October 5th, 2012

Suspended Transport Civil Servant Kicks Back

It’s all kicking off tonight over at Transport as the suspended civil servant Kate Mingay, the Director of Commercial and Technical Services, has gone very rogue and is denying everything:

“While it has been widely reported in the context of the award of the franchise for the West Coast Mainline that I have been suspended, my role has been inaccurately portrayed mainly due to statements and other comment made by the Department for Transport itself. I would like to make it clear that:

•  I did not have lead responsibility for this project;

•  Neither I nor any member of my team had any responsibility for the economic modelling for this project, or for any Department for Transport project;

•  Nor did I have any responsibility for the financial modelling in respect of this project;

I have not been involved in briefing Department for Transport ministers or other government ministers in respect of this project.

I will of course cooperate fully with all ongoing and future investigatory processes in relation to this matter, but wanted to correct the completely inaccurate portrayal of my role immediately.”

If she didn’t lead on the project who did, and why were they not suspended?


270 Comments

  1. 1
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    Lamp post beckons Katie dear…

  2. 2
    les says:

    So why was she suspended?

  3. 3
    The religion of violence says:

    It’s already started. Violence broke out outside the court when muslims fought with police after hearing Hamza is to be extradited. Most disgracefully, there were some english converts in the rabble, and there were white english men and women on the pavement holding placards and voicing their support for Hamza and Babar Ahmed.

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY? Why are we allowing these fucking people to live here?! They’re enemies in our midst, they’re anti-democratic and utterly backward. They don’t belong here. When are we going to get a government that will abolish the human rights act, remove us from the ECHR and finally deport all these disgusting fuckwits. I want my country back. And as for the english supporters who were outside the court with the muslims, all I can say is the loony left has never been more loony, but more seriously, their support amounts to treason. Put those fuckers on the flight with their buddy Hamza.

  4. 4
    Nothing better to do says:

    Cover up?

  5. 5
    ToonBob... says:

    Admit nothing, deny everything and blame the other person……… something we can all abide by as we take the rocky road through life :)

  6. 6
    An unexplained death says:

    Meanwhile, the unexplained death of a 23 year old model at the hotel where Labour delegates were staying has quietly been brushed under the carpet after police closed the case within hours, declaring her death as not suspicious despite no investigation taking place. All sounds completely above board.

  7. 7
    Justine Greening says:

    This goes right to the top.

    Why do you think that Dave re-shuffled me,for crying out loud !!

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Then what the hell was she doing? From her LinkedIn – “Corporate Finance Director at Department for Transport”.

  9. 9
    annette curton says:

  10. 10
    Dreary Steeples says:

    He should have shuffled you down the track.

  11. 11
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    Public sector normality. Take no responsibility for anything, admit nothing, pass the buck.

  12. 12
    The Guilty Delegate says:

    Well she was only a woman, and a foreigner, and a prossie, so a person of no import and quite disposable.

  13. 13
    Spinal damage@BBC.co.uk says:

    No one takes responsibility!

  14. 14
    Nan Taylor says:

    She doesn’t seem to do fuck all. Why the fuck do we need her?

  15. 15
    G. Brown says:

    It was America’s fault.

  16. 16
    Happy Anon says:

    SKY NEWS have just reported they believe Abu Whats his name & the rest of

    them are on there way to the Airport in a convoy !!!!!!

    Looks like they will soon be in paradise in USA !!!!! LOL LOL

    Now when does that nasty Party Conference start ….sorry for being a old cynic

  17. 17
    Rightallalong says:

    Maybe she just got the sums wrong. I mean Maths is very hard.

  18. 18
    Abu Hamza says:

    But what if I drop the soap?!

  19. 19
    British Rail Porter (redundant) says:

    No you one eyed moron…..its Fatchers fault of course,

    who else do we blame……..

  20. 20
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    A Labour stooge trying to bullshit her way out of it.

    The civil service was so heavily politicised by Labour that lots of these turds have been and will continue to surface.
    Given a job because of a Labour membership card and not because of competence. Either that or willful political mischief making now that their chums have been kicked out of office.

  21. 21
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Aparently 2500 people at the Bbbc are not paying tax on PYAE!

  22. 22
    Late 70s Voice-over Guy says:

    Chill out, love…..let the train take the strain.

  23. 23
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Stick it on the end of your hook.

  24. 24
    Hamza la vista! says:

    Bye bye, camel piss breath!

  25. 25
    Trinny says:

    How much are we paying her to not have responsibility for anything?

  26. 26
    Hamza la vista! says:

    Whilst I despise ràcism, I do hope Hamza is put in a cell with a violent white supremacist who hates arabs and has a penchant for sodomy.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    If that really is her job, she was counting the beans not making the coffee!

  28. 28
    Moderation Robot says:

    Do try to stay on-topic. Ta.

  29. 29
    Jimmy says:

    “If she didn’t lead on the project who did, and why were they not suspended?”

    They decided to send her to Northern Ireland instead.

  30. 30
    Sir William Waad says:

    You must realise that no civil servant is ever responsible for anything. There is a Process. It is an end in itself. The Process is not there to achieve anything. It is ineffable.

  31. 31
    Andy Coulson's monkey says:

    Hey we’ll done Wiki Guido. This is the first useful post you’ve ever made. It’s so unlike your contrived rubbish.

  32. 32
    ring a ding a ling, potty time says:

    The nasty party conference has finished, red Ed spoke without a union leaders hand up his a*se or so were told.

  33. 33
    Transport Trunk says:

    According to http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=1455219152&targetid=profile she was a former Corporate Finance Director so she should have known how to count..

    Also, she moderated a panel at “IPFA London: Update on the UK National Infrastructure Plan 2″ in January in her latest position so would love to know how competent she was considered during that!

  34. 34
    Sir William Waad says:

    The American courts will order Abu to be dismantled.

  35. 35
    Moderation Robot says:

    There is some excellent viewing to be had on BBC 4 tonight, E: an evening dedicated to all things Jeff Lynne.

  36. 36
    Dr Nuts says:

    Scape Goat….

    As mentioned before – when it comes to Ministerial responsibility… the buck stops at the desk, in a pickle jar!

    Ed Balls asked the Question – What does it take to get sacked by the Conservatives.
    Probably as much as it does to get sacked by Labour!

  37. 37
    ring a ding a ling, potty time says:

    Whoops.

  38. 38
    Late 70s Voice-over Guy says:

    Oh, okies. Thx for heads-up.

  39. 39
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    Indeed it is Labour who we have to thank for nobody getting sacked for anything short of cold-blooded murder, and even then Tony Blair got away with it.

  40. 40
    Gordon Brown also says:

    Obviously a bigot!

  41. 41
  42. 42
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    Abu is appealing against his latest failed appeal on the grounds he has metal fatigue.

  43. 43
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    It sounds to me as if the taxpayer is being told porkies .

    Every Transport document should be up on the internet for all to see first thing tomorrow morning under orders from the Prime Minister and Deputy prime Minister .

  44. 44
    I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

    The Devil is in the detail. Almost buried, but not quite:

    • I did not have lead responsibility for this project;

    • Neither I nor any member of my team had any responsibility for the economic modelling for this project, or for any Department for Transport project;

    • Nor did I have any responsibility for the financial modelling in respect of this project;

    Note the text I highlighted in bold is missing from her third bullet-point. I deduce, therefore, that one or more members of her team did have responsibility for the financial modelling in respect of the project. This is why her first bullet-point has the caveat ‘lead responsibility’.

    She claims not to have had any responsibility for the financial modelling, but clearly her team did. But she couldn’t be arsed to check what they’d done.

  45. 45
    Sir William Waad says:

    Not being as rich as Ed Miliband, I can’t afford to travel on the West Coast line anyway, so it affects me only in my role as a mug punter, i.e. taxpayer, but the idea of civil servants negotiating multi-zillion rail contracts does put me in mind of giving a five-year-old some petrol and a box of matches to play with.

  46. 46
    Engineer says:

    Politics within the Civil Service is far more vicious than among politicians. Someone is settling a score.

  47. 47
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    I doubt if there will be much appeal for a hand-job.

  48. 48
    Dr Nuts says:

    Ask Ed Balls – as the future Chancellor he found GCSE simple fractions subtraction difficult!
    Admitting to Parliament he couldn’t do it!

  49. 49
    IF there was any justice says:

    B£iar the Liar
    Brown the Buffon
    Hamzah the Hick
    Mandleson the MaLodourous
    Big Al
    PrezzClot the Clown
    Camertwat and CloggedUp
    Grocer Heath
    the YooYun Bosses
    Rumpy-Pumpy
    Barosooso
    etc

    would all be / have been – strung up

  50. 50
    Dr Nuts says:

    Yes, but to be only 2m people marched against the Iraq war, it’s not like it was a Poll Tax moment!

  51. 51
    So Glad says:

    - you mentioned that – have been wondering. Any connection to the fat-arsed fart-mouth?

  52. 52
    Tubular Balls says:

    Another power woman promoted beyond her abilities. On another note justine greening eh , doesnt the buck stop with her ?

  53. 53
    Mr N Griffiths says:

    A prozzie eh , is she available for rememberence Sunday ?

  54. 54
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Overze/alous M0d/b*t says:

    The Devil is in the detail. Almost bu*ried, but not quite:

    “- I did not have lead responsibility for this project;

    – Neither I nor any member of my team had any responsibility for the econ/omic modelling for this project, or for any Depa*rtment for Transport project;

    – Nor did I have any responsibility for the fin/ancial modelling in respect of this project;”

    Note the text I highlighted in bold is missing from her third bu*llet-point. I deduce, therefore, that one or more members of her team did have responsibility for the finan/cial modelling in respect of the project. This is why her first bu*llet-point has the caveat ‘lead responsibility’.

    She claims not to have had any responsibility for the fina/ncial modelling, but clearly her team did. But she couldn’t be ar*sed to check what they’d done.

  55. 55
    Jimmy says:

    Forget that, this one’s better

  56. 56
    cynic says:

    For this level of shambles why isn’t a Perm Sec’s Head on a Pike in Whitehall. Perhaps because the last Per Sec now runs HMRC (Gawd help us) and the post seems to be vacant

    Oh yes.In any case Per Secs only do policy and this is operations. Its all the plebs faults

  57. 57
    Engineer says:

    Long experience would suggest that Civil Servants, whilst they may be very able civil administrators, rarely have the outlook or qualities to make good managers of complex enterprises. One failing they have is the strange belief that those with experience of managing the enterprises in question should under no circumstances be consulted when decisions about those enterprises are being made. Example – during the rail privatisation of the ’90s, the civil service consulted everybody except railwaymen; the result was the unholy mess we still suffer from.

  58. 58
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    I would be very surprised if Ms Mingay or her colleagues did any modelling (i know not if she is a ‘minger’ but not that type of modelling!!) this is normally done by highly paid mercenaries from our illustrious consultancy sector…but they will take their hard earned dosh and turn up somewhere else and bluff the bureaucrats. Still baffled as to how this got past the scrutiny community and the Treasury…too easy to pick off a sacrificial civil servant….’twill end in tears….as ‘Came on Ron’ slithers to his inevitable demise

  59. 59
    Dozy Birds R Us says:

    Just imagine, Justine Greening and Lynne Featherstone, Dream Ticket or what !

  60. 60
    Jim'll fiddle it says:

    How old is Mingay?

  61. 61
    Babar-ba-ram Ahmed says:

    Oooh, kinky!

  62. 62
    nellnewman says:

    Admit nothing, deny everything -that sounds very like beeb in jimmyscandal , fre ddie sta rr taking a very similar line along with m rgad d who says he’s knows nothing too!!

    I suspect the truth will out!!

  63. 63
    cynic says:

    I tell a lie!!!! Hes been there since march

    Philip Rutnam was previously Director General, Business and Skills at BIS, appointed in December 2010. Prior to this he had been Director General, Business, since March 2009. Philip was previously a Board Member at Ofcom where he helped to set up the organisation and to lead its work on competition, economic regulation and use of the radio spectrum. Philip is a former senior Treasury official, and his career has also included working in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, and holding responsibility for the Treasury’s interest in business and enterprise.

  64. 64
    Dr Nuts says:

    On an unrelated note, how come the BBC had already managed to lose a significant amount of Top of the Pops archived material, mostly during J. Saviles reign as host?

    Was there anything there that could’ve incriminated?

  65. 65
    Ghosty Good !! says:

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  66. 66
    How do they sleep at night says:

    He should appeal on the grounds of having had to look at Gareth Peirces twisted sour face for months on end .

  67. 67
    DDC says:

    “What does it take to get sacked by the Conservatives.” Er, a general election Ed – you forgotten already?

  68. 68
    nellnewman says:

    +100

    And you can bet your bottom dollar this all goes back to the rotten core of the civil service established during labour’s 13 years.

    Time for a massive overhaul!!

  69. 69
    Dr Nuts says:

    Savile was Gay?

  70. 70
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Overze/alous M0d/b*t says:

    You, Sir, are an imposter! Do you honestly expect us to believe that Abu Hamza even knows what soap is?

  71. 71
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    ‘One failing they have is the strange belief that those with experience of managing the enterprises in question should under no circumstances be consulted when decisions about those enterprises are being made’ fine comment ‘Injin Ear’…one suspects that Cameron and his coterie of cohorts are so crap in Government…’Farrago’…in so many ways!!

  72. 72
    Jack Straw Poll tax dodger says:

    Arithmetic isnt my strong point either.

  73. 73
    Strictly come pervin' says:

    So what exactly does she do then? Responsible for making the tea?

  74. 74
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Overze/alous M0d/b*t says:

    You, Sir, are an imposter! Do you honestly expect us to believe that Ab*u Ha*mza even knows what soap is?

  75. 75
    cynic says:

    Decommissioned?

  76. 76
    Dr Nuts says:

    quite disposable
    Yep, 100ft should do it!

    Statement to the Police:
    I’m labour, I didn’t see anything and there’s nothing to investigate.

  77. 77
    Well it's a thought says:

    One day PFI will hit the headlines, this Virgin contract will look as if some uncivil servants just made a slight mistake, the unwinding of PFI should be mass sackings of uncivil servants especially when people find they don’t own the land and the hospitals they thought they paid for and will pay again for the privilege .

  78. 78
    Bullshit Baffles Brains management consultancy says:

    Kerrrrrching !

  79. 79
    cynic says:

    Whoops. Still shes in Northern Ireland now so it doesn’t matter

  80. 80
    Evenin', Pop-Pluckers says:

    Good point, well made.
    Unfortunately, they still seem to have the whole 1977 archive intact. Was Jimmy on a hiatus that year?

  81. 81
    cynic says:

    They don’t need to do much. Just give him wafer thin sheets of toilet paper then enjoy the fun as the hook does its work. Sad innit

  82. 82
    Jimmy says:

    Yes. What could possibly go wrong there?

  83. 83
    Only a matter of time says:

    Hi, I’m Kay Burley and I’m reporting live from a stabbing in Hackney. So tell me, how are you feeling? Are these stab wounds quite painful? And sir, what about you? Can you tell us why you’re stabbing this man?

  84. 84
    cynic says:

    As communists why should they> they are just into wealth redistribution like Mr Millipede

  85. 85
    Dr Nuts says:

    Great idea – sink him as an artificial reef.

  86. 86
    Tom Watson MP says:

    Oi! If there’s any rumour-mongering to be done, I’ll be the one doing it!
    (Yeah, OK, I admit, it’s me you’re talking about, innit.)

  87. 87
    The "ya get me blud" brigade says:

    Credit to the bbc, they’re showing a realistic portrayal of an inner city blk teenage girl on eastenders: violent, illiterate, rude and skanky.

  88. 88
    Elsie Beattie (87 and a quarter) says:

    Young Mr. Savile was as jolly as they come, dear. He helped to put my hip out and then very kindly assisted in popping it back in.

  89. 89
    Dr Nuts says:

    He’d scheduled a nationwide hard tour.

  90. 90
    I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

    Cameron should have been planning that massive overhaul since 2005 and implementing it in May 2010. Everybody knew Labour were stuffing the Civil Service with incompetents. But nooooo. Dave decided to sit with his thumb up his arse hugging hoodies and huskies for 7 years and now it’s blown-up in his stupid face. Along with pretty much everything else he has or hasn’t done.

  91. 91
    anonymous says:

    WTF year did that happen, Elsie?

  92. 92
    Oberfeldwebel Johannes Schultz, Stalag XIII says:

    “Admit nothing, deny everything…”

    Always worked for me.

  93. 93
    nellnewman says:

    Well maybe bi. A man , who was 14 when he met sav ile has come forward to say he was abused. To date about 50 folks have come forward to say they were abused by this monster when they were children. The nukber is growing daily.

    And now of course there are allegations that a certain fre ddie st arr and gar y glit ter were also part of sav ile’s party

    I suspect the number will top a hundred.

    And the biased beeb will still keep saying they are squeaky clean which they clearly are not!!

  94. 94
    Dr Nuts says:

    Just a slight hitch – the election rigging didn’t go to plan!

  95. 95
    Traitors in our midst says:

    The footage outside the court showed English supporters of Hamza holding up placards and some of them using megaphones to declare their support for him. These disgusting c-unts should be deported for treason.

  96. 96
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Overze/alous M0d/b*t says:

    Cameron should have started planning that massive overhaul in 2005 and implemented it in May 2010. Everybody knew Labour were stuffing the Civil Service with incompetents. But nooooo. Dave decided to sit with his thumb up his a*rse and hug hoodies and huskies for 7 years and now it’s blown-up in his stupid face. Along with pretty much everything else he has or hasn’t done.

  97. 97
    The Paragnostic says:

    Subtracting fractions is part of the GCSE now, is it?

    Fuck me.

    We did that in primary school.

    O tempora, O morons…

  98. 98
    Elsie Beattie (87 and a quarter) says:

    Oh, I remember it well, dear. It was the day Mr. Chamberlain waved his hanky in the the air and proceeded to declared peace on Germany.

  99. 99
    Insider says:

    Sorry this is off topic but this SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT PETITION could be the

    end of the smoking ban.

    THIS IS THE PRESS RELEASE

    http://www.prlog.org/11990729-new-air-cleaning-technology-could-allow-indoor-smoking-says-campaign-group.html

  100. 100
    Captain Hook and the Temple of Kaboom says:

    Hamza’s lawyer said his client has a degenerative mental condition. Well, he’s right. It’s called being muslim.

  101. 101
    nellnewman says:

    Well he’s at a crossroads now – so he can either do something about it before next election or just keep swanning it- if he does that he’ll lose!!

  102. 102
    Dr Nuts says:

    Or…
    The financial modelling was supplied by the bidder, and they didn’t bother to check what the model was and just looked at the Bid Summary.
    The truth is inferred:
    – She had responsibility for checking the supplied submissions; she isn’t responsible for providing them!

    – She and her team members were responsible for checking the economic modelling used to determine the validity of the submitted tender; not for establishing any economic model

    – Likewise responsible for checking validity of the financial model; not establishing a financial model.

    Her words as suggested are to deny that she abrogated responsibilty for the things she wasn’t responsible for, just doesn’t mention what she is supposed to do!

  103. 103
    Airport Announcer says:

    Bing-bong

    ConAir are pleased to announce the departure of Flight 69 from RAF Mildenhall to Guantanamo Bay.

    Passengers joining this flight should now make their way to Gate 8 where the aircraft is waiting to depart.

    Please have your boarding passes ready, together the handcuffs that you were supplied with at check-in.

    We hope that you enjoy your flight

    Bing-bong

  104. 104
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Suits Mad ‘I shall destroy the Civil Service’ Frankie’s master plan…civil servants are useless…’Au Revoir Les mandarins’ (no slant on the Chinese intended!!)…alas, probably some of those that have been axed may have spotted the errors???

  105. 105
    Savvy Jamie says:

    In paradise eh, bring on the virgins.

  106. 106
    Insider says:

    PREVIOUS PETITIONS PE 1037 and PE 1042.

    They said it was too early for post legislative scrutiny.

    Health & Sport Committee Meeting 12 September 2007.

    http://archive.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/hs/or-07/he07-0302.htm#Col49

    Then what was this? ( 7 months earlier)

    Health Committee Meeting 6 February 2007.

    http://archive.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/health/papers-07/hep07-02.pdf

  107. 107
    The Paragnostic says:

    The real Dr Hook:

  108. 108
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Stupid M0d/b*t says:

    I believe, Sir, it’s actually the Scottish Executive, no matter what Alex Salm*ond and the BBC would have you believe.

  109. 109
    The Paragnostic says:

    Bollocks.

    Youtube embed code fucked, or maybe the Cotes du Rhone celebrating Hamza’s extradition is getting to my fingers.

    Just search for ‘freakers ball’.

  110. 110
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Isn’t she in charge of Freakonomics in Argie land??!!

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    I believe her, after accusations fabricated against me. Accusations that were actually impossible. Simply corrupt. Most will say what is expected of them, in return for a salary.

  112. 112
    Insider says:

    This is the link to the PETITION.

    PUBS, CLUBS AND BINGO HALLS should get their customers to sign it as well

    as those who oppose the nanny state.

    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/reviewofsmokingban

  113. 113
    Father O'Reilly says:

    Be jesus, I wished he were still alive.

    I could hear his confession about fiddling with the wee kiddies – and knock one out at the same time . . .

  114. 114
    Abu Hamburger a few days from now says:

    My botty hurts!

  115. 115
    If only.. says:

    Bing bong. On behalf of myself and the other flight crew, I would like to welcome you aboard Flight 69 from RAF Mildenhall to Guantanamo Bay. We are now at our cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, and we are halfway across the Atlantic.

    When I say “we”, I actually mean “you”, because I and the rest of the crew are controlling this plane remotely, from Texas. We will now be putting the plane into a steep and irreversible dive into the sea.

    We hope you enjoy your descent.

    PS: there are no controls in the cockpit.

    PPS: your friends and families are in the luggage hold.

  116. 116
    Postman Prat says:

    Nor mine.

  117. 117

    OMFG!

    OMFG!

    OMFG!

    Has anyone Google imaged Kate Mingay here yet? I have.

    OMFG!

    I do not recommend it to anyone. I would not touch it with Abu Hamza’s on the end of a long hook.

    OMFG!

  118. 118
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum
    I smell the hand
    of common purpose
    marxist commie
    zioloon duped scum.

  119. 119
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Ffs they were trying to predict inflation and passenger numbers in 15 to 20 year’s time. They don’t need Oxbridge trained bureaucrats but need the likes of Mystic Meg.

    Any predictions so far in advance are bound to be finger in the air stuff.

  120. 120
    Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

    We could send Gordon Brown there ?

  121. 121

    It is so ineffable that they don’t bother effing it any more…

  122. 122
    Dianne (west indian mothers love their children) Fatwat says:

    Katy Minge Jobsworth.

    Now and try a POSITIVE account, so defensive!

  123. 123
    Lard Pressclott - Laughing Policeman in waiting says:

    Mingay the minger ……Dept of Transport…I didn’t, did I ???

  124. 124

    O tempora, O mores – Oh Times, Oh Morgan!

    With a nod to Flanders and Swann.

  125. 125
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Dr Nuts – all Prime Mentalists have been lying to and decieving the public for decades. It is not a matter of one Party being more honest than another party – they’ve ‘all’ been having a right old good laugh at the public.

    BTW – I corrected your wrong, wrong – sp mistake on a blog of yesterday you were in fact correct the first time you posted the word ‘your’ against your self correction to You’re. Ho Hum. WTF would I know eh?

  126. 126

    Mingay. What a name to conjure with. One could write a thesis on it.

  127. 127
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Nothing to see here, move along…………..

  128. 128
    Expat Geordie says:

    An ex-girlfriend had the misfortune of encountering Mr St@r r and his entourage in a Bournemouth club in the early/mid 80’s. (I believe Glíttér was doing his New Years Eve Glíttérbáll Parties in Bournemouth at about the same time).

    Anyway, Mr St@r r was apparently extremely obnoxious, foul mouthed and expected young women (girls?) to just fall at his feet and jump straight into bed with him. My ex, and her mate, advised him where to go in no uncertain and very Anglo Saxon terms, and according to her he was quite put out and got rather aggressive.

    It’s the same with any “special” group, páédós, muzzies, etc. If you treat them as special and give in to them all the time, they expect everyone to treat them asspecial and give in to them all the time.

  129. 129
  130. 130
    This the Age of Consent says:

  131. 131
    Knobsworth says:

    I bet you were a goer in your time…

  132. 132
    Engineer says:

    @ Corrie L’Anus – the comment was made about civil servants (meddling with things they do not understand, and not consulting people who do understand). The nation’s energy policy is another topical example.

    Politicians of all stripe may also be incompetent, but they are not under discussion this time.

  133. 133
    Just Noticed says:

    Talking of mingers, I notice that Mrs Balls – Cooper, who was giving it large on Hamza and was all over the BBC a few months back, is very quiet this evening.

    She was shooting her mouth off at Teresa May’s inability to extradite Hamza, but May has managed something that Cooper and her mates never did.

    Care to reflect on your hysterical statements, Mrs Balls?

  134. 134
    Jimmy says:

    You’re becoming as interesting as jgm2

  135. 135
  136. 136
    whippersnapper2 says:

    Was that Kate minge or Kate whinge we are talking about here? I think we should be told.

  137. 137
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Try loo king at the police commissioner elections in the UK. Here’s a theory – The Dirty PTB have their ‘compromised’, ‘entrapped’ and ‘blackmailed’ – puppets in place to be elected.

    We the public need to be very wary of the Electoral Commission and in particular “its Officers” – because postal vote rigging is rife in the UK and has been for at least the past 15 years.

    Too many people own too many second homes in certain areas of the UK – are their votes being doubled up here and there?

    Labour twats go to Venezuela to be “independent monitors” – do me a ‘fing favour.

  138. 138
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    So she has come from the Private Sector as a ‘high-flyer’ then??? Hence, her defending her role/behaviour so publicly…and unlike the oft timorous civil servants…I am beginning to think that Public Sector/Private Sector debate is at an end…we are just shite at most stuff…that bloke from Locog excepted and Hague’s old judo catomite of course!!

  139. 139
    whippersnapper2 says:

    Covering up what ? Her minge?

  140. 140
    Dianne (west indian mothers love their children) Fatwat says:

    Move along now. Nothing to see here.

  141. 141
    nellnewman says:

    So what is cameron going to do about the corrupt paedophiliac beeb?

    What more evidence does he need that this leftwing biased state broadcaster is just so completely disenfranchised by savile & pals crimes???!!!

    Time to sell best bits of beeb off and get rid of state broadcasting. It is an abomination in a proper democracy!

  142. 142
    Dr Nuts says:

    Thanks.

    Rest assured, I am well aware of what I don’t know – and spend exhaustive hours trying to make up the deficiency. Sadly that only proves I know even less.

    Ignorance is bliss – guess that explains most Politicians.

  143. 143
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Looney M0d/b*t says:

    I you turn “safe search” off, and scroll down a couple of rows, there’s a nice monochromatic photograph of a delightful young lady in her under*wear.

    I just thought I’d mention it.

  144. 144
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Noted -Thank you for tightening my bolts!! (-;

  145. 145
    nellnewman says:

    So what is cameron going to do about the corrupt p ae dop hilia c beeb?

    What more evidence does he need that this leftwing biased state broadcaster is just so completely disenfranchised by sa vile & pa ls cri mes???!!!

    Time to sell best bits of beeb off and get rid of state broadcasting. It is an ab omi nation in a proper dem o crac ry!

    Reply

  146. 146
  147. 147
    Dr Nuts says:

    As I expressed earlier today.
    Lab MPs are going to Venezuela to learn the mistakes of Birmingham 2005 and roll-out nationally.

    They got caught, then lost power, that cannot be allowed to continue as a trend!

  148. 148
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Ps…you fancy the ‘Plebmeister General’s’ job in Mitchell’s stead in Brum tomorrow spanner man??!!

  149. 149
  150. 150
    The Erudite Mrs Ballsup says:

    Shut your face, y’ BASTARD!

    Anyway, me and Ed are busy fiddling our expenses. It’s so bloody hard now. It’s SO UNFAIR!

    I’ll put this down as “work, Friday night” and charge double time. Ed will too. Brill. That’s the evening’s wine paid for.

  151. 151
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And wearing red braces at a labour lawyers’ fringe meeting ain’t exactly a strong point either you scumbag, duplicitous, legalese practising low-life [Ref to Buff Hoon] 5hite now pretending to have been suffering from depression!

    Oh didn’t you also cover up moves and lawful attempts to out the freemasons throughout the upper echelons of High (as kites) society?

  152. 152
    Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

    Thank you for the compliment !

  153. 153
    Aunty Matter says:

    I’ve just been watching the Thick of it. I read this and I think I’m still watching it.

  154. 154
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    At least she can scratch hers!!

  155. 155
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Overze/alous M0d/b*t says:

    The “best bits of the BBC”.. that, Sir, will be a three-pipe problem but when I solve it, I’ll buy it!

    If you’ve got change for a twenty-pound note.

  156. 156
    Expat Geordie says:

    Which means that 58 million people DIDN’T march against the Iraq war. And if I remember rightly there were a lot of Socialist Shirker placards at those demonstrations. A lot of people, rightly, take the view that if “Socialist Workers” support something then it must be something that they should be against.

    I supported the war, not because of the dodgy dossier or 45 minute warnings, but because it was the right thing to do. I still support the war. What absolutely appalls me is that the superb military victory achieved in 2003 could be thrown away so quickly by a lack of planning on the American part (“we don’t do nation building” – so WTF are you doing there?) and a lack of resources on the British part (thanks Gordon the Moron). Blair refusing to sack Brown cost British soldiers their lives!

    We, the western powers, won in Iraq in the medium term, recruiting our own Iraqi militia and destroying Al-Queda via British and US special forces. However the unwillingness of ANY US administration, and British Labour governments to conduct long term military operations, means that in the long term those victories achieved will be reversed.

  157. 157
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Some material could in fact possibly maybe be found at the CPS offices in South Wales – where ‘missing files’ were found Re: the Lynette White Murder cover up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! leading to the highly dubious ‘collapse’ of the recent trial of eith ex coppers at Swansea.

    P.S. – I hope plod have searched every Lodge in the vicinity of April Jones’ hometown.

  158. 158
    Dr Nuts says:

    Indeed,
    I have not been involved in briefing Department for Transport ministers or other government ministers in respect of this project.

    The scape goat argument stands –
    either – the Goverment is not in control whatsoever, with a civil service operating without any supervision.
    – the reporting Civil Servant isn’t taking the blame based on personal incompetence, s/he only reported what was told to her/him without understanding what s/he was reporting. The buck was passed down the line to most competent member of the Civil Service who instead of being promoted, to replace the most senior proven incompetent, got the blame.

  159. 159
    Expat Geordie says:

    Students having a vote at home and at university/college is worth having a look at as well. I remember one lefty at my poly getting drunk and telling me that he voted at home, at poly, and at his granny’s.

  160. 160
    Save nells k y boa d says:

    do yo u ha ve an y ke y bords for sal e nell?

  161. 161
    Captn P says:

    How can you be the head of “Commercial and Technical Services” and deny that you had any responsibility for financial modelling on a bid?

    She has probably been on the sick for the last year.

    Fcking useless the lot of them.

  162. 162
    Aunty Matter says:

    Problem is kiddie fiddling is common in the political classes, the media and the police. So nothing will happen. That’s how Savile and others got away with it.

  163. 163
    Southern Softy says:

    Sorry – bit of a diverson. Did you hear “The News Quiz” tonight. Panel packed with BBC lefty scum – Jeremy Fucking Hardy etc. Just paid my licence which piises me off. Thank Christ for Sky.

  164. 164
    David B says:

    Sound like a typical civil service project – no one is responsible for anything

  165. 165
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    How the Bbbc would do the same ‘piece’.

    Madam are you feeling the pain of the Tory cut’s and Osborn’s mishandling of the deficit, along with that stab wound? (cut-away to picture of Cameron dinking Champagne, then back to close up of woman’s face in agony) and you sir are you angry at the Tories selling off the NHS and cutting public services, and find your only way to show your anger at this Tory led government is to stab this woman? (cut away to picture of M Thatcher).

  166. 166

    For words with an “e” sound:

    i before e except after c with these exceptions:

    codeine, plebeian, heinous, prescient, seize, sheik, weir, weird

  167. 167
    Expat Geordie says:

    We’ve got one of those in Bournemouth. Trust me, you don’t want another. It’s eroded all the sand from Boscombe Beach.

  168. 168
    nellnewman says:

    OK so jimmy and his 2 pals and islington council and margarethodge and the beeb are going to get off scot free are they?

  169. 169
    Dianne (west indian mothers love their children) Fatwat says:

    My husband and I were very pleased to make our conference speeches. Lasagne, Ed?

  170. 170
    Expat Geordie says:

    Hamza is liable to enjoy it.

  171. 171
  172. 172
    Mike Handycock says:

    The biggest problem with kiddy-fiddling, from the perspective of the political class, is finding enough kiddies to fiddle.

  173. 173
    albacore says:

    A crossroads? Ain’t that where you bury the undead?
    Sounds the ideal spot for Cameron and Red Ed
    Mind you, though, I suppose, for accuracy’s sake
    They’d be better classified as hardly awake

  174. 174
    Captn P says:

    My personal experience when I did some work on a large NHS project was quite simple.

    All of them were utterly useless from the top down. This very mistaken idea that these people are professional is very mistaken indeed.

    The head of the Department was a disguised employee tax dodger and the rot just spread from there. For every management position there was Group Director, Deputy Group Director, Director and Deputy Director. Between the four of them they couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag.

    The solution, Hire an Accenture consultant on 5K a day to produce documents and load the department with seat warmers. So the NHS was paying this guy 1.1M a year, but amazingly he was bringing home 5M a year in bonuses and share options. Wonder were he made up the difference?

    The Civil service needs a complete over hall, but I’m sure that won’t happen any time soon.

  175. 175

    No such luck!

    I ended up with a picture of Nick Buckles…

  176. 176
    Dr Nuts says:

    The tautololgy! – she gets to scratch her balls?

  177. 177
    Captn P says:

    Sorry about the shitty spelling and grammar .. A bit of rage typing …

  178. 178
  179. 179
    License-fee free since 1999 says:

    Thank God they don’t actually bother chasing you if you don’t pay the license fee.

  180. 180

    Jimmy got his concrete overcoat after he died. Pity.

  181. 181
    Expat Geordie says:

    “We’ll be hanging up the traitors on the Siegfried line
    We’ll be hanging up the traitors Mother, dear…”

    Oh, I do wish.

  182. 182

    The boy Yvette is rumoured to be well hung and if not the case, should be.

  183. 183
    nellnewman says:

    OK so the 3 men implicated in jimmy’s child abuse rampage are jimmy, fre dd y st ar r and gl itt er.

    The police Are investigating aren’t they?!!

    And the Police are looking at the beeb’s role as Pimps in all of this ??!!

    And Leveson is going to incorporate this scandal into his remit isn’t he??!

  184. 184
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Looney M0d/b*t says:

    Are you sure? I’ve just rechecked, and it’s Kate Moss. And not only that, but the pictures that follow are crammed full of totty.

    (if you’re using quotation marks around “Kate Mingay”, remove them..)

  185. 185
    Expat Geordie says:

    Although their headed paper says “Scottish Government”. Cheeky bastards.

    I see that Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont says that the “Scottish Government” may have to look at all the things that it gives away free at English expense as the money is running out.

    The SNP have called her a “Tory”.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  186. 186

    Yvonne. have you not seen the poll which states that 90% of the population thinks the deficit is being reduced?

  187. 187
    Expat Geordie says:

    We used to call it InterShitty.

  188. 188
    Anonymous says:

    Why are we still having to put up with the likes of Milliband, Balls, Yvette, Hattie etc ? its a disgrace that they are still being inflicted on us after the debacle that was the last Labour Government,and Balls has the nerve to say what does it take for a Conservative to be sacked!

  189. 189
    Anonymous says:

    So did she have ANY responsibility for anything? She was on a £135K salary so I assume she did more than make the tea.

  190. 190
    Expat Geordie says:

    That’s got to be Top Gear (very capitalist, it’s the only part of the BBC that make a profit) and Lucy Worsley.

    Yes, I know that she is, or was, a self confessed marzist, but come on, you would, wouldn’t you?

  191. 191

    I have seen it now!

    How awful…………………………………………………………….

  192. 192
    Tachybaptus says:

    What on earth is Sherlock Holmes doing with ‘safe search’ switched on in the first place? Solving crimes against politeness?

  193. 193
    Gonk says:

    Watch the Ninth Gate instead. Rather good.

  194. 194
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Looney M0d/b*t says:

    It’s indubitably rife within the organisation. Consider Bagpuss. Did you never wonder why he was always so tired? No doubt as a result of multiple liaisons with that poor girl, Emily. Doubtless her cries were masked by the sound of the mice on the mouse-organ shouting “heave! heave!”. Shouting their words of encouragement to Bagpuss!

    Case closed, I’m off for a beer.

  195. 195
    With great power comes great bank balances says:

    She takes full responsibility for spending that money but thats as far as it goes.

  196. 196
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    This is a very brave lady. The last civil servant to stand up to the politicians ended up having his wrist cut in a remote field…….

  197. 197
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone using a term like zioloon makes them seem unbalanced and prejudiced.

  198. 198
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Bat-Faced Nonjobber says:

    I incorrectly deduced that she was responsible for brightening up the office as a piece of eye-candy, flashing her hooters around and generally making her boss’s life that much more pleasant. BUT, as my dear friend Schroedinger’s Cat points out, far above in this thread, Ms Mingay is, how shall I put it, not exactly a looker.

  199. 199
    Someone in the know says:

    If she is Director of Commercial then she probably heads the division which oversees the multitude of small to medium sized commercial contracts which the department has with suppliers. And her division is probably meant to be the “centre of excellence” for the procurement (i.e. CIPS) personnel in the department who oversee these contracts.
    But the WCML is a massive £9 billion lifecycle project and it would have been set up elsewhere in the department with a bespoke team. I expect that this team would have been led by consultants brought in from whoever the department’s favourite consultancy currently is. So it could be Accenture or PWC or Deloitte, and the team would have been augmented by specialists from the railway industry as well as other SMEs, e.g. legal, accountants, etc. As it was primarily a procurement project, with an ITT etc. its likely that all the “guilty” parties have already exited (the project was initiated in January 2011 so the main evaluation and bid phases probably completed by March 2012), at the end of the 2011/12 fiscal year.
    So I suspect that this lady and those in her division have been left holding the baby, i.e, the consequences of flawed processes scoped by the original project. And the consultants who originally failed to do all those basic things during the specification and evaluation phases of the project, such as validate parameters such as RPI etc. have walked away from the project scott-free.
    The civil service is not organised, and civil servants are not incentivised, either by pay or progression to handle large scale complex programmes of change. The civil service exists to administer existing bureaucratic processes set in stone. If central government wants to drive large scale change successfully then this should be done outside of departmental boundaries, and programme managers appointed to build their own teams with all the resources required to deliver to the agreed objective. And these projects should have budgets entirely separated from departmental budgets to prevent CS interference. If you want an example, look no further than the London Olympics.

  200. 200
    I don't need no doctor says:

    No one is ever responsible, it’s never anyone’s fault.
    No one gives a stuff.

  201. 201
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Amateurishly-faked Suicide says:

    Pah! If his wrist was cut, why was there no blood?

  202. 202
    Expat Geordie says:

    According to social services up there being a prozzie is a lifestyle choice. Although aged 23 I would have thought that she was a bit old for that.

  203. 203
    Air Trafic Controller says:

    ConAir 69…Mildenhall Tower…

    Cleared to depart to GITMO, runway two-niner…turn left heading two-seven-zero…

    Cleared to Flight Level 300…once over the sea you may disembark your cargo…have a good flight….over.

  204. 204
    Dispatcher says:

    Thanks buddy! Willco!

  205. 205
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I think the correct question is “if he cut his own wrist why was there no blood?”.

  206. 206
    Expat Geordie says:

    Marzist? Marxist for crying out loud. Perhaps I should try typing this in Word first so that I can spell check it.

  207. 207
    Nell, - you speak wise words, but you, like many, are doomed to disappointment says:

    The rich and powerful – as always – have a nice time, and some are lucky – all the time..

  208. 208
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    This gets better. She is loaded (lives in £6m house) and is married to a top lawyer. The smell of huge and deeply embarrassing lawsuits pending is almost overwhelming. Only this bunch of tossers could attempt to fit up a scapegoat without first checking whether she has the ability to fight back.

  209. 209
    R.U.Shaw says:

    We had to pay her so much money to ensure that she wasn’t poached by the private sector……

  210. 210
    Expat Geordie says:

    You think that you are joking. As a kid Bagpuss used to scare the crap out of me. Even now I think that it is rather dark.

  211. 211
    Baldy says:

    Yes. If she had simply stated there was no fault in her work then that would be a clear position. Tiptoe statements imply that there is some concealment of the true position.

  212. 212
    Not me guv says:

    OK, if she’s not responsible then what is the purpose of a Director of Commercial and Technical Services? Overpaid and needless Pilgrim if this was not part of the job.

  213. 213
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Was it the ‘mouse organ’? Minnie was scared of that too – you are not alone bonnie lad!!

  214. 214
    Baldy says:

    Some jobsworth won’t let him travel cause he doesn’t pass the metal detector!

  215. 215
    Incapable Vince says:

    A six million pound house ?! Bring on my Mansion Tax !!!

    Get me Ed Balls on the phone. Whoooooopppeee !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  216. 216
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Responsibilty diminishes the higher up one gets in an organisation, however monetary reward increases the higher up one gets.

  217. 217
    Baldy says:

    Understandable (both meanings).

  218. 218
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Does that mean she will get a cheque for £40,000, along with Ed Miliband?

  219. 219
    Jimmy @45 degrees says:

    I gave a stuff.

  220. 220
    Tell him not to eat me says:

    Eek! I’m a 12-year-old hamster and I don’t taste nice.

  221. 221
    BBC - you must pay us to watch other TV channels says:

    We are appalled at the allegations – we’re the BBC so just shut up, we decide what’s news.

  222. 222
    Yvette says:

    I’m game.

  223. 223
    Mickey Flatner says:

  224. 224
    Expat Geordie says:

    That and “Professor Yaffle”. He just didn’t seem too, healthy, if you get my drift. There was some wierd stuff on for kids in the 70’s, but Bagpuss was in a league of its own.

  225. 225
    CAROL VODAPHONE says:

    It’s pretty obvious that she is the fall guy to cover up for the minister/s involved
    rather like the Aid that took the fall for the Hunt Cameron Osborne Coulson Murdoch saga

    Gob shut , nice pay off , slip back in through the back door when the heat dies down

  226. 226
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    I don’t think any English person would ever support that racist thug.

  227. 227
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Maybe the last thing Hamza ever does will be to play air guitar to Sweet Home Alabama (oh sweet home, baby). It’s a nice thought.

  228. 228
    HenryV says:

    That is ageist.

    Lefty political elites do well out of Eastern Europe. Au pairs, plumbers, builders, and whores all at cut prices. Bulk discount if bought (in) in groups of 500,000 or more.

  229. 229
    HenryV says:

    Because if she didn’t not do the job we would have to pay a man not to do the job.

    We need to have equality in the workplace and share the non-blame equally. Of course being an oppressed women she will be blamed less than equally and probably get a more than equal pay off.

  230. 230
    The Paragnostic says:

    My favourite bit of Flanders’ introductions goes something like:

    “Our local council is strictly non-political – they’re all Conservatives”

    It’s well worth digging out the old LPs and playing them on the gramophone, especially if you fit a new needle ;-)

  231. 231
    HenryV says:

    House point for your user name. :)

  232. 232
    HenryV says:

    Sarah-Jane looks edible.

  233. 233
    Madison Bumgarner says:

    No, no; Arnold Shufflewick at the Ministry of Guesswork is the guy to ask.

  234. 234
    Ivan Agenda says:

    Could she be a Labour placewoman fiddling the figures?

  235. 235
    Mind the Gap now says:

    I suspect that the whole shebang was “outsourced” to a bunch of crony/phony “Consultants” who had not the faintest idea how to run a railroad.

  236. 236
    soapy says:

    The usual example is “ceiling”.

    … and the usual rejoinder is “science”.

  237. 237
    Mind the Gap says:

    I still think it was a crony Consultant’s cock up.

  238. 238
    Methusalah says:

    Para – so did we. You must be as old as me then!

  239. 239
    Mind the Gap says:

    So then, as I said above – we return to crap crony Consultants.

  240. 240
    Mind the Gap says:

    Alby, we already have enough Sleepers within the Common Purpose infested Civil Service

  241. 241
    Mind the Gap says:

    Yup, another crony consultant buried deep in the woodwork.

  242. 242
    non viewer says:

    Related to the producer perhaps?

  243. 243
    twaaannggg says:

    That hook will come in handy for plucking his cell mate’s G string/spot

  244. 244
    repetitive repetitive repetitive says:

    That is not tautology – it’s double entendre.

  245. 245
    Blue Moony says:

    Have you ever noticed that there is only one female Smurf? Owza bowt that then?

  246. 246
    Blue Moony says:

    Eggs actly!

  247. 247
    Mind the Gap says:

    Sorry mate, I’ve just got down this far in the thread, but several times above I have said that it was the crony Consultants who were to blame and not this lady who has been royally shafted by incompetent “others”. She should (figuratively speaking) sue the pants off those really responsible.

  248. 248

    I am most grateful to you, soapy. Ceiling is certainly another exception but science does not need to be as it does not have the “e” sound.

  249. 249
    Wattock Hunt says:

    She asked for an explanation of double entendre so I gave her one.

  250. 250
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    None of this would have happened if we’d stuck with British Rail.

  251. 251
    Jess The Dog says:

    She clearly has nothing to lose!

    Don’t be labelled a high-flyer: it ensure the guns are pointed skyward.

    I wonder if she was getting her salary through PAYE or as a payment to a company.

  252. 252
    What a bunch of...average jobsworths says:

    So the Director of commercial and technical services has nothing whatsoever to do with commercial or technical activities: thats a new one. Maybe I have this wrong but procurement of technical services such as rail transport is a commercial activity. Of course this is the civil service, no one is actuallybdirectly resposnible for anything.

  253. 253
    now then now then now then says:

    i only work ‘ere mate

  254. 254
    What was that about? says:

    what about finger bobs! (the original version) Baldy, beardy weirdo in a polo-neck.

  255. 255
    Roderic Llançol i de Borja says:

    In my time I liked young women, many of them, they used to kiss the ring on my finger and call me Papa, I had one favourite and had 4 children by her, but there were others, it looks as if things had not changed in the 20th Centuary there were many of the lower orders doing what I used to do.

  256. 256
    English Heretic says:

    must remember that line! +1

  257. 257
    Closet Queen says:

    You cannot begin to understand our sense of disappointment upon hearing these vile allegations against Sir Jimmy, because we always thought so dear!

  258. 258
    Ivor the Engine says:

    Did anybody have responsiblity for the contract? I one thing these ‘civil servants’ seem to be very good at, is doing nothing while appearing to do something and then dodging from under the fan when the proverbial starts to fly. Truely teflon people.

  259. 259
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Never had a TV licence in my life. Beat that.

    How? Simples: never owned a telly (and never had one in the house).

    You should try it.

  260. 260
    Freddie Fraudster says:

    Bit rich comment from Ed. Is there was any justice he’d have walked the plank years ago for his role in wrecking the whole economy not just a poxy bid

  261. 261
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    To bring an unaccustomed degree of calmly rational decision-making to DfID?

  262. 262
    Who'd ever want to see last week's charts? says:

    Hard to imagine now, but data storage of any kind used to be a technological marvel.

    If the Apollo spacecraft flew to the moon with less memory than a Pound Shop calculator, could you imagine not rotating which video tape was used for each week’s Top of the Pops on a monthly cycle?

    What’s astonishing is that any of them survived/got sneaked out of the gate by VT engineers at all

  263. 263
    The Golem says:

    I still believe Cameron and his cronies are working as caretakers. Considerable
    effort continues to be put into ensuring a lack of a Conservative majority at the next general election – if we’re allowed to have one.

  264. 264
    now then now then now then says:

    is she over 16?

  265. 265
    G Brown educated exPM says:

    overhaul

  266. 266
    Any Mouse says:

    It sounds to me as if this Civil Servant is the traditional sacrificial lamb, while the high priced consultant who screwed it up, while taking serious amounts of taxpayer money, walks quietly out of the building. One of the main reasons I am glad to be out of the SCS.

  267. 267
    Blowing Whistles says:

    SC – let he who is without grammatical sin – cast the first stone. It was the content – stoopid – not a minor faux pas in the spelling – but thanks for the lesson in diversity. Sancitimonous old git.

  268. 268
    Blowing Whistles says:

    An ambiguous statement – define the ‘anyone’ you mean in the context of your statement?

  269. 269
    The inexplicable jimmykins says:

    i’m just a little whiffer

  270. 270
    The inexplicable jimmykins says:

    you can get away with anything if you’re a mate of tony’s


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Dan Hodges on Labour unity

“We’ve heard a lot over the past few years about how Miliband has united Labour. But he has not united Labour. He has pacified Labour. He has placed it into a medically induced coma following the trauma of the party’s 2010 defeat.”


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