July 13th, 2012

+ + + Cabinet Office Pilgrim Consultation Launches Now + + +

Mad Frankie Maude’s long-awaited consultation into the absurd degree in which the taxpayer funds union agitators in Whitehall is set to go live any minute. Developing…

UPDATE: For background on Guido’s 18-month campaign to get to this stage, see  a round up here.

UPDATE II: The taxpayer funded union’s lobbyists are preparing a barrage of submissions.


  1. 1
    Anti-socialist says:



    • 8
      misterned says:


      About time too. This is something that they should have started on day one, alongside the just announced EU laws audit and scrapping the union modernisation fund and putting in place plans to break up the BBC and turn it into subscription and/or pay-per-vew packages.


    • 37
      Frankie is Mad says:

      Why the fuck is he consulting?

      You can’t have a dialogue with these fuckers.

      Consultation is pointless.

      He has been appointed to govern and that is what he should be doing.


      • 63
        Chinky puzzles says:

        “….preparing a barrage of submissions…….”

        …. all of which may safely be ignored.


      • 69
        I'll have some of that says:

        That’ll be the Frankie who was going to light the bonfire of the Quangos. That worked out well didn’t it? Don’t hold your breath……


    • 71
      john in cheshire says:

      I hope ACPO is included in this turn-off of the spigot on public funds.


  2. 1
    Raving Loon says:

    The unions will just find another way to hop on a gravy train.


  3. 4
    a non says:

    3rd ?


  4. 5
    Nullbymouth says:

    Bet its a climbdown


  5. 7
    t says:

    It appears that Military families will be filling stadiums when not enough tickets have been sold.


    • 16

      Read the small print. The offered tickets are for the REHEARSALS. So the security systems get a work out using service families, already denied their Summer holidays, as free labour. Anybody going to pay for their travel from the barracks in Germany to London? Thought not.


      • 39
        This Till is Closing says:

        That our forces are needed to police a superannuated sports day for the benefit of corporate advertising and trougher shites on the take is just another shameful example of the corruption that is now ingrained in the whole culture of the elite. From what I’ve seen the Olympics will cripple real business for the duration of the games in London can’t see how it could ever be a ‘stimulus’ to growth? Utter shit.


        • 65
          Chinky puzzles says:

          Further, Faster, Stronger…

          while the rest of us get Nearer (to poverty), Slower (for just about everything) and Weaker.

          Time these so called “Games” were stopped once and for all.


  6. 9
    Ah! Monika says:

    Would it be too soon to put Jane in the cross-hairs?


  7. 10
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    I can now confirm that Francis Maude has indeed met with Andy Murray and others regarding this topic.


  8. 12
    Ah! Monika says:

    Chris Moyles Wiki qv.
    Why are the Beeb getting rid? Seems their sort of chap. And why was he only paid £500K a year
    8 Controversies
    8.1 Sexism
    8.2 Pay
    8.3 Homophobia
    8.4 Auschwitz
    8.5 N-Dubz behaviour


    • 18
      The Caring BBC says:

      The BBC have a fine ago old tradition of promptly sacking people people who are to old to attract the demographics that the programmes they anchor is aimed at.

      However we shed a tear everytime we throw someone under a bus


  9. 13
    Call me Dave says:

    You have my cast iron guarantee.

    That is all


    • 73
      Bluebird says:

      Isn’t cast iron very weak along some dimensions? I believe that you can smack it with a big hammer and shatter it.


  10. 14
    Lance Dyer says:

    Hipocratical to pick on Unions who are working to improve their members terms and conditions and then ignore the intense lobbying by bankers and City of London to protect and leave unregulated their business. We learn the other day that the latter have spent some £90 million to get their views across.
    Read Thomas Frank – The Wrecking Crew – about US lobbying and the interaction between lobbyists and Government. This is now the pattern here.
    For example, we have learnt how the food lobby have worked to kill any meaningful action over the obesity epidemic – no way will they agree to reformulate or be honest over true food content, eg meaningful sugar/calorie labelling. This is just a sideshow to appeal to prjudice and hatred of the working class.


    • 19

      Yet more Soviet-inspired brain-rot from the Looting Party.


      • 62
        Archer Karcher says:

        Obesity crisis?

        You mean the one that “progressive” governence is behind, you know the one where fat slobs are encouraged to eat more, exercise less and when they become housebound lard mountains, they are given social workers and home helps to wipe their arses and feed them ever more, on a daily basis?

        Is that the obesity crisis you are on about?


    • 23
      Nullbymouth says:

      As a taxpayer I disagree. I am not a member of a union so why the fuck should I fund one indirectly?

      Typical left wing no mark, intertwine different issues and say ‘blah fucking blah, lets sort something else out first, blah blah blah’ like they are all somehow connected (other than by the last government)

      Fuck off an go pay your subs


    • 25
      Fabians are Evil says:

      Are you a twat or just pretending to be a twat?


    • 26
      Ah! Monika says:

      Forget calories. traffic lights, fat & sugar contents.
      All you need is the simple message.

      Donut ” you will need to jog for 2 hours to burn this off”
      Crisps ” one hour ”
      Big Mac chips and Cola ” two days “


    • 31
      Jonny English says:

      Half a sentence on pilgrims and then a long whine about lobbyists, bankers and food labelling.

      If you are going to write some leftist rubbish at least stay on topic.


      • 60
        Kevin T says:

        Lefties earn points for how many “progressive” issues they can drag into any post. It’s unusual he left out Israel.


    • 34
      Nullbymouth says:

      WTF is Hipocratical?

      Is that like a Doctors oath that doesn’t really count?


    • 38
      Tax is theft says:

      I do believe that the obesity epedimic is caused by people not knowing when to stop stuffing their faces but that requires self control and knowing what is best for ones self – anathema to statists.


      • 54
        Loungelizard says:

        Union officials and representatives of the left eat too much. Crow…Watson…Smith….Brown….Fatbutt…etc. Eric (I’ll have a pickle with that) Pickles is a carefully controlled right wing experiment.


  11. 20
    Well it's a thought says:

    You think this will stop the Pilgrims, as soon as the braindead vote this gang of loonies out they will vote ready eddy loonies in and round and round we go until the coffers are really empty and printing money and billions of immigrants swamp the country the it’ll stop being an option.


    • 28
      Nullbymouth says:

      If that is true and it may well be. I take great comfort in knowing that for 3 years the lazy feckless spongers may actually have to ‘work’ for a living. I say ‘work’ as most if not all are employed in the public sector, so I use the term work loosely


  12. 24
    Joss Ayinglike says:


  13. 27
    Anonymous says:

    “And fear the time when the strikes stop
    while the great owners live
    for every little beaten strike is proof that the step is being taken.”

    —John Steinbeck


    • 44
      Anonymous says:

      ” The only thing you have to fear is fear itself. ”

      Franklin D. Roosevelt


      • 50
        Nullbymouth says:

        I will listen and I will learn. I will strive to meet people’s aspirations. I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place – where I will always strive to be – and that is on people’s side.

        Gordon Brown
        Launching campaign to lead Labour Party, May 11, 2007


  14. 35
    Bill Wagstick says:


  15. 41
    Mornington Crescent says:

    On the subject of cutting public funding without doing any harm, Toady had a remarkably un-biased report on how youth clubs are doing quite OK without public cash:


    Naturally, they had to interview some tosser who simply spewed forth his rancid personal views about what he thought *should* happen, rather than what actually *is* happening; but, all in all, the fact was that once the dead hand of the state was out of the way, people get off their arses and take their own initiative and responsibility.

    Remember – Socialists loathe society.


    • 47
      Nullbymouth says:

      I listened to that and was very surprised how unbiased it was. The reporter is probably in for realignment training as we type.


  16. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Like most things, I believe it when I see it. Don’t hold your breath!


  17. 45

    Is it too late to say: John Mann is a wanker?


  18. 51
    HenryV says:

    When I got made redundant I was upset by the amount of union interference with the process. They dragged out a life changing situation for over three months, despite my protests. It was a time of uncertainty and I didn’t need it. They have far too much influence.

    Why was I upset? Well I wasn’t a union member. Of three being let go only one of us a union member.


    • 68
      Left a bit more Berny says:

      Agree, unions are a pain in the derriere. Many years ago I had a very important evening engagement at which I was required to be present. In mid afternoon that day the train front end operatives went on strike without notice and as a result I was unable to get where I had to be by 7.30pm. They were striking “in sympathy” with something that was going on in South America FFS!

      The next morning my union card was returned in six little pieces to HQ – and I incidentally gave my self a 165 quid a year pay rise.


      • 72
        HenryV says:

        I once talked a colleague out of union membership by suggesting his fees would buy his son (the centre of his life) a nice present.


  19. 55

    It has long fascinated me that spiders live in their webs, if we leave them alone, alongside their long deceased predecessors, apparently in complete oblivion to them. I have often though where is there a parallel (Rausing family excepted, of course.)

    Then I considered the situation of the Parliamentary Labour Party…


  20. 56
    Bugler Bert says:

    Just a thought – Gerry Robinson is a socialist – A Champagne Type; bloody rolling in dosh, one of the so-called greats that you would never meet in your local….. why not? its beneath their dignity……..


  21. 70
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Hmm – does this mean all the Liebour MPs will no longer get their salaries ????


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