October 25th, 2013

Updated SpAd List

Yet more Special Advisers announced today. You can read Guido’s updated list here.

The SpAd pay bill for 2012/13: a cool £7.2 million.



  1. 1
    who benefits? says:

    No price too high for our ruling class

  2. 2
    SOCEU says:

  3. 3
    Lee Jasper says:

    I like people who call a SpAd a SpAd

  4. 4

    I have only just risen from my siesta but this makes me want to return.

  5. 5
    David Cameron says:

    With that number of spads I can’t understand why Clegg is so useless.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Why do they need SpAds;can’t they think for themselves?

  7. 7
    Vote UKIP - don't let your granny freeze says:

    Is he expecting the Tories to win the next election then?

  8. 8
    broderick crawford says:

    congratulations to the establishment

    not one non english name among them at least not until you get to column E.

    with the possible exception if will de payer …. obviously a clegg dutch plant put into alexander s office to ensure he doesn t go fully native .

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    7.2 mill to cover up the fact our MPs have no fucking clue?

    The sad thing is their SpAds are clearly as out of touch as they are. What a waste of money.

  10. 10
    Rubicube says:

    Why should we elect anyone who needs a special adviser?
    Once upon a time the Civil Servants were the advisers and they were usually people who had experience. Whereas the special advisers of today seem to be still wet about the ears.

  11. 11
    It's only our money says:


    Key elements of the new Section 17 effective from July 1 2013

    67p per mile for all car users irrespective of engine size up to 3,500 business miles and 24p a mile thereafter. ( AA calculate 45P is sufficient )*
    An annual calculation of motoring costs and a twice yearly calculation of fuel costs.
    Removal the Public Transport Rate (currently 24p) replaced with a Reserve Rate which will be 50% of the single rate (33p in July 2013).
    The full mileage rate to be paid on journeys for training.
    Pedal Cycle rate to rise to 20p a mile. ( the Tebbit rate )
    Motor Cycle rate to rise to 50% of the single rate (33p).
    Carrying bulky equipment 3p a mile.
    Passenger allowance 5p a mile.
    The single rate calculation will also be used for reimbursing staff for attendance at required training courses. Currently this travel is reimbursed at the lower Public Transport Rate.

    *I hope the inland revenue know of this ” Benefit in kind “

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Whilst its refreshing to see someone who is pro EU admit the institution’s political leanings for once, can anyone explain why MacShame thinks the politics of other nations’ governments have anything to do with how the British public would vote in a referendum that we’re blatantly never going to get?

  13. 13
    Hugh Guv says:

    Er, I think you mean 2015 Denis.

  14. 14
    Markwouters says:

    Hello ReichstagRacoon here !
    Yet again we see the Tory party in confusion “damned here” and “damned there” and “damned everywhere” !
    Come on lets have a revolution on a Great and Grand scale, lets topple the Rightwing establishment with our leftwing Willpower and Have real and rightfull future ,as free men and women to decide our own futures without being slaves to the corrupt and wornout Rightwing Political elite who see us as Powerless und useless ,How wrong they are,

  15. 15
    Little Bo Peep says:

    When is your date with the Pentonville gates?

  16. 16
    Little Bo Peep says:

    “Clegg Dutch Plant”? Do they call him “Tulip” in the office?

  17. 17
    NOT nellnewman says:

    Bob is still busy on the last page!



  18. 18
    Ripped Off says:

    67p per. mile! Are they all driving Bentleys?

  19. 19
    Little Bo Peep says:

    The blokes are on the blower to their stockbrokers and the bird is yakking with her hairdresser. How much do these people get paid? (and why?)

  20. 20
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Humvees, actually. Fully armoured of course.

  21. 21
    FFS says:

    We didn’t give a flying feck what the Czechs thought in the 30s and we aren’t about to start now.

  22. 22
    Speaker Bercow says:

    Green, Levy are the names of the two Rabbis at my synagogue.

  23. 23
    FFS says:

    Anyway, what exactly does this he mean by “left headed”????

  24. 24
    FFS says:

    It’s not spads it’s spuds. They love spuds.

  25. 25
    Typical coalition SpAd says:

    Just look in the Guardian, it’s all in there.

  26. 26
    No Minister! says:

    Aren’t senior civil ‘servants’ and permanent secretaries supposed to advise ministers. If not why are we paying them?

  27. 27
    FFS says:

    67p per mile. 1 mile per minute. That’s £40 per hour.

    I should give up the nursing a just drive around a bit.

  28. 28
    fernando's pants says:

    I’ll bet Cameron is missing Jimmy O’Shagnasty….

  29. 29
    Tom Catesby says:

    Of course the inland revenue know about this benefit in kind, they’re probably claiming it!

  30. 30
    Chukkey says:


    domain name still available

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

    All of them useless nonentities who will be gone in 18 months time anyway.

    Tick tock, tick tock.

    Vote early,vote often,vote UKIP :-)

  32. 32

    … return to my siesta rather than return to cold, wet, taxed Blighty!

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    It appears that the laugh is on you :)

  34. 34
    Rumpboy and Borrosomuchmore says:

    Our great revolutionary one party state marches on!

  35. 35

    If he is in prison, then he won’t get a vote!

  36. 36
    FFS says:

    £0.67 per mile. So if you are driving on the M4 at 60 miles per hour, that’s a mile per minute. That works out at £40 per hour driving. And that’s not taxed. So its worth about £60 per hour gross.

    Why wouldn’t you just look for excuses to drive up and down the motorway all day?

  37. 37
    The Taxpayer says:

    Sack them all.

    Any minister who is incapable of working without a SPAD is unfit for office and should resign.

  38. 38
    The Gallery says:

    Any totty on the list?

  39. 39
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    Clever clogs.

  40. 40
    fernando's pants says:

    Good question.


    Clare Foges.

  41. 41
    Memo from Ed Davey says:

    I hope it is six month fixed term contracts all round with pensions contribution based only.

  42. 42
    The Taxpayer says:

    What a bunch of crooks.

  43. 43
    Anders Breivik says:

    Hi friends! I feel at home here with such decent, like minded people.

  44. 44
    ex pat ex higher rate taxpayer says:

    I thought Dave operated a strict non nooky policy.

    After all he is old enough to remember what happened with Bonking Ces Parkinson and we do not want any repeat performances with so much work needing to be done for the people.

  45. 45
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Aren’t you a deluded legger?

  46. 46
    FFS says:

    Funny but after he shot a lot of socialists in Norway I thought they would get the sympathy vote but in September this year the right-wing parties got in on an anti-immigration ticket.

  47. 47
    Pete says:

    I thought we elected MPs not SPADS, but we get a SPADS ideas inflicted upon us, if an MP is incapable of thinking for themselves, how do they get elected.

  48. 48
    RomaBob..trafficking a kiddie or two! says:

    Have they delivered on any promise?

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    More likely they call him “cap”

  50. 50
    r supward says:

    because the electorate are incapable of thinking for themselves?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Why would anybody place any reliance on the advice of someone called ‘Meg Powell-Chandler’, Has (on reflection must) be a complete non-entity. No wonder we are in the mire.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Great name though.

  53. 53
    Cock Piss Cameron says:

    Learn to read broders you idiot.
    Peyer..not Payer
    The only one paying for him is fools like you!

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    What about James Wild who works for Michael Fallon?

  55. 55
    RickyTshed says:

    It will be spun by downing street as being Right bodied

  56. 56
    Nonny Mouse says:

    It is reassuring to know that we have ‘Spad’ helping to run Downing Street who on Myspace calls herself “meggie_poopoo” and whose profile photo on Soundcloud is this:


    Whilst at Oxford Uni OUSUGossipblog described her as an “air-head socialite” and say she was also known as “CCC”. Wonder what that stands for? Answers on a postcard…

  57. 57
    done-up-as-a-kipper says:

    watch out for the dreaded “gate arrest”

  58. 58
    capt_Smythe says:

    he’s obviously on a different planet… “left headed” WTF

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