February 5th, 2013

Tory Joy at Prospect of Olly Grender For Eastleigh

Word reaches Guido that former lobbyist turned Clegg Downing Street spinner Olly Grender is being discussed as the LibDem nomination for the Eastleigh by-election. She’s got competition though from Dr Tim Leunig, formerly the chief economist at the liberal wonk-shop CentreForum, and now at the DfE, who is also said to be eyeing up the seat. Interestingly Olly was very quick to graciously mop up when yesterday’s news came through:

News of Grender’s quest for power has been greeted with exultant joy by Tories. One source says “she upset a lot of people when she was in Downing Street.” Apparently SpAds are “dusting down their dossiers” on her. The prospect of revenge is already tasting sweet.

UPDATE: Olly denies she is interested:

Then again, we’ve had a lot of fun with Olly’s denials before…


  1. 1
    Mike Oddpiece says:

    She is also a bit of a wonk.

    • 26
      Anonymous says:

      Another PR person then?

      • 46
        Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

        Oily Grinder is the LibDem’s LibDem – and that’s not a compliment. It pains me to admit it, but I’d rather have Gordon Brown back than ever have a LibDem government.

    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      Why doesn’t Cameron have a senior (openly) gay minister?

      • 38
        maggie the dog says:


        • 51
          Anonymous says:

          Giving equality. Unless Cameron thing they are incompetent, there are so many openly gay in Conservatives why doesn’t Cameron make at least one secretary of state.

          • SP4BS says:

            So who’s this openly gay tory that isn’t incompetent?

            I was going to say “why haven’t we heard of him?” (/her), but then I realised, its the incompetent and vain who get themselves on the TV.

      • 59
        yeah, right... says:

        Give it an hour or two….

    • 53
      Lock,stock and two smoking arseholes says:

      Looks like the right man for the job to me.

  2. 2
    Alan Rusbridger, pianist says:

    Today I will be mostly playing the He Had It Coming tango from Chicago.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    All Lib Dems probably knew all about Huhne and just kept quiet to see if he would get away with it. Liars all of them.

  4. 4
    Beowulf says:

    Good grief, is that Grender or Grender’s Mother?

  5. 5

    Is “Wonk Shop” a typo ?

  6. 6
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Oily Grinder has always come across as the LibDem’s LibDem – and that’s not a complement!

    It pains me to admit it, but I’d rather have Gordon Brown back than ever have a LibDem government.

    • 10
      Putr1d Labour ruined my Country says:

      There are some really strange people in the LimpDumbs, this is probably why they all seem to have strange sexual habits?

  7. 7

    That was gracious though.

    Don’t think I could stand the woman, but credit where due. What other politician admits mistakes?

  8. 9
    ex-Huhne Watch says:

    So who is the Tory front runner ?

  9. 11
    Plato says:

    Debate is on…

    Haha – joke straight away about the squeaker knowing the importance of a strong marriage…

    • 23
      Sally *wipesmouth* says:

      oi leave it you facker

    • 29
      STuN says:

      Just listening to Maria Miller rattling on. Whilst I think this is all utter shite, I found horrifying thoughts wandering across my conscious… they won’t go away, I shan’t sleep tonight!

      The Eagle Brothers Spitroasting Miller, God I feel ill.

  10. 12
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Be a really interesting contest if boris stands for the tories and nigelfarage stands for UKIP.

  11. 15
    Quote of the trial says:

    Pryce says of Carina Trimingham: ‘I’m so pleased that you’re still with that man of yours” hattip ‏@gordonrayner

  12. 16
    Oily Grender says:

    I know dear dear Chris will get £17k severance pay for being an MP plus a gold plated ministerial pension, but I am adamant that Peter Stringfellow should have his bus pass ceremonially torn up to show the little people that the LibDems really do care.

  13. 17
    Nick Clogg says:

    We have decided not to throw Huhne out of the party just because he is a nasty lying self-obsessed piece of shit. We’re all like that anyway.

  14. 18
    Danny Frankenstein says:

    Ah, Oily Grender my old sparring partner

  15. 19
    Anonymous says:

    In this country government doesn’t support marriage in any way, so why is Cameron worried about gay marriage?

  16. 21
    UKIP Spokeperson says:

    Where the fuck is our candidate?

  17. 22
    Ha ha says:

    So do the media have any evidence to back up the claim that half of Tory Mps will vote against gay marriage? If they do then they must know how many Labour Mps will be voting with them against gay marriage. Would be nice to know as all I hear on the news is how Labour will be voting for it, implying there are no dissenters.

  18. 24
    Plato says:

    Minister saying that marriage has continually been adapted over the years.

    Erm…yeah, but it’s always been between a man and a woman?

    • 39
      Tuscan Tony says:

      You’d know as well as I do you’d have married one of your Greek oilboys if you could, Platester.

  19. 27
    Reg Presley says:

    She’s a wild thing!

  20. 28
    John Mann MP says:

    I’m on the Daily Politics, and talking my usual shit.

  21. 30
    The Financially and Morally Bankrupt UK Local Councils Desperately Seeking Fixed Penalty Revenues says:

    Saddest thing about the Huhne episode is that he was in a position to nail the lie of revenue generation cameras but like all politicians, he knew that they are about money and not safety!!

    The longer that these so called “safety” partnerships get away with it the longer the scam goes on.

    He could have had the balls but like the entire gutless bunch he paid the pfine rather than address rip off Britain.

  22. 31
    Richard III says:

    Three groats for an hour’s parking? That’s daylight robbery!

    • 56
      WoRaft says:

      Pretty stiff parking penalty as well, being hit on the head, stabbed in the bum and buried. That’ll teach you to overstay your two hours.

    • 66
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      If you had parked in Wales it would have been 3 goats for the first hour and 5 sheep per hour thereafter. Consider yourself lucky your majesty.

  23. 34
    Another fellow traveller of you racist righties says:

  24. 35
    Gordon Brown says:

    Who is this splendid looking man?

  25. 37
    hank the cat says:

    just read that she is an MBE. Why?

  26. 41
    Plato says:

    Public servants like Registrar’s will have to ‘carefully balance’ their religious beliefs with their public duty.

    Doesn’t sound like protection for beliefs to me.

  27. 42
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Looks like a bit of a harridan to me.

  28. 48
  29. 50
    Jimmy says:

    Yes I’m sure the fact that she upset a lot of people in Downing Street will make her very unpopular with the voters.

    Are you running her campaign?

  30. 52
    rev ange lation says:

    book of revelation 9:11 –

    “and they had a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the hebrew tongue is abaddon, but in the greek tongue hath the name apollyon”

    book of revelation 1:19 –

    “write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter”

  31. 61
    Anonymous says:

    I am not eyeing up the seat.
    Tim Leunig

  32. 62
    inside- out says:

    Humiliation for the LibDems in this by-election,this seat will be dumped on some dumb
    sucker candidate.Nobody of the stature of Olly Grender would risk a mauling from the pleb voters.She will wait for a safer seat to come along,she could have a long wait,like decades.

  33. 63
    Bluto says:

    Not really when you are coalition with them to get the country out of a mess you stupid cow.

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“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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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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