October 20th, 2010

Look With Your Eyes Not With Your Hands

Something is just a little bit too convenient about this photo of Beaker the Leaker:

Guido does find it rather amusing that in order to avoid being accused of “announcing to the press before announcing to the House” the government seems to have just accidentally happened to get photographed reading the chosen headline figure.

Dave got caught flashing photographers a document as well. Instead of briefing the press the new method seems to be to simply flash briefings to photographers so hacks know what to write about thus softening the blow. Despite the half a million jobs figure being the official forecast for months, every single newspaper splashed it this morning…

Could this be a plausibly deniable job well done? Though questions still remain about why the Telegraph had the entire Defence Review before it was announced yesterday…


  1. 1
    pissed off voter says:

    one of the many objectionable characteristics of the previous administration was it’s prolific use of spin. plus ca change…

  2. 2
    Alistair Campbell says:

    Wish we’d thought of that.

  3. 3
    smiffy says:

    For gods sake, it’s not a leak, gaffe or any other load of bollocks you would like to attribute to it.


  4. 4

    I should be awarded the Oaten Medal with Bar for the deposit I have just made

  5. 5
    Sarah Tweet says:

    as made the move – have gone #Blackberry (watch out for learner driver mistweets)

  6. 6
    Spinners ur us says:

    Yep Guido – it all looks just too convenient…

  7. 7
    Beaker the Leaker says:


  8. 8
    Right Bastard says:

    C’est la vie…..

  9. 9
    Chris Myers Fan Club says:

    Oh its such joy reading all this Tory apologist claptrap.

    Even more enjoyable reading the Tory press trying desperately to put a positive spin on the approaching nightmare.

    If Gordon Brown had announced scrapping Ark Royal, Harriers, and building an aircraft carrier for the French air force, the Tory apologists would be losing their minds.

    Keep on apologising, the Tories who you adore will be knocking on your door soon – YOU are NOT immune. And when they arrive at your door they will have your P45 in one hand, and a Ledger to record a further financial deduction to your once nice middle class life in the other. The less well off will be hit hard, but they by their nature will cope, they always do. The middle however cannot and do not !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 10
    Billy Cotton Band says:

    I reckon his lot is spinning even more than the last lot.

  11. 11
    arsehole labour trolls says:

    Labour would return us to the Stone Age

  12. 12
    Down with Brown! says:

    The hapless Leaking Chief Secretary to the Treasury declares his love for the EUSSR:

  13. 13
    Old School says:

    You would have thought that government johnny could have had his shirt cuffs starched and pressed properly for such an important ‘leak’.

  14. 14
    Not the 9 o'clock news says:

    And finally in other news: The OBR’s Budget forecast was for a reduction in public sector workforce numbers to 490,000 by 2014/15, however the OBR’s budget forecast is for whole economy employment to rise from 28.9m to 30.2m between 2010-11 and 2015-16, driven by two million private sector jobs.

  15. 15
    New Politics = same old Spin says:

    Campbell replaced by Coulson as the cun*t, sorry, spinner in chief.

    Nothing has changed.

  16. 16
    Technomist says:

    They already have in Waltham Forest

  17. 17
    Dick the Prick says:

    Well, it’s 200,000 fewer than the Office of Budgetary Responsibility announced in June so you’d think the Guardianzis would be happy but not a bit of it. Their leader has over 500 rabid ignorant socialists blaming everyone but their Dear Leader. Hmm

  18. 18

    Oaten medal with Mars Bar ,surely?

  19. 19
    Sarf of the River says:

    “Could this be a plausibly deniable job well done?”

    Are you mad? It’s just a different flavour of the same activity the last lot of shits got up to. Nothing will change until Westminster is razed to the ground.

    It is institutionally corrupt to the core, self-serving and a complete waste of everyone’s time, effort and expense.

  20. 20
    liam Fox (Doctor to you) says:

    Can’t understand Why Danny was so devious, it’s much easier to wite a letter and send copies to all the media outlets.

  21. 21
    Chris Myers Fan Club AKA Bullingdon Dave and his Bullying Right Hand Man AKA Where's the blog tat? says:

    Please try and forget who gave us the biggest budget deficit in post-war history. Cheers.

  22. 22
    Down with Brown! says:

    Didn’t they promise they would announce everything to parliament first. They must have been worried that the market would spook if they did not have the information first.

  23. 23
    G Bruin says:

    Would you like to see me flash my briefs?

  24. 24
    Lumberjack says:

    More of a ‘hedgetrimmer wednesday’ than an ‘axe wednesday’

  25. 25
    Down with Brown! says:

    The hapless Leaking Chief Secretary to the Treasury expresses his regret at being caught out leaking again:

  26. 26
    Dick the Prick says:

    Did they have violin’s in the stone age for I feel a symphony needs playing (on the world’s fucking smallest one).

  27. 27
    Down with Brown! says:

    I wonder if Gordon will show his face in Westminster today to see all the trouble his incompetence has caused.

  28. 28
    Westminster Village Gossip says:

    Whisper the news, it’s much more effective!

    It is being whispered that William Hague has privately signaled that he intends to withdraw from politics before the next scheduled general election in 2015. It is being suggested that Hague believes his political reputation has been irreparably damaged over his ties with Lord Ashcroft and his decision to share a bedroom with self confessed Gay Christopher Myers.

    A-List Conservative darling Wendy Morton who was parachuted in by conservative central to stand in the Tynemouth constituency in the 2010 general election and lost has been told to prepare the ground to fight Hagues seat which is one of the safest Tory seats in the country. Morton, who fought a four year campaign in Tynemouth has business interests in Hagues Richmond North York’s constituency. She was a Richmondshire District Councilor until she resigned in 2006 over allegations of bullying.

    Morton has been advised to resurrect old connections and establish new ones within Richmond constituency in a bid to reawaken interest in her locally.

  29. 29
    Judo Hague and the Bedroom of Doom says:

  30. 30
    Sarf of the River says:

    The EU are busy doing their level best, with the assistance of cast iron Cameron, to return the UK to middle ages serfdom.

  31. 31
    al-Jabeebies says:

    Today will either mark the day the coalition saved the British economy, or the day it sowed the seeds of its own downfall. We obviously won’t know for a while but you wanna bet which line the BBC will take?

  32. 32
    Sir William Waad says:

    You can take the man out of PR but you can’t take PR out of the man. I don’t really see the advantage of giving the Opposition more time to think of something clever to say. I thought the rule was to announce bad news once but good news at least three times.

  33. 33
    Christian Guru Murphy says:

    “…seems to of………….” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. 34
    Dave says:

    Yes we gave a cast iron guarantee that we would respect parliament and announce everything to the house before briefing the press.

  35. 35
    streamfisher says:

    Leaks are a one way street in the Twilight zone.

  36. 36
    Cast Iron Cameron is going to have to have a referendum soon says:

    Germany has won agreement from France to negotiate treaty changes.

    The proposal for treaty change is supposed to be included in the report that Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, will make to the EU summit at the end of October.

  37. 37

    Up early this morning Alan? Ready for your big day?
    Little tip.. in your new job GDP means Gross Domestic product, rather than General Delivery Postworker.

  38. 38
    South of the M4 says:

    soconded, thirded and fourthded.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    “Seems to have”. Not “of”.

  40. 40
    The BBC....we are impartial, so there !! says:

    All through the day the BBC is carrying out a “Cuts Special” …we have a fantastic line up of Labour politicians and other people from the left and representatives of the “Deficit Deniers Panel” which we keep on constant stand-by for that instant quote.We also have our team of reporters around the country in Labour Constituencies heavily dependent on public sector for jobs and where the bemefit claimants are approximately 70% of the population who will be giving instants unbiased coment as the cuts are announced

  41. 41
    Giving up the ministerial Limo didn't last long. says:

    Why was he in a car, I thought they walked or cycled everywhere these days?

  42. 42
    dr. sipp says:

    im writing to denfence secretary

    do you you know of any country besides UK with aircraft carriers without planes?

  43. 43
    Mr Muzbot says:

    This is what we demands from today’s spends reviewing!

    1) 545% increasing in our benny fits! Immediates!

    2) Unlimits immigrations from the middles east!

    3) Lifelongs benny fits for all my Muzee brothers and sisters! No demands them find works! Workings in land of the infidel is sin!

    4) Builds 50 new mosks in UK immediates!

    5) 958% increasing in aid to middles east, with cheque addressed personal to Abu al-bin bin-al Abu!

  44. 44
    Bobby O'Brian says:

    Paddy Power – Next Prime Minister

    Ed Miliband 5/4
    Boris Johnson 8/1
    William Hague 12/1
    Liam Fox 12/1
    Michael Gove 14/1
    George Osborne 16/1
    Yvette Cooper 16/1
    Caroline Spelman 22/1
    Ed Balls 25/1
    Theresa May 28/1
    Phil Hammond 33/1
    Jeremy Hunt 33/1
    Andy Burnham 50/1
    Jim Murphy 50/1
    Nick Clegg 50/1

  45. 45
    smiffy says:

    Jesus friggin wept. Follow the link you mong. It can’t be made any simpler. If you where any denser you would bend light.


  46. 46

    I’ll take ‘BBC wears black mourning clothes and shows pictures of the spending review being carried away from parliament on a gun carriage, followed by the Job centre plus choir and the band of the Unite Flying pickets playing the last post’ .

  47. 47
    Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, cunt, Asperger's patient, mong, deficit denier, liar, fuckwit, saver of the world says:

    Today I’ll be hiding in Killkiddies. Don’t blame me. I didn’t do nothing.

  48. 48
    Thunders says:

    Absolutely – grr!

  49. 49
    Troll Dolley says:

    who would like a finger of fudge?

  50. 50

    Diane Abbott didn’t make the list again!

    What a racailist country we live in.

  51. 51
    streamfisher says:

    Den Fence should be informed that at the present time we have neither aircraft or carriers.

  52. 52
    Dan Quayle says:

    seems to HAVE not seems to of


  53. 53
    The Paparazi says:

    Guido is this the politicians equivalent of the publicity hungry celebrity who just happens to get photographed falling out a night club flashing her knickers ?

  54. 54
    Fabians are stupid says:

    Good on ‘em I say – If you can’t learn something from being on the end of all those years of Labour spin and dirty deeds (“a good day to hide bad news”) then you need your arse kicked

  55. 55
    John Prescott says:

    Guido, you don’t not write english propers likes what i do and more to the point of that which can be said until beyond the main notion of that being therefore without any hindrance because he fervently believes and in that sense it must be said of which and yes.

  56. 56
    How the BBC see it says:

    BBC Presenter on Five live today actually said, “Today the Government announces its spending review,.. Cuts to you and me”

  57. 57
    Cast Iron Cameron says:

    Lisbon is going to be changed by the French and the Germans Dave.

    What was that about a referendum again ?

  58. 58
    Restandbthankful says:

    It is hardly a leak or a Gage when it was available to download online. Had these hacks been capable of investigative journalism they would have found it themselves instead of being helped along like Gordo had to be by his wifey.

  59. 59
    Brown Hater says:

    Well I’d be amazed if you had the front to appear in the HoC, today of all days…

    …cuts? Blame the Scotch son of the manse; him and him alone.

    Was he stupid, dogmatic, incompetent or simply wicked?

    Hate him!

  60. 60
    Fabians are stupid says:

    Oh and now all they need to do is grab hold of the BBC and purge it of the lefty Marxist scum that control it and put their own spin-meisters in control of the prop…ooops News.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    what the fuck are you blabbering on about?

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    You did. Remember Caroline Flint’s ‘inadvertant’ leak when she wandered through Downing St carrying a briefing paper in a transparent wallet? That leak involved preparing the cattle for major drops in house prices, as I recall.

  63. 63
    Restandbthankful says:

    I was thinking there must be a funeral today when I saw Laura Hoonsberg on the labour mouthpiece channel this morning.

  64. 64
    Eeeew says:

    Does Ed Milibland not look in the mirror in the morning? Just saw him on TV speaking outside his house and there’s a very visible whitehead on his face. Foul. And his whole face looks greasy. Surely he can afford some exfoliating face wash.

  65. 65
    streamfisher says:

    Plese receev your hunry % in climut frum uniwersity of Xiaping error.

  66. 66
    Jacob Stoatgobbler says:

    I would imagine that leaking briefing documents thus must save loads on manpower, tea and biscuits. Looking forward to cost-cutting in the toilet paper department, utilizing previous Government’s redundant white papers . . .

  67. 67
    Flanders & Pesto says:

    Nick Robinson on the Brillo prog is now saying what George is going to say.

  68. 68
    fucking BBC says:

    Are the BBC wasting even more of my money having a fucking helicopter hover over Westminster?

    Do they not realise that people already know where Westminster is, what an aerial shot looks like and what Westminster probably looks like from the air?

    Or is it a phenomenally high crane?

  69. 69
    Doris with a Morris says:

    If true, yet another potential own goal for Darling Cast Iron Dave and Tory HQ!!But Hague really does need to consider his future options after these catastrophic errors in judgement!! But Wendy Morton? FFS!!

  70. 70
    english - C- physics D+ see me says:

    were not ‘where’

    Light is easily refracted by a simple glass prism or even raindrops in the atmosphere ( rainbows) so doesn’t require anything too ‘dense’.

  71. 71
    Phwooar! says:

    Stephanie Flanders on Daily Politics. But not as yummy as Jo Coburn. MILFtastic.

  72. 72
    Mar Ching Band says:

    What are the odds for none of the above?

  73. 73
    Down with Brown! says:

    Stephanie “used to go out with Ed Milliband and Ed Balls” Flanders on the Daily Politics with Robert “Tony Blair described me as Gordon Brown’s favourite journalist” Peston to comment on the cuts. Pravda have the propaganda machine on full drive today.

  74. 74
    Mr Plum says:

    Trying to ruffle daves barnet again

  75. 75
    Down with Brown! says:

    Pravda in full drive today.

  76. 76
    eh? says:

    “Look With You Eyes Not With Your Hands”

    Was this done on purpose?

  77. 77
    Down with Brown! says:

    Pravda propaganda machine in overdrive today.

  78. 78
    ST says:

    God I love Brillo! He’s questioning Robert Peston and in doing so is spanking his argument.

    Brillo – growth is occurring in the private sector

    Peston- yes but the government is cutting 500,000 jobs which will depress growth

    Brillo – the private sector has created 380,000 jobs this year alone, if that trend continues the 500,000 jobs will be absorbed.

    Peston – unimpressed look on his face.

  79. 79
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    Legislate! Now!

  80. 80
    Chris Myers Fan Club says:

    Is Guido turning. Normally in favour of the tory spin machine !!!.

    Yes indeed Guido this has all the hallmarks of The C*unt Coulson. Trying to soften the blow, while feeding the Tory media machine at The Mail, Express et al. Who all unsuprisingly are leading with negative public service stories…Yawn.

  81. 81
    Dick the Prick says:

    The OBR’s projection was for 700,000 job cuts so the Libs have protected 200,000 economically problematic state workers. Dunno though – not sure the Tories are Tories anymore. This is the one and only chance to change government strategically but it’s looking like a damp squib.

  82. 82
    Down with Brown! says:

    Stephanie “used to go out with Ed Milliband and Ed Balls” Flanders on the Daily Politics with Robert “Tony Blair described me as Gordon Brown’s favourite journalist” Peston to comment on the cuts. Pravda have the propaganda machine in 5th gear today.

  83. 83
    geek says:

    No thanks, flashers are disabled in my browser.

  84. 84
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    Ghastly, isn’t it?

    BTW, who were you?

  85. 85
    Down with Brown! says:

    God I hate Peston, total tosser.

  86. 86
    a scotish prime minister of the world says:

    Unlike the “do nothing party”.

  87. 87
    Bullingdon Dave AKA Chris Myers Fan Club says:

    Waaaaah! Don’t you dare make fun of my Labour Party! I wuv dem! Dey make my little winkie hard and go sploot.

  88. 88
    pimpo per cuпtestruzzo says:

    “Look With Your Eyes Not With Your Hands”

    Hands first with me, then I have a look later.

  89. 89
    ST says:

    I know, I know and his delivery is shit. Apparently, he doesn’t see any reason to become a more polished reporter – fine then can I have my telly tax back?

  90. 90
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  91. 91
    streamfisher says:

    Large sized fly swat needed.

  92. 92
    Phwooar! Part 2 says:

    Anita Anand can review my spending any day!

  93. 93
    Down with Brown! says:

    I’m sure that Guido is enjoying today. Cutting government spending = reducing the burden of debt on our children and reducing tax on the productive part of our economy (the private sector).

    The only problem with today is that the cuts should be going much further and including the NHS and overseas aid.

  94. 94
    Spanking off to day time political telly says:

    And Stephanie Flanders can Ed my Balls.

  95. 95
    Maximus says:

    Well observed, Sir Wills. Doubtless you will take the appropriate measures if you discover your turkeys voting for Christmas.

  96. 96
    streamfisher says:

    Being shit at your job is the news order.

  97. 97
    The Ape Man Commeth says:

    I wouldn’t describe the stupid voiced one’s face as looking unimpressed.
    I would descirbe it as a smug arrogant face I’d like to ‘decorate’.

  98. 98
    Dave says:

    He’s leaving politics to become campaign director for Stonewall and will join Peter Thatchell on next years Moscow pride march. He is in the process of discovering his inner self and his rampant latent disires. He is a wonderful loverly man.

  99. 99
    Perv says:

    Peston could do with some polish.

  100. 100
    Chris Myers Fan Club says:

    errrrrrrr. So the soon to be made redundant Nurse, Soldier, Harrier pilot, Teaching Assitant, Job Centre clerk can all look forward Part Time work at a fast food joint !!!!

    You heard it hear first Tory Apologists, within 2 year 500,000’s of people in UK will be “Holdin down two jarbs” and “Livin in a Trayler Paurk”

  101. 101
    Tom Tomos says:

    the government seems to of just accidentally happened to get photographed reading the chosen headline figure. ??

    Sorry Guido, even I can’t unscramble this one.

  102. 102
    My Kancock says:

    Phew. At least this is keeping me out of the headlines.

  103. 103
    Grammar Nazi says:

    “seems to of just accidently”… ffs

  104. 104
    Tynemouth Tories says:

    Tynemouth Tories were incandescent when Morton was forced on them by Tory HQ. Look out Richmond she’s a self serving disaster!

  105. 105
    ST says:

    eerrrrrrrrrrr well your lot shouldn’t have fucked the economy over then errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    From where? Are they going to conjur them out of thin air?

  107. 107
    Donald Unpleasance says:

    “the government seems to of just accidentally happened to get photographed reading the chosen headline figure.”

    Seems to OF? Happened to GET photographed. Learn to write man!

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    I’m sure you’re right, Guido. The liblabcons are all liars.

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