October 5th, 2010

Hague’s Withdrawal Sends CCHQ Press Office Spinning

Guido learnt that William Hague had pulled out of an “in conversation” this lunch time with the Telegraph’s Peter Oborne. Quick off the mark the CCHQ spinners were suggesting that Guido had got his facts wrong and that the “in conversation” was with Gove, who has stepped in as a replacement. Complete and utter spin.

Before embarking on such sub-par spinning perhaps they should have checked page 84 of the official conference handbook, which has a rather prominent half-page advertisement:

3/10 for effort. See Coulson later…


  1. 1
    Gay Hague says:

    Fffffffffffion comeback, Chris can have his own room tonight.


  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Gods sake , If they are scared to front up after a few months of goverment then it doesnt bowed well when the shit does hit the fan .

    They dont get it the public are sick of spin .


  3. 3
    rememberrinka says:

    Guido: any clues as to why Hague has pulled out? Is there a suprise in store for us later in the week?


  4. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Proof that these people have never had real jobs as it clearly never occured to them to just call a sickie


  5. 6
    pp says:

    Probably been reminded of his 1977 speech and wondering where it all went so wrong….

    Full text here:


    If you are in a hurry, skip the first few paras and get into the meat! – Small State, Low Tax, non-Interventionist, reward for work, reward for taking risks etc…


  6. 7
    Dick the Prick says:

    Better offer? Pickles nicked his sweets? What could it all mean? The humanity, the humanity


  7. 8
    Disappointed says:

    Is that really the best you’ve got?


  8. 9
    Michael Gove says:

    Ooooooh suits you sir


  9. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Ken Clarke was initially down to do this, he pulled out. Hague stepped in and then pulled out a few weeks ago, in realit, due to the conduct of the Telegraph last month and now it looks like Gove is the preferred option.


    • 40
      Anonymous says:

      seems reasonable…..but could be more to it.


    • 63
      Mrs Mills says:

      Let’s do the hokey-cokey
      In, out, in, out, shake it all about


    • 115

      Ken just realised it was a lunchtime gig, which is never good after a heavy and late night of serious political discussion (as always happens at conferences).

      Getting a pie and a p*nt down him with a good cigar was always going to be the preferred option…


  10. 11
    Much Ado About Nothing says:

    Gosh, is that the time?


  11. 12
    Gordon Brown says:

    Talk about me! Why aren’t you talking about me?! Everything should be about me!


  12. 13
    They're all smug, sneering, Celt cunts at the BBC, 'cept Kuenssberg whom I wish to bum intensely says:

    What’s this you say?
    Hague has been sharing a canal barge with a hairy arsed fellow?

    Expose this bummer now!!!


  13. 14
    Even though I voted tory I think the says:

    conservatives = bunch of wankers


  14. 16
    Mornington Crescent says:

    To be honest, once I saw that the C4 prog was trailed gleefully by Jon Snow and that the best characters they could produce were Presco (from the party that brought us Campbell and McBride), Galloway and some disgruntled, semi-literate, scar-faced hack, I switched off.

    I’m no fan of Coulson – Dave was a prat to hire him – but they’re all the same.

    Perhaps Vague’s pulled (it) out because Ffffion’s up the duff at last?


  15. 17
    concrete pump says:

    Spin isn’t the correct term for this sort of excuse – it should be called C.U.S.S. or Cover Up Shit Speak.


  16. 18
    annnnnoyperson says:

    Who in their right mind would want to speka with Peter Oborne?


    • 38
      streamfisher says:

      In Latvia pīrāgi (or speķa rauši) are crescent shaped buns made with bread dough, they are baked (not boiled) and usually filled with …
      Hope that clarifies matters (no butter jokes please).


    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      Barmen, off-licence owners, and the like?


  17. 19
    annnnnoyperson says:

    or speak, even!


  18. 20
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    Nice one, Guido. Fucking worrying, isn’t it?


  19. 23
    guido is turning into the main stream says:

    Guido – you are becoming just like them – we liked you because you were different but now you are playing their game – he said she said gossipy shite – please sort it out.

    are you getting an inferiority complex and have to justify yourself all the time or childish nit picking – go for the big stuff


    • 25

      This whole site is based on gossipy shite – you would be better off at the Indy.


      • 54
        The political class can kiss my arse says:

        You hypocrite! On the previous thread you excised a perfectly reasonable comment about people wanking over Enoch yet not being able to think rationally and explain their apparent distaste for N**k G of the B&B.

        You’d be better off with some cojones.


        • 62
          guido is turning into the main stream says:

          ROFL – Guido we need some real gossipy shite not that coulson told a porky pie crap

          anyway the opinion in the indy is bollox – i would have a better laugh at polly hipogrief in the guardian – i would like to see her hypocrisy published for all to see.


        • 80
          albacore says:

          @ 50 – That avenue of comment is way outside the NUJ toadies’ ball park.


    • 32
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      You appear to be missing several points:
      1. They denied what was verifiably correct.
      2. It is about gossip – read the tin.
      3. Small stuff can mask very big stuff.


  20. 31
    crip says:

    OK Guido,
    keep your foot on his throat.

    Just make sure he don’t try to bum you!


  21. 36
    • 44

      Never mind all that..Why has Gove asked ME! to speak at the ‘getting it right in business’ symposium.

      I’m from banking. I don’t know anything about getting it right…

      Any ides from the readership? So far all I’ve got is ..
      “hello…erm..sorry for all the bailouts and that. but, its very important that banks are supported because..” and then i can’t think of anything.


    • 47
      concrete pump says:

      Who gives a fuck about cold Russians? They’ve got Vodka.

      I want to know if H*gue makes friends at the Homnasium.


    • 47
      Mitch says:

      I’m still recoverng from the long BBQ summer last year.


    • 65
      streamfisher says:

      The gulf stream moderates our climate (UK), if it throws a wobbler the national grid is fucked.


      • 75
        Sir William Waad says:

        Don’t worry. We have lots of lovely windmills. See how pretty they are! George Monbiot says “My column would collapse without windmills.” The wind always blows!


      • 93
        Archer Karcher says:

        Don’t worry, that clever Mr. Hunhe is spending billions on lots of windmills that will save us from freezing…. if it’s windy that is….


  22. 37
    Jon Snow, lefty cu'nt says:

    Expose these lying Tory scummers now!

    Destroy them!, hound them, Ridicule them!


  23. 45
    Adrian says:

    Wow, what a fucking scoop.


  24. 49
    Jimmy says:

    A minister pulling out of a fringe event?

    This is unheard of.


  25. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Come on, he is with his wife in the conference and hopefully sharing a room / bed with her. Any one knows where his young adviser / friend is?


  26. 56
    13eastie says:

    In case the excitement gets out of hand, can we have a copy of the errata from the publisher of the handbook?

    We also need a fully marked-up version of the original booklet, showing all typos.

    (This is just the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure).


  27. 67
    Gordon Brown says:

    Lick my love pump.


  28. 78
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    O/T Did you hear that Gert Wilders is on trial and freedom of speech is again tested ?


    • 85
      Mornington Crescent says:

      I have sent a reply but it is currently being held up somewhere near Cheltenham…


    • 86
      Anonymous says:

      Seems to have missed gf’s attention.

      And I thought this was a political blog! How I laughed.


    • 88
      albacore says:

      Hush yo’ mout’!
      The libertarians on here have their heads so deep in the sand that all they can focus on worrying about is Willy’s attendances.


  29. 83
    Field Marshal Hague says:

    Let’s look at the evidence…

    Billy pulls out of event.
    Dr Fox says the cops know who leaked his MoD cuts letter.
    Rumours abound in Brum of a “disruptive episode” looming later today.

    ERGO —

    Billy leaks. Fact.


  30. 90
    rattattat says:

    what’s the big deal


  31. 91
    Marmite says:

    Guido, for fecks sake, change the bloody record and leave Hague alone. I don’t care if he’s ac or dc or half and half – just give it a rest, as you really are flogging a dead horse now, and one could ask what is your obsession with him.


    • 119
      Batty Hattie Harmanescu says:

      Does it matter if a person is ac/dc? No it doesn’t, but if that person is foreign secretary and is in denial about it, and if that person hires the object of his desires at public expense, if that person then makes ridiculous excuses about sharing a room to save money, then yes, it most certainly does. And no, it is not time to draw a line under the affair and move on.

      Admittedly not matter as much as it did, since the post of foreign has been taken over by Euorpe, rendering the post meaningless.


  32. 94
    Voice of Reason says:

    Guido’s site is becoming more and more boring and trite. Give it a rest mate. Pick some subjects which are interesting and stimulating instead of this childish nonsense.

    Or perhaps – is Guido on holiday and the site being managed by some pimply teenager without any creative thought in his head? One thing for sure is this site has deteriorated badly in the last week or so.


  33. 95
    Voice of Reason says:

    How about this: Martin ‘terrorist bomber’ McGuinness has said he’s disgusted with the recent bombing in N Ireland. Oh, to have such short memory when elevated to personal power!


  34. 95
    Archer Karcher says:

    Hi Chris, do you miss all the first class travel, shared hotel rooms and expensive gifts?


  35. 98
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have a new cagoule for our mini bus trips


  36. 103
    Mr Moo Zlim says:

    I refusings to find job! I want much many free benner fits for me and my seven wife and 54 children! Death to job! Moo ham mad does not wants me to works for kafir country! And backdates all my benny fits to 1954 immediates or I putting fatwa on your evil western decadent kafir heads! All haa ak barrrr!


  37. 104
    sorry, a bit of topic but a rally good book says:

    The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement [Paperback]

    Jean M. Twenge (Author), W. Keith Campbell


  38. 105
    A bit mutton jeff says:

    Did I hear correctly on Newsnight last night Polly Toynbee bragging about her winter fuel allowance and her bus pass? What? She is not skint.


    • 112
      Go BoJo! says:

      I heard Paxo trying to twist Bojo’s union vote suggestion so that it sounded as if Boris was suggesting that any strike vote should have the support of at least 50% of the union.
      Boris wiped the floor with him.
      (Actually Boris’s suggestion is that a strike vote is invalid if 50% of the bruvvers don’t vote.)


      • 117

        The CBI’s suggestion (that 40% of eligible members must vote for the strike) is actually tougher than Boris’s plan, but in my view perfectly fair.

        I’d set it at 66% myself, but then again I’m only in favour of collective action to further a collectively held position, much like the unions used to be when they were a useful part of our country in the 20s and 30s.


    • 114
      Doc Trough says:

      Display of affluence like that should guarantee conference-long pum-pum action for the daft auld sangoma.


  39. 107
    Harman Pride says:

    Comrades! We’re on our way back!


  40. 121
    Anonymous says:

    I have visions of Hague withdrawing and now I need the mind bleach :(


  41. 122
    Policy-Adviser says:

    David Cameron said this afternoon “we want to create a top down, bottom up society”. Me thinks, William Hague is already ahead of the Prime Minister…


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