February 2nd, 2012

Huhne Reshuffle Mischief

The smart money is on Cameron not reshuffling until after the Olympics and opting for a quick yellow for yellow swap if Huhne is forced out, but that hasn’t stopped some intriguing ideas being floated around Tory circles. Firstly there was the hilarious “bigging up” of Sarah Teather, whose civil servants give a very different picture from the one painted in Black Dog:

“Small but perfectly formed Lib Dem Schools Minister Sarah Teather is being tipped by friends of Michael Gove to succeed Chris Huhne as Energy Secretary if he is forced to quit over his speeding offence wrangle. ‘Like most of us, Michael didn’t rate Sarah but he has changed his view after seeing how she sends mandarins twice her size packing,’ said a friend of Gove.”

Whoever Gove’s friend is, he’s a master of reverse psychology. Guido is sure that many tears will be shed if Sarah does move on from Education.

Today’s pipe dream is shifting Vince Cable from BIS over to DECC. There was vicious briefing against the Sage of Twickenham in the Sun today, with unknown Tory Ministers accusing him of stunting growth:

“Cable is obsessed with punishing the bankers — and little else.He has failed to deliver any meaningful strategy to help struggling British companies. Time is running out for us to get this right. We’re doing not nearly enough — and we won’t until Vince gets out of the way.”

Do they really want to put him in charge of growth-choking green-taxes?

With the announcement coming in the morning, in all likelihood it will be Ed Davey or Jeremy Browne laying awake in wonder tonight. There is talk of Norman Lamb and Jo Swinson moving up a rung as a result. Guido doubts we will see the return of David  Laws to the Cabinet, but he could well take the vacant Junior Minister slot. 


176 Comments

  1. 1
    Raving Loon says:

    Can’t we just abolish BIS and DECC completely? Do we even need those departments.

  2. 2
    Bongler says:

    Election time. Cameron would be justified in calling for a vote. Nobody trusts these pork pie merchants, fibbing one minute and sabotaging the economy the next.

  3. 3
    smoggie says:

    Would that we all were blessed with Liberal movements.

  4. 4
    Chris Huhne says:

    Ridin along in my automobile! My mistress beside me at the wheel!

  5. 5
    misterned says:

    How fucking depressing. Whilst I would be delighted to see the green fascist sacked and out of the cabinet, he can only be replaced at energy by another lib-dem carbon hating NAZI fuckwit.

    There is no hope for a rational, realistic, reality based energy policy until every last Lib dem is kicked out of power, or 2015, whichever.

  6. 6
    Nick Clegg says:

    He should be taken outside and shot.

  7. 7
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The speed camera went zapp. Now we all smell a rat.

  8. 8
    My vote's for Jeremy Browne says:

    Jeremy Browne is very right wing for a Lib Dem.

  9. 9
    AC1 says:

    Vince should get the Department of Pensioners.

  10. 10
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

  11. 11
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Has Huhne condemned whoever was driving the speeding car?

  12. 12
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    bet he’s not charged :(

  13. 13
    Ah! Monika says:

    In front of which ‘family’?

  14. 14
    Loungelizard says:

    Can we not at least abolish Vince Cable

  15. 15
    Ah! Monika says:

    Not many will take you up on that bet.

  16. 16
    AC1 says:

    Plant-food starvers should be exiled.

  17. 17
    Ah! Monika says:

    No need, just put him in the front garden and cable thieves will do the rest.

  18. 18
    Dudley Zoo says:

    Cable should be put in charge of custard cream procurement

    I did consider suggesting he be put in charge of fig roll procurement but I think he may not be up to the job

  19. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m available.

  20. 20
  21. 21
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    I just can’t see the need for cameras – if he is to be charged they will have to take him to a police station. they are not going to run through the evidence in front of all the cameras that is for the court to listen to. if however there is no chance then the cps will try to justify it I reckon.

  22. 22
    Comment of the day says:

    Vince Cable is a very much older version of Vince Cable.

  23. 23
    Libby the Libertarian says:

    Get shot of the Huhne and bring back Laws.

  24. 24
    ToonBob... says:

    Dementia is not pleasant, if he had DP at least he could get a bath on a Friday night, bingo on Saturday and the barber pops in on a Sunday to tidy him up a bit :)

  25. 25
    Get rid of the old fraud says:

    How about he just retires from public life altogether. He’s a tax dodger who was happy to see HMRC half his penalties in a manner that they refuse to accept they ever do for other people who file and pay their VAT late.

  26. 26
    Strictly Come Speeding says:

    Huhne is an odd fellow. He wanted power and fame but he’ll always be known for just 4 things: being caught out live on Marr’s show over his Calamity Clegg briefing, telling his wife he’s divorcing her and then saying they have 30 minutes to kill the story, making her take his speeding points, and briefing against several cabinet colleagues including his “I don’t want my fingerprints on this” email to a journalist.

    All in all, a rather short and miserable albeit colourful political career. Next stop after the clink: reality TV.

  27. 27
    ToonBob... says:

    Is he on bail?

    As you say, looks like it is more likely they will announce NFA.

  28. 28
    A Tory says:

    Get shot of Cameron and bring back Thatcher

  29. 29
    God says:

    Laws is dodgy. Is there not a single honest person left in Parliament?

  30. 30
    The Lone Ranger says:

    Danny says that head of student loans body will pay tax at source from now on.

    1. Why aren’t HMRC chasing him for previous years when they can do over IR35 which clearly should have applied?

    2. Will he still be able to claim his travel costs through his company?

    3. Will the taxpayer be paying his travel costs at source?

    4. Which mandarin will be sacked for even suggesting this and at HMRC for agreeing to it.

    No ordinary taxpayer would get away with any of the above. Of course I am sure he wouldn’t attempt to get round any of the above.

    Who at the BBC is guilty of the above?

  31. 31
    Democracy Now says:

    So, he’s a flop. What’s new? Parliament is full of deadbeats.

  32. 32
    Democracy Now says:

    Is his company registered for VAT?

  33. 33
    Foxes says:

    That just takes the biscuit

  34. 34
    Dave Miliband says:

    Me too.

  35. 35
    Richard Branson says:

    I’m here!

  36. 36
  37. 37
    nellnewman says:

    Parliament has become the discredited home for the serially dishonest.

  38. 38
    David 'Knows no' Laws says:

    What about me? Caught fiddling my expenses because i didn’t want my Mum to know I was gay.

    ‘The Standards and Privileges Committee concluded that the rental agreements submitted by Laws between 2003 and 2008 were misleading and designed to conceal the nature of his relationship with his partner. They prevented any examination of the arrangements that in fact pertained over the entire period. Further, his claims for rent were in excess of market levels for a lodging agreement, and a market level agreement would not have included contributions from the lodger towards building repairs and maintenance, which Laws also claimed.’

    I say ‘bollocks’ to that.

  39. 39
    D. Milipede says:

    I’m on such good terms with my brother that to help him I made a speech explaining what he should do to promote Labour. Why didn’t I just go round and mention these ideas over a coffee at his place you say? ………

  40. 40
    Tony Dean says:

    Why don’t we bring the general election forward and let’s get rid of all this trash?

    All in favour….

  41. 41
    Concerned Citizen says:

    Guido, can you have a word with the people at the mature dating site? They have a very sorrowful specimen on offer at the top of this thread.

  42. 42
    Jo Moore's Almanac for 3 Feb 2012...good day to bury bad news says:

    And at 10.05 am tomorrow nothing will have changed Huhne still at DECC and Cable still at BIS and Clegg calling the shots on government policy…….

  43. 43
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Sarah Teat-her – you would though…

  44. 44
    Geoff Boycott says:

    Don’t think he’s on bail, but he is on a sticky wicket.

  45. 45
    Scorsese magic says:

    Classic gangster flick on Film4 tonight, The Departed.

  46. 46
    Blue Raspberries says:

    Lord Pantsdown of Sarajevo might be an idea. Have him pissing out the tent.

  47. 47
    Anon says:

    The DECC deals with things like river defences and coastal erosion, so it’s necessary.

    The greenie-b0llocks “CC” part of the name should be axed, though, probably along with 2/3rds of the staff.

  48. 48
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Hasn’t she got a beer to ban then?

  49. 49
    Desperate Dan says:

    I would like a new Law that stops people from taking dogs for a “walk” while riding on bikes. Apart from the fact that their dogs’ paws could get run over or stuck in the spokes, don’t these horrible people know that dogs like to snuffle about and aren’t interested in running flat out for miles.

  50. 50
    A Doctor Writes says:

    If we all took a good dose of laxative, we probably would be.

  51. 51
    Anon says:

    I used to have a Venus Flytrap that I fed cat food.

    Presumably they’d eat minced LimpDum and Green Party members, too, and David Camoron (unless he admits his “green beliefs” are just naked opportunism, trying to pander to some ‘right on’ agenda).

    It’s a slow and cumbersome method of disposal, I grant you, but it’s a thought.

  52. 52
    Judge Dredd says:

    I would like a new law that bans people from doing stupid things. I get to decide what is stupid and the fine is unlimited.

  53. 53
    Fish says:

    Who at the BBC….?

    Quite a few apparently. Will the DG call for an investigation?

    And who in the House of Commons has tax efficient arrangements. Gordon? Just how are the earnings from your ‘The United Kingdom – My part in its downfall’ tour, taxed?

  54. 54
    General Clegg and his vanishing Mexican Army says:

    Have you seen this painful stand up gig ?

  55. 55
    Fish says:

    Ominously a legal expert has just said theat the only time that Starmer has made such an announcement previously was when he announced that there wouldn’t be charges on the Tomlinson death, giving the complexity of the case as the reason.

    Expect the same tomorrow. No charges, difficult to get former partners to testif against each other.

    To me there seems to be enough in the public domaine to require a jury to examine Huhne and his ex, under cross examination and under oath. This is for the courts to decide not Starmer.

  56. 56
    Ah! Monika says:

    The head of the Student Loans Company will have tax and National Insurance payments deducted from his £182,000 pay package in future, ministers say.

  57. 57
    Le Monde correspondent says:

    Fine outstanding buttocks

    Rearing stock indeed

    Enough to turn us all into shirtlifters

  58. 58
    Trevor Kavanagh says:

    http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/4103036/Sun-columnist-Trevor-Kavanagh-on-Labours-Yvette-Cooper.html

    Labour are so desparate for a new leader that even Mrs Balls children are campaigning

  59. 59
    Tuscan Tony says:

    More to the point why are you serving ads that list Chinese girls by age and weight? What are they for? There’s one now, Jasmin, age 21, 40Kgs. That’s about the same as your or my left leg.

    What can it all mean?

  60. 60
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Cable should not be let lose in any ministry !
    he is a twat

  61. 61
    Desperate Dan says:

    But Jeremy Paxman, John Humphries, Emily Maitlis etc will continue to have their £million+ salaries paid into their own private companies and will paid their own tax/insurance if their accountants deem it necessary.
    Victoria Derbyshire will continue to be flown to Manchester and back everyday and will be ferried between her home/airports/home by chauffeur driven cars. This will be called “perks of the job” or sometimes “expenses”.

  62. 62
    Bird with small brain says:

    There isn’t a single honest (as in totally and consistently honest) person on the planet, so a little less righteous indignation would be appropriate. I for one accept David Laws explanation for his motives and some speedy rehabilitation would be good for both him and the country. We need some genuine expertise in dealing with our calamitous national finances, that’s for sure. He’s served his time in exile – bring him back.

  63. 63
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    The problem for Cameron is, on fibbing, misleading and sabotage, he has plenty of ‘form’ himself.

  64. 64
    Desperate Dan says:

    The ads are tailored by Google to suit your particular tastes.

  65. 65
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    without better evidence than what time MrsH had her pudding that night, it would just be courtroom circus based on who the jury likes the look of.

  66. 66
    un believer says:

    What a load of utter bullshit

    “if only it wasn’t for nasty mr Cable we’d be in utopian wonderland of prosperity, we have a masterplan for growth and that bully Vince is stopping it from getting anywhere.”

    not with piss weak wavey davey and the towel folder at the helm we won’t

  67. 67
    john in cheshire says:

    IR35 is one of the most pernicious pieces of legislation that the socialists ever invented. They should all be forced to comply with it; perhaps then it will be repealed.

  68. 68
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    She had her head down really low,

    Not sure if I should come or go.

  69. 69
    JD says:

    Which threesome is ugliest: Huhne-Pryce-Trimingham or Hemming-Cox-Hemming?

  70. 70
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Is that Sarah Teather’s ‘front garden’ ? Yum Yum.

  71. 71
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    I for one don’t. He has shit on his own career, his choice and it shows he has absolutely no judgement whatsoever.

  72. 72
    say what you see says:

    You dirty old c’unt.

  73. 73
    Selohesra says:

    Pickles-Abbott-Prescott?

  74. 74
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I’ve just looked it up in the news, and the paper says “dramatic” “news conference … minister’s future” – which sounds like complete tosh.

    If they’ve got enough evidence, he’s still got a theoretical chance of being found innocent.
    If they’ve not got enough evidence, he’s got a good chance of being found guilty in the court of public opinion, esp when the papers are free of all hints of sub judice.

    Only way its sorted is if they’ve got a photo of who was driving. They havent.

  75. 75
  76. 76
    JD says:

    Oooh, unbeatable choice, but I forgot to mention the rule: real-life love triangles only please!

  77. 77
    Big Ben says:

    When my cock is strapped to my leg it weighs considerably more than that.

  78. 78
    Le Monde correspondent says:

    I see he can spell “write” as well

    A real Mirror journalist

  79. 79
    Jabba the Huhne says:

    Vince will be 70 next year. Time he retired to his cardie and slippers and a nice cup of cocoa.

  80. 80
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    But local GPs work in similar ways.
    They are not direct employees of the NHS, they operate private organisations which charge the NHS for work done – the owners of that private business (GPs)then take profits, rather than salaries, thus opening the way to tax advantages.
    And as GPs also collect more than the PM does, I’m struggling to see the difference.

  81. 81
    David 'the trougher' Laws can fuck right off says:

    See above.

  82. 82
    Tuscan Tony says:

    You would though, after 6 pints of Top Totty.

  83. 83
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Still too tasty for Huhne, though.

  84. 84
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Where’s Alizee then? FFS.

  85. 85
    Jack says:

    Are you saying that Call me Dave will get an “Olympic Boost” ?

    As the economy collapses finally ?

  86. 86
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    That’ll do.

  87. 87
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    So then. He only broke the rules a bit, and he’s not that bad in comparison to the rest.

    And we’re supposed to be impressed with that.

  88. 88
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    But with Fatbut Abbot, Pickles and Prescott wouldn’t necessarily know the other was there.

  89. 89
    Jack says:

    Did they drive the cruise ship into your back garden Tony ?

    Or was it Polly’s ?!

  90. 90
    Labour friends of Israel says:

    Bring back Mandy as Business Secretary

    He would attract all the predators back…

  91. 91
    Arnold Schwarzenegger to Huhne says:

    Fuck you, asshol!

  92. 92
    Incapable Vince says:

    As a good FibDem I want to take as much money from those who have accumulated it and pass it on to those who aspire to it.

    FibDems – champagne socialists with sandals

  93. 93
    Lard Pressclot says:

    Make that twelve pints – on expenses – and send her over to my office.

  94. 94
    Ah! Monika says:

    There must have been a leak from the DPP by now.

  95. 95
    twat watch says:

  96. 96
    ToonBob... says:

    There will be many red faces when the CPS say to the cameras ” NFA, the Huhne is innocent” :)

  97. 97
    Joss Taskin says:

    I thought he was the Buminess Secretary ?

  98. 98
    Bystander #4 says:

    Say no more!

    Yellow is the colour of €ast Iron ‘Dave’ and the gaggle of gawks that follow him.

  99. 99
    Raving Loon says:

    Should the government really be trusted with river defence and costal erosion?

  100. 100
    Raving Loon says:

    Why on Earth would someone pay to hear Gordon speak? I’d pay good money to never hear from him again.

  101. 101
    Some Geezer wot thinks Cable should be flattered by the likeness says:

    Ooh, look! The Vince Cable doll! (Called “Walter” for the USA orders)

  102. 102
    David Norris and Gary Dobson says:

    Sub judice, what’s that?

  103. 103
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    That’s a lie. I am working for charity http://tgr.ph/xVhFC1

  104. 104
    Paddy Pants Down says:

    Miss Teather is also very consistent on policy…

    “In her maiden speech when first elected as an MP in 2003, Teather made clear her opposition to tuition fees:[19]” (wiki)

  105. 105
    lol says:

    Mostly here lol!

  106. 106
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I don’t know. I heard some law student say it once, and it sounded clever.

  107. 107
    Gangster Russian Oligarch says:

    We love Gordon Brown

    He gave us all permits to live in the UK and “whitewash” ourselves and out billions…No questions asked…

    With the help of expensive, bent City solicitors…

  108. 108
    Influence Peddlar Blair running out of influence to peddle says:

    Who have you bought in the Tory and Libdem parties ?

  109. 109
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Taxes are for the little people.

  110. 110
    Plod says:

    There’ll be a lot more red faces when we charge him.

  111. 111
    Gangster Russian Oligarch says:

    We don’t “buy” anyone directly

    We use “PR companies” and “solicitors” to do the job for us…

    Do I need to name names ?

  112. 112
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Sky News reporting that Ireland might need a second bail out
    if things don’t improve within the fourth reich

  113. 113
    FT correspondent says:

    Breaking news

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-02/mf-global-u-k-administrators-to-distribute-26-cents-on-dollar-to-clients.html

    Ex Chief Executive of G ol d m a n sachs firm pays out 26 cents on the dollar to UK traders…FFS

  114. 114
    Jack says:

    And so the fraudulent bankers continue their rape and devastation

  115. 115
    Universal Hiss says:

    Well with the fanfare they are hardly going to say thank- you for all attending ladies & gentlemen. Mr.Huhne will be prosecuted.As there will be a forthcoming trial no further comment can be made & no questions will be taken.

    It will be one pathetic excuse after another. Mainly that a fair trail could not take place because of the dreadful media coverage.

  116. 116
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    For all of you complaining about the adverts I’ve just had one for
    “hunting butts cottage”

  117. 117
    Universal Hiss says:

    I wish I hadn’t read that.

    I’m going to feel ill all night.

  118. 118
  119. 119
    Education, Edyerkayshun, Eddyookaashun says:

    Heez yuseless ! Itz r-i-t-e. Innit.

  120. 120
    Universal Hiss says:

    Don’t be silly. It’s all been fixed by poking Mr.Goodwin with a pointy stick.

  121. 121
    jgm2 says:

    I agree. Very little chance he’ll be charged.

  122. 122
    Mr. Putin's Stolen Cat says:

  123. 123
    Eastleigh Rider says:

    Asked my wife if she’d answer for me
    I said, “Vicky, can’t you see
    I wanna be famous, and run energy
    But please, please do something to help me

    Vicky you can drive my car
    Even though it’s from afar
    Vicky, you can drive my car
    And Vicky I love you

    I told them all that my marriage was good
    Pure apple pie and motherhood
    You got three points and a fifity quid fine
    Your kept your licence and I kept mine

    Vicky you can drive my car
    Even though it’s from afar
    Vicky, you can drive my car
    And maybe I love you

    Cheat cheat’n cheat cheat yeah

    Vicky you can drive my car
    Even though it’s from afar
    Vicky, you can drive my car
    And maybe I love you

    Then it was time for me to go my own way
    So I said listen Vick I got something to say
    I’m leaving you cause I’m a real shit
    But you were my driver and took the hit

    Vicky you can drive my car
    Even though it’s from afar
    Vicky, you can drive my car
    And maybe I loved you

    Cheat cheat’n cheat cheat yeah!

  124. 124
    Anonymous says:

    Giffgaff goody bag ?? WTF ?

  125. 125
    Anonymous says:

    Yup, quite sickening and ethically repellent that “Tories” wish to rehabilitate this creature. FFS he couldn’t make three weeks in his post before he had to resign in disgrace so where’s the evidence that he’s even any good!

  126. 126
    Mr. Putin's Stolen Cat says:

    Meant to play on AC DC connection – bugger!

  127. 127
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    the anount of public money being spent of that smug man is attrocious – not only are we paying him to try and force windfarms on us but we are paying for the police to investigate all of this.

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    It’s the distinction between contract of service as opposed to contract for services.

  129. 129
    albacore says:

    O lucky Dave, he’s spoiled for choice
    Maybe he hears a little voice
    Please, Dave, ever so pretty please
    This time let’s have some expertise

  130. 130
    Universal Hiss says:

    Firefox is your friend. What adverts?

    My printer doesn’t like it though.

  131. 131
    Truth seeker says:

    They are all expenses fiddlers except for Cable who is so old he forgets to pay his bills. What a shower. I think David Laws should be given another chance. Be honest if you want the people who have never fiddled their expenses to run the country then we have no one to run the country. David Laws is the only talent the Lib Dems have who does not have a cabinet post.

  132. 132
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Let’s hope the Twunt can sing like a bird..

  133. 133

    The only charge he should face is one from a pylon.

  134. 134
    Universal Hiss says:

    I really hope I’m wrong jgm.

    Could be because of the serious nature of the allegations,the intense press interest and the CPS want to trumpet that a serving government minister is not above the law,it has been decided that a prosecution will take place.

    There. Totally contrary to my last post. So tomorrow I’ll be right.

    Shall we call it doing a Guido?

  135. 135
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Abolish the lot. cut taxes and let industry and capital flourish and we can beat the world again!! Feck the lot of them especially those Liebour Hunts!!

  136. 136

    Miliband hasn’t been on the telly all day.
    Is something wrong at the corporation?

  137. 137
    EdButLookBalls says:

    They and the rest of the cnuts like Blind Boy O’Donahue, Mair, Quim, Toenails, Further, Brown and assorted feckwit Al-Beeba journos relish discussing such government problems with Liebour politicos whilst having their own arrangements for non-PAYE tax payments.

    Cuuunts!

  138. 138

    I agree.
    if a chancer like Mandy can keep getting the gig, because, if truth be told, he was easily the most talented amongst the fag end losers of the Labour administration. Then why not Laws?
    Who else is there? Moonbat Nadine? Mensch? Jesse Norman ?

  139. 139

    Or doing an Ed?

    I agree with the principle of your comment, but I disagree in practice.

  140. 140

    I hope he is in Moscow. Its -24 and snowing there.
    Hopefully he’ll manage to lock himself out of the conference.
    The big fool.

  141. 141
    Jim Davidson says:

    Wouldn’t it be hilarious to watch her piss herself and dribble!

  142. 142
    Glyn H says:

    I thought after the same scam was used by Birt when DG (plus the 2nd car for his then wife, a fiddle which cost an acquaintance, GM of a Mercedes dealership, his job) this was known to be unviable. Have these savants no use for what has gone before? That was the New Labour attitude to proprieties and public money!

  143. 143
    Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    I will be attending Gordon’s lecture on how he saved the world, in Moscow. I hope he doesn’t expect me to show him around afterwards as I will be extremely busy on important State business in a 5* Moscow hotel; at taxpayer’s expense, of course. Boaz.

  144. 144
    Cassandrina says:

    So by tomorrow noon the left winger in charge of public prosecutions will publically announce whether Huhne will be put to trial. Based on his ridiculous investigation into cash for honours and his public announcement that no charges will be made, then it would be wise expect the same to happen with Huhne.
    It will be a miracle if they press charges.
    But if they do then we could easily be led into the belief that at last we have an honest government.

  145. 145
    DrCrippen says:

    I never get bothered by HMRC.

  146. 146
    Cassandrina says:

    David Davis gets my vote.

  147. 147
    Cassandrina says:

    The BBC is awash with outside companies run by insiders.
    If an investigation was carried out by HMRC into the endemic tax avoidance at the BBC then the shit would certainly hit the fan.
    Strangely Patten and Thompson are silent on this but the more time Patten takes over this disaster waiting to happen, the more he will fall – surely he cannot blame Thompson after he leaves, can he?

  148. 148
    Anonymous says:

    Laws back at any level will destroy whatever is left of cast iron daves reputation.

  149. 149
    Cassandrina says:

    Don’t forget the cash for honours fiasco from Starmer.

  150. 150
    Cassandrina says:

    Don’t forget the Attenboroughs’

  151. 151
    Cassandrina says:

    Desert Island (Discs) should do it?

  152. 152
    Synic says:

    Hear hear — no quears

  153. 153
    Cassandrina says:

    Problem is you are not a raving loon. They are the idiots paying to hear him.

  154. 154
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Rinding around in my new Range Rover Evoque
    Looking for young girls to pick up and poke.

  155. 155
    Pundit Too says:

    Perhaps he is in the broom cupboard in Moscow?

  156. 156
    Dick Scratcher says:

    I hear Ernest Borgine look-a-like Grant Shapps to get Cable’s job

  157. 157
    Really? says:

    My two cents’ worth; both should be dealt with at county level. More important than either is to stop numpties giving/getting planning permission to build in flood plains. Yes, milord Presky, I mean you and your damned plans to build a gazillion cookie-cutter boxes along the Thames estuary.

    What did we build that barrier for – and what effect would deploying it have on anything downstream? Clot.

  158. 158
  159. 159
    Really? says:

    It wasn’t Marr, It was Jon Sopel on ‘The Politics Show’. They played a very impressive showreel of their scoops during the programme’s life: this was by a long way the best clip shown.

  160. 160
    Really? says:

    Is the former Mrs Adrian Chiles eligible for this list, too? They made a lovely couple.

  161. 161
    Mess of pottage says:

    I could do Cable’s job – and better. He doesn’t understand business or – yes, that much reviled word – SALES!

    Bring back Laws, all is forgiven.

    PM has announced confidence in Huhne, so he’s toast! No doubt the Dep PM will issue the redundancy notice with great regret, signed ‘Calamity Clegg’!

  162. 162
    Mess of pottage says:

    I agree having spent two days dealing with serial f**kwits!

  163. 163
    Spartacus says:

    Admitted to being a serial embezzler of public money for years and years . . . he can fukc right off. Just another member of the common market arse lickers’ society aka liberals

  164. 164
    HappyUK says:

    Remember December?

    Shameron vetoed EU plans for a Fiscal Union (FU for short) to control the budgets of debt-ridden Eurozone ‘nations’ and was hailed as a hero by the short-sighted.

    Naturally all of that went down the gurgler with the Shameron ’s craven but perfectly forseeable U-turn.

    Cameron has achieved nothing. He’s gone from FU to FA. He didn’t even use the opportunity to cut us a better deal. Anyone who opposes European integration and remains inside the Conservative or Labour parties needs to extract their head from their anus fast, before reality takes them squarely and painfully up the said region.

  165. 165
    Foggy Albion says:

    Vince? Fuck me, I thought it was Mick Fleetwood and Sam Fox.

  166. 166
    Flim flam person says:

    We all know that Camoron has family interests in keeping the scam going at full speed.

  167. 167
    Flim flam legal personage says:

    Sounds like an underwater craft from “the only demokrasy in the Middle East [nudge nudge]

  168. 168
    Hair Curl Pwarote says:

    Vicky lost her make up bag?

  169. 169
    Yum Singasong says:

    Perhaps Pattten can sell the Beeb to the Chinese. He has lots of experience in this area.

  170. 170
    Yum Singasong says:

    I have never seen a dog riding a bike.

    (Except the old bat from No 34 down the road)

  171. 171
    Fixtit says:

    TT: It means they have never heard of Firefox. Simple people really…

  172. 172
    Fixtit says:

    Lots of drug infested ‘athletes’ will also no doubt be getting an Olymoic boost…

  173. 173
    Fixtit says:

    Oops – that was a typo, not a new kind of performance enhancing substance!

  174. 174
    Fixtit says:

    …. or, preferably, Treblinka

  175. 175
    Fixtit says:

    Maybe, just maybe, something at long last is actually right at the corporation.

    +sings+ Dreaming, I’m always dreaming, hoping some day I’ll find … etc

  176. 176
    Ed at the BBC 9am 3rd Feb.Big Eck says:

    Cooooeeee!


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