August 19th, 2014

Homer’s Odyssey

As the government try to blame Labour and Labour forget they were ever in government, one element of the £224 million Raytheon row is the role of Lin Homer. As regular readers will remember, this is just the latest in a string of successes for the £180,000 a year civil servant, who first hit the headlines in Birmingham with electoral practices “that would disgrace a banana republic.” Then on to positions running immigration where her “catastrophic leadership failure” resulted in a £20,000 performance bonus and a move to Transport. There a disastrous franchise letting process, that cost taxpayers £100 million, qualified her for the biggest executive job in the civil service – collecting the nation’s taxes as head of HMRC. Last year her response to a critical PAC report was described as “woefully inadequate”. Keith Vaz says he will be haul Homer in front of his committee to ask how and “why she sanctioned such a defective agreement”. The warning signs were there…


  1. 1
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Easiest way to deal with Ferguson is to pull back the law enforcement – send up the drones & authorise the limited use of chemical weapons..

  2. 2
    Centre Parting says:

    It would cost too much to get rid of her, however useless she is.
    Did she employ the Government lawyers that advise on the Border’s IT contract too?

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    The Prime Minister tells lies says:

    Fuck Freguson Mr Cameron, if you think you can screw the taxpayer for another 224 million by changing the subject then think again.

    The taxpayer have a right to expect detailed explanations plus all papers to be published on the internet for all to see and judge.

    Thereafter a few dismissals might be in order plus some compensation claims.

  4. 4
    Hamish Macbeth says:

    Homer ….


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    Cpl Hicks says:

    Face like a bag of spanners.

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    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Homer – out of her depth in a teardrop.

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    majorfrustration says:

    “Not me Guv” and “The public can afford it” This issue will now be lost in the various Select Committees. Same old same old. Don’t you just love our political class and their Civil Servants.

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    Harriet says.... says:

    This was an intersectionally difficult role against the patriarchy that in no way undermines positive discrimination. Remember being useless increases diversity

  9. 9
    Centre Parting says:

    Only UK based call centres should be able to call UK landlines.

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    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    Remember Brodie Clarke.

    Sacked for gross misconduct and was then given £224k of your money plus some creative accounting relating to legal costs.

    The person who did all this was Theresa May and she is still in office.

    Is the penny beginning to drop; you have all been taken to the cleaners.

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    Anonymous says:

    Could we generous taxpayers have a CBA on this lady? Total salaries plus pensions plus disaster decisions. Is she not now fully qualified for a top job in Brussels?

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    Long John Silver' s parrot says:


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    This may be a civil service screw up, but it was a Labour signed contract that was unlawfully broken by the coalition once it got into office.

    In short – Civil Service + LibLabCon.

    Who on the political side, from Dave or Clegg’s camp allowed it to be sanctioned ? And why did no one check the contract before doing so ?

    Excellent reason to:

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Anonymous says:

    Many spanners will be deeply offended by this remark and will certainly be consulting their Learned friends.

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    RED LEN says:

    She’s a Union member. Naff off !

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    Manon_des_Source says:

    It does seem strange that with so many lawyers around in parliament and government that the public sector does not seem able to write or understand a contract. Perhaps they need to poach a decent contract lawyer from the private sector to do it or explain things to them.

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    Mr Woy says:

    Not if she was on the wrong end of a bullet.

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    It's all bollocks says:

    I’m sure as long as Lin Homer sticks to the common purpose agenda she will continue to get jobs that pay over 100k whatever fuck ups she makes.

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    Alf Garnett says:

    A superb example of the Peter Principle in operation. In the case of this woman, it appears to have operated from her first job onwards.

    The reason she gets away with it is that the unimaginative and incurious politicians who continue to appoint her to bugger things up, are themselves paradigms of the Principle.

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    A Pensioner says:

    As a taxpayer, I’m glad to see HRMC is run by such a useless cnut.

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    Boris Spasticky says:

    Face like a bag of Bercows?

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    Vote Ukip, get a Lab/LibDem coalition, the most pro-EU combo of all says:


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    Boomtish says:

    What’s that flappy extra bit of skin around a minge called?
    Lin Homer

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    gunnerasch says:

    It’s not her face that is incompetent! She is quite simply a fuckwit

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    All going to plan says:

    Common Purpose.

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    Hilda says:

    Is she a lesbian? If so she’s untouchable.

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    bergen says:

    I assume that every place that she’s worked has been so desperate to get rid of her that they have given her golden references which would have got her a job anywhere. I remember dealing with a successful incompetent once whose staff told me that that had been the story of his stellar career.

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    Anonymous says:

    In this case Learned friends will be consulting Learned friends.

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    The Common Purpose stooge soon to be booted out of no. 10 says:

    Fucking up the country is Lin Homer’s whole raison d’être. Hasn’t she done well ?

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    Whoosh there goes another says:

    The classic example of being promoted to their own level of incompetence

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    Aaaaargh! says:

    I don’t think a lesbian would touch her either

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    BBC 24hr Rolling Bollocks says:

    Was Cameron really in that picture or did Guido use photoshop?

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    Deep Thunk says:

    Since when did Ministers get appointed to think? They are merely cohorts in the climb to power.
    As they all start with FUBAR, it matters not a jot what they do. “Look Minister. We don’t care what you do, just do something.”
    “Would it help to get it right?”….”No”.
    Press button B and see what happens.

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    Centre Parting says:

    More women in top jobs please?

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    bergen says:

    There was a classic “Yes Minister” episode about covering up a contract fiasco which a young Sir Humphrey had drafted himself and not asked a lawyer to look at it.

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    Ed Ballls says:

    Can’t even dismiss the fockers, they come back and get compo!

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    boredhousehusband says:

    UKIP should use this failure of a civil servant as a poster-girl in the upcoming election.

    I sincerely hope UKIP have a strong campaign planned – one which uses examples of these fuckwits who have utterly destroyed what we still had here in the UK only 25 years ago – rather than an ‘immigration’ agenda (important though it is) which is easy to easy to attack with the ‘Labour spin’ style…

    This woman needs to be prosecuted or stripped of all bonuses ‘earned’, retrospectively. A full investigation into her contracts, who awarded them based on what criteria, her CV, everything…

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    Labour=Waste says:

    More public sector failure.

    These people don’t care because they’re free to waste other people’s money.

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    SleeplessInKirkcaldy says:

    The consultants and industry always have better lawyers when the contracts are drawn up. The client always change their mind and the impact of change on actually making a deliverable system falls to them. I see this everywhere, but government are the worst.

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    Hug a hoodie says:

    The way Cameron would deal with Ferguson would be to let the rioters shop till they drop then give them a big hug afterwards.

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    Mehdi Hasan says:

    I purposely picked mrs Elswood gherkins,Yarden Houmous & Gilbert’s Vusht in my Sainsbury’s online shop this week .

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    Silent Majority says:


    She should be stripped of her pension and deployed as a junior postmaster in the Falkland Islands or some other job where she cannot do so much harm to the nation.

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    I hope all civil servants die of rectal cancer says:

    They won’t if they’re shot in the head in front of their families.

    Then we’d have to shoot the families, so they don’t try to get compo for alleded ‘trauma’.

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    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    I expect them to think as soon as they get their salaries expenses and perks.

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    dai wondering says:

    the criticisms may well be sound – but in charge of what would you put keith VIZ?

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    Spartacus says:

    that is because mps and civil servants are amateurs who have not been in industry or had a proper job in theor lives

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    Sophocles says:

    Tell ‘em boyo.

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    Spartacus says:

    yes she is qualified and could pass herself off as a cleaner

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    I hope all civil servants die of rectal cancer says:

    +1 Exactly what I was thinking.

    The money this civil servant mong has wasted could have been spent saving lives. People are dead because of her. What does a bullet cost? 50p? Fuck yeah.

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    I Roger Boys MP says:

    It was so obvious that pants on fire Camermong , was going to slip out a bit of bad news yesterday after all the Super Nanny tinkering announcments in the morning
    We must rembember though , that this was yet another Bliar fuck up , but as this set of yank con men deliverd nothing (in fact border security was non existent during their time) Dave should have fought tooth and nail to make sure they got fuck all , in fact he should have argued that they pay back the probable 250 million up front payment they would have got at the start of the contract

    But Hey it’s only tax payers money , and there will be a shit load more to waste come April

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    It's all Bollocks says:

    Unlike the fucked up contracts she’s been in charge of I bet hers is tighter than a fishes arse.

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    Sophocles says:

    Yes, because UKIP don’t have their snout in the trough.

    Oh, hold on

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    George Galloway says:


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    Harbottle says:

    Birmingham-now full of immigrants.

    UK-now full of immigrants.

    Well done Lin!

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    Tack Speyer says:

    That should have surely been done to Lin Homer long ago? Just as in the NHS, the Civil Service and its agencies classically appoint people to positions beyond their incompetence level again and again. After all, if they were not competent, that would imply ‘people like us’ were incompetent in appointing them previously, wouldn’t it?

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    bergen says:

    No civil servant would ever be sacked for incompetence. She would have to fiddle the office tea money for that to happen.

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    Stan says:

    It is time she had a Vaz ectomy.

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    Just when you thought it could not get more weird:

    R’ussia: The surreal gift that keeps on giving.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Tack Speyer says:

    In the upper reaches of the Civil Service, being competent would increase diversity. In this government (like the last one), being competent would make you stick out like a sore thumb.

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    Jack Ketch says:

    Just had the crop-haired and really tough-looking Mary Craig, shadow transport minister, on the BBC explaining how the Labour party is responsible for all the investment in railways, but the wicked evil Tories are responsible for increases in fares. When explaining in detail the cost of commuting from Kentish towns to London pretending that she knew the area she would have had more credibility if she knew how to pronounce the names of those towns, the bloody idiot!

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    Jazzy B an de Ackney massive says:

    In suppart of dem peoples in da Gaza me an me bredrin are boycottin dem UZI

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    Shower,shave & shit says:

    Cliff Richard has 5 hour summit with Max Clifford’s lawyer ahead of UK return

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    Clown (Ex Swivel-Eyed Loon) says:

    Can’t we just kill people like this?

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    I Roger Boys MP says:

    How the hell is this woman still in public service ?
    It should have been Daves first priority to rid us of incompetent idiots like this that were left to us by Labour

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    Beecee says:

    She doesn’t tighten my nuts

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    I Roger Boys MP says:

    Good , lets hope he can persuade the courts to hand out a similar sentence

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    Not In My Name says:

    It was a bad bargain stuck (again) by Labour.

    However a contract is a contract and whilst it is tempting to try and rip rubbish one inherited, the law is not on your side.

    Homer is a problem that can be resolved though. HMRC has always been crap but it takes a special kind of other worldly management blunders to make it worse.

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    Erm! did you read the comments? The Mirror is nothing but a lefty rag, even their readers slag it off..
    Yes, Vote UKIP

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    Corruption is RIFE says:

    what the government should not do is give Raytheon a single penny. I know nowt about border control systems but this is the company that took HMG for billions over Nimrod. And it beggars belief that they did not have “friends” in the MOD too.

    And when they say it is not possible to count people in and count people out of a country without the most expensive systems in the world. Then they should ask Tesaco or Nectar how they manage it with simple store loyalty cards.

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    Tack Speyer says:

    The REALLY sad issue in government is that when someone is identified as completely incompetent at the top, no one appears to be able to sack them competently. Results:massive pay-offs using our money and triples all round. Otherwise known as the Balls-Shoesmith Law. :-(

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    Antonio Blair says:

    Postcard from a straight kinda millionaire and the world’s Middle East peace envoy.

    Gaza Crisis? What crisis?

    Getting a good tan here in Sicily with my mafia mates.

    Wish you were here. Well not really.

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    Tack Speyer says:

    Hear hear! Replace them with Incompetents Like Us!

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    Mr R Harris says:


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    Anonymous says:

    “Homer’s Odyssey”
    and other tales of myth-filled decision making? Suddenly Dave seems concerned that an Isis Caliphate might soon be coming to a street near everyone. But is he truly troubled by those excesses that might accompany it? Or rather that it could disrupt the current Conservative Caliphate. One belief system maintains credibility, by virtue of its head-honcho not being available to discuss glaring discrepancies in the paradigm promoted. Whilst Isis are just as devious a bunch of debate dodgers. So why not finally hold up your hands and admit it, Prime Minister? Either the population cannot ask questions, and must be constrained to accept whatever they’re told. (Although we can all see where that option is taking us). Or else we test-question anything and everything, that anyone elects to tell us. Given that rock is evidentially less flexible than a hard-place, and that only fraudsters resist having their cerebral computations verified. Seems the time has finally come, to decide which way ‘forward’ it’ll be.

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    The View from Runcorn says:

    “Keith Vaz says he will be haul Homer in front of his committee”

    £180,000 a year and all she has to worry about is listening to Keith Vaz’s affected voice for 90 minutes.

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    Where's my fucking owl says:

    When it comes to State Contracts there is little care taken to protect the taxpayer.

    Too many people get their fingers in the pie.

    Just look at the offices occupied by Housing Associatons and other quasi Governmental institutions and think.

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    Arm Stealer says:

    You mean you’re going out to ‘re-spec’? ;-)

    Can I leave you my card?

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    Diana Abbott says:

    Where’s all the money gone?
    If a black woman had been in charge there would have at least been a nice villa in Nigeria to show for it.

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    The View from Runcorn says:

    I’ve simply no idea what you mean. You should have a job in the civil service since you sprout mumbo-jumbo with such ease.

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    Fox and Werrity says:

    We much preder it when people do not think too much and have a nice nap after lunch.

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    Boris Spasticky says:

    Shame really, because I genuinely like Nigel. It’s just a shame the rest of them are a bunch of fucking dicks.

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    Mr Wong says:

    She pay for bullet.

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    Bert Jalland says:

    Burton Copeland.

    Say no more.

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    ukiplocal says:

    Does the public sector not have job descriptions, regular reporting, annual (or more frequent) appraisals, job targets etc. Are references not sought from previous government departments before another high profile job is awarded and just what does a senior civil servant have to do to get sacked these days?

    The only grounds for sacking appear to be: an expression of support for UKIP, doubt about the benefits of unlimited immigration or to point out that Vaz, among other select committee chair(men), has an altogether too high opinion of himself.

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    bord with EU war mongering says:

    Russia* the paid for posts that keep on growing.

    *No apostrophe in Russia; don’t these researcher / academic types ever learn.

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    A cheeky scouser says:

    I really liked it when that copper went before them and started taking the piss.

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    twinkle says:

    Its very simple really. In the private sector from selection for a post onwards they are looking for a history of success and the skill-sets needed to be able to compete the task. They have to make a profit to survive.

    In the cost plus waste-money-on-steroids public sector none of this applies either to getting a job or to advancement.

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    Mengsch/ Dikzuck scissor sisters says:

    The highest bidder for East European charities will have the right to broadcast THE action.

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    Vazz says:

    You may think that, I could not possibly comment.

    I have the box set, you know.

    I perfect my faux English accent in front of my hair grooming mirror.

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    Heckler & Koch says:

    We can help you with your boycott

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    A free service :-)


    L’iam B’yrne started it, D’amian G’reen (targeted by J’acqui S’mith) helped finished it, UK public end up paying for it, Raytheon only lost about $200m on the contract over 10 years, the UK Gov saving will likely be eaten up by further legal action especially if they proceed with appealing the panel decision.

    This was a Labour shambles but the only reason the Coalition cancelled was in order to prevent UK Border security from being improved.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Old Geezer says:

    If you sacked all the incompetent civil servants, you would have very few civil servants left.

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    Ah ffs says:

    Seems we are letting uncivil servants get away with having no responsibilities for anything, if these people are spending public money then it’s time both the minister for the dep’t plus the uncivil servant in charge of the procurement of whatever take full responsibility and both get sacked from minister/mp and uncivil service jobs without any benefits and pensions, if these numb heads are spending hard earned taxpayers money then they should understand they have responsibilities, it’s no use saying they would be sacked if they did the same in industry, it’s why they are uncivil servant no hoper’s and MP’s.

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    Mother Gaia says:

    Oxygen thief.

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    Bill Quango MP says:

    To the lady banging on about the gender pay gap can I say : IF you want the equal pay then DON’T HAVE CHILDREN.

    Then there will be no pay gap.

    You know it, we know it, government knows it.

    Stop pretending that its evil men putting you down. Its taking 1-10 years out of the workplace that reduces your pay packet vs the men that haven’t.

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    It's not even O level stuff says:

    When the assorted talking heads discuss the rail fare rises on the telly, it would be useful if just one wondered why you have to search the internet to find the RPI figure coincidentally reported also this morning and upon which the rise is based while, ad nauseating, the CPI figure is always thrown up as a wondrous evidence of inflation control.

    Err….today…60% difference between the two.

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    It's not even O level stuff says:

    Typed…nauseam….stupid ipad.

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    Everywhere is full of them.

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    Just another victim says:

    We have a winner!

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    Titco could do with the business, a good idea.

    Why is it when I, as a WASP, is made to feel like an illegal immy when coming into the country and the excessively hand baggaged R of P members seem to have royal entry? Is it because there are two of us and always ten of them including uncontrolled jumping kids.

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    Too much educashun is unsettling, we prefer the immys. They don’t question, just toil.

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    Why don’t they just have themselves spayed like dogs , they conveniently forget that for years they could get their state pensions FIVE years earlier and expect to live four years longer than men ,that I would assume is more than enough to equalise any anomalies.

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    They could simply have altered the law , look how British corporations are treated in the US if they fail to deliver, or fall foul of the ecolunatics .

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    Robert the Biker says:

    Sounds ok so far…

  106. 106
    Queen Elizabeth II says:

    Es ist mir egal, weil ich alles besitzen. Ich besitze Sie.

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    Jezza says:

    It’s stupid cnuts like her that have irreversibly fcuked up this country. Overpromoted, overpaid bitch wouldn’t last 2 minutes in the real world. Hopefully she’ll crash and burn this time..

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    Louche Lawyer says:

    I may be a scumme of the earth lawyer, but my colleagues and I in our specialist outfit routinely defend clients of all shapes and sizes against (for the most part) spurious prosecutions by various forms of the stayte. The incompetence and zealotry of pwebik sektor lawyers is legendary.

    I advised a small business recently on a cuck uppe by a local council in their decision on an open tender for a council contract. When their error was pointed out to the said council, the council tried to rectify the error, only to make another one. You couldn’t make it up!

    PS Trying to get a job as a lawyer in the pewbeck sektor without any iinside connexions, Labore Party Membership, being a member of an oppressed minority is impossible. It’s a closed shop.

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    She must have friends in all the right places

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    Eeh up lad says:

    Anyone who has seen this wretched woman appear before a Select Committee will understand just how awful she is. She is totally underqualified and one wonders whether she should even be put in charge of her own toothbrush. It is utterly incrtedible that she has underperformed (for which read screwed-up) right royally over the last ten years – yet she went on and on being promoted. Why? To fill some ridiculous New Labour notion that women had to be fast tracked into top jobs to give the appearance that the Government was fullfilling its equality agenda. God save us, and god save Britain. Harriet Harman has got a lot to answer for.

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    A laundry basket says:

    Ugly as old Wheeelbarrow Ashtray – so made for the job! At this moment we REALLY could do with another complete EU fukup in eastern Europe!

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    An enrage Falkland Islander says:

    OI!! You can’t fukin unload all your old rubbish on us mate!

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    All incomers should be issued with a free Oyster-type card that logs them in and logs them out again. Total cost? Probably less than Man U have paid for this summer’s signings.

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    Back in the day, that was known as the Bonfire of the Qangos.

    Not too sure what happened to that. Damp matches perhaps?

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    Anonymous says:

    Trying to get a job as a lawyer anywhere without connections is impossible. The whole industry is a closed shop.

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    Descartes says:

    The trouble is nothing has changed since my time. Democracies in the developed world are run by two groups of people, equally incompetent, inadequate, inept and not fit for purpose. Firstly, the politicians, the majority of whom have either failed at their chosen career or never had one in the first place and therefore by definition, are incompetent. Secondly the civil servants, bureaucrats, who by definition are non entrepreneurial, time serving, self serving, non accountable mediocrities who go in to the public sector because they know that there is no way they could cut it in the private sector. Put these two groups together and what do you get? Catastrophe! This immigration software project is just one in a long line – HMRC, MOD. Home Office etc etc mismanaged by these two groups of incompetents. Sadly they have to support each other in their incompetence because, if they did not, the whole inept edifice of government would come tumbling down. The economist Milton Friedman said, put any government in charge of the Sahara desert and it would run out of sand in five years.’ Sad but true.

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    Anybody educated prior to Shirley’s vandalism will have understood that perfectly. Still, not your fault; you cannot help being a victim of socialist education-wrecking policies.

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    She should check his tax returns for the past 6 years before she goes anywhere near Vaz’s bunch of useless idiots. Forearmed and all that….

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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Does she have a daughter? Boaz.

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    Another mad femi-Nazi says:

    You’re only picking on her because she’s a woman!

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    Fred the pensioner says:

    Nope, you got it dead right first time!

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    davo says:

    Public servants, boo!!!! Private industry hooray.

    Yeah well, consider this simple folk: While you’re all crowing about public servants not getting your taxes, coz the private boys are so good, do you wonder who pays the contractor for their services? Yes, the government. Hang on, the government doesn’t have any money, it’s money collected from taxpayers. Oooooh. And double the amount that they paid public servants, coz you don’t get many IT skilled civil servants on £800 a day.

    Now, that’s something I’VE seen over the decades. Of course, it’s all off the books if it’s PFI.

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    davo says:

    Oh and Spartacus, correct! In as much as the MPs and the Civil Servants given the projects are all fly by night fast tracking wankers who have never had a proper ………etc etc.
    People like me clear their shit up on a daily basis.

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    Mug Taxpayer says:

    My wife, once managed a software project for IBM for the West Sussex Health Authority many years ago. After her first meeting with the customer she came home and said that they did not have a clue how to specify a requirement, and that the whole project was bound to go tits up. They kept changing one incompetent project manager for another, and each one changed the specification adding more cost and further delaying the project. The final outcome was, they got nothing for which they paid £250M, then they sued IBM, lost, and had to pay their legal costs. Nothing changes.

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    Anonymous says:

    Peter Principle I think.

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    Sweetcheeks says:

    When the millennium bug was considered a problem, the Chinese Government had the perfect solution to make sure China Airlines, owned by the government, did not succumb to the bug at midnight in the year 2000. They ordered all Directors of the airline to be in the air in separate airplanes at that time. There obviously then was no problem with the millennium bug and China Airlines. A bit of accountability like that would not go amiss in our own public sector.

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    Bitchfinder General says:

    This woman is a common purpose “graduate”, which tells you everything you need to know about her ability; Eh Cressida?

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    Deep Thunk says:

    In fact, there is a post-Peter Principle in operation. Homer is no more than a re-mountable (!) knock-down target. In that having been appointed because she is and will remain incompetent, thus ensuring that she cannot threaten her superior by achieving competence, when she inevitably fucks up, or her Boss fucks up in her name, she is a willing walking target. The deal is that she is laterally percussed into another post, on similar or better money. Her CV looks like downtown Gaza after an away-day for the IDF but….she says nothing provocative, has no political angle. She is the perfect flak-catcher for whom no degree of violence will spoil the knowledge of continuing appointments well within her own execrable level of incompetence.

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    Harshbutt Fayre says:

    “cost taxpayers £100 million”

    bring back the death penalty

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    Deep Thunk says:

    Why, apart from the fact that we can’t actually do anything, do we accept the ongoing appointments of incompetent Office holders. We permit and then tolerate incipient liars, fraudsters, sex-offenders, paedophiles, clinically-insane, inept, unqualified into Parliament. We then let them appoint their ilk, their hand-maidens, catamites, hangers-on to quangos.
    I suppose that they achieve a critical mass and are irremovable.
    Oh shit.

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    slave says:

    Rewarding failure and what’s new?

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    i don t agree with much of what you say ed balls but
    i ve got to give you that one —
    about everybody getting compo!

    must be bound up with the eeeeeeewwwwwmannnnn
    rights act innit blud.

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    carroccio1958 says:

    is Lyn Homer s Hmrc Odyssey the companion tome to Davide Gauke s Fiscal Aeneid ?

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    hello ? am i logged in ?

    Who s trying to usurp my monicker ??

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    …. it was nt even witty carroccio sockpuppet!

    Get an official photo of me before you feebly attempt to scam the real bearded baby !!

  136. 136

    ……. anyway Virgil wrote the Aeneid — spell it properly — not David Gauke — who probably cannot even write a futures option !!

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    Socialist Wanker says:

    It’s only ‘public’ money.

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    Anonymous says:


  139. 139
    Anonymous says:

    Sorry, but most of us that work for HMRC do care. It’s those at the top of management that have never felt what this is. It’s not just Homer-Ruth”Corkscrew Hair” Owen is just as big an incompetent fuchsia. As for William Hague (not that one, the other one), I cannot think of anyone that likes giving bad news out as much as he does.

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    Anonymous says:


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