November 4th, 2013

Tory Education SpAds Move On

Henry de Zoete becomes the second Gove SpAd to quit in as many months. With Observer front page veteran Dom Cummings off to open a new free school, now James Forsyth reports de Zoete is leaving to give a successor time to settle in before 2015. Guido hears Toby Helm is being lined up to replace him…


  1. 1
    Mitch says:


  2. 2
    Team Gove..Energy and Ideas in Action says:

    Got to be one of the best teams in Westminster to work for.

  3. 3
    David Cameron says:

    How interesting not.

  4. 4
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    That’s pretty funny,Mitch. Been in any working men’s clubs recently?

  5. 5
    Zebedee says:

    Never employ a man with three E’s and a Z in his name.

  6. 6
    Meanwhile away from The Government's best minister over to Dave's tame pet Minister says:

  7. 7
    Anon & Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    You missed out the word “NOT” in your statement, inserted in between
    Westminster & to that would make perfect sense then…….

    Just trying to be helpful with my comment …….& of course all within the rules…
    what else……

  8. 8
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  9. 9
    Reader says:

    For once I agree with you.

  10. 10
    Big Yawnies says:

    Indeed. I think I’ll go and rearrange my compost heap.

  11. 11
    Reader says:

    Michael Gove is looking more and more like Tory Boy every day

  12. 12
    Squeaker Bercow says:

    The man who thinks women should clean behind the fridge more is live with Julia at 2.30! Get your calls in for Godfrey Bloom 08456060973

  13. 13
    Ebeneezer says:

    Not when you can get 4 Es and a z.

  14. 14
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    It is a little interesting, considering that the previous to resign from Gove, Cummings, was advising staff to use GMail rather than internal departmental.

    Knowing now how GMail is completely compromised by NSA, and that the advice to use non-secure communication was strange in the first place, one suspects that Gove’s or his department has been deliberately targeted.


    These gaps should be tightened as such actions cannot be in the public interest.

  15. 15
    Britain RIP says:

    Look, we have armed coppers. Can they just find this dirty muzee who’s on the run and put 40 rounds into him? Otherwise, if caught alive, he’s likely to get a free council house and a lifetime of bennies.

  16. 16
    No resemblance says:

  17. 17
    Godfrey Bloom says:

    This article is very much about scrubbing out the chiller box.

    Behind the fridge is very dirty indeed, indeed it smells like something is dying.

  18. 18
    Zebedee says:

    Surely, his request to use Gmail was in order to avoid departmental leaks rather than concerns about international espionage?

  19. 19
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Cover story for a false flag to enable armed police to start putting clips in the heads of those politically opposed to Dave’s new little regime ?

  20. 20
    PC World says:

    Humour failures, very welcome to phone in.

  21. 21
    Sally Bercow says:

    Don’t u hate avin a ichy bum?

  22. 22
    Baldy Watch says:

    Who’s the baldy in the back?

  23. 23
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    My brain now hurts.

  24. 24
    Britain RIP says:

    Tinfoil in need of tweaking?

  25. 25
    spanows says:

    Is the Toby Helm thing a joke? He’s further left than most in parliament.

  26. 26
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Yes, I am sure it was, and that is why Government spent a lot of money on a secured electronic communication system rather than just save money at the outset by using G’Mail / Y’ahoo or one of the others.

    How does communicating on a foreign owned service via servers located in a foreign country help reduce leaks ? :-)

  27. 27
    Cabbage says:

    Looks like the podium for winner of Biggest Slaphead of the Year.

  28. 28
    Zebedee says:

    Because a casual departmental leaker wouldn’t either be able or inclined to trawl foreign servers. You might be making them seem more competent than they actually are – the leaker, I mean.

  29. 29
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Are you Dick Crossman’s illegitimate great grand daughter?

  30. 30
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Yes, but really, what is there to leak? Is ejerkashun reform really international espionage material? Unless somebody is trying to interfere with the international education stats…

  31. 31
    Little Bo Peep says:

    Why are they so sure it was him? He might still be hiding in one of the broom cupboards.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Those seats are empty because the men who were sitting in them gave them up to feminists who then had a fit of the vapours and flounced out.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Be really radical and don’t appoint Spads. It’s like paying someone to do your homework.

  34. 34
    The three nonces says:

    More like paying someone to bend over and take it up the shitter.

  35. 35
    The three nonces says:

    Too right – especially if you want a fast track to a red raw arsehole.

  36. 36
    Eeyore says:

    Ye gods – what a weird-looking bunch. Good job they’re not running anything important…..

    What, it’s SCHOOLS???


  37. 37
    HEARDITALL says:

    I agree you just know that you’re looking into the face of a c*nt!

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