November 6th, 2013

Burnham’s £189,637 Bottled Water Bonanza

Bercow interrupting Cameron just as he was about to slap down Andy Burnham – “I’m not going to take lectures from a govenrment who had patients drinking out of vases” – had the PM properly hitting back at the Speaker. That mooted 1922 letter never came, but the Tories are publicly bashing Bercow again this afternoon.

To be fair to Dave, attacking Labour on Mid Staffs is one of his best lines, so no wonder he was peeved. One that Bercow certainly wouldn’t let go uninterrupted: as neglected patients were forced to drink from vases, Burnham’s department spent £189,637 on bottled water when in government. The champers clearly wasn’t enough…


  1. 1
    Call me Dave, future failure says:

    My Common Purpose handlers wouldn’t let me shout at Bercow

  2. 2
    Liam Byrne says:

    There is no water left.

  3. 3
    Why the hatred says:

    So has Dave ‘put it’ to the right honourable squeakers wife or something?

  4. 4
    A Right Fucking Bastard says:

    Burnham- a fucking lying, murdering fucking Scouse turd.

    The mascara’d little jizzwad needs reminding every time he opens his self-righteous whingeing Liverpudlian gob just how many people were callously dispatched on his watch through appalling negligence and psychopathic disregard.

  5. 5
    Penfold says:

    Blatant interference……….Bercow has to go.

  6. 6
    Ma­qb­oul says:

    There’s more ayes than noes through filing through that one.

  7. 7
    Heidi Alexander MP says:

    Did you see me at PMQ’s? I was in black. So much more slimming don’t you think?

  8. 8
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Is there anyone who hasn’t ‘put it’ to Sloppy Sally ?

  9. 9
    I hate socialists. says:

    Sack the idiot.

  10. 10
    Butch Dave says:

    my message to the parasites, er, elite people of this great destroyed country:

    Stay calm and keep noncing!

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    I was hoping he interrupted Cameron’s script recital as its total rubbish he was spouting.

  12. 12
    Andy Burnham MP says:

    My policy of reducing the number of patients to match the available nurses at MidStaffs was genius – Communist Austerity at its finest.

  13. 13
    Let's fight it outin May says:

    Farage lays down the gaunlet, Rompoy doesn’t like it, lookslike he’s going to be sick.

  14. 14
    Sir William Wade says:

    It’s thirteen years since the last competent Speaker, Betty Boothroyd, retired.

  15. 15
    Ziggy's Pal says:

    PMQ didn’t see it! Seems same old crap served up by same old ineffectual crappers!!Burnham really has some serious questions to answer over the NHS and his apparent mishandling of it! Stop bullying little Bercow he’s doing his best!!

  16. 16
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    This is a good article from a few years back:

    To re-quote G’orbachev:

    ‘The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe’

  17. 17
    Matilda says:

    Definitely – and quickly, and as far away as possible. Perhaps he can accompany Gordon on his next round the world jaunt. Help carry the bags like. I’ll chip in a tenner towards his ticket.

  18. 18
    The difference between her and the Eiffel tower. says:

    Not everyones been up the Eiffel tower.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    “as neglected patients were forced to drink from vases”

    If you had actually read any of the reports on Mid Staffs you’ll find that no-one presented any evidence that this had happened.

    Good line – shame it’s a lie…a bit like most of Cameron’s lines.

  20. 20
    Matilda says:

    For dress sense advice we recommend you consult the Hackney hippo – who also still looks to be a tad chubby in black

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    “Burnham really has some serious questions to answer over the NHS and his apparent mishandling of it!”

    Burnham was only in post for less than a year.

    One of the very first things he did within a month of appointment was to order an inquiry into Mid Staffs.

    So…what was that “apparent mishandling” you were talking about?

  22. 22
    Dim dum dam says:

    I’m told you can get replacement brains at Tesco’s these days. They are along the meat aisle.

  23. 23
    Vase deferens says:

    He should have sacked the CEO and 20 colleagues first – pour encourager les autres.

  24. 24
    Justin Cantuar + says:

    I turned her down. St Anselm’s Chapel just wasn’t an appropriate place.

  25. 25
    Jock Windbag says:

    Ordeur ordeur ordeur

  26. 26
    dai in good health says:

    good cartoon – wasn’t it?

    the mid-staffs abattoir was no exception to prove misrule

  27. 27
    Labour only tell the truth says:

    42 million British citizens are forced to take out a pay day loan from a food bank, everyday.

  28. 28
    ... says:

    Dead men don’t talk and neither do dead patients.

  29. 29
    Food Bank Investor says:

    I make 600 potatoes a day in interest alone.

  30. 30
    Bill Quango MP- 9 says:

    I can’t be arsed cooking lunch today. I’ll get something from the food bank.
    Any one want anything while I’m down there?

  31. 31
    Bill Quango MP- 9 says:

    Who was minister before him!
    Thatcher ?

  32. 32
    JMF says:

    So relatives of the patients who made this complaint were lying?

  33. 33
    The bank of the Church of England says:

    We pay interest in peanuts or monkeys.

  34. 34
    Gunga Din says:

    Once Andy’s department started using so much bottled water I was out of a job.

    Not very socialist…

  35. 35
    Jokeline says:

    Little Johnny and Sall were in bed one night. Around 3am Johnny shook Sall to wake her up.

    “I’m just going for a p1ss” Said little Johnny

    “WTF are you waking me up to tell me that for?” Said Sall

    “I want you to keep my place” said little Johnny.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    “Burnham’s department spent £189,637 on bottled water when in government”

    Burnham was in office at the DoH from 5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010 by which time the cost of providing bottled water – not buying it – had reduced by about 2/3rds.

    That’s from your own link.

    Still, who cares about facts eh?

    Not you clearly – nasty little prick.

  37. 37
    Seek and yee shall find says:

    Alan Johnson – 28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009

  38. 38
    andy Bumthem Labour fag and MP says:

    fuck you Tory bastards. I don’t care about a load of whities dying in hospitals.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Go and look it up.

  40. 40
    Seek and yee shall find says:

    Thats right, blame poor Alan Johnson then you nasty little man.

  41. 41
    The relatives say otherwise says:

    You’re in denial like the rest of Labour…….even the Labour Party’s “House” Paper the Mirror stated that there were reports of this happening….

    At Stafford Hospital – where up to 1,200 patients died needlessly – there were numerous reports of desperate patients resorting to drinking from flower vases because they were so thirsty.

    Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at
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  42. 42
    Yummie says:

    Yeah, I’ll have a credit default swap or similar derivative

  43. 43
    Former unpaid intern for Owen Jones says:

    They could of afforded to pay me a wage then… the shits, and to think what that Owen Jones put me through…

  44. 44
    Stupid is, as stupid does says:

    What was Keith Vase at this hospital?

  45. 45
    Paniagua V5 says:

    Problem with them is that 30 minutes after eating one, not only are you still hungry but you have no funds for more food.

  46. 46
    Bilda Berger says:

    It’s like chucking a biro down Oxford Street. Apparently.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    The emperor has no clothes.

  48. 48
    Bloke says:

    The emperor has no clothes.

    He’ll get my vote.

  49. 49
    The BBC always reports, "The Government has...Labour said..." says:

    How come the BBC think that he is a ‘Health Colossus’ then, just like McDoom was an Intellectual One?

  50. 50
    neitherdeadnoralive says:

    The planted questions, the faux outrage, the evil little dwarf, all the makings of a pantomime !!!

  51. 51
    Discount Shopper says:

    They request donations of instant mash powder (vitamins: 0) rather than potatoes.
    Collection appealk at work now. Trouble is, if a thousand packs are donated and distributed, the line will be that 1000 more people now are forced to go to foodbanks, rather than 1000 more people have donated.

    The likes of Owen Jones discourage donations by making them a political axe.

  52. 52
    Owen's mum says:

    Could *have*

    And I’m more worried about what my Owen put through you

  53. 53
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    There seems to be a culture that has crept into the NHS over the years that nobody does the basics any more, my mother had a stroke and I accompanied her to the hospital in the ambulance, loads of tests were done over a period of several hours and being wheeled from one department to another, I collared a nurse and asked if it was possible for her to have a cup of tea, she said yes and disappeared never to return, anyway I found a water cooler down the corridor and made several trips over the hours. The point being if she had been admitted on her own (no relatives), despite all those admirable tests and assessments by doctors and consultants she would probably have been finished off by dehydration. Basics!.

  54. 54
    Burnham the bummer says:

    Oh I love you darling x x x

  55. 55
    Heidi Alexander MP says:

    I take my advice from fellow fattie Emily Thornberry.

  56. 56
    Observant says:

    Ordure ordure ordure

  57. 57
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Owen Jones really is a twat!

  58. 58
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Are there more gay mps than gay dj’s on radio 2 the country needs to know?

  59. 59
    I don't do do sick says:

    It went downhill when they amalgamated SEN and SRN and sent them all to university. Prior to this SRN(State Registered Nurse) were the “officer class” Staff Nurses, Sisters and beyond that required an entry level of at least 5 O levels and possible A levels whilst the SEN(State Enrolled Nurse) were the girls(and it was girls then)who were not so academically minded but had a vocation to care for people and did not want to undertake the more involved senior roles

  60. 60
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Has nobody told these idiots that bottled water is FAR more dangerous than tap water. Tap water is tested daily/hourly. Bottled water is subject to periodic tests only as per regulations which may be years in between.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    There you go then you’re sorted, and once you’ve got it installed you’ll realise how much rubbish Dave spouts regarding the Staffordshire health trust and his magic figures.

  62. 62
    Funny he never married says:

    Certainly one gay DJ less now.

  63. 63
    A Right Fucking Bastard says:

    Yeah, right on- I mean it’s not like any cvnt was fucking dying of starvation or dehydration on the twat Burnham’s watch, was it?

    Fucking prick yourself; in fact I promote you to the rank of self-righteous fucking Leftie jizzmop.

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Tell that to the relatives of the 3,000. I dare you !

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    It was nice of somebody to show Nigel where to sit wasnt it ?

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Something to do with doing feck all when he got the report back !

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    No, only the relatives of the man it happened to !

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    So you are saying that before Andy turned up, they were spending £568,811 on bottled water, and he reduced it by 2/3rds to £189,637? you stupid little prick.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Its 2013, nursing is now totally different from 30 years ago as treatments improve and patients are sicker and older requiring more technical expertise from nurses.Most profession in the NHS now require degree level training, DR`s, Physio`s, Speech therapists, Occupational theraists, Dieticains etc etc Why should Nurses who spend far more time with patients than any of these groups receive a lesser training ? it doesnt make sense.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    I dont know Gay Brian, but nobody else seems to give a monkeys but you !

  71. 71
  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    In fact patients suspecte of having a stroke should not eat or drink until their swallow reflex has been assessed by a specialist nurse or a speech therapist.I hope your Mother didnt aspirate any liquid in to her lungs when you gave her a drink.

  73. 73
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Can’t have a drink until assessed by a speech therapist, LOL.

  74. 74
    Former unpaid intern for Owen Jones says:

    Mrs Jones, if I was to tell you what your little darling did to me I would need a solicitor…
    But I can tell you he was very cruel, I think he has small boy syndrome…

  75. 75
    Owen's Dad says:

    Whats the little prick been up to this time love? Xxx

  76. 76
    Former unpaid intern for Owen Jones says:

    Ps: it’s Mum not mum

  77. 77
    helpful suggestion says:

    Tory MP’s and Spads need to read Guido.
    Everyone here picked up on Bercow’s blatant
    bias years ago.

  78. 78
    Snoop Doggy Woof Woof says:

    That equates to 2,334 litres per MP.

    Calculation based on Aldi spring water @ .125p per litre
    divided by 650 MPs

  79. 79
    The BBC always reports, "The Government has...Labour said..." says:

    You are Dr Spock and I claim my 5 Dilithium Crystals, you quack!

  80. 80
    Bluto says:

    But the basic nursing care required – feeding, providing water, cleaning, assisting with bodily functions has never changed. Modern “degree level” nurses (especially the fat-arsed Thornberry types in baggy green pjs) seem to think those duties are beneath them and it is that care which has so badly deteriorated. Contract cleaners could never be expected to ensure wards are kept clean in the way nurses used to do as part of a very strictly enforced regime invigilated by senior staff down.

    The results are obvious. The profession is in crisis but refuses to see the wood for the trees.

  81. 81
    Gideon says:

    Hors D’oeuves? Yes please.

  82. 82
    ANDY BURNEM says:

    We’ll just have to find another way.

  83. 83
    Maoandco. says:

    They’re all graduates from the Frankfurt School. No German spoken here mate.

  84. 84
    Jimmy says:

    “attacking Labour on Mid Staffs is one of his best lines”

    The sad thing is that’s actually true.

  85. 85
    Gordon F Brown says:

    I’m an ex-politician, so it’s 649.

    Perhaps I was never a real politician. I just couldn’t hold a proper job down and wrecking the economy was the easy option…

  86. 86
    John Tandy says:

    Surprised Burnham is still in place good for the Tory’s though……

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Why do you say “degree level” regarding Nursing ? as though they shouldnt worry their pretty little heads about such things ? You are a fool. I would guess that your dear old Mum was an SRN, and has dined out on whingeing about todays nurses for ages ! They wouldnt lasr 5 minutes today !

  88. 88
    Anonymous says:

    BLUE— google it, genius. Its true.

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    As is still having Milliband as leader, he was hilarious yesterday. Since the fiasco with his Dad, he now behaves like an hysterical teenage girl all the time,he sounded as though he was about to burst into tears at yesterdays PMQ`s !

  90. 90
    The Critic says:

    Come on Jimmy, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Never more true than in the current HoC

  91. 91
    Brownbadger says:

    Mr Anonymous, your name and address please.

    I wish to compare your brains with those on sale at Tesco

  92. 92
    Brownbadger says:

    Mr Anonymous, your name and address please.

    You and I should meet up for a drink sometime soon

  93. 93
    Bluto says:

    Er, because you mentioned the need for “degree level training” for modern nurses!

    Your guess would be wrong. But I am old enough to compare the hospital care I received under the old regime with the “care” I received from “modern”, “degree level” nurses more recently. Your reply has dodged my point and merely retaliated with an attempt to slag off veteran nurses and to slag me off. Arrogant, ageist and abusive.

    I don’t think it is I who is the fool in this exchange . . .

  94. 94
    sailor says:

    Or as we say at Sea, It’s “like throwing a sausage up a working alleyway”

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    How could they have drunk water from vases when vases were removed from the wards years ago? Also “as many as 1″ person may have died needlessly at Midstaffs… but don’t let the facts prevent you from spinning!

  96. 96
    Lord Bumblesnitch says:

    So, Nigel, Guy Fawkes passed on the formula for dynamite to Alfred Nobel?

  97. 97
    Reality Check says:


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