October 11th, 2012

Maude Pours Cold Water on Chief Whip Rumour
Wants to Get On With Reforming Job at Cabinet Office

Francis Maude has kicked back at the speculation he could be moved to replace Andrew Mitchell imminently. Tonight’s Standard reports:

“Senior minister Francis Maude is being tipped to replace disgraced Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip amid growing pressure on David Cameron to fire the man who allegedly called a police officer a “pleb”. Mr Maude, who served as a junior whip under Margaret Thatcher between 1985 and 1987, is Cabinet Office Minister and Paymaster General with responsibility for making Whitehall more efficient.”

But a Cabinet Office source just told Guido:

“Francis wants to get on with the job of civil service reform and this government’s focus on efficiency and transparency. The Prime Minister made a very clear decision to keep him where he is at the reshuffle.”

It sounds like he could dig in if Cameron fires the trigger on Mitchell, as many are speculating he will tomorrow…


50 Comments

  1. 1
    • 17
      A Pleb says:

      Bye Mitchell,can’t say it’s been a pleasure.Never mind there’s plenty of African despots to suck up to.I bet it’s a nice little earner.

    • 22
      Jake says:

      He calls the Police plebs, and tells them to know there f…ing place and our PM still supports him.
      The report below from the Tory Telegraph says it all

      £9k for cleaning
      £220 gardening
      Altogether he ripped off us, the people, to the tune of £19 grand.

      Having got away without prosecution and imprisonment the sleazy swine is now the new chief Whip, and wait for it “Parliamentary Secretary to The treasury”. I wonder how they get away with it. No doubt he will be safegiuarding his own treasury well. Slimeball grade one.

      MPs’ expenses: Andrew Mitchell claimed over £19,000 on cleaning, decorating and gardening
      Andrew Mitchell, a Conservative frontbencher who is in charge of the party’s policy on alleviating world poverty, claimed £19,000 for cleaning, redecorating and furnishing his West Midlands constituency home and garden.
      Mr Mitchell also claimed more than £9,000 for cleaning and maintaining the garden at the property, including a £220 bill for “gardening and shrubbery removal”.Commons rules state that MPs cannot claim for “furnishings or fittings which are antique, luxury or premium grade” and spending must be “wholly, exclusively and necessarily” for work as an MP.
      Last night, Mr Mitchell said: “The £2,000 monthly rate that I claim is less than the cost that I have incurred maintaining my second home and is less than the amount I would have been entitled to claim.”
      He added that the costs for gardening were purely for maintenance and, in the nine years since he bought the house, it had been necessary to carry out “repairs, redecorations and renewals” and to buy “a small amount of furniture”.
      All items delivered to London were sent to Sutton Coldfield, he said

      • 26
        Anonymous says:

        He was just doing his bit by giving poor people jobs. Hope the people who had the misfortune to work for him start tilling his story.

        Why cannot MPs stay in a bed and breakfast or a pub? If public is paying for these houses public should own it.

        • 30
          Pleb says:

          Put them in fucking dog kennels

          • Keith Vazeline says:

            He,s not coming near any dogs of mine,He,d be calling them fucking mongrels and curs and demanding they open the kennel doors so he can get his bike in.

        • 41
          Bri says:

          The plod ignoring Jimmy Saville abusing little girls for decades but that’s OK when they can threaten a guy with arrest for wanting to go through the wrong gate, I would call them worse than plebs. I’ve no time for Mitchel, he’s a twat but lets get it in perspective here.

    • 35
      Jerry Can says:

      Mad Frankie is just pouring petrol on the flames.

    • 39
      Fish says:

      But if only he’d fucked kiddies, he’d have been safe…the BBC wouldn’t have been interested in him.

    • 46
      Anonymous says:

      Nice photo – what do you call a collection of cvnts?

  2. 2
    keredybretsa says:

    There has to be an immediate reformed plebiscite.

  3. 3
    dog says:

    Cameron would be mad to move mad Frankie Maude, he scares the bejeezus out of contractors and the civil service. Oops my mistake I assumed sanity in Cameron.

  4. 4
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Mitchell is history.

    Hurrah!

  5. 7
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Millionairebad says “Is Mitchell a millionaire, I know I am, whoops”.

  6. 8
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Not heard anything from Wee Dougie Alexander, since Brillo ripped him to pieces over Ed Millionaireband’s lies over the £40k cheques. Poor Wee Dougie is not a good enough labour liar.

  7. 11
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Dave has appalling taste in character judgement.

    Mitchell, the pleb hating toff, will survive to humiliate Cameron at a later date.

    Mitchell should go for his wasting of billions of “our money” at DFID.

  8. 15
    Jimmy says:

    You can see his point. The Paymaster General post has been in the Maude family for generations.

  9. 19
    Labour voters are sick in the Ed says:

    Leave mad Frankie Maud where he is. Anyone who can stop these Union leeches from bleeding the tax payers dry is OK with me. As for the Leiber trolls on this site moaning that he isn’t doing things quickly enough, let me tell them that he’s moving at the speed of light compared to Militw*ts lot, who are owned lock, stock & barrel by the Unions.

  10. 20
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Frankie would be better placed reforming the Spineless Wonder’s Cabinet…I can thing of some dead wood that would be most welcome for Bonfire Night…and there is plenty in the shadow too…some woodworm riddled furniture to start with eg.
    Villers – wouldn’t put her in charge of a cart (and not a £40 million one!!)
    Alexander – sudden death oak syndrome anyone?
    Hunt – woodlice already on the case
    Grayling – grrrowl baldie… put that pathetic attempt at a truncheon down
    Mitchell – woodentop..sort of apt..and surprised not used in his invective
    Lansley – a rotten plank has more charisma
    Archer oops Shapps I mean – a treasure chest made of veneer
    Cleggers – lost in a forest of his own sincerity
    Cable – the box is ready

    …and that’s without really trying..c’mon down Frankie!!

  11. 24
    leave me alone I'm dead. says:

    Did Mitchell know anything about the Jimm’ll fix it era?
    Ahhhhha.

  12. 29
    The savant says:

    Maude. secretly wants to be Scottish prime minister.

    Mad frankie goes to Holyrood

  13. 31
    PRU says:

    I want the Chief Whip to keep an eye on Ian Corby. He’s a toe rag.

  14. 33

    I want a job where I can get stuck in there and sort the buggers out.

  15. 36
    Larry Livingstone says:

    This is the only sensible idea to come out of the Conservative Party in ages .

  16. 40
    Disco Biscuit says:

    I heard a rumour that the Transport Secretary might get Mitchell’s job…

    • 50
      Anonymous says:

      Mitch is goin nowhere,he’s got new job lookin for an honest pleb,sorry that should be plod!

  17. 43
    Nigel Forrage says:

    They said : Don’t play our music.
    We said : Forqu I wont do what you tell me.


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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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