March 18th, 2014

Hughes Signals FoI Expansion to Public/Private Money

Guido still has to pinch himself when he remembers that Simon Hughes is a Justice Minister, but credit where credit is due. The LibDem told the Commons today:

“We do intend to extend FoI further as soon as it will be practical. We intend to publish a revised code of practice to make sure that those private companies that carry out public functions have freedom of information requirements in their contracts, and go further than that, and we hope that will be in place by the end of this year.”

Let the games begin.  


  1. 1
    Owen Jones,Guest Moderator says:

    Good Afternoon. Owen Jones here to help until 23:00. Contact me if you have a question about tomorrow’s budget.

  2. 2
    George Osbourne says:

    I propose a voluntary tax for all those lefties who would like to put their money where their mouth is.
    Maybe call it the wankers bonus tax.
    Any volunteers?

  3. 3
    C.O.Jones says:

    Good afternoon Owen,
    Do you think the next Labour govt will be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime?
    Thank you.

  4. 4
  5. 5
    N Evans says:

    You’re gorgeous.

  6. 6
    Danielle Stevens says:

    Never going to happen.

    Imagine, all those companies that pay MPs massive amounts for a few days work “advising” them on ooooohh, lets say completely at random, Green Energy – do you really think that MPs are going to allow this?

    Nah – Hughes should stick to enjoying his swanky office – miserable failure of a man that he is.

  7. 7
    Privatise the BBC says:

    Makes no difference to the BBC, they still tell you to get stuffed if they don’t want you to know.

  8. 8
    Owen Jones says:

    As immigrants are the cause of most crime I would say the answer is no.

  9. 9
    Danielle Stevens says:

    Hey Ken – do you still think the UK is doomed if we do not join the Euro?

    How is that working out for you?

  10. 10
    Diane Abbott says:

  11. 11
    Simone Hughes says:

    This is my big yellow bumming cab.

  12. 12
    N Evans says:

    Ooh, lovely, duckie!

  13. 13
    What an arse says:

    kens idea of a debate is a room full of people agreeing with each other.
    Anyone who disagrees just distorts matters.

  14. 14
    Be and q says:

    We offer up to date expert professional advice how to sweep
    anything & everything completely under the carpet. Plus many
    ways to ensure that that is where it will stay for ever with no
    possibility of daylight being allowed in for the next 100+ years

    Our unreasonable Fees, are payable in advance plus VAT.

    We also stock a full comprehensive range of large brush
    & pans for the DIYers currently not funded by the free
    flowing public purse…….

  15. 15
    Get to fuck says:

    Don’t you normally just block anyone who asks awkward questions, you snot nosed, talentless, pathetic, arrogant, smarmy c-unting shit?

  16. 16
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish everyone in the world well.

  17. 17
    Man in pub says:

    Get your hand out of my trousers you sad drunken quaire.

  18. 18
    Drake's drum says:


    “as soon as it will be practical” = never. Just ask Chilcot.

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    8umboy 8illy Hague says:

    Room in the back for a small one?

  20. 20
    Peter Grimes says:

    Let’s hope Hughes extends his proposal to cover the secretive Leftist BBC.
    It’s about the only way their over-spending can be opened up.

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    A Citizen says:

    What with all this trouble going on in Ukraine and the Russians getting all threatening and that. I’m really glad we have a man with the outstanding qualities of statesmanship that William Hague possesses. We here in Britain can all sleep safely knowing he’s on the case.

    Funny really, I never thought I’d hear myself saying this about a jumped up two bit cocksucker…

  22. 22
    C.O.Jones says:

    Please don’t upset the censorious, anti- free speech, profile blocking, economically useless stereotypical leftie, it is not often that we get such a powerful intellect on this website.

  23. 23
    Max C says:

    That used to be me…

  24. 24
    Rickytshirt says:

    If he pulls this off, I may stop vomiting blood whenever he appears on tele.

  25. 25
    RichUpNorth says:

    Have you heard of that chap Simon Hughes? Is he a quaire?

  26. 26
    Penfold says:

    Does AC/DC pay the congestion charge for that old taxi of his?

    We should be told….

  27. 27
    thostids says:

    Give Max a call. He doesn’t know what to do with it.

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    Pigs will fly. says:

    I doubt it will make much difference.

  29. 29
    Biffo says:

    Whatever made her think that was a good idea?

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    Julian Gibb says:

    Interesting statement today by Alistair Carmichael (Scottish Sec.) at an Independence debate. He dismissed the threat post a NO vote of the UK leaving the EU.
    “There is no mechanism for a referendum to take the uK out of Europe”

    I wonder if that is the agreed policy of the cabinet?

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