February 2nd, 2013

Toby Helm’s Twitter Spat With Gove SpAds

Huge handbags on Twitter this week between the Observer’s Toby Helm and the CCHQ @ToryEducation Twitter account. The Tory tweeter told Helm “You’re like Baldwin and Campbell – an activist, not a professional hack”, provoking paroxysms of rage from the Labour Party press office’s favourite broadsheet channel. Particularly after they called Helm a Labour stooge. This will apparently spill over into the paper this weekend when The Observer is going to allege that it is part of a scandalous McBride/Draper style dirty tricks operation. Guido understands that Helm reckons it could bring down Michael Gove…

Judge the robust exchange for yourself:

It is unclear to Guido whether or not the account is run officially or unofficially from CCHQ or by Gove’s SpAds, or what the exact rules about this would be. As is so often the way with Twitter, exchanges are strongly worded. SpAds are supposed to operate within civil service limitations.  A strongly worded written letter of admonishment to a SpAd from the permanent secretary may result. Not exactly enough to bring down the Secretary of State…

UPDATE: Looks like Toby has been down the bookies:


100 Comments

  1. 1
    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    Just a storm in a teacup.

    Now just calm down,and legalise same sex marriage.

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  2. 2
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Political mongs fiddle whilst the UK burns. Fuck the lt of them.

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    • 18
      Lord Stansted says:

      Well said. The children of Britain have remained uneducated for the last fifty years because bastard politicians are in charge of schools.

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      • 74
        Anonymous says:

        er bastard lefty politicians; the sort of public or grammar school educated types who sought to destroy the system that got them to decent universities and then sought to destroy the way forward for bright working class children to enter business or the professions. Disposable scoundrels from Crosland to Balls. Hateful turds every one – and I speak as one who went to a public school as did my father and my children.

        Give should be a hero of the left!

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  3. 3
    Owin Jones says:

    This is a desperate attempt by right-wing headbangers to deflect from suffering with pathetic semantic pedantry.

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  4. 4
    Kebab Time says:

    Let them settle this over a duel at dawn!

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  5. 5
    sproggingforbenefits says:

    Gove has those socialists rattled

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    • 15

      …is the right answer!

      The babble only serves to indicate the frustration of those who cannot call the tune.

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      • 27
        green ink says:

        and not very subtly either

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        • 92
          Pundit too too says:

          What is the betting that the BBC do not publicise the fact that the US embassy Turkish suicide bombing was by a Marxist radical?
          On the matter of Romanian immigrants it comes out that Romanian hackers hacked into the POS of Subway in the USA and stole 50,000 credit card details. Obviously all these stupid people not using cash for a simple sandwich are in trouble.

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  6. 6
    The Right Reverend Abu Qatada says:

    A company which supplies Halal meat to prisons has had its contract suspended after traces of pork DNA were found in pies and pasties.
    The Ministry of Justice said it had withdrawn the products immediately, while justice minister Jeremy Wright said the Prison Service was investigating “as a matter of urgency”.

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  7. 7
    Superman says:

    Who gives a shit. Gove will be gone in 2 years anyway regardless of what this guy Toby Helm says(whoever he is anyway)

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  8. 9

    Much ado about nothing IMHO.

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  9. 11
    leetay says:

    Argueing about polling figures on Twitter is hardly the same as setting up a website to spread false accusations about your opponents sex live.

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  10. 12
    fullhalfwit says:

    Twitter? This must be important then.

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  11. 13
    Bluto says:

    Labour and their stooges cry “foul” after subjecting everyone to 16+ years of foul, dirty tricks, lies, smears, propaganda and slurs. They just love to dish it out but hate to take it.

    Bastards.

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  12. 14
    Fat Bastard says:

    This is a plot on the part of the Tories to discredit a good journalist, i.e., one who doesn’t work for the Murdochs! Of course it’s Gove who’s behind all of this! I always knew, and have always said, he’s a wrong’un!

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    • 43
      rebekah aka nellnewman says:

      twatson is everything that’s wrong with the foul, corrupt labour party of today.And since it no longer supports the real working classes it no longer has a relevance in the UK.

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    • 70
      Bluto says:

      What a lovely man – not. Full of spite and bile and looks as if his big fat head is about to explode.

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      • 94
        Brummie 1 says:

        You should visit his constituency West Bromwich.
        It is as if a Pakistan small town was tranferred directly into our Midlands.

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  13. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Gove is the best Minister in this sorry Govt – by a country mile – and the best Ed Sec since 1944.

    So the chances of him being removed are precisely ZERO.

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  14. 22
    Well it's a thought maybe says:

    he is the only one who seems to rattle Liebours cage, apart from Fatcher, nice to know theirs still a Conservative in the Conservatives.

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    • 66
      T'Old Fella says:

      They have given up on Dave Boy and his snow loving friend (alegedly), Dave seems to be being his disappearing trick again and Gideon is keeping his head down (strange that, Gordy seemed keeping himself to him self when doing the same jobbie while the unmentionable one was swanning about)

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      • 95
        Cassandrina says:

        Could it be that Dave is doing a Gordon (Bennet) Brown and seeking a future new job in the UN etc on international aid missions?
        Seems as if gay marriage could be his political death ratttle if he loses any more Conservative voters and activists. He could well end up with the political incompetency reputation that Gordon Brown managed with economic incompetency.

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    • 81
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      “knows theirs still” – another victim of the Crossland/Williams mafia. Mr Gove has his work cut out trying to eradicate 50 years of illiteracy.

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  15. 26
    Richard the Lionheart. says:

    The Ministry of Justice is suspending one of the suppliers of meat to prisons after it discovered that Halal pies and pasties may contain traces of non-Halal meat.
    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the incident involved traces of pork.
    Its director Juliet Lyon said: “This is not a matter of dietary preference but of Islamic law.
    “There are clear hospital and prison rules that halal meat must be on the menu.

    Why ?? Islamic law applies in muzzie lands not England.

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    • 28
      old SHEP says:

      The underling question is who suddenly decided to do DNA tests on the meat origins of prison Pies?, expect multi-million compensation pay outs again to avoid another Indian Mutiny.

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    • 30
      Halal bacon butties going cheap says:

      Quite a few prisoners convert to Islam inside. Amongst other reasons they get Fridays off (in addition to Sunday) The Halal food is often better also.

      Personally I am all in favour of Islamic law for prisoners who follow Mo. Firstly ee can flog them, then cut off their hands, then stone them. Finally when they get too friendly in the showers they can be executed. I can’t see a downside.

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    • 31
      Jo swinney says:

      Yes , nice to know I officially live under Islamic law .

      I’ve had Muslim friends who eat pork – only nut-jobs stick to religious dietary requirements

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    • 82
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      The only reason desert dwellers do not eat pork is simply because half cooked pig will likely kill you. The locals discovered that 2500+ years ago which is why they chose not to eat it – just in case it was not prepared properly and it was a long walk to the nearest A&E tree.

      How the fuck that came to be embedded in rules for prisoners in England is one of life’s eternal mysteries. If these people committed no crimes, they would not be inside in the first place. We should stop acceding to every single one of their demands and tell them to fuck off back where they came from if they don’t like living under OUR system.

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  16. 29
    GayboysRus says:

    After we’re married do we get a married couples allowance?

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    • 38
      old SHEP says:

      Dave is not in favour of a married couples allowance any more, which has a strange kind of logic to it as he has just legislated to destroy the generally accepted concept of a marriage (5000 years of history wiped away with an edict).

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    • 48
      The tit in no. 10 says:

      Gideon and I are totally opposed to the very idea of a married couples allowance.
      We’re determined to lose the next election and want to alienate as many voters as possible.
      For our next trick, we’re going to daily bum-sex compulsory.

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      • 51
        Hadrian (Emp.) says:

        Wouldn`t be surprised if Clegg engineers a tax concession for the married bummers and none for the rest.

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    • 83
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Why is a “marriage allowance” needed? Everybody now gets an individual tax code and those with kids get allowances for them.

      So why should single childless persons subsidise the feckless? Them as has kids should damn well pay for them and if they can’t they should not make them in the first place.

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  17. 39
    Ed Balls, dog fondler says:

    Essential interview worth reading:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/30/ed-balls-interview-bitch_n_1926677.html

    Google me and vote Labour.

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    • 41
      rebekah aka nellnewman says:

      I wouldn’t give a second of my time to read anything the worthless bullyballs said.

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      • 56
        Ed Balls, dog fondler says:

        Fine, but googling the moniker can be therapeutic.

        Good pic of Balls in N@z! uniform cruisin’ for a$$ in that masterly work by the genius Hassan…

        Vote Labour !!! (You know you want to…)

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  18. 40
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Ah a labour conspiracy to bring down Gove because he’s finally succeeding in making education in the UK good quality after bullyballs trashed it all with his tongue in cheek ‘every child matters’ meaning no aspirations and no competition and no achievements!!

    They’ll not succeed, too many parents are seeing the benefits that he’s bringing our children.

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  19. 45
    Twitter, Journalists, Bloggers, Politicians, Bankers etc. etc.......... says:

    You’re all a bunch of cùnts.

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  20. 49

    New ‘poll tax’ blow for UK’s poorest Indi

    Something very wrong about the picture that heads this article. Anyone notice what I have?

    http://ind.pn/XkhyDS

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    • 57
      Saint Maurits says:

      Tallboys in the front, lowboys in the rear ?

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    • 58
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      “Said the Cat, to the readers everywhere:
      ‘Do you see what I see?’ (what I see what I see)…”

      Hmmm, this probably would have been funnier about a month-and-a-half ago for Christmas, and not so much now for Groundhog Day.

      BTW, Punxsutawney Phil, the official US Groundhog, has failed to see his shadow, a portent of a mild rest of the winter– which means jackshit to those people who will be shoveling snow a month from now.

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    • 60
      Indy Bater says:

      Photo taken in middle of summer, and run in middle of winter ?

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      • 61
        Indy Bater says:

        Actually makes the subject being spoken about seem a lot less serious than it is. Picture of house covered in snow, or grey clouds and rain would have left a much more negative take on the article.

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    • 69

      OK. I thought it would be immediately apparent. I was mistaken. Ask yourselves this:

      How many cars/vans are in your street right now?

      How many do you see in that picture?

      Are the Indi trying to tell us that the poorer house owners don’t have any cars/vans? There is even a workman up a ladder. Where is his van? Did he carry his ladder there from the next town? It is like a picture taken from the 1930s. Except they had more cars/vans even then.

      I find that very odd, surreal even. Next look at the roofs. How many TV aerials do you see? There are some but only a few. Is it a stage set? Coronation Street?

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      • 85
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        I was going to say you have spotted a window licker…

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      • 88
        Saint Maurits says:

        A Google composite, perhaps ? (The perspective seems awry on the nearest house.) Maybe they had to move all the cars so that the Googlemobile could get through.

        
        

        Ah ! I know : it’s that day of the week when all the scroungers go in their Mercs to sign on.

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    • 97
      Pundit Too says:

      Good grief the Independent is even worse than the Daily Worker.
      Even my browser refuses to drill down into it.

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  21. 53
    O` Winjones says:

    Anyone seen my dummy?

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  22. 55
    old SHEP says:

    Oh dear, my father never let me read a comic of the the Beano or the Dandy, it always had to be the Beezer or the Eagle.

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  23. 62
    EU Watch says:

    Federal EU is very likely impossible under current set up and following current approach.

    http://www.europeanfederalistpapers.eu/index.php/en/papers/published-papers/45-nr-11-klinkers-september-2012

    In short:

    From organizational theory perspective the EU is already dead.

    i) Public administration experts have had zero input
    ii) The Commission and other political institutions of the EU are too remote from the people.
    iii) Too many chiefs: At least four, and they are mutually exclusive politically.
    iv) There is a positive feedback dynamic at present: Essentially adding treaties and obsessing over small detail without making progress on big detail is repeating the same thing and expecting a different result.

    In order for Federal Europe to proceed, a new formal EU treaty will be required.

    Kind of everything we knew already, certainly in line with UKIPs explanations. Even those in favor of Federal Europe have realized this.

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  24. 63
    Rage says:

    I see Serg Wilson is an hon. how wonderful-Capt Manwearing not to happy though.

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  25. 75
    Jimmy says:

    So everyone, the line is that he’s just another one of those torygraph Labour stooges. Don’t argue, just retweet it.

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  26. 77
    SORT says:

    WTF is Gove always backing up that David Ross f*%kwit and his acadamies? and why does David Ross need Mark Bolland on the board of his academies.Ross has failed to produce accounts for 2 years yet its a listed company , Company Law breaker – and ignores regulation – see Cosalt plc. Precisely the wrong people are being allowed to have influence over our children

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  27. 78
    Piers F-D says:

    I’ve just read the Helm article. Pious, sanctimonious, self-pitying and very thin. Gove will piss himself when he reads this and so will his SPads. If Helm’s tweets didn’t prove he’s disappeared up his own arse, this article does.

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  28. 90
    James says:

    This twitter handle is run by the education press officer at cchq, not by a spad.

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