September 7th, 2011

Olly Grender Spinning, Officially

Somehow Guido has only just managed to notice that his favourite Twitter sparring partner and one of his biggest fans, Olly Grender, has been brought into the Downing Street machine to cover maternity leave for Clegg’s spinmeister, Frau Pietsch. The lobbyist was head of comms for the LibDems under Paddy Ashdown and Ming, but has more recently been the face of LibDem punditry and very on message.

As David Laws’s unofficial spinner and gatekeeper during his troubles, Grender hasn’t strayed far from the scene. She has only recently stopped defending Chris Huhne, which amused Guido greatly. As did the fact that when Guido gently mocked Olly for being over-looked for Coulson’s job back in May 2010, she said she couldn’t think of anything worse. Times change…


  1. 1
    Cassandra says:

    It will all be irrelevant – recession begins third week in October, mainly caused by high fuel prices, uncontrollable excessively high energy prices and a total lack of employment security.

  2. 2
    Gordon Bennett says:

    She likes a pie bless her.

  3. 3
    white out says:

    I can’t see my comment.

  4. 4
    Wrong Flags! says:

    Try some of these…

  5. 5
    A Doctor says:

    No stranger to a fish supper in my professional opinion.

  6. 6
    Self induced nightmare says:

    Imagine that sitting on your face!

  7. 7
    Should have gone to speek savers says:

    Never mind

  8. 8
    Two Jags says:

    Nowt wrong with that lass!

  9. 9
    I've really stopped caring says:

    She’s the one who’s been on Newsnight trying to sound like she knows what she’s on about, so that’s the Libsh*tes well and truly screwed.

  10. 10
    Bogeyman says:

    Is she related to Pickles?

  11. 11
    Article 38 says:

    Is she melting?

  12. 12
    The Observer says:

    Only in Denmark.
    Save the planet and our bacon.

  13. 13
    The Observer says:

    Its global warming.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    no stranger to a fifth supper, surely

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

    I don’t know what everyone is moaning about I think she is rather sweet and can be quite alluring when she’s on the telly. She’s got loverly plump legs despite her varacose vains. Paddy Pantsdown was lucky to have her.

  16. 16
    Rump Gulley says:

    You’d end up with a mouth full of arse-feta

  17. 17
    Southern Softy says:

    I thought I saw her earlier on Shameless.

  18. 18
    Southern Softy says:

    Take it easy Billy, you’re up a bit late today.
    I know you like to get an early start in the morning.

  19. 19
    not a machine says:

    Olley offers whiffs and soupsongs of lib dem positions , quite femanine in her approach really , I cant say I find some of the lib dem chicanery of much use but in fairness she has saved there ass in her own subtle way . Clever than most of us give credit for , nightmare PR situation , suggest her skills be better used in red cross or unicef as its easier to tell if a person is starving or needs saving , let alone running a series of mansions or wives and cant recall if he did ask ex spouse to take the hit for him , or for that matter give lover second home allowance against the rules .

    Moran up for 21 offences , totalling 60k is this the winner ?(I thought jaqui had manged 110k )

    3 men in a room having a chat , one nods one writes the cheque the other sneezes and is uanable to recall what it is was for …….

    The great contraction , or in balls case the big shrivell , by now I suppose many of us most be thinking how was it possible for a previous government to so utterly ruin a national economy (somthing no doubt the Americans may well ponder soon if its not congresses fault that is) . Cathy Ashton waives overpayment to some EU staff, and PM and Chancellor want a stable eurozone , EU leaders unable to tie shoolaces in getting IMF demands carried through , Trichette to leave note saying sorry we have run out of your money .

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:



    “The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is therefore aiming for a substantial and sustained weakening of the Swiss franc. With immediate effect, it will no longer tolerate a EUR/CHF exchange rate below the minimum rate of CHF 1.20. The SNB will enforce this minimum rate with the utmost determination and is prepared to buy foreign currency in unlimited quantities.”

    EURCHF: 1.12 to 1.1973 highs

    Anyone think the Swiss can sell enough gold or print enough Swiss Francs to save the Eurozone?

    Their resolve will be tested, and their resolve will weaken as they lose more and more money. Ten billion the last time.

    Though funnily enough, bankrupting the country will of course achieve their aims re the exchange rate.

    Check out the charts pre announcement, some people made a bundle.

  21. 21
    albacore says:

    Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten her into.

  22. 22
    Mike Litorus says:

    It’s Pickles in drag. Very, very poor drag, I’ll give you that, but drag nonetheless.

  23. 23
    albacore says:

    Not forgetting the Lib/Lab/Con Trojan Horse, of course, Cassandra.

  24. 24
    Pete H says:

    lol, I was thinking “Now that’s a face for radio”!

  25. 25
    Redditch Raven says:

    To-day oi shall mainly be re-scanning me tv an’ digi-box…..

  26. 26
    Waving not troughing says:

    No. She has eaten Pickles …. and the pies.

  27. 27

    Why has she always got a sweat on, is it cuz she’s a porker?

  28. 28
    Olly Pie Muncher Grender says:

    I like pies.

  29. 29
    Eric Pickles says:

    Olly can share my pies any time.

  30. 30
    girl engineer says:

    You lot are so shallow. Really- the most intelligent comment you can make on a political blog is about someones weight? So all women are hotties or notties? Good. Grief.

  31. 31
    MrAngry61 says:

    The Eurozone implosion & forthcoming bank crisis might have something to do with it…

  32. 32
    Mike Litorus says:

    *waves* Hello Harriet! Put the kettle on luv.

  33. 33
    Cardiac Arrest. says:

    But the fact that she sweats like a pig, is short of breath and can not lay off the chip butties is not trivial. This woman holds the keys to number 10 and looks certain to keel over at any second.

  34. 34
    girl engineer says:

    too funny! Harriet thinks it’s ok for her hubby to run on an all-wimmin shortlist lol (there’s a difference between being fatist, feminist, post-feminist, and plain unfair) I voted Lib Dem….

    I always make the tea in the meetings I chair- Servant leadership; it’s biblical.

  35. 35
    girl engineer says:

    But it’s ok for say, Gordon?

  36. 36
    MrAngry61 says:

    Puerile and superficial, yes, but I’d never heard of her and neither have the other conspirators, probably.

  37. 37
    meme says:

    Darling book released, and it shows that all the chancellors advisors were warning that economoy tanking for years to come…..

    But the PM (GB) was being briefed differently – now the question who is the advisor that GB was listening to above all other official and credible exports on finance – that though this was a 6 month blip……

    We now who GB though should replace darling, Balls, but it this the source of GB strategy that failed so badly

    We know that Balls though Darlings strategy was too fast, too deep

    We know that Balls thinks Osbornes strategy was too fast, too deep

    i leaves us wondering just what his strategy was – and why GB beleieved it sooo much

    Balls cant escape that GB wanted him to replace darling as chancellor – balls can escape that he thought this a poor plan – lol

    labours supposed greatest financial brain – should have jumped at chance to tackle worst crisis in 100 years…

  38. 38
    PrizeClot says:

    Pies . . . ? . . who got pies . . . ? . . . I’m a pier y’kno . . I need a pie . . anything . . .

    Phwooooarrh! – look at them tits . . I’m a tit man meself

  39. 39
    Spartacuss says:

    Could launch a thousand ships

  40. 40
    Windy Dave says:

    Hope there’s another spiffing wind today!

  41. 41
    I've really stopped caring says:

    Isn’t she one of those “experts” whose the BBC take out of the cupboard and allow them to pontificate on fk’all, the BBC would be lost without the garbage they allow on.

  42. 42
    A Fatist fetishist says:

    It’s all a load of blubber

  43. 43
    Big and bouncy says:

    Totty Watch tag?

  44. 44
    Engineer J says:

    come on, she doesn’t sweat that much for a fat lass

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Things can only get worse.

  46. 46
    Menelaus says:

    A thousand quips?

  47. 47
    Pundit says:

    If she is melting we need a tsunami alert!

  48. 48
    John Maynard Keynes says:

    Release Bernie Madoff.

    He’s the only guy who knows how to run an economy like this.

  49. 49
    Neeps and tatties for you says:

    It’s Olly because Olivia’s too posh for politics.

  50. 50
    The liberal Voice says:

    Where have you been? As soon as there was talk of a coalition with the Liberals she was over all the news channels like a dose of salts and has been ever since? I’d never heard of her before mind.

  51. 51
    Anonymus says:

    Are you really that new round here?
    OK and gordon are never permitted in the same sentence.

  52. 52
    jgm2 says:

    Lunch – a thousand chips.

    More like.

  53. 53
    Selohesra says:

    No point in holding the keys to the door if you are too fat to get through

  54. 54
    Tot watch says:

    Charles Kennedy sweats like a pig perhaps she enjoys the odd tipple or three with him.

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    Never heard of her till now.

    Mind you I don’t pay much attention to what the Liberals say or do.

  56. 56
    Niche Player says:

    One man’s notty is another’s hotty. I actually would.

  57. 57
    Sophie says:

    Oily Grinder:

    The next time you are filling your fat face & over eating please think of the African children you are denying rsources to because of your sheer selfish gluttony.

    Obese social democrats are the biggest of hypocrits – taking more than their fair share of food is morally repugnant with the politics they profess to hold.

    How any Conservative can actually be in any sort of Governing Coailition with these fascist sandalistas is beyond me.

    Blue / Yellow Labour out.

  58. 58
    jgm2 says:

    Yes. All women are either hotties or notties.

    Haven’t you been paying attention to ‘When Harry met Sally?’

  59. 59
    A Pensioner says:

    No need for the winter fuel allowance with her in bed.

  60. 60
    jgm2 says:

    This also applies to fatty Prescott.

  61. 61
    jgm2 says:

    Yes. All women are either hotties or notties.

    Weren’t you paying attention to ‘When H*ar*r*y met Sally?’

  62. 62
    Fan fare says:

    Guido, when you say biggest fan, what exactly do you mean?

  63. 63
    The SP says:

    She’s not actually batshit like Hughes and Vince.

  64. 64
    A Pensioner says:

    By weight, surely.

  65. 65
    Gonk says:

    The great Balls up still has his supporters.
    Steve Richards still very much in love with
    the foul fiend and couldn’t help idolising the
    appalling idiot in yesterdays Independent.
    I didn’t buy the wretched rag. It was a freebie.

  66. 66
    Winston Churchill says:

    Does it apply to me? I used to be a fat Liberal.

  67. 67
    Huhne watch says:

    Unusually, very unusually for a libdem, she is often a voice of reason.

  68. 68
    Anonymus says:

    She isn’t actually very fat if you take time to look at her arse.

    Wierd double chin thing going on there admittedly.

  69. 69
    Sophie says:

    That was when Liberals were British patriots & not the watermelon marxists that litter the political scene today.

    Can you imagine Churchill calling for the British Army to be disbanded & incorporated under a French General in an EU Army?

    Can you imagine Churchill committing high treason by calling for unelected EUSSR Commissars to have power over the British Parliament?

    No, you cannot.

    Rusty two faced liar Dave Cameron should have been a modern Liberal leader – for sure he is not a Conservative.

    Blue Labour out.

  70. 70
    Who is the real Olly Grender? Guido's piccy or her Twitter piccy? says:

  71. 71
    Anonymus says:

    Lets do a venn diagram.

    We could even include the aspiring model with a borderline personality disorder and a pair of scissors.

  72. 72
    Son of Gnome says:

    Nobody buys the Independent – that’s their problem.

  73. 73
    nell says:

    I’d like someone to give my box some attention.

  74. 74
    Iloathlefties says:

    Now we know who ate all the pies!!!!

  75. 75
    The Impartial Observer says:

    More chins than the Beijing telephone directory.

  76. 76
    down with eco loony bastards says:

    Loadsamoney! Lovely subsidies for my family.

    Pay your electricity and gas bills on time. Thanks for your contributions!

  77. 77
    Cyril Smith says:

    Olly is my kinda liberal.

  78. 78

    There is a point here Ms Engineer. Accepted that a very limited amount of obesity is caused by by genes and endocrine disorders, the vast majority is due to bad diet and lack of exercise. If we do not like criminals or hypocrites telling us how to behave, then we are less likely to be swayed by those who have made other poor life choices, even though the possibility that any of these groups might have a talent in that area. We do not restrict our comments to women. You will have seen tasteless remarks about Fatty Prescott and Eric Pickles as well. I think I even made a comment about Cyril Smith a year or two ago.

    Olly Grender has the choice and so do we. As for the blatant sexism of it all, I can only comment that I wouldn’t…

  79. 79
    Billy Bowden's Bum Boy says:

    She looks like an absolute mess.

  80. 80
    Selohesra says:

    I think you are on the wrong site

  81. 81
    Anonymus says:

    By that logic, we listen to Olly more than Guido I or II.

  82. 82
    The Doctor says:

    I prescribe salad and shampoo – twice daily.

  83. 83
    Imnumbervi says:

    The winner

  84. 84
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I’m not so sure – all that perspiration is going to lower her body temp, soak the sheets, lower your body temperature and induce hypothermia.

    That and she might roll on top of you.

  85. 85
    8 Ace - £1.49 says:

    I’m going out on a limb here and I don’t say this lightly but I wouldn’t. Not even with yours.

  86. 86

    Although it may be true to say none resembles Kate Moss, I suggest you pay a visit to Specsavers if that is your observation on relativity.

  87. 87
    Airey Belvoir says:

    You’d have to roll her in flour and go for the wet spot, or maybe slap her on the thighs and surf in on the ripples…..

  88. 88
    Oh yes she is. says:

  89. 89
    Sophie says:

    German Constitutional Court rules that bail outs are legal, despite the fact that they are not.

    The last hurdle, controlling the German judiciary, has been passed.

    Welcome to the Fourth Reich – the EUSSR was truly born in a German Court this morning.

    Be afraid.

  90. 90
    Risk Assessment says:

    Tell you what, if she collapses on Nick Clegg he will come out looking like a cardboard cutout.

  91. 91
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Steady on chaps, all these fattist barbs are wounding our esteemed blog host to the core.

  92. 92
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Hope they have a good supply of buns and Big Macs.

  93. 93
    Mr Smithson says:

    You can just go to fuck, Guido.

    I always thought I was your favourite Twitter sparring partner.

  94. 94

    Hmmm. I suppose on that basis of judgment it would be insensitive of me to paste: “@AireyBelvoir hasn’t tweeted yet.”

    So I will not paste it.

  95. 95
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Olly says “Another fine mess you’ve got me in Guido”

  96. 96
    girl engineer says:

    ’tis ok, I’ve had my caffine now. I’d make a joke about dismounting (from my hobbyhorse) but just know where that would go!

    Am not offended by the sexist fattistness of it per se, just *hoped* some of you lot have moved on a bit from when I did my apprenticeship in the 80’s, . Takes me back.
    Crmm; I agree you lot can be bitchy about blokes too. I wouldn’t listen to a fat person telling me to eat 5 a day, nor Tony Blair about… anything really.

  97. 97
    Owlett says:

    Olly has a certain winning charm and femininity as opposed to being feminazi and charmless – like most of the Labour harridanry.

  98. 98
    Fleas of a thousand camels says:

    Does she do a turn then?????

  99. 99
    richard sniffer & he's wife fanny says:

    put icing on her belly and a sprig of holly and call her a christmas pudding

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