May 28th, 2013

Fingers Pointed at Hammond for Cuts Confusion

It’s no surprise that the MOD was missing from George Osborne’s ‘nice list’ of departments behaving themselves over further cuts. Nor was it surprising to hear the Chancellor pouring water on this morning’s Telegraph story about IDS offering to serve up more cuts in order to protect Hammond’s department. Further cuts aren’t going to happen; not least in part due to the LibDems, especially in an election year. Guido is told any discussion has not happened recently. IDS may have enjoyed the Telegraph’s “not for the first time, Mr Duncan Smith has shown the way” leader, but it seems that is a far as it’s going to go. Fingers are being pointed at Hammond this morning for stirring things up. With this Telegraph leak,  suddenly last week’s manoeuvres speculation does not look quite so ridiculous…

See also: Daft Draft Hammond Plan


  1. 1
    smoggie says:

    Ham him !

  2. 2
    Larry says:

    When Dave’s away the mice will play.

  3. 3
    G says:

    I don’t mind big Phil that much

  4. 4
    Ed Moribund says:

    It doesn’t matter who Murdoch chooses to replace Dave.
    I’m still going to prime minister.

    I should really be nicer to Rupert now. But in a secret way, like Tony and Gordon did. Otherwise my lefty shrill howlers will be bleating their little heads off.

    A pajama party maybe? Or invite Guido over for coffee and muffins?

  5. 5
    Ed Balls says:

    If I wasn’t so busy working on my grade 8 piano exam, I’d have deposed you already, you little bum fluff.

    But I’ll do it after the election.

  6. 6
    Owen Jones says:

    We should tax all rich people at 100% like comrade hollande of France does.

    This would mean we could spend loads of money making this country a socialist paradise like north korea.

  7. 7
    V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

    A Northern benny sponger is protesting that he may be forced to go and work for a living. It’s not fair he said, “my father and his father lived their whole lives on bennys, why should I have to work?”

  8. 8
    Living in 97.1% white Merseyside says:

    Well Owen we’ll eventually become an I*slamic paradise especially with the support they get from the likes of you and your loony leftie buddies.

    Shame you won’t enjoy it as they’ll throw you from the mountain.

  9. 9
    Dave should resign now says:

    Hammond to oust Dave ? Would be an improvement.

    Would not change anything, unless he called a referendum and dropped the windmills, gay marriage and other b/s non-mandated policies that some are fixated on at present.

    Could Nigel deal with Hammond ?

  10. 10
    I showed solidarity by converting to Islam says:


    It will be most glorious when loony left are beheaded in Olympic Stadium live on TV.

  11. 11
    Owen Jones says:


    But I am a vegetarian! More right wing discrimination then…..

  12. 12
    Casual Observer says:

    And some may consider, in context of events over the past week, very subtle.

  13. 13
    Owen Jones says:

    Don’t say that your destroying my marxist fantasies.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    All that time on the euro fence is bound to lead to piles of trouble.

  15. 15
    Raving Loon says:

    Remember, the recent attack in Woolwich was a betrayal of Islam, so let’s not get any funny ideas about linking anything with the religion of peace, OK?

  16. 16
    Jimmy says:

    The shortarse from Top Gear?

  17. 17
    Gawd Help Us says:

    Worry not George is beginning to think that nobody can possibly survive on £26.000 a year.

  18. 18
    Granny Knows Best says:

    Income £1. Expenditure £1 and 10p. Our grossly incompetent Government.

    Misery now? No way. Borrow more. greater misery later. Fucking idiots.

    NO WAY — BALANCE THE FUCKING BOOKS, DAVE BY 2015 — as per your 2010 Manifesto — and not by printing more money, you stupid cnut.

  19. 19
    Guardian reading lefty says:

    This is disgusting tax the rich, class war etc

  20. 20
    Bazinga! says:

    Gideon has been mincing his way around the TV studios telling us that he’s going to cut another 10 billion off spending. Whoopie fucking do.

    How about cutting 100 billion you mong?

    Fuck me talk about fiddling while Rome burns.

  21. 21
    Boris Carloffe says:

    1. I think a lot of old; out of touch Conservatives do not understand Mathematics and the power of acceleration. The local election results have shone a light and showed what voting for UKIP can achieve. Like it or not they are becoming unstoppable accelerating force. Times have now changed and will not change back. Cameron was not even a yesterday’s man. The Country needs a strong leader as PM that will unite the majority view. I don’t think it is Farrage, who would however be an invaluable Minister in any government. Cameron must go now and make way for a leader who can be respected by both Tories and UKIP and build a bridge.Possibly, could that be Hammond. I persnally would prefer Gove.

  22. 22
    Guy on the street says:

    Yes. And a cut your head off if you’re an infidel, religious war etc.

  23. 23
    Northern Benefits Sponger says:

    These benefit cuts are so unfair, I can only afford 4 holidays this year and the pony and flying lessons have had to go.

  24. 24
    Emma Leven says:

    If Hamster goes to Westminster then Huhne would be the obvious choice to replace him.

  25. 25
    John Tandy says:

    The UK military is now cut to the bone and can take no more. Cut the overseas aid budget instead….

  26. 26
    Anon says:

    Sell the BBC might balance the books?

  27. 27
    M102 says:

    Would love to see Huhne in a reasonably priced car :)

    ……in a crusher

  28. 28
    Guardian reading lefty says:

    We should have unlimited immigration.

  29. 29
    Bazinga! says:

    So bum boy Hague has got his way. So guess where all the Muslims from Syria are going to be heading when the war gets right out of hand. Yep, the French, Italians and Germans are rightly going to rightly wave thousands of these people through to the UK once again.

    Fuck you Hague, fuck you Tory scum.

  30. 30
    Grim the Reaper says:

    How is IDS managing on £70 quid a week these days or has he not taken up the challenge yet ?
    There would be no need for any cuts if they got the tax take sorted…..

  31. 31

    Thatcher started the ball rolling with her private talks with Unum.Blair continued and charged them with the overall Welfare System.The years of talks were crucial to the Governments for them to construct the Welfare Bill .Unum is behind ATOS basically an IT company .They are also involved in NHS changes .Mutterings recently about limiting Doctors visits to three per year is the start to force the General Public to take out Private Medical Insurance .UNUM is the World’s biggest Disability Insurer .They are Banned in several states in America as not fit for purpose described as such by US Insurance Commissioners .So successive Governments have colluded with an outlawed Company to take charge of our Benefits System,the NHS and NEST the new Pensions Scheme .Fascist Smith is being led by UNUM for his enhancement and our detriment .Where is the Law of the Land.

  32. 32
    sir boffton toffton mp - what says:

    echoes here from c35 years ago – mrs t in general election vs callaghan – advocating cuts in pubic spending yet more spending on police & military

    despite burning off north sea gas reserves to maximise oil tax revenues, and despite privatisation, the strucurtal government deficit wasn’t eliminated and may now be worse

    it’s credit (sic) all round – but don’t exclude the voters – they are getting what they wanted

  33. 33
    dispair says:

    Yes IDS really is leading the way. Hope he’s proud

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    I’m in the anyone but Dave camp, I just don’t trust him – he’s a mirror image of Clegg. Go for it Hammond.

  35. 35
    Village Idiot says:

    ……more like, throw from the top of the Shard!!!!

  36. 36
    David Wisteria says:

    Hammond has been dishing out our money in subsidies to people who want to buy electric cars but don’t want to pay the true commercial costs.

    Don’t trust him

  37. 37
    Corrie L'Anus says:

    Alas, given Little Billy Hague’s foreign follies it is perhaps as well that the Ham-fisted one keeps fighting for his budget….and as we are reducing our military stocks what better way then letting the Syrian opposition (whoever they are ffs!!) have them….joined up Government anyone??!!

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