April 25th, 2012

+ + + Hunt SpAd Adam Smith Quits + + +

Hunt’s SpAd has been resigned for apparently speaking to News Corp without Hunt’s permission, but it does not stop there. Section 4 of  the Special Advisers code states:

“The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment.”

That is also confirmed in section 3.3 of the Ministerial Code:

“All special advisers must uphold their responsibility to the Government as a whole, not just their appointing Minister. The  responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment. Individual Ministers will be accountable to the Prime Minister, Parliament and the public for their actions and decisions in respect of their special advisers. It is, of course, also open to the Prime Minister to terminate employment by withdrawing his consent to an individual appointment.”

With Hunt up at 12.30, Guido is wondering how he’s going to try claim his SpAd was acting rogue when last night he said the contact was authorised?

UPDATE: Adam Smith says:

“While it was part of my role to keep News Corporation informed throughout the BskyB bid process, the content and extent of my contact was done without authorisation from the Secretary of State. I do not recognise all of what Fred Michel said, but nonetheless I appreciate that my activities at times went too far and have, taken together, created the perception that News Corporation had too close a relationship with the department, contrary to the clear requirements set out by Jeremy Hunt and the permanent secretary that this needed to be a fair and scrupulous process. Whilst I firmly believe that the process was in fact conducted scrupulously fairly, as a result of my activities it is only right for me to step down as special adviser to Jeremy Hunt.”

They have now admitted that there was wrong doing. The rules are very clear…

Adam Smith picture from Steve Back.

144 Comments

  1. 1
    Lets get this right. says:

    Good, what a Jeremy Hunt!

  2. 2
    Jay says:

    Ha! That’s what I predicted yesterday!

    Smith is the new Damian McBride.

    As Gordon Brown said at the time: “I take full responsibility … and have sacked the man responsible”.

  3. 3
    You're fired says:

    Just get rid of Hunt and Theresa May. Cameron just looks like he lacks the steel to sack when he needs to. But we already know that from his failure to fire Cable despite his habit of attacking the government of which he’s a member.

  4. 4
    open goal says:

    Really looking forward to PMQs.
    Miliband will have the PM on the ropes again with important NHS failings

  5. 5
  6. 6
    A two-faced, lying, cheating, double-crossing, spineless, sanctimonious, arrogant ignoramus says:

    I say Chaps!! – don’t be gloomy!! – Simply Spiffing weather for the Money-Mills!!! – Wattage???

  7. 7
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    LOL….its all the fault of a “Rogue SpAd”…….on 100K of tax payers money employed by Cupid Stunt…..OH DEAR !!!!!!

  8. 8
    Cupid Stunt says:

    Oi!! – I heard that!!!

  9. 9
    David Camerbroon, adding to the gaiety of the nation says:

    I am here today to assure the nation that legislation will soon be in place to enable gay people, and how very joyful and gay they are, to be joined in holy matrimony and to all intents and purposes, married. So you see, there is really nothing to worry about, we are on the job of getting this great nation back on it’s feet, and putting the great back into, er, Great Britain. So you see, there is a lot to be gay about.

  10. 10
    Larry the cat says:

    I want to go back to Battersea. This place is an omnishambles.

  11. 11
    Passing By says:

    Adam Smith? – isn’t that an Institute named after quite a geezer?

  12. 12
    Kebab time says:

    luvin it

  13. 13
    tool watch says:

    He’ll be a member even when he’s been sacked.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    I can only hope and pray that the British electorate now realise that voting for any of the 3 major parties ever again is foolish! Each time you vote for them you endorse their lying, spinning and failed economic and EU policies.

    They aren’t worried because they are all well looked after, long after they have left office, but you have to carry on paying for them!

  15. 15
    Brian Paddick says:

    I was a police officer for 30 years. And when I was a police officer for 30 years I stood up for Londoners. One of the things I learnt from being a police officer for 30 years was London’s policing requirements. With crime on the rise, I’m the best candidate for London because I was a police officer for 30 years. Did I mention I was a police officer for 30 years?

  16. 16
    (Music) Here Comes the McBride says:

    Da Da de Dah!

    Da da de Dah!!

    (ect)

  17. 17
    Awful timing says:

    Hunt is to make a statement right after PMQs.

  18. 18
    Schrödingers dingaling says:

    It was 15 inches, but now it’s deflated to 6.

  19. 19
    Lord Snooty says:

    What a waste of a good name.

  20. 20
    Wallace and the curse of the tits up. says:

    I feel sorry for Ed. The pressure on him must be intense. At 12 O’clock he will be standing before an open goal with a multiple choice of balls and will most likely fall flat on his face.

  21. 21
    Cornish PastyMan Inspector says:

    Ah – but is it ambient – eh??

  22. 22
    Downing St housekeeper says:

    One more comment like that and it’ll be only four bowls of Whiskas a day instead of your usual five.

  23. 23
    Loungelizard says:

    Looks like a good day to bury bad news…..

  24. 24
    Grim says:

    I don’t see the problem. If they want to get married, good luck to them. It’s the Nanny slime who say they can’t who need a good thrashing.

  25. 25
    AlJaBeeba (The Brown BullShit Corpse) says:

    Actually we did know that! – AND WHILE WE THINK THAT’S FANTASTIC!!! – KEN IS OUR BUM – I MEAN MAN! – I MEAN TALI .B.AN – I MEAN . . .

  26. 26
    Dave Laws says:

    Is this another Fox/Werrity situation? Have they shared a bed? Why are they all called Adam?

  27. 27
    Brillo says:

  28. 28
    Schrödingers dingaling says:

    OK you have a go then mate. What do you fucking expect at these prices?

  29. 29
    Are you one of de Bruvvas den? says:

    Innit?

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    There isn’t anything for politicians to be unhappy about , is there?

    You seen all the money they get with their subsidised bars and restaurants,pay, perks, pensions,redundancy and tv appearance monies.

    It’s a pity that you have to keep paying for it years after they have left office though!

    We are, though, all in this together, I am reliably informed! and should you need an extra £10bn any one? then just ask George and Dave and you can have it immediately, they don’t even need to ask Parliament any more either!

  31. 31
    logo says:

    The first thing Hunt should do. Is stop wearing that stupid olympics badge.

  32. 32
    Calamity Cameron says:

    Let’s hope it collapses so we can have a snap election.

  33. 33
    Schrödingers dingaling says:

    OK you have a go then mate. What do you fucking expect at these рriсеѕ?

  34. 34
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    Adam Smith will now have time to revise ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’, muse upon the whimsical behaviour of divers ‘invisible hands’ and (perhaps) question the wisdom of ‘supply side politics’

  35. 35
    this septic pile says:

    laissez unfair?

  36. 36
    Davey Cameron's bumsex army says:

    It’s all about priorities.

    Dave’s impeccable judgement is a source of great comfort.

    As always.

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    and then vote for another government that will still fuck you again and again and again. Will you ever learn?

    It really doesn’t matter any more which lot you vote in. They really are all sides of the same coin.

  38. 38
    Davey Cameron's bumsex army says:

    I prefer cheeks of the same arse – more politically correct.

    And more fun.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    I think Hunt’s tea lady will be the next to go.

  40. 40
    this septic pile says:

    the names ‘ring’ don’t they – Hunt and Fox – is there verity anywhere?

  41. 41
    Penfold says:

    So minister’s responsible for SPAD’s and staff.

    I don’t recall that ever being promulgated under NuLab or Gordo.

    But, the truth is out there, some people seek to gain favour by buttering up politicoes……………….so that’s never happened before?
    Why do I see a left wing conspiracy to smear the Tories and N.I.?, not by any chance Gordo’s threat to destroy N.I. after they dropped support for Labour perchance?

    If you want to clean up politics then get rid of the lobby and make thye business of political lobbying illegal.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Bring it on U caught kipping in England and Wee Eck does the job in Alba

  43. 43
    Schrödingers dingaling says:

    What the one showing Lisa sucking Bart off? It took months of selection committees and discussions amongst very important people to fail to notice that howler. ‘kin wankers.

  44. 44
    needle says:

    Vote UPrIK !

  45. 45
    A taxpayer who wants to cruch Paddick's head with a block of concrete says:

    Any chance we can have our £380,000 back, please?

  46. 46
    Weygand says:

    Guido is trying too hard on this one – just like the opportunists in the Labour Party. You wouldn’t hang a dog on the evidence produced to date.

    My money is on Hunt to survive and thrive.

  47. 47
    Sniper says:

    Hunt is the new Huhne, or Hoon.

  48. 48
    The London Ignorati says:

    Yes we do know that because of the mahoosive pension pot you got at 49 when you retired (Oh the irony). Remember, the one you forgot to mention in your accounts submission?

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    will you marry me after Dave passes that important legislation duckey?

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    This is getting really serious then.

  51. 51
    A taxpayer says:

    Any chance we can have our £380,000 back, please?

  52. 52
    Arthur Hyanes (Comedian) says:

    Let’s call a spad a spad here. ‘Scrupulously fairly’ is hardly the best of grammar for these apparently well educated upstarts.

  53. 53
    Tory Party RIP - killed by Camoron says:

    They’ve not done a very good job of it so far.

  54. 54
    Q says:

    Looking forward to the liebour pond life giving both barrels at PMQ just before Rupert spills the beans about them later today.

    As a Klingon would say “Today is a good day to die”

  55. 55
    Get real says:

    Nobody else to vote for, mate. Only three candidates in our local election. And I’ve voted postally so it’s no use any fucker coming round canvassing.

    I suppose I could have scrawled UKIP or FUCK OFF across the ballot paper.

  56. 56
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    Can the Leveson enquiry please ask Murdoch how he came to get so much support against the Print unions from the Thatcher government and the MET to move to WAPPING. A commercial interest supported by the STATE.

  57. 57
    General Public says:

    what’s a government?

  58. 58
    Conservative Meltdown says:

    Will Adam Smith’s Institute, like Liam Fox’s Atlantic Bridge, be shut down by the authorities?

  59. 59
    El Jezza says:

    Where’s Dave?

  60. 60
    Tory Party RIP - killed by Camoron says:

    .. and save Britain £13.3billion every year (plus the bailouts)?

    Hmm. OK.

  61. 61
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Wrong. You’re going to lose your money. There’s still time to change your mind.

  62. 62
    s'Wonderful! s'Marvellous! Guido says:

    - to see the Cross-Wires out again!

    Suggest you keep them handy for a few weeks.

  63. 63
    Real world inhabitant says:

    Bubble and froth. Westminster village shit. Nobody else gives a monkey’s.

  64. 64
  65. 65
    If we're lucky.. says:

    Lying under the wheels of a bus, twitching, with his intestines dangling from his eye sockets and nostrils.

  66. 66
    rocknrolla says:

    In many respects the New Labour reign of terr0r established a new constitutional convention that no minister or PM would ever resign regardless of how terrible their mistake and/or lie.

    I suspect the BBC and Guardian will not just “move on” as they always did though now it’s a (sort of) Conservative government.

  67. 67
    Wayne says:

    Actually, I’d like to marry my nanny, what are the chances Dave, I know you haven’t got much on at the moment?

  68. 68
    David Camoron says:

    I give you a cast-iron guarantee that my ministers and I will adhere at all times to the ministerial code.

  69. 69
    Shag Attack says:

    What is it with this government and their SpAds? Hague, Fox and now Hunt.

  70. 70
    Davey Cameron's bumsex army says:

    Rules are for the little people.

  71. 71
    Not bad at all says:

    Labour’s Mary Creagh showing a lot of leg on Brillo’s show.

  72. 72
    Schrödingers dingaling says:

    Can’t you think of something else, I’ve got that one lined up for Gordon?

  73. 73
    Davey Cameron's bumsex army says:

    In what way is this crowd of tossers “Conservative”?

  74. 74
    John Yates, top cop - not bent says:

    Guido, you’ll know this, has Jeremy Hunt ever been near a c’unt?

  75. 75
    Davey Cameron's bumsex army says:

    Let sunshine rule the day.

  76. 76
    special olympics commitee member says:

    Must have something to do with the word ‘special’ I should imagine

  77. 77
    Jezza Hunt says:

    Can I join your army?

  78. 78
    David Camoron says:

    Quite so, old chap!

    They should indeed be allowed to marry. And they should get tax breaks, too. Every man who pushes his cock up another man’s arse and pumps his semen into that man’s bowels should get a tax break for doing so, what what?

    And all school children should be tought that this is normal. Yes, indeed. GCSE Turdburgling. A Core Conservative Value. You know it makes sense.

    Toodle pip!

  79. 79
    David Camoron says:

    Quite so, old chap!

    They should indeed be allowed to marry. And they should get tax breaks, too. Every man who pushes his co*ck up another man’s ar*se and pumps his se*men into that man’s bo*wels should get a tax break for doing so, what what?

    And all school children should be tought that this is normal. Yes, indeed. GCSE Tu*rdbur*gling. A Core Conservative Value. You know it makes sense.

    Toodle pip!

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    You cant want retard Ed to get in, maybe they could finish the country off like they almost did last time.

  81. 81
    The public says:

    When does Cameron resign?

  82. 82
    The public says:

    Who cares? His career is over.

  83. 83
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    If I employed someone as a gofa in my office i would want to check everything he sent out because if there was something a bit naughty I would be carrying the can.

    Do you understand Mr Hunt?

  84. 84
    The public says:

    Cameron is a liability. He should be turfed out.

  85. 85
    The public says:

    Mr Hunt, like the rest of idiots in government, does not know how to run a bath. The same goes right across the political class.

  86. 86
    Shadow of Sleeze says:

    Hunt is a dead man walking – he has the full support of the PM

  87. 87
    Jimmy says:

    Too late to try and save him with crosshairs after he’s gone.

  88. 88
    The public says:

    Cameron’s defence in Parliamnet is very unconvincing

  89. 89
    Flip Flopper Camoron says:

    Our PM is a loser, and a posh one at that

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    This performance is the exact equivalent of a judge in a criminal case exchanging frequent emails with one of the witnesses.
    How can Hunt keep his job just by sacking his spad?

  91. 91
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    It may have gone on in the past but Millipede does not want to play the game and Cameron has not been able to oust the bugger.

  92. 92
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    This whole piece is based on a misconception – that politicians see rules or codes of conduct as something they need to be abide by.

    On the contrary – they are, almost without exception, self-interested weasels who see rules and codes as window dressing for the general public that are to be circumvented whenever convenient for their own financial or political gain.

  93. 93
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    When do we get to see the rocking horse pictures ;-)

  94. 94
    I like your style big man says:

    You’ve got to laugh, the SpAd has already gone, and then Guido puts the crosshairs on him.

  95. 95
    Baroness Scotchland says:

    I don’t know Jimmy, they do have a special magic all their own.

  96. 96
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Unfortunately for the UK and the Tory party, not until he is annihilated in the 2015 election.

  97. 97
    despicable says:

    Strange how as the Inquiry moved on to the Blair years, BBC channels 2, 80 and 81 all remained on PMQs. Best keep that part hidden, eh?

  98. 98
    AC1 says:

    Nigel Farage MEP
    I’ll be on BBC 5 Live at 1300hrs post PMQs

  99. 99
    AC1 says:

    Shit moniker considering the euphemisms for cat.

  100. 100
    Due Process says:

    Nick Clegg looks very anxious indeed.

  101. 101
    Loungelizard says:

    So The Fruit Bat’s attack was pretty lethal was it?

  102. 102
    screw the lot of them says:

    lol +100

  103. 103
    Categorically NOT the Case says:

    James Hunt is admitting all is not well.

    James Hunt has also over stepped the mark

    Dency , integrity, regret? Get real

    Independent regulators hahahahhahaha

    Resolve the issue? He ought to resign.

  104. 104
    AC1 says:

    Watt = Joules per second.
    What = question you can end with a ?

  105. 105
    SIR EVERARD PENIS QC says:

    Adam Smith has my full support and he believed he was acting on my behalf !

    He was you lying little turd , don’t try and make out he did this on his own !

  106. 106
    ;) says:

    Guido is jumping on a bandwagon. Dave’s cock firmly rammed up his massive arse.

  107. 107
    AC1 says:

    NOTA. I’m sure someone will be along to say that ruining your vote will allow the {blue|red|yellow} brand of the traitor party to win instead of the {blue|red|yellow} brand of the traitor party.

  108. 108
    Sir Trumpton Oldtwat says:

    Harriet Harmen causes a bulge in my plus fours

  109. 109
    AC1 says:

    Save vastly more than that.
    1) trade with the world not just the E.U.S.S.R. customs cartel members.
    2) get rid of masses of regulation designed to profit big industries by keeping out competition.

  110. 110
    The public says:

    I hate to say it, but Hagrid Harperson has just made a devastating attack and Hunt is drowning

  111. 111
    Baroness Scotland says:

    and fortunately nothing like a QC and Attorney General employing an illegal worker.

  112. 112
    AC1 says:

    Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
    Douglas Bader

    Think our political classes have not quite got the idea of this quote lol.

  113. 113
    Lord Withering Witherington says:

    Laws are for the normo’s not the illuminati my dear lady

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    Is it true that former trumpeter and car driver James Hunt is Jeremy Hunt’s father? Either way, I suspect that “Jeremy Hunt” will now enter the lexicon of slang, viz: “what do you think I am, a Jeremy Hunt?”, a phrase that will signify illegal duplicity.

  115. 115
    Sack Cameron - Elect A Tory says:

    Bloodsports! Splendid!

  116. 116
    Leam Stacey says:

    LOL – he really is dead!

  117. 117
    Steve Miliband says:

    Was Hunt seriously touted as a future leader?

  118. 118
    fuck the lot of 'em says:

    Hunt is drowning, what a total c’unt.

    Fuck off Hunt and fuck off Dave.

  119. 119
    Old Mother says:

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  120. 120
    Steve Miliband says:

    Kevin Maguire ‏ @Kevin_Maguire
    Murdoch said of Brown when fell out over Sun backing Cameron: “He wasn’t in a balanced state of mind.”

  121. 121
    cat scan says:

    Quite apt, coming from a pussy like you.

  122. 122
    Gonk says:

    I’ll put a few quid on him to stay as well. If he does go, I’ll change my mind.

  123. 123
    quasi judicial says:

    HAHAHAHHAHA Don’t mention that to East Herts District Cllrs whose remit is Planning.

  124. 124
  125. 125
    UKIP Voter says:

    The Beast of Bolsover – Bloody Marvellous.

    Just Get Out! That’s the line of the decade

  126. 126
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Hello mummy..

  127. 127
    Lib/Lab/Con = all the same says:

    By whom ffs?

  128. 128
    Rinka Scott says:

    BSkyB was a multi billion pound deal.

    Spads are paid peanuts so what the hell was he doing anywhere near the main action?

    Hunt started off well in politics but I think he has been found wanting a bit like a certain guy called Moore.

  129. 129
    Dave Laws says:

    Hunt doesn’t sound at all convincing, and is looking more embarrassed by the minute. Does he really expect us to believe that he had no knowledge of the correspondence with NI? The man is a real ‘jeremy’ and should resign.

  130. 130
    Anonymous says:

    You are just the person who they rely on to keep giving them your votes. It is your fualt mate!

  131. 131

    They just show themselves up for what they are, AC1.

    Worthless, witless and wretched.

  132. 132
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    You can bet they’ll do their best to keep what he’s said about Brown as quiet as possible too. The testimony will be edited to conform to their (Labour-supporting) agenda.

  133. 133
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Just as well I did not listen to it, then.

    If it is true that the senior civil servant authorised a political appointee to act as to the DCMS point of contact for NI on the BSkyB bid, then someone’s judgment was seriously awry. But so was Hunt’s in letting that happen.

  134. 134
    cat scan says:

    Oooh alliteration, how witty is that? Fuck off Sc you dullard.

  135. 135
    Rinka Scott says:

    Jeremy Hunt has just discovered a ‘back channel’ and Adam Smith has gone.

    He has just told Parliament this.

  136. 136
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I wonder why the SpAd took such a supportive line to the Murdoch lackey in his communications? Something entirely off his own bat? I doubt it.

    I wonder why Hunt, though it was been agreed the SpAd should be the department’s link with the Murdoch organisation, did not release the SpAd’s communications with the organisation?

  137. 137
    CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

    To be honest, I couldn’t give a flying f*ck about this story. If any of you lot criticising Hunt and Murdoch think this is an isolated incident, then you are more naive than a new born babe. Of course this mutual back scratching has has gone on since time immemorial – always has and always will. It’s the nature of politics and business.

    There’s more corruption and dirty dealing going on between politicos (left and right wing) and big business at Bilderberger meetings – and they’re conducted in secret where no minutes are ever published.

    There’s a big scandal looming in the ‘States over Obama’s Democrat government awarding its political cronies billions of dollars in subsidies and grants to develop green technology, even though they knew the companies
    were practically insolvent. In the event, some of them did go bankrupt (e.g. Solhyndra) losing taxpayers’ money.

    I’m bored with all this feckin’ navel gazing by the Westminster window lickers and the media.

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    Ministers and prime minister taking responsibility on Camorons shift? Don’t be silly. Dave isn’t fit to be PM.

    Re Murdoch saying he never asked anything of PM’s, of course he didn’t, he got Brooks and his other drones to do the asking.

  139. 139
    Jeremy C-Hunt says:

    Look, all of my advisors have betrayed me, they are all useless bastards. i know I am their boss but it’s not my fault. In fact I am the diamond in the wood shed that is my department for which I accept full responsibility but I’m not resigning.

    p.s. neither is Dave who appointed me and is also fully responsible for everything I do and has accepted that responsibility, indeed he has it in a large brrown envelope somewhere and he won’t resign either, too!!

  140. 140
    OLD GIT says:

    Usual practice shove the shit down the ranks to the poor bastard below

    It wasn’t me guv it was him I know nothing

  141. 141
    JAKE says:

    ADAM SMITH IS A LYING , ACCORDING TO HUNT…HMMM

  142. 142
    anony says:

    Revolution now!

  143. 143
    Les Abbey says:

    Is this another gay thing? Like Hague and that boy and Fox and another boy.

  144. 144
    Anonymous says:

    It all reminds me of the film “A Few Good Men”. If the order from Jeremy Hunt was for the SpAd not to have improper contact with News Corp, and the SpAd was completely loyal and followed orders, why did it happen?
    “You can’t handle the truth”


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