October 23rd, 2013

The GOD Delusion

Gus O’Donnell will bore anyone willing to listen about why the Civil Service is the greatest thing in the world, but his latest attempt at a power-grab should be given a wider audience. GOD wants MPs to meet “pre-qualification criteria” before being allowed to stand. Obviously this would involve GOD’s beloved mandarins. What we have here is a former civil servant so convinced of his righteousness and so native in his thinking that genuinely believes that his beloved pen-pushers are superior to the voting public. The electorate is too stupid, in his view, to elect MPs desirable to the permanent representation, so they need to be hand-held into making the right choice. Back off.

What GOD’s intervention really highlights is the need for Civil Servants to meet “pre-qualification criteria”. As Douglas Carswell points out over at the Telegraph“Rather than Gus’s idea of civil servants vetting MPs, MPs need to hold confirmation hearings for the appointment of senior civil servants. And, indeed, ministers.” Time to remind these miniature Whitehall megalomaniacs who they really work for.


  1. 1
    Peter Grimes says:

    Civil servants work for us?

    Perish the thought – the plebs work to keep us in clover!

  2. 2
    Tory voter says:


  3. 3
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    Smacks of elitism, and Common Purpose strategy.

  4. 4
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    I propose an open season where we’re allowed to cull civil servants.

    Something like The Purge….

    followed by The Purge II for socialists

  5. 5
    Labour Fucktards says:

    Indeed. Senior civil servants should be vetted politically AND be available for instant dismissal should they not meet requirements set by their minister.
    We should be rid of all the labour placemen there still today.

  6. 6
    Gus O'Donnelly says:

    How about vetting for journalists or those that run “gossip” websites?

    Are you sane, Guido?

  7. 7
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    String a few of these useless civil “self” servants up on lamp posts pour encourager les autres.

  8. 8
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    It’ll make a change from grouse shooting :-)

  9. 9
    Uncivil Servant says:

    Look upon my gold-plated pension ye plebs
    and despair

  10. 10
    Man overboard says:

    Grant Schapps floundering on the Daily Politics proving that GOD does have a point.

    Actually all 3 main parties are in trouble over these ridiculous Green Levies which came about because all 3 agreed on them

  11. 11
    The British media are cunts says:

    Cameron got his arse handed to him by Milimong today.

    Just how long are the Tories going to put up with gormless Dave and hapless Gideon?

  12. 12
    very civil self-servant says:

    GCMG = God Carresses my Goolies

  13. 13
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    I don’t think this man could possibly be naive Guido. He is proposing that unelected civil servants should control who the general public should be allowed to vote for.

  14. 14
    Irritable Sod says:

    now where have I heard that used before…. hmmmmm….. can’t quite remember, sov-something or other….

  15. 15
    edmartin says:

    mr carswells’s answer highlights the problem – how many mp’s spouses work in the (phoney) executive recruitment rackets that would ‘vet’ the civil self-servants?

    and to what extent have they also been involved in quango, bbc, and gov’t agency recruitment? – should this be on mr fawkes’s list for accountability?

  16. 16
    BBC Leftwit says:

    The BBC would like to apologise for allowing a white British contestant to beat a woman of colour in a baking competition.

    We recognise the implicit racism and sexism in asking a woman of colour to bake a wedding cake, an overt symbol of mail subjugation and patriarchal colonialism.

    An immediate investigation has been launched and we’ll redouble our efforts to make white British appear as imbeciles in all BBC shows.

    We can and must to better!

  17. 17
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    In 2015 a Libor government will vet everyone at show trials. We will have a Great Purge just as they did in the USSR.

    The media will be re-educated so that they are ‘on message’ in order that omerta is total.

  18. 18
    A nincumpoop says:

    native > naive? With umlautts on.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Where was the Mohammad one then?

  20. 20
    Johnny Major's Blue and White Army says:

    I thought he was dead.

  21. 21
    a non says:

    o Donnell.
    The man who earned his title by protecting Bliar and generally cocking up The Chilcot inquiry coming to any realistic conclusion by delaying its perusal of documents relating to Bliar – Bush contact.
    Self serving parasite, like so many others.

  22. 22
    Peter Grimes says:

    Well you certainly are not, Gus.

  23. 23
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    He pulled out when he realised he had to cook a pork roast :-)

  24. 24
    Peter Grimes says:

    You must have read the ZaNuLab post summary sheet if you really call it that way.

    You are clearly delusional – MillionaireMinipede floundered and just repeated the same lies which the public have already discounted.

  25. 25
    Peter Grimes says:

    And all of those overpaid thousands in our ‘charidees’!

  26. 26
    Jack the Ripper says:

    Vetted, no. Taken to the vets, yes.

  27. 27
    Back1woodsman says:

    ‘leading beyond authority’ – way to go, fuck that Magna Carter shit !

  28. 28
    Not rigged but says:

    All Male contestants last year (remember the complaints) This year all female. Not one disabled person though.

  29. 29

    KCMG = Kerslake Caressed my Goolies?

  30. 30
    My Grandad fought for this? says:

    This country looks feels and acts more like a banana republic everyday.

  31. 31
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    and a Christmas cake ;-)

  32. 32
    gramma says:

    You must have watched a different PMQs. Pathetic on both sides with clueless Ed just clutching at straws.
    Re Dave and George and their respective positions- Perhaps for just as long as Miliband maintains his blank sheet of paper containing no actual Socialist plans or ideas and the economy continues to improve in leaps and bounds.

  33. 33
    Billy the Fish says:

    He is right to a certain degree, some of the electorate are too stupid, they generally vote Labour.

  34. 34
    The Rt Hon The Lord (And Saviour) Augustine O'Donnell says:

    “But of course, Prime Minister, this is at bottom a political decision, and one which the people of your constituency and the nation as a whole have reposed their confidence in you to take…I can but advise; I live to serve, sir.”

  35. 35
    The British media are cunts says:

    Sorry but the fact Milimong got the better of Cameron says it all. He did. Cameron has just run out of ideas, he has nothing to offer.

    The Tories need to get a proper Tory in or they will be wiped out.

  36. 36
    Sir William Wayd says:

    Mr O’Donnell’s other proposal is the remove NHS and other public support for old people suffering from Alzheimer’s or other long-term, disabling conditions. Clearly this would make Civil Service pensions more affordable, but I would be interested to know whether he would euthanise the elderly sick, or condemn them to wandering the streets in their pyjamas.

  37. 37
    delia says:

    Split, with a lot of brown stuff obliterating the cream?

  38. 38
    gramma says:

    Better to temporarily run out of ideas at PMQs than attempt to attain to the position of PM leading a country, without one concrete viable plan.
    Borrow and spend isn’t a plan -just a recipe for further disaster.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Pre-qualification could be good, e.g. to ensure that potential MPs have a reasonable amount of “real-world” experience (ideally outside politics, PR and lobbying). It would be good to ban, or at least limit the number of, MPs with PPE qualifications and little else.

  40. 40
    doghog says:

    He does have a point. Several.

    Diane Abbott made it into cabinet and even stood for leader.
    Nadine Dorries is looking for some safe quangos to sit on.
    The media minister doesn’t understand the internet.
    Ed Miliband introduced the green energy taxes he now opposes.


    And that’s just since 2005.

    the list of idiots is long

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    The man has got things entirely upside down.
    What should happen in theory is we,the public, should select our own MPs (to work for us) who, in turn, should select the senior civil servants (to work for us).
    In practice It is almost as far from this as it is possible to get, and as each day goes by it gets nearer to absolute.

  42. 42
    Aberistwatch says:

    The man has got things entirely upside down.
    What should happen in theory is we,the public, should select our own MPs (to work for us) who, in turn, should select the senior civil servants (to work for us).
    In practice It is almost as far from this as it is possible to get, and as each day goes by it gets nearer to absolute.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t pre-vetting of Parliamentary candidates the system in Iran?

  44. 44
    Methinks says:

    Miliband should get on his bike and go somewhere.

  45. 45
    Observer says:


  46. 46
    Gary Bloke says:

    What a sinister idea from Gus.

  47. 47
    Little Bo peep says:

    mail subjugation?

    Isn’t that what Milipede was on about earlier today? Or, alternatively, is somebody trying to keep the posties under their thumbs?

  48. 48
    Penfold says:

    Breathtaking arrogance from GOD.
    He forgets that they (Civil service) are accountable to the people via our elected officials, MP’s.
    GOD is only following the pattern set on the continent and the proposals that are coming from Brussels to make the EU all powerful.
    Time that our administrators were cut down to size.
    Time for Gov Dept’s to be run by political appointees so that the obfuscation and obstruction is ended.
    Time for Civil Servants to be sacked for incompetence.

  49. 49
    Little Bo Peep says:

    In that case, go and the coffees and biscuits in.

  50. 50
    Little Bo Peep says:

    … and lawyers and bankers too…

  51. 51
    Diane Abbot's Conscience says:

    Is it true that at great expense GOD once commissioned a competence review of the Senior Civil Service. This showed that around 15% were really good, 45% were OK but needed development, 30% under-performing and 10% totally utterly crap

    Strangely its alleged that GOD filed the report and it never became public.

  52. 52
    Furry Tales can come true... says:

    … wearing his little Red Riding Hood?

  53. 53
    Furry Tales can come true... says:

    Plus ca change… twas ever thus…

  54. 54
    Matilda says:


  55. 55
    Super effective civil servant - one of the few says:

    That was because of the 360* degree reporting (ie up and down) he started. Ditched when a few home truths about him appeared on his desk.

  56. 56
    Penfold says:

    Off a cliff….

  57. 57
    Penfold says:

    Pilgrims, Shop Stewards, Union Officials.

  58. 58
    Penfold says:

    Don’t the BBC and Guardian already do so….

  59. 59
    Lancashire Proucrator Fiscal says:

    This idea of vetting candidates before being allowed to stand for public office. Can someone confirm if it still works in Iran?

  60. 60
    Pip says:

    That is not GOD.

    That is Des O’Connor

  61. 61
    Yeah, right.... says:

    It is, and yet the people keep on voting for them.

    It really is time for a ‘None of the above’ option and if the majority exercise that option then the seat muddles on through the next five years without parliamentary representation.

  62. 62
    Anon2 says:

    Isn’t something similar already in place, Guido? Rumour has it that GOD spoke and we ended up with the Dave and Cleggie puppet show.

  63. 63
    Henry Morton says:

    Guido thinks so too – why else would he have described the GOD of Bongo Bongo Land as native in his thinking ?

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t most of the civil servants who make it to the First Division to run ministries generally go into the CS straight from university? How many of them have any real world experience? Could that be the reason that much of the advice given to clueless ministers is so stupid, impractical or self-serving? Is that why government contracts are signed which are found to have large holes in them when non-delivery occurs? Physician heal thyself is a saying which springs to mind.

  65. 65
    Diane Abbot's Conscience says:

    Oh come on. He was good at the political stuff. “Yes
    Prime Minister”

  66. 66
    FTFoff says:

    I believe that civil servants should call taxpayers “sir” when adressing them. Gus is nothing but a jumped-up Lacky who needs to learn his place.

  67. 67

    Baron GOD of Clapham, supporter of Manchester United, but not of Kingdom United.

  68. 68
    NE Frontiersman says:

    All we need is a power of recall. Is the Good Lord possibly ‘leading beyond authority’?

  69. 69
    Roger Dewhurst says:

    “Naive” not “native”

  70. 70
    Who's Prince Harry's dad? says:

    Give blind bakers a chance.

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