March 28th, 2014

Post Socialist London Booms

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If one day there is a Boris versus Osborne Tory leadership battle both will want to highlight their economic growth credentials.

Boris will find it easier to paint a picture…

Hat-tip: Wall Street Journal


135 Comments

  1. 1
    Peter Grimes says:

    Perhaps Boris doesn’t waste/shower as much of my money on his mates as Livingslime did on his!

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    • 7
      Lee Grasper says:

      Hey!

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      • 16
        Peter Grimes says:

        The truth hurts, eh Lee!

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        • 22
          Abbopotamus says:

          WAAACIST

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

            What did you expect? Everything Labour touches turns into a car crash.

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          • Aardvark says:

            Don’t knock Ken.

            When it came to giving tens of millions of pounds to groups who supported him, putting out N Korean propaganda newspapers, sucking up to Islamist extremists and Marxist dictators and dabbling in anti-Semitism for votes – he was the tops!

            I remember his lovely ‘Ask Ken” column in The Londoner, the free monthly paper about our Dear Leader.

            Ahhhh

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    • 15
      Joe says:

      All the new buildings in the Boris’s London were either Started or given planning permission in Livingstone’s time as Mayor.

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      • 20

        No they weren’t.

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        • 24

          You fucking thick paddy poof. It does not matter what scumfuck was filling his pockets in the mayor’s glass bollock, London has been turned into a playground for the rich. It started in the early 90’s when Canary Wharf was built (on land that was originally bought with money from the Brinks Matt robbery) since then there has been a genocide of the working classes out of London. First priced out by scumfuck yuppies and trendy hipster middle class scum then replaced by immigrants being brought in to undercut their jobs. The scumbags in the mayors made up office and in parliament are detestable but little crawling cap doffers like you Fawkes are beyond contempt. You and your sniveling kind will be first up against the wall when the time comes, they’ll put a bullet in each kneecap before they put one in your fat head just to remind you of home.

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          • Gordon Brown's muscular male nurse says:

            Now Mr Brown, it is time for your lithium suppository.

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          • I agree with nick being boiled says:

            Erm…excellent, really. + 1 million

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          • dai sanguine says:

            so mr anderson – you’ve had a jolly nice day and having popped out for a spot of bubbly with the other chaps you thought you could sacrifice a moment or two of your valuable time giving us a history lesson

            thanks very much indeed

            i’m off to the pub m’self for a pint

            tinkety tonk!

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          • Not so angry anderson says:

            Have you got credible evidence for these allegations or are the drugs wearing off!

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          • Ith5x5 says:

            ‘First up against the wall’…!?

            You sad fuck, do you really think there’s going to be some sort of revolution in which you and your limp-dicked ‘anarchist’ mates are going to take over..?

            Dream on love….

            ‘Genocide of the working classes’…..!?

            You cock….

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          • Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

            The rich are perfect immigrants. They turn up with a wheelbarrow full of readies and spend it with no thought of imposing their old country beliefs.
            It’s the skint immigrants that are making life harder for us.

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          • M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

            Sad bastard.

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          • Taxpayer-funded astroturfing EU Troll says:

            Freedom for Tooting!

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          • hang on a min says:

            Livingstone ran London for ages.
            No-one remembers that time fondly.
            We’ve all moved on.

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          • ed milliband/working class hero says:

            well that escalated quickly

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          • it ain't that hard says:

            The working class could afford to move out of London coz they were able to get decent dosh for their homes from incoming richer people.

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          • Aardvark says:

            Damn those rich people for coming to our city and spending their money, providing jobs and wealth. Why can’t they go somewhere else.

            They make me sick!

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      • 106
        Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

        Ken gave us a comedy skyline. Gherkin, Helter Skelter, Can of Ham, Walkie Talkie, Cheese Grater, etc., etc ………..

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      • 118
        (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

        Either way, not much of an improvement! To see what London looked like before the property “developers” and enrichers struck. Look at some of the old Avengers episodes or Hitchcock’s “Frenzy!

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      • 133
        Look into my eyes, not around my eyes says:

        Ken Livingstone introduced congestion charging to prevent the under-privileged from driving into central London.

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  2. 2
    HV says:

    You been to Dublin lately?

    Crystal canyons everywhere – all empty.

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    • 4
      An Oirishman says:

      ’twas the boom, to be sure.And dat Euro money dat dey gave us by the bucketload.
      All stopped now.

      Shame.

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    • 6

      Yes, I was there yesterday. When were you last there?

      Prime office rents in Dublin are expected to rise by another 10% in 2014, following a 15% increase last year.

      http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/dublin-office-rent-rises-to-continue-259047.html

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      • 31
        dai broke says:

        boom & bust all over again?

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        • 40
          Off the scale says:

          I note the Irish are stating to get cocky again.
          They haven’t learned their lesson. Hope they’ve paid us back the money we lent them.

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        • 109
          Tell it like it is, Paddy says:

          No increase in expenses – it’s just those fucking greedy rent seeking landlords, all of whom, to a man/woman are complete avaricious bastards.

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      • 56
        Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

        Could be too many offices in too few hands or could be an increase after bottoming out ?

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      • 59
        Irish businessman looking to rent says:

        Hooray rents are going up! Tis a new golden age to be sure.

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        • 76
          Táxpáyér says:

          Yes. Rent = Privately collected tax.

          Expensive land (relative to wages) makes the country poorer.
          Making land deliberately more expensive is the welfare state for the rich. Gordon’s biggest scheme.

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          • dai taxing says:

            you have a point – the politicos may see both bank lending on mortgage and the landlordism as ‘tax farms’

            they may well believe that rising property prices are a good thing – without reference to the last three banking crashes

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        • 92
          Bosun Higgs says:

          As AdamSmith pointed out, rents are a zero-sum activity – a mere transfer of funds, with the same null effect on the economy as a pickpocket.

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    • 91
      Sir William Wayde says:

      All the good buildings in Dublin were built before independence.

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    • 108
      Anonymous says:

      Changing London’s skyline with glass monoliths. That’s a success story alright. No two ways about it, this site’s gone over to the dark side and become a corporatist shill.

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      • 111
        Vive la France says:

        Agree. The London skyline these days is just a complete ugly mess. Compare and contrast with Paris where the only eyesore is the hideous Montparnasse tower. The Frogs allowed that to be built, realised they had made a horrendous mistake and then stipulated that any further similar constructions would be out of town way out in the suburbs. That is what differentiates us from the French – they possess class, appreciation of fine things and sensitivity to the environment rather than just the endless desecration we see in London.

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        • 119
          Plender says:

          Also agree. London has always been about money and nothing else. Any building of long term architectural worth has been due to either accident or the work of a genius pursuing their own path (usually to be sidelined and then vilified). Ken or Boris not a massive amount of difference really both ego nuts who will look after their mates and spend your cash just on different crap. The money comes to London because it can make more money not really got a lot to do with the mayor at all he’s just a local clown.
          Have a read of Hyman Minsky and you’ll see we’re now entering the Speculative phase of the cycle no one knows how long that will last but the only phase that can follow it is the Ponzi one. Economies are not rational because people are not rational (and the same for politics). Hold onto your cash.

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        • 123
          (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

          + several hundred million!

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          • Titch Heraldic Device says:

            Still wondering if I am a conspiracy buff? Do you know that the ministers of the EU government are called commissaries and that the EU Chairman (sic) is not elected by EU citizens but by the EU parliament? Are you aware that the new EU Constitution overrules member state constitutions and that hardly any of the member states gave their citizens the right to vote over its acceptance? Their constitutions were simply taken away!

            Has any of that anything to do with the financial crisis? There is a fair chance that it does as otherwise it is strange that it happened. Our politicians are either incredibly inept and stupid – which would be frightening – or there is another hidden agenda that should be even more frightening.

            Don’t just accept this crisis as a ‘Black Swan’ … you need to look deeper than just the surface. let me close by stating that I am VERY MUCH in favor of a European Union. I always was. But when we voted for it, it was supposed to be FEDERATION of loosely coupled, but closely cooperating independent entities. That apparently was just the marketing pitch

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  3. 3
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Vauxhall coming along nicely.
    Wandsworth and Roehampton next Boris.
    Drive the Reds to East London.
    Then you can build a wall down the middle and make the place like old Berlin.

    West London – Booming, fashionable, prosperous, bright, expensive, exciting, greedy, choice, freedom, Capitalist.

    East London – Dull, squalid, depressing, concrete, political, sparse, bureaucratic, restricted, regulated, controlled, miserable, socialist.

    let Red Ken or Sadiq rule East london and see how long it takes before they set up watchtowers and border guards to keep the contended citizens of the East in their zone.

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    • 11
      Max Clifford's Bellend says:

      ‘Exciting’ is not an adjective I would use to describe West London.

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    • 18
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      Bill – Wandsworth is doing just fine already.

      The only real improvement is to dislodge expenses fiddling liar Khan from the Tooting constituency. Unfortunately his core racist vote makes that unlikely.

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    • 21
      Blowing Whistles says:

      People should realize what an asset Sadiq Khan is.

      Where would Tooting be without him ?

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      • 28
        broderick crawford says:

        Lots of Poundland and 99 p Shops in tooting Briadway … and Wiloko s …. and Primark …and Lidl …and Iceland .

        Being Wimbledonian myself I of course despise them … but I always shop there . Six rolls of soft toilet tissue tissue for 99p?? Five triple blade razor cartridges and a free razor for one pound ??

        Go figure !!

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        • 38
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          You forgot all the shite Asian convenience stores, sari shops, Asian sweet shops and wedding planners and halal butchers.

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        • 104
          Carlo Gambino says:

          People who are not American who say ‘go figure’.

          Yeeuch.

          Ditto people who are not American and say ‘do the math’.

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      • 36
        tutankhamun says:

        common

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    • 8
      Lord Rearguard says:

      They do it for love.

      Big man love ..come here you saucy little filly!

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      • 61
        Socialism is theft says:

        7% of what the Lib Dems tell you is the truth.

        But at least that figure is higher than the BBC.

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    • 19
      Anonymous says:

      wonderful to have seen you at the funeral of sir james of so fucking vile. what a photo opportunity that was. and no one seems to be intrigued as to why the press were able to take pictures of the casket in his grave. it was almost like something from a soap opera. but that is how it is with most of the shit coming out of the mainstream news the past few years. a lot of it is smoke and mirrors.

      the folklore and mythology pertaining to trees of the yew variety is that they were planted in graveyards so that their fine roots would grow through the eyes of the dead and stop the deceased from seeing their way back to the living.

      i wonder what exactly the operation known as that variety of trees is trying to stop from seeing the light of day?

      here is a clue. since you are goading me into offering it up. apparently a fella known as randy did his duty and then reverted to his ocean going preference of horribilis annus. his younger brother is out of the picture quite simply because he is too thick to even get laid. which leaves 4 people (though i use the term “people” in its loosest sense).

      when people starting throwing round accusations of political motivation to bring repugnant groups of serial sex offenders to justice and when these subhuman scumbags use their so called god given authority to silence and threaten then all rule of law has gone out the window… and those people no longer have the right to any sovereignty over any one else (not that they should ever have had it in the first place). the fact you think you can drag the world into all out war as a diversion is pathetic.

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  5. 9
    frenchjohn says:

    That’s not very nice. An onanist at least.

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  6. 10
    Yvette Cooper says:

    The pooblic sector borrowin’ requirement exceeds wor forecasts an must be browt doon , pet.

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  7. 13
    Anonymous says:

    So, lots more enormous erections in London under Boris, Jack Dromey will be pleased.

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    • 44
      risng sun says:

      when the load comes out will it be compassionate?

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      • 47
        compassionate or cruel says:

        complete absence of passion or growing vineyards.
        no more creation implies pull back at the last minute.

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        • 81
          Lord 'Bingo' Hall says:

          Poxy country has only been around for 200 years and we’ve rescued them from defeat 3 times. And 3 times before that when they were the Dutch.

          Next time, I say, let the Germans keep them.

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  8. 14
    Dodgy D. Laws says:

    I HAVE NEVER MET CLLR BROCK.

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  9. 23
    Banana Republic Britain says:

    I quite liked the old London, a bit low rent in places but W London was nice, you could also afford to buy somewhere to live without having to earn a fortune.

    Also there was hardly any crime.

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  10. 25
    Diane Abbott says:

    You must think I’m stupid, arrogant and a hypocrite.

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  11. 32
    Fanny the Wonderdog says:

    London is a shithole.

    I’m glad I live a long way from it.

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  12. 33
    Ken Livingstone says:

    Oh please. If I had been reelected that skyline would be full of mosques and London would the Beacon Of Islam I promised…but because the biased media called me out on my stinking hypocrisy, I lost…again

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    • 53
      Elephants Memory says:

      Did you ever get round to publishing your tax returns Ken ?

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      • 71
        Red Ken says:

        I didn’t see the point.
        I still claim every week on my LBC radio show that I never cheated on taxes or expenses. But I was never accused of that. I was accused of avoidance .
        So I claim I have never evaded taxes. And that is the truth. So I’m justified. In my own mind.. And in the minds of labour voters who probably don’t know the difference between avoidance and evasion.

        Anyway..fuck off Elephant.. It’s none of your business.

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    • 125
      (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

      Leave it aht, Ken! Stop banging on about building more houses to house your beloved immigrants!

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  13. 39
    stushie says:

    Dianne is only interested in Dianne. So what’s new?
    Next stop, the home for superannuated windbags (think Prescott& Kinnock).
    God give me strength.

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    • 116
      Lawks a mercy says:

      Well she’ll be able to sip tea and chinwag with her mate Doreen, won’t she. Both equally wastes of precious space.

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      • 126
        Only chavs shop at Tesco says:

        Kinnock may well be a superannuated windbag, but he’s trousered almost as much Brussels loot as that slithering lounge lizard Mandelslime and, according to legend, is one of the main obstacles to the EU accounts being signed off. Give the boyo some credit.

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        • 130
          ned ludd says:

          Some employée in brussels tried to whistleblow some years ago and kinnock got her sacked. Lovely man.

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  14. 43
    Bradley Wiggles says:

    Don’t forget the Boris Bikes!

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  15. 45
    Fat Norm says:

    Stand by for an influx of rich Ukrainians when all that IMF and US money reaches Kiev followed by Russian tanks a month later.

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    • 49
      Podiceps says:

      Wonder whether one of them will snap up Tony Benn’s nice house in Holland Park Avenue. It’s slap in the middle of the Ukrainian quarter, and overlooks the bizarre statue of St Volodmyr on the other side of the road.

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      • 55
        Ith5x5 says:

        Doubtful. The smell of pipe smoke can’t be removed from the interior walls of a house unless you re-plaster the fucking lot.

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        • 72
          Red Ken says:

          The stench of 40 years of failure must be pretty potent too.

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          • Táxpáyér says:

            Failure?

            The hypocrite successfully “fooled” a lot of people for a long time.

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          • Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

            Forty years of failure ?

            We’ve consistently failed in Government and in Opposition so how do you reckon it’s only 40 years ?

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  16. 46
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    “HMRC to appeal against high court award to Barclay brothers of £1.2bn”

    What a cheeky pair of c-unts. They live outside the UK to avoid tax, but want HMRC to give them a refund.

    Cameron – tell them both to piss off.

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    • 50
      Podiceps says:

      What, and send the Telegroan even farther left than it has gone already?

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      • 74
        Lord 'Bingo' Hall says:

        Has it gone left? The editorials have moved into that pointless metrosexual liberal arty scene that you can get from any free paper you pick up.

        But the comments are mostly Kippers and some fuber tinfoil hatters.

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    • 120
      Plender says:

      Dave will pay up pronto he’s never not folded when big money wants its due.

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  17. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Yo how’s you doing ?

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  18. 52
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    THIS ADVERT WAS APPROVED AND SPONSORED BY THE LABOUR PARTY.

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  19. 54
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    I listened to Radio 4 this morning and actually now feel that the Big 6 utility companies and their investors are actually holding the UK to hostage.

    If you listened to Centrica’s boss, he was saying effectively “If there is too much investigation into the set up there will be no investment”

    They have become the same as the bankers – give us public money to pay for our bankruptcies or we will create a Depression …

    Re-nationalise. I would be surprised if the Big 6 do not try to annex the UK soon, frankly.

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  20. 57
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    I listened to Radio 4 this morning and actually now feel that the Big 6 utility companies and their investors are actually holding the UK to hostage.

    If you listened to Centrica’s boss, he was saying effectively “If there is too much investigation into the set up there will be no investment”

    They have become the same as the bankers – give us public money to pay for our ban krup tcies or we will create a Depression …

    Re-nationalise. I would be surprised if the Big 6 do not try to annex the UK soon, frankly

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    • 67
      Socialism is theft says:

      No what they are saying is that if they don’t make any profit they won’t be investing. Companies invest using the profits they make after the government has taxed them, their workers and their customers with corporation tax, National Insurance, VAT and green energy taxes.

      But at least it makes a change from unions blackmailing the country. It was the teachers again only the other day.

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    • 69
      Anonymous says:

      Illuminati

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    • 96
      Bosun Hiigs says:

      If the Government wanted to reduce energy prices it could abolish green taxes and VAT on gas and electricity, but it is far easier to blame the people who actually produce these things.

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    • 98
      End the fake energy market says:

      I agree. My thought on this was: why doesn’t someone in our government start representing trhe public interest and remind him that criminal conspiracies end in prison terms with all the proceeds of crime (ie his bonus) being confiscated by the state?

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  21. 58
    Fat Norm says:

    Given Billy-boy’s tearful declarations of sympathy for the Ukrainian cause, any plutocrats from the steppes turning up at Heathrow should be directed to Hague Hall, Yorks. At least that will prevent bust-ups with Vlad’s mates in Chelski

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  22. 60
    EU Watch 2 says:

    Common Agricultural Policy under fire in France:

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  23. 62
    Podiceps says:

    ‘The nation of Belgium is presenting President Obama with a special gift during his visit this week:
    The gift… of a cookie.’

    http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/3/28/what-no-waffles.html

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  24. 65
    Lord Kitchener says:

    MORE than one million pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent on foreign language interpreters in Dorset by police and the CPS in just five years.

    From defendants, prosecution witnesses to victim support, the cost of translation in the county can now be revealed by the Echo.

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    • 78
      Lord 'Bingo' Hall says:

      Your country needs you …

      To fuck off!

      so a nice immigrant on a forged passport can live in your house.

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    • 82
      Don't Blame French Kids says:

      French kids shoplifting not included. They get sent home on a verbal.

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      • 90
        spend our taxes wisely says:

        How much does it cost to translate school lessons
        for non-English speaking immigrants?

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        • 102
          nell says:

          YoungNells had a spell at one of labour’s state schools. Scary experience .No academic maths english or science, no pastoral care , teachers only interested in striking and protecting their gold plated pensions. Not many of them interested in teaching pupils. Very labour. All about teachers rights and nothing about education!!

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    • 97
      HMRC never says:

      And all the profits go to multinationals whch pay little or no tax in the UK.

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    • 105
      Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

      Knock on William Bragg’s door on his big house in Bridport. He loves bleating about foreigners so he’s sure to stump up a few quid.

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  25. 101
    nell says:

    I see MariaMiller is going to be required to pay back £thousands she ‘wrongly’ claimed from the taxpayer . Good! Hopefully she will not be re-elected in 2015. Dishonest lady!

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  26. 122
    Anonymous says:

    “If one day there is a Boris versus Osborne Tory leadership battle both will want to highlight their economic growth credentials.”
    Lets hope they don’t make a song and dance about it. As the spectacle of an education minister’s uninspired parroting of contemporary music, inspires the following Gove Groove:

    National narrative’s nonsense,
    young ones say.
    Extolling three Rs,
    spelt with W and with A?

    Tree of ‘knowledge’ ain’t there,
    for youth to hack at its rote.
    It’s the font of what fills mouths,
    of the pig-headed with fruit.

    Fewer leader debates, from discussion haters.
    More masturbators than mass-debaters.
    Do Not Question’s the mantra, true-dat be.
    Pushing policies via rap, with a capital C?

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Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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