December 11th, 2013

Hodge in Hypocrisy Shocker

The Department for Education are putting about a classic case of Margaret Hodge double standards this morning. Hodge has been spinning hard following today’s National Audit Office report on free schools, which it said had “achieved clear progress”. Hectoring Hodge bleats that “The Department has got to be much more rigorous about how it assesses applications for free schools and prioritises need and value for money”. For some reason she isn’t quite so negative when the free school in question is in her own constituency. 

In April last year Hodge was telling local voters that, actually, she thought the government should go even further on free schools – wait for it – asking for an extra £25 million to fund a new free school in her constituency. She explained her strong support for free schools by saying “the children of the borough deserve the best possible education”. So Margaret Hodge really doesn’t like free schools, especially the cost, unless they are in her own constituency that is…

UPDATE: All kicking off between Hodge and Liz Truss. Hodge accuses Truss of “deliberate misrepresentation”, while a spokesperson for Truss hits back:

“Margaret Hodge’s comments on school places in Barking are misleading. The DfE is providing Barking with £140 million for new school places in all types of schools, not just free schools and academies. This is more than double the amount given by the previous government and is separate to the £25 million free school Margaret Hodge campaigned for in her constituency. The truth is she has been found out saying one thing to her constituents and another to the rest of the country.”


45 Comments

  1. 1
    The BBC says:

    We love that Lady. We really do Love her.

  2. 2
    Billy bunting says:

    Or she was basically echoing the NAO report… which said:

    the Department needs ‘to exert more control to contain a rising cost trend… and [that] its wider objectives have not yet had a clear and consistent impact on decisions’.

  3. 3
    Hiho says:

    Backbone of steel has the gel.

  4. 4
    Matrix Churchill says:

    Dodge this…

  5. 5
    Popeye says:

    First class hypocrite, as always.

  6. 6
    Barbara Woodhouse says:

    I’m an expert and I’m telling you, that Bitch has the mange.

  7. 7
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Socialist harpie is total hypocrite. Shock horror
    !

  8. 8
    Mitch says:

    She’s got a bloody nerve. Not only is she and her family avoiding tax on a massive scale, but she was also a minister in a government that literally p*ssed away billions of pounds on worthless shite.

  9. 9
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    Just so we don’t forget he role in the Islington Child Abuse scandal

    http://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/margaret-hodge-attempts-to-talk-her-way-out-of-islington-paedophile-scandal/

    The more you read it the worse it gets.

    At the time her appointment as Children’s Minister by Bliar was described as a sick joke by staff in the Children’s dept at the council

    Hey Ho – this is what passes for politics in modern Britain

  10. 10
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    Guido won’t let me post a link to the Child Abuse scandal in Islington

    Just type Islington Child Abuse into google and there is plenty of material showing what a low life this woman is.

  11. 11
    Little English People says:

    Stemcor. Legal Tax avoidance. Trust fund. Hypocrisy.

    That’s what I think of when I see or hear Hodge.

    Why is it the most dodgy multi millionaire left wing hypocrites get to be the mouthpieces of powerful committees? Like Vaz, Hodge etc?

  12. 12
    Peter Grimes says:

    And she wants £25 million for a new free school when she prattles on about the average £6.6 million being twice the budget!

    Doesn’t she know that £25 million is the inflated price paid by the Fat One-eyed Jock who used to screw up our finances. I bet tax dodger Hodge didn’t complain then.

  13. 13
    Holly says:

    A Labour bod, saying one thing one minute, and another thing the next, asking for millions of pounds like she is asking to borrow a tenner….
    Who’d a thunk it!

    I can JUST about stomach the hypocrisy, as all Labour bods are stinking scumbags(except Kate Hoey). It is the expectation of millions of pounds of taxpayers money, bank account money, along with union subs, they believe belongs to Labour that makes me want to puke.

  14. 14
    All the world says:

    Is she shuvving something up her nose?, or is she just looking for her brains.
    If she’s looking for her brains she won’t find em up there.
    Hypocrite, daft tart etc.

  15. 15
    Margaret Hodge (née Oppenheimer) says:

    I know all about the value of money – but I don’t mind spending it if it is someone else’s – that is why the BBC love me!

  16. 16
    Marge says:

    I’m just a teeny weeny bit of a hypocrite!

  17. 17
    nokhando says:

    Keep your enemy close, keep your enemies kids closer still (PIE anyone?).

  18. 18
    nao says:

    but nobody does anything to get rid of her, quite the opposite, they put her in charge of one of the most important checks on the executive. shut up you lot, you’re all in it together.

  19. 19
    geordieboy says:

    Why the fuck do they give Labour arseholes and troughers chairmanship of high profile committies ie, greasy Vaz and Hodge the Dodge.

  20. 20
    Cinna says:

    And we are surprised that along with the rest of the left wing ilk she has double standards on everything from paying to tax to education?

    What we want to know is when is she going to dragged in front of a Select Committee to explain herself?

  21. 21
    George says:

    Hodge has many questions to answer so why aren’t they being aksed?

  22. 22
    Wanker Planker says:

    I bet her millionaire / trust fund kids went to public school.

  23. 23
    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    Hanging really is too good for scum like Hodge, incompetence, self congratulation and the ability to ignore the real misery their miserable existences have delivered on countless people seems to be their only qualifications. Greedy self serving hypocrites.
    A pox on ALL their houses.

  24. 24
    Tracey Worthless says:

    Wouldn’t expect anything else from my hero, Margaret.

  25. 25
    HeD Bawlls says:

    Hodge needs the furry side of someones hand on her chops

  26. 26
    Carney Easing says:

    Yes it’s a shithole but it’s fine for your kids but don’t expect mine to go anywhere near the dump.

  27. 27
    Wait - what! says:

    How this creature has attained such status is beyond me.

  28. 28
    Fishy says:

    I think that to some, she is a hero, who they will not ask awkward questions of. To others she is one of them, who there is no desire to ask questions of. To the rest she is extremely litigious, who they are too frightened to ask questions of.

    No prizes for guessing which is which.

    Sounds a bit like the way the Savile thing was treated, all over again.

  29. 29
  30. 30
    frog says:

    Tonight on Newsnight .. Nelson Mandela tributes read in full.

    Plus .. we ask GermaineGreer, That fruit-bowl headed woman, GraysonPerry and PeterAndre “How great a man was Nelson Mandela and did prison have any bearing on his greatness?”

    And coming up..

    Was being called nelson the reason Nelson was so great? We talk to the great-great-great grandson of admiral Horatio Nelson, former F1 driver Nelson Piquet and singer Willie-Nelson to find out.

    And
    More Mandela.
    Who will the BBc feature on its New years eve LOOK BACK AT 2013 ?

  31. 31
    frog says:

    Tonight on Newsnight .. Nelson Mandela tributes read in full.

  32. 32
    frog says:

    Tonight on Newsnight .. Nelson Mandela tributes read in full.

    Plus .. we ask GermaineGreer, That fruit-bowl headed woman, GraysonPerry and PeterAndre “How great a man was Nelson Mandela and did prison have any bearing on his greatness?”

  33. 33
    frog says:

    And coming up..

    Was being called nelson the reason Nelson was so great? We talk to the great-great-great grandson of admiral Horatio Nelson, former F1 driver Nelson Piquet and singer Willie-Nelson to find out.

  34. 34
    frog says:

    And coming up..

    Was being called nelson the reason Nelson was so great?

  35. 35
    frog says:

    We talk to the great-great-great grandson of admiral Horatio Nelson,

  36. 36
    frog says:

    Nelson-Piquet

  37. 37
    BBC says:

    She’s no Nelson Mandela though.

  38. 38
    Winny Q. Mandellar says:

    Margaret Hodge may not have had a GoodYear but she would if I had my way.

  39. 39
    hopefully helpful says:

    It was because of a certain word used in your link i.e. “pa’edophile”

    Use tinyurl instead.

  40. 40
    Barnehurst Bob says:

    She may have a back bone of steel, but Guido keeps using the same photo. Perhaps he nose something we don’t! If it’s rumour and tittle tattle, do tell.

  41. 41
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Just a vile hypocrite. Nuff said.

  42. 42
    Rightwinggit says:

    Winnie, never mix a cross-ply with a radial….

  43. 43
    nick says:

    Why all the noise? Hodge is Labour-they are all the same- nuff said.

  44. 44
    olden1936 says:

    Now in my mid-70s I recall during my WW2 schooldays being taught by very reluctant elderly, bored, near to retirement, teachers who had been called upon to postpone their retirements until after the war ended and when younger teachers would be demobbed from military service. At that time education had definite layers, so that if a child passed the 11 plus exam, secondary education schooling would depend on the child’s father’s occupation,for example, if a manual worker his child would attend a technical college, but if father was a doctor the child would attend a grammar school. Is this electivity the same with the new free schools?

  45. 45
    UK Fred says:

    Why is everyone so surprised about hypocrisy from Peggy Hodge-Potch. She is a member of the Lie-more party, and hypocrisy is what Lie-more do best.


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