July 17th, 2014

Another Rejected Ministerial Post
Osborne Aide Quits to ‘Finish Book’

It wasn’t just Liam Fox who told Cameron thank you, but not thank you:

Rob Wilson has a 7,605 majority. Cautious?


  1. 1
    Champagne socialist says:

    Minister for men? Oh I see, Esther got that did she?

  2. 2
    The Public Domain says:

    Oh no, not him again.

  3. 3
    Rob Wilson says:

    I am glad to put this in the public domain.

  4. 4
    Wasn't being involved with this bollocks that worried him was it? says:

  5. 5
    David Cameron says:

    Tally Ho

  6. 6
    Ignorant of Maidenhead says:

    Well, I live in the constituency next door and I’ve never heard of him.

  7. 7
    History (well in 2 minutes time) says:


  8. 8

    What a great MP ,he redeveloped the Railway station, built a tech. college, about to build more schools ,about to undertake more travel improvements, is there no end to the fuckers talents talents ?

  9. 9
    Georgio Osborne says:

    What Ho

  10. 10
    Meanwhile... says:

    Hacked Off are advertising for communications chief.

    Must have experience in dealing with “hostile” media.

    Post runs for one year — until just after GE, curious !

  11. 11
    Rob Wilson Rob Wilson says:

    So good they named me twice

  12. 12
    Nickname says:

    You built a Railway station – do they call you Rob the Railway Builder?

    RW – No

    You built a College – do they call you Rob the College Builder?

    RW – No

    RW – I shagged a sheep once.

  13. 13
    BBC News says:

    500 redundancies to Beeb news staff. Our pain overtakes all other headlines! We will strike and force the public to watch better news services such as Al Jazeera and Sky.

  14. 14
    Media says:


  15. 15
    The upside says:

    Guardian sales down by 500 a day.

  16. 16

    I was overcome with admiration.

  17. 17
    Teezy wheezy says:

    Is Becky the Redhead free? She’ll sort these barstewards out in less than a month – and probably without being paid for it.

  18. 18

    More blood spilled on the run up to the election

  19. 19
    Billy Dowcar says:

    No point in being a minister for ten months. It’s too short to get anything useful done.

  20. 20
    Liam Fox says:

    Werrity darling…

  21. 21
    Unlucky Alf says:

    Is it the Reading East Public Domain Station?

  22. 22
    Fred the pensioner says:

    If we no longer need to fund these 500 people can we look forward to a pro rata reduction in the telly tax (which I don’t pay anyway!).

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    The downside says:

  25. 25
    Oliver Cromwell says:

    What a novel idea representing your constituents, could do with a few hundred more doing it.

  26. 26
    W G says:

    India 140-6. Rejoice!

  27. 27
    Little Johnny says:

    Sally had a dress just like that.


  28. 28
    BBC News says:

    No because we are immediately creating 200 new jobs and paying them more than the people employed in the old jobs.

  29. 29
    Owen Jones says:

    I find that unbelievable, especially with such intellectual giants such as Polly and myself as columnists.

  30. 30
    Meanwhile... says:

    Reason for job ad becomes clear.

    With an election looming, Oliver Letwin may not be able to help Hacked Off as much as he would normally wish to.

  31. 31
    Tom Watson says:


  32. 32
    Not the one standing up says:

    Doesn’t look like Nick Clegg

  33. 33
    albacore says:

    What was that about rats and sinking ships?
    Never mind, Cap’n Dave’ll get to grips
    And steer The Torytanic off the rocks
    (Once he figures how to put on his socks)

  34. 34
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    I say old chaps! this site has been getting a bit saucy lately.

  35. 35
    Meanwhile... says:

    BBC also says:

    “A total of 195 new posts will be created … meaning a net reduction of 220 full-time jobs overall.”

  36. 36
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    “We need clever and hardworking people to deliver the Government’s agenda.”

    What that really means is, that George Osborne needs far more clever people than him doing all the dross jobs, to make him look good.

  37. 37
    BBC Uman Capital Department, Ethical Policy Spokesperson says:

    No journalists were hurt in the making of this news.

  38. 38
    New weather girl for Bradfordistan says:

  39. 39
    Executive Summary says:

    I’m expecting to sell loads of books and then I can leave Reading to it’s own devices.

  40. 40
    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    Not unlike the ‘page three’ thingy, wonder why.

  41. 41
    Specsavers says:

    I didn’t know Osborne had Aides.

  42. 42
    Dave 'giving it all away' Dave says:

    Do they want more money?

  43. 43
    Unlucky Alf says:

    She looks like she’s seen better days :)

  44. 44
    Unlucky Alf says:

    You’re thinking of Lord Sm!th

  45. 45
    BBC News says:

    Well those paid around £100,000 per annum for reading from a autocue are insulated from much of life’s pain aren’t they.

  46. 46
    Nick Robinson says:

    *cleans glasses*


    Yes they are.

  47. 47
    Tin Foil Tommy says:

    MP for Reading bringing out a book.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  48. 48
    Owen Jones says:

    Not fucking well falling for it Nick Clegg,fucking Tuition fees,fucking Selling of the NHS,fucking Tax Cuts for the rich. YOU fucking well voted Bedroom tax in. Fuck Off Out on your fucking arse soon.

  49. 49
    Norma Stitz says:

    Well done for re-building Reading Railway Station, Rob. Hot work in this weather, I should imagine.

  50. 50
    East India Company Wallah says:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is years old-you will have to write a new book

  51. 51
    I thought this would be shite, but seeing Cameroon in this makes me shudder says:

  52. 52
    Jimmy says:

    “Osborne Aide Quits to ‘Finish Book’”

    He must be a very slow reader.

  53. 53
    Norma Stitz says:

    Rick Nobinson is a prat. He says that Gove’s new role is to be ‘the Hand of The King’. Brillo had to point out that the last G.O.T. ‘Hand’ was killed on his own privy by his son, with a crossbow.

  54. 54
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Has anybody seen my cock?

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  56. 56
    Philip Hammond says:

    It’s at times like this that I wish I was still Defence Secretary.

    I’d show the Ukrainians who’s the boss.

    Update: Malaysia Airlines plane “brought down by a ground-to-air missile” over Ukraine, report says http://on.mash.to/1rk4dOv #MH17

  57. 57
    Labour cannot add up. Weird. says:

    Why is it bad timing?

  58. 58
    The BBC is shit says:

  59. 59
    Gooey Blob says:

    I’m not risking another Labour government, thanks.

  60. 60
    David Vine says:

    A good goalie but he should never have moved over to ITV commentating.

  61. 61
    Bob Wilson says:

    Bob’s your uncle

  62. 62
    Silent Bob says:

      

  63. 63
    Winston says:

    How many current MPs have published a book? They all seem to be part-time authors. Where do they find the time in their busy schedule?

  64. 64
    Owen Jones says:

    I couldn’t help myself and just had to let one go, looking at that photo.

    Only problem is that my laptop is messy cause I had no Kleenex at the time

  65. 65
    Peon says:

    Never mind all that — what’s the net reduction in the wage bill?

    When will the list of race, sex, polarity and relationship to current BBC employees be published?

  66. 66

    Silent ! How nice to “hear” from you .

    We thought you had quit to do your speaking tours …

    Enjoying the sumner ?

  67. 67

    Hague , Clark , now Robson …..all off to write or promote books ……see the pattern .

    At least Kinnocchio was honest(sic) about it . He just retired to allocate more time to his wallet

  68. 68
    Gooey Blob says:

    Presumably Putin’s response to sanctions. The trigger-happy idiot appears hell-bent on starting WWIII.

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    Economic Time Bomb says:

    Maybe he’s embarrassed at having served the man who has presided over the biggest bogus boom in history – a rip-off recovery that sees continued reduction in people’s real disposable income, year after year, cramming themselves and their families into ever smaller accommodation, no prospect of owning land or housing…while the country is taken over by corrupt oligarchs from all four corners of the world.

  71. 71

    I find it unbelievable that The Guardian sold 500 copies a day.

  72. 72
    Victoria Nuland and Ann Applebaum says:

    Kiev has form. From the Wall Street Journal today: “In 2001, the Ukrainian military mistakenly shot down a commercial passenger jet that was en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk with a land-to-air missile that was fired during a military exercise. All the 66 passengers and 12 crew members on board the plane were killed in the blast.”

    They also have motive. They are getting pasted in the East and are desperate to bring in NATO.

  73. 73

    Has Gary Barlow grown a beard?

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Are you a Derby County fan by any chance?

  75. 75
    Mary Whitehouse says:

    Can someone delete the pron so that people can browse this site in their lunch breaks at work without worrying about getting fired?

  76. 76
    Mummy and daddy's net says:

    Yes, we heartily agree. There are other sites for that sort of filth.

    Do try to keep it clean Guido.

  77. 77
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    He worked for Putin?

  78. 78
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    They don’t have enough crayons in No 11.

  79. 79

    Bring in NATO ,most western armies were virtually disbanded in 1989 !

  80. 80
    Osborne's still working things out with pencil and paper says:

    Gordon took all the crayons with him.

  81. 81
    NE Frontiersman says:

    There’s a period of purdah laid down before ministers et al. can go off and fill their boots by selling the inside information they gained in government.
    So the trend now is to get out of government before the last minute, especially if you foresee being thrown out anyway, to start the meter running down, rather than waste time in the wilderness.
    See which directorates he takes up.

  82. 82
    Maimed Codger says:

    So how many Shirt Lifting Bum Boys do we have in the Government now ?

  83. 83

    he didn’t turn down the post so he could finish his book, he’s already finished it. It’s arriving in hard copy tomorrow and downloading on to Kindles on Tuesday. Reading East MPs do sometimes write books. As his predecessor as MP for Reading East I take an interest in these matters.

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