May 26th, 2010

More LibDems Added to the SpAd List


The list includes a few more LibDem names, forinstance Giles Wilkes is tipped to move from the Centre Forum think tank to Vince Cable’s office.

Guido has had a few complaints that people on the list are not strictly speaking Special Advisers. Guido is using the term loosely, basically the people on this list are political appointments of various kinds doing the bag carrying for Ministers, some are not your usual wonky, spinning, greasy pole-climbing SpAds – clearly Sir Peter Ricketts heading up the National Security Council for Hague is not a teenage bag carrier.  Nic Boles for example is an MP but glides in out of the Cabinet Office helping the Implentation Unit in some unspecified and presumably unpaid way.  One way or another they’re on Guido’s list…


27 Comments

  1. 1
    Rick Nobinson says:

    SpAd, spayed or spade ??

    Spam,spam,spam,spam…..

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    • 2
      Spad or Spam ? says:

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      • 7
        Can't remember my moniker says:

        At last, something that makes sense.

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        • 22
          75% of our Troops are killed by Bombs in Afghanistan - Remind Me, Why Are We There, Dave? says:

          More spastics pissing away money.
          Just what we need.

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          • Can't remember my moniker says:

            Blame Blair.

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          • Our Troops are Being Blown up but Fox says he'll give them an extra five grand, that's okay then says:

            David Cameron owns the Vietnam, I mean, the Afghanistan debacle now, CRMM.
            Do keep up.

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          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            I don’t think that three out of 4 troops in Afghanistan come home in pieces. If you’d spent 30 mins watching the Defence Debate yesterday, you could add something coherent – unlike your title.

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  2. 3
    Balls support so far says:

    Nominations for Ed Balls

    Ed balls
    Yvette Cooper
    Ian Austin
    Kevin Brennan
    Jim Dobbin
    Sharon Hodgson
    Helen Jones
    Kerry McCarthy
    Vernon Coaker
    Jim Cunningham
    Mike Dugher
    Diana Johnson
    Chris Leslie
    John Robertson

    14 in all, a pair of Balls and 12 unknowns.

    http://www2.labour.org.uk/leadership-candidates/3/Ed_Balls

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  3. 5
    Up sh1t creek says:

    I can give these Spads a run for our money.

    Stop taxing me to bail out the feckless who went on a credit / borrowing binge, including the government.

    There, that was great advice, please deposit £100, 000 into my bank account for that advice. Cameron did after all want everyone to be part of the government, well, I am claiming my cut.

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  4. 8
    RavingMad says:

    Iain Duncan Smith announced as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    sorry, thought you said SpUD list – oops

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  5. 9
    The big D says:

    Well done Mr. Fawkes. No one else seems to be keeping a tally of the number of these “advisers” the public are paying for.

    Remind me again; if their average salary is around £30k, the £1.4 million cost per year benefits the country in what way?

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    • 10
      RavingMad says:

      reduces unemployment figures…????

      keeps them occupied……?

      provides ‘cover’ for beleagured and incompetent MPs …..?

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    • 13
      Maya says:

      probably to keep febrile brains like you in their cups big D

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      • 21
        The big D says:

        Not fevered nor drunk.

        A raised eyebrow at the continuing robbery of the British public by the new intake at Westminster.

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  6. 12
    Sir William Waad says:

    Do Ministers spend much time talking to people who actually understand stuff?

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  7. 17
    Sarah says:

    Where’s Gordon?

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  8. 18
    Sweaty Balls says:

    HEEEELLLPP !!!!!

    http://tinyurl.com/2wkk8rr

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