January 10th, 2014

Home Office Refuse to Deny Hogan Howe Tendered Resignation

Guido put it to the Home Office yesterday that Bernard Hogan Howe offered to resign over a coming scandal, and asked them to confirm whether or not Theresa May had rejected his resignation. Their official response:

“No comment.”

Why not just deny it? ‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s going on here then?

UPDATE: A new line from the Home Office:

“He did not offer Theresa his resignation and he would have no reason to do so.”

UPDATE II: Exaro News has followed up the story, also reporting that Hogan Howe tendered his resignation and revealing the Home Office’s confusion this afternoon.


  1. 1
    Poor form says:


  2. 2
    Does it involve the words boy and rent? says:

    WHAT’S the coming scandal? Don’t tease, just spill the beans!!!

  3. 3
    A cheeky scouser says:

    So that is a “yes” then.

  4. 4
    Oink oink! says:

    A Met police officer has admitted misconduct in public office over the “plebgate” affair.

    PC Keith Wallis, 53, was accused of falsely claiming to have witnessed a row between the then-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell and police officers at the gates of Downing Street.

    The diplomatic protection group officer has been bailed until 6 February when he is due to be sentenced.

    He will offer his resignation from the force later, his lawyer said.

    It was claimed PC Wallis sent an email to his local MP John Randall, then Conservative deputy chief whip, wrongly stating he had witnessed the row.

    He was accused of arranging for his nephew to support his allegations.

  5. 5
    Ooer! says:

    Do I detect a whiff of P l * b g * t * ?

  6. 6
    Hard Worker says:

    Drinks at the Lodge on Friday. No drunken scousers allowed

  7. 7
    Common Purpose says:

    We rule you little people! Mwahahahahahaha!

  8. 8
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

  9. 9
    vile labour ruined my wife says:

    just spit it out ffs Guido. you are as much part of the establishment these days with all this ‘we know what you don’t, proles’

    dunno how you can profess to be writing from the perspective of the only man to enter parliament with honest intention, when you were all supping prosecco at the party leaders Christmas drinks. You used to be part of the solution, but I guess the money is too good to not become co-opted by the system.

  10. 10
    in the real world says:

    If our top cop is involved in any kind of scandal-he HAS to go.

  11. 11
    Don't let Ed off the hook says:

    Shouldn’t Milic-unt be made to stand up in the house and apologise for saying Mitchell called the officer a pleb before an investigation had even taken place?

  12. 12
    Open Up. Police! says:

    Be careful Geedo. If they can bring down Dave’s top enforcer, then they can certainly bring down a cheeky Oirish blogger.

  13. 13
    Polly says:


  14. 14
    A Naive Wanker says:

    Keith Wallis was found 20ft away from the gates of Downing Street.

    So it must be true.

  15. 15
    Andrew Efiong says:

    I’m concerned about public sector incompetents resigning on the quiet to” spend more time with their family” or for “health reasons”.

    Sack him and strip him of his pension rights for incompetence if he’s put a foot wrong. That’ll learn him!

  16. 16
    Eggsellent! says:

  17. 17
    Savile Row Police Station says:

    Would you liked to be fitted up, Sir?

  18. 18
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    So, the Home Office want to hold him to account ?

    Things must be desperate.

  19. 19
    PC Gaylord says:

    Pity if he goes. He always struck me as a nice boy.

  20. 20
    pedant says:

    ” ‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s going on ‘ere then?”

  21. 21
    Jasmin Beckett says:

    Watching Starsky & Hutch I actually cried. I want all police dead.

  22. 22
    pedant says:

    Followed by: “Oh deary me, you seem to have fallen down some stairs.”

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone asked Boris?

  24. 24
    Steve Miliband says:

    Did he sell a horse to Rebekah whilst at a dinner party with Ashcroft and Murdoch and then leave his child behind?

  25. 25
    Mrs May Stands by Her Man says:

    Hogan Hyphen Howe was appointed by the Home Secretary, so it’s hardly likely that she’s going to tell you about a scandal involving him is it?

  26. 26
    M­a­q­bo­ul says:

    Pick up yer toys & yer dummy & be patient.

  27. 27
    Fairfax and Carstairs says:

    He’s stolen the Fallen Madonna withe the big boobies.

  28. 28
    Mr Potato Head says:

    He isn’t being shagged by Francois Hollande as well, is he?

  29. 29
    M­a­q­bo­ul says:

    They’ll turn up late banging on the doors to be let in. Will he or won’t he?

  30. 30
    Bernard hog an how not to get caught lying says:

    How very nice!, I offer to pay some chaps rent for him and get fucked for it, anyone else whose rent i can pay?

    Jack Dromey? Chuka the fukka? Mandeyslime?

  31. 31
    Home Office says:

    There is nothing more contemptible than “guess what, I’ve got a secret…”

    Worked with twats like that for years in Whitehall. The exact same people you vilify.

  32. 32
    Joined up thinking says:

    ‘wrongly stated’ = Lied.

  33. 33
    EU spokesman to UK plebs says:

    We also wish him to be held to account but we do not wish our own accounts to be held to account. Now where did I put that expenses claim?

  34. 34
    John Ward says:

    Did Mayor Jobsdone bring any pressure to bear re crime stat fiddling? Does Commissioner Lowen-brau know about the relationship his chaps have with the Russian mafia?
    An interesting story is developing here…


  35. 35
    If Nazi germany had a State Broadcaster, it would look like the BBC says:

    New Labour politicised every facet in the public sector – and their henchmen are now in place in every position of influence in the public sector.

    That is why we have these venal self serving psychopaths and sociopaths rising to the top.

    And to counter it the Tory Party elected Cameron – who has all the political will and conviction of a damp lettuce.

  36. 36
    Jasmin Becketts Fan Club - D-Wing says:

    Go get ‘em girl.

  37. 37
    Really pissed off says:

    Great work Quido

  38. 38
    The January Sale says:

    Just what we need. More damaged goods in the end of year bargain bonanza clearance.

  39. 39
    Private_Schultz says:

    Couldn’t you give us the low down on Tiberius to play with until you’ve got something more to say about 2-Dads?

  40. 40
    Mr Potato Head says:

    He got caught fcking the diplomatic bag.

  41. 41
    The BBC causes severe mental illness says:

    Lettuce has a higher iron content than Dave’s cast iron guarantees.

  42. 42
    GCHQ says:

    Walls have ears

  43. 43
    Elf & Safety says:

    So do not eat their sausages.

  44. 44
    Ah! Monika says:

    It’s about time he was hyphenated,

  45. 45
    Bernard Hog-Tied and Loving It says:

    Ooh – could he have been, ahem, knobbing her ?

  46. 46
    You considered there might be No Scandal Guido? says:

    It may just be that he offered to do the right thing over PC Wallis after previously fully backing him and Mrs May said let’s start afresh.

  47. 47
    1+1=2.2 says:

    PC Wallis has pleaded guilty and the matter has been adjourned for reports with him out on bail.

    Mitchell has already started talking to the Press.

    I think it would have been more “politic” for him to have said nothing today and await the sentencing hearing because there may still be things that come out.

    I am happier that Mitchell is outside rather than inside Government based upon my observations of his behavior even if he has been stitched up.

  48. 48
    Really pissed off says:

    Quido is doubtless taking advise from ‘mi learned friend’

  49. 49
    Jasmin Beckett says:

    I just watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and I actually cried. I want all of the Thuggee cult dead.

  50. 50
    Really pissed off says:

    Nicely put.

  51. 51
    Bernard Hog-Tied and Loving It says:

    He hyphenated his name by deed poll to add his mothers name as she raised him single handedly.

    It is not a hyphen reflecting good breeding stock.

  52. 52
    Lke you said the bankers ARE scum says:

    Nothing to do with some, thought to be, dodgy crime figures & the persecution of whistle blowers is it??

  53. 53
    ron says:

    Can we just skip to the rebuilding trust and moving on stage?

  54. 54
    The Public says:

    It will probably not teach him very much at all. However, it could be a useful lesson to others.

  55. 55
    Pre-1948? says:

    For those who didn’t see last night’s Question Time, you missed this hilarious Labour plant with a pre-rehearsed speech. It’s pure LOLs.

  56. 56
    Fiddler on the Roof says:

    Was he fiddling crime stats or was he fiddling kiddies ?

    We need to be told.

  57. 57
    vile labour ruined my wife says:

    genuine laugh there Elf & Safety

  58. 58
    The first of many says:

    Why should he be permitted to offer his resignation? He should be sacked immediately.

  59. 59
    Theresa May and David Cameron says:

    We’re all in it together.

  60. 60
    Earl of Croydon says:

    PC Wallis should be sacked. To give him the opportunity to resign and keep his pension is wrong, wrong and again wrong.

  61. 61
    I know... says:

    Judith G

  62. 62
    Abbott charges Children's charity £15 a minute says:

    Diane Abbott charges registered Charity £150 for 10 minutes speaking at their event in City Hall. This was from 1.30 to 1.40 on 3rd December when Parliament was still sitting so she also got double paid.


  63. 63
  64. 64
    Cops look out for cops says:

    They’re letting him resign so he gets a nice hefty severance package and pension.

  65. 65
    I know... says:

    I prefer to think he’s enjoying making him sweat

  66. 66
    The readership says:

    Don’t watch Titanic then. It’s a real tear jerker.

  67. 67
    Just saying... says:

    Wasn’t B H-H a big supporter of the 100% innocent Lord and Lady Gerald and Kate McNugget of Rothley Towers?

  68. 68
    Frank Holland says:

    What is zis knobbing? Iz eet ze raincoat BBC man outside of ze Número Dix?

  69. 69
    well hello there. keep it stuck. says:

    now boys.
    stick the tongue in the left cheek.
    for that is where money is.

  70. 70
    Just saying... says:

    Lady Kate will be livid!

  71. 71
    Fiddler on the Roof says:

    “Be careful Geedo. If they can bring down Dave’s top enforcer, then they can certainly bring down a cheeky Oirish blogger.”



  72. 72
    No one cares says:

    Oh dear. The school is planning a trip to a god bank. Bring plenty of tissues Jasmine.

  73. 73
    Bill Quango MP 8 says:

    Maybe he could “stand aside” for a bit. On full pay. Just until all the fuss dies down.

  74. 74
    No strings attached says:

  75. 75
    Get on with it! says:


  76. 76
    TeddyAds says:

    Just what we need. More damaged goods in the end of year bargain bonanza clearance.

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    the whole thing was a joke – The UK’s own BarakObama was so excruciatingly slimy there must still be a pool of (sh)it under his chair.. and the whole audience is so clearly selected and left leaning..

  78. 78
    Flying PIGS says:

    Are there any fucking non-bent coppers FFS ?

  79. 79
    rick says:

    What we can take from this……lessons will be learnt…………

  80. 80
    Jasmin Beckett says:

    I just watched a programme about parasitoid wasp larva eating caterpillars and I actually cried. I want all parasitoid wasps dead

  81. 81
    Dirty Digger says:


    He shagged Rebekah like everyone else

  82. 82
    anonymouse says:


  83. 83
    How It Works says:

    So he and her sat in a room and had this private and highly sensitive conversation and she had so much confidence in his that no-one ever heard about what was said. Allegedly

  84. 84
    Hugh Jend says:

    I wouldnt bone that one with a stolen cock…. Ugly lezza!

  85. 85
    Maggie the dog says:


  86. 86
    Damp lettuce says:

    Steady on there!

  87. 87
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Bring back the SPG…

  88. 88
    Owne Jnoes says:

    He’ll keep his gold-plated state pension and retire early.

    The rest of us will have to work until we are 70 to pay his pension.

    There is a lesson for Plod: Stick to killing drug dealers, don’t play politics.

  89. 89
    White Rude Boy Chap says:

    I say there old boy. Is it because he’s white? Isn’t it?

    Boo-yah-ka-shah isn’t it?

  90. 90

    Don’t know what you mean

  91. 91

    I remain upstanding. Horizontally

  92. 92
    Dave 'Swampy' Cameron says:

    I told you the ‘icebergs’ were melting

  93. 93
    Rolf says says:

  94. 94
    Cinna says:

    So where has the video gone?

  95. 95
    jasmine beckett says:

    I want Owen Jones to be the next MP for Wythenshawe he such a nice man and I will get to shag him

  96. 96
    sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Oh no you wont dear dont you know?

  97. 97
    The Gimp says:

    Not unless you borrow my strap on you won’t.

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    James W

  99. 99
    Ippikin says:

    Nah, she’s got much more taste than that; bad taste maybe, but not that bad!

  100. 100
    Ippikin says:

    I think a revival of the Thugee cult could be a very good thing is properly targeted in the direction of Westiminster.

  101. 101
    Ippikin says:

    of course.

  102. 102
    not a cop says:

    “He did not offer Theresa his resignation and he would have no reason to do so.”

    Analyse that response – is TM the correct person to whom he would tender his resignation. If the correct person is not TM then it takes on a whole new meaning as a non-answer.

  103. 103
    BaffledHashtag says:

    Is it to do with the Independent story on police?

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Its gone. Please bring it back

  105. 105
    Nemesis says:

    Over the last few years my trust in the police is at rock bottom. I think they are arrogant, devious and in many cases sheer liars. As if Hillsborough wasn’t enough they continue to be above the law and even the investigating body the IPCC is made of mostly of police officers. Even in the latest shooting case they moved evidence at the scene far too quickly and then all the officers nvolved were allowed to sit in a room together making out their reports. They stink worse a effluent plant.

  106. 106
    Dogsbody says:

    Pray how does the Home Secretary know that he has no reason to tender his resignation?

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:


  108. 108
    cynic says:

    Only if they’ve found someone even worse to replace him.

  109. 109
    cynic says:

    There should be an investigation into how Labour politicised and corrupted the police so much that they thought that they could get away with this sort of thing. Who appointed and trained and failed to supervise these policemen? They should also be rooted out. Organisations reflect their bosses, so if the people at the top are incompetent and corrupt these attitudes rapidly spread.

  110. 110
    Just like the old days says:

    Just wait until there’s a crowd outside the door and send in the boys before anyone dies in the crush….

  111. 111
  112. 112
    broderick crawford says:


  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    Is that coz he’d actually have to give it to Boris?

  114. 114
    Sir Michael White says:

    “He did not offer Theresa his resignation and he would have no reason to do so.”

    That weaselly ‘would’ is a bit of a non-denial denial – i.e. ‘would if it were not for…’.

    Would be clearer to say ‘and he has no reason to do so’.

    Either that, or Labour’s illiterates are speaking on behalf of the Home Office.

  115. 115
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    Now are you upper class toffs going to believe us?

    The coppers are always stitching us up.

    The only real difference between you and us is that we have given up moaning about it.

  116. 116
    Smartarse says:

    iPlayer, maybe?

  117. 117
    Gaye Mann (Mrs) says:

    Now it’s been officially denied, it must be true!

  118. 118
    Eye of Sauron says:

    I’m on a retainer from the Home Office to pass on anything I see

  119. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Not sure Mitchell’s off the hook yet. A bit of obfuscation going on here, supported by his mates in the House. Wallis, a sideshow, as he wasn’t there or involved.

  120. 120
    Ron from Walton says:

    I know exactly how you feel Phil.

    These Toffs just don’t get it.

    They think just because we are unemployed and can’t pay Council Tax we are shit and the Police can do with us as they like.

  121. 121
    Father Preyer says:

    Is he Boris’s Love Child?

  122. 122
    not a cop says:

    No Dogsbody, you have misanalysed. To reorder the words “he would have no reason to offer Theresa his resignation”…..as [ ]was the appropriate person to receive that offer and [ ] declined it.

    Just a supposition. The wording is very interesting.

    Can’t be bothered researching who is the appropriate recipient.

  123. 123
    not a cop says:

    Sadly replying to myself. He had no reason to offer TM his resignation as Boris was the appropriate person to offer it to.

    The Mayor has appointed Stephen Greenhalgh as statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. The Deputy Mayor will discharge the vast majority of MOPAC’s duties however the Mayor remains responsible for issuing his Police and Crime Plan, and for the appointment and removal of senior Metropolitan police officers. – See more at: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/about-mopac#sthash.Ag9pOjFX.dpuf

  124. 124
    school for Scoundrels says:

    Is this about the Andy Hayman thing in the Mail?

  125. 125
    Mr Quelch says:

    That’ll be Cressida Duck then.

  126. 126
    Leon Brittan says:

    Nothing to do with me is it chaps?

  127. 127
    Colin the Meek says:

    Baroness Ashton? Disgusting man.

  128. 128
    Sue Brown says:

    Ha ha ha! Get the rid of the corrupt coppers!

  129. 129
    Eeyore says:


    Just the police?

  130. 130
    Eeyore says:

    Exara reports a statement (from memory as their page would not allow copy/paste):-

    “Definitely he has not offered to resign, nor has he done so in any of the tenure that he has been with the Met.”

    From an attempt to disentangle the (intentionally?) mangled grammar that makes this an oddly ambiguous sentence, it could be construed as meaning that he’s offering to resign because something is about to emerge from the woodwork of an earlier appointment that would destroy faith in him as leader of the Met.

    I watch this space with interest!

  131. 131
    Non taxable pikey says:

    Addams Family? Is a Roman Emperor involved?

  132. 132
    Disco Biscuit says:

    He could have asked the Home Secretary, “Would you like me to tender my resignation?” That’s not offering to resign…

  133. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Jasmine

    By six degrees of separation I know Owen and he is a lovely lad.

    If you shag him that’s a Seventh degree ( in a non Masonic way of course) so I’ll know him less than I did before

    He is a Socialist ‘ lovely lad by the way and if you are a Tory that’s a Coalition
    of the wrong kind. Almost abhorrent but love knows no bounds.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Jasmine

    I just watched a re-run of the 1979 election (BBC Four ) on Youtube and wanted mostl the Electorate of the time dead.

    Some have died in between now and then ( a partial victory for sure ) but the feeling from then still grips me when I see Clegg and Cameron currently.

    The Karate and gun thing cracks me up every time because it reminds me of the USA’s Foreign Policy.

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