October 17th, 2011

Exclusive: Ed Blocking Twigg’s PAd Choice

Guido’s eyes and ears in Norman Shaw South report that there is a bit of a ding-dong going on between newly appointment Education shadow Stephen Twigg and the leadership. Twigg, who has reversed Labour’s policy against free-schools, is trying to have fellow Blairite and Lambeth councillor Alex Bigham installed as his, short-money funded, “Senior” Political Advisor. Guido called Alex who confirmed he has not yet been appointed and he couldn’t get off the phone quick enough. Sources point to some comments made during the leadership campaign about Ed, as well as some unease about having another Blairite “right-winger” in the team. Guido would recommended Ed develops a thicker skin…

UPDATE: Bigham denies the rift and expects to be appointed soon. Sensible…


114 Comments

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

    Ferrits in a sack?

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    • 4
      Billy's other half and three quarters says:

      Seems like a nice boy.

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      • 14
        Anonymous says:

        Cameron = Black Wednesday = Disaster

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        • 22
          6EQUJ5 says:

          We had a Black Wednesday every week with that ‘kin idiot Gordon Brown.

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        • 24
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Black wednesday cost sbout 4-5 billion.

          Gordons gold sale eclipses that 3 times.

          (Labour agreed with Tories on ERM)

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          • Anonymous says:

            How much discounts on Council House / Flat sale cost?

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            Not on the “Blame Thatcher” mode again?

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          • Engineer says:

            A lot less than has been given away in ‘Housing Benefit’.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Housing Benefit on council houses goes back to the government. I also support the idea of stopping Housing Benefit after 10 years.

            But giving 50% discount was a stupid waste, these houses / flats could have been sold in the open market and most of these people could have been moved to areas like Hull where the price of on house in Westminster could have been used to build the entire street.

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          • Sir William Waad says:

            The council house sales saved an enormous amount of public money because it meant that the owners of the houses looked after them at their own cost, rather than the Council skimping on maintenance and then running up huge repair bills (or, in practice, dumping the properties on to the private sector).

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          • Anonymous says:

            If would have made billions if sold on the open market and ex tenants were given houses in areas like Hull, government could have even given it for free in areas like Hull.

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          • Engineer says:

            Anonymous, if you’ve been told once, you’ve been told a million times – don’t exaggerate.

            Most ex-council houses sold at full market value in the ’80s (when most were sold) would fetch about £10,000 to £20,000 apiece at most. Let’s say a million were sold (almost certainly an exaggeration). So that’s £20 billion at most, certainly not the £100 billion you claim. Also, remember that the taxpayer did get a payment for those sold, so the ‘loss’ to the taxpayer is significantly less than that.

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          • The Apothecary says:

            Why weren’t the receipts from council house sales used to build more council or housing association houses or flats. That way rents in the private sector wouldn’t have sky rocketed and house prices might have flatlined instead of constantly rising (in London at least).

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          • Anonymous says:

            Ex council flats in Westminster are changing hands for over one million even now. Just in Westminster 100 of billions were lost.

            Engineer, please don’t try to cover up what happened.

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          • Engineer says:

            Anonymous – In case you hadn’t noticed, most of the country isn’t in Westminster.

            In 1985, a three-bed semi in a normal northern town – nice area, not council estate – cost about £25,000. The council houses and flats were worth a lot less than that.

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            3 bed council semi up north: I bet theres some pushing £200k these days.

            But thats a pretty silly game to be playing. Presumably if they’d kept the houses for the past 25 years they wouldnt want to sell them now. And you could complain that they hadn’t sold them in 2005.

            It would be strange to want the councils to keep the houses for decades just to be able to make more now.

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        • 26
          Rat's arse says:

          Oh dear anonymong, it’s nice to see you’re on the ball as usual.

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      Meaty Bloomer says:

      Heard that Twigg bloke on the TV the other day. Came across as a very sensible and reasonable chap. He agrees with a lot that Gove is doing, not at all like his boss who opposes everything just for opposing’s sake.

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    • 42
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Wanker falls out with wonker.

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Your “eye and ears”
    Gordon Brown?

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    • 5
      School for scoundrels says:

      Is there enough people left in the world who haven’t ‘said something’ about Milliband, to fill all the labour party (and outlaying regions) Jobs?

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  3. 3
    Who nicked my foreskin? says:

    *giggles*

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  4. 6
    Dr. Fox says:

    Just call me if he needs a good vetting.

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  5. 7
    The Watson Watcher. says:

    Never mind this. What is Watson up to ??????

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  6. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    Leaf it out, you’re barking up the wrong tree.Twigg’s from a different branch.

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    • 9
      Smokin' Butt says:

      Not that old chestnet again, a very wooden delivery. I pine for better jokes…

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      • 15
        Engineer says:

        Well, wood you believe it. Could really do with someone competent at the ‘elm, not some willowy whippersnapper who hasn’t had their political cherry popped, ash it were…

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    • 16
      Col. Kernel's Mahogany Stump says:

      It’s acorny line, delivered by some bark and I’m knot that bothered whether I get to the root of this comment.

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    • 20
      Engineer says:

      Yew just get the feeling that Miliband’s team has more sawdust than stardust. He’s just not that poplar.

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      • 27
        Ed Wood Wood Wood says:

        He’s a sapling. You can quote me on that.

        *Waves at the adverts*

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          sockpuppet #4 says:

          I sometimes listen to “sorry I havent got a clue”, just because they seem to be enjoying themselves so much.

          I’d like to end up in a care home like that.

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      • 104
        The Observer says:

        Red Ed got a good roughing up on the PM show when asked why he had done nothing on lobbying when he “was in office”. Mair had done his homework and hand wringing Ed had to admit he could have done more and better.
        Of course in the follow up BBC news the soundbite was of Red Ed compaining of government inaction, not his admission to being an incapable pillock.

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  7. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Not a SpAd which are exclusive to government but a PAD (political advisor). Not that it really matters much.

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  8. 17
    Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    I would like to bet that Liam Fox fancies Alex as much as Stephen Twigg does.

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    • 37
      Balti dodger Catholic and proud says:

      Nope!
      too pretty
      Leanne likes big butch millitary types
      He even volunteered to do millitary examinations*
      Anybody here who has been stupid enough to take the queens shilling knows that you are examined by a middle aged GP(male) who gropes your balls

      Leanne Fox likes his men to be butch and shaven headed

      *When you are lucky you get a nurse(usualy a MILF)

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      Balti dodger Catholic and proud says:

      I bet the front bottom had a good shower and burnt his clothes afterwards
      I would also wager that frey bentos face and his entourage didnt cough up for the fare

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  10. 25
    Balti dodger Catholic and proud says:

    If you need “advice” chances are you are not up to a spot of thinking
    From the look of the twink methinks his only advice will be vaseline V’s KY
    If you want a hint vaseline is best for anal (man on woman) play that or e 45 (doesnt rot condoms)
    Q ueerze are probably different, they enjoy the risk of a good hard beaaar backing that may resilt in an arse injected death sentence..

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  11. 28
    Politicians are CUNTS says:

    and in other news, the bastard MPs have just given themselves 5 extra days off – because they were recalled during the summer

    that makes a total of 87 days off in the next year

    what is the point of these thieves????

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    • 33
      Sungei Patani says:

      The more holiday they have the less damage they can do.

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      • 47
        Balti dodger Catholic and proud says:

        And you can fuck off as well
        Who invited you here?
        Just what have you lot given us?????
        A book of smutty wank cartoons and curry, and now we are- thanks to frey bentos dave-about to see the first pound shop on the moon

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      Balti dodger Catholic and proud says:

      look on the positive side, if we didnt have them you wouldnt come here and no fucker would click on a virgin ad for a trip to las vegas nor spunk your wealth away with nation wide

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    • 38
      AC1 says:

      can they take another 360 days off? leaving us alone to get on with recovering the economy.

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  13. 32
    Another useless statistic says:

    “Straight” Catholics are the largest purchaser-group of KY Jelly, the water-based lubricant of choice for anal pleasure-seekers.
    This product is especially popular amongst the clergy. Bugger me if I know why.

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    • 44
      Balti dodger Catholic and proud says:

      Yeah its a dead give away in Boots
      The whiff of incense, the rosary the furtive looks

      Hail Mary, full of grace.
      Our Lord is with thee.
      Blessed art thou among women,
      and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
      Jesus.
      Holy Mary, Mother of God,
      pray for us sinners,
      now and at the hour of our death.
      Amen.( under our breath)
      12 pack of johnies and E45

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  14. 34
    that unpaid sub-editor says:

    “ding-dong going on between newly appointment”

    Dear oh dear.

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  15. 45

    That Kate Marley (moving from being Cameron’s diary secretary to the Cabinet Office) looks quite fit:

    http://tinyurl.com/6ad6vcy

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  16. 50
    Sir William Waad says:

    Twigg is going out on a limb?

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  17. 51
    +++BREAKING WIND+++ says:

    “UPDATE: Bigham denies the rift and expects to be appointed soon. ”

    Pheeww.

    *Stops moving stuff into the Anderson Shelter*

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  18. 58
    Fees Office Clerk says:

    Daily Mail frontpage headlines

    Monday: TORY MP EATS BABY ALIVE

    Tuesday: DAVE CLEANS NO 10 WHEELIE BIN WITH CHAMPAGNE

    Wednesday: TORY COST SAVING PLAN: BURY YOUR OWN DEAD

    Thursday: ED MILIBAND MAKES PMQS DAVE CRY

    Friday: TORIES SQUANDER BROWN LEGACY

    Saturday: XFACTOR SHOW SHOCKER TONIGHT

    Sunday: PETER ANDRE: HOW I NEARLY DIED

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  19. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Who stole our utilities? Tory traitors.

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    • 63
      Anonymous says:

      Define “Tory”, if you can.

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      • 65
        If you drove a stake through Delingpole's brain would his posts still arrive on time? says:

        I’m one of your laugh-a-minute, nominal Tories. Use me as a reference point.

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        • 74
          Can't think of anything to do with your life? says:

          … Just have a shit, describe what you see and get The Telegraph to pay for it.

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    • 67
      Well it's something says:

      I thought the Torys died when Camoron took power, a bit like Bliar and Liebour.

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      • 98
        Change we can believe in(snigger) says:

        I wish people would get the message Cameron is NOT Tory he is a LIBERAL Conservative…it’s like that deluded lad at the Labour Conference spouting on about this being the most vicious rright wing government ever…..Miliband really ought to cut out saying that it makes him look a bigger twat than he is

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    • 81
      Sir William Waad says:

      I sigh for the old days before privitisation, when the phones didn’t work, the tapwater was dirty and the trains ran when they felt like it.

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  20. 62
    Wes Streeting says:

    Tell me, city folk, are London Labour councils just holding pens for the next batch of MPs/rentboys?

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  21. 64
    Well it's something says:

    Who had 13years to nationalise them but carried on getting rid of companies owned by the people.

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  22. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Who cares you are all shit.

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  23. 68
    Politicians are CUNTS says:

    why are MPs debating their pensions for a few hours this afternoon?

    I thought IPSA was now responsible for pay and pensions of these hideous individuals so why are they using time to debate this – they could be arranging to get out of Libya or Afghanistan or providing the country with an EU referendum or sorting out the economy or ……

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  24. 69
    Well it's something says:

    Why the fck do they put Huhne on tv spouting sh*te, he’s the biggest turn off that this lot have.

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  25. 72
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( member in absentia ) says:

    BRITISH JOBS FOR BRITISH WORKERS !!!

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  26. 73
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Dowler Walter Mitty Miliband still hasn’t twigged on.
    Ed you really are a loser.

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  27. 76
    Jasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    When you’re a useless, wankstain cu’nt like Ed, it pays to have a thin skin

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  28. 86
    nell says:

    Oh Dear.

    prone to fly into rages if people don’t agree with him, likes to surround himself with yes men and given to making grandiose announcements about transient issues, which achieve nothing.

    He really is looking and behaving more and more like gordon brown junior everyday.

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  29. 87
    A turd dressed up in a Bow. says:

    It is the same crap but in different packaging. Labour are style over substance. That’s all Bliar ever was. A nice little package with a crap product inside. Bliar is a c’unt.

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  30. 91
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  31. 94
    Matthew Amawillywally says:

    OT – Russell Grant predicting future on Steve Wright’s show NOW!

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    • 97
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Yes it’s coming through now and I’m not even watching SW show.
      The financial down turn will continue but things will get better in a few years. This winter will be cold. Tomorrow is Tuesday. Incredible, how does Grant do it.

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  32. 96
    Edinburgh is an illiberal shithole that I can't wait to leave. says:

    So Twigg isn’t against Free schools. I should think so too. Labour failed with its edukashyon, educateshon, edushiton policy. Some of second &third world countries were in danger of overtaking the UK ed system in the international polls.

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  33. 103
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Who’s a pretty boy, then? Still, at least Twiggy is making his Werritty official.

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  34. 107
    You can go your own way. says:

    I feel quite cheery tonight having had two facts confirmed that I long suspected by the splendid Radio 4

    1) The European market is today just a minnow in global trade and to lock ourselves into it would be like chaining ourselves to a dead body.

    2) By encouraging the Eurozone to set up a fiscal union, is basically Britain saying you are free to go your own way while we go ours.

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    • 108
      You can go your own way. says:

      For goodness sake Guido “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” has just spoilt that sense of elation. WHY moderate that post?

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  35. 109
    lordclifton says:

    He works in PR and Communications, you say? He needs to work on his written presentation skills judging by the apostrophe shocker in his LinkedIn profile!

    “Communications professional with ten year’s experience”

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  36. 113
    Mrs Miniver says:

    For an ordinary person like me, the idea that Twigg – or anyone – would want to identify with Blair and his most terrible crimes and deceits is beyond understanding.

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  37. 114
    Clem says:

    Alex Bingham is a thoroughly unpleasant man – I speak as a former member of the Stockwell Labour Party and so had the misfortune to sit in meetings with him. He has absolutely no charm and cannot see the light side in anything. He is the identikit Blairite politican with no redeeming features or original thoughts. Twigg would do well to stay well away from him.

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