February 16th, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online


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  • A rare display of public unity from Sally and John: exclusive photo
  • Nick calls Dave “Spineless”
  • Vain Chuka working out instead of working
  • Andy Burnham could be sleeping with the fishes at high speed
  • Tristram “I can’t believe he’s not a Tory” Hunt trousers extra £36k despite Shad Cab ban on outside earnings
  • The Tory motivational message making reflective HQ staff cringe
  • Theresa May’s £92,000 acting bill

Also Boris argues if you vote UKIP you’ll end up with Red Ed in today’s Sun on Sunday.

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  1. 1
    Ed Milibandwagon - making Michael Foot look competent says:

    It’th a Climate Change cwithith! Quick! More taxeth! More utheleth lightbulbth! Quick!

  2. 2
    The chosen one says:

    Total wankers all of them.

  3. 3
    Cinna says:

    Milliband banging on about the floods and storms being caused by climate change. So what even if they are. A few thousand extra wind turbines and more restrictions and taxes on energy users in the UK won’t do a thing. He needs to get out and convert the Yanks, Chinese and Indians and leave us in peace…fat chance of that.

  4. 4
    Nick Clegg, Cockroach-in-Chief, Pervs Я Us says:

    The LibDems are a party with few convictions.
    If any LibDem is a perv then I’m a Dutchman.

  5. 5
    Quite says:

  6. 6
    Boris the Turk says:

    I want Turkey in the EU cos Britain desperately needs more immigrants.

  7. 7
    Beggared belief says:

    Ed Miliband thinks ? Not all by himself, surely ?

  8. 8
    Sad but True says:

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    Milliband, the Greens, the BBC, Chicken Licken etc. says:

    The sky is falling!

  10. 10

    Can we assume that if there are no severe storms and floods next winter that the climate has changed back?

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    Nothin' to do with us guv, we're only the government says:

    Blaming it on ‘Climate Change’ is a nice get out clause for the liblabcon to cover their criminal neglect of the country.

  12. 12
    They have All Found Religion this morning...Worshiping before the God of Man Made global warming says:

    Phil Hammond agrees with Ed.

    Looks like they are all jumping on the bandwagon, to blame man made global warming on the WEATHER catching out their stupid policy of building on flood plains and not dredging rivers.

  13. 13
    Daily Mail says:

    But Ed, aren’t all your green levies on energy bills, petrol etc. a regressive tax?

    I thought only the evil Tories believed in unfair regressive taxation?

  14. 14
    Dave says:

    Vote BLUE go PINK.

  15. 15
    Just askin' says:

    So if these are the worst storms for 100 years, what were man-made carbon emissions like then?

  16. 16
    David Cameron, call me weatherman says:

    Predict lots of flooding, all global warming, nothing to do with normal weather patterns, the Jet Stream, or a useless ugly faggot spunking the Environment Agency budget on Gay Pride mugs because the EU has told us not to dredge rivers.

    Oh – Vote UKIP.

  17. 17
    Anon. says:

    Here’s what the same ideology has done in America. Red Ed’s fellow traveller- Obama. Of course it’s never their fault. They only want to shout look global warming!
    Whatever the cost and damge they do.


  18. 18
    bnom says:

    It’s all relative anyway. Anyone living North East of Coventry is thinking what is all the fuss about.

    This time the South has had floods and the press and politicians have gone into hyperdrive for less than 3,000 house. In 2007 it was 55,000 house but that was mainly oop North so the press was not so interested.

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    Smith probably thinks dredging is something do with rent boy’s colons.

  20. 20
    bnom says:

    It’s all relative anyway. Anyone living North East of Coventry is thinking what is all the fuss about.

    This time the South has had floods and the press and politicians have gone into hyperdr1ve for less than 3,000 house. In 2007 it was 55,000 house but that was mainly oop North so the press was not so interested.

    And of course the AGW worshippers are milking the publicity

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Bercow’s tractors with chavvy private plates?

  22. 22
    Jumbo says:

    I give up. I have spent more time than it warrants trying to find the bloody thing. Does your contract forbid you from letting us know what bloody page it’s on? Sunday waste of time.

  23. 23
    Politics of Envy says:

    Chap on Sky saying posh houses can’t have help with flood protection.

    Don’t people who live in Posh houses pay taxes then?

  24. 24
    F**k the LibLabCon (Guido stole my handle) says:

    Well said.

  25. 25
    And the lesson is? says:

  26. 26
    IPCC says:

    Global Warming
    Climate Change

    Climate Disruption

  27. 27
    An Amateur Psychologist says:

    Seems to be a case of “Cognitive Distortion” – common in people with depression. Milliband needs to consider a course of CBT and then leave politics altogether.

  28. 28
    Herman will sort it says:

  29. 29
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    It also gets them off the liability hook as far as insurance is concerned and future law suits for dereliction of duty is concerned.

    This is a Jet Stream event, and the Met Office would have advised that all that is unfolding was likely several months ago.

    Jet Stream weather forecasts are one of the forecasts which can be reasonably well predicted in the medium to long term. Not specific, but with the stream where it is, the west and north of the country are in the firing line for rain, and storms are guaranteed.

    Nothing at all to do with global warming – except the Jet Stream is what has been keeping the winter mild in the UK and further south in Europe.

  30. 30
    Herman van Rumpboy says:

    Don’t rush back. Hope you won’t be getting there and back by those evil,polluting vehicles called aiplanes ?

  31. 31
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    More pertinent to the Jet Stream related weather, if anyone has a Geiger Counter they would be advised to take it out just to check if background levels have gone up following the rain fall.

    The Jet Stream is the primary means of transporting airborn radiation released from the F’ukushima plant to the UK.

    Might not see many iodine isotopes (decays in about a week), but plenty of others to look for, including strontium.

    NB: The guy who Iain D’ale assaulted with the dog was trying to raise awareness of this problem the government has been trying to cover up. It is being recognized now that the atmospheric fallout that has hit the west coast and other parts of the US / Canada has been more significant than originally reported.

  32. 32
    Lard Everard says:

    Another routine day in the life of a useless deputy PM.

  33. 33
    Skeleton Bob says:

    The real madness here is not a belief in man-made warming but that if you do believe in it then your first goal must surely be to reduce the risks of flooding and droughts. And the only way to do that is to end net immigration. Otherwise there is mounting pressure to build on land liable to flooding and also during droughts there is much greater demand for water. How the bell-ends cant see this shows just how bonkers they all are.

    Secondly more money should be spent on flood management rather than blowing it on foreign aid. Dimwit Dave says the UK is a wealthy country but we are £1.2 trillion in debt and that figure is growing daily.

  34. 34
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Lynton Crosby needs to lock Dave and co. in a room until they can recite these facts in their sleep.

    1. Little furry animals don’t vote but angry farmers/residents do.

    2. Motorists vastly outnumber cyclists.

    3. Electricity & gas bill payers vastly outnumber eco-loons in Islington.

    4. Tony Abbott just won a landslide in the Aussie general election against the eco-loony Labour party.

  35. 35
    Brainiac says:

    Solution:1/ grow more food.
    2/ use condoms.

  36. 36
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Hi Chris, who how are you feeling today ?

  37. 37
    Ed Moribund says:


  38. 38
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    So the Labour party are going down the Lib Dem eco-loony tax bombshell route:

    Vote Lib/Lab for higher petrol prices

    Vote Lib/Lab for higher electricity and gas bills

    Vote Lib/Lab for higher council tax

    Vote Lib/Lab for higher income tax

    bye bye Lib/Lab :-)

  39. 39
    C.O.Jones says:

    In the early 1980’s it was Global Cooling.

    And the same people who are now promoting nuclear energy as a green source of power were were the anti nuclear lobby in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

  40. 40
    One Term Dave of Cast Iron Promises says:

    Bumsex marriage was the right thing to do.

  41. 41
    No. Not Predicted says:

    Nope. The MET Office did not see the Floods in the South coming

    29 Nov 2013


  42. 42
    Herman Van Rompuy says:


  43. 43

    May I take it as a given that your feelings are not too charitably disposed toward eco-loons? :-)

  44. 44
    Anon. says:

  45. 45
    Rompy's Fan Club says:

    Aiplane? Is that a Chinese Love ‘Plane?

    Hate to think of Rompy on one of those.

  46. 46
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    He’s having a permanent mid-life crisis.

  47. 47
    Vote UKIP get Hard Labour says:

    After the President Bush PR catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina all politicians now flock to natural disasters. It shows they really, really care.

  48. 48
    Bone Sense says:

    Well said Bob the Skeleton.

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  50. 50
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Global Warming
    Climate Change
    Climate Disruption
    It’s only a matter of time before …
    Climate Crisis (sorry cwithith)
    (I’d give it a week)

  51. 51
    C.O.Jones says:

    Don’t out him, he may give you a Chinese Burn.

  52. 52
    Ed Moribund says:

    I have two policies on every subject.
    One for for each face.

  53. 53
    Chris Smith says:

    Some nice Gay mugs will stop the flooding.

  54. 54
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Foreign Aid is essentially MI-6 and Common Purpose International’s budget for work overseas. The Common Purpose element is what has led to an increase.

    Cutting that aid to defund Common Purpose would be a good thing.

    Cutting that aid such that it impacts the operations of MI-6 would not be so good as it would reduce the UK’s real influence abroad.

    The DfID budget should be reviewed as the money spent does not appear to be giving good value for money at the moment. In particular, it is creating a perception of the UK being foolish spend thrifts abroad which is working counter to a positive soft / hard power projection – this will be tied mainly to the treasonous agenda of Common Purpose International.

    At home the budget is working to undermine the political support for such activities which is counter to the national interest.

    A concern relating to UKIP’s desire to cut the budget is that they could be inadvertently doing the work of the EU for them, and not putting national interest first: The EU has an interest in undermining the influence of the UK internationally.

    The security services work has already taken a hit thanks to S’nowden and the G’uardian, so they are more dependent on people on the ground now than previously.

    If UKIP did get into power one suspects that they would cut the budget enough to defund Common Purpose International.

    Perhaps some real investigative work on this should be done to bring the matter properly into the public domain.

  55. 55
    Chris Smith says:

    That’s right my boy! Here, have a gay mug!

  56. 56
    Those Making A Fortune From 'Climate Cange' says:


  57. 57
    C.O.Jones says:

    Vote UKIP, just to annoy Guido!

  58. 58
  59. 59
    Emily Nomates says:

    That’s as good a reason as any.

  60. 60
    Nige says:

    Who are you?

  61. 61
    The Heroes of Telemarketing says:

    Just checked our pension pound wealth account. $783bn in credit.
    Thats got to be divided by our 5 million people, of course. But we have another fund of a similar size.

    Tell me,UK people, what did you spend your 40 years of oil money on?

    Lars Largersson of spitnövik

  62. 62
    Long time reader first time poster says:

    What happened to her? She was lovely.

  63. 63
    Long time reader first time poster says:

    So what? What can you do about it?
    Unless you want to ask Blowing Whistles if you can stay in his derelict 1960s nuclear bunker for a hundred years.

    Personally I’d rather hang around naked outside.

  64. 64
    Global warming says:

    I’m planning to really, really, fuck up the World Cup this year. Raindrops like walnuts.

  65. 65
    A cuckold says:

    Good Boy, Gheedough: still hawking the “£1 a month” lie.

    Now go and fuck Wendi for me: it keeps her away from my credit cards for an hour.

  66. 66
    Cwis Smith, Chief Politiciser of the Environment Gaygency says:

    Look, we are Proud to be part of G@y Pride every year and bung it tens of thousands of pounds.

    Thanks to these wicked Guv’ment cutz we can’t fund everything, you know.

    This has to be choice between town and country – and you rural little plebs ain’t gonna win.

    Now shut up and pay your taxes, you h0m0phobes.

  67. 67
    The Truth says:

    Having ‘climate change’ take the blame is useful for distracting the public from the real issue ie man made incompetence of the Environment Agency and successive Government policy.

  68. 68
    Noah says:

    In 4.5 billion years there has always been climate change. Eventually the Earth will be lifeless, boring, ball of ice – just like Sochi.

  69. 69
    Glen Der Jack Soon says:

    It isn’t £1 a month?
    How much is it?

  70. 70
    Dave says:

    Thank you sweetie but I already have enough of those in my cabinet x

  71. 71
    Noah says:

    The Truth speaks the truth.

  72. 72
    Jack Ketch says:

    But these guys did.


  73. 73
    Global warmists greatest hits #325 says:

    ‘In ten years time our children will not know what snow is.’ Climatefanatic writing 10 years ago.

  74. 74
    Nemesis says:

    Miliband! What a fucking twat that man is. Even if it is climate change that has caused the present weather what does he think this piddling little island can do about it? The only thing we can do is to protect our own coastlines and environment with practical measures and pay no attention to the nebulous edicts from the wind farting EU and screwing us with greeny taxes. Just to look at Miliband does things to my emotion which shouldn’t happen. I don’t know whether it’s his weird face, nasal twang or his innate stupidity but he sure is a fucking irritant.

  75. 75
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Doesn’t exactly help the MET Office’s case for continued funding.

    Nor does it provide confidence about claims of global warming.

    They could not have predicted the flooding as they were probably unaware that the environment agency had not been doing it’s job properly.

    However, slightly higher than normal rainfall, and no massively cold winters were predicted by the NOAA on their models:


    Check the Europe Prec (Precipitation) / Europe T2m (Surface air temp) maps from the CFSv2 and one will see slightly higher than average rain across the west / south west of the UK, and no massive departures from average temp.

    Just a disclaimer: It is possible to get the models to predict anything one likes by modifying the input data slightly, and changing the various ‘fiddle factors’ which define the model. However, the US models do seem to be somewhat closer to the money in their output, a function more of greater computing power and more grid point data input.

  76. 76
    Noah says:

    Where can I find a second gay mug?

  77. 77
    I feel fubarred etc... says:

    …incompetence of the EA etc… and the over-bearing malignant doings of the EUSSR.

  78. 78
    Herman van Rumpboy says:

    I simply forgot the ‘r’,soul.

  79. 79
    The great 1928 flood of London says:

    London under 4ft of water 7th January 1928…Parliament flooded


  80. 80
    Male chauvinist piggywig says:

    … and now to more important matters…

    I bet it was a woman who parked that grey car in to headline pic.

  81. 81
    Male chauvinist piggywig says:

    *the, not to

  82. 82
    Fgt says:

    I’ve never understood why a planet which is heated by the Sun, that the Sun is ignored by the MET office and IPCC when it comes to trying to forecast future temperatures.

    It’s like trying to predict how warm the house will be but ignoring the central heating boiler thermostat.

  83. 83
    Nemesis says:

    All eco loons should be permanently encased in the spaces left by fracking.

  84. 84
    Good Points says:

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    Tripletwats says:

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    I'll Get my coat. says:

    Do EU really want to hurt me?

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    geordieboy says:

    They will also help to bail out water from flooded homes and businesses.

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    Cinna says:


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    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Expose further government concealment of facts, and start the process of rebuilding public confidence that they can rely on accurate information which is in the public interest being broadcast.

    One of the jobs of government is that it is meant to protect the interests of the people it governs.

    At an individual level, making an informed choice about food consumed would help reduce risk of developing cancer.

    Now, doing that just as a precaution is not helpful, as it would lead to an unjustified discrimination against products produced by farmers in this area.

    It would be better to make such a decision informed as the real likelihood is that there is no problem, and to be reassured that government is actually on the case with this problem.

    Given the problems seen over the past few years with food supply, in particular the dodgy horse meat as beef fiasco, and the recent imposition of Genetically Modified Maize to be grown in Europe at the dictat of EU, confidence in European food supply chains is rightly fairly low. It would be good to have some confidence that the UK food supply chain is being taken seriously.

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    geordieboy says:

    Usually four fingers on a bum and one up the arsehole.

  92. 92
    geordieboy says:

    As much an irritant as chilli pepper on your bell end.

  93. 93
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    Fun piece on the flooding in the levels:


    Makes the case that global experts on water drainage have reached consensus that dredging is a waste of time and that focus should be placed on upstream rather than down stream solutions.

    Writes off the view that farmers who work the land know best as they only have down stream solutions in mind.

    There is a somewhat desperate appeal to M’urray R’othbard as well, where the argument is made that government subsidy through taxation for ineffective services amounts to extortion – a reason good enough for stopping dredging.

    So the thinking being exposed: Global experts not local know best, and despite about 400 years of established practice, that history should be discounted in favour of new thinking by people who are unfamiliar with the land. The Murray Rothbard argument is misguided also, as Rothbard would go on to suggest that the downstream folk be freed up to take over the management, and the amount now not taken from government be returned to the tax payer through tax cuts and reducing size of that part of government.

    The Rothbard arguments should be applied to the Environment Agency as it stands. The £30,000 spent on Gay Pride related items should be considered a form of extortion, and governments continued investment in the myth of man made global warming is a very large extortion indeed.

    The additional tax burden introduced by so called Green levies, which have absolutely zero effect on global climate are the very essence of distortion.

    With a little more thinking, perhaps the left can get on the right page.

  94. 94
    FFS says:

    Absolutely right. As I have said before, the sea at Burnham goes out a long way at low tide. It is normally not a big problem to get rid of the water at low tide. Quite clearly here the river could be emptying out into the sea at a hell of a rate but is not permitted to do so by the setting of the sluice being too high.

    This sluice, and the others like it, are actually being used to hold the floodwaters IN. This is all wrong. In fact the EA should be using the high river level to open the sluices as wide as possible during low tides, get the water out to sea and at the same time “scourge” the river bed with the high flow rate to remove some of the silt build up.

    However, when I was a lad the locals probably wouldn’t have been sitting back filiming the EA cock-ups. They would have broken into the site of the sluice, cut off all the padlocks and lowered the gate themselves. At some point, we lost our balls and have allowed ourselves to become victims of the state.

  95. 95
    FFS says:

    Time to break it up. Give back responsibility for flood control to local agencies responsible for each flood plain. Make them report into the local councils so they have to explain to local people to their faces when they fuck up.

    There is nothing quite like ACTUAL responsibility for making sure people behave responsibly.

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    FFS says:

    The hilarious thing about all this is that even if you do blame AGW what is the actual solution? The UK to reduce its CO2 production? Why?

    Fact is that large parts of the world are not signed up even to Kyoto and will happily pump out as much CO2 as they like. UK CO2 production is minimal. Consequently we can’t do anything about CO2 production.

    So what does that leave us with? Climate mitigation. In this case flood defences. Which is exactly what the skeptics want too. So why did Labour decide not to bother with flood defences when their own belief in AGW practically demands it? Are they simply twats or has the Marxist International told them to drown all the Brits?

  97. 97
    The Countess of St Denis says:

    Perhaps if you left the Somerset Levelers alone and did not tax them they could find and pay for the solutions to their flood problems themselves.

  98. 98
    FFS says:

    Buy a house on the river for £1m. Pay £50K in SDLT apart from any other taxes you might be paying and get nothing but contempt from the state in return.

  99. 99
    FFS says:

    I wonder what the jungle bunnies will make of the Belgian leprechaun?

  100. 100
    FFS says:

    Feel free to put your money where your mouth is:-


    But personally I think there are no end of Geiger counters out there and if there was a real problem somebody would have blabbed it all over the net by now.

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    Bully alert says:

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for an independent Scotland to join the European Union.

  102. 102
    FFS says:

    He is indeed a bell-end. Even if you do blame the floods on AGW you still come to the same conclusion – Labour should have put in flood defences years ago.

    He is such a knob.

  103. 103
    FFS says:

    I’ve never understood why lesbians are willing to get roped in with the fags. All the bad stuff is associated with gay men, lesbians would surely be well advised to steer well clear of an association with them.

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    FFS says:

    Given that they are highly motivated to do so I suspect you are right.

    The problem with the EA is that they can shrug their shoulders when flooding happens as it isn’t their homes that are being flooded. They can play games with floodplains all they like.

    Responsibility needs to be given back to those with a motivation to be in control of the situation.

  105. 105
    FFS says:

    On what grounds? Scotland too far away from Brussels? Too Scottish – don’t seem very European? Not left-wing enough? – no, forget that one.

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    JH2349302823-09-590 says:

    It could backfire.

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    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the Government should realize that if the Somerset Levels fall back into the sea then they will not be able to raise any more taxes there.

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    Rob Roy says:

    I am beginning to think that no one in a position of power wishes for Scotland to be independent.

    I wonder why?

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    More stuffing? says:

    That would be like voting for Christmas.

  112. 112
    Davie from Milan says:

    A Scottish citizen 15 years resident in Italy, incorporated into Italian Health care ,contributions to pensions, Italian shareholdings and property interests.

    Are you going to cancel everything overnight if there is a “yes” vote ?

  113. 113
    Just asking says:

    It’s gone a bit quiet. Has anyone apologised yet?

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    The EU is an evil blood-sucking parasite designed to keep the people of Europe permanently oppressed says:

    It is impossible to be too far away from Brussels.

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    Mark Wouters says:

    Sovietsalami63 Here,
    The Church of England are a Fascist institution and are Rich beyond measure ,they could do much much more for poor people ,but will not because the Queen is head of it ,so the fascism within the church continues nti she dies ,

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    Mark wouters says:

    Sovietsalami63 Here,
    Yes !!! the scotts under Alex Salmond MSP Must adopt the EURO as their official currency”!!!,then England would follow then there would be no exchange rate,perhap wales would follow then .the Monarchy in this country can go Swim in the floods and GET LOST.

  117. 117
    Evil English Imperialist says:

    You’re a British citizen for now, Jock.

  118. 118
    Retarded Militwat, millionaire, and all round supporter of working bandwagons everywhere says:

    And if you don’t like them, I will be given others by my Union overlords and that nice Mr. Balls, who is a pianist.

  119. 119
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Climate change driven by CO2 emission is all about money. Most academics get more funding to show CO2 is the cause of all this global warming, windmill makers get millions in subsidies and politicians try and put the fear of God up the populous and the cure is more tax.

    The result for the populous is, poverty, cold, flooding and subjugation.

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    Mars Attacks! says:

    There’s an “n” missing in cutz, btw.

  121. 121
    Mars Attacks! says:

    Are you perchance any relation to Blowing Whistles?

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    Anonymous says:

    Boris Better the devil you know than a slippery bugger you can’t trust.

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    Anonymous says:

    So if these are the worst storms for 100 years, what were man-made carbon emissions like then?

    Far far worse. The smogs in London were notorious and this continued up to the wars end and even into the 50’s

  124. 124
    Groucho Milliband says:

    If you don’t like them I have others

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    Anonymous says:

    Uphill dredger?

  126. 126
    Anonymous says:

    I cant see how “posh houses” can be victimised, will they do a means test on everybody to see who should be helped ?

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    I really cant bear the way Milliband jumps on every bandwagon instead of coming up with ideas of his own.Millie Dowler etc etc.

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    You only have to hear Alex, the fishwife woman and the guy they had on today to know why nobody wants them ! they make Nigel sound retional and well balanced !

  129. 129
    Funambulist says:

    Dr Fu Manchu and his chief henchmen gloating over the success of their weather disruption machine?

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    Nemesis says:

    Rob Roy: Not so. Give the English a vote and you’ll be guaranteed your independence. The sooner we are free from Scots influence in English parliament the better. Looks like you’re fucked both ways now though; England won’t let you share our currency and the EU says fuck off.

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    David T says:

    The use of dodgy postal votes in Wythenshawe was a disgrace. There are a few constituencies in other parts of the country too where it’s beyond a joke.

    Can someone tell me how to find out which wards had the most postal votes? Is there an official record?

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    James Marriott says:

    The SNP saying that rUK not wanting to enter a currency union amounts to “laying down the law to Scotland” is hilarious. It may play well to the home audience, but not at the ratings agencies and in Basle it doesn’t! You’re supposed to negotiate treaties with foreign countries, Alec, not say they’re letting you down if they won’t sign them. Grow up! Don’t say “Oh please England, won’t you wipe our arses?”

    If Scotland couldn’t get away with printing its own “scotto” currency, for the simple reason that nobody would buy it, because they’ve got so few assets to back it with, who on earth would want them in a currency union? Nobody.

    They’re not even like Ecuador, which uses the US dollar and hasn’t got its own currency. Ecuador has a lot of USD (per the size of its economy) coming in from US retirees. Scotland may get a few Germans, US citizens and Belgians on shooting weekends; that’s about it. Putting “Ecosse” and “Skottland” on car bumpers hardly makes Scotland into a with-it ‘international’ presence.

  133. 133
    Herb says:

    Correct. And they couldn’t afford to peg the scotto, either to the pound or to the euro – for exactly the reason you state. Traders would be borrowing scottos like nobody’s business to sell them forward. I’d give it 3 weeks max.

    But maybe some saviour from Russia or somewhere will step in beforehand to ‘help’ them and make an enormous killing. That’s about the only chance they’ve got.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Buy a house on the river-side for £1m, but don’t check if it is not on a Flood Pain – why should anyone feel sorry them?

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