November 9th, 2010

Coalition Civil Service Con Continues

The culture of political special advisors was developed under Maggie, and boomed under Labour. Dave promised to cut the numbers of partisan aide-de-camps paid for by the taxpayer. The LibDems went even further and pledged in their manifesto to take SpAd’s off the public payroll and make parties pay for them out their own funds. However despite these “cast iron” promises the coalition have found a loophole – simply make former party staffers Civil Servants. Guido has been looking at this dishonest tactic for a couple of days now and the list of staffers who have been suddenly “neutralised” is absurd:

While Dave and Nick might promise smaller government and a new politics, they are using backdoor methods to get their yes-men into Whitehall and Downing Street.


  1. 1
    Tim Lovejoy says:

    Fuck sake , what happened to Change , Hoons !

  2. 2
    Tranny on beta blockers says:

    So they are liars?

  3. 3
    Sophie says:

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    At least with UKIP we know that the tens of thousands of traitors & lacky’s of the political class currently swilling down our cash in the EU would be gone for good.

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Not that bothered about this. It’s not good but worse things happen at sea.

  5. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    We was all feed the message that ” We cant go like this ” , But in this department they are the same as labour , Dont they have there own ideas ? Why do they need to reward their chums ? This is at OUR expense .

    All we have now are EU muppets living off the gravy train onto book tours and speeches .


  6. 6
    Tony Blair says:

    That’s my boy.

  7. 7
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ” “We’re trying to gauge demand/support for a sponsored waterboarding of @torybear for a military charity – would be put on YouTube”

    Put me down for a score

  8. 8
    Mr Nigel Farage says:

    Vote UKIP the UK Tea party.

  9. 9
    Cheetah says:

    We, in the Chimps Tea party, would welcome your votes.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Vince Cable took someone too.

  11. 11
    Steve Hilton says:

    Shut the F@ck up Fawkes. I’m in charge now.

  12. 12
    Simon Lewis says:

    Did all you Tory voters really believe DC when he said it would be different. Like the snooping bill for Internet comms everyone condemned that Labour had to withdraw. Coalition are going to introduce it. Same old..same old

  13. 13
    Choking Hazard says:

    Good point Guido. I’m all in favour of the coalition but giving party staffers Civil Service jobs (so that the taxpayer has to pay for their salaries, benfits, expenses and pensions) is morally unacceptable given what both Cam and Clog said before the election.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Daily Mail ran an in depth article on this issue soon.

  14. 14
    A Briton says:

    No, I can’t. I’m off to the boozer.

  15. 15
    William Hague says:

    It’s so unfair, everyone got their political aide a job on the public payroll except for me. I hate you Guido Fawkes.

  16. 16
    Backwoodsman says:

    Fawkes, don’t want to come over like a CCHQ luvvie, but 7 doesn’t sound like a whole lot ! What happened to the last lot, did some actually get terminated, or were they just absorbed into the civil service by their new bestest friends ?

  17. 17
    Steve Miliband says:

    Woolasgate is a measure of Wed Eds’ lack of leadership.
    I know he’s just given the world another Labour voter, but last week it took ages before Harman condemed Woolas and now the PLP are saying under party rules she had no right to do so.

    So why did the politburo take so long to come to the wrong conclusion?

  18. 18

    If they are taking the job of another civil servant I don’t see where any extra expense comes in here?? Someone would have held that post on the same salary.

    Everyone promotes, or finds a job for their preferred workmates and assistants if they can.

    I fail to see the story here??

  19. 19
    BBC Jounalists on all expenses paid jolly to Beijing says:

    We timed our strike well.

  20. 20
    Engineer says:

    True enough, but it hands a PR victory to the Coalition’s main opposition, the BBC. They could bang on about this for months, along with Coulson and Ashcroft. The Conservatives don’t need to save the money, they could pay these and Cameron’s photographer from party funds and thus maintain the political high ground.

    It’s often silly little things like this that become political hot potatos with the Great Britis Public. Raise VAT? Yeah, whatever. Raise retirement age? Well, don’t really like it, but see the logic? Cuts to public spending? Not keen, but see the need. Appoint a government paid photographer? The profligate, self-regarding troughing bastards!

  21. 21

    You seem suprised that MP’s are fucking liars !
    To a man these Scum sucking parasites are lowlife shite with no morals
    they still insist they are above the law
    that they should not be prosecuted by law courts
    and that judges should not be allowed to make rulings on politicians because “they dont understand” Shoot the fucking lot of them and lets start again
    even our military would do a better job !

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    He is even corrupt than Blair. I don’t think UK had a PM like Dave, he is the lowest of the low.

  23. 23
    Labour Party Spokesperson says:

    We used tp be able to come to the wrong conclusions much more quickly when we were in Government; but being in Opposition means we don’t have the Civil Service to help us come to the wrong conclusions any more.

    The Civil Service did more than just support us, they often came up with some great ideas about how to get it wrong themselves.

    Happy days

  24. 24
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ok , While i agree wollarse is a Hunt , He has the right to fair trail process , And unless misstaken he can still take this further and indecated he may do , Until the process is compleate then he can carry on , However it is clear that someof his comrades think what was on the leaflet is fine and that shows bad and out of touch judgement .

  25. 25
    Albert Pierrepoint says:

    Great idea – I need my old job back now that this lot are going to make it tougher to live on benefits

  26. 26
    White Van Man says:

    What’s new here, this has always gone on even before new labour, its what they do in their new positions that matters to me and if UKIP were in they’d do exactly the same.

    Jobs for the boys, yes!
    Anything new, no!

  27. 27
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Given the way the Civil Service was politicised under Blair and Campbell, you can’t blame the Tories for wanting to inject a bit of counter-balancing influence. Admittedly it does not look too good, against the background message of big reductions in public payroll.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Tory lies good
    Labour lies bad.

  29. 29
    WE MUST ALL DO OUR BIT so china and india can pollute the world says:

    China plans to build 80 new airports over next ten years !
    they will build a new power station every week !
    and theres Dave getting off on a farty windmill that will just about power a fuckin hair dryer !
    and battering us with tax’s to pay for chinese global warming
    what a twat !

  30. 30
    And this show they get away with it. says:

    Ministers sidestep ‘vanity jobs’ ban

  31. 31
    Nick Clegg says:

    David Laws said to me, “I really fancy a shag tonight, can I use your mobile?”

    I said, “No, use your hand”.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    I can. A flagrant breach of the ban on human cloning (Tim and Zena).

  33. 33
    HARRY ALLEN says:

    we could become a double act again !

    just like the old days

  34. 34
    Engineer says:

    Their rules are so convoluted they probably don’t understand them themselves. Doesn’t look like good leadership on Ed’s part to zoom off and leave Hattie with the hot potato.

    If Woolarse gets his judicial review and wins, it just tells the public that politicians think it’s OK to smear and tell lies about each other for electoral gain, and the courts back them. That won’t improve public confidence in politicians one iota.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    You were trying to get fucked at tax payers expense.

  36. 36
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sorry Guido , I aint on Twitter . But this looks like fun :)

  37. 37
    Engineer says:

    Or if you’re the BBC, t’other way about.

  38. 38
    The Golgafrincham Guild of Hairdressers says:

    Sorry, the hair-drier’s already in use blowing the windmill.

  39. 39
    Steve Miliband says:

    It has been handled badly – seems to be a running theme; good ideas spoilt by poor media handling. I think the coalition is trying to rush through so much stuff it is almost inevitable, but they could have been more careful.
    I don’t know what all the other Spads do, but what is the problem with having an official Govt photographer. Cheaper than hiring freelance

  40. 40
  41. 41
    the truth says:

    Really? Nothing holds a candle to no more boom and bust. Not even the 45 minute claim.

  42. 42
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Go Bomb a plane or something !

  43. 43
    Steve Miliband says:

    He’s not going to win, so he should just go.
    Unfortunately Labour politicians don’t just go; they fear losing the teat of the state.

  44. 44
    Hellboy says:

    Keep up the good work Paul. Also, how many of these vanity staffers go on expensive overseas trips etc at our expense. We need to know all the ££££s they cost us, mainly to make sure no photos of Cameron’s bald spot ever see the light of day.

  45. 45
    Engineer says:

    Agreed – personally, I coudn’t give a monkey’s, or about the nine mentioned in Guido’s post. The important point for me is that the current administration have about half the number of ex-party Spads as the last one, so that’s better for democracy and better for the taxpayer.

    However, the news management angle seems to have been missed. It would have been better for Cameron to say that he’s having his photographer, but payed out of party funds (unless there is some security angle that means said photographer must be under Civil Service control). That would have been a PR success. Now, it’s a PR blot.

  46. 46
    When Austerity turns to Vanity says:

    Fifty grand a year on the public payroll for running Web Cameron and the number 10 website? Kin L there’s any number of internt geeks who would do that part time for some beer money. FFS Dave could have gone down the job center and got someone off the dole.

    Cameron’s team vanity obviously does not understand the meaning of austerity or “we are all in this together”

  47. 47
    Steve Miliband says:

    Perhaps thay should have gone to the BBC, to make it 99.95% unbalanced

  48. 48
    The Vanity that is Dave says:

    Instead of employing a professional snapper why didn’t Dave just buy a point and shoot digital camera?

  49. 49
    Worthless Lib Dem pledge says:

    We will fight against university tuition fees, well, only for EU students in Scotland;
    We will stand up for UK in Europe, EU Foreign and Secuirty Dept created, the budget increase, investigative powers given to the EU and the new EU army is what he has given away in the first six months;
    We will reduce immigration to ten of thousands, possibly but not in this life time;
    We will clean up politics, one day when he is not in office;
    Lobbying is the next scandal, so he promoted one to the cabinet;
    Wiggins will be out and Laws can come back, yeah right;
    All friends and family are protected from cuts and unemployment, Cameron and Clegg will find a place for them in the Civil Service;
    Devolve all responsiblity for public services to the local level so we are not held to account for the sh1te public services;
    MPs allowed to send their children to selected schools (normally faith schools) irrespective of where they live.

    All material for his book when he leaves office so he can go on a world tour, earn pots of money and put it in an offshore account (sounds just like lying Blair to me).

    I like the Tea Party idea and to vote for UKIP to get them out of office next time around.

  50. 50
    Worthless Lib Dem pledge says:

    I think the phrases were for public consumption not him and the other MPs.

  51. 51
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So after 13 years off getting fucked up the arse by Labour , We are now going to fucked with a cactus up the arse by the T*ries ?

    What is the fucking point ?

  52. 52
    rofl harris says:

    Cactus . Did you get the point , yet ??

  53. 53
    smoggie says:

    Most people voted to get Brown out. Couldn’t give a fuck what Dave promised.

  54. 54
    Marmite says:

    Albert my dear old friend! You are sadly missed.

  55. 55
    NeverRed says:

    As long as Dave is sacking all the labour fanatics and don’t employ any Campbells or Whelans etc. Good.
    Anything that will speed up the demise of labour the better.

  56. 56
    Confucius says:

    glowball warmin is road of clap

  57. 57
    Sally Bercow tweets# says:

    Wished they’d hurry. Can’t wait to be parachuted into Oldham!

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    But there must be a snapper of some sort already employed by the civil service, There was no shortage of cabinet meeting snaps, official reception snaps, number 10 party snaps and so on before Dave got the job so what is he or she doing now?

    Also the armed services have their own photographer branches why not just use one of them. 15k a year for a private who woud most likely jump at the chance) is a darn site cheaper than Dave’s political snapper on 35K.

  59. 59
    Rat's arse says:

    Just seen Gerald Kaufman on the telly. He looks as if he’s died and nobody told him. What an ugly git! Also, any more news on the Labour rebellion regarding Fill Woolyarse? By the way, Meg Munn, another Labour lovely, is doggo!

  60. 60
    Engineer says:

    While I’m in Beeb bashing mood, listened to WATO earlier. Trade mission to China took up most of he programme, of which thirty seconds were about the signing of an aero-engine deal, and the rest banging on about ‘ooman rights, and will Cameron make a public statement while he’s there.

    Look, Beeboids. Britain is skint. China is cash rich. We want to sell them things so that it helps us financially, mainly because we bloody well need to. Visiting a potentially large foreign buyer and publicly humiliating them is not a good way to get them to buy stuff off you. Quietly behind the scenes is the way to raise ‘ooman rights issues with China. Can you bunch of overpaid short-sighted hoons please get that into your thick skulls?

  61. 61
    Rat's arse says:

    Agreed ‘Engineer’, and just LOOK what ooman rights has done for our once great Country. Still at least Bliar made sure his missus, old slot-gob, raked it in.

  62. 62
    Engineer says:

    You wouldn’t get a freelance for £15k a year – that wouldn’t cover the business costs, never mind the bloke’s wages.

    You are right about Civil Service and Forces photographers, though. Good point.

  63. 63
    Meanwhile, back in the real world says:

    I have a shit load of ‘Special Advisors’ : accountants, solicitors, marriage guidance wallahs, psychiatrists, colonic irrigators, some Portuguese bloke that tends to my lobelia…..

    Costs me a fucking fortune.

  64. 64
    Ampers says:

    Who’s worried about the odd dozen or so [They ARE odd – Ed] this is how politics have worked for ages.

    What is more important is how many hundreds and thousands of worthless public sector jobs are axed.

    A few hundred in Israel control a 9bn pound military budget, it takes nearly 30,000 UK Public Sectors to handle a budget only around 11% higher at 10bn.

    If Labour had got in, they would have given jobs for there people, and not sacked any of the public sector workers.

    And look at the number of private sector jobs which have been created already by businesses heartened by the fact that the Tories are in. And think how many more will be created when the corporation and NHS taxes are lowered.

    For God’s sake man, get things in perspective.


  65. 65
    Doggie Fashion says:

    Never mind that, got any naked pics of Isabel Spearman, she look dirty

  66. 66
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    they just want to make a copy of the engines. Give them the plans for the trent 900.

  67. 67
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Engineer…. That depends how much time he spends doing the job.
    How many hours a week(/year) do you rekon they’d spend doing it?

  68. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is now on twitter

  69. 69
    The Ginger Rodent says:

    Ms Harman must consider her position and resign from the Labour Party

  70. 70
    stun says:

    And this one (only small, but a start). Doncaster-based.

    Clyde Process Solutions plc

    (“CPS” or the “Group”)

    New contract win as part of UK trade delegation to China

    Clyde Process Solutions plc (AIM: CPSP), a global provider of pneumatic
    conveying and air filtration solutions for process industries, is pleased to
    announce that, in the presence of the UK trade delegation led by the Prime
    Minister, David Cameron, it will be entering into a contract worth
    approximately £2 million to supply the coal injection technology for three
    coal-to-methanol plants in Henan Province in China.

  71. 71
    Dwayne Guillotin says:

    I’m still available for those special occasions.

  72. 72
    Hardly surprising when very few MPs voted for Ed says:

    This is what you get when the unions foist their candidate on the Parliamentray Labour Party. Woolas is just a “Causus Belli” and this will be the first of many trials of strength between the leadership and the backbenchers who didn’t vote for them.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Just bought a replacement optical mouse, 4 quid FFS and reasonable quality.
    It’s frightening how effective the Chinks are at manufacturing these days.

  74. 74
    Really! says:

    @engineer. But seriously is China interested in the UK? They have bigger fish to try fry, like drilling for oil in third world countries and keeping the US in their pocket by buying up their debt. I am curious to know wtf have we got to sell them?

  75. 75
    Engineer says:

    Every little helps.

    Some people might be surprised how much we do sell to the Chinese. They don’t much like the price, but they’ll swallow it because they do like the quality. They buy a lot from Germany as well.

  76. 76
    I hate New Labour says:

    This isn’t news.

    Anyone with an ounce of sense knew that Cameron was just a continuation of New Labour.

    I’m hoping the Tories lose each and every election up to and including the GE in 2015. They need to learn the hard way that what this country wants/needs is a proper Conservative government.

    I detest Labour, but I can’t vote for Cameron and I never will. And I bet I’m not the only one.

  77. 77
    Cassandrina says:

    Off subject I know but an interesting case against the wife of MEP Gerard Batten is being made by the bbc.

    “Tuesday, 9th November 2010
    Tomorrow I shall be in Stratford Magistrates Court where barrister Paul Diamond will be defending my wife against a charge of watching television without a TV licence on a specific date, writes UKIP MEP Gerard Batten.

    In August 2009 I wrote to the Television Licensing Authority and Mark Thompson of the BBC explaining that I had decided not to renew the TV licence for my home because of the institutionalised political bias of the BBC.

    After a lifetime of watching news and current affairs programmes I am sick to death of the poltitical bias of the BBC and their reporting of the 2009 European elections was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
    However there is an enormous dossier of evidence compiled that substantiates that bias and can be used as evidence.

    This was all carefully explained to the BBC and TVLA in a number of letters from August 2009 onwards. I invited them to prosecute me if they wished to do so.

    Instead of prosecuting me they have instead chosen to prosecute my wife. This is a cowardly tactic, reminiscent of the KGB, to pressurise me through my innocent wife.

    My contention is that the BBC has consistently over a long period of time been in breach of its Charter and Regulations to provide unbiased reporting. I argue that a contract exists between the BBC and viewer and that BBC has broken its part of the contract. For my part of the contract I no longer watch the BBC and therefore my obligation to pay is removed.

    The case is scheduled to be heard tomorrow (November 10) at 10.30am, at Stratford Magistrates Court”

    I believe that most of us reading this blog are as fed up with BBC bias as anyone and should give this case support.

    What about it Guido?????

  78. 78
    Engineer says:

    The Chinese don’t really like our prices, but they do like the quality. We actually sell more to them than most people realise.

  79. 79
    ROADS OF CRAP ! says:

    Indeed 20 years ago China had No Motorways
    Now they have the second biggest network in the world
    16 of the worlds 20 most poluting cities are in China
    China to build one million cars per year
    75% of Chinese rivers are so poluted they can’t even be used for irrigation
    As their economy is expected to grow for the next 50 years we will soon be buying our oxygen off them
    Hey but never mind Dave will make sure that he keeps raising your tax’s to pay for the chinese take over of the world !

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    Whilst it’s not a good idea to politicise the civil service, the tories have to do something to rebalance things; virtually every civil servant, at all levels, that was employed when labour was in power was a labour supporter.
    How can you rebalance that pro-labour bias without injecting some of your own supporters into the mix?

    Maybe, after things have been rebalanced a bit, the tories would then try to insert neutral people into the civil service roles.

    But there’s not much point injecting a “neutral” person when 99% of the rest of the people there are active labour supporters, because the voice of the “neutral” person would simply get lost in the midst of all the pro-labour voices.

    Task 1: Rebalance things
    Task 2: (over the long-term) – Employ neutral people.

    They’ve barely started on task 1, and it’s going to take ages given the cronyism that blair/brown created.

    My only critisism is that cameron should be doing the same thing with the BBC as he’s doing with the civil service; try to balance things up a bit, then try to enforce a more neutral set of people.

    Employing a neutral person in the civil service at the moment would be like throwing a grain of sand into a lake in a bid to try and raise the level of the water; it’s just pointless.

  81. 81
    Engineer says:

    Machine tools, construction plant, specialist engineering design services, steelmaking equipment such as rolling mills – you’d be surprised. They like the quality they get with British equipment. They also send a lot of students over here, too, and have done for many years. I studied for my degree in the early ’80s, and about 10% of the students were of far-eastern origin.

    They buy a lot off the Germans, as well.

  82. 82
    Popeye says:

    As I said before, not a scrap different than Nu Labour and just as corrupt!

  83. 83
    YorkshireLad says:

    The mind boggles!!!

  84. 84
    Deep Who says:

    Feel better for that? I’m afraid they don’t give a shit and won’t give a shit. The sad fact is a ‘proper Conservative’ party would not have won in 2010 and would not get back in 2015 due to the infantalised, dependent society we have now. If only it were otherwise.

  85. 85
    Engineer says:

    I had the impression (perhaps erroneously) that Cameron’s photographer was a full-time post. Say 2000 hours per year?

  86. 86

    Lets just hope the Glib-Dumbs spit out their collective dummy and force a general election soon
    i would love to see “Call me Dave” Out on his arse within a year
    he is just as bad (If not worse than) Brown
    He Genuinely has no idea about the real world

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    From Dave with love for illegal immigrants

    “More than 30,000 extra asylum seekers have been granted permission to stay in the UK since February, the head of the UK Border Agency has revealed.

    Lin Homer told MPs each case was considered on it merits and it was not “just an approach where we have said everybody can stay”.

    She also confirmed that the agency was “struggling” to deport families of illegal immigrants.

    The coalition has vowed to end the detention of migrant children.

    Ms Homer was being grilled by the Commons home affairs committee.”

  88. 88
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    It depends what they’re doing. One perhaps hopes that dave doesn’t need his photo taking every day of the year.

  89. 89
    Gordon Brown says:

    I shall be make a speech to the house on my reinstatement as Labour party leader later this afternoon. I shall also be explaining the resignation of Ms Harman and weather Ed Miliband has finally found his new born baby under all that black hair.

    Thank you.

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Aides-de-camp, Guido, not aide-de-camps. Gah.

  91. 91
    VIRGIN BOY says:

    Listen mate a shag doesn’t involve using your hand
    go ask your mum and do try to get out more !

  92. 92
    Deep Who says:

    Let’s be honest, part 2 will never happen. I agree he needed to even it up and don’t think this is a big deal – Guido pissing at the wrong target. But it’s naive to think part 2 will happen.

  93. 93
    Deep Who says:

    ‘weather’? Fucking illiterate as well as rancid Jocko lunatic

  94. 94
    Hugh Janus says:

    Well said Eng. I had the misfortune to watch the Beeb’s 1 O’clock News (no growing grass to watch so made do with this). Once again they continued the frantic theme of ‘oomann rights that was so prevalent in this morning’s edition of Toady. Are they really so thick to think that the Chinks will open their cheque book while we slag them off on ‘ooman rights? This is a bloody trade visit for pity’s sake, not a fireside heart-to-heart chat. And even if it wasn’t, I do get tired of hearing politicians et al lecturing the rest of the world on how to behave.

  95. 95
    YAWN YAWN YAWN says:

    You were all warned that Cock head fag boy cambo was a blagger – and choose not to listen…ho hum

  96. 96
    Deep Who says:

    Without a fucking parachute hopefully

  97. 97
    Hugh Janus says:

    And they will be buying a lot more from Fritz if we continue with the Beeb’s outpourings of sanctimonious garbage.

  98. 98
    Choking Hazard says:

    If CMD is worse than Brown then we really are in DEEEEEEEEP SHIT.

  99. 99
    Lord Mandeslime says:

    I’m not complaining, I am happy to accept those from any party or any plant genre. I’m just not fussy, as long as it goes up, and often.

  100. 100
    Anonymous says:

    From Dave with love for illegal immigrants

    “More than 30,000 extra asylum seekers have been granted permission to stay in the UK since February, the head of the UK Border Agency has revealed.

    Lin Homer told MPs each case was considered on it merits and it was not “just an approach where we have said everybody can stay”.

    She also confirmed that the agency was “struggling” to deport families of illegal immigrants.

    The coalition has vowed to end the detention of migrant children.

    Ms Homer was being grilled by the Commons home affairs committee.”

  101. 101
    Old dog no tricks says:

    Probably find that if he can drag it out for another 6 months or a year it will up his pension entitlement/retirement bonus by some degree or other.

  102. 102
    Maximus says:

    Serious lack of ambition showing so far. The Lin Homers and Suzi Leathers are still around doing lots of good work for the layber parteh.

  103. 103
    But more importantly says:

    Yes yes, all very good but what about Tamara Mellons?

  104. 104
    Rat's arse says:

    TW@T ALERT…… Douglas Alexander [McMental’s bestest friend], is on Parliament channel. If you want to smash your t.v. in, tune in now!

  105. 105
    Choking Hazard says:

    It’s easier for them: small fingers.

  106. 106
    Gonk says:

    Get a grip. Brown was seriously dangerous
    for Britain. Dave is merely disappointing.

  107. 107
    Engineer says:

    Of the available options in May, which is worse? Cameron the blagger (who does seem to be trying to control public spending, grow the economy, encourage trade with the rest of the world etc etc), or Brown the ‘saviour of the world’ who didn’t even admit we have a deficit?

  108. 108
    Rat's arse says:

    ANOTHER TW@T ALERT……………………….. Skinner is TRYING to string a sentence together and failing miserably!

  109. 109
    misterned says:

    YAY! Get the tea parties started!

  110. 110
    Engineer says:

    Take your Kleenex and return to the last thread.

  111. 111
    concrete pump says:

    Ere Fawkes, why are you holding back on the Harman / Woolas thing? Are you waiting for a source to tell you who called Harman a disgrace and told her to consider her position?

    Or do you already know?

  112. 112
    I hate New Labour says:

    The fake conservative party didn’t win in 2010 though, did they?

    The most universally unpopular incumbent PM in memory and they still couldn’t get a majority.

    Remember, if the UKIP voters had voted Tory, the Conservatives would have won an outright majority. Still think a right-wing Tory party couldn’t have won outright?

    I maintain politicians need to get away from the idea we want more of the Blair types. It will be unpleasant, but the Tories need a hard lesson. Cameron is not the answer.

  113. 113
    misterned says:

    Worse than Brown?

    In your deluded fantasy world, where money grows on trees and laws apply to everyone but the labour party maybe!

    Whilst I am disappointed in much of Cameron’s leadership and the coalition’s decisions, they are still far far far better than the labour dipshits that they replaced.

  114. 114
    Albi Here says:

    Oh he thought he did he bought a point and shoot camera man.

  115. 115
    concrete pump says:

    A lot of Volvo and CAT plant is now made in China.

  116. 116
    Evie Lennon says:

    I wondered why Guido was so silent about this ‘Concrete’.

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    Gordon's Brown says:

    “There may have to be one or two small cuts!”

    “There! I said it! Happy now?”

  119. 119
    Northcote-Trevelyan says:

    Admission into the civil service is indeed eagerly sought after, but it is for the unambitious, and the indolent or incapable, that it is chiefly desired.

  120. 120
    Samstewthornmili says:

    So, has Dave taken his vanity snapper to china?

  121. 121
    misterned says:

    Have you applied for your mandatory ID card yet?

    Or got your kid’s details correct on the contact-point database?

    Or if you are considering selling your home, have you got your HIP sorted yet?

    Have you made the council tax assessors welcome when they come to re-assess your council tax banding?

    Or have you a relative with cancer who can not get the drugs they need because NICE won’t allow the doctor to proscribe them?

    No? Because the coalition is no different from labour are they?

    Whilst the coalition is nowhere near as good as I would like it to be, it has done a lot of good things and is a far better government than labour!

  122. 122
    Neutral Person says:

    I don’t exist.

  123. 123
    Phil Woolas says:

    I’ll sort it all out when they back down and I’m an MP again

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    Engineer says:

    Air Products used to manufacture gas separation and storage equipment near Wrexham in North Wales, and had a full export book. To cut labour costs, they moved the lot to China last year. The Chinese-made kit sent to Saudi recently was comdemned on arrival. The factory in Wrexham has just been demoished, so they can’t bring work back again.

    The director responsible for the move has been fired.

    The Chinks are not yet all-conquering; they haven’t got high quality sorted out yet.

  125. 125
    Joanna says:

    Like hell you will and you won’t be back in. I’ll be by your side to make sure you toe the line.

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    YAWN YAWN YAWN says:

    ** Lead up to election **

    “We ( Tories ) want a full open transparent inquiry into the events of 7/7”

    ** After election **

    “We ( Tories ) will as a new coalition government instigate a 7/7 inquiry”… ( lots of self righteous nodding )

    ** Today **

    The government is to appeal against a ruling at the 7 July inquests ordering MI5 evidence to be heard in open court.

    Yawn Yawn Yawn…U-turn number 36…and counting

  127. 127
    Know Your Meme says:

    Since the fellow who usually does this appears to be absent, I’ll say it for him:

    We’re all conning together.

    Might as well get the other one out of the way too:

    The con started in America.

  128. 128
    Really! says:

    @engineer etc,thanks, I am now curious to know the market value of engineering, construction etc? How much it would it bring to our economy? Ta.

  129. 129
    reinaldo says:

    I know you like it up and often.

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    Old dog no tricks says:

    This’ll be interesting – if the Chinese get to build the trent ‘on license’ you can guarantee that they will soon be shutting down the Derby production line ! This before China developes its own competing engine the Trunt – which will probably happen soon anyway if they have bought any of the engines !

    I know China would be a good market to sell into – I just cannot see it happening in any large way ! Its a well known fact the Chinese production costs are incredibly low ! SO they will produce it themselves ! It’s also well known that patents and copyrights are honoured only by nodding at the right time. So what they cannot develop they will ‘borrow’ and mass produce.

    By sucking up to the Chinese – the west is making a huge mistake. What is more they will have absolutley no infuence over the Chinese government in any way shape or form over human rights or anything else.

    I must admit to watching the situation with avid interest ! Not so long and the Chinese ability to knacker any Western economy will be with us (if it is not already) – they may hold off while it suits them – but the USA is already dropping its brown runny gloop at the prospect !

    Along with their ability to buy up the worlds resources and make the rest of the world pay top dollar for everything – there could be trouble ahead !

    Keeps me wondering whether it will be the Red Star or the Green Flag which will be flying over Buck Palace in 20 years ! Chances are the Blue and Gold of the EU will be long since gone by then (so at least one thing to be of good cheer over) !

  131. 131
    Smig says:

    When CMD said “We’re all in it together” he means himself and his friends being “in it” to make as much money as possible while the rest of us go to hell in a handbasket.

    CMD is an EU stooge along with his special friend in the yellow tie.

  132. 132

    Is the government about to begin its new ‘era of putting government work through the network’ by removing the giro’s and giving them to the newsagents? Certainly seems that way.

    Government took pensions , benefits payments and TV licence, Car tax and bank accounts away from PO. That meant a massive subsidy suddenly was required just to keep 2/3 open {after Labour closed 1/3}
    Then Blair insisted on deregulating the mails to comply with future EU directive that allowed other EU nations post services to take all the UK profitable work for themselves, leaving Royal Mail with stuff that actually costs them more to deliver than they can charge {re the insane postcom regulator}. The rest of Europe, seeing these disasters decided not to deregulate its mail after all.

    Yet seems the coalition re about to repeat the farce of removing work with one hand to save money in ‘x’ department, and having to increase subsidy with other hand or the whole thing folds up.

    Joined up government still seems all talk and no action if my sources are correct.

  133. 133
    Labour MP says:

    If I don’t like the look of some bloke I just punch him in the fucking face. Job done. It’s the Labour way.

  134. 134
    Crumbling Coalition says:

    Let’s be honest, lads. Whilst Cameron is infinitely better than that sociopathic mong Brown, he’s shown his true colours as a superficial former advertising exec. Best we can hope for is the coalition to collapse within a year, a change of leader and a general election. Unfortunately, the hope that the coalition would see the demise of Labour has instead seen the demise of the Lib-Dem’s whose voting base have switched to Red Ed’s band of lunatics. This means an increase in Labour’s vote at the next election is certain but an outright majority for the Tories is still up for grabs as long as it’s under a different leader. People always mention David Davis as a successor but I’m gonna suggest someone else. Theresa May. Why not? I think she’s more than up to the job. Having a female leader worked before I seem to recall.

  135. 135

    “Theresa May. Why not”.

    She’s a clueless twat.

  136. 136

    Not really. How about Obama? He’ll be looking for work in two years time.

  137. 137
    Lard Prescott says:

    mmmmmmmm grilled sounds good to me

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    Michael Connarty “consider her position”.

  139. 139
    Gordon Brown says:

    The reason I always blame others when things go wrong, like the time I kicked a bin at that woman they found for me and “bawled abuse” at her, is because it IS always other people’s fault. I have never made any mistakes. When there’s blame to be lain, I always lay it at the foot of the people who are responsible.

  140. 140
    Pundit says:

    How about Dan the Man?

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    YAWN YAWN YAWN says:

    ooohhh please. Join the queue of apologists Engineer. U-turned on nearly every policy since May; Scrapping the UK military, arrangements with the French, injunctions at the 7/7 inquiry, cutting advisors, cronisim getting worse, tax hikes, NHS cuts, etc etc etc…

    Keep on aplogising Engineer, coz in the long term Cambo and his crew will eventually come knocking on your door…believe me.

  142. 142
    Gonk says:

    Unambitious people, in my experience are very often
    kind, generous and considerate.
    The opposite can be very strange and unbalanced.
    Gordon Brown was intensely ambitious.

  143. 143
    subversive gynaecologist says:

    Womens’ brains are smaller – that is an undisputed fact – but they can process more than one stream of information at any given time.

    Think washing machine/shopping list, painting nails/chatting on telephone or having sex/ reading a book and you get the idea.

    I would hypothesise that Theresa May, but probably won’t.

  144. 144
    Red Ed becomes Yellow Ed says:

    Civil war is threatening to break out in the Labour Party with the unions and Gordon Brown supporting Woolas against Harman and Jack Dromey forced to speak out in support of his beleaguered wife. But where is the leader, Ed Miliband in all this? He’s on a very convenient 2 weeks paternity leave. LOL

  145. 145
    Jan-Erik says:

    OT I know, but is Woolarse an MP or is he not? And if he is, how can the Squeaker overturn a high court decision?

  146. 146
    Nurse Botha says:

    Come on now, Mr. Brown – enough trolling for today. It’s time to evacuate your bowels and then you can play with your fuzzy felt.

  147. 147
    Bottler is back butthis time he's called Miliband not Brown says:

    Ed Miliband goes into hiding as the Labour party starts tearing itself apart over Woolas

  148. 148
    Nanny Oona says:

    Get Farmy Farm out for Gordon!

  149. 149
    GrimeLord says:

    Please keep us informed, this looks VERY interesting!

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    Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

    Slapper did you say ?? Let’s have a look in.

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    YAWN YAWN YAWN says:

    ….oh and not forgetting petrol prices, up 15% since May. Wasnt the price of petrol one of all you right wing nutters biggest gripes….”””Carry on Apologising”””

  153. 153

    Phil Woolarse

    I’m a battlin’ for the good of the Labour party. And myself. So I’ve come up with a new campaign which I hope my fellow labour MPs will endorse.

    “Lib Dems are all yellow fags. There is more chance of finding a straight banana in Dave Miliband’s lunchbox, than finding a demmer who isn’t taking delivery through the back. Horrible isn’t it? And some Liberals are also paediatrics. Yes mate. You read that right. Paediatrics! The dirty f*ckers. Some of them are even podiatrists. You don’t know what that is..but if I told you that Gary Glitter liked a good podiatrists then you’ll get the right idea.
    I urge you all to go to my opponent {address and map and directions printed overleaf} and burn the c#nt’s house down.

    Richard ‘prick’ Littlejohn says you couldn’t make it up.
    Well I just have .. so shows how much the Tories know.

    Phil Woolarse.
    Lying to get elected.
    Its quicker than stuffing envelopes with postal votes.

  154. 154
    Labour MP says:

    I don’t give a fuck what High Court judges say. The only verdict which counts is that of Labour MPs and we say Phil is innocent.

  155. 155
    J G McMong says:

    ”I take full responsibility for what happened, and that’s why the person responsible has gone.”

  156. 156
    Dave says:

    Theresa May is fucking useless and a completely wet, PC-indoctrinated muppet. The Tory vote would collapse if they were ever desperate enough to elect her as leader.

  157. 157
    car crash rubber-necker says:

    Great! Politics was beginning to get a bit dull.

  158. 158
    Pundit says:

    ” Phil Woolas supported by Cherie Blair and Gordon Brown”

    Fucking hell. Better put him on suicide watch.

  159. 159
    Mr. #4 says:

    I’ve finished my kleenex, and started using anything to hand.

  160. 160
    Harriet Harman says:

    I’ve changed my mind. I think my good friend Phil is innocent, too.

  161. 161
    Pundit says:

    Because his wife sat on his face until he agreed.

  162. 162
    Ed Miliband says:

    It’s nothing to do with me. I’m on paternity leave.

  163. 163
    Gonk says:

    I would bet she can easily spot yoghurt
    in a crowded fridge.
    Nuclear button– full fat yoghurt.
    No problem, there’s your future leader

  164. 164
    Mark from Winchester says:

    She actually SHAT on his face.

  165. 165
    Mr. #4 says:

    Multitasking myth.

    Men are just sensible at keeping their mouths shut when such shite coffee-break-magazine-feminism is being spouted.

  166. 166
    Tell it like it really is says:

    None could be as corrupt as newlabour – they took it to a whole ne level.

  167. 167
    Tell it like it really is says:


  168. 168
    Manchester Labour MP says:

    We all support our friend Phil Woolas up here. He’s done nothing wrong and has been stitched up.
    That snotty-nosed southern bitch Harman can fuck herself and so can that two-faced c’unt of a husband of hers.

  169. 169
    barefootcontessa says:

    Well, Cameron did say he was going to create jobs.

  170. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Chinese or the Welsh – I don’t know which I prefer?

    There’s only one way to find out……..

  171. 171
    Archer Karcher says:

    Isn’t Cameron’s father in law raking in millions off the back of the global warming scam? Does not Clegg’s wife work for another bunch of scammers, set to make millions more off the back of poor and very poor people in this country? They imagine they are the new nobility and that the hapless peasants will not revolt again. They are wrong.

  172. 172
    barefootcontessa says:

    Remember the gold.

  173. 173
    Mr Chan says:

    Dont worry Lenovo version of Trent 900 coming very soon. Much better and cheaper then one built by Rolls Royce. Guaranteed not to blow up in flight like the overpriced mechanical crap sold to Quantas.

  174. 174
    Twat face says:

    Brown has lied to a select committee

    “I have decided obviously to concentrate on my constituency work and on some of the work that I’ve been doing internationally. “

    No you haven’t Gordon, you’ve been writing a book on firm’s time. And as you are now a common backbench opposition MP what international work have you been tasked to do by your constituents?

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    barefootcontessa says:

    What I mean is, remember Brown, …..the gold,…….. and cry.

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    Ewanme says:

    Hiya , Philly Arse , babes x .

    So , darlin ;

    If I woz to give birth to a gay , pigeon-toed , Gary Glitter-lovin , human bean you is sayin there’s a outside chance it might be a Liberal ??

    EUGGHH !! No , ta .

    BTW – I quite like Littlecock , honey . He’s fulla spunk .

    E x .

  177. 177
    barefootcontessa says:

    …and a Pakistani cricketer is already signing into this country, with his wife, and his children, and his…..

  178. 178
    Oldham Ragheads says:

    Phil is the postal voters friend. May pees be upon him.

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    Better Dead than Red Ed says:

    Help !! I don’t know what to do !

  180. 180
    Ed says:

    Sorry it’s time for Sam’s 5pm feed

  181. 181
    The Ape Man Commeth says:

    Me an’awll

  182. 182
    Gordon Brown says:

    Anymore of those rude and disrespectful comments I shall have my secretary of state withdraw your housing benefit you ungrateful little twerp.

  183. 183
    c'estanglais? says:

    Now you are just taking the piss.

  184. 184
    Will 'o' the Wisp says:

    Are British Airways a criminally incompetent organisation run by the Ant Hill mob, or just another cash cow ripe for anally raping? Hot on the heels of record fines imposed by Uncle Sam, now the EU decide to part them from another £90.

  185. 185
    Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

    I am sorry but TIM SNOWBALL ?

    That is a made up name
    for sure

    although at College we did have a mathmo called Ivonder Dikshitt

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    barefootcontessa says:

    Nothing will affect his pension pot (£500.000), and his MP’s going away cash, and his commons security pass, and all the other parting cash presents he’ll receive. No wonder he’s still got that stupid grin on his face. Bring back Joanna ( busy in New York) she’s the only one who knows how to handle him. He’s a creep, and that’s being super kind to him.

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    Really! says:

    @stun. Thank you x

  188. 188
    Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

    golden brown?

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    Asylum seeker with 300 national insurance numbers says:

    Where have these jobs been advertised, surely under the equal opportunities act they have to be advertised.
    Its a bloody disgrace, there I was willing to give up one of Giros and housing benefits and you don’t even give me the chance to do so.
    I think this part of your system is rotten, I would go home now if I did not have my 299 other identities to rely on, oh and I flushed me passport down the aircraft toilet.

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    Further to trying to inject some balance to counter complete labour domination of the civil service a start should be made in countering the odious left wing make up of the teaching profession.

  191. 191
    Asylum seeker with 300 national insurance numbers says:

    You got nappy rash again Ed

  192. 192
    Cheese Lover says:

    Is he a Muslim LM?

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    Frank says:

    Looking at Woolas’s campaign literature I can’t see anything wrong with it. As the immigration minister he was being targeted by muslim extremists who were trying to whip up a hatred campaign against him in the muslim quarters of his constituency. IMHO he had every right to fight back.

    Link to the literature

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    Ewanme says:

    Ooooo !!!

    Dan is sooo posh , ain’t he ??

    An bald .

    Sadly , he had his 5 minutes of fame but failed to seal it by runnin up to the Scottish Twat an punchin him on the nose .

    Plus , the high-speed Eurostar gravy train sounds more luxurious than the 0650 from Sevenoaks , an that .

    E x .

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    FFS says:

    there people


  196. 196
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

    Muslim extremists ??? We never allowed extremists into the Country under New Liebour.

  197. 197
    Andrew Marr says:

    I thought you sounded hung over and looked a little off-colour, sir.

    Don’t worry – we erased the tapes.

    Note to self: Do we still have ‘tapes’?

  198. 198
    Tell it like it really is says:

    “Mr Brown has said he does not believe I am a dishonest man” – (re Woolass) – well – that’s just par for the course for Gordo, “The Great Denier”.

  199. 199
    barefootcontessa says:

    Are Tim Snowball and Zena Elmarouki identical twins? Just wondering.

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    He has no defence.
    The offence is watching TV without a licence.
    BBC could show nothing but Kinnock’s speeches all day and he’d still have to pay.


    Judge will say ‘Mr Batten, do you have a licence?..why not..I see.. Well, I don’t know what case you have .. turn back time the high street? No I haven’t seen that ..The fellow who looks like a badly shaved dog and says ‘you’re fried’ No I don’t watch that but Mr Batten.. erm I don’t know what the One Show is..It costs how much? For a vapid Pebble Mill teatime resurrection of a show? I had no idea.
    Stephen Fry and the oil spill. Is he ever off the BBC? Man About the House..Oh yes I remember that..good entertaining..Oh I see..Mad about the house. Some sort of reality fix it up show is it..No I’ve never seen that.
    Right That’s enough. I’ve considered my verdict and I find the BBC to be in contempt of the viewers. there’s nothing there that couldn’t be done by commercial channels. I find for the defendant and fine the BBC £3.6 billion to be paid to each household with a telly.

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    Al says:

    These were the muslims that Woolas deliberately encouraged into the country as immigration minister and then encouraged to flood into his constituency in Oldham to boost the Labour vote. He then fell out with some of them and tried to con what remains of the white working-class to vote for him on a fraudulent ‘anti-muslim’ ticket.

    The man’s a slimeball, a hypocrite, and a traitor to Britain.

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    barefootcontessa says:

    The members of BBC might like to show their dissatisfaction by boycotting all Chinese goods. Let them try.

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    Tower Hamlets muzee says:

    Death to Dairy Milk and Mars bars.

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    Anonymous says:

    So how much did that government website cost ?

    “The UK Space sector has come together to create an Innovation and Growth Strategy that sets out an ambitious 20 year strategy to capture 10% (£40 billion) of the global market by 2030, blah, blah, blah…”

    20 year plans. Tractor stats.

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    Miliband, D says:

    Two little boys had two little toys
    Each had a wooden horse
    Gayly they played each summer’s day
    Warriors both of course
    One little chap then had a mishap
    Broke off his horse’s head
    Wept for his toy then cried with joy
    As his young playmate said:

    Did you think I would leave you crying
    When there’s room on my horse for two
    Climb up here Ed and don’t be crying
    I can go just as fast with two
    When we grow up we’ll both be soldiers
    And our horses will not be toys
    And I wonder if we’ll remember
    When we were two little boys

    Long years had passed, election came so fast
    Bravely they marched away
    Cannon roared loud, and in the mad crowd
    Wounded and dying lay
    Up goes a shout, a horse dashes out
    Out from the ranks so red
    Gallops away to where Ed lay
    Then came a voice he knew:

    Did you think I would leave you dying
    When there’s room on my horse for two
    Climb up here Ed, we’ll soon be flying
    I can go just as fast with two
    Did you say Ed I’m all a-tremble
    Perhaps it’s the battle’s noise
    But I think it’s that I remember
    When we were two little boys

    Do you think I would leave you dying
    There’s room on my horse for two
    Climb up here Ed, we’ll soon by flying
    Back to the ranks so red
    Can you feel Ed I’m all a tremble
    Perhaps it’s the battle’s noise
    But I think it’s that I remember
    When we were two little boys

    Remember, Ed?

    With apologies to Rofl

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    Eh? says:

    Why is it wrong of me to call romany people pikeys and gyppos but it’s not wrong for them to steal and smell?

  207. 207
    Phil (Cotton) Woolarse says:

    I was just celebrating the rich multicultural diversity, as instructed by Tony Bliar.

  208. 208
    call a spade a spade says:

    There’s nowt wrong with it. You carry on calling the thieving c’unts whatever you like and fuck all the Guardian-reading PC leftie pricks who try to tell you otherwise.

  209. 209
    Neathergate says:

    Don’t mention former Home Office ministers Barbara Roche, Jack Straw, and Margaret Hodge, who deliberately engineered the mass imigrant invasion of Britain soon after Labour got in in 1997.

  210. 210
    Tell it like it really is says:


    Good link shows just what an absolute sh*t Woolass is…..

  211. 211
    stun says:

    Well, if this is true, then it looks like a good investment:

    With UK exports to China rising by 44 per cent in the first eight months of this year, British firms say that the world’s second biggest economy has provided their firms with great growth opportunities. In many cases, sales to China now make a substantial contribution to their overall turnover. Thousands of UK firms are already operating in China, many with help from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) which has a network spread throughout the country. UKTI has pinpointed opportunities in many areas including advanced engineering, construction, ports and railways amongst others.

  212. 212
    Little Ped says:

    And they’ve guaranteed themselves jobs for the next 5 years as well.

    Can we have a re-run? Previous applicants need not apply!

  213. 213
    Anne. says:

    Is it true that Conservative Party were prepared to pay for the official photographer, but were informed that if photos were to be shown on the website this would not be in order? I notice this seems to have been ignored by the Media.

  214. 214
    Former Coalition Supporter says:

    Once you start apologising for corruption, its all just a matter of time.

    This government has just lost my vote.

  215. 215
    Tell it like it really is says:

    And also…………….leaked copy of Woolass begging letter on Liberal saying Falconer thinks he’ll win. Unbelievable.

  216. 216
    Former Coalition Supporter says:


  217. 217
    Former Coalition Supporter says:

    Bollox to that. It’s just one corrupt regime replacing another.

  218. 218
    Former Coalition Supporter says:

    It is a dull quibble.

    PMs don’t need ‘official’ photgraphers, whether paid by their parties or by the taxpayer. This isn’t Stalin’s Russia.

  219. 219
    Cheese Lover says:

    Would be interesting.

  220. 220

    Apart from cheese on toast what else to the welsh eat ?

  221. 221
    Cheese Lover says:

    Oldham has been flooded by muzzbots for many years previous to Wollyarse, take my word for it!

  222. 222
    gildedtumbril says:

    The dirty, filthy, disgusting bastards. Words fail me.

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Yep, like they say: doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    “Since 1994, China’s economy has grown at an annual rate of almost 10%, which has had a huge impact on reducing poverty. However, almost 500 million people still live below the international poverty line, and they remain vulnerable, especially if they become ill. Poverty is increasingly concentrated among ethnic minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities.” (DFID website.)

    We gave them £40.2m in 08/09.

    They spent £20bn on the Olympics: you have to conclude that they didn’t need our money – but they’re not silly, they took it.

    Why did G Brown et al give them money that they did not need?

    Why is it our job to help their elderly, disabled and ethnic minorities?

    Most of all, will Dave cut this aid off?

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    Anonymous says:

    “UKTI has pinpointed opportunities”

    PR speak. You work for them ?

  226. 226
    Anonymous says:

    Multitasking myth

    No myth. They can screw up many things at once.

  227. 227
    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    How I agree with this!

    They are uniformly of the left, resistant to anything that challenges their TU-dominated notion of the workplace. Full of their ‘rights’ and averse to anything that smacks of responsibility.

    What other industry could have survived for more than a few months – let alone decades – with 30 per cent of its output below standard?

    Education is rather like Soviet industry, which used to turn out millions of size 7 left shoes and thus fulfilled its quotas and collected its bonuses. Nobody was remotely interested in the poor blighters who looked to its output for something they could actually wear.

  228. 228
    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Come on, that wasn’t what he was saying. What I read was, in summary: ‘of the two options, which is the less unpalatable?’

    If the answer’s Dave, I happen to agree. Doesn’t stop me preferring David Davis, though.

  229. 229
    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Don’t think the Sqeaker can, but the HoC is the highest court in the land…not counting the one in Belgium, of course.

  230. 230
    HM Government Is Nothing More Than A PR-Fuelled Sham says:

    ‘Joined-up government’ is just a soundbite uttered to make the person saying it sound as if they know what they are talking about.

    Government is meant to be confusing. If people truly understood the mechanics of government we would soon realise we don’t actually need most of these self-important suits.

  231. 231
    Won't get fooled again says:

    We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgment of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    And I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again

    Change it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the fall that’s all
    But the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    And I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    I’ll move myself and my family aside
    If we happen to be left half alive
    I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
    For I know that the hypnotized never lie

    Do ya?

    There’s nothing in the street
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Is now the parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

  232. 232
    City of Vice says:

    As immigration minister Woolas let many of these nutters in, so poetic justice. The biter bit and all that.

  233. 233
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Promises are like pie crusts made to be broken.

  234. 234
    Unambitious, kind, generous and exceptionally considerate says:

    You called?

  235. 235
    Curious to find out says:

    Theresa may indeed; but then again she may not. decisions decisions…

  236. 236
    Edred says:

    If anyone needs me, I shall be down in the haystack with little Bo Peep.

  237. 237
    Pilot Officer Biggirls says:

    So quite what would happen if all these high powered airlines told the commission to fuck off? Can’t ground all of them can they?

  238. 238
    Pilot Officer Biggirls says:

    Oh the soldiers may be fighting
    In the trenches and the battleships at sea.
    But there isn’t any war
    When the clock strikes four as
    Everything stops for tea.

    [Olde Englishe Folke Songe]

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