October 31st, 2012

Scilly Spring: Islands’ Tinpot Dictator Philip Hygate Suspended

Guido stuck his infamous cross-hairs on the face of Philip Hygate at the end of last week, and last night the loathed Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Council was suspended from his post. The allegations against him have been mounting up over the last few months, but it started with this story from May. Radio Scilly caught his departure:

The island’s tinpot dictator opened the floodgates by blocking the local school from becoming an academy, and now Hygate is not only facing an investigation into the circumstances behind that move, but a broader inquiry into his entire twenty year tenure. Starting with his alleged illegal surveillance of council staff and residents. Representing the very worst aspect of local government and vested interests, you have to wonder how many other Philip Hygates there are across the country… 


  1. 1
    Red Ed says:

    I demand a resigning/ apology/ judge-led inquiry {delete as appropriate}

    ..as long as he’s not Labour.

  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    “Dear Guido Fawkes, I am writing to tell you that you could not tip more rubbish if CCHQ bought you a forklift truck.”

    • 7

      From the book of modern ditties,

      My old man’s a waste disposal technician,
      He wears an appropriate safety helmet,
      He wears corporate ‘eco green’ coloured council overalls
      And he lives in an affordable housing /sheltered accommodation/social homes designated area.

      • 30
        the farting fish says:

        I do find that although massively more tasty than the previous minty versions the newer offerings do tend to lose their flavour on the bedpost over night.

  3. 3
    • 43
      Peter Grimes says:

      Are you sure that his surveillance was not justified by being terrorist instigated? Real bandit country, the Scillys.

  4. 4
    Beauty contest says:

    Ugly fucker. String him up.

  5. 5
    Rastus says:

    “you have to wonder how many other Philip Hygates there are across the country…”

    It must be well over 1000.

  6. 8
    jgm2 says:

    Cameron uses bit more style to sidestep Chris Bryant question on secret Rebekah Brooks emails. Still like to read ‘em .

    Go,get ‘em Guido.

  7. 10
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    John The Bells The Bells Haynes…LOL

  8. 11
    Monsieur Hollande says:

    PMQ’s to be renamed Vicky Pollard Time due to Cameron’s embarassingly avoidant ‘Yeah but no but yeah but no’ approach

  9. 13
    Everyone here says:

    Take your meds TAT.

    Remember the doctor said the warning sign is giggling at your own comments.

    • 28
      Archer Karcher says:

      Why doesn’t the loon post under his piss stained, old moniker?

      • 33
        Selohesra says:

        Why doesnt Guido reveal the e-mail addresses of people who make inappropriate comments

        • 42
          Boris has decided to quit being mayor says:

          Why should he? It is none of my business. As long as Guido knows who they are, I am fine with that.

  10. 14
    Anonymous says:

    I know two that are far worse. At least he tried to get evidence to support his action. The ones who used their position against me just fabricated the stories. But then who cares about whistle blowers in this country, certainly no anyone that should. I just get threatening letters, one from a major firm of solicitors if I open my mouth.

    • 18
      Backwoodsman says:

      Tell ‘em your a pikey, living in the travellers camp just outside Northampton and to feel free to come and serve papers on you – its five years since the police have dared to go in there.

  11. 16
    Sparkler says:

    Harold Wilson and Mary always went on their hols to the Scilly Islands, not suggesting anything like.

  12. 17
    Now when put like that says:
  13. 25
    Goodbye to the rubbish says:

    Plenty more from where that came from.

  14. 26
    Eventually the past catches up with you says:
    • 32
      Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

      errrrrrr I told you that last week.

      Don’t forget PL and MP. Both in “The Witch’s” and “The Adulterers” cabinet.

  15. 27
    the farting fish says:

    NASA says mars dirt is like Hawaii. President said to be amused.

  16. 29
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    Borisido Boriswkes…You have gone quiet on the Boris front.

    Could it be because Boris has signed off the very unpopular Walthamstow dog track deal in east London. Now to be called “Walthamohnston Borisog” in “Borisast Borisdon”


    His attempts to flog off Olympic stadium to American Football.

    …does Boris actually do any work…I think we should be told.

  17. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Is this the end of Hygate-gate?
    Perhaps the location in the second picture of him leaving should be re-rename Hygate-gate Gate in his honour

  18. 35
    AveubenBorisised? says:

    So, its that Gove Cove wot did for him.

    Nah, he was BORISISED.

  19. 36
    Anonymous says:

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  21. 44
    CanonDSLRMan says:

    If you’re looking for “interesting” local councils you could have a look at the “Bexley is Bonkers” website. Plenty of shenanigans going on in the London Borough of Bexley….

  22. 45
    Anonymous says:

    You ought to switch to a cheaper tariff, Colin

  23. 47
    Jethro says:

    10 WHITE POWDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LONG LIVE… Medicated Foot-Talc!!!!!!!!

  24. 48
    Rupert my Hero says:

    First there were Pilgrims, now Hygates and yes Every Council has them. Expose your Local Hygate.

  25. 51
    Vote UKIP says:

    If you take too close a look at East Herts District Council (Conservative since 1973) wear a clothes peg on your nose, the stench (especially from planning) is overpowering. One Joint Deputy Leader already had to step down from being Chairman following a legal case costing hundreds of thousands of tax payers money. No explanation given, D Notice on the story. The Housing Minister too frightened and too weak to speak up and speak out to rectify matters.

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“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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