June 17th, 2014

Ex-Cameron SpAd: Cummings is Right


Following Dominic Cummings’ latest grenade/intervention yesterday, a former Special Adviser to the Prime Minister has added his voice to criticism of the No. 10 operation. Sean Worth, who spent two years advising Dave, writes this morning that “Downing Street lacks grip, direction and calibre” and that “beneath the theatre” of Cummings’ attack “is a kernel of truth”.

“It’s certainly the case that Number 10 hasn’t given the machinery of government anything like the political steer of either the Blair or Thatcher administrations, for example.”

Dr. Worth adds that the current model of coalition is to blame, arguing it has been “tested to absolute bankruptcy“. He concludes:

“Forming a coalition in 2010 that would share power on every front of decision-making will, I believe, come to be viewed as a serious mistake – one not to be repeated if we end up with another coalition next May.”

This is becoming a theme…


  1. 1

    None of this is news to most of us here.

    We can see the outcome all the time and it is not good.

  2. 2
    ukip.I.am says:

    Coalition of the damned.

  3. 3
    Hey Dude says:

    Dude, it’s a coalition.

  4. 4

    How good can an arse kicking contest be when the protagonists do not have a single leg between them?

  5. 5
    Yellow Peril says:

    Exactly, we’ve got the Lib Dem handbrake on every reform from Europe to boundary changes.

  6. 6
    CBA says:

    I am not a fan of the coalition but what else was there that would have worked any better?

  7. 7
    ukip.I.am says:

    Look forward to the next election. The yellow team will be in a paradox. Attack the previous administration, which they were a part of. Or say they did a great job and have everybody know the truth, that the yellow team are unprincipled shits.

  8. 8
    Sue Denim says:

    Surely the point of the coalition was to call the LibDems’ bluff?

    Give them the power they have been craving; force them to make some decisions with actual consequences; let the people see what they are really like and thus ensure that no-one ever votes for them again.

    Mission accomplished.

  9. 9
    Socialism is theft says:

    The trouble with Dave (well one of the many) is he doesn’t realise he is by far the stronger part of the coalition.

  10. 10
    BobRoberts says:

    I wonder if an alternative is workable. Give each part of a coalition total control over some aspects of government an no say in others. It’s an intriguing idea, but surely whoever has the treasury is in charge? Is that what he means instead of the current mess.

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    Socialism is theft says:

    It is not the Lib Dem coalition that is forcing Dave to make speeches (like on Turkey and Albania) welcoming the enlargement of the EU and the consequent opening of even more doors to mass immigration from East Europe. Gullible Tory voters should never be allowed to forget that.

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    Anonymong says:

    I think the point of the coalition was for Dave to get into the position of power he felt entitled to, consequences be damned. Principles never existed in the first place for Dave, so he didn’t need to make any sacrifice there at all.

  13. 13

    Unctuousness and pomposity are both fine tools for delivering two completely conflicting messages simultaneously.

    No one beats the LibDems on this line of venality.

  14. 14
    Cummings and Goings says:

    Does he try to avoid phrases like. I’m coming” ?

  15. 15
    Bill Minchin and Louise Turncoat says:

    Good morning viewers and welcome to ‘Play News’

    And now through the square window, an ugly bird from Newcastle visits the new Al Shabab Social Club in Bradford. Paid for with Lottery Funds.

    Carol will be here with the weather in about 15 minutes…

    And now some purile shite from where you are.

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    fhip says:

    WTF could Cameron have done in 2010 other than form a coalition with the LibDumbs.
    If the alternative was to leave the current opposition still holding the reins then whatever yardstick you use at least Cameron acted for the good of the country and not for the catastrophe that would have ensued had Balls & co carried on regardless.

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    Here's Hαrry says:

    I liked that trick his dad Hαrry did in shop windows.

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    Bert says:

    Does he have the faintest idea of the meaning of the words he uses? “Calibre”, for example.

    No wonder we’re up shit creek with shit-heads like this in charge.

  19. 19
    Things not to put on your CV says:

    “Sean Worth, who spent two years advising Dave”

  20. 20

    Vote UKIP :-)

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    Remember that the alternative was the Maximum Imbecile bestriding the land trying to cover up his previous economic clusterfuck by squandering even more borrowed and printed money employing even more public sector workers.

  22. 22

    Indeed, this close to the election, he could do all sorts of things. Abolish corporation taxes for small businesses, Effectively repeal 500 red tape acts. Cut any of the public’s money being paid to charities. Many of these could be done without an Act by using regulations which may be signed off by a minister. Set all the targets for any PC legislation to zero. The act is still there but it is now toothless…

    In the name of God, do it today!

  23. 23
    Here's Hαrry says:

    Madness to put up a blog about a bloke called Worth and ban the Hαrry word.

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    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    So the Titanics seats are being rearranged yet again, as these SPADs, move on to pastures new and tell tales, why do we need SPADS, they are the politicians problem, the SPADs think it and the politicians say or do it, I have a remote control that turns my tv on and off and changes channels, do I need a SPAD to tell me what channel I need to be looking at, we have uncivil servants and uncivil servant servants called SPADs, they are not helpers they are the problem, the country has millions of advisors or SPADs they are called voters, time the politicians woke up and realised they need to wake up.

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    Bert says:

    Agreed. This is very hard for normal people to understand, which is why we always seem to allow nutters to get into positions of authority.

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    jgm2 says:

    They haven’t banned the word ‘less’. Although ‘banned’ was banned for the longest time.

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    dai governed to death says:

    and perhaps government can’t be ‘steered’ and that may be a result in part of previous ‘great leaders’

    both examples cited by worth extended the reach of government while doing nothing to reduce europe’s involvement

    there comes a point……..

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    Vinse Kabal says:

    Tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, . . . .

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    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Cameron allowed a party that had attracted very few votes get their hands on the levers of power, at the exclusion of a party that had secured nearly as many votes as the Tories.
    There should have been a Government of National Unity.
    Britain did not vote for a Tory Government, which is what we have had foisted on us.

  30. 30
    dai governed to death says:

    and cameron’s demise may well spark the next liberal revival – it the tories move right

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    Anonymous says:

    It all has the whiff of orchestration.

  32. 32
    dai governed to death says:

    the nation is unified in frustration and disapointment – the results of the policies that it has demanded for 2 generations

    so a national unity government would do what – continue like the four main parties to avoid the issues?

  33. 33
    Go Home Hain says:

    Pain in the arse Hain! would it not be fantastic if he would finally return to his beloved South Africa and get shot in the arse in a carjacking ( not fatally obviously, just something that hurts a bit!)

  34. 34
    Susanna Reid says:

    Come and watch us, with our celebrity shite, competitions and adverts. I really love it here at ITV, because they pay me a shedload of money to say so.

    (Actually it’s rubbish)

  35. 35
    dai governed to death says:

    parties are themselves coalitions – the weakest of which is the tory party

  36. 36
    jgm2 says:

    There should have been a Government of National Unity.


    With the Maximum Imbecile spending all his time trying to cover his traces with even more borrowed and squandered money.

    Remember that ‘Government of National Unity’ pledge if Labour ‘only’ win by a couple of million votes next time.

    The Tories and LibDems together made up 60% (ish) of the votes. Why would they need to worry about the Imbecile’s party on only 28%?

  37. 37

    That has already been answered at 9:17 am below. It is not difficult. Really.

    Prime Ministers and their teams are supposed to be clever people who can work these things out for themselves and not need an idiot like me to explain how to run the country more efficaciously.


  38. 38
    @hateliebour says:

    National Unity, 13 years of Liebour destroyed any unity this country had, I voted Tory but in an area where a red rosette on a turd floating down the local river would be voted in, mean’t my vote was meaningless, screw you Mousey Liebour are not going to get back in, they are not real Liebour they are just a gang of selfserving greedy sh1ts who’s interest in what’s happing in the country is zero, go to hell and you with them.

  39. 39

    When you peel an orange, remove the pith and tear apart the segments, they still appear to be orange.

    If one took Hain…

    (…not fatally obviously. Or not very fatally…)

  40. 40
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Government of National Unity, wouldn’t that need at least 70% of the country voting, now how many people voted in the 2010 General Election, dream on, your friends, destroyed the country and the mess has still to be cleaned up. .

  41. 41
    Nicked Legg says:

    It’s interesting that even Dave’s most ardent defenders never say he’s a good bloke with sound policies and principles of steel. No, their only argument, repeated ad nauseam is, the ‘only alternative is Ed Spastoid’. No. The only alternative is for the Tory party to replace him now with a half-way competent person willing to put into place the policies that most members of the public( whether they realise it or not) desire.

    But while we await Nigel Farage, David Davis will have to do.

  42. 42
    Labour now more worried about UKIP than Cameron says:

  43. 43
    Tel says:

    Cameron is an amphibious thing
    Fop at the table
    Flatterer at the board
    Now trips a Lady
    Now Struts a Lord

  44. 44
    Roy says:

    Wayne Rooney on the wing?

  45. 45
    Roy says:

    Feed the F***king monkey!!

  46. 46
    He should be in jail says:

    Maybe he fears his duplicity in NI over IRA onthe runs s going to catch up with him.

  47. 47
    Bloomers in rain-soaked Bongo Bongo Land says:

    Don’t be daft.

  48. 48
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    This coalition was great for some of us !!

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  50. 50
    jgm2 says:

    So you’ll have a one-on-one debate agaisnt Farage? Or will you continue to rely on the Andy Marr show for your unchallenged party political broadcasts.

  51. 51
    William says:

    Have you seen the little boys in Tehran? Fucking to die for.

  52. 52
    Tom Catesby. says:

    ‘The English do not like coalitions’.
    Disraeli….After the 1863 defeat of his coalition.

  53. 53
    It's Dave, Stop the world... says:

    Enough is enough. I am tired of the spades and lies I have to tell, protecting the child van clegg, the useless ministers.

    Soon Al Shabs will be knocking on your door, and taking the appropriate action when they find you are a cross bearer, or appear to be, the pol’ice will do nothing for fear of infringing their human rights and we will all wring our hands on NN.

    Of course, I could now stand tall and impose leadership but you will have noticed that I have almost vanished while I polish the EU arse, welcome Turk’ey and Alban’ian mobsters* and await Angela’s appointment of Junkie.

    *best sell that German car before they remove it for you, ha ha.

  54. 54
    Obama Lite v The Beer Party says:

    Chuka Umunna: We’ll take on Farage’s party the way President Obama took on the Tea Party – by calling them out on their policies

    Go on then Chuka……Go on National TV….Debate with Nigel Farage….

    We are WAITING

  55. 55
    CBA says:

    The dysfunctional Brown administration with the 2 Eds each as 2IC had smeared s**t on every leaver of power. Ed minor’s big brother (what’s his name?) had bottled out of cleaning house. The BBC and to a lesser extent Sky had connived with Labour with the help of the Tories themselves to convince voters that the Tories were the devil incarnate. Into that mix arrives 1) no overall majority and 2) the exploding nappy of an economy bequeathed to the new government. Clegg had seen Brown in full bunker mode a few months before up-close in a meeting in which Brown ranted at Cameron. Cameron needed a solid majority in the House of Commons to do the necessary to sort out the economy and Clegg new it was his duty to don a mask and gloves and help clean the s**t off the leavers.

    I agree Mr Cat with your comments at 9:17. However this is as someone else has written below the coalition of the dammed because of the situation in which it was formed, the agreement that had to be made to get Clegg in mask and gloves and because of the calibre of the protagonists. So I say again what was or is the alternative?

  56. 56
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Isn’t it amazing (well, not really) that these ‘geniuses’ and useful idiots, now come to the same conclusions about the conlimpdick coalition, that many of us did in 2010.

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    A problem shared says:

    Dave, thanks his lucky stars that he’s in coalition. Everything that goes wrong is his partner’s fault, the odd thing that goes right is his doing and all that he hasn’t done is because it wasn’t in the coalition agreement.

  59. 59
    Dave Could've says:

    He could have formed a minority government, taken advantage of the access it would have given him to all media outlets and then gone back to the country appealing for their vote to form a majority government.

    Well that’s what someone with balls, self respect and a sense of duty to the nation would have done.

  60. 60
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Cameron could have gone back to the country and asked for a working majority as Wilson did way back, as some of you will remember. I think the country gave him a working majority of about 90/94 seats. That would have required some b^ll^cks of course.

  61. 61
    jgm2 says:

    He’s good.

  62. 62
    Meanwhile in Chipping Sodbury says:

  63. 63

    Coalition is chaos. “2 steps forward, 1 step back, 1 to the right, 1 to the left…1 to….”!
    Don’t go nowhere, s’game innit?

  64. 64

    After the Chinese complained to the Government that their visa applications take too long The home office instantly announces a streamline 24 hour service for the Chinese to get their visas

    Shame the useless twats cant do the same for British people wanting their passports renewing

    Money is god with this government

  65. 65

    Feeding tbe monkey ???

    These ‘erberts are too busy smacking the pony !

  66. 66
    Tom Catesby. says:

    No, the point was to form a goverment, but you are correct in that the effect of having the Libdems in Government, has exposed them to the public for what they are.

  67. 67
    WoRaft Chihuahua says:

    Panic! Ten days have gone missing. The Guardian says it is Tuesday 27 May.


  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Moussa – You really are thicker than 2 short planks covered in pig shit aren’t you.

  69. 69

    Yes — he substitutes it with

    ” … just breathing heavily”

  70. 70
    WoRaft Chihuahua says:

    No, OK, wrong month.

  71. 71
    British people outside the passport office in Liverpool says:

  72. 72
    Charlie Brown says:

    Are you serious? Edward Heath? John Major? Gordon Brown? David Cameron?

    Get back to your piano practice Schrodinger or Snoopy will start singing….

  73. 73
    Tom Catesby. says:

    An further example of limpdick lunacy,moral and political bankruptcy, was the news today that they will not support legislation to imprison persons found carrying knives in public for a second time.

  74. 74
    Yawn says:

    Grow up.

    Streamlining Visas for Chinese visitors is fuck all to do with issuing UK passports.

    Allowing easier access to the world’s fastest growing economy will earn Britain much need income and reduce the demand to increase domestic taxation.

    But you probably know this really.

  75. 75
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Moddy you clearly did not hear the report and I suggest your charge of lack of moderation would be better aimed at the door of Cleggie and his gang of scoundrels.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    “the political steer of either the Blair or Thatcher”
    Dear Tony, Why not parachute yourself into Iraqi, to discover if you can convince Isis that your reasoning is more cogent than theirs? Either you will succeed, or else you won’t return. Either way, essentially a win-win situation. Alternatively let us explore the possibility that your version of reality is just as speculative as theirs(and mine was), via a thought experiment. Presumably you once genuinely, yet erroneously, believed there were WMDs. Whilst entranced by that ‘certainly’, did you appreciate that you were deluded? If not, then how do you know you are not similarly bewitched by an unchallenged illusion now? Try and think about it before, in common with me, it’s too late. Isn’t this precisely the same cerebral cul-de-sac, we are all in?
    Love Maggy.

  77. 77
    Tom Catesby. says:

    P.S. Unless you think they were correct in not taking measures to better protect the public, if so, do please tell us.

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    The Grim Reaper says:

    The collapse of trust in politicians actually started with John Major – his capitulation at Maastritch…..Black Wednesday….cash for questions etc…his hapless leadership was replaced by the creepy control freaks at Nude Labour – war criminal Blair, Tourettes Campbell & arch Svengali Mandelson, who finessed deception, incompetence and dissembling to a new low art form, ultimately turning politicians into the most hated profession in these islands.

  80. 80
    My name is....... says:

    I taught my boy the,’smoke and mirrors’ trick as well.

  81. 81
    yes he is says:

  82. 82
    A Lotto Mug... says:

    Heard the news this morning. Looks like our as!an friends have hit the jackpot again, in places like Bradistan and some of our other national toilets, courtesy of the national lottery. Another good reason not to do it, apart from it being a crap bet in the first place.

  83. 83
    NE Frontiersman says:

    He could have governed without them, and dared them to bring down him by voting with a party the electorate had just rejected with disgust.

    For their part, outside government the LDs could have had a veto on all parts of the government’s programme; in government, they could only do this as a nuclear option on the rarest occasions.
    Both would have looked braver and more principled.

    I often think that our politicians aren’t very good at politics.

  84. 84
    A laughing dago says:

    It seems that every Spad and his dog is coming out of the closet now to say you have voted in a Wally.

  85. 85
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Someone remind me; which party is in coalition with Labour in Norfolk at the this moment?
    Which party can take enough votes form the Tories to make a similar coalition imaginable nationally, counterintuitive though it may be?

  86. 86
    Tom Catesby. says:

    There would be room in he dock next to B£iar surely?

  87. 87
    Tom Catesby. says:

    I thought the permanent under secretaries were there to give ministers advice, or am I thinking of, ‘Yes Minister’?

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    Tom Catesby. says:


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    Dougie says:

    Now I’ve read Sean Worth’s piece, I have to say that Guido has given a very disingenuous interpretation in his splash. Worth is actually criticising coalition government, not Dave or No. 10.
    Come on Guido. We expect you at least to have some integrity.

  91. 91
    It's Tony. Stop the world... says:

    Gosh, what a challenge. Hi everybody, it’s Tony!

    Look, either you want leadership, whether it’s right or wrong, or you get Dave and Junker.

    Must go. Keep writing in.

  92. 92
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    Spads and qangos were invented to keep actual responsibility for anything away from those who get paid to shoulder that responsibility in the first place – ie Ministers.

    Can we add spads to the qango bonfire (when Cameron finds his box of matches)?

  93. 93
    The Growler says:

    The thing there Puss is that Camerman didn’t not get a clear majority (even against Gordy’s open goal) and he wanted to be PM, he was born to be PM, so the only ones he could possibly dupe into coalition was the LibDems, in fact Broon was also begging the LibDems to forn an alliance with Liebore. The LibDems wanted to get into some form of government administration, quite a few LibDems were not happy, as a former LibDem voter I thought they should have remained true to themselves and remained independent, they have shot their bolt absolutely. Dave’s grasp on history is not very good especially medieval history going on and on about Magna Carta, which was to take a lot of power from the King for themselves, for the bulk of the population it was the same old, same old.

  94. 94
    The only way is anal says:

    Dave doesn’t do “do”.

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    8ackstairs 8illy says:

    Spads were invented to provide fresh young arsehole whenever we need it.

  96. 96
    Bad Planning says:

    I have suspected that a “Government of National Unity” was the intention, given the epic deliberate abuse of the Economy by Liemore and their likely massacre at the hands of the Electorate. I also think that the party Leaders were thoroughly disabused that the Public wouldn’t accept Brown or his cohort of slime balls anywhere near power. That the outcome didn’t favour Cameron was his fault entirely. I again suspect that Cameron’s planning had anticipated a bigger Tory number and a smaller Liemore with the Beanmunchers only able to form a majority with the Tories, not labour.
    Result 55 months of galloping incompetence and a fatal infection for the LimpDicks. Have you noticed that Messrs Law and Hughes have done a Broon and dropped entirely from the radar? Well, they might come back but I hope that Danny gets used to advising the Forestry Commission again.

  97. 97
    One-term is enough says:

    Dave does do doo-doo, though.

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    One votes UKIP says:

    Worth is actually criticising this coalition government.

  99. 99
    Sean says:

    “Dave, don’t be such a useless, spineless, twat.”

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    The Growler says:

    “With the Maximum Imbecile spending all his time trying to cover his traces with even more borrowed and squandered money” does that mean he thought of himself as a banker.

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    inside out says:

    At the moment enlargement of the EU is by unanimous majority of existing members.How Dave can ever contemplate voting for Albania’s inclusion is beyond comprehension,does he realise what a further influx of muslim thieves would do to the British electorate.

  102. 102
    Gloria Stitz says:

    Here The Barons took power for themselves and everything they could get their hands on and the B’tards are still doing it . Plus Tony B liar is still spinning the sh1t. wasn’t me Guv

  103. 103
    Smiley says:

    You didn’t answer his question which was well formed, interesting and got to the nub of it.

  104. 104
    Theo Arschlecker says:

    But I like Dave!

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