March 31st, 2014

Sindy’s Civil Service ‘Exclusive’ Will Remain So

‘Scoop’ from yesterday’s Independent on Sunday:

“Labour will be given only six months to “road test” its plans for government with senior civil servants, after David Cameron controversially intervened to block early talks, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.”

But is it actually true that the amount of time the opposition is being given to consult with civil servants before the election is being cut? Oliver Wright notes that “In previous elections, under a convention set by John Major, such talks could take place up to 16 months before the last possible date an election could be called.” Though that was before the era of fixed-term parliaments when election dates were chosen at the PM’s discretion, usually 12 months before the last possible date, giving the opposition party four months and not the full 16. The 16 month period allowed the PM to avoid revealing the exact date of the election which could otherwise be calculated from the date access was granted. Indeed, a reader points out that in 1983, 1987, 2001 and 2005 the opposition party had as little as four months’ access to civil servants. So, actually, Labour are getting a pretty good deal.

This is part of a wider pattern of whining from Miliband, following on from Labour’s moan that he didn’t have enough time to respond to the Budget. This should really help Ed beat the perception that he is weak and pathetic…


  1. 1
    Mark Menhesees says:

    Oh, I love you so
    You pay my rentboy


    • 56
      Socialism is theft says:

      It doesn’t take 6 months for Miliband to claim he will tax bank bosses to pay for the NHS, schools, the National Debt and the benefits system. Maybe the time is needed for him to decide what to do with the rest of the money.


    • 75
      broderick crawford says:


      Oi !! Stop commandeering my Brazilian rentboys !

      I found the favelas before you were in long trousers.

      Get your prick off my lawn.


  2. 2
    Mark Menzies & Reverend Flowers says:

    There’s methadrone to our madness!


  3. 3
    Dep Under Sec says:

    How long does it take to read a blank sheet of paper?


    • 59
      I dislike socialists intensely says:

      Miliband is a pathetic and weak so called leader , I think that economic genius
      Ed Balls would make a much better leader with his charming personality .


      • 69
        Dirtbox Dave - the queen of the homos says:


        The country needs to be led by someone who’s clearly in touch with “his” feminine side.


    • 76
      broderick crawford says:

      Not long … assuming it s no larger than A4 size


  4. 4
    Mitch says:

    How long does it take to say their policies are sh1t and won’t work?


  5. 5
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    Just wait till you all see my rent boy,fellas.

    Ooh ,he’s so delicious.


    • 14
      Congnitive dissonance says:

      And yet, strangely, you defend a religion that advocates the mass murder of all gay people on earth. The definition of a useful idiot you are, methinks.


    • 28
      Anonymous says:

      Ed Milliband is looking more strange and inept at every turn ! as it stands Dave will get in without any help from Nick.Is this a ploy by Hattie, Yvette and co to oust him before the election ? it wont help, by the way Ha Ha Ha.


  6. 6
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    I shall bring forward mandatory drug testing for MP’s,and yes that includes you,Mark Menzies.


    • 10
      Sue Denim says:

      Mandatory drug-taking, more like.

      By the way – extraordinary use of apostrophes, commas and spaces there.


    • 48
      Cinna says:

      Well there are many, many businesses now who have mandatory drink and drug testing. I think this idea should be applied throughout Westminster. It seems strange that thee should be alcoholic beverages on sale within the HoC. Drink and drugs never mix.


  7. 7
    Mark Menzies says:

    Wear some sexy underwear.

    __♥ .____ ♥__


  8. 8
    Sandi Toksvig - carpet muncher par excellence says:

    Miliband is rather like his name, bandy with the eyes too close together.


  9. 9
    South Park says:


  10. 11
    Butt buddies says:


  11. 12
    Sarah Millington says:

    As a working class woman there is no-one I know who relates to Miliband.

    He may as well be from Mars.

    Android metro yuppie, no character or soul – & dead eyes.


  12. 13
    Filming !!! Another Tax dodge? says:


    • 20
      Diane Abbott says:

      Me spend Mudda Day eating lotsa rice and pea, jerk chickaan and drinking rum and coke in a rub a dub styleee, bogle bogle.

      Ya white boys is all raasclaat, ya know! Ya keep dividin and rulin!

      Afro-Caribbean mums like me will go to da wall for our kids, and then to Wall’s for some ice cream.


    • 23
      Sarah Millington says:

      What was the catering like?


  13. 19
    Just Wondring says:

    In these days of equality for all…

    Can some Cameron sockpuppet please tell me why ‘normal’ people cannot have a Civil Partnership when gayers can?

    It just doesn’t sound very equal to me


  14. 21
    Persona non grata says:

    Can we all club together to buy Abbott a whole load of delicious fat laden food, in the hope that it might precipitate a massive heart attack?


  15. 24
    Non-Stop Propaganda says:

    Went to see the flick Non-Stop hoping for a good old fashioned thriller. It was splendid stuff, right up until the last 20 minutes (WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU PLAN TO SEE IT) when it was revealed the terrorist was someone whose father died on September 11, whilst one of the heroes of the story was a muslim doctor. What a fucking joke. This sort of political correctness makes me want to throw up. The bad guy doesn’t have to be a muslim but when they put a heroic muzee and juxtapose it with a villain who lost a loved one on 9/11, it just reeks of leftie bollocks.


    • 29
      PC Prat says:

      I agree it was rubbish. For a start the movie had no transgender character, or a double amputee as a main character either.

      I also did not recall seeing any dwarves.


      • 46
        Gobshite says:

        There’s a lesbian dwarf at 22’19” — your attention must have been elsewhere. She’s played by Claude van Damme, who loses.


    • 53
      TE Lawrence says:

      Basically, the Amercians sold out to the Saudis years ago.


  16. 25
    Fire Worst 10% of Public Sector Workers Now, Watch Productivity Go Up says:

    Why would any incoming government need the Civil Service? These incompetent bungler are part of the problem, not the solution.


  17. 34
    Brussels Broadcasting Co says:

    We have been rehearsing with Nick Clegg for weeks for this Wednesdays debate.

    Questions from the non biased audience include –

    1) Nigel why did you say that Europe has blood on it’s hands – now will you apologize?

    2) Nigel why are you such a bigot for not agreeing with gay marriage?

    3) Nigel why did put your wife on the pay roll?

    * After each question the audience will boo and hiss and clap when Nick drinks a glass of water.

    * We will having heating on 11 to make Nigel sweat even more.

    * David Dimbleby and Nick will talk over Nigel as much as possible.

    * Nick Robinson has already written up his blog declaring victory for Clegg.


    • 37
      BBC - Middle East Dept says:

      We have also asked members of the audience to bring any unneeded shoes in, to throw at Farage.


    • 38
      Village Idiot says:

      ….The answer to the first question is;….I agree with Nigel, the EU does have blood on its’ hands!


    • 39
      Stephen Hawking says:

      Yanukovych used the EU as a bargaining tool to get a better deal from Russia.

      You can understand Russia being a bit pissed off at the situation.


    • 42
      You kip answering service says:

      1. Because it has. No.
      2. Effoff back to Brighton pansy chops.
      3. MYOFB. Oh and what does that have to do with immigration overload and getting the UK out of the EU.


    • 43
      The unelected Cathy Ashton (WetOps) says:

      Farage will not make it to the debate.


  18. 52
    Millions dead by teatime says:

    Same old IPPC.


  19. 57
    when milli met murphy says:

    did ed morph into eddie …he soars like an eagle.
    perverse this.


  20. 58
    when milli met murphy says:

    did eddie join the band of thieves?
    this is borderline.


  21. 60
    Welcome to the Victim Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Are you a P@edo or Pervert and feeling depressed because the public do not understand you’ Remember you are the victim so come to our outreach service and feel loved.


  22. 61
    when milli met murphy says:

    perversity leads to borderline leads to the the “I am the leader” romantic to the camp glitter to the world of intimacy where left and right meet.


  23. 62
    Fishy says:

    Brown only gave Cameron six months at the 2010 election


  24. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Labour is the nasty party….. for kids!


  25. 68
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Six months or six minutes, it would not make any difference. Labour policy will still be a load of cobblers!


  26. 72
    Weird Ed says:

    As I go about the country, people say to me “Weird Ed, there’s no point in voting for Labour. It’s Labour’s job to trash the economy but the economy is still trashed from when you were last in office, so there’s no point in in having you back in government.” To these people I say there is no economy weak enough that we can’t trash further. Britain deserves a better trashing than this.


  27. 73
    The Colonel says:

    In 2010 Gordon Brown refused to allow the Tories access to the Treasury books at all before the election, meaning that when ministers finally got to read the true state of the nation’s finances it came as a nasty shock.

    Stop bleating, Lefties – what goes around comes around.


    • 77
      SarumSea says:

      Why the fuss? The incoming Ch Sec had a helpful handwritten note from his predecessor, Liam Byrne, explaining the intricacies of what lay ahead!


  28. 79
    qlangley says:

    Major was also reacting to opinion polls in 1996 which showed a very high probability of a change of government. Media at the time cited that as a reason for early access.


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