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…


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

    Scum!

    all politicons.

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    • 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.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/oct/24/eu-referendum-commons-vote-live-coverage

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      • 17

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

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      • 21
        les says:

        And Montgomerie is making sure of that!

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        • 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.

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      • 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 .

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    • 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?

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 53
          AC1 says:

          The Muslim Brotherhood is taking power.

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          • 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.

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  2. 2
    Pratt Detector says:

    who gives a running f**k?

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  3. 4
    jabbathecat says:

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

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    • 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.

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      • 44
        BillyBob... says:

        Oops, should read, bessie mates…

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      • 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

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  4. 5
    Ah! Monika says:

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

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  5. 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.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/111017/brown_rt-hon-gordon.htm

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    • 111
      Yum Sing says:

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

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  6. 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

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  7. 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?

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  8. 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’.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 13
    MB. says:

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

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    • 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.

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    • 36
      Anonymous says:

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

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    • 55
      Anonymous says:

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

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  11. 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!

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  12. 15
    Ah! Monika says:

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

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      the most hated poster on here! says:

      Old news (well at least two weeks old)

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      • 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?

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    • 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?

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  14. 22
    Sophie says:

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

    I see.

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  15. 27
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Yellow is a highly appropriate colour for the Lib Dems

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  16. 28
    Taxpayer says:

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

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  17. 30
    Conservative at past General Elections says:

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

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  18. 31
    Hugh Janus says:

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

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  19. 35
    Engineer says:

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

    Clearly far more newsworthy that the fate of the Euro.

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  20. 37
    Calamity Clegg says:

    FibDems backstabbers too !! Who would have thought it ?

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  21. 40
    Ah! Monika says:

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

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  22. 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!

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

      Because we might vote the wrong way.

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    • 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.

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    • 75
      Airstrip One Command says:

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

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    • 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

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  23. 45
    genghiz the kahn says:

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

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  24. 51
    Spank Sinatra says:

    What a waste of money – tossers!

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  25. 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.”

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  26. 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?

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  27. 59
    pissed off voter says:

    Guido

    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

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    • 70
      Hugh Janus says:

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

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    • 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.

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  28. 61
    WVM says:

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

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    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…

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  31. 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 ?

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  32. 74
    Euwww says:

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

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  33. 76
    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.

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    • 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.

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  34. 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?

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    • 86
      Terrible But True says:

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

      Apparently.

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      • 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?

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    • 86
      Floating Voter says:

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

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  35. 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.

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  36. 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.”

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  37. 95
    B.S. Slinger, official spokesperson on all matters SpAd says:

    Disambiguation:

    SpAd: McGrory & co. acting in their official capacity

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

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  38. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Lib Dems just showing their true colours.

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