September 27th, 2012

SpAd Movements – Glover Out of No.10

There was a big fanfare when Downing Street poached the Guardian’s Julian Glover to be chief speech-writer in October 2011. Comparisons with Sam Seaborne from the West Wing were flying around – though that may have been a bit premature – Glover has quietly left No.10 and is now the policy Special Adviser at the Department of Transport. After less than a year in the job, the man hired for his way with words to defend the coalition did not even get a conference speech under his belt.

Sources say he was keen to branch out to a more policy heavy role, but Guido is sceptical…

New Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin  has also hired Benjamin Mascall to do his media. Until recently Ben was fire-fighting on the education brief as a CCHQ press officer. McLoughlin old Whips Office adviser Chris White has gone over to Lansley as Leader of the House. Other appointments are still being cleared by No.10. 


45 Comments

  1. 1
    Grrr says:

    Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper for everyone if the Labour Party and the Guaridan just moved into those nice, new shinny offices at BBC Bush house.

    That way the Guardian could stop loosing so much money, the Labour party could pay off a few of its debts – and the BBC could save on taxi fares bringing all their friends to warn about horrid, mean Tories, Euro-sceptics and other enemies of Statism.

    • 17
      Youth Club says:

      These are mere boys in what used to be a man’s world. Little wonder then UK politics is concerned with trivia.

      • 21
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        Spot on. The Andrew Mitchell saga ran for a full week. Unbelievable. All because he dissed a rozzer.

        • 33
          Grrr says:

          Does anyone in the UK – outside the Westminster village – give a damn what some stupid MP said to a copper?

          Or is this just another campaign in the ongoing BBC/Left ‘All Tories are rich scum’ battle.

    • 23
      What's Left? says:

      Camelron’s leadership will be remembered as one of bad judgement….over his appointments…..his reshuffle…..his hoody hugging…..his eco-wackery…..his Big Society…..his rivalry with Boris……his bad behaviour towards potential leader Jesse Norman…..his choice of SPaDs and consultants…..his links with Murdoch…..his reneging on many promises (such as a Euro referenda, repeal of the Human Rights Act,)….his dithering & rudderless indecisiveness……the appalling decision to agree to the telly debates, giving Clegg a national platform…..a real lack of awareness on the changing role of the MSM….. the toxicity of the BBC & a lack of will to face this monstrosity out…..of not understanding the changing role of social media and the transformation of our TV networks into camp carnival platforms….his inability to tackle the dominance of Marxism in our public life and the desolate consequences of not eroding embedded socialism infecting all of the agencies of influence…..of not undermining the lie that Tories are nasty and wicked………..

      Such hopelessness provides Milibandit with a free pass to Downing Street.

      • 26
        Dr Nuts says:

        Makes you wish we had Hague as PM?
        He’d get up an hour before going to bed, work 27hours doon Mill 8 days a week, pay thar boss for the job, drink 27 pints o’bitter every evening, and coom hoom to be killed with knife every night and much dancing his grave before he was an MP!

    • 25
      Dr Nuts says:

      Oh come on – ..horrid, mean Tories… they eat babies – the BBC knows that! Sheesh do try to keep up, and less partisan, anyone would think you’re a wrong thinking Tory fanatic!

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    They are all tossers and I expect I’m paying their salaries.

  3. 3
    PM for a day says:

    Abu Hamza hates the UK and all it stands for. So why does he want to stay here? Couldn’t have anything to do with the free state benefits and free legal aid we stupidly hand out to muslims who want to murder us, could it?

  4. 4
    A musical interlude says:

  5. 6
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    This is indeed another first for us.

    The UK had the largest current account deficit on record in the second quarter of 2012…….£20.8 billion.

    Take a bow George and all at the Treasury.

    • 10

      YES!!!!! And my legacy will be felt for decades, and you plebs will start to blame THIS government! (Wipes tears of joy and mirth from his eye)

      Ye couldna mek it up!!!

    • 11
      Georgie "Insider Trader" Soros says:

      But Sterling is a safe haven currency

      ROFL….

    • 13
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      Labours legacy. They left a dysfuctional economy.

      • 31
        Dr Nuts says:

        Would’ve been worse if Conservatives had been in power 2005. They were arguing for even less regulation on the banks.
        According to Conservatives – Labour’s redtape was suffocating banks operations. You think this is bad – under the Conservatives this is a picnic.

        The problem with the blinkered is they all remember what’s convenient to throw mud, and never ever consider what their alternative is.

        Both sides are wrong! Labour was better, but it’s just a matter of degree, it’s the difference of death by a 1000 painful cuts or death by skinning!! Neither’s desired, but we got death by a 1000 painful cuts!

  6. 8
    Question Crime! says:

    Hey politics fans! Tonight sees the return of Question Time (booo!) and also the return of Brillo and Portaloo on This Week (yaay!)

    The panel on QT are: Harridan Harpic, Danny Alexander, Jacob Rees-Smug, posh babe Kirstie Allsopp, and so-called “comedian” Steve Coogan.

    • 20
      Dimblebore says:

      Will Coogan be asked about the Murdoch Shilling ?

      • 32
        Dr Nuts says:

        Is there a betting on about how quickly we get to Are Police Plebs? and will there be any questions about Labour’s reticence on arresting Abu Hamza? (if it’s raised as part of the discussion about Abu’s latest appeal – does not apply).

  7. 9
    Jack says:

    Re your reference to “More Mitchell misery”

    Here is the web site of TMF Global Group”

    http://www.tmf-group.com/

    CEO ex Goldman Sachs

    Says it all really

    “We are all in this industrial tax avoidance together” is their motto

    Something has gone terribly wrong…

    • 12
      Russian Oligarch (and his bent City solicitors) says:

      I just give British politicians wads of cash

      Much easier and no trace…

  8. 14
    Rochdale scandal says:

    The report into the Rochdale a*use scandal says social workers failed. What a surprise. I didn’t see that one coming.

    Of course they failed. Has anyone ever met or heard of a competent social worker? It almost seems like you have to by definition be a left wing, sandal wearing moron to be a social worker. I remember the footage of the utterly useless social worker interviewing the mother of Baby P who just kept nodding like a puppy to everything she said and laughing at her anecdotes about how much she fancied the fucktard man who would later torture the baby. Same with the child who was tortured and beaten to death by her muslim parents. The social worker said she didn’t go to visit the family home because she feared it would appear r*cist.

    Social workers are a wretched bunch. They’re in a position where they’re meant to help the vulnerable and at-risk but instead they let their far left politics dictate how they handle cases, and that almost always means letting people get away with anything they like because it’s all other people’s fault; it’s the government’s fault, it’s Thatcher’s fault, it’s Is*ael’s fault. It’s anyone’s fault except the thug parents or the muslim r*pists. This is what the UK has become. A hostage to muslims and left wing idiots.

    • 27
      Dr Nuts says:

      The ‘have you met a decent social worker’ complete undercuts your entire argument, it’s makes you appear to be basing your opinion on public sphere prejudices regardless of reality.

      Reality is there are plenty of decent social workers; but the whole system is undermined by the public sphere smear, and too few workers, too many chiefs with way too much too much work! There is a limit to what a person can achieve. Further there is little interconnection between departments because of ‘privacy issues’ which state that the ‘state’ shouldn’t know too much … etc.

      As for the Far left politics. Most do not bother with running around projecting political thought processes so much as running around from 1 case to the next without having long enough to get to know the cases too well, and not having sufficient managerial support, or societal support when there’s a need for interdepartmental co-operation: refering again to the Liberal ‘we can’t have a state that knows too much about us’ – which is a right wing principle – which only leads to massive problems such as Baby P.

      The blame lands on the shoulders of the social workers, because pressure groups cannot be found responsible for what they promote!

  9. 15
    Historian of our times says:

    It is quite clear that Mr Glover (Mr who?) never had anything intelligent to say any way

    Like Empty Dave the Litterman Rave

    When will someone come out of the woodwork in the UK who speaks rationally and seriously?

    • 28
      Dr Nuts says:

      Wont happen – the Tories are desperate to sell of as much of our woods as possible in a quick buck for our mates policy! The woods are then permanently cleared for the sake of profit, while the woodwork is chipped and pulped. Nobody coming out of that…
      Lefties going in to make Treehouses maybe!

  10. 22
    Labour lied to the Queen and are therefore guilty of treason says:

    The Queen: What has become of my country? Why are we allowing this ghastly man to remain here to denigrate my people and my nation?

    Jack Straw: Sorry, Your Majesty, we can’t do anything about it.

    The Queen: Are you absolutely certain?

    Jack Straw: Yes, Your Majesty, I would never lie to you.

  11. 36

    Labour isn’t learning.

    The SpinBetweeners.

    [voiceover of Ed 'Mill' McKenzie plays on a backdrop of a modern comprehensive school. A repo van labeled P.F.I. is buy loading up computer equipment to take away.]

    It wasn’t easy being the new boy at the tough and rough, local comprehensive education policy party. I had wanted to lead the nice and intellectual Liberal party, but daddy, being a communist, insisted I become leader of the labour party.
    So here I am, in the very odd, very common, and sometimes quite violent ‘people’s republic of Islington.’ I don’t think they appreciate my particular speky genius as well as they should. Just this morning I was sitting in the common room with my friends..well..more acquaintances really..well..not even that..we just ..don’t have anyone else in the entire country who likes us..so we have to stick together..well..anyway..

    “Oi briefcase face” yelled JEd Balls at me. “Guess wot I don last night? Or should I say ‘who I dun?’

    “You should in fact say neither, ” replied Mill Mckenzie pushing his glasses up his nose. “Its who I did , not who I dun, and don’t call be briefcase face. I’m the leader of the labour party.”

  12. 37

    “Ok then. Guess who I did then, ” said JEd Balls. “I did her real good. Bent her right over like that and banged away right up her clunge.”

    “Was it Angela Eagles? ” Asked Neil Khan. Neil was a bit thick and quite slow. He was JEd Balls’ friend. Khan believed every one of JEd’s increasingly tall tales about the size of his growth. And where to find the endogenous zones.

    “How could it be Angela Eagles?” Asked Chuka. “She’s a lezza.” Chucka was Mill’s friend..sort of..well..really they just shared a geekiness quality.

    “Is she?” asked Khan?

    “yes! Everyone knows that.”

    “Well Ballsy is like a great big girl. So maybe she fancied him..was it her JEd?”

    “No!..Of course it wasn’t.”

    “I bet it was Caroline Flint. She’s easy. Even old one eyed maths teacher Brownstains dun her.”

    “No..I don’t think he did.” Said Khan. “I sit next to Liz Kendall in maths. And once she said to me ..”Watch it..here comes dickless…so..he ain’t got no knob has he?”

    “It was not Flint. I wouldn’t touch her with Mill’s. Right rank old moose..”

    “Was it Maria Eagles, then?”

    “NO! give over..I said a woman. Not the art class sculptures mishap pile”

    “Was it Chris Bryant? I bet it was! Did you cop off with ‘Skids’ ?” asked Neil eagerly.

    “We’re very inclusive in my new , Next generation Labour Party. I hope it was.” said Mill.

    “Fuck off! It wasn’t some bandit. I’m not a Chutney fancier…It was a female of the big bap variety.”

    “Was it Hilary Benn?” asked dimbo Sadiq.

    “NO! I..I ..just said it was a FEMALE.” called back Balls who was becoming red faced.

    “And she’s not a woman, then?”

    “NO? She’s not.” Sadiq looked confused. But then he always did so they ignored him.

  13. 38

    “Ok then. Guess who I did then, ” said JEd Balls. “I did her real good. Bent her right over like that and banged away right up her clunge.”

    “Was it Angela Eagles? ” Asked Neil Khan. Neil was a bit thick and quite slow. He was JEd Balls’ friend. Khan believed every one of JEd’s increasingly tall tales about the size of his growth. And where to find the endogenous zones.

    “How could it be Angela Eagles?” Asked Chuka. “She’s a lezza.” Chucka was Mill’s friend..sort of..well..really they just shared a geekiness quality.

    “Is she?” asked Khan?

    “yes! Everyone knows that.”

    “Well Ballsy is like a great big girl. So maybe she fancied him..was it her JEd?”

    “No!..Of course it wasn’t.”

    “I bet it was Caroline Flint. She’s easy. Even old one eyed maths teacher Brownstains dun her.”

  14. 39

    “Ok then. Guess who I did then, ” said JEd Balls. “I did her real good. Bent her right over like that and banged away right up her clunge.”

    “Was it Angela Eagles? ” Asked Neil Khan. Neil was a bit thick and quite slow. He was JEd Balls’ friend. Khan believed every one of JEd’s increasingly tall tales about the size of his growth. And where to find the endogenous zones.

  15. 40

    “How could it be Angela Eagles?” Asked Chuka. “She’s a lezza.” Chucka was Mill’s friend..sort of..well..really they just shared a geekiness quality.

    “Is she?” asked Khan?

    “yes! Everyone knows that.”

  16. 41

    “Well Ballsy is like a great big girl. So maybe she fancied him..was it her JEd?”

    “No!..Of course it wasn’t.”

    “I bet it was Car/oline Flint. She’s easy. Even old one eyed maths teacher Brownstains dun her.”

  17. 42

    “Well Ballsy is like a great big girl. So maybe she fancied him..was it her JEd?”

    “No!..Of course it wasn’t.”

  18. 43

    “I bet it was Caroline Flint. She’s easy. Even baby face Burnham dun her.”

  19. 44

    “No..I don’t think he did.” Said Khan. “I sit next to Liz Kendall in maths. And once she said to me ..”Watch it..here comes dickless…so..he ain’t got no knob has he?”

    “It was not Flint. I wouldn’t touch her with Mill’s. Right rank old moose..”

    “Was it Maria Eagles, then?”

    “NO! give over..I said a woman. Not the art class sculptures mishap pile”

    “Was it Chris Bryant? I bet it was! Did you cop off with ‘Skids’ ?” asked Neil eagerly.

    “We’re very inclusive in my new , Next generation Labour Party. I hope it was.” said Mill.

    “Fuck off! It wasn’t some bandit. I’m not a Chutney fancier…It was a female of the big bap variety.”

    “Was it Hilary Benn?” asked dimbo Sadiq.

    “NO! I..I ..just said it was a FEMALE.” called back Balls who was becoming red faced.

    “And she’s not a woman, then?”

    “NO? She’s not.” Sadiq looked confused. But then he always did so they ignored him.

    “Did you do Mountain Ab-bott? ” they all cheered.

    “No..I did not do the big Bishop..bloody hell. this is losing me the will to live.”

    “Really ?” said Mill. “Well don’t let us stop you..Has someone got a razor blade for JEd?”

    “ERm… I’ve got a skateboard..” said sadiq slowly..and he held out a board to JEd.

    “Look..cretins. Do you want to know who I was shafting good and proper? Want to know who was getting a portion of JEd’s Balls? The creamy topping treat?”
    Well I’ll tell you anyway. It was the economy. Dun her too fast and too deep. Done her over for ten long years in the treasury position. Moaned like a Guantanamo cavity search.”

    There was a dull silence.

    “So…it wasn’t Margaret Curran then?” asked Neil.

    “Oh For fuggs sake..It was a joke!!..I can’t be dealin’ with you.. I’m off. See ya you losers.”

    “Wait a minute! We haven’t discussed my proposals and plans for the Labour party conference.” Said Mill brightly, opening his briefcase and taking out sheaves of coloured paperclipped papers.

    ” I’ve drawn up a very tight schedule and there’s a lot of on message bullet points that you’ll need to remember. I thought this years theme could be ‘pre-distribution and the ‘acquiring vs retiring’ community. What do you think?”

    “Very uninspiring. I’m off.” Said Balls. ‘Coming Neil?”

    “yep..see ya Mill..Oh..I nearly forgot..Serwotka and McKluskey said that if you don’t agree to put up minimum wage to £17.67 by break-time they’re going to kick the living shit out of you. Well, see you later.”

    {Mill Mckenzie voiceover}
    And so once again my conference plans were in tatters…

    The SpinBetweeners

  20. 45

    The SpinBetweeners.

    [voiceover of Ed 'Mill' McKenzie plays on a backdrop of a modern comprehensive school. A repo van labeled P.F.I. is buy loading up computer equipment to take away.]

    It wasn’t easy being the new boy at the tough and rough, local comprehensive education policy party. I had wanted to lead the nice and intellectual Liberal party, but daddy, being a communist, insisted I become leader of the labour party.
    So here I am, in the very odd, very common, and sometimes quite violent ‘people’s republic of Islington.’ I don’t think they appreciate my particular speky genius as well as they should. Just this morning I was sitting in the common room with my friends..well..more acquaintances really..well..not even that..we just ..don’t have anyone else in the entire country who likes us..so we have to stick together..well..anyway..

    “Oi briefcase face” yelled JEd Balls at me. “Guess wot I don last night? Or should I say ‘who I dun?’

    “You should in fact say neither, ” replied Mill Mckenzie pushing his glasses up his nose. “Its who I did , not who I dun, and don’t call be briefcase face. I’m the leader of the labour party.”

    “Ok then. Guess who I did then, ” said JEd Balls. “I did her real good. Bent her right over like that and banged away right up her clunge.”

    “Was it Angela Eagles? ” Asked Neil Khan. Neil was a bit thick and quite slow. He was JEd Balls’ friend. Khan believed every one of JEd’s increasingly tall tales about the size of his growth. And where to find the endogenous zones.

    “How could it be Angela Eagles?” Asked Chuka. “She’s a lezza.” Chucka was Mill’s friend..sort of..well..really they just shared a geekiness quality.

    “Is she?” asked Khan?

    “yes! Everyone knows that.”

    “Well Ballsy is like a great big girl. So maybe she fancied him..was it her JEd?”

    “No!..Of course it wasn’t.”

    “I bet it was Caroline Flint. She’s easy. Even baby face Burnham has done her.”

    “No..I don’t think he did.” Said Khan. “I sit next to Liz Kendall in maths. And once she said to me ..”Watch it..here comes dickless…so..he ain’t got no knob has he?”

    “It was not Flint. I wouldn’t touch her with Mill’s. Right rank old moose..”

    “Was it Maria Eagles, then?”

    “NO! give over..I said a woman. Not the art class sculptures mishap pile”

    “Was it Chris Bryant? I bet it was! Did you cop off with ‘Skids’ ?” asked Neil eagerly.

    “We’re very inclusive in my new , Next generation Labour Party. I hope it was.” said Mill.

    “Fuck off! It wasn’t some bandit. I’m not a Chutney fancier…It was a female of the big bap variety.”

    “Was it Hilary Benn?” asked dimbo Sadiq.

    “NO! I..I ..just said it was a FEMALE.” called back Balls who was becoming red faced.

    “And she’s not a woman, then?”

    “NO? She’s not.” Sadiq looked confused. But then he always did so they ignored him.

    “Did you do Mountain Abbott? ” they all cheered.

    “No..I did not do the big Bishop..bloody hell. this is losing me the will to live.”

    “Really ?” said Mill. “Well don’t let us stop you..Has someone got a razor blade for JEd?”

    “ERm… I’ve got a skateboard..” said sadiq slowly..and he held out a board to JEd.

    “Look..cretins. Do you want to know who I was shafting good and proper? Want to know who was getting a portion of JEd’s Balls? The creamy topping treat?”
    Well I’ll tell you anyway. It was the economy. Dun her too fast and too deep. Done her over for ten long years in the treasury position. Moaned like a Guantanamo cavity search.”

    There was a dull silence.

    “So…it wasn’t Margaret Curran then?” asked Neil.

    “Oh For fuggs sake..It was a joke!!..I can’t be dealin’ with you.. I’m off. See ya you losers.”

    “Wait a minute! We haven’t discussed my proposals and plans for the Labour party conference.” Said Mill brightly, opening his briefcase and taking out sheaves of brightly paper clipped papers.

    ” I’ve drawn up a very tight schedule and there’s a lot of on message bullet points that you’ll need to remember. I thought this years theme could be ‘pre-distribution and the ‘acquiring vs retiring’ community. What do you think?”

    “Very uninspiring. I’m off.” Said Balls. ‘Coming Neil?”

    “yep..see ya Mill..Oh..I nearly forgot..Serwotka and McKluskey said that if you don’t agree to put up minimum wage to £17.67 by break-time they’re going to kick the living shit out of you. Well, see you later.”

    {Mill Mckenzie voiceover}
    And so once again my conference plans were in tatters…

    The SpinBetweeners


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