April 28th, 2014

Ministers Go AWOL Ahead of HS2 Vote
Leadsom, Hurd, Lidington and Grieve Go Missing

Looks like Andrea Leadsom will be abstaining from tonight’s HS2 vote, the Treasury says she has conveniently gone to Brussels. If she stays for beer and frites this evening it will be ambition and a 20,000 majority that keeps her there…

Foreign Office minister David Lidington has been given permission to abstain and is threatening to “resign at a later stage of the bill” if changes are not made in favour of his constituency.

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd is also abstaining reports the Speecie, apparently he thinks resigning wouldn’t make any difference.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve is visiting the north-east and won’t be back in time for the vote.

The debate is underway shortly…


  1. 1
    We've had to wait until 4.02pm for UKIP to have a daily disaster says:

    UKIP stage their own protest against rail travel


  2. 2
    John Tandy says:


  3. 3
    Ockham's Razor says:

    “Minister for Civil Society”

    I bet Douglas likes that one…

  4. 4
    Sir Alex Ferguson says:

    It’s getting close to squeaky bum time!

  5. 5
    Purpurmel says:

    Damn, they might as well go around their constituents painting them purple.

  6. 6
  7. 7
    UKIP the final solution says:

    Snivelling weak cowards running away and hiding like Gordon Brown used to do so they dont have to actually represent their constituents?

    A yellow streak running right through the Tory party and I dont mean their libdem partners.

  8. 8
    catesby says:

    Surely by being absent they’re not actually doing their jobs?! Pidlington is making a speech in the Baltic? Is this his constituency? As for Mr Grieve don’t forget that he is an avid supporter of the ‘Human Rights Act/Racket! And Cameron loves him.

  9. 9
    Havel says:

    No such ministry should exist. Get this intrusive government off our backs.

  10. 10
    Mrs T says:


  11. 11
    alexsandr says:

    I hope their constituents consider dumping these cowards before the 2015 GE
    If they cant be arsed to turn up to represent their electorate, what are they there for?

  12. 12
    Adolf says:

    I like your moniker dude !

  13. 13
    Andrea Leadsom says:

    George Osborne can just fuck off!

  14. 14
    Mornington Crescent says:

    If Leadsom (who she?) is so exercised about HS2, she should be in the fucking House, arguing her case.


  15. 15
    how about says:

    Abandon HS2.
    No one wants it.

  16. 16
    Nutty Smeared UKIPper says:

    It’s a smear. Someone put the station canopy there on purpose. It’s a smear.

    Disgraceful…haven’t the press got anything else to do but smear us?

  17. 17
    Nigel Evans says:

    Would you like to see my purple member?

  18. 18
    @hateliebour says:

    What the hell is minister for Civic society, what does it mean, is it another none Liebour job that’s just been carried over from the 1997-2010 reign of terror, time is was chopped up and put in the fortnightly bin, alnog with all the other crap that the flies buzz around.

  19. 19
    Fishy says:

    I do.

  20. 20
    YepBlowing Whistles says:

    Eddi milibandwagon – hoisted the Climate Change Act 2008 upon us – a fucking great tax theft and then labour were booted out.

    Are the tories going to saddle the public purse with another tax thieving ‘folly’ [The elite love their taxem till the pips squeak ruses] for the financial benefit of their friends before they too are kicked out?

  21. 21
    The Cabinet says:

    But our future careers outside the HoP depend on it !

  22. 22
    Groaaaaan says:

    She Leadsom astray?

  23. 23
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    A note from his mum for Lidington. South Bucks has been abused too long by his malodorous ministrations. This ‘permission to abstain’ is the most spine I have ever seen the little rat display.

  24. 24
    UKIP Jobs for Irish Actors says:

    It’s the Establishment closing ranks I tell you

  25. 25
    nell says:


    D D
    D D
    D D

    B B
    B B

    A A
    A A
    A A




  26. 26
    Ed Balls says:


  27. 27
    Gooey Blob says:

    Kick the Tories out? That can only mean one thing, and it’s the nightmare scenario: a hard left government. Blair was a dream compared to the appalling prospect of the two Eds. Unthinkable!

  28. 28
    dai railing says:

    why do we need tsr2?

    continental loading gauge?

  29. 29
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    Soap on a rope ordered for Max Clifford.

  30. 30
    Ed Twelvety Balls says:
  31. 31
    Ed Twelvety Balls says:

    This one?

  32. 32
    Havel says:

    It’s the Ministry for interfereing in every aspect of your life, including what you do in your spare time with your mates.

    Put up a sign in a local shop window to form a chess club and they will take credit for creating a ‘vibrant third sector’.

    Offer to drop the neighbours’ kids off at scouts when you take yours round and before you know it you’ll be filling out forms in triplicate, undergoing criminal records checks and signing ‘volunteer contracts’.

    Form a baking club and someone will want to know if you have complied with the correct EU directives on the length of your sausage rolls. It is authoritarianism, pure and simple.

  33. 33
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    HS2 comes to a stop.

    HS2 hits the buffers.

    HS2 just another gravy train.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:


  35. 35
    Anonymous says:
  36. 36
    Thrill Seeker says:

    I see there are some seats free.

  37. 37
    Nurse says:

    Is that a handy sick bucket I see before me.

  38. 38
    Mornington Crescent says:

    …to an audience of 1.

    In a darkened room.

  39. 39
    The public says:

    You don’t have future careers. The penalty for treason is more severe than that.

  40. 40
    Duncan -Smith to speak says:

    THe Telegraph, front page, says Duncan-Smith “talks nonsense”.

  41. 41
    Nick Clogg says:

    Now look here. Our friends at the BBC need faster luxurious travel as do Liberal and Labour MP’s.

    So stop being Waaacist!

  42. 42
    John Tandy says:


  43. 43
    Mink says:

    a fart in your pocket is worth two in glass lift

  44. 44
    nell says:

    Is gordonbrown going to attend this debate? Unlikely as apparently he’s preparing for the launch of his next new ‘blockbuster’ ‘My Scotland, Our Britain’ – pet’s hope his publishers sell more than 30 this time otherwise they are going to be out of pocket again.

  45. 45
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    Nick Hurd, any relation to Douglas , who was so memorably described by Alan Clarke as looking as if he had a corn cob stuck up his arse ?

  46. 46
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    There’s a good 8 to 10 seats that UKIP can win easily next May along the route of HS2, by standing a strong anti-HS2 candidate in each seat explaining that HS2 is a EU vanity project/white elephant.

  47. 47
    Eva Creasy says:

    More cake?

  48. 48
    Ed Ballls says:

    Oh I just trumped!!

  49. 49
    UKIP says:


  50. 50
  51. 51
    D.Lidington says:

    Actually, you no-good plebs, I’m hoping HS2 goes through as it will look sooo godd on my EU minister application. Working for the EU, working for me.

  52. 52
    Three Line Whip says:

    How on earth did he manage to take that selfie?

  53. 53
    catastrophe theory says:

    Wait till after the Euro elections. The full enormity of their achievement will be revealed as the Westminster parties find they have to compete, and possibly can’t, in order to regain the lost votes.

  54. 54
    Putin says:

    He’s scared of snipers

  55. 55

    If the bus had demolished the entire station it would alter nothing ,we still want out of the corrupt communist EUSSR.

  56. 56
    albacore says:

    All these worthies up and running away
    They’re frit of what desperate Dave might say
    He won’t be finding it at all funny
    If he can’t blow yet more borrowed money

  57. 57
    PR Dept says:

    It’s a cardboard cut-out.

  58. 58
    @hateliebour says:

    Did he tell the Estonia Business school that Britain has no future in the EU , when the people of the country take back Britain from it’s troughing,, lieing politicians and uncivil service, we will still be friends and do business together but we want to run our own country..

  59. 59
    The Estonian Government says:

    Actually, we thought we’d invited the other baldy. What’s his name? Hague?

  60. 60

    The EU Kommissars want it ,theirs is the only opinion of any weight in the House of Cowards!

  61. 61
    YepBlowing Whistles says:

    Blair is an International(e) War Criminal.

  62. 62
    @hateliebour says:

    Thought that piece of rubbish had a book coming out, when he decided to do a days work for his constituents and make a speech, won’t wait for it to make it’s début in Poundland.

  63. 63

    Another hangover from the tories time in opposition when the idiots felt obliged to ‘shadow’ every soviet titled ministry that Brown andBlair could come up with,such as Culture Media and Sport , Ministry of Justice etc. There is no better illustration of the transition from New Labour to Blue Labour!

  64. 64
    Pick litter for bennies says:

    HS2 will create thousands of jobs and politicians can,t stop every single one of them being taken by EU nationals.At the very least a large percentage will go to them,with the money earned going back to Poland,Estonia,France,etc,etc,the British taxpayer in effect subsidising the EU economy.Vote UKIP.

  65. 65
    Useless Tories says:

    There is nothing conservative about ‘The Conservatives’.

  66. 66

    There is no such thing as a ‘lost’ vote, they do NOT own the votes ,we do.

  67. 67
    Political Pundit. says:

    You mean Bryne who can magically make money disappear.

  68. 68
    Just Saying says:

    If it goes ahead it should start in Birmingham not London.

  69. 69
    Fed up Joe Public & all voting UKIP ORG says:

    We are certainly looking forward to making substantial permanent changes

    to UK political scene for ConsLieLaborLebDims Anti Democracy Alliance

    which they may never recover from………

    VOTE UKIP & start to take OUR country back from the ConsLieLaborLebDims

    Anti Democracy Alliance

  70. 70
    £oundland insider says:

    The publisher has already made us a substantial offer to take this crap
    straight off the press’es into all of our chain of nationwide shops…..

    but we are holding out for an even better offer, we have fiscal standards

    for this being a very profitable prudence to our bottom line. !!!

  71. 71
    Busy Business says:

    I want HS2 too.

  72. 72
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Bad things happening to the UKIP battle bus could become some sort of actioned catch phrase if managed correctly. Certainly, the mishaps could help endear further public support.

    UKIP battle bus left with egg on its face after accident with a P’olish lorry on the M20 shedding its load…

    UKIP battle bus stuck under bridge after confusion over metric / imperial height markings..

    UKIP battle bus bounces back after being engulfed in Jelly following unfortunate industrial accident in Hove…

    – So long as no one is harmed, could be quite good fun.

    (Someone needs to build a flash game fast !)

  73. 73
    The UK says:

    Hear, hear.

  74. 74
    broderick crawford says:

    i agree . all ministries should be subsumed into one

    The Ministry of Administrative Affairs .

    Sir Humphrey where be you in our hour of need ?!

  75. 75
    broderick crawford says:

    As you ve managed to repair the hairdryer now Alex I assume you will be coming back …. putting paid to any pretensions of longevity being harboured by that young whippersnapper Wenger down South.

  76. 76
    broderick crawford says:


    tonight I fancy going MIA Missing in Action …… I know I want to ….

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