May 19th, 2014

IDS’s Comms Chief Gives Guardian Both Benefits Barrels

Former Sun man turned DWP’s new Director of Communications really doesn’t like the Guardian. Richard Caseby has written an 815-word takedown of the paper for Press Gazette, accusing them of inaccuracy, hysteria and “demonising” public servants:

“Why is it that the national newspaper which devotes the most coverage to welfare reform reports on it with such pinpoint inaccuracy? Is it ineptitude or ideology? Is it the innumeracy of its journalists? Day after day, Alan Rusbridger’s Guardian gets its facts wrong.”

First in the firing line is Polly Toynbee:

“Within weeks of my starting as the Director of Communications at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Polly Toynbee stuck the knife in, saying people “could forget factual information” now I had been appointed. It was a typical Guardian smear based on the evidence of absolute zilch. Toynbee managed to throw in two inaccuracies of her own about Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). So much for “forgetting factual information”. Exquisitely, her apology and corrections run to almost a quarter of the length of her original column.”

Guardian clarifications are not always so prominent and easy to secure, however:

“Truth is, the only way to extract a correction from the Guardian is to treat it like a landed eel. Stand on its head until it spits one out. It’s that slippery.”

Caseby concludes with some friendly advice for Alan Rusbridger:

“The Guardian is drifting into choppy waters again. When Mr Rusbridger waged war on News International, he and his staff got so giddy with the factoids they ended up publishing the longest correction in British newspaper history. It took days of standing on the eel, but it spat one out in the end. Today the same hysteria is creeping into the Guardian’s coverage of the DWP, whose thousands of staff are working hard to introduce the biggest reforms for 60 years…It is wrong for the Guardian to demonise public servants. Mr Rusbridger might wish to get a grip on his skittish staff. He could start by encouraging an ethos of criticism based on fact. His reporters’ latest excursion outside the London bubble in an ill-conceived mission tomisrepresent Newcastle as the UK’s industrially imploded Detroit was so laughable in its misrepresentation even Buzzfeed took the mickey.”

At least he didn’t send round a loo-roll this time. You gonna take that, Alan? 


  1. 1
    Jexrab says:

    You cannot trust the UKIP. Their stats are lies , lies and more lies.
    Every stat they put forward is a total lie. They are a joke.
    They are an oudated moronic party.

  2. 2
    Nick Robinson says:

    It’s all bollocks us Journo’s and politicians just sit around with each others dicks in our hands taking it turns to have a tug.
    The cross arm boogie we call it.

  3. 3
    Maelstromer says:

    A Guardian is a parent you wish you did not have.

  4. 4
    camden lock. says:

    anducker says: fuc.
    no peter no drucker.
    swinging along on my house bat.
    ladies and gentlemen, we have now reached the food canal.
    write with tour left hand, get on the human artery called the river thames.

  5. 5
    Farages right bollock says:

    I just don’t care

  6. 6
    Wanker alert says:

    A hologhraphic lie in the shape of six Romanian big issue sellers seen in my small market town at Christmas.
    Clever fuckers these UKIP chaps.

  7. 7
    Polly Pot says:

    We are not all knob obsessed you know Rick.
    Some of us have superior titties than others but you don’t hear me going on about my bazookas.

  8. 8
    Leftybrains says:

    A blog had some fun back in the day fact- checking Polly.

    Don’t know why he gave up. Certainly wasn’t for lack of material, and Polly’s still at it to this day.

  9. 9
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    When have the left ever stopped facts getting in the way of doing what they want?

    Remember 45 minutes?

  10. 10
    Mr Woy says:

    Kill the eel

  11. 11
    Hope not Soap says:

    You use the same name to troll the Telegraph comments, don’t you?

  12. 12
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Just what I was thinking.

    Observing this stuff is like watching one of those big pools at a sewerage farm: the shit just goes round and round and round…

  13. 13
    Iain Gill says:

    He is correct about the Guardian.
    However the government and their public servants don’t have the faintest idea how to setup and run a big business and IT change programme like universal credit is supposed to be. It’s been an embarrassment to see IDS and his senior folk defend the indefensible, he is either being lied to or he himself is lying, the sheer magnitude of the difference between their status reports and what I know from first-hand accounts is massive.
    The benefits and tax system does need radical reform and simplification, which just on admin cost savings could really help the country, but universal credit is not it! A lost opportunity.

  14. 14
    Polly Pot says:

    They were just UKIP supporters dressed up as Romanian Big Issue sellers.

  15. 15
    Wanker alert says:

    We are legion

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Plese support Tory candidate MUFTI SHAH SADRUDDIN Thankyou.

  17. 17
    King James 1 says:

    Turns out the ‘conservative party’ have been collaborating recently with the Guardian.

  18. 18
    Polly Pot says:

    And he has fed the foodbanks with all those incorrectly assessed, refused benefits temporarily, or just vanished into the muddle and the waiting for 6-8 weeks for a reply letter spat out.

  19. 19
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Judiciary – all at sea – distress signals …
    Political Stooge Parties – all at sea – distress signals …
    Political press hounds – all at sea – distress signals …

    i’m enjoying all of this it’s a hoot …

  20. 20
    B3 says:

    …………with a harpoon

  21. 21
    Nigel says:

    Okay we get things wrong sometimes. You know what I mean.

  22. 22
    Hope not Soap says:

    And bloody obvious, it has to be said.

  23. 23
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘… thousands of staff are working hard to introduce the biggest reforms for 60 years…It is wrong for the Guardian to demonise public servants.’

    Ask these thousands of staff what they think – it’s the idiots at the top, above all the Christian gentleman IDS, that are rightly being attacked. The thousands of staff just do what they’re told by the politicians.

  24. 24
    Demetri Marchessini says:

    R*pe doesn’t exist.

  25. 25
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Having checked all the figures it is obvious that the Guardian has the largest circulation in the UK.

  26. 26
    Wanker alert says:

    So you’ve tackled the ball now are you going to take on the man or what?

  27. 27
    The Equal Crime Opportunities Commission says:

    Don’t you hate it when the German kids dress up as Romanian children to pick pockets. Very cunning those German kids. You have to watch out if they move in next to you. Before you know it, they will grow up to pretend they are Romanian metal thieves.

  28. 28
    Herr Helmer says:

    Of course it doesn’t. I miss our chats.

  29. 29
    Polly Pot says:

    I saw a UKIP supporter punching a poor, stateless asylum seeker. Punched them! It was in the high street..just punched them in the face..And kicked them..I saw it all..And spat on them…Well it was a friend that saw it really. The friend told a friend who friend who told the police but by the time the police came the UKIP man had pushed the immigrant into a sewer and thrown rocks at him and he was dead..
    So I heard.

  30. 30
    Roger Helmer is a bastard says:

    Roger Helmer’s campaign team supporter just filmed hitting expenses sleaze protestor in Retford .

  31. 31
    Bennies Street says:

    Give me bennies..Its almost June – know what June is? Its when we all go Benidorm on the up mugs!

  32. 32
    Polly Pot says:

    Yeah..That’s what I said..

  33. 33
    He called them neighbours?! says:

    The founder of UKIP last night revived claims that Nigel Farage repeatedly used the n-word when referring to black voters – as the party was plunged into turmoil over allegations of racism. Professor Alan Sked said a storm of controversy provoked by Mr Farage’s remarks last week about Romanians ‘backs up what I have always said’ about the UKIP leader’s private views on race.

    ‘He told me, “We needn’t worry about the n****r vote”,’ Professor Sked told the Daily Mail. ‘He added: “The n**-n**s will never vote for us.”’

  34. 34
    Nigel says:

    Fuck no. I like the cut of your jib. I’m getting some Romanian peasant clothes for the kids. Get the ball rolling.

  35. 35
    Stop worrying mother knows best says:

    I thought only following orders went out of fashion 70 years ago.

  36. 36
    The Boggin Guardian says:

    No one reads The Guardian just loonies!

  37. 37
    LB says:

    Spot on. The G hates it. Tonybee in particular. 71 quid a week is all a benefit claimant gets.

    No free NHS – 2k a pop per person
    No free pension entitlement – 5K a year per adult
    No free HB (she eventually conceeded on that)
    No free schooling – 6K a year per child.
    Free council tax
    Free police
    Free democracy
    Free defense.

    Except that it isn’t free for the mugs who are forced to pay.

    10s of thousands of pounds for a family of 4.

    And then you have Cameron getting tough on benefit migrants. 150 a week for 3 months is less than 2p a day in total tax and NI. For that you get 10s of thousands of pounds of welfare.

  38. 38
    Maximus says:

    The state is a parent you wish you will never have.

  39. 39
    The Boggin Guardian says:

    What do you expect from the Boggin Loony left? They are sad & desperate.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    “Punched them!”

    Must have been an early adopter of statins.

  41. 41
    laugh I nearly shit says:

    Hold the phone are we seeing leftwingers posting articles from a paper which they themselves call the Daily Hitler font of all lies and exaggerations?
    Next thing they’ll be siding with fat cat bosses who just love a bountiful supply of cheap labour to keep wages down?
    Sorry they’ve done that already.

  42. 42
    Mr Woy says:

    I saw that too, well actually I didn’t see it but someone somewhere said something along those lines. So it must be true.

  43. 43
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Even the French media (well, TF1) are smearing UKIP, among others, as ‘far right’ (“extrème droite”):

  44. 44
    Winston says:

    Daily Mail? Isn’t that the paper that is full of hate and lies, according to the ‘progessives’?

  45. 45
    D-S oh my god says:

    Duncan-Smith is an uncle you wished you never met.

  46. 46
    The real Peter Hitchens says:

    Nigel is taking htis inclusiveness a little too far

  47. 47
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Nice people we have running around the political scene and these LibLabCon politicians want us to vote for them with these people involved, go to hell.

  48. 48
    John Major says:

    Which side is the oddball on? Fore-filling the little voices in his head?

  49. 49
    90s classic, motherfuckers! says:

  50. 50
    Dr Liposucker says:

    Polly I know you talk a lot about work and workers but that is not the same as actually working.
    your ass is so fat now it’s not just your paper suffering from problems with circulation.

  51. 51
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Surely there can be some off duty coppers who saw it all to and who can a statement to that effect and can also leak the story to the scum.

  52. 52
    JH326y34523432 says:

    Nicely skewered.

    That is how you deal with lefties. Pin them down, and don’t let them wriggle away until they admit they are lying.

  53. 53
    Helicopter view says:

    I have written to the Guardian editor a couple of times to complain about opinions infiltrating news stories all the time.

    Other papers are the same.

    The Financial Times seems to be the paper that is best keeping opinions out of news stories.

  54. 54
    The real Peter Hitchens says:

    IDS is a fucking Jap who has no more right to govern this country than emperor Hirohito

  55. 55
    Nick Robinson says:

    All safe within the confines of a poo bubble which surrounds Westminster.

  56. 56
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    EU voting results on Sunday 25th May

    There’s a ‘British Spring’ … holiday on Mon 26th May ….

  57. 57
    Channel 4 says:

    Next year we will be making a much more realistic reality survival show, in which we drop Bear Grylls into a random location in the Pacific Ocean and tell him to find his own fucking island.

  58. 58
    Winston says:

    EU elections: UKIP averaging 4/7 on, according to Oddschecker. Guido’s party is 10-1. The bookies rarely get it wrong. Only an almighty election fraud can stop UKIP now. How independent is the Electoral commission? I see the COE is another Oxford Grad.

  59. 59
    The real Peter Hitchens says:

    As my friend Nigel pointed out at the wolfs lair public house over the weekend
    It is the Japs who are the real enemy within, speading their mercury infected radioactive raw fish amongst the socialist waitrose shopping filth
    Addling the minds of middle england before making their next move

  60. 60
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Well I never, more bad news about Farage, have you found out if he threw a chip paper on the pavement or kicked a cat or said hello to an immigrant, you are a sad lot of idiots, surely you can find a bit more, seeing Farage likes a pint how about finding which beer he doesn’t like, that’ll go a bunch in the town brewery, vote UKIP

    Don’t forget Thursday is EU voting day, please go and vote, your vote, up to you who you vote for.

  61. 61
    Nick Clegg says:

    Cyril Smith is the ‘Uncle’ many unfortunate kids did have.
    Still at least he wasn’t accused of racism so the libdem wagon can continue to roll on.

  62. 62
    Richard Caseby says:

    DWP and its leading sheep does gets its facts wrong.
    Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit.
    Writing a 815 word letter to duncan-smith will never be read. I’ll have to write to his wife who can take him to task.

  63. 63
    Leftybrains says:

    That’s dreadful, with Le Monde having such a proud history of journalistic integrity and all.

    According to the Mitrokhin Archive investigators, Le Monde (KGB codename VESTNIK, “messenger”) was the KGB’s key outlet for spreading anti-American and pro-Soviet disinformation to the French media. The archive identified two senior Le Monde journalists and several contributors who were used in the operations.

  64. 64
    Rupe says:

    Oh yes I do

  65. 65
    The real Peter Hitchens says:

    Also a jap!
    It i the love of torturing animals anand eating them alive that gives him away

  66. 66
    JMajor says:

    duncan-smith thinks and acts like a fucking nazi. Go and snoop on him one evening over the weekend.

  67. 67
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Still think we need to have UN voting monitors in UK polling stations, honesty and trust that we all had has stopped existing with politicians and uncivil servants in charge now.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    How much of our license fee does Toynbee trouser per year?

  69. 69
    Bear Grilled medium rare says:

    Hey guys you never guess what I found?…a fucking plane

  70. 70
    The Army says:

    We kick Duncan-Smith out of the army. Just not bright enough old boy.

  71. 71
    Will says:

    At least he is trying skewer them. The commentators are getting worse with more click bait articles. I hope the guardian does go behind a paywall and then it would finally see who pays for it. I bet it would lose loads of sales as a lot of lefties won’t pay for anything. It would also show up via a foi to various organisations how many councils, quangos and the bbc actually subscribe to it. I bet the guardian really o my has about 50,000 individual readers with the rest of the copies sold to organisations.

  72. 72
    Poor Tom says:

    IDS saviour of the welfare state..cutting benefits whilst paying Capita PIP Doctors £900 a day boy what a way to save money.

  73. 73
    DWP advisor or just suffering from the idiot at the top says:

    Duncan-Smith is personally clueless on how to redesign the work assessment procedures. Introduce by Labours Purnell and Duncan-Smith just looks and gorps.

  74. 74
    the general public says:

    Please……a former Sun man lecturing on the accuracy of the press.

    This is a joke right………..

  75. 75
    Graham says:

    A lorry load of toilet rolls should be delivered to the offices of the Guadian as there are so many shits like Toynbee et alia writing shit and spouting shit regularly on the shit BBC.

  76. 76
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    these Germans can be very sneeky, One I knew worked in the UK in the 50s he would go out drinking with his German chums then, winding their way home, would relieve themselves in somebody’s garden hedge but they made sure that they would speak loudly in French while doing so.

  77. 77
    nigel at wembley says:

    Three Germans won a FA Cup winners medal last Saturday, know what I mean

  78. 78
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    “Middle finger England” would have more meaning

  79. 79
    Jack Ketch says:

    You forgot that if you are over 60 Jobseekers goes up to £133 per week, plus housing benefit and “cold-weather allowance” for all ages.

  80. 80
    Jack Ketch says:

    The head of the electoral commission appeared on the daily politics a couple of years ago to discuss possible postal vote fraud. She put up a spirited defence of their systems, although she had no answer to security concerns about political activists collecting postal forms in bulk or of the risk of fraud as no ID is required to register on the voters roll. She maintained that the problem is “too small to cause concern.”

  81. 81
    The future says:

    Just bickering between factions of the Old Party and it’s MSM supporters. Their time is past.

  82. 82
    The future says:

    Sorry, their time HAS PASSED.

  83. 83
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Nigel said he would have done it, but he was tired at the time.

  84. 84
    Nigel Garage says:

    No one reads The Guardian just loonies! Like this

    Are you sure that’s what you meant to say?

  85. 85
    Joe Public says:

    Limp Dims will roll on over a cliff I think.
    Good riddance we say. Problem is the loony Greens may benefit from their demise.

  86. 86
    Ian Dunking-Smith says:

    And yet the over 60s are still voting Ukip. Ungrateful proles.

  87. 87
    Joe Stalin says:

    ‘According to the Mitrokhin Archive investigators, Le Monde (KGB codename VESTNIK, “messenger”) was the KGB’s key outlet for spreading anti-American and pro-Soviet disinformation to the French media.’

    And a fat lot of good it did us? Where is the Soviet Union now?

  88. 88
    D. Male says:

    ‘The Financial Times seems to be the paper that is best keeping opinions out of news stories.’

    You mean it has opinions you agree with.

  89. 89
    Joe Public says:

    “Progressives” Isn’t this the word the US Democrats wish to use in place of “liberal” as they now realise the US public do not believe it due to Obama and his team’s less than moral actions?
    Calling Miliband progressive is like calling Stalin warm and caring.
    This morning on a radio 4 interview he proved how totally inadequate he is at intellectual thinking and political leadership.
    Lucky he has the tribalistic BBC and Guardian defending him.

  90. 90

    “It is wrong for the Guardian to demonise public servants.”

    Because that’s IDS’s job?

  91. 91
    Pooly Toyboy says:

    any stats on the ;colour/race’ of his victims? Were any minorities under represented in his perversions? If so Waaaycist – equal opp.s for all

  92. 92
    Judge Jeffries says:

    they have doctors ? its just some one with with the ability to lie….. they darent use real doctors.

  93. 93
    wycombewanderer says:

    They were guardian readers dressed up as UKip supporters pretending to be Romanians.

    Polly is still a turd thoiugh

  94. 94

    A Sun journalist talking about press truthfulness?

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