July 5th, 2011

Brooks: I Won’t Quit

Robert Peston’s very reliable source at News International has been on the phone:

It seems Rebekah Brooks wants us to believe that as editor of the Screws, she didn’t read her own paper’s coverage of a massive story. She is denying knowledge of what happened, despite Milly’s answer phone being mentioned directly in print. The punters give her a 40% chance of keeping her job...


183 Comments

  1. 1
    Trinny says:

    Why stop at her – aim higher?

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    • 6
      Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

      She must have known – this ostrich response no longer washes. Murdoch need to clean out the stables, even if it’s only for show.

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      • 12
        I don't need no doctor says:

        Sign her up quick Mandelbum!

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        • 22
          Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

          String her up quick, maybe!

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          • I don't need no doctor says:

            Would be a crowd puller.

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          • All in together says:

            The prime minister, David Cameron, has denied that it was inappropriate for him to have dinner at the home of senior News Corporation executive Rebekah Brooks while the government was considering the company’s takeover bid for BSkyB.

            Cameron said Brooks, the chief executive of News Corp’s UK newspaper publisher News International, was “married to a very old friend of mine” – a reference to her husband, Charlie Brooks, the racehorse trainer and writer. Both attended Eton.

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          • Ed Milimong's Parasite Party says:

            “Both attended Eton”

            Under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (section 4), that is, indeed, a criminal offence, punishable by death.

            Or at least, it should be.

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          • Some Tory boyz are shit says:

            It’s a sad time for this country. NOTW scum can perpetrate things like this and their parent company is fast tracked to buy Sky News. Laws steals from us royally and will be promoted. There is something rotten at the heart of government at the moment.

            It’s a shame we don’t have primaries in this country like America so we can dump waste of space PM’s instead of having to suffer them interminably, parliament after parliament, just because we support their party.

            Come on Boris mate, shake a leg. You at least seem to possess integrity.

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          • misterned. says:

            Buy skynews? What drugs are you on? They are splitting Skynews off as a separate company so that Murdoch will have even less control than he does now.

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      • 39
        MrAngry61 says:

        Wade will have Rupert’s unqualified support unless/until NOTW sales drop (as the Scum’s did in Liverpool, after Hillsborough) or the stink threatens News International itself.

        If either of those occur, Wade will be sacked immediately without compunction or visible regret.

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        • 55
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Is this woman part of the Huhne family? Definitely politician material: a person who will not resign in the face of fact, truth and decency (Huhne, Laws, Clegg, Cable, Campbell to name a few). Self interest and greed out weighing every other fact. Good Lie Dumb candidate.

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        • 68
          Nemo says:

          Are you going to organise a boycott of News Int and all its subs, don’t forget that the plebs and pretend followers of football cannot do without their footy on Sky, besides if Sky stopped paying ludicrous amounts to football, just think of all those poor footballers losing all that money.

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          • MrAngry61 says:

            I don’t consume any News International printed or broadcast content, and frankly don’t care about it or its readers/viewers.

            My only concern is that if NI staff did hack Milly Dowler’s phone & delete her voice mails that they pay for it. If Wade is implicated then she should as well.

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          • Llewellyn ap Griffith says:

            Strange how scum from the NoW can hack into a mobile phone and use the info obtained without fear and yet phone tapping as evidence is inadmissable in prosecuting terrorists. It’s a funny old world!

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          • Only me says:

            There is no integrity in this organisation.

            The parent company probably runs your email and internet services.

            How hard would it be for them to run a report to see every email that you have written, every website you have visited.

            It is very easy to do.
            The only thing stopping them is the integrity of the people working for them.
            If there is no clear leadership, it gives the signal that they can go even further

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    • 23
      Euro Dave says:

      But what about Dave rolling over and letting Europe dictate where we buy our trains from?

      It’s high time we told Brussels to get stuffed.

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      • 31
        Anonymous says:

        But here is some great news from http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/

        “Holland we are told is on a collision course with the EU over a threat to deport Poles and other eastern Europeans who cannot find work. It is also planning to withhold their state benefits if they do not speak Dutch.”

        “The issue thus has been seized upon by Poland’s economic affairs minister Waldemar Pawlak, who has recently declared the development “dangerous”. It “could lead to the collapse of the European system of freedom of movement”, he says.”

        Fuck the EU.

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        • 43
          Mjolinir says:

          @Anon #31 //It “could lead to the collapse of the European system of freedom of movement”, //

          Some good news then.

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        • 61
          trevor_nunn says:

          freedom of movement is a myth anyway. when germany and most other countries didn’t want to be flooded with migrants from the accession countries they just made an opt-out. when france doesn’t want a flood of tunisians they just suspend schengen.

          i think with the EU on the ropes (as having been seen as the cause of the problems in Greece, Ireland, Spain etc) we should just carry on as we want and ignore any EU rulings. maybe slip through a bill saying Parliament is primary and rulings in Europe are advisory only

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          • Osama the Nazarene says:

            The EU, not Germany, had the opt out and Bliar could have used it to stop the “flocking” East Europeans but he chose not to use it so his mates could have cheaper nannies and home helps.

            ALL existing problems come back to Liebor in one way or another.

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          • misterned says:

            Didn’t we just try that, only for Kinnocks pro-EU plebs in the Lords to vote it down.

            [ sarc] How dare the oldest continuous democracy in the EU suggest that we not obey EU diktat? Not only should we obey it in totality, but we should use the act of obayance to gold-plate EU diktats with even more rules and regulations of the sort that our dear leaders in the EU would like to implement, but that they are too kind and reticent to ask for. [ /sarc]

            I love Europe, but hate the EU.

            Fuck the EU.

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        • 63
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          The money they send home would affect their economy, reduce health costs, reduce demand on any public service and the unemployment rate would be much higher. Actually sending them abroad it is and extremely good way of improving the lifestyles of Polish people.

          Our World Health Service, formerly known as the NHS) would be improved if there was less demand from people of the Eastern Bloc, Africa, Middle East and Asia. In short we have about 972,000 too many people enter the country last year, some of whom will breed four times more than UK citizens. Add this to year on year increases and the numbers do not stack up for our public services, cut in funding but huge increase in demand.

          Mass immigration continues under this government. We will all need to work until the day we die to pay for them all to come to the land of the free- homes, health and education.

          Clegg, Cable want to keep immigration levels as they are. Wipe Lie Dumbs off the political map ASAP before we all have to leave the sinking ship UK.

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          • Open doors says:

            Quite the NHS should be rebranded IHS (International Health Service)

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          • Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

            I have told you many times it is Liberal Democrat policy for unrestricted immigration. Without the immigrant votes in our constituencies, none of us would get elected. The coalition will continue to allow unrestricted immigration as a consequence, and because all the Tory troughers, now in Government because of us, would lose their jobs, perks and ministerial pensions. Boaz.

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        • 66
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          That’s a good idea – we could withhold state benefits from foreigners in the UK unless they speak Dutch

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      • 151
        Greek economy - socialism in action says:

        Agree. I was outraged to learn that the Eurobollox bollockry does not allow our govt to source our trains from wherever they choose.

        I am also extremely pissed off by the supine attitude of a “Tory” govt to Eurobollox.

        Don’t forget – we voted to join the EEC not the EU. Time to leave, methinks.

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      • 154
        Jabba the Cat says:

        So we have to buy second rate and more expensive trains locally? Is there a sound economic decision residing in there somewhere? Hmm…thought not.

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    • 35
      Sir William Waad says:

      Is there an expert here?

      Do editors read their own newspapers, or just skim them for general impression?
      Do editors read the lead story in detail?
      Do editors supervise how the hacks get the story and does it make any difference if it’s a big crowd-pleaser like a child murder?

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    • 58
      Nemo says:

      Sorry, but you are not allowed to critise any of the Murdoch family especially Ruppy besides B’Liar, Brown and now Cameron receive thier orders from him, Rupert still has a direct line to Cameron.

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  2. 2
    John A says:

    If the NOTW had through their activities discovered who’d murdered her then what would our attitude be?

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      Grumpy Old Man says:

      The NOTW would have still been interfering in a police investigation, and any reasonably astute defence lawyer would have a field day with the prosecution case.

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      • 67
        trevor_nunn says:

        Peel’s principles of policing

        7 – Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

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      • 177
        Media scum says:

        There have been many instances of the red tops “exposing” crime but just try and get a statement from the journos concerned and have them give evidence in court and they dissapear like snow of a dyke.

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    • 13
      Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

      I think even Surrey Plod would have managed that if it were that easy – it really isn’t the place of the NotW or any other organisation to go blundering around sticking their nose into a murder enquiry by interfering with potential evidence.

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    • 40
      misterned says:

      It was not a murder inquiry at that point, It was a missing child case. Either way it was a despicable way for an independent private investigator (albeit on retainer to NOTW) to conduct his investigation.

      For all that, it is for those who criticise Murdoch personally to prove that Murdoch knew and authorised what was done by independent investigators.

      IF there is evidence which can stand up in court, then throw the proverbial book at Murdoch and any employed staff of NOTW, until there is proof, let’s stick to those who did know about it.

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      • 42
        Ghengis says:

        He is and was the captain of the ship and should sink or swim with it.
        But who will sack him?

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      • 132
        bald old git says:

        The question is who was the directing mind of the NOTW; someone who was responsible for the way in which the paper conducted its business; something that might be relatively easily achieved by questioning the senior executives and those who organise the paper’s activities. I doubt the actual hacker is going to be willing to face justice alone, especially if the records show that other were even mildly complicit.

        It will all depend on how much will there is to open this particular can of worms. I suspect that too many people involved will prefer a quiet settlement as opposed to the cold light of day illuminating every corner of this story …

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      • 156
        Anonymous says:

        No, lets look at those who should have known about it, but chose not to ask ’cause they knew it was dodgy.

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  3. 3
    Eeu to me says:

    She knew nothing about the hacking, sounds like she went to the same school of asset management as the MOD uncivil servants, they don’t know where millions of pounds worth of radio equipment has gone.

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  4. 4
    MB. says:

    Someone on the Today programme said that the editor should have know from the original article was someone accessing her mobile phone but could it not also have come from the police? The editor could have been told that it came from a police source – either unofficial or official. It is well known that there are murky links between the press and police so it seems quite believable that it came from there.

    I am no fan of Murdoch but there too much from the Left trying to get their revenge from him transferring the support of his newspapers away from Labour including Prescott’s stupid statement of this case being used to prevent the Sky takeover. Even Prescott must have known that was not possible.

    It makes me wonder what would have happened if News International was still backingf Labour?

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    • 20
      Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

      The hypocrisy of Watson, Prescott, et al stinks, but, that said, this new revelation about Milly D. is so far above and beyond eavesdropping on celebrity tittle-tattle that serious action needs to be taken, annoying though it is that it gives succour to Watson, Prescott, et al.

      It is also v. noteworthy how little fuss other tabloids are making…

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    • 21
      Vimeiro says:

      Ah yes, Steve Hewlet, presenter of ‘The Media Show’ on R4, and a columist in The Guardian.

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      • 95
        BBC auditor says:

        Steve Hewlet is also the best of the BBC interviewers – standing head and shoulders above Naughty, Smith, Quinn and other loonie lefties on radio 4.
        Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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    • 178
      Stephen Purcells Friday club says:

      The left would do well to remember that all this occured whilst Labour were in power and working closely with the Murdoch Empire. The stench of corruption eminating from the Blair/ Brown years is now wafting to the surface.

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  5. 5
    I don't need no doctor says:

    With her “deny” ability she would make a good labour MP. Watch out Ed Balls!
    As anyone listened to labour MP Tom Watson lately. What’s with the new “quiet” Watson when he is talking to the media, what’s with the feigning sincerity. What happened to the loud mouthed new Prescott. The silence is deafening!

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    Jess The Dog says:

    Don’t buy the Screws or the Sunday Times this weekend, or until Brooks has gone . These media empires do not come out of nowhere, and need a customer base. It certainly won’t cripple them, but will embarrass them… particularly important overseas. Someone needs to take responsibility for this outrage, which is well beyond listening to the voice messages of sleazy politicians and celebs.

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    • 53
      misterned says:

      I don’t believe that the NOTW would notice a boycott by lefties, as lefties do not buy that paper anyway.

      Of course the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone is utterly reprehensible and all those who can be proven to be involved directly in that should be fired, and charged with whatever criminal offence would be most likely to stick.

      However, I am not boycotting Murdoch’s media. I am a SKY subscriber and proudly so. After all, if it wasn’t for Murdoch, then the odious, disgusting neo-communist BBC and Guardian, those bastions of “acceptable” thought, would have a virtual monopoly on news. How horrible a thought is that?

      Thank god we have anyone, even Murdoch, offering any kind of balance to the BBC/Guardian thought police.

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      • 69
        Mr Justice Cocklecarrot says:

        FFS

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      • 99
        Lance the Murdoch boil now! says:

        Proud of SKY? How brainwashed is that. SKY is shit. Get a Freesat system from Lidl for £59.99 and kick that parasite Murdoch into touch and switch yer brain on.

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        • 114
          misterned says:

          … And lose hundreds of channels? Fuck off!

          SKY gives me ALL those freesat channels PLUS hundreds more PLUS HD PLUS recording of live TV + thousands of additional films and TV series on Anytime + 3D.

          So, all that is Shit, but freesat is better???

          What drugs are YOU on?

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          • Lance the Murdoch boil now! says:

            God, you really are brainwashed. You sound like the type that goes to MacDonalds for a treat – I actually heard someone say that once – I nearly died laughing.

            BTW I get more than 2,000 channels on my FREEsat system.

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          • Anonymous says:

            You are deluded.
            The only channels missing from Freesat are the Sky owned ones. Sport / News / Films.
            The HD, recording, pausing and the rest of the channels are exactly the same.
            “1000’s of additional fils and TV series on Sky Anytime” – hahahahah. You clearly have never used them and have just read the marketing literature that comes through your letterbox.

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      • 150
        Giant Gonad says:

        Yes, where would we be without Kay Birley?

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    • 56
      Lance the Murdoch boil now! says:

      Better still boycott the evil Murdoch empire totally. There’s no loss as everything they produce is shit.

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      • 75
        trevor_nunn says:

        I’m a big fan of SKY. If it wasn’t for the documentary channels 520-557 I’d have to watch the terrestrial shit pumped out by the Commies in the BBC

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        • 108
          misterned says:

          Agreed, without Murdoch we would only have the British Broadcasting Communists and those deranged statist fuckwits at the Independent and the Guardian controlling access to most of the news media in the UK.

          Next stop: Thought police and memory holes here we come!

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          • Anonymous says:

            I’d much rather have a right wing press that wasn’t staffed by Hunts. They give us a bad name. Fuck ‘em.

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          • whatsy says:

            This was funny until I read some of your previous posts and realised you weren’t being sarcastic.

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        • 112
          Lance the Murdoch boil now! says:

          The BBC are nearly as bad as Murdoch’s shitfarm – don’t rely on either – they’re in cahoots together – get a freesat system, learn languages, expand your horizons and save money.

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      • 85
        bleeding obvious says:

        You’re clearly a Guardian nutter.

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      • 134
        bald old git says:

        it’s too big for a mass boycott to work. that’s the trouble; and Sky is too desirable since football sold itself to them.

        Nothing will ultimately change as a result of this revelation.

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  7. 9
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    all me useless on the news spouting bullshit about Afghanistan
    we will build a Sandhurst type academy ha ha ha
    He will increase assistance to them (so dig deeper Taxpayers)
    the country will be back in the hands of the Taliban within weeks
    the only people who dont see it is politicians !

    It really is time for the coalition to disband and lets get rid of this joke of a PM who can’t see any further than his next photo opp !

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  8. 10
    Jess The Dog says:

    Of course Murdoch will stand by her. Then he’ll sack her!

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  9. 15
    Anonymous says:

    No mention of this on The Sun website, so obviously didn’t happen

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      90% of the populace says:

      Wots this ‘ackin’ thing, any’ow? I dunno.

      Nice pair of tits on page 3, innit.

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  10. 16
    Robert Peston says:

    therewillbemore ON my blog LATerabout THISSTORY

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  11. 19
    Stepney says:

    What the fuck’s it got to do with him? I thought he was supposed to be Business Editor? Or is that ‘anything that takes my fancy’ editor?

    Like leaking confidential economic information and bringing banks to their knees…?

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    • 27
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      I think the banks were quite capable of doing that without any help from Peston.

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      • 77
        Lance the Murdoch boil now! says:

        Peston is a Murdoch sympathiser and a mole. He’s also a board member of the Media Standards Trust, why? Who the fuck does he think he is? Don’t forget we are forced to pay his bleeding wages!!

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    • 123
      labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      It is business, it’s t he business of the bbc to maintain a monopoly of the propaganda.

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  12. 25
    the last quango in paris says:

    Perhaps Ms Brooks can ponder the following:

    – Why was her paper morally bankrupt?
    – Why did someone dispose of potential evidence?
    – Even if a hack heard a full on confession on the mobile phone, given the way the information was obtained would it have been thrown out of Court?
    – How will she feel if Bellfield uses this information as another string to his bow for any possible Appeal?

    If that was my daughter I would be beyond furious – what a breach of privacy! The poor Dowler family.

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  13. 26
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    She could set up her own paper and give Hari a job.

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  14. 28
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Warning labour party activist on the thumbs up/down this morning.

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  15. 29
    Sick of Labour & Tories says:

    Next time Labour or Conservative MPs talk about the importance of British manufacturing, just remember Bombardier.

    Both Labour & the Conservative have sold out British engineers & British manufacturing to their EU masters.

    Another great British engineering tradition hits the deck – Cameron must be so proud of his continuing service to the EU.

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    • 33
      Anonymous says:

      Don’t forget the limpdicks.

      The liblabcons are all in it together.

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    • 34
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Over the years there has never been much difference between them
      today you couldn’t get a fag paper between them
      their policies are all smoke screens to extort as much money out of us to give them the opportunity to steal as much of it as they can for themselves
      it’s not a two party system it’s a two class system “Them and Us ”
      we need to rid ourselves of these parasites once and for all by only voting for people outside the big three someone who’s not in the click would take a while to figure it out

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      • 72
        Smig says:

        “We’re all in it together”. The “we” being them and their moneygrabbing, control-freakery over us.

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        misterned says:

        It’s not even a two class system, as the pro-eu/ pro “NWO” people are in all classes as are the anti-EU/ anti “NOW” people.

        Then there are those who do not even believe that there is any such thing as a push to create a “global government” in spite of decades of the world’s leaders moving in that direction and thousands of politician’s and leading globalists speeches and summits all aimed at creating such a thing. The Copenhagen treaty was a massive call to create a single global authority with responsibility for, and authority over, any human activity which impacts climate and environment, locally, nationally or globally.

        Of course this brings to mind Agenda 21.

        I really do not think this is a right or left issue, or a rich Vs poor class issue. It is more of a freedom, liberty and individuality Vs collective authoritarian global state issue.

        Cameron and Clegg talk of liberty and freedoms and back this up with scrapping ID cards and state databases. All very good, BUT they are leading us into an increasingly authoritarian EU state, whilst signing us up to global climate initiatives and targets which contradict that individualist liberty philosophy.

        In reality what they are doing is saying, We are setting you FREE from our national authoritarian straight-jacket which labour was constructing……

        ……. To be imprisoned in a supranational authoritarian straight-jacket instead.

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      • 157
        the only way is anal says:

        they’re all in it together

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    • 38
      Anonymous says:

      Its very simple. In times of extreme competition, we need to bribe.

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    • 54
      from spain says:

      same as the wind turbines love um or hate um we use to make them but we gave orders worth billions to companies abroad.,politicians are brain death or should i say civil servants,
      the Uk fucked

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    • 62
      Smig says:

      It’s all part of the EU strategy. Remove the ability to innovate, manufacture and export and then the proles have only one choice. Turn to the state in order to survive.

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    • 75
      Bill Davies says:

      I cannot believe the Tories sold us out on this one – we need to make things, we need manufacturing.

      I am sick of Call me Dave always using Labour as an excuse for doing nothing to help his own people out.

      I cannot understand this decision at all – and I cannot vote Tory again after this.

      EU loving bastard sell outs the lot of them

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      • 119
        Smig says:

        It doesn’t matter who you vote for. The EU always wins.

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      • 120
        Phil says:

        Ermmm The Tories did not sell us out Labour did.
        Virtually every country in Europe fixed it for their companies to get preferential treatment when it came to bidding for these types of contracts with the exception of our great and wonderful labour shower who had never done a decent day’s work in industry or commerce and with a woeful lack of foresight proceeded to legislate making it virtually impossible for any of our local companies to stand a chance
        p.s. I do not honestly think you ever voted tory “call me dave” is a dead giveaway.

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        • 124
          Bill Davies says:

          You do not want the truth about that Heathite clone Cameron do you?

          He sold out Conservative values and principles completely.

          He has sold out British engineers and manufacturing too.

          And for your information I am now a member of UKIP – the real Conservative Party in Great Britain.

          You are dismissed.

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        • 127
          Smeg says:

          ShamCam’s continuing use of “it was the last Labour lot” is wearing really thin.

          He could have saved those engineering jobs in Derby – he chose not to.

          Same old Tories – just in it for the banking sector profits and the EU jobs – and stuff manufacturing.

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    • 106
      Seth the Pig Farmer says:

      Not really got much to do with the current mob.

      Firstly Bombardier have said on the record that the redundancies were already going to happen due to the completion of other contracts.

      Secondly the tender requriements were set by the last mob and were based on the capital and running costs of the trains.

      Siemens train was cheaper to buy and run than Bombardier.

      A good deal for the taxpayer.

      It might be that their competitive advantage was a result of funnelling domestic orders to Siemens, or it might just be that the Germans have developed a better product through innovation and and investment.

      If we really want to keep our investment at home, we should be developing better products and getting further efficiencies from the production to get a cost advantage.

      If the Govt wants to help, then the best way would be to include a “wider economic impact” criteria in the specification of the contract. This would encourage Siemens (and others) to try and souce as much of train from UK suppliers. That might lead to improvements in quality and production as we have to raise our game.

      Alternatively they could just drop payroll taxes so it is cheaper to hire people here and therefore more cost effective for all employers, and more so for those who have large worforces e.g. Manufacturing.

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      • 121
        Bill Davies says:

        Apologist – both Labour and the Conservatives had a clear choice:

        Choice A: British engineers building our trains

        Choice B: German engineers building our trains

        And you fuckwit – how can it be good for the British taxpayer to have 1500 skilled engineers on the dole, with a supply chain of 12,000 jobs now at risk as well?

        Just fuck off to Conservative Home or LabourList you fucking idiot.

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    • 155
      Anonymous says:

      Good to see the private sector replacing the jobs lost in the public sector.

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    Spank Sinatra says:

    This story will run and run methinks. A line of decency was crossed. More important however was the act of deleting voice messages which would have led the police to treat the case initially as simply one of a missing child who had run away from home rather than an abduction and possible murder with all that entails as regards allocation of resources. That is the unforgivable element.

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  17. 37
    Mjolinir says:

    @Guido – //It seems Rebekah Brooks wants us to believe that as editor of the Screws, she didn’t read her own paper’s coverage of a massive story.//

    Surely no intelligent person with ready access to high-powered Legal Advice should admit to knowledge that might come back and bite them in the wallet.

    I think that – in this case – she has a “Plausible Deniabilty” defence. That actually reading the effusions of NoW was unnecessary & pointless when other sources of information were available?

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  18. 41
    Jess The Dog says:

    The buck stops with Brooks. She must go. Murdoch is old-school and knows this fine well. In the meantime, refrain from buying the Screws until she goes.

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  19. 44
    Selohesra says:

    “Tabloid journalists are scum” hardly shock news really – anyone with half a brain who read one over the last 20 years would know that.

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  20. 45
    Tom watson says:

    Storm in a Tea cup and politicians stirring shit comes to mind.

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  21. 46
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The Milly Dowler thing is terrible, BUT I’m fed up with the BBC and the Guardian spinning this story to try to stop the takeover of Sky by Murdoch.

    Let’s be honest, the Guardian and the BBC are crapping themselves over this takeover, the BBC have been attacking Cameron for this the whole time.

    Also, everytime the BBC wheel out mongs like Prescott (have you noticed just how fat his head is these days?), Watson and of course Queen Bryant they do themselves no favours.

    Tom Watson was VERY quiet when this hacking went on with Nu Liebore in power and it was well known back then.

    Let’s see what happens when a lefty hack gets found out for phone hacking.

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    • 172
      whatsy says:

      Hardly the fault of the BBC campaigning against the NI/Sky thing – they are direct competitors and threaten the BBC’s existence. Of course they’re going to try and stop it. It’s only their licence fee funding that prevents them going at Sky/NI all guns blazing.

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  22. 47
    bergen says:

    Murdoch will have to throw someone at the very top over this one to protect himself.She’s toast.

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  23. 48
    Johann Sebastian Hari says:

    I raised the thorny issue of press freedom when I interviewed Herr Hitler at his holiday Schloss in Brixham
    Herr Hitler became enraged when this subject was broached, and he began banging on the podium in his living room.

    I was enchanted when Herr Hitler stated all press representatives must be hung from meat hooks.
    We finished the interview with a walk along the sea front….Herr Hitler ate a bag of chips with a surprisingly large amount of vinegar applied.

    I was captivated by his some might say larger than life persona.

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  24. 49
    nell says:

    Well of course rebekah is a pal of gordon’s.

    And no-one was better at hanging on by their fingernails as gordon was, so presumably he’s now advising her how to do the same.

    There was once a time in public life where people had integrity, accepted that ‘the buck stops here’ and resigned with grace.

    Sadly that is no longer so.

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  25. 50
    Voice of Treason says:

    Apparently she bends over backwards to please Murdoch (or something like that). A foul organisation that corrupts politicians and even has its fingers into the Met Police from the sound of what’s gone on aka Yates etc. To think that Cameron is matey with this woman says a lot about politics today. The tapping of Millie’s phone must be a new disgusting low in the many rotten lows that News International have had over the last many years.

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    • 73
      Tax Payer says:

      And the rest.

      This goes through the whole of the MSM, and probably not just newspapers.

      The original policy was the best – have a token investigation; jail a few saps; quickly move on.

      Watson et al have no idea what they are getting in to.

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    • 126
      misterned says:

      She was a good friend of Blair and all this Hacking happened when labour were in power and were very very cosy with Murdoch. They did not complain about it at the time, but only started harping on about it when Murdoch switched sides. I would not be at all surprise that labour knew all about it at the time and even used it during their “dirty tricks” campaigns.

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      • 173
        whatsy says:

        So if it was such public knowledge, why didn’t the Tories or LibDems take it up when NI were endorsing Labour (“supporting” Labour is pushing it a bit).

        Either they didn’t know about it or were too scared to bring it up for fear of turning Murdoch against them forever.

        It’s not pretty which ever way you look at it. No Prescott et al deserve a half-hearted bit of respect for going on the attack belatedly? Would either of the current govt do so if the positions were reversed?

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  26. 51
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Years ago people would have commited suicide for less…..

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  27. 52
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Bombardier to axe 1400 jobs yet again what was once the worlds number one manufacturing nation is hit by foreign competition
    since we were conned into the EU their industries have prospered while ours have disappeared
    we need OUT of this fucking farce
    before we all end up in the pocket of the “Axis of Evil”

    just think what we could be doing with the 58 million pounds a Day we give away to this corrupt organisation !

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  28. 65
    YorkshireLad says:

    “…40% chance of keeping her job”
    As high as that?

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  29. 70
    Jess The Dog says:

    If she stays, then the Murdoch titles will find it very difficult to call for scalps for other lapses in public life.

    Like

    • 82
      An Economist says:

      They don’t actually mean it when they do that now. What they are calling for are sales.

      Like

  30. 78
    dUDLEY says:

    dID rOBERT pESTON ENVENT pETSO?

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  31. 84
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    When do get a comment from Andy Coulson ??

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  32. 88
    Ah! Monika says:

    NOTW don’t need to hack into the ‘phones of ” The Hard-working British Families “.

    It’s obvious that they’re being raped every single day, but no hacks want to report it

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  33. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Of course she will not resign: like everyone else in such a position you wait to be paid to go away on “suitable” terms nor, absent be gripped by Knacker of The Yard, will you be fired because of the contractual clusterfuck and legal feeding frenzy that would follow.

    Do grow up.

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    • 100
      Andrea Hill says:

      This is the way forward, folks. Just fuck-up spectacularly, and walk away with £218,000 of taxpayers’ money. A full year’s salary, even though I was only of 3 months’ notice.

      Wahooooooo!

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  34. 94
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Just watching Baldy Wales swanning around Canada !
    stomach churning stuff
    Get back to work you sponging fucker !

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    • 109
      The vitally important question of our times says:

      I was looking at the photos this morning and it got me thinking – where do they buy their ‘marital aids’? I mean, they can hardly pop into a shop in SoHo and ask for a leather whip and a pair of fluffy handcuffs, can they?

      They can’t buy them online, because the creditcard details and delivery address would give them away. My guess is they have an aide buy it all for them.

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    • 128
      misterned says:

      “Get back to work you sponging fucker !”

      Same to you!

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  35. 96
    Claire Rand says:

    One question regarding this phone stuff. Where did the guy get the presumably private and in some cases probably exdirectory numbers from?

    Presumably one of the telcos leaking, but would anything be done to a big company who presumably would have had records of who was accessing what?

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    • 111
      Tax Payer says:

      I guess one her friends could have told them?

      As for celebrities/sportsmen etc, their numbers are probably well known?

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      • 165
        dogsled says:

        I would say that if any newspaper editor/TV journalist wanted your mobile number they could get it within two phone calls. If they are making payments to the ‘Police Christmas Party’ fund on a regular basis, you can’t tell me that some IT geek at PayAsYouGo isn’t going to look through all the numbers to find you for them if they promise him a couple of hundred quid, a life size nuddie picture of Rosie Jones and some tickets to the premiere of The Inbetweeners movie?

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  36. 102
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    i wonder how toilets Maguire is feeling at the moment?

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  37. 103
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Guido seems keen for hacks to return awards if subsequently caught doing something improper.

    Expect Coulson will be returning his Press Gazette’s Newspaper of the Year award presented to him in 2005.

    ….and poor old Rebecca Wade may have to move house, considering her neighbour IS Dave The Hyena Cock Cambo….could be very embarrassing

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    • 113
      Stan Butler says:

      Must be embarrassing for Tony Balir and Cherie too, as they are Brooks’ personal friend?
      Fuckin reds. All of them are sc+m.

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    • 115
      Mr lynch mob says:

      …and you KNOW that Coulson is guilty. Sounds like you’ve been listening to Mr Hari.

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  38. 104
    Ivor Price says:

    The buck stops with Brooks
    This story has been running for 5 years, 4 of them under the incompetent Labour government.
    Yet Straw and other idiots are never questioned as to why they did nothing during their tenure, especially from their propaganda machine the BBC.
    The buck stops with the Labour leadership who are now baying for blood to cover up their own inadequacies when most media misguidedly supported them.

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  39. 105
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have a 40% chance of securing a home delivery from the new Harvester Takeaway menu

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  40. 107
    Postal Vote says:

    Rupert in 2002: “Rebekah, I’m not putting you under too much pressure to crank up circulation numbers, am !?”

    Rebekah: “No Rupe, producing news out of this world is a peace of cake with modern technology”.

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  41. 110
    Johann Hari from the Правда School of Journalism says:

    Rebekah said to Glen those Surrey coppers are a bunch of tossers, see if you can make any headway on this Milly story.

    Glen went away and came back with some more information which Rebekah published. Rebekah asked Glen to tell her where this information came from. He just said a friendly copper passed it to me you know how it is. The Grauniad’s Nick Davies has a tame copper on his books.

    Of course I knew he had hacked into the little girl’s phone.

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  42. 117
    Ivan Agenda says:

    Excellent.
    Though the message could have been shorter. However this rant covers most of the reasons why the BBC, our very own fifth column diservice, is determined to bring Britain down to their level, or destroy themselves in doing so.
    I would suggest that “pricks” are useful, so another word would have been more appropriate?

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  43. 118
    Eileen Critchley says:

    If you buy the News of The World you support this type of behavior.

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  44. 130
    JamesII says:

    All sorts of excuses are being made to avoid stopping News International from acquiring BSKYB.

    It’s time Murdoch was stopped. He is too powerfull and has too much influence on UK politics. It undermines democracy and the organisation has demonstrated with the phone hacking scandal that it is not fit and proper to be in such a position of influence. Management deny they knew, so how can a company, which doesn’t know what their staff are up to, be trusted?

    What is his deal with the Tories that they are so keen to let this acquisition go ahead?

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    • 161
      the only way is anal says:

      same deal as with any political party – do as you’re fucking told and we’ll see you alright.

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  45. 131
    misterned says:

    8 out of 10. Calling NAZIS “far right” was wrong, NAZIs are far right socialists. Also supporting AV was wrong. Other than that, not a bad rant, quite funny. The BBC/Guardian multi-culti middleclass left wing prickocracy was a good line.

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  46. 133
    loungelizard says:

    There’s a lot of ‘Dog eat Dog’ about in respect of media transgression. From the left the BBC in particular seem to be suffering from selective vegetarianism when it comes to Johann Hari.

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  47. 135
    The lying Guardian Reporter says:

    The Guardian says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/05/milly-dowler-phone-hacking-cameron

    Cameron condemns NoW. Yet even in the article it does not say Cameron condemns NoW, can we have a campaign against lying Guardian reportes?

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  48. 136
    Desperate Dan says:

    EVERYTHING about this story is still in the realm of “allegations”. Not one single fact has yet emerged to support the allegations. The allegations are being made by a monomaniacal Guardian journalist, Tom Watson and John Prescott in support of their anti-Murdoch campaign. This despicable trio are now so desperate for an unwilling public to support them that they’re willing to draw Millie Dowler into their allegations.
    – The whole thing stinks.

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    • 164
      Anonymous says:

      WTF! ‘they’re willing to draw Millie Dowler into their allegations’. Erm, no, they’re reporting allegations of another newspapers behaving despicably. Just a thought, do you reckon that the Ed at the Guardian checked with his journo that the source of this story was reliable and legal before printing the story? Of course it doesn’t make it true, but it does make it ethical.

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    • 179
      Anonymous says:

      Did any one else see Prescotts massively jowelly face on telly last night. If ever there was a poster boy for greed and glutteny it is surely this chancer.

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  49. 138
    Hang 'em High says:

    The whole senior team at NOTW should be executed in public, to the tune of “News of the World” by The Jam.

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  50. 139
    Princess Aurora says:

    So you have good friends you have known and trusted for years and then you find out they may have done something unprofessional, unethical or illegal. Do you just walk away and disassociate yourself from them? If D Cam had to dump every old Etonian he had ever known he would be in a very lonely place.

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    • 143
      Desperate Dan says:

      I expect like most sane people he would wait for someone somewhere to provide some proof for the claims. Cameron, or anyone else, would be a fool to react on the strength of unsubstantiated allegations made by the Guardian.

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      • 147
        Moussa Koussa says:

        Desperate DAN… More like Desperate Apologist.

        Hyena Boy aint laughing today – is he . His condemnation was very very lacklustre. Watch this space apologists, this story has a long way to go. Funny how out of 3000 hacked, lots of Lab, Lib MP’s and Socialist Politician’s were targeted……errrrrrr Not a single Tory MP or anyone remotely associated with the Right. Funny That

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        • 148
          Alex says:

          The fact that you seem to think that every person in the land with right wing views is to blame for this just shows us all how thick you are.

          Like all socialist cretins, you can’t grasp the idea that people are individuals, and therefore if one is to blame, all are.

          What a fucking pratt you are.

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        • 152
          Anonymous says:

          Anyone noticed how this clown uses the same small arsenal of soundbites over and over again?

          To my mind, this either makes it Ed Millibad (unlikely) or (far more likely) a spotty little snot nosed kid with next to fuck all life experience who isn’t mature or clued up enough to think in any other way, which is why it parrots the same tired old cliches over and over again. In short, someone in the first phase of the old saying about not having a heart if you’re not a socialist at by 20, and not having a brain if you’re still one by 40.

          I predict that by the time it reaches 30, if it is competent enough to work in the real world, it will have very different views. Of course it might end up in the public sector, or who knows, maybe even mummy and daddy are wealthy enough that it can afford to never know what the real world is like.

          Either way, come back when you’ve actually done something with your life you tired and broken record, because you’re just a joke, and clearly not a particularly intelligent or articulate one, given that you parrot the same tired old crap on here day in day out, regardless of what the article you’re doing it on is actually about.

          P.S. No right wing politicians at all? Boris is the one that immediately springs to mind as an example of the fact that this hacking scandal was not the left wing witch hunt you claim it to be, although I’m sure there are others. Most of the victims weren’t even politicians – they were celebs from the entertainment and sporting industry, but hey, we know you won’t let something like reality get in the way of one of your cute little rants.

          In fact there’s a thought – you’re not Johann Hari are you?

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  51. 158
    Dean James says:

    I do wish people could come out with some sensible comments on this thread. It’s worse than reading the NOTW or The Sun to begin with. Edward Heath took us into the Common Market, not Harold Wilson. But there’s no doubt Wilson would have probably done the same. It’s time you ALL woke up and started to try & use the English language as well as the guy (pun intended) who writes this blog. I expect you would probably call me centre-left, but I actually consider myself a conservative. My problem with the Conservative Party is that, for all they puport to represent, they wouldn’t actually piss on us if we were on fire. They do NOT represent less government, less taxation and an end to the nanny state. It was Thatcher who brought in the National Cirriculum, for example. Likewise, Labour do not really represent trade unions or the working class. You are all being suckered in to tearing chunks out of each other while a bunch of priviledged, unprincipled bloodsuckers get rich off of your vanity. If you must resort to a ‘democratic’ solution I would recommend voting UKIP or Green depending on your political standpoint and kick these charalatans into the long grass for good.

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  52. 159
    Dean James says:

    I do wish people could come out with some sensible comments on this thread. It’s worse than reading the NOTW or The Sun to begin with. Edward Heath took us into the Common Market, not Harold Wilson. But there’s no doubt Wilson would have probably done the same. It’s time you ALL woke up and started to try & use the English language as well as the guy (pun intended) who writes this blog. I expect you would probably call me centre-left, but I actually consider myself a conservative. My problem with the Conservative Party is that, for all they puport to represent, they wouldn’t actually piss on us if we were on fire. They do NOT represent less government, less taxation and an end to the nanny state. It was Thatcher who brought in the National Cirriculum, for example. Likewise, Labour do not really represent trade unions or the working class. You are all being suckered in to tearing chunks out of each other while a bunch of privileged, unprincipled bloodsuckers get rich off of your vanity. If you must resort to a ‘democratic’ solution I would recommend voting UKIP or Green depending on your political standpoint and kick these charalatans into the long grass for good.

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  53. 162
    Dean James says:

    Incidentally, Boris Johnson has already proved himself a shameless liar (like Rebekah Brooks, I’d wager), after his ‘Fortnum & Masons’ outburst on Question Time. I was actually embarrassed at how pleased he was with spouting off a lot of untruths that could be easily spotted to anyone with an internet connection. I am very disappointed, but I am beginning to realise that this is the wages of following current affairs…

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  54. 174
    whatsy says:

    Have to admit he’s got a few points. I briefly worked for the BBC, and it is indeed staffed as suggested.

    I agree with the multi-culti middleclass left wing prickocracy on a number of topics, but the arrogance, sanctimony and smugness with which they hold these views was horrible to behold.

    Litmus test for a differentiating between a thinking liberal/lefty from the insufferable kneejerk kind – did they condemn or defend Hari?

    You Hunts don’t care about the difference, do you?

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  55. 175
    Elloit Carver says:

    Mrs Ginger Minger said:

    “It is almost too horrific to believe that a professional journalist or even a freelance inquiry agent working on behalf of a member of the News of the World staff could behave in this way.”

    What planet is she on!! it’s the News Of The Screws FFS, aint no such thing as a professional journo working for that steaming pile of shite!

    Least of all her of course.

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  56. 176
    The Master says:

    Time for Parliament to and the Law Lords to show they have some teeth. Wade-Brooks has nowhere to go but out of the door. Roops must be freaking out. Fox next.

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  57. 180
    Ginger says:

    Ginger minge is exciting. Can you imagine how tight rebekkah must be right now? Ooooo lovely. So crank up the pressure boys and girls and
    Know that you are “feeding the spurts of redhead lovers everywhere.

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  58. 183
    dogsled says:

    Interesting that on the BBC website this morning, their main story about this does not mention Miss Brooks at all but mentions Mr Coulson five times, a lot of Liabour rent-a-quotes about CMDs judgement and picture of Mr C looking shifty. I would imagine that someone, somewhere has had a little word about what Miss Brooks knows about Saint Tony Of The Holy Land & told them to take the heat off. I’m quite sure she’s already told someone very important that “If I go down, I’m taking everyone else with me,” Usefully that also gives the BBC more chance to slag off the “Tory led” collation by directing blame towards Coulson.
    Anyone got any odds on Coulson going for a walk in the woods with a blunt knife and not quite enough pills?

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