November 30th, 2012

Neil O’Brien Appointed New Osborne SpAd
Leaving Policy Exchange to Develop Policy for Manifesto

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Neil O’Brien is leaving Policy Exchange to become George Osborne’s new SpAd tasked with developing the next generation of policies that will in all likelihood see their way into the Tory manifesto in 2015. Treasury sources say that the Chancellor likes his policy instincts and his style.

Policy Exchange is like a finishing school for Tory SpAds, in the way that the old Conservative Research Department used to be, alumni include Nic Boles. Other ministers like Gove and Maude were active in the organisation in opposition. Downing Street and ministries have often recruited people like James O’Shaughnessy and Sean Worth who were associated with the think-tank.

David Skelton will be taking the helm at the think-tank in the interim until a new director is appointed. It is a plum job and competition will be fierce…


92 Comments

  1. 1
    Big News says:

    Hardly

  2. 2
    CHIEF DARKEY UMBONGO says:

    NADINE DORRES says:
    November 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I can’t wait to go back to a world infested with slimy vile creatures disgusting insects and the worst creepy crawly creatures ever spawned by nature
    I’ll be back in parliament on Monday !
    Reply

  3. 3
    EdMiliband says:

    I haven’t read War and Peace, but I agree with it totally

  4. 4
    Sarah Champion (Newly elected Labour MP for Rotherham) says:

    Payday lenders are sorta like crack dealers except they’re totally legal, have the ear of politicians & look like this http://www.providentfinancial.com/index.asp?pageid=39

  5. 5
    Sushi the Goldfish says:

    What is a think tank?

  6. 6
    T. P. Fuller says:

    Your natural home, dear, you publicity-crazed crone.

  7. 7
    T. P. Fuller says:

    In much the same way that nuns are like terrorists, except that they’re totally legal, don’t blow things up & look like hypertrophied penguins?

  8. 8
    Neil O'Brien says:

    Hello Guido

    Thanks for giving me my 15 minutes of fame

    I will of course help George come up with crackpot schemes like electing Police Commissioners

    We have to be as fruit cake and luney as UKIP nowadays, you see

  9. 9
    UKIPman says:

    They should do well in Labour areas. Only nutters would go anywhere near them.

  10. 10
    Dave (i took one for the team) Cameron says:

    It is really important that we push through our gay marriage proposals
    as most of my old school friends are botty bangers
    not like them German perverts

    Meanwhile back in Krautland

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20523950

    brings a whole new meaning to “Dogging”

  11. 11
    Sally Bigcow says:

    Hi guyz! I’m bak! I’m totes soree 4 my behaviour last time. *blush* I proms not 2 do again! *she says* Thanx 4 all the amazeballs support! *grateful face* Now, let’s have sum fun! *cum face*

  12. 12
    sir boffton toffton mp says:

    i have told o’brien to polish up my proposal to sell orff the poor into servitude – in order to reduce the national indebtedness, giv’em a proper sense of purpose in life and keep m’garden tidy

    i look forward to the results – what?

  13. 13
    Rob Wilson MP says:

    I’ve written a letter about this and put it in the public domain.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    What idiotic policies he need to come up with for the next general election?

    First of all we need someone to sort out the economic mess UK is in. These idiots are making things even worse for UK.

  15. 15
    UKIPman says:

    Were you snatched from your parents when young by a Labour council?

  16. 16
    Trinny says:

    I don’t agree with what you say, but I defend your right to say it (unless what you say upsets the Office of Truth – which is of course completely free of interference from Government … really it is … they told me to say that)

  17. 17
    Luciana Berger says:

    Quite right!

    Now, just don’t tell my constituents that I own a car with a £5000 personalised number plate. Might not go down well with the working class Scouse Labour supporters here. Some of them still haven’t forgiven me for not knowing who Bill Shatner was.

  18. 18
    Policy Exchange web site says:

    “We attract the highest calibre of speaker from across the political spectrum, both nationally and internationally. Previous speakers have included:

    General David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency”

    ROFL

    We may now invite Monica Lewinsky, to be even handed (fair and balanced, of course)

  19. 19
    Angela Merkel's pussy says:

    How low can you go ?
    We’ll i’ve done a chiwawa !

    Rod Hull say’s
    I’m spittin feathers !

  20. 20
    The Only Way says:

    The Only Way to get on in this Government is to bend forward over a desk with your shirt over your head.

  21. 21
    Butch Dave says:

    Treasury sources say that the Chancellor likes his policy instincts and his style and his arse.

  22. 22
    Ed Millionaireband says:

    My polithy ith to give everybody on welfare twithe ath muth ath anyone working can get.

  23. 23
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Another PRO-EU patsy… just what the Tories need now.

    This buffon wont add Jack shit to a party that has lost the plot and abandoned Conservatism.

  24. 24
    The official Think tank for fruit cake ideas says:

    Paddy, hows about introducing marriage for homosexuals? That has to be one of the most crackpot schemes imaginable.

    When you’ve done that you could try securing the country’s energy resources by forcing the people to subsidise wealthy land owners to build them on their estates.

  25. 25
    EdMiliband says:

    I didn’t read your reply but I agree with you

  26. 26
    The Tosser in No 10 says:

    Frankly, – I think WindMills are the only thing that got us through the drought – which, if I’m not mistaken, is still ravaging the land. Thank goodness we got in so much Perrier!

  27. 27
    Policy Exchange insider says:

    Inside tip Guido

    George should have hired Nick Faith from Policy Exchange

    He is part of the next scandal about to explode

    “Prior to joining Policy Exchange, Nick worked for a leading public relations and public affairs consultancy. “

  28. 28
    Butch Dave says:

    I say chaps, you’d never guess Gideon is a bogtrotter, with all these O’ that and O’this micks he hires. Thank fuck no one guesses he’s a knob jockey.

  29. 29
    Hey! says:

    Sally – if you’re back – hows about a sortie up your alley? -

  30. 30
    Hank the Cat says:

    A blind pensioner was told by an ambulance service operator she could get to hospital on her own as her guide dog would read the signs.

    And where did this piece of monumental stupity take place,

    Ms Weir was informed by an operator that she no longer met criteria and would have to make her own way to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

    These are the voters of the maximum imbecile, think dogs can read

  31. 31
    Hey! says:

    Angy dear, – fancy a large krout sausage?

  32. 32
    Butch Dave says:

    Conservatism? Don’t be silly. Gay Marriage, Indian ‘Students’, huge floods – of gypsies from Romania – That’s what the average English Pleb wants!

  33. 33
    Tory backbencher says:

    I think Sian Hansen from Policy Exchange would have been far better than O’Brian

    We need to promote wimmin

    And she is a pure investment banker

    Just what the Tories need to create confidence and mprove their image

    “Sian has held numerous positions in international investment banking since 1986 in London and abroad.

    Her roles have included corporate finance, syndication in the bond markets, equity research specializing in Emerging Markets and sales to UK and European Institutions.”

  34. 34
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    I love the smell of bullshit in the mornings and nothing spreads bullshit faster and deeper and smellier than a brand new spad!

    How is Cast Iron Dvae performing on his promise to significantly reduce the nember of spads – making significant inroads no doubt.

  35. 35
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    That would be “Dave” and “number”.

    I must check what I post before pressing submit.
    I must check what I post before pressing submit.
    I must check what I post before pressing submit.
    I must …………………..

  36. 36
    Who Wants Some! says:

    Fuck me is this news? Some Cameron/Hague/Osborne EU bum bait moves from one shite department to another?

  37. 37
    Hank the Cat says:

    Just a thought maybe the dogs had a postal vote!

  38. 38
    Gay Fawkes' hero - Boris says:

    Floods! Floods! Everywhere! – of cheap labour Indian ‘students’ – Yes!

  39. 39
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Rob Wilson – God’s gift to Royal Mail.

  40. 40
    Mentalist says:

    A place where other people nick your ideas and never pay you or give you credit for them.

  41. 41
    Hank the Cat says:

    Must be a phucking huge desk for Abbott

  42. 42
    Meanwhile says:

    Just wouldn’t bother mate……..

  43. 43
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Good chance that the dog had far more sense than the local MP.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    But at least the big industrial energy users won’t have to because they might up sticks and move to another country, we’re told.
    If other countries aren’t screwing their consumers, why is this one?

  45. 45
    Brown out and pay me damages. says:

    Yeah. Whatever.

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    We have a part time chancellor part time strategist. Problem is Osborne is bad at both of it.

    Even an idiot would have won the last general election, this idiot went and mess it out. Rather than calling another election or running a minority government this idiot went into government with nut cases who broke their promises for power and want to increase energy price.

    After fu**ing this country even further than the last lot, these idiots think voters might be stupid enough to give them another chance.

    Unless Cameron and Osborne goes now, conservatives are finished for a generation.

  47. 47
    Dave the Rave, surrounded by criminals says:

    Note to George Osborne

    You should have chosen Noick Skelton from Policy Exchange, George

    He is in favour of gay marriage

    “The Government’s proposals to introduce civil marriage for same-sex couples have provoked controversy and a wide-scale debate…… In particular, a ‘conservative case’ in favour of reform has emerged.”

    You must keep on message so that we can commit political suicide together

  48. 48
    Who Wants Some! says:

    To be honest the dogs do seem smarter than the people of Kirkcaldy who voted that self soiling, demented c_nt Brown as their MP. The wanker needs to kicked out of HOC and then as soon as the Peoples Republic of Scotland is formed banned from England.

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Under this lot even more people are dependant on benefits than the last lot.

  50. 50
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:

    I will post one of my wise witticisms on Twitter later.

  51. 51
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    U think that is bad. Go to Edinburgh, they are so thick they need instructions on how to breath.

  52. 52
    Noncesense says:

    A former BBC radio presenter has appeared in court accused of sexual offences against children. Michael Souter, 59, of Loddon, Norfolk, is charged with 18 offences against boys, as well as a charge each against a man and a woman. The charges, including serious sexual offences and indecent assault, relate to six boys, among them under-14s.

    The former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter was granted conditional bail by magistrates in Norwich. Mr Souter, of Low Bungay Road, was ordered to appear before Norwich Crown Court on 14 December.

  53. 53
    Loony greens says:

    LibDems and Windmill Dave. That’s why.

  54. 54
    Sally Bigcow says:

    Mayb! *blush* I totes love it. *coy face*

  55. 55
    Hang The Bastards says:

    The CONservatives need to strengthening their EU ties…. Hence the employ only EU lovers mandate

  56. 56
    Private Secretary to the PM says:

    Confidential note to the PMrime Minister

    Following your instructions, I have just spoken to senior investment bankers in the City

    They have assured me of your multi-million dollar future remuneration if you can avoid sending any of them to prison for the rest of this Parliament

    They said

    “The PM must hang in there and protect us like he is protecting Murdoch and other press criminals”

  57. 57
    Perfectly within the guidelines..this happens most days within UK says:

    This is NOT new for anyone in UK attending hospital out-patients. Unless it is an emergency patients attending out-patients do NOT have right to an ambulance but must get a taxi or a lift from a friend or use public transport. You can apply via your doctor for an ambulance car to take you to and from hospital but it is at the sole discretion of both GP and Ambulance Service. Some areas of the country operate a voluntary service staffed by volunteers to take the elderly to and from hospital etc for their out-patients appointments.

    In relation to the case in point the operator was correct in the interpretation of the rules although they can use discretion and in this case they probably should have but without all the facts you can’t judge as you would have to take into account the difficulty of the journey;time of day and the frequency of public transport

  58. 58
    An economic unit says:

    At least the dog turns up for work.

  59. 59
    Hank the Cat says:

    In relation to the case in point the operator was correct in the interpretation of the rules although they can use discretion and in this case they probably should have but without all the facts you can’t judge as you would have to take into account the difficulty of the journey;time of day and the frequency of public transport

    Can’t judge you loon, interpretation of the rules. God so the operator made the correct interpretation that the dog can read. Let me guess you are a public service worker

  60. 60
    Tom Watson MP says:

    I shall be making a statement in the House about this shortly

  61. 61
    An economic unit says:

    Radio Norfolk, isn’t that where Alan partridge works

  62. 62
    Hank the Cat says:

    Radio Norfolk, lines of coke and rent boys

  63. 63
    An economic unit says:

    Are they still renting boys??? Crikey, with all their money and that and that, you’d have thought they could afford to buy them by now.

  64. 64
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    Yes, yes, very good, very good.

    Now, about Jane Pilgrim.

  65. 65
    neilfutureboy says:

    Is it childish of me to be amused that, with only a little juggling, his name is:

    N.O’Brain

    (with deference to Robert Heinlein who used a character of this name in the book “Number of the Beast”)

  66. 66
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    I see what you did there. You position the ‘N’ and the ‘O’ close together, without a natural space (shame about the ‘.’ – you could have omitted it?…) so it (tries to) read ‘NO Brain’.

    Genius.

  67. 67

    Yeah…What about Jane Pilgrim?

  68. 68
    Jimmy says:

    Who cares? Only 880 days left now and counting.

  69. 69
    William Shatner says:

    Star Trek is not a matter of life-and-death. It’s far LESS important than that. Get a life, all you absurd little retards wearing your pointed ears to conventions of other like-minded Asperger’s Syndrome patients.

  70. 70
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    Yeah, what about Jane Pilgrim?

  71. 71
    Three Solid Wins - the people have spoken says:

    Neil O Brien?

    ?

  72. 72
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I would write a letter about this but cannot as I am virtually illiterate. Boaz.

  73. 73
    Ed says:

    I think we can see who the knob jockey is around here, Butch? top o’mornin te ye!

  74. 74
    Ed says:

    What a fuckin racket, no wonder the catholics don’t want to put up that shite coming down the streets. And to think, I thought Daniel O’Donnell was the biggest pile of shite to come out of Ulster!

  75. 75
    Career politicians are a cancer says:

    Finishing School !!!! Fuck off and get a job in the real world then I might be interested,

  76. 76
    yeah, right... says:

    Who he?

  77. 77
    XXXxx says:

    “It is a plum job and competition will be fierce…” now is your chance Guido, go for it, you know you want to Guido, I am sure you would have a lot of backers in the Tory party.

  78. 78
    XXXxx says:

    Unfortunately true but after Christmas there will be plenty of takers when the next lot of layoffs start.

  79. 79
    XXXxx says:

    Neil O’Brien looks a bit like a baby-faced Rory Bremner, can he do impressions?

  80. 80
    XXXxx says:

    Wrong party Hanky, try again, unless you mean Pickles only he daren’t bent over

  81. 81
    XXXxx says:

    Cast Iron Diva says one thing, then if it gets diffucult to implement or his major backers say no, he says the contrary.

  82. 82
    XXXxx says:

    Another guy with a Scots name

  83. 83
    XXXxx says:

    Who’s she, is she one of your friends 8i££y?

  84. 84
    XXXxx says:

    You seem to have thing about her 8i££y, you might come up with her in ER, complete with latex gloves and mask when extracting something from you.

  85. 85
    XXXxx says:

    It seem that the only ones the Tories have to fear in the next election is UKIP

  86. 86
    Shameus McCameron says:

    I Think more indian students should come here and steal our low paid jobs
    otherwise there would be a backlash from our home grown dossers if we asked them to go out to post leaflets and deliver pizzas

  87. 87
    Oh dear says:

    and just exactly who funds this Pink tank?

    Sounds a nice easy job too. A couple of afternoons sitting in the park with a scribble pad will soon have a short list of policies. Nice work if you can get it!

  88. 88
    Oh dear says:

    Saw you on the telly earlier today Ed talking complete tosh about the way Cameron responded to Leveson. My gran told me that if someone tells lies will get spots on their tummy. Your bellybutton must be a right mess!

  89. 89
    Oh dear says:

    How’s her easing?

  90. 90
    Oh dear says:

    Apropos poster No 8 above, can anyone explain the relationship between the new Police Commissioners and ACPO? Ta.

  91. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Has no one asked if Policy Exchange have one?

  92. 92

    It mentions neither christians, jews, pagans or muslims(who did not even exist at the time in question). It’s purpose is to counsel hope when doing


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