December 11th, 2012

Hodge the Dodge v The Shadow Cabinet


Last week Guido noted how question-dodging Margaret Hodge was at odds with Chuka Umunna over his use of a £20,000 analyst from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite Hodge having worked for the company herself in the past, she suggested that PwC should no longer be given government contracts due to their collusion in “aggressive tax avoidance”Unfortunately for the chair of the Public Accounts Committee, her shadow cabinet bosses have failed to adopt such a noble position.

In the latest Register of Members’ Interests Ed Balls declares that he  has taken on a PwC analyst until March next year, with their £88,060 wage paid for by the company. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing…


  1. 1
    Jungly Barry says:

    Labour are coming

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  2. 2
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    The well known right wing political blogger,Guido Fawkes warned on Monday that too many countries were trying to weaken their currencies to offset the impact of the slow global economy and the trend could grow next year.

    “You can see, month by month, the addition to the number of countries who feel that active exchange rate management, always to push their exchange rate down, is growing,” Guido Fawkes said in a speech.

  3. 3
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Labour the party of the credit card is all over the place. If there isn’t a bandwagon they are completely lost.
    Margaret Hodge must find it all so taxing.

  4. 4
    Chriselee says:

    were all in it together

  5. 5
    Guffaw says:

    Ha! Ha! Hodge the Dodge….. excellent name.

    P.S. That nickname logic gives arise to….. Chukka the f*cker

  6. 6
    nemo says:

    You got any more scary pics I can threaten the kids with?

  7. 7
    Hedley Lamarr says:

    Interesting that PWC are aligning themselves so closely with Labour.

  8. 8
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    And what about the Culture Secretary Maria Whatshername and her £90,000 as reported in this morning’s Telegraph?

  9. 9
    He who no longer posts says:

    Looked good before you pressed Submit Comment? Try this:

    Labour are coming

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  10. 10
    Questions, questions, questions says:

    And which, in this case, is which hand?

    And why is the fact that Labour couldn’t organise an orgy in a brewery news in any sense?

    What next – Pope is a Catholic shock?

  11. 11
    Chris Bryant says:

    I know what my right hand is doing.

  12. 12
    Shirtlifter Toffs says:

    We love Dave and will definitely vote for him at the next election. Gay marriage is so lovely and we all like dressing up.

  13. 13
    Pitchfork. says:

    Who in their right mind would pay Balls £88,060:00 certainly a waste of money, would never employ PwC.

  14. 14
    Richard Timney says:

    So do I!

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    I think you are misinterpreting the pic. I think he has his hand where he oughtn’t.

  16. 16
    albacore says:

    The policies Parliament espouses
    Could have been spawned only in madhouses
    As complete cock-ups, every one a gem
    It’s the fairies who’ve been advising them

  17. 17
    bergen says:

    They work on the equation

    Big government=Fat contracts for us

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    Call me Dave says:

    I want the right hand to be slipping a ring on the left hand of his partner *tear to eye*

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    MPs’ expenses: Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s £90,000 claims for parents’ home

    A Cabinet minister claimed more than £90,000 in taxpayers’ funds for a second home where her parents lived, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

  21. 21
    I'm coming says:

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  22. 22
    One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

    We must push harder for more anál sex.

  23. 23
    Fan of the Jackson 5 says:


  24. 24
    offshore person says:

    the left hand often doesn’t know what the left hand is doing

  25. 25
    Chuka Money at it. says:

    We all have two left hands in the Labour Party.
    At least one of them is in the public purse.

  26. 26
    Alastair Campbell Murderer says:

    No, they haven’t employed him! FFS, who would? No, they’ve plonked someone in his office and PwC are footing the bill. I think it’s money well spent. “Sit in his office til March, and learn how not to run a nation’s finances.”

    Balls offers the sort of experience that money can’t buy.

  27. 27
    BBC, Guardian and Independent - our truth is the only truth says:

    We are going to make it mandatory in the UK to be homosexual or lesbian.
    Only transexuals will be exempt.

  28. 28
    Hilarious Pretend Name says:

    She looks like Keith Chegwin.

  29. 29
    Big Momma says:

    Balls offers the sort of experience that no person in their right mind would want to know, and certainly not experience.
    Long may he be in the Liebor party front bench as such incompetence should not go unrewarded.

  30. 30
    Big Fart says:

    Could be the other way around?

  31. 31
    No.10 -- Most Urgent Communication says:

    Cobra Meeting 11a.m. Today.

    Agenda: Should the Gay Marriage proposals by a Pink Paper to highlight their importance?

    Ministers and Officials are hereby instructed to drop all other commitments to attend to this Top Priority Item.

  32. 32
    michael says:

    PWC just fined 1.4 mill for not adding up J P Mogans books.
    …and PWC under investigation again for similar ‘Black-hole’ methodolgy wrt RSM Tennon.

    Labour’s Ed’s are obviously in preparation for ananother administration of honest endevour.

  33. 33
    Lorem Ipsum says:

    That two line indent at the top is a real pisser, isn’t it?

  34. 34
    Sweeney, The says:

    Chukka is a posh name. Means half time in horse hockey innit.

  35. 35
    Non MP's expenses says:

    Unemployed single mother on benefits who spends £2,000 on Christmas with 20 presents for each of her children

  36. 36
    Myles of Tiny Tubes says:

    We know that Balls fianlly blew it.

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Under the Same Sex Marriage legislation, the groom and groom will be required to slip rings on to each others cocks at the same moment, witnessed by the assembled guests.

  38. 38
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Now if you were in isolation training for a stay on the International Space Station it would be referred to a ” self massage “.

  39. 39
    CCHQ says:

    “Boys expect girls to have shaved pubic hair because that is what they are… seeing in porn” –

  40. 40
    Betty Swallocks says:

    Come back Rich & Mark. All is forgiven.

  41. 41
    Get it right Dave says:

    It’s not the hand upon which the gay groom slips the ring

  42. 42
    Misterned says:

    I work full time and yet can only afford a budget of 200 quid, for all the family’s presents. FFS, why do I bother working???

  43. 43
    Synic says:

    It’s a pic of Dave after the Electorate have scalped the gay luvver

  44. 44
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Will somebody please ask George Michael to apply to marry in Westminster Abbey. Elton to write the hymns of course. Dave as best man.

  45. 45
    Ash Dai Bach says:

    No, he’s in the barbers.

  46. 46
    T. P. Fuller says:

    Not in Nigeria. He’s an Igbo.

  47. 47
    T. P. Fuller says:

  48. 48
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    “…And what we found is hard reading for parents.”

  49. 49
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Operation Yewtree: There Were Two People Yesterday

  50. 50
    ROFL says:

    Can you tell who it is yet?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    I would suggest to Hodge that she should pay to HMRC an amount equal to the reduction in the dividend that she would have received from Stemcor if they had paid a “moral amount of tax.”

    She should also set-up a moral tax department at HMRC. First step would be to deem subsidised food and booze to be a benefit in kind and tax it appropriately.

    George Orwell would be impressed.

  52. 52
    T. P. Fuller says:

    The word “homosexual” is now taboo. You must say “same-sex”, as in “same-sex marriage”. It’s OK to say “heterosexual”, though; that doesn’t need to be euphemised since it doesn’t describe perversion.

  53. 53
    T. P. Fuller says:

    The £88,000 will be recovered by PwC from their paying clients, who will in turn pass on the cost, eventually, to the few remaining poor bastards who actually work for a living.

  54. 54
    All Religions are Total Bollux says:

    Never mind shaving. Many Mozzies mutilate their girls. Dave and the Beeb don’t have much to say about that.

  55. 55
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    Unemployed, single parent, woman and non-white. This woman knows how to milk the PC brigade for all its worth. She is a protected species – and I bet that Polly Toynbee would do a grand job of telling us all why this person has the right to such a life, whilst Owen Jones tells us its all my fault for being white, male, and living in a patriarchal society….(even though Owen is one himself…..)

  56. 56
    Misterned says:

    Oi! don’t leave out the bisexuals.

  57. 57
    Nom Dom Nom 2 says:

    Owen is lots of things. Wanker being one of them

  58. 58
    Misterned says:

    Sad and disgusting, but true

  59. 59
    Dave says:

    What about bi-sexuals like me?

  60. 60
    T. P. Fuller says:

    <br> can come to the rescue there.

  61. 61
    Call me Dave says:

    They will be wearing rings on the left hand silly, when its all legal and they can marry anywhere anybody else can.

    You really do need to keep up with my destruction of the UK culture

  62. 62
    Call me Dave says:

    When I have finished boys will expect girls to have cocks

  63. 63
    Balls and Hodge? yer kidding me says:

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  65. 65
    Poet Laureate says:

    Umuna the tumour.

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    Sweeney, The says:

    We’re not in Africa anymore Toto…

  68. 68
    gramma says:

    Wanker indeed!
    Have you ever considered that Owen Jones might be throwing his hat in the ring to win the BBC’s ‘Spurts Personality of the Year’

  69. 69
    nemo says:

    didn’t Boris provide bisexuals for riding round London?

  70. 70
    Ed Miliband (Prime Minister designate) says:

    George Osborne ‘must be made to repay’ £55,000 in expenses Scandal, Something for nothing Culture, Hey What What

  71. 71
    andrew mitchell says:

    Everybody should be allowed to follow their bi-cycles!

  72. 72
    Gonk III says:

    You’re quite right, it’s your fault completely. And mine. Meanwhile in other news that can’t be discussed, that’s also our fault. Discussion has been censored so completely that no one can discuss it.
    So I have nothing to say.

  73. 73
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  74. 74
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    This would be even more valid if you had pointed the camera through 180 degrees.

  75. 75
    Gays cannot "Marry" by definition says:

    Tell me again Dave, how will “consummation” factor in your Same Sex Marriage legislation?

  76. 76
    QI Christmas book says:

    Ed Miliband is a nasal gonk.

    That’s a fact.

  77. 77
    PC Dave says:

    Their LB GT school teachers will be required to demonstrate to girls the correct use of strap-ons in my gay paradise.

  78. 78
    Call me Dave says:

    Consume means to eat.

    *wipes mouth*

  79. 79
    Chuka of Tax Avoidance Solicitors Fame says:

    Actually Guido

    My analyst paid by PWC analyses ther stock market for us

    To make all our investments prosper

    We are truly New Labour you know

    And our Great Leaders Blair and Mandelson taught us that we should get filthy rich while saying how much we are concerned about all those CHAVs…

    PS Eddy is already a millionaire and just look at his brother David Millie who takes large bungs regularly from foreign governments…cor blimey…

  80. 80
    Deep scientific investigation says:

    The Milishambles Christmas Card got me thinking.

    While I am absolutely certain that Ed is from another planet I am not convinced that he brougth Justine with him and there is a chance she is an earthling. If that were to be true it would mean that the two poor unfortunate children are the first ever product of breeding between an earthling and an alien.

    This of course might not be true if John Redwood has kids but there is added spice in the case of the Milshambles as we do not know the identity of their home planet whereas Vulcan is already well known to Trekkies everywhere.

  81. 81
    Would you believe it says:

    2011 Census: England and Wales population boosted by immigration.

  82. 82
    ReefKnot says:

    Speaking of Quangos, whatever happened to the “bonfire” ? Has it been lit yet ?

  83. 83
    Dodgy Ed Milliband says:

    My private office is financed by the Sugar Daddy of All Sugar Daddies who opf course has never had any government contracts

    Lord Oh Sugar Sugar himself

    “Name of donor: Lord Sugar of Clapton
    Address of donor: private
    Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £50,305 staffing costs”

    No possible conflict of interest here

    And, of course, he is one of us…

  84. 84
    Mister Speaker says:

    Ed Miliband wagers David Cameron a ‘knee in the groin’ that The Tories won’t win the 2015 General election.

  85. 85
    FTSE says:

    KY Jelly shares and sales going through the roof.

    No surprise the manufacturer is Johnson & Johnson.

  86. 86
    restore the monasteries says:

    With the amount of seedy,self serving, political elites,who are blatently abusing their positions,purely for their own agenda and personal enrichment,
    i say we need more operations like Guido’s site and more investigative journalism as a matter of urgency.
    This is the reason “they” want to shackle the press with law.
    Today “they” want to introduce ,The collection of our data and storage under the reasons of terrorism!! A Big Brother,blanket approach.It all seems strange,to gradually erode hard won freedoms just because of the digital age.

  87. 87
    bendy and the jets says:

    After ‘Candle in the Wind’ hysteria, will the church object to ‘ Don’t let the son go down on me!’

  88. 88
    Lord >Oh Sugar Sugar says:

    No one can resist me…

  89. 89
    Postal Vote says:

    Same hypocisy as Guardian, which rages against avoidance and reportedly uses off-shore hedge funds, all legally of course

  90. 90
    Woof woof says:


  91. 91
    Accountant watch says:

    I’m not so sure PWC’s “paying clients” are all that happy either

  92. 92
    Arthur Foxache says:

    Now she is fully qualified too be come an MP..good luck to her..

  93. 93
    R.U.Shaw says:

    Don’t give up the day job scrounging !

  94. 94
    Lee Grasper says:

    Including all those in ‘beds in sheds’ ?

  95. 95
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    They are buying influence.

  96. 96
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Is this the same party which governed Britain from 1997-2010 and failed to collect corporation tax from Google, Starbucks and other multinationals for over a decade?

    Puts a new spin on fiscal incompetence, anther fiscal Omnishamballs# from Brown, Byrne, Balls, Darling, Ussher, and Blair.

  97. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Ever thought that politics in the UK is just one big wind up. What can we get away with today.

    Look at the laws they are making. Car park attendants can access full records of anyone they “suspect”. Home address and name. But no record of the accesses given to the owners. Harbour authorities (undemocratic) can make up laws in 28 days that result in criminal action, and you have to pay to see the laws. Property can be seized by charities.

    It all smacks of a government that is not allowed to actually create general laws and instead is creating the means for mini-dictatorships ruling local UK facilities.

  98. 98
    Mr BumBum says:

    If you need someone who’s an expert on black holes, George Osborne is your man.

  99. 99
    Beating about the bush says:

    Porn these days is mostly shit due to the shaven haven trend. I suppose it appeals to p****s who like their women to look like pre pubescent girls but it’s a no from me.

  100. 100
    Mr BumBum says:

    Come off it Dave, we all know which side of the fence you’re on.


  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    eton fag.

  102. 102
    Sir Cum Spect says:

    I very much doubt it.

  103. 103
    Bi-Sexed Dave says:

    Cleggy and I find sitting on the fence gives us the biggest thrill.

  104. 104
    Bi-Sexed Dave says:

    Faggot, if you don’t mind!

  105. 105
    Dagenham Daves Arse Cleavage says:

    I look lovely when I have had my crack, sack and back done

  106. 106
    50 Calibre says:

    Owt for nowt, again…

  107. 107
    jock dromedary says:

    hairiest hymen mp

  108. 108
    It's Cold Outside says:

    Well most taxpayers believe that their hard earned money will prevent pensioners form freezing to death, but alas the government’s priorities on spending do not include anyone that might not survive until the next election.

  109. 109
    Curly from Camden says:

    An Ig-bore-ameous?

  110. 110
    Curly from Camden says:

    …along the Yellow Prick Road…

  111. 111
    Curly from Camden says:

    Him and his shadow, mincing down the Avenue

  112. 112
    Curly from Camden says:

    Easier to just stop subsidising it; that way you don’t need another 400 person department to monitor it all.

  113. 113
    Jimmy says:

    Has Grant Shapps converted?

  114. 114
    Eton Fag says:

    Tories going to the wall and all Dave talks about is marriage for bumchums. Thus lot won’t last. The whole tax the rich thing is bent too – Govt/HMRC design and operate the tax system so if they’re not collecting enough its their fault. Rich pay their fair share? …which always happens to be more when the government has led us into the Khazi.

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    And effing third world train service.

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