March 4th, 2013

Tim Loughton’s Taxpayer Funded Retirement Fishing Trip

When he’s not being questioned by the cops for being rude to gypsies, former DfE minister Tim Loughton is dreaming up new ways to embarrass his old boss Michael Gove. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, Loughton has sent in 87 awkward written questions to the department since he was given the chop. He is right to have a go at the police for wasting taxpayer cash, but given that it costs on average £164 to answer each question, FoI data estimates DfE have spent £14,268 on Loughton’s retirement fishing trip. Revenge is a dish that does not come cheap.


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    The BBC says:

    OK luvvies, let’s run this one for the next 2 weeks. Mwaah thanks Guido xx

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    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.

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    Col Nut says:

    What’s he doing with Nigel Lawson?

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    Chuka says Chuka your money at Africa says:

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    President Obumboy says:

    And I thought faggery was genetic.

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    Glyn H says:

    Feed the Africans? Gordon Bennett; you on Commission for selling Hitlermobiles? Grosser!

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    Sir William Wade says:

    The marginal cost of answering a Parliamentary question ought to be trivially small, because the staff required to answer it are already employed.

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    Sir William Wade says:

    Hogwash. It is trade that has advanced Africa, most of it with China.

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    The BBC says:

    PS,Do watch our new thriller ‘Mayday’ it’s got more red herrings than is allowed under EU fishing rules with a suprising twist.A white middle class bloke is the killer and the only black character is the hero.

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    Cut out the middle man says:

    Why not just send it directly to Tower Hamlets?

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    Chuka your money away says:


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    Hugh Mongo Grant says:

    I got £1 fish finger!

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    Skorpian de Rooftrouser says:

    Maybe Chuka can donate one of his suits and D.Fatbot can donate her lunch money for a week that should feed a family for a year

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    Chuka Khan says:

    Good Governance? About as close as he’s going to get to saying empire wasn’t all bad.

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    The Queen right now says:

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    Lil says:

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Good morning to all those who hate me with their fulminating pap. Thanks for the smears by the way – much flattered.

    Now about those debts. They are the debts incurred by the banks and those in the city / government who mismanaged the whole show from 1997 to the present.

    But hey – if you just use the word Britain you can encompass and blame the general public as well eh.

    It is those who mismanaged the show who ‘still won’t put their hands up’ who should shoulder the blame fairly and squarely … but they still can’t.

    CONTRITION – There’s a word to look up in your dictionary.

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    Guido is taken in by the bean counters says:


    It’s the same when the bean counters talk about the costs of deploying troops and their equipment, conveniently forgetting that the troops are paid 24/7/365 whether they are deployed or not. And of course they play with their equipment all the time be it on exercises or for real.

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    Stolen innocence 2012 of United Wheeldom says:

    Reblogged this on shared blogs.

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    A Scotch Tramp says:


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    Cardinal bum feck Mcfuckety says:

    Thank heaven, for little boys, for little boys get sweeter every day!!!

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    Keiran Of romsey says:

    I think he misunderstood when I said “get off my land you shite”

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    And then you can run to the cops and claim all manner of malicious communications / scream, rant and rave about racially aggravated harrassment and the CPS will be onto anohter earner from the public purse – litigation / cum fee creation at its finest.

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    Silver Knight says:

    Fuck off.

    CONTRACEPTION – There’s a word for your parents to look up in their dictionary. Unfortunately too late for you.

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    Anonymous says:

    Is Guido now Gove’s lickspittle? They both like the weight of Murdoch’s shilling.

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    Residing in 96.99% white Merseyside says:

    I thought financial mismanagement started under Maggie’s watch.

    The BIG BANG?

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    Anonymous says:

    Some Conservative MPs are going on and on about tax cuts. It seems they only want to cut tx for companies and rich people. None of them seems to want to cut tax for the middle classes and poor. I thing its better to cut tax and benefits for the poor, it will pay it self off and these will be massive savings on admin cost.

    Increase tax free allowance to £12,500 for single people and £25,000 for families, stop all forms of credits, child benefits, etc and put 2 year limit on benefits.

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    Father O'filatio says:

    Rather than join the IRA to blow up kids I became a priest so they could blow me off

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    Judge Dread says:

    I think people should be banned from asking awkward questions.

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    Bumfuck Britain says:

    Let us not forget Mr Spaker.

    His questions in 2002 cost substantially more than £½m.

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    A Priest says:

    I really should get with the times. I thought Boyz II Men was a delivery service

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    Justice Fingers says:

    Or just banned

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    Casual Observer says:

    Looks like a foreign pack. Evading duty ? Likely fake.

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    CCHQ says:

    Good work Guido. Can’t have backbenchers asking awkward questions can we?

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    Reality Check says:

    Except that the Government is not only cutting tax for the poor, it is taking them out of tax altogether. But you never hear Labour saying well done, that is even better than taxing the poor at 10% which we propose.

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    BBC DRAMA says:

    I think we need more lesbians though, what’s Super Kings doing? And that other one, fat one, supposed to be funny? Make them deep sea fishermen…fisherpersons, and erm ….Eastern European. Hungarian, that’s it, Roma Hugarian lesbians fisherpersons, but not in a relationship with each other.

    That should add to the realism.

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    Point of Information says:

    That is not racist either.

    ‘!rish knacker’ is kind of getting into the territory though.

    V!z did a cartoon which got them in similar hot water some time back.

    They called it: ‘The Thieving Gypsy Bastards’. The retraction they were ordered to print following a reprimand by the UN was funnier than the original. Worth looking up if not familiar.

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    BBC policy guru says:

    You meddle with child benefit at your peril. We will run for 3 days from budget day How the average family will be worse off. We are also quite pleased that the LDs stopped a cap on child benefit, as it means Labour will at least get a shoe-in. Provided we stifle the UKIP vote to stop them winning more than 10 seats, which is our plan. :)

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    Merseyside myopia says:

    1986 Big Bank. Taxes fell. Tax receipts went up. Look up Laffer Curve.

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    Point of Information says:

    Chav is from a romani word: ‘Chavi’ which means child.

    Using this term is essentially calling people gypsy children.

    On the basis of Loughton, this is proof positive that Owen Jones is racist.

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    Anonymous says:

    Government went and increased VAT and Employee NI. Government hasn’t linked tax cut to benefits cuts. Under this government poor are taxed more and benefit payments had been increased, last year they got a 6% raise in dole.

    Only group that is getting a tax cut are the once that make over £150,000 a year.

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    Tony Blair says:

    Because we do not fund terrorists

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    The Hamster says:

    Yeah they buy junior tampons and spray paint ‘em

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    Not Blowing Whistles says:

    I for one spotted the troll the other day.

    One suspects those guilty of the mismanagement will be putting their hands up when the guns are finally pointed at them. However, that should not be misunderstood to be symbolic of surrender.

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    254 Tax Rises since 2010 says:

    Actually it started before Maggie’s day, try August 15th 1971 at Bretton Woods.

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    BBC policy guru says:

    You don’t speak newspeak. No-one’s read 1984 and that’s good for us. :)

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    Issue 46 says:

    The apology was surrounded by a dotted line with the words Gypsies! Here it is at last, Your special cut-out-and-keep Sincere Apology

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    Anonymous says:

    You cut child benefits with a increase in tax free allowance, government increase personal allowance by £6,000 and stop child benefits. Average working families will be better off. Same like bedroom tax, its fair as long as its implemented correctly.

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    Ventriloquist with insane dummy says:

    Back in the box, Govey, back in the box.

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    Point of Information says:

    Trade without injurious conditions attached to be much more precise.

    The terms of the deal: Allow us access to your mineral reserves and we will build you infrastructure at a fair price (local cost), and have no interest whatsoever in trying to tell your government what it should and should not do.

    Look international hegemons: Literally no strings attached ! You can’t beat or compete with that.

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    Tight Honourable Michael Gove MP says:

    It’s not me that’s insane, it’s the one with the hand up my bum. Look at the mad crap he makes me come out with.

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    keredybretsa says:

    Money and time waster!

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    Precision in the truth is always useful says:

    They only cost £164 if you assume that the useless tossers who turn up to their employment at DFE had something else useful to do. If you count their employment of a way of stopping them hanging around selling the Big Issue and whinging the real cost of them being in the Civil Service is probably worth it. Then they might as well answer stupid questions as opposed to doing sod all or coming up with u turn policies on exams etc.

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    Rupert says:

    Guido do I not pay you enough shekels?

    Why for do you have to sell this piece of shit?

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    Who loves a bit of metal says:

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    Right on nerd says:

    They only cost £164 if you assume that the useless tossers who turn up to their employment at DFE had something else useful to do. If you count their employment of a way of stopping them hanging around selling the Big Issue and whinging the real cost of them being in the Civil Service is probably worth it. Then they might as well answer stupid questions as opposed to doing sod all or coming up with u turn policies on exams etc.

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    Rupert's son says:

    Actually, father, I’m buying it, we’re using it in our 2015 campaign for labour

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    Blair Watch says:

    Blair’s controllers are vexed as the illegal trade in people in west Africa has been broadly shut down. Western access to minerals is also becoming less lucrative as the black market is being controlled more by the locals and Ch!na, and UK in particular is being squeezed out.

    He also has an interest in taking control of the narco trade which is becoming a problem down there. Most of coca!ne coming into Europe from LATAM comes in through West Africa. Meth labs are showing up now in places like Ghana.

    Best to keep Blair locked in his padded box and out of this. He has nothing good to offer the world.

    Chilcot ?

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    To be more accurate says:

    The Chinese deal is that we will get our political prisoners to come over and build your infrastructure. No direct contribution to your economy or any human rights while the construction is going on

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    Rupert says:

    God boy, but please go back to school to learn about ‘

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    Another nerd used to do it says:

    Before being distracted by the wiles of the demur Sally the current Squeaker’s second most favourite pastime was a torrent of idiotic questions to all government departments. Once he had succumbed, they, and the masturbation, stopped almost immediately.

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    elohesra says:

    If only I could spell arsehole backwards I could make a cutting remark about your sort of Monica.

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    Who Want's Some! says:

    The irony of ‘communists’ improving Africa’s economy more in 10 years than the so called ‘capitalists’ have done in the previous 20 is lost on old Chuka. It’s about the economy stupid not the hand outs of second hand and shoddy crap that our ‘charities’ dump into Africa.

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    Hard southerner says:

    Rowing ergo song or weights training. Followed by a little Nicky Minage when making love just to even things out.

    Mind you Balls/Harman/Miliband definitely only are in tune with death metal Your struggle is useless! Your struggle is useless! Or arch-metal fan Andy Burnham Die. The only way is death.

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    City tax lawyer says:

    Does gove s wife still work for the Murdoch Mob?

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    Who loves a bit of metal says:

    Nicki Minaj?

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    Putr1d, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

    That’s right, what a contrast with tax until the pips squeak which sent all the high earners abroad. We’re currently at tax stauration point where any tax increase leads to reduced receipts. The only way forward is to slash welfare to the bone.

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    Honest taxpayer says:

    Good entry

    One of the most rurreal things at the moment

    Is that experts from all these zombie banks

    Are asked for their opinion on finance debt and economics

    Having broght the whole financial system to its knees

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    Anonymous says:

    If you mean the execrable Sarah Vine then unfortunately yes.

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    Honest taxpayer says:

    They are already in switzerland monte carlo and other watering holes

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    Ho says:

    My dad is so beautiful

    Like me

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    Casual Observer says:

    Or use tobacco which has a higher heavy metal and tar content than you would otherwise think.

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    Point of Information says:

    And, if I recall, entitled: ‘The Nice Honest Gypsys’

    I think true satire died shortly after that issue.

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    Curly says:

    But at least one of them must be on crutches permanently, and another must have only one arm/leg/eye etc. You don’t keep on message you are unlikely to be offered a part – and you’ll definitely be excluded from the fish and chip suppers! Shirley you can also squeeze an Imam in there somewhere?

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    Curly says:

    Erratum: For ‘experts’ read ‘employees’.

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    Curly says:

    They only need one simple answer which can be reprinted to order:

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The information you seek is no longer kept by this Department.

    Have a nice day.

    Yours etc

    PS: You are being considered for de-selection at the next General Election.

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    Curly says:

    Just for info, a Gippo is/was squaddy slang for an Egyptian – and had no connection with Romany folk.

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    PSNI bullshit office says:

    ssshhh, dont blow our PR releases about the cost of policing parades in Northern ireland

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    Curly says:

    The Scotch devil you know staying well away from Parliament and keeping his sticky fingers and deluded brain out of our affairs is much better than the Scotch devil you do not know attending and adding to our misery.

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    Revenge is a dish that does not come cheap. says:

    …but is extremely good value for money.

    Go Tim!

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    How droll a troll you are. only took you 13 minues to respond. You appear to have stolen and/or ‘plagerised’ one of billy connolleys stage retorts to a heckler! – i.e. Thanks for coming its a shame your father did.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Indeed – I bought a plaque in a shop a few years ago – it hangs upon my wall. It is about ‘Opinions’ and it states:-

    “If I want your opinion, I’ll ask you to fill out the necessary forms.”

    n.b. Opinions are just that – opinions – they are however not facts.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    JFHC – where are all the trolls and smear merchants?

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