July 3rd, 2014

Labour’s ‘Stop Steve’ Campaign Backfires
The Mystery of Dennis Skinner’s Ejection from the NEC

Bolsover’s famous beast, much-loved by Labour, was voted off the NEC yesterday to the bafflement of the party, the anger of members, and the curiosity of the political commentariat.

Dennis Skinner is the authentic voice of Labour at a time when authenticity is sorely lacking in its limp-wristed, intellectual leftiness. He works incessantly for the party, speaking, organising, geeing up the troops.

Why would  John Healey stand against him?

Maybe he didn’t.

Maybe he was standing against Steve Rotheram, the moaning member for Merseyside.

After Ed Miliband’s posing with the Sun, Rotheram criticised him. Said it shouldn’t have happened. Sought meetings with his leader’s office. Rubbed salt in the open wound that is the party leader.

Is it possible that the leader’s office was so petty, so spiteful, so incompetent as to organize against Steve Rotheram and end up decapitating one of Labour’s most prominent assets?


158 Comments

  1. 1
    loose_head says:

    Petty, spiteful & incompetent? Oh yes!

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    • 6
      Brum says:

      What is this NEC you refer to? I only know the one next to Birmingham airport.

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      • 15
        Norfolk's Finest says:

        Deck chairs on the Titanic.

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      • 16

        This is the one where lefty wannabes, has-beens and never-were’s make exhibitions of themselves.

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      • 124
        mad die in texas says:

        should have kept the foot ta too.
        under pressure went for lip expansion.

        whose country, whose club.
        smell the stink in the church called a temple in Notting hill.

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      • 132
        I Shot Marvin in the Face says:

        Red on Red fire, lets hope they carry on bit like this really.

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      • 152
        Wunderballs says:

        It’s a body incorporating almost the entire Fabian upper Heirarchy, hence the acronym NEC …Nearly Every Hunt.

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    • 21
      Ed Lead by trendy lefty focus groups. says:

      Meanwhile Ed is at the Science Museum lecturing on “Inclusive Prosperity” , which I’m sure will appeal to the intellectual lefties. But no other fucker.

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      • 32
        Old Nick Heavenly says:

        Where do I sign up for the Inclusive Prosperity?

        Can I receive it in Belgium, who are , incidentaly, doing rather well in the world cup.

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    • 23
      The two Muppets says:

      How can that silly old fart Dennis Skinner be called beloved by Labour ?
      He should have retired years ago although to be honest ,he does seem
      brighter than a lot of the Shadow front bench .

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      • 98
        Anonymous says:

        Dennis, the dim,dopey,Derbyshire, dinasaur.

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      • 138
        Glyn H says:

        He had the final one at PMQS this week and made a dreary long winded pigs ear of it. Well past any prim he had; time to leave & make room for a red prince or a McClusky toady.

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    • 31
      Executive Summary says:

      Is it possible that the leader’s office was so petty, so spiteful, so incompetent as to organize against Steve Rotheram and end up decapitating one of Labour’s most prominent assets?

      Yes.

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    • 59
      Tarquin Dimmbelbi-Dromio says:

      This is the funniest thing I’ve heard since Gordon Brown called Mrs Duffy a bigot.

      Oh, how Labour hate the white working class.

      Liked by 1 person

      • 106
        Dangerous Brian says:

        With a real passion.

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      • 127
        bergen says:

        There’s more than a touch of Brown’s total incompetence about this story. EdM has clearly learned at the feet of the master.

        He’s probably far too inept to be dangerous.

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    • 103
      Smoking Tim says:

      anyone but Murray

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    • 116
      táxpáyér says:

      Modest proposal…

      Voting done by pre-filled in postal-vote, so no need to even count the results.

      It’s standard practise in diverse areas, and labour are always saying how they value diversity.

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    • 146
      dai labouring says:

      ‘the authentic voice of Labour’?
      ‘one of Labour’s most prominent assets’?

      more like ‘the voice of withdrawal of labour’ and ‘one of the tories’ most prominent assets’

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    • 147
      The Growler says:

      Surely it should be the membership of the Liebore party should vote on who should be on the NEC members, or is it just like the Cons where a select few who is on their main executive committee, hence the leadership can stop any “trouble makers ” and awkward question makers being on a compliant committee.

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    • 153

      PICK ME A WINNER STEVE !!

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      • 154

        So let s get this right .

        Labour hierarchy in smoke filled rooms wanted Steve off the NEC .

        INstead they ejected Dennis ….

        What can this lot do ????

        I think the term ” they could n t get arrested ” is relevant .

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  2. 2
    Old Nick Heavenly says:

    If Scotland leaves the United Kingdom will it become known as the Semi United Kingdom?

    Porr old Andy Slurry

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  3. 3
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Skinner is the ultimate Labour dinosaur. Why does the Speaker call this senile old cnut so often he adds nothing to any debate only laughs for us all – such predictable rubbish.

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    • 150
      Mycroft says:

      He carries the concrete grey, lowering shadow of a John Osborne ‘Kitchen Sink’ drama around with him.

      He was even down t’pit and dragged himself up and out of it.

      He is more cliché than dinosaur in my opinion.

      The problem with that is the poor soul has no real drama to impart, there are no pits, there are few, if any, lavs at the end of the garden and no-one really bathes in a Tin bath in the kitchen filling it from numerous boilings of a kettle.

      Because he has no dramatic fundament left, he has resorted to being a comedian, not a very good comedian, but he tries bless him.

      It is all he left to give the world… crap comedy.

      It’s pitiable really, the World moved on and left him there in the Kitchen Sink drama of his mind.

      Just as there is a ‘Grand House’ for useless pollies to go with some sort of peerage perhaps there ought to be a a House of Dead Reds where he could quietly be shuffled off to perfect his comedy act.

      Basically, he serves no real purpose and is essentially f’cking useless.

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  4. 4
    Mike Wilkinson says:

    And that buffoon & his acolytes want to run the country…

    We’re DOOMED!

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  5. 5
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Labour will build prosperity for all of Britain by enabling our great businesses to build wealth, create jobs and make profits.

    Vote Labour in 2015 please.

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  6. 8
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    Dennis Skinner is a loose cannon.

    No place for him in Spinland.

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  7. 9
    nell says:

    Read that and +++Laughed+++

    I suspect the answer is Yes!

    Isn’t that called cutting of your nose to spite your face or maybe shooting yourself in the foot more apt

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  8. 10
    Juncker the Piss Head says:

    Maybe Dennis has suggested it would be a good idea for Labour to promise a referendum on the EU?

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  9. 11
    FFS! says:

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    • 18
      JH26213-454635 says:

      You see Owen, this is what happens with effete lefty intellectual self-regarding ‘elites’ thinking they can do whatever they want because they are so very worthy. They inevitably destroy themselves.

      Mother nature is so elegant, so self-balancing.

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    • 26
      David Axlegrease says:

      And the vast majority of people will say, ‘Who is Owen Jones ?’

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    • 35
      Owen Jones' mum says:

      Language, Owen!

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      • 51
        Owen Jones' dad says:

        He looks like the milkman.

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        • 61
          Owen's milkman says:

          And if I’d been the one to bring him up he’d have been taught to get out of bed early in the morning and do a real job.

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        • 72
          Owen's other "milkman" says:

          Yes, we get our hair done at the same boudoir.
          We are quite similar: one might say “joined at the hips”

          tee-hee!

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          • Dangerous Brian says:

            Whereas a lot of people of all stripes will react to anything coming out of Owen Jones’ gob with exactly the same phrase.
            What a posturing dick head he is.

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          • Ralph Miliband says:

            in my day owen jones would have quietly had a run in with an industrial blender

            sadly these days, its a run in with a media bender

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    • 96
      Tony E says:

      And a lot of them will say ‘About time too – the useless old pillock needs putting out to grass’.

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  10. 12
    UKIP Onwards and Upwards says:

    Yep. Labour is now the party for intellectual lefties and not for the working classes. Little wonder that UKIP are taking the votes that Labour took for granted.

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  11. 13
    Grant Shapps says:

    The 1922 Committee has only been sitting for 20 minutes & already I’ve heard nothing but a load of bullshit. Nothing has changed. Lies & cover up.

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  12. 14
    Limp-wristed, intellectual leftiness says:

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  13. 21
    Insert the word nonce says:

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    • 30

      It’s true of course, but Denis would do better to cleanse the Augean stables of his own front and backbenches.

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    • 46
      M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

      Luke Cresswell
      @NukemCresswell

      Chair of South Suffolk Labour party. Union member. Teacher. Bennite. Vegetarian. Anti-war. Republican. Socialism and Solidarity.

      Ticks every single box in the Is_He_a_Cu­nt list.

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    • 60
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      The trouble for Dennis is that there are more crooks sitting next to and behind him than on the Tory benches.

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    • 119
      táxpáyér says:

      Nye Benvan killed more British people than Hitler (Admittedly the NHS reich has been going longer).

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    • 142
      red ed peoples representative of the republic of doncaster says:

      six mp’s behind me are CONVICTED crooks

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  14. 25
    Guffaws says:

    Hilarious!

    Labour are serving up comedy gold every day. It’s like Frank Spencer struggling to run a whelk stall.

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  15. 27

    Infighting is advantageous to all. Continue the squabbles, allow UKIP to roll in

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  16. 34
    Skinner Irritated Ed Miliband's Office says:

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  17. 36
    Weygand says:

    Skinner was removed because he is a self-parody – a joke that has ceased to be funny.

    Only our wonderful party parliamentary system could select such a self-obsessed old fool as the person the most suitable and able to represent his constituency.

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    • 79
      wtf do you know says:

      … said some middle-class suit from some leafy southern suburb

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      • 105
        Fog says:

        Using ‘middle-class…from…leafy suburb’ as an insult illustrates perfectly the bitterness of lefties.

        Liked by 1 person

      • 145
        Weygand says:

        born bred and raised in Hull suburb actually (save 5 years at Sheffield University) – afraid your prejudices are even greater than mine.

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    • 156
      White rabbit says:

      Correct. An unfunny artificial dolt who thinks he’s top billing with
      those …oh so hilarious quips. Same sort of category as Prescott
      and Vaz. Accepted idiots.

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  18. 37
    Anonymous says:

    If Westminster insiders believe that Dennis Skinner represents `the people`, then they must be more out of touch than I thought.

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  19. 39
    Winston says:

    Who cares? Oppose One LibLabCon Govt, vote UKIP.

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  20. 41
    Chris Grayling says:

    Nobody accuses UKIP voters of being benefit scroungers.
    Then you would not engage them in a political conversation, wanker.

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  21. 42
    Grant Shapps says:

    The right wing political blogger,Guido Fawkes decides to cut off Miliband’s speech after 3mins.> Never mind – It’s all here

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/2014/jul/03/milibands-speech-and-labours-inclusive-prosperity-conference-politics-live-blog#start-of-comments

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    • 65
      I cant take any more says:

      *The clink of a crystal glass being put down and then the sound of a single gunshot

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    • 70
      Whack-a-mole says:

      3 seconds, 3 minutes, 3 hours, 3 days who cares? It’ll be crap however long he lisps.

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    • 80
      Health and safety tip of the day says:

      Don’t anyone take Grant up on the offer.

      If you were even slightly curious, then a self lobotomy with a rusty spork is what you require. Better for you, better for us, better for the country.

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    • 100
      M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

      3 minutes was 3 minutes too long.

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    • 121
      táxpáyér says:

      Inclusive Prosperity “How to double the fruit yield of the magic money tree”.
      “When we fine people for speeding we expect them to slow down, when we fine them for working….”

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  22. 43
    Working Classes incompatable with Lefty Intellectuals says:

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    • 69
      M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

      He’s 82 and should be at home warming his slippers not trying to start class wars at his age. The silly old fool was booted out for his own good.

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    • 71
      MilliPuppet McLuskey says:

      Yeah yeah but that dosent matter. What does Ed McLuskey the Leader of the Labour party and opposition say?

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  23. 44
    BERCOW is Parliament's SHOneT says:

    I thought he was voted on by the membership? (Sid & Doris Mclusty)

    What were his words at last Queen’s Speech – last hurrah?. I thought at the time the government would last longer than he.

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  24. 45
    NE Frontiersman says:

    We’re shocked, shocked. Who did he work for at the EC, again?

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  25. 47
    John Bellingham says:

    Dennis Skinner’s gob was kept well shut during Blair’s reign. No awkward questions for his capitralist public school paymasters, and they never gave him a government job either.

    His job is to lick and polish the boots of his Lordships, Mandy, Kinnock, Prescott, Livingstone etc, and to be a harmless figure of condescension in the bar of the Balsowver Labour club

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  26. 49
    Neil Kinnock says:

    We’ve got our party back

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  27. 50
    droid says:

    Perhaps they replace Skinner on the NEC with a free Owl?

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  28. 52
    nell says:

    Presumably they got rid of Dennis because he is labour’s last working class mp – doesn’t exactly fit anymore with the millionaire elitist image they now all exude does it?!!!

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  29. 55
    Chris Grayling says:

    UKIP voters are benefit claimants. Fruitcakes, closet racist.

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  30. 56
    Chuka Umunna says:

    Skinner is working class trash

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  31. 57
    Postie Pat Union Member 0134623 says:

    It was probably the postal votes that did for Skinner

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  32. 58
    Grow the Pie? says:

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  33. 64
    The Gordfather Returns says:

    John Smith – dead.
    Bob Crow, Tony Benn ..dead

    Mark Serwotka..Len McCluskey..
    All the heads of the five unions, will all soon be dead..

    You thought I was taking the McMafia and retiring to Las vegas with the Office of Sarah+Gordo money ?

    No..I’m back..and …I’m taking over the whole of the Labour party AND the Unions.

    Its not personal Miliband..Just business..

    Ballso ..put him in the car..leave the gun.. take the Cannoli.

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  34. 68
    Yorkshireman says:

    What the hell is the Tour de France bicycle race doing in Yorkshire? Send the drug crazed buggers back wherever they came from. I confess to having watched it on TV a couple of times, but only for the scenery not for the thicko’s cycle race.

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    • 74
      Dennis Skinner says:

      I’m an unofficial Yorkshireman, and I agree.

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      • 85
        As tight as arseholes says:

        Definition of a Yorkshireman: Like a Scotsman but with all the generosity squeezed out of him.

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    • 89
      The Modern Tories says:

      So you don’t like drugs, lycra and bumsex then?

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      • 130
        lance arsestrong says:

        I can assure you that after a day in the saddle bum sex is off the menu,

        until at least the day after, hand me some lycra and a philips lady shave

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  35. 73
    Johan says:

    Ed Miliband’s Policy Network speech:

    “Roger Liddle, Policy Network’s chair, thanks Ed Miliband.

    Many people invited here are not natural Labour supporters, he says.

    If you are a businessman who just wants low taxes and government off your back, you won’t be interested, he says.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/2014/jul/03/milibands-speech-and-labours-inclusive-prosperity-conference-politics-live-blog

    Vote Labour for high taxes and intrusive government :(

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  36. 82

    As I’ve said before and I’ll keep saying, Labour DON’T WANT to win the next election. If Labour were to be elected next year, they’d shit themselves. End of. Why else would they ditch Skinner and keep ‘Unelect-Ed’?

    They’d rather sit in opposition, whinging and whining about austerity and everything that the Tories do to rebuild the economy, following 13 years of Labours deliberate and rampant disassembly and scorched Earth policy, and get people back into work for at least another four years.

    And why not? All the benefits of being a taxpayer funded MP but without any of the responsibility of actually being in government and being responsible for anything. Then, when the economy is fixed and the country has money again, Labour will be desperate to get back in to spend / waste the same money, accumulated by the same methods that they are currently feigning their horror at. Tw*ts.

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  37. 83
    Owen Jones QC says:

    Mr Rock spoke only to confirm his name and address.

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  38. 92
    RomaBob says:

    “Nurse!”
    Perhaps it his time…. :)

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  39. 93
    Red Princes says:

    Your saying the party that we are about to take control of, cannot even organise a rigged vote and get rid of the correct person.

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  40. 94
    The DUEMA says:

    “Don’t unseat Ed – he’s a comedy genius”
    Izzard & Brigstock, 2014

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  41. 95
    Vicar of Albion says:

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  42. 101
    Fabians are Evil says:

    Tee hee – don’t you just love it when the socialists arrange a circular firing squad

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  43. 102
    The British media are cunts says:

    Bummer Burnham on the BBC. What a vile cuunt, when he was drinking expensive champagne at the health department his patients were dying of thirst.

    Fuck off and die Burnham you fucking slag mong shit.

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  44. 108
    Mrs Rigby says:

    Steve Rotherham…..does he moonlight as a Paul McCartney tribute act, what with that bowl-cut and the professional Liverpoo accent going on?
    Bet he does the wide eyes And the oooo-ooooooo thing too…
    Twat.

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  45. 109
    Paddy Power says:

    Has Lansley been Junckered? Latest betting news on who’ll be the next UK EU Commissioner:

    http://politicalbookie.wordpress.com

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  46. 110
    Anonymous says:

    What were the sisterhood doing whilst all this was going on (FGM)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28127678

    Hewitt, Harman, Cooper, Lucas, Swinson, Teather the list is endless – useless women politicians with big gobs who did are doing absolutely nothing to protect these young girls

    Its the same picture with forced marriages; how many young girls go missing from the school registers each year and the authorities do absolutely nothing to protect them. Just try to imagine the wedding night of a young vulnerable teenager having been married to a cousin in rural Pakistan

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  47. 111
    Rita, meter maid says:

    Steve Rotherxxm…..does he moonlight as a Paul McCartney tribute act, what with that bowl-cut and the professional Liverpoo accent going on?
    Bet he does the wide eyes And the oooo-ooooooo thing too…

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  48. 113
    Gullible says:

    Undisclosed Liberals/LibDims are bound to be involved so this is just a sensible precaution.

    The LibDims are a kind of “Lady Bountiful with Syphilis”.

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  49. 117
    SO WHY IS IT THE UK's FAULT? says:

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    • 135
      Banned says:

      What is Ghana, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin and Togo all doing to help find the girls?

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    • 141
      Professor Peachtree says:

      Sounds like you are volunteering to ‘go in’ Gordo.
      Leave the flak jacket on the chair, petal.

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  50. 129
    The Day Gordon signed Britain Away says:

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  51. 131
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Whoever wins the next election is going to have to make the most savage cuts in government spending in history.

    A minimum of 50% across all departments over 5 years if Britain is to avoid having to pay Wonga rates of interest to borrow from the market.

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  52. 134
    Andrew says:

    Skinner is a vain self-important arsehole.

    He sits hour after hour in the Chamber rather than in Committees where useful and constructive work may go on but there are no cameras.

    And he is convinced that whoever is speaking and on whatever subject he knows better about it and the House and the TV audience if any want to hear his inane interruptions and not the Member speaking. He would teach Steve Davis how to play snooker – if the cameras were watching.

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  53. 148
    Len Mc says:

    One twat replaces another twat both totally useless,Rotherham is a one trick pony Hillsborough,which he conveniently forgets Labour did nowt about whilst in power

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  54. 151
    Oh, really? says:

    Dennis Skinner is the authentic voice of Labour

    That might be precisely why Dennis Skinner had to go.

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  55. 157
    ned ludd says:

    Big chum of Leon. Say no more.

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