June 14th, 2011

The Victim of Plots, Becomes the Plotter…

Ed Balls told Monday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party that there was a plot against their leader. A plot coordinated by the Tories. But this just doesn’t make any sense.  How did the Tories get hold of Balls’s papers when his desk would have been cleared at the Department of Education before the transition of power? How did the Tories get hold of the draft of David Miliband’s un-delivered victory speech? No doubt they relished Ed Miliband’s discomfort, but they can’t have been pulling the strings. 

Rumour has it in Labour circles that Balls is making noises about bringing Damian McBride back into the fold. McPoison was spotted last night on the Commons Terrace and is creeping back on to the political scene, lobbying for international aid at a meeting with DfID shadow Harriet Harman last week. Damian’s girlfriend Balshan is already working for Team BallsThat doesn’t sit very well with one high-level shadow cabinet member.

The former Brown bunker-boy, turned Blairite-convert, Douglas Alexander felt the brutal sharp end of McBride’s briefings after the cancellation of Brown’s election in 2007. The blame for Brown’s dithering was thrown at his feet by Damian and Balls. He was still a relatively close insider during the Blair-plot days though, with access to the plans that ended up in the Daily Telegraph’s hands. Significant, however, was his Damascene conversion and subsequent appointment as David Miliband’s campaign manager. He would have seen every single draft of that victory speech.

Dougie has the motive and ability, does he have an alibi? The leaks were a non-fatal shot across the bow of Balls, reminding everyone of how ghastly and vicious Labour once was, as well as providing an incentive for Ed to up his game. Is it any surprise that suspicious fingers are being pointed at Wee Dougie…

UPDATE: Damian has been in touch, via text message, to dispute him being on the terrace last night. Must have been a look-a-like.

UPDATE II: Damian texts again to say he hasn’t seen Harriet for years. She was at the conference part-organised by Cafod, his new employer, but he missed her. Presumably when he fled Guido

UPDATE III: 20 June 2011: Source now says, having seen a photo of Derek Draper, that it was Dolly not Damian. Guido apologises for the confusion.


  1. 1
    Up the arse with no reach around says:

    I’ve had a non fatal leak shot from my Balls too

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

    Normally a plot come from the back benchers , Bring on the labour civil war!!!!!

  3. 3
    Praise indeed says:

    Ed Miliband gives best speech as Labour leader, says Kevin Maguire

  4. 4
    #winning says:

    Anyone else get the feeling people are trying to manufacture a Labour civil war that isn’t likely to happen?


    Perhaps here wasn’t the best place to ask…

  5. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The Blairites are striking back.

    Grab your popcorn and enjoy.

    Tony Blair maybe hated by the hard/looney left of the party(the Current Cabnait), But is also well admired for being Labours most sucsessful PM ever (Election winning).

    Team Balls/Miliband is weak , full of in fighting and policy contradictions.

    The labour party in genral does not represent anyone, They screw the poor, the middle class and the rich in search of thier socailist utopia which for some reason never seems to Appe*r , Not matter how much they tax, spend or regulate.

  6. 6
    Everyone says:

    this labour bickering is so boring. guido, i’m starting to think that now your party is in power, you’re losing sight of your original purpose. and it is to this blog’s detriment.

  7. 7
    Tongue in cheek says:

    You are wasted on here Guido. If only the main conspirators visited this blog!!!

  8. 8
    Postal Vote says:

    Balls is clearing the decks for his leadership bid should Miliband be wiped out at next elections. Balls has carefully planted all the docs about the Brown-Blair clash and his roll in it.

    But Balls needs another consitutency since his seat is not safe in the current one. He only won by a margin og 900-something whilst there were around 10,000 postal votes in his constituency last elections. Balls would have been out of parliament if Labour hadn’t had all those postal voting skills.

  9. 9
    YorkshireLad says:

    They who live by the sword will surely die by it.

  10. 10
    Trinny says:

    Everything is relative. Not to hard to exceed previous piss-poor efforts with a sightly less piss-poor effort.

  11. 11
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    More liebore bickering please, after THIRTEEN years of hell I can’t get enough of it.

  12. 12
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Successful at winning elections, but bugger all else!

  13. 13
    Tony Blair says:

    Ed Balls is an honest, open, brilliant man who is much misunderstood.

  14. 14
    Sir Dando Tweakeshafte says:

    I look forward to David Miliband continuing to support his brother, in much the same way that a rope continues to support a hanging man.

  15. 15
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ok, Guido, who knocked over your pint this time?

  16. 16
    Peter Grimes says:

    How ghastly and vicious labour once was! ONCE!

    Do me a favour, ZaNuLieBor hasn’t changed one fucking whit – and it never will until rocking horses shit!

  17. 17
    Bloated state says:

    Nonsense. The fact that Labour are now in opposition does not erase the utter carnage they caused to the Economy and Country as a whole.

    The mere fact that they are attempting to be rej

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    meanwhile Guido, another day another U turn from the Tories to keep the Libs sweet

    how nice

  19. 19
    Thats News says:

    The leaks were a non-fatal shot across the bow of Balls, reminding everyone of how ghastly and vicious Labour once was…

    And still is.

  20. 20
    Douglas Alexander says:

    I’m keeping my powder dry. One day I will stand on the Despatch Box

  21. 21
    Tongue in cheek says:

    I note you didn’t finish your point. Was it because you notice the “tongue in cheek ” tag?

  22. 22
    Engineer says:

    They may or may not have a civil war, but they do have a lot of things they need to sort out. Most importantly, they need to accept responsibility for, and apologise for, the staggering mess they made of the public finances. Until they do (and the leak of David Miliband’s ‘leader’s speech that wasn’t’ suggest that at least he partially ‘gets it’), most people outside the Labour tribalists are going to regard them with some suspicion.

  23. 23
    Gorgon says:

    I agree

  24. 24
    Penfold says:

    We’re all victims.!!

    As for the 2 Ed’s cannot they be victims too? painful and terminal victims?
    Is there a god? can he favour us please, pretty please, pretty please with bells and whistles…………………..

  25. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    only thick and stupid people vote labour (and public sector spongers, Hangers on and anyone unemployable in the private sector)

  26. 26
    Old Tory says:

    Love it, keep reminding us of those “glory days” when Brown dithered over that election…Bliss

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    But former Tory Cabinet minister John Redwood said the Lib Dem decision to pull the rug from under Mr Lansley – despite previously backing him – had poisoned relations at the top of government.
    ‘It’s worsened relations with some ministers in the Cabinet because they’re beginning to worry, thinking “well, we thought we got agreement for our policies and changes, what if they suddenly turn round and don’t back those others?”
    ‘At a certain point, a government has to stand and fight for the proposals it’s put forward.’
    Mr Redwood insisted the changes would have been introduced without the Lib Dems showing opposition.
    ‘They would’ve happened anyway – if you remember the Prime Minister and his advisers were getting nervous about this before the local elections and before the Liberal Democrats made a big issue about it,’ he added.
    Lib Dem MP Andrew George, one of the first to demand changes to the NHS Bill despite not voting against it, launched an extraordinary attack on the Conservatives.
    ‘I’m afraid we can’t trust the Tories with the NHS,’ he said. ‘They brazenly ignored the Coalition agreement before the ink was even dry. Tory promises on the NHS should be issued with a health warning.’

  28. 28
    Why Andrew Lansley still there? says:


    Our plans mean the NHS you know and love will be safe and secured not just for you, but for your children too
    When I became Prime Minister, I made a few promises to myself: Not to go native and forget what people care about and not to stick stubbornly to a course if it wasn’t the right thing to do.
    In holding an unprecedented listening exercise on the NHS, I believe I’ve stayed true to both.
    It was clear earlier this year that some of the people who work in our NHS were concerned about our plans. We were hearing that our direction of travel was right – more choice and control for patients, more freedom and power for professionals, less mind-numbing bureaucracy – but yes, some of the details were wrong.
    So we had a choice. We could have ridden roughshod over people’s concerns – but frankly, that is not the action of the sort of government I want to lead.

  29. 29
    Albert Hall says:

    such a shame we can’t go back in time to the 30’s in soviet russia, all these socialist tossers would be holding their trousers up in the people’s court and then quietly shot one fine morning.

  30. 30
    Twat Watch says:

    Hello Mr Cut and Paste.

  31. 31
    Polly Styrene says:

    And always will be

  32. 32
    fibdems says:

    Guido, what about Spencer? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

  33. 33
    Kevin T says:

    Why on earth would the Tories be plotting against Miliband? He’s done more for Cameron in the past year than anyone else in parliament.

  34. 34
    jgm2 says:

    Indeed. Otherwise we’d still be looking forward to another year of his idiocy.

    As it is he will go to his grave knowing he bottled the chance to get a mandate all of his very own. To spend five years swanning around the world giving the benefit of his genius to …errr… less capable leaders the world over. Like some Global Fuckwit on a par with Kim Jong Il rocking up to the 14th October Chocolate Factory in Pyong Yang to direct them on how to make better chocolate out of brick dust.

    Instead of which he’s scratching around the rubber chicken circuit trying to pick up Tony Blair’s scraps.

    Fucking sweet. And we’re saved from ID cards and 2 years and another 300bn borrowed pounds trying to float the entire economy on printed money and a top-heavy public sector.

  35. 35
    jgm2 says:

    Quite so. CMD must pray to God every night to thank him for the manifest idiocy and incompetence of Ned Miliband.

    The problem Labour have is that there is nobody in the party with any experience whom is not tainted with the Blair/Brown idiocy.

  36. 36
    Mike Naylor says:

    I’m not normally a fan of Balls, but after this right wing plot…….etc

  37. 37
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Amazing how the “convenience” of postal voting can help in being successful and a overly subscribed welfare state too.

  38. 38
    Super Zuffle says:

    Dam right pass the popcorn this i,m never going to tire of watching.

  39. 39
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Hang on a god damm minute Guido!!!!!!!

    Either you are lying or Ed Balls is lying

    When “Smeargate” erupted, Mr Balls (an elected MP and cabnait minster) said that he did not know Damian Mcbride, Yet here you are saying that he wants to bring him back in the fold?

    Now , if we take Ed Balls first statment (that he did not know Mcbride) at face value, why would he want to bring into the “New generation” someone who was disgraced for smearing comrades and oppo politicons?

    Something doesnt add up, Either Ed Balls is lying or Guido is lying?

    An Elected politicon v a eccentric blogger?

  40. 40
    South of the M4 says:

    Experience has shown me that he who points the finger offering an explanation is hiding his own guilt.

    Oh and, “reminding everyone of how ghastly and vicious Labour once was…” What do you mean WAS?

  41. 41
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Just think. With better handwriting, a better organised mrs duffy(*) and a more convincing smile, he might have got a few more seats and been PM today.

    (* ie she hadn’t run out of milk that morning.)

  42. 42
    CCHQ says:

    We love Ed Milliband he is the gift that keeps on giving

  43. 43
    Steve Miliband says:

    One thing is for sure, Labour are hopeless at organising ‘coups’. Blair survived, Brown survived and so will Miliband.

    Anyway it doesn’t matter what they think, it’s the Unions that count

  44. 44
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “We could have ridden roughshod over people’s concerns – but frankly, that is not the action of the sort of government I want to lead.”

    Coool! Does this mean he’s not going to run roughshod over people’s concerns about blowing £32bn on the HS2 rail link? Or scrapping the aircraft carrier Ark Royal? Or the pay-cuts to the armed forces, to fund the increase in his beloved foreign aid to £11.5bn? And he’s going to stop giving our money and control of our country to the EU?

    Well, I thought he was a complete and utter tosser, but if he’s “not going to run roughshod over people’s concerns”, I take it all back.

    Now, can we have this cast-iron guarantee in writing?

  45. 45
    jgm2 says:

    Ed Balls lying?

    He’s Brown’s mini-me. I picture Ned Balls in teeny dungarees running around after his deranged boss.

    Of course he’s lying.

    Ned Balls isn’t just a stranger to the truth – he’s an active enemy of the truth.

  46. 46
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    hmm. God, doing stuff for Dave? I’m almost convinced now you know. It comes close to the bit where He put back leg bones on whales, just to test our faith. Depeche Mode had a point.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Here are the Tory-led Coalition’s top 10 U-turns so far…

    JULY 12 2010

    Advertisement >>
    Health Reforms: Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says that while “the sick must not pay for the debt crisis left by Labour”, the NHS is a priority for reform. Pledges to use existing cash “for the benefit of patients”.

    JUNE 7 2011

    David Cameron amended the reforms, saying they were “real changes” after protests forced him into a “listening exercise”.

    APR 13 2010

    Immigration Targets: The Tory election manifesto said “immigration is too high” and promised to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands” a year.

    APR 21 2011

    David Cameron forced to backtrack, admitting during an interview that the policy was now only “an ambition”.

    JAN 26 2011

    Selling Off Forests: Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman says the Big Society will “give different groups the opportunity to be involved in managing the natural environment.”

    FEB 17 2011

    Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman admits: “I’m sorry, we got this one wrong.”

    APR 13 2010

    Automatic Jail Sentences For Knife Carriers: Coalition claims its anti-knife stance will send out a “serious, unambiguous message that carrying a knife is totally unacceptable”.

    DEC 7 2010

    Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke axes automatic jail terms, adding only “serious crimes” will be covered.

    MAY 20 2010

    Rape Suspects Anonymity: Coalition pledges in its first government programme to “extend anonymity in rape cases to defendants”.

    JUL 20 2010

    Justice minister Crispin Blunt says he wants to find a “nonstatutory solution” and blames Labour administration for passing too many laws during their time in power.

    JUN 22 2010

    Housing Benefit Cuts: Chancellor George Osborne announced the drastic cuts during the Budget reforms, claiming the housing benefit system was in “dire need of reform”.

    FEB 17 2011

    Cuts dropped in the Welfare Reform Bill as part of a “fairer deal for the taxpayer”.

    OCT 20 2010

    School Sports Cuts: Education Secretary Michael Gove says: “Spending is increasing in schools.

    We haven’t seen an increase in the number of children playing competitive sport.”

    DEC 19 2010

    Gove says: “I want competitive sport to be at the centre of a truly rounded education.”

    JAN 19 2010

    Cutting Free Debt Advice: Mark Hoban, MP, financial secretary to the Treasury, confirmed the cuts in Parliament.

    “The Financial Inclusion Fund will close at the end of March this year,” he declares.

    FEB 12 2011

    Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “It’s vitally important everyone has access to free debt advice”, and reinstates budget.

    AUG 8 2010

    School Milk Cuts: Health minister Anne Milton said the provision for under-5s was “outdated”, “ineffective”, and “too expensive”. In a leaked letter she warned the policy would be unpopular but necessary.

    AUG 8 2010

    David Cameron’s spokesman later said the Prime Minister “did not like the idea and it would not be happening”.

    DEC 17 2010

    Axing Free Books For Kids: Michael Gove axes funding for Booktrust as part of austerity cuts. Relies on book gifting schemes to provide help for needy families.

    DEC 27 2010

    The Department for Education says: “We will continue to fund Booktrust in the future.”

  48. 48
    jgm2 says:

    I thought the consensus was that Mrs Duffy’s ‘chance’ encounter with the Maximum Imbecile was no more ‘chance’ than any of his other meetings with ‘random’ members of the public during the election campaign.

    I thought Mrs Duffy was ‘known’ to the party hence why she was allowed near Brown.

  49. 49
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    a “mini-me” suggests that brown created balls.
    I fear that Balls actually created Brown to some extent.

  50. 50
    jgm2 says:

    Errrrr. Blair did not survive.

  51. 51
    Cameron is listening, only to LD. says:

    Only if LD refuses to vote for it or if LD will vote against it.

  52. 52
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Bliar won three times indeed, but you have to look at who was put up against him, to gain some perspective. They were pretty dire and very difficult to get even remotely excited about, consequently none did and Bliar walked over the victory line, without having to break sweat.

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Hello Mr Bore.

  54. 54
    I says:

    Or did the boss look over your shoulder?

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    It’s possible. It’s certainly starting to be presented that way. And Postie Johnson looks like he was being briefed by Balls – the better to make a c*unt of himself and free the position up for Ned.

    The good thing about Balls is that he’s a manifest c*unt and almost managed to lose his safe seat so he has precious little hope of fooling the wider UK.

  56. 56
    Steve Miliband says:

    He eventually went, but more on his terms than Browns – he strung him along and probably realised the game was up

  57. 57
    the only way is anal says:

    people who know dave say that he’s a pretty straight kind of guy

  58. 58
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Are you incapable of writing anything of substance yourself, or are you just congenitally lazy?

  59. 59
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Really? In that case Sue did need the blame.

  60. 60
    Steve Miliband says:

    He wears a red rosette – good for a few votes regardless, plus countless postal votes

  61. 61
    Smig says:

    Ed Balls told Monday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party that there was a plot against their leader.
    I bet he didn’t blink once when spewing that from his fetid mouth

    A plot coordinated by the Tories.
    Blink! Blink! Blink!

    How did the Tories get hold of Balls’s papers when his desk would have been cleared at the Department of Education before the transition of power?
    Balls is cunning. He probably emailed them to himself prior to leaving office and had them reprinted… and dropped them in DfES internal mail

  62. 62
    jgm2 says:

    It’ll be presented as the government ‘listening’. In sharp contrast to the strident la-la-la-we’re-not-listening fuckwittery that characterised the Labour Terror.

    I tend to favour masterly inaction on the part of our government. I wouldn’t bother re-organising anything beyond firing 20% of the entire public sector OR giving them a 20% paycut. And if that proved difficult I’d still wipe a million of them off the payroll over five years by the simple expedient of a total recruitment freeze for five years.

  63. 63
    Smig says:

    Unfortunately, we as blog commenters would probabaly be shot for sedition and insurrection first. The healthier specimens amongst us would be sent to GULAG, and shot once our muscles have become weak.

  64. 64
    Moley. says:

    If you look at the Telegraph’s cache of Balls’ documents, you will find a memo written by Ball’s, putting Mc Bride on a team to deal with the Tories during the campaign to stab Blair in the back and substitute Capability Brown.

    Balls is a proven liar.

  65. 65
    Moley. says:

    Blair’s timing was pretty good.

    He resigned just before the economy fell over.

  66. 66
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    How about abandoning retardEd Miliband’s express route to the third world, the £720 billion Climate Change Act too?
    Or is destroying the economy and fuel poverty, a price worth paying caring Dave?

  67. 67
    Brigham says:

    How ghastly and vicious Labour once was??? STILL ARE!!!

  68. 68
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I caught something on BBC news last night, about Dave’s “horrible and ill-advised NHS cuts”, or something to that effect. Apparently, according to the Beeb, NHS managers “are leaving in droves” because they’re very concerned about the changes.


  69. 69
    jgm2 says:

    NHS managers “are leaving in droves” because they’re very concerned about the changes.

    If true then it’s a punch-the-air moment alright. Just leave all those posts unfilled.

  70. 70
    nell says:

    Think it’s quite safe to believe Guido on this one Billy.

    bullyballs has always employed poison mcbride’s girlfriend izzitbalshan as one of his media backstabbers. She was well trained by poison and still relays his advice to bullyballs when its needed.

  71. 71
    Desperate Dan says:

    Yes indeed. Pizza-related quotations from Ed’s speech will ring down through the ages.

  72. 72
    Yuck says:

    Wait. McPoison has a girlfriend? Where did he find her, the special needs ward?

  73. 73
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I presume that Guido hasn’t looked that up/ seen it, or he’d have mentioned it ?

  74. 74
    Desperate Dan says:

    And he shredded his expenses just before the expenses scandal.

  75. 75
    BobRoberts says:

    Say what you will about Blair, but his sense of timing was impeccable.

    He hung on unitl he could see the economic writing on the wall then sped off and left Brown to wallow in is own mess….

  76. 76
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Mail order from thailand.

  77. 77
    Mike Hunt says:

    Liecour are fucking wonderful and can do no wrong, says Kevin Maguire

  78. 78
    jgm2 says:

    Hazel Blears (uncharacteristically) was bang on the money when she characterised Labour as ‘Wicked and malicious’.

  79. 79
    Backwoodsman says:

    If we could only get the fuckers to do it at their own expense, rather than at a cost to the tax payer, it really would rate four stars on the viewing guide.

  80. 80
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The ultimate politicon.

  81. 81
    Desperate Dan says:

    Success at winning elections when there’s no electable opposition. Blair is the Sepp Blatter of Westminster.

  82. 82
    tory boys never grow up says:

    And of course Guido is known for his neutral position and natural tendency not to interfere when it comes to plotting! Cui bono? As Guido used to say.

  83. 83
    Mike Hunt says:


    No patient will notice the slightest difference and clinicians can get on with the job instead of sitting in endless meetings.

    More of the same please.

  84. 84
    Well alright! Well alright! says:

    Labour infighting is entertainment of the highest order! Pass the nachos and dips and enjoy the Liebore meltdown.

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    Like I keep saying though, the only difference between Brown’s government and Cameron’s is that government spending reduces slightly.

    No debt gets is getting paid off and we will still owe more at the end of this Parliament than we did under the last one.

    There are still people today who believe that the Tories are in power with the Lib dems, would you believe it?

  86. 86
    jgm2 says:

    I thought he could see the writing on the wall well before that. Which is why Brown was so secretive about what he was up to at the Treasury.

    Deep down Blair knew the fucker was up to no good and utterly incompetent. Yet still he put the interests of a united party before the interests of the UK. Brown had to be kept onside to keep the party united and to avoid alienating the Scottish vote. Just as Prescott had to be given 2000 civil servants to keep the grunting morons of the north on-side.

    All a price worth paying to swagger around the globe from conference to conference making contacts and putting down markers for life after politics.

  87. 87
    nell says:


    Here you go mrs poison mcbride complete with photo.

  88. 88

    The news editor has gone to the dentist.

  89. 89
    Mike Hunt says:

    It was ‘i’m fucked, who leaked them documents?’

    Quick – say it’s a Tory plot to give the BBBC a line for the news.

  90. 90
    nell says:

    Labour’s only hope of salvation is to appoint yvette cooper as their next leader.

    She may well have the ability to become Labour’s Mrs T! Besides I’d love to see her handbag bullyballs, bobcrow and the like into submission!!!

  91. 91
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Castrate the postal voting system and you castrate the Balls of this world. One stop solution.

  92. 92
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nah , we are being ruled by lizarads.

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Still enjoying your job in CCHQ?

  94. 94
    Desperate Dan says:

    I’m afraid I have to disagree with you there. The main difference between Brown’s government and Cameron’s government is that the weather is better under a Cameron government. Under Cameron’s government its all sunshine and light after 13 years of rain, floods and pestilence.

  95. 95
    Don Ation says:

    Does this mean that Wendy Alexander is on the way back too?

  96. 96
    Tim Huhneman says:

    New balls!

  97. 97
    Sidney Slack-Scrotum says:

    ….reminding everyone of how ghastly and vicious Labour once was….

    And how ghastly and vicious Balls is!!!

    Lets not forget who was egging Gordoom on back in the day!

    Ed Balls = No Balls

  98. 98
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Blair knew exactly what he was doing.
    He could see the economy about to crash, so ducked out leaving McMental to take the flak.

    Anyone remember that picture of McMental in his car grinning like a loon after his meeting with Blair where it was confirmed Blair would step down?
    McClown had simply no idea of the shit storm about to envelop him or how incompetent he would be as PM.

    I’ll bet Blair knew.

  99. 99
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I like to be positive, and not dwell on the awful possibility that the posts might be re-filled.

    Your earlier point about a public sector recruitment freeze is definitely needs to get into the government’s head. Prior to Brown, the civil service had a very high staff turnover – I heard a figure of 30% p/a. A wages freeze now, used to fund tax cuts, would get that turnover happening again almost immediately, and a recruitment freeze would get the staff down by a third in a blip, without having to sack anyone.

  100. 100
    Twat Watch says:

    Where`s the blog TaT?

  101. 101
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Quite simple really. The big two parties know that the votes they need to concentrate on are from the middle 30% of swing voters.

    You might want to thank Blair for that sort of thing.

  102. 102
    Tessa Tickles says:

    The funniest bit was, the BBC was in full-scare mode. “ooh, the managers are leaving! Oooh.”

    It would never dawn on the BBC that this is exactly what the public have been praying for for the last 10 years, if not longer.

  103. 103
    Thats News says:

    But she woud not, Nell. She’s as bad as the rest.

  104. 104
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    …. complete with guide dog

  105. 105
    South of the M4 says:

    Have you read the weather forecast?

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    that’s not what George said when he blamed the bad economic news on last winters snow, so what about that then eh?

  107. 107
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is it a front foot no-ball?

  108. 108
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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

    Snow in winter shocker!

  109. 109
    Tessa Tickles says:

    He’s in for a shock when he eventually gets to sleep with ‘her’.

    In a year or two.

  110. 110
    Bertie Slack-Bladder says:

    No, she’s just another ugly no hoper clinging desperately to the wreakage.

  111. 111
    Tessa Tickles says:

    As if that’s not shocking enough, I heard recently that the summer might be hot and dry.

  112. 112
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Funny that – Harold Wilson did the same thing to Sunny Jim.
    Have we discovered another Labour Core Belief?

  113. 113
    South of the M4 says:

    So, where are they going? Private clinics or hospitals? That would be irony would it not.

  114. 114
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    I’m quite prepared to believe you, but it’s a testament to Labour Party organisation that no one thought to tell Gordon that he was meeting a plant. If he had known, there’d have been none of the “bigoted woman” comments etc etc.

    Unless Gillian Duffy was a David Miliband plant, cunningly pre-deployed in order to show up the Maximum Imbecile.

  115. 115
    geoff says:

    and not just the financial mess.

    CCTV, ID cards, all jobs created going to foreigners, the assumption that anyone volunteering was a paedophile, welfarism, lying, warmongering, identity politics, giving money to terrorist groups etc etc etc

  116. 116
    Super Zuffle says:

    I think the difference between the two is:-

    Tory – Recognise the country is fucked financially and needs sorting
    Labour – We did not create the mess, deny everything and admit nothing

  117. 117
    Tats mum says:

    Your joking me it was snowing in winter?

  118. 118
    geoff says:

    agreed, Jack Straw too. i hope the government gets a grip on this and only allows postal votes from conservative expats in France, Spain, Australia etc

  119. 119
    EdMiliband says:

    Oppothtion ith a ‘pizza cake’! Geddit? I’m a normal funny guy.

  120. 120
    Rob. C says:

    Kevin Maguire is a cock sucking dumb fuck…………….Thats my best speech evar, short and sweet but to the point………..

  121. 121
    Es says:

    Maybe he realised it was lunch time so decided to stop playing on the work computer and go out in the fresh air.

  122. 122
    jgm2 says:

    I’ll bet Blair knew.

    Anybody with an IQ greater than a fish knew. Not Polly though.

    Polly hates it when you link to this piece on her blog…


    How wrong can one woman be?

  123. 123
    Desperate Dan says:

    Yes I have and its always wrong.

  124. 124
    Rob. C says:

    Billy i cant stop agreeing with you lately….Do you think im ill ?…………..

  125. 125
    Anonymous says:

    I’d be very surprised if the main conspirators either directly or via their “pals”
    were not acquanted with the relevent contents of this blog.

  126. 126
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Its a possibilty :-)

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Or perhaps on her back?

  128. 128
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can’t read my, can’t read my, no he can’t read my poker face.

  129. 129
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    She wasn’t a high quality plant.

  130. 130
    Es says:

    jgm, that is quality journalism by polly… How does she keep her job!

    “The chancellor towers over his opponents in terms of brain power.”

  131. 131
    I says:

    Come on Billy make your mind up ” Possibility FFS ” you’re becoming a politicion

  132. 132
    I says:

    A consultant fried of mine was late from a clinic to attend a meeting at Salford Royal entitled
    ” PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST”. The Chairperson asked her to try and be on time in future.
    She decided it was time to retire early.

  133. 133
    I says:

    No wonder he had all the milkmen exterminated

  134. 134
    I says:


  135. 135
    Gordon Brown says:

    I think therefore er……………

  136. 136
    Anonymous says:

    It’s spelt Lazards Billy

  137. 137
    Circuitous Balls says:

    I don’t lie

  138. 138
    happy expat says:

    Yes Geoff, couldn’t agree more.

  139. 139
    Prescription charge says:

    But are the really leaving? Or is this just more Beebcrap?

  140. 140
    crash says:

    They should have followed through, now they’re making changes that wont save any money in the long term but that will still cost in the short term. It’s unfortunate for Lansley but I think he looks ridiculous staying in the post while he has to pretend that he went and learned things in the 2 month cooling off period.

    I would have challenged the lib dems to vote it down.

  141. 141
    crash says:

    It’s only Labour voters (though not the socially conservative ones) that he doesn’t want to offend. Dave hates conservatives and everything they stand for apart from the privileges that they support for people like him.

  142. 142
    crash says:

    There are also sections of society that have been alienated by the Tory toff image in the past. The tories have shown contempt for the north in previous years (rightly but they’ve got votes too so need to be wooed) and that has allowed Labour in too. The same goes for Scotland in general.How I wish they’d f*ck off.

  143. 143
    Peter Grimes says:

    Only a Labourlist goon could assemble a list like that!

  144. 144
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Interesting to see all the shit flying around in the Labour Camp. Some of it will stick on shirts, some will fall on the floor to be slipped on. But someone will come up smelling of roses and that will be the one to bet on.

  145. 145
    tory boys never grow up says:

    So who is the benficiary of all these Tory U- turns and the bashing of Balls, and is rather into playing such party machine games. Perhaps Gideon isn’t as stupid as he looks?

  146. 146
    tory boys never grow up says:

    I do find it amusing how it is assumed that the Tory Party is a conspiracy free zone and that these sort of things are only confined to the Labour Party.

  147. 147
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Don’t the labour front bench MPs realise that they are shit faced liars. Yes they do but they don’t care.

  148. 148
    Rightallalong says:

    Labour are just a cesspit full of snakes. Maybe one day they will find another conman leader like Wilson or Blair, and the stupid electorate will fall for it yet again.

  149. 149
    steamiron says:

    don’t forget other labour triumphs e.g.: the milleniium dome, Common purpose, politicising the police, the war on Terry, shafting the armed forces, filling the UK with slovakians* no offence but there’s plenty of room in Slovakia… , taking it up the X from Brussels at every opportunity, kissing up to dictators, and labour MPs and lords blatantly troughing.

  150. 150
    Grammar School Boy says:

    They’ve little else to do.

  151. 151
    Grammar School Boy says:

    The penis, mightier than the sword?

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    No surprises there then. The Blairites are not happy and they are still stirring up trouble.

    Guess who pays for part of Douglas Alexander’s commons office? None other than arch-Blairite, backroom greaser, member of Blair’s inner circle and one of Miliband’s financial backers – Lord Waheed Alli. It was the very same Lord Alli in conjuction with Margaret McDonagh, James Purnell and 7 other Cabinet members who tried to destablise Brown just before the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Alexander was one of these 7 Cabinet Ministers along with Hazel Blears, Caroline Flint et al.

  153. 153
    steamiron says:

    successful at spendng other people’s money till it ran out, so then ran up huge debt and deficit too.

    Scorched earth and doubles all round!

  154. 154
    miliband family home movie says:

  155. 155
    Trouser Trumpet says:

    More likely to have been “mistakenly” left in the gents’ bog or next to the PLP photocopier.

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