December 2nd, 2013

Twigg Adviser to Spin for Free Schools

Labour’s education policy has been a mess since 2010, not least because of union puppets like Lisa Nandy constantly undermining Stephen Twigg. In the clearest signal yet of what the old Shadow Education Secretary really thought about academies and free schools, we must look to the career of his spinner Alex Bigham.

Instead of sticking around to work for Tristram Hunt for another eighteen months of writing dreary press releases about the perils of free schools, Blairite Bigham is off to education charity ARK Schools. And what do they do? 

Only help to set up and run free schools across the country, of course. They even proudly display a glowing testimonial from Bigham’s old enemy Michael Gove on their website. Another one sees the light…


  1. 1
    P l e b says:

    If we had a partial cull of fat-cat bankers and a representative sample of tax-dodging parasites, perhaps we could see real science before our eyes and understand whether their wealth would be redistributed and whether this would have a positive or negative effect on the economy and social cohesion.

    Much better than listening to the hyperbole of the rich who say the rich have to have more to be motivated to get richer, and a true sociological, economic and anthropological experiment that could pave the way for real progress in the definition of a fully-functional socio-economic model

  2. 2
    The Public says:

    Don’t listen to what they say. Look at what they do.

  3. 3
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Ed Miliband’s attack on Wonga goes tits up.

  4. 4
    Diane Abbott - Labour Hypocrite says:

    Free schools? I much prefer one’s that you have to pay for.

  5. 5
    Q says:

    You are Russell Brand and I claim my 5 free spacio-temporal logic stickers

  6. 6
    Ed Miliband says:

    It’s the right thing to do.

  7. 7
    Tony "Nine Houses" Blair says:

    One can never have enough wealth.

  8. 8
    JH348320948230903 says:

    I feel that in the interests of investigative journalism we need to have a picture of Ms Nandy.

    Grooof. Built to take a bit of punishment I’d say.

  9. 9
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Is that just an old picture or what Geedes, as it is black an white?

  10. 10

    The poor will always be with us because Labour need their votes and the Cons need the cheap labour.
    Healthy wealthy citizens are no use to either side.
    Vote UKIP

  11. 11
    Silas Marner says:

    That’s the trouble with the fucking country. There’s too many fuckers spinning. Where are the fucking weavers?

  12. 12
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Ed and Stella will close these bastards down, unlike Cameron, who is on a backhander from them.

  13. 13
    Soviet Union 1917-1991 says:

    “we could see real science before our eyes and understand whether their wealth would be redistributed and whether this would have a positive or negative effect on the economy and social cohesion.”


    It’s been tried and tested.

    Doesn’t work.

    Were you not paying attention?

  14. 14
    Oy,yoy,yoy. says:

    GOLD 1,236.40 -14.20 -1.14%

    This is the beginning of the end.

  15. 15
    Steve Miliband says:

    I thought Terry Wonga had retired?

  16. 16
    Durrrrrrr says:

    Funny how PayDay loan companies sprang up and thrived under Labour.

    How many did Labour close down, out of interest?

  17. 17
    Durrrrrrr says:

    So you’ve been saying for the last three years.

  18. 18
    Tooting Tony from Tel Aviv, War Envoy says:

    I hope this chap is being paid a fortune by the charity

    Charities are there to be milked like I do

    Have no scruples, Alex

    We are all New Labour spinners, remember, and rip off merchants

    And useless except for conning the Great British Public

  19. 19
    Joe's Blog says:

    Badgers versus Owen Paterson is an unfair contest – for Owen Paterson! The badgers will win hands(paws) down!

  20. 20
    The Public says:

    He’s a poseur. A lot of lefties are.

  21. 21
    Russell B Rand says:

    I agree.

    You cannot define yourself in reference to other external coordinates. You must define yourself internally with your relationship with a higher entity. Think of yourself as a manifestation of some higher thing, some higher frequency. This is the visible realization.

  22. 22
    The facts on the ground says:

    Stella won’t close anything down, far from it. Since she began campaigning aginast pay day loan companies, the number operating in her constituency has probably trebled.

  23. 23
    Dave, the tourist in China says:

    I have seen some weavers today

    Quite remarkable

    People actually making things

    I never see that in Britain – just paper shufflers and card sharpers in the City…

    The rest of Britain is just lots of hot air

    Mind you I am a hot air balloon myself – getting fatter by the day…

  24. 24
    genghiz the kahn says: is a British payday loan company offering “short-term, high-cost credit”. The company was founded in 2006 by Errol Damelin and Jonty Hurwitz. Damelin is the Chairman and Niall Wass is the Chief Executive.

    Brown and Labour had 4 years to deal with this form of lending, did nothing, looked the other way, and let it thrive.

  25. 25
    nellnewman says:

    They may have existed but their use has risen exponentially since this illegitimate government came to power. Good documentary on the BBC about this.

  26. 26
    JH348320948230903 says:

    Buy it when it is cheap.

    Sell it when it is expensive.

    Problem is, people panic and do the opposite.

  27. 27

    Smart geez, he twigged it, like-

  28. 28
    The Lord Mandelbum says:

    Alеx Biggun is very pretty, isn’t he?

  29. 29
    Dave, "I never had a plot" says:

    I was promoting Tata Motors today

    Those Range Rovers and things that Slotgob and I love

    All good for the Indian economy, I suppose

    Do you think the Chinese know that Range Rover and Jaguar belong to the Indians?

  30. 30
    Arm Yourselves 2014 says:

    In the forthcoming BBC documentary a guy borrowed a grand and in a very short space of time owed five grand. That is usury at its worst.
    Come the revolution the necks of the directors of these companies will be introduced to lamp posts and piano wire

  31. 31
    Russell B Rand says:

    ..of it.

  32. 32
    Scumwatch UK says:

    If you’d been to a free school you might know how to spell the plural of “one”.

  33. 33
    Sir Terry Wogna says:

    No I’m still here

  34. 34
    Gordon Brown says:

    All of a sudden I feel very emotional.

    GOLD 1,230.00 -20.60 -1.65%

  35. 35
    Steve Miliband says:

    Hand built by Roberts.

  36. 36
    Russell B Rand says:

    Sorry. I was using my Dictaphone.

  37. 37
    Fatty says:

    Looks as though she’s dodged a few salads.

  38. 38
    Russell B Rand says:

    Robert’s what?

  39. 39
    Tom Daley says:

    Can’t say as I’ve noticed..

  40. 40
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Bang bang.

  41. 41
    smig says:

    @ genghis

    “Short-term high-cost DEBT”.

  42. 42
    Squeaker Bercow says:

    I thought I was cute :)

  43. 43
    Andrew Sachs says:

    Use your finger then like anybody else you dirty little slag.

  44. 44
    P l e b says:

    China is offering to buy and take control of our electrical power supply and rail transportation systems. Dave Cameron is letting them do it.

    He should be talking about Britain being able to make trains and build rail systems. Britain should be able to build power stations using British know-how and British labour. That would create wealth for the country, create jobs and create skills that would make Britain strong. That would take real leadership, something Cameron lacks.

  45. 45
    Arm Yourselves 2014 says:

    The Tories hate democratic socialism, but they clearly identify with communism: the elite class profit from the downtrodden.

  46. 46
    Tristram Hunt(Prime Minister Designate) says:

    You don’t think a VAT cut might kick start people to consume?

  47. 47

    I’m worried that a VAT cut with inspire many people to spend what they don’t have, not as if people don’t need enough of an excuse at Christmas to get into even more debt!

  48. 48
    altruism in industry says:

    It’s quite a clever notion. Somebody pays you to let them have something and then they give it you back and you sell it again.

  49. 49
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Must be Wonga’s newspeak for borrowing, bit like Brown’s use of ‘investment’, opposite of what it really means.

  50. 50
    Small businessman says:

    Good thinking

    The only problem is that Britain’s own nuclear power industry has been destroyed. Engineer explained that here quite clrealy some time ago. And it is difficult to recreate when all the talent has been dispersed or retired.

    The French nuclear industry is in danger now, as well…for other reasons..mainly Korean and Chinese…

    Making trains is similar. The French, Germans, Japanese and Chinese have taken over, with the whole chain from locomotive to track….and you have to be global now to achieve the necessary economies of scale to be competitive…

    Britain took a non-industrial path under Thatcher because of the unions and the decision to concentrate on finance and services which was a dodgy choice as we now know

    But I agree Dave could not run even a pissup in the proverbial brewery ….and the thought of Empty Ed even trying makes me reach for the mindbleach…

  51. 51
    Silas Marner says:

    Arm Yourselves 2014

    It’s called consumer choice, or do you think people should be saved from themselves and you are the man to do it?

  52. 52
    Not Blowing Whistles says:

    Oh dear, Dave, please don’t blow it. Your trade delegation includes a journalist who works for a US-owned anti-Chinese rag and the head of a pharmaceutical company that’s in the middle of an unsavoury corruption scandal in China.

    China may be politely optimistic about a trade deal, but they won’t be impressed by a rag-tag bunch of corporate cronies. Reading the Chinese press, it’s clear that Dave is the beggar at the table. This is not time for his usual pomposity: did an Eton education and a PPE (Oxon) teach you nothing about diplomacy, Dave?

  53. 53
    Silas Marner says:


  54. 54
    Carney of Goldman Sachs says:

    I want people to spend what they do not have

    I believe in debt like all my arsehole predecessors who believed in abolishing “Boom and Bust”

    Until the mother and father of all busts overwhelms them….

  55. 55
    Hoo Flung Deng says:

    Could we not have a bit more from Guido about mass murderer Bliars Ugandan predilections!.

    To make up for NI censorship!

  56. 56
    How I blew up Britain by Mad Gay Gordons says:

  57. 57
    Traitor Rusbridger says:

    One can never have too many grands.

  58. 58
    (optional) says:

    Ministers are under pressure to bring in new anti-begging laws to cope with an anticipated invasion of aggressive street beggars from Romania and Bulgaria. They have been pressed by five local government chiefs and a police and crime commissioner for stricter laws so that intrusive hustlers can be arrested and kept off the streets. In a letter to Home Office Minister Norman Baker, they warned of ‘professionalised, aggressive begging’ which hovers ‘inconveniently, or perhaps conveniently, between high-level anti-social behaviour and low-level criminality’.

  59. 59
    a non says:

    Branching out?

  60. 60
    Liam Byrne in 2010 says:

    There’s no money left.

  61. 61
    The British public says:

    Get it sorted.

  62. 62
    Goldman dog eats Bloomberg dog says:

    I love this one

    Goldman at war with Bloomingberg

    Circular firing squads on coke fuelled corrupt gangsters on Wall Street anyone?

  63. 63
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Yes there will be an in/out referendum before the 2015 General Election,and I will give a cast iron guarantee, promise, Scout’s honour!

  64. 64
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I just point out how wrong this is.

  65. 65
    Light touch regulation says:

    There are no banks left either

    They are in tatters FFS

  66. 66
    Bangng the Blue Skies says:

    And Dave has taken along Samantha’s step Dad Astor….

    Famous for banging the wife of Dave’s ex Guru, Blue Skies Hilton, who has since buggered off to California in disgust's_West_Wing_wannabes

    Bound to raise eyebrows that…

  67. 67
    Another Person says:

    And another EU apologist…

  68. 68
    genghiz the kahn says:

    1792 Macartney goes to China on a mission to open up China to British exports.

    2013 Cameron goes to China to plead for money and open up opportunities for Chinese Exporters.

  69. 69
    One Term Dave says:

    Greeting from China. My main message to the Chinese is that Britain is open for benefits. We do not want Chinese people to become a burden on their state so we will be relaxing immigration rules so that they can travel to Britain to take advantage of our wonderful benefit system.

  70. 70
    Fook Yew Dave says:

    Why should good Chinese investors pour money into failing UK economy? Can you guarantee that Labour won’t seize our assets Mr Camoron?

  71. 71
    One Term Dave says:

    My Christmas promise is that I will be even tougher on immigration than when I last promised to be tough on immigration.

  72. 72
    Russell B Rand says:

    He put it in. Twice.

    Then he repeated this every time Gordon said, “No more boom and bust.”

  73. 73
    Doxan of Green Dick says:

    It is often organised crime. Shut down the Big Issue. The scam-artists’ friend.

  74. 74
    Edukashun Edukashion Educachun says:

    Isn’t the plural of one, two?

  75. 75
    Historian says:

    Plus the odd Opium Wars

    And burning down the Summer Palace like good British savages

    Looting ans pillaging of the worst order, which the Chinese have not forgotten

  76. 76
    Fook Yew Dave says:

    Chinese investors are worried that Labour will seize our assets.

    Emily Witless witters on about unedifying unsubtle methods.

    Camoron up shit creek without a paddle.

  77. 77
    Ed Millionaireband says:

    You can never have enough socialism

  78. 78
  79. 79
    Big Uggie says:

    Labour troll or UKIP loon?

  80. 80
    Spineless Dave Con-fucius Leader says:

    Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.

  81. 81
    Spineless Dave Con-fucius Leader says:

    Man with two holes in pocket does not feel two cocky.

  82. 82
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Maria_MillerMP ‏@Maria_MillerMP 12m
    RT: @Number10gov – @PremierLeague & Chinese Super League partnership for #football skills and training #UKChina

    England footballers skills, training – the woman knows sweet FA.

  83. 83
    Spineless Dave Con-fucius Leader says:

    You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil has to be lead.

  84. 84
    Spineless Dave Con-fucius Leader says:

    Time flies like the wind, and fruits flies like bananas.

  85. 85
    Mr.Speaker says:

    I want to know, and I’m sure the public do, what price should we be paying per kWh for gas and electric. Mr.Ed Miliband.

  86. 86
    Normal Guy says:

    You are both wrong

  87. 87
    Cor Blimey says:

    Got the first 3 letters right of your instrument used

  88. 88
    Spleen bursting jokes says:

    Tumble weeds blowing buy.

  89. 89
    Pop Pychiatrist says:

    Ah. Best to have him sectioned, then.

  90. 90
    Spleen bursting jokes says:

    Tumble weeds blowing by.

  91. 91
    Spleen bursting jokes says:

    by not buy

  92. 92
    Boring says:

    Football, yawn.

  93. 93
  94. 94
    Mao ze Tongue says:

    Anyone having a go at Twigg is a friend of mine.
    Silly bugger should be cleaning toilets not in Westminster.

  95. 95
    Ed Milibiscuit says:

    How should I know? I send the bill to the taxpayer.

  96. 96
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Flint must have the highest carbon footprint among MPs. Carbon Black hair dye.

  97. 97
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    Poverty is a direct result of mass immigration. Poverty not only increases due to all the poor people coming here, either to work or take advantage of the benefit system (or both) but immigration takes away all the jobs from those already here and forces wages down. Immigration should therefore be hated by socialists. The fact that it isn’t shows what fucking idiots socialists are.

  98. 98
    urgent question says:

    Well you tell us we are paying too much, so it should follow that you know how much we should be paying.

  99. 99
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    Note to Pleb:

    “The UK’s manufacturing sector picked up further in November to its strongest level for almost three years, according to a closely watched survey.

    The Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also showed employment in the sector grew.

    The news adds to other recent data showing that the UK economy is putting the economic crisis years behind it.”

  100. 100
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    The last thing Dave needs is a lesson from a socialist.

  101. 101
    (optional) says:

    Wrong. OVO reckon wholesale prices have reduced, so why the 10% increases?

    Gas and electric retailers are just an unnecessary middle man adding costs – if they own the generators then they are just parasites.

  102. 102
    Mao ze Tongue says:

    Great one.
    I reiterate:
    “As Shadow Energy Secretary I feel I’m doing my bit
    towards conserving energy beacuse (sic) when I speak
    people switch off”.

  103. 103
    DaveyWalli says:

    Theresa is on it yesterday

  104. 104
    Tosser Dave says:

    Man with holes in two pockets plays Newton’s cradle

  105. 105
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Perhaps I had better get my coat and leave the bunker ?

    Via Guy News Room Latest @YouGov: Lab 38%, Con 30%, LD 10%, Ukip 15% Implied Labour majority : 98 seats

  106. 106
    Hilda in theFox & werrity says:

    So Cameron has gone out to kowtow with a corrupt leadership, who blocks media because it reveals uncomfortable facts about them.

    I’m sure the Chinese regime is not going to be in the least interested in the protests of the spineless Cameron. I’m sure the Chinese regime just perceives a weak sycophant. Someone willing to sell us bit by bit

  107. 107
    Archbish-c*nterbury says:

    Its the Christian thing to do.

  108. 108
    Enron says:

    We’ve been here before. Check out the involvement of the bankers in inflating these bills and cycling them through offshore accounts

  109. 109

    Oh! Naice one innit!

  110. 110
    Will says:

    lisa nandy another mp who has spent her time at thinktanks etc and not had a real job

  111. 111
    Vazoline says:

    There’s nothing left – not even integrity in Parliament. It’s disgraceful but at least I’m assured of my much deserved honour in January.

  112. 112
    Potemkin Village says:

    man who walk sideways through airport turnstyle is going to Bangkok

  113. 113
    broderick crawford says:

    Stupid poor people are stupid and poor, says massive blonde-haired child

    Boris said that ‘stupid people jobs are easier than clever people jobs’
    THE debate over social mobility was reignited last night thanks to an opinion from an economy-sized boy.
    Boris Johnson, London’s six year-old mayor, said that stupid poor people are all stupid and poor, apart from the few that are surprisingly clever.

    Boris said: “The poor clever ones should be allowed to be clever. But I’ve counted and there are only seven of them, so all the clever schools will have enough room.

    “The stupid ones will always be stupid and they should go to a thick school with dense teachers and write down all the wrong answers with idiot pencils.

    “Then, when they grow up, they can do all the stupid jobs while the clever people do all the clever jobs.”

    Delivering the Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies, he added: “So, what I am saying is, all the rich people are clever and all the poor people are stupid.

    “Apart from the seven poor people who are not stupid.

    “My job is a clever job. I get to wear a lot of different helmets.”

  114. 114
    broderick crawford says:

    Does boris moonlight as the very excellent lead guitarist of the hard rock group AC/DC ….. THE ONE WHO ALWAYS GOES ON STAGE IN SHORT TROUSERS AND A SCHOOL UNIFORM ?

  115. 115
    Weaver Birds PR Rep says:

    When I lived in Africa I had lots of weavers building their nests in the trees in the garden. Clever little fellows they are too. Certainly more ability in their little beaks than in the whole of Cameron’s bloated carcase.

  116. 116
    Nudge, Wink and Spit 9Con artists to the plebs says:

    We are making simply tons of candy floss ready for the Xmas rush.

  117. 117
    Nudge, Wink and Spit (Con artists to the plebs) says:

    Looting and pillaging? Like they do in Tibet you mean?

  118. 118
    Been there, done that - and got a cupboard full of crap Chinese made t-shirts too.. says:

    As a former organiser of same, I can assure you that British Trade Missions to overseas countries always do FAR better on their own than when they have the unwanted distraction of useless interfering politicians in their number.

    Tell Cameraman to get the next flight out and let the sellers do their stuff unhindered.

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