October 7th, 2011

That Awkward Fox Business Card

Despite not being on Liam Fox’s Register of Staff Interests, this is the business card that Adam Werritty, the Defence Secretary’s former flatmate, best man and trip companion has been touting round Westminster:

Fox has said it is unacceptable for Werritty to say he is an advisor, but he needs to clear up whether his office had anything to do with the cards. Like paying for them out the stationery budget…


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

    Oh er.

    The fox has been out foxed.


  2. 2
  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Or even the stationery budget


  4. 4
    Toryboy says:

    Don’t really think it is a big deal. Foxy should just stop hanging around with this guy and pick better friends.


    • 47
      Willy Gaygue says:

      Or he could just keep it hush hush like and just meet up in random hotel rooms on the snide.



      • 63
        Airey Belvoir says:

        Maybe we could arrange a dating system to hook up in-closet gay Government Ministers with each other. This would remove security concerns over pillow talk, as they would all hold appropriate clearances.


      • 64
        G. A. Daffi says:

        Is that Arabic for bend over?


  5. 5
    Pedant says:


    E for envelope. D minus.


  6. 7
    Mr Pedantry says:

    StationAry budget Guido? – is that the one where the envelopes don’t move very fast?


    • 12
      Tom Pride says:

      A stationary budget is presumably a budget which doesn’t allow you get to go on tax-payer funded trips – like to Sri Lanka for example.


  7. 9
    Call me Dave - windy miller, eco loon and trougher says:

    It’s within the rules.


  8. 10
    Bob Creau says:

    Ooh the stationery budget?! That’s the topic on everyone’s lips at the Dog and Duck tonight. Can’t stand Fox, and I assume that he along with the rest of them are corrupt as fuck, but find something better than the stationery budget before posting?


  9. 11

    Ouch. Fox-hunting appears to be back on the menu.


  10. 12
    MiguelM says:

    You mean stationEry budget!Education, education, education!


  11. 14
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Liam Fox, the chicken’s better than the beef.

    There, I’ve just given him some advice, I’m off to print some business cards.


  12. 18

    Stationery Budget methinks.

    Probably got them off Vistaprint in one of their myriad of special offers.


  13. 20
    Anonymous says:

    The Fox has been shot. It’s no longer moving, it’s stationary.


  14. 23
    Eileen Critchley says:

    The only way Tory MP’s can guarantee people won’t think that they’re gay is to remain single!


  15. 26
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Better get the shreders ready.


  16. 28
    Disco Biscuit says:

    I’d be surprised if it was paid for from the stationary budget. Though he could possibly have paid for them from the stationery budget…


  17. 29
    politicians are cunts says:

    Can he be done for image theft, unauthorised use, forgery of a instrument or something?

    He needs slapping down.


  18. 30
    Willy Gaygue says:

    Any one up for a bit of fisting this afternoon?


  19. 39
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I blame the finacial crisis on whoever decided to stop dispensing £5 notes at cash points.


    • 44
      Engineer says:

      Bring back the farthing, I say. Money was worth more when we had farthings.

      And threpenny bits. And tanners.


      • 54
        Willy Gaygue says:

        Eee when I wer’a lad you’d get sixpence from the gentlemen down the dark alley.


      • 56
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        I was being semi serious Eng.

        Say if you just want to buy a pack of 10 fags, they cost about £3 but you have to withdraw £10 cash from cashpoint, leaving more money in your pocket than required.

        Even tho it is down to personal responsabilty i do think the move from dispensing £5 was a sign that it was ok to spend more than you needed.

        Or maybe i am looking to deep into it.


        • 69
          Engineer says:

          I was only being a little bit tongue-in -cheek myself. The effects of inflation during the ’70s and early ’80s were pretty dire for some people, and if it’s allowed to let rip again, it’ll be dire again. Look at what sixpence would but in 1970 and compare with what you can get for 2 1/2p today.

          I vaguely recall seeing somewhere that there’s a shortage of £5 in circulation (maybe it’s a plot to replace them with coins), so banks are having to keep quite old and scruffy ones in issue rather than replacing them with new. The scruffy ones tend to clog up cashpoints, so they don’t put ‘em in. That may just be a rumour, but it’s what someone suggested to me.


          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            70s inflation was a great present to mortgage holders.

            Get your flares on, weer all crazee again.


          • Engineer says:

            To be fair, mortgage holders are not doing so bad in today’s crisis – inflation is eroding the size of their debt, too. They have the added bonus of low interest rates, as well.


          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            “not doing so bad” … the inflation means that the house price crash that would have left many people (everyone?) in deep shit hasn’t happened.


          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            “not doing so bad” … the inflation means that the house priffsce crash that would have left many people (everyone?) in deep shit hasn’t happened.


          • Pugwash, Capn, rtd. says:

            We should never have abandoned the gold standard. Consign the euro to the dustbin of history and bring back the gold dubloon !


        • 73
          John Player says:

          buy 3 packs of fags, then you can use the cash machine less often.


          • Ron Manager says:

            Halfpennies as big as 10p pieces with a ship on the front, thrupenny bits with jaggedy edges, brown ten-bob notes inside a birthday card, book vouchers for WH Smith at Christmas… god, I wish it was the 1960’s again.


    • 67
      AC1 says:

      In a Paxo voice.

      Yerrrsss. Next.


    • 82
      AC1 says:

      I personally blame it on the lack of a credit license.

      People who can’t work out the total-cost of a compound interest loan, shouldn’t be allowed to borrow money.

      People who think houses getting less affordable is a good thing should have their breathing license revoked…


      • 100
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        For a hell of a lot of us, even if we didn’t do it on purpose, less affordable housing gave us real or theoretical money (that most of can, or already have, cashed in).

        One can disagree and disaprove, but what do you do when a country full of knobheads stuffs many many thousands of quid in your pocket for no good reason.


    • 99
      AC1 says:

      Did anyone think RBS buying ABN Amro was a good idea apart from him?


      Same with HSBC buying Houshold.


  20. 42
    David Greenleaf says:

    To an ordinary member of the public like me, it sounds like more of the same misfeasance we all hoped would go with the fall of New Labour.

    Get rid of Fox now, before the rot spreads throughout the barrel.


  21. 43
    Rob says:

    My Investigation of myself will exonarate me of any allegations that me and my best man were sharing a bed on my wedding night.


  22. 45
    Sophie says:

    As much as we all despise Alky Ada, would anyone really be that bothered if they took out the whole sordid den of traitors, liars, thieves & small time opportunists in Westminster?


  23. 55
    Fatso Twatson's Salad Bar says:

    Silly boys. Foxs’ pal is an opportunist.


    • 74
      nell says:

      An opportunist?

      An absolute requirement for anyone associated with uk politics in the present time.
      No doubt he’ll go far,


  24. 59
    Sir William Waad says:

    Fings ain’t wot they used to be. Once upon a time, we had a Secretary for War (whose job was defence) called John Profumo who was caught out swyving with two genuinely stunning young women. Now we have a mere Defence Secretary (whose job is to make war) and some sweaty bloke whom he might, just possible, have a crush on.


  25. 60
    D Cameron says:

    I hope Dr Fox is able to remain in the Cabinet. It will be a great loss if he has to resign. He has my complete support.

    Will you stop laughing at the back.


    • 79
      nell says:

      hmm – cameron will no doubt be thinking abour a reshuffle soon – what’s the betting liamfox and kenclarke might be stepping down to spend more time with their families.


  26. 62
    Sludge Pump Political Spinner (for hire) says:

    Well we all know that this is not really a business card, as such but merely a statement of intent. So what’s the problem?


  27. 71
    nell says:

    I thought it was illegal to use that portcullis logo on anything except official stationery and official government business.

    Didn’t margaret moran and baronessuddin both try something similar for their own personal use only to find they got their wrists slapped?


  28. 75
    Farmer Giles says:

    I do like to splash out on Adam


  29. 85
    Isaac Sleaves says:

    Werritty should at once be barred from entrance to all government buildings, and restrained from any further use of bogus visiting cards.


  30. 89
    jake says:

    If Mr Fox knew of this card…..he will resign by the weekend.


    • 93
      nell says:


      You are joking! The days of mp’s and ministers honorably resigning when they find themselves disgraced or embarrassed are long gone!

      And thanks to the last government , even when they did resign (mandy for instance) , they were brought back a bit later in another job. Bad precedence.


  31. 92

    I think I hear the words, I’m like a cab for hire, my rate… Oh say £5000 a day..


  32. 94
    dr. sipp says:

    i think when he leaked defence cuts to newspapers was his downfall

    long memories


  33. 95

    They should no longer be called honourable


  34. 98
    viva la beast says:

    While studying medicine at Glasgow University in the early 1980s, Fox resigned his position on the university’s Students Representative Council (SRC) in protest at the council passing a motion condemning the decision of the university’s Glasgow University Union (GUU) not to allow a gay students society to join the union. The SRC motion called both the union’s decision and the explanations given for it “bigoted”. The GUU maintained its stance regardless and the controversy was reported in the national media while leading to many other university student unions up and down the country, including Edinburgh, cutting ties with their Glasgow counterparts. Explaining his decision to resign from the SRC and support the GUU’s position, Fox was quoted as saying “I’m actually quite liberal when it comes to sexual matters. I just don’t want the gays flaunting it in front of me, ( He likes his Iron Hoovery to be discreet) which is what they would do.” When asked about the controversy in 2008, Fox remarked that “fortunately most of us have progressed from the days when we were students more than a quarter of a century ago (I havent shagged a bloke in 25 years)

    There is our answer , he was a shirt lifter at university and was twerrified at the prospect of being outed if the queers formed a formal society and had a good bitchy gossip about Leanora Fox


  35. 106
    Anonymous says:

    All this talk of stationary/stationery takes me back to a Russ Abbott sketch.

    Abbott (as Connery) “The name’s Bond, Basildon Bond, MI 6 and three quarters”

    Pussy galore “Are you a roving agent?”

    Abbott “No i’m stationery”

    I’ll get me coat.


    • 130
      Ron Manager says:

      ++ claps ++

      Yes, I wonder who wrote that. I also used to love the ‘Miss Marbles’ sketches too.


  36. 107
    viva la beast says:

    It was reported in June 2009 that Fox claimed expenses of more than £19,000 over the last four years for his mobile phone. Fox claimed the high bill was due to regular trips overseas, in his capacity as Shadow Defence Secretary and said he was looking for a cheaper tariff.

    So our defence secretary uses a stardard carphone warehouse style line for top secret telephone calls?


  37. 108
    Anonymous says:

    Why is it that politicians’ catamites all seem to have unusual surnames?


  38. 109
    Hugh Stalehouse says:

    Are men like Fox really the best that Dave could find?


  39. 111
    Spank Sinatra says:

    As I have said before, what he does with his bottom (or with others) is entirely his own business but if it involves shafting us as taxpayers by way of offering favours to reward his best friends or incurring costs/expenses, then he can piss off. His lack of candor in answering simple questions as regards his relationship with his ‘best man’ spoke volumes. He’s toast.


  40. 112
    parcel of rogues says:

    As Labour’s Spud Murphy is so concerned about the company that Fox keeps perhaps he would like to explain why he shared a table at a party fundraiser with Glasgow gangster Louis Rodden.

    Don’t hold your breath …


    • 113
      Anonymous says:

      re this and Spank Sinatra at 117 above. Two points.
      1. Whilst his sexuality is a matter for him can you really have a Minister, a Defence Minister, who is open to blackmail?
      2. We have to stop “Partysysing” when it comes down to who has got their snouts in the trough. Guido is, commendably, willing to dig at anyone who is taking us for fools, whatever the Party. It only helps them all when we compare one party to another. It is like comparing two turds. While we are arguing about who are the biggest crooks they are lauging at us.


  41. 115
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Don’t know why Guido has blanked out his mobile and email. Go to google, type in his name and add business card, then hit images.


  42. 116
    Naseby says:

    Who is this Werrity anyhow? Some sort of bum boy, I take it?


  43. 118
    GideonO says:

    Fox seems to have done far worse than speedy chris huhne. So if huhne’s got to go Guido, then so should Fox! A big reshuffle of this government is well overdue in any case. Bin cable, huhne, fox, spelman, warsi for a start.


  44. 119
    Anonymous says:

    The investigation is a smoke screen as it appears to be only looking into security matters and it is unlikely that his friend had access to any classified info. Also how ell qualified is his top MoD civial servant to undertake an investigation ? They will have no experience of undertaking such an investigation. It should surely be the MoD police who run the investigation. The real questions to be answered are:

    First, if he was not under taking any MoD business what was he doing visiting at govt minister in his offices. Surely govt buildings should not be used for carrying out private business.

    Second, when did Fox become aware of the business cards and did he do anything to stop them being handed out ?

    Third, who paid for the cards ?

    Fourth, was using the Portculis logo an infringement of govt copyright ?

    Fifth, has Fox introduced his friend to anybody for commercial purposes ? Fox was very evasive on this point during his interview on BBC this morning. Just looking at potential security breaches will not answer this question which is why the current investigation could be a waste of time.

    Sixth, who paid for his friend to go Sri Lanka ?

    Seventh, in what capacity did his friend go to the High Com in Sri Lanka ? How was he introduced to guests at the High Com ?

    Eigth, did his friend receive any UK govt hospitality in Sri Lanka ?

    Ninth, has his friend recieved any UK govt hospitality in the UK or elsewhere ?

    Tenth, what other trips has his friend been on, either in the UK or overseas, where Fox or the MOD was involved ? If there were any trips who piad for them ?

    This is just the start but it is these type of questions that he should be answering. Anything less would be a white wash.


  45. 123
    Queen Charlotte says:

    It’s unacceptable to spell it “advisor”.


  46. 124
    Richard Hannay says:

    Less damage will be done if Fox would step down gracefully, rather than that every sordid detail should have to be dragged out over weeks and months before Dave plucks up the courage to give him the boot.


  47. 125
    Anonymous says:

    So Foxy Knoxy got off scott free this week but in her place we now have Knoxy Foxy


  48. 126
    Bristol Boy says:

    While the MOD are investigating this one they would do well to have another look at Handycock’s ‘assistant’ Katya who had access to the Commons, to Handy’s computer and (apparently) to Defence matters as well.


  49. 127
    Jess The Dog says:

    Fox is fucked. He has ‘dug his own hole’ as he said of the MoD.

    In another post he might have been able to wriggle out of it, but those of us who are in uniform, or who have served in the Armed Forces, expect some level of integrity. Plus, he is regarded as a something of a bad smell by Cameron’s core team.

    In light of this example, shouldn’t Major Disaster or Wing Commander Biggles take the missus or a chum along to that next NATO meeting in Brussels, for some Christmas shopping and to fill up the car with booze at Calais. Or for some winter sun out in Saudi or Oman. Chuck it all on the 1771 or whatever the form is called now …

    Why are defence ministers consistently the lowest of the low? I can only think of one half-decent one in the last decade and he didn’t even last long.


  50. 128
    Jess The Dog says:

    Is Liam Fox the love child of Ronnie Corbett? I see a certain resemblance…


  51. 131
    50 Calibre says:

    Legalise Fox hunting…


  52. 132
    Newton Bowman says:

    Who cares what Fox and ‘Bosie’ Werritty get up to between the sheets? What needs to be investigated is the bogus Atlantic Bridge ‘charity’ and its recruitment of British politicians as Agents of Influence for foreign governments and corporations.


  53. 135
    Conspiracayyyyy says:

    I dont get this

    Fox met up with the “styled” Holy roman emperor the king of Spain and the pope, in Spain in the days leading up to the final push in Lybia. I thought they were going to make him an untouchable withing the malta order. Now theyre burning him, anyone wanna explain to me why?


  54. 136
    Anonymous says:

    Looks like treason to me. Off with his head.


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