May 13th, 2014

Labour Defence Select Committee Hustings Read Out
Stewart ‘Burns’, Simpson ‘Attacks PM’, Lewis ‘Edges It’

It was a Tory invasion of the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting last night, as the candidates for Chairman of the Defence Select Committee unveiled their cross party battle plans. The verdict of the room was that Julian Lewis, Bob Stewart and Keith Simpson did well with their opening speeches, where Crispin Blunt and Tobias Elwood were “fairly poor”. Things got interesting in the questions stages though with Rory Stewart ‘crashing and burning’.

When asked by Thomas Docherty how many questions each of the candidates had tabled in the House about defence, a tetchy Stewart attacked ‘Tom’ for previous ding dongs the pair have had, before claiming he preferred to make “long speeches on foreign policy instead of asking questions”. The room did not like that.

Keith Simpson went on to attack the Prime Minister on Syria, suggesting that just because Libya had worked there was no reason to presume another intervention would hold the same level of success. This pitch for lefty votes is some what undermined by Simpson’s behaviour at the time of the vote last year when he was revealed by Guido to be the anonymous “Government source” who made front page news raging that “No. 10 and the Foreign Office think Ed Miliband is a f**king ***t and a copper-bottomed s***”. 

The verdict from Labour? “Consensus is Julian Lewis 1, followed by Bob, then Keith.” The vote is tomorrow after PMQs.


  1. 1
    Keep out of Syria. says:

    Whoever is the chosen one-
    Keep out of Syria.

  2. 2
    The Liberal Elite, attack dept. says:

    Has SamCam told dodgey Dave to attack moz in Nigeria yet?

  3. 3
    jgm2 says:

    “No. 10 and the Foreign Office think Ed Miliband is a f**king ***t and a copper-bottomed s***”.

    And yet Miliband has the gall to say that Cameron ‘just doesn’t get it’.

  4. 4
    Keep out of Ukraine says:

    Whoever is the chosen one-
    Keep out of Ukraine.

  5. 5
    jgm2 says:

    Turned on the radio after dropping the kids off at St Cakes. Some ‘Head of the Nigerian students association’ at (I think) Manchester was decrying the Nigerian government for not protecting its people but then went on to say ‘We must find out and try to understand why these people do things like this…’

    They do things like this because the fucking Saudis flood the world with money so that c*unts like this can do stuff like this.

  6. 6
    Ambrose & His Orchestra says:

    Hat. Sun. Hat. Sun.

  7. 7
    who's kidding who. says:

    Seems they work harder to get better positions in the club than they do for their constituents who pay their wages, what a sad lot of MPs we have in this country, looking yet again after themselves, shame on them.

  8. 8
    UnClaire says:

    Actually the Indy said the second word was c*** since ***t also spells ‘twit’.

  9. 9
    We don't live in the EU, but we might live in Europe says:

    They do it because they can and they live in the stone age, guided by a book 1400 years old and know how to use modern technology.

  10. 10
    Invade Russia says:

    Whoever is the chosen one-
    Invade Russia.

  11. 11
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Green Nazis, Peedos and other Wasters says:

    The eu caused the Ukraine crisis so leave Russia alone.

  12. 12
    Maqb­oul says:

    Stalin caused the UK crisis.

  13. 13
    I Like it says:

    Like that,
    but you Like it

  14. 14
    nigel evans says:

    Any cocks in this story?

  15. 15
    Tony B£air says:

    How’s my war in Afghanistan coming along?

    If I were in power now, I’d have poor white trash fighting in Ukraine, Syria and Nigeria too!

  16. 16
  17. 17
    'itler and Napoleon says:

    Yeah that would work

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Julian Lewis is a weirdo still fighting the Cold War and Rory Stewart is an obvious fraud. So that leaves the genial Keith Simpson.

  19. 19
    That should do it says:

    Lets make it legal for MPs to carry and draw fire arms, strictly, within Westminister Parliament and EU Parliament.

  20. 20
    Warminster says:

    The don’t take the Ministry of war seriously then.

  21. 21
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    The controversial line:

    “He’s been tannin’ n’i’g’g’e’r’s out in T’imbuktu”

    The N’iger River named from the T’uareg name: ‘egerew n-igerewen’

    The T’uareg name – which is used for the middle stretches which run close to T’imbuktu – translates to: River of Rivers.

    Historically, most European knowledge of the trans-Saharan trade routes was derived from T’imbuktu, itself being a major hub at the southern most end of those routes. This is one reason why T’imbuktu idioms remain used to this day.

    The transliteration from the T’uareg ‘River of Rivers’ to N’iger – Latin for black – is where the western name for the N’iger River, and the countries N’iger and N’igeria source from – derived during the colonial power ‘S’cramble for A’frica’ at the end of the 19th Century and competition over the upper, middle and lower stretches of the river and its basin.

    In the context of the song, the reference itself is more a statement of fact than expression of rac’ism: Those who live close to the N’iger River around T’imbuktu in their own language – transliterated – would refer to themselves as n’s.

    T’imbuktu is a very hot and arid being in Southern Sahara, anyone who lives there will be tanned by the Sun, irrespective of the Sun’s gender and choice of millinery.

    That the BBC are working to conceal this history, of which the UK played an important role, is not acceptable for a publicly funded broadcaster. Forcing out a broadcaster for playing a record has crossed the line.

  22. 22
    Seen elsewhere says:

    Steyn’s piece on Western response to Boko Haram well worth a read:

  23. 23
    Winston says:

    Who gives a f**k? Vote UKIP to f**k up the political elite and their media stooges.

  24. 24
    Trolling for points says:

    Read a book buddy.

  25. 25
    Harriet Harman says:

  26. 26
    Say no more says:

    Simpson, according to this report, suggested Libya “had worked” ?

    Someone’s not keeping up with how that venture worked out.

  27. 27
    Andy Bumhum says:


  28. 28
    jgm2 says:

    Paying GPs the same for a three day week as they’d previously earned for a five day week plus weekend cover.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Who could possibly have foreseen that GPs would simply work a three day week and have their weekends off for the same money as before.

    Yet again the Maximum Imbecile’s finger[prints are all over that decision. Yet again it was all about ‘investing’ billions ie making a massive headline payrise and to hell with the consequences. The ‘proof’ was in the amount of money spent rather than the outcome.

    An utter, utter, economic fuckwit of the first water.

  29. 29
    Lennie theLion style like says:

    There was once no such thing as r’acism. We do not condone or explain the past through modern western standards, ffs the song is almost ninety years old.

    Personally I am more affronted by the actions of bayko harem than a word from another age but I don’t hear the sound of condemnation from Hamjam and his disgusting ilk.

  30. 30
    Keep out of Ukraine says:

    EU-backed fascists overthrew an elected government in
    Ukraine.The West has caused this crisis.

  31. 31
    jgm2 says:

    Yeah. Bang on.

    And our own fucking prme minister is no better. Obama got a woman to hold a piece of paper for him and Cameron got blind-sided into holding a sheet of paper.

    That’ll show ‘em. That Boko Haram crowd will be shaking in their flip-flops right now.

    Fucking risible. It’s like when the UN writes a stiffly worded letter to Zimbabwe.

  32. 32
    Fishy says:

    Hi Vlad…got your eyes on the Baltic states next?

  33. 33
    I want to know says:

    What does Andy Burnham have to say about the scandal
    unfolding at Bridgend Hospital-which is potentially more
    shocking than Mid Staffs.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Can we restore navy shipbuilding to Portsmouth, employ local young people and develop our own technologies please whoever becomes the chairman.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Simpsons antics with that female gurning queen can’t have helped either.

  36. 36
    Fishy says:

    So what do you think would have happened on Sunday if the PM had said. ‘no, I’m not holding your piece of paper’?

    What would have led the news bulletins that night, the papers on Monday, Today the following morning, PM and Newsnight, HIGNFY on Friday???

  37. 37
    Hit maker says:

    How many of us would need to buy this to get it to No 1?

  38. 38
    jgm2 says:

    When the Scots fuck off that will happen almost overnight. The UK isn’t going to be paying Fucking Scotland to build our boats when we can build them ourselves.

  39. 39
    jgm2 says:

    Bridgend? Is that the only part of the UK that still has a Labour government?

    Have they been operating another NHS deathcamp and covering it up?

  40. 40
    jgm2 says:

    Hence ‘blind-sided’. He had no fucking choice once it was presented. As you say it would be ‘Uncaring British PM won’t hold piece of paper to ‘save’ kidnapped girls’.

    The Russians have to deal with this fucking nonsense from the religion of peace but, being Russians, their approach is to simply kill everybody and if the hostages die then so be it but it does dr*i*ve home the principle ‘we will not negotiate with terrorists’ a lot better than waving a sheet of paper and hoping these religion of peacers come to their senses.

  41. 41
    Maqb­oul says:

    You forgot to mention that the corrupt Putin stooge had been elected in free and fair elections without outside interference. Or was this not an oversight?

  42. 42
    Maqb­oul says:

    Or like when Dan Hodges emailed the National Rifle Association in the US to get them to cease and desist, Worked like a charm did that.

  43. 43
    i agree says:

    Brandishing bits of paper is pathetic.

    World leaders,celebrities and feminists need to start recognising
    the main issue behind such stories as the Nigerian schoolgirls-
    strict muslims treat women worse than dogs.

    Whether it’s in wealthy allegedly advanced countries or terrorist
    groups.They deny females the right to an education,work,drive,
    vote,marry and free association,subject them to violence and FGM.

  44. 44
    Nick Clegg says:

    What’s clear from yesterday’s polls, is neither the Tories, or Labour have any hope of forming a government without the help of the LibDems

  45. 45
    Winston says:

    No connection to mass immigration, of course! 2003 was when Labour opened the doors to the EU.

  46. 46
    Fishy says:


    Actually Burnham was on the BBC Toady programme this morning – Evan Davis had him along for a chat.

    The funny thing is that Davis didn’t ask him about Bridgend, despite the story emerging yesterday. Nor did BBC Davis ask him about Stafford and Burnham’s policy adviser’s assertion that no one died at Stafford as a result of neglect. Apparently he says that the numbers were ‘made up’.

    Davis obviously has to stop Labour’s slide in the polls. It’ll be interesting, over the next few days, to see how often Labour politicians get in front of the cameras vs exposure they give the Tories / UKIP.

    This morning, so far the score is 3-0 to Labour

  47. 47
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:


  48. 48
    Two and a half weeks to get an appointment says:

    GPs are the most over paid laziest bastards going.

  49. 49
    he's such a weirdo says:

    Bet Milibland has got a hangover after knocking back a
    whole pint yesterday.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Foreign Office think Ed Miliband is a f**king ***t and a copper-bottomed s***”.
    If true, not the best of news in terms of cogent leadership. Although of inestimable potentially value, in relation to a renewable recycling regime and the creation of bio-fuel.

  51. 51
    Nigel Farage says:

    What makes you think you’re the kingmaker Cleggy?

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Bob Stewart is excellent but may be too close to the coal face.

  53. 53
    jgm2 says:

    Oh aye. Because in the whole of the rest of the rUK there is nowhere we can build a submarine base.

  54. 54
    Seen elsewhere 2 says:

    And a thought-provoking piece on Benghazi, and ramifications:

  55. 55

  56. 56
    BBC makes Pravda look balanced says:

    After about 25 years I’ve stopped listening to Today
    (and watching Newsnight) as both are now so risible.
    But I’m genuinely shocked to hear that Davis didn’t
    even ask Burnham about Bridgend. ITV News at 10 had
    a good report on it last night.

  57. 57
    jgm2 says:

    I’m not what you would call neutral as regards Labour but if I try and play at being neutral for a moment I still could not watch/listen to Andy Burnham without giving it ‘Why the fuck is that bloke wearing eyeliner..’

    The message would be lost completely.

    It’s like Alan Hansen on MOTD.

    As soon as he comes on, even though I’ve seen it a hundred times, you just find yourself thinking ‘Does nobody tell him he looks fucking ridiculous? Does his wife – I assume he has a wife – let him wear make-up around the house? Why is he wearing eyeliner? What has he done to his eyebrows?…’

  58. 58
    Cornish pasty says:

    How about also moving some of this industry to Plymouth?

  59. 59
    fight the fascists says:

    Hands up all those who voted for Martin Schultz…

  60. 60
    20 day wait for an appointment here says:

    Our GP’s car park is full of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Land Rover.
    How much are they on for doing a three day week?

  61. 61
    Mr Clifford says:

    People are saying that Jeremy Clarkson is ‘untouchable’ at the BBC.

    Of course he is.

    He’s the wrong sex and about 40 years too old.

  62. 62
    Chipy says:

    To late for the Baltic states my friend, the EU moved in and took them.

  63. 63
    Wee Dougie Wee says:

    Alistair Darling sidelined by ‘save UK’ lobby: Brown could take on bigger role against SNP
    Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has been drafted in

    Gordon Brown now expected to take a more prominent role
    A recent poll found the pro-independence ‘yes’ campaign

    Read more:

    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    This is a better jobbie for me an my hero Gordy. Och aye the noo. Get ta fuk englanders.

  64. 64
    Fishy says:

    It’s not the eyeliner that’s the problem for me. My question is, why is the waster still in public life? He seems to suffer the disgusting Huhne-like problem of not knowing when the game is up preferring to cling on.

    A bit like Balls, Burnham is a dead man walking.

  65. 65
    nigel evans says:

    if syria invades turkey from the rear will greece help?

  66. 66
    jgm2 says:

    Interesting Japanese history but basically pure conjecture on Benghazi.

  67. 67
    jgm2 says:

    It’s like Labour have given up on the UK (HURRAY!!!) and are content to let the SNP win independence and then usurp them at the following election. They’re like the M*s*l*im Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere in the ‘Arab Spring’.

    Let the young students and protesters (in this case the SNP) do all the heavy lifting and then show up for the ballot. Promise them anything. Free this, free that, free t’other.

    Gordon Brown is a gift to the SNP. They have only to point at the wrecked economy he bequeathed the entire UK and say ‘Why would you believe any economic argument from this imbecile?’

  68. 68
    JJ says:

    Of course he’s untouchable, if the BBC got rid of Clarkson the licence fee would have to rise by 15% to make up the short fall in not being able to sell Top Gear around the planet. Also their remaining audience would be 90% female with effeminate homosexual men making up the other 10%. Think ‘signing and dancing’ 24/7 with the occasional propaganda break, it wouldn’t last.

  69. 69
    The Tit in No 10 says:

    But I want my own War!!! . . . please . . . anybody . . . PLEASE . . ?

  70. 70
    jgm2 says:

    My point (perhaps badly made) is that even if I didn’t know he was a paid apologist for the last economy destroying Labour government and a key player in covering up for a health system that his administration had completely fucked, I would then come to the hurdle of wondering what this drag queen is doing talking politics.

    Has he forgotten to take his make-up off from last night? Does he think anybody is going to take him seriously while he’s just a coat of lipstick away from looking like Adam Ant?

  71. 71
    Gordo McMong says:

    I tried to but they said he’d won anyway.

  72. 72
    SuperCam (that's the flip side of SuperMac) says:

    You’ve never had it so good!!!

  73. 73
    Sub editor says:

    Is Mark Ferguson repeating himself in Quote of the Day?

  74. 74
    Maqb­oul says:

    It will go to Devenport along with a lot of well paid jobs that Scotland could ill afford to lose. I guess those chaps will be voting No.

  75. 75
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    Looks like Green Party / MSM have smeared the rumours of police intervention in UKIP Tweets.

    Police investigated and then requested that a Green Party activist stop using UKIP logo’s in a negative campaign which was being conducted against UKIP.

    They did not request any Tweets be removed.

    This was a simple case of misrepresentation on the part of the activist, and police were responding to complaints which had been filed.

  76. 76
    The Tit in No. 10 (trying garner votes from purvs and muzzos) says:

    I’m going to introduce a new law whereby ONE GIVER CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE RECEIVER – providing THE GIVER can afford to keep the RECEIVERS .

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone remember Hogan’s Heroes?

  78. 78
    Russia holds in/out referendum...EU elite outraged says:

    So, William Hague disagrees with the result of a democratic vote by the people of east Ukraine. he’s not a Europhile perchance?

  79. 79
    Maqb­oul says:

    The Baltics are protected by NATO not the EU. Like Ukraine they have large ethnic Russian populations who in the old Soviet days were top dogs but now are second class citizens, But at least they have EU “citizenship” and can move easily to places like London where they can get jobs in coffee bars and strip clubs.

  80. 80
    The Conceited Prick who used to be seen with the gorgeous Ffion says:

    I might just be

  81. 81
    Mornington Crescent says:

    They’ll need some Paxo stuffing, in that case.

  82. 82
    Pedant says:

    You missed the word knee+ga

  83. 83
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    – But do the commission agree with H’ollande ?

  84. 84
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Who can blame the FO for saying that? His fucking brother lobotomised the place when he was in charge.

  85. 85
    jgm2 says:

    That’s CTRL C, CTRL V for you.

    My favourite quote from the article is…

    ‘Did we not learn the lessons of Bradford West – and Scotland – that you need to take on the party that you’re facing, not your preferred foe? In both cases Labour attacked the Tories, only to see ourselves outflanked by Galloway and the SNP respectively. ‘

    Bang on. The Tories have at least acknowledged the UKIP threat by promising a referendum (which they’ll no doubt renege upon) but Labour have literally nothing except ‘Don’t vote for the posh boys – they’re posh’. It no doubt appeals to a….certain mindset but it’s a mindset that is already voting Labour. It’s not really going to win any votes back from the Tories. Everybody already knows Dave and Osborne and Boris are posh.

    You’re going to have to come up with a new reason not to vote Tory. Or you could give people a reason to vote Labour. Or at least try.

    Don’t vote for the posh boys is, perhaps, a reason not to vote Tory but it’s no reason to vote Labour. Hence why Labour are third.

  86. 86
    Border Terrier says:

    Rory Stewart is a complete tit.

  87. 87
    Norma Stitz says:

    Florence of Belgravia may come across as a bit of a tit, but has packed in more relevant experience than the rest of them put together. His book about being a Deputy Governor of a chaotic Iraqi province is a very good read. He has certainly been under fire.

  88. 88
    Wake up & vote UKIP says:

    Nobody except red Ed agrees with Hollande – on anything.

  89. 89
    Scrap the licence fee and free a nation says:

    If the BBC makes that available to their DJs to play, then it is the fault of the BBC, not the DJ.

    The BBC should sack itself.

  90. 90
    Saddam who? says:

    Or like after the moz atrocity on 11-Sep-2001 at the Two Towers in New York, when president Bush held up a piece of paper with …
    ah hang on a sec …

  91. 91
    Putin on the ritz says:

    Putin the poisoner tried to murder Viktor Yushchenko the previous freely elected leader of Ukraine, so he could have his puppet installed. It was the pupper that was overthrown by the people of Ukraine.

  92. 92
    Orwell's Lament says:

    + many

  93. 93
    Orwell's Lament says:

    About £100,000

  94. 94
    Ireland says:

    We tried not to but they made us eventually

  95. 95
    Stig Mater says:

    Have they found the lefty worm inside his production team who tried to f#ck him yet?

    He’ll be even less popular than the previous stig.

  96. 96
    Tristram and the Oxbridgers says:

    Even the ‘Don’t vote for the posh boys – they’re posh’ would not be so bad if the Labour front bench were not all poshos themselves.

  97. 97
    Down with bullyboy brownshirt thugs UAF/SWP/HNH says:

    Have the police found out who was posting all the blood and faeces yet?

  98. 98
    Wonder if it is still there aftr all these years? says:

    In the 1960s, at the end of the road in the very southern town of Tan Tan in Morocco there is a block of stone on which is painted a desert scene with a few camels and the words “Timbuctoo 56 days ->->->->->”

  99. 99
    Film buff says:

    I preferred K*lly’s Heroes. Could do with them now to try to get some of our gold back!

  100. 100
    A lightly fried mars bar says:

    So Alistair can now go and put his feet up and go count his houses.

  101. 101
    The Growler says:

    We are well aware the what you want Davey old chap, a lovely way, it would get all folks behind you in the UK you reason it worked for Maggie, it appeared to start working for B’Liar in until folks started to get wise.

  102. 102
    A lightly fried mars bar says:

    Just to be clear there was nothing in the slightest ‘democratic’ about that vote. Did you not see the blatant cheating going on all over the place? Just as valid as the Morley vote, but without the guns and balaclavas.

  103. 103
    testing says:

  104. 104
    testing 2 says:

  105. 105
    Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest says:

    Boggin Loo supported by Labour party. Scum!

  106. 106
    Phfellow2004 says:

    Col Bob Stewart is the obvious choice.

  107. 107
    The Cumbrian says:

    Exactly, his book is a good read. Along with his CV I doubt if Rory “Superhero” Stewart allows many facts to spoil a good story.
    By the way he was not the deputy Governor but deputy to the deputy co-ordinator. He was not a serving soldier but a gap year commission at 17 for 9 months.

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