May 24th, 2011

Hank the Teaching “Pilgrim”

This is Hank Roberts. He’s a geography teacher at Copland School in Brent. Well sort of, that was before he became a “pilgrim”. A full-time union official, paid for by the taxpayer to do full-time union duties, rather than the front-line role he should be doing. The last figures that Guido could get his hands on showed that our Hank cost the school £53,000pa to have him on full-time release for his union activities.

The struggling school has to pay around £106,000 every year to three union officials not to teach. However the local authority only budgeted the school with £70,000 for this malarkey in 2009/10, and £78,000 in 2008/09. In the last two years, a school in one of the most deprived areas of the country has had to pick up a £64,000 shortfall in union funding, out of its already tight and struggling budget . It is feared that this annual shortfall could have been going on for as long as twenty years…

But it gets worse. Despite being paid to work for the brothers, it seems Hank has even grander ideas. He spent the summer term of 2008 as part of the “Wembley Park Action Group”, sitting up a tree to stop a City Academy being built.

This action resulted in him being convicted at Willesden County Court and fined what he called “a substantial sum of money”, believed to be around £3,000. All the way through this mess, the taxpayer was funding his activities, to the despair of his school and Brent Council.

Hank’s personally-aggrandising website states that he is the “Organising Secretary of UNIFY and a member of all three teacher unions” as well as being elected Senior Vice President (2011), National President (2012) of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Presumably taking more money from these positions…

Guido spoke to Hank earlier and he claims that from September he will be going down to three days a week on union activity. Which makes everything ok. There’s more to this one though. Complaints about Hank have been raised in the past, and fell on some very interesting deaf ears…


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

    So that how much the left care about education?

  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Lets face it the reason Labour have had stuff all these union officals on the pay roll is that they are unemployable in the private sector, If the left cared about educating the child then they would not do this, but all this shows is they care about fiddling the figures.

    This bloke sounds like a right Hanker!

  3. 3
    I thought the Unions were finished... says:

    Make sure this is retweeted, put on Facebook and alerted to as many people as possible. This form of tax payer funded scum has no place in our country.

  4. 4
    moi says:

    oh rats

    lets see a question for pmq then….

  5. 5
    astateofdenmark says:

    Why doesn’t the school/council/lea simply insist he turn up for work?

    Is there legislation preventing employers from requiring employees actually attend their place of work?

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Hank, let me give you some Geography: Fuck off

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    smoggie says:

    Hank him !

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    dee dee says:

    Sadly this activity was pre-guido days..

    When Bliar said “Eductation Education Education” – and could show how much money poured into schoools…

    .. and no one bothered to check how much went out to the unions….

    How stuuuuuuupid we all were…

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    nothing more to say says:

    What a cuпt…

  10. 10
    No plan for growth says:

    The Government’s deficit reduction plans were dealt a blow today after official figures revealed that last month’s borrowing figures were the highest ever recorded for the month of April.
    Public borrowing, excluding financial interventions such as bank bail-outs, hit £10 billion, compared with £7.3 billion the previous year, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
    The figure, which is higher than City expectations of £6.5 billion, will cast doubt on whether the Government can meet its target of bringing the deficit down to £122 billion this financial year.
    The ONS said tax receipts fell year on year, which had been boosted to the tune of £3.5 billion a year earlier by the tax on bankers’ bonuses.
    However, there was some good news for the Government as borrowing figures for the year to March 2011 were revised downwards to £139.4 billion, from £141.1 billion.
    This was mainly caused by tax receipts being boosted after VAT was hiked to 20 per cent from 17.5 per cent previously, said the ONS.
    But the higher-than-expected borrowing in April pushed the Government’s debt to a record £910.1 billion, or 60.1 per cent of GDP.

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    Rydem Cowboy says:

    Hank? Shucks partner – go west!

  12. 12

    I’ve got Oirish heritage now. Can I be PM again?

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:


    Surely there’s some provision, tucked away somewhere in the wastrel’s contract of employment, requiring him to ‘work’, perhaps even to ‘teach’.

    Not that I’d want him anywhere near my demon brood, mind.

  14. 14
    Gordon Brown says:

    What are they doing to my golden legacy?

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    Squeezed Middle says:

    This is a superb story. And people say the Guido fawkes blog is nihilistic….

    We should have a Pilgrim of the week feature to enjoy.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The goverment doesnt create growth, The private sector does.

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    Tax Payers Aliance says:

    Because he could sue them for it…. and out side his contractual requirements…

    bet it does not say anywhere in his contract – he must teach.

    Its not just a £53,000 salary – what about the pension entitlement??? how much is that ????

    A teacher who does not teacher – but then gets teachers pension funded by the government…

    Labour have done Torys up like a kipper – unless they get rid of these ‘pilgrims’ soon in a max cull – the pensions for them alone will cripple next budgets…

    Every cut will be deep – but this is a home run as a cut – we cutting all teachers and nurses – who dont teach and dont nurse – but are union stooogessssssss sponging on the tax payers….

    they had 13 years of sponging under labour – now it stops…

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    smoggie says:

    Brent. That’s Red Ken’s neck of the woods. The biggest and bolshiest borough in Lundun.

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    can of worms says:

    How many more of these placemen are, well you know, in place? And how many more bogus positions are there apart from the union official scam?

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    Moley says:

    His CV says he has “over thirty years of classroom experience”

    There are no dates unfortunately, which would suggest that if he has been a full time Union rep for some time that he has included his own education as “classroom experience. I am not a teacher, but I can truthfully say that I have had thirteen years of “Classroom experience”.

    When did Hank last teach?

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    Anonymous says:

    I blame the school; they should have fired him when he first stopped teaching.
    If you don’t want to do the job that you’re employed to do, then either you resign, or you get sacked.
    I don’t understand why the school is so stupid that they continue to employ 2 or 3 full time people that don’t actually do any work for them; it’s fucking mad.
    Blame the school; they should have more balls and should have fired people like that years ago.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Should keep the blog going for years. These fuckers have been robbing us for decades.

  23. 23
    Backwoodsman says:

    In that case you need to start looking at the councils , this sort of nonsense is rife there. If councils were run as economically as private businesses, your rates would be a third of what you currently pay !

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    Anonymous says:

    Government is responsible to create an environment where country can grow; sadly this government hasn’t got a clue.

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    Mrs Fox says:

    Guido – can you get any details on the schools exam results – especially in geography and the areas missing…

    Would be dynamite if the school suffereing in results AND missing 3 teaching staff due to union activities… ?

    why does a school need 3 union officials ? is this a militant school ?

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    Where's Dave? says:

    But why is it tolerated?

    It is pure unadulterated criminal madness that the taxpayer funds these trades unionists.

    Why doesn’t Dave stop it NOW?

    It is also a very bad example to the kiddy winks.

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    Is this Billy? says:

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    Astonished says:

    How the fuck did it get to this? I’m paying tax on my meagre wages so this overpaid fuckwit can sit up a tree? Staggering…

  29. 29
    Dave should stand down. says:

    That’s right Dave is spending and borrowing more than Gordon did.

  30. 30
    Welsh Ace Footballer says:

    If I had heard about that tree I’d have turned up with my chopper.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yes by lowering taxes, But only if there isint a deficit to deal with, Maybe if Labour hadnt pissed all the money up the wall then the Tories could have done more.

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    Simon says:

    Let’s be thankful that he isn’t teaching children with those sort of leftie ideas !

  33. 33
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    √ 10/10

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    Moley says:

    Huhne has a plan for growth which eclipses his other (alleged) misdemaonours.

    The Liberal Democrat plan for growth is to utterly destroy any prospect of it by a globally unilateral carbon tax and sky high energy costs.

    Huhne’s growth plans also include a “Huhne fuel poverty plan” and a Huhne “Let’s kill off the pensioners with hypothermia” plan.

    There are plenty of “Growth plans”

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    boulay says:

    like gordon brown does?

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    Hank Wankhuhne says:

    “….the allegations are “simply incorrect” and “untrue, but I may have been driving the car”.

  37. 37
    Fluffy Thoughts says:

    Are you wee-timmy, BenMoronics ro TRAsh? Silly me all-are-one-and-one-is-all! Are you Dr Nick‘s love-child…. :?

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    lola says:

    It’s worse than that. Education has hankers like this all over the place, and they come in different types. One in Mrs Lola’s school is the best barrack room lawyer I have ever come accross, in a job that he/she won’t do, and generally wasting everyone’s time and money. Is he/she sackable? No.

    Do you like the new epithet – ‘hankers’? Slightly more accurate than ‘pilgrims’?

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Yeah, not much about his teaching qualifications or his teaching achievements.

    Perhaps he taught Geography to David Miliband?

  40. 40
    Alex Fergusson says:

    ████ █████ said he likes living in Manchester, but he does Miss Wales occasionally

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    Anonymous says:

    Tory government has been in power for over a year, thing are going from bad to worse under them; its not improving.

  42. 42
    JobCentre Beckoning says:

    Well said Billy! Another fine delivery.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    No, I think its Harry Enfield

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    Dunlaggin says:

    But the school will be full of lefties.

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    malice in plunderland says:

    I’ve heard stories from my aunt who was in local government in London, that would make the readers of Guidos blog weep buckets.

  46. 46
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yes your right , Lets Ed Miliband and Labour back in power, everything was rosey under them.

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    In which case it’s a redundancy situation, no?

  48. 48
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Like it :-)

  49. 49
    Mike Naylor says:

    I’m not a fan of Labour, but under Ed Miliband’s charismatic leadership they have really got their act together and are promoting alternative policies on every topic!

  50. 50
    Stan Butler says:

    I have this morning contacted my MP and asked him to vote for EDM 1799.

    I am watching whether he votes or not. Failing to vote for this EDM is condoning the position of Pilgrims in the public sector.

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    Anonymous says:

    Billy, if there is no money where is the money coming from

    1) to pay foreign aid
    2) to give money to all the basket case countries in EU
    3) increase contribution to EU
    4) for the war with Libya and to look after the refugees who will come here from Libya

  52. 52

    The teaching profession has been beyond the reach of politicians for decades now. No government has ever got to grips with them, except to alienate them even further with tests that actually produced very little. The many excellent teachers are not allowed to teach the way they would like and the many bad ones help to make the whole school process a nightmare for parents and children. I have been involved at first hand over this some two decades ago. I found that the educational establishment as a whole have lost the abilities to listen, evaluate or think. The education authorities in the counties, boroughs or unitary authorities are all little empires run for the good of their own management. Only a few counter examples shine through. It is tragic. Just look at the outcomes. It is a scandal.

  53. 53
    the tooth fairy says:

    And of course if Labour were still in power we’d all be flying around in jet packs and the houses would be made of candy and gingerbread. FFS, what planet are you on?

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    Anonymous says:

    He could try suing them for it, but he’d lose.
    Schools like this one need to grow some balls and fire people who don’t actually work for them. If you don’t do that, then you’ll just get an increasing number of these people do the same thing.
    All it needs is one or two precedents of cases like this where the pilgrim stops being paid by the state and where the pilgrim loses the subsequent court case, and then they’ll all fall like flies.
    We also need Cameron to make a statement to say that being paid to do a job, then spending that employment time working for someone else (eg a union) is actually illegal; it’s a form of fraud.

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    Anonymous says:

    There are a few in Waltham Forest worth looking at

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    Facile posting of stupid u tube clips we've all seen a million times to make an unfunny point says:

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Yep screw the forian aid budget and the EU as for Lybia we are only taken part in enforcing the no fly zone.

    If anything tories need to cut even faster and deeper then cut taxes for everone, Leave the EU and control our borders.

    at the moment the coaltion is the lesser of two evils.

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    Left wing school says:

    Bu who wood stand up for the workers rites under the evil tory led tory govt and that?

  59. 59
    non believer says:

    “Yes by lowering taxes, But only if there isint a deficit to deal with, Maybe if Labour hadnt pissed all the money up the wall then the Tories could have done more.”

    What ever, Billy No Mark…….

    Gideon, Dave and his Nu Blu Crew had committed themselves to matching Mcruins spending and it’s disingenuous bullshit to suggest otherwise

    NuLab and the Tories are both 2 sides of the same coin, and now UKIP seems on the verge of collapse (again), what a pathetic selection of choices we have open to us.

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    One school has three people paid not to teach? It also has a crap 2010 OFSTED report (“Satisfactory” rating being an improvement on the previous report, but still crap in the real world).

    Previous Headmaster was awarded £130,000 in bonuses over a couple of years when the OFSTED report was worse than the current crap rating. See

    Interestingly, Hank Roberts was mouthing off about that, saying “Never mind whether getting bonuses is the right thing to do, public servants should do the job they are paid for”

    The school was also in the news and not in a good way when 7 staff or Governors were suspended on claims of financial irregularities.

    But it’s all OK. Despite being a Geography teacher, the school does not appear on its website to mention any geography teaching being done at the school.

    Here’s a novel thought. Why not spend money for education on actually delivering education, not bonuses or Pilgrims? Would be cheaper and better all around.

  61. 61
    Postman Hat says:

    I’m pretty sure Royal Mail fund the CWU’s representatives.
    Might be worth a FOI, as RM are publicly owned {just about}

  62. 62
    NuAttackDog says:

    I’m not a fan of Labour, but under Ed Miliband’s charismatic leadership they have really got their act together and are promoting alternative policies on every topic!


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    loungelizard says:

    It would be interesting to see where Miliband stands on the Pilgrim question.

  64. 64
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Modded again. FFS.

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    Anonymous says:

    Finally you have found some sense.

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    Anonymous says:

    Waltham Forest. Corrupt, obscenely wasteful and rife with this sort of thing. Special Measures needed.

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    the last quango in paris says:

    maybe he taught gobblygook:

    Also Hank has done sterling work on Health and Safety, in particular to have asbestos removed from all educational premises. For this work he received the prestigious ‘Alan’ award 2009 at the Hazards national Conference. Known as the ‘troublemaker of the year’ award it is given to those who help make workplaces safer for workers and environments healthier for communities. Previously he won the TUC award for Health and Safety Rep of the Year

    Did he move the asbestos himself? who is Alan? so many questions so little work?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    As i replied to Anon, they are the lesser of two evils at the moment.

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    Steve says:

    His email address is:

    I hope he gets lots of messages.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I would like to put him back up the tree
    But this time on the end of a rope !

  71. 71
    the last quango in paris says:

    AND – how can sitting up a tree for ages ot be in breach of health and safety

    what an utter hoon.

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    Ed's Serious Face says:

    He should not be in his position by the end of the day

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    Anonymous says:

    In that case the school has noone to blame but itself when its budget gets cut by the corresponding amount.
    If the government sees they’re spending, say, £200k on pilgrims, then the government should cut their budget immediately by £200k, and then leave it up to the school to sort out.
    If the school decide to reduce spending on books by £200k so they can pay for the reduction in their budget (instead of simply firing the pilgrims), then its up to the parents to march into the head-teachers’ office and demand that the school stops being so fucking stupid, and not leave the office until the head-teacher has signed a “you’re fired” note to the pilgrims.

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    Rufus Stone says:

    Agree. The least he could have done was to fall out of it.

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    NeverRed says:

    Just posted the new teacher pilgrim facts to my MP, plus a request that he finds out how many more ‘pilgrims’ are paid for as phoney nurses, teachers, policemen and firemen etc.

    I suggest everyone who cares about where our money is being spent contacts their own MP and asks them to raise these matters in the Commons.

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    NuAttackDog says:

    This country is a bad joke

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    Anonymous says:

    He taught African geography to Mark Thatcher

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    jheath says:

    Funny how the BBC has never raised this scandal. Is it because our licence fees pay for broadcasting pilgrims and hankers? Perhaps Guido can ask his new friends there.

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    Anonymous says:

    No fly zone is to stop flying but we are bom*ing, want to send ar*s, etc. We have a war in Libya and it will end up costing billions. We will not even make money rebuilding it, it will all go to other countries like China.

    Like all the bullshit this government comes up with this is another bullshit; its a war.

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    SuperInjunction City Mum Horlick says:

    So what, he’s just playing fast and loose with other peoples money, just like me!

  82. 82

    Things they wish they hadn’t said.

    “..bent and twisted journalism ..with the simple sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play”
    “I’ve ended to boom and bust”
    “we are intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”?
    “I’m absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there”
    “miserable little compromise” of limited electoral reform”
    “I may have been driving”
    “I fancy the one off Big brother”

    “And I’m delighted to announce that Edward Miliband is the new leader of the Labour party”

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Google “Copland School” +brent to get the school’s website. Nothing at all on there about actually teaching geography. There’s also the last OFSTED report (2010) which describes the school as “Satisfactory”, an improvement over the previous report.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I wanna see left wingers wiped off the map!

  85. 85
    Tankus says:

    meanwhile …wheres gordon ?

    and ……..

  86. 86

    Wonder if the Duke of Edinburgh is asking Obama whether he is from Mugabe’s tribe?

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Trying again.

    One school has three people paid not to teach? It also has a crap 2010 OFSTED report (“Satisfactory” rating being an improvement on the previous report, but still crap in the real world).

    Previous Headmaster was awarded £130,000 in bonuses over a couple of years when the OFSTED report was worse than the current crap rating. See

    Interestingly, Hank Roberts was mouthing off about that, saying “Never mind whether getting bonuses is the right thing to do, public servants should do the job they are paid for”

    The school was also in the news and not in a good way when 7 staff or Governors were suspended on claims of financial irregularities.

    But it’s all OK. Despite being a Geography teacher, the school does not appear on its website to mention any geography teaching being done at the school.

    Here’s a novel thought. Why not spend money for education on actually delivering education, not bonuses or Pilgrims? Would be cheaper and better all around.

  88. 88

    I can’t see any reason Ryan Giggs would want to have sex with this

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    Anonymous says:

    We have the worst of two evils at the moment; like most ministers (not sure whether they are gay or straight) this government hasn’t got a clue what it stands for.

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    Sue Perrin-Junsham says:


    It’s called a Naylorism after the prolific Daily Mail comment poster pre-election

  91. 91
    sarf_london says:

    Too bloody right! I’ll be emailing the überHuhne Simon Hughes today. In fact I will make it my duty to email the wet idiot every time I see or read of something that makes my blood boil and which Parliament should fix.

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    Gardener's World says:

    It was a small shrub when he parked his lazy arse onto it.

  93. 93
    Phillip the Greek says:

    Ones son has ears just like one

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    Anonymous says:

    Excellent work Guido.

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:


    I’ve posted some links which throw light on a much wider and apparently systemic failure of the school’s governance process, and Ed Ball’s involvement in trying to sort it out. Police and arrests too. Modded, which is fair enough as it’s your blog. But you may want to have a quick shufty at them to see if they catch your interest.

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    you forgot says:

    45 minutes away from being bombed by weapons of mass destruction.

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    DAVE Call Me Fuckin Useless Cameron ! says:

    You missed “There will be a referendum on any further eu legislation “

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    and his stupid plans are fully supported and endorsed by David Cameron. There is always a way to make middle classes pay more taxes under conservatives.

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    TOO FAR says:

    Attached to a rope by his “goolies”!!! 8 foot from the ground

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    NeverRed says:


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    Maths post-grad says:

    I’d rather sweep the streets of Bolton (never been there but I think it might be crap) than teach in a Brit school.

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    Exoldbill says:

    Ha ha, you won’t be happy when you find out that Branch members of The Police Federation ( Police Constables ) get paid a Chief Inspectors wage, and work only on Federation issues, no police work involved EVER ! All public services have piss takers like this one sadly !

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “British Jobs for British workers”

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    Anon says:

    Did he go to Copland?

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    NeverRed says:

    I wonder how many firemen, policemen, council workers etc. are similarly paid for by taxpayers, plus their bloody pensions.

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    G says:

    Selling your gold to the Bank of Kinnock in Switzerland was the right thing to do !

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    Selling your gold to the Bank of Kinnock in Switzerland was the right thing to do !

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    Earnest enquirer after truth says:

    Do school teachers make expenses claims?

    If they do I am sure a FOI request would confirm that his were all in order and above board.

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    If necessary, legislate to stamp the insidious practice out.

    At a time of belt-tightening all round, here’s an easy and no doubt popular way to save a few quid.

    I must say, if the state sector is as overrun with socialist parasites like this as Guido’s detective work seems to suggest, I feel still further vindicated in my thrice-yearly haemmorhaging of dosh on Master and Miss MotCOs’ school fees…

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    Steve Miliband says:


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    Handycock says:

    I disagree entirely. Things should be done as we do them in Portsmouth. We set the standards for the public sector, and employing Union officials on the council payroll, is one of them.

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    wtf! says:

    Will kitten heels Theresa May get to work on this or prefer to look the other way and work on her wardrobe?

  113. 113
    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    More mod activity than Quadrophenia.

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    PETER KAY says:

    Fuck off you dopey southern twat !

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    NeverRed says:

    Being a Red I’m sure he would prefer Baroness Ashton, one of labours most stunning leading ladies.

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    George Galloway, former MP says:

    I salute Hanks courage,his strength and his indefatagability !

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    Liam 'Latte' Byrne says:

    ”There’s no money left”

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    Stan Butler says:

    Ask your MP to support EDM 1799….

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    Alan Johnson says:

    Is it 12?

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    The Duke vs a Pilgrim says:

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    “Good idea! I will take a banana to the conference.”

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    Strewth says:

    “I’m not a fan of Labour, but under Ed Miliband’s charismatic leadership they have really got their act together and are promoting alternative policies on every topic!”

    Thanks, Mike – that’s the funniest and most incompetent piece of trolling sockpuppetry I’ve ever seen.

    Tell me Mike, are you by any chance a pilgrim as well as an incompetent c-unt?

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    Tone Blair says:

    ” Ok Gordon, I’ll do a couple of years then you can take over”

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    Anonymous says:

    “Public borrowing was £10bn in April – the highest figure ever recorded for that month.”

    Any comments? All Gordon’s fault perhaps? The mess they inherited Possibly? We’d have ended up like Greece or Ireland?

    Keep talking us down Gideon/Dave/Nick/Vince et al

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    and the ‘Cast Iron Guarantee’ of course.

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    Ithankyou says:

    He’d take her to Wales, but only to Bangor

  127. 127
    Steve Miliband says:

    Or if he’s named after a beach in France

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    balls up says:

    This can’t be right – I have told you all, osborne is cutting too far too fast – this is another set up trying to prove I talk through my bottom.

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    Mike Naylor says:


    It was a name used by Labour Trolls to Astroturf before last years election. ”I’m not a fan, but…” became legendary.

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    Moley says:

    Who is standing up for the workers now? Workers are tax payers.

    Every Union member should look at the House he (or she) is living in and compare it with the house their Union Boss is living in.

    Union members look after the Union, not the workers.

    Labour MPs look after themselves, not the workers. Tony Blair could write a “Rags to riches” self help guide. “Making millions out of Socialism”

    At least the Tories are more open about it.

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    Steve Miliband says:

    I’ll go with all Gordon’s fault.

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    @ Anonymous 1:37 pm.

    Far too high. Cut faster, cut deeper.

    Always a pleasure to blame Gordon Brown, but if the Tories don’t put their foot on the brakes rather harder I’ll be blaming them with just as much venom.

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    mike nayler says:

    I’m not labour but I find EdM is a bit like Churchill and Jesus rolled into one.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Osborne was a big fan of Irish economy, he is leading us there.

  135. 135
    They're all smug, sneering Celt cunts at the BBC, 'cept Kuenssbergs whom I wish to bum intensely says:

    Another example of how leftist filth are betraying the poor in this country

  136. 136
    Anonymous says:

    Bob Crow earns £150,000 a year and pays a pittance in council rent.
    Where’s the justice in that? How about council houses being given only to key workers like nurses/firemen etc rather than loaded union bosses.

  137. 137
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    I read recently that Jerusalem was seen by some as a left wing anthem, by gayers as something to do with them, and that some vicars in the C of E ban it from weddings because it’s not about God. All seems fairly contradictory to me.

    I remember at school that it was seen as a jolly good hymn to belt out, trying to shake the roof off the chapel, and it was certainly popular in Army church services. I don’t recall the Army being full of left wing gayers in my day (mind you, it’s probably compulsory now).

  138. 138
    Moley says:

    The modding activity is an unfortunate consequence of all those super-injunctions that no one knows about.

  139. 139
    Scam?. says:

    I am going to write to my MP about this and when searching the address came across this site

    Is it a scam? Surely they can see what you are writing to your MP about plus all your personal details?

  140. 140
    Private Schultz says:

    I bet there are! And anyone know how much their free council propaganda sheet costs?

  141. 141
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    GO ON, MY SON !!

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    Anonymouse says:

    We had annonymous’es rant yesterday about how much lybia war will cost us……

    So the Chineese will rebuild lybia ?

    Do they have surplus war ships to sell – doubt it – we do – we even have aircraft carriers without aircraft – we could see one of those…..

    The price of oil still dropping – so lybian war a good thing no ?

  144. 144
    Try says:

    to #89

  145. 145
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    ‘Hank’. Bit of a tinny sort of name.
    Not a woody sort of name like, Geoffrey,
    Malcolm, or even David.

  146. 146
    Try and Try again says:

    Do it, dont leave it to others. Plenty of guidance on-line re FOI requests

  147. 147
    Hugh Janus says:

    Good work Guido. £53K pa of taxpayers’ cash not to teach? Fantastic. Let me know if there are any other jobs that pay as well not to do them.

  148. 148
    Charlotte Harris says:

    It will not be possible for my client,Chris Huhne,to have a fair trial in this country.

  149. 149
    Anonymous says:

    ’tis done.
    Thanks for the link; I’ll keep an eye on it to see if my MP’s name appears on the EDM, if it doesn’t then I’ll send him another email asking him why not.

  150. 150
    Hugh Janus says:

    “This form of tax payer funded scum has no place in our country.” I agree – a thorough clear-out of the Palace of Westminster should be next.

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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Su Guido escaped from the BBC intact. Did Guido ask for a show of hands if any beeboid DIDN’T vote Liebore at the last election?

    Did Guido get offered any Cocaine?

    Did Guido get offered a good time with a jar of vaseline?

  152. 152
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    And ‘No, there will not be a hurricane tomorrow’

    ‘We estimate about 14000 will be coming’

  153. 153
    Kevin T says:

    Rope? Try nails. Round up the lot of these public sector pilgrims and do what Crassus did to Spartacus’s army – crucify them up the length of the M1. Or as far as they will go.

  154. 154
    Maximus says:

    You don’t understand how things are done in schools. Negative incentive is the way. Good results -> departmental budget cut. Bad results -> loadsa money thrown your way. So while Ms Maxima had to teach science in labs where half the sinks and bunsen burners didn’t work and spent months trying to get a working printer, the geography department got so rich and useless at passing kids through exams it had to spend its budget on wall-to-wall carpets.

  155. 155
    Ed Balls says:

    A patient in the hospital accidentally has a bowel movement in his bed. Not wanting the nurses to find out, he bundles up the sheet and throws it out of the window.
    It lands on good old Chris Huhne, who is walking in the street below. After a fierce struggle,Chris Huhne disentangles himself from the sheet and goes into a bar to calm his nerves.
    “My god,” says the bartender, “You stink!”
    “You would too,” replies Chris Huhne, “if you had just beaten the shit out of a fucking ghost!”

  156. 156
    Jan says:

    It’s not even full-time union activists who are not doing the job they were paid for.I used to work at a school in London where the union rep (who was a real nasty piece of work and a real snob) always had time to stir up the staff.But this hard-faced troublemaker was always taking time off sick and was always late for her lessons.Her GCSE pupils would routinely play football in the corridor waiting for her or bunk off when she was really late. She would use the library as if it were her classroom and thought that by throwing the horrid history books at her year seven and eight boys this was equivalent to her actually taking a history lesson. She was a dreadful gossip and so two-faced.In fact I don’t think I have met such an objectionable person for a very long time. Of course she was highly qualified and I am sure that the parents were impressed but if they had seen her in action they would have had a very different opinion of her.

  157. 157
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Or ‘Prestatyn’

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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Deformed jaw Laura Cunnilingus on BBC news having an orgasm over evil Tory lord Ashcroft, the BBC of course never had a problem with Liebore non doms or corrupt Liebore lords like fatty Prescott or Mandelson

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    I think the main problem here isn’t so much the pilgrims themselves, but rather the councils/schools/leas and other government quangos/organisations that allow it to happen in the first place.
    The school in this case has either explicitly agreed to someone spending all their working time working for someone else but still being paid, or, if permission was not given then the school is guilty of not taking steps against their staff when their staff do something that’d be a fire-on-the-spot event in the private sector.

    (ie if your employee refuses to turn up to work, and takes the salary you pay him and uses it to work for someone else during their working time, then that employee has effectively already resigned but simply hasn’t given you a resignation letter; you’d just stop his income dead and send him a letter saying “good luck in your new job”)

    Yes, the pilgrims are vermin, but more importantly it’s the government institutions that don’t fight it that are the bigger problem.

    Here’s what Cameron should do:
    1) Get detailed stats about exactly how much money is being wasted in each borough by employing pilgrims.
    2) Give those boroughs a reduction in their council grants of exactly the amount that they spend on pilgrims.
    3) Make it illegal for any government/public organisation to spend public money on a pilgrim (or, in fact, to support any union activity at all)

  160. 160
    sarf_london says:

    I’d leave that site well alone.

    Use to find out your MP’s contact details by entering your postcode.

    Click on his/her name to the right of Member for this constituency to get to the email address and other addresses.

  161. 161
    Hampshire Tory says:

    MP duly contacted.

  162. 162
    Poor Bill says:

    The only good thing to come from this practice is the fact that,

    we, ‘The Tax-payer’, won’t have to pay their Pensions.

    That will be down to their employer the union.

    That should save a few bob in the future.

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    wankers! says:

    “managed immigration”

  164. 164
    Maximus says:

    Did you bother to read your cut’n’paste? Government’s debt to a record £910.1 billion = getting on for one trillion quid.

    Smash-and-grab socialism: the best politicians the banks have ever had.

  165. 165
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Jan, it’s time to draw a line under it
    and move on.

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    Billy reminds me of Onslow in “Keeping Up Appearance”.

  167. 167

    “ooh scratch your eyes out, you military fairy …” “By the left DRESS!”

  168. 168
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Looks like they’re all in it together – well, when they’re not falling out:

  169. 169
    sarf_london says:

    Are you sure? Will the union ‘teachers’ refuse to take up a teacher’s pension upon their retirement in lieu of not teaching?

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    Chris Huhne says:

    I walked into a car showroom last night.

    I said to the salesman, “Carina Trimingham would like to talk to you about the Volkswagen Golf in the window”.

    He said, “We don’t have a Volkswagen Golf in the window”.

    I said, “You do now”.

  172. 172
    Anonymous says:

    How can you fire this guy…. without a huge additional cost.

    Kids he taught that failed… 0

    Complaints from parents whose kids he taught …. 0

    he will have exemplary record…. ?

    will have met all targets… how else does he get 53000 – not for teaching georgraphy …

  173. 173
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Probably. We stopped winning wars with quick and brutal efficiency once New Labour’s touchy-feely approach to life came in. 100% correlation between the longer Labour were in office, and the longer the war took to reach some form of conclusion.

  174. 174
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The public sector also gives paid time of so councillors – Tory, Labour, Lib Dem – can carry out their ‘duties’. This has to be looked at as well. It’s bad enough that we have to pay MPs, let alone subsidise the political activities of local drones.

  175. 175
    J. Singh, most upset parent says:

    Good article! Keep digging. You have only scratched the surface. Roberts could not be sacked, could not even be reprimanded when found out doing something wrong .. or else! He would bring the whole edifice tumbling down … see what happened to Copland, previously a flagship school.

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    Joss Ayinglike says:

    The public ‘servants’ trough runneth over.

  177. 177
    Maximus says:

    Pilgrims and hankers – like doe and buck, ewe and tup, etc.

  178. 178
    Bob Crow says:

    Oi! Der aynt nuffink rong wid payeeng mi maytz 2 bee unien reprezentativz! Powa 2 da workaz! Da Redd Flagg 4eva!

  179. 179
    drillbit says:

    But what if he could not press TaT in?

  180. 180
    MisterE says:

    He did, but Sheriff Stallone ran him outa town…

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    ampersfa says:

    Mrs Fox, it is easier to bully the other teachers if there are three of you ganging up on them.

    Guido, go for it, get him sacked and out on his bleddy ear! (Excuse the language Mrs Fox.)

  182. 182
    Past staff member says:

    Good article. Keep digging, you have only scratched the surface. Mr. Roberts could not be sacked, could not even be reorimanded when found out doing wrong… or else! See what happened to Copland, formerly a flagship school and find oout why.

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    Blune Bottle says:

    ooooh! He’s fallen in the water.

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    I’m proper Hank.

    Time for a pasty and an ale, methinks.

  185. 185
    Andy Gray says:

    Where’s the poster who, to great effect, crowbars in Hampstead Heath and Beeboids b#mming interns every time the BBC is mentioned (and often when it’s not). I’d make the joke myself but I don’t want to infringe.

  186. 186
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    The ‘W’ in Hank is silent.

  187. 187
    George Bernard Milliband says:

    To be fair he probably is a useless c unt when it comes to teaching.

  188. 188
    Gordon Brown says:

    The Kitchen in Bucking Ham Palace is bigger than the one at the White House, ideal for meeting world leaders

  189. 189
    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    What targets? To do fuck all except occasionally turn up and stir shit in the workplace?

  190. 190
    The Brent Goose says:

    Need to get your facts right, Anonymous – the schools CANNOT stop them. It’s the Law – if the schools try to stop paying them, then THEY are breaking the Law, not the Pilgrim.

  191. 191
    George Bernard Milliband says:

    Well tell us then, that’s what blogs like these are for !

  192. 192
    Andy Gray says:

    There’s something so depressing about the word ‘satisfactory’ in the context of education. And that’s what the Left would impose on everybody: a ‘reasonable’ education, where the best are dragged down if their parents can’t afford to opt out of the state system

  193. 193
    Archer Karcher says:

    Lesser of two evils Billy?

    Their policies and spending plans are virtually identical, given a couple of hundred million here or there.
    It’s smoke and mirrors, faux outrage and phoney choice.
    The three main parties are all the same essentially, they are selling the same shit under three different brand logo’s. Wake up.

  194. 194
    The Angry Aberdonian says:

    For sure. He has that “sweaty top lip” look about him. Other famous members of the “sweaty top lip” brigade include Mark Oaten and Simon Hughes. Need I say any more..

  195. 195
    sonofselsdonman says:

    Ive just written to mine as well – and asked if the govt will be stopping it.

  196. 196
    Bacon Slicer says:

    Barack Obama greeted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace

    Prince Phillip and Chris Huhne hide the Silverware

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  198. 198
    Dave Cousins Milliband says:

    Oh…..You won’t get me I’m part of the Union !

  199. 199
    Al Gore Vidal says:

    What about the cupboards for meeting Climate Messiahs ?

  200. 200
    sarf_london says:

    Me too.

  201. 201
    Gordon Brown says:

    I demand a private meeting and photo with my good friend President Obama! I demand it now! I have hired the kitchen at a Harvester’s for the photo!

  202. 202
    fuck the establishment - they fuck us says:

    I have a BIG problem with all of them.

    They should all be shot.

  203. 203
    Anonymous says:

    It’s always the same Union officials are lazy useless bastards , take Jim Devine for example.

  204. 204
    Jan says:

    Actually I have moved on… least four hundred and twenty miles.

  205. 205
    The Brent Goose says:

    Sorry Bill, all posts are Pensionable, both Teaching and Union. Try witholding their Teachers’ Pension (Gold Plated – Public Sector – Index Linked) and see what happens.

    And remember this, some of these Pilgrims ‘represent’ more than one Union – and each post is Pensionable, so 2 Unions = 2 Pensions, 3 Unions = 3 Pensions, plus the Teachers’ Pension.

    People complain about individuals earning “more than the Prime Minister” – some of these Pilgrims will RETIRE on more than the Prime Minister earns.

  206. 206
    Solutions for every occasion says:

    In that case put him on trial in China or Afganistan under their rules !

  207. 207
    Scam?. says:


  208. 208
    Steve Miliband says:

    ”weep buckets” – how do they get out of the eye?

  209. 209
    Richard Timney says:

    Tonight I shall be watching In Diana Jones and the Temple of Poon.

  210. 210
    Down with Brown and the causes of Brown says:

    Harvester? You’re more of a Berni Inn type. Was it you who made the carpets ‘sticky’ in the ones I visited (taken to by parents)?

    You dirty fucker.

  211. 211
    Mr Squeers (ex) says:

    This is true. Incompetence attracts the money whereas ability to get the job done seems to mean that there is no need for further input regardless.

  212. 212

    Meanwhile, looking at unions of another type and combining education with field sports, we still have Avram Grant, David Beckham, Didier Drogba and Michael Owen. Oh and Peter Crouch, Robbie Keen (who is really keen).

    It would be quicker to state those that don’t have injunctions…

  213. 213
    The Brent Goose says:

    +1 – anyone looked at Barnet Council recently regarding this issue?

  214. 214
    Tessa Tickles says:

    How about “MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath”? £65K p/a (plus an excellent pension and ‘expenses’), all you have to do is sit at home applying for other jobs, and write books no-one reads.

  215. 215
    Archer Karcher says:

    It’s not just the middle class either, the poorest and most vulnerable, pay proportionately more than anyone else, for what is essentially a massive economy destroying con.

  216. 216
    All left wing are scum SCUM!!! says:

    I really hate these holier than though left wing scumbags. Quick to point the finger at the Tories or the coalition yet filling their pockets at the expense of real nurses and teachers not to mention the real losers from this the paitents and children

  217. 217
    Metric Martha says:

    It’s a song for chiropodists.

  218. 218
    Guardianistas above the Law says:


    Investigating Chris Huhne is disproportionate

  219. 219
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:

    I prefer parasites

  220. 220
    Anonymous says:

    Councillors’ allowances, expenses and perks cost about £1million a year in Waltham Forest. Some of them are also topping up their local authority pension pots in the process.

  221. 221
    Mike Hunt says:

    What are the Governors doing about this.

    They have all the numbers and when I was one, I would have kicked up a storm if our budget was being wasted like this.

  222. 222
    is it says:

    If this guy had been uncovered first – would we be calling them Hankers – rather than Pilgrims??

  223. 223
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Dave cannot address your concern at the moment as he’s busy giving all your money to the EU, Pah kiss tan and Africa. Please leave a message after the tone, and as soon as he gets back he’ll press “delete” without bothering to listen.


  224. 224
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:

    Meanwhile this is what will get you sacked from teaching

    Warning reading this will really boil your piss

  225. 225
    Cameron the Chameleon says:

    Why not Sharia Law? The bastards in Westminster seem very keen on it. So keen on it that they import as many followers of it that they can manage.

  226. 226
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Well the Guardian did back the Lib Dems at the last election……

  227. 227
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    John terry and Frank Lampard as well.

  228. 228
    Charlie says:

    The CV des not mention his academic background- degree subject, university nor his achievement in teaching. How many of his pupils go on to read geography or similar subjects at top universities?

  229. 229
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I wonder if he is related to Bob Roberts, the one that used to post on Daily Mail site?

  230. 230
    Rupert88 says:

    I just want to say – George Davis is innocent

  231. 231
    Dame Davina Pancake says:

    I love the fact that according to his website old Hank is a ‘Fellow’ no less of the Royal Institution. Silly old me thought that this was something that would only be awarded to suitably qualified and experienced worthies who had actually made a valuable contribution to science, but no – anyone can have the honour for just £295 pa. Great eh?!

    Davina x

  232. 232
    nell says:

    I have to confess I hadn’t appreciated how imaginative labour in govt along with their union pals had become in the creation of non-jobs and leaching money off the taxpayer.

    You really have to give them their due they were and are con-men extroadinaire!!!

  233. 233
    hirondelle61 says:

    I’ve mailed Hank to congratulate him on getting an honourable mention by Guido, and suggested that he posts the link on his website.

  234. 234
    Steve Miliband says:

    Paid for by employers no doubt

  235. 235
    malice in plunderland says:

    Sorry. that should be weep blood.

  236. 236
    loungelizard says:

    When you think about it MacDoom’s a Pilgrim. Paid by the taxpayer to do a job at Westminster but spends his time in the U.S.

  237. 237
    Prince Charles says:

    When I was employed in a large organisation all the useless tossers ended up as shop stewards they were all useless and lazy bastards who hadn’t got a clue about work so nothing has changed

  238. 238
    John Bellingham says:

    Clearly time to put cameras in every classroom with a remote direct dial-in for parents. Maybe the parents would get an education too!

  239. 239
    Anonymous says:

    Bled White – if the Tories don’t put their foot on the brakes rather harder I’ll be blaming them with just as much venom.

    The harder they brake the more they are breaking it. We need ABS not an emergency stop.

  240. 240
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:

    “militant school” You mean a lefty Madrassa ?

  241. 241
    Anonymus says:

    Not being able to control a class … doing… ART !

    But someone unable to control a bunch of underaged scousers might not be completely crap. He should be glad he didnt get shot.

  242. 242
    Raving Loon says:

    How are teachers supposed to function without classroom discipline?

  243. 243
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:

    Tax payees in his case

  244. 244
    Bob Crowe says:

    I wouldn’t get out of bed for 53 miserable grand a year. What a friggin loser !

  245. 245
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:


  246. 246
    Alexsandr says:

    twice you said that…

  247. 247
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:

    Was that not Alistair Campbell ?

  248. 248
    Blune Bottle says:

    +++++ BREAKING NEWS+++++++

    CPS to charge Simon Harwood with manslaughter.

    About time too

  249. 249
    Charlotte Harris says:

    EMBATTLED minister Chris Huhne will be quizzed by police today,and later charged over the claims he asked his wife to take speeding points for him.

    The Energy Secretary will be with Guido Fawkes as he is interviewed by officers under caution at a secret location,believed to be the Guy News Room.

  250. 250
    The Bishop of Bath and Wells says:

    In return Obama could ask Prince Philip if the Royal Family still marry their Relatives ?

  251. 251
    Wants to know says:

    Did the FOI request only show how many NHS ‘union freeloaders’ there are; or were these ‘teaching freeloaders’ included as well?

  252. 252
    The Brent Goose says:

    Nope, you cannot sack him either as it it violates his Human Rights as a Trade Unionist and anyway, all the other Teachers would be called out on strike and the school would cease to function.

    Just the same as why London Transport cannot sack Union members on the London Underground – Bob ‘I live in a Council House’ Crow simply calls the Brothers out and LT caves in – same old same old…

  253. 253
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    AS long as he gets a fair trail then good.

  254. 254
    Maths post-grad says:

    Peter, if you like Bolton I’ll substitute Woking. Feel better?

  255. 255
    misterned says:

    Alistair darling went to Brussels to sign this country up to undefined bail-outs, (signing blank cheques) 4 days after labour had been massively rejected at the 2010 election, as Brown won a million less votes in 2010 than the disastrous obliteration of the tories under Major in 1997.

    Even after that humiliation in May 2010, labour still was signing blank cheques! These cheques are now hurting our economy and increasing our deficit.

    Let me take you back to Wednesday 16 September 1992 when the British Conservative government was forced to withdraw the pound sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) after they were unable to keep sterling above its agreed lower limit. In 1997 the UK Treasury estimated the cost of Black Wednesday at £3.4 billion, with the actual cost being £3.3 billion which was revealed in 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI).

    This cost was enough to cost the tories their credibility on all matters economic. The people, the media and the City of London Markets all lost faith in the tories ability to safely run the economy on that ONE day, such was the scale of the losses.

    Today we have an annual deficit, an annual spending gap, an annual overspend, which is a deficit that grew as big, under labour, and became the same size bill to the tax-payer as a “black Wednesday” happening EVERY SINGLE WEEK FOR A YEAR!!!

    Can’t blame labour? Dream on, these problems are ALL labour!

  256. 256
    Great British Public says:

    But at least he’s out of harm’s way. He probably thinks he’s still prime minister.

  257. 257
    Anonymous says:

    What are the odds of Santander being the next RBS?

  258. 258
    Anonymous says:

    Right on. My former MP and as thick as a bog door (god help us all) before I escaped from the Socialist People’s Republic of Beggarland. The useless cu** is still taking public cash as he loafs about in the nick. My work experience in Jockland mirrors the hoo ha about “pilgrims”. We had one who did fuck all save make trouble. When is our fucking useless “Government” going to kick these bastards into touch?

  259. 259
    Harriet Harperdaughter says:

    Placepeople you sexist pig!

  260. 260
    Anonymous says:

    OK so I’m about to seem Really naive but…
    I work in the IT department at a council and few times have had to go to the unison office to fix their computers….i guess i presumed they just use room and equipment for meetings but they’re wage comes out of taxes? or have i got this completely wrong?

  261. 261
    misterned says:

    That is because of the enormous labour created deficit which is pushing debt up and debt interest up. This is like a massive spending balloon that is inflating faster than all the other spending. There firstly has to be cuts in spending to make room for it, and then there also has to be cuts to prevent it inflating as fast as it was. Then there has to be further cuts to reduce it.

    We also need a sharp increase in growth and economic activity, especially export led, to bring lots of money into this economy from overseas. This can only come from the private sector.

    One thing is for sure, increasing government spending on everything else (other than repaying debt) is NOT the way to success in this economy. That way lies Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy and we are narrowly avoiding that fate so far.

    The terrifying thought is that if in 2010 that labour had managed to win the same share of the vote as John Major in 1997 and the same number of votes, Gordon Brown would still be Prime Minister leading a liberal/labour coalition and we would now be begging the IMF to bail us out too.

  262. 262
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Getting shorter by the day.

  263. 263
    The Golem says:

    +1 MotCO, although liblabcon, as a corrupt political cabal, is unlikely to have much enthusiasm for action that would significantly change the status-quo.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yes thier wages come out of taxpayers funds.

  265. 265
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


  266. 266
    Gordon Golden says:

    What are they doing to my brown legacy?

  267. 267
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    “not a shot will be fired”

  268. 268
    Marmite says:

    And you ‘anonymous’ remind me of pig sh@t thick Balls – is it you Ballsy? Come on, own up! You’re either Balls or Dolly Draperand I claim my 5 quid.

  269. 269
    CUT CUT CUT says:


  270. 270
    Marion Michael Morrison says:

    How many pilgrims at the beeb I wonder?

  271. 271

    Basingstoke is where England would have its enema inserted.

  272. 272
    Cynic says:

    And they probably get all the IT and phones free too.

  273. 273
    Anonymous says:

    and how do i find out how much they get paid?

  274. 274
    Mummy says:

    Go wash your mouth out with soap.

  275. 275
    Miss Anna Grammer says:

    Pilgrim Hanker = Primal Gherkin !

  276. 276
    Brendan Uhuru O'Alabama says:

    Well Bajasus, just over here for the craic Mrs, er your Majesty, got any Guinness?.

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    Anonymous says:

    moi,there was a question referring to the “pilgrim” situation either last week or the preceding week if my memory serves me correctly.Can’t recall the answer,but I don’t think it indicated any action being taken.Possibly others on this blog with less years & better memorys can provide better comment.

  278. 278
    Miss Anna Grammer says:

    OT, but

    “Ryan Giggs Superinjunction = Censuring a Joying Spurting”

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    Education education education says:

    Parents should contact the school en masse and complain to the Head and Governers in the strongest possible terms about money for their kids education being wasted on these useless skivvers. Or protest during PTA/Open Days.

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    Rat's arse says:

    Thanks Steve. E-mail duly sent. Bet I don’t get a reply!

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    EC1 PhD says:

    He also claims to have written numerous articles for educational journals. Do a Google Scholar search on him in education and there’s one paper by Mortimore, P (1998) which refers to one TES article by Hank but nothing peer reviewed that’s authored by Hank himself.

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    Hang The Bastards says:


    Hang these phucking leeches

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    Richard Timney's hankie says:

    Vanish Oxygel + Ariel @ 90 degrees

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    annette curton says:

    Squeaker displays faux outrage against MP who abuses privilege and informs the house that RYAN GIGGS did the dirty deed and not Mr Plum can somebody please tell them that game was over at least 2 weeks ago so no prizes for telling us who used the Candlestick now Sherlock.

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    sarf_london says:

    Santander? The Spanish financial institution who took over Abbey National (with inflated EU largesse…) when Spain was flush with cash?

    Flush with whose cash? YES, that’s right, EU cash! YOUR CASH!

    No representation without the option to criticise taxation, bailouts, EU fudges, wankers in parliament.

    One fine day the bastards who stole the money will be eliminated.

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    Moley says:

    I agree with this article.

    It is Huhne’s policies that need to be getting the attention they deserve, not the man himself.

    Huhne’s policies are inimical to growth and will if followed cause mass unemployment and untold suffering for the poor and elderly.

    The fact that the Conservatives support them simply beggars belief.

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    Spends most of it on stupid fucking hats, from the look of him.

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    Mike Hunt says:

    This also includes School Governors – it is at the discretion of their employer if they get paid (most do) but they are legally obliged to give reasonable time off.

    Remember though that Governors do the job for nowt.

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    Miss Anna Grammer says:

    ‘Use the Candlestick’ = ‘Tickled Chanteuses’

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    Anonymous says:

    They can’t & don’t,which is why so many of them go sick with stress.

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    EC1 PhD says:

    “I’m hankering for a tax payer funded union role with a gold plated pension rather than having to stand up in front of a classroom and actually teach”

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    Anonymous says:

    A rich vein of Pilgrims can be found in each fire brigade in the UK. The Fire Brigades Union have ‘reps’ who are paid for by the brigade. They carry out no other function other than to represent the union. I am personally aware that one fire brigade had at least 3 full time reps in the brigade who were paid for by the brigade!

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    Nigel S says:

    His website is excellent, an irony free zone. Why Hank? button is a special gem.

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    lola says:

    If you want real corruption and double dealing look into the Higher Education Funding Council…

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    Nigel S says:

    “Brent now has the highest proportion of H&S Reps in the country.”

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    Anonymous says:

    Was asked but the reply just said like ‘thats a good question’. And then said any issues about trades unions make the party opposite go silent. There was no practical response.

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    Stuttersays says says:

    +1 and I learned some new stuff, thanks.

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    ssdb says:


    Done and done.

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    Honest View says:

    Would that be so bad? At least we would be forced to face reality and those responsible for the debacle would be guilty in everyone’s eyes except the 20% or so of the population for whom Labour can do no wrong- ever.

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    augustine the hippo says:

    freedom of information request might be worth trying

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    Honest View says:

    Oddly, in last week’s “Any Questions” the subject of whether we can afford to ring-fence Foreign Aid was raised, to sympathetic applause from the audience. Common observation leads one to believe that this spending exasperates a large proportion of the public.
    And yet, on “Any Answers”, 4 people were invited to have their say. All of them agreed that it was OK to pour out money in F.A.
    Either my reading of the public mood is very wrong, or the Beeb is up to its old tricks.

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    Honest View says:

    A lot of “teachers” never enter a classroom. They are Heads of Year or something-or-other Coordinators, one of three Deputy Heads etc. They of course receive extra payments for not actually teaching, but they do have difficult tasks like working out how many chairs certain classes need, or whether a certain corridor needs a new carpet.
    I joke not. This is the reality. The poor sods who actually attempt to teach are at the very bottom of the ladder.

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    Scenic operative says:

    Bloody millions, I’ll bet. Has anyone looked into how many there are at the BBC, for example? When I “worked” there, there were at least 3 full-time union blood-suckers on the pay-roll doing absolutely fuck-all

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    HenryV says:

    Dear Honest View do as I do and don’t listen or watch any BBC political programming. You will be a lot happier. Also locate the mute button on your TV remote just so you can silence any Labour talking head that appears on your telly. Promise you will do this?

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    Anonymous says:

    I will give it a go. Not done it before but seems easy enough…although in the past FOI requests have been dealt with by my colleague so will get a mate to do it.

    Will see if they will give wages but also I’m personally interested if they will say who pays for their computers/phones and also how about who supports them.

    Ive spent a good few hours on them in the past so i know that we support them 100% and i will be able to confirm who pays for the equipment from our system, but will they tell me that?

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    Anonymous says:

    Their wage…..duh

  307. 307
    HenryV says:

    No you have to be Polish via Belgium……..

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    HenryV says:


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    Nodrog Nworb says:


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    sproggingforbenefits says:

    Who paid this tossas fine?

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    Teddyfur says:

    Years ago I worked for a large engineering company. Everyday a guy would come on to the shop floor, clock in, put a length of metal on his lathe, turn around and and walk off to an office away from the main factory. Every evening at 5 to 5 he would come back, take the metal off the lathe and clock out. I asked a few people why that guy does’nt do any work. “Union business” was the best I got . Being young and cocky I looked in the door and there were 4 or 5 blokes sat down , drinking tea, feet up with a nice heater, comfy chairs and the daily papers. The factory site is now a car park for Morrisons.

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    Bill E Ous says:

    Of courseb I have a sweaty lip … wouldn’t you with all the sh*t I have to eat?

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    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    On the other hand, we can thank Hank Roberts for exposing this load of corruption a couple of years back.

    He’s well-known in Brent.

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    Wear the Fox Hat says:


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    Rosemary England says:

    A free and fair election from an all women short list which my husband will win !

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    W.W. says:

    “He spent the summer term of 2008 as part of the “Wembley Park Action Group”, sitting up a tree to stop a City Academy being built.”

    If I had my way he would spend the summer of 2010 dangling from a tree.

    Solve all our problems in one go.


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    bunch of hypocrites says:

    Worth giving it a go anonymous.

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    bunch of hypocrites says:


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    Anonymous says:

    Get to fuck, I assume you know where it is.

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    Anonymous says:

    The form of conclusion our wars in Iraq Afghanistan and Libya will reach iis known as the Vietnam outcome.

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    Steam Iron says:


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    Steam Iron says:

    Change the law so the union has to pay the union rep’s salary, not the poor tax payers of this once nice country.

    And bob thieving crow should not be living in a council house. Mind you Derek Simpson (unite=trotskyite) lives in a £1m mansion in hertfordshire paid for by his ‘brothers’.


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    Anonymous says:

    How can it be illegal to fire someone when that person has refused to carry out any of the work that’s in their contract?
    Or, does a public worker’s contract say “I don’t have to do this job at all; you still have to pay me even if I don’t bother turning up to work for 5 years” ?
    I simply don’t see how not doing the job that you’re paid to do can be supported by the law at all, unless the employer has explicitly agreed with the worker that they *are* willing to pay the worker even if the worker never does any work for them.

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    50 Calibre says:

    Whatever the cost of salaries for these Pilgrims appears to be, it should not be forgotten that there are other direct costs including, but not limited to, payroll burden as well as employer’s pension contributions, indirect and general overheads attributable to the overall and ‘real cost’ of employing people.

    These additional and possibly unseen costs when added to the basic salary can bring the real cost up to around 150% of the basic cost. Sometimes more, and if they are not doing anything constructive for what they are being paid to do, the percentage soon reaches infinity.

    Sack the lot and then sack some of the limp-wristed halfwits who employed them…

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    Chris1966 says:

    As a net contributor and tax payer in the private sector, I am furious about this! Why am I helping to contribute to left leaning propagandists, how is this in any way legal? They are not helping or contributing to anything but hate and misinformation.

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    Chris1966 says:

    I too worked in a place like that – it was a foundry. I was bullied into joining their union, but I resisted as I didn’t take kindly to threats. All the union seemed to do was to protect the most feckless and lazy. One union member even told me to ‘slow down’ my work rate because ‘It looks bad on the union members’ (this was the mid/late ’80’s)

    Sadly, that foundry is also a shopping mall now……..

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Don’t seem to hear these stories on the BBC. Wonder why?

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    Alex says:

    £53 grand is a lot for a geography teacher. For a shop steward that is outrageous. From the public purse is scandalous.

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    Daedor says:

    This is alot of money and shouldnt be paid in total by the school but having union oficials is good idea if your an employee. Is it any suprise that unionised workers have better pay and conditions (in genera)? no because unions address and unequal bias between employer and employee.

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    hirondelle61 says:

    Hank has replied to Guido, and copied me in on it. I leave it to Mr Fawkes to decide how to treat his response, but here’s what I wrote back to Hank;

    Many thanks for copying me in on your reply, even though I contacted you only to suggest your website should carry a link to Guido’s article.

    I thought your second paragraph was interesting, in that you failed to say whether or not the nub of what’s been written was true. Nor have you demonstrated why you need to be in effect a full-time union official, paid for out of taxes, thereby relieving the union of that expense. I was working in industrial relations in the Port of London when the Industrial Relations Act came into force. I think that what began as a well-meaning attempt to improve relations between union and employers has got completely out of hand, although as a beneficiary of that system I don’t expect you to agree.

    Finally, I hope that Guido Fawkes will post your response on his website, and look forward to reading it there.

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