August 13th, 2014

SpAd Movements: Truss Takes PX’s Porter to Defra

Liz Truss has landed a big name from wonk world as her new media SpAd. Guido understands Policy Exchange brainbox Ruth Porter will be shopping for a new pair of wellies as she heads off to Defra. It’s a strong move all round, Ruth’s media handling experience will help boost the public profile of ambitious Liz, while another PX graduate moving into the heart of government bolsters their reputation as a feeder club for top Tory talent. Politically-ambitious Porter herself must be in line for a decent seat next time round. She will be replaced at PX by former Bank of England economist Steve Hughes. White Dee cruelly overlooked for the job…


  1. 1
    Labour 4 terrorism says:


    • 3
      Dave Grunshaw says:

      Labour also support domestic uprisings, remember how they tried to excuse the riots a few years ago.


      • 19
        don't forget says:

        Labour commissioned Lord Browne report on funding of Universities then refused to support when the government, in very strinker economic times, set out to inplement it.

        Miliband never said anything showing disagreement over reasons for commissioning report to its conclusions and assumptions.

        Got good publicity out it with students only think about their immediate self-interest. Don’t blame them. Miliband should have been big enough not to take them for a ride.


        • 28
          Passing the buck says:

          Well said. It seems to be totally overlooked that current “tuition fees” are based on the Labour commissioned Browne report. Oddly the Tories never mention this.

          But this is a symptom of weak governance that we see in the UK where politicians are frit to be bold. The next one is London’s airport/runways which Dave has commissioned for the next Government to act upon.


    • 6
      David Cameron says:

      My values are J e w i s h values


    • 26
      Cross your heart bra says:

      I’d rather be supporting the people of Gaza than Diana’s tits.


    • 55
      Norma Stitz says:

      Ooh, a flash of underwear, you saucy minx, Diane!


    • 78
      RichUpNorth says:

      What delightful people.

      Vote UKIP


  2. 2
    Katie Price says:

    I thought I had a lot of hangers on and detritus.


  3. 4
    Joe Public says:

    Obviously our comments about the unemployment rate, weren’t the right type.


    • 10
      Duncan Shite says:

      People in the Tory Party think I am a fantasist. Going to war with IRAQ was the right thing to do, ………..


      • 13
        Duncan Shite says:

        There is not, and never was, anything called Universal Credit.


      • 16
        Bill Quango MP says:

        Did you take us to war?
        I thought it was the other chap.

        The multi-multi millionaire one?..You know…the most successful labour leader of all time. Won more votes and seats than anyone else for the reds….

        had trouble with a Doctor who wound up dead? .. then invaded the middle east…

        ohhh..tip of my tongue….what was the man’s name?


    • 11
      P l e b says:

      I believe the numbers of our £6.50-an-hour odd-job Bobs have reached new heights: another proud record for Flashman


      • 15
        Vote UKIP says:

        That’s what happens when you flood the country with cheap foreign workers.


      • 17
        concrete pump says:

        Better unemployed eh..?


        • 24
          M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

          Labour would prefer them unemployed and dependent on the State. People who work and pay tax with home ownership aspirations are potential Tories.

          This is all bad news for the Left that the UK economy is doing well.


          • Joe Public says:

            Aspirations are all that they have. The chance of owning your own home on minimum wage, ESA or selling the Beeg Issue or competing with East Europeans who will work for next to nothing and live several to a dormitory, is nigh on laughable.


          • M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

            I can deduce from your ravings that you think poor people will be unlikely to buy their own home. Not everyone can afford it. That’s life.


          • Hello Cuntys says:

            Not sure you could call it ‘doing well’. We would need to see all direct taxes on average wages reduced by 50% and all government expenditure cut by at least 60% along with reduction in the state size on the same scale to actually get an economy that could be so discribed. We would also need to control immigration.
            Current growth and productivity are worse that Japan’s was during the ‘lost decade’ in fact our productivity continues to fall as the population grows.
            LibLabCon have no plans to create a real growth economy, just a ‘business as usual’ one that keeps them in power and the rest on that hamster wheel.


  4. 7
    Anonymous says:

    “Truss Takes PX’s Porter to Defra”
    Bye! And thank you for your support, of the same name.


  5. 8
    Quiet News Day says:

    Any news on whether the Treasury have a new security guard in reception? Word is that Steve Obeku could be moving to a new job at Heathrow. I’m also hearing that one of the cleaners in the Dept of Business, Olga Novak, could be close to signing with Mitie, where she’ll be promoted to a management role.


  6. 9
    A normal person says:

    What on earth is a PX?


  7. 14
    concrete pump says:

    Do I need to contact Ruth about the giant Asian hornets doing a recce on my garden..?


  8. 18
    Duncan Shite says:

    How about the number of Brits denied a job because a better trained, educated and motiated non-Brit has been allowed to mop up jobs.

    British unemployed will never win if anyone can come to work in the UK.

    British unemployed need help not more competition.


    • 33
      Britisher Bulldog says:

      British unemployed should buck up and stop sponging. There’s no competition to pick fruit and veg, work in a shop, sweep the streets or make cappuccinos but many idle Brits refuse.


    • 40
      Round and round we go, where we stop we don't know. says:

      The braindead did themselves out of jobs by voting Liebour, they can howl and moan and make up names like bedroom tax but they voted the problem in and should suffer for doing it, we just start to get a drop in unemployment and the braindead will vote Liebour back in, the merry go round will return, this time with the two Eds in charge the damage will be final, no amount of taxation will fix the problem, if we don’t get sharia law in the next 5years, I think we will be having a lot more than civil unrest.


      • 51
        Confucious the Voter says:

        As long as a political party takes money from those who have it, and gives it to those who haven’t, those who haven’t ,have no motivation to earn it or value it and will reward that party by voting for it. None of them has any interest in how much of the money tree is wasted or disappears on its journey from one group to the other because it was never theirs to worry about.
        As long as a party provides those who earn a decent income with undeserved tax reliefs, which have to be funded by all taxpayers, including themselves, that party will benefit. All involved ignore the intermediary cost of administering this


        • 72
          Manon_des_Source says:

          “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
          Alexis de Tocqueville (around 1840)


  9. 20
    You can't beat a good shit says:

    I’d rather talk about my bowel movements to be honest.
    I had a good dump this morning.
    Slipped out as smooth as a torpedo and barely made a splash.
    Added bonus my bum didn’t need much wiping either.
    Set me up for the day.


  10. 22
    George Allahway says:

    PLO envoy in Teheran: Israel’s annihilation has begun … Typical doublepeak of PA leaders


  11. 27
    Breakfast with Duncan Shite says:

    How much is the Kedgeree? £39.00… Bargain!


  12. 29
    cockalicious says:

    SpadULike Gazette

    “The bottom has fallen out of the rent boy market.”


  13. 30
    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    Why do female Spads always have nice legs ?


  14. 38
    Breakfast with Duncan Shite says:

    I’ve got a love hate thing for bald men, oops, didn’t mean to let it slip out, oopps


  15. 39
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It’s hilarious watching all these armchair warriors, telling us to get involved in this foreign conflict or that, melt away like the wicked witch of the West when told to walk the walk and actually go out there and fight.

    At least Ernest Hemingway had the courage of his conviction and to go out and actually fight in the Spanish civil war.

    I say the US/UK governments should organise a fleet of military transports and ask for volunteers to go out and fight in various conflicts. They will be flown out and parachuted in over the conflict zone :-)


    • 41
      Laurie Penny says:

      It’s a bit hot and as you can hear I have a cough *cough* but I agree someone should do something.
      Someone who is working class and wears a uniform preferably.


    • 47
      Round and round we go, where we stop we don't know. says:

      With their help, we have 500 “Brits” on the ISIS side so they must have helped a little bit in recruitment, the country in run by a weak gang of incompetent politicians, we need to enough planes to take and parachute 640 MP “volunteers” maybe they could get all the politicians in the 20 odd countries from a thing they call a union, the EU to go with them, I would like to know why the media wants to start WWIII with the bear, he will bite and get his mates the panda’s to help, Britain is not a charity, time the rest of the world did it’s bit and not look on, the money is in the Middle East and Asia.


      • 80
        RichUpNorth says:

        Hopefully, some of the 500 “Brits” will already have been blown to shit by now.

        Alan Ayckborn !!!

        Vote UKIP


    • 48
      Anonymous says:

      1. Just bomb, no fighting/ deaths/ maiming.
      2. Ban all extreme dress outside the home.
      3. Only Christian religious schools allowed.
      4. Only English to be spoken in public by adults and children.
      5. Dragnet the country of illegals and deport either to their DNA country or wherever they finally admit.



  16. 42
    Owen"Bollinger" Jones says:

    The big lunchtime debate.. King Prawn Noodles w/ Mango Dressing or Chicken Grain Salad w/ Sweet Chili?

    The only other question is how many bottles of Bollinger champagne to quaff.

    Good Morning.


  17. 43
    Anonymous says:

    If our current batch of MPs came through this career path and cannot manage the country what makes our glorious leaders think that more of the same ilk will do any better. This patronage is a method thaken from “The Dictators Handbook” which nicely explains why our government is so useless.

    We may as well just sell MP seats off to the highest bidder, in the same way that army commissions were sold, then they will actually contribute to the treasury.


  18. 53
    Anonymous says:

    SPAD in wellies only, photo awaited, face forward.


  19. 58
    8 Ace - £1.49 says:



  20. 62
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘ …a feeder club for top Tory talent.’

    Only political inbreeds need apply, in other words.

    It was explained to me once that if a Roman Catholic priest spent years of honest toil as a first-class parish minister, it reduced his chances of becoming bishop to zero; the thing was to start out in the secretariat, stay in the secretariat, and cling closely to the upper hierarchy.

    This culture didn’t seem to have turned out well for the Church: why should it for any other organisation?


    • 64
      Anonymous says:

      Yup, she looks and sounds like another useless bum whose experience is limited to wonkland. Bet she wouldn’t know the difference between straw and hay yet she’s thought worthy of a job advising in Defra.

      The questions is, why is Guido cheerleading for her?


  21. 65

    ‘… a big name from wonk world…’ – Doncha just love these oxymorons?


  22. 70
    Googler says:

    Googled Ruth Porter. Some stuff has been removed from the results. What, I wonder.


  23. 71
    gildedtumbril says:

    ‘Top tory talent’? That would be at destroying Britain via the black hole of the eu, Brussels.


  24. 73

    Another wonk wasting tax payers money


  25. 74
    FairBobby says:

    These two men on display as SpAds look a right pair of burkes. To be mistrusted on all occasions. Which Party do they work for? It doesn’t matter, they are clones of clones.


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