May 8th, 2014

Cock Up Gives Ed Donations Space

Tory MP Henry Smith should read Guido more carefully. His Point of Order this morning claimed “it has been reported that the party opposite has received significant donations from AstraZeneca as a company” and that Miliband failed to declare this at PMQs. The Speaker correctly replied that party donations would not be a matter for individual members to declare in the House.

Yet, as Guido revealed yesterday, the donation was actually from an AstraZeneca board member, rather than the company, and was made to Miliband personally, not to the party. If this had been raised as the Point of Order Bercow would surely have required the Labour leader to clarify…


  1. 1
    cbr100rr says:

    Miliband is a good guy. I will back him to the hilt. UKIP could do with a man like him in charge.

  2. 2
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Oh Balls!

  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    More public sector bungling!

    If these MPs can’t get their facts straight on simple matter of Labour sleaze how can they ever hope to tackle corruption, benefit waste or negotiate with Putin?

  4. 4
    Wah wah pedal says:

    Evan Harris making a complete arse of himself on the DP today – ably assisted by Coburn.
    Well worth watching.

  5. 5
    that's made my day says:

    Tony Gallagher just rinsed creepy Evan Harris
    on the DP.Reminding him that politicians want to
    censor our free press preventing publication of his
    own expense scandal plus Lib Dem sex stories
    like Rennard and pervert paedo Cyril Smith.

  6. 6
    i agree says:

    Tony Gallagher was excellent.

  7. 7
    please says:

    Can you post a clip Guido?
    It’s a classic.

  8. 8
    Fishy says:

    Meanwhile, who is this really creepy, sinister ‘Hacked Off’ character, Evan Harris, on The Daily Brillo just now.

    So determined is he to deny free speech to his opponents, he won’t allow anyone to say anything he disagrees with.

  9. 9
    Wah wah pedal says:

    Especially considering that he was arguing against two people…

  10. 10
    Sirrah Nave says:

    What ever Evan Harris does or says, do the opposite and you will be healthy, prosperous and wise.

  11. 11
    Fishy says:

    Sorry 4,5,6 I was typing while you were posting.

    What a disgusting anti democratic creep he is. Sinister, as I said.

  12. 12
    Nice one, Cyril says:

    He is a Liberal Democrat. They don’t come any creepier or sinister than that.

  13. 13
    still, it could be worse says:

    Of course it could be that the question was deliberately cocked up to stimy the real question being asked.

  14. 14
    bergen says:

    It isn’t difficult for Evan Harris to make a complete arse of himself as it’s his default position.

    It’s unusual for an ex MP who has never held office and was turfed out by the voters to be given such airtime. Does he think that his views somehow matter ?

  15. 15
    He is that bad says:

    I’d take Marcus Brigstocke more seriously than Harris

  16. 16
    well i never says:

    The party of Jeremy Thorpe,Lard Rennard and Cyril Smith.
    No wonder they want the press censored.

  17. 17
    Maria Miller says:

    Skullcracker’s favourite sweets are jaw-breakers.

  18. 18
    An MP says:

    What are ‘facts’? Are they like opinions, arguments, propganda or spin?

  19. 19
    Ockham's Toothbrush says:

    Why do I never get a mention?

  20. 20
    Dangerous Brian says:

    A Beeboid party liner for sure.

  21. 21
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Facts are those things never allowed to get in the way of a good story.

  22. 22
    ? says:

    Did he get any money yesterday?

  23. 23
    You can't say you believe in freedom of speech if you suffix it with 'but' says:

    Nothing can be added to that statement.

  24. 24
    Escaped Scouser says:

    I recall he was no different during his schooldays. Acted as if he owned the place, but most thought he was just an *rse.

  25. 25
    Ockham's Razor says:

    What? Teeth should not be multiplied beyond necessity?

    Too incisive.

  26. 26
    Mangochutney says:

    The Cinnamon club ! sounds like another child grooming gang.

  27. 27
    Mrs May says:

    Skull Cracker has admitted under caution that he is “overwhelmed” by the Eurovision Song Contest.

  28. 28
    A Vile, two-faced one-eyed liar, cheat, bully, economically-illiterate gurning sanctimonious shit says:

    On this day next year, I will be reinstated to my rightful place in Downing Street as Suprememe Head of hatever region this little place is of the EUSSR, and lauded as Saviour of the World.

    I promise that I will at once – and with one stroke – clear away the Tory twats and the trouble they have wrought on my Socialist Paradise.

    Sluts will be urged to breed – and will be subject to Chowchesku vag exams to ensure they do.

    The Musszo enlightenment will be encouraged and I will be recognised for what I am.

    That is all.

    Play martial music – and stop this crap on Radio 1

  29. 29

    So the cash was given to Milliband personally , not cash for questions ?
    Imagine the howls of indignation had it been a corrupt tory ,instead of a corrupt socialist!!

  30. 30
    Skullcracker (actucally he's a little pansy) says:

    I am overwhelmed – let’s leave it there!

  31. 31
    The Angle of Dangle says:

    Are, – but do they ever have probs getting their cock straight?

  32. 32
    Mzzzzzz. Hatefuelled HaHaPerson says:

    mmmm! – sounds yummy

  33. 33
    Ockham's Toothbrush says:

    Better than Derrida’s Flannel, anyway.

  34. 34
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Green Nazis, Peedos and other Wasters says:

    When are these troughing bastards going to be arrested?

  35. 35
    Baron Van Pallandt says:

    Nice handle ;-)

  36. 36
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Corrupt socialist?
    Heaven forfend.

  37. 37
    Dangerous Brian says:


  38. 38
    Will says:

    Whilst the money was given by a private individual it does mean if any donations have been given by the company or other assistance, such as expenses to constituency offices then it raises questions

  39. 39
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Licker or bandit?

  40. 40
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Why is Diane Abbott, yet again, on Brillo’s This Week tonight. Are there no other labour MPs?

  41. 41
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Well raise another point of order ffs.

  42. 42
    Tony Blair says:

    That would be well out of order.

  43. 43
    Bumsexy Camerspaz says:

    If only everything was black and white…

  44. 44

    I was under the impression that donations of such a nature should be declared,why were they not ?
    At least HMRC should have been informed about this little windfall , tax evasion is a serious criminal act .

  45. 45
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Chorus: Derrida? Well of course, he was not really a philosopher, you know…

    Will confess now that if I had not heard so many people say that, I would have said it myself. Probably.

  46. 46
    Bosun Higgs says:

    She fills a screen.

  47. 47
    A classic Brilloism says:

    Diana is part of the furniture on ‘This Week’.
    A well stuffed cushion to compliment the poof.

  48. 48
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:


  49. 49
    stench says:

    The extra income she’s received from the BBC for all those
    appearances over the years must have come in handy for
    the private school fees.

  50. 50
    just asking says:

    Does little Owen have a comment?

  51. 51
    what a gay dave says:

    Can we hunt him

  52. 52
    Speakers Corner says:

    John isn’t exactly the brightest tool in the box, but he’s certainly a tool.

  53. 53
    Close Down the BBC Now says:

    A prominent member of Hacked Off.

    Therefore important in the eyes of everyone in the BBC Newsroom.

  54. 54
    PDubya says:

    Self praise is no recommendation Ed or is it your Mum?

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    They can wipe their arse with their currency.

  56. 56
    Another Welsh Windbag says:

    More like a panty liner methinks

  57. 57
    Fishy says:

    or send some unsold copies of the Guardian over…there’s plenty to go round.

  58. 58
    Julian the Wonderhorse says:

    Obviously embargoed on Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation

  59. 59
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Inept or done on purpose, could be either.

  60. 60
    Henry Smith MP says:

    You’re right Guido, I do need to read your blogs more diligently.

  61. 61
    Getreal says:

    This happens too often. They’re clearly doing deals, quid pro quo “cockups”, to keep establishment abuses out of the limelight!

  62. 62
    nell says:

    Well I suppose with militwit declaring himself to be of greatly superior intellect to everyone else in Westminster bercow is now too frit to take him on!

  63. 63
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    I think a UKIP Councillor said that the rain clouds looked ‘very black.’

    That’s all we need for a 24 hour news story .. take 15 people and an OB unit and get down to Pyithin-in-the -Buzzocks and camp out until he resigns.

  64. 64
    Diane AbbongoBongott says:

    A black mother would go to the hole in the wall for her kids.

  65. 65
    Gerry Adams says:

    Don’t vote for UKIP. Their members are beyond the pale and have said and done terrible things in their pasts.

  66. 66
    News Hound says:

    Guardian ‘sells’ 100,000 copies a weeks

    – The BBC – 20,000
    – The NHS – 30,000
    – The Arts society – 1,000
    – The NUT – 10,000
    – UK Council offices – 12,000
    – Lib/Lab/Green HQ – 2,000
    – TUC – 1,000
    – Civil Service – 10,000

    Bought by the public – 4,000

  67. 67
    Rochester says:

    This recovery is hiding
    something dark.

  68. 68
    Tony Smooth says:

    Tax evasion is a serious act ?

    AAA hahahhah…
    AAAHHAHHHHAHAHHAH!!! Oh my…my sides… they hurst..oh …

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Guido spotted at IOD mixing with British business …………should have worn a tie

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Where did the Portsmouth Lid Dem leaflet story go?
    Will the lines censored by Guido be appearing on the next batch he delivers?

  71. 71
    The Growler says:

    I bet it will be last time Smithy acts as a stool pigeon for that Aussie guy trying to get more Con voters to vote Con instead of UKip and insists on attacking Liebore

  72. 72
    Tom Catesby. says:

    This all smells shritier and shritier.

  73. 73
    Owen Jones says:

    I did notice sales of my book had increased,particularly in Venezuela.

  74. 74
    Howdy do dere honey says:

    Yes siree !

  75. 75
    The Game's Up. says:

    Yes it’s true Mr Adams! We have ordered the murder or widows with ten children.

  76. 76
    The Game's Up. says:

    ‘OF’ Widows.

  77. 77
    C O (Ξ7t1) says:

    Lest we forget fallen Lib Dem blog posts…

  78. 78
    LibDem beasts says:

    Shame,such a rich vein of merriment and mirth yet still to be mined on that thread.

  79. 79
    Saviour of the World says:

    I am sloping off work today.

  80. 80
    Lib Dem black ops squad says:

    What leaflet? We never saw no leaflet?

  81. 81
    Gordoom McDoom of McDoomshire says:

    I agree with Nick!!

    And if he says it’s OK for people to get a second chance for a potentially murderous crime – then I should be allowed another chance at being PM

    Also, I am a Son of the Manse – and therefore entirely honest and TRUSTWORTHY!

  82. 82
    Tom Catesby. says:

    It would take Hundreds to fill as much space, cheaper(relatively!)
    to hire fatbutt.

  83. 83
    Viva Zapata says:

    My wife and donkey have the sheets send more copies of your book senor Owen.

  84. 84
    Sinister says:

    Who threatened Guido into deleting the LibDem thread?

  85. 85
    The Growler says:

    Doctor knows best!

  86. 86
    Hal Al says:

    Ohhhhh, IIIImmanuel Kant was a real pissant…..

  87. 87
    Natalie Bonnet says:

    I don’t believe it mate!
    I’m going to be on the telly! On the leaders debates..strewth! That’s set the kookaburra against the dingo!

    I’m up against Nigel Farage, someone everyone has heard of.
    Whilst even in the green movement if you asked three activists , two of them would never have heard of me!

    I’m going walkabout..get some ideas for the moving pictures..

  88. 88
    The Growler says:

    It’s enough to make anyone hand in the towel, not watched it for 3 or 4 decades

  89. 89
    Nigel hichkip says:

    Has anybody checked this young womans passport ?

    Now I appreciate a balti as much as the next chap but we need to b vigillant

  90. 90
    Fact check says:

    Days since last visit to parliament – 952

  91. 91
    Hal Al Chicken Choker says:

    It’s either her, or the postman who dresses like he’s been kicked through the Oxfam in Brighton

  92. 92
    The Growler says:

    In your dreams Tone not even the Liebore party would touch you now.

  93. 93
    Mark Oaten says:

    I’m free!

  94. 94
    The Growler says:

    They all did their education in Oxbridge, what do you expect

  95. 95
    C O (Ξ7t1) says:

    A lunatic in a suit, or his DPM side kick ?

  96. 96
    but says:

    Tools are useful.

  97. 97
    but more importantly says:

    Did he also abuse children on BBC premises like Stuart Hall?

  98. 98
    Bumsexy Camerspaz, fast buck financial advice says:

    Maybe Clarence should extend his advice to Labour, but this could be bad PR for the Brighton campaign as they now begin to accept she is dead in the face of failed apparent libel action in Portugal…

  99. 99
    The Growler says:

    Velly old saying Mr Henry, before starting engine ensure car is not in gear, in other words before opening mouth ensure brain is engaged

  100. 100
    C O (Ξ7t1) says:

    Methinks the average age at which people lost their virginity on BBC premises is much lower than many would expect.

  101. 101
    oh dear says:

    Educated in a posh private Aussie girls school, travelled the world
    (that’s not very environmental) and predictably wrote for the Guardian.
    Failed miserably in every election she stood in.
    Obviously will fit in well with the BBC liberal luvvies who run QT.

  102. 102
    The Growler says:

    What he wearing a beer stained tee shirt?

  103. 103
    Owen Jones says:

    No. He held up the Co-op Bank.

  104. 104
    Meds in cupboard alongside needle & thread. says:

    Corruption & hypocrisy in Labour. Nowts changed. Business as usual.

  105. 105
    catesby says:

    The BBC Biased next you’ll be claiming Rev Ian Paisley is a protestant. Billy Connolly has a beard! Why did Dan Snow sign a petition denouncing Scamerons pretend defense of Britain being a Christian country? Is literally everybody on the beeb left-wing? I could only imagine somebody from the SWP being that offended by Scamerons desperate attempt to not lose anymore traditional conservative voters. Like the bosh about St Georges Day.

  106. 106

    Just ask any Labour politician, who deliberately confuse tax avoidance ,which is the duty of everybody ,to tax evasion that IS a criminal offence

  107. 107
    catesby says:

    Hi Guido this is my final comment no need to moderate. I’ve given enough rubbish opinions so this is my last.

  108. 108
    Jack Dromey says:

    Black ops. I like the sound of that.

  109. 109
    gildedtumbril says:


  110. 110
    gildedtumbril says:

    A very wide screen.

  111. 111
    RightwinggitRedux says:

    “No hotlinking please”,

    ….With a warning about a cross-site scripting attempt, in firefox.

    Sort it.

  112. 112
    RightwinggitRedux says:


  113. 113
    RightwinggitRedux says:

    “they hurst..oh …”

    Patty Hearst? did she hear the worst?

    ….of Roland’s gun and bought it?

  114. 114
    Ciaran Goggins says:

    I would like him to attempt to crack my skull from the inside with his legendary organ.

  115. 115

    Anyone watch the BBC this morning when call me Dave was being interviewed? It was a Car Crash for Dave and clear that ‘call me Dave’ thought he would be allowed to make a party political broadcast but when the interviewer (who’s name escapes me) starting asking pointed questions and telling Dave no one believed his promises & reminded him of his last ‘cast iron’ promise to hold a vote on membership you could see Dave was NOT happy.

    I suggest that that interviewer should take over from Paxo on Newsnight

  116. 116
    Boz says:

    So the basic story here is: the Tories are shite at points of order. No wonder they are relying on semi sober journalists in Pall Mall to troll up low grade dirt. Now, if they had mentioned Good old Nick and AZ Patronage. Then there would have been no point of order necessary to make the dirt stick.

    Bloody libertarians cant smear for toffee.

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