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. 3
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

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

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

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

  5. 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).

  6. 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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 9
    Bobby Charlton says:

    It looks great.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 12
    You can't jail me, i'm a Priory priority says:

    So Mike Hancock is taking the Margaret Moran tried and trusted keep out of jail defence.

  13. 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.

  14. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    Thank fuck Hodge isn’t on this committee

  15. 15
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Give us a link then.

  16. 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

  17. 17
    Steve Miliband says:

    Hold the fucking front page

  18. 18
    Maqb­oul says:

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

  19. 19
    widescreen2010 says:

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

  20. 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.

  21. 21
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 24
    Nigel Farage says:

    Midday. Jeez.

  25. 25
    too much port and cheese says:

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

  26. 26
    nell says:

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

  27. 27
  28. 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?

  29. 29
    The Apocalyptic Scribe says:

    Guido is the new establishment. The Astra Zeneca deal is a hostile takeover bid by a US asset stripping company that does not give a toss about British jobs. I am disgusted that you of all people Mr Fawkes, support it. And Labour are from hell so don’t accuse me of being a commie.

  30. 30
    richardj says:

    Just like Millepeed – bags of experience at the cutting edge

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

    Get down and boogie!

  32. 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.

  33. 33
    Maqb­oul says:

    Adrian Baileys ? His face says Johnny Walker more like.

  34. 34
    Socialists know how to have a good time! says:

  35. 35
    Steve Miliband says:

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

  36. 36
    JJ says:

    I can see bumsex marriage on the cards if this love-in continues.

  37. 37
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    Any mud been thrown at yer yet Nige?

  38. 38
    Centre Parting says:

    Could they run the Coop?

  39. 39
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    Any discounts for smokers?

  40. 40
    Ernest Saunders says:

    It might just work.

  41. 41
    JH-2133253141245 says:

    Fucking nutters.

  42. 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.

  43. 43
    Methheads can do anything says:

  44. 44
    Owen Jones says:

    Up the revolution brothers!

  45. 45
  46. 46
    Gary Bloke says:

    Fourteen quid?

  47. 47
    Freddie Starr says:

    oy vey!

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

  49. 49
    Alex Ferguson (no relation) says:

    He’s got the alcy nose and Alcohol Flush Reaction down pretty well, too.

  50. 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.

  51. 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

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 54
    B3 says:

    He might as well comb his beard over his head.

  55. 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.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    You shouldn’t have given him your name.

  57. 57
    Frodio Elvenfahrt says:

    Interesting web-site – gollum from Lord of the Rings

  58. 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.

  59. 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).

  60. 60
    Dreary Steeples says:


  61. 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.

  62. 62
    Captn P says:

    So who is going to win the election, not no term Ed?

  63. 63
    Captn P says:

    Shame the clip cut out the giant fart at the end.

  64. 64
    Idiot says:

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

  65. 65
    Sid Cleverbollocks says:

    So they’ve watered down the outright communism by taking Jerusalem onto the end?

  66. 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.

  67. 67
    Milibandwagon says:

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

  68. 68
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Could do with a shave as well.

  69. 69
    Dangerous Brian says:

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

  70. 70
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Most mergers fail. How to Pfizer intend buck the trend and make this one succeed?

  71. 71
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    into the ground.

  72. 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?

  73. 73
    easyleys says:

    Who selects a select committee?

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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!

  78. 78
    broderick crawford says:

    His ” haircut ” looks looks like Obama s in reverse . .

  79. 79
    broderick crawford says:

    At least she was fast , quick , in a hurry .

    If some of the geriatric – speed trolley pushers could get up a tenth of her speed Saturday supermarket shopping would be tolerable ….

  80. 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 .

  81. 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 ?

  82. 82
    broderick crawford says:

    Send George Galloway before a Senate committee.

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

  83. 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 ?

  84. 84
    John says:

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

  85. 85
    Colin Shepherd says:

    Encapsulates everything we hate about the political class.

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