January 18th, 2012

Exclusive: Liam Fox Returns for Senior Trade Union Role

Guido hears that the Trade Union Reform Campaign will announce this afternoon that Liam Fox has accepted a senior role in the group. Having virtually gone to ground since his resignation, he will be joining ten or so other MPs on their Parliamentary Council. Set up by Tories, TURC* is campaigning for more transparency in the union movement and an end to Pilgrims. Developing…

*For the record Neo-Guido advises the group on a pro-bono basis about social media.

UPDATE: The full Parliamentary Council is: Chairman Aidan Burley with Caroline Dinenage, Karen Bradley, Fiona Bruce, Nigel Adams, Liam Fox, Stuart Andrew, Alec Shelbrooke, David Morris, Dominic Raab.


  1. 1
    Has anyone seen Mike Hunt? says:

    It seems so srange that after wrong doing they have the front to show thier faces in public again!


  2. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Neo Guido = pro bono
    Liam Fox = pro boner?


  3. 4
    København says:

    Is he the hunted or the hunter?


  4. 5
    Mike likes 'em young says:

    When Ed said at pmqs “Let’s talk about young people”, I wish someone in the chamber had yelled “Where’s Hancock?”


    • 9
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Ed wants to claim that Cameron wants to take Britain back to the 1980s, too right – a period when Labour had ineffectual leaders who were out of office for a decade.


    • 16
      The Diary of Ed aged 42⅓..the U Turn Years says:

      At PMQs Ed tells Parlament that the country is back to the 1980’s…that’d be when a Labour Opposition was led by a useless leader and had absolutely no chance of winning an election wouldn’t it Ed ?


  5. 6
    Anonymous says:

    I take it Adam W will be advising him.


  6. 8
    Highlight of today's PMQs says:

    Clare Perry has a mighty fine pair of legs.


  7. 13
    Another PMQs defeat for Ed says:

    Cameron had some good one liners today.

    “He’s so incompetent, he can’t even do a u-turn properly”.

    “It’s good to see the honourable gentleman here. I always tell my children there’s no need to visit the Natural History Museum to see a dinosaur, just come to the house at half past twelve”.


  8. 14
    jgm2 says:

    On ‘Seen Elsewhere’ the bedwetters over at the Grauniad are collectively swallowing their tongues and foaming at the mouth over Postie Johnson’s reiteration that Labour has now embraced the T*ry cuts as the only credible economic plan.

    It’s fucking hilarious.

    ‘That’s it – I’m voting green’.

    ‘I’ve had enough, I’m cancelling my union political levy’.

    Dummies being spat out. Toy’s, blankets, b*ot*tl*es, bootees, bonnets, the whole fucking lot getting tossed out of the pram.

    Utterly fucking hilarious.

    It warms the cockles of my heart.


    • 19
      RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

      That’s why we call him Postman Prat. He was always useless with figures and that’s why he was my first choice for Shadow Chancellor.


    • 20
      will says:

      Alan Johnson is one of the few MPs who have worked in the real world doing a real job


    • 23
      AC1 says:

      Look, they’re ENTITLED to be carried on productive peoples backs, after all they’re better than just the proles.

      and for the benefit of the thick…



      • 39
        jgm2 says:

        You can see how it must be totally melting what’s left of their brains. For the past 2 years they’ve been mindlessly parrotting ‘Too fast, too deep’ and ‘ideological cuts’ all egged on by Vacant Ned and Toxic Ned and Polly Fuckwit.

        Now they find that, actually, the Labour party were just using them as – well mindless parrotting fuckwits – and that there really is no credible alternative to the T*ry ‘cuts’.

        It is a little cruel to enjoy their grief and betrayal so much. Perhaps I shouldn’t laugh at what were clearly very stupid people to begin with finding they’ve been lead up the garden path. But then you do have to remember how condescending they were to anybody who tried to tell ‘em the facts in the past. How apparently it was all my fault if I couldn’t see how a crisis that had been caused by too much reckless borrowing was going to be cured by… even more reckless borrowing. Keynes, they contemptuously spat at me.

        No. Fuck ‘em. They deserve to drown in their grief and betrayal for the egregious sin of blindly supporting the utter imbeciles who fucked the UK economy in the first place.

        How’s that Hopey, Keynsey thing working out for you now you jackasses?


        • 78
          AC1 says:

          >You can see how it must be totally melting what’s left of their brains. For the past 2 years they’ve been mindlessly parrotting ‘Too fast, too deep’ and ‘ideological cuts’ all egged on by Vacant Ned and Toxic Ned and Polly Fuckwit.

          The “green” credibility implosion from the AGW scam making itself obvious cannot be helping either.


          • jgm2 says:

            The AWG scam has yet to penetrate their nuclear-bunker skulls.

            Just as it is only when Ned Miliband, Ned Balls and Postie tell ‘em, in their own paper, that there is no alternative to T*ry cuts does a glimmer of reality flicker through the welding goggles of their mind so it will only dawn on them that AGW is a scam if Al Gore himself ‘fesses up.

            ‘Yeah, of course it’s a fucking scam. Did you never stop for one moment to question why a guy who professes to be worried about global warming travels everywhere in a Lear jet?’

            He’s the L. Ron Hubbard of AGW.

            And the dopey fuckers just refuse to see it.


        • 82
          AC1 says:

          There are alternatives to cuts, they just need to tax rent-seeking & stop taxing wealth creation, and bypass bureaucrats with the spending….

          i.e. LVT and citizens dividend.


    • 34
      Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

      Indeed jgm

      Their reactions are a joy to read.
      You’d need a heart of stone not to laugh at them.


      • 44
        jgm2 says:

        Since I’m banned from CiF for daring to challenge the ‘too fast, too deep’ idiocy and the imbeciles who were, up until last week, promoting it I am unable to post this handy guide to helping the jackasses get over their grief.

        Perhaps some other concerned netizen could cross-post it.



        • 100
          will says:

          The guardian does not realise that the ordinary taxpayer is fed up with endless stories about people suffering when some are better off than taxpayers, restricting benefits when the limit is the average wage is not a problem. The housing benefit goes to the landlord anyway, it should longer term bring rents down to more affordable levels. I would like to live in a islington but i cannot afford it, so tough.

          Anyway whilst labour shovelled money at the public services, productivity did not rise in line with the amount put in. Most of it went to pay staff. Funny the left talks about money but not how hard individuals work or how efficient they are.


  9. 22
    Adam says:

    need new business cards


  10. 24
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Didn’t catch PMQ’s today, but Radio 5 informed me (via John Pienaar) that Ed had a great day and roasted Cameron and that Cameron was on the defensive throughout the 30 minutes.

    This will be interesting to watch when I get home.


    • 30
      BBC Complaints Dept says:

      As ever, the BBC were impartial in their coverage of the weekly joust between Ed “Saviour of man(and woman)kind and of the Trad Union Movement” Miliband and David “Evil Tory Boy Posh Ponce Old Etonian Baby-Murdering Flashman Bullingdon Club Milk-Snatcher” Cameron.


      • 45
        The Director of Politiklee Krect ‘n Convenient Troof at Al Ja Beeba, the Brhoon Bullshit Corpse says:

        Our coverage seemed fair and impartial to me – it’s just that we can’t wait to get The Great Steersman back at the helm.

        AND PAY YOUR TELLY TAX! – we’ve got expensive pension schemes to maintain!


        • 54
          jgm2 says:

          It only needs to be ‘fair and impartial’ across the ‘range of their output’.

          So if they lead with ‘Ned Miliband is Brilliant’ on the 9 O’clock news they will ‘balance’ that with a headline ‘David Cameron is Not Totally Shit’ somewhere on the web. Nested in about 12 sub-directories under ‘Science and Technology’ most likely.

          Thanks to the unique way in which they’re funded.


    • 31
      will says:

      Ed was made to look stupid again. the BBC are now losing credibility. If it was not for a few good programmes. If the writer of Dr Who and Sherlock unexpectidly dies they will be buggered (mark gatiss)


  11. 25
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Ed gave yet another Strong, Steely and Determined performance at PMQ’s today. The way he kept repeating statistics that Cammo either agreed with or demolished as false was redolent of the man at his best. The manner in which he spun round in ever-decreasing circles, fenced in by the contradictory policy statements of the Shallow Cabinet, was an indicator of Ed’s unique personal qualities. There are those who say that Ed has trouble attracting the attention of his reflection in the shaving mirror. I say, “Poo to you with knobs on!” There can be no longer any doubt that Ed is the man to lead Labour into the Glorious Summer of 2015. DUEMA!


  12. 26
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Fiona Bruce? The corker off the telly?


  13. 32
    Bigot says:

    Your piccy says it all Guido!

    No need for expensive tribunals / boards / inquiries / reports and all the associated claptrap!

    Just line the fuckas up and ping them with a multibarrel 50 calibre peashooter!


  14. 42
    Lou Reed says:

    Why does Livingscum’s advert show Gina wotzername nicking stuff from that bloke’s bag ?


  15. 48
    Trade union reform now! says:

    The unions exist to negotiate the price of labour for labour and capital. They are part of the capitalist machinery and, for all their ‘cloth cap’ phrases, union bosses make a mint from their privaleged role.

    We need unions that respond to workers’ demands, resist hierarchies and oppose full-time officials who exist to keep workers from getting above themselves.

    Union leaders, Labour politicians, full time officials,,,all in the same camp as the Tories, bosses and holders of capital.

    Kick out the bosses – union, business or political now!


  16. 51
    Diane 'Out of Context' Abbott says:

    I didn’t get to watch PMQ’s today as I have spent most of the early afternoon watching old editions of Blackbusters.


  17. 53
    Someone should tell Sarah that constantly parading her charity work is very crass says:

    The classy thing is to do charity work quietly and without fanfare. It’s vulgar to be always talking about which charities you’re helping.


    • 55
      jgm2 says:

      Is she helping them with cash?

      Thought not.


      • 64
        Another Engineer says:

        She is helping them by asking other people to give them money.

        She obviously hasn’t been ignoring Gordon completely.


        • 69
          AC1 says:

          She donated a brick in a bag.


        • 70
          The Orifice of Gordon and Sarah Brown says:

          But wasn’t the £million that Gordon squirelled away last year supposed to be for charity?


          • jgm2 says:

            Hahahahaha. Not at all.

            You see after the contributions to the director’s pension funds and director’s salaries and expenses and ‘investments’ there really wasn’t much money left over for any charitable doing at all.

            It’s the same scam as Blair.


          • The Orifice of Gordon and Sarah Brown says:

            You mean Gordon is enriching himself and avoiding Taxation by investing in his company?


          • jgm2 says:

            Not at all. He’ll be investing in worthy projects like the DfiD. Projects that make a return on capital invested so that he can invest in more worthy projects. After the directors salaries, pension contributions and expenses have been deducted naturally.


        • 74
          jgm2 says:

          I see.

          And her unique qualifier for presuming to ask folk to donate their money is that she is married to and imbecile who destroyed the UK economy?

          I really don’t get how this charity stuff works. I remember reading how rich people like Carnegie and Ford and Rockefeller and folk like that used to amass a fortune and then set up a charity to give it all away to worthy causes.

          This Brown woman seems to of the predator class that has sprung up in order to ‘administer’ all this charitable giving. ‘Administration’ as they ap*p*ear in the accounts. As in ‘90% of charitable donations wind up in the pockets of administrators and only 10% in the hands of those the donation was intended to help’.


      • 87
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Socialists work on the “other people’s money” principle, never their own.


  18. 60
  19. 62
    Huhne Watch says:

    Chris Huhne: all the malice of Machiavelli – but sadly none of his skill

    “He’s smeared his colleagues and betrayed his wife. Are there any redeeming features to the Liberal Democrat MP?



  20. 72
    un believer says:

    Irony overload

    Liam Fox is just the man to campaign for more transparency and cronyism; is Adam Werrity on the case too as a special advisor / executive relief?


    • 79
      un believer says:

      btw glad to see Neo Guido complicit in helping in Liam’s reputational rehabilitation; shame he couldn’t have advised the TURC what a total credibility free zone Dr Fox has become and what a liability he’s going to be for them.


  21. 75
    Tony M says:

    IMF want’s an other £19bn off us. Why the fuck should we switch on our money printing presses because the German’s wont?

    Germans blame inflation for war – the fuck it was – it was fucking Germans wanting to overrun Europe – just as they are trying to do via the backdoor now (with the French providing the KY in the hope that their usual collaboration will buy preferred treatment).


    • 85
      Lou Scannon says:

      Indeed, but you also need to look at where the funding for the German war machine came from. You won’t find that mentioned in the mainstream documentaries.


      • 94

        American loans mostly.
        Up until about 1936 when the German’s became a bad risk.
        After that it was nationalisation,fierce exchange controls, closing down the private sector,shrinking consumer goods and plain robbery from the people.


  22. 88
    YorkshireLad says:

    What, no Louise Mensch? Doesnt this have the kudos or profile to suit her?


  23. 90
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Come on Guido! How can that be the full list when Adam Werrity isn’t mentioned? Are we to believe that Liam has been cured of the sin of Werrity?


  24. 97
    hoofs says:

    I enjoyed the reading the very open/honest “declaration of interests” in the post. It’s quite refreshing that you’ve declared it straight away.

    (That isn’t sarcastic)


  25. 98
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    For a skinny jock, that Fiona Bruce is quite fit – is that that attraction?


  26. 99
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    This person (if I can call him that) is a poor excuse of a Minister and an even poorer excuse of a human being.

    if you should count him as one of your friends I truly pity you.


  27. 101
    hoofs says:

    Is he still shagging (or being shagged by) Werrity?


  28. 102
    Lord Flashman says:

    Chaired by Aidan Burley? Will they all be wearing SS Uniforms or will they just save revealing their real ‘Libertarian’ credentials until Final Victory?


  29. 105
    Me says:

    Brilliant and about time. Time for the self-serving, socialist parasites to see the error of their ways.


  30. 107
    Sue, Grabbit and Runne says:

    Shouldn’t Fiona “the arse” Bruce be reporting the news, not making it?


  31. 108
    Jimmy says:

    The phrase “salon des refuses” springs irresistibly to mind.


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