July 4th, 2012

IPPR, the Staggers and the €800,000 Bung

Guido was amused to read Will Straw’s Staggers piece today asking: “Europe, what have you done for me lately?“.

His gushing tribute to the EU’s legislation on mobile charges was as sickly as it was suspicious – after all, his organisation IPPR is hardly renowned for its tech prowess.

Perhaps the real answer to Straw’s question lies in the fact that Brussels has bunged his wonk-shop €800,000


  1. 1
    Will Straw says:

    Pass the skins man!

  2. 2

    Dear EU, please bung me 800,000 euros as well.

  3. 3
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    Any actual evidence of this ‘bung’ Guido?

    All you links seem self-referential.

  4. 4
    Breaking News says:

  5. 5
    Aunty Matter says:

    More like a ‘wank-shop’

  6. 6
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    I thought that said “his wank shop”, which is probably closer to the truth!

  7. 7
    Sue Doughty says:

    Proof of the bung would be useful if you have it?

  8. 8
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    Sound of barrels being furiously scaped by G.

  9. 9
    Gordon says:

    Come on Andy

  10. 10
    It is I says:

  11. 11
    Berlusconi says:

    Bunga Bunga!

  12. 12
    Sue Doughty says:

    Do the taxpayers of the bailout states know that money is going there? Time somebody told them

  13. 13
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    Ha ha proof?

    This is Guido – he only does inuendo and vague allegation.

  14. 14
    Marietta Higgs-Boson says:

    It was a bum deal.

  15. 15
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Greig Box-Turnbull what type of name is that for a mirror reporter he should be called something like Wayne Slag

  16. 16
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Bryant thought he said wank shop, was last seen running down the road singing O happy days

  17. 17
    Archer Karcher says:

    The EU bunging people to get sympathetic coverage on the sly? Well I never.

    Luckily for us though, the bastion of unbiased broadcasting, the BBC, would never stoop to accepting such obvious bribes in return for favourable coverage……..oh wait.

  18. 18
    Loungelizard says:

    Under Labour a whole new Hyphenocracy was born.

  19. 19
    Scotland Yard says:

    Greig Box-Turnbull would be a chap who lives in the late 1890s, about 5’6″ tall, in his lat 50s, balding, sporting an extravagant walrus mustache and wearing a leather apron with an assortment of sharp butchers’ knives around his waist.

    He would make polite smalltalk with you for a moment before disembowelling you.

    Don’t go near Mister Greig Box-Turnbull on any account.

  20. 20
    Comrade David Cameron says:

    Please,it’s my turn to wish Andy Murray the very best of luck in his game at Wimbledon this afternoon.

  21. 21
    David Rose says:


    The Institute for Public Policy Research listed its donors and, after some stumbling, was able to identify the biggest of them: the European Union (a grant of €800,000)

  22. 22
    Hattie Harperson says:

    I thought lawyers were supposed to be good at research.

  23. 23
    George Entwistle says:

    Good Afternoon Bloggers

    Just a brief note to say how chuffed I am to have been appointed D-G of the BBC.

  24. 24
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    No we’re lazy and want you to do all the work.

  25. 25
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    It’s a ‘grant’ tho not a ‘bung’.

    Big difference, see.

  26. 26
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    A relatively low-key intellectual, Mr Entwistle joined the BBC in 1989,

    low key intellectual thats a given then he is liebour part stooge

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Given that IPPR got its credibility destroyed over the impact of Eastern European immigration on the UK, why should anyone pay attention to them?

  28. 28
    Peter Grimes says:

    And James Purnell, head honcho of the loathsome IPPR and the man who lied on tv that ZaNuLieBor had repaid the illegal Abrahams’ donations, is bigging up Al JaBeeBa and its new (but still biased) DG in today’s Evening Standard.

    Nothing new there – Leftoids backing each other up!

  29. 29
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    You are none other than Greig Box-Turnbull Sir, and Scotland Yard have been informed.

  30. 30
    More Aussie political japes says:

  31. 31
    Chuka Urmunneyaround says:

    Yo, bro !

  32. 32
    Herman van Rumboy says:

    Fuck off ! Are you related to a Libor MP ?

  33. 33
    WuffoTheWonderDog says:

    So what’s the difference between a bung and a grant, then?

  34. 34

    Straw Junior has grown out of bongs and moved on to bungs

  35. 35
    The Geordie Lawyer says:


    No evidence of any ‘bung’.

    I hate these grafty bastards as much as anyone but get your flipping facts straight G.

    Were you on to something and just couldn’t wait to pop the story before you had proof?

  36. 36
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    I was hoping it would be George Entwhistleblower.

  37. 37
    Peter Grimes says:

    Do fuck off back to Geordieland, please!

  38. 38
    Peter Grimes says:

    What credibility?

  39. 39
    Terrible But True says:

    Seems like another ‘impartial’ organisation/corporation who like to tell folk what to think having first been told what to tell.

    And worthy of a slot on the sofa opposite Mrs. Merton: “So tell me, what was it that first attracted to you to the largesse-distributing EU?”

    They may of course be unique in this, or there may be others.

  40. 40
    The Geordie Lawyer says:

    A grant is perfectly legal financial instrument employed to give fund or financial support.

    A ‘bung’ is slang for an illegal (or at least dubious in the eyes of the law) payment to futher one’s own interests.

    Is that clear enough?

  41. 41
    Marmite says:

    Who do you think you are Geordie Lawyer – fecking Rumpole?

  42. 42
    Surrey Lawyer says:

    You are correct, fellow.

    A ‘bung’ is considered synonymous with a ‘bribe’ for most purposes.

    Careless and dangerous use of language if one wanted to be letigious – and some people do make a living of it.

  43. 43
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    No, Hattie. That’s why you have secretaries, and Legal Execs, so that you can have 4 hour lunches.

  44. 44
    Surrey Lawyer says:

    Oh, “litigious” – so sue me

  45. 45
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    No change there, then.

  46. 46
    Surrey Lawyer says:

    Oh you’re either on to us or you’re one of us.

  47. 47
    Marmite says:

    Yes, Straw Minor, son of Jack Straw, the two-faced ex-foreign secretary, and grandson of a conchie. What a family tree he has to hang on!

  48. 48
    Surrey Lawyer says:

    Well at least he’s not a shit-coloured spread made of condensed vegetable renderings.

    I think that rather gives him the edge in any debate.

  49. 49
    will says:

    So donations welcome for favorable opinion column. At least prostitutes are honest about what they are selling and the price.

  50. 50
    Using a Lamp Post for Support says:

    News for you.

    The Internet is non-geographical.

    Not onlt that, but our Northern friend makes some good points.

    Back to Grimes Graves with you Sir.

  51. 51
    Emperor von rumpuy says:

    All your “think tanks” and broadcasters are on my payroll, your Universities too. It’s all explained by Gramsci, it’s all about developing a vocabulary and a cultural hegemony that stifles dissent from the little people like you.

    Why do you think of Common Purpose is preparing leaders for a “post democratic” era?

    While nick. Dave, Gidon and the other party political ciphers are useful for now, I soon won’t need them

  52. 52
    JH says:

    …and an equivalent sum has been awarded to a right-of-centre think tank, right?


  53. 53
    Marmite says:

    oooooooooooh get you!

  54. 54
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Ah, so it’s a bung after all then. Thanks for clearing that up.

  55. 55
    Beness says:

    so that’s why the BBC are constantly referring to their fellow travellers in their so called research.

  56. 56
    George Washington Plunkett, of Tammany Hall says:

    There’s honest graft, and there’s dishonest graft; “honest” is when you take money, or get a stock tip, or find out about a no-bid contract, for doing something you were going to do anyway. “Dishonest” is when you refuse to do something you should do anyway unless you are compensated. You see your opportunities, and then you seize ‘em.

  57. 57
    Not working for a Brown tùrd. says:

    Is he still a dopehead? Obviously he is. Rules for some but not for others.

  58. 58
    keredybretsa says:

    Nice little earner for the geez, innit, knowwhat i mean? Must’ve greased a couple of well heeled palms to secure that contract. Not implying that there are any corrupt persons working for the EU.

  59. 59
    Sue Brown says:


  60. 60
    Kinnochio says:

    I’m totally and utterly devoted to the EU and so is Glynnis and so are all the kids.

    After all where else can a primary school teacher’s family become rich and famous simply by betraying their country?

  61. 61
    Judge Jeffries says:

    Did you clear that with G. Graham and ‘arry before posting?

  62. 62
    Judge Jeffries says:

    One wonders how many murders have been committed when a couple marry and the start fighting over whose name should go before the hyphen and whose goes last. Which one takes precedence anyway?

  63. 63
    Judge Jeffries says:

    Most of them already know that the ‘bailout’ cash does a U-turn at the roundabout just over their border and goes back whence it came. They also know they will never see any of it.

  64. 64
    Money makes the Beeb go round says:

    Listen mate, you’d also struggle to get by on just over 3 billion a year.

  65. 65
    Money makes the Beeb go round says:

    Lie back and think of Brussels?

  66. 66
    Please Sir, I know!! says:


  67. 67
    has potential says:

    How can I get €800,000 from the EU? I have an idea that needs funding …

  68. 68
    Henry VI says:

    The first thing we do is …

  69. 69
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    When is a bung not a bung? When it’s Mandy’s butt-plug.

  70. 70
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    The woman’s name always goes first. This is because the only reason a man would agree to a double-barrelled name in the first-place is because his wife is the boss, and built like a carthorse.

  71. 71
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    I’ve never heard that word in North America. The languages are slowly drifting apart.

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