October 23rd, 2012

New SpAd Appointments

Final Special Adviser appointments have been confirmed:

  • Health – Sam Talbot Rice.
  • BIS (for Fallon) – James Wild.
  • Justice – Will Gallagher
  • Home extra SpAd –  Stephen Parkinson.
  • Culture – Joanna Hindley
The full list is available here.


  1. 1
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatest umplre says:

    George is currently having his bollocks chewed.

    What a shame that nothing will come of it.


  2. 2
    Nullbymouth says:

    So the ministers have been given a brain each !!

    What is the fucking point of politicians if they dont even know their chosen subject to any decent degree?


    • 6
      I am not related or connected to Edinburgh meddling,scrounging arsewipes says:

      They come in handy when a minister comes under fire and the spad can shoulder the blame and are forced to resign instead of the minister.


      • 28
        William Gague says:

        They also come in handy when you’re stuck in a hotel room, bored and lonely and yearning for some bumfun.


    • 8
      Synic says:

      Why are SPADs needed when the Ministries are stuffed with wily Sir Humphreys? Are the latter not earning their sky high salaries and gold plated pensions?
      Exterminate SPADS forthwith.


  3. 3
    zed says:

    “The full list is available here.”

    I’ll click on it if I have trouble sleeping tonight.


  4. 4
    ed martin says:

    is the a ‘SpAd you don’t like’ website yet – or does this one suffice?


  5. 5
    Grant Shapps aka Michael Green says:

    Why don’t I have a Spad.

    I want one of them.


    • 31
      I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

      You told the world you’re a multimillionaire with two private jets and a private island, why don’t you just hire your own spad?


  6. 9
    Spot says:

    Have any of these low life spads ever served in front line Afgan-nah
    About as much use as……………………..


    • 15
      Career Politicians should be outlawed says:

      Nevermind front line in the ‘stan, have any of these jumped up pricks ever held down a job in the real world.


      • 35
        Roscoe Rules says:

        After four years at Uni studying my belly button,I should be able to get a job at the MoD advising them about navel history.


  7. 10
    Grollace says:

    Fortunately I have never seen a SpAd.
    (but I regularly use the pleb’s spade)


  8. 13
    Trampfed lettings Inc says:

    Labour MP Paid Shadow Cabinet Minister’s Rent With Our Cash

    Until this gets seriously into the mainstream media then these scumbags will continue to get away with it. Sadly the media these days will only react if its a Tory so while hounding Mitchell for telling plod to sling his hook the real culprits are ignored.

    Sadly I think it will only get newsworthy when a Tory is found doing this and then it will focus only on that individual.


    • 43
      Anonymous says:

      It makes me laugh, Mitchel lost his temper with a P/C, has an apology accepted but is hounded out of his job by Labour. Labour shadow cabinet member makes thousands in profit over renting his flat out(as do lots of other Labour MPs) and so far no hounding out to speak of.Come on Dave, please mention it at PMQs. You know ED would if it was you !


  9. 14
    Ben Fellows says:

    Cuddly Ken got me !


  10. 16
    nellnewman says:

    O/T sorry watching the beeb dg squirm in his seat before the MP’s committee. He heard nothing, he knew nothing. He asked no questions etc etc!!


    • 17
      harryg says:

      The BBC should be in the dock over Rochdale.

      They recorded a private meeting where the leader of a party-that-cannot-be-named made an accusation about child trafficking in some of our northern towns (accusations which were subsequently proved correct).

      Rather than investigate the claims, they and the police/labour government tried to jail him – twice – and failed.

      If pervertunclebeeb had followed the story, then how many young lives could have been saved?

      The BBC is a disgrace. If listening to someone’s phone messages gets a newspaper closed down, then what for a state broadcaster involved/colluding in child trafficking and abuse?


    • 20
      What are we paying these guys for ? says:

      “Cash for no questions”


    • 34
      Three Wise Monkeys Defence says:

      So Mr Entwhistle you did not think it warranted asking Ms Boaden to clarify what exactly what the investigation was about when she told you that BBC Newsnight was conducting an investigation into Jimmy Savile and that it may effect your scheduled tribute programme ? No I did not as there are many occasions where an investigation never proceeds to broadcast. So no curiosity or even a slight interest ?? As I have said I regret not having asked but you must be aware that it was a fairly busy luncheon………………


  11. 18
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatest umplre says:

    Entwistle: “I asked Peter Rippon to stand aside”.

    You wishy-washy feeble person.

    You’re the DG, ffs! You don’t ask, you fucking tell.

    Lefty twat.


    • 25
      8illy 8owden, the world's greatest umplre says:

      Imagine yourself into the place of the people charged with making the So-vile tribute programmes – having heard the rumours.

      They carried on and did it.


  12. 19
    CCHQ says:

    Here we go ! Here we go !

    Three parliamentary by-elections have been set for 15 November after three MPs – two Labour and one Conservative – stood down.

    Tory Louise Mensch quit as MP for Corby, while Labour’s Tony Lloyd and Alum Michael vacated the Manchester Central and Cardiff South seats to run to become police commissioners.

    The writs for the by-elections have now been moved.

    The contests are to take place on the same day as the commissioner elections.

    Voters in Bristol will also get the chance to elect a mayor for the first time, following a referendum in favour of the change in May this year.

    No date has yet been set for a by-election in Middlesbrough, following the death of Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell earlier this month.

    The police and crime commissioners will replace police authorities in 41 areas and will be paid a salary between £65,000 and £100,000.

    Mr Lloyd, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party since 2006 until earlier this year, is the party’s candidate for the Greater Manchester area.

    Former Welsh Secretary Mr Michael, who was first elected in 1987, is a candidate for the South Wales area.

    Ms Mensch resigned as an MP, having represented Corby since 2010, to move to New York.


  13. 21
    Edinburgh university can go fuck itself. I am not running after the thick as shit fuds. says:



  14. 22

    Well sir, said the SPAD…there is the Mirror group phone hacking?
    How about BBC involved in unsavoury cover ups? No? Well..lets see .. labour MPs renting out homes to maximise expenses ? Any good for you?

    ” No,” replied Mr Miliband sadly. “I don’t fancy any of these bandwagons today..”


  15. 23
    Get spinal damage @ bbc.co.uk says:

    More idiots!


  16. 24
    Aunty Matter says:

    Does Entwhistle really think we believe a word he says?


  17. 30
    Fog says:

    Entwhistle: I know nothing; I see nothing; I hear nothing; I have no curiosity about any programme content; I just sit here in my office at the BBC and stare at the walls with my blank mind, and let layer upon layer of BBC managers not deal with it; and get paid lotsa tax payers money. Good innit?


    • 32
      What are we paying these guys for ? says:

      I refer you to my comment at #19 where the remit of DG of the BBC is spelled out in clear detail.


    • 37
      Fog says:

      Entwhistle: They’ll never figure out the real story – we won’t broadcast the Newsnight prog on Savile and hope the truth never emerges (he’s got away with it for 50 ye ars), then we can put out the tribute progs and get a spin-off updated fix-it prog. After all BBC programming is more important than years of sexual abuse at the BBC innit?


    • 39
      Lord Reith says:

      I’m doing 10000 rpm in my grave. Who gave this moronic fxcker my old job?


  18. 33
    Protect your own says:

    The broadcaster’s history is littered with bust-ups, controversies and embarrassments. But is the current crisis really worse than its running battles with Margaret Thatcher



  19. 36

    A Very Important political question !
    Do they all give good head >


  20. 38
    Mania Ainam says:


    • 42
      georgelees says:

      Why not go and live in an islamofascist state or somewhere more congenial like Syria if you dislike this country so much. You take advantage of our liberal ways to spout illiberal nonsence that your own country would lock you up for.


    • 45
      Anonymous says:

      You know what to do if you dont like it here ! try whinging about the armed forces in Syria .


  21. 41
    Truculent and unreliable says:

    Where are Warsi’s new SpAds?

    That’s right, plural. She’s got an extra one, despite being demoted.

    Come on Guido, shape up!


  22. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Have we got a spad for low moral standards in public institutions?


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