December 3rd, 2010


The MPs got to have a good moan about IPSA, some of it justified, a lot of it hot air, in the House yesterday. Amongst the rants and rages was one snippet that stood out from Labour’s Ann Clewyd. She directly accused IPSA’s ironically named communications director Anne Power of leaking details to the press of MPs expenses.

Since IPSA’s inception stories have appeared about MPs and staffers that they certainly wouldn’t be briefing to hacks. An official denial has been sent out, but it’s certainly a leaky organisation. Obviously the accusation was protected by parliamentary privilege, but something tells Guido that she wouldn’t be suing if it was said in the real world…


  1. 1
    Poop Deck says:

    I need a good chutney recipe for Christmas

  2. 2
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    Argentina, U.K. Dispute Over Falklands May Reignite After Oil Discovery

    Still happy that the Ark Royal is going, Team Dave?

    Do you really believe we can rely on the French Team Dave?

  3. 3
    Dave The Pimp says:

    How I just love to watch this on a daily basis

  4. 4

    I hope the entire middle east goes up in flames.

  5. 5
    In The Sky With Diamonds says:

    Ahhh the legacy of the Telegraph goes on. I wonder if a notorious former aide of the former PM will be attending his Telegraph chum’s wedding tomorrow?

  6. 6
    Top Tip Timmy says:

    don’t eat yellow snow

  7. 7
    MPs are a law to their own says:

    Why are MPS wasting valuable Parliamentary time debating on how their own expenses are organised?

    This would not be tolerated in any other industry.

  8. 8
    Rover says:

    And Brown

  9. 9
    Vomit inducing says:

    Ann Clwyd is one of the most odious and objectionable c unts on the face of the planet. Apart from having a voice that’s so fucking annoying it makes you want to punch her, she whored herself out for Blair’s war by parading around TV studios in support of the invasion in return for being made human rights envoy to Iraq, a job she obviously excelled in. She should shut her fucking mouth and take early retirement.

  10. 10
    Fire Proof says:

    Ever tried burning sand?

  11. 11
    jus' sayin' like says:

    Yellow snow? I wouldn’t piss on Israel if it was on fire! Oh wait…

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Didn’t Mr Pilkington try it?

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    The post of sub-ed is etc.... says:

    I initially read the headline as “Ian Paisley Ill”. Wishful thinking?

    BTW, Guido, it’s Ann Clwyd (not Clewyd). Like so many Welsh people (Bryn Terfel (Jones) for example), she doesn’t use her surname.


  15. 15
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am shocked by this and will make a statement at 10.37. First, I must drink some fizzy orange.

  16. 16
    Mad Nads Family Employment Scheme says:

    Mad Nads was whining about the unfairness of the expenses watchdog keeping tabs on piggies like her last night.
    Digging her own grave with the public with every expenses cheating word.

  17. 17
    Ayesha Hazarika says:

    FIFA finally give in to pirate demands. World Cup 2026 to now take place in Somalia

  18. 18
    Sophie says:

    Technically, I would say she is a war criminal like Blair. She facilitated the crime in Iraq against international law.

    Following orders, or following “the law” does not make you immune to prosecution for crimes against humanity.

    And this horrendous woman has the audacity to stand up & carp on about her troughing expenses?

    She should be in The Tower, awaiting deportation to The Hague.

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    Unsworth says:

    How is Comrade Bortnikov these days?

  20. 20
    Unsworth says:

    So, whose surname does she use? The thieving cow!

  21. 21
    Why was Nad sad? says:

    She seemed quite deflated last night, not her normal bubbly self.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Might be making millions and buying Briton. You have to ask Dave and Osborne, they would have meet him and asked for money.

  23. 23
    Muslim says:

    Infidels! We are victorious in havings World Cups in Qatar in 2222! We are prouds of our holy brothers victoriousness! All teams must play under sharia laws! The losing teams will be beheaded! It is what allah commands! Our beloved profit heard his voice and he told him much many things! Death to everything!

  24. 24
    Sir William Waad says:

    No other organisation would spend so much time, money and energy discussing its expenses system. We might consider that MPs are doing less harm fiddling their expenses than passing bad laws but these back-office matters should be delegated.

  25. 25
    A Bad decision Dave. says:

    So when will the Ark Royal be on ebay?

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Yeah, and why didnt they just make everyone have a government credit card?

    Oh Yeah and how soon before the Nigerian gvt get Interpol to put out an arrest was for Dick Cheney?

  27. 27
    David 'do NOT call me Dave' Cameron says:

    We have earmarked an extra 200k to beef up our crack flotilla of dinghies.

  28. 28
    Moley says:

    What has gone wrong with video surveillance is that the cameras are in the wrong place.

    What Guido and Wikileaks has shown us is that the Government and its Ministers need to be placed under video surveillance to ensure that their behaviour is not only lawful but reasonably civilised.

    Read about how Shriti Vadera treats her staff;

    The Yanks have McBride summed up accurately as well.

    (From Guido’s links).

  29. 29
    Look on the bright side of life says:

    At least there won’t be any Lager louts and gobby girls.

  30. 30
    Where's Bowden says:

    That’s odd. Billy Bowden is usually first to post and continues posting throughout the day. He’s probably napping, as I’ve come to assume he’s some housebound recluse or, given his obsession with cricket, a very bored John Major.

  31. 31
    Passing Nudist says:

    It’s painful on the hoon-lips.

  32. 32
    Can I have one of these says:

  33. 33
    Motty says:

    ..or fun.

  34. 34
    Unsworth says:

    Which particular Briton?

  35. 35
    Greg Beales says:

    Has Danny Alexander coloured his hair? It’s much less ginger. I hope the jibes didn’t hurt.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Fuck Bowden and the constant shite.

  37. 37
    The bowler's Holding the batman's Willey says:

    I thought Billy was a robot.

  38. 38
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m very proud to have won the bid for England yesterday. I thank Prince Wilson and Daniel Beckhurst for attending the event with me in Zurich. I look forward to being at the opening ceremony in 2018 in my third term as Prime Minister.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    There’s a puncture on his ‘sunshine bus’, which is stuck in snow somewhere near Swindon. Half the flids have been eaten by Billy, the other half are busy chewing their own shoulders.

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    John Prescott says:

    Ann’s my kinda lass. Short, round, and thick as pig shite!

  42. 42

    Best ask after Oleg Deripaska then…

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Anything that puts light and pressure on what the piggies are doing is fine with me .

  45. 45

    I seem to remember the French selling Exocets to Galtieri, or is that just my muddled old head?

  46. 46

    Just a small area of the far west would do me pal – the buggers shouldn’t be there anyway having been well and truly chased out by Vespasian, but there’s the rub…

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  48. 48

    The kickings of the pigs bladder is truly holy!

  49. 49
    The US view on Brown says:

    Wonderful stuff! They thought Brown’s record was “abysmal” and “lurching from disaster to disaster”, called his government “beyond repair”, and said Labour was “a sinking ship”.

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    Billy’s just having a post match nap, and is slated to appear about 3 – meanwhile may I remind the world that 245 is a shit total for a first innings by anybody’s standard, especially at Adelaide…

  52. 52

    Bloody plagiarists – leave Dan Hannan’s speeches alone!

  53. 53
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Perhaps you should look up “super etendard” too.

    But note that they weren’t prepared to send their Mirages out to the falklands and used their american built skyhawks instead.

    Their home built pucaras are still in use. always handy when you want to do “counter insurgency” less useful against a real military threat.

  54. 54

    Now, now – you know the butt plug had to have a function…

  55. 55
    Sophie says:

    If a military coalition between Venezuala & Argentina comes to pass & Team Dave have left our kith & kin on the Falklands undefended in their quest to secure an EU Military I would say that was treason.

    Defence of the realm is the PMs number one concern – not secretly building a federal military EU at the expense of Great Britains armed forces, interests & citizens.

    Blue Labour out.

  56. 56
    What they really Think says:

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai dismissed British forces as ‘not up to the task’ of improving security in his country, according to leaked documents.
    The leader claimed it would have been better if U.S. forces had been responsible for securing Helmand.
    And U.S. general Dan McNeill – who led Nato forces in Afghanistan in 2007/08 – is said to have been ‘dismayed’ by a British effort which ‘made a mess of things’ in Helmand
    Helmand governor Gulab Mangal is also said to have criticised British troops for failing to get out of their bases and engaging with local people.

  57. 57

    You’re far more clued up than I. sock – but it seems that we’re kind of short of options if Frau Kirchner throws a strop – think we’re down to the mining of the River Plate and the occasional fusillade across the straights again…

  58. 58
    Sres says:

    Don’t you mean Britten?

  59. 59
    Pete-s says:

    Only Labour could spawn an organisation that has a dept that it not only does not need. But has a staff of 4 and a director that is paid £80k. It must be in Labour genes to produce useless jobs.

  60. 60

    Ann Clwyd was the most useful of useful idiots – a (locally) popular MP with a record of not kissing P&ki arse, who was prepared to go along with the party line.

    I’d make an 8th circle of hell for scum like her, but then again she’s probably not keen on my repatriation policy.

  61. 61

    The day we take military advice off an opium dealer is the day that I take action.

  62. 62
    The Golem says:

    We can rely on the French to stab us in the back. I also don’t trust the present US administration. The CIA may be briefed to assist the Argentinian government politically and militarily in the sequestration of the oil fields.

  63. 63
    Mornington Crescent says:

    …to be promptly snapped up by the Argies…

  64. 64
    Airey Belvoir says:

    It was richly ironical to hear Mad Nads defending the raising of student fees by saying that her constituents resented paying for it through tax. If only she had shown the same concern for taxpayers’ money when filing out her own expenses forms.

  65. 65
    Ruth Kelly's Flood says:

    IPSA have managed to find me a plumber !

  66. 66
    Up sh1t creek says:

  67. 67
    Willsteed says:

    Why the hell should these *servants* object to telling us how they spent *our* money?

  68. 68
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    The best bit was watching Ponting whinging at Strauss because he didn’t play all round a straight one first ball too.

  69. 69
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Not another WhackeyLeak surely???

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