March 26th, 2014

SKETCH: Paul Flowers in Rehab on Newsnight

This Neo-Paxman, the non-judgmental, chastened, gently inquisitive human being – what late-life crisis produced him? Did Russell Brand overthrow him so completely?

His interview with Rev Flowers last night – it must be why people don’t watch Newsnight any more.

The nitwits who run the programme thought, “Let’s go beneath the media caricature of a drug-taking, bank-wrecking Labour supporter and find what’s really there. A martyr, probably.”

“What’s the last year been like for you?” Paxman probed.

Portly, plausible uncle Paul said: “There have been certain moments when it has been …” pause to consider, to contain himself, quietly to choose his word: “Hellish.”

Cutaway to Paxman flinching back, with an intake of breath.

“To find some professional support for the issues I was facing,” (issues, in his words last year, of being “trollied” on ketamine and rentboys,) “I booked myself into a very well-known hospital for four weeks,” to discover not just the superficial but “the deeper issues why people resort to addiction.”

That’s the penance over with.

“What made you think you were qualified to run a bank?”

“I didn’t,” he said. Everyone else did.

He “took full responsibility” for everything, as fallen leaders do these days, but nothing was his fault. It was the panel that chose him, the Board that approved him, the FSA that interviewed him, the due diligence people, the Government, “mainly Conservatives”, junior minister Hoban, Chancellor Osborne in the background, the aggression of political point-scorers on the Treasury select committee, avaricious bankers, the obscene banking industry, and the “pseudo-fascist” Daily Mail publishing “a considerable amount of pure and utter fiction”.

So, he was pressured into bad decisions by Conservatives and resigned “albeit that the decisions were taken by the Board as a whole.”

“Do you think you have sinned?”

“Forgive me, it’s always more complex than that,” he said quickly.

Then realising that might sound evasive, he began a second evasion: “Of course I have, and I am in company with every other human being for having my frailty and some of my fragilities exposed.”

Not so much the sinning, then, as the being caught. And then: “I am no better and no worse than any number of other people . . . ”

Is that for him to say?

And finally, the third evasion, “But yes, of course I have . . . ‘sinned’ in that old-fashioned term I would rarely use, I have to say.”

Rent boys and drugs, Methodist minister, people want to know how that all comes about, Paxman asked sympathetically. “Other pressures in my life,” he said. Did he want to talk about them? Well, only a little. “My mother was dying.”

That’s about as low as it goes. Class A drugs and street prostitutes because my mother was dying.

And finally, he had been “set up to fail” by the Co-op itself. “They suck you dry and then spit you out at the end of it.’ Yes, leaving a nasty taste in the mouth.

But a pretty impressive piece of rehabilitation, courtesy of Newsnight. He’s just been on the Today programme now.

It’s not what rehab is supposed to be!


193 Comments

  1. 1
    Gerbil 7 says:

    He, Paxman and the BBC can fuck off.

  2. 2
    still walking into darkness says:

    The embodiment of why Labour can’t even run a bath. As usual with a labour failure, it’s everyone’s fault except their own.

  3. 3
    Maria Miller says:

    Massive hangover from the Bone party last night.

  4. 4
    UKIP or bust says:

    Typical lefty cnut, with his oh so mesured serious answers, yet in total denial that he is a usless peiece of filthy, greedy, lying shit.

  5. 5
    Bob's Worth says:

    It’s the Ketamine..stoooopid

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Maybe he is incontinent now….! Let us pray!

  7. 7
    Owen Jones says:

    The unelected leader of the EU meets the unelected leader of Ukraine to complain about an election in Crimea.

    Brilliant.

  8. 8
    Fuck the BBC says:

    Quite a contrast to how they treat a mythical incident of a tory calling someone a pleb.

  9. 9
    Mitch says:

    It was revealing that he refused to sue the Mail even though he claims to have a cast iron case. Perhaps it isn’t so.

  10. 10
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Surely a Labour Peerage for this fine, upstanding gentleman can’t be far off: Lord Flowers of Liverpool – ‘cos I’m always the victim, it’s never my fault.

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Pray incontinence has set in.

  12. 12
    Gordon Brown says:

    Unelected leadership is so much cooler, you dig?

  13. 13
    Sunwin House says:

    Check out the ever so camp Miquel Brown track – He’s a saint, he’s a sinner !

  14. 14
    Socialism is theft says:

    BBC? Shameless.

  15. 15
    President Spongebarry Nobrain, Supreme Leader says:

    Tremble before my might.
    It just cost the Belgian taxpayer10,000,000 euros for my one day stay in Brussels;

    I WILL bankrupt Europe in one way or the other.

  16. 16
    Edward II says:

    What did the Mail say in addition to the charges, which he readily admits, of being fucked off his head on ketamin and paying for sex with with young male prostitutes?

  17. 17
    Die Anne says:

    Just saw this headline on the bbc news homepage:

    Abbott vows to solve plane ‘riddle’

    At first, I thought what the fuck is that fat troughing useless bitch going to do about the missing plane? And then I saw it was about Tony Abbott, Aussie PM.

  18. 18
    bergen says:

    I don’t think giving him a kicking would have served any purpose. It is more telling that the Co-op is so dysfunctional that they entrusted him with a bank and the interview did bring out how ridiculous the entire organisation must be.

  19. 19
    Tom Catesby. says:

    ‘What made you think you were qualified to run a bank’?
    Maybe he went to the same training school as the bosses at RBS and Lloyds?
    In the 19th century. Abraham Greenwood ran the bank, he was one of the original co-operators of the Rochdale Pioneers. He built it into one of the greatest financial forces in the world at the time. Know for moral, personal and financial, honesty and the highest business competence, like the rest of his founding colleagues. Not bad for a lad who started life in a mill as a wool sorter.
    He also found time to lecture on social economy, politics and phylosophy.No ketamine or rentboys in sight.

  20. 20
    Drone says:

    How low do the viewing figures have to go before they scrap Newsnight?

  21. 21
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    Only the BBC could find sympathy for a lefty banker that gave Labour loads of money!

  22. 22
    NN is Shite says:

    Newsnight TV Gold…at fucking last!

    Paxo: “Most of us don’t resort to rent boys and drugs”

    Flowers: “How do you know?”

  23. 23
    I hate Labour says:

    Much like Gordie Brown, who always said “I take full responsibility” but never actually took ANY responsibility or apologised. In their 13 years, Labour robbed “I take full responsibility” of all meaning and significance. What was once a genuine statement of contrition and acceptance of blame has been turned into an empty soundbite that keeps their dumb voters happy but amounts to absolutely nothing.

    Even here, Gordoom claims he blames himself, even though we clearly hear him on the audio asking whose fault it was and then blaming Sue!

  24. 24
    Sarah Millington says:

    The BBC is not even pretending to be impartial now.

    This interview was so soft I am surprised they did not Vaseline the lens before shooting.

    Newsnight should just change its name to LabourNewsnight.

  25. 25
    Myfanwy says:

    Fawkes, one rolly polly calling another rolly polly fat, well in an another 20 years you will end up like Flower Power. What has not been gone into over in this sorry mess why was HMG so keen that the Co-op bank take over 600 branches of Lloyds-HBoS, and who was on this board that appointed him, did any of these shadowy US investors have any part in his appointment to act as a sort of fall guy things had gone wrong before Flowers was appointed, of course Flowers lorded it up, he was a banker wasn’t he, lots of flattery, it turns your head.

  26. 26
    Golly says:

    Lord Pansy of Liverpool perhaps?

  27. 27
    Golly says:

    No mention of the Balls connection then?

  28. 28
    google says:

    Paxo gave him a really soft ride; no doubt because he played the “I’m gay don’t bully me ” card.

    The best though was his assertion that the “pressure of the job” got him into rent-boys.

  29. 29
    I hate Labour says:

    Funny how Newsnight haven’t given the opportunity for Andrew Mitchell to come on and give his side of the story. It took Michael Crick at Channel 4 News to uncover the conspiracy of lies. But the beeb are always on hand to give the likes of Flowers, Mandelson, Campbell et al the opportunity to do their “humble” act and crack a few jokes to appear human and decent, which goes down a storm with thickie Labour voters.

  30. 30
    google says:

    The best is “the pressure of the job got me into rent boys”. Nice one vicar.

  31. 31
    UKIP or bust says:

    They don’t. It could go in to minus (if that’s possible) and still they would run it because it is not commercially funded, they answer to no one. They (the BBC) are a law unto themselves.

    Remember it is for your own good they say the things they say, you should think like them because they know what is best.

  32. 32
    I hate Labour says:

    Flowers’ explanation is hilarious, but it’s nowhere near as funny as the reason Mark Oaten gave when he was caught hiring rentboys. He said losing his hair caused a mid-life crisis and that’s why he used rentboys.

    Yes, that’s what most people do when they lose their hair. They pay rentboys to shit in their mouth.

  33. 33
    Ex banker says:

    Real question

    Who made £1.5 billion on the back of the Coop?

    Money does not just disappear

    There are counterparties

  34. 34
    Jack Ketch says:

    He is just being lined up to be appointed head of a Quango. As an offensive old pervert, unqualified for any job, he is surely the best person to replace that other offensive pervert, unqualified for any job, Chris Smith at the environment Agency.

  35. 35
    stuff you paxo says:

    Typical fucking socialist, resorting to victim status when they’re found out, as they always are. Remember Prescott and his bulimia? What a fucking joke they all are.

  36. 36
    yada yada yada says:

    Vaseline the lens? Christ almighty, anything could have happened!

  37. 37
    stuff you paxo says:

    Rent boys?

  38. 38
    HippAbbottamus says:

    If there’s a sniff of racism anywhere I’ll be on the BBC to rant about it.

  39. 39
    Irritable Sod says:

    Ooooo let’s spread the blame around here and smear everyone in sight. He’s a f*cking moron! Out of his depth. No wonder he was imbibing huge quantities of chemicals…

    Big boy made me do it and then he ran away!

  40. 40
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Or how about ‘Andy’ (man of the people name) Hornby, formerly Officer I/C Arranging The Tomatoes at Asda, who ploughed the once-great Halifax Building Society into the dust?

    Having spent 5 minutes at Boots before they rumbled him, he’s now running a bookie’s – pretty apt, really.

  41. 41
    jgm2 says:

    I don’t recall Goodwin or Hornby being given the opportunity to explain that, yes, while they should perhaps, in retrospect, not have lent so much money to utter fucking idiots who just blew the lot (and then point at the camera and into the living rooms of the viewers) they really weren’t to blame for Brown borrowing 40bn quid a year during a boom which was what really gave us such a fucking bust.

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  43. 43
    Die Anne says:

    You’ll be the big black cock to rant about it? Don’t tell Jack Dromey, he’ll get jealous.

  44. 44
    rick says:

    According to Dave (would he lie) the referendum was held “under the barrel of a Kalashnikov”

  45. 45
    the tooth fairy says:

    Yes, it’s quite common for those with job related stress to resort to fucking rent boys.

  46. 46
    Parish says:

    More K, vicar?

  47. 47
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Anybody else with his track record would just go away and seal themselves in a pit of their own filth (any mention of 5000 job losses?).

  48. 48
    jgm2 says:

    Campbell’s the best ome. Oh aye, I might be an utter c*unt who ran interference for Tony Blair, rigged and or cheerlead the ‘evidence’ for a fucking war that killed half a million people, hounded an innocent man to his death but what about me? I dr*i*nk too much. Think of ME. Will nobody think of ME? I’m the victim in all this.

  49. 49
    Ziggy says:

    “What made you think you were qualified to run a country?”

    “I’m not” he said. And no-one else does.
    This question and should be asked to all politicos and the true response should be as above. Especially the sons of the failed and infamous MPs who are now looking for safe seats!!!!!
    Most MPs are NOT qualified to take themselves to the toilet let alone manage anything!!

  50. 50
    Myfanwy says:

    Flowers wasn’t a banker he gave up his part1 exams years previously, it suprising how many “bankers” are not really bankers, a bank director calls itself a banker but may never had any banking training only appointed for connection. One thing I did notice from the small part I saw of the interview, Flowers was asked was there any difference between the leaders of the banking industry when he started and those now, yes in those days the bankers were gentlemen and honourable. I have to admit that I noticed a change in how all the new things started to come in in the early 1970’s which eventually on reflection utimately led to PPI’s and other such activities.

  51. 51
    paarpp says:

    In that case, this should be ‘let us spray!’.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    “Neo-Paxman, the non-judgmental, chastened, gently inquisitive human being”
    is never going to cut it in relation to real-world problems. Unless those anomalies that come to light during interviews are then investigated in depth. When the discourse was verbally précised, where was any reference to the subsequently proven erroneous professional ‘due-diligence’ undertaken? Since either incompetence or else fraud must have occurred. In order for the accounting irregularities in the acquisition company, not to be flagged up to a potential purchaser.

  53. 53
    Prudence from Salford says:

    Why did he have to rent them? They can’t be that expensive to buy, surely.

  54. 54
    Sir Fatious Piles (Dead Lib Dem pederast) says:

    Look how he’s sorry and he only was wasted out of his mind half the week, still able to his job when he wasn’t busy rogering and dogering . Look how he was able to manage the rest of his time for his favourite catamite boys. He was still able to give very, very profitable loans to the Labour Party, Ed says they might pay back the money eventually too. Never again, should we hear that those earning board room salaries aren’t worth every tiny, itsy, bitsy little £100K.

  55. 55
    Credit Where Credit's due. says:

    Excellent Sketch.

    Why has Simon Carr’s name not been credited?

  56. 56
    Harbottle says:

    The excuse for using rent boys-‘my mother was dying’ is not a match for Mark Oaten’s: ‘my hair was falling out’.

  57. 57
    Prince Rupert says:

    Good one

  58. 58
    Ah! Private or Pubic says:

    Posh people are kinkier! Privately educated more likely to have tried bondage and have higher sex drives than those who went to state schools
    Over half those from fee-paying schools have experimented with bondage
    Two-thirds admitted having sex in a public place
    Also have a self-described higher sex drive than state school pupils
    However those who go to private school have fewer sexual partners
    Also report lower confidence and more insecurities in the bedroom ( Mail )

  59. 59
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

    Sounds like Labour, not qualified to run anything but their supporters think they can run a Country.

  60. 60
    Myfanwy says:

    That’s cracker to be sure, he must have been doing that for years, folks don’t just go on to drugs and rent boys, drugs are an addiction, even if they have given them up, any knock back and they are back on them, must say I am not so sure about rent boys, it’s more a London/Manchester sort thing.

  61. 61
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Called him a banker. Which to any lefty is the lowest of the low.

  62. 62
  63. 63
    Prudence from Salford says:

    ;)

  64. 64
    That Figures says:

    So the BBC is now Rehab for wayward lefties.

  65. 65
    Handycock says:

    I’M on Newsnight next . Paxo will let me explain . The nation will forgive me. We of the political
    class are badly understood. None of us are guilty , we are all victims.

  66. 66
    Chris Huhne says:

    Must ring agent to negotiate a Q and A with Paxman on Newsnight next week.

    It was the crabs that made me do it.

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Paxman

  68. 68
    Ex Wanker says:

    They squeezed me dry.

  69. 69
    Too fast? says:

    Forgive me, I need a sip of water.

  70. 70
    jgm2 says:

    HBoS was brought down by the Corporate lending unit of BoS ran by one Peter Cummings.

    You had only to shove a glossy ‘prospectus’ under his nose and he’d lend you a billion quid. Although he’d prefer it if you asked for 2 billion.

  71. 71
    Exmoor is the place to be says:

    ….when building societies decided they would rather be banks than mutual savings operations – and were then permitted to undertake casino style banking with their depositors’ cash. Depositors (who by and large had no idea what was happening) were of course bribed with their own money in the shape of a few freebie shares in the new company. Those who knew what was happening in their Societies but kept silent should be breaking rocks on Dartmoor for the next 30 years.

  72. 72
    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    Think Toronto would welcome him as a mayoral candidate

  73. 73
    Don't ask me how I know. says:

    Hornby quit Boots because the owner’s girlfriend had other ideas about how to run the company.

  74. 74
    Aardvark says:

    Paxman How has the past year been for you?
    Stalin Hellish
    Paxman Do you think you have been misunderstood
    Stalin Yes, no one understands the pressures of being a dictator, I didn’t want to kill 50,000,000 I just…. you know… I’m in therapy
    Paxman Everyone at the BBC is behind you buddy, chin up, where’s that smile?

  75. 75
    still walking into darkness says:

    so, unless I’m mistaken, he’s admitted taking drugs, he’s admitted paying for sex, isn’t that illegal? why’s he not in jail?

  76. 76
    Garfield says:

    Will Guido and the blog be covering the debate between Nigel and Dutch Cleggie tonight?

  77. 77
    Greychatter says:

    A Labour Gordon Brown look-a-like in mannerisms as well as speech.

    This is the person who was a councillor and co-chairman of the Rochdale social services department who wrecked the lives of 20 odd children during the supposedly Satanic abuse case, years ago. Obviously still wreaking havoc at the Co-op members expense.

  78. 78
    Di rear says:

    The other three on the panel of candidates must have been a sausage, an ashtray, and a packet of salted peanuts.

  79. 79
    GTF lefti says:

    “why was HMG so keen that the Co-op bank take over 600 branches of Lloyds-HBoS”

    => Why was a Labour goverment so keen

    “who was on this board that appointed him”

    => Socialists

  80. 80
    Dodgy D. Laws says:

  81. 81
    Di rear says:

    Apart from the fact it wasn’t a myth.

  82. 82
    Surr Nob Skelpoff says:

    Why is this turbo-charged, sad fat sack of putrefaction and corruption getting airtime instead of being in a jail cell?
    To paraphrase Elliot Ness from the Untouchables:
    “In roman times, when a when a public official was convicted of corruption, they would cut off his nose, and sew him in a bag with a wild animal, and throw him in a river.”

  83. 83
    Myfanwy says:

    You are right there, RBS has lost many £Billions who made the money there, in a casino the house takes its cut but the punters at the table that win and lose big time (mainly lose) but there are winners occasionally, I think Barings went down for £800M the value of value of money has gone down by 3 or 4 times since Barings.

  84. 84
    Myfanwy says:

    Did you like it?

  85. 85
    Ian Katz says:

    It took an awful lot of doing but I managed it.
    I made the liberal Newsnight into an actual, full on, lefty propaganda show.

    Your BBC

    {Your idea of YOUR BBC may only apply if you work at the Guardian}

  86. 86
    jgm2 says:

    Because it’s not him. Not as funny as his usual stuff if it is.

  87. 87
    Village Idiot says:

    …….I believe “Laudanum,Opium and Cannabis” may have been available in 19thC …..

  88. 88
    Col. Nut says:

    Modern low light capable lenses can shoot in almost total darkness.

  89. 89
    Ed Miliband says:

    I say Ballsy, is the Rev included on the Bankers Tax?

    Also remind me what are we spending the revenue from this tax on again will you?

  90. 90
    The public says:

    The NUT should be banned for cruelty to children.

  91. 91
    Myfanwy says:

    I though they rubbed it on their bald patch, or was it cow pats

  92. 92
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Laws enjoyed his school days – he went to a fee paying, like me.

  93. 93
    Ah! NUTs says:

    Teachers would be less fatigued at the end of the week if they spent less time in bed with their pupils.

  94. 94
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Listening to Radio 4 mentioning the Farage/Clegg WWF death match tonight.
    Mentioned it was on LBC but no mention of Sky News syndicating it.

    Wonder why, when they are supposed to be impartial?

  95. 95
    Small businessman says:

    You don’t have to be a loony leftie to think that the bankers whho wrecked our economy are low life vermin

  96. 96
    Aardvark says:

    IF a Labour minister had jumped up and down in front of No.10 naked, with the word Pleb painted on his groin in red letters – while waving a placard saying ‘I hate the police’

    The Police Union would have refused to comment and the BBC would have made him victim of the year.

    Its all politics

  97. 97
    Flower Pot Men says:

    He seeded his own downfall

  98. 98
    Lard Everard says:

    Cry me a river.

  99. 99
    Exmoor is the place to be says:

    Those are sugar crystals in the jar – honest.

  100. 100
    Pompey Voter says:

    Where are you Handy? Are you also in Rehab somewhere? Last heard of ‘at QA Hospital’ – but actually gone to ground. Are you in Spain? Portsmouth still needs its MP.

  101. 101
    Fuck the BBC says:

    Naff off

    they’ve even prosecuted plod for lying

  102. 102
    NUT Teecha says:

    Today children we will be finger painting grave stones with the name Fatcha on some T shirts, for our rally next week. Oh by the way we are closed that day as it’s a recognised day off for diversity reasons, and the day after its our shopping day.

  103. 103
    Ed 'fliperty' Balls says:

    So far the tax covers Thirteeny taxes.

    Schools
    Hospitals
    Pay rises
    employment
    world hunger
    union modernisation bungs
    green energy
    Rachel Reeves media coaching
    and
    Bankers

    Is that Thirteeny?

  104. 104
    jgm2 says:

    In another life he’d be a front-man for off-plan timeshare apartments on the Black Sea Coast. 12K down and free holidays for life, sign here.

    He’s an estate agent, a car salesman, a lawyer, a .. what’s the word… politician.

  105. 105
    Ah! now says:

    ..it’s time to start counting the number of civil cases the BBC bring for non-payment. Should be fun to see them spending £000s to retrieve £147.

  106. 106
    Give me a break says:

    This is why people find hanging so desirable.

    We can rid ourselves of this sort of subsequent snivvelling, self-pity and denial of responsibility

  107. 107
    Luncheon is served says:

    It is rumoured that certain well known African dictators still do this from time to time. The crocodiles love the change of diet it brings.

  108. 108
    Nick Robinson says:

    What is Sky ?

  109. 109
    Adam Smith says:

    Those were the days

    Have they gone forever in a cloud of crystal meths?

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

    Defending the indefensible most plausibly … I can just imagine if it had been Fred the Shred, who is no doubt an odious piece of protoplasm, but this excuse for an interview is BBC liberalism at it’s most obsequious and biased. Paxman needs retiring, I’m sure there are plenty of journalists who wouldn’t take this self-serving grot so patiently.

  111. 111
    Rev Flours says:

    It was Gordon Brown who wrecked the economy – he could have let the banks fail, but he bailed them out using ours and borrowed money – that is why we have our debt.

    That and borrowing money at the height of the boom and spending like a lunatic fucked off his head on katamin.

  112. 112
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    HARRIET’S GOT ALL THE DETAILS….


  113. 113
    Greychatter says:

    Eammon Holmes is another self-important “Prat”. Never let the interviewee get a word in edgeways and “Look how important I am”.

    Maybe when he gets a job at the BBBC he’ll host Newsnight.

  114. 114
    Kay Burlesque says:

    I found the plane

  115. 115
    Luncheon is served says:

    “Supposed” being the operative word. They move further leftwards daily. A bit more and with luck they’ll fall off the edge. Still, at least we do have the option here of cancelling the subs.

  116. 116
    Ed Milly says:

    I think thath ith weally the wong thing to thay.

  117. 117
    Tooting Tony says:

    Give us a bung

  118. 118
    You're twisting my lemon, man! says:

  119. 119
    Harriet is thick as pigshit says:

  120. 120
    Fishy says:

    Expect more of this shit.

    Miliband is down to 1% when he should be storming ahead and word has gone out from BBC central to fu’ck the Tories

  121. 121
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    I’m thinking Plutocrat but with someone elses money rather than their own. Not sure if there is a printable word for that though.

  122. 122
    Ancient seafarer back from the south seas says:

    What’s Brian Walden doing these days?

  123. 123
    jgm2 says:

    You do have to be a loony leftie to fail to realise it was Gordon Brown who ruined our economy.

    Do you not think hiring 1,000,000 million public sector workers with 30bn a year in borrowed money from 2001/2 onwards might have left us just the teeniest bit exposed to any fall off in spending?

  124. 124
    Ancient seafarer back from the south seas says:

    How about “oilygark”?

  125. 125
    Surr Nob Skelpoff says:

    It’s called Umbongo…Death by Umbongo…

  126. 126
    jgm2 says:

    ..1,000,000 million…?

    Not for want of trying but inadvertent duplication there.

  127. 127
    Judge Dreadful says:

    More to the point, it is time someone looks into the kind of legal costs they have been seeking to recover in magistrates’ courts: as the prosecutions are brought on massive lists with hundreds of people being dealt with at a time, one has to ask what the real costs per prosecution actually are and whether anyone has been conductng their prosecutions programme for the profits to be made on these legal fees.

  128. 128
    Ed Miliband says:

    Ah yes thanks. You know my experience tells me that we should be able to make the money go much further than that, I did loads with the money I got bob-a-jobbing when I was at the cubs.

  129. 129
    Stella Creasy says:

    I am proud of my former Co-op Party boss

  130. 130
    I prefer Unconscious Coupling says:

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  132. 132
    jgm2 says:

    That shit won’t stick. Co-Op is Labour. Flowers is Labour. Labour is written all over this.

    They’ll do more harm than good (to Labour) bringing it up.

  133. 133
    Sir Haagen Daz says:

    Sorry

    We have no personnel available for serious investigationsAnd orders from Whitehall not to investigate politicians or bankers

  134. 134
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Does it still involve lawyers; and 50% of all the assets?

  135. 135
    Mitch says:

    They’ve prosecuted one plod who wasn’t involved and lied about what happened. The police on the gate are sticking to their story, and one is suing Mitchell about his own account.

  136. 136
    I prefer Unconscious Coupling says:

    It involves conscious negotiations and settlements and other such pretentious ballcocks.

  137. 137
    bartfartbastard says:

    “They suck you dry and then spit you out at the end of it.’

    This man has rent boys on the brain…

  138. 138
    Financial Misconduct Autare overwhelmed by a tidal wave of criminality says:

    We are overwhelmed by a tidal wave of criminal conduct

  139. 139
    Ancient seafarer back from the south seas says:

    Umbongo in Swahili means ‘brains’. Not a lot of people know that.

  140. 140
    Owen Jones says:

    BRING tears to your eyes by simply using mint shower gel when your arse is doing a Flanders poppy impression .

    And,boy don’t I know it !!

  141. 141
    UKIP for me says:

    Imagine if Flowers had been UKIP or Tory, you can bet the farm the BBC would have launched an all out fanatical attack presented as a scandal and aired 24/7. As the scandal involves labour it is being covered up and hushed up by the BBC.

    Dont pay the thug enforced TV tax.

  142. 142
    Surr Nob Skelpoff says:

    I say, I say, I say, why do Milliband and Cameron have Moses Noses?

  143. 143
    Gideon George Osborne says:

    Interested in being able to deposit cheques by smartphone, tablet or other devices? Comment on our consultation http://linkd.in/1kJ3sLH

  144. 144
    Myfanwy says:

    The ones that knew what was happening was the senior management, but I do not think they will never be breaking rocks or anything else with the LibLabCons, so far none of them have gone down the line and eating porridge, and never will, they are in the money and feed the ever hungry mouths of political parties

  145. 145
    Sue, grabbit and run, City solicitors says:

    What do you expect?

    We are paid to lie and throw dust in the juryman’s face

  146. 146
    Surr Nob Skelpoff says:

    I heard, that certain dope dealers and rent boys are buying lambos and ferraris with their co-op divi stamps.

  147. 147
    jgm2 says:

    Yeah. It’s being portrayed as a personal tragedy. A flawed man brought down by gossip.

    The little bit about him being utterly fucking incompetent and presiding over a monumental clusterfuck at the heart of Labour finance is relegated to a side story. The Co-Op and its bank collapses andneeds a 2bn cash injection and, fuck me, if it isn’t the ‘hedge funds’ or the Tories fault.

  148. 148
    Ukrainian oligarch says:

    Ever easier now to deposit my loot in London

    Thanks

  149. 149
    thostids says:

    If it flies, floats or fucks – rent it.

  150. 150
    Surr Nob Skelpoff says:

    That’ll get you a shag at a party.
    Shag, defn: Large, oily bird with big green feet.

  151. 151
    Tony Blair, gangster says:

    I am jealous

    That is a scam I did not think of

  152. 152
    Myfanwy says:

    How many politicos are paying for gay sex and straight sex, and was that “snow” on the table in that infamous picture of Gideon and the hooker. There is a level where rules are not applicable but are enforced against the little people and they are sent down the line.

  153. 153
    Rudolph Hess says:

    In 2017 a ‘Top Secret’ after a 75 year rule has elapsed, you will see how I stopped WW2 stone dead.
    But you British carried it on regardless.

  154. 154
    jgm2 says:

    ‘Gideon’. Another Labour apologist ‘tic’.

  155. 155
    Surr Nob Skelpoff says:

    Tony’s had his punishment: Death by Umbongo or marry Cheri….

  156. 156
    C O (Ξ7i) says:

    This should reflect quite badly on Ed Balls, who did put this reprobate up for the job.

  157. 157
    thostids says:

    What is so wrong with this schoolboy’s term of comparatively harmless jest? I well remember my early days of Latin when “pills” were “iac’ed” about and “plebs” were simply those sprogs in the lower forms that were only good for roasting in front of the massive open fires – after the real killers in the 5th Form had finished casseroling the erks.

  158. 158
    Anonymous says:

    It was not the so called casino banking that caused the problem as this is safer then the so called lending. It’s lending that the risky business.

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    100K – LOL

  160. 160
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Rev.Flowers ,A typical example of a lying socialist piece of Labour scum. And they
    put this incompetent idiot in charge of a bank .

  161. 161
    Fishy says:

    JGM2, you can’t talk about HBOS without mentioning ‘ex- Sir’ James Crosby. He who drove the Halifax into the wall, got himself a knighthood from Brown and Blair and became a bank regulator, FFS.

  162. 162
    Jim says:

    He did not lie about the facts, he repeated what was in the police logs that were not available to him. We are still awaiting the investigation report as to whether the police logs were lies.

  163. 163
    Fuck the BBC says:

    Naff off

    Even Dan Hodges is on to this

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100262627/the-real-story-of-plebgate-even-the-police-cant-trust-the-police-any-more/

    “A second officer, PC James Glanville was dismissed from the Met for gross misconduct”

    “an additional three other officers are currently facing misconduct charges over the incident …

    … One of the officers was actually present at the gate at the time of the confrontation … it was this officer who obtained a copy of the infamous email from PC Rowlands to his superiors alleging Mitchell had used the words “f*****g plebs”, and passed it to PC Glanville, who in turn passed it to the Sun. I’m told the officer is also charged with lying about this fact when initially interviewed.

    it does provide evidence of “collusion”.”

    No plod has sued, nor will they, because they are as guilty as fuck

  164. 164
    Fishy says:

    Paxman asked him if he’d been doing this before. I’d invite you to look at his body language after he says ‘no’. The surprising thing is that the camera lingered – I’m surprised that Labour’s Newsnight didn’t edit that bit out.

  165. 165
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    + 100 Holmes was appalling this morning although am no fan of Laws who I believe should have gone to jail for stealing money through his expenses.

    If the teachers don’t like the job then they can join the rest of us in private industry , thought not

  166. 166
    Neocon Capo says:

    Radio silence on Ukraine

    Good boy Gweedo

  167. 167
    Fishy says:

    They could have used gauze…and that sad, emotional music that Newsnight sometimes use (when they are running a feature on poverty and the downtrodden for e.g.) would have been good.

  168. 168

    This is a Westminster gossip blog you idiot.

  169. 169
    Fishy says:

    Mmm.

    Interestingly Newsnight didn’t mention that…and Flowers didn’t blame Balls for giving him the job…and Paxman never asked him either.

  170. 170
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Paxo let him show exactly what he was like: that’s not bad interviewing, surely?

  171. 171
    Albert P says:

    You’d need a fucking strong rope to hang that arsehole.

  172. 172
    Lizzie says:

    Oi, Paxman, Katz got yer tongue tonight?

  173. 173
    Adviser says:

    Flowers was a regular attender at the CAB conference in York every year where he was well known to be a… er…. er bit of a sinner (or ‘a character’ as they said).

  174. 174
    Anonymous says:

    They tried to make me go to rehab…

  175. 175
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    I finally cancelled my direct debit to the BBC today. Even country file on a Sunday night is anti-Tory Marxist propaganda these days!

  176. 176
    Anonymous says:

    Typical ukip imbecile with the IQ equivalent of a dim 2 watt bulb ( powercut optional) with his oh so imbecilic ignorant laughable answers, yet in total denial that he is a useless piece of filthy, greedy, lying shit – just like farage

    There you go, you now described to a tee

  177. 177
    Aardvark says:

    Well done, and may many millions more follow you.

  178. 178
    Cynic2 says:

    “My mother was dying”

    Didnt your faith sustain you?

  179. 179
    Anonymous says:

    It is Simon.

  180. 180
    Aardvark says:

    Someone needs to take a valium.

  181. 181
    Yuri says:

    Not brilliant.
    Uninformed.
    Ukraine Parliament was properly elected according to OSCE, i.e. legal.
    ex-PM Yanukovych was impeached by legal RADA due to criminal/unconstitutional behaviour.
    Provisional PM Yatsenyuk legally appointed by RADA. Russian dys-information sucked up by Owen Jones.
    Get your facts correct

  182. 182
    UK Fred says:

    No mention of the £33 Million mortage to John Reid’s Galsgow Celtic at 1 1/2% either, secured in part on land at 740 times what Celtic paid the City of Glasgow for it.

  183. 183
    UK Fred says:

    Hasn’t Keith got enough do?

  184. 184
    Sailor Sam says:

    I suppose Yuri when the Ukraine is subsumed into the EU you like many of your countrymen shouting about the rights and wrongs of the situation will be on the first bus going West, will you not?

    From where I am sitting Russia’s crime is letting communism fall and unleashing all you Eastern European cretins upon us.

    FFS STFU.

  185. 185
    UK Fred says:

    And resigned from another council for having been fond to have downloaded gay porn on his council computer. It must not have been black gay porn or Jack Dromey would have been round to watch it with him, if the boys were young enough.

  186. 186
    Ey-up Lad says:

    There are two ways of looking at this car crash of an interview – journalistically speaking. 1. It was a clever piece of editorial decision making to lure in the fat Co-op bank controller and let his insouciant demeanor reveal his true inner self – ie he is a self serving, self pitying knob who cannot take any responsibility for his own ineptitude. Paxo thus gently feeds him lines with which he can hang himself. 2. It was a total disaster for Paxo and Newslight – the softest interview in the entire history of the BBC, thus confirming the appointment of the new editor of the programme was a grotesque mistake, and that it really is time for the ageing grill-merchant, Paxman, to call it a day. He was woefully unprepared to respond to any of Flowers’ responses. Anyone tuning in thinking they would actually learn anything, would have been sadly disappointed. They over hyped this interview for hours before hand on tv and radio – and it just confirms that Newsnight is dead in the water and needs scrapping prono.

  187. 187
    broderick crawford says:

    expect an announcement stating Flower Pot has been installed as the new Chairman of RBS . a worthy successor to the Shred . What Freddie did not squander Pot will aspirate into his sinuses.

  188. 188
    broderick crawford says:

    did you manage to get —- Boned ?

  189. 189
    lojolondon says:

    Isn’t Paxman just the kindest, most gentle, understanding interviewer?

    In the eyes of the Biased BBC, it is better to be a gay, drug-abusing, prostitute-using drink-driving incompetent than, for example, a member of the Conservative party.

  190. 190
    lojolondon says:

    No, it was a lie. “Fuck the BBC” is being polite, which you don’t deserve.

  191. 191
    lojolondon says:

    As opposed to the “unconscious coupling” that started this all -

  192. 192

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  193. 193
    Just Saying. says:

    Goering was far more astute and intelligent.


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