June 2nd, 2009

Who Leaked Jacqui’s Exit?

Jacqui

Sky News got the scoop, but who leaked it first and why?  Brown central arguably would rather have not have this come out until the weekend.  Home Office sources were also very much caught wrong-footed.  Are we just at the rolling cock-up stage of government?  It is hard to see who on the government side benefits from leaking this now apart from a deliberate Machiavellian internal saboteur.  Someone with skills in the dark arts of spin who might have decided it is time, for the sake of the survival of his beloved New Labour, to bring down the  curtain on Gordon Brown.   Jacqui exiting in a messy way puts the reshuffle speculation front and centre and adds to the sense of Brown’s government on the verge of collapse on the very eve of an election.  It takes a crisis to precipitate a solution.

Was it the same person who leaked the idea that Balls could go to No 11?


344 Comments

  1. 1
    Democrat says:

    It was me. Free the English…

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    • 5
      jgm2 says:

      Disagree with your analysis Guido. This will be a deliberate inside-job to try and give the impression that Gordon is in the process of sorting out the troughers in his own party.

      It will be used to show that Brown is acting decisivley against the likes of Smith. Unlike the ‘do nothing’ party. Because ‘it’s the right thing to do’.

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      • 15
        Ivor Biggun says:

        But didn’t it start in America?

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        • 69
          W.W. says:

          Come what may, I am not convinced Jonah can survive till the election any more.
          The PLP know that he is ‘leading’ a course for utter disaster, they also know this will be their last chance.
          Expect fireworks next week.

          W.W.

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        • 255
          uk Fred says:

          Your Biggun isn’t as big as the whoopers Moron McSnot-Gobbler has been telling, I bet.

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        • 256
          artboyusa says:

          What about my ID card! My beautiful ID card! How will I be able to confirm my identity to the polizei now?

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        • 277
          Anonymous says:

          Dont worry we’ll get the bearded buffoon Blunket on the case. He thinks if we make it a nice shinny credit card design all our objections will dissappear.

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        • 309
          Stronghold Barricades says:

          Like that Guido, especially if it took the heat from him now that LDV has gone into administration

          Takes the eyes off the £5 million the govt loaned to “bridge” for the Malasian wannabes

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      • 17

        I suspect it was a Balls up

        I have a rather nice picture of her leaving her meeting with Gordon Brown.

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        • 33
          Martin in Essex says:

          She must be lying as she has her fucking mouth open.

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        • 136
          Right-wing social engineer says:

          Then we should shove a mailed fist into it.

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        • 200
          MisterE says:

          I think you may have got that pic mixed up with one of Geoff Hoon…

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        • 301
          13eastie says:

          Indeed.

          [spoken in hushed Attenborian tones] And we capture for the first time, footage of the worker-hoon, breaking cover, leaving its natural habitat, sensing perhaps the impending death of the queen-hoon and the collapse of the colony.

          She will have to adapt quickly to her new surroundings if her family’s supply of free porn is not to dry up.

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      • 30
        Elby The Beserk says:

        Not so sure. Downing Street were still denying it even after it had hit the online papers.

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        • 43

          It was the usual total cock-up. And, she’s only standing down from the Cabinet, not from her job. So she can carry on troughing.

          This is wrong: Jacqui Smith should resign as an MP.

          Surely even she realises that she’s got to go properly, completely, not just back a few feet to a lesser bench? Her majority in Redditch is so slim that she’s only delaying the inevitable.

          Give it up altogether, love. Get out of politics. There’s Chocolate Crunch for pudding, and that custard won’t serve itself.

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        • 176
          Bill d'Sarse says:

          Then it was Jacqui herself. Leaking her departure now gives her the edge over Brown’s announcement over the weekend. She has jumped before being pushed.

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        • 300
          Henry Crun says:

          CF, let her stay and contest her seat at the next GE – just to see her get well and truly trounced. She’ll be lucky to hold onto her deposit.

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      • 78
        going down the pan says:

        there is a plane crash filling the news so four thieving scumbag cocksuckers leave quietly via the back door rot in hell you filth !

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      • 93
        The compleat angler says:

        Has anyone been reading the international news? Seen from abroad (ie with a little distance), the D-Day SNAFU, the leaked resignations, the catastrophic polls – this government is obviously dying. NuLab parasites are starting to leave the cooling corpse, and the madness of King Gordon cannot prevail for long.

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      • 162
        Popeye says:

        I don’t think so.

        However I’m all agog with excitement, I think Iv’e wet myself.

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      • 173
        Mr Pissed Off says:

        “It will be used to show that Brown is acting decisivley against the likes of Smith.”

        Several months late and in a blind panic too? This will not wash.

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        • 204
          It doesn't add up... says:

          I think I read that as Brown is acting divisively… which is no more than par for the course.

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      • 202
        subrosa says:

        No, I agree with Guido’s version. Brown would have wanted the ego trip of announcing it himself. She’s beaten him to it and as is reported, she told Brown two months ago she was leaving at the next cabinet reshuffle.

        I quietly admire her to getting in first.

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        • 259
          Harlot Harridan says:

          Me too!

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        • 333
          Anonymous says:

          She’s beaten him to it, because then she can carry on feeling good like a bitch: She wont contest the next election, she didn’t want to be hurled out, he wouldn’t have hurled her out anyway – they’re all into it together: Corruption on a VAST scale. (these expenses etc are nothing).

          No one gets kicked down the stairs or they’ll roll over like Blair with Bush-Clinton-CIA Gang the International Settlements.
          They will all carry on being privately smug with their loot for the rest of her life at private Labour Parties.

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      • 249
        Jules Wright says:

        Well that failed then. Boulton on Sky has already said it makes Brown look not in control of his government. So bad have things become for Brown that action looks like panic reaction and inaction looks like paralysis. He looks permanently behind the curve now.

        He’s screwed. Hip Hip – Hurrah!

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      • 311
        ThisGovernmentStinks says:

        Agree. It’s also, hopefully, a misguided attempt to show that by doing something he won’t need to suffer the ignomy of having half his Government investigated by the Fraud Squad – and subsequently prosecuted.

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    • 6
      Sourfaced Little Englander says:

      I’m a twat too!

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    • 17
      Sourfaced Little Englander says:

      Democrat, I’m an ignorant prejudiced twat too.

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      • 27
        Pleasantfaced Big Englander says:

        Yes, we know that from your use of the term “Little Englander”. You are probably English too.

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    • 77
      Churchill's Cattleprod says:

      Or … who pulled the (bath)plug out on Jacqui’s reshuffle

      Boom Boom!

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    • 95
      Anonymous says:

      Jacqui ‘s special adviser leaked it. Jacqui’s obviously looking after her back, not Gordon’s, and didn’t want it to appear she’d been sacked when the reshuffle comes.

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    • 100
      dirtyden says:

      BALLS!

      Brown’s losing it…

      The countdown to McDoom’s downfall’s begun.

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    • 117
      Cromwell says:

      Now that we have rid of that S–g can we have our freedom back. Just because she was frightened of her shadow didn’t mean that she had to tool up the law enforcement agencies to take her to the shops. Hang on a minute. Is it the fact that the Cops have had to get bigger batons Guns and equipment because they are getting smaller and weaker as a force because of the amount of Women they have in their ranks. I know if I was a copper I would want tooling up if they sent me somewhere with a load of birds

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      • 335
        Jakbop says:

        Witehall is a big employer. I think you mean their handlers corrupt Intelligence Services MI6+CIA. Let’s be CLEAR.

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      • 340
        Jakbop says:

        Remember what the feminazi Labour Party tell you: ‘nice’ men are wimps who learnt o be gay. Real Men are wicked, they get angry at bad manners, corruption, deceit – all the things that make the world go round. The lay their lives on the line and fight for truth.
        The industrial strength of arms is better for PC enforcement than the good of Real Men.

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    • 152
      Ashiata says:

      I CAN BELIEVE IT IS A DELIBERATE INSIDE JOB – THEY HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED THE VERY SAD NEWS THAT TOM WATSON (WHO HE?..ED) IS TO RELINQUISH HIS CABINET POLISHING POST.

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    • 212
      PT Barnham's shit shoveller says:

      Here’s a scenario to enjoy (not):

      The last time a single electoral term had three different PMs with no election was in the time of Victoria. Disraeli was the third man and only went to the country after 11 months. There is historical precedent for Brown being replaced and there being no GE.

      And we do so love our history in this country.

      My theory is Ms Smith herself leaked this. That travelling knife grinder must be doing grand business in the dens of the powerful.

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    • 318
      Hugh Jarse says:

      Give the bitch 42 days

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  2. 2
    V says:

    “TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”

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      bandersnatch says:

      Any more of that and Guido will give you the black spot… a bit of comment moderation malware sat there under your ‘Leave a comment’ window…

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    • 286
      Ashiata says:

      YEATS – NICE – BUT DO GO ON….IT IS VERY PROPHETIC……

      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and verywhere
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.

      THAT WOULD BE CALL-ME-DAVE THEN……

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      • 342
        Jakbop says:

        Fluent with good intelligence: good people here….thanks for keeping yourselves together!
        Stunned. So brilliantly apt and ready, and well..this is the greatest thing to happen, this comment and reply here, in the whole recent history of British political debate. There should be a you tube movie, a school worksheet, and a rap song of this!

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  3. 3
    Tricky Dicky says:

    Serious comment – this is unprecedented. In effect, it leaves us without a Home Secretary for a few days (at least until Brown appoints her successor). Jacqui Smith is no longer Home Secretary in any meaningful sense – she is as “ex” as the Monty Python parrot. So what happens if there is a terrorist outrage in the next couple of days? Or a prison breakout? Or another major incident?

    This is definitely Government by mischance and cockup, but Brown wants to keep the show on the road for another 12 months – someone should let him know the wheels have fallen off!

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    • 24
      Dack Blog says:

      God things could get really, really bad.

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      • 63
        Jan says:

        Things on the other hand could get really,really,good.Tom Watson going too.
        YIPPEE…………………………………………………

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      • 70
        McLovin says:

        God bless Mandy, from what I’ve heard he has been ‘spitting poison’ to anyone who will listen

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    • 45
      jgm2 says:

      What would happen if the economy got completely fucked up in the next few days and our banks were practically bust and our currency was down the plughole and unemployment was soaring at 100,000 extra claimants a month and our budget deficit was increasing by as much as 20bn quid form one day to the next and our projected budget deficit this year was over 200bn.

      Would we be able to change the Prime Minister and chancellor while all that was happening.

      Fuck, yes.

      Same with any terrorist outrage that might occur. What use was Smith even before this expenses story broke? What use would she have been on 7/7? Really. n What use would she be if she happened to be on holiday in (say) Thailand if such a thing occurred in the UK?

      Jumped up arseholes the lot of them. Their only influence appears to be their ability to fuck things up by interfering. We’d all be much better off if they let the grown-ups get on with their lives.

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      • 188
        Cromwell says:

        Couldn’t aggree more. Lets get a written constitution the rule of Law tightened so none of these C–ts are above it then we are off too the races. We can’t trust these lot to hold back the State they have been to busy filling their boots.

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        • 265
          uk Fred says:

          What’s the point?

          The constitution of the USSR was one of the most democratic in the world, but that didn’t stop Stalin, Kruschev, or Brezhnev. When you disappear into jail for 4 months on remand and then there are no charges brought against you, you realise that it is not the constitution, but the people running the show who are the problem.

          And then what is a terrorist outrage. Would bombing No 10 when there was a Cabinet meeting count as a terrorist outrage or would it be a bloody event on the way to liberation? As they say, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

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        • 283
          Anonymous says:

          We dont need to do any of those things my friend, The rule of Law exists, they are NOT above it, all it needs is the will to investigate and prosecute when approriate. Lets do it !

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        • 343
          Jakbop says:

          “The rule of Law exists”

          Yes it’s true and we need investigation and then prosecution all the way ..Treason, and the death penalty.Please. The place to start is with Blair.

          See here: http://www.worldreports.org/news/179_blair_has_rolled_over_to_avoid_arrest_and_jail

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      • 245
        Hugh Janus says:

        “What would happen if the economy got completely fucked up in the next few days ……”

        Strange, I thought we were at that stage already.

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          jgm2 says:

          That’s kinda my point. It is fucked but it looks like we’ll be getting a new chancellor any way. Not that it matters because we all know that the man who fucked it is still behind the scenes fucking the arse off it even harder.

          Indeed it will suit Brown to get Darling out because it is probably only now that Darling realises how completely fucked the economy is. And Gordon won’t let him do a thing about it. You can see how ashamed and shifty Darling looked in the emergency November budget and the delayed (to enable Brown a free basking-in-the afterglow of Obama March) budget.

          He doesn’t believe a word of this shit that Brown and his paid manufacturers of lunatic numbers have shoved under his nose to read. And neither does anybody else. Even Mervyn King, old Penfold himself, is asking to see the (secret) treasury models because they’re nowhere like the numbers the BoE is getting from their models.

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    • 47
      MrPeregrination says:

      I say thank god. If something horrible happens Jacqui Smith wont be there to make it worse. Better nobody deal with it than her.

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    • 56
      Shahid Vicious says:

      Anarchy in the UK! 30 yrs too late but what the fuck.

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    • 73

      Good thing a plane didn’t just mysteriously crash….

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    • 124
      non-jobs for me says:

      makes no differance really, she was never up to the job in the first place.

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    • 145
      New Christy Minstrels says:

      …….One wheel on my wagon
      And Gordo’s still a knob
      That pesky DC is after me
      We’re all in flames
      No-one’s at the reins
      But I’m getting on with the job

      I’m singing piggety, hoggety, piggety high
      Us troughers we never say die
      Half a mile up the road is an hidden cave
      Where we can those DCs
      Go galloping by

      (Spoken)Gordy are you sure we are on the right road?
      Will you hush up Ed, you and your roadmaps to power!
      …..

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    • 145
      Cromwell says:

      Tricky F all will happen as these lot have become mouth pieces for Whiitehall and it is Whitehall that run the show and have been for the last 50 year or so. Politicians have through their greed become an irrelevance not wanting to upset the potential for more fiddle. Whitehall have been bunging these lot to keep their mouths shut for years. They didn’t have the brains to get into this mess by themselves destroying our democracy. Think about it. Who do you think is blowing whistle on them.

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    • 316
      Charles Brooker says:

      You must remember that this is the Home Secretary that had 12 muslims rounded up for terrorist activity to prove what an effective Home Secretary she was and not one was an active terrorist.

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    • 336
      Jakbop says:

      The decisions that came out were never hers anyway, just the lying mouth. Anyone will do so long as they ‘Belong’ to the corrupt herd. The problem is announcing it to an expectant public, getting the most PR out of it.

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  4. 4
    RavingMad says:

    Well, shame innit?

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  5. 7
    Newbie says:

    When she’s gone, can she then be left alone?

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    • 76

      No! Not until she’s been made to pay back all she trousered, and spent about 5 years sewing mailbags for Brenda.

      The Penguin

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      • 235
        88p bath plug says:

        Not till she’s made to pay for all the repulsive anti libertarian legislation she piloted onto the statute books — she should be made to eat every page of each of the 600 Liebour laws enacted since 1997, down to the final clause, every last little bit.

        ….then reimburse us for the bathplug.

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    • 160
      Cromwell says:

      Why should any of these individuals be left alone. They have just smashed hundreds of years of democratic process attacked Magna Carter dismantled our Freedoms., What would the lads who laid down their lives in the Great Wars think of these shower of Bas—ds the same ones they where fighting runnning the Third Reich.

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    • 231
      Catosays says:

      Talking of which, where’s Dolly when you’ve a boot free?

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  6. 8
    Reds under the bed says:

    With Jacquiboots “letting it be known” that she’s resigning as 2nd Home Secretary days in advance of the expected cabinet reshuffle, we’ve reached a significant turning point in this government’s collapse – Gordon Brown has now lost control of events.

    All Labour ministers know they’re doomed – and all they’re doing now is thinking about what the’ll do with the rest of their lives uncushioned by the perks of high office or, indeed, of Parliamentary licensed thieving.

    They no longer fear Brown and his attack dogs – his authority is evaporating in the glorious summer sun.

    A botched reshuffle might just convince one minister to refuse a new post and return to the backbenches and provide the nation with that Geofrey Howe moment that we’re all hoping for.

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    • 155

      Maybe it’s too many of those patio heaters they’re buying for our benefit that are heating up the atmosphere?

      CJB

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    • 338
      Jakbop says:

      ” thinking about what the’ll do with the rest of their lives… ” Yes , that’s true Reds, but they have lots of Loot we haven’t discovered. What they want is make sure their god-given conscience isn’t stirred into action, by dint of public shame. It’s what the DeViLs fear most.

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  7. 9
    Airey Belvoir says:

    “Leaving to concentrate on defending her Redditch seat”

    (howls of mocking laughter)

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    • 89
      Redditch Raven Master says:

      HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa !

      Smith is an imminently soon to be ex-Home Secretray and an imminently soon to be ex-MP whenever Brown calls the elections. Believe……….

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      • 126
        Jan says:

        Just watching her on Sky..FFS the HOC is empty and they are debating the Immigration Bill. Where are they all????This is so important.But they don’t seem to care.She is absolutely useless.

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        • 209
          I am Sick says:

          Immigration and Asylum issues are decided in another place, in another country.

          All the HOC does is rubber stamp them into UK Law, that is why there is no interest, not one sentence, word or even a comma, can be changed by our “rulers” or the “opposition”, they know it, most outside however, do not.

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      • 275
        Baldrick says:

        We do now, Mr Sick.

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        • 324
          Number 6 says:

          How true the EU sets the rules for who can come here and we can’t do fuck all about it. Hence a member of a certain religion who abides in any of the EU and harbours a wish to travel here to spread the word of peace by blowing himself up on a tube train can enter the country at will, merely waving his ringpiece of stars passport at the uniformed do nothings at the airport.

          The EU neuters any notion of Britain as an independent nation and I will be fucked it I will vote for any of the c.un.ts that support its existence. Tomorrow it is UKIP for me and at the nationals as well.

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        • 344
          Jakbop says:

          The people who did that were patsies for (handled by) MI6 and Blair. Important to know that.

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    • 138
      Election Now! says:

      Exactly! Very funny…

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    • 158
      Gordon the Arse Bandit says:

      Sure her seat won’t cover Bromsgrove as well as Redditch, her arse is big enough!!

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      • 325
        Lady Mandelscum of rent de bois says:

        I think you will find that all things relating to anal sex are my duty – although not with frightfully ghastly women although Jacqui is so ugly that she could pass for a nice bit of rough trade.

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  8. 10
    Lord Mandlebum of Fondleboys says:

    C’est moi, naturellement!

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  9. 11
    nigella says:

    leaks…… the ship is going down fast and the rats are jumping. Love it.

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    • 161
      Agent of Chaos says:

      Rats, being rats, can only swim a fairly short distance with their little legs. In exceptional cases, they have been found as far away as Strasbourg (travelling in steerage but collecting the first class fare).

      A few of them make it as far as the nearest friendly thinktank or quango before sinking without trace.

      It is a tragedy for them – and light entertainment for the rest of us.

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      • 228
        Rat swimming coach says:

        Reasonable rates – money back guarantee!

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      • 328
        Number 6 says:

        You will find that rats can swim (or fly first class) to Brussels where a nice little feast of truffles, champange, oysters and hot and cold running whores and non accountable expenses awaits. Pigs are also capable of this trip.

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    • 253
      Dirty Rat says:

      Oi. That’s enough of that.

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    Mr Pissed Off says:

    More evidence (if any were needed) of a Government of the Incompetent for the dishonest by the inept.

    Sod the bloody re-shuffle. Gordon, here is a CLUE (because Brown obviously haven’t got one) He keeps saying “People want me to get on with the job.”

    It should be blindingly obvious, even to a one eyed fuckwit Like Brown, that what people actually want Brown to do is CALL A GENERAL ELECTION!

    Fuck the reshuffle. It is way too little, way too late and now is actually a disgusting insult to the intellect.

    Call a General election Gordon, then FUCK OFF!

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    • 75
      Dr Shipman says:

      Look rozzers, bugger off and leave me alone.
      I just want to get on with the job.

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    • 99
      WobblyJim says:

      “People want me to get on with the job.” I get sick of hearing the demented idiot say this. Which fookin people is that then cyclops ? the ones’s whose voices you can hear inside your head ? Your special invisible friends is it ?

      The PEOPLE want you and your team of fuckwits to go and fuck right off and stay out of public life forever, we need some grown-ups to run the show properly.

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      • 229
        EC1 PhD says:

        Gordon Brown is the only person to have had an invisible friend who didn’t like him.

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  11. 13
    righty right wing (mrs) says:

    This has got Mandelslime all over it.

    This abundance of bread & circus’s is distracting us from the central issue:

    Dissolve Parliament. Arrest the troughers.

    Where are the Met?

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    • 287
      Indigo says:

      If Mandelson is behind this, then it is to create a vacancy for Tony Blair to re-enter as a sort of King Arthur figure (you know the legend, that King Arthur will return in England’s darkest hour to save everything).

      That might be the catalyst that brings the populace out on the streets but, then, think of all the surveillance and arrest powers already in place that Blair would activate when he started “getting on with the job”.

      If Mandelson fixes it for Blair to be parachuted back into 10 Downing Street, I think that we should all be very very scared. I am certain that Mandelson is capable of pulling this off.

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      • 327
        Kenneth Williams (deceased) says:

        Mandy pulled me off in a nice little bar in Brazil – ohh he is so butch!

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    • 326
      President O'bamalamadingdong says:

      Filling out their policing the cultural diversity in the post-Christain transgendered society forms like good little socialist enforcers, or else out checking your tax disc, whilst respectfully removing thier size 11 booties and having all the police dogs put down lest they have to enter the terrorist training camps known as mosques – must not offend the Labour voters must we.

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  12. 14
    Geo says:

    couldnt have happened to nicer member of the Stasi.

    Perhaps the polis might be a little more interested in investigating her frauds now they dont have to call her ‘boss’.

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    Ooooh, are you suggesting that Lord Voldemort is up to his old tricksy habits again?

    After all, while you’ve got your pork sword up Jonah’s arse you are well placed to stab him between the shoulder blades with the old stiletto….

    The Penguin

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      righty right wing (mrs) says:

      What a terrible image you have foisted upon my consciousness.

      Funny though.

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  14. 19
    Buggerboy Mandelson says:

    I dont know who leaked Jacqui’s exit but I know my exit is leaking!

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    Dack Blog says:

    Is that Arnie in his ‘Total Recall’ drag disguise? Has Gordo got him in to save them all? Or does he want to borrow it to make good his escape?

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    evenmoreanonymous says:

    Guido – you have tagged Peter Mandleson…is that a not very subtle attempt at implicating him in the “dark arts of spin” you mention?

    If so, why would he have “decided it is time, for the sake of the survival of his beloved New Labour, to bring down the curtain on Gordon Brown”?

    What position would he take in any new Labour party?

    I have heard the rumours about the foreign office, but if he is bringing the curtain down on Brown himself, would he want to lead the party?

    What do you know?!?

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    • 82
      Ladbrokes says:

      There is more chance of Peter Mandelson being assassinated than becoming PM.

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    • 94
      jgm2 says:

      Mandelson would alienate even more folk than Brown. At least 30% of the Scots will vote for Brown. Just ‘cos he’s Scots. And Labour.

      But where is Mandelson’s natural constituency in the Labour Party? Effete homosexualist ponce with southern accent? Looking to sell off Royal Mail, implicated in dodgy mortgage deals, visa applications, MEP and MP troughing.

      Not Scots. Not working class. Looking to buy his boyfriend a Maserati with our money.

      The B*nP will clean up in the North of England. Or split the vote to the point that the LibDems or Tories capitalise.

      If the Tories had wanted to plant a bigger mole to destroy the Labour party then they couldn’t, in their wildest dreams, have come up with getting somebody like Mandelson to be Labour PM.

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      • 112
        evenmoreanonymous says:

        So why would he be “bringing down the curtain on Brown”?

        If we are to believe Mandleson is behind all this – what is his motivation?

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        • 130
          Lord Mandelson says:

          Gordy and me were once an item then he ditched me for Sarah. This is my revenge!

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        • 142
          jgm2 says:

          Mebbe he does want to save his beloved party although I have to assume he loves the Lbour party the same way Blair and Brown love the Labour party – for it’s ability to provide them with high profile jobs, bags of money and lots of momento photos for the family album.

          If it’s ‘cos Mandelson ‘loves’ the party then he surely wouldn’t make the mistake of assuming the UK voters would warm to him more than Brown. For the reasons I’ve mentioned above.

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        • 178
          evenmoreanonymous says:

          Thanks for info.

          Am like Alice in Wonderland at the moment, as events get curiouser and curiouser…

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          All this talk about Brown Curtains is also making me feel slightly queasy.

          CJB

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        • 232
          Sub Clause says:

          Exactly. We don’t know who’s wiped what on them.

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        • 238
          Peter Grimes says:

          But not as queasy as the thought of Five Bellies beef curtains makes me feel!

          Ed Bollocks is surely behind all of these announcements.

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        • 289
          Indigo says:

          To bring Blair back. See comment #286

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  17. 22
    t0ryb0y says:

    Hmm… Mandy?

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    • 96
      Ladbrokes says:

      There is a far, far, far greater chance of Peter Mandelson being assassinated than becoming PM.
      The odds on him being hanged are much shorter though if you fancy a punt.

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  18. 25
    Moi? says:

    Morning, just another day
    Happy people pass my way
    Looking in their eyes
    I see a memory
    I never realized
    how happy you made me oh Mandy

    Well you came and you gave without taking
    but I sent you away, oh Mandy
    well you kissed me and stopped me from shaking
    And I need you today, oh Mandy

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  19. 26
    Mary Hinge says:

    I don’t care who leaked it. I’M LOVING EVERY MOMENT!

    I can’t wait for the election results where they get trashed off the face of the planet. Woo hoo!!!!

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  21. 29

    It looks as though the BBC are following the language of this blog

    Home secretary ‘set to step down’
    Jacqui Smith is to stand down as home secretary in a cabinet reshuffle expected in the next week, Whitehall sources say.
    Profile: Jacqui Smith
    Hoon sorry for expenses ‘error’

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  22. 31
    Dark Baron of Marrakech says:

    Tee hee it was me

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  23. 32
    Ian Austin MP Asst Whip Broonnosearselickerinshit. says:

    I leaked it , you daft hoon.

    I wanted her job.

    And now I have got it.

    Got it?

    Like

  24. 34
    Give me 650 Lamp Posts and some piano wire and I can fix Democracy says:

    Well being as the BBC didn’t get the story first you can leave out Toenails or Robinson getting the nod, unless they knew but were sitting on it so as not to embarrass the one eyed Hunte from Scotland.

    How about Damien McBride? Perhaps he knew 5 bellies was planning to stand down and decided to stick the knife in one last time.

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  25. 36
    Richard Timney says:

    “It was me, I like to leak into my fist you know as well!”

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  26. 38
    Meltdown,what meltdown? says:

    Just off to post a letter (remember those?) to the criminal Brown – probably get arrested for what I say but what the hell,life’s too short.

    Who leaked this?
    Why Jacqui of course – never screw a woman,so to speak.

    No way Brown’s morons SS Division did it.

    Look at what has happened so far this week (it’s only Tuesday,isn’t it?);
    MP’s resigning
    Home Secretary resigning
    Chancellor about to be kicked in next 3 days
    Worst election results for Labour Party EVER on Thursday
    More resignations.
    Now just supposing there is a terrorist incident over the weekend while Brown is getting sand kicked in his face on Omaha Beach – who deals with it?
    Home Secretary? And who is that?
    If these morons were running a FTSE 100 company,it would have gone bust years ago,but wait…. GB PLC IS virtually bust and will be when the PFI’s come home to roost.
    Last one out…etc

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    • 144
      going down the pan says:

      if there was a terrorist atack this week old one eye would have no fucking party left they would all slip out the back door while the headlines dealt with it cowards to a man . and whore

      Like

    • 150
      solopolis says:

      “Now just supposing there is a terrorist incident over the weekend while Brown is getting sand kicked in his face on Omaha Beach – who deals with it?”

      I think in the absence of the aforementioned Cabinet Ministers, the responsibility would fall to the Lord High Chancellor; Jack Straw.

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    • 222

      “GB PLC IS virtually bust and will be when the PFI’s come home to roost.
      Last one out…etc”

      Just to let you know the PFIs came home to roost and the taxpayer had to bail them out with not just MORE money but guarantees on them as well. (Even though PFIs were supposed to be about transferring risk)

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  27. 39
    DominicJ says:

    I think McBride makes a more compelling case than Mandlescum.
    But what do I know?
    (not much)

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  28. 40
    batteredstrat says:

    I wouldn’t be much surprised if Jacqui Smith put this one out herself. In the last two years she has proven to be exactly what Brown promoted her into the job to be; weak, inexperienced, untalented and manipulable.

    Brown didn’t want a strong Home Sec whom he could not control, and Smith bloody well knew it. That’s probably why she feathered her own nest as much as possible because she knew she was lined up for a nasty end, her first job was a career ender!

    Now she gets her revenge, served not quite cold, but luke warm at best, for the shambles of 42 days which the one eyed imbecile forced her to pursue.

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    • 54
      It's raining wimmin says:

      It’s the Wimminhood – Hughes, Hewitt, Smith – Blears and Flint be next, I’ll wager.

      Like

      • 252
        Hugh Janus says:

        Any chance of including Manhater-Harperson in your otherwise impressive list??

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        • 332
          Not Labour, anyone but Labour says:

          Ahh the lovely Manhater was on GMTV this morning, barely able to disguise her disgust for other members of her species with a different chromosome configuration, otherwise known as “MEN”..her poisonous dripping fang encrusted mouth spat the following quote:

          “Yes but when a female MP says she is going to be spending more time with her family she actually means it!”

          This woman has a very twisted view of the men, she would have us all castrated and kept in cages, the evil b**ch.

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    • 86
      bergen says:

      i agree.This was Smith letting it be known she was jumping and not pushed.It’s hobbled the “Brown’s New Team”headlines he was hoping for this weekend.

      Hardly”Roses,roses all the way”.One foulup after another.Curse of Jonah Brown strikes again.

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    • 230

      If it was her it’s probably about the only thing she’s put out for recently.

      CJB

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  29. 41
    John Lyon CB says:

    Well it wasn’t me, I am renowned the world over for my inactivity, I tire easily, and cannot really be arsed to anything really.

    I thank you, keep on paying my salary.

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  30. 42
    Pedant says:

    Who? Isn’t the answer to be deuced from an enigma? Cross the exiled Stuarts with a Trojan horse, and that’s who.

    Like

  31. 44
    Charles Flaccidwidger says:

    “So what happens if there is a terrorist outrage in the next couple of days? Or a prison breakout? Or another major incident?”

    Same thing as would have happened if she was still in the job – a complete balls up from start to finish.

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  32. 46
    Buckingham Palace says:

    Only if one is fourth coming.

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  33. 48
    Jonathan Cook says:

    I hope that this doesn’t stop the current legal action: Michael Savage US Shock Jock versus Home Secretary……………..

    Hopefully Savage can sue UK government instead…… In order to donate a few quid to support free speech follow this link:

    http://michaelsavage.wnd.com/

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  34. 49
    Tony Blair says:

    TOM WATSON WALKING

    HOOOOOOOOOORRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH

    TB

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  35. 50
    MI5 says:

    As you delightfully put it Guido

    It is the rolling cock up stage..

    They have a car crash every day, or even two,

    Just look at the D Day humilation…sorted by Obama’s Press Secretary FFS..they can’t even organise an invitation with two telephone calls…my 10-year old daughter could do better than the British Government !!!

    And so it goes on..

    While the Government, Parliament and Downing Street are engulfed in the flames of generalised corruption, sleaze fraud and deception, we still get “leaks” from or near the Bunker – Do we care if its Mandelson, Blairites, the Poison Dwarf, Ed or Eva Hitler, or that little fuckwit Watson ?

    As if they are any importance

    Except they are all simply a DISGRACE to this country, to its people, their offices and must go……… the sooner the better…

    and obviously the wheels have actually come of their carriage…(if they ever had one !)

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    • 88
      nigella says:

      agreed, but as i have mentioned before, flash really does believe that he is ‘doing the right thing’. The man is ill – the priory needs him -

      Like

      • 137
        Benny says:

        Someone said Alastair darling is already in the Priory

        Anyone know ?

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      • 167
        Rick the Roman says:

        Nigella – he thinks he’s saved the world once before – what’s to stop him thinking he can save it again. He is deluded and will have to be dragged from No 10. A nice lttile exercise for the lads from Hereford, me thinks.

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  36. 51
    sed miles says:

    How did that adenoidal, dough-faced, blank-eyed, potato-shaped, flat-footed, slow-brained old boiler ever manage to get promoted in the first place?

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  37. 52
    Praguetory says:

    Could Dick Timney be the leaker?

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  38. 53
    W Mitty says:

    Sorry for such an early Off Topic but…..

    When Jacqui’s expenses were being emblazoned across the media, the government announced on the 20th anniversary of Hillsborough that they would release the secret files on this incident 10 years earlier.

    This had the benefit of taking Jacqui off the headlines for a brief while – I couldn’t say whether that was the intention of the surprise announcement.

    Has anything actually been done about this or (and I sincerely hope not) was it a purely cynical announcement to lessen the Home Secretary’s embarrassment?

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    • 159
      AnonyMouse says:

      nothing done – purely cynical

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      • 250
        W Mitty says:

        If that is true that is a pretty disgusting way to treat the relatives of those who died. To use their hopes as a political smokescreen.

        I would be interested if anyone can contradict AnonyMouse – no offence but I suspect you are basing your answer on previous government incompetency rather than having specific knowledge on this topic.

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  39. 54
    NJR says:

    I suspect Jackboot leaked it herself.

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  40. 58
    Laughing at Gordon says:

    We’re watching the death of a political party here. Left-wing authoritarianism has eaten itself.

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    • 103
      Benny says:

      I love the New Labour Cannibal Stage…

      You could not make it up…

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    • 116
      Alfred T Mahan says:

      No – the old Labour Party died when John Smith did. This is like a horror film – is it Men in Black? The Matrix? – where a race of aliens takes over and the planet is saved at the last minute as they all drop dead from earthly viruses. Another case of life imitating art?

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      • 179
        Agent of Chaos says:

        War of the Worlds. Forget either film, read HG Wells’ novel instead.

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        • 290
          Alfred T Mahan says:

          Thanks, Agent of C. I remembered myself while mowing the lawn and laughing out loud. Sad the noise of the machinery drowned it, really.

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      • 192
        Laughing at Gordon says:

        New Labour and old Labour are both dead. A double celebration! The next General Election will hopefully reduce Labour to a small, fetid rump, representing no-one but the welfare dependent.

        Anyone fancy a pint?

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      • 198
        M.T.BUCKET says:

        Very well put sir.

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      • 244
        Augeas says:

        Shaun of the Dead?

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  41. 59
    Godron's Back Bottom says:

    Something smells fishy

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  42. 60
    English Liberation Front says:

    Goodbye Jacqui, you fascist cow! You won’t be missed. Goodbye!

    Now you’ll have plenty of time to meet up with your old Stasi mate ham-faced Quick in the Lichtenburg “Hotel” to reminisce about the good old days when you waddled about, po-faced, lecturing us all on how to behave.

    http://www.hereorthere.com/members/camburg/experience/501

    We just need to get rid of the rest of the useless, lying, troughing cabinet of all the talentless.

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  43. 61
    Anonymous says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5293446/MPs-expenses-Gordon-Browns-house-swap-that-let-him-claim-thousands.html

    Brown got off very lightly on his expenses didn’t he? It’s been hardly mentioned – blocked loo? Rentokil? so unlike the home life of our own dear queen.

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  44. 65
    Anonymous says:

    sky announcing watson to step down

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  45. 67
    Godron's Front Bottom says:

    Look – I can do a cock-up!

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  46. 68
    Snowball says:

    Tom Watson has quit!

    Are all the Cabinet quitting in order to force Brown out?

    Has Tom resigned in order to spend more time with his food allowance?

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  47. 71
    Anonymous says:

    to lose one minister may be regarded as a misfortune

    to lose two looks like carelessness

    to lose three is hilarious!

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  48. 72
    Little princess on board says:

    Who cares? Just celebrate the fact that you won’t have to watch those little piggy eyes and that fat arse waddling into the Home Office anymore. Do you think that she and her wanker husband will sign on at the Jobcentre as a couple?
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

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    • 233
      I am Sick says:

      Will the Timney Smiths, claim jobseekers allowances for both Redditch and Peckham?

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  49. 79

    Dear All

    Does it really matter who leaked it to SKY?

    The important thing is the petition in her own seat to ensure she is kicked out at the next election.

    She gets the boot and her husband loses his £40k job as well.

    The Smith family will be paying for their own porn after the next General Election.

    Yours sincerely

    George Laird
    The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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    • 92
      Benny says:

      With Jacqui’s pension !!!

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    • 129
      jgm2 says:

      Aye. And their own mortgage too. Supplemented with whatever part-time work Smith and Timney can manage to scratch together with the corporations who will doubtless be tripping over themselves to have two such talented polymaths on the team.

      The dole it is then.

      I look forward to a reprise of the drunken ex-Blair Babe video on U-Tube starring von Schmidt in a few years.

      Talentless, unprincipled, dangerously stupid and, as the picture above suggests, one of nature’s natural mouth breathers.

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    • 293
      Indigo says:

      I agree with those who say that this leak has Mandelson’s paw-prints all over it. He loves to play the eminence grise. He is a behind the scenes boat-rocker par excellence, and that combined with his slavering loyalty to Tony Blair fills me with a dreadful sense of foreboding.

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  50. 80
    Multiple Miggs says:

    I can smell her cuuuuunt

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  51. 81
    Jabbas Jacksi says:

    Disingenuity Brown meets Jabba the Fucking Hutt.

    The sooner this herd of useless bastards is pushed out the better for planet earth…and the rest of the universe.

    “A bigger hive of scum and villany you will not find”…..so says Obi Wan, speaking from the planet Alderan yesterday.

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  52. 83
    Brooned off! says:

    Which home will she be going to?

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  53. 84
    Boris says:

    I makes me think

    IF YOU LIVE BY SPINNING, YOU DIE BY BEING SPUN

    New Labour is just spinning and leaking uncontrollably like an unhoused trained infant…in front of our very eyes…

    All form and no substance

    Nothing they can about it…

    Amusing…

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    • 134
      jgm2 says:

      Unfortunately that’s our carpet they’ve been pising and shitting on this past 12 years. And we’re the ones who will have to pay to clean it up.

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  54. 85
    sd says:

    On BBC News 24 about an hour ago Michael White mentioned something about Joe Murphy having the scoop in the Standard a while back…

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  55. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Or maybe it was Geoff Hoon, trying to perpetrate a ‘distraction burglary’.. ?

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  56. 91
    Trough Mixture says:

    I kid you not – Pravda screen strap says sources close to her say she is going “because it’s the right thing to do for her family.” I assume it’s to be taken as read that they are “hardworking”. That’s “working”.

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  57. 98
    The Rise and Fall of ZaNuLab wimmin clones says:

    cup cakes to Minister of State and back to cup cakes loverly!

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  58. 101
    Anonymous says:

    smith on 504 now Sky.

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  59. 104
    Dirty Mac says:

    If Mizz Smiff had fallen on her husband’s pork sword then she would never have had to fall on her own resignation sword.

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  60. 105
    dirtyden says:

    All this is really a sign of is that Brown’s completely lost control. It’s worse than Major. Much worse.

    Excellent.

    http://denverthen.blogspot.com/2009/06/jacqui-jumps.html

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    • 168
      M.T.BUCKET says:

      This is just the start I hope it’s time we took our country back, the whole lot needs sorting out.

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  61. 106
    bustop says:

    Now she needs to quit as an MP as well. There is already a sizeable petition in Redditch to get her to go. Then she can sell her ‘second home’ in Redditch, pay us any profit she makes, after tax, from that sale and move her family into her main home in her sister’s bedroom – should be cosy for them.
    Do not feel sorry for this political Pinnnochio she has lied through her teeth and fiddled thousands while honest people struggle.

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  62. 108
    dog food says:

    it be da Prince iv Mince who do tha leek

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  63. 109
    ???????????????? says:

    OMG

    A dead Speaker umpiring a Dead home secretary in a dead HOC

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    • 122
      Busted Busted Busted says:

      exactly what my 13 yr son has just said – such a wonderful example for the youth of today,eh?

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  64. 115
    Anonymous says:

    Smith wearing a very demure top – to her neck. I do want to note for posterity that it annoyed me that she showed off her cleavage with gay abandon up to and until the porn films were reported. Since then she has not shown a cleavage at all – which just shows that she knew damn well what she was doing (as I always suspected that she was hoping for better headlines than she got – except on here of course!).

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  65. 118
    breaking news says:

    Tom Watson Cabinet Office Minister resigning

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  66. 121

    But who????

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  67. 123
    Jonathan Cook says:

    “Sky Sources”……….. someone is trying to damage Brown (if it were possible to inflict more damage!)…………

    ……… 50p says the same “source” leaked on Tom Watson as well………..

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Politics/Cabinet-Office-Minister-Tom-Watson-Quits-As-Three-Other-Labour-MPs-Stand-Down/Article/200906115293412?lpos=Politics_First_Poilitics_Article_Teaser_Regi_0&lid=ARTICLE_15293412_Cabinet_Office_Minister_Tom_Watson_Quits_As_Three_Other_Labour_MPs_Stand_Down

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    • 170
      jgm2 says:

      With all these leaks that are a serious risk to national security I think it only proper that Gordon Brown, the Speaker and the Home Secretary get together and have the police raid some Tory MP’s offices. Because it’s the right thing to do.

      For clarity, when Labour ordered the police into the sovereign palace of Westminster then that is when the wheels really began to fall off the wagon. Three out of four of the main people responsible for that debacle already put to the sword.

      Only Brown left.

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  68. 125
    Anonymous says:

    Thank £$% the useless bi$%^ has gone. should of gone over the Damian Green affair and then her expenses and then her porno husband. Gordon was never going to sack her. Lets just watch her loose her seat. Come on people of Redditch ask for the IPod and the LCD screen TV back you have paid for it.

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  69. 127
    Aristotle says:

    looks like the chaos Gordon warned us about !

    PM question time this week could be more than fun :-)

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    • 147
      M.T.BUCKET says:

      The next couple of weeks should be even more fun.

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      • 199
        Aristotle says:

        what power do Gordon and his decreasing band of followers have under the Civil Contingency legislation ?

        With his self belief the fun could get very nasty. He seems to consider himself as the head of state and upholder of Morals ….

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        • 258
          M.T.BUCKET says:

          He would need a good reason to invoke that one, haveing said that they used the parliment act to ban fox hunting.

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  70. 128
    Michael Howard. says:

    Lord Mandy would make a good home secretary. There is something of the night about him.

    MH

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  71. 131
    Omar says:

    Gordon Brown leaked the news himself because he thinks it will help him in the polls.

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    • 157
      Doctor Spock says:

      Quite possible…

      Those funny drugs he is taking are producing amazing effects…

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  72. 139
    Is the clue in the tag? says:

    I claim my prize.

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  73. 153
    Scottish working class man says:

    My friends

    This is terrible

    All my working class heroes have been caught with their fingers in the till..

    We are Leaderless now…

    Please save us…

    We are a dying breed and our Scottish Mafia is being decimated…

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    • 180
      AnonyMouse says:

      Nah!

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    • 211
      Germoloids says:

      It’s high time you had home rule, the English building industry could be revitalised by rebuilding Hadrian’s Wall and we could utilise our Ghurkha troops to man it.

      One last expense payment to our Scottish MP’s and ministers, a one way ticket to Glasgow.

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      • 273
        Anonymous says:

        Scuse me , whats with ” our Ghurkas” ??
        We have celebrated the Ghurkas at the Edinburgh Tattoo for ever!

        I plead on behalf of my country , we don’t want them back, we know you don’t want them, whats to do??

        Regarding leaky resignations , is’nt that what happened to the minister with the barbed wire bangle round her leg – can’t remember her name but she had a sort of strangled voice and I think she was Minister for Education for a time.

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  74. 154
    sad bloke says:

    WHAT SCOOP?! IS WELL KNOWN JACQUI WAS GOING – AND NO SURPRISE SHE PREANNOUNCED IT. JUST AS TOM WATSON DID IN THE SUNDAY MIRROR AT THE WEEKEND.

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    • 174
      Benny says:

      I missed that in the Daily Mirror

      Watson wants to “spend more time with his family” as well…

      There will soon be no one left in the Bunker apart from Dirty Tricks, Ed and Eva..

      Poor things…

      When should we close down the Bunker and put them out of their pain ?

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      • 196
        Browns Executioner says:

        Fuck closing the bunker lets sprinkle some cyanide sulphate in the air conditioning system ( that we paid for) and be done with it!

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  75. 156
    Hugh Jardon says:

    When I first read this, I assumed that the headline involved a catheter & spliffy’s wee box.
    Am I a bit thick..or just a kuunt?

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  76. 163
    "X" for anyone else except the big 3 says:

    Do we all have to pay the taxi fare when she goes to jail?

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  77. 165
    Anonymous says:

    I’m at a “well known” broadcaster and we are opting for a live-sports tranmission operation (manned) on Friday eve in case Gordo goes and subsequent programs are broadcast late/cancelled

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    • 213
      Friday night is PORN night! says:

      Why not just a re-run of the;

      “Jacqui Does The Cabinet Part 2″ porn films instead – you know the one that looks like a David Attenborough nature film of Hippo’s wallowing in an African river?

      This whole thing is like a runaway train – throw in the way Brown has insulted The Queen re D Day and you literally COULD NOT MAKE IT UP!

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  78. 166
    The Admiral says:

    SNP and Plaid Cywmry (or summat) are tabling GE call………………………..

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  79. 175
    Sub-Editor says:

    And now Tom Watson! Yes!

    We got the fat fuck.

    Smear that you areswipe.

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  80. 177
    Anonymous says:

    But the captain continues forward, “Iceberg?” , “What Iceberg”

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  81. 183
    Anonymous says:

    ***********Breaking News*********************

    Nick Clegg has said the LibDems are going to pay back the £2.4 Million Michael Brown donation before the next election.

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  82. 184
    Backwoodsman says:

    New game, decide which labour mp should share a cell with which labour MP.
    My bid is the obscene tom watson and that ubber pillock sion simon.
    Their prison work will consist of embroidering ‘that’ simon article , in full, on five years worth of Brendas’ mail bags.

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  83. 185
    Anonymous says:

    The English civil war being played out in slow motion, lovely! The Scots back behind hadrians wall. Don’t you just love it!

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    • 241
      'kinell says:

      um , there’s lots of England north of Hadrian’s wall , and a fair bit inside Scotland eg Berwickshire which we will have to set about getting back in due course.

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  84. 187
    bergen says:

    Do we actually have a functioning government now?It seems to have imploded and the notional head of it has gone dribblingly bonkers.

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    • 216
      M.T.BUCKET says:

      Not had one for the past 12 years.

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    • 297
      uk Fred says:

      Did the medics go to the wrong address on Saturday? I think the wrong Scot got taken away by the nice young men in the clean white coats.

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  85. 189
    P1 says:

    Gordon’s too inininindecisive to sack anyone, so we are in for a parade of drip drip resignations and standing-downs etc. If he wouldn’t sack Smith when he should have done, and can’t appaerently sack Uddin, what chance does he stand? Interesting to find out if McBride has actually been sacked as well – anyone know the answer on that one?

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    • 194
      Anonymous says:

      Any one know the fate of Uddin, that nice lady who cares so much about the homeless she has her own council house and another “own” house?

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    • 243
      Andrew Porter says:

      Damien was still at No10 yesterday when I had lunch with him

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  86. 197
    Peter Madnelson says:

    All is going to plan. Gordon knows that I have the negatives.

    Keep checking the bids for Vauxhall Motors on eBay. Top bid is now 45p.

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  87. 201
    Snowball says:

    The Sad Bloke is right:

    See Sunday Mirror

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/05/31/gord-to-end-mps-200k-goodbyes-115875-21402276/

    It was still leaked though, but who? When a Prime Minister reshuffles his Cabinet there may be rumours on who is on the way in or out. It is usually left to the Prime Minister to announce the changes and put the spin on it. Never sacking failures; it’s always bringing in some new big gun to sort out a Ministry.

    Instead we have this drip, drip, drip of titbits to the media.

    It seems Brown has no control over the Labour Party any more.

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  88. 205

    [...] leaked Jacqui Smith’s departure? Guido Fawkes wonders whether someone ‘Machiavellian’ might have orchestrated the leak about Ms [...]

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  89. 206
    Flemingcrag says:

    I think it was Jacqui Smith’s sister, fed up with her sister’s miserly ways and hogging of all the porn, she decided to get her oar in early that her spare bedroom is ready and waiting for the next Home Secretary.
    Rent negotiable.

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  90. 210
    Tony says:

    Whether Mandelson – or someone in his orbit – is responsible is irrelevant… They’re moving the deckchairs on the sinking Titanic by now. Even if it results in the beheading of Brown, a third leader – and PM – in the space of one Parliament just (rightly) gives the impression of a rudderless idea-less unseemly scramble to hold onto power until the last vestige of the time available to them. Mind you, what would we really expect from Labour these days? They’re only interested in their own final-salary pensions by now.

    My blog: http://cogitodexter.wordpress.com

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  91. 240
    Anonymous says:

    Jaqui’s exit leaking!! What a revolting picture that conjures up!!

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  92. 247
    Tattooed_Arry says:

    Who’s next for Home Sec.
    Blunkett anyone?

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  93. 254

    [...] Just had a wander through the blogsphere, and it is pretty entertaining on this subject, for example: Ranting Penguin Iain Dale (read the comments) Guido Fawkes (read the Comments) [...]

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  94. 260
    Anonymous says:

    test

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  95. 263

    It must be some kind of terrorist plot.

    CJB

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  96. 264
    Robc says:

    A far better question Guido is who authorised the 2004 house rule change. Brown denies it vehemently on Boulton’s blog so who did?

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  97. 266
    Anonymous says:

    Pretty amazing, wherever it came from: A Home Secretary (remember before zanulabour this was regarded as one of the highest posts in the kingdom) being sacked BEFORE an election – really puts the issue of re-shuffle/mcmental’s authority/position of PM at centre of voting this week

    I’m voting UKIP – as others have said – not a protest vote – I want to live in an independent democratic liberal state… however I can’t deny that the anguish a UKIP surge will cause McBust and Call me Dave (and Polly “private villa” Toynbee)is sweet icing on the cake.

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  98. 267
    Snotty says:

    BBC 5 Live spinning the line that Jacqui Smith “has been a very good local MP”, contrasting it with Julie Kirkbride who they say was “universally” told to go by her constituents. For fuck’s sake, they were both two troughing Hunts and have to go!

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  99. 268
    Mike 'Banned DJ' Savage says:

    I’m still gonna sue your big fat ass off Jacqui!!

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  100. 270
    Howard J says:

    I wonder if it’s an attempt to control the headlines by getting the ‘departure’ headlines dealt with now so that the reshuffle can be presented as a fresh start – to try to make next week’s headlines about the arrivals and not the departures. Otherwise Monday morning’s headlines next week would read “shock axe of Darling”, which is not the part of a reshuffle Brown will want to focus on.

    And in case, perhaps they think that any headline that has an implication that Brown is ‘doing something’ is better than having Cameron on screen all week..

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  101. 272
    Anonymous says:

    Could whoever leaked this story be the Himmler character in the analogy with the last days of the Reich ? You know the one who attempted to broker a deal with the allies behind the Fuhrers back !

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  102. 276
    Anonymous says:

    BBC also spinning that “she was praised for her handling of the Glasgow Airport attack”. Praised ??? By whom and for what exactly ?

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  103. 278
    Agent 99 says:

    Wow

    dont think “bathplug spilff” was liked that much. All of the comments here are really right out there

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/blog/talking_politics/article/29481/

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  104. 279
    TomTom says:

    That photo deserves a caption

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  105. 281
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t suppose that the Labour Party is hoping to say that they all resigned for this or that reason , they were not sacked , unlike the BAD Conservatives?
    The Conservatives who had MOATS cleaned and DUCK HOUSES built And TENNIS COURTS fixed, which is all one hears from the BBC and media in the hope of shoring up Labour by generating the politics of envy, along with poor GB and his tragedies.
    They could’nt be that thick or simple could they??

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      BBC Head of Diversity Department says:

      No the labour party isn’t going to say that – we are.

      And if you disagree we’ll brand you as a racist and sexist. Get into the 21st century. White male Tories are going to be wiped out.

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  106. 282
    Aberdeen Angus McDayie says:

    Here lies Jacqui Smith. Popularly known as Five Bellies.

    “The lights were on. But there was no-one home”.

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  107. 284
    Alex says:

    I reckpn her husband had a hand in it.

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  108. 285
    chris g says:

    Harman was on Radio World Service denying that this was a bad day for the government. She refused to accept that the wheels of gov were crumbling.

    She is the male version of the Mayor of Amity in the 1970s hit Jaws. They refuse to accept that a Shark is going to swim up and bite them on the you know what.

    http://www.plenty2say.com

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      Harriet Harman says:

      What? What? What?

      Larry Vaughn was an example of tired white male misogyny.

      Harriet Harman is a realist in touch with the needs of people such as Georgia Gould in Labour and the much needed Jobs for the Girls Equality Bill.

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  109. 294
    John Du Bois says:

    Can anyone tell me exactly G.Brown does during the day? I know he pops into cosy television studios at weekends. I know he chats to Mr S. Cowell and Mr P. Morgan – my youngest told me that! But he just seems to be about the only person in the country not actually engaged in the nations debate.

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  110. 296
    Sir Tiff I Brown says:

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ask for jacqui smith’s resignation in view of the government’s humiliation over the gurkha settlement vote.

    Submitted by simon bennett – Deadline to sign up by: 30 October 2009 – Signatures: 199

    Damn ! So close !

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  111. 298
    keyo says:

    Sent her an email, told her to try and get her fella to hire “Black Deep Throat” but dont download it, the one i downloaded was about a bleedin whale.

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  112. 303
    Happy says:

    Why has it taken something of this nature to make her step down?

    She never was able to do her job properly and just helped make the country worse. Should have been sacked a long time ago.

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  113. 306
    13eastie says:

    By Friday, the cabinet might well be too empty to reshuffle – Brown could be struggling to give jobs away (conjure image of the PM adjusting the positions of deck-chairs on a listing Titanic).

    It seems that all that is needed to convince a minister to jump now is for there to be a “leak”?

    Here goes:

    CABINET SOURCES HAVE HINTED TODAY THAT HOON, MILLIBAND, BLEARS, DARLING, MILLIBAND, BALLS, MANDELSON, MILLIBAND, COOPER, BENN, STRAW, HARMAN, MILLIBAND AND MILLIBAND WILL ALL RESIGN THEIR CABINET POSITIONS ON WEDNESDAY.

    You heard it here first.

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      Scorched Earth says:

      And Mandy would resign just before Brown made him Foreign Secretary ?

      You don’t think that’s perhaps a bit odd ?

      Nor the fact that if it had any credibility it would be all over the News channels right now ?

      Hell I’d welcome it if it were true and it’s the last chance some of those will get before they get the boot in the reshuffle but cabinet sources is perhaps a bit vague.

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  114. 310
    Lee Enfield says:

    Has she got a neck or is she talking out of her arse?

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  115. 312
    Dr Feelgood says:

    Dale has linked to this on LabourList

    Jacqui Smith’s resignation was leaked by Number 10 before she could tell Home Office staff she was leaving

    http://www.labourlist.org/jacqui_smiths_resignation_was_leaked_by_number_10

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      Scorched Earth says:

      Dale shows the unerring judgement that served him so well with Julie Krikbride and Madine Dorries.

      In answer to the Question..

      Who Leaked Jacqui’s Exit?

      Her Home Office Special Advisor Sue Jackson is alledgedly feeling the heat just now and is a far more likely candidate than any rumours from Labourlost.

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  116. 314
    Scorched Earth says:

    Everything posted just after 6 pm tonight till a bit after Midnight seems to have mysteriously vanished ??? Much strangeness.
    Think Guido neeeds to get the Tech people in.

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  117. 319
    Cynic says:

    ***** BALLS RESHUFFLES HIS GOVERNMENT *********

    Many rats refuse place in lifeboat as danger of being eaten too high …… decide to swim for it.

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  118. 329

    [...] has been bothering Guido that he couldn’t see the logic for anyone leaking Jacqui’s exit plans. Certainly doesn’t make sense for Brown central to leak it [...]

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  119. 330
    Anonymous says:

    “So Jacqui, what do you think of that as a prime example of a Scottish pork truncheon?”

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  120. 331
    Anonymous says:

    “So Jacqui, what do you think of this prime example of a Scottish pork truncheon?”

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