April 11th, 2014

Michael Rosen’s Expert Opinions

The unrivalled commissioning editors at Comment is Free have graced their readers with an open letter from children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen to Sajid Javid. Rosen’s main point is that because Javid used to be a banker he is unqualified for the role of Culture Secretary. Guido will spare you most of his drivel, but here is the gist:

“It’s very difficult to see from your Wikipedia entry… how you are qualified to do this new job as culture minister… You’re an ex-banker who made millions during the fatal bubble of the early 21st century… So, I’m very curious about how you’re going to explain why my sort of culture will have to take a hit from the Treasury even as you are someone who benefited from the false boom, the very same boom that caused the crash, and to continue the chain, which is what has given your party the excuse to slash public services and cut waged and unwaged people’s standard of living, and further enrich the mega-rich.”

Rosen reckons Javid, who like T.S. Elliot is a former banker, is not qualified to have an opinion on culture. However Rosen, a poet, is apparently qualified to have an opinion on the world of finance. He wrote this pinko first year politics student analysis on his personal blog in 2012:

“Reading around on the net, I think there is some evidence to suggest that we’re moving into a new phase in this drawn-out world economic crisis. No matter how many meetings the politicians from the countries with the largest economies have, they find that both the particular crises of their own countries’ banks and their own countries’ sovereign debt cannot be solved. I take it that capitalism (or capitalists) don’t have a strategy to deal with this because the fundamental motive power of capitalism is competition. “

Perhaps if Rosen thinks bankers should steer clear of talking about culture, he himself should steer clear of talking about banking…

H/T @michaelpdeacon


  1. 1
    Nigel Evan's naughty little winkle says:

    He is sooo up himself!

  2. 2
    Charmed I'm Sure says:

    A y!d having a pop at a p@k!, not sure who to fucking hate most.

  3. 3
    Scottish Chav says:

    leftie is deluded about his level of knowledge in subject he knows nothing about … shockaroonie!

  4. 4
    Well Oiled says:

  5. 5
    Strange massage then says:

  6. 6
    tony e says:

    Rosen has clearly disappeared up his own arse.

    He should do what most of the idiots at cif should do, and observe a period of silence simply to spare us all his anal ravings.

  7. 7
    Bluto says:

    So another wealthy capitalist and self-publicist from the Arts world has a public pop at the Tories. You might think free spirits would have reservations about the East Germany model that Labour seem to favour.

    Meanwhile in breaking news bears have been seen actually crapping in the woods.

  8. 8
    K-Tell says:

    What did he do? Overdose on his own self-imprtance and walk into the door?

  9. 9
    Perse O'Nalley says:

    The man’s a total arse. Not worthy of our comments but I know he’ll get an earful or three.

  10. 10
    PMQs says:

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Rosen is perfectly entitled to his opinion on the financial crisis, particularly as the bankers ruining the global economy affects us all. Whether someone from this area is qualified to make decisions on culture and the arts is debatable. Unless of course you think bankers are so lovely and brilliant that they can do anything.

  12. 12
    Nigel Innocent Evans says:

    Rosen is red
    Violence is blue
    A kick in the head
    Would shut the leftie tw*t up for a while.

    Adapted from the Hitler/Lenin/Mao book of International Relations expressed in Modern Verse.

  13. 13
    Nermal says:

    Em sure you will work it out when your meds kick in.

  14. 14
    ex-R4 listener says:

    bring back Frank Delaney

  15. 15
    tippledmary says:

    begob sor – yer roight!

  16. 16
    Nermal says:

    Got to give Rosen his due, he must be in the running for tosser of the week.

  17. 17
    Mr Woy says:

    He’s a pinko twat so he’s allowed to be opinionated and talk bollocks I thought everyone knew that.

  18. 18
  19. 19
    Socialism is theft says:

    More hypocrisy from the left. Who would have guessed?

  20. 20
    LeftyBollocks says:

    Dear Mr Rosen, why is The Guardian is losing £500,000 a week?

  21. 21
    Mr Woy says:

    This would be the bankers that brown let run free and was surprised by the result. You fucking idiot.

  22. 22
    Mark Wouters says:

    Sovietsalami63 here,
    leeds city council still are trying to extort money from me to pay council tax ,as in a human being and I don’t Consent to all parliamentary statutes ,I will not pay council tax on the crounds that leeds city council ere corrupt and use extortion to harass people to pay money that theyre not legally obliged to ,Leeds city council are also colluding to have me made homeless and they use fake court summonses to extort money from humans who are not legally liable to pay monies to the council.
    As the flat I use is council property its also common land and I have a right to be there .
    I am A human being not a Person ,a person is a corporate entity.

  23. 23
    Willl H says:

    He’s a raddled, old unreconstrcuted Marxist – and of course a BBC / Grauniad favorite.

  24. 24
    Nigel Evan's naughty little winkle says:

    Is he doing a poo?

  25. 25
    Plato says:

    This needs a philosopher not a poet. Should a job that doesn’t need doing need someone who is qualified to do it? Discuss.

  26. 26
    thisisthenewengland says:

    Sajid Javid. a shia moslem whose father came from Pakistan. so quite possibly a nizari – a sect that is directly descended from the assassins of alamut.
    what a brilliant choice for an English culture secretary.

  27. 27
    Lip Curler's Guild says:

    tell wurzel gummage to do several

  28. 28
    Norman Normal says:

    I’m sure I said the other day here that part of the problem with UK society is the way the press give a voice to idiots from the fringe, looney activists and insane people.

    People like Rosen should be IGNORED because they are not coherent, logical or make any sense. Please act more responsibly in future Guido lol.

  29. 29
    Little men playing at being big men says:

    As I don’t read the newspaper he allegedly writes for I haven’t got a clue who the hell he is, so I’ll sit this one out and pretend to be knowledgeable about what he’s gabbing about, by moving my head up and down.

  30. 30
    Someone says:

    If you don’t like paying council tax, go and live on some real common land in a tent (the land the building you are staying in is NOT common land. Read a law book if you want to know more.

    But please stick properly to your principles and don’t leave litter about for council tax payers to pay to have picked up and don’t try to read using council taxpayer-provided street lights. Or walk on council taxpayer-provided pavements.

  31. 31
    nell says:

    Loony Left indeed! declared socialist, banker basher, ex beeb employee. Tiresome people!!

  32. 32
    Nermal says:

    Off course he used to work for that den of hypocrisy and chock full of pervs the BBC.

  33. 33
    Too successful. says:

    Javid is an example of rags to riches success. Unfortunately he was in banking – every one hates bankers!. Still the guy has done well to get where he is. Good Luck to him.

  34. 34

    To examine this type of causation
    Requires a type of appropriate station.
    Necessary and Sufficient
    Are adept and proficient,
    Whilst completing this verse with elation.

  35. 35
    Gooey Blob says:

    As always with the British left, it’s politics before pragmatism. That’s why, historically, they have always made such a mess of running the country. The only pragmatic leader they ever had won three consecutive general elections and didn’t his party hate him for it!

  36. 36
    broderick crawford says:

    So I presume Al Pacino lives in flat 29a next door then .

  37. 37
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    You have only to look at that photo to see he is a raving loony. God knows what his poetry is like. Never read any of it and never shall.

  38. 38
    Nermal says:

    If you look at the photo he appears to have the same sort of scar/mark on his forehead as Nigel Evans. Maybe its a club.

  39. 39
    C O (Ξ7p) says:

    The lefty is in denial about his real objection.

  40. 40
    The market says:

  41. 41
    Nermal says:

    Too true.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    “In the room the pillocks come and go
    Comment is Free you know”
    (Sorry TS)

  43. 43
    Diddley says:

    Lefty cnut

  44. 44
    Bosun Higgs says:

    When the author of ‘Fluff the Farting Fish’ offers his insights on culture, one is bound to pay heed.

  45. 45
    Nermal says:

    Now that is phucking bad.

  46. 46
    Norman Normal says:

    May I add that when going to the toilet, act responsibly and dig a hole and cover it over. Don’t just poop all over the field like travellers do.

    Other people may walk there and stand in it.

  47. 47
    Ruth Smeeth says:

    I deny being the source that denied Gordon Brown a snap winning early election prior to 2010.

    I am not a ‘US protected source’

  48. 48
    Lord Stansted says:

    Up himsel indeed. The “I work in culture” line demonstrates that Rosen is a complete and utter tosser.

  49. 49
    Ruth Smeeth ppc says:

    I deny being a ‘US protected source’

  50. 50
    The Cheshire Cat says:

    Rosen is a BBC favourite….a typical Old School Leftoid…..trapped in late 19th century socialist identity politics…part of a by-gone era….like the Co-op, Ken Livingstone, Wedgie, the dying Guardian, boiled beef & carrots & the soon to be dismantled BBC….his day is done….

    A face made for radio

  51. 51
    Embassy of Israel says:

    Ruth Smeeth is not on our payroll.
    Nobody is on our payroll.
    We don’t exist.

  52. 52
    Wonderwall says:

    Charmed clearly needs more than meds…..he needs special needs help

  53. 53
    Lord Stansted says:

    Does the guy only have one jumper? It must stink.

  54. 54
    My Poet Laureate Rhymes With No We Don't Want More Of It says:

  55. 55
    Scottish Chav says:

    not so long as owen jones is still alive

  56. 56
    Wonderwall says:

    Are you referring to the socialistic ethical bank – formerly known as The Co-op??

  57. 57
    Wonderwall says:

    Tosser of the Decade actually…….

  58. 58
    BBC Plutocrat says:

    Get this man on QT, QT…..

  59. 59
    BB says:

    Even Rosen’s books are a pile of s***e – pity the poor kids who are forced to read them :-( – so why the f**k would I take his ignorant Marxist opinions seriously.

    He does have an inadvertant point, however – Javid shouldn’t be SofS for Culture becaaue no-one should be: the whole nonsensical DCMS should be closed forthwith.

  60. 60
    HoC good sort cleaning operative says:

    You men you come in ere, you’ve stuck these curtains together, what is it? Well you don’t think I’m gonna clean that off do you?

  61. 61
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Is he a fan of Chavez?

  62. 62
    HoC knackered PM says:

    Now come along Mary, work hard it’s good for you and the country, I’ve told the boys about this and there is a new code of conduct.

  63. 63
    Love Culture, Hate Bureaucrats says:

    True. No government should employ bureaucrats to have anything whatsoever to do with choosing ‘culture’ to subsidize or promote.

  64. 64
    Rev Flowers (sniff) says:

    Perhaps Mr Rosen should have had a look at my CV

  65. 65
    Jesus, pal of mo says:

    Too busy renting out boys to have a look.

  66. 66
    nell says:

    plus 1000

    alas for militwit’s crew – his ‘one nation’ theory only encompasses people who are unsuccessful anyone else is personae non grata.

  67. 67

    Good heavens! You are surely not suggesting that he ought to be beaten over the head with one? Are you?

    What a good idea!

  68. 68
    Bill Quango MP says:

    he is a giant peach among men.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    You, Guido, and many commentators have lost the plot here.

    Anyone, ‘pinko’, ‘blue-o’ or otherwise, is free to have an opinion about on any matter and to express it. That freedom allows YOU to express yours, however offensive.

    Maria Miller was described by Richard Morrison in yesterday’s The Times as having been a “philistine peg in a cultural hole” who knew little about the arts and seemed to care even less. No wonder, then, that her replacement by someone who might turn out to be similarly inclined will be challenged by the likes of Mr Rosen and anyone who ascribes value to things that are dismissed by a Government focussed on counting beans.

    If Rosen’s commentary gets up your collective noses, it is up to Mr Sajid Javid (not you) to prove him wrong.

  70. 70
    Michael Rosetainted Glasses. says:

    Sajid is despised because he is too successful.

    Why doesn’t Rosen take his argument up with Labour? They allowed the banks to spiral out of control. Ed Balls has questions to answer.

    Why can’t Rosen just let the guy get on with his job instead of resenting his success?

    Rosen is so left wing he has a chip on his shoulder and resents someone who has risen from humble origins and makes a success of themself and who is a true Tory.

    If Sajid was a Labour MP no doubt Rosen would be crawling up his arse or at least kissing it!

  71. 71
    Jesus, pal of mo says:

    Had Rosen read some history he might be a tad wary of governments espousing Kultur.

  72. 72
    Paolo Dacre says:

    You are free to go, Kenny!

  73. 73
    nell says:

    The most inspirational children’s writer we ever read was Dr Seuss – The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat comes back to name just two. My children loved him. And YoungNells my grand-daughter who is now a teenager can still quote them back at me. One day I suspect she will teach those beautiful funny rhymes to her children .

    We’ve never heard of this rosen chap and I doubt he’ll be cherished and passed down the generations like Dr Seuss.

  74. 74
    Lefty сunt says:

    It is a pity we cannot use that word on here.

    Sometimes there is no acceptable alternative.


  75. 75
    Mary the old maid says:

    Code of conduct? Listen Chumbley, the sort of ‘conduct’ that them’s up to in ‘ere should not be conducted anywhere outside of a public lavvy on Blackheath.

  76. 76
    Butcher says:

    Guido, if you’re going to try to be clever and cross-reference examples, you could at least make sure that you’ve spelled the name of one of the most famous poets ever correctly. It’s TS Eliot not “Elliot”

  77. 77
    Totally confused says:

    What? He chaves his pussy?

  78. 78
    David Cameron says:

    I liked Captain Beaky – the popup edition.

  79. 79
    Corby says:

    Many banks and bankers are patrons of the arts. Has this Rosen chap never been to the great City Festival? Has he naver been round the art collection of a bank?

  80. 80
    Rosaceae family says:

    I could wring his nectarine.

  81. 81
    The other side of PC says:

    I think R’osen is a filthy rac!st and should be denied a platform such as CIF to peddle his backward views.

  82. 82
    Heslop says:


    Look it up.

  83. 83
    Bill Quango MP says:

    April is the cruelest month .. being the new tax year and all.

  84. 84
    Maria the Miller says:

    Kick him in the nachos

  85. 85
    Ed 'fliperty' Balls says:

    Er…ok….an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

    That doesn’t help me at all!

  86. 86
    Bill Quango MP says:

    April is the cruelest month .. being the new tax year and all.

  87. 87
    Bill Quango MP says:

    That was supposed to reply to Butcher. Rather spoils the gag this way

  88. 88
    Geordieboy says:

    Knows fuck all about bankers but socialises with wankers.

  89. 89
    Innocent Bi-stander says:

    Looks like a T-bagging got a little bit too rough…

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Could some numbers geek please tell i when that sun article was actually published?

  91. 91
    William Blake says:

    Jesus H Christ, how far this once high art has plummeted!

    Along with that urban chancer Zephaniah, how many young minds have been subjected to this childish drivel?

    Who or what gives the yoof of today something to strive for, other than (in)articulating the squalor around them in a N-Dubz stylee?

  92. 92
    The Hodge offshore trust says:

    Quiet. Us chosen people have been fucking you Gentiles over for years..

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    He a visit from 43 Group

  94. 94
    HoC knackered PM says:

    Problem is there are so many of them and so little for them to do. Boys don’t really grow up do,they Mary. Mmmm.

    There’s a lot of it about you know, the country is awash with gaying. I’ve done my best to help it all along.

    See you after my hols.

  95. 95
    Jane says:

    The saddest thing is that he isn’t a very good poet.

  96. 96
    Desperate Dan says:

    Michael Rosen was given carte Blanche by the Labour government to visit vulnerable children in Britain’s schools to interupt their education and flog his pisspoor books. This must be stopped.

  97. 97
    Mohul says:

    When the circumcision occurred they threw the wrong bit away

  98. 98
    t'Owen Jones (t=twat) says:

    And that smug Hunt Jeremy Hardy, who is another parasite who leeches off the BBC Tax Taxpayer, given full rein to lambast the current government without challenge!!
    How these spongers and parasites proliferate at the BBC!! Cnuts

  99. 99
    Peter Barlow says:

    She’s with me!

  100. 100
    Shitbag Sanders says:

    No one fucking cares you sad mong twintard cock muncher dickwadd. Now fuck off back to your saddo blog and b=never post here again.

  101. 101
    DK says:

    ‘Twas the Archer Fish!
    archer fish: n. A brown trout which, upon impact, generates a high-speed jet of water that accurately strikes the still-closing sphincter. Or knocks a fly off an overhanging branch.

  102. 102
    Bravery says:

    Walter de la Mere could not have been a poet as he worked for ExxonMobil

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Michael Rosen = a real life Balph Eubank.

  104. 104
    The last BBC non-homosexualist says:

    Help. Please. I’m trapped in a cleaner’s cubboard, fifth floor, Vision. They’re looking for me.

  105. 105
    The last BBC non-homosexualist says:

    Hello? I can hear homosexualists frotting the door. A little help!

  106. 106
    Sid Cleverbollocks says:

    FLIP ME, even Stevie Wonder could have seen that punchline coming!

    Interesting to note the sheer hatred of the everyday working class in that piece.

  107. 107
    Dr Evil says:

    What an utter twat that bloke is. I read his piece on the Guardian online. Complete left wing fantasy bollocks. How unsurprising.

  108. 108
    just saying says:

    The best thing about his books are the illustrations by Quentin Blake.
    My kids always used to love those.

  109. 109
    hang about.. says:

    Brown managed to become the longest serving Labour Chancellor of
    the Exchequer despite knowing absolutely nothing about economics.

  110. 110
    a child says:

    Mummy- that man’s face is really scary.

  111. 111
    comp kid says:

    Grammar school, Oxford and the BBC.
    Rosen has followed that privileged leftie
    path that’s so boringly familiar.

  112. 112
    Rob says:

    He’s a WEALTHY raddled, old unreconstrcuted Marxist.

    He can afford to be.

  113. 113
    olden1936 says:

    As a poet there’s no rhyme nor reason why he shouldn’t offer his opinion. Most of us aren’t versed about banking or enviroment, but we just have to exist with the outcomes of the dreary machinations of those that supposedly are well versed.

  114. 114
    zoid says:

    rosen….ex respect candidate…and a poet…

    you would have thought that evolution would have put paid to that particular combination of completely fucking useless traits.

  115. 115
    Head of Light Entertainment says:

    I remember that when it first started Channel 4 gave this guy a children’s programme called “Everybody Here!”

    It was the most appalling PC, “inclusive”, anti-white, stereotypical cultural marxism. It used to be on Sunday afternoons, as I recall. I struggle to believe that this tw@t is still peddling his East German-style determinism, I thought that it had died out years ago.

    I liked Pob, though, he was a laugh. I suspect that he was more of a Gramscian.

  116. 116
    Socialist Rapists Party says:

    Rosen = SWP. That’s all you need to know.

  117. 117
    James Purnell says:

    You sure got a pretty mouth, boy.

  118. 118
    Right Full Rudder says:

    Oh yeah, like the sort of lefties who support Michael Rosen are interested in permitting freedom of speech for anyone with opinions they find offensive? When did that start? Most of them would ban UKIP for being Neo Nazis if they were able to.

  119. 119
    A child who reads lots of books says:

    Who in the name of fuck is Michael Rosen?

  120. 120
    Another child says:

    He looks like the grubby bloke who used to hang around our school gates until the police took him away.

  121. 121
    Duck Pond says:

    And Osborne knows what precisely?

  122. 122
    As expected says:

    Typical Leftie. Went to Watford Grammar and now wants to stop anyone else’s kids going there. Can be safely ignored.

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