December 5th, 2011

Questions Mount Up for Andy “Bung” Burnham

Oh this just keeps getting better and better. Labour sources get in touch to point out that Kevin Lee has recently, and very quietly, been appointed Andy Burnham’s Political Adviser. That’s right, a man with business interests in health is crafting lines for Labour like “NHS not for sale”. Almost vintage Labour irony… 

As one insider dryly observed: “Burnham gives well paid job without interview to mate who he owes £20,000″. Does that smell odd to anyone else? So Andy…

  • Where was the job advertised?
  • How many people were interviewed for it?
  • Why was the job given to Mr Lee?
  • What assurances were sought regarding Mr Lee’s private interests in the NHS?
  • Why has Mr Lee not declared that he owes you £21,000 in the Register of Members’ Staff Interests?
  • When are you going to pay your adviser back the £21,000 you owe him?

Answers on a inappropriate business card…


107 Comments

  1. 1
    smugger says:

    we have got billy

  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Go get him Neo Guido!!!!!!

  3. 3
    They are all the same says:

    The wisteria in Chipping Norton needs trimming again.
    Bung it on expenses dear.

  4. 4
    a non says:

    Nepotism?. Labour sinecures? Surely not

  5. 5
    nellnewman says:

    Hmmm. What was it militwit said when they made him leader about transparency and squeaky clean?

  6. 6
    Janet Streetwise Porter says:

    “•Why has Mr Lee not declared that he owes you £21,000 in the Register of Members’ Staff Interests?”

    I fancy a bit of proof reading went astray here!!!!

  7. 7
    Evil Landlord says:

    “Ah almost Labour vintage irony… ” did you mean to say “Ah almost vintage Labour irony… ” ?

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Burnham is toast

  9. 9
    The BBC says:

    It’s only sleazy and inappropriate when the Tories do it. Labour shadow cabinet members are clearly beyond reproach.

    No story here.

  10. 10
    A Turd says:

    Burnham is toast

  11. 11
    a non says:

    BTW. How was the distilled potato juice Billy [vodka], for winning?.

    Or did Neo send you a packet of crisps?

  12. 12
    Martin Keegan says:

    Another question for Burnham: when you were a Home Office minister and were asked whether rape victims biometric details could be removed from the National Identity Register to protect them from being found if the perpetrator could bribe a copper to look them up, why did you say no? Because you’re pro-rape?

  13. 13
    50 Calibre says:

    It’s pretty well always sex that catches the Tories out, but with the Socialists it’s always money, money, money.

    Nothing changes…

  14. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Not been annouced .

    on page 4 of acceptence speech/statement just in case tho ;-)

  15. 15
    nellnewman says:

    Yes except during their 13 years in power they had their fair share of sex scandals as well.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    will his wife leave him, as she nearly did over his expenses!!!

  17. 17
    Tony Bliar is a CUNT..... says:

    Keep up the good work Guido…….

  18. 18
    Observer says:

    Perhaps Andrew Rosenfeld could step in with a cheque to clear the debt? You can’t do too much for a good party.

  19. 19
    a non says:

    Believe a new IKEA bathrobe calmed her down

  20. 20
    jeri boam says:

    Scratchy , scratchy , it’s your money , well that’s if your not an uncivil servant or an MP.

  21. 21
    What a plonker. says:

    I did not know that Andy Burnham had moved to Chipping Norton.

  22. 22
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Prescott, Cook, Blunkett, Griffiths – there were plenty of shaggers in NuLab as well.

  23. 23
    Crazy Red Ed of North London says:

    “I find this short of thing absolutely despicable and disgusting and he should apologise without delay. (Can anyone tell me what it’s all about? Is it Clarkson again? Andy who?)”

  24. 24
    THANK YOU THANK YOU I'M HERE ALL WEEK says:

    No but he is robbing the taxpayers just the same BOOM BOOM TISH.

  25. 25
    What a plonker. says:

    They just cannot help it .Labour are just a pack of hypocritical
    money grabbing bastards ,

  26. 26
    What everyone else is thinking says:

    Fuck off then you tedious bore.

  27. 27
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:

    SKREEEWWWTT!!! (blink) (shudder) (sway) MINDBLEACH!! (peanut) (cuttle)

  28. 28
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    >Thinks he9Burnham) should go and sit on the naughty step for 10 mins .

  29. 29
    Thumb Screw says:

    +200

  30. 30
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Not me, all views and opinions are welcome.

  31. 31

    Being a wealth creator means that for at least some of the time you have to work at things other than sex. They often get behind on sex. When they make enough money then they can, and often do, pursue sex.

    If you are a socialist, then mostly you do not create wealth so you can spend much more time pursuing sex but then need to cheat to pay for it. They often get behind on money. Therefore they become obsessed by it.

    I have been looking at creating my own “third way”.

  32. 32
    Geoff, England says:

    Some of the least shaggable ‘people’ ever seen on the planet. It’s amazing what political office can do for you.

  33. 33
    BBC Snewsdesk says:

    Is this the same as Werrity and Fox?
    And does it concern Conservative MPs and Spads?

    if not, we’re not interested.

  34. 34
    B-bbc spoksperson says:

    No, DON’T keep on with this story Mr Falwks, or we’ll have to mention it. Damm you.

  35. 35
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Not only that. Guido is getting the shit from members from one or several of Labour’s tribes. Ferrets in a sack! Don’t you adore it?

  36. 36
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Kev ‘whats innit for me’ Lee?

  37. 37
    Adam Werrity says:

    Poof reading seems more likely. trust me I know. All MPs are at it.

  38. 38
    Tinribs says:

    Hairy clams!

  39. 39
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Ask Billy – he’s dedicated to the third way :)

  40. 40
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Nell, I think you’ll find he said Burnham is a Squeeky Queen.

    It’s his adenoids.

  41. 41
    rodin says:

    Manners maketh the man. Klootzak!

  42. 42
    apathetic sniper says:

    At least she speaks the truth.

  43. 43
    Lord Leveson says:

    Alistair Campbell owes me more than that for “persuading” me not to call Guido after all.

  44. 44
    jeri boam says:

    Sorry this should have been for 3 at 5:10

  45. 45
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    “Trimming the Wisteria” is just the Chipping Norton equivalent of a Vagazzle.

  46. 46
    Oldrightie says:

    When Liebour politicians make the Cobbleition look good we know we’re in the shit!

  47. 47
    Jasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    More Tory sleaze!! Burnham is an tory inne?

  48. 48
    Fifty seven and a half million says:

    The rest of us don’t.

  49. 49
    Met Office says:

    Then again, we could smear you as a climate change (global warming remake) denier!!!!!!!!

    Oh hell, it’s snowing. And we said it wouldn’t freeze this winter.

  50. 50
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Vajazzle.

  51. 51
    Dave Figgley says:

    Ha ha, sunshine. She’ll take you down.

    Must motor etc. etc.

  52. 52
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I love smoking shit. Although my breath would smell fresher if i instead smoked weed.

  53. 53
    Lord Stansted says:

    But they weren’t very good at shagging.

  54. 54
    The Paragnostic says:

    The Labour equivalent presumably being “Lopping the Poison Ivy”.

  55. 55
    The Paragnostic says:

    Labour’s full of irons. But they haven’t got Rusty yet.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    In affairs like this it is the amounts of money that always amaze me. How the hell do you end up owing somebody £20k? They live in a different world. I

  57. 57
    Maximus says:

    I’m glad there is an explanation. I put it down to his aggravated hemmoroids.

  58. 58
    Nonanimouse says:

    Witchhunt!

    Burnham at the stake!

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    That 5th bullet point contradicts the 6th. It says that Andy owes Lee the dosh. English is quite a good language for clarity of meaning if used properly.

  60. 60
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Bung it to me Burnham.

  61. 61
    Cronyism and Nepotism incorporated says:

    Same old Labour, same old sleaze.

  62. 62
    The Paragnostic says:

    I can see the headlines now: “Finchley Frummer Fixes Fenian Fiasco”

  63. 63
    Lord Stansted says:

    typo, old chap.

  64. 64
    Just Another Elephant In the Parlour, don't worry says:

    @ 50 Calibre

    Campbell thread, comment 190 at 4:16 PM

    First!

  65. 65
    Maximus says:

    The little shit was evidently petrified of the ACPO gang. In the same way as was Five Bellies. After all what’s having three or four Plods mount a 24/7 surveillance operation to see where our nice Minister goes?

  66. 66
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Burnham went to far and too fast.

  67. 67
    The Paragnostic says:

    More to the point, how do you spend 20K on an election for leader of the 6th form debating club? Must have been a hell of a party.

  68. 68
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Andrew Burnham, MRSA.

  69. 69
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    email or tweet Guido, am sure he will correct it .

  70. 70
    I don't need no doctor says:

    One things for certain Burnham did not spend it on shampoo and shower gel.

  71. 71
    Ron Kray says:

    How the hell do you end up owing someone 20,000 quid?

    In our old line of work, it usually happened from borrowing 10,000 quid.

  72. 72
    nightwatch says:

    Oh Andy, this is beginning to look inept enough to be corrupt.

    Real northern lad had better watch his back as his Labour muckers, shop-him.

  73. 73
    Maximus says:

    Cat, there is only one known way of creating wealth while pursuing sex (apart, this is, from working as a politician). Like making your own tipple, if you try it in an enterprising way, the cartels will be on you like a pile of bricks.

  74. 74
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    My boyfriend came back from town this morning and told me that his new Doctor wasn’t very sympathetic. I asked him what his name was and he replied ‘Dr. Abdul Hak Kusabi.’ I laughed and said, ‘well there you go then love, would YOU be sympathetic to anyone if you had a fucking hook for a hand?’

  75. 75
    James says:

    “Labour sources get in touch to point out…”

    Surely this demands the use of the ‘ferrets in a sack’ image?

  76. 76
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  77. 77
    no scream cream says:

    that Brazillian still hurting no doubt?

  78. 78
    mark says:

    Burnham’s got form here. his time as health secretary wouldn’t hold up under much scrutiny.

  79. 79
    Dan says:

    Saw Jackie Smith on TV a few nights ago, without the benefit of ministerial makeup artists. I kid you not, I actually felt a quantity of sick, rising in my throat, just caught myself in time.

  80. 80
    BillyBob... says:

    Chop off ‘is knob, the knob !!

    Same old labour, same old lies !!

  81. 81
    BillyBob... says:

    Time for a Clarkson ?

  82. 82
    BillyBob... says:

    UKIP have a point….. Farage is a legend !

  83. 83
    BillyBob... says:

    Hmmmmm ?? Surely it should be too far too fast ??

    Same old labour, same old lies !

  84. 84
    fishy says:

    And another question for this lightweight…

    How many people did you kill in Stafford?

    Oh, and also, why are all your Labour ‘friends’ deserting you?

  85. 85
    HenryV says:

    He went to Catholic school. Burning at the stake was what they did instead of detention.

  86. 86
    Mark Oaten says:

    Were does Andy Burnham get his mascara from? He looks positively dishy wearing it.

  87. 87
    HenryV says:

    With money skills like that you should apply to be the EU’s UK Gauleiter when we join the Mark, sorry Euro in 2016.

  88. 88
    Iloathlefties says:

    It certainly won’t be reported on the BBC!! Labour are always at it. They have this perverted view of condescending rightiousness and deserving. Bastards!!

  89. 89

    You mean he doesn’t read these comments?

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Ahh, nitpicking at typos – a favourite pastime of those that have lost the argument.

  91. 91
    Passing Thought says:

    Or the same as two pampas grass on a veranda?

  92. 92
    Ron Kray says:

    Once more unto the breach. And to the knees. And to the ribs. And to the skull. That’s the way Reg and I done it, Your Majesty. But we’re not all that sure we want to work for some poncy little frog and some kraut cow who looks like she’s always that time of month even at her age; you might want to make it worth our while, wouldn’t you, Your Majesty? Like a fifty-fifty split of the dosh we collect?

  93. 93
    Bristler says:

    Tory whinging wankers….

  94. 94
    A Labour reply you will never see or hear. says:

    We were caught out on this matter of sleaze and corruption and so made a fast decision to employ Lee without considering all of the consequences of this act.
    We will stay up all night considering how to cover our backsides on this.

  95. 95
    Barnehurst Bob says:

    Andy Burnham always reminded me of Scott Tracey from Thunderbirds. Now I know my first impressions were right. The plastic socialist was having his strings pulled by someone else for money.

    http://www.freewebs.com/thunderbirds-unofficial/thecharacters.htm

  96. 96
    Springbok says:

    That is Classic, love it.

  97. 97
    geekparent says:

    You know, when I’m trying to earn an honest £ in my own enterprise and finding it hard to make headway in these difficult times, it really pisses me off that these leeches suck at the public blood supply. I’M PAYING FOR THEM.

    Guido, et al, heavens sake keep it up…

  98. 98
    HenryV says:

    After Friday I can offer you a nice seaside property in the Med’ for next to nothing. Google Greece and drop one of those e-scrolls if you like it.

  99. 99
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    For god’s sake don’t ask me where the money came from for my 2 new cars, The Beckham Range Rover and the new Mini cooper SUV. About £150,000 in all. Thanks Vlad and the Portsmouth boys.

  100. 100
    David laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Corruption pervades every corner of Westminster. Look at Blair he is now making a fortune from his wrong deeds. The man should be investigated, charged and jailed. Campbell was not asked about his involvement with Dr Kelly’s death or hounding by the media that the government created. Another sham inquiry. We are in austerity can’t someone stop these ill conceived wastes?

    Where is cocaine boy George when you need him??

  101. 101
    Aonaibh Ri Chéile says:

    100% agree. Guido, can you let us know who else is a hanger-on in the Burnham camp?

  102. 102
    Aonaibh Ri Chéile says:

    So why hasn’t it had the scrutiny it deserves? professional courtesy from the other troughing hoons in Parliament, that’s why.

  103. 103
    Technomist says:

    Thanks Guido. This raises further important questions about the strange silence of another MP on questions of sleaze by members of her party.

    http://archipelago-of-truth.blog.co.uk/2011/12/05/more-labour-sleaze-12263026/

  104. 104
    Tim Collins says:

    Burnham is an amateur, come to Bell Pottinger we laundered Lukashenko’s image. What a great president of Bielarus.

  105. 105
    Storms gather in the South Atlantic says:

    They say trouble comes in legions…whilst “Dave” is looking towards Europe things are starting to kick off in the South Atlantic ahead of the Thirtieth Abnniversary of their Liberation in 1982..Argentina’s Navy is flexing it’s muscles and boarding vessels operating under British licence….if “Dave” loses the Falklands on his watch especially ahead of the 30th Anniversary of the War …..he’ll think the crisis over the Eurozone is a child’s tea party compared to the shit-storm that will engulf him if that ever happens….he and his government would be finished and he would be forever remembered as the PM who lost the Falklands..it almost finished Mrs T in 1982 and it would definitely finish him as he has very few friends within his party….perhaps Cameron may start to rgret scrapping those aircraft carriers and harriers ??

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070266/Argentina-boards-Spanish-fishing-vessels-Falkland-Islands.html

  106. 106
    Spartacus says:

    That is two years running the bbbc has predicted a barbecue Summer

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    Hes a sanctimonious little man, maybe now we wont have to listen to his faux Liverpool accent !


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