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. 2
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Probably sleaze.

  3. 3
    Smig says:

    Shotgun. Check! Makes one look dead ‘ard.

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

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

    This is one for techies

  6. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest fluffer ever ! says:


  7. 7
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Probably a large ego matched by a misplaced sense of self worth.

  8. 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?

  9. 9
  10. 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.

  11. 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?

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

    So which word was picked up by the mod bot?

  13. 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.

  14. 14
    Smig says:

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

  15. 15
    t says:

    App earance?

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

    I thought Shipman was a mass murderer.

  17. 17
    sleepy head says:

    Really? That’s quite interesting.

  18. 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)

  19. 19
    I don't need no doctor says:

    All my friends are on here though.

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


    sockpuppets and moniker thieves operate on this blog.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 23
    Spank Sinatra says:

    I’ll drink to that.

  24. 24
    The Paragnostic says:

    Having missed being one of Shipman’s patients by the space of about half a mile (brought up just the other side of the hill), that doesn’t fill me with confidence.

    On the other hand, there are a few hundred Members we could well do without – who’s up for a whipround for morphine and syringes?

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

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

  26. 26
    Lamb chops says:

    Did someone say sockpuppet?

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

    Can anyone confirm this?

  28. 28
    The Paragnostic says:

    Definitely appearance (ooh – look! It slips through from here!).

  29. 29
    Jabba the Cat says:

    “…morphine and syringes…”

    Did someone just mention drugs?

  30. 30
    Trinny says:

    Yes – that’s defintiely Nigel Farage.

  31. 31
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur. says:

    Is he related to Gavin Shipman and Pamelaaaar

  32. 32
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    OMG! Does this mean we’ve got to subsidise all Euro Yoofs now?

  33. 33
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


  34. 34
    The Paragnostic says:

    Yes – he’s right.

    Under EU regs, anything we provide for our own is automatically available to any other EU citizen who chooses to come here.

    Expect lots of 18 year old Poles and Lithuanians to come over and take advantage of Nick’s largesse.

  35. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    How can there be? There’s only you and me here, Billy.

  36. 36
    Costcutter1 says:

    “You cannot hope to bribe or twist
    (thank God!) the British journalist.
    But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there’s no occasion to”.

  37. 37
    rocknrolla says:

    No problem Elsie

  38. 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

  39. 39
    The Paragnostic says:

    Stop using words including small green vegetables in their spelling. Appear, appeal, European – all these and more are harvested by the modbot who is busy making pea soup with his friend the toaster.

  40. 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.

  41. 41
    Selohesra says:

    Loads more lap dancers then – great :) – and a Polish Plumber for Billy

  42. 42
    Romanian gypsy youth spokesman says:

    We like the European Union. Life as never been so good for us.

  43. 43

    The Pеa Bill 2011, appеars to prevent people from spеaking freely in pеacetime. It was necessitated by Europеan law.

  44. 44

    The toаstеr is outside St Pаuls.

  45. 45
    Mr Brown says:

    As Gordon has only turned up for work 3 times in one and a half years, why can’t he wander around his beach with a geiger counter scooping up radium particles on his days off?

  46. 46
    The Paragnostic says:

    A Polish Plumber for Billy
    Is a concept too far and too silly
    Is it mole grips
    Or a shake of the hips
    That would captivate Bowden’s small willy?

  47. 47
    The Paragnostic says:

    Is there a drive for a flea market there, then?

  48. 48
    sleepy head says:

    lol – TY

  49. 49
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    How amusing, dear. Whatever became of that young man, Stanislav?

  50. 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.

  51. 51
    The Paragnostic says:

    I believe he’s blogging under another name, though without the amusing invective that made Stanislav such a star. Can’t remember the new name, though – senility seems to have attacked again.

  52. 52
    Charlie Horse says:

  53. 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.

  54. 54

    The hallowed Ishmael.

  55. 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.

  56. 56
    annette curton says:

    And a dozen crap accordion players on every street corner.

  57. 57
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Hang a leg – what about me ?

  58. 58
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    … and me FFS

  59. 59
    Charlie Horse says:

    Lamb chops sucks cock!.

  60. 60
    Betty Ford says:

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

  61. 61
    Spank Sinatra says:

    You mean with some sort of anal probe device? What would The Beard say?

  62. 62
    Laban says:

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

  63. 63
    specsavers says:

    looks like an Ithaca to me, and I’m just a girl.

  64. 64
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    I hope the Cops know he has a gun. Lock him up, if the people get their hands on too many of these guns then the Politico’s will really be in trouble. Shame we didn’t have a second amendment.

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