Charles Clarke Cashes In

Charles Clarke has been given a position by KPMG. Which is nice of them, it is of course entirely unrelated to the millions of pounds of contracts he gave when he was Secretary of State at the Department of Education and Skills (DfES) and the Home Office.

The DfES paid £1.3 million to KPMG in 2004 while the Home Office paid the company £90,000 for a review of the costing methodology of the ID Cards programme in 2005, both during Clarke’s tenure as the minister in charge.

Former Blairites cashing in on their ministerial experience with companies they regulated is becoming the norm:

  • Patricia Hewitt, former Health Secretary, is now a special consultant at Alliance Boots, owner of Boots the pharmacist. UPDATE : Forgot BT – she of course knows something about crap, too big organisations from her NHS days. She was instrumental in awarding a contract for the huge NHS Spine project to BT.
  • Alan Milburn, another former Health Secretary, is on the Healthcare Advisory Boards of Lloydspharmacy and PepsiCo.
  • Ian McCartney, a former minister at the department in charge of nuclear policy, the DTI, is an adviser to Fluor Corporation, part of a consortium that is bidding to run Sellafield
  • Richard Caborn, another former trade minister, is an advisor to AMEC UK, another company bidding to run Sellafield.
Isn’t it amazing how they never have any business experience when they go into government – not even a whelk stall – but when they come out of government they soon gain some.

Clarke’s appointment was given the all clear by the relevant advisory committee. So that is alright then…

Socialist Worker : "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, In! In! In!"

Not quite their new chant, but the latest edition of Socialist Worker, (the required reading for mockney speaking, public school educated, lefty students) does compare Gordon unfavourably to Margaret Thatcher. He cuts taxes for the bosses and raises taxes on the workers…

Maggie, say the Trotskyites, cut taxes for those on low incomes, Gordon hammers taxes onto the low paid. So can we expect the SWP to update their old chant?

Pound Plunging Means Europhiles Rejoice

This chart makes europhiles moist with excitement…A lot of eurosceptics have a nightmare scenario in which the plunging pound reaches parity with euro. At this point, they believe, swapping pounds for euros would be easier for the political class to sell to fundamentally eurosceptical British voters. It is no big deal the europhiles will claim, “prices will remain unchanged”.
The pound has now plunged to an all-time low against the euro, it bought €1.50 last year and now buys €1.25. At this rate of decline sterling could easily hit parity before the next general election. So a by-product of UK inflation getting out of control, growth faltering and house prices slumping could be joining the European Monetary Union and anchoring our economy to the Bundesbank. You have been warned…

Talking of warnings, only on Saturday Gordon was pontificating that the IMF needed to become “an early warning system”, well yesterday the IMF warned UK house prices could fall 10% this year. Got that Gordon?

£1,000 Offered for Jacqui Smith’s Fingerprints

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Guido previously offered dinner as a reward and now the good people at NO2ID and Privacy International are offering £1,000. Unlike them Guido won’t ask you to donate the reward to charity. There are sommeliers waiting…

Watson Family Fortunes – Good News / Bad News

Guido likes to bring good news when he can. Today’s good news is that following on from Guido’s revelation last week that Joanne Watson had pocketed £15,000 for attending four meetings, she has decided not to stand again “due to family commitments”. Nothing to do with Guido’s story being picked up by the local press and her being castigated as a result?

Still at a cost of £3,723 per meeting, local taxpayers will be more than relieved to see the back of her… However there is some bad news, another little Watson piggy wants to suckle on the teat of the taxpayer. Joanne’s husband, Dan Watson has announced that he is standing for the gravy train Broadwaters ward. He obviously won’t be helping out with family commitments. Well they have to make up the lost income somehow, don’t they?

Is there anyone in Tom Watson’s family who doesn’t have their snouts in the taxpayer’s trough?

Chairman of PLP Dismayed With Government

When Tony Lloyd, the chairman of the PLP, warns that the Government needs to “clarify what it’s there for” you know they are in trouble. Did anyone ever ask Blair to clarify what he was there for?

Everyone knew what Thatcher was for. Would she have tolerated Chinese goons stomping around Downing Street while she looked meekly on? In 1980 she sent in the SAS to deal with Iranian goons when they started pushing hostages about.

After Boris becomes London mayor the Labour Party will realise that it is facing defeat. The battle for the post-Brown leadership of the Labour Party begins May 2.

Aussie PM "No Chinese Goons in Oz"

With Gordon standing next to him in Downing Street, the new Aussie PM, Kevin Rudd, made it clear that no Chinese security forces would be pushing him around when the Olympic torch came to Australia. Gordon just stood next to him silently. Just like he did when Chinese security officers threw their weight about in Downing Street.

Chinese speaking Rudd also said he had a prior appointment and would not be receiving the flame personally. “We will not be having Chinese security forces, or the Chinese security services, providing security for the torch when it is in Australia. We – Australia – will be providing that security.”

Gordon’s Choice As General-Secretary Doesn’t Want the Job

David Pitt-Watson was Gordon Brown’s favoured candidate to replace the disgraced Peter Watt, who quit in the row over Labour’s donations by proxy and is under investigation by the police. Gordon sat in at the NEC meeting to personally push through the City fund manager’s appointment. LabourHome reported this morning that he “has changed his mind about wanting the job before he has even started”.

Downing Street’s spin machine went into over-drive to conceal what will look like a bad error of judgement by Gordon. The official line is, implausibly, that David Pitt-Watson has contractual duties which preclude him starting before the Labour Party’s annual conference in September. Guido has confirmed that this is far from true.

No. 10 has been desperately searching for a face-saving way out of the embarrassing situation for the last week. The person selected and championed by Gordon in the face of opposition by traditionalists has decided he doesn’t want the job. The Brownies plan is to maintain the pretence that David Pitt-Watson is to be Labour’s new General Secretary until after the party conference. At which time an excuse will be found and the acting General Secretary, Chris Lennie, will slip into the post. As preparations for civil war post Mayor Boris advance they couldn’t even keep that from leaking to bloggers….

Not Very Neighbourly

If you are the daughter of an MP, living in Kentish Town, shacked up with a druggie barrister inclined to having loud all-night parties – turn the noise down.* Your neighbour is threatening to out you

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Come Back Thatcher!

This poll result is phenomenal:

YouGov asked voters who they would choose from a list of politicians “at the peak of their powers” to be prime minister. Maggie Thatcher was the most popular with 27% wanting her back.

Brown was […]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Chinese Goons in Downing Street

Was Guido the only one who felt dismayed watching Chinese heavies pushing people around in Downing Street itself? Gordon just stood there pathetically while Chinese security thugs with fingers on radio-earpieces directed matters. The British people were outside the gates

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