July 10th, 2011

World’s End Shouldn’t Cost Freedom of the Press

Guido has read the News of the World since he was a paperboy in West London over 30 years ago. Those who don’t read it think “The Screws” is all titillation, randy vicars and soap stars. It is that and also great popular campaigning journalism at its best, reflecting the concerns of people other than Islington Indy readers.

Politicians, the corrupt and evil feared it, today is a good day for them. Unfortunately when the drive to get the story crossed over into illegally hacking the phones of victims of tragedies, the good guys became bad guys. It has always been the case that the best stories often have a dubious legal provenance involving deception, subterfuge or law breaking, that is done to get at the truth that wrongdoers are hiding. Investigative journalists everywhere, including this blog, do it because it is the only way to get the truth. Using the dark arts to sell more newspapers with ghoulish tales is, as many have said, disgusting and unacceptable.

Momentum is building for press regulation, politicians of all parties are keen to tame the feral press. Public opinion is shifting towards them. This would be a mistake. The rich and the powerful in this country would like nothing better than to have a craven and beholden press. In many countries this is exactly what they have and ordinary people are worse off for it. Privacy laws are a trojan horse for censorship.

Privacy from intrusion by the state or journalists who break the law by stealing photographs, hacking, climbing over the wall into your back garden, that should be protected. Privacy laws should not be a means to hide embarrassment for those who can afford to hire Schillings. That way lies an untouchable ruling elite.

In the end Murdoch closed the News of the World because he feared an advertiser and consumer boycott (plus to try take the heat off the Sky takeover). If you disapprove of a newspaper don’t buy and read it. That is simply the most powerful restraint you have on newspaper proprietors in a free democracy. Even Rupert Murdoch fears his customers.

Restrictive press laws will be circumvented in the borderless internet age, however Guido would rather not have to try to expensively fight the good fight from permanently offshore. Meantime Guido wishes both his friends and enemies at The Screws the best of luck for the future. Oh, and thanks for paying the kids’ school fees.


219 Comments

  1. 1
    smoggie says:

    And it’s goodbye from him.

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    • 18
      Bloggers Beware says:

      Be of no doubt Guido that the politicians will also strive to include the blogosphere in their new set of rules.

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        Hang The Bastards says:

        Take a look at TOILETS McGUIRE !!!!

        He has been lying low through-out this scandal.He was on the Beeb this morning and gave an unconvincing denial about ever having been involved or knowing about hacking.

        I played his denial through a crude lie detector App….. and guess what the result was !!!!

        As Jeremy Kyle would say …. WELL WELLL WELL !!

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        • 93
          Anonymous says:

          “If Sun and NOW has behaved like news papers a person like DAVID DAVIS would have been PM. These paper supported the crooks Rupert supported and went against others who will not bend to Rupert.”

          It is far too easy in a country like ours to forget how much we depend on a truly free Press to expose abuse of power, corruption, and dishonesty in public and corporate life. Indeed, this very scandal was exposed by a competing newspaper, The Guardian, not by any organ of the state, and as such is a perfect demonstration of this point.

          Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2013067/News-World-Dont-forget-exposed-rival-paper–state-organ.html#ixzz1RhOsypuY

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          • Saddened at Murdoch's control of this country's top politicians says:

            Absolutely.

            ‘Politicians, the corrupt and evil feared it, today is a good day for them’ as Guido puts it. This wouldn’t be a good day for them if it was replaced by a British owned truly independent paper.

            Murdoch’s bastions of freedom and ‘harassers’ of ‘politicians, the corrupt and evil’ chose not to report on the evil Murdoch’s own pet poodle had been getting up in the last week so that argument doesn’t wash Guido.

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        • 127
          Mr Angry says:

          Agreed about McGuire. You’d’ve thought he was a close relative of Milly or a dead serviceman the way he was going on. That lot really are scum. I hope they end up languishing in prison.

          If anyone buys the souvenir NOTW they might as well be sticking 2 fingers up at Milly, the Soham girls, the dead servicemen and victims of 7 7 etc.

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      • 205
        Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

        I will personally make sure this blog is permanently closed down.

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    • 25
      Some Tory boyz are excellent, e.g. Boris says:

      F*ck off NOTW. I hope everyone boycotts it’s replacement.

      The ultra scummy NI, led by a foreigner, has corrupted our society and kept our leaders (of any party) on a leash for way too long.

      I hope Ofcom bars the takeover of Sky. We should be talking about reducing foreign owners influence, not increasing it.

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      • 31
        Eeu to me says:

        Err even foreigners have uman rites in the Britains EU lala land only the indiginus people don’t have any, they were signed away by various political groups taking the EU euro

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      • 32
        Anonymous says:

        “Independent” owned by the Russian Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev

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        • 56
          Some Tory boyz are excellent, e.g. Boris says:

          The same point applies.

          Same with British football clubs. The germans have a rule whereby foregners can own a maximum of 49% of a club. In this country we let foreign owners plunge 100% of our clubs into debt, then register in Texas or wherever prevents ownership of a club being made known (despite football league rules saying all owners must be approved by them) and in The Arab Spring we let an Arab owner spend ungodly amounts on players when the owners countrymen might be living in poverty.

          When faced with foreign ownership we Brits just seem to bend over and say ‘I’m really looking forward to this’ when we clearly aren’t. All the eurosceptics could take this on board.

          More British people owning institutions and in charge please.

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    • 34
      Nick Clegg, part time politician in the country's hour of need says:

      I hope the posters on this blog who support Dave whether he’s right, wrong or indifferent and shout down anyone who dares to challenge what is wrong get the massive irony of what the initial posts on this topic seem to be saying, i.e. no regulation please.

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      • 105
        Nick Clegg says:

        Without my friend Dave I cannot have a driver, big car, big salary, 100 room house, etc and fuck LD voters. If I had any dignity I would have left this corrupt government by now.

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    • 46
      Revenge says:

      I see the two sexual perverts David Mellor and Max Mosley, are doing the rounds of the TV studios today.

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      • 58
        Jack Nicholson says:

        David Mellor a pervert?

        Put me down for some of that.

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        • 76
          Grades of perversion says:

          There’s perversion and there’s perversion but wanting your toes sucked while you are dressed in your Chelsea F.C. kit is severe perversion.

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          • Jack Nicholson says:

            I’ll repeat – put me down for some of that.

            The weirdos are the one that would have turned down the lovely Antonia.

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          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            Wearing a Chelsea shirt anywhere at any time is serious severe perversion.

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          • Sir Reginald Titbrain [Decd.} says:

            But relatively harmless I should have thought and of slight interest to most people.

            Mosley is reported in the DT to be bankrolling the poor and needy in taking legal action against NI. They made a huge mistake taking him on. He had no significant public profile and didn’t tell us how to live our lives. So they tried to expose him as a closet Nazi; like father like son etc., big mistake and serves them right.

            It’s a great pity; the Screws did a lot of good work which they are right to be proud of, but their total lack of humility did for them in the end.

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          • Engineer says:

            It has been established that the Chelsea kit story was put about by Alistair Campbell to ‘enhance’ the story. If memory serves, Antonia DeSancha herself stated that the Chelsea kit part of the saga was untrue.

            There is irresponsibility in some sections of the press, and there’s smearing by some in politics. Which of those is less edifying?

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          • Yoda says:

            Shirt Chelsea media invention was a

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      • 163
        Cynical Old Man says:

        It’s reported that Max Moseley has been bankrolling the lawyers for some of the so called “victims” of phone hacking. Now we know where some of the most outrageous allegations are coming from. Remember it was a firm of laywers representing a couple of squaddies bereaved families that made the allegations about phone hacking of dead soldiers’ relatives, and NO evidence has been produced about that little tit-bit.

        Just in case some of you torch wielding mob out there say Plod have found bereaved families telephone numbers in Mulcaire’s notes, I say just because someone has been caught shoplifting a tin of salmon from Tesco doesn’t mean ALL the property they own in their homes is stolen.

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  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Good point Guido, This is a “crisis” the left will use for tougher state regualation.

    any power the state has it will abuse.

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      United front says:

      And the Right and the Center. In essence all politicians want to operate without fear of the press pointing out the error of their ways and failings.

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    • 178
      The Moral Swamp says:

      Is this the same Tom Watson whom Jim Devine alleged in court had advised him on aspects of his creative expense claims?

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      • 199
        Anonymous says:

        It should be pointed out that Tom Watson denied such a thing had occurred whilst on Oath in court during Devines Trial.

        I’m sure he would have been telling the truth as lying in these circumstances constitutes perjury and I’m certain Mr Watson would not have done that.

        On an unrelated topic I see Tom Watson is now campaigning for Tommy Sheridan you know that convicted perjurer ex politician.

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      • 200
        Anonymous says:

        Here’s an interesting article on Sheridans Lawyer Anwar , The Sheriffs comments on the credibility of the evidence given by Anwar is particularly revealing.

        http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/sln/blogentry.aspx?blogentryref=6742

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  3. 3
    Harry says:

    Up your own arse again I see

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  4. 4
    MB. says:

    Good to see that the British public ignored calls for a boycott of the last edition of the News of the World from the chattering classes at the Grauniad etc and seem to be buying it in large numbers.

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      Barrer boy says:

      Yes , I have invested in 2 doz copies and will display them on e-bay in due course. They will make excellent Christmas prezzies for wives and lovers to give to jaded hacks in their tired and emotional moments which are quite often.

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  5. 5
    jouno says:

    And I remember Guido not so long ago dismissing the phone hacking affair as a nonsense with no substance behind it, cooked up by a bunch of troublemaking left-wingers. So much for truth to power.

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      Thought that until learning they hacked Millie Dowler and other victims of tragedy.

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      • 15
        Anonymous says:

        they said there was more, and worse still to come?

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      • 77
        Anonymous says:

        Seems you were thrown off the scent probably the biggest story of the 10 years, involving media barons, police corruption, and dirty politicians pretty easily

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      • 140
        jouno says:

        If you’d had your way, no one out there would know about Milly Dowler, Soham and servicemens’ families being hacked. That they do is testament to Nick Davies, the Guardian (annoying though it may be much of the time), a few other papers and a handful of brave MPs – all of whom were subject to your abuse and ridicule not so long ago. This affair has been a triumph of real journalism against the forces of evil, and shame to say, you’ve been on the side of the latter.

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          Cynical Old Man says:

          I’ve stated eleswhere that Max Moseley has been bankrolling the lawyers who are representing the “victims” of alleged hacking. It’s the LAWYERS representing a couple of the dead soldiers bereaved families who made the allegations of hacking dead soldiers’ relatives. Of course they used the weasel words “MAY HAVE BEEN HACKED”. In other words there’s no evidence that what these shysters alleged is true.

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          • lola says:

            Yeah, there’s ‘weasel words’ all over every report on this. Clever bloke Shakespeare – better than Nostradamus in foretelling the deceit of New Labour. Personally, I think that the mores of any State reflect the moes of the leadership. New Labour was/is a deceit machine using all sorts of dodgy tactics to stay in power and such behaviour coarsened and corrupted us all, including the NOTW

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        • 167
          Cynical Old Man says:

          By the way, the handful of “brave” Labour M.P.s only made the most serious and direct allegations using Parliamentary privilege. I note they haven’t made these same allegations outside parliament. Very brave!

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      • 177
        jabbathecat says:

        “Thought that until learning they hacked Millie Dowler and other victims of tragedy.”

        I was under the impression that these are still unproven allegations?

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        • 216
          David_r says:

          Someone deleted messages from Milly Dowler’s voicemail so it is thought to have been done by NOTW.

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    • 39
      Anonymous says:

      Perhaps if the police could bring themselves to – oh, I dunno – enforce the law, that might have made a difference.

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      • 52
        DI Ernie Filth says:

        The public pay our wages but Mr Murdoch gives us the gravy. He’s a good man is our Rupert. He believes in the free market the same way we do – grab what you can and fuck the rest.

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      • 134
        Engineer says:

        The words of a senior Plod were reported during the week; during the original enquiry, the police were told to ‘go easy’ on the investigation into NI and phone hacking. I wonder who told them to ‘go easy’?

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  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Some fair points, but you are unlikely to have a truly ‘free’ press if one big player monopolises the market.

    This is like saying that there is a ‘free’ market for groceries but allowing a Tescopoly situation to arise where they control hyper-markets, supermarkets AND the ‘corner shops’.

    They wouldn’t allow that level of ‘anti-trust’ control in the USA, why allow it here ?

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    • 33
      Anonymous says:

      The BBC you mean?

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      • 96
        Bolshevik Broadcasting Commune says:

        Shut up and pay your compulsory subscription fee, or it’s prison for you.

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      • 113
        Dorian Smith says:

        Excellent point, with the BBC as, “anonymous” (the first one that is) puts it: “you are unlikely to have a truly ‘free’ press if one big player monopolises the market.” – or is that the acceptable face of ‘one player monopolies’ – so long as it follows your views?

        Time to curtail the BBC’s monopoly and the overinflated coverage/screen time it gives the tax avoiding Gurniad, a paper with a circulation of around 250,000.

        For a truly ‘free press’ the BBC should compete under the same conditions as it’s competitors.

        Be careful what you wish for.

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      • 172
        lola says:

        I read soemwhere that the total broadcast media income p.a. is about £6bn and the BBC gets £3.6Bn of that. All the others, including NI share the rest. The BBC is the problem. Murdoch loves it because its existence is allowing him the create a duopoly. Corporatism at its worst.

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    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      Well said.

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      expat news says:

      That exact point ws made by Tim Montgomerie (of Con Home fame) on the BBC Dateline London prog today. He was constantly being interrupted by that unspeakable Ugandan Yashmak Ali Baba and Chairthing Essler.

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  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    “If you disapprove of a newspaper, don’t buy it and read it.” Fair enough, and if you disapprove of BSkyB, don’t subscribe to it.

    However, if you disapprove of the BBC, and never watch it or listen to it, you still have to pay for it.

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    • 10
      smoggie says:

      Only if you have a TV or afraid of visits from BBC goons.

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    • 14
      Anonymous says:

      All too true.

      Mass protests outside Broadcasting House.

      Oops- mass protests outside the Manchester equivalent of Wapping.

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    • 23
      Another Engineer says:

      Throw away the TV. Simple. That’s what I did.

      Or just don’t pay, don’t speak to the goons, and deny them access to your property. After all, you didn’t ask for them to beam radio waves at your house.

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    • 73
      Lembit, I didn't do it, honest guv, Opik says:

      ‘“If you disapprove of a newspaper, don’t buy it and read it.” Fair enough, and if you disapprove of BSkyB, don’t subscribe to it.’

      If a foreign owner owns several papers and they all choose not to run a particular story that’s not fair enough. There’s nothing fair about it.

      It’s controlling vast tracts of the people in this country. The foreign owner might as well be saying that our country is spelt Huntry for all the respect they show for us.

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      • 173
        lola says:

        NI owns four papers, now three. It has two weekday and two Sundays. That means it publishes two papers over seven days. Let’s see, as an alternative you could buy, Independent and I on Sun,. DT and ST, Mail, Mirror, Express and Sunday Excess, Guardian and Observer. So how are NI papers able to control the publication of stories?

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  8. 9
    Trinny says:

    I’ve never read the News of the World. Did I miss anything?

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  9. 12
    Alan Rusbridger says:

    Soon, I shall control all using the power of being propped up by Autotrader.

    Hari! More Sancerre, now!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I do hope this episode will show why the death pen should not be brought back

    We have now seen the abuse of politicons, police and CPS, How much confidence can we have in any of them? if the police will take a bung for info, then why not to plant evidence? Or lose evidence? When we have senior police saying they turned a blind eye and let the public down.

    Do we really want to put our faith in a system that is now proven to be corupt in administer a fair trail without any coruption that will in the end lead to someone losing there life?

    Please dont confuse vengence and justice.

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    • 67
      smoggie says:

      The police do not administer justice nor conduct trials.

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      • 75
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        No, but the collect the evidence, we have seen that for the right amount of cash they will do anything, The CPS as well was told to brush this under carpet (By Labour goverment) and they done as they were told.

        Politicons are corupt

        Police are corupt

        CPS are weak

        Press are corupt

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        • 90
          smoggie says:

          The we should hang the lot of ‘em.

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        • 185
          Billys Disiple says:

          I agree with you Billy and anyone who disagrees with you should be strung up !

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        • 211
          Ittle Eddie and his Teddy says:

          billy it would be difficult to imagine someone being given the death penalty for phone hacking regardless of the target….incidently I noticed the other night someone said you deliberately spell things incorrectly…they jest of course but thought you should know

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    Another Engineer says:

    Absolutely right. Amusing though this blog is, I can’t imagine Guido has the resources to chase after every bent copper or politician. Whereas a free press has, when it has the will.

    I get the feeling this whole saga is being stoked by

    a) Those that got caught out in the expenses saga
    b) The skulduggery merchants that still think Gordon should be PM
    c) The BBC

    Thing is, even the BBC does illegal things to get stories (Panorama, anyone).

    Politicians should never have an easy ride.

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    • 79
      The MSM is no friend of Joe Public says:

      The press is as bent as the political class from which it ludicrously claims to be protecting us from. It routinely lies, spins, promotes and covers up all sorts of shit, ramming their own agendas down our throats in the process. For most of the time, they are so far up the backside of the British establishment it aint funny.

      In our joke of a democracy, it’s an alliance of politicians and press against the people.

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    • 152
      MB. says:

      “Thing is, even the BBC does illegal things to get stories (Panorama, anyone).”

      At least they mainly do serious investigations – like the recent one into mistreatment of patients in care homes.

      The tabloids are more interested in finding out who various footballers and celebrities are sleeping with so they know where to send their photographers.

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      • 175
        lola says:

        What! They operate as the broadcast arm of Fabianism and select their targets with care – mostly in the private sector. For example I was listening to the Food Program on transfats today and it was a disgraceful bansturbators polemic.

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  12. 17
    Russell says:

    But weep not for those redundant NOTW hacks. As someone tweeted recently, they need only check their back issues to see how easy it is to claim £300,000 a year in welfare benefits.

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    • 55
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      +1

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    • 108
      Ed Milimong's Parasite Party says:

      When NOTW supported us, we loved them. When they stopped supporting us, we hated them.

      But if they become benefit claimants.. ah, then they will be our bestest friends in the whole wide world.

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    socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

    Any wrongdoing by the papers is easily matched by the involvement of the political scum.

    The plastic-faced bastard is hurting. Good. If there was an opposition (instead of them being facets of the same turd) Camoron would b e in even worse trouble.

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  14. 22
    Lou Scannon says:

    The closure plan had obviously been in place for months- it was just a question of waiting for an excuse to pull the trigger.
    What a pity the fearless journos didn’t investigate their own back yard.

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    • 27
      nell says:

      Obviously even murdoch could see the decline of the dead tree press.

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        Well spotted says:

        That is why he got into broadcasting in the first place way back in the ’80s
        He ain’t stupid.

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    • 70
      smoggie says:

      Why on Earth would anyone want to close the most popular newspaper in the English speaking world? Sure it would have been better to sell it.

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      • 217
        Andrew Mullen Gray says:

        This is the guy who fearlesslysacked a very well paid sports presenter in January this year over something that happened in December last year who just happpened to score poorly with a certain target demographic. Watch Sky Sports to see who the replacemtn is!

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    • 71
      smoggie says:

      Why on Earth would anyone want to close the most popular newspaper in the English speeking world? Sure it would have been better to sell it.

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      • 74
        smoggie says:

        PS FFS
        I had to deliberately misspell “speek” to get round the petit pois automod.

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        • 119
          me again once more says:

          I was modded earlier (possibly) because I spelt ‘unspeeekable’ properly when describing a certain Ugandan immigrunt

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      • 186
        John Bellingham says:

        1/. To fulfill an internal plan to rationalise staff.
        2/. To draw a line under the scandal
        3/. To bury the bodies and more importantly, the files and records.
        4/. So that King Rupert an show the petty little Labour poofs that he couldn’t give a toss.

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          the old Dufflebag says:

          1. doesn’t mitigate redundancy or other closure costs
          2. it doesn’t and won’t draw a line under the scandal
          3. it doesn’t as to do so would make them guilty of perverting the course of
          justice.
          4. No it shows Murdoch can afford to close something he sees as having
          f’ucked up badly potentially endangering his BskyB plans

          otherwise good analysis…yawn

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  15. 24
    nell says:

    Well Guido not yet quite the last bastion against political corruption but getting there.

    I think you need to expand your operation

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      lol says:

      What claptrap!

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      • 28
        nell says:

        ‘claptrap’ that’s an old fashioned phras I haven’t heard for ages!

        tends to be something I associate with the graudian and pollytwaddle.

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        • 78
          smoggie says:

          Not only is the Obsessive running out of monikers he’s running out of abuse.

          LO­L

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          Rat's arse says:

          You’re right Nell. A phrase often used by leibour is ‘tittle-tattle’ and that phrase has been used by them from Iraq to Blair v McDoom. b a s t a r d s !

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido

    I dont suppose you could do a follow up peice when the numbers of sales for the last NOTW are known.

    I would just like to see what the market decided (People)

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    • 107
      Rat's arse says:

      Think I already know the answer to that Billy. Apparently the News of the Screws printed twice the amount of the final paper, and already most of them have been sold. I shall keep mine for posterity.

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      • 111
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        Brilliant, i bought mine one as well (first newspaper of any kind in years)

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        • 197
          EBAY BUYER says:

          worth about 20p in twenty years time.

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          see this cigar..see that slot..thats the one says:

          you would Billy …bet you still get your comics regularly though…your postings are just like them so we know you can read.

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  17. 30
    Common Purpose says:

    Common Purpose is exploiting the News of the World hacking scandal to further its media control agenda.

    http://www.stopcp.com/cpmediac

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    lol says:

    Why are most of the journalists I have seen interviewed over the last few days so pug-ugly?

    Unkempt, greasy hair, knackered skin, boss eyed etc. etc.

    No wonder they like to write nasty things about others. They can’t stand themselves. Classic projection.

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  19. 36

    Privacy laws are fine if you ensure a “Public Interest” (but not “interest to the public”) defence. Max Mosely is a good example – if he had “preached morality” then his behaviour deserved exposure if he didn’t preach then its private.

    As far as regulation goes I am a firm supporter of insisting on a right to reply and a right to equal prominence, volume and promotion in the event of retraction/correction/apology.

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    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Labour, the left and BBC are leading this campaign because they hate the free press. Labour were caught out out so many times by them when the BBC was giving Labour a blow job for so many years. The Left probably reason that without the “right-wing” press, they could have got away with their deception on mass immigrat1ion and bankrupting the state finances, expenses etc. etc.

    I don’t believe the Conservatives and the Right want to see the hastened decline of the influence of the press as it leaves broadcast news as even more dominant in the dissemination of news. That would see the very left-wing BBC as almost unchallenged in the MSM. Conservative scandal, real or otherwise, will still be picked up by the BBC, with Labour getting a free and very easy ride.

    Liebour and their friends have kicked this up because it is a longer term campaign to discredit the press (they have all been involved in illegal practices, everyone in that industry knows it) and make the Marxist bastards at the BBC king of the news agenda and maintain their dominance in broadcasting.

    Broadcasting is what matters to the floating vote, Labour know this, Cameron knows this (that is why he hired a TV journo after Coulson).
    A communication war has been declared by the Left. Cameron should not allow them to win it.

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    • 59
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      ‘Labour, the left and BBC are leading this campaign because they hate the free press. Labour were caught out out so many times by them when the BBC was giving Labour a blow job for so many years.’

      Ah yes, I remember when Dyke had to resign because Gilligan had upset the…. what was it… Labour government.

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      • 84
        Tron says:

        Iraq is the one and only time the BBC went after Labour. As soon as the 2005 election came up they went back to supporting Labour as usual.

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      • 99
        CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

        Oh sorry! Yes, a lovers tiff over Iraq, and that was because nasty Alistair Campbell wanted an argument. Most lefties moaned about Iraq but were still voting Liebour luvvie.
        But the BBC then gave Campbell £300k to serialise his diaries with licence fee money, and he is a permanent fixture when it comes to giving comment on news programmes. They have buried the hatchet long ago on that one it seems.

        And given that the BBC and Dyke caved into Labour by resigning, I’d say they were every inch Labours bitch. I wonder what sort of protest they would have put up if a Conservative goverment had been in power?

        News narrative isn’t owned by wanky “progressives” like you luvvie

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      • 174
        Cynical Old Man says:

        Cato, the Beeb management soon danced to Campbell’s tune when he went on the warpath after the Hutton whitewash.

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    • 97
      womd says:

      The BBC was a free press until top people were removed and kicked from their positions of power for daring to report that the late David Kelly’s claim that that the Weapons of Mass destruction ’45 minutes away’ report was exaggerated. Now they the BBC sometimes run scared of running certain reports that may upset the government in power.

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      • 137
        MrAngry61 says:

        No it wasn’t – it was biased since at least the 80s. John Birt’s merger of News & Current Affairs probably signed the end of any balanced or unbiased reporting though.

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      • 145
        CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

        “running certain reports that may upset the government in power.”

        Come again?
        The last year has been a hate fest against the coalition and Conservatives, as it was in the 80’s and 90’s too.
        As far as non-Iraq issues were concerned, Labour had such an easy ride by comparison, in-fact, the BBC looked little more than the communication arm of the Labour Party, most of the time.

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        • 192
          Cato Street Conspirator says:

          Yep, the proof of how important the BBC’s support for Labour is was the massive Labour victory at the May 2010 general election.

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          • CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

            Even the BBC can’t can’t polish a turd! But Liebour would have got a much bigger beating without the BBC’s support and relentless attacks on the Conservatives.

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  21. 41
    Chuka the small business expert says:

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  22. 45
    Crikey says:

    Even more, the rich and powerful would like a craven and beholden internet and they will move towards that (as they have been doing) incrementally using reasonable sounding pretexts and with the support of naive useful idiots.

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  23. 47
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Murdoch is finished. Get used to the idea – the American-Australian tax-dodging liar isn’t welcome any more.

    Like

    • 62
      Hard-Lazing Voter says:

      Sweet. Does that mean the Coalition can seize his media holdings and give it to a good, solid Tory donor, the type who won’t switch party allegiance when it suits?

      Like

    • 176
      Cynical Old Man says:

      The Labour/BBC/Guardian axis has created such a poisonous atmosphere that anyone trying to defend Murdoch, or even daring to suggest these leftie organisations are fanning the flames for their own political/commercial reasons is treated worse than a paedophile in the current hysterical climate.

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      • 191
        Cato Street Conspirator says:

        Anyone who defends Murdoch must be working for him or in his pocket in some other way. Skunks never command personal loyalty.

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  24. 48
    Koba says:

    Murdoc will still owns the NOTW title and it wouldn’t suprise me to see it return with new staff.

    That aside, the previous investigations into phone hacking are looking prity inept, should the police have another look at the Cash-for-honours investigation now?

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  25. 53
    The Media Standards Trust is controlled by Common Purpose says:

    Common Purpose is exploiting the News of the World hacking scandal to further its media control agenda.

    The Media Standards Trust is controlled by Common Purpose. They are obviously up to no good, but what exactly?

    The Guardian newspaper broke the story of the hacking of Milly Dowler’s voicemail on 4th July 2011.

    The Media Standards Trust was quick off the mark, setting up hackinginquiry.org on 5th July 2011. The domain name ‘hackinginquiry.org’ had been registered a couple of weeks previously on 15th June 2011, with the Media Standards Trust itching for a public inquiry into hacking.

    So what is Common Purpose up to? They are now campaigning for “the establishment of a full public inquiry into phone hacking and other forms of illegal intrusion by the press” as it says on the hackinginquiry.org website.

    We know that Common Purpose is seriously into social control so they are exploiting ‘hackgate’ to promote their control of the media agenda.

    The Media Standards Trust may try to set itself up as an alternative to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

    Please keep an eye on what the Media Standards Trust is up to. They are up to no good.

    http://bit.ly/qK8xq1

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  26. 57
    Perplexed says:

    Too many people have been involved in this for top management not to know what was going on, some one had to sanction the expenses involved here by different staff over years. Why does ” I like it when a plan comes together ” spring to mind. to justify closing the NOW would not be an easy thing to do, which suggests a cunning plan of exceptional cunning that even a ” Fox ” would be proud of it. Most corporations work on a 10 year + business plan, it is up to the establishment to find the truth in all of this, however time and history has a way of doing just that.

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  27. 62
    Old Australian convict saying says:

    “The law locks up the man who steals the goose from the common, but leaves the greater criminal loose who steals the common from the goose “

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  28. 66
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Another day and more embarrassment for Jo Jo Hari. Turns out he’s so pathetic, he’s resorted to smearing his critics by editing their Wikipedia entries! :-D

    The edits were made by a user calling himself David R. Coincidentally, David would only edit the Wiki entries of people who’d just recently fallen out with or criticised Hari over the veracity of his articles. Fiercely loyal to Hari, this Mr David R.

    This is a great laugh to read. I can’t see how Hari can last much longer as a journalist. He’ll probably end up doing I’m A Celebrity or some shit reality show.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/politics/all/7075743/diary.thtml

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    • 143
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      There might be some mileage switching him to opinion writing – Guido could run a competion guessing whose opinion it was.

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  29. 69
    Anonymous says:

    It looks as though a lot of damage is being and will be inflicted on those who deserve it within the current legislative and institutional framework. Let’s hope that the scale of retribution may be enough to curb future malpractice, too. What in my view is not required is a knee-jerk reaction to get more legislation onto the statute book or to revamp any of the outfits that ought to be concentrating on completing its job.

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  30. 72
    nell says:

    I wish someone could photoshop a picture of twatson dressed up as don quixote riding a donkey called militwit, tilting at a windmill with NI written on it’s sails.

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  31. 81
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    It’s painfully obvious to anyone with even one functioning brain cell that the reason the previous inquiry was so shoddy is because Messrs Blair and Campbell warned them off from digging deep because Labour wanted to keep Murdoch on side. It wasn’t because they didn’t have the evidence. They were scared of Blair, a truly repugnant man who bears all the trademarks of a classic sociopath.

    Ever since The Sun’s infamous eve-of-Labour-conference switch to the Tories, Brown and Labour have been hungry for revenge. Brillo said Brown has apparently been incredibly bitter ever since Murdoch ditched him.

    Revenge works both ways and this week a NI aide was quoted as telling Miliband “You’ve made this personal about Rebekah, so we’re going to make it personal about you”. :-D Let the fun begin!

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  32. 82
    Russell says:

    As Gorgeous George put it … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suPVTru2iTs

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  33. 88
    do not like the idle rich says:

    Look at all the Tory boys weeping because their foul rag has gone.

    Why not hack a dead soldier’s phone today if you can make money out of it?

    By the way, Cameron has no goollies.

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    • 106
      smoggie says:

      It was a foul Labour rag until quite recently. The content didn’t change, just its political allegiance and that was its downfall. If Murdoch still supported Labour NotW would still be in business and knobs like you would think it the best paper in the free world.

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    • 122
      P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

      Haven’t the rich suffered enough ??

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    • 123
      Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

      I don’t like the idle rich either. People like John Prescott, Sarah Brown, Shaun Woodward, Polly Toynbee, Harriet Harman.

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  34. 94
    Shame on the police says:

    Somewhat of a contrast between the actions of the journalists involved in this shoddy episode (and I include Coulson et al in that, for whom I hold no candle) and that of the police who screwed up the earlier enquiry and indeed, probably worse, whose only response has been an apology and ‘move along there nothing to see’. At least the journalists involved have had the decency to resign etc. whereas those who should be the epitome of honour and decency are still trying to cover their own backs. Whoever was in charge of the police (Yates et al) with regard to the hacking and earlier enquiries touching number 10, should resign, and quick.

    The unions have been strangely quiet….

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  35. 98
    Anonymous says:

    It’s all a very welcome diversion for the politicians who have brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy, where it remains.

    We should be focussing on the growing national debt, the growing deficit, inflation and the hopelessness thus far of all attempts to address these.

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  36. 100
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    The Dirty Digger has arrived at NI offices. Witnesses say he left a trail of sulphur behind him. :-D

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  37. 101
    Treasury says:

    Labour must be skint.

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  38. 103
    Master_Rick says:

    It’s a Crisis in the Karzy!

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  39. 116
    Bad Al says:

    Assistant Commissioner John Yates is toast. They gave him a Yard and he took a Mile.

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  40. 120
    Darth Murdoch says:

    What a surprise, Guido supports the right for right wing propagandists to flout the law.
    Well, turkeys don’t vote for christmas after all.

    R.I.P. = Ripped into pieces.

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  41. 121
    Rat's arse says:

    Right Guido, being as Millitwit and his cronies are all whiter than white, I can’t wait for the dirt on those feckers to come to light. I just hope some-one is digging as I blog as I can’t stand Millitw@t’s sanctimonious shite for much longer. :)

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  42. 133
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Enjoy this mischievous edit someone’s made to Trashbin’s profile before the Wiki police delete it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasmin_Alibhai-Brown#Criticisms

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    • 218
      Andrew Mullen Gray says:

      Alibhai-Brown was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2001, but in 2003 Benjamin Zephaniah’s public refusal of an OBE inspired her to return the award.

      You cannot return such an awrd oncwe granted so this hypocrite was called out on wikipedia yet it is altered back to the incorrect version why?

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  43. 136
    Follow the Money says:

    Cameron is now 32 to 1 to be the next to leave cabinet. Even Danny Alexander has better odds of staying at 36 to 1 (Osborne 100 to 1)

    http://smarkets.com/politics/uk

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  44. 139
    Pepys (S) says:

    You’re wrong about this, Guido. We’ve all had enough of their prurient hypocrisy and their disingenuous refusal to understand “public interest.” Long may they die.

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    • 149

      Then why did it sell more than any other paper?

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      • 158
        Pepys (S) says:

        > Then why did it sell more than any other paper?

        Brashest low-shelf bonkathon. Do you vote by that? Please tell Cameron that you don’t, because the Mail deserves to die as slowly.

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      • 159
        Pepys (S) says:

        But my argument is poor, and I take your point. I welcome our Simply Red overlords. And so to bed.

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    • 155
      CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

      I haven’t bought a paper in years, and certainly not the Screws. But that was my choice!

      This is a politically motivated campaign by the left to make the BBC king of the MSM narrative and insuring a very left-wing hegmoney in news reportage.

      The press and their proprietors are mostly horrible, but I want to see alternative viewpoints across the MSM and I don’t want to be forced to pay for them!

      I don’t want to see a publicly funded monolith like the BBC abuse it’s influence to undermine and attack it’s competitors, least of all for political reasons.

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  45. 144
    They're all the same says:

    The NoTW was a scummy rag which sought to titilate the proles with its populist, statist drivel. Pretending its demise is a victory for the criminal and corrupt is nothing more than self-serving tripe peddled by those seeking to protect THEIR own interest, not the interest of others.

    Doesn’t mean the smug liberal twats at the Guardian are any better. Seeing that lot choke on their organic hummous bagels would truly be a day to savour.

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  46. 150
    Sue Doughty says:

    Not just the end of the freedom of the press, but the end of the press in Britain. Murdoch may well be about to sell all his titles here and there can be no buyers because they are all loss making enterprises. And then what? We have an upcoming generation who cannot read well enough for a newspaper anyway! Digital news only is our future and it starts within a month

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    • 183
      CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

      Sales of Daily Mail and Express will go up. The Mirror may go up to start with, but will plummet again after poeple have read it!

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  47. 153
    Anonymous says:

    “Investigative journalists everywhere, including this blog, do it ”

    Yep, it was clear from this week’s HoC debate on the Ian Puddick case that the ConDems are working on plans to control harrassment on the net.

    For you, Herr Guido, the end is coming.

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  48. 160
    Voice of Treason says:

    Good riddance to a shit newspaper owned by a family of super shits.

    Like

  49. 161
    Slug Balancer says:

    Surely the real scandal is that the BBC have been able to continue with their anti-Murdoch rant all week, and that we cannot even complain to OFCOM about the extent of their blatant left-wing bias.

    Why is the BBC able to get away with this?? Why are the people who have to pay for this left-wing propaganda not allowed to hold it to account?

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    • 162
      gawkist says:

      Because it’s been brilliant they’re-in-a-hole-and-digging-deeper news, and everybody wants to see the ReHuntah go down next.

      IT’S A CAR CRASH.

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  50. 164
    Jemima Clarkson says:

    Thank yu and good fucking riddance NOTW.

    Yours was not a newspaper, it did not deal in facts, news or journalism, as with every other red top it traded in gossip, rumour and innuendo.

    Fed to the bovine masses like opium based straw, your paper deserves to go down the pan along with all the other red top toilet papers.

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    • 202
      2112 says:

      It’s at times like this when the Left’s supposed reverence for the proles slips away like the gossamer mask it truly is, exposing the sheer contempt you really feel for them.

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  51. 170
    Ryan Giggs says:

    I do Miss Wales particularly when I’m playing away from home, but just like Andy Marr and John Terry won’t miss read about it all over the front, middle and back pages of The News of The World.

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  52. 171
    AnonymousRevolutionary says:

    Good riddance. I hope all involved get the book thrown at them, setting a precedent for things to come IE Journalists and newspapers should not be immune, and indeed shoud be held to a higher standard of behaviour, than the ordinary everyman.

    I hope the Mirror is next, then the Scum.

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  53. 180
    Cynical Old Man says:

    Guido, waiting for polldaddy.com is like waiting for effing Godot! What’s the crack with this? Even long delays using Firefox.

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  54. 181
    Slug Balancer says:

    And I hope someone throws the book at the BBC’s Robert Peston (son of Labour peer), who I note is now trying to smear a firm of solicitors and Colin Myler in an attempt to ‘prove’ that James Murdoch is an unfit person to own BSkyB. No doubt he will be on the BBC News later, self-righteously insisting that ‘no decent person could now allow NI to own BSkyB.’ Why doesn’t he just do the honest thing and say at the beginning that he is pro-Labour and anti-Murdoch instead of this insulting pretence of impartiality by the BBC.

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  55. 187
    Remember Nightjack says:

    Let no one forget that it was the “Times” who outed the blogger Nightjack in an act of pure spite. Their demise is fast approaching as well, good riddance to them they are a disgrace.

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  56. 189
    Richard Hadlee was New Zealand's only meaningful contribution to the game of cricket, ever! says:

    Can’t understand all the whingeing from News International journalists about job losses at the NOTW. Murdoch has only applied the same capitalist principle advocated regularly in the Times, Sun and the NOTW itself, namely that if a business fails to attract customers (in this case, loses its advertisers), it goes to the wall. Market forces. Ex-NOTW staff were quite happy to take that line in the past – or at least to work for someone who did. Rejoice, rejoice.

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  57. 195
    Hard-Lazing Voter says:

    “2.
    GeoffBeacon
    6 Hours ago

    “… newspapers that told the truth could not make money. The Guardian, whose veteran reporter Nick Davies led the investigation, is indeed burning money and may run out of it in three years’ time.”

    New mechanisms for funding the media must be found. They are an important part of our democracy. We must insulate good journalism vested interests.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14093772

    Oh yeahhhhhhhh?

    Here comes the Habermasian shit. It begins.

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  58. 201
    John Alex Wood says:

    That’s why the Public Interest Defence exists.

    But that’s miles away from mining for gossip to splash all over the front pages without any form of moral or ethical restraint.

    Oh, wait, that’s what Guido does. Oooops…

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  59. 203
    Jimmy says:

    “Privacy from intrusion by the state or journalists who break the law by stealing photographs, hacking, climbing over the wall into your back garden, that should be protected.”

    But hacking e-mails is still ok though?

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  60. 204
    mark says:

    Plod Paul Stephenson (he should be stripped of his knighthood) said on friday that the whole of the Met should not be judged on the actions of a minority of his officers. Its a shame he does not apply the same principle to those of us that pay his salary. Stephenson’s rule is guilty till proved innocent. Like Yates, Stephenson should be fired. No compensation. No Bonus. No pension.

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  61. 206
    John Galt says:

    … but how many of the recent revelations are new?

    Here is a 2003 article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/mar/12/sun.pressandpublishing

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  62. 209

    ‘A future war in Sudan is now inevitable’, the truth about the world’s newest state http://t.co/6ROEySZ Not as boring as it sounds….

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  63. 210
    Taxfodder says:

    7.5 Million Readers

    and every one a total mong, happy to read the shit they printed.

    GOODBYE and GOOD RIDDANCE!

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