July 9th, 2014

Dods Posts Losses for Fourth Year in a Row

Dods, the publisher of PoliticsHome, Total Politics and House Magazine has posted its fourth successive year of losses. It is now losing £30,000-a-week or a total of £1.5 million last year, bringing the total losses since Lord Ashcroft took control up to £12 million, about as much as he paid for his controlling share. Subsidiary Dods Parliamentary Communications Limited, which holds the non-print publications and is the online future of the firm, managed to lose £1,624,282. Unsurprisingly the share price is down another 25% on the year and some 75% since Ashcroft bought his shareholding…

For years the business has claimed that whereas the political blogs have scale and a greater reach, their publications such as the House Magazine were read by more MPs – the target market for lobbyists and advertisers who pay Dods to help them engage with MPs.  Survey after survey shows that this is no longer the case. According to independent research more Labour MPs read LabourList, more Tory MPs read ConservativeHome and LibDemVoice is read by most LibDem MPs. Overall more MPs read Guido than the House Magazine, which often goes unread straight into the wastepaper basket…


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    Drummond Base says:


    Guardian losses too but the boss paid himself a well-deserved £2.1 million. Trebles all round!

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    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    My Blank Sheet of Paper has been hanging up in the gents’ loos at the House for more than four years now.

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    What is that a graph of?

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    Casual Observer 2 says:

    Absolutely correct, Size 15.

    Navel gazing by the Westminter parasites in their stinking goldfish bowl. Fuck the lot of them (or bumsex in Dave’s case)

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    Taxfodder says:

    Its a graph of fooks involvement in this blog….

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    Ed Miliband says:

    I congratulate Brazil on their tremendous 7-1 victory against West Germany.

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    Congratulations to South Sudan on the third anniversary of her shaking off murderous Islamic oppression. Let there be jubilation in Juba!

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    Chuka L'Obama Anglais Umunna says:

    UKIP voters do not know how to read internet publications, that is why they are so poorly informed.

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    Ed Balls says:

    I made it 4-12.

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    Labour's Football Correspondent says:

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    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    No mention of the master race beating up on the black guys then?

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    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    As they console themselves in publishing, you can’t wipe yer arse on an internet blog.

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    You can't "Take", that is what dictatorships do...You need taxpayers' money. says:

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    Noncesense says:

    The political kiddie fiddlers will be laughing their heads off now that Butler-Sloss has been assigned to lead the inquiry. Perhaps for all of five seconds they were genuinely worried last week that they might be exposed. But now that an Establishment c-unt is heading the inquiry, you can bet it will be another whitewash of Hutton proportions. One or two insignificant sacrificial lambs will be thrown to the gullible masses as red meat which will enable the government to say the inquiry has been a success, justice has been served and we can all move on. The high ranking nonces, the former cabinet ministers and current MPs, will be protected as they always have been. The Establishment always looks after its own.

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    Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

    The thing about the internet is you don’t have to fuck about recycling paper.

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    Fools vote for Christmas says:

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    Leon England says:

    Well, bugger me!

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    U have taken the hook, the line and the sinker. says:

    FFS it was/is a decoy anyway. The investigation is into how the messenger lost the message and not the message itself.

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    nell says:

    A return to old labour of the 1930’s – that’s militwit’s ‘vision’ for the future is it? And where is he proposing to get the money from to take back the rail franchises, renationalise the railways and then find the day to day running costs of the UK Railways? Or has he forgotten liambyrne has already acknowledged that there’s no money left?

    Economics are just not labour’s thing are they?

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    Nice to know you care says:

    I just do not care if Ashcroft loses money, he like the rest of the lobbyist industry have helped to destroy our Parliament and what we had as our version of a democracy.

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    Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

    Dave wants Turkey as well and to send them an invitation for the whole 75 million members of the religion of peace to come and live here. And Tory dullards will vote for that.

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    Blind_leading_the_blind says:

    Awaits article on celebrities were part of tax avoidance scheme that generated huge artificial ‘losses’ offshore used to reduce tax bills

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    Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

    His judgment is almost as bad as Dave’s.

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

    As more and more of the world’s 7 billion (and rising) people demand a Western standard of living, which means an ever increasing demand for energy and mineral resources coupled with a finite dwindling supply, it doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to predict the future of the human race as soon as demand outstrips supply.

    1. Resource wars breakout (some of which could go nuclear).

    2. Governments try to enforce rationing leading to riots.

    3. Governments ban and confiscate all motor cars,commercial airliners etc in order to prioritise remaining fuel for mechanised agriculture (combine harvesters and tractors).

    4. Mechanised agriculture eventually grinds to a halt and mass starvation ensues.

    5. Only about 1 in 50 people survive to end up living a feudal agricultural existence, exactly as we did before the industrial revolution.

    6. The human race remains in this state until we are wiped out by a passing comet/asteroid or the Sun becomes too hot for life on Earth.

    Game Over!

    There are already signs that the tipping point (demand exceeding supply) has been reached for oil & gas.

    1. Fracking for gas is gathering pace worldwide.

    2. The USA is dipping into its oil reserve.

    3 Oil rich Arab countries are pumping seawater into their wells to extract the last dregs.

    4. All UK households must by law have smart meters fitted by 2020 (ready for government monitoring and rationing etc).

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    What Parliament does can be written on the back of a fag packet says:

    Parliament destroyed itself by handing all the important stuff over to Brussels, leaving itself with trivia.

    All it does these days is debate what should be on the back of fag packets, if anything,

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    Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

    Not just energy and minerals but all the extra food and water as well.

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    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    The Alpe d’Huez leg of the Tour de France.

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    Nice to know you care says:

    Like Brown he will destroy peoples pensions and use that money to take over the railways, besides it should be a bit cheaper as the country owns the rails and a lot of the railway stock, we as a country have paid billions for new train sets and passed them over to the contractors to run, how do you think the contractors can make fortunes, just like the bus services. .

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    ArW says:

    There is no dwindling mineral resource. All the minerals that were here at creation are still here except for most Helium and some Hydrogen.

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    Reality Check says:

    Finding money is easy. They will tax us and borrow more just like they did last time, and every time they were in power ending as always with financial collapse.

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    Oh Dear! says:

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    Well says:

    I thought householders could refuse ‘smart meters’ ?

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    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Yes that’s why the Environment Agency is do keen on sponsoring London Pride marches and ensuring water voles have a home to be proud of. Agriculture what’s that!

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    Jack Dromey (Mrs) says:

    My kinda guy!

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    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiihooooooooooooooooooooooo says:


    I think Government has always been the same, full of corruption

    It is only the internet that has started to piece everything together, to try and make sense of what has gone on

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    Diane Fatbutt says:

    F*ck*ng WASP

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    David says:

    Save the Am Vale Environment

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    Conspiritardfinder General says:

    What bollox, ever heard of electric cars/trains? Yet you would have us believe electric tractors can’t be built? It will possibly require some tricky additional electrical infrastructure but is certainly not impossible.

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    Stephen Byers says:

    Did that, got the T-Shirt (I do “factually inaccurate”) and rip off small capitalist scum into the bargain.

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    Tax advisor to the stars says:

    The sale of AutoTrader helped GMG report a pre-tax profit of £549.2m.

    The loss before interest, tax and amortisation of £30.6m

    A £549m profit to turned into a £30m loss. Excellent work, chaps.

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    Kinnochio says:

    I’ve got my Party back ! We’re aaaaawwwwiwiiigghht !!!

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    you'd call me a bedwetter says:


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    albacore says:

    Our Parliament has a better idea
    Not much cop, though, for British folks, I fear
    It’s bumming and spending till we’re so broke
    Even third-worlders see us as a joke

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    Liebour says:

    Under the magnificent Ed, we shall be cast off New Labour and go back to our roots of taxing, borrowing, spending and wasting. A bit like New Labour really, only different.

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    piggy bank says:

    We’d be a lot better off is we were handing
    over £52 million to the EU every bloody day.

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    i think says:

    Certain newspapers and magazines have done a good
    job of exposing establishment corruption over the years.
    Hacked Off and Leveson will stop such inconveniences.

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    The Growler says:

    “their publications such as the House Magazine were read by more MPs” well more or less tells you why, there only 650 MPs, quintuple or more that figure for hangers on and wannabes a very limited audience. Blogs and online have faster reaction times, no printing costs, folks can take or leave them and in the case of Fawkes’ blog and other blogs, make their comments on what the little darlings are doing (they might not like it, tough). Fawkes Blog is a sort of Sun of politics and HoC activities, Ashcroft’s printed verbiage is the Times of politics and HoC activities, and both lose money.

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    The Growler says:

    No I might catch something, you dirty little devil.

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    Chuckus Yamunny says:

    White men can’t use the interweb at all, it’s due to their Intellectual Property addresses or something.

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    The Growler says:

    They would have to pay even more, as if we are not paying enough. If you reduce your consumption of gas or electricity the standing charge will sky rocket

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


    Once all the ore deposits,coal mines,oil wells and Uranium mines are exhausted, then they are gone for good.

    Unlike crops you can’t regrow them every year.

    Yes all the elements are still hear but are in such a form (rust,ash etc.) that it would require enormous amounts of energy to recycle them and once our energy sources are depleted then we are fucked.

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

    And when we have no reliable 24/7 sources left to produce electricity, then what?

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


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    Anonymous says:

    “Overall more MPs read Guido than the House Magazine”
    Didn’t Alexander the Great observe, that it was of far more value to learn about views that one didn’t necessarily wish to, than to wallow in the words of sycophantic scribes? Simply because it’s reality one is in combat with, not the narrative of the herd.

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    Was that deliberate or did you miss out a ‘not’ in your sentence?

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    The print media is languishing. When the current generation under 15 reach their 30s, no one will be buying these shit publications

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    red ed peoples representative of the republic of doncaster says:

    the bottomless pit of money that is the mansion tax

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    Up yours says:

    No need to spend money. Just tell the train set players to p*ss off when their franchises run out.

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    Conspiritardfinder General says:

    No evidence that will happen anytime soon. There is enough Uranium in seawater for 60,000 years. There is probably enough Uranium on land for a few centuries as new sources are being found all the time.
    As for the worst case scenario, solar power will last for millions of years. Farmers don’t operate tractors 24/7 or even every day and rarely at night.
    I would try not to worry about doomsday trash talk on the Internet.

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    carroccio1958 says:


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    it s a tax loss vehicle for Ermine CindersShepherd …..oh sorry …does he pay any ?.

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    Anonymous says:

    Time for Lord Ashcroft to look what is going on in his name at Holyrood Magazine ?

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