March 29th, 2014

Maria Miller Sells Second Home for £1 Million Profit

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Last month Guido revealed that Maria Miller was making a potential six figure profit on the second home – lived in by her parents – that she had claimed mortgage payments for on expenses, in clear breach of expenses rules. The Telegraph today reports she has sold the home which she bought in 1996 for £234,000 for £1.47 million, trousering a taxpayer-subsidised profit of over £1 million. Despite claiming £90,000 for the second home on expenses she will only have to repay £5,000. This was a case of a Cabinet minister blatantly breaching expenses rules, resulting in significant personal gain, yet the impotent Standards Commissioner is giving her a mere slap on the wrist…

UPDATE: A DCMS source gets in touch:

“Maria has co-operated fully with the inquiry, asked for by the Labour Party, which has now been going on for a year and a half amidst constant unfounded speculation. We hope it will conclude soon. It is not surprising that London houses go up in value well over a decade after they are first bought . It is also not unusual for people to move house.”


342 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    She should be taken outside and put in the stocks! Thieving scum.

  2. 2
    Maria Miller says:

    I’ve spoke to Dave this morning, he says my jobs safe.

  3. 3
    Keith Dovkants says:

    Corrupt bitch.

    Jacqui Smith comes to mind – and like her, Ms. Miller will be looking for a new job at the next election.

  4. 4
    Ah! FFS says:

    From Norman Tebbit to this shit!!

  5. 5
    Fred Goodwin says:

    Should of been double that profit.

  6. 6
    Maria Miller says:

    Have I resigned?

  7. 7
    Edward Balls says:

    “In the shadow Cabinet, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has been accused of adopting a mysterious northern accent though she was raised in Hampshire and educated at Oxford.”

    I can’t understand a word she says.

  8. 8
    Maria Miller says:

    Having made my million, I think it is worth it. Once the broohaha has blown over my life will be quite cushy.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Another example of why we need full recall rights.

    If the voters could require such people to submit themselves to election at any time (save, perhaps, 6 months either side of a known election date for the role) then misbehaviour could be dealt with and would be reduced.

    All elected roles and all chairmen of quangos should be subject to this arrangement.

    Given the time wasted on trivia in the HoC and the long recesses recently, it can only be as a result of the choice of party leaders that this has not been done. Shame on them!

    Shame on Maria Miller.

  10. 10
    Simon Ftzpatrick says:

    Truly despicable.

  11. 11
    Im Voting UKIP says:

    We are all in this together !

  12. 12
    There is another way says:

    Mere recall is not enough

  13. 13
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    So if it is her second home she would pay capital gains tax on the profit? She could not claim it to be her primary residence (which would be exempt from CGT) since other people were living in it.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    “breaching expenses rules, resulting in significant personal gain”
    A house, divided by the unconscionable existence and application of two sets of regulations, can apparently stand?

  15. 15
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Kerching!

  16. 16
    All right for some says:

    Have to say that her troughing does not reflect well on Dave’s punitive bedroom tax.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Should HAVE been double that profit.

  18. 18
    Everyone n the country says:

  19. 19
    TimetoReboot says:

    Isn’t that a seven figure profit? Why oh why do they keep with Ms Miller – she’s a disaster area of her own

  20. 20
    A Pierrepoint says:

    Should have been hanged, drawn and quartered.

  21. 21
    Jacqui smith says:

    Take the money and run Maria. Two years hence and you will be a BBC and NHS governor, doing regular telly and still have a couple of million in the bank. Then there is the Golden Handshake, tax free resettlement package and gold plated pension. Just brazen it out and you are set for life.

  22. 22
    The Public says:

    She is unfit to be an MP

  23. 23
    lazyenglish says:

    Should HAVE been double that profit.

  24. 24
    Feminists are thick cunts says:

    How typical. Isabel Oakshott stated that Miller shouldn’t be fired or go to jail because……it’s not a large amount of money and she’s a woman.

  25. 25
    Some useless guff from the Tories says:

    Where is our right of recall?

  26. 26
    Boarden Farquar says:

    Should’ve Could’ve Would’ve DID!

  27. 27
    The public says:

    Who is Isabel Oakshott? Sounds like some sort of a moral pygmy.

  28. 28
    Spartacus says:

    slap on the wrist.

    next time it will be lashing with a wet lettuce leaf

    and then you will be sorry

  29. 29
    ancientpopeye says:

    Slap on the wrist, should be a swift kick up the arse.

  30. 30
    Feminists are thick cunts says:

    Fucking media going crazy over gay fucking marriage. The BBC were wetting their pink thongs this morning.

  31. 31
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Yes, take the million quid but put a pound in the charity box on your way out (says standards commissioner).

  32. 32
    Jailed BBC licence dodger says:

    Exactly this IS the big news of the DAY

  33. 33
    Bertie Blunt says:

    Her constituents can remedy that at the next general election (the MP bit, not the unfit bit).

  34. 34
    Historian says:

    Isabel Oakshott is a member of the Murdoch Mob

    Which was part and parcel with the corruption of Britain by Blair

    People have still don’t realise the damage Blair and Murdoch have done to the very fabric of Britain

    So don’t expect one honest word from this evil little bitch

  35. 35
    I think we know the answer to this says:

    Irrespective of lack of action by the impotent Standards authority, this woman appears have commited a substantial criminal fraud. Will there be a police investigation with a view to prosecution ? If not , why not ?

  36. 36
    The MSM are cunts, especially yhe BBC says:

    Lets have the real news.
    TB is spreading from person to person.
    TB is being brought in by thousands of immigrants.
    TB is causing huge pressure on our health services.
    TB was as good as eradicated before mass immigration.
    Stop this imported threat to every UK citizen.
    And outlaw spitting please.
    Its a total health hazard and a disgusting habit.

    This is MSM propaganda at its very worst.

  37. 37
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    One in a £Million Maria.

  38. 38
    David Cameron says:

    You just pay your taxes plebs. As the leader of the High Tax Party I’m immensely proud of the hilarious marginal rates you oiks are paying.

  39. 39
    We could learn a lot from China says:

    Arrested on the Monday, tried on the Tuesday, executed on the Wednesday and you thought the Germans were efficient.

  40. 40
    Flange says:

    Au contraire. I would suggest she fits the mould perfectly.

  41. 41
    Blairite says:

    Good to see Tony back in the headlines.

  42. 42
    House of thieves says:

    “breaching expenses rules, resulting in significant personal gain ” , thats FRAUD to you and me. Jail the bitch !

  43. 43
    Labour...mendacious expedient sociopaths says:

    miliband pledging to freeze energy prices to 2017 at welsh conference in manifesto for GE

  44. 44
    House of thieves says:

    Isabel Oakshott was tne journo who encouraged Vicky Pryce to go public on her involvement in Huhnes conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. In the course of this she ‘assured’ Pryce that she wouldn’t get into trouble by admitting her involvement. Lesson being under no circumstances trust a journalist.

  45. 45
    House of thieves says:

    In addition the fact that this ignoramus of the Law is now sounding off about what clearly is a criminal fraud and stating she has done nothing wrong reinforces the fact the no one should seek legal advice from Oakshott.

  46. 46
    Persona non grata says:

    And these criminals expect people to vote for them. Love what’s left of Britain, vote UKIP.

  47. 47
    Fucking dis custard says:

    Lend’s a aid or two Maria. You can afford it now!

  48. 48
    Bery Hogie How'syefather says:

    Sorry, no time.

  49. 49
    Ed & Yvette, Tripple Dippers says:

    Rank amateur, if you’re gonna do it, do it BIG.

  50. 50
    Fucking dis custard says:

    I caught something else from my pussy.

  51. 51
    A certain shade of pale says:

    … and the Miller told a tale..

  52. 52
    HMRC says:

    We look the other way for the chosen ones.

  53. 53
    Fucking dis custard says:

    She just unfit!

  54. 54
    Press reevyew says:

    She is one of the pack of thick lefty empty headed sofa sitting bimbos. Done today’s crossword yet anyone?

  55. 55
    A Pubic Louse says:

    I contracted a nasty case of the Huhne’s once. Took ages to get clean again.

  56. 56
    A new slant says:

    Can her bank manager be charged with receiving stolen goods?

  57. 57
    olden1936 says:

    You all sound astonished! Why else would anyone become an MP?

  58. 58
    Esther McVile PhD Esq says:

    FROM CALL BOYS TO STRIPPERS & GRINDERS … JOBS ADVERTISED AT THE JOBCENTRE!
    Standard
    Badger [5491]

    Ball grinder [8125]

    Bandyman [8111]

    Batman [6231]

    Beater’s assistant [8121]

    Beater-up [8111]

    Behinder [8117]

    Belly roller [8114]

    Blanket raiser [8113]

    Body mounter [8132]

    Boner [5431 5433]

    Boring engineer [8123]

    Bottom filler [5413]

    Bottomer [8121 8125 5413]

    Box hand [9134 9139 5421]

    Bruiser [5213 also Bruiser (leather dressing)]

    Bumper [8113 8122 8125]

    Burster [8122]

    Butt suspender [8114]

    Call boy [6215]

    Can dodger [8113]

    Carpenter-diver [5315]

    Chick sexer [9119]

    Chopperman [8121]

    Doper [8114, 8139]

    Duffer [9139]

    Flasher [5491]

    Fluffer [8114]

    Drifter [8122, 8123]

    Eye puncher [8125]

    False twister [8113]

    Farmer’s wife [9111]

    Fat boiler [8114]

    Fish nobber [5433]

    Hanger-on [8122, 9141]

    Hemp cutter [8113]

    Hooker [8113, 8117, 9139]

    Humper [9139]

    Pig dehairer [5431]

    Pouncer [5419]

    Puffer [8139]

    Puller-off [9121, 9139]

    Ring doffer [8113]

    Ransacker [8133]

    Ripper [8122]

    Skull breaker [8117]

    Slugger [8119, 8139]

    Skiver [8114, 8129, 5413]

    Smearer [5419]

    Sniffer [8133

    Sponger [5491]

    Stripper and grinder [8129]

    Swinger [8113]

    Tonguer [8117]

    Tool hardener [8117]

    Whimseyer [8113]

    Whizzerman [8114]

    Willey operator [8113]

  59. 59
    Spoonface says:

    Now that we have kweer marriage

    And I have soolved the problem in Crimea and saved the world

    I will take maternity leave, again

  60. 60
    freezing assets says:

    Can he please explain to us thickies just HOW he proposes to enforce that?

  61. 61
    Toni Blair & b says:

    Give us a bung

  62. 62
  63. 63
    Sandy Toksvig - carpet muncher par excellence says:

    Miliband is rather like his name, bandy with his eyes too close together.

  64. 64
    Maria's bank manager says:

    Please no more charges

    I will be put away for life if this goes on

    I’m a victim

  65. 65
    Apps a lutely bloody useless says:

    The fabulous wonderful magnificent Yahoo have just automatically uploaded my new Firefox home title page with a list of what they think are convenient apps running along the top.

    But, if you right click on them a menu descends containing the word ‘delete’. If you do that, the app disappears. Fabulous technology!! Isn’t life fucking wonderful?

    Now, refresh your page and the whole fucking lot reappear. So WTF is Yahoo playing at? In my case all these things do is slow my up/download speed.

    Bloody (w)ankers.

  66. 66
  67. 67
    T.Blair says:

    Solidarity Maria

  68. 68
    Feminists are thick cunts says:

    Yahoo is run by a bird now. Say no more.

  69. 69
    LibDem MP says:

    Guido is all over me like the clap

  70. 70
    Sal E Bercow says:

    Mine has teeth

  71. 71
    Feminists are thick cunts says:

    Oakshott is a hack, she was spouting off on the Sky paper review last night.

  72. 72

    You are all living under ZOG!

  73. 73
    Broadmoore Tribune says:

    To attract high calibre people into politics you have to give them a decent financial reward otherwise they would do something else.
    Cash for crash lawyer for example.
    I personally don’t want to lose my MP to a firm like ‘Have you been in an accident with a banana recently and it ended up your bum.com’

  74. 74
  75. 75
    mary Whitehouse says:

    His Elvis anecdote was cringewothy. Guido needs to pick up on it.

  76. 76
    Post modern philosopher says:

    It is what Bloomberg are promoting every day

    Disruptive innovation

    They have run out of ideas and have not understood that we are in a post modern world

    So disruptive innovation now consists of randomly deleting and recreating useless confusion

    Prior to disappearing up its own arsehole

    Like the famous ooomegoolie birds

    Take some koke and you will be on top of all this modernity

  77. 77
    Vince the Cable Guy says:

    I don’t recall…

  78. 78
    Thaddle thoap says:

    … and there was me thinking a ‘hack’ was some sort of half dead horse. Live and learn I suppose.

  79. 79
    Brit Bastard Cnuts, says:

    No ringmaster?

  80. 80
    Brit Bastard Cnuts, says:

    Pretty pretty though.

  81. 81
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Have the Cooper / Balls property dealings been looked into recently ?

  82. 82
    Brit Bastard Cnuts, says:

    A friend of a doctor :

    ATTENTION, Interrupted announcement,…….We have cause to suppress the following, doctors are not perfect and English doctors are not to be believed, take him away Julian….

    I note that the BBC is now peddling the line that it is cats that are spreading TB in London i.e. cat-to-cat and then cat-to-human.

    TB was completely eradicated from the UK.

    Now which group in London might the BBC be giving cover for?

    Here’s a hint, they represent 1 in 4 of the prison population in London.

  83. 83
    Apps a lutely bloody useless says:

    PS: They’ve also now fucked my email; my emoticons which were working perfectly now just sit and stare at me. Anyone know what to do the switch them back on again? Am I the only one with this dog’s breakfast of an update?

    Tqvm.

  84. 84
    School milk says:

    Why did some nurse jab me with a TB syringe in the mid 50s then, Beeboids?

  85. 85
    China hand says:

    And the family paid for the bullet

  86. 86
    Windrush Mk IV says:

    Word is it comes in with the mosquerats.

  87. 87
    God says:

    The most crazy shit ever thought up in the bowels of a loony left Lambeth town hall have now become government policy.
    Not just any government,,a fucking Tory government.
    Men in dresses chicks with dicks and blokes walking up the aisle.
    Be honest any country which fought for the right to exterminate 100,000 of its young every year and to stick a penis in a 16 year old boys bottom deserves to be sent mad before it is destroyed.

  88. 88
    Posey Watch says:

    It’s only noon, if I se one more shot of a grinning pair of benders on the MSM screens, I swear someone will be………..

  89. 89
    Arm in arm we march along says:

    Yes, me too – still got the scar to prove it too!

  90. 90
    Taxfodder says:

    Basically underlines how the electorate are robbed and cheated, clearly nobody in Government or indeed Westminster gives a damn.

    A clear example of how you are a complete and utter mug if you do the right thing and pay your taxes and what happens if you are stupid enough to vote.

  91. 91
    Arm in arm we march along says:

    married?

  92. 92
    Mr Nobody says:

    The economy is doing well, unemployment is falling and the polls are about to cross over 13 months before the election. A healthy Tory majority looks odds-on next year and don’t you hard left socialists just hate that?

  93. 93
    chuckle brothers says:

    badgers ?

  94. 94
    Tiny Todger, Big Gob says:

    Roll up roll up, see your 70 s sex show here, I only like to watch so no harm will be done then.

    Ps…sign here, don’t want you having a giraffe with Plod in 2050.

  95. 95
    God says:

    The increase in the amount of people with AIDS in this country can largely be explained by immigrants bringing it in.

  96. 96
    Ahaaa! says:

    Wait till you hear about her fourth house.

  97. 97
    Bloke says:

    Yes but, it’s PUBLIC money. The clue is in the name.

  98. 98
    P l e b says:

    There is only one correct way to push shit uphill and that is in a barrow!

  99. 99
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    She will be paying 28% capital gains tax on this million windfall to the Exchequer ie £280,000, so hurrah for Maria!

  100. 100
    Bloke says:

    Well done chaps – grammatical ignorance on display in a public forum is inexcusable. It’s not pedantic to insist on accuracy. For those who think it is, buy a car made in Nigeria.

  101. 101
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I would quite happily lose my MP to such a firm

  102. 102
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Yes, lefties have a vested interest in the country doing badly.

  103. 103
    nigels parachute says:

    Someone from the gay lobby just said gay marriage is a great step in the path to full equality

    So what’s next

  104. 104
    Putin/Obama telephone call says:

    Barry: You must withdraw

    Vlad: I am not your husband

  105. 105
    cat stephens says:

    I love my dog as much as I love you
    But you may fade, my dog will always come through.

  106. 106
    Johnny Bercow says:

    You called?

  107. 107
    Alan Carr says:

    Gay nurseries?

  108. 108
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    She’s a Tory! We don’t want her sort at the BBC

  109. 109
    P l e b says:

    Are we having a referendum on the House of Lords in the next parliament?
    And on the monarchy?

    Y’know. Those unelected, undemocratic, cash-gobbling toffs?

    No? Thought not.

  110. 110
    David Cummerbund says:

    The Rainbow flags are flying and I must say I feel that this an incredibly proud moment for this nation.. the rights of people of the same sex to be able to have an outlandish, garish, clitoral pink ceremony in any religious building they choose , that doesn’t object to it, is enshrined in law.

    I can feel a little tear welling my eyes at this joyous occasion.
    And when William decides the time is right to come out, i shall be happy to be the best man, or should I say , Equal best man, on his big day.

  111. 111
    Bean Counter says:

    If she flipped houses so as to make this her principal private residence, then she won’t pay any CGT on the sale. (If she didn’t, she’s flipping daft.)

  112. 112
    Chris Bryant's pants says:

    Uphill gardening are you talking about?

  113. 113
    Sermon on the Mounty says:

    Sadiq Khan wants answers as to why so many Muslims are in prison.
    That’s fine.

    But he may not like the answer

  114. 114
    broderick crawford says:

    ” … it is also not unusual for people to move house”

    But it IS unusual for the ruling oligarchic few to have the systemic wherewithal to massage the rules of the game such that they will not have to pay capital gains tax on what is effectively a second property !!

  115. 115
    Corby says:

    NO the pillory is better – we can then all throw things at her. People who wree paricularly unpopular were pelted to death.

    Dead cats and there small animals, offal, and excrement, were favourite misiles.

  116. 116
    Corby says:

    Broken of the wheel is better – people used to live for days.

    To increase the pain one the limbs were broken they were threaded through the spokes.

    When hoist up the bids used to peck at the exposed flesh and eyes of the subject.

  117. 117
    broderick crawford says:

    oh yes indeedee the House can stand .

    It s been doing so since Cromwell.

  118. 118
    Marry a Miller - they're loaded says:

    Ah ! You mean money that the public has no access to, even though it came from them.

    Got it.

  119. 119
    Táxpáyér says:

    Ground-rents are a still more proper subject of taxation than the rent of houses. A tax upon ground-rents would not raise the rents of houses. It would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent, who acts always as a monopolist, and exacts the greatest rent which can be got for the use of his ground. More or less can be got for it according as the competitors happen to be richer or poorer, or can afford to gratify their fancy for a particular spot of ground at a greater or smaller expense. In every country the greatest number of rich competitors is in the capital, and it is there accordingly that the highest ground-rents are always to be found. As the wealth of those competitors would in no respect be increased by a tax upon ground-rents, they would not probably be disposed to pay more for the use of the ground. Whether the tax was to be advanced by the inhabitant, or by the owner of the ground, would be of little importance. The more the inhabitant was obliged to pay for the tax, the less he would incline to pay for the ground; so that the final payment of the tax would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent.

    — Adam Smith , The Wealth of Nations, Book V, Chapter 2, Article I: Taxes upon the Rent of Houses

    The ONLY capitalist tax. It would hit BtL MPs etc very hard and sort out the economy.

  120. 120
    Marry a Miller - they're loaded says:

    But she’s only pretending !

  121. 121
    broderick crawford says:

    she s an apology for a journalist .

    and in the social pecking order of that particular profession that s plumbing the depths of uncharted waters.

  122. 122
    craig david cameron says:

    thrusday, friday and saturday we were making love to the corpse
    then chillaxed on the suuuuuuundaaaaaay ooooooooh ahh yeeahhhhh

  123. 123
    broderick crawford says:

    she looks the type who would get burnt by drinking a cup of HOT McDonalds coffee — it s stupefying she is not suing her pet for compo.
    And why is the Christmas tree still up in March .

    I rest my case .

  124. 124
    Andy Hunter says:

    And deservedly so.

    Entrusting my constituency to this woman was a big mistake.

  125. 125
    albacore says:

    Bravo, Maria. We need more like this
    Folks might even suss who’s taking the piss
    With Parliament bent as a nine-bob note
    The penny might drop they’re no good for owt
    Mind you, with all the spivs so far outed
    Gullibility lives! – that’s undoubted

  126. 126
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    Feel the enrichment:

  127. 127
    The Sadiq Khan Answering Service says:

    Because they are convicted criminal bastards.

  128. 128
    broderick crawford says:

    DAVID CAMERON SAYS

    … right , now you ve been duly put in your plebeian places I ve got better things to do with my Saturday . Just off to see the first tranche of legal gay weddings taking place at Caxton Registry Office . Another landmark piece of coalition legislation ….
    I wonder which is the husband and which the wife .
    Maybe Sam will know.

  129. 129
  130. 130
    broderick crawford says:

    Bit too near the knuckle that one was it Mod?

  131. 131
    Fattie Jaqui and ugly-hag Tessa says:

    That’s our jobs in jeopardy.

  132. 132
    broderick crawford says:

    Is Milliband still his surname ?

    I thought in deference to his new found socialist ally he would by now have changed it to Ed Russellbrand .

  133. 133
    Did she get thieving advice from the thieving coy homosexulaist David Laws says:

    In a word, bitch.
    In two words, fucking bitch.
    In three words, fucking thieving bitch

  134. 134
    Ring Master Max, no not that ring says:

    Hinting at bias are we, Saddo? Well,let’s all see the statistics in this, it will make fascinating reading I am sure.

  135. 135
    broderick crawford says:

    Giss a flash Maria — of your wallet I mean .

  136. 136
    Moooooooooo-ria, the cow says:

    I think that she may be the token thieving bitch in the Cabinet …. with the others.

  137. 137
    Ring Master Max, no not that ring says:

    Look at the positive, they can only spread TB in prison rather than with the girls.

  138. 138
    broderick crawford says:

    Whatever do the Ballses mean ?

    Better to be hung for two sheep as on lamb perhaps ?

  139. 139
    I can't be an MP, I have registered parents says:

    More and more I am inclined to agree.
    Thieves, pimps, troughers, and dishonourable too.

  140. 140
    Jack D, now with a spring in his step says:

    tool hardener?
    My bbc boy Santiago springs to mind, eh Harriet?
    How I lurve big black dick (or whatever his name might be).

  141. 141
    Teresa May Not says:

    We will be banning entry to anyone returning, they can go back to the fackin hell hole.

  142. 142
    broderick crawford says:

    Could Johnny Bercow ever be mistaken for Johnny Worricker ?

    Somehow I think not .

  143. 143
    Pop Picker says:

    Don’t you have another name now?

  144. 144
    broderick crawford says:

    what about the witch test .

    if she drowns she s innocent ……..

  145. 145
    Nigel's antenna says:

    So which job will I have George when Gaydave is deposed and you need my UKIP voters, they are a reliable dedicated group, still working Saturday afternoons, possibly the last remaining patriots outside the forces, untainted by the gay politics ruining the country.

  146. 146
    Nigel's antenna says:

    So which job will I have George when Him is deposed and you need my UKIP voters, they are a reliable dedicated group, still working Saturday afternoons, possibly the last remaining patriots outside the forces, untainted by the gay politics ruining the country.

    Reply

  147. 147
    avarice says:

    i can’t get enough of it

  148. 148
    ann alogy says:

    if she floats she’s effluent?

  149. 149
    Jack Ketch says:

    Irishman arrested for having sex with a pig.
    “Female Pig?” asks the Judge.
    “Of course”, says Paddy, “Do you think I’m queer?”

    Clearly bestiality is the next step or quite possibly, bumsex will be compulsory.
    I note that the funny looking woman from the Green Party has a PhD in “Women’s Studies”–on the assumption that this covers more than sewing and sweeping, will Universities now be required to run degree courses in Bumsex Studies or GLBT/AC/DC Issues?

  150. 150
    From sunny Bradford says:

    My MP is either the banana or the bum I think. Useless tw@.
    True, right Gerry?

  151. 151
    CAB Peckham says:

    Try it again but with extra spaces ** and spelling errors. Just transpose a few letters. Usually works.

  152. 152
    David laws, your Honourable Member (like fuck he is, thieving scumbag) says:

    I love my boyfriend but you mustn’t know
    I’ve forty grand to thieve before I go.

  153. 153
    Friendly persuasion says:

    About bloody time too, but take their passports off them first.

  154. 154
    broderick crawford says:

    Ed Balls photo in the HuffPost Looks as though he is increasingly resembling Kim Jong Eun …. even down to the slowly but surely morphing Kim haircut .

  155. 155
    Johnnie Walker says:

    I’ll have a large one.

  156. 156
    broderick crawford says:

    Well since that Marissa woman took over and started having babies and posing for model photoshoots and taking nine years maternity leave instead of actually running the outfit pyahoo is even more of an abortion than under its various previous similarly bizarre prrdecessor CEO s.

    My email now tells me there are xyz new emaiks in my Inbox when I have already read them about five minutes previously causing me to access my In box only to be confronted with READ e- mails ….. When you phone them up they automatically begin by apologising for the inconvenience yahooo has caused without you even having outlined the problem .

    Obviously they do nt get many compliments !

  157. 157
    broderick crawford says:

    Would that be the late King Zog if Albania or similar godforsaken back of beyond ?

  158. 158
    nigels parachute says:

    Do you think gay marriage in the uk will help further the cause of gay people in nigeria and uganda?

    Or will the leaders of those countries think that any relaxing of intolerance towards homosexuality will inevitably lead to gay marriage?

    Wont our introduction of gay marriage allow them to paint us as deviant anti christian liberals?

  159. 159
    broderick crawford says:

    You surely are not referring to the saintly Sir Gerald I presume..

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  161. 161
    Kate Bush says:

    So what does UKIP weather man make of this weather?

  162. 162
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    I know Greenpeace are sailors but didn’t know they were GLBT

  163. 163
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    Lots to digest in this offering:

    http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/What-the-world-needs-is-19th-century-behavior-16513

    So – could R’ussian thinking be framed in the old Stalinist / Trotskyite model, or is there perhaps a desire to see the EU rolled back to pre 1914 – perhaps resurrection of the Hapsburg order for R’ussia to deal with ?

    Certainly a bit to chew on whilst watching the troop build up on the U’kraine border.

    Definitely looking at the situation through Chekist eyes and thinking in Zero-Sum terms is an appropriate pattern of thought.

    For the game theorists: Consider the best strategy for how an empath should engage a predatory psychopath. There are very few ‘good’ options.

  164. 164
    Llareggub says:

    oink oink oink oink oink oink oink oink

  165. 165
    Myfanwy says:

    Is it a case Billy of being Conned again, once they have had their snouts in the trough they just do not know when to give up, it must be like a winning run in a casino, do it too often and you loose the lot. MPs should have government owned flats in a fairly easily travel distance, at least those not within 11/2 hours travelling time of the HoP if they want something they would have to pay for it themselves.
    By the way Billy nice to see you on this blog.

  166. 166
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    Transnistria is next:

    http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/6936

  167. 167
    Myfanwy says:

    Have you forgotten the GE in 2015 Maria

  168. 168
    Táxpáyér says:

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/03/26/fbi-conducting-massive-series-of-raids-across-california/

    Because Leland Yee’s a democrat you won’t hear a peep about this on the MSM!

  169. 169
    Táxpáyér says:

    Oh come on now, the entire MSM was involved.

  170. 170
    Myfanwy says:

    That’s done it Maria, a blessing from St. B’Liar, Ye’re doomed now, doomed.

  171. 171
    Táxpáyér says:

    Because there wont be any energy to sell!

    Price controls = Shortage creation.

  172. 172
    Táxpáyér says:

    I’d prefer it if they cut taxes on work instead of doing it via debt that causes imploding land affordability

  173. 173
    Táxpáyér says:

    1/ adblock for firefox
    2/ ghostery for firefox
    3/ about:blank as home page.
    4/ use chrome for stuff you trust

  174. 174
    Táxpáyér says:

    I would be bidding a lot to be the banana shover (covered in chilli flakes first).

  175. 175
    Looters should be shot says:

    We would have to have firing squads working day and night over here to clear up cesspit Britain.

  176. 176
    Táxpáyér says:

    largely?

    It’s so close to 100% as to be indistinguishable. How do I know? A relative used to run the tests.

  177. 177
    Táxpáyér says:

    making it compulsory.

  178. 178
    Táxpáyér says:

    Perhaps P.I.E. v2?

  179. 179
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    to be a little bit more precise and having a bit of a dig they have broken laws made by English

  180. 180
    Táxpáyér says:

    Most of the “racist” attacks on muslims are committed by….
    Other muslim sects!

  181. 181
    Podiceps says:

    No paint needed. That’s what we are now.

  182. 182
    Tom Jones says:

    It’s not unusual to see me cry.

  183. 183
    M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

    If she did, that was tax evasion and a criminal offence. So I’m sure she did not.

  184. 184
    Myfanwy says:

    Where did the kitten get it from is more to point, did it catch it from humans, cat food (and we all know the fiasco with human food), the list goes on. All those cheapy flights to and from foreign climes where TB is endemic, could be spread by a sneeze, or cough in a closed environment such as an airplane.

  185. 185
    Myfanwy says:

    As long we do not have to put with his image on bill boards

  186. 186
    History says:

    Those are the conditions of the preceeding months under which many major revolutions have taken place. It takes optimism to overthrow a corrupted regime.

  187. 187
    yellow sun and blue sky. says:

    yellow is the love of home,
    hope, agreeableness,
    time and individuality.
    &
    sky blue is self esteem,
    combativeness, weight, acquisitiveness,
    spirituality and mirth.

  188. 188
    Dodgy D. Laws says:
  189. 189
    John Lyon CB - Still Doing Nothing Much says:

    Glad to see the old firm operating on my very, very, sound guidelines, take the salary, enjoy a three day attendance at the office, feet up, subsidised food and drink, do nothing!!! go home. Thank you very much taxpayer!!

    We have to turn a blind eye you see, otherwise who on earth would want to be an MP if you couldn’t line your pockets!!

    As my old and dear friend T Bliar would always say, what is the point unless you end up very very rich.

  190. 190
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  191. 191
    Cameron is a fool says:

    No-one has been married. A few men have claimed to have ‘married’ other men, as a result of a pantomime permitted by the government, but the one thing they haven’t done is get married.

  192. 192
    The public says:

    Thief.

  193. 193
    Observer says:

    Take your meds, sunshine

    Reality escapes you

  194. 194
    MSM in sad decline says:

    “Even though all the fighters we communicated with denied having any intention of carrying out attacks against…”

    No end to the decline in FT journalism.

    Who on earth would admit beforehand to planning anything nasty? !

  195. 195
    Fat Chance says:

    Who will rid us of these turbulent cross party crooks and thieves!!!!

    …and when

  196. 196
    Llareggub says:

    Serve you right for shagging it, dirty git.

  197. 197
    Not just MSM in sad decline says:

    Guido’s posting update: “A DCMS source gets in touch.”

    Shoddy journalism.

    If Miller or the DCMS want their say on what’s posted, insist they do so on the record and that the comment be attributable to a named source or official spokesman.

    They get away with this blurred, unattributable, briefing-type “source” stuff because shoddy journos let them.

  198. 198
    Necon central says:

    Damn

    Our neo fascist thugs are getting out of hand

    http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ashton-condemns-actions-of-right-sector-in-relation-to-ukrainian-parliament-341312.html

    Deny that we ever used them to overthrow an elected President

  199. 199
    JadedJean12 says:

    Yes, you may be right.

    “So – could R’ussian thinking be framed in the old Stalinist / Trotskyite model”

    He clearly does not understand that Trotsky and Stalin were arch enemies.

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  204. 204
    Necon watch says:

    http://patdollard.com/2013/04/obama-gives-surface-to-air-missiles-to-al-qaeda-led-rebels-in-syria/

    Wait until the jihadis shoot down passenger aircraft

    Obama and the necons continue with their war crimes

  205. 205
    constituency trainbound says:

    the sneer is so embedded its hard to sound normal regardless of what she says … lightweight player with a matching husband

  206. 206
    nell says:

    The issue is not how much value has accrued on a London house that she owned. The issue is why she was claiming mortgage payments on a house from taxpayers that housed her parents.

    Why should we pay for her parents home ?

  207. 207
    local wind says:

    thank f’uck not with you

  208. 208
    Poodles should be careful says:

    By supporting the Syrian rebels, the British Government helped the jihadis

    So it seems a simple question of a boomerang sent by MI6 coming back to hit MI5

    Perhaps another example of how crassly stupid and dishonest the British Government is

  209. 209
    Neocon poodles should be careful says:

    No mention of any Stalin or Trotsky model in the article

    You really must be delirious

    Or are you a professionally paid smearer?

    PS Good try in Turkey. False flag to get a NATO member attack Syria. Kerry directly involved. You are lying, cheap, underhand war criminal scum. And how is your Chief feeling kissing jihadis ass today?!

  210. 210
    Anonymous says:

    Consrvatives: the home of corruption. You cannot lose because a slap on the wrist won’t hurt much at all.

    Dave Camerons ” get rich quick” party.

    Vote UKIP for some sanity

  211. 211
    Gooey Blob says:

    Miliband would need to go on bended knee to the Russians ask them to sell us their gas at a discount rate. What’s he going to do, promise Putin he can have Poland and the Czech Republic?

  212. 212
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Isabel Oakshott comes across as a very able and talented journalist and politically middle of the road .She has ruffled a few feathers over time but
    that is her job.

  213. 213
    Anonymous says:

    How sad it will be when you discover there is no god. But, of course you never will because you will be dead ie you will have disappeared.

    Bye Bye

  214. 214
    Michael Ledeen, neocon thinker says:

    “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business,” which Goldberg remembered Ledeen saying in an early 1990s speech.[23] Wiki

  215. 215
    Handycock whipping it out says:

    I can’t see that she has done anything wrong at all. Boaz.

  216. 216
    Ukrainian oligarch says:

    Want another bung Tony?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10454347/Oligarchs-at-war-in-the-British-courts.html

    BTW Thanks for the protection

  217. 217
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    After he backed Putin and Assad over Syria , He is owed a favour so maybe
    Putin will help him out.

  218. 218
    The Public says:

    Because she is a thief.

  219. 219
    Michael Gove's SPAD says:

    What’s yellow and at the bottom of the Indian Ocean?

    Sand, you heartless bastard.

  220. 220
    Ladyboy Yvette Cooper says:

    Suck my cock.

  221. 221
    Arm Yourselves Now says:

    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

  222. 222
    Gooey Blob says:

    What, you mean the left will attempt some sort of uprising when Ed is humiliated at the ballot box next year? I’d like to see what form that would take! They’d only end up squabbling among themselves about how the whelk stall committee should be raising funds for pitchforks and placards in a sustainable and non-discriminatory way. And that’s before they realised that the T-shirt sales committee members’ expenses claims were five times the amount raised in sales…

  223. 223
    Jolly nice chap says:

    she’s a rug-munching hysterical lesbo pygmy. They both deserve to be butt-forked by a gang of immigrants.

  224. 224
    Jolly nice chap says:

    Ah, but they were cute little furry gayboys though, weren’t they? You could keep a couple of them on the rug by the fire, and tickle their tums every now and then. Makesme sick.

  225. 225
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    Come on JJ – unless you are being trolling: Expected a bit better from you.

    The whole Stalin / Trotsky paradigm in can be considered as a struggle of the statist against the anarchist. They of course were arch enemies, any different was not implied.

    The subtext to read in the above offering is in relation to the argument put forward about rules / no rules, in particular the apparent desire of a revanchist R’ussia, led by a confirmed Cheka, to bring lawful order to what the author is explaining to be a perceived chaotic UKR state.

    This strategy is of course a little provokatsiya.

    Incidentally, the JJ of old on this site has made the case over time that the anarchists survived in the US, and have been responsible for some of the strange adventures the US has found itself in over time.

    He usually erroneously labels these: Libertarians.

    With a little further thought that JJ may realize that the destructive element has been largely discredited now in the US (thanks to O’bama) , but the propaganda value of !raq and L!bya in particular are being leveraged over what is the R’ussian inspired collapse of the UKR state.

    There is an interesting Hegelian of sorts being played out here: Distorted as per usual by the damaged Marxist mind set that exists in M’oscow.

    Looking at the other trolling, perhaps the term: ‘novyy-chekist’ should be coined. Much more accurate that the neo-con/fasc!st/whatever tripe that is being thrown around.
    ;-)

  226. 226
    Baracco Barner says:

    What’s a necon?

  227. 227
    Jolly nice chap says:

    Yep, typical cowardly bullies. I want them to try taking on Russia, and get their obese arses kicked.

  228. 228
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    A liberal who has been mugged by reality, according to K’agan.

    Anyone who thinks Putin is a bit of a c’unt and doesn’t like his annexation of Cr!mea according to the K’remlin.

  229. 229
    Rob says:

    Rules for them, Laws for us

  230. 230
    David 'Dave' Ca-moron says:

    I’m also immensely proud of being obsessed with gayers and I believe the BBC are doing a maah-vellous job with their coverage today of br0wn-h@tters going up the aisle.

    I will make it a manifesto pledge to make bugg3ery compulsory during the next parliament.

    Ciao!

  231. 231
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    Ashton is a classic Useful Idiot, but the old book of provokatsiya suggests that the recent right sector actions were most likely inspired by the GRU / M’oscow.

    Looking at the low numbers which actually turned out to demand the resignation over the shooting of their leader suggests that the GRU are losing their touch.

    However, a broken window is being spun in R’ussia to be equivalent to the return of death camps. Unlike ITN, they perhaps got the broken glass on the right side of the window frame ?
    ;-)

  232. 232
    Chessboard says:

    Guido, I know you tend to support Cameron out of a sense that the alternatives- Clegg and Miliband are so loathesome, but I find that Cameron’s government is such a depressing, immoral shower of social engineers I can’t stomach supporting them. Sorry mate. They are just wrong. You are on your own now.

  233. 233
    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    It perhaps would have worked out if an intervention had taken place.

    Absent that, assuming the Syr!an state resumes B.A.U. the bastards who are returning will likely use the ECHR to block any attempt of Syr!a to have them extradited to stand trial.

    Because they are not formal combatants, the ICC would likely not be interested in them either.

    Blind eye to Syr!an wet operations perhaps an option. May expect a lot of unsolved and gruesome murders in the next few years.

  234. 234
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Many a true word was said in jest. Anyone openly against p00fs getting hitched is now being hounded:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10729575/Mozilla-staff-call-for-new-CEO-to-stand-down-over-donation-to-anti-gay-marriage-campaign.html

  235. 235
    Gobshite says:

    I can just see them voting for this.

    Not.

    Let us rename the Heathrow section of the M25, where the lamp-standards are nice and high and lots of people pass them; I suggest “The Appian Way”.

  236. 236
    Gobshite says:

    & red is the colour of a throat that’s just been cut.

  237. 237
    Anon. says:

    Here’s who’s lined up for Jowell’s safe seat. The new air head Labour MP.

    “Not a penny on the debt”

  238. 238
    The Grand Master says:

    Jahbulon, Handy. How’s the “sick leave” coming on?

  239. 239
    Anonymous says:

    you is just a fart, innit

  240. 240
    non taxable pikey says:

    If the Chinese government executed every person who was on the take it would probably halve the population and obliterate the government.

  241. 241
    non taxable pikey says:

    “whiter shade of pale”…..WAAAACCCCISSSSTTT! :-)

  242. 242
    A Grown-up says:

    I stopped dreaming the world was made of chocolate when I was four.

  243. 243
    non taxable pikey says:

    Looking at her she is just unfit. Another trougher, but the sheeple of Basingstoke will still vote for her. Her local Constituency party needs to do a Yeo on her.

  244. 244
    Halibert Hall says:

    The grand reopening of all public toilets ….but this time with illuminated signs advertising cottaging …..you couldn’t make it up

  245. 245
    Gobshite says:

    Alas, squire, anyone who uses Yahoo! Mail or Gmail after the Snowden disclosures deserves what he gets. At minimum I suggest you get your own domain + a decent email client like Thunderbird.

  246. 246
    non taxable pikey says:

    We hardly take any Russian gas at all.

  247. 247
    Anon. says:

  248. 248
    Gobshite says:

    Chrome = Google = NSA = GCHQ

    Use DoNotTrackMe and DuckDuckGo.

    https://abine.com/

  249. 249
    Lefty Tw@t says:

    This is the best site for information; I read it all the time – much better than Guido. I have learned all sorts of useful things here which will help Labour win the next election; http://www.thepeoplescube.com/

  250. 250
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Funding provided by the Tooth Fairy and Money Trees.

  251. 251
    Diane Fatbott says:

  252. 252
    non taxable pikey says:

    I have got so annoyed with it that I have gone to Opera (Made in Norway), dumped Chrome, IE and FF. Just fed up with Septics trying to sell me things I don’t want. Ran adwcleaner to get rid of the malware and so far no bloody sales crap.
    Any more problems and it’s Tor next.

  253. 253
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    Well said.

  254. 254
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    She is an evil bitch, interested in one thing – herself.

  255. 255
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    Fucking scroungers.

  256. 256
    M. Oaten says:

    Only if you shit on my face first :)

  257. 257
    P says:

    I think it’s a first degree offence.

  258. 258
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    LOL :)

  259. 259
    Diane Fatbott says:

  260. 260
    Left Hand Pillar says:

    I think it’s a first degree offence.

  261. 261
    Vlad says:

    and for my next move….

  262. 262
  263. 263
    Uncle Joe says:

    It is State money and therefore this corrupt People’s Deputy has been revealed as an opponent of Soviet Power and an embezzler of Soviet property. There can be only one verdict. Shoot her.

  264. 264
    The woman deserves to be imprisoned says:

    And the poor dear is to be asked to repay £5000.
    Fucking insult.
    Standards Commissioner? Not my fucking standards mate. Maybe in your gutter, yes, but not in the real fucking world you im potent arse.

  265. 265
    Uncle Joe says:

    My solution is shoot her and then sequestrate her estate. Her family should be deported to the Crimea. This will serve as example to the rest of your lack luster People’s Deputies. I do not understand why you have not purged the cadres hard given their performance in recent years. I suspect your Party Centre has been infiltrated by wreckers and careerists. Only the most searching and violent purge can save you now.

  266. 266
    Great Granddad says:

    When I get nicked for fraud, can I elect to submit to an inquiry by my favourite political party rather than to be charged with a criminal offence and find myself in the dock? It’s not that i’ve got a guilty conscience but Great Grandmama has never been entirely convinced that i had nothing to do with her bingo money that went awol back in 1958. It’s bad enough that I already have hanging over me the allegation that I pinched her bottom the day we met.

  267. 267
    Uncle Joe says:

    Pointless shoot all of them and reinvigorate the cadres. I’d start at the top and work down to regional party level but I’m just a perfectionist that way.

  268. 268
    Lou Scannon says:

    The modbot’s knuckles are sore from dragging on the ground.

  269. 269
    Uncle Joe says:

    9mm to the back of the head is definitive fix

  270. 270
    Toff says:

    I say, you there! Yes, you Mr Cloth Cap chappie. Run out and hail me a hansom cab and there’s a shiny sixpence in it for you.

  271. 271
    HM RC says:

    CGT liability has arisen but we do not expect to collect. Greasy slithery MP you see.

  272. 272
    Uncle Joe says:

    I’d include your ‘Police’ in the purge they are a dagger at your throat unless you have control of them. Fortunately from what I’ve seen they seem to be half-fruit dress collectors at the top and fat short high visibility vest wearers at the bottom. Should take no more than one night to purge the lot.

  273. 273
    HM RC says:

    Fuckin hell

  274. 274
    Parliament of whores says:

    Well said Sir, people forget that its not ethical or moral standards which the commisioner has to oversee but rather parliamentary for example ones such as theft, dishonesty, adultery, blackmail, double standards, fraud, hypocricy those types of standards.

  275. 275
    Living in hope says:

    As everyone knows the “rules” under which MP’s expenses are controlled are not the Law. iI they were, these people would be in gaol.

    It is time the rules for both Houses were made law and retrospective penalties imposed.

    This would put the Balls behind bars, because flipping 5 times is clearly pre-meditated, dishonest and misuse of public funds.

    Never happen?

    Well it could if for some reason, the EU took a dislike to the UK Parliament.

  276. 276
    HM RC says:

    What’s the betting the newly weds will now want males carrying babies, should be poss under NHS for £100k or so, it’s only fair and equal.

  277. 277
    David Cameron says:

    Congratulations to the gay couples who have already been married – and my best wishes to those about to be on this historic day

  278. 278
    Dick Scratcher says:

    I’m going to turn homosexual.

  279. 279
    P l e b says:

    It’s because their dads voted Tory.

  280. 280
    dc says:

    Now see here, we expect much gay immigration to the UK now, we must show equality to all and the wedding industry will benefit enormously, I shall be arranging with IDS to ensure grants are available for these people who are running from persecution and will have no money of their own.

  281. 281
    William Hague says:

    Like a Mekon.

  282. 282
    Phil Mcraken says:

    Thank feck i am gay.

  283. 283
    George Osborne says:

    And quantitative easing

  284. 284
    Anonymous says:

    Let’s face it, this sort of shit is the only thing politicians can actually pull off these days.

  285. 285
    Maria Miller : not in my name. says:

    I can sleep easy at night knowing that My standards are not those of our elected Politicians such as Maria Miller. These people are comitting daylight robbery and getting away with it.

  286. 286
    Maria Miller : not in my name. says:

    I agree with you, the final straw for me was their attempted rush to War with Syria on little evidence other than mere assertions made by Obama and Kerry.

  287. 287
    Ned Ludd says:

    Another thieving politician. Good at getting us to pay for what they want, this government. Remember the expensive funeral for the divisive, hated Thatcher, long may she rot.

  288. 288
    Blowing Whistles says:

    umm …
    Bear Hunting … umm yes i like that.

    Ho hum Emily Bell who also speaketh with a forked-tongue

    Of course Emily Bell is a hack and she wrote it when Labour were in thrall to the Rupe coin

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/jul/15/biography.highereducation

    Rupert Bear Hardly?

    Rupert Murdoch’s secrets are still safe in the hands of Neil Chenoweth. Emily Bell finds reading Virtual Murdoch a dispiriting experience

    The Observer, Sunday 15 July 2001

    Virtual Murdoch

    Neil Chenoweth
    Secker & Warburg £18.99, pp399
    For half my professional life, I have been what might colloquially be described as a Rupert Murdoch ‘anorak’. The chicanery of his business and personal affairs (though these are very much one and the same) has captivated those of us who are paid to monitor the media for a living. But I was only a couple of chapters into Neil Chenoweth’s new biography, Virtual Murdoch, when I found myself becoming dispirited.
    In the league of Murdoch spotters, I realised that I have been a mere amateur. I have hardly glanced at the timetable, while Chenoweth is standing at the end of the platform scribbling serial numbers and recording every last engine note. He, of course, starts from a more advantageous place – Australia. As a writer on the Australian Financial Review, he is pretty much at the reporting epicentre of Rupert’s world. Despite his US passport, Murdoch is still closer in his heart, his acquaintances and his financial domicile to Australia than anywhere else.
    Chenoweth’s grubbing through the Murdoch accounts triggered a financial investigation into the Murdoch family companies back in 1991, so his unbounded enthusiasm for every dot and comma in the Cruden Investment accounts is understandable, but does not translate into particularly fascinating reading for the lay person. There is barely a page of the book which passes without a dollar sign and the enthusiasm for debt overrides, preference shares and tax law outweighs the scurrilous by a factor of 50 to one.
    One worries, too, that Chenoweth has a reputation to lose in terms of Australian business reporting. Rupert still rules the roost, so the few punches thrown through the book are always ultimately pulled.
    Oppressed, perhaps, by the ageing presence of the authorised, more elegant but essentially sterile William Shawcross biography, Chenoweth skates over the soap opera of the Murdoch dynasty, leaving barely a mark. He has some interesting insights into Rupert’s upbringing – golden childhood frolicking in fields with dog, interrupted by horrid trip to boarding school equals world domination complex in later life – but Chenoweth deals with major issues such as his daughter Elisabeth’s departure from the family business and partnership with PR guru Matthew Freud, ‘whom Rupert reportedly detested’, in little more than a paragraph.
    Even Murdoch’s shockingly abrupt divorce from his wife Anna and marriage to Wendi Deng, a woman less than half his age, comes and goes without even a hint of prurience. Surprisingly, this somewhat detracts from Virtual Murdoch as a business book as well as a social documentary of the man’s life. At the time Murdoch and Deng’s relationship was made public, it was the number one topic of conversation among News Corp executives – had he lost his mind? Was she leading him down the internet path? Would his newfound vigour for a private life rob the business of his attention?
    When they married, one of Murdoch’s former closest lieutenants rang me to fulminate: ‘Bloody hell; she looks like she’s out on the town with grandad! She’ll want a couple of kids, then all hell will break loose!’ Well, now Ms Deng is indeed pregnant and a low-level hell has broken loose within News Corp. Sadly, the book was at the printers before this knotty issue of issue arose.
    The pay-off is also something of a cop-out. In a postscript, Chenoweth, who is utterly non-judgmental in his writing, observes that, as the title of the book suggests, ‘virtual Murdoch’ is a chameleon. ‘Faced with the succession of images thrown up by this master reality shaper, which is the right one?’ he frets. It might have been better to start with this question and take a stab at the answer before page 344. There are no hard judgments here about whether at the centre of News Corp’s culture there is an ‘ethical void’. ‘It is a place that creates magic,’ says Chenoweth, which is an extraordinarily fey precis from a man who has clearly spent so much time locked away with Rupert’s accounts.
    Whether or not News Corp will be the first business dynasty whose destiny is altered by Viagra remains to be seen. Murdoch, perhaps more than any other executive, has such closely connected personal and business lives that to be so forensic about the latter but so disinterested in the former unbalances the book. In terms of investigative business reporting, Chenoweth’s book is excruciatingly diligent, and for we fans of Murdochobilia it is a valuable addition to the canon. But for the would-be unofficial biographers, one feels that the definitive account of one of the most controversial figures of the late twentieth century is still some way off.

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    non taxable pikey says:

    +1

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    Maggie says:

    Made me sick too. Except the gays in my cabinet, like Portillo, Brittanica and Lilo, or my speechwriter Derek Laud, and also the p*edos I protected, like my good friend Lord Boothby, who attended house parties held by the Krays where little boys would shit on his face, or my good friend Mr Savile who I gave a knighthood despite repeated warnings from my advisers. Apart from them, gays made me sick, and I’m glad to say there are no right wing gays at all.

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    non taxable pikey says:

    Or to give it the correct name, counterfeiting.

  292. 292
    Lord 'Bingo' Hall says:

    Proportionally the kippers have the most fraudulent MEPs.

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    Lord 'Bingo' Hall says:

    You know how we dislike the fact the frogs never seem grateful we rescued them in two world wars?
    Well..it’s the same with yanks.

    We have never been grateful the yanks saved us in two world wars.
    Like the French we even pretend they didn’t. But they did.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    And oh ‘the silence of the BBC Panorama Lambs’

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    Mrs Blowing Whistles says:

    Sorry dear…

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    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    More debasing, unless it is the Dutch doing it for us.

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    Dougie says:

    Of course it’s not tax evasion, Maqboul. It is completely legal. In fact, since the expenses row was first unveiled by The Telegraph, she has stopped claiming on her Wimbledon house and started claiming on her constituency house as her “Second Home”. Hence the Wimbledon house is her principal residence and – voila – not CGT.

    Further, since she bought the house long before she became an MP, why shouldn’t she sell it whenever she likes? It’s not her fault house prices have gone up.

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    Fabians are Evil says:

    Labour are so much better at it! – she should have done a tony blair and shredded all of the evidence

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    Eric Joycr says:

    I totally agree with you Handy.Boaz.

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    Easily amused says:

    Haha….(I dont get out much)

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    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Where is the connection?

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    working class tips for Labour says:

    Take a shit at 6.30 pm every day regardless of location, including having one outside if necessary

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    My estimate says:

    We probably only need to execute about 2000 people in Westminster and about 25,000 people in local government.

  304. 304
    History says:

    The public will surprise even themselves and negin to take steps to create an effective democracy. That is not a left-right issue any more: it is about having a government that reflects the public will.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    It took them BW obssessives albeit that BW is flattered by the attention – 10 minutes to counter the panorama / bell piece.

    i.e. BW puts up the pan piece at 7:47 pm and the ‘watchers’ counter at 7:57 pm.

    i thought earlier on (am) that i would take the majority of the day off – while the watchers watched for every minute of the day ‘Huh fooled you lot’ … Who’s got the problem?

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    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    ‘Kitty’ Blair, international porn envoy. :-)

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    MI5 says:

    One can appreciate the late entry of the US into WWII and subsequent commitment to NATO

    without supporting the endless and illegal wars since the neconcs too over under Clintion with such disastrous results

  308. 308
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Andrew shithead outside inside.

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    Nick Clegg says:

    Seven

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    MI5 says:

    Everyone now knows Right Sector thugs were the leading thugs in the Maidan Putsch

    You have to be exceptionally dishonest to now argue that the Russians control them

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Did you know there’s a blair person who acts out of Southampton Crown Court and he’s been there for a while now? What’s that all about?

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    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Is that anywhere near Chilcot?.

  313. 313
    working class tips for Labour says:

    Get food bank vouchers even though you pay 40% tax

    + farting in lifts and having 45 minute shits at work

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    Mrs Blowing Whistles says:

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    Anonymous says:

    “A DCMS source gets in touch”. That will be use of Crown resources to help Maria with something that is nothing to do with her Ministerial duties, but that concerns her as an MP. Can we get her for that, too?

  316. 316
    working class tips for Labour says:

    never flush or use toilet roll

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    Mark Oaten (LibDem) says:

    You’re talking my language now ! :)

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    ████ 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    Is that your net worth in £ millions or the number of LibDem MPs you’ll have in 2015 ?

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Don’t know about chilcot close – or even near to it; but i do know a little wood in the Oxford area! Where a mason operated!!!

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    C O (Ξ7m) says:

    Niet comrade.

    It is a simple case of cui bono and casus belli.
    ;-)

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Hey there BPG – got any of that stuff for Dolphin Square in Lon – leon Brittan used to hang around there or was it Elm something or other guest lodge?

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    Táxpáyér says:

    I can’t see many people at all voting for sense. but there you are.

    Most people seem to prefer wallowing in what they think is slightly better shit than the next pen, than getting out of the shit.

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    Yuk says:

    Thank fuck she didn’t show a fur burger

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    Harsh but fair says:

    Bring back the death penalty.
    String her up.

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    Owen's Remedial Herstory teacher says:

    “it IS unusual for the ruling oligarchic few to have the systemic wherewithal to massage the rules of the game ”

    Doesn’t sound very unusual to me

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    Geedo's Facebook Page says:

    See our new twitter feed #KittensInMittens

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    Butch Dave's Butch Bitch says:

    You just did

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    Watching your odds says:

    I suspect there won’t be a Conservative majority, let alone a healthy one.

    The Cameron crowd had an open goal in 2010, against the lamentable Brown, and still fluffed it.

    Instead of trying to win back disillusioned supporters who could end up voting UKIP or not at all, the Cameron crowd continue to trash them. (Warsi just the latest).

    Crosby must think at times that the real loons and fruitcakes are those he’s signed up to help.

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    What did you say? says:

    Pardon? Your second para is utterly unintelligible. Lay off the wine gums and then try again.

  331. 331
    Bloke says:

    Every public servant knows that public money has one rightful place – in their public trousers.

  332. 332
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    TB from pets has never been known before in the history of science? I smell an official cover-up!

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

    Phenomenally useless though!

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    Anonymous says:

    difficult to argue against such a list

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    R.B.Greaves says:

    Take a letter, Maria!

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

    “…..denied any intention of carrying out attacks……” Well they would say that, wouldn’t they?

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    left wing, right wing, tis all the same bird! (a turkey) says:

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    Billyboy the Jock says:

    Would rendition to the Garden in Bucharest be O.K.? Saving on costs.C.I.A. May help.

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    Biffo says:

    Is it something in their genes that makes MPs inherently dishonest? Dave will rue the day that he has backed this trougher over trousering all that money. Wonder what her voters will think? And do when 2015 comes.

  340. 340
    Biffo says:

    To quote Punch & Judy ‘That’s the way to do it’.

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    socialistscum says:

    It is time to topple the thieving self interested scumbags that run this country. If they want to rip people off they can become bankers and when the revolution comes take what is coming to them.

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    Anonymous says:

    she’s a filthy dirty pig


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