April 10th, 2012

Labour Backlash at Harman/Watson By-Election Stich-Up

Patrick Wintour’s article in the Guardian this morning has gone down very badly in Labour circles. The notion that Labour MPs could be banned from triggering by-elections in order stand as Mayors or Police Commissioners due to dire finances has been met with outrage throughout the party. Though Labour are indeed broke, insiders see this for what it is – a direct attack on Liam Byrne and his bid to run for Mayor of Birmingham. Central command and control is back.

One former SpAd said: “Such a naked stitch-up. It would be simpler if Tom Watson just said that no-one whose name wasn’t Siôn Simon was allowed to run. Mind you, Siôn would still find a way to cock it up.”

Another senior party staffer points out: “why is the by-election thing only a problem when it’s Liam? They were happy to do it when it suited them, ie to get Lucy Powell in. Precedent was set by Sir Peter Soulsby in Leicester South, Watson was desperate to get his best mate Jonathan Ashworth in. It’s only when they lose control of the fixing they want to change the rules. Harriet biggest hypocrite of all. She used by-elections to get her cronies in – Ashworth was her former political secretary. And Seema Malhotra in Feltham and Heston was her former adviser.””

The article has fingerprints all over it, especially as it names Harman as the driving force behind the idea. Her husband Jack Dromey is likely to chair Siôn Simon’s Birmingham campaign. Guido understands that a deal was struck when Dromey replaced Simon in the All Female Selection for Birmingham Erdington in 2010. One source called this an “old school Labour/union stitch up of the worst kind.”


  1. 1
    YFB says:

    Good to see the strong and assured leadership from Ed Miliband shining through.

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    hang the bastards

  3. 3
    Toe, Knee Blair says:

    How’s that Lefty, Progressive, Feely Thing going y’all???

  4. 4
    MrAngry61 says:

    Another reminder that all of the three main parties are anti-democratic.

    I wouldn’t be heartbroken if they all went bust & voters elected candidates based on their personal manifestos rather than party allegiance.

  5. 5
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Maybe Byrne can leave a note in Labour’s London HQ that says “sorry there’s no money left”.

    That way the party members can get a taste of what Labour did to Britain.

  6. 6
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    Why am I not surprised! SCUM

  7. 7
    Jack Dromey (Miss) says:

    I won fair and square!

  8. 8
    Luciana Bugger says:

    I have to admit to a shocking taste in men.

  9. 9
    Harriet Harman says:

    How dare you! I’m not a hypocrite! I’m always consistent. I voted for the Iraq war, and I applauded when Ed Miliband said we were wrong to go to war. I support all-women shortlists and I ensured my husband got onto one. I have principles and I stand by them!

  10. 10
    Liarpoliticians says:

    Forget about Labour being broke, so too is the UK that they led into economic destruction.

  11. 11
    Ed Miliband says:

    Millie Dowler?

  12. 12
    Gilbert Fiddler says:

    Yes, hiding away no doubt!

    Why is it that these people are a separate race consisting of the most repellent, avaricious, unpleasant, grasping, talentless individuals, who become infatuated with their own imagined importance, which has been bloated by connections with ‘senior’ politicians, who all know very well that they are in fact absolutely useless at doing anything positive to getting the UK back on track for success.

    They exist just for their own enrichment at the state’s expense.

  13. 13
    Tijuana Jack Dromey (Ms) says:

    But I paid a high price!

  14. 14
    Jack Droney says:

    I am in favour of one man, one vote, but only if I am the only man (or woman if on an all female shortlist) who’s vote counts.

  15. 15
    Liarpoliticians says:

    Harriet’s husband obviously also had a secret sex change to win an all women’s short list of MP candidates, was the name on the ballot paper Jackline?

  16. 16
    PillarofAutumn says:

    We live in political world where the protagonist believe many tactics are fair if it gets you the result. All parties have centralised command and control which they believe is best to get the outcome of their party in the ascendancy. I guess the only way to stop the centralised control is to show up hypocrisy when it happens, it looks like this is a classic case from Labour.

  17. 17
    Naughty Guido says:

  18. 18
    Groucho Marxist says:

    These are my principles – if you don’t like them, I have others.

  19. 19
    A. Bliar says:

    I am slightly concerned that one of those ‘anonymised’ tax returns given to george might be a bit close to home.

  20. 20
    AC1 says:

    Definition: Politician: See narcissistic socio-path.

  21. 21
    AC1 says:

    She hasn’t got mere standards, she’s got double standards.

  22. 22
    Harriet is comedy gold says:

  23. 23
    Ah! Monika says:


  24. 24
    lord Mooncrater says:

    I don’t think they are that good.

  25. 25
    Stasi Watch says:

    Perhaps Labour politicians should all now adopt Hattie’s zebra look as their new uniform.

  26. 26
    Gonk says:

    I would be mortified if there was internecine conflict within the Labour Party.

  27. 27
    Al Campbell says:

    Don’t worry, Tony. I made sure everything was shredded as per your instructions. And all computer records deleted too. No one will ever find out about the millions you and Cherie claimed in expenses over ten years. And they’ll never find out about the clever way you’ve avoided paying millions in tax.

  28. 28
    Stasi Watch says:


  29. 29
    The Leeks on my allotment says:

    The ICO is not very good and should resign.

  30. 30
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    Stitch… stitch… not stich. Unless of course you were referring to the tennis player?

  31. 31
    Hattie Hatpin says:

    Only because you wore match zebra patterned undergarments

  32. 32
    Ah! Monika says:

    Hot air?. Not barely warm.

  33. 33
    Neil Kinnock says:

    Hey boyo! Would you prefer it if I was Labour leader again? Well alright!

  34. 34
    Its the way of the world says:

    Or how effective it is to have a wife hiding behind legal privilege when someone asks what it was she was actually paid for.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    What happened to the Daily Mail web site front page last night about Labour and rendition?

  36. 36
    Flubber says:

    It should be a criminal offence to be a member of a polilitical party.

  37. 37
    Jack Droney says:

    …and, of course, postal votes are exempt from one man, one vote.

  38. 38
    Mark says:

    Hi Guido,
    Are you able to do a further, new breakdown of the Labour party finances ?

  39. 39
    Katie says:

    Don’t forget how she sent her own child to private school, whilst expecting everyone else’s to rot in the sub-standard schools they created.

  40. 40
    Skills for Life says:

    Doesn’t it show the depth of talent in Scotland and Wales that they are prepared to lend us the likes of Kinnock(s), Broon etc. How do they manage without them?

  41. 41
    Katie says:

    Eccleston, Blair, Mandelson, Brown

  42. 42
    Eric Morley says:

    Many might prefer she hid behind a burkha.

  43. 43
    Gilbert Fiddler says:

    Do you mean an old nag in pyjamas SW?

  44. 44

    Some animals are more equal than others

    Central control always works – trust us

  45. 45
  46. 46
    yeah, right.... says:

    Ms. FFS

  47. 47
    Gilbert Fiddler says:

    Perfect description of the nulab bastards who sold us down the river.

  48. 48
    Ah! Monika says:


    Hundreds of school strike chiefs planning mass walk-outs are on council payrolls and cost us £13million a year
    360 officials providing no public service are on the council payroll
    Officials paid for by the state are co-ordinating strikes and distributing union literature.

  49. 49
    Labour Hyprocrites says:

    Jack Straw couldn’t have possibly known everything that was going on in his department.

    However Murdoch must have known everything that was going on in his media empire.


  50. 50
    JH says:

    Christ, look at Sion Simon. Pundits will be asking whether being a weapons-grade fuck-up with a ‘hall of mirrors’ face holds him back at all in this exciting mayoral race.

    Didn’t stop Luciana Berger giving out I suppose, but Birmingham voters might be a bit more ‘fussy’, shall we say.

  51. 51
    Cameron has lost the plot says:

    So Dave wants a law that says you can not replace your broken down boiler unless you buy loft lagging?

    What the fook is wrong with this eco loon? Is he now going to jail people who are freezing and buy a new boiler without putting more lagging in the loft?

  52. 52
    Ah! Monika says:


  53. 53
    Neil Kinnock says:

    Woke up this morning. Manoeuvred head into position. Stuck it up my own arsehole. Farted. A big leeky one. “Thats me for the day,” I thought to myself. Went back to sleep. Lovalee.

  54. 54
    Eric Pickles is a slacker says:

    Sack them all.

  55. 55
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    They won’t go bust, they will simply do what politicians always do when desperate, steal from the people.

  56. 56
    so what! says:


  57. 57
    Rich Bastard says:

    Well, what do you expect from a bunch of serial losers…

  58. 58
    To be a Pilgrim says:

  59. 59
    Ah! Monika says:

    Letter in the Mail highlights the stupidity of having to insulate an open-front workshop / garage before you can fit a new boiler.

  60. 60
    chicken feed says:

    lol @ MI6

  61. 61
    Article 3 says:

    Jack Straw is a prime candidate for testing whether waterboarding is torture or not. Let’s see how long it takes him to confess to taking bribes from a texan gas company.

  62. 62
    Norman Tebbit says:

    I feel a school lockout coming on followed by some much more ‘enlightened’ changes to teacher’s working hours.

  63. 63
    Rich Bastard says:

    Just make them all redundant. Their ‘jobs’ obviously don’t exist.

    Then summarily dismiss the bastards that let this situation develop and have effectively supported it for gross misconduct and see them all off the premises.

    Don’t hold your breath…

  64. 64
    screw the lot of them says:

    Bet we pay for their useless shite political bed-wetting meetings too.

  65. 65
    Neil says:

    It was the grotesque chaos of a Kinnock fart, a Kinnock fart, first thing in the morning. You can’t play flatulence with people’s jobs.

  66. 66
    JH says:

    Neil, before you drop off to sleep again why not ring the bank and remind yourself how much other-people’s-money you and your little circle of nepotism have accumulated while selling this country out to your Euro-cabal.

    Ker-ching. Weerrrooorlright!

  67. 67
    Jerry du Cann says:

    Only toffs are allowed garages

  68. 68
    1% and Proud says:

    Thank God the coalition has finally got round to dealing with the ridiculous socialist idea of bank holidays. Next on the list should be the union-inspired travesty of holidays with pay.
    If you’re not working you shouldn’t be earning. Simple as that.

  69. 69
    The Jack Straw School of Waterboarding, Diego Garcia says:

    We could get them to hold theirs.

  70. 70
    B&Q says:

    Like many big retailers on retail parks, all of our vast sheds have zero insulation and are heated with huge inefficient burners. Happily, this in no way compromises our efforts to sell you, th epunter plenty of green energy and insulation. Why does the ECO police not do something about these planet killers?

  71. 71
    Emma Chisit says:

    Status: Red Alert!

  72. 72
    The Jack Straw School of Waterboarding, Diego Garcia says:

    School is terribly overrated. Personally, I think we can do without end of year assessments and Ofsted inspections altogether. Simply make the teacher pass an exam every year: those who fail are fired.

  73. 73
    Cash down the drain says:

    Fraid so. Yet another one of those Quango thingys that Dave failed to throw on the bonfire. Why does it feel a need to provide french Spanish and Welsh versions for a nation that speaks English?

  74. 74
    JH says:

    Labour teachers? Why not just say ‘teachers’, they’re all lefty fucks anyway.

    Am I right in saying 50% of Labour’s membership are teachers?

    It’s fucking disgusting what we do to our kids.

  75. 75
    Where are they now says:

    Jo Moore / Stephen Byers?
    Phil Woolas?
    Margaret Moran?

  76. 76
    Lord Kinnock of Wind-Baggery! says:

    Socialism in the UK has destroyed competativeness … No holiday pay, sick pay or benefits in China. We need to remember that hard work pays and feckless sherkers should get diddly squat!

  77. 77
    Stalin's Ghost. says:

    Harriet Harperson and her acholytes have learnt a lot from me in my putting placement in vital positions from when I was Secretary General of the Communist Party. Problem is their placements are loyal but incompetent.

  78. 78
    Ah! Monika says:

    Britain can extradite Abu Hamza to US, European court rules.

    Get him on a plane…..TODAY!!

  79. 79
    Ah! Monika says:

    Britain can extradite Abu Hamza to US, Europe@n court rules.

    Get him on a plane…..TODAY!!

  80. 80

    That’s what it was like when I was a little girl, dear! And we had things then that you don’t have now, like rickets, sky high infant mortality rates, young men sent off to die at the front on the whim of a Political elite…. oh, DO we still have that Matron? Oh dear.

    Is it Brazil on Sky movies tonight?

  81. 81
    Social Pundit says:

    Bit difficult for them to fund themselves now they are not “in power” – this makes them fully in the pocket of their union “investors”.
    Perhaps they hope to raid Birmingham’s £3.5 billion budget with Bryne and Dromey? then follow through with all mayoral appointments?
    Press should be in for a wonderful time when their venal incompetence is revealed.
    Even the BBC may wake up to their corruption, but do not hold your breath. They are now trying to “balance” the fact that they were lied to by Jack “man of” Straw, who has now gone into hiding.

  82. 82
    Diane Abbott says:

    There’s nothing wrong in that.

  83. 83
    Social Pundit says:


  84. 84
    Ah! Monika says:

    Which UK MSM will be the first to break the Motorman story?

    Political Betting should open a book.

  85. 85
    Niles Rodgers says:

    I got the USA record with 75 days without school and look where I am today.

  86. 86

    Oi! Whatever it is, I’m against it!

  87. 87
    Tachybaptus says:

    Chtulhu, I think you’ll find.

  88. 88
    Loungelizard says:

    There’s a piece in one of the Red rags saying that Gove is the most hated of all education ministers. This from teachers a profession that has failed this country to such an extent that industry and the taxpayer will suffer for generations. Gove might be the man to get them off their gold plated backsides and make them do some work!

  89. 89
    The Welfare State is dragging us into the sewer says:

    “sky high infant mortality rates”

    Sounds like an excellent solution to the chav-infestation Britain’s currently experiencing.

  90. 90
    just saying says:

    Looking forward to the NUT complaining about British madrassas being exempt from the rules, regulations and curriculum stipulations governing schools, in the same way they object to Academies.

  91. 91
    You can't get me copper says:

    “The blogger Guido Fawkes, AKA Paul Sta1nes, had been toying with publishing the full Operation Motorman files over the Easter weekend, heading off to Ireland to evade any legal complications that may have arisen.


  92. 92
    The Welfare State is dragging us into the sewer says:

    Hiding is a great tradition in the Straw family.

  93. 93
    Aaron D Highside says:

    She has the intellectual capacity of Phil Woolas or Bob Ainsworth.

  94. 94

    Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub?

    Mornington Cresent.


  95. 95
    The BBC says:

    We’ve proved our green credentials and are entitled to lecture the country even though we built a huge new media centre in Salford, when there was perfectly adequate premises already in London, and we now pay to transport staff daily by plane, train and automobile.

  96. 96
    Mark Spitz says:

    Nah, make him swim.

  97. 97
    A Press Release by the UK Press says:

    We, the guilty, have the right to remain silent. We do however, wish to take your money, so get a look at the norks on that.

  98. 98
    The Welfare State is dragging us into the sewer says:

    What about brainless bint Dawn Primarolo?

  99. 99
    no offence like says:

    Guido, you look like this bloke in the photo

  100. 100
    Aaron D Highside says:

    But England produces more looney left Trotskyist trade union barons. Glasgow is way behind Liverpool, though to be fair, Mark Serwotka has a South Walian lilt.

  101. 101
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Is there any history in the strawman family of cowerdice and dishonesty?

  102. 102
    The British public. says:

    Get him out NOW.

  103. 103
    Cap'n Bligh says:

    Take him half way and cast him adrift in a rowing boat

  104. 104

    More likely the intellectual capacity of a wooly bobble hat, dear.

    Granddad used to say that he wouldn’t poke her with a shitty stick, because it might get dirty.

    He was a wag, you know!

    Nurse, can I have the screens for a minute, I think I need a Harman.

  105. 105
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    Gove is the only coalition minister that I’ve got any time for. The one and only diamond in a sack of shit.

    The fact that our widely inept state-school ‘teachers’ hate him is all the proof we need that Gove’s doing a very good job.

  106. 106
    they don't like it up 'em says:

    Gove is a godsend compared to Charles Clarke, Ruth Kelly, Alan Johnson and Balls.

  107. 107
    Penfold says:

    Command and Control, just like the Good Ole Days with the Praesidium.

    Marvellous days those, dissenters? dissidents? they knew their place, six foot under, with a rather large hole in the cranium if they so much as squeaked.

    Nice to see LieBour bringing back those ole nostalgic days………(deep sigh)

  108. 108
    Penfold says:

    Give him a half way ticket, as the Argies did in those halcyon days when they had a free hand with the lefties………..

  109. 109
    Out in the real world says:

    Teachers are knobs. the lkind of goody two shoes teachers liked were the kinds of kids who needed a good bog-wash. The time that any teacher says they like the minster is the time for a government reshuffle.

  110. 110

    Tell that nice Mr. Serwotka that Matron has some cream for that, dear – it’ll clear up a treat.

    Why does someone support a political party called Respect, when the first word – Limited – has been removed?

    My brain is hurting again Nurse – can I be Queen of the May?

  111. 111
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    What we really need now are people to detail how best to avoid being snooped on, be it VPN connections, encryption the whole lot.

    Fuck them, fuck them all.

  112. 112
    Labour are taxpayer funded and have still managed to fuck their finances says:

    “Guido understands that a deal was struck when Dromey replaced Simon in the All Female Selection for Birmingham Erdington in 2010.”


    Still fucking funny.

  113. 113
    Fish says:

    No wonder that Mrs Dromie has that patronising smug look on her face as she slithers around the Palace of Worstminster

  114. 114
    Fish says:

    Lie down Gordon and get back to sleep.

  115. 115
    Fish says:

    I’ve converted mine to a petrol storage facility.

    Now I’ve finished I’m just off for a smoke

  116. 116

    No dear – eugenics was a very naughty Aril Fools gag by that nice August Weismann, no one really believed in it, did they?

    If you took it seriously, you’d have people executing/ euthanising disabled people and gay people because they were of no use to the state, and where would that lead?

    What was that Matron? Did you say “It’s ill thought out ideas like that which deliver indescribable power of life and death into the very hands of the people who are least qualified to hold it?”

    I’m sure it was just a joke dear!

  117. 117
    I don't need no doctor says:

    …..and Dromey got his seat because Harman supported Brown. Harman is labour corruption personified.

  118. 118
    H c a u r n m t a n says:

    Harman epitomises the smug, arrogant, bitchy, hypocritical, oleaginous, unprinciples, me-first attitude that is Blair’s legacy.

  119. 119
    Devil's Dumplings says:

    I say – no need for that sort of talk!

    I thought Katie’s response was quite good………

  120. 120
    Ken the crook says:

    Certainly is a history of cowardice. Just ask Jack Straw what his dad during the second world war. The Straw family should have a coat of arms depicting a mass of white feathers.

  121. 121
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    I sent my son Che to a state school and he can’t spell like me.

  122. 122
    Ken the crook says:

    Shut it your r*cist!

  123. 123
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    Boom-boom ;)

  124. 124
    "Pal Croney " says:

    ” Guido understands that a deal was struck when Croney replaced Simon in the All Female Selection for Birmingham Erdington in 2010. One source called this an “old school Labour/union stitch up of the worst kind.”

    The explanation is that with a name like Sion Simon I did not know if my opponent was a man or a woman ( having never looked beyond the overgarments). Thus I covered all the options by having a gender reassignment procedure which went wrong –resulting in my becoming a hermaphrodite .

    Ergo : I can run under candidature of either gender . Hope this clarifies .

    P.S Haven’t told Harry ( ET ) — yet so keep ” entre nous” .

  125. 125
    Dai says:

    tosser my first language is Welsh

  126. 126
    rushisright says:

    Ah…. Siôn Simon! This is the time to listen again to his car-crash interview in 2009.


    The notion of this cretin standing again for public office is quite laughable.

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