July 8th, 2011

Times: Coulson Arrested

Times reporting at half-past eight this morning that “Mr Coulson now understood to be at West End Central police station.” A long way to fall…

UDPATE: The Times is backtracking and saying he’s about to be interviewed / arrested.  Journal of record, innit?


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  1. 1
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Brooks should be nicked next.

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    • 2
      Uncle Joe says:

      Remove the man (woman) remove the problem
      Uncle Joe

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    • 7
      Bled White Taxpayer says:

      Rebekah Brooks’s resignation to be announced as the last ever headline and scoop for the NOTW on Sunday?

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      • 14
        hacked off says:

        NO resignation should be allowed:

        Only properly conducted dismissal would serve in a case like this. Otherwise it’s just another deal, details of which will be confidential.

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        • 95
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          The corruption surrounding politicians to the press and police is far more significant. We have seen Liebour scream about a judicial inquiry into phone hacking. How about the Iraq war where literally hundreds of thousands of people died including our servicemen. When are we going to have a judicial inquiry into the Iraq war, Dr Kelly’s death, Politicians expenses, second jobs, lobbying, pay and pensions??

          The hypocrisy of Liebours claims defies belief. They use strong emotive language, and yes, phone hacking of the victims was wrong, but how about those servicemen who died and why they died- this is far worse. without their deaths there would not be the phone hacking of some of the victims. Surely it is time to clean up politics and the institutionalised corruption of our MPs.

          Cameron, Clegg and Milipede know what was going on and like politicians expenses did absolutely nothing. Now they say they are appalled etc etc. Absolute Bollocks.

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      • 22
        could they be related says:

        wish list for final NOTW headline

        ‘Guardian involved in phone hacking’
        ‘Gordon Brown sectioned under the mental health act’
        ‘Freddie ate my Hari’

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        • 30
          Billy Preston is the 2nd best 5th beatle says:

          “Come on, you know we’re all arses don’t you?”
          “You aren’t 14, don’t be naive”
          “Bear shits in woods”
          “No big deal. Plenty of other outlets for sensationalist bollocks”
          “The Sun to be produced 7 days a week”

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    • 9
      the Flying scrotum says:

      Cowardly Cameron refuses a judicial inquiery so look forward to another Hutton type whitewash, GUTLESS GIT!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 29
        Lurker says:

        If I was Cameron I would give the Public Inquiry a full remit to go back to investigate why the then Labour government did nothing about this when it was first reported especially if there are allegations of police corruption.

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        • 32
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          Oh he will do – this will go right back to 2001 at least.

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    • 51
      Anonymous says:

      When is Rupert and James turn?

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    • 57
      Guardianistas above the Law says:

      Of course in this country all people are innocent until proven guilty, except in Leftyshire.

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    • 61
      Correction says:

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    • 80
      Anonymous says:

      Who is running this police inquiry? It would appear to be News International themselves. They seem to decide what information to hand to the police, and as a result if you are an ex-employee incriminating emails are forwarded to the police but if you are an existing employee nothing incriminating can ever be found. Are the police themselves in Wapping going through News International’s records? It would appear not.

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  2. 3
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Yeth ! Yeth ! Yeth !!

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    • 26
      Anonymous says:

      Dear Ed,

      It’th going to be an ecktherthise in damage limitathions for Tethco:

      http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/1079080/Tesco-offers-small-comfort-NotW/

      “Tesco is the only one of the three big supermarkets not to axe advertising from the beleaguered News of the World,”

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    • 55
      1820days says:

      For someone so experienced in PR, Cameron has handled this whole scandal terribly. He has had open goal after open goal to hit against labour if he had have acted a week ago. He should never be forgiven for gifting Miliband the initiative and allowing Miliband to look “in touch” with public opinion.

      Cameron should have nailed all this onto labour constantly and none-stop. All these “crimes” happened on labour’s watch, in a strongly labour supporting paper, by people who were close personal friends of the Blairs.

      Cameron has fucked this one up BIG TIME!

      If Cameron does not come out all guns blazing against Coulson, Wade and the sickening hypocrisy of a labour party who did NOTHING when all this was going on, a labour party who was too happy to allow News International to cover everything up and a labour party who was deeply in bed with Murdoch when this was happening, and then contrast that with the action being taken by the Government now (two inquiries), then the rest of the tory party need to get started on replacing Cameron now!

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      • 63
        What I say is gas the buggers says:

        Yes and I suppose it was Labour who hired the editor at the heart of it all?

        You’d have to be pretty thick to try and divert this one away from Cameron.

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        • 82
          Anonymous says:

          It was the cover up between Labour, the police & NI that allowed Coulson to blame it all on a rogue reporter. Clearly, as ever, Cameron fucked up employing Coulson but if a proper police inquiry had taken place years ago he would never have been available for employment.

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      • 71
        Bill d'Sarse says:

        It does appear that way at the moment but, I have a feeling that Cameron is allowing Ed to elevate himself to such an elevated postion of rightousness so that when all is revealed, Ed come crashing down with an almighty bang (along with a number of former senoior Labour Figures).

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  3. 4
    Irony Spotter says:

    Hope they didn’t send one of the PCs who has been paid by journalists – that would be ironic, I think

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    • 91
      GaolBailBait says:

      funny how they always go to ‘posh’ police stations, Saville Row’s good for men in suits.
      Couldn’t arrest him at Glasgow Central then????

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  4. 5
    Jim says:

    The NOTW should go out with a real bang and do an expose on themselves
    After all they know how to do it better than anyone else!!

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  5. 6
    could they be related says:

    If Billy doesnt post soon it will confirm a long held suspicion

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    • 12
      Billy Preston is the 2nd best 5th beatle says:

      Will I do?

      “a long way to fall” ? I do hope he’s careful on the stairs.

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  6. 8
    Bogeyman says:

    I’m going to get rid of Sky. Not on principle but because I’m fed up with giving that greedy bugger £50 a month for garbage like Extreme Celebrity Detox.

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    • 15
      Another Engineer says:

      I suggest at the same time, you get rid of the BBC licence. And the TV.

      What is it good for?

      You don’t need a licence to watch on iPlayer (after broadcast, not live) if you really can’t live without the odd programme.

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  7. 10
    juggernaut says:

    Coulson in Pentonville, Brooks in Holloway and the Murdochs in the colonies…

    Yes please!!!

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  8. 11
    Anonymous says:

    so many crocodile tears from so many lying, corrupt politicians.

    Damian Mcbride any one?

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  9. 13
    Anonymous says:

    “A long way to fall…”

    ..but still a long way down.

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  10. 16
    Postal Vote says:

    Will the police hand him the last NoW edition in jail?

    PS After this scandal commentators should focus on the deliberate channeling of public sector job ads to the Guardian in return for favourable coverage. I guess that emails etc that would corroborate what many see as a clever scheme to buy a newsroom through the use of taxpayers’ money have been deleted, but a simple comparison of the amount of public sector job ads between Guardian and Independent, 2 leftie papers, will indicate that it is very neceaasry to enact a law that requires government to spread its advertising among all newspapers and their websites. Better still, there should just be one website where all public sector jobs get advertised, including those for councils, bbc, quangos, nhs, etc.

    There are many personal links between Guardian staff and labour too: Ashley’s father is labour peer, Myners used to be Guardian chairman, Mandelson’s PA went on to work for Gaurdian Group etc.

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  11. 17
    Ken Clarke says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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  12. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Surely he just has to offer them more money.

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  13. 21
    Ed But Look Balls says:

    Surprise, surprise, Toady played a clip of retardED’s speech today about the media but it only contained the topic of an Andy Coulson (primarily introduced as David Cameron’s Communications Manager not past Editor of NotW) condemnation beseeching the PM to apologise for it! Toenails was of course lined up with that unintelligible mong Pesto to speculate as usual. BBC mongs the lot of them!!

    Earlier Justin (Pro-Labour) Webb was interviewing Captain Underpants Bryant and Murdoch’s biographer Will Shawcross, Captain U was allowed free reign as usual but when Shawcross alluded to the fact that other newspapers were involved and proceeded to name them then Webb cut across him !! When Webb asked Shawcross about BSkyB and mentioned about his support for the deal, Shawcross remonstrated that he had not championed it; Webb immediately asked him whether he was for it!!

    Surprise surprise, Evan Davis has just announced that Toady has had more tweets, texts, emails about university education today than NI problems, case of Al-Beeba flogging a dead horse for their and Liebour’s ends.

    The BBC – UK Pravda at your expense..twats!!

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    • 27
      Postal Vote says:

      Guess Webb didn’t ask Mili why he employs a horse from the Murdoch stable either.

      But, since Mili presses Cameron only to apologise and not to explain what Couldon told him about his bribery, I guess Mili did not get any strong guidance that Cameron might have known more about Coulson’s practices, either before hiring Coulson or whilst employing him.

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    • 45
      Tax Payer says:

      Why don’t the BBC mention that Bryant has a case pending against the NOTW/NI and is therefore not impartial?

      Oh, I see……

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    • 52
      Sarah Davis says:

      Not mine. 5 years into non payment of the TV Tax.

      I wrote to TV Licensing (the Gestapo of the BBC) & withdrew the Right of Implied Access to my property to any of their employees.

      Letters from them go back with “NO CONTRACT” written across them.

      Paying the TV Tax whilst the BBC is un-reformed would be akin to being forced to buy The Guardian.

      Dont pay it. They are truly powerless to compel you – & if a mere girl like me can stand up to them so can you all.

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  14. 23
    Crikey says:

    Shouldn’t Milliband take some responsibility for the finacial mess the country is in?

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  15. 24
    Anonymous says:

    I think they should close Parliament and the lobby system.

    That would do more for cleaning up this country than closing all of the UK’s newspapers.

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    • 43
      Anonymous says:

      Lobbying is conducted behind the country’s corridors of corruption.

      In the OGC (Orrofice of Government Commerce), the procurement arm of UK PLC, firms of consultants masquesrade as policy advisors to over 60 central government departments (which gives them access to hundreds, if not thousands, of local authorities health, education and planning resources) yet simultaneously greasing the palms as lobbying agents for the same firm’s list of clients.

      A nice little earner.

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  16. 25
    Insolvent says:

    So is James Murdoch to be arrested?

    NotW had falling revenues, no future prospects, and massive legal liabilities – therefore was insolvent.

    He should have put it in adminstration according to the Insolvency Act.

    Instead, he just closes it down. Isn’t that illegal?

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  17. 31
    The Labour Party says:

    We would never hire sleazy people like Coulson. We prefer people of integrity and high moral standards, like Damien McBride and Alistair Campbell.

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  18. 33
    Here again says:

    Coulgate.

    (For that whiter-than-white look.)

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    • 97
      Anonymous says:

      The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?

      The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but lies.

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  19. 34
    Sue Denim says:

    Has he been arrested or is he “helping with enquiries”. There is a difference.

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  20. 35
    250 new unemployed says:

    has he been arrested?

    or has he gone to the police station voluntarily to answer questions?

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  21. 36
    Centre Parting says:

    Miliband shows himself to be a complete hypocrite – Blair and Campbell, especially did much more serious damage than a bit of phone hacking.

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      Mike Hunt says:

      But not according to the BBBC, to them he is the moral voice of the country against those dreadful corrupt baby-eating Tories.

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  22. 38
    Ken Clarke says:

    Interestingly, as a SPAD appointment Mr Coulson wasn’t subject to the security vetting that Civil Servants have to pass – and yet would have had access to the same material. It would appear that he bought all kinds of information, but surely he wouldn’t have sold any, would he?

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  23. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Sorry I may be missing something has he been formally charged or is he answering questions under caution ?

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  24. 40
    I am Mick Hucknall, not Rebekah Wade so stop throwing things at me says:

    i am now looking forward to the shitstorm that will be unloaded on Tom Baldwin and Labour when things quieten down a bit…..

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  25. 42
    Gonk says:

    Mehdi Hasan looking so pleased with himself
    on the box this morning I thought his head
    was going to explode. Pity it didn’t.
    After they’ve got what they wanted it’s a bit late
    to whine about jobs though.
    I wish these lefties extreme sudden stomach
    problems.

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    • 48
      Tax Payer says:

      Patience, my friend.

      The shit is going to be spread far and wide.

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    • 49
      I am Mick Hucknall, not Rebekah Wade so stop throwing things at me says:

      i would prefer it if his head exploded whilst surrounded by some of his Muslim brothers when one lets off their vest.

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  26. 46
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire! says:

    My understanding is that Andy Coulson is following Chris Huhne’s lead and giving a “no comment” interview

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    • 58
      Nemo says:

      If under caution, that will not work in his favour

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      • 62
        Tax Payer says:

        +1

        If the allegations aren’t true, why not say so?

        Surely ‘no comment’ is suspicious at best, and an admission at worst?

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    • 69
      Ah! Monika says:

      Hey Billy ” My understanding is “. Sounds like you’re becoming a reporter. BUT ther’s 200 in the queue already. Looks like you’ll have to stay on here for sometime yet.

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  27. 53
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Throwing Coulson to the wolves is a dangerous strategy. If, as alleged, he signed off payments of tens of thousands of pounds to the plod, are we really expected to believe that nobody at NI at the highest level was not aware? Accounting governance would require some form of explanation. This goes beyond Coulson & Brooks. The story is not over yet………

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  28. 59
    Anonymous says:

    The important points that the baying mob have missed so far:

    – Which other papers were using the same tactics?
    -Why did the Met not investigate properly in 2003 and 2006 – was it because “they feared NOTW” or was it political pressure from above?
    -As it has been claimed John Yates was blackmailed into dropping the investigation into NOTW (they would reveal his affair) why has it not been considered that Yates also headed the cash-for-honors investigation. Did the party use NOTW as an auxiliary attack to dampen the investigation?
    -Was the knowledge of police corruption with NOTW used to prevent full investigations into the expenses scandal by MPs?
    -Which and how many police took bribes – where are they now and in what positions?
    -Why did NOTW volunteer the information on police corruption?
    -Why was the Information Commissioner’s report ignored in 2006?
    -Which organizations and companies, had staff members who handed information (such as PIN codes) to journalists for cash. Has the national police computer been compromised?
    -Did the police take NOTW or other journalist hacked/stolen/bribed private data and use this in any investigations?
    -Were similar tactics used by political parties for party advantage/suppression of opposition?
    -Has there been improper influence (blackmail) exerted by journalists/party members/other actors through the use of personal information being discovered in this manner?
    -Why has there not been an investigation into the possible use of similar tactics by foreign agents to gather sensitive data?

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    • 74
      Ah! Monika says:

      Traffic duty for you my lad

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    • 93
      Miss Marple says:

      Paddick will be required to provide names after his allegations about payouts under his watch. Who has been leaking to the Guardian this week? Lots of questions and much egg on shoulder. The Labour Party has a very large number of skeletons and the cupboard is about to burst. A targeted immunity offer would have them running or squealing.

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  29. 60
    Eeu to me says:

    So when did the police start to inform the public a day before they arrest someone, is this the new way of doing things or is it that Coulson is part of the glitterati and twinkle toe softness is required .

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    • 64
      nell says:

      Perhaps the police are trying to show that they really are doing their job. After all nobody comes out of this mess worse than the police and the allegations of corruption against them.

      But it is odd that it has come out now as labour battle to stop the bskyb takeover. It seems a strong indication that exlabour ministers knew all this when they were in office and hushed it up and have now leaked it in the hope that the scandal will kill the bid.

      As with all forest fires, no-one can say where this will end and labour may find themselves engulfed by the very fire that they have started.

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  30. 65
    THE FLEET STREET RED TOP says:

    I know nothing about nothing !

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    • 85
      Minekiller says:

      If it is illegal for police officers to accept payment from other parties aside from their actual employer, how the hell can police officers be paid by the NOTW for proprietary information ‘legally’?

      Is Brooks (a) thick (b) arrogant or (c) both?

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    • 90
      Reap what you sow says:

      Note who asked the question: Bryant! Did he insist on a police investigation: NO: why?

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  31. 66
    The mindless, moronic masses says:

    The tabloid buying public are not blameless in all this. It’s their appetite for intrusive sleazy drivel that fuelled NI’s evil criminal behaviour. And yet it’s these same knuckle draggers who are now getting indignant because it’s the current hot topic. I’ve never bought the NOTW. I’m disgusted by their hacking without hypocrisy for having bought the slimy rag in the first place. The NOTW appears to chavs with an IQ of minus trillion.

    Perhaps the biggest irony is that the same thick masses crying foul will, like the compliant sheep they are, buy the final NOTW in their droves. “I fink, like, it’s well gud that, like, they’re closing it down sort of fing. It’s well bad what they done and that. I’m gettin the last one cos everyone’s gonna get it, won’t they? I wanna see what it says and fing. It’s da last one and it’s gonna be a well big fing and fing.”

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  32. 68
    Breaking News says:

    Cameron conference just started.

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  33. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Where did all the exposes of Tories come from in the nineties. Let’s guess that was in the public interest. The whole thing is a collosal waste of time and money for labour political propoganda, allows Milliband to duck any serious issues. Whenever the news comes on now in our house everyone groans and rushes to turn it off. Who’d have thought that NOW was a bit tacky?

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  34. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Surely, since he’s attended voluntarily, an arrest would be illegal, as per the decision in Richardson!

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  35. 76
    tricky says:

    Cameron…yawn fucking yawn

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  36. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Alistair Campbell toured all the radio and tv stations yesterday talking about honesty.

    Any one want to talk about the legality of taking us into a war? or indeed selling a war to joe public?

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  37. 78
    The BBC says:

    We cannot have media monopolies in the EU that do not share our world view.

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  38. 83
    Mystick1 says:

    Will Tom Baldwin be called in to answer questions ? Did Milipede know his track record ?

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  39. 87
    StrongholdBarricades says:

    Are the police receiving more money for all this information getting out into the public domain?

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  40. 88
    Cynic says:

    This will all be fun. Those sacked NoW Hacks have in their memories and files a goldmine of nuggets about politicians that have yet to see the light of day. I think the next 12 months will be interesting. Revenge will be sweet

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  41. 98
    Postlethwaite says:

    Nicked . . . real soon now

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  42. 99
    Graham says:

    Who leaked the impending arrest of Coulson yesterday? Were they paid? If news of arrests being leaked is acceptable, what would happen if the if the miscreant fled?
    Still bent, the lot of ‘em.

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