January 21st, 2013

Kevan Jones’ Expensive Punishment Beating

A fun spat is rumbling on between Labour MP Kevan Jones and the Brandon Lewis, the junior minister at the Department of Local Government. After DCLG put out a guide to saving money in Local Government before Christmas, Jones has decided to spend the new year testing the department on whether they meet their own standards on waste. Unfortunately for him, his Written Questions scatter-gunning is not really working. Plenty of answers of zilch, but also plenty of snowballs back in Kevan’s face:

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs his Department incurred in respect of staff canteens since May 2010. [135396]
Brandon Lewis: The Department for Communities and Local Government has a staff canteen at its headquarters, Eland House. The facility is a non-subsidised, directly-operated outlet by the Department’s facilities management supplier. DCLG has held a ‘Nil subsidy’ policy for the Eland House staff canteen since May 2010 and the facility has been run at no cost to the Department.


Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on potted plants and flowers since May 2010; and what the nature of such expenditure was. [135273]
Brandon Lewis: Unlike the last Government, we do not spend taxpayers’ money on pot plants or the display of cut flowers. The incoming Administration terminated the contract for internal departmental plants in September 2010. This contract had been signed under the last Administration by the (then) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and was costing taxpayers almost £7,000 a year. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer of 28 June 2011, Official Report, column 731W, on the Audit Commission’s £6,500 flower display bill under the last Administration; this was also terminated in September 2010.

Tory sources point out that while they are greatly enjoying highlighting how wasteful Labour were, they would like to point out that each question Jones puts down is costing the taxpayer £160. That’s an expensive fishing trip…


  1. 1
    Die hard Labour Twat says:

    So this article cost the tax payer GBP 120.00 ?

    • 2
      The Far Right says:

      No, £320.00, mong.

      • 5
        Anonymous says:

        What question Cameron going to put on the EU vote?

        Its not in / out. Its might be on some thing Cameron might negotiate. No, could come from both sides, once who want to leave as well as the once who want more integration.

        If UK votes no to Cameron’s negotiated outcome; what is next? UK leave EU, further integration or Cameron negotiate again?

        • 7
          Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

          Stop eating horsemeat you euros?

        • 8
          Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

          And of course, foxes don’t come into it, says Dave, moi engleterre,

          • Le Renard says:


          • Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

            Ainsi, un renard est de choisir nos poubelles quand on les met dehors pour les éboueurs. Mais est-ce une excuse pour les chasser?

            Et des pastilles de vaccination de propagation pour les blaireaux je dis, pour réduire ce problème de la tuberculose. Il est facile à faire, si ce fartarse d’un ministère du gouvernement se lever de leur dos et de faire un peu de travail réel d’imagination.

            Pensez au gars des tigres et des gamines – avons-nous eu une excuse pour le sauver?

          • Fartarse? says:

            Mon aéroglisseur est plein des anguilles

        • 27
          Anonymous says:

          As its a vote on EU, can people from EU who lives in UK can vote on it?

          • Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

            anyone, whatever continent you think you are from, of all “persuassions”, even ones with rucksacks on trains …. : )))

        • 95
          Misternedderry says:

          Cameron is trying to trick the UK into voting for the “it’s only a common market, honest” con again.

          What his plans are? Get the renegotiation complete, and ready to be put quetly before the EU council. Then hold the referendum with the same lies as 1975 hoping that we will fall for those “It’s only a free market agreement, honest we really mean it this time” lies all over again, and then, once we have been tricked into staying in, then “shock! horror!” be “surprised” to discover that our renegotiation is vetoed by some other member state, and so we would be stuck inside, with no powers whatsoever, ending up being in the worst of both worlds. Paying through the nose to be led, powerless, inside the EU to accept every dictat that they can throw at us, integrating us faster than ever, with our elite then claiming that we all voted for it, by voting to stay in the EU!

          Just as the vile, lying traitors who now still claim we voted to stay in the EU in 1975, decades before the EU ever existed.

          We must be given an honest choice between the ONLY two options available. All the way in, or all the way out!

          Vote UKIP!

    • 3
      Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

      anything to fill our simple minds, us plebians.

  2. 4
    some random prick says:

    Never been convinced by the “cost of a written question” figures that are bandied around.

    Do we really pay civil servants by the hour these days?

  3. 5

    What a novice.
    Doesn’t he know the way to get on in politics is only to ask questions to which you already know the answer?

  4. 9

    No planted questions since Labour left.

  5. 10
    Grammar Nazi says:

    The Brandon Lewis? Is that like girlfriend beating psycho Justin Lee Collins referring to himself as The JLC?

  6. 11
    Michael Winner RIP says:

    I guess we won’t see Death Wish 6 then.

  7. 13

    I think that we should continue to train foreign troops by letting them use ours as target practice

    As we know our aid money goes to fund these groups i think we should throw even more tax payers money at them

    We must do more to keep these terrorists from carrying out these atrocities on our doorstep , that’s why i will do nothing to close our borders to them

    We will not commit troops to Mali , which means i haven’t ruled out any other African countries

  8. 14
  9. 15
    Michael Winner RIP says:

    Have lefties started spewing hate about Michael Winner yet, like they did when Patrick Moore died?

    • 20
      Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

      Thought I was behaving mysel’ here, tory sweetheart!

      • 39
        Michael Winner RIP says:

        Hi leftie. Any comment to make on the muslim patrols harassing women and gays? Or is it politically incorrect to do that?

        • 61
          Nigel Biggles MEP, Leader of the Lemon Party says:

          I don’t know about that but it’s certainly a breach of my copyright. I’m the only gaybasher in the village.

  10. 17
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Kevan of course is one of the expenses troughers who, along with his old boss aintbustinagut, claimed £300k for his own pocket.

    He knows all about how to spend other peoples money!

  11. 18
    Raving Loon says:

    Forgive my ignorance, but why does it ask £160 to ask a question? Can’t they just, you know, ask it?

    Also, potted plant costs pale in comparison to the billions we spend on foreign wars. Why do so called conservatives who preach small government never talk about reducing spending on overseas adventures and never ending wars?

    • 64
      Marmite says:

      Ask BLiar about these wars, after all he & Bush instigated them, or is Leiber trying to rewrite historu – AGAIN!

      What a plonker you are, aptly using the blog name of ‘Raving Loon’.

    • 69
      Neil Hamilton (Mrs), Lemon Party says:

      160 quid sounds like a bargain. I wouldn’t get out of bed for that.

    • 70
      Vote UKIP says:

      Its the answering of the question that costs the money, i.e doing the research.

  12. 19
    Welsh activist says:

    More cultural enrichment from the religion of peace.

    • 22
      Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

      Like your name, but hate the vid, quite fucking narrow.

      Tiger Bay, Cardiff, when you were a twinkle in your dad’s bleached white narrow-minded testicled bollox,

      • 28
        Welsh activist says:

        Are you Abu Qatada in disguise.

        • 42
          Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

          No, not quite. Carmarthenshire semi-welsh chapel and anglican church of the queen, if you must ask. But I see sense and understanding.

          But yes I do come from a race that had to put up with the romans in our brit isle, two thousand years ago, so I suppose it is in me.

      • 35
        Free the Shrewsbury 24 says:

        Any good, all? Tory and Islam included?

        • 72
          Fuck off back to Comment is Free, you leftie cunt says:

          Funny how lefties claim to support women’s rights and gay rights, but don’t say a word when it’s dirty fucking raghead muslim c-unts who abuse, harass, attack and r*pe women and attack gays.

  13. 21
    JamesDonnyT says:

    Looks like a member of the Opposition is seeking to hold the Government to account. Sounds like Mr Jones is doing his job to me – as is DCLG given the excellent answers they are able to provide.

    • 29
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Well, you know, it’s that he’s just checking up, to see that the Toe-rags haven’t let the whole operation go to rack and ruin, innit?

  14. 25
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Cavein, why don’t you ask retardED to demand an inquiry, it’s the New Old Labia style?

  15. 26
    This mong can't even spell his own name says:

    Why can’t he spell Kevin?

    • 38
      (I don't need no doctor) says:

      It’s a socialist thing.

    • 45
      Kev-"A"-n Jones MP says:

      My parents just wanted to be different. Have you any idea how many Kev-”I”-n Joneses there are out there?
      Mind, it IS harder to convince debt collectors they have the wrong man, though…

  16. 30
    Humphrey Bogart says:

    The question costs £160 because a number of people are involved in its production. The person doing the first draft, the manager checking it, the SCS who clears it, Parliamentary branches who prepare it, HoC staff who have to publish it, even the Minister may see it.

    Obviously, us civil servants are just hanging about with nothing to until one of these essential questions comes in.

  17. 31

    If Dave wants to win votes
    Stop pissing about with your obsession on gay marriage and concentrate on telling Europe to Go fuck itself with it’s Human Shites act
    Let’s start deporting the shit that preaches hatred of our way of life while drawing on our benefit system , and while we are at it we need to deport Every Foreign criminal who breaks our laws and every other peice of crap that has no right to be here

  18. 32
    Anonymous says:

    When we have the next Election perhaps all parties can sign an agreement that whoever wins there will be .

    1. No potted plants or cut flowers

    2. No subsidised food or alcohol

    3. No London taxi expenses now that we have perfectly usable Boris Bikes

    4. No more Toner Cartridge expenses now that everything can be kept on an iPad

  19. 36
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Kevan Jones is boring. In fact all labour MPs are boring. Mind you with a leader like Ed Miliband what else do you expect?

  20. 41

    A list of Aircraft currently in service with the French Airforce 800+ aircraft including 50- c160 transporters

    Aircraft Origin Role Versions In service [8] Note
    Combat aircraft
    Dassault Rafale France Multirole fighter B and C 75
    Dassault Mirage 2000 France Multirole fighter Ground attack Trainer Nuclear strike 5F, C D B N 64 61 8 34
    Dassault Mirage F1 France Reconnaissance CR 13
    Reconnaissance aircraft
    Boeing E-3 Sentry United States Airborne warning and control 4
    Transall C-160 France Signals intelligence (ELINT) 2
    Transport and Aerial refueling
    Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker United States Aerial refueling 14
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules United States Tactical transport 14
    CASA/IPTN CN-235 Spain Tactical transport 24 3 on order
    Transall C-160 France Tactical transport 39
    Airbus A400M France Tactical transport 0 50 on order.
    Airbus A340 France Strategic airliner 2
    Airbus A310 France Strategic airliner 3
    Caracal France Search and rescue helicopter 4
    Eurocopter AS532 Cougar France Search and rescue helicopter 5
    Eurocopter AS555 Fennec France Utility and training helicopter 40
    Aérospatiale SA330 Puma France transport helicopter 26
    Utility and VIP transport
    DHC-6 Twin Otter Canada Utility Transport 4
    SOCATA TBM France VIP Transport 15
    Airbus A330 France VIP Transport A330-223 1 #F-RARF
    Falcon 7X France VIP Transport 2
    Falcon 900 France VIP Transport 2
    Falcon 50 France VIP Transport 2
    Trainer aircraft
    Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet France Advanced trainer 77
    Embraer EMB 121 Xingu Brazil Trainer 23
    Jodel D-140 France Trainer 18
    Socata TB France Trainer 46
    Walter Extra 300 Germany Trainer 3
    EADS Harfang Israel France Reconnaissance UAV 4
    Experimental aircraft
    Dassault Mirage 2000 France Multirole fighter 8
    Dassault Rafale France Multirole fighter 5
    Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet France Advanced trainer 5

  21. 43
    Fish Watch says:

    This is an analogous fishing trip to that which Kevan Jones is embarking on:


    Perhaps best not to…

    • 51

      I tried to look at the article but it melted my screen. :-)

    • 67
      Climate Change Mong says:

      Global warming is still happening, we are experiencing a classical nuclear winter. Will be over in 400 years time…

      • 79
        Clam says:

        The year 2012 was the 10th warmest year since records began in 1880. The annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.57°C (1.03°F) above the 20th century average of 13.9°C (57.0°F). This marks the 36th consecutive year (since 1976) that the yearly global temperature was above average. Currently, the warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above average. Including 2012, all 12 years to date in the 21st century (2001–2012) rank among the 14 warmest in the 133-year period of record. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2012.

        La Niña, which is defined by cooler-than-normal waters in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific Ocean that affect weather patterns around the globe, was present during the first three months of 2012.

    • 68
      old shep says:

      Extreme Fishing, or is it Dangerous Sports?.

  22. 71


    All Change!

    More Brits now want to stay in Europe.

    According to YouGov.

    You better believe it. You do believe it don’t you?

  23. 73
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    - Given some a laugh in the middle east…

  24. 76
    Owen Jones says:

    The AA have warned that anyone travelling in icy conditions should take a Blanket/Sleeping bag, extra clothing (including Hat, Scarf and Gloves), 24 hour supply of food and drink, de-Icer, rock salt, torch, spare battery, petrol can, first aid kit and some jumps leads.

    I looked a right Twat on the bus…

    • 90

      Brilliant made me laugh until it hurt Respect!

  25. 77

    Radio 5 reporter just wetting herself over the Obama inauguration.

    “he spoke about freedom ..and waiting in line for a vote..and CLIMATE CHANGE!..”

    ‘Gush gush’.. . I’m sure its very exciting being on a jolly in D.C., but do have some perspective. She was probably one of those who voted for a third term Blair. Some people have hard core beliefs. Some are carried away by the magnetism of a leader. And some are just mugs.

    • 84

      Ah! But did you hear the humming noise in the background?

      She probably left her vibrator in and switched on.

    • 87
      old SHEP says:

      Sounded like it was building up to a CLIMAX!, you know what they say, once you go…. you never turn back.

      • 89

        Pure Hollywood candyfloss has no effect on the global crisis.

    • 94
      Ardov Earing says:

      He also slipped in “common purpose” in the last few words of his speech. Just so the ‘boys’ get the message?

  26. 78
    Anonymous says:

    He’s so thick he can’t even spell Kevin.

  27. 80

    Is it just me ?
    The more i see Obama the more he looks like a lying weasel
    Has he actually achieved / done anything in the last 5 years ?
    He just sounds soooo full of shit

  28. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Ex Newcastle Council. Says it all.

  29. 88

    Kevan Jones a more useless arsehole you could not think of used to work in Sunderland for the GMB thick as a bulls lug!

    • 91
      Butchy says:

      Has Wearside Women in Need charity filed its accounts yet. Nothing since 2009 I believe although still given grants by Sunderland City Council. Sunderland MP Bridget Phillipson a former employee and her mother a leading light. All of this brought to light by the Sunday Post of all papers some time ago. Nothing in the local rags however.

      • 92

        No still no accounts the mother is a strong supporter of Labour and is often criticised for becoming embroiled in party politics whilst being head of a charity watch this space.

        • 93

          post script the local rag is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard

  30. 96
    Pundit Too says:

    Probably Kevan Jones has an inside man feeding him rubbish.
    Perhaps his placeman spy has been turned.
    Ridiculous questions anyway unless you have inside knowledge of real integrity and value.

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