September 7th, 2012

Cabinet Office Hint at Whitehall Pilgrim Movements

Pilgrims are back on the agenda for the last day of the consultation into taxpayer funding for Whitehall civil servants who are actually working on behalf on unions. The TUC mouthpiece put up on the Daily Politics bleated on about how it was all great value for money yet could not answer why, if these Pilgrims are so effective, the rate of public sector strikes is even higher. Digging around it seems that the TUC’s Paul Novak does not really believe what he told viewers today. Speaking in 2011 he said:

“In terms of the added value. Unions do not exist to help Britain’s workplaces to run more smoothly or to make them more productive…. Our core reason for being is to collectively and individually represent our members, their families and their communities  in the workplace and beyond.”

No doubt the TUC’s submission to the consultation won’t let the cat out of the bag quite so spectacularly.

Good signals are coming out of the Cabinet Office. Guido’s source in 70 Whitehall tells him:

“Frankie enjoyed reading Guido this morning. The meeting to discuss the consultation results is in the diary for the start of next week. We look forward to reading the responses but continue to wonder how the uncontrolled spending of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ hard-earned money can possibly be justified.”

The end is nigh…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    It IS taking a long time tho.


  2. 1
    Mike Hunt says:

    About bleeding time.

    Don’t worry about the lefties screaming – just DO IT.


    • 22
      Privatise the BBC says:

      But there is the problem.
      Dave is frightened of his own shadow and he definately does not have the backbone to take on the unions/BBC/Labour.
      This will end up as no more than a recommendation that the current rules are more rigourously enforced where possible.

      So nothing will happen.

      Crony Conservatism I call it.


      • 27
        Spineless says:

        It’s dashed hard work being an invertebrate


      • 38
        Sir William Waad says:

        Talking of privatising the Beeb, don’t you think the presenters of the Paralympics knock spots off the dreary, boring BBC presenters of the Olympics? There was anchor-man Gary Lineker, sounding bored and remote from the whole shebang, tedious old Brendan Foster with his banal comments, Steve Cram moaning on about every race being run too slowly…..even Huw Edwards was propped up in a chair to cast a chilly gloom over the proceedings. By contrast, the Paralympic commentators are actually lively and interesting.


      • 76
        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        Wishy-washy iDave is a political blancmange.

        A useless tw8t whose only saving grace is that he is not a malevolent cnut like Gordon Brown or Ed Balls.


  3. 3
    Elrond Van Rompuy says:

    Frankie also says I’ll give £££££ contracts to political ‘charity’ Common Purpose to retrain the top civil servants. Common Purpose uses NLP and other mind bending techniques to brains folks minds to the Luciferian Agenda of our lovely leaders


  4. 4
    Everybody says:

    Go Frankie! Kill!


  5. 5
    the savant says:

    Pilgrims ?/

    Bring back the Tyburn Tree

    ( and if perchance its still standing refurbish it for 21st century use )


  6. 7
    the savant says:

    frankie !!

    go to bollywood

    or a point east thereof and transfer the whole civil service there as well — working for ten dollars a month and a panka wallah for ventilation when heat becomes stifling .

    Pilgrims ? == are nt they religious people who periodically visit shrines ??

    what have they to do with the civil service ??

    ( moddy will spike this i bet )


  7. 9
    Drunken Heckler says:

    Uncontrolled taxpayer millions being spent? Wait, is he talking about Pilgrims or the subsidised food & drink?


  8. 10
    Tomorrow's Chip Wrapper says:

    According to the TUC mouthpiece on Daily Politics…every £1 spent on “Pilgrims” by the UK Taxpayer gives a saving to the exchequer of £9 !!!!!!!!!!!!…….. and that funding these reps only costs the individual UK taxpayer 25p each per week… wonder Labour got us into the fucking economic mess we are in.


  9. 12
    Not surprised says:

    In all of this I don’t think anyone has disputed what union officials actually do (not a lot in my personal experience) just don’t expect us to pay for it – and then pay again for someone to do the job left undone by a Pilgrim buggering off on some jolly or other at TUC HQ.


  10. 13
    A taxpaying voter says:

    I don’t want to pay for union reps.
    Let the unions pay for them.
    Isn’t that what union subs are for?
    Why should I subsidise union fat cats?


    • 25
      Laughing hangman says:

      + 100000000.

      Sack ‘em all and make unions pay for them or make then do the job they are paid for and use their free time to do union work.


  11. 14
    ReefKnot says:

    He needs to get rid of them ALL. Not just reduce their number or allowing a certain proportion of Pilgrims to Staff. He needs to get rid of them ALL.

    And while he’s at it, he can stop all Public Sector contributions to Fake Charities who don’t do any real charitable work at all, but spend all their time campaigning and lobbying. If these so-called charities ( and there are hundreds of them ) are really so beneficial then let the great British Public donate privately like they do successfully to real charities such as RNLI and Air Ambulance.

    I’m sure that these Fake Charities, certain of their own value and worth in the community, will be able to take such a funding change in their stride. Their CEO’s – many currently on salaries of over 60k paid for by the Taxpayer – might struggle a bit though.


    • 64
      Labour voters are 'tards says:

      Well said ReefKnot. Let’s hope Frankie Maud practises what he preaches.

      I saw that Union dick head too on the Daily Politics – thick as pig shyte wasn’t in it. However, the brain dead will still keep paying their dues, so that they, and, more importantly US, will subsidize the Unions and in turn the lousy Labour Party.


    • 72
      Expat Geordie says:

      Agree with you on that one, but why, especially after the huge increase in spending over the Brown years, do the RNLI and the Air Ambulances NEED to be wholly funded by charity, especially when the mickey mouse/fake charities do get government funding. Living on the south coast, to me the RNLI is the fourth emergency service. Air Ambulance is probably the fifth.


  12. 15
    The Tit in No 10 says:

    Speaking as a jolly fine chap who is au fait with the current political scene and with all the subtle nuances and hidden currents of political life, – I can only say that I’m a jolly strong supporter of the jolly chaps that do the union work. Certainly saves me a lot of horrid trouble and strife. They just tell me what they want, – and I it oblige. It’s all so terribly simple! Why, – Mr Humpy von Rumpy congratulated me in person! Dashed fine chap Mr Pumpey! It’s a bit like dealing with Nick and his colleagues – dashed fine chaps they are too!

    Now how do the weekly wind Farm figures look? Are we making progress? Need a nice little bonus for Christmas! – what?


    • 35
      Bobs Crowing says:

      Absolutely agree – I cant wait for a new tit to get in 10 waving the red flag to show us the proper way forward — browns barmy army again, invest in growth, thats the answer…shaft the richer and give it to the poorer , the £60k a year underdogs in the RMT for a start.


  13. 17
    Brother Pilgrim says:

    We at the wheeltappers and shunters Union will continue to support our members by fighting to save the whales and protecting the rights of indigenous womenfolk in the Congo.
    All say Aye.


    • 65
      ho hum says:

      Exactly the kind of activity, totally unrelated to what my union bods were supposed to be doing, that caused me some years ago to send my card back to HQ in several pieces – and give myself a pay rise of over 150 quid (tax free!) a year. I heartily recommend it to unified/unionised idiots still thick-headedly paying their subs for union fat cat officials’ salaries and perks

      Starve the beast..


  14. 23
    Venu says:

    “continue to wonder how the uncontrolled spending of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ hard-earned money can possibly be justified.”

    is he talking about MPs?

    maude the Fraud


  15. 26
    David Starkey, Looks Good In Khaki says:

    We need to go further than this and insist that all civil servant wear khaki suits during the summer.

    Look, back in the Middle Ages we didn’t have all this dark-suit, City premium nonsense. Everyone wore khaki and it was the respected mode of attire for the times.

    If only Mr. Cameron would come and see me, I’d give him a few pointers on the topic, as I did with John Major when we were in the showers!


  16. 28
    ReefKnot says:

    “In terms of the added value. Unions do not exist to help Britain’s workplaces to run more smoothly or to make them more productive…. ”

    Tells you in a nutshell what is wrong with Unions doesn’t it.
    If they were to help workplaces run more productively and therefore make more profit, they could justly claim a slice of it. But this wouldn’t fit their agenda of hating the bosses and capitalism, so they’ll never do it. Neanderthals.


    • 31
      SP4BS says:

      Wouldn’t it be strange if everyone in a place of work actually wanted to make the company work better. That would be disgracefully Japanese of them. or German.


      • 36
        We are all equal..ish says:

        Working should be called mutual exploitation. The bosses exploit the workers to get as much out for as little possible and the workers do exactly the same.


  17. 29
    IQ 100 says:

    He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,
    Let him in constancy follow the Master.
    There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent
    His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

    Who so beset him round with dismal stories
    Do but themselves confound – his strength the more is.
    No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,
    He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

    Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,
    We know we at the end, shall life inherit.
    Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,
    I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.


    • 40
      Bob Crowe says:



    • 42
      The Paragnostic says:

      IQ 100?

      Very average.

      Though I suspect an IQ of 100 is good enough for an A* at English CSE…


      • 52
        Bingo says:

        An IQ of 100 isn’t all that high. ISTR you need(ed) an IQ of 105 to get into a grammar school. Back in the day there were 35 kids in my grammar school class and the ones who came 31st to 35th at the end of the year were pretty thick. Most of them left at 14.


      • 54
        SP4BS says:

        It would be sad to be reduced to a state of pathetic pedantry by this time on a friday afternoon. but.

        No one ever got an A* in CSE.


        • 58
          Gordoom says:

          I once saw half a star. Does that count?


        • 74
          Expat Geordie says:

          I got a Grade 1 in CSE Biology and in CSE History. Thing is, I never sat those exams so I sent the certificates back. The school then sent them back to me as apparently I had sat those subjects at 16 Plus, so I automatically got those certificates if I passed the exams at O-Level standard, regardless of O-Level grade (I got a B in both).

          16 Plus (or 16+, no-one told us how it was spelled) was a trial exam that ran for a couple of years before the GCSE was introduced and was meant to cover everything on one level of exam paper, so borderline kids didn’t have to enter both O-Level and CSE, and was only done in a limited number of subjects.


        • 78
          The Paragnostic says:

          Sorry – missed the G off GCSE.

          As a matter of principle, of course.


    • 53
      IQ 100 says:

      Bugger. Meant to change the second last line to:-

      “Once Frankie flees away..


  18. 30
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m worth every penny.


  19. 32
    Sir William Waad says:

    The primary function of public-sector unions is to support the Labour Party, whose primary function is to support the public-sector unions.

    It’s an Establishment rip-off.


  20. 33
    the savant says:

    Sorry may I just say something which is totally unrelated but has not had sufficient Comment time ?

    Re the whole Planning Relaxation for 8 Metre Lenghhs in Your Own Backyard Consultation ;

    Two words :::



  21. 34
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Things must be bad. Danny The Times Fu*ckastein has been rolled out to aid Dave on the telly.


    • 61
      JH says:

      It’s nice outside.

      Go and ask a woman the time.

      I know it’s a big step, but just go ahead and do it. Don’t be scared, or have three wanks while you think of excuses not to do it.


  22. 43
    Venu says:

    so here’s the olympic legacy folks

    just more shit thrown down from the nazi government of great britain


  23. 45
    the savant says:

    look — it s friday afternoon . the country has shut down till monday .

    has no one got a good joke to tell to round things off ?

    Does anyone know the one about the table tennis player who could only play with pink ping pong balls ?

    ( I warn you it s V e r y V e r y long ).


  24. 66
  25. 67
    evad666 says:

    Economic strategy is based on extension buildings


  26. 68
    Phil says:

    On a similar subject has the trade union modernisation fund or more correctly(“the Labour Party backdoor fund stolen from the taxpayer”) been shut down yet?


  27. 71
    Saffron says:

    Public sector unions paid for by taxpayers are total crap,and exsist on the basis of what kind disruption can we create.


  28. 75
    no such client says:

    and the German model is ?


  29. 77
    Mark Skid says:

    “The End is Nigh”…
    About fucking time, Dave, you useless waste of skin.


  30. 79
    Anonymous says:



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