October 3rd, 2013

Downing Street Revolving Doors LibDem Joanne Foster Out and Cooper on His Way

As Guido revealed in the Sun on Sunday Downing Street pollster Andrew Cooper is to leave No.10 shortly. It will be spun that he is going to continue helping out on a part-time basis when he goes back to his old firm Populus. Now the PM has Lynton Crosby on his team does he really need two pollsters? Especially since Cooper was the one who told Dave not to worry about UKIP because they would only be a flash in the pan…

Talking of  flashes in the pan, Joanne Foster, who has only been Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s gatekeeper for 2 years is also leaving to go to the lucrative world of lobbying with her now expanded list of government contacts. Ker-ching.


  1. 1
    DtP says:

    Can’t blame the lass – working for Clegg is time limited (and working’s probably the wrong word).

  2. 2
    Ed Milliwatt says:


  3. 3
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Lobbyists are a perversion of democracy – a look at the Tory conference confirms that.

    Real people kept out, lobbyists invited in & licked to death.

    Same old Tories – corrupt to the core.

    Vote UKIP.

  4. 4
    Alcy Campbell says:

    I demand a T debate with Dacre, I’ll do all the attacking and outrage and he can sit and listen to it. If he dares to speak up, he’ll be a bully.

  5. 5
    Chubby Dave's cat says:

    No folks listen to what I say, this is a real scenario. China, who have been unbelievably quite ( must be so for a reason), could well be developing a weapon but in a different way, That is the birthday surprise a weapon that you never knew existed, like a gun (projecting a projectile) was an invention perhaps them, the Chinese, are working on a terrifying invention that you cannot even imagine, perhaps they discover an alternative dimension and they can sneek up on us.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Not :)

  7. 7
    The Fail says:

    That Lord Rothermere sure was “right”, wasn’t he?

    He wrote in The Mail that the British Union of Fascists was “a well organised party of the right ready to take over responsibility for national affairs with the same directness of purpose and energy of method as Hitler and Mussolini have displayed”.

  8. 8
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  9. 9
    Emily Maitless says:

    And I’ll join in on your side Al, we’ll shout him down so no one can hear his point of view. It’ll be just like the good old days.

  10. 10
    Chubby Dave's cat says:


  11. 11
    Chubby Dave's cat says:


  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    And the point of Clegg to the nation is? No point

  13. 13
    History Lessons says:

    The left at the time were behaving just like they do today, burying their empty heads in the sand. Only Winston was showing strength and he was in the wilderness. The Russians were, to all intents and purposes, looking more threatening, and indeed were more threatening, as history has shown us. It was therefore inevitable to take the point of view of the right.

  14. 14
    DtP says:

    Don’t be so dismissive. He’s there to prove to any young kid that if they have no principles, if they ignore all useful instruction, if they pander to the lowest common denominator they too can obtain a pointless job paying far too much money. He’s like a male Kardassian (sp)

  15. 15
    Owen Jones says:

    Professor Ralph Miliband, who has died aged 70, was an inspiring teacher of politics and an internationally renowned figure of the British Left.
    Though committed to socialism, he never hesitated to criticise its distortion by Stalin and other dictators. He also inveighed against the timidity and limited horizons of West European social democracy. The ideal he sought was a democratic and open Marxism.
    Miliband’s scholarly writings, at once passionate and lucid, had great influence not only on students and dons but also beyond academic circles.
    His Parliamentary Socialism (1961), in which he attacked the Labour Party for its lack of radicalism, became a classic text, as did The State in Capitalist Society, which analysed Western power structures.
    Ralph Miliband was born in Belgium on Jan 7 1924, and fled to Britain in 1940 to escape the Nazis. He studied at the London School of Economics, where he was deeply influenced by Harold Laski, who became a friend and then a colleague.
    Miliband’s studies were interrupted by three years in the Royal Navy. He returned to the LSE to finish his degree, worked on a PhD (under Laski’s supervision), and later, after a stint teaching at Roosevelt College in Chicago, became a lecturer in the LSE’s department of government.
    In 1972 Miliband took up the Chair of Politics at Leeds University, where Lord Boyle of Handsworth, the former Conservative minister Sir Edward Boyle, was Vice-Chancellor. Despite their different political perspectives, Miliband and Boyle developed a considerable mutual respect.
    In his inaugural lecture at Leeds Miliband warned against treating Left-wing orthodoxy as a substitute for hard critical thought. Five years later he accepted a Chair at Brandeis University in America, and he subsequently taught at York University, Toronto, and the City University of New York. London, though, always remained his base.
    Miliband was never a cloistered academic. From 1964 he edited the annual Socialist Register. An entertaining and witty speaker, Miliband was able to stimulate debate as well as to clarify complex ideas. He was in demand throughout the world, especially in North America.
    A man of great warmth and generosity, Miliband was endowed with an infectious sense of humour.
    He married, in 1961, Marion Kozak; they had two sons.
    Ralph Miliband, born January 7 1924, died May 21 1994

  16. 16
    Dave in H.R. says:

    Get those knickers down and do that squatting thing on the photocopier again, you slapper.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    All lobbying should be televised and broadcast.

    It has its place, but it should be on public record. Only those parts that detail private financial issues should be closed to the public.

    If Pickles wants to make rules for the Councils, he needs to make the same rules for himself. There is no difference between a local company needs with regard their local Council, and nationally important companies engaging with the government.

  18. 18
    Coining it in and he's scum says:

    I assume a FoI request to the BBC detailing Campbell’s payments each day for appearances throughout the regions would go unanswered?

  19. 19
    Market Watch says:

    M’ark C’arny was on the TV recently stating that UK recovery cannot rely purely on housing, and in order to be sustainable cannot rely on L’ondon either.

    He was advising that any recovery would only take hold if the economy improved in all parts of the country.

    This is a bit of common sense: How it is going to happen is a different question.

    He also said that individuals and businesses should be prepared for interest rate rises in the near future, ie. the 0.5% rates are not going to last much longer.

    However, this contrasted with a warning that the 7% unemployment threshold which he tied to interest rate rises would likely not be crossed for several years. Seeing as unemployment is about 7.7% at present, this suggests that there is no confidence that the economy will be expanding in any meaningful way, if a reduction of ~1% unemployment is going to take that long.

    On an aside, with the governments plan to withdraw benefits, and likely remove people from the unemployment figures, could the UK be looking at a ‘jobless recovery’ which will see interest rates raised absent an increase in the numbers of those employed ?

    That could be a terminal hammer blow for many.

    All eyes on UK Services PMI data today: US figures are not released due to the government shutdown.

    Oddly, Carny raised the issue of investment as being a problem. This is strange as Labour, following Brown’s economic policies, were borrowing for investment purposes only. Recall that Labour were saying that the investment they were doing during their 13 years in office was for the benefit of the nations children and grand children.

    Yet now the country apparently has deep economic problems caused in large part by a lack of investment.

  20. 20
    Thames Dover Wight says:

    Could be they are just waiting for young un’ uncle Sam to ask for some more borrowing of money.

  21. 21
    Sarah says:

    I’m worried about Gordon

  22. 22
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    A pussyprint from the copier, how very eighties

  23. 23
    Social(ist) services says:

    A serious case review into the murder of two-year-old Keanu Williams finds police, social services and health workers “failed” to prevent his death.

    How many more children have to die before people realise that social services are rotten to the core? Every few weeks we hear about another case where social workers “missed opportunities” to save a child from abuse and neglect and every few weeks we hear the same old garbage about “lessons have been learned”.

    There has to be a complete root and branch reform, or more accurately a detoxification of social services in Britain. We’ve had the obscene situation of muslim child grooming gangs being allowed to carry out r*pes and torture because social workers thought it would be politically incorrect to investigate them, and we’ve had toddlers beaten and starved to death because social workers believed what the parents told them, but at the same time we’ve seen foster kids removed from a loving foster family because they happened to be UKIP voters. It really is a sick joke.

    The elephant in the room that the government and others are refusing to acknowledge is the ethos and culture in social services, namely that social services are staffed almost entirely by ultra far left staff who believe what parents tell them, refuse to act on reports of abuse where the perpetrators are muslim, and will only fly into action when there is a parent who votes for a party they don’t like. The entire workforce should be cleared out and new staff trained and brought in who won’t be bleeding heart idiots who think kids should stay with their unemployed crack addicted violent parents because it would be politically incorrect to remove them, who will take action when a parent reports that her daughter is being abused by a gang of muslim thugs, and who won’t remove a child from a good foster family just because of who they vote for.

  24. 24
    Comrade Stalin says:

    “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”

    Comrade Stalin

  25. 25

    For all those creeps such as Alastair Campbell who have dredged up Rothermere’s support for Hitler, as if that made any difference nowadays, here is an extract from Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad where people really did suffer:

    The barely believable ruthlessness of the Soviet system largely,
    but not entirely, explains why so many former Red Army soldiers
    fought on the German side. At Stalingrad, the Sixth Army’s front-line
    divisions contained over 50,000 Soviet citizens in German uniform.
    Some had been brutally press-ganged into service through starvation
    in prison camps; others were volunteers. During the final battles,
    many German reports testify to the bravery and loyalty of these
    ‘Hiwis’, fighting against their own countrymen. Needless to say,
    Beria’s NKVD became frenzied with suspicion when it discovered
    the scale of the disloyalty.
    The subject is still taboo in Russia today. An infantry colonel with
    whom I happened to share a sleeping compartment on the journey
    down to Volgograd (the former Stalingrad), refused at first to believe
    that any Russian could have put on German uniform. He was finally
    convinced when I told him of the Sixth Army ration returns in the
    German archives. His reaction, for a man who clearly loathed Stalin
    for his purges of the Red Army, was interesting. ‘They were no longer
    Russians’, he said quietly.

    Put that where the sun don’t shine!

  26. 26
    BBC PR Dept says:

    Us disclose relevant stuff you paid for? Bolleaux.

  27. 27
    Bottoms and Balls says:

  28. 28
    Jeremy Corbyn says:

    THE Labour leadership election is now at the crucial voting stage.

    The candidates who provide fascination for their apparent differences yet shared upbringing are the Milibands, Ed and David.

    I knew Ralph, their Marxist father who has been an inspiration to generations of socialists.

    In the 1980s he was a key figure in a group I belonged to which would meet on Sunday evenings, usually at Tony Benn’s house in Holland Park and once at my then flat in Turle Road, Finsbury Park.

    It was an eclectic mix of Tony Benn, Ralph Miliband, Hilary Wainwright, Tariq Ali, former party general secretary Jim Mortimer, Leo Panitch, Perry Anderson, Andrew Glyn and others from time to time.


  29. 29
    David Milliwatt says:


  30. 30
    The Fail says:

    Do you see this as a zero-sum situation? Stalin was evil, Hitler was evil. You seem to think the Mail’s support for Hitler was ok when viewed in the context of the Communist regime. The intelligent position would be to condemn both. But intelligence isn’t something that’s often seen here.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Dishonest people will have their “benefits” removed.

    Has anyone factored in that these people are dishonest, and that we need to increase the police number significantly. Once you have labelled a person a thief there is no going back. They might as well train to be a good one.

    Job interview: “What were you doing previously?”

    Candidate: “I was on disability”

    Job interview: “So you were cured?”

    Candidate: “No, the government was”

  32. 32
    Dr Van Helsing says:

    Well at least we found out what happens when someone who should be doing theraputic basket weaving is allowed to run an economy for 13 years.

  33. 33
    Gordon McDoom says:

    A single lightbulb is a claimable expense. A trillion pound debt is a wise investment.

    Comrade Gordon

  34. 34
    Juan Kerr says:

    Owen, you’ve learnt to cut and paste. Well done!

  35. 35
    (83¼) says:

    Indeed. Rather like click, click clicking on this site.

  36. 36
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    But hasn’t police funding been cut ?

    If you withdraw benefits to people and remove their only means of legal survival, then these people will be forced to turn to crime in order to survive.

    Reduce / withdraw benefits in an environment devoid of jobs, then crime will go up sharply. But even if jobs are available, crime will still go up.

  37. 37
    PR Spiv (and mate of Dave) says:

    Dream on.

  38. 38
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Or SS are staffed by people who approve of what is happening and are ignoring the lies and warning signs.

    Social Services are discrediting the notion of family with these little ‘faux pas’ and they know it. That is a big Frankfurt agenda item.

  39. 39
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Brzezinski once said to Chatham House:

    ‘I once put it rather bundchendly and I was flattered that the British foreign secretary repeated this, as follows;
    Namely in earlier times it was easier to control an million people literally it was easier to control an million people than physically, to kill a million people.
    Today it is infinitely easier to kill a million people, than to control a million people.
    It is easier to kill than to control.’

    Brzezinski was not advocating mass murder, but just making a fairly relevant observation.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    Social services should not exist as it does. How can one person judge another when there is no chance of a defence.

    In the real world the parent would be responsible for the child. They would have to take the punishment for what happens to them. These people are self-interested only and the law must look to “reward” their self-interest.

    Killing a child should require mandatory isolation for 16 years minimum. Isolation means that no contact is allowed to any other criminal, child, or any entertainment. Then a equal jail term to recover from the isolation before being released.

    It has to be mentally terrifying to these narcissistic types.

    Social services should only be there to give out help and training, and record evidence. That is physical evidence, photographs, recodings etc. No opinions. Only the Police should remove children when in danger. The uncertainty gap when the issue is unclear has to be handled by a threat to the liberty of the parents.

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Hypocrisy rules.

  42. 42
    Larry the Downing Street Cat says:

    I hate Heir Balls

  43. 43

    No! You have missed the point. Both were clearly evil. The argument is several steps beyond that basic point but, whilst we are here, the clearly drunk Campbell might just as easily have cited George VI dispatching a message of congratulation to Hitler but Her Majesty is too popular for him to try that one on!

    Look up the life of Imre Lakatos, who managed to be imprisoned both by the Nazis and the Communists. Take note of his faith. Then consider that when a bumptious student of his asked him which regime was it preferable to be imprisoned in, he responded At least the Nazis allowed books!

    Now don’t jump to the same wrong conclusion you did a few minutes ago and think that I am acting as apologist for anyone! Just reflect upon the indomitably of the human spirit which this remark revealed. Neither you or I will be put to the test quite like that.

  44. 44

    The career path of the late Ralph Milliband seems to have been an easy path of gliding seamlessly from one sinecure to another, no doubt aided by other communist placemen in the academic world.
    Just what did he ” teach ” at the various colleges? Physics , Chemistry , Mathematics ,Art, Engineering. No of course not , that would have required real knowledge and qualifications he taught the non subject of Political science and Economics.

  45. 45
    Even a genius is human says:


    A rare error from a legendary polymath.

    Only Allah is perfect.

  46. 46


  47. 47

    Thank you! At least you are awake!

    Indomitability is the correct adjective to substitute for its adverb which I too hurriedly typed.

    The message is sound enough and I am sure that Allah will forgive me PBUH.

    Do look up Imre Lakatos, though!

  48. 48
    Penfold says:

    You would think that there was some measure to stop Foster doing this.

    It’s immoral and highly unethical………………

    Oh shit, sorry, of course, I’m referring to the little people here, not our politariat, who can do as they bloody well please and make shedloads.

    I am so inclined to go long on Lamppost and Ropemaker coy’s, as come the putsch, their products will be in high demand.

  49. 49
    John says:

    She worked for the Welsh Lib Dems, not a lobby company.

    She has worked for Clegg for 2 years, not 1.

    Just some facts. :)

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