February 17th, 2014

LibDems Tell Members to Tweet Support for Floods Minister

The Sunday Mirror asked yesterday what has happened to missing floods minister Dan Rogerson, reporting that Downing Street had deliberately kept him out of sight because they feel he is not up to the job. The LibDem spin machine has roared into action with all the devestating force it can muster. This leaked email shows them, er, begging their MPs to tweet in support of their man:

Subject: Tweeting in support of Dan Rogerson

This story is not true, Dan has done lots to help the flood effort.
In order to rebut the story, if you could tweet/blog in support of Dan that would be really useful.

Our lines are:

“As Floods Minister Dan Rogerson has been playing a key active role in the government’s response to the flooding.
He has attended every COBR meeting since the flooding began.

He has been liaising with agencies and water companies to make sure contingency plans are in place; as part of this, he has spoken to GOLD Commanders and CEOs of affected companies on a daily basis.

He has also visited flooded areas such as Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset to make sure everything possible is being done to assist affected communities on the ground.

He is chairing the Somerset Levels and Moors Action Plan group, which is working to a tight timescale to develop a long-term solution in the area.”

The response has hardly been enthusiastic. That went well then…


  1. 1
    ████ 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    Tweet, tweet.

  2. 2
    Despatch Box says:

    yeah his performance filling in for Owen Paterson at the despatch box, was rather wooden last week.

    in case you can’t remember what his looks like http://www.danrogerson.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Dan-Rogerson-MP-Breakthrough-Breast-Cancer.jpg

  3. 3
    Sarah says:

    The EA, the Coalition & Ed “Climate Change Act 2008″ Miliband have all been derelict in their duty to the British people – all too focussed on funding Gay Pride marches & the Indian Space Programme.

  4. 4
    Ah! at last says:

    3 million humans have died as a result of diamond mining

    William calls for the Crown Jewels to be destroyed

  5. 5
    Gold Top Commander says:

    Is he the one who finished off the caramel chocolate hobnobs when we were all eyeing up the Dutch bird who turned up with the engineer?

  6. 6

    What sort of sex perversion is he into?

  7. 7
    Chris Smith says:

    I shall take Dan Rogerson to be my lawful pet.

  8. 8
    I smell toast says:

    Blogs and tweets to the rescue?

    No wonder he’s finished.

  9. 9
    Gold Top Commander says:

    I hope the clue isn’t in the name

  10. 10
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    What does Salmond do if there is a no vote, head north of Stromness?

  11. 11
    Ed Davey AutoReply says:

    I am sorry but I am currently unavailable, due to having to teach Colombian cattle better manners and stop them farting so much.

    It may sound a crappy job but it’s a nice little earner ;)

  12. 12
    Not only but also says:

    Dubbed by who?????????????????????????????????

  13. 13
    Cam Borne says:

    “He has also visited flooded areas such as Cornwall”

    There aren’t any floods in Cornwall

  14. 14
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    The flooding is a direct consequence of government policy.

    It is policy to allow increased flooding in the Somerset levels
    It is policy to reduce maintenance of the rivers and ditches to support wildlife
    It is policy to reduce emergency water pumping capacity

    The flooded area is less than 15 miles from the sea.
    We used to have several thousand mobile pumps kept in reserve for fire, flooding and water supply use. As recently as 2004 there were 1000 Green Goddess mobile pumps available.

    We now have 48, and I believe that a few extra have been brought in to assist.

    They can each shift 5 tonnes of water a minute, and there are 65m tonnes of water on the levels.

    Assuming that each pump can only push the water 1 mile, and all the water needed to be pumped 15 miles to the coast then 5000 pumps could shift ALL the floodwater in under a month.

    Obviously we don’t need to shift all the water, just enough to take the levels down to protect property.

    The Army has a role providing assistance to the Government when necessary, and can procure equipment in a hurry through the Urgent Operational Requirement process.

    I would like to think that we could get a UK supplier to provide a few hundred pumps ready for the next time this happens.

  15. 15
    ████ Huhne says:

    If it looks like a crab, itches like a crab, and smells like a crab, then it probably is a crab.

  16. 16

    I can see how you got to be a Gold Top Commander! :-)

  17. 17
    Maria Miller says:

    Have I resigned yet?

  18. 18
    Penfold says:

    Dan who?

    The Lib Dems have got more spin than a Shackleton.

  19. 19
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Or they could spend the money on another gay pride event :-)

  20. 20
    Pervs' Party says:

  21. 21
    Pervs' Party says:

  22. 22
    NE Frontiersman says:

    On his inevitable ennoblement following his glorious time at No 10, will Gordon adopt the title of the ancient settlement of Tongue? It would have a certain ring to it.

  23. 23
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Opening the Huntspill would be a good start. If the bath’s overflowing, try removing the plug.

  24. 24
    This is Him. Dan the Man says:

  25. 25

    I want to get this right. The Gold Top Commanders all report into Chris Smith who is a Bottom.

    Sounds as if we have got Brown back…

  26. 26
    JH2349302823-09-590 says:

    Poor comparison.

    Shackletons were versatile, robust and useful.

  27. 27
    Modernise says:

    Green Goddesses? I bet you moaned when the 60 year old Harriers were withdrawn.

    FFS who wants antique equipment? We can get 1980’s fire engines from the USA or brand new from China for the cost of keeping those museum pieces.

    Harriers? Send our pilots to war in biplanes why don’t you .

  28. 28
    Cornish pasty says:

    He eats too many pasties.

  29. 29
    Modernise says:

    That pump is gone. The EA decided against replacing the ancient old steam pump in 2008.

  30. 30
    just asking says:

    If Scotland becomes independent,will the rest of the
    UK’s £50 million daily contribution to the EU be reduced?

  31. 31
    The most amusing claim ever says:

    As a “true socialist” Brown will of course decline the offer of a peerage

  32. 32
    Eh? says:

    and his marital status is ?

  33. 33
  34. 34
    An awkward bastard says:

    I have never even heard of this guy.

    When it comes to the blame game then that starts and finishes at the top and that means Cameron.

  35. 35
    Gold Top Commander says:

    Jersey of Guernsey?

  36. 36
    Displaced Brummie says:

    The only truth ever carried in the Mirror is the date. And even then I’d demand independent verification.

  37. 37
    Hang him says:

    Another pointless twat

  38. 38
    A Mystery says:

    I thought “Green Goddesses” had been scrapped if I recall the last time the military were brought in to provide cover in the most recent all out Fire Service strike in 2002 and that it was stated that the old “goddesses” were scrapped some years earlier

  39. 39

    They had a flooded Looe.

  40. 40
    Cam Borne says:

    For all of 15 minutes down on the quay on the top of spring tide, where it always happens.

  41. 41
    Fly on the wall says:

    He is clearly the fastest gold top commander in the west…

  42. 42
    Pesky pedant says:


  43. 43

    La crème de la crème.

  44. 44

    He looks as if he’d make a rather good sand bag !

  45. 45
    Liberal Democrat Press Office says:

    We know all our members are useless and most of them are perverts but we got caught out by entering coalition Government. Now everyone knows we are useless and perverts.

  46. 46
    AJC says:

    Are COBR meetings held in the same room as COBRA meetings? Does Dan Rogerson not notice he is the only person in the room?

  47. 47
    Penfold says:

    The Orcadians and Shetlanders have already told Salmond to Foxtrot Oscar, they want nothing to do with Scottish independence and want to remain part of a rump GB.
    He could go to Fair Isle, or better still become an eremite on Rockall!!

  48. 48
    Penfold says:

    Yep 10,000 rivets rattling in synchronicity.

    Flew a few times in a Mk3 out of Gib.

  49. 49
    Penfold says:

    Cabinet Office Briefing Room A

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Yes there was. Ding ding.

  51. 51
    FibDem Media Guru says:

    Dan who?

  52. 52

    Looks a right Charlie!

  53. 53

    Twellies and Twaders innit?

  54. 54
    Noah says:

    A titled socialist gold plating EU directives in order to flood Somerset for the benefit of newts has nothing to do with climate.

  55. 55
    John Bellingham says:

    But he is the Chairman of the All-Parliamentary Group on Cheese!

  56. 56

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