September 19th, 2012

Labour Wonks Awarded £50,000 Coalition Contract

In rare moment of unsoundness Mad Frankie Maude has announced that Labour wonk-shop IPPR is to be given a “groundbreaking” policy formation role at the heart of the Coalition government. Guido supposes Frankie could hardly have chosen IPPR’s reality-based rivals Policy Exchange given he founded them with Minister Nick Boles and that Michael Gove is a former chairman. Instead the EU and union-funded IPPR will be given £50,000 of taxpayers’ money to research civil service reforms around the world.

UPDATE: PX get in touch to point out that they do not take public money and therefore would not have entered this government commissioning project.


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Oh great!

    Still the coalition dont care as it is not THEIR money!


  2. 2
    Some Twat up North says:

    Its only £50,000.00 whats the problem? Look on the brightside its £50,000.00 that can’t be claimed on expenses…


    • 25 says:

      Apart from all the civil servants claiming expenses to go on fact finding missions for IPPR surveys all around the world.


    • 105
      optional says:

      Reading this blog one gets the impression that there are no more than three so-called think tanks in the entire country. WTF can’t somebody else have a go occasionally?


  3. 4

    We’ll look after you in opposition if you look after us when we are?


  4. 6
    Edinburgh socialist dogshite says:

    Pathetic! All in it together.


    • 49
      Nothing Between Them says:

      Maude conservative facade is just a thin veneer.

      He is the guy who signed the Maastricht Agreement, has given civil servant training contracts to Common Purpose, the marxist ‘charity’ and now slipping taxpayer dosh to the far left IPPR to advise Dave’s fabian coalition.


      • 86
        Sandra in Accounts says:

        It is a given that anyone associated with Dave is not a Conservative.

        This is more evidence that the Conservative Party is dead.


        • 96

          Don’t forget to add “Vote UKIP” in case we miss the point of the self evident propaganda, Sandra.

          Or even “pay your fines/ taxes on your Jersey educational trust (If that’s what it is) etc….


  5. 7
    Kokotoni Wilf says:

    No need for this, just sack the weakest of civil servants 10% every year.


    • 11
      Some Twat up North says:

      Yeah sounds great! We can award the contract for assessing their weaknesses to Atos.

      They’ve done a great job reducing the weak from society, getting rid of 32 per week at the moment (Permanently)


  6. 9
    Abu Qatada says:

    What is a “wonk shop”?

    Is there any connection to masturbation ?


    • 14
      Anonymous says:

      A bin man went with his son on a camping trip to celebrate his son completing his PhD.

      They set up their tent and fell asleep.

      Some hours later, the father wakes his son and asks: “Look up to the sky and tell me what you see?”

      Son: “I see hundreds of stars.”

      Father: “And what does that tell you?”

      Son: “Given what I can see, I can extrapolate that there must be millions of galaxies, planets and stars in the universe.”

      Father sighs and says: “You idiot. Someone has stolen our tent.”


    • 15
      Some Twat up North says:

      Only in your case.


    • 53
      Ed Moribund says:

      I love a good wonk.


    • 66

      If you take the Autobahn south from Villach and turn off at the last exit before entering Italy, you are greeted with this popular establishment:


      • 72
        Nostalgist says:

        The Austrian lake district is a wonderful part of the world. But it’s many years since was there, on a continental driving hol with my parents when I was still at school. i wonder whether it’s changed. Must have, no ‘autobahn’ in the 1960s…


        • 90

          Villach, Klagenfurt and Spittal have all developed some sprawl but otherwise it is just as I first remembered it some forty years ago.


          • Nostalgist says:

            We used to stay at Millstat, then go on down over the Grossglockner to Italy. Absolutely wonderful. European countries can be great, when they aren’t bogged down in unaccountable supra-national bureaucracies.


        • 106
          optional says:

          It is still perfectly possible to motor happily around Europe without getting anywhere near a motorway/autobahn/autostrada etc.


  7. 10
    Penfold says:

    Well, well, well…. he hasn’t taken any lessons from Yeo, has he.

    With any luck the IPPR will furck it up a treat…………


  8. 13
    IPPR 'Consultant' says:

    Great, I always love winter in the Bahamas


  9. 16
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    Yet vulnerable people are forced to suffer.


    • 23
      Some Twat up North says:

      We have examined these vulnerable people as you put it and we find them fit for work.

      We claim our £100,000,000.00


  10. 17
    Edinburgh Socialist dogshite says:



  11. 18
    i hate ever single fucking one of these bastards says:

    such largesse.
    Wonder if the fuckers ever have a twinge of conscience when they sign these wasteful contracts.


  12. 19
    Gonk says:

    Stockholm syndrome, the new Tory Party version.


  13. 21
    Anonymous says:

    The liblabcons are all in it together.


  14. 24
    I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

    “The electorate outside looked from Left to Right, and from Blue to Red, and from Red to Blue again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”


  15. 27
    Anonymous says:

    anyone else notice today the the Policy Exchange is ALWAYS referred to as “right-leaning” on the BBC, yet no mention of IPPR’s “left leaning”-

    one for the new boss to be looking at, perhaps?


    • 31
      BBC spokesman says:

      There is no such thing as left-leaning.


    • 85
      English Liberation Front says:

      Left-leaning is the new centre right. Far left is now moderate centre – at least that is what they claim to be.

      Anyone right of left-leaning or moderate centre is now a “far right extremist who inspired Breivik”.

      The left have won. And in a generation or two I expect anyone holding right-wing views to be criminalised.


  16. 29 says:

    Another £50k of taxpayers money for the IPPR to say that the Tories have got it all wrong again.


  17. 30
    Vicky Price says:

    If we had had warnings like this in the UK …….


  18. 32
    ed martin says:

    there used to be a type of ground-breaking performed by guests of HM at Dartmoor prison

    is this what the gov’t has in mind?


  19. 34
    anon says:

    A contract to investigate Civil Service reform would suggest ” A night of the long knives” – considering strongarm tactics to cull the waste that abounds in all departments.
    Seeing as the CS is predominantly full of Socialists, maybe a Labour wonk group could be the iron fist in a velvet glove approach. – Them versus them as against a political confrontation between the parties?


  20. 42
    Leveson Witless says:

    My favorite portrait


  21. 45
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Digbdy Jones, on today’s Daily Politics, showed little thought for current events, when he mimed the pin pulling and throwing of an hand grenade.


  22. 46
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Anyone notice Ashley Cole spit when Rio Ferdinand walked past? How did Terry and Cole get away with blatant lying? What will the pathetic FA do?


  23. 54
    Owen Jones says:


  24. 55
    Dave the Spendthrift says:

    Keep things in proportion. The deficit for today is circa £400 million (same as yesterday, same as tomorrow). £50,000 is only just over 0.01% of my daily overspend.


  25. 56 says:

    What next? Giving the Mafia £50k for researching ways to reform the criminal justice system?


    • 108
      optional says:

      Now that is a good idea. At least we would get rid permanently of much of the shit that pervades our town centres and sink estates.


  26. 59
    Gordon Brown says:

    I turned to politics only after being told I was too good to play professional football


  27. 60
    @ontablets says:

    Only 959 days to go until the next General Election.


    • 64 says:

      A week is a long time in politics.


    • 74
      Some Twat up North says:

      23,016 beautiful hours whoopee


      • 83
        Ed Moribund says:

        I’m going to be leader of the nation.
        I cannot believe it! You can’t either! Nor mum, nor David, nor Tony!
        Cameron and Clegg can’t believe it.
        Serwotka and Barber can’t believe it. Polly Toynbee says she can believe it, but I know even she can’t believe it.

        I..Me..Ed actually going to PM.
        Its just like that time Claudius became emperor when he was found dribbling and hiding behind a curtain.

        I wonder what became of him ?


      • 109
        Soapsuds says:

        Some enterprising fellow with IT skills managed to provide us with a reducing clock which measured the time to the end of the Olympics.

        Maybe he could be persuaded to institute one showing how much longer we have before we get rid of Cameron and his useless hangers-on?


    • 101
      The Golem says:

      Not a cheering thought. The march to serfdom if any branch of liblabcon has its way.


  28. 65
    Mornington Crescent says:

    A “rare moment of unsoundness”? Bollocks, Fawkes.

    This is the same Maude who has just hired the ex-MD of my County Council – Katherine Kerswell – on £142k a year to, er, reduce Whitehall spending.

    Kerswell left the Council after only 18 miserable months in the job with a whopping £420k bung. Total cost of her sojourn here: £700k.


  29. 67
    Alf says:

    Strangely I ended up in a discussion about eugenics today and a point came up we can’t seem to get an answer to.

    Q. If a male mong has sex with a female mong and she gets pregnant will she have a baby mong?

    I always thought mongs had zero fertility.


  30. 76
    Ed Moribund says:

    Gordon is advising us on wee-distribution


  31. 80
    MSM conspiracy of silence says:

    What I want to know is why is it only the Grauniad of all places where there is a report of the new EU policy document on radical reform:


    • 89
      Eurolalaland says:

      We all knew they’d use the Euro crisis to force nation states together, there isn’t a democratic mandate for any of this in any European nation atm.


  32. 92
    Aunty Matter says:

    Just give me 10K for this piece of excellent advice.

    Take the entire public service and fire 90% of them. You won’t notice anything.


  33. 102
    Red Ed says:

    North Korea is a great model for us to follow, you can’t increase spending too far or too fast.


  34. 103

    You had me at ‘wonk-shop’.


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