September 24th, 2012

Hunt Privatises His Circle

When Jeremy Hunt was appointed as Health Secretary it was seen as “up yours” to his countless enemies on the left and in media. After his car-crash encounter with Murdoch, many saw him as a wounded beast, and Leveson could well slaughter him. What with going on holiday in his first few weeks in the new job, it now appears as if the “up yours” attitude is here to stay.

The Guardian are sobbing over the fact that Hunt is set to appoint the gorgeous Christina Lineen as his Special Adviser. Who? Well that is the problem, Lineen is the Communications Director of Circle Health – the group that set to benefit from the NHS reforms and are currently running their first hospital. The fact that Lineen used to be a Lansley SpAd, before moving to the group two years ago, is being somewhat overlooked in the fuss. It’s a ballsy move though, and upsetting all the right people…

UPDATE: Guido can’t help but laugh at the fact that in all their anger the Guardian have forgotten to check what Ms. Lineen’s name is. It’s Christina not Christine.


  1. 1
    Fact says:



  2. 3
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Is he shagging her? Boaz.


  3. 5
    Chuck Norris says:

    don’t forget to shut the revolving door on your way out


  4. 6
    Mike Hancock says:

    Her last name is now Robinson…

    Yum Yum, if I was her teacher, a nice holiday in France would be in order.


  5. 7
    Selohesra says:

    So what if he called him a Pleb – its a perfectly good expression. If the copper got so upset by it perhaps it was because it hit home rather accurately. If it had been that nice Mr Terry he would have called the chap a c**t


    • 12
      Anonymous says:

      suppose lines are being drawn here. As a proud nation can we really be plebians too? the nation will speak, but will it be plebtalk?


      • 17
        taC eht abbaJ says:

        Once upon a time the mice knew their places, unfortunately in this age equality, political correctness and multi culti, the mice have ideas way above their station, so the occasional slap down is required…


  6. 10
    Jimmy says:

    Circle Health pay good money for this level of access.


  7. 22
    jgm2 says:

    I’m not sure I share your joy on this Guido.

    While there is a part of me that likes nothing more than seeing the bedwetters swallowing their tongues the rest of me, in this particular case, is seeing another case of Tim Yeo.

    It’s simply not on that folk who stand to personally benefit financially from decisions are steering/influencing government policy. And I assume this won’t be of the order of a few hundred quid either. But proper, Blair-like, gobs of money.

    Nope. I definitely don’t share your joy. Hunt isn’t just rubbing the bedwetters nose in it. He’s rubbing everybody’s nose in it.


  8. 24

    Christina Lineen former SPAD of Lansley – well done Guido for regurgitating what we all know. Nick Seddon the deputy director of Reform used to be Circle’s Head of Communications. Reform have been heavily promoting the benefits of private hospital via the medium of the Telegraph, their ‘quality’ PR paper. Circle who have offered sponsorship to Reform as have General Healthcare Group who own BMI Hospitals. You remember them Guido, the ones who were encouraging their doctors to delay NHS patients to push them private.

    Over 200 parliamentarians have financial connections to companies involved in private healthcare, bit none of this seems to matter to Guido who dribbles out a Guardian baiting paragraph to please his readership. Meanwhile the people who are suffering in this fun, are the public whose health is being put in jeopardy by a government intent on pushing the NHS further to the brink.

    The Health and Social care Act was merely a legalised mechanism for handing over the NHS to the private companies who pay so many of our Lords and MPs. Everything else is just marketing. This is not something to celebrate Guido unless the corporate takeover of government and its threat to our democracy is something to raise a glass to?

    So Reform, who are a think tank that call themselves a charity despite serving only the 31 corporate partners that are their financial backers are doing the work for Circle and BMI Healthcare. Lineen, who was a key worker for Lansley as this bill was being hacked through parliament with the help of the Lords and MPs with vested interests will possibly be back in town, and Guido and his sheep think this is good for democracy.

    Maybe Guido should do some research into all areas before he mocks the anger of a public that are deeply worried about the attacks on the NHS


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”

Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!

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