May 28th, 2013

Andrew Wrongsley

Super-connected and popular sage Andrew Rawnsley told his dwindling Observer readers on Sunday that “the ministers who are resisting the chancellor most fiercely are nearly all concentrated on the bluest end of the Conservative party”. He highlighted Eric Pickles and Chris Grayling as some of the fiercest fighters refusing to give in to the Treasury. This morning the Chancellor announced that both Pickles and Grayling had “agreed to significant savings”. Cringe…

Where Grayling was concerned “quite radical reforms” will lead to further savings in in prisons and  court service, sources familiar with Eric Pickles’ thinking say he always believes that more savings can be found, especially in Whitehall. They point to his pushing of the transparency agenda to highlight government overspending. A Treasury insider was scathing: “Mr Rawnsley should check his so called facts. As today’s news shows the Spending Round process is making good progress and what he wrote on Sunday was well wide of the mark.” Another must read column…


  1. 1
    S-E Loon says:

    Cleopatra’s needle is a ‘must read’ column.

  2. 2
    Herman Van Rompuy says:

    Cuts??? I’m afraid we don’t have a word for that in Brussels.

  3. 3
    Keep Our Press Free says:

    Oh is the Observer still going?

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    ….which comedians daughter is Harman lining a seat up for?

  5. 5
    Flowerpot says:

    Pickles is useless, no matter how much money he has to spend.

    Have there been any reforms of corrupted local authorities?

    None that anyone has noticed in Waltham Forest.

  6. 6
    CCHQ says:

    Now that’s more like it Guido.

  7. 7
    A Tasteful Ashtray Clock says:

    Its just the Gurudain with different spelling

  8. 8
    Lord Stansted says:

    Amazingly so, it seems. What a rag.

  9. 9
    Strasbourg says:


  10. 10
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    ♫♫♫♫♫ Money money money ♪ ♫

  11. 11
    Sillic Hunt says:

    I take it your book on Courage didn’t extend to having the balls to attend parliament?

  12. 12
    paging the tweedle twins says:

    orderorder.files.wordpress images aren’t showing up in opera.

  13. 13
    Herman Van Rompuy says:


  14. 14
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m in the money.

  15. 15
    Chris Bryant & Bent Bradshaw says:

    We’re here ducky!

  16. 16
    UKIP if you want to says:

    How is Nigel getting on cutting EU spending? He’s been at it for 14 years so it must be almost nothing by now – if his hype is to be believed.

  17. 17
    Owen Jones says:

    If the Guardian employe me its circulation would be as big as the sun’s.

  18. 18
    Beard talks about her contractual hubby says:

  19. 19
    Alan Duncan, Nigel Evans, Crispin Blunt, Enoch Powell, Michael Portillo, Peter Lilley, Derek Laud says:

    Us too!

  20. 20
    bacon sarnie says:

    Is Anjem Choudary a secret M15 agent?
    I can see no other reason why he hasn’t been arrested.

  21. 21
    left wing, Right wing's the whole Turkey! says:

    Edmund Izzard by any chance? if so love him as a comedian, but politics tho :( NO!

  22. 22
    "Leader" Conference says:

    Andrew Rawnsley is just so out of touch. That radio prog he does mid week where they pretend to write a newspaper’s front page “leader conference” proves it every time. he’s not the only one though, most of the journos he invites on are London metro sexual man and woman. One week they had a real journo from the Western morning news who told them straight that they were wrong and outside of their clique people really were concerned about the EU and homosexual marriage and their oft quoted mantra that people were only concerned about the economy was wrong but not one of the Twats took this man of the real people seriously.

    PS that BBC R4 is a leftists political broadcast.

  23. 23
    Chamber of Jellyfish says:

    If you had to have balls to attend the place, it would be empty

  24. 24
    Moss Bros says:

    There have been questions about whose asset he is for years. The smart money is on Langley

  25. 25
    left wing, Right wing's the whole Turkey! says:

    ‘Uman roights”
    “political correctness”
    “appeasing our enemies”
    “MI5 agent”

    take your pick and/or add a few!

  26. 26
    N.Kinnock says:

    But it’s myyyyyyyy precioussssssssssss

  27. 27
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    I need to poo

  28. 28
    Lord Stansted says:

    The “leader conference” has got to be the MOST BORING prog ever. I once caught a little of it by accident, Christ! I switched over to Classic fm pretty sharply.

  29. 29
    Clam Chowder, International Man of Mystery, says:

    One never knows, do one.
    I could tell you, but etc, etc.
    You know the drill.

  30. 30
    Dave should resign now says:

    Better question, how did Dave do ?

  31. 31
    Bylines says:


    If Gordon Wants a Second Job He Should Quit Parliament

    The General Public:

    If Gordon Wants a Second Job He Should Die And Get Resurrected.

  32. 32
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    I sneaked in to sign the Lisbon treaty at night and gave away 7 billion of our rebate.

    Now go and buy my book of Courage!

  33. 33
    Soda says:

    Maybe the CPS does not think they can prove he is a criminal. Stranger things happen.

  34. 34
    MI-5 : Operation Kinky Prophet says:

    That cannot be confirmed or denied as we have no knowledge of this Anjem chappy, nor any attempts to keep !slamic extremism an issue in the UK in order to divide UK !slamic residents and dissuade them from finding their own political voice and legitimate representation.

    Latest intelligence in is indicating that the soon to be dangerous trend of political dissidents auto-erotically asphyxiating on oranges in bizarre situations which accelerate the rate of decay should stop further questioning on this matter.

  35. 35
    Will says:

    guido you know that the observer is being run down by the guardian so it can launch its own 7 day operation. the guardian has never liked the observer as it was run by tiny Rowland. the scott trust is only interested in the guardian not the observer. I think C P Snow would be horrified to se how much standards has slipped and now with its Australian edition as well, how will it support this given its losses, even if it has been supported in its launch. It should be trying to concentrate on stories outside the M25 not the Australian outback. It will be interesting to see if it makes money or in a few years time is another loss leader for the guardian.

  36. 36
    Lord Stansted says:

    C. P. Snow? Wasn’t he the tosser who thought there were 2 cultures. He should see the UK now.

  37. 37
    Peter Grimes says:

    And your twat of a disciple Milipedeminimus has the chutzpah to bang on about’cuts’, along with supertwat Ed Bollox.

  38. 38
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    You mean correct spelling?

  39. 39
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    Second job? He’s never had any job. At least not in the sense of having to do any work, the sort of work Mr and Mrs Public have to do.

  40. 40
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    The UK? No, only the cities in England.

  41. 41
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Rawnsley got sold a pup by his sources and he’s been exposed, flushed out for fraudulent journalism. You might as well read JR Tolkien, it’s all fantasy!

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    But surely Rawnsley and Toynbee are the BBC’s top “in house” performers.

  43. 43
    John Courage says:

    I’d rather have a bloody Twatneys Red Barrel.

  44. 44
    Peter Grimes says:

    Is Izzard a comedian? I thought that he was a standard-issue, gobby, useless ZaNuLieBor apparatchik.

    Well I never!!

  45. 45
    Joe Bloggs. says:

    He was part of a successful double act, but since his other half died he has lost it totally. Though strangely he still believes he is profound.

  46. 46
    q says:

    grayling is a cnunt

  47. 47
    what they do no teach you at harvard. says:

    is a missin
    link. the link ine for the wyse.
    a dumb terminal. dumbletumbleindarible.
    a tool is need to thread.
    or change da needle.
    time is the needle. so toolup.
    a dog is 4 xmas…or was that god.
    bt an app tool is 4 life.
    be the intaface.
    be a laya of dust.
    ultrafine. the stars are in daway. in thy way.

  48. 48
    what they do no teach you at harvard. says:

    the astor astrological family is at the waldorf.

  49. 49
    Que is in. says:

    if Q.ue is in ten what is out?
    ja ja gabo.

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