December 18th, 2013

When Simon Hughes Said He Would Not Take Government Job

A very mini LibDem reshuffle this afternoon as Simon Hughes replaces Lord McNally as Minister of State for Justice. Conveniently forgetting the time he said he would not take a government job so he was free to speak his mind. This is what he told HuffPo last year:

“He tells me that one of the reasons he didn’t accept a job in government in the recent reshuffle so that he is free to speak his mind to “any [Lib Dem] minister from Nick downwards”.

In the days after the general election, says Hughes, he had a conversation with Clegg and Cable – the then deputy leader – and the three of them agreed it would be “sensible” for the Lib Dems’ deputy leader to be outside of government, in order to “hold the party together”

Interesting too that Vince Cable resigned as deputy leader when he went into government. Will Hughes do so as well?

UPDATE: He’s gone:

Team Jezza…


  1. 1
    Cab 4 Hire says:

    Yellow Taxi for Yellow Belly Yellow Politician

  2. 2
    Border Terrier says:

    He’ll be in the Lords by August 2015.

    • 7
      Kick the foreign city of London out of England says:

      Lord or a Baroness ?

      • 42
        The Gilded Cleaners Dept says:

        Maybe a new type of transgender in this case…..

        a sort of BaronessLord……


        Wonder what Upper House Loo it would use, Female, Male or Unisex ??

  3. 3
    Fuck the left says:

    Off-topic but read this excellent article by the brilliant Douglas Murray

  4. 4
    Seb Coe says:

    Apparently he gives a mean BJ, so willy says…

  5. 6
    Frank Ripploh says:

    Taxi zum Klo

  6. 8
    Psyche the Dog says:

    That should be easy, there cannot be many of them left, unlike the Tories and Liebore, I am not sure about UKip though they have gone very quiet lately

  7. 9
    Simon Hughes (the straight choice) says:

    Be honest I always preferred being inside the closet pissing out than on the outside pissing in.

  8. 10
    Fuck the left says:

    I take back everything I’ve ever said about calling the right nasty. I was on Twitter today trying to engage in a normal debate and all I got was insults and pathetic jokes. Every time one of them was cornered on a point they couldn’t answer, they just threw out more insults. Absolutely fucking nasty vile, vile people.

    • 18
      Look at me I'm so alternative like all the thousands of other fuckers at Glastonbury says:

      I wouldn’t mind if any of the lefties I argue with had an original thought of their own.
      Their opinions are off the peg made by someone else in fashion.

    • 22
      timinsingapore says:

      Ah yes . . . The cool rationality, the unflappable civility of UKIP supporters . . . HUH?

      • 24
        Don't be daft says:

        Well if you can post footage of UKIP supporters throwing bricks and petrol bombs at the Police I would love to see it.

  9. 11
    Simon and his cab says:

    Both Famous for being able to turn on a sixpence.

  10. 12
    UKIP or bust says:

    Will he go ‘straight’ into the job?

  11. 13
    timinsingapore says:

    He may not appeal to the forum bigots, but I trust his judgement more than I do that of many of his parliamentary colleagues, be they the loony left or the denture-gnashing right

    • 14
      LOL says:

      G’day Simon

    • 20
      Bermondsey boy says:

      The problem with Simon is that he gives the impression of someone who has got something to hide.
      A scandal waiting to go off.
      And that is all largely his own fault.

      • 25
        timinsingapore says:

        I’m not sure if this is the point you are making, but I think he should have ‘come out’ earlier. But then if you read this forum, or the Spectator or the DT, you can understand why he didn’t.

    • 37
      Bossmaninsingapore says:

      Hey I no pray you make stupid Engrish comment all day on Grido.

  12. 16
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    Folks can always do with a bit of extra cash for those premium-rate phone calls.

  13. 17
    Now where did my integrity go says:

    Taxi for Mr Hughes.

  14. 26
    The majority of the British Public says:

    This is the HoC LebDims low life that forgot to declare brown
    envelopes ‘donations’ to the order of £30K+ for 6+ years !!!
    whilst praising the memory of 115 year old lady who recently
    died & is another example of convenient parasitic, pimps, leeches
    dementia when it suits them until they are caught out. Of course
    all he (they) have to endure is to apologise to House then its all
    swept under the carpet

    And now he accepts highly paid position in the MoJ, you could not
    make it up…….a poacher turned gamekeeper who will of course
    get a very large redundancy package (MPs pay-offs are much much
    better than the meagre pittance of redundancy for the filthy sticking
    masses of plebs)

    I hope someone lodges a complaint that he is not fit for Office !!

  15. 27
    Ippikin says:

    Why on earth are we surprised at this?
    After all, during the LibDem leadership election I seem to remember a certain contestant hotly denying over the weekend that he was gay, only to admit it during the following week and withdraw (in disgrace) from the contest – or is this a figment of my imagination?

  16. 28
    Ippikin says:

    If one ever has doubts about the integrity of the LibDems all one has to do is remember is the unholy triumverate of Eastleigh, Portsmouth & Winchester.
    Or is is something in the water down there?

  17. 29
    Anonymous says:

    S.H. is really creepy.

  18. 30
    Freddie the Fishmonger says:

    Well at least there is a bit of good news out there today.

  19. 31
    The Village Idiot says:

    Now a Tax Payers Chauffeur Driven Large YELLOW Luxury Limo for
    this Right (Dis)Honourable Member


    Donations (preferably used readies in a large brown envelope
    which easier to forget rather than declaring, of course)

    He is not fit for purpose !!

  20. 32
    A Hard Working PAYE Tax Payer says:

    Now a Tax Payers Chauffeur Driven Large YELLOW Luxury Limo for
    this Right (Dis)Honourable Member


    Donations (preferably used readies in a large brown envelope
    which easier to forget rather than declaring, of course)

    He is not fit for purpose !!

  21. 34
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Of all the most disgusting characters in the HOC,many of them,I detest Hughes.From his conduct during the byelection and the Tatchell affair,to his mealy mouthed attitude in the HOC and beyond I hope he loses his seat in 2015,a truly despicable man.

  22. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Salum alakum Simon.

  23. 36
    Directorate of Non-Compliance says:

    S.H. has very evil eyes; reminiscent of Bela Lugosi in WHITE ZOMBIE.

  24. 39
    Ed P says:

    Deputy of the LDs is pointless – half of nothing is still nothing

  25. 40 Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    Is this a joke or what ???????????

    This must qualify as the most outrageous anointment ever during
    the whole term of of this dysfunctional nasty led coalition……
    Perhaps one of the PAs had over indulged at a very early free flowing
    liquid Xmas Lunch (of course Tax Payer Support) to allow this to happen…….

    Given his very controversial history including recent events this
    year how on earth can this happen that he’s anointed Minister of
    Justice. Is it any wonder we are the laughing stock around the world
    with people like this elevated to a position of controlling the levers of
    power, someone must have taken leave of there senses & what most
    Voters would see as lunacy, as CMDD continues his personal mission
    to ensure Nasty Party are seen as totally unelectable in as many ways
    as possible……a sure sign of total disillusional detachment from any form
    of real world reality

  26. 41
    Smurfy! says:

    Hughes does have a pantomine villain look about him! Boo!

  27. 44
    Lost in Clacton says:

    I have never been kissed by Simon Hughes in my life.

  28. 45
    Fbi says:

    Taxi Taxi Taxi can you take me back to my constituency for free and pass the fare due to Addison Lee Mr Griffin would like this

  29. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Minister of State for Justice hmm.

  30. 47
    Judicial watch says:

    Minister of Justice????????????? Un f*******believable!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 49
    Alistair Watson says:

    The gift of a ministerial pension from grateful taxpayers throughout the country will of course be turned down and has nothing to do with this move.

  32. 50
    Oliver Cromwell's Mum says:

    That’s it then Homosexuality will now be made compulsory.

  33. 51

    I wrote to Gay Chris Grayling, he ignored me. I have now written to Simon Hughes and only received an automated acknowledgement of receipt of my email. Simon Hughes has published that he helps gay people with problems both locally and nationally. I herewith publicly ask you Simon to help myself and my partner. We should have Pewter Tatchell as the justice minister then we would get somewhere. So far two justice ministers, both gay have ignored what is happening to myself and my gay partner of 34 years. Peter Tatchell is backing our campaign for justice against the UK police and government who are ignoring our plight as two elderly people. It is indeed scandalous that the UK government have the audacity to complain about how gay people are treated in Africa and Russia when they totally fail to deal with problems on their own doorstep such as what is happening to myself and my partner here http://leeandmanalienversushen

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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.”

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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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