February 26th, 2013

Adviser For Ironic Job Adverts

The government’s adviser on youth, welfare and communities would always strive to help hard-working up and comers, wouldn’t he? Paid £60,000-a-year as a SpAd under the PM, Shaun Bailey is advertising for a “politically alert, self-motivated” intern to draft letters and carry out research. But wait; the position – you’ve guessed it – is unpaid.  Now that’s irony…

H/T KebabTime

UPDATE: Friends of Bailey get in touch to reveal that he quit as a SpAd under the PM at the end of last year. He is now working as an adviser “external to the government”.


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    They’re jointly saying ” And what do you do?”


  2. 2
    Silent Majority says:

    Excellent. No need for the taxpayer to pick up the tab. In fact they should auction of this. Downing Street might be down in the dumps after Calamity Brown and the bungling Dave but putting Downing Street on the CV will still prove you’ve got razor-sharp elbows.


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      The office bin says:

      Given that I can’t remember the last time anyone at the BBC broke a news story that wasn’t from a press handout, I really don’t think I am going to be too bothered if there is a strike.


      • 72
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        Cutting 2000 jobs? Great – that should mean a reduction in the tellytax as there will be no salaries, no NI contributions, no expenses claims, no use of electricity and heating in empty offices etc etc to pay for.

        Three cheers for the BBC!

        {Oh, did I really type that last line?}


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    Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

    Another political hypocrite. An interesting smell from the LibDem issue is the stink from John Mann. Best buddy of the disgraced Phil Woolas, bullshitter in chief at the judge who disqualified the evil Woolas and organiser of funding for Woolas. And he expects us to belive a word he says about others. The stink is even worse than that coming from ex Tory ministers who have forgotten who closed down the police enquiry in the 80s the day before 16 of their colleagues were to be arrested for kiddy fiddling.


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    Who's a dodgy geezer then? says:


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    Person from Porlock says:

    I would say it was a damned good idea and would want to take it further. All of them up to PM level should be paid nothing. That would save the country a lot of money and even weed some of them out altogether.

    One may presume that they are all taking some sort of backhander or going on to some well paid lobbying position anyway.

    The final insult is that we are paying any of these creeps anything at all.


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    stoleninnocence2012 says:

    Reblogged this on stoleninnocence2012's Blog and commented:
    Disgraceful !


  8. 8
    Lord Rennard says:

    Well you can tell by the way I use my walk
    I’m a sleazy man
    And I love to stalk


  9. 9
    Shaun Bailey says:

    Nawsuh– we just all looks alike, sho’nuff!


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    Brown out and pay me damages. Where is my share of the profits? says:

    So is he going to change all his soundbites to hard working volunteers? Slave labour!. £60 k is a disgusting amount of cash to be wasted on a useless SPAD!.


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    old SHEP says:

    Rennard the fat fox has repeatedly said that no complaints have been made against him in 27 years, but noticeable he has not seen fit to deny anything about his penchant for wandering hands, what do you think M’lud?.


  12. 18
    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.


    • 74
      Sums is my strongest suit says:

      So, just to get this straight, if the BoE can persuade the rest of the world to go with its negative interest rates idea, then it follows, does it not, that everybody would have to repay us all the money we’ve borrowed.


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    Person from Porlock says:

    Have you noticed what a beer gut Jo Swinson has developed?

    Look at that picture of her in a bursting-open yellow jacket walking alongside The Leader and beginning to resemble the member for Guantanamo Bay Brent Central.

    For a 33 year old to be approaching Leighton Rees dimensions around the midriff should set up warning bells.


  14. 22
    Learn to Count with Ed Balls says:

    Listen up, I hear there are rumours going around that I can’t count. In fact, I can count to twelvety and if I hear anyone say otherwise I’ll smash his face in.

    Nine, five, eleventeen, seven… see?


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    Sir William Wade says:

    If somebody was really self-motivated they would refuse to work for nothing, unless, of course, they see it as a toehold on the Great Governmental Gravy Train.


  16. 25
    Person from Porlock says:

    Is it OK to say that Constance Briscoe is a bent judge?


  17. 26
    Lard Everard says:

    I don’t think I’d recognise the truth if it was twice as high as The Shard and I’d tripped over it.


  18. 27
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Are we to understand there is no-one in No10 who can draft letters and as a consequence they are having to advertise for a volunnteer to show them how it’s done?


    • 38
      Universal Hiss says:

      Yes because all the civil servants are Marxists.


    • 61
      Central Office stooge says:

      With all those SpAds and civil servant available, this can only be because they need to create a position especially for the individual they have in mind.

      Perhaps the son or daughter of someone very well connected. Perhaps an individual who has come back early from trekking in the Andes, or one whose initial intern-ship in an arch-diocesan office hasn’t worked out too well?


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    Cream feat. Lord R says:

    (Slow, sleazy blues)

    Hey there baby, get into my big black car (repeat)
    I wanna show you what my politics are

    I support the left, but I’m leaning to the right* (repeat)
    Don’t deny me baby, not when you’re in my sight….

    *It’s a left-hand-drive car


  20. 29
    keredybretsa says:

    Front-end of the on going research and communication processes. Ideal for a kick-start in the unpaid political experience world.


  21. 34
    Anonymous says:


  22. 44
    Eastleigh Bob says:

    Been down the pub. Done a survey for you.

    out of 24 people asked the results were

    Lib dem – 5
    Tory – 3
    Ukip -3
    Other – 1

    and – Fuck off speccy! – 12

    So a big win for the “Fuck off specs!

    back to the studio {radio spitfire}


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    Operation Crossbow says:

    I see Guido finally caught up and did a post about Polly moaning that the whole Limp dim thing is a Tory plot.

    This whole Tory plot thing as I’ve pointed out several times now was started by the BBC, in particular Radio 5 that have tried to promote this ‘theory’ as fact.

    Don’t expect it will be long before Newsnight dream up some excuse to get fat Polly on and let her have her mad rant.

    As toilets Maguire pointed out on Sky the other night, C4 News is the Guardian of the TV news world (although most would argue it’s the BBC that is the Guardian C4 news is more the Independent but non the less even Maguire admits C4 news is left wing) so quite why they’d want to destroy the Limp Dims is beyond me, especially as Liebore are not in this figt anyway.

    Also many posted about the lefts double standards and that when a lefty is caught out doing something wrong the left excuser it. Well we see that every time a Muslim r@p@ gang is sent to jail or when fatty Prescott was caught out shagging his slapper secretary or when the left wants to promote the legal r@p@ of children as the Guardian campaigns for with the endless articles on removing the age of consent.

    It’s nothing news and fat Polly is just the ‘tip’ (a fat massive one) of the ice berg.


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    Rennies says:

    Our Google hits are up 900%


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    I hope the Blairs get cancer and die slowly says:

    Apparently Blair tells Newsnight tonight that Iraq isn’t quite how he hoped it would be ten years on. Ah, bless. Well, I’m sure those millions in blood money in his multiple accounts around the world will make up for his profound disappointment.


    • 55
      Operation Crossbow says:

      Blair like the BBC is a complete cuunt.


    • 69
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Must be some movement on the chilcot report then – can they release yet another whitewash that the vast majority of the Labour mongrels will fail to be able to read. Not that Blairs plan was to de-educate our kids for 13 years …?


    • 79
      Curly says:

      Yeah, such a shame all them buildings still standing….


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    Shambles says:

    The intern job may be unpaid, but they hopefully will get the benefit of being DV’d prior to acceptance – something that costs shitloads if you have to pay for it yourself. If there is no DV that the intern can walk away with, then walk away before starting.


  28. 54
    EU Watch says:

    Sloven!a’s government may be collapse this Wednesday in the face of a no confidence vote:


    If it does, the opposition will take control. There is a high chance that an international bail out may be required from the EU.

    There has been a lot of protests in the country over austerity and corruption of the government. In particular a system of speed radars put in a public expense but run by private companies in city of Mar!bor pushed public opinion over the edge.


    • 70
      Blowing Whistles says:

      I am sure Kissingers hand is in there somewhere hidden behind the IMF who ultimately control the ECB – but hey isn’t this just a site for conspiracy eyes only?


      • 80
        Speed camera says:

        Is he still going? Must be approaching 120 nowadays. How’s that Trilateral Committee thingy going?


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    Socialists - stealing our oxygen without responsibilites says:

    Pay peanuts, get monkeys. Pay nothing and you get SFA. There’s no such thing as a free intern.


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    Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:

    Is ‘e blick?


  31. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Dear MPs …

    Allow me to tell you about the most bloated and disgusting part of the public sector.

    There is a union of employees who, by banding together, managed to wangle themselves a basic salary which puts them in the top 3% of earners in the UK.

    In case this wasn’t enough, they insisted on being able to moonlight and do two or three extra jobs which enabled them to earn as much as 13 times their public salaries .

    On duty they catch taxis and trains for free. They get subsidised fillet steak and fine wine . They have interest-free loans, their second houses paid for, stamp duty, solicitors’ fees, new kitchens, gardeners, curtains and expensive furniture , all just to help them do their jobs.

    Twenty per cent of them have made room at the trough for family members to chow down. Tuck in, kids!

    They’ve probably all got a flatscreen telly, too. And you can bet most of them won’t have paid for it themselves.

    For all these perks do you think they worked longer and harder? Did they hell. This year they’re turning up to the coal face for just 171 days, compared to the 240 or so the rest of us strivers put in.

    At the same time as this the organisation for which they work, and from which they suckle, is broke. It has crippling debts, forced redundancies, and low morale. There is no money left.

    Ordinarily the management would go to war with a union of shirkers as bloated and greedy as this.

    Unfortunately, it’s the management which is corrupt. It’s the executive class scoffing in subsidised canteens and complaining their salami is not sliced thinly enough . It’s the guys in charge who are soaking up a total of half a billion pounds a year in return for just ordering the plebs around.

    And it’s you MPs who have, just three years after the expenses scandal which threatened most of them with the electoral guillotine, grown the brass necks it would need to insist that all of the above is simply not good enough and they deserve a 32 per cent pay rise .


  32. 64
    C Huhne says:

    I need a job. Recently lost mine.


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