May 13th, 2014

Adrian Bailey’s Unrivalled Business Expertise

Beardy BIS select committee chair Adrian Bailey is grilling Pfizer’s and Astrazeneca’s bosses this morning, doing his best to show Britain is not open for business. What qualifications does Bailey have to judge international business deals? Perhaps he is calling on his own experience of financial transactions issuing library fines back when he was a librarian. Or maybe he is relying on his unrivalled expertise at mediating major disputes from when he was a teacher. Has he ever hired anyone? Borrowed money to launch a product? Taken a risk? Paid staff from his own savings in order to build a business? Librarian, teacher, Labour MP. His CV would suggest not…

UPDATE: He can’t even manage his own website:


  1. 1
    we know he's going bald says:

    Brushing his receding hair forward won’t
    fool anyone.


  2. 2
    Shooty* says:

    The whole select committee grilling thing is a farce


    • 3
      F##k the LibLabCon says:

      Bread and games dear boy they must have their bread and games.


    • 6
      Throg says:

      Given MPs predilection for letting their genitalia do the thinking for them, I would have thought spit-roasting rather than grilling would be a committee’s preferred choice of interaction.


    • 7
      Gerbil 7 says:

      It’s a silly game of one-upmanship that only impresses those with just as little knowledge as those playing it.
      Playing to the audience is not the way to conduct business, those being ‘questioned’ must have a quiet chuckle to themselves on the way out.


    • 13
      Bill Quango MP says:

      £14.039 additional bunce for chairing a select committee.

      The idea is to eventually have 650 select committees, giving everyone a salary bump.

      For example, I myself chair the coffee cup L/XL/super/Grande/tall/venti standardisation group.

      Thirsty work, I assure you.


    • 20
      Money for old rope says:

      Sitting on a select committee makes all the difference between earning only 70 grand a year and a nice 100 grand, old thing.


      • 77
        couldabin says:

        Plus expenses, don’t forget.

        Adrian Bailey, who earns more than £80,000, claimed £13 to attend three separate services in his West Bromwich constituency in November.

        Another Labour trougher. Despite how little they know of life “outside the bubble”‘ they all learn very quickly how to claim their expenses!


    • 23
      Pointless says:

      Sure is.
      Watched committee “grilling” of Bank Execs:
      1. “Have you any qualifications?”
      ” No.”

      But have any of the committee ?

      2. A bell rang and all the committee members just packed up and left. TV views of remainder of people in room just standing around, kicking their heels!


  3. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Attract companies to the UK with R&D tax breaks and then tell them to fuck off.


  4. 5
    táxpáyér says:

    Er, It’s owned by shareholders not the state, it’s up to them to decide.

    (Personally I’d vote no, as the deal looks crap).


    • 18
      Maqb­oul says:

      They would probably need approval from the CMA to ensure competition in the market is not affected.


  5. 8
    frenchjohn says:

    Watching some of these ‘business expert’ M.P’s in arse clenchingly embarrassing. Do none of them have SPAD’s to tell them not to make fecking idiots of themselves. The guys from Astrazeneca must be wearing incontinence pads. They’ll be pissing themselves.


  6. 10
    Minor player says:

    A politician in a position he’s no way qualified for… Who’d have thought…. Thank heavens the Secretary of State for education is so well versed in classroom practice, the health secretary is always a qualified and experienced doctor, and the prime minister is always absolutely in touch with the real world.


  7. 11
    Winston says:

    Murdoch’s man, Guido, is silent on the manipulated media smear on UKIP, that is now unravelling. Front page of Metro and other papers about the Police ‘hassling an innocent Green Party activist on the orders of UKIP about his innocent tweets’, when in fact the watermelon was breaking election law and pretending to be a UKIP activist.


  8. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    Thank fuck Hodge isn’t on this committee


  9. 16
    Frank's Son says:

    But it’s okay for One Term Dave (he of no business expertise) to cheerlead for the deal to go ahead? Why? Because Guido just adores Our Dave <3


  10. 19
    widescreen2010 says:

    To be fair, those he is grilling are unlikely to have had to do any of those things either.


  11. 21
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Can we have the CVs of both front benches together with a CRB check, please?


    • 74
      Do as I say, not as I do! Hic, Snort, Toke, Jab says:

      And compulsory Drugs Testing for everyone who works in Westminster. We’ll soon see who the whelps are. They’re not even on the same behavioral level of Squaddies/Coppers/Nurses and Firemen/Women. (and that includes Breath Testing before you enter the Chamber and/or Vote). I can bet you ‘a more Liberal Approach’ would be adopted ASAP. . They don’t like it up-‘em.


  12. 22
    nell says:

    You’d think even labour could have put up a more credible chair of business than that wouldn’t you!!

    What a load of nonentities they’ve become!


    • 26
      nell says:

      It’s rather like militwit isn’t it? He seems to be part kinnochio, part michaelfoot and part gurninggordon.


  13. 24
    Nigel Farage says:

    Midday. Jeez.


  14. 25
    too much port and cheese says:

    Judging by his photo then he hasn’t got much longer on this earth anyway.


  15. 27
  16. 28
    No 6 says:

    It’s amusing to watch the Pfizer guys who clearly think the committee consists of over-promoted idiots. And who is that awful Scottish woman with the Medusa stare?


  17. 30
    richardj says:

    Just like Millepeed – bags of experience at the cutting edge


  18. 31
    Socialists know how to have a good time! says:

    Get down and boogie!


  19. 32
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    Is not the decision resting with EU Commissioners ?

    As a result – the select committee and other discussion in Westminster is somewhat redundant.


    • 51
      optional extras says:

      They have to pretend to the brain dead they are still in charge of the circus, when everybody else knows the EU is where decisions are made


  20. 33
    Maqb­oul says:

    Adrian Baileys ? His face says Johnny Walker more like.


  21. 35
    Steve Miliband says:

    He looks like he couldn’t even grill a bit of cheese on toast


  22. 38
    Centre Parting says:

    Could they run the Coop?


  23. 42
    Wibble says:

    Unqualified yet comments on everything and points fingers.
    How did we end up so many installed Labour committee chairpersons with too much sway and influence? They should be unbiased and steering discussion, not dominating with their own agendas.

    Pfizer and AZ shareholders will make the key decisions and not some political flunky or hand-wringing toady.


    • 52
      Fishy says:

      I saw BBC favourite, Hodge the Dodge grandstanding on C4 News last night, indignant and bleating about tax avoidance and the awful accountants and tax advisers around who help companies and individuals reduce their tax burden.

      Lefty Jon Snow didn’t bother to ask her about her own family’s tax planning or about a company called St’emcore.


  24. 48
    Anonymous says:


    • 53
      Patient at Stafford DGH says:

      I wanted a drink of water and was told to wait until the following day.

      I ended up drinking from a bedside vase


    • 56
      Anonymous says:

      You shouldn’t have given him your name.


    • 59
      Sue Denim says:

      I ‘phoned up for an appointment yesterday morning at 08:00 am and was seen at 09:30 (the same day, before anyone tries to be smart).


      • 69
        Dangerous Brian says:

        Emergency surgery, what for, a brain transplant?
        I’d go back, it certainly didn’t take.


    • 80
      broderick crawford says:

      Emergency surgery ?

      A cerebral lobotomy ?

      Does nt seem to have helped much . Should have saved the taxpayer money and transplanted the adenoids there instead .


  25. 50
    An awkward bastard says:

    So if Pfizer take over and a few thousand jobs go but the cost of drugs supplied to millions falls that sounds a good deal to me.


    • 81

      Absolutely .

      Anyway now we have self service counters at supermarkets when are they going to sack the whole phalanx of JobCdentres and just install self service Giro dispensers ?
      There are no jobs anyway so why maintain the charade ?


  26. 55
    Henry V says:

    Big business is all about dirty dealings as are the internal workings of the Labour Party so I would say he is well qualified.


  27. 58
    Louche Lawyer says:

    Pfizer just wants to r*pe a good British company to line their own pockets. Tell the Yanks to F*** Off, as far as I’m concerned.

    Dave and his Elite chums are probably in favour of the deal if it will make them a quick buck, whilst the rest of the overburdened taxpaying middle classes go jump. Typical of the idiots at the top of the Cons.

    Anytime the Yanks want something, it’s for themselves.

    AZ is the sort of company Britain desperately needs to keep its economy afloat, i.e. selling a product (drugs man!) which the rest of the world needs and is willing to pay good cash for.


    • 61
      optional extras says:

      If they do take over Astrazeneca then prices for drugs will shoot up, for the NHS and over the counter, it,s a load money they are paying out and their shareholders will want a quick return on the money, say NO.


  28. 64
    Idiot says:

    Brian Binley is of course saving the day for the Tories with his cool and precisely analytical style.


  29. 66
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Shock horror! A politician pontificating on a subject that he knows fuck all about. Business as usual then. Useless bunch of wankers.


    • 76
      Jack Ketch says:

      He who can–does. He who cannot–teaches. He who cannot do either becomes an MP. He who is an MP and too much of a complete dickhead to even become a PPS to a junior minister joins a select committee.


  30. 67
    Milibandwagon says:

    He’s as well qualified to run the BIS select committee as I am to run the country.


  31. 72
    jdseanjd says:

    This poor country.
    The grade of 2nd rate incompetents in office!

    Govt in our supposed “democracy” is not fit for purpose.
    “Fecked”, I think is the technical term, absolutely boogered.

    Where’s the reset button?


  32. 73
    easyleys says:

    Who selects a select committee?


  33. 75
    John Bellingham says:

    Saw Digby Jones on the Daily Politics (why are people like him not running the country?). He made the point that rather than whinge and moan about the takeover and appeal to the European Commission (the Westminster government having no powers to affect a takeover) someone should fly to Washinton DC and ask the US Congress if they would allow a British company to carry out a similar take over of a US concern. the answer would be no–so the answer to Pfizer should also be no, until the US market becomes free.


    • 82
      broderick crawford says:

      Send George Galloway before a Senate committee.

      He ll make them cower in withering embarassment like he did on Iraq


  34. 83
    broderick crawford says:

    In fact although I don t agree with the man s politics why is not Galloway with his huge debating skills not chairing THIS
    ” bizness “committee in London , instead of this apology for an Inquisitor whose “attacks ” resemble the nuzzlings of a moribund sheepdog ?


  35. 84
    John says:

    Be careful, already this bloke has more business experience than George Osborne, Ed Balls, David Cameron and Ed Miliband… combined.


  36. 85
    Colin Shepherd says:

    Encapsulates everything we hate about the political class.


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