October 14th, 2011

Defence Secretary Runners and Riders

With Fox looking more and more likely to walk today, it’s time to turn attention to who might take over:

  • Andrew Mitchell – Been deadly silent all week, has had it in for Fox for months, known on the international stage.
  • Philip Hammond – Mr Clean Up.
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind  – Was heavily tipped to take over if Hague had to walk, and has been brought out as an elder statesman this summer.
  • David Davis – An easy “one out, one in” for the Tory right but Dave said to still be sceptical.
  • Owen Paterson – The “happily married”* Northern Ireland Secretary has impressed in his brief.
  • Chris Grayling – Demoted after a poor election campaign, about time for a comeback?
  • Jeremy Browne – LibDem outrider, right-winger in the FCO.
  • Paddy Ashdown – Popular bar talk for LibDems but unlikely.
  • IDS  – More than qualified but said to be very happy where he is.

The bookies have stopped taking bets on Fox to go and you can put your money on his successor here.

* Copyright Kevin Maguire


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

    What about the nebie Tory Mp that was in armed services?


    • 7
      John B says:

      You mean Patrick Mercer


      • 12
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


      • 15
        Anonymous says:

        Happily married one might be a good choice; will give us entertainment.


        • 19
          Mr Plum says:

          Not a bandit then


          • Willy Vague says:

            How dare you imply that a member of the Queens government is a closet gayer.


          • MI6 says:

            Is it time for a clear out of the Homosexuals posing as Hetrosexual Men. The Security implications are grave as these individuals are in Danger of being Blackmailed


          • Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford and Harold Hill encampment of kunts says:

            FFS – look – if we spend decade upon decade lying to ourselves about how much we love cock going in and out of our poopers and mouths you little fools are nothing in comparison – don’t you people get it? A politician can spend night after month stuffed to the gills with bbc bareback and gushing into every orifice known to mankind – but if that man thinks he is straight and just ‘taking a walk on the wild side’ than that’s alllwaight and none of you idiots business? Got it? Good. Vote for me. I had a dog once. it was called Spike. It died. Vote for me.


        • 21
          No U Turns here says:

          Seconded ……held rank of Colonel prior to retiring from armed services and mentioned in Despatches for Gallantry.However he blotted copy book with allegedly racist comments in 2007 when Shadow Homeland Security Minister and “Dave” sacked him in response to over-reaction by Labour and BBC (those were the days eh ? what’s changed ?)but has been clawing his way back to front line


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


    why are not tweeting your posts anymore? (Under GuidoFawkes?)


  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    That Werrity chappy seems spunky.


  4. 4
    Oliver Leftinbin says:

    I seem to have blotted my copy.
    Better bin it.


  5. 6
    Oh No says:

    Not another LibDem surely. Did they really come third in 2010?


  6. 8
    ReddyEddy says:

    What about an ennobled Adam Werrity taking over. Straight one in one out and he knows the ropes….


  7. 9
    Glyn H says:

    Davis for Home Office, May to ‘Climate Change’, Huhne out, Clarke out, Mercer to Defence.


  8. 10
    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Please NOT Mitchell – far too keen on giving away our shrinking wealth to foreigners. Unless, of course, it made way for a good right-winger at Overseas Development who would sort the loonies out.


  9. 11
    Out Foxed says:

    Sky are certain he has resigned,


  10. 13
    confused of westminster says:


  11. 14
    Redpen says:

    Is it true that the Werrity trail leads back to the company that is supplying the alternative to the Nimrod planes that got chopped up?


    • 22
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      If I were an inventer of good conspirators, that would be a good line.
      We’d get rid of werrity and it would look like some good old fashioned greed. problem solved, everyone move on. But I’m not a lizard. (Although keep this quiet: I am in fact, a snake).


  12. 16
    Thats not part of the plan says:

    That louise Mensch could do a job. Often thought about a Sherman Tank when she’s on the telly.


    • 20
      Well it's something says:

      Hell, the barrel must be empty.


    • 31
      Archer Karcher says:

      Why not Mensch? After all, she has been in or supported every one of the LabLibCon at one time or another. A woman of such obvious principle, would fit in well with Dave’s new SDP torwees.


  13. 17
    MrAngry61 says:

    A Lib Dim as Defence Secretary? They’re all CNDers.


  14. 18
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Why not a female to replace Dr Fox ?

    My money is on Priti Patel or Louise Mensch !!


  15. 26
    Selohesra says:

    How about Baroness Thatcher – even in old age she is probably sharper than most of the current lot


  16. 27
    Disgusted on Tunbridge Wells says:

    That’s him buggered then.

    A job in the defence industry awaits, no doubt.

    Goodbye and good … you know the rest.

    And take that f**ker with you.


  17. 30
    Twats says:

    Looks like the unelected permanent government, the civil service have got their fox. He was doing great work in cutting out the fat at the MOD and they were not happy.


  18. 34
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    You have left my name off your list. I used to be shadow Minister of Defence for the Liberal Democrats and my strong personal relations with Russia and it’s Leaders clearly indicate that I would be the best man for the job. boaz.


  19. 35
    Border Terrier says:

    Owen Paterson? Wasn’t he big in leather – I mean the World of Leather, well anyway it was leather.


  20. 36
    gildedtumbril says:

    It is my deeply held suspicion that the entire ‘government’ consists of traitors.Including especially what is euphemistically named ‘upper house’ where there are a few dozen too many born abroads.


  21. 37
    Carly says:

    Is Owen Paterson closet gay or having an affair? As in the reference to ‘happily married’?


    • 42
      Carly's Friend says:

      That’s what I was wondering – He wouldn’t be the only MP or MEP for that matter to be “happily married” but have a mistress……


  22. 39
    Bernerlap says:

    God knows I’d like to see that weasel Mitchell out of that nest of vipers at DFID but giving him Defence is too big a price tompay.


  23. 41
    Sir Robert Mark's ghost says:


    You are having a laugh.

    It was surely IDS, listening to siren voices in the US, that got the Tories committed to the Iraq debacle.


  24. 43
    Jimmy says:

    Rifkind? Really? The man who thought a good telling off was the best way to deal with Milosovic? Why bother having a military at all?


  25. 44
    PSMProductions says:


  26. 45
    The Observer says:

    One thing is for certain. Cameron has not made one truly excellent decision on ministers, and this could be another one.
    He and Obama are in a race to see who can make the most mistakes in personnel.
    Rifkind is an excellent man but has already ruled himself out.
    Mercer wants it and Davis could be good.
    But is it possible to get any worse than Buffoon and that simple union chappie who was a sheet metal worker?


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