October 24th, 2013

Mad Al’s Scottish Power Trip

Guido was wondering how long it would take for Alastair Campbell’s outside interests to crop up now he is back helping out Miliband. Turns out just a few hours. Labour have wasted no time sticking the boot into Scottish Power after they put up energy prices by 8.6% this afternoon. Who does Scottish Power’s PR? That would be Mad Al’s very own Portland Communications. Cosy…


  1. 1
    Steve Miliband says:

    Why do people employ this man?

  2. 2
    Spearchukka says:

    He knows where the bodies are buried.

  3. 3
    Vince Cable refers to Vince Cable in the third person.. says:

  4. 4
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    As every decent Scot will tell you “Never trust a Campbell”

  5. 5
    PC Dixon says:

    Well he never ceases to surprise does he – pity he didn’t stay writing soft porn books – then there would be thousands of people now living which includes all the brave British Soldiers killed in Iraq. The mans as corrupt as they come .

  6. 6
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed B-B-Balls

  7. 7
    Alastair Campbell Murderer says:

    All over Iraq. Half a million of them.

    Who, in their right mind would want to be associated with this pathological liar and mass-murder?

    Anything (BBC, Labour, Scottish Power) that has anything to do with this monster should really take a long hard look at themselves and their ‘values’.

  8. 8
    Vince Cable says:

    I don’t know who either of these people are

  9. 9
    altruism in industry says:

    the power market doesn’t look like a very competitive market does it ? It looks a little bit like a bunch of liars and thieves given the keys to everybody’s front door.

  10. 10
    Vince Cable's unpaid intern says:

    Look, I just type this stuff for him. If he ain’t gonna pay me, am I really bothered if I cock up occasionally?

  11. 11
    Portland Communications says:

    You know that price rise you mentioned? I’d wait till after Wednesday if I were you.

  12. 12
    A Real Depressive says:

    How this alleged depressive can live with himself I do not know.

  13. 13
    The late Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti says:

    You said it my friend.

  14. 14
    Nonvoter says:

    Liars and thieves who help themselves to the public’s money?

    Hmm. Sounds like politicians to me.

  15. 15
    It'll end in tears says:

    He’s only 45 minutes away from meltdown

  16. 16
    The Campbells are coming says:

    Watch oot for the Camerons too…

    Cameron is a Scottish surname and thus somewhat common throughout the English-speaking world.
    There are several possible origins. One is from a Gaelic-language nickname, derived from cam (“crooked”, “bent”)

  17. 17
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    If Dave reverses out the Carbon Tax b/s, will these price rises be reversed also ?

  18. 18
    Largo Winch says:

    It’s not a great market but look across Europe and you’ll find higher energy prices. At least we have a market. The problem is undoing Labour’s legacy of just 6 companies plus their high “Green” taxes. It’ll take years to get more entrants into the market.

  19. 19
    ally Campbell says:

    My natural habitat

  20. 20
    PC Dixon says:

    Lets see – will the BBC tell us about Campbell when they go for Scottish Power on the 6pm news – don’t hold your breath.

  21. 21
    nellnewman says:

    especially this one – he has a proven track record for dodgy dossiers and such.

  22. 22
    altruism in industry says:

    yes, well, what about one company with a public obligation rather than an obligation to Johny Foreigner ?

  23. 23
    Pot Pol says:

  24. 24
    The country know Alastair is a C*nt of the highest order says:

    Alastair Campbell is the biggest stick anyone could ask for to beat the Labour party over the head with.
    I want to see more of him and the closer he is associated to Miliband the better.

  25. 25
    Gissa pint, I'm depressed says:

    Looks like Big Al is bombing in this situation too.

  26. 26
    Polly wants to discuss class says:

    People in Tuscan class houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  27. 27
    Including says:

    Owen Jones
    Polly Toynbee
    Kevin Maquire
    Angela Eagle
    Billy Hayes
    Diane Abbott
    Jack Dromey
    Len McCluskey
    Mark Serwotka
    Zoe Williams
    Ken Livingstone

    And Many more far Left Leftists


  28. 28
    I am an old decrepit git says:

    Why not make that Parliamentary pollution Vince?

  29. 29
    Old Nick says:

    One day he, and Blair, and Scarlett, and goldsmith, and Straw, all will be guests of mine.

  30. 30
    Dispassionate evaluation says:

    Greatest rogue unhung.

  31. 31
    Well I never says:

    Is he schizo too?

  32. 32
    BBC 24 Hr rolling bollocks says:

    Ok Ed you set the agenda concerning energy bills and we’ll run with it on the news for next month or so.
    Even do a feature on Watchdog if you like.

  33. 33
    BBC News Editor says:

    The science is settled..

  34. 34
    Cultural relativist says:

    ± 1

  35. 35
    Doctor Kelly says:

    Al Qaeda v Al Campbell. My money is on the terrorist.

  36. 36
    the Nick says:

    me first.

  37. 37
    Fern Bridge says:

    May I be the first to wish you all a ‘Nattirb Noel’..!


  38. 38
    Doctor Ke*lly says:

    Al Qae*da v Al Campbell. My money is on the terrorist.

  39. 39
    Fishy says:

    What is it with this silly cow’s obsession with class. Especially, as she knows, that it is in Labour’s interests to keep their voters in their place.

    Upwardly mobile workers are more than likely not to vote Labour

  40. 40
    Thames Water says:

    Vandalised sewage pipe to blame for pollution leak in River Crane


    That seems simple enough. So WTF does the Local MP want a “High Level Enquiry”?

  41. 41
    FFS says:

    Energy companies with “public obligations” turn out to be nothing more than an opportunity for stealth taxes on a massive scale, hence why energy prices elsewhere in the EU are so high.

  42. 42
    Fishy says:

    Just a thought.

    When Cameron intervened in the market last year, insisting that the numbers of energy tariffs were simplified and that energy companies were to be compelled to put people on the lowest tariff, did the Botoxed Redhead have Cameron along on her Watchdog programme to lap be anointed by her?

  43. 43
    . says:

    N N Nineteen.

  44. 44
    FFS says:

    Total emotional dissociation from his own actions. It is a common psychological disorder.

  45. 45
    Dr Freud says:

    Sexual frustration, and clearly not loved as a child. Mainly frustration.

  46. 46
    FFS says:

    Swedish socialists encourage all Swedes to step up to the class of the Islington set whilst British socialists encourage everyone to take a step down to the underclass.

  47. 47
    Botoxed Redhead says:

    Oh no, of course not. We only screw large private companies.

  48. 48
    Irate of Isleworth says:

    Time to down clamp on the scum who did the damage.

  49. 49
    nellnewman says:

    Plus a million!!

  50. 50
    George Zimmerman says:

    Hi friends!

  51. 51
    Chocolate Fireguard says:

    Don’t forget the poor souls lost in Afghanistan, where we were going to be leave without firing a single bullet. albeit not Campbel but another Scot, when you think about it, the Scots, Blair, Brown, Darling, Reid, Irvine, Martin et al have some answering to do.

  52. 52
    Factoid says:

    Actually her villa is in Umbria.

  53. 53
    . says:

    Why can the staff costs of running a utility cabal not be reduced. Its hardly difficult is it, put prices up every year and get a moron to do the timing of the announcement. Also why am I paying for the totally inadequately installed UK cavity insulation at £60pa and the bills of the “poor” at £70pa when they can get their bennies anyway.

  54. 54
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    I see we are nearing the beeboid “Children in Need” telethon.

    With all the Savile revelations, it’s time ITV/SKY did a rival one called “Children in Need of protection from the pedos at the BBC”

  55. 55
    Guffaws says:

    Toynbee loves inventing bogeymen (bogeypersons?) to rail against. Her weekly comedy columns have more straw men than a Worzel Gummidge convention.

  56. 56
    Mark Oaten says:

    Sewage ! :)

  57. 57
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    Let’s hope they don’t ask me to quote a price for the job…..

    Royal Mail 527p-527p…..

  58. 58
    The Flying Spaghetti Machine says:

    Afghan!stan was NATO response to 9-11.

    The mong who decided to turn that mission into an attempt to rebuild the country has a lot to answer for.

  59. 59

    There is borderline unstable, severely mentally unstable and Alastair Campbell.

  60. 60
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Red Ed says I’m the greatest asshole asset he’s ever known.

  61. 61
    BBC 24 Hr rolling bollocks says:

    Hi George I can’t understand how you mistook that young fella dressed as a gangster/mugger for a gangster/mugger.
    Didn’t you see the Skittles in his pocket?

  62. 62
    What a plonker. says:

    A lowlife tosser who has the blood of many people on his hands.
    Just the fact that he is a nutter is no excuse and he should be held to account.

  63. 63

    A good liar is highly prized, nowadays.

  64. 64
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    And then there’s Gordon Brown :-)

  65. 65
    Fishy says:

    Clan Campbell:

    Gaelic Name: Caimbeul

    Crest: On a boar’s head erased fessways erased Or, armed Argent, langued Gules

    Motto: Ne obliviscaris ‘Do not forget’

    Badge: Bog Myrtle

    Lands: Argyll

    Origin of Name: Gaelic, Caimbeul from ‘Cam’ (wry) and ‘Beul’ (mouth)

    Wry (ironic, sardonic, satirical, mocking, scoffing, sneering, derisive, scornful, sarcastic, double-edged, dry) mouth, sums the bastard up.

  66. 66
    George Zimmerman says:

    I’m just like, buddy! I hate the darkies and I wanna kill ‘em all! Let’s join together and kill all n*****s! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaw!

  67. 67
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Don’t forget the penis envy Sigmund ;-)

  68. 68
    George Zimmerman says:

    Hi friends. I feel at home here amongst you decent white people who hate darkie motherfuckers just as much as me.

  69. 69
    Mark Wouters says:

    Tory Motto ,”By Crook and by Muck”

  70. 70

    The calculus at this level breaks all known systems. :-)

  71. 71
    Real Racist says:

    Fuck off Zimmerman, we don’t like Hispanics round ‘ere

  72. 72
    Jack Ketch says:

    On that subject, I wonder how many other people noticed how quickly Dame Sally Davis, England’s Chief Medical Officer, was shut up by BBC interviewers on both radio and television when she tried to explain many people with brown or dark skin were at risk from Rickets. Anyone who has been to school knows that, but it seems that BBC political correctness is more important than health.

  73. 73
    FFS says:

    To be fair Gordon at least realised he needed medication.

    Now Tony Blair……

  74. 74
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    Gordon Brown is beyond the bounds of analysis.

  75. 75
    Real Racist says:

    I keep tellin’ you George, you ain’t white. You is Hispanic, now fuck off.

  76. 76
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    Milk and dairy also puts them in a bad mood, apparently.

  77. 77
    FFS says:

    Are you Dutch? Because you don’t seem to have the hang of satire.

  78. 78

    I would refer you to J M E McTaggart and his study of time.

    We need an A-series, a B-series and a C-series of Gordon Brown. The C-series is not temporal because it is fixed forever…

    There is no doubt in my mind that most here will see what I am saying.

  79. 79

    I missed that! Details? :-)

  80. 80
    Anders Breivik says:

    Am I welcome?

  81. 81
    Geronimo says:

    Firewater no good for Braves.

  82. 82
    Engineer says:

    Of those two choices, it’s a toss-up which is the bigger terrorist.

  83. 83
    Skrungebottom says:

    Yes, a real live ‘bogey’man.

  84. 84
    Engineer says:

    Because a low-level enquiry would be a bit too close to the problem. Smelly stuff, that sewage.

  85. 85
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    I can speak Dutch, and before you ask, no, even though I’m two-faced I don’t talk double Dutch.

  86. 86
    Lord Stansted says:

    No mention of skin colour by the BBC here:


  87. 87
    Village Idiot says:

    ….And it’s systemic throughout the labour party.Total denial of the consequences of their previous actions,very strange behaviour!

  88. 88
    Engineer says:

    All the power companies have an obligation to their customers. (The fact that they’re all equally cr*p suggests that the customers are prepared to put up with a lot.) The fact that, despite the rhetoric, none of the power companies really makes excessive profits (their share prices would soar if they did) suggests that the market pretty well works.

    Why are the power companies putting their prices up? Because they’ve taken the commercial decision that they are at risk of having to operate at a loss for an unknown period if a Labour gummint happens in 2015, possibly threatening their futures. So they’re strengthening their balance sheets now to try to hedge the risk.

    Even though I don’t like their prices going up, I can’t really blame them.

    If you want someone to blame for rising energy prices now, look no further than Milipede Minor and his stupid threats to freeze energy prices in the near future.

  89. 89
    Polly Toynbeeeeeeeeee says:

    We socialists think lying is OK because the cause of socialism justifies it.

  90. 90
    danny nolan says:

    Red Ed says I’m the greatest asshole asset he’s ever known.

  91. 91
    George Orwell says:

    The end always justifies the means doesn’t it Polly? And the means is “a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

  92. 92
    Engineer says:

    Well, of that lot, only ‘bog’ seems really appropriate.

  93. 93
    Fishy says:

    A bit early for this, I know.

    It’s usually Guido’s night shift that put these on…but I couldn’t resist

  94. 94
    Gooey Blob says:

    Steady on, he can only count to twelvety.

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    And what Blair? Despite being THE biggest pathological liar in modern times, he does not have that much to worry about. Why?

  96. 96
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    That’s a bit like the police yesterday at committee. They extended to the D-Series :-)

  97. 97
    Len McClusterfuckski says:

    I would describe our attitude to Grangemouth as “going the extra mile”. Others would descibe it as “complete capitulation”.

  98. 98
    Management Psychologist says:

    It is common with people with corrupted value systems. It works like this:-

    young person grows up with a strong set of moral values
    young person becomes very idealistic
    young person goes into politics led by his ideals
    ideals become corrupted by the “end justifies the means” nature of politics
    moral foundation of person becomes corrupted
    insanity or depression results

    Alistair Cambell is being driven nuts by his own corrupt attempts at furthering the Labour cause when in the end Labour’s inherent corruption at all levels means it cannot possibly have a moral outcome. His only escape is a Jonathan Aitken style re-birth after admitting his own sins and being punished for them.

  99. 99
    Dame Sally up your alley says:

    We’ve just had to put the mobile Tuberculosis Xray truck back on the road. Of course it’s not aimed at any particular social groupings in inner London.

  100. 100
    You know it makes sense says:

    Sure Anders, we’ve got just the job for you. You’ll see his picture at the top of the page…

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    A “nutty”? Thank you for your deep insight into the world of mental illness.

  102. 102
    Dr. Ajit Lalvani, chair of infectious diseases at Imperial College London says:

    “There is a vast reservoir of TB that comes into this country silently. The mobile van is providing a great service, but until we test more widely, we will never get rid of TB again in the U.K.”

  103. 103
    stun says:

    I think Gordon erased the Or. Alky armed Al-Qaeda, Tongued Goolies?, or is my French fading over time?

  104. 104
    Hypocritical aresehole scum Campbell says:

    Shitty Scumbag!!!

  105. 105
    FFS says:

    Love the video of him on the BBC. By the look on his face you’d think he has been made to eat his own shit. What a 24 carat pillock.

    Not so easy running the country after all is it Len? Can’t even run a small industrial dispute. You and your monkey Millband can just fuck off.

  106. 106
    Giuseppe Foxtoni says:

    Yes, but it is very very close to the border with Tuscany. Anyway, rumour is she sold it.

  107. 107
    Burnley fan says:

    The next time I see him going in to Burnley’s ground, I’ll give him a f^cking good knock!

  108. 108
    Open Borders=epidemics says:

    cough, cough!

  109. 109
    Working For Uncle Sam says:

    Since NATO did a petty good job of bombing and smashing it up, do we not have a duty to rebuild the country?

    As for 9-11, did not Bush pin the blame on Iraq?

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

    Expect similar situations at other UK refineries and petro-chem plants, too.

    Shell sold the Stanlow complex a couple of years ago. I think BP sold Grangemouth about the same time. Why would companies like that sell off major assets unless they thought they were nearing the end of their economically productive lives?

  111. 111
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    18 year jail sentence for Liberal Democrat Larsen… they don’t half pick em’.

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    As for the planned nuclear power stations – are they not a “nice little earner”?

  113. 113
    Hugh Janus says:

    No idea, but it should guarantee that Liebour will lose plenty of votes.

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    So that’s was how you Stopped Worrying (about your high heating bills) and Learned To Love (the greedy) Power Companies.

  115. 115
    The Grim Reaper says:

    Get in the queue

  116. 116
    The Grim Reaper says:

    I will indenify you against costs arising

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    All this Wind “n” Rain! I blame Ed and the Labour Party.

  118. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Yet again, the hard-right have it arse-about-face. For, as most of us know, the greedy private power firms are only there to screw the public.

  119. 119
    Ed Balls says:

    T T Twelvety

  120. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Putin couldn’t call for Blair to visit the Hague because it might shed light on the fact that he too is a liar, and guilty of some pretty depraved political actions. Same with China.

    Everybody else is either in his club, or too weak to be listened to.

  121. 121
    Labour...mendacious expedient sociopaths says:

    miliband is too stupid and balls too arrogant to think the public will not remember campbell now hes reincarnated as a reformed sunday school thug

  122. 122
    Mark 0@ten says:

    Can anyone lend me some swimming trunks?

  123. 123
    broderick crawford says:

    he s SMILING …. for the first time in about 25 years

    reminds of his young open and innocent cucchyface photo when he was financial editor of the sunday mirror …. before he found spindoctoring as his ultimate saviour and lord .

  124. 124
    Labour...mendacious expedient sociopaths says:

    priceless to hear balls was upset when he was jeered for his post budget speech and blamed his stuttering for the mistakes … two faced lying slug
    needs his tongue tying permanently

  125. 125
    Labour...mendacious expedient sociopaths says:

    blair campbell mandelson brown balls miliband …. add prescott harman hain bryant and cooper and who says scum doesn’t rise

  126. 126
    Anonymous says:

    Bouncing rocks with JDAMS and chasing Al Qaeda out of the country was the NATO response to 911. It was ostensibly done to punish the Taliban and capture Bin Laden in that country. The cock up happened when the US took their eye off Afghanistan and decided to invade Iraq, thus letting the Taliban and Al Qaeda to easily creep back in.

    Has for being responsible for fixing what we break! What is the point of breaking it?

  127. 127
    Engineer says:

    Which part of “Even though I don’t like their prices going up…” did you struggle to understand?

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    And, Hitler did get the trains running on time.

  129. 129
    Anonymous says:

    But you forget to mention, “Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons”. Surely, anyone with a name like that needs help.

  130. 130
    Anonymous says:

    That said, My House In Umbria was a nicely understated film.

  131. 131
    Quotes to Note says:

    “Labour have wasted no time sticking the boot into Scottish Power after they put up energy prices by 8.6% this afternoon.”

  132. 132
    Lady Hamilton's Pussy says:

    When I emigrated to the US, a chest X-Ray was required before a visa was issued? Why not in the UK? Oh… Labour Immigration Policy.

  133. 133
    Calidius Eroticus says:

    There has been claims that the energy companies are working on such small margins that it is difficult to lay blame on them when they put up prices. I’m not sure that takes into account the profits they make across the whole cycle from extraction to delivery. Personally I suspect there is some creative business practices going on to disguise profits. In truth I would be surprised if there wasn’t. Starbucks do it.

    Has for Ed Milliband and his threat of a price freeze. Yes the man is a pillock, and economically literate in the same way as a ten year old would be with ten grand, but the power companies have been consistently hiking prices far longer than Ed has been threatening to fix them low.

    I remember years ago talking to a guy who was a former senior manager at Bass Breweries. He told me about a meeting that took place between the major breweries at that time to address the falling trade in fellas going to the pub. He told me that at that meeting it was decided that the best way to get men back into the pubs was to concentrate on getting the women in. That way the men would follow. And so was born the ladette. I refuse to believe that the energy companies are incapable of similar practices to maximise their profits.

    Has for blaming the customer, where else do you suggest they get their power from? I lived on a Narrowboat and it cost me thousands of pounds to fit it out with enough high end electrical equipment to enable a pale imitation of what I can get from the grid. I spent £4000 and a kettle still taxes my system.

    Ralph did a good job getting both his sons into a position where they could influence Britain in the way they have. The Soviets would have given him a medal for such an achievement, I hate the Hunt.

    The blame is spread farther than him though. And after reading your comments for a while I thought you got that.

  134. 134
    Calidius Eroticus says:

    Labour have an agenda beyond the day to day capitalistic, democratic running of the country, It’s called Socialism. We don’t have it it enough yet but they will break anything to ensure that we do in the long run.

    If the left (Labour) actually wrote down what they really want for Britain the public would fuck them off, and they know it.

  135. 135
    Calidius Eroticus says:

    10% rise because it is going to get cold and poor pensioners will inevitably die keeping prices high enough to keep better off pensioners in pension funds.

    9% reduction in lefty bollocks tax and a penguin might die, it probably won’t though.

    That leaves everybody 1% worse off than they were already. And if your a poor pensioner unable to pay, still dead from freezing or starvation. Dependent of course on whether they prefer to eat or stay warm.

  136. 136

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