December 12th, 2013

McTernan’s Record: Sacked, Lost, Resigned, Beaten, Booted Out

Self-styled “Writer, Thinker, Strategist” and freshly sensitive lamb John McTernan got all upset when he was mocked yesterday. So much so that Labour’s permanent back-room boy has taken to the Times today to tell us how everyone except him is terrible at their job. As Guido was pointing out as far back as 2007, McTernan’s own CV is a catalogue of humiliating failures:

  • Special Advisor to Harriet Harman at what was then the Department for Social Security – Harman was sacked.
  • Helped run Frank Dobson’s mayoral Campaign – Dobson lost.
  • Special Advisor to Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish – McLeish had to resign over expenses.
  • Helped run Labour’s Scottish Parliament Campaign in 2007 – Labour were beaten in Scotland for the first time in 50 years.
  • Went to spin for Julia Gillard down under – Gillard was booted out by her own party.

Down under McTernan liked to play up his reputation as something of a Malcolm Tucker figure. A senior Labour source says there is one key difference: “the thing about the comparison between him and Malcolm Tucker is that Malcolm Tucker had talent.” Sign him up Ed!


  1. 1
    All the world says:

    Aright nob ed

  2. 2
    Cinna says:


  3. 3
    An insider says:

    Malcolm Tucker?…more like Alan Partridge!

  4. 4
    Jonny says:

    Walter Mitty.

  5. 5
    red eddie says:

    ‘kinel we are in mcmong territory here.

  6. 6
    Nurse Yeboah says:

    I’ve just put one of Mandela’s old piss bottles up on ebay for $50,000!

    Wish me luck.

  7. 7
    Tinker says:


  8. 8
    Three Twats and you are out. says:

    Twitter has Twatted Skip Licker. Can’t think why.

  9. 9

    Has he been kicked out of the UN as well, thus accounting for those asterisks?

  10. 11
    TOWIE Mong says:
  11. 12
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    If Labour really want to win the biggest landslide in history (by stealing UKIP votes) and go on to govern for the next 50 years they just have to make the top 4 priorities in their manifesto as follows:

    1. Invoke article 50 and restore full sovereignty (border controls,fishing grounds etc) as it was before 1972.

    2. Abolish all taxes on petrol,electricity and gas.

    3. Halt all low/un-skilled immigration until we have a shortage of low/un-skilled labour.

    4. No more asylum seekers allowed into Britain.

  12. 14
    McTernan is indeed a C*nt says:

    His aim was to foster an image of himself based on a nasty fictional character who was probably based on a nasty real life character like him.

    • 19
      Silly Beercow says:

      What goes around cums around.

    • 29
      Ali C says:

      I couldn’t possibly comment.
      Which would be a first for me, as I generally never miss the opportunity to spew scattershot random hate, as the spirit takes me.
      (I said “spirit,” not “spirits,” you snarky snakey little bastards!)

  13. 15
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I thought that being a total arse was a pre-requisite for the job.

    He fits the bill perfectly.

  14. 18

    ‘Fake’ Mandela interpreter: ‘I saw angels’ C4

    Actually, I thought he was darned professional at his job – as compared with Gordon Brown.

  15. 32
    Bullwinkle says:

    I know exactly how you feel, John:

  16. 34
    Sir Hamish McCretin says:

    McTernan sounds like archetypical 1980′s Caledonian MacBrayne management material. Those who have had the misfortune to work for the few remaining state-owned companies will be familiar with the type.

  17. 37
    Glyn H says:

    I bought The Times today to read Montgomerie and got that twerp McTernan. If I want to read pontificating humourless lefty crap I can read Mary Redell in the Telegraph.

    • 41
      Anonymous says:

      The Hellograph used to employ him to spout his tedious, content free leftie nonsense. They also paid Sion Simon to do the same.

      What a pleasure it was to cancel my subscription, taken out when it was worth reading.

  18. 40

    If a little mong like that tried to rant at me i’d stick his head up his own arse ,and dropkick him into the middle of next week!!

  19. 42
    Office drone says:

    The picture is not of Malcolm Tucker but his jock yob henchman based on … forgotten his name, fortunately.

    • 43
      Office drone says:

      Just realised that “office drone” is a misnomer. The worker bees do the work. Still, posting on this blog is not what I should be doing.

  20. 44
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Good to see that McTurnip is getting what is due to him – ridicule. Time, perhaps, to return to the job where his illustrious career began: librarian. In the 1990s he dreamt that one day he would be an MP, a dream now further out of reach than ever.

  21. 45
    Anonymous says:

    C**ts here
    c**ts there
    c**ts c**ts everywhere!

  22. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Typical of the narcissistic nobs that rule over us. But no selfies, thank God.

  23. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Thats Jamie’s pic…..(Motherwell style). Far more class than McTernan

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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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