April 10th, 2014

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

Michael Fabricant becomes the fourth Tory in three weeks to leave their post unceremoniously, sacked as party vice chairman by Grant Shapps last night. He says he was given the chop after refusing to resign for tabling a wrecking amendment to the government’s HS2 bill and tweeting “about time” when Maria Miller was slotted. This may be his most telling of tweets:

Tory sources say they regret it came to this and insist the decision was due to HS2 and his “general lack of discipline on Twitter”. Rather than anything else. Guido has always enjoyed bumping into Fabbers on the terrace – his Twitter feed will no doubt be all the more interesting in the weeks and months ahead…


151 Comments

  1. 1
    Tank Engine says:

    When do I get to pull HS2 back to the station?

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    • 19
      Ah! THE FAT CONTROLLERS says:

      “Over our d£ad bodies”

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      • 53
        Norman Normal says:

        HS2 will run within 300m of my house but I support it because presently it’s easier, cheaper and faster to get to many European cities than to London.

        Whenever anyone north of Sheffield has to take a long hall flight we all travel via Schipol, Paris or Dubai because getting to Heathrow is prohibitive in terms of cost and time. I find this ridiculous!

        We need HS2 as it looks like an airport hub that serves both north and south will never be built. All the money is going to foreign carriers who don’t pay UK tax. Also business goes where the transport links are, presently in the northern UK they just aren’t good enough.

        So build a new LHR near Birmingham or build HS2 – those are your options. To be honest the UK needs both.

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        • 59
          Lord Stansted says:

          Who in their right mind wants to go the hell-on-earth that is Heathrow? Schipol is much more civilised – or Stansted even.

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          • Liverpool Street says:

            The railway line to and from Stansted is unreliable and too expensive. The station itself is ugly as hell, cavernous, unpleaant to use for people on foot: whih by definition everyone who gets off a train is, and is too far from the terminal. The terminal seems to have been designed and built by people who hate public transport.

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          • Help is at hand says:

            Norman. old fellow, it is long HAUL.
            Just saying so you don’t keep on looking like an uneducated twit.

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          • Anonymous says:

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          • broderick crawford says:

            Hi Norm

            Your views are not perchance tinged by the fact people in your proximity to HS 2 will have their homes purchased at FULL MARKET VALUE PLUS TEN PERCENT and get a relocation lump sum i to the bargain as announced yesterday by the Govt . — would it ??

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        • 72
          Sod off (big time) says:

          Fine, if you and your neighbours will pay for it.

          Please sign off on that now, and let the rest of us know you are doing so.

          You talk about prohibitive costs for your travel which, you say, you find “ridiculous”

          Well, chum. You chose to live there. You should put up with those costs.

          Stop bumming off me and the rest of the nation for your own bad choices.

          I’ve put that as politely as I can, given that Guido discourages abuse.

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          • Norman Normal says:

            I was born here? You saying everyone born north of Sheffield should move south? (I would prefer to as I am surrounded by Labour voters who talk nonsense but that’s another issue)
            Apologies to help – predictive text zapped me.

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        • 74
          Cassie K says:

          Its a lot of money just to make you happy, anyone would think you are an asylum seeker or radical mullah with that sense of entitlement.

          If HS2 made sense private capital would have built it by now, HS2 is the windmill fraud writ large.

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          • Norman Normal says:

            Sorry no I’m an average white UK male, who pays foreign airlines huge sums of money whenever I travel long haul. I just find it bizarre that us Northern scum have little choice but to travel to Ireland, Holland, France or the UAE as our own air hub isn’t practical by public transport.
            I know HS2 doesn’t go to London but it will get me to the South quickly. When facing a flight to Sydney total travel time is a factor. Why should foreign countries and airlines benefit when I would like to pay the tax and travel costs in the UK?

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        • 76
          Not ripped off with airport tax there either says:

          …or Dublin…

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          • broderick crawford says:

            …or your lot north of the Wash could always pray for a Scottish Anschluss so the North could becone their southern protectorate once they declare independence from Westminster .

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        • 97
          Mewr says:

          You sir are bonkers. The HS2 does not go to Heathrow and it will still take longer to get to Heathrow than flying to Clegg Land.

          The HS2 only stops at the city centre so for most people they will have to catch a train up down or across to Brum in the first place which will probably take longer than going direct to Heathrow anyway and cost much more.

          Best way to do Heathrow is car Hire, most have schemes were you hire each way, there are no parking fees, simply drop car and pick up at your convenience and travel at your convenience..forget the old fashioned train.

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          • M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

            Heathrow is only served well by road: either car, taxi or bus. Absurd for Britain’s major airport and yes H2S won’t change that.

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          • Help is at hand says:

            You can’t go round forgetting about the very efficient Piccadilly Line and the Heathrow Express, both of which provide excellent service into/out of central London.

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        • 138
          Guy Ropes says:

          Long hall ! Saints preserve us

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    • 73
      UKIPPER says:

      Regarding our expenses
      We will fill our boots
      We know you don’t like it
      But we don’t give two hoots
      If we get found out we will not shed a tear
      We’ll still be MPs on £60 odd grand a year

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    • 75
      The Tosser in No. 10 says:

      I say you jolly chaps!! these dashed blighters are trying to upset my jolly nice little apple cart! – a neat little earner and profitable scam! to wit and jolly viz . . . .

      1. build the line and get lots of bungs from chaps in the City

      2. ditto from lawyers representing both sides

      3. ditto from train companies

      4. ditto from my jolly super wind farms that I’m going to build to power it!!

      Watt??

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      • 81
        bollo says:

        HS2 is a 1980′s solution to an 1880′s problem

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      • 85
        Bombadier Bates says:

        David ,

        I am very surprised modern electric trams have not startd springing up in all large and medium sized UK cities.

        They are a very nice little earner.

        Yours

        François

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      • 105
        Eric Pickles says:

        Are ya looking for a fat controller Dave……………..I’m ya man!

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    • 124
      The Old Codger says:

      I don’t know much about Michael Fabricant but he is right about HS2 Dave’s “glory Project”, he might be playing the NIMBY card though, I think it is a very expensive project dreamed by Liebore on the back of a fag packet and taken up by Dynamic Dave. HS2 is the equivalent of Concord a good idea but very expensive to build, operate, few could afford to travel on it and carried few passengers compared to the big airliners. This country is small compared with Germany and France (plenty of open space) the only thing I can see for HS2 is the limited airport expansion available around London and limited air space.

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  2. 2
    Some old biddy says:

    Who is Granny Shapps?

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  3. 3
    Ah! no more ministerial car then says:

    Rat On Subway Train Sends Passengers Hysterical

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  4. 4
    Tosser Dave says:

    We can’t have anyone speaking the truth. It would foul up completely the smooth ConLibLab operation.

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    • 137
      Hugh Janus says:

      Obviously the Nasty Party just doesn’t like free speech. If you don’t toe the line with the usual robotic and usually meaningless utterances then it’s the chop.

      Pathetic.

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  5. 5
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Not vice enough?

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  6. 6
    Bright idea says:

    Hey Michael, fancy organising a coup against David Cameron now you have the time?

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  7. 7
    C O (Ξ7p) says:

    He has a point on HS2 though: If built it would wreck Litchfield.

    So other than expressing the general public’s views on M!ller, he has also been sacked for providing proper representation for his own constituents.

    The wrecking amendment came only after a very long period of trying to negotiate what Osborne has to save the nice bits of his constituency being blighted with this latest EU white elephant idea.

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    • 8
      Power to the People says:

      I agree. If an MP is not there to repreesent his constituents we might as well abolish this useless Parliament altogether.

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      • 31
        C O (Ξ7p) says:

        No – if an MP is not there to represent their constituents, those constituents should have the right to recall the MP and if necessary elect a replacement.

        When a Party itself is so blatantly censuring MPs for representing their constituents views, that is a slightly different matter. One then should be asking for whom the Party itself is working.

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        • 46
          Parliament is not fit for purpose as any kind of democratic representative body says:

          There is no right of recall.

          As the Maria Miller scandal demonstrates, Parliament is useless. It should be abolished.

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          • C O (Ξ7p) says:

            That is why stated: ‘should have the right’

            Miller is an extreme example who would likely have been recalled years ago. This is a big weakness of Parliament, as is the odd expenses system – The problem there being that it has one way or another enabled wholesale fraud that can be leveraged in a very partisan way.

            The Parliament itself is not useless, but it certainly has a number of areas which require fixing that the Cameron Coalition have failed to address – likely because of resistance from the Lib Dems and interference from Europe.

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          • Someone says:

            Parliament fails in its basic task of representing the electorate.

            It is not fit for purpose and should be abolished.

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          • C O (Ξ7p) says:

            On some issues it does, but that is only because the MPs are either being denied the ability to represent those views, or are not performing their role properly.

            That in itself is not a fault of the Parliament, but is a problem with party / some individual MPs.

            NB: There is a difference between representation, resulting decisions and media publication. The European interference is the single biggest waste of Parliamentary time which contributes to local and national concerns of the UK electorate not being adequately heard.

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        • 112
          Ho Hum says:

          So:

          “The Parliament itself is not useless, but it certainly has a number of areas which require fixing that the Cameron Coalition have failed to address – likely because of resistance from the Lib Dems and interference from Europe.”

          The Cameron apologists/Spads are at it again.

          Many of the Westminster shower are corrupt. They know it, we know it.

          MPs are among the top 3% in earning power, but they just can’t stop troughing.

          Cameron pledged a clean-up. That could, and should, have been his legacy.

          But he let Clegg, an obvious candidate for MP recall by constituents, override him.

          So, who do voters want in 2015? Labour’s Milliband, or another Cameron Labour Lite/LibDem coalition?

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          • C O (Ξ7p) says:

            No apologies for the Coalition – they have failed comprehensively as they have continued to sell the country down the European river.

            Suspect a large number of the voters will want UKIP.

            Due to the voting system (first past the post / postal voting fraud) may end up with a Labour coalition of some description: Maybe even a grand coalition between Labour / Conservative, which would explain why Ed and Dave are trying to be nice to each other right now.

            Vote UKIP.

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          • NE Frontiersman says:

            If Norfolk’s any guide, it could be a Labour/UKIP coalition, which would be very entertaining.

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        • 125
          Ho Hum says:

          Ok. You’ve blown out the cobwebs.

          I’ve never taken much notice of Fabricant. Thought he was a showboat.

          But, I’d say now, his departure could be significant, and more significant than those around Cameron comprehend. I sense things could unravel.

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    • 139
      Fishy says:

      I live in Lichfield and no it wouldn’t. Very few people would be affected (but they demand to have to right to be impacted and to be able to complain about it). I had to laugh – I shared one of the sound booths at the HS2 exhibition with a couple of antis – these booths illustrate the noise carried by HS2 at various distances from it (as experienced by HS1 and the proximity from European High Speed lines). At around 1000 metres, there is an imperceptible, gentle whoosh. You have to listen really hard to hear it. ‘DISGRACEFUL’ said the woman, shaking her head as we left. I couldn’t work out whether it was the lack of noise that was ‘disgraceful’…or the lost opportunity to moan.

      Outside the Guildhall where the DfT held that HS2 roadshow, two of the fuckers were holding up and anti HS2 banner and were trying to claim it was an EU plot. By the look of them they’d already had their post-mortems, so I doubt they’ll be around by the time construction gets under way.

      Lichfield has got a growing UKIP faction and that might be what Wiggy is worried about.

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  8. 9
    Owen Jones says:

    Bit harsh to sack Michael Fabricant for being a budget version of Boris Johnson.

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  9. 10
    Steve Miliband says:

    Didn’t want to sack Miller, but happy to sack Fabricant.

    Run the HS2 on the old Great Central Railway – google map Rugby and look to the south and you will see the old line – you can follow it all the way to Lundan.

    Might need a chainsaw though

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  10. 11
    Ah! question of the day says:

    Why is Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE pictured lying down in the M&S advert?

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    • 20
      Not a fan says:

      Because she makes her money on her back, laying on her dead sons grave.

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    • 34
      SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      One more reason why M&S have shot themselves in the foot, being mired in political correctness, first it was condoning the humiliation of customers by muslim staff who didn’t approve of their purchases, and now by using the image of a woman who is blatantly ‘filling her boots’ on the memory of her dead son which I am sure will not go down too well especially with women, who are their biggest costumer base by far.

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      • 51
        A Former Customer says:

        They don’t have any decent men’s clothes to sell so now they peddle multi-culti claptrap. I am not buying.

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        • 68
          Lord Stansted says:

          I was in M&S recently – the first time for many years. It looked very much like a Littlewoods store of the 1980s.

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          • Former Customer says:

            Littlewoods didn’t try to sell cheap Chinese clothing for a huge mark-up by pretending it had been designed by Italians while marketting itself as a ‘British’ icon.

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          • Lord Stansted says:

            I was referring to the layout. I didn’t actually look at what they were selling, I was too busy looking for the exit.

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          • I'm a celebrity calling.... says:

            Next she’ll be in the posh freebie seats for celebrities at the Cup Final, like the McCanns.

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        • 151
          SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

          They do sell quite decent mens clothing, but since the incident with the muslim assistants I will never buy anything from them again.

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      • 134
        NE Frontiersman says:

        Woman’s Hour voted her one of the most powerful women in the country. I prefer such people to be subject to election, and find this rather sinister.

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  11. 13
    You say either I say iether, you say this I say that. says:

    Just wondering how Shapps can sack him, is Shapps like Miller was one of Camorons executioners, as I won’t be voting LibLabCon I presume it’s not what you do for your constituency it’s what you do for the party that counts

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    • 40
      Grant "the hitman" Shapps says:

      Listen schmuck, I, repeat I, am Dave’s Ballon de Chien
      He might not have the brass ones, so he calls me…

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  12. 15
    Ah! The EU says:

    …….to banish the B13 RCO number plate.

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  13. 17
    Oscar Pisstarseeoles says:

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  14. 21
    Marie Miller says:

    I resigned because I wanted to spend more time at home with my Barn Conversion.

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    • 66
      Rum and Coke says:

      because she wanted to spend more time with her expenses…………..our money… the thieving ugly witch

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  15. 22
    MH370 says:

    Ping, ping, ping, ping FFS

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  16. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Gideons way.Or as was said in another place…..”any colour you want as long as it’s Bullingdon”

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  17. 24
    Fruitcake and proud of it says:

    Lovely stuff, more self destruct from Camoron’s mafia. You concentrate on keeping your party in line Dave, we’ll concentrate on nicking your voters.

    Vote UKIP

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  18. 25
    Grumpy old man says:

    Grunt Shapps is one of many in CCHQ who would have fitted in perfectly in Sir John French’s General Staff. Mr. Fabricant has risen inestimably in my opinion for opposing a High Speed train that won’t be allowed to be High Speed anymore due to the last 2 governments totally bolloxing up UK energy requirements. Anyone who’s employable, emigrate now – the end will not be long in coming

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    • 43
      EU Scum and a slow train says:

      Mmmmmm, there’s opportunities when the end is nigh, think I’ll stay and help to clea(n)r up.

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    • 63
      SackMariaMillerasanMP says:

      Grant Shapps in Sir John French’s General Staff???? Are you insane, Shapps would only make corporal in a service corp.

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  19. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Andrea Leadsom’s advice on sex and travel is to be applauded.

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  20. 28
    Sod the Will of the People says:

    Cameron and his Labour Lite regime won’t give up on this, will they?

    A poster on another blog has pointed out yet more pressure to comply with yet another mind-boggling series of EU directives — violation of EU Council Directive 96/48/EC of July 23 1996 on the i(inter)operability of the trans-European high speed rail system.

    They’re coining it via MP shenanigans, and insisting the rest of us pay through the roof for vanity projects like this.

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    • 36
      C O (Ξ7p) says:

      Grillo was jailed for 4 months in !taly for protesting against another part of this large EU project there.

      He apparently crossed a police line into a service yard – usually would result in their equivalent of a caution or fine. Bit of a public outcry – he should be out soon.

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      • 52
        Potemkin Village says:

        Enough Eurofascism already!

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      • 61
        Sod the Will of the People says:

        Am I wrong in interpreting this as another transfer of power to the EU?

        In this case, was that power transferred when the directive came through and wasn’t actively opposed? (i.e.: passive acceptance, without active opposition)?

        Or, does one associate the transfer of power with the current government’s insistence on pressing ahead with the EU directive?

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        • 90
          C O (Ξ7p) says:

          No – not wrong.

          This is the attempted transfer of transport policy.

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          • Those crazy rebellious Tory Eurosceptics.... says:

            We looked the other way

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          • Sod the Will of the People says:

            Your reply is enlightening, for mere souls like me.

            The EU is like Pi — there will be no end to all this.

            (Tested to 10 trillion digits, the last I checked).

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  21. 29
    A good example says:

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  22. 30
    UKIP or bust says:

    President Barrosso:

    That’s right Cameron, now if anybody else gets out of line sack them too, got it?

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  23. 32
    Garfield says:

    I see that the CO-OP bank is going from strength to strength with another resignation this morning, mutterings of being ungovernable. We also had the startling success of that little minx Hollande in France. So Millibands beacons of socialism are starting to flame out.

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    • 39
      joolz says:

      well if the coop bails then what happenes to the 10M+ Liebour owe them, will they call it in and bankrupt Liebour!!!!!

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    • 100
      carlo gambino says:

      The leftards love John Lewis to bits and think it is successfully purely because it’s a ‘workers’ co-operative’. Blah bla if only ever business was like that.

      Co-op certainly gives the lie to that one.

      Heart of stone etc

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    • 135
      NE Frontiersman says:

      Any comment from the would-be ‘Coop Chancellor’?

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  24. 35
    Fucking dis custard says:

    Michael Fabricant for Prime Minister. Tell them to fuck off.

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    • 70
      The constitution says:

      Maybe we shuold abolish the office of Prime Minister. it seems to be this anti-democratic office of state which causes all the problems.

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  25. 44
    bogtrott says:

    10 to 1 he’ll go to UKIP,And voters in Lichfield become the first to have a UKIP MP.

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  26. 58
    Nemesis. says:

    Very sad and ominous when an elected MP cannot have a view of his own (or his constituents) and then even worse get sacked by that useless piece of shit Grant Shapps. Go to Ukip fabby and tell them Shapps and other sycophants to stuff themselves.

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  27. 78
    A green person who likes talking utter crap says:

    Fabricant is innocent.

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  28. 80
    Anonymous says:

    “given the chop after refusing to resign for tabling a wrecking amendment to the government’s HS2 bill and tweeting “about time” when Maria Miller was slotted.”
    High time a new fablet edict, was handed down from Mount Brussels.
    Commandment 11. Thou shalt not draw attention to discrepancies, between a ruler’s virtual internal rendition of external reality, and actual external reality itself. As this makes it rather difficult for said ruler to rule, with any degree of credibility.

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  29. 84
    What will Harriet Say? says:

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  30. 87
    Socialism is theft says:

    “Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.
    Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.”

    Surely socialists are already a dim-witted underclass.

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    • 103
      Aldous Huxley says:

      I think you’ll find that was my idea.

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    • 109
      JadedJean12 says:

      The kosher ones already have a one half standard deviation IQ advantage over the rest of us due to endogamous marriage (think gene barrier) practices over the past millenium.

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      • 119
        Fly in the ointment says:

        Doesn’t explain why D’anny F’inkelstein is such a complete fucking mong.

        Is he a throwback, or was he dropped as a baby ?

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      • 136
        Mind control is us. says:

        Thats ra.ccccci.st ! How dare you criticise us….we ll just have to increase the number of articles we get published in the Daily M.ail on how we all sufferered during the big H.

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      • 148
        Blowing Whistles says:

        The surrounding comments – i have noted.

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  31. 102
    One of many of your constituents.... says:

    Oi, Anna Soubry, you’ve kept your fat mouth shut since your EU man Clegg was absolutely trashed in the two debates against Farage.
    We haven’t forgot…..

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  32. 104
    Enough says:

    Sky News, enough with the saturation coverage of the Oscar Pissedoffius trial. He’s a murderous c-unt. End of.

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    • 110
      Reality TV gone mad says:

      It has to be the leading evidence in any debate not to televise trials in the UK

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      • 115
        Enough says:

        I’d make an exception if they were to televise the trial of a Labour MP. THAT would be pure entertainment.

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  33. 106
    Anonymous says:

    Is fabbers really 63?

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  34. 107
    EuroTrack says:

    The HS2 is an EU “soft power” vanity project.

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    • 114
      Former Customer says:

      It’s an opportunity for corruption on an epic scale. What it won’t do, as planned, is solve the UK’s transport needs for the coming century.

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  35. 130
    Well fancy that says:

    Ah so all this time everyone was calling on the Prime Minister to sack Maria Miller when all we had to do was ask Grant Shapps ( aka Michael Green ) and he could have sacked her in a jiffy .

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  36. 141
    Justin Poofy Boots says:

    Fabbers is one of the good guys.

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  37. 143
    fedz says:

    It’s unsettling to know that Fabricant was sacked by Grant Shapps, or was it Michael Green or Sebastian Fox, even…..and he is the Tory party Chairman!

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  38. 147
    Grant Shapps says:

    Got my first pube today.
    Still on the look out for my credibility.

    Now that we’re men
    We have facial hair
    Now that we’re men
    I changed my underwear
    Now that we’re men we have a manly flair
    We’ve got the stuff
    We’re tough enough to save the day

    BTW I think we’re totally fucked in 2015.

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