June 10th, 2010

Coulson and the SpAd Pay

There will be some disappointment on the left as the news emerges that despite all the hype, their hate figure Andy Coulson is in fact earning less than the Prime Minister. But on £140k only just – £2000 a year less.  More than Nick Clegg though.

As Director of Government Communications Coulson is the best paid of Dave’s team but overall the Special Advisers are costing the taxpayer £1.9 million per year less than the last government. Despite this Tom Watson was trying to start the attacks just now in the House, moaning that Parliament hadn’t been told first. This is despite the list being published as a written ministerial statement:

Note Steve Hilton’s rather large pay gap with his rival.


  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    Less is more.

    Fire 80% of ‘em and you’ll get better work done more efficiently. Just because the Maximum Imbecile confused headcount and squandering with productivity doesn’t mean the Tories have to.

  2. 2
    Smig says:

    Tom Watson? Like being attacked by toothless, slobbering St. Bernard.

  3. 3
    Smig says:

    Absolutely. One benevolent dictator should do it.

  4. 4

    Nice to see Nick Hillman (who lost in Cambridge) earning £65K in Government. who needs elections eh?

  5. 5
    Dick the Prick says:

    So last season

  6. 6
    ConDem jobs for the boys and girls says:

    We’re all in the driving seat now. Get those snouts in and gobble down what you can. It’s only taxpayers money. Plenty more where that came from.

  7. 7
    Rasp says:

    Interesting how much more Bertin is earning than Macrory and Salter – even though they are supposed to be more senior.

    The hand of Coulson?

  8. 8
    Court of Public Opinion says:

    So are you. Go fuck yourself.

  9. 9
    The last quango in paris says:

    He prob takes home more than d c doesn’t he as he has just missed the 50 percent tax threshold!probably

  10. 10
    Keep Buffing says:

    Andy Coulson is the best paid shoe polisher in London.
    In the old days a shoe polisher like Andy would be doing well to earn twenty quid a week.
    Including tips.

  11. 11
    Bullingdon Dave and his Bullying Right Hand Man says:

    Alastair Campbell was an adviser of dignity and honesty who deserved his high salary.

  12. 12
    Lord Prescott of Butter Ghee says:

    Did someone say spuds? Great! I’m famished! Can you make mine deep fried with a southern coating?

  13. 13
    Tom Watson and his amazing Ukelele-Banjo says:

    Now I go scoffing Bratwurst to practise sucking knob
    For an unctuous fat knacker its an interesting job

    Now its a job that just suits me,
    A fat MP you would be
    If you could trough and feed with glee
    When I’m lickin’ windows

  14. 14
    Dave the Rave says:

    But Dave also collects £65,000 a year for being an MP

    Grand total £207,000 plus expenses.

  15. 15
    Backwoodsman says:

    I’m sure Dr Kellys’ widow and family agree with you.

  16. 16
    Nick says:

    What do deputy PMs get?

  17. 17


    quick, the Government wants your views on Climate change. Comments close at midnight


  18. 18
    Gordon Brown says:

    The cabinet meeting this morning went well. Only one minister turned up though. And for some reason he was in a white coat. Anyway, he listened attentively to everything I had to say. I was especially pleased that he took down notes of everything I said.

    I had to lie down afterwards. The tea made me feel a bit drowsy for some reason. The minister said he looked forward to the next cabinet meeting tomorrow morning. I said we need to start preparing for the Queen’s Speech but I’m not sure if he heard me. I’ll get to work drafting it after I’ve had another nap. That tea has really done me in. They must have changed the brand without telling me.

  19. 19
    Broadmoor Resident says:

    So do I

  20. 20
    Nothing But the Truth says:

    But this list, as published here, is meaningless. It doesn’t say what the salaries were BEFORE now, and doesn’t give any information on bonuses, allowances and general perks, or even if it’s their full-time pay.

  21. 21
    onlywinding says:

    Liz Sugg worth £80k? Just for arranging the sandwiches?

    Seriously, she and most of these people are simply not worth what the taxpayer is shelling out.

    It may be £1.9m less than Labour, but believe me the knife still needs to be taken to this lot.

  22. 22
    Anon and on says:

    Advisers should receive no more than 50 thousand pounds a year.
    Any more than that is pure greed and shows that we are no all in it together but that they are in it purely for the cash.
    140K for Coulson to run a press office.
    What a rip-off. Coulson is in it for the money and that is not the ethos of public life.

  23. 23
    Smig says:

    Two jags and a croquet set.

  24. 24
    Margaret Moran, Jacqui Smith, Shahid Malik, Patricia Hewitt, Stephen Byers, Margaret Beckett, Hazel Blears says:

    Gisa job, please, guvnor.

  25. 25
    Nick ME ME ME Clegg says:

    What do deputy PMs get?
    All the blame when the shit hits the fan.
    What is the deputy PM’s job worth?
    A pitcher of warm piss.
    If that.

  26. 26
    A Downtrodden Taxpayer, not on £140,000 a year says:

    Those figures, and the Prime Minister’s salary of £142,000 p.a. (I think) throw an interesting light on some of the megatrough money that “executives” in the BBC, Quangocrats, Council gaffers and NHS papershufflers are paying themselves. Scope for some significant cuts, methinks.

  27. 27
    John Prescock says:

    I’d be good value as a special adviser. Just £20 and a bacon sarnie a day is all I ask. I’m reet good value, me!

  28. 28
    A Downtrodden Taxpayer, not on £140,000 a year says:

    Couldn’t Byers start a taxi business? I believe there’s a couple of vacancies in Whitehaven.

  29. 29
    Gonk says:

    There’s a vacancy in the Office for
    The Secretary of State for Health.
    I’d like to formally apply.
    I can do Health. Discreet as well.

  30. 30
    Captain Black says:

    Not sure a “council gaffer” or “NHS papershuffler” would be able to bank on a large advance for their memoirs after they leave office.

  31. 31
    A Downtrodden Taxpayer, not on £140,000 a year says:

    That’s just how it starts. Next thing you know, it’s a bacon sarnie and a pie, then a bacon sarnie and two pies, then a sarnie, two pies and a secretary….

  32. 32
    D Bottab says:

    We expect at least a 140 hour week. for it

  33. 33
    onlywinding says:

    I see Phillipa Stroud is pocketing nearly £70k

    No wonder she’ll “cure” homosexuals pro bono.

    I am grateful that Cameron’s divulged this info. However, I want to see serious reform to this who SpAd circus.

  34. 34
    Head Lizard says:

    “The Government believes that climate change is one of the gravest threats we face,” looks like they have made their minds up anyway.

  35. 35
    Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

    Coulson might not be worth it but spare us the ‘ethos of public life’ rhubarb. We want value for money from people who are effective, not mediocrity from cheap socially minded pipe smokers.

    Coulson would probably have no difficulty earning that sort of money in the private sector.

    Having said that I could run the press office.

    All that is required is a daily press release saying ‘Fuck Off, unless you’re the BBC in which case Fuck Off twice’.

  36. 36
    A Downtrodden Taxpayer, not on £140,000 a year says:

    They are, however, likely to be in post a good deal longer than some of those on the above list. A quarter of a million a year for ten years plus a final salary pension gives you rather more than most people need to pay the gas bills.

  37. 37
    Labourer says:

    Like I said come the winter I will want a 100 k pa

  38. 38
    A Tory says:

    she must be some looking special shag

  39. 39
    Kered says:

    ‘ere we go, ‘ere we go again. The Whatsinnitforme Society although some members are in the I getmore’nyoudo group. Back to the trough Guys!!!

  40. 40
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Now wonder Dinin About can afford to send her kids to private school if we, via Britains Biggest Cokeusers, were handing over £1000/week to have her humour us at lunchtimes.

    For some light relief here’s some entertainment – a man balances a common household kitchen scourer on his head whilst feeding cookies to a chipmunk:

  41. 41
    Ace Innick says:

    Sounds like you’re ‘fizzing with ideas’ again, Gormless.

  42. 42
    Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

    You may laugh at Prescott, but he’ll be able to see the recession out by calling on the reserves from within.

  43. 43
    Swamp Creature says:

    Where’s Gordon?

  44. 44
    A Downtrodden Taxpayer, not on £140,000 a year says:

    For that money, 168 hours a week. Every week.

  45. 45
    Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

    Where’s the fookin’ pies, Brillo ??

  46. 46
    Afghan RPG Expert says:

    Send us more money please so we can buy more bombs to kill you infidels with.

  47. 47

    Does anyone know how many AGW skeptics / deniers there are in the Tory party?

    If any.

  48. 48
    Great Fisting Clunk says:

    Fighting alongside the troops he sent with inadequate resources to Afghanistan ??

    In Lisbon, tippexing out his signature on the Treaty ?

    In the East End trying to take a Polish builder’s job on the Olympic site ??

    The reality is, the majority don’t give a flying fuck and hope he’s on a life support machine somewhere north of Hadrian’s Wall.

  49. 49
    C Rufffffts says:

    Rather unfair on St Bernards.

  50. 50
    F Millar says:

    He says that I must, too.

  51. 51
    Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

    Joking apart Brown’s hermit impression is bad form. Which other leader has not, after a lifetime of public service[?], had the decency to put in an appearance after he has lost office?

    Quite apart from which he’s still an earning if not actually a practising MP.

  52. 52
    Anon and on says:

    The ethos of public life “rhubarb” as you call it is what makes the difference between those who work in the private sector for as much cash as they can and those who work in the public sector to serve the public interest.
    Unfortunately we currently have too many of the former in the latter.
    As the above list proves.

  53. 53
    Catosays says:

    Do you really care?

  54. 54
    Grace and (do me a ) Favour Residence says:

    Scuse me, it’s Lord and Lady Prescott of the Potato Croquet Sarnies.

  55. 55
    Allan, you at t'bar says:

    The religion of peace http://tinyurl.com/2ff4v9o

  56. 56
    Your Good 'elf Mister says:

    Me too. In fact I’m so good at Health that I’m attempting to live forever.
    So far, so good.

  57. 57
    Lard Prescott says:

    Well done, the ability to write a completely meaningless sentence of 7 words is a rare gift.

  58. 58
    Peasant says:

    And free accommodation in central London, and free accommodation in a country home. The man hardly needs his £30m personal wealth, does he?

  59. 59
    Prezzzza says:

    Sat on, if they’re lucky, right tracey luv?

  60. 60
    SpADs are a total waste of time and our money says:

    What do these SpADs actually do to command salaries in the £60K+ range? The only one I knew in the MoD was completely useless: no Defence knowledge, no Defence industry knowledge, no foreign affairs experience. Spent most of his time calling for briefs for Geoff Hoon, and then sending them back without any comment or indication as to what Buff wanted to do with the info. Total waste of time and effort. A Civil Servant could have done the brief requesting for a salary of about £15K (what my junior AO was getting back then).

  61. 61
    Sarah Beard says:

    I don’t, no. Not at all.

  62. 62
    Max the Impaler says:

    I’d have thought 4 trillian pounds of debt was a little more worrying.

  63. 63
    Jobless says:

    well I’ll be okay on my £65 a week dole won’t I?

  64. 64
    Jobless says:

    don’t matter mate

    I’ll be okay on my £65 a week under pressure to find a job when there is none unless I lose my dole money, my home, my family and stuff

    don’t worry about me

  65. 65
    Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

    You’re having a laugh, I hope. What sort of creep wants to serve the public interest? I don’t want one serving mine. I want someone doing the job properly and effectively for reasonable money, and if they are good enough to get more money elsewhere then they should go.

    List please of all those people in the Public Sector not getting as much cash as they can, relative to their abilities and earning potential in the real world.

  66. 66
    jgm2 says:

    Still sulking.

  67. 67
    Thou Shalt Not Kill says:

    And George Bush was a great example for Christians everywhere.

  68. 68
    Zimbabwean peasant says:

    And you don’t really need 20K a year do you?

  69. 69
    jgm2 says:

    Still sulking.

    I think a newspaper should pick up the ‘Sulk’ meme and run a daily update.

    Sulk duration: 28 days.
    Sulk duration: 29 days.

    Perhaps Guido could set a Sulk Clock running. Perhaps The Sun could project one onto Battersea Power Station.

  70. 70
    Tony 'Cum-By-Ya' Blair says:

    Don’t forget me.

  71. 71
    Allan, you at t'bar says:

    The Twin Towers, you plonker.

  72. 72
    A Downtrodden Taxpayer, not on £140,000 a year says:

    We only wish we could.

  73. 73
    jgm2 says:

    Party of the many, not the few!!!

    Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft.

    I see what you mean.

  74. 74
    Titbrain, couldn't have said it better myself says:

    You are a perfect example of what is wrong with this country.
    What creep wants to serve the public interest you ask.
    Well, you have just accused our armed forces and police and prison wardens and nurses and doctors of being creeps.
    Well done you idiot.

  75. 75
    Lord Give Me Strength says:

    The Twin Towers which were attacked by a group of terrorist Saudi Arabians.
    And yet and yet we invaded Iraq and are illegally occupying Afghanistan.
    You plonker.

  76. 76
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Can I mediate here ?? I’ve been doing a brilliant job as Middle East Peace Envoy for three years now. Everyone’s so civilised and peace-loving and I’m a regular kinda guy.

  77. 77
    NoMercy says:

    “Special Advisers are costing the taxpayer £1.9 million per year less than the last government.”

    Plenty of time yet Guido, wait until the end of the first year of this government.

  78. 78
    jgm2 says:

    I was in New York on Sept 11. I had a front seat view of the whole fucking thing and I’m still fucking furious about what happened. But what has upset me even more is Bush/Blairs decision to go into Iraq.

    There was absolutely no reason to go into Iraq. We shouldn’t have gone in there the first time.

    All this Iraq idiocy has done, by its manifest lies and misdirection and bogus justification from both the yanks and Blair is to call into question their motivation for going into Afghanistan. And allow the obvious idiocy of Iraq to be conflated with the slightly (at the time) more plausible reason for invading the ‘Stan.

    On Sept 12 I was all for nuking Saudi and I have not seen nor heard anything since – quite the opposite in fact – that would lead me to believe my initial reaction was wrong. 18 out of 19 terrorists from Saudi Arabia and we go and bomb the ‘Stan. And the Saudis wouldn’t let us use their bases to do it either.

    Some thanks.

    We’ve been had. 3,000 people died and all Bush could think of was to tie them somehow to Iraq so he could finish off what his daddy started.

    We should have let Saddam do what he started in 1990. First Kuwait, then Saudi. Then we’d only have one bloke to negotiate with instead of the duplicitous, murderous, terrorist supporting crowd of fuckers in Saudi.

  79. 79
    the last quango in paris says:

    ha ha ha

    guido can’t we have a gordon brown retirement diary?

  80. 80
    SlagWag says:

    So poor little Andypandy Coulson only gets 140 grand a week. Cheap little git, but none of my mates would go out with you anyway.

  81. 81
    Old Horseshit says:

    Fuck off you plastic libertarian web traffic whore — go find some Joooos to hate.

  82. 82
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    You might want to read that again.

  83. 83
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    A week ??? Crikey, nearly as much as I get.

  84. 84
    Allan, you at t'bar says:

    Still feeling nauseated at the very thought of these people hanging a 7 year old child. Utterly barbaric.

  85. 85
    SlagWag says:

    Stoopid me, I got it wrong. He gets 140 grand a week BEFORE TAX. He’s even poorer than I thort.

  86. 86
    lilolme says:

    O/T I know but, courtesy of the comments chez Mrs Dale, I offer you somewhere to park your bike!

  87. 87
    lilolme says:

    Memo to me…. post the f**cking link!

  88. 88
    Tatotal says:

    The PB1s are on < 40k

  89. 89
    some of the dessert says:

    These Saudis are the nice folks currently considering extending coverage of women’s issues. Specifically, some influential r*g he*ads think that a woman showing two eyes through a burka slit is too provocative; they want to cover their wimmin’s faces even more and restrict it to one eye. Truly, madly, deeply fu-ked.

  90. 90
    Duncan says:

    How can Willie Rennie afford to do the job unpaid?

  91. 91
    Duncan says:

    This is why we need minimum alcohol pricing. Too much cheap cider and look what folk end up writing.

  92. 92
    Duncan says:

    To be fair, I do wonder what happens to workaholics when they lose their jobs. He must be fair spinning in his hamster wheel right now.

  93. 93
    Duncan says:

    Usually they do politically slanted sub-editing and speech writing. I’m not kidding. I’m not even sure the job’s not worth doing; politicians these days usually can’t write very good speeches (Nick doesn’t write his stuff, nor Gordon his. The only one I can think of off the top of my head of senior rank who does is William Hague. Blair used to write some of his stuff with limited input from Anji Hunter). The Civil Service usually is unwilling to write speeches which e.g. lie or are at any rate demonstrably partisan.

  94. 94
    Duncan says:

    A standard councillor’s allowance in some places is ~£6,000pa (not unreasonable for an unskilled part-time job).

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