February 21st, 2014

Labour’s Women Problem

Miliband has been up in Leeds today talking about his favourite subject of late: the Tories’ apparent ‘women problem’. Yet as Hazel Blears announces that she too is standing down, how true is it that the Tories are proportionally losing more women than Labour? A Guido FactCheck investigates.

There were 48 female Tory MPs in 2010.

Lorraine Fulbrook, Jessica Lee and Laura Sandys are not seeking re-election, Louise Mensch stepped down in 2012, and Anne Mcintosh has been deselected.

That means in this parliament female Tory MPs have a casualty rate of 10.4%.

Labour meanwhile had 81 female MPs in 2010.

Nine have said they will be off in 2015: Ann Clwyd, Dawn Primarolo, Tessa Jowell, Glenda Jackson, Joan Ruddock, Anne McGuire, Joan Walley, Meg Munn and Hazel Blears.

That means in this parliament female Labour MPs have a casualty rate of 11.1%.

Filling your front bench with women in a stage-managed attack is all well and good, but the truth is Labour are losing more women than the Tories…

UPDATE: Following some complaints on Twitter about the graph above, Guido is happy to issue the following clarification:

UPDATE II: 


228 Comments

  1. 1
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    I don’t owe anyone any explanations for why I do the shit I do..

  2. 2
    walking into darkness says:

    There must be some sort of CND rally coming up that all these Labour women MP’s have got to go to. That or they’re off to a Quango or two

  3. 3
    cornwall storms says:

    It’s irrelevant whether an mp is a man or a woman. What is relevant is that the mp is honest and hardworking. Labour may have more women mp’s but when they are of the poor calibre of hatty harpic with her disgusting policies for children and dianeabbott who wouldn’t know a policy if it got up and hit her on the nose, what use are they?

  4. 4
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Guido i hate the Labour party as much as anyone, but using misleading graphs (just like the Lib Dems) with a non zero base is just not cricket old sport.

  5. 5

    It all depends upon what one means by a woman.

    Try as I may, I could not define the Eagle brothers, even with the supposed advantage of Faecebook’s 81 varieties of sexuality.

  6. 6
    Oldest trick in the book says:

    That graph shows the Liebour rate at about 5 times the Tory one. Most misleading.

  7. 7
    Chuka's White House says:

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  8. 8
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Vile Trades Union dinosaurs like McCluskey,Crow and Serwotka should step down in favour of women elected on an all women shortlist.

    Or is it do as i say and not as i do for Labour’s paymasters!

    A much better line of attack on Labour and their paymasters :-)

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Worst axis on a graph I’ve seen in a while, thanks for the laugh.

  10. 10
    Don Quikong says:

    A lot of the new Labour women were “Blair babes” and they’re fleeing now that Labour has lurched to the left under Ed Miliband.

    The Dinosaurs have their party back.

  11. 11

    The top ten worst graphs:

    http://www.biostat.wisc.edu/~kbroman/topten_worstgraphs/

    Surprisingly, no mention of a hockey stick, the most effective weapon to bludgeon a climate scientist to death with. :-)

  12. 12
    Angela Eagle says:

    And some on Labour are not women apparently.

  13. 13
    Chukka Umunna says:

    PS – No Trash

  14. 14
    A pair of wet pussies says:

  15. 15
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Fucking Rooney to get eighty-five million for playing football
    Fucking Beckham gets a million off Rebekah for him to publicise his own book.

    Meanwhile kids are going to school hungry.

    Don’t be surprised if what’s happening in Ukraine doesn’t start to happen here.

  16. 16
  17. 17
    Stats and Lies says:

    Jesus, Guido. Your bar chart loooks like it wants to run to be a LibDem local councillor.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Still wondering whether the BBC is ever going to report on Harriet Harman on her association with PIE.

  19. 19
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The Fib Dems haven’t made it into the top 10, surely some mistake :-)

  20. 20
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    I don’t understand why he left the p’edo / incest fan but covered up the guy whose father hated Britain.

    Should have used wider bars. This is a family blog.

  21. 21
    A Taxpayer says:

    He seems to have a lot of scatter cushions. I hope they aren’t ALL from John Lewis.

  22. 22

    Rain causes flooding.

    It’s a bummer, isn’t it?

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

    Yes the Eagle brothers oops i mean sisters do stretch the definition of “woman” to the limits :-)

  24. 24
    walking into darkness says:

    bald face lie and golden parachute

  25. 25
    Chris Patten says:

    It isn’t.

    I don’t encourage that sort of talk.

  26. 26
    brian says:

    there is alot of pensioners among the Labour ladies going.

    And Blears and Primarolo is just a gift to the nation

  27. 27
    Arivederci Roma says:

    Six out of 10 Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants claimed self-employed status.

    Easy access to benefits Eeengleesh. Beeg Eeeshu

  28. 28
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It’s not taxpayers money.

    It’s money spent freely by people buying football tickets/merchandise,SKY TV subscriptions and newspapers.

  29. 29
    David Scameron says:

    We’re all in this together…

  30. 30
    In other words says:

    It’s money spent freely by people buying football tickets/merchandise,SKY TV subscriptions and newspapers.

    Fuckwits

  31. 31
    nell says:

    The English course isn’t going too well, is it?

  32. 32
    Gordon Clown says:

    Nigel vs Nick?

    I agree with Nick.

    British jobs for British works.

    *Sue can you come and change my bag please………..

  33. 33
  34. 34
    Chuka Urmunneyaround says:

    Or C-list wannabes.

  35. 35
    The Far East says:

    Herro.

    Ah yes, we bly woads of wooney shirts and merchandise plees

  36. 36
    Snow is Rain in Met Office Stats says:

  37. 37
    NickR's in a twist says:

    BREAKING NEWS : UK rain causes foot rot and premature greyness.

  38. 38
    Ed Miliband says:

    I think I have vagina dentata.

  39. 39
    Trough Watch says:

    Bleary Hayzel has plenty of baggage. Deciding to send a cheque to the Inland Revenue was very big of her but toooooo late, you old bag.

    Remember, not too quick into the quango, bit of a break first, next election nicely away then BINGO.

  40. 40
    C.O.Jones says:

    Haha, the Libdems can’t hold on to their women.

  41. 41
    Harlem Shaker says:

    Wow. Such like the Rennard graph.

  42. 42
    BBC News and Propaganda Unit says:

    We shan’t be reporting the documented NCCL affiliation with PIE.
    Viewers are far more interested in Syria and Ukraine.

  43. 43
    Cossacks to patrol UK borders says:

    Soon we shall be free, subject to Vlads mood, to be able to,commence duties. Pussy Riot was just a warm up, watch us whip dem immys.

  44. 44
    Fork Astor says:

    All six of them?

    I’m still waiting for the “hordes” that some loons were predicting.

  45. 45
    UKIP or bust says:

    Goofy Ed’s private polling tells him that the ‘ooman dont like him (and you can see why) so that’s why he’s talking about this pointless shit.

    Man-up you goofy twat and talk about things that realy matter, if you can.

    Oi, lefties, Margret Thatcher (of the TORY party)was the first female leader of a major party and the FIRST woman Prime Minister.

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

    Rise up brave people of Venezuela and kick out your murderous Communist overlords. Take back your country.

    FREEDOM!

  47. 47

    The revision makes a better point that the Lib Dems are hæmorrhaging women quicker than a menstruating springbok but the chart axis still does not base at zero.

    Rennard is actually prettier than most of the Labour wimmin depicted in the old graph. No trace of that prime example of the female species, Ms Dromey.

  48. 48
    Skeleton bob says:

    How come there is no graph entry for UKIP who have lost no women at all?

  49. 49
    Sue says:

    Oh, Gordon, how many times have I told you, THAT’S not your bag.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Our company intern whose University degree involves waterway management told me a few weeks ago that if they attempted to dredge rivers, the banks would collapse with all kinds of consequences. It would not only ruin footpaths and the habitats of wildlife living on the banks, but defeat the object because the earth from the collapsing river banks would fall back into the space just dredged.

    Guess what? When they tried to dredge a week or so ago (not sure where, may have been Somerset), exactly that happened, so they had to abort.

    Truth is, flooding is natural and what led to our rich farmland in the first place. It is we humans who are in the wrong locations or in properties that lack stilts or raised entrances.

    And then there is climate change.

  51. 51
    Paddy says:

    Guido – your appendix graph is class.

  52. 52
    Nigel Farage says:

    UKIP have lost no women. They were just misplaced behind the fridge.

  53. 53
    Hideously Young says:

    Sorry, we only report news.

  54. 54
    Tripe says:

    Hmmmm? Is Glenda Jackson really a woman? Has anyone seen David Bowie & Ms Jackson in the same room?

  55. 55
    1 child family guy says:

    In my opinion you Arab types have too many kids, if you can’t feed them don;t have them.

  56. 56
  57. 57
    Skeleton bob says:

    Breaking news: Labour loonies want the best British footballers penalised by having one of their legs broken. And if that doesn’t stop their success break the other one.

  58. 58
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    What about the Green party with no male MPs, wheres the equality brigade on that one :-)

  59. 59
    The other Balls says:

    I’m a real boy, err I mean, girl type.

  60. 60
    Owen Jones is a cowardly cunt says:

  61. 61
    Bercow says:

    Nor can I

  62. 62
    Jack Ketch says:

    …and the Lib Dems do not even enter women.

  63. 63
    What a Douchebag OJ is. says:

    LOL

  64. 64
    Imgine what twelve would do says:

    Six of them is enough to start their own child sex grooming gang in Peterborough.

  65. 65
    Rachel Reeves says:

    Did you see my clone on Question Time last night?
    That Hammond was well out of order. Honk …Honk ..HONK

  66. 66
    Owen Jones is a cowardly cunt says:

  67. 67
    Stephanie Flanders says:

    The Labour party needs more men, I’ve already tried most of them.

  68. 68
    Owen goal says:

    Rachel Vuvuzela is a thinking man’s trumpet.

  69. 69
    Jimmy says:

    Ah more rightie voodoo stats.

    Slightly undermined by the fact that the Labour women are standing down after decades in the house whereas the nasties all lasted about five minutes. CCHQ really needs to start sending you better material.

  70. 70
    A placard says:

    When I see this I look back at the anti-Iraq war and countryside alliance demonstrations any wonder at just how civilised we are.

  71. 71
    Skeleton bob says:

    The Tories pick a duffer for leader and Labour pick a duffer for leader. And people wonder why we have £1.2 trillion of debt, millions of houses built on land liable to flood and why they have allowed 75% of our laws to be dictated to us by unelected unaccountables in Brussels.

  72. 72
    Fred Smith ace coach driver says:

    The Liebour modernists didn’t even bother about which way the party was headed, they were/are to busy getting their own back on Camorons conservatives and at the same time troughing and making sure they were networking.

  73. 73
    johnpreid says:

    There were a lot more new Tory m.p.s in 2010 than labour, louise mensch has already stood down so that’s one less tory

  74. 74
    Someone says:

    He’s a sad man is Owen Jones.

  75. 75
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    East Anglia ignored the Enviroment(al) Agency and dredged their rivers.
    Result no flooding.

    Somerset followed the Environment(al) Agency and stopped dredging their rivers.
    Result huge floods.

    Case closed :-)

  76. 76
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

  77. 77
    johnpreid says:

    There has also been more female labour leaders than Tory ones. with Harriet, and Margaret hodge, ans a lot more female cabinet members, also Thatcher out women’s rights back decades.

  78. 78
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

    Any comment on the million dead in Iraq? Or are they also voodoo stats, Jimmy, you nasty apologist for fascist Labour c-unts?

  79. 79
    Clare Short says:

    You deluded old fool.

  80. 80
    Owen Jones says:

    Blocked

  81. 81
    Owen Jones says:

    Blocked

  82. 82
    Diane Abbott says:

    I back President Maduro of Vuvuzela! He promised me lots of free rice and pea!

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    My small market town flooded a few years back so they dredged the river.
    Guess what?
    We haven’t flooded.

  84. 84
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

    What about being cock blocked?

  85. 85
    The Diary of Owen Jones aged 13¾ says:

    Updating my geography world map I made.
    Orange for good countries.
    Blue for bad.

    Ukraine – {was blue – change to Orange}
    Russia -{was orange – now blue}
    Denmark {was orange – change to blue because of that giraffe}

    North Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, Cuba, Angola, Egypt, Libya, – keep orange. In fact! Use a brighter orange crayon!

    France – Orange but a bit of blue round the edges ‘coz he’s going back on his socialist principles.

    Fab! This map is good enough to take along next time I’m on Newsnight.

  86. 86
    Acedemic Expert with degree says:

    ….Silted up rivers and ditches,blocked landrains and culverts do not affect flooding,we must plant trees……..

  87. 87
    Owen Jones says:

    Your blocked also

  88. 88
    Ed (Too Fat must Fast for Flat Waistline) Balls says:

    90%+ of snow = air!!!

  89. 89
    Owen Jones says:

    Blocked

  90. 90
    Owen Jones says:

    Blocked

  91. 91
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

    How many female Labour prime ministers have there been? It’s ok, I can wait.

  92. 92
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

    Diane Abbott’s toilet is blocked. Can you go and fix it?

  93. 93

    The public sector scumbags who cannot do their jobs properly are failing yet again.

    CPS have more than the week which they wanted – but should not have needed. They hold the files but we still have no announcement!

    Are they going to press for a retrial of Dave Lee Travis on the two counts which the jury could not decide on? Or not?

    Shit, or get off the fucking pot!

  94. 94
    This Guy is Good...at something says:

  95. 95
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    Suspect the police may be ordered to take a kicking in order to build broader public support for the governments preference for Russ!a.

    This does not make the EU look good at all :-)

  96. 96
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Pussies

  97. 97
    Owen Jones says:

    Your so blocked

  98. 98
    Jimmy says:

    Sooner or later you appeasers are going to have to get over it. You managed it before, you can do it again.

  99. 99
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    WOOOOOOPTH

  100. 100
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Brilliant all blue pie chart showing the magnificent Maggie as the only female PM.

    Can’t fault you on that one :-)

  101. 101
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Is there a football match on?

  102. 102
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Chuka – the trucker’s mucker.

  103. 103
    Frank Carson says:

    Owen Jones, Mehdi Hasan and Polly Toynbee are in a burning house.

    It’s not a joke, just a great idea.

  104. 104
    Diane Abbot says:

    Can I come in? It sounds a crackling idea.

  105. 105
    The Diary of Owen Jones aged 13¾ says:

    I will stop worrying about the size of Chuka’s thing.

    OW

  106. 106
    A penguin says:

    Thatcher freed many women from the Argentinians.

  107. 107
    What is the big plan? says:

    ….and allowed 6million immys’ here,over a short space of time!

  108. 108
    The Swings at the Park says:

    Harriet harman’s promotion of paed-ophilia has meant that women can no longer feel safe letting thier children play without supervision. How has that improved womens’ lot in life?

  109. 109
    Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child says:

    These Labour floozies need whipping into shape.

  110. 110
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Puts a whole new take on being pussy-whipped :-)

  111. 111
    jgm2 says:

    He has the same moderation approach as The Grauniad.

    It was a joy to behold when the voting change referendum didn’t go their way.

    ‘But, but, but literally everybody I know voted for change…’

  112. 112
    Rubbing our noses says:

    Margaret Hodge conspired with her husband and tony Blair to flood the country with immigrants. How have the increasing numbers of grooming gangs they have to proetct their chidlren from improved womens’ rights? How have lower wages improved the rights of women?

  113. 113
    Ed Miliband says:

    I think we should sweep this Curling business to one side.

  114. 114
    Cossacks to patrol UK borders says:

    Whip those pussies.

  115. 115
    Owen Jones's remedial English teacher and genocide consultant says:

    Now Owen. You know it should be “You’re” and not “Your”.

    And remain quiet on Maduro. Wait until the body count goes up and then start tweeting about US interference.

  116. 116
    Cinna says:

    Incidentally what’s the latest on the Mails revelations yesterday?

  117. 117
    jgm2 says:

    Labour are now ‘appeasing’ the Libyan regime.

    What’s Labour HQ’s rationale on this?

  118. 118
    The Labour Party are scum says:

    I wonder what it is he thinks is more interesting than meeting the VC Trust?

    Friday prayers?

  119. 119
    Dogsbody says:

    Female Prime Ministers by Party – Conservative 100%, Labour 0%, LibDem 0%.
    Nice one Guido!

  120. 120
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    Let’s see if Cameron and Miliband show up to Nick and Nigel’s debate.

    Then you’ll see a couple of well whipped pussies.

  121. 121
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    What’s so fucking funny about that ?

  122. 122
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Here’s one i produced earlier in the week shame to let it go to waste – perhaps i will repeat it forever …. irony pointed at the gay mafia mind.

    “It’s OK” – to be a deluded climate change myth believer.
    “It’s OK” – to be an easily duped climate change believing member of the public because your politicians bought into the big lie themselves and you wanted to believe them because you naively trust them.
    “It’s OK” – to be a pitifully poor msm journo or broadcaster because you are beholden to the political tribes for your money and have to sell on the myths and lies of the politicians.
    “It’s OK” if you are a low life old or younger politician because you are not intelligent enough to realise that the whole climate change bunkum is just that and then of course there are the facts; but politicians don’t do facts.
    “It’s OK” if you belong to one of the political tribes who have lied and lied and lied; again and again about giving the public an EU referendum just to steal your vote and turn turtle on their promises when they do get elected.

  123. 123
    Owen Jones says:

    I don’t remember blocking that.

  124. 124
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

    So the death of a million civilians sits well with you as long as it means Blair is swimming in lots of blood money from them? And talking of Blair, any word on his role advising various filthy dictatorships around the world?

    As for appeasers, I’d remind you of the Falklands. Maggie only took us to war once and it wasn’t on a pack of lies but to liberate the Falklands, which c-unts like you would have left to rot. Blair, on the other hand, was a warmongering psychopath who couldn’t wait to see some bloodshed so he could think of himself as a Churchill.

  125. 125
    Me says:

    Dole money.

  126. 126
    jgm2 says:

    My favourite female Labour leader was Margaret Beckett. When John Smith died she got to be Labour leader for about five minutes before the brothers circled the wagons and put her in her place.

    Window dressing said Caroline Flint.

    It was a stopped clock moment for her.

  127. 127
    Owen Jones AND Mehdi Hasan are cowardly cunts says:

    What’s your opinion on Harriet, Patricia and Jack backing PIE in the 70s and 80s? Come on, now’s not the time to be silent. Or are you going to be a little whiny bitch like Owen and just ignore any topics which aren’t convenient?

  128. 128
    Me says:

    So 10″ of snow = 1″ of rain. What’s the problem? Snow is still “wet”.

  129. 129
    Cossacks to patrol UK borders says:

    Owen would be a good fit for Salford and Eccles, he is the double of Eccles from the Goons. Images please.

  130. 130
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Has Blair offered you his serVICES on a pro-bone you basis yet?

  131. 131
    jgm2 says:

    Brown was the one who thought he was Churchill. Always wont to throw in a quote by the great man.

    Fucking lunatic.

    Blair was most likely compromised by the Americans and black-mailed into making a bogus case for the Iraq war.

    At least I hope that’s what happened.

  132. 132
    The BBC says:

    As soon as we receive any word on a Tory being involved in PIE, we’ll cover it. Till then, just watch Eastenders and shut the fuck up.

  133. 133
    remember this says:

    Milibland likes American baseball,not football.

  134. 134
  135. 135
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    If kids are going to school hungry then their parents need a serious talking to.

    You can provide breakfast all week for a family for the price of a packet of fags.

  136. 136
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    The CPS do have some other worries on their plate:

    http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5193/parliament-was-misled-over-size-of-cps-pay-offs-for-ex-employees

    Who prosecutes the prosecutors ?

  137. 137
    jgm2 says:

    Good effort. But you need to be consistent about spelling ‘Tory’ with a small ‘t’ if you’re to be a good little Labour apologist.

    Otherwise, carry on.

  138. 138
    er says:

    Is Jones old enough to drive?

  139. 139
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    It didn’t rain so much over there numbnutz.

  140. 140
    Tony says:

    One problem, Guido. As you know Labour women tend to be much older and have served much longer. Of course they will have more MP’s retiring. As usual, Guido misleads.

  141. 141
    C.O.S. Sack says:

    Pussy Quiet.

  142. 142
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    Should but you in charge of the EA, you being an expert an’ all.

  143. 143
    Ed says says:

    It’s a cost of c*nt Crisis

  144. 144
    Sally Bercow says:

    Abu Dhabi! Will you welcome the Rolling Stones! First song: START ME UP

  145. 145
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    He drinks Creme de Menthe Frappes so he does.

  146. 146
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    Tory troll !!!

  147. 147
    Sir William Wayde says:

    The first is a horrible, misleading graph with the y-axis chopped so as to exaggerate a minor difference. Worthy of the Sun or the IPCC.

  148. 148
  149. 149
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    I hardly think Blair is the sort who used to commit “acts of gross indecency in public toilets” so what else could they have on him?

  150. 150
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    Now I know we said let’s ignore Venezuela, but..
    My friend Dean says he went and there’s some fabulous deals on coke ! And Rio is only a short haul flight away!

    So.. who’s up for a Newsnight special report?

  151. 151
    Owen Jones, sage words and advice says:

  152. 152
    CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

    Speaking of Diane Abbott, what’s the betting that she and Graham Morris, along with many other Labour lefties praised Robert Mugabe and considered him a “hero” when he gained power in Zimbabwe in the late 80s?

  153. 153
    Lib dem lard bucket says:

    I am Ren Hard you silly girl not Die Hard.

    Still let’s rumble.

  154. 154
    Jon Snowbird says:

    little tip.
    When Guido uses Lib dem style graphs, he’s taking the piss.
    Don’t take it so seriously.

    Its order-order; not the oh-so-right-on-PC Guardian or misery hunting Channel 4.

  155. 155
    jgm2 says:

    Sounds like very Chav-like behaviour.

  156. 156
  157. 157

    Some kids got carried to a cubicle, turned upside down and had their head forced into the bowl.

    Gave their hair a bog-brush like wet-bristled appearance.

    {peers at Avatar}

    Hmmmmm….

  158. 158
    Forest Road says:

    I remember when you came to Walthamstow a couple of years ago and made the same childish ‘fight fight’ grunts, claiming how you were ‘fighting’ racism.

    When actual violence broke out though, you slid away and pretended it all had nothing to do with you and your rhetoric.

    ‘Another boy started it’. That was your chant then.

    Child.

  159. 159
    jgm2 says:

    It was done to annoy bedwetter apologists.

    It worked.

  160. 160
    i don't need no doctor says:

    Owen Jones, 29 years and still no original ideas, only left wing drivel. What a waste of a human being.

  161. 161
    Slotgob Blair says:

    I am a Labour wimmin

    I have supported hardship and poverty

    Brought up in showbiz and making millions as a lawyer ever since

    Helped of course by Tony, when he is here and not screwing foreign heiresses

  162. 162
    He's Carackers says:

    Which reminds me. How is the Chavist paradise doing these days?

  163. 163
    jgm2 says:

    He’ll try that once too often and find himself picking bits of teeth out of his lip.

  164. 164
    Liberal totty says:

    If you put one finger on me I’ll scream about it in 10 years time.

  165. 165
    Basil Jones says:

    Shhhh. Don’t mention the Civil War. I did it once but I think I got away with it.

  166. 166
    M102 says:

    Parking Patewaya?

  167. 167
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    Hazel Blears is 57. Why does she have to retire so early when she can have a crack at being leader?

  168. 168
    jgm2 says:

    The one thing that cheers me up while we wait for Blair to die is the thought that he lives in a gilded cage. He can’t even enjoy a meal for fear of a citizen’s arrest.

    Despised and spat at wherever he dares to show his face outside of the show-biz world of rubber-chicken forums and conferences.

    With luck, we might not have long to wait before Satan comes to claim him. He looks so cadaverous these days.

  169. 169
  170. 170
    i don't need no doctor says:

    Owen Jones

  171. 171
    Cynic says:

    He only says he does. It stops him having to talk sport to people. I’d not be surprised if his actual understanding of the baseball scene in the States is superficial.

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

    Owen Jones, what a waste of a human being.

  173. 173
    The bloody Mod Bot is still at it says:

    Yes they have. MEPs:

    Marta Andreasen
    Nikki Sinclaire*

    *I think she is a woman. She was a man but she has now declared herself a lesbian

  174. 174
    The Poof In Residence says:

    Owen Jones probably took the wrong door on his way to a CBeebies presenter interview and ended up a political commentator.

  175. 175
    Strobe says:

    Read the y axis. We see Labour’s educashun system.

  176. 176
    Psychologist says:

    If you can’t feed em, don’t breed em.

  177. 177
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    You must be so proud of Labour women such as Harman and Hewitt. People you can trust with your kids!

  178. 178
    jgm2 says:

    Yvette Cooper will be the next Labour Leader. In 2015.

  179. 179
    JH349849583249030 says:

    If the one in yellow leggings wasn’t photogenic, the media would-not-give-a-shit.

    Still, the whippy arsehole in the hat needs a good shoeing, teach him not to hurt ladies.

  180. 180
    Owen Jones says:

    Blocked. But nice arse.

  181. 181
    The bloody Mod Bot is still at it says:

    Wrong again anonymouse.

    It was high pressure pumping that caused the collapse. Dredging won’t start until next week at the earliest.

  182. 182
    Peter M says:

    Oh, those Rio boys…

  183. 183
    Hazel Blurs says:

    Ed promised me a seat in the Lords.

    BTW – I never did actually send that cheque back. I just waved it around.

    SUCKERS!

  184. 184
    Psychologist says:

    You must have a growler like one of those huge sinkholes.

  185. 185

    That should not prevent them in the slightest from doing what is their duty here.

    You will be acute enough to note that I make no comment about the merits, or otherwise, of the individual case. Simply I am pointing out that they said they would need a week to make this decision (indefensible IMO as they already have the facts, but we shall leave that aside) and they have failed to come up with a decision in their own allotted timescale.

    That is completely unacceptable and illustrates, yet again, how badly they serve Our Majesty, and therefore the population at large, in the administration of justice.

    The story you refer to is just another nail in their coffin.

  186. 186
    jgm2 says:

    The revised graph is good but if I may suggest an improvement:

    The graph needs to be inverted to show the bars as a negative. Just like deficits. Otherwise, subconsciously, the hard-of-thinking will actually think (say) the Lib Dems have a +30% rather than -30%.

  187. 187
    Handycock, fluent in Russi says:

    She was loving it.

  188. 188
    Gold Commander says:

    Fire at will.

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  190. 190
    Podiceps says:

    100% of Tory prime ministers are female? I had my suspicions about Heath, but that’s all.

  191. 191
    Jimmy Savile says:

    Now then, now then…

  192. 192
    Penny-Black says:

    This women shite, just a side line…. totally unimportant to the real things going on.

    For example: in central Worcester, seen most of the city located post boxes emptied by postmen driving ENTERPISE hire vans. And only saw one “royal Mail” red van in several hours.

    Heres a Question: how does one issue a FOI to see how much money is being spent on such vehicle hire?

  193. 193
    Socialism is still failing in Venezuela says:

  194. 194
    jgm2 says:

    I think FOI only relates to govt or council. Royal Mail is private now.

  195. 195
    The bloody Mod Bot is still at it says:

    He has some sort of problem* does our Owen. It also manifests itself when anyone catches him out on QT, when he feigns injury and goes crying to Mummy Dumbleby. e.g. When someone responded to his call for the renationalisation of the railways by reminding Jones and the audience what a basket case BR was…. Jones went off on one, claiming he was being patronised because he was unable to remember BR.

    Problem with Jones is he can dish it out, and is good at making up ‘facts’, but he doesn’t like it up him…and he is thick.

    *cutis perquam tenui

  196. 196
    Lord Macdonald ex DPP says:

    And what do you think of me selling mycservices to Dirty Digger?

    Nothing like the inside track when your employees are going to jail en masse

  197. 197
    jgm2 says:

    Blanks. Or there’d be bodies all over the place.

  198. 198
    The bloody Mod Bot is still at it says:

    Never mind the width, feel the quality of em.

    Tessa Jowell didn’t even know that she’d got a mortgage (or paid it off)

  199. 199
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    They asked for 7 days from the judge to review the two outstanding charges which were found inclusive in order to decide if they wished a retrial.

    Have not heard either way, so assume that they have not requested, unless that is all sub judice or there is a reporting injunction in place.

    The CPS lying to MPs about early retirement costs should be concerning for two reasons:

    i) Why are the prosecutors being so blatantly dishonest

    ii) Have the CPS and office of the DPP now completely compromised their position, for example, if they needed to prosecute any MPs ?

    I do not think for one minute that MPs would not use this little CPS indiscretion to prevent further possible prosecutions, and perhaps the CPS knowing they this over their heads may have had a bearing on their reluctance to pursue certain cases. eg. M’acShane, H’uhne and perhaps M’oran.

  200. 200
    Jimmy says:

    “The one thing that cheers me up”

    The long winter evenings round your gaff must just fly by.

  201. 201
    Anonymous says:

    Has the EU taken over Ukraine?

  202. 202
    Iain Murderer says:

    So in the past year, a record 900,000 have had their benefits sanctioned i.e. stopped or reduced. And 58% of tribunal appeals against sanctions go in favour of the claimant i.e. the sanction was found to be wrong. And now the DWP are thinking about charging claimants to appeal to these tribunals. So those with no money because the DWP has wrong stopped their breadline income will be expected to pay to challenge the decision to stop their breadline income. And how will people with no money be able to do this.

    The poorest, most vulnerable, are being priced out of access to justice in this once great country. People will be left with nothing through no fault of their own and will be able to do nothing about it. Its a peaceful war on our side but we are at war with this government. They are now beyond the pale in terms of acceptable behaviour in a modern society. Its all hands on deck to fight these utter scum.

  203. 203
    PablotheScot says:

    Yes – but it is exactly the trick the Liebour Party always pulls, isn’t it?

  204. 204
    Tachybaptus says:

    Quangos are leading the way with useful employment…

    Arts Council £2,500,000
    Decorating the side of inter-continental trucks to promote the Lincolnshire Fenlands throughout Europe.
    Order of Truth blog, February 2013

    Arts Council £1,000,000
    For Birmingham “Helicopter Opera” to celebrate the Olympic Games. Daily Mail, March 2012

    Arts Council £500,000
    Cost of mooring small Arctic island off the coast of England – dubbed “Nowhere Island” – supposedly to show dangers of climate change, but being towed around the south coast by a barge. ITV, July 2012

    Arts Council 100,000
    Redundancy payment for executive staff member Andrea Stark who effectively “jumped ship” for a new job while remaining on the Arts Council payroll by stating she was on sabbatical leave.
    Daily Mail, January 2013

    Arts Council £95,000
    Grant given to artists in Brighton for a rubbish dumpster outlined with yellow lights – the name of the project was “Skip”. Daily Mirror, May 2012

    Arts Council £25,000
    Spent using publicly-funded staff credit cards at luxury restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs.
    Daily Mail, May 2012

    Arts Council £20,000
    Grant given to Café Oto in East London – a hipster bar specialising in experimental music.
    Guardian, May 2012

    Arts Council £8,130
    Lavish going-away party at the British Museum for outgoing Arts Council Chief wherein she attacked cuts to the arts. Daily Mail, January 2013

    Arts Council/Coventry Council £95,0000
    Lady Godiva 70 ft marionette, created for Cultural Olympiad. Guardian, July 2012

    Arts Council/Greater London Authority £535,000
    Model of Nelson’s ship in a bottle in Trafalgar Square. Guardian, April 2012

    Arts Council/York Council £85,000
    Cost to taxpayers for Wonderland Light Show in York’s Museum Gardens

  205. 205
    Jeffery Archer says:

    We know they have been promised soft jobs on big money, its called the politics game.
    Shit always move toward other shits, just hold your nose business as usual.

  206. 206
    Tin foil top hat says:

    With UKIP the spiritual heir of Thatcher, that would indicate that voting UKIP would be best for female representation.

  207. 207
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Other peoples brats are not Rooneys problem , it ‘s the responsibility of their PARENTS to feed them.

  208. 208
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    They certainly know how to get stuck in, if the EU kommissars think that the Ukrainians would make pliable obedient little eurocitizens I suggest they have a rethink!

  209. 209
    FrankField's Buttplug says:

    Hazel will have time to do a bit of face sitting now and French lessons to earn some real money

  210. 210
    Anna says:

    That the Conservative party has produced the only female Prime Minister in Britsh history is an uncontestable fact. That the current Conservative party is but a pale shadow of her own is possibly subjective, but I do yearn for something of Mrs T’s conviction & determination, so sadly lacking in Mr Cameron’s wishy-washy pink Conservative party. Very honourable exceptions, of course, but no matter how honourable they are they will get laid low by ‘Human Rights’ or by the rules laid down by unelected EU bureacrats.

    How will I vote in forthcoming EU elections? I honestly don’t know. I can’t vote Labour or LibDem or Green, I despise the lot of them. A vote for Nigel Farage’s UKIP in the European elections would be a kick in the pants for the Conservative party and at least not a vote for Labour/LibDem/Green but I’m not sure of UKIP, it seems to be demonstrating the LIbDem proclivity for being all things to all people, and honest with none.

    So will I end up voting Conservative at the next general election? I don’t know. Labour & LibDems, and the inconsequential Greens, are at least honest and admit upfront that they consider the electorate too stupid to be given a say in its own future. Conservatives… hmmmm… It would be hard to vote for a party whose leader is committed to continuing membership of the corrupt and anti-democratic EU. He may SAY he wants to reform it, or negotiate a fresh UK association with it, but anyone who knows anything knows that isn’t possible. We stay or we leave is the stark choice. I think I don’t trust Mr Cameron, either!

    Maybe I will end up not voting at all, for the very first time in a lifetime of telling people they should USE their vote because it was hard won. It WAS hard won, but today it seems worthless. Is it any surprise that people hate the politicians who have brought us to this pass?

  211. 211
    Red Ed retiring wimmin to quangoes says:

    The ageist Labour Party don’t like old daft wimmin. They want young daft wimmin.

  212. 212
    SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    I agree, they are still frittering our taxes away on keeping chav scum in the manner to which they have become accustomed.
    The fat ugly chain smoking chavettes with their unwashed multi racial litters would not even exist if it wasn’t for the benefits system, nor would the toothless rat faced stunted morons who father these benefit brats.

  213. 213
    Its Dave for me, sadly says:

    I’ll vote Ukip in the Euros, but the prospect of a a Milliband/Balls government frightens the shit out of me. Only the return of McMental could frighten me more.

  214. 214
    Anonymous says:

    Well,tell the parents to spend the money on the kids, not booze and fags.WTF do you think this is freebie land ?

  215. 215
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    UKIP in the Europeans for me.

    I despise Cameron but will prob vote tory in the General election – my local MP is sleazeball Sadiq Khan and the Tories are the only ones with a realistic hope of unseating him

  216. 216
    Anonymous says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!! It made me remember the evil bitch is still dead!!! MEGALOLZ

  217. 217
    Jim says:

    Holy shit;and I dont even have streetlights where I live

  218. 218
    My gran says:

    You should pop over there for the weekend Di. When the opposition lot see your enormous bulk descending upon them they will all flee to the hill and peace will be restored.

    Plane leaves at 2.30.

  219. 219
    My gran says:

    …women’s …. so close but no packet of fags this time round

  220. 220
    My gran says:

    Again! See 216 ^^

  221. 221
    My gran says:

    … and Maggie’s caravan did not even get our of the car park!

  222. 222
    My gran says:

    oops! out…

  223. 223
    My gran (circa 1890) says:

    Ban benefits. If you don’t work, you don’t eat.

  224. 224
    Anonymous says:

    Proposition: Barack did for the reputation of his race what Maggie did for the reputation of her sex…

  225. 225
    White Dee says:

    Well it is, init?

  226. 226
    Bob says:

    I’d have thought Guido came through under the Tories TBH, but you’re right absolutely shocking graphing skills. Wouldn’t pass at GCSE that’s for sure.

  227. 227
    It is very important says:

    when you are reading this blog to always remember that GF is a Tory stooge.

    that is all.

  228. 228
    johnpreid says:

    Of course had she not took the Navy away not he first place the Argies wouldn’t have invaded


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