March 9th, 2011

Mitchell’s Manoeuvres

“A well-placed source” told Tim Shipman at The Mail today:

“Andrew Mitchell is very well thought of and familiar with all the issues. He sits on the National Security Council. He would have been sent over last year if William had gone and he’s still the man. William has lost his mojo. He seems tired and often unengaged. He just doesn’t seem that interested.”

Would that be the same cheerleaders that were promoting Mitchell as a new Chief Whip to Ben Brogan back in December:

“Andrew Mitchell’s supporters are promoting him as a suitable alternative, arguing that Mad Mitch knows a thing or two about plots and discipline”

He’s certainly displaying a dubious understanding of discipline with his briefings. His choice of words regarding Hague’s decline are remarkably similar to the thoughts Mitchell shared with the FT about the current Chief Whip in February“The trouble is if you spend a long time as a Whip, the iron of cynicism starts to corrode your soul.” Guido knows the International Development job would be enough to corrode any man’s soul, but Mitchell is hardly being subtle in his desire to move on up. Is all that pillow talk going to his head?


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    A politicons plottting? I am shocked!

  2. 4
    Sleuth says:

    FT this morning says Gove – “the coalition’s leading neo-con” – is interested in the job … but is afraid of flying.

    Would be kind of like having a Health Secretary who faints at the sight of blood.

    • 7
      WTF says:

      Since when has a health secretary had to perform surgery???

      • 40
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        I’m sure they could be catapulted in to such a position, should the need arise.

    • 12
      Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

      Gove – “the coalition’s leading neo-con”

      It is tragic but true.

      • 19
        screw the lot of them says:

        And someone whose voice, face and manner make me want to at best puke and at worst kick the living daylights out of him.

      • 22
        Archer Karcher says:

        Gove neo-con? FFs I have heard it all now, any kind of conservatism from Dave’s gang, would be a welcome sight.

        • 29
          Anony Mouse says:

          Neo-con, new-con,blue-labour,new labour

          No fucking difference.

          • Postlethwaite says:

            Genuinely, what is a neo-con? Not in the dictionary.

            Is it like an intern, an americanism meaning that it is a trainee that does not get paid.

          • helpful serf says:

            It’s Irish for ‘new confidence tricksters’.

          • Hercule Poirot says:

            “Neo-con” is from the French neo (new) + con (do look it up s’il vous plait).

  3. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Seems to me Mitchell is over-promoted already.

    • 125
      ichabod says:

      Yes Mitchell is a ghastly creep–he LOOKs like a ghastly creep–who conveys opportunism, deceitfulness, smugness and self righteousness whenever he comes on the airwaves to justify our foreign aid shambles ( how much are we paying Somalia a year now ?). He’s the typical political triimmer, with no firm views, who merely makes himself agreeable to his leaders whims and to current fashionable thinking in order to get on. But he looks so unctuous; i’m not surprised to learn he’s a back stabber and plotter . Even Hague in second gear is preferable to this ghastly little oik.

  4. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    PMQS live chat Guido?

  5. 8
    Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

    Mrs Blinky is seated next to Red. Must be Blinky’s way of reminding him who’s in charge.

  6. 9
    Number 10's Cat says:

    “William has lost his mojo. He seems tired and often unengaged. He just doesn’t seem that interested”

    I desperately hope I’m wrong in wondering if Ffion has lost another one.
    That would distract anybody.

    • 28
      Archer Karcher says:

      Don’t be ridiculous, Bill is still moping after Chris and misses hanging out with the youngster.

      • 41
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        ….because everything the papers print is the absolute truth.

        • 93
          Archer Karcher says:

          Erm excuse me, did not the young fellow fly around the world and share many hotel rooms with Bill? Did the newspapers make up the bit about Hague using his position to get the youngster a job working closely with him? Perhaps the newspapers lied about expensive gifts for his openly gay young friend too?

    • 42
      Cynical-old-bag says:


    • 60
      Austin Powers says:

      Oooo, be-have!

    • 97
      Mornington Crescent says:

      It can’t be much fun running a department that is even more dysfunctional than the MoD, is populated throughout with thinkers rather than do-ers, who spend their time writing briefing notes, ‘on the one hand, on the other hand’ crap and dishing out the Ferrero Rochers.

      Alan Clark wrote some excellent stuff on the FO in the first edition of his diaries.

      • 107
        helpful serf says:

        So the good news is that at least one government department actually thinks about things. The bad news is all the others – the doers – do little but dream up new regulations to control us and thereafter generally just stuff everything up.

  7. 10
    Where's Warsi says:

    Oh deary me.

    Property tycoons Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz have been arrested as part of an investigation into the collapse of Icelandic bank Kaupthing.

    Errrrrr In view of this info, will Dave be returning 10’s thousands of pounds given to Tory party by Vincent Tchenguiz

    • 62
      Sir William Waad says:

      Can’t think why.

    • 99
      dodgy dosser says:

      Dave’s taking it very seriously and will certainly be looking into it

    • 104
      Angry Taxpayer says:

      Are they cousins of the Millibands by any chance ?

    • 108
      Ed Miliballs says:

      That’ll be one of those banks that was so very well regulated by Gordon Brown & Ed Balls FSA – the Fundamentally Shite Authority.

      Now fuck off back to Labourlist.

  8. 11
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    Another pro Euro clone from the political elite

  9. 13
    Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

    Red was quite shit today. He got very rattled at Cameron’s joke about Brother Dave.

  10. 14
    Gordon Brown says:

    Did you see me in parliament? Eh? No? That’s because I wasn’t there! Tee-hee! I bottled it again! I’m up in Killkiddies having a plop.

    • 17
      streamfisher says:

      And probably wiping your arse afterwards on all the £50 pound notes still being given to you by a grateful nation.

  11. 15
    Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

    Mr Harman should shut his fucking mouth.

  12. 18
    Breaking News says:

    The Tchenguiz brothers arrested at their Mayfair offices in last half hour. It would make my century if it turns out they had some links with Labour.

    • 21
      screw the lot of them says:

      Why stop at Labour. All three parties deserve to be fucking lynched.

      • 47
        Anonymous says:

        This is not a new idea.

        “It is terrible to contemplete how few politicians are hanged.” G. K. Chesterton.

    • 27
      streamfisher says:

      Certainly sounds like Bliar/Mandy territory.

    • 33
      Do we know a Lord Sainsbury ?? says:

      “The brothers at one stage held large percentage shares in businesses such as Sainsbury’s”

    • 78
      MI5 says:

      There will be lots of calls to the CPS now to covr up the whole thing

      And multiple highly paid spinners will now explain to us that “everything was legal”

      And Balls and endless cojones like that

      • 83
        Bob says:

        I used to teach economics at University

        I started my course alwaus by saying that I assumed that we lived in a country where the Rule of Law existed.

        And added, if there is no Rule of Law, the only solution is to have the largest machine gun…

        We are reaching a point where there has clearly been a massive breakdown in the Rule of Law concerning banks and finance in general. Do you remember all those triple A bonds which are now worthless, for instance ?

        • 128
          Toxic Parliament says:

          I very much doubt the rule of law was ever that strong in Britain when it came to the murky world of banks, finance and politics.

          Maybe the establishment were better at covering their tracks years ago, or maybe it was because there were less ways to get the info out there, or perhaps the plebs were too trusting and deferential of authority.

          Whatever it was, times are certainly changing and the British establishment had better be very, very careful.

  13. 20
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Ed chimp boy put on such a juvenile
    display today that I almost felt sorry for him.
    Maybe that was the reason Yvette Cooper looked
    so depressed and care worn. I’m sure she’s not well.
    I’m sure I saw Humungous Upchuck indulge in
    a touch of self-pollution in the chamber. Pocket billiards
    no doubt.

    • 26
      Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

      I can’t take Red seriously given the way every time he grins his mouth hangs open in a bucktooth expression, like a character in an old Loony Tunes cartoon.

  14. 23
    Crazy Diamond says:

    I’ve also had a comment from a pro-Hague MP that he’s functioning on auto-pilot. I think it’s time he retired to the backbenches, his judgement has always been poor throughout his political career.

    • 63
      Archer Karcher says:

      +1, despite the hype around him, Hague has always been second rate. Who takes him seriously anymore?

      • 115
        Evie Lennon says:

        I think all this vindictiveness regarding William Hague has probably contributed a lot to his state of mind. Fair comment is one thing, but deliberate hounding is quite another. All I’m asking is that you think about it.

        • 124
          Who said all "the bastards" had departed ?? says:

          Meanwhile “Dave”‘s no-fly policy continues to try and stutter into life and the Colonel carries on regardless. As to Hague he is just a patsy for the “real target” of the “proper true-blue Tory Party”…..Cameron…who has never been forgiven by the “faithful” for his failure on Lisbon and failing to deliver an overall win in May 2010.The conceding of a referendum on AV was another monumental error of judgement…some Tories feel it would have been better to have walked away from the LibDems in May last year rather than concede their treasured Manifesto promises on Europe,the Bill of Rights etc etc…some would even have preferred Labour remaining in power than teaming up with the LibDems whom they detest more than Labour

  15. 24
    Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

    Brillo telling Flint that Red is basically always shit at PMQ’s.

    • 34
      Ed Bollokov ( Son of Brown, Deficit-Admirer-in Chief ) says:

      Didn’t think he was quite that good. His question writers are diabolically weak.

      • 39
        Do we know a Lord Sainsbury ?? says:

        He can’t think on his feet and trundles on regardless. Surely a sign of gross incompetence?

        • 49
          Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

          That and the fact he’s Labour who, to coin a famous phrase, couldn’t run a whelk stall.

          • Mike Hunt says:

            but are outstandingly good at spending tax-payer’s money leaving very little to show for it.

  16. 25
    The truth will out says:

    Funny you should mention Mitchelle Guido


    He was a “Senior Adviser at Lazards” until 2009 And who is “Senior Adviser” now ?


    Wheels within wheels

    Nothing like buying friends and influence

    Like Morgan Stanley and the Younger Powell… and so on…

    • 30
      Jack says:

      We’ll see who gets lucrative Government PFI and financial contracts now !

    • 31
      MI5 says:

      Investment banks have no shame either

      Look at the financial mayhem they caused as well…

      • 37
        T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

        Wouldn’t be seen dead in one.

        • 65
          Jack says:

          JP Morgan

          Goldman Sachs have the ex Chairman of the SEC onn their Board !


          And two ex-Treasury Secretaries in 15 years and Bush Jr’s Chief of Staff Bolton etc

          It’s what called the whole fucking government

    • 57
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Well if he needs another loan………….!

  17. 32
    Just asking says:

    What’s a Mojo and why is it bad to lose one?

  18. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Just Nuke Libya!!!!

  19. 44
    Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

    Flint is such an opportunistic c unt. She tried to jump on Maude just as he began talking about plans to help children in care. She looked crestfallen when Brillo stopped her.

    • 70
      Archer Karcher says:

      Maude is so shit he made her look good. Imagine, the old fraud upstaged by a thick Pikey, whatever next?

    • 126
      ichabod says:

      Of all the Labour screamers who’ve appeared on Question Time the worst for persistent interruptiopns has been Caroline Tunisian Flint; she just cannot abide being contradicted , but of course that flatulent fool Dimblebee wont slap her down. She”s such a sour looking little bint ; hard faced, sluttish looking with her gothic hair colour and monumentaly ignorant to boot.

  20. 45
  21. 46
    Gordon Brown stinks of shit says:

    Daily Politics looking at what Barnsley is like. Now interviewing the losing Lib Dem candidate Dominic Carman.

    • 72
      Archer Karcher says:

      Bitter and twisted Carman, now hates the people who he wanted to elect him. Oh wait, he always hated them.

  22. 52
    Double Whopper says:
    • 54
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      None, I would think is happy enough with Sam Cam.

    • 58
      It's a man's world in Dave's cabinet. says:

      Only 4 and I’m not entirely convinced that Caroline Spelman is actually a woman.

      There would probably have been more in a pure Conservative government but the liberals only brought men into the government.

    • 87
      AC1 says:

      How many Female Labour Prime Ministers?

    • 91
      Annie get your gun says:

      Go and lose yourself with all those birds of a feather in Primrose Hill you c u n t

      You represent nothing but your tr*be and your swollen ego

      • 102
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Now answer the question. How many women have led the Union-bought and paid for Labour Party or been Prime Minister? Another Ad Hom answer will merely confirm your ineffectuality.

    • 95
      Angry Taxpayer says:

      Let’s talk about the trashing of Britain organised and so ably executed by your Labour Party you id iot

      Let’s takl about the organised corruption in your Party as well

      And your friends like Lord Levy, Ronnie Cohen and their ilk who made massive fortunes out oif the Labour government’s “schemes”

      And what about the prostitute Tony Blair to start with ?

    • 100
      Cynical Old Man says:

      If all the current bunch of female M.P.s are of the same calibre as Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith, Margaret Hodge, Joan Ryan, Rosie Winterton, all those other “Blair Babes” that were at one time or another, tipped for high office, but sank into the pit of ministerial incompetence – come to think of it, Luciana Berger is as bright as a 6 watt bulb – then we need FEWER females in cabinet.

      To be fair, though, there are a number of MALE incompetents in Parliament, too, but few of them were tipped for high office. Just shows the lack of talent in Labour.

      • 106
        Rt Hon Geoff Hoon and Hoon says:

        I am driving my taxi now you know

      • 120
        Fa Kin Su Pah says:

        Quite right Old man,
        They ask a question in the HOC and they
        look as though they’re about to shit their pants.
        I’m sorry, soil their underwear.
        Women become frightened and men become pompous.

  23. 53
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    O/T i had a look at Left foot forward the other day, god its shit , Most posts had about 10 comments on , Do the left get blogging?

    • 59
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Yes. They’re all on here. Nobody would listen on the other blogs, so they’re trying to convert us.

      • 90
        Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

        Convert us, with the purile hypocritical shit they post, ha, thats a laugh. Still I admire their Indefatigability.

  24. 56
    Wiiliam Hague says:

    ‘Appen as like as ‘ow as not.

    • 64
      Barnsley says:

      Thares trubble down at ‘tmill, tha knows, somebodies talking about re-opening it.

      • 74
        Miss says:

        D minus. Try again.

        • 80
          William Hague says:

          I’ll go to foot of stairs! Sithee lass, thee thou them as thous thee!

          • Cynical Old Man says:

            Nar then, gerrart theer and fetch sum coil from t’outhouse or al githee a clip round t’ear.

      • 81
        Engineer says:

        I thought it was pits in Barnsley, not mills. For mills, try Bradford.

        • 85
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Isnt Mills banged up in a italian jail?

        • 109
          Cynical Old Man says:

          Barnsley ex- miner comes home early and sees his wife leaning over the kitchen sink washing dishes. He walks up to her, lifts her skirt, pulls down her knickers and gives her a good seeing to, doggy fashion. When he’s finished, he turns her around and punches her in the mouth.

          Rubbing her jaw, his wife shouts “Why did yer thump me, yer rotten bastard?”

          Ex-miner says ” Cos yer didn’t turn round to see who were shaggin’ yer!”

  25. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Will the head on the other pillow remain silent I wonder?

  26. 73
    Moley says:

    A review of Labour as an opposition leads one to conclude that Damian McBride and Balls are continuing their work and have influenced policy to such an extent that the opposition consists solely of spin, smear, propaganda and media manipulation.

    In terms of presenting itself as a credible Government with better policies, Labour scores well into negative territory.

    It would be rather nice if those Conservative politicians who, out of personal ambition, brief against their colleagues, realise that they are doing McBride’s work for him and stop what they are doing.

    Labour still has many effective levers of influence on the media narrative from its time in Government; they don’t need any help from useful idiots in the Conservative party.

  27. 79
    Sir William Waad says:

    I like this Mitchell character but I think Robert Webb carries him to some extent.

    • 111
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      I’ve watched Mitchell a couple of times on BBC parliament channel. He’s on top of his brief, explains govt. policy clearly and without dissembling, gives credit where it’s due across the House and destroys hostile Opposition questions and statements. He’s worthy of a more important post.

  28. 82
    Paul Marks says:

    There should be no such thing as an “International Development” department.

    Nor should the British government have given money to the Irish bailout.

    Nor should the British government have increased the amount of money it gives to the European Union.

    It is because of such wild government spending INCREASES that the British govenrment is actually (inspite of the much talked of spending cuts) spending MORE money this year than it did last year.

    We are getting the worst of both worlds – the political pain of cutting government spending, and the economic damage of INCREASING government spending.

  29. 109
    Where's Warsi says:

    Thread about Mongo Mitchell, 100+ posts later – Not a single comment about him from out Tor*y Trolls…. Obviously a good choice for the Job ….LOL

    • 114
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Possibly because most of them are working at their day jobs rather than wanking off over their keyboards waiting for a benefits giro.

  30. 112
    Labour pledges to abolish Safe sex says:

  31. 119
    Where's Warsi says:

    “Former smoker David Cameron” – Oh your are funny Guido !!!!!!!!

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