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. 5
    Guffaw says:

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

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


  5. 6
    nemo says:

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


  6. 7
    Hedley Lamarr says:

    Interesting that PWC are aligning themselves so closely with Labour.


    • 17
      bergen says:

      They work on the equation

      Big government=Fat contracts for us


    • 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.


  7. 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?


  8. 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?


  9. 11
    Chris Bryant says:

    I know what my right hand is doing.


  10. 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.


  11. 13
    Pitchfork. says:

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


    • 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.


    • 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…


  12. 15
    Anonymous says:

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


  13. 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


  14. 19
    Call me Dave says:

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


    • 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.


    • 41
      Get it right Dave says:

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


      • 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


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    Fan of the Jackson 5 says:



    • 33
      Lorem Ipsum says:

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


      • 43
        Synic says:

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


      • 45
        Ash Dai Bach says:

        No, he’s in the barbers.


      • 60
        T. P. Fuller says:

        <br> can come to the rescue there.


        • 73
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  16. 24
    offshore person says:

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


  17. 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.


  18. 39
    CCHQ says:

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


  19. 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.


  20. 49
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Operation Yewtree: There Were Two People Yesterday


  21. 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.


    • 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.


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  23. 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


    • 76
      QI Christmas book says:

      Ed Miliband is a nasal gonk.

      That’s a fact.


      • 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.


  24. 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…


  25. 81
    Would you believe it says:

    2011 Census: England and Wales population boosted by immigration.


  26. 82
    ReefKnot says:

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


  27. 84
    Mister Speaker says:

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


  28. 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.


    • 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.


  29. 89
    Postal Vote says:

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


  30. 95
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    They are buying influence.


  31. 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.


  32. 106
    50 Calibre says:

    Owt for nowt, again…


  33. 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.


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