November 25th, 2011

Captain of the Shippers

The Mail’s deputy political editor Tim Shipman is the new Chairman of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

He will no doubt install a little more fun in the normally stuffy organisation, while embodying its amour-propre outlook.

His Lobby colleagues’ spoof Twitter account for him is a must follow.

Drinks all round.


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

    what does it involve?


  2. 3
    Smig says:

    Shotgun. Check! Makes one look dead ‘ard.

    Ear Defenders. Check! Makes one look like a big floppy pansy.


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  4. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    This is one for techies


  5. 8
    rocknrolla says:

    Just returning to the question of the trade unions I wonder if anyone can remember when McBust set up some kind of dodgy “modernisation” fund as a way of giving them taxpayer money. I remember it being mentioned in a few newspaper articles but haven’t heard anything for ages and can’t remember the name. Anyone remember?


    • 14
      Smig says:

      Trade Union Modernisation Fund. It has been implemented and is grabbing a big chunk of money.


      • 21
        rocknrolla says:

        Thank you. I remember Iain Dale writing about it and the millions it was set to take from the taxpayer.

        These type of things need to be remembered and challenged otherwise it will just slip away, another pointless body taking millions and millions. Just look at all the equality thought crime commission type bodies – they should all be scrapped tomorrow and the cash saved used to give the working poor a tax break but once these things become well established with some wealthy guardian readers employed there it becomes ever harder to get rid of them.

        We all correctly ridicule McMental but in some ways he and Blair played the long game well (from the labour perspective): the destruction of private pensions, mass immigration on an unprecedented scale, emboldened trade unions, hugely expanded chav underclass on benefits, lowering education standards: All these things are good for Labour’s electoral prospects sadly.


        • 25
          Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

          Well, that’s cheered me up no end, dear.


        • 40
          Smig says:

          The three Liebour terms created yet more dependancy on the state. The brainwashing starts even earlier now. The SureStart centres get in early and are the beginning of the eradication of independent and analytical thought.

          Liebour needs proles to love big brother and to be happy with their taxpayer-funded lot in life. No wonder everytime the UK has a red government there is a brain drain. Innovation and creativity is stifled whenever the reds are in.

          Unfortunately, the reds are still in Downing Street.

          I used to think socialism was the answer, but as I’ve aged I’ve found that I need greater independence than the red side of social engineering can ever provide. I now believe that Fabians and Socialists are inherently evil and wish to subjugate everyone that isn’t in their elite little group.

          The only way to be sure is to do it myself and give two fingers to whomever is in Westminster.


  6. 10
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Gordon Brown Set To Make Just Third Commons Appearance In Over A-Year-And-A-Half

    Gordon Brown will make a rare appearance in the House of Commons next Wednesday when he leads a debate on the need to clean up radiation from a beach in his constituency.


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

      So which word was picked up by the mod bot?


    • 38
      grobdj says:

      Red Herring Alert! The stories we are fed to keep us all afraid! Thank Goodness Parliament will save us from the Terror!

      Yes the BBC tell us that one grain of the radium paint used in old aircraft instruments can give you the equivalent of 500 chest X-rays. As always, this kind of scare-mongering goes down well with those who cannot understand the inverse-square law, or the time you would have to carry the grain in your pocket for the radiation dose to accumulate.

      No doubt parliament will debate and parliament will decide that the right thing to do is to spend a pile of our cash on a study to determine that an inquiry is needed in preparation for an urgent clean-up operation so that dogs can crap on a beach in Fife without getting a radioactive bottom


  7. 11
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I have no view at all on this blog. Does it have any purpose?
    When is the moderation issue with this site going to be sorted out?


    • 13
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      It is quite clear that you do need a doctor and you also need to go out into the big wide real world and get a life. A virtual life in cyberspace ain’t no real life.


    • 18
      Divine Sarah says:

      Are you suggesting Grant Shapps is about average for a Coalition minister? Heard him on Today with John Humphries and he was less than magnificent.
      (fairly typical response for a Guidanista)


      • 50
        Archer Karcher says:

        Is there a single ‘stand out’ minister in the entire government? Dismal Dave is a mediocrity, as such he surrounds himself with mediocre talent, so he can’t be upstaged.


  8. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I thought Shipman was a mass murderer.


  9. 20
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    sockpuppets and moniker thieves operate on this blog.


  10. 22
    Sophie says:

    Scottish Islanders get fuel price reduction after EU gives British Regional Assembly Administrators in Westminster permission.

    Why we need Westminster is beyond me – it is a mere talking shop of EU lackeys that gives the pretence that we actually make our own decisions.

    Vote UKIP – kick Cameron, Clegg & Miliband into exile with their beloved EU.


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      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:



    • 53
      Archer Karcher says:

      Is there anything apart from starting wars on American orders, that the useless troika in westminster do, other than feebly accept Kommissars directives and begging for permissions from Brussels? What a shower of shite they all are.


  11. 26
    Lamb chops says:

    Did someone say sockpuppet?


  12. 27
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Can anyone confirm this?


  13. 55
    annette curton says:

    Now that the clergy of St Pauls have set the precedent, a load of tents and banners has sprung up in the city square here as well, not saying which city for security reasons but I guess it will soon be endemic nationwide, they will have the entire country laagered (Boer bon mot) before long, still, Millets forthcoming quarterly sales figures will be exceptional for this time of the year.


  14. 60
    Betty Ford says:

    Another drink and drug addled hack, giving far too much influence.


  15. 62
    Laban says:

    Pump action pistol-grip – could it be a Mossberg ?


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