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  1. Good, perhaps moderates in not such safe seats are looking to the future?

  2. He was right about the minimum wage as most economists would attest. Wrong about gay marriage though, so pleased to hear this.

    1. He is wrong about gay marriage and wrong about the equal wage.

      Lifting people out of poverty and moving away from a poverty driven workforce is not the way to drive forward a modern economy.

      1. Spanner1960 17 May 2012, 2:09pm

        So what do you suggest? The rest of us work our butts off just to support the idle benefit scroungers? We need to define minimum wages to prevent employers exploiting the workforces, not to mention bringing in cheap foreign labour.

        Maybe that’s where the expression Bone-idle comes from. ;)

        1. Er the point is that benefit scroungers do not even earn the minimum wage because er they are on benefit.

          So its a non sequitor argument when debating the minimum wage.

          The issue of benefit reliance is somewhat different to the issue of the minimum wage!

          Do try and keep up!

          1. Spanner1960 17 May 2012, 6:13pm

            Earning the minimum wage is still better than benefits.
            The point is a lot of people pay immigrants well under that figure, so there just aren’t enough jobs to go around.

          2. @Spanner

            Absolutely earning the minimum wage is better than benefits

            So you point about the minimum wage is?

          3. Spanner1960 19 May 2012, 10:32am

            My point is that many employers ignore it and pay less to foreign workers because they are willing to accept it and are often under the immigration and tax radar.

      2. im guessing you wrote the opposite to what you meant, i think you should drop ‘not’ from your comment, because as it is im not sure if you are in support of minimum wage or not

        1. oops drop the not

          Thanks kane!

    2. timmy, don’t be daft. How can it be right to pay people slave wages and condemn them to a life of poverty. How can anyone live on 87p per hour? That’s inhuman. Human rights have to come before boosting business.

      1. Spanner1960 17 May 2012, 2:11pm

        Boosting business is good for everybody. No business means no jobs which means poverty. Human rights need to be earned, not just dished out like a soup kitchen.

        1. Human Rights are exactly that Rights free to everyone, equality for all. “dished out like a soup kitchen” quite repulsive.

          1. Paddyswurds 17 May 2012, 5:30pm

            Bone head should have been compelled to live on 87p for whatever length he paid the girl such a wage and see how he’d get on. Good riddance to this bigoted homophobe slave driver…


      The minimum wage has been named as the most successful government policy of the past 30 years in a survey of British political experts. Other highly rated policies include devolution, privatisation and the Northern Ireland peace process.

      David Cameron said in 2005 that it had been a success, while in 2008 George Osborne said that “Modern Conservatives acknowledge the fairness of a minimum wage.”

      Back in 1994 a remarkable article was published by economists David Card and Alan Krueger. They performed a statistical analysis and concluded that not only did the minimum wage not cost jobs – it might even create them. Amazing.

    4. Henry Ford recognized that increasing worker wages was a boost for consumerism… he managed to maintIn the competitive edge of his company by paying them higher wages than competing car companies…. he got better workers,more loyal workers, and a workforce that was financially enabled to buy Ford products. An all round win win. Anyone who is opposed to a minimum wage is living in the dark ages.

  3. tatty bye

  4. Jan Bridget 17 May 2012, 10:08am

    Perhaps the government could do the same with Craig Whittaker who sits on the Education Select Committee???

  5. Shame the conservative party can’t go the whole hog and boot him out completly!

    Good riddance to bad rubbish…

    Let’s hope they can also reform the HoL and boot out the rubbish from there….

  6. Bone is completely right on one thing though – the Conservative manifesto does not commit to introducing equal marriage.

    Despite Cameron’s personal commitment, the Tories (like Labour) do not support equal marriage as a party. The only major party to support equal marriage is the Liberal Democrats, along with the Greens.

    1. In the Conservative Equalities contract which was an addendum to the manifesto they stated:

      “We will also consider the case for changing the law to allow civil partnerships to be called and classified as marriage.”

      Whilst I would have liked it to go further, it went further than the Labour party did in their manifesto.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 17 May 2012, 12:54pm

      Correct, but the Greens were the first of course. It would have helped if Labour had endorsed it officially which would have exerted more pressure on the Tories in light of the 2015 election. I’d like to hear more proactive support from Miliband for a change.

    3. Don’t worry Dave, none of us are going to start voting Tory on the back of this!

    4. But it was (and still is) Lib Dem policy – surely as coalition partners their manifesto has as much right to be implemented?

  7. It has just struck me that he looks uncannily like a Harpy Eagle – a large bird of prey with a wild tuft of feathers on its head which eats monkeys in the Amazon rain forests. Go on, Peter – I think you have missed your vocation. There is certainly nothing useful for you to do here.

  8. It is a disgrace that this joke of a man is still an MP at all!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 May 2012, 12:57pm

      Well, of course, but then bigots vote for bigots don’t they? That’s why some of those backbenchers spew their hatred because they know their seats are safe, for now. Once they realise they will face defeat in 2015, then maybe they might think twice for helping their party’s failure.

      1. John Robertson linking to an Indiemedia artical 6 Feb 2013, 1:39pm

        He took-over from a labour MP who happened to be Barrister and speech-writer to Mr Blair rather than someone with experience relevant to concerns in Wellingborough Rushden and such. Easy to see why a political hack should be booted-out but sad that they voted-in another one even worse. This is about Peter Bone’s career as a party activist with odd diversions into trying to run a travel agency and being barred from ABTA after going bust owing £1.3m

  9. 87p an hour! You’ve got wonder what sort of mentality people have to vote in this vile twat.

    1. It’s people voting for the party not the person, I personally consider both the candidate and the party when voting, but most don’t.

      Similar to the old joke that you could put a monkey in a red rosette in Soviet Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire and it would get elected. He’s testament to the fact the same is true in some tory seats!

  10. This man looks surprisingly similar to the man in our street who last week told a neighbour, “I’m awfully sorry, but the people we have sold our house to are another pair of gay men”!

    People like Bones are everywhere in this country, and the Gay Marriage issue is bringing their homophobia out into the open.

    I have also noted how other neighbours of ours have become somewhat distant in the past two months and this can only be because of the Gay Marriage issue.

    They are happy to “tolerate” us, but they are really pissed off that they may actually have to really treat us as being equal.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 May 2012, 1:01pm

      My cousin in Dorset has been speaking to neighbours about it. She said that most of them (40-60+ years of age) are all for equality for gays as long as it’s not equal marriage. A conflicted statement of course and very disappointing.

      1. I think this sort of thinking is very common, on all sorts of issues. People often sincerely believe that they are not prejudiced at a conscious level, but when confronted with the practical implications of equality they backtrack and become discomfitted because at a deeper and more powerful level the hostile and stigmatizing attitudes and allied assumptions are still strong. A colleague of mine always used to make all the right noises at me about gays and lesbians. After one such display of his PC credentials, and virtually without drawing breath, he launched into cosy fantasies about his two young sons ‘soon bringing girlfriends home.’ No other possibility about his own world even occurred to him. Tellingly, it was in marked contrast to another colleague who never talked much about the issue but with complete unselfconsciousness talked about her baby son one day having a girlfriend OR boyfriend. As an old boyfriend of mine once said…

        1. …’Where people say they are at and where they are really at are often two different places.’

  11. Bye, missing you already – not.

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 17 May 2012, 12:52pm

    Wel done! Maybe there is a god after all! Let’s see more of this happen, put the bigots on notice once and for all.

  13. Take a good look at this guys picture and you will see this guy is nuts. Always when they accuse you of something like this all you have to do is turn around and point the same finger at them and say “the accuser is often the offender too”, this means they are the same thing or doing the same thing they accuse you of. The reason they do this is to try and take attention away from themselves and place it on another. Don’t let nuts like him get away with it.

  14. de Villiers 17 May 2012, 5:19pm

    This site is moving away from factual news reporting and is starting to insert snide opinions at the end of articles. Whether or not one likes Peter Bone, to me he appears to be a dinosaur, it is irritating and unprofessional for a factual, reporting article to throw-in catty, opinionated comments at the end.

    1. Let me guess you are only saying that because you do not agree with the opinion!

      Lets think about some other news sources – Telegraph – offers opinion, Times – offers opinion, Guardian – offers opinion, Newsnight – offers opinion, Independent – offers opinion, Mail – offers opinion

      Why should Pink News be any different?

      Or, is you complaint merely based on your lack of comfort with the opinion?

      If so, argue against the opinion rather than complain that an opinion is offered.

    2. de Villiers 17 May 2012, 8:58pm

      I do agree with the opinion. The words “to me he appears to be a dinosaur” which appear in the middle of my comment give a fair steer as to my view.

      That to which I have objected is not opinion as part of an opinion piece. It is snide remarks thrown-in at the end of a factual reporting piece. The Guardian site separates it clearly with a news section and a ‘comment is free’ section. The news section is factual reporting. The commentary is found in the comment section.

  15. looking at the bone picture, did sven eriksson’s father had a bastard?

  16. It would be better if you resigned now and leave with what little is left of your credibility. Being thrown out is so, well, ignominious, isn’t it, so rather not leave it until then. Act today, don’t delay, your resignation is fully accepted.

    1. J Robertson t/a 6 Feb 2013, 1:52pm

      I think he should have been thrown off committees anyway for being a silly showman.
      Mr Bone was in the department for business committee from 2002-2005, during which time he didn’t notice that the department for business was spending millions of pounds subsidising chinese shoes and clothing via designer visits to China and subsidised fashion week trade events for chinese-made shoes and clothes. He didn’t even write a letter about it – I’ve checked. (Nor did Patricia Hewitt MP for Leicester West who had been trade secretary and was MP for a lot of clothing and shoe factories in Leicester). More here:

      Mr Bone was on a Health Select Committee which sounds important too. Except that he has signed several early day motions supporting homeopathy according to Wikipedia, so he’s not a scientifically-minded person.

      And his Wikipedia CV doesn’t match his list of company directorships

  17. Shake Spear 18 May 2012, 1:17am

    The man is way off.

    Like his hairline.

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