March 21st, 2014

Osborne Delivers Rapid Growth

Ephraim Hardcastle reckon the Chancellor has been reduced to extraordinary measures to hide his bald spot, reporting this morning that Osborne is now using hair loss treatments on a daily basis. The brown shoots of a recovery are beginning to show though it is clear George must not waver from his long term plan:

1p off the price of Alpecin at the next budget?


  1. 1
    Waste of time says:

    The barrel scrap

  2. 2
    Myfanwy says:

    It’s now another case of keeping friends close to you but keep your enemy a damn sight closer , was the Gove spat a false lead Dawkes or is Dave back in porkie pie land

  3. 3
    Witty Moniker says:

    It’s the grey he’s dealing with, not the bald.

  4. 4
    Tom says:

    Longer damp hair appears thinner – massive none story scenes.
    Along side which it’s a shame to GF now relegated to reporting on ‘dead trees’ stories.
    Must try harder…

  5. 5
    was it something I said? says:

    It looks like the Mr Whippy technique to me.

  6. 6
    Duncan Goodhew says:

    What’s wrong with being bald?

  7. 7
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    The eulogies continue for Tony Benn; conviction politician blah blah blah .. He was able to say and do what he did as he was able to go back to his 3 storey mansion in Holland Park every night and close the door on the working classes.

    Letting him rest over night in the HoC Chapel is just ridiculous, this man did nothing, absolutely nothing for the working man or women.

    Can any left wing mong educate me and point out any significant piece of legislation he sponsored through parliament.

    Never has so much newsprint, air time and web space been wasted on such a political incompetent

  8. 8
    Ed Miliband says:

    He’s brushed his hair for nearly an hour

  9. 9
    Myfanwy says:

    ” The brown shoots of a recovery are beginning to show though” vain glorious, it might be that false tanning cream that folks used to paint on themselves to show it didn’t rain where they went on holiday. Sooner or later through age most men develope hair loss it’s that testosterone thing

  10. 10
    Myfanwy says:

    What’s this service unavailable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 11
    Ed Miliband says:

    Nod your head if you are losing hair.

  12. 12
    Myfanwy says:

    Not much to brush there Teddy

  13. 13
    Tastebud Tony says:

    It looks like a cover-up to me! Has he been talking to Rooney?

  14. 14
    Ed Miliband says:

    He brushes with one hand and combs it more with the other

  15. 15
    Ed Miliband says:

    It’s a haircut for millionaires

  16. 16
    Ed Miliband says:

    Our economy is going the way of Grecian 2000

  17. 17
    MB. says:

    I see Putin is calling for sanctions to be placed on Russian oligarchs, I wonder if The Independent will be affected?

  18. 18
    Big deficits and cover-ups = recipe for disaster says:

    Q: What’s the difference between George Osborne and Gordon Brown?
    A: A matter of time

  19. 19
    Myfanwy says:

    Fawkes does work for the Sun, what can you expect, it’s to give the common touch

  20. 20
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Ah but whereas Brown raided private pensions with stealth taxes, Osborne is allowing pensioners to raid their own pension pots which will provide a spending boom and a nice little earner for the treasury with all that VAT on spending and the tax levied on drawdown.

  21. 21
    Skeleton Bob says:

    How long before the EU annexes Ukraine?

  22. 22
    Myfanwy says:

    Strange Teddy, but years ago in the area where was a guy who had a good head of white hair, someone must have persuaded him to use Grecian 2000 and his hair was carrot coloured. If you loose hair, go white haired you cannot turn the clock back, just accept it.

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

    He’s been cutting too far too fast, hence the bald spot :-)

  24. 24
    Skeleton Bob says:

    And when that has all been blown the same pensioners will be claiming extra benefits from the state? But that will be after the hair today gone tomorrow Osborne has left the Treasury.

  25. 25
    was it something I said? says:

    It’s a cost of combing crisis.

  26. 26
    James Cordon says:

    When I run The Sun it’ll be full of fit blokes getting their cocks out for the fat poofs.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    No different than that left winger Dennis Skinner still sponging at 79 achieved f**k all except a nice living and a big pension.

  28. 28
    Free coffee from Waitrose says:

    It’s a Costa Coffee crisis.

  29. 29
    Jack Dromey says:

    Black I hope

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    +13 million

  31. 31
    was it something I said? says:

    Labour should be delighted by this in that case. More state dependent voters to be bought with more magic money.

  32. 32
    Kay Burley says:

    Fucking Hell !

  33. 33
    Call me Dave Levitt says:

    I’ve buggered Psychopath Putin and his evil homo-hating Ruskies up good and proper. Don’t mess with an Eton Bullingdon Bumboy or else!

  34. 34
    was it something I said? says:

    Fearless champion of the miners.

    Both of them.

  35. 35
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Ms McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, said his ability to “totally inspire” a crowd of hungover music fans illustrated his lasting legacy, the belief that politics can make a difference.

    Glastonbury hangover cure – Tony Benn.

  36. 36
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Remind me again how many mines he and Harold Wilson closed down

    Don’t forget that great manufacturing success British Leyland

  37. 37
    Ippikin says:

    Good for him!
    Why shouldn’t he aspire to the title currently held by George Galloway?

  38. 38
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    One of the Prime Minister’s finest tweets: “I’d like two litres of white lightning and a scratch card. Yes, I’m just like you.”

  39. 39
    Pitkapoika says:

    Here Here.

  40. 40
    Ali Barber says:

    Murdoch palm sweat seems to work on him and Hunt.

  41. 41
    Pitkapoika says:

    Here Here

  42. 42
    Ippikin says:

    I seem to remember a hell of a fuss when a tramp was found living in Benn’s garden.
    Not much socialist largesse then!

  43. 43

    ALLOWING pensioners to raid their own pensions !!! JUST WHO’S MONEY IS IT.if they want to put the lot on an outsider in the grand national it’s nobody else’s business !

  44. 44
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Not to mention all that “to cheap to meter” nuclear power.

  45. 45
    Bald spot watchers united says:

    Has it come down to no decent news today G and all you could get up to is bald spot watching

  46. 46
    Reality Cheque says:

    Keen acumen on the pension access though few will benefit(usual Web of rowing back) and just how do you have an income of £12k without work or the state pension, Crosby is clearly pulling the strings now rather than the fucked Etonians, Boris no longer any asset and a negative outside the SE.

    Tory majority just visible probably with Limps again as the taste of power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Wouldn’t you agree Vlad?

  47. 47
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Whose that old rapper on the stage – something about People’s Flags…

  48. 48
    Reality Cheque says:

    Got a bit of lippy on today love I see, that shipwrecked look did you no favours.

  49. 49
    Pleb says:

    I’d rather have 1p off the price of a beer during the interval at the Opera

  50. 50
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Now Guido has changed his journalistic talent to be more in line with his paymasters, I do hope we get a page 3 post once a day.

    Also a puzzle or two wouldn’t go amiss, or a cheap weekend away in a Hoseasons 85 year old caravan in Pwllheli.

  51. 51
    Chukka Umunna says:

    Well Jel

  52. 52
    bergen says:

    Thank you. I thought I must have been alone in my opinion of the deranged and dangerous ghastly old hypocrite.

    Was the Stansgate estate in Essex in his name or is it in a family trust to avoid tax, I wonder.

  53. 53
    Kim Jong Hand-me-down says:

    We are very distaught. We shed sincere socialist water and respect for all apparachnik in Benn dynasty.

  54. 54
    Gordon McDoom says:

    ‘The Brown shoots of a recovery are beginning to show though’

    See I told you I’d be back, vindicated and ready to save the world once again. I am the great clunking fist ready to defeat boom and bust once more.

  55. 55
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Can you get the ointment on the NHS ?

  56. 56
    Spoonface Cameron says:

    As I said this morning

    The EU must impose travel bans and asser freezes

    Except of course for pillaging oligarchs in Laundry London

    How could we survive without their hundreds of billions of illegal money?

  57. 57
    taxdodger says:

    Ow pal you’ve already been outed as a closet lefty just like your alter ego Psyche the Dog.

    Stop touting the Graudian shite on these shores, if you please.

  58. 58
    Life on expenses says:

    Still, it’s a good excuse for a party, eh?

  59. 59
    Fishy says:

    While Brown raided our pensions and stole £100bn, it was Balls who was the architect of the plunder.

    Meanwhile labour are all at sea, not knowing how to respond the liberation of pensions (expect the BBC not to probe Labour’s little difficulty anytime soon).

  60. 60
    Firm But Fair says:

    I agree.

    Just so long as they don’t ask for a penny in social security if they blow the lot because the taxpayer should not provide horse racing insurance.

  61. 61
    Pavlov's pooch says:

    Was the tramp Michael Foot?

  62. 62
    Always look on the bright side says:

    My hair started going white at the temples in my early twenties. As a very young lawyer, I found it very useful for people to think I was older and mroe experienced than I really was. Interestingly, many decades later, I have no problem at all with baldness.

  63. 63
    UN Observer says:

    The neocons do not want to speak about the trashing being carried out by the neo nazi Swoboda Party in Ukraine….diversions are good..

    Radio silence is the order of the day for wannabe neocons like Guido

    Just as there must be radio silence about 2500 further illegal houses in Ysraeli occupied Palestine

    No sanctions there, of course..just pure hypocrisy and ethnic cleansing and illegality

  64. 64

    Bollocks to Georgie Porgie’s hair, the real news is about the Yanks dumping the wreckage of the Malay plane off of Aussie land. Does make you wonder what they done with the innocent bodies now they have all the tech nerds off of the plane that they wanted tied up.

  65. 65
    Everyone in Chingford says:

    Boris never was an asset. He told lies to the public about things they could demonstrably see weren’t true.

  66. 66
    Our Brave Nurses and Doctors Blah Blah Blah says:

    Sure. If you are willing to wait till your hair drops out entirely first.

  67. 67
    FarmerGiles says:

    Tis Von Cleggs sperm that maketh all fings florish

  68. 68
    Baboon's arse says:


  69. 69
    Ed ballls says:

    he was just another leftie tosser with money, its easy to be a socialist when you have inherited your families riches made on the back of working people, something he never did.

  70. 70
    UN Observer says:

    EU measures agreed against tax evasion today…

    Except, of course, for Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Virgin Islands and Gibraltar – British dependencies

    What would Laundry London’s banks and bent lawyers do without the hundreds of billions they launder and hide for the world’s criminals?

  71. 71
    Pavlov's pooch says:

    I would think that if any LibDum perverts actually survive the next election their natural alliance would be with the Liebour kiddie fiddling party. As a party of protest against the mainstream they are utterly dead.

  72. 72
    Eyvette says:

    No need to wonder, tax avoider par excellence.

  73. 73
    kay burleyhuman says:

    well, i’m still here in Kwalla Lumpah and I still can’t find the plane

  74. 74
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

    the Labour Party, wasting your money so you don’t have to.

  75. 75
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

    The Labour Party, wasting your money so you don’t have to.

  76. 76
    Eyvette says:

    It will be pretty soon, the loonies are in charge in Brussels.

  77. 77
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

    The Labour Party, wasting your money so you don’t have to.

  78. 78
    Bingo Little says:

    Bingo! Cutting the bingo tax and beer duty to help hard-working people do more of the things they enjoy.

    Am I the only one who cannot see anything wrong with the use of the word “they”?

  79. 79
    UN Observer says:

    Oh Kay

    Do give us a break

    That hang dong face is just too much

    I suggest you go to Kiev and report on the thuggrry of the neo nazis the US have put into power

    That would be real news

    Or perhaps report on the atrocities of the jihadis in Syria supported by the criminal US and UK

  80. 80
    Eyvette says:


  81. 81
    Eric"The Cheeky Chappie" Pickles says:

    When I got up this morning, it was a gruesome 17℃. Fortunately, it’s now a much more acceptable 25℃. Rejoice, comrades! Rejoice!

  82. 82
    You know its the truth says:

    No, who would have thunk it, do you think we are different (inferior) to them surely not!.

  83. 83
    Grant Shapps says:

    One hears that the working class folk often take sojourns in Pwllheli.

  84. 84
    Harry Ramsden says:

    do you wan’t mushy pea’s with that

  85. 85
    Skeleton Bob says:

    Poor Guido is finding it as hard to find Osborne’s B-spot as the seekers are of finding the Malaysian plane in the Indian Ocean.

  86. 86
    Nemesis says:

    No matter how thick or thin his hair it’s only covering a rather thick skull with little inside.

  87. 87
    was it something I said? says:

    Similar to their fertility policy.

    Put you on a waiting list until you’ve gone through the menopause and then give you an appointment.

  88. 88
    Dave's concerned chums says:

    Asser freezes – is that to prevent bum-sex?

  89. 89
    Alby says:

    Dave & Osborne have continued to steal from pensions using the same instruments Brown created.

    No difference.

  90. 90
    Alby says:

    You need to get in touch with Rumpy-Pumpy and Barrosso at the EU – they are in charge now.

  91. 91
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Plus 1 million.

  92. 92
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Tony Benn was renowned for being wrong on every single issue.

  93. 93
    the road to serfdom says:

    of course he was wrong – he was a mentally ill socialist who worshipped Mao – the greatest mass murderer in history

    his house should be knocked down and converted to a garden of remembrance for the 200 million slaughtered by his ludicrous socialist death-cult

  94. 94

    Thanks for that, but when I asked to see the back of him it’s not quite what I meant.

  95. 95
    Little Willy says:

    Works for me – guys love it.

  96. 96
    I wouldn't touch it with yours says:

    Would have been better if she’d put a paper bag over her head.

  97. 97
    Anonymous says:



  98. 98
    Gary says:

    Another “hair” brained scheme to baldly go where no Chancellor has ever gone before? If he gets it wrong there’ll be hell toupee!

  99. 99
    bassreflex says:

    from a distance rabbits look like hare’s

  100. 100
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    Were the offending head to be removed, I should imagine the effect upon the economy would be negligible. Call the headsman!

  101. 101
    Corby says:

    Osbore and Cameron appea to be neck and neck in the hair stkes ut sti way behind Bris.

  102. 102
    Myfanwy says:

    Look sweet pee, if everyone glanced at the same newspaper, everyone would miss a valid article in the unread ones, might be an idea for you to have you blood sugar checked and your PSA checked especially if you are 40 years and onwards, could already be too late.

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    At least Gordon never authorised HMRC to raid taxpayers’ bank accounts without a court order.

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