January 23rd, 2012

Labour Chuka Spanner in Works

Credit where credit is due: Chuka may not be so hot on polling, but he has ruined Vince Cable’s week. The Social Market Foundation website has a heavy trail for Cable’s speech tomorrow lunchtime on reforming executive pay. So heavy that you might wonder why such an announcement was not being made to Parliament first. Well now it will have to be, as Cable’s shadow has been granted an Urgent Question forcing the Business Secretary to bring the announcement forward to this afternoon and give it to the proper audience – parliament. There goes the grid…


  1. 1
    Taff says:

    TBH ministers should annouce everything to the house first, fed up with reading about it a few days before in the papers/blogs.

  2. 2
    Popeye says:

    I agree but I just don’t trust that Chuka Ummna one little bit, looks dead shifty, as if he might have an offshore account.

  3. 3
    Selohesra says:

    Doddery old fool Cable probably forgot he hadn’t told Parliament

  4. 4
    PM says:

    Who gives a fuck?

  5. 5
    Topsy says:


    He’s a creepy narcissist.

  6. 6
    john bunyan says:

    Vince has been very quiet recently, but like quite a few of the Hunts in The Commons he remained quiet when Mayo and Simpson wrecked Marconi.

    But asking MPs to reform pay is a bit like encouraging a drunk to run an office licence.

  7. 7
    Gonk says:

    His voracious appetite for publicity and relentless ambition will catch him
    out as everyone knows he’s a bit thick.

  8. 8
    genghiz the kahn says:

    and as for Chukka…

  9. 9
    Chuka your money in an off-shore tax haven says:

    I had no idea i was so well known.

  10. 10
    Loungelizard says:

    That anything like a crap soozet.

  11. 11
    jgm2 says:

    There’s a golden opportunity waiting for Cameron if he would simply put forward a reduction of (say) 15% in an MP’s pay. Just to show that ‘we’re all in this together’.

    It’s a bit tough to ask anybody to take a pay freeze or a pay cut if you’re not willing to take one yourself.

    The reason he doesn’t is not because this would get voted down by Labour (although it would) but that he can’t guarantee enough Tory and Liberal MPs would support it either. Self-serving bastards that they are.

  12. 12
    The End of the Piers Show says:

    Boom Chuka Boom Chuka Boom Chuka

    Chuka Boots

    Chuka Toys Outa the Pram

    Chucka the Baby with the Bathwater

    Chucky the Rugrat

    & etc

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Fair play him for the tactic – it should be used more when the PR machine “trails” policy in this way.

  14. 14
    Tony Blair, Millionaire says:


    Silly name

    Silly boy

  15. 15
    Sophie says:

    Are we really being fleeced for £1200 a time for multi millionaire Chuka’s suits?

    Surely a multi millionaire like him can show some understanding of public finances & set an example?

  16. 16
    Spartacus says:

    Huhne Charges Expected Within Weeks

  17. 17
    Nan Taylor says:

    He looks well dodgy to me. Is he a dealer?

  18. 18
    Raving Loon says:

    Cable should be sacked on the grounds that it is arguably inappropriate to have a grumpy old Marxist as a business sectretary.

  19. 19
    t says:

    ‘Spanner’ is an ideal name for him, more acceptable than ‘Spear’.

  20. 20
    t says:

    ‘Spanner’ is an ideal name for him, more acceptable than ‘Spe@r’.

  21. 21
    Loungelizard says:

    Looking at the photo of Vince & Upchucka the question that springs to mind is, doesn’t anyone have hair anymore?

  22. 22
    Sauce for the Goose says:

    That’s odd. When Labour was in government, there were plenty of occasions when they didn’t worry about announcing stuff in Parliament first.

  23. 23
    Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    Allowances paid to UK Politicians are entirely justified and justifiable. Take my case for example, I do extremely important work in eastern Europe and if I did not dress with some dignity, people would not take me seriously. How do you think the people of Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Riga etc would treat me if I dressed like a Tramp? Jahbulon.

  24. 24
    Desperate Dan says:

    I’m getting sick of waiting.

  25. 25
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    £1500 suits you sir!

  26. 26
    Desperate Dan says:

    No. And from what I hear no-one’s got breasts any more either.

  27. 27
    Spamela says:

    There’s something about Chukk that’s not quite right.

    Yuk! Gives me the shivers, and not in a good way.

  28. 28
    Bawbag Survivor says:

    He had a good Grounding as a Labour Councillor in Glasgow!……Back in those days he was more likely to be left a footer rather than a left winger!

  29. 29
    Labour Voting Scum says:

    He can pay for his own suits. All style and no substance.

  30. 30
    john in cheshire says:

    At one time it would be acceptable parlance to talk about putting uppity K****rs in their place, but I suppose not appropriate in these days of socialist bigotry and racism.

  31. 31
    smoggie says:

    He’s what we used to call a Smarmy Get.

  32. 32
    smoggie says:

    Spanner is a girl’s name. We used to have one lass in Accounts who we called “Spanner”.

    Every time I looked at her, me nuts would tighten.

  33. 33
    Cock-a-hoop Chuka says:

  34. 34
    jgm2 says:

    That’s how they’re so well-placed to spot when somebody else is trying to pull the same stunt.

  35. 35
    Harriet Harman says:

    My gimp Jack(ie) made an honest mistake. Honest!

  36. 36
    smoggie says:

    Aye, like that war in Iraq they agreed wiv Dubya.

  37. 37
    A Humbled Vince says:

    Kin L. Vince sounds rattled unprepared and doddery. Not his finest hour, poor sod.

  38. 38
    Bawbag Survivor says:

    Cable on his feet now!……..”we have a package of powers..transparancy,consultancy,performance,reports,policy,sanctions,divercity,code,progress,conduct,planning,renumeration,rewards,failure,clawback,concluding…….tax will increase to 99.5% on all renumeration above £100,000!

  39. 39
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    Shame that you were granted your freedom boy

  40. 40
    Chukka Uppa says:

    Labour will not oppose a benefits cap but we disagree with it. We have decided that our new policy paradigm for 2012 will be:

    Keep reading from a blank sheet of paper.

  41. 41
    Gonk says:

    OAP voice.

  42. 42
    Richard Kelham says:

    What? Not even Dave Cameron?

  43. 43
    Popeye says:

    He’s dead cheap, mine cost £2000 a piece. A whole one is sheer extravagance.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Well bully for u u twat

  45. 45
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Labour frequently didn’t worry about announcing some stuff to anyone at all-at all. Just looked for good days to bury bad news.

  46. 46
    will says:

    labour is in abing here if it does not oppose a benefits cap or explian what it will put in its place, then taxpayers of this country will think its keen on continuing to splash money away.

    If it does then its core vote will leave it.

    One nil to the tories

  47. 47
    Ivan Agenda says:

    I think that the term “Chuka spanner in the works” is a very appropriate sobriet for this distinctly creepy bovver boy. I will use it in the future.
    The Limp Dims seem to have adopted McDooms practice to speak to others before Parliament. St Vince of the Broom Cupboard should be severely reprimanded.

  48. 48
    Ivan Agenda says:

    “Off-licence” John? What’s wrong with a pub

  49. 49
    Ivan Agenda says:

    The poison dwarf speaker has spoken.

  50. 50
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    Chucka is seriously out of his depth.

    he has admitted it by saying he is flabbergasted.

    Frankly this is a job for the Squeaker. He should throw his weight around a little more and put a few Cabinet Ministers in the Tower for a couple of days for contempt.

    The leaking of policies would soon stop.

  51. 51
    Ivan Agenda says:

    Labour oppose the way the benefits cap works, while their fuhrer Tony Bliar is disclosed today as only paying tax of £315,000 on £12 million revenue for 2011.
    Nothing on BBC Pravda Bring Back Communism of course and I am sure the Coalition Government will miss yet another wonderful open goal.

  52. 52
    Ivan Agenda says:

    Forgot to mention that Tony Blair’s financial accounts have at least a black hole of £5 million and as it is proves that he is the most expensive UK ex MP on record. Same story with the UK’s accounts in his and Broon’s time.

  53. 53
    respect the office says:

    Good for Umunna.
    The Speaker needs to grow a set of balls and haul errant Ministers to the Commons if they dont make their announcements in the Commons.
    I’m fucking sick to the back teeth of spin

  54. 54
    Rednapp is guilty says:

    Moribund should really sort Chuka out.

    not only has he got a daft name he has some pretty daft ideas.

    he has just been saying that Union officials should be on PLC remuneration committees.

    The only difference this would make would be an extra mouth in the feeding trough. you vote this through and you will be alright too.

    simply insist that all nominee held shareholdings should lead to beneficiaries receiving voting ballot papers direct through the Internet if requested.

    This would go down a bundle in some boardrooms although the reality is that the City of London largely control this aspect of things in the first place.

    The City are doing an excellent job for us all and that is why Dave does all he can to protect their interests.

  55. 55
    Rob Roy says:

    Inept and pathetic opposition politics at best.

    best leave constructive opposition to the Scottish Nationalists

  56. 56
    Rob Roy says:

    Where do you think he gets his ties and shirts from?


  57. 57
    nemo says:

    Of course you have a point there, Cammers and Gideon could take a 15% paycut also expenses of MPs and minsters’ should be reduced (things like mileage, housing or rental) or made into allowances (then they would be taxed) then we will be “all in it together” BUT do you really think the little darlings would accept it, personally I think NOT! If you did reduce their pay you could then put on a performance bonus if they get the country out of the mire

  58. 58
    nemo says:

    Well you could allow him to have breasts, B’Liar certainly has judging from past photos

  59. 59
    Nostradamus says:

    If you are ever unfortunate enough to meet someone who has worked for a Labour think tank or carried a bag for a Labour MP, you will find that they all have the same smug, condescending manner as Chuka.

    All proficient in parroting pointy headed Labour doctrine, but woeful on having any connection to the real-world.

  60. 60
    Holly says:

    Maybe Chuck will keep his gob shut in future, because even the dumb arse Cable got the better of him.

    Chuck.’ bankers, fat cats, pay’ blah, blah, blah…’Not far enough’, blah, blah, blah’.

    Cable,’Thirteen years’!’Where the fcuk were your lot’! ‘I’ll take no lectures from your side’.

    Love it!!

  61. 61
    Atar says:

    Chukkie is obviously far too used to staring at himself in the mirror, and just getting adoring gazes and agreement.

  62. 62
    City of London says:

    I thought Chuka was bad but having cast my eyes over what Dave is proposing to protect us all I have to laugh.

    if FTSE goes up 10% and I am a CEO of a FTSE listed company which has gone up say 5% during the same period there is absolutely nothing to prevent me getting a 10% plus pay rise although my performance should have got me the sack.

    this has always been the joke in the City and Dave wants to perpetuate it.

    another trick is the CEO with a wife who runs a recruitment or other related agency.

    I leave it to you to think how this one plays out but I tell you Dave and his mate’s prefer to remain silent.

    If Rednapp has a good brief the case against him will be thrown out within a week with the good old taxpayer saddled with costs.

    Your money is not save with either Chuka or Dave around.

  63. 63
    Off with the Palace of Westminister says:

    If you work in a palace then you are going to think that you are royalty.
    Normal ppl work in normal

  64. 64
    er um says:

    That’s a thought, but before it will happen we need a Squeaker with more than a thimbleful of gravitas who commands respect throughout the country and does not have a slapper for a wife.

  65. 65
    Sir Everard Digby says:

    Why only 15% ? If they believe, that an unemployed job-seeker can live on 67.50 a week for a finite period,why should they get any more?

    Alternatively why is their pay not capped at 26K as they wish to do with benefits? After all they get subsidised meals,state sponsored accommodation and other very generous expenses. Plus incredible holiday entitlements and the use of St Thomas’ hospital as effectively their own private hospital.

    They do not need 60k+ salaries as well,or redundancy payments when the electorate vote them out.

  66. 66
    Wife of Bath says:

    Guido, you really seem to have thing about Chuka.

    Are you saying that he has no place in public life?

    He seems well educated and comes from a “good” family.

    What has he done to annoy you?

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