August 11th, 2014

Another Foreign Office Minister Resigns

Mark Simmonds, best known for missing the Syria vote because he was busy discussing Rwanda with Justine Greening, has quit his job at FCO. No.10 deny it is anything to do with policy, his replacement will be James Duddridge. Simmonds will also stand down as an MP in Boston and Skegness in 2015. Analysis by Survation of local election results back in 2013 shows that on paper the seat is UKIP’s best chance of landing an MP…

Hammond loses two ministers in two weeks…


233 Comments

  1. 1
    2015: Year of Meltdown says:

    Rats and ships!

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    • 7
      its a R.I.P.-off says:

      there’s less and less attraction in playing father christmas when one can’t find ways of stealing the money to pay for the bogus gifts

      a good thing too

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      • 23
        Who??? says:

        Farewell minister for Bongo-Bongo lands – you won’t be missed

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        • 97
          Jack Ketch says:

          Did anyone know he existed before he resigned?

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        • 197

          Looks a completely clueless clodhopper with the all -trusting smile of an innocent very much abroad.

          If this is the level of Macchiavellian low guile / cunning and Borgiaesque ruthlessness we put up against the external ministries of rest of the world little wonder they eat most of our diplomats before breakfast as pre -prandial digestive stimulation.

          Still he s dutifully written his obsequious request for a good future job reference which will probably be a sinecure in a charity /quango or State milch cow of similar ilk at no doubt greater remuneration than at present.

          Outwards and Upwards !

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    • 10
      Labour MP have no conscience says:

      Conservative MPs with conscience tested over minor details, plenty

      Labour MPs with conscience which was highly stress tested over IRAQ and Government fiances = NONE

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    • 50
      O W says:

      To lose one foreign minister, Mr Cameron, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”?

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      • 94
        Gary Bloke says:

        And there was one who stood down in the reshuffle.

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        • 181
          Fred the pensioner says:

          One does not “stand down” in a reshuffle. One merely walks out of the PM’s office muttering imprecations on the way out.

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      • 208
        Dougie says:

        Not really. Warsi was only a supernumerary at the FCO, her proper(!) job was at DCLG. And she was useless at it anyway. So I reckon Hammond has only lost one minister in any meaningful sense.

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        • 229
          Mr Neddy says:

          Hope he loses many more. the FCO hates the UK and works tirelessly to undermine this country as much as possible.

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    • 82
      Tory Bare! says:

      “Hammond loses two ministers in two weeks…”

      Could it actually be that Hammond is clearing the Decks of the useless and problematical? Something William Hague never had the balls to do?

      Just sayin’…

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      • 114
        táxpáyér says:

        Foreign office has gone completely “native” i.e against the UK’s interests.

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        • 184
          Fred the pensioner says:

          Been like that for the past 50 or more years. Plus ca change irrespective of which Party is in “Government” – and I have close friends there who will confirm that impression! Only decent Foreign Secretary I can recall was Peter Carrington, a really honest to goodness gent.

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    • 100
      The Growler says:

      Don’t know if anyone else has said this, “To lose one is unfortunate, to lose two sounds like carelessness”

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  2. 2
    Havocman says:

    Good. Useless yes man who was all in favour of Britain’s membership of the EU until Dave decided to ‘promise’ a referendum.

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    • 19
      West Country Tory says:

      I see the resignation letter was dated August 4th. Was it being sat on for a “good day to bury bad news”? Don’t see how today qualifies on that score but whatever, it’s not on that there should be a delay in making it public.

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      • 66
        Jo Moore says:

        Waddya-mean not a good day to bury bad news !….when Frank Maloney’s sex change is on everyones lips !!!

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        • 95
          Prickteaser Alice says:

          I could the smell the whisky and cigars on his breath.

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        • 201

          Diplomatic bag delays from Great George to Downing Streets.

          We have nt got the hang of cable or telex here at the FO yet ole boy never mind this fax/ photocopy/email thingummy and Intranet (!!??).

          ( we have however recently installed Olivetti “Golfballs” though — pretty young Secretaries to work ‘em too! –very easy on the eye…. )

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    • 65
      Observer says:

      EU apparatchik was he? Excellent then. About time someone took charge of the Foreign Office after the disappointment of Hague’s strange performance.

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      • 68
        Neocon Watch says:

        “Strange performance” !

        What do you mean?

        He played the Neocon line like a good little useful-idiot goyim.

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        • 74
          concrete pump says:

          Every time you click ‘publish’, Guido’s wallet gets a little bit fatter.

          Just saying….

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        • 79
          M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

          Yeah and that goes for your myriads of sockpuppets too.

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          • Yeah fair point but how does Geedes make the thing pay . I mean there s precious little advertising –except for that man who looks like Eric Pickles in shorts running after sonething or other …. and he s ripe for a cardiac if he does nt stop ..

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        • 115
          táxpáyér says:

          I think you forgot to accuse someone of being a hasbroer and put the word slowmo in.

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  3. 3
    Doktorb says:

    It’s usually “discussing Uganda”. Unless they were trying a different position?

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    • 83

      Getting in trim for The Lagos International Ebola Sprint. You don’t want to hang around for the starter’s pistol. Our man from the F.O. Might have had an inkling that his diplomatic bag might send him to “The White Man’s Grave” ahead of even his time. Nothing like being ahead of the field, what! A very good posting might be Australia. Can’t see anybody who’s even flown over Africa being allowed to die within floating distance let alone to actually fly in.

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    • 206

      Is Staff Seargent Kings Own Rifles Idi Amin still alive in Saudi Arabian
      exile ?

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  4. 4

    James Duddridge is a man to be reckoned with. I may have to abandon my plans to re-unite the Russian Empire.

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    • 13
      concrete pump says:

      Did he not incur the wrath of ‘The Midget’ by suggesting the EU should sod off..?

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      • 26
        Parliament HR says:

        Midget AWOL for 8 months. Will be paid only for 8 months. ( scribbled in pencil “we will be then rid of him for ever, yippee”).

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  5. 5
    ? says:

    To spend more time with his family or someone else’s?

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  6. 6
    Baroness Warsi says:

    I resigned before it was trendy to do so.

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  7. 8
    Mable Thorpe says:

    Good riddance

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  8. 9
    Cynic says:

    ” Simmonds went to Worksop College, then Trent Polytechnic,”

    Good God he’s an oik. How did he last so long in the first place

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  9. 11
    Thick as they come says:

    I thought Boston was IRA heartland not UKIP?

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  10. 12
    Jimmy says:

    Cashcroft scholarship boy no longer in charge of the colonies.

    Interesting.

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  11. 15
    Baroness Warsi says:

    Reminder: It has now been 1962 days since Idiot Owen Jones offered to be water boarded for charity

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  12. 18
    Finger of Fun says:

    A good day to jump ship!

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  13. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Is Warsi related in any way to Khasi?

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  14. 21

    The hand of The Aussie at work again.

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  15. 22
    IPSA says:

    You can now claim resignations on your expenses.

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  16. 24
    Anonymous says:

    I see Simmonds is not fighting the next election. Apart from the fact he was going to lose I wonder what the real reason for his departure is?

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    • 31
      geordieboy says:

      He has to spend more time with his family. Pity it wasn’t Cameron who spends his spare time playing songs by Wet Wet Wet.

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    • 81
      Andrew says:

      It’s a boring thought but he probably has some business opportunity which won’t wait and which he can combine with being in the House until the Dissolution but not with being a Minister .

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  17. 25

    What has naughty Mark been up to? Obviously by the tone of the letter Cameron told him to eff off.

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    • 38
      still walking into darkness says:

      Is it unfair to suspect part of his body may have accidentally entered another man’s in a public place

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  18. 27
    Should have gone to SpecSavers says:

    How could I have missed the replacement of Baroness Warsi by Baroness Anelay, the former Lords Chief Whip? Quite an astonishing appointment!

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  19. 28
    Anonymous says:

    A pal in the office has just suggested that if the Warsi brain had been as big as the Warsi mouth she would probably have been PM by now.

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  20. 29
    Wasn't us mister says:

    He hasn’t resigned as MP so his troughing rights are still running until next May, interesting wording “confirm as agreed my resignation from your government”, he’s a Conservative MP, who’s party is in coalition with the Libsh1tes who are in government together, why is he not part of the government he’s an MP?.

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  21. 30
    cheche says:

    Sky still banging on about Gaza. Where are the pictures of injured iraqi’s

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  23. 33
    cheche says:

    Regev making Sky interviewer look a fool. We wont be seeing that clip again

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    • 37
      The British Public says:

      Our position on Gaza is quite clear.
      He should have given up the drink years ago.

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      • 45
        Norm Normal says:

        40 years of lies, nonsense, hijacking and terrorism from the Middle East.

        Now it’s “please give generously” and “apease our latest tantrum”.

        I’m sick of hearing about the place.

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        • 72
          Neocon Watch says:

          Those Israelis eh…wot are they like!

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          • Norm Normal says:

            This might be known as a ‘right wing blog’ amongst those obsessed with learning mantras, ideology and dogma.

            Have some confidence and think for yourself, then one day you may feel the spark of an original thought?

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          • táxpáyér says:

            Those Israelis eh…wot are they like!?

            Civilised, prudent, hard-working, wealthy. Totally unlike the arabble that surrounds them,

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          • Not related to Shneur says:

            Yet still plagued by genetic diseases from not intermixing with the many dozens of Host cultures they lived in for thousands of years.

            Zioloons: turning racism and Hypocrisy into artforms

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          • Five more weeks of school holidays says ;

            Who let the sprogs out Who? Who?

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  24. 34
    David Cameron says:

    Mazel tov Mark

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  25. 35

    ICYMI: The H’ague the other day:

    Dutch approved ISIS rally, calling for ‘Death to the J’ews’ according to Y’net:

    h**p://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557201,00.html

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  26. 36

    Al beeb and Al sky. Change the fuckin record. And fuck your garza appeal, try twatar.

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  27. 41

    Michelle, is it time to get up? I was having such a nice dream.

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  28. 42
    William Vague says:

    His performance as my ‘right hand’ man was always a pleasure

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    • 157
      Dave says:

      perhaps he could get some part time work carrying glenda jackson about now and then … as a completely vacuous bag carrier he’d be ideal

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    • 212
      Silly Bercow says:

      At least Willy and I are happy to share a bedroom with a friend or two.
      (The more willies the better as far as I’m concerned ;)

      My hubbie (He’s The Speaker of the Houses of Parliament !!!!) could learn a few cost-saving tips from us.
      And if anyone’s got an hot tips for me, I’m always willing to see them ;) 8-)

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  29. 44
    Owen"This calls for a demo" Jones says:

    Saudi and UAE money made ceasefire possible http://dlvr.it/6ZlH0L

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  30. 53

    Another one down. Wont be missed I bet

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  31. 54
    Sir Bernard Arse says:

    Our man at the FO has decided to FO Prime minister.

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  32. 57
    Winston says:

    Could it be that LibLabCon will join forces to ensure UKIP cannot win the seat?

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    • 216

      Dave , Dumb and Dumber say collectively ;

      A LibLaCon Alliance candidate to beat ukip .
      What a spiffing idea . Not sure why no one thought of it before !!

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  33. 58
    George Galloway says:

    Guido, Hamas have to be dealt with. Let’s just suspend disbelief for a moment and imagine that Israel has been utterly destroyed; wiped out; its people exterminated or dispersed – What happens then? Do you really think Hamas will just melt away? Of course not…. They are an Islamist organisation which will march on alongside its brothers and cousins – Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and Isis. A World-Wide Caliphate is what these people seek. Make no mistake… It is only a matter of time….

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  34. 60
    M103 says:

    Give them their land back and then have the USA and the West protect Israel’s original borders.

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  35. 64
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    At least I won’t be paying that Jizz tax anytime soon.

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  36. 70
    Anonymous says:

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    • 73
      John Bull says:

      Citizen of the EU?

      For fooks sake the EU is not a country or a state. How can it have citizens?

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      • 91
        Van Rumpboy says:

        It doesn’t. You are all my subjects.

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      • 103
        Norm Normal says:

        Just say no to agitprop and vranyo. Russian’s lol, bullshit or ‘vranyo’ is the national pastime. That’s why they even have a special word for it.

        Whats amazing is the number of non Russians that think they appear sophisticated by parroting it.

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    • 101
      Tory Bare! says:

      Errr…..

      This is deeply concerning – why has this not been given wider publicity?

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  37. 71
    WILLIAM HAGUE says:

    And how will the NANNY STATE label know if you are going to drink just a couple of pints of healthy real ale or Fourteen pints of Stella?

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    • 84
      D. Abbott says:

      mine’s a large one !

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    • 85
      Department of health says:

      Stick a photo of Diana Abbotts flabby arse on every bar of chocolate as a clear warning of its harmful effects.

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    • 92
      Wasn't us mister says:

      More fckin wasted ink, most of these people are too pi55ed to read labels, we had a way , when most people went to the pub and 10:30pm it closed, you bought booze from the outdoor part of the pub, Liebour destroyed pubs because they didn’t want people talking about them, besides breweries liked supermarkets because they bought by the 1000 gallons and it made the breweries more money, putting up prices will be just like drugs more theft and more ways of importing cheap booze, just like cigarettes, Liebour wanted the outdoor French style of boozing and destroyed what slowed people down, they have pi55 artists in Paris dickheads, maybe because you being an MP and everything is tax free you don’t go into the area’s real people go, the DNA pool is full of braindead wallies who gorged themselves to beyond sensless.

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      • 98
        Wasn't us mister says:

        Nobody in Liebour land needs to take responsibility for their own actions, we must make sure everybody takes responsibility for the braindeads actions, so lets bring in laws that effect all people, then they wonder why nothing works.

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      • 214
        Any Questions panellist says:

        Shit. I always liked to trot out that “European drinking more civilised” line as if it were something I’d done a scientific study on.

        Well, I’ve still got The Bankers Bonuses, Food Bank Stats and the fact there wouldn’t be any wars if more cabinet ministers were women.

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    • 93
      A 3rd-world inbred by the name of Saryeeda Warsi says:

      Alcohol is sinful and must be banned!

      Allahh-ay ay ay ay ay ay ayyyyeeeeeeee!

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      • 119
        Birmingham Education Department. says:

        Say after me Children

        “Drinking alcohol can harm your health, so stop drinking before we behead you.”

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    • 135
      táxpáyér says:

      FUCK OFF NANNY.

      Wander up to an MP and barge them over while saying loudly “NUDGE, How do you like it?”.

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      • 160
        Hear All See All says:

        I’ll drink to that

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        • 188
          Fred the pensioner says:

          WARNING!! Do not dri*k and dr*ve – you might spill it.

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        • 191
          Dangerous Brian says:

          Listening to stupid, patronising, self absorbed, greedy, anti British, euro crazed, immigration obsessed ivory tower dwelling hypocritical tw*ts prattling on about how they are right (650 of them) and we are wrong (60 million of us) can be bad for your mental health.
          I know it drives me crazy.

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  38. 78
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    “Build a benefits system and they will come”

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  39. 89
    Geoffrey Brooking says:

    Jumped before being pushed by the local association who wanted to de-select him over his pro-EU views.

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  40. 96
    George Galloway says:

    Isis suicide bombing instructor blows up his own class by accident http://bit.ly/XWl6CN

    Idiot !

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  41. 99
    Michael Crick says:

    Has anyone seen Tony Blair lately?

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    • 112
      Norm Normal says:

      Just seen Jack Straw, the BBC were asking his opinion on what to do about Iraq!

      No really, lmfao, suspend disbelief, this really just happened on BBC news 24. No hint of a credibility problem at all lol.

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      • 128
        Blue Peter Goldfish says:

        I thought jack had been rendered down.

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      • 141
        The British MSM are cunts says:

        Isn’t rather odd that the MSM do not bring these politicians to task over their involvement in previous clusterfuckups.

        One could easily conclude that there is an element of collusion between the two.

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      • 159
        Jack Straw says:

        Of course the first thing I would do for the people of Iraq is get my son selected to stand for a labour safe seat.
        When elected I would then push for him to be fast tracked into the cabinet.
        Once he’s in the cabinet I’m sure he’ll answer that question for me.

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  42. 107
    What? No pictures of tits, cock, or cυnt? says:

    This site is going downhill.

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  43. 109

    Cannot resist.

    Is BW overly active on Twitter ?

    Given recent D’aily M’ail front pages – pot-kettle also springs to mind.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  44. 111
    ISIS and HAMAS are good Muslims says:

    because it’s a death cult

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  45. 126
    Prezza says:

    He’s a wimp resigning. Anyone in Westminster has got it all. I may get a bit discombomulated but me and the missus are having a ball, raking it in with all expenses trips around the world to talk about global warming. I’m
    an expert after Key Hoto.

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  46. 130
    All Welcome, please pass on. says:

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    • 136
      Baroness Warsi says:

      Will Halal refreshments be available?

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      • 203
        Dangerous Brian says:

        No, but video’s of kaffurs being behead*d will be played on a loop to reinforce the message about breaking the contract.

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    • 155
      Vlad the Loudhailer says:

      Why is the UK putting up with this man and his brothers. All are no doubt on benefits, because dressed in a brown sack with an unkempt beard, and a tea-cosy on his head, he is deliberately making himself unemployable.

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      • 161
        Channel 4 says:

        We will soon be making our next documentary “Jihadist Street” and Anjem will be one of the main characters in this program.

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      • 226
        inside out says:

        He is a qualified solicitor and practiced in the UK.He then gave it up,claiming benefits for his family,he calls benefits “jihadi payments”.Believed to be on job seekers allowance.Has a degree is employable but chooses not too gain employment.Suprised that the job centre has not had him in for intensive job seeking,but don’t appear to bother.Prehaps Duncan-Smith allows it on security grounds.

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    • 222
      cheche says:

      And part three how to cliam your benies from the infidel

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  47. 131
    George Galloway says:

    Palestine, eternally the victims, never their fault. The Liverpool of the Middle East.

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  48. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Cleansing the “nest of vipers”?

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  49. 147
    The RSPCA says:

    We regret that the Schrödinger’s Cat has had to be put down by us as he looked a bit mangy – and we are now spending hundreds of thousands of pounds pursuing the owner (a Mr G. Fawkes) through the courts. Obviously this means spending the money given to us by little old ladies in charity shops – but like the great G. Brown (PBUH) often said, ‘it’s the right thing to do’. Our Chief Executive will be awarding himself a pay rise too.

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  50. 154
    cheche says:

    SKY allowing some fool form UMRA to spout Hamas propaganda. No mention of th e rocket launchers in the schools

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    • 193
      JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

      I take it you mean UNWRA.

      On the latest ‘scores on the doors’, how many children have been murdered at Israeli schools ?

      Would be ashamed to be called a Friend of Israel…but then I do have a conscience.

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      • 196
        JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

        UNRWA

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      • 200
        JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

        Hamas is a branded terrorist organisation.

        A modern, civilised country would never knowingly kill innocent civilians or children. Or bomb schools. Or bomb market places.

        An arrogant, bullying country – which just didn’t care about global opinion – would though…

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    • 194
      Fred the pensioner says:

      My dear wife keeps telling me to stop shouting at the telly, especially when the Sky channel is on.

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  51. 167
    Anonymous says:

    #Meanwhile

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    • 169
      Anonymous says:

      :shock:

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      • 173
        Cap'n Jack Sparrow says:

        No, no you have it all wrong.

        He was invited as an ‘Expert on Panic’.

        I think he proved his credentials sufficiently when abandoning ship…before women, children…and before just about everyone else on the ship for that matter.

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  52. 170
    __JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    This site is intolerant of anti-Israel comments, in the main.

    So, can Guido give assurances that IP addresses of those making Comments here are secure?

    Well, you know how non-Friends of Israel can sometimes be targetted ?

    Thought this might be of interest to those who don’t toe the line that the terrorists are all based in Gaza…

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  53. 171
    Up Kipperstreet Including Paddle says:

    south thanet can’t wait

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  54. 174
    Anonymous says:

    The Hamas rocket launchers are invisible and make no noise when launched. 3000 plus miracles.

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  55. 176

    J’ihad Watch: Finger licking good, but a valid question raised which may indicate that Ed M’iliband is the most likely to join I’SIS:

    No sudden moves around Ed.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 187
      Blue Peter Goldfish says:

      You just know none of them would go anywhere near a fast food joint, photo-op fail, the expressions say it all, If I was a millionaire I wouldn’t go to a McDonald’s either, why would you?.

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  56. 180
    Baroness Warsi says:

    Q: What has 6 legs, 2 Horns, utters, a sheet and an AK-47?
    A: An ISIS member and his date.

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  57. 202
    JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    Hamas is a branded terrorist organisation.

    A modern, civilised country would never knowingly kill innocent civilians or children. Or bomb schools. Or bomb market places.

    An arrogant, bullying country – which just didn’t care about global opinion – would though…

    Which is worse ?

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  58. 228
    The one true sky fairy says:

    Warsi is a BBW MILF – I would!

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  59. 232
    Anonymous says:

    “Another Foreign Office Minister Resigns”
    Dave decides that, in the interests of efficiency, a revolving door would immeasurably improve the exit and entrance process?

    Like

  60. 233
    Witty Moniker says:

    ‘Discussing Rwanda’ – is that what we’re calling it now? I guess it was due for updating.

    Like


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