Tories – Corrupt As Ever 139

I have been campaigning like crazy for the Lib Dems in Ealing and Central Acton. It is fun, for the first time in my life, to live in a marginal constituency. I am pretty confident this will be a Lib Dem gain. The local candidate, Jon Ball, is a good man, not least because he quite voluntarily, and before I moved into his constituency, came to one of my lectures!

The Tory candidate, Angie Bray, is a PR professional from Cameron’s “A-list.” Thanks to George for digging up this puff piece about her from the Financial Times, which cheerily informs us:

Angie Bray in Ealing Central and Acton was unabashed about using political links formed while working for the Tory communications machine to help her private PR clients,Authorised=false.html?

So much for Cameron’s claims that the Tories represent a cleaner politics…

139 thoughts on “Tories – Corrupt As Ever

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  • ScouseBilly

    From Dr. Roy Spencer, former NASA scientist.

    “The most obvious way for warming to be caused naturally is for small, natural fluctuations in the circulation patterns of the atmosphere and ocean to result in a 1% or 2% decrease in global cloud cover. Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming ?” or global cooling.

    How could the experts have missed such a simple explanation? Because they have convinced themselves that only a temperature change can cause a cloud cover change, and not the other way around. The issue is one of causation. They have not accounted for cloud changes causing temperature changes.”


  • tony_opmoc


    Deek Jackson has been one of my heroes for the last couple of years, and I would definitely have voted for him. 57 people actually did.


    Excellent video, but most people I know are “eccentric” – some people would call them insane.

    I know someone who is a Jehovar’s Witness – the equivalent of a high priest. He is very authoritarian. He has got a very nice daughter who is in her 20’s.

    She has however got into a habit of kind of “losing it” and running outside naked to seriously annoy her Father. He thinks she’s mad and gets her locked up and drugged up. I think she needs to escape and find someone to love her.

    I don’t like what Jehovar’s witnesses do, though it may not be legal to write this, because of weird religious intolerance laws.


  • lwtc247


    Fiona Bruce is on again saying (again) AMOST EXACTLY what she’s been saying all night in her ‘slot’ but simply changing the number of declarations (which we already knew anyway) Get her off!!! I’m just surprised they haven’t wheeled out Ulrika Johnson yet.

  • lwtc247

    Alistair Darling: WTTEO: “The govt remains in place until the results come in.” Oh really Darling, you gave the kween the V’s then when she dissolved it?

    I’m glad the BBC keep tellimg me what time it is, as I had forgotton how to read the time.

  • lwtc247


    Deek’s a geezer but I’m glad he didn’t win. I fear Westminster would suck out his soul.

  • lwtc247

    Killer, liar, cheat, torturer and piece of filth Jack Straw Re-elected!

  • lwtc247

    I like Alex Salmond. He’s great at showing Paxman up when Pax dispatches out his unfounded sniping. Alex is a geezer too.

  • Anonymous

    Murderer, liar, cheat and piece of filth Jacqui Smith out. No more claims for porn videos for here then.

  • lwtc247

    Daear oh dear Fiona Bruce is on again. The Interlude was far more informative. “Charles Clark as you’re hearing there has lost his seat” Well thanks for tellimg me what I’ve just heard Fiona.

    Crikey this woman is deadful.

    Here comes the bit where she says the voters turned away story. all the repition is suspicious. Wonder what time the call to Diebold will be made?

  • glenn

    Never mind the election, what about this scenario…

    This under-reported little item has the potential to kill us all within a year or two. That oil-rig explosion a couple of weeks ago which nobody thought too much about.

    This is gusher – a traditional, straight up gusher – of unprecedented force and it’s sitting on the sea bed, three miles down. It cannot be stopped, it will deliver 60,000 barrels (nearly 1/4 million gallons) of crude into the ocean each day soon.

    The force of this, after we’d drilled 13,000 feet into the Earth’s mantle, was something we could not stop – it blew every valve from the bottom all the way to the top of the rig.

    If we do not stop it, all the world’s oceans will be destroyed, they will stop producing oxygen, and we will die gasping very soon afterwards.

    The gusher is three miles down, with hundreds of tons of bust-up oil rig on the top of it. We’ve got to clear this out of the way (and it’s a bit murky down there with all this oil right now!), then cap it, without it busting out of the sides of the fissure we’ve made.

    The capacity is enormous, we’re talking about Saudi-proportions. More than enough to kill the ocean many, many times over. Kill the ocean, and we will die very soon afterwards. Oil shortage? There’ll be an air shortage in which to burn it!

    We will eventually try to use a nuclear bomb to stop it, but that will instead create a crevice 1/4 mile wide, and then it’s game over.

    Could this be the proverbial “it” ?

  • Larry from St. Louis


    Thank you for demonstrating crank magnetism.

    However, when I started to read what you wrote, I thought I’d be treated to the conspiracy theory that Bush & Cheney took down that oil platform, just like they took down the Towers.

  • lwtc247

    @ glenn

    If what you say is correct, then it does seem a big potential problem. Talks of nukes thous are quite absurd. A simple proposal would be to place some sheeth over the reupting well and load up tankers for it to be processed elsewhere.

    If the local oceanic environment is damages, no doubt Larry’s beloved ‘special forces’ will kill more yet more kids and families in foreign lands to steal their fisheryies. USans have little to worry about.

  • mary

    @ Clark I cut my own wood for my stove with a bow saw – it’s a chilly night, and the stove is alight now – I’ve had a couple of people offer me chain saws, and they can’t understand when I turn them down, but I’d hate the noise and only end up cutting my own leg off. I like sawing wood, it feels sort of honest and wholesome.

    Me also Clark. I was sawing last weekend. I ended up with a headache yesterday as there was a chain saw going all day on the ghastly Leylandii hedge of a near neighbour.

    My hate vibes were working overtime. Employer of chain saw user is retired from one of the big banks (do we love banks? No!) and has a son who is an officer in the Army currently in Afghanistan and the subject of a puff ‘our brave boys’ piece in the local paper.

  • angrysoba

    Oh Christ! Be still my splitting sides. If we hadn’t already scraped the bottom of the barrel, we now have Tony Opmoc’s research into abiotic oil and Glenn’s 2012 Apocalypse fantasies.

  • mary

    Bad luck Craig. The BBC have just reported a Con win in your constituency but didn’t give the figures. They just said that the LD and Lab votes split the opposition to a Con vote.

    What follows? A constitutional dictator in No 10 after a carve up/horse trading? What part will the Queen’s secretary play in the proceedings? What a farce of a democracy!

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    The Mirror had a brilliant front page. It captures the sense of distance between privileged and ordinary that is going to dog Cameron whatever happens today.

    It also points to another challenge Cameron would face in power: he’s lost most of his novelty value.The idea of Cameron with his privileged past and comfortable future presiding over a government that is going to sack thousands of low-paid public sector workers and probably raise taxes for millions of the rest of us is potentially lethal.

    Imagine how much more so if the response to cuts is as charged as it is in Greece.

    The Sun’s image of Cameron as an Obama-esque hero is the flipside of the Mirror’s posh boy. Addressing the same demographic as the Mirror, the Sun would have Cameron as a kind of Messiah, with natural, Obama-esque leadership skills rather than the qualities that come as part of the privilege package. It is a sign of things to come. Today’s rival front pages are likely to be the opening round of a battle that will give a whole different meaning to the idea of being “one of us”.

    Extracted from The Guardian

  • Bert

    tony opmoc’s posts do exactly what they say on the tin – confuse & obfuscate any rational discussion.

    Does anyone have any further info on the ‘_Inquiry into Blackburn postal vote ‘irregularity’_’

    The council is co-operating with police

    Detectives in Lancashire are investigating an allegation of postal voting fraud. The police inquiry centres on _Blackburn_ (Jack Straw’s constituency)

    Check the results for Blackburn:

    Jack Straw has received a healthy 5.7% increase in his vote!

  • angrysoba

    At least conspiracy theorists did okay in the election:

    Truther Caroline Lucas of Brighton Pavilion won!

    And so did Hercule Poirot of Lewes!

    Truther Dai Davies came SECOND in Gwent which is not bad given that he or she was a member of party called “People’s Voice”. Sadly – but clearly – not every people’s voice.

    There may be a way out of the Matrix after all!

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    “There may be a way out of the Matrix after all!”

    I like that angrysober – but the Oracle failed to provide answers and Zion was a mere simulation. A bit like debunking – tell us everything and nothing.

  • Parky

    Jack Straw appeared on TV almost embarrassed that he had won today with such an increased majority whereas in most places Labour have been thrashed! Maybe the treating and frauding went over the top a bit. Any chance he and his electoral helpers may be investigated?

    At least he won’t be booted up to the Lords just yet and hopefully won’t be in any position of power.

  • Bert

    More on Jack Straw’s _’astonishing vote of confidence’_ & the _’extraordinary result’_ his words) from the Blackburn Citizen here:


    Counting at King George’s hall did not begin until around 1.30am as postal votes arrived from across the town.

    National television crews had descended on Blackburn, sensing an upset, but the result became apparent as piles of votes were stacked up under Mr Straw’s name, with the election staff eventually running out of space.

    Gleeful Labour activists took photographs of the piles on their mobile phones and Mr Law-Riding, who had been bullish beforehand about his chances, sat motionless at the back of the hall as Labour supporters congratulated Mr Straw before counting had even finished.

    The scene was a complete contrast to the outer rooms, where Labour supporters watched glumly on television as the national picture unfolded.


  • brian

    Did Cameron’s and Clegg’s dads make their millions at the same bank?

  • tony_opmoc


    I am not trying to confuse & obfuscate any rational discussion.

    I am merely giving my points of view about a whole range of issues after deep research over the last 5 years or so since I’ve been retired.

    I simply started with an open mind, but was prepared to explore the much deeper research of others by reading their articles and books. People who specialise and devote years of academic study should be explored.

    It often involves changing your mind about a whole range of issues. It’s called learning. I’ve done it all my life.

    If you never change your mind about anything, then you have lost the capability to learn. The first thing you need to be able to do is to admit that your current beliefs may be wrong.


  • brian

    To be fair to the Tories it was a strategic masterstroke to get a proper blue blood tory installed as leader of the Lib Dems.

  • Abe Rene

    The parliament is well and truly hung. Nick Clegg is willing to do a deal with the Tories, but may have to forgo electoral reform in order to have any share of power at all. With the discontent that such a coalition could create, I can see another general election being called soon, with Nick Clegg no longer in charge of the Lib Dems.

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