March 24th, 2014

Frosty Reception for Data Hypocrite

Today’s award for brass-neck goes to Quango Street star Jane Frost. The former director of DirectGov and the Department of Constitutional Affairs has popped up in her latest incarnation – Chief Executive of the Market Research Society – to have go at the Tories over data protection. Frost told the Sindy that she will be reporting them to the Information Commissioner for not replying to her letters about data harvesting, though it looks a lot like she is playing outrider for a Labour coordinated attack. It’s all rather tedious, but you have to give it to Frost – she is completely lacking in any self-awareness. Regular readers will remember Frost was “Individual Customer Director” at HMRC when they lost the financial records of 25 million child benefit recipients in 2007. And now she lectures others about handling data…


  1. 1
    lojolondon says:

    Hooray for government – the only place you can be acknowledged as totally incompetent, make a globally publicised monumental cock-up and get a massive promotion.

  2. 2
    Dan Data says:

    What idiots appointed her? Name and shame please.

  3. 3

    The new “old boys and girls” network

  4. 4
    Blimey, this is worth reading... says:

    Regime Change in Ukraine and the IMF’s Bitter “Economic Medicine”

    In the days following the Ukraine coup d’Etat of February 23, leading to the ousting of a duly elected president, Wall Street and the IMF–in liaison with the US Treasury and the European Commission in Brussels– had already set the stage for the outright takeover of Ukraine’s monetary system. The EuroMaidan protests leading up to “regime change” and the formation of an interim government were followed by purges within key ministries and government bodies.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Here we go again – Guido running defense for the Tories.

  6. 6
    Bez says:

    Is this, politics! Dull, innit?

  7. 7
    East India Company Wallah says:

    Common purpose sow

  8. 8
    Weird Ed says:

    Was the name of Khan’s ship in Star Trek Botany Bay or Marie Celeste?

  9. 9
    Nancy Boy says:

    Christ!…with that track record on her CV she should be called the “Quango Queen”!

  10. 10
    Ohthisbloodypc says:

    Quango Street Narrator: But things are about to get more difficult for Jane. A stunt she was arranging for the New Labour party is about to blow up in her face. Jane is phoning around her friends in a damage limitation exercise. She’s contacted an old friend at the BBC to see what they can do for her.
    But it’s not good news…..

  11. 11
    Gobshite says:

    Do we have an uninhabited island in UK waters where we can confine all these people and let them do it to each other instead of us? Rockall would be good, except it’s probably too small and too comfortable.

  12. 12
    Nigel Farage says:

    Hab SoSlI’ Quch!

  13. 13
    Geni says:

    This has the odious smell of COMMON PURPOSE about it.

  14. 14
    Peter Martin says:

    “to have go at the Tories… playing outrider for a Labour coordinated attack.”

    Somewhere in buildings around London and Salford, following calls about what happens when backs don’t get mutually scratched, BBC Producers are finalising their ‘guest’ schedules from Breakfast to Newsnight.

    That licence fee decriminalisation is still a long way off, and a year is a long time in political media.

  15. 15
    An ex-MRS employee says:

    MRS is the professional body for market researchers and (until now) enjoys a good reputation.

    Looks like they’ve lumbered themselves with a new CEO who is intent on turning it into a left-wing pressure group.

    Watch the organisation go down the drain in the next few years.

  16. 16
    Tank top says:

    .. and fucking sacked on the spot!

  17. 17
    Polly Tuscany says:

    No one makes fun of me and gets away with it!!! Brillo is on my hitlist!!!!

  18. 18
    Tank top says:

    Isle of Dogs sounds apposite!

  19. 19
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “The BBC says CBBC, CBeebies and BBC Four could close if licence fee evasion increases.”

    Heaven forfend that the BBC would slash the bloated and overpaid management structure, stop sending hundreds of people to trivial news and sporting events and stop pissing away 100s of millions of £s every year on failed technology projects, if licence fee evasion increases…

  20. 20
    Tank top says:

    Too late – it already did….

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    It’s Philip Seymour Hoffman in drag.

    Are they doing a re-make of ‘Tootsie’?

  22. 22
    Ohthisbloodypc says:

    I wanna Live Like Common Purpose

    I wanna do what ever common purpose do!

  23. 23
    Ugh says:

    MRS = MRSA – a fucking unpleasant germ that should be eradicated.

  24. 24
    Beeboyd says:

    It is quite clear that you have no idea just how difficult it is to scrape by on 200K+ annually.

  25. 25
    Benn'd Over says:

    I know Tony Benn renounced his peerage but is true he didn’t renounce the land he inherited? If so, what a typical Labour hypocrite.

  26. 26
    Beeboyd says:

    Oh shit – bloody idiot modbotty. Try again.

    Beeboyd says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    March 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    It is quite clear that you have no idea just how difficult it is to sc**pe by on 200K+ annually

  27. 27
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    We should use Scotland for this sort of thing. Rather like how we used Australia.

  28. 28
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Put me down as a yes.

  29. 29
    Benn'd Over says:

    Oh, looks like he did indeed.

    Plus, he also did this:

    Soon after the death of Tony Benn’s beloved wife Caroline, his three children became part-owners of his Holland Park house – allegedly worth £4m. One of those children is the cabinet minister, Hilary Benn. According to “tax experts” this change in the ownership of the house would have been the result of a deed of variation: “a legal procedure whereby a will can be altered posthumously to use up a spouse’s zero-rated death duty allowance. The transfer to the Benn children means when their father dies his estate will be smaller and therefore the inheritance tax bill will be lower.” This is not a criticism of Tony Benn. He did what the vast majority of fathers would do in such circumstances. The point, however, is that he was absolutely free not to make such financial arrangements – indeed it would have involved no effort at all – in which case a greater sum of money would have gone to finance public expenditure.

  30. 30
    Le Comte de Monte-Cristo says:

    Where is this Isle of Dogs?

  31. 31
    jgm2 says:

    Isn’t that what it’s used for already?

  32. 32
    Benn'd Over says:

  33. 33
    Linkedin cv says:

    ‘A CEO with 30 years experience in board level marketing and strategy positions in major blue chip companies and public bodies. Specialises in transforming organisations based on the creation of strong brands and value driven customer relations.

    Holding over 150 awards for advertising, branding , and design as well as being executive producer of a double platinum record.Extensive experience as a non executive at PLC as well as smaller boards with added benefit of experience on audit and remuneration committees as well as chairing charity boards and government consultancy panels.

    Currently leading radical change at MRS to enable it to improve its profile and expand its membership’

  34. 34
    Myfanwy says:

    He has to, orders from the Master, passed down the chain of command until it ends up on Fawkes’ desk. The trouble will come if the Master changes his mind again, Geedes will appear to took a little foolish.

  35. 35
    Brown never denied it. says:

    It was Brown who lossed the data. Never denied it when asked in Parliament.

  36. 36
    Get orf moi land says:

  37. 37
    Bob Crow says:

    Yer – an’ I didn’t re-nahnce me cahncil ‘ahse, neever… Up the Workerz!

  38. 38
    John Bercow says:

    I would have rather had the title instead!

  39. 39
    jgm2 says:

    It’s hilarious reading various blogs about Fucking Scotland getting independence and how there’s no end of Labour bedwetters and fellow travellers giving it ‘Take us with you’ for their ‘social justice’.

    Fucking idiots. There’s only so much fucking oil. The money will only go so far. If it will pay for 5 million people to have 1500 quid extra spent on them then if (say) the unemployed/unemployable of Newcastle were to up sticks and move to Fucking Scotland for ‘social justice’ then there wouldn’t be nearly enough cash to go around.

  40. 40
    Escaped Housewife. says:

    No. Sent home to do the dishs.

  41. 41
    A pig that wears lipstick says:

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a common purpose sow’s ear!

  42. 42
    Vlad the intrigued says:

    Does anyone actually do any useful work in Great Britain?

  43. 43
    Really can't be bothered to comment says:

    What, сrap? Like this blog has become?

  44. 44
    Sally says:

    Next to the Isle of Slappers

  45. 45
    Hawkeye-Pierce says:

    Have you ever read…”Confessions of an Economic Hitman”?

  46. 46
    alzheimers sufferer says:

    could some one please remind me of the date for the scotch referendum?

  47. 47
    Terror again says:

    Now confirmed the plane crashed in the ocean and there are no survivors.

    Another case of mass murder committed by muslims.

  48. 48
    Leftwit says:

    Quite right. How dare anyone point out our hypocrisy.

    For future reference:

    #1 We are always right and everyone else is wrong.

    #2 When we screw up, it’s always someone else’s fault.

  49. 49
    geordieboy says:

    Good idea send them to Rockall where they can do fuck all.

  50. 50
    Kirk says:


  51. 51
    Twat watch says:

    …No, ..I think that title goes to , Chris Smith, of EA fame!…..nice work,if you know the right people….

  52. 52
    CIA neocon criminal says:

    Of course

    We are using neo fascist thugs and mercenaries to carry out the purge

    Aided by the oligarchs who, of course, will retain their stolem billions

    Oligarchs in London remain welcome..our banksters depend on them

    And Western taxpayers will have to pay the bill again for this illegal regime change

    And our multiple decade long crimes and atrocities

  53. 53
    Myfanwy says:

    The licence fee may be decriminalised but then it will become a civil matter then it won’t be the cops but baliffs after you and the CCJ would look well on you credit reference report.

  54. 54
    God's holy trousers says:

    So this is acceptable to you? The brain dead who voted for that fuckpig Blair have a lot to answer for.

  55. 55
    JH-230912384590231 says:

    Yup. Jessica Lange’s part will be played by Kathy Ashton.

    It’s awards season dynamite.

  56. 56
    An old fellow says:

    If you mean, by that the Marx definition, of a company taking some raw materials, making something out of them thus adding value (aka manufacturing), and then selling the product on with an honest margin (5-10%)…then yes, ME!

    But trust me, we are a dying breed in the UK and fast losing our patience.

    Libertarians are really only into skimming. Statists tend to manufacture.

  57. 57
    Spoonface Cameroon says:

    G7 nuclear summit in Holland today, boys and girls

    Russia and China and India not invited, of course

    Britain will show all its might in the nuclear field

    That is why we have just ordered a Franco-Chinese nuclear power station, to prove it

  58. 58
    Bodfrey Gloom says:

    …and clean behind the fridge!

  59. 59
    Kay Burlesque says:

    I found it

  60. 60
    Smoked Salmond says:

    When the pubs are closed

  61. 61
    Let down by doctors says:

    ….I used to,until the doctor I saw 6x in 9yrs,misdiagnosed my accident at work injury which left me bound upon a permanent wheel of fire,with crippling,limiting pain!

  62. 62
    Tony Blair says:

    Give us a bung

  63. 63
    Editor of Titler glossy rag says:

    What do you expect from aristocrats, you pleb?

  64. 64
    Whiffler says:

    Sky reporting “distressing scenes at the Families’ Hotel in Beijing”.

    Has Kay lost ANOTHER mobile phone, or tossed herself off ANOTHER escalator ? or both ?

  65. 65
    Mel Bidiband says:

    How does a creepy woman like that get another job after that sort of cock up (HMRC 25,000000 records lost).

    I wouldn’t give her a job in a boarding kenne.

  66. 66
    Fuck the LibaLabCon Troika says:

    All this proves is that the LibLabCon “we’re all in it together” charade is purely that, a charade to fool the lumpen proles.

    If anything, it makes the faux socialists in New Labour and the HoCs the most evil bastards of all. Kinda like double agents but worse.

    Fuck the lot of ‘em.

  67. 67
    Mr Adams....Mrs Jones....Mr Smith.....Mrs Zimmerman says:

    Haven’t those lost discs turned up yet?

  68. 68
    Edward the Weird says:

    I gave away my foreskin to achieve equality.

  69. 69
    GCHQ Stasi operator says:

    You are all quite ridiculous

    We harvest data on you all, all the time

    As do our partners in crime, the NSA

    Oversight is conducted by ONE MAN (and his sidekick)

    But we have over 2000 employees – just think about it

    PS Note to Mr Rifkind and the Intelligence Committee
    You have no idea of the scope of our Stasi operations and never will have

  70. 70
    Jale c says:

    Not cool ..

  71. 71
    Furry tails can come true says:

    You are Hans Christian Andersen and I claim my 5 kroner.

  72. 72
    Tank top says:

    Just a few miles to the east of the Hippo’s constituency. Try Google maps for further details.

  73. 73
    Cormorants Incorporated Ltd (with the odd Puffin along for the ride) says:

    Oi! You can’t unload all your unwanted rubbish on us mate.

  74. 74
    Olly the Gark says:

    I M F = International Monetary Fraudsters.

  75. 75
    Johnny Jerkoff says:

    I gave her that pearl necklace.

  76. 76
    Suzi Leather says:

    Now just one cotton-pickin’ minute…

  77. 77
    Ah! hey says:

    I know her. It’s Sally’s twin.

  78. 78
    Jack Ketch says:

    On the subject of complete and utter moronic fuck-wits with enormous salaries—- the useless piece of stuff called James Purnell, failed Labour cabinet minister, now BBC’s “Head of Strategy” is reported today as stating that for the BBC to offer a subscription service would cost more than administering the license fee.
    What a technological imbecile! But then this is from the outfit that pissed away 100 million on non-existent software.

  79. 79
    The BBC says:

    Good man, come and work for us Comrade, we need more foreman for the turnip pickers.

  80. 80
    Gerbil 7 says:

    It’s a start and a conversation about making it subscription only or advertising based is never a bad thing.
    Unless you’re a Common Purpose graduate and enjoy pissing public money up the wall.

  81. 81
    Don't be vague, ask for Hague says:

    Well Vlad, old chap

    We still produce Scottish wine

    We could sell even that to you

    If you promise to be nice to us

    Apart from that, everything else has been outsourced, I’m afraid

    Out American masters told us that it was the right thing to do

  82. 82
    Ah! volunteer says:

    “Putin ‘Acting Like Hitler’ Over Ukraine, Lord Dannatt.”

    Well let’s not repeat history…take him out now.

  83. 83
    Anonymong says:

    In other words…
    “Never done a day’s work in her life, has extensive experience of splooging other people’s money up a wall that someone else paid for”.

    Will no-one rid us of us of these turbulent pricks.

  84. 84
    Andrew says:

    Actually, they didn’t lose the data. What follows comes from a high-up at HMRC.

    The PAC asked them for the data, and instead of telling the PAC to stick its collective head up its collective and Parliamentary arse HMRC instructed some kid to do it – which he forgot to do.

    Then the PAC chased it up and the kid was challenged about it, and instead of admitting that it had slipped his mind he said he’d done it posted the disc off.

    And having told the lie he had to stick to it.

    And that is why so many government departments are now living in Castle Paranoia and nobody shares information with anybody however necessary it may be!

  85. 85
    born, live, die, rot .... end of says:

    Racheal ‘loves god’.
    Another easily taken in.

  86. 86
    Magic. says:

    Ask David Copperfield what he’s done with the ‘plane.

  87. 87
    itz ur Wendi here, not Carole says:

    Any time big boy.

  88. 88
    Taxpayer says:

    Lord Daanatt (whoever he is) will selflessly lead the Charge of the Light Brigade in Crimea

    Another troughing Vermon Ermin gone


  89. 89
    Tolstoy says:

    A criminal conviction is worse than a ccj. These cases should never be brought in front of magistrates. It’s a waste of court time.

  90. 90
    British Public says:

    We no longer believe your tired neocon warmongering Lord Dannatt

    We know where your instructions and masters are

    Perhaps you can also explain to us and apologise to us for your disastrous wars waged under false pretences for years now

    You are a traitor to the British People

  91. 91
    Stasi GCHQ says:

    We harvest iall the data, don’t worry

    And then use it for blackmail

    We are well trained by the NSA, our masters, you see

  92. 92
    Crapita - thuggery at its best says:

    It is not the cops after you now actually. They don’t give a stuff whether or not you have a piece of paper that permits you to operate your own television set in your own home – even if you never ever watch the BBC. Collection is done (or tried to be done anyway) by a bunch of uniformed thugs who have no legal right to even enter your front yard. If they do happen by, just tell them to go jump in the nearest lake. Don’t answer any questions or sign any bits of paper they thrust in your face. Just shut the door on them – or better still don’t even bother to open it.

  93. 93
    Peekaboo says:

    Malcy gets his updates from Tel Aviv, so he is probably quite up to speed.

  94. 94
    Peekaboo says:

    Bin there, Dannatt, got the blood soaked t-shirts too.

  95. 95
    Peekaboo says:

    Give that kid a medal!

  96. 96
    The Critic says:

    Yes a shoe in for the Environment Agency I would say.

  97. 97
    JP II says:

    The Age of Enlightenment ended with Auschwitz

  98. 98
    Peter Martin says:

    This ‘you’ being generic, one trusts? Because the BBC getting personal and misusing data to pursue vendettas would be ironic, given the topic that has inspired this thread.

    I don’t watch TV live as broadcast. Hence the BBC, TVL, Capita, bailiffs or Lords Hall and Patten as Don & Sancho in person would be well advised not to go sniffing where serious infringements of rights in pursuit of commercial interests can get even ‘unique’ government quangos in a whole heap of hurt.

    This tweak to the legals is insignificant in reality, but massive in precedent. However, if Labour is now on board I smell more than a rat, making who cuts what deal to pat who on the back in the next twelve months well worth keeping an eye upon.

    Be a shame if it turned out that Ed was letting the BBC know now who could be a big help once in office. Sacrificing the criminality club may be eased if the licence fee funding is hived off other taxes in such a way no one even knows what they are paying or to whom…. and hence object or opt out in protest.

    Notice how almost all discussion is no longer on the calibre of what is produced, simply how best to shovel money at it still.

  99. 99
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Another incompetent lefty , When will it all stop?

  100. 100
    I like to frack says:

    Two Quangos in a lifetime and that is your lot.

    Put that in your manifesto and wiggle on it.

  101. 101
    PC 1984 Plod says:

    I would like to see a list of that woman’s sexual partners for the last ten years please.

    This whole story smells around a pile of taxpayers’ money.

  102. 102
    broderick crawford says:


    ” Do not concern yourself with the splinter in your brother s eye before removing the plank(ton ) in your own “

  103. 103
    broderick crawford says:


    ” Psst …Keep it under your hat — that was me !! “

  104. 104
    broderick crawford says:

    A very significant percentage of job candidates are thought to unduly embellish their profike on cv s …..

  105. 105
    broderick crawford says:


    It won t stop .

    It will acquire a terminal lease of new life when Milliskank gets in .

    Then it will die and wander the world for the ruin of other countries , much like the undead of Transylvanian lore ….

  106. 106
    broderick crawford says:

    Yes we do . It s Anthrax Island

  107. 107
    Rob says:

    Will no one think of the children?!!!

    The classic. ‘Baby seal defence’. If you make me save money I will be forced to batter this baby seal to death, and you will be responsible.

    Common in local government where services to the most vulnerable are cut to generate hostile publicity against budget cuts. Allowances, freebies and pork for supporters mysteriously are not cut.

  108. 108
    Labour, the new Aristocracy says:

    Another overpaid useless bitch.

  109. 109
    Labour, the new Aristocracy says:

    In other words a bullshitter.

  110. 110
    Labour, the new Aristocracy says:

    Can you post that again in English this time ?

  111. 111
    Labour, the new Aristocracy says:

    No we dont make things or sell things these days. Most business people are just purveyours of bullshit. I think they call themselves ‘consultants’.

  112. 112
    Don'tplaytheracecardwithmesonny! says:

    Ask Lin Homer. She managed (joke) to ensure that the UK Border Agency became such a source of public amusement that they put her in charge of HMRC in the hope that we’d laugh at that too!

  113. 113
    RightwinggitRedux says:

    And you’re on everyone’s shitlist.

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