January 21st, 2011

Front Runners to Replace Coulson

Back in September (GPW Hotly Tipped for Post-Coulson Downing Street) Guido put a few names forward as potential successors to Andy Coulson. The same names are in the frame again. Former Indy deputy editor Ian Birrell seems to be Steve Hilton’s preferred choice, he is apparently liked and trusted by Cameron. George Pascoe Watson, the former Sun man now spinning at Portland, is mentioned, however  replacing one former Murdoch man with another could be problematic.

Ben Brogan, despite much speculation, insists he is not in the running.  Another name mentioned is Guto Harri, currently spinning for Boris, he is known to fancy going to Downing Street. The BBC’s James Landale shouldn’t be ruled out – he is an Old Etonian after all – don’t be surprised if you next see him in No. 10 rather than reporting from outside it. Modesty forbids Guido suggesting another combative tabloid-tuned, right-winger who likes taking the fight to Labour…


  1. 1
    Bad Al says:

    My CV is in the post


    • 4
      Alan Johnson says:

      Not for long.


      • 13
        They Huffed and Puffed, Coulson Still Standing says:

        “What has been a politically motivated attack by enemies of the Murdoch press was bound to fail without a smoking gun, however much they huffed and puffed.

        It has played out pretty much as Guido predicted last year (see Coulson’s Guilt). Punters now give Coulson a 96% chance of surviving…”


        • 91
          Anonymous says:

          Guido has been avoiding this like the plague because Coulson has been such a good source, but now wants credit for predicting it. What a twat!


    • 25
      Plod says:

      Mines in the posties wife


    • 108
      Anonymous says:


      This is the first picture I have seen of you where you have been able to do your top button up on you shirt
      You fat k nut


  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    Now that’s entertainment!


  3. 3
    bbitgu says:

    Throwingbya hat in the ring Guido ?


  4. 5
    bbitgu says:

    I have heard its going to be Carlos Tevez ……….


  5. 6
    Dolly Draper says:

    Me, Me!

    Pick me!


  6. 7
    Voter says:

    “James Landale shouldn’t be ruled out – he is an Old Etonian after all”


    scheming bastards the lot of ‘em


    • 17
      Voter says:

      none of these people are elected are they? Yet they have access to the highest places in the state machinery. Often they are mates of the politicians with not necessarily any credible experience of what they are to do. Wonderful isn’t it how the politicians take on these advisors, loads of them, all at OUR EXPENSE and totally unaccountable to the public


      • 59
        Voter says:

        …. and of course, they’re all rich, seriously wealthy man


      • 77
        An Englishman says:

        “none of these people are elected are they? Yet they have access to the highest places in the state machinery.”

        That describes thousands of Civil Servants, too. Is the PM not even allowed to have a secretary, then?

        These people are just employees of the government.

        As long as HM Opposition is full of spinners and liars, and as long as the British media follows the lines of those spinners and liars so willingly, there is a need for the government to put its case across as strongly as it can. And it’s in the nation’s interest that it does so.


        • 88
          Voter says:

          this is not about trivial party politics – rather about accountability to the british electorate who happen to pay their fucking wages


          • An Englishman says:

            And are thousands of unelected civil servants accountable to the British electorate who pay their wages? Are they hell!

            This IS about party politics. Spinning was brought to UK politics by Labour in the mid-90’s and has been kept at the centre of government since by them. Even in Opposition they force the agenda on this matter. If they dumped all their spinners and acted as decent, honest and, yes, accountable servants of the nation and the electorate, the Conservatives may well be happy to do without spinners, too. As long as Labour plays dirty, the Conservatives have to defend themselves as best they can.

            Just how many times have I heard ‘Conservative-led Coalition’ said by Labour drones and blinkered Beeboids in the last few days? Labour’s all about spin and unless they change for the better they force the Conservatives to employ their own spinners in defence.


          • AyeUpLetsNotGetSilly says:

            Bernard Ingram

            case closed


          • Glyn H says:

            Give the Englishman a CDM! This foul ‘management’ of the ‘news’ is right at door of Campbell, Mandelson, Blair, Brown and his despicable low life chums. They have polluted our politics as militant did before. It is always Labour and the left that seek to denigrate our country and it’s values


    • 42
      Dick Scratcher says:

      I thought Landale was seriously ill with cancer? (No joke)


  7. 7
    Red 'Ed & Thick 'Ed says:

    You can’t beat Tom Badwin. Sniff


  8. 9
    pong says:

    Be the one Guido.


  9. 10
    Sweaty Balls says:

    Are they any good?


  10. 11
    Johan says:

    Go Guido!


  11. 12
    Gonk says:

    Can you do two jobs at once ?


  12. 14
    The big D says:

    If Cameron was smart he would have you on the inside pissing out, not the other way round.


    • 35
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Cameron isn’t smart, but he is vindictive.


    • 43
      Archer Karcher says:

      ‘If Cameron was smart’

      Which of course he demonstrates constantly, he isn’t.


      • 65
        Postlethwaite says:

        Isn’t it subjunctive case?

        ‘If Cameron were smart’

        But he is always well turned out so it should be ‘if he is smart’


        • 73
          The big D says:

          I don’t believe the direct correlation between state of attire and intelligence has been conclusively proved; however I bow to your superior understanding and use of the English language.


  13. 15

    Was your photo shot in the shadows because of artistic license or vanity….?

    The ‘about to fiddle with cuffs’ pose, suggests the latter…

    Any caption comp today…?


  14. 16
    Cabinet sources tell me it's... says:

    Anne Widdecombe!


  15. 19
    renaldo says:

    Wide angle lens needed for that photo of you Guy!!


  16. 20
    bbitgu says:

    Lord Gower ???


  17. 21
    observer says:

    I don’t know any of these characters but we need
    someone crossbred with a pitbull to tear Labour a new one.


  18. 22
    bbitgu says:

    Hey , tory Bear could get a job doing that !


  19. 23
    SB says:


    • 106
      Glyn H says:

      What c******g rubbish that man speaks. Everythink he did might have achieved those ends for him personally but at the expense of the country at large.
      You could not make up the level of malevolent incompetence incorporated in that vile man.


  20. 27
    Joss Taskin says:

    Why the fuck do politicians need spin doctors ???? Look at the mess people such as Alyingstare Campbell and now Coulson leave in their wake ????


    • 29
      bbitgu says:

      aye lad , I asked this on preivous thread , win the debate with ideas not bullshit


    • 30
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      job done.

      A: So their names can be pinned to cock ups rather than blaming it all on the people who actually made the decisions.


      • 31
        bbitgu says:

        The EU ?


      • 54
        Archer Karcher says:

        A rather cowardly way to proceed, surely one must have the courage of ones convictions? Oh wait, modern politics is not about ideas and ideals any more is it? It has been reduced to a management process.


    • 84
      An Englishman says:

      The government needs them because the Labour Opposition uses them, and the British media or complicit with them, so the British public is continually fed a diet of lies and misinformation. The government has no choice but to try to defeat such malignancy, and it has to fight that battle on ground it didn’t choose using tactics it probably wouldn’t employ if it didn’t have to.


    • 85
      Senator Bloodn' Gore, says:

      Politicians need spin doctors because spin doctors tell them they need spin doctors or from another point of view, which would be mine – it keeps people like me in flash cars, nice houses and a simply must have little pad in Monaco to help deflect the vagaries and whims of the Treasury and HM Excise and Customs .


    • 95
      Anonymous says:

      Because the Politicians are far too busy playing fiddly/diddly with their expenses to have any time for mundane matters such as representing their constituants!!


  21. 32
    Brown Broadcasting Company says:

    WTF…WatO all over Coulson…extended the b’cast to 13:45…that’s usually for a Royal Death!!!


    • 41
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Am surprised that Al Beeb haven’t played Berlioz’s Marche au supplice on the defenestration of Coulson.

      Can anyone recall when a leading Labour or Tory politician left the front benches because his wife was playing away?


  22. 33
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Old Holborn for Chief Spin Doctor !!!

    BTW, on this busy day, let’s not forget that Tony Blair’s a c|_|nt.


  23. 38
    bbitgu says:

    Polly Tynbee ?


  24. 40
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    What a happy day.


  25. 44
    bbitgu2 says:

    I want a million to leave Katie Price alone.


  26. 45
    bbitgu says:

    it could be Tim Lovejoy……..


  27. 46
    Brown Broadcasting Company says:

    Bollox on WatO being allowed to spray shite economics about Liebour record like a gatling gun!!!



  28. 49
    JMR says:

    I heard from a ‘reliable’ source that old master of spin, Tony Blair, is in with a chance. He did after all, manage to sell sand to the Arabs and is currently managing to sell crap to the Chilcot enquiry.


  29. 53
    Horse and Hounds correspondent says:

    What is wrong with Hacking?

    Thousands of people do it everyday along lanes, bridal paths and across fields.

    They’ll want to ban hunting next.


  30. 55
    Ed² says:

    We at the Institute of Deficit Denial will publish our economic policy once we have cleared it with the Unions and Gordon.


  31. 58
    david1 says:

    I do hope that when Coulson goes down the same route as his ex-royal reporter, Cammo will be able to find some time to visit him in the, ‘Johnathan Aitken Suite’ at Ford open prison.


  32. 61
    One of the Great Unwashed says:

    Radio 5 Live is still banging on Coulson resignation,as they cut away again, they have now dragged out that annal reject Prescot, instead of staying the Chilcot enquirey which only has about 30 mins before it ends for the day, as Bliar tries to spin, evade and doing what he has a masters degree in machiavellian, mendacity.

    When will the Culture Secretary finally do something about this blatant biased LieLabour Propaganda Machine in total breach of its charter ?


  33. 62
    Bogeyman says:

    Cameron must find a replacement for Coulson quickly – a good one who can handle the Marxist-Leninist BBC.

    Why? The outcome of elections is determined these days by benefit junkies, infantile stewdents at euwnee, chavs, chavettes with fatherless “little princesses” to scream at in Asda car park, union boneheads and ethnic activists, wannabee footballers and gangsta rap “artists”, Strictly Come Celebrity Detox addicts and pee-doh-file vigilantes.

    The collective IQ of these people leaves them highly susceptible to the outpourings of Al-Jabeeb. We are counting on the Tories to put them straight.


    • 69
      Gerry Mandering says:

      Twas alway so.

      The demise (of the Roman Empire) was “decadence, monetary trouble, and military problems”

      Did they have spinners then?


  34. 64

    Rick Nobinson – 200:1
    Smears Porgan – 1000:1
    Highground Heiffer 350:1
    Ron Jedwood 160:1
    Penny Dreadful 120:1
    Bally Serpico 120:1
    James Kockup 45:1
    Sunny Holdall 12:1
    Miriam O’Reilly 14:1
    Iain Dale 3:1
    Peter Mandleslime 1:2


  35. 66
    Urban Tory says:

    I would give my left nut for Guido to take the job, It’d probably be a pay cut bet hey!
    Let Harry run the blog and put your hat in


  36. 68
    John Ward says:

    You read it here first…


    My top five:
    Russell Brand, Jon Cruddas, Fred Goodwin, Bob Diamond, Simon Hughes


  37. 71
    Stepfordwife says:

    I wonder why he didn’t wait until Monday so they could let Alan Johnson’s and Tony Bliar’s dirt dominate the day.

    Seems an odd thing for a master spinner to do to his own party …


  38. 72
    david1 says:


    Could it be that there might be something in a Sunday newspaper that may not be to Coulson’s advantage, and he was tipped off?

    Lest we forget.

    News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman was today sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to intercepting phone messages.

    His co-conspirator Glenn Mulcaire was sentenced to six months.

    The judge, Mr Justice Gross, described Goodman and Mulcaire’s behaviour as “low conduct, reprehensible in the extreme”.

    He said Goodman had been motivated by “career advancement and protection”.

    “Neither journalist nor private security consultants are above the law,” the judge said.

    “This case was not about press freedom; it was about a grave, inexcusable and illegal invasion of privacy.

    “It was not pushing at the limits, or at the cusp: it was plainly on the wrong side of the line. It is essential for the decency of our public life that conduct of this kind is clearly marked as unacceptable.”

    “This was serious criminal conduct to which we must not become numbed. It is to my mind [of] the very first importance to the fabric of our public life that such intrusive, sustained criminal conduct should be marked by immediate loss of liberty,” the judge said.


  39. 87
    Ricky Ponting's eyes are veryclosetogether says:

    Guido – you are better as a roving assassin; although God knows the Tories need to learn and embrace the art of ripping the public guts out of yet another failed, red-rimmed Labour adventure. Coulson is obviously able – but where are the teeth? Where is the cold glitter of the political switchblade and the will to wield it?

    I can’t imagine I’m the only one wanting this Labour cancer to pay the highest possible electoral price for fucking up the country twice, in two attempts, within the span of a single generation.


  40. 96
    Andy Coulson's monkey says:

    A monkey friend tells me AC’s replacement will be Prick Robinson. Watch this space.


    • 98
      Catch Me If You Can says:

      PMs sidekick seems to have an AC pattern that I think will continue. My money’s on Andy Capp.


  41. 99
    tory boys never grow up says:

    Guido for Coulson – what an excellent idea!


    • 101
      Captain Ginger says:

      Oh yes; if his spinning is like his steer on the Alan Johnson story, Cameron will be toast within six months. Bring it on!


  42. 102
    Colonel Blimp says:

    Modesty is in short supply in the Fawke’s persona!


  43. 103
    Little Boy Blue says:

    What makes you think being right wing is a requirement for the job? Poison Polly has more chance of getting the job than you Guido.


  44. 107
    Down With Brown! says:

    The perfect man for the job:



  45. 109
    Anonymous says:

    Andrew MacKay has been suggested – Cameron loves him!


  46. 110
    NotW_Scumbag says:

    The position requires a slimy, lying no-gooder.

    So who’s cast their hat into the ring ?


  47. 111
    nemesis says:

    You still think you understand 1) the media, and 2) politics

    What a fool. And your audience are so fucked up, they’re convinced Cameron is ‘part of the Fabianisation’ of Britain and that the BBC has a permanent left-wing bias because it is not as fascist as it should be.



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