November 25th, 2011

Simon McGee Going to Spin at Transport

Another day and another poacher turning game-keeper. Guido hears that Simon McGee of the Sunday Times is off to spin for the Department of Transport as their Head of News. This is the latest in a series of hack-to-government transfers that has included Gabriel Milland, formerly of the Express, going to Education and the Times’ Sam Lister going to Health. It also emerges today that Michael Tait, who was the sympathetic Political Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, has gone to spin for Ruth Davidson, the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives. And which other Political Editor, very friendly with Craig Oliver, is desperate for a senior Head of Comms job at pretty much any big department?


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    More expense!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “And which other Political Editor, very friendly with Craig Oliver, is desperate for a Head of Comms job at pretty much any department?”

    Is this connected to the blind story other day?

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    Gordon Brown says:

    Is it me Mr Forks?

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    Steve Miliband says:


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    Listerine goes to health.

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    Selohesra says:

    Wheres’s fake Billy when you want an update on the FTSE? – hope you closed out your short positions this am

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Funny how no righties ever go to the BBC especially when Dimblebore get £18k per episode and a) whinges and b) refuses to state it.

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    Hefferlite says:

    Am I, or was I ever, a political editor?

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    Lembit's cheeky dildo says:

    Don’t think real Billy would understand it.

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    Fire up the Quattro says:

    This thread is meaningless. Never heard of any of these people. Only you metroplitan city slickers have any understanding of the significance of these appointments.

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    Nick Knowles says:

    That’s fucking disgraceful mate.

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    Slave to the steaming stump says:

    Does the country realy need any more of these tossers?

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    Kate not so Humble but fucking useless says:

    Outrageous! With Thomas Cook going under i’m gonna have to schlep it on chartered flights.

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    Mine d'Boggles says:


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yeah, right. Some bloke’s spouting jibberish at me Guido – can you make it stop Giudo? Many thanks.

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    Anonymous says:

    More evidence that the dead tree press is doomed?

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    Engineer says:

    Head of Communications has become a highly skilled job. It used to involve writing the Press Release, photocopying it, and distributing it to the hacks. However, since some idiot invented the interweb, it now also involves updating the website as well.

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    Going round in circles, wasting time. says:

    Another media useless arsehole spinning shyte. The Tories are finished in Scotland and they fail to make a credible opposition. The Scots will probably opt for devolution max when Salmond gives the Scots a referendum. The English should stop complaining about the Scots and get their own English Parliament.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Another bad day for Dave “cock-head” Cameron.

    Black Friday. FTSE100 +68 points !!! Oh dear.

    Cameron must resign as PM. Miliband to become PM this afternoon.

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    Engineer says:

    Evidence that people have looked at their pension provision, and decided that a spell in the public sector is the cheapest and easiest way to boost same?

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    Billy Bowden is destroying an august blog says:

    Fake – spelt correctly, accurate use of syntax but the pathetic whining seemed genuine.

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    ex-Tory says:

    On the contrary. Its important to know how the left-leaning, middle-class, metropolitan, media elite are in cohorts with the middle-class, metropolitan, political elite. This why you only read or hear what they want you to know. The MSM has become a closed shop to investigative journalism. Thank God for sites like this. Otherwise, we wouldn’t know the hypocrisy, incompetence and corruption of the self-serving elite.

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Once Prescott got seated there was no room for anyone else

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    Grow some Cameron.

    Split up the BBC – sell the good bits off – give the rest to Unison (Scotch branch).

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    jgm2 says:

    What are the wicked and malicious fuckers doing in Bristol? Don’t tell me there are Labour MPs south of Birmingham?

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Mogadishu Cultural Celebration weekend?

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    jgm2 says:

    I thought ‘New Mogadishu’ was a suburb of London – not Bristol.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    An adult gentleman possessing skin of a high melanin concentration has non-consentually and therefore illegally obtained, through dishonest means, my recreational, single-track means of transport and despite my efforts to reobtain the aforementioned automobile ignores the anti-moral bearing of his actions, most probably due to a lack of intention to return the vehicle to […]

    Reveal the rest of this joke
    An adult gentleman possessing skin of a high melanin concentration has non-consentually and therefore illegally obtained, through dishonest means, my recreational, single-track means of transport and despite my efforts to reobtain the aforementioned automobile ignores the anti-moral bearing of his actions, most probably due to a lack of intention to return the vehicle to its rightful owner.

    Or more simply:NIGGA STOLE MY BIKE!!

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    Sick of the meddling, scrounging, illiberal dogshit in Edinburgh says:

    You would think the Tories would have learned their lesson after employing the nasty Hunt Andy Coulson. Why are they employing media tùrds at all?

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    Amazin Grace says:

    My local paper recently ran the headline ‘Brown: blame me for the slump’. Aghast,I thought that at last Gordon had confessed and seen the light. Alas, it was Phil Brown blaming himself for the recent failures of Preston North End.

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    t says:

    Makes purrfect sense SC, good windfall for the coalition, or should I say Tax payer. With a bit more thought, franchise it in bits and revenue stream to pay down some debt.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Career? You mean a shit scumbag weasel media hack is a career. Well that’s a turn up.

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    Public Sector Workers and their unions 'avin' a laff at 99% of the British Public says:

    I seem to recall that Tony been used to MP for Bristol South East succeeding Sir Stafford Cripps on his retirement in 1950 so obviosuly Labour is deeply ingrained in the DNA of the South West

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    Public Sector Workers and their unions 'avin' a laff at 99% of the British Public says:

    * Benn * I meant to say of course

  38. 38
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Today is Black Friday, traditionally the day when American shops are busiest.

    White Friday is the day when the shops are busiest with paying customers.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    You can’t beat a bit of Billy.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    This site still has moderation though. And shit it is too.

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    albacore says:

    Important blokes, these government spinners
    All they have to sell are old dogs’ dinners
    The task they’ve got is a bloody sight harder
    Than the thousand nights of Scheherazade

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    BBC News has just anounced that Adrian Charles and that Christine irish bird are to step down from their Breakfast Show. The BBC couldn’t wait, how spiteful, just like labour and the guardian.
    Sell the BBC now!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    Alan Rentnob says:


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    In case you don't know, Rastamouse is a real show. Some people complained that it's racist says:

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    Dave's kosher Interweb says:

    ‘city slickers’ = arse bandits

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    Wishin' and Hopin' says:

    Yeah thats right, independence for scotchland!

    One small point, Salmond has no intention of leaving the EU, so scotchland effectively will become a German colony, ruled from Brussles, by a puppet government.

    Good eh?

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    Widescreen2010 says:

    To be honest, I was thinking the same.
    I feel like an idiot working for a living.
    Better to be on a cushy tax-funded number.

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    A difficult decision for Miliband to take...but he's an expert at not taking decisions after all says:

    If the Coalition is struggling with the expected chaos of the public sector Day of Action on Wednesday and can expect some backlash from dis-gruntled parents having to lose a day’s pay to look after the kids it’s even worse for “Red Ed” Miliband and could prove toxic especiallly if the “bruvvers” keep taking action over something that probably a lot of the public in the private sector don’t actually support. “Ed” has no position either way…he’s scared to back the strike as he knows it could irreparably damage his election chances tagging him with that “Red Ed” label in the minds of the floating voter that decides elections and he’s scared to condemn it as he is reliant on the unions cash and their support which delivered the leadership for him over his brother.

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    In other news Manchester city confirm that as yet they have had no contact with AC Milan about a possible move for Gordon Brown.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    LOL Bill :-)

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    A Metropolitan City Slicker says:

    They have no significance other than to keep taxes high and the public ignorant.

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    WTF says:

    How are on earth have we got to such a point with top journalists leaving what they were trained for, to go into highly paid jobs in government.If the MPs and the civil service did what we voted for, we wouldnt need all these tossers.What I want for my taxes, is for country to be defended, good schools, law and order,decent drs and hospitals, and reliable roads. Perhaps when the euro falls apart, we will have to go back to the drawing board and only pay folk to do jobs that improve the lot of humanity.

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    MEPs says:

    Why do you think we have cash allowances?

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    Chris Hoon says:

    As slimy as K.Vazoline…..

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    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:


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    Anon E Mouse says:

    Not surprise there. Just like their predecessors, (Des Lynham and Steve Rider) they risked taking the ITV shilling and came a cropper.

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    They love Bristol. Chav capital of the South West.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    If you’re a Scot, anything is better than the English. They’ve never forgiven us for refusing to play their soccer team each year because we got tired of beating them.

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    Monikers get shorter and shorter
    As some post what they didn’t aughta.
    I wonder who this t
    Might actually be?
    Still he’s givin the BBC no quarter!

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    That’ll be one in the eye for Raith.

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    Anonymous says:

    What good bits are there that are saleable?

    It was created to sell radios. Most of its viewers/listeners are over 50. Its most avid viewers are those who no longer pay a license fee but makes a point of trying to attract yoof or producing what it can sell overseas.

    Its lost its way and the sooner it sinks into the Manchester Ship Canal the better.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    7/10 Good effort.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:


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    A Charitable Reader of this blog (perhaps the only one) says:

    Well, if you want to look at it this way, “Tony Benn been used to MP for Bristol South East,” although (A) it’s ungrammatical, and (B) His ex-Lordship Antony Wedgwood-Benn would deny he was ever being used.

    Just wanted to clear that up.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Now what has Paxman ever done? A proper job – no. A license fee payer funded job – yes.
    Paxman is a pompous arse, so he has a lot in common with Chris Huhne.

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    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Political Editor, friends with Craig Oliver?

    It’s not Toe-nails Robinson is it?

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    Whilst your latter conclusion is admirable, one keeps hearing about how much its costume dramas sell overseas. I’m no expert, as I have not watched it for years, but from all accounts here it has got no better. Make money from whatever can be realised (Johnny Foreigner Sovereign Wealth Fund is probably unaware of how unpopular it is) and saddle the rest upon some really deserving cause in the hope that their conceit in owning it will hasten their demise.

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    OMG Thought mine was bad enough … ;-)

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    "we're keeping them honest!"-- That's a bloody laugh-riot! says:

    Whenever I hear of some git leaving the Press to work for Government, I chalk it up to someone wanting to reverse roles and be the one dictating instead of being the stenographer.

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    Cheese Lover says:

    What on earth does the Department of Transport need a Head of News or? It’s a government department and merely has to print regulations and proposals to parliament.

    The sooner the WHOLE Whitehalll publicity machine is destroyed completely, the better.

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    saffron says:

    Get this Huhne You thick fecker.
    Well it has to be oil/gas/nuclear,question to you Mr Huhne all of these will have to be run on standby and will have to come on stream instantly,and I can tell you as an engineer,you need to talk to engineers urgently.
    Don Quixote is a learner compared to you.
    The general public is being ripped off big time with this green tax grabbing agenda which continually day by day is being exposed as one of the biggest ponzi schemes in history.
    Make no mistake Mr Huhne you and your ilk will be rumbled and exactly what will your position be then?.

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