March 20th, 2014

Ministers Blow £230,000 on ‘Cultural Diversity’ Music Gigs

Osborne’s pledge that we’ll be back in the black by 2018/19 raises the obvious question of why it has taken him so much longer than promised to cut the deficit. The Chancellor might want to take a look at DCLG, where ministers have set aside £230,000 for a series of music events aimed at promoting diversity, multiculturalism and community cohesion. The ‘Our Big Gig’ project is spending the money on among other things helping wannabe singers get noticed in Bradford, “bringing together different communities” with a percussion workshop in Tower Hamlets, and the services of MC and poet Lazy Hammock in Westminster. “Artist expenses” for professional musicians are covered by the taxpayer-funded grant.

DCLG tells Guido:

“Ministers have agreed to provide up to £230,000 to Superact, a not for profit arts organisation, to deliver Our Big Gig 2014. The aim of the project is to break down cultural barriers, foster community spirit and create more integrated neighbourhoods by encouraging participation from a diverse range of musical genres and attendance from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Austerity? What austerity?

UPDATE: Sources close to Eric Pickles’ lunchbox:

“It was a Liberal Democrat policy. Welcome to Coalition.”


  1. 1
    Disabled, Ethnic, Transgender Person says:

    I hate the Tories

  2. 2
    Come on Chelsea says:

    Chelsea for the Premier

  3. 3
    SpAd says:

    Anything that features the word “communities” in its title or mission statement is invariably ghastly.

  4. 4
    Guy News Room says:

    Tony Benn”s coffin will be placed in Commons chapel overnight ahead of funeral on Thursday confirms Owen Jones.

  5. 5
    Robust Community Diversity Stakeholder Champion Outreach Officer says:

    This looks like a great initiative

  6. 6
    ancientpopeye says:

    What a load of crap.

  7. 7
    The overview looks fantastic, if the rest is as good as this. it's money well spent says:

  8. 8
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    The Conservative Party want you to die. It’s that simple,Owen.

  9. 9
    Tory Advisor says:

    D? Smith is going to lose the Tories the 2015 election. The odd man lacks judgement.

  10. 10
    Gerbil 7 says:

    Chris Leslie being shown up for the unthinking lefty flag waving, financial and political lightweight that he is on the Daily Politics.

  11. 11
    was it something I said? says:

    As anybody familiar with Private Eye will tell you it is very likely this money will disappear into a ‘company’ that will pay all its directors the entire 230K and then go bank*ru*pt.

    This will then remain uninvestigated because the company and directors are either Labour councillors or the wives/brothers/uncles/sons/daughters of Labour councillors. This goes double if they’re ethnic. No fucking hope of Plod daring to investigate for fear of a ‘cultural’ backlash.

  12. 12
    Last of his kind says:

    abolish the state, then see the libertarians really cry.

  13. 13
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    “Pensioners should be trusted not to squander their savings.”

    Its their money after all Osborne !

  14. 14
    Right Full Rudder says:

    More jobs for useless left wing cu nts.

  15. 15
    Dolly Kiffin self appointed community leader says:

    Like when I fucked off to the Caribbean with all the money meant for the Broadwater farm ‘community’.

  16. 16
    Van Helsing says:

    Who’s going to hammer the stake in?

  17. 17
    David Wisteria says:

    Sounds like a nasty case of tax avoidance to me.

  18. 18
    Right Full Rudder says:

    Yeah. deep down libertarians would be lost without diversity cohesion projects.

  19. 19
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Sequestrate Chelsea now !

  20. 20
    Ex Tory voter says:

    This is Pickles responsibility

    He should be told that pissing money up the wall is not what the Tories were elected to do

  21. 21
    Lee Jasper says:


  22. 22
    Poof Daddy Ft bumshaker Betty says:

    This country needs more DJ’s and soul singers like a fucking hole in the head.

  23. 23
    Ahmed says:

    Kuffars! Embrace the enrichment of cutting off whore girls’ genitals, honour killing slut daughters for dating white kuffars, and forcing barbarically slaughtered halal meat into secular schools! Death to everyone! Now, where is my benefits?

  24. 24
    Red Prince of Bellend says:

    Diversity AND Cohesion


  25. 25
    Mo Ansar says:

    Allah be praised.

  26. 26
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    so we can all feel suitably enriched!!!

  27. 27
    Eric Pickles says:

    What a waste of money! I shall pay for this mal-administration from my wages.

  28. 28
    You had one job says:

    “a percussion workshop in Tower Hamlets, and the services of MC and poet Lazy Hammock in Westminster”

    This will unite the British people in anger against a government that cannot tame public sector waste.

  29. 29
    was it something I said? says:

    The judge who signed that off would have Polonium in his sherry by night-time.

  30. 30
    Vlad the G(r)8 says:

    Blimey, you get modded around here for mentioning a j*e*w*’s harp!

  31. 31
    lazy hammock says:

    who’s this Dozy Pillock?

  32. 32
    All the world says:

    poet lazy hammock – more like lazy pillock

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    We are not interested in muzzies and bongos singing and dancing….ship em out.

  34. 34
    The truth says:

    There are no cultural barriers that need breaking down. The entire premise of this wasteful scam is false.

  35. 35
    Lord Prescott says:

    It was the steel drum bands and Brazilian carnival dancers that ensured Hull won the City of (someone else’s)culture last year.
    God bless them whoever they were and wherever they fucked off to after the bid was won.

  36. 36
    Take your diversity gigs says:

    And shove them up Tom Watson’s arse. I’m sick of this sort of 1980s style Marxist loony left Labour council type initiative which just squanders money on a load of PC bollocks that helps nobody. I’m all for cohesion but it’s a bit difficult when one section of a community live in self imposed ghettos of burkas, mosques and female mutilation, and another section inhabit a life of welfare dependency and gang activity. In the end, all we get are just a handful of decent kids from otherwise rotten areas turning up to play a keyboard for five minutes, a bunch of third rate bands no one’s heard of, and some leftie politicians of the Abbott/Umunna ilk desperate to get their mugs on the evening news. A disgraceful waste of money.

  37. 37
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Budget HMRC powers to empty your bank account without court orders

    Hear ! Hear !

    Just rejoice at that news !

  38. 38
    Johannes Brahms says:

    I was not invited – Thank God!

  39. 39

    “The prime minster’s spokesman said that he would not be commenting on whether David Cameron had seen the tweet, or whether Cameron thought poor people like bingo and beer. But the spokesman said Cameron still had confidence in Shapps as party chairman.”


  40. 40
    The Jizzlamic Republic of Tower Hamlets says:

    Usually the only percussion going on in Tower Hamlets is a muslim teenage girl getting her head kicked in by her father, brothers and cousins for looking at a white boy for 1 second across a busy street.

  41. 41
    High Dudgeon says:

    What’s wrong with Keats or Byron?

  42. 42
    Experience says:

    Never give money to a charity which has a ‘misison statment’. They are lazy fuckers who don’t know what they are doing, run by idiots who think talking and box-ticking is the same as doing.

  43. 43
    Error 404 says:

    I’m always invited by these tossers.

  44. 44
    Tom Watson says:

    I have a fat screen TV

  45. 45
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    I thought that was what is being proposed? It’s the Liebor Party that don’t think you can trust them.

  46. 46
    Final stop says:

    Body to be embalmed and placed in a Mausoleum serving “as the current resting place” for public display.

  47. 47
    Kim Wrong-Un says:

    Benn was a useful idiot. My sincerest condolences to the rest of his useful dynasty.

  48. 48
    Tom Watson says:

    Its not your money its our money, so what are you worried about?

  49. 49
    was it something I said? says:

    Back and ‘on message’.

  50. 50
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Bitcoin about to experience a recovery

  51. 51
    Sally says:

    I’m always happy to blow for cultural diversity.

  52. 52
    Murdered in his own land says:

    Someone should ask Lee Rigby’s widow how enriched she feels.

  53. 53
    socialists are full of shit says:

    Apart from trying to start a revolution from your bed what did you do today to make you feel proud Jimmy?

  54. 54
    Di rear says:

    The money these troughing a..eholes waste is an absolute disgrace, all in the name of diversity of course.

  55. 55
    Rubber bullet says:

  56. 56
    A Robber says:

    If I promise not to steal all the money in your wallet until you are 65, it is mine and I can tell you what I want to spend it on.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said the Conservative’s budget advert is “patronising, embarassing” and made his “the flesh crawl”

    So does the thought of you and lady boy claiming twice for houses and all the other expense fiddles, but so what ??

  58. 58
    The National Debt says:

    He’s a liar. Who knew?

  59. 59
    Di Versity says:

    +1000. Spot on!

  60. 60
    Firm But Fair says:

    Abolish the DCLG.

    Local government doesn’t need a department in Whitehall stuffed full of public sector wankgiblets.

  61. 61
    Culture Swap says:

    In the spirit of fostering cultural relations, I think Lee Jasper should be forced to live with a muslim family for a month and see how he likes it. I’m sure they’d be happy for him to drink his rum, eat some pork, have sex with his girlfriend and play some Bob Marley.

    At the same time, Polly Toynbee should be forced to live with Anjem Choudhry. I’m sure he’d have no problem with her being atheist and a woman who doesn’t wear a burka.

    Let’s see how enriched Lee and Polly feel at the end of the month.

  62. 62
    Miss Quotes says:

    As Harold Wilson once said” the pound in your pocket will soon be in mine”.

  63. 63
    Bach-ing up the wrong baum says:

    “percussion workshop”

    That’s where ethnics bank things together.

    It’s not exactly Mozart, is it?

  64. 64
    Lynton Crosby says:

    I thought bingo was your national game

  65. 65
    Bach-ing up the wrong baum says:

    not bank

  66. 66
    A libertarian confesses says:

    I’d be lost without my outreach facilitator.

  67. 67
    Maximus says:

    Anything that features the word “communities” is a (craven but intentional) conflation between a synecdoche and a metonymy. Such a tiny little obfuscation – such a disproportionate social result.

  68. 68
    10 billion shekels says:

  69. 69
    Trainee Anarchist says:

    14 pints a session Wee Willie will be pleased with a penny off a pint!

  70. 70
    Chris Smith Predatory Gayer says:

    What about the gays?

  71. 71
    Tony Blair says:

    But I’ve been brokering peace for five years.

  72. 72
    Ambrosia Evans-Pilchard says:

  73. 73
    Goodbye and Goodnight says:

    I guess the dozens of regional accents and local customs that used to inhabit this country wasn’t diverse enough for some.

  74. 74

    The budget doesn’t seem to have cheered you up.

  75. 75
    A libertarian confesses says:

    One day whilst sitting on her bed, in deep thought, after a long meditation session, the name ‘LAZY HAMMMOCK’ popped into her head. She wondered if it was the name of a song, or an album, but then realised that it was to be her new artist name.

    I’m not making this sh1t up

  76. 76
    Mallards against quackery says:

    Mutilating your penis does not make you a woman.

    We should fight male genital mutilation (MGM), along with FGM.

  77. 77
    Society of 4 by 2s says:

    Quite right too.

  78. 78
    Once you can fake sincerity, you've got it made says:

    Sadly, Dave can’t.

  79. 79
    Once you can fake sincerity, you've got it made says:

    Hideously white.

  80. 80
    No Longer a Member of the Conservative Party says:

    Pickles is all talk and even more eating. He has achieved very little in rolling back stupid spending like this.

  81. 81
    Fed Up Botted says:

    i like the way it goes from red to pink rather than red to blue

  82. 82
    John Bellingham says:

    This Leslie bloke is being wheeled out as Labour’s Spokesman de jour more and more. He is constantly stating that “Tories” are out of touch and do not understand working people. I looked up his CV on Wiki. He has NEVER HAD A JOB, apart from 2 years as an “office manager” while still an undergraduate outside of politics. Never run a company, never had P&L responsibility, never hired, never fired, never sat up all night worrying how to meet the payroll AND pay the rent. Worst, he talk utter BALLderdash.

  83. 83
    Gerbil 7 says:

    He’ll go far in Whitehall then.

  84. 84
    Myfanwy says:

    I think you could volunteer to do a Jig at one of those gigs Eric, I bet you are a nice little moveron the slight

  85. 85
    Myfanwy says:

    Who’s she? Pray do tell

  86. 86
    John Bellingham says:

    Can we get 200,000 quid to celebrate St. George’s Day on April 23rd?
    Not only important to the English, St George is celebrated by some 120 other nations and peoples around the world–none of them Muzzies and most of them represented by an immigrant community in Britain. In fact St George is also the patron saint of Arab Christians in Syria and Lebanon and the dragon is an allegory of intolerant Islam preying on young maidens. What better message of community could their be?

  87. 87
    Elderly visitor says:

    Anybody that left school after about 1963 will have not the faintest idea of what you are on about. Thanks to Shirley and her mate Dick.

  88. 88
    Elderly visitor says:

    Like Lenin in his glass box you mean?

  89. 89
    Fly on the wall says:

    Yup, all the way to Trafalgar Square and then he’ll fall in the fountain and drown himself (if someone helps hold his head under!).

  90. 90

    Even better why not reinstate King Edward as patron saint , or was he too saxon for the taste of the multi- culti fanatics ?

  91. 91
    Fly on the wall says:

    Why do they need all this cash just to bang on a few dustbin lids?

  92. 92
    Fly on the wall says:

    Will our pet Hippo be asked to open this “event”?

  93. 93
    Fly on the wall says:

    Well, something had to fill the void at the time.

  94. 94
    Fly on the wall says:

    It will also no doubt be held in one of them there ‘no go areas’ too.

  95. 95
    Myfanwy says:

    It is a probably ignorace of what a J.H. is, or maybe thought you refering to The Master

  96. 96
    Fly on the wall says:

    A culture is something scientists grow in Petrie dishes. Suits Hull to perfection then.

  97. 97
    Fly on the wall says:

    So is my little black cash box. Take it all out except for a pound or two and let them whistle for it. Welcome to the cash economy. Demand to be paid in cash instead of having your salary paid direct to your bank.

  98. 98
    Myfanwy says:

    I bet they would have been a real hit at those gigs Old Fawkes used to help organise

  99. 99
    The ice maiden's cousin says:

    Tony dear, the word is ‘breaking’ not ‘brokering’ (which is what your pals at the bank do).

  100. 100
    A note from the lumpy Rumpypumpy says:

    You try flying a St George’s flag on that day and we’ll have your guts for garters. You have been warned.

  101. 101

    You want to celebrate a Palestinian fighter?

    I think we can we can all get behind that.

  102. 102
    A riposte says:

    WTF cares a jot what your little one cell brain thinks?

  103. 103
    A riposte says:

    Oh they still exist – but have merely been added to by Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Uzbek etc etc….

  104. 104
    Myfanwy says:

    Does that mean there is going to be a influx of gayers into the rank of the Cons or more hidden gayers “coming out”

  105. 105
    Myfanwy says:

    You already do that Gideon

  106. 106
    Myfanwy says:

    They all in it together, all 650 of ‘em

  107. 107
    Any Flag for the dead says:

    Coffin to be draped with a Union Jack or flag of USSR or something else?

  108. 108
    Myfanwy says:

    It doesn’t really seem to do anything, why is it a cabinet job?

  109. 109
    Myfanwy says:

    “brokering” more like gambling

  110. 110
    Someone needs to have a closer look at these cunts says:

    Superact seems quite an interesting organisation.

    Loads of money from Fat Eric and also funded by various EU agencies.

    Supposedly a “not-for-profit” organisation, but no accounts on their website and doesn’t seem to be registered at the Charity Commission.

    I’m sure that our money is being well spent by honourable people.

  111. 111
    Myfanwy says:

    Come on did you see the size of Little Willie where on earth could he have held all 14 pints after consumption. He probably nicked 2 pint bottles in the back of the delivery lorry, it put him to sleep, the other blokes seeing him flat out with the two pint bottles next to him, took some empty returned bottles and put them next to Little Willie. When the little chap came round he groggily loooked at all the bottles around him, he asked them who had druck all the beer in the bottles and they replied, ” YOU, young mister Billie”

  112. 112
    Rotherhampoofta says:

    You can take a horse to water,but you can’t make it drink!

  113. 113
    Myfanwy says:

    And of course Russia

  114. 114
    thostids says:

    Anything can be banged together. Heads,rocks, red stripe tins. Yer gotta hav rhythm, man!

  115. 115
    Waiting for Godot says:

    ‘There is no shortage of void’

  116. 116
    Tim Yeo says:

    Christ I could have spent that money better. On myself, for a start.

  117. 117
    Benjamin Zephaniah says:

    We’ve always been a multicultural society and we have no culture of our own. There is no such thing as the “English people”, it is and always has been a diverse, melting pot; the English are mongrels.

    Except of course if we’re talking about people in high places. Then, since they’re usually all white English, they’re not diverse enough.

  118. 118
    Alex Salmond says:

    Not enough Scots in Bradford or Tower Hamlets, Tory racism you see.

  119. 119
    Ed Miliband says:

    We will ensure every unemployed young person has a job like this.

  120. 120
    Ali Whackbar says:

    Hang on, I thought that music was banned in Islam and that Tower Hamlets was a Muslim Area. They can’t have it both ways although some clearly love it.

  121. 121
    Ali Whackbar says:

    Where’s the EDL when you need ‘em?

  122. 122
    Off to Poland says:

    What about us in the sticks-SFA!!!!!Got to look after the ethnics have we not?
    We just effing pay for this rubbish!

  123. 123
  124. 124
    Off to Poland says:

    How about re- introducing Country facing in schools like the old days? Try that for size all OUR traditions are going out the window to pacify the ethnics?

  125. 125
    The tit soon to be booted out of no. 10 says:

    When I need to travel incognito I often use the name “Dick Holder”.

  126. 126
    ReefKnot says:

    I give up. Our Ministers are totally and absolutely effing useless. You couldn’t make this bollocks up if you tried.

  127. 127
    Another Headshrinker says:

    Not as much as Jack Dromey blows on black cock, especially after it has just shagged Harperson the little cuckold cock sucker!

  128. 128
    Dave says:

    Im a member of the racist bigots community,where is my fucking workshop?

  129. 129
    Anonymous says:

    Anybody who believes there will be even a miniscule surplus in 2018/9 is living in cloud cuckoo land. The revenue comes from GDP growth, which these days comes largely from increasing the population from migration. As everybody expects top spec public services, even when they barely earn enough to pay income tax, departmental spending such as health and education goes up as fast as the tax revenues.

  130. 130
    George says:

    I know, let’s allow everyone with a private pension to blow the lot in Bond Street. Hey presto – growth, spending, VAT receipts, election.

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