June 28th, 2013

Mandarin’s Mouthpiece Tanks

Sue Cameron’s unrivalled sources were adamant last week, telling the civil service toady that “at least two ministers” have written to Francis Maude “telling him to get his tanks off their lawns when it comes to centralising procurement”. Which is all well and good apart from the fact that awkwardly for Sue, Philip Hammond then announced an “innovative deal” between the MoD and the Cabinet Office to centralise procurement, in this mesmerising grey-on-grey video. The Ministry literally in charge of tanks inviting Maude’s tanks onto its lawn then. Mis-fire!


  1. 1
    Andy Bumhum says:

  2. 2
    Grey On Grey says:

  3. 3
    East India Company Wallah says:

    Sigh “Sue is Sue”

  4. 4
    MI5 says:

    Centralising procurement makes alarm bells ring Guido

    Most Conteinental European political parties fund themselves through taking a percentage on “cenntralised procurement”

    If you want proof, just look at the procurement scandal raging in France known as the Karachi affair


    The CDU in Germany did similar things under Kohl…

  5. 5
    Kebab Time says:

    Embed code for video

  6. 6
  7. 7
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    WTF ??? !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 8
    Maqboul says:

    Centralised procurement was how the Soviet Union worked – everything was bought by Moscow. And that worked well didn’t it?

  9. 9
    Placard-waving campaigner for social justice and sustainable zero-carbon communities says:

    The MoD should only procure non-lethal carbon-neutral products locally sourced from sustainable renewable local communities.

  10. 10
    Spartacus says:

    Wasn’t he the guy in the Navy Lark – Intelligence Speaking

  11. 11
    my fur lady says:

    Women, Sue in particular have a tendency to grab the wrong end of the schtick.
    I always put it down to a hormone inbalance when they attempt criticism of whatever male crosses their path.
    Girl on girl reporting [ for the sake of argument I am classing Hodge as a girl in this context of her Telegraph article] is either licking the nice bits [like 8illy perhaps ;) ] irresepective of any deep examination; or going to the other extreme of all out war based on dubious feedback.
    A la doolittle- why can’t a woman be like a man?
    Yet where would we be without them?

  12. 12
    Fact Hunt says:

    Pickles mob end up with £217m overdraft. Margaret ‘the mouth’ Hodge says ‘Staggering that nobody was keeping an eye on the cash’. Maggie luv, the only staggering thing is your hypocrisy. Both on a national and personal level.

  13. 13
    Tosspot says:

    Fantastic News, this is really going to frighten the Taliban…

  14. 14
    Make proper cuts Dave & Jeffrey says:

    Sack all public sector procurement staff. They are all incompetent and/or bent.
    Get Tesco or Sainsburys to do it instead.

    How much more has the projected cost of HS2 gone up today — another billion?

  15. 15

    Which mandarin?

  16. 16
    P l e b says:

    “Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, and Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor, have lost a last ditch attempt to get their prosecution over alleged phone hacking dropped.

    The court of appeal on Friday morning made the ruling after Coulson sought to have the hacking case against him removed on the grounds that the law did not extend to voicemails that had already been listened to.”

    So have these two shot themselves in the foot? They did do it but thought it was legal?

  17. 17
    MoD Wankers are Us says:

    Only if they can be obtained ten years late at three times the originally specified cost.

    P.S. Anyone want to buy some Chinooks? Never used. Good condition for their age. Need re-wiring or programming or something, we never did understand.

  18. 18
    SapphireRising says:

    I believe that Ed Miliband would be an excellent Prime Minister of this country and that we as a nation would go back to being a team player in Europe and elsewhere.

    Unlike David Cameron Ed Miliband doesn’t have to worry about representing people who act as if they believe that the Napoleonic Wars are still going on

  19. 19
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Sounds like you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden too.

  20. 20
    Salmondnet says:

    The EU is a continuation of the Napoleonic war by other means (and a highly successful one).

    Still, I guess you are being ironic. Putting forward Milliband as a European team player isn’t going to increase his chances of election.

  21. 21
    nmj says:

    I take it that this is your attempt at irony.

  22. 22
    Womble from Wimbledon says:

    Cameron is abysmal as a nations leader on the worlds stage. He is far too absorbed with himself, how he appears back home and its bloody obvious he misses his mates… George, Ian, Michael and Mr. Hunt, all of whom live in their wonderful make believe world, fully protected from the meaning of dishonesty!
    The problem for Cameron et al is representing a non visible world elite and implementing their non publishable agenda whilst maintaining power.

    Milliband…. not sure yet but certainly not self obsessed, or as self obsessed. Certainly able to listen, and listen well, before responding unlike Cameron who creates problems easily.

  23. 23
    Taliban Quarter Master says:

    We get our kit via Pakistan Intelligence which you make a generous contribution to.

  24. 24
    JH394923402395 says:

    Miliband’s family would probably have fought for Napoleon, and then claimed asylum here.

    It’s what they do.

  25. 25
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  26. 26
    The Military-Industrial complex says:

    Centralised procurement, is it? Lovely, only a few dozen folks need to bribed! Ooops, I mean taken on fact finding visit to our R&D facility in the Bahamas….

  27. 27
    Sir Humphrey, c/o Main Building says:

    After I award a few £££ BEELION contracts I shall retire to tend my garden for 6 months, then become available for non-executive sinecures. I can be contacted at my Club, you have the number.

  28. 28
    A Passing Eurosceptic says:

    That’s not a belief, that’s a delusion.

  29. 29
    Howzat1932 says:

    Remember those nice soviets had a similar empire going for a few years before the people realised the whole facade was to keep them and the people they chose mostly failed politicians in their own countries.The people find I hope soon befor they do too much damage.

  30. 30
    Go tesco for the virgin outlet. says:

    mandrin is a magical potion.
    it’s chinese.

  31. 31
    Go tesco for the virgin outlet. says:

    club 101.
    directions: go to virginiawater, return to mod. recursive loop.
    for password to get over the garden wall……see my solictors, Barrat&co.

  32. 32
    Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

    fuck off 8illy

  33. 33
    Piccy Editor says:

    Have you seen the pics of that new twin-hulled Chinese aircraft carrier? Obarmy must be sh*tting himself having seen that little toy

  34. 34
    Piccy Editor says:

    … and the ‘intelligence’ levels of those who voted for her.

  35. 35
    Piccy Editor says:

    Per mile?

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