December 20th, 2012

LibDems Bungle Briefing, Again

The LibDem strategy to distance themselves from their coalition partners rumbles on. It’s not subtle at the best of times, but it’s probably a good idea to check you don’t send out your notes in the subject line of a press release:

From: Rob Banks []
Sent: 19 December 2012 16:25
To: Rob Banks
Subject: FW: Sending this imminently….. Amended as requested – and toned down on Pickles (on Paul’s request)

LGA Liberal Democrat Group
News Release

Speaking on the Local Government Settlement, Cllr Paul Tilsley, Lib Dem Finance spokesperson at the LGA said:

“It would have been a lot worse if it hadn’t been for the Lib Dems in government.



  1. 1
    Taxus baccata says:

    Time for another arrest.


    • 8
      He who no longer posts says:

      Strange that they can type Pаul and we can’t! :-D


      • 31
        ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:



        • 39
          He who no longer posts says:

          Ah! Mоnіkа – it appears

          Happy Christmas!


          • Anonymous says:

            LD loved trapping of power. As general election nears and LD MPs realise they will lose their seats they are becoming afraid. After Mar 2013 nothing major will be done by this government. Even Tory MPs will fear losing their seats and rebel more and more.

            LD MPs will start to jump ship to Labour, few might end up going with Conservatives as they are too toxic for Labour to accept. This government will try to stay in power till May 2015 without the ability to govern this country.


          • ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

            5 days in the kitchen looms. Wine top of shopping list.
            Enjoy the Kugelhopf.


          • Lady Bracknell says:

            Excuse me! We try and avoid politics in this top section as it is unseemly. We are all warmly wishing each other the compliments of the season. Could you please take your ghastly acronyms off elsewhere, lower down, where no one will see them?


        • 45
          Beeb cavalier with his horse, lancing roundheads says:

          Well, 2015 GE is coming closing, so the lib dem slags nonses need to play “I am so so so sorry” until then, the arse biscuits that they actually are,

          Pardon Father?

          Ey Father?

          in the mass this morning Father?

          That’s better – glad we got over that.


      • 51
        VoteUkip says:

        The people running the food banks have been caught manipulating the wheat futures market.


    • 29
      Patten Stinks. says:

      Why is Patten getting away with the feeble excuse that employment law made him pay Entwistle off?

      If Entwistle was not up to the job, then the law would allow Patten to sack him without a golden parachute. The truth is and we all know it is that the BBC Trust has used fear of a non existent bogey man to pay Entwistle money he does not deserve if they are telling the truth about Entwistle’a failings.

      Now I am not convinced that Entwistle was a failure and believe the BBC trust, Patten in particular are the real failures and the payoff was meant to hide this.


      • 33
        Totty's Breakfast says:

        The pay off is what it is, a pay off. It should not exist. He should have been shown the door with nothing.


        • 59
          It's all Bullshit. says:

          Another option would have been to simply move Entwistle back to where he came from on the grounds that he was not up to the job, which in the UK is a perod of up to 24 months.

          The government does this sort of thing all the time by blaming European law for their managerial failings. Loosely drafted laws from Brussels allowing the maximum amount of wiggle room for member states are interpreted with an extraordinary amount of strictness by the government.


      • 46
        money, not my concern says:

        Entwhistle wanted out. There was no need to rush him out the door with a big pay-off. Patten doesnt need to account for the money. It didnt matter a jot to him.


        • 83
          Percy Pig says:

          Entwistle was the scape goat for the institutionally corrupt BBC. No way could one civil man sort out the corruption that existed and stll exists at the BBC.

          The BBC is as corrupt as parliament was and uses exactly the same tactics to hoodwink the public. Mother of all parliaments and honourable member is the same as envy of the world and public service broadcasting.


          • B Boyd says:

            There were (and still are) no failings amongst the BBC’s brilliant, underpaid, overworked, politically unbiased, unpampered staff.


      • 127
        Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

        Excuse me young man but the only thing that stinks around here is your vile calumny.

        I paid off Entwhistle because here at the BBC we are a club of backscrathcehers and our motto is “we are all snouts in the trough together’ By the way dont expect me to fire any of the gross incompetents named and shamed by Pollard.

        I suggest you calm down. Try a long lunch of oysters and chablis. It works for me. Pleb.


        • 155
          Epicurean is best says:

          Dear Mr Pang

          I would suggest a decent champagne with the oysters. Save the Grand Cru Chablis for the fish course.

          BBC charge card – that will do nicely.

          All the best Fatty old chap.

          A foodie


      • 158
        Anonymous says:

        But you do not live in their lawless world. You will never understand that to break their methods will mean it will be broken when they might need a payoff. To us it is basically bribery. To them it is normal, they know no other way to keep their secrets hidden. Every new person in a role is the enemy until they are made part of the problem.

        Worked under a similar system based around falsifying the tax. Direct threats in closed offices. They never expected the cure!

        Companies with no real oversight fall into these ways over time. Think of it like a closed prison were the wardens are supplying the inmates. How would that be fixed?

        The silos are full of rotten fodder. Its time to dump it in the corner of a field and let it fester. Could this be the basis of the Manchester move?


  2. 2
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Just kicked the radio to death. I cannot listen to Chris Patten a moment longer.

    Why is he still in a the job?

    Why has no oneat the BBC lost their jobs over Saville?

    Why is the taxpayer treated with utter contempt by the BBC?


    • 5
      WVM says:

      Thats two digital radios destroyed this morning at least then – mine went scuttling off the table whilst that patronising bastard rubbed the nations nose in it.

      Unbelievable that no-one out of that bloated management structure has been sacked.

      If the BBC was in the private sector their would be claret all over the carpet – & rightly so.


    • 10
      HMMM says:

      I think they are all little treasures.


    • 24
      Lord Mantlepiece of Hartlepool says:

      Leave the radio(wireless) be get out and kick StPatton’s(Greedy B) ARSE


    • 49
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Fortunately and appropriately, it was time for my morning Thompson (and I don’t mean Mark) when Patten came on. I wouldn’t listen to him anyway – he’s a boring, repetitive, pompous arse, greedily chomping his way through as many public sector sinecures as he can manage.

      Glad I gave up the TV and its Licence years ago. Starve the beast.


    • 50
      Sarah says:


      Absolutely unaccountable – the BBC Trust should be killed off – put it under OFCOM.

      Then close the place down and sell it off.

      This pro-EU / cultural Marxism the BBC espouse is all well and good, but why should I have to pay for it under threat of prison?


      • 54
        DD says:

        Stop paying for peados and marxists – dont pay the telly tax.

        I dont and feel much better when I hearthat those smug bastards have pissed away license payers momney and luaghed at the plebs who pay it.

        Fuck the BBC – starve the beast of your cash.


    • 52
      Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

      Well don’t listen to the radio Sandra. I haven’t since the late 1980’s. I did listen to The Clitheroe Kid when I was a nipper.


    • 113
      Guglielmo Marconi says:

      I wasted my time. Momma she told me to stick to making da pizza.


      • 132
        Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

        For heavens sake calm down everyone. Here at the BBC we are loyal to one another being members of our exclusive ‘overpaid jobs for life’ club.

        I am hopelessly out of my depth because since leaving uni I have never had a proper job but I am v good at collecting pensions, quango non jobs and other sinecures.

        Keeps me in oysters and chablis


  3. 3
    Not so easy says:

    Sally Alley has offered to babysit ( school auction ) to the hihgest bdder.

    STAY CLEAR; she’ll never get police clearence.


  4. 4
    Caligula of the BBC HR department says:

    Deputy Heads will roll


    • 114
      Dead Horses couldn't be worse says:

      Imperator — Wouldn’t Shergar or Dessie would be far better at running the BBC ?


    • 116
      Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Queen Street says:

      Keep calm my people. The current exposure of my placements at the highest levels of the public sector for unbelievable incompetence is, as we speak, undergoing urgent damage control. I and our sister organisation, Common Purpose, can assure you all, that the current system will continue, and that our people will continue to run the public sector, whether they are incompetent or not and, as you know, most of you are incompetent; keep up the good work. Jahbulon.


  5. 6
    Trinny says:

    According to the ad on this page, Mike Chang has transformed his body. Worth a try Guido?


    • 21
      He who no longer posts says:

      I only get those boring DIY ads on my page. I want those sex ones that others have complained about. What am I doing wrong, please, Marge?


      • 85
        A Geek says:

        Just make sure that you have porn sites in your history before you come here. As an alternative suggestion just say on the porn sites.


  6. 7
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Take a moment, sit back and think about politicians, bankers, the media, the police and the unions. What comes to mind?


  7. 13
    anonymouse says:

    It’s a bit worrying that a party that can’t organise a press release is in Government.


  8. 20
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Sums up their party. Inept and soon to be consigned to the political wilderness.


    • 28
      He who no longer posts says:

      Could it possibly be that, in making sure everyone sees their workings, they have displayed both liberal and democratic behaviour for the first time ever?


      • 97
        Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

        I rely on the Lib Dems to ensure my benefits remain as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. I,ve got to the point where I believe Gideon will go after anything.


    • 165
      All Lib Dems are tossers says:

      Limpdums = nasty feckers – always have been – always will be. Utter tossers. :(


  9. 22
    Danny Boy calling Broadsword says:

    Fatty Pang was on the Today programme this morning. Any news of what he said?

    Was it something like “Woffle, woffle, burble, burble. No need for me to lose my place at the BBC tit because none of it could possibly be my fault. We will take whatever inaction we can get away with. Are there any snorkers left? Very kind of you. This Chateau Lafitte is charming but maybe a little robust for this time in the morning. Kerching.”?


  10. 27
    Obsessed with Food says:

    Nothing to do with immigration then?


  11. 30
    Rob Wilson MP says:

    Dear Mr Wilson

    I happened to see a recording of your latest sterling performance in the House of Commons. I wanted to congratulate you on your eloquence and on the cut of your suit. I think you would agree with me that clothes maketh the man and that your tailor has done you proud.

    I would however suggest a more subdued tie in the future. Though its impact was only slight it did detract from the overall impact.

    All the bext wishes for the festive system to you and Mrs Wilson.

    I am putting this letter in the public domain.

    Rob (Your MP)


  12. 37
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    I agree it’s a good thing having the Lib Dems in government. Top marks to them for keeping the Nasty Party under control. Just think back to the Holocaust Years 1979-1997.


    • 48
      I d on't nee d no doctor says:

      I think back to the Iraq war years that happened under labour’s tenure 1997 -2010.
      I don’t remember thousands being murdered during your dates.


    • 102
      W.W. says:

      Nasty party? Just remind us who had a 80 odd year old war veteran thrown out of thier party conference?



  13. 42
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Chris Patten to BBC personnel being sacked.
    ” No way will you get a full years salary, here take double. I know it’s license fee payers money but they are only little people, in fact take treble your salary.”
    Now what about a big bonus for the rest of the staff, we’ll just put on more repeats, what’s the use of spending the money on new programmes. The gravy train comes first.
    Christmas schedule includes, She wore a yellow ribbon, cross country running from somewhere in northern england, canal walks, morcambe and wise, dads army………..while Patten is on some BBC research project in Bermuda.


    • 61
      Totty's Breakfast says:

      No-one is being sacked.


    • 75
      JH2323493 says:

      I take pride in taking in about 20 hours of television a year, which is watched online with exactly fuck-all paid for the TV tax.

      It is however becoming a struggle to find 20 hours of programming worth watching per annum. I quite like Peep Show, although this final series has clearly jumped the shark. That makes 3 hours.

      History of our streets was good, as was the two parter about the British jet age. Unusual to find programmes that actually show respect for our own history as they did.

      That takes me to 10 hours, tops. The schedule seems to be full of shite talent shows, analysis of talent shows, repeats of talent shows, and more shite.


  14. 63
    Beeb cavalier with his horse, lancing roundheads says:

    waffle justification poem,
    waffle waffle.

    Lib Dems were once a party,
    now they are arty.
    Like Amstrerdam,
    as Orange as Clegg,
    showing their fanny.

    In shop windows brit,
    showing imported twit.
    Without tulips abound,
    nor available fanny,
    to keep us brits happy.

    Clegg is just simple a waste of brit fresh iar, I have concluded. String him up as a male witch, Sheffield.


    • 103
      Beeb cavalier with his horse, lancing roundheads says:

      …blasted fucking bugger it, a song for clegg – posted this already e;sewhere, showing the housemaster Dave Cee crow, picking out his naive on britlife dutch orange peepholes. Stick your finger in the dyke if you want, but it wont save your party in 2015. The man that destroyed the Lib Den Party – Nick Cleggless.

      This welsh bloke, Cleggy, is spinning like a wheel in his grave as we speak, when he was actually the last Lib Dem Prime Minister, thrashing and keeping of the then WWI faggot tories with his shitty stick/ffon,


      • 112
        Beeb cavalier with his horse, lancing roundheads says:

        oops, that first vid should have been this, but copy paste missed with mouse, it seems. For Cleggy the arrrse,

        2015 it will be Cleggless, as you have already pre=panned your job in the EU, while leaving the Lib Dems as a total fatal traffic accident. Ey, Simon Hughes? And the rest of their crap head MP on the backbenches, coming in their personal knickers. VOTE UKIP, or Griff even, anything except those slags these days, Lib Dems.

        And they fool themselves that Osborne is a better looker after books than Brown or Darling!!! Lib Dems need sectioning they do, quickly.


  15. 66
    Nick Clegg M.P. says:

    Subtle changes of emphasis have got us where we are today.

    Vote Conservative.


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  17. 72
    XXxx says:

    Fawkesy is your real name Hugo an article the Guardian this morn
    they have got one thing wrong in that film, British governments have always been frightened of the general population, so any rebelion has usually come from their own “friends”


  18. 73
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Maragret Hodge is criticising Entwhistle’s pay off. There she goes, there she blows, when will she answer about her own affairs, no one knows.


  19. 93
    Screwed Taxpayer says:

    Dave — Christmas & New Year Cheer — announce that the TV Licence fee is being cut to £100 for 2013. It will be universally popular apart from among the BBC and Guardianistas luvvies.

    It is the only way to wake up the complacent fuckers at the BBC. Any normal business would have fired at least one third of the senior managers for gross incompetence, but not that self-righteous tax payer funded bunch of cnuts

    Go on man — show some guts — JUST DO IT


    • 124
      XXxx says:

      Erm, wasn’t it under Maggie that the Beeb was moaning about lack of finance, so she put an eseculator on TV licence fee (Tax), and up it has gone ever since.


      • 162
        Another morning goes by and Dave's done fuck all says:

        It needs to be on a down escalator, 10% less each year in perpetuity.


  20. 101
    Justin Thornton QC Wife of stinking rich milliband says:

    I asked my Ed for nookie last night. He said no and demanded a Judge led Enquiry


  21. 106
    Donald K Derby says:

    The Lib Dems are a bunch of wankers


  22. 107
    Dennis "Apple Mac" Shane says:

    Is the man really called Rob Banks?


  23. 117
    Jagbulon says:


    The libs don’t seem to be adapting well to being relegated to being the fourth party in British politics.


  24. 118
    The Public says:

    Has Mr Huhne done his time at Dartmoor yet?


    • 143
      Where all LimpDums belong.. says:

      Broadmoor, surely?


    • 145
      Keir plays Santa says:

      After consideration it has been deemed unlikely that there would be any chance of a conviction if a prosecution was authorised and it has therefore been decided that no further action is to be taken…..


  25. 119
    Mum, mum, mummy says:


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  27. 123
    Beeb cavalier with his horse, lancing roundheads says:

    Lib Dems have showed their colours, have they not friends? Lead them to the water pool of power and they slurp selfishly, while forgetting the people that voted for them, to get them near that pool?

    The Lib Dems have shown all the deadly sins from the Bible that we were once taught, and sometimes still, taught – GREED AND MALICE the main ones, and especially to their voters. You could vote Farage, or Griff, you can, but not too many, to scrub Clegghell from our land, once and for all.

    Ed Mil is the only answer.

    Cheque in the post Lab party hq, you tight fisted hunts?


    • 131
      Whitewash r us says:

      Wouldn’t worry they will be hanging on to Ed’s tailcoat very soon, then they can help him ,really fu ck the country back to third world and cave dwelling status.


    • 133
      illogical says:

      Never change streams in the middle of a horse perhaps


  28. 126
    George Entwistle says:

    I got £450,000 for being shit in my job. Now that’s what I call a Real Deal!


  29. 128
    George Entwistle says:

    I don’t remember getting emails telling me about Sir Jimmy’s dark side. You must understand, being DG is a busy job. I wasn’t aware of who he was prior to becoming DG.


    • 139
      Whitewash r us says:

      Next nice number, British management it’s never changed, it still knows how to make sure the greed stays at the top and the business is sucked dry and assets destroyed through sheer mismanagement, no change more destruction soon more businesses to destroy, please move along.


  30. 129
    George Entwistle says:

    I’ve just been told I have 2 children. I don’t remember having kids but you must understand that being DG was a hard job and I can’t be expected to remember everything.


  31. 137
    Swiss Bob says:

    23 year old civvie arrested in connection with the Mitchell case.

    Could he be some junior SPaD for a certain political party?


  32. 144
    Robert Edwards says:

    It really is about time that these shitbags made up their tiny minds regarding whether they are part of the government or part of the opposition.


  33. 147
    You just need a trick cyclist says:

    There’s picture of Blinky on the front page of an inhouse Westminster magazine.

    Get yourself a copy. Nail it to the mantelpiece. That will keep the kids away from the fire.

    (Be careful though – ECHR might rule it cruel and unusual punishment).


  34. 153
    TGF UKIP says:

    But when is Huhne going to jail?


  35. 167
    The savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    The libdems could not get arrested let alone get themselves re elected as even a minuscule part of a. Coalition


  36. 168
    The savant10.4 highway patrol says:


    For fuck s sake give it up

    Everybody.has pissedv off for chriistmas . Well done on a very good year but reallly

    Go home an don t come back till 2 jan

    You and we both need a break

    Happy holidays


  37. 169
    dtn says:

    How many kebabs do you have to eat to get an arse as big as Abbot’s? And did we pay for them as she rolled home from This Week in her Taxi (which we did pay for).


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