December 13th, 2010

Baldwin: Dividing Lines

Lord Ashcroft’s Dirty Politics, Dirty Times” doesn’t hold back on Red Ed’s newly appointed Murdoch fixer. If we turn to page 216 we find a nice anecdote about Tom Baldwin’s cocaine habit:

…which regrettably seems to have become more serious in recent years. Indeed, during the Conservative Party conference in October 2001, he put Peter Stothard’s suite at the Imperial Hotel to ‘good’ use when his editor was unable to make it to the conference as planned. In the company of two journalist colleagues – Giles Coren and Alice Miles – Baldwin snorted lines of cocaine from the glass coffee table in Stothard’s suite. I certainly have no evidence that his colleagues took the drug, but I am told that Baldwin’s appetite for it was voracious and also that at least one colleague reprimanded him for his stupidity, saying: ‘What the hell do you think you are doing, Tom?’ Such is Baldwin’s craving for the drug that he had taken the not inconsiderable risk of smuggling cocaine through the hotel’s high-level security in order to feed his habit.”

Hacks sniffing coke at Tory conference? Whatever next…


  1. 1

    9 years later he’s sniffing Ed’s boxers, which is progress of sorts I suppose and much healthier for the septum.


  2. 2
    anonymouse in the ACDM skirting board says:

    I remember lots of papers running stories at the time abour finding cocaine residue in the toilets at all three main party conferences, which rather suggested that it was the media – as the common attendees at all three – who were responsible.

    Little did I know it was Mr Baldwin doing this almost single handed!


  3. 3
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Uh-ho, sounds like there are about to be more of the type of questions straight talkin Cast Iron avoids about his time at Eton coming up.


  4. 4

    Why do I have a terrible sense of foreboding?


    • 20
      Dick the Prick says:

      Severe heart attack possibilities too. I’m sure Hattie harman would approve of him sending money to poor indigenous peoples.


      • 30
        Mad Hattie says:

        As long as it’s Fair Trade and their society is run on purely matriarchal lines fuck it. Mo’ power to him. Oh and it reduces activity in the brain which is ideal when helping to propagate Labour bollocks.


    • 40
      Its All Downhill from Here says:

      for better foreboding use shorter screws


    • 41
      Damian McBride says:

      I cant think why. Take heart, I expect to be asked to join the team as well. So nothing to worry about there then.


  5. 5
    EdMiliband says:

    Come off it! Can we please have a searwius debate about policies!


    • 8
      I don't expect an answer says:

      Whats your policy for reducing the eye watering debt your party racked up for Britains future generations??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????.


    • 18
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      A serious debate over a blank sheet of paper?


  6. 6

    Hey Ed, can I borrow a bit of your blank sheet of paper?


  7. 7
    All u can snort says:

    That explains his decision to work for Milliwank.


  8. 16
    john in cheshre says:

    Disgusting behaviour, no matter who is doing it.


  9. 17
    The Watcher says:

    I’m surprised Dave was not with him – that was his big thing


  10. 25
    The crack spiders bitch says:

    Media types snorting Beak, such a surprise!


  11. 26
    Tom Baldwin says:

    —–Breaking News——

    I will be appointing Kerry Katona as chief spinner tomorrow.


  12. 27
  13. 35
    Anonymous says:

    What does the BBC think?


  14. 36
    bergen says:

    Presumably he never sued at the time so it will be difficult to deny these allegations now.Milliband is the gift that keeps on giving.


    • 45
      Unsworth says:

      He ain’t going to sue. Even if he did, Ashcroft’s got enough cash to purchase the right sort of justice.


      • 49
        Susie says:

        Just started reading Lord A’s engrossing autobiography… I’m sure Lord A could eat him for lunch tea and dinner — he’s taken on the rest of the criminal New Labour gang and won.


        • 50
          Unsworth says:

          I’ve had business dealings with Ashcroft and he’s always been an excellent client. Pays instantly, no hassle, and straight talking. I’d work with him any time.

          I wouldn’t trust any Miliband to even tie his own shoelaces.


  15. 47
    Smack My Head Smakchead says:

    Red Ed Miliband trying to lure Mike Handycock away from the Lib Dems? Now that would be a winning move. Redder than a beetroot caught looking at the barnacles on Queen Mary’s bottom, as Black Adder might say.


  16. 55
    Tom Baldwin says:

    I love a bit of the old Peruvian marching powder, me. It gives me tons of energy. Handycock hat-tip: when you rub it on the end of your dick it’ll put Viagra to shame!


  17. 56
    Add Lib says:

    They obviously need two kinds of sniffer dogs at these conferences


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