March 19th, 2013

Osborne Caves to National Union of Ministers

A big win for the National Union of Ministers: Osborne is demanding £2.5 billion of extra cuts but is protecting May, Hammond and Pickles. The rest of the unprotected Cabinet will have to deal with a 1% cut in resource budgets. The money will be spent on capital spending. Criticise George in public and your department gets ringfenced, everyone else must suffer in silence…

UPDATE: A Whitehall wonk gets in touch to insist Hammond is merely being allowed to roll-over his budget underspend for this year, and while May and Pickles’s grants is protected they will still have to find 1% savings from the rest of their budgets. Their entire budgets will be unprotected in 2014-15.


  1. 1
    Indian Pasty says:

    And Foreign Aid?

  2. 2
    Moussa Koussa Mark 7 says:

    Strategic Budget leaks already flowing from No 10

    Pre-announced plans already in today papers, even though none of them will see the light of day until 2015 ( ie they are not gonna happen )


  3. 3
    Moussa Koussa Mark 7 says:

    So Hammond promise to cut no more, was total boll*cks

  4. 4
    yeah, right... says:

    OT, but always good to know that your money isn’t totally pissed away paying Jonathan Ross…

    The BBC has vowed never to make another takeover in the vein of Lonely Planet after its commercial arm booked an £80 million loss on the disastrous deal.

    The Australian publishing brand beloved of backpackers has been sold for £51.5 million to Tennessee investor NC2 Media. The price is 60 per cent lower than the £130.2 million paid by BBC Worldwide in two tranches in 2007 and 2011 to acquire the business.

  5. 5
    Dave says:

    Nothing is set in stone until I run it by Hugh first.

  6. 6
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP.

  7. 7
  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    Inefficiencies, duff procurement and waste must make up a huge proportion of department budgets. So ‘ring fencing’ has never made any sense

  9. 9
    The not so free press says:

    We look forward to not reporting on the desecration of Hugh’s grave.

  10. 10
    Jimmy says:

    “Criticise George in public and your department gets ringfenced”

    Not forgetting “leak the fact that you won to the press”.

    Can’t they get Ken back? He at least had some idea what he was doing.

  11. 11
    Tony Murderer Blair says:

    See, it was the right thing to do, when I invaded Iraq. To celebrate my 10th anniversary of invasion, they have had several car bombs. Still found no WMD, but eh I’m a straight talking kind of guy.
    My lies have only caused tens of thousands of deaths, so what’s the problem.

  12. 12
    Owin Jones says:

    Austerity Max! Comrades we must protest! Once you have signed on come and join me on a march to Parliament! Our leader Hugh will give a live speech via a link up from his set in Hollywood!

  13. 13
    Owen Jones says:

    Guido, thanks, and well done for the amazing work you’ve done fighting workfare,and I mean that most sincerely.

  14. 14
    Mitch says:

    Lonely Planet is notoriously inaccurate. Suspect it’s mostly written by armchair travellers.

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    What will Comical Osborne come out with next. UK road and rail network is crumbling rather than repairing it these people want to spend billions on new projects that will not be used.

    Pickles budget need to be cut as councils waste a lot of money. As for defence for the wars UK gets into now-a-days manpower is more important. In the old days when one wins a war one makes a lot of money now a days when one wins a war it ends up losing a lot of money.

    What the point in winning Iraq war if we cannot get the oil?

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    With Cameron, every thing after the next election. Suddenly some how government going to get loads of money after 2015. He think people are fools.

  17. 17
    Moussa Koussa Mark 7 says:

    Oh dear


    More defence cuts
    More council cuts
    More home office cuts

    Equals more job losses, pi*ssed staff and their families and friends, more receivers of services inconvenienced etc etc

    Keep up the great work

  18. 18
    Lord Pont says:

    Tens of thousands of deaths – and that’s just in the NHS

  19. 19
    Lord Stansted says:

    The whole BBC is notoriously inaccurate; i.e., they are fucking liars.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Suprisingly every four to five years it turns out that just enough of them are

  21. 21
    rick says:

    And what was our oil doing under their sand in the first place?

  22. 22
    Ali B says:

    We had a nice coffee shop down the road. When Costa and Nero came they took out their really good deli to save costs. Next they reduced their hours to save costs. Now they’re closing. . . So much for the success of an austerity policy.

  23. 23
    Lord Stansted says:

    Tony! How Labour once loved you. Now they have a memory-loss worse than Vince Cable’s.

  24. 24
    Huge Grant says:

    As leader of the Labour Party our policy is to err, umm, well you know, how can I put this, err, umm, let me check with Ballsy, but in a nut shell, in a roundabout way we don’t have any policies, so we just need to borrow, tax and spend. Oh did I mention gag the press. Blow me!

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Pissed staff?

  26. 26
    Trojan Horse in the Charter says:

    Looks like the Blogosphere is finally waking up to the fact that the Government was really going for them rather than the press.

    They have (or had) sneaked in Draconian measures against blogs whilst leaving the paper presses mainly untouched.

  27. 27
    Can we have India back in exchange for N. Ireland? says:

    It just needs to say where the local cheap hotels are located (ie near the bus and train station in all towns). Could fit that on a postcard. Otherwise “This place is off the tourist route” = now all the lonely-planet readers will be there

  28. 28
    Ali B says:

    If you could see the waste in the MOD . . . .

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    What if you’re only middle aged?

  30. 30
    Moussa Koussa Mark 7 says:

    WHOOPS…… Piss*sed OFF staff

  31. 31
    Owen Jones says:

    Sudden rush of money for Osborne to mention “Twitter” in tomorrow’s Budget. Cut from 25/1 to 10/1.

  32. 32
    I'm a traveller, not a tourist says:

    What? You mean that nice friendly waiter who served me finger chips, banana pancake and a Kingfisher beer for 25 rupees in 1990 doesn’t work there any more?

  33. 33
    No steps forward 100 steps back says:

    Politicians have to leave the newspapers alone, how will the get a part time journalist job or a full time one if they kill the golden goose, blogs are just for the lower orders and need to be kept on a leash, after all they may be talking about them.

  34. 34
    Even McMental called this right says:

    Yes, trying to get us into the Euro

  35. 35
    Labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

    It wont help the papers though, the owl of Minerva has flown.

  36. 36
    jo bonanno says:

    the guardian is thataway


    Mind the door

  37. 37
    Sir William Wade says:

    May, Hammond and Pickles – the early years:

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    local elections imminent, what might eminate from a successful UKIP campaign?

  39. 39
    Statistical Fraud says:

    Polar Bear fails to eat BBC producer. I blame global warming. Wrong sort of ice.

  40. 40
    Bless their pointy little heads says:

    Leveson dont need no lectures on freedom of speech,
    Ha Ha Ha, Ho Ho Ho!

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the one thing that really gets up the nose of the right ‘whingers’ is that the victims of the press media turned to Labour for help and not the Government run by Tories.

    Harriet Harman and colleagues spent many, many hours working with Hacked Off – the group set up to defend the victims from press harassment. The outcome we see today is a triumph of the common man over vested interests.

    The Tories missed this opportunity to be seen on the side of the common man and were easily identified with the press barons and that is how they are seen now and will still be seen as the next GE approaches.

  42. 42
    Sir William Wade says:

    What did he do? Creep up to them and shout “Global Warming!”? Disguise himself as a seal with an assault rifle? Tell them the sad story of Steve Coogan’s desperate need for privacy? How do you disturb a polar bear?

  43. 43
    Maq­boul says:

    It’s called reducing the size of the non-wealth creating state thereby reducing the tax burden on the private sector wealth creators who will then create more jobs with the possibility of employing the ex-public sector chaps in real jobs.

    You just don’t seem to get it.

  44. 44
    Ned Rose says:

    Murdoch’s evil sojourn on this planet will soon be over in spite of flying in his private jets,staying at the best hotels and eating at the best restaurants,he will keep making gazillions..He’ll have plenty of time to reflect upon his worthless,earthly existence as he rots in hell for eternity.

  45. 45
    Vince Cable says:

    I don’t remember when I first forgot about Tony Blair. But I am sure it will come back to me.

  46. 46
    I always knew Mousa Koussa was an American stooge says:

    Yankee Go Home

  47. 47
    Vote UKIP -- Get rid of the LIBLABCONNERS says:

    Not “might” , “will”

  48. 48
    Maq­boul says:

    The “common man”? You must have been on the same stuff as Coogan has been sniffing or had your brains sucked out of your knob by a cheap whore.

    Give us a fucking break.

  49. 49
    Maq­boul says:

    These might be the first cuts for 15 years you tosser.

  50. 50
    Sir William Wade says:

    If you tolerate this, then your media supporters will be next.

  51. 51
    Family guy says:

    And not demented?

  52. 52
    Penfold says:

    Does that mean DFID bears it’s share?

    Why not just shut it down…………its a complete waste of taxpayers monies.

  53. 53
    Otis B Driftwood says:

    New Zealand planning account seizures…

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    I also wonder if Cameron has done enough to keep the bodies, Murdoch knows about, buried. There was a certain desperation in his behaviour over the last couple of weeks. From I will implement Leveson as long as it’s not bonkers’ to running scared. Usually with him that level of energy is about self interest.

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    They didn’t work hard for the oil either.

  56. 56
    Maq­boul says:

    …er, only since he stopped the Sun supporting Labour.

    They lost. Get over it, little man.

  57. 57
    Labour's turn of a blind eye. says:

    Or could it be that ALL the “Victims” became “Victims” when Labour was in power and now that the Conservatives are back the Plod are having to investigate and apply the law that existed all the time?

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    you sound a bit jealous never mind there are millions more like you who spend all their lives achieving FA

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    And the bastard is still interfering in British politics, cuddling up to the fascists at UKIP.

    Calling them, and him, fascists is no hyperbole.

    If Farage can call the Tories, the most hated and savage government we’ve had since the war, just a bunch of social democrats, as he did the other day on C4 news, then we know what to expect if, God help us, Murdoch’s sock puppet ever got close to real power.

  60. 60
    RetardEd says:

    Hugh said that because he is a famour film star with upwards of 15 adoring fans, he would be a more popular Labour leader than me. I have agreed to give him my safe seat for 2015 as long as he promises to let me stand next to him in photographs and lets me do a little cleaning around number 10 now and then.

  61. 61
    Like father, Like Son. Max Mosley says:


  62. 62
    Owen Jones says:

    What do you get if you put David Cameron and George Osborne together? A pair of pricks. Basic, but true.

  63. 63
    Butch Dave says:

    bum it up the arse?

  64. 64
    Sir Oswald says:

    That’s my boy. A chip off the old block.

  65. 65

    I like Ken
    I know he’s about as popular as his Labour, tax dodging namesake, but he was a good chancellor.

    He left that big pot of cash for the incoming ingrates to spend on wars.

    What was in that pot when he came back 13 years later? Some sort of note? About how much money was left ?

  66. 66
    Welcome to India says:

    India very lovely. send white female gullible blonds believing western multi-culti ‘Indians are peaceloving spiritual people, not violent racist rapists at all’ brainwashing shit.

  67. 67
    Spanky Spank Bottom says:

    He really understands wifi doesn’t he?

  68. 68
    LabLibCon Lying 'progressive' party says:

    If you are entirely stupid, then a vote for the LabLibCon Alliance of liars, looters and control freaks, is right up your street, regardless of age or mental faculties.

  69. 69
    That Idea Worked Well says:

  70. 70
    I need something to go with Pickles says:

    Are there any pies left George?

  71. 71
    Petronella Fazackerley says:

    The time for George Osborne to have asked his Ministers to shave 1 per cent off their Budgets to pay for infra structure projects was two years ago not a couple of days before his third budget.

  72. 72
    Bloody idiot voters always but a pig in a poke says:

    You think that he is wrong because……..?

  73. 73
    Liar Watch says:

    The current Conservative party are led by social democrats.

    As for this being the most ‘savage’ government sinde the war, I presume you mean since the gulf war, the one started by Tony Blair, the most hated Prime Minister ever.

  74. 74
    An Economist says:

    They should have cut goverment spending by 5% and taxes by 3% on day one. We’d have been well into growth by now.

  75. 75
    De Javu says:

    Quite remarkable how things have changed so little.

  76. 76
  77. 77
    Owen Jones says:

    Unnecessary drama.

  78. 78
    Geedo says:

  79. 79
    Dave says:

    I will send anyone who dies from to 2015 to heaven.

  80. 80
    Thicker than a Planck says:

    We knew, on day one, that Canada had adopted that successful approach, so didn’t want to be seen to be copying

  81. 81
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    Various estimates of deaths (combatant and non-combatant) exist between 104,000 and 230,000. The W.H.O. estimates 151,000 deaths. gives a range of 110,000 to 122,000 deaths. Now that really is disgusting.

  82. 82
    The fates says:

    True enough. Millions do not inherit an Australian newpaper business from their fathers.

  83. 83
    Max Mosley? NO His Dad Oswald says:

    Now let me ask anyone here, who thinks that we have been unfair when we have attacked the ownership and conduct of the Press of this country, on what grounds do they behave as they have behaved?

    Press control F and search Press and you will be amazed how much Max sounds like his Ex Labour MP and Fascist Blackshirt Father.

  84. 84
    History man says:

    Neither the UAF or the BN*P could muster those sort of numbers these days. The police are also much better at crowd control.

    In principle, though, you are not wrong. There have always been twats trying to lead us into subserviance.

  85. 85
    Owen Jones says:

    BTW – if you ever wondered how Blair made his fortune look into the Qinetic deal brokered via Carlyle while he was PM.

  86. 86
    Casual Observer says:

    Syr!a has actually done that quite literally though.

    Here’s an update from there:

  87. 87
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    It’s called competition Ali and it shows that locals prefer Costa and Nero over your ‘very nice’ coffe shop. Perhaps they should have been a little more business savvy and looked at ways of keeping their customers? Or maybe they were just shit at business?

  88. 88
    The EU says:

    You won’t say that when we empty what is left of your bank account.

  89. 89
    Point of Information says:

    J0hn Maj0r is with Carlyle.

  90. 90
    Karma says:

    Tony Blair should be made president of !raq.

  91. 91
    Only Ten and worrying about my savings says:

    I have £15.84p in my Piggy Bank. Is it safe from the Government?

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    I often wondered how UK ended up like this. We have so many nice decent people some how they don’t end up leading the country.

  93. 93
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    I was about to suggest taking your own coffee in a British made Thermos flask, but they are made in China after the Brentwood and Thetford factories closed down under the Labour Government.

  94. 94
    Merkel's Monetary Marauders says:

    No. The Piggy Bank will be nationalised by a government up to its neck in debt and any savings deposited there will belong to us.

  95. 95
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Everyone inherits something from their families. It’s what you do with it that makes you a success or failure, not anything else.

    If you’re a failure, blame yourself.

  96. 96
    My dreamboat says:

    I love Owen Jones and Owen Jones loves me.

  97. 97
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Define savage.

    If you mean living beneath your means and putting away a bit for the bad times, then we need much, much more savage and a lot less whatever you advocate.

  98. 98
    No Politician says:

    India should extradict the multiple rapist Aman Vyas back to the UK to face trial.

  99. 99
    Lord Stansted says:

    The bear had good taste – when you can get seal, why eat scum?

  100. 100
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    +! and a heap of billions saved on phoney charities, useless quangoland and the festering EU, wouldn’t go amiss either.

  101. 101
    Owen Jones says:

    That’s my shift over with. I’ll leave you in the more-than-capable hands of”Point of Information” for the rest of the day. Good Blogging. Owen.

  102. 102
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Rumours or not – what was Charlie Falconer doing in the room late at night touching up that Charter?

  103. 103
    Ah! Monika says:

    Somebody tell Mosley the clue is in the name. It’s a WEB

  104. 104
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    One million a year for life, for the Maastricht deal wasn’t it?

  105. 105
    Point of Information says:

    Analysis: Cypriot financial situation reminiscent of Iceland’s before banking collapse |

  106. 106
    Curly says:

    Erratum: Delete ‘be made'; Insert ‘suffer the same fate as the’

    There, fixed it for you.

  107. 107
    A parent of Owen says:

    Stop bothering the nice Mr Forkes and get on with your school work!

  108. 108
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    The BBC are doing their utmost, today, to justify Blair’s lies and invasion of Iraq.

  109. 109
    I'll never forget Vince Cable says:

    What is your policy on the Labour no policy policy?

  110. 110
    JH3824092384023 says:

    A section offering a practical guide to local prostitution is useful to lone male travelers.

    How to say “Please stop looking at my girlfriend like you can’t decide which hole to put it in first” in the local dialect is also a useful bit of info.

  111. 111
    George Osborne says:

    I’m a bit shit.

  112. 112
    Point of Information says:

    You may be aware that there is planned National industrial action across the right wing blogging sites on Wednesday 20th March 2013.

    Please be advised therefore that” Order Order” and” Guy News” will be available as usual, however, there is likely to be limited support available from the Help Desk or Contact Centre,both of which are manned by Owen Jones and his boyfriend.

  113. 113
    Karma says:

    That would logically follow, and in less than 30 odd years…

  114. 114
    The Twitterati says:

    If you keep tweeting you’ll end up like Vince Cable.

    PS Stop posting bilge and get on with you school work. You mum worries.

  115. 115
    Stickler says:

    Remind me, what percentage of GDP is being spent by government? It’s over 50%, no?

    The Ministers have gone native. They should be fighting eachother to cut waste and fire the hundreds of thousands of public sector incompetents.

  116. 116
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    It’s amazing how a pervert like Mosely can get caught out, but then complain of invasion of privacy.
    If he hadn’t done it, we wouldn’t have known.
    Mosely is a prat.

  117. 117
    The whole story...Labour f*ck*d up the economy NOT Osborne says:

    Be fair….Brown was handing out unfunded spending promises and PFI spend like water in the period Jan – May 2010 plus a few unexploded tax increases as well such as Petrol really should stop believing the BBC and Guardian

  118. 118
    Megashambles Special Advisor says:

    Get the no bum sex policy agreed quick Ed.

  119. 119
    Ed Megashambles to win at a trot says:


  120. 120
    Andy NHS Targets kill, but I'm in denial Burnham says:

    Move over Miliband I do the photo ops.

  121. 121
    The BBC causes serious mental illness (like the regulated press soon will) says:

    What else do you expect ? Accurate unbiased reporting of facts ?

    We haven’t got a clue these days. Looking at twitter is against policy.

  122. 122
    Blair loved to make a pile says:

    Qinetiq – you oxymoron.

  123. 123
    His mummy says:

    Is it self infatuation or the real thing Owen?

  124. 124
    Believe nothing you hear or see from the BBC ... says:

    The BBC is instutionally biased towards Labour even The Independent thought so(or it was in 1996 and it’s certainly got worse since then no doubt about it)

  125. 125
    Anonymous says:

    Could Anonymous please hack into

  126. 126
    England88 says:

    Think Dave will get you in now first chance he gets.
    Ken has passed his prime and has some daft ideas but he’s likable and had a sounder take on what really matters in crisis than some who are now in office.

  127. 127
    Dee Lusional says:

    Nuclear Power stations are ‘infrastructure’, Subsidy £2.5bn. Sorted.

  128. 128
    Ah! Monika says:

    + 100,000

  129. 129
    A Citizen says:

    The days when ‘everyone’ inherits something are in the past I suspect . i don’t like class warfare very much and I agree it is still possible to make something of yourself without a leg up, (my dad was an orphan, so I know that is true: he left me a healthy body and a good education), but I find that there are far too many people who think they have achieved something great due to their own talents with no idea how many advantages in life were actually bequeathed to them or provided by others.

    I do not see people as failures who did not have fair chances, especially given the numbers of people born with silver spoons in their mouths who are activley blocking the rest of the population’s paths to sucess in modern Britain. You see these nepotists and dynasties everywhere – in the law, in medicine, in the BBC. The Parliamentary Labour Party is packed with the children of the privileged elites.

  130. 130
    Mong Watch says:

    Tough day in the office for some:

  131. 131
    Musings of a deluded man says:

    I just kinda say it was er the right thing to do…..with hindsight of course I may have done things differently….but…er …….just look at Syria …I mean had we left Saddam in place…well he may have faced an uprising sure…remember what he did to those people that rose against him after the first Gulf War….it would have been infinitely worse had he still been there …but er look…. it was still the RIGHT thing to do…and regrettable happen in war but I kinda think that Iraq is a far better place to-day than it would have been…………….

  132. 132
    England88 says:

    Has there ever been a former PM more loathed and revealed as money obsessed ego manic piece of shite ever? Gordon as just plain f_cking nuts and needed to be sectioned but Blair actually thinks he can justify what he’s done. If the man had any sense of shame or reality he’d f_ck off out of the public domain forever.

  133. 133
    Ah! Monika says:


    What we need is every pavement to be dug up and conduit laid to take optic cables. Should have done it years ago.

  134. 134
    Vince says:

    I could do with some of that. I have no recollection of being laid.

  135. 135
    William Caxton...if I had realised I would never have invented the printing press says:

    I suspect that the “common man” doesn’t really give a flying fuck

  136. 136
    The Chilcot Inquiry......nothing to see here that is if it's ever published says:

    More likely he should be made to appear at “The Hague”

  137. 137
    Mrs Cable says:

    You weren’t. Why do you think your face looks like you are suckng a lemon all the time?

  138. 138
    Putting future generations into hock...Labour's Plan to boost growth says:

    No worries when Mr Miliband and Mr Balls get back in to government in 2015 they will not only break into your piggy bank and steal all your pennies but they’ll also put you and your grandchildren yet to be born in debt

  139. 139
    El Duce says:

    Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech.
    If not hyperbole, how about “a lie”.
    But do tell us what do expect. Gas chambers? Invasion of Abysinnia? I expect UKIP are less interested in foreign adventures than the main parties. Even the B&P are against them.

  140. 140
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Did you know thatqinetiq can be traced all the way back to an original little company employing 6 people in Fife Scotland …. my … how it has grown and made lots of undeserving people lots and lots of money?

  141. 141
    Terry Dactyl says:

    True. UKIP have been against all the recent ‘adventures’.

  142. 142
    Blowing Whistles says:

    PoI here is some more information.

    A few weeks ago there was a huge rally / protest in Paris – a million people turned out to protest AGAINST Gay Marriage. The msm in the UK ‘forgot all about it …. believe it or not’

    However there is another protest rally AGAINST Gay Marriage happening in London this Sunday in Trafalgar Square 24th March 2:00 to 5:00 pm and similar rallies / protests around Europe. goggle words: rally for marriage between one man and one woman / La Manif Pour Tous.

  143. 143
    Il Duce says:

    Mamma Mia! Who the Hoon is “El” Duce?

  144. 144
    What good was "the Project" says:

    Anthony Charles Linton has the distinction of being loathed by both the left and right, his in-laws and evidently, even his own daughter.
    Everyone on the planet. Does he have any frenz who are not sociopaths like Ali Campbell’s Electric Soup and Mandy? Who would weep at his graveside?
    What do they say are his achievements? The minimum wage? I had a pal who had to work cash-in-hand for £4 an hour during the latter Blair years, like it or leave it. Was he the only one?

  145. 145
    Twat says:

    I wish I had a twitter account.
    As I don’t, perhaps Gheedough’s readers would like to know that I lost my debit card this afternoon, but I’ve found it now. It was in my coat lining! Is this 140 chars yet? BTW Why is #dogginginwestminster trending? *innocent face*

  146. 146
    Jimmy says:

    Imagine that. Trying to use humour with a rightie. I think I could have warned him there.

Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:


AddThis Feed Button

Guido Reads

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,716 other followers