September 6th, 2012

Mitchell SpAd Transfer Mystery

As Tory MPs nickname their new Chief Whip “Fifty Shades”, backbenchers have been speculating whether Andrew Mitchell would be taking his Special Adviser Philipa Buckley over from the Department for International Development. Mitchell and Buckley are said to have developed a strong professional relationship, greatly aided no doubt by the extensive international travel required in his previous brief. Since the reshuffle Buckley has apparently been introducing herself as Special Adviser to the Chief Whip, but caveating that she doesn’t think she will be staying long. Why might that be then?


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  1. 1
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    You are just jealous. Admit it.

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  2. 2
    Spartacus says:

    Why might that be then?

    No, I dont know either.

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  3. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

    A bit of Predistribution?

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  4. 4
    Lard Prescott of Greggs says:

    She looks a bit of alright, is she a goer?

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  5. 5
    Dick of Dock Green says:

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  6. 6
    RUN A WAY DAVE the DOOR MOUSE of Downing street says:

    Shagging at the public expence , now that’s a job i could do !

    P S Why 50 shades ?

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      UKIP.i.am.awake says:

      People have been arrested for less during the Labour years.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Wolfgang

      “He became known to the general public after cameras recorded him being forcibly ejected from the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton on September 28, 2005 for shouting “nonsense” during Jack Straw’s speech on the Iraq War, in an incident that provoked much media comment and embarrassed the Labour leadership.”

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    "Butch" Cameron clean bowled by a daisy cutter says:

    Anyone for tea or coffee ?

    I’ll just put my pinny on and get the kettle boiling.

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  9. 10
    Bob the Builder says:

    Every day’s my birthday. Six metre extensions on terraced houses without planning permission. Lubbly jubbly. Then join them up to sheds with beds. This place will look like Dhaka or Mumbai in no time. Yes we can!

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  10. 13
    Toy Train says:

    Discussion oin Radio 4 this morning about mass immigration and how it can be controlled to keep the population down to 70m. The guy from the Home Office has a foreign accent. Very reassuring.

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    • 21
      Anonymous says:

      Did he study at London Met?

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      • 23
        The Writing on the Wall says:

        Open University

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        • 41
          Lecturers for illegal immigrants says:

          The London Met is an open university – that’s kind of the problem, isn’t it?

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        • 61

          The Government (whether Labour or Coalition) know that GDP growth can only come from two places, efficiency (earning more from what you already have) or get more people to earn money (population growth.

          30 years ago, the Duke of Edinburgh warned of the disastrous consequences pursuing everlasting growth which we are now living with. Our government will covertly encourage population expansion as the only path the GDP growth in this world of extraordinary corporate efficiency.

          Our island is crowded, the world has already extracted the easy to get at natural resources, so food, water, energy and materials cost will rise.

          Putting money in peoples pockets (borrowed or earned) gets politicians elected, so they will always pursue growth whether it is good or not and that means immigration, so they should stop lying about it.

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    • 35
      Gonk says:

      Like being advised on dignity and elegance in public life by John Prescott.
      Or financial probity by Gordon Brown.

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      • 72
        Or.... says:

        Or courage by Gordon Brown and getting a letter from a bank ticking you off about the small overdraft you have run up for a few days.

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  11. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Having seen what’s been happening to the owner of ConHome in relation to the sudden Tuesday registration change nothing surprises.I hear there are a lot of very unhappy new bunnies on the backbenches since Tuesday.Game on!

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      Well it's a thought says:

      Occasionally pop over to have a look , noticed he’d changed his login, what’s up not getting the right type of lovin comments, it’s getting more like Liebourlost.

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    ho hum says:

    Aren’t ‘Special Advisers’ supposed to be equipped with ‘special’ knowledge so that they can advise their minister properly?

    Can somebody enlighten me what the connection is between specialist knowledge of aid activities and specialist knowledge of whipping, which enables her to move smoothly from one area of expertise to another (apparently unconnected)?

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  13. 17
    IQ 100 says:

    Quentin Letts on Jeremy Hunt

    ” Never has an empty balloon floated so high “

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  14. 22
    Steve Miliband says:

    See the BBC are upholding their normal ‘balanced’ reporting of the Democrats conference.

    They could not disguise their admiration of Michelle and then Bill.

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  15. 25
    No doubt the directors of this hysterical charity pay themselves well from the donations says:

    Douglas Murray on the Money

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2198927/It-s-obscene-political-stunt-Save-The-Children-equate-British-families-starving-poor-Africa.html

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  16. 28
    IQ 100 says:

    Can anyone post a clip of Peter Lilley’s stuffing of Paxo on NN last night?

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    Adam Werritty gone but not forgotten completely says:

    Is there any reason for a Government Whip to have a Spad at taxpayers’ expense ?

    A Whip is essentially The Prime Minister’s gamekeeper.

    He does not make policy. He enforces policy.

    A Spad is supposed to help a Minister explain policy and deal with research.

    There again I am completely mad .

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  19. 39
    Malcolm Redfellow says:

    See also (looking for paragraph on “Special Advisers”:

    http://www.reshuffle2012.co.uk/article.php?dept=int

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  20. 47
    Phwoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    I would.

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  21. 49
    Sincere advice to Dave says:

    You did better as a ditherer.

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  22. 50
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I have read this article put forward by Mr Fawkes.

    If he means that a Minister whose salary I have been paying for in my taxes has been shagging a Spad whose salary I am also paying then he should say so clear and simple.

    If this is what he means it is disgusting. If you work in Government you work to help the taxpayer and not yourself .

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  23. 51
    Had enough of SpAds says:

    Is there a law that says a SpAd has to be under 25? Because they all seem to be barely out of university these days….which makes you wonder exactly what experience/insight/ability they have to add anything of value to government.

    Frankie Maude needs to put all the SpAds on a bonfire. It’ll be Guy Fawkes’ night soon – we could have some live guys on the fires for a change.

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  24. 54
    Who you calling butch? says:

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  25. 56
    SPADS DEEP says:

    I hope she gives him Aids

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    • 67
      Butch Milliband says:

      Was the Prime Minister aware at or before the time of the reshuffle that at least one of his Ministers was having sex with a Spad in his department ?

      If not , why not ?

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    loopy Lou says:

    Management should not stand back and do nothing and just talk all day about loft conversions.

    I mean to say there are serious Health and Safety issues here now we have mentioned aids.

    Have you trebled the application fees for Employment Tribinals yet ?

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    • 73
      Tony Eden from Eton says:

      My greatest fear is that the poor old taxpayer has nothing to gain from any of this and plenty of money to lose.

      A Prime Minister clearly in charge will not dither and will take clear and positive action.

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    An Oral Hygienist says:

    He’s probably firing her because she forgot to keep those gnashers of hers out of the way when she was last “advising” him. I’d recommend a gumshield next time.

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  28. 79
    the savant says:

    why might that be then ??

    To use the quaint Victorian term try

    ” a period of confinement “

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  29. 80
    Yessir says:

    Why would he want that ugly bint? His wife is a Milf. x

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