February 26th, 2013

Bad SpAd Memory

Labour peer George Foulkes’ FOI revelation that Clegg has 15 SpAds beggars belief when you look at his media management this week. The eagle-eyed among Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidates never miss a chance to bash the Deputy PM, however. Step forward Redcar hopeful Anna Turley:

Anna seems to have forgotten that she herself was a SpAd not once, but twice. Not just any SpAd either, but a super important one. She specialised in “social exclusion” while working for Hilary Armstrong, and child poverty and equality under David Blunkett. Guido wonders how many community groups her wage could have gone to support…


  1. 1
    total wankers says:

    it is a total crock of shit when HMRC are kicking the shit out of small companies


  2. 3
    Paniagua Dos says:

    Even Sally *wipesmouth* hasn’t had that many SpAds


  3. 7
    Erm... says:

    Personally, I consider the greater “madness” to be the criminal amount of interest we’re paying for McMong’s insanity.


    • 37
      Anonymous says:

      Madness you say.

      What about all the real sufferers of this government: The elderly.

      BBC:”More than 320,000 of the 400,000 people living in care homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now have dementia or severe memory problems…”

      They are suffering from sodium deficiency caused by the stupidity of the NHS. From the NHS point of view, giving salt to a person only means they drink more. Drinking more causes them to need attention more. So why not limit salt and water intake?

      Because they are going mad. I for one would prefer a nice heart attack to any degree of mental loss. Is there anyone that actually wants a prolonged life of dependency so that they can be exploited for funds.

      The issue is that these people are being prepared meals from basics, and are not eating processed food. Each different item below would count as the equivalent Upper Limit of healthy adult daily intake of salt: (US figures)

      4kg of carrots
      24 eggs
      3/4kg of mashed potatoes
      1/3kg of cheddar cheese
      20 cups of milk

      1.5 cups of beef soup made from a packet

      People need sodium. Also consider the effect on the mothers who try to care for their children and cook from basics with no added salt.

      We should call this the Birkenhead care path.


      • 42
        Genuine Question says:

        Where is the research on this?


        • 56
          Anonymous says:

          USDA. If you are lost where to start Google “sodium deficiency dementia” Try also adding “site:.gov”. There is lots off work on salt problems with the young also.


      • 47
        Lord Stansted says:

        Good point. I’ve never understood the anti-salt lobby. If we are going to die (and I hear it’s unavoidable) then dropping down dead from a heart attack is a better way to go than some of the others.


  4. 8
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.


    • 55
      Don't Give a shit about LieBore, UKRAP or the Limp Dumbs etc... says:

      You left out… “And cannot let up on trying to pay off the enormous, generations deep debt left behind, once again, by a traitorous LieBore government, whilst getting to the bottom of the hacking scandal that they also tried to kick into the long grass and left for us to sort. If you add in the callous indifference (or intellectual retardation) to the Mid Staffs NHS they also displayed, I d say we were marginally busy. (Andy Burnham issued a statement in June 2009 that he was delighted that Mid Staffs had “reached a high enough standard to be considered as an NHS foundation trust” – deaths from hip fractures running at 87% notwithstanding!)

      Still – I’m sure all of our simple truth Trolls on here will tell us it’s all “FATCHER”S FAULT!!”


  5. 9
    Just wondering says:

    How many SpAds did Gladstone have?


    • 44
      Sir William Wade says:

      He used to go out at night looking for SpAds, even bringing them back to Downing Street. After a session with a SpAd, he would scourge himself penitentially.


  6. 10
    Clegg is guilty says:

    That works out at just over 66K each on average .

    I trust the appointments have been made on an equal gender basis having sensitivity to age religion and ethnicity (whatever that means) .

    if they have not then I know nothing about all of this .


  7. 11
    Sylvio from Milan says:

    Bunga bunga


  8. 12
    English for Beginners says:

    “Labour peer George Foulkes’ FOI revelation”



    • 14
      Grammar school boy says:


      Labour’s failed education policy has rendered vast swathes of the populace functionally illiterate.


      • 20
        Juror says:



      • 33
        Ma­qboul says:

        His name is George Foulkes not Foulke so Guido is quite correct.

        You two semi-literates don’t make a whole one.


        • 41
          Grammar school boy says:

          I presume you are not a foreigner or you would have learnt correct English.
          If the guy’s name is Foulkes you form the possessive by adding ‘s, as I did with the word “guy” earlier in this sentence. If there were two guys called Foulke the plural possessive would be Foulkes’.

          Here endeth English 101.


        • 43
          Bert says:

          “Foukes’s” is the correct form in prose. In poetry, the form “Foulkes'” is sometimes used, but only for typographical effect.

          Unlike you, I am educated, and unlike you I have worked in publishing for the past 35 years.


        • 49
          Sir William Wade says:

          We were taught that Foulkes’ was permissible but Foulkes’s was preferred.

          Incidentally, the apostrophe in this case marks the loss of the ‘e’ from the Middle English genitive:

          The dogs (more than one dog)
          The dogges bark > the dog’s bark


  9. 18
    Meme generator says:

    From now on, a glass of Guido’s favourite will be known as a Lulu.


  10. 23

    All part of the masterplan to ensure that Prime Minister David Cameron remains as a “One Term Prime Minister”

    Ministers are to press ahead with their plans to pay benefit tenants their rent money and trust them to hand it over to their landlords

    This is despite the fact that a social landlord taking part in a pilot has said that, three months into the test, it is already losing money as tenants fail to pass the money on.

    The pilot is running six projects to test the direct payment of Universal Credit – due to kick in this year – to tenants in social housing.

    Private landlords have been calling for some time for tenants to be given the choice as to whether they receive the rental element or whether it should be paid to their landlords. Housing charities have also made the same call, saying that tenants themselves would prefer it if their landlords received the money.

    In the private rented sector, landlords have had to become used to Local Housing Allowance being paid direct to their tenants. Bodies such as the Residential Landlords Association and National Landlords Association have protested that the upshot is that tenants do not pay their landlords, preferring to spend the money on something else rather than pass it on as rent.

    Both the RLA and NLA claim that a number of private landlords have given up accepting benefit tenants as a direct result, or plan to do so.

    Ministers have so far dug their heels in, saying that tenants must learn to handle their own finances.

    Social landlords still receive rent money direct, but this is due to change next year with the Universal Credit.

    Now Wakefield District Housing, which is running one of the six pilots, has said that the policy will cost it £8m a year in bad debts, and that it would have to spend £3.5m a year just on rent collection.

    Kevin Dodd, chief executive of WDH, warned the reforms would mean social landlords would struggle to continue to deliver services of social benefit, such as helping people into work.

    He calculated WDH’s total social benefit to the community since 2005 to be worth £1.4bn.

    Dodd said: “We are into the third month of our pilot and people are now stopping to pay [their rent] at all. They’re spending the money on something else.”


    • 27
      Centre Parting says:

      The problem was that if the rent is paid directly to the Landlord and if then the tenant is found to have claimed benefit wrongly, the housing benefit bunch request the money back from the Landlord.


      • 35
        A tramp says:

        The problem is that Landlords do not expect to be running any risks at all, despite operating a business. They think everything should be underwritten by the state.


        • 62

          In that case, change the corresponding law to make it easy for landlords with defaulting tenants to recover their property easily, by throwing the feckless non paying freeloaders and their brats out onto the streets. That then becomes the states’ problem, and the people who you sneer at for “running a business” can get on with their “job”.

          It’s a business, not a charity.


    • 28
      Microsoft says:

      Sales of X-Box titles however are up 300%


    • 31
      A tramp says:

      Increasing the risks that they are not to be paid will make landlords much more wary of taking tenants who have a poor track record in terms of paying/behaving. This will lead to some ‘feckless’ people being unable to find housing, but as their cautionary tales of being the cause of their own homelessness become common knowledge, and the consequences of failing to pay become more widely known, then people in theory will learn to be more responsible.

      At present, tenants have less responsibility to ensure they have a good track record with their housing providers and there is a perception that few consequences follow delinqency


      • 72
        Curly says:

        Just cut their electricity and water off. That might help them get the message when they can’t use the computer, charge their ipads and flush the bogs.


    • 51
      Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

      A policy such as this shows how out of touch the Westminster Village is with reality.

      On Friday evening a chav has a choice a night on the town or pay the rent !!


      • 64

        And like Mid Staffs NHS, of which I said back in 2009 was doing really well – I’m delighted to think that the chav will hand over his rent to the landlord with a lovely warm smile and the glow of a job well done!


  11. 24
  12. 29
    Person from Porlock says:

    Another face made for radio.


  13. 30
    Now there's a good idea says:

    Rape victims ‘pressured by police to drop allegations’
    26 Feb 2013: Women reporting sexual assaults encouraged by Met unit to withdraw complaints to boost detection rates, official report finds


  14. 32
    Now there's a good idea says:

    R4pe victims ‘pressured by police to drop allegations’
    26 Feb 2013: Women reporting sexual assaults encouraged by Met unit to withdraw complaints to boost detection rates, official report finds


  15. 46
    Clegg Watch. says:


  16. 48
    shansshellur of th' eggsshekker says:

    is this a turley voting for xmas?


  17. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Four legs good, two legs bad.


  18. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, first said he did not know about the sexual harassment claims regarding top Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard., then he said he did, then he said he didn’t know personally, but his office did.

    “I didn’t know, but then I did know, but it’s OK because I didn’t know I knew, but more to the point, I didn’t want the public to know that I really did know”.

    When I did know (before I didn’t know that I knew) about the Rennard allegations, I instructed Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander to have a word and then discretely bury the whole business then take action. Danny just cannot remember what action it was that he took and I didn’t know that but I know it now. It’s no good asking Jo Swinson, because although she knows and has said she knows about the allegations and took action, it must be the same action as Danny Alexander took because they now both don’t know what it was and have only just remembered they don’t know.

    Confused? Well remember Nick Clegg the Deputy Prime Minister is the same man who “forgot he was in charge of the country”, what do you expect?


  19. 67
    Clegg Watch. says:


  20. 68
    Ozzy says:

    4 days since AAA DOWNGRADE. WHERE’S YOUR COMMENTS @guidofawkes. What’s the matter has your new employer told you to be quiet ? fucking tory lickspittle


  21. 70
    Anonymous says:

    “She specialised in “social exclusion” while working for Hilary Armstrong, and child poverty and equality under David Blunkett.”

    Could anyone think of two employers more likely to make you end up ‘socially excluded’?


  22. 71
    matthew hopkins says:

    Turley is now spawned from the IPPR – the “independent” think tank that was dictating BBC radio and TV programming this weekend over the housing benefit cuts.


  23. 74
    El Sid says:

    “Clegg has 15 SpAds beggars belief when you look at his media management this week”

    But they were 15 LibDems so naturally they were fecking useless.


  24. 76
    RedcarRobin says:

    Anna Turley also work for Ed Miliband. She came to Redcar, ran for selection renting a flat on a run down street to pretend she was “poor”, and had Tom Blenkinsop a Labour whip assist her. The central Labour party then booted out a local candidate who looked nailed on to win. Turley, who I think is from public school, then got her “poor” vote, won the selection and moved to an upmarket part of Redcar. I’ve had a look into this SPAD and I’m not sure whether she has ever had a job outside of SPADing?


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