June 28th, 2012

Musical SpAds: Hunt Loses Another Aide

Survival hopes post-reshuffle for Jeremy Hunt look even bleaker this morning with the news that he has lost yet another Special Adviser.

Lisa Hunter has been poached by Iain Duncan Smith to replace Susie Squire, who was promoted to head of press at CCHQ.

Clearly IDS is seen as a safer job prospect…

UPDATE: Another Hunt SpAd gets in touch to say Hunter was covering maternity leave.


  1. 1
    But says:

    That is careless!

  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    Wachel Weeves is woeful

  3. 3
    Red Top Hack says:

    Hunt has Aids?

  4. 4
    Jimmy says:

    “Survival hopes post-reshuffle for Jeremy Hunt look even bleaker”

    You tipped him to survive. It doesn’t get any bleaker than that.

  5. 5
    Once again Ed leads where Dave follows says:

  6. 6
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Just like during the expenses scandal

  7. 7
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish Mr Hunt all the best

  8. 8
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    On a more interesting note, LIBOR would have been left out of regulation by Gordo in agreement between him and his bum chums at the banks. Read those minutes carefully.
    AH (C)

  9. 9
    Sandra says:

    Have we as a nation ever been so bereft of talent in high office as we have been surely blighted with over the past 14 years?

    Continuity Labour under Dave Cameron is not working.

  10. 10
    It's all Balls says:

    No doubt he will be asking Ed Balls why he allowed this to happen on his watch and demanding his resignation then?

  11. 11
    Lord Stansted says:

    Osborne speaks and BARC falls through another floor.

  12. 12
    Liborgate = Labourgate says:

  13. 13
    Gonk says:

    There is a lot less to you than meets the eye.

  14. 14
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    But capital punishment is WRONG.

  15. 15
    jgm2 says:

    No ‘Totty Watch’ tag?


  16. 16
    Lord Scalded Bollock says:

    No doubt “Bomber Command” can come to Jeremy Hunt’s assistance !

  17. 17
    Northern Chap says:

    All the banks were at it, and it was legal.

    What is Libor? It’s a survey of banks opinions. Of course they’re going to have an opinion which suits their purposes.

    Call me when they’ve been manipulating SONIA/EONIA.

  18. 18
    annette curton says:

    Ed predictably jumps in with Barclays, first in the news because they cut a deal, will the same outrage be forthcoming with all the others that were at it and have yet to come clean?, Loyds, RBS, HSBC et al, fraud is fraud. Gordons trumpeting of light legislation come home to roost again, FSA not fit for purpose.

  19. 19
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    I suggest a new tag: Munter Watch.

  20. 20
    Labour distraction department says:

    Look, look over there. Look at the banks.

    Don’t ask difficult questions about what the FSA was doing while Labour were in power.

    Don’t ask difficult questions about Labour running 40bn quid annual deficits all through a credit boom.

    And look, look over there, it’s Rupert Murdoch.

  21. 21
    Ed Balls says:

    We need light heavy touch regulations

  22. 22
    Loungelizard says:

    The Labour propaganda machine swings into action in an attempt to distance themselves from any involvement whilst in government. How long before the media led by Miliband are braying for Cameron’s involvement to be accounted for.

  23. 23
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Indeed Chuka, a change to the regulations set up by the Labour party

  24. 24
    annette curton says:

    Groan!, can Guido please print out a guidoline to bloggers telling us which words are not allowed, meerkat?.

  25. 25
    But says:

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    C’mon Guido. Are you sleeping?
    Can we please get on to Barclays soon?

    What is the difference between LIBOR and NEW LIEBOR?
    Clue: It sounds like Ken Livingston.

  27. 27
    Euro sabotage says:

    Make no mistake this story was leaked to weaken Britain’s hand in the EU banking debate.

  28. 28
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Bollox there are quite a few EU banks under investigation for the same thing

  29. 29
  30. 30
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Hello Paywall!

  31. 31
    jgm2 says:

    The Brownian ‘Light regulation’ and fucking useless FSA oversight during the Maximum Imbecile’s reign will not be an angle that will be covered by the BBC.

    Because of the unique way they’re funded.

    This is just more banker-bashing to distract from Labour’s woeful economic record. No doubt the T*ries will be getting the blame for this too.

    It’s astonishing.

    Labour crawls up Murdoch’s arse and in return he uncritically reports their every imbecile press briefing as fact for ten whole years and Labour, in their turn, ignore all evidence of phone-hacking, influence-peddling, police bribery etc etc. And now, just two years later, the T*ries get the blame.

    The imbecile destroys the UK economy. The Imbecile turns a blind eye to reckless borrowing and lending and, yet again, this somehow becomes the T*ries fault.

    It’s Alice in Fucking Wonderland around here.

  32. 32
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Hmmm, I see a pattern emerging here.

    Bank regulation, changed by Labour.
    Oversight agency, set up by Labour.
    Rules, set up by Labour.
    Rogue bankers, knighted by Labour.
    Banking advisory body, set up by Labour and filled with the slf same rogue bankers, Labour had enobled.

    Shit inevitably hits fan, Labour blame everyone but themselves.

  33. 33
    Raving Loon says:

    What about central banks rigging interest rates, can we talk about that?

  34. 34
    UKIP.I.AM says:

    Why is Ed Ballsup in hiding?

  35. 35
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why isn’t Ed Balls in parliament. Where has he run off to?

  36. 36
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Perversely Barclays share price is nose diving that much that by tomorrow they may need a bailout from the taxpayer !

  37. 37
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Just what did labour do for thirteen years while in government? Wars, fianacial crash, lies, spin, hypocrisy. Can’t think of anything positive.

  38. 38
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Probably a footie match that Ed couldn’t make

  39. 39
    UKIP.I.AM says:

    Apparently it appears that because of the legislation passed by the Liebor party many of the bankers responsible can not be prosecuted for fiddling Libor.

  40. 40
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    The political process has become totally corrupted. Political parties are mere badges and symbols, that represent nothing but more of the same.


    It’s not quite fascism, but about as close as you can get to it.

  41. 41
    Labour's Chickens come home to roost on Dave says:

    What’s the betting Dave will set up a judge lead public inquiry to investigate HIS role in Labour’s light touch regulation of banks?

  42. 42

    Specsavers for you my lad. They are open now.

  43. 43
    jgm2 says:

    Excellent idea. Let’s talk about ‘independent’ central banks that slashed interest rates prior to the 2005 election to keep a floor under flagging house pr*ices and pour more petrol onto the Imbecile’s credit fuelled boom.

  44. 44
    Forkbender says:

    Don’t know about aids, to lose one spad is unfortunate but to lose two seems to me like carelessness (especially Lisa, phawww), are there any more voting with their feet.

  45. 45
    Lord Mynarse says:

    Wha’? Me? Oh, no, no, no. You see, er, I was only City Minister, you see.

    Regulation? No, not me, Guv. All the Tories’ fault – ask them.

  46. 46
    Ain't paying to get in. says:

    But what does it say But?

  47. 47
    Forkbender says:

    Well done Gordon, doesn’t stand a chance now

  48. 48
  49. 49
    jgm2 says:

    What’s more surprising is that Toxic Ned isn’t permanently in hiding. At least Useless Ned wasn’t in power for whole chunks of the Imbecility but Toxic Ned is implicated at every stage of the economic clusterfuck.

  50. 50
    annette curton says:

    The judge will set up Dave, what a plonker (both).

  51. 51

    They are both:

    1.) fucking nuts
    2.) purveyors of shoddy stuff
    3.) imbecilic enough to believe that they are demi-gods – at least

  52. 52
    It' all the Tories fault. Foghorn Leghorn says:

  53. 53
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Shame really. I used to read the airmail edition of the “Manchester Guardian” when I was working on an island in the Barrier Reef. The paper claimed to be published on a Thursday, and I got it on Monday. Not bad, and a cracking good read too.

  54. 54

    So am I nuts.

    The above was destined for previous page.

    Excuse me whilst I go and eat my underpants.

  55. 55
    Forkbender says:

    Guido’s real name, Murdoch and tribe, but expletives are allowed and welcome

  56. 56
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Unlike the last government that did amend the finance bill.

    I am beginning to actually believe that the last 12 years before Continuity Labour the coalition were just a drug fuelled dream.

  57. 57
    Mornington Crescent says:

    ‘kin excellent.

  58. 58
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    Libor is WRONG.

  59. 59
    annette curton says:

    It’s always a win win situation for some, Bob Diamond may have to step down with a paltry £50 million pension pot.

  60. 60
    Right? says:

  61. 61
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    Being nuts and eating underpants is WRONG.

  62. 62
    Well it's a thought says:

    You could add green taxes, petrol price tax upped every other month, immigration, privatising public services, taking all public housing from local councils and giving them to housing agencies, closing libraries, shutting down fire stations, PFI.

  63. 63
    Forkbender says:

    Don’t say Gideon will fling more money at his banker friends

  64. 64
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Bandwagon, jump

  65. 65
    Dummkopf says:

    look again Nom Dom. Frau Merkel is already saying I told you so, you can not trust Anglo Saxon Banks.

  66. 66
    Real Growth says:

  67. 67
    Oscar Wilde, posing as a "somdomite[!]" says:

    If you’re going to steal a line, at least credit– we’ll have none of that Johann Hari shit when I’m around!
    (“To lose one parent…”, Lady Bracknell, The Importance Of Being Earnest)

  68. 68
    Forkbender says:

    And don’t forget to stick a pencil in both your ears and and say, “wibble, wibble, wibble, wobble”

  69. 69
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    Scrap the Barclays Premier League.

  70. 70
    annette curton says:

    Expletives welcome but DON’T mention Tourettes syndrome -

  71. 71
    Forkbender says:

    No need to credit it cock, even your banker knows that

  72. 72
    Paul says:

    Worth noting perhaps that Lisa Hunter was covering for Sue Beeby whilst she was on maternity leave.

  73. 73
    Steve Miliband says:

    Disband Barclay James Harvest

  74. 74
    SAS NOT !!! says:

    errrrrrr Bankers day Guido Bankers

  75. 75
    SAS NOT !!! says:

    errrrrr Susie Squire, who was promoted to head of press CCHQ.

    errrrrr wasnt that the same Susie who stated she had nothing to do with CCHQ, while she was with the Wank Stain Alliance.

  76. 76
    annette curton says:

    St Michael of Y-front label says: Warning may not contain nuts.

  77. 77
    jgm2 says:

    Is there not even the teeniest bit of you that questions why all this ‘wrongdoing’ that occurred under the Maximum Imbecile is only now coming to light?

    Phone-hacking? Police corruption? LIBOR ‘manipulation?

    Not the slightest bit curious?


  78. 78
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    If he wasn’t in power he was a Treasury adviser.

  79. 79
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Destroy any Bars made out of Clay

  80. 80
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Actually, had you not apologised for your “mistake,” would anyone have noticed, as it would seem to apply here as well?

  81. 81
    Quisling says:

    Make cerulean blue illegal

  82. 82
    Raving Loon says:

    Quick question:

    Before the whole Barclays scandal came to light, what % of the population actually knew what LIBOR is, or cared what it was about?

  83. 83
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    It would NEVER have happened under Liebour’s watch.

  84. 84
    Wavey Davey's 37th EU Meeting says:

    They may take our money, but they’ll never take our promise of a referendum!

  85. 85
    Red Ken Lyingscum says:

    Knee. Jerk.

  86. 86

    I had thought of that but I was trying to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate downwards…

  87. 87
    WVM says:

    No, I blame Libour.

  88. 88
    SAS SNOTTY $$££$£$$ says:

    Asperger syndrome sufferers generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily.

    These are common symptoms.

    Restricted or repetitive behaviours:.
    Unusual preoccupations or rituals:
    Communication difficulties:
    Limited range of interests:

  89. 89
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    Manipulation is WRONG.

  90. 90
    Ah! Monika says:

    Formula One’s billionaire chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has offered to pay more than £35m to stage a grand pricks in London.

    That’s over £5000 quid per prick.

  91. 91
    Polly Pot says:

    I have always voted Libor

  92. 92

    I am almost afraid to admit it was part of my daily working life from 1986 onwards.

  93. 93
    Roscoe Rules says:

    I think ‘Milly Tant’ from the Viz comic is Laurie Penny’s role model.

  94. 94
    BREAKING WIND! says:

    A Greek bank worker has committed suicide by plunged to his death from the top of the Acropolis.

  95. 95

    Your backbone needs attention. I know a good therapist.

  96. 96
    retard-Ed Miliband says:

    The government hath acted in a reckleth and irrethponthible manner.

    Too far, too fatht.

    In a reckleth and irrethponthible manner, the government hath acted.

    Too far, too fatht. Too far, too fatht.

    Oh thit! I’ve got Athberger’th thyndrome!!

  97. 97
    Mornington Crescent says:

    There’s a by-election coming up in my neck of the woods. There are 6 candidates, 4 of whom have put leaflets through my door.

    Who are the 2 candidates that haven’t yet got off their arses? Yup, the Socialists: Labour and the Greens.

  98. 98
    Ah! Monika says:

    Before Galileo what % of the population knew the earth revolved round the sun (except Murdoch ) or cared? The knowledge changed a few things though.

  99. 99
    Should have John. says:

  100. 100
    jgm2 says:

    Is it a ‘safe’ Labour seat?

    Could be ripe for George Galloway to romp in and wipe the smug smile off their faces. Again.

  101. 101
    Gillian Duffy says:

    I wanted to know what Libor were going to do about the national debt and they called me a bigot

  102. 102
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    Did he fall or was he pushed?

  103. 103
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    The questions above assume the existence of independent firing neurons.

    When SAS_SNOT feels the need for an opinion it is no doubt given to him

  104. 104
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    What’s a “sqaud”?

  105. 105
    Ah! Monika says:

    Was his name Icarus?

  106. 106

    He is still alive. Unlike Brown’s banking regulatory system.

  107. 107
    jgm2 says:

    RT if you think Wayne Rooney was fucking useless against Italy.

  108. 108
    Ah! Monika says:

    The plural of squid.

  109. 109
    Ah! Monika says:


  110. 110
    Quisling says:

    I’m starting to think you may be the Mr Hyde to Jimmys Dr Jekyll?

  111. 111
    Gordon Brown says:


  112. 112
    Cluster and Fuck litigation attorneys says:


  113. 113
    Ah! Monika says:

    Julian Assange told to turn himself in at London police station by Friday.

    And to bring a board and a bucket of water.

  114. 114
    jgm2 says:

    It is rather obvious isn’t it.

  115. 115
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    sorry ed but balls and brown knew

  116. 116
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    so hang chuka

  117. 117
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    over medicated reeves talking bollocks again

  118. 118
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    will someone put these greens on the bloody composte heap

  119. 119
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    you really are a tosser sas

  120. 120
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    curl up and die sas

  121. 121
    Tom Bollox says:

    Smoking ban. FOI act.
    Fuck all else.

  122. 122
    Tom Bollox says:

    I watched some of the Spain/Portugal game last night. It was as if they were playing a completely different sport. I mean, they passed the ball and it got to someone in the same team!

  123. 123
    jgm2 says:

    They obviously didn’t have James Milner in their team then. Passing to somebody in the same team? What madness is this?

  124. 124

    OK He has gone to Hades as well.

  125. 125
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    Do you really believe that anybody is daft enough to stick their heads above the parapet to take the smears that come from Labour and their hack friends?(And it usually is Labour) Nobody halfway to being decent would expose themselves and their families to that.

  126. 126
    Jones the Eternally Virile says:

    Lisa .. yeah I’d certainly give it one . Wonder if the Runt man ever did?

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