February 29th, 2012

Pilgrim Consultation Due to Start Imminently
Nick Hurd Confirms Wider Scope

Nick Hurd has confirmed that the government consultation into “Pilgrims” is “about to start imminently”. He told a feisty Westminster Hall debate on taxpayer funding of trade unions:

“We will seek to review and rebalance the amount time off for Trade Uion duties… the current level is significantly more that the private sector… The consultation I’ve just described is focussed on the civil service, where my responsibilities as a Minster lie. However other colleagues who have responsibility for these matters in the wider public sector have been asked by the PM to review the position in their sectors.”

A good starting point is why should the taxpayer fund those that want to destroy the Olympics, costing the taxpayer even more money…


  1. 1
    Just one point says:

    Oh, can i trust them to keep my details safe tho?

  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    Their union should be charged pro-rata for the number of hours these Pilgrims skive during Tax-payer time.

    Back-dated. With interest. Same as if you were caught fiddling your taxes. Which is exactly what these c*unts are doing. Tax fiddlers.

  3. 3
    Bongler says:

    Consultation? Review?

    Get on with it!

  4. 4
    jgm2 says:

    Not according to Brown. Apparently they sold details of his child’s illness to the newspapers. And Brown wouldn’t lie about that would he?

  5. 5

    Union’s don’t care about the Olympics.
    Those billions should have been used to make more pilgrim’s

    A waste of £24bn. That could have paid for a whole Labour party full of Pilgrims.

  6. 6
  7. 7
    Chuckus Yamoney says:

    With the government having to borrow £450 million every day to fund overspending, why should tax payers bankroll any independent private interest lobby group.

  8. 8
    jgm2 says:

    Correction Bill – at present rates of cash-burn 24bn would still only pay for about two months of Labour’s Pilgrims.

  9. 9
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Destroying the olympics is olympicist.

    Its like hitler all over again.

  10. 10
    Sky's Peter Poofter says:

    I’m certain he’ll make a fist of it

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    And why should British taxpayers fund Aids treatment for the world?

  12. 12
    Jimmy says:

    A consultation you say? About to start? And imminently to boot?

    A triumph indeed.

  13. 13
    Yawn!!!! says:


  14. 14
    Screwed taxpayer. says:

    Any work time spent on union duties should be unpaid, to be made up with additional hours paid at normal rates, not overtime. Simples.
    Why are waste time “consulting”. DO IT DAVE — OR ARE YOU TOO WEAK WILLED AS USUAL?

  15. 15
    Fat Boy says:

    Male union members are winkle dicks

    Their false accents make me laugh

    Bob Crow is a pantomime dame with a little willy

  16. 16

    At least Brown won’t be around for the Olympics.
    Embarrassing enough to have the protests of the ‘gold pension’ Unite lobby.
    Without one of the Olympic rings becomes detached and we see on the TV Gordon running to escape as a bloody great hoop chases him around the running track.
    He manages to climb the winners podium to escape as the hoop rolls off down the A2.
    But then he topples backwards into the eternal flame.

    You know with Gordon involved it wouldn’t be that far fetched. Cobra would have had a scenario for it.
    “Codeword Gimprun -GO GO GO”

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    I didn’t want the UK to fund or hold the Olympics in those far off days when Labour were in power.
    I still don’t.
    But Union bosses seeking to disrupt the games need for once to stop thinking about themselves and remember the athletes who have trained for years to take part.

  18. 18
    Red Len - Red Ed's boss says:

    Attack the Pig Grims and I will call on the general public to engage in civil disobedience.

  19. 19
    John Bunyan says:

    Now, perhaps we can make some Progress!

  20. 20
    nellnewman says:

    Actually I think it would be instructive to see a detailed public list of every pilgrim employed across the country. Where they’re employed, what they’re supposed to be doing and how much we pay them. Available on the web would be good.

  21. 21
    nellnewman says:


    asking the public to come out in support with civil disobedience is like bobcrow asking the pensioners to walk out into the middle of the M4 to stage a sitdown.

    Nobody’s listening. Not going to happen.

  22. 22
    JH says:

    Not got over Huhne being sniped out the crosshairs yet, have you? After all your bestest sneering, too.


  23. 23
    jgm2 says:

    I didn’t want it either. But the money has been spent now and we’re stuck with it. For the Unions to take the opportunity to proclaim to the world that they’re living in the 1970s would be a …disappointment. Although not a surprise or a ‘shock’ as Warsi claimed. I’d say it was entirely predictable. Remember- this is the same mind-set that used to have miners walking out every winter, freezing the elderly and poor to death in their homes just because they fancied more money. Hostage-taking is what unions do.

    We should get the Israelis or the Russians on the job. They know how to deal with hostage-takers.

  24. 24
    jgm2 says:

    Tee hee.

  25. 25
    JH says:

    The uppity little union fucks should be grateful to have a job in the first place.

    Useless, whining bastards.

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Union members have to pay subs.
    That’s what should pay the wages and expenses of union leaders and pilgrims.

  27. 27
    Workers should oppose pilgrims too says:

    This campaign is hilarious. The only people who gain from the current arrangements are the union hierarchies and the labour parties.

    Contrary to what the uninformed like to believe, Pilgrims/Union fulltimers and the leaders are ANTI strike and anti industrial action. This is for the simpke reason that there privaleged position depends on the being able to discipline their rank and file.

    As the (barely reported) industrial action (and worker victories) in the construction sector in recent months demonstated, workers win when they oppose the bosses AND the union hierarchies. Anti-strike laws are essentially unenforcable if the union bureacracies are bypassed.

  28. 28
    john miller says:

    Ho ho ho…

    Spot the weasel words – rebalance!

    This government have done fuck all and they will sincerely pursue that course of action on all fronts.

  29. 29
    Don't call me says:


    That’s what they are for shirley?

  30. 30
    Lenin Marx-Cluskey ( nee Karlmarx) says:

    Now look here Guidooo .. if ah wannah declare a General Strike to stop the English Olympics that’s mah business. Ah dinnae care ’bout youse lot doon Sooth annyweh..

    Ah’ll be decampin ‘ back to Bonny Scotland as soon as Alex declares Devo “Marx” then youse lot can do whit youse like and we’ll happily drown in our own oil in Loch Lomond.

  31. 31
    Jimmy says:

    So is this the same consultation they announced last year or is it a different one?

  32. 32
    Gus O' Donell says:


    Er .. sorry ??

    ” ..those who have responsibility for these matters in the wider public sector…”

    The Civil Service IS ” the wider public sector — numpty !!

  33. 33
    NeverRed says:

    How about an e-petition to immediately sack all these full time Pilgrim troughers and get trade unions to pay for non work union time of the part time Pilgrim troughers. How about setting one up Guido? Join forces with The Mail, The Star, The Sun and every other newspaper that will support it.
    Let’s get 1 million signatures.

  34. 34
    just a thought says:

    What does Tessa Jowell think of the union bosses calls to disrupt the Olympics?

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    I was a union member until I realised the union hierarchy couldn’t give a shit about the pay or conditions of the rank and file and were only interested in high-profile cases.
    So I left.

  36. 36
    M says:

    Could get pilgrims to hold the targets for the archery
    Call it “tax payers category ” where the competitors try to hit a running target

  37. 37
    M says:

    Welcome Neo , & how does it feel to be free of the matrix ?

  38. 38
    M says:

    “Subs” erm how about ” protection money ” or you’ll lose your job

  39. 39
    M says:

    No not by the boss guess again

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    Scrap the political flunkies known as political assistants – employed by many political parties in local authorities up and down the country. Nothing more than tax payer funded political workers. Scrap these parasites.

  41. 41
    Really? says:

    Just so long as there are no photos. That would be ugly.

  42. 42
  43. 43
    Really? says:

    [The sound of a penny dropping in super-slow motion]

  44. 44
    Really? says:

    Changing their contract of employment so that trade union must provide all funding for anyone caught by the definition of ‘Pilgrim’ ought to do it. After all, changing the law retrospectively for Barclays must have set a useful precedent for bold legislation.

  45. 45
    Bank of UK taxpayer says:

    It’s a long time since the Pilgrim story broke. The reality is that today Jane Pilgrim is still paid to work as a nurse but engages in political campaigning for Unison three days a week. She’s laughing all the way to her canal boat…

  46. 46
    robbie says:

    and why do public bodies deliberately under-report the number of Pilgrims they are funding out of the paybill?

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