September 2nd, 2011

Dugher’s Defence

Guido’s exposé of Michael Dugher and his lobbying links has clearly hit a bit of a nerve. He took to Twitter last night to rebut the allegations:

Debatable. Standard practice would be:

‘Under the terms of their contract, special advisers are required to submit an application to the head of their former Department for any new appointment or employment they wish to take up during the two year period after their last day of paid service.”

The Cabinet Office may have cleared the job, but that doesn’t make it right…

The only thing that could make this more awkward was if there was some sort of link between Dugher’s upcoming Labour Party defence procurement review and EDS, the company for which he was formerly a lobbyist…


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

    He is lying.

  2. 2
    Billy Bowden's Bum Boy says:

    A politician lying?! Puh-lease…

  3. 3
    Sir William Waad says:

    I have just found an enormous heap of other people’s money. What shall I do with it?

    1. Give it back to them
    2. Spend it carefully and prudently on their behalf
    3. Throw great bucketloads of it at my mates

  4. 4

    These Wars are not half going to Skin this Country. They are fully going to Skint it. I wonder how Bliar got as much Money out of it?? Or Mandy?? Funny how some people have made Multi Millions and the TAX Payer picks up the Bill.
    Shit Soverign Dept Mountain. No wonder they want us to put more money into Pensions so the Knackers can Borrow more money against our Savings.

  5. 5

    BOMB TAX. Is every hidden Tax that the Government have levied over the last 10 yrs to Try and Balance the books, Now they are paying of servicemen. What next send them to War with BROOM STICKS

  6. 6
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Bloody Hell, Guido! Labour sleaze! THe gift that just keeps giving!

    Out of government for over a year yet more and more keeps coming out!

  7. 7
    Penfold says:

    Move along, nothing to see or read in this story.

    Socialist accused of having altruist standards and ambitions, of seeking the best for the country and party and of course for himself.

    Typical smear from the fascist right press who cannot understand the pure as driven snow aims of the fabian, moralist, progressive and socialist party members involved in social leadership. We do the best for the country, and of course for ourselves, and what do we get?, unfounded and unjustified critique.


  8. 8

    Ah! The old “it was within the rules” defence.

    It’s becoming about as hackneyed as “I vos only followink orders”

  9. 9
    AC1 says:

    Sovereign Department or Sovereign Debt. I get the feeling you have not a clue about which you rant.

  10. 10
    Penfold says:

    I’ll help you spend it, sorry, I mean find the owners for a small fee.

  11. 11
    AC1 says:

    Burn it and fight inflation.

  12. 12
    What happened to regular poster Schroedinger's Cat? says:

  13. 13
    Mike Hunt says:

    Sadly true.

  14. 14
    Gordon Brown says:

    That happened to me when I became PM, I decided on:
    Option 4. Get rid of it all as fast as possible.

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

    Dugher’s Defence

    “A biggger boy made me do it and then he run away”

  16. 16
    ssdb says:

    Labour are split down the middle, even more so than during Brown and Blair – now they have Corporate insiders and Union insiders. Who will win that battle?!?

  17. 17
    MrAngry61 says:

    The sleaze will keep dripping out – and the MSM will continue to ignore it – as always.

  18. 18
    Smokie says:

    Never mind the spin Larry, what’s your rat count?.

  19. 19

    Its the Sh– Comprehensive Education that I got from the Knacker Politicians who send their Kids to Harrow and Eaton to get a Proper education so they can sit on their FAT arse running some Quango/Charity on a Trillion or so a year who couldn’t run a corner shop. While I had to start my own Business operating in 50 countries around the World paying Taxes to keep the Knackers Quasi educated Wa–ers in the Manner in which they have become accustomed. Well not for much Longer.

  20. 20
    Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

    You have to wonder how all these New Labour politicians with their Socialist credentials, all entered Parliament as poor as church mice and are leave multi-millionaires.

    The Miliband’s have always been loaded and the other Labour front benchers all have rampant “Toynbee Syndrome” which is redistribution of wealth as long as it is not theirs.

  21. 21
    Not suprised says:

    Standard practice and within the rules……

    ….that we made up ourselves!

    If ever I am arrested for theft my defence will be that I set up my own rules regarding ownership of property so anything I have done will be “within the rules”


  22. 22
    MrAngry61 says:

    The different factions will form a gestalt of incompetence, duplicity & corruption – just like previous Labour incarnations.

  23. 23
    Andrew Efiong says:

    You’ve flushed him out and got him on the run now!

  24. 24
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Be reallistic tho, Guido and MSM need corrupt politicons and coruppt politicons need the MSM etc

    If there was no corruption then blogs like this would cease to be relevent.

    Just different players in game…………….. at our expense.

  25. 25
    Mike Hunt says:

    And call it ‘investment’

  26. 26
    AC1 says:

    Marxism is merely chronic envy (amongst other personality disorders) of others wealth. They merely sated their desires. The majority of people look upon those who have earned their wealth fairly as people to be emulated. The more the public let the envious win, the fewer wealth emulators their will be, and the poorer society will be.

    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

    This is known as “bad luck.”
    Robert Heinlein

  27. 27
    AC1 says:

    Both are looters of the taxpayer.

  28. 28
    NeverRed says:

    Come on Guido. What about all the ex labour ministers and MP’s promoted to the House of Sleazebags. How are they doing with their ‘new’ expenses fiddling, trips to mexico, and other coincidentally paradises, doing ‘research’.

    Prescot tops the list of freeloaders followed by …………

    Time to skin them all, as BBC will not do anything against Labour.

    This moron is simply another stealing off the taxpayers.

  29. 29
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    and here’s another idiot, pleging our money (which we don’t have ) and resources which are getting thinner by the minute to the salvation of …. Libya

    what about this country dave?????

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    I note MBDA (the defence firm) paid for his tickets to the Paris Air Show

  31. 31
    BBC News says:

    Senior sources within the Labour Party have confirmed Ed Balls’ claims that he never wanted Alastair Darling’s job as Chancellor. Mr Balls was at pains this morning to express his confidence in Alastair Darling during his time at the Treasury but made clear that his memoirs are a distraction from the important job of attacking the Coalition’s jobs and spending cuts. In other news, Andy Coulson, the disgraced former Downing Street spinner whose resignation sent shock waves around Westminster was earlier seen at a car wash in Wandsworth.

  32. 32
    Backwoodsman says:

    How about an FOI request to the bbc, asking how many of their thousands of journalists are currently assigned to following up on sleeze stories covering the period labour were in government ?

  33. 33
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    “He said: “The problem there are a number of people in our society that don’t have proper moral boundaries.” (Cameron todeay in D/T)

    most of them in westminster

  34. 34
    MrAngry61 says:

    His target discrimination needs work…

  35. 35
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Sadly, that’s true. Especially the BBC. BBC. Left wing bias, it is in our DNA

  36. 36
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    650 rats confined to the Rathaus across the road.

  37. 37
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Very Gooood!

  38. 38
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    That request will be:
    a judged to commercially sensitive.
    b. Interfering with editorial freedom.

  39. 39
    Tough on Crime, Tough on the Causes of Crime says:

    Lets not beat about the bush. The modern Labour Party, while superficially harmless ufn as an experiment for the young and foolish, as an organisation is particularly attractive to thieves. Just as we ban ‘entry level’ drugs for the good of society as a whole, it is an ‘entry level’ organisation for thievish types on their way to serious organised criminality and as such it should be banned.

  40. 40
    BillyBob... says:

    No change for Labour there……

  41. 41
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    U-turn from Ed

    Looks like Balls has got his way.

  42. 42

    …When asked If he was aware that his phone hacking led directly to the death of princess Diana, global warming, the repression of Palestinians and a fall in house prices – Mr Coulson declined to comment.

  43. 43

    Sorry. We’re too busy pretending to be excited by the paraolympics to answer FOIs.

  44. 44
    BillyBob... says:


    too busy on jollies promoting…..stuff, which if mentioned here would be modded ..

  45. 45
    annette curton says:

    That’s only about 650 that have been positively identified.

  46. 46
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    My position is clear.
    I will oppose every coalition policy in opposition, even though I will later have to implement those same policies in government.

    And as soon as Libya is sorted I will be in favour of the NATO operation. or if it all collapses, I was against it all the time.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    London is no longer an English city and that’s how it got the Olympics, says John Cleese

    Read more:

  48. 48
    Jimmy says:

    “The Cabinet Office may have cleared the job, but that doesn’t make it right…”

    Well obviously not. It’s the “being right” that leads to the clearance, not the other way round.

    Complicated stuff I know, but you’ll get there in the end

  49. 49
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “Standard practice/within rules” – the catch-all excuse used by fellow scum such as Smith, Blears, Laws, Prescott etc etc when caught with their filthy hands in the till.

    Arrogant tosser.

  50. 50
    Port Out Starboard Home. says:

  51. 51
    Phantom says:

    EDS… the only thing military about them is they are weapons grade bell-ends at that level.

    Yes, I have unfortunate first-hand knowledge of management at that level.

    EDS and public sector is like Labour and Trade Unions, a link that exists but nobody like to talk about it considering their EDS’ epic failures at DWP and DVLA.

    With such a track record of stellar success, no wonder Labour gave them a gig at the MoD; birds of a feather and all that.

  52. 52
    BBC Immigration Department says:

    Wandsworth hand valetting service – another successful British Job for a British Worker

  53. 53
    Sick of being followed about Edinburgh dogshit says:


  54. 54
    Oil be there for you says:

    Britain has the fourth largest military budget in the world and we cannot afford to protect the whole world.

    Get out of Afghanistan, get out of Libya, stop killing our young men and women to replace one corrupt tribal despot with another. Spend the money we save on helping people within our own shores.

    Cut your coat according to your cloth, and Britain can no longer afford to play the world saviour role and egotistical, legacy conscious politicians should take heed.

    Cameron, Osbourn and Hague need to scale back their world statesman ambitions, unless they want to end up discredited and pilloried like Blair and Brown.

  55. 55
    Sungei Patani says:

    Are you unable to educate yourself? Most of my education I got outside of school by extensive reading and talking to people. These is no excuse for adult individuals to be uneducated – they can achieve it themselves.

  56. 56
    No2IT says:

    By the way, EDS is now HP.

  57. 57
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Like many, many MP’s before him ‘I didn’t break the rules:’ Just stretched them to fit his situation.

  58. 58
    King Karlos says:

    “Standard practice / within the rules”
    Isn’t that straight out of the Expense Scandal Excuses Book?

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