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:


  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.

  2. 2
    Operation Crossbow says:

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

  3. 3
    Owin Jones says:

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

  4. 4
    Kebab Time says:

    Let them settle this over a duel at dawn!

  5. 5
    sproggingforbenefits says:

    Gove has those socialists rattled

  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    The Ministry of Justice said it had withdrawn the products immediately, while justice minister Jeremy Wright said the Prison Service was investigating “as a matter of urgency”.

  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)

  8. 8
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Condoms and Vaseline at dawn more like with those fuckers

  9. 9

    Much ado about nothing IMHO.

  10. 10
    Operation Crossbow says:

    I’m waiting for human DNA to turn up in our food.

  11. 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.

  12. 12
    fullhalfwit says:

    Twitter? This must be important then.

  13. 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.


  14. 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!

  15. 15

    …is the right answer!

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

  16. 16
    Dave "The Poetic" Prime Minister says:

    Like a storm in a buttercup spun by the brush of Lustrous’ wing.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 19
    Soylent Orange says:

    I’m sure you’d find it. Bits of hair and skin from the workers…

  20. 20
    WetbEd Miliband says:

    You weally think he’ll only therve one term? Thos who will be PM after I lothe in 2015?

  21. 21
    Tory Education Policy says:

    “I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger.

  22. 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.

  23. 23

    No, and if he were I would burn my library.

    Wonderful line.

    (Only I would never burn mine!)

  24. 24
    Recent History says:

    He doesn’t appear to have sorted out the Rotherham / UKIP / Child Snatching issue yet, otherwise would 100% agree.

    Hopefully that is still work in progress and not forgotten.

  25. 25
    Tachybaptus says:

    Ministers are not removed because they are bad, or kept because they are good. However, to remove Gove would be dangerous, as it would turn him into a threat to Dave, and that is a compelling reason for keeping him in his post.

  26. 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.

  27. 27
    green ink says:

    and not very subtly either

  28. 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.

  29. 29
    GayboysRus says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 32
    Tory Education Policy says:

    But what could Gove have done to get the left all in a bind ?

    Or is this part of the long stream of spin which is going to pass for Labour’s 2015 election campaign of contrition by micturition ?

  33. 33
    Ed Balls, dog fondler says:

    Not if you’re vegetarian. Vote Labour.

  34. 34
    A.Burger says:

    It has been.In Welsh lamb

  35. 35
    Kebab Time says:

    Oh yeah boyo.

  36. 36
    Ed Balls, dog fondler says:

    Yeah. And what a good job we did of the economy. Vote Labour.

  37. 37

    Friendship is constant in all other things
    Save in the office and affairs of love

  38. 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).

  39. 39
    Ed Balls, dog fondler says:

    Essential interview worth reading:


    Google me and vote Labour.

  40. 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.

  41. 41
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

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

  42. 42
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:


  43. 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.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Gove is one of the good ministers who know what he is doing. He is tying to increase standards in education, only a total idiot will remove Gove from the job he is doing.

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

    You’re all a bunch of cùnts.

  46. 46

    Protestations not accepted. Very wise.

  47. 47
  48. 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.

  49. 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?


  50. 50
    Hadrian (Emp.) says:

    Remove all meat from their food then, go veggie, charge them for all meals, prayer mats, east facing rooms etc. Any chance of non Hal.al slaughter for the meat of the rest of us, no, thought not.

  51. 51
    Hadrian (Emp.) says:

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

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Yawn…………..Slow news day for Guido????

  53. 53
    O` Winjones says:

    Anyone seen my dummy?

  54. 54
    O` Winjones says:

    oh, get her!!

  55. 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.

  56. 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…)

  57. 57
    Saint Maurits says:

    Tallboys in the front, lowboys in the rear ?

  58. 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.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    What a shame he knows nothing about the reality of teaching!

  60. 60
    Indy Bater says:

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

  61. 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.

  62. 62
    EU Watch says:

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


    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.

  63. 63
    Rage says:

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

  64. 64
    T'Old Fella says:


  65. 65
    T'Old Fella says:

    Sounds more like titter to me, titter ye not

  66. 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)

  67. 67
    Buffalo Bill says:

    “Judy” and “Bunty”were my faves….

  68. 68
    or well donkey benjamine says:

    gove is a stooge

  69. 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?

  70. 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.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    “Gove is one of the good ministers”


  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Gove is destroying education one small anachronistic step at a time.

  73. 73
    Bitter twisted middle-aged harridan taking it out on the children says:

    Like most teachers then.

  74. 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!

  75. 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.

  76. 76
    Dilligaff says:

    You’d recognise this instanter if you were in receipt of and gave a good education yourself

  77. 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

  78. 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.

  79. 79
    marc says:

    Whats left to destroy after 40 years of socialist dogma that was aloud to infest state education in this country

  80. 80
    Matilda says:

    … and lending money to someone you thought was a friend.

    A friend in need … needs to go ask someone he/she doesn’t know. (Aesoppysod).

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 84
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    “aloud” ? Are you merely thinking that or was it a deliberate spelling error?

    Or are you yet another victim of the left’s dumbing down experience at this moment in time when you get down to the nitty gritty going forward?

  85. 85
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

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

  86. 86
    Curly says:

    I used to get the Wizard and Adventure. 3d each every week – a big chunk of my paper round earnings in those days!

  87. 87
    Curly says:

    Don’t give them any more ideas!

  88. 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.

  89. 89
    Saint Maurits says:

    Another fine example of self-reference.

  90. 90
    James says:

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

  91. 91
    Pundit too too says:

    Who the hell believes the Gruniard and the (non) Observer?
    You would get almost as much “edukashun” listening to the Kardashians’

  92. 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.

  93. 93
    Pundit Too says:

    Being effective as a minister always gets the left in a bind, especially in the very rare case of the Minister being Labour and not a hypocrite.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 96
    Pundit Too says:

    “Aloud”? You mean shouted or screamed from the rooftops as happens with all left wing propaganda.

  97. 97
    Pundit Too says:

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

  98. 98
    Graham Jones says:

    They may be tweeting juvenile drivel, but it is from an official conservative account, and we are paying the salaries of the tweeters!

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    @dilligaff makes me laugh when someone takes someone else to task for poor educational standards and does it so ungrammatically

  100. 100

    Gove demonstrates the two worst characteristics when they appear togerther – ignorance and arrogance. He understands nothing about education but believes he knows better than anyone because he went to school.

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