July 12th, 2012

The Eight Tories Who Chickened Out on Lords Reform

There is one interesting side note from the Tory Lords rebellion that has yet to receive much attention in the bubble. Of the 70 Tory MPs who signed the letter opposing the government’s Lords reform proposals, eight went on to have cold feet by merely abstaining when it came to the crunch. The Conservative chickens are: James Arbuthnot, Paul Beresford, Robert Buckland, Aidan Burley, Oliver Heald, Pauline Latham, Neil Parish and Priti Patel. Perhaps those soon-to-be-vacant PPS posts provided too much of a temptation…

UPDATE: The other side of the coin apparently being that once the programme motion vote was cancelled there was no point in sticking about. Guido is sceptical…


  1. 1
    Nullbymouth says:

    Hang your heads in shame guys.

  2. 2
    Priti Patel says:

    This is politics guys !

  3. 3
    Big Momma says:

    Who cares, it was all a damp squib in a teacup used to cover up interesting facts like Tony Blair’s discussions with the Labour Party on his return to the political scene as the power behind the throne.
    Guido should listen to yesterday’s Media Show with Steve Hewlett and the previous editor of the NOTW and find out what this story is that Fleet Street do not want to publish for fear of Leveson – now that would be journalism.

  4. 4
    Nullbymouth says:

    Unlike having principles then Priti

  5. 5
    Spanish Civil war says:

  6. 6
    concrete pump says:

    How cynical of you Fawkes, i’m sure they had other, extremely important things to do:

    Budgie cage cleaning
    making sure re-cycling bin is put out
    document shredding
    body disposal
    beating the au pair

    etceteraaaa, etceteraaa.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Spain: It is worse than is imagined


  8. 8
    Farmaggedon says:

    Anyone know the price of milk?

  9. 9
    Gordon Cameron says:

    I want to go to the Lords.

  10. 10
    Sue says:

    I don’t think my MP Andrew Selous even turned up. He’s whipped to his very core. He shouldn’t be in his job.

  11. 11
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Cow, goat or camel? Pasteurised or unpasteurised? Green top or blue top? Glass bottled or plastic? Pint or litre?

    What is the price of a car?

  12. 12
    Q says:

    Scum the lot of them.

  13. 13
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Or cheese?

  14. 14
    Gordon "x factor" Brown says:

    £87 a ton at the scrap dealers.

  15. 15
    BBC TW@ says:

    Nothing to see here.

  16. 16
    Gordon "x factor" Brown says:

    So do I.
    Then people won’t give a toss wether I turn up or not.

  17. 17
    erm... says:

    nothing wrong with ambition.


    always the question is status or freedom.
    or is it.

  18. 18
    Camertwat, his senses having briefly returned, says:

    The Conservative Party could do with a new Leader, – and soon! A real Conservative with sound principles: someone who can clean up this mess I‘ve created and bring a once-and-for-all end to Bliarist claptrap!

  19. 19
    Just how Low can LowCog go? says:

    Sally Gunnell photoshoot promoting easyJet’s new London Southend service in July 2011. Locog executive stopped photoshoot of her raising a Union flag above her shoulders. Union flag was removed & she had to change from a white tracksuit to an orange T-shirt.

    Butcher in Weymouth. Was told to remove his display of sausages in the shape of the Olympic rings.

    Olympicnic. A small village in Surrey has been stopped from running an “Olympicnic” on its village green.

    ‘Flaming torch breakfast baguette’ offered at a café in Plymouth to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch was outlawed by Locog.

    ‘Cafe Lympic’ & ‘Lympic Food Store & Off License’. Both had to drop the ‘O’ at the start of their names. But Alex Kelham, a brand protection lawyer at Locog, says: ‘The legislation actually catches anything similar to the word ‘Olympic’ as well. It’s not a fool-proof get-around.’

    Florist in Stoke-on-Trent. Was ordered to take down a tissue paper Olympic rings display from the shop window.

    Oxford Olympic Torch stalls. Traders will have to cover up their logos, and can only sell soft drinks from the Coca-Cola product range (inc. bottled water)

    Webbers Estate Agents in North Devon. Threatened with legal action for displaying makeshift Olympic rings in its windows.

  20. 20
    Gordon "x factor" Brown says:

    That Farage man goes on a bit doesn’t he?

    And not even any useful tractor stats to listen to.
    I bet Spain made more Tractors than Portugal….. Sarah? How does this goo ghoul thingy work again..?

  21. 21
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Guido, you’re in no position to lecture people on cowardice given that you have completely failed to live up to your pledge to run naked through Westminster if you lost your bet in relation to the Government’s IMF contributions.

    So shut your fat, hypocritical face.

  22. 22
    Nullbymouth says:

    Principles should usurp ambition always.

  23. 23
    ronald says:

    After it became common knowledge that Burns and Bray were required to cash in their chips you can always guarantee that Guido in a follow up will serve mcnuggets from one of his sauces.

  24. 24
    Gordon "x factor" Brown says:

    Don’t worry about it mate.
    We won’t be having them again for two hundred years
    Enjoy it, its an honour for the nation. An honour I helped,mostly, to provide!

  25. 25

    Funnily enough I am just putting into eprint at some stage today a free paper about the importance of good leadership in society and other philosophical musings relating to 2012, so to see our leaders seeming not having the courage of their convictions just makes me realise how important it is for better in society. And it must start at the top. Integrity matters. Having the courage to stand up and say this is what I think matters, especially when your decisions affect the whole of society.

  26. 26
    Alex says:

    Arbuthnot, Deresford and probably Heald are way too old to be PPSs. More likely they are looking for a cushy retirement number in the HoL themselves.

  27. 27
    Mike Newman says:

    “Perhaps those soon-to-be-vacant PPS posts provided too much of a temptation…” Even in this gutless Government, could such treachery or cowardice be rewarded? Or is it, in fact, a qualification/quality required for such jobs? The latter, I think.

  28. 28
    Angela Merkel says:

    See..no news about ze greece or ze Spain.

    My masterplan has vorked vonderfluffy, Ja?
    Ze euro is saved.

    Long live ze euro!!

  29. 29
    Nullbymouth says:

    I agree duplicity and treachery wins out. Can you imagine what our future political leaders will be like? and you thought this lot were a shower of shit !

  30. 30
    Hugh Janus says:

    ….lining their own nests and exploiting their expenses and allowances no doubt. After all, most MPs are only there for No 1, so we shouldn’t be surprised.

  31. 31
    Ah! Monika says:

    SENIOR MPs will turn the tables on Lord Justice Leveson if he proposes a harsh clampdown on the Press, The Sun can reveal.

  32. 32
    Hugh Janus says:

    If all of this is true then I am ashamed of my country.

  33. 33
  34. 34
    Taxfodder says:

    Bugger this is costing me a fortune in popcorn…

    Air to air cardboard cut outs on high rise roofs to shoot down what? to fall where?

    Disorganized Organizers appointed by twerps and supervised by nobody…

    No chips No burgers No lunch boxes or electric ciggys I can see the queues stretching way beyond the Olympics to the door of Number 10 (they never learn).

    All foreigners (including Yanks) will have to wait and tow the line under MaccyDee rejects working for the private security (hahaha) services have a nice day….

    Oh noes your fat arse won’t fit through the security gate sir….your posterior needs to fit in that there official maximum bum size crate sir otherwise its classed as disruptive security breach…..and you will be shot by the army sir…

    I see your hat is fully loaded with bananas madam please wait I need to check with my security advisor if that’s allowed after all they could be concealing an explosive dessert madam….

  35. 35
    Keep your enemies closer but your "friends" even closer says:

    Listened to Andrew Neill on Daily Politics who was talking to David Davis regarding the rebellion etc and he came out with the remark that he had been talking to a member from US Congress who was on fact finding mission to UK to enquire about our legislature and that the American was staggered to find in his words “Very little warmth for David Cameron amongst Conservative MPS…” David Davis replied that this was nothing new and well known within Tory parliamentary circles………

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    What about the exhibition hall called “Olympia” in London?
    Did that escape the scrutiny of Alex Kelham, a brand protection lawyer at Locog?

  37. 37
    erm... says:

    point being that we should have integrity in our public life. this is a position of honour…..of nobilty…and beyond.
    this is kinda a religious position and there is nothing wrong with it. Having said that all religions when they govern our daytoday lives are about status first and maybe if we are lucky about spirituality second. maybe.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    The present lot might appear to be comparatively better than any future political leaders but I still think they are a shower of shit.

  39. 39
    Nullbymouth says:

    You entwine ethics and religion not sure why ;)

    Put it this way & to avoid the religious trap – Imagine these two corporate mission statements….

    1. Our mission is to make as much money as possible for us and our stakeholders

    2. Our mission is to provide total customer satisfaction and delight

    Which one do you think will make the most money?

  40. 40
    green ink says:

    given the withdrawal of the motion the delaying strategy was achieved

  41. 41
    erm... says:

    i believe in being upright and high minded.

  42. 42
    Nullbymouth says:

    With that answer you are a politician and I claim my 5€

  43. 43
    Nullbymouth says:

    I assume it predates any copyright, sort of like prior art

  44. 44
    RiKi says:

    Too open the americans. Thats their problem. You meet one, and 2 seconds later you know their entire life story.

  45. 45
    RiKi says:

    Infinitely better than taking turns on him (as I originally ” read” the comment)

    Off to Specsavers.

  46. 46
    erm... says:

    for a longer chat come to my website. http://www.don‘tknowwhereiam.com.

    with all the best.

  47. 47

    So get good candidates and vote them in. Under half of voters often vote so getting a new face to British politics is simply a case of motivating those people to vote. And many of them are, or will be by the time of the election, hurting because of government policies, so they will be motivated. All you need to do is get them to vote for a decent candidate regardless of party affiliation. You may end up with another coalition, but the elected mps should be of a higher calibre.

    On the downside more extreme parties could do well at the next election, especially if the traditional vote collapses as happened at the last European elections. Traditional party voters who are broke, divorced, homeless etc may simply choose not to vote, and all those older tory voters who the nhs are no longer operating on – that could cost them dearly. And while loyal voters may not vote for another party they may choose not to vote at all.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Were any of those away from London at the time? Abstaining doesn’t always mean ‘deliberately didn’t vote’.

  49. 49
    Richard Everard says:

    Tie a knot in it.

  50. 50
    Attention please! says:

    Possibly named in honour of the 1948 bunfight in London?

  51. 51
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Angela – the euro / EU Nightmare is dead; it died earlier this year – you are just one of the Unburied Zombies (inc Rompuy)… still ghosting the planet. And as for your Climate Change acting thingy – it died a death at the Copenhagen summit.

    Get back in your grave luv.

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