October 7th, 2010

Straw Calls Shadow Cabinet Election “Barking Mad” and “Daft”

The Labour Party’s “greasy pole” was slammed on Radio 5 this morning by a self-proclaimed “climber of the greasy pole”, Jack Straw. It seems the old timer is getting grumpy on the way out and is less than impressed with the system of electing the Shadow Cabinet:

“… if you are in the shadow cabinet it is elected, I, from a position of complete neutrality, said to my colleagues, I survived and prospered under this system for ten years, but I just tell you, it is barking mad, for arithmetical reasons as well, it is a daft system, and what it means is that of the eighteen or nineteen people in shadow cabinet, probably a dozen capable of being in the Cabinet, half a dozen are not and if and when we have a Labour government some of those who thought this is a meal ticket in to the proper Cabinet will be sorely disappointed.”

The presenter Nicky Campbell interrupted to ask whether Straw would come back on Monday and let the public know who the half-dozen unsuitable members are. Funnily enough the answer was “errrr no”.

Low down the pecking order contest is getting vicious and the rules governing how many women are elected could hurt the likes of Bryant, Bradshaw and Harris. According to punters over at Smarkets at the top Burnham and Khan are vying for the Home Office. There is still no clear frontrunner for the FCO shadow, but Balls is still the favourite for Shadow Chancellor, just, his wife isn’t far behind. By this time tomorrow we shall know whether Labour are opening up yet another family drama narrative…


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  2. 2
    Olly boy says:

    The entire concept of the Labour Party and socialism is ‘Barking Mad’.

  3. 3
    Restandbthankful says:

    Is this the new generation Ed Mili-tant promised. Hmmmm.

  4. 4

    Does it really matter? I can’t see any of them fit for government at the moment.

  5. 9
    James42 says:

    Straw, “I, from a position of complete neutrality”

    When was that ever the case?

    • 21
      Cardinal Kasper says:

      I think it was a typo he actually said ” from a position of complete stupidity”

      didn’t want the historical record to be obsured.

      We’re all fucked

      peace and love

    • 35
      P. Doff says:

      Claiming expenses?

  6. 11
    Can the Khan says:

    Khan for the Home Office. Now that IS barking mad! Just highlights the lack of depth in quality within the Labour ranks these days. A spent party, with a spent ideology, and they spent all our money.

  7. 12
    Warts an' all says:

    Still claiming multiple council tax refunds because the forms are confusing? This talk of “greasy poles” and a “race to the bottom” sounds a bit iffy to me.

    Sod off and soon.

  8. 13

    On the contary Guido, Bryant and Bradshaw have a distinct advantage as they could be elected to the shadow cabinet as 2 of the 13 non-female or 2 of the 6 female contenders, what a gay day indeed!

  9. 14
    one life live it says:

    the majority of posters on this site are loooooooseers

  10. 17
    Cardinal Kasper says:

    What is Straw banging on about ” about 6 will not be fit for Government” Is this man stupid None one single howling barking mad member of the Labour party is fit for Government.

    You’re all fucked

    peace and love

  11. 19
    U R Nicked says:

    I read that the McCann couple are unhappy that CEOPS is going to be part of the police. I wonder why that is?

    • 29
      Mumsnot says:

      You mean those caring socialist parents who went out to dinner with their trendy socialist friends and left their infant children alone in a holiday chalet

      • 32
        Mike Hunt says:

        That’ll be them.

      • 100
        MI7 says:

        And drugged there kids up with sleeping tablets before they went out.

      • 123
        Cuddle Cat says:

        Look, how many times do I need to repeat that they were only dining with friends! Just as you or I might do any night of the week. They had a babysitter there for the younger two, the babysitter was many months older than her two charges.

        The UK police thoroughly investigated the potential of brining charges including neglect but it was thought that as they were ‘dining’ and not simply eating they were beyond reproach.

        Repeat after me – dining with friends!

      • 126
        Cuddle Cat says:

        Look, how many times do I need to repeat that they were only dining with friends! Just as you or I might do any night of the week. They had a b_aby sitter there for the younger two, the b_aby sitter was many months older than her two very young charges.

        The UK plod thoroughly investigated the potential of bringing ch ar _ges including neg_ lect but it was thought that as they were ‘dining’ and not simply ‘eating’ they were beyond reproach.

        Repeat after me – dining with friends!

      • 127
        Cuddle Cat says:

        Look, how many timës do I nëëd to rëpëat that thëy wërë only dining with friënds! Just as you or I might do any night of thë wëëk. Thëy had a babysittër thërë for thë youngër two, thë babysittër was many months oldër than hër two vëry young chargës.

        Thë UK plod thoroughly invëstigatëd thë potëntial of bringing chargës including nëglëct but it was thought that as thëy wërë ‘dining’ and not simply ‘ëating’ as thë rëst of us do thëy wërë bëyond rëproach.

        Rëpëat aftër më – dining with friënds!

        (fucking moderation bollocks)

    • 124
      Cuddle Cat says:

      I couldn’t give a flying fuck what they think. Why do they prostitute themselves so much?

      Cheap fuckers.

    • 125
      Cuddle Cat says:

      Look, how many times do I need to repeat that they were only dining with friends! Just as you or I might do any night of the week. They had a babysitter there for the younger two, the babysitter was many months older than her two charges.

      The UK plod thoroughly investigated the potential of bringing ch*ar*ges including neglect but it was thought that as they were ‘dining’ and not simply eating they were beyond reproach.

      Repeat after me – dining with friends!

  12. 22

    Please let Balls be Chancellor.

    “The only way to get out of debt is to spend your way out of it.”
    Ed Balls is an adviser for ‘motion finance’.

    • 48
      streamfisher says:

      Heard some labour fart Peer in a House of Lords debate proclaiming that reducing the number of civil servants and other public sector employees would reduce the States tax take and lead to a reduction in revenue, this is the level of thinking we are saddled with, hope NICE can get him some altzeimers pills, doddery old fuckers!

      • 136
        Senator Bloodn' Gore says:

        No, no, no he was saying pay them and then we can tax then instead of don’t pay them then we have to pay them (unemployment etc.) but don’t get the tax – simple. If you’re earning £100k/year as a civil servant then your tax will be £30k (plus NI) unemployment will be er…………£100k for the first year + housing allowance, retraining etc.. See the previous Government made sure that it was almost certainly better not to work why are all these public sector people moaning?

    • 150
      Old dog no tricks says:

      I had to see my bank manager today about my credit cards and loans not being paid off ! I told him that I wanted more money so that I could follow Gordon (I saved the worlds) advice and spend my way out of debt !

      He said – fuck off and give me your credit cards now !

      I think he was being most unreasonable !

  13. 23
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Jack who ? I thught he had died ?

  14. 26
    Anonymous says:

    This is better than a system where you can put your friends in or stupid people in so that they don’t turn out be a threat to you. Look at Dave’s boys and girls in the cabinet.

    • 30
      Steve Miliband says:

      The ‘New Generation!’

      Full of err the Old Generation.

      As Kinnock said ‘…we have got our party back!’ – well allright!!

      • 54
        streamfisher says:

        Yes he’s got his party back all right, unelectable for at least 15 years just like the last time he poked his nose in.

  15. 27
    Steve Miliband says:

    Shaun Woodward will be looking to go back to the Conservatives when he doesn’t make it

  16. 37
    Who cares? says:

    Rats fighting in a sack. Irrelevant rats, at that.

  17. 40
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    I look forward to 21.00 when I will elect myself as the new Prime Minister along with my lovely wife Susan.

  18. 43
    This should be good for a laugh says:

    There’s a debate coming up in the next 20mins on This Week with Polly Toy Bee and Fraser Nelson. The subject? Whether Labour’s record in office was disastrous or actually good!

  19. 44
    This should be good for a laugh says:

    Sorry, meant to say The Daily Politics. This Week is tonight.

  20. 45

    Is that a picture of Jack demonstrating to Hattie just how stiff and greasy his pole is?

  21. 56
    Engineer says:

    Strange how some politicians only start speaking blindingly obvious truths when they become political has-beens.

  22. 60
    Edward Balls says:

    The only way forward is more investment, more investment means more growth,increased tax revenue ,simple!!
    You can’t cut your way out of recession.
    The deficit isn’t a problem as long as we can get growth we can keep on paying for it. When I am chancellor these will be my policies!

  23. 61
    Achtung baby says:

    • 79
      Cardinal Kasper says:

      Cameron ” The people’s Hypocrite” doing what he does best talking out of his arse. This is the same man who endorsed those nice people at 10:10 who would like to see us all blown up! The same man who while claiming to endorse Unite against fascism will not denounce the 10:10 no pressure video. I am quite sure His Holiness can see right through this bag of shit!!!

      We’re all fucked

      peace and love

  24. 62
    Martin Day says:

    Anyone rushing to sign PFI/PPP deals before the Spending Review could end up with significant additional costs if contracts have to be amended post financial close, warns Guido Fawkes,political blogger

    • 112
      Private sector worker says:

      For once, Maritn, you might be right. But any decent company should have covered themselves in the contract.

      Our advice is that we will actually be better off if the govt cancel our contract with them. It’s what expensive lawyers are for…..

  25. 63
    This should be good for a laugh says:

    Polly gives Labour 6 out of 10. Fraser gives 3.

  26. 64
    13eastie says:


    Here comes the double dip recession.

    It would take a climate change expert to make the chart say otherwise.

    • 80
      Ireland here we come says:

      and this is before the cuts hit

    • 89
      Mr Ned says:

      So house prices are slowly becoming more affordable and this is a bad thing? Well maybe some people who were insane enough to listen to Brown and believe he had abolished boom and bust, and then think that property would increase in value forever so bought property after 2005.

      This is a healthy realignment of property values and should be welcomed as a part of creating a more balanced economy.

      • 137
        Senator Bloodn' Gore says:

        He only abolished Boom and then majored on Bust.

      • 140
        13eastie says:

        3.6% in a month is not slow, healthy, or a re-alignment.

        Absolute declines in property cause falls in output elsewhere. They don’t increase demand or volume. They scare people off and associated negative equity stops people from selling.

        House prices are one of the best indicators of confidence.

    • 103
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      House prices going down. fancy that. It was amazing it didnt happen before.

  27. 66
    This should be good for a laugh says:

    Fraser ripping Polly to shreds who quickly changed subject.

  28. 69
    I hate New Labour says:

    “when we have a Labour government”.

    Er, jumping the gun a bit there aren’t you Straw?

  29. 70

    Odd that the New Labour boys didn’t abolish this rule when they were killing of clause 4 and then later abolishing on of the PMQs .

    Anyone would have thought they believed they would never lose office – or perhaps those involved knew their careers would be dead then and as selfish socialists ( the only sort) they didn’t care.

  30. 72
    This should be good for a laugh says:

    Brillo just revealed Tory membership has fallen by a third since 2005. Toy Bee will make great hay out of this.

  31. 74
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Get used to this folks. As predicted, the story of the entire 10′s regarding liebour will be nothing but splits and infighting, as if they needed anything else to make them unelectable.

    Notice this current wrangle has nothing to do with the elephant in the room of a man at the top being forced in against the rank and files will.

    This return to liebours comedy Foot and Kinnock era would be much funnier if it hadn’t cost the country so much.

  32. 75
    Looks Like Labour have already decided what Bollocks is doing says:

    • 90
      The English Taxpayer...the cash cow says:

      The First Ministers of Scotland,Wales & Northern Ireland team up to condemn the speed and depth of the cuts.Now why am I NOT surprised at that……..?????

      • 115
        Nelson's revenge says:

        As First Ministers they should know these are not cuts but reductions in spending, so when there is possibility of a double dip recession these reductions are reversed to return to increase expenditure.

      • 120
        troughers still says:

        I wonder if the authorities cut the ex-MP pension to Iris Robinson after she resigned in disgrace…or is she receiving the full whack.
        Maybe First Minister of NI, Peter Robinson, could let us all know.

  33. 86
    Bastard says:

    here are the shadow cabinet results …..

    and shadow barking mad minister is …….Jack ‘warmonger in chief’ Straw

    they are all truly baring mad though aren’t they?

  34. 87
    Bastard says:

    here are the shadow cabinet results …..

    and shadow barking mad minister is …….Jack ‘warmonger in chief’ Straw

    they are all truly barking mad though aren’t they?

  35. 96
    Anonymous says:

    Where is Norman Beresford Tebbit gone? Is he still a member of Dave’s conservative party?

    • 107
      Lil OLmey says:

      Since when did Dave have a conservative party ?

      • 113
        Anonymous says:

        Thought “Call me Dave” is the leader of conservative party.

        • 122
          Albi Here says:

          No c*st ir*n Dave is the leader of the NuConned us party,the Conservative party died years ago when it found that the only way back was to behave as a Liarboor sh*te party ,it’s members comitted suicide or comitted suicide threw away all their scruples and joined wavy Davey in his bid for power,note: this was for power NOT public service.

  36. 101
    Rt Hon Gordon Brown says:

    Where’s my carer? The one they all keep calling my wife. Sharon I think her name is. Tell her to bring my fizzy orange.

    • 141
      Edward Balls says:

      Hoping to see you next week Gordon perhaps we can discuss our plans for further ‘investments’ to save the country from these deficit cutters! Give my regards to Sarah if you see her.

  37. 102
    The Shadow Cabinet says:

    we work in harmony

  38. 104
    Sadsick Khunt says:

    If I don’t get the Home Office shadow, I’ll use my favourite card.

  39. 110
    Gordon Brown says:

    I watched Mr Cameron’s speech yesterday. It made me so angry, I did a jobby in my underwear. The men in white here weren’t happy about that. I had to sit on the naughty step for a few hours. Bigots.

  40. 117
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s Howlin’ Mad Jack.

    Five months ago in May 2010, a cracked political unit were sent into opposition by a military court for crimes they certainly did commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Westminster underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as politicians of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The B-Team.

    • 133
      Albi Here says:

      Sir Billy,you appear to be a very optimistic person,”The B Team”, no, more like the ZZZZZZZZZZZ Team even then I wouldn’t be calling for help from them,calling them,lieing,thieving gits yes.

    • 146
      "Mrs" T says:

      What you talking about , FOOL !

  41. 121
    Stoke says:

    If I had any input into the shadow cabinet debate, it would be to hand each of them a knife.

  42. 135
    Albi Here says:

    moderated again ,I give up.

  43. 139
    Dave Mili says:

    Welcome to the world view, Jack. Nice on the outside, eh? Quite crystal clear in clarity. However you forgot to add ‘bunch of Hoons’.

  44. 142
    My Considered thoughts on Jack Man of Straw says:

    Ever the opportunist, Jack Straw would sell his granny if he saw political advantage for himself. An odious unprincipled creep of a man.

  45. 144
    Anonymous says:

    Why are you defending a Paedo ? You protest to much I think.

  46. 147
    Wanker Watch says:

    Is it just me or is Jack demonstrating his technique for knocking off a Hand Shandy in the pic for this item ?

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