September 27th, 2012

Scilly Spring: Dictator Raiding the Cash Reserves
DfE Investigation Under-way

Guido understands the Department for Education inquiry into the Scilly school scandal is gathering pace and there will be “boots on the ground” shortly. The revolution that is rocking the South West is progressing nicely, with the locally loathed tin pot dictator/council chief executive Philip Hygate forced onto the airwaves this morning to deny he is overseeing a “climate of fear” on these once pleasant archipelago. His defence for why he should remain in his jobs was laughable. Jobs that is, not job – he’s also the checks and balances arm of the council. As monitoring officer,  Hygate gets to investigate the numerous complaints about himself. Apparently the job is “a burden” and yet he felt by carrying out the role himself he was saving the council money. His concern for saving cash wasn’t quite so evident when he rammed through a 20% pay rise last year.

Just as Gaddafi told his people: “I am not going to leave this land. I will die as a martyr at the end. I shall remain, defiant”, Hygate is digging in. We all know how it went for the Colonel, though at this rate Hygate will be facing cuffs rather than a bullet.

In a new development tonight, in what is the local government equivalent of fleeing across the border to Niger with a truck full of gold, the embattled chief exec is demanding £40,000 for the 100 days of unclaimed holiday that he’s been building up for years as something of a rainy day fund. The rules state that a maximum of 5 days can be accrued. Councillors will vote on the matter at 6pm tonight. That would be nice stash to fall back on were he forced to flee to the mainland… 

Read the whole saga that Guido broke in May, leaving the BBC, Guardian and Telegraph chasing, here.


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    How to get an apology from arrogant arseholes? says:

    Time for dictatorship to end.


  2. 2
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, you’ve flushed him out now! He’s on the run, exposed as trying to rake in cash before he gets ejected in shame.


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    annette curton says:


  5. 6
    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says:

    Historically, las Islas Sorlingas have always been part of Argetina!


  6. 7
    nellnewman says:

    hmmm Bets on how much longer he can last? LOL!


  7. 8
    will says:

    well from a Human Resources point of view being able to carry over 5 days is stndard to ensure that staff take leave allowed under the european regulation on annual leave, so the question is how he managed to accrue such leave over time. I hope the council does not allow this and puts an investigation into how this happened. Also the not taking of leave in many cases has meant that when leave was taken a fraud had being going on and they put off leave to stop being found out.


  8. 9
    Silly Aisle says:

    Sounds to me like he’s going to get a long holiday, perhaps in prison!


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    Brillo's back says:

    Don’t forget to break out the blue nun tonight for the return of Brillo and gang on This Week. Before that, you can try to resist kicking in your TV as Harriet Harmful and Steve “I’ve worked for Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox ” Coogan are on Question Time. On the plus side, Tory supporting posh babe Kirstie Allsopp is also on.


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    Brillo's back says:


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    david says:

    Ah, the accrued holiday scam. it’s been a known ruse in the US public sector for some years, I believe that states like California are now trying to clamp down on this


  12. 15
    Jimmy says:

    “tin pot dictator/council chief executive”

    As you told us before his job title was uberfuhrer, this is certainly an improvement but I wonder does it go far enough? Also the uniform is a bad idea. It doesn’t even fit.


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    Todd Stevens says:

    Naturally, as history has shown us time and time again- all dictators feel they are correct whilst everyone else around them are wrong. They never think ‘oh, Im unpopular and noone wants me any more so I think I should step down’ -no, -they always hang on in there until they are forced out or somone has to shoot them. Is Mr Hygate like this then?


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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”

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Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.

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