DEM not gonna CON dis NATION: Rolling UK politics in the short-lived post-Murdoch era

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CANNESED was genius, tracer

who shivs a git (darraghmac), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in a supposedly left-wing paper, sexist shit like that. ^^^^ "Grow some balls." I can't even...

Karen D. Tregaskin, Friday, 15 July 2011 13:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

she's standing on a stack of newspapers because women are short

so brycey (history mayne), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

*curtseys*

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gilmour kid reminds me of someone...

there is no dave only cool (blueski), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol
also xp to a whole other thread but, y'huh, psyched for more caek scoops. i don't really understand journalistic practices on this kind of thing - isn't it the kind of thing that a la ryan giggs' marriage, should be being flagrantly discussed piecemeal on twitte?

Aa Bb Obscure Dull Blue (#000066) (schlump), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Who is that? Surely not the pol. editor of The Economist?

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

murdoch meeting the dowlers this a'noon...anonymous tipoff

LocalGarda, Friday, 15 July 2011 13:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

from me i mean

LocalGarda, Friday, 15 July 2011 13:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dowlers, please surreptitiously tape the meeting.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I wonder how anyone over 25 takes Laurie Penny seriously.[NB: the cenotaph incident wasn't what he was jailed for]

True but...

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Price QC accepted that Gilmour's behaviour at the Cenotaph did not form part of the violent disorder, but accused him of disrespect to the war dead.

Seems v. harsh - does he have any previous?

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

friend of a friend who has a brother in the know just let me know that police have opened an investigation into r brooks' involvement in maddie abduction, also got me google plus invites

who shivs a git (darraghmac), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

None. Dumbfuck judge, my taxpayer friends and I really don't want to hear your opinion on matters outside the actual charge. Hope they appeal. xp

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 13:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fair point. Judge had no cause to mention cenotaph at all.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

The judge gave another student 12 months last week for throwing a stick.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9128855.Talented_student_jailed_over_riot/

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Judicial appointments
Senior Circuit Judge Appointment - Price QC

11 July 2011

The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP has appointed His Honour Judge Nicholas Peter Lees Price QC to be a Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge based at Kingston Crown Court Centre effect from Monday 11 July 2011.

hmmn

nakhchivan, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

They're charged with 'violent disorder' rather than criminal damage, which means the penalties are much more severe. Being part of a large group and being in a public place are aggravating factors.

The whole area of the law is extremely controversial as you're not really being judged on the acts you carried out but the wider context of the event. Someone got five years, a while back, for throwing stones at police during a 'riot'.

модный хипстер (ShariVari), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

i see that martin rowson still hasn't mastered the felt tip

Ward Fowler, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

3.47pm: Breaking: David Cameron hosted Andy Coulson at Chequers this spring after his resignation in January ... More details soon ...

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

He was calling him his friend a week ago

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 15 July 2011 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

don't forget The Official Newscorp/UK end of season finale/Rebekah Brooks did 9/11 thread

probably not going to keep murdoch and uk politics completely separate (am i right?!?!), but started another thread because the newscorp stuff going international and it was drowning out good honest tory scum news.

caek, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK, to repost (which is disappointing) I notice that this thread has managed to spend even less time on the defense review than the mainstream media. Do people really have nothing to say? (I spent my afternoon with journos and people waiting to lose their jobs) It's another tory attack on Scotland, but this time it leaves British armed forces in an impossible position.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

As a lily-livered pacifist type, I'm not entirely unhappy that cuts are being made in defence spending, but yes, this whole thing sounds like it has fucked an entire community over. DOn't seem to be any real plans for creating new jobs there.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

I come from an air force family btw and spent my childhood on various bases, so I appreciated what a huge thing this is for the people that live there.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too - I've lived my whole life on or near RAF bases (and I'm a lily-livered pacifist too, though I've recently decided on certain revolutionary exceptions). But Fox even referred to the SNP's (very unlikely to succeed) threat of independence as a reason for the decision. He's punishing communities for how they vote.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hadn't caught that aspect of it, but Fox has always been a huge cock.

Should say best wishes to you and yours dowd, dunno what you do but I hope yr okay.

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's kinda up in the air at the mo, but cheers.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

i had thought the scots wanted uk armed forces off their patch??

so brycey (history mayne), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Doubtless some of them do - the minority who support independence. But no-one in communities around these bases wants them to go. We should have found another of Ewen MacGregor's siblings to protect Leuchars, as they (thankfully) did Lossiemouth.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Quite sad about this. I worked at Leuchars for 8 years and had a great time, still know a few people there and hope things will work out ok for them.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Brooks's husband Charlie says bag belonged to him not Rebekah. Spokesman says: "A cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin.

What cleaner throws a computer in a bin? loool

prolego, Monday, 18 July 2011 20:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

scotland hates tories, tories hate us. this will never change.

you've got male (jim in glasgow), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

also the nats don't want rid of the brit armed forces, salmond campaigned against this iirc.

you've got male (jim in glasgow), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, he did - he gave a speech n the village hall across the road from my house. The SNP's position was that we've already lost a base, so expecting Scotland to bear 2 of it's 3 bases closed was ridiculous, so both Lossiemouth and Leuchars should stay open.

At least it will be quieter here - the Typhoons are noisy as hell. Now it'll just be rifle drills and the odd helicopter (assuming the vague ideas about an army barracks come to fruition, and even then it'll probably be about five years)

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

imo the defence review is classic osbornomics, ie unserious. it wasn't a real review: if they don't want the uk to be one of the big clubs, they should make that case, but doing it as part of a defence review *and then launching into a new war* was just derrrrrrrrrrrrp.

so brycey (history mayne), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fox kept responding to questions by saying things like 'in order to achieve a regular/reservist proportion similar to the US we have to...' but he never explained why such a ratio was desirable. Of course, it's all about the £££'s, but he should have the guts to say so.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 18 July 2011 20:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

November 2006:

Shadow Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: "The secretary of state has admitted to a 40% increase.

"She has failed to disclose the true cost of VAT, contingency, building cost inflation and security, much of which was entirely predictable at the time of the bid.

"Today's increase is just a starting point. While the figures remain ambiguous, we can only expect further increases."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6167504.stm

July 2011:

The Olympic Delivery Authority has announced 88% of the building programme for London 2012 is now complete.

It has also been announced the anticipated final cost of the project fell by £16m during the last quarter.

This has prompted Sports Minister Hugh Robertson to say for the first time he is "confident" the project will come in under its £9.3bn budget.

He said: "With one year to go construction is 88% complete, ahead of time and under budget."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14201730

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

NHS services opened to competition

stet, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

FUCK THESE PEOPLE.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wheelchair services an interesting choice for the first round, given Cameron's been talking about his troubles with them.

stet, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, fuck these guys. They know it's completely buried.

emil.y, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hear Champneys in Tring treats people in wheelchairs well...

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Interesting choice of day to announce this eh?

a million anons (onimo), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Guardian has the Lansley announcement story on page 15, the Independent on page 21, The Times on page 17 and the Daily Mail on page 31. And that's your lot.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

iirc this was something that was going to happen. and now it has happened, kind of thing.

only bad dog on the street (history mayne), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 08:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Osborne's lost his (Jonny) marbles?

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dorset County Council is closing 9 of its 34 libraries, with 11 of those left to be run by unpaid volunteers and community groups.

Apparently it's OK because 75 per cent of Dorset residents never set foot inside a library.

Wonder what the percentage of primary school age children is. Oh.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

They all vote Tory down there anyway, so fuck 'em, they're getting what they voted for

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Disappointed that neither Straw or Rifkind have delivered 'this facial expression' as yet.

the gabhal cabal (Bob Six), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

surely only a matter of time, but have this nightmarish vision to tide you over until the inevitable:

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

liddle bidda polidicks

IHeartMedia, the giant broadcaster formerly known as Clear Channel, (stevie), Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:08 (1 month ago) Permalink

A Nazi-themed troupe of dancers and a 16-tonne Second World War tank gatecrashed the start of Ukip’s spring party conference.

Performers in hot pants, jackboots and Nazi insignia high-kicked to the Springtime For Hitler tune as delegates arrived.

The dancers, from Mel Brooks’s musical The Producers, caused the scene outside Ukip’s conference venue - the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent.

The seven-strong troupe of female dancers performed a choreographed routine as Springtime For Hitler blared from a PA system on the tank turret.

It emerged that the cast were in Margate to promote the new touring production of Brooks’s acclaimed musical comedy, which opens in Bromley on March 7.

Matt DC, Friday, 27 February 2015 09:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

Matt DC, Friday, 27 February 2015 09:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

we reward the hake (NickB), Friday, 27 February 2015 09:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Afzal Amin suspended by Conservatives in Dudley North
The Conservative candidate trying to become an MP for a battleground Black Country seat has tonight been suspended by his party, accused of trying to work with the far-right English Defence League.

Afzal Amin was filmed allegedly telling members of the protest group that they should organise a march against the planned multi-million pound new Dudley Mosque, then for it to be called off so he could take the credit, the Mail on Sunday has reported.
The newspaper said the plan was that in return for the EDL's co-operation, he said he would be their 'unshakeable ally' and bring their views into the mainstream if he won election to Parliament

there can be only (onimo), Saturday, 21 March 2015 22:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

Noticing a lot of talking up of George Osborne at the moment, Tim Montgomerie popping up everywhere to say how much popular he is with public than he used to be (stats please). I'm assuming this is to head off any post-Cameron leadership challenge from Boris.

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Monday, 23 March 2015 12:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

No UK election 2015 thread yet? US posters have had their 2016 threads running for months.

everything, Monday, 23 March 2015 18:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

it's so fucking depressing

u have wiked together fiords (imago), Monday, 23 March 2015 18:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

Cameron won't serve third term

Ha! I knew something was going on!

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Monday, 23 March 2015 21:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

Pretty smart move all things considered. I'm not sure it'll play to much electoral advantage but there's no way he's winning an outright majority and it'll head off the threat of regicide. The Tories would otherwise almost definitely try and unseat him as the head of a minority government, and maybe even as the head of another coalition.

Matt DC, Monday, 23 March 2015 21:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Don't know how this made lead item on the news, never mind how it took the whole of the first 14 fucking minutes

(Meme From) Essex Press (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 23 March 2015 23:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

come on UKers, this is an important and sensible discussion forum for the important debate around what colour rosette the next govern ment prime minister will be wearing come May!

daed bod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yes, I've still got a good few weeks to pretend it makes any difference whether I vote Green or Labour.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

full body cringe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=31&v=A1J0lwqDPgk

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:08 (6 days ago) Permalink

UK political parties should be forced to use only death metal in their campaigns.

why dont u say something or like just die (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:25 (6 days ago) Permalink

hashtag why not join the labour party

lex pretend, Saturday, 28 March 2015 17:53 (3 days ago) Permalink

In stock (498 available)

nakhchivan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 17:54 (3 days ago) Permalink

might get a few of those to send as gifts to the next "but they're better than the Tories" apologists i come across online

the biggest aspie disser in the world (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 28 March 2015 17:55 (3 days ago) Permalink

Despite everything, including that mug, they still are.

AlanSmithee, Saturday, 28 March 2015 18:50 (3 days ago) Permalink

the biggest aspie disser in the world (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:04 (3 days ago) Permalink

I mean, it's a pretty low bar pit

kriss akabusi cleaner (seandalai), Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:39 (3 days ago) Permalink

This would be grim and exasperating even without the never-acknowledged current of anti-Semitism behind a lot of Miliband criticism.

Matt DC, Sunday, 29 March 2015 12:21 (2 days ago) Permalink

This means appealing to the party’s base, which includes the trade unions, groups like the PSC, and Britain’s growing Muslim vote. Railing against the iniquities of Israel is a good way of garnering support in these constituencies.

Trade unions?

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 March 2015 12:38 (2 days ago) Permalink

there's a "surprising" number of Unions allied to pro-Palestinian campaigns

week of 'puter action (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 March 2015 13:11 (2 days ago) Permalink

you can't support any pro-Palestinian campaigns without being Julius Streicher iirc

A MOOC, what's a MOOC? (Bananaman Begins), Sunday, 29 March 2015 13:18 (2 days ago) Permalink

there are other threads for discussing the peculiarly unnuanced response of kneejerk left liberals to Palestine - but i was just explaining the sentence quoted above as to why Railing against the iniquities of Israel is a good way of garnering support amongst Trade Unions

week of 'puter action (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 March 2015 13:22 (2 days ago) Permalink

Trade Unions don't vote in elections, trade union members do, no proof that railing against the iniquities of Israel is a vote winner with that constituency.

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 March 2015 13:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

I suppose depends on what is meant by 'garnering support'.

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 March 2015 13:42 (2 days ago) Permalink

there are other threads for discussing the peculiarly unnuanced response of kneejerk left liberals to Palestine

lol is that why ur being so painstakingly even-handed here

A MOOC, what's a MOOC? (Bananaman Begins), Sunday, 29 March 2015 15:27 (2 days ago) Permalink

"Now is the not the moment to interrogate the vicious genocidal totalitarianism of the effete ivory tower liberal pansy left"

A MOOC, what's a MOOC? (Bananaman Begins), Sunday, 29 March 2015 15:33 (2 days ago) Permalink

it's weird i cd've sworn i picked different words

week of 'puter action (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 March 2015 16:28 (2 days ago) Permalink

Miliband actually voted to recognise Palestinian statehood, which takes guts to do wherever you are on the spectrum of Jewish beliefs and heritage.

camp event (suzy), Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:19 (2 days ago) Permalink

Maureen Lipman begs to differ.

Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 March 2015 20:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

can feel my cynicism dropping away as he lays into "those 'orrible zero hour contracts", had to stand up and sing The Red Flag

week of 'puter action (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:45 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Probably time to repost this.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-563570/Martin-Freeman-life-shouldnt-just-day-office.html

"Multiculturalism hasn't and doesn't help, because rightly or wrongly it polarises people so much," he continues.
"Racism is one thing – and I don't agree with that in any form – but noticing that there are differences is normal and fine and to be encouraged.
"We've reached a state now where it's, 'You shouldn't notice. Why are you noticing he's got a bomb and has a beard and is Muslim and wants to kill your family?"
"There is no country in the world like this. If all of a sudden all the traffic wardens in Ghana were Welsh, they'd really notice and might not love it…

'The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you,'"

ailsa, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:37 (3 hours ago) Permalink

That is entirely unsurprising, the complacency of people who branded themselves "left-liberal" at some point in the early 90s and never thought about it ever again.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:49 (2 hours ago) Permalink

^ entire labour party to thread lol

This be the jokeyjoke that hath occurred to me (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:36 (1 hour ago) Permalink

'The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs dimwits in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you,'"

Bees and the Law (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:55 (1 hour ago) Permalink

maybe we could do with a separate thread for annoying photos of politicians on the campaign trail but for now...

yeovil knievel (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:13 (10 minutes ago) Permalink


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