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

  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?

  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.

  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.

  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. 10
    Sue Denim says:

    Mandatory drug-taking, more like.

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

  11. 11
    Butt buddies says:

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 15
    Labore Mpee says:


  16. 16
    Melons fan says:

    I like working class women. Can’t beat a bit of rough. Do you have ample bosoms, m’lady?

  17. 17
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    Sent,from my i’phone

  18. 18
    Táxpáyér says:

    Suicidal death wish of the left, as their guilty conscience?

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 22
    Reverend Flowers says:

    I before C except after taking lots of E! Aciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid!

  23. 23
    Sarah Millington says:

    What was the catering like?

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 26
    Statist says:

    “And yet, strangely, you defend a religion that advocates the mass murder of all gay people on earth.”

    Please explain which religion over the past 100 years has advocated the “mass murder of all gay people on earth”.

    It is common to see (and is socially acceptable) Muslim men in the ME holding hands FFS!

    Could it be you that is the useful idiot?

  27. 27
    Boy Rent from Brazil says:

    I shall go to Primark and pick something up in the sale.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 30
    Congnitive dissonance says:

    It is common to see (and is socially acceptable) Muslim men in the ME holding hands FFS!

    So acceptable, that’s why they hang them in public in Iran.

  31. 31
  32. 32
    The fleeced taxpayers says:

    “Can we all club together to buy Abbott a whole load of delicious fat laden food”

    We already do.

  33. 33
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Holding hands is not a gay thing in the middle east. It’s simply what normal men do, sometimes.

  34. 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.

  35. 35
    Mind the gap says:

    They do, but it is called ‘co-habitation’. Bit ljke marriage but without all the paperwork, plus you get to keep your own tax allowance etc.

  36. 36
  37. 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. 38
    Village Idiot says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. 40
    Just Wondring says:

    That is not right, otherwise why was Civil Partnership invented for gayers then? i.e. why didn’t they simply co-habit?

  41. 41
    Me says:


  42. 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. 43
    The unelected Cathy Ashton (WetOps) says:

    Farage will not make it to the debate.

  44. 44
    Melons fan says:

    This is a family blog.

  45. 45
    Reg E Stree-Office says:

    Because some people are NEVER fucking satisfied, that’s why.

  46. 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.

  47. 47
    Persona non grata says:

    Quite, I had forgotten about my taxes.

  48. 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.

  49. 49
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Fighting like ferrets in a sack ,get the popcorn in.

  50. 50
    Reader says:

    It used to be, but I have noticed a lot of stupid porn posts on here recently.

  51. 51
    Peter Tatchell says:

    I will never stop until gayers can marry in the p0pe’s en suite bathroom.

  52. 52
    Millions dead by teatime says:

    Same old IPPC.

  53. 53
    TE Lawrence says:

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

  54. 54
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Oi Guido, can you moderate this? Some of us want to read in peace.

    Some readers seem as obsessed with homosexuals and perverts and can’t stop commenting on it.

  55. 55
    Someone says:

    Then you are silly. Get a life.

  56. 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.

  57. 57
    when milli met murphy says:

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

  58. 58
    when milli met murphy says:

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

  59. 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 .

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 62
    Fishy says:

    Brown only gave Cameron six months at the 2010 election

  63. 63
    Twampersand mk II says:

    There is no money, except that they keep printing.

  64. 64

    Let’s just agree the towelheads are a weird lot & you really wouldn’t want one porking your sister. Or brother.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Labour is the nasty party….. for kids!

  66. 66
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    apparently you can apply for tickets from

  67. 67
    Garrotted says:

    The hands they’re are holding are the one’s they’ve just chopped off

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 70
    Jeremy P says:

    I rolled over and let the Crystal Rev tickle my tummy.

  71. 71
    Brr, chilly in hee today says:

    Dead brain Davey was dire on the telly today. We are losing hope fast.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 74
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Do you mean the Eagle brothers ?

  75. 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.

  76. 76
    broderick crawford says:

    Not long … assuming it s no larger than A4 size

  77. 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!

  78. 78
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    I would hazard that THAT young lady is none of the above! I would!

  79. 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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