June 19th, 2012

“Stampede” at Labour HQ

Anger about redundancies at Labour HQ has turned to acceptance. Guido understands that there has been a “stampede” to accept voluntary redundancy. Word is that with 10% of the 300 strong workforce facing the chop, 30 have come forward who are desperate to move on. As reported in the Daily Star Sunday, the party have had to take a loan so that they could afford the pay-offs. From an orderly queue…


  1. 1
    Louise Mensch says:

    I’m first in line !

  2. 2
    nellnewman says:

    Well now militwit is forming an alliance with hollande in an effort to renew europe@n socialism – uk labour will be going even further down the tubes.

  3. 3
    VEE6 says:

    I think the term “bail out” would be more appropriate.

  4. 4
    merv says:

    rats – ship?

  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    And they reckon they can deal with unemployment in the UK?

  6. 6

    I’m right behind you.

  7. 7
    genghiz the kahn says:

    But looketh, ovew thewe comwadth, theth Towieth are cutting too thast, too deep. We musth ftimulate gwowth, by bowwowing more. It farteth in Amewica.

  8. 8
    Sarah Tweet says:


    I went to put on a yellow top, to celebrate the sun, but I took out a blue one in error! How I laughed.


  9. 9
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Labour HQ are cutting too far, too fast.

  10. 10
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    What will the unions have to say about the greedy paymasters sacking poor workers?

  11. 11
    Lord Lardarse of Hull in the Head says:

    15 points ahead in the polls………..youse Tory softies….yer great southern blouses…..get real

    Mnnnn……a little alex salmond wiv a dash of hollandaise and a juicy millipede….all you can eat on the State food counter…..out of my way…..no Eton Mess fer me you posh buggers…….(munch, munch)

  12. 12
    Alistair "Tourettes" Campbell says:


  13. 13
    illogical says:

    Always the bridesmaid, never the bride! Sounds familiar.
    Croatia too, unfortunately.

  14. 14
    The welfare Left. says:

    Why are they paying them off? Being soap dodging lefties they will be fully conversant with milking benefits.

  15. 15
    Gonk says:

    A loan ? With their credit rating.

  16. 16

    I am probably the one Englishman with a zero interest in Football. Emigration was the only option…

  17. 17
    illogical says:

    Stampede would suggest cattle.
    Hopalong Miliband has found finally found a new chuckwagon to hitch his hopes to for future economic credibility.

  18. 18

    The problem with Labour is that eventually they run out of other people’s money to spend

    And Ed Balls seriously stands up as saviour of the economy and the road to “no more boom and bust” prosperity

    Labour need Roy Hodgson to sweep away the complacent, tired old guard and bring in a vibrant, purposeful youth team (preferably not millionaire, trustafarian, champagne sociopath public school boys like Chuka Umunna)

  19. 19
    lollo Rosso says:

    Lettuce give thanks.

  20. 20
    Owing Jones aged 12 says:

    On the plus side, at least they can go to the Lav when they want

  21. 21

    The choice is take some money now whilst the party can borrow it or get nothing when the whole shebang implodes.

  22. 22
    Justas Kin says:

    Does anyone know, how much of the TV licence fee is taken up collecting it


  23. 23
    Ah! Monika says:

    You’re a little gem.

  24. 24
    Dobbie says:

    Not like football? Are you quite mad? (Oh Sorry, of course you are)

  25. 25
    Sophie says:

    The Co-op will bail them out again.

    And of course we must not forget that that Labour is owned by very rich unions.

    And Dave Camerons Government is still funnelling millions of taxpayers money to those Unions that own Labour every year.

    Dave is following Brownonomics to the letter it seems.

    Vote UKIP

  26. 26
    Ah! Monika says:

    Why? Cos I say so. Now lettus leaf it there.

  27. 27
    what's a billion between lefties? says:

    In SOCIALIST EU land the worse your credit rating the more they lend you.

  28. 28
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Still not one single redundancy in the public sector, Mark Serwotka?

  29. 29
    illogical says:

    ‘Boot’ now on the other foot? Wellingtons perhaps.
    Nothing wrong with offering limited support to a country of residence. Superficial roots sitting in foreign lands does not mean it diminishes your Englishness.

  30. 30
    David Cameron says:

    comrades,now is the right time to unite

  31. 31
    Jimmy Carr says:


  32. 32
    Working Class Tory says:

    You’re shit and you know you are, shit and you know you are…one Maggie Thatcher, there’s only one Maggie Thatcher.

    Cameron you useless arse – I am voting for Nigel

  33. 33
    Jimmy says:

    Class traitors are so stupid.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t you have children to look after, or a home to run?

  35. 35
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    was the loan from the ECB?

  36. 36
  37. 37
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Kettle, Pot, Black

  38. 38
    The retardEd Miliband says:

    “to sweep away the complacent, tired old guard”

    Old guard?? Ath I thaid previouthly, we are a new generation! Any thimilarity to the previouth generation ith purely cointhidental.

  39. 39
    Screwed Taxpayer says:

    If Labour is insolvent, will the taxpayers be liable for the redundancy payments?

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    You mean ‘FORM an orderly queue’.

    Can we please liquidate the Labour Party.

  41. 41
    Never,Ever Vote Labour says:

    How typical of Labour, obtaining a loan to pay off people they can’t afford to pay..exactly how they dealt with the UK economy.

    They are a serious credit risk, who would loan them any money, its has to be the Unions again, or maybe Tony sold one of his multi million pound properties??

  42. 42
    Loyalist says:

    Bit of a non-story, this.
    Quiet news week, Guido? All the best stories seem to be in your dead tree column. I know the blog is free, but I don’t want to put money into your pornographer employer’s pocket. Help me out here, put some more beef into Order-Order for the sake of your loyal e-readers.

  43. 43
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    I think you have to read between the lines on that one. The petty civil servant Hollande is going to talk a load of claptrap about how Europe can escape its debt by borrowing more money, and the unions have told Militwit to show up and pretend he’s got something interesting to say. Militwit is, of course, laughably pretending that it’s a “joint conference”.

  44. 44
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    They did that from 1997-2010, from a great height, all over the people of Britain.

  45. 45
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Blogs, they’re the wonder of the Webb.

  46. 46
    Saint Tone says:

    Hi Guys, I would lend you a few million quid to tide you over, but I can’t prise Slotgob’s fingers off it.

  47. 47
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    £4.22 of which probably comes from their vain attempts to make me & Lady Martin stump up.

  48. 48
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    of course you are – but Leveson & Co, Lord Coe & Co and the farming ‘community’ are prederred creditors

    dig deep and ‘hod thee neb* tight’

    * nose

  49. 49
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Pol, Pot, Yellow, shurely.

  50. 50
    The Reverend Jesse Jackson says:

    oh happy day!

  51. 51
    Aunty Matter says:

    I love the way Radio 5 are spinning the lefties avoiding tax. “Would you sign up for a similar scheme” asks rat face Victoria Derbyshire.

    So instead of attacking the lefties, the BBC are spinning it as OK and would you join them!!!!

  52. 52
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    No, just the people of England.

  53. 53
    Sir William Waad says:

    I’m not surprised that they are prepared to leave. After all, they will be in demand for jobs in – in – er……

  54. 54
    Republic of Ireland says:

    werent we absolutely shite?

  55. 55
    Sir William Waad says:

    I picture a very ponderous stampede of dim-witted creatures, like musk oxen threatened by wolves.

  56. 56
    Postal Vote says:

    300 staff at the HQ of a political party!

    No wonder UK productivity is so mediocre.

    Buying votes in practice on a small scale. For other examples look at the Newcastle area, Bradford or Hastings to name a few

  57. 57
    A TV-License Dodger says:

    Does anyone know how much the TV license fee would be if w*nk stations like BBC News24, BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4 Radio 1, Radio2, Radio 4, 5Live and BBC Asian Network were all canned along with their dumbed-down PC multi-culti websites, and if Radio 3 stopped making crappy PC documentaries about ‘effnic music’?

    My guess would be about £3, which I’d probably pay.

  58. 58
    Pickled Wizard says:

    Best had, all we’ll get a rocket

  59. 59
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    If they did liquidate the fascist Liebore party, the bastards would only infiltrate other parties. Well, they’d infiltrate other parties even more than they’ve been doing for the last few decades.

  60. 60
    Sir William Waad says:

    A butterheaded comment!

  61. 61
    Gonk says:

    Chamber ..

  62. 62
    Pickled Wizard says:

    I’d have thought she was waiting in the winds for the lucrative ‘uman rights claims by those made redundant

  63. 63
    Mr Speaker Berkowitz says:

    I’m not insolvent, just insolent.

  64. 64
    Resplendent in his £3,000 Saville Row suit, tax-dodger Chukup Umunna says:

    Quite, comrade.

  65. 65
    a beastly co op says:

    Who would lend these wankers a penny?

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Hastings is the ars*hole of England. Newcastle I can take or leave. Bradford I quite like – it has a rough-and-ready quality we only used to see abroad.

  67. 67
    a non says:

    Thread hits an iceberg.

  68. 68
    will says:

    well the times has a story about Jimmy Carr today about being a tax dodger and fronting a campaign about barclays avoiding tax. I bet tomorrow will feature more celebs who campaigned against murdoch and new international, so wathc out hugh grant and others I hope your tax is in order or you will be shown up to be 2 faced.

    i bet the BBC and guardian has nothing to say on this matter, but round 1 to celebs now the “murdoch” empire strikes back.

  69. 69
    will says:

    yes out of the national insurance fund (1948 ? i think)

  70. 70
    Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:

    ‘the party have had to take a loan’

    No money left ? Shock, horror.

  71. 71
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    Presumably half of those 300 are Equality and Diversity officers, 50 are Health and Safety Experience Facilitators, 50 are Area Party Liaison Outreach Local Community Champions, 20 are Equality Health Safety Diversity Community Outreach Group Hug Champion Sustainable Liaison Executives, and the 30 that are being sacked are the ones who actually did some work.

  72. 72
    will says:

    the problem is that all presenters use a similar scheme of using companies to lower thier tax rates and paying themselves a dividend instead of salary.

    I can see this one running and running.

    If polly is writing weekly articles for the guardian then the tax authorities could calss her as an employye instead of freelance. because she cannot use a substitute she may not be required to provide articles each week. wait for this space.

  73. 73
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    My parents thought about retiring to Hastings. I told them they were mad. “Oh, but Hastings! It sounds so historic and beautiful!”

    So I drove them there. After 5 traumatic minutes of walking around the chav-infested horror that is Hastings’ town centre, they’d changed their minds and couldn’t wait to leave.

  74. 74
    po says:

    Jerry Mandarin

  75. 75
  76. 76
    will says:

    the labour party cant even manage thier own finances so would you trust them to run the country. if they require a bailout to make redundancies how can you trust them to run the country.

  77. 77
    Too Far Too Fast says:

    Do they think that adding to the unemployment statistics will solve the unemployment problem?

  78. 78
    Big Momma says:

    Don’t fret. The Liebour HQ people queing to leave will end up being given jobs as placemen and women in local councils or loony left media or think tanks.
    Probably initially they will work as unpaid interns to Liebour MP’s or Lords.

  79. 79
    Pundit Too says:

    Minibrain will be mentoring Hollande on how champagne “Socialists” marry for political expediency.
    Seeing as Hollande has serious woman problems this could prove more interesting than politics as normal.

  80. 80
    Pundit tu tu. says:

    Based on your statement £3 would be far too much for what is left.

  81. 81
    Bob Crowing. says:

    We are making them all union activists.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Sophie says:
    June 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

    The Co-op will bail them out again. ”

    Not with any of my money! The Fixed Rate Bonds I have with the Co-op owned Britannia mature very soon & the funds will be drawn out & invested elsewhere.

  83. 83
    Note for the Rats says:

    the sinking ship is that way > > > > > >

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Well, it seems significant that they are borrowing off the Co-op when they also bank with Unity Trust. Of course, the FSA has made noises in the past about Unity Trust having lent them too much.

  85. 85
    The Redundant Rats says:

    You mean we can all become pilgrim spongers. Way hay!

  86. 86
    The Redundant Rats says:

    Amen. Lettuce spray.

  87. 87
    broken moral compass says:

    What is Left is always on the BBC. Right?

  88. 88
    broken moral compass says:

    Do you live in Poland?

  89. 89
    broken moral compass says:

    Windy wings wound ‘ere.

  90. 90
    non-visitor says:

    Used to serve the best fish n chips in the country there at one time. Fish fresh from the sea. But not been for a few years so I don’t know if that is still true.

  91. 91
    My left foot's a brick says:

    Socialists, aka Liebour, are broke and the capitalists, aka Conservatives, are apparently not. On this basis, discuss the relative merits of each…


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