March 2nd, 2012

On Yer Bike
Steve Hilton is a Guru Going West

Downing Street says:

With his wife and young family, Steve will be moving to California. He will join Stanford as a visiting scholar at the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and will also be a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. He will spend his year on campus teaching, researching and writing, and will focus on innovation in government, public services and communities around the world.

He will work with a wide range of centres and organisations across the university, including FSI’s Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and The Europe Centre; the Graduate School of Business’ Centre for Social Innovation; the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society; and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

That sabbatical likely to turn permanent…


  1. 1
    Bill and Ted says:

    Farewell. Apparently he wont be replaced so saving taxpayers money as well.

  2. 2
    Ah! Monika says:

    Another Bike For Boris

  3. 3
    Tron says:

    Wigwam for sale: one careful owner.

  4. 4
    Another Engineer says:

    Too few blue skies in London?

  5. 5
    california blue sky thinking says:

    He should feel right at home there.

  6. 6
    jgm2 says:

    A Hari-esque departure. What has Hilton been copying?

  7. 7
    john in cheshire says:

    Who is paying for him to do all of this? And how do the rest of us apply?

  8. 8
    Benny the Ball says:

    Who ?

  9. 9
    Gonk says:

    California sounds simply awful doesn’t it ? I can’t understand a move like this.

  10. 10
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Cameron wasn’t taking any notice of him anyway!

  11. 11
    East India Company Wallah says:

    He has achieved absolutely nothing in public life apart from make wax-face more attractive to the primrose hill mob
    Farewell then Steve.When you tire of lecturing Democrats on hugging hoodies n’ huskies you can always cycle down fourth in Compton to score some charlie with all the other trendy honkies-only if you buy from the mexicans the afro-yanks will do you and vice versa,The Big Society has a while to go before it catches on there

  12. 12
    Sir William Waad says:

    Just what the world needs, another academic political theorist.

  13. 13

    If he shows Gordon Brown there are greener (and more lucrative) pastures here across the pond Hilton will be doing Britain a great service. Being attached to the Hoover Institute is a sort of “Seal of Good Housekeeping” for news outlets so I can look forward to seeing Hilton on CNN and Fox News.

    And, fortunately, I believe the trains through Stanford CA are driverless….

  14. 14
    Dolly Draper says:

    Will he be lecturing at Berkeley?

  15. 15
    Peter Grimes says:

    Is Stanford of equivalent status to the university which Dolly Draper attended a few years ago?

  16. 16
    La' says:

    Is that AT or IN Berkeley?

  17. 17
    wannatellyouastory says:

    Breaking news
    Rachel Whetstone, Global VP of Public Affairs and Head of Communications for Google has decided to take her husband Steve Hilton with her when she goes to USofA.
    Close sources to the couple suggested-“Mexican maids can be expensive and with Steve planning to work part time it seemed a reasonable choice, especially after stable duty for David”.

  18. 18
    Another Engineer says:

    Meanwhile, Ms Spelman’s injunction has been lifted.

    So…that means you can now legally be pointed towards this…

    If you were going to do something illegal, using your own name seems a bit daft. I can’t see that it is something worth an injunction, though, or publishing on the front page of a tabloid for that matter.

  19. 19

    He’s off to replace the late Davy Jones in a remake of the 60’s psychedelic show The policy Monkees.

    “(Theme from) The Policy Monkees”
    “Last High Speed 2 Train to Clarkson”
    “She” [needs positive discrimination.Make her Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs]
    “Hopey Changey Daydreamy Believer”
    “Listen to the Bland”
    “A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit Eu”
    “I’m a Believer. [in windfarms ]”
    “(I’m just ) A little’ Stoned”
    “Shades of Gay marriage”

  20. 20
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Another Berk for Berkeley.

  21. 21
    nellnewman says:

    nice work if you can get it, california sounds more exciting than 10 downing street.

  22. 22
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Bravo. LOL

    These lyrics by Davy Jones fit the bill perfectly:

    I wake to the sun shining,
    Orange and blue skies
    Oh, what a feeling deep inside,
    It’s so hard for me to hide.
    You cannot imagine
    A feeling so different,
    You’ve come so far, you’re at my door,
    You’re knocking at my door.

    Won’t you come inside and talk awhile?
    What I have to say may make you smile,
    Smile, smile, smile.
    I wake to the sun shining,
    Orange and blue skies
    Oh, what a feeling deep inside,
    It’s so hard for me to hide.
    Won’t you come inside and talk awhile?
    What I have to say may make you smile,
    Smile, smile, smile.

  23. 23
    David Cameron PM says:

    And when he returns to the political fray back home, as we all know he will do, he’ll be literally tanned, rested and ready. I wish him well in his sojourn abroad, which we all know has nothing to do with his wife’s connection to Stanford University through Google, and has all to do with his distinguished record of scholarship and experience in the political arena. His absence will be sorely felt. Good luck in Silicon Valley, my friend!

  24. 24
    A Lawyer says:

    OMG, Engelbert Humperdinck as our eurovision entry? The BBC AND Humperdinck must surely both be sectioned. Ken Clarke is already threatening people who steal Boris Bikes with significant time in HMP listening to Les bicyclettes de Belmarsh. Surely the general public will rise up against the BBC and its PC nonsense. We don’t want wrinkled (even if ironed) people singing, reading th enews or doing the weather – we want TOP TOTTY!

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    I thought he was supposed to be one at present advising Dave

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Well B’Liar could see blue skies when the sky was totally clouded over

  27. 27
    Archer Karcher says:

    He will probably be considered too right wing for the locals. After all, they imagined big spending, big government, climate hoax loving Arnie, was a conservative.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    If he is going to do what Guido reckons he is supposed to doing he will be working 24/7 for 52 weeks he would not be able to be with his wife and kids and there is the travel time to take into account.

  29. 29
    Archer Karcher says:

    It was not blue sky Bliar saw, it was blood money and lots of it.

  30. 30
    Wikipedia Is Your Friend! says:

    You mean that Acme School of Psychotherapy and Automotive Repair place? Might be a toss-up there…
    (Seriously, Stanford University is a highly-regarded academic institution, not quite Harvard or Yale but maybe in the conversation. And for those asking about Berkeley, it’s a little like a Yank asking someone going to Cambridge about Oxford; they’re respectful and courteous competitors, especially where the big grant money is concerned. Berkeley is the State-run University, Stanford is the private school.)

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Dolly was @ Berkley or should that be he was in the Berkley area at like one of those “colleges” that sprung up in this country offering certificates

  32. 32
    not a machine says:

    In the few insights into what his own thoughts were that he published ,I was never sure just how much of deep thinker he was , he no doubt had a sharp and intelligent political mind and very advantgarde , yet sometimes he could see no fault in some of his ideas , and often seemed to think some sort of technocracy was the answer to everything . I would think some of his skills will be missed , but I rather think his most recent big plays did not go down well with the public , perhaps one day he will try his hand at being elected .

    Nostalgia and jobs , yes you can have very different thoughts about jobs when you have seen changes , inevitable changes, rip your communities local economies apart . If you are tory you are also keen to support local economies functioning and question if the overheads of the public sector are effective . The demise of local economies may be a natural sort of thing as different technologies gain favour , however there is modern paradox that growth is not as simple as placing production in areas of that have high unemployement . The sort of thinking that I favour is at least attempting to get certain types of business , to places where transport links are not the best, everyone at the moment due to the high cost of transport is filling sites near to motorways , reducing trunking costs and costs to point of sale , this is diametrically opposed to geography and demographics of poverty, the playing field is not level .
    Nostalgia may seem a little pathetic , but i notice little nostalgia for hidden high unemployement and diffciulty of finding a job to keep you afloat . The corporate era may have bought many benefits , but i have doubts about how it wishes to react /offer solution, with these smaller but widespread pockets not within cost efective links to the main transport arteries .
    When the deficet comes right perhaps some intelligent consideration can be given to how to think about orgainising the economy , now that the technological mould has shown us , where it is heading , unless that is we are happy with a superfast high unemployement model , as the model of progress .

  33. 33
    not a machine says:

    I am not sure if he did the classic pop tune that could be eurozone national anthem “please realease me let me go , cos I dont love you any more ” the irony of that one ……:)

  34. 34
    F0ck 0ff! - G0T that? says:

    Yet another to join the pun!shment !ist headed by B£iar, Brhoon, Cammers, and Tricky Nicky

  35. 35
    Barreness Sh!tty, on seeing Gordo's fantasy green shoots says:

    actually, – y’know, perhaps I didn’t see very big ones at all.

    Would you like to see my lovely home?

  36. 36
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He’s 75. Wonder if he’ll last that long.

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    “He will work with a wide range of centres and organisations…”

    Ah, I see, another think tank wanker. Get a proper fucking job Hilton.


    I wouldn’t put ” Originator of the Big Society idea” on your CV if I was you.

  38. 38
    Disgruntled of Leics says:

    From where I’m sitting in the East Midlands and well out of the ‘wam it looks pretty good…

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Maybe that 50% tax rate did for him and he’s voting with his feet.

  40. 40
    Reverend Rod says:

    Dolly was ‘at’ Berkeley’ in the same way that I am an ordained minister. Became one when drunk one night on the internet some years back and became a member of the Universal Life Church. Mind you, I think I can perform marriages in some US states so probably of more intrinsic value than the sap Draper’s credentials. My blessing upon you all (except the mongs – you know who you are. Especially you Gordon…).

  41. 41
    Dave Laws says:

    Big question is was Hilto riding Brooks? Or was Dave?

  42. 42
    Ichabod says:

    I don’t understand what the hell he’s been getting up to; what sort of language is he using ?

  43. 43
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    Why a member of the Government should even have thought this merited knocking up a judge at a weekend is beyond me.

  44. 44
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    The news tonight is that Joyce is going.

    He is going not because a week ago now he was involved in a drunken assault whilst at work but rather because of his relationship whilst in a position of trust with a lady young enough to be his daughter.

    Two interesting by elections to come with possible lost deposits methinks.

  45. 45
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Is he in training to be a horse whisperer?

  46. 46
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Carol Kirkwood on BBC’s breakfast IS top totty!

  47. 47
    Ichabod says:

    Yes sir, and she’s older than Carol Vordiman, but far more scrumptious.

  48. 48
    joescotus says:

    manky socialist bastard how is it looking all you falkirk labour voters?

  49. 49
    Ichabod says:

    I’m listening to Any Questions tonight–a depressing experience as the audience seem to be full of the moronic lefty element ( and in Beccles too !), all to ready to applaud the nonsense that George Monbiot spouts. But I find, oddly, that i’m really beginning to warm to Baroness Warsi , I know she’s a M*zzie, a Yorkshire M*zzie at that, but she’s not a bad looker, and is certainly feisty. UMmmmmm!! Do I need help ?

  50. 50
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    I have some spare punctuation marks in my pantry if you’d like a few.

  51. 51
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    I outrank you, since I am an Assistant Pond Warden (Second Class; Retired) here in this village of retired colonels and, well, other deadbeats such as myself.

  52. 52
    Displaced Brummie says:

    I loved Santa Clara when I visited it, last year. Steve and the family will have an awesome time!

  53. 53
    Pundit Too says:

    States he is 17 in the message and then puts his age at the side as 20.
    Another victim of Labour loony left edukashion.
    Spelman is just another over inflated ego Limp Dim who hates any adverse publicity. In many ways we should feel sorry for her son.

  54. 54
    Pundit Too says:

    “advantgarde” does this mean he comes from an advantaged background?

  55. 55
    Pundit Too says:

    Agreed, though I turned off and sent a message to the beeb stating they are papering the walls again. The applause for Hodge and Monbiot on their popular diatribe from their tribal followers was so Pravda, and this in spite of them being part of the problem and certainly not any part of the solution

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    He actually understood the fundamental problems and came up with some interesting ideas to tackle them. If not for the Libdems maybe some of them would have been implemented.

  57. 57
    Popeye says:

    Good riddance, and Cameron was taking too much notice of the Socialist bum.

  58. 58
    Boy Mulcaster says:

    Is he a known opium user? Sound like an utter scrim shanker to me, can we have flogged before he’s deported? I suppose this is the sort of shit that gets in when you have Dave posing as the leader of the Tory Party.

  59. 59
    inside- out says:

    Spelman in her statement says that her son was taking steroids to recover from an injury.Prehaps she ought to read Guido and that link.It would appear all he wanted to do was bulk up for body-building.As for the grammar in his post,I think Spelman deserves a refund from his very expensive independent school.

  60. 60
    Anon. says:

    California Dreaming.

  61. 61
    Rhodes Scholar says:

    Er ….
    “He will join Stanford as a visiting scholar at the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and will also be a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.”

    Spogli is the Italian for Disrobing . So based on the above he will probably be stripped , Hoovered up and blown out in bubbles …. right back to Blighty as yet another Imperial Failure in the New Country .

    ( Always assuming of course that the reference to his attendance at Stanford is indeed the University and not Allen Stanford (Stamford ? ) of ALLEGED Ponzi Scheme sub judice fame … in which lattter case he will be blown out to ….. Antigua via Florida .

  62. 62
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Charlie or Rebbekah?

  63. 63
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Malcolm Tucker does not do fucking sabbaticals. This is the last we’ll hear of this shoeless motherfucker.

  64. 64
    Head full of shit says:

    He can’t be all bad telling Dave
    sack 2/3rds of civil servants
    ignore EU laws
    get rid of red tape

  65. 65
    City of Vice says:

    Hear hear!

  66. 66
    Mordechai Vanunu says:

    Who cares? Good riddance to this single speed bicycle riding snake oil salesman.

  67. 67
    Auntie Flo' says:

    Good riddance!

  68. 68
    Colonel Madd says:

    The Colonel spotted La Warsi at some distance…..if you ever need a wing man……security in numbers…..twos company threes a threesome etc etc

    (ex military man,knows about fortified wine,own moustache etc etc )

  69. 69
    Archie says:

    It beats SHunthorpe any day of the week!

  70. 70
    Archie says:

    If he did tell Shameron that, more power to him, and IF he did then Call-me-Dave took absolutely no notice and no wonder that he’s leaving!

  71. 71
    Archie says:

    I remember in the sixties and seventies Berkeley was Radical Central and Telegraph Avenue – the main drag – was full of poster shops and “paraphernalia” shops. Good fish and chip shop as well.

  72. 72
    Archie says:

    And now they’ve got recycled Jerry Brown. I wonder if they miss Big Arnie yet?

  73. 73
    Archie says:

    Agreed! And in fucking Suffolk for crying out loud! (Or is that Norfolk?)

  74. 74
    Archie says:

    Stay away from Santa Cruz though. It’s like Blackpool without the class!

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