October 24th, 2011

Clegg SpAd James McGrory Accused of Leaking Cam Kids Story

A good rule of thumb when feeding negative stories to the press about a Prime Minister, whose administration you work in, is not to do it from the office phone. A mighty row has blown up in Downing Street after a leak hunt has found the Deputy Prime Minister’s spokesman up to his neck in it after giving the Mirror a story about the Cameron and Osborne children playing in the Rose Garden. The Mail on Sunday reported the row yesterday without naming James McGrory as the leaker…

Cameron hit the roof and his staff got in Scotland Yard to trace the leak. McGrory’s study looks out over the Rose Garden and his phone made three calls to the Mirror just before they put a call in to Downing Street for a comment. On the day that Clegg announces that he is going to spend half a million on seven new LibDem SpAds across Whitehall, he should probably start thinking about an eighth…


  1. 1
    the most hated poster on here! says:


    all politicons.

  2. 2
    Pratt Detector says:

    who gives a running f**k?

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    According to a poll of Conservative party members for ConservativeHome, 72% of members want their MP to vote for the EU referendum.

    More significantly, 64% of them said they doubted David Cameron’s commitment to repatriating powers from the EU.

    Tim Montgomerie, the ConservativeHome editor, says this is “very significant and troubling” for the prime minister.


  4. 4
    jabbathecat says:

    LibDims shown up to be the frenemy in the coalition again?

  5. 5
    Ah! Monika says:

    Follow the money. How much is the Mirror ” slipping him ” for this gossip.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t Cameron hire a British one? What do the kids think of uncle Osborne and his kinky sex life? Will you live next door to a guy like this?

  7. 7
    Gordon Snubs ED's Labour says:

    It’s Official.

    Gordon shuns the Labour party to talk to predators.

    Labour Party conference 25th to 29th September.

    26th September Gordon flies to Singapore to speak to Temasek Holdings. Temasek also paid his £12,752.17 travel expenses.

    Can’t blame him though, I’d much rather go to Singapore than Liverpool.


  8. 8
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire! says:

    A female golfer returned to the clubhouse in distress she told the pro she had been stung by a wasp between 1st and 2nd hole. He replied prehaps your stance is to wide

  9. 9
    what a waste says:

    Interesting…the SpAd for a deputy PM earns about £68000.
    The SpAd for the Minister of Culture in the Northern Ireland Assembly earns around £90000 … and is a convicted IRA murderer.

    Ever get the feeling your hard earned money is being pissed away by politicians at Westminster and in the devolved talking shops?

  10. 10

    I think we might have an Election coming soon.

    Then again, it is more that possible that someone might just get so depressed that they will take matters into their own hands and try and Off someone at the top.

    I, for one, don’t think I could sit on a jury hearing the trial of someone who did that and honestly give a verdict, I would more over want to slap the guy on the back and say, ‘I know how you feel’.

  11. 11
    charmer says:

    I already know cameron likes dead kids. Thjree wars a couple of mongos its just tthe way it is. Man likes death. Eapoecially the death of freedom.

  12. 12
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    What the hell do these SpAds actually do, apart from cause trouble and cost us all millions a year? Most of them appear to be children, and cannot possibly have any expertise about government work that an experienced civil servant does not.

  13. 13
    MB. says:

    Spying on young children, don’t the police have a special department to investigate cases of that?

  14. 14
    nell says:

    £500,000 on 7 more libdum spads!!!

    What are they going to be doing? – beyond spying on kids having a bit of harmless fun in the garden.

    Oh and who pays for that mobile phone of his that he phoned the mirror on 3 times?

    Have they sacked him yet? If not why not!

  15. 15
    Ah! Monika says:

    Do take time out to read the first “seen elsewhere” opposite

  16. 16
    nell says:

    I do! He’s being paid taxpayers money for this trash behaviour.

  17. 17

    Are there any hanging baskets in the Rose Garden? Because there should be…

  18. 18
  19. 19
    nell says:

    If he’s done it this time you can bet he’s done it before. They need to be checking his bank account.

  20. 20
    Airey Belvoir says:

    You don’t seem to be a member of the human race, Charmer. So fuck off.

  21. 21
    les says:

    And Montgomerie is making sure of that!

  22. 22
    Sophie says:

    So a Yellow Labour non job calls a failing Red Labour paper to tell tales on Blue Labour children?

    I see.

  23. 23
    the most hated poster on here! says:

    Old news (well at least two weeks old)

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Our Hague is leading the charge. He looks confused as usual.

  25. 25
    AC1 says:

    Looks like the subhuman called p43do-shorts is back.

  26. 26
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    Did any one see the Pictures of Sirte on Sky. Someone has bombed the F–k out of it. Its been left as just a pile of rubble.
    That must have been the Libyan defenders of Ghadaffi putting up a bit of resistance. I wonder what is going on in TRIPOLI. The international State sponsored Press machine have went very Quite lately on the subject.
    I hope this isn’t going to turn out to be another IRAQ.

  27. 27
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Yellow is a highly appropriate colour for the Lib Dems

  28. 28
    Taxpayer says:

    The man clearly doesn’t have anything important to do. Sack him and do not replace him.

  29. 29
    Blind Man says:

    I don’t, to me their all the same.

  30. 30
    Conservative at past General Elections says:

    These are the dysfunctional scumbags denying the people a vote on Europe.

  31. 31
    Hugh Janus says:

    Just one more indication (how many do we need?) that the yellow-bellies simply cannot handle power.

  32. 32
    They are not so different from the Stasi in some respects says:

    They have a special department to encourage it, to recruit child spies and have them dob in their parents.

    It is called the ‘Prevent’ programme.

  33. 33
    Hugh Janus says:

    Yes, every single day that passes. Power corrupts….

  34. 34
    A Colour Blind Man says:

    So do I and they’re still all the same

  35. 35
    Engineer says:

    “Children seen playing in garden” – Shock, horror.

    Clearly far more newsworthy that the fate of the Euro.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t know, but the Lib Dems do.

  37. 37
    Calamity Clegg says:

    FibDems backstabbers too !! Who would have thought it ?

  38. 38
    BillyBob... says:

    I do….. the LD’s are f8cking odious..

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    The SNP attack on Gordon over this is not old news. It only occured 2 days ago. Took them long enough to get roubd to it though. Perhaps the Scotch parliament has a responsibility too?

  40. 40
    Ah! Monika says:

    Let’s hope that this is the last of coalitions.

  41. 41
    WVM says:

    Will someone ask Cameron, Red Ed and Clegg why I and millions of others can’t have a vote on Europe.

    I want to know WHY!

  42. 42
    BillyBob... says:

    I suspect the Tories have known for months that the LD’s are leaking info to their bassie mates in Labour and the Kremlin.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    I thought this thread was about a special advisor ringing the Mirror with a stupid story about children playing in a garden .

  44. 44
    BillyBob... says:

    Oops, should read, bessie mates…

  45. 45
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Was the guy christened Richard Head, and then changed his name by deed poll.

  46. 46
    BillyBob... says:

    Would that be the whiter than white Mirror ?

  47. 47
    Duty Pedant says:

    You illiterate bastard, just fuck off. CBEEBIES should be on shortly (although on reflection this may be rather advanced for you).

  48. 48
    BillyBob... says:


  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Why isnt there a moderator on here, this comment by “charmer” is vile.

  50. 50
    British Spring says:

    Hague is a fun guy but, as his record shows, he is not really a leader.

  51. 51
    Spank Sinatra says:

    What a waste of money – tossers!

  52. 52
    Ah! Monika says:

    Time to call them in again?????

    RAT catchers descended on Downing Street yesterday – and went straight to George Osborne’s house.
    The extermination firm was sent in to lay traps in the Chancellor’s garden after TV news clips caught the pests scurrying between No10 and No11.
    A rat was first seen running past political correspondent Gary O’Donoghue on the BBC news. It made a second appearance on ITN.
    A spokesman for Westminster council said: “When a rodent is reported we investigate and Downing Street is no exception.”

  53. 53
    AC1 says:

    The Muslim Brotherhood is taking power.

  54. 54
    Cicero says:

    These SpAds are just kids without any experience at all, so how on earth can they be called Advisors, let alone Special?

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    my thoughts exactly ! watching kids playing is a bit worrying in a young man.

  56. 56
    Keeping me nut down Guido, Keeping me nut down. says:

    Because we might vote the wrong way.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    That is an irresponsible thing to say, i think YOU need to see a Dr.

  58. 58
    Sir William Waad says:

    Who’s worst? McGrory for spreading this non-story, the press for taking it up, or the public for reading it?

  59. 59
    pissed off voter says:


    most of our honourable members have made public statements on the EU referendum and/or EU membership so how about a thread inviting your audience to submit relevant quotes fom their own MPs. Should be quite revealing when linked to how they vote today.

    Might also be interesting to note those who vote against a referendum and also happened to be expense cheats. No doubt their constituents would find that informative

  60. 60
    Sir William Waad says:

    “The SNP has launched an attack on former prime minister Gordon Brown for failing to clear up radioactive contamination in his constituency.”

    What’s he supposed to do Mr Scottish Nazi Party? Go out with a geiger counter and a poop-scoop?

  61. 61
    WVM says:

    Guido Fawkes caught on camera dealing with a BBC TV Licencing goon.

  62. 62
  63. 63
    nell says:

    Look simon hughes has already told you, you voting fodder person ,

    Now Is Not The Time.

    They are the only five words he and his fellow europhile mp’s know, but they intend to keep on saying them until we believe them.

    What I want to know is , if now is not the time, when is the time?

    Because I want a say on how many more £billions British taxpayers are going to pour down the EU drain.

  64. 64
    pissed off voter says:

    it probably is irresponsible but it probably also reflects a wider opinion.

  65. 65
    nell says:

    Yes but how much did it cost us the taxpayer for No.10 to bring in the metropolitan police and investigate and find out who the culprit plus all that lost staff time in downing street during the ensuing upheaval?

  66. 66

    Is the a reflection of the Wholly Trinity again?

  67. 67
  68. 68
    T. Jones says:

    Get you Shirley

  69. 69
    Hugh Janus says:

    And we would then be rewarded immediately with another vote, until we got it right…

  70. 70
    Hugh Janus says:

    Excellent idea. So much pitiful bullshit to read, and all in one place.

  71. 71
    Displace Brummie says:

    Message to James McGrory:

    You aren’t in opposition any more, you stupid hoon. Pissing, inside the tent, with your flaps closed, is not the way forward. Not if you want to keep your job, that is…

  72. 72
    Fancy a shag? says:

    She would be very welcome to manipulate my data any time.

  73. 73
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire! says:

    Just got this email from William Hague

    “May I book a 121 with you?”

    Any advice ?

  74. 74
    Euwww says:

    Didn’t that Gaddafi guy refuse his people a vote for 30+ years?

  75. 75
    Airstrip One Command says:

    Don’t you worry your head about that. We know better than you. We are the special ones.

  76. 76
    Common Market says:

    The Last time we had a vote it was on a common market in June 1975.


  77. 77
    Great Granddad says:

    “Cameron hit the roof and his staff got in Scotland Yard to trace the leak.”

    If that’s true it’s abuse of office. This is the real story here.

  78. 78
    Discretion is the Better Part of Valour says:

    Don’t use the minibar

  79. 79
    Mister B.ob W.aters says:

    Email your MP, my MP (soon to have boundary redrawn) has responded to me over the weekend, still don’t fully understand, but at least he has been warned that he has lost my vote.

    3 main parties must feel our frustration at the electoral opportunity

  80. 80
    nell says:

    I see the SkyNews poll ‘ Is this the time to think about leaving the EU?’ has an 85% Yes to a 15% No.

    That 85% can’t all be tory voters can it?

  81. 81
    Terrible But True says:

    What the heck is the function of these SpAds, why are we paying for them and how much again?

    Especially as they seem to being recruited from kindergarden with the brains and moral compass of a sea cucumber.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    It is if you are still in the Conservative Party.

  83. 83
    It's me again says:

    In what way is Hague a fun-guy?

    Is the cabinet secretary a fun-gus?

    Is he a mushroom?

    I shall not mention a toads-tool in this respect Willy.

  84. 84
    Great Granddad says:

    Cameron’s the worst for dragging in the police to intervene in a non criminal matter. The Met is not, or at least should not be, at the private beck and call of the Prime Minister.

  85. 85
    Let's not over-egg the faux indignation says:

    I don’t think so. His children’s safety is a matter for legitimate concern.

  86. 86
    Terrible But True says:

    No, especially when, according to most media, 99% of ‘us’ are camping in Finsbury Square.


  87. 87
    Floating Voter says:

    Of course not. I haven’t voted Tory in years and I want a referendum.

  88. 88
    Handycock the Hobbitt says:

    I am working hard to bring Russia and it’s allies into the European Union which will be for the good of us all. All this dissent over European membership is ridiculous, we should all be good Europeans. Follow my example and all will be well. Off for a Council of Europe meeting soon in Eastern Europe where I will be pressing my inclusive polices, especially on their young women. Boaz

  89. 89
    Hugh Janus says:

    And perhaps another suggestion Guido – publish the names of all those MPs who failed to vote for the motion, so that we may show our undying appreciation of their efforts at the next election.

  90. 90
    The British Public says:

    Message to everyone in Parliament:

    The tent could quite easily fly off in a hurricane.

  91. 91
    Anonymous says:

    The police should bill the idiot who called them in.

  92. 92
    pissed off voter says:

    Remind me again, does he work for

    the Nick Clegg who said “I pledge to vote against any increase in (student) fees in the next parliament and to pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative”

    or does he work for

    the Nick Clegg who said “But whether you agree with Europe or not, it is
    vital that you and the British people have a say in a real EU referendum.”

  93. 93
    pissed off voter says:

    wear metal knickers

  94. 94
    Elvis says:

    You twat.The best part of you dribbled down your mother’s legs.

  95. 95
    B.S. Slinger, official spokesperson on all matters SpAd says:


    SpAd: McGrory & co. acting in their official capacity

    SpAzz: McGrory & co. when not actually acting in their official capacity

  96. 96
    pissed off voter says:

    I think you overestimate their capabilities.

  97. 97
    Katya says:

    Where abouts in Eastern Europe are you going to Mike? My dad wants to know.

  98. 98
    pissed off voter says:

    And Cameron would, no doubt, classify those as cast-iron guarantees.

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Lib Dems just showing their true colours.

  100. 100
    Snotrocket says:

    And do you think, TbT, that if the happy campers outside St Paul’s were actually Countryside Alliance, that the police wouldn’t have moved them on – with judicious force – by now?
    WTF have these ‘anti-capitalists got going for them that the police have not moved them on for causing a road block?
    And why doesn’t the Dean of St Paul’s instigate legal proceedings against the campers for causing him a loss of income?

  101. 101
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Clegg was going to lock the gates of Westminster until politics was cleaned up.. How long will the gates be shut FFS? Is this not the same smear tactics used by friends of Balls and Brown? Horrible insidious lot.

    It looks like he is right in the mix with his colleagues, those who ry to give penalty points away, those who brief against other ministers, those who buy their partners houses, those who have affairs with spies and text sex messages in the other. Get rid of the Lie Dumbs ASAP.

  102. 102
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    I always wondered why The British and American establishment hated Muslims, Then I found out that these God fearing people have a dim view of practising Homosexuals. It all started to make a bit of sense. I forgot they also hold great faith in the family, might be another reason they are hated.

  103. 103
    Sandalista says:

    I think it might be special as in “Special Needs”.

  104. 104
    Sandalista says:

    Well, unlike the previous government, he’s not been arrested so far.

  105. 105
    Nu Attack Dog says:

    I hope you’re joking? She looks like Jackie Stallone in drag.

  106. 106
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Lib Dumbs the NASTY party!

  107. 107
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Good one, whether its the real Bill or his sockpuppet.

  108. 108
    Rat's arse says:

    Charmer – YOU ARE A NASTY, NAUSEATING, POOR EXCUSE for a human being. You parents should have been sterilised. B.a.s.t.a.r.d.

  109. 109
    Mon Dieu says:

    and who is going to pay for all these unnecessary useless extra people?

  110. 110
    Mon Dieu says:

    The Council of Europe has precisely fuck all to do with the EU, you plank. How many more times do you need telling?

  111. 111
    Yum Sing says:

    Temasek is the Singapore Govt commercial arm. Do you think this ultra capitalist island state is pondering going socialist?

  112. 112
    Yum Sing says:

    Sea cucumbers have great health benefits. Google and see.

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    Charmer, I don’t use the word often, but you are quite simply a Hunt.

  114. 114
    Number 10's cat says:

    Settle down folks. It’s only the duty liebour troll doing his thing.
    He gets a bonus depending on how many folks bite

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