"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Bercow Hires Spinner

Speaker Bercow has hired Tim Hames, ex-Times journalist and director of communications for British Venture Capital Association (BVCA), as his special adviser.  Hames takes up the newly-created political post at the beginning of November.

Bercow sees himself as "ambassador for Parliament" and Hames will help him in this role as well as with implementing an "outreach" programme for local communities and schools. Hames said: "The House's reputation is not what we would like it to be; I'm making the case that despite all that has happened over the last few months, Parliament is a good thing."

A Commons spokesman said that Bercow, himself a former political lobbyist, needed a special adviser because he planned to undertake more public visits and making media appearances.

Aren't we the lucky ones? We'll be paying Hames c.£100k pa and as a SpAd he will be free to undertake political activity, unlike the civil servant who would normally perform this type of role, plus we'll be able to see much more of Speaker Bercow touring the tv studios making pompous pronouncements.

In the above pic Hames also has an uncanny resemblance to Damian McBride; it must be all the schmoozy lunches they have.

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