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


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

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.

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.


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."

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."

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


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

If he deliberately plays up every ridiculous UKIP contradiction he could do quite a lot of damage to Farage's chances of winning a seat.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah, is it the usual "comic" thing, or is it a "hey let's split the Farage vote"/.//..


Mark G, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

his fanbase appears to be largely UKIP sympathizers who don't realise there's a "joke" so fuck knows what odds this makes

Gombeen Dance Band (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

is this al murray the man jettisoning al murray the pub landlord's fan base for precisely that reason? recasting himself so a new audience see the joke, and what it means?

#Research (stevie), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

I assume he's basically a Tory anyway and I haven't bothered to watch any of his output in maybe 15 years but if he is literally lurking behind Farage and making him look a fool in every photo opp throughout the campaign then the inevitable toys-out-of-the-pram moment could still be quite funny.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

i was gonna say, of course it's a mockery of Farage, but yeah he's the new Alf Garnett in that idiot right-wingers don't get it.

this is just a saginaw (dog latin), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

“Let it be known that like many of the Parliamentary hopefuls in the forthcoming election, I have no idea where South Thanet is - but did that stop Margaret Thatcher from saving the Falkland Islands? No”

this is just a saginaw (dog latin), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

i've always assumed his politics are softish liberal but don't ask me why, the character was clearly supposed to be a satire on bullish English nationalism but then how are bullish English nationalists gonna recognise satire? he's certainly made a good living from not worrying about the difference.

agreed that Farage losing his shit publicly just once will make it all tolerable

Gombeen Dance Band (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

nah, he'll probably link arms over shoulders and sing "lambeth walk" or sumat.

Mark G, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

The first of his pledges is to make pints of beer cost 1p and to brick up the channel tunnel.

Mark G, Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

well he's certainly split my sides never mind the ukip vote

Tanukious D' (wins), Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

his fanbase appears to be largely UKIP sympathizers who don't realise there's a "joke" so fuck knows what odds this makes

As Kelvin McKenzie said in his column in the Sun the other day, ".... Scotland, or Jockestan as the excellent Al Murray calls it."

Peas Be Upon Ham (Tom D.), Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

In a Twitter message, Mr Farage told his rival: "The more, the merrier! @almurray".

And a spokesman for UKIP added: "At last, serious competition in the constituency."

Also, BBC news have added a pic on the left of the Al Murray one, NFarage with a pint. I guess they must have had difficulty finding one yesterday.

Mark G, Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

George Osborne finger-weenie LOL:

camp event (suzy), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

Would recommend checking out Douglas Carswell's Twitter right now before his most recent post gets deleted.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 11:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

for posterity:

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 11:28 (1 month ago) Permalink


Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Tuesday, 3 February 2015 11:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

Running on a non-feline repatriation ticket.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 11:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

if that's what a post ukip-victory britain will look like i'm all for it tbh

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 11:49 (1 month ago) Permalink


#Research (stevie), Tuesday, 3 February 2015 11:57 (1 month ago) Permalink

Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Friday, 6 February 2015 10:18 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

imo everyone standing for office should be forced to try and draw a world map from memory so we can assess their insane prejudices

ogmor, Friday, 6 February 2015 10:30 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

really unsure about their plan to physically merge the indonesian islands.

woof, Friday, 6 February 2015 10:36 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Britain & Ireland, larger than Norway and Sweden combined, or equal to half of the Australian continent

Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Friday, 6 February 2015 10:36 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

oh I didn't really look at the map and was instead lolling/nodding at the confirmation of something suspected from Daily Mail/BBC comments sections about expats, their ideas about other countries' expats, the cost:benefit analysis of a targeted advertised campaign based on such, etc

now you point it out I can find time to lol at both of course

club mate martyr (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 6 February 2015 10:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it's all good!

Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Friday, 6 February 2015 10:42 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

there's also a contradiction in ukip's stance on the west lothian question and their keenness to reach out to as many absent bigots as possible to vote on who makes our lives a misery for the next x years

let me be your fan taytay (NickB), Friday, 6 February 2015 11:01 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

although the irony of ex-pats in Spain voting for a party that would end their overseas residency rights is pretty amazing

Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Friday, 6 February 2015 11:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i'd wager many ex-pats in Spain wouldn't know voting for UKIP was voting for that, too

horseradish fluid (stevie), Friday, 6 February 2015 11:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

there's probably some UKIP hand-waving to the contrary but I can't exactly see France & Germany giving much of a shit about UK ex-pats should a Brexit occur

Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Friday, 6 February 2015 11:19 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it's still there:

Ratt in Mi Kitchen (Neil S), Friday, 6 February 2015 14:37 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

JimD, Friday, 6 February 2015 19:27 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

^ yeah whatever

JimD, Friday, 6 February 2015 19:28 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Ouch. I listened to the Natalie Bennett interview in question earlier today and wanted to curl up and die afterwards, as I'm sure does she.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

She is a disaster. On a happier note,, delighted to see the careers of those two arseholes, Rifkind and Straw, end in ignominy and shame.

Romeo Daltrey (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

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no love deb weep (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

still the least worst option

daed bod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:12 (1 week 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 week 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 week ago) Permalink

liddle bidda polidicks

IHeartMedia, the giant broadcaster formerly known as Clear Channel, (stevie), Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:08 (6 days 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 (5 days ago) Permalink

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we reward the hake (NickB), Friday, 27 February 2015 09:58 (5 days ago) Permalink

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