January 9th, 2013

Patrick Rock – Dave’s Quiet Bat Person

Another direct hit for Downing Street snapper Steve Back of Political Pictures. You will remember his handiwork involving Oliver Letwin, government papers and a park bin. His photos have let the Telegraph put a nice spanner into the Coalition Review, with Cameron’s fixer Patrick Rock getting snapped flashing embarrassing documents showing just how stage managed the whole relaunch is. The news getting out that “problematic areas” will lead to “unfavourable copy” for “broken pledges” is an unusual public cock up for the most powerful Cameron adviser most people have never heard of…

Rock and Dave go back to the Home Office under the progressive days of Michael Howard. The story goes that on the day John Smith died they went drinking in the Two Chairmen, where they “both agreed that Blair coming meant that we [Conservatives] would be f**ked.” Guido understands that Rock was behind the vetoing of  former Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien joining the No.10 team, resulting in O’Brien going to No.11 to work for Osborne instead. Rock has been working under the public radar in Downing Street since spring 2011 and after this nightmare, he will likely keep an even lower profile… 


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Rock , paper , scissors ?

  2. 2
    Owen Jones says:

    The fact the right can only focus the fire on a typo rather than the substance says a huge amount to me.

  3. 3
    Voteukip says:

    Cock around the Rock.

  4. 4
    Synic says:

    A stupid incompetent adviser working for a stupid incompetent P.M. They deserve each other. Wankers both.

  5. 5
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Another fool who hasn’t learned from the mistakes of Cooper and Flint whilst walking along Downing Street. History repeats itself as farce.

    Either he hasn’t heard that a brief case has been developed to keep documents safe, or it was a deliberate piece of misinformation.

  6. 6
    ROCK and CHIPS (Dave has just about had his) says:

    Stage managed ! well i never
    Dave has gone from Cast Iron (Forgemasters)to
    Concrete (Readymix) to
    Varnish (Ronseal)
    Next stop
    Removals (Pickfords)

  7. 7

    I don’t understand this. I have read it several times.

    Is it good or bad?

  8. 8
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    They all just defy belief – staggering incompetence.

  9. 9
    ROCK and CHIPS (Dave has just about had his) says:

    ““both agreed that “Dave” coming meant that we [Conservatives] would be f**ked.”

  10. 10
    Philip Schofield says:

    “Accidently” flashing something in such a way that someone with a keen eye can read what it says? Nope, never heard of such a thing.

  11. 11
    Whoops a Daisy says:

    It’s deliberate as are most of these incidents.

    When something is leaked always consider who has the most to gain, then you know why.

  12. 12
    Oliver Letwin says:

    Its easily done.
    Oh,and you ain’t seen me,right?

  13. 13
    Pompey Voter says:

    Isn’t this the same Patrick Rock who was parachuted as candidate into the safe seat of Portsmouth South in 1984 and beaten in the by-election by our good friend Handycock?

  14. 14
    unemployment: a price worth paying to save the euro. says:

    Greece and Spain, the figures showed, now have jobless rates of 26 and 26.6 percent respectively.

    The more you look into it the worse it gets. Since November 2011, the Spanish unemployment rate has risen by 3.6 percentage points while Greece’s unemployment rate has soared by 7.1 percentage points.

    The trend, in other words, is emphatically upwards. Few could be surprised if either or both of these countries passed the 30 percent mark by the end of this year.

    Delving deeper, it gets worse still. Youth unemployment in Greece is a jaw dropping 57.6 percent. In Spain it’s 56.5 percent. Again the trend is sharply up. In November of 2011, Greek youth unemployment was 50.3 percent. In Spain, it was 48.8 percent.

    Absolutely astonishing and no politician in site to care or do anything about it.
    Could this happen here?

  15. 15
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Dave has never done what it says on the tin.

  16. 16

    That is quite good.

  17. 17
    Geoffrey Chaucer Excise man says:

    Cost of an envelope 5p. Cost of embarrassment, priceless. When will they learn.

  18. 18

    Unlikely. we are not part of the Euro.
    Tony thought we should be and wanted the presidency of Europe, but was thwarted by his old enemy brown.

    Just for once, Brown’s brooding, grumpy, jealous malice paid off for us.
    Three cheers for Gordon. Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons is still doing the right thing.

  19. 19
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    You have nothing better to do either, dear?

  20. 20
    Are these clowns in charge ?? says:

    They never learn…haven’t they heard of a manilla folder or brief case/attache case ? This is basic stuff. Strewth they’ll be slagging off the Met gatekeepers next(oops sorry they’ve already done that !!)

  21. 21
    unemployment: a price worth paying to save the euro. says:

    While unemployment rages high in the eurozone, the caring, elite, politicians of the EU swan around still in their lovely mercs and bmw’s, acrueing their gold plated politician pensions whilst suffocating the life blood out of the ordinary young Europeans. Not a word from religious leaders or any politician any where to support our youth.

    They have their GREED, as every other politician has had that went before them

    Absolutely nothing changes.

  22. 22
    Headmaster says:

    Wrong article child. Get thee gone.

  23. 23
    I Squiggle says:

    The way he is holding that note looks a bit mannered to me. And given past examples of the same ‘mistake’, I think this is deliberate.

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  25. 25
    Supermac says:

    Events, dear boy, events.

  26. 26
    a non says:

    Reverting to ‘type’ ? A typo suggestion does not excuse a brain stuck in neutral while mouth is in overdr-ive?
    It is little wonder Ed Miliband waives a blank sheet of paper when his alternative is having supporters like yourself and Balls to confirm so many Socialist failings in maths, manners and man.

  27. 27

    How did they achieve These huge figures ?
    We are heading the same way , unable to pay our debts , stagnant economy government and other political parties that have no solutions
    by the end of this parliament , We also will be knocking on Merkel and Barroso’s
    door begging bowl in hand

  28. 28
    unemployment: a price worth paying to save the euro. says:

    Is massive unemployment in the eurozone, especially for the young, a very good price well worth paying to save the Euro and the faces of Merkel , Hollande, Barrosa, Rumpy et al?

    After all its not them that’s suffering in any way is it?

  29. 29
    Hugh Janus says:

    I would say deliberate – it’s as though he’s holding it out for the cameras.

  30. 30
    genghiz the kahn says:


  31. 31
    Hugh Janus says:


  32. 32
    Former Head of Anti Terrorist Branch says:

    Outrageous suggestion.

  33. 33
    unemployment: a price worth paying to save the euro. says:

    The Vichy regimes in most Eurozone countries continue to suck the life blood out of them.

    After all Germany has to have it money back doesn’t? How else could those countries have afforded to pay for all those nice Porshes?

    The Euro really is just the D’mark in disguise and is there to achieve Germany’s long term goal of a United Europe, with itself in control.

    Nothing changes.

  34. 34
    just saying says:

    FFS can they just get their act together.

  35. 35
    just asking says:

    When will those suffering countries like Greece and Spain wake up and realise this?

  36. 36
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Me and my boys and the immigrant and student postal vote saw him off as usual. Pity I can’t live forever because I have got the electoral system so sewn up down here that I will never lose my seat. Boaz.

  37. 37
    Joe McCarthy says:

    Deliberate spin. Unelected. Shades of Stalinism

  38. 38
    Hugh Janus says:

    And remarkably accurate, too.

  39. 39
    Mornington Crescent says:

    And a metro-tosser who struts around with a cardboard bucket of coffee. What an oik.

  40. 40
    Mornington Crescent says:


    How about they install an update to the Conservative leadership while they’re at it?

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    I guess it was too much to expect that Cameron and co. would put effort into fulfulling as many promises as possible rather than spinning their way around them.

    So much for new politics.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    looks completely deliberate

  43. 43
    Jules W says:

    Who carries an important document by the bottom right hand corner? And in his left hand (assuming he is right handed)
    Try picking up a printed page in your left hand and see where your hand naturally ends up. Nowhere near that position I guess.

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