March 14th, 2014

Newsnight Hire Pro-Labour TUC Wonk as Economics Editor

newsnightStephanie “Two Eds” Flanders used to annoy Tory MPs when she was the economics pundit on Newsnight, before her the quasi-Marxist Paul Mason had them shouting at the telly. Well imagine how they are going to react to the news that the TUC’s senior economist Duncan Weldon has been hired as her replacement. Weldon is a former Labour Party staffer who has blogged for the Fabian Society, Left Foot Forward and written a series of posts praising Labour politicians and attacking the Tories on LabourList. If that were not enough he also writes regularly for the Owen Jones launched and Unite-funded CLASS think tank. Guido looks forward to his fair and balanced reporting…

BBC sources say that it would be unfair to blame the former Guardian deputy-editor Ian Katz who is now Newsnight’s editor for the hire as James Harding (ex-Times editor) signs off the hires. Katz seems sensitive to complaints about the politics of Newsnight:

It is clearly provocative in a pre-election year to hire a well known Labour Party advocate for the position when the economy is going to be the central election issue. The BBC’s Charter is up for review in 2017. Conservative HQ will be as suspicious as ever of the BBC…

UPDATE: Livid Tory spokesman: “Highly questionable appointment. Arthur Scargill would be a more objective appointment.”

UPDATE II: Duncan Weldon ran as a candidate for the Labour Party in Crouch End, Haringey in the 2010 elections.

UPDATE III: Duncan Weldon was the economic adviser to Harriet Harman when she was acting leader of the Labour Party. This might just lead some to question his objectivity in reporting on Labour’s forthcoming 2015 manifesto.

UPDATE IV:


191 Comments

  1. 1
    Quelle surprise! says:

    Quelle surprise!

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    • 3
      lojolondon says:

      Well, Conservative HQ has their chance – but they will blow it – and keep the propaganda wing of the Liebour party in their £6 Billion a year clover, too scared to act.

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    • 9
      Something better to do says:

      I won’t be watching.

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      • 95
        Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

        They must scrap the tv tax now.

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        • 145
          Sooth Sayer, saying sooth says:

          It’s Cameron’s fault for being such a spineless, useless, bum-sexing, heir to B£lair, wet moron.

          The very first thing he should have done was to neutralise the BBC.

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    • 27
      Anonymous says:

      Do you recon they will plant stooges against the LIBCON like they always do on Question Time against UKIP.

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      • 36
        I'm paid by the EU and CCHQ to smear UKIP says:

        Yep, it is an interesting story, and I might have missed it, but I couldn’t see the obvious cheap UKIP smear anywhere in the story ?

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    • 41
      Most sane people think it says:

      The BBC is basically a 24hr a day election broadcast for the Labour party paid.

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    • 53
      Witty Moniker says:

      On the plus side, no-one watches Newsnight anyway apart from us sad political anoraks.

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      • 82
        A political anorak says:

        No, even I won’t watch that biased rubbish anymore

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        • 89
          jgm2 says:

          It doesn’t matter that you don’t watch it. It becomes self-referential for the BBC.

          So this c*unt will get Ned Balls on TV and bowl him a few underarms and fail to challenge any of his utter fucking shit. Then the BBC news will show Ned effortlessly pumping out his pre-prepared soundbites instead of stuttering his way through a proper fucking interview.

          ‘Yesterday on Newsnight Ed Balls explained why Labour’s policies are great and the Tories are rubbish….’

          ‘And now the weather where you are.’

          This is the fucking problem. we seen it during The Imbecility when Marr used to have cosy chats with Labour front-benchers which would then become ‘news’. ‘News’ on the BBC and ‘news’ in the papers.

          Where is the interviewer who just laughs in Ned Balls face?

          ‘Oh come on, You have to be joking, why would anybody trust Labour but particularly YOU with the UK economy?’

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        • 92
          was it something I said? says:

          It doesn’t matter that you don’t watch it. It becomes self-referential for the BBC.

          So this c*unt will get Ned Balls on TV and bowl him a few underarms and fail to challenge any of his utter fucking shit. Then the BBC news will show Ned effortlessly pumping out his pre-prepared soundbites instead of stuttering his way through a proper fucking interview.

          ‘Yesterday on Newsnight Ed Balls explained why Labour’s policies are great and the Tories are rubbish….’

          ‘And now the weather where you are.’

          This is the fucking problem. We seen it during The Imbecility when Marr used to have cosy chats with Labour front-benchers which would then become ‘news’. ‘News’ on the BBC and ‘news’ in the papers.

          Where is the interviewer who just laughs in Ned Balls face?

          ‘Oh come on, You have to be joking, why would anybody trust Labour but particularly YOU with the UK economy?’

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          • Lord Mooncrater says:

            Marr still has cosy chats with Labour Party Marxist cants on his Sunday Morning shows. Last week it was the ugly hag Joan Bakewell. I nearly fell out of my sofa when I discovered that she is a Labour peer in the HoL.

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    • 91
      frenchjohn says:

      Exactement. The Beeb hiring a commie. Shirley Knott.

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    • 97
      Táxpáyér says:

      Flat earther for geography correspondent next?
      Creationist for biology correspondent next?

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    • 99
      broderick crawford says:

      the ears have it .

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    • 144
      Myfanwy says:

      I wonder why they do not employ someone from CCHQ, I am sure there would be balanced reporting then, Fawkesy could have tendered for the jobbie, all jobs in government run organisations have to advertise their jobs haven’t they? When is the Master going to give you a political slot on Sky or the Sun, the Times is too intellectual or thinks it is, Geedes, could be be the start of the big money.

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      • 180
        j1hadistguestcolumnists 'R'us bridger says:

        Yourfanny, Beeb jobs are advertised exclusively in one newspaper only. Which title is it whose idea of fair and balanced copy bears little resemblance to the conventionally-understood models of fairness and balance? Take your time.

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      • 188
        The Critic says:

        Any Lefty talking about economics should appear on Jackanory. Much more appropriate place.

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    • 190
      Anonymous says:

      Institutionally corrupt

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  2. 2
    Ian Katz says:

    McAlpine was somehow involved though.

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    • 28
      PC DIXON says:

      So whats the problem – NO ONE WATCHES THE PROGRAM ANY MORE

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    • 29
      Blowing Whistles says:

      It’s a family kinda like thing yeu know!

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      • 157
        Only chavs shop at Tesco says:

        A friend of mine suffered from insomnia for 17 years. I recommended he watch Newsnight, which I gave up on six years ago, and his problem disappeared in less than a week.

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  3. 4
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    It gets worse by the day. The BBC no longer pretends that it is fair and unbiased Time the socialist monolith was consigned to history and sold off.

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  4. 5
    ancientpopeye says:

    “Conservative HQ will be as suspicious as ever of the BBC…”
    but will do absolutely nothing about it….again.

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    • 83
      Tony says:

      Time they ripped the BBC to shreds.

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      • 93
        JH-230912384590231-1 says:

        Hopefully making license evasion a civil offense is the start of this.

        Banning the loan-sharkey threatening letters would be a good next step.

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      • 96
        We are untouchable and we know it says:

        Too late. Far too late. You won’t dare do a thing before 2015 and after 2015 it will be too late because we will have reinstated our masters who will not only protect us, but will let us increase the licence fee and let us apply the telly tax to computers and catch up tv services.

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    • 163
      ned ludd says:

      They could always hire alike Campbell to show them how it’s done. But these are one term Tories lining their pockets and fixing up good jobs for post 2015. All scum.

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  5. 6
    Owen Jones says:

    The Guardian is the newspaper wing of the BBC, and the Labour party is the political wing.

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  6. 7
    Jacko says:

    Newsnight really needs a health warning – “Please note this entire programme is produced, edited and presented by paid up members of the Labour Party

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    • 11
      Warm milk and a bicky says:

      Utterly irrelevant, then

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    • 15
      C.O.Jones says:

      Newsnight, Question Time and most of anything the BBC do has been reduced to leftie shite.

      Why watch this bias? Why pay for it as well. If you don’t have the balls to stand up to the henchmen contracted to collect the BBC tax – then don’t complain about it.

      Youtube has dozens of vids telling the BBC tax collectors where to go – and in no uncertain terms either.

      I have not paid the BBC tax for over six years now, its a great feeling of enrichment. Never again will they defraud me of my money.

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      • 21
        A Right Fucking Bastard says:

        I’ve just cancelled my direct debit.

        Fuck ‘em. Fuck the lot of ‘em, the fucking Leftie jizzwads.

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        • 37
          C.O.Jones says:

          Just be prepared for the “visit” by the devious lying people that collect the BBC tax.

          I suggest you look up the youtube vids and be prepared for what may come. Some people on youtube have balls of steel and know exactly how to counter these people. People need to learn from them.

          Be prepared, thats all I am saying.

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          • Right Full Rudder says:

            I cancelled mine last July and not a peep from them since then. I think so many people have cancelled lately they can’t cope.

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          • Garfield says:

            Had all the letters with all the threats, Got a visit from one of them about a year ago, politely told him I do not see people without an appointment.
            Still get the odd letter bin them.

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          • JH-230912384590231-1 says:

            You’d be unlucky to get a knock on the door more than once every two years. If you are out during working hours, you won’t even know about it.

            Just say nothing. They have about as much right to be there as a double glazing salesman. They are nothing. Say nothing.

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          • Bad Ilimend says:

            I haven’t paid for years.

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          • Derrick T Tuggle says:

            write to the BBC and tell them that you have removed your consent for implied access to your property, they can’t set foot on your land then.

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    • 25
      + says:

      Public Political Broadcasts “This is a party political broadcasts” should be placed at the beginning of newsnight until a balanced reporting is consistently achieved.

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  7. 8
    Another nail in the BBC's coffin says:

    Good job hardly anyone watches it.

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  8. 10
    bergen says:

    And so we all have to pay his salary under pain of criminal sanction. No point the Tories complaining- they’ve done nothing about it in the last 4 years.

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  9. 13
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    The BBC should be gift to its employees as a workers cooperative. The license fee abolished, so they can raise their income any way they want other than through quasi taxation. Also gifted should be their £2 billion pension black hole. Then we can see the real value of all at Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation.

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    • 137
      Sick of hearing about Benn says:

      Talking of workers cooperatives reminds me of the utterly shambolic Meriden Motorcycle Cooperative of the 1970s-a failing company’s workforce was encouraged to run the firm on ‘workplace democracy and ownership’ principles, ending of course in chaos and eventual oblivion. The industry minister who encouraged this crap was one Wedgie Benn.

      The good news is that the Triumph brand has been saved and is now very successful-under private ownership.

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  10. 16
    who why what where when says:

    Viewing figures will plummet even further.
    Shame that what used to be a decent news
    analysis programme has been hijacked by the
    left.

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  11. 18
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC aren’t even pretending anymore.

    They presumably have a grubby deal with Labour to keep the TV Poll tax after 2017

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  12. 20
    Skeleton bob says:

    It was a tough choice, him or Gordon Brown.

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  13. 22
    PDubya says:

    When will Cameron wake up to the fact that the BBC is waging unrestricted media warfare on the tories and does not give the proverbial fxxk what the conservative party thinks.

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    • 46
      Most sane people think it says:

      Cast Iron dave really doesn’t give a fcuk because he is not a Conservative.

      As long as his father in laws windmills which pay £500,000 pa keep on paying he doesn’t care. The man is devoid of beliefs and is a tumbleweed blowing in the wind.

      My cat litter tray has more ethics and ideology than lying spoon face dave.

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      • 142
        English Heretic says:

        PDubya, you think Cameron gives a shit about unrestricted warfare on the Tories?
        He has brought a whole new level of meaning to the term ‘5th columnist’ as an inside wrecker!

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  14. 23
    The Spineless Twat in Number 10 says:

    Yes I’m suspicious, but I’m far too busy to do anything. Toodle pip!

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    • 49
      Most sane people think it says:

      History will look on dave as the most sucessfull PM the UK ever had at playing Angry Birds on the Ipad 2.

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      • 61
        Dessert Rat says:

        A lot of angry birds have been twatted by his father in laws windmills!

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        • 165
          ned ludd says:

          I’d like to see that etonian bummer, sorry clegg, and the teste
          with the irritating speech defect play hopscotch in a minefield. And while we’re about it, feck Benn, and Thatcher too. They were cnuts an all.

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  15. 24
    C.O.Jones says:

    Chris Patten – what a joke of a man! Useless in all respects except one, by giving free reign to the BBC politicos he is ensuring its demise.

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    • 52
      Witty Moniker says:

      Chris Patten’s probably doesn’t even notice the bias. At best he was a wet Tory (i.e appeaser of the Left) at worst he’s a closet Trot himself.

      He’ll be all “oh but the BBC is the envy of the world … world class programmes … David Attenborough …” blah blah f*cking blah

      I have a choice length of wall ready for the f*cking lot of ‘em, and some nice comfy chairs for the machine gunners. (Go on, you know they’d do the same to us.)

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    • 148
      Sooth Sayer, saying sooth says:

      Patten doesn’t give a fuck – he’s old, past it and has eaten and drunk himself into obese moron-hood. The useless c#nt probably doesn’t even know what year it is any more.

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    • 166
      ned ludd says:

      But isn’t he a Tory?

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  16. 26
    Stephen Brown says:

    The BBC no longer cares about stitch-ups like this because no-one ever does anything about it. Since the Katz stitch-up why is anyone surprised?
    I would be happy to contribute to a fund which took them to court for the infringement of their charter. Anyone else?

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  17. 31
    Arthur Scargill says:

    “Highly questionable appointment. Arthur Scargill would be a more objective appointment.”

    Well I’m very flattered, but fortunately the BBC do a much better job at bias than I ever could.

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    • 76
      Spartacus says:

      Did you hear about the triple dip recession.?

      It was on radio four morning proogramme a wee while ago.
      And, do you know, the tories dont believe it happened.

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  18. 32
    Gaydar Dave Camoron says:

    I need to keep the BBC as it is to achieve my ambition of a Labour landslide in 2015.

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  19. 33
    Gerbil 7 says:

    BBC hire lefty – sorry, why is this even news any more?
    Privatise the BBC.

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  20. 34
    Troughing Mediocrities R Us says:

    Fear not – Maria Miller is on the case.

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  21. 35
    and another thing says:

    Ffs, the BBC are an absolute fucking shower, a joke, a parody of a dodgy soviet collective , a tyranny of worn out ideas defunct of any notions of honour and fairness, the fucking pitts of the world. I fucking despise these self righteous pricks.

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  22. 38
    Political rose coloured glasses for sale says:

    Stopped watching Newsnight ages ago, it’s just Liebours in house magazine, paid for by the public, so no change.

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  23. 42
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    He only got the job coz Bob Crow was not available.

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  24. 45
    bye bye says:

    Looks like BBC need to call time on Newsnight due to an on going inability to offer impartial political reporting.

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    • 57
      Royal Charter, my arse. says:

      It’s about time we called time on the BBC, it has been irretrievably infiltrated by lefty ideology for decades now and is beyond redemption. This shit is even worse than rising damp, only a complete demolition will do the job.

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  25. 47
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    …the plane’s tail fell off, but grew again…

    …mysterious rays from the sky shrunk the plane to about 300 mm long… something is *ahem* afoot.

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    • 60
      Blowing Windows says:

      It was a Je[][‘sh layers death ray funded by the CIA and the mafia and the scrabble players of Austria

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      • 67
        G Fawkes, pol blogger says:

        It was the gay mafia drilling gloryholes in the toilet.

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        • 74
          Blowing Windows says:

          No! If you read this link to 23,500 pages of rantings from a loony on the internet you’ll see it was the J-ws and the lawyers and the j=w lawyers and the CIA that destroyed that plane to make money in an unspecified manner that I can’t articulate with any coherence but feel sure must be the case because .. its what they do. Tinfoil on.

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          • ned ludd says:

            Gfs. You need tinfoil to read this blog anyway. Just wear it on the extreme right of your shaved head. Seig heil and all that, old chap. Here’s a rib buster: fluoride. Laugh, thought I’d never start.

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  26. 50
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    Jeez BW’s comment just disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle !!!!

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    • 101
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Good evening mr Obsessive. How are your lifetime blinkers wearing today – thinner [al la Milispeak]?

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    • 103
      Blowing Whistles says:

      i only posited a conspiracy theory about them A Wac(o)s and summit about radars being interfeered with and mobis still working and pepole from an ele.ctronicks co knowing a thing or two …

      but hey who knows

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      • 118
        Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

        Obviously onto something … Murdoch read it and Netinyahoo gave him the OK for Mr Fawrkes to remove your post lest anyone read it and took to the streets.

        Not sure if my little joke: 300mm = something afoot, deserved being ignored though.

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        • 127
          Blowing Whistles says:

          The subtlety of the 300mm / foot passed over my radar ‘initially’ but yeah not bad. That ‘that comment’ – just ‘disappeared’ is highly questionable.

          But by disappearing it – with many of you having seen it – begs even more questions over the content of the comment. To disappear it so quickly was some jerk ‘panicking’ SOMEWHERE and perhaps with something to hide. Governments do not tell the people the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The Political pygmies throughout Europe are clearly and evidentially ‘shown to be’ puppets.

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  27. 51
    Anonymous says:

    I stopped watching Newsnight & all BBC current affairs & news programmes. I don’t miss them one little bit. How many people watch Labournight now anyway, 500k approximately? The day the BBC turns commercial, as it must, these highly paid left wing wallies will be in for a shock!

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  28. 54
    Turn off the BBC and Vote UKIP says:

    Turn off the BBC and Vote UKIP.

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  29. 56
    Bill Quango MP says:

    They really don’t care , do they? not even a pretence of impartiality anymore.
    Where is Jacqui Smith these days? Head of Cebeebies? The beeb were desperate to find tubby Jaqui a home.

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  30. 59
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    Don’t forget Allegra Stratton who is off on maternity at the moment. She’s another Guardian lefty at the BBC and I think Laura Kunnesberg is also a lefty.

    Of course the Tories only have themselves to blame, they put fat pang in charge at the BBC instead of Lord Tebbit.

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    • 66
      Bill Quango MP says:

      Imagine if the Tories really has told the BBC

      “We’ve interviewed George Monbiot, Polly Toynbee, Germaine Greer, Shami Chakribati and Paddy Ashdown and Lord Steel. But we’ve decided Its got to be Lord Tebbit.. He’s confirmed his appointment and says he’s coming straight round. right now… And he sounded like someone who’s got a lot to do in very little time .. best stay out his way for a couple of years..until he calms down…”

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      • 170
        ned ludd says:

        Tebbit is a speed reader. He went through three storeys in two seconds at Brighton. Mega lolz, eh?

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    • 73
      SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      They no longer even bother to hide the blatant bias ,confident in the knowledge that 90% of the population are totally oblivious to it, having been fed a remorseless diet of Eastenders ,Strictly come dancing, the X factor and the rest of the mindless moronic dross that they churn out .

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      • 104
        Táxpáyér says:

        Soaps, Light entertainment shows and talent shows can only be funded by force, unlike ITV which doesn’t run any of the above, nor innovate with the shows first…

        oh.

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  31. 63
    Sometime soon says:

    Break it up and sell it off!

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  32. 64
    C O (Ξ6) says:

    Talks on U failed in London – looks like game on for war.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/14/russia-west-collision-course-ukraine-talks-fail-london

    Smart money is on 17th-18th for invasion to start.

    Something on the border before then to trigger is possible.

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    • 129
      Blowing Whistles says:

      The only colli.zi.on course is that of the collapse of the fucking bent financial world and of these ‘created’ debts – created to enslave perople through ‘economic strangleholds’. The collapse of the IMF the ECB and the daily b/s out of Lon city central is quite and very long overdue! [Did i say due?]

      The International eh of the west says Kerry – fuck off Kerry you are the sin of your own fathers delusions and of his and your own duplicity for all of your life.

      Take Benn – he ‘believed’ all of his life of this created ‘construct’ labelled socialism. Who the fuck do you think ‘created’ the construct as a win-win for them either way?

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  33. 65
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    I have to say I’m very impressed with all the lefties pegging it at the moment.

    Mongdela
    Crow
    Benn

    Who next?

    Scargill has to be favourite, followed by Blair and Brown.

    Fuck I’m running out of champers lefties.

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  34. 72
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC is hardly going to give the job to a Tory boy. Same as the new Sky political editor is not going to be some left wing fucknut.

    Jobs for the boys/girls/Hunts

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  35. 75
    Nick says:

    “Duncan Weldon was the economic adviser to Harriet Harman when she was acting leader of the Labour Party.”

    Surely Labour leaders don’t need an economic adviser? “Tax and spend” is imprinted on their brain.

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  36. 78

    So they should have gone for an economics expert who doesn’t support Labour?

    Are there such people?

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    • 81
      Bill Quango MP says:

      The entire business world seems to think so.

      For some reason only the BBC seems to think Trades unionist, Marxist economists know how business and finance works.

      As demonstrated so succinctly by the success stories that are Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina.

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      • 88
        empty supermarket shelf watch says:

        And of course, Ed” I’m sorry I fucked the economy”Balls.

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        • 98
          was it something I said? says:

          No. He’s not sorry he fuckedd the economy. He’s ‘sorry’ that he didn’t do more to stop the bankers fucking the economy.

          Suddenly it’s not his fault for borrowing and squandering all the fucking loot. He’s not sorry for that.

          It’s become a sin of omission rather than commission.

          Blair did the same thing.

          He wasn’t sorry for Iraq. He wishes he’d been more pro-active with the massive majorities he had. It’s text-book management biullshit.

          ‘Would you say you have any faults?’

          ‘Yes, I’m a perfectionist, I’m too hard on myself when things aren’t perfect. I push myself too hard. I’m a workah*ol*ic’

          The c*unt Brown, stammering and slack-jawing his way through his quitting speech, flanked by the mass-ranks of his human-shield wife and kids, did the same. Tossing on about being PM giving you the opportunity to do great things which, naturally, was what he, in his understated and consensual way, had hoped to achieve.

          The Hunts always want to do more of the same wrong fucking thing.

          It’s not that they were ‘wrong’ you see. They just weren’t doing the wrong thing hard enough for long enough.

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    • 86
      Hot Dog says:

      Plenty.

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    • 120
      Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

      Not one of his best.

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    • 189
      The Critic says:

      Very probably. Labour and economics expert are not words I would have expected to be side by side. Very amuisng Jimmy.

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  37. 79
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Grow a pair and stop paying the telly tax.

    I haven’t paid it for 9 years.

    I still get the odd letter addressed to “The Legal Occupier”, but as i know of no such person i burn them in the fireplace :-)

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  38. 80
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Miliband should call on the government to abolish the telly tax, so as to ease the cost of living for the poor and squeezed middle :-)

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  39. 84
    Border Terrier says:

    Mr Mumsnet has no shame.

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  40. 85
    #heathy habits says:

    Giving up watching the baying, thicko lefty audience on Question Time years ago did my blood pressure the world of good.

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  41. 87
    A political anorak says:

    Shame the BBC ended up this way.
    I’m not paying a penny more toward it.
    They can stick their license fee up their hole.

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  42. 90
    Gooey Blob says:

    What is going on at the BBC? Do they seriously believe this is a wise appointment? The TUC are well to the left even of Ed Miliband, the most left-wing Labour leader in decades! I presume that the corporation will now balance this out by appointing Norman Tebbit to report on TUC and internal Labour party issues?

    The BBC does not know the difference between objective and subjective.

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  43. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Good grief.

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  44. 106
    Raptor says:

    The BBC is a leftist organization that belongs to the soft end of the public sector. Beeboids are cushioned from reality by thick wads of the tax-payers’ money. Like all parasites, they imagine that their snug world is the only one that exists.

    The only remedy is to cut off their leech system. Abolish the TV Licence fee.

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  45. 107
    Anonymous says:

    “Ours”

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    • 147
      UKIP for me says:

      Weldon will feel right at home with all the other left wing BBC employees, perhaps they could form a club?

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  46. 108
    Anonymous says:

    100% Lefty loon.

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  47. 109
    Anonymous says:

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  48. 110
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    The BBC, institutionally psuedo socialist. But how can you be socialist / pro-labour when you get a 6 figure salary, and live in Primrose Hill?
    Up the working class!

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  49. 111
    Dame Irene Ward says:

    If I paid for a TV licence I would stop paying in protest.

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  50. 113
    Anonymous says:

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  51. 114
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Reduce the TV Licence fee by 50% in the budget and this will be a vote winner :)

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  52. 115
    JJJ & Partners says:

    We have been intermittent Newsnight watchers, but now we will be staying in the pub for a couple of extra pints. Bugger the Beeb. Apart from that, it is only for the moment that we will be saying no more about this…

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  53. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Now the Tories will know what it jhas felt like for a UKIPper these past 20 years!

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  54. 119
    nick says:

    I don’t watch much TV any more the odd movie or documentary. NEVER watch BBC as it is so biased to the left ,runs repeat after repeat, and has very poor programs in every sphere. Not surprised at the Newsnight economoics appointment- but he is not a wonk-more of a wanker.Like I care anyway.

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  55. 121
    Same Old Tricks from the BBC pricks says:

    The government needs to grow a spine & challenge this political bias. Newsshite are so desperate for viewers they have resorted to training their arseholes to talk. Is this an experiment of combining news, political bias & surreal comedy.

    The only way to defeat the Brainwashing, Bullshitting,Hunts is to press the off button. Do not tune into this garbage!

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  56. 122
    Screw the LibLabCon says:

    The brass neck!

    They really don’t give a shit anymore, any pretence at unbiased broadcasting went out of the window long ago and here we all are. Break it up and sell it off!

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  57. 124
    Jack Ketch says:

    Being a socialist, does not mean being poor–it just means keeping OTHER people poor. Look at Alan Sugar, his geriatric sidekick on daytime TV, Lord Sainsbury, Tony Benn, The Kinnock Mafia family, Milliwatts, Dame “Islington kiddie fiddler school” Hodges–I could go on.

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  58. 125
    Switch over or Switch off says:

    Just switch over or switch off. Then hopefully Newsshite will have problem justifying an audience consisting of just two people. Ed Balls & Ed Miliband.

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  59. 126
    Karl Marx says:

    The only comfort today is that boring old Hunt Tony Benn has departed to the soviet collective in the sky

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  60. 128
    Leamas says:

    No-one takes The Two Show seriously any more, particularly since Katz took over.

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  61. 130
    Pastcaring says:

    Nah. The political wing of the labour party is the church of england. Small caps.

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  62. 131
    Ban the beeb says:

    They can shove their licence fee where the sun doesn’t shine. Useless lefty money grabbing good for nothing’s

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  63. 133
    Crossby says:

    The Tories would do well to tune into the licence fee payers concerns of beng forced to fund this over bloated Charity that is BBC. It needs to be slim lined, made TRULY accountable to the people who are paying for this crap. Or better still close the parasitical piece of machinery down.

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  64. 134
    Ian Kat Litter says:

    Fuck off Tory slime. Fuck all you can do about it! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Pay your licence fee to vote Labour. Suckers

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  65. 135
    To the BBC Parasites. says:

    The prince’s robes and beggar’s rags
    Are toadstools on the miser’s bags.
    A truth that’s told with bad intent
    Beats all the lies you can invent.

    ~Blakey from on the buses~

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  66. 138
    English Heretic says:

    People, you still have free will in relation to payment or non-payment of the BBC/Guardian/Labour Party propaganda tax. Exercise it.

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  67. 141
    Anonymous says:

    Ian Katz @iankatz1000 · 4h
    Also delighted that the brilliant @TimHarford will be making a series of films on economics for #newsnight
    ================

    Tim Harford? Who he? Oh this is him….

    http://timharford.com/2013/10/dr-osbornes-bitter-medicine-is-no-cure/

    The chancellor’s claim that Britain’s slow recovery vindicates his policies is drivel

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  68. 149
    EuroShite Every Saturday Night On The BBC. Kerchiiiiiiing says:

    We are getting our insulted every Saturday night in seven different languages now.Funded by the EU scum.

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  69. 150
    Ed Balls & Ed Miliband Comedy Duo coming soon 2Newsshite! says:

    Fuck off! We are a pair of losers running a shower of shite of a party. We need all the help we can get. Thank you BBC!

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  70. 155
    Smell the glove says:

    That’s not all. Wolfe Smith is doing the weather !

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  71. 156
    Smell the glove says:

    BBC taking a almighty shite on the lawn of impartial broadcasting. Socialist chimp yes man in place for election. What next Owen Jones anchoring the today programme ?

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  72. 158
    Bogging Bull Crap -BBC says:

    So the BBC gets to lick Balls & Miliband’s shitty arse. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Who in their right minds would volunteer to do that job? Bogging.

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  73. 159
    Top Bog - Charity says:

    The BBC is just a boggin charity that no one wants pay into anymore. When will politicians respect the fact that everyone is fed up paying for these parasites leftwing projects. Privatise it.

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  74. 168
    Clootie says:

    Why does the BBC still exist?

    If they want to employ a system of forced financial support then they should report the news instead of their own opinions.

    I disagree that the BBC is “leftist” but it is biased towards the Labour party – not the same thing these days.

    …and as for the BBC Trust!

    The BBC is now at the level of a Pravda / Fox News combination (shudder!)

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  75. 172
    Julian Gibb says:

    No debate is every effective unless the “chair” is seen by all to display neutrality.

    Regardless of your politics we should be dismayed by our state broadcaster.

    The Labour party bias is obvious.
    The pro American stance is obnoxious.
    The narrow coverage of World events is shocking (poor South America / the middle East and Far East are only covered when we have a disaster or war) Australia – you will need some more fires or an election to get on the News.

    I have to watch Aljahzeera and RT to get some balance!!!

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    • 177
      Cynic says:

      And nothing North of Watford is worth reporting unless an attractive young girl has been raped or murdered

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  76. 176
    ned ludd says:

    Spot on.xxx

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  77. 178
    Anonymous says:

    Why not end the pretence and put Balls in the job?

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  78. 184
    Anonymous says:

    “It is clearly provocative in a pre-election year to hire a well known Labour Party advocate”
    When there is so little difference, if any, between parties. In this undemocratic no-referendum illusory narrative Wonderland. Where’s the problem?

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  79. 186
    Karl Marx says:

    Hunts

    they are all Hunts

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  80. 187
    Top Bog - The BBC is a left wing Charity. says:

    BBC is one big left wing charity!

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  81. 191
    BBC Official Spokesperson says:

    We don’t give a shit about your opinion just pay up.

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