March 12th, 2014

Chuka Umunna Economics 101

Chuka Umunna seemed to have had some difficulty with the basic facts during his interview on the World at One this lunchtime. Somewhat worryingly for a shadow business secretary, Chuka reckons:

“Most of our thirteen years in office we didn’t have a debt, er, a deficit, because we hadn’t had the financial crash.”

Allow Guido to explain slowly. As this handy graph from the Spectator shows, the last government spent more than it was bringing in from 2002 onwards.

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Chuka’s claim that Labour did not run a deficit for most of its time in power is patently untrue…

H/T @roxley

159 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Since went has Chuka allowed facts to get in the way of a good story?The man is like all the senior Labour team utterly useless!

  2. 2
    Bill Quango MP says:

    And we can assume that’s without the billions upon billions of PFI debt ?

  3. 3
    Selohesra says:

    Colours are wrong way round red= spending = Labour

  4. 4
    Average Jo says:

    This is an odd story…. maybe I havn’t spotted it yet, but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious UKIP smear from Guid0 ?!

  5. 5
    thostids says:

    And where is Balls whilst this load of Balls is being peddled?

  6. 6
    Shooty* says:

    Doesn’t matter. He’s said it now, it’s out in the public consciousness, most people will believe it, and very few will be aware as it unravels.

  7. 7

    It cannot be said often enough. Socialism works fine until it runs out of Other People’s Money. Support the Tax Payers Alliance and bring Parliamentary klepto-spendthrifts to book.

    http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/sign-up

  8. 8
    broderick crawford says:

    get the larynx wipple ready , chukka s
    emitting illogicalities again .

  9. 9
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Does he take milk?, that will be another 40 p, kerching!.

  10. 10
    Ed Miliband says:

    It was an investment.

    Remember we saved the world, anyone who says anything else is just a tax evader who wants our kids to starve.

  11. 11
    Great Granddad says:

    Not fair to Chuka. It is not his own free choice that he is as dimwitted as the people who voted him in.

  12. 12
    Witty Moniker says:

    I like the way the BBC interviewer immediately jumped in to correct him. NOT.

  13. 13
    Gordon Brown says:

    The statistics were not corrected. Treasury always been full of Thatcherites who hate the Labour movement, hate the North, hate the Scots and don’t understand I saved the world.

  14. 14
    Die Bob Die says:

    Lets hope he goes the same way as Robert Crow

  15. 15
    Pleb says:

    Chuka does seem to have had a more illustrious career path than our towel-folding Chancellor.

  16. 16
    Gordon Brown *readying Nokia* says:

    PFI isn’t debt, it’s simply taxpayers money resting in someone elses account.

  17. 17
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Investing in people, it’s the right thing to do, spare a few pence for a cup of tea Gov?.

  18. 18
    Nurse Zakely Junfoontaybo says:

    Time for your fizzy orange, Gordon.

  19. 19
    Owen Jones,champagne quaffing and cigar smoking socialist says:

    Apologies for tweeting such inane rubbish recently,but the medication is not yet working.

  20. 20
    Ed Balls says:

    That’s a coincidence, the green bits are the same size as the difference between the blue and the red bits.

    Is that deliberate?

  21. 21
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    Chukla is such a great liar, with a bit more practice, he could be a LibDem.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    He is a typical example of the Labour front bench , incompetent and economically
    illiterate ,God help us all if ever this shower get back in government.

  23. 23
    Digger says:

    Wait for it, I haven’t given him his latest orders yet.

  24. 24
    Garfield says:

    Chuka really should be on Comedy Gold along with Miss D Fatbut.

  25. 25
    Fuck Labour says:

    Sick bastard. Do you wish all your political opponents death? Did you rejoice when John Smith died?

    As I said yesterday, people can have different politics without personalising it. When you say things like Die Bob Die, you’re no better than the lefties who celebrated Mrs Thatcher’s death.

  26. 26
    The BBC in 1997 says:

    I for one welcome our new Labour overlords.

  27. 27
    A swivel eyed loon says:

    It’s good job they didn’t get wind of his addiction to fast cars, fast women and money laundering. Phew.

  28. 28
  29. 29
    aurora borealis says:

    +++++Laugh+++++

    labour aren’t exactly very credible economists are they?

    I suspect the five year old’s at our local primary school have a better grasp of the simple arithmetic needed to work this one out.

  30. 30
    Anonymong says:

    Piss off you Bellend.

  31. 31
    Just Asking says:

    “Those with the broadest shoulders should make the greatest contribution.”

    1. What does that mean?

    2. Why should the individual be obliged to supply such goodwill?

    3. What isn’t the interviewer asking these questions?

    4. I know it’s the BBC.

  32. 32
    Chuka ( you can call me Harrison ) Urmunneyaround says:

  33. 33
    Fony Blair says:

    Think Andrew Neil needs to give a few lessons around economics to BBC interviewers. Most are clueless

  34. 34
    was it something I said? says:

    Balls has been identified by Labour’s internal polling as voter kryptonite. As soon as he appears on TV karate-chopping his way through PMQ or stuttering his way through some bollocks he made up on the spot another 10,000 people go ‘Oh, that c*unt again? No fucking way am I voting Labour’.

    To this end Balls is being given a series of ‘very important jobs’ to do that keep him out of the public eye.

    At the moment he’s copying out the Bradford telephone directory. They’ve told him it’s for postal voting purposes but Labour outsourced that to P*KSt*an years ago.

  35. 35
    Rusty Bodangler says:

    Ok, so as well as being a bit creepy, he’s either:

    1. Really, really fucking clueless, or

    2. Telling outright lies.

    I guess there’s nothing to preclude both, but he needs shredding for this.

  36. 36
    was it something I said? says:

    No worse either though.

  37. 37
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

    This is typical of Labour economic expertise. If they get to power they will steal your saving, pensions, houses, cars and anything that has a value. Don’t let these incompetent idiots in.

  38. 38
    was it something I said? says:

    The lie is told and was uncorrected. The moment has passed. Those who aren’t already aware of Labour’s economic clusterfuck will remain unaware.

  39. 39
    Gordon Brown's Bulging Bank Account says:

    Chukanomics: like Abenomics, only minus the credibility.

  40. 40
    Ed Balls says:

    We can use these things you mention rather than them green bits. Is that what you are saying?

    I’m starting to get the hang of this now I think.

  41. 41
    was it something I said? says:

    Worth listening to just to hear Jon Cruddas say that they really did think they’d discovered the sweetspot of perpetual economic growth. A secret that had eluded every chancellor and economist in history.

    They really, really believed they were that fucking clever and that any nay-sayers were merely jealous because they hadn’t ‘discovered’ it themselves.

  42. 42
    97-Year-Old Lithuanian Woman says:

    In my country we have a saying: Eršketas valgo varles įstrižai, kai mėnulis minkština

  43. 43
    M says:

    Labour wouldn’t let their kids starve coz they have Harriet harman , she would feed them PIE .

  44. 44
    Sizzla says:

    Classic Labour tactic. Lie and know that only a few blogs will catch you out.

    Chuka Ummuna can’t be trusted to tell the time properly.

  45. 45
    Blair looks in need of revitalisation says:

    Tone looks as if he could do with a ‘visit’ from C arole or Re bekkah, or both.

  46. 46
    Ed Miliband says:

    I will issue a press release about the inequity of the cost of living crisis.

  47. 47
    Luciana BigMac says:

    I can help wiht the maths

  48. 48
    The Reign of Terror 1997-2010 says:

    Hubris.

  49. 49
    SLOTGOB says:

    Or Wendi ?

  50. 50
    Obvious Innit says:

    Bodybuilders should pay more tax?

    If they just taxed steroids in the first place they wouldn’t have to do this.

  51. 51
    Executive Summary says:

    And then he ate a Bogie.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Labour ran a surplus for each of their first four years of government:

    1998 £ 703 millions

    1999 £11,976 millions

    2000 £16,697 millions

    2001 £ 8,426 millions

    Total 1998 – 2001 surplus of £37,802 millions

    Labour ran a deficit for the rest of their time in government:

    2002 £19,046 millions

    2003 £34,004 millions

    2004 £36,797 millions

    2005 £41,355 millions

    2006 £30,755 millions

    2007 £33,718 millions

    2008 £68,003 millions

    Total 2002 – 2008 Deficit of £263,678 millions

    2009 £152,289 millions

    2010 £148,774 millions

    Total 2009 -2010 Deficit of £301,063 millions

    Net total debt accumulated in the period 1998 – 2008 £225,876

    Net total debt accumulated in the period 1998-2010 £526,339 millions

    Read more at

    http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/labour-re-writes-the-past-their-economic-management/

  53. 53
    was it something I said? says:

    Indeed. It’ll be no accident. It doesn’t matter that a few political and numerical obsessives give it ‘Hold on a fucking minute….’. Several million people heard the lie go uncorrected so now it becomes the truth.

    Tomorrow, on HYS and CiF you’ll have bedwetters faithfully telling you that Labour didn’t run any deficits. And they’ll believe it. Because they heard it from ‘on high’ with their own ears.

  54. 54
    Guy News Room says:

    Prime Minister David Cameron says “we must all share responsibility for our shameful failure to intervene and prevent the inane tweets being produced by the lunatic known as Owen Jones”

  55. 55
    Max Clifford says:

    Now say cock.

  56. 56
    Neighbourhood watch says:

    So. Who is the Bloke in the Brown Mac?

  57. 57
    Good Citizen says:

    Have you reported him to the police Ed?

  58. 58
    was it something I said? says:

    00:21

    ‘We felt that we had transcended the laws of economics, the end of ‘boom and bust”

    I could weep.

  59. 59
    All socialists are hypocrites says:

    I can’t recall anybody holding parties to celebrate Crow’s death though or hoping that he burn in hell etc etc as the left did with Thatcher.

  60. 60
    Me says:

    I’d prefer it if it was the Grim Reaper.

  61. 61
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Harriet, high court judges and others now protest that they never ordered the PIE and it was not a good pie.

  62. 62
    was it something I said? says:

    I’m not sure using 5th formers on work experience to sign up more postal voters is entirely ethical Ned.

  63. 63
    Chuka's Ibiza White House says:

    Most of July is booked but Parliament is in recess

    http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p418744

  64. 64
    Don't misuse apostrophes says:

    Five year old’s what? No apostrophe needed in a non-possessive plural.

  65. 65
    Pleb says:

    Sanctions on Russia for illegally occupying Crimea. No sanctions on Isr@el for illegally occupying the West bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

    I wonder if Mr Cameron can explain?

  66. 66
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    A fitting send off for Bob Crow would be for the gravediggers to go on strike.

    It would be just like the late 70s all over again :-)

  67. 67
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    That’s how we roll in Salford.

    let the lie become the truth.
    Caroline Flint once said on a 5 ;live interview that 1 in 3 people had taken out a payday loan. ONE IN THREE. so 20,000,000 odd payday loans ?
    It went uncorrected.

  68. 68
    Garfield says:

    Mum,Mum there is a man in a dirty brown mac asking me to see his fiscal deficit.

  69. 69
    Owen Jones says:

    BAN ALL IMMIGRANTS!

  70. 70
    Lord Duckhouse of Pondlife says:

    It’s quoted as “a debt, er, a deficit” – sounded to me like “a debt AND a deficit”.

  71. 71
    Garfield says:

    That’s easy because Isr@el has aright to be there.

  72. 72
    Trigger says:

    Yes. Its pretty simple. if you start a war and lose, you don’t necessarily get back the territory you lost when you started that war.

    For examples see – Syria. Egypt. Jordan. Lebanon for examples of countries who fucked up and then wanted to change the rules.

  73. 73
    was it something I said? says:

    A fitting sendoff would be for the funeral directors to leave him and the rest of the entourage lying/milling around on a tube platform for two days.

    Because they want more money. And less dead people to bury.

  74. 74
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    It’s been given his stamp of approval.

  75. 75
    Blowing Whistles 1 says:

    i am sorry to cut across many of the above comments – but Chukka in his own mind actually is ‘correct’ – ‘he does believe it’, ‘he needs to believe it’, ‘he wants to believe it’ he has to believe it’ and in order to maintain his position ‘atop the pile .. ….’ along with so many others who know SFA about SFA – otherwise Chukka may as well give up ‘living the big fat labour lie’ and go and do a eal job – N’est pas?

  76. 76
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Chukka is such a naughty Fukka !

  77. 77
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    Labour were never in power. If you listen or watch the BBC they will convince you that Gordon Brown was never at the helm of our economy when it crashed and it was ‘Fachur’ and the current coalition that caused all the problems.

  78. 78
    Bill Quango MP says:

    We are discussing your parties criminal destruction of the nation’s finances.

    What are you discussing?

  79. 79
    ICouldn'tPossiblySayThat says:

    Hmm.

    Sounds like a Prime Minister in the making.

  80. 80
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Is there a PIE shop nearby?

  81. 81
    was it something I said? says:

    Fatcha and the banks.

    Labour have been air-brushed from all culpability.

  82. 82
    BBC Revisionist says:

    That’s right.

  83. 83
    Morgan's Organ says:

    What a total numb skull and yet so arrogant in his ignorance. Send him to Brussels immediately he’ll do well there.

  84. 84
    Chukka Umbrella says:

    I don’t really believe it. Remember I’m not some brass band, tin bath, outside bog labour troglodyte. I’ve always been Islington Man .

    So no, I just pretend to believe it. But I know its bollox.

  85. 85
    Gordo Brown - (retd) says:

    No you fvck, I , repeat, I saved the world, you are just the afterbirth

  86. 86
    Look after the apostrophe says:

    *Your party’s.

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Lies going unchallanged, Unions, the BBC, global warming, windmills, the EU.

    There is a common theme here.

    Socialism.

  88. 88
    Gooey Blob says:

    I don’t really know what Chuka’s game is. If he wants the respect of the country at large he needs to resign from Labour’s front bench and start to tell the truth about where Labour went wrong, where Ed is still going wrong and why Labour can only win from a centre-left position rather than the position they currently occupy on the medium to hard left.

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Apart from Neil, the BBC is clueless.

    And with a record like that he must be in line to be sacked.

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Plus he should get control of the conduct of his Daily Politics show.It was turned into a Maria Eagle rant today due to her continual interruptions. She needs to be told by Brillo to remain quiet until asked to comment with her views.
    Similarly for other users of the “interrupt” method when they don’t like the answer to a question that is not put to them.
    The squeaker has it right;the answers must be heard.

  91. 91
    Thrashing says:

    A former Conservative councillor told a court he saw a man “thrashing around” to get free from MP Nigel Evans on a night out in Blackpool.

    Mark Famosa told Preston Crown Court he had to push Mr Evans off the alleged victim in a bar in the resort during the 2003 Conservative Party Conference.

    He asked a colleague what was going on and was told “that’s just Nigel”.

    Mr Famosa told jurors Mr Evans was getting “closer and closer to the young man, uncomfortably close in my view” and that his nose was almost touching the alleged victim’s nose.

    He said: “I saw the younger man thrashing around very violently from side to side trying to wrench himself free from Mr Evans’ grip.

    “Mr Evans had his hand down the front of his trousers and was maintaining his grip and it seemed obvious that the younger man was not able to get him off him.

    “I intervened, along with several others, in order to assist the younger man to get Mr Evans off him.

    “We pulled him off and pushed him back towards the bar.”

  92. 92
    Angie the Eagle says:

    It was I, not my brother Maria.

  93. 93
    Ed Ballls says:

    When I’m chancellor, can you let me borow a couple as interns?

  94. 94
    Blowing Whistles 1 says:

    You could say you are a ‘Pretender’

    Pre “Tending” to the sheep that are the Labour voters who know not what marxism truly entails – and just like so many lib dems and conservatives who are also Pre “Tending” to their own flocks of sheep.

  95. 95
    B. Rrownose. says:

    Hate to admit it, but guido is fairly balanced when it comes to commenting on all things UKIP. I do not expect this will last come the elections.

  96. 96
    M.Clifford says:

    Repeat after me Chuka: “Cock”

  97. 97
    Fiona says:

    “Do you think that he should be sacked, Hugh?”
    “Thank you Fiona, I’m not quite sure. Let me ask Nick.”
    “Nick, what do you think?”
    “Thank, you Hugh. Well he always has been clueless on economics but I’ll hand you back for more on that to Fiona”.
    “Thank you, Nick” and thank you Hugh”……and so it goes on.

  98. 98
    It's the cover up that gets em says:

  99. 99
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I don’t do apostrophes. Apart from that last one.

  100. 100
    Gooey Blob says:

    Balls has been in hiding for quite some time. If only Labour could hide Miliband as effectively they might stand a chance in 2015.

  101. 101
    Blowing Whistles 1 says:

    As of the DM yesterday – when exactly did Conor Burns and his militant politicised homo mafia mates become aware of / know of the 2003 acts – which the DM failed to point to?

  102. 102
    Thrashing says:

    The trousers were covered up.

  103. 103
    Chukka Umbrella says:

    That sounds about right. But keep it between us. I wouldn’t want The Trash to discover what i really think of them.

  104. 104
    David B says:

    And the facts matter because

  105. 105
    YorkshireLad says:

    God, I’d hate it if he ran a business.

  106. 106
    Im Voting UKIP says:

    Give Chukka a break…. He’s a fuck-wit, an economic fruitcake and a loon with no business experience.

  107. 107
    And our MPs said Hear Hear? says:

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    Not if you factor in affirmative action quota hire.

  109. 109
    Rob says:

    A knee in the fucker’s bollocks, game over. He’d never press charges, as then the whole sordid story would come out.

    Perhaps a double Alan Pardew on the nose too for good measure.

  110. 110
    Gay Mafia says:

  111. 111
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    What does a good response mean? Not an accurate description from a shadow chancellor. There again Balls has no idea on accuracy.
    Seems Ummuna follows Balls lead.

  112. 112
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Ed Miliband is a man of fudge and confusion.

  113. 113
    Piston broke says:

    +1

  114. 114
    Gooey Blob says:

    Is this the state of the local Labour representation in Ed’s seat? No wonder Ed’s out of the public eye, he’ll need all the help he can get to retain his seat. Maybe he could get a job selling payday loans?

    Labour lead now down to 3%.

  115. 115
    Die Bob Die says:

    Somewhat ironic that it was his tubes not working that killed him.

  116. 116
    Rabid dribbler says:

    Ed is a man??? Well there you go, you learn something new everyday…

  117. 117
    The Bogeyman is very VERY real says:

    Lock up your children, there’s a prospective Labour MP on the doorstep.

  118. 118
    Blowing Whistles 1 says:

    It could quite reasonably be stated therefore that – having come into the knowledge of Evans’ conduct Conor Burns MP may well have used that knowledge to further his own career ends for keeping quiet about it … Oh dear the plot thickens doesn’t it?

  119. 119
  120. 120

    maybe you could, I can’t afford it.

  121. 121
    Al Zimmers Campell Strategy says:

    Lie about the debt & deficit. If you tell a lie long enough the fools will believe it!

    Labour are closed to business! That is the reality.

  122. 122
    Penis in each armpit says:

    H Harmskids did a good job today for the coalition, what a total dork this person is (I cant describe as a woman).

  123. 123
    Peter Grimes says:

    That’s the point, Al JaBeeBa’s, and ZaNuLaBs’ chosen audience will have heard the lie and will believe it – I’ve heard enough of the fuckwits claim that they didn’t run a deficit during their 13 year misrule to believe that it is done deliberately.

    Perhaps Guido can prompt Brillo to ask Chucky to put the record straight next time he grills him.

  124. 124
    Lucretia Burger says:

    You’re a cupid stunt Chukker — bend over so I can ram this strap-on up your arse

  125. 125
    Nigel Garage says:

    Of course they had both a debt and a deficit the whole time they weren’t following Tory spending plans. Labour are effing awful lying shits of the very first water.

  126. 126
    Tastebud Tony says:

    So the red line tastes like strawberries, the green one lime, I’m confused about the blue one..

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Chukka your money away. OMG the depths of ignorance displayed.
    The annoying thing is that the fcukwit Tories are set to double in 5 years the debt that lousy labour ran up in 10.

    The totally annoying thing is that our dumb & profligate have run this country at a deficit ( that’s spending more than you raise in taxes, Mr Chukka YouMoonbat,) for 30 of the last 34 years.

    The fatally annoying part is that this benefits only politicians & banksters, as Soapy Joe Public has to pay interest on the increasing debt.

    That’s the total of all the yearly deficits, Mr Chukka YouMoron.

    I need a pint. Our democracy is bollixed if this is the quality hoping to run our country.

  128. 128
    nmj says:

    I doubt he could run a bath.

  129. 129
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    They will :(

  130. 130
    John Bellingham says:

    I think that the Labour Training School for Annoying Slags has instituted a course module on “Keep interrupting” to augment their “Keep Shouting” and “Keep refusing to answer a question” segments.
    They all do it, Rachel Foghorn, The one that looks like her, Harriet Harmaphrodite, Caroline (I’ve got a little arab sprog that I keep secret) Flintstone and even the otherwise totally shagable Stella Greasy-Pole have the same annoying techniques. If these women had to make their way in private enterprise they wouldn’t get further than customer service at Tesco.

  131. 131
    John Bellingham says:

    There is a new UKIP smear emerging–that Nigel has sex with women. The Libs/Labs/Cons/Greengages have not realised yet that outside of Westminster and the BBC, this is not really considered to be a bad thing.

  132. 132
    ' denotes missing letter(s) says:

    It’s a pity there’s rules that work and those that don’t.

  133. 133
    Lefties Go Home says:

    Why do they seem to think Chuk-up is a popular politician? He’s as robotic and unintelligible as Red Ed and Ballsderdash. And just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, up springs Sadiq Khan to usher in a new era of union bullying under the next Labour government: “…What a great legacy for Bob Crow if next Labour Government can increase collective bargaining for future generations”. Fucking nora!

  134. 134
    parisclaims says:

    Any government that spends more than they take should be disqualified from running for office for at least 10 years. It’s MPs should have all of their assets sequestrated and it’s ministers should go to jail. One exception….inward invasion.
    It’s the only way to stop them, nothing else will do.

  135. 135
    Clarkksonn says:

    It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t immediately start crying, whining and playing the put-upon-feminist card when anyone tries to squeeze a word in when they are ranting.

    As always with the left, it is their utter, blatant hypocrisy that really makes you want to string them up.

  136. 136
    Gordon "PRUDENT" Brown says:

    I was never thought of as prudent.

    I merely went around saying I was prudent for a couple of years while I blindly followed the previous Tory government’s spending plans.

    To me, being prudent meant being a Tory.

    Then I went completely doo-fucking-lally and spent a trillion.

  137. 137
    Son of FFS says:

    It’s iniquity.

  138. 138
    Son of FFS says:

    +1

  139. 139
    Spartan says:

    It’s an excellent way to turn a society of warriors into a supply of slaves.

  140. 140
    now that's magic! says:

    They were never too clear about what their economic miracle relied upon, were they?

    Neo-endogenous growth theory didn’t even feature that much.

  141. 141
    Anonymous says:

    Chuka is a politician
    Chuka was speaking therefore
    Chuka was lying

    It’s not complicated now is it

  142. 142
    plodski says:

    “those who like cabbage eat well”
    ?

  143. 143
    William The Conqueror says:

    That’s true!

  144. 144
    BBC Kontroller says:

    Tony Blair wasn’t a real Labour person. He was really a tory.

  145. 145
    Look after the apostrophe says:

    * its MPs and its ministers – it’s is a contraction of ‘it is’ and ‘it has’.

  146. 146
    Graham says:

    Umunna is just a thick fucking Hunt.

  147. 147
    Nemesis says:

    Now how about a graph showing what the Tories have spent, borrowed and done with quantitative easing (printing money) since they came to power.

  148. 148
    Peeker Boo says:

    Is that bag lady in the background Ed’s minder from HQ?

  149. 149
    Sacre bleu says:

    French is obviously not your strongest suit. N’est-ce pas?

  150. 150
    A wood Chuck says:

    What!!! … and get off the gravy train and perks??? Are you mad??

  151. 151
    Tory Barman says:

    Must be blue cheese then.

  152. 152
    parisclaims says:

    Sorry, I worked in a greengrocer’s when I was young.

  153. 153
    dave says:

    Yeah, fuck him.

  154. 154
    Hugh Janus says:

    Sex with women…? I thought kids were more Labour’s thing? Slice of pie, anyone?

  155. 155
    Tim Yeo says:

    That’s right, those of us unfairly smeared by him can attest that it was only because we weren’t UKIP. Had he been balanced, I would have been left alone, as I should have been.

  156. 156
    anonymouse says:

    And of course the Spectator figures take no account of that brilliant wheeze the PFI swindle that build sparkling new hospitals and schools in marginal Labour seats.

    Nothing like buying the votes of marginal taxpayers.

  157. 157
    MagicFlute says:

    Thought it almost compulsory that MPs had sex with their researchers/secretaries/interns. Guess the trade off is employing your spouse and keeping the money in the family, difficult call for the member (so to speak).

  158. 158
    Cleggy says:

    Balls is a complete and utter tosser, a complete waste of oxygen. He only goes to show how bereft of talent the Labour Party is.

  159. 159
    MagicFlute says:

    They inherited a surplus and took a surprisingly long time (3 years) to turn the economy around to run in serious deficit mode, and then began spending like a Russian Oligarch with terminal cancer.


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“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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