January 16th, 2011

SHAC Attacks Go Mainstream – You Read It Here First

Back in November Guido wrote that he was “still waiting for the first fearless broadsheet political editor to detail to his readers, in a lengthy article” the tensions between Steve Hilton and Andy Coulson which run deep and throughout Whitehall. Roughly speaking with some exceptions, policy SpAds are mainly loyal to Hilton and press SpAds are loyal to Coulson.

Guido has been highlighting the spats between the two, which by and large go unreported, despite being well known to Lobby journalists with connections to the Tories.  The reason you don’t get to read about them is that Hilton and Coulson are key sources for the lazier type of hack who fears that if they write about them, they won’t be privy to the briefings and titbits they hand out.  It turns out that the first political editor to risk being frozen out is the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters. In a story about Andy Coulson offering to resign over the continuing phone-hacking saga he details some of the SHAC Attacks. The Mail story reports that Hilton and his Zen Men have been briefing against Coulson, who still enjoys the support and protection of Cameron and Osborne. Truth will out…


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    cannotremembermymoniker says:

    Who gives a fig? Dave, Coulson and Hilton ain’t Tories, they are yellow liberal Liberals. The sooner they are gone the better.

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    13eastie says:

    Meanwhile, back in the expenses scandal, a chippy Northern Labour MP, miffed that he was singled out for expenses investigation himself, has grassed up six others.

    More, please.


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    hatelabour says:

    Perhaps it isn’t being reported because it really is just Wesminster village crap with no relevance or interest to anyone else?

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    intergalacticsuperhero says:

    Did he know anything that wasn’t already in the public domain?

    Has he given the police any new information?

    It was apparently someone who has already been investigated by the police and who has escaped prosecution.

    (So we are told; it may be true, or it may be someone who has done a deal with the CPS and is grassing up his colleagues in return for lenient treatment by the Courts.)

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    annnonymous says:

    “Guido has been highlighting the spats between the two!”

    By which you mean you have been taking Coulson’s side and going after Hilton because Coulson allows the odd junior SpAd to give his Spin to you once in a while.

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    My well placed co-conspiritor tells me that Andy Coulson will be gone before the end of this month.

    ……….Watch this space

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    bbitgu says:

    Omg , Just have a fight and be done with it , Has anyone opened on book on it and what are the odds ?

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    bbitgu says:

    But would he have grassed em up if he hadnt been caught thieving ???

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    Dick the Prick says:

    It makes sense – get out before the locals. To be fair, both of them are under performing and there’s significantly more value in getting rid of the tea boys before reshuffling the cabinet post May’s meltdown.

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    bbitgu says:

    Doesnt this highlight how useless the lobby and msm are , Then again they do both need eachother to create the need for the msm *.

    In thier own progressive minds*

  12. 12

    We go after both sides.

  13. 13

    This blog specialises in Westminster crap, why are you here?

  14. 14
    bluggedin says:

    Andy Coulson ate my pussy says:

    Billy had a fight with his knob this morning…..Billy lost.

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    bbitgu says:

    I thought it was blog on which you found out all the latestz z list celeb news, Damm !!!!

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    bluggedin says:

    Looks like Coulson has lost……a bit of weight. Great what several sleepless nights can do for you.


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    jgm2 says:

    Cameron should fire one or, ideally, both of them and get in a team that can work together. If Labour has taught us anything (other than to re-iterate their incompetence) it is Brown’s undermining of Blair and divisiveness and the distraction it caused allowed all manner of idiocy to go unchecked.

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    bbitgu says:

    But then what would Nick robinson have to do to justify his blogging and biased reporting ? think of Nick ……..

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    jgm2 says:

    Nick is a bit more off the Labour leash if you follow the link in ‘Seen Elsewhere…’

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    bbitgu says:

    Thats what i meant , Its all one big game for politicons/media to play ………………. At our expense

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    jgm2 says:

    I have to say I’ve noticed BBC on-line content coming a bit more into line with T*ry thinking since the election. They’re at least flagging up the possibility Labour might, after all, have destroyed the economy and there might, after all, be a structural deficit.

    The BBC has a cultural left-wing bias but it has also a strong self-preservation bias. With the T*ries in power they can’t be too overt in their opposition.

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    bbitgu says:

    How many Labour mps /Former mps have worked at the BBC ?

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    jgm2 says:

    Please let it be true.

  24. 24
    jgm2 says:

    Delicious bit is though that it will then be Labour councils implementing the cuts.

  25. 25
    bbitgu says:

    Anyway , The main question today is , Will Aston Villa get relagated ?

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    jgm2 says:

    It does look that way. Too bad Martin O’Neill spit his dummy out – now they see what they’re missing.

  27. 27
    bbitgu says:

    Any luck O niel will be appointed West Ham boss in next few days :-)

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    bbitgu says:

    Shit they have just scored .

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    jgm2 says:

    I like O’Neill. I have a fond memory of him commentating in a World Cup match (actually – might have been a European Cup match) in the studio with Linnekar and Alan ‘Eye-liner’ Hansen and Hansen trying to get in a snide remark about O’Neill’s European Cup experience. I thought O’Neill was going to swing for him. If only.

    I think Hansen knows how shit he (Hansen) is and was trying to do down the new boy lest he do him out of a job.

  30. 30
    jgm2 says:

    ‘On the p155 my Lord, on the p155…’

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    hatelabour says:

    Not what I’m saying.
    You were asking why the MSM haven’t been reporting it. Their audience are probably not into the minutiae of Westminster. Your readers might be, but their audience isn’t.

    But the BBC and left-wing outlets usually like any excuse to bash the Tories, so they might take it up at some point.

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    bbitgu says:

    Can we petition the BBC to never introduce 3D tv to the parliement channel ?

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    Ratsniffer says:

    jgm2 @ 1:10 “I have to say I’ve noticed BBC on-line content coming a bit more into line with T*ry thinking since the election”

    I wish their other coverage would do the same. Seems to me that the agenda is this: Labour know they cannot fight on their past economic record. It was simply dire beyond belief and most of the (thinking) population know this. So, the discussion must be “moved on” from talking about labour’s past economic record.

    And their broadcasting arm is happy to oblige: Just two instances last week…Dimblweed on QT to Gove when Gove was trying to say how the tories inherited a massive deficit from labour “Yes but we hear that all the time from you in the commons…let’s answer the question..” (or words to that effect)

    And the guy standing in for Vine on his radio 2 chat show when a caller was trying to explain that labour left the economy in such a bad state “yes but that’s all in the past…let’s talk about now..” (OWTTE)

    Two fairly subtle – though possibly innocent – ways of “moving the debate on”…and enabling labour’s monumental fuck ups to be airbrushed from history.

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    bbitgu says:

    Look back over stat porn thread and Guido answer my question on that very subject

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    PD77 says:

    bbitgu I guess it wouldn’t be too bad as long as it disables the Mad Mod, but I’m not one to tempt fate by posting something with the random word post blocker so for now I’ll just post safe.

  37. 37
    bbitgu says:

    Guido says its a weekend thing …….

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    apagusta says:

    give us a clue where is it ? I’ve been away for a week plus so missed this completely

  39. 39
    bbitgu says:

    7-up thread

  40. 40
    PD77 says:

    As such you can change your pen name from the edit profile section so it may be a pain but it can be done.

  41. 41
    Chris Kelly MP says:

    “Boo Hoo, Sob, Sob, WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!”

  42. 42
    PD77 says:

    It’s not a pain at all. Takes about 5 seconds.

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    apagusta says:

    Thanks for that…if this is a ‘weekend’ thing then I won’t be bothering at weekends…if permanent I along with my 500 plus alto egos will be taking early retirement from Guido. If it is a new permanent feature Guido must have had a brain storm to alter the format so dramatically.

  45. 45
    Dave says:

    ‘You can bloody well forget about being a Minister. TWAT ‘

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    nell says:

    What is it about the occupant of no10, regardless of the politics, that makes them employ unsavoury characters like alastairc, damian, coulson and hilton for these spin doctor non-jobs?

    cameron needs to get rid of both of them and go head hunting for someone with integrity.

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    bigtitu says:


  48. 48

    We want weekends off from deleting slagging matches between various window-lickers. Will probably end up just banning the lot of ‘em.

  49. 49

    “We became too technocratic and managerial, .. over time people railed against the target culture, the managerialism of public service reform and overbearing [Labour] government.”

    Well done, Ed! But then be blows it:

    “Only Labour can build the good society. Society can only function if based on progressive Labour values”

    As thick as shit. No wonder Labour didn’t choose him to be their leader.

  50. 50

    It is a bad job when the egos of those paid to serve overtakes the duties of their office. I just wonder why you would want two people advising you who disagreed so much…

  51. 51

    In my experience, unsavoury directors surround themselves with unsavoury managers.

    The Conservative Party needs to go head-hunting for a leader with integrity. Quickly.

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    Dick the Prick says:

    It’s certainly mitigated by the fact that there are incentives to regionalize certain specialist admin stuff like lawyers, procurement dudes and ed psyches etc but never underestimate the ability of Labour to be obstroporous ejeets. Fair play I guess, elected for a ward and ‘up yours’.

    My best chum back in the heady days of Torydom used to say ‘if you don’t vote Tory, you can fuck off!’ and it’s only reasonable to assume Labour follow the same registration mechanism.

  53. 53
    Ratsniffer says:

    What they seem to have at the moment is a leader who is fast acquiring a reputation for flashmanesque type bullyboy tactics. Bad show.

  54. 54
    nell says:

    Why does Dave need propoganda merchants anyway?

  55. 55
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I for one am glad that Guido has adopted authoritarian moderation. ID cards prevent impersonation.

  56. 56
    nell says:


    And who are you apart from neing an imposter imposter?

  57. 57
    windowlickerunderthewire says:

    Incompetence even. Billy, please suck my honourable member dry.

  58. 58
    nell says:

    You can’t even spell being correctly. I say that nell 62 is an imposter.

  59. 59
    Dick the Prick says:

    Seriously? Is it getting that bad? Not surprising I guess. Ah fuck, that’d be a shame but fair play man. Chuck an ad out for a few interns maybe? Pay ‘em in doughnuts!

  60. 60
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I am neither wrinkled, a sow or old. Anonymous and free comments are a thing of the past.

  61. 61
    bbitgu says:

    What you do in your own time ……..

  62. 62
    davefuckyoufiggley says:

    Sorry Tess. I didn’t mean to offend. You are of course quite right.

  63. 63
    Dick the Prick says:

    The BBC I think are getting worse if anything. I find a level of hostility that was sneering before but now it’s just in yer face bullshit. I find it a little bit peculiar that Paul Mason can be both economics editor and shop steward; both equally reasonable jobs, nice one – good lad, but not at the same time. That’s hunter/gamekeeper paradox.

    Their journalism has become sloppy, conceited, institutionalized and parochial. I think the age discrimination case that was lost is more reflective of the grip that exists. How come Paxman, Naughtie, Humphreys, Marr, Robinson, etc haven’t been benched for a while? When Rayworth did Marr’s show last year, the change was tangible – a breeze swept through my living room.

    I absoluetly love Biased BBC blog, seriously top of its game and, well, output hasn’t reduced and it’s still blatant. Ah, comedy.

  64. 64

    His anti-meritocratic “all female selection lists” lost my vote. And the approved candidates didn’t do at all well, if I recall correctly.

  65. 65
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Weird or what? I am totally confused.

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    Sarah's Twat says:

  67. 67
    bbitgu says:

    Trying to escape the Nutter eh?

  68. 68
    windowlickerunderthewire says:

    ….and not succeeding by the look of it.

  69. 69
    Dick the Prick says:

    This blog has gone NUTS.

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    harrylimey says:

    Doing the crystal maze on acid..? Well i’m doing crystal meths AND acid & its just taken me over 30 mins… Lucky i met GOD & he sorted it or i could have been trying all night…

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    bbitgu says:

    Sorry to go off topic Guido , but was reading the guardian earlier , and a few comments said that the coalition was following Labours plan to only halve the deficit over the lifetime of the parliment , It went unchallenged , Do the figures from the red book back this up or are the coalition going to get rid of deficit ?

  73. 73
    Dick the Prick says:

    Conservative Associations are quite egalitarian. I guess women have to better than every other candidate but usually so does the bloke candidate. I think local fiefdoms can be neutralised without so much direct action.

  74. 74
    bbitgu says:

    It is very revealing that Gordon has so little part in her life. Wasn’t he supposed to be her husband and her hero?

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    bbitgu says:

    U R A Prick Dick

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    nell says:

    ‘Not the real nell’ that should be propAganda.

    As for your question, he’s not alone is he? edmilitwit has his own little army of propagandists too. It’s a dirty business that attracts the sleaziest type of personality.

  78. 78
    nell says:

    The real nell spells it propaganda.

  79. 79
    bbitgu says:

    Guido , Will you be challenging Uk Uncut to chase tax avioders like this ?


    Cant see it be a vote winner tho…….

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Good luck buddy!

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    nell says:

    You are a silly.

    You need to get yourself your own moniker, something that defines you as a person.

    Don’t hide behind the rest of us, using our monikers.

    C’mon be brave! Get a moniker of your own and be yourself!!

  83. 83
    nell says:

    ‘Night sweeties. God Bless.

  84. 84
    nell says:

    Sorry I posted at 11.02pm that I was going to bed but I really must respond to this.

    Labour’s Betty Boothroyd was a very rare piece of gold, a diamond, amongst the dross of parliament in her time.

    gorbalsmick and berc ow are less than beetledung by comparison.

    The fact that bercow’s cheap, trashy, not very bright, loud-mouthed wife thinks she needs to attack our Betty shows how vulnerable the failed, failing and flawed squeaker of the house is!

    Once again ‘Night. Sweet Dreams.

  85. 85
    Dick the Prick says:

    Don’t do it bud. I lived by George down Anlaby, Reed Street & May Street and cared about Grafon but cared more about Mainbrace & Room. Newlands where the boys lived.

  86. 86
    Dick the Prick says:

    You are very clever. Not sure what yer gonna do with yet, but kudo

    Dicky: that is copied

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    annnonymous says:

    Anyone can look up the articles and it’s blatantly obvious you go after Hilton. Are you ashamed of being Coulson’s errand boy?

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    satanslittlehelper666 says:

    “He is now understood to have private security officers keeping a “discreet” watch on him after he voiced fears for his life and is being represented by Max Clifford, the public relations specialist.”

    Like I said “wait for the film of his escapades”


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    Juliet Samuel Fan Club says:

    Then where are the pictures of the bow-wows that provide it?

  90. 90
    Mike Hunt says:

    They will make them as unfair and perverse as possible (sack school support staff but keep their climate change officers) to give the BBBC (official organ of the Liebour Party) as much ammunition as possible against those evil Tories and their LB poodles who made them do it.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    The hacks miss nothing for not being in a loop, because the press these days investigate and break pretty much nothing, preferring to print press releases as fact, even when it’s market information – just print a company press release as fact, no journalism required, still get paid.

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    Mr Slater says:

    I do hope your blog remains Parrot-friendly, Guido!

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    pill says:

    Oh brilliant so when the bailiffs turn up for the 4.8 trillion debt we can just say
    “yes but that’s all in the past…let’s talk about now.” tossers !

  94. 94
    Mike Hunt says:

    To counter the black propaganda emanating from the other side.

  95. 95
    No Pasaran says:

    The anti-Mafia operations in Italy rely on testimony from “penitenti” who get immunity or reduced sentences. Seems like it’s the only way to go to clean up the cesspit that Parliament has become.

  96. 96
    Mike Hunt says:

    “but was reading the guardian earlier”

    So your’e the one!

  97. 97
    Alex says:

    The reason we don’t hear about “Coulson vs Hilton” is that we aren’t interested.

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    RE: Jerry Adams Scotland Yard Rope Berry

    To stop it news hub. Tub the other way round.

    AS Minister John Major would say we will not harbor there conductor of light of earth wire of Star Chamber program of bubble echo nor should we bus shelter there cogs wheels of pilot light as Scotland Yard Clive Stevens to has open up shop nor should William Hague support the 14 for a copy across the law bar to transfer their restaurant in air to lay it a cross the ground to dust bag Jerry Adams no matter what the weather as thy spoon and ping on protocol on big wheels of cog 33 tables as yard occupied 26 tables on Qdoss as Alastair Campbell my say space book of paint by number as Jerry Adams enters the restaurant has starter and main course as they check there shores he does not get to eat deserts he his carried out on a trolley as s/y puts on a balaclava and runs out off restaurant and caught on cctv as William Hague would say we have gone pub-lic on tiny cog wheel what happened to Ian Huntley bubble I hope it was shut down or did they get another gig or rest bite…

    Saint danger

    AS my mind is on line

    Best regards
    mark patrick norris

    50a Castle Hill Avenue
    Folkestone Kent

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    RE: Paul Burrell Scotland Yard Rope Berry

    Don’t let it bee-Mac a bad tongue as Paul Burrell is in there reg they r begging for a rewire under hat so no one can shadow when Scotland Yard use there fraud shadow eye window
    Sin-seal skulls freemasons as he is they are doing there up most to turn him to bones dust so S/Y can have there flower of eastern star has they have him in air lock on fly wheel.

    Please Google. search my name Mark Patrick Norris as well as Google groups
    My Brother and auntie was in kilned by there gene space map book.

    Garden of Eden of scum wire are on the run fossils station A2 M2
    as they crush lorry to have there brolly trolley to keep me in there dummy dolly of care pear of pulls of over here here here and they want there nursery that’s how they smother me. to date it.

    Saint danger

    AS my mind is on line

    Best regards
    mark patrick norris

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    Hugh ffishingly-Whittlingstool says:

    Given the age of their star presenters, even HD was a step too far for stars like Krusty the Clown.

    Humphries must be glad he has a voice for radio.

    3D might give an entirely unflattering view of their star performers on the main channels, let alone the tribunes of the people in the Commons.

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    Hugh ffishingly-Whittlingstool says:

    Au contraire, no wonder that they did.

  102. 102
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss says:

    Too reminiscent of nu labour.

    They are scum, get rid of them.

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