November 3rd, 2010

No Snappy Answer from Dave

When it was legitimately raised at PMQs that it was ridiculous that the PM should have his own personal photographer on the government payroll, Dave did not have a decent answer in his defence. All he could throw at Red Ed was the millions that the last government spent on spin, but given Dave’s airbrushed past, this was an open goal. Obviously official state visits and other such events need to be recorded, but the enormous press-pack that loiters outside Downing Street can’t have escaped the PM or his staff’s notice. Perhaps they could get a rota going…

For those more intimate shots, Steve Hilton didn’t do a bad job back in the days when Webcameron was getting going. Why can’t he pick up his camera again? Guido reckons the official snapper, Andrew Parsons, should be paid for by CCHQ – that would be very “Big Society”?

UPDATE: Jon Craig says Parsons is on £35k and Labour have written to GOD for more information.


171 Comments

  1. 1
    MI7 says:

    All politicians are Hunts

    • 15
      Monkey Chops says:

      Clearly this is far more important to Red Ed than the £7 TRILLION fucking debt his fucking party have left us with.

      Come on, let’s be grown up.

      Arsehole.

      • 115
        13eastie says:

        The hypocrisy of Labour MP’s is staggering sometimes.

        Look at this chestnut from Denis MacShane, who is being prosecuted for defrauding the tax-payer of hundreds of thousands of pounds:

        twitter: “Cam shuffling and red as Ed mocks his vanity photographer now paid by taxpayer. £35,000 would help voluntary groups in Rotherham”

        • 122
          Anonymous says:

          Maybe MacShane can extend these voluntary groups the use of his garage. The taxpayers are picking up the tab for it after all.

        • 139
          Nick2 says:

          Maybe the good constituents of Rotherham could benefit more from the £125,000 office/garage costs McShame claimed?

          • Libs pledge worth nothing says:

            Let’s be clear, parliament needs to be cleaned up across all parties to save money. If you cannot rely on what MPs say, their words are worthless. Corrupt intstition where over half claimed expenses they were not entitled to. Any other organisation might consider it an epidemic. Cameron and Clegg promised to clean up politics, clearly not true.

            Libs promised very clearly not to increase university fees and try to get rid of them altogether by the end of the parliament- look at Clegg on You tube, clearly not true. Clegg asked today what alternative is there? EU students do not pay tuition fees when attending Scottish universities, their fess are paid from the UK tax pot, this might be a starting point; £9.2 billion yearly contribution to the EU might be another; reduce the number of MPs and Lords, might be another; reduce immigration, might be an idea; then there was all the other ideas how to save money given by the public to Clegg’s website- these might be worth considering; reduce the number of local authorities, this might be another idea; reduce legal aid for persisitent criminals, might be an idea; bring back capital punishment for murder might save a few prison places- no need to worry whether they should have the vote or any legal expenses arguing about it. It does not take a great deal of imagination how the UK could save money without too much bother.

            In fact, it might be considered those who do not contribute to the UK tax pot ought not benefit from other people’s taxes. Let’s start outside the country with with EU students paying for their university tuition fees and the EU contribution being scrapped as there is not a return on the investment and illegal immigrants not entitled to anything.

    • 69
      MT Head says:

      Can’t HAVE escaped your notice that your piece contains schoolboy spelling errors…

    • 71
      MI7 says:

      BT Obama is giving a live speech at 5pm on his defeat in the senate. should be interesting. will also be interesting to see how newshite covers it tonight.

      • 83
        Desperate Dan says:

        Newsnight have gone into mourning. With a bit of luck it might spare us Kirsty’s new rictus smile.

      • 91
        The BBC, me? Hypocritical? Nooooo.... says:

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        Previous US government left economy in a state.
        Current US government must be allowed to hold
        them responsible…
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        Previous British government left economy in a
        state. Current British government must not be
        allowed to hold them responsible…
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        • 126

          All those commentators here who said ‘Obama was just another ‘Phoney Tony, over-hyped by the liberal media’, are now entitled to respond to any Obama discussion with . “shhhhhh!”

      • 133
        Grammar School Boy says:

        It is interesting to note just how many BBC staffers and associated technical staff are in the States (probably in a state too) to cover these fun packed events. Lots of handwringing as their hero St Barack takes a slapping.

        Every station and probably each programme has its own “talent” over there, enjoying the fun…er, who pays for that?

        Cuts? What cuts?

        • 138
          Desperate Dan says:

          James Naughtie is distraught.

        • 153
          Ann Uvvervoter says:

          Quite so. I can’t say I have ever noticed wall to wall BBC coverage of elections in say France or Sweden. The good ol’ U S of A must be something special then. Wonder what is might be?

        • 158
          Hugh Janus says:

          How many BBC staff does it take to cover an election in another country?

          There’s no answer to that because this isn’t a joke.

          There is one good thing about it however; it gets James Smug-McNaughtie out of the Toady studio and (almost) off the airwaves.

          Every cloud…..

    • 148
      rb says:

      so right. todays pmqs was just one bunch of liars slagging off another bunch of liars. We really really need to get rid of this lot and the day is coming where I for one would be willing to take those matters into my own hands.

  2. 2
    Snappy says:

    Yes, it does seem wasteful.

    • 72
      Desperate Dan says:

      The photographer will pay for himself ten times over and make a mint for the Exchequer if Dave sells the pics to the press, especially if he can persuade Samantha to be in them. The first thing I’d like to see is their new kitchen but why should they show it to anyone for free?
      Its his entrepreneurial spirit – like making money out of the No.10 Wee Gift Shoppe unlike Brown and Blair who lost money out of it.

      • 125
        SayCheese says:

        Good one Dan, come on Samantha get your kit off.

        • 145
          Ethan says:

          Isn’t it ‘Readers Wive’s’ not ‘Leaders Wive’s’?

          In any event Tony B. Liar missed a trick there. He could have had raunchy photo’s of letter box gob taken on the understanding that unless every male in tha land forks out a £100 each they’d be on the BBC 24/7 until further notice.

          Should have either raised Eleventy Billion overnight or turned most blokes gay.

          • Desperate Dan says:

            I bet Cherie was paid for those intimate pictures of her and Carol Caplin in the the Blair’s naff floral bedroom.

          • Me again says:

            Actually Ethan, it is neither. It is in fact “Wives”

          • Hugh Janus says:

            “He could have had raunchy photos of letter box gob…”

            Pass the mind bleach immediately!!

  3. 3
    Tom says:

    It’s bad enough Cameron has a personal photographer at all, let alone one on the government payroll. So vain.

    • 102
      Because I'm worth it says:

      Didn’t Brown have his own make-up artist on permanent standby?
      And the boy who pealed his bananas… nine a day, you know – they don’t peal themselves!

      • 144
        Anonymous says:

        You don’t need to lie, where did you read it?

      • 147
        Ethan says:

        Grodon McDoom Bruin says that he does not use slap. That picture of him having orange slap put on by his personal make up artist whilst on his personal plane was an obvious fake. The reality is that the plane was a rental.

        Any resemblence to a Scottish idiot wearing a big orange splodge on his head is entirely accurate.

    • 169
      bollicky bill says:

      cameron has shot himself firmly in the foot, what was he thinking of.
      we expect waste from labour, not from the tories , just cant imagine mrs Thatcher wasting money like that when she was in power, god bless her.

  4. 4
    pmt008 says:

    I agree that he shouldn’t have one, but the question wasn’t exactly phrased well as the swatting away was relatively successful.

    • 88
      Desperate Dan says:

      I think its a brilliant idea to have one. If Hello magazine is willing to pay £1,000,000 for the Rooneys and the Beckhams think what they’d be willing to pay for the Camerons!!!! The Exchequer needs the money.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Brillo better get a bodyguard!

    • 13
      John Hirst says:

      Does anybody know how to sharpen a blunt axe?

    • 27
      Cockney Christian says:

      That was hilarious – what’s that ginger rat on yer ‘ead Brillo.

      • 61
        Andrew Neal says:

        I’ll be expecting a fulsome apology from the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. She has released the barely suppressed gingerism in our society with her vile language. In fact I demand her immediate resignation as she is clearly unfit for high office.

      • 76
        G*ngers Anonymous says:

        Please refrain from using that vile word. Only a G*NGER can use that word. WE are the most put upon people in society. It is no coincidence that G*NGER is an anagram of N*GGER. The two most oppressed peoples in society.

        • 109
          Anonymous says:

          Catch sight of Hays L Blears on PMQs today;d’ya think Harperson’s “ginger rat” remark caused the change of hair style & colour?

  6. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    ‘@paulwaugh: Number 10 sources say they tried to hire Andrew Parsons on a CCHQ salary, but were blocked by Civil Service. ‘

  7. 7
    13eastie says:

    Hard to see how the photographer makes much difference for the nation really, but Dave bitch-slapped Red Dud today before moving on to dispatch Labour’s chippy deficit-denying back-benchers similarly.

    Labour’s dilusional idea-void and Miliband’s hopeless performances will keep the new photographer’s subjects smiling…

  8. 8
    Alfiebengal says:

    For the record Guido airbrushing is no longer used nor has it been since the introduction of digital photography and Photoshop and its ilk.

  9. 9
    come on love drop 'em says:

    perhaps he will be taking happy snaps of other coalition events not just DC. I thought having an in-house image maker was part of a government’s normal strategy. Imagine having to rely on the downing street pavement squatters to flatter.

  10. 10
    Steve Miliband says:

    Give Hirst hell GF

  11. 11
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Cameron has created one job.

    Not a patch on the last great leader, he created well over a million jobs that come with a gold plated pension schemes.

    • 132
      Dr J. G. Brown says:

      Dear Dave,

      Did I leave a rocking horse in the attic? I can’t find it anywhere.

  12. 12
    Spotty Lizard says:

    “Can’t of missed”? Endless yob’s commas? Guido, your poor grammar is really starting to piss me off.

    • 40
      Auntie Flo' says:

      Oh, for crying out loud, Spotty, it’s a street colloquialism of the sort often used by Dave Cam. Guido’s using it merely to shame him…Dave Cam that is

  13. 14
    Cameron's Calendar says:

    Cameron can use it to sell merchandise to pay back the tax payer. Problem solved.

    • 21
      come on love flash the gash says:

      pin up calender…Theresa May Miss January…Ann Widdecombe Miss February Alan Duncan Miss March etc

      • 94
        Mornington Crescent says:

        Eric Pickles, Miss April.

        Oh fuck it, just put 12 pages of Caroline(‘s) Norks.

  14. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Cut !!!!!! , There are enough media photo people hangin around

    This is wasteful spending !

  15. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    Wh when I was PM we subcontracted the photography to a company of a friend of mine and we were able to pay them via a slush fund from a union donation.

  16. 18
    Paul Owen says:

    ‘Can’t of escaped?’

  17. 19
    Hirst is a excrement. says:

    O/T. Hirst, what a vile piece of human excrement he is.

    • 22
      Steve Miliband says:

      On Radio 2 v GF now

    • 34
      Southern Softy says:

      If a vote was a human right, then everyone, including children should have a vote.
      Sadly,although Hurst is clearly misled he has somehow managed to have voting accepted as a human right.
      He managed to upset Brillo though.
      Brillo could have been much cleverer with his questions.

      • 39
        JN says:

        Car crash TV.

        Hirst raving, Brillo floundering and Grant Shapps and that Labour she-elephant white-faced with terror.

        • 113
          Anonymous says:

          Hirst has just shown all politicians how to rattle Brillo. The next time Paxman’s got one of them on the ropes maybe they should just bring up his small penis.

          • Anonymous says:

            Hirst has had his 15 minutes of fame; now let’s consign him to the scrapheap of nonentities.

      • 135
        Anonymous says:

        Now I know why they set up the voting stations in the Reception class. Children of the world unite. We demand our Human Rights now! Oh look, bubble gum, yeah……

  18. 23

    Sky news arsole Jon Craig, taking the photographer story very personally. He’s almost screaming at the cameras and is waiving a letter to Sir Gus like a spoiled child.

    Craig even thought Rd Ed had a magnificent performance at PMQs. This BBC type bias is all over Sky these days.

  19. 25
    Lil Olmey says:

    Red snapper: Lutjanus campechanus
    I think there are a couple of clues in there as to why he’s on the payroll.

  20. 28
    Senator Bloodn' Gore, says:

    Gordon had a personal pollster – the truly awful ginger whinger, D Mattinson, terrible woman.

  21. 29
    Stryker Miliband says:

    As the snapper will be shared with the Cabinet Office and No 10, perhaps he can sit next to Rishi Saha, the No10/Cabinet Office head of digital communications who given the civil service job without it ever being advertised and who just so happened to be the Tories head of digital before the election.

    Cameron is just much of a corrupt, lying bastard as the last guy. All this talk of transparency means nothing with an army of hidden special advisers secretly lurking around Whitehall.

  22. 31
    The Daily Politics says:

    Axe murderer calls Andrew Neils wig a ‘ginger rodent’ on live TV.

    • 37
      lmao says:

      Weedy little Grant Schapps just shat himself during Hirst’s rant at Brillo.

      Welcome to the real, nasty, ugly, brutal world Schappsy!

      • 95
        Vidal Sasooooooon says:

        Strange to see the weird and wonderfully eccentric new hairstyle worn by the liar Hazel £13,000 Blears at PMQ’s………and I mean weird.

        I suspect that after Hatties ginger rodent jibe then Chipmunk decided to change her hair colour.
        Was it on expenses Hazel luv?

        • 129
          Anonymous says:

          I think her hairdo must have been caught in the blast that she was whining on and on about.

          Put a sock in it Blears!

    • 87
      John Hirst says:

      I am an axe manslaughterer. What do I have to do to get respect on this site.

      • 119
        I'll have a sparrow with that barman says:

        axe yourself..its a difficult decision but cuts need to be made

      • 120
        Anonymous says:

        Does anybody have any idea how this became “manslaughter”? The trial details read out by Brillo made it “murder” to me.

  23. 32

    From a party that gave us contemplation suites and Quangos to manage Quangos, WTF has a 35k photographer got to do with Red Ed???

    Hasn’t Dave also reduced the Prime Ministers body guard and ministerial cars by over 2/3 rds.

    This is a stupid bloody non story Guido.

    • 35
      Aunt Hilda says:

      absolutely

    • 41
      Southern Softy says:

      If he is on £35k, he can’t be much good.
      A good photographer could earn much more than that.
      Unless he wants to keep his Child Benefit.

      • 104
        Centre-fold says:

        Perhaps Dave is to appear in Playgirl with the staples strategically placed to cover any embarrassment?

        • 121
          T O'Brien says:

          It certainly wouldn’t need any more than that judging by his recent performance.
          He must be a relative of Goebbels (though clearly not a descendant).

    • 56

      I always assumed there was an official government photographer, for state occasions etc. I really don’t have a problem with it at all. Far better to be certain of a decent record of an important state visit than have to rely on a screen capture from BBC iplayer!

    • 152
      CCHQ Troll Control says:

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!! WAAAAAAAHH!!! wAAAAAHHHHH!!

      STOP PICKING ON DAVE BECOZE WE WUV HIM AN HE MAKES OUR WIDDLE WINKIES HARD!!

  24. 33
    blackbyle says:

    So what ! Let The Parties (ALL)pay for their Official/
    Vanity picture!This is as tendencious as it is about slight posturing of the tax-paid HM?LOYAl OPPOSITION -
    What a shower of sh*t

  25. 36
    Education Education Education says:

    Before we reach our conclusions regarding this appointment, wouldn’t it be wise to consider how much paying freelance photographers for state visits etc would cost the taxpayer?

    Perhaps this appointment saves money.

    As for paying press photographers for their snaps, wouldn’t there be a danger of the government picking the photographers from their favourite wing of the press – in the same way that labour paid for adverts in the guardian, this could lead to press funding through the back door – not very transparent.

    Just a thought.

  26. 38
    Mornington Crescent says:

    It certainly leaves Dave looking the vain man he is but, let’s be honest, if that’s the most burning question in PMQs, Labour are even more fucked than we thought.

    That was the most pathetic performance I’ve seen from a Leader of the Opposition in years.

    • 45
      Steve Miliband says:

      Since last week

    • 48
      Jon says:

      Labour really have picked a prize dud in Ed Miliband. Heeven makes IDS look good.

    • 50
      My mothers a vole says:

      Ed is a vacuous lightweight completely twatted into touch every time he shuffles his
      syntax to cast a soundbite….pathetic effort again today…yipee tring we thank you.

    • 55

      Surely every world leader has a photographer?
      It would be most surprising if they didn’t.

      Doesn’t seem much of a story in the digital media age.
      Even old whassis’name ..the grumpy one..he must have had one when he was PM, for all the good it did him.

      • 98
        streamfisher says:

        They haven’t used squid ink for a long time, but strangely all the prints of him still came out sepia.

  27. 46
    concrete pump says:

    Cameron’s a useless fucking flid. He should have known Labour would question this. It was feeble of Labour to bring this up considering their history on what to spend tax payer’s money on, but even more feeble from Cameron in not being able to deal with it.
    The man is ‘clown shoes’.

  28. 49
    dr. sipp says:

    VAIN DAVE

    making blair look an amature

    after EURO debarcle hes sinking fast in my opinion

  29. 53
    Pettsy says:

    they are all the same. that is why Labour is still flying in the polls becuase your average punter doesn’t trust anyone and Lab give the most free money.

    • 134
      Anonymous says:

      Listen Pettsy,that money isn’t free. It costs me my time & labour which I convert into earned income on which I have to pay tax.The “free money” tag is wrong.

  30. 54
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Waste is waste but if red Ed thinks this is the most important issue then he must from another planet , Was Gordon in the house or has he run off and hide again for another 6 months ?

    • 66
      On me 'ed son says:

      slipped out…leg before tit..middle stump sore..caught out again..bowled over mr mr mr speaker..rain stopped play again..dropped from a great height..caught behind by sarah.. what do you think Billy..hes buggered off back to obscurity again thank fuck.

  31. 60
    Ginger Rodent says:

    How would you like to have to spend all day clinging to Andrew Neils sweaty bonce?

  32. 74
    augustine the hippo says:

    The whole thing is a sign of Dave’s vanity and ego, he has more or less turned into Blair already. His complete refusal to answer the question was very reminiscent of Gordon. Bad signs.

    Oh and Guido, ‘can’t have’ not ‘can’t of’ innit.

    • 79
      Ed Miliband is a dud says:

      Labour are really scraping the barrel if this is all they’ve got to go on.

    • 85
      Dave Cameron says:

      Yeah, but does my bum look big in this?

    • 128
      One of Guido's Balanced Contributors says:

      “His complete refusal to answer the question was very reminiscent of Gordon. Bad signs.”

      I would be extremely concerned if the Prime Minster of this country wasted any time in bothering to answer, justify or acknowledge as an issue the hiring of an official photographer.

      I am worried, however, that it should take up valuable time of the Opposition Leader at PMQs.

      I am grateful to Milipede for one thing: in the scale of things, it makes my preoccupation with the excellence of Gareth Bale’s performance for Spurs last night a worthwhile use of intellect.

      • 164
        augustine the hippo says:

        It might be a trivial matter, but CMD can’t even answer a question on a trivial matter that he knew was coming up it doesn’t say much for him. Gordon used to ignore almost all questions from Tories, reel off some numbers about increases in spending and blame the last Government. CMD did exactly the same except boasting about savings rather than spending.

  33. 81
    mugwump says:

    Whose a pretty boy then?

  34. 82
    Ed's boring catchphrase sponsored by stuck record. says:

    As I have said before, it is I who asks the questions.

    • 112
      Jerry Attrick says:

      And Ed saith unto Camoron
      “Wherefore break’st thou all thy promises?”
      And Camoron saith unto Ed
      “What manner of bird hath shat upon thy head?”

  35. 86
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    OMFG !!!!! The BBC waterboraded ?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/nov/03/john-simpson-bbc-licence-fee-deal

    • 100

      “The government has staged an unprecedented attack against the BBC. The rules were thrown into the rubbish bin, and Mark Thompson was forced to agree to a deal which puts the BBC’s future as an independent public service broadcaster into serious question,” Simpson said.

      • 111
        Jon says:

        Should have scrapped the licence fee. I’m sick of being forced to pay for constant leftist propaganda.

      • 136
        Backwoodsman says:

        No Bill, this refers to the voluntary agreement when they agreed to merge the news room with the labour pr department , ‘ as a cost saving measure’.

  36. 89

    Political fruit and veg

    Gordon Brown – Nuts
    Ed Balls – Plum
    Danny Alexander – Carrot
    David Cameron – Lemon
    Damien Green – Leeks
    Peter Hain – Orange
    Liam Fox – Turnip
    Ed Miliband – Red Cabbage
    John Prescott – Squash
    Harriet Harman – likes a good cucumber

  37. 90
    Dave and Ed Miliband on stage says:

    • 105
      lol says:

      Ed Miliband does look suspiciously like Bernie Winters bastard lovechild.

      Do you think Ralph knew?

      • 108
        Ralph Miliband currently burning in Hell with the rest of the communist vermin says:

        That’s why David was always my favourite.

    • 146
      streamfisher says:

      Saw PMQ’s, Schnorbitz got the job as leader of the opposition then.

  38. 92
    Tapestry says:

    In the week when Cameron broke his referendum promise on which he campaigned for election, granting Merkel a massive extension of the Lisbon Treaty’s scope to include European Economic Governance, all they can talk about is a bloody photographer?

    UKIP have an open goal to kick at for the next four and a half years. Cameron has broken every promise he made to eurosceptics, and will never be forgiven. Photographers and image is all some people seem to care about. I thought the Blair era was over.

    • 118
      oops says:

      UKIP scored several own goals last week when their MEPs voted for an increase in the money British taxpayers are forced to hand over to our masters in Brussels.

  39. 114
    Sophie says:

    So, we are all in this together until the PM needs a vanity fix on the taxpayers ticket?

    Right, got it.

    Con / Lab / Lib – all factions of the same cabal of crooks.

    Vote UKIP if you are a Tory.

    • 117
      Dave says:

      How come all those UKIP MEPs voted last week to increase the amount we are forced to give to the EU?

      I thought UKIP were opposed to increasing the size and power of the EU bureaucrats.

      Looks like UKIP MEPs have gone native and are enjoying themselves on the gravy train.

      • 131
        Clear the furniture...If its anything like those kangeroos dear we're going to need some room says:

        they’re a waste of very expensive space

    • 141
      Backwoodsman says:

      Whatever the question, ukip definitely isn’t the answer ! Ukip politicians almost manage to make limp dims appear normal.
      Some form of free trade agreement , similar to Norway, is the way forward. And we’ll have control of our fishing policy back, thank you very much – see how much better the Noggies handle that too.

  40. 140
    Nick2 says:

    Should the snapper be paid by the Tory party? Probably in part, though IMO official meetings with visiting heads of state, rock star economists & other persons of interest should be recorded. There’s also a good argument for some more informal photos of Cameron at work. Even Bush43 had a white house photographer following him around – check out the (official) White House site for examples of lotsa pics.

    One solution? No 10 & Tory HQ Timeshare a photographer, according to hours spent accompanying Cameron to official/other functions. In any event, £35,000 odd sounds almost good value compared to the payroll of the Government, let alone Tory HQ.

  41. 142
    Greg Beales says:

    The woman behind David Cameron’s personal video blog has been given a civil service job as the government’s official film-maker.

    Nicky Woodward, who ran the Webcameron site, was appointed on Monday.

    This was the same day as former Conservative Party stills photographer Andy Parsons got a civil service job

  42. 154
    The Airbrushed Heir to Blair says:

  43. 165
    Down with Brown! says:

    Cameron and the Conservative party should pay for their own propaganda.

  44. 170
  45. 171
    ETON DAVES FAG says:

    Maybe (Call me Dave ) feels left out and he too wants a nice young man to share a room with !


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