Friday, May 15, 2009

Quote of the Day: Shahid Malik

Sky News presenter: Can I ask why a £800 massage chair is so important to you?

Shahid Malik: You see, I'd have more respect for you if you were honest about the figures. You know full well it is £730.

60 comments:

Tim Johnson said...

Malik's gone. Who is next to face the chop?

Andrew Efiong said...

Thanks Iain, that made me laugh.

PAY IT BACK MALIK!

Anonymous said...

Ha, that's brilliant.

At least he's good with figures, maybe some other MPs should have employed him to proof read their claims

Cassius said...

He has, at least given us great entertainment:

http://cassiuswrites.blogspot.com/2009/05/fisking-shahid-malik.html

Lee H said...

I want to live in there special world or be on the drugs they are on. What a wonderful, sureal place to be. Looks a bit silly now though as he has had to stand down. They are trying everything. Today it is come out on the offensive and blame the media. I hope he enjoys the chair!!

Anonymous said...

Shahid Malik - it is alleged - has been at it for years; before he was an MP. I hope the inquiry will look at his expense claims whilst he was a commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality.

Oliver Drew said...

And I'd have more respect for Shahid Malik if he admitted he had done wrong, and resigned as an MP.

His resignation from his position as justice minister is a smokescreen. He has resigned simply on the basis that the PM thinks he has broken the ministerial code by accepting subsidised rent! Absolutely nothing to do with his disgusting expenses claims.

He should be ashamed yet he is blaming everyone else for his mistakes. He is another of the morally corrupt freeloaders that have been discovered as liers and hypocrites this week.

Dot Neck said...

he's just resigned so he'll have plenty of time to sit in it

Mark Eastham said...

He has just stepped down as Justice Minister, pending an inquiry according to Politics Home. Good. An unashamed and arrogant trougher.

Richard Edwards said...

They just don't get it do they?

What's the weather like on Planet Malik I wonder?

Tory Teacake said...

*collapses in hysterical laughter*

CLASSIC!

Hacked Off said...

Yes, but have you seen his 24 year old wife? I'd appreciate a massage chair to alleviate my bad back too.

The Penguin

Anonymous said...

You just could not amke it- they are so out of touch!

Anonymous said...

Almost as amusing as Lembit Opik.

RfS said...

Superb. Better get him some polish to keep his brass neck gleeming.

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Things are moving so fast. Malik, a serial snout in the trough is toast - suspended. Malik has been milking it for years. But I guess The Prophet says it's ok to con the infidel.

No chance of Blinky and his Missus going is there?

Clive B said...

Particularly disappointing, but not entirely unpredictable was the nauseous attack line he used of "I wonder why you and The Telegraph are picking on me?".

IanVisits said...

Reminds me of the Yes Minister episode where Jim Hacker refutes a claim that department costs had risen by 10% as they had only gone up by 9.97%.

Roger Thornhill said...

Two things:

1. Malik would have needed/wanted that chair regardless of if he was an MP, so it is not a valid claim, regardless of the price.
2. The disingenuous throwing back of disrespect to the questioner is something I have seen before...anyone care to remind me where that kind of mindset comes from?

Malik is not fit for office, for he knows not what the term "justice" means outside his own narrow interpretation.

Anonymous said...

Wow. One for the other parties to put in the election leaflet!

Tony_E said...

It was attention to detail like that that got him where he is today

no longer anonymous said...

Straight out of a sitcom!

Paul Halsall said...

IS £100 a week much of a subsidy in Dewsbury? I know in my part of Greater Manchester you can fairly easily rent an OK house for £395-450 per month.

As to the Keens - clearly they need to resign *as MPs*.

nabidana said...

To ask the Prime Minister if, in the light of the number of new vacancies in the government, he has considered reshuffling his cabinet?

PIENOMICS said...

Have just looked at Shahid Malik's web site.

This carries the slogan New Labour, New Britain.

He should have added a third. 'New Television'

Dave H said...

He gave an appallingly aggressive performance. It's an unbelievable mistake for an MP to go on the offensive over dodgy payments at a time like this.

He'll no doubt promptly be cleared, "cos it's all within the rules, innit?"

I've just realised I want the next Speaker to be the Devils Kitchen. Imagine the joy of hearing MPs continuously sworn at. After all, it's pretty much what the nation is doing privately anyway; we may as well formalise the practice.

"Order, order, you thieving c****!"

lavrentiy beria said...

I'm backing him one million per cent. Oops, he's gone. Never mind, only another six hundred to go.

Anonymous said...

He's played the "race card" already. He wants to know why he's been "singled out."

Anonymous said...

They just don't get it, do they? When I read about TV packages costing thousands, I could weep. Ours cost £25 for a 2nd hand one off ebay and even then, we struggled to buy it. Still, I felt we were okay, because we hadn't taken on debts to spoil ourselves. I am tired of hearing how it was the fault of all of us for being a shopping society, that the country is now in such debt. We are not like that. We both work and pay our taxes.
But this is the last straw. The British Parliament is filled with parasites, sucking us dry. We struggle with our 104% increases in council taxes, with toll roads, keeping out 15 year old car on the road so we can get to work [no buses to our place of work]. I don't know we can do. I am disgusted. What's the point of anything? I might as well take out huge loans, spend it on holidays [we haven't had one for 20 years], nice furniture, new clothes and beauty parlours, then go bankrupt for a few years and start again. I'd get more respect for it and if I had lots of money, parasites like Mandelson would take my concerns seriously, rather than dismissing us as scummy racist working class muck.

Anonymous said...

"The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

DespairingLiberal said...

No Tim, he hasn't gone - he is on _temporary_ suspension (unbelievably) and can apparently return once the fuss has died down.

Amazing really that this twisting, devious, criminally-minded Man on the Make can be Minister of Justice. It says a lot for NuLab that he is even an MP, let alone a Minister. Poor Nye Bevan must be turning in his grave.

I hope the Taxpayer's Alliance campaign to bring private prosecutions gains ground, since it appears clear that the police are going to do nothing, presumably on Home Office instructions.

Paul Halsall said...

I think "singling out" is an issue.

To see the Daily Mail, owned by the tax-dodging Lord Rothermere (Private Eyes, passim) go after anyone is amazing.

And to the Daily Telegraph, owned by the really weird Barclay brothers, lead an attack based on landlord tenant relations, even worse (remember Sark?).


And while one of the worst cases so far has been of the married Tory MPs Andrew Mackay and Julie Kirkbride. But in fact this story was, to its credit, pushed by an internal Conservative Party review. The Telegraph said nothing, perhaps because Ms. Kirkbride was a senior former employee there.

There are chosen targets here. And to suppose the Barclay Bros have no say is to ignore the way they have interfered with, and destroyed, each newspaper they have used.

logdon said...

Global Peace and Unity conference held at the Excel Centre in Docklands in 2008. This footage was not released by NuLabour and I wonder why? Could it be because he stated that:

"In 1997 we got our first Muslim MP. In 2001 we had 2 Muslim MPs. In 2005 we had 4 Muslim MPs. In shallah(If Allah wills) 2009/10 we'll have 8 Muslim MPs. In 2014 we'll have 16 Muslim MP's. At this rate the whole Parliament will be Muslim. But just to say in case there are journalists here today that is not my objective. But you know we've got 4 Muslim MPs, there should be 20 Muslim MPs in Parliament and Inshallah, very shortly we'll see that. And I'm confident as Britain's first Muslim minister that, Inshallah, in the next 30 years or so, we'll see a Prime Minister in this country who happens to share my faith"

Naynaynay said...

If he had a massage chair in both his constituency home and London home (for medical reasons), then it might be appropriate (but he clearly hasn't)

Henry North London 2.0 said...

Stupid idiot Does it matter whether it was 730 or 800

Hes a disgrace...


WV wersens I kid you not

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their sties with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

Balls and Cooper said...

A creep in denial. What can you expect. He is from Labour.

The Grim Reaper said...

Epic fail. What an odious little turd this man is.

Jules Wright said...

bloke always struck me as a chippy twunt.

doodle-doo-doo-doo - another one bites the dust ...

DespairingLiberal said...

You're right Paul, but you also don't mention that Lord Rothermere, despite living in a mansion in Wiltshire, raising his family here and spending nearly all his time right here in the UK is a (can it really be true??) registered non-domicile for tax purposes! This was under challenge from various quarters so the Inland Revenue made a special arrangement for him, in secret, naturally. It has only come out because of investigations by Private Eye.

For those who don't know, Lord Rothermere owns the Daily Mail group and is one of the richest men in the country.

Shum humbug over at the Mail shurely.

As for the Torygraph - well, to be fair, they do seem to have been pretty even-handed in their onslaughts and are doing I think a very good job. It's just a shame that the rest of the media are focusing primarily on NuLab targets, but I suppose they are the government.

We could do with a top 10 egregious offenders, would you fancy publishing one Iain?

Bengal Lancer said...

With MPS such as Malik the Muslims of the UK don't need enemies. The BNP must be laughing all the way to the ballot box at his antics. He should also have realised that if he wanted an ipod he should have become a member of the Weslh assembly rather than a MP.

Anonymous said...

what a chump!

Victor, NW Kent said...

Shahid Malik - more votes for the BNP. Better he had kept his stupid mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

Yusuf
[12.81] Go back to your father and say: O our father! surely your son committed theft, and we do not bear witness except to what we have known, and we could not keep watch over the unseen:

JuliaM said...

Paul Halsall: "To see the Daily Mail, owned by the tax-dodging Lord Rothermere (Private Eyes, passim) go after anyone is amazing."

You sound just like Anne Widdecombe's comment from the 'Independant' today.

Who cares what newspapers do. I, as a taxpayer, am not funding them!DesperateLiberal: "For those who don't know, Lord Rothermere owns the Daily Mail group and is one of the richest men in the country."

Again, so what? Get back to me when he starts claiming taxpayer's money.

Conand said...

OK, so both the interviewer and Mr Malik were massaging his figure... boom boom boom Basil Brush

Anonymous said...

the JUSTICE minister isn't resigning because of a fine for UNPAID COUNCIL TAX.

why not?????

Paul Halsall said...

@JuliaM

Not paying required tax IS stealing taxpayer's money.

Anonymous said...

Did you hear Malik on World at One being questioned about the snazzy TV? He simply didn't 'get it', the greedy little git.

Man in a Shed said...

"honest about the figures" ? ! !

This from a man who says his expenses are one million percent by the book.

just based on those statements he shouldn't be left in charge of a Fish Supper shop, let alone be a govt minister.

PS Is he still be paid whilst he's on gardening leave ?

CROWN said...

I've got the clip here now.

It is one of my favourites

http://thecrownblogspot.blogspot.com/2009/05/shahid-malik-and-his-massage-chair.html

Anonymous said...

The FT is reporting that Malik was supended by Brown, after Brown had discussed it with Jack Straw and Gus O'Donnell. So why is the BBC reporting that Malik has "stepped down", with the implication that it is a voluntary act on Malik's part? (I don't know why I bother to ask the question, really, I know it's just the usual BBC leftward slant).

Anonymous said...

In all of this whole mess,the thing that concerns me so much, is that IF the excuse is that they just could not work out/understand the expenses process,how on earth can they understand the complexities,facts,figures and strategies within their own dept - ie; NHS,Defence,Education to make the right decisions.
Don't forget,Darling is ADAMANT that the economy will be growing by the end of this year and he can't ALLEGEDLY complete his expenses correctly,so how can he understand the complexities of budget forecasts?
As for Straw,who himself admits that numbers are not his strong point,how can he understand the crime figures etc?
Beggars belief.

Mirtha Tidville said...

Having been one who has had dealings with the oily little shit that is Malik, seeing him in the doo doo has really made my day. I do hope this is nothing trivial.His local living arrangements have long been the subject of speculation, as has his so called landlord. Now I know I`m biased but me thinks there is a bit more to squeeze out of this `un..

Due to boundary changes its unlikely that he would be able to hang on to the Dewsbury seat. This is a real bonus though..

Anonymous said...

i met this guy at a pakistani event in london.he is a very nasty piece of work steeped in hatred.

Anonymous said...

Malik's letter to the Fees Office is a resigning matter.

What sort of person writes, In view of the above and from a natural justice perspective I feel a justifiable exception would be the fairest manner to deal with the current situation", over being denied the right to claim £2,500 of taxpayer's money for a 40" plasma TV, DVD player and home cinema system?

Oh, I know, a self-serving, socialist, "I know my rights", total and utter plonker who thinks because he is elected an MP he can sneer down his nose in quasi-legal language at officials in the House of Commons who ought probably to touch their forelocks and maybe kneel when he comes in the room.

Natural justice? I know what sort of "natural justice" he'd get round the back of Dewsbury market tonight if he dared show his face.

Anonymous said...

Two points here.

This is not just a breach of the Ministerial Code, if Malik has been benefitting from a cheap rent it is a donation in kind and as such declarable under the Political Parties and Referendums Act. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Second, Minsiters who are "reshuffled" out of their jobs receive half of the extra annual pay they get as Ministers as "redundancy". If he is going because he is a thieving bastard, then he really shouldn't get this.

Constant Vigilance!

brian gibson said...

take every one to court let them prove their innocence we all know they are guilty thats why bills keep rising &rising we pay for them
PS has hanging been abolished what a shame

brian gibson said...

IF you or i did what these greedy
B s do and you worked for a firm you would be straight in court just a question WHY ARE THEY NOT ????

Paul Halsall said...

"prove their innocence" eh?

True, this is what happens to many people charged by the police, but it is not actually the British Way.

Look, and IQ of 100 is average. That means half the people are below average.

But that does not stop them posting on blogs or giving idiotic interviews to journalists.