May 6th, 2014

Cam and Clegg’s Free Advertising for Donor Cronies

Nick Clegg unveils the LibDems’ local election campaign this morning, welcoming journalists to the Ministry of Sound for what sounds like a riveting launch. The location is a nice little plug for Lord Palumbo, the owner of the Ministry of Sound who has donated £500,000 to the LibDems and was made a peer for his troubles. Kerching!

Dave was no better last week, name-dropping JCB at the Tories’ local election campaign launch. He three times credited the firm with helping rebuild the British economy – without mentioning the fact that the Tories have received almost £5million in donations from JCB chairman Anthony Bamford. The PM also bunged him a peerage too. Doesn’t it make you proud…


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Guido – your missing a trick…

    Chat to JCB next time you’re at drinks at No10!!!

  2. 2
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  3. 3
    Adam Ant says:

    Nigel will stick it to the flabby-faced corrupt weasels on May 22nd.

  4. 4
    C O (Ξ7t1) says:

    Using Wiki sources for each European Parliamentary group (which erroneously give total MEPs at 764 rather than 766 at present), then following is the composition of the European Parliament overall by group:

    Group |   EPP |   S&D |  ALDE | GREENS/EFA |  ECR | GUE/NGL |  EFD | NI
    Tot % | 36.0% | 24.6% | 11.1% |       7.7% | 7.5% |    4.5% | 4.6% | 4.1%

    The UK’s 73 MEPs are distributed thus:

    M/State | EPP |  S&D |  ALDE | GREENS/EFA |   ECR | GUE/NGL |   EFD | NI
    UK      | --- | 6.9% | 14.1% |       8.5% | 47.4% |    2.9% | 28.6% | 16.1%

    In terms of European Parliamentary groups the UK has most of its MEPs in the ECR / EFD, followed by non-attached non-inscrits (NI)

    The small influence in the Nordic Greens (GUE/NGL) reflects Sinn Fein.

    It is worth noting that Labour + SDLP’s relative influence in the socialist S&D group is 2% less than the Greens in their aligned group.

    Voting for either Conservative or UKIP would increase the UK’s influence over the ECR / EDP groupings, which would have much more impact than voting for Labour. Increasing ALDE share via the Lib Dems would also be viable: Looking at these figures and observing the somewhat vicious attack that the Lib Dems have brought on themselves is confusing.

    In the European elections, a ‘wasted’ vote for a UK voter would be one cast for one of Labour or a non-attached MEP, if that voter wishes to place an MEP in Brussels who can have a stronger influence in one of the voting groups, and hence that Parliament.

    Whilst the UK has no representation in the EPP group, the UK will not have any real power in the European Parliament, unless of course the EPP numbers are somewhat reduced this May.

  5. 5
    JCB says:

    We are the Tories chief hole digger.

  6. 6
    Nothing Better To Do says:

    £5 million for a peerage and Dave’s chum status. Not bad if you’re that desperate to join the in crowd.

  7. 7
    You couldn't make it up says:

    I’ve got a couple of quid to spare for a donation. Is it worth an OBE?

  8. 8
    The Skull Cracker says:

    Those ex politicians I met in open prison did far more harm than I ever did and I would not trust them one bit.

  9. 9
    Winston says:

    Guido. Stop this. Please remember what the public needs to hear: what a UKIP parish councillor said 10 years ago. Thank you.

  10. 10
    Steve Miliband says:

    At least they don’t dictate policy like the Unions

  11. 11
    Gordon Brown says:

    Where’s my life peerage, I made myself PM didn’t I?

    Maybe my recent important charidee work will allow me to qualify?

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Yes goo’ old Nige… he wants his share of the money too!!!

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Boring… did you mean to post this at the Guardian?

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Let Farage’s wife finish off where Hitler failed…

  15. 15
    Skull Cracker says:

    I absconded from Open Prison to get away from all the politicians. It’s just not safe.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    I hate all politicans… ex bankers, lying, smug, expenses claiming scum — Yes it’s Farage all the way for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh the fecking Irony….

  17. 17
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    Riveting lunch…yep that’s what they’ll be doing post 2015…if anyone will have them.

  18. 18
    UKIP says:

    You make a useful observation. Of course, all these factions are just gatherings of powerless twerps in a powerless, puppet Parliament. Their seats are merely some of the most expensive deckchairs in the Western hemisphere.

  19. 19
    catesby says:

    God it really is increasingly difficult to fully describe just how awful these people are. Dig a very big hole and dump Scameron, Smegg and Millipede in it. Then concrete it over. It’s hard to believe that anybody unsupervised in the community votes for these people.

  20. 20
    msm says:

    We are much more interested in knowing what a Tory councillor said ten years before he joined UKIP.

  21. 21
    Scales of Justice says:

    Only in Britain would we have “Open prison” for three life-sentences. And “they” wonder why we are voting UKIP.

  22. 22
    Skull Cracker says:

    Just when I thought it was safe to come out of hiding…

  23. 23
    Fishy says:

    Couldn’t care less. JCB is a great British company that employs thousands and pays its taxes.

    Just the sort of company and success story that’s in step with Conservative principles.

    What would you want? Bamford to be seen with Re Ed Militwat?

    Miliband wouldn’t know what a JCB is…or what a successful entrepreneurial enterprise looks like (either that or he’d want to control it – it’th the cotht of diggers cwithith)

  24. 24
    Sarah Millington says:

    Main Three Political Parties in the UK Corrupt? Who knew!

  25. 25
    Raving Loon says:

    Poll: majority of people think UKIP contains racists.

    Not surprising given the blanket propaganda we’ve had over the last few weeks.

    Roll on 22nd May!

  26. 26
    jgm2 says:

    Far be it from me to make excuses for LibDems but surely they (the LibDems) simply took advantage of a free venue rather than ‘plugging’ the venue.

  27. 27
    You couldn't make it up says:

    Freddy Starr: no prosecution
    Stuart Hall admits one charge
    Rolf Harris – ?????

  28. 28
    still walking into darkness says:

    where’s the knighthood for Nigel Farage, not that he would give a monkey’s as the honours system only matters to the Establishment

  29. 29
    Rolfs Arris says:

    Guilty or not guilty…do you know what it is yet?

  30. 30
    Kerching! says:

    Angry former comedian Freddie Starr says he will “bring Operation Yewtree to it’s knees”

    Hear ! Hear !

  31. 31
    Chris Huhne says:

    It is everyone elses fault.

  32. 32
    A liberal democrat says:

    Prison has been proved not to work.

    I say, let them all out to do good works in the community painting fences and trimming hedges.

    It makes no sense to have a convicted killer in prison. What good to society are they going to do there?
    No. Our way is the best. Hippie dippy free love, green tea, and garlands of jam pots!

  33. 33
    Gordon the mental says:

    That’s what I said !

  34. 34
    Dan Hodges says:


  35. 35
    David Cummerbund says:

    That in out referendum in full.

    Q1. Do you wish to remain IN the EU ?
    Q2. Do you wish Britain to avoid missing OUT, so should remain in the EU ?

  36. 36
    Yvette Cooper says:

    I love my Balls

  37. 37
    My crystal ball sees all. says:

    UKIP: we’re saying what you’re thinking. Has a ring to it don’t you think?

  38. 38
    Skull Cracker says:


    More like thirteen.

  39. 39
    The elephant and castle in the room. says:

    I’m sorry I can’t hear you over all the noise of those protests against ministry of sound planning applications that the lib Dems approved despite overwhelming opposition.

  40. 40
    Sarah Millican says:

    If you try very had you can find someone less funny than me, pet.
    Owen jones springs to mind.

  41. 41
    Nigel Sportscoat says:

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
    Coz I’m thinking I’ll claim this on expenses.

  42. 42
    Dangerous Brian says:

    And if some old granny gets murdered in her bed, or a 12 year old gets groomed in the local curry shop, dont blame the perpertrators, they are the real victims.

  43. 43
    domino says:

    Putting the “Banana Republic” in Great Britain

  44. 44
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    Am I allowed to say “An ethnic minority in a wood-pile”?

  45. 45
    ukhitchefuhrer says:

    Whats wrong with JCB?
    They have been used to help build most of the worlds infrastructure

    I bet the Bamford family had their bajan villa bulldozed after havng has the Blairs fornicating and shitting in it for a fortnight

  46. 46
    Rolfs Arris says:

    He can start by pointing out that the purpose of the whole thing is to distract attention away from the gangs of ethnic child rapists.
    knocking their activities out of the headlines by going for famous scalps.

  47. 47
    Statins ghost says:

    Even the politburo had more power than this and they had no power.

  48. 48
    Prod says:

    He knows what a Lootenant with a skedule is…

  49. 49
    Chief Inspector Plod of the Met says:

    Will Mr Skull Cracker please be so kind & contact us !!

    As we wish to kindly invite him to return to his (prison) holiday camp

    No questions asked & No additional extension to his (short) term at

    Her Majesty’s Pleasure…….

    This geniune message if fully compliant with ECHR guidance…..

  50. 50
    Caterpillar says:

    Well not really. Every country that I have built in has had its own locally produced plant and JCB is unheard of in most places.

  51. 51
    Trolling for points says:

    Erm are you sure about that… NHS contracts, Energy men in the Ministry for Energy doing cushy jobs… The Fracking Lobby…. The HS2 Lobby.

  52. 52
    My crystal ball sees all. says:

    Very droll, I find it quite catchy for a slogan.

  53. 53
    The BBC says:

    You’re Fired!!

  54. 54
    Digger says:

    JCB!!!!!!! Two timing b*****d

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, Farage is clearly so anti-establishment…. He’d be up their ass quicker than Clegg…

  56. 56
    Winston says:

    That was the headlines. However, the poll actually asked something very different. It was something like: ‘do you think UKIP attracts people with racist or unsavoury views?’.

    Does Labour attract people with unsavoury views? Do the Tories? The poll was done in a way to produce a wwaaacist headline.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Most Tories wouldn’t know a “successful entrepreneurial enterprise” – all they know is bankers, who get rich with other people money and are too big to fail, so if they make a mistake everyone bails them out.

    Still let’s get on blaming the poor and foreigners….

  58. 58
    jgm2 says:

    My cousin’s kid is a Cat mechanic and he assures me that they (Caterpillar) are the most over-priced, unreliable pieces of shit on the market.

    They’re the Range Rovers of the construction world.

  59. 59
    C O (Ξ7t1) says:


    The Guardian would make the case that Labour are represented in the second largest European Parliament Group – the S&D.

    They would then recommend you to vote Labour as the S&D has ~ 25% influence in Europarl at present as a bloc, without pointing out that Labour MEPs only comprise 6.9% of the S&D, so really have to follow the line set by the dominant members of that group.

    Breakdown of UK MEPs by European Parliamentary group:

    Group      | % UK MEPs
    ECR        |   36.99%
    S&D        |   17.81%
    ALDE       |   16.44%
    EFD        |   13.70%
    NI         |    6.85%
    GREENS/EFA |    6.85%
    GUE/NGL    |    1.37%

    The mapping to UK domestic parties:

    ECR        : Conservatives, U’lster Unionists
    S&D        : Labour, SDLP
    ALDE       : Lib Dems
    GREENS/EFA : Greens, SNP, Plaid Cymru
    GUE/NGL    : Sinn Fein
    EFD        : UKIP
    NI         : Non-Inscrit (Not Attached)
  60. 60
    Shade of Eddie Wearing says:

    Only dogshite is less funny than you ‘pet’.

  61. 61
    Millionaireband, Minor says:

    I am not prepared to debate you

  62. 62
    jgm2 says:

    It wasn’t the banks that ‘failed’. It was Labour’s economic model of perpetual 3% deficits being the ‘magic’ solution to a perpetual boom.

    That’s why we ended up with 13% deficits.

    The banks were only bailed out to underwrite the value of all those Labour MPs property portfolios. 60bn quid just so that Darling’s and Brown’s and all the rest of their London flats didn’t lose any value.

    And they had the gall to blame the banks. And millions believed them.


  63. 63
    Tree Decorators Limited - THEME YOUR OUTDOOR EVENT! says:

    When we sponsored the Tory Party we made darn sure we got our product right up there on their logo.

  64. 64
    jimbo says:

    None of it matters.

    Read the telegraph today. 95% of people over 60 are indigenous British. In contrast over a quarter of children are non-native British. By 2050 at least 30% of the country will be non-British, and we all know the number will be higher in reality. The non-white foreigners and their descendants will then become the majority in the following decades.

    We’ve lost our country and will be a minority within the century. 1000 years of having our own island and it’s dying before out eyes. Non-British invaders going from 5% to 30% of the population within a generation or two, what conflicts and sadness lie in wait, especially the generation after that one. My grandfather died in the mud in the second world war. I can no longer think it was worth it.

    All societies die. Just as the cvilisations of Ancient Athens and the Roman Empire no longer exist, so it will come to be with Britain. What a waste, destroyed by ignorant left-wingers. Freedom of speech, so much of modern science, parliamentary democracy, ending slavery, all our literature, jury trial… the value of that we gave to the world is almost incalculable. And now our destiny is to become a part of the third world. One can only hope there won’t be violence and bloodshed as those indigenous Britons descended from the men who defeated Napoleon and Hitler will perhaps want to fight-back in the street.

  65. 65
    Nigel Farage says:

    Just farted directly into my bedsprings and it sounded like Ringo Starr swallowing a whole bar of hand soap

  66. 66
    Sally Barecow says:

    I am not pikey!

    I ain’t got the class to be no pikey.

  67. 67
    Digger Bamford says:

    Shit- I overpaid for my gong by £4.5m if Palumbo got one for £500k- should have been made a Duke

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Still wasn’t the fault of the poor…. but what do they matter; when you can score political points…

  69. 69
    C O (Ξ7t1) says:

    Crunching the numbers further, the following are details of the top 5 member state representations within the current European Parliamentary groups:

        EPP |    S&D |   ALDE |GREENS/ |   ECR |GUE/NGL |    EFD | NI
            |        |   ALDE |EFA     |       |        |        |      
    FR:10.9%|ES:11.2%|IT: 7.1%|UK: 8.5%|CZ:15.8%|CZ:11.8%|PL:11.4%|NL:16.1%
    PL:10.5%|FR: 7.4%|FR: 7.1%|BE: 6.8%|IT: 3.5%|PT: 8.8%|LT: 5.7%|RO: 9.7%
    ES: 9.1%|UK: 6.9%|NL: 7.1%|SE: 6.8%|HR: 1.8%|EL: 8.8%|EL: 5.7%|HU: 9.7%

    G’ermany dominate 4 of the groups which combined represent 76% of the European Parliament.

    This demonstrates G’erman dominance over B’russels.

    The breakdown of member states appearing in the top 5 of each of the 8 groups, including the non attached:

    M/State | # Groups in Top 5
    UK      |                 6
    DE      |                 5
    FR      |                 5
    IT      |                 5
    PL      |                 3
    CZ      |                 2
    EL      |                 2
    ES      |                 2
    NL      |                 2
    AT      |                 1
    BE      |                 1
    HR      |                 1
    HU      |                 1
    LT      |                 1
    PT      |                 1
    RO      |                 1
    SE      |                 1

    Even though the UK appears in 6 of the 8, it is included in the non-attached.

    Germany has no MEPs who are non-inscrit.

    That the UK feature in the top 5 of 6 of the 8 groups, those groups representing 59.6% of the total MEPs in the Europarl is notable. But the UK has no influence in the dominant EPP, and only occupies a top 3 dominant position in ALDE / EFD whilst being dominant of ECR.

    The number of NI UK MEPs is also notable.

  70. 70
    Bosun Higgs says:

    But, in time, people become British. Anybody who is born in Britain is, thereby, indigenous British.

  71. 71
    don't forget says:

    We no longer have freedom of speech.
    Anyone daring even to question the changes being inflicted
    on our country is labelled a racist and our press is now censored
    thanks to Miliband and his leftie luvvie cronies.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    There is no such as native British – we are a mongrel nation… been “invaded” for centuries….

  73. 73
    Reader says:

    This, among other things, is an example of why I will never vote Conservative, Labour or LibDem again in my life:

  74. 74
    jgm2 says:

    It was the fault of the poor. They were the ones voting for Labour.

    You don’t think anybody with a job – I mean a real job, ie a job that is not provided by the government – votes Labour do you?

    If the ‘poor’ hadn’t voted themselves free handouts then Labour wouldn’t have attempted to buy 1 million extra votes by hiring a million extra government jobs for the graduation class of 2001/2.

    Without having to pay that million extra with borrowed money for the past 13 years then we’d have had no economic crisis at all.

  75. 75
    jimbo says:

    Historically inaccurate. Unless you accept the Nazi definition of pure blood race.

    The British were not invaded for 1000 years. During that time the English consciousness developed. There was virtually no immigration. We formed a self-aware nation.

    The idea that what happened in those 1000 years is the same as the last 50 years of being swamped by people from the third world is nonsense – and you know it.

  76. 76
    Do me another says:

    Heard on the politics show or whatever it’s called, UKIP is a media creation, some ex Camorons Conservative bagman said it, laugh, I nearly wet my kecks.

  77. 77
    jimbo says:

    Nonsense – and you know it. If I was born in New Zealand that doesn’t make the me a Maori. And an Indian or African born here is not the same as an indigenous Briton. They are not indigenous or else the word indigenous has no meaning. If I move to Bombay am I then as Indian as anyone there. Every single group in the world would realise that’s nonsense except white liberals and the children they’re brainwashing.

  78. 78
    still, it could be worse says:

    wee Willy thinks that kidnapping schoolgirls and selling them into sex slavery is disgusting and immoral. No Shit.

  79. 79
    Reader says:

    Why hasn’t Teresa May been sacked?

  80. 80
    Helpful Elucidation says:

    EPP: Euro-Puppet Parties
    S&D: Somerset & Dorset Railway
    ALDE: Major competitor of LEDL
    EFD: Euro-Federalist Dunces
    NI: No Idea
    GREENS: Vegetables
    EFA: Enviro-Fanatic Autofellationists
    GUE: Grafting Unprincipled Egomaniacs
    NGL: No-Good Losers

  81. 81
    Do me another says:

    Mad Harriet the gob of Liebour was on that womans show, asked my missus did she talk about PIE answer no, something about something in some foreign country.

  82. 82
    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    These, sir, are the facts.

  83. 83
    hang on a min says:

    I don’t want my kids growing up in a country where laws,cultures and
    practices have been altered to accommodate immigrants. Other countries
    don’t do it- so why should we.
    Equality legislation which we proudly adopted in the 60’s and 70’s is being
    eroded by Islamification which rules women are inferior.

  84. 84
    Do me another says:

    LibLabCons the last four letters explain what the three parties are.

  85. 85
    sadowitz says:

    I’ll nominate Steve Coogan.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    CO, give it a rest with these stats. Most of us have known for many years which country dominates Brussels.

  87. 87
    inside out says:

    First offence repatriate,second offence ,if still here exterminate.

  88. 88
    Holly says:

    It is time to scrap the way the BBC is funded, but……

    What is the £ difference between, Cameron ‘plugging’ a British employer, and getting nearly £5 million quid in voluntary ‘donations’, and Miliband & Co ‘plugging’ the State, and receiving X £ millions in FORCED ‘donations’ from the entire workforce and businesses?

  89. 89
    Dougie says:

    Only a grouch would deny Bamford fully deserved his peerage for services to British industry.

  90. 90
    The Growler says:

    “Doesn’t it make you proud…” they all pee in the same pot, most of them have been to the same universities, a lot of them have been the same type of schools (publicschool), what one does, it is a certainty that the others will do the same.

  91. 91
    The Growler says:

    Of course he is one of them

  92. 92
    The Growler says:

    (Long intake of breathe while shaking head” Eeeee lad tha mun give much mooer than that lad, these boys lots and lots of money, but they will willingly take thi 2 quid off thi

  93. 93
    The Growler says:

    How would a nice Scottish peerage do Gordy, at least the Iorish peers do not have the automatic right to sit in the HoL as they used to.

  94. 94
    The Growler says:

    I had a surprise many years ago, I had a few shares in a company called Newton Chamber Ltd and one of the companies as one of its subsiduaries was a certain J C Bamforth Ltd, Newton Chambers has long since gone split up into many different companies and owned by conglomerates, old SC will know of that firm and many of you of a certain age will remember Izal toilet paper.

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    “Anybody who is born in Britain is, thereby, indigenous British.”

    What even if they support Pa kistan in the cricket rather than their “indigenous” country.

    More than that, if you ask many minorities are they British or Iraqi or Indian or Pa kistani they would quite offended if you called them British, many of them incl 1st and 2nd generations would identity themselves with their families country of origin first.

    That white Guardian reading socialists deny this is a travesty that is inexcusable.

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    By the way, I include David ‘lying Eton faced’ Cameron in that definition of Guardian readers….

  97. 97
    Polly Toynbee - Shakra Rumbatty etc etc etc says:

    Lala la lalala la laa lalala (fingers in ears)

  98. 98
    broderick crawford says:


    If you were Skullcracker , had been sentenced to LIFE WITHOUT PROSPECT OF PAROLE and had been given a weekend pass WHAT POSSIBLE REASON would you have for not trying to escape/extend your period of freedom .

    After all what s the worse can happen ….. longer sentence . Not in this life !

    (Leaving aside the disaster of the decision to put a dangerous offender in an OPEN prison . )

    Wake up politico s … they re ‘avin a larrf !!

  99. 99
    desert rat says:

    How apt! I once had to pay a visit to a desert oil drilling operation located some 100 miles from the nearest road. Halfway across the desert the Range Rover I was in conked out and I had to await assistance from a passing Pajero Land cruiser.

    Oh the (not unexpected) shame…

  100. 100
    broderick crawford says:

    She s been canonised by the Howard League for Penal Reform .

    Henceforth she will be Mother Teresa.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Only Clegg is a traitor whose job is not finished. Until the UK is a vasel state of the EU devoid of any sovereignty.

    Whereas Farage is a patriotic, proud of his country and the UKs sovereignty which should be absolute.

  102. 102
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Because it’s not under her remit. Prison policy is ministry of justice. grayling should be facing the calls.

  103. 103
    the lady next door says:

    F***g council jobsworth needs to be put firmly back in his box.

  104. 104
    broderick crawford says:

    Did Stalin suffer from high cholesterol then ?

  105. 105
    A mosqe near you... says:

    That would never happen in the UK.

    Honest to All@h….. ;)

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    Errr, unions raise cash by deceit and nearly bancrupting the CoOp businesses they own.

    Whilst Banford worked hard for every penny of profit and donated it to the Tories.

  107. 107
    Holly says:

    My thoughts exactly.

  108. 108
    Jeff says:

    government gagging clauses are preventing truth getting out about cronnies in government.

  109. 109
    Anonymous says:

    right, but JC Bamforth isn’t JC Bamford Excavators Ltd is it? Which was started in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter and has never been anything other than a family firm – certainly not a subsidiary of JC Bamforth. so, your point is what?

  110. 110
    Dave T says:

    Count me in,I will happily fight any foreign motherfucker for this once great land,good comment by the way.

  111. 111
    Stewart Lee says:

    Im not.

  112. 112
    continentalfreecams says:

    Great comments and super Information

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