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.


148 Comments

  1. 1
    Init says:

    Looks like a younger Tom Watson

  2. 2
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    “Cameron”.

    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!

    • 5
      Anonymous says:

      Pity about Southampton.

      • 8
        While we're at it says:

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

        • 14
          Nom Dom Nom says:

          Agreed and we can build a UK Embassy there.

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

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

          • 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?

      • 10
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Don’t you mean Portsmouth?

    • 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.

      • 42
        Anonymous says:

        True. But, WE are always English…..ye ken?

      • 52
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Scotland owns all clouds does it?

        • 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.

  4. 4
    Ah! Monika says:

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

    He’s quite bright then

  5. 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

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/making-scottish-independence-add-up-2012-05-02

    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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.

        • 93
          A Scot says:

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

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

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

  6. 7
    Jimmy says:

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

    Off to a good start then.

  7. 9
    Andrew Gilligan says:

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

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

  8. 12
    illogical says:

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

  9. 13
    Joss Ayinglike says:

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

  10. 17
    Anonymous says:

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

    • 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?

    • 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 26
  15. 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.

    • 33
      Nom Dom Nom says:

      Max £5k fine. That’s curtains then

    • 50
      The wheels on a bus says:

      Isn’t justice quick

      • 55
        Anonymous says:

        We’re talking about the re-trial.

        • 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.

  16. 35
    Ah! Monika says:

    “That Clinton…he was a card. “

  17. 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 …..

  18. 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

  19. 41
    Coal to Newcastle says:
  20. 46
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Modded WTF

    Sour Gra_pes

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 62
    Kin Ell says:

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

  24. 64
    SSSSSHHHHHH!!!!! says:
  25. 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.

    • 132
      Nom Dom Nom says:

      Inspector Clousseau ploy?

      Are you insinuating that Nick is really Kato?

  26. 69
    Therapist says:

    The Queen’s speech impediment.

    Clegg and Cameron

  27. 72
    Ah! Monika says:

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

    That’s sauce for you.

  28. 76
    Comments Off says:

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

  29. 82
    Chutney says:

    Dennis Skinner can fuck off

    playing Mr Punch is no job for a man

    • 108
      ffs! says:

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

      • 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?

        • 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!”

  30. 83
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

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

  31. 87
    The TossPot in No 10 says:

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

    • 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.

      • 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

  32. 89
    Here we go... says:

    SPAIN is preparing to nationalize BFA-BANKIA later today.

    http://tinyurl.com/cqv7s6o

  33. 90
  34. 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.

    • 103
      Mrs SAS says:

      Come on in now love, playtimes over

    • 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
      lol! says:

      +1 Pitiful and laughable in equal measures.

    • 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!

  35. 99
    News just breaking says:

    Qatada to be deported, appeal rejected!

  36. 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?

  37. 107
    SIR EVERARD PENIS QC says:

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

    • 111
      SIR EVERARD PENIS QC says:

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

    • 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.

  38. 110
    What a difference a day makes says:

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

  39. 116
    Jimmy The Cripple says:

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

  40. 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?

  41. 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.

  42. 147
    barry says:

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

  43. 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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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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