June 28th, 2012

Pilgrim Progress – Pickles Forces Cash Transparency

From the first of next month it will be a legal requirement for councillors to declare payments from unions. If they lie it will be a criminal offence. Guido has a feeling that you’ll be surprised at the extent to which unions secretly bankroll Labour, even at a local level.

Department of Local Government sources stress the importance of this move to the ongoing fight against Pilgrims – taxpayer-funded trade union officials, who regular readers will remember Guido campaigning against. Given that councils vote on how many of these money wasting staff members there can be, it’s going to be interesting to see who is pulling the strings.

Other developments in the fight include:

“· Francis Maude will shortly be publishing a policy paper proposing to scale back so-called ‘facility time’ in the Civil Service back to private sector levels – rather than gold-plating legal requirements.
· The Department for Communities and Local Government will follow through in due course with guidance to councils, giving them legal assurance and practical help on how they can review and cut back both facility time and the provision of subsidies like free office facilities.
· In local government, these matters should be debated openly in Full Council – with councillors declaring any prejudicial interests, such as receiving payments in kind from unions at election time.”

The Cabinet Office have saying these moves are imminent for months, but Guido gets the impression gears are turning this morning…


  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    About fucking time. It’s bad enough that these jackasses have destroyed UK manufacturing. It’s bad enough that they’re attempting to destroy (even more) the entire UK economy. It’s even more galling knowing that we’re actually paying these fifth columnists to fuck everything up.

  2. 2
    Popeye says:

    Since the “Sir Humphries” run this country, don’t hold your breath expecting reforms to the Civil Service and their Union backers.
    They want the status-quo to remain sacrosanct, so who’s to stop them, not Maude, that’s for sure.

  3. 3
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    You really should be more respectful to Ed Milibands paymasters.

  4. 4

    Better start building more prisons then.

  5. 5
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Excellent news, we’re closing in on these lazy shirkers. They’re on the run now.

  6. 6
    Arthur Fauxache. says:

    So Barclays Bank is run by criminals ..thank god we would be at such disadvantage if they were run by “honest people”…..

  7. 7
    JH says:

    Can we scrap the odious ‘union modernisation fund’ too?

    Talk about a fucking oxymoron. For the typical union, the first step towards modernisation would be to close it down forthwith.

  8. 8
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Give us another chance in government. ‘The Reign of Terror 1997-2010′ epithet really isn’t deserved. Honest.

  9. 9
    Well it's a thought says:

    This lot are all action in the gob but no action when it’s needed we can see that in the U turns, as far as I’m concerned we need to get rid of the LibLabNucon pact out of the HOC and some honest and real politicians in, I won’t hold my breath.

  10. 10
    Ah! Monika says:

    Usually U turns are made to the right. But………

  11. 11
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    It’s strange how in an hour of listening to Radio 4’s “Today”, I didn’t hear this mentioned once. After all, normally things are leaked ahead of time.
    All they seemed to bang on about and report on was the Barclay’s affair and whether Bob Diamond should resign.
    It’s almost like they have a hidden agenda….

  12. 12

    Local councils, dont get me started, In mine an ex lib dem member recently put on facebook that at the last meeting where he was a guest around half of the tory members didnt turn up, while the labour members were (paraphrasing) not being very nice to the independent. Around here they argue who is going to cut ribbons and so on (even gets front page local news). So do I really care about who funds who? No. I agree with Guido though that transparancy is important. But would it not be better to work to get people into politics who value ethics above egos/power etc. Solve far more problems.

  13. 13
    Bob Diamond says:

    Guido,any chance of meeting around 10.30 this morning over a bottle of Bollinger so that we can 2fix2 todays LIBOR ?

  14. 14
    Sam says:

    Lets just get this done:
    PUBLISH THE ADDRESSES AND AMOUNTS OF ALL BENEFIT CLAIMANTS look for this under e petitions and sign it! http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35300

  15. 15
    Steve Miliband says:


  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Francis Maude is a Hunt

    but Bob Diamond is innocent

  17. 17
    Legal Crook says:

    Often forgot is that Labour changed councillors from only receiving expenses, to being paid a generous allowance. Thus the revenue streams for Labour activists was greatly increased.

  18. 18
    Gordon Brown says:

    I take full responsibility for what happened. That’s why the person who was responsible went immediately

  19. 19
    BBC and the rest of the lefty press says:

    What? 1997-2010? Nothing happened. Nothing to see. Move on.

    It was the Tories, it was their fault. It was all Thatcher’s fault until about, oooh, May 2010. Then it was Cameron. It was America’s fault as well. And Isr’ael.

    All the Leveson allegations we won’t stop covering, although the events technically occurred in the period-you-mention, it is still all the Tories fault. Because they are in government now. Despite our heroic efforts.

    Look, just stop reminding us who was in government in the period mentioned above, OK? Sheesh.

  20. 20
    jgm2 says:

    Why don’t the banks do what Bob Crow did? Just say they want an extra 10,000 quid for every employee for working during the olympics or they’ll close down the banks.

    Look at the amount of hassle caused by a computer fuck-up at just one of the banks. Not able to get to work on the tube doesn’t begin to describe the clusterfuck if the banks just got together and went on strike for a few days.

    Pay up you fucking monkeys.

    If Bob Crow can do it then why not the banks?

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    Double-dipping. Paid by the tax-payer and the farmers, surveyors and developers you grant planning permission to.

  22. 22
    Frankie says:


  23. 23
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Did they mention that it was under Labour’s watch?

  24. 24

    The Jim Devine defence will be tried over and over again.

    I dinnae unnerstaun. Naebody told me. It wasnae mee.

  25. 25
    Hugh Robertson says:

    You should damn well know who I am

  26. 26
    Ah! Monika says:


  27. 27
    Ah! Monika says:

    Interviewed strapped to lie detectors, would be a start.

  28. 28
    Ah! Monika says:

    Yoo Hoo?

  29. 29
    SarahJane says:

    Great steps forward though I still think it’s the lunatics running the asylum!
    Meanwhile we starve – literally.

  30. 30
    Devil's Dumplings says:

    I’m incensed at the way MPs – of all people – are lining up on television demanding the resignation and potential prosecution and incarceration of Bob Diamond! Don’t get me wrong, if Diamond was at the helm during this scam then he deserves all that’s thrown at him – and more. But the hypocrisy of these troughing, lying, thieving, incompetent, conceited, arrogant, ignorant bastards just beggars belief! By all means, lock up Diamond for proven fraud – but that should have applied to MPs 3 yrs ago and since.
    Compare and contrast these bastards with the 55.000+ men being honoured at the Bomber Command memorial today (only 60 yrs late) – not one MP is worthy to lick the flying boots of any of those heroes.

  31. 31
    Mike Hunt says:

    Ordered by amount received, most expensive first and their country of origin.

    That really will show some scary numbers.

  32. 32
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Reading the above article it came to me that Milliband is a Pilgrim

  33. 33
    John Bunyan says:

    Now that’s Progress

  34. 34
    Mike Hunt says:

    Don’t be silly. See post Nr 19

  35. 35
    Mike Hunt says:

    Party politics has no place at a local level: all councillors should be local people (that’s Handycock out then) and of independent thought.

  36. 36
    helpful serf says:

    P45s at th end of June for the top 50 in each Ministry/Department would concentrate minds wonderfully!

  37. 37
    Mike Hunt says:

    Buy some fucking food then you moron.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    I agree, the MPs should have been dealt with more severely., But there is no need to be hysterical, expenses claims, Bob Diamond and Bomber command are really not the same at all !

  39. 39
    helpful serf says:


  40. 40
    Perry says:

    Can someone tell me what is ‘facility time’ please?

  41. 41
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    It may be spelt pilgrim but its pronounced Douche Bag

  42. 42
    jgm2 says:

    Strap them to a c*a*r battery and toss them down a well would probably be the best way to interview most of these fuckers.

  43. 43
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    then waterboarded

  44. 44
    jgm2 says:

    It’s where the council (or school or whatever tax-funded organisation) lets the fifth columnists plot the destruction of the very organisation that is employing them.

    It makes as much business sense as deliberately infecting yourself with malaria or AIDS.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Why do we still allow this level of involvement of unions in a political party ?

  46. 46
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Must be a labour edukation if you are using the word literally in such a statement.

    Unless of course ‘we’ are currently dying of starvation (literally). If you mean ‘we’ cant buy as much food as ‘we’ used to then please don’t use the word literally as its a nuclear option.

  47. 47
    jgm2 says:

    Should have been clearer – it’s where the tax-payer-funded organisation makes available office space, desks, computers, heating, lighting etc etc at zero cost to enable these parasites to destroy the host.

    As I said it’s the equivalent of folk lying out in a swamp waiting to catch malaria instead of smothering themselves in DEET or not getting in the fucking swamp in the first place.

  48. 48
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    i.e. Getting the first hour off work at the start of every meeting (fully paid of course at the tax payers expense) in order to pay homage to your preferred sky pixy

  49. 49
    Technomist says:

    I think we will find that that quite a few councillors will simply lie and obfuscate just the same. Many of the councillors in corrupted authoprities like Waltham Forest, when they are not engaged in covering up contracting frauds and outright thefts from the poor fund, are ‘ends justify the means’ merchants who do not give a monkey’s about compliance the laws relating to declarations of interest. Some of them seem to think they are above the law.


  50. 50
    Ed Miliband (Leader of the Party opposite) says:

    I can reveal that I shall demand a criminal investigation into the LIBOR scandal in my speech to my comrades at Unite.

  51. 51
    Yates.."Of the Yard" says:

    I will have you remember that they are ” ‘oner’rabble” men and deserve your respect..

  52. 52
    jgm2 says:

    I have no problem with the Unions being involved with the Labour party. It’s what they were set up to do. My problem arises from the unions using laundered tax-payers money via ‘union modernisation funds’ or these state-sponsored fifth columnist ‘Pilgrim’ types to fuck up the UK economy and all our public services.

    Everybody knows that the unions destroyed UK mining, UK manufacturing etc etc. So what astonishes me is that any party with a track record of being sponsored and supported by jackasses like that would be allowed anywhere near the levers of power.

    But they were.

    Which is why the UK economy is fucked.

  53. 53
    Loungelizard says:

    They had David Miliband on talking perfect sense (as far as SM was concerned) on the EU, the big story of the Day Barclays stitch up all happened while he was a Minister, did they ask him about it, did they hell!

  54. 54
    Duty Pedant says:

    You spelt it wrong Ed its LABOUR

  55. 55
    Sandra says:

    This made me cry.


    This is what Labour have done to our country – our soldiers refused a cup of tea because they are in uniform.

  56. 56
    Gonk says:

    Crypto-Communist scum have infiltrated every facet of public life.
    And are doing their best to dig their scabrous claws into private life too.

  57. 57
    Gordon Brown says:

    The LIBOR rate should not be subject to legitimate expectation

  58. 58
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    I think its the same as cottaging time a la bryant

  59. 59
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Most councils do not allow a Fag break :)

  60. 60
    Steve Miliband says:

    There should be an enquiry.

    Actually this time there should be one – ‘Light touch regulation’ springs to mind

  61. 61
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Dredging through my memory the unite strike against BA, didnt willy walsh sack the pilgrims working for BA, taken to the high court and unite lost

  62. 62
    jgm2 says:

    I don’t think you can blame the government if a landlord refuses to serve a soldier in uniform. It’s up to the individual landlord. And rightly so. just as it should (but isn’t) be up to the individual landlord whether or not he allows smoking on the premises.

    It is up to individuals in the local area to refuse to dr*i*nk at this chaps pub to show their disgust at his policy. With a bit of luck he’ll go bust.

    Fuck him.

  63. 63
    Diomond Milliband says:

    Their job is not to inform the public, they have a far more important agenda.

  64. 64
    The Wind that shakes the Barley..... says:

    The fact that there is a rebellion brewing in the Tory party over LibDems Bill to reform House of Lords the timing of this is purely co-incidental. However rebels would be well to make sure that they get a binding agreement in writing under seal and witnessed by the Cabinet Secretary and several High Court Judges from this PM before even considering backing down……

  65. 65
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Jack Straw keeping a low profile at the moment.

  66. 66
    Tomorrow's Chip Wrapper says:

    “Ignorantia juris non excusat”!!…

  67. 67
    Stand aside bumptious politician coming through says:

    Love your Jam

  68. 68
    jgm2 says:

    Is ‘rendition’ rearing its ugly head again?

  69. 69
    The hardworking public sector says:

    Yeah…it’s surfing the net;updating your facebook page or tweeting and playing online games between 9am to 5.00pm less time off for coffee breaks;lunch and tea breaks

  70. 70
    Devil's Dumplings says:

    Never a truer word written: Some had bravery, honour, patriotism, and self-sacrifice as their creed. Some have greed, conceit, self-ambition and self-importance as theirs. I’ll let you decide which was which……in a non-hysterical way.

  71. 71
    Sandra says:

    I hear you jgm2,

    But who put the Policeman in everyones head?

    Who created the societal conditioning whereby a citizen in the UK, on English soil, can react by banning soldiers from having a cup or tea in case someone gets offended by their presence?

    Labour created this mentality.

  72. 72
    Gonk says:

    Clear,concise,unambiguous advice there Mike. Like it.

  73. 73
    jgm2 says:

    Labour certainly <tried to create such a mentality and insofar as they have been successful it is a fucking disaster. But we are still individually responsible for our own actions and this landlord had the choice of being cowed by the wicked and malicious fuckers or sticking two fingers up at any wanker who ventured an opinion that he was ‘offended’ by soldiers in uniform dr*ink*ing in his pub.

    ‘Fine mate – fuck off..’ being a perfectly reasonable reply to anybody so offended.

  74. 74
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    I prefer the word ‘kidnap’. It has all gone quiet though.

  75. 75
    Julie Davies NUT says:

    About time we had some Pilgrims Progress.

  76. 76
    Peeping Tom says:

    Brown’s is well known in the City for its idiosyncratic policy regarding whom it will serve


  77. 77
    Sweeny says:

    But if he had refused them because they were homosexuals the police would have rushed round and banged him up.

  78. 78
    illogical says:

    Problems with Banks cheating their customers and Unions cheating the public via representatives being placed on the public purse.

    Surprised that Guido who is invariably ahead of the crowd in spotting something fishy has not added to his now universally accepted war cry of ‘Pilgrims’ by labelling these pieces “‘billingsgate”’ ?

    I know- Don’t call us. We’ll call you.

  79. 79
    anonymous says:

    Frankie maude was a c’unt in Thatchers time
    he must be one of the oldest c’unts in government

  80. 80
    Technomist says:

    But will any of these laws be enforced? The laws on declarations are routinely flouted with impunity in Waltham Forest

  81. 81
    Atualpa says:

    When is something going to be done about the most flagrant Pilgrim organisation of all, namely the Association of Chief Police Officers? ACPO is quite
    simply a trade union, it dabbles in the security business, to the huge profit of some of its members, drafts, and lobbies for, self – interested legislation, attacks government policy when it sees advantage to itslef in so doing, and generally acts solely in the interests of its exclusive membership, all at public expense. Current full time boss Hugh Orde wears a concocted uniform, featuring the ACPO crest as a cap badge!

  82. 82
    Steve Lloyd says:

    Done. But do we honestly think names and addresses of cultural enrichers, and what they are claiming will be published ?

  83. 83
    The Indian ocean Water Board, Diego Garcia says:

    Kidnap, torture, rendition. It’s all semanitics.

    We do what we like.

  84. 84
    smoggie says:

    The landlord wasn’t there; some jobsworth lackey implemented the trendy bar’s dress code to the letter. A stupid decision that will be regretted immensely. They’ve already had a brick through the window and I suspect there’ll be fuck all going through the door.

  85. 85
    Gissa Clue says:

    Notting Hill?

  86. 86
    Jesus H Christ says:

    Render unto Caesar

  87. 87
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Fuckin hell.

    All this crap about LIBOR goes back four years and Barclays are only the tip of the iceberg.

    I remember at the time listening to that David Buick character for Barclays Capital explaining on the telly that the problem with Libor was that no one trusted anyone any more and that was why rates were going up.

    At the time i said to myself ‘ fuck this for a game of soldiers’ and I liquidated my assets which was a pretty painful experience I tell you.

    Now there is some creep on the BBC saying its not just Bob Diamond but the whole gang atBarclays are as bent as a nine bob note.

    Its pretty obvious therefore that i have been screwed rotten.

    Where can I find a claims form and where the fuck are those no win no fee lawyers when you really need them?

  88. 88
    Jesus H Christ says:

    Let’s lock them ALL up.

  89. 89
    Steve Lloyd says:

    at least it is likely that the bar will go bust due to lack of custom now. Of little comfort to the families of our brave lads, but something.

  90. 90
    Chairman Mao was a Pussycat says:

    5 a month every month.

  91. 91
    The public says:

    I think the brick was a bit unorignal, but the place should face a complete boycott until it shuts.

  92. 92
    Tom Greatorex says:

    If Banks cheat their customers and Union people claim money to which they are not entitled that is criminal and should be prosecuted

  93. 93
    The public says:

    Then they should be shut down.

  94. 94
    Technomist says:

    We don’t want them all to run – we want to catch them and bring them to trial. Some of these ‘lazy shirkers’ have been covering up frauds and possibly even stealing money outright from the public in places like Waltham Forest.

  95. 95
    Pickled Wizard says:

    You would have to teach their leaders to speak the Queens English first, so they had some chance of understanding big words like ‘close’ and ‘forthwith’

  96. 96
    Pickled Wizard says:

    Bryant’s does, but you can’t smoke!

  97. 97
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    When one thinks what MPs get away with isn’t this a case of the kettle calling the pot black.

    Oops sorry – I forgot – it’s a case of do as I say not as I do!

  98. 98
    JH says:

    I think Union Leaders understand sentences like “We are making your pay close to that of a highly successful private sector worker forthwith” just fucking fine.

    Funny that.

  99. 99
    BBC et al says:

    Look mate.

    If it happened in the mysterious, nebulous years between May 1997 and May 2010, and we can’t blame it on the same old Tory nasty party, then it may as well have never happened.


    Don’t make us send Capita round. That wouldn’t be nice.

  100. 100
    Nemesis says:

    Frank ‘Jerry-Can’ Maude the biggest arsehole in government. Who gives a shit what he says apart from toilet paper manufacturers – and jerry-can makers.

  101. 101
    Jimmy says:

    Guido Exclusive! Labour’s links to labour!

  102. 102
    MacGuffin says:

    This is pretty small beans when set against the manipulation of LIBOR.

    Why are you all so obsessed with unions?

  103. 103
    Bruvver says:

    …funded by nice big dollops of uvver people’s money, luurvely jubbly.

    It’s for ‘modernisation’ guv, Honest. Modernisation of our tellys to massive free-dee ones for a start! For the ‘lympics, innit.

    Nuvver champayne, bruvver?

  104. 104
    Handycock Capo di Capo Soviet Republic of Portsmouth says:

    I can assure all my fans out there that I do not receive any funds or stipends from any Trade Unions. My ‘boys,’ because of the very nature of their work, are not members of any Trade Union. Boaz.

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, must go after union workers.

    Any thoughts on Barclays or the other criminals in the City? No thought not.

  106. 106
    The Golem says:


  107. 107
    ReefKnot says:

    + 1000

  108. 108
    Black Mask says:

    Kill them. Kill them all.

  109. 109
    Mad Frankie Hollywood says:

    In my day they’d ‘ave taken a axe to the lot of ‘em .

    ( In fact ahh woooodah dunnit meself !!)

  110. 110
    Caterina de Medici says:

    Bankers are not criminals sir /madam …….they are just exceedingly clever individuals who have a key to the door marked ” too big to fail ” and a golden spoon engraved ” moral hazard — we are invincible ”

    And by all the Diamond Geezers ………. they are !!

  111. 111
    Eeaww says:

    Someone told me the ‘C’ stood for ‘Crooked’ or ‘Corrupt’ but could not remember which was correct.

  112. 112
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    What if they were gay soldiers? Could they have been denied refreshments ?

  113. 113
    Red Robbo says:

    In Bob we trust.

  114. 114
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Oo Anonywonk. Who let you out again?

  115. 115
    keredybretsa says:

    Now that’s a good one. Like one lot of gangsters setting another lot up. Excellent but it will be doomed from day 1.

  116. 116
    Archie says:

    Anybody who takes any notice of Trip Advisor deserves every unpleasant surprise that comes their way.

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