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


71 Comments

  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.

    • 21
      David Rose says:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/12/thinktanks-crushing-democracy-pr-agenices

      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)

      • 25
        The Geordie Lawyer says:

        It’s a ‘grant’ tho not a ‘bung’.

        Big difference, see.

        • 33
          WuffoTheWonderDog says:

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

          • 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?

          • Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

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

          • 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.

          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

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

        • 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.

          • Surrey Lawyer says:

            Oh, “litigious” – so sue me

          • Judge Jeffries says:

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

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

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

    • 22
      Hattie Harperson says:

      I thought lawyers were supposed to be good at research.

      • 24
        The Geordie Lawyer says:

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

      • 43
        Cynical-old-bag says:

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

    • 35
      The Geordie Lawyer says:

      See.

      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?

    • 41
      Marmite says:

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

      • 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.

    • 68
      Henry VI says:

      The first thing we do is …

  4. 4
    Breaking News says:
    • 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

      • 18
        Loungelizard says:

        Under Labour a whole new Hyphenocracy was born.

      • 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.

        • 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?

          • 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.

  5. 5
    Aunty Matter says:

    More like a ‘wank-shop’

    • 8
      The Geordie Lawyer says:

      Sound of barrels being furiously scaped by G.

      • 37
        Peter Grimes says:

        Do fuck off back to Geordieland, please!

        • 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.

  6. 7
    Sue Doughty says:

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

    • 13
      The Geordie Lawyer says:

      Ha ha proof?

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

  7. 10
    It is I says:

  8. 11
    Berlusconi says:

    Bunga Bunga!

  9. 12
    Sue Doughty says:

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

    • 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.

  10. 14
    Marietta Higgs-Boson says:

    It was a bum deal.

  11. 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.

    • 64
      Money makes the Beeb go round says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    • 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

    • 29
      The Geordie Lawyer says:

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

    • 36
      Joss Ayinglike says:

      I was hoping it would be George Entwhistleblower.

  14. 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?

  15. 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!

  16. 30
    More Aussie political japes says:

  17. 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.

    • 49
      will says:

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

  18. 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

  19. 52
    JH says:

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

    Right?

  20. 55
    Beness says:

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

  21. 57
    Not working for a Brown tùrd. says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. 59
    Sue Brown says:

    :)

  24. 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?


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