August 28th, 2014

Gallery Guido: What Was Margaret Hodge Thinking?

Considering Margaret Hodge’s titles – Protector of the Public Purse, Scourge of the Quangocracy, Chair of the Public Accounts committee – you have to wonder what she was doing agreeing to Carol Mills’ appointment.

As Guido reported, Carol Mills’ delinquencies and profligacies would have earned her the withering criticism of Hodge’s PAC.

Every Parliament, Mills replaced the entire Australian parliamentary crockery stock at a cost of $80,000.

She couldn’t cut $400,000 out of the pool and gym budget so she took it out of security.

She refurbished her office at a cost of $1m.

She presided over criminal misappropriations without informing the police.

But these are mere hors d’ouevres prior to the 500-course feast that the Senate inquiry into her department will serve up when it gets underway.

Who Ms Mills’ referees were, and whether Mrs Hodge gave them due diligence is something that will doubtless emerge as events grind them out. Saxton Bampfylde (sic) the head hunters will also need to explain how they weren’t to blame for anything.

But finally – and most obvious of all, to someone of Hodge’s experience, Ms Mills discourse gives her away. She talks in the obscene Esperanto that international bureaucrats use to bamboozle politicians

” . . . we established a fostering inclusion and respect framework to guide the implementation of measures to promote ethical behaviour across all levels of DPS.”

Hodge on committee would insist on that sort of rubbish being translated into English.

So what was she up to?

If anyone could be counted on to vote against an Old Etonian, it would have been the former leader of Islington Council at its institutional looniest.

Guido suspects that would have been her primary qualification for what Bercow wanted.

Remember, Bercow’s main purpose in this comically unprofessional fiasco was to diminish the standing of the Clerk, to eliminate other interpretations of parliamentary procedure. That way he’d enjoy ever-greater freedom for his princely rule.

That power-mania is what underlies the whole shambles.


39 Comments

  1. 1
    Socialism is theft says:

    Immigration under Tories rises almost 40% in one year. No surprise there.

    Vote UKIP.

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  2. 2
    Owen Jones says:

    Farage needs an announcement. He’s not been on BBC Farage 24 in literally minutes.

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    • 10
      Paniagua says:

      What jealous because MsShane is the new BBC BFF?

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      still walking into darkness says:

      maybe he could announce that a group of commoners have risen up to arrest Hodge, Balls, Brown, Harman, Blair, Britan and the catalogue of other political traitors from LibLabCon over the last 40 years and that they are being prepared for a public execution in Hyde Park this afternoon.

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  3. 4
    Escoffier says:

    “hors d’ouevres”?

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  4. 8
    Mornington Crescent says:

    ‘Hors d’oeuvre’, cher ami.

    Perhaps ‘amuses bouche’ would be more appropriate…

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  5. 9
    rick says:

    “She talks in the obscene Esperanto………..”

    The fact that politicos do not realise how ridiculous they sound, shows how remote they really from the people who pay their ‘wages’

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  6. 11
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    Oh Shit !

    Tory MP Douglas Carswell has just walked into UKIP pressed – he is leaving Tories and joining UKIP

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    Bad taste Bear says:

    Why do enrichers stink?

    So even young blind girls can ID their perps.

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  9. 19
    a non says:

    Dougie Carswell goes to UKIP.
    The first of many no doubt.
    A man of principles.

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  10. 21

    Another snout for the trough

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  11. 22
    Anonymous says:

    the video shows words trade centre building 7 collapsing. this building was not hit by any plane. no significant amount of debris from buildings 1 and 2 aka the twin tower fell upon it. quite simply as you will be able to fathom from watching the footage, its collapse was a controlled demolition.

    now consider all the shit that has occurred in the world since the 11th of september 2001 and it is only going to get worse unless people, particularly politicians, start to speak out. if you don’t then you are aligning yourself with the evil shit stirring bastards who started this carnage.

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  12. 22

    A politician that wastes public money is no longer surprising – this is sad

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  13. 25
    Jim says:

    There needs to be a General Election after the Scottish Vote.

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  14. 28
    Oh, really? says:

    Well what else is a man to do if his wife has turned him into cuckold?

    Boss everyone around at work and increase his powerbase.

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  15. 30
    Wondering expat says:

    If Berkov doesn’t get his P45 after the next election, there’s something seriously wrong in Britain

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  16. 32
    Margaret Dogde says:

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  17. 34
    Dolphin Square Boys' Club says:

    What’s this about one of Margaret Hodge’s family being in Praia da Luz photographing children when Madeline McCann went missing?

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  18. 37
    Margaret Hodge Voting Record ('TheyWorkForYou' website) says:

    Voted for equal gay rights.

    Voted for allowing marriage between two people of same sex.

    Voted against laws to promote equality and human rights (to protect child abusers, secret courts and injunctions against freedom of speech).

    Voted for the Iraq war.

    Voted against an investigation into the Iraq war.

    Voted for more EU integration.

    Voted against a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

    Voted against raising the threshold (personal allowance) at which people start to pay income tax.

    Voted strongly for a banker’s bonus tax (so Labour can waste more money on themselves and failed projects).

    Voted for an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax).

    Voted against allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for.

    Voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax (for small/medium size businesses).

    Voted against measures to reduce tax avoidance (therefore she can continue to exploit the tax system).

    Voted reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients.

    Voted for smoking bans.

    Voted against greater autonomy for schools (therefore schools can be kept under control by corrupt councils, unions & bureaucrats).

    Voted against academy schools.

    Voted for university tuition fees (£3000 maximum per year in 1998).

    Voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency.

    Voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons.

    Voted against local councils keeping money raised from taxes on business premises in their areas.

    Voted strongly against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as (bogus) charities, during elections.

    Voted against fixed periods between parliamentary elections (elections can take place after more than four years).

    Voted strongly for introducing ID cards (‘Totalitarian State’).

    Voted for slowing the rise in rail fares.

    Voted strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws (that don’t work).

    Voted against restricting the scope of legal aid (so aid can be given to corrupt countries like Pakistan & Nigeria that breed terror, commit fraudulent activities, commit identify theft, sex/drug trafficking, sham marriages, produce more than 5 children out of wedlock, and come to the UK to brainwash and abuse our British children).

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