December 11th, 2013

Wonk Watch: IEA’s Turn

It’s basically Wonk Transfer Deadline Week with more movements announced this afternoon. Ryan Bourne, who has given the CPS its recent oomph, jumps to the Institute of Economic Affairs to be their new Head of Public Policy. Glamorous Steph Lis (above left) is promoted to Head of Comms, replacing PX-bound Ruth Porter. The lovely Christiana Hambro (above right) will be their new Head of External Relations. Further bolstering Mark Littlewood’s harem of twenty-something brainboxes…


  1. 1

    I won’t have the middle one or the one underneath.

    3 & 1 in that order please.

    Get them oiled up for me.

  2. 2
    Working Class Bloke says:

    I don’t know what the fuck these people do but rest assured they earn more than I ever will

    • 14
      No wonder we are fcuked says:

      WTF do people in their twenties, who have spent their entire post education lives in politic’s, know about anything?

      • 20
        Mornington Crescent says:

        Absolutely nothing. Useless.

        But she’s pretty and a Hambro – relation, I assume… – that’s all that matters in Whitehall/Westminster.

        No wonder this country’s gone down the pan.

        • 44
          Joe Public says:

          Dammit you have said what I am thinking.
          No wonder the UK is down the pan when barely out of teens are placed in charge of public policy when they do not know us, communications at an age when they are barely mature, and external relations when she is so young and only using facebook and twitter.

      • 22
        CORRIGENDUM says:

        They know how to spell ‘politics’.

      • 24
        20 something Rufus says:

        I learned a lot on my gap year watching other people work.
        It was a very humbling experience and taught me lessons in how to avoid it.

        • 33
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Didn’t Rupe the dupe have a humbling moment?

          He might have said it ‘for effect’ but did he truly mean it – me thinks not?

  3. 3
    Antipo-dean says:

    Twenty-something? She looks about twenty-something months in that photo.

  4. 4
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  5. 5
    Twat Watch says:

    What’s this? Know-nothing bingo?

    • 12
      If I keep up the charade long enough, no one will be any the wiser says:

      I imagine they’ve all got enough chutzpah to match Obama’s fake sign language loon.

      • 18
        Ain't seen it all yet? says:

        Cut some slack for the fake sign-language dude.

        I seem to recall coalition boasts about imaginative job-creation schemes funded by foreign aid !

        Meantime, back in the U.K. it’s no doubt the sort of idea that Labour/Reeves have in mind for their proposed “jobs guarantee” project.

  6. 6
    Anyone give a shit? says:

    Thought not.

  7. 7
    • 31
      Green eyed Dave says:

      Wow a new commodity to be taxed “for their own good of course”.
      I see they also have a sensible attitude to bum sex marriages.

    • 47
      (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

      Meanwhile, in the Ukraine……………………………

  8. 8
    Bi Bi Blackbird says:

    Three prickteasers?

    I so would.

  9. 9
    Owen Jones says:

    I’m sure they’re all being groomed for something and I don’t mean an Asian shopkeepers spunk depository.

  10. 10
    Wank Watch says:

    Do school boys need protection from this?

  11. 19
    Prescott, Kinnock, Mandelson, Doreen lawrence, Alan Sugar, Roy Hattersley, Helena Kennedy, Levy..... says:
  12. 43
    M Evans says:

    Ahahaha! Having met both Christiana AND Steph, I can assure you that brainboxes they are not. Both very pretty though, it is true! And they continue to be well-suited to the IEA, I think.

  13. 49
    Ray M, says:

    Both Christiana Hambro and Stephanie Lis worked for The Freedom Association both as interns and employees.

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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