April 13th, 2009

+++ Source : Brown to Issue Statement of Regret +++


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  1. 1
    StrongholdBarricades says:

    The BBC is saying personal letters

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        I've shagged Darling's eyebrows says:

        “He also calls for anyone caught “disseminating inappropriate material” to automatically lose their jobs.”

        Why is that not retrospective?

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        Cinna says:

        In any private company, as opposed to public office, the misuse of employers time and equipment, not to mention sending such emails, would result in dismissal. Why is that not the case in 10 Downing Street? Why does GB need to have the rules of conduct ammended?

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        Rob says:

        Its obvious that he’s giving McBride a free ride rather than the sack because who is better placed than Mcbride to tell where the bodies are buried?

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        Brown, you arrogant shit. Face cancer is too good for you. I want you to choke to death on Rose Wests vaginal discharge. I want you to inhale ebola infested cockroaches in your last breath. I want you to pull pus filled maggots from your eyes, ears and nose as your lungs dissolve, full of Cillit Bang.

        I want your fevered brow mopped with Anne Widdecombes used panty liners.

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        45iq is a Hoon says:

        Old Borehoon is doing the work of the left with his appalling choice of language – just as 45iq and the Breast of Clerkenwell have done in the past. Utter hoon. Grow up and try to remember this isn’t the fourth form you cretinous hoon.

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        Cinna says:

        This could be our very own Frost/Nixon moment.

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      Papasmurf says:

      Is this what Guido is waiting for? Gordon off the fence ‘denying’ actions?

      I say developments resultant of these provate letters will be interesting

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      I've shagged Darling's eyebrows says:

      That’ll be because:
      James Macintyre is a lunching partner of Derek Draper
      James Macintyre is a lunching partner of Derek Draper

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    • 59

      It’s a letter of resignation we want.

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      TomnotBower says:

      I’m very sorry we were found out.

      Yours Gordon Brown

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        Gooey Blob says:

        In a nutshell, that’s it.

        The dirty tricks, smears and lies are just part of Brown’s strategy. It won’t stop him hiding behind McBride, and pretending it was nothing to do with him.

        That Brown refers to the emails as “unsubstantiated” pretty much confirms the smears were his strategy. He still won’t admit they were lies. He will quite happily use the tactic again, and expect someone else to fall on their sword should the tactic be discovered again.

        A man does good business when he rids himself of a turd. Labour needs a laxative urgently to purge its current rotten leadership.

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    • 124
      Gordon Brown says:

      I am a dirty fucker and I am sorry about being such a useless, dithering, untrustworthy wanker.

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      macaroon says:

      So smarmy Johnson got it wrong but the good folk of Stafford knew he would
      What was that about smoke and fire?

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    • 216
      Arfur Pint says:

      Gordon Brown has in a personal letter to David Cameron expressed regret that he has to date been unable to control the blogosphere and provides an assurance that he will do all in his power to do so in the future in orderto avoid embarssement to “decent politicians on all sides of the house.”

      Read his letter in full.

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      • 292
        Anonymous says:

        Is this letter genuine? It sounds as if they are going to use this episode as cover to introduce further control and censorship?

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        Brown is a fake says:

        Fake. Poor photoshop-esque effort. Look at shading around downing street header and also the B in Brown’s signature.

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        Bottom Liner says:

        Good joke now pull the other one

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        Arfur Pint says:

        No its not genuine, of course. But that doesn’t mean that they will not try to tighten contol over the internet, hence the post.

        It never occured to me that anybody would think it was, sorry. I hope the Special Branch don’t come kicking my door down for forging letters from the Prime Minister.

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    • 228
      Simon Wells says:

      Mr “Bean” Brown is known to micro manage everything. His fingerprints are all over this, as they were during 12 years of disloyalty to Blair. If he knew nothing about this who is running the country? Mc Poison or Mc Bean?

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        Martin Shuvvleshit says:

        I agree. Gordon Brown is a complete control freak. The cnut knew all about this.

        I hope Cameron makes it clear that there will be no immunity from prosecution for misdeeds in office once the Tories get back.

        I wanna see these motherfuckers go to jail for what they have done to this country.

        Bastards.

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    • 231
      Grex. says:

      Well Guido, Gord has said he knew nothing, nor did anyone else in Downing Street.

      If you know any different….

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      Anonymous says:

      i look forward to kate garraway reporting her husband’s dismissal on gmtv some time soon. was their trip to tenerife planned?

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      Blunkett says:

      Whatever happened to Roger Liddle who, if I am not mistaken, was Drapper’s No. 10 contact in the ’98 scandal? Was he sacked?

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      Minekiller says:

      I regret being found out, but it wasnae me……..moral compass, started in America, as opposed to do nothing, every waking minute, hard-working families, sympathy to the family of Jade Goody.

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        chris says:

        As Grandma has already said on another blog – moral compass, formerly belonging to G.Brown is for sale on ebay though unfortunately not working either because of misuse or lack of use.

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      Martin Day says:

      Brown won’t get out of the shit very easily as there is a stinking shitty trail leading from him!!! :lol:

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    For what ?

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  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Although he is still saying he new nothing of it, as well as his cronies.

    Implicates them all…

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      ned says:

      Let me get this straight, two weeks ago Draper lied to Guido
      on the Andrew Niel show regarding these e-mails. Guido promised
      to obtain them on the same show. Andrew Neils show late on
      thursday evenings is a discussion between Micheal Portilo and the
      Labour polotition Diane Abbot. It is inconcevable then that Brown
      knew nothing, The argument was widely dicussed in the media and
      on the net. I know Brown is half blind but he has two very large ears
      so his feebly denial of any knowledge of this issue is totaly laughable

      Sock it to em Guido

      comments please

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        imbehindyou says:

        Quote on BBC from Michael Heseltine.

        ‘There is nothing that goes on in Number 10 that the PM doesn’t know about.

        So when is a lie not a lie. When Brown says so.

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    Peter Grimes says:

    This is really flying kites, Guido!

    Tell us it’s true – please!

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  5. 5
    Dick the Prick says:

    Yup. Fairy snuff.

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  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    “I regret being Prime Minister. I regret selling all the gold, I regret stealing peoples’ pensions, I regret being born.”

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      Papasmurf says:

      I regret wanting the job………boo hoo

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      michael says:

      i regret being found out

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        imbehindyou says:

        I regret attacking those bloodly jounalists. Now they’re going to crucify me.

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        Cyclops McBroon says:

        I let down the country, I let down our system of government. I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life. But most of all I regret that my political life is over.

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      Anonymous says:

      and I utterly regret being scottish its like eating turds every day of the year i curse the day i was born in that place i am so desperate to be english thats why i have that silly pretendy accent

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    Anonymous says:

    BBC also reporting a new code of conduct

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      Blank Xavier says:

      Ah. Presumably because it’s new, it’ll be honoured, unlike the old code? :-)

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      anonymous says:

      As Nadine Dorries has just pointed out – the existing code already covers SpaD permissible actions and just needs adhering to. This is just typical Labour spin to appear to be doing something already done and which they have breached

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        Dick the Prick says:

        At least Nadine fucking Dorries may get off my fucking telly bleating on like a rape victim – oh dooo shut up.

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        Agent 99 says:

        42
        Correct and classic new labour spin to neutralise the fall out. The next will be lets draw a line under this and move on. They havent changed at all but we have and we see right through this charade.

        CNUTS!!!

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    • 251
      Anonymous says:

      So what’s wrong with the existing rules?

      Do the rules allow for illegal slanderous material to be emailed?

      (Remember the legal precedent is it’s illegal to email slander even if the recipients don’t receive it).

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    Anonymous says:

    Just come on BBC. Regrets but not the S word. (their words not mine)

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      Simon Wells says:

      When the BBC displeased the Labour dictators the top men were held responsible and resigned. Do the country and the Labour party a favour Gordon RESIGN; be honourable for the first time in your disasterous career.

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    Chris Paul's knob cheese says:

    Sorry seems to be the hardest word.

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      Nah – ‘My Way’ is more apt ;o)

      And now, the end is near;
      And so I face the final curtain.
      My friend, I’ve known no smears,
      Being found out, is really hurting.

      Ive lived a life thats full.
      Full of shit, lived in a sly way;
      And more, much more than this,
      I did it my way.

      Regrets, Ive had a few;
      But then again, too few to mention.
      I did what I had to do
      And I’ve conned a massive pension.

      I planned each bloody lie;
      Each bloody farce along the byway,
      But more, much more than this,
      I did it my way.

      Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew
      When I bit off more than I could chew.
      But through it all, when there was doubt,
      I sold the gold, my country out.
      I hid it all and leant on Balls;
      And did it my way.

      Ive pissed, Ive smeared and lied.
      Ive had my fill; my share of losing.
      And now, as tears subside,
      I find that there is no excusing.

      To think I did all that;
      And may I say – not in a shy way,
      No, it wasnae me,
      I did it my way.

      For what is a man, what has he got?
      A pissy crotch, a nose of snot.
      To hide the things he truly feels;
      And keep it hid, those boys who kneel.
      The record shows I took the blows –
      Or that’s what it should say!

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    I regret getting found out. Feel my pain and feel sorry for me, I am a victim

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  11. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Brown is a turd.

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  12. 14
    Anonymous says:

    for the past 12 years?

    * apparently brown now wants to tighten the code on special advisers in the light of smeargate. is this supposed to make everything ok? they just don’t get it do they?
    * was I dreaming that I saw footage of Draper sobbing that the smear emails were for private consumption. in the week the government he supports put through laws making all our emails public. they just don’t get it do they?

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  13. 15
    Jonathan Cook says:

    Guido – amazing – not only have you blown the wheels from Gordon’s vile spin machine, but you have even extracted an apology from Gordon Brown!

    Could you maybe ask him if he’ll apologise for promising to end boom and bust and also wrecking our nations finances for a generation?

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  14. 16
    Anonymous says:

    have you written the bit above with invisible ink guido?

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    Maguire-hater says:

    It didn’t say “regret” mate – an important detail…….

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    Alan Johnson THE man in a grey suit says:

    What a loopy loser.

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    Mister Jabberwock says:

    As your co-religionist said

    A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.

    G K Chesterton

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    Chalcedon says:

    Of course it’s much easier to write personal platitudes of regret than apologise publicly. It’s another side of he PR/damagelimitation/spinning coin. Dr Goebbels would be so proud. This is textbook stuff.

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      Die Labour says:

      His chief spinners would’ve written the letters. He’d not be able to carry off an oral apology convincingly.

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    unemployed tory says:

    The only regret he has is being caught

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    BrianSJ says:

    Red Box at

    http://timesonline.typepad.com/politics/2009/04/gordon-brown-open-letter-about-mcbride.html

    has an open letter from Gordon Brown about McBride. Pretty pathetic stuff. If we had had a competition to write such a letter, he’d have come third.
    (repeat from previous thread but relevant to this one).

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      justoneglass says:

      We know he can’t run a country, but it now looks like he can’t do carriage returns properly either.

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    Anon says:

    Regret??? Why can’t he just apologise and say he is sorry for the actions of people working in the office of the prime minister! what a complete arse wipe Brown is, the stupid git knows exactly that it was this sort of thing McBride and those like him in 10 Downing street do. A pox on his house.

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    A canny Solicitor says:

    Someone should explain the law of vicarious liability to Gordon Brown. As McBride’s employer he is liable for acts carried out in the course of McBride’s employment and which have a close enough connection to his duties. I wonder if any of those libel led will have the cojones to sue?

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      StrongholdBarricades says:

      and there is the truth

      deflect from further damaging court sessions, and the Met visiting No10

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      BrianSJ says:

      His responsibilities are clear in the code (posted by OH).

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      Argie says:

      Here (again) are extracts from the relevant codes.

      Paragraph 6 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers says,

      “Special Advisers should not use official resources for Party political activity. … They should avoid anything which might reasonably lead to the criticism that people paid from public funds are being used for party political purposes.”

      OK, McBride was in clear breach. But who else is responsible? Paragraph 3.3 of the Ministerial Code has the answer:

      “The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment.”

      Seems clear enough – it’s Gordo.

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      Argie says:

      Here (again) are extracts from the relevant codes.

      Paragraph 6 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers says,

      “Special Advisers should not use official resources for Party political activity. … They should avoid anything which might reasonably lead to the criticism that people paid from public funds are being used for party political purposes.”

      OK, McBride was in clear breach. But who else is responsible? Paragraph 3.3 of the Ministerial Code has the answer:

      “The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment.”

      Seems clear – it’s Gordo.

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        Argie says:

        Apologies for double posting – but worth repeating.

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        Anonymous says:

        Its a great shame you are only looking at the goings on in parliament, which of course is great and more power to your elbow, but, para 6 would of course apply outside in the bigger world of MPs in their constituency.

        Perhaps if you have a few spare minutes ha ha you might like to delve into the murky depths of what is happening in Tower Hamlets or even another close by East London borough.

        Dirt its like trying to swim through a swamp

        del boy

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    • 121
      Anonymous says:

      In practice the Third Reich model of “working towards the fuehrer” probably applies to Brown’s (also Blair) relationship with his inner circle. No direct commands in writing, nods and winks as to direction, trusted flunkeys left to get on with it. It never exonerated Hitler and it won’t exonerate Brown other.

      From wiki …..
      Kershaw disagrees with Mommsen’s “Weak Dictator” thesis: the idea that Hitler was a relatively unimportant player in the Third Reich. However, he has agreed with his idea that Hitler did not play much of a role in the day-to-day administration of Nazi Germany. Kershaw’s way of explaining this paradox is his theory of “Working Towards the Führer”, the phrase being taken from a 1934 speech by the Prussian civil servant Werner Willikens.[19] Kershaw has argued that in Nazi Germany, officials of both the German state and Party bureaucracy usually took the initiative in beginning policy to meet Hitler’s perceived wishes, or alternatively attempted to turn into policy Hitler’s often loosely and indistinctly phrased wishes.[19] Though Kershaw does agree that Hitler possessed the powers that the “Master of the Third Reich” thesis championed by Norman Rich and Karl Dietrich Bracher would suggest, Kershaw has argued that Hitler was a “Lazy Dictator”; an indifferent dictator who really did not have the interest to involve himself much in the daily running of Nazi Germany.[20] The only exceptions were the areas of foreign policy and military decisions, both areas that Hitler increasingly involved himself in from the late 1930s.[20]

      Thus, for Kershaw Nazi Germany was both a monocracy (rule of one) and polycracy (rule of many). Hitler held absolute power but did not choose to exercise it very much; the rival fiefdoms of the Nazi state fought each other and attempted to carry out Hitler’s vaguely worded wishes and dimly defined orders by “Working Towards the Führer”.

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        English Liberation Front says:

        Everything they do is modelled on the Nazis or Stalin.

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        Blastmaster says:

        …….we have long since been a National Socialist state and our magnificent leaders’ performance would have drawn gasps of admiration from Rudolph Hess et al…..

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    HILARIOUS CLINTON says:

    I regret I did “Mis-speak”

    McBride: “I regret I did “mis-type” in those e-mails

    McPrime: “Je regret rien”!!!!!!!

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      Plastic Scouse says:

      That should be ‘ Je ne regrette rien’.

      It is not hilarious to use a foreign language and and get it wrong.

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  24. 28
    Alan Douglas says:

    Gordon should not have to apologise for smear emails emanating from his personal employee and immediate junior McPoison, but New Labour CAN apologise for 300 years ago slavery ? They were of course directly responsible for that !

    Logical.

    Alan Douglas

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    Unsworth says:

    So effing what? Brown ‘regrets’? Jesus wept. He hasn’t the slightest understanding of the untold damage he and his disgusting cohorts have done to this country – and he says he ‘regrets’. Apologies? Never been known.

    This man is a real danger to society and to Britain. He is absolutely toxic – and his apologists are just as evil. He has no morals, no sense, and no dignity. He has impoverished this nation and made it a laughing stock throughout the world. It is time he called a General Election.

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    anon126 says:

    the fact Brown is reacting to events rather than taking the initiative just shows he has lost control of the story. Very dangerous for him and labour.

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    British walls for British Nokias says:

    Sorry seems to be the hardest word

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    Johnny Cotton says:

    Regrets? I’ve had a few

    But then again – too few to mention

    I did, what I had to do I smeared them all

    In socialist condescension

    I’ve lived a life that’s full being on the public payroll

    But more, much more than this, I ate my own bogies

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  29. 36
    Gordon McBrown says:

    I regret that the election will be canceled due to lack of interest (by me), the credit crunch which started in America, and a terrorist attack which has yet to be arranged.

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    Derek Draper's left nut says:

    How will he apologise to the gay MP (who hasn’t been named)?

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  31. 38
    Anonymous says:

    SS Crash Gordon must be nearing crush depth.

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    Boudicca says:

    McBride should be prosecuted for Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Office – a Criminal Offence. He was a Civil Servant, paid by taxpayers. Just allowing him to resign is not good enough. He used Govt. time, equipment, email account to write and spread malicious and libellous material that was intended for the public domain. He should be prosecuted.

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      No shit Dick Tracey says:

      The Malfeasance charge could come unstuck with the kind of slick lawyers used by political parties.

      Is there not also an act of felony called Misfeasance which would be incontestible and guaranteed of success.

      We don’t really want another of those “unlikely prospect of conviction” statements from the Metropolitan Police, do we?

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        I've shagged Darling's eyebrows says:

        This must be done by one of the people mentioned in the emails.

        The constituent elements of the tort of misfeasance are as follows:

        That the act or conduct has been committed by a public officer.
        The act or conduct must have been done by him in the purported exercise of his power as a public officer.
        That the act or conduct must have been done either:
        maliciously; or
        knowing that the impugned act or conduct is invalid/unauthorised and knowing that it will probably injure the claimant.
        The act or conduct must cause loss or harm to the claimant.

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    • 67
      Rob says:

      Could not agree more – If what he did is not a sacking offence what the hell is?

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      JackDoff says:

      Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Office ???

      IS THAT A SPELLING ERROR

      SHOULD IT BE ” MUCH FECES” IN PUBLIC OFFICE

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    Sam Francisco says:

    Superb post over at the Grauniad’s “Comment Is Free” on Ashley’s piece.

    This one is for you Harman_Pride:

    “DeeDee99
    13 Apr 09, 3:08pm (about 2 hours ago)

    I’m a Civil Servant – and so was McBride. He was paid by the UK taxpayers, like me. We were both required (presumably) to sign the Civil Service Code. He broke it.

    Not only did he break the Civil Service Code, it appears he has also committed the CRIMINAL offence of Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Service. He used Government time, equipment and his email account to write malicious and libellous emails about members of Her Majesty’s Opposition, which he then sent to a colleague in the Labour Party with the intention that they be placed in the public domain. The fact that they weren’t published on RedRag is immaterial. It was Conspiracy to commit libel. He did it on behalf of the Labour Party (if not the Prime Minister, although that beggars belief).

    Tom Watson is Her Majesty’s Minister for the Civil Service (not Gordon Brown’s). He is therefore responsible to the Queen for McBride’s conduct. It is not sufficient that McBride has resigned. He should be prosecuted. Mr Watson, as the responsible Minister, should be calling in the Police to carry out a thorough investigation and in due course, when the evidence has been gathered, the file should be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. In the meantime, if the evidence is destroyed, an offence will have been committed under the Freedom of Information Act – also prosecutable if you are a Civil Servant.

    Now why hasn’t Mr Watson, or our fine, moral, ‘son of the manse’ Prime Minister acted swiftly to ensure that a Civil Servant who, on the face of it, has committed a criminal offence, is investigated by the Police. Could it be because there are others in the No.10 bunker who are implicated?

    There are thousands of Civil Servants – like me – who are watching this develop and seeing that there is one law for us, and another for the political ‘civil servants’ who do Gordon Brown’s bidding. McBride is a disgrace to the Labour Party – but he is also a disgrace to the Civil Service. Some of us are proud of the jobs we do for the country.

    This doesn’t just bring Labour into disrepute. It brings the Prime Minister and Mr Watson into disrepute. They are Ministers of the Crown. They govern on behalf of Her Majesty. That they appear to be allowing McBride to commit an offence and get away with just his resignation is just …

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH.”

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      Brusselssprout says:

      “Now why hasn’t Mr Watson, or our fine, moral, ’son of the manse’ Prime Minister acted swiftly to ensure that a Civil Servant who, on the face of it, has committed a criminal offence, is investigated by the Police. Could it be because there are others in the No.10 bunker who are implicated?”

      Because McBride knows too much about Mr. Watson and The PM, I guess.

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        RavingMad says:

        A fine response Sam.

        All day the media has been playing the ‘damage limitation’ tune.

        They have the problem that this matter is taking too long to die. Some have called for Brown to act before another day passes, the fear being that something dirty is going on in Downing Street which you highlight the detail.

        It seems the government is happy to just hope this goes away. Obviously it goes straight to Brown and his bunker crew. And now we have this announcement. It just further proves Brown and his motely crew are completely out of touch with the feelings of the nation. They are too concerned with their own positions.

        Brown as PM is further proving what a useless tosser he is. All his talk of values and morality stands for nothing. He should resign and call an election, after putting in place a criminal investigation into what exactly is going on at No10.

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    • 76
      FrogDog says:

      If he’s committed CRIMINAL offence of Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Service then we don’t need Herman Bruun to have him investigated by the policymen. We can all report the crime to our local policymens station and have them investigate McBride and Broom.

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        Ivor Phartparping says:

        You are quite correct as it is also an offence not to report a known crime to the Police. (Anybody who becomes aware of a crime). Some good citizens have tried this in relation to war crimes and have dutifully reported to Met Police.

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    • 89
      StrongholdBarricades says:

      Pursue them to the gates of the law courts

      I’m presuming the letters from Brown are to assuage some of the threat from prosecution.

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    • 122
      Die Labour says:

      We can’t hope for a prosecution this side of a general election because too many in Brown’s bunker could be exposed.

      Brown should bear in mind that the Tories are unlikely to forget that Labour had Jeffery Archer banged up on winning the 1997 election.

      What goes around, comes around.

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      HughJ says:

      Probably for the same reason that no action has been taken against Quick. Bob Quick appears to have commited an offence contrary to the Official Secrets Act. The Act does not just cover deliberately disclosing information but also includes the duty to safeguard any document in his possession.
      OSA 1989 Chap 6 Section 8 states that “Where a crown servant, by virtue of his position has in his possesion or under his control any document which it would be an offence to disclose without lawful authority he is GUILTY of an offence if :-he fails to take such care to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of the document or article as a person in his position may reasonably be expected to take”.
      Probably knows to many embarrassing details about the arrest of Damian Green and subsequent searches.

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      Blastmaster says:

      ..it is beholden on any person who believes that a criminal offence has been committed not only to report it, but demand that action be taken…..

      ..come on folks..start bombarding the Chief Constable with complaints……

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      imbehindyou says:

      McBride should be prosecuted and lose his pension.

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  34. 43
    Anonymous says:

    I have a couple of songs in my head right now – folks singing about sorry being the hardest word and too little too late.

    The only letter Broon should be writing is to HM The Queen resigning.

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    • 57
      anonymous says:

      What about this one ?

      “And now the end is near
      And so I face the final curtain
      My friend I’ll say it clear
      I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
      Regrets I’ve had a few
      But then again too few to mention
      I did what I had to do
      And saw it through without exemption”

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    • 92
      Mr Farmer says:

      Deer ur majesty,
      i hate myself and i want to die
      i just want to go away and play with the little animals and mr farmer on my farmy farm
      i am very sorry i was norty
      luv from
      Gordy

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  35. 45
    Jacqui five bellies says:

    I bet those letters started in America……

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  36. 46
    SRJ says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I am writing to inform you that I am full of remorse and contrite fter learning of my senior staff at Number 10 and the smears that were manufactured in the Number 10 smear factory.

    I have to tell you I regret that we were caught red-handed.

    My boys will be after Guido to even things up a bit.

    Yours faithfully,

    G. Brown

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  37. 48
    Oliver Cromwell says:

    Yeah, right. Regret that he got caught.

    If the One Eyed Stiff One and his Cabinet are admitting that they haven’t a clue what OESO’s closest aides (MacBride with a little help from Del Boy) were up to then it shows how much he is out of touch with his out of control administration.

    The OESO is so busy saving the world, he just hasn’t had the time to save his government from utter meltdown.

    As my famous forebear once said:

    ” In the name of God, go!”

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  38. 50
    Anonymous says:

    tessoftheblogurvillessays, looks as if the same old brotherhood are running the show

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  39. 55
    Cleethorpes Rock says:

    I regret that your son died so we had to put JamRag on hold, leaving Guido enough time to regretfully get hold of the regretful e-mails, which I regret.

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  40. 56
    Anonymous says:

    How snyde can a Prime Minister get to keep his job.

    Hope you have spoiled his Easter, Guido.

    He, his advisers and this government are destroying faith in British politics, the sooner the BBC realises the damage they are doing and starts to report the unbiased truth the better.

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  41. 60
    McKay says:

    I’m sure it’ll turnout that there were no rules against it.

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  42. 62
    anon126 says:

    as I say elsewhere ( http://anon126.blogspot.com/2009/04/brown-sends-letter-does-not-apologise.html ), Brown does not say that the libels were lies, only ‘unsubstantiated’. He simply cannot stop smearing can he!

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    • 68
      Papasmurf says:

      And he says “and I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system.”

      General Election?

      General Election!!!!!!!!

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    • 158
      Aberdeen Angus McDayie says:

      ‘unsubstantiated’ – implies he wishes they were substantiated. It’s language like this that encourages parasites swilling around McWedontdosorry to bring about their Master’s pleasure.

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    • 258
      Anonymous says:

      Gordon regrets the affect on the “reputation of our politics” not that innocent people could have been slandered.

      “Any activity such as this that affects the reputation of our politics is a matter of great regret to me and I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system.”

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    • 294
      imbehindyou says:

      This is a reply written by the vipers in Downing Street. One gone but still a nest of poison remains.

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  43. 63
    ExPat says:

    This story seems surprisingly low on the BBC website’s list of priorities given the seeming importance. I have tactically left the country to live abroad, and was wondering if it was being broadcast across the airwaves at all?

    Another question – has the English language changed since I have left? Does the word “unsubstantiated” now carry the same definition as the word “false”, or does the PM believe (like that Mirror journalist) that there may be substance to these allegations.

    Regards.

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    • 298
      imbehindyou says:

      I had noticed the BBC were lying low on this one. No Have your Say on this issue. Too hot to handle perhaps.

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  44. 65
    Boombastic says:

    Just say sorry, put your hands up Gordoom and then maybe the story will start to die off. Any half arsed adviser would advise you to do that now you’ve lost control of the media.

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  45. 70
    Geo says:

    Stick a lie detector on him … always wanted to see one of those things explode!

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  46. 72
    Hysteria says:

    And for those who have not seen it yet – more from the bunker…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNrBqrNhdGU

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  47. 73
    Nipper says:

    As the smears were to be made public, the letters of apology should be as well – let the punishment fit the crime!The taxpayer is also owed a fulsome public apology – from Brown.

    Also, this is all post hoc – the dirty deed is already done. Another piece of bottling and dithering from the great ItWasNaeMe in chief.

    Not enough. Excellent – he’s Hezza!! Must go. (Sky describes Brown’s actions as a ‘move’ not an ‘ apology’!

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  48. 77
    Chuck Berry says:

    On PM ZanuLiebour apologist Carolyn Quim sounded desperate trying to get Nadine Dorries to “draw a line under the affair with Gordon Brown”. ND hadn’t even seen or received the letter but Quim knew the contents!

    WTF cubed!!

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  49. 79
    Eric Blair says:

    I’m confused

    McPoison resigned.

    Adonis said that action was taken, presumably, therefore, not by McPoison.

    It cannot be both.

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  50. 80
    Pip says:

    Brown is clearly deranged.
    That letter is no apology – reading it made me feel sick.
    It was the end part of the letter – I’m a pretty straight sort of guy/son of the manse bit.
    He is off his rocker and he is a laughing stock – finished, done for, toast, a has-been that never was anyway, a demented moron who puts his hands over his face and believes we can’t see him. A disgrace, a shame on our country, chief polt of poltroons, the puss in an abscess.
    Actually, that puss bit was horrible and now I feel even sicker. Scrap that.
    Now that he is finished – now they have plundered the country and can stuff their expenses unhindered for the next 12 months – he will change the rules just before he leaves the stage and the next lot come in.

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  51. 81
    Nipper says:

    Sorry – meant to write – Here’s Hezza (oops)

    “Trying to slam the political door when a whole herd of horses have bolted!” Go Hezza! Calling Brown’s bluff by suggesting he dispense with SpAds altogether.

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  52. 82
    down like the bismarck says:

    1. Gordon Brown writes letters of apology to victims.
    2. Victims employ said letters as loo paper.
    3. Step 2 fails. Wipes on more than it wipes off.

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  53. 83
    Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry……. not

    I know where the card came from:

    http://comics.com/f_minus/2009-03-08/

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  54. 84
    Humpty-Dumpty says:

    Interesting part of Brown’s letter is that NOWHERE in it does he say that HE didn’t know, he just speaks about other ministers and advisors. Clever, no?

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    • 103
      Anonymous says:

      The letter is a smokescreen, the redrag site is the big bit, did he know about the site, well did he??? answer me man

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  55. 85
    So17 says:

    Letters of regret. If only we the hounded taxpaying public could do such things and simply move on.
    I can never understand why a bus driver on 20k who drives negligantly and maybe kills a couple of people ends up in prison.
    A politician or public servant on megabucks fucks up kills thousands gets a peerage/knighthood and a fat pension.

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  56. 88
    anonymous says:

    Dear Mr Cameron

    I am writing to assure you that it is to be regretted that these E-Mails which were never intended for public dissemination and were in fact sent between one or two juvenile people messing around “amongst mates” have found their way into the national press and media

    As you are aware I am working tirelessly for the British People and Nation and I very much regret having been deflected from this important work at this crucial time in our Nation’s affairs.

    I feel sure that you will wish to know that I have determined to strengthen the code of conduct relating to Special Advisors and I am sure you will wish to add your support to this action in connection with your own advisors as well.

    I am sure that you will agree that this affair does politics and politicians in all parties no good and I am confident you will agree that it is time to move this on.

    Yours sincerely

    (Dictated by the Prime Minister and signed in his absence by )

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  57. 89
    Polly Toynbee says:

    If this blog had gone ahead, Gordon Brown would have discovered that those in his bunker had made fabricated stories and would have fired them. Yes, of course he would…

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  58. 94
    Gordon's letter-writing machine says:

    Dear Mrs Dorries

    I am writing to you because I wish to get the press off my back and offer my personal apologies for what I didn’t do and have no knowledge of. To say that Draper is for the mincer when he gets back from his holidays is the understatement of the century. I hope you will accept a bite of the hamburger I am going to make of him — do you like onions, and should I hold the relish?

    As for the “portly vulture” (copyright Mrs A. Marr, who was obviously not in Damian’s loopette), rest assured that he will be severely punished, as follows: he will be redeployed elsewhere in my team with an enhanced salary, he will receive a 15% increase in his index-linked pension, and he will also receive an ex gratia payment of £800,000 to compensate him for his hurt feelings and to keep him in Carling Black Label for the next three weeks.

    In closing may I say that, were I a heterosexual, I might knock one out over that milfy pic of you in the Mail?

    I hope we can now all draw a line under this and move on. Lessons have been learned and the issues have been addressed.

    If I can be of any further help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Yours ever so sincerely

    Gordon Brown

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  59. 97
    Anonymous says:

    I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of rising authoritainaism, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of Her Majesty’s people-every man of them. That is the will of the Internets and the nation.

    The British Internets and the American Internets, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native information, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

    Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the stasi and all the odious apparatus of authoritarian rule, we shall not flag or fail.

    We shall go on to the end, we shall fight on the Internets,
    we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
    we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our freedom, whatever the cost may be,
    we shall fight in the blogs,
    we shall fight on the databases,
    we shall fight in the banks and in the credit reference agencies,
    we shall fight in the courts and the voting booths;
    we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Internet or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our freinds beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the cyrotography, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New media, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

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  60. 98
    Harvey Hawley Crippen MD says:

    Dolly Draper has left the planet.

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    • 104
      Anton says:

      Kate….Kate Darling….he’s gone! I can make an honest woman of you!

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    • 159
      Inspector Knacker of the Yard says:

      Yes, my lads have been tailing him, this “Dolly” Draper. A regular diamond geezer, in street parlance.

      The said Dolly Draper, aka Del Boy left the Neasdenarama Mall at about 11am and proceeded along Tesco Way. Soon after, Mr Del Boy was seen stamping his feet on McGuire Way and then he loitered for a short time at the Polly Toynbee Hair is Us depilitation salon.

      After that he spent a short time talking to a red faced gentleman of large proportions – aka as McBrideswell. (Note: We then had to depart for ten hours of Diversity Training at the Dog & Duck billiards room).

      Later that day, at about 9pm Officers Crusham and Basham regained sight of the man known as Del Boy walking hurriedly past the Blair Legacy Bingo Halls just prior his being seen jumping on a Bendy Bus.

      We made after him on our Virgin sponsored PPP bicycles and last saw him entering into No 10 Downing A Pint Pub with a suspicious looking Scottish gentleman, known as McCavity – our Prime suspect…..

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  61. 106
    Man from Medellin says:

    Still no Have Your Say on this on the BBC website

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    • 111
      The BBC - it's what we do says:

      Nor is there ever likely to be either !!!

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    • 117
      Anonymous says:

      They haven’t changed it in a while, probably because of Easter. They probably don’t want to pay time and a half to the guy who thinks up the paragraph at the top of a HYS

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  62. 110
    Anonymous says:

    The best bit of all this is that Nadine Dorries, should she wish to break the habit of a life time, and live with her Catholic guilt, be able to shag anyone she wants in the Tory Party for at least a year or two, and get away with it !!!

    You might as well be be hung for a sheep as a lamb…

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  63. 112
    Jacqui five bellies says:

    Dorries should throw her shoes at McNokia at the next PMQ’s. The BBC seem to like that sort of thing. Oh hang on only when it’s a right wing US President and not a barking mad deranged one eyed twat.

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  64. 113
    Phil says:

    Thugs and bullies don’t apologise. They can only justify their actions. Gordon Brown’s thugs and their divisive politics operate everywhere in this country; they are omnipresent. They even operate in places like Oxfam’s head office in Oxford where you have to show off your Labour credentials to be noticed and taken seriously. Shriti Vadera, a quintessential Brown thug, bullied Oxfam frequently when she was his special adviser at the Treasury and later a junior minister with DFID, so much so that draft Oxfam press releases on international aid or African debt, would be sent to her for her approval before they were released to the public. Another Brown thug is an ex-Oxfam manager and the current 10 Downing St communications manager, Justin Forsyth, who I am told frequently phones Oxfam’s CEO, Barbara Stocking and others, to tell them what sorts of events Oxfam should arrange to bolster the Government’s image (for which Stocking was appointed a DBE recently). Many of the ideas for Oxfam climate change and make trade fair campaigns activities originate in Downing Street, not in Oxfam. Yet another Brown thug, Labour Councillor and blogger, Antonia Bance, runs Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme and uses Oxfam for her own personal ends with teh agreement of her bosses. Stephen Doughty, a Labour ideologue and till recently head of Oxfam’s “Government Targets” Team in Oxford has just been recruited by Douglas Alexander to be DFID Special Adviser….The list is long….I am sorry to say but the Labour government has corrupted many institutions in this country by its over-bearing behaviour, and even sorrier to say that many of these institutions have willingly become corrupted, as their spineless managers and senior personnel are angling for jobs with the Labour Government. It is an awful state of affairs and requires urgent redressal.

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    • 209
      Peter Grimes says:

      Well hasn’t Fat McDoom just agreed to reward these charities with a bit more cash so that they can issue propaganda against the Tories?

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    • 210
      Anonymous says:

      One way is for all people who find Labours/Oxfams behaviour abhorrent to refuse to donate a penny to Oxfam & boycott their charity shops. With no money coming in Oxfam will need to do a quick re-think.

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  65. 114
    Bradstor says:

    who cares? This is the biggest non-story of the year. It’s what politicians do. They’ve done it in the past, they’ll do it in the future

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    • 118
      Jumbo says:

      Fuck off back under a rock

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    • 120
      Jacqui five bellies says:

      Bollocks. Liebour have spent 12 years lying and smearing anyone who opposes them. We have hundreds of dead soldiers and thousands of injured ones thanks to stnuc like the fat one eyed wanker from Scotland. In fact the hundreds of wankers from Scotland that infest Westminster.

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      • 147
        Anonymous says:

        The fat one eyed north Briton you mean.
        Brown the unionist clown is in love with the southern Britons he loves Englands westmonster and just like your ignorant racist self he hates Scotland with a passion and rips the piss out of the middle englunder idiots who vote nu liebour.
        England is nothing without Scotland proping it up, thats why your mob are shit scared of Scotland being independent.

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      • 164
        Inspector Knacker of the Yard says:

        Don’t you mean the One Eyed Stiff One (aka Dick Head)?

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    • 163
      anonymous says:

      Ten out of Ten for effort. Non-story ? Er I think Brown’s “success” at the G20 probably wins over “Smeargate” for a non-story

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      • 460
        Tonspiracy Cheorist says:

        @ Anon (141):

        Some of us English types would happily welcome Scottish independence as the best, indeed ultimate answer to the West Lothian Question.

        Many of us are NOT shit-scared of Scottish independence. Just make sure you close the door on your way out, ok?

        Luv,

        TC

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    • 244
      English Liberation Front says:

      “Who cares?” A somewhat stupid question considering the hundreds of comments on this and many other blogs covering the subject. You, of course, Inferior Private Bradstor, are the only little soldier marching in step.

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  66. 116
    One-eyed snotgobbling nutter says:

    The smearing of politicians is a global problem, and requires a global solution. Hard working familes….this will not affect the pound in your pocket….crisis what crisis….there will be no whitewash in the shitehouse….nurse…nurse! The tablets!

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  68. 126
    Anonymous says:

    Did you get copies yet? ;o)

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  69. 127

    An apology is what’s needed but I don’t think this will cut it; it’s got to be public surely?

    David T Breaker
    http://www.newsjunction.co.uk

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  70. 130
    Agent 99 says:

    Well, inbetween all the great fun we are having this weekend here’s just a little light humour for the intermission

    Playstation 2 “Grand Theft Auto” Somalian version

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  71. 131
    Enjoying every minute of this says:

    I had to laugh at this –

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/5149344/Gordon-Brown-no-ministers-involved-in-email-scandal.html

    So what about Tom Watson then?

    “In his letter, Mr Brown told Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus he had been “assured that no minister and no political adviser other than the person involved had any knowledge of or involvement in these private emails that are the subject of current discussion””

    Is he not a minister and member of the cabinet then.

    What a hoon

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  72. 134
    Humpty-Dumpty says:

    According to Sky, Cameron unhappy that Brown talks of unsubstantiated rumours, rather than lies.

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  73. 136
    Anonymous says:

    Guido, did you tell the BBC to stop referring to you as right-wing or “a conservative blogger”? I’ve seen a couple examples of them now using more neutral terms such as “anti-politics” in this report.

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  74. 136
    Pip says:

    Apparently the disgusting Brown in his letters to the smeared, uses the expression “unsubstantiated claims” instead of lies/smears/slurs. What a complete ignorant moron.

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  75. 140
    Anonymous says:

    Freaky double numbering on 131!

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  76. 141
    JUSTIN says:

    Interesting. Brown says in his letter to the Cabinet Secretary that such behaviour has no part to play in the public life of our country, and that official resources should not in future be used for party political purposes. He does not say such behaviour has no part to play in the tactics of the Labour Party, or that Labour Party resources should not be used for such tactics. So he just plans to move the dirty tricks to Labour HQ.

    Also interesting is that he sends out “personal” letters and then publicises the fact he has sent them, and effectively discloses their content in a letter to the Cabinet Secretary.

    All this is of course an attempt to neutralise the scandal before the next PM’s Questions – and to avoid a full debate.

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  77. 142
    governmentarewatching says:

    The sooner we get to the bottom of this and shake out the feeders at the end of the food chain of politics, the sooner we may be able to get the country back on it’s feet.

    Gordon Brown seems to base his strategy on Britain being the victim of world circumstance when it’s totally clear to everyone except perhaps comrade Obama that this all happened on his watch and is at least in part due to his formula for regulation.

    Dolly should get into some long term treatment with a psychotherapist, all of the Labour spin doctors are only delaying the inevitable.

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  78. 144
    Glauca says:

    From a comment in the CIF:

    It is established that the first email was sent on Monday, 16th February. The odious Draper (psychotherapist !??!!) replies “Absolutely brilliant Damian. I’ll think about timing and sort out the technology this week so we can go as soon as possible”. Not, we may note, “Sheesh, Damian, this is juvenile and inappropriate; we can’t probably run with this. Oh, and I’ll dump the website RedRag that’s been created especially as the vehicle for these proposed smears”. Read also the article to be found in today’s Guardian article, McBride and Draper emails: Gents, a few ideas. It is the specifics of the parties involved in respect of ideas and tactics, along with copying list, which are horribly convincing regarding intention. No ‘floating of ideas’ here. Draper says he’ll sort out the timing and technology

    “this week”

    , so that’s the week Monday, 16th-22nd February. Sadly, Ivan Cameron dies on 25th February. Not even McBride or Draper can slag off Cameron or his wife, nor anyone else for that matter, now. Things have to be put to bed for a while. Let things settle. That’s why no emails are deleted. We can come back to all this later, at an ‘appropriate’ time.

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  79. 145
    Dolly Mixedup says:

    wikipedia

    Regret is an intelligent (and/or emotional) dislike for personal past acts and behaviors. Regret is often felt when someone feels sadness, shame, embarrassment, depression or guilt after committing an action or actions that the person later wishes that he or she had not done. Regret is distinct from guilt, which is a deeply emotional form of regret — one which may be difficult to comprehend in an objective or conceptual way. In this regard, the concept of regret is subordinate to guilt in terms of its “emotional power.” By comparison, shame typically refers to the social (rather than personal) aspect of guilt or (in minor context) regret as imposed by the society or culture (enforcement of ethics, morality), which has substantial bearing in matters of (personal and social) honor.

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  80. 149
    johnny come lately says:

    I note in Browns letter he accepted McBride’s resignation. Nowhere does he state that he will never be employed by his government again!!

    He can never say SORRY! Typical Brown. He obviously thinks this will go away now. Everyone will believe the son of the manse!!
    R O N G!

    Dear Gus

    I am writing about the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, and the proposals I want to make to tighten this up.

    I am assured that no Minister and no political adviser other than the person involved had any knowledge of or involvement in these private emails that are the subject of current discussion, and I have already taken responsibility for acting on this – first by accepting Mr McBride’s resignation and by making it clear to all concerned that such actions have no part to play in the public life of our country. I have also written personally to all those who were subject to these unsubstantiated claims.

    Mr McBride has apologised and done so unreservedly. But it is also important to make sure such behaviour does not happen again. Any activity such as this that affects the reputation of our politics is a matter of great regret to me and I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system.

    I would therefore now like a more explicit assurance included in the special advisers Code of Conduct that not only are the highest standards expected of political advisers but that the preparation or dissemination of inappropriate material or personal attacks have no part to play in the job of being a special adviser, just as it has no part to play in the conduct of all our public life.

    I also think it right to make it a part of the special advisers contract by asking our political advisers to sign such an assurance and to recognise that if they are ever found to be preparing and disseminating inappropriate material they will automatically lose their jobs.

    I think you will agree that all of us in public life have a responsibility to ensure that those we employ and who are in involved in our parties observe the highest standards.

    Like the overwhelming majority of figures in public life across the political spectrum, I entered politics because of a sense of public duty and to improve the lives and opportunities of those less fortunate than me. My undivided focus as Prime Minister is on acting to make Britain a fairer, safer and more prosperous nation and, in particular, on guiding the country through the current economic difficulties. The public would expect no less and would also expect the highest possible standards from all their politicians and all those who work for them.

    Yours sincerely

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    • 186
      Biffa says:

      He mentions his undivided focus.

      Is that because he only has one eye?

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    • 198
      Dolly Mixedup says:

      Dear Gordon

      You write, “The public would expect no less and would also expect the highest possible standards from all their politicians and all those who work for them.”

      What The public have actually come to expect from Gordon Brown and New Labour is incompetence, greed, waste, sleeze and the lowest standard of behavior in any particular circumstance.

      Yours sincerely

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  81. 150

    So still no apology then ?

    What about the other untruths that are spun from No 10 or by Brown ? See what Labour said about 2005 Conservative spending plans and Boris’s plans during the mayoral election.

    Like the commentators above – I think he’s just sorry for the bad publicity and getting caught.

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  82. 152
    Billy the Bob says:

    Fuck….. this really must be bad if he is giving an apology!! oops it is not an apology it is an act of regret at having been caught out….. just about sums up the corrupt b*stards!!

    hmmmm sounds much more like it……!!!!

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    • 154
      anonybot says:

      I agree somewhat short of “an apology” methinks !!! Just the usual self-serving mendacity and obfustication one has gotten used to from Brown – both when he was Chancellor and now Prime Minister

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      • 270
        Anonymous says:

        Notice Gordon regrets the affect on the “reputation of our politics” – not that people were slandered.

        “Any activity such as this that affects the reputation of our politics is a matter of great regret to me and I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system.”

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  83. 160
    Humpty-Dumpty says:

    Hmmm……..who is a close personal friend of Gordo and his Mrs, so close that Mrs Gordo has him on speed dial……….this same person has extensive experience of editing popular MSM outlets in the past…………the wording of the letter to Gus O’Donnell has, in my view, this same person’s fingerprints all over it.

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  84. 161
    Anonymous says:

    ‘I entered politics ……….. to improve the lives and opportunities of those less fortunate than me.

    We are from the government, we are here to help you.

    The most terrifying words in the English language.

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  85. 162
    Half eyed Scottish idiot says:

    He really is like a little kid refusing to say sorry.

    He’ll use every excuse under the sun to avoid it – I did not do it, it was not my fault, I did not know about it, little Tommy made me do it.

    Please Mummy don’t make me say sorry!

    An expression of regret is no more an apology than regretting that Raith Rovers lost again.

    Why can’t he just be a man, stand up and say “I’m sorry, we cocked up here”
    I expect Psychologists have a term for this but he clearly has a part of his psyche that has not grown up from childhood.

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    • 171
      Humpty-Dumpty says:

      No, it wasn’t little Tommy that made him do it – it was big boys on bikes.

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    • 173
      anonymous says:

      Don’t knock his inability to say sorry(about anything) – it’s what will win the election for the Conservatives !!!!

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    • 174
      Anonymous says:

      The man simply does not understand the mess he’s in – or maybe he does- every last syllable has ‘plausible deniability’ written all the way through it.

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  86. 167
    Gordon Brown (an apology for a human being) says:

    I would just like to take this opportunity to express my deep seated moral compass based regret to hard working families in this time of GLOBAL crisis for having taken the entire nation for a bunch of Hoons
    British Hoons
    *Jaw drops*
    None of it is my fault , Its all the fault of that Tramp that I invited (out of a Son Of The Manse based sense of charity) over to lunch at my frugal weekend home, Chequers.
    Mr Speaker ccccccccould I jjjjjjjjust say that at a time when Alkie Aida are threatening to devastate the finances of this country
    This government will take no lessons from the party opposite ,polluted as they are by genital warts, mental illness and Homosexuality
    Mr Speaker *jabs finger*
    The Tories are the do nothing party
    If we left it to them, hard working households such as the Drapers would be out of a job and the country would be over run with disabled tory children.
    And Mr Speaker the Leader of the opposition would unlike myself do his grieving in private and with great dignity and not cry on television
    I am Mr Speaker a dispicable Hoon
    Your expenses are in the post

    McMental
    You are a vile and disgusting creature,
    you surround yourself with the likes of Lord (hahahah) Fondles the bums of rentboys
    Draper
    Two pies Watson
    McGayPride
    And you really think that anybogey is ever going to vote for you again?
    How about a spot of “postal voting” on your back yard?
    ooooooooo my MAIN residence can be in your neck of the woods .
    That gives me an idea
    Beast
    McGayBride

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  87. 170
    Saviour of the World, my arse!! says:



    So the fucker STILL can’t say SORRY!

    And this is the guy poncing about at the sham G20, masquerading as a ‘World Leader’ (sic).

    LaLaLand indeed!

    Pass the bucket!

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    • 179
      The BBC - it's what we do says:

      We now have some “Breaking News and are going live to Washington to the front lawn of White House . We can see in shot – President and Mrs Obama and the “First Children and “First Puppy” as Michelle Obama starts the traditional Easter Egg Hunt complete with Easter Bunny in the background -( well it distracts people from Brown’s Nemesis at home – and we ARE desperate)

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    • 236
      Eric Blair says:

      an apology for an apology

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  88. 175
    Anonymous says:

    I would just like to remind people of the situation regarding Damian Green. The original complaint as stated quite clearly by the Met came from the Cabinet Office. This is the office of the PM and McBride would have been on the very inner circle.

    The Met changed their story very quickly within the hour pretty much and I mentioned it on this blog at the time more than once.

    I’m afaid the ratfucking out of No 10 has been going on a lot longer than we think and Brown must have know and it he says he did not then he should have done.

    Either way he’s fucked.

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  89. 176
    grobdj says:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7997044.stm

    The letter is written in the first person, apart from the line:

    “But it is also important to make sure such behaviour does not happen again.”

    Guilty conscience speaking, perhaps?

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  90. 178

    And still 30% of the British population think McBastard is doing a good job.

    Back fastening jackets required!

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    • 182
      anonymous says:

      Well they are paying their salaries/benefits for them

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    • 233
      Agent 99 says:

      A very interesting point this. It will be a good test after this to see where the polls lie. If they have dropped say no more than a point then we know for sure Labour have reached rock bottom and that the % they have will vote for them come what may.
      The other parties will have to fight the election with that % in mind.

      I hope we see a 3 to 4 point drop. Again if that occurs Labour I feel they are unlikely to regain that ground again and will then be slaughtered at the Euro elections. The outcome of that is the suita will visit and Brown will be gone within the month.

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      • 324
        Avon says:

        Yes, well that has been my reoccurring dream for the last 2 years but each morning I wake up and that fucking one eyed purple veined Hunt is still there.

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      • 352
        john miller says:

        Absolutely, err, 100%, agent 99%…

        I’ve commented over at the Speccie a while ago that the tories need to factor in to their campaigning that they will never, ever get the last 27% of the country to vote for them instead of Liebour.

        They need not try to tailor their policies to be all things to all men, when 27% would vote for a ferret in a flat’at. And a gay ferret at that.

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  91. 180
    A concerned parishioner says:

    If he is going to write to everyone he has smeared or let down he will need a fucking big ink well. I assume he won’t be e mailing anyone today!

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  92. 181
    RavingMad says:

    Cameron and who ever else these regretable letters are posted to should not accept them on the basis that they gloss over the real issues. This would keep the subject in the air for sometime longer and cause Brown and the crew further unease. There is the glimmer of an opportunity to seriously wound New Stassi here.

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  93. 184
    brixton says:

    Guido, we want more!

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    • 196
      Anonymous says:

      Its running out of steam, the great leader has expressed his regret and has another week of recess while the world moves on. Guido should have waited another week

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      • 259
        molesworth_1 says:

        Au contraire, I suspect this was the opening skirmish of a concerted & co-ordinated campaign to ensure Labour are thoroughly routed at the next GE. McBride’s gone, Draper’s been ‘trashed’ (even Prescott’s had a pop at him) & Watson is spinning for all he’s worth. LabourList is fucked & nobody who isn’t interested in this particular blood-sport has heard of ‘GoFourth’ (who advises these people?!).
        There’s another Bank Holiday (i.e. slow news) weekend in three weeks & another at the end of May, so should, perchance, anything unfortunate come out on the Fri. before either or both of these long weekends, Brown is running very short on loyal deputies prepared to bluster, dissemble & spin for him.
        Do not despair brixton, I think there is a fine Spring’s worth of fun ahead.

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      • 276
        scared (no longer) says:

        they are still reporting that there are more damaging emails to come…….you dont think guido would leave at that would you ?

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  94. 187
    Jacqui five bellies says:

    The BBC are pathetic. They are SO DESPERATE to get the Tories to say this is enough and move on. The BBC probably have big plans in place to big up the fat one eyed one.

    But why did McSnot say “unsubstantiated” rather than “lies”? Can’t this fucking jock twat just for once be up front and honest?

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  95. 189
    Dream On says:

    1st officer,where’s the captain Brown ?,mate, he was the first one on the lifeboat,he was rowing away just as the boat hit the iceberg,shouting it started in America and it wasn’e me and nobody tells me anything,1st officer,the boat is sinking,and all we see is pigs flying around the mast.

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  96. 193
    Splashy McKunnt says:

    “In a trick that I learned from my predecessor , can I humbly ap….ap….sa…….APPLE….that I have not the kerridge of my forthcoming convictions….”

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  97. 194
    Gordon Brown (an apology for a human being) says:

    Och
    I shudnae post with out spell checkin
    As my Sainted father used tae say
    “Son you are a complete and utter fuckin Hoon as well as a raving queer with personal hygene issues, but couldn’t yae at least get at least one thing right yae fucktard”

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  98. 195
    Anonymous says:

    GuidoGuido, It’s paintful watching the death throwes of the Labour Government/ et al. Why don’t they just call a GE and fuck off?

    Then Englland can be happy and Scotland can get on with making itself Independent.
    About time too

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  99. 199
  100. 200
    Gordon Brown's conscience says:

    I am very, very sorry. For some years now, I have been pretending to you all that I have values. I recognise now that this was a foolish lie to the British people. I withdraw any suggestion that my morals are anything other than the most despicable.

    If there is one thing I’ve achieved, it was the near-impossible feat of making Tony Blair look like a decent, honest person. Mr McBride has managed the unthinkable: he has made Alastair Campbell seem almost respectable.

    I shall be leaving office tomorrow. Please do not remember me, or mention my name ever again.

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    • 431
      H says:

      I feel so happy you’re going!
      However, you should never be forgotten – if you forget history, you make the same mistakes! (That’s why 1997 happened!)

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    • 462
      Minekiller says:

      Very good comment. it is worth a moment of reflection – how low have we sunk when someone who works / worked for the Prime Minister makes Alistair Campbell look respectable. Jesus wept.

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  101. 201
    RavingMad says:

    Another thing that annoys me….

    As a ‘manager’ I would not accept McBrides letter of resignation. In order to make the point that his behaviour was unacceptable I WOULD SACK HIM and make it be known as such. i would show him ‘who’s the boss’ and require him to immediately leave the premises therby giving a clear signal that there was no chance of a return. This yet again highlights Brown’s poor skills as a manger.

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  102. 202
    Messynessy says:

    Jesus, this is moving fast. I only went out for a couple of hours. Whatever next? Is that one eyed snake slimy or what! If we were nuked tomorrow, I reckon he’d manage to survive!

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  103. 203
    rt. hon.george osborne says:

    I wiped my arse on mine!

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  104. 206
    notlabour says:

    It seems inconceivable that Brown did not know what his spin doctors were up to. These are not junior employees but rather people on six figure salaries. If he did not know what they were doing it is a sign of his incompetemce!!

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  105. 213
    Kerrigan of the yard says:

    Evenin’ all

    I was proceeding in an orderly manner around this blog site, when my attention was drawn to the following newspaper feature.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/how-we-met-derek-draper-and-charlotte-raven-1176183.html

    In it Dolly Draper, is quoted in 1998.

    ‘The second time I was aware of her [Charlotte Raven] was when I was being hounded out of office as the Student Union’s Communications Officer. The forces were against me for various misdemeanors…I was eventually kicked out of the Student Union and went to work in Newcastle as researcher to the Labour MP Nick Brown.’

    Draper, [then] 31, began his political career at Manchester University and went on to be chief researcher to Peter Mandelson MP.

    So, Dolly – a self-confessed founder member of the Hattersley fan club – is kicked out of the SU and goes to work for Nick Brown and then Mandy.

    Recently, Mandy returns, quickly followed by Dolly, who gets some personal support from Hattersley who thinks Dolly has changed for the better.

    Incidentally, in the Independent feature, Dolly says

    ‘So she [Raven] came to visit me [Newcastle] and we started having an affair, a relationship which lasted on and off for about four years. Leaving aside the sexual attraction, we were actually always better at being friends’

    Raven, of course, is famously bi-sexual also having an affair with Julie Birchill while they both at the ‘Modern Review’.

    So what we have here is…

    Dolly- Hattersley-Nick Brown-Mandy and a relationship with a bi-sexual woman.

    Now, can anybody here help me see the underlying pattern here, aside from Dolly’s self-confessed repeat behaviour of misdemeanors followed by job loss….

    Mind how go…

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  106. 217
    Kerrigan of the yard says:

    By remarkable co-incidence – please have a quick look at this….

    http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=48

    ‘A while ago I happened across an exhibit on bisexuality put up by the “Gender Equity Resource Center” on the U.C. Berkeley campus.’

    That’s at Berkeley not in Berkeley

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  108. 220
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC would like to point out that a demonstrator has been shot in Bangkok, and President Obama has taken delivery of a Portugese Water Dog. With such important events to cover, we cannot be expected to dwell on minor, inconsequential spats between political parties.

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  109. 221
    Master Baits. says:

    I really really regret the internet was invented.

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  110. 224
    Raving Loon says:

    Either he did know what was going on (on the grounds that one doesn’t hire spin doctors to trim the hedges), and is thus lying about not knowing, or he did not know, and is thus stark raving mad. Catch 22 situation really.

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  111. 227
    Unsworth says:

    Brown’s letter to Sir Gus O’Donnell is classic evasion. Here’s a response:

    “Dear Gus
    I am writing about the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, and the proposals I want to make to tighten this up.”

    He wants to “tighten this up” Why? So, because of the reprehensible and disgusting actions of his appointee Brown wishes to stop others from doing likewise? Why? Does he suspect that other appointed Political Advisers are doing the same thing? Does he assume they all have the same standards and morality as this McBride?

    ”I am assured that no Minister and no political adviser other than the person involved had any knowledge of or involvement in these private emails that are the subject of current discussion,”

    Note ‘private’, and just whom has ‘assured’ Brown?

    “and I have already taken responsibility for acting on this – first by accepting Mr McBride’s resignation and by making it clear to all concerned that such actions have no part to play in the public life of our country.”

    What does he mean, “accepted” McBride’s resignation? Why was McBride not sacked immediately – assuming that Brown has only just come to understand what his people have been doing in his name?

    “I have also written personally to all those who were subject to these unsubstantiated claims.”

    These are not “claims” they are calumnies, outrageous slurs and lies.

    “Mr McBride has apologised and done so unreservedly.”

    To whom? McBride, far from being apologetic has sought to blame those who have revealed his cess-pit morality.

    “But it is also important to make sure such behaviour does not happen again.”

    Nonsense. Why does Brown believe that others will stoop so low? Does he not understand how appalling his minion’s behaviour has been in the eyes of the world?

    “Any activity such as this that affects the reputation of our politics is a matter
    of great regret to me and I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system.”

    Good grief! So it’s a matter of “great regret” that the reputation of politics has been affected? So what about those defenceless souls whose personal reputations are mired by his people’s action? It’s the usual nonsense about ‘the system’ being at fault. It’s nothing to do with ‘the system’ and everything to do with the loathsome culture adopted and encouraged by Brown himself.

    “I would therefore now like a more explicit assurance included in the special advisers Code of Conduct that not only are the highest standards expected of political advisers but that the preparation or dissemination of inappropriate material or personal attacks have no part to play in the job of being a special adviser, just as it has no part to play in the conduct of all our public life.”

    Why does this buffoon believe that such assurances – even if it were possible to give them, will make the slightest difference to the behaviour of his henchmen?

    “I also think it right to make it a part of the special advisers contract by asking our political advisers to sign such an assurance and to recognise that if they are ever found to be preparing and disseminating inappropriate material they will automatically lose their jobs.”

    And that is why he has ‘accepted’ the ‘resignation’ of McBride? Note the weasel ‘if they are found’, and how does he think things will happen ‘automatically’. Clearly he’s unaware of the myriad employment protection laws.

    “I think you will agree that all of us in public life have a responsibility to ensure that those we employ and who are in involved in our parties observe the highest standards.”

    Motherhood and apple pie. Who could possibly disagree? But that’s not the point. The question is why, under his regime and control, such standards have disappeared from public life.

    “Like the overwhelming majority of figures in public life across the political spectrum, I entered politics because of a sense of public duty and to improve the lives and opportunities of those less fortunate than me.”

    This is an admission of abject failure. What he entered politics to achieve has eluded him entirely.

    “My undivided focus as Prime Minister is on acting to make Britain a fairer, safer and more prosperous nation and, in particular, on guiding the country through the current economic difficulties.”

    That is as it should be. However it is not “fairer, safer and more prosperous”. In fact it is quite the opposite in all three respects. This merely emphasises his own incompetence and mendacity.

    “The public would expect no less and would also expect the highest possible standards from all their politicians and all those who work for them.”

    Indeed they do. Just when does he propose to start exhibiting them?

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  112. 230
    Eddie says:

    Brown has issued letters of regret, but has not apologised.

    However the Ministerial Code, to which Gordon Brown contributed the forward, is clear that Gordon Brown is responsible for the conduct of his Special Advisors.

    http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/cabinetoffice/propriety_and_ethics/assets/ministerial_code_current.pdf

    Special Advisors

    3.3 The responsibility for the management and conduct of Special Advisors, including Discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment.

    On Saturday, when the Telegraph wrote their spoiling article, the Prime Minister had dismissed the actions of his SpAd as Juvenile. His Office claimed the SpAd had apologised.

    It is only as a result of the continuing furore that the Prime Minister ‘accepted’ the resignation of McBride. He now in his letter to Sir Gus O’Donnell, claims that anyone doing similar should be instantly sacked – why did he not do that on Saturday, when he had it in his power?

    Whilst Gordon Brown claims to have known nothing about the intended smears, he failed to act in the manner which he now claims is appropriate when he was clearly aware. He brushed the issue away.

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  113. 235
    Heads on poles says:

    With the nearly apology, I think the story has run its course.
    Don’t get me wrong, I want this to go on for ever but it won’t. The BBC will be told to do something else like cheese rolling down the hill competitions or a sheep that has had 14 offspring – they’ll oblige and the rest of the media will lose interest, momentum will die off.
    The only way it can continue would be for something else to surface….

    I don’t believe in God but I am currently praying :)

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    • 245
      Eric Blair says:

      I think it depends on what Guido, or similar, might have to continue the story.

      I feel that there could be more to come.

      I truly hope there is.

      We want our country back.

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  114. 237
    tessoftheblogurvilles says:

    just more shite from the shitemongers, bring back alistair campbell, he could sort it out

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  115. 239
    Gordon Brown says: says:

    Guido,
    Having spent the least few days at my computer screen in my upstairs den following the hiatus you’ve started I’m not sure whether to say ‘Thanks for buggering up my Easter weekend’ or ‘Fucking well done for exposing these Labour shysters’ . Of course the latter thought has it. Well done, son.

    Am off to relax with Coronation Street. See you tomorrow. Keep at’em.

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  116. 241
    cmp says:

    well played on C4 news Guido! Spot on.

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  117. 243
    Anonymous says:

    How can it be our Glorious Leader’s fault – this all started in America, surely?

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    • 252
      Raving Loon says:

      This is a global smear…started in america…global solutions…new world smear…decisive action…nasty tories…forwards not backwards, upwards not forwards, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

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  118. 253
    pickled wizard says:

    I have just read the letter released from no 10 to gus mcdonald regarfing the conduct of these tax payer funded wassocks. What a heap of horseshit!
    All it seems to say is ‘carry on chaps, but try not to get caught!)
    It also reiterates brown’s focus, which must be difficult with only one fucking eye!

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  119. 254
    Curious observer says:

    Guido, is it time for phase II yet??

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    • 274
      Dream On says:

      The fire is still burning brightly,wait until it gets down to the embers and let’s see if Guido can put some more kindling on.

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  120. 256
    It all started in America you bastards! says:

    Shit Guido on C4 news. missed it

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  121. 257
    JackDoff says:

    AN ALTERNATIVE APOLOGY FROM COMRADE BROWN

    He could always offer a more sincere apology along the lines of…

    I am sorry to discover that the downright libelous, slanderous and devious email my trusted adviser composed has entered the public domain.

    I am sorry to find that he has become so immersed in spin (LIES to some people) that he has exposed the machinery costing millions of (your) money which exists solely to manipulate the self interest of my Government (ME).

    I would also like to apologise to those voters who were shocked to discover the extent of criminal deception my advisers are prepared to exact on the English nation and have been doing so since we came to power.

    I would also like to thank Mr Cameron for giving me the opportunity to place yet another disgraced supporter into the House of Lords

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  122. 260
    pickled wizard says:

    any words that are now issued from no 10 are unbelieveable, and make my shit itch.

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  123. 262
    BBC Licence payer says:

    When you go to the BBC politics page they have even managed to get a pciture of Thatcher on there with a ‘examination’ of her ideaology 30 years on.

    They really are utter utter Hoons

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  124. 263
    What me? Impartial? Nick Robinson says:

    ‘I regret very much my vile and depraved political methods have been exposed’

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  125. 264
    James Ibbotson says:

    First time commentator here, be nice ;-)

    Cracking blog BTW

    anyone think this comment might be the one to bring brown down ????

    Mr Brown said no ministers or other advisers were involved in, or had any knowledge of, the controversial e-mails.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6087244.ece

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    • 266
      Curious observer says:

      255. Welcome! I bet Guido knows the answer to that question…

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      • 279
        Agent 99 says:

        Its crap of course and everyone knows it including McDoom but we need the ‘smoking gun’ and finger prints. Oh for a smoking gun when you need one that pins McRuin into a corner with no where to run.

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    • 283
      Anonymous says:

      The second paragraph in the Times article states:
      “The Prime Minister said the e-mails sent by his closest adviser and containing allegations against senior Conservatives were a “matter of great regret”.

      Did the Times journalist (Joanna Sugden) actually read Gordon’s letter?

      Gordon said he regrets the affect on the “reputation of our politics” – not that he “regretted allegations against senior Conservatives”.

      This is what Gordon actually wrote:
      “Any activity such as this that affects the reputation of our politics is a matter of great regret to me and I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system.”

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        Pilly says:

        I am ready to take whatever action is necessary to improve our political system……..

        Well perhaps that includes the ultimate sacrifice?

        Lets hope he get to spend more time with his family…. perhaps he will spend the days breifing against their mother…. Personally, I do not like the way the furniture in the front room is…..Your mother agreed when we got together that I would take over responsibility for placing the cabinet by the telly…

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      Unsworth says:

      Welcome indeed. Sadly I don’t do ‘nice’, but I’ll give it a go.

      This comment by Brown is easily sidestepped. He can always plead ignorance. In fact he probably will. What has to be understood is that Brown is completely amoral – as are those who surround him. Nothing will bring him down except for a General Election – or death.

      I’m not too sure which of those two options I’d relish the most, but either would do me.

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  126. 271
    Crisis of State Legitmacy says:

    damn I’m in a tight spot

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  127. 272
    NotaSheep says:

    “My undivided focus as prime minister is on acting to make Britain a fairer, safer and more prosperous nation and, in particular, on guiding the country through the current economic difficulties. ”

    It’s the way he tells them…

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  128. 273
    Interesting, very interesting says:

    This looks interesting

    Can anybody recognise the symptoms?

    http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2009/04/red-rags-of-cardiff-edinburgh.html

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  129. 275
    Crisis of State Legitimacy says:

    …any ideas how to bury bad news?

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  130. 277
    Gordon's oh so says:

    I am a liar.

    I have no self respect.

    I will try and spin my way out of being caught defaming others, but I cannot bring myself to utter that word S—-.

    It’s just beyond me, just like eveything else in life.

    I am a Hoon.

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  131. 281
    Agent 99 says:

    Peter Oborne in the Mail

    “As the Daily Mail went to press last night, Derek Draper, the man in receipt of the McBride emails, hailing them as ‘totally brilliant’ – was still in place as editor of LabourList, an approved website for party members. This is utterly incredible – and morally revolting. Draper must go at once”

    Time to go Dolly….

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    • 338
      So17 says:

      Draper wears the title ‘Spin Doctor’ like a badge of honour.
      We should talk of spin doctors, Pimps and Drug dealers all in the same breath in future.
      The Left who profess to hate america do love adopting all the crap that comes from there.
      Feminism.Climate change,Ritual Child abuse and Spin just to name but a few.

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      • 442
        H says:

        Speaking as a woman I find nothing wrong with the idea of feminism – what I can’t stand is wimmin, female only lists, positive discrimination of any sort, all men are bastards ideology and similar left wing ideas that tend to cause divides in society.

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    • 407
      McBride Pride II says:

      Dolly needs to stay. He’s doing a brilliant job of revealing to the public just how revolting the NuLab machine is.

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  132. 282
    Dream On says:

    Take a deep breath,type in what you want to say,pick up your coat ,hit the submit button and run like hell,give it 5 mins and take a peek if all is ok carry on,yeh by the way Welcome.

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  133. 284
    City of Vice says:

    How does Brown’s etter cover Watson then, a politician? Oh, it doesn’t.

    Where’s he disappeared to?

    Blaming the hired hand for doing the boss’ doings.

    Brown is an unprincipled coward.

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  134. 286
    Anonymous says:

    “The public would expect no less and would also expect the highest possible standards from all their politicians and all those who work for them.”

    No, its what we’d like, what we’ve come to expect is more of the shite we’re currently getting

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  135. 290
    Anonymous says:

    webmong fight hits news, boring.

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  136. 291
    Weygand says:

    A letter of regret is not an apology.

    Brown will say he regrets what has happened (well that bit at least will be sincere in what has happened to the Labour Party) and say it is ‘unacceptable’ ‘must never be allowed to be repeated’, while adding that ‘nobody was more shocked than me’..

    I’ll kiss Guido’s arse, if anywhere Brown accepts any level of personal responsibility – without which there can be no apology.

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    • 344
      Cato says:

      Cato pulls up a chair, orders popcorn, a large malt and waits expectantly…Two minutes later admits defeat….Bollocks!!

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  137. 296
    Blastmaster says:

    The following is precisely what all contributors here should focus on and direct their attentions to:
    Not only did he break the Civil Service Code, it appears he has also committed the CRIMINAL offence of Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Service. He used Government time, equipment and his email account to write malicious and libellous emails about members of Her Majesty’s Opposition, which he then sent to a colleague in the Labour Party with the intention that they be placed in the public domain. The fact that they weren’t published on RedRag is immaterial. It was Conspiracy to commit libel.

    It is an offence not to report a known crime to the Police. This includes any person who becomes aware that a crime has been committed.

    Now let’s really get stuck in and be good citizens!

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    • 300
      English Liberation Front says:

      Wrote to my MP already but got an Out of Office reply that he’s not back until April 14th.

      Labour trolls must have been called back to the Dark Tower for re-programming. None of the usual suspects on here lately.

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    • 309
      Papasmurf says:

      Blastmaster…..I agree with you. have you started the Criminal complaint? How do you suggest we start this off?

      I think that a complaint to one’s MP asking (and copying the above dialogue as a critique of the allegation) that they officially complain on the behalf of their constituents to be the way forward.

      Then a email to Guido that you have informed the named MP.

      Then you can publish that X MP has been asked to complain.

      Any other ideas?

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      • 329
        Blastmaster says:

        …start with emailing every chief constable…they are all listed under their respective authorities….thereafter ditto your local MP….David Cameron……. Minister of Justice….

        As taxpayers we can INSIST that the police take action and conduct the appropriate interviews. Note, the police may feign reluctance but they are OBLIGED to act on each individual complaint and notice served on them………..

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      • 343
        Papasmurf says:

        Blastmaster…….. I have done what I suggested, have you? It is only worthy of attention if the people that have influence act on behalf of the small guy like you and me (no offence meant, I suspect you are a BIG boy!!) but you get what I mean.

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    • 316
      Anonymous says:

      Sorry but very much doubt most of that would stand the test of proceedings. Most was petty crime and would not be subjected to higher court process (wasting court time). It’s like going to county court for stealing postit notes.

      Not sure what the local magistrate would make of it though.

      Nice thought though.

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    • 323
      Minekiller says:

      Red Rag = Tampon

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    • 331
      Anonymous says:

      Legal action must be taken.

      Those responsible need to be identified and given criminal records.

      Yates (future Commissioner) is the best person to tackle it.

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    • 339
      Papasmurf says:

      Tom Brake MP written to and requested to make a official complaint. Guido also informed that TB has been informed.

      Like

  138. 297
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder what Teflon Tony is thinking tonight, as Charlie Whelan and Tom Watson look at risk of being caught up in the ‘collateral damage’..?

    It would take a heart of stone not to laugh…

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  139. 302
    court of public opinion says:

    do the decent thing brown-get a one way ticket to beachy head.

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  140. 304
    Anonymous says:

    Hell hath no fury like a Nadine scorned…

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  141. 305
    Anonymous says:

    The headline on this Telegraph article is astonishing

    “Alan Johnson leads Labour backlash over Tory email smear campaign”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/5149342/Alan-Johnson-leads-Labour-backlash-over-Tory-email-smear-campaign.html

    Makes it read as though the Tories have been caught smearing Labour

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  142. 306
    James G Brown says:

    Although your banter is quite childishly amusing, let me reply in serious vein.
    Certain things will not be changing. Anything I wish to ignore, I will continue to turn a blind eye to.
    I was born in Govan and I intend to do just that.
    Finally remember this – The Establishment ALWAYS WINS!
    So sucks-boo to you lot
    Lucky Jim

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  143. 307
    Max says:

    The BBC says: “Among Mr Brown’s suggested revisions to the code is the proposal that special advisers should not be allowed to use official resources for party political purposes.”

    HT Argie earlier; Paragraph 6 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers says: “Special Advisers should not use official resources for Party political activity”.

    So WTF McBroon (and the BBC)? Talk about losing the plot. Any chance of wakey-wakey time sometime soon out there?

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    • 388
      imbehindyou says:

      BBC are backtracking and going with the official line again.

      Shows there is still a very active vipers nest in Downing Street which needs further deep cleansing.

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  144. 312
    Anonymous says:

    I seem to remember Fathers For Justice being closed down over a drunken “What if” conversation by some fringe members on kidnapping Blair’s son … there were rumours that they had been told they could be shot if protesting anywhere near Downing St … maybe the met would see fit to do the same for this rotten, corrupt government?

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  145. 315

    Boris doesnt mince his words re mcbride – ‘There is a large part of me that does not want to read another sentence about this lately exploded pustule on the posterior of the British body politic.’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/5149462/The-night-in-Beijing-when-I-saw-Damian-McBrides-true-colours.html

    exploded pustule… I like that.

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  146. 317
    Plato says:

    For those needing an update on what’s been happening in last 36 hrs

    http://plato-says.blogspot.com/2009/04/smeargate-action-replay.html

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  147. 318
    Anonymous says:

    From Browns letter

    “Mr McBride has apologised and done so unreservedly. But it is also important to make sure such behaviour does not happen again. ”

    To whom did Mr McBride apologise – to those he wanted to smear?

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    • 419
      chris says:

      Grandma says you have to be logical here- I suspect he is talking about Guido’s behaviour here not McBride’s. I am a Fen person I always know when it is is going to rain and I am fairly certain I can feel legislation coming on that is going to ‘try’ to shut Guido up. My parochial council, parish council, family history society, WI and family history society are determined you are not going to be shut down,so do not be afraid. We will support you at least until Gordon shuts us up too.

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  148. 319
    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps snot gobbler would also like to write the Great British public an open letter while he’s at it, to express his regret at using tax payer money to pay the wages of these slurring hoons. No? thought not…

    Its time to get some information out on whether McBride has *actually* gone and on what financial terms. Definitely time.

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  149. 320
    Anonymous says:

    regret? REGRET?
    Just say sorry, you utter Huntface.

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  150. 321
    Crisis of State Legitimacy says:

    Is misconduct in public office not a criminal offence? Why are the police not being called in to establish the full facts…

    Like

    • 335
      Blastmaster says:

      The following is precisely what all contributors here should focus on and direct their attentions to:
      Not only did he break the Civil Service Code, it appears he has also committed the CRIMINAL offence of Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Service. He used Government time, equipment and his email account to write malicious and libellous emails about members of Her Majesty’s Opposition, which he then sent to a colleague in the Labour Party with the intention that they be placed in the public domain. The fact that they weren’t published on RedRag is immaterial. It was Conspiracy to commit libel.

      It is an offence not to report a known crime to the Police. This includes any person who becomes aware that a crime has been committed.

      Now let’s really get stuck in and be good citizens!

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      • 437
        chris says:

        Grandma says- would someone in the Civil Service please quote the Act and section of Act that is applicable here to Civil Service employees. If you won’t do it I’ll find find it for myself tomorrow. Bazel Hlears you could help here? But then again you’d have to be honourabkle-so maybe not.

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  151. 322
    Anonymous says:

    I regret the damage Labour has done to Britain – but i didnt vote for them.

    I am sorry I didnt do more to stop them

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    • 434
      chris says:

      Dear Boy, Grandma says, there will always be evil the world, especially in the world of english labour politics with gb and his syncophants in charge. You are not responsible. Keep on blogging, we’ll get the upper hand in the end.

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  152. 325
    Anonymous says:

    As I said earlier, it could not be Comrade Imperial Leader Broon’s fault – it all started in America. AND, in the same way that Gordo has saved the world with his huge fiscal stimulus, he will solve this problem with a faeceal stimulus. Only difference is that instead of spraying money about, he will spray bullshit (well, technically, EVEN more bullshit than usual) all over the place.

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  153. 330
    Mitch says:

    It is a global regret that started in the USA,I was making speeches about this 10yrs ago but no one would listen to my plans for a global regret early warning system ……witter….wibbble…..hatstand

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  154. 333
    Deep Throat says:

    Why do we need a new code of conduct. The current one is perfectly good. Just because some people appear to have broken the Code of conduct as it stands doesnt mean we need to replace it.

    They have broken it so they should be punished appropriatley.

    Talk of changing the code is a smokescreen implying it is the code which is at fault.

    Typical Brown smoke and mirrors just like the expenses issue.

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    • 337
      English Liberation Front says:

      This is the usual Labour modus operandi when caught breaking their own rules. They immediately claim the rules need changing or “tightening up”.

      Try it next time you are caught speeding. Refuse to apologise or pay the fine, say that you “regret” that the car was moving at a speed in excess of the limit and suggest that the rules need to be reviewed and tightened up to prevent it happening again. Then you can tell the Judge when you get hauled into court that if it is good enough for the Prime Minister it should be good enough for you too.

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  155. 334
    Gordon Cotton says:

    and more much more than this

    I regret not being gay

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  156. 336
    Anonymous says:

    Marilyn Chambers RIP

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  157. 340
    Anonymous says:

    Could a petition to Downing Street be started to get a case for Malfeasance brought, since Brown is incapable of doing it himself we could help himout? Or a petition for an apology to the nation for bringing the country to this state?
    Be nice to see how many people would like him to apologize.

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    • 345
      Papasmurf says:

      Do it then and post the link. Last time I put a petition on Gordo said it was a duplicate ie General Election NOW. Didn’t work… but you start it and I will sign it.

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      • 372
        Papasmurf says:

        So am I. But a HONEST held belief does Not make you a target, if that is what you are worrying about.

        Don’t suggest things that someone else should do unless you are prepared to do it yourself.

        One just needs the courage on one’s convictions.

        The trouble with this policital lot is they forget that the opinions of the little guy. It is why THEY are in power in the first place ie the little guy has put them there.

        Between the f**ing and C***ing on here there are some brilliant suggestions and one needs to build on that if you want the politicians to take notice of you.

        V for victory is what I say and shame your MP’s to do something worthy as opposed to snort the cream of dosh that they pig out on!!

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      • 415
        Anonymous says:

        I’ve been trying Papasmurf but my petition name already exists yet I can’t find ‘Malfeasance’ as a title. I wanted to petition the PM to report his discovery of the offence to the police since it was an offence for him not to report it. I will rethink my title and try again.

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    • 464
      Max says:

      This petition has been out there for some time but no one mainstream will link to it for unknown reasons:

      GoToTheCountry

      Pass it about.

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  158. 347
    JUSTIN says:

    Stop talking about apologies. Apologies, or the lack of them, and scapegoating of junior staff, are classic left-wing distractions from the real issue. The British tradition, at least up until 1997, was acceptance of responsibility by the minister in charge – followed usually by resignation.

    All of this started with Hain, who picked up the idea from his native South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee – an idea he tried, and failed, to introduce into Northern Ireland. If you own up, we can all move on and you won’t be punished.

    Well, this goes beyond apologies. There must be acceptance of responsibility by the minister in charge, in this case Brown, who must resign. Anything less is corruption on a Mugabe scale.

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    • 459
      English Liberation Front says:

      Good point and well put. Despite the lefty accusations that this blog is just an “open sewer” there are in fact many good points and unanswered questions posted here today that the supine press and supine opposition would do well to read, learn, inwardly digest and then do something about.

      More pertinent questions have been asked and challenges raised here than on any of the TV news programmes. Although I have to say that Ms Kuenssberg has done a better job than Robinson and conveys some scepticism about Brown’s letters.

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  159. 348
    Crackers says:

    Brown is writing the letters to save McBride from prison.

    McBride’s actions were criminal. Mad Nad, if she wakes up to this fact, is likely to call in the cops. If this happens McBride will have to answer questions possibly under oath.

    Best be humiliated by writing grovelling letters than have McBride in the dock under oath.

    Draper will not survive this. Whelan will have to sacrifice him. It will happen like this. Campbell, who still hates Whelan, will tell Brown that he must instruct Whelan of Unite to sack Draper. This way Campbell, who is Deputy PM again, kills off two enemies with one slingshot.

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    • 359
      The Grim Reaper says:

      Might Whelan decide to literally sacrifice Derek Draper? I think Guido would be satisfied with this solution.

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  160. 349
    So17 says:

    oh yeh. political correctness,compensation culture, skewed divorce proceedings and Pyscho shrink bullshit.

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  161. 351
    Concerned abart 'Elf 'n Safety, says:



    Did He sign the letters personally?

    If so

    Did He wash His hands first?

    Otherwise, don’t fink as ‘ow I’d wanna touch ‘em.

    Kno wot I mean?

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  162. 353
    imbehindyou says:

    As this progresses he could well regret rushing out to Brown’s defence. It has well damaged his image.

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  163. 354
    tessoftheblogurvilles says:

    gordon, now you’ve learned your lesson you can move on, move on out, and take your despicable comrades with you.

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  164. 355
    Anonymous says:

    I would do Papasmurf but I am new to this stuff.

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  165. 356
    Celia Molestrangler says:

    :)

    This is fun:

    Chess v. The Axis of Evil

    http://www.gamersgate.com/index.php?page=product&what=view&sku=DD-CVTAOE

    STRIKE A BLOW FOR FREEDOM TODAY!

    * Option to turn off normal international rules of chess (world leaders only)
    * Comedy UN slide show presentation included in some boxes.

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  166. 357
    The Grim Reaper says:

    Dear Nadine Dorries/David Cameron etc etc…
    It has come to my attention that in January, my former spin doctor Damian McBride sent out a series of e-mails with vicious and completely untrue rumours concerning yourself. I would like to tell you that I am going to make sure you get the real help now that you need, hence why Mr McBride is no longer working for the government.

    However, it might be worth considering that this problem actually has nothing whatsoever to do with me. We most likely sent our e-mails out through American servers. Therefore, this problem began in America, hence why I do not need to apologise for anything. It is not my fault. I am getting on with the job of getting us out of this recession, which also began in America, and of helping out hard-working families by giving them real help now. The very help that do-nothing Tories like you would deny to the people.

    Thank you for reading this letter, I hope you are satisfied with its contents.

    Yours sincerely,
    Gordon Brown.

    P.S. Please ignore the large blob of snot that accidentally fell onto the top right-hand corner of this piece of paper. It came from America and, again, has nothing to do with me.

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  167. 358
    Mr Christopher says:

    Beelzebub has also called, preposterously, for the Code of Conduct for ministerial advisers to be tightened up – as if his long standing henchmen had been operating all along without the direction and approval of their Satanic master.

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  168. 360
    Pilly says:

    It is beyond credibility that the PM’s special advisor for strategy and planning did not discuss with his boss the strategy he was implementing to destabilise the tories.

    The specific tactics, stories made up – perhaps not. But the strategy?

    This strategy to dislocate opponents who would do things differently, by gossip, from the real issues of import – that is the rreal ot at the heart of Downing Street.

    This done in Gordon’s name, by his own man – part of his plan. It is here that the body politic comes into contempt.

    Do not get hung up on whether these stories were true or not. The strategy was the thing and the buck for the strategy lies with the man the Bride was working for – advising, specially if you like.

    So regret does not cover it.

    Time to get the Groom’s coat – perhaps the red rag will become a shroud.

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  169. 362
    imbehindyou says:

    Anyone actually seen Gordon Brown since McBride went?

    Or is he no longer able to function without his guard dog by his side.

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    • 380
      It all started in America you bastards! says:

      Broon is still in the toilet wondering how he now gets him bum wiped clean. No McBride, Marr and Robinson on holiday and I’m sure he doesn’t want Mandy near his dirty bum hole does he?

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  170. 363
    Anonymous says:

    nulab the toxic asset of british politics

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  171. 364
    Argie says:

    Let’s be clear. Paragraph 3.3 of the Ministerial Code states “The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers … rests with the Minister who made the appointment.” Gordo is personally responsible for this mess.

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    • 433
      Anonymous says:

      Going by past form, that will be the exact part of the code that gets revised .. all responsibility will rest with the minion and not with the master .. Brilliant !!

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  172. 365
    Plato says:

    Gremlin has buggered rolling news update – here it is working

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  173. 366
    scotch on the rocks says:

    Why couldn’t he send an e-mail FFS?

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  174. 367
    StrongholdBarricades says:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7997044.stm

    has the letter to Gus O’Donnell

    What were the rules of engagement before this?

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  175. 371
    So17 says:

    After an over exubrant S&M session Lord Mandelsbum of Boys body parts are being collected from around the south east and will be making a statement tommorow.

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    • 400
      Lord Mandy says:

      I seem to have misplaced my arse. Rest assured when i find it a full explanation will be forthcoming.

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  176. 373
    BOFL http://ageofkali.blogspot.com/ says:

    we need to re-writethe rules?

    imf?
    mps expenses?
    email smearing?

    just wtf ??//????

    the rules dont need changing..it is the hoons that write them or do not abide by them!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  177. 376
    Dream On says:

    Question,Tom Watson is a minister for what ?

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  178. 378
    tessoftheblogurvilles says:

    just wised up! it’s mandelson who’s behind the wayward pm’s advisers.

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  179. 379
    Polly Toynbee's Champagne Butler says:

    Has Brown ever said sorry, about anything?? I can see him at home now… Sarah – I deeply regret being a psychopathic twat, but I am not sorry, EVER.

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    • 406
      JMB says:

      Has any Labour Minister ever said “sorry” or apologised? It seems that no one will ever go beyond saying that they regret something.

      Like

    • 418
      Raving Loon says:

      If Brown can’t say sorry, then maybe his parents can for making such an unsightly deposit.

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  180. 381
    Anonymous says:

    So what else will they slip into the the new code of conduct?
    A bloggers code per chance? Im sure the thought never crossed their minds.

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  181. 382
    Anonymous says:

    Nadine Dorries is having none of it by the look of it –

    http://blog.dorries.org/blog.aspx

    “That’s why he has written the letter, that’s why he wants Watson in place. Without him he is totally exposed.

    I think smear gate may be the end for Gordon.”

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    • 384
      Pilly says:

      Should be. His man, his plan. Red rag, full of bull. Put them off discussing his failures…..

      Like

  182. 383
    It all started in America you bastards! says:

    We do need a new code of conduct. How about not allowing one eyed twats to seize power without being elected by someone in England for a change?

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  183. 385
    Humpty-Dumpty says:

    I guess Emily Thornberry will be regretting the interview she gave to Sky on Saturday, where she tried to pass things off as ‘boys will be boys’. This from a woman who’s married to a High Court judge, Christopher Nugee. He must be very proud.

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  184. 386
    McBroon Pride says:

    I regret to inform the House that e-mails were invented in America.

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  185. 391
    Another Day says:

    I thought it is very interesting to look at the precise wording used by Gordon Brown’s letter to Gus O’Donnell:

    “I am assured that no Minister and no political adviser other than the person involved had any knowledge of or involvement in these private emails that are the subject of current discussion:

    He’s only denying the knowledge of the e-mails. He’s not making any denials of knowledge of the contents of the mails – the smears, the proposed strategies, the RedRag website etc.

    That surely has to be the question to be asked of those around No 10…

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  186. 392
    Dez says:

    Have a look at Adam Boulton’s blog – he has written a reflective piece about the power of the Internet and ends with praise for Guido!

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  187. 394
    Lady Amelia Haggisbasher McSporran says:

    http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/maguire/2009/04/spare-us-the-hypocrisy.html

    read the article….. then read the 263 comments which are universally disgusted, revolted and appalled.

    what is underlying a lot of this is that David Cameron’s son died recently and his parents acted with enormous dignity which touched many. then we see this. and it just looks soo squalid.

    Broon has just changed the rules so that anyone who does the McBride thing again can be sacked. except that as a paid civil servant he could and should hav been sacked for being paid for by the taxpayer while working for the labour party. in 10 downing st no less – the emails were sent from the downing st server.

    as he’s resigned he’s probably kept his gold plated pension…. I think we should be told??

    Lady Amelia Haggisbasher McSporran

    ps the real sickener is that people blame the Scots for Broon. Its because he’s Scots, its because he’s a complete hoon!

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  188. 399
    fidothedog says:

    Let me guess, I apologise, please find enclosed a bit of snot.

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  189. 402
    Argie says:

    Gordo’s letter suggests that he thinks the Code of Practice is the problem – that it permits this sort of behaviour and therefore must be tightened up. Really? Quick check – this is what it says NOW (paragraph 6): “Special Advisers should not use official resources for Party political activity. They should avoid anything which might reasonably lead to the criticism that people paid from public funds are being used for party political purposes.” What the hell’s wrong with that?

    Has he actually read it? Seems not – and maybe he hasn’t read the Ministerial Code either. Here’s paragraph 3.3: “The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers … rests with the Minister who made the appointment.” Yes – he’s responsible. Personally.

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  190. 404
    Saltpetre says:

    What Labour needs now is a ‘good day to bury bad news’

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  191. 405
    Gordon's new SpAd says:

    Bottle of scotch and a revolver for an hero!

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  192. 408
    walter scott says:

    Labour in Scotland has been a self serving, thuggish nest of vipers since the fifties! End of poverty = end of labour. Anything above the level of dependent hopelessness is seen by labour as elitist. The Scottish press are mostly labour poodles, including the once mighty “Scotsman” it seems we have to read the english press to see the true depths labour have sunk.

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  193. 409
    City of Vice says:

    Brown is cynically trying to avoid enforcing the current code as this would draw into public scrutiny the conduct of Watson, the Minister and politician nominally responsible for McBride.

    This is turn would render untenable the NuLab’s spin about the scandal merely involving the misdeeds of some hitherto unknown civil service official (McBride). Watson has serious questions to answer as a politician.

    Let’s not forget,Watson was one of the recipients of McBride’s sleazy emails.

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    • 450
      Argie says:

      Interesting. So I was wrong (402) – Watson’s in the frame & Brown’s protecting him. Hmm – but the Code refers to “the Minister who made the appointment’. Watson … or Brown?

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  194. 413
    Peter says:

    The big question is –

    Is Downing Street Institutionally Corrupt or is it Institutionally inept?

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    • 422
      wee logician says:

      When a Government is institutionally corrupt it can’t help being corrupt, ergo it’s inept as well.

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      • 424
        wee logician says:

        Which actually sums up Draper too- bad liar because pathological. Great guy to play poker with, I imagine.

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  195. 416
    Anonymous says:

    So has Brown written his pathetic letter of non-apology to Samantha Cameron. Has he written one to Osborne’s wife?

    Has he written to the Lib Dems who were about to be smeared: Clegg, Huhne, Hughes, and Teather.

    Has he written to the journalists, including Jeff Randall and Trevor Kavanagh, who were also about to be smeared?

    Does Brown really think this pathetic, empty gesture gets him off the hook?

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  196. 420
    Mark Oaten (LimpDum) says:

    What a turd of the highest order.

    I want to stuff snotty’s moral compass where the sun don’t shine.

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  197. 421
    Anonymous says:

    Guido, when are you rleaseing the next tranche of emails?

    I want Brown’s fat head on a platter.

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  198. 425
    Trust me I am from Downing Street and I am here to help says:

    David Cameron is leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition and it is the Opposition who has been smeared by a Downing Street employee paid by the taxpayer with these “unsubstantiated “rumours.It is he David Cameron ,who should be writing to Sir Gus McDonald asking the Head of The Civil Service to instigate an enquiry into the activities of Mr McBride, his line Manager Tom Watson and in effect his line Manager, The Prime Minister. If the latter two have in any way been economical with the truth, after all audit trails followed, there is no alternative but resignation.

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    • 430
      Pilly says:

      And we all know credibility left the building sometime before the wedding.

      The bride, groom and the man who made the curtains are all found “out”.

      Index finger up. Long walk back to the pavillion (Royal, natch).

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  199. 426
    Pilly says:

    His man, his plan.

    Coat for the groom.

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  200. 427
    Dream On says:

    Thanks I asked the question at 376 what is Watson minister in charge of, he’s in political charge of the Civil Service so he is McBrides boss.

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  201. 428
    Anonymous says:

    Was the code American? Damned Yankees

    Will be a good letter to the Camerons. The last one he wrote was about the sad death of their son. This one about his office spreading rumours about how his son got so ill…… Even Gordon must have winced as he wrote that one and wondered how it all went so wrong

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  202. 429
    walter scott says:

    it’s like the fag end days of John Major tories . Once this gang can find a space that isn’t strewn with labour corpses they will lie down and die! But we’ll see them all again in Lords! Expense Zombies!!

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  203. 432
    Tom McWatson says:

    Even though my desk was right next to Mr McSnide, I never once talked to the fella. In fact, he smelled funny and I looked the other way most of the time. If he ever said anything, I totally ignored him, and even though I looked at the emails he sent me, I never actually read them.

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  204. 434
    derek snorter says:

    people getting sacked for offensive emails?

    shurely not?

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  205. 438
    Courtney Fish says:

    Apology or no apology, after completion of the G20 and Mervyn King’s revelation that the coffers are exhausted, it is clear that Brown’s task of loading the next 3 generations with debt on behalf of his Bankster Masters is now complete. The unwitting stooge is now surplus to requirements if not a real danger to the whole system. It looks as though present process has been orchestrated to facilitate his removal ASAP and we all know which agencies will have had access to the e-mails. I don’t wish play down Guido’s role in this – he’s done a great job – but surely some very big wheels are behind what’s going on as well.

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    • 458
      Atlas shrugged says:

      Apology or no apology, after completion of the G20 and Mervyn King’s revelation that the coffers are exhausted, it is clear that Brown’s task of loading the next 3 generations with debt on behalf of his Bankster Masters is now complete. The unwitting stooge is now surplus to requirements if not a real danger to the whole system. It looks as though present process has been orchestrated to facilitate his removal ASAP and we all know which agencies will have had access to the e-mails. I don’t wish play down Guido’s role in this – he’s done a great job – but surely some very big wheels are behind what’s going on as well.

      A1+

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  206. 439
    Alan McJohnson says:

    It is totally unfair that the PM should apologise for something that happened only feet away from where he was sitting in the Downing Street bunker…sorry, office, and moreover, under the rules and conditions that were entirely his responsibility. It is incumbent upon those who were only following orders to resign (so that they can retain their pension), and save Gordon’s sorry ass.

    Tom, you’re next.

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  207. 440

    Id like to tighten the noose around Brown’s neck let alone have him tightening any rules. I thought this sort of conduct would have already been covered. What a fuckwit.

    Epic fail.

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  208. 441
    Humpty-Dumpty says:

    Go to the Twitter pages below and see the message India Knight sent Sarah Brown (yes, THE Sarah Brown, officially) about Kate Garroway half an hour ago – and see Sarah’s reply!

    http://twitter.com/indiaknight

    http://twitter.com/SarahBrown10

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  209. 443
    Hazel McBlears says:

    I think we should all stop reading nihilistic blogs, and all try to get along, except with the BNP who should be nuked.

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  210. 444
    Jack McStraw says:

    I’m laughing my fucking socks off.

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  211. 447
    Tony McMcNulty says:

    It’s been a good week to bury bad news.

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  212. 448

    Fuckety Fuck.I have just come back from a weekend on Salisbury plain away from civilisation and missed all this.
    Catching up furiously.

    Guido I must congratulate you on riddiing us of that odious hoon Mc Bride as well as putting Mc Dooms balls well and truly in a vice.

    Well done my son .

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  213. 451
    Aethelred says:

    The very least Brown is guilty of is that, within his own office, 10 Downing Street, he allowed the culture of smearing to flourish.

    It seems unlikely that that is really the least of his sins.

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  214. 452
    Anonymous says:

    guido,

    every time i see you on the news, you are introduced as “tory blogger”

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  215. 453
    Anonymous says:

    A regret is not an apology.

    Like

  216. 454
    Nick McBrown of Brownie Land says:

    They’ll never find me. I’m so far up Gordon’s pipe that even toenails looks like a little prick on the far horizon.

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  217. 461
    Anonymous says:

    BBC: “Mr Brown has expressed “deep regret” in letters to those involved and called for a tighter aides’ code of conduct. ”

    So, that would be the code of conduct which Brown/Blair/Labour wrote, and which relate to the aides which they employed.

    Well, call me old fashioned, but wouldn’t those problems be entirely due to Blair/Brown/Labour?

    I don’t see how Brown can weasel out of this one with a “it was in the rules; not my fault” defence, because he was the one who was in charge of the rules as soon as he succeeded in his number 10 coup, and he was the person who helped write them, and he was the one who employed these people, and he was the one who gave them their briefs.

    There are some things that, as a director/manager, you can’t be directly responsible for because some things do happen which are outside your personal control, but this is not one of them. This was directly Brown’s fault; it has his fingerprints all over it.

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  218. 466
    Anonymous says:

    this whole fucking bunch of Hunts should be put up against the wall and shot lying cheating good for nothing scum

    Like

  219. 467
    Anonymous says:

    we should inspect all the labour partys underware in public to find out exactly how far the smearing has gone

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  220. 468
    Anonymous says:

    i hope oneday somebody takes out that grinning c***t blair and his ugly fucking wife death and disease to the fucking lot of em

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  221. 469
    Anonymous says:

    i will NEVER VOTE for this party ever again , vote this fucking shower of shit out at the first opportunity, will be voting bnp

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    • 470
      mataharri says:

      Anonymous, you wil really have to clean up your language, Churchhill once said that people who use obscenities to express themselves have no command of their mother language.

      You complain about offensive E.Mails but you are as about as offensive anyone can get which is probably echoing the obscene views of most Tories and the BNP without them getting involved.

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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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