January 17th, 2013

Maid Mary Ann’s Misjudged Moan

The Independent’s Mary Ann Sieghart has joined in the ongoing debate about women hacks in Westminster. Guido was on about this last week, with the Guardian and Telegraph following up on the issue. Sieghart claims:

“It took years of campaigning for childcare to be seen as a mainstream political issue rather than a private matter for parents. That was because politicians didn’t think it was important and nor did political editors. They were, on the whole, workaholic men with wives at home.”

Which hasn’t gone down very well with those same male political editors:

Guido was particularly amused by the suggestion that Mary Ann wasn’t very happy with Andrew Neil and the BBC:

“I had the uncomfortable feeling all the way through that I was being forced to play second fiddle, but it wasn’t till I watched the programme back on iPlayer that I realised why. The presenter, Andrew Neil, had gone to Danny first with every single question and had often given him, but not me, the chance of a follow-up.”

If her choice of outfits for Brillo’s show was anything to go by , she can’t have been that cheesed off…


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    “It took years of campaigning”

    “…politicians didn’t think it was important”

    Note the past tense

  2. 2
    Maid Up says:

    She’s worn that outfit a few times on Brillo. Must think she looks good in it.

  3. 3
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    We’ll become even more aware of immigrant childcare when 10 million Bulgarians and Romanians arrive here!

  4. 4
    Owen Jones"The Cheekie Chappie" says:

    New releases this week at Blockbuster –

    The staff.

  5. 5
    Pollys Brother says:

    My dad told me all women are mad and the older they get the madder they get…….methinks he was right

  6. 6

    “As I was stuffing porridge into my 5-year-old this morning ”

    Nothing better on a cold morning , Hows about that then guy’s OR girl’s

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    You know. I do believe that I would…

  8. 8
    Dave - balls of steel - Cameron says:

    Delusional old boiler

  9. 9
    DOBBIN says:

    FFS i just got my Tesco burgers out of the fridge
    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd they’re Off

  10. 10
    From USSR to UKSSR says:

    Actually. Call me old fashioned or as I prefer an INIVIDUAL. I believe childcare should have nothing to do with politics or the state except for reasons of safety.

    You have children, you look after them, END OF.

    The state providing nurseries so that mothers can work in the factories for the common purpose harks back to communism. So much in fact we were told as kids in the classroom that communism was so evil that children hardly saw their parents and were looked after by the state while their parents worked every hour possible.

  11. 11
    Joe Public says:

    Why is childcare the resonsibility of anyone other than the parents? Can’t look after children? Don’t have them.

  12. 12
    R.U.Shaw says:

    I’ve seen these ‘new men’ with their ‘female side’ on display. They’re generally hen-pecked and down-trodden. I genuinely feel sorry for them.

  13. 13
    Bewildebeest says:

    ….also note the past tense elsewhere ‘, They were, on the whole, .. men with wives at home’ It’s quite simple to understand really – what is it that so called ‘editors’ don’t understand about the English language. Surely journalists should be experts in the tool of their trade, not half arsed amateurs ?

  14. 14
    DOBBIN says:

    Tesco Economy burgers
    for those people saddled with debt

  15. 15
    Can a person be a "Political Editor" of a gossip blog says:

    You must be fucking joking

    Get back in your box

  16. 16
    Casual Observer says:

    Remember that piece from the screen shots only because the maids outfit looked so out of place. If feminist left could out itself as being what it really is this could make for a good day.

    The assumption that men do not get involved with child care is an odious myth.

  17. 17
    Julie Birchall says:

    Does Trans Fat come from the hips of Brazilian ladyboys?

  18. 18
    pinko says:

    I think the word you are looking for is “bint”

  19. 19
    Strauss-Kahn says:

    I would

  20. 20
    Mr Hack says:

    Three more arrests by Met corruption inquiry. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21058379

  21. 21
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    We’ve all got satellite TV though…

  22. 22

    She should STFU and make us all a sammich. Beyond that, what is she for?

  23. 23
    Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two bog seats, two Jags & Shags. says:

    No. Twats fat comes from mine.

  24. 24
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    No joke. when you can see up to 20 times the benefits offered in the UK compared to your own countries you would be foolish not to come here.

  25. 25


    One more to make sure:


  26. 26
    Bluto says:

    Ah, the dichotomy of the political female. They want to be equal but only in some ways. They still want special privileges and rights when it comes to children and they don’t like the idea of patrolling with heavy kit and firefights much. And then those differences that they are happy to live with, the girly gossip, shoes and bags obsessions, male strippers (not objectified they) and discriminatory programmes like Loose Women and Woman’s Hour.

  27. 27
    hormoans says:

    “Workaholic men with wives at home.”
    Fiona Mactaggart’s quote in the Seighart Indy article suggests. “[Men]They can learn it [kids and home / childcare] but it’s always a bit like a second language to them. Women know it because it’s our lives.” . Note – lives!
    In that respect wouldn’t they be better if they have these thoughts they should stay at home until their children are older. If impossible to juggle a career with motherhood why leave the comfort of the kitchen only to complain.
    If a jobs worth doing it’s worth doing well. Jounalism and politics has enough 5th wheels on the bandwagon.

  28. 28
    Bluto says:

    Nah, not old-fashioned just sensible. The fact that children have become a state commodity and political weapon is odious.

  29. 29
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    Yes and designer clothes, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, mobile phones, tablets, strange hats, cars and sports wear. There is no poverty only relative poverty.

  30. 30
    Boudicca says:

    Sieghart expects to be taken seriously when she dresses like that?

    Love to know if she employs a nanny/cleaner.

  31. 31
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Is that a ‘French Maid’s’ outfit I spy ? – Why no whip?….Oh! dear I forgot French Maids charge extra for whipping.

  32. 32
    jules says:

    These male journos are providing the anecdotes which support what MAS is saying..too much porridge on your brain Guido.

  33. 33
    Owen Jones"The Cheekie Chappie" says:

    After a bad sales week Tesco have tried to turn back the clock by recruiting an old celebrity chef. Not sure the Galloping Gourmet was the right choice

  34. 34
    just saying says:

    We’ve not gone on holiday in the years when money’s been tight.
    It’s common sense- it doesn’t mean we’re living in poverty.

  35. 35

    I had a Becher’s Brook at McDonalds this morning.


  36. 36
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Even in that outfit, after a ‘good’ night you might wake up in the morning and think ‘God, what have I done!’

  37. 37
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Childcare a mainstream political issue ???

    It isn’t.

    But the quangocrats and interfering busybodies would like it to be. Let me change that …… HAVE turned it into a political issue, so childcare really is a political mess in parts of this country.

  38. 38
    brasso says:

    Many a good tune played on an old fiddle but Brillo obviously felt Seighart was no Stradivarius..
    You tell her big G- after all as a Catholic you completely understand the rhythm section of the community.

  39. 39
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Perhaps she was playing second fiddle because she was second fiddle.She might like to consider why.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    Comment from ‘The Chair ‘, SC?

  41. 41
    Tesco Gymkhana says:

    Economy burger, economy burger, clear over the freezer into the basket, going good to firm towards the self service, deciding not to stop for fags, now this is a big hurdle… nicely done, economy burger…

  42. 42
    News Flash says:

    John McCririck weighing options with new Tesco sponsorship following C4 hurdles:


    – Every little helps.

  43. 43
    Conspiratorial Knights of Elveden says:

    Is this purely about payments connected with phone hacking, or perhaps could there information of a slightly different nature out there which needs to be covered up ?

  44. 44
    W.W. says:

    Your dad is a wise man.


  45. 45
    Tesco Gymkhana says:

    Green testicle, green testicle, clear over the freezer into the basket, going good to firm towards the self service, oh, what happened ? Looks like Green testicle was abandoned in the frozen broccoli section. Have confirmed, there will be a stewards inquiry… this is such a shame for green testicle…

  46. 46
    D.I. Regan, Flying Squad says:

    Oi! Mary! Shut it! Put the feathers down and make me a cuppa tea!

  47. 47
    D.I. Regan, Flying Squad says:

    Sorry Guv, but I can’t be doing with that American rubbish. Their coffee makes me a bit hoarse.

  48. 48
    Tax is theft says:

    Been on the black stuff again Fawkes?

  49. 49
    Can't use me old moniker says:

    “It took years of campaigning for childcare to be seen as a mainstream political issue rather than a private matter for parents. That was because politicians didn’t think it was important and nor did political editors. They were, on the whole, workaholic men with wives at home.”

    No. It was because the British parliament had bigger issues to deal with, whereas now all those big decisions are taken by our real parliament in the EUSSR, and british MPs can concentrate on rice crispies, gay partnerships, and childminding.

  50. 50
    Tax is theft says:


  51. 51
    D.I. Regan, Flying Squad says:

    And give me a drag on that Rothmans. George has ran out.

  52. 52
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    We have created a society where people expect everything to be provided by government. Even those on high salaries seem to want to bleed society dry.
    This so called austerity that the country is going through is a load of bollocks. In reality it’s I can’t afford my 3000 pound holiday, I can only afford a 2000 holiday.
    Look at Balls and Cooper as a good example of greed, and me me me society.

  53. 53

    I think you are all being a bit unfair about MAS’s maid’s outfit. I think she looks OK in it. Basically, I wouldn’t say no if she said yes. I’ve seen worse looking ladies. Give her a break, I mean it’s not as if she’s a ‘ten pint-er’ is she?

  54. 54
    DOBBIN says:

    To beef or not to beef that is the equestrian ?

  55. 55
    Sid the Sexist says:

    Somewhere to park your bike if she bends over?

  56. 56
    How wise was my Granny says:

    Don’t look a horse in the mouth!

  57. 57
    Sambo says:

    She’s so fucking desperate, you’d probably wake up with her gums round your plums.

  58. 58
    DOBBIN says:

    Tesco burgers enjoyed unbridled success in their hay day but now there’s going to be a stewards enquiry

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    I want to fuck her. I don’t care what she ‘thinks’.

  60. 60
    Willy Bum Vague says:

    I just love a French tickler

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    And yet, I would…

  62. 62
    fitzfitz says:

    …. poor old Mary Ann : trying with some desperation to secure her tenuous position with that down market newspaper where she now perches …

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