June 6th, 2013

Self Preservation Society Strop
Public Sector Pen Pushers Throw Toys Out of Pram

Another Sir Humphrey tantrum courtesy of Sue Cameron in the Telegraph today. Attacking shadowy briefings yet anonymously urging their favourite pet to have a pop is rich even by mandarin standards:

20130606-082832.jpg“Watching ministers publicly rubbishing their senior civil servants, either in general terms or, even worse, by name, is an unedifying spectacle. It is also a puzzle. The ministers bring themselves into disrepute; they sour relations inside government; they undermine the reputation of officials who cannot defend themselves; and they make it twice as hard for Whitehall to attract high-calibre outsiders. Well, would you want to work for such a shabby bunch?”

Even Andrew Mitchell helpfully provides a quote, keeping the civil servants he needs to approve his potential job in Europe sweet:

“This behind-the-hand rubbishing of public servants is extremely unattractive.”

Come back Steve Hilton, all is forgiven…


  1. 1
    maggie the dog says:

    I thought steve’s been sleeping with all and sundry

  2. 2
    Drop a thermobaric bomb on the civil service says:

    “they make it twice as hard for Whitehall to attract high-calibre outsiders.”

    Twice as hard as ‘impossible’? Is that possible?

  3. 3
    John Bercow says:

    Polish cock. I love Polack cock.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Has a civil servant ever been sacked

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Alistair Campbell gets depression…….that makes me feel so good

  6. 6
    Stephen Frei says:

    Funny how the c’unt never tops himself though.

  7. 7
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Only promoted or “stepping down” once “lessons have been learnt” etc

  8. 8
    You Will Celebrate. The political class says:

    Let’s celebrate.

    Celebrate is the new political buzzword for anything that is a tad difficult to deal with.

    Some dotty health minister tells us we must celebrate doctors getting pregnant and creating a shortage of Docs.

    Then we have to celebrate gay marriage, Islam, immigrants and most everything.

  9. 9
    What WMD? says:

    I’d be depressed if I was Campbell.

  10. 10
    The Bible says:

    ‘A falling out amongst thieves’

  11. 11
    maggie the dog says:

    Hmmm slurp slurp gobble

  12. 12
    Breakfast Fry up says:

    Why is Stephen fry getting depressed the News headlines today. I find it all too depressing.

  13. 13
    My sober assessment says:

    3 possible explanations for the mosque attack:

    1. An inside job to elicit sympathy.

    2. An inside job to collect the insurance.

    3. An inside job to elicit sympathy whilst collecting the insurance at the same time.

  14. 14
    Please says:

    If he topped himself, would all his twatters do the same?

  15. 15
    Fact says:

    Civil Servants are highly paid lazy incompetents. They have total job security, and platinum plated inflation proofed pensions. They have no practical experience of the real world of the taxpayers that pay for them all.

    Useless bastards. Just like all the parasitical politicians in Westminster.

  16. 16
    Party Time says:

    She didn’t say it once though, she used it in every other sentence.

    I can just imagine her spin doctors having last words before she went on air. Remember to say celebrate minister, this bad situation is not bad it is to be celebrated. Got it? CELLEBRATED.

  17. 17
    C says:

    Fry is an exhibitionist k weer. Period.

  18. 18
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Try to celebrate Christmas and you’ll be arrested for offending non-Christians.

  19. 19
    Owen Jones says:

    I agree with Nigel


  20. 20
    ratso says:

    I just hate all civil servants cos they have it too easy,they say not,but they bloody well do !!!!

  21. 21
    Burley's bangers says:

    Here’s hoping.

  22. 22
    Thhe state broacaster is too biased. says:

    Funny that the BBC were quick to say that ISLAM painted on the war memorials was not done by Islamists (we now know this to be wrong) and now they are quick to say that ED1 painted on mosques was done by the ED1.

  23. 23
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    There are a lot of politicos that could teach a thing or two to Stephen Fry how to be a drama queen, they are past masters in drama and queenship.

  24. 24
    Toby Young says:

    In the U.K., BOE holds its last policy meeting with Governor Mervyn King at the helm. The central bank will probably retain its asset-purchase target at 375 billion pounds ($578 billion) and its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 percent, Owen Jones predicted before the decisions at noon in London.

  25. 25
    Raving Loon says:

    4. No one likes muzzers

  26. 26
    Sir Humphreyloves Brussels says:

    Civil Servants just lurv the EUSSR. A never ending stream of rules and regulations to implement, advise on, administer and enforce.

  27. 27
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    He hopes he will be able to continue to import ready trained doctors from abroad, it saves having to train fewer UK born doctors.

  28. 28
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    Well from all those expenses wrongly claimed by politicos, they are the thieves you refer to?

  29. 29
    diomalco says:

    If a Whitehall ****** says it is, it is.

  30. 30
    a problem shared says:

    This child minding thing is stupid. Admittedly one minder would have its hands full wiith four sprogs but 3 minders working together can easily cope with 12. One can’t possibly supervise, take to the bog and comfort all at the same time but three can and also have a natter and laugh at the same time. Cleggmeister just does not get it.

    It’s a fact of life that two people can usually do a job in a fraction of time that one would take.

  31. 31
    Moonraker says:

    I think Richard Drax now need to explain if he is any relation of Hugo Drax, meglomaniac and scourge of James Bond.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Agreed. Wish he’d never told us he was depressed now.

  33. 33
    Hertford and Stortford says:

    Fleming was a friend. Do keep up.

  34. 34
    Stephen Fry: please try harder next time. says:

    There are three grossly overused words that should be banned: celebrate, community, experience (as in “enhance the community experience”).

  35. 35
    albacore says:

    Civil service, Parliament – all the same state
    Why differentiate in which one you hate?
    We might as well have any bunch of monkeys
    When all’s said and done, they’re just E U flunkeys

  36. 36
  37. 37
    Stephen Fry: please try harder next time. says:

    5. An inside job to elicit sympathy whilst collecting the insurance at the same time and stir up trouble to deflect attention from what Muzzbots have been doing to young white girls all around the country.

  38. 38
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Extended family make the best and cheapest child minders.

  39. 39
    L Ron Cupboard says:

    I agree, they are a bizarre and poisonous sort. Join us and escape this shit hole of a planet, we are off to a disneyland land in the sky.

  40. 40
    Common Purpose says:

    We celebrate the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous English from England every day.

  41. 41
    Michael Gove says:

    A disgraced RE teacher who was sacked for possessing indecent images of children has been given the go-ahead to carry on teaching by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

    Geoffrey Bettley, 36, was dismissed from his ten-year career at St Mary’s Catholic School in Menston, West Yorkshire, after he accepted a police caution.

    Mr Gove has now supported a disciplinary panel’s recommendation that he does not pose a risk to children and that he should be able to resume his teaching career.

    But MP Phillip Davies has raised concerns about the ‘worrying situation’ and warned that it will make parents feel ‘uneasy’.

    The National College of Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel ruled that the child abuse images were at the lower end of seriousness and that Bettley, who had ‘shown remorse and victim empathy’, did not pose a risk.

  42. 42
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    Most civil servants are not on a high wage once they get to executive level that’s when the big money starts.
    “Useless bastards. Just like all the parasitical politicians in Westminster.” well I would not it as strongly as that, but politicos of all colours tend to test the patience of credibility, the me, me, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME culture, there are a few good, honest, hard working politicos working for their constituents but most seem just seem to be “there for the beer” (or not there as the case maybe), making a big noise at question time and trying to climb the greasy pole.

  43. 43

    Speaking during a recording for Herring’s podcast, [Stephen Fry,] the actor, writer and television presenter said that he had tried to kill himself while filming abroad.

    He must be rather careless, then.

  44. 44
    Titless glossy mag says:

    Why are you all so scared of naming the Unnamed Middle Aged Couple who enlivened No 10 Dowing Street?

    Is is Summer and we are doing “these things”…

    It might give No 10 some badly needed Street Cred by kissing and telling…

  45. 45
    Nick Clegg makes Ed Ballsup look bright says:

    Clegg should be sacked ASAP.

    “I see no evidence that allowing childminders to care for more children will reduce the cost.”

    Increase efficiency, you can reduce cost. Surely this is the most basic of elementary economics? Yet Clegg – the deputy Prime Minister at a time of national economic meltdown – doesn’t get it. But then, the loathsome little creep has never run a company or had a real job in the real world.

  46. 46
    A Taxpayer says:

    As one of the employers of both the civil servants and the politicians, I would just like to say this is total crap. Not only should ministers name delinquents and un-performing staff in the civil service, they are under a duty to fire them.

  47. 47
    Stingray fan says:

    So civil servants are saying that some of them are not incompetent? A little self serving in my view.

    The Olympic ceremonies may have been a success, but there was a definite left wing theme to it. I presume that it was all cleared by the civil servant in question.

    It does seem strange that Govt. Ministers can’t change out the civil servants under their remit.

  48. 48
    P Onyang says:

    I’m not scared, I just don’t know who they are.

  49. 49
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    All in the name of Globalisation

  50. 50
    Tweedmaster Flash says:

    You should both buck up. Have a cold shower and go for a run. Get the endorphins flowing.

  51. 51
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    I notice you said a Catholic school that Bettley taught at, he shows remorse and empathy for what he did, wasn’t that the case with all those Catholic priests that were supposedly that were outed for kiddy fiddling?

  52. 52
    Must try harder says:

    Stephen who?

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    EDL could register as a religion?

  54. 54
    Dribblesome Teapot says:

    ‘Cohesion’ is pretty annoying too. What exactly is meant by ‘community cohesion’?

  55. 55
    albacore says:

    They’ve put 007 out to grass
    Removed his high-security pass
    Except to the governmental bogs
    Where he gets to grips with awkward logs

  56. 56
    Nothing Better To Do says:

    Just one question.

    Why would any “high calibre outsider” want to work in government at all?

    Unless of course they were ex Mafia and so used to criminal activity and unsuited to productive work of any kind.

  57. 57
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    In the same way under performing ministers should be removed by Big Dave

  58. 58
    Britain's Not Got Talent says:

    You left out diversity…as in diversity = divide and rule.



  59. 59
    speksavers- bringing home the bacon says:

    Speaking of filming a broad have you noticed all the Latest news is just about sex.
    1 Andy Coulson in court to answer questions about Miss Leading.
    2 Female Doctors ruining the NHS having children left and right.
    3 Rebekkah Brooks pleads not guilty to perverting.

    Only good news around- Porn school teacher not a risk to pupils- [it can’t get cornea]

  60. 60
    The Lower End of Seriousness says:


  61. 61
    A Govt Spokesperson says:

    We should ‘Celebrate’ the threat posed to our children.

  62. 62
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    The lower end of the civil service do what they are told, if the higher ups say “Take time to process enquiries and claims, we have been told by our superiors to do so, and they have been told to do so by their political masters”

  63. 63
    A Christian says:

    Can’t we remove under performing J*hadists

  64. 64
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    “used to criminal activity and unsuited to productive work of any kind.” they usually go into politics, it’s a universal, world wide phenomenon not the civil service

  65. 65
    Drop a thermobaric bomb on the civil service says:

    When H!tler was heading for power, he created a parallel civil service which he was able to put in place as soon as he got control of Germany, enabling him to remove the original civil service overnight. If Cameron had learned this important lesson during his 5 years as leader of the opposition, our current civil servant jobsworth parasites would have been languishing on the dole for the last 3 years. But noooo, Cameron decided to waste the years 2005-2010 praising hoodies and hugging huskies and dreaming his little dreams about increasing Britain’s foreign aid.

    So we’re condemned to continue paying the wages of 6 million parasitic civil service scum who were only too eager to aid and abet the Labour Terror of 1997-2010.

  66. 66
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    Ask Big Dave

  67. 67

    Just had an email from a friend in Hove who attended the Nigel Farage meeting:

    …we went to listen to Nigel Farage speak – what an experience that was. Had to walk through about 50 protesters screaming at us telling us that we were racist scum and chanting shame on you. Just as we entered the Town Hall one chap with a megaphone shouted at us that we were scum. J***** went after him and told him exactly what he thought of him and the next thing we know is that a policewoman is telling J***** that he has been accused of assaulting the protester and could she have his name and address.

    She asked J***** what he had said to the man but J***** refused to tell her. After that she said they would look at the video but we have not heard anything which isn’t surprising as no assault took place.

    The police did a lousy job as usual as we should never of had to walk
    through all that mob to gain entry – they should of moved the crowd
    further back. J***** is considering contacting the new police
    commissioner to question the behaviour of the police on Monday night.

    We were very impressed with Nigel Farage who handled the protesters brilliantly before they were evicted from the room amid cheers from the audience. He certainly has my vote at the next election, he is a breath of fresh air. He also thanked us for making our way into the Town Hall through the ‘rent a mob’ (not his words.)

    Tells you all you need to know.

  68. 68
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    I ain’t got any, not mine

  69. 69
    It's a Sticky Subject says:


  70. 70
    Steve Miliband says:

    They want Ed Miliband as PM?

  71. 71
    How Many Mosques in Hove? says:


  72. 72
    No Minister says:

    Such Whitehall jobs are always a stitch-up, drawing on people from among a small politically connected elite

  73. 73
    Labour hypocrisy again says:

    I’m rather amazed that Guido is slow on the uptake to cover this story:

    A wealthy businessman bankrolling Labour has told how the party helped him avoid a huge tax bill on a large donation. John Mills gave the party shares in his shopping channel JML worth £1.56m in January, which avoided a major tax payout.

    The former Labour councillor said donating shares was the most “tax efficient” approach and that it had been agreed after a discussion with party figures. He told The Daily Telegraph that giving a donation in cash would have meant the Government taking almost half in tax.

    Labour has defended the unusual method, insisting it had been “declared in full” to a party funding watchdog and complied with the rules. But the publicity will still be embarrassing for leader Ed Miliband, who recently attacked internet giant Google for going to “extraordinary lengths” to limit tax payments.

    Labour declined to answer questions about whether it had agreed to the donation deal because it was tax efficient. A spokesman said: “John Mills’ tax affairs are a matter for him. John has a been a Labour supporter for many years and we are grateful for his support.”

  74. 74
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    “should never have” not “should never of”.

    “they should have” not “they should of”.

    No doubt educated under Liebore.

  75. 75
    Ernst Rohm says:

    Can you ask Jeremy if they wore brown shirts?

  76. 76
    Anon says:

    Disagree re kids.

  77. 77
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    It’s on Seen Elsewhere on right hand side. Telegraph story.

  78. 78
    Bert says:

    Can I use my bus-pass on your flying saucer?

  79. 79
    Co-op bank cashpoints ran out of money says:

    Has Labour repaid the millions it owes the struggling Co-op bank yet?

  80. 80
    V1le disgusting Labour trashed my Country says:

    I’m feeling really joyful and enriched in my diverse multicultural shithouse of a Country.

  81. 81
    C.O.Jones says:

    The Union Modernization Fund was quickly forgotten about as well. Public money being sent to the unions and then a share of that money being diverted back to the Labour Party.

    African dictators are amateurs by comparison.

  82. 82
    The BBC says:

    For a second I thought you referring to the children of allah.

  83. 83
    Bert says:

    Bit of a hard PR sell, that might have been, doncha think? “H!tler inspires our new PM”, etc.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    “we should never of had to walk”


  85. 85
    Bert says:

    It’s “Hove-Actually”, not “Hove”. I should know, I used to live in Brunswick Square.

  86. 86
    C.O.Jones says:

    I wonder if I should start a course on the use and benefits of using a squat toilet? Has any local authority brought that up yet?

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    The war memorial on Park Lane has suffered a 2nd attach of Islamic graffiti, not that we would know from the media who have hushed it up…

    We are also not allowed to know what was written in this 2nd attack.

    Why is this ?

    Vote LibLabCon if you hate your country.

  88. 88
    Bert says:

    Do you think Ed Balls keeps his rivals’ heads in his fridge?

  89. 89

    I am reporting verbatim. You are missing the main point though!

  90. 90

    Again. Missing the real point here.

  91. 91
    How Many Mosques in Hove says:

    We got cheap Goat innit, wanna buy some Goat?… No! Does your daughter wanna see some puppies?

  92. 92
    C.O.Jones says:

    No room Bert, that is where he keeps his own.

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Maybe Simon Hughes of the LibDems can lead the fund raising effort and get some votes from the community at the same time.

  94. 94

    I do know that. It’s the first thing they taught me when I moved to Tongdean Avenue.

  95. 95
    How Many Mosques in Hove Actually says:

  96. 96

    He didn’t say but would not be surprised. These people are nothing but fascists. I was having an argument with CO two weeks back about this (about the Islam aspect of it) but I am still firmly convinced.

  97. 97
    As Suspected No Mosques here says:


  98. 98
    Or Here. Wonder why Nige wasn't welcome says:


  99. 99

    There are even fewer mosques where I am now.

  100. 100
    Village Idiot says:

    Here is one for the Welsh who love their hills and valleys’…..
    Nunc frondent silvae,nunc formosissimus annus.
    (Now the woods are green,and the year is loveliest.)

    Can’t be bothered with political comment,such is the contempt i feel to our present leaders…..but i do not need pills and vodka,nor do i need to tell anyone!!!

  101. 101
    Burgers are bad for you says:

    Recall whose logo is a divider and a ruler…

  102. 102
    Burgers are bad for you says:

    Is there a party somewhere to which we have all been invited to welcome Goldensockses takeover of the UK?

  103. 103
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    True. As a mate said to me, “the higher you go, the more conformist you have to be” so he preferred to stay fairly junior, but make his points to the bigwigs (some of which were accepted and some of which brought a mild reproof for being “off message”).

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