May 14th, 2014

Another Old Etonian in Another Top Job
Rory Stewart New Defence Select Committee Chair

479 votes cast were cast, there was one spoilt ballot paper. After 7 stages of counting, old Etonian Rory Stewart was elected chair with 226 votes, beating the Speaker’s nark Julian Lewis on 212. Bercow defeat…

UPDATE: The full voting.

Basically Julian Lewis won really.


  1. 1
    Mitch says:

    The only result worse than Lewis.

    Still, a good humiliation for the squeaker.


    • 51
      JT says:

      Yeah. We would all rather see the Speaker beaten than The Old Etonian cartel that run this lousy country. No better, no worse. To misquote an idiot ‘They are all in this together.’ I certainly aren’t.


  2. 2
    Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest says:

    I like RORY. Nice guy!


    • 4
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Rory the Tory :-)


      • 70
        Mrs Stewart says:

        He is definitely not a Tory – to the left of Clegg I would say, This theorist dreams of a one Party nation and a one nation world, with us paying for his dreams. Twerp, and Cameron and others, including Haig, should be ashamed of how they shooed him into Penrith and The Border and imposed him on its constituents!


    • 68
      Squeezing Pimples says:

      He is a great bloke, done more in his life, speaks more languages than many people and knows about the ugliness of conflict and war. He is one of greats but unknowns of Parliament. Plus it’s one in the eye for Bercow.


    • 69
      Mrs Stewart says:

      As one his poor disenfranchised constituents, I can assure you that he is a twit who, inter alia, has compared himself with Lawrence of Arabia and more recently referred to himself as ‘Superhero’. Having been voted into this post by the Labour lot, and he is quite clearly a pinko, it proves that Cameron’s shooing him into this safe seat was a big big mistake. Watch out if you have a bandwagon, as he will jump on it asap; wonder why it took him so long to do the Blencathra thing! Useless person, and sadly now that he has been voted in by his mates in the Labour Party, it is unlikely that he will stand down before the 2015 General Election – as we hoped. So stuck with this idiot for another five years – Bugger! And he says that MPs with babies cannot do a good job – wonder what his American wife thinks about that!


  3. 3
    nabidana says:

    To be fair, Rory Stewart has a lot more behind him than an Old Etonian background. Actual diplomatic and military experience in a warzone, experience of inter-operations with other armed forces and direct operating experience with the Americans would appear to me to be rather good. Julian Lewis would have been excellent as well, but I suspect the right man won.


    • 8
      jgm2 says:

      This is unprecedented. Next they’ll be having a head of the NHS with some kind of medical training and a chancellor with a maths or economics degree.

      What the fuck are these people thinking of?


      • 33
        Tom Catesby. says:

        His links with the intelligence services should stand him in good stead.


        • 41
          still walking into darkness says:

          yeah, this was the bloke who went on Newsnight to deny British troops were involved in the Libyan war, he specifically said we don’t have troops on the ground, but that the troops were there to provide ‘logistical’ support. I suppose general mendacity and conceit are useful characteristics to chair a select committee. Wouldn’t be surprised if he was bent.


        • 66
          Anonymous says:

          He is a Bilderberger! Nuff said, Keep it dark.


        • 67
          Dolphin Square Operative says:

          He is a Bilderberger! Nuff said, remember Keep it Dark


    • 11
      Desperate Dan says:

      On the down side, he’s a bit of a bore.


      • 19
        Lukewarm says:

        His earnestness is part of his charm


      • 29
        Anonymous says:

        Oh come on: his recent piece on Hadrian’s wall was quite an informed and interesting piece.


        • 60
          Tom Catesby says:

          Could have made more of the Reiver history I thought and a bit more pace, but on the whole pretty good show.


      • 73
        Dougal MacDougal of that ilk says:

        He is the only MP the film rights of whose life story have been bought by Brad Pitt.


    • 40
      will says:

      what went wrong having a select committee chairman who knows about the army and the effects of piss poor procurement on the army and having served in her majesty’s forces.

      He might end up knowing what he is talking about instead of many committee’s who look and sound like they no nothing at all


    • 64
      Other side of the river. says:

      He was the governors tea boy, has no military experience as he was scared by the nasty shouty men and ran away, his cv is an interesting work of fiction.

      His favourite thing in Afghanistan was Thursdays.


  4. 5
    Lukewarm says:

    One of the smartest in parliament. I think he’ll be good.
    Who gives a toss what school he went to?


    • 42
      Who cares? says:

      Who cares if someone went to Eton? Schoolkids get sernt by their parents. It’s not as if they have any choice.
      Boris, by the way, won a scholarship to Eton, althjough his father is quick to point out that he could have afforded to pay.


      • 55
        I care says:

        One great big enormous clique of chinless wonders dictating our futures to us and masquerading as a democracy.


  5. 6
    Trolling for points says:

    Guido Fawkes may have been the last man to enter parliament with honest intentions. But this Guido Blogger goes through a lot of effort to guide our opinions.


  6. 7

    Bercow and his skanky drunk of a wife are a pair of shit stirring leeches.
    What good do this pair of loser do? None whatsoever!


  7. 9
    BAe Lobbyist says:

    Great appointment. Guarantees us an easy time in the arms industry while he digs around trying to grow his own profile as a media figure. He knows a bit about defence but this is much more about “Rory Stewart the brand” than “Rory Stewart the stout upholder of UK defence”.


    • 12
      Ellie-Mae (9) says:

      In terms of MoD, isn’t “Arms Industry” the same as “BAe Industry” ?


      • 17
        Lukewarm says:

        Well everyone knows Purdey and Holland&Holland make the best guns, and they’re British…


        • 20
          Ellie-Mae (9) says:

          Wouldn’t disagree, but my Q would flag up the SA80.


          • Lukewarm says:

            True, true


          • Tim Yeo-Yo says:

            Made by H K and since all the upgrades a fairly decent rifle.

            Only reason why it’s not be bought by anyone else is that it’s too fking expensive.


          • frank says:

            The heaviest, shitest and most expensive 5.56 rifle in NATO.
            Whoever “procured” it should be forced to fire it left handed until the next Ice Age or the MoD gets straightened out, whichever comes first.


        • 46
          John Bellingham says:

          Purdey is owned by Johann Rupert from Stellenbosch. The same chap who owns Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Moet and half the real estate and wine farms in the Cape. Holland & Holland is owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer through their privately owned scent and scarf company, Chanel SA.
          Still, the shop assistants are British; there is Mikhael, Karel, Abdul and Koos.


          • Lukewarm says:

            The idea that a British company owned by a foreign company suddenly ceases to be British is rather silly


      • 37
        BAe Lobbyist says:

        Of course it is, but don’t tell anyone or they might start to question the status quo, which I can assure you delivers optimum value for the UK taxpayer and subsidy-provider.


    • 72
      Mrs Stewart says:

      This soldier of just a few weeks was promoted by halfwits in the Labour Party in their recent letter asking for this appointment. How can anyone who tried but failed at being a soldier claim to have been one? Surely the little man should just forget that he tried and lost, and make sure that everyone else knows that too. But this bloke fills his CV with rubbish and his short term jobs – always funded by others – usually me! But your bottom dollar that this chap will cross the house in due course; and apparently Cameron despises him as much as a lot of his constituents do.


  8. 10
    Meanwhile, over on Twitter says:

    Question should be put to the MSM as well:

    Just where are the rac!st UKIP policies ???


    • 13
      Lukewarm says:

      Stick to the subject. Bored shitless of UKIP nonsense


    • 15
      Smoked Kipper says:

      Nobody knows what UKIP policies are. Even Nigel Farage!


    • 18
      Trolling for points says:

      I think, and you can take it or leave it, but it is the UKIP focus on the immigrant rather than immigration that is leading some like that young lady to call you racist. Perhaps maybe if you stopped banging on about the immigrant but simply talked about immigration you would gain more traction. Though you’d probably lose your media support.

      But they Took Our Jobs.


      • 35
        King says:

        Those posters I agree were not clever but they had to contain a simple message that even labour voters could understand.
        labour know that their core vote is made up of mostly racist homophobic sexist people but really don’t care.
        A votes a vote right?
        However if someone else takes advantage of those ‘dirty’votes by means other than tax cash bribes they get the hump.


    • 47
      BAe Lobbyist says:

      What exactly *is* UKIP defence policy? Still hoping someone is going to invent “new, stealthy cruise missiles” that somehow make CASD obsolete?


  9. 14
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Was in Iraq for my 2nd tour when he was poncing around al amarah. The chat back from CIMIC house was “he’s a bit of a tit.”

    Bit less of a tit than Bonking Bob but a still a tit.


    • 21
      Lukewarm says:

      Lawrence of Arabia was a massive tit, and he managed to get quite a lot done in the desert…


      • 34
        Tim Yeo-Yo says:

        Be very grateful if you could point out to me what Rory actually achieved out there?


        • 38
          Lukewarm says:

          I think he did a couple of good documentaries…


          • Tim Yeo-Yo says:

            Agreed. The one about Hadrian’s Wall was quite good (less for all the self promotional bollox about Iraq and Afg). However, I find his bandy legged way of walking rather off putting. He walks like he’s just done a big Gord’on B’rown in his pants.


    • 23
      Friend of Friend says:

      I knew a chap who was in Afghan when David ‘never miss a photo op’ Cameron visited. He did the whole training with the troops till the camera stopped filming…


  10. 22
    MartinWW says:

    The fact that Bercow was pushing the useless Lewis for this appointment no doubt concentrated minds wonderfully, and consolidated the vote for Rory Stewart. As others have pointed out, he does have diplomatic and other experience. For myself, reading his remarkable books “The Places in Between” (about Afghanistan) and “The Prince of the Marches” (about Iraq) gave me more insight into the people and politics of those countries than anything else has done. We shall see whether he proves to be an effective Chairman*. I suspect he will do so. [btw, not 'Chair', please]


  11. 25
    Cue The Music says:

    Over the top with the Bullingdon Boys! We have the world in our hands!


  12. 28
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Oh. Thought I was reading a moment ago that he made the worst speech… No matter, the page has probably turned again. It has been up for more than ten minutes.


    • 32
      EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

      Wasn’t that timed defection yesterday – rather ‘quickly’ outed as a yet another ‘scam’ – by so many readers on here?

      The ptb are proving their desperation day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute.


      • 48
        Ockham's Razor says:

        Indeed. I was out all day yesterday so when I got back, very late, it had all happened – done and dusted. I was too tired to bother to comment as it seemed so desperately contrived.

        I made the point this morning that somehow a coloured person’s opinion was seen to be more valued than a non-coloured person. MSM’s LCD thinking at its worst (I could have said ‘best’ – it makes no difference – it is all bog standard.)


    • 44
      El Sid says:

      “Stewart needs to win more Labour votes because support is lacking from Tory colleagues, wary of awarding a plum job to another Old Etonian and do not forgive him for missing the Syria recall vote. He is also seen as too much of an eager beaver by some in the Tory 2010 intake. ” (7 May 2014)

      “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….Consensus is Julian Lewis 1, followed by Bob, then Keith.” (13 May 2014)

      “You’re either in front of Guido…”


  13. 30
    G'day, bludgers! says:

    Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times, a court has heard.


  14. 31
    Direct and to the point says:


    • 36
      Lukewarm says:

      This guy should have his own Ch4 series


      • 43
        Andrew Neil says:

        Agreed I never watch channel 4

        Would you like a load of jungle bunnies released into your surroundings ?

        Your daughter getting the old blackbambo
        your children being groomed by the offspring of take away owners

        Sick them all in a shp and sink it


    • 56
      Douglas Alexander says:

      That was a Party political Broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party.


  15. 45
    DerrIn Brown sexually assaults vulnerable women backed up by the labour party says:

    Brown’s Boggin trick are on the way out.


  16. 53
    Jess The Dog says:

    So he won’t have time to singlehandedly save Scotland from independence?


  17. 57
    A nice intelligent guy. says:

    Good for Rory!


  18. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Given that the previous Chairman was an Old Etonian I just assumed the guy with the cinema good looks would get it.


  19. 59
    Rightallalong says:

    Rory Stewart attended Bildeberg in 2011. Thus his promotion is guaranteed.


  20. 62
    Bonar Law says:

    Guido, you mean CHAIRMAN – not the achingly right-on “chair”.


  21. 71
    The Late Lord Deedes says:

    i’m not shure how those stats can be interpreted as a Lewis victory. looked fairly neck and neck.

    and what’s all this chippy spartist nonsense him going to Eton? christ i thought this was supposed to be a right wing blog.


  22. 74
    Equilibrium says:

    So he didn’t exactly ‘crash and burn’ then.


  23. 76
    AV-ing a larf says:

    Ridiculous, unrepresentative, non-transparent, unpredictable, stupid and wrong. The voting system, that is, not the candidates.

    Although, now I think about it…


  24. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Chair, not Chairman. Like it or not, that’s the official title.


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