September 17th, 2013

Simon Hughes Duck Donor Not All They’re Quacked Up to Be

As Simon Hughes was swanning around the stage at LibDem conference, Guido was peking into the LibDem Deputy Leader’s latest donations. He can reveal that London Duck Tours have been footing the bill for Hughes’ office upkeep to the tune of £4,950. Incidentally the business requires access to the Thames, and Hughes’ seat is in Southwark. The Liverpool branch of the company hit the news earlier this year when one of their amphibious bus boats sank with 31 people on board. No fowl play, however. Owner John Bigos winged it at the time, claiming that the fact he had fired half of his staff was not to blame for the poultry service. One donor who’s not contributing to the LibDems’ Million Jobs campaign then…


  1. 1

    There is a Lib Dems/sinking ship comment to make here but I am far to classy to say it. I shall leave that to the trash.


  2. 2
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    Poultry…… oh my ribs hurt.


  3. 3
    English for Beginners says:

    “footing the bill for Hughes’ office”



  4. 4
    Anonymous says:



  5. 6
    Centre Parting says:

    Written by unpaid interns?


  6. 7
    Dougie says:

    I think you’ll find Hughes’ seat in at Southwark. Southwick is a village near Portsmouth where Eisenhower had his HQ before D-Day.


  7. 10
    Bi Curious says:

    Did Simon Hughes go down on it?


  8. 11
    Maggie the dog says:

    The Titanic of the political world


  9. 13
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Yellow and out of his depth.


  10. 14
    Mystic Vince says:

    I foresaw that boat crash would happen


  11. 21
    David Laws says:

    Simon and I went on a cruise to Australia, we worked each others passages.


  12. 25
    The Lib Dem Conference, in a Duck Shell... says:


  13. 26
    Liverpool Gazzette says:

    Amphibious bus sinks after having its wheels stolen


  14. 27
    Anonymous says:

    London Duck Tours had nothing to do with the Liverpool company, apart from running similar vehicles. Sloppy journalism Guido.


  15. 28
    Whilst on the subject of canards... says:

    Get over it Dave…


    • 34
      Send Politicians to war says:

      You’ll feel no shame though about being tucked up in bed at night while British servicemen risk life and limb fighting in some foreign shithole.


    • 43
      The hand of history says:

      It’s not about your feelings, Eton Boy, any more than it was about God’s opinion accoring to St Tony.

      Do what is in the interest of the people of the UK (your masters) and, if you like, give away all your worldly possessions for the good of your soul.


  16. 29
    Penfold says:

    Will Bigos be floating the business on the London Stock Exchange?

    Job losses means he’s not keeping UK PLC afloat.

    But clearly he floats Hughes’s boat.

    Are the DUKW’s ac/dc?


  17. 32
    Disco Biscuit says:

    “Peking” we can put down as a pun, but where the hell is Southwick?!


  18. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone else noticed that the Daily Telegraph has closed down and removed the comments on just about every section on Islam or Syria?

    What are they frightened of? People not falling for the shite they shovel?


    • 45
      Sir Herbert Gussett says:

      Despite the “have your say” link given in the Torygraph paper version, no comments possible either on Alchoholic Campbell’s guest column promoting his new book about why boozers should get more of the NHS budget.


  19. 35
    Anon says:

    The only surviving purpose of the Lib Dems (since they abandoned all their solemn pledges, promises and ethics in 2010) is to keep the Conservatives in power.

    With that in mind, a split is virtually unthinkable


  20. 40
    Matt says:

    I’m pretty such the duck tour buses get in and out of the water at Vauxhall, which is in Kate Hoey’s constituency. There’s a slope next to the MI6 building.


    • 41
      Vote L/L/C for (as yet daft) expenses says:

      Irrelevant. The tours are fine now. The point is the money is small change to compare to e.g. Labour’s Ed Ball’s office or Ed Miliband’s office. Might pay for one lunch!


    • 50
      Daffy says:

      The slope at the side of the MI6 building is for ‘Q’ to launch his new underwater gadgets when testing.


  21. 47
    Simon Hughes says:

    I’ll closely eyes to this, just as I do when I’m giving interviews on my very important views on everything. PS I’ll give you a call around midnight.


  22. 49
    Daffy says:

    Did it go down with all hands?


  23. 55

    Wasnt simon on blue peter?


  24. 57
    Cyril Smith says:

    leggy and Limp. Dumbs. GLUG< GLUG< GLUG!


  25. 58
    Cyril Smith says:

    Cleggy, sorry I was looking at porn.


  26. 59
    Atualpa says:

    The London and Liverpool vehicles are nor the same. The London ones are WW2 battle proven machines, the Liverpool Ducks are modern British built vehicles.


  27. 60
    Anonymous says:

    liverpool ducks and london ducks are not even the same company….they are owned and managed by completely separate companies that are not related in anyway.The blog contains so many inaccuracies it would be funny if you were not affecting peoples jobs.


  28. 61
    Dahlit boy says:

    Err, Guido in front of the news again, and 10 days later when a Duck catches fire outside parliment just who truns out to be a spectator:

    “Witness Harry Cole, who works for The Spectator magazine, described the events on Twitter as they unfolded, calling the boat a ‘flaming vessel of doom’.”

    A familiar name that, hope he is not talking to plod about his scoop…


  29. 62
    Graham says:

    “liverpool ducks and london ducks are not even the same company….they are owned and managed by completely separate companies that are not related in anyway.The blog contains so many inaccuracies it would be funny if you were not affecting peoples jobs.”

    Absolutely correct – Sky News are lumping the two companies together today too after thr incident on thr Thames. Shoddy blog, shoddy journalism


  30. 63
    Anonymous says:

    This is such a load of utter made up rubbish. Anyone doing any research would know the London company and the Liverpool company are completely separate businesses, so making up quotes from the MD?! Irritating beyond belief.


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