June 29th, 2011

Gillan’s Turn For an Awkward Question

Last week Guido revealed that Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan might have had a hand in the awkward question to the Prime Minister, asking whether she would be sacked over her opposition to high-speed rail. Given the planned route practically goes through her garden, she is resisting the plans, in the face of collective responsibility. Well it looks like it’s her turn to twist a little at the despatch box.

Guido hears that a question lined up for Welsh Questions at 11.30 is along the lines of “what exactly will high-speed rail bring to Wales?” Given the next thing on the order paper is PMQs, Gillan will be sat next to Dave immediately after her grilling . Guido is sure they will have lots to say to each other…


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

    Sounds like Pollly Toynbee has struck again!!


  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron – tough for a Jelly-Baby

  3. 3

    She should stand back from this one and let another minister deal with it.

  4. 4
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Wales? Billions on high-speed rail cutting a few minutes off a journey? Wales? Re-open a few coal mines, madam.

  5. 5
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Or if there really must be high speed rail to the west, go back to Brunel’s 7ft gauge and go at 300mph. Thought not.

  6. 6
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    The point is: do we really need the huge cost of a railway that is not going to improve things a great deal?

    This is another money throw away scheme. Railways are being subsidised by the taxpayer while its CEOs are getting huge bonuses. I fail to see why the taxpayer should subsidise under performing private firms. Finance should be sought from banks and share holders. CEOs should not get bonuses paid for by the taxpayer for over seeing failing companies- madness.

    The woman is useless and is only in office to make up the woman quota. CaMoron was going to get rid of Human Rights and Equality rubbish, still strong here and in Europe. Read Redwood’s blog. He shows a letter from a useless female civil servant to a colleague how they are influencing ministers to keep a lot of non jobs/departments in whitehall by renaming them.

  7. 7
    Sir William Waad says:

    It should at least make it easier for unemployed people in South Wales to move to where there are relatively more jobs, rather than leaving them to more enterprising people from eastern Europe or Somalia.

  8. 8
    Tax Payer says:

    Who gives a toss about the ignorant, insular, rude, inadequate Welsh?

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t the miserable cow smile?

  10. 10
    No to HS says:

    It doesn’t go through her back garden. She doesn’t live in the constituency – in any of her houses.

  11. 11
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Guido, shocking details of Byford and Baylay’s redundancy packages in the DT today. Byford has received £950,000 pay off the other £390,000. His annual package is huge and on top of his pay off. The BBC licence fee payers are being robbed. A scandal that needs your attention if ever there was one. Makes Pilgrim’ scam look like chicken feed.

    How many more handouts will be given when the BBC propaganda machine moves to Salford?
    The building overspend was £100 million with no one being sanctioned. The incompetent Trust said lessons would be learnt- 100 million lessons and no one even disciplined. Why is the Byford the No 2 at BBC getting such a huge pay off when he should have some responsibility for the overspend?

  12. 12
    Nicholas Soames says:

    I’d like to go like an express train through her lady-garden.

  13. 13
    Archer Karcher says:

    The whole scam has the EU’s shitty paw prints all over it.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    because she is miserable?

  15. 15
    Tax Payer says:


    Although didn’t they issue a europe map once that didn’t include Wales?

  16. 16
    Ah! Monika says:

    Because they excluded her from the Anchor Butter Dancing Cow advert

  17. 17
    Chris says:

    Would it be better to phrase the question as ““what exactly will high-speed rail bring to Wales and what evidence do you have to support your answer?”

    They hate exactitude. Always trips the buggers up.

  18. 18
    Ah! Monika says:

    A quiet street in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, was invaded by a herd of cows which trampled on gardens and peered into windows, say residents.

    Diversionary tactic by miserable cows

  19. 19
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    HS2 will be a major nail in the Conservative Party coffin.


    The sooner the better.

    Dave Cameron’s lies over Europe, the high taxes, the high spending, the deliberate destruction of Britains armed forces, the increase in immigration, the softness on criminals, the partys pliant attitude to foreign bailouts, …all of these things will come back to kill Continuity Blue Labour.


    Then we can get our party back from these neo Heathite liberals & traitors.

    Blue Labour out.

  20. 20
    Raving Loon says:

    Treason is still a crime, right? If you willfully undermine the sovereignty of a nation is that not treason?

  21. 21
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    The Japanese tried this – huge cap ex projects building roads & bridges to nowhere to “boost” the conomy.

    All they ended up doing was denying real economic innovation the raw materials & fiscal support to create real jobs, real wealth & a real solution to Japans continuing woes.

    The problem with the Conservative front bench is that they lack any kind of real world experience in proper wealth creating businesses – let alone solutions for the deficit.

    * Low taxes

    * Small state

    * The Government OUT of the economy.

    And of course Rusty Dave’s Blue Labour out.

  22. 22
    Steve Miliband says:

    Reckon Labour will be beaten by the SNP tomorrow at Inverclyde

  23. 23
  24. 24
    EdMiliband says:

    Yeth. Vote for me inthead!

  25. 25
    Gonk says:

    Jelly Babies. The new heroin

  26. 26
    Osborne fucking the economy says:

    Judith McKenna said the true cost of living was only now “beginning to take its toll on British families” and was worried that policy-makers in Whitehall had little grasp of the impact on low income households.
    She revealed Asda’s own “average household” income tracking showed families’ disposable incomes were falling fast, dropping 8pc year on year in May – the largest decline “ever”.
    It estimates the average family now has £165 a week in discretionary spending power and are facing a £14 “gap in their pockets” forcing many to ration.


  27. 27
    SamCam's flimflam says:

    “the Conservative front bench is that they lack any kind of real world experience in proper wealth creating businesses”

    This isn’t strictly speaking true. Dave’s wife runs a stationery shop in London that sells £3 notepads for £275, and 50p key-fobs for £60, to gullible Arabs.

  28. 28
    Ed Balls says:

    So what?

  29. 29
    Ed Balls says:

    Shut up pandaface and go and make the tea.

  30. 30
    Chuck says:

    How are single people faring?

  31. 31
    Tax Payer says:

    Labour spokesman on Today this morning saying the 2.5% VAT rise would cost the avergae family £450 p.a.

    Er, a family would have to be spending £18,000 a year on VAT rated goods for that to be true.

    Unfortunately, there wasn’t time for the BBC to challenge his figures.

  32. 32
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    13 years of ,”No more Boom and Bust”, exacerbated by trashing the currency through QE is finally coming home to roost. When the currency is fucked over, it’s always the poor who suffer most. And when Labour screw it up, it’s always the Tories who have to sort things out.

  33. 33
    Osborne fucking the economy says:

    At least they built some thing in their own country, here we are giving billions and billions to other countries while cutting in UK. Which is worse?

  34. 34
    genghiz the khan says:

    Cheryl doesn’t a 1:1 scale Hitachi train set running through her garden for Christmas 2018.

  35. 35
    Moussa Koussa says:

    How very very Tory of Guido. ( Not my problem Gov, doesn’t affect me ). Is the HS2 going through your garden Guiodo…. narrr. HS2 doesn’t stretch as far as The Irish Republic

  36. 36
    Budley Salterton says:

    Gillan is a 60 something who has got to be near the end of her ministerial career anyway. Hanging around as Welsh secretary, when you’ve lived in Bucks for many years, might seem a pointless way for your career to fade out. She hasn’t got much to lose really and will make herself a local hero in her constituency if she falls on her sword in an apparent point of principle. If she were 15 years younger and could see a long ministerial career ahead of her, perhaps she’d be keeping a bit more quiet.

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    What about company expense and government expense; average family has to pay for that as well.

  38. 38
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    She’s Secretary for Wales. What’s to smile about?

  39. 39
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tax-cuts take money out of the economy.

  40. 40
    Dave the Rave says:

    The Tories don’t have a credible Transport policy.

    There is real economic need for a third runway at Heathrow and Private money wants to provide it.

    There is no economic need to travel between Birmingham and London in 20 mins less than present, so public money will have to provide it.

    Dave is no Tory, he’s more wishy washy than the Liberals.

  41. 41
    annette curton says:

    What’s happening, another Caber tossing competition?.

  42. 42
    Chris Huhne says:

    I’ve just opened a greek themed restaurant.

    Halfway through your starter I smash a baton into your teeth.

  43. 43
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sod it, sell Wales.

  44. 44
    Archer Karcher says:

    Why not indeed, both Ed and Dave agree on the destination, they only disagree when we should get there.

  45. 45
    Scumwatch says:

    Fvck off you snivelling Liebour toady. You want to hear what the people around there think of the Labour scum like you!

  46. 46
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Gordon’s been lending his support to Labour’s campaign, RedEd and Blinky have been seen on the mean streets. An SNP victory is a racing certainty.

  47. 47
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It’s her Jane Pilgrim impression. Good, innit!

  48. 48
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It’s a toxic asset, You’d end up paying to have it removed.

  49. 49
    Teacher of remedial English says:

    ‘effect’, not ‘affect’.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    But who would want it?

  51. 51
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Yes, indeed. She has nothing to lose but a nice fat pension, paid for by me (and you).

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Tories are borrowing more than Labour, £46bn more.

  53. 53
    Taff says:

    Half a million Sheep and their shaggers?

  54. 54
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s not me.

  55. 55
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Me. the sailing is quite good off Abersoch.

  56. 56
    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    Osborne fucking the economy says:

    I agree with you on foreign spending.

    But futile Government waste is waste, whether at home or abroad.

    Blue Labour out.

  57. 57
    Solly says:

    So… your lot are the cause of it. Now piss off you stammering tramp.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    If you are really Ed Ball, you are a bigger idiot than Osborne.

  59. 59
    Charles says:

    Anyway, why does Wales need a secretary when it has got its very own Prince?

  60. 60
    Smig says:

    A whole lot worse.

  61. 61
    Smig says:

    Prevent spending billions of pounds and get up 20 minutes earlier.

  62. 62
    Steve Miliband says:

    Paul McKenna said – ”become an illusionist”

  63. 63
    Sir Gwilym Weid says:

    She will be in deep tunky after chopsing Dave.

  64. 64
    Gonk says:

    I sense hostility. For why dear friend ?
    We have sea, sand, forests, air, cake
    and loads of stuff. Come on down, you’ll
    love it.

  65. 65
    annette curton says:

    They just don’t care who has to pick the pieces up afterwards, all that needless expense!

  66. 66
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    That was a shameless plug for the International 505, the world’s best racing dinghy.

  67. 67
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Spelling Nazi. The last bastion to hide behind once the argument has been lost.

    Todays Guido Scoops.

    Huhne – still in office
    Haris – still in job
    HS2 – Vanity white elephant project, that will cause Hyena Boy untold grief

  68. 68
    Offa's Dyke says:

    Wales does have its uses though. It collects all the rain coming of the Atlantic providing the Brummies with fresh water and protects the M5 from side winds.

    And if there wasn’t a Wales there wouldn’t be a Severn estuary

  69. 69
    Steve Miliband says:

    Who can find the youngest mother

  70. 70
    Sybil Fawlty says:

    Labour – still in opposition

  71. 71
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s ‘affect’. Please look it up if you don’t believe me. Or were you being ironic?

  72. 72
    Plasma says:

    Wots more families consist of sprogs and sprogs stuff is zero rated.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Righty Right Wing (Mrs) says: June 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    If the money is spent in UK, it will circulate with in UK (spent in shops, build houses, etc) when it goes out UK doesn’t get any thing.

  74. 74
    Archer Karcher says:

    If only that were true.
    Dave & Co, are spending more than McRuin and his thieving pals. What’s more, they are showering money on third world dictators, bankrupt spendaholic economic wrecks, the corrupt EU, useless wind farms and ridiculous projects like HS2 that will cost a fortune and never make a cent in profit.

    If this is ‘sorting it out’ I would hate to see what passes for bankrupting.

  75. 75
    Bird with small brain says:

    Of course they are, Anon, they inherited a DEFICIT. A DEFICIT. I give up.

  76. 76
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Be careful Chris, you might end up here with the rest of us Lib Dems:


  77. 77
    Smig says:

    Lawful Rebellion.

  78. 78
    Sybil Fawlty says:

    Miliband – still working on his blank sheet of paper. Whatever else he does in his life, he will be remembered for his blank sheet of paper.

    It’s rumoured that the BBC have offered him a job to host the revived popular quiz show;

    Blankety Blank.

    Gordon Brown and Ed Balls will donate the special prize, the Blankety Blank chequebook and pen – although the chequebook is now empty and they are looking to introduce the Blankety Blank Credit Card, but it is unfortunately well over it’s limit.

  79. 79
    Johann Hari says:

    With a toss of her blonde mane, Cheryl Gillan remarked to me that she would “fight the HS2 project on the beaches, fight it on the landing grounds and fight it with increasing confidence in the air.” Leaning back in her chair and fingering her necklace, she went on to say of her Tory colleagues that “I don’t know what effect they have on the enemy, but by G-d they frighten me”. And, on the possibility of being sacked, she would only say “To be or not to be; that is the question”, contorting her body almost into a question mark as she did so.

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    Bird with small brain says: June 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Borrowing has gone up by £46bn a year i.e. if borrowing was £100bn in 09/10 its £146bn in 10/11. If Osborne’s plan is working borrowing would have been less than what was borrowed in 09/10 not more.

  81. 81
    Liar Byrne, aka Baldemort says:

    Yes. Remember my final words on the subject,’There’s no money left.’ ??

    First time I’ve told the truth as a Liebour politician.

    Look at the time ! 11.00am. Get me my coffee !!!

  82. 82
    Maximus says:

    The price of keeping his mouth shut.

  83. 83
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Lovin this…… Turning on yourselves. Huhne and now Gilly

  84. 84
    Moussa Koussa says:

    One term my dear Sybil – one term….and you know it

  85. 85
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    And saves Shropshire from soil erosion caused by the Irish Sea.

  86. 86
    Smig says:

    Shush. Don’t tell everyone about it.

  87. 87
    Maximus says:

    In this case Balls is right to the extent that the slow boiling of the average family frog is nothing compared to what will happen when interest rates rise.

  88. 88
    Maximus says:

    Quite. From her picture you can’t decide whether eating babies is not to her taste, or if she’s just had one that disagreed with her.

  89. 89
    South of the M4 says:

    I am buying gas, electricity and petrol at similarly inflated prices.

  90. 90
    What's in a name says:

    Can’t it just be renamed West Anglia instead?

  91. 91
    South of the M4 says:

    As an Englishman living in Wales I can say that the Welsh are not rude, ignorant or inadequate. They are though, insular. National Geographic did a wonderful feature several years ago on the very subject.

  92. 92
    Affa Niceday says:

    Will it be called the Ryan G Express?

  93. 93
    g1lgam3sh says:

    Give it up Jonty, you’re giving Labour a bad name, and that’s not easy…

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