October 12th, 2010

Polly Spins for Hubby Again

Polly is pushing her warped logic to the maximum in her column today suggesting that just because one department spends more money on boxes of paper, Whitehall needs more quangos to regulate costs and other such daft ideas. Quoting the National Audit Office, the Tuscan-typer is clearly still scathing about the scrapping if the Audit Commission and the subsequent loss of her husband’s job as their spinner.

Despite attacking Philip Green’s wife in the rant, yet again Polly feels no need to declare an interest that she is continuing to fight her husband’s lost battle. She does however manage to squeeze his name in eventually – in a plug for their new co-authored book at the bottom of the article.


  1. 1
    Mr Toynbees Parrot says:


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    Anonymous says:

    As her mirror at the Daily mail, Littlejohn, says today, theres no outrage from the left over Mandelson’s maximizing his take home in the same way that Green does.

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    Champagne Socialist says:

    I wonder if she pays the green supplement when she flies off to tuscany?

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    Anonymous says:

    The National Audit Office isn’t dead; the Audit Commission is. Keep up, dear.

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    Alan Philip Bonggg says:

    Polly was banging on about the need for QUANGOs on the BBC on Sunday. She also argued that the private sector should suffer more for the recovery as “they use private jets”. Warped prospective indeed.

  6. 6
    Alan Philip Bonggg says:

    Perspective even.

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    Champagne Socialist says:

    Just another champagne socialist. As you know there are fucking loads of them these days, aren’t there.

    Do you have to be a card carrying member of the Labour party to be a champagne socialist?

    Don’t forget the biggest millionaires of them all, having never earned any revenue in their lives, Keil Ninnock and lovly Glandis. All from EU money, just like Baroness Ashton is doing right now, looking after her old age too. Fuck me what a pension she is gonna get.

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    concrete pump says:

    Why the fuck was Pollypox attacking Green’s wife?

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    Schrodinger's cat says:

    All the nice girls – like a quango.

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    Champagne Socialists says:

    Mandrew Arr says bloggers are ‘inadequate, pimpled and single’


    Even toenails c u n t says he never bothers to read his blogs comments any more.

    These bloggers do so much to tarnish the reputation of fully qualified, prefessional, smug, self satisfying journalists don’t they.

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    kENTON cHUCKLE says:

    phew – can’t someone send Polly a sample of Vagisil

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    Champagne Socialists says:

    What does she do to earn revenue? Exactly what is her profession?

    How does she earn her revenue? Is it off the state?

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    annnnnoyperson says:

    The Tuscan Terror witters again.

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    kENTON cHUCKLE says:

    Marr resembles a postman’s cock

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    Anonymous says:

    Greedy Selfish C unt !

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    Poisonous Labour says:

    It’s about time she retired, she can afford to with all the money ripped off by her husband?

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    Here's what I charge for an A+ Audit Guv. It's cheap at twice the price. says:

    The real point about the Audit Commision was that it did catch corrupt councils. Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative.

    Now Fatfuck Pickles has decided that the councils themselves can pay what they like to who they like to give them a clean Bill of health it’s going to be a field day for those councils who want to cook the books.

    It’s a corruption charter.

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    Ben 'buggering' Bradshaw MP: ex BBC cunt, and right on massive arse-bandit of socialisms says:

    It was richly amusing to hear a Union trot on five Coma yesterday attacking Green for spunking 5 mill on a birthday bash, when he is so scathing about waste in civil service spending.

    To a trot there is no difference between spunking your own money, and spunking taxpayer’s money.
    But of course to a trot, taxpayer’s money is as good as their own.

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    Here's what I charge for an A+ Audit Guv. It's cheap at twice the price. says:

    Corrupt Councils up and down the land are cheering Eric Pickles.

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    Anonymous says:

    I sent a letter to my local paper and they published it.

    They headlined it

    “Let’s have a cull at the council”

    I asked why it takes 63 councillors to run the council when they could do it with 1 mayor and around 15 councillors. Most of local governemnt is dictated to by central government any way. So as we are all in this together, I thought they would want to offer up themselves as a starter, in addition to all the local government staff and services they intend to cut.

    Being a libertarian, that I am, I await athe political parties response. I think this suggestion is fair.

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    The public sector spunking taxpayers money... says:

    Somethings wrong whengovernment is paying £349 for an ink cartridge that you can buy at Partners for £14.99.

    As Sir Humphrey would say “We’ll set up a Commitee of Enquiry to look into it Prime Minister…” Then set up a whole new departement of 800 plus in an expensive office with a budget of £2 Bn to look into the cost savings possible

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    Anonymous says:

    Only now the councils won’t be awash with cash and they’ll have to publish what they pay, for what and to whom.

    Get with the message, fuckwit.

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    Phantom says:

    Oh good god. Never more has it been shown that this daft bint hasn’t got a clue and this time it’s about procurement.

    Government does not need to centralise this. Government creates a Business-to-Business portal for all its purchasing transactions, there are lots of third-parties that do this in the private sector from everything to tendering to reverse auction. It’s 90% automated and also transparent. There is no danger of one department buying a laptop for £1000 when another buys the same for £300.

    Private sector firms buy products and services worth billions with only a team of 5 people tops.

    These automated portal solutions can also cover off all the legal aspects of contracts too.

    There is a massive potential to not only get huge cost savings but also completely strip out thousands of back office paper shuffling and quite a few contract lawyers to boot.

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    Anonymous says:

    What a self-interested sour-grapes rant that is by Polly.

    “Philip Green says: bring back the quangos”

    did he? that’s news to me.

    I thought he just said that the government should make the most of economies of scale, and use a bit of common sense (neither of which any quango or government dept has-done)

    You don’t need to have a shit load of quangos to achieve economies of scale (or to police it) – you just need a very very small I.T. department which is capable of installing/tweaking/maintaining a simple shopping/ordering system for commonly-used items (a system like that can be bought off the shelf for about £500), and then you can leave it to the various government departments to either use that system (or not) for relevant items depending on their needs.

    You don’t need a massive quango to save billions on that front; you need a handful of techies in a basement somewhere maintaining a pretty basic intranet, and maybe 2 or 3 competent negotiators to go round to big suppliers to get good deals for the kind of volumes/items that goes through the system.

    Do you need a massive quango which costs 100’s of milions and does fuck all?

    Fuck no; you need a handful of techies, a couple of good negotiators, a bit of common sense, and about £2million per year max to fund it. £2million max, for billions in savings. Departments wouldn’t have to use the system; they’d just use it when it’s relevant to them.

    In fact, you could easily make such a department completely self-funding; there’s no reason why it can’t be a private company rather than a tax-payer-funded mini-quango, because they could be paid for by getting commission on the amount they save for the government departments. That way, if they don’t save money for (or get used by) the government departments then they don’t get any money. If they do save the government money then they get paid well. Nobody loses; the tax payer gets a great/better deal from the purchases, the tax payer doesn’t have to pay for the quango, and we get a private company getting boosted in the process funded purely by tax payer savings.

    Essentially, all you need to do is get a private company to act as a purchase team for the government, working on savings-based commissions. Each department can also have their own purchase team if they want; let each dept choose what’s best for them to use; whichever team saves the most as a proportion of rrp gets the most business.

    It’s a win-win for everyone apart from the defunct quangos that cost the tax payer millions and who never did their job properly.

    Polly: Did you never have any common sense in the first place, or was it just lost along the way somewhere?

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    filipinomonkey says:

    Wrong, taxpayers money is way better than their own.

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    Anonymous says:

    The reason is that most people who work in the civil service simply don’t have any understanding/appreciation of money/costs.

    If someone charges them £20 for a cup of coffee, they’ll just pay the bill (assuming that it’s coming out of expenses rather than their own pocket), thinking “it doesn’t matter how much it costs, because it’s not my money, and my boss doesn’t seem to care anyway”.

    It’s that kind of mentality which the government needs to grab by the balls and put through the fucking mincer.

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    sandra in accounts says:

    Mega rich lefty toff Polly Toynbee has no shame as we here know too well – are there no guidelines that she must follow to declare her interest?

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    Gordon Brown the Patron saint of the Middle Classes says:

    Stop spending more than you earn you stupid bastards !!!

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    GCSE Economics Paper says:

    “You set up a body costing £1.6 Bn to save the taxpayer £6 million .Discuss the advantages of this”(Extra points will be awarded if you can bring Against the Coalition:Cuts will damage the recovery and Benefits of a Quango into your answer)

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    Exotic dancer says:

    Quango, quango. Ooh, that’s rich!

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    For Toenails to say that he never reads his comments is like a doctor saying he never bothers to check whether his patient survived the operation.

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    kENTON cHUCKLE says:

    why don’t you just order stationery from Viking Office Supplies?

  33. 33
    Kill all Fabians says:

    Sir, I salute your hatred of Ben Bradshaw

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    Guido – why do my comments always await moderation? Is it cos I is geek?

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Fawkes, may I just say on behalf of your ‘inadequate, pimpled & single’ readers, you’re on jolly good form this week !

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    Tapestry says:

    Polyp writes – all headteachers will be on their own, thumbing through brochures, subjected to marketing calls from sales reps trying to bamboozle them with gizmos and super-new electronic teaching aids that may be the best or the worst.

    She cannot imagine a world in which decisions are taken by the people who know best, those actually doing the job. Why does she imagine teachers have no idea about technology as it applies to their profession? She obviously has no idea herself, and as she writes a column, and is obviously of higher intellect than most, then mere head teachers can have absolutely no idea about their own profession in her estimation.

    Do we need such drivel to be in newspapers?

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    Polly says:

    Leave me alone or I’ll go and cry in one of my villas.

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    Smig says:

    Don’t be silly. The nomenklatura fly privately. No passport control, no extraneous fees, no questions asked.

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    “You smell that? Do you smell that? Socialists, son. Nothing else in the world whines like that. I love the smell of socialists in the morning. You know, one time we had a quango bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn’t find one of ‘em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…”

    Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

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    A Pensioner says:

    Love the naivete – bet you have never run a company or paid an auditors bill? Or been to the lunch with the partner after which the accounts are signed off?

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    Selohesra says:

    Because Green is rich and does a bit of tax planning we should all blindly reject any efficiency savings he can identify – much better to carry on wasting than accept advice from a successful businessman who has spent a bit of time in the real world

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    Kill all Fabians says:

    Pollytwaddle sheer Pollytwaddle the silly ‘oh so right on’ cow needs a good seeing to by Gordon Brown – the thought of those two thrashing about in a sea of sweat whilst Mandy beats their collective arses with one of his leather whips …..’er OMG!! ………..

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Have you got a link for that? Looks like the kind of newspaper screaming headline that bears no scrutiny after the second sentence.

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    Ratsniffer says:

    Guido I love your blog but you do not help my blood pressure. There is nothing makes my screaming piles turn purple more than a rich, leftie whining and finger wagging at the rest of us, especially when said person can escape to the comfort of a villa in tuscany while we’re all working our nuts off in the cold and the rain. Why doesn’t she just admit she is – by ordinary standards – wealthy and that despite losing his job her husband and she can still enjoy a lifestyle most people can only ever dream of.

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    concrete pump says:

    Walker looks like he’s just been given a flash of his wife’s goop chute. The same face anyone would pull if they had sucked a lemon.

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    Hampshire Tory says:

    Bonus Points will be awarded if you can blame Margaret Thatcher for the current economic climate.

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    Smig says:

    Jealousy. Pollytwaddle is too retarded to work for herself and hates anyone that has built up a business empire and doesn’t want to share it with her and her sponging, champagne-swilling, yacht-borrowing gobshite mates.

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    Red Ed is fucked says:

    PMQs tomorrow will be golden. Cameron will have a field day with the fact that Labour MPs didn’t vote for Ed.

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    torieblue says:

    for some reason she likes tax on almost everything except over-sea’s property’s .

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I did find that interesting.

    I did imagine a “department of govermnent bulk buying” that would cost more than 50p per cartridge to save 45p.

    You claim to have a solution thats cheaper, might be so … but then I’m being more complex than I have to … mr. Chuckle has a point there.

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    Kill all Fabians says:

    This is who Ed and David are!!!!

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    What did i say? Sentence?

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    Anonymous says:

    The mind boggles as to how much could be saved by a central (and optional; you don’t need to use it if you get a better deal down the road from a local supplier etc) ordering system.

    Something as simple as ordering paper in this way would probably save billions, and the kind of savings you could get from things like printers or furniture etc, well, overall it could probably halve the entire government spending costs overnight.

    It’s such a basic idea, and costs no money to do, it’s something that could have been done years ago, and it should definitely be done now.

    I work on those kind of systems everyday in the private sector; it’s a piece of piss, and large companies already do this.

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    Gordon Brown, Sarah's hero says:

    I want a bottle of fizzy orange rammed up my bot bot. Quick.

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    triple AAA rating. very cheap says:

    You’re wasting your time. He’s too stupid to even realise that some private auditors will be giggling almost as much as the corrupt councils at the thought of all those lovely bungs and ‘surcharges’ to give a corrupt council a clean bill of health.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    how does the centrally bought paper get to the office that wants 10 reams?

    Does the bulk-selling company do all the retail-scale delivery?

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    torieboy says:

    inst it about this time of year glynis Kinnock request diplomatic talks with Cuba
    for her favourite months of the year January or February ?

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    Polly Toy Bee says:

    Don’t you think I’m sexy?

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    assertion as fact says:

    you set up a body for a £Gazillion to save 20p

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    Non posso ricordare il mio soprannome says:

    He is watching her being run over by a Putzmeister. God, it’s a big beast. Have you seen one in “real life”?

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    Engineer says:

    When a government department uses public money to hire PR firms to brief for said department against the government of the day, they have exceeded their remit somewhat spectacularly. The least said department could expect is a severe shake-up; given the economic climate when cuts are being sought, and the services said department provide are readily available elsewhere, it was idiotic and suicidal to do what Polly’s hubby did. He just handed Pickles the opportunity for a savage beheading which will have the instant effect of concentrating minds elsewhere.

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    Mind Bleach says:

    I’m on emergency stand by if anyone needs me…

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    Ratsniffer says:

    Pass the industrial sized sick bag….

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    Mark Byford says:

    Guido please show more sympathy, losing one’s job is very traumatic. How can anyone survive on just £900,000?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    It just shows that the left treat there voters like thick kids

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    Gordon's always been a problem says:

    Powell says Blair should have “dealt with Brown” early on. Paxo asks “what do you mean by dealt with?”

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Q: Why did the auditor cross the road?

    A: Because that’s what they did last year.

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    The public sector spunking taxpayers money... says:

    No newspaper headline but from Philip Green’s mouth reading from his report to Francis Maude during interview yesterday with Jeff Randall Live on Sky News

    There was a hell of a lot more equally mind boggling if correct.Such as one department paid £8 per box for typing paper whilst another paid £73 per box for the same paper.Check it out

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Yeah, good point. The audit commission moved into esoteric drivel by the end with a pointless waste of crap called ‘place survey’ which informed no-one of anything. Good riddance.

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    Anonymous says:

    No; you’re missing the point.
    The bulk-buying department doesn’t have to be a quango; it can be a private company funded purely by the amount they save (and the amount they save is only counted for sales they make to the government buyers/depts, not just for savings they get from the suppliers).
    And it’s optional; if you get a better deal from someone else then you don’t use them.
    For example, the bulk-buyer system/company manages to get a deal that a box of paper which’d normally cost a dept £10 now can be bought at £5. The government departments buy it from the bulk-buyers system, say, £6; they save £4 and the bulk-buyers get a £1 commision, and the suppliers get their £5.
    If, however, the government department can buy the same paper for £5.50 at tesco’s then they get it from tesco instead and the bulk-buyer system/company doesn’t get any money.
    It doesn’t cost anyone anything; they only get used when it saves the department money.
    Private companies do this everywhere, especially large companies. I work on these things everyday and it saves people a fortune, but they’re still not forced to use it if they can get their own better deal down the road.

    In this instance, you’d also publish the prices on the net so that the public can cross-check why their local school or council is spending £20 on a box of paper when the bulk-buying system is selling it for £6, (or when tescos is selling it for £8).

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    triple AAA rating. very cheap says:

    while making lots of corrupt councils very happy indeed

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Need a truck

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    A Headtecher says:

    I have to order special toilet roll for Mr Alberts the chemistry teacher becuase he has special sticky shit and keeps poking his finger through the normal Charmin

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    Sir William Waad says:

    The logical fallacy is to assume that you can only save the £6 billion by spending the £1.6 billion. This is called a ‘false dilemma’.

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    Engineer says:

    If the Audit Commission was so effective, how have these corrupt councils been allowed to get away with it?

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    Anonymous says:

    they could do; that’s the beauty of it; it’s up to the bulk-buying private company to do the kind of deal/processes that suits their clients. the bulk-buying company could, for example, do 2 deals; one with the paper company, and one with ups to deliver it; you simply let the private company come up with the best deal/processes that suits the clients; if the government departments don’t use it (or the savings aren’t decent) then the private company doesn’t get any money.

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    concrete pump says:

    I’ve got an M58 outside my office, it’s yours for £467,000.

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    sadly nell has been taken away and will be posting from her new home says:

    Woman Who Became ‘Orgasmic’ Over Eric Pickles is Sectioned


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    Number 10's cat says:

    Isn’t it a pity she’s managed to breed.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Polly defending the right of the public sector to waste private sector taxpayers money.

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    Mr Ned says:

    Now he should provide proof that there is no such thing as an adequate married blogger with a clear complexion.

    Of course he is just trying to distract people from another fact, that bloggers perform a valuable function that the BBC claims to do, but in reality has abandoned doing a long long time ago.

    Bloggers report on the real truth of a situation as they see it, instead of promoting an entirely false reality in pursuit of a political agenda set by the international elite.

    That is why the BBC utterly failed to inform its viewers about the reality of Iraq’s non-existent WMD prior to the 2003 invasion.

    That is why the BBC utterly fails to inform its viewers about how shoddy the “climate science” really is and how utterly corrupt the UN’s IPCC is.

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    Stinking Bifta says:

    I can send her some second hand stuff…
    Recycling, and all that – the lefties love it!

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    The public sector spunking taxpayers money... says:

    It works pretty well in the private sector ( e.g in a comparable sized multi-national )where this sort of central ordering and despatch is norma and has been for at least a decadel.Even with factoring in delivery costs etc it would still save a hell of a lot of cash. It’s actually called9Wait for it) a weekly Stationery Order(each department has a set day to input and as et delivery day) which is input their PC to the central ordering unit who arrange the ordering and despatch.If you need an emergency order because you’ve run out then you have to pay an extr cost which comes off your budget and you pretty well soon don’t do emergency orders,Nobody in a multi-national orders stuff piecmeal or locally for decades.

    Similarly the quoted telecoms bill of £2bn a year that the government pays out.A multi-national their size would have bought a system and installed the internal cabling years ago saving megabucks on calls even after discounting the initial set up/installation costs. I am surprised that the government hasn’t already done this if Green is correct in his report

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I’ve met one or two secondary head techers.

    Most of them didn’t tech.

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Shot him? Oh no, sorry , lefties only kill innocent darkies

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    Anonymous says:

    If Viking Office Supplies is cheaper, then you order from them instead of from the bulk-buying company. In that instance the bulk-buying company doesn’t get the commission/money/sale.
    It’s therefore in the interests of the bulk-buying company to save the government departments as much as possible, because if you can get a cheaper deal from down the road then you don’t use the bulk-buyer and they don’t get their cut.
    It’s gloriously simple, and massively effective.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I hope in her next colum she carries on attacking Tax aviodence ( To be consistant ) , Blair , Lord Paul , Ashcroft, Green and of course The Guardian but will she ?

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    Polly says:

    That’s la Serenissima Marchesa Maria Louisa di Toscania, Commendatora Ordine Guardianista, to you, my lad.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I misread that and thought “Cheap for a motorway, but who’d want to buy a motorway that goes from Wigan to Liverpool”

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    concrete pump says:

    (Bloik) (vomit)

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    Gordon Brown says:

    Why has no one ever become orgasmic over me?

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    Tom Tomos says:

    +++Aberrant apostrophe alert+++

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    Stinking Bifta says:

    *dowses self*
    *applies wire brush*

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    Handycock says:

    Look at this and scream after you see what you are paying for these twats and their public sector pensions:


    Not mine of course. I deserve it cos I haven’t had a proper job since I was 21.

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    BARBAR the exploding elephant says:

    If TESCO can manage to drop off \a few groceries I am sure that it is possible

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    Steve Miliband says:

    I had the misfortune to tender for some goods to the local council. Took months – a 50 page tender document full of outdates specs, overseen by a team of god knows how many. I lost the order to a company the other side of the country for a few pounds. What was the point?

    In the private sector the purchaser would call in a few suppliers, see what they could offer, decide the best product and then squeeze them to within inches of their break even and expect the product later that day on 60 days credit

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    Penfold says:

    Ostrich, dinosaur, are syndromes that come to mind, along with Reality Denier.

    Just like all lefties thoroughly corrupt and self interested.

    Once government recruitment goes on-line then the Grauniad is toast.

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    BARBAR the exploding elephant says:

    Cant imagine why any body would wish to visit either place, maybe a slip road to manchester would be worth more?

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    richardcalhoun says:

    Many Labour councils are corrupt, witness the baby p case!!

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    concrete pump says:

    That particular motorway has to be the most depressing road in the country, you leave one shith*le and then enter another. Not unlike the Humber Bridge, where you go from the fishy shith*le (Grimsby) to the shitty shith*le (Hull).

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    Engineer says:

    What corrupt councils? If councils are corrupt, what has the audit commission been doing about it?

    Given that councils now have to publish all spending, on what and to whom, their scope for corruption is somewhat squeezed.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    I’d prefer them on overseas properties.

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    Non posso ricordare il mio soprannome says:

    That must be about £10,000 a ton of kit! I did all my pouring two years ago, thank heavens. Two floors and about 40 tonnes of beton, not even the weight of your machine. I am now looking out over the sunny Adriatic, whilst it is supporting me typing this. Think the M70 costs more than one and a half bar? (my version, not yours.)

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    In the butt says:

    Waste in a private sector business hits the bottom line profit.
    Waste in the public sector hits the pocket of the tax payer.

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    Schrodinger's cat says:

    The pointless legacy of Barbara Castle, another ghastly Labour minister’s bribe to the electorate with our money in the 1960s.

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    Anonymous says:

    But few as corrupted as Waltham Forest

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    see no evil, hear no evil says:

    well that’s them caught as lying on paper is, as we know, almost impossible
    maybe if Eric sits on them they will promise to be very, very good

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    Celebrity Chef says:

    Quangos and sticky rice are a perfect dessert to follow green curry

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    Roger Daley says:

    A Johnson’s Johnson perhaps ?

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    Engineer says:

    Just a passing thought – anybody remember Her Majesty’s Stationery Office? Wasn’t that the centralised purchasing authority for government everything? Didn’t it’s demise follow the decision that it would be cheaper to buy locally?

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    Anonymous says:

    Wasn’t it the BBC who had a bloggers’ room at the 2005 election – a room full of people sitting at laptops?

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    see no evil, hear no evil says:

    Many, many Labour councils
    and they will be that much harder to catch now

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    I am Sick says:

    The BBC are rather like the spoiled kid who had a football, who would demand that anyone playing with him, had to obey his rules or he would sulk and take his ball home.
    The internet has given everyone balls now and the sulky kid can and is, usually ignored or bypassed. They hate it with a passion.

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    Anonymous says:

    Audit Commission and National Audit Office are different organisations, idiot

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    Schrodinger's cat says:

    In general, those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers. Those who can’t even teach teachers become the teachers’ union leaders.

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    Anonymous says:

    I don’t remember that.
    But, if that was the case then rightly so; the point I guess is that the bulk-buyer should be a private company, and if they don’t save the government departments any money then they don’t get any money themselves.
    The idea of having a private company bulk-buyer for the government, but where it’s optional for government departments to use, means that it’s basically 100% self-funding and doesn’t need any quango to see if they’re getting a good deal, because if they’re not getting a good deal then the bulk-buyer simply doesn’t get the order/money.
    Why should a bulk-buyer for the government be any different to any other retailer/wholesaler? Let them be private.

  117. 117
    I am Sick says:

    Sort of state funded. The public sector gives the Grauniad a subsidy worth tens of millions each year, under the guise of situations vacant, public sector jobs. This and rather imaginative tax avoidance procedures, keep the Grauniad and all who sail aboard, including Fatty Toynbee, up to the armpits in money.
    Factor in her almost constant paid appearances on the BBC and Channel4 spouting drivel, and his £100k+ public sector “job” the grotesque pair lead a rather luxurious socialist lifestyle. At your expense of course.

  118. 118
    I am Sick says:

    Which corrupt councils precisely? Surely if the Audit Commission had done it’s job, there would be no corrupt councils to speak of?

  119. 119
    triple AAA rating. very cheap says:

    I could audit that mangy parrot for you guv.
    Only a minimal surcharge and I’ll say you have a dozen golden eagles.

  120. 120
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Its meant to cut the corner for all the roaring trade between scotland and liverpool. That isn’t going to help matters is it?

    Had the economy in those places kept going reasonably well, it would have been a pretty sound investment.

  121. 121
    john in cheshire says:

    pollywolly doodles all the day.

  122. 122
    EU, muzzies & me? - fuck off! says:

    No dilemmas here in accepting a reduced amount of £1 billion of your expenditure. You get to keep your saved £6 billion too. Quids in.

    See me after class.

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    You on the bonggg agggain?

  124. 124
    Unsworth says:

    Why does this fucking moronic bint think they don’t do (or delgate) all this stuff already? School Secretaries (now ‘Managers’ or some such) have been dealing with stationery supplies, local contractors etc for decades. Has she ever actually been to a school?

    State schools are given budgets which are overseen by County authorities and by Governors. Those budgets cover all of the running costs of the school, including salaries, overheads, maintenance etc etc. Head Teachers now are the equivalent of MDs of smallish firms, responsible for ensuring that budgets are met and not exceeded. Of course that may lead to the traditional pre-April spend-up, so there may be some waste there, but in the main (in my experience and with some well-publicised exceptions) budgets are reasonably well controlled.

    The real scandals arise from the interface between County and District authorities (and LEAs) and external contractors for major works, particularly in land and construction. There’s waste, corruption and graft a-plenty there. Take a look at the remarkable relationships between Councillors and major contractors – that’s an eye-opener. But this is just the surface. The graft goes right the way down the chain. Why? Because it’s Other People’s Money.

  125. 125
    rightallalong says:

    The politics of envy just goes on and on.
    Mind you, if you give £200,000 to the Labour party, like Alan Sugar did, they’ll love you.

  126. 126
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Aaaaargh – the raddled old cow opens her mouth and I just feel like punching her. Why doesn’t she just fuck off to Tuscany and leave us all alone

  127. 127
    wasp says:

    I’ve just read her article- she’s in cloud cuckoo land. Has a warped sense of reality re schools and the NHS (she seems to think they currently operate in some sort of cosy socialist utopia which is being savaged by Coalition policies), and she totally misunderstands Monitor. And indulges in a typical leftie response to Philip Green: attack the man – especially if he’s wealthy- and thereby undermine the message.
    I believe that even social workers don’t read the Guardian any more

  128. 128
    Mr Ned says:

    @110, That was back when the BBC “did not get” blogging and thought that it was a phenomena that they could co-opt and control by giving special privilege to certain “on message” bloggers.

    Since then the blogosphere has shown itself not only to produce voluminous mountains of absolute bullshit, but to be the un-stifled bearer of truth also.

    It is down to the consumer of information published by bloggers to become discerning and decide for themselves what they believe, of course, but at least they have access to some truthful information now amongst the dross and bullshit. Previously they only had access to the mainstream publication and broadcast of the sort of dross and bullshit peddled by the likes of the BBC. Truth was not available at all.

  129. 129
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dont you mean Lord Sugar ?

  130. 130
    NAOmi says:

    Guido, the National Audit Office isn’t defunct. Totally different beast to the Audit Commission.

  131. 131
    Schrodinger's cat says:

    @sp#4. M58: The economy has been dying there for even longer than the three decades that I have known it so the contingency would never have arisen.

    A15 (Humber Bridge), only a Labour created quango could claim that it could serve the Scotland-Liverpool route, but they have done even worse as we all know.

  132. 132
    Half eyed Scottish idiot says:

    If I was Littlejohn and saw Polly in the mirror every morning, I think I would puke.

  133. 133
    Sarah's Fluffy Beard says:

    For Westminster and Local Councils substitute EU Comm and Westminster!

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    The “Gordonian knot” was dealt with very effectively by Alexander, he just chopped the fucker. Brown could have been dealt with the same way and told to fuck right off as he was an evil malignant bastard at the heart of government. Blair lacked the courage to deal with him. The end result is in every cut about to be implimented. Thank you gordon you incompetent bastard.

    btw can someone tell me how much of this humungous deficit is directly attribultable to the money spent on bailing out the banks and how much would still have resulted from Government overspending even without a bank bail out ?

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    You really ought to get your facts rights. The Audit Commission was an NDP established by a Tory GOvernment and accountable to Ministers. The National Audit Office is an independent Parliamentary body.

  136. 136
    Anonymous says:

    David Walker is a classic champagne socialist – sent his child to Nick Clegg’s old school, Westminster.

  137. 137
    rightallalong says:

    Baron Sugar of Clacton in the London borough of Hackney.

  138. 138
    tiny minded bigot says:

    Clapton on Sea?

  139. 139
    Put a kettle on says:

    Guidoistas, buy my book as Tuscan villas will not pay for themselves!

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