March 13th, 2012

Mandy’s Front Group Back to Bash Burnham

Throughout December Mandelson backed wonk-shop Policy Network launched multiple salvos against the direction that the Labour Party is taking under Miliband. This morning they are back. Writing in the Guardian, Patrick Diamond, Alan Milburn’s former SpAd and the man who along with Ed Miliband wrote the last Labour manifesto, has opened fire against his old colleague’s “vapid form of leftism”, which he says comes from appealing to the core vote:

“…issues of major significance are defined by arguments occurring within the coalition government. Labour may have interesting insights to contribute to each, but very few of us, it appears, are listening.

..this uncertainty translates into an inability to develop clear positions on the big policy questions – and worse still, a tendency to point in different directions simultaneously… Where does Labour stand, and beyond considerations of tactical advantage, why does it take the positions it does?”

The Blairite ultra and former No.10 staffer goes on to slam the toxic “association with fiscal irresponsibility”, resistance to reform and calls for Labour to be “less tribal”. Nowhere is this mess that he alludes to more obvious than with Labour’s position on the Health Bill.

The major problem is that the man who is leading the fight against reform, was singing a very different tune when he was in charge. In May 2007 Andy Burnham told the Commons:

‘Now, the private sector puts its capacity into the NHS for the benefit of NHS patients, which I think most people in this country would celebrate.”

No wonder nobody is listening.

This must be what Mandy meant when he said in November: “I was loyal to Gordon Brown who I didn’t agree with entirely and I will be loyal to Ed Miliband.”


  1. 1
    Twunt spotter says:

    Ferrits in the sack.

  2. 2
    Raving Loon says:

    Labour oppose the NHS reforms because they are not in office, not because they really diagree with them. If Labour were in power they would change their tune.

  3. 3
    The only way is anal says:

    I love that man

  4. 4

    Why should they worry? Blue Labour is doing the same as they would.

  5. 5
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Burnham is a liar and a hypocrite.
    It’s amazing how labour know so much and are so right all of the time, but lost over 100 seats at the last election. Now what does that tell you.

  6. 6
    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    I am right behind you, Ed.

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

    How does a thicko like Diane Abbot get to be a labour MP.

  8. 8
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    If labour were doing it then it would just be sham free-market-like rubbish. They wouldnt have thought it through. If you looked at it carefully enough it wouldn’t satisfy anyone.

  9. 9
    Handycock (Policy Intellectual) says:

    I was against the Health Bill as well as my colleague, the LibDem Leader of Portsmouth Council. We wrote to Nick Clegg about it but it backfired on us, because, apart from us, there was no support for our position. In fact we both now look idiots. Boaz.

  10. 10
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Peter is always looking to widen the circle of his friends.

  11. 11
    Horsegate says:

    It is the first time her husband, who attended Eton with the Prime Minister, has been questioned by police.

    The couple are expected to be quizzed about two computers found dumped in a private car park under the Brooks’s £1.5 million Chelsea Harbour apartment last July.

    An iPad and a laptop were found in a bin the day after Mrs Brooks was first arrested.

  12. 12
    Loungelizard says:

    ‘….and I’ll be loyal to Ed Milibamd whom I don’t understand’

  13. 13
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Peter is willing to work his passage on any ship sailing to Brazil.

  14. 14
    I is Black says:

    She plays the race card. Simples

  15. 15
    Stating the bleeding Obvious says:

    Because the electorate in her constituency are thicker !

  16. 16
    I don't need no doctor says:

    You mean the computers that were put there by Gordon Brown’s agents. Too obvious, too near.

  17. 17
    Tony Blair Billionaire - used to be Tony Blair Millionaire says:

    I thought my friend Mandy had set hiself up as a “consultant” – like me. Why isn’t he making £££ – like me – instead of going back to boring old UK politics?

  18. 18
    East India Company wallah says:

    Horsey people arrested on first day of Cheltenham festival-Yea right!

  19. 19
    Stating the bleeding Obvious says:

    Whenever the slimeball Mandy utters the word loyal, it should be treat as the kiss of death that it is

  20. 20
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Join me and send Andy Burnham a bottle of shower gel.

  21. 21
    Q says:

    Were they theirs. Did they have a Trojan Horse on them?

  22. 22
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Labour and loyalty. Doesn’t work at all.

  23. 23
    Q says:

    He needs to drive a Mitsubishi Charisma

  24. 24
    Alfa101 says:

  25. 25
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    Well at least he wasn’t caught with his pants down ducky.

  26. 26
    David Cameron PM says:

    I couldn’t possibly comment.

  27. 27
    Steve Miliband says:

    Amazing – he arranged a full US visit in 2 hours.

  28. 28
    john in cheshire says:

    Labour is the Nasty Party, always has been and always will be.

  29. 29
    Roy Walker says:

    I guess there’s a clue in the phrase “official opposition”

    Say what you see.

  30. 30
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    Almost as quick as Gordon ‘I’ll sit on the runway until Barry Obama meets me’ Brown.

  31. 31
    Troy Tempest says:

    That must explain why Obama Beach let Cameron become the first non-US world leader ever allowed to ride along on Air Force One

  32. 32
    Bolly 'Plantin Seed' Bumden says:

    I’d love to lick Baroness Warsi’s lambchops if you know what I mean

  33. 33
    The only way is anal says:

    Dave makes an awfully, awfully good butler.

    Lovely manners.

  34. 34
    Durr... says:

    I just hoped that Mandlescum (and Prescott, Bliar etc.) would simply bugger off and die. Instead, every time I log on open a newspaper or turn on TV there they bloody are! ARGH!!!

  35. 35
    Not surprised says:

    To my way of thinking this represents all that is wrong with our present political system. The NHS is completely buggered and wants a complete overhaul. No politician dare admit it and all we get is fudging round the edges, and taxpayers money continues to be squandered on a massive scale. Lansley has made a pig’s ear of it and Labour have no credible alternative. The sooner they all fuck off and let people who actually know what they’re talking about deal with ti the better!

  36. 36
    Interpreter says:

    Sham free-market-like rubbish? Sounds exactly like the unfolding debacle of the outsourcing of court interpreting services to Crapita.

  37. 37
    Durr... says:

    I agree entirely.

  38. 38
    Lord Favela of the Dark Arts says:

    Because Tony , when I was in power but not in office that man from the Brittania Building Society shot all my foxes —— obliging you to fire me .

    Returning under Gordon’s watch I found Campbellhad gone completely ape ruling all with four rods of iron thus making it impossible for me to cultivate the necessary ” wonga ” contacts .

    Hence my depleted situation here in Tulse Hill ( or is this Mill Hill East – these suburbs all look the same to me )

  39. 39
    Sid says:

    Carry on up the Khyber

  40. 40
    Gonk says:

    Instead of a Nissan Cedric

  41. 41
    nellnewman says:

    mandy for labour leader!

  42. 42
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Suppose you mean deal with it with private sector money!

  43. 43
    twunt watcher watch says:

    OK Βilly, where’s the twunt?

  44. 44
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s define-atly a proper industrial kitchen with stainless steel work surfaces, large dishwashers and massive sinks. It makes my Ikea kitchen seem very inadequate.

  45. 45
    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    ‘Fudging round the edges’. The reason I went into politics – apart from making myself a multi-millionaire.

  46. 46
    Loungelizard says:

    The NHS is so politicized that the only way a party from the right could effect change would be to go for total privatization. The left will lumber on with something reminiscent of Soviet Russia.

  47. 47
    Stinkfinger says:

    I would like to celebrate the diverse mix of people I can be murdered by these days.
    If I had a choice it would be at the hands of a Russian bird but unfortunatly it will most probably be a run of the mill Muzzie like the one who killed them poor teenage girls.

  48. 48
    Schrödingers pussy says:

    My twat is a honey pot for tramps and big issue sellers.

  49. 49
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Opposition on principle is usual in a he-althy democratic society. Opposition by posture, is not. The truth of the matter is the LabLibCon sham is a one party system, masquerading as democratic choice when in reality, none exists.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Exactly. The liblabcons are all the same. Thieving cυnts.

  51. 51
    Sir William Waad says:

    There was a time when the Labour Party stood for reform. They made great and radical changes to education, healthcare and social security – some good, some perhaps bad. Now it has become the party of stasis, defending out-of-date ideas merely because it feels comfortable with them. Instinct has taken the place of thought. Grumbling has replaced ambition. Its default position is to pump more money into the same old leaky vessels. Labour has no purpose left except to gratify the leaders of the public-sector monopoly unions that pay for it.

  52. 52
    NHS patient says:

    Yes, so do I. I’ve recently had two out-patient appointments in my local hospital, and whilst waiting to be seen (45 minute delay both times) it’s just amazing to watch the vast army of busybodies with clipboards charging about constantly, usually with 3 or 4 people in attendance, not involved in any sort of clinical care as far as I could make out, and not contributing anything useful. Just jobsworths and hangers on, all part of blair and Browns non-productive public sector explosion.
    As “Not Suprised” says, the NHS is completely buggered. The real problem is that it’s now become impossible to have a sensible debate about it. Just mention the three letters NHS and all the predictable agitators immediately scream “Privatisation”, “NHS Breakup”, “Save our NHS” etc, etc.
    Sad really, it should be so much better considering the vast sums of money that are thrown at it.

  53. 53
    Sir William Waad says:

    “Mandy’s front group back”? For your parents gave you an expensive education?

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    “very few of us, it appears, are listening”

    That would be because the NuLab scum did everything the turd Mandy instructed.

  55. 55
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Obumma will enjoy having a well spoken white man like Cameron, grovelling at his feet.

  56. 56
    Durr... says:

    The one now kindly terminated by Bliar?

  57. 57
    Stinkfinger says:

    Talking of healthcare,I am fucking pissed off with my kids getting nits all the fucking time.
    Where is the old school nit nurse?
    They got rid of her so as not to shame the scabby Hunts who do fuck all about their own kids having fucking nits.
    All you get is a APB letter saying there is a nit problem at school.
    No fucking shit.
    Soon it will be a letter saying we have an AIDS problem at school,check your kid for lesions because we don’t want to shame little umbongo from Nigeria’s family.

  58. 58
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    That is because they are politicians elected to positions of power.

    Oh wait, no, they aren’t any more. Must be because the BBC is still fawning to them then.

  59. 59
    jgm2 says:

    It’ll certainly be a step up from being stalked through a hotel kitchen.

  60. 60
    jgm2 says:

    I wholly endorse this comment.

  61. 61
    Lord Mandybum of Fowey says:

    I like fudge around the edges.

  62. 62
    National Horse Shit says:

    I’ve just waited one month for the result of an MRI scan. The ”Extended scope practitioner’ was so busy in that month that she couldnt glance her eye over the result to assess whether she’d have to pass me on to a consultant to make a decision as to what needs done to my knee. I had to see her.
    So, I wait for a month, keep my appointment and am told in that she will forward my case to the consultant as its beyond her scope. In and out in 2 minutes.
    What a costly farce.

  63. 63
    The only way is anal says:

    they’re quite highly spiced – do you have an appetite for that sort of thing?

  64. 64
    Grim says:


  65. 65
    misterned says:

    Indeed, the reason labour seem to be facing all ways at once, is because it is almost impossible to set out a different, compelling and credible narrative when their whole policy platform is very nearly identical to the coalition parties.

    All three are Pro EU, multi-culti, politically correct big-government, spenders in favour of keeping taxes high and complex to milk the loopholes, they are corporatist to the core and buy into the tax and control scam of “catastrophic man-made global warming”, they are all soft on immigration, soft on crime, hard on aspiration and all wholly corrupt and in-bed with the big corporations.

    Finding any real and compelling difference between them is almost impossible.

    They may as well all merge into one party and allow REAL and SIGNIFICANT opposition so that the British people can have a credible choice at the next election!

  66. 66
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Me too. Labour represent the wishes of 6 union leaders, so where is the democracy?

  67. 67
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Bryant really is a twat. Gay people must really be impressed – not.

  68. 68
    little umbongo says:

    What is this ‘shame’ thing?

  69. 69
    Fah Queue says:

    Mandy and loyalty???????????????????????????????????????

  70. 70
    Warsi says:

    Come over here boy and lemme get my lips round that parsnip.

  71. 71
    Political Football says:

    Mandy failed with Brown because of Balls! Balls! Balls! Brown was the ball that both Mandy and Balls were fighting to keep control off. Balls won possession and Brown lost the game.
    Nevertheless, if you handed Ed M a ball and an open goal, he would not know how to play it, kicking it to his opponent instead. He can’t even play left wing very well.
    Perhaps, he should stick to playing hockey with the girls. He is utterly useless.

  72. 72
    Ed says:

    Haven’t seen the ferrets in the sack for a while!!

  73. 73
    The Golem says:


  74. 74
    The Golem says:

    “Yo Cameron!” doesn’t have the same ring to it somehow.

  75. 75
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Everything Nigel Farage says is true.

    The situation here is G*reece is dire. I do not know how they can pull back and give the people an existence, let alone a reasonable standard of living. Greece is being used to prop up the E*uro. Fact.

  76. 76
    Harriet Harperdaughter says:

    If they were to elect a woman leader would that be reform enough for you?

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