December 14th, 2011

Steve Hilton Abandons Official No.10 Email Account

The Information Commissioner is set to pave the way to make the private email accounts of those in government FoI-able. Given that most SpAds and Ministers are sick of civil servants snooping around and leaking things before decisions have even been made, government by GMail is widespread in Whitehall. Someone told the Guardian: “Everyone is shitting bricks at the implications. It looks as if they are going to say Post-it notes are disclosable. There is going to be material on the budget, Libyan strategy, everything.” One senior Downing Street staffer, quick to eschew convention, has given up on official emails completely:

From: Steve Hilton
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply:

Thank you for your email – Please note, Steve does not access his No.10 emails.

If you require a response please contact ███████ █████ █████ or via the No.10 Switchboard on 020 █████ █████.

Many thanks

Annette Craze
Assistant Private Secretary to Steve Hilton

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“Steve does not access his No.10 emails.” Guido refuses to believe that the Downing Street Director of Strategy never sends emails related to his work. It’s right that we are able to see the decision making that is currently off the books. 


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

    Oh, is this because he has done something naughty?


  2. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Thought police next?


  3. 6
    BBC2 says:

    Jo Coburn looking delightfully MILFY on Brillo’s show.


    • 17
      Ivor Tapeworm says:

      Thanks for the tip-off.

      Just enough time to crack one off before PMQ.

      Or during.


    • 39
      t says:

      Milfy? Are you sure?

      Number one priority on DP after PMQs, how did Ed do?

      Caroline Flint needs a good wash!


      • 44
        battered hooker's face says:

        Flint … isnt she the one who walked out on Brown’s cabinet? She’s a fine one to be pontificating about Cameron’s actions last Friday.


  4. 7
    tube-thumper says:

    who gives a fuck?

    this is of no interest. try dealing with some rather more heavyweight issues.

    This blog is like a little bitching fest for fat , gay arrogant twats who were never good enough to make it in politics real so just spend time making silly little stories look important


  5. 9
    Billy Blowjob says:

    I’ve just posted my 984 trillionth post this week.


  6. 11
    Another Engineer says:

    So Google, who read everyone’s emails, probably know half the government decisions before they are officially made?



    • 37
      aleksandr says:

      simple fix for this

      ban use of blogs and emails at work then people in government buildings can only use official communications.
      It is banned at my (private sector) workplace.

      If they want to do stuff on their google account they can go to an internet caff.


  7. 12
    Totty Watch says:

    Watching Jo Swinson, I hadn’t noticed till now how busty she is.


  8. 13
    Politicians are CUNTS says:

    I hate the fucking lot of them

    they’re all c’nts


  9. 14
    Not surprised says:

    “Assistant Private Secretary to Steve Hilton” So. His assistant has an assistant. Does she have an assitant as well?

    No wonder we’ve got no money! Just how many tiers of admin are there?


    • 25
      Mine d'Boggles says:

      Snap! You beat me to it by 3 minutes. Glad that two of is noticed the same thing.


      • 36
        Not surprised says:

        “Steve” is probably the sort of guy who’s so busy, he doesn’t actually have time to do any work, hence an assistant and an assistant for the assitant when the assistant is too busy doing the work that “Steve” is too busy to do.

        In the end no work gets done!

        Must ask my boss if I can have an assitant to do my work while I’m posting comments on the internet!


        • 61
          Not surprised's boss says:

          You’ll have to address that question to my assistant, as I’m busy ogling the assistant’s assistant’s assistant.


  10. 16
    Totty Watch says:

    Watching Jo Swinson on Brillo’s show, I hadn’t noticed till now how busty she is.


  11. 19
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    I’m far from the madding crowd of Downing Street, but:

    “Steve” Hilton is the “Downing Street” Director of Strategy.

    He has a Private Secretary.

    This bod (or bod-ess) has an Assistant Private Secretary.

    Are these posts just carriages in the gravy train, and who pays?


    • 40
      Saving the nation from penury has to start at the top says:

      Sack ‘em all. The Prime Minister was elected to run strategy. That is what he is there for. There is no reason for these parasites to be on the public payroll.


  12. 21
    Sophie says:

    Steve Hilton.

    Complete tosser & the very reason why Cameron is loathed by real Tories.

    Camerons Veto honeymoon will be over when the truth about the extra £30 billion from Broitish taxpayers to the EU to save their dead currency comes to light.

    I watched video after video yesterday of MEPs, Kommissars & politburo drones attacking Britain in the EU “Parliament” – why did I not see ANY news coverage of the zenophobia of rabid Europhiles covered on the British news?

    Vote UKIP – get us out of that damn tyranny.


  13. 26
    Stark says:

    OK, but how far down the food chain will this eventually go ? Vexatious FOI / Data Protection requests from problem employees is a major headache, even in the pubic sector. As a manager, will your private email accounts become fair game ?

    Worried ? You should be.


  14. 27
    Cameron's Comment of the Day says:


  15. 28
    Cameron's Second Comment of the Day says:


  16. 29
    Shame on the Labour rabble who shouted during the tribute says:

    Very decent of Tory MP Richard Drax to pay tribute to a Commons doorkeeper who’s retiring after 23 years.


  17. 31
    Billy needs his weekly fix of livechat says:

    That’s all folks! PMQs finished for another year. How will Billy cope?


  18. 32
    Ed Miliband says:

    I did not like Cameron’th brotherth joke! It wath very inthulting! It’th wrong to bring in my family!


  19. 33
    Simple Simon says:

    Politicians need these people to do their thinking for them.


  20. 34
    Chancellor says:

    15% – That’s how much the price of an ounce of gold has dropped from its record high of $1,921.15 on Sept. 6. The shiny metal might be entering a bear market after a decade long winning streak, according to economist Dennis Gartman, who correctly predicted the commodities slump in 2008. Gartman said Tuesday that gold might fall as low as $1,475, making the decline more than 20 percent, the common definition of a bear market. He sold the last of his gold Monday.


  21. 35
    Miliband ends the year on a whimper says:

    Jo Coburn on Brillo’s show says most of the emails they got from viewers during PMQs said Miliband did badly. Result.


  22. 38
    A Bloke of A Certain Age says:

    Whats the opposite of “zeitgeist” cause Ed Milliband certainly captures it.


  23. 41
    Loungelizard says:

    Is it just me or does Steve Hilton always look as if he;s just suffered ‘Extreme Sports Deodorant Malfunction’


  24. 42
    Stupid Woman says:

    Caroline Flint is making a total arse of herself on the Brillo show.


  25. 45
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Ha Ha

    Ed got bitch-slapped.

    Major fail for Ed.

    I think we need to start a e-petition to keep Ed as Labour leader.


    • 47
      Selohesra says:



    • 59
      Petitioniste says:

      Would 10 Downing Street allow that?


      We, the people of the United Kingdom, are dissatisfied with the result of the EU Referendum Debate on 24 October 2011 and would like the House of Commons to reconsider its decision in light of this petition and grant us an opportunity through a referendum to express our desire on the relationship with the EU.


      • 74
        Really? says:

        15,361 as of 18.20hrs GMT 14th December 2011.

        There’s no momentum behind this one; maybe people sense a change of wind.


    • 67
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      On the other hand, if Ed gets defenestrated before Easter, cammo will have plenty of time to show just how incoherently inept the next holder of the poison chalice is before2015.

      BTW, after the veto, Dave is forgiven until the next backslide.


  26. 46
    Ollie says:

    They’re tinkering without fixing the problem.

    Govt email has to be secure – fix that.

    I don’t any company that allows or encourages staff to email from private accounts – it’s a joke.


    • 53
      Technomist says:

      Mine does. But then, I own it. I also allow myself to blog and surf the internet whenever I like. But I am also open for business for much longer hours than anyone in government would ever dream of working.


      • 70
        Ollie says:

        Sending private emails from private accounts during the day seems reasonable, but I am guessing your staff don’t conduct company business via yahoo gmail etc – it’s all via their company accounts?


  27. 50
    Paddy Donverloap says:


  28. 55
    Rat's arse says:

    Herr Balls is on Sky, talking a load of utter b*llocks. Why oh why do m*rons vote Leiber? Are they brain dead or just wanting to hang on to their benefits? I give up!


  29. 57
    Gordon Brown says:

    is a Ladyshave an appropriate Christmas present?


  30. 60
    Snodgrass says:

    don’t worry about bail out funds, you will soon be about to buy a million euros for about 50 quid


  31. 65
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So the police have revealed 200 photos of suspected rioters they want to question with regards to the August riots. They could have used better photos, they all look a bit dark to me!!


  32. 68
    Colonel Madd says:

    Could one of the better informed posters (Billy?) please reveal the identity of the man in the motorcycle crash helmet sitting behind our hero on his bicycle in the photo?


  33. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Completely off topic but you are a clever lot on here, and I do hope Guido does not mind BUT can anyone tell me if the evidence being heard at the Leveson Inquiry is in any way likely to prejudice a prosecution. I envisage what for me would be the nightmare scenarion of the CPS saying “no prospect of a fair trial”. In fact why was the Inquiry allowed to proceed before the police had finished their enquiry? A more cynical person might think it deliberate. Who in a position of influence might not want Brook, Coulson and co to stand trial, the mind boggles.


  34. 72
    McChannaman says:

    If you are working at number 10 you should be required to use your No. 10 account for all work-related emails.

    If you use your personal account, you should be sacked.



  35. 75
    City of Vice says:

    Is this Hilton clown on the public payroll in anyway?

    An absolute disgrace if he is, particularly at a time of supposed stringency in the public finances.

    If Dave wants ‘advice’ he’d be better off going down the pub than listening to the deluded hippy that is Hilton. Dave should get rid, and while he’s at it dump that disgraceful Cable fellow too.

    I thought Dave’s government was trying to make it easier for employers to sack poor employees? It’s about time Dave started demonstrating his own policy starting with sacking the likes of Vince and hippy Hilton.

    Well done anyway to Dave for sticking two fingers up at the Euro Stalinists.


  36. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Civil servants leaking??! Pot.kettle.


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