August 12th, 2010

DCLG Sith Intrigue

Eric Pickles has received plaudits from across the spectrum for being the first Secretary of State to publish his department’s spending over £500 for the last year. While much fun can be had today hounding the previous government’s cavalier disregard for the taxpayer, Pickles would be a fool to think the new wave of transparency won’t make his job tougher this time next year. Good.

Finally the public have the chance to hold all spending to account, and what a varied mix of wastage just one department has thrown up. Aside from hotel bills, corporate massage (happy-ending undisclosed) and clothing, this really caught Guido’s eye:

Why exactly was Gordon’s slush fund given £7,500 for strategic consultancy to the DCLG. If they were giving them cash, you can bet other departments were too…

UPDATE: The Mail have gone to town on the spending and the TPA are running a rolling blog.


  1. 1
    AC1 says:

    More interested in info on SOLACE.


    • 6
      Schrödinger's cat says:

      SOLACE looks like a haven for public funds. All these payments should cease, SI included.


      • 84
        Nick2 says:

        A representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector. But, as would be expected from a public sector related organisation, it covers the entire thing. A sort of ACPO for EVERYONE entitled to a state supplied chauffeured Jag…


        • 128
          Schrödinger's cat says:

          Does not stop them from peddling their own line of dogma though, at our expense, does it?


          • Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

            Iranian state TV has aired what it says is a confession by a woman under threat of being stoned to death for adultery.

            In the interview shown on Wednesday, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani purportedly admits conspiring to murder her husband in 2005 and denounces her lawyer.

            After an international outcry, Iranian officials temporarily halted her stoning sentence last month, but there are fears she will now be hanged.



          • Mr Ned says:

            None of our business. How they administer their Sharia Justice in their own sovereign country is their own business.

            Stopping them from administering it HERE is most important. When they try to tell us how to run our country, then we should tell them to fuck off!


          • Bigot says:

            Well said Mr Ned.

            However, there are several people that I would like to see arraigned and with the possibility of just such a sentence as the outcome.

            One is the previous encumbrance in No 10.

            The other was his boss – for a time. (No names – no pack drill).


    • 19
      Dog says:

      uaf uaf


      • 54
        AC1 says:

        Is UAFUAF Unite against the fascist UAF?

        If so it has my support.


        • 90
          Socialism Ate My Future says:

          Bravo Sir my thoughts exactly


          • I am Sick says:

            Except of course the UAF are undemocratic, state sponsored fascists themselves, who seem to feel, in a democracy, they should be able to shut down and violently harass, political parties they disagree with.


          • Mr Ned says:

            Indeed. If they had any sense whatsoever they would be viciously attacking themselves until they shut themselves down permanently, the fascists that they are!


    • 46
      Osama the Nazarene says:

      Mr Pickles is a star. Liebor investment, my arse.


  2. 2
    Shire Tory says:

    Of course there are going to be no cuts to government spending, just less growth!
    Start here I think.


    • 239
      Anonymous says:

      Meanwhile he has scrapped rather than reformed the only potentially independent body that body that might have held those funded via his own department to account. I wonder how many “advisors” loaned by the big 5 Audit Firms worked on the recommendation to scrap the Audit Commission.

      It may have been bloated with an overpaid CEO but it was nothing like as bloated and overpaid as the big accounting firms and their Partners who will charge more for doing less. How many of them have even done a value for money audit for shareholders as opposed to defending top management from shareholders and HMRC.

      Role on a new generation of Pickles-enabled troughers to keep Guido in scandals for a decade to come. I wonder what the LibDems make of this one.

      What about the views of all those new MPs with backgrounds in Local Government.

      Or all those Conservative Councillors who are the backbone of the Constituency Parties and now have to deliver even bigger cuts than Whitehall – usually with rather less flab to cut.

      They may have hated the Audit Commission’s role as a Nu-Labour enforcer but many had equally strong views on Mr Pickles – “might have been good value a decade ago but now seriously out of touch with reality”.

      There are real fears that he lacks the brain-power to avoid being manipulated by his officials and advisors into doing a Thatcher – centralising control in Whitehall (poll tax etc.) while claiming to be curbing abuse and opening the books.


  3. 3
    Tim Lovejoy says:

    My name is Tim Lovejoy and I am a BBC legend that Eric Pickles ate for breakfast.


  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    My guess is that it may have something to do with this – see page 2


    • 28
      T McCann says:

      an Arthur Daley enterprise


    • 159
      John from Hull says:

      Good to see Shady Mallick involved


    • 222
      Peter Grimes says:

      No wonder the Smith Institute went bust and had to forego its charitable status – as suspected, most of its income was from ZaNuLieBor and its quangos.

      Roll on the other departments, they will undoubtedly show even more funding for the SI, and for the loathsome ippr too!!


  5. 5
    Charles Kennedy says:

    I chaantt weally shay. {hic}
    Jush chaarry hon wiout me, ok? {burp}


  6. 7
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    “cooperate massage” What Westminster house of ill-repute does that?


  7. 9
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Fuckin hell !


  8. 10
    Gordon Brown says:

    I will make a statement to the house about this later .


    • 26
      Engineer says:

      Assuming that by “the house” you mean The House of Commons, and not the building in which you reside in Scotland, you may have to actually attend. However, given that they’ve all gone on holiday, you may be on your own – no bad thing, many would say.


  9. 11

    Are you over the trauma of losing yet Gordon?

    “yes Doctor. I’ve invented a new game to pass the time in here too. Its a lottery.
    I write down a number on the wall with my foot. Then I hold up a crayon with my foot. If the number of crayons is the same as the number I scrawl … then I win. I win a crayon.”

    “And you write the number one on the wall I see.”

    “Yes Dr. There is only one crayon in here. Look! I won again! I won I won I won i won I won..”

    door slams. Dr Schadenfreude tells his assistant to increase medication.


  10. 12
  11. 13
    Bled White Taxpayer says:


    here’s the list of everyone the Smith Institute calls a “supporter”. Well over half are publicly funded.

    Advantage West Midlands
    Age UK
    Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board
    Asthma UK
    Barrow Cadbury Trust
    British Property Federation
    British Urban Regeneration Association
    Centre for Cities
    Centre for Social Justice
    City of London
    Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment
    Department for Communities and Local Government
    European Trade Union Confederation
    Every Child a Chance Trust
    Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
    Futurebuilders England
    Global Policy Institute
    Green Fiscal Commission
    Hansard Society
    Homes and Communities Agency
    Home Group
    Hyde Housing Group
    King Sturge
    London and Quadrant Housing Trust
    Local Government Yorkshire and Humber
    KPMG Foundation
    Medical Research Council
    McGrigors LLP,
    Midland Heart
    National Association of Pension Funds
    NAPP Pharmaceuticals
    New Homes Marketing Board
    One North East
    One Society
    Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
    Places for People
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
    Regional Studies Association
    Remember A Charity
    Resolution Foundation
    Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
    Smiths Detection
    The King’s Fund
    Town and Country Planning Association
    Unity Trust Bank
    West Midlands Learning & Skills Council
    Work Foundation
    Yorkshire Forward


  12. 14

    Transparent Eric! PLEASE not. I can hardly bear the outside.


    • 23
      bandersnatch says:

      ‘Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down’. My kids had some transparent Erics that they used to play with in the bath… There was ski-ing Eric and motorboating Eric.
      They were a great idea. I don’t think they cost as much as £500, though.


  13. 16
    Chris Huhne says:

    I just don’t get it.

    I was having a wank while watching some porn at the laptop the other day when suddenly I started to hear all this screaming. Shortly after, the police stormed in and dragged me away before beating me shitless outside and arresting me.

    I tried telling them over and over that the porn was perfectly legal but they just didn’t stop. They just kept shouting things like “You’re a sick fuck, mate”, “You’re going away for a long time” and “You’ll never set foot in a PC World ever again!”


  14. 17
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    So what happened to prudence ?


  15. 18
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    If they hadnt wasted so much money they might have achived something


    • 50
      Schrödinger's cat says:

      Like spending much less?


      • 68
        Mike Hunt says:

        Liebour’s ONLY success criterion was the amount spent, remember the tractor stats spouted at PMQs by Broon-the-Loon. Spending less amounted to failure to them and meant they could shout ‘the evil Tories would have CUT’.

        So glad they have gone and looking forward to more examples of their insane spending.


        • 73
          Schrödinger's cat says:

          Trouble is, this lot are not spending less either (as discussed on another page today). They are just reducing the increase of projected expenditure.


        • 115
          Nick2 says:

          Maybe we should employ some North Korean mining engineers – they could build an underground repository to store every instance of NuLab largesse to warn future generations.

          Just one problem – unlike the Kims’ collection of chattels/military memorabilia, Labour left nothing to show for their spending. (Since everything tangible was built under PFI, and therefore doesn’t belong to us)


  16. 21
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    James Kirtley to retire at end of season


  17. 24
    Imagine John Prescott without Bulimia says:

    “Eric Pickles has received plaudits from across the spectrum”

    The people on the Guardian comments pages aren’t happy, and saying these things are acceptable


  18. 27
    Bob Crow - in the dough says:

    Anybody noticed I now earn more than David Cameron with my new 12% pay rise?

    Sky and Beeboid journo’s all over this aren’t they…NOT Hahahahahahahah!


    • 35
      Imagine John Prescott without Bulimia says:

      mysteriously absent from the Guardian as well..

      well done Comrade!


      • 192
        BBC Spokesperson says:

        We strongly believe that details of trade union leaders remuneration packages are private and therefore, it is not in the public interest to disclose them, or subject them to frivolous public tittle tattle.
        We remain absolutely committed to our neutral stance at all times.


  19. 30
    Baroness Thatcher says:

    A casual perusal of this first spreadsheet suggests that a lot of public bodies spent a lot of their time giving our money to each other.

    And why would a government dept need to spend quite so much on advertising and marketing? Surely they only exist to meet genuine needs and organisations meeting real needs dont require a big advertising budget to bring ‘customers’ to it’s doors.

    Would those of us who arent engaged in this mutual spendfest of other peoples money really notice if these departments were massively slimmed down? The money would still get spent in the economy, but it would be spent in a manner chosen by those to whom the money actually belongs who would enjoy lower tax deductions.


    • 39
      Engineer says:



    • 51
      Blaster Bates says:

      I can think of a way it should be slimmed down


    • 65
      • 180
        My Other Cars Not A Prius Either says:

        Classic common sense AC1………but I am sure NuLab banned common sense,blue sky,outside the box and whatever works for yourself.They spent 13 long fuckin years making it up as they had not a clue what the ramifications were of giving every whinger some hush money and always as a renewable grant


    • 66
      National Union of Logo Manufacturers says:

      Look you Tory aresoles, without the millions spent on new logos every year by these quangos, our members would be unemployed.

      Now shut up and get your new logos designed by us whilst they’re still cool and trendy.


      • 75
        nick clegg says:

        can I have one?


      • 79
        Baroness Thatcher says:

        Indeed. Anyone recall this beauty?


      • 191
        Smig says:

        Not a tory, but I’ve been seriously fucked off by the amount of wedge your paymasters have been taking out of my pocket since ’97.

        It costs less to have a gobshite being unemployed and costing the country 7 grand a year in JSA and Housing Behenift than it does paying 35 grand a year for pissing about with photoshop on behalf of other QUANGOs.

        Fuck off and get a proper job. Start by stacking shelves in Tesco and work you’re way up.

        You fucking leeches should be shot. Then shot again to be sure.


    • 177
      Mong-U-Mental says:

      “And why would a government dept need to spend quite so much on advertising and marketing?”

      Too fkng right. My council has a series of slick adverts all over the city ” What did the council do for me ?” With a range of features answers. Y’know – did this or that outside of any core need.

      Been meaning to deface them with ” pissed my £ away on pointless adverts”


  20. 37
    Beckham says:

    I am a pensioner now,she is a scrawny ……….


  21. 38
    Penfold says:

    So Balls is no guilty of peculation and fraud on a grander than first thought of.

    It would seem that NuLab have been spectacularly corrupt and extremely inventive in discovering means to funnel taxpayers monies into their own pockets.

    Guido we need a massive enquiry, probing every corner of the financial accounts to gather the evidence and jail the firkin lot of ‘em.

    I might hate the left, but i hate corruption, peculation and theft even more.


  22. 39
    Dave Willetts,uni minister says:

    Labour did a fantastic job,so good I am still using their previous set up.


  23. 41
    BrokeBack Cameron says:

    Leave Gordo alone or I’l cwy and cwy and cwy. I wuv him.


  24. 43
    Leave my Gordo alone. I wuv him so much says:


  25. 63
    Gordon Brown says:

    I know nothing about this fund of which you speak, just as I know nothing of Steven Purcell.


  26. 67
    Troffed says:

    troffers are thieves
    troffers are MPs
    troffers should be investigated
    the cops are troffers,
    they don’t do the job but take the money
    My dog is a troffer,he lays in front of the fire all day except to eat piss and shit,but he will bite me.
    The cops will bite me.
    The troffers will bite me


  27. 69
    Engineer says:

    I predict a rash of FOI requests to various departments as they publish their spending data asking what consultancy the department got from the Smith Institute for it’s consultancy fee. I wonder how many “supporting documents” will “go missing”?


    • 72
      Schrödinger's cat says:

      Easy answer. Dismiss any executives who cannot produce supporting documents. Dismiss those whose supporting documents do not stand scrutiny. As of now, dismiss any executive who pays any such organisation any sum at all.



  28. 71
    anonymous says:

    The elites, political, financial, cultural and strategic can all do what they like. The population pays for it.

    still on a brighter note, although it is pourring down here at the moment, there’s promise of stars in the skies tonight, all over Britain – yes, you can see David Beckham, George Michael, David Cameron, Ellie Wellhard, Tony Bliar etc shining brightly …..


  29. 77
    Appreciated says:

    need a list of petitions to post on number 10.Any suggestions?


    • 80
      geezer says:

      1. where’s our fuckin’ money?

      2. where’s our fuckin’ money

      3. where’s our fuckin’ money

      that’ll do for now


    • 85
      Bob says:

      This requires numerous prosecutions…

      The CPS must set up a special section to send all these Zanu Labour thieves to jail…

      We were not exaggerating when we said they have pissed¨£ billions of our money up the wall



      • 89
        Complaints Dept says:

        wrap your complaint in a brick and lob it through the cop shop window,your MP’s window,your local cchq etc.then they may get it.


    • 218
      Wavey Davey says:

      I’m still not listening. La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la


  30. 81
    MI5 says:

    Smith Institute funding by government departments is theft of taxpayers money for Brown’s slush fund as you say…

    This should be referred to the CPS immediately…

    I remember Blinky got £ 100,000 off Smith for fictitious work also…



  31. 83
    Why lie? says:

    I am in Hampshire and the water coming from my tap was white. I called them and they said it is air. Its the first time I have ever been able to scrape air together into a white paste.There are a lot of water board vans and digging going on at multiple locations.


    • 95
      Mr Plum says:

      Is it all white now


      • 219
        My Other Cars Not A Prius Either says:

        tis chalk…..harmless.but tastes like chalk.if it gets into your hot water system it becomes concrete/plaster……..your call……..get advice quickly and have samples taken thrice signatoried twice…….your washing machine if worked will be an ex-washing machine…power shower fuct also….sorry..burst on major main in chalk hills most likely with cross contamination..water board insured against “consequential damage” …..sue


  32. 88
    Gordon Brown says:

    I saved the universe. Be grateful to me.


    • 113
      Blaster Bates says:

      ah, Gordon, here hold this.

      I know it’s ticking but it’s okay

      that’s it, just keep still a minute ……


      like taking toffee off a kid. Now, who’s next …. Tony …..


  33. 92
    Siberian Tory says:

    This is good stuff and the bloggers will comb and jurnos will steal their stories. On addition I would sugguest to the list, the name and email address of the person who signed them off.

    However, we must keep a sense of proportion I would EXPECT some departments to spend a lot on lunches, flowers and biscuits e.g. the foreign office, uk trade and investment. You don’t win contracts with rich tea biscuits…


    • 106
      Baroness Thatcher says:

      It’s not their job to win contracts; thats the job of the company which benefits from these contracts. Good design, good products and good service will always win more business that any number of publicly funded junkets.

      Do you really believe that all those aerospace export orders were won from India wholly as a result of Cameron and Hague paying the sub-continent a visit?

      Business would carry on as usual if the FO, UKT&I et al ceased to exist. The reverse isnt true.


      • 120

        Sorry. I never thought I would but: you were always a bit naive on that front.

        All other countries seem quite keen on protectionism, state schmoozing, special deals.


      • 131
        Some things should be over engineered says:

        I bought a plough that snapped to bits as soon as it got lowered into sunbaked was a UK company. I now have a Russian one that could rip a rock plateau up.All the meals and drinks in the world would not make me buy UK the Russian one was cheaper.


      • 133
        Siberian Tory says:

        No but inward investment can be encouraged by making good impressions. In addition the FO and UKTI hold networking and conference events, you won’t get big players going to them if they don’t think there’s a decent meal in it for them.

        Although, I think I’d agree with you if the argument is abolish them and use the money saved to cut business tax. That would probably be far more effective.


        • 241
          Old dog no tricks says:

          If the big players wont attend unless there is a slap up dinner at the end of it – what is the point of it anyway ? Just a slap up dinner at taxpayers expense !

          Yes – cut business tax (and income tax !) – in fact make government exist on social donations ! People would donate (as per charities) if they thought the money would be well spent – wisely ! And for their own good !


    • 121

      Government biscuit expenditure

      Office of the former PM – Crackers and McVitie’s Boasters.

      Liam Byrne – Short{of}bread

      Current PM – Millionaire’s shortcakes from {Liam} Fox’s super indulgent range.

      Tony Blair -No set department – mini shredders or jammy dodgers.

      Boris Johnson – more of a crumpet man really.

      Vince cable – Tesco value caramel wafers. Looks like the real deal but is actually quite disappointing.

      Peter Mandelson – Hob Nobs.

      George Osborne -RITZ


    • 183
      Mong-U-Mental says:

      Knacking the old export guarantee system was not a good move. Even more so now, given the risks of defaults.


  34. 93
    fucking cunts says:

    Monty Rakusen’s Studio (Bespoke Photography)

    WTF! Bespoke Photography – is there like off the shelf photography of random bastards?

    “This is me at work”.
    “Oh really… That fat fuck looks nothing like you.”
    “Yeah. We couldn’t afford bespoke photography so bought some generic pictures of random cu-nts in an office.”

    Monty Rakusen (aka Achiezer Goldbergerstien).


  35. 96
    The Gubberment says:

    remember suckers,once we tax you its our money not yours.


  36. 97
    Baron Lord Baron Mandelcunt says:

    I always have a happy ending. Sploot.


  37. 102
    Tony & Cherie Blair-Bollinger says:

    Well Hellooo you guys, it’s Tony & Cherie here, we just popped by to tell you we are very very very rich.

    Hope you all enjoy ‘mnoo book dontcha know. Packed with really great stories ‘n stuff to keep you idiots confused as hell fnar fnar.

    Last week our stooopid fat daughter ate the first draft manuscript, thought Oh bugger, then realised I could just copy ‘n paste it all back from poofter Petes out-takes. Good jobby his came out first eh!

    OK must go now, we’re popping down to Stress Angels for a free wank on the taxpayer, traaa all.


  38. 104
    • 122
      Mike Hunt says:

      Liebour central in full ‘snow’ mode, glad to see they can still spam the Grauniad.


    • 127
      anonymous says:

      read some

      all mps of which ever party are CNUTS


    • 235
      Anonymous says:

      Just read a few of the Lefties’ attempts at justifying such waste- utterly shocking. These clowns don’t seem to realise that such publicly funded largesse is totally unacceptable to the average tax payer. They instead try to smear Pickles.

      As for the tosspot who said that spending money on a Blackpool outing was good value if during that trip they came up with ways to save £100k- they should bloody well be doing that in the office if that’s their job. Easy way to save money is to fire most of these wasteful public sector scum.


  39. 110
    armchair auditor1 says:

    number one name


  40. 111
    Mrs Bishops Luxury Parrot says:

    I don’t see me on the spreadsheet, must be under Mandelson’s ornithological persuits – He prefers a cock’a-two


  41. 112


    We have seen a few hundred pages so far…from ONE department…

    It is quite clear that the last Labour Government (and probably starting with the Grinning Ape) GROSSLY MISAPPROPRIATED £ BILLIONS OF OUR MONEY

    If ever there were grounds for IMPEACHMENT, these must represennt them.

    Clearly Ministers just told the civil servants to spend on anything they liked regardless…

    We are now going into another phase following Smeargate and the MPs expenses…


    IMPEACH AND IMPRISON THE LAST LABOUR CABINET…ever last thieving member of it…from the Gunring Goon down to the Poison Dwarf…

    PS What will we find with the other Departments ??!!


    • 141
      Proceedure says:

      is this a crime?
      Is this the evidence of said crime?
      If so who is it that should investigate it?


    • 145
      Legal Beagle says:

      The procedure would be a trial before the Bar of the House of Commons

      The House of Commons is sovereign

      A majority of the House could imprison anyone found guilty of peculation, misappropriation etc


      • 150
        Legal Q says:

        Then who in the present government has the duty to do it?


        • 168
          Legal Beagle says:

          Impeachment proceedings would be brought by a motion in the House of Commons

          Then the full Commons acts as the Judge…like a Court

          (same way as Bill Clinton was impeached by the US House of Representatives – the US applies English law in this regard)


        • 178
          Gone Fuckin mental says:

          Solicter genral ?


        • 213
          Anonymous says:


          Only if the present government prove to be truthful,honest & open with the why & where of the disbursement of our taxes.
          If not, then the short memory of the electorate will doom us to another LieBour type government of selfseeking,thieving,devious,troughing hoons in 6 or 7 years time.


        • 226
          My Other Cars Not A Prius Either says:

          Immaterial who has jurisdiction,invasion carried on a vote in house of social workers,teachers,solicitors,fund managers etc.The highest court in this sceptered isle remains the jury of ones peers.


  42. 114
    Eric,I'm too fat for prius Pickles says:

    A bently politician


  43. 116

    If ever we needed proof of what we have been saying here for so long, it is now clear, published and in black and white

    New Labour turned Britain into a Banana Republic…

    New Labour = Organised Theft


  44. 117
    Sink Londonickles says:

    Most spending was done in London by lackys close to ministers in all party’s


  45. 122
    Spoiler says:

    Good for Ken, love to see Ed win leadership.


  46. 125
    Oona King says:

    If I don’t become mayor, you’re all racist. Riiice and peeea, riiice and peeea.


  47. 137
    Gordon Brown says:

    What a gay day! Shut that door.


  48. 139
    Gone Fuckin mental says:

    Why is the left full off bullying and violence ?


    • 158
      Schrödinger's (fully trained) Laboratory rat says:

      Long term studies reveal that the Left was built on lies, wishful thinking, violence and deceit together with a soup song of personal arrogance, vendetta, revenge and vanity.

      The word ‘respect’ is a colloquial term used to denote adherence to, or tagging along behind any prophesy or bollocks that may gain personl advancement.

      ‘Rats in a sack’ is term used to describe the resulting shenanigans.


    • 194
      the last quango in paris says:

      because they are stupid, uneducated, jealous and have


  49. 143
    Gordon Brown says:

    I shall shortly be in a position where I can make a full statement to The House detailing when I shall make a fuller statement to The House regarding my plans and policies on my personal choice of biscuit.

    Until then, I can say no more. Neither would the house wish me, on such a delicate subject of national economic importance, to reveal more than is absolutely necessary.

    No other Leader in the Western World has been able to say that.


  50. 147
    Gordon Brown says:

    I love to sploot all day and night.


  51. 148
    I N Fringe says:

    from now on all comments are copyright(C) 2010


  52. 155
    Martin Day BBC economics correspondent says:

    Meanwhile, things go from bad to Warsi.. –

    A condem attempt to blame Labour for the economic collapse backfired badly yesterday.

    The coalition are toerags


    • 202
      Piss Organ says:

      Why are you reading that comic you moronic Labour lickspittle?

      A reminder: £165 BILLION OVERSPEND, £1.2 TRILLION DEBT



      • 211
        DR Know says:

        banker crime wanker


      • 242
        Old dog no tricks says:

        I’m no lefty – but the point is well made – the current crop are a bunch of lefties who lost the red ties !

        No change under this lot either – we’ll just be able to see how they’re troughing themselves this time – without being able to do a damn thing about it !

        slowly slowly people will stop watching where our money is going – and of course the politicians will always be able to explain what a wise spend it was – and nothing will happen ! Cameron will ‘have evry confidence in his people’ and the issue will go away because they know – that there is nothing the people can do about it until the next election. At which point – they are stupid enough to put the last lot back in ! And hey – we’ll get a new leader and have our go again in 5 years time.

        Makes me sick ! But then – I didn’t vote for the lying cheating c*nts !


  53. 161
    Eric Pickles says:

    I must tell you Guido that you started all of this…

    You wanted accountability

    I now give you an “army of arm-chair auditors”…

    PS I see the Twat Watson is now supporting accountability

    Wat did he do for 13 years then apart from piss our money up the wall with no accountatability ?


    • 164
      Nick Clegg says:

      Thanks Eric

      But is is going to take us YEARS to get to the bottom of all of this

      Can’t you get the Audit Commission, National Accounting Office and the CPS to identify the worst cases of peculation and misappropriation and prosecure them for us ?


    • 166
      Kerbcrawler says:

      Let’s hope the armchair auditors find a few billion down the back of the cushion.


  54. 163
    SaltPetre says:

    Dear God…I just had a look at the account for the Ordnance Survey. They spent a total of £199,320 on employee childcare and childcare vouchers !!

    Does this mean my taxes are being paid for OS workers to have nannies ?


  55. 170
    Legal Beagle says:

    I remember when the MPs expenses scandal happened

    And many here thought we would never get any prosecutions…

    We have some, at least…

    So file complaints, as before, with your local Police or the Met…

    Pressure them and they will have to act, like with (some) MPs…


    • 209
      Dumbarse says:

      Should not the present government prosecute this? Pickles,when first becoming aware of it should have sent it to the CPS straight away with a note stating what he thought and what he wanted doing.


  56. 172
    QWERTY says:

    Why are all Union leaders either scousers or jocks?


    • 190
      the last quango in paris says:

      his wearing the pink shirt under the red sign is hurting my eyes and his crap that he is spouting is hurting my ears.


    • 204

      That unite bloke you mean? He did sound a tad.. stereotypical.

      We should divide the UK up and divide it into zones. Like the cold war Berlin.
      Then each could have its own ideology.
      Scotland could border itself off and go for full the USSR. Wales could be a sort of East Germany. Northern Ireland .. Poland?

      There would be checkpoints and border guards and restricted items. No fruit allowed into the peoples republic of Scotland.. But plenty of former eastern bloc citizens would love to flock there and relive the old days.

      No whiskey or oil imported to the decadent ‘south’.

      Big signs at checkpoint Charlie {Kennedy}
      “You are now leaving the blue zone. Passports must be surrendered at the red border. No trainers’


    • 243
      Old dog no tricks says:

      No they are all scroungers on excessive pay and perks who care not a jot for the membership so long as they get their grossly exagerated wages for doing f*ck all useful.
      They are power hungry c*nts – another load of power hungry troughers but (sort of) in the private sector !

      This takes nothing away from the unpaid reps who often do a damn fine job protecting vulnerable staff – I know I have met one or two !


  57. 176
    Gordong Brown says:

    Ah’m nae deid yet!


  58. 187
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today i have meetings and i will have other duties in the house today .


  59. 198
    the last quango in paris says:

    Unite – do they support ed miliband? has he anything to say? Unite – supporting the workers:


  60. 199
    Anonymous says:

    Smith Institute also received £17,500 from the Home & Communities Agency for ‘Learning and Development services’.

    “The Homes and Communities Agency is a non-departmental public body and our sponsor government department is Communities and Local Government (CLG). “


  61. 203
    ! says:

    fuck it needs office.


  62. 205

    […] Guido has spotted a bill of £7,500 from the Smith Institute, Gordon Brown’s dodgy think tank. He wonders if other government departments have similar bills? Good question Guido. […]


  63. 214
    Todo says:

    We need a prosecutor general.


  64. 221
    QuangosMyArse says:

    Dave, how many quangos did you kill today?


  65. 224
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am a chippy Jock who likes spending other peoples money, no suprise really when we I was bought in a household funded by the poor of the community


  66. 234
    Kess says:

    WTF is “strategic consultancy” anyway? It seems to be one of those glib and pretentious buzz-phrases that ought to raise alarm bells whenever it’s encountered.


  67. 236
    D L George says:

    Anyone notice the TV media are not reporting this?

    Talking of Labour wasting money, we were at Hartlepool to see the tall ships the other day. To get there you had to walk past two giant monitors showing bl**dy Mandelson on repeat. To make matters worse they had fairground attractions stealing money off kids and foreign sailors trying to win giant teddies, called, wait for it, ‘TONY BEAR’.

    We passed the enormous Corus steelwork factories, the only sign of movement was the hoards of park & ride busses. Sad. Nice one Labour.

    Hartlepool’s socialist elite reckons it’s spent wodges of taxpayers cash hoping people will return when the ships have left. No they won’t you daft useless brainwashing no good thieving b*stards.


  68. 238

    Why is this such a problem consultancy keeps people in jobs and mainly these people do a good job


    • 244
      Old dog no tricks says:

      Depends whether they are consulted about anything useful – which is highly unlikely given the record of the last government !


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