August 26th, 2014

‘Canberra Caterer’ Missed Catering Scandal on Her Watch
Expensive Scandals on CV of Potential Commons Chief Exec

The limited defenders of Carol Mills, who go under the name ‘friends of Bercow’ in the press, point to her experience running the Department for Parliamentary Services of the Australian parliament, as well as the enormity of the ‘Chief Executive’ role of the Common’s clerk – who essentially runs the parliamentary estate. Leaving aside allegations of spying on both politicians and hacks alike, apparently Mills would make an excellent Chief Executive if the role was split. Yet, does her track record really back up that claim?

In February of this year Mills was forced to admit that the DPS had missed an ongoing catering fraud. She told a Senate hearing it “was likely” that “inappropriate practice” had been going on for two years through a $550,000-a-year contract. It was found that W Catering had been using parliamentary facilities to cater for other events they were running, outside of parliament. There was political consternation over the fact that instead of calling in the cops, Mills took the decision to bring in “an external organisation look at all the material that I could find in terms of the accounts, the proceedings, etc.” At a cost to the taxpayer, natch.

Nor was this the first time that Mills had reached for the expensive outside consultants instead of dealing with matters through traditional internal channels and the law. Back in 2012, after a major security breach on her watch that saw an intruder enter the Parliament and get within touching distance of the Aussie PM, Mills shifted the blame by commissioning a $30,000 report by an external bureaucrat. Again, it turned out to be a matter for the police to deal with, but not before the money was wasted. 

Missed fraud scandals and security breaches don’t look great on Mills’ CV, but how she ultimately dealt with these problems – expensively – will really irritate MPs. Lots to discuss at a pre-selection hearing…


129 Comments

  1. 1
    A Pensioner says:

    She’s no beauty.

    Like

  2. 2
    Norm Normal says:

    People of no conscience use money as insulation. If you have access to the public purse you can insulate youself from anything.

    This person has no place in the UK Parliament. I suspect Bercow has found a fellow corrupt deviant with no allegiances, except to himself.

    Like

  3. 6
    BBC says:

    We’d like to offer her a job. She has all the qualifications to work at the BBC

    Like

    • 15
      Morgan's Organ says:

      Would that be DG or DC (Dunny Cleaner)?

      Like

    • 54
      Tony Hole says:

      Yes she could look after the IT then when it comes time to blame someone – Plausible Deniability – perfect.

      Like

    • 83
      Tim says:

      I suspect she may already have something like that in mind. She would love to be in a lefty organisation that claims impartiality – but doesn’t practice it.

      Like

  4. 7
    Speed is verboton says:

    Like Scotland saying NO, this woman will get the job, because it’s nothing to do with the public, British democracy at it’s best, the Palace of Westminster has failed in everything it touches, time to knock it down, it’s power has been transferred to Brussels, sack them all and the millions saved can be given to the poor of the world along with the £12 billion we as the people of this country are already forced to do.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 8
    Glyn H says:

    Looks like the issue of Margaret Becket and the goofy boy who collects the trolleys at Tesco.

    But if she will do Bercows bidding…..

    Actually it’ll likely be a shambles and might bring him down.

    Like

    • 10
      Sailor says:

      My God!!! She has a face like a smacked bum.

      Like

    • 11
      Norm Normal says:

      What’s bizzare about the whole affair is, any resonable person would have offloaded the Mills bagage months ago.

      As Johnny is blinkered by ‘little man syndrome’ he just plows on ahead. Can’t give in to an ego bigger than youself.

      I always groan inwardly when dealing with men the wrong side of 5’5″. It’s always the same. Prone to explosive stupidity in the eternal quest to ‘bigger’ themselves.

      Like

  6. 9
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    She’ll still get the job though.

    Like

  7. 12

    Some great footage from MH17 crash which was held by R’uss!a’s L!fe News:

    Blood on the overhead bin helps get things into a more personal perspective.

    Vote UKIP :-D

    Like

  8. 13
    Little Johnny B13COW says:

    Wasting Taxpayers’ money ? Incompetent ? Blame-shifter ??

    She and I will get on like a House of fire !

    Like

  9. 19
    Cpl Hicks says:

    She’s obviously a fugly lezzer well versed in sucking in the public sector teat…therefore unsackable!

    Like

  10. 22
    Worse than that green idiot says:

    Combine that face with the grating whiney Australian accent.
    Appalling.

    Like

  11. 30
    Rupert says:

    I don’t like to admit it to you guys, but we have some plug ugly sheilas. For a minute I thought it was a photo of Tessa Jowells arse

    Like

  12. 38
    Anonymous says:

    “fraud scandals and security breaches don’t look great”
    So not just the Houses Of Parliament that have the sauce, to make Joe Public swallow whatever is served up?
    Advance applications are now open, for a new party game available at Christmas. It’s a copy of the mysterious missing fracking report, with all the redacted words on separate self-adhesive strips. Fun for all the family, trying to stick all that removed data back into its rightful position. First prize is a future, for following generations. The great game’s original “Monopoly On Truth” working title has been changed to “The Truth Will Set You Free”.
    Note: Political help with this vital survival task is available separately, at a substantial extra cost.

    Like

  13. 48
    pookie snackumberger says:

    This whole debacle leaves me at a loss as to understand why we have to employ somebody from a different country at all, no matter how good or bad they are.

    FFS the job should go to a Brit.

    Like

    • 58
      inside out says:

      Needs a work permit,must show skills that are not available amongst current workforce.
      About 30 odd million people working in UK and nobody with skills for this job. Unbeleiveable.

      Like

    • 62
      Squeaker Beaker says:

      Ms Mills will be first class in all that she does *innocent face*

      Like

  14. 50
    cynic says:

    If its a Chief Executive job going may I apply. I am very well white and British and male. Does that disqualify me?

    But why is she being given a visa when there must be hundreds of well qualified UK candidates

    Like

  15. 51
    Allan, you at t'bar says:

    Channel4 News will be moving to a slightly different channel

    Like

  16. 52
    NelsonsGoodeye says:

    Nobody cares.

    Like

  17. 55
    Lord Renault says:

    All schoolchildren from the age of seven should have compulsory sex education lessons to help them make “informed decisions” as they grow up, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    David Laws, the (homosexual) Liberal Democrat schools minister, said that primary schools should be required to provide sex education.

    And in a marked rejection of the “free love” ideology espoused by many in previous generations, two thirds of British teenagers now believe that people today are “too casual” about sex and relationships.

    The study for the Institute of Public Policy Research found that many older teenagers spoke of feeling “pressured” into sex by teachers through rushed and awkward sex education lessons promoting the message that it is “normal” to have sex before the age of consent as long as contraception is used.

    Like

    • 59
      Mike Hardcock says:

      I call that a ‘ LibDem membership drive ‘ :)

      Like

    • 63
      Shooty* says:

      Thank God that after may next year the lib/dem homosexual deviant party will be no more.
      As for the outrage!! well as I have stated so many times over the grooming gangs and the brutality on the streets, people just do not care they are more interested in strictly dancing and x-factor and being good little state drones.
      We are becoming a very small minority indeed.

      Like

      • 97

        These are the same perverts who gushed with emotion when the excellent clause 28 was rescinded.
        They want carte blanche to infect the minds of children with all forms of deviancy from sodomy to lesbianism ,instead of warning against these mental illnesses they are now actively promoted
        What will happen to parents who withdraw children from these compulsory grooming classes , no doubt they will be prosecuted, the children will be kidnapped by the state , put into care and brainwashed into accepting as normal every perversion that these creatures can think of.

        Liked by 1 person

      • 103
        HenryV says:

        No I think there is a strong evidence to suggest apathy due to disempowerment more than not caring.

        Like

  18. 57
    Joss Taskin says:

    Is this possibly why Red Ed has gone quiet over his ‘cotht of living cwithith’ ?

    https://twitter.com/GABaines/status/504196309138829312

    Like

    • 64
      Squeaker Beaker says:

      Nope, but its why the BBC have.

      Like

      • 86
        Norm Normal says:

        Utilities are not reducing the price of gas because they fear Miliband’s price fix next year. Gas prices are at a four year low, yet there hasn’t been the usual summer reduction.

        We have all been overcharged for gas this summer due to the ramblings of a fuckwit who is trying to engineer his own cost of living crisis.

        Liked by 2 people

    • 76
      M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

      Eek! We have a deflation crisis.

      Like

  19. 60
    David Cameron says:

    Listen, Guido posters.
    Much as it may be a disappointment for you to read this, the reality is that I’m just coasting towards the next election. I’ve realised for a long time that I’m not up to the job of turning around this country (neither is George) and neither is the Conservative Party. We won’t even be able to call ourselves the Conservative & Unionist Party when Scotland goes it alone.
    So don’t expect anything much from me between now and May. I’m quite happy to hand the enormous mess, like the doubling of the national debt since 2010 to my rival Mr Miliband. I’ve given up. I haven’t got the fight in me. It might have been that jellyfish sting.
    Great Britain’s up shit creek, and I now realise that my dream to become Prime Minister should have remained just that – a dream. It’s probably become a nightmare for some of you, and especially those of you now reliant on foodbanks because of all the part-time, low pay jobs our policies have created.
    I can afford to retire on my PM’s pension now, and will be able to gain positions on the boards of many of the banks we’ve helped. That’s a perk of the job. I also fancy a place in the Lords. Lord and Lady Cameron does have a certain ring to it. Daddy would be proud.

    So toodle-oo. Pip pip.

    Here’s to a Labour government next year.

    You know it makes sense.

    Like

    • 72
      Speed is verboton says:

      Don’t worry Dave after September you can sit on your ar5e all day a chillax your way to nothingness next May, like all the MP’s they all should be getting their P45s and no pensions as that should be provided by the EU dictatorship as they will be their employers after September when all the paperwork that controls the UK is passed to Brussels including the rights to an EU referendum, why do you think the Scots got a referendum.

      Like

    • 77
      A BIT OF COMMON SENSE says:

      FFS another idiot suitable for entry in the “Darwin Awards”

      Liked by 1 person

    • 79
      pookie snackumberger says:

      You obviously do not come here often, as I can count on one finger the posters who support cameron, ain’t that true Nell, so your feeble rant is all a bit of a waste of time.

      Very much like the conservative party its self.

      Like

  20. 61
    Speed is verboton says:

    Why aren’t the media in on a passing glance talking about it, they normally have at least 3 “expert” women talking about everything including the kitchen sink, but this like the “festival” they had in Londonistan hasn’t been mentioned, plenty of total bollox like the so called Scots Independence which will be NO anyway has been on the go by the bBBC every 5 seconds but nothing on Bercow is it because I iz a leftie.

    Like

  21. 65
    Derry Cocksporn (LibDem) says:

    Liked by 2 people

    • 75
      nell says:

      One would have thought, given the unsavoury scandals that absolutely permeate right to the core of the libdem party that they would avoid making any statements about sex.

      Like

  22. 66

    WHAT MAKES HER BETTER EQUIPPED THAN ANYONE ELSE IN A JOB CENTRE ?
    Verv few applicants at an interview when asked could say truthfully that they have the experience of working as the house of commons clerk .

    Like

  23. 68

    Another dodgy politican to join our dodgy politicians

    Like

  24. 70
    nell says:

    Yes sounds as if she’ll fit in perfectly with our own dodgy House of Commons doesn’t it!

    Like

  25. 73
    Niccoli Macchiavelli says:

    She’s just a stalking horse to enable the real preferred candidate to get the job. Step forward L’yn Ho’mer.

    Like

  26. 74
    twinkle says:

    Since when exactly has there ever been any necessity for a top civil servant to be competent or even the tiniest bit competent?

    She will fit in very well with other top women civil servants – see your article on the 19th August “Homers Odyssey”

    Like

  27. 85
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    So Bercow is fitting the job to suit the candidate and not vice versa?

    He’s up to no good that wee fellow.

    Like

    • 122
      Manon_des_Source says:

      A well known technique in the public sector to buy in friends you have tipped off. Points system interviews can easily be weighted to select the candidate the boss wants.

      Like

  28. 87
    boilerman says:

    It’s going t end in tears for Bercow.

    Like

  29. 90
    HenryV says:

    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
    Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
    And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
    And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong,
    Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
    And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
    And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Up rode the squatter mounted on his thorough-bred,
    Down came the troopers One Two Three,
    Whose that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
    Whose that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker-bag,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Up jumped the swagman sprang in to the billabong,
    You’ll never catch me alive said he,
    And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
    And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
    You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

    Like

  30. 91
    Tim says:

    Doesn’t the Bercowian way of looking at parliamentary control mechanisms suggest that we should have a Speaker who ISN’T an experienced parliamentarian?

    Like

  31. 93
    Dhoh says:

    She is stunningly beautiful in comparison with the UK’s Lin Homer of HMRC and she certainly can’t hold a candle to the managerial disasters of “our Lin”.

    AUD550 K ? That’s petty cash to our very own Homer, the Virgin Trains debacle cost us 100 Million quid.

    CBE 2008, Baroness Homer in the New Year, EU Commissioner to follow ? Ms Mills has a well trodden path of incompetence to follow in the UK.

    (wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Homer).

    Like

  32. 96
    Miss McCraw says:

    A pity she wasn’t lost with the others while having a Picnic at Hanging Rock.

    Like

  33. 101
    Oh, really? says:

    Is Mrs Bercow behind this stupid idea?

    Like

  34. 109
    Kulak murdered by Marxist filth. says:

    All Marxist wimen look like that. They are the Devil’s spawn.

    Like

  35. 110
    Anonymous says:

    Excellent letter from Bill Proctor Times letter!

    Like

  36. 112
    Too much sex but not for some says:

    She as a CV! Really. All what persuaded Bercow is Mills throwing her nickers at him.

    Like

  37. 114
    reject Inslamity says:

    if somebody had taken away this Bercow’s passport we wouldn’t have this problem

    Like

  38. 119
    Chris The Leather man says:

    I think the real issue with Speaker Bercow is that there is the proposed re-development plan to modernise the palace of Westmisnster at a cost of £2 billion, as revealed by Guido yesterday. My view is that Mr. and Mrs. Bercow want to be in control of it and their method is to have a weak parliamentary chief executive, hence the call for the Canberra Caterer. I loved the story about the Australian Parliamentary Caterers using the facilities to cater for weddings and other functions. They got away with it for at least two years so she is not qualified on any count.

    Like

  39. 129
    RomaBert... says:

    OMG that is one ugly p*g in knickers!

    Like


Seen Elsewhere

Why Newmark Story Was Not Fishing Expedition | David Banks
Longlist to Succeed Hague | ConHome
Newmark Nonsense An Excuse to Bash Tabloids | Spiked
Kay Burley’s Top Twitter Zingers | Buzzfeed
Why Tory Tax Cut Pledge is Good News | Allister Heath
ONS Admits Economy Stronger Than It Thought | Speccie
Cameron’s Concessions to UKIP | Nick Wood
#TM4PM: It’s On | Speccie
Path to Defeat Obvious for Both Labour and Tories | Rafael Behr
It’s Boris v May | Sun
Farage is Outflanking the Tories | Guardian


VOTER-RECALL
Find out more about PLMR


David Cameron on political promiscuity…

“On May 7 you could go to bed with Nigel Farage and wake up with Ed Miliband. Not one bit of that works for me.”



cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:






RSS




AddThis Feed Button
Archive


Labels
Guido Reads
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,480 other followers