January 7th, 2011

The Ease of Opposition

Liam Byrne has popped his head above the parapet this morning to slam Francis Maude as “Britain’s most expensive butcher”. Apparently the government’s promised “Bonfire of the Quangos” has been a damp squib. But what’s this from July 2009?

The Treasury has called for a crackdown on quangos, which are costing taxpayers billions each year.

Liam Byrne, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has written to Whitehall departments demanding an urgent review of all quangos to assess which can be abolished, merged with other bodies or taken back directly into their ministries.

Where’s your axe now Baldemort?


75 Comments

  1. 1
    AngryEnglishJon says:

    Liam Byrne. Thought that twat would have a least had the decency to shut the fuck up, though decency and politics just don’t sit well together.

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    • 2
      Can't remember my moniker says:

      Sorry, there is no decency left.

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      • 9
        Can't remember my moniker says:

        Are you lost? LabourList is five doors down on the right.

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        • 11
          Anonymous says:

          These reforms will save nothing, and may even cost more. Plus the service will probably deteriorate. Spin, spin, spin.

          Sad, but true.

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        • 14
          RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

          Five doors down on the extreme left, actually.

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        • 21
          Maladroit Labour Chump says:

          Calm down, dear. Take another tranquilliser.

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        • 28
          AC1 says:

          Oh Dear Tat. Please try and take some more of your anti-psychotics and maybe work on the blog you told us would steal Guidos readership away.

          I hope “Become Sane” was one of your New Years Resolutions.

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        • 33
          smoggie says:

          Re tat

          World of Warcraft’s loss is Guido’s gain.

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        • 36

          Chloropromazine is obviously wearing off, may i suggest Haloperidal….

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        • 38
          The Ease of Obsession says:

          So much easier sla­gging off other bloggers than being one myself.

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        • 40
          smoggie says:

          Sodium Pentothal would make an interesting change for the gap town nutter.

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        • 51
          Lord Wayne of Trombone and Other Instruments says:

          Nick Clegg in retreat over control orders for terror suspects

          Why Did CLEGG cross the road?
          Because he said he wouldnt

          what a fooking bell end

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        • 53
          AC1 says:

          Tat,
          You really have lost it.

          P.S. Is Alan Johnson doing a good job as PM(as you “tat is never wrong” predicted)?

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        • 71
          AC1 says:

          You’re not tat, you’re just some random person who in his exact style tries to defend his lunacy after sock-puppeting in exactly his style.

          Come on I know you’re correct to be embarrassed to be Tat, but you could at least try to be honest. It might even help your mental recovery.

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        • 72
          Anonymous says:

          Surely it’s 5 doors down on the left?

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        • 75
          Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! says:

          AC1 really is a complete simpleton.

          I’m not your little wanking partner Tat you hilariously thick far right loon.

          I didn’t run away from this site twice like the coward tat did. I didn’t threaten to shut down Guido’s site like the nutter Tat did and I don’t say cripple spastic innit every other sentence like the fool TaT did.

          You really are as mentally retarded as your heroes Bush and Palin.

          Now run along before you embarrass yourself any more you witless NeoCon imbecile.

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      • 68
        K Amis says:

        Have you read Lucky Jim? “Olny”, my arse!

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      rocknrolla says:

      Never tire of this:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1086162/Gordon-Browns-control-freak-enforcer-cappuccino-soup-instruction-manual-civil-servants.html

      Something about this odious little freak which sums up so nicely everything so terrible about the NewLabour Reign of Terror. They have fucked our country.

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    • 15
      Eeu to me says:

      Ah but ah but,that was in 2009 ,can’t a twat like him change his mind after all the wind was blowing from the east when he said that,now it’s blowing from the west so he’s allowed to change his mind.

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      Up sh1t creek says:

      Record breaking £4Trillion deficit that Labour racked up. In 13 years they borrowed huge amounts, taxed heavily (using stealth taxes to hide the amount of tax), sold taxpayer owned assets like the gold reserves, spent record amounts on the benefits system for vote buying, the hidden borrowing of the PFI scam. Steven Timms, and the rest of Labour still deny they f’ed up the UK economy.

      Where is all the money that passed through Labour’s fingers? Which Labour MP’s now have Swiss / Cayman Islands bank accounts?

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    • 20
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Hello, I’m the head of a union, and I still think that without the public sector, the private sector will collapse. So please all you wealth generating businesses, give us more of your money, the wealth consuming public sector will save the country!

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      • 23
        P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

        Haven’t the rich suffered enough ??

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      • 26
        Up sh1t creek says:

        Hi, I’m Mervyn King, and I colluded with and aided and abetted the biggest financial crime in the World’s history. The UK’s banks and politicians scr*wed billions of taxpayers money so bankers and politicians remain rich, while the little plebs pay for us and forever stay in debt.

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        • 67
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          They are all in the same scam together. There will be no sackings and there will be no admissions of guilt either. What we have is a ya-boo sideshow to hide each others complicity in a broken system. Labour mainly, broke it and the coalition are not minded to seriously fix it either.

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        • 69
          retardEd Miliband says:

          Why plead guilty? Labour did nothing wrong.

          “Spending far more than we earned did not cause the deficit,” said Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson yesterday. “Hopefully, by the time I become the real chancellor, I will have finished reading Economics for Dummies and will be able to continue the last Labour government’s utterly insane spending policies,” he added.

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  2. 3

    The Blairite wing of the reds needs to figure out what it is that they would have done differently before they can call the Kettle black…. Now in fairness to gordy at least he has a leg to stand on [just one mind you]. He did not want a cull of anything.

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  3. 4
    Chris says:

    Will be trending topics on social networks as soon as the masses drag themselves out of their pits, outweighing any messages the conservative party/coalition wants to get across.

    Saw a map of twitter influence the other day and its so heavily weighted towards the Guardian, Ch4 News people like Tom Watson its unreal, the Conservative Party needs to engage social networks more, or forever lose their millions of users to a tide of class bashing Tory haters

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  4. 5
    blackbyle says:

    Nor any money left ! Never forget that smart-arse’s valedictory note

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      Stephen Byers says:

      Someone call a taxi ?????

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      Up sh1t creek says:

      I didn’t created the problem claims Gordon Brown. It was “globalisation” by the New World Order crooks that made Gordon sell the UK’s gold reserves, raise stealth taxes, have the PFI scams, and p1ss money up the benefits wall.

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    NotaSheep says:

    Do you really expect consistency from a Labour politician? Aided and abetted by a willing BBC the Labour Party are rewriting history to expunge any blame from them for the UK’s economic mess and laying it all at the feet of bankers and the world economy.

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      Anonymous says:

      It’s the Tories’ fault – they either agreed with everything that Gordon Brown did, &/or failed to physically restrain him from throwing the gold reserves into the fire of Mordor.

      As far as the state broadcaster is concerned, EVERYTHING is the Tories’ fault. Reminds me of a 70s Latin American President, whose private jet made a very hard landing. When the pilot apologised to him, he replied “Don’t worry – they’ll blame me when they find out who you were flying”…

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  6. 8

    Byrne has a head shaped like a fat homnasts buttock, eyes like jizz globules and a mouth designed to accommodate all but the hairiest balls…..

    Other than that, he’s a laugh a minute….

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  7. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Plus “he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity”.

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  8. 19
    Anonymous says:

    “We say Mr Chaytor knew the rules, why else would he produce false documents?”

    Ah, but even M.P.’s can make ‘honest mistakes’? Accountancy is not their strongest suit, after all?

    Complete and utter b*ll*cks. Sack ‘em all.

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  9. 24
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am a silverback gorilla.

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  10. 25
    It'sAlreadyTooLate says:

    How many times have you seen it here, ConDems fuck up, and the attacks on Labour start, after all attack is the best form of defence.

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      Dick the Prick says:

      Fair point but there’s the overall stench of hypocrisy from all of them. In Ruin, they have more in common with each other than with citizens.

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    1381 says:

    ‘A damp squib’ did someone write?.
    Just about sums up Cameron and his entire coalition mish mash if nothing else.
    It was obvious at the time that it would all end, in not tears, but a pathetic whimper.
    Nothing looks surer than a Labour government at the next election and we can put the blame where you like.
    I have my own views.
    Look at those who engineered through the media the rise of the piece of political PR dross aka as the Shameron.
    Look at those who financed this lightweight.
    Look at those who were never going to have David Davis, a close friend of the late Alan Clark, as Tory leader.
    We have Cameron whose millions come from Eastern European Jewish banking circles and Davis whose grandfather was on the Jarrow march.
    Well we have seen the result and I suspect it will have finished off the Tories for some time.
    A leader whose family background was a housing estate.
    A leader who made his own way up by drive and ability.
    A leader who respects freedom, democracy and who would undoubtedly done away with the Human rights monstrosity as promised. A leader who would have held the promised referendum on the Eu.
    A leader with the credibilty and background to have put through any cuts.
    The leader we were not allowed to have – again!.
    Shades of Enoch perhaps?

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    the last quango in paris says:

    Perhaps Burne and Harman can go on a tour together for Labour and explain why it was funny to write a note saying “there’s no money left” and she can explain contemplation suites…. They can then see how many people find it funny – it can finish with their leader trying to convince us again that the financial crisis had nothing to do with Labour.

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      Anonymous says:

      Hatesmen can explain how all wimmin shortlists have improved the quality of Parliamentary representation, and how her wife Jack’s (s)election has improved the gender balance i the Commons…

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  13. 37
    Dave Ward says:

    This is real barrel scraping even for you guido. The ALB review was begun under Labour as you point out, but totally changed by the new administration with their ‘bonfire’.

    Unfortunately the knee jerk decisions taken to coincide with the needless ‘emergency’ budget have only come to highlight the cack handed and poorly thought out way ministers currently operate.

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  14. 41
    Chaytor Update says:

    It emerged in court that the former MP is facing a large bill for both his defence and the costs of bringing the prosecution against him.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hVtVFF_Zqkk9GGGQLR51xC5_L8Pw?docId=N0020881294369000469A

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  15. 46
    Chaytor's cellmate says:

    Is Mr Chaytor a top or a bottom? Doesn’t matter, I’ll find out soon enough. Tell him not to bother bringing lube.

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  16. 47
    EdMiliband says:

    Deficit, what deficit?

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  17. 48
    BREAKING NEWS says:

    Gordon Brown is reported to be still alive. Fucking tragic news.

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  18. 49
    EdMiliband says:

    After my triumph on Radio 2 yesterday, my next media appointment will be on Doncaster Hospital radio

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  19. 50
    BBC News says:

    David Chaytor is awaiting sentencing. There’s no word yet as to Lord Ashcroft’s possible involvement.

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  20. 52
    Chaytor's a slimy sack of shit says:

    Joey Jones says sentencing is at 2.15. I bet the c unt gets off with a suspended sentence.

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  21. 55
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Bryne is c-unt and a massive one at that !

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  22. 57
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Quangos are only there to pass the blame to from ministers , Before when a minister fucked up they resigned ………………..Now they just blame someone else.

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  23. 60
    Anonymous says:

    They seem determined to ruin our canal network. British Waterways has no idea how to run canals as they are so devoted to running their property development business.

    Take away the assumed development planning rights from BW. Just leave them the right of replacement and rebuild. Let democracy get in the way, and allow the normal council planning process to run its course.

    The green strips and canal breaks in our cities are a wonderful resource.

    As for British Waterways Marinas Limited, I suggest they destroy it. It is many levels of management that does not need to exists to manage marinas that are far better run on an individual basis.

    Then they might concentrate on actually running the canals for all the people, not for their bonuses.

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  24. 74
    Robbie says:

    In which case I assume the civil service dusted down their reponse to Baldemort’s request and presented it to the ConDems as a plan ?

    Politicians love quangos. They are a protective layer from the press and public and thanks to FOI a free source of research material. Why would anyone in their right mind be serious about abolishing them ?

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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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