January 29th, 2013

Fire Flack Fires Himself in LFB Slash and Burn

Well how is this for devotion to the cause of efficiency? In order to help his department achieve 20% budget cuts, London Fire Brigade comms chief Richard Stokoe has given himself the sack. Stokoe says that when he was looking at how to make savings he found that his own job was the one that should face the chop:

“When I looked at it, any other staff leaving would have had a direct impact. I set the strategy, which is now in place, so strategists are not needed.”

Though the PR Week spin fails to neglect that this isn’t the first time Stokoe’s original management style has raised eyebrows. Back in January 2010, when he was at the LGA, 13 PR staff were made redundant. Stokoe simply changed his job title from Head of News to Head of Media to delay his departure. Guido will be watching to make sure he does not pull a similar wheeze this time…

UPDATE: Stokoe gets in touch to say that he did not delay his departure from the LGA, but merely had a three month notice period and wanted to take a small break. He describes the move as “jiggery pokery”. Guido is happy to clarify.


  1. 1
    Jimmy says:

    Can you forward this to Butch?

    • 3
      Call me Dave says:

      Hey Jimmy already seen it. What does it mean?

      • 33
        Plato says:

        On the H***ne thread above, you say reporting restrictions will be lifted:

        “…unless the defendants object on Monday.”

        But, surely it was them who wanted the restricitions in the first place? So, they will object?

        • 37
          Plato says:

          And, they were granted those restrictions – so a Judge thought they were justified. How has that argument changed?

          • The Wife says:

            My husband made me do it.

          • Jimmy says:

            I believe reporting of pre trial applications is automatically restricted. It’s not clear from the above whether the application is to report the trial (which would normally be allowed) or whatever happened last week (which normally wouldn’t be until the trial was over). The restrictions can be lifted but the defendants get a chance to object. It’s not clear from the story why the defendants weren’t there. Surely Guido’s crack legal team wouldn’t have forgotten to serve them?

        • 91
          Huhne's QC says:

          What ever happened to “the black judge”?

    • 21
      Tony Blair says:

      I wasn’t needed (or so they thought) so I went.

    • 39
      Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

      From Bitch ?

  2. 2
    'Ere, Dud... says:

    If they can manage without a boss, why did they have one?

  3. 4
    Deputy Of Rubbish Knowledge. D.O.R.K. says:

    There’s hope for Nick Clegg yet then.

  4. 4
    Jog On says:

    Two faced liars.

  5. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Pity Gordon didn’t follow his lead

  6. 7
    A Turkey says:

    Give us the vote

  7. 8
    Fireman Sam. Sambo to many but Samuel to my Mum. says:

    If there’s no boss why not sack the workers?

    Why does a Fire Brigade need Spin Doctors and a PR Department anyway?

    The money would be far better spent on pool tables, comfy beds and Pizzas for the night shift.

    • 29
      Firemanbeast says:

      I knew a fireman,(Not in THAT kind of way)
      They had a VW camper parked up and the water unit was filled with beer so they could nip out for a pint anytime that they felt like one
      Tube drivers sed to be the same, arseholed all the time

    • 35
      Richard Stokoe (son of Bob) says:

      Who’s going to sack the workers? You need a boss to sack someone. Oh, tell you what – I’ll reinstate myself so that I can sack the workers. Then I’ll have saved money, so I won’t need to sack myself. Simples!

  8. 9
    Casual Observer says:

    After previous article, thought LFB was code for: Lying F***ing B*****ds.

    Stokoe’s decision though should get him in with a good running for ‘mong of the year’ award for dumb decisions whilst in public office.

    Molotov cocktails all round, Lol…

  9. 10
    None of the above V2 says:

    No doubt a massive severance package then?

  10. 13
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    Do you mean like Blairs much maligned £12 Billion NHS IT programme “Connecting for Health”. Apparently it was a waste of money according to Dave, and promptly scrapped.

    Errrrrrr Nope. Connecting for Health still exists, in fact has expanded, and renamed “Health and Social Care Information Centre”

    Oh yes !!!!!!

  11. 14
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘simply changed his job title from Head of News to Head of Media’

    How pedestrian. A certain nationally treasured broadcaster’s upper echelons are packed with much better options for the ‘ole side-step routine.

    Possibly ‘Vison of Fire (Head)’ Given the role, appropriate.

    • 30
      How The BBC works ( because some people know where the bodies are buried ) says:

      Having been found guilty of gross incompetence …they have been asked to ” step aside” on full pay thus rendering them non accountable.

  12. 17
    From BBC to Pravda says:

    I see the BBC is getting all worked up by a Cartoon that appeared in the Times.

    1) If it had been the Guardian the BBC would have said fuck all.

    2) Since when was it the remit of our State broadcaster to attack political Cartoons in the “Free Press”?

    3) You can be sure this is the Lefty Luvvies who freeload within the BBC taking a pop at Murdoch (yet again)

    • 24
      Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:


      I see the Neo Nut Guido followers getting all worked up by Lib Dum MP’s “J” comments over the weekend

    • 25
      Someone who doesn't care says:

      I don’t watch the BBC, or read the Guardina or the Times

      • 26
        Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

        Id say you are more a Sky Sports, Gay Rabbit, and Daily Star sort of guy

        • 92
          Moussa's Mum says:

          Moussa! What are all these magazines under your bed!

          Take them back to school at once! The sixth form common room wants to colour in the New Statesman.

    • 28
      The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

      Obviously not wanting to comment on the additional nonces which are beginning to be investigated in their ranks.

      Cartoon was fine. Would have been better if a few missiles being shot over the head of the brick layer were added, to emphasize the futility of the policy, and point out why the real wall has/is being built.

      BBC can go f**k themselves, and not little kids.

      • 38
        how fucking predictable says:

        Did the BBC devote such coverage to Steve Bell’s controversial anti-semetic cartoon in the Guardian?
        Or to the anti-semetic mutterings of that Limp-Dum MP?

        No,thought not.

  13. 18
    Guy on the ropes says:

    So when the straws are handed around the Guido towers boardroom, will the chief beer drinker fall on his sword to spare the rest?

    • 36
      DFSbeast says:

      He doesn’t have a boardroom,just a manky sofa and a regular supply of chairs to replace the ones that keep collapsing under the weight of his huge arse

  14. 20
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    Toby The W*ank Young. His West London Free School employs “Head of Divinity”, “Head of Classics”. No head, but a “Education Director”

  15. 22
    A BBC strategy says:

    I am sure some of this thinking would benefit the BBC, however their top fat cats would only do it so they can get fat redundancy pay offs and well paid second jobs as consultants for the BBC.

    • 84
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      From the context, clearly what is needed is a Fire Sale.

      • 86
        Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

        I’d prefer to see all the BBC’s employees die in a big fire. Fuck the lazy commie bastards.

  16. 23
    Pip says:

    Does “failed to neglect” mean “looked after really well” ?

  17. 40
    Chris ████ says:

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013

    Exclusive: Huhne Trial Reporting Restrictions Will Be Lifted

    Guido’s counsel has just got back to us following our application to lift reporting restrictions in the Chris Huhne case – currently we are unable to report anything other than the bare bones of the case – the “not guilty” plea from Huhne and that the trial proper starts Monday.

    We argued that we should be free to report the proceedings and tweet from the trial starting Monday. The CPS told the Court they had no problem with reporting restrictions being lifted. The position now is that unless the defendants object on Monday, reporting restrictions will be lifted. If they do object, we will fight them…

    Many thanks to Donal Blaney at Griffin Law and Matt Richardson (with junior counsel Kabir Sondhi) at Henderson Chambers for successfully representing Guido, again…

    Tags: Huhne, M’learned Friends
    January 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm Comments Off

  18. 42
    Google can not Find this Poll. Where is it? says:
  19. 43
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    Borisido Boriswkes to rename site


  20. 51
    Owen Jones says:

    I must leave a message for mum to apologise for the stiff sheets. I was reading 10 Days That Shook The World in bed last night and I got a bit too excited.

  21. 52
    keredybretsa says:

    Fire Chief to Chief of Firing. He will be constantly reviewing Human Capital Investments for impact and cost effectiveness!

  22. 53
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    Thankfully Cockson and Brookes trials will have no such restrictions…Such Larks Ahead

  23. 54
    Chris Huhne says:

    I object !

  24. 55
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    O/T sorry Just wonder if militwit has seen this about his bosom pal hollande and how he has ba nk ru pt ed the french state with his tax and spend policies.


  25. 59
    I've always found Huhne objectionable says:

    Reporting restrictions will be lifted on Monday on the Huhney monster’s trial, unless he objects.

  26. 62
    Chris Huhne Is Silent Today says:


  27. 63
    Eh says:

    Who wants a yacht called Gobshite?

    • 78
      Samuel Langhorne Clemens says:

      When there’s only one lawyer in a town, he’ll starve to death.
      When there are TWO lawyers, they’re the richest men in town.

  28. 69
    Red Egg Millitit, tit, tit, tit ..... says:

    Things seem to be speeding along, who will take the blame now?

  29. 70
    They are all bullying, mentally abusive, spineless parasites at the BBC says:

    Self serving c_nts.

  30. 74
    VERITAS says:

    Talking of pay rises and public money Bercnut has supported calls to raise MPS salaries by one third to 86k a year,given also Sir Ian Kennedys belief that MPS have learnt the lessons of the sleaze tsunami in 2009 it looks as if IPSA may make such recommendations,if they do then all hell will be let loose when you consider the rest of us are being squeezed.Theres no way they should get any more of the 1 per cent currently applied to the public sector indeed there would be widespread public support for a pay cut.The IPSA consultation on MPS pay and expenses is currently open I urge all readers to submit their views I have.

    • 86
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Ok to raise to 86K, but quid pro quo is cutting out all any any expenses completely wef 1/2/2013

    • 90
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      Tsunami? For a tsunami, it didn’t do all that much harm to the people it should have destroyed. How many MPs were prosecuted as a result of it? A half-dozen, maybe? And once the dust settled, they were soon back to their immoral, if not downright criminal, ways. As someone said here a fdew weeks ago, Ian Kennedy is an idiot. IPSA facto.

  31. 76
    Guido Fawkes says:

    Sadiq having a blinder this afternoon in House Of Commons

  32. 89
    Old Grumpy says:

    You might be surprised to find this sort of action is more cmmon than you might think!…………. especially if you have somewhere to fly to………….

    Yeras ago, after a series of very high pressure managerial jobs, I was asked by my directors to shed one post. The only issue,as far as they were concerned, was that the least economically productive person should be selected……….. and I’d gotten together a very productive team!

    ………… and I was tired of all the hassles attached to pacifying impatient executives………….

    So I sacked myself………….

    The best thing I ever did! I left on the Friday and started my independent consultancy on the Monday, almost trebling my income and completely shedding all that pressure!……….. The final 12 years of my career were spent in a bliss of high pressure jobs, large rewards and NAH PRESHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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