July 2nd, 2014

WATCH: Miliband Asked to Retract Botched PMQs Sums

Another day, another Point of Order raised in the House following a story that appeared on this blog. This afternoon Matt Hancock asked whether Ed Miliband should be made to correct the record after botching his sums at PMQs by 134%, Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing ruled that it was sufficient that the Labour frontbench were aware of the error. Guido is happy to have provided this public service…


  1. 1
    For the good of r-soul says:

    When I was at school, maths corrections had to be done.

  2. 2
    non taxable pikey says:

    Let’s all join the Single Currency, look how well the Spanish have done. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/07/02/Spaniards-flee-the-disaster-of-the-euro-for-the-boom-of-UK-sterling-economy

  3. 3
    The British media are cunts says:

    I’m sure Nick Robinson will point it out on the 6pm news.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  4. 4
    #Blairfail says:

    “Education, education, education”

  5. 5
    She don't look like a worker to me. A socialist I'll grant you says:

  6. 6
    Owen Jones says:

    NHS not Trident!!

  7. 7
    The Honey Monster says:

    no fhanks

  8. 8
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    We can’t do sums, I still have a blank piece of paper, we wrecked the economy and daddy felt it would serve the British right if we lost the war.

    What a winner Ed is.

  9. 9
    Suzie says:

    Doubt it, he’s a Labourite!

  10. 10
    Door open ready for a walk out says:

    Is the lady related to White Dee?

  11. 11
    peter sharp says:

    Anything in favour of Labour will undoubtedly be pointed out by Nick Robinson and everyone else at the Beeb.

  12. 12
    Pig ignorant layabout says:

    Socialist? Worker?
    Surely not.

  13. 13
    Diddley says:

    Those adverts are really starting to grate Guido, I know income for the site is important and all, but they are just too long.

  14. 14
    Ed Stalinbrand says:

    When it comes to mathematics I am mental.

  15. 15
    Ed's Army says:

    The Face of Socialism.

  16. 16
    Her Boss says:

    I wish she would go out on strike every day.

  17. 17
    Mid Staffs NHS Abattoir says:

    It certainly kills more people than Trident and that is quite a deterrent.

  18. 18
    Please, just to stop the sh1t surrounding it says:

    Cannot someone leak the Chilcot inquiry report?

  19. 19
    Stig of the Dump says:


  20. 20
    BBC Braeking News says:

    Labour asked to retract Ed Miliband. “We’re aware of the error” said an opposition spokesman.

  21. 21
    RomaBob says:

    As we say up North, Red Egg is a Tit Heed.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    This is Matt Hancock of all people. He botches things all the time. He is electorally unattractive

  23. 23

    Should the error not have been picked up and dealt with at the time in PMQ’s ?


    Vote UKIP :-D

  24. 24
    cured lefty says:

    Pmqs . pointless exercise in mudslinging!

  25. 25
    England is becumin a ferd world cess-pit innit says:

    These Labour filth tell nothing but lies on doorsteps up and down this country, such as in Hammersmith where the local activists brazenly make up stories which have absolutely no basis in fact whatsoever.

    So telling lies in the chamber is just a natural extension for a party which is desperate to finish the job of destroying the economy, and turning England into a third world cess-pit

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    And this is the man who wants to run our country !!!!

  27. 27
    ed milliband/nick clegg/david cameron says:

    You win the internet today

  28. 28
    John Bellingham says:

    Miliband was showing his higher intellectual self-confidence.

  29. 29
    Owen's Remedial Maths teacher says:

    “botching his sums at PMQs by 134%”

    Milliband’s “300%” was 134 percentage points more tha nthe correct “166%”, so in fact Miliband was about 83% out.

    134/83 = 1.61, therefroe

    Gheedough, you botched your sumes by 61%

  30. 30
    Cinna says:

    Two words which are mutually exclusive.

  31. 31
    Cinna says:

    Well indeed. I see Mumsnet find it disgraceful…so it’s not all bad then.

  32. 32
    Champ Kind says:

    I’d like to put some BBQ sauce on that butt and just…



  33. 33
    The Growler says:

    “Guido is happy to have provided this public service…” You mean to tell us Geedes the massed ranks of financial geniuses in the Tory have to rely on you to point out the errors of Teddy and chums calculations, it going back to the time Broon announced the starting rate of tax was to be 10p in the pound, the silence was deafening.

  34. 34
    Mumsnet says:

    Hi everyone.

    My DS2 made a complete prick of himself today at work, by blurting out some made up numbers at a meeting.

    If truth be told, he’s not really in the right job. I told him (as did DS1) that it would all end in complete disaster.

    Anyway, things have been getting worse and today’s episode seems to have been the last straw.

    He come home from work and has shut himself in his room.

    I tried tempting him out with his favourite tea, (numberetti spaghetti shapes on toast) but he says I’m just making it worse.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Worried of North London.

  35. 35
    Ed Balls says:

    “We’re aware of the error”

    Said an opposition spokesman, as he stared into the middle distance, contemplating the mistakes that had been made in electing their leader.

  36. 36
    The Growler says:

    No wonder, there are very few engineers, scientists, and other jobs which require a good working of knowledge of maths, most nowadays seem to bathe in the glory of a PPE, but how much of the maths is in the economics that they supposedly study, more likely they study political economics, theories and the like.

  37. 37
    The Growler says:

    Oooooooo, you are denigrating a Conservative MP, that is a major sin on this blog supported by the Master

  38. 38
    Owen Jones' mum says:

    “Numberetti Spaghetti!”

    Oh how I wish my Owen would eat those and Alphbetti Spaghetti tio help him with his homework. but he says they give him a headache and will only eat spaghetti hoops on his toast for tea.

    You should be pleased that your son is so gifted that he likes them.

    Anyway, good luck, and remember they all love fish fingers and oven chips (they’re almost as good as the chip shop ones but cheaper and much more convenient).

    Must be off. I’ve got to get Owen’s bedsheets out of the tumble drier and back onto his bed before he makes a horrid sticky mess on the mattress.


  39. 39
    The Growler says:

    Dave is supposed to be doing that now isn’t he

  40. 40
    Norm Normal says:

    So Happy Meals aren’t working in this case?

  41. 41
    Where was the snide little twat anyway ? says:

    Its refreshing to hear someone in the speakers chair who performs their duties without sarcasm and pomposity. Can we keep her ?

  42. 42
    In a nutshell says:

    Blair and Campbell knowingly misled Parliament by using the phrase ‘beyond doubt’ with regards the inteligence on WMD when it was nothing of the sort.

  43. 43
    Affront bencher says:

    Leave some PIE for us!

  44. 44

    Thank god for Guido catching out the lies. Imagine what they would try if Guido did not exist!

  45. 45
    Bacon Sandwich (Ed Miliband's nemesis) says:

    Ed Miliband eats a bacon sandwich

  46. 46
    noix says:

    The maths in mainstream economics is nothing like that used in physics and engineering. It makes no sense to mathematicians or scientists. See Steve Keen.

  47. 47
    J says:

    Has the bug ever been seen together in the same room with Ed Miliband ?


  48. 48
    10 north says:

    Adblock is your friend, my friend.

  49. 49
    Judge Jeffries says:

    Its a pity people are more concerned with the bad maths than the extra 600000 people who are waiting longer.

    If they asked IDS to apologise for all his numbers manipulation we would be here at christmas listening.

  50. 50
    Fred the pensioner says:

    A dress to match her front door.

    Is that the latest in high fashion statements?

  51. 51
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Going to be a quiet night then, innit?

  52. 52
    Fred the pensioner says:

    This constant bleating about unwanted ads and the solution provided on each occasion seems to go to show that lots of people either do not read or understand what is written.

  53. 53
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    But, my dear Judge, surely one as highly educated as your goodself knows that the principal reason for all these **** delays is the extra 4 million foreign scroungers we now have living in this country who should not be here.

    Might your worshipful self take a suitable opportunity set the “Repatriation Before Christmas” movement rolling? After all that’s what abuse of power is all about, no?

    The Court of Public Opinion would make you Chief Justice in a trice if you could bring yourself to do that little thing for us.

  54. 54
    The Critic says:

    You missed the i out of run

  55. 55
    LIE-bour says:

    Councils claim ‘poverty’ on adult social services (02July14): And still the Council pay a lot of money on welfare, free housing, & language translators.

    (1) Elderly care services showing worst decline in Labour-run poor boroughs (The Guardian, Monday 10 September 2012) : “Biggest spending falls in deprived areas reflect coalition’s town-hall budget cuts, says Labour”.

    (2) Labour councils ‘sitting on cash’ as services are cut (The Telegraph, 17 Apr 2011): “Labour councils are cutting local libraries, nurseries and other public services while sitting on reserves of hundreds of millions of pounds, the Conservatives have claimed”.

    (3) Hard-working families forced to pay extra £528 extra on council tax bills to cover £2.4BILLION debt left by people who refuse to pay (Daily Mail, 12 January 2014) : “Nine out of the 10 worst councils for collecting council tax are Labour-run”.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Not as serious as 7×8=? but still serious.

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