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

He was a complete clown to have sued. Will cost him career and a hell of a lot of money.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:03 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

He hasn't had a career in a while anyway. Of course if he was a brazen cunt like Chris Huhne he wouldn't let it stop him pursuing a lucrative media career of some sort.

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:07 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

He's still an MP, at least until the next general election.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:08 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Another Islingtonian, btw. The borough's not having a great run.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:15 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"I am delighted to hear again my innocence, my reputation and my integrity as a police officer has been recognised."

the judge said PC Rowland was "not the sort of man who would have had the wit, imagination or inclination to invent on the spur of the moment an account of what a senior politician had said to him in temper".

JimD, Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:33 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lol

why do I hate that thing (excluding imago, marcos) (wins), Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:34 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

ha ha. bit of a dick move by the judge there tho. people are v good at imaginatively rehearsing the speeches of entrenched enemies imo.

in this case tho it's the "pleb" part that's the problem that probably makes the judge right - public school snobbery and of course the whole imaginative greatness of this particular particle of UK social shittitude.

Fizzles, Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Now I want Emily Thornberry to sue that fat fuck from Rochester

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

yes, she should take a stand for the benefit of everybody who's ever made an internet comment entirely devoid of classist snobbery

what it feels like for a guelph (Noodle Vague), Friday, 28 November 2014 00:13 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lol so the judge found the policeman too plebby to have come up with the word pleb

sktsh, Friday, 28 November 2014 02:18 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Kind of odd seeing my GP (his wife) interviewed about this on the news.

His bill could end up being comfortably over £1.5m. I'd have thought the PC would be in line for out-of-court damages on top of that.

Literally the first thing you learn when studying libel law is to never sue unless you are absolutely sure you're going to win. The second thing you learn is that you can never be absolutely sure you're going to win.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Friday, 28 November 2014 08:17 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

thought the idea was mostly to intimidate small fry who could never afford to defend a libel case- ergo, one that gets to court, has failed.

intelligent, expressive males within the greater metropolitan (Bananaman Begins), Friday, 28 November 2014 09:30 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, that's pretty accurate.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Friday, 28 November 2014 09:33 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Mitchell's seat, Sutton Coldfield, has been Tory since the war at least but good grief imagine the populist / independent candidates that are going to be up against him at the next election.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 November 2014 14:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I can imagine the "Pleb and Proud" party forming..

Mark G, Friday, 28 November 2014 15:19 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

^ ?

cardamon, Friday, 28 November 2014 15:38 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Merdeyeux, Sunday, 30 November 2014 13:00 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"To get back to the warning that I received. You may take it with however many grains of salt that you wish. That the brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that. Of course it's your own trip. So be my guest, but please be advised that there is a warning on that one, ok?"

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Sunday, 30 November 2014 13:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Given the billions worth of spending announced over the last few days (NHS/road building/flood defences) my guess is that there's one fucking massive pre-election bribe in Osborne's statement today.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 09:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Almost certain.

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 10:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Well there's something or other about Stamp Duty - a subject of which I know nothing - apparently he's just stolen that idea from the SNP though.

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:42 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/postgraduate-loans-of-10k-announced-by-osborne/2017368.article#.VH8ec_b-zsh.twitter

my first thought is that this seems like a good idea? someone tell me why i'm wrong

Merdeyeux, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

because they'll probably ramp up the interest every year and make it literally impossible to pay back unless you have an £80k salary? But yeah, I'm tempted.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

idea sounds good, but the accompanying photo...

you fuck one chud... (stevie), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

ah you have to be under 30. balls.

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:51 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(xp) photo from his Fat Chancellor period, he's all gorgeous, svelte and pouty now.

Letsby Avenue (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Oh what, like this?

resting rich face (suzy), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 15:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

you fuck one chud... (stevie), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Bear in mind Tim Worstall is a failed UKIP MP when he says things like this:

There is most certainly a debate about hunger and food banks in the UK at present. The number of food banks has mushroomed in recent years, as has the number of people using them. This is not quite the same as stating that the number of hungry people has risen in recent years however. That more people use something that there’s more of isn’t really a surprise. So it might well be that there’s no increased demand, just an increase in supply

Seems pretty clear the voluntary sector is propping up the welfare state in a way it should never have to. Welby is correct in saying those costs should be brought within goverment spending, though they'd be better off cutting out the middle man and just stop mucking about with people's benefits in the first place.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Sunday, 7 December 2014 14:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

"It has emerged that a proposal to save taxpayers some money by making peers and MPs share a catering department has been rejected 'because the Lords feared that the quality of champagne would not be as good if they chose a joint service.'"

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/07/champagne-house-of-lords-reform-taxpayer?CMP=share_btn_fb

boxedjoy, Sunday, 7 December 2014 19:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's a good job all the upper classes got expelled in 1999 and replaced by part nominees, isn't it?

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Sunday, 7 December 2014 20:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

*party*

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Sunday, 7 December 2014 20:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

soref, Sunday, 7 December 2014 20:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

since when did the mp for brighton kemptown turn into an own brand lvg?

Ottbot jr (NickB), Friday, 19 December 2014 10:04 (2 days ago) Permalink

i mean, he used to look like this for god's sake...

Ottbot jr (NickB), Friday, 19 December 2014 10:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

both strong looks tbf

wat if lermontov hero of are time modern day (Bananaman Begins), Friday, 19 December 2014 11:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

y'know, being the MP for Brighton Kemptown is a lot like making love to a beautiful woman

Brutal avant-prog that i only voted for (Noodle Vague), Friday, 19 December 2014 11:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 19 December 2014 11:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

xp dammit

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 19 December 2014 11:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

haha! second look is more alan b'stard meets lord summerisle

Ottbot jr (NickB), Friday, 19 December 2014 11:30 (2 days ago) Permalink

so michael heseltine basically

Ottbot jr (NickB), Friday, 19 December 2014 11:30 (2 days ago) Permalink

1st look has *Bickerstaffian elements

(Assuming here we all remember Rodney).

Root It Oot (Tom D.), Friday, 19 December 2014 12:33 (2 days ago) Permalink


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