April 11th, 2012

More Mayor Hilton Speculation

Guido never had Matthew d’Ancona down as a Daily Star Sunday reader but you learn something every day. He writes this afternoon: “Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister’s closest adviser, has indicated that he may run for mayoral office when he returns from sabbatical, on the grounds that this will enable him to make a real difference at street level.” Confirming what we said back in February:

“…few believe he will return to Downing Street – rumour has it that he wants to try out his big ideas directly by running a city as mayor.  Given that he got nicked in 2008 for losing his rag with a train ticket inspector in Birmingham, we can cross Brum off the likely list.”

Guido’s money would be on Brighton for the former Green voter, but it’s hardly a big budget executive…


  1. 1
    hoping says:

    I hope its the twitter Guru and not the real steve Hilton

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    I heard Brighton?

  3. 3
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am very popular in Birmingham especially in the French Quarter

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Brighton & Hove is not going for a directly elected mayor!

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Brighton has already got enough Hiltons ffs.

  6. 6
  7. 7
    Drewster says:

    Cynical bastard that I am, I reckon the real reason for the disillusioned (dillusioned?) politicos heading in this direction is that many mayoralities and County Council CEOs earn a darn sight more than a mere MouthyPrick at Westminster, exercise considerably more power and have a lot less scrutiny to deal with from party whips and other interested parties.

    Nuff said?

  8. 8
    Everybody says:

    Another twat with an over-inflated sense of entitlement. He should stand for something within his capabilities, say a parish council, and work his way up from there when he has achieved something.

  9. 9
    Drunk Panda says:

    I’m sure his policies would go down a treat on the Sussex Coast.

  10. 10
    Loungelizard says:

    This is all very well but what exactly does a man like Hilton do? Wouldn’t we all get along a lot better if these chaps hadn’t been released back into the community. Bedlam, only place for em!

  11. 11
    who he? says:

    Never heard of Hilton. Is he yet another ‘think tank’ wanker, full of his own self-importance but ultimately of very little utility to anyone but himself?

  12. 12
    joining the dots says:

    Brighton ? Is that like San Francisco ?

  13. 13
    OnTablets says:

    i love a bit of twittering – since I was banned on hear I twetters most of the day

  14. 14
    Andy Coulson - Call me Dave's toxic m8 says:

    I’ve been a great success!

  15. 15
    Cameron's Vichy Conservatism says:

    Poor old Brighton – it really is getting the politicians it deserves

  16. 16
    Racked off says:

    is he ever comin back from the USofA – methinks not

  17. 17
    Fish says:

    Anyone who’s ever had a run in with the nasty, obnoxious, ignorant, agressive Revenue Protection Officers at Birmingham New Street Station has my vote.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Really – no.

    Already voted on it a few years back and NO.
    None of the party’s in B & H are in favour of directly elected Mayor.
    Sorry – you called this one wrong!

  19. 19
    annette curton says:

    “A real difference at street level”, who writes this drivel for them, I may be lying in the Gutter but I am looking at the Stars.

  20. 20
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    All of a sudden, everyone wants to be a Mayor.

    Why is that, do you think? What’s in the pipeline?

  21. 21
    Bus pass says:

    Perhaps you should buy a ticket. Just a thought.

  22. 22
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I applied to be a Parish Councillor quite a few years ago. I wad told that a vacancy would arise when someone died. I was in my early forties at the time and was also told that I was much too young.

    ‘Nuff said.

  23. 23
    Loungelizard says:

    Last month it was Police Chief, next month Archbishop and they say there are no jobs.

  24. 24
    The Power Hungry says:

    Power. It’s all about power. Far more power being a Mayor than being an MP or advising Dave.

  25. 25
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Given how mst people regard ticket inspectors, it might give him a boost if he were to run for mayor of Birmingham

  26. 26
    Brighton Rock says:

    Makes more sense now. When Guido said he had walked out on Dave and had gone to California and was going to be a mayor, I thought Arnie would eat him for breakfast.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Before you vote for any one this spring, look very carefully at their EU policies.

    Do you want to endorse a party that will take you into a political union with Germany, especially as this is next on the unification programme, now that the ink is dry on the fiscal compact, you remember? that’s the one that Dave vetoed?

    Not one of the three main parties, no matter what they say or how they word it, will ever let you have a referendum on our membership of the United States of Europe.

    Why would you want to vote for them? A vote for them gives power to them and endorses the next ambitions of the federalist towards a USE. Unless you want to of course? You might want to be democratic but they definitely would not reciprocate.

  28. 28
    Thomas Hardy says:

    Steve Hilton for Mayor of Casterbridge.

  29. 29
    Power is a euphemism says:

    Bribes, bribes, give me bribes

  30. 30
    The Media show says:

    Guido’s on Radio 4 now

  31. 31
    Public Interest says:

    Not clear who is talking, but they all seem to have plums in their mouths

  32. 32

    Look on the bright side – the damage he can do will be minimal and given the state of Brighton, would anybody notice?

  33. 33

    Voting NO means that you’ll keep being asked until the elite get the answer they want. That’s post-modern democracy for you.

  34. 34
    M says:

    Especially in Brighton cos they got good accountants there for Mayoral business

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Everywhere I’ve lived, if there are more candidates than council places they have an election.

  36. 36
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    I have yet to meet a Londoner who has claimed that the administration of London has improved following the introduction of an elected mayor.

  37. 37
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Hilton as mayor – you have got to be shitting me!!

  38. 38
    Sack Cameron - Elect A Tory says:

    ’tis a air point…

  39. 39
    Sylvio says:


  40. 40
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The Tenderloin district, yes.

  41. 41
    Tessa and David says:

    Hi Silvio, where’s that cheque you promised?

  42. 42
    Savoy Ritz says:

    He’s a big building with beds in. A hotel I think they call it.

  43. 43
    jgm2 says:

    Or a prison.

  44. 44
    jgm2 says:

    If he was to beat a traffic warden to death he could pretty much take his pick of mayoral vacancies.

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