June 29th, 2010

Not So Special Now

It’s not just former ministers and Labour MPs who are having to get used to life in the slow lane. Spare a moment for all those poor former Special Advisers. But don’t feel too bad, those that haven’t disappeared off to make their fortunes still have a job on the taxpayer. Labour now have almost all of the Short Money haul that used to be divided up between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. They lose the “special” title though.

Like he did with the SpAds, Guido is putting together a list of all the Labour “Political Advisers” as they are now known. Not everyone here is necessarily on Short Money and many will be working on leadership bids or could be part-time for other reasons.  The two dozen or so PAds cost taxpayers the best part of £2 million. Plenty of old faces have stuck around though.

Most amusing is Harman’s office where her staff basically consists of two economic wonks (Duncan Weldon and Stuart Hudson,) and a comedian (Ayesha Hazarika). Pretty much sums up where Labour are right now.

The list (it is as they say “in beta”) can be found here. Corrections, amendments and additions to guido.fawkes@order-order.com.


  1. 1
    Hoon MaHoon etc etc says:

    They’re all Hoons


  2. 2
    AC1 says:

    I wish google would put some work into fixing some of the google spreadsheet bugs.


    • 12
      guess hoo says:

      you sad, sad fuck.


      • 20
        AC1 says:

        Hit Tat. Still lying about leaving I see? Also where’s the blog?

        BTW Unlike Tat theidle benefit parasite, I run an online business and rely on google Apps, so it’s rather annoying.


  3. 3

    Torsten Henricson-Bell. Fuck me that’s a mouthful. I suppose Darling needs all the help he can get, regardless of his stupid name.

    I thought someone with a name like that would look a right c*nt, but i can’t locate a photo.



  4. 4
    Craigoh says:

    Geez, what a job; didn’t these spazzo ApAds do enough damage to us all the last 13 years, can’t they be bothered to rethink at least SOME of their nasty overwhelming statist BS? We’re paying for this! FFS. Used to think of myself as a bit of a lefty, albeit it of liberal and Liberal bent, but 13 years of You Labour has turned me off the Labour party for life.


  5. 5
    Senator Bloodn' Gore says:

    Wot not Deborah Mattinson? Oh no, of course I forgot, your mate Ian Dale is trying to add to the millions she conned out of Tim Bell for the sale of Opinion Leader with the publication of her Gordon book.


  6. 6

    Given the lack of available cash – then the Short Money given to Labour should be reduced so that they receive a level equivalent to Tories and Liberals were on before the election.

    P.S. I’ve caught Left Foot Forwards manipulating evidence to try and scare people over the climate again……


    • 9
      AC1 says:

      They’re trying very hard but I think after ClimateGate the public wised up to what a con job was being proposed.

      After all Who really thinks that bureaucrats will run a clean efficient and productive economy? The experience of The Soviet Union shows us that it’s the opposite.


  7. 7
    Hellboy88 says:

    Paul, you will have to do this all over again in the autumn. It will be after the Shadow Cabinet elections that the real support staffers will be getting their hands on the Short Money long term. Patience please.


  8. 8
    Taken for a mug again says:

    Mmm…that’s over £80K per year per person. And Camerons top adivser is on twice that. This “new era of austerity” is really being taken to heart by our politicians.

    When will they get it?????????


  9. 11
    tax payer says:

    “Most amusing is Harman’s office where her staff basically consists of two economic wonks (Duncan Weldon and Stuart Hudson,) and a comedian (Ayesha Hazarika).”

    I’m not laughing.


  10. 13
    Chris Huhne says:

    The other day this women walks up to me and asks why I looked familiar to her.

    I replied that I’m the guy who sits outside her house with the binoculars and the kleenex.

    Probably wasnt the best reply


    • 16
      mrs duffy says:

      “The other day this women walks up to me and asks why I looked familiar to her.”

      It’s because you look like a cuпt.


  11. 14
    Ayesha says:

    I write cracking jokes for Harriet.


    • 23
      Harriet's toy boy says:

      Harriet doesn’t need a gag writer. Just a gag would do.

      Besides, she’s definitey got a sense of humour. She married Jack ( and that’s a real feat as he doesn’t know if he’s a him or a her, what with winning in an all wimmin short list).


  12. 15
    Greychatter says:

    Watching a bit of the Lord’s debate on expenses this morning – see they could be on £400 a Day for attendance and other ex’s.

    Baroness Jay – Peter Jay’s wife and Jim Callaghan’s daughter – suggested if I hear her right – that Accountants and Lawyers etc., can command £400 an Hours for their services – was she suggesting they in the Lords should be on the same level?

    To my mind all these people bankers, footballer, included are paid far too much already – all they see looking down from the top of the tree are smiling faces. The view of us ants scratching around at the bottom of the tree looking up at the vultures – would make anyone smile.


    • 43
      Infanta of Castile says:

      Baroness Jay used to work for the BBC which (along with observing other family members) may help explain the basis for her expectations as to remuneration.


  13. 17
    Diane Abbott says:

    I’ve got a special adviser on all matters relating to…

    …Rice an’ Pea!


  14. 18
    David Cameron says:

    Samantha is a daft Hunt, i just managed to steal a £1000 tv out of tesco’s and shes moaning that we’ve missed out on the clubcard points.


  15. 22
    Mong Zoo says:

    Great. Guido gis a job and I will hire someone else at your expense to do it for me.fair eh?


  16. 24
    Mong Zoo says:

    Yen Is at Seven-Week High on Recovery Concern; Franc at Record Versus Euro



    • 47
      east of Munich says:

      Yup and that´s where my main pension is coming from, talk about inflation hihi
      over 10% higher than last october


  17. 25
    Diane Fatbott says:

    West Indian mums go to da wall for der kids. Me got nuttin more to say to ya, white bwoy Andrew. Except riiiiiice an’ peeeeeeeeeea!


  18. 26
    Mong Zoo says:

    Shanghai Stocks Plummet Nearly 5% And The Euro Is Crashing



  19. 27
    Ayesha Hazareeka says:

    I’m a politically correct, right-on, trendy comedian. Which is why I’m as funny as cancer.


  20. 30
    Gordon Brown's Press Officer says:

    What is the latest on Lord Ashcroft I hear you ask ?

    Watford’s major shareholder Lord Ashcroft has loaned the club another £500,000.

    The deputy chairman of the Conservative party has loaned the football club the money to “assist with the working capital requirements of the business” as the Hornets wait to conclude the pending bonds issue.

    Watford’s chief executive Julian Winter has stated on a number of occasions that Lord Ashcroft is willing to loan the club money until the bond issue is complete.

    Lord Aschroft owns a 37.16 per cent stake in parent company Watford Leisure Plc through Fordwat Limited and has now loaned the club more than £6.5m.


  21. 35
    Mong Zoo says:

    There’s your bank bail out money gone down the swanny



  22. 37
    Sir William Waad says:

    Looking at the names of these estimable folk, they don’t appear to be the Sons or Daughters of Toil above half. Where are the Darrens, the Dee-Annes, the Romeos or the Beyonces? How many core Labour voters have names like this person Toasted-Cheese?

    200 years ago the sons of privilege either took over Father’s estate or had a choice of (1) the Army (2) the Church or (3) the Law. Now, it’s either the City if they have a head for figures and a capacity for hard work, or a PPE degree and a Spadship if they haven’t.

    Where will it lead us, this self-serving corroborree of the over-indulged?


  23. 38
    nell says:


    I think the labour party needs to assign a political adviser to dianeabbott. She’s getting herself into a terrible mess every time she opens her mouth.

    Now she’s saying that she doesn’t drive because that’s her contribution to the environment. She seems to forget that she spends £thousands of taxpayers money on taxis instead!!

    Don’t Taxis have the same effect on the environment?? And if she really believed in ‘saving the environment’ why doesn’t she walk or use the tube??!


    • 46
      South of the M4 says:

      Like an army of people who now work in local government and the environment agency she has just learned the buzz-words. Matters not that they make no sense, or that they know what they mean. Spit ‘em out and the stupid majority think you are an environmental intellectual giving up your life to protect the world.

      The Welsh Assembly is currently recruiting for a ‘carbon footprint reduction coordinator’ stating that CO2 emissions represent the biggest threat to humanity. No.
      This blind obsession with the AGW lie is the biggest threat to humanity. You would think that just seeing Abbot making such a dumb statement would alert the many to the stupidity of their position. Wouldn’t you?


  24. 40

    Did anyone read the Times online today?

    ……….Me neither.


  25. 45
    Humble Request says:

    Please can we have a list of Wayne Rooney’s special advisors (SpUDs) next?

    should include
    Maris Piper, Desiree and Pentland Javelin



  26. 48
    Anonymous says:



    I saw what you did there. Ho ho ho . Very funny.


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