November 16th, 2012

Musical SpAds: Osborne Hires Beeb’s Thea Rogers

More changes afoot in the government spin world this afternoon.

In an rather interesting move Nick Robinson’s producer Thea Rogers has joined team Osborne, replacing Poppy Mitchell Rose, who was last seen in a first class carriage and is now off to Washington.

Guido always had Rogers down as Labour, though she is said to be friendly terms with Craig Oliver.

Via James Forsyth

UPDATE: More details on Speccie:

“She’ll have a particular emphasis on the broadcast presentation of Osborne’s economic and political strategy. She’ll fit in alongside Ramesh Chhabra, Osborne’s political spokesman who is in charge of daily news management for the Chancellor.”


  1. 1
    Peter Hitchens says:

    What a load of wank!

    You c_u_n_t_s need to get real about politics and stop obsessing over frivolous celebrity.

    • 16
      Ed Miliband says:

      I like the name Thea.

    • 20
      Anonymous says:

      I look forward to a Golden Dawn.

    • 121
      Ehtch says:

      Bring back the Wimmins Union – life was so simpler then.

      Like here, Peter, back in the day, Dame Shirls,

    • 129
      NE Frontiersman says:

      It’s not about celebrity: the BBC is supposed to be a neutral news organisation, and yet there’s a frantically revolving door shuffling those who comment on political events in and out of the offices of those who decide them.Major was willing to tell Brunson about the ‘bastards’ in his cabinet, but not the rest of us, just to take one small example.
      This kind of inbreeding and cross-dressing pollutes both sides of the game. Who’s going to ask the awkward questions if their next job may be in Smith Square?

  2. 2
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    Labour has snatched a seat from the Conservatives in a by-election for the first time in 15 years, taking Corby in Northamptonshire.

    Andy Sawford won by 7,791 votes, with the Tories second and UKIP third.

    The newly-elected Labour MP said voters had delivered a “damning verdict” on David Cameron, but the PM dismissed it as a “fucking load of bollocks,and if you don’t mind I have to email Rebekah”.

    • 28
      One-term Dave, leading the Tories to their grave, says:

      Actually, if you read my statement more carefully, I said, “The people of Corby are obviously uncaring heartless ruffians who don’t appreciate why I cut their services whilst giving billions to nuclear-armed countries whose populations hate us.”

      Now, must dash, got to find a bigger house for Abu Qatada. It’s his human rights, you know. Jolly nice chaps, these ethnics.

    • 59
      Women's Aid says:

      Sawford? Eurggh!

  3. 3
    Nom Nom Nom says:

    Is Nick Cleggs wife a beard, think i’d have a shot at that Spanish pussy?

  4. 4
    Gonk III says:

    Charming. Sort of twinset and pearls, without the twinset or the pearls.

  5. 5
    Apathy ru says:

    I don’t think anyone really cares about SpAds. Beer, yes.

    • 25
      Spadzzzzzzz says:

      I notice the weather is getting colder now, do you think winters coming?

      • 32
        The BBC says:

        It’s irrefutable evidence of climate change.

        • 45
          1984 says:

          No silly. When it’s a cold day it’s ‘weather’. When it’s a hot day it is evidence of man-made climate change.

        • 74
          Blowing Whistles says:

          And irrefutable evidence of so many political mongres having bought into a complete and utter lie. Altogether [in their dreams] now – Ah ‘Di Dums[5its] … To all the Flat Earthist twats.

  6. 6
    Airey Belvoir says:

    I would question the description ‘a rather interesting move’ – just more obscure Westminster bubble nonsense, really.

    • 70
      Anonymous says:

      But does she have any links with Common Purpose?

      • 100
        Anonymous says:

        common purpose.
        if it is wishful thinking then what is the distance between it and reality.

        • 110
          Ding Dong merrily etc says:

          That depends which common you are referring to (oh bugger, ended a sentence a preposition with )

          • Truly Menschonable says:

            Hmmm – A BBC Nick Robinson Labour spy in the Treasury?
            When will Cameron and his lot learn to employ the right people.

  7. 7
    Don Kong says:

    Conservatives need to stop communicating with the electorate and just get some fucking tax reductions through the sytem, the electorate don’t need any help in seeing how much money they have at the end of the month

    • 14
      Stimulate says:

      They need to cut VAT to 10% and put some cash back in peoples’ pockets.

      • 148
        Conrad says:

        Abolish VAT altogether along with duties on fuel ,alcohol and tobacco. Money back in people’s pockets , life made much easier for business and greatly reduced opportunities for fraud and smuggling. As for the ‘lost’ revenue the govt will just have to tighten it’s own belt , waste less , give away less in ‘aid’ and so on.

    • 15
      Old git says:

      They could increase interest rates and give savers some income.

    • 37
      Fed-up ex-Conservative says:

      They could scrap the BBC license fee, saving most households £145 per year.

      Getting rid of the tolls at the Dartford Crossing would make daily car users at least £52.20 better off each month, plus cutting journey times, petrol wastage and reducing pollution (I thought Dave was supposed to be ‘green’).

      • 75
        Hugh Janus says:

        Stop paying the corrupt and profligate EU £9bn per year would also assist.

        • 111
          Ding Dong merrily etc says:

          … as would cutting scroungers’ benefits to minimum wage levels.

        • 150
          Ehtch says:

          Seems EU funding is just there for France and Italy to carry on as usual, especially France with it 35 hour working week full stop, and for their farmers to get on their tractors and block Calais with any whinge they feel.

          And Hugh, my old boss had a better name, Peter Nurse, or Mr P. Nurse we used to call him…

  8. 8
    Tuscan Tony says:

    If she’s working for the present Tories she could well be Labour and still not break any of her principles.

  9. 9
    King Dave says:


  10. 10
    Ehtch says:

    Yes agreed.

  11. 11
    Osborne: £1.6trillion debt. Focus, you fool, FOCUS. says:

    Hiring someone called Poppy Mitchell Rose was pretty stupid and obviously going to go horribly wrong, replacing her with someone called Thea is just downright f*cking stupid.

  12. 12
    Jimmy says:

    “She’ll have a particular emphasis on the broadcast presentation of Osborne’s economic and political strategy. ”

    No seriously….

  13. 13
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    If I had a £250,000 portfolio, why would I let Fisher Investments UK anywhere near it, or for that matter any other investment company. Euro lottery tonight, here’s hoping.

  14. 17
    Mr Netanyahu says:

    Israeli soldiers shielding Arab kids from Gaza rockets. Won’t see this on CNN or anti -semitic BBC

    • 21
      The Public says:

      Come back in a decade having not killed anyone in all that time and I will listen

    • 23
      I don't nee d no doctor says:

      Nor will you hear the BBC tell you labour were in government between 1997 and 2010.
      Bigoted Broadcasting Cronies.

    • 27
      Hank the Cat says:

      Jeremy Bowen shouting its all lies, lies, they were hamas heros dressed as Israeli soldiers

    • 79
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Mr Netty Yahoo you are a Zioloon Cowboy and you and your mate Bliar and your ilk – You’re all Fired!

      And Sugar babe – with the Winner better start working out how many lies you’ve both spent your lifetimes believing.

  15. 22
    Operation Crossbow says:

    She probably is Labour, so that’s why she feels at home with Osborne, he’s a bigger spender than McRuin.

  16. 24
    Ehtch says:

    Louise Mensch saw sense, and got the fuck well away from Dave Cameron and his fag, Nick Clegg, with her some lame arranged excuse that she is moving to NYC “for family”. We’re family maaite!

  17. 31
    Elephant in the room says:

    • 83
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Thanks for that – Clocked it. Sacks said “I think its Iran actually” ….

      Thinking is one thing – but knowing for a fact is something completely different – unless of course one has a pre-disposition and mind-set(up). Oh Dear me Mr Sacks. BTW – You’re also fired.

  18. 34
    keredybretsa says:

    Is this a core communications segment with political fulfillment? Hopefully not forgetting that the Internet is the ultimate information resource.

  19. 35
    Boris says:

    I say chaps, all this election milarky going on…. am I PM yet?

  20. 36
    The times they are a changing says:

    Change what change, LibLabCon no difference.

  21. 38
    Pearl of wisdom from Wan Hung Lo says:

    Doesn’t matter who you vote for at an election, the government always gets in.

  22. 39
    Me and mine are subordinate to a magic mong and the Edinburgh Labour voting dogshite says:

    On a go slow this week? Yawn.

  23. 40
    Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

    Economic strategy….what economic strategy?

    The only ‘strategy’ I can see is concreting all over England’s countryside and ruining GB by allowing property developers to stick their fingers up at local communities and do just as they like. Viz: Old Harlow.

    • 43
      Bogeyman says:

      Harlow is a chav-infested shithole and needs to be covered with a 2ft mulch of concrete.

      • 49
        Fed-up ex-Conservative says:

        Harlow? Chav-infested? Really? That is surprising. Mind you, I once made the horrible mistake of thinking Hastings would be a nice place for a pleasant day out..

        • 54
          I don't nee d no doctor says:

          It was never the same after 1066.

        • 67
          Bogeyman says:

          At least Hastings had some French visitors, once. Harlow gets no visitors other than Lithuanian lorry drivers delivering crap to Poundland.

        • 71
          Bogeyman says:

          Trying again…

          At least Hastings had some French visitors, once. Harlow gets no visitors other than Lit uanian lorry drivers delivering c rap to Pound land.

      • 61
        Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

        Bogeyman, you are woefully misinformed. Take a look at the beautiful, ancient – Conservative – conservation are of Churchgate Street – where Eric Pickles intends to dump 2 high density, modern estates for c 11,000 people.

        • 65
          Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

          And take a look at the stunning Gibberd Garden created by Sir Freddie Gibberd.

          • Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

            The Gibberd Garden, by the way, is one of the unique and irreplaceable gems that will be destroyed by this development.

        • 81
          Bogeyman says:

          My apologies. You are talking about Old Harlow. That is only 50% chav.

          Yes the gardens at Sir Freddie Gibberd’s old house are lovely. But you will have noticed that the great socialist architect who boasted that he “lived in the town he designed” did in fact reside at the bottom of leafy March Lane, a comfortable distance from the delights of Mandela Avenue and Pinnacles Industrial Estate.

          • Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

            Sir Freddie Gibberd lived on the outskirts of Old Harlow and Churchgate Street. He was a regular visitor to Harlow, shopped and went to the theatre here and was a member of Harlow Arts Society. He filled Harlow with beautiful green spaces and sculptures. How many towns do you know that have hundreds of sculptures…several by Henry Moore, several by Gerda Rubenstein, others by August Rodin, Dame Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Keonig, Sir Freddie Gibberd and scores of others?

          • Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

            I’m no Socialist, Bogeyman, I was a very hard working Conservative activist until I received Eric Pickles’ letter today.

            Eric Pickles decision ignores:

            A massive campaign by the local communities of Old Harlow, Churchgate Street, Hastingwood and Sheering

            700 to 800 letters of objection

            A petition signed by 3,000+ of the local community

            Numerous packed public meetings

            Several – previously unheard of – marches by Old Harlow’s middle class

            The recomendations against the development of Harlow’s planning dept

            Unanimous vote against the development by Harlow’s planning committee

            The united opposition of all three parties and our MP.

            Eric Pickles gives me no choice but to leave the Conservatives.

          • resident says:

            Similar things happening in Hagley Worcestershire. Don’t know how we even think about successfully complaining, because sure as eggs is eggs we will be ending up being intolerant or racist.

        • 84
          Fed-up ex-Conservative says:

          High density housing.. 11,000 people. Lots of ‘social housing’ then. That’s nice. I love the term ‘social housing’, because it doesn’t in any way describe the people who live in them. Orwellian, really.
          They built an estate with ‘social housing’ near me. You can spot the ‘social’ houses, because amongst all the nice houses with their much-loved gardens and flowerbeds, the ‘social’ ones are those with overgrown gardens, police visits, ambulances, loud ‘music’ day and night, inconsiderately parked cars, doors slamming, screaming, shouting (half the time in a foreign language). And if that’s not enough to identify the the ‘social’ houses, the crime website has lots of little dots plastered all over the map where the ‘social’ houses are.

          • Bogeyman says:

            Re your earlier reference to Hastings, I’ll try once more to get round this ph uk in moddy botty thing.

            At least Hastings had some Gallic visitors, once. Harlow gets no visitors other than lorry drivers with a PL national plate delivering inferior goods to a certain retailer who sells everything for one pound.

          • Bogeyman says:

            I’d like to reply but keep getting blocked, so I’m not bothering any more.

          • Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

            Not here, fed up Conservative. Here, social housing built as part of swanky etates seems to be full of well paid public sector workers and costs a mint.

    • 99
      Eric Pickles has kicked Old Harlow in the teeth says:

      The Conservatives must have more supporters and members than they know what to do with…

      • 140
        sixbinspickles says:

        You ungrateful lot ,I said you could have six wheelie bins and a skip for every household (thats what i have) and three collections a week but no thats not good enough,its enough to drive a man to comfort eating,thats my excuse anyway.Burrrp.

        • 141
          sixbinspickles says:

          If you are going to veto it get it over with guido i will not burst into tears.It says more about the outfit you are running than it does about me.

          • Honest working man (for 50 years 1955 to 2005) says:

            There we go then free speech any one ? yes as long as it is free of any thing you disagree with .So you blocked me again.guido you really are as bad as all those you pontificate against.

  24. 42
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    Middle England is turning away from David Cameron – @Ed_Miliband:

    • 48
      1984 says:

      Looks like Middle Humberside might be turning away from Labour.

      Could Prescott fail to win in his own back yard?

      • 56
        IMHO says:

        Seems to have gone second preference, and the length time taken to declare a result suggests it’s close, but have sinking felling the barrel of lard might sneak it.

        • 85
          jgm2 says:

          If he wins by a single vote it will be a great personal mandate and an indictment on the T*ry led coalition.. If he loses by a single vote the whole process will be an ill-considered T*ry initiative that he only reluctantly got involved in.

          • Is terminal dandruff catching? says:

            In his own words and witnessed by millions around the world: “Bugger off..”

            A real gent, that one.

            PS: Got any spare pies?

    • 50
      Ehtch says:

      Good gawd, even their own supporters have turned away from them. 754 votes, yes, 754 votes for torys, IN MANCHESTER CENTRAL! Less than 5% of the vote! If that doesn’t say this country is fucked up by having this present government still in, I don’t know what is.

  25. 46
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:


  26. 47
    Justin Poofy Boots comes out of the closest in slow motion. says:

    What does Shami Chakrabarti moustache have to say about this state of affairs. Taking bloody liberties.

  27. 55
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Leak, what leak ?

    More leaks than a collander….

  28. 58
    Ed Moribund says:

    I would just like to congratulate my wunashion candidate for bringing wunashion labour into the wunashion 21st wunashion century!


  29. 62
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Has Bercow resigned yet?

  30. 63
    Hank the Cat says:

    Heard a new one today twibel means to libel someone on twitter as in
    Sally twibel Bercow

  31. 64
    Gilmore's Gimps and her socialists junkies says:

    I am extremely pleased Sawford won.

    (Stoney Face)

  32. 66
    Hallelujah says:


  33. 69
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    So there are 19,000 people of Corby that believe in stealing from the tax payer (MacShane), lying about McAlpine (Watson), being a hypocrite (Millionaireband). People of Corby you have the MP and party you deserve.

    • 72
      jgm2 says:

      Not at all. The people of Corby are far more concerned by the economy and the ‘cuts’. The fact that it was Labour who fucked the economy and there are no ‘cuts’ has somehow eluded them Which is surprising seeing as I’m sure most of them spend a great deal of time watching the BBC which must be mentioning these facts 24/7.

      • 77
        IMHO says:

        They talk about nothing else but reality politics in the Queen Vic these days (Phil Redmond script).

  34. 75
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:

    I think I have OCD

  35. 88
    Lard Pressclott - Laughing Policeman in waiting says:

    WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. 92
    incoming.... says:

    prezza hits deck !

  37. 103
    Lord Mooncrater says:

    She is a ligger supplying Boy George with coke.

  38. 118

    “Guido always had Rogers down as Labour”

    Labour and Tories have merged into the Labatory Party.

  39. 119
    Ehtch says:

    Rogers could be a mole. And that is not an emphamism, by the way, honest….

    • 120
      Ehtch says:

      Song for Thea, to make her turn, if she needs to, though which I think not. Smoking cigar Thea? (that IS an euphamism by the way, all, if you torys didn’t spot it)

  40. 123
    Ehtch says:

    Been talking to a Swede about England’s performance from the other night, and as a good diplomate that they are, Ibamovitch was unstoppable, especially on the fourth, shown on Swedish telly from the otherside of the field,

    I am yippitydodah there, by the way, if you want to bother me. Posted this ABBA song for him, and so far he does not mind,

    Bugger it, might as well post more modern scandanavians, for diplomatice true honest reasons,

    Yes Niki, Huw is here – what do you want? now I am not saying I give oulines for lyrics for this, or did I? : ) guess

    • 124
      Ehtch says:

      Ok, the Llyn y Fan fach fable did it for Niki, as with Ladytron, Llyn y Fan Fach first,


      See? The old mark one messages are the best.

  41. 125
    Ehtch says:

    No one seems to be commenting about my latest, maybe due to baffledome. So might as well explain myself, I am the the poorer decentant of the old welsh Henry Seven Lloyd and Vaughan clan, whose genetics might have got to me, you could say, from crachach/the big bods time.

    Anyway, what I can sense from my DNA is, we should be all the same, Oxbridge and Eton and Harow and whatever chorical Wetminster school you can think of, mainly it seems in the self-perpectuating right up to gawd knows where South-East of England, concerntrated Nero’s madness.

    Where was I? Oh yes, another song for such, but I understand,

    ok ok, ladies, so I have gone up a step or two on the ladder of coolness, but have you asked me if I could give a fuck?

    • 126
      Ehtch says:

      Ach bugger it a couple of Italiano songs, and why not?

      POPE POPE!, venite a dare un’occhiata a questo, oh mio caro dio vergine Maria buono!

      • 127
        Ehtch says:

        I suppose I will have to tell you about my very old penpal, Isabella Bruini, from Senegalia, Ancona, from north east coast Italia, that taught me Italiano since 1975, off and on communicado in adult life – song for Lisa, from Huw, still love you, with things that sdult life hits us,

        Been told, if I have any problems…. been suppied by local phone numbers for agents here in Wales, say no more…

        • 128
          Ehtch says:

          It works though, Italiano has been looking after my daughter from Redhill and Reigate – say no more, again…

    • 147
      Ehtch says:

      My daughter is 21 now, 22 soon, works all over the World, so it is time for me to spend a day with her again, but to drag me from pillar to post instead, as I did with here when young, taking her to some of my pagan homeland sites for spirit and spiritual feeling to be enstilled within. It works you know.

  42. 131
    Ehtch says:

    Isabella was my first love in my life, a year younger than me in life, the penpal system fron helsinki really did work in our cases then, wished our both family encouaged us to get together, I suppose we could both say.

    Another song for Lisa, as she told me to call here, since all her friends did,

    Liked speaking and practising french between us we did too, saying things about the francais that they are slightly different from both of us.

    • 132
      Ehtch says:

      Strange it used to cost an arm and leg to phone Lisa back in the 1970s, looking now when you can phone anyone around the World for the fracyion of the price, in real terms, even Russia…

  43. 133
    Marion the cat says:

    New one to me, never heard of Hank the Cat before. I’ve been around awhile, Schrodinger’s seems to be elsewhere now but others pop up. Spotted another one the other night. Us felines are a force to be reckoned with, n’est ce pas. As Frenchies say, En le nuit tout les chats sont grise.

  44. 149
    Saffron says:

    Why does Sally Ally continue to demean the office of speaker of the HOC.
    This position is one of the great offices of state in this country.
    I recollect that one speaker said to a king these words:-
    I have neither eyes to see or tongue to speak unless this this house directs me so.
    Now times have changed so much that we can see an idiot woman who can for self gratification demean this great office of state and her husband apparently cannot do anything about her loose gob,or chooses not to do anything about it for whatever reason.
    How much longer are we going to put up with this,birky is fast becoming a joke and not fit for office.

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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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