March 3rd, 2014

SKETCH: Who is Responsible for the Energy Price Surge?

The hardest thing is getting them to admit the simplest things.

Margaret Hodge had the Treasury and the Department of Energy and Climate Change in to ask who is responsible for the great surge in energy prices and who is looking after consumers’ interests.

She didn’t question the departmental witnesses, but yelped at them in frustration, and then gazed with spaniel-eyed looks of reproach.

The water industry, she remembered, underspent one year by £1bn and with the regulator’s approval they gave the money out as a dividend, rather than put it into infrastructure. Why was that allowed to happen? Who allowed it? Why didn’t they do anything to stop it?

And now with energy costs having gone up by 40 per cent in real terms they were going up another 18 per cent to pay for infrastructure development. And median incomes had stayed flat for a decade. Hadn’t they. Hadn’t they! Hadn’t they? Yes, they had. Thank you.

The man from Energy and Climate Change, Simon Virley, said that the investment proposals weren’t actually regressive. The bottom 30 per cent of the population were “gaining most”.

Richard Bacon had heard something in the way Virley had put it: “You said the effect of the infrastructure will make it less regressive than they would otherwise have been. Are you saying they will be regressive?”

Virley shifted on his seat and started evasive tactics.

Bacon: (shutting his eyes to concentrate) “My question wasn’t ‘Who gains the most, and who gains to a lesser extent?’ Um, you used the phrase ‘less regressive’. That makes it sounds to me like – correct me if I’m wrong – that it will be regressive but it will be less regressive for those groups.” Got it! “Is that what you’re saying?”

Virley: (staring slightly): Well, I think I’m saying that it is actually a progressive package –

Bacon: “It’s very clear the difference between the two, and I just want to be clear in my own mind. ‘Less regressive’ and ‘progressive’ mean different things.”

Virley (leaning forward, smiling, with open hands): “The point I’m making is the total package is progressive because the lowest earners stand to gain the most.”

Bacon: “So, they’ll be better off than they are now.”

Virley: “I’m talking about the impact of Government policy.”

Bacon: “If it’s progressive, they’ll be better off than they are now.”

Virley: “Government policy is progressive. (Casting out a red herring) Of course if wholesale prices rise, if energy bills go up, that will hit lower income earners more.”

Hodge: “Are you saying the poorest 30 per cent will not have to pay any of this 18 per cent increase?”

Virley: “No, I’m saying when you take account of Government policy and the efficiency measures, it is progressive.”

Bacon: “It sounds like you’re saying it’ll be regressive but not quite as regressive as it might otherwise have been.”

Hodge: Quite. Why don’t you just say that?

Virley: Because that’s not what I think is the case.

Bacon: Do you think they’ll be better off than they are now?

Hodge: Will they pay less than they are now?

Virley: Er, n-no, they won’t be paying less than they are now . . . they gain the most in proportionate terms . . .

Poor people paying more for their energy, “gain the most in proportionate terms.”

This is the sort of struggle that democrats have “holding the executive to account” in the phrases they use.


150 Comments

  1. 1
    Putin says:

    Where’s Dave?

  2. 2
    Pollytwaddle says:

    Thank you for spoiling my breakfast.

    That picture!

  3. 3
    Nelson MainDealer says:

    I’m still dead .. Catch my special at 8 standard 9 eastern.

  4. 4
    Someone disinterested. says:

    What god you think of Rufus Hound, Polly?

  5. 5
    Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

    There’s a price freeze on it’s way. Get in quick profits now.

  6. 6
    30 Years ago Tory's set this in action says:

    VOTE UKIP

  7. 7
    You couldn't make it up says:

    You really couldn’t make it up!

  8. 8
    Dave's Pram says:

    In the shithouse again.

  9. 9
    Herman Van Morrison says:

    This Crimea – Russia situation.
    I can’t help feeling just a tiny bit responsible.

  10. 10
    Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

    HM Government should pay Angela Knight to represent the British people. She runs rings around politicians and media halfwits.

  11. 11
    What Like says:

    She’s an ugly bitch = make up is a waste of time on her?

  12. 12
    Mornington Crescent says:

    We are now 13-odd months from the GE. These Select Committee berks are in full Grandstanding Mode – even more than usual. Think BP and that Senate Committee across the pond.

    Fuck the facts, eh? The people have it in for the energy companies so let’s bash ‘em and pick up a few votes.

  13. 13
    Auntay says:

    Experimenting with methane let’s hope.

  14. 14
    Seaside Lady says:

    Its not the work he minds its the paper work afterwards he dislikes.

  15. 15
    Auntay says:

    May I remind viewers that even if they win in May 2014, there are only two parties (unless you have a Liberal in already) in which case there are three.

  16. 16
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    Simple answer: The EU and environmentalists.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Is it really so hard to understand, or is it just that preeing is so much more enjoyable?

  18. 18
    King Canute says:

    She was of course paid once upon a time to do just that, for part of England anyway, as an MP, until the electors of Erewash foolishly decided to replace her with a Labour comprehensive teacher.

  19. 19
    Lady Hodge says:

    Wife of Sir Henry Hodge, formerly of NCCL brigade. Ops.

  20. 20
    C O (π) says:

    Her husband was involved with NCCL…

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    I’ll bet Margaret Hodge didn’t allow any answer along the lines of ‘Look you fucker, you’ve loaded the bills with an additional £100 per customer to pay for your ridiculous fucking windmills. But you won’t allow me to say that because you’re Labour and it was fucking Labour that brought that stupid fucking legislation in.’

    Oh no. The committee will be steered well away from any kind of reply of that nature.

  22. 22
    Auntay says:

    Also nothing gets people tuned in as well as ‘fuel poverty’ and ‘gas price crisis’, ‘blame it on the tories many are saying. Forget, ‘warmest winter in years’, ‘Britain is still the best country to be in in Europe’ and ‘markets show strong signs of recovery’ until St Miliband comes in.

  23. 23
    koba says:

    Slimey bastards arn’t they, I bet they couldn’t agree to have tea or coffee.

  24. 24
    Auntay says:

    Our answer: David Cameron’s policies against the poor.

  25. 25
    Lady Hodge, clean white teeth says:

    It will all come out in a wash these spillages.

  26. 26
    Auntay says:

    =’In other news, energy companies attack St Margaret Hodge and refuse to give cheap energy to working class families’.

  27. 27
    Factually says:

    They’ll stick to champagne or cava.

  28. 28
    A true Conservative says:

    Blame the US neocons who are the real culprits

    Just listen to the Nuland tape…

    And now they have installed neo nazis, they dont know what the fuck to do…

    Bloody war criminals endangering the world

  29. 29
    Lady Hodge everrich says:

    Woolly jumpers, woolly hats, woolly tights, woolly socks and a woolly blanket.

  30. 30
    Taxpayer says:

    Yes

    Angela Knight did a great job for the British Bankers Association while it was fiddling LIBOR and virtually everything it touched…

    Shecdid have to leave in a hurry though…

  31. 31
    Cheers President Putin we would like to buy you a beer. says:

    Wholesale price freeze.

  32. 32
    The Energy Companies says:

    We only throw dust in the juryman’s face…

    (Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan)

  33. 33
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    Looking like divergence between US and EU over sanctions on R-Fed:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/03/us-ukraine-crisis-eu-idUSBREA221XW20140303

    If EU serious should draft Magnitsky style legislation.

    At present Eurozone economy weak and too dependent on R-Fed energy, so cannot really do sanctions.

    This may redefine EU-US relations: US big stick of security arrangement may be brought to bear. :-)

    UK ‘leaked’ earlier that it does not support trade sanctions.

    NB: R-Fed has veto on OSCE (and UN) : These orgs worthless for proper resolution.

  34. 34
    Ad spotter says:

    Guido

    Having had the ads for Bill Clinton, FX hoodies and Israel tourism…

    I now have ads for cheap telephone calls to Russia…

    Does the Russian Embassy monitorbthis site like NSA GCHQ?

  35. 35
    Partyless says:

    Don’t vote are the biggest electoral group. Big than all you put together.

  36. 36
    The truth will out says:

    Sky News diplomatic correspondent said this afternoon that “London house market and banks are too dependent on Russian cash for financial sanctions. And that cash would overcome morality”

    Interesting to tell the truth to millions of people…for once…

    And why no freezing of any oligarchs’ accounts?!

    Total silence on that….

  37. 37
    Andrew Efiong says:

    She’ll probably land a job as spokeswomen for Gazprom next!

  38. 38
    Therasnore says:

    Stop snoring. Price is dropping!

  39. 39
    Vlad the Putin says:

    Vot? Don’t you hav this Ad-Block? I park my big tanks on your lawn da?

  40. 40
    gate crash Fun???? says:

    Fly off to Florida.

  41. 41
    American Red Cross says:

    Give us your bennies

  42. 42
    Historian says:

    The solution to this crisis must be a deal as advocated by many old foreign policy hands which ensures equal treatment for both sides in Ukraine

    Plus undertaking the U remains outside NATO.. the Finnish Solution..

    That is what Merkel and Putin want…and they are on the front line…and have a good working relationship….

    The mad US neocons and irrelevant British should just shut up…to be polite…

  43. 43
    Adopt a kid says:

    War is in full swing. All over by tuesday 3.09PM

  44. 44
    ........... says:

    Help needed in the Philippines. The Ads are much informative than Guido News.

  45. 45
    Orchestrated says:

    I see the labour trolls have invaded the Daily mail site. Anyone that’s says anything against Labour gets 1000’s of red arrows. That includes Harman

  46. 46
    UN Observer says:

    Let’s hope the Europeans split from the Americans, who have become a danger to the world since Bush junior

    And tell the US to get out of Europe…

    The Europeans meanihg civilised people of Europe – excluding the British who are just the Poodle 51 st State of the USA…

  47. 47
    Madge Hodge says:

    Madge Hodge rhymes with Tax Dodge.

  48. 48
    Diane Fatbott says:

  49. 49
    Spoonface Dave, worried about the plebs says:

    You mean the plebs are revolting?

    Will we be kicked out like the democratically elected President of Ukraine?

    Oh well, I cam always go to Chipping Norton with my oligarch friends

  50. 50
    Ex-Labour says:

    Look into the eyes, the eyes, nor around the eyes, only the eyes, the eyes.

  51. 51
    Ex-Labour says:

    Worse than ugly I’m afraid…

  52. 52
    Ex-Labour says:

    That’s it. Pure theatre.

    Lefties need to grandstand, esp. when the earth is moving beneath them.

  53. 53
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    R-Fed is on an imperialist expansion path at the moment, so sticks and carrots will have no effect other than to antagonise.

    No ‘deal’ can be cut.

    Perhaps best not to go with overt sanctions because will hurt weak actors, such as the Euro member states, and also prompt escalation by R-Fed.

    NB: R-Fed economy is broadly immune to Western sanctions.

    Best policy is to deter then from partitioning U and avoid actual bloodshed. Latter point likely mute now as Naval headquarters in C has apparently been attacked. Needs to be left to UN.

    Drafting Magnitsky style law in EU will send a clear non-provocative message. UK should bring this onto books immediately.

    Reality is that if R-Fed pulled $ from London, UK back in deep recession. UK would not win in military confrontation with R-Fed.

    Maintaining good relations with US important but not necessarily through supporting O’bama.

    If US decides to draw down it’s presence in Europe, R-Fed will fill power vacuum fairly quickly.

    Ensuring US does not perceive R-Fed as better option over UK or EU is important.

  54. 54
    Harvard professor says:

    I think Ms Abbott has been reading this blog too much…

    Too many useless PPE graduates…?

    where did I hear that before?

  55. 55
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    You should be careful what you wish for.

    Life dominated by R’ussia would be less than pleasant.

  56. 56
    Blowing Whistles says:

    People who do not vote – have no fucking right to complain about anything whatsoever – they have given up their ‘consent’ – i’ll repeat that word and shout it also

    “CONSENT”

    their consent – which they have had taken from them because they have as part of the political game been misinformed. i have no sympathy for anyone who does not vote they are already in hell – because of their own fucking ignorance – but that’s just what the establishments three stooge party’s want and desire – so they can keep ‘living the lie’.

  57. 57
    Robbie says:

    Someone should strap that guy in front of an Edinburgh tram during crash testing- then he’ll know what progressive means.

  58. 58
    Blowing Whistles says:

    p.s. You know – i think i may have woken up about 16 or so people in the UK as to how their ‘consent’ has been unlawfully taken away from them by trickery, duplicity and a complicit msm – but that number may be wrong and increasing day by day.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Actually when you see Margret Hodge in action she ass the right questions . Its just a shame she was one of the ones thar created the problems she now questions and dint question when Labour were in office.

    Can’t imagine why?

  60. 60
    The Austro-Hungarian Empire says:

    It will all be over by Christmas.

  61. 61
    Historian says:

    Russia could not possibly “fill power vacuum in Europe” and does not want to…

    Vlad is concerned by Russia and Russian speakers,,, very limited territorial ambition…

    The Cold War is over – your thinking is about 25 years out of date – like the neocons…

    Glad you admit that London relies on Russian black money – London has become the safe haven for thieves, oligarchs – That must stink even to you no?!

    PS No confirmed evidence of naval HQ violence…looks like Ukrainian disinformation for the gullible like you,!

  62. 62
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And of course she currently excuses the profiteering of the cartel of energy suppliers. She’s an ‘established’ safe pair of neoco.n hands.

  63. 63
    Archie Duke going to Sarajevo for a spot of sight seeing says:

    This sort of thing can lead to wars.

  64. 64
    The Real Population says:

    Well said.

  65. 65
    UN Observer says:

    You grossly over estimate the power of Russia..

    And their ambitions – they already have a hyge country full of resources etc (and problems)

    Why do you think Mandy and Natty are there?!

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Good grief. Obama thinks this foul woman is great! Watched her on TV just now and she’s doing her best to start an all out world war!

  67. 67
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Oi Kerry, MaCain dead from the neck up, Cameron Shill, Hague Shill paddypantsdown Shill

    It’s OK to try and big up your fucked up egos

    BUT – it’s about ‘people’ not your fucking neo.con fronted egos – ‘people’ not your fucking sabre rattling for fucking Israel.

  68. 68
    Village Idiot says:

    …The more times I have voted in my life,the further away my country goes from me!!!!…Or, all the times I have voted on the pretence of things improving,the worse they have got!….I voted all my life for a better world,and it got worse!!!!….The more I have voted,the more distant democracy has become!!!….This is my experience of voting,including voting “No” in 1975…..so,it has not worked for me!
    …But,the new kids on the block may get my vote to try just once more before I give up completely!

  69. 69
    Herman van Rumpboy says:

    THE SOVIET BLOC BECAME THE EU BLOC

  70. 70
    Moddy botted again says:

    You do talk a load of bollocks.

    Russia right to protect their bases in the Crimea? Tripe. More like Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland to ‘protect the ethnic Germans. Putin did the same in South Ossetia – eastern Ukraine next followed by the Baltic States.

    True Conservative? True Marxist more like.

  71. 71
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Zio Neo.con placemen and women [Applebaum!!!] everywhere. Putin pulled the rug from under the EU / NATO scam to shift the ‘mass of peple’ towards the EU.

    It is our own fucking leaders! oops Isreali Donkeys who need to wake up and smell the fucking coffee. The hotheaded muzzies have been ‘played’ and perhaps ‘paid’ like fools by the neo.cons.

  72. 72
    Islington Victim says:

    THIS BINT NEEDS SETTING STRAIGHT. GUESS SHE NOW HAS A VOCATION SHE RELIES ON FOR INCOME GIVEN THE CASHCOW THAT WAS STEMCOR IS ABOUT TO FILE FOR BANKRUPCY.

  73. 73
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Who controls the USA / UK / Russia – try looking towards those who have always ‘gained’ from these ‘war games’ at those who are quietly laughing their arses off in the background FFS.

  74. 74
    Guido is a botter says:

    Runour has it Guido’s marriage on rocks following a bit of greek wrestling in a an east end sauna

  75. 75
    Blowing Whistles says:

    i do wonder who her rabbi is …

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Its only a tiny tiny tiny bankruptcy

  77. 77
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The whole homosexual hedonism – Israeli inspired to destroy what is ‘normal’ game is all but over.

    The neo.cons are the evil in our midst.

  78. 78
    michaelmph says:

    What has the price of water to do with the price of energy? I thought you guys were supposed to be intelligent.

  79. 79
    The truth will out says:

    And the neocons running around now like headless chicken…

    As Sky News said this evening

    “Scrambling to find a strategy” FFS

    they should have thought before backing illegal regime change…

  80. 80
    Guido is a botter says:

    the oppenheimers got their cash from the same place as kashoggi

  81. 81
    The truth will out says:

    Yes

    And why have no oligarchs accounts been seized in London?

    That is the biggest scandal of all…

    London is protecting pillaging, criminal gangs of oligarchs

    And everyone knows it now..

  82. 82
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    Did say ‘apparently’ on Naval HQ. It would be unlikely as R-Fed strategy is to maintain good PR at present and they are in no real hurry.

    Western media would likely not report if it did as they do not want public opinion to be inflamed to demand intervention.

    R-Fed would seek to fill power vacuum in Europe if US left.

    They could do so quite easily with conventional forces as they have the resources to build army over time.

    Any suggestion contrary is false.

    EU looking for U to join (which triggered R-Fed intervention into Cr!mea) is a good example of this power filling dynamic at work.

    EU expansion on the back of US security guarantee is a broader example of power filling, albeit by corrupting foreign govts. and coercing them through economic means to sign over sovereignty.

    The UK economy has been subverted, mainly as a result of EU membership, in such a way as to depend on black money from many locations. Strategic error has been not monitoring dependency on specific sources.

    Cold War thinking is not out of date.

    In any case this is post cold war thinking.

  83. 83
    The truth will out says:

    Arms dealing?

    Oil “trading”?!

  84. 84
    Moddy botted again says:

    I noticed that last week. A number of pro-Harman posts arrived within a few minutes of each other, all of them saying the same sort of thing e.g. she’s being smeared (all a couple of days before she came out of hiding to say she was being smeared!).

    All of the comments received a similar number of up-markings (around 2600).

    The DM site had been got at…probably by the same people who organise the postal voting for labour

  85. 85
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    At present. Think +10 yrs.

    Mandy + Natty are there to try and do there what they have done here.

    Wouldn’t over-estimate their usefulness: Look at what happened to Natty in !ndonesia with the coal mine.

  86. 86
    Bob says:

    Exactly

    And Netanyahoo in deep trouble in Washington

    Obama giving him the last chance

  87. 87
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    A good question: Which side of the new apparent curtain does !srael wish to find itself.

    May have been a miscalculation there ?

  88. 88
    Johann Hari says:

    I could.

    And did.

  89. 89
    Hope for four minutes next says:

    For two minutes she has stopped eating. That is good advice from this site put to good use. Well done Diana (for twp minutes)

  90. 90
    Bob says:

    Or mass postings by NSA GCHQ

    After all Dave is covering up far more sordid gay and kiddie scandals in the Tory Party

  91. 91
    Blowing Whistles says:

    i should add that if you spoil your vote [take a pic of it in the booth] it must be counted – then of course you do have a right to carp.

  92. 92
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Is there proof that you are a nonce; if so could someone please make my day with a link or two or perhaps you are just a shill?

  93. 93
    Bob says:

    What is interesting is the split in the US Government between neocon ziloons like Nuland and Kerry and Obama who is having his tail twisted…

    Watch for further open internal disagreements over Syria, Iran and Israel.

    And don’t forget, AIPAC have been defeated 3 times in a year – over Hagel, Syria and Iran negotiations

    The US public now know they are evil warmongers

  94. 94
    Blowing Whistles says:

    upon review – what timing Ironic.

  95. 95
    Bob says:

    Balls

  96. 96
    lost consent office says:

    theft of consent is a big problem

  97. 97
    I'm going to freeze prices, so get your increases in quickly! says:

    “who is responsible for the great surge in energy prices”

    They should have had that cretin Miliband in to answer that one.

  98. 98
    Blowing Whistles says:

    To CO(nth)

    The old saying – Oh what a tangled web they weave – when at first they practice to deceive.

  99. 99
    Ed Davey says:

    We’re fracking the country.

  100. 100
    Blowing Whistles says:

    and barbaric acts.

  101. 101
    Wake up Britain says:

    I ASK AGAIN

    WHY HAVE RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN OLIGARCHS ACCOUNTS NOT BEEN SEZED IN LONDON

    STEP FORWARD MR BLAIR…

    YOU RECEIVE MILLIONS FRON THESE PILLAGING CRIMINALS…

    STEP FORWARD THE ORGANISED CRIME SQUAD

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.?

    PEOPLE IN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA ARE DYING BECAUSE OF THIS PILLAGING

  102. 102
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    Well, it really is one of the larger elephants in the room.

    They have gone quiet on J’s in O’dessa as well, but already ‘desecrated’ s’yn’s have been wheeled out.

    Problem is with the National Socialists now in the U govt., they have to support R-Fed, especially if the right sort of false flag is flown.

  103. 103
    get real says:

    It’s not a question of power
    It’s a matter of will
    The EU is soft, stupid and corrupt

    Putin’s Russia is hard, stupid and corrupt
    but hard wins

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Say that under your real name

    you sound like a nonce fantasising

  105. 105
    Auntie Duggan says:

    When you see Kerry and Hague pontificating about Ukraine you cant help but wonder that Putin is sitting in the Kremlin laughing his cock off,but all is not lost we still have Cathy Ashton,Jose Manuel Barroso and Rasmussen,goodbye Ukraine you are fucked.

  106. 106
    Brits says:

    Oi Igor, turn your fucking caps off

  107. 107
    Living and dying by the sword says:

    What will the neocons do when the neo nazi right in Ukraine (who BTW control the Interior ministry) start firebombing syn’gogs and attacking r abbis?

    There have been some incidents already in Lvov…

  108. 108
    Moddy botted again says:

    That’s the 5:2 diet. Eat for five, stop for two.

  109. 109
    Chernenko says:

    John Simpson has arrived in Sevastapol relief is at hand.

  110. 110
    Now its Hodges turn says:

    Hodges previous life at Islington is coming back to bite her.Harman, Hewitt and Hodge the axis of cover up.

  111. 111
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    So guess that these guys think they mean anything ?

    Add O’bama, P’tin and maybe J’iabao to the list calling for that and it may mean something.

    Owen Jones effect on International Relations ?

  112. 112

    @CO(n)

    http://tinyurl.com/nn4z35g

    Will not be posting much else for now.

  113. 113
    Ukraine not be serious! says:

    Whose voice? Norman Wisdom’s?

  114. 114
    Groucho Marx says:

    LOL

    And the two eunuchs spoke

    And their high pitched voices carried far

    But they were reviled

    There must a biblical line there…

  115. 115
    C O (Ξ4) says:

    Cheers CRMM : Agree with you completely on T’ibet.

  116. 116
    Spartacus says:

    it was a conservative energy minister GK, with the coldest place in Britain in his constituency, that introduced VAT on fuel.

    Well he was doing what his common market masters told him to.
    And he was thrown out at the following election.

  117. 117
    Dr Spock says:

    I think it is more like the Crystal Meths effect

    I sometimes think these so-called leaders are out of their tiny minds

    And they have cohorts of advisers etc

    Is there something in the water we do not know about?

  118. 118
    Spartacus says:

    when we get a ‘none of the above’ box on the ballot, maybe voting attendance will go up.

  119. 119
    C O (π) says:

    Classic Sun:

    Let’s see HH complain about this then.

  120. 120
    War veteran says:

    My God, really?

    I saw John in a restaurant in Paris this weekend

    He is of Pickles proportions now

    Will the BBC drop him offshore to create a tsunami?

    That would teach Vladdy

    Or perhaps NATO can drop a bomb a few feet from him like they did in Afghanistan…

  121. 121
    Jasmin Beckett says:

    I literally cried when I saw 12 years a slave winning all those Oscars.
    I want all slaves dead.

  122. 122
    Spoonface Dick of Downing Street says:

    I prefer tits to war any day

    And I will wank until Vlad decides to answer my phone calls

  123. 123
    The BBC are cunts says:

    We now have more reporters in the Crimea than there are combat troops.

  124. 124
    Captain Nolan says:

    Attack Cameron!
    Attack!

    There sir! There is your enemy!
    there are your guns!

  125. 125
    Editor of the Sun says:

    Naughty Jasmin

    It is past your bedtime

  126. 126
    Badger Spotter says:

    The Gay Brigade that we recommended to frighten Vlad?

    Shurely not…

  127. 127
    Vlad the only mover and shaker in town says:

    Your reporters are kindly reporting on my peaceful takeover of Crimea

    Thank you…

    Saves me having to send my own people

  128. 128
    Headmaster of Eaton says:

    It’s not a pheasant shoot, for God’s sake…

  129. 129
    Blowing Whistles says:

    LaD

    They have killed their own many times in the past to garner sympathy.

  130. 130
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Mr Grimsdale! the Russians are coming!

    Now now don’t fret Pitkin :-)

  131. 131
    Blowing Rentboys says:

    I imagine Blowing Whistles has to wake up most people mid way through his monologues.

  132. 132
    treetop says:

    You have to give credit to the labour party when millionaire nonentiities like Hodge and Vaz can do so much with these committees to enhance their egos while the conservative party supposedly is the largest party at Westminster !

  133. 133
    treetop says:

    Ms Abbott should be wondering why Labour isnt attracting normal,working class members who are neither rich and privately educated solictors or unionised extremists .

  134. 134
    Roland Butter says:

    Hodge is a massive joke.

    On us.

    Ha-ha.

    Tragically, this piss-poor humour isn’t going to stop any time soon.

    Ha-ha. Again, on us.

  135. 135
    Ancient Seafarer says:

    Ukraine can return to mother Russia – where it was before Khrushchev gave it away for some reason a few decades ago. Most of the population still feel they are Russians anyway, so what’s not to like (apart from all that free EU cash the thugs now in charge in Kiev thought they would be handed).

  136. 136
    Ancient Seafarer says:

    Do you really think that the general public – or any other MPs for that matter – take a blind bit of notice of what goes on/is said at any of their meetings? This is another of their antics/scams (you choose) to boost the number on their salary slips. Time to bin the lot.

  137. 137
    Spartacus says:

    and she is saying

    tax, tax, tax . . .

  138. 138
    fedz says:

    GK….not Lorrrrrd Lamont?

  139. 139
    ancientpopeye says:

    Nothing to do with labour in the shape of Milibore freezing prices then Hodge?

  140. 140
    screwtape013 says:

    What neither Guido, nor any of his bubble media mates, are prepared to say openly is that DECC is not a policy but a propaganda department.

  141. 141
    Long overdue says:

    Islington must apologise.

  142. 142
    The Critic says:

    Blimey Guido, it’s stretching things a bit by including Hodge in your definition of a democrat

  143. 143
    The Critic says:

    ‘You have to give credit to the labour party ‘ – Bad mistake as the Co-op bank found out.

  144. 144
    The Critic says:

    Last night’s reports said:

    ‘The Russians are digging in’,followed immediately by ‘the Russians are advancing’ I expect the quality of the repoting to remain at this high level of factual accuracy, particularly as the BBC have now launched their own invasion of the Crimea. I understand an emergency airlift of ipads, Green tea and low fat spreads is on its way. The brave BBC journalists are surviving in 4 star hotels at the moment and transmitting expense claims is a major headache. However the surviving vegan restaurant has opened a tab for them.

    Bravo to them I say,that’s the spirit, although not in an elitist glorification of war manner and having consudered all points of view across a wide range of ethnic profiles……….Thatcher! sorry,old habits and all that

  145. 145
    Shlimey says:

    Holodomor? What Holodomor?

  146. 146
    Cicero says:

    ‘It’s regressive’

    ‘No, it’s progressive’

    Well, perhaps we can find some common ground here. What he means is they will be *progressively* worse off …

  147. 147
    Charlie says:

    The West treated the Russian people with contempt after 1991and encourage the looting of the national assets by a few carpet baggers. Many ordinary Russians lost all their savings and were reduced to penury in the 90s. Most Russians support Putin because the country gained some self respect. Putin was a Lt Colonel in the KGB and a 5th dan at judo. Putin is probably brighter, more cultured and certainly physically ,mentally and spiritually tougher than any western leader.

    Putin does not try to dumb down by pretending to like pop music; if you see him in a musical situation he probably playing some classical Russian music on a piano.Basically Putin could not care less about the opinions of the feeble shallow middle class metropolitans who make up the political class of the West. While western leader were playing politics at university Putin was being trained by the KGB.

    I doubt if there is any wester leader , apart from an an ex-israeli special Forces Officer , who can sit opposite him and earn his respect.

  148. 148
    Anonymous says:

    “Who is Responsible for the Energy Price Surge?”
    Was it the Jedi? For letting The Force fall into private hands.

  149. 149
    Analyst says:

    The difficulty with the Public Accounts Committee us that the MPs especially, Hodge, are grandstanding rather than seeking enlightenment.

    It seems perfectly reasonable for Virley to say that Government policy will reduce prices more thatn they would otherwise be for poorer people whilst energy prices still rise because of world wide demand versus supply.

    Because the MPs on the PAC are a bit thick, they starts out trying to demonise witnesses rather than seek to understand the evidence.

    On corporation tax the PAC hounds HMRC management for not collecting more tax when it is parliament which has devised the laws which HMRC are implementing.

  150. 150
    altruism in industry says:

    well if they can give away 1 billion in dividend then they are charging too much


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