October 10th, 2011

Ed to Staggers: Rid Me of This Turbulent Hodges

The NewStatesman’s party on the Sunday of Labour conference usually sees the party leader turn up and glad-hand the great and the good. This year Ed walked in one door and walked out the other door barely stopping to shake a hand. On his way out he muttered dismissively that this was his “thirteenth event of the night”. Ed’s people let it be known that it wasn’t bad luck that he snubbed the Staggers, the primary reason for his minimal technical attendance was Dan Hodges’ article that morning attacking Miliband’s strategy as “bold, brave, and politically suicidal” calling Ed the “Ralph Nader of British politics”. You can see how that might hurt.

This brought about a managerial crisis of confidence in editorial plurality. Friends of Hodges say that he thought the understanding was that “Mehdi licked Ed’s arse and Dan kicked him in the balls”. In the Thursday edition published during party conference Dan Hodges’ article about the booing of Blair was spiked and didn’t appear in the magazine – in fact it ended up being published on IainDale.com. Hodges was told he would be rested from the magazine for a few months but allowed to continue to blog for the magazine. Friends say Hodges was told explicitly that the Staggers’ relationship with the Labour leader’s office was important and he was damaging that relationship. Hodges has now resigned.

Could Hodges end up writing for the Spectator? When Martin Bright was pushed out after pressure from Gordon Brown he shifted from being the Staggers’ political editor to writing for their more successful rival. All in all it reflects pretty poorly on the Statesman that it has caved into pressure like this again. The Speccie positively revels in poking party leaders in the eye…


Well they would say that, wouldn’t they…

Mehdi Hasan, the political editor at the Staggers and sympathetic biographer of Ed Miliband has just tweeted, “For all of you asking me to #SaveDanHodges … I don’t want to”.  Hmmm…


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

    Is Ed Gay, doesnt say so in piece.

  2. 2
    Displaced Brummie says:

    And yet it still Staggers on, and on and on…

  3. 3
    Hunch back says:

    Ed and the pathetic Labour Party are brilliant in increasing unemployment

  4. 4
    Ed the Ego says:

    I want to be adored.

  5. 5
    The BBC says:

    We all love licking Ed’s shitty arse and Balls.

  6. 6
    Jack says:

    Dan Hodges actually writes quite amusingly

    For a leftie


    This was a classic demolition job on Labour also

  7. 7
    Get a life says:

    For fucks sake Billy ypou are becoming a tedious bore. Just like gayers are in real life. The world does NOT revolve around you or homosexuality.

  8. 8
    Jack says:

    “Mehdi licked Ed’s arse and Dan kicked him in the balls”

    I like it

    Good way to keep the homos happy as well, (depending on whether they are sado or maso)

    PS Where has Hodges gone ?

  9. 9
    Red Censorship says:

    Not surprising. Ed’s Labour does not believe in the freedom of the press. Write what I say or dark forces will ensure that you are “retired”

  10. 10
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Hodges is a useless, arrogant twat and the New Statesman is well rid of him.

    Mind you, the NS has been useless since Anthony Howard stopped being editor.

  11. 11
    jgm2 says:

    That explains the sudden dearth of opposition over on CiF. An edict has obviously come down from Bedwetter Central Command that all nay-sayers are to be purged from Labour’s vectors of misinformation.

    No wonder it comes as such a shock to them when Labour lose elections or their precious AV referendum gets kicked into touch. They spend all their time listening only to people who agree with them and parrotting mindless ‘too soon, too deep’ or ‘doing the right thing’ kind of shit over and back at each other.

  12. 12
    Bob says:


    Did you see this at the time Guido ?


    Eddy Milliband collaborating with Murdoch…

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

    You miss the point.

    Acoording to Guido it is ok to smear and inuendo if someone might be gay (hauge, fox) even acuses Fox of having a diesese (Aides), But when it comes to Hetro Mps like for instance Ed, they never get accused of having a STD and thier sexuallity is never highlighted.

  14. 14
    jgm2 says:

    But when it comes to Hetro Mps like for instance Ed, they never get accused of having a STD

    I think you’ll find that’s what cost Derek Draper and the janitor to lose their jobs. There’s no end of innuendo and accusation and down-right lies generated by the wicked and malicious party.

  15. 15
    Vermin Control says:

    Do people still read the New Statesman? +sniggers+

  16. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Bottom corner headline says “got Aides yet liam”

  17. 17
    Liam did not knoweth Jesmes lady garden says:

    Fox has Advisers, not Aides.

  18. 18
    bergen says:

    Why don’t they just have done with it and relaunch it as Pravda?

    It was only ever worth reading for dear old Arthur Marshall’s column.

  19. 19
    It is a truth universally acknowledged says:

    In actual fact probably it’s only 5% of the electorate(and likely to be women) who actually decide a general election result…not the Labour Heartlands in the North of the Tory Home Counties in the South but likely to be group of “Yummy-Mummies” living in Solihull and surounding areas using “Mumsnet”…..so forget about the “Staggers”, “The Speccie” or even “The Guardian” etc..all Ed has to do is appeal to this group and he’s won….that’s why “Dave” spent an inordinate amount of the Tory Conference apologising for that “Calm Down Dear” remark and protesting that he “loved women !”….I refuse to be drawn on that last remark

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Are you thick or something? That is a joke within a joke (a cartoon within a cartoon) It is a piss take of the sun’s headline writers.

    Now go outside and see something of life before you die.

  21. 21

    Poor old staggers. Half the circulation Of Private Eye.

    Maybe they should put some more jokes in it.

  22. 22
    nell says:

    poor little ed – what a fragile ego he has that he hasn to silence people who don’t agree with him.

    oh wait a minute that was his mentor gordon’s problem too! And look where he ended up!

  23. 23
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Fox is a Bishop?

  24. 24
    Ah! Monika says:

    Sounds like ” Constructive Dismissal ” to me $$$$$$$

  25. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Great joke!

    Lets make a joke about someone having aids because they might be homosexual.

  26. 26
    jgm2 says:

    I was shocked the other day to find that Private Eye has a fortnightly print run of 700,000.

    Why then does it come as such a shock to folk when Labour fuck the economy with PFI and reckless spending?

    It certainly gives the lie to it all being a black swan event. Private Eye has been warning of the insanity of Labour spending for over a decade.

  27. 27
    annette curton says:

    Cue for a song, features Ed on drums @ 1.20 in.

  28. 28
    jgm2 says:

    I had AIDS last year. It’s a bugger to shift.

  29. 29
    Reuters correspondent says:

    Ed Milliband is the only hope for the Conservative Party to get re-elected …

  30. 30
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I am a sensitive, delicate little chap who seems to be universally hated. :(

    Even Balls finds me repellent and odious.

  31. 31
    Ed Balls, Shallow Chancer says:

    Hold on ! He can’t take all the credit.

  32. 32
    Shit 'Ed says:

    Imth a fragile little scampth! Go away you nasthy bullies.

  33. 33
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Wowee. they really needed some E.

    And you don’t know who the drummer is? fffs

  34. 34

    700,000 looks more like a 6 monthly run, rather than weekly.

    Staggers is somewhere between 20,000 and 12,000.

    There are dental journals with that sort of circulation.

  35. 35

    You are as popular as Meg from Family Guy.

  36. 36
    Stag N Ant says:

    We will stagger on. We will employ only midgets to lick Ed’s arse. Health and Safety advice that tall people constantly bending down to lick Ed’s arse will give them back problems. We have to employ 2 ‘ tall midgets. Hmm? I wonder if Hazel Blears is available.

  37. 37
    Engineer says:

    A couple of years ago, I bought a copy of both the New Statesman and the Spectator. Read ‘em both. Wasn’t impressed with either, but of the two, the New Statesman displayed the more self-indulgently head-up-arse disconnection from the real world.

    I’d sooner read a conflake packet, frankly.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Billy is right winger who supports gays and immigrants. I think Billy is confused and should start supporting LD and Labour.

  39. 39
    Steve Miliband says:

    I find wine is good for my circulation

  40. 40
    Ah! Monika says:

    Engineer. Think you missed my reply re Scottie Road the other day. maybe I met your Grandma. I started work at 164 S Rd( Thorns aged 6) ( school Hols ). Used to take my shoes and socks off when playing on the bomb sites with the locals.

  41. 41
    jgm2 says:


    My mistake. It started with 300 copies but then went on to refer to 700,000 readers. I don’t know how many folk read each individual magazine on average.

  42. 42
    Ah! Monika says:

    That was 1945. Still very poor area

  43. 43
    Peter Griffin says:

    Who? Oh, I thought she was a house cat.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Actually, it’s not aides but AIDS, standing for Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

  45. 45
    Johann Hari says:

    I’m free.

  46. 46
    Peter Griffin also said to Lois says:

    We agreed that if we could only save two, we’d leave Meg.

  47. 47
    Engineer says:

    Not sure you could really describe them as ‘happy days’, because for quite a few people, they weren’t.

    Gran and Grandad (he was born just off Parliament Street) knew good times and not so good in Liverpool, but moved out to Formby in the mid ’30s. Grandad still worked for the GPO (telephones) ’till he retired in the early ’70s.

    Some of the stories Gran told about life and times around Liverpool were hair-raising – many people really did know what poverty was then. The Luftwaffe didn’t help much in the ’40s, either. Slum clearance was a good thing, but not in that way.

  48. 48
    Or, alternatively says:

    Arse Injected Death Sentence.

  49. 49
  50. 50
    jgm2 says:

    Ah, Liverpool. Capital of I*re*la*nd.

    MY dad explained it as being full of Ir*i*sh folk with just enough money and sense to get out of Ireland but not enough money left over for a train ticket.

  51. 51
    Ah! Monika says:

    I have completed notes for a long essay of my experiences. eg. The cake shop next door Moffats was run by twin sisters without help. Baked a small range of cakes which were good considering rationing was still on. Health and Saftey !!!
    They were both totally BLIND.

  52. 52
    Engineer says:

    A lot of North Walians, as well, for much the same reasons. Being a port, plenty of Chinese, Laskars, you name it. There was plenty of work to be had until the ’20s, but it’s been pretty up-and-down, mostly down, since.

  53. 53
    BillyBob... says:

    Surely some mistake…… Red Ed, party and followers being vindictive ?

    I am shocked……………… not !

  54. 54
    Engineer says:

    No handouts then, so people Got On With It – there were some really tough characters, in the sense of toughing life out. Gran did say there were a lot of shorter people around then, too – never had the nourishment growing up, so they didn’t grow up much. Lots of problems like curvature of the spine that you rarely see these days.

  55. 55
    Peter Griffin says:

    Shut up ..Ed.

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


    How dare he!

    Is he saying only young poor men should have a flat mate.

    Who is he to tell anyone how they live thier life or if they are allowed a flat mate.

  57. 57
    Is Ann Milton Mrs Overall? says:

    It is a bizarre situation when the opposition leader is causing the dismissal of an honest journalist whilst the PM is doing everything he can to enable the crooks of News International to hang onto their jobs. Corruption from opposite directions?

  58. 58
    Ah! Monika says:

    The Laskars responded to the name Jonnie… walked from the docks to Paddy’s Market opposite looking for second hand clothes from Jimmy Tarbuck’s mum who had a stall……… Five sugars in a cup of tea. Our Cilla’s mum was a customer as well

  59. 59
    Si Cosis says:

    Murphy is pathetic, savaging by dead sheep if ever there was one.

  60. 60
    Ah! Monika says:

    Our back room was where the women went if they wanted to arrange an abortion.

  61. 61
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Hypocritical labour are spewing out drivel in the house at the moment.

  62. 62
    jgm2 says:

    Scottish Labour. Of course he’s pathetic. Another opportunistic thug no doubt.

  63. 63
    annette curton says:

    You might find it hard to believe but there has been an upsurge in cases of Rickets caused by vitamin D deficiency in diet and/or lack of sunlight, not caused by poverty and the fact you could be working 12 hours a day in a factory from age 8 and not seeing daylight as in the 1920’s but because of being fed a crap diet and sitting watching Tv/X-Box indoors for 12 hours a day.

  64. 64
    Cynic says:

    Lesse Majesty. Off with his head.

  65. 65
    The Beast is tamed says:

    Nice put down on Dennis Skinner by Foxy.

    “It is true that you can keep a good bottle too long”

  66. 66
    Is Ann Milton Mrs Overall? says:

    Quite agree, except that a dead sheep should be able to eviscerate the crooked little toerag Fox. What does a minister have to do to follow the honourable path?

  67. 67
    jgm2 says:

    Dennis Skinner was a bottle full of vinegar the day he was born. And has gone off since then.

  68. 68
    Is Ann Milton Mrs Overall? says:

    Even I have difficulty seeing His Majesty Foxy as a lesbian.

  69. 69
    Ah! Monika says:

    Or even on here!

  70. 70
    jgm2 says:

    I think that in the immigrant community where this epidemic is occurring they are more likely getting rickets as a result of a crap diet and being kept locked in the house all day away from Western influence. That and those sacks they insist on wearing.

  71. 71
    annette curton says:

    @ Engineer, I left that bit out ( moral cowardice on my part).

  72. 72
    Is Ann Milton Mrs Overall? says:

    I thought that line was a hint to Cameron.

  73. 73
    annette curton says:

    Doh, @ Jgm2

  74. 74
    not a machine says:

    Camerons speech was pretty good , and hit some of the frauds rather well , and perhaps poses some interesting questions . I am now slightly puzzled by the lab and libs who told us all the points sytems like in Austrailia would , be much better !!

    Nice of chris grayling to remember the smith institute .

    I have some sympatheys for Mr lansley , I can understand what he is up against , there is an incredible ammount of denial ,nay resistance that Labour somehow left the NHS in a good structural position , I have just had an interesting encounter , where i was told the service was being reduced due to the cuts , but when I asked on whos say so ,was unable to tell me and that it was due to a PCT deficet . they know but they cannot tell you who or how is responsible , is funding being shifted resposnsibly at certain managerial levels ?or any “pilgrims” in charge of it .
    Funny how they get all protective without realising it needs to be better .

  75. 75

    Bloke goes to the doctor to get his test results.

    Doctor: ” Well Mr Jones, I’ve some good news and some bad news.”

    Jones: ” Jesus…..Give me the bad news first.”

    Doctor: ” You’ve got AIDS.”

    Jones: “Fuckinell! What’s the good news?”

    Doctor: ” You’ve also developed Alzheimer’s, so don’t worry, you’ll forget all about the AIDS.”

    O.K. I’ll get me coat!

    Before anyone accuses me of bad taste, my dad died of a form of Alzheimer’s called Louis-Body Syndrome. You develop a type of black humour in order to cope with it.

  76. 76
    EdButLookBalls says:

    The cnut had the scotch gall to mention B&Q and whitewash on Al-Beeba WatO about Fox FFS! When is all the details going to surface about the tartanwash of dark and sinister going-on in Liebour Politics in Glasgow, any chance the Grauniard will have first go!!??

  77. 77
    Fish says:

    2000 wankers in London on Sunday in complete denial about the NHS reforms that are needed.

    Had a big set-to with a sr NHS Manager last week who repeated your ‘Labour somehow left the NHS in a good structural position’ comment. Strange, they don’t like to talk about Stafford.

  78. 78
    Jim says:

    This is the 64,000 dollar question. If Labour had won the election what would they have used for money?

    Nobody could suggest they where in a position to borrow or print more banknotes, so the NHS only had weeks left to live. The MOD were dead already.

  79. 79
    V says:


  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    It’s a pun, you Anonymous moron.

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