on my mind.

  120. 120
    Too fast? says:

    BREAKING – people are deceitful.

  121. 121
    Mrs McTaggart from Alloa says:

    Aye. And we’re all still al*k*i*s because Thatcher closed down the mines. S’them fucking English I tell you. Bastards. Think they’re so fucking clever with all their money and that. Giving us interest free aid money like Lady-fucking-muck. They should just give us some more.

    Scotland’s been fucked since the oil ran out. Them fucking English knew the oil would run out which is why they cut us loose. The bastards.

    The fucking English. It’s all their fault.

    ‘Nother Bucky hen?

  122. 122
    Just trying to help says:

    An easy solution would be to have a floating Scottish pound.

    If EU membership proves the way forward then there can be integration at a later date.

    This currency problem is no reason in itself for a “no” vote which many people in Westminster seem to favor.

  123. 123
    The BBC says:

    For £3.6 billion a year, what do you expect from us? Integrity?

  124. 124
    Confused of Acne says:

    What, stuck in the 13th Century, and likes child brides?

  125. 125
    Quigley says:

    Mind you, the prefix “The BBC has learned”, while it may erroneously convey the idea that what follows is a bit of exclusive news, is factually correct; just like “Quigley has learned that Nick Robinson has been derided by fellow hacks”, etc.

    BBC Semantics Dept 1, Lobby 0

    Apply this kind of analysis to their entire output and free your brain!

  126. 126
    Handycock whipping it out says:

    The BBC are on to me Nick, I don’t know how they get their information,


    and I am going to have to get the Grand Master on to this blogger.



  127. 127
    Jeremiah says:

    “BREAKING: Learning JFK been shot. More details when I get them http://gu.com/p/3mka2/tw
    6:24 PM – 12 Feb 2014 ”

    Quite Fawkes that was 1963, a bit late with that one, or has something got mixed up with that one?

  128. 128
  129. 129
    Vote White Dee for more bennies says:

    What’s the bet White Dee will stand as a Labour MP? She has all the qualifications to be a Labour MP: Fat, stupid, lazy, no experience of the real world and believes the state should do everything for everyone.

  130. 130
    2112 says:

    Nah, he’s as straight as Liberace.

  131. 131
    Jeremiah says:

    What is it with the Rightyrightwingers that that they are so obessed with bums and sex in general, it must be that ex-public school boy sort of thing carried on into “manhood”

  132. 132
    Jim says:

    Did this Man of Honor tender his resignation at the same time he said this?

  133. 133
    Glass eye says:

    English comprehension not your strong point is it? Which part of Islamabad do you come from?

  134. 134
    Jeremiah says:

    See you Jimmy

  135. 135
    David Cameron: Call me wanker if you're honest says:

    So, has money-is-no-object Brown Cameron really justified his salary for this week ?

  136. 136
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    Peston is a Common Purpose shill.

  137. 137
    Glass eye says:

    ASK??? ASK the telly tax…

    I did that and was told they only speak Swahili this week. It’s Urdu week starting on Monday, so I’ll have another go then.

  138. 138
    Aardvark says:

    The BBC is always hiring wet, pathetic faux-Tories like Portillo. Fills their quote and they don’t have to let any non-Marxists defile the holy ground that is the BBC.

  139. 139
    seriously? says:

    Peston is, first and foremost a c*u*n*t. I’m all for helping the disabled find work but with a voice like his he should be taking orders at a McDonalds dr*iv*-in where most folk would just assume it was the dodgy sp*ea*ker making such strange noises or collecting abandoned trolleys in a TESCO c*a*-p*a*r*k.

  140. 140
    Aardvark says:

    Me too – BBC free for years – no more snotty Socialists telling me how giving up my money and rights will lead to a glorious new world of equality and multicultural totalitarian paradise.

  141. 141
    Glass eye says:

    … and his little scams were far more subtle too. Lovely hilarious and innocent progs in those days.

  142. 142
    Jeremiah says:

    Just think, we maybe able to send back all those Jocks in the Liblabcon party who are taking up seats that could be taken by New UK born MPs, some lost any chance of becoming Scots MPs especially in the Cons, they would then be foreigners.

  143. 143
    Aardvark says:

    What is it with Guaridianistas and their obsessions with bums and sex.

    The Left uses Gays to look tolerant while practicing totalitarian Marxism.

    Of course Gays were never safe in communists countries.

  144. 144
    Jeremiah says:

    What about, “Blot on the Landscape”

  145. 145
    Glass eye says:

    … along with their putrid and crooked Scotch banks too…

  146. 146

    I think it is the duty of every one of us, by constant derision, to goad the jockanese into voting for independence , if enough of them can even read or use a computer, it may get their lazy fat arses to a voting booth we just might swing it . You never know there might be enough of them that can spell X on a voting ballot.

  147. 147
    Glass eye says:

    The bastard Scotch banks also had a duty of care to millions of its customers – not that that made one iota of difference to the disgusting and outrageous way they behaved. Get rid of the effin lot of them.

    If Scots have any sense they will be moving their financial arrangements south of the border asap to non-Scotch institutions.

  148. 148
    seriously? says:

    In tolerant Leftieland pandering to Muslims trumps pandering to gays.

  149. 149
    Phil says:

    Since then he’s gone on to even funnier roles.

  150. 150
    seriously? says:

    That’s how most of them sign on anyway. With an ‘X’.

  151. 151
    Northern Ireland journos who spout Stormont Press releases and pass it off as investigation says:

    So lacking in principle

  152. 152
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Fourth day of deliberations on 14 counts.

    Looks like they are considering things properly.

  153. 153
    Glass eye says:

    The Economist magazine runs a McDonald’s index, but I am not sure if the salmonman using fried Mars bars as their indicator would actually be a popular move in financial circles.

  154. 154
    Glass eye says:

    I don’t think there will be enough suitcases around to carry all that floating currency just for a loaf of bread and a bit of cheese.

  155. 155
    i don't need no doctor says:

    She will fit in well with Abbott and Thornberry, mind you try fitting those three on the labour front bench.

  156. 156
    The public says:

    We hope to see that sexy lady in the front bench

  157. 157
    i don't need no doctor says:

    Salmond is arranging for an endless supply of deep fried mars bars to be provided at the voting stations. Should net a 100% turnout.

  158. 158
    Glass eye says:

    Blame Harold MacMillan, dear boy – he was the one who started all this ‘events’ business.

  159. 159
    Londoner says:

    I had a small chuckle to myself this morning: seeing a very fed up former LibDem councillor sitting in a queue with about 70 people ahead of him at a local NHS clinic.

    I thought – I bet you wish now you had spent more effort when you were in office on making sure that local services were up to snuff for local people instead of prancing about tabling pointless motions at the council about problems the council had no business wasting its time on. (He famously once required the council to spend the evening discussing the situation in Kashmir).

  160. 160
    Jeremiah says:

    I do not understand why Ed Davey is worried about global warming, surely he knows that that well known scientific company of Fawkes and Fawkes have given their cast iron guarantee that global warming will not happen and there is nothing to worry about. In 1953 there was a storm surge in the North Sea 300 people died and 2000 in the Netherlands and various other times in history where even more died, but as it gets near Londonistan blind panic sets in, never mind Fawkes and Fawkes have it all in hand.

  161. 161
    i don't need no doctor says:

    Salmond just proves how useless the SNP are by not sorting out Scotland’s currency before the referendum. Surely currency is the major item he should have sorted beforehand. Doesn’t bode well.

  162. 162
    Glass eye says:

    yes – so long as you don’t forget where you put the keys to the washing machine room… or can ask for them back from the big boys across the street.

  163. 163
    Much ado about nothing says:

    There is nothing to sort. He can use the pound and no one can stop him.

    Just a load of hot air from LibLabCon

  164. 164
    Call me Jimmy says:

    If the Jocks don’t join the EU and run their own country then I’m off to Jockland.

  165. 165
    Glass eye says:

    No no no no no…the word is Roma, not Roman. The latter all went home a long while ago and changed their name to Italians. Do try to keep up at the back.

  166. 166
    A druid says:

    The BBC would have been embedded with the Roman Army, telling the locals what a great thing slavery was going to be for them.

  167. 167
    An awkward bastard says:

    So Mr Osborne is now going around slapping himself on the back because UK growth figures are the best in Europe.

    I don’t like being compared with Italian waiters and Greek olive growers.

    China and Africa are leaving us standing in terms of growth.

    Wake up and smell the coffee.

  168. 168

    But i’m sure it can be made very difficult!

  169. 169
    Glass eye says:

    Nobody seems to remember here that he was directly responsible for the first run on a UK bank for over 100 years.

    Little cvnt should have been found hanging under one of the bridges along the Thames.

  170. 170
    Jeremiah says:

    I have a thought, what about all those vast land holdings by UK companies in Scotland, they may be subjected to a landholding tax that supply a good income stream ( a bit like a non fiddleable company tax ) they will be a foreign country so they will be able to do what they like, as well as keeping the oil revenue, they would not need all, even the reduced fuel produced, going in exports. Do you think there will be a mass exodus of Scots back to Scotland.

  171. 171
    Ed Davey never says:

    When we have pursuaded everyone to live in smallholdings and that the heavens will fall in if they travel further than two miles in a day, you will find that inbreeding and child exploitation will be even greater than among cousins from Mirpur.

  172. 172
    i don't need no doctor says:

    Nick Robinson is a twat. Norman Scrotum Face Smith is also a twat.

  173. 173
    Airey Belvoir says:

    She’s ahead of the game, mangaging to acquire a criminal record before becoming an MP.

  174. 174
    Glass eye says:

    It all depends on what your starting base point is Dumbo. Economics not yur strong point is it?

  175. 175
    Glass eye says:

    * your

  176. 176
    Britannia says:

    True. The political leaders of this country have pitiful levels of ambition. We need sustained growth in double figures if we are ever to return to a position of no national debts (when did a UK politician ever even dream of that) and a bedrock of sustainable wealth and national security.

  177. 177
    Jeremiah says:

    I certianly that what is shortly to become swamp, which it originally was, called Londonistan, happy swimming!

  178. 178
    BBC HR Dept says:

    Please refrain from using the word ‘snuff’ as it makes the peeedoughs all excited. Thank you.

  179. 179
    Jeremiah says:

    Isn’t a Tory Boy about to be tried for raping 2 guys, tut, tut. What folks do together, participants agreeing, is no business of mine. There is a lot that goes on that is kept under wraps whether by FM or old boys networks (or girls for that matter), it only occasionally breaks the surface but when it does the brown stuff hits the fan big time, as in the Profumo Affair (I have still got the report of it in an old Telegaph paper which I bough).

  180. 180
    Nick Toenails Robinson. says:

    I really do not know what the fuss is about.
    We all know that my BBC and our Guardian are one and the same thing.
    Only yesterday on a fiction crime serial on BBC radio it read from the lead woman detective that “the story could get out via the BBC, Guardian or Independent”
    Nuff Sed.

  181. 181
    Omar Shamshoon. says:

    It is proving impossible to swim effectively in the cesspool of corruption that is Londonistan.

  182. 182
    BBC HR Dept says:

    Not sure if it the Iranian Ayatollah or the Egyptian Grand Mufti who is the titular head these days.

  183. 183
    Sir Hall of the BBC - Not Henry Hall. says:

    I am still trying to find out which half of the BBC is really working.
    The organization structure and lack of accountability ensures that no person is to blame for anything.
    I am beginning to understand the need for BBC radical reform, but I have an incompetent Trust and a bloody minded union of BBC management and overpaid editors and presenters to sack or win over.

  184. 184
    BBC - Bring Back Communism says:

    Try BBC radio 4 – it is mentioned at least once per hour.

  185. 185
    Anonymous says:

    “Westminster parties unite against currency union.”
    And with any luck, RBS will make good on a threat to move south. Complete with fiduciary black-holes, and financial dependence on the people’s purse. Maybe then Alex Salmond could forge an alliance with Switzerland and Iceland(not the supermarket), and rebrand the nation ‘Scotzerland’. Though having their own virtual currency, tax regime, and something called ‘Democracy’. Which is government of the people, by the people, for the people, (or policy selection via majority mandate), apparently.

  186. 186
    Pundit too too says:

    Perhaps they should peg it to David Miliband’s banana?

  187. 187
    Pundit too too says:

    You have to realise that Scotland’s biggest export is people.
    Many of them are in London.
    The voting of the Scottish diaspora could be very interesting, though I am sure Salmon and Sturgeon will cover this up.

  188. 188
    BBC - Bring Back Communism says:

    Soundbites is what we do. Biased soundbites of course.

  189. 189
    Jock Strapped says:

    Which is owned by the French, Japanese, Americans, South Africans etc

  190. 190
    Big Momma says:

    Good grief what a comment.
    Are you Smart Alec or Sturgeon?
    Using the £ WITHOUT financial backing would make it a Mickey Mouse currency.
    They could use Scottish £ shadowing the UK£ but the international financial world will simply mark it down to the value of the Argentine Peso, South African Rand, Russian Rouble or Japanes Yen.
    Please keep up.

  191. 191
    Ned Ludd says:

    I thought Liberace was a trifle ‘arch’ at times.

  192. 192
    Ned Ludd says:

    Hollande getting his leg over. What’s new?

  193. 193
    Mrs Trellis from Kirkudbride says:

    I so love Gordon Broon. He saved the world ye ken and now is saving the world’s children.

  194. 194
    Nick Cleggover - Limp Dim Leader says:

    Yesterday’s news.
    Today I am in wellies going forth to save the drowning masses.

  195. 195
    Just Saying says:

    Its like opening a restaurant without having a menu.

  196. 196
    Good Grief. says:

    How long did YOU live in Africa.
    RSA Rand in the last year has gone from 15 to 18 to the £ and the Nigerian situation has in many cases got worse all from a low base.
    It is difficult to find an African country without problems. Possibly Zambia is closest.
    Perhaps you have been listening to the BBC too much – or you are a part of it?

  197. 197
    Good Grief. says:

    Iceland the supermarket seems more apt.
    Switzerland is a no no. Scandinavia is a no no. Perhaps Sri Lanka, Salvador, Cuba and Argentina would be good partners?

  198. 198

    Or Bukino Fasso

  199. 199
    stater of the obvious says:

    Clearly everyone making the programmes is working or the screen would be blank when you turned the TV on.

  200. 200
    Every Scot I ever met in London says:

    I’ve lost my wallet and need to get a train back home. Could you spare us a quid towards the fair?

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  202. 202
    Vanity quote says:

    He (Watt) is talking about himself, obviously.”

  203. 203
    Rufus Stone says:

    Presumably the wind farm

  204. 204
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Is there anything I and the Hampshire police can do Handy? Jahbulon.

  205. 205
    Jim says:

    Damn right. Im pro union, but I really think we need to cut off those scrounging southerners.

    I mean, they just use our resources to pay Bennies to all those feckless workshy English…..

    Let them make/pay their own way in the Union. Find your own oil and invent your your own spirits to export.

    And charge them all double to come and use our shooting/fishing estates. I hear even Wheelen comes up ‘ere for fishing.

    Problem is, I wouldn’t give Salmond or Labour any control over them, so what to do?

  206. 206
    Jim says:

    Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, they were Scottish?

  207. 207
    Jim says:

    We can back it with, what’s that stuff called again, oil.

    What’s yours backed with, sodden tracts of bog, foreign take aways and drunks?

    I’m pro Union, but I better stop reading this blog, the views on ere about Scotland are the most narrow minded, ignorant, hypocritical load of BULLSHIT I’ve had the misfortune to comprehend.

    If yer all can’t have a good word to say about your affluent neighbour, with whom you share quite a bit of history; good, successful history on the whole, then it says a lot about why the UK is going down the sink.

    Sure, Scotland is full of dicks, but then so is England, and Wales for that matter. But there are also good guys.

    Try and stop making yourself feel better about the shit state of your own country, by ignorantly slagging off your neighbours.

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    BBC Lexicon says:

    “The BBC has learned…” We read it in the Guardian.

    “Sources say…” We read it in the Independent.

    “Critics say …” Anything the Tories do is wicked and evil.

    “It has emerged …” From our rear ends.

  209. 209
    Julian Gibb says:

    Robinson is a Tory and a sychophant (I suppose I could have left it at Tory!).

    However the main issue is the quality / reliability and trustworthiness of the BBC. How far will it be allowed to decline.

    The BBC gives excessive coverage to the USA and ignores South America and Australasia. The reports it does issue have a Whitehall / USA slant.

    The World may have once held the BBC in high regard but I would rather watch Aljahzeera or Russian TV.

    Not quite at PRAVDA level but passing Sky and Fox news on the way down.

    It is also frustrating that the entire political state of the nation and every topic is written ny London centric “journalists” who spend their time re-cycling the same gossip.

  210. 210
    Clootie says:

    This is the only source I trust


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