Cameron’s crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer “a lot of money”

David Cameron has made the bizarre claim his vanity photographer will actually save the taxpayer lots of money. Former Tory party staffer Andrew Parsons and WebCameron filmmaker Nicky Woodhouse are being paid £35,000 each by the Cabinet Office, for jobs that were not advertised and didn't exist under the Labour government.

David Cameron has made the bizarre claim his vanity photographer will actually save the taxpayer lots of money. Former Tory party staffer Andrew Parsons and WebCameron filmmaker Nicky Woodhouse are being paid £35,000 each by the Cabinet Office, for jobs that were not advertised and didn’t exist under the Labour government.

However, speaking in South Korea (and with a straight face), the prime minister said he had no regrets about Parsons, insisting:

“This is someone working for the Government and this is someone who is going to save the Government and the taxpayer a lot of money.”

Earlier this week, it was revealed more than 80 former Tory and Liberal Democrat staffers are now on the civil service payrollnot all of them special advisers, who are allowed to be partial. The revelations come in the same week as the biggest demonstration against the government’s cuts, which spilled over into rioting and violence.

Last week, Labour leader Ed Miliband mocked the prime minister for the vanity appointments, questioning why it was OK for him:

“… when he is telling everybody to tighten their belts, to put his own personal photographer on the civil service payroll?”

Backbencher Kevin Brennan, meanwhile, described it as “immoral” at a time of thousands of public sector redundancies, with shadow defence minister Michael Dugher writing to the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell to ask:

“How do these appointments fit in to the Government’s recruitment freeze?”

The prime minister’s vulgarity in making these appointments, which fly in the face of the government’s austerity message, is perhaps best summed up by the late Michael Foot, who in his first Commons speech as a minister, observed that:

“Nothing can be more absurd than the spectacle of a few fat men exhorting all the thin ones to tighten their belts.”

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29 Responses to “Cameron’s crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer “a lot of money””

  1. Andrew Breading

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  2. John Hickey-Fry

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  3. MyDavidCameron

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  4. bee hive

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  5. bee hive

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  6. cocklewoman

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  7. Chris Preston

    Reading about how I'm now paying for Cameron's photographer makes me want to blow up the internet! http://is.gd/gY7vT #iamspartacus

  8. Lisa Ansell

    RT @manatrue: @lisaansell Cameron's crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer "a lot of money" http://bit.ly/cJeqTL

  9. Theo C. Cupier

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cameron's crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer "a lot of money": http://bit.ly/cJeqTL by @ShamikDas

  10. Helen Hunt

    RT @manatrue: @lisaansell Cameron's crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer "a lot of money" http://bit.ly/cJeqTL

  11. Aaron McCarthy

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  12. M McLaughlin

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  13. Lesley

    RT @FalseEcon Cameron's crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer "a lot of money" http://bit.ly/cJeqTL /via @leftfootfwd et al

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  15. Anon E Mouse

    Tut, tut, tut Mr Cameron – I notice Nick Clegg doesn’t waste the public’s money like this. Oh no.

  16. Elena Blackmore

    The vainest (and most deluded) PM ever? DC claims photographer will save us money. Er, thanks Dave. http://is.gd/gYe0y via @leftfootfwd

  17. L DTUC

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cameron's crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer "a lot of money": http://bit.ly/cJeqTL by @ShamikDas

  18. mike

    See Politics Home is now just a Tory front, not even trying to show any balance

  19. Wendy Maddox

    Show us the evidence: RT @leftfootfwd: Cameron's crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer "a lot of money" http://bit.ly/bwFS6A

  20. David Jobe

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  21. Mr. Sensible

    Mr Mouse, the article seems to suggest (correct me if I am wrong Shamik) that both Tories and Lib Dems are in the Civil Service.

    Doesn’t this look like an episode of ‘Yesminister?’

  22. Anon E Mouse

    Mr.Sensible – I wouldn’t want to bring everyone back to the disgraceful behaviour from Damian McBride actually operating out of Downing Street but (to my knowledge) Nick Clegg hasn’t employed a photographer for his personal vanity.

    Those other jobs could be argued as necessary but not a photographer.

    Why don’t the government just employ Alistair Campbell – he was good at PR!!!

  23. kevin leonard

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  24. jamiecardiff

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  25. John Wadsworth

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  26. Dan

    I know everyone’s dismissed out of hand how hiring a photographer could save money but it depends on the scope of his work. If Parsons is only there to snap Cameron’s every move then of course not, but if he’s roped into every government departments’ PR work then he could well do. Hiring a PR photographer for one event can command anything from £300 upwards depending on the rights licence.

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    […] the appointment of two vanity photographers to the public purse today – having only last week said they would “save the Government and the taxpayer a lot of money”. Former Tory party […]

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