April 4th, 2014

Clegg Brings Yet Another Lobbyist into the Heart of Government

Ssssh no one mention lobbying reform! Clegg has replaced his not-up-to-the-job Comms Director with Edelman’s public affairs managing director Stephen Lotinga. It’s a bit of a slap to Edelman considering the spin-merchant had only been there for a few weeks after signing from those paragons of virtue Bell Pottinger.

Fresh from spinning for the likes of ATOS, Russian banks and Kazak private equity firms, Lotinga’s only other job recorded on his CV seems to be working for the LibDems. Hiring a communications director who has never had a job outside politics or PR is sure to help the party connect to voters. Clegg will be hoping this one lasts more than two months…


47 Comments

  1. 1
  2. 2
    Calamity Clegg says:

    I’m sorry
    I’m sorry
    I’m so, so sorry

  3. 3
    Labour is the nasty party. says:

    Never ever trust the treacherous Libdems .

  4. 4
    Purple Tie Watch says:

    One of mine!

  5. 5
    Calamity Clegg says:

    Wrong!

  6. 6
    The Lord says:

    ..you know the rest

  7. 7
    smigsays says:

    Not. Good. Enough.

    Words are way too cheap. Stick your pathetic apology where the sun doesn’t shine.

    MarkOaten will be along shortly…

  8. 8
    June 2015 says:

    Tim “cheek chappy” Farron will be rubbing his hands as Clegg appoints a metropolitan stooge.

  9. 9
    smigsays says:

    Right more often than you my old china.

    How’s that backside of yours this afternoon? Still throbbing from the kicking given by Farage’s boot?

    Hahaha. Get yourself on the EU Gravy Train my old fruit. When we’re out I wont be subsidising your miserable existence.

    Toodlepip!

  10. 10
    dAI WONDERING says:

    why don’t we just elect pr firms?

    then perhaps we do already

  11. 11
    Ed Moribund says:

    Someone left the cake out in the rain
    I don’t think that I can take it
    ‘Cause it took so long to bake it
    And I’ll never have that recipe again
    Oh no!

  12. 12
    Maimed Codger says:

    Politically doomed and left with only a Lucrative Future in Europe…. enough said

  13. 13
  14. 14
    Ed (Echo Chamber) Miliband says:

    There’s an echo in here and I like what it’s saying.

  15. 15
    Ah! Monika says:

    Nigel Farage on #PhoneFarage says he “hates drugs” and has “never” taken them.

    Me too. The only reason being, I might prefer them to alcohol.

  16. 16
    J. Jonah Jameson says:

    Jeez look at this geek! Who Hired him? Clegg? Clegg’s an idiot. I should fire him..Again..Ok son, looks like you’re the new SPAD. So what are you waiting for Parker? Chinese new year? Go! Go! Spin your Spad stuff.

  17. 17
    Calamity Clegg says:

    I like to sit at home, put on some classical music and cry.

  18. 18
    Lard Preszza says:

    A cake you say?

  19. 19
    Calamity Clegg says:

  20. 20
    smigsays says:

    Awww you poor dear.

    You should try getting out more.

    The Colliers Arms, Clydach is lovely.

  21. 21
    A parliament of bumbandits, by bumbandits, for bumbandits says:

    And mine – he’s gorgeous.

    But hands off – I sodomised him first.

  22. 22
    Ah! don't know either says:

    Take your pick.

    http://tinyurl.com/pzfr8dz

  23. 23
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

  24. 24
    New improved 25% extra shit is still shit says:

    Any decent product should be able to sell itself.

  25. 25
    smigsays says:

    Some loser with no mates.

    Has to pay people, seriously. You’ll love this… He has to pay people to carry his bag for him.

    And he speaks Dutch. Our host will know its never good to trust the Orange ones. Especially if they’re bailing out the Bank.

  26. 26
    Mr T says:

    He’s a crazy fool!

  27. 27
    The House of Commons Library says:

    Mr 7%

  28. 28
    smigsays says:

    No lard in it Prezza. You won’t like it.

  29. 29
    ëLë says:

    get on the head of the snake and dance like a desserted storm in a teacup.
    wibble. it tasted like lime juice. mice at play.
    what is frozen green jelly.
    .
    is it lime?
    .

    it is time to defrost.
    kerchengfui.
    .
    below is gentle.
    .
    it is jolly.
    .
    it is a lolly. fab?
    it is not green.
    .
    just a multicoloured wonder.
    .
    .
    it may leave the tongue green.
    .
    envy has to go.
    ee
    eliminate envy.

  30. 30
    smigsays says:

    7% of men have Erectile Dysfunction at some point in their lives.

    I always thought he was a bit soft. Like a big floppy rabbits ear. Of no use to man nor woman.

  31. 31
    ████ 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    He must be a brilliant liar if Nick’s employed him. Hang on, he’s already worked for us. ‘Nuff said.

  32. 32
    Jesus fucking wept says:

    My God, I must say for a while there I doubted the calibre of the LibDems, but now that I see that photo of Mr Lotinga I have had a re-think. That guy looks serious, a real go to man, the man with the plan…I mean, look at those statement glasses.
    Who can stop them now?

  33. 33
    You couldn't make it up says:

    “Fresh from spinning for the likes of ATOS, Russian banks and Kazak private equity firms”

    Haha, this guy makes a living trying to polish turds and peddle lost causes and now he’s off to work for Nick Clegg.

  34. 34
    dai thirstily says:

    and friday is pint-night

  35. 35
    dai metaphorically says:

    HEART of government?

    more like ANUS of government

  36. 36
    dai broke says:

    will the appointment generate foreign political contributions?

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    It is one thing to criticise politicians for having no careers outside politics (which is a fair criticism) but seems odd to cry foul that a Communications Director should have a background in…..communications.

    Its like arguing that the head of a bank should have NO banking experience, because bankers are all evil….

  38. 38
    lojolondon says:

    John Redwood asked the question – why does Clegg think the EU is so brilliant, but he doesn’t proudly say that they make most of our laws, he starts denying that they have any influence at all in UK laws – minimising the role of the EU, as if it doesn’t exist.
    A very strange attitude!

    Somewhere there must be a list of the lies Clegg told in his 30 minutes, it must certainly run into the tens??

  39. 39
    People change says:

    ……The “Drink” nearly killed me, the drugs have kept me happy and healthy…..

  40. 40
    FreeLoveLiberal says:

    I think he looks really dreamy..

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Wow, I should get a job in PR. According to his CV he went from being a lowly research assistant to being a director & partner at Bell Pottinger in about 6 years!

    It beats real work!

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Great suit, straight back, firm handshake, square jaw, excellent grasp of the latest management buzzwords, bright eyed, bushy tailed.

    No actual evidence of any skills, expertise or ability.

    Sadly, he sounds like an ideal political PR man and SpAd.

  43. 43
    nmj says:

    A 4 year old with a water pistol?

  44. 44
  45. 45
    SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Take one look at the face of Stephen Lotinga and there can be no doubt that you are looking into the face of a C-NT!

  46. 46
    Inconvenient Truth says:

    You know things are desperate when the Political ‘Elite’ need to hire people to tell them what the average Joe on the street is thinking – especially a Superman’s dorky younger brother lookalike. This BS with PR, Lobbying and Quango’s is beyond a joke. Westminster actually makes the Russians look pretty straight-up – and I’m no big fan of them either!

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    “Ssssh no one mention lobbying reform!”
    Or that rule by some form of divine right, like that in the Lords, appears to be filtering down into and permeating through an allegedly elected and accountable lower house. While peasants revolt in the Ukraine and oust their overlords, as a consequence of high level corruption. How fortunate that the UK strives to maintain a culture, that can still treat its own plebs like $£*!


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