Blunkett Coughs Up

David Blunkett tonight admitted he had been wrong to give a first class rail ticket intended for MPs’ spouses to his former mistress Kimberly Quinn and said he would repay the £180 cost. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, when will an MP go to jail for fraud? If a shop-girl in Woolies had given her best friend a few free sweets from the pick ‘n mix, she be sacked, or possibly prosecuted for theft. If the Minister in charge of the justice system and the police defrauds the public purse he should not be allowed to just say sorry and repay the money. Its not an accidental mistake

Yet a spokesman for the home secretary said that Mr Blunkett was sorry for the “genuine mistake” of giving a return train ticket from London to Doncaster to his mistress Mrs Quinn.

“Well he is blind”, bollocks, he must have known, “Spouse’s ticket” means your spouse, not someone else’s.

UPDATE: Daily Mail is publishing tomorrow some letters from the Home Office to the nanny which look incriminating.


Rumours around Westminster are that he is depressed and hitting the bottle. He’d be really down in the dumps if he could read today’s papers. Incidentally matters are already in the courts and sub judice. Guido is going to link to whomever puts up details on the web first and let them get sued by the Home Secretary – given he’s bonkers, authoritarian, in charge of the police, courts and intelligence services who is going to publish first? I’m too scared to even mention he’s launched a paternity suit.

Incredible Blogger?


James Malcolm, a mildly politically incorrect blogger has outed himself as the doppelganger of a joyously politically incorrect Incredible superhero.


UK Future is the name of the St Andrews student’s blog.

Let He Who Is With Sin Cast the First…

Former Home Office minister David Mellor today said that David Blunkett should quit as Home Secretary over allegations that he “fast-tracked” a visa application for his mistress’ nanny. Mellor resigned as a result of a toe-sucking expose by his mistress Antonia de Sancha, so when he says “The snowball of his private life is now careering down the mountainside picking up all manner of noisome debris.” he knows what he is talking about.



“And it is a process that can end only one way. By his career, hopefully only temporarily, going over the cliff with his judgement.” Mellor said it was impossible to be Home Secretary and do the job properly while preoccupied with such events. He added: “To be as we now see him robs him of the authority needed to do the job. The truth is inescapable… His position as Home Secretary is untenable.”

Parliamentary Questions… Bin ’em!

With characteristic disregard for parliament, hundreds of PQs have been binned under new procedures. Previously ministers wrote to MPs even if they failed to answer their questions before parliament was prorogued, as it was last Thursday. Now the questions are binned.

The worst performers were ministerial teams led by Geoff Hoon, the defence secretary; Patricia Hewitt, the trade secretary; Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, and Paul Murphy, the Northern Ireland secretary. The Treasury, Foreign Office and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have a handful of unanswered questions between them.

Father4Justice

Sadly it appears that Blunkett has lost it over Mrs Kimberly Quinn (née Fortier). The allegations are coming thick and fast in the Sunday papers. During the affair he is alleged to have;

  • Used his influence as Home Secretary to obtain a visa for Leoncia ‘Luz’ Casalme, Mrs Quinn’s Filipina nanny.
  • Sent his official government driver to pick up the nanny’s passport.
  • Arranged first-class train tickets for his mistress at public expense that were intended for use by him as an MP.
  • Shared confidential security information with Mrs Quinn during “pillow talk”.
  • Ordered a policeman to stand outside Mrs Quinn’s Mayfair home to safeguard her against anti-capitalist rioting that had been expected during a May Day demonstration.
  • Used his government chauffeur to drive Mrs Quinn to his home in Derbyshire for weekend trysts.
  • Took Mrs Quinn, the publisher of The Spectator, to Spain for a wedding, accompanied by four security men and a driver, with much of the cost allegedly met by the taxpayer.

    When Mrs Quinn’s son needed a US passport Blunkett pulled strings to help.

    Blunkett’s spin doctor says “He did not put any pressure on the American embassy. She needed to get a passport quickly for William and he rang the embassy and asked them how to go about it.” Seems like string pulling to me, when one of the most powerful government ministers rings an embassy official asking for how to get a passport for his mistress’ son, the official would surely get the hint.

    Since the affair ended it is alleged that;



  • Blunkett has sent Mrs Quinn as many as 10 letters from his lawyers demanding DNA tests to establish whether he is the father of her unborn baby.
  • Blunkett is alleged to have written to Mrs Quinn, who is heavily pregnant, detailing the times and locations of their meetings during a three-year affair.
  • Blunkett and Mrs Quinn have already obtained private DNA test results that prove her two-year-old son William was fathered by Blunkett.
  • Blunkett has sent letters day after day, 10 in total.

She began the three year affair with Blunkett three months after getting married. Mrs Quinn is said to have lost two stones in weight and to be on the verge of a breakdown because of his determined campaign. She finds him very bullying and overpowering, accusing him of being “paranoid” and of wanting to “nail me”.

I’d say nailng her is the cause of his troubles.

Inviting?

An invitation to Christmas drinks with Michael Howard at Policy Exchange / C-Change has arrived. Not at first glance the most exciting party to be invited to. Until I remember that one of the founding lights of the organisation was Dougie Smith, who the Sunday Times revealed last year to be also one of the founding lights of the up-market, posh sexy swingers Fever Parties.

Clearly he has sent me the wrong party invitation…

Thatcher Returns to Parliament

Yesterday Maggie was holding court at Portcullis House, Boris blogs a paean to her. Its obvious she was in a different league to the shower of second rate Tories we have now. Come back, all is forgiven…

Proud of Britain

At last, our youth lead the way in Europe.

Propeller Head Wonk Watch

You know when some think tank brings out an idea ahead of its time, like nationalisation in 1945 or privatisation in 1979, which catches on and changes the world. Well that is very clever. But some ideas are just stoopid, so damned stoopid that only mad propeller head types could conceive and promote them. In the course of a week Guido tends to spot one or two from pressure groups and think tanks run by shiny, chatty people that strike me as just too far out there. So begins an occasional series…

The quirky New Economics Foundation wants to put tobacco-style labelling on SUVs, because;

  • As with smoking, driving an SUV is potentially harmful not only to the driver themselves. Driving an SUV also endangers other road users, the global population and the planet. As most never leave urban roads, SUVs are an expensive indulgence for which others pay the price.
  • Evidence from the development of tobacco labelling shows that in order to effect behavioural change the size of the warning, and its emotive content is critical.

Here is what they think your 4×4 should look like. Only a propeller head would believe that aspiring politicians in search of votes would actually advocate turning cars into advertising hoardings proclaiming the driver to be a baby killer. Undoubtedly NEF probably did it for publicity, so now the public will deservedly remember them as car hating cretins.

Please send any Propeller Head Wonk Spots to guido.fawkes@gmail.com

Lib Dems : Dope Votes

As both Blair and Howard try to out do each other with promised crack-downs on drugs it occurs to me the polls showing that the Lib Dems have captured the 18-24 vote might have something to do with the spliff-head vote. Not that they’ll be bothered to make it to the polling station, man, like, you know,

Only one front bencher has had the admirable honesty to advocate full decriminalisation of drugs – Alan Duncan, Shadow International Development secretary – yet half the shadow cabinet confess to having smoked dope. Go figure.

Hain’s Security State Breached by Wimmin

Anti-war protesters demonstrated the effectiveness of Hain’s election pledge of security by bursting into a high security government building just minutes after Her Majesty had just announced new government measures to tackle terrorism. As the whole of Whitehall swarmed with armed police on Tuesday afternoon, the three peace wimmin and a man by-passed supposedly impenetrable security to gain access to the Cabinet Office, which has a direct underground link to No 10 Downing Street. Nevertheless, Peter Hain, claimed a few hours afterwards that the threat of terrorist attack was significantly lower under Labour.

The four were arrested on suspicion of burglary and held overnight at Charing Cross police station before being bailed until February. Their mobile phones were confiscated and the protesters were released on bail wearing just white paper suits. (They have run out of the more trendy orange suits.) The police are checking all offices to see if any property or confidential documents are missing. The protesters sneaked by security personnel at the main entrance before donning outfits covered in blood to launch a “die in” protest against the war.

So three anti-government wimmin peace protesters wearing blood spattered outfits got into the building housing the Joint Intelligence Committee, the arm of the state that oversees security, during a high-security lock-down of Whitehall as the Queen opened parliament. Feeling safe and secure?

Middle England Chooses

The disgusting of Tory Tunbridge Wells tonight select their candidate to succeed Archie Norman who steps down at the next election. Steve Barclay is apparently favourite. Until now…

Parliamentary Product Placement – A New Low

Recess Monkey’s Fair Trade banana campaign EDM has five signatures and his website address is in the text. Its such transparently sordid product placement advertising. That the Mother of Parliaments is reduced to this…

Who’s the Daddy? Confused?

Friends of Kimberly Fortier’s husband Stephen Quinn say there is “incontrovertible proof” that Mr Blunkett is not the father of her two-year-old son William.

Ms Fortier, who had a three-year affair with the divorced 57-year-old Sheffield Brightside MP, is currently pregnant with her second child and is due to give birth early next year. Lawyers for Ms Fortier, 44, are said to have been contacted by the Home Secretary, who reportedly wants DNA tests to prove whether he is the father of both William and the child she is carrying.

But friends of Mr Quinn described the apparent legal move as “fanciful” and one told the paper: “If he (Mr Blunkett) wishes to go to court with his claim over William, he is in for a very large shock. “We don’t know why he thinks he is William’s father, but he is wrong.”

Looks like a job for the CSA. Ooops, maybe not… Its a job for Fathers4Justice!


Still dead.

Impeachment Doomed

I fear this whole jape, as fun as it is, is doomed. As soon as I saw that Harold Pinter was supporting it, I knew. He has been wrong about everything since the 1960s, and usually on the losing side in any political match.

Conspiracy theorists may wish to hypothesise why today the http://www.impeachblair.org/ website is down, on the day the motion is to be tabled.

Bye, Bye Banksy

Tony Banks is retiring from parliament. He did very well to survive in politics as long as he did with his sense of humour.

I will miss him.

Police Raid Otis

Yesterday the Torygraph quoted Otis saying there would be “mayhem” in the approach to the election expected next May. Today protester Otis Ferry has had guns and other property seized by police after a raid on his home. I suspect those two events are correlated. Officers took away legally-held guns, a computer and other items after an extensive search of the 21-year-old’s house on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.

Otis is currently on police bail following his arrest after the incident and has since vowed to defy a ban on hunting when it comes into force in February. Ferry, who is the joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, stormed the Houses of Parliament in September during a debate on fox hunting.

You read here first, and I read it in the Shropshire Star.

Hewitt – Rhymes with Bullsh*t

“We’re reforming too – so that we become more productive in the public sector, we cut out waste and get value for your money.”
Speech, 19 March, 2004
Patricia Hewitt is in charge of making Britain a low-carbon country. Maybe she should start at her office.
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