September 17th, 2013

Big Brother is Watching Browne
Minister Found on Google Street View

A co-conspirator emails in wondering who the red-box clutching Minister is that they found on Google Street View:

Guido wonders what Jeremy Browne was doing popping into a Paddington Hotel in the middle of the day…

UPDATE: A spokesman for civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch says:

“Given the comprehensive privacy-protecting processing Google has done as part of Street View, we have no idea how Guido worked out this was Jeremy Browne.”


  1. 1
    wilhelm hill says:

    Change the odds on next LD resignation odds.

  2. 2
    squidy says:


  3. 3
    Martin says:

    He should have worn a burka :)

  4. 4
    Oy Vey says:

    Without wishing to spoil the fun, but exactly what proof is there that he is walking in, as opposed to walking past?

  5. 5
    Drake's Drum says:

    Just another toothbrush salesman.

  6. 6
    A Scotsman says:

    Hes going to consult with a female muslim person, sans burka, on the right way to have veils removed from them without surgery.
    After which he will have various other meeting to confirm his opinion.

  7. 7
    Drake's Drum says:

    His close-protection officers look a bit past it.

  8. 8
    genghiz the kahn says:

    BREAKING : Vince Cable seen placing £100 bet on Browne being next resignation from government.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Quick shag with Handycocks lady friend.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    and you drone on more too.

  11. 11
    Ian Katz says:


  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    I demand a recount.Either that or the clackometer is faulty.

  13. 13
    Soho says:

    When are they going to replace those red boxes with red manbags?

  14. 14
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Why is he carrying ministerial work in such a pretentious manner?

    He might as well walk down the road with a sign saying “rob me”.

    What a plonker!

  15. 15
    Red box showoff says:

    Waiting to be mugged. Was the box locked to his wrist

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    He was just going in to meet a Romanian delegation.

  17. 17
    Yet says:

    Another faceless politician

  18. 18
    Conspiracy Watch says:

    If you walk down the street view, he disappears. Only plausible explanation is he went into the hotel. (Not in any of the cabs, he didn’t cross the street, probably didn’t outrun the google car, likely did not rush onto the 15 bus across the street, etc.)

  19. 19
    Neo-Guido says:

    because he disappears from shot further down the road.

  20. 20
    Neo-Guido says:

    and he arrived by taxi

  21. 21
    Quickie says:

    Starbucks 100 yards away.

  22. 22
    Judge John Deed says:

    The veil must be removed in court… Oh don’t bother. Keep it on.. We don’t want your sort whining on and on for days and have to end up with a public inquiry and pay out £1 million quid for your hurt feelings and human rights abuse.
    Just wear your silly outfit and show the world what an enlightened 11th century culture you come from…

  23. 23
    Drake's Drum says:

    Because, as a LimpDem ‘minister’ he knows there’s nothing of any importance whatsoever inside it!

  24. 24
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    I think there is a major security issue here. Red boxes should not be transported by hand around the streets of London. That bloke is not even handcuffed to the box.

    I remember when Darling lost that USB key with everyones’ child benefit details cameron was going around saying under him such things would not be allowed to leave offices.

    Not much has been heard upon this subject since the Election.

    It would be nice if Mr Cameron could give us all a resume of the action he has taken to find the missing key.

  25. 25
    Ivor Welsh says:

    Cameron should sack the Hunt for such a blatant security breach.

  26. 26
    Soho says:

    Or walking backwards

  27. 27
    Conspiracy Watch says:

    If you look carefully, the frame where he disappears is from a different day.

    Note the light changes, Chubb Van appears, taxi hanging in road vanishes, lots of people vanish, yet continue down the street a little further, Chubb van appears, some bus’ on the other side of street vanish…

    He does appear to walk past, but then vanishes. Did he get in the Taxi, or enter the hotel ?

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    There should be no need for Cameron to take any action upon this.

    If the guy is an honourable man then his resignation should already have been received.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Nice thinking but not true. The timings are all off. Look at the location of cars parked in the hotel driveway as you “walk down the street”.

  30. 30
    Andrew Efiong says:

    True. It’s probably packed with his expense claims and looted stationery!

  31. 31
    The Bagman says:

    Inside my box there is a brown envelope

  32. 32
    Liason watch says:

    He’s got his suitcase in his left hand

  33. 33
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  34. 34
    Well Done says:

    Excellent spot – the black and silver car disappear, and the Chubb van appears. That couldn’t have happened in less than a minute.

  35. 35
    Universal Hiss says:

    Is this the same woman, Rebekah Dawson who was charged with dissemination of terrorist publications and encouragement of terrorism last month?

    This one is charged with intimidating a witness.

    It’s hard to tell who is who whilst wearing a bin bag & the press are being rather coy & hiding in their own bin bags.

  36. 36
    The Invisible Man says:

    Maybe he has a double

  37. 37
    The Eye of Horus says:

    Why is the Streetview frame, next but one to the shown frame, where one can look back towards the man with the red box dated July 2008 whereas those frames around it are dated April 2012?

  38. 38
    Well Done says:

    Sorry – the silver car appears, not disappears. Plus the parked PO van across the road is gone. In fact, all the stationary vehicles change.

  39. 39
    The Man from UNCLE says:

    I think he’s hiding under the traffic cone in the doorway

  40. 40
    The mad axeman says:

    That’s never been a problem for me.

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Quickest cut through to Paddington platforms now that Crossrail has screwed up the taxi rank. Simples.

  42. 42
    A world of his own says:

    Not very observant though. Everyone else is looking at the Google street car but not him. Pre occupied?

  43. 43
    Libertarian against survelance state says:

    This squalid little post is a disgrace to any political blog.

  44. 44
    Conspiracy Watch says:

    Yes – A man with the same hair color / tie you can see continuing to walk past the hotel. Need to look back after advancing a bit further, and zoom back.

    (Cannot see the case as it is obscured by the taxi’s, but the tie is distinct)

    We lose him behind a number 23 bus.

  45. 45
    Tachybaptus says:

    Dunno, but that tends to support the idea that he was walking past, not into, the hotel. Also, if you approach this hotel with the intention of going in, you naturally tend to go into the forecourt from one of the gates at either end. I think he’s going to the station.

    Pity, because I was just thinking of a really tasteless joke about red boxes.

  46. 46
    Look At Meee! says:

    If it had been Chuka he would have dashed out into the road waving his hands about and flashing his latest suite off.

  47. 47
    What Jeremy Browne imagines people are thinking says:

    Ooh look at him he must be important.

  48. 48
    Well Done says:

    If he takes the next left he either goes down the street to Paddington, or into the underground. Getting out of the taxi outside the hotel is the closest he can get by avoiding the crossing.

  49. 49
    Cardinal Richelieu's mole says:

    To Paddington eh?! He could have been about to board a GWR train to his Taunton constituency, thereby incurring taxpayer-funded expenses! Grr – have these people no shame that they seemingly do this openly?

  50. 50
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:

    Surely he was going to the hotel to discuss Ugandan relations with a colleague?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Wikipedia says he belives in low taxation – maybe he just came out of the Vodafone building behind?

  52. 52
    The Eye of Horus says:

    You can see the same man 5 frames further on past the hotel, if you magnify the picture, just behind the silver taxi. Guido you could have done a bit of checking before making such a disgraceful posting

  53. 53
    Joe Public says:

    Wonderful how our ministers’ walk around with a bright red government briefcase – look at me as I am IMPORTANT.
    Why can’t they put it in a Lidl Shopping bag?

  54. 54
    Just Saying says:

    Or the Limp Dims loony secret policies a la Vince Cable etc.
    In this case perhaps he wants to be robbed?

  55. 55
    Googler says:

    If you continue up the street the images revert to Apr 2012 and you can see that he has indeed walked straight past…

  56. 56
    Cleggover & Vince Incapable - liberal is our name says:

    He has our permission to do this stupid act and promote our cause.

  57. 57
    Pedant Two says:

    Pity you cannot spell. Victim of Bliar’s edukashun are you?

  58. 58
    Lord Ed of Pwimwose Hiwl says:

    It’s for your own security and the safety of others, Mr P Baker of 18 Elm Crescent RM26 1SP.

  59. 59
    Down the Street says:

    He walked past the Hotel entance though

  60. 60
    Big Momma says:

    Low taxation? Clegg and Alexander have been on BBC today stating they want to raise taxes.

  61. 61
    Big Momma says:

    Morningside Crescent – game over

  62. 62
    edwardlucas says:

    Jeremy Browne is MP for Taunton and that hotel is part of Paddington station, which is where he would be going home from…

  63. 63
    Sch..secret hotel room prices says:

    Perhaps he has to live in hotels because…
    “During the 2009 expenses scandal, Browne was initially asked to pay back £17,894 in mortgage payments by the Legg Report, after re-mortgaging his London home to provide a deposit for a constituency home.” – wikipedia
    (Well I had to look, as I have never heard of him.)

  64. 64
    Ellis Turrell says:

    Actually if you keep going down the street, that day reappears and you can quite clearly see he’s gone past the entrance to the hotel.!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d-0.17535!3d51.515729!2m2!1f242.24!2f85.82!4f15.35!2m4!1e1!2m2!1sSZVAinqatwuf6kCUM2aJRw!2e0&fid=5

  65. 65
    Julian the Wonderhorse says:

    Not for the same reason Mark Oaten used to check into hotels, we hope

  66. 66
    Spooks, the old generation says:

    The guy behind him looks like he is packing a weapon. And is about to pull it out.

  67. 67
    I have seen the future... says:

    Amazing. The power of the internet is gradually revealing itself.

  68. 68
    Sch...secret hotel room prices says:

    Lidl charge for shopping bags. Then he would have to claim 3p on expenses.

  69. 69
    Get away! says:

    He carries furniture about with him?

  70. 70
    Read on says:

    He appealed this decision, making him the first MP to do so, and argued that he was being penalised for using his own money instead of claiming a greater amount from the taxpayer. His appeal was successful,

  71. 71

    It is all very big brother. I don’t like the idea that I can be spotted like that. You never know who might be looking for me.

  72. 72
    Toby Belching-Felcher says:

    …having anal sex with someone?

  73. 73
    Orange not Vodafone says:

    Wikipedia also says:
    “Browne is firmly on the Orange Book wing of the Liberal Democrats. He is liberal on issues such as the environment, civil liberties and on LGBT rights. He is a strong believer in free-market economics, low taxation and small government.”

    “Named Orange because the phones don’t ring – you get pips instead.”

  74. 74
    Sir Herbert Gussett says:

    Simply highlighting a privacy issue not addresses by politicians.

  75. 75
    Sherlock Holmes says:

    Ifn he wasn’t going into the hotel to meet a prostitute, then the question remains why was he *not* going into a hotel?
    It can only be that he was looking for a street prostitute to purchase a hand-job in a secluded doorway.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    I hope that the ministerial red box wasn’t been used to deliver a consignment of soiled underpants. You what those Lib-Dems are like.

  77. 77
    CC says:

    Reading Wikipedia, Browne looks like a Cameron Conservative.

  78. 78
    Cyril Smith says:

    Or something?.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    It’s a shortcut through to Paddington Station’s railway platforms …

  80. 80
    Maryfromthedairy says:

    I think he’s one of us.

  81. 81
    nick says:

    Just another LibDEm fool or fable-there are enough of either. After the Tories have won a majority at the next election, that will be the end of the LibDems!!!

  82. 82
    Gary Bloke says:

    The Telegraph website report says of Mr Browne: “He said that the picture must have been taken ‘years ago’ because Home Office officials now make him carry Government documents in a normal briefcase rather than a Red Box. Until 2012, Mr Browne was a minister in the Foreign Office.”

    Google dates its picture “April 2012″, which is not really “years ago”.

  83. 83

    @ sockpuppet 2:05 pm

    No number, fail!


  84. 84
    Never believe anything you find on Google (or anywhere else on-line) says:

    Edited (by who-ever) to display whatever version of “reality” you had in mind.

  85. 85
    Tauntonian says:

    This man is my MP- when I asked him why he didn’t use Twitter, used now by most MPs, he told me, at the second time of asking, and by old fashioned letter (paid for by us) that most of his constituents don’t use social media,a nd it is unneccessary as his website is updated weekly (I checked and it wasn’t). Beyond hope- but now I see he doesn’t want to keep his constituents informed of what he is up to

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