May 16th, 2014

WATCH: Tim Stanley: I Vow to Thee, My Country


  1. 1
    Maqb­oul says:

    Time the porridge gobblers had their freeeedommmmm.

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    The Lizzud Returns says:

    Damn good. Well said, Tim.

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    Narendra Modi says:

    Can you imagine a critic in any other genre of entertainment saying those words?

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    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    What a load of old cobblers.

    Imagine replacing the Union Jack with the EU flag and saying please Britain don’t leave us.

    The YES campaign in Scotland just need to bang on, day in day out, between now and September, that an independent Scotland will never have to suffer rule by a Tory government from London (Thatcher 80s,Cameron today) that a majority of Scots didn’t vote for and they’ll win the referendum with a landslide.

    The NO camp can’t promise no more Tory rule for Scotland, only the YES to independence camp can.


  5. 5
    Labour says:

    We gave Scotland devolution to try to stop the nationalists! Bloody ungrateful jocks.

    If we lose 40 Scottish Labour MPs in the HOC, then we are fcuked.

    Therefore we are against independence, and totally coincidentally so are our supporters at the BBC.

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    @US_politics_guy says:

    Labor needs the Scotch franchise to shore up votes in the West Mintshire Caucus. #keeptheuniteunion

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    Daffid Axelgrease says:

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    String Vest says:

    Yes, and it is those 40 Scottish Labour MP’s who swung the vote to introduce student tuition fees in England. Currently £9,000 a year at most universities.

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    Hobo humping Slobo babe says:

    Stanley is rent seeking self serving git who performs political somersaults in his pursuit of a sinecure.

  10. 10
    Surrey Shiresman says:

    And give English taxpayers a break.

    “Nae more” subsidy for the haggis brigade and their subsidy addiction.

  11. 11
    Owen Jones says:

    The triumph of Hindu nationalism – and of a man with blood on his hands – in the world’s largest democracy is a grim day for humanity.

  12. 12
    Maria Miller says:

    Former England goalkeeper David James has been declared bankrupt.

    He could never fucking save anything anyway.

  13. 13
    Jacobite half-seas over the water says:

    This is a better and more convincing argument for the position:

  14. 14
    ahmonika says:

    Tim Stanley
    Left winger turned right
    Right footer turned left.
    Good chap.

  15. 15
    Sniper says:

    When you can fake sincerity…

    Actually, the boy done good.

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    String Vest says:

    Yes, but it is a good day for social mobility in India. That is democracy for you, terrible isn’t it?

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    a non says:

    Great delivery.
    Think I would have appreciated it better with the ‘Hovis’ music

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    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    What will unite all the different factions in Scotland, and get every man & woman to vote YES, is their hatred of the Tories.

    Only the YES camp can promise no more Tory rule from London.

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    Sleepless in Kirkcaldy says:

    Irrespective of the result of the vote, the nastiness and bickering will continue for years. What a mess

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    JH29327573322534 says:


    The more Capitalist and Western India becomes, the more its neighbour to the North-West looks like a backward 5th Century shithole.

    Against all odds, this may finally embarrass them into finally realising that life does not revolve around an imaginary sky-pixie that – should he actually exist – clearly hates their guts.

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    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    “I vow to thee my country”?

    But the UK isn’t a country, whereas England,Scotland & Wales are.

  22. 22
    String Vest says:

    My choice would have been the musical score from that classic “You Can’t get Better than a Kwik Fit Fitter”.

  23. 23
    Londoner says:

    If Guido thinks the English are oppressive, maybe he should go and live in Ireland. Thought not.

  24. 24
    Nick Clegg says:

    Farage just got mauled on LBC. James O’Brian was exceptionally good.

  25. 25
    Tachybaptus says:

    Not a hope. The poorer they get, the more entrenched their beliefs.

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    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

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    Anonymous says:


  28. 28
    Steve Right says:

    Don’t forget the British football commentators always support the ENGLISH team.

    Vote OUT, benefits whores. The talented, hardworking ones can come down here like they always have anyway.

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    Maqb­oul says:

    And the NO campaign can’t promise no more Labour rule for England either. So it’s YES all round. Come on Jocks, don’t bottle it – there’s the door, fuck off.

  30. 30
    Jack Ketch says:

    Spring-Rice was Anglo-Irish. The second verse starts

    “I heard my country calling, away across the sea,
    Across the waste of waters she calls and calls to me.”

    An appeal to Aussies, Canadians, Kiwis and all those scattered in the Empire (including the Irish)–indicating that “Country” was a concept as much as a place.

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    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Freedom from heartless Tory toffs.

    Vote YES to independence.

  32. 32
    bigmax says:

    Was that 6th century “BC”? Oops, didn’t mean to offend. I should have said “BCE”.

  33. 33
    The Lone Ranger says:

    and your point?

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    TOO FAR says:

    “Feedom for Scotland”… what a joke! they will have all the same problems that the UK has and still have. Corrupt polititions promissing Utopia, by taxing everybody that has any wealth & spending (wasting) money on daft projects that have no bloody use to the population as a whole.
    After the money runs out, and it will, will come cap in hand to Westminster for a bale out.
    Us mugs in England will have to pay up…… and they will go on wasting money. The loosers, the remaining parts of the UK.

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    Socialism is theft says:

    And in five years all the Scottish oil will be gone – according to one report. So whose teat will they suck on then? They are doomed, doomed, I tell yer.

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    The Wild Colonial Boy says:

    Irony may be lost on Americans. Evidently it’s lost on some English too.

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    Osama the Nazarene2 says:

    Come on Tim!

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    John Bull (British Bulldog) says:

    Country (noun): A nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory.

    The country known as the United Kingdom fits this description exactly.

    Do you have any other falsehoods and seditious **** you’d like to share with us?

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    Edward I says:

    Exactly. Be it the Irish, the Welsh or the Scots, they are all the same, sharing a rose-tinted view of a past that never actually existed and wanting to lay the blame for their so-called woes and ills firmly at the door of the English – who of course continue to do all the paying.

  41. 41
    John Bull (British Bulldog) says:

    If Guido’s divisive sedition is meant to be ironic, then the art of conveying irony is evidently lost on Guido.

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    Observer says:

    The line of the Border on the east coast means that it is English oil.

  43. 43
    Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

    Mawkish sentimental crap. Pass the sickbay.

  44. 44
    Osama the Nazarene2 says:

    There is no magic money tree. Good quality University education has to be paid for.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Wonder why Guido has gone all braveheart on us?

  46. 46
    Sam the Skull drinking Buckfast in Maryhill says:

    The Irish gained their independence. Now it’s the Scots’ turn.

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    roddymacdonald2014 says:

    Nae mare subsidy from the haggis brigade.

    Corrected for you.

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    broderick crawford says:

    The best sung version is by katherine jenkins ..and she s Welsh !

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    broderick crawford says:


    If Lab lose forty Scots MPs IF scotland GOES independent then WHY IN HEAVENS NAME is Cammo lobbying AGAINST IN dependence .?

    I know this is me being naive but is he a complete dickhead ?

    ( Oil argument won t wash nor will Holy Loch . Former finished in ten years replaced by English fracking , Latter can be relocated in extremis )

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    Jim says:

    I’m talented. I’m hardworking. I also employ (that is, pay them money) English people. (Don’t let that dichotomy make your head explode)

    I wouldn’t come and live in shitty Engerland if ye paid me. Overcrowded, full of bennie scroungers, no scenery, no real sense of patriotism.

    And I’m for the union.

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    broderick crawford says:

    Is he reading from autocue ?

  52. 52
    Jim says:

    At least a lot of us wasted it on an education, thus possessing the ability to spell correctly.
    And I won’t be coming cap in hand to ye, don’t worry about that.

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Love live the Serene Republic of London!

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    MSM-I don't know what to do here as I've had my head up the arse of London for so long.. says:

    Leave ‘em to it. The rUK, and especially the cesspit London, should have NO effect on the result. The fact that Boris and Westminster have turned our Nations’ Capital into a fargin’ theme park and world Hotel has EVERYTHING to do with ‘Nationality’. As a Yorkshire man, I want to separate from everything that is inside the M25. Basically, most folks in the UK couldn’t give 2 shakes of a gnat’s cock about London. So the FO policy rings with me! :)

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    Jacobite half-seas over the water says:

    Scots too hear the call, from “o’re the water”.

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    The Wild Colonial Boy says:

    More accurately: Londonistan

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    gildedtumbril says:

    William Wallace was a fine fellow and a wee scholar. All the English Mps appear to be peadophiles, perverts, pederasts and assorted deviants. Those who are not bent are not straight and all are guilty of treason and malfeasance. One cannot find ought to support in the Palace of Westmincers.

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    gildedtumbril says:

    …nor in the House of Turds.

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    Tangoedyouhavebeen says:

    This sort of nonsense will mean more votes for the yes campaign.

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    StevieBC says:

    I agree with those who wish to ‘stop subsidising’ Scotland.

    I want to be generous to my English – and other UK cousins – and want my country to be discarded from the Union.

    You really don’t deserve Scotland… ;)

    But you will, of course, still be welcome to come visit anytime you like.

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    StevieBC says:

    Absolutely – but they will be our useless, corrupt politicians.
    And they will be accessible / accountable in the streets of Edinburgh – not inaccessible in the Westminster bubble.
    …and we still have some decent schools in Scotland which we will never LOSE…

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    StevieBC says:

    Since the turn of the year the MSM has been tryin to turn ever so slowly – like a massive oil tanker – from its belligerent ‘Project Fear Says No’ position to a currently evolving “perhaps there might be some postives in this for Scotland” position…

    That is because they can no longer deny that a ‘Yes’ win is definitely on – and the MSM can’t be left behind in the narrative.

    Guido is only playing catch-up…and he is a slow, ‘The Sun’ reading f*cker… ;)

    Braveheart my ar*se. ;)

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    B. Honest-Ffolkes says:

    Posh people love Scotland. They own half of it, for one thing.

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    Busted Nokia says:

    7th Century AD

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    Anonymous says:

    The Conservative and Unionist Party – the clue is in the name. :-S

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    B. Honest-Ffolkes says:

    Is he an autocue?

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    Bosworth Field says:

    wasn’t there a STANLEY that pledged loyalty to richard III?

    reliable sort of chap

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