October 17th, 2012

Exclusive: Deputy Chief Whip John Randall ‘Threatens To Quit’

Guido understands that the Tory Deputy Chief Whip John Randall has threatened to resign if Andrew Mitchell does not jump. He is currently not returning Guido’s calls, but a senior Tory confirms that there is serious consternation in the Whips office and has indicated that Randall is not the only one considering radical action. Guido speculated about this earlier and the threat is said to have “not fizzled out”.

A possible safe pair of hands if Mitchell does go, Randall was very close to former Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin. Randall has form in walking on matters of principle: he resigned as an opposition whip in 2003. He is well regarded on the backbenches and Mitchell’s position would be untenable were he to go. Developing…

UPDATE: Looks like Tim Shipman has been doing a phone around:

UPDATE II: And within 15 minutes Sky are running with the story:


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Ferrets in a sack!

  2. 2
    les says:

    Going for the kill and the job! took him a while?

  3. 3
    a non says:


  4. 4
    Expat Geordie says:

    Go on, my son!

  5. 5
    Plato says:

    Cameron is making it much much worse. He could soon lose his deputy chief whip and a lot of authority, and then his chief whip, anyway.

    If Mitchell goes first, then Cameron will have ‘given in’.

    Not good…

  6. 6
    keredybretsa says:

    Don’t just threaten. Just GO.

  7. 7
    ÁC1 says:

    This is how to stimulate the economy, Not robbing savers via QE.


  8. 8
    Dave 'All I want is In In In' says:

    People just can’t walk out on me – it’s unforgivable!

  9. 9
    sekwaf odiug says:

    Mad Mitch would have to spend a lot less time the curry house knocking them back

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Can Cameron still claim to lead the conservative party?

  11. 11
    What did you expect ??? says:

    Gives “Dave” the necessary cover to sack Mitchell…NOT because he “lied” about incident but because he no longer commands support or respect of Tory MPs/Whips.

    However, Mitchell should do the decent thing and resign to save the party further embarassment

  12. 12
    sekwaf odiug says:

    Friends and enemies old boy, friends and enemies, what has he got on Dave

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Why can’t Mitchell do the decent thing and resign to spend more time with his family?

  14. 14
    Jimmy says:

    If that’s what the Deputy looks like I’m beginning to see why Butch wants to keep Mitchell.

  15. 15
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    errrrrr I think you will find that it is – Alexander Randall

  16. 16
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    He never did

  17. 17
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    errrr so, all those commentators from the Torygragh, Daily Mong, and numerous neo nuts stating that this story is a dead duck, and Ed is a fool to pursue it are wrong then.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Without whips we get more democracy. Hope all of them resign.

  19. 19
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    “””COVER””” Jesus, you are funny !!!

  20. 20
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    Something we always knew. Tories F8ucking ar*seholes. A bunch of childish numpties and muppets.

  21. 21
    Tat says:

    Definitely kosher.

  22. 22

    If the Chief Whip’s brain was the size of his ego he would offer to stand down if Ken Mackaill, chairman of the West Mercia Police Federation, also stood down for turning the matter into a political spat, something that should never happen with our police forces. Mitchell has at least apologised whereas Mackaill has become more strident.

    They are both pretty crummy IMO

    But that would let Mitchell’s party and leader off the hook and claim a scalp. If Mackaill refused to go then he will have been faced down as a hypocrite.

  23. 23
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    He looks like a kiddy fiddler. In that picture is he carrying a Lidl plastic shopping bag ????

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Lyn Brown and Labour seem to have been forgotten. No Labour MP threatened to quit over Lyn Brown – the double standards are breath taking on this issue:


  25. 25
    Tat says:

    It’s the Tories who want him out. The millionaire twerp Milliband is just a squeaky little voice in the background. Embarrassing innit.

  26. 26
    sekwaf odiug says:

    Dave is like a climber who is climbing a mountain, his fingers are getting numb with the cold, the atmoshere is very thin and he is suffering with altitude sickness, things are going very well for him poor chap.

  27. 27
    Tat says:

    But you are not. 😝

  28. 28
    Jimmy says:

    He looks like the sort of person who would have spent xmas at Chequers in the 80s.

  29. 29
    Fred Chawsser says:

    Is he just another bleedin’ Pilgrim?

  30. 30
    JH says:

    Hmmm, that’s a bit beardist. Not progressive and unbigoted at all.

    Shame on you.

  31. 31
    ÁC1 says:

    He’d meet more plebians then.

  32. 32
    Universal Hiss says:

    About time a no confidence vote was called.

    Put them all out of their misery(& ours too).

  33. 33
    Wimpy Bar says:

    What a bunch of thin skinned wimps. The guy lost his temper with the plod, he apologises and no one can move on!

  34. 34
    ÁC1 says:

    We’re sending Blunkett’s dog around to ‘ave ya.

  35. 35
    Selohesra says:

    If only Gordon had resigned first time he lost his temper

  36. 36
    ÁC1 says:

    BBC headline only mentions milli

  37. 37
    Man up and grow a pair says:

    Goodbye then!

  38. 38
    Wotta Tossa Brown Mark 2 says:

    Said the biggest wanker on the Planet !!

  39. 39
    Lord Wayne of mainly on the plain says:

    Love to see SKY stealing the story.
    I ll tune in to the BEEB tomorrow – they might have worked it out by then.

  40. 40
    bumboys and nonces says:

    The chance of a cun*t like Mitchell doing the decent thing are non-existent.

    Someone should drive a stake through the slimy little cun*t’s heart.

  41. 41
    bumboys and nonces says:

    A wife called Sharon.

    Really. what was he thinking?

  42. 42
    Lord Wayne of mainly on the plain says:

    BTW I loved John Randall in LITTLE BRITAIN

  43. 43
    The Libor party says:


    It’s the only ‘policy’ we’ve got – apart from ‘pre-distribution’ ( aka Communism )

  44. 44

    Whilst he is spending time on this supposedly resolved problem he is not catching crims which is what we pay him an awfully large amount of money from the public purse to do.

    So in many ways, yes.

  45. 45
    les says:

    Mitchell will stay – he is a tough as old boots and I tend to believe that he didn’t
    say the word pleb.

  46. 46
    FREDDY STARR ate my SISTER says:

    If Dave was a Man , he would have sacked him and shown strong leadership !

    But Dave the Mouse has no balls and has shown he is at the mercy of his MP’s

    Tail wagging the Dog springs to mind

  47. 47
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Sounds like the voice of experience: kiddy fiddling and the religion of piss go hand-in-hand, as it were.

  48. 48
    FREDDY STARR ate my SISTER says:

    so do i !
    I think he said “Fucking Pleb”

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Ed is a fool to pursue this,the Government is making some good progress in many areas, and all Ed can do is hound the chief whip out of office for losing his temper.The situation is even more farcical when you recall the Labour deputy PM punching a member of the public and Gordon throwing phones and calling pensioners bigots.But Ed has his priorities right, not.

  50. 50
    Joss Taskin says:

    Were you cleaning the Chequers bogs out in the 1980’s ?

  51. 51
    sekwaf odiug says:

    les, I think that its just you and yourself if you believe that.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    The police federation should never have been involved in this case, i really think its been a dreadful own goal, as when Hillsborough gets into full swing the Police will need all the support they can get.

  53. 53
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    He’s CofE idiot – not kosher indeed.

  54. 54
    sekwaf odiug says:

    Dave has balls, he has kids to prove it.

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    Looking at Cameron’s front bench on PMQ’s

    1) Michel – abuser of police
    2) Lansley – NHS destroyer
    3) Clegg – back stabber
    4) Cameron – enjoy the trappings of power nothing else
    5) An old man – finding it hard to set, could have piles
    6) Osborne – triple dip recession
    7) Clark – some where, pay and car nothing to do
    8) Hunt – Murdoch’s representative in cabinet

    It looks pathetic.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Dont be stupid, are you saying the PM is secretly pulling EDs strings and is enjoying every minute, give me strength !

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Is ED having some sort of breakdown still droning on about this ?

  58. 58
    pissed off voter says:

    heart ??

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    I think you mean Labour, surely ?

  60. 60
    Mark Oat'n says:

    Its character building.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    You seriously think the plod came up with the Billy Bunter / public school boy word ‘pleb’?

  62. 62
    Rat's arse says:

    Anon, agree entirely with you.

    Since when did the Police say who should be in the Government?

    Union meddling here, aided & abetted by Labour, who are the dirtiest they’ve ever been. I hate the feckers.

  63. 63
    Gooey Blob says:

    BBC correspondents have to have an inside knowledge of the way the Labour party works before they are given the job. This invariably means they have been – or still are – Labour arty members who only know how Labour work. None of them have a clue when it comes to anything other than left-wing politics.

  64. 64
    Aunty Matter says:

    Unemployment down and inflation down. Good news? Not at the BBC. Oh for the glory days of Gordon McFuckwit hey BBC?

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

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  66. 66
    Rat's arse says:

    Cat – well said, and what a great idea.

  67. 67
    Gooey Blob says:

    If you think that’s pathetic, turn around and look at the muppets on the other benches. Frightening to think what the left considers acceptable front-bench material these days.

    There simply isn’t a choice at the next election.

  68. 68
    Labour are off their Ed says:

    Message for no. 46…..Why should Dave sack him ? What’s it to you? Are you personally affected by all this, or just another Labour shyte stirrer ?

  69. 69
    pissed off voter says:

    It’s about attitude. Mitchell is following in the footsteps of Duncan, Spellman, etc, reinforcing the view that the tories are the nasty party. Cameron just does not appreciate how expensive that could be in votes or he would have dropped him immediately.

  70. 70
    The Guardian & BBC says:

    You may attack us, but we won’t fall. You may slander us, but we won’t retreat. You may try to destroy us, but we won’t be defeated. Onwards to victory! Excelsior!

  71. 71
    Gooey Blob says:

    The BBC reports doom and gloom because Nokia sales haven’t been doing too well of late. In fairness, this might be partly because Brown is no longer PM.

  72. 72
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Three million people are looking for a job in the UK and Cameron
    and his ” team ” as far as I can see have done nothing in the last seven days to improve the situation .

    So what happens today is that twat Mitchell is centre stage over whether he called a copper a pleb .

    I cannot make up my mind whether this whole affair is more pathetic than it is stupid .

    I think the copper concerned has to settle this once and for all with a public explanation as to what has happened .

    If this lot worked for me directly they would all be on P45s tonight and I wouldn’t give a monkeys about Human Rights and Employment Tribunals .

  73. 73
    All police are pigs says:

    If’ he’d said, “useless fucking pleb”, he’d have got it spot on.

  74. 74
    Why you should watch Taken 2 says:

    Taken 1: Hero killed dozens of albanian and arab muslim bad guys.

    Taken 2: Hero kills dozens more albanian and arab muslim bad guys.

  75. 75
    ÁC1 says:

    “NHS destroyer”
    If only they would, we might get some health and care.

    NHS is something that should’ve been torn down when the Berlin wall was toppled.

  76. 76
    ToonBert... says:

    Just wondering why Mitchell did not do the decent thing weeks ago…..

  77. 77
    John Randall says:

    I’m on my way to Number 10 right now.

  78. 78
    The joy of EU enslavement says:

    “Three million people are looking for a job in the UK ”

    Yup. And if Dave created three million jobs, 3 million unemployed Eurotrash would move here to claim them and we’d still have three million people looking for jobs.

    High unemployment PLUS high immigration.

    Dave can’t stop that. Which is, I imagine, why he doesn’t bother.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    I will be surprised that they are worse than this lot, then again this is what I thought about last lot.

    I cannot understand how we end up here. It seems its all about green energy, gay marriage, how to keep people at home and feed, foreign aid,etc. Nothing about economy and well paid jobs.

  80. 80

    Thanks Rat’s. It shows they don’t think out of the box IMO. Mitchell then might have been characterised as an honourable, if excitable, fellow and could have found his way back into a top slot after a decent interval, if he could have managed to control his tongue.

  81. 81
    Prone to Ranting says:

    Mitchell is an ejit, this had all but blown over and then he goes and takes Mili’s hook and comes out with a stupid comment at PMQs proving that he is unfit to be a chief whip.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    With what he did it will end up costing more for less service.

  83. 83

    Quite right. How far does one have to be able to see in front of one’s proboscis in order to become a police chief?

  84. 84
    Mrs May says:

    A policeman tasered a blind man when he mistook his white stick for a samurai sword.

    A witness took out his mobile phone to call an ambulance, but he was tasered for being in possession of a gun.

  85. 85
    nellnewman says:

    Exactly. But cameron looks weak by not taking control and sacking him early on.

  86. 86
    nellnewman says:

    hmm policeman with bad eyesight or not very observant. Either way he’s a pretty poor policeman!!

  87. 87
    Andrew Mitchell says:

    Shut it, you fucking plebs.

  88. 88
    Lord Wayne of mainly on the plain says:

    Well criticise the BEEB you may, but you cannot fault programming like Downtown Abbey and Take Me Out. Licence fee working hard.

  89. 89
    I hate the little shit says:

    No No No through the head

  90. 90
    Grant Mitchell says:

    Oi! I married a bird named Sharon– gits wot made the same joke you’re makin’ didn’t stay ‘elffy very long. (Although, in the long run, she turned out no more fayful than the uvva one, innit?)

  91. 91
    Plod says:

    Perhaps they were the same officers who couldn’t find that poor girl Tia Sharp lying dead in the loft after FOUR searches.

  92. 92
    Icarus says:

    Nah, he’d been walking round with that Taser for weeks – just wanted to try it out!

  93. 93
    Plod says:

    Speak up; we’re deaf as well as blind ( see 83 & 90 above )

  94. 94
    Jimmy says:

    Do all guidophiles regard manual work as something to sneer at?

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    I do not mind being called a pleb. What is wrong is that the caller thinks he is not a pleb. A short term position does not in anyway reflect a higher ranking due to birth.

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    We need a guy with the balls to use the same words to another police officer, with a camera crew and press around too of course, previously alerted to time and location, to see what the police officer does?

    I’m a coward so can’t do it! Any one want to offer?

    Suggest it’s done outside the railings to No 10 too. Oh and I suggest you have a bike too!!

    We could take bets for those who think the guy would actually be arrested because he isn’t the government chief whip!

  97. 97
    The Libor party says:

    This is a good day to bury bad news

  98. 98
    Bloody Big Skid Mark says:

    They all have no guts brain backbone or balls, they only have two organs.
    A mouth and Anus, both being interchangeable……….

  99. 99
    SAY IT LIKE IT IS says:

    Even a flea reproduces.

  100. 100
    Wotta Tossa Skid Mark 1 says:

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Who’s gonna find a fuckin pleb to do that!

    He should fuckin have much more fuckin important things to do ffs!

  102. 102
    Is Dave thick as a plank says:

    So he just talks a load of bollocks instead.

  103. 103

    Francois !!! My hero !

  104. 104
    Thrasher Mitchell says:

    A Message from the Tory Party…. Best you learn your f–––ing place. You don’t run this f–––ing government. You’re f–––ing plebs.

  105. 105
    Knob head Prescott says:

    I’d punch him in the mooey, me and me party nor the Bbbc wouldn’t say a dicky were labour we are so it’s all right and toney said it’s only me and thatcher wanted to close down the NHS so Ashcroft could make more millions and those toffs get all the posh croket mallets as . . ..

  106. 106
    Milly-Wanker fan says:

    Thick as two short planks you mean

  107. 107
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Now then we mustn’t say anything bad about the the NHS, the police or the BBC. They are the most trusted part of the establishment and must be worshipped at all times without question. Hence no mention of the BBC by the Liblabcon trio at PMQs. They are all pathetic specimens and are only voted into power by supine sheep.

    Just today a blind man was tasered for carrying an offensive white stick. He said he thought he was being attacked by thugs. He wasn’t wrong.

  108. 108
    SAY IT LIKE IT IS says:


  109. 109
    ÁC1 says:

    Once all the nasty wealth creators leave everyone will be equal.

    Equally dead.

  110. 110
  111. 111
    Milly-Wanker fan says:

    No I was just getting some practising in, ready to use on that gobshite Mitchell

  112. 112
    UKIP.i.am says:

    There is nothing to stop Ed Millionaireband doing this apart from the fact he hasn’t got the guts.

  113. 113

    Physicists May Have Evidence Universe Is A Computer Simulation


    How could any quantum computer which is capable of learning and reproducing the brain’s cognitive functions simulate Gordon Brown?

    Impossible, I would say.

  114. 114
    UKIP.i.am says:

    A taser a day keeps the plebs at bay.

  115. 115
    ÁC1 says:

    You get ZERO service now

  116. 116
    Everyone says:

    Shut the gate on your way out.

  117. 117
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Labour – the party that ended with higher unemployment after 13
    years of government than when they came to office. Are they the right people to be lecturing the coalition? I don’t think so.

  118. 118
    UKIP.i.am says:


  119. 119
    ÁC1 says:

    “Three million people are looking for a job in the UK ”

    I can believe that 3 M people are on unemployment reward, but not that 3M are seeking work…

  120. 120
    ÁC1 says:

    It’s also a very stupid article…

  121. 121
    My friends call me Bobby Bellend says:

    Let’s precis that comment:

    “cameron looks weak”

  122. 122
    UKIP.i.am says:

    If the police arrested every person who swore at them half the country would be down the nick. And Andrew Marr would be down a woman’s nick.

  123. 123
    UKIP.i.am says:

    A little drastic but the BBC deserves everything that is coming to them unless the Liblabcon trio hush it all up.

  124. 124
    Anonymous says:

    Police said they made a mistake and said sorry. They might end up paying as well.

    Issue is Michel denying. If he has accepted what he said and sad sorry he will not be in the mess he is.

  125. 125
    PC Plod with cattle prod says:

    We respond with knee jerk reaction (no thought process required)

  126. 126
    pissed off voter says:

    ‘I tend to believe that he didn’t say the word pleb.’

    perhaps then you might have an explanation of why he refuses point blank to reveal what he did say.

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:


    I think either you are mad or rich enough to use private hospitals.

  128. 128
    pissed off voter says:

    Those who can keep saying ‘yes Dave’ are secure in their jobs.

  129. 129
    Monroe (Brain Surgeon) says:

    But a one year old with an abacas can

  130. 130
    Just Passing says:

    As some of us suspected there is more to this than some arrogant ignoramus swearing at the old bill.

  131. 131
    ToonBert... says:

    Uefa charges Serbia and England…..

    Uefa a bunch of Hunts !! F*ck ‘em.

  132. 132
    pissed off voter says:

    Remembering De Menezes, is our thin blue line just trigger-happy?

  133. 133
    Just Passing says:

    Did anybody else hear about the blind man tazered without warning by the Lancs plods, because they thought his white stick looked like a samuri sword?! Clearly not the only blind man on the streets of Chorley today. The downing st rozzers could have tried that with Mitchael.

  134. 134
    Gordon Brown says:

    People keep pointing at me and saying rude hings when I walk in the street.So I am changing my name to George for some anonymity.

    From now on I will be George Gordon Brown.

  135. 135
    A Firm Pair Of Breasts says:

    I wish when politicians threaten to quit the bastards actually have the balls to do it!

  136. 136
    Gordon Brown says:

    the policies border on economic illiteracy: “The idea of aligning taxes on capital with those on wages is a profound economic error. It is scandalous that the French have been left in such economic ignorance for years.”

    Sounds like my kind of tax. An economically illiterate one.

  137. 137
    Claire Short says:

    Me too.

  138. 138
    Caroline Flint says:

    And me.

  139. 139
    Hazel Blears says:

    I agree.

  140. 140
    James Purnell says:

    We’d have been rid of the mental idiot and almost certainly be in a lib/lab coalition now. If you 3 hags hadn’t bottled the coup.

  141. 141
    Aunty Matter says:

    Hope someone puts piss in your Cocaine.

  142. 142
    Aunty Matter says:

    Well Lancashire police are not plebs but TOTAL FUCKING MONGS for tazering a blind chap because they thought his white stick was a sword.


  143. 143
    Anonymous says:

    He wont quit, poloticians dont do integrity

  144. 144
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Have you seen his missus? Even grimmer than mine. No wonder we go astray with young girls. We need sympathy not ridicule. Boaz.

  145. 145
    ÁC1 says:

    I’m sensible and earn enough to avoid NHS pits.

  146. 146

    We are back to Parmenides. It must exist simply because it can exist.

  147. 147
    Anonymous says:

    a strong men use force.
    Powerful men enable.

  148. 148
    Anonymous says:

    strong men use force.
    powerful men enable.

  149. 149
    Anonymous says:

    untouchables of India were employed to clean shit.
    Here untouchables are the fixers of high society. full circle, anyone?

  150. 150
    A member still hiding in the closet says:

    …….luving all this constant talk of whi*ping

    its making me fe*el very aro*used……..

    I really am in des*perate need for a good session

    Hopefully from someone, somewhere & very soon….

  151. 151
    Dickins says:

    No-one likes Mitchell, either in the tories or us plebs outside.

    If you live by the dick you die by the dick.

  152. 152
    Earl of Croydon says:

    The policeperson was a plep, so bloody what?

  153. 153
    One of Red Ed's Shirt Lifters says:

    so who else is riding GG Brown….???

  154. 154
    soapy says:

    Didn’t we read yesterday that at least one of you is in great danger of being closed down.

  155. 155
    soapy says:

    Thick blue line would seem to be more apt in this case.

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