Come Dine With Me

  Condom 19:08 26 Mar 2012
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Come Dine With Me

If you fancy a lovely meal in the country then "Come dine with me" £5000 will secure you a 4 course meal together with a very nice bottle or two of "House Wine" but unfortunately not "the" House Wine.

£250,000 is of course the premier league and may allow you to talk with me and discuss and perhaps influence my forthcoming plans. Playing at Chequers is not obligatory as many prefer Chess.

  Snec 11:22 27 Mar 2012

Cameron wants everyone else to 'hug a hoodie' but for himself he knows that hugging millionaires is far more beneficial.

Backhanders, brown envelopes, scratching backs left right and centre (pun intended) - they live in a different world.... the rest of are on our own being 'all in it together.'

  bremner 11:30 27 Mar 2012

Badgery

History tells us that the gulf between the have and have nots has always been such and has neither grown or contracted.

  badgery 13:06 27 Mar 2012

bremner

We will need to disagree on that!

  badgery 14:14 27 Mar 2012

fourm member " I wouldn't want my money helping the likes of the BNP, the DUP, the SNP, etc."

I hope that describing the SNP in the same breath as the BNP was meant to be taken in the same vein as your final sentence (the sentiments of which I completely support!)

  badgery 15:58 27 Mar 2012

fourm member

I think I agree with a lot of what you say re. party funding. Taxpayers may have to be the answer though, as each 'scandal' just destroys what little confidence the public have about politicians and money. So begging for funds from business or unions or whatever will always be suspect.

For me the first step would be to cap election spending - people, in the main I think, despair of the inevitable series of Party Election broadcasts, their environment being defaced by countless, repetitive posters, and the junk mail waste of precious trees. There are plenty of 'free' platforms, blogs etc that are available to those who want to listen to candidates. Leave the rest in peace, mostly they've probably decided who they will vote for, anyway!

We have simply gone too far - with 'battlebuses' and aeroplanes to take leaders (and hangers-on) around the country. We are not the size of the USA, just a small cramped island, there's no need for all these 'tours'.

Once the costs are dramatically reduced, then the funding issue might get easier to solve, too.

  bremner 17:38 27 Mar 2012

badgery

Fine thoughts but just remember who would bring in such legislation. Turkeys voting for christmas comes to mind.

I am just grateful we have not [yet] followed the US in bringing in paid for TV ads that do nothing but denigrate an opposition candidate.

It has been reported that Obama has a fighting fund of 1 Billion dollars for his re-election and just guess where that money has come from, in the main.

  badgery 18:02 27 Mar 2012

Unfortunately it is we who are the turkeys!

These politicians are allowed to make all these 'mistakes', but they know that given a few days and it will be overtaken by something else thrown at us, and so it will be forgotten.

We turn the other cheek, every time.

  Forum Editor 18:32 27 Mar 2012

"No amount of labour indignation will stop them doing the same when they get in next, they just don't have so many very rich donors."

They have money from Trades Unions, and one of their biggest contributors is Unite, which is why Ed Miliband has maintained a stony silence in the face of repeated calls for him to condemn the Union's announcement that its tanker driver members have voted for strike action. A strike by these drivers will have a crippling effect on the country's commercial activities, but that doesn't seem to worry Ed over-much, as long as he isn't seen to criticise a major contributor to the party coffers.

  badgery 18:37 27 Mar 2012

FE

I may be mistaken, but I thought that the 'strike ballot' was only a ballot to fulfil the government's legislation and give the Union it's power to negotiate not a call to actually strike.

Without the ballot there could not have been negotiations. It is seemingly an effect of government action.

  bremner 19:08 27 Mar 2012

badgery

You are mistaken Industrial Action

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