February 6th, 2013

Rusbridger Does Reverse Ferret on Bosses Pay

Over at the workers’ paradise which is the Guardian they were promised a say in Rusbridger’s pay. The bosses have gone back on that pledge according to the NUJ:

From: Brian Williams

To: editorial.gnm

We would have preferred to avoid a running commentary on what are so far inconclusive ACAS talks, but given the note sent out by company negotiators yesterday we felt it would be helpful to clarify a couple of points.

Throughout the latest round of negotiations, we have repeatedly suggested that if the company really has no wish to make compulsory redundancies nor impose worse terms and conditions it should revoke the HR1 form that started the 90-day consultation period that has to precede such draconian measures. It has declined to do so on each occasion.

Also, it has emerged in the past few days that the company has gone back on its commitment to introduce elected staff representation on the ‘remco’ panel that determines executive pay – a pledge which underpinned last year’s settlement. Such a breach of undertaking clearly undermines our ability to reach agreements in good faith.

As chapel negotiators, we feel we are still some way off a package that would bring the stability for both the company and staff that we are seeking.

We will of course keep you informed as things develop – and call a chapel meeting as soon as we have something concrete to report.


Brian (on behalf of the chapel officers)

Someone should write a strongly worded letter to the editor…


  1. 1
    yeah, right... says:

    Had Orwell described something as hypocritical and grasping as the Grauniad in 1984, would we have considered it far fetched?

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Taxes will have to rise dramatically after the next election to help fill a £64billion black hole in the nation’s finances, Chancellor George Osborne was warned today.

    Britain’s stalling economy has meant the Treasury has had to borrow more than expected, leading to several more years of austerity.

    As a result spending on services like the police, defence, transport and justice could be cut by a third by 2017-18, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274384/Huge-tax-rises-hit-2015-election-64billion-budget-black-hole.html#ixzz2K81pbrEb
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  3. 3
    Gordon Brown says:

    This afternoon I am putting my shorts on to enable me to dance the afternoon away

  4. 4
    Private Eye + 2 weeks says:

    Exclusive: Rusbridger Does Reverse Ferret on Bosses Pay

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Soon Cameron will join you.

  6. 6
    yeah, right... says:

    From the treasury.gov site, regarding overseas aid:

    The aims set out by the previous government state that ‘It is our duty to care about other
    people, in particular those less well off than ourselves. We all have a moral duty to reach
    out to the poor and needy’.2 In recent years, this rationale has been augmented with the
    notion that poverty in the developing world is a direct threat to the UK’s interests, even in
    the face of fiscal austerity.3 David Cameron has stated: ‘I don’t believe it would be right to
    ignore the difference we can make, turn inwards solely to our own problems and
    effectively balance our books while breaking our promises to the world’s poorest’.4 In
    their 2010 election manifestos, all three main UK political parties included a pledge to
    meet the 0.7% target by 2013 at the latest. At present, there is a bill going through
    Parliament that would make meeting the target a statutory requirement.

    So thats alright then.

  7. 7
    Laffer Curve says:

    Taxes need to be cut in order to stimulate economic growth, at both ends.

    Raising taxes will be very counterproductive. Cutting taxes at the bottom end, in particular by raising the bottom rate slightly above 10p will have the biggest effect. Bringing top rate back to 40% will also increase revenue.

    The IFS are complete retards who really should spend some time studying the Laffer curve. (Doesn’t take long).

    So begins the next spin match involving Osborne. If he doesn’t raise taxes, but continues cutting welfare transfers and tax then do not be surprised.

  8. 8
    Private Eye + Short to Medium Term says:

    Cameron sacked

  9. 9
    Len In says:

    we’ll give you equality – but first you’ll have to give up your rights

    trust us!

  10. 10
    Machiavelli says:

    Have those redundancies which were going to go through happened yet ?

  11. 11
    Owen Jones, braying donkey of the people says:

    Bedroom tax is bad.

  12. 12
    WVM says:


    * DFID

    * EU









    ps…sorry for shouting.

  13. 13
    Grauniad Employee says:


  14. 14
    Anon says:

    Do you mean CM Bum*sex DDD is about to be well & truly bug*gered then ??

  15. 15
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, they’ve been flushed out now!

    Guardian cronies are exposed as hypocrits, unaccountably stuffing themselves with corporate cash.

  16. 16
    Rubbisher says:

    This afternoon I shall be playing Chopsticks in D Minor.

  17. 17
    Economist says:

    The biggest risk the country has at the moment is the outstanding gilt debts.

    This is why IFS are issuing warning.

    Gilts are just starting to sell off. That will do the following:

    i) Push up yields (how much you have to pay out to holders)
    ii) Undo all work QE has done
    iii) Depress price : Double whammy for QE
    iv) Cost the UK it’s sovereign debt rating: That will also further increase yields as UK debt will be perceived (rightly) as been more risky.

    Not much can be done about this other than devaluation / inflation and possibly defaulting on some of the debt.

    Reducing deficit by cutting inward investment, and allowing outstanding debt to increase (think borrowing money to pay off old debt, like a chain of credit cards) is not going to cut it for much longer.

    Would not be so problematic if the UK was not so dependent on imports.

    This was all created by Labour though. Osborne could have been a bit more honest with people, but then that would have only caused the markets to sooner as they are doing now.

    Q. And is gay marriage going to save us and build a better society ?
    A. No.

    Here endeth the lesson in sovereign can kicking and wasted parliamentary time.

  18. 18

    HR1? Remco?

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings

  19. 19
    My big Fat Gay Gypsy Wedding says:

    Its to be expected of those stuck-up, slimy, middle class, hypocritical bum boys.

  20. 20
    Bouncy Jugs says:

    WTF is a “chapel negotiator”?

    If staff don’t like their pay they’re free to find another job. Load of plonkers.

  21. 21
    yeah, right... says:

    Although they probably won’t find another job. The market for deficit denying, diversity promoting, union schmoozing print journalists is hardly booming.

    Mind you, might be fun to watch Polly and co put in a shift at McDonalds..

  22. 22
    EU Funded Pro EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP.

  23. 23
    Brown out and pay me damages. says:

    A sinkin ship.

  24. 24
    Lord Stansted says:


    When was the last time we had a Home War?

  25. 25
    UK citizen from the not so distant future says:

    What is this Guardian of which you speak?

  26. 26
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Rubisher really is the most appalling little shit

  27. 27
    McLibel says:

    So what is going on with the McLibel / Twitter case ? Very quiet.

  28. 28
    Jimbo says:

    The mention of the NUJ makes you want to be sick ! They are nothing but Commies controlling what journalist write, stopping Freedom of speech.

  29. 29
    Jen The Blue says:

    Indeed, revenue from taxation is a continuous function R(x) defined on the percentage interval [0,100] with R(0)=0 and R(100)=0

    Therefore it achieves at least one maximum at some point within the interval [0,100].

    A fact of basic mathematics that socialists (and clearly Osborne) do not understand.

  30. 30
    JH2982304872038 says:

    They can just fuck the fuck off if they think they are going to get an extra £1000 for every man, woman and child.

    Even if they did, they would just expand spending to more than compensate. For fucks sake, stop pissing money up the wall you stupid bastards, and cut taxes. You’d be amazed what people do with money when you don’t extort it from them.

  31. 31
    compound interest says:

    compound interest is barbaric

    x1.1 = 1.1
    x1.1 = 1.21
    x1.1 = 1.33
    x1.1 = 1.46
    x1.1 = 1.61
    x1.1 = 1.77
    x1.1 = 1.95
    x1.1 = 2.14
    x1.1 = 2.35
    x1.1 = 2.59
    x1.1 = 2.85
    x1.1 = 3.13
    x1.1 = 3.45

  32. 32
    Mongonomics says:

    Unless of course they believe it to be a flat line curve where all points are 0.

    That doesn’t make sense, but could be in line with government thinking.

  33. 33
    Mike Hunt says:

    At the moment many are trying to pay off the money they borrowed during the great insanity. Until that is mostly done, people will not be spending.
    It’s a miracle that this country is doing as well as it is on the surface.
    Underneath of course we are all totally screwed for at least the next 10 years.

    And STILL 40% want to vote for the idiots who put us in this mess.

  34. 34
    A pedant says:

    So you despise ‘Osbourne’. But how do you feel about Osborne?

  35. 35
    Mike Hunt says:

    To be replaced by whom?

    Sadly he is the best we have – the option of having a great leader is not open to us.

  36. 36
    Petronius says:

    His hairdresser has a sense of humour too…

  37. 37
    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Arcane Terms Service says:

    “Shop steward.” It has to do with the history of publishing, when non-Conformist church parish halls were where unions like that of the newspaper employees often met. When the bosses insisted that the employees work on Sunday, the churches got all up in arms, and insisted that the bosses allow the employees to hold “chapel” on the premises. The shop steward was the ranter, usually: “Dear Heavenly Father, shine down Thy countenance upon our demands for an eight-hour day, and support the Labour Party…”

  38. 38
    JH2982304872038 says:

    It is when you are paying it, not so bad to receive it.

    It must be fucking brilliant being a bank. Borrow money at virtually 0% interest, lend it at 6%. Ker-ching.

  39. 39
    Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two bog seats, two Jags & Shags. says:

    Watch me blow the roof off the NHS scandal……

    …you guessed it: it was all Fatcher’s fault !!!!

  40. 40
    Steve Cheesly says:

    Pedley v Harris Leeds Combined Court HH Judge Gosnell

    Hearing on 31 January includes the mother of all Twitter injunctions to gag William Hill Whistleblower

  41. 41
    Owen Jones says:

    He looks like Bernard Manning

  42. 42
    Matilda says:

    Whatever happened to that bonfire of the qangos we heard so much about?

    Get rid of that lot of parasites, return responsibility and accountability to where it rightly belongs in the relevant Ministry, and we’ll be quids in on a permanent basis.

  43. 43
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    But why not give it a go – just for the hell of it for the next couple of years?

  44. 44
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Flipping hell!!

  45. 45
    Leicester Constituent says:

    1485 and we are still clearing up the mess, they found a body in a carpark only recently.

  46. 46
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Is your needle stuck?

  47. 47
    Thyme traveller says:

    It was a term used in the early part of the 21st century to describe anyone who was not a member of the ruling UKIP Party. It emanated from some bigoted woman in the north of England who got far too big for her boots in matters of childcare, but owing to the spineless politicians in charge at that time, managed to get away scot free with her audacious temerity.

    Hope that helps.

  48. 48
    Thyme traveller says:

    Receiving it? Ah, you must have a very long memory mate!

  49. 49
    ReefKnot says:

    I think you’ll find that before the flames could get a hold, along came Whitehall and pissed on them. And Pickles just let it happen. Of the few that were actually thrown on the bonfire, many were merely subsumed into other Whitehall Depts – so same people, same culture, same attitudes, same cost, but different letterheads.

    If the Tories can’t get rid of the Quangos – who can ?

  50. 50
    Major Plonquer says:

    Mathematically, peak tax rate should be 28% – 33% depending on “contemporaneous political will” (i.e. how much the government is able to fool all of the people all of the time.)

  51. 51
    JH234802349503249 says:

    I remember getting 5% at ING.

    Ah, memories.

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