February 7th, 2013

Clegg SpAd McGrory Reported For Partisan Eastleigh Blunder

The gloves are off. Not only are the LibDems planning on moving the writ today for the Eastleigh by-election, but they have also fired the first real shots of the campaign. Sadly for them, those shots were firmly into their own feet. By using his taxpayer-funded Cabinet Office email address to launch Nick Clegg’s by-election campaign last night, LibDem SpAd James McGrory has found himself in hot water on the first day of this very short campaign. Needless to say the partisan attack has gone down rather badly with his coalition partners. Backbench Tory MP Andrew Bridgen scores an easy goal this morning:

Dear Mr Heywood,

I am writing to ask you to investigate a breach of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers by James McGrory.

The Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, last updated on June 2010, states:

‘You must not act in a way that is determined by party political considerations, or use official resources for party political purposes’

But in an email from his Cabinet Office account on Wednesday 6 February, Mr McGrory contacted journalists to brief a speech to be delivered by Nick Clegg on Thursday 7 February.

The email was saturated with party political content, centred around the upcoming Eastleigh by-election. Most troubling of all was a series of source quotes, stating:

“This is Nick firing the starting pistol on the Eastleigh by-election.

“It’s a speech that sets out the distinctive approach of the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government when it comes to tax.

“This is going to be a very keenly contested by-election and Nick is eager to remind the voters of Eastleigh, as well as the rest of the country, that the Liberal Democrats are cutting taxes for those on low and middle incomes.”

The email went on to offer up Nick Clegg and Simon Hughes for interviews around the Eastleigh campaign.

Given its political nature, Mr McGrory’s email therefore appears to be a clear breach of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers.

I also note that the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers states that those who hold the post must resign it if they wish to campaign in a by-election.

“if they wish to take part in a General, European or by-election campaign, or to help in a party headquarters or research unit during such a campaign, they must first resign their appointment. If they wish their appointment to carry on during a campaign, they may continue to give assistance to their Minister as before, but they must be careful not to take any active part in the campaign. They should not, for example, take part in public meetings or accompany their Minister to party political engagements which are related to the Election campaign”

Upon the conclusion of your investigation, I would therefore be grateful if you could update me as to whether it would be appropriate for Mr McGrory to resign his position.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Bridgen MP

Activate Sherlock Heywood…


151 Comments

  1. 1
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, the Lib Dems have barely started the campaign and already they’re playing dirty and wasting tax payer’s money with moonlighting public sector workers.

    Clegg’s on the run now!

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    • 7
      Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

      The Liberal democrat Party is made up principally of Benders, Perverts and Crooks and I am certainly not a Bender. Boaz.

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      • 116

        Heywood won’t do anything – he can’t find his arse with both hands – what chance of finding wrong doing by a like minded, bleeding heart, sandal wearing, weirdy beardy?

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      • 121
        Eastleigh LibDems says:

        Hope we see you on the stump with us up here in Eastleigh Handy. We need all the help we can get for this by-election.

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    • 15
      lojolondon says:

      Such basic stuff – they are proper amateurs – haven’t a clue!

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      • 23
        Rob Wilson MP says:

        I do hope he put this in the public domain.

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        • 40
          Spinifex says:

          Can’t we just hang the LibDems?

          The Tories too. And Labour. And that David Nicholson. A communist in charge of the NHS, who’d a-thunk it?

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          • Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

            Who appointed him, was it the evil McMad, it was certainly during the reign of terror.

            And why is dave standing by him?

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          • LAB GAIN says:

            Stand by your man. Daisy Cameron is gonna get half of his votes haemoraging to UKIP and we’ll finally get someone with some Balls to sort out this economy.

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      • 124
        Pundit Too says:

        Bridgen could have put it in fewer words and with more effect.
        As for the Lib Dem Spad youngster; anyone resorting to finger wagging has a very grave defect in formulating and delivering effective communication.
        Unless he is counting beats to the bar – take that as how it comes.

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    • 80
      Liberals running amok (again) says:

      Resign. Now. If his resignation is not received today then he must be dismissed, and a formal spoken apology given in the House.

      Enough is enough.

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      • 94
        Cardinal Richelieu says:

        Surely not? Is there not a Mrs McGrory who could resign instead whilst admitting it was she who dispatched the emails?

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  2. 2
    Palab Gauche says:

    I’ve never heard of this McGrory but he sounds incompetent and shifty.

    He’ll go far in politics.

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  3. 3
    Lol says:

    Doh!

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    • 33
      Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

      What a useless yellow Hunt…… sack ‘im !

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      • 59
        Palab Gauche says:

        Sack him? This is the public sector. He will be warned but will not lose a penny, yet alone his job.

        As we saw with the NHS yesterday you can slay thousands of patients and not one person is demoted, yet alone sacked.

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        • 68
          Soylent Green says:

          Yes, but the NHS Deathcamps were only doing their job, surely?

          Freeing-up council houses for immigrants and the ever-growing tide of chavs. By fair means or foul.

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          • LAB GAIN says:

            At least those in social housing aren’t snobs or liberal fairies who will do anything for their minister. Most people want a chancellor with some Balls, as Ed Balls has.

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          • T'Old Fella says:

            No but a lot of them are inverted snobs

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        • 123
          Anonymous says:

          Let alone not “yet” alone you illiterate – educated under the Liebour reign of terror?

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  4. 4
    Popeye says:

    Good boy.
    I noticed from Cleggs PPB on the box yesterday, that the Libs were responsible for the tax reforms, they gave our money away, not the wicked Tories.
    Another Lib/Dem liar?

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    • 9
      Calamity Clegg says:

      There is a deep tradition in the LibDemon party that we claim the credit for those things that go right and we shift the blame onto our opponents when things go wrong.

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      • 126
        Cleggamity. says:

        There is also the fact that we also get it wrong in claiming for early successes that later go seriously wrong – like around the time of the next election.

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    • 92
      T'Old Fella says:

      Bwwwaaaaaa, the Limping Dems have broached a protocol, and you mean to say that the Tories would not do the same Giddo, the Limpy Dems have a far smaller operation than the Tories so jobbies have to be shared out, could it be the motive for the “exposure” is the LimpyDems have started the kick off for the byelection and the Tories were not quite ready to play still trying to sort out their preferred candidate. Come on, the Tories are bound to win the byelection are they not, regarding the unpopularity of the Limpy Dems.

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  5. 5
    Glyn H says:

    All these little toads should be paid by their parties not by the taxpayer. Talk about teenage scribblers! But then when Prime Ministers whether Blair or Cameron don’t know any history (vide abolish The Lord Chancellor or Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty) what hope that their tame twerps would know the rules of conduct?

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    • 101
      T'Old Fella says:

      Glyn old chap all the parties have got these Spad thingies, the Cons have probably got more than any other party a present, it would be interesting to see how many each party has (maybe Giddo could find out, he is a whizz with the stats) as far as I can see these Spad thingies are the percursor to becoming an MP after leaving university, a sort of factory of politically correct beings (depending which party they belong to)

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  6. 6
    God's Holy Trousers says:

    I doubt there is any sanction though. A week from now it will be forgotten and they will be back to abusing their positions again.

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  7. 10
    Jo swinney says:

    Can we have some more on the death camps labour set up under the terror ? Those 1200 murdered in Stafford – were they predominantly ukip supporters ?

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    • 19
      Joyce Thacker says:

      It wasn’t premeditated murder , just killing by neglect and bad policy . More Holodomor than Holocaust .

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      • 53
        Socialism = utter failure, always says:

        It’s actually called ‘the inevitable destination of socialism’.

        Though the likes of Livingstone, rather prefer to pretend that socialism has not failed at every attempt, rather that ‘real’ socialism still has not arrived yet.

        Next time it will be better comrade, next time.

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        • 57
          Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

          That’s exactly the same thing communists have argued to me.

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        • 71
          retardEd Miliband says:

          Look, the reathon communitht thtateth have alwayth failed ith becauth I wathn’t in charge of them. With me at the helm, and Ed Ballth (my thecond-choithe chanthellor) at my thide, I, and I alone, will make thothialithm a thuccthethful political thythtem in thith country.

          Oh yeth.

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      • 146
        T'Old Fella says:

        It is known as do not strive officiously to keep alive, it has been policy for years, it must frighten any person of over 65 years to go into hospital, old the oldies are usually put together, the sane but frail physically and those physically active and …. Elderly people care has been the cinderella section of the national health service for for too long. It would be interesting for a doctor to add to my comments here.

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  8. 12
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

    Give us your money.

    Like

    • 14
      Joyce Thacker says:

      Or we’ll kidnap your children and murder your grandparents . Look at Rochdale and Stafford if you don’t believe us .

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      • 16
        The BBC are cunts says:

        That was all Thatcher’s fault.

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        • 18
          Joyce Thacker says:

          Surely thatcher and burnham ( and that postman ) together ?

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          • A BBC Spokesperson says:

            No, as far as we are concerned, it is always Thatcher’s fault and hers alone.

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          • The Brussels Broadcasting Corporation says:

            Correction: whilst most respected scientists now agree that it’s usually Thatcher’s fault, it can also be the fault of climate-change deniers and anti-EU bigots.

            e.g. “Gosh, the price of petrol’s very high, isn’t it?” “Yes, that’s the fault of anti-EU bigots and climate-change deniers. And Thatcher.”

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          • T'Old Fella says:

            The thing Thatcher did was enable all those care homes to be built, many in the private sector, the idea was to avoid all the ” bed blocking ” by elderly people in hospitals who had no one to look after them 24/7. I know that very often now folks are let out of hospital too early and within a couple of days they are back in hospital.

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    • 25
      None of the above V2 says:

      I’m trying, but I’ve changed hands four times already. I may have to imagine someone else.

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    • 78
      ROGER MYBUTT says:

      “And if you dare donate to UKIP you will never see your children again

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    • 127
      Harperson's moral position says:

      Donate what? A bomb would be appropriate.

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  9. 13
    ████' change my tune' Hoon says:

    Do the FibDems have no shame ?

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  10. 20
    Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two bog seats, two Jags & Shags. says:

    Why can I hear the Irony Klaxon ??

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  11. 22
    Doc Torreval says:

    Sorry it’s O/T but after the NHS day of shame in Parliament yesterday the BBC and Guardian are leading with…..Gove U-Turn on GCSEs. The NHS is fourth on the Graun front page under the Headline “Cameron – Dock Pay of Bad Nurses.”
    A let-off for Labour’s foul up of the NHS. And where is Burnham? Bloody nowhere!

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    • 28
      Centre Parting says:

      Not off topic really Doc – no need to nail Burnham yet – loads more to come out – he will be a constant through the further investigations/discussions.
      I think it will outweigh his Hillsborough action.

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    • 29
      Joyce Thacker says:

      To the lefty media the mass execution of thousands of hospital patients is nothing as compared to a minor uturn by a conservative minister .

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    • 30
      Andy Bumhum says:

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    • 32
      lojolondon says:

      Damn right!

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    • 38
      albacore says:

      And how many murderers will be tried today?
      Arrested, maybe, or given a cut in pay?
      Summarily dismissed or sent for re-training?
      Put outside on the naughty step while it’s raining?

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    • 51
      Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

      Why has no one in the NHS or the Labour Party been charged with manslaughter for what is happening in our hospitals.

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      • 62
        albacore says:

        Ah well, you see, it’s state-condoned killing
        And once you take the N H S shilling
        It’s worse to overfill your wheelie bin
        Than to do some helpless, old patients in

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      • 119
        Blairy-eyed voter says:

        It’s called UKnasia, part of a high-level Labour not-me-gov policy.

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    • 130
      BBC - The Labour Party Communications Centre says:

      We never interview Labour Ministers about their total and serial foul ups.
      The Conservative Mr Gove is our target for today and tomorrow ad nauseum.

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    • 148
      T'Old Fella says:

      Yes Doc that would be OK if he docked the pay of miscreant MPS and government minsters

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  12. 31
    Care in the Community says:

    Ah Bless

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  13. 36
    C Hunhe says:

    BMW FOR SALE. Cherished number plate. Never raced or rallied. New home forces sale.

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  14. 37
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    Odious, useless, traitorous yellow Hunts…..

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  16. 50
    STuN says:

    Nick fucking Clegg

    Oh dear oh dear, he’s off poncing around making promises.

    Someone should leaflet the fucking idiots in Eastleigh and let them know whats really going on. They must live in a peculiar state of euphoria, Chris Huhne sorely missed. WTF are these people on.

    Rather than have a by election, we should give the co ordinates of Eastleigh to the North Koreans.

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  17. 56
    damned impertinent questions says:

    Even worse than using the email address clearly while doing so he was at work as otherwise he wouldn’t have access to it.

    SpAds are paid by the public purse. When did we start paying the campaign staff for Nick Clegg?

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  18. 61
    Hopeful says:

    Never mind these Libdum pillocks — Vote UKIP to get Camoron OUT

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    • 64
      Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

      Vote UKIP – get me :) !!

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      • 69
        One way ticket out. says:

        Spot on-UKIP votes will ensure power passing to Miliband Balls & co. Be very afraid!

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        • 73
          Gonk says:

          Tricky call, slow motion catastrophe or certain disintegration.

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        • 84
          Hopeful says:

          Under this supposedly Conservative led Government the National Debt is doubling to circa £1.4 trillion.

          Camoron has now progressed Same Sex Marriage, which was not in the Conservative Manifesto.

          What is the point of a Conservative Government under his leadership? He should be ejected from the Prime Ministership immediately.

          If we get the Liebour idiots back, they will complete the ruination of the economy. So be it.

          Then we can have a fresh start when Joe Public finally realises that virtually all the ConLibLabbers are corrupt lying incompetents.

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        • 96
          Ex-Conservative voter says:

          The next government, which will be a Labour government (of this there can be no doubt whatsoever), will collapse within 3 years. That’s long enough to the Cons to look a the collapse in their membership, to look at the votes they lost to UKIP, to look a the out-of-touch left-wing europhile well-educated idiot who lead them to disaster and to put two and two together and elect a level-headed Conservative as leader.

          Hopefully he or she will spend their 3 years of opposition actually planning to run the country, rather than running around hugging hoodies and huskies, as Cameron did.

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      • 77
        Who cares anymore says:

        If that happens who cares anymore, were halfway down the slope to 3rd world status and sooner Liebour get back and start calling high taxes, investments, the sooner they find out that the note from one of their luntics controlling the banks last time is true, benefits will start to fail and the will find we will be in a civil strife, after that who gives a toss, turn of the light when you leave , that’s if the windmill is turning.

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  19. 65

    Is there a school which you can attend where they teach you to be completely vile?

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  20. 66
    ROGER MYBUTT says:

    “Liberal Democrats are cutting taxes for those on low and middle incomes.””

    Ermmm hasn’t the coalition also given taxbreaks to the super rich as well ?
    Or was that just the Tory part of the “Coalition” ?

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    • 83
      Ex-Conservative voter says:

      By “taxbreak”, you of course mean the coalition has reduced the amount of money it’s taking from the rich? It is, after all, their money.

      Yes. But, as you will be aware, McMental’s 50pc income tax (a spiteful landmine for the coalition) actually reduced income tax receipts because those who were due to pay it just fucked-off to countries where they’d pay less tax.

      “a speech that sets out the distinctive approach of the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government when it comes to tax.” – a roundabout way of saying, “we’re going to hike taxes back to 50pc and watch all the rich move abroad where they’ll pay less.”

      Insanity: noun, plural in·san·i·ties.
      1. the condition of being insane; a derangement of the mind. 2. Liberal Democrat tax policy. Synonyms: dementia, lunacy, madness, craziness, mania, aberration.

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  21. 70
    Catch me if you can big boy says:

    What do the following groups have in common, NHS, Police, Politicians, they’re all civil servants, now which groups couldn’t give a toss about the British public’s life or death or even do the jobs they get paid for, yet have hundreds of PR people telling us how great they are, yet at the same time the media shows it’s totally opposite , time to jail these civil servants who fail and time to put the politician’s to shame and jail and all pension’s and bank accounts and houses removed from them, to stop expensive lawyers, make it the moment they become MPs

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  22. 76
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    Simon Hughes available to help at Eastleight – you couldn’t make it up. Simon Hughes is a homosexual who in his first election campaign was up against Peter Tatchel and villified Tatchell in his literature for being “queer”

    He has since apologised so thats ok then

    The stinking hypocrite, but he is just part of our modern political class
    and a libdem.

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  23. 81
    Teach says:

    McGrory! Where’s your tie, boy?

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  24. 84
    Sir William Wade says:

    What’s the point of having a Code of Conduct that nobody will ever follow?

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  25. 86
    Sir Dave Nicholslag OBE BIG BOSS OF NHS. says:

    Glad to see the real news is passing by how the outfit Im in charge of on £250k a year murdered 3000 people over the years.
    I love my job and will not be resigning just to rub it in I got my wife a NHS job on £150k a year. Its a tough job but some Common Purpose person has to do it.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274699/Sir-David-Nicholson-Man-shame-NHS-chief-presided-worst-hospital-scandal-insists-ashamed-of.html?offset=0&max=100#comment-25817161

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    • 93
      Synic says:

      The whole point of the NHS is to provide secure employment for management on high salaries, benefits and gold plated inflation proofed pensions. Looking after patients is a minor side issue. The rest of the public sector strives to match its achievements.

      The NHS is the best in the world.

      Fuck the lot of them

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    • 98
      albacore says:

      Are we in the middle of civil war
      With opposing factions knee-deep in gore?
      Well, no, but the N H S body count
      Strangely enough, is that kind of amount
      It’s time that a U N Peace-keeping Force
      Was sent into our hospitals, of course

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    • 135
      Note the quote says:

      N!cholson is actually telling you straight that he does not care:

      ‘I am not ashamed of being in my job today. Clearly I regret incredibly what happened to those patients.’

      Incredible regret = No regrets.
      Not ashamed = has no shame.

      However, he could not say any different as that would be admitting liability.
      – And they have the gall to complain about the patients and families of patients getting litigious.

      Time to wake up.

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      • 142
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        He got a very mild and pathetic “grilling” from the useless but pompous know-it-all Sky news patsy today. Glad I don’t pay the telly tax.

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  26. 87
    The Mob says:

    OUT CAMORON OUT CAMORON OUT CAMORON OUT CAMORON OUT

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  27. 95
    Sir William Wade says:

    Caption competition:

    Clegg: “How many times have you had sex with another person present?”

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  28. 97
    Anonymous says:

    James McGrory doesn’t look as though he’s been out of nappies that long.

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  29. 103
    Stafford Murders says:

    Never forget these names. These are the managers and executives who let over 1000 patients die.

    David Nicholson
    Toni Brisby
    Helen Moss
    Cynthia Bower

    And also, never forget these names who also let over 1000 patients die.

    Tony Blair
    Gordon Brown
    Patricia Hewitt
    Andy Burnham
    Ed Balls

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  30. 105
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    When we joined the Common Market we hoped wine would be cheaper but never imagined that imm igrants would be free.

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  31. 106
    SP4BS says:

    U turn if you want to.

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  32. 108
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    LOL……..TORY HQ….Worried ALREADY

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    • 112
      Wotta Tossa Skid Mark 5 says:

      Can’t wait for Grayling to remove internet access from prisoners.

      Like

      • 143
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        …and x-boxes and hot water and gyms and heated bedrooms and steak and chip dinners etc.

        Prison should be for punishment not pandering.

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  33. 109
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Like

    • 113
      Immigrant or emigrant that is the question says:

      Who’d have thunk that, nobody in Britain would have thought how popular we are with immigrants, must be we are so well liked after all that colonisation we did or maybe it’s just the fact that politicians are so free with British taxpayers money, garnering votes from the newcomers, nah must be we are nice people.

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      • 122
        LAB GAIN +9 says:

        The earlier not the latter. Most people here are snobs and benefits are being slashed. We need someone with Balls to get Britain growing and restore something like full employment.

        Like

    • 151
      fitz fitz says:

      … no doubt the C4. BBC, Guardian axis will investigate and let us have a full and unbiased account of this tsunami …

      Like

  34. 120
    shurdy rover says:

    Is that wanker old enough to be out of school? Where do they get them from? WTF has he ever done including Cleggy? Not one brain cell between them!

    Like

  35. 133
    Jimmy says:

    Weren’t you assuring us the other day that partisan hackery by spads was a non issue?

    Like

  36. 149
    AnalStatistician says:

    Oh yawn, how many letters accusing each other of things like this do the parties exchange every week? And how many actually lead to anything?

    Really, these standard Iain Dale-style routine “we wrote an angry letter” smears are so boring.

    Like

  37. 150
    fitz fitz says:

    Little James’ piece read as if written by a child – but whose child ?

    Like


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