November 1st, 2012

Ed’s Wife and Her Cushy Labour Job

Guido would hardly have thought £250,000-a-year* Justine Thornton would have needed the money, but Millionaire Miliband’s wife has landed a cushy new job nonetheless.

Justine has just been named on a roster of lawyers providing taxpayer-funded work for the Labour-controlled Welsh government.

She must have passed the interview with flying colours…

*Guido sources say that someone of her experience and seniority at her chambers would be on £500,000. She doesn’t work full-time so we have halved her estimated income. Leveson famed Robert Jay heads her chambers.

UPDATE: Milipeople are grumpy about this. According to a Labour spokesman:

“This is a nasty little story which the Conservative Party has attempted to spread around for almost a week. It is both desperate and beneath contempt. Justine Thornton is a specialist environmental lawyer who was appointed in her own right in open competition. To suggest she got this work for any other reasons is an insult not only to her but to every working woman across the UK. What century are these people living in?”


164 Comments

  1. 1
    Vote UKIP says:

    More tax payer money funding a lefty tosser

    • 23
      Anonymous says:

      This proves tax cut to the rich doesn’t make rich to work more. So increase the tax to on the supper rich to make them work hard.

      • 48
        lojolondon says:

        Remember Bliar announced the ‘uman rights act – and the same day Cherry announced that her chambers were going to be the foremost specialists in that field….. likewise, I am sure she is very capable and it was pure co-incidence that massive government spending went to a field where the PM’s wife was parking her ass.

        Filth, all of them.

      • 147
        Four-eyed English Genius says:

        Do the supper rich only have caviar and champers for supper?

    • 49
      Anonymous says:

      Do you mean Labour is happy to increase tax on their rich friends and family while Conservatives want to cut tax for their rich friends and family.

    • 78
      Labour Party = Beast with 2 Eds says:

      This beggars belief. We urgently need an independent judge-led inquiry.

    • 109
      Anonymous says:

      Par for the course, are we surprised the Labour team are very quick to support their own! They must keep the gravey train on track!

    • 148
      Mr I M Notsojolie says:

      Oh…har..har…har..har-de-har… har. Pot calling Kettle…. (name!!)

      Haaaaaaaawwwww har har har har ha har!!

    • 150
      Anonymous says:

      It would be fair game if it was Camerons wife and Milliband had found out ! has the Labour party ever had such a worm as leader before ?

  2. 2
    Nothing better to do says:

    Well she was never going to fail the interview was she?

    • 21
      Anonymous says:

      Interview? What interview? It was a blo*dy shoe-in.

      • 27
        Welsh Assembly Job Interview in Full says:

        Justine: Hello, I’m Ed Miliband’s wife.

        Lefty Welsh Tosser: Your hired.

        • 36
          Observer says:

          Do Labour think nepotism and cronyism don’t occur in the 21st century?

          What planet are they living on?

          • Anonymous says:

            Can you imagine the hysterics from Labour if it was Mrs Cameron who got the job ?They are such hypocrites, and they dont seem to care that everybody knows it, which is very odd. Is it just arrogance ?

          • lojolondon says:

            Remember they actually made a LAW against it?? The ultimate talentless beneficiary of nepotism is the Klegg, and he is so against the practice, just look where it got him!!

        • 101
          Legal Landlord says:

          nice to meet you both

          [IMG]http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h12/marbella411/jobinterviewvr7.jpg[/IMG]

      • 63
        Anonymous says:

        A bloody shoeing is precisely what a socialist needs.

      • 75
        Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

        It’s spelt ‘shoo-in’.

      • 133
        Anonymous says:

        Just Like Jack Harman being parachuted into an all-women labour list seat.

      • 164
        Jackdogberry says:

        Shoo-in

    • 47
      ancientpopeye says:

      What century are these people living in?
      The 21 st, that’s exactly why the comments dopey.

  3. 3
    bluerobbo69 says:

    Shameful!

  4. 4

    She has the same dead, souless eyes as Yvette Cooper and Laurie Penny.

    Do they clone these creatures, or are they ‘droids?

    BTW, laurie penny (@PennyRed)on twitter is great fun. No one on the planet has ever taken themselves so seriously. She’s off in NY now, managing relief efforts.

    • 34
      Archer Karcher says:

      Managing?

      Leftards couldn’t manage the proverbial piss up in a brewery. No doubt she is dwawing on her vast inter-managerial skill set and the immense crisis co-ordination experience, she picked during her stint in her feminist burlesque troup.

    • 37
      SpAd says:

      I’ve often noticed that. Don’t know what it is about certain Labour women that they choose to look like the type of 13-year-old boy that doesn’t like sport. And that so many Labour men find that attractive. Most odd.

    • 42
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Can Sarah Brown be far behind?
      And where’s Louise Mensch– another precinct yet to be heard from.
      Say, ladies, here’s a thought– do your good works in private and just feel the warm glow of satisfaction of doing virtuous acts. Jimmy Savile used to do the whole self-promoting “Ain’t I wonderful for all the charity stuff I do?” and we all know how that turned out.

    • 43
      Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      It’s disaster tourisim, all the champaine socialist working for the poor and beboid type auto que readers do it now.

      It beats going down the East End handing out soup.

    • 128
      Gargoyle says:

      Is a relief effort something like an unsuccessful relief massage

  5. 5
    Mike Hunt says:

    That’s one thing Labour people do really well – leach off the tax-payer.

  6. 6
    Joanne says:

    At least she’s competent at her job and intelligent enough to do it, what does “SamCam” do?

    • 12
      Greychatter says:

      I think the firm Sam Cameron worked for was a private enterprise and made a profit.

    • 14
      dirt says:

      who pays for someone after their children?
      Us?

    • 57
      Jack Daw says:

      What on earth is a ‘specialist environmental lawyer’? How does one judge competence in that field? This job only exists on the back of money taken off us in taxes. And nothing to do with ‘working women’.

      • 67
        Another Engineer says:

        Good question.

        Is this
        a) Knowledge of ecology and the effects of incidents on the environment
        or
        b) Knowledge of EU directives

      • 71
        Johnno List says:

        No the field exists because of the law. That’s generally how LAWyers work.

      • 80
        Roland Deschain says:

        “Specialist environmental lawyer”. Now why does that not surprise me. Gravy, meet train.

        • 158
          Shag me sideways and call me Ethel says:

          Does the ‘train’ run on biodiesel or leccy from windfarms.

    • 92
      Anonymous says:

      Isnt Mrs Cameron managing director of Smythsons ?

  7. 7
    Samantha Cameron says:

    Fucking hell !

    • 162
      Chippy Northener says:

      check out Ms Thornton’s wiki bio – close friend to Chancellor Osbourne’s wife: they all piss in the same pot.

  8. 8
    bergen says:

    This is very encouraging progress in sexual equality for the Welsh Labour party.

    Its old priniciple was strictly “jobs for the boys…”

  9. 9
    Kebab,The Lefty Tosser says:

    Jimmy Savile’s £4 million estate has been frozen by the bank, in anticipation of damages claims from the victims of his sexual assaults.

    All things considered, it should work out at about 50p each.

  10. 10
    Pogo says:

    I wonder if she speaks Welsh?

    • 144
      Anonymous says:

      All lawyers talk expensive nonsense that’s inconcomprehensible in any language.

    • 145
      Anonymous says:

      Probably not. We can’t let a trivial issue like the crazy welsh nationalist agenda get in the way of lefty cronyism.

  11. 11
    Retard Ed says:

    Thith ith not inthethtuouth.Ath far ath pothible Labour prefer to keep parathitithm within the family.

  12. 13
    suissebob says:

    Ed Miliband’s £200,000-a-year lawyer wife paid by toxic waste barons to help them dump in Africa

  13. 15
    HenryV says:

    You never know she may be a top shag. Always the quiet bookish ones who are up for anything…..

    • 50
      The General Public says:

      I doubt it very much.

      More likely Ed has to complete a requisition form a month in advance and once approved, arrive in the bedroom with a laminated permit and an environmental risk assessment.

  14. 17
    A Pleb says:

    Once you climb on the gravy train you need never get off.
    No matter how useless,incompetent,perverted,mind numbingly dull and half witted you are,there is always another ‘nice little earner’just around the corner.
    Ask that fat twat ‘Two Jags’,now there’s a man who knows the game.

  15. 18
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Being a free market type I really do not mind that this lady is earning the sums mentioned.

    What I do mind is the rank hypocrisy & opportunism of her husbands party on the matter.

    Double plus good.

    • 41
      Legal beagle says:

      You think the Bar is a “free market” organisation – you must be joking

      It is one of the worst restrictive rpacices in the world

      Just look at this Oxford University study of defamation legal costs

      http://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/sites/pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/files/defamationreport.pdf

      (page 4)

      Britain is 20 TIMES more expensive than comparable European countries

      Another fucking disgrace due to the gouging barristers cupidity and restrictive practise

      • 111
        Loopy Lou says:

        I think they should be allowed to do no win no fee agreements or simply do away with costs orders altogether .

    • 91
      lola says:

      In a free market there’d be no job for an ‘environmental lawyer’. It isn’t a job now. It’s leeching off the bureaucratic state created by New labour. Oh wait….

  16. 20
    Sophie says:

    All that money – yet impossible to enjoy it because of the inherent lefty guilt.

    Imagine earning those sums & never buying a Maserati, or an Aston.

    Probably got a Gee Whiz with fake alloys by the look of her.

    And too pale buy half for a millionairess.

    • 29
      Ernestine Tentions says:

      Much of it will be spent, no doubt, on private tutors for the little Millionairebands who will then progress to Oxford despite their comprehensive secondary schools. From there they will be launched into politics and continue the family tradition of talking shite and treating the working class like pets.

      The Political Class are the new corrupt aristocracy. Off with their heads!

  17. 22
    Iain says:

    Oh so the Milibands will now benefit from the 50p-45p tax cut.

  18. 24
    London Magistrate says:

    Lovely lawyers’ chambers this

    http://www.thelawyer.com/39-essex-street-silk-charged-with-vat-fraud/1013646.article

    One of their “Silks” evaded VAT for 11 years!

    What a load of bottom feeding crooks

  19. 26
    Well it's a thought says:

    So we have no change in political and hangers on circles, jobs for the boys and girls, move along please nothing to see here, bank balances coming along nicely via the taxpayer.

  20. 28
    RED ED MILLIONAIREBAND says:

    Where’th Juthtine’th cheque for £ 40,000 from thith out of touch Government ?

  21. 30
    Ex bankr.upt turned blogger says:

    At that rate he could just set up a political blog as a ego trip hobby and live off his wife’s real world earnings.

    Eh Guido?

  22. 31
    Steve Miliband says:

    Anyone else not able able to access the state broadcasters website? Require a refund

  23. 32
    100k+ mother who still wants child benefits says:

    She still needs child benefits.

  24. 33
    Jack says:

    Here is another lovely 39 Essex Street QC

    “It has emerged that One Essex Court’s Laurence Rabinowitz QC received a £1.75m brief fee for his work for the ousted oligarch, less than a quarter paid by Berezovsky’s legal adversary Roman Abramovich for his counsel, former Brick Court silk Jonathan Sumption QC, who commanded a fee of £8m.
    acting for a (losing) ganster oligarch”

    taking millions to act for a gansta oligarch

  25. 35
    Dr Who says:

    I have no problem with her making lots of money….

    Labour are just hypocrites. But that’s another story.

    • 58
      Lady Glenys Kinnochio says:

      How dare you!

      Neil and I have always loved money, titles and the middles classes.

      What’s hypocritical about that?

  26. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Woman gets paid for her work. Vermin SHOCKED.

    • 65
      Bottom burp says:

      The vermin is shocked – gone into hiding. Not seen a rat yet this morning.

      That such a duplicitous, hypocritical, self serving woman should get the job has indeed shocked the vermin.

      She certainly doesn’t practice what her husband tries to preach – but then, neither does he.

      Why can’t she stay at home and look after their little millibabies as nature intended??

  27. 39
    Sophie says:

    “Environmental Lawyer” – read: pain in the arse to manufacturing industry in the UK.

    Bloody lefty millionaire lecches – feeding of the productive side of the economy.

  28. 40
    JH2 says:

    “To suggest she got this work for any other reasons is an insult not only to her but to every working woman across the UK”

    Yeah, I’m sure there was completely open competition and an exaustive interview porcess through with Juthtine came out just ahead.

    Cynical, opportunist little fuckers.

  29. 46
    City solicitor says:

    Typical of Labour to erect the completely false straw woman of “attack on prominant Labourite woman = attack on all working women”. The presumption must be that her contacts assisted with her getting the work, until the Welsh Government provides convincing proof otherwise (particularly as when work is handed out to the Bar it’s often done more on personality than cv – everyone at the bar has an excellent cv, so you choose barristers who “fit” and who you like working with). In the meantime, I look forward to the Labour Party congratulating Pippa Middleton for securing her book deal because of her amazing culinary and writing skills, as opposed to her being the next king’s sister-in-law.

  30. 51
    Field marshall Merkel of the fourth reich says:

    Your Spineless PM Doormouse Dave Vill not listen to you
    So Vot if your people Vant a cut ?
    Ve Vill just cook Ze books like Ve do with our accounts every year and squeeze you little Englanders till you squeak
    Ve Vill still get our money !

  31. 53
    Aunty Matter says:

    Notice how no one in the Labour party has a real job, all lawyers or public sector dross.

  32. 55
    UKIP.i.am says:

    “What century are these people living in?”

    The century of MPs routinely fiddling expenses.

    The century of the exposure of the BBC having a 40 year culture of covering up a child abuser’s acts for 40 years.

    The century of phone hacking and a Labour government turning a blind eye to it while the Murdoch press supported them.

    The century of the Eurozone crashing because its member states could not be trusted to handle their accounting systems legally and honestly.

    The century of the banks taking huge risks with others people’s money with the naked encouragement of governments.

    That century.

  33. 56
    send 3 and fourpence we are going to a dance says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20164591

  34. 60
    the poor bloody tax-payer says:

    standard political patronage – whatever the party

    perhaps we could be told of the legal fees paid by various government bodies and how (much) they are to be cut in real terms by a coalition (and oppo) determined to reduce waste

    perhaps too we should have a register (at their own cost) of legal beagles’ receipts from the PBT

    and don’t remind me that ‘it ain’t legal with a beagle’

  35. 64
    Another Engineer says:

    O/T – has anyone been listening to “Tombstone” on Radio 4. I know it is the BBC, but…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01npf0r

    A high point of Socialism.

    • 134
      Eric Hobsbawm says:

      35 million dead? A small price to pay for the Golden Tomorrow.

      Ed was most influenced by me, you know.

  36. 73
    Greg Mulholland says:

    I’m a fucker I am.

  37. 74
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    At those prices it will be a lot cheaper to keep the work in house I say .

    If there are not enough environmental cases for her to deal with she could go to the Local Magistrates to do a few Trade Description cases or something .

    50K a year plus 6 weeks holiday more than enough .

    • 76
      Thomas from Tonna says:

      Better still if you took her on like that then the Council could get her to run a few training courses ( from Council accommodation and not expensive hotels of course ) .

      In this way the Council could possibly make a few bob for the Council Tax payer .

  38. 81
    tube_thumper says:

    what a stupid twat this twot is.

    1 she married that twot
    2. she is insipid
    3. what the fuck is a specialist environmental lawyer?

    answer she specialises is trying to manage all the hot air that emanates from her old man.

    One normal thing going for her is that she is a greedy capitalist

  39. 87
    The Impartial observer says:

    “an insult not only to her but to every working woman across the UK. What century are these people living in?”
    Er, 21st personally.
    The thing is, the longer you’ve been around the more experience you’ve had. Tends to lead to more accurate conclusions

    • 116
      Jimmy-ish says:

      piffling sort of insult tho’ ain’t it? i reckon i could deliver an insult that would make this supposed insult look positively jimmy-ish. we all know whaty jimmy-ish means, don’t we guys and gals.

  40. 88
    Informed Giant says:

    Labour’s response says it all doesn’t it. If she had an inch of integrity she would never have sought a politically related role. And to make it a gender issue in their response is the part that is really beneath contempt. Pah.

  41. 93
    Spot says:

    was having a relativly happy day until reading this, there is just a never ending list of freeloaders bleeding the tax payers of this nation and the eu still will get more money out of us in spite of what happened last night.

    Pig sick.

  42. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Although no fan of Ed Milliband or his lefty crew, this is a pathetic smear story.

    This is not ‘a job’. She is now one of a panel of 19 lawyers who have been assessed as eligible to conduct WG cases.

    There was no ‘interview process’. Applications for the Welsh Government panel were assessed entirely on paper.

    The rates of pay for WG work (at around £100 per hour) are substantially below what she can bill for private work.

    Justine Thornton is a well-regarded lawyer in her field. She was entirely qualified to be appointed to this panel. She is rated as ‘exceptional’ in Chambers & Partners, and has been recommended in legal directories for several years before Ed achieved his current dubious prominence in the Labour Party.

    • 103
      Hmmmmm says:

      Thank goodness someone’s put in a sensible comment. One of my roommates got onto the same panel and he’s nowhere near as good as Justine Thornton.

      Rather them than me to be honest.

    • 104
      will says:

      the problem anonomous with this is that if a labour gov comes to power in wales or the uk she could be involved in decisions affecting the labour party, so a decent person would recuse themselves or not put themselves in the position int eh first place.

    • 105
      bergen says:

      I couldn’t disagree more. The WG is controlled by the party led by her husband. It dispenses public money. If she is so good she has no need to apply for a panel which throws up such an inherent possibility of favoritism and can obtain work elsewhere.Very poor judgment indeed.

    • 112
      2112 says:

      Thanks for that, Mr. Balls

  43. 100

    Eton toff as PM and a cabinet of millionaires!!

    The screeching of the political lightweights that are the front bench of LieBore and their constant harping on and on about how a persons background should preclude them from certain high positions….. then a millionaire LieBore leader’s quarter-of-a million-a-year wife gets a preferential job, with more taxpayers’ money to come, of COURSE on her own merits, hem, hem, and the Tories are just horrible baby eaters.

    DO these fuckwits have any other scratched record to play?

  44. 106
    Penfold says:

    Does she speak and write Welsh?

    That is a sine qua non of doing business in Wales, particularly state business.

    Has a special case been made for her…………?

  45. 107
    Considering becoming a leafleteer.. says:

    Guido… I am sick of this nonsense… Why would any party think that it was ok for the wife or partner of it’s leader to be employed at the public’s expense… They’re all as bad as each other and for the Labour spokesperson to suggest they have some moral high ground where this is concerned beggars belief…… ‘THEY JUST DON’T GET IT’ as someone once said. Get the gunpowder ready.. its that time of year!

    Please please.. if politicos are reading this blog… tell your gaffers, we’re sick of all of you, take a walk out of Westminster and see for yourself what damage has been caused to people, thats real people of all hues, up and down this sinking country by successive governments..

  46. 110
    Baron Kinnock of Multipensions says:

    Come to Wales boyo. There’s money to be made out of the taxpayer. Luvverly luvverly luvverly.

  47. 115
    Neil Kinnock says:

    I live in Wales, and this sort of nepotism is, sadly, all too common

    • 135
      JH2 says:

      That’s what happens when most of your economy is based on the public sector Neil, AKA trying to fly by reaching down and lifting up on the soles of your feet.

  48. 117
    UKHamlet says:

    Labour are right: this is beneath contempt.

    If a person is in politics, are their partners to be barred from carrying out their normal work? Justine Thornton is an experienced environmental lawyer and that is what she is being employed as by the Welsh Assembly.

    • 120
      Fribbin on the ding dang says:

      you’re a bit of a boring twonk arentcha! go on, sandblast yerself. it’s fun. really.

    • 121
      Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

      The point is that even if she was in no way related to a politician then her appointment does not justify value for money for the Welsh people .

    • 131
      Onlyataxpayer Nothingimportant says:

      Puuuurleeeeease…….. UKHamlet…. I would recommend you view the rantings of Charles Manson.. or do you wish for the scales to be across your eyes? Yes that’s got to be it…. by the way I don’t give a shit that her “firm” also represents other government departments and quangos…. WTF is happening to my money????

  49. 119
    Fribbin on the ding dang says:

    flammin’ at the krotz!

    that’s welsh for morally deficient apparently

  50. 123
    Anonymous says:

    Oh look, she also works for the Tory Attorney General!

    http://www.39essex.co.uk/members/profile.php?id=55

    Junior Counsel to the Crown. Member of the Attorney General’s C Panel
    Appointed to the Attorney General’s Freedom of Information Act panel

  51. 124
    Check Facts First says:

    Its how it looks that matters. As Miliband is given to telling us at every opportunity. Labour leaders wives seem to do very well out of their husbands.

  52. 132
    Typical Guidophile says:

    Couldn’t they find a man to do it?

  53. 146
    Mister McGoo says:

    Representatives of the ‘Working Class’ – NOT on your nellie. Rename the Labour party – ‘The we’re as rich as the Conservative party’

    • 151
      Anonymous says:

      All the poor old inadequates who support Labour because their dear old Dads did havent got a clue about the shysters who now run the party.

  54. 153
    Anonymous says:

    You lot really do hate women don’t you. Dropping in on this site is like time travelling back to the 1950s.

    • 154
      antihero says:

      wouldn’t worry, they’ll all be dead soon

    • 160
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      Yer, a lot on this site actually voted for a woman to be leader of their party and when she became PM they voted her in again.

      When will the left actually have a female leader?

  55. 157
    robbie says:

    she may in fact be the best lawyer ever, but we’ll never know for sure now.

  56. 161
    Allan D says:

    Justine Thornton, the barrister whom her own head of chambers, Robert Jay, claims never to have met. Really, Bobby? I think there should be a judge-led inquiry.

  57. 163
    ukfred says:

    Labour, always making sure that the trough is carefully rationed for everybody but themselves.

    A friend in Scotland is unemployed and was sent to a jobclub or whatever they call them these days. He heard this exchange between a fellow jobclub member and the jobclub leader:

    M: The only places that are taking on staff right now are the councils.

    L: Have you applied for any of the jobs?

    M: Aye, but I never even get an acknowledgement

    L: Why do you think that is

    M: I don’t know anybody who’s in there already

    L; Do you think that is all there is to it, that you need to know somebody who already works there

    M: Well, they all seem to socialise together after work too, so I imagine that’s what it is.

    L: Do you support Rangers or Celtic?

    M: I’m not interested in football

    L: If you did, which team would you go for?

    M: Probably Rangers, because I’m not a Catholic

    L: Are you a member of the Labour Party?

    M: No. What’s that got to do with it.

    L: If you are not in the local Celtic Supporters Club, or the local Labour Party, most of whom are in the local Celtic Supporters Club, then those are the two reasons you will never work for the council.

    I suppose you could call it “JObs for the Bhoys”


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