May 9th, 2012

Exclusive: Blair McDougall Tapped for Pro-Union “No” Role

Former Purnell SpAd and David Miliband campaign organiser Blair McDougall has been approached to run the pro-Union “No” campaign against Scottish independence. Blair’s current job as director of David Miliband’s shadow activist base the “Movement for Change” was advertised in yesterday’s Guardian. A Number 10 spokesman did not deny that McDougall has been approached.

Guido understands that Jim Murphy and Alistair Darling recommended the ultra-Blairite to Downing Street through the cross-party “No” umbrella group. As one Labour insider put it: “Well, they certainly cleared the ‘get a bloke with a Scottish name’ hurdle”. An SNP insider told Guido “never heard of him…”

As we go to pixel McDougall has not returned Guido’s calls.


  1. 1
    Init says:

    Looks like a younger Tom Watson

  2. 2
    sockpuppet #4 says:


    That sounds scottish too.

  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Yes to Scottish independence!

    They can stick the Barnett Formula where the sun doesn’t shine (and I don’t mean Glasgow!) and us English taxpayers can stop funding Rab C Nesbitt for good. We’d also get rid of a load of Labour MPs from Westminster for good.

    Jocks away!

  4. 4
    Ah! Monika says:

    “As we go to pixel McDougall has not returned Guido’s calls.”

    He’s quite bright then

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Pity about Southampton.

  6. 6
    Jimmy The Pict says:

    For an independent view on Scotland and it’s contribution to the UK coffers try this
    from the Wall Street Journal

  7. 7
    Jimmy says:

    “As we go to pixel McDougall has not returned Guido’s calls.”

    Off to a good start then.

  8. 8
    While we're at it says:

    Declare idependence for London, the biggest subsidy junkie of them all.

  9. 9
    Andrew Gilligan says:

    How I introduced David Cameron to Andy Coulson. Seen Elsewhere.

    Better stay away from paracetamol, pen-knives and woods Ian

  10. 10
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Don’t you mean Portsmouth?

  11. 11
    Blur says:

    What is it with the Blair brand and Labour?

  12. 12
    illogical says:

    Even without the Bliar name you know Mcdougall’s only in it for the dough!

  13. 13
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Anyone political with ‘Blair’ in their name should be avoided like the Plague.

  14. 14
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Agreed and we can build a UK Embassy there.

  15. 15
    Bigot watch says:

    You dont really expect the simple folk on this blog to read evidence based articles. I mean it fucks with their world view and makes them appear foolish. Naw leave them to their bigotry and ignorance.

  16. 16
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Next time, it will be knitting needles, a large piece of agricultural plastic sheeting, and some WD40.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    He was chair of Scottish Labour students and Glasgow Uni Labour club so pretty sure he is actually scottish

  18. 18
    Janet says:

    Dr Cameron was pure Scotch.

  19. 19
    The EBC says:

    Will independence mean the end of the BBC? If so bring it on.

  20. 20
    yeah, right.... says:

    Meanwhile, our brave boys in the Home Office get to grips with undesirable foreigners who threaten our civilisation.

  21. 21
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Last year Scotland contributed 9.6% of U.K. taxes, yet received only 9.3% of U.K. spending in return with just 8.4% of the population

    Less scroungers multicultarism that’s why

  22. 22
    Ha Ha says:


  23. 23
    annette curton says:

    Wasn’t all this Labours bright idea in the first place, give Scotland its own regional assembly, thinks curry favour and votes north of the border with a talking shop faux Parliament, and now it’s all out of control like a re-make of Braveheart in which William Wallace this time is encouraged by the entire populace of the rest of the union to take Scotland (off our backs) and fuck-off. Frantic backtracking now.

  24. 24
    Danielle says:

    The Scots will never vote to be free of the English taxpayer teat only to become a third world region of the EU.

    They will however extract more devolution out of the soft southern millionaires in the ConLabLib party – so they will get independence of sorts, only with the English picking up the bigger bills.

    Cameron – what an absolute joke the man is.

    Miliband – how is that Deed of Variation tax avoidance working out for you?

    Clegg – takes a pension from a foreign power & can only claim it if he tows their line.

    Traitors, hypocrits & pygmys.

  25. 25
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    Will you be applying for the “Groceries Code Adjudicator” role…Priceless

    Surely it should be the “Groceries Code Tsar”

    You must all be sooooo proud

  26. 26
  27. 27
    Andrew Gilligan says:

    Red holdalls easier. ( before rigor mortis sets in )

  28. 28
    use your loaf? says:

  29. 29
    Little man in a bowler hat says:

    Less of your floury language please.

  30. 30
    Benny the Ball says:

    Why then, no to setting Scotchland adrift with their 0.3% negative? All the more that he’s scotch eh Jimmy?

  31. 31
    You have : 1 Important update says:

    LATEST:Spectator magazine to be prosecuted for alleged contempt of court over article written during Stephen Lawrence trial.

  32. 32
    Ah! Monika says:

    8illy’s work

  33. 33
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Max £5k fine. That’s curtains then

  34. 34
    WVM says:

    He should have become a muzzie cleric then he could have stayed as long as he wanted.

  35. 35
    Ah! Monika says:

    “That Clinton…he was a card. “

  36. 36
    tit says:

    oh no, not another bleedin’ heart labour story ….FFS – it’s the tory/libs coalition by the stars for the stars what’s in power innit?

    oh, okay, I’ll try and be good now …..

  37. 37
    Dr Snoddie says:

    He certainly liked a wee dram before surgery – well we all did..

  38. 38

    How’s that whole Bradford thing going Nonny?

    All sorted and tidied away?

  39. 39
    Iron Bru says:

    Actually, Glasgow is quite sunny today – has been some several weeks now while you lot are flooded out with OUR water.

  40. 40
    dr. sipp says:

    well a good start for SNP–he failed to get david milliband elected as labour leader in a 2 horse race

  41. 41
    Coal to Newcastle says:

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    True. But, WE are always English… ken?

  43. 43
    Sack Vichy Dave - Elect a Tory says:

    Silly boy – all he had to do was praise @ll@h

  44. 44
    The mong won it. says:

    Looks like independence is a certainty the. His boss was a shoe in for the Labour Leader.

  45. 45
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Sour Grapes.

  46. 46
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Modded WTF

    Sour Gra_pes

  47. 47
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Sour Gra_pes

    Note to self: must try harder

  48. 48
    Maximus says:

    Tells you all you need to know about the Pasty Boy in #10 that he would rather have a Scotch git called Blair in the tent than any ‘toxic’ Conservative. I shall enjoy seeing him digging his own grave – unless Leveson gets to him first.

  49. 49
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Clearly this Mitchell fellow is a very dangerous individual and had to be removed from our society urgently, because of the threat he posed to the general community. Now a raving, terror advocating cleric on the other hand…..

  50. 50
    The wheels on a bus says:

    Isn’t justice quick

  51. 51

    Is Rigor Mortis near Lyme Regis, dear? That’s where I had my honeymoon, and Granddad was stiff for the whole 2 weeks… bless.

  52. 52
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Scotland owns all clouds does it?

  53. 53
    Sack Vichy Dave - Elect a Tory says:

    was there any knead for that?

  54. 54
    pedants r us says:

    horses for courses.
    Actually it’s a ‘shoo in ‘ and little to do with squeezing feet into shoes a la shoehorn.

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    We’re talking about the re-trial.

  56. 56
    pure corn says:

    Using one’s loaf is always preferable. Don’t get crusty.

  57. 57

    There is to be a new film about the Scotland. Staring Gordon Brown.
    Working title – “Bravehart saves the world.”

    Its written by Johan Hari, the new American super screenwriter, who’s now totally into, like, you know, USA and shit, man..

    Scene 1. Act 1. A fat, old, semi-disabled looking man in a cheap suit and a kilt stands on a glen, or a kairn, or a kop or whatever the hell a hill is called up there.

    “Scotchland for the scotchlanders!”
    He lifts his kilt to reveal a blue cross of Lorraine painted on his bum!

    “Fiiiieeefffffddoooommmmmmmmmm! Fiefdom for Labour!” shouts out William Wallet-take to an adoring crowd of peasants, and agricultural labour supporters

    Then a man who looks a lot like Shrek comes up and says ‘ah dinna thunk sew little man’ and hits him in the nuts with an axe. Shrek takes another few handfuls of electoral seats off the writhing in agony McDoom.

    Scene 2 – The BBC Herald blows the 10 o’clock news and a messenger declares victory for Labour.

  58. 58
    Wrong type of illegal says:

    He should have borrowed a Koran and a prayer mat.

  59. 59
    dr. sipp says:

    •Full name: Principality of Liechtenstein
    •Population: 35,000
    •Capital: Vaduz
    •Area: 160 sq km (61.8 sq miles)
    •Major language: German
    •Major religion: Christianity
    •Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 82 years (women)
    •Monetary unit: 1 Swiss franc = 100 centimes
    •Main exports: Machinery, dental products, foodstuffs, stamps

    he must love small countries–twitter

    Blair McDougall ‏ @blairmcdougall 8 oct
    Brilliant BBC commentary: Lichtenstein a country with a population the size of Airdrie!

  60. 60
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    How many of those jobs returning tax payments were government jobs? Answer that honestly and you answer the whole economic non-case that scotchland has as an independent country. Though please feel free to bugger off with Salmond’s merry men ‘o’ the heether anyway.

  61. 61

    That’s it, roll out the usual clichés. You just have to sort out the wheat from the chaff, and work out which side your bread is buttered on. I propose a toast to his future.

  62. 62
    Kin Ell says:

    Who the hell cares? Who the fuck are these pathetic non-entities anyway?

  63. 63
    Ann E Seed says:

    Crumbs !

  64. 64
    SSSSSHHHHHH!!!!! says:

  65. 65
    lol! says:


  66. 66
    Some Geezer wot's going to go for the obvious joke here says:

    Oh, just baguette.

  67. 67
    Barmbrack o'Barmy says:

    Stroll on !

  68. 68
    purple patch says:

    Is Downing Street now instigating an Inspector Clousseau ploy?
    This McDougall if previous Campaign Organiser for the failed Miliband approach would appe@r to hold all the ideal credentials to thwart the No vote, rather than promote it.
    It is hardly surprising given the path of Dave’s present “Tory”? administration that he now seeks support from a spin merchant from the opposing camp.

  69. 69
    Therapist says:

    The Queen’s speech impediment.

    Clegg and Cameron

  70. 70
    Ah! Monika says:

    M & S have just reported they have sold out of underpants.

  71. 71
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Does that mean some of the inmates may escape?

  72. 72
    Ah! Monika says:

    “Britain treats Europe like a self-service restaurant’ claims Francois Hollande”

    That’s sauce for you.

  73. 73
    muckdougal says:

    Are you all trying to get a rise out of me?

  74. 74
    Strangers Bar says:

    Tomorrow only.

    Buy one get 10 free


  75. 75
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Unusually for a frenchman I suspect he does not have a mistress!

  76. 76
    Comments Off says:

    ‘Keep your head up': David Cameron’s text to Rebekah Brooks days after she resigned over phone-hacking is revealed

  77. 77
    King George VI says:

    Cl Cl Cl Cl Cl Cl Clameron

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Nasty little moniker. The old King did a grand job. Che*.p jibe.

  79. 79
    Gordon Brown says:

    A lot of people wish I was pan bread.

  80. 80
    a non says:

    Ed Milibland has always been a star on the Why front

  81. 81
    Sophie says:

    Hollande is a gift to UKIP – just like Cameron.

    Vote UKIP

  82. 82
    Chutney says:

    Dennis Skinner can fuck off

    playing Mr Punch is no job for a man

  83. 83
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    I see the QS has made you all happy…..LOL

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    and………. your point is………..?

  85. 85
    King George VI says:

    F F F F F

    Oh what the hell you get it

  86. 86
    Operator says:

    Who would?

  87. 87
    The TossPot in No 10 says:

    I still think that bum sex is SOOOO progressive, – and very rewarding in terms of votes!

  88. 88
    Banker says:

    Not as much as QE but thanks anyway

    pip pip

  89. 89
    Here we go... says:

    SPAIN is preparing to nationalize BFA-BANKIA later today.

  90. 90
  91. 91
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Not more Bryant pictures!

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Sod off Sophie luv & change the record. Boring is too kind a word for you!

  93. 93
    A Scot says:

    What fucking language are you speaking, who the fuck says “Heether” dear God.

  94. 94
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:


  95. 95
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    The Queens speech
    Bonuses for Border staff
    Fuwayzeur Nelson’s rag being shafted
    E*D*L and Tory councillors love in
    FT100 at 5400
    Another 8000 jobs about to go

    …..and we get this as a thread..OH DEAR.

  96. 96
    Cameron says:


  97. 97
    Boudicca says:

    It’s the worst managed and most expensive self-service restaurant I’ve ever been in.

  98. 98
    Whitehall 1212 says:

    Dennis Skinner for you…

  99. 99
    News just breaking says:

    Qatada to be deported, appeal rejected!

  100. 100
    Not funny says:

    You are all Ciabatty

  101. 101
    One per cent and proud says:

    Talking of work, Portugal is scrapping four public holidays. When are WE going to scrap all “holidays with pay”? If you’re not working, you shouldn’t be earning. Especially pinko teachers.

  102. 102
    Keith Vaz says:

    The child sex ring case is most certainly not a race issue. Muslims will be muslims!

    Now, where’s my 6 yr old gone?

  103. 103
    Mrs SAS says:

    Come on in now love, playtimes over

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    SAS not – Just listen to your hero’s spe*ch at the m*ment in HOC. Milibandwagon is an utter sh*tehead.

  105. 105
    lol! says:

    +1 Pitiful and laughable in equal measures.

  106. 106
    WVM says:

    We can have their rich and they can have our wine, seems like a fair deal to me.

  107. 107

    Breaking news The European court of human shites has rejected Qatada’s appeal
    they did however say it was lodged within the deadline

  108. 108
    ffs! says:

    He’s got more about him than Call me Dave ffs.

  109. 109
    jgm2 says:

    Because if one retrial results in a successful conviction it will be worth tearing up 800 years of double jeopardy protection (from a potentially corrupt ruler/government) for the rest of the population.

  110. 110
    What a difference a day makes says:

    Theresa May escapes. So is now available to take over from Dave

  111. 111

    The Gov can use a section 94 to block any further appeals by his lawyers

  112. 112
    jgm2 says:

    Do people still buy French wine?

    What’s wrong with Italian, Spanish or all that New World stuff?

  113. 113
    Ah! Monika says:

    Reminds me of the chalk board otside The Charelestown Pub in Manchester

    30th April
    City Fans 20% Off
    United fans fuck off

  114. 114
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Sophie is right though. A whiney arsed French socialist moaning continually about the British, is voter gold for UKIP. Keep it up Hollande, we love it!

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    SAS not – tune into your id*l’s spe*ch [old Milibandwagon). He talks shite, he is shite, and he will always B SHITE.

    Crawl back under your rock ffs!

  116. 116
    Jimmy The Cripple says:

    With name ‘Bliar’. I am sure it will be successful.

  117. 117
    jgm2 says:

    Isn’t that how his present wife started out?

  118. 118
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    lol did not know that :)

  119. 119
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Ed has just said “No change, no hope”

    Has he fell through a hole in the space/time continuum from 2 years ago?

  120. 120
    ooooh matron says:

    Tribal tosser.

  121. 121
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Much as I dislike Cameron. Pretty much anyone can see that Skinner is a one trick throwback to the political dark ages. Given what we know about the failure, terror and full horror of Marxism, how can anyone with a brain, still be an unreconstructed Marxist in the 21st century?

  122. 122
    Marmite says:

    Y.E.S……………AT F8CKIN LAST!!

  123. 123
    Marmite says:

    Sack the juggler then. What calendar is everyone using? If Mrs May did naus it up, then she should sack ALL her advisers and uncivil servants, who, I beli*ve work for the Leiber party.

  124. 124
    jgm2 says:

    Former Purnell SpAd and David Miliband campaign organiser Blair McDougall has been approached to run the pro-Union “No” campaign against Scottish independence.

    Tee hee.

    Some might say Cameron’s heart isn’t really in this ‘No’ campaign.

  125. 125
    jgm2 says:

    Four years ago. It’s that ‘hopey, changey’ thing from Omaha again.

  126. 126

    That’s the yeast of our troubles. You can only say what you can prove, slice it as thin or as thick as you like.

  127. 127
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Yes my bad

  128. 128
    jgm2 says:

    He should be on the 17:05 Royal Jordanian flight this evening then. Handcuffed to the fuselage.

  129. 129

    So in the words of UKIP’s illustrious founder, he has created a job vacancy?

  130. 130
    Lost yer 'arry says:

    Mostly they wish you were brown bread.

  131. 131
  132. 132
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Inspector Clousseau ploy?

    Are you insinuating that Nick is really Kato?

  133. 133
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Around 2% of the population is actively gay, yet Cameron courts the gay vote assiduously.
    Likewise, the tiny extreme fringe Green party, has around 250,000 core voters. Yet Cameron can’t stop pandering to their economic insanity.
    You have to ask yourself why, when there is so little potential return, does he fall over himself to wring votes out of the fringes of these fringe groups and at the same time ignore and deride millions of Conservatives, who with the right message, could gift him easy victory.

    The only conclusion you can draw is, Cameron is not a Conservative at all and he want’s conservatism to be replaced with progressive fabianist socialism.

  134. 134

    Skinner is a bit like an embarrassing old pet dog whose back legs have gone and has to be carried in and out of the back garden to have a shit.
    I was hoping that the Queen was going to open with “And Mr. Skinner can’t be here, as he’s been sent to live down a mine. No you can’t visit him, but he’s very happy there. And he also knows that if he does try to come back, I’ve got the White Fiat Uno keys in my handbag!”

  135. 135

    That’s the last he’ll see of his fingernails. Bastard.

  136. 136
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    LOL…..All “”Rattled””

    ..Now go back to Dave Cock

  137. 137
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Better still, embassies for the individual countries that currently make up the Divided Kingdom.

  138. 138
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    If it were within the British Parliament’s gift, the Scots would own the clouds, and they’d charge us English every time it rains.

  139. 139
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    With all these state sector appointments he lands, it’s clear that his toast lands butter-side-up.

  140. 140
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    NONSENSE…!!!!!! only 1% of population “”claim”” to be gay. Gay Pop is less than 0.50%. Less than 500,000 in UK. Hardly a Pink pound

  141. 141
    ho hum.. says:

    Yes, relates to chasing sheep into a pen.

  142. 142
    Anonymong says:

    He says quickly checking his GADAR app

  143. 143
    ho hum.. says:

    Plus, there should be no Scots (or any other foreigners either!) in an English parliament. How many English persons are there in the Scot or Welsh Assemblies?

  144. 144
    ho hum.. says:

    Whitehall 1212 – blimey just how old are you? Haven’t heard that for years and years…

  145. 145
    Billy Wizz says:

    Head up what? Her arse? Mind you Cameron had it up there for so long did he really need to text her. Toff Twat

  146. 146
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    Note that the linked article was written by a Scot living in Hong Kong.

  147. 147
    barry says:

    He is actually Scottish. He used to be the chair of Scottish Labour Students and has a scottish accent.

  148. 148
    Displaced Brummie says:

    An SNP insider told Guido “never heard of him…”

    This COULD mean that the SNP insider knows sod all about people outside his own narrow little world…

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