March 22nd, 2010

How Many Laws Has Byers Confessed to Breaking?
Win a Prize Competition

Guido knows that hundreds of loafing lawyers read this blog, he also knows lawyers never do anything for free, so he is offering a reward of a copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze to those who provide the best argued charges against Byers.  Either post them in the comments or email them to Guido.Fawkes@Order-Order.com (entries will be anonymous, don’t worry).

According to Channel 4’s Dispatches, which worked on the joint investigation with the Sunday Times, Byers confessed that:

  1. He had secured secret deals with ministers.
  2. Could get confidential information from Number 10.
  3. Was able to help firms involved in price-fixing get round the law.
  4. Boasted he had struck a secret deal with Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, to terminate a rail franchise contract for a client, National Express.
  5. Persuaded Lord Mandelson, to amend regulations on food labelled on behalf of Tesco.

Byers now says he was lying, surely not the best defence to use in Court.


365 Comments

  1. 1
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Who will rid me of this turbulent TWAT?

  2. 2
    Sir Stephen (deferred) says:

    Is jail spelt, jail of gaol?

  3. 3
    Memory Man says:

    Of course, if he was seeking payment for pretended services he was in no position to deliver that presumably is Obtaining Money by Deception or whatever the equivalent is nowadays.

  4. 4
    Unsworth says:

    Spelt or spelled?

  5. 5

    The ONLY law that Steven Byers has broken is the Law of Nature.

    However, Byers is a very persuasive politician. For example, he has convinced me, a devout Catholic and Opus Dei, on the merits of Brirth Control.

    Now if only Gordon Browns father has been a Catholic……

  6. 6
    Centre Parting says:

    Byers refers himself to the Standards Committee – he’s a lawyer?
    They always think that they have the right to defend themselves even when clearly guilty.
    Resign – if not he should be fired by Brown and forced to stand down – fat chance of decent behaviour of that nature from Zanulab.

    Blairite, so Brownites will give him a kicking

  7. 7
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    To joe public that would be worth at least 5 years !

  8. 8
    Sting's Beard says:

    What about contravening his Oath as a member of the Privy Council. As such he is still in a legal sense a member of the executive arm of Government. By the way yet another former Trotskyite, aren’t they all a complete pile of shit (apologies to Peter Hitchens)!

  9. 9
    no bad news for stevie says:

    Where did it all go wrong Jo?

  10. 10
    MI5 says:

    How many laws has Mandelson broken as well

    While you are at it..

    Please

  11. 11
    PK says:

    i hope the fucker swings..

  12. 12
    Sir Stephen (deferred) says:

    Let me rephrase that. Is jail spelled jail, or gaol?

    Anyway, what do you expect at these fucking prices?

  13. 13
    Lord Mandelson says:

    Every Little Helps.

  14. 14
    The IMF is coming says:

    Under the BBC/Labour/Guardian laws nothing illegal has been done, in fact it is normal behaviour to be commended

    Money from the Government, given to the Unions and donated to labour- commendable
    £50k cash in drawer, accounted for in a jotter – fine.
    Don’t check your cleaners papers, even though you wrote the law – not a problem.

  15. 15

    Haha, ever helpful, Boris Johnson in today’s Telegrah article suggests ways that Geoff Hoon can raise cash instead of prostituting his contacts book.

    These include a) selling a kidney

    b) working as an internet gigolo.

    Hoon’s excuse was that he has two kids in university so has to get a job. Boris makes the brilliant suggestion that instead of the UK funding EU students in this present economic climate, with small chance of recouping the money, Dave should put on his Maggie Thatcher outfit as soon as he is PM and demand a rebate from the EU!

  16. 16
    Come on boys and gals says:

    Now really – he is just guilty of a bit of exageration and is making ends meet to look after his family – he’s done nothing wrong – he has learnt from the best dealing with mandy and adonis and is only taking advantage of an unofficial sure start programme for ex MP’s

    give the poor guy a chance – he has had to talk to his boss occassionally and that would make anyone desperate to survive

  17. 17
    the banality of an evil fuck says:

    How dare you impugn the Lord High Protector? Go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect £200.

  18. 18
    P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    Time to mention Lord Ashcroft again. Get me the Head of BBC News !

  19. 19
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    Read all about him on wikipedia
    this corrupt bastard is surrounded by scandal
    he needs the help of Joe Moore to help him “bury” the bad news !

  20. 20
    Historian says:

    Byers broke his Privy Council Oath:

    You do swear by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council… And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty
    SO HELP YOU GOD

    I think whoring yourself out to change HMG’s legislation like a taxi cab for hire falls outside the terms of his Oath.

  21. 21
    backwoodsman says:

    5.Persuaded Lord Mandelson, to amend regulations on food labelled on behalf of Tesco.
    ….Surely not the same lord Mandelson who the bbc quote on a daily basis , passing judgement on Lord Ashcroft.

  22. 22
    Lord Adonis says:

    It’s a Byers market.

  23. 23
    oldrightie says:

    “Byers now says he was lying, surely not the best defence to use in Court.”

    In the court of Jimmy Snot, lying is an admirable and revered quality.

  24. 24
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    The only law that my great friend Stephen Lyers has broken is the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not be found out.

  25. 25
    W.W. says:

    Funny how the BBC reports of this talk of ‘Polititians’ but when it was Lord Ashcroft it was ‘Conservative Polititians’.

    It should be plastered over the news, ‘Senior Labour Politiitians’ creaming it to the last, while they still can.

    Police investigation? Again!!

    W.W.

  26. 26
    Byers the Liar his pants are inflammable says:

    “Byers now says he was lying, surely not the best defence to use in Court”

    Hardly the first time he’s tried it,

    Byers admits untruth on Railtrack

    Mr Byers says he cannot remember why he did not tell the truth

    Ex-Transport Secretary Stephen Byers has said he was not truthful to MPs about the events leading up to Railtrack’s collapse.

    He told the High Court his evidence to a Commons sub-committee was not accurate. He apologised but said he had not been trying to conceal any plot.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4683927.stm

  27. 27
    BBC NEWS says:

    Stephen Byers is guilty of the capital offence of momentarily distracting attention from the ongoing Lord Ashcroft ” scandal” This is the gravest offence in the nulabour cannon and can only have one consequence. (pause for dramatic efect whilst the Black cap is donned)!

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    A lawyer defending himself has a fool as his client!

  29. 29
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    For Gawds sake don’t let the focus on Byers distract the fact the Hoon with many homes and Blewitt have been caught red handed too!

  30. 30
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    We will be purer than pure.

  31. 31
    Gordon Brown says:

    Mandelson caught taking cash for Tescos. Revenge is sweet.

  32. 32
    ScottishnotRacist says says:

    You’re asking help from lawyers. They’re almost as fucking bad as the political scum we have. Let me know when it’s time fro the revolution.

  33. 33
    Mike Litorus says:

    He is guilty of being a ZaNu Liebore cnut. That is a hanging offence already, what more do you need?

  34. 34
    oops! says:

    no need, you just did
    though why would the public associate cash for influencing a dodgy Lord with any other story??

  35. 35
    alex says:

    Any thing corrupt in this country and whose name pops up, Lord Shirt Lifter.

  36. 36
    hmm says:

    Looks like a good day to bury bad news

  37. 37
    Byers goes down says:

    Was the ‘persuasion’ of the brown envelope kind, or something slipped under the desk?

  38. 38
    REEVO says:

    What happened to all those promises and blustering from our Mickey Mouse Parliament about cleaning up politics.

    About as trustworthy as any old lag who promises to go straight given another chance.

    Happily 65% of the UK electorate has already MP’s the metaphorical sack, more join their ranks every day.

  39. 39
    MI5 says:

    I find Byers’ statements in this “cash for favours” scanndal quite astonishing

    He has been a Cabinet Minister, Chief Whip (yes!) and MP for years

    The expenses scandal has just blown apart the House of Thieves and the House of Ermine Vermin

    And now this

    Are all of these NuLabour high on coke FFS ?

    We know about Purcell ?

    All they all delusional compulsive liars ?!

    The Police should be called in right now…on suspicion of hard drug use as well…

  40. 40
    Sting's beard says:

    There is absolutely no chance of Dave picking a fight with the EU over anything. If thats the way you feel best vote UKIP!

  41. 41

    Having spent the last 150 seconds applying some measured thought to this post, there can only be one response to give to this post:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope this constructive input helps.

  42. 42
    Hugh Janus says:

    We had one of those but Bliar gave it away, after promising that it was safe. Lying seems to run in NuLiebour’s DNA – along with a multitude of other disgusting traits.

  43. 43
    Lord Ponsonby says:

    Looks like Labour have co-opted their media arm into getting rid of this, but they really should be better – this will be bigger than anyone currently thinks.

  44. 44
    Liverpool Echo says:

    Mandelson’s support for scaled down version of Tesco-Everton bid

    as Gordon Brown’s “first minister” he will have substantial clout in any revived plan involving the interested parties, Tesco and Knowsley council.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2009/12/01/lord-mandelson-s-support-for-scaled-down-version-of-tesco-everton-bid-in-kirkby-100252-25292214/

  45. 45
    Javelin says:

    Ends jusitify the means to the left-wing.

    The politicians who tax the hardworking to pay for the workshy need to be rewarded … and the peace and quiet of those first class flights that are needed to invent those stealth taxes and spin lines don’t pay for themselves you know.

  46. 46
    concrete pump says:

    Gaol – makes you seem more ‘wordy’.

  47. 47
    Bob the Builder says:

    Guido

    Surely there is one QC or solicitor who is prepared to work pro bono for the public good

    And blow this Nulabour vermin out of the water LEGALLY

    Where is the British Judicial system ?

    The Police ?

    The CPS ?

    DEAD ?

  48. 48
    fantasy island says:

    it’ll all be squeaky clean after May 6th
    would you like to see my Unicorn ?

  49. 49
    The Prime Minister says:

    We will have free superfast broadband access to every computer
    by 2020. Because its the right thing to do.

  50. 50
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Five lying lawyers,
    Four sore rings,

    and fill in the rest yourself

  51. 51
    Unsworth says:

    Not very much, I’m afraid.

  52. 52
    W.W. says:

    He will also have a fool as a lawyer.

    W.W.

  53. 53
    rule no. 1, never get caught says:

    Dear Stephen, it is not within the gift of all mortals to return to the higher echelons of government if they have had to resign twice due to allegations of sleaze. In this case, I recommend the services of a good lawyer.

  54. 54
    troughing bastards says:

    and we all know how many of the 650 expenses fraudsters and thieves will end up doing serious jail time don’t we ?

  55. 55
    Bob the Builder says:

    This is the tip of the iceberg of Mandelson and NuLabour corruption…

  56. 56
    Unsworth says:

    He’s a swinger, too?

  57. 57
    Doctor Mick says:

    What would Elizabeth I have done in this situation?

  58. 58
    Anthony Steen says:

    Disgwaceful!

  59. 59
    it's all talk talk says:

    Perhaps it’s wrong Gordon. What do you think of that, fuckface?

  60. 60
    Jack says:

    and Moran and the Girls Gang

    What a sad collection of NuLabour whores…

  61. 61
    Oh and by the way says:

    Link?

  62. 62
    Unsworth says:

    When’s that scheduled for?

  63. 63
    Helpful says:

    Surely the big issue is Railtrack? Based on his statement that he repeatedly and systematically lied for personal gain, what does that say about his testimony. Perhaps the police should open an inquiry?

  64. 64
    P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    Sleaze, smears and sophistry: it’s in Liebour’s D-N-A.

  65. 65
    he's a Blairite, send him to the Hague says:

    would charges on aiding and abetting a warcriminal do ?

  66. 66
    Jack says:

    and my Lord Mµµµµ of Beaulieu

  67. 67
    Hang The Bastards says:

    These fuckers should be SHOT !

  68. 68
    ruffled sandy says:

    I have seen your Unicorn ducky, and in your case it really is a fucking fantasy.

  69. 69
    Unsworth says:

    Where’s Adonis in all of this, too?

  70. 70
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    i see the grubby little c*nt Mangledbum is involved (taters deep) YET AGAIN ! only this time he is so important to the survival of the lie-bore party they wont/can’t get rid of him !
    they’ll have to ram a red hot poker up his arse to remove him for a TURD time !

  71. 71
    Hang The Bastards says:

    This Labour Government is more corrupt than an African Banana Republic.

  72. 72
    Sting's beard says:

    Seeing them being hung drawn and quartered would certainly be a bit different to normal daytime TV.

  73. 73

    Come on, Byers has probably got friends in the courts. They’re not going to send a mate to jail are they?

  74. 74
  75. 75
    BercWatcher says:

    Hasn’t Bercow got to ‘pronounce’ his opinion today?

    That should be challenging at this ‘early’ stage

  76. 76
    Mandeslscum says:

    You scratch my back….

  77. 77
    exepenses flashback says:

    it was all within the rules

  78. 78
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    what about the sale of express news group to richard desmond ?

  79. 79
    Captain Black says:

    Super-fast broadband is a human right, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, American Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, the 10 Commandments, etc, etc, etc.

  80. 80
    Jack Ketch says:

    Just give me a moment and I’ll rub down me axe and linseed the block

  81. 81
    Mr Ned says:

    He’s gay, and they are hardly known for being monogamous are they?

  82. 82
    purpleline says:

    This looks like Despatches and the Times are working on behalf of the Brown faction. They have got revenge on Hoon and Hewitt and done up Byers all former blarites.

    The drak arts of the brown smear machine. He will spin it that a new Lbaour administration will be rid of these types of Nu labour oiks.

  83. 83
    Lords Mandelson & Adonis says:

    Shut up Byers.

  84. 84

    IN a BBC report referring to Labour politicians, its worded like this;

    “a modest and unassuming dwelling where XYZ is staying solely to enable his house to be used as a shelter for the starving and homeless, to protect them from the forthcoming nasty Tory administration that would have stamped on their faces and stolen their hard earned JSA and housing benefits.”

  85. 85
    The School Bully says:

    I’ll get you with my rubber band long before 2020!

  86. 86
    jgm2 says:

    And Labour so thoughtfully did away with double jeopardy so we can try and retry until we get the result we want.

    Which is precisely why double jeopardy was invented in the first place – to stop government tying up ‘inconvenient’ people with repeated court cases thus costing them time and money while the government continued their regime of idiocy. You’d expect a law lecturer to know that. But he still went along with the change in the law.

    Pure scum.

  87. 87
    Sleazebusting Fair For All says:

    Guilty whichever way you look – either guilty of seeking payment to change government legislation and policy or guilty of lying about his influence to defraud someone of money by claiming to provide a “service” he could not.

  88. 88
    purpleline says:

    Waiting for board appointment to National Express.

  89. 89
    Jack says:

    The tax avoiding Guardian Newspapers giving lessons about non dom status and morality…

    And using an offshore Cayman Islands company to avoid capital gains tax..

    Come on Polly Twaddle and Co

    Try and be serious…

    PS Tax inspection needed at Guardian Newspapers please

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Brown’s also managed to involve his arch enemy Mandelson too.

  91. 91
    I'm free ! says:

    I am both united and unanimous !

  92. 92
    Billy's Weekly Liar says:

    Gordon Brown orders immediate investigation into Bribery, Corruption, Child Abuse, Drug Abuse, Theft and Fraud. Commencing with investigations into the activities of the Scottish Labour Party.

  93. 93
    Old Nick Heavenly(really smug) says:

    No apologies for my utter smugness, but I thought that I would post this again for those of you who missed it the first time.

    Not ra

  94. 94
    jgm2 says:

    Good. Stick one in Crawley – it will give the BA stewardesses somewhere to work when the airline goes bust.

  95. 95
    the bumper book of NuLab sleaze says:

    Have we cleared up McMentals £50,000 slush fund yet?

  96. 96

    If only Gordon Brown’s dad had been Alessandro Moreschi.

  97. 97
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    i can’t do all that link stuff
    i can’t even text on a phone !
    i just tapped in “rail scandal stephen byers “and looked on wikipedia
    sorry !

  98. 98
    Jack says:

    The best way to fund political parties in the UK is to stop the £ 17 million subsidy to the unions and allocate it to political parties

    With all other contributions banned by law to political parties, MPs peers etc

  99. 99
    Old Nick Heavenly(really smug) says:

    ining here in the non country, must get out in the garden.

    Laters!

    AN GIE

    AN GIE

    AN GIE

    did i tell you that angie would say NEIN to the greeks or did i tell you

    see pilchard evans in tellytubbygraph

    your enemy is within, your own politicians

    life in the non country is so NICE

    goodnight van rumpy and a federal europe

    most of you make the assumption that WE europeans are as pathetic and easily manipulated as you britneys

    grow some balls, britneys, and your masters might fear you instead of you fearing them

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. 100
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    No point in keeping count it is so flaming many. NuLabour = Liars and thieves. Yes, some of the other parties do to but at least by comparison they are not so hypocritical or so fucking smug about it. It also beggars belief that they can be so stupid. Silly me though its clear that to become a Labour MP stupidity is a pre-requisite. The GE cannot come soon enough and lets hope the public see the light and send the Labour party into oblivion where it belongs.

  101. 101
    concrete pump says:

    For a second there, i read ‘mongamous’, if that’s not a word it should be.

  102. 102
    Get out of Jail Free Card says:

    Byers reports himself to John Lyons…..by the time that Lyons investigates and reports…… Byers will no longer be a MP so Lyons’ report will state that regreattably the matter is no longer within his jurisdiction and he is powerless to impose sanctions etc Neat eh ?

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Adonis? Is he that ugly fucker?

  104. 104
    TB ... says:

    don’t you mean ‘gail’

  105. 105
    BA announcement says:

    We are adding more planes today

    Fuck Unite and Hoodie the Thug Whelan

  106. 106
    Vote Dave get Gordon says:

    I see Dave has shown he is no better than doom and is whoring his wife for the media circus, anything to get people to vote for the smarmy git, anything other than policies the country needs that is!

    His wife looks ill, she looks anorexic!

    Lets hope he doesn’t try and get her onto page 3 for a few extra working class votes as i have a feeling it could fall a bit flat!

  107. 107
    jgm2 says:

    He knows nothing about what we are talking about.

    And with that the story disappeared from the media. Obviously the Maximum Imbecile is above reproach.

  108. 108
    Unsurprised says:

    “rub down your axe”

    That whats the kids are calling it these days…

  109. 109
    Tony Blair says:

    looks like Whelan has pulled a good one

    But it risks bringing the whole House of Labour down…

  110. 110
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    Yes a real man like his name suggests
    looks like he would burst into tears if you shout at him !
    so very easy to manipulate i would have thought !

  111. 111
    Stop Funding Labour with my licence fee says:

    Note to BBC board – Send an urgent memo around to all news editors – there MUST be an Ashcroft angle on this. Answers on a postcard please.

  112. 112
    Come any further and I will destroy my chances of winning the election.You've been warned !! says:

    Seems rather like the “nucleur option” to me as Brown self-detonates any hopes of re-election if “Brown Central” has been stupid enough to do what you suggest particularly as the Lord High Panjandrum and First Lord Secretary of the Realm has been dragged into it.

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    It’ll take the pressure off Ian Huntley.

  114. 114
    Sting's beard says:

    I see that Byers has reffered himself to the Parliamentary standards committee. Thats a bit like murdering someone on the football pitch and handing yourself in too the Linesman. This guy is a Privy Councillor!! No doubt his fellow MPS will turn a sympathetic ear in his direction but what is needed is a public execution on the grounds of being a complete disgrace to the most noble and august body of which he is a member (i.e the Privy Council) Anyway just goes to show you should never put Trots in that kind of position anyway. The Parliamentary Standards Committee is a poor little sideshow, Typical Lawyers deception. Typical Labour. Typical Shit!!

  115. 115
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Can the Queen not send him to the Tower and have him beheaded?

  116. 116
    Wavy Davy says:

    He’s another unelected Zanu minister…

    I’m told he represents Saint Tone Blair the Fraud in Chief

  117. 117
    Postal Vote says:

    Brown, as pm of the unite not-so kingdom, is Whelan’s spokesman

  118. 118
    John Tery is snide and not to be trusted says:

    Heard on the news that NuLiarbour are going to bring back Blair for their election campaign. Are these twats completely out of touch with reality? Blair is just about one of the most hated men in Britain today, on a par with Mandelson and closely followed by Brown etc. Cameron must be laughing his socks off.

  119. 119
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Some enterprising journo would do well if they dug deeper into the Tesco Mandy story and found evidence of law tampering, so to speak.

  120. 120
    Gordon Bruin says:

    I’ve donated it to the ‘People’s National Helicopter Fund’

    Didn’t I tell you?

  121. 121
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Postcards a bit outdated. They will probably turn it into a phone-in competition and thereby make a few quid as well.

  122. 122
    Postal Vote says:

    indeed,

    and the 2 donations by nondom Paul to his leadership campaign in 2007 in which there was no competition

    ha, and have a look at this:

    http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=17185

    http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=17190

    in addition, Brown was letting part of his constituency office out (against the rules) to the unions, who get money from the government – sounds clever but dirty

  123. 123
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    If you look really close at the next PMQ’s you can ujust make out the bra and suspenders Mandy wears under his suit whilst sitting on the front bench.

  124. 124
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    TTG – Tesco Trolly Girls.

  125. 125
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Well, before his demotion to the lords anyway.

  126. 126
    The BBC making the news for Britain - TO-DAY says:

    In consideration of balance and impartiality the BBC wishes to make it clear that Lord Ashcroft is NOT involved in this matter BUT it is relevant to remind the public that similar things happened under the last Tory administration

  127. 127
    Unsurprised says:

    Yeah we are awful us lawyers.

    I mean the way we fought for the Gurkhas or the FOI claims that made the expenses scandal come out in the first place pro bono.

    Clearly ALL lawyers in the UK are bastards and NONE of them do pro bono work or hold the government to account as coroners at MOD inquiries ending their own careers in the process.

    Yeah I can’t think of any good work they do at all as obviosly everybody can just sort out their differences without them like they did in Cambodia and that worked well didn’t it?

    Good point ScottishRacistTwat not in any way a broad sweeping statement that makes you look like an ignorant twat…

  128. 128
    Rotten from top to bottom...the Labour Party says:

    We, the participants of the Transparency International Annual Members Meeting held in Athens, Greece on 28-29 October 2008, deplore the serial failure of the United Kingdom to comply with its international obligations under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

    We note the severe criticism of the United Kingdom set out in the Report on the application of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (United Kingdom: Phase 2bis), approved and adopted by the Working Group on Bribery on 16 October 2008. We note that the United Kingdom has offered no valid excuse for its conduct nor any reason why it has failed repeatedly to meet promises and assurances it has made to the Working Group for the
    past nine years.

    The United Kingdom’s conduct threatens the integrity of the Convention as one of the most important instruments to tackle and eliminate supply-side corruption. States in breach of their international obligations should be held to public account for so doing, and the United Kingdom is no exception.

    We call upon the United Kingdom, given its past contributions to the international legal order, to act decisively to implement precisely the recommendations of the Working Group in its report, without delay. We also call upon other States Parties to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention to maintain pressure on the United Kingdom to do so.

    AND WE ALL KNOW WHY THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN ACTION!

  129. 129
    Pole Star says:

    Perhaps the Tories can, TODAY, include this as an ‘aside’ reference / example of NuLiebor crookedness

  130. 130
    dr. sipp says:

    a blackcab taxi driver won mastermind/comparison ends there

    where will a 5k fare from london take you–anyone worked it out

  131. 131
    john in cheshire says:

    Does it matter, so long as that’s where they end their days?

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    Yes – link the crap to Leader Brown !!

  133. 133
    THE BISHOP RODGER ALLBOYS says:

    BREAKING NEWS : the whole crew of despatches commit suicide
    just after burning all their footage of tonights programme
    they were all found dead in the woods with a rusty pen knife and a bottle of pills
    the government said it seems like a tragic accident but to protect the families we must classify the autopsy results for 70 years !

  134. 134
    Tit for tat says:

    Tim Yeo was on Radio 4 this morning. Know what I mean?

  135. 135
    Don't mention IRAQ says:

    Bliar is a “busted flush”.

  136. 136
    The Chief Rabbi says:

    NuLabour has turned thieveing and fraud into an art form

  137. 137
    Groucho says:

    Looks as if he trapped his head in the doors of a lift

  138. 138
    the mugabe book of right answers says:

    Byers: I mis-spoke, and of course I would have paid it all back in the event of being caught red handed officer.

    Plod: Right answer. You are free to go.

  139. 139
    Engineer says:

    The Judicial system? Can’t do a damn thing until someone presents a defendant and a set of charges.

    The police? Politicised and politically correct from top to bottom.

    The CPS? Kier Starmer.

    Oh boy, do we need an election…..

  140. 140
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    I can’t stand to look at his fucking gurning face for more than a second without wanting to fill it with my fist. On second thoughts why damage MY fist a baseball bat would work much better.

  141. 141
    We're at war ain't we? says:

    Perhaps we can get Willy Walsh & his BA management to get some helicopters over to Afghanistan?

  142. 142
    Caligula's Horse says:

    I knew Nulabour were strong on rentboys

    But I am told I can rent the Nulabour Girls Gang now

    I will teach them a thing or two

    Like Nulabour Girls Gang …Bang….

  143. 143
    Odds Bodkins says:

    C’mon Beeb do your fucking job and stop taking me, a licence fee payer, for a c***.

    Had this been a Tory you’d have been all over it like a [ insert metaphor here ].

  144. 144
    Sting's beard says:

    What you have described amounts to the nationalisation of politics. Unfortunately it would massively reduce freedom of expression. The pressent political regime would stitch it up so that only parties as represented in the House of Commons could be funded. Therefore no more UKIP, Greens, The party that cannot be mentioned etc!. End result Fascist dictatorship!!

    No Idefinetly dont want to see State funding of political parties. If you want to see what a disaster it leads to try looking the history of the Soviet Union or if you need a more up to date example look at pressent day Portugal which has experienced a massive curtailment of democracy!!

  145. 145
    Pol Pot says:

    How dare you sir! I deeply resent being associated in any way with such corrupt organisations as the New Labour occupation and torture regime.

  146. 146
    Jac says:

    The basic law of representation. This man was charged with helping his constituents and like many, helped himself. Ignorance, stupidity and greed are the credo of many politicians of all colours.

    Charges: Idiot, piggy, big head.

  147. 147
    Unsworth says:

    A thing to be hoped for.

  148. 148
    Mrs Blair ......... says:

    Flustered Bush ..?

  149. 149
    Anonymous says:

    Sky News is now coming around to this. Actually reporting that all those involved are Blairites, Hoon and Hewitt lead the failed coup and there will be little sympathy for them within Number 10.

  150. 150
    Jack says:

    Sack him from the Privy Council

    And Lord Paul at the same time…

  151. 151
    here's johnny says:

    We used to call it a chopper in my day.

  152. 152
    LMFAO! says:

    > not in any way a broad sweeping statement that makes you look like an ignorant twat…

    Are you new here ?????

  153. 153
    Banker says:

    Its ok to speak like that about Bankers tho isn’t it?

  154. 154
    Engineer says:

    It damn well ought to be, but the four Lords caught red handed doing the same thing (by the same investigative team, I think) seemed to get little more than a frowning at.

    Cameron’s words now look rather prescient; let us hope that action matches words.

    As for Byers, Hoon, Hewitt, unnamed Tory – ban from public office for life. No other punishment will fit.

  155. 155
    Rotten from top to bottom...the Labour Party says:

    Intellectually and morally bankrupt…..New Labour and Socialism….perfect bedfellows.

  156. 156
    lola says:

    Nope, the best use of that 17m quid is to FUCkING WELL GIVE IT BACK TO THE POOR BLOODY TAXPAYER.

  157. 157
    twatwatch says:

    nah! that’s tat’s imaginary website you’re thinking of
    even Guido takes the piss out of him for that fucking fantasy

  158. 158
    Jack says:

    Whelan pushed the lift button at the wrong time you see

    Acccidents do happen…

  159. 159
    Oh and by the way says:

    Public office and from being appointed as directors of any company be it a PLC or otherwise.

  160. 160
    lola says:

    No, not as things stand. But it’s bloody good idea.

  161. 161
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    Now that is very funny. And after seeing Brown’s performance earlier I needed cheering up – cheers.

  162. 162
    I hate New Labour says:

    In a sane world he’d be prosecuted and locked away for a long time.

    But in the Labour-run Britain he’ll get away with it, and probably end up with some lucrative contract somewhere.

    Funny how people will be charged on the *suspicion* of downloading illegal content, whereas MPs are recognized thieves and have no penalty at all. Welcome to Labour’s end product everyone.

  163. 163
    The Pope says:

    I am coming to Britain shortly

    I will get Mandy out of the way for you if you like

    I will appoint him Archbishop of Indonesia

    His tastes suit the Church at the moment

    2 000 muslim islands to have fun with…

    How about that ?

  164. 164
    Oh and by the way says:

    Agreed. She could shoot the lot of them and is the only person in the country that would not stand trial for it. After all her life style would not change would it, she is protected with more Police and security than Wakefield Prison already.

  165. 165
    Naked Gordon says:

    Shut up you pathetic old man’s tadger

  166. 166
    Taggart says:

    You know it makes sense.Och the new

  167. 167
    Oh and by the way says:

    I’d ask for a link but suspect there may be problems getting one!!

  168. 168
    The BBC making the news for Britain - TO-DAY says:

    Sorry. We are too busy having orgasms over Obama’s Health Care Plan

  169. 169
    kenny says:

    I’d score another line if I were you ducky, and ignore all the other bottom feeders on here. I’m the one for you, and cheap too, just the way lawyers like ‘em.

  170. 170
    Willie Walsh says:

    I will be glad to help you

    On one condition

    Get Unite, the thug Whelan and Nutter Brown off my back

    Then I will supply helicos free !

  171. 171
    straw clutchers says:

    the public hears about a few more politician sleazebags to join the hundreds of expenses pigs and that means the election is in the bag for Dave
    Right.

    Ashcroft won’t win it for Labour and this won’t win it for the Tories
    it’s feeding the stay at home and tell them all to fuck off shit turnout non-vote

    Brown can’t possibly win, he never could, thank fuck
    but a hung parliament is fast becoming the only game in town
    May the 6th is not very long at all

  172. 172
    tomfiglio says:

    What’s wrong with spelt? It’s a correct form of the past participle. Just because some English speakers ignore irregular verb forms doesn’t mean that they’re obsolete.

  173. 173
    genghiz the kahn says:

    the bastard screwed all the Railtrack shareholders, lied over the details.

    But lets face it someone tipped up some Hunts in the media to look at this can of worms. funny how Purcell and Quango Launderies (Glasgow) are overlooked. Is cos he supported the Gordfather?

  174. 174
    Brown's a Tosser says:

    The Daily Politics might be interesting later if Brillo is on form and can convince the producers/editors that it should be the lead story.

  175. 175

    If you just accept he was lying, then you could get him on obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception.

  176. 176
    Dolly the Cheap says:

    Now another spectre reappears. One of the first main scandals of Blair’s government was Lobbygate. Derek Draper, an aide to Mandelson, was caught on tape telling an undercover reporter about how he could sell access to government ministers. Draper boasted: “There are 17 people who count in this government … to say I am intimate with every one of them is the understatement of the century.” He added: “I just want to stuff my bank account at £250 an hour.”

    Five grand an hour ??!! My rate was £ 250 !!

  177. 177
    Berkov's butler (with the ladder) says:

    No

    But Sally Alley the London Undergound is tweeting…

  178. 178
    lola says:

    No, it isn’t OK to speak about bankers like that at all. It’s just that you bankers have (a) been totally fucking stupid in allowing yourselves to be sucked into New Labour’s ghastly funny money state (b) enjoyed having your cartel re-inforced by the same bunch of shits (c) manged to do your own effective corporatist lobbying to get your businesses and jobs bailed out by us in genuine private business (d) have the continuing fucking nerve to wildly overcharge us and use your cartel power to rebuild your balance sheets at the expense of your customers balance sheets (e) continue to provide crap retail service levels (f) arbitrarily and frequently change your terms and conditions without any regard for any previous contracts with your customers (see cartelisation above) (g) continue to foist shit investment and insurance products on the unsuspecting and trusting among your customers (h) and ………I’m getting bored now, but you get the idea.

    I do know and have met genuinely good bankers. But unless and until you get real and get competitive (in the retail area) you will continue to be – rightly – loathed.

    Oh, and since you are owned by me you do not any longer pay any tax. It’s all just a rebate to us all in genuine private business.

  179. 179
    missing link says:

    You really are a Bishop then?

  180. 180
    slippery slop straw man dum dum says:

    dey is all like dat Hitler blowk innit ? duurrrrr.. food goes in where ?

  181. 181
    Blue Rosette says:

    The BBC are still failing to report the serious act of disorder in Bolton on Sat.

    Why?

  182. 182
    THE MEEJA says:

    Good day to bury bad news ??

    We’re buried under Liebour sleaze !!!

  183. 183
    pants says:

    “I do know and have met genuinely good bankers.”

    Liar.

  184. 184
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Doesn’t sound like news.

    Have you ever been to Bolton on a Saturday night?

  185. 185
    Adonis comes a cropper says:

    He boasted that he had persuaded Lord Adonis to avoid hitting National Express with huge penalties last year after it pulled out of its franchise to operate the East Coast main line.

    He said: ‘Between you and I, I then spoke to Andrew Adonis and said, “Andrew, look they’ve got a huge problem. Is there a way out of this?” And then we sort of worked together – basically the way he was comfortable doing it, and you have to keep this very confidential yourself.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1259676/Stephen-Byers-faces-investigation-cash-access-lobbying-scandal.html

  186. 186
    Polls ! Polls ! and yet more Polls ! says:

    The stay at homes are usually but not exclusively Labour voters or the under 25’s who again tend to favour labour so I necessarily wouldn’t bet on a “Hung Parliament”.The Tories may just squeeze home with a small overall workable majority of around 20.

    I think on May 7th a lot of political commentators will have “egg” on their faces and Cleggie & Co will be out in the cold. But as you say the election is fast approaching so not long now to find out.

  187. 187
    thick as thieves says:

    I have just become a non-dom.

    It’s bloody marvellous and th esun is shining in Belize

    Fuck off therefore all you Tory Twerps

    Labour will win the 2010 General Election

  188. 188
    The IMF is coming says:

    Welcome to 606, the football phone-in.
    Mike Naylor, caller on line 1; “Abromovich is to Chelasea as Ashcroft is to the Tories, but the reds are winning….etc

    Saw the article in the Sun about BBC bias – Basil Brush included

  189. 189
    slippery slope straw man dum dum says:

    no! dey is more like dat Stalin geyzr coz dey haz dem Goolags an murder millions innit ?

  190. 190
    Marxist BBC Reporter watch says:

    Any noticed how the BBC reporters are revving up the dreary BA picket lines?

    The reporters are shrilling for Unite so much they keep saying all ‘WE’ want is a fair deal, then they correct themselves and say all ‘THEY’ want is a fair deal.

    If they interview a striker, the repoters are prompting them by saying ‘and what about bullying Willie Walsh’?

    The reporters are also getting the strikers to start cheering and making a noise just before they go live on air!

    BBC also saying that BA must be lying because there are so many aircraft on the ground, they are not taking into account the dozens of hired aircraft being used by BA.

    Totally biased BBC as usual.

  191. 191
    English Viking says:

    Yes.

  192. 192
    Stan Butler says:

    Nothing on the BBC ‘Have Your Say@ nor Toenails’ blog about this scandal yet. Nothing to be suprised about.

  193. 193
    Barry O'bama says:

    I only wanted to do one term anyway.

  194. 194
    Co's it's "Not in the public interest" to do so that's why says:

    You actually need to ask the question ? There’s numerous similar incidents that have never been reported by any of the MSM let alone the BBC

  195. 195
    Engineer says:

    Interesting question by John Redwood at last week’s PMQs, which didn’t get much of an answer, or the coverage it deserved.

    “Where has the £700 billion of public money given to the banks gone?”

    Seven hundred billion! We fucking want that back…..

  196. 196
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Esp if you like a bit of Oscar Wilde.

  197. 197

    CPS says

    Nothing to see here.
    Move along now
    Please keep back.
    Let the relevant authorities through to deal with the incident
    Please let the professionals do their job.

    Keep well away please.
    The BBC have got everything under control.

  198. 198
    Martin Day says:

    Martin will sort this !

    Stephen Byers refers himself to Martin Day over lobbying claims

    Former cabinet minister asks Martin Day to investigate allegations about his willingness to engage in lobbying

  199. 199
    Unsurprised says:

    Haha

    No I just have not had any coffee this morning and thought bugger it i’m having him.

  200. 200
    V for Vendetta says:

    Privy be an apt word in his case. Just where he belongs.

  201. 201
    Anonymous says:

    Is it correct that the Heathrow cabin staff want to keep their free travel perks so they can get to work from homes in far away places such as Floria and the Carribean?

  202. 202
    Berkov's butler (with the ladder) says:

    Two kidneys at University ?

  203. 203
    Dog says:

    uaf uaf

  204. 204
    Nemo says:

    Let’s face it though .if you’re on the picket line it’s a bonus having Luisa Baldini reporting for the BBC…I’ll forgive THAT girl any biased reports

  205. 205
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    So, you’ve managed to convince the tax authorities that the central axis of your life is not the UK. Easy, its some other planet entirely.

    I’d guess you aren’t the real TAT either.

  206. 206
    Labour - the lie, deny then smear party says:

    Nothing! – nothing less than the Tyburn jig for this labour scum.

  207. 207
    Keir Starmer says:

    Not in the public interest.

  208. 208
    enoch says:

    Rivers of blood on the streets of Britain? Move along.

  209. 209
    David Cameron says:

    Ghastly piece of filth

  210. 210
    BA Cabin Crew push self-destruct button says:

    On earlier live reports whilst the union spokesman was saying that they had managed to ground the majority of BA flights…there was a BA flagged 747 coming in on approach and several other planes taxiing for take-off in the background so it seems to negate UNITE claims somewhat.Unless of course Willie Walsh has persuaded other airlines to put BA logos on their planes for the duration of the strike???Ooops hang on is that a line of pigs on the approach path ?

  211. 211
    Elephant never forgets says:

    Having been directly affected by that
    It didn’t really matter about the untruths when the legislation that was used was not really applicable to Railtrack (Judge should of known the Railway Act better)

  212. 212
    algarve says:

    I wonder if these bastards claimed for their wages and expenses off the taxpayers at the same time as being paid by lobbyist,
    I know what would happen to me if i took a day off work to work for someone and claimed for wages off my employer at the same time .
    surely this is FRAUD i really despise these fuckers

  213. 213
    Magi says:

    I curse you. There you go now I once put a spelt on you.

  214. 214
    Labour - the lie, deny then smear party says:

    Stephen Byers IS Martin Day and I claim my 5 pounds

  215. 215
    Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink says:

    makesh shensh in Dutch

  216. 216
    Lord Peter Mandelscum says:

    I would like to take the opportunity to refute any allegations of wrongdoing involving Tesco and Byers.
    I have never acted in a dishonest way in my life and………….
    Hang on a mo, can we just change that a little?

  217. 217
    Law Society says:

    barred from practicing law

  218. 218
    trev says:

    Anybody not think that actually calling an election will change the dynamic? You know, PPB’s, poster campaigns, telly debates etc.

  219. 219
    Blair & Co have their snouts in the honey says:

    Former Labour ministers Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoffrey Hoon are caught ‘influence peddling’, as it is known in America where it’s illegal.

    For £3,000 a day (£5,000 in the case of Byers) they claimed they could use contacts in government to get good results for the company involved.

    Hoon told an undercover reporter from Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Sunday Times — pretending to be a business executive — that he wanted to turn his knowledge and contacts into something ‘that frankly makes money’.

    Byers claimed he got his friend, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, to quash some food regulations which were annoying a client, Tesco. Later, he retracted his boasts in an email, saying he’d ‘exaggerated’.

    Ms Hewitt said she had obtained a key seat on a government advisory group for a client.

    All three are former Labour Cabinet ministers. All three are disciples of Tony Blair. They are the true Heirs to Blair

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1259708/PETER-MCKAY-Blair-Co-snouts-honey.html

  220. 220
    Stop Funding Labour with my licence fee says:

    Yes good blue skies thinking – let’s run this up the flagpole for an idea. Primetime Saturday evening slot, up against Ant and Dec. Party activists from all sides have to come up with ideas to attack Aschroft er I mean dishonest politicians from either side who have been highlighted on the BBC that week (same thing in reality) Then the public has to vote on the best one for attacking Aschcroft, er I mean dishonest politicians fron either side who have been hoghlighted on the BBC that week. Money in the coffers, Ashcroft or others (unlikely) will be held to account. Presenter to be a Labour leaning BBC figure, should be easy enough to find. Signature tune – either Things can only get better or The Red Flag. I think we have plan. Just need to get it passed by Campbell and we can run with it.

  221. 221
    nice says:

    LoL!

  222. 222
    hates all pollyticians says:

    I am full of bile

  223. 223
    Stop Funding Labour with my licence fee says:

    Not got the party line or Ashcroft link yet. Awaiting further instructions

  224. 224
    stingy beard says:

    vote labour! vote brown!

  225. 225
    Roger Daley says:

    Tesco denial on Sky News.

  226. 226
  227. 227
    Jeremy Kyle says:

    I dream of the day

  228. 228
    Sarah Palin says:

    I couldn’t even manage one term as a hick Governor
    America loves quitters

  229. 229

    Surely anyone who fell for the line that he could get confidential information from Number 10 is more than a little gullible.

  230. 230
    Stop Funding Labour with my licence fee says:

    And will probably displace Byers etc as the leading news story – result

  231. 231
    Grumpy G says:

    Exactly. Just shows how biased the BBC is towards Labour. Sack the news writers.

  232. 232
    Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer says:

    Omnia munda mundis

  233. 233
    Pope Benny says:

    I wish these fuck**s would confess their fucki** sins. Then we could move on and deal with the shit* happening in our own neck of the woods.

  234. 234
    Stephen John Byers says:

    Fuck off Hunts. say what you want I will escape with a wad. My kind always do

  235. 235
    slippery slope straw man dum dum says:

    do dat an yoo would end up as a Commynazi in a goolag innit ?

  236. 236
    Martin Day says:

    The Conservative Party is causing the early deaths of up to 50,000 people a year and making thousands more ill – but the Government is failing to take enough action to tackle the problem, MPs said today.

    The UK should be “ashamed” of The Conservative Party and the harm it is causing to people’s health and the environment, a report by Martin Day’s Environmental Audit Committee said.

  237. 237
    Totalitarian Brown says:

    Gordon Brown can Fuck OFF. No Fucking way am I going to let him set up a State web page with all my details on it.

  238. 238
    beardy sarah says:

    Leave off sexy Patty H, she so horny

  239. 239
    Anonymous says:

    Unless a nation can feed its people, there is no political or economic system capable of indefinite stability.

    So, let them eat cake, nay, let them eat Tesco cake.

    And in order to pacify the proles we shall instigate a national roll-out of expansion of a singular brand name constructed of ivory towers in which they will worship. We shall ignore every Competition Commission recommendation for we shall tell them it bringeth forth cheap prices, a plethora of jobs, economic regeneration, and petroluem distillate at affordable cost. We shall include a new framework of Law, verily name it Tesco Law, a bank Tesco personal finance, a new real estate agency under the same name.

    Shall we not include Cafes, Opticians, Pharmacies, and instore bakeries where we shall get them to make their own Tesco cake, and have them pay for it with their taxable wages distributed from Tesco bank and justify our dividends unto shareholders with bonus unto the lobbyists.

    And shall we not then have indefinite stability my dark Lord?

    Oh what brazen disdain we hold for democracy and the people.

  240. 240
    Blue Rosette says:

    That may be, but the BBC is there to report the news, UK wide or provincially.

    The BBC have failed to report a very newsworthy story.

    My question is, Why?

    The sooner the BBC is shut down the better

  241. 241
    Mr Ned says:

    The BBC has newswriters? Since when? A thought the political news editor’s job was to take receipt of number10 press releases and pass them off as genuine, unbiased, fact checked news.

  242. 242
    Doris says:

    It was mentioned on the BBC radio 4 news yesterday but NOT on the TV news. Selective reporting from the left leaning BBC.

  243. 243
    Sir Stephen (deferred) says:

    Yeah, what he said; up yours Unsworth.

  244. 244
    Baboon's arse says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/7496189/Stephen-Byers-refers-himself-to-watchdog-over-lobbying-claims.html

    Of course, he is referring himself NOT because he has done something wrong but because he has done NOTHING wrong.

    I hate these people so much it hurts.

    Byers, you sneering c’unt, if you are reading this, can you remind us all when the idea to report yourself came into your devious head?

    Was it before or after the Desptaches report?

  245. 245
    David Cameron says NO! it isn't allright to speak about the Bankers like that says:

    Dave said,

    ‘What you won’t hear from me this week is the sort of easy cheap lines beating up on the market system, bashing financiers.’
    ‘It might get you some easy headlines, but it is not going to pay a single mortgage, it’s not going to save a single job.’

  246. 246
    Mr Ned says:

    Labour dictionary:

    I exaggerated = I got caught!

  247. 247
    David Cameron says YES! it is allright to speak about the Bankers like that says:

    Mr Cameron upped the political ante on bonuses by saying that no one at banks that have taken money from the taxpayer should be paid a bonus worth more than £2,000.

    Tory leader has also suggested that bankers should do charity work to apologise for the credit crunch and called for more “morality” in the market.

  248. 248
    concrete pump says:

    @ 10:10am.

    If you’re going to whore your wife to the media, make sure your wife is whoreable……..and Sam Cam is, phwooooaaarrrr!

    Would you like to see Sarah Brown in those poses – i thought not.

    Besides, in one of those photos, you can almost see her fanny.

  249. 249
    Vote for Us Vote for them get the same says:

    Elections? What have they ever done?

  250. 250
    Disaffected says:

    Guido, I am not a lawyer but i hink we can pool our ideas. Why don’t we start with failing to comply codes governing public lives, they are always good to start with a the corrupt govermnet introduced them. Why about starting the Nolan Committee Standards in public life- after all these MPs created the standard for every public servant. Then perhaps failing to comply with the Ministerial Code. We could then try some criminal offences of abuse of public office, bribery and corruption, member of public body soliciting a reward, giving or offering bribe to member of public body (Prevention of Corruption Act 1916), agent corruptly accepting (Prevention of Corruption Act 1906), let’s not forget parties to a criminal offence, counsel, procure, aid and abet, so we could widen the net on his colleagues Lord Adonis and Lord Mandelson. Price fixing is an offence as well.

    However they have a very good defence: they are lying scum who are allowed to do anything without fear of prosecution because Plod will make a policy decision in conunction with the CPS that it is not in the public interest to prosecute. Home Secretary put Plod in charge of the Met, it would not be a good career move to prosecute MPs and Ministers.

    Recently Straw blocked the promotion of a judge for criticising Labour policy. I thought the executive and judiciary were deliberately meant to be separate to prevent influence. therefore if he is brought to court who is likely to try them fairly? I think we need Harman’s people’s court, you be judge and i will act as the jury. Better still, like the government let’s bypass the rules. I find them guilty already before hearing the evidence (a bit like Blair’s invasion of Iraq, we don’t need evidence) and so you are free to give the punishment. hang him quickly (like Sadam) then it is a bit late to hear any appeal or the true version of evidence coming to light. What do you think?

  251. 251
    Blue Rosette says:

    It isn’t up to you to prove the UK is not your central axis.

    It is up to HMRC to prove it is.

    I know a few non doms and they seem to have no problems at all living in the uK with more than one home (not rented out) and coming here 3 months a year.

    I agree it makes me want to puke, especially when these incomers parade around the place as if they own it, whilst contributing bugger all.

    Well one of these guys got the CBE but he’s sniffing around now hoping the Tories get in so he can buy a peerage.

  252. 252
    Tommy says:

    The BBC WILL be shut down eventually. The reason they didn’t show the Bolton riots on the television is because the govt are terrified of the rioting spreading due to mass publicity on the television. Miss Mandelson no doubt had a quiet word with the BBC. Infact, labour still send a brief every morning to the news editors telling them what they think they should be reporting.

  253. 253
    jgm2 says:

    He’s referring himself so his mates can find him ‘not guilty’ so that he can claim he has been exonerated.

    This hamstrings any effort to get the CPS/police to take a closer look. Although I have no doubt they would conclude that any prosecution ‘was not in the public interest’ or had ‘little chance of success’.

  254. 254

    Surely that just makes it worse.
    Not only is he abusing his privileges as a former cabinet minister but he’s prepared to take money for services he can’t deliver as well.

  255. 255
    sold gold at the bottom says:

    ‘Clever’ and ‘Brown’ in the same sentence is an oxymoron.

    ‘Dirty’ and ‘Brown’ is another matter however.

  256. 256
    BBC left-Nazi bastards says:

    He’s some pics of her showing her gusset and doing “I’m well up for sodomy” poses.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1259654/David-Camerons-wife-Samanthas-risqu-fashion-shoot.html

    She seems to have the same make-up artist as CoCo the clown.

    There is definitely something wrong there – she has the body of a small boy and the head of a sheep.

  257. 257
    anonymouse says:

    I thought spelt was a type of wheat.

  258. 258
    Baboon's arse says:

    It will be a case of his word against erm, his own.

    Inconclusive, I’d say.

    Next!

  259. 259
    tat says:

    no its that c’unt martin day

  260. 260
    all the presidents bum boys says:

    “Some enterprising journo…”

    Hahahahahahahahaha…

    The lazy fucks just cut and paste press releases and ‘official leakage’.

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    I seem to rember hearing this somewhere…?

    we are all very relaxed about ex cabinet ministers becoming filthy rich..

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    Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Dave used this week’s PMQ to do a thorough demolition job on Byers, Mandy, Mcslug et al? Do a Maggie at the dispatch Box and go through each and every nasty little deal, scandal and sleaze item over the last 12 years and ask if this is a party fit to lead a chimps tea party. He needs to do a memorable speech for once, a rallying cry to define where the line in the sand is, and make sure that he is not side tracked or interrupted by the baying mob on the opposite benches. He needs to beat them down with this and repeatedly so, as the continual Ashcroft referral jibe needs putting into context against this tidal wave of corruption – alot more needs to be made against Lord Paul.

    Dave needs a damned good script writer for this one and some killer punches – the case for sleaze must be firmly nailed to the Liebour Party and it’s foul members of Parliament and the Lords. He needs a clinical approach to every point, a nasty turn of phrase, and someone twisting Bercrows nads to make him squeak at the Liebour side to shut up for a change.

    Come on, Dave…. time to show the country you are going to wipe the floor with this lot – this poor country deserves someone standing up for it and being prepared to say so.

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    Disaffected says:

    Guido, I am not a lawyer but I think we can pool our ideas. Why don’t we start with failing to comply with the codes governing public lives, they are always good to start with as the corrupt goverment introduced them. What about starting with the Nolan Committee Standards in public life- after all these MPs created the standard for every public servant. Then perhaps failing to comply with the Ministerial Code. We could then try some criminal offences of Abuse of Public Office, Bribery and Corruption, Member of Public Body Soliciting a reward, giving or offering bribe to member of public body (Prevention of Corruption Act 1916), Agent Corruptly accepting (Prevention of Corruption Act 1906), let’s not forget parties to a criminal offence, counsel, procure, aid and abet, so we could widen the net on his colleagues Lord Adonis and Lord Mandelson. Price fixing is an offence as well.

    However, they have a very good defence: they are lying scum who are allowed to do anything without fear of prosecution because Plod will make a policy decision in conjunction with the CPS that it is not in the public interest to prosecute. Home Secretary put Plod in charge of the Met, it would not be a good career move to prosecute MPs and Ministers.

    Recently Straw blocked the promotion of a judge for criticising Labour policy. I thought the executive and judiciary were deliberately separated to prevent influence. Therefore if they are brought to court who is likely to try them fairly? I think we need Harman’s People’s Court, you be judge and I will act as the jury. Better still, like the government let’s bypass the rules. I find them guilty already before hearing the evidence (a bit like Blair’s invasion of Iraq, we don’t need evidence) and so you are free to give the punishment. Hang him quickly (like Sadam) then it is a bit late to hear any appeal or any chance of the true version of evidence coming to light. What do you think?

    Reply

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    Anonymous says:

    Reply to The Court of Public Opinion:

    Someone did, his name is Greg Palast.

    http://www.gregpalast.com/browns-fixer-explains-how-its-donejon-mendelsohn-and-the-secret-tape/

    Mandelson gets more than a passing mention, along with an “ethical” lobbyist of a simiilar sounding name.

    Blair next?

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    your my wife now says:

    We know where you live: Totalitarian-Brown.com

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Its the HMRC’s own rules, that they made up, in an attempt to be fair to people who don’t live in the UK much. They could make up stricter rules if you like?

    I don’t know quite who the burden of proof is on, but presumably the HMRC just go “you live here pay up” (basic and straightforward enough), and you have to dispute that.

    The whole “domicile” thing looks like nonesense, based on intangible ideas, where residence is far more sensible and easy to understand/confirm/deny.

    PS: calm down dear, it was a fake-tat joke.

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    Mr Ned says:

    That would be a good word. It describes Brown to a Tee!

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    concrete pump says:

    Mmmm…………Fappy fap fap.

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    Charlie says:

    UNITE
    TOGETHER
    WE CAN DIVIDE

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    THE FLOOR says:

    I object !! I DO NOT wish to have that scum smeared across my surface, thank you !

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    Sting's beard says:

    Hey, you’re getting close to my face Topiary and my line is vote UKIP!

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    its already on the website

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    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    “Had this been a Tory you’d have been all over it like a …”

    Oaten to a a cesspit?
    Mandy to a rentboy?
    Tory to a fox torturing session?
    Union leader to a backhander?

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    jgm2 says:

    It doesn’t matter what Cameron says. The BBC will either ignore it or choose to show the Maximum Imbeciles weekly soundbite about Ashcroft.

    Nobody will ever know.

    We’re in lockdown.

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    Mr Ned says:

    But we already have that fascist dictatorship here and now!

  276. 276
    Mr Ned says:

    here here

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Thats a corker.

    Please tell me its tat, doing it in revenge.

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    Cabby says:

    I will take him to the Siberian steppe and boot him out, no charge

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    Mrs kelly says:

    Mmmfff mf mmf mff mmf

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    Sting's beard says:

    Excellent observation. Dont suppose the thought would have occurred to anyone of our elected representatives though!!

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    jgm2 says:

    ‘Dirty’ and ‘Brown’ is a tautology. As is ‘Lying’ and ‘Brown’.

    ‘Prudent’ and ‘Brown’ and ‘honest’ and ‘Brown’ is absurdist comedy.

    We’re fucked.

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    Now fuck off says:

    This is not the place to complain. Neither is the BBC

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    Sting's beard says:

    But he is a current Privy Councillor. Surely they can not be hired like a Taxi?

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    Now fuck off says:

    Labour idiot to a trollfest

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    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Don’t worry, when the tories get in Britian will be back to the riots we saw last time they had a pop and they will receive more than enough coverage.

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    Anonymous says:

    Here’s the relevant quote:

    “No one seriously investigated; no one asked uncomfortable questions of Mr. Brown, Mr. Blair or the man at the center of several of these supposed “deals,” Mr. Peter Mandelson, now an EU Commissioner.”

    Can’t wait….

  287. 287
    Lord Manhandlemybum says:

    This all just media froth, distracting us from the real issues of the day, like free broadband for all. Tut.

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    Sting's beard says:

    I am afraid there would be serious practical problems. Length of time in the confessional, not enough Hail Marys to go round etc. Good idea but No Cigar!

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    Kasou says:

    But you dont understad the Tories have Lord Ashcroft…. surely that is worse..according to the BBC coverage Ashcroft is the worse thing to hit the parliamentary system since Guido uncoveed the troughing.

    All this bullshit about Byers cant be compared to the damage done by Ashcroft to the parliamentary system, compared to LORD Mandelson, who has always paid tax on his income, and never conned the country to get his well deserved Lordship.

    Wake up guys. This is all Tory spin. Ask Gordon (he has full confidence in Lord Adonis and Lord Mandelson, and Lord Paul and Lady Kinnock and Lord Mick (goebbels), and Lady Ashton, and Loed Sugar) these cant all be wrong, look what they have done for the country, leave them alone, be like the BBC and concentrate on the real crooks.

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    Now fuck off says:

    uaf

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    Decisions decistions says:

    I found a big old electronic box in a skip and someone told me if I plug it in and turn it on it will wipe out the BBC transmission.What to do?

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    enterprising journo, not says:

    We’ve been waiting since 2007, by the look of the date of the article.

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    I think this is correct .. says:

    It was on the BBC news home page as it happened – I noted that the BBC chose to highlight the EDL arrests rather than the UAF arrests which – as I understand – caused greater trouble

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    Legal_Layman says:

    Entrapment is a pretty murky area in English Law even on a good day.
    Since it is often the law enforcement authorities that lead a suspect to transgress for which he has little grounds of acquittal (except on grounds of ‘fairness’ or ‘abuse of process’). The most common petty cases are alcohol and cigarettes sales to under 18’s, which normally involves very strong collusion between the authorities and the law courts.
    As long as the person inciting the crime appears as a normal person conducting their normal business on a normal day in a once-only transaction then the evidence is normally passed as admissible.
    When it is NOT the law enforcing authorities that are inciting the crime it is often necessary to prosecute both parties, since both are equally culpable.
    The defence of public interest by journalists posing as member of the public may not exclude them entirely from prosecution, since they are in part knowing perpetrators of a crime.
    Because it is not particularly expedient to prosecute journalists, it looks as if in this case at least “source for the goose” must also be source for the “gander” – the less than honourable retiring (let us hope) gentlemen MP.

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    B*NP says:

    You kip if you want to. I’m voting B*NP

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    Jerry Attrick says:

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    BBC left-Nazi bastards says:

    To be even-handed, here’s a pic of Sarah Brown with her hideously fat legs, piggy eyes and all-round ugliness.

    I really hope this slimy conniving slag-cow from the gutter is kept out of the election campaign. It’s vomit-inducing when the cheap slag starts blubbering about how much Gordon (lying thieving c’unt war-criminal) Brown cares about the ‘little people’.

    Get back in the sewer you fat slag!

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    Anonymous says:

    Read it through… you’ll find it goes back to 1998

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    Incoming says:

    I spoke to someone on the line before and they said the BBC are prompting them to boo at passing BA flights, just for a bit of TV mind you.

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    Time for a quiet puke says:

    And I’ll comb yours

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    Anonymous says:

    and bus passes for the elderly…. hear! hear!

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    Lord Paul says:

    Nothing to see hear, move along.

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    Ctesibius says:

    Martin, I;ve told you, it’s 50,000 a day

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    The BBC making the news for Britain - TO-DAY says:

    Do you want a job ?? We’re looking to recruit an unbiased commentator like you for our new flagship news programme…provisonal working title.. The Ashcroft Files. With your undoubted abilities you could be Managing Director( News )in a couple of years

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    Ooooii .............. says:

    Is Byers sponsored by a UNION? Unite or what?

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    Whole of Conservative party membership says:

    Dream on

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    Slap the twat says:

    Vote labour to get stinking rich and a lifetime immunity from prosecution.

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    Baboon's arse says:

    So its OK for the law to entrap shopkeepers selling underage fags but NOT OK for a TV programme to catch out an MP illegally making money while subverting our laws.

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    Lee says:

    Not as much as you might think.
    The polls actually tend to tighten during an election campaign and massive shifts in poll numbers are definitely not the norm.
    It’s a battle over a handful of percentage points not dozens.
    Seachanges like 97 are very much the exception.

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    S Byers says:

    Sounds just right for me. I have no loyalty to anyone but me

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    Anonymous says:

    What a gay boy he is.

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    Brussels Louts says:

    Greeks will get funded by the backdoor.

    for a pretend smug tourist you seem very keen on this UK blog and UK politics.

    Envy is a terrible thing.

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    Odds Bodkins says:

    Byers needs putting out of his misery. He is just crying out to be placed in a large wicker man.

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    Byers Damage Control Dept says:

    Bollocks m lud

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    1. The sodding Beeb on TV news last night couldn’t just report this, they had to add a little reminder of the Hamilton affair, to prove that Tories are bent too.

    2. Forget Byers – he’s toast – no ‘client’ will ever use him again.

    GO AFTER UDDIN, WHO HAS GOT AWAY SCOT-FREE, thanks to feeble parliamentary officialdom!

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    David Cameron says:

    Ghastly piece of filth!!

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    Jabba the Cat says:

    Sarah Brown is seriously butt fuck ugly, but a rose petal compared to that Ashton woman.

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    A Public Gasps! says:

    corrupt MP’s !?!?
    we’re shocked I tell you SHOCKED!!
    we’ve also been living in a fucking cave since the expenses scandal.

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    Mr Ned says:

    Nick Clegg did his best on Sunday on the politics show by mentioning “dishonest MPs and Lord Ashcroft” in relation to this story. He will do his utmost to Get Brown’s labour in as the largest party. That way the two most hateful anti-British parties in British politics can share in destroying what is left of this nation together.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Ed Balls: So what!

    Look, Gordon Brown is happy that his government bought the stolen to order Swiss private banking details. He’s admitted the government are accessories after the fact, and by the way, no action will be taken against Brown or anyone in the Treasury or Tax office for aiding and abetting a crime.

    New Labour = Law breakers

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    jgm2 says:

    How come it wasn’t ‘entrapment’ over the ‘cash-for-questions’ scandal twenty years ago?

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    Antisthenes says:

    You want to have some legal opinion on the scumbag three then you can do no better than go to “TheFatbigot Opines” blog and read “When in a cesspit, stop digging”. It should be worth the prize.

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    Metaphor? That’s like really bad grammar, is that – simile is the word you need.

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    Cream Puff says:

    Slightly of topic, but still on the subject of Labour sleaze and criminality
    I think Guido should revisit the now developing story coming out of Glasgow
    The story so far…
    Labour Council Leader Steven Purcell resigns from Glasgow City Council
    Transpires he had a Coke habit
    Whats now coming out the woodwork is that Steven Purcell set up a Quango
    called City Building and subsequently hived off all council building and services
    to this and other quango’s Steven set up. These Quango’s notably City Building is run by Labour activists . City Building – previously a department of the local authority – allowed salaries for senior managers, some closely associated with the Labour Party, to balloon after it became a much-feted “arms-length” company wholly owned by the public. The firms managing director is Willie Docherty, the husband of Glasgow Labour councillor Sadie Docherty. City Building allowed the wage bill for senior staff to more than double from at least £730,000 in 2007 to at least £1.5m in 2009, in the first two full years of nominal independence from the council. They approved a vehicle leasing scheme that allowed executives to rent luxury cars, including Mercedes Benz, from the business. Spent nearly £20,000 in a single year on 18 dinner events, 11 of which were attended by Labour councillors. Took a table at the cost of £2,000 at a Labour Party fundraiser, where it entertained senior Labour figures, including Scottish leader Iain Gray and his wife, despite long-standing conventions that public bodies do not make contributions to political parties.
    City Building gave out contracts on a regular basis to another Glasgow company, called City Refrigeration, headed up by Willie Haughey, a Labour donor and friend of Steven Purcell
    Willie Haughey was closely involved in Steven Purcell’s departure
    Understand that there are on going investigations into City Refrigeration according to the Times

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    Jimmy says:

    Have you fired Blaney?

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    Stop Funding Labour with my licence fee says:

    Now come on please. With the Governments excellent record on Databases, complex IT projects and data security, I fail to see what any of you need to be worrying about. Just sign up to the scheme, there’s good fellows

  327. 327
    Dick Tator says:

    Anybody know which refrigerator is Purcell’s new residence?

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    Steve says:

    Sack Byers now. Why are ministers above the law?

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    Justice Fingers says:

    False representation contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

    2. Fraud by false representation

    (1) A person is in breach of this section if he—
    (a) dishonestly makes a false representation, and
    (b) intends, by making the representation—
    (i) to make a gain for himself or another, or
    (ii) to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.

    (2) A representation is false if—
    (a) it is untrue or misleading, and
    (b) the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.

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    Life long Conservative voter says:

    1974: Architect jailed over corruption

    Architect John Poulson has been jailed for five years for corruption after being found guilty of bribing public figures to win contracts.

    Poulson, who was found guilty of conspiracy to make or receive corrupt gifts, admitted that cash or presents worth £30,000 had changed hands, but had denied corruption.

    Leeds Crown Court was told that the 63-year-old gave away more than £500,000 in suits, holidays and flowers to win contracts.

    After Poulson’s business collapsed in 1972, an investigation revealed it had been making payments to several MPs, police officers, health authorities and civil servants.

    The Yorkshire architect was found guilty by the jury of 10 men and two women after four hours of deliberations following the trial.

    Mr Justice Waller told Leeds Crown Court there was a web of corruption that encompassed 23 local authorities and 300 individuals.

    William George Pottinger, 57, a senior Scottish civil servant, was also jailed for five years for corruption.

    Passing sentence, Mr Justice Waller told Poulson and Pottinger that “the magnitude and evil nature” of what they had both done was such that he would not take into account their age or health.

    Mr Justice Waller said: “To offer corrupt gifts strikes at the very foundation of our system. To accept them is a betrayal of trust.”

    Poulson, of Pontefract, broke down and wept when he heard his defence counsel speak of the courage of his wife and two daughters during the trial.
    Donald Herrod, QC, had described his client as “hypocritical, self-righteous and perhaps something of a megalomaniac”.

    However, the defence team claimed that the prosecution had failed to prove corruption although it had proved greed.

    During the trial, Poulson said: “I have squandered money on people I thought were my friends. They conned me. I did not realise what an old twit I had been until I heard some of the evidence here.”

    Poulson and Pottinger were taken to Armley Prison in Leeds to begin their sentences. They are both considering appeals.

    I remember this one and methinks that nothing much has changed!However, in this case both parties were sent to prison.

    The difference today is that Byers will walk off scot free into the sunset and the other party will be hounded and smeared by this disgusting government. You truly, truly couldn’t make it up!

    BTW Where the feck is Gordon11??????????????

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    Hear Hear says:

    Greedy sod! – Why should you have it all?

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    Beeb Department Of Save Gordon Campaign says:

    We are in full damage limitation mode.50% of the population polled (courtesy of P.B statistics ) think our debt is nothing to worry about and we at the beeb are patting ourselves on the back for this mass deception.Yes without us ( and lets face it Daves total failure to hang the albatross of a totally screwed economy around Gordos neck ) Gordo would be polling at 23% as it is we will ensure at least 200 Lab seats are saved,for the comeback in 2015 when the “baby eating tories” are booted out of office.For cleaning up Labs mess.Ha Ha its great fun from where were sitting loads of dosh whilst destroying the Tories.We’ve never had it so good.Ha Ha Mugs.

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    I don’t know if malfeasance is appropriate, but I like the sound of it, so can we charge the bugger with that?

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    oh no not again says:

    malfeasance in public office…

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    jolly says:

    given that brown once again refuses to clear things up wih an enguiry I beliieve that byers is as bent as the rest of them andshould go . what a gang of crooks they all are .. jolly

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    Dr Bob says:

    Renal failure and Hoon dysfunction? Cut the whole lot out and repace with a cholestomy bucket.

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    Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramírez says:

    The condemned is found guilty of murder, armed robbery of citizens, state banks, and post offices; the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the laws of this State the condemned is guilty of using marked cards and loaded dice…..murder, armed robbery of citizens, state banks, and post offices; the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the laws of this State the condemned is guilty of using marked cards and loaded dice…

    assaulting a Justice of the Peace, raping a virgin of the white race, statutory rape of a minor of the black race, derailing a train in order to rob the passengers, highway robbery, robbing an unknown number of post offices, counterfeiting and passing counterfeit money, promoting prostitution, intention of selling black fugitive slaves, hired himself out as guide on a wagon train, after receiving his payment in advance, he deserted the wagon train in the hunting grounds of the Sioux Indians, misrepresenting himself as a Mexican general in order to receive a salary and living allowance from the Union Army…

    May God have mercy on his soul.

    Pro-ceed!

  338. 338
    Sir Francis Drake says:

    Smoked a potato.

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    Adse lover says:

    Cleaver chap.

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    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Are we discussing Mandleslime’s tip again?

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    Kasou says:

    But I am a Non-DOM.. but I do pay tax, just like Mr. B´Liar, would that disqualify me. ??

  342. 342
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Sieg Heil you nazi bastard

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    Deadly Serious says:

    This is not fucking 4-chan FFS (fap fap fap fap)

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    BA trolley dolly (it's my day off) says:

    Wasn’t he something to do with schools and funding arrangements for TB’s dodgy “academies”? He knows FA about transport.

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    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Good god, just imagine what might be living in her bush!!!!

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    udderly 'orrible says:

    http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2005/08/byers_blocked_attempt_to_save.html

    Byers ‘blocked attempt to save Railtrack’

    Press Association: August 1, 2005

    The former rail regulator Tom Winsor today said ministers had threatened to strip him of his powers as he fought to save Railtrack, the rail infrastructure company.

    Mr Winsor said management at the firm had been wrongly convinced by the threats, even though it would have taken 12 months to pass the necessary laws.

    “They believed that, and I think that was a disastrous error on their part but that was the judgment they made,” he said.

    Almost 50,000 former Railtrack shareholders are suing the government, claiming it plotted to push the company into administration. In the largest class action seen in Britain, the shareholders are seeking £157m in compensation.

  347. 347
    udderly 'orrible says:

    Byers hired the world’s most expensive QC to defend his Railtrack actions. Taxpayers paid of course.

    http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2005/07/railtrack_court_action_absurd.html

    Railtrack court action absurd, says QC
    Financial Times: July 6 2005
    By Nikki Tait,Law Courts Correspondent
    The case against Stephen Byers, the former transport secretary, and the Department for Transport, brought by 49,000 former Railtrack shareholders was “groundless” and “absurd”, lawyers told the High Court.
    Opening the department’s defence, Jonathan Sumption, QC, said that, for the misfeasance claim to succeed, it would have to be shown that harm to the former shareholders was not just a by-product of Railtrack’s administration its very purpose”.
    A trawl through government e-mails and documents in the months leading up to the October 7 2001 administration petition had shown many notes in which officials suggested the effect on shareholders was a “demonstrable drawback” to the administration option.
    If the claimants’ case was right, such notes would have had to say that damage was an advantage. That was a “perfectly absurd” proposition – yet one on which the claimants’ case was founded, said Mr (Jonathan) Sumption (QC).

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    silentmajority says:

    Has any one else spotted that the “confesssion” is inadmissable as it was not made under caution?

    The result of years of putting the criminal first and the rest of us last.

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    Call me Infidel says:

    I would be interested to know just how many politicians Dispatches approached in this sting. Why these particular people? Did they contact ten, twenty etc.

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    Unsworth says:

    Please!

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    Unsworth says:

    Yes, but the questions was ‘spelt’ (as in wheat) or ‘spelled’ as in the verb, to spell.

    But I’m losing the will to live.

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    sid dayshus says:

    Sarah Brown in a teddy with a turkey baster

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    Unsworth says:

    He’s certainly on ice. Maybe snow, too.

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    Unsworth says:

    Maybe Byers and the others should sue the Sunday Times.

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    consumer protection says:

    Try section 4 – fraud by abuse of position!

  356. 356
    Sally Down The Alley says:

    I’m here!
    Did someone mention prostitution?

  357. 357
    Madme Defarge says:

    Hoon could try selling his £500,000 house at Walberswick if he needs cash to put his offspring through uni.

  358. 358
    Madme Defarge says:

    Yes. It’s a perk and not part of the contract so WW said anyone who goes on strike loses this perk…forever.
    It’s a substantial perk as they get flights at (I believe) 90% discount for them and family members and they get upgrades to Business Class at a very low price.

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    Madme Defarge says:

    I also read yesterday that they were given contracts to supply vehicles to the council despite a) having no experience in such work and b) quoting way over the prices quoted by established companies that have long-established experience of this work.

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    Auntie Flo' says:

    I bet you’re a tax lawyer :o) In fact, I bet you’re P….e.p. Is that you, P? If so, please stop peeing about and answer Guido’s question from the tax standpoint.

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    Cream Puff says:

    Yet not a peep from the BBC ,Scotland or otherwise, how strange, but then again thats what is expected
    Even the SNP Party conference (yes there was one) was not shown live, nor reported on in any measure. Only after the event we get a edited (very edited) bit of a speach by Nicola Sturgeon, who attacked the goings on in Glasgow and mentioned Steven Purcell. BBC cut all that bit out. So much for even handed broadcasting(sic)

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    amy lyons says:

    Speaking as a lawyer expert in other areas and so not an expert in this, the following are crimes and torts of which SB may be guilty:

    1. If he was telling the truth about influencing government then he is in all sorts of trouble – corruption in public office springing first to mind, possibly even treason as his duty is to the Queen (hmmm…the only crime I believe is still punishable by death).

    If, more interestingly, he sticks by his denial, and instead claims that he was lying about his influence then he is guilty of:

    1. Libelling Lord Adonis – SB’s false claims to have influenced Lord Adonis would have caused anyone hearing them to think less of Lord Adonis. This is a serious libel (unfortunately a civil claim that only Lord A can conduct), and

    2. Attempted fraud: if his claims were exaggerated and false then SB is guilty of attempting to gain money through deception. This is a serious crime and the police should immediately investigate..

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    marcus aurelius says:

    what does hte court of public opinion say Ms Harman?

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    Squarebullet says:

    Is there anything a British P.M. can’t do? I mean is it really true the man can preside over a fraudulent scheme which gives his paymasters a profit for buying influence (Unite)?
    Can he allow ex ministers their business start up in selling secret influence over his goverment’s policies, merely saying he doesn’t feel like investigating this primary corruption just now when compelling evidence of their crimes emerges?
    Is it possible in anything resembling a democracy that a man like this can merely assume power with no vote, and then decide to keep the whole poulation waiting until he feels he has the best chance of conning us all (using the state owned broadcaster) into making a mistake and voting for him?
    Can an ex chancellor turned P.M. just get away with telling blatant lies to an official in public when everyone knows our forces have been wandering around without enough helicopters, in fragile snatch landrovers for nine years now, with all the resultant deaths?
    The expences scandal put reform into people’s minds, and now shouldn’t that reform include a radical change to what being P.M. means?
    We can’t afford any more nutters with so much power to decide everything.

  365. 365
    Jimmy says:

    “Guido, I am not a lawyer but I think we can pool our ideas. ”

    More of a puddle I’d say.


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