September 5th, 2011

Google’s Latest Cameroon Loyalist

It came as surprise when PR Week broke the news on Friday that Tim Chatwin was leaving his Downing Street strategic comms role:

“…Tim is an absolute bolt out of the blue. He’s an uber-loyalist – I always thought he’d be last man standing.”

What is less surprising is where he is heading – Google. 

Back in July the Sunday Times’s FoIs revealed that senior Downing Street officials have had over twenty meetings with Google since the election. Accusations of preferential treatment were thrown around when Hilton, whose wife is a Google VP, did not declare all of his meetings with the group. This is especially murky given that Google are lobbying hard for changes to UK copyright law. Now they have poached a key cog in Cameroon machine. It’s all rather too cosy for Guido’s liking. A long spell in the cooler is surely a necessity before the Chatwin hits sunny California…

UPDATE: Policy wonk James O’Shaughnessy is also said to be off. Though that one has done the rounds many times…


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

    At least it not a taxpayer subsidiesd quango.

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

    “that Tim Chatwin was leaving his Downing Street strategic comms role:”

    And what would make it better if this role is not filled so saving the taxpayer money.

  3. 3
    smoggie says:

    It is still a conflict of interest on taxpayers’ time.

  4. 4
    smoggie says:

    Indeed. Why have the media luvvies taken over government?

  5. 5
    All political parties are filled with CUNTS says:

    They’re all at it!

  6. 6
    Am i number 1? says:

    word up.

  7. 7
    Android says:

    Google are masters of the Cyber space.

  8. 8
    No you are a number 2 says:


  9. 9
  10. 10
    Eamonn U Ensis says:

    Along with Amazon who rule cyber retailing

  11. 11
    Looks Like says:

    More Revolving Doors – Also a Position Vacant at No. 10

    What about giving A. Coulson Esq. a Third Chance – after all he hasn’t been convicted of anything yet – So Presumed Innocent at this stage….

  12. 12
    Cash 4 Clicks says:

    It won’t be long before someone at the treasury suggests a Google search tax.

  13. 13
  14. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    and gordon still cant get a high profile tax exempt job.

  15. 15
    Steve Miliband says:

    Govt has meetings with company.
    Govt Advisor leaves to join said company.
    On that basis there must be lots of companies he can’t join immediately

  16. 16
    Gonk says:

    I wonder why ? Now let’s see…
    Build everywhere, especially in Conservative shires,
    don’t honour any promises, open door stuff, oops think I
    got away with it. And presumably he has to listen
    to Vince sodding Cable twatting on all the time.
    I’m surprised he didn’t go to that lush job in the
    offal factory last year.

  17. 17
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I thought the transfer window had closed?

  18. 18
    Even Nixon had more principles than Tony Blair says:

    Guido, you must do a thread about today’s revelation of a barney between Whittam Smith and Tom Utley after Smith openly said Hari is a genius. Utley furiously said “Then what the fuck are you doing chairing the inquiry into his conduct?!”

  19. 19
    Employers of ex-PMs Association says:

    Would YOU employ him ? Let’s be honest he was unemployable even before Darling’s book……one look at his CV and he’s not even going to get an interview let alone be short-listed is he ??

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for that.

  21. 21
    Surch Injun says:

    Nope just “google” it Billy

  22. 22
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    But he aint going to Turkey.

  23. 23
    Sir William Waad says:

    “…Tim is an absolute bolt out of the blue. He’s an uber-loyalist – I always thought he’d be last man standing.”

    You’d think that people who communicate for a living would be able to write better than that.


  24. 24
    nell says:

    Is californa warm in winter?

    If so good luck to him.

  25. 25

    Press who LIE are Traitors and should be executed. Any one of these Dirty low life should be first against the WALL. The only reason that the Death Penalty should be brought back is for Hypocites and those in POWER who LIE. It is these Low life F–kwits who have destroyed peoples faith in institutions, have destroyed Trust in Human nature, How can any one believe anything that is said or portrayed in the Press. No wonder No one with half a nano particle of sense believe the official Version of 911. Its because those that hold the role of a Free Press have been manipulating and controlling the State apparatus and vice versa. This has created a State of a lie. This must be Treason. and Guido we wont need to change the LAW.

  26. 26
    Anonymus says:

    I don’t know. and I can’t think of any way I could find out.

  27. 27
    Lib ya! says:

    Unless I’ve missed something, wasn’t Abdel Bassett Hound Ali al-Megastore at death’s door last week? No mention of him since. Isn’t this about the tenth time he’s been close to death? Maybe he’s actually Freddy Krueger. He keeps dying and coming back.

  28. 28
    They Buy Now, We Pay Later says:

    P.J. O’Rourke famously said that “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” Looks like Google is going shopping.

  29. 29
    Steve Miliband says:

    Bing it?

  30. 30
    "I'm Rohan, yeah? I'm the man, yeah? I mean business, yeah?" says:

    What happened to asian badboy arrogant tossflap wankstain poser Rohan Silva? Is he still leching after every woman in his vicinity?

  31. 31
    Alistair Darling says:

    I was only obeying orders. It was nothing to do with me, really. It was all the fault of Gordon Brown, Mervyn King, Ed Balls, Fred Goodwin, Damien McBride, Bill Bernanke and the Tombliboos and even though I was Chancellor of the Exchequer I was just a helpless bystander. And it wasn’t really even me because Gordon kept me drugged and locked away in the basement of No 11 while his Darlobot pretended to be me. So there. Buy my book.

  32. 32
    hang 'em high says:

    Fucking hell, isnt there anyone of substance in politics these days?
    When will see an end to these horrible little wankers who offer nothing, nothing whatsoever, to this country.

  33. 33
    Moussa Ibrahim says:

    Can I have my second chance too, please, Dave?

  34. 34
    misterned says:

    Hang on, I’ll ask my Brother…..

    OK, he planning on holding pool parties all winter in his home in Los Angeles, so yeah, It is a lot warmer than here in Winter.

  35. 35
    nell says:

    We never used to hear anything about aides to the last government being poached for high flying jobs in big companies did we?

    It couldn’t be because they were all so talentless and unable to work as a team could it?

  36. 36
    misterned says:

    I do hope that there is some real investigative journalist hanging around under cover waiting to catch him polling off down to the local shops. I am not convinced that the photos of him in a coma are entirely legit. It would be easy to fake those.

  37. 37
    Forbury Gardens says:

    Just thought I would bury this nugget where it wont get noticed.Rajinder Sohpal of Reading Council for Racial Equality is under threat again.Earlier this year the org had its grant slashed[then restored.],more recently Sophal was severly critized after a case against him at I.T. was succesful.Concerned individuals have been probing Sophal’s background-particularly that of his wife-and have unearthed some highly distasteful matters.It has even been suggested that Sophal is being protected by the Labour Party from the righteous anger of the people of Reading…apparently the Sophal’s original foray into politics ,more than a quarter of a century ago,was made with the active sponsorship of Mr Keith Vaz….well whatyer know?

  38. 38
    John Prescott says:

    Hey lad. I heard McDonald’s is gonna start putting up calorie info this week. About fooking time! I want my burgers to have at least a million calories, lad! Traditional values in a modern setting. Oh, sorry, I forgot I’m no longer in government and I don’t need to spout that spin to fool thick Labour voters who still believe we give a fuck about them. I’m off to have 75 Big Macs. For my elevenses. That should last me till lunchtime, lad.

  39. 39
    misterned says:

    They tended to be central to setting up state funded quangos, in which they later were given highly paid employment.

  40. 40
    Pierced Organ says:

    It’s not that easy to fake photos

  41. 41

    Got to admit, the Yanks are wining the cyber business war.

    Are Google lobbying to “relax” or “strengthen” the copyright laws?

    If “relax” than I would hope Guido would keep quiet about it, our laws are way over the top. I think fifty years after the death of an author should be changed to fifty years after the book is first published.

    Music is a tougher proposition. I think fifty years after the music is fiorst published is fair, but that create problems if a singer’s copyright is less, say twenty years. This would create all sorts of problems.

  42. 42
    Harpic says:

    Harman on Sky news. Was just asked about Darling’s comments on Brown. She said it’s important for people to be teamly and that it’s disappointing that Brown and Darling didn’t have that. But she says the important thing is they agreed on how to deal with the economy. :-D She’s still doing what she does best, being a gift to comedy.

  43. 43
    Anonymus says:

    much more interesting to find out what the deal was to get him into prison in the first place.

  44. 44
    Backwoodsman says:

    Can someone explain why Reading has a council for racial equality and, more importantly why the taxpayer (I assume !) should pay for it ?????

  45. 45
    Backwoodsman says:

    Batty Hatty, is a sort of politician version of dopey polly from the grauniad. Well off birds doing the socialist lite bit…badly.

  46. 46
    say what you see says:

    The last lot ‘owned’ the media; if they didn’t want you to know about stuff you didn’t get to know about stuff.

    It’s the same today but they go to greater lengths to cover their tracks – on both sides.

  47. 47
    tossers says:

    Dunno why they regurgitate the same old crap about “educating customers”. Fat people don’t care what they eat. They’ll carry on shoveling shite down their throats regardless.

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

    Soon to be relaunced?????

  49. 49
    albacore says:

    You mean the Tories have actually got a a communications section AND it’s strategic?
    Oh my! When did the button to switch off stealth mode drop off?

  50. 50

    Fabians will have him.
    They’ll take anybody.

  51. 51

    He is a genius.
    I remember he told me that at his interview he was asked to pull a sword from a boulder.

    The interviewer gasped as he withdrew the blade without effort.
    “Whomsoever shall pull the sword from this stone shall be granted a twice weekly column at the Independent and shall win many awards for journalism “

  52. 52
    Displaced Brummie says:

    But Google is the main player in terms of search.

    Oh, yes, there’s, ooh, whatsit? Bing! Yahoo! Ask! (FFS)

    Not in the same league as Google. Sad, but true.

    I switched to using Bing, but the results were so iffy I had to return to using Google.

  53. 53
    Derek Simples: Union man says:

    Good thing the BBC went ape over Coulson’s ‘severance’ pay.
    Means they can’t be arsed to look at mine.
    £350k.. Kerr-ching!!

    But its all above board. All in the minutes…Oh wait..I sent the minute taker out of the room, didn’t I?

    Well..that doesn’t matter much does it? I mean, the union rank and file vote for me and pay their money to me, so really, its all mine anyway isn’t it?

    Keep paying the subs lads, Although now I’m retired I don’t actually give a toss.

  54. 54
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Fat people don’t care what they eat.

    Oh, but they do! Then they get depressed and so they eat more.

  55. 55

    Yahoo is even worse.

    Search for “Big Ben”

    100 searches ..Do you mean Big Ben who lives in Rotherham? I don’t know any other Ben’s..Oh, hang on..Ben Stiller? Ben Ten?
    erm..that’s all.

  56. 56
    Penfold says:

    Slight air of Arbroath Smokie about the deal.
    Doesn’t he have to have 12 months gardening leave?

  57. 57
    Displaced Brummie says:

    With the salaries and perks at Google, who wouldn’t go to work for them?

  58. 58
    Eileen Critchley says:

    Let’s get the fuck out of here before ‘Hacking’ really kicks into gear.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    21 Years for existing works and 14 years for new works was good enough for the 18th Century (Orignal Copyright Statute of Anne, 1707).

    How come we need so much longer for what is supposedly an age of change?

    Remember also the “free” access to classical works and overseas IPR, i.e. anything brought back from the “Grand Tour” or an overseas trade expedition: German metalworking, French steam engines, Italian weaving, Chinese Silk and Ceramics and Indian Cotton – technologies stolen from all round the world and brought together on country estates, well away from London lawyers, to create the first industrial revolution.

    20th Century America was similarly created in California – out of reach of the patent and copyright lawyers of New England.

  60. 60
    Foo says:

    The process is corrupt, but maybe it’s the only way.
    On this occasion, google is broadly good, fighting for right to have a link on your site and not be sued. Balances the dark forces of the copyright MAFIA which Mandleson was so keen to legislate for ( Where did his mansion come from btw.. answers on a postcard to Mr Geffen maybe)
    May stop everyone being tracked, cut-off from the internet, moving their blogs/forums/websites to Venezuela to avoid being sued etc. And may explain why Ed Varsey is appearing so confused. Serving three masters is never going to work.

  61. 61
    Fuckminster Buller says:

    Socialists love confiscating people’s property.

    Now Feck Off.

  62. 62
    Freetard Killer says:

    Ed Varsey, eh?

    More socialist property-grabbing, this time from spotty virgin nerdboys who get caught looting and blame society.

    Now fuck off and read your Manga comix, freetard fuckwit.

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