May 24th, 2010

Mad SpAd Jostling Climax

Despite promising to clamp down on the numbers, the list of new Special Advisers is steadily growing:

David Cameron
Chief of Staff: Ed Llewellyn, Deputy Chief of Staff: Kate Fall, Strategy Adviser: Steve Hilton. Policy Advisers: James O’Shaughnessy, Oliver Dowden, Tim Chatwin. Head of Strategic Comms: Mark Flanagan

No surprises here really except the retention of Mark Flanagan, a hangover from the old regime, who famously shot “that video” of Gordon smiling.

Nick Clegg
Special Advisers and media: Sean Kemp, Jonny Oates, Lena Pietsch and Chris Saunders

Oates was poached back by Clegg from Bell Pottinger. Very new politics. When blonde bombshell Lena Pietsch and Clegg don’t want the media to know what they are talking about they converse in German.

William Hague
Chief of Staff: Arminka Helic. National Security Adviser: Sir Peter Ricketts

Michael Gove
Special Adviser: Henry De Zoete

Gove’s SpAd was expected to be Dominic Cummings but the story goes that Coulson vetoed this. The reason it took Gove so long to be announced as Education Secretary was due to the fact he was in a locked battle. He told Couslon if he couldn’t have Cummings he wouldn’t take the job. Cummings told Gove not to be so daft, and left.

George Osborne
Special Advisers: Rupert Harrison, Eleanor Shawcross. Media: Ramesh Chhabra

As expected really. Eleanor Shawcross, a fellow St Paul’s alumnus and head-turner made the jump, but anyone know what happened to Rohan Silva?

Vince Cable
Special Adviser: Will de Peyer

The long-term Lib Dem treasury man was rewarded. Gone very quiet since election day.

Iain Duncan Smith
Special Adviser: Philippa Stroud

The voters of Sutton made it pretty clear that they didn’t want to send Stroud to Westminster. Without The Observer retracting their “gay-curing” story her appointment would not have been possible. A source in the DWP said “it’s common for newspapers to get a story wrong when their source is either wrong or lying, but it’s pretty worrying when a front-page story is based on a source that doesn’t exist.” Legal action is apparently ongoing.

Chris Huhne
Special Advisers: Duncan Brack & Joel Kenrick

A real left-wing grouping here. Despite his hippy tendencies Kenrick used to advise the CBI on climate change. Long term wonk Duncan Brack is most definately of the beards and sandal variety of Lib Dem.

Danny Alexander
Special Advisers: Willie Rennie and Alison Suttie

So nice of the Scotland Office to rescue the failed career of former Scottish MP Willie Rennie. He lost his seat at the beginning of the month but is back at the levers regardless.

David Laws
Special Adviser: Katie Waring

This is in no way a complete list but these things are very slow to be confirmed. Know more? What do you know about this lot? Drop Guido a line.


  1. 1

    Guido, you might like to keep an eye on this page too now that so many comrades are on their arses

  2. 2
    Lizzie says:

    Come on….they have given up the chauffeur driven jags and they need all the advise they can get with the mess the country is in, maybe we should give them a break they are trying to run the country following the departure of the “There’s no money left” party.

  3. 3
    gone fuckin mental says:

    fuck sake , how much will all them cost us?

  4. 4
    Alan says:

    Rally is there any difference between the LibDems/Cameronian Tories and Minibore Labour?

    “They’re all the same” used to be a patent piece of hyperbole, but these days……

  5. 5
    Libertarian wearing slave sandals says:

    Probably all fecking useless.

  6. 6
    Martin Day says:

    I had rather hoped to see Guido Fawkes’ name as special advisor to a member of the Cabinet

    Are you available ,if selected?

    I would love to see the “dream ticket” of Guido Fawkes & Old Holborn in action

    The UK would boom again

  7. 7
    lolol says:

    But Guido these politicians that are in charge don’t need special advisors or anything like that,as they have the ordinary people they can get advise from, sorry in dream mode,they have just taken power and have debts to honour with the real people pull the strings as they are just the puppets

  8. 8
    NomNomNom says:

    Peter Ricketts is hardly a special adviser – he was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office until two weeks ago!!

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    P Stroud; Sutton and Cheam, not Strutton

  10. 10
    Jocelyn Climax says:

    Thanks for the mention Guido

  11. 11
    RavingMad says:

    Rohan De Silva?

    don’t know about him but his bruvver made classic dance tune

    play it loud!

  12. 12

    O’Shaughnessy should do a good job, he’s a very clever chap.

    Wonder how much he’s being paid.

  13. 13
    gone fuckin mental says:

    why do they need advisors? aint us voters there advisors?

  14. 14

    Too fucking right it would. Why are we importing a million Poles that send money home to pick carrots in the fens when the whole of Wales is sat in front of Jeremy Bastard Kyle every day, slurping govt sponsored Stella?

    Hairy palmed morlocks

    Time to put a few houses in order me thinks

  15. 15
    I've had no laughs since McMental bogged off says:

    Ed Balls is on BBC news lying his bastard head off [we WERE going to do all this – honestly!] – lying swine that he is.

  16. 16
    What a waste of money says:

    Why do they need all these special advisors can’t they think for themselves?

    And i thought the civil service of each ministry were the advisors. This must be costing us a fortune.

  17. 17

    No, we are to be ignored. A 23 year old from Oxbridge knows best.

  18. 18
    gone fuckin mental says:

    its well fucked up init

  19. 19
    A load of balls says:

    The same Ed Balls who told Lab supporters to vote LibDem in Tory marginals?


  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Re: Philippa Stroud: As I understand things the article was pulled following an injunction from her lawyers. The Observer is contesting the story and their lawyers have been in contact those mentioned to get statements. The joy of our libel laws in action.

  21. 21
    Sir William Waad says:

    Ms Shawcross is an alumna, not an alumni. A chap would be an alumnus. ‘Alumni’ is the plural, or alumnae if they are all women.

    One could alternatively take the view that a woman should also be called an ‘alumnus’ on the grounds that we do not decline English nouns according to gender and by analogy with such unisex words as ‘chairman’ and ‘director’.

    Who pays her salary?

  22. 22

    Stella is at least £1 a can OH, your average spazmoid dosser has to make do with strong cider (that doesn’t come from apples).

  23. 23
    gone fuckin mental says:

    do advisers have advisers?

  24. 24

    Yes. Unions, business, climate change nutters, that sort of thing. Anything but you and I gets a say at Westminster.


  25. 25
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Well, what is a permanent secretary but a glorified special adviser?

  26. 26
    Libertarian wearing slave sandals says:

    So who are these advisors going to pinch er get ideas from?

  27. 27
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Are they the equivalent to WW1 staff officers?

  28. 28

    No, he makes his money growing weed and claiming incapacity benefit whilst you and I work for a fucking living.

    Fucking MILLIONS of ‘em

  29. 29
    Seventies Survivor says:

    Glad to see Guido knows how to spell ‘adviser’. But…Will de Peyer…at the Treasury? You’re making it up!

  30. 30
    Fred Blogs says:

    Guido, I think you mean that Eleanor Shawcross is an alumnus of St. Paul’s (not alumni). Any fule kno that, and I only went to a Sec Mod.

  31. 31
    gone fuckin mental says:

    ever felt like you been conned?

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  34. 34
    Arnold says:

    When has the old boy’s network gone all latin?

  35. 35
    DMili Tweet says:

    Who says Tories party of business? Cuts to transport, unis etc undermine economic growth.

  36. 36
    D. Digger says:

    She could get a job.

    There’s a new vacancy going flogging access to Prince Andrew.

  37. 37
    Charles Flaccidwidger says:

    John Pilger is and always has been a fucking idiot.

  38. 38
    Ewanme says:

    Yeah , hun .

    Everyone knows that alumni is the most commonest element in the Earth’s crust an I didn’t even go to school .

    E x .

  39. 39
    Charles Flaccidwidger says:

    A bit like Highlander there can be only one. I fucking hope so, anyway.

  40. 40
    AC1 says:

    Is he suggesting something positive like burning down the unions and Labour party?

  41. 41
    Ataturk says:

    Isn’t he some sort of an Aussie? Why can’t he organise a riot at Bondi Beach?

  42. 42

    Agreed, an utter c*nting pisslicker.

  43. 43
    Maximus says:

    Could Balls be on medication?

    Serotonin Syndrome:
    This dangerous and a potentially fatal condition usually occurs when your body contains too much Serotonin, as a result from serotonergic enhancing drugs, but can also be a result of taking too many drugs that increase your Serotonin at the same time, such as being on a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI e.g., Prozac); Tricyclic medications, at the same time.

    Signs of Serotonin Syndrome include: euphoria, drowsiness, sustained rapid eye movement, overreaction of the reflexes, rapid muscle contraction and relaxation in the ankle causing abnormal movements of the foot, clumsiness, restlessness, feeling drunk and dizzy, muscle contraction and relaxation in the jaw, sweating, intoxication, muscle twitching, rigidity, high body temperature.

  44. 44
    AC1 says:

    That’s the yank spelin.

  45. 45
    Mong-U-Mental says:

    Re. Huhne. Energy policy – beard and sandals – serious shit.

  46. 46
    AC1 says:


    Cut’s to marxist indoctrination stations that we have the nerve to call universities will be good for the economy.

  47. 47
    Cheese Lover says:

    “When blonde bombshell Lena Pietsch and Clegg don’t want the media to know what they are talking about they converse in German.”

    How bloody rude. But then, they are Liberals so one mustn’t expect anything better.

  48. 48
    ethan knoll, hayes says:

    Only when I wake up every morning.

  49. 49
    Marxist Go Home says:

    Sure David. ending first class travel and ministerial cars is really going to hurt the economy, as is doing away with ridiculous courses at universities.

  50. 50

    Cuts to transport means less jobs for Bob Crow’s and Simpson and Woodley’s lazy militant workers – GOOD!

  51. 51
    streamfisher says:

    Its all very aluminating.

  52. 52
    Village bike says:

    Has she ever given access to Andrew?

  53. 53

    Does it go like mensa?

  54. 54
    Jimmy says:

    Face facts, if he hasn’t called by now, he’s probably not going to.

    And after all you’ve done for him.

  55. 55
    Sir William Waad says:

    Ken Clarke:
    Special advisers: Benson and Hedges

    Liam Fox:
    Special adviser: Jonathan Aitken

    Theresa May
    Special advisers:

  56. 56
    Eamon Holmes says:

  57. 57
    Brainless fuckwit says:

    And they take money out of the economy, just like not increasing NI.

  58. 58
    Tube_Thumper says:

    I amazed that that thick ugly northern twot derek simpson and even use twitter also its very girlie. Still when you “share” a cushy union job that can only be girlie pisstake. Him and woodley share a job but still get a house each, cars, and dont split their salary do they. So unite really have 2 twots doing 1/2 a job in total. what utter wankers

  59. 59
    Aging Bull says:

    That’s right.

    I’m afraid I’m too old now to know it all.

  60. 60
    Aging Bull says:

    Most commonest?


  61. 61
    Subversive Train Driver (Central Line) says:

    You may laugh, mate. Just heard that 800 drivers are being given the boot because it can all be done by twiddling a few knobs and dials in some poncy office. They’re gonna stick a load of miserable-looking cardboard cut-outs in the cabs “to reassure the travelling public” instead. Bob is crowing about it, needless to say. I don’t care – I fucking hate the public. And working, come to think of it.

  62. 62
    'Bangkok' Simpson says:

    Its nice work if you can get it, losers.

  63. 63
    Charles Flaccidwidger says:

    Blimey, she scrubs alright, doesn’t she?

  64. 64
    Backwoodsman says:

    Growing weed tends to be the more entrepreneurial members of the clan. But most of them have got a fiddle for a bit of gardening or doing up motors, just cash of course. In fact , some of them could teach hain & byers a thing or two !

  65. 65
    Theginmeister says:

    I assume that da Silva didn’t make the cut because they’d already reached the quota of people with “de” or “da” surname prefixes.

  66. 66
    Tulkinghorn says:

    Sir Wm, to avoid all taint of grammar Naziness, she should be termed an “old girl”. Her Labour granddad was chancellor of my alma mater, and a right tosser he was too, except, to be sure, for the real Naziness he nailed at Nuremberg.

  67. 67
    Smig says:

    Coz everyone knows people have to get pissed before they riot.

    Have you seen that poor excuse for donkey piss that the convicts brew?

    Victoria Beer = Shandy and Queer

  68. 68
    Boris's Eating Primer says:

    mensa mensa mensam mensae mensae mensa
    Mensae mensae mensas mensarum mensis mensis

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Maybe, but it only occurs naturally in its oxidised forn of Al2O3.

  70. 70
    Emperor Rumpy says:

    It should have been Flemish

  71. 71
    Tube_Thumper says:

    dat my well be da troof

  72. 72
    Emperor Rumpy says:

    And hasn’t gone metric.

  73. 73

    It’s the Vietnamese gangs growing the weed OH, and in most cases badly. Tracksuit warriors don’t have the initial cash outlay for the high pressure sodium lighting set up.

  74. 74
    G Brown says:

    It started in America

  75. 75
    Bonfire the QUANGOs, Repeal EUSSR Legislation, Destroy Noo_Lie_Bore bullshit and PC Bollocks says:

    Way to go!!

  76. 76

    Ah – a veritable expert in show trials then, as would be expected from a socialist.

  77. 77
    Observant Diner says:

    The ConDem Conspiracy is just New Labour with better breeding and table manners.

  78. 78
    A 'Graduate' from a Noo_Lie_Bore "Uni" says:


    Wotch it ‘n that!

    Oi dun a dergree inni

    ‘n media studees or summit.

    Gotta A or 1 thingy.

    carnt not git a job tho.

  79. 79
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Wonder if he’s got any pregnant daughters we could burn alive in their workplace?

    Monumental fool.

  80. 80

    Maybe if we didn’t have such a bunch of no-hopers reporting on politics, we might find a few who can manage a few words of Kraut.

    Boulton does have a little of the Goering look about him, come to think of it…

  81. 81
    Jabbb the Cat says:

    Shame he wasn’t fragged in Vietnam…

  82. 82
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    Errr… David, there’s economic growth and there’s economic growth.

    I could get this country moving again. Just get a million workers (avec shovels) to dig 40 foot deep, 12 foot wide, 1 mile long holes on every motorway at 2 mile intervals and add massively to the GDP.

    But what f**king good would it do, you moron.

    If I was in charge, I could give tax breaks for you to scrap your 10 year old car that still runs like a dream and buy a new one from Germany or Korea or Japan.

    But what f**king good would it do, you moron.

  83. 83
    Bob Wilson, we all enjoy Guido's blog up here says:

    Alumni can take a running jump. I was the Gunners’ best ‘keeper of all time. They didn’t call me *The Cat* for nothing, I’ll have you know.

  84. 84
    streamfisher says:

    Apparently not.

  85. 85
    Tube_Thumper says:

    or bollocks

  86. 86
    Gentlemens Attire says:

    I concur

  87. 87
    Number 10's cat says:

    Latin America :-)

  88. 88
    I hope you are not stilll making those false housing benefit claims, Dave says:

    There appears to be a direct correlation; the thicker the minister the more advisers they have.

  89. 89
    Metric Gnome says:

    ….. for our younger readers – Teresa can take nearly half a metre up her or thereabouts

  90. 90
    Hugh Janus says:

    I really think there should be a limit on the number of spads. Looking at the cabinet table recently it was certainly very crowded and definitely a very poor advert for their ‘smaller government’ pledge. Or does this just apply to everyone else apart from the cabinet??

  91. 91
    A New Era of Hope has dawned has it not ? says:

    AND better suits in the case of Cammo and Cleggie ……..but the ties are just as bad !!!

  92. 92
    Mr Trilby says:

    I came, I saw, I concurred.

  93. 93
    bergen says:

    He changed sides and was thereafter called Sir Shortly Floorcross.

  94. 94

    …..and then washing the cash through the numerous (but empty) “Chinese Medical” centres springing up in every high street.

    Braintree has two FFS.

  95. 95
    streamfisher says:

    They will ride up with wear.

  96. 96
    J G Brown says:

    or Phlegmish

  97. 97
    Sir William Waad says:

    Clegg’s jackets are too tight at the waist and too broad on the shoulder. (Perhaps after all one can be a hero to one’s valet). Cameron’s jackets are better cut, but his habit of pushing his head forward prevents their hanging as well as they should.

    One had to look to Mr Osborne to see how a suit should be cut and worn.

  98. 98
    Sir William Waad says:

    Half a metre is nearly 20 inches, or 8 Milibands.

  99. 99
    Col. M.T. Kernel (retd) says:

    SIR – Forgive me for being somewhat emboldened by copious jiggers of Red Bull avec eggnog, sir, but it is mighty refreshing to hear the Condom Party speaking in a dialect that one can comprehend, one should mention.
    One finds it rather rum that one has been excluded from the Socialist Party’s political shenanigans for the past thirteen years due to their insistence on using a foreign tongue, sir.

    Yours, Mrs. K is not averse to an alien tongue, sir, Col. M.T. Kernel (retd)

  100. 100

    20 inches = 10 Prescotts

    1 Prescott = 2 Jags

    By simple induction, we can prove that 1 Jag = 1 inch, thus illustrating that although caddish, Jaguar drivers are underendowed in the trouser department.

  101. 101
    streamfisher says:

    Suit you, Sir?

  102. 102
    albacore says:

    Shame about “definately” and at least one more faux pas up there, though.
    Sir W should sit Fawkes in the naughty corner and make him decline “nauta bonus”.

  103. 103
    Gordon's Scotched earth policy says:

    Take Grear and Tatchell at the same time please.

  104. 104
    gac says:

    Given the crap Election Strategy followed by Mr Cameron, it worries me that Steve Hilton is still there doing an Alistair Campbell, but clearly less effectively.

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    At least their advisors can spell “their”

  106. 106
    PD77 says:

    Think I’ll stick to the Ford Focus then.

  107. 107
    Peekaboo says:

    Will de Payer at Treasury? Seems an appropriate name for a cash counter!

  108. 108

    Not at all sure that all this Quango burning is really necessary.

    Who’s going to establish the universal symbol for a cash point that has malfunctioned? Decide on the appropriate European wide unit of measure for carpet underlay thickness or the correct opacity of a shatterproof ruler ?

    These things won’t just monitor themselves you know.

  109. 109

    Maybe, but suits are already being worn 15% smarter than under old New Labour.
    At least no one looks like they’re from a Romanian trade delegation stocking up on decadent Western Capitalist blue jeans anymore.

    When they moved Gordon from Burtons to Armani to make him look less like a Poly lecturer in a cheap suit he ended up just looking like a Poly lecturer in an expensive suit.

  110. 110
    Peekabookus says:

    amo = ‘ang about fer a minute
    amas = collect your giro
    amat = what you’re standing on
    amamus = a mummy’s boy
    amatis = similar to a mantis (but foreign)
    amant = ‘ow much I get on me giro

    Latin for beginers…

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    A real left-wing grouping here. Despite his hippy tendencies Kenrick used to advise the CBI on climate change. Long term wonk Duncan Brack is most definately of the beards and sandal variety of Lib Dem.

    Definately? more like definitely mate

    what’s the point in being a journalist if you don’t spell check at a minimum? :D

  112. 112
    easyleys says:

    I’d love to hear some definitions of a spAD or spADS

    “Some pillocks advised Dave’s surrender”

  113. 113
    Duncan says:

    As may or may not already have occurred to Guido: the LibDems don’t have much in the way of major donations and, as frugal as the party has learned to be, Cowley Street is basically funded from short money. Except that there isn’t much short money. I understand most people at Cowley Street are now spending most of the time, most days trying to get one of the limited SpAd positions because otherwise… er… they’re looking for jobs during a recession?

    I’m pretty sure Duncan Brack (a different LibDem Duncan) is shaved these days. I’ve not seen him in over a year though save for his blog photo so you never know….

  114. 114
    Unsworth says:

    “When blonde bombshell Lena Pietsch and Clegg don’t want the media to know what they are talking about they converse in German.”

    Fucking Krauts.

    Mind you, I doubt ‘the media’ would understand even if they speak the Queen’s English.

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    We're screwed says:

    “Arminka Helic”? Is this country really unable to produce a decent home-grown adviser for the Foreign Secretary? Precisely whose interests will a Bosnian Moslim have at heart? It’s a bloody disgrace.

  116. 116
    Alan says:

    Talking of which, the queen of “advisers” is at it again:

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    elderyounger says:

    Philippa Stroud’s result in Sutton (1.7% swing to conservatives) doesn’t look so bad if you look at what happened to the Conservatives next door in Carshalton & Wallington (7.9% swing to LibDems) and how well the LibDems did in most of their existing seats in the South-East. As a resident of Sutton who voted for Philippa Stroud (but not a member of the Conservative Party) I think I can say with fair confidence that most voters round here are intelligent enough to be very suspicious of a smear piece appearing in a LibDem supporting paper just a few days before a major election.

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