August 19th, 2013

Information Commissioner to Rule on Charles’ Cabinet Office Spy
Mandarins Fight to Keep Royal Mole Secret

Yesterday’s Sunday Times splashed on Prince Charles’ mole in the Cabinet Office, exclusively revealed by Guido in January. The Cabinet Office has made every attempt to cover up the activities of Charles’ spy, initially refusing to even comment on the record and then rejecting Freedom of Information requests enquiring:

  • When did this employee begin their secondment at the Cabinet Office?
  • How many days a week do they work at the Cabinet Office?
  • What is their job description / what are their responsibilities at the Cabinet Office?
  • What level of security clearance do they have?

After this blog’s appeal to the Cabinet Office for an internal review of their refusal was rejected by mandarins on the spurious grounds of Data Protection, Guido wrote to the Information Commissioner for a final, independent decision:

This relates to how £30,000-a-year of taxpayers’ money is being spent, and to the intervention of the supposedly politically neutral heir to the throne in the affairs of government.  It is without doubt in the public interest. Not to mention that the “personal data” line is risible since our questions do not ask for anything personal to be released, indeed not even the spy’s name. What possible reason could the Cabinet Office have for such secrecy? Guido awaits the ICO’s judgment with interest…

You can read all Guido’s stories about the Cabinet Office spy here.

65 Comments

  1. 1
    Crap MPs says:

    No point in having a head of state who can’t rule. Off with Vince’s head.

  2. 2
    Arfer 6d says:

    As His Royal Highness, the Prince of Weird, already has access to top secret cabinet papers as part of his training to be King, what is the fuss about ?

  3. 3
    Iain Gill says:

    The ICO is one of the least effective regulators on the planet. They never prosecute even in the proven cases of the most extreme abuse from the Indian outsourcers for instance.

  4. 4
    One Monarch is worth 600 expenses fiddling MPs says:

    Piss of Guido. If you don’t like the British way of doing things then fuck off back to Oirland and your corrupt MPs

  5. 5
    SAS says:

    Just be carefull Guido.

  6. 6
    JM says:

    The civil service is supposed to be politically neutral. This being so, how can a member of his staff working in the civil service compromise his political neutrality? There would be more a story if he was seconding staff to work as SPADs.

  7. 7
    "labour need CoCo Chanel strategy" Telegraph says:

    is it cos they smell innit?

  8. 8
    Call me Dave says:

    Can I possibly help, as I am politically neutral?

  9. 9
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have a Coco Pops strategy.

    I hide them up my back bottom so Nursy can’t find them.

  10. 10
    Anti-Rentier-Alliance says:

    Do the moles get a ‘grace and favour’ apartment? £30K pa doesn’t get more than a grotty bedsit these days in London. I’d want a Palace at least and the Windsors have plenty

  11. 11
    Arfur Smith Professional Cockney says:

    Bosh sorted, diamond geezer, knees up muvver brown, apples and pears, berkley hunt.

  12. 12
    Gorgeous George says:

  13. 13
    Tory MP says:

    Well, that is a relief. For a bizarre moment it was thought there was a member of the Cabinet Office who was not a spy.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    BBC 5live phone in. Is Ed Millitwat the best person to lead Labour. Can’t believe some of the people phoning in are talking about the same person. Ed elected by the unions, directed by the unions leading a party of hypocrites in selecting Dromey in a woman only constituency. LMFAO.

  15. 15
    Tory MP says:

    I believe Coco Pops is the name the Camerons use for their gardener, Uncle Tom.

  16. 16
    Dippy eggs says:

    Does this goon direct the uk’s farcical energy policy and green agenda?

  17. 17
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    I don’t see the difference between Charles and hundreds (if not thousands) of other lobbyists at Westminster and working in the civil service. He is hardly a mole or a spy if the government have ALWAYS known he is on secondment from Charles’ household.

    Why is Guido’s definition of a mole different to everybody else’s?

  18. 18
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    They are all Liblabcons anyway.

  19. 19
    Concrete Jungle says:

    The race is on to who can cover the country in concrete at the fastest pace

    Moles in the cabinet, they are buggers in the garden

  20. 20
    State education strikes again! says:

    “Prince Charles’ mole”

    Prince Charles’s mole.

  21. 21

    Because Guido has sold out to the popular press and it’s the silly season in MSM-land?

  22. 22

    No Dave – you are politically neutered. Frau Merkel and Cleggy have you by the balls.

  23. 23
  24. 24
    RK says:

    The concreting of the countryside by a government that seems to be abandoning all planning standards will not be forgiven.

  25. 25
    MI 5 says:

    Buggers plant bugs not moles

  26. 26
    One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

    Oh good Lord! Yes, that’s right! I’d forgotten. It’s been a while since I had him sacked. Do you know what he said to me? He said, “you’re out of touch with the British public!” Well I never, by jove, I sacked him on the spot, what what. If any of your domestic servants spout any of that arrant Bolshy nonsense, I trust you’ll sack them on the spot, too, what what! Don’t put up with it, that’s what I say.

    Toodle pip!

  27. 27
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    It’s a really massive scandal, Guido. Fancy that, a future king wanting to know what is happening to his own country?

  28. 28
    Ung, gar, ung, gar, ung, gar, ung, gar.....and repeat for 18 mins says:

    This all stinks and sounds rather similar to the Glenn Greenwald partner affair at Heathrow yesterday; who was held without any reason under the prevention of terrorism act for 9 hours whilst the authorities confiscated his possessions. Desperate measures undertaken to intimidate any journalistic support of state whistle-blowers and of course kow-tow to the amerika.

    They’ll be sending in drones to take out Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy next.

  29. 29
    those were the days says:

    I remember when audiences used to shout Fuck Off Arfur whenever he appeared on
    comedy stages.

  30. 30
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    On a sad day when Queen Elizabeth II departs this mortal coil I shall become a Republican.

    No way is that daft, useless new age hippie ever going to be my King.

  31. 31

    The future of this country can be seen by simply walking around a place like Wembley.

  32. 32
    Little Boy Blue says:

    Families are struggling as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to £148,000, according to research for the Child Poverty Action Group.

    So every time a benefit’s baby pops out it’s going to have to pay back £148K in tax if he/she ever starts work. And if it’s a she the likely outcome is another turn of the wheel.

    IDS GET A MOVE ON.

  33. 33
    but says:

    I really couldn’t give a shit.
    Isn’t it reasonable that the future king would
    have links with the Government?

  34. 34
    Tory MP says:

    It’s nothing to do with it. Apparently Camilla heard that Dave wants to ban smoking in all public places so she got Charlie to place a saboteur.

  35. 35
    SAS says:

    We could get rid of him too if you like?

  36. 36
    just asking says:

    How much does the head of Child Poverty Action group get paid?

  37. 37
    Little Boy Blue says:

    With luck, someone will murder him in The Tower.

  38. 38
    Tory MP says:

    That is an appalling and totally unjustified assertion. What on earth have hippies done to be slandered by association with Charlie?

  39. 39
    Not our fault it's the publics says:

    If you produce offspring you need to provide homes

  40. 40
    Oliver Cromwell says:

    No!

  41. 41
    Butch bumboy Dave says:

    Congratulations to all the English athletes who competed superbly in Moscow, especially the Somali drug dealer’s brother, the Nigerian drugs cheat and the American.

  42. 42
    Sentence completor says:

    Or Gay.

  43. 43
    AC1 says:

    oy vey, when will the persecution of God’s Chosen Psychos end?!

  44. 44
    Stephen Fry, National Treasure says:

    No! Drone Isinbayeva, the poof-hater!!!

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    With a name like charles you would have thought he would have been a bit more careful.

  46. 46
    Public says:

    Hundreds of ways to use a CONDOM we are not educated to use it for it’s primary function

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Probably the funniest FOI response I’ve seen this year:

    http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/sbc-releases-town-hall-move-document

  48. 48
    Village Idiot says:

    …..I could not believe it when one labour person,when asked,”Who would replace Ed”?,said,………wait for it………”Andy Burnham”…….(mumbles about deathcamps and negligence and peoples buggered up lives cos of decisions he made.)..Labour is a busted flush until it exorcises the past by replacing ALL those who took the Queens sovereign during the years of terror 1997-2010…and labour is too pro eu gravy train!..
    But,i expect there are voters out there that do not understand how useless they were and are….(others are not much better)….For younger readers,”Life is half spent before we know what it is”

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    They are run by an ex BBC journalist. They completely subvert the definition of personal data by allowing houses and their contents to be outside the definition. In fact most possessions, that need security, are not considered personal data. Like the home address of every light aircraft owner.

    Now we have their ideas of NHS medical data give-aways. To stop it being given away, we need to register and provide information to the NHS to protect our data. Some of us are not registered with the NHS and can not control where, or how, our data is used.

    This is the same with Google etc. They are allowed to use personal data (that is easily identified with the individuals) to extort more information from the individual.

    What happened to the whole concept of “opt in”. When did it change for financial gain to “opt out” after providing more information. Google will do no “evil” but their aim is to do “bad” every day.

    Anonymous data containing postcodes is one of the best examples of the ICO stupidity.

    The ICO does not even understand the concept of a “password” and a minimum level of security. Or even how passwords are to be stored.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Even for you, Guido this is low. I expect it from the Sunday Times.

    Even you must know that officials move between parts of government on secondment all the time. And even you must know that someone on £30,000 a year is hardly going to be Prince Charles’ personal spy.

    But easier to stir up a media witchhunt against some poor sod just because you can’t find any news this week.

  51. 51
    Lach1an, J@mes and E1isabeth says:

    Nice work, boy.
    We M”rdochs and our loyal serfs must stand up for our repub1ican principals against those who gain power and influence merely because of who their parents are.

    Tell $taines that he may give an extra spoonful of pottage to the under-peons tonight.

  52. 52
    Gordon Brown says:

    Update: I have just done a cocoa-poop!

  53. 53
    Village Idiot says:

    ..I have found that moles in the garden can be good as it provides drainage and mole hill soil is useful…When you get annoyed with them,talk to them and ask them to leave,may take a couple of years,but it worked for me.!!!!(note handle,but it is true.)

  54. 54
    Owen's Remedial English teacher says:

    I see $taines’s boy has gone for the pc-yoot-speak “their” for the non-gender-specific third-person singular. Why not use a non-gender-specific “he”? This would have the advantage of annoying the stiffs if the person were male.

    Alternatively, how about “a”, as used by MIfstresf Quickly in H”nry V.

    Now, how many grammar mistakes have I made in this comment?

  55. 55
    Anti-Rentier Alliance says:

    He’s not really a hippie, thats just his Act. he’s the nations number one Rentier, and as for the ‘carbunkles’ he complains about so voraciously, he owns a few himself. End the rentier monarchy when QEII (sadly) goes.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Not neutral but neutered.

  57. 57
    Madme Defarge says:

    So are you saying that Clarence House is a Government Department? Are they paid from the public purse? Are their goings on subjuec5t to Parliamentary scrutiny? If so there should be no issue with releasing these details as it’s in the public interest.

    If they aren’t public servants and are paid, say, by Prince Charles, then they really have no business in Government offices and it’s still in the public interest. Either way transparency is called for – for their sakes as well as the public’s.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    What is Child Poverty Action Group? Think-tank? Charity? Funded how?

    Their website looks fairly swish.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    A non-gender-specific “he”. As in the reference to the masculine does not exclude the feminine?

  60. 60
    Orson Cart says:

    What a load of cobblers factoring in designer gear and iPads. Many bring up a rake of kids and barely see £148K in a lifetime.

  61. 61
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    It’s simple: have a republic with an elected head of state. If we don’t like the bastard then we kick him or her out. We’re stuck with this twerp whether we like it or not.

  62. 62
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    No, he’s here to do what he’s told. That is, give meaningless and platitudinous speeches.

  63. 63
    Holy Gwail... says:

    Owah! touched a nerve have we….

    Questions can be asked…and why not of so called royalty after all they cost us enough for the useless cretins they mostly are, Andrew for instance err….. except Harry..um errr sort of like a royal but all the better for it!

    Funny though how Charlie poking about in politics then suddenly….Diana questions abound…funny that…shot across the old proverbial methinks.

  64. 64
    Holy Gwail...(twending) says:

    more like whats likely to effect his future income….there is a story here I wonder what it could be…….???

  65. 65
    broderick crawford says:

    I can’t take it much longer without going insane, says proud dad William

    “…sorry I keep trailing off…”
    PRINCE William has spoken of his joy at becoming a father.

    The beaming prince was chatty and laid-back while describing how his infant son seems determined to destroy his sanity.

    William said: “I can’t sleep, I can’t think, I feel weird all the time.

    “The whole house smells of shit.”

    Dressed casually in slacks and an open-necked shirt, the newly-mature prince said: “I just want to get in my helicopter and keep flying, flying to freedom, sweet freedom.”

    Showcasing a cheeky sense of humour, Prince William added: “My brother is still just running around nailing loads of models. When I think of that I am filled with envy and dark feelings.”

    The personable prince described the drama and emotion of being present at the future king’s birth.

    “The baby comes out all covered in gunk.

    “I’d seen babies being born on telly but nothing can prepare you for it, especially with the nurses wearing those weird masks and the stench of sweaty hair.

    “It was utterly gruesome but the doctors were very stern so I had to stick around.

    “Doctors are amazing, they must see nasty stuff every day and they just handle it.”

    Gazing wistfully into the middle distance, he added: “We can keep chatting for a bit if you like, it’s nice and quiet here.”


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