November 22nd, 2011

Bung to Burnham Buys Backing

When is a smear not a smear? Simple answer, when it’s the truth. A spokesman for Andy Burnham has called the complaint made about his conduct to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner a “weak smear”. What do you think?

Back in May, while he was still the Shadow Education Secretary, Andy Burnham tabled an amendment to the Education Bill that would require all secondary school pupils have access to independent careers advice. If it had been accepted, it would have been a replacement for the cuts to the “Connexions” service. He admitted it would cost £200 million.

Guess who had been pushing for this idea – Unison:

“Careers services for young people in England are being slashed by up to 50% which could lead to 8,000 job losses, the public services union Unison says. Cuts in grants to local authorities for youth services could mean one in four staff at Connexions careers advice services lose their jobs, it says.”

What a strange coincidence… or perhaps not. Burnham took a grand from the union in May 2010 and crucially again at the end of Febuary 2011,  just weeks before he joined in with their campaign to save “Connexions”. And what a strange coincidence that Burnham did not declare this donation when tabling the amendment, despite it being given in such a recent period of time. The matter has been reported to John Lyons and it seems a pretty open and shut case – there was no declaration at the time the amendment went down, despite the rules being very clearThere has always been a perception that the unions have Labour by the balls, but this lot are proving the assertion beyond any doubt…


  1. 1
    Fake Bowden says:

    Ho ho, You couldnt make it up.

    politicons=corruption=hanging offence

    • 4
      Andy Burnham says:

      Seven inches.

      • 12
        Stafford Hospital Victim says:

        About time he got what he deserves.

        • 48
          Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          I lick my new name and will be keepin it for at lest the rest of the day. Thanks to all my screenlickin freinds who back me against the sock pupets fakerers. I luvs it here. I lick to be a star.

        • 136
          Philip McArthur says:

          Nothing will happen. He is Labour so being subjected to the rules, regulations and even the Law do not apply. Just wait and see it will all go away.

      • 119
        Iloathlefties says:

        These corrupt bastards never learn and Lyons lets them get away with it. He’s not there to keep them in line but to find excuses for them.

        • 151
          Institutionalised corruption says:

          Lyons and the “office” he holds is just a firewall to protect them from Police investigations.

    • 7
      NeverRed says:

      labour = money grabbing scum who couldn’t do a decent, honest days work.

      • 25
        Labour's fiscal policy in a nutshell says:

        You do all the work, we take all the wages.

      • 39
        M says:

        And Come the next election labour will be trying to bribe the electorate with unaffordable spending plans so they can spend the next 5 ripping the country off to pay back the union fat cats

        ( sorry doesn’t include paying back the union members who’ve paid in to support the fat cat union bosses for years on end )

    • 15
      Jabba the Cat says:

      Isn’t Burnham the little prick who wears mascara and eye shadow?

      • 20
        seven manly inches says:

        Less of the little eh?

      • 188
        East Midlander says:

        Ask his former landlord ” What state did your tenant and his live in lover leave the rented flat”. Possible answer , in a shit state absolutely filthy, it will cost me at least £500:00 to pay cleaners to come in and give it a thorough cleaning. NB the taxpayer paid the rent through his expense claims. My question is how often does he change his underwear?

    • 19
      Neil Hamilton says:

      Cash For Questions

      • 43
        Mike Litorus says:

        I’m pretty sure “Cash for changes to the law” is a bit more serious than cash for asking questions. think i might report them as a crime on the Met Plods website…

        • 79
          Go For It says:

          Well done. I don’t see how the cops could avoid having to investigate your allegations.

          It’sa shame the sunlight center does not do the same. Using Parliamentary channels to make a complaint only results in copious amounts of whitewash.

      • 154
        4 Labour Lords a Leaping says:

        Your nothing but an Amatuer Hamilton, never mind cash for questions we offer cash for actual legislation. Now thats more bang for your buck!

    • 35
      Engineer says:

      Cash for ammendments, eh? What happened to Lords Truscott et. al. when they were caught bang to rights taking cash for ammendments a couple of years ago?

      • 89
        Parliamentary Standards Commissioner says:

        I will investigate this complaint and report back in six months time that I do not have the powers to investigate it. Boaz.

        • 96
          Chris Huhne and Mike Handycock says:

          Well said Commissioner. Your integrity and devotion to duty inspire all us Members of Parliament, and are a shining beacon of justice for the wider public opinion. Jahbulon.

          • Grand Master, Grand Lodge, the Strand says:

            Well said boys. looks like we have got it all sown up again. If the general public knew what really goes on, we would all be linched eh? One law for them and one for us what? Boaz.

          • Grumpy Old Man says:


          • Margaret Thatcher says:

            Lynched, after being hung drawn and quartered and their balls chopped off. The institutional corruption going on in this country now is worse than that going on in the Roman empire under Caligula. That crooked twats like Handycock, Hunhne, Uddin etc can thrive and get rich in our system, says it all. It is time we got out on the streets like the Egyptians and Syrians. F*ck em.

          • Former Naval Person says:

            Well Handycock – what about Parliamentary Questions – those submitted by your Russian assistant in your name (disposition of our nuclear submarines etc..). Perhaps the going rate was a shag per question?

    • 106
      Disliker of Bankers says:

      A weak smear? It takes one to know one.

  2. 2
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    A weak can be a long time when you’re bricking yourself like Burnham will be.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke though.

    I never had him down as a taker – just a left wing trougher! :)

    • 17
      I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

      A ‘weak’? I’m glad to see you’re emulating the mostly appalling grammar and spelling on Guido’s otherwise superb blog. Well done, Geoffrey!

  3. 3
    Fake Bowden says:

    Just o add i wonder if the BBC will run with this?

    especailly when party funding is making the news.

    • 7
      The BBC says:


    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      Sure the BBC bods will run with this…

      …. away from the television cameras as fast as their legs will carry them.

    • 97
      BBC Political Commentator says:

      you have to be kidding. Now if this was a Tory who took 10 quid from the petty cash there would be a newsnight fucking special.

      • 170
        Captain Louis Reynaud says:

        Newsnight? Who would have thought the BBC would have employed a Guardian journalist as its new political editor. I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

        • 189
          East Midlander says:

          Captain Sir, I am surprised that you are surprised that you did not realize that if you are Left Wing and under qualified but sleeping with a dedicated Socialist you are very suitable to be associated with a programme watched by at least 60,000 viewers

  4. 5
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Job creation scheme – for the bruvvers or paymasters.

    Why not just rename Labour as Unite-Ed.

  5. 6
    A Student. says:

    Guido can’t believe that you would want to continue petty slander against a right honourable member of parliament especially after the stirling work that his party did in the creation of a new Great Britain. Honestly you will be smearing Gordon Browns economic credentials next. chortle chortle.

  6. 9
    Dudley Zoo says:

    I wonder where Peter Mandelstone has got his money from

  7. 10
    50 Calibre says:

    Not much of a surprise, but nice to see the bugger nailed.

    • 100
      BBC and Guardian Political Commentator says:

      Err excuse me we will determine that thank you very much.

      NEXT! hope its a Tory

  8. 13
    Anon says:

    You are probably putting the kibosh on Labour politcians attending the November 30th demonstration Guido.

    Was looking forward to the dregs of society making an app e arence that day

    • 31
      Tessa Tickles says:

      November 30th is a really stupid day to have a strike. If the numpties had called it for November 28th, they would have had a three-day weekend.

  9. 14
    Labour=Corruption says:

    Cash for questions.

  10. 18
    Jimmy says:

    So he tabled an amendment to replace connexions after receiving a donation from a union which didn’t want it replaced?

    If it’s bribery then they’re pretty crap at it.

  11. 23
    Ed Balls says:

    The thought of Andy Burnham taking bungs makes me weep.

  12. 26
    Fake Bowden says:

    More Bunga Bunga scandal!

    Cheaper to use the gunpowder option

  13. 29
    Steve Miliband says:

    So Alan Partridge is about to moralise to a Public Enquiry?

    • 36
      annette curton says:

      I jolly well hope nell will be ringing in to Radio Norfolk to complain.

    • 42
      Desperate Dan says:

      Another aging has-been down on his luck on the lookout for a handout from NI if his no-win-no-fee “media” solicitor can swing it.

    • 74
      The Paragnostic says:

      He’ll probably turn up as Paul Calf.

      Now that would be fun.

      • 92
        The Paragnostic says:

        Just seen him – and he has turned up as Paul Calf, in his “defendant” suit. Fucking students.

        • 128
          Disliker of Bankers says:

          I had to larf at the response of th Daily/Sunday Smail to Hugh’s barrage against them. Good on you Hugh. Do they think they are that important – daft question. They are the excrement of our society.

  14. 30
    annette curton says:

    “What a strange coincidence… or perhaps not”… Freudian slip Guido?, or then again perhaps not.

  15. 31
    albacore says:

    Be careful, Fawkes. One of these days you might come across a Parliamentarian who’s not a complete oily toe-rag – and your meagre frame might not withstand the shock.
    They do say that anything’s possible.

  16. 34
    Andy Burnham says:

    I have NOT and have never worn eye-liner.

    • 41
      annette curton says:

      Every time I see you I just get a vision of Richard Hillman (the serial killer out of Coronation Street).

      • 56
        Andy Bungham says:

        Was Richard Hillman a short arse as well?

        • 77
          Jeff Tracy says:

          He can’t fly T1 to save his fucking ass – keeps demolishing the diving board on the way out and scraping the paintwork when he tries to park it.

    • 46
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Oh yeah?

      • 60
        annette curton says:

        Lol… Sources at the BBC came to his aid, saying the only cosmetics he had on was the face powder used to prevent studio guests looking shiny. Pity make up department failed to come up with anything to stop him looking slimy.

        • 76
          The Paragnostic says:

          If they’ve got this special matt face powder, how come they never use it on Rusty Dave? He always looks like he’s about to get nicked for stealing from the tuck shop – sweating like a fat lass in a disco.

          • Anon says:


            Nothing like a Sheen.

          • annette curton says:

            Mandelson used specially imported morticians wax, but fortunately he seems to disappeared from our TV screens of late but you might still catch the Curse of the Mummy on Film 4.

          • annette curton says:

            Mandelson used specially imported morticians wax, but fortunately he seems to disapp8ared from our TV screens of late but you might still catch the Curse of the Mummy on Film 4.

          • fucky nell says:

            I’ve always been a chubby chaser – I think he’s fucking gorgeous

  17. 40
    Silvio's mate Tone says:

    Labour is the Bunga bunga party.

  18. 44
    Titford Hat says:

    Hurrah for Priti Patel! (see quote of the day)

    • 47
      Desperate Dan says:

      I can’t read all that. Its not pithy enough.

    • 49
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Boo for Priti Patel! (she claimed £5,000 expenses in 2 months. Including £2.6K for a frigging website.)

      They just don’t get it.

      • 75
        Gonk says:

        That is a bit of a shocker. They get well paid with ample provision
        for staff. What on earth are they playing at ?

  19. 59
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Funny how the opposition are all cribbing about the “swingeing” cuts to public sector jobs.

    These must be the pointless jobs they created in the first place to get people to vote for them.

  20. 67
    Ed is a loser. says:

    If Ed is serious about winning the next election he needs to distance himself and his party from the trade unions. Srong leader ship and the whiter than white approach is required.

    None of of the current Labour MP antics will stop die hard Labour supporters from voting Labour but it will put off the silent majority and without them on side he does not stand a cat in hell’s chance.

    The man he ridiculed at the last Labour conference, Tony Blair, understood this and won them a record three terms of office. At this rate Ed will not win them even one term.

    • 90
      Tory High Command says:

      Shhhhhh, we don’t want Liebore to replace him.

    • 108
      Selohesra says:

      Alternatively he could just ask the BBC to keep up the 24/7 proganda

    • 120
      BBC bias says:

      Daily Politics today was devoted to advising Ed on his image, bringing in PR advisors etc, all at Licence Fee expense.

      Amazing how they have wiped Brown from their memories. The considered opinion of the ‘Brand Managers’? Bring in brother David to make up for his total lack of credibility.

  21. 70
    Albert Hall says:

    Guido your alliteration works wonders on winkling out w*****s.

  22. 71
    Egypt going global - bedwetters beware says:

  23. 73
    Presentation says:

    Alan Partridge could have at least combed his hair for his big day in court.

    • 83
      Anonymous says:

      The NOTW don’t deny hacking his phone. What is this adding?

      And, Coogan WAS having affairs and taking drugs. What is his complaint?

      • 93
        Desperate Dan says:

        Coogan sees this as an audition. He’s hoping for a leading part in an overblown melodrama as a seedy, self-obsessed, self-important, middle aged lothario in need of cash.

        • 103
          The Paragnostic says:

          He’s pitching for a part in the next series of Shameless, from the look of him. Frank Gallagher’s long lost brother, perhaps?

      • 98
        just saying says:

        It gives him and people like Hugh Grant some welcome publicity and the chance to play the victim.
        Whilst everyone has sympathy for the Dowlers, no-one gives a shit about actors or footballers who court publicity and then complain when their seedy private lives are exposed.

      • 102
        Anonymous says:

        Who cares who Coogan was shagging, NOTW could still have had the decency to investigate these claims sneakily and behind his back without hacking his phone.

      • 172
        CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

        It seems these so-called “celebs” on want the press to print stories that massage their precious egos. The fact that many of them are selfish, drug addled, promiscuous shits that’s totally opposite to the image they like to project to the public is beside the point.

        Let’s face it, most of those who inhabit the world of showbusiness and sport are shallow egotists who use, then discard others on their way up the greasy pole. I doubt there are many you would cross the street to talk with if you knew their real personalities.

        It seems that Coogan would like to see the introduction of a privacy law that would allow him to veto a negative story about him with just a phone call from a lackey. Was it me, or did Leveson seem very interested in that concept?

    • 87
      The Godfather says:

      Is Partridge yet another whinging Lefty?

      Ooh he’s just used the Mafia word. A mate of Tom watson?

      • 127
        Tommy Da Meatball Watson. says:

        Sure I hang around with Mr Partridge and lots of other film stars who want to become famous, it helps them get in the papers. Being seen with me must be great for them.

    • 109
      E-male says:

      Are you watching it, Ewa?

    • 155
      DCI Brian Lane, ret. says:

      THIS Coogan would have lit up the hearing, I guarantee you!
      I know I’m an annoying anorak, but my wife loves me anyway.

  24. 95
    BBC Political Commentator says:

    When it’s a Tory then come back and tell us and we will front page it. In the meantime I’m off for lunch

  25. 99
    Fake Bowden says:
    • 105
      The Paragnostic says:

      Do they have a special section for veterans of Obama Beach? I know of one partially sighted historian with a history of supporting our troops who’d be ideal to lead it…

      • 111
        Tax Payer says:

        Join the party who’s leaders sent them to illegal wars in the first place?

        • 126
          Tessa Tickles says:

          Yep. The Party that put the troops into Snatch Landrovers and left them to die.

          I’m sure a lot of maimed former soldiers are going to sign-up. Not.

      • 181
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        I have nothing. But praise for our troops.

    • 109
      Boo Boo Brown says:

    • 135
      Thomas 2 Para says:

      I am getting an itchy trigger finger just thinking about The Labour Party – still just £1 to slaughter the lot of them?

      I would pay that and much more.

    • 139
      Sir Gerry Pending says:

      Can you imagine any former forces who’d want to be friends with them after being sent to Afghanistan with pee shooters and cardboard boots and tanks.

  26. 104
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Oh dear . Leveson Inquiry… Sunday Mail and Now the Daily Mail both mentioned again

  27. 112
    Steve Miliband says:

    Woman on the left has moved to the left

  28. 117
    Desperate Dan says:

    6 Sep 2011
    “Coogan, 45, admitted to the Guardian he is out for revenge because the defunct Sunday tabloid wrote about his alleged drug use and sex life. He said: “Is it part of a sort of personal vendetta? That’s certainly what motivated me in the first place, I won’t deny that.
    “What happens in my private life is none of your f**king business.”

    • 142
      Anon says:

      Read the Guardian article but I missed that quote.
      On the box the suggestion of a personal vendetta is answered as “the media’s quest to attack Coogan” and not vice versa.

    • 161
      Selohesra says:

      What is the point of Steve Coogan – he just isn’t funny and has the sort of smug face I just want to smack

  29. 122
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “Black Tuesday” is rather late in coming but the FTSE market makers are such sheep that they will follow the Dow Jones

    Dow Jones 11494.41 – -52.9

    • 131
      Tessa Tickles says:

      So you’re complaining that prices might go down here, too?

      I bet you’re the sort of guy who’d complain if petrol fell 3p per litre.

  30. 124
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Poor Guido….His 100% conversion into Dave Fodder is near its completion.

    All the links are to accredited Tory sites; his daily quotes are invariably right wing nuts; all the threads are weak accusations about none Tories….. A blog claiming to be “”written from the perspective of the only man to enter parliament with good intention”””….Not any more Guido.

    My god: his Quote of the Day is from Priti Patel…a truly foul Dave Nut Job.

    • 132
      BBC Radio 4 Toady Programme says:

      Thank goodness for your voice of reason amongst these anti-progressives.

    • 141
      Sir Gerry Pending says:

      The truth is tho, you keep coming here having a snout, if you don’t like what you read please feel free to f~~k right off

    • 149
      Ed's nasal passage says:

      Whoooth thith Moutha Koutha perthon?

      • 168
        Jonty a lesson in failure says:

        Moussa is an exceptionally untalented BBC ‘comedian’ who goes by the name of Jonty, to both of his care in the community fans.
        You probably have never heard of him, most haven’t either.

        You have missed nothing.

    • 159
      Ewanme's Best Friend says:

      So I take it you won’t be renewing your subscription then?

      • 167
        Ewanme says:

        I will , darlin x .

        How much does I owe ya ??

        Assumin u takes checks , should I make it payable to Billy Botty ??

        Ta E x .

    • 166
      t says:

      I know you public sector types can be a bit challenged but the banner at the top of the thread reads ‘honest intentions’

      Your type are the same with facts

  31. 129
    BBC Radio 4 Toady Programme says:

    Delingpole is evil.

    We can only hope that legislative curbs on the wrong sort of journalism are coming soon.

    • 157
      Engineer says:

      Truth will out.

      New coal-fired power stations, anyone? Would be a far cheaper and more reliable source of electricity than £100 billion worth of windmills.

      • 165
        Anonymous says:

        400 yrs worth of Coal sat in the ground and were shivering?

        • 171
          Archer Karcher says:

          Trillions of cubic litres of shale gas are also right under our feet and more is being discovered daily.
          Of course all this easily available cheap energy cannot be exploited, because umm, err, we have to save the planet from the deadly pollutant, carbon dioxide!
          You know the stuff that without, all life on earth would die.

    • 162
      The Paragnostic says:

      Oh dear.

      I’m sure that with the proper spin, all of this can be made to go away. If it’s all shown to be bollocks, then our glorious leaders are going to be shown up as fools at best, and frauds at worst. The DEFRA email is particularly amusing in this regard.

      I wonder how many lawyers Greenpeace and the WWF can bring to bear on this one?

  32. 134
    Moussa Koussa says:

    THE SEARCH IS OVER…DAY 132 !!!!!!!!!



    DAY ZERO…..

    • 137
      Tessa Tickles says:

      You see the key marked “CAPS LOCK”?

      Press it.

      • 143
        Moussa Koussa says:

        Thank you.

        The search is over…day 132 !!!!!

        Woeful Warsi on BBC Daily Politics, today

        Said a few pointless Davisms….Now back in the box, restart count.

        Day zero…..

        • 175
          ex-Tory says:

          I doubt anyone disagrees with you on the irrelevance and incompetence of Warsi. I’m suspicious as to why you are so obssessed with her. Don’t you like to see Muslims in the cabinet? Are you one of those BNP lefties? Or do you think female Muslims should be at home scrubbing the floor, as an Islamist leftie?

      • 144
        Sir Gerry Pending says:

        and f~~k right off

  33. 138
    WVM says:

    From Wikipedia.

    On the commentary for Series 2 of I’m Alan Partridge, Coogan states that he is a socialist who enjoys paying taxes, whilst discussing the eponymous character’s investigation by the Inland Revenue.

    Coogan reportedly has a wealth of £5 million and supports the Labour Party
    A well noted car enthusiast, he has had a succession of Ferraris, but stopped buying them after realising that the depreciation and running costs were greater than hiring a private plane. Coogan currently drives one of the final air-cooled Porsche 911 Carrera 4s.

    Yet another champagne socialist!

  34. 145
    Geoff Hackney Cab says:

    What’s the difference with my cab-for-hire enterprise, that’s what I want to know??

  35. 148
    OiksRus says:

    Always thought he was a Ventriloquist’s Dummy !

  36. 153
    Fake Bowden says:
  37. 163
    Fake Bowden says:
  38. 169
    Anon says:

    Sally Bercow prefers a vibrator to her “stimulating”husband says Mail.

    Don’t know who puts her up to it

  39. 177
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Burnham should spend some of the money on shampoo and shower gel. What is it about labour MPs, why don’t they wash?

  40. 187
    Lee says:

    Not surprising at all. The politicians from the 3 main parties are all corrupt. i cant believe they want £3 of taxpayer for every vote they get. i find it ironic that they cut funding for libraries, hospitals, education, defence and pensions and yet find the money to fund themselves

  41. 191
    Zorba the Greek says:

    Time for some Greek Tough Love
    The ten treasurers of the Delian league (Hellenotamiai) had been accused of embezzlement. They were tried and executed one after the other until, when only one was still alive, the accounting error was discovered and that last surviving treasurer was acquitted. This was perfectly legal in this case, but an example of the extreme severity with which the people could punish those who served them. (Antiphon 5.69–70)
    Time to make those who serve the people fear them!

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Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

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I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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