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. 4
    The political class can kiss my arse says:

    Fucking wankers the lot of them.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

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

  6. 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…

  7. 7
    Dick the Prick says:

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

  8. 8
    Disappointed says:

    Is that really the best you’ve got?

  9. 9
    Michael Gove says:

    Ooooooh suits you sir

  10. 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.

  11. 11
    Much Ado About Nothing says:

    Gosh, is that the time?

  12. 12
    Gordon Brown says:

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

  13. 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!!!

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

    conservatives = bunch of wankers

  15. 15
    Gerry Mandering says:

    What/who did he pull out from…..

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 18
    annnnnoyperson says:

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

  19. 19
    annnnnoyperson says:

    or speak, even!

  20. 20
    Can't remember my moniker says:

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

  21. 21
    Selohesra says:


  22. 22
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Ffffion’s up the duff?

    Are you sure it’s hers?

  23. 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

  24. 24

    No, patience….

  25. 25

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

  26. 26
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thanks but you all knew what i meant :)

  27. 27
    Mornington Crescent says:

    I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue…

  28. 28
    AI says:

    Rumours: Dave moving in No 10 found Turkey Baster down back of the sofa, asked William what it could be for, william said he would look after it.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:


  30. 30
    Selohesra says:


  31. 31
    crip says:

    OK Guido,
    keep your foot on his throat.

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

  32. 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.

  33. 33
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Hopefully nothing to do with your narrow boat.

  34. 34
    Hague Pride says:

  35. 35
    Laney says:

    Ooh, you are positively delicious!

  36. 36
  37. 37
    Jon Snow, lefty cu'nt says:

    Expose these lying Tory scummers now!

    Destroy them!, hound them, Ridicule them!

  38. 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).

  39. 39
    13eastie says:

    Guido’s “revelations” are given strip-tease style nowadays, (interspersed with imaginary East-Enders drums at the discretion of the reader…)

    I’m sure this is purely to increase the entertainment value of the blog, and has nothing to do with wariness about the last Hague cock-up…

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

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

  41. 41
    The fat thing that is Tom Watson says:

    Don’t forget me…!!

    p.s. didn’t know that NI is making secret pay-off’s to try to keep the wraps on the story. Perhaps it is bigger than we thought??

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Barmen, off-licence owners, and the like?

  43. 43
    P. Doff says:

    Thought you meant bowed… as in bent?

  44. 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.

  45. 45
    Adrian says:

    Wow, what a fucking scoop.

  46. 46
    The political class can kiss my arse says:

    Well done!

  47. 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.

  48. 48
    Mitch says:

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

  49. 49
    Jimmy says:

    A minister pulling out of a fringe event?

    This is unheard of.

  50. 50
    Doc Trough says:

    2000 – 2010. The Basted Years.

  51. 51
    Wails4Eva says:

    Oh! God! The drums. I shall be hearing them all bloody day now.

  52. 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?

  53. 53
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No , I meant as in doesnt look good .

  54. 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.

  55. 55
    Tom Tomos says:

    Speling matterz.

  56. 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).

  57. 57
    Dior says:

    Maybe Gove will wear a baseball hat?

  58. 58
    Wails4Eva says:

    They’re just covering their backs in case it is a tad nippy this year.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Who is the daddy?

  60. 60
    My anatomical organ says:

    I’ve got them too, damn eardrums.

  61. 61
    Tom Tomos says:


  62. 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.

  63. 63
    Mrs Mills says:

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

  64. 64
    albacore says:

    Careful, Gordon.
    People might get ideas.


  65. 65
    streamfisher says:

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

  66. 66
    Tom Tom says:

    .. and I was named after drums.

  67. 67
    Jimmy says:

    I’m guessing on a nearby barge.

  68. 68
    Gordon Brown says:

    Lick my love pump.

  69. 69
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Wee Willy? Pah, like Cameron, a principle free zone, bought and paid for.

  70. 70
    streamfisher says:

    Said the Captain of the Titanic.

  71. 71

    Are they working each others passages?

  72. 72
    I went to uni and got a degree in media studies says:

    propa lolz at yor bare funniez m8.

  73. 73
    lola says:


  74. 74
    Mr Ned says:

    I think guido has scored what our colonial cousins call a “slam dunk”

  75. 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!

  76. 76
    Ed Balls says:

    Oh Gordon, not again!

  77. 77
    mike says:

    You are becoming quite a bore flogging on about Hauge.

    Find something else worth reading about.

  78. 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 ?

  79. 79
    streamfisher says:

    Posh, port out, starboard home.

  80. 80
    albacore says:

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

  81. 81
    mike says:

    Sorry about the typo….Hague…..

  82. 82
    Steve Miliband says:

    That Boris Johnson needs his fringe attending to.

  83. 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.

  84. 84
    streamfisher says:

    Unfortunately all piss and wind doesn’t generate any electricity.

  85. 85
    Mornington Crescent says:

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

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Seems to have missed gf’s attention.

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

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    I’ll keep an eye out for you. Oh sorry….

  88. 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.

  89. 89
    streamfisher says:

    For a nought percent increase?

  90. 90
    rattattat says:

    what’s the big deal

  91. 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.

  92. 92
    South of the M4 says:

    If it did Prescot could light the entire country.

  93. 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….

  94. 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.

  95. 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!

  96. 96
    Archer Karcher says:

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

  97. 97
    Charlie Kennedy (hic!) says:

    Worked for me.

  98. 98
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have a new cagoule for our mini bus trips

  99. 99
    13eastie says:

    “…the site being managed by some pimply teenager…”

    So let’s have some Totty Watch features then…

  100. 100
    Anonymous says:

    not enough ‘innocents’ killed for you, Martin?

  101. 101
    Ali Bongo says:

    So was I.

  102. 102
    John says:

    does Natalie go with you? she is my friend and so is Stuart

  103. 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!

  104. 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

  105. 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.

  106. 106
    A Doctor says:

    You can get an ointment for that.

  107. 107
    Harman Pride says:

    Comrades! We’re on our way back!

  108. 108
    Paternity suit says:

    Boris, usually.

  109. 109
    Up sh1t creek says:

    So Hague is suffering from Premature Rejection?!

    Never mind, I’m sure the journo’s will love him next year. LOL.

  110. 110
    As hot as Moaty says:

    You ought to heve gone to Russia or Portugal this year. Forest fires everywhere.

  111. 111
    Eccles says:

    Anyone called Twenge lacks credibility. Sounds like someone out of the Goon Show.

  112. 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.)

  113. 113
    Pa Kettle says:

    Me too!

  114. 114
    Doc Trough says:

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

  115. 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…

  116. 116

    Yep, Archer, and what is one of the most common causes of extremely cold weather?

    A nice high pressure area sat over the UK with very little wind…

  117. 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.

  118. 118
    Laney says:

    Terrorist bomber or brave freedom fighter?

  119. 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.

  120. 120
    wonderfulforhisage says:

    What else, other than spin, do you expect from an ‘Heir to Blair’.

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

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

  122. 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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