July 28th, 2011

Suspicious Timing

Two weeks ago Guido noted who was blaming who within Downing Street for the Coulson situation. It was made clear to him that Steve Hilton was trying to push any flak firmly in the direction of Cameron’s Chief of Staff Ed Llewellyn. The latter came under intense pressure as the crisis blew up, with widespread calls for him to walk. How funny then that Hilton was subject to such a particularly wounding insider briefing in this morning’s FT:

Just a thought…


  1. 1
    Gordon Brown says:


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

    Only one way to sort this!

  3. 3
    Breivik says:

    Thank you to everyone on this site who’s supported me over the last week. The fight goes on. on.

  4. 4
    Ah! Monika says:

    Is there anyone in politics putting country first?

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

    Instead of bitching any chance these two could provide some value for money and get on with thier jobs instead bashing eachothers ego!

  6. 6
    Ah! Monika says:

    Don’t answer, silly question

  7. 7
    Damin McBride says:

    Good to see that the Dark Arts are still at work in number 10.

  8. 8
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Whataloada Big Girls Blouses. Tearing each others skin, mascara tears. Why don’t they get on with their day jobs instead of all this bitching. Get on or get out.

  9. 9
    Piers says:

    You mean Hack his phone?

  10. 10
    John Jones says:

    The FT rely on a weekly basis on George Osborne for regular drops. Osborne or allies almost certainly behind the knifing of Hilton.

  11. 11
    Selohesra says:

    Perhaps Mr F could publish e-mail addresses for people who find humour in the Norwegian massacre – I’m sure for those posting from work their employers would find it a real chuckle

  12. 12
    Ah! Monika says:

    The Government has redesigned its plans to deal with organised crime after a record £1bn haul of cash and goods was seized from gangsters. ( Sky News )

    And that’s just the claw-back from MPs expense claims

  13. 13
    Lee Grasper says:

    I think the whitey Steve Hilton looks like the whitey Chris Huhne who looks like the whitey Boris Johnson who looks like the whitey Anders Behring Breivik.

    They are all vile racists, unlike me.

  14. 14
    annette curton says:

    Plenty, but which Country?.

  15. 15
    A person who works in politics says:

    What’s “value for money”?

    Hang on, I found a course on it. 4 weeks, in the Bahamas. Excellent, I’ve booked 20 places for it online with my taxpayer-funded government credit card.

    I’ll give you an answer when I get back, OK?

  16. 16
    Nick G says:

    I do.

  17. 17
    annette curton says:

    Operation John Lewis list.

  18. 18
    A lightly-tanned person with blue eyes says:

    I can’t help noticing I’m considerably darker than you.

  19. 19
    Sir William Waad says:

    How appropriate that you should be a troll.

  20. 20
    eeu to me says:

    We seem to be paying multiple wages and pensions out to people who haven’t got a clue about real life, time to tell the PMs of this country ,you get paid a lot of money to run the country, now earn it , get rid of SPADS, uncivil servants, both have proved they haven’t a clue about anything, PFI and MOD show they are rubbish, working for the Public Service seems to be the last thing on these peopes minds .

  21. 21
    Ah! Monika says:

    How many Spads would it take to change a light-bulb?

  22. 22
    Sir William Waad says:

    Time to sack them all and start again?

  23. 23
    Jimmy says:

    “who was blaming who”


  24. 24
    Ah! Monika says:

    ~4 and ~21
    Great Minds……….

  25. 25
    Sir William Waad says:

    It depends whom you talk to.

  26. 26
    Jimmy says:

    General Election Now!

  27. 27
    Call Centre 587 says:

    Our space program is moving forward at a dramatic pace, tandoori 2 and poppadom 3 are almost ready for launch!
    A thousand thank yous Mr Cameron sir, bud bud bud bud bud bud…..

  28. 28
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The labour party cant afford one.

  29. 29
    Harry Hill says:


    Failing that, just make ‘em play Soggy Biscuit: last one to, er, ‘finish’ eats the biscuit, then walks the plank.

  30. 30
    Breivik says:

    Please, brother. Don’t abandon me. There have been so many posts in the last few days that have found much humour in my successful mission. It proves once again how only we are compassionate and able to detect irony.

  31. 31
    You won't find this on the BBC says:

    NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.


    Oh Dear.

  32. 32
    annette curton says:

    Bayonet or screw?.

  33. 33
    WVM says:

    Bit of a trick question that.

    They could advise on the best way to change the light bulb, but not one of them would get their hands dirty actually doing it. Anyway seeing as you can’t buy one anymore it’s an hypothetical question all the way round.

  34. 34
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Just watedboard both em to find out.

  35. 35
    Jimmy says:

    What else is new? Never stopped us before.

  36. 36
    BBC News says:

    Nothing to see here, move along please!

  37. 37
    eeu to me says:

    Whoops, should read comments before going off into this is pissing me off mode.

  38. 38
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Thank you, whatever your name is – now go and wash my cars.

  39. 39
    SpAd says:

    Changing lightbulbs is for little people.

  40. 40
    There are three things that smell like fish says:

    Personally I’m enjoying this ‘new politics’ malarkey. So different from the ‘old politics’ of the Blair-Broon ear don’t you think?

  41. 41
    Breivik says:

    I agree, Mr Selohesra. But I do hope the employers of my many admirers who congratulated me on cleansing the earth of brainwashed socialist mongs won’t be informed of their heartwarming comments. They’ve been a source of comfort while I’ve been unfairly imprisoned.

  42. 42
    Phantom says:

    Better to have filter out 1000 ideas to get 10 really good ones.

    Than flog 1 idea to death over 13 years and then find out it was a very, very wrong one.

  43. 43
    John Bercow says:

    Leave me out of this!

  44. 44
    Harry Bassett Al Megrahi says:

    Me still here.

    Thank you Meester Brown.

  45. 45
    Labour Tractor Stats says:

    “….with the Labour Government signing EU Directive 12003004453235, we are pleased to announce that we have abolished the need for changing of light bulbs. With the introduction of no see in the dark fluorescent dark bulbs, each lasting several billion minutes longer than the old Thatcherite bulbs, no man or woman in this country will ever again have to suffer the degrading experience of being forced to change a bulb…. can someone turn a light on please, it’s getting too dark to read, and I have another 35 pages of glorious statistics to go…”

  46. 46
    Lee Grasper says:

    Stop these racist comments. You wouldn’t catch me making any.

  47. 47
    Breivik says:

    Disappear, bitch. I don’t need your support. What you and so many other socialist mongs don’t understand is that lunatics exist on all sides. They fail to realise it’s playground level debating to say one side has a monopoly on all lunatics. It offends me as a pragmatic conservative that they can be so thick. But it also warms my heart to see lots of supporters posting beautiful comments that have found humour in what I did. Our fight goes on!

  48. 48
    per pale azure and or says:

    Your lawyer thinks you’re a nutter. Perhaps you should get another one.

  49. 49
    Dirty Hari says:

    No, he means copy and paste his ideas.

  50. 50
    Loungelizard says:

    Just wish they’d put as much energy and effort into sorting out the UK’s problems. The time for this sort of crap is when you’ve got nothing better to do.

  51. 51
    per pale azure and or says:

    Relax Selohesra, or are you part of the thought mafia that is alive and well in these isles?

  52. 52
    Meter Pandlesome says:

    Phuck the Hack…

  53. 53
    Mumbai, we have a problem says:

    Should that not be “lunch”

  54. 54
    Proxy says:

    I’d never even heard of Newzbin2 until this High Court BT thingy. Cheers Lawyers it looks like a useful site.

  55. 55
    Enoch Powell says:

    I tried but they laughed at me.

  56. 56
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Indeed, I have a couple of pygmy migrant workers for that sort of thing.
    You see it’s rather like painting the firth of forth bridge, once they’ve changed the last one the first ones have started to go out.

    Such is the size of my luxury Villa in Tuscany.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:


  58. 58
    Bogeyman says:

    Rubbish. These were “real world” observations, not computer models.

    Only computer models tell the truth truth thrth trthu

  59. 59
    Beyond the Crash Gordon says:

    I claim for mine out of the public purse

  60. 60
    Diane Abbott says:

    Me neither.

  61. 61
    Gordon Brown says:

    The conditions of the PFI schemes I signed mean that Spads are not permitted to change lightbulbs. Instead, a Contractor – 300 miles away – must be called. He/She and his/her assistant will travel the 300 miles, survey the lightbulb and replace it the following day (after an overnight stay in a 4* hotel).

    The £220 bill for changing the lightbulb (plus expenses) follows in the post.

    I am a genius.

  62. 62
    Engineer says:

    Anybody got any candles?

  63. 63
    Nigel says:

    I’m your only hope.

  64. 64
    Anon says:

    How long before every special-interest group has had every site they don’t like blocked by every ISP, and all we can look at are .gov.uk and .ac.uk?

  65. 65
    Piers Morgan has hit the bottle. says:

    When is Red Ed gonna be exposed for the shameless hypocrite that he is for hiring the coke head hack that is Tom Baldwin.

  66. 66
    per pale azure and or says:

    Quite, but do you really think the BBC will report this. The whole climate thing is now political – science, that is skeptical enquiry supported by many, many actual and different experiments (NOT computer modeling), went out the window long ago.

  67. 67
    LibLabCon=Scum says:

    They spend their days rubber-stamping EU legislation, increasing our taxes and bailing out the Eurozone.

    They’re not remotely interested in the British Public.

  68. 68
    Bob the Caretaker says:

    Yes but the EU green tax on candles due to the CO2 they release makes them far too expensive.

  69. 69
    David Icke says:

    Very true Mr Lizard very true.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says: July 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Why foreigners fund the Conservative party? Every thing has been sold, only thing that was left was the political parties; rather than selling policies conservatives could just sell the party to foreigner.

    This is how East India company ended up ruling India.

  71. 71
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I think that there is much to much dribblin goin on

  72. 72
    David Icke says:

  73. 73
    Astrologer says:

    Great Mercury (strategy & eccentricity) but very poor Saturn (frustration & pressure). Don’t make him angry as he may turn green.

  74. 74
    Piers Morgan walking around in his Beatle Crushers says:

    Quiet news day?

  75. 75
    Engineer says:

    That’s all we need – another Caroline Lucas.

  76. 76
    misterned says:

    Jimmy, we had one last year, your side was stuffed and got a million votes less than John Major got in 1997 FFS!

    Now go away and play and let the grown ups fix the mess that your lot created. IF in another 4 years things are no better, THEN you will get a say in a general election.

  77. 77
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    looks like pitfords saga may happn all over again

  78. 78
    Archer Karcher says:

    God help us if you are, but you still get my vote.

    The main three are worse than useless, they are craven and useless.

  79. 79
    Blind leading blind says:

    “Nick Clegg meets with Spanish opposition leader in Madrid”

    So that’s the holiday travel expenses sorted

  80. 80
    WVM says:

    Go on David!
    Brainwash those lost hippy sheep with your drug induced hypnotic bullshit.

  81. 81
    Sir William Waad says:

    A computer model unsupported by measurement is just a computer game. It may work in an interesting and enteratining way but it will not correspond to reality. It will also tend strongly to produce the results that the modellers expected, because versions of the model that give ‘wrong’ results will be checked and amended more rigorously than versions that give ‘right’ results.

    It is also fundamentally impossible to model poorly-understood linked variables governed by second-degree differential equations, over long periods, using techniques of linear approximation. This is why it is impossible to forecast the weather more than a week or so ahead.

    Climate alarmists like to pretend that there is a signal called ‘climate’ of which weather is the ‘noise’. Thus, they say, climate can be predicted more accurately than weather. There is not a shred of evidence for this assumption. It seems rather that a graph of a variable such as ‘temperature’ is self-similar and equally unpredictable over all timescales.

  82. 82
    smoggie says:

    Let’s face it, whom is a problem word. Nobody seems to be quite sure about its proper usage. As a matter of fact, some of the rules that have dictated its use in the past are now considered “old fashioned” and are commonly ignored.

    The truth is, very few people use whom in speech when it’s technically correct. Even scholars who know the rules don’t always apply them. It just sounds too puffy sometimes.


  83. 83
    WVM says:

    Did you used to work for my local council?

  84. 84
    Trinity 'nothing to hide' Mirror says:

    Anyone got a spare shredder? Ours is on the blink.

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

    exacty, this is the purpose I have been projesting for the time

  86. 86
    Johnny says says:

    ” … a particularly wounding insider briefing …”

    That is suggesting the State should shrink and retreat from the over weening regulation and legislation it has imposed on us. Perhaps within the statist Westminster clique this would be wounding. In the wider world no. Not really.

    Note that Hilton hasn’t suggested maternity leave etc should be banned – just that it should not be a legal requirement of employment – employers and employees would be more free to negotiate the terms of their employment and unions would have a job to do again.

  87. 87

    That’s what Jeremy always says.

  88. 88
    AGW Theory ( very shakey ) says:

    What on earth do you mean?

  89. 89
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Sounds just like all those IT contracts to the favoured software suppliers you signed.

  90. 90
    Veggie Farts says:


  91. 91
    AGW Theory ( very shakey ) says:

    Poor old Dave, for about 5 or 10 minutes he really sounds like he is on to something.
    Then wham, out comes the nutjob stuff.
    I mean, who on earth would think that a few handful of billionaire banking families and corporate giants, would be able to buy governments and make them work to their agenda against the best interests of the people?

    Wow, what aloon!

  92. 92
    Terrible But True says:

    Speaking of ‘it wasn’t me…’ (in case not elsewhere)


    The BBC photo editors are quite the tinkers, in their own subtle way.

    Could have been Penny Dreadful just as easily, but narratives to enhance, events to interpret…

  93. 93
    Jimmy says:


    Obviously the electorate made a terrible mistake. Polls indicate they realise this. If Flashman believed Coulson deserved a second chance, why don’t the voters?

  94. 94
    twoNo34s and a No19 please says:

    not bud bud bud

    should be kingfisher kingfisher kingfisher

  95. 95
    Man on omnibus says:

    Huhne was blaming Huhne?

  96. 96
    Mike Hunt says:

    Never on the BBC

  97. 97
    Mike Hunt says:

    Tony has finished with his I think,

  98. 98
    HenryV says:

    Instead of crazy ideas why not just try some traditional Tory policies?

  99. 99
    Nemo says:

    What, does that mean Billy?

  100. 100
    Ha ha says:

    Who was blaming whom, surely!

  101. 101
    Nemo says:

    NO! They put THEMSELVES FIRST, it is all, “me me, ME sod that, because I am worth it” the expenses scandle from both sides of the house proves that.

  102. 102
    statechaos says:

    We can’t go on together
    With suspicious minds
    And we can’t build our dreams
    On suspicious minds

  103. 103
    Nemo says:

    Probably 10 less than any given number of MPs

  104. 104
    statechaos says:

    Well Polly, will you be inviting the Cameron’s round for afternoon tea, and will it count as a press briefing?

  105. 105
    Nemo says:

    B’Liar was seeing blue sky even when the whole sky was covered in cloud

  106. 106
    Nemo says:

    I beleive it is who blaming who
    usually it is, to whom, by whom, from whom, with whom, etc ie whom is preceded by a preposition

  107. 107
    Liz and Phil says:

    He has done work on several of ours.

  108. 108
    Ronnie B and Ronnie C says:

    We’d like 4 candles.

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