July 11th, 2011

Miliband Twists the Hilton Knife

Asked if he was accusing the Prime Minister of lying about what he knew regarding the information passed to Steve Hilton, the increasingly confident Labour leader said “I’m not going to throw around allegations, but… what I’m saying is the Prime Minister has a whole series of unanswered questions on this issue.” And he’s right…

If they want this angle to die down, Number 10 need to get their line on this clear today. The longer they leave the speculation of who knew what, and when, the longer it looks like they cannot, or are not willing to, provide an accurate narrative. It’s very simple – did Steve Hilton discuss the two Guardian contacts with his boss. Yes or no?


161 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Where will it end?

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  2. 2
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Cameron has plenty to answer. Equally, Milicock also has questions to answer about former coke addict Tom Baldwin and allegations of illegal activity. Oh, wait, Ed doesn’t like to answer awkward questions. And the bbc doesn’t like to ask them of him.

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    • 8
      Quango says:

      that’s more like it – clearly this story is all about the BBC – the quciker we all realise that the better

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      • 52
        CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

        Exactly. This whole episode is about assuring the long-term monopolistic left-wing influence of the BBC on the news agenda.

        Look how bad the Stalinist goons in Labour were when they were last in when it came to things like civil liberties, for instance.

        I mean, how bad would they be next time with no meaningful MSM criticism and the BBC pumping out their propaganda unopposed?

        Rather than think to themsleves that they should try to be better, Labour just want to shut-up all media criticism and turn us into the left-wing autocracy they always dreamed about.

        Allow Murdoch to take over Sky, that most people thought he owned anyway.
        Come the next election you’ll find that who owns BSKYB won’t be high up on voters’ priorities.

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        • 110
          Backwoodsman says:

          Cameron should have gone after them from day one with the acusation that the primary bbc motivation was to damage a successful commercial rival and that to give the story such excessive saturation exposure , called into question the bbc ‘s suitability to be a monopoly state funded broadcaster.

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        • 134
          Anonymous says:

          I think you’ll find that Quango was employing irony and I’m pretty sure that you aren’t.

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          • Quango says:

            I was – these Guido stooges are truely unbelievable

            You guys are hysterical (and that word works twice in this context)

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      • 150
        Nemo says:

        I thought all this was to do with NI & The Screws and their antics and Cameron not knowing which way to jump, it looks as if he has bought a lot of this mess upon himself, still don’t know who has got what on whom, something si amiss somewhere.

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    • 9
      Jim says:

      I bet he’s not the only one in the commons to have ‘powdered their nose’

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      • 151
        Nemo says:

        I suppose that is better than having to powder their backsides, are they gayers, powdering their noses?

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    • 10
      Moral swamp says:

      Our amoral Politicians are eating themselves, Hubris is descending and its going to get Ugly.

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      • 152
        Nemo says:

        Are you saying that they have consumption, they should be isolated from the rest of us, oops I forgot THEY ARE.

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    • 13
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Much better to divert all the attention away from yourself, eh, Ed?!

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    • 19

      Ed said at his press conference that they had asked The Times about Baldwin and the Ashcroft allegations. The Times said Baldwin wasn’t in a position to do what Ashcroft alleges. Thats OK then – an assurance from a News International paper!!!!

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      • 29
        Dave's grave errors says:

        Maybe but at least Ed has done his due dilligence unlike Dave.

        Also has Ed been warned off Baldwin by those in the know, like dave was with Coulson?

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    • 30
      Gordon Brown says:

      Missing me yet?

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    • 51
      The Grim Reaper Returns and says:

      The BBC is part of the Regressive Alliance. They interrogate Conservatives and interview Members of the National Socialist Party like the Miliband Bruvvers Grim and Alistair “Tourettes” Campbell.

      The BBC thinks it has got the scalp of Murdoch and Cameron but….what was Campbell, Blair & Mandelbum up to during those years of running Gulag UK? There’s dirt and blood under all of their fingernails. And whilst the odious pile at the Beeb dig the dirt, nothing NOTW ever did can come close to the dodgy dossier and 300,000 dead Iraqis.

      The BBC is an Evil Empire far more creepy and sinister than the Murdoch one and part of that dodgy offshore set up known as The Guardian, read by just 300,000 people – the equivalent of those dead Iraqis the Left are responsible for. Oh and 80 million Chinese under Mao and 40,000 Russians under Soviet rule. People haters, the lot of them.

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      • 106
        Troy Tempest says:

        The left-wing bias is so endemic at the BBC, they can’t even see they are doing it.

        A bit like an alchoholic who can’t see he has a drink problem.

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        • 117
          Old Tory Bigot says:

          BBC personnel swin in a river of left-wing thought that is completely unchallenged. They are all of a mind. If you don’t fit that mindset you will never work in the BBC.

          Beeboids don’t realise they are leftists in the same way that fish don’t know they are wet.

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      • 122
        Anonymous says:

        Little wonder they’re fighting dirty and like fuck to keep hold of their stranglehold of the broadcast media. This really is a turning point. Even if Murdoch loses the BskyB deal, he won’t jiust lie down, that’s for sure.

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      • 143
        Geezer says:

        Big mistake Dave…..leaving the festering pile of poo…the BBC….to turn on you at every opportunity. Short term thinking, hoping that the Socialist Workers Channel will change their ways. Time to dismantle & privatise the Evil Empire.

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    • 123
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Yep, he even sent Tessa Jowell on to the Dail Politics. The stuttering Jowell was delight to behold. Brillo gave her a good buffing.

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    • 138
      Fish says:

      …and it isn’t as though Millipede didn’t know, Guido warned him.

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  3. 4
    Anonymous says:

    The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) has gone into administration, BBC News has learnt.

    The free service is one of the leading charities giving legal advice and representation to immigrants and asylum seekers in the UK.

    Thats good news then.

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    • 10
      MrAngry61 says:

      “Rejoice! Rejoice!”

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    • 12
      Abdul Jaleed says:

      Nooo! I was goings to asking thems how I can backdating my benny fits to 1924! And how much it costings to hire infidel western prostitutes! Allahu cackbar!

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    • 21
      issac hunt says:

      but now where do people go for the best way to get a free house and have 20 kids on the NHS? this is terrible news, Durka Durka

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    • 35
      issac hunt says:

      its ironic that a charity – that works by using other peoples money for free, to help other people use other peoples money for free, no longer has any money.

      I guess now the tax payer will need to pay for benefit forms to be printed in urdu and somali instead.

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    • 141
      Anonymous says:

      “Thats good news then.”

      No. It’s excellent news.

      Presumably they’re broke because the government stopped funding them? Who says tory scum can never do anything right.

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      • 144
        Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

        This is a scandal if it is true. These poor immigrants, who vote for us LibDems, need all the help they can get. It is LibDem policy for unrestricted immigration, you know.

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        • 159
          Ahmed Ishmael (George from the Akash) says:

          Well said Mike. A free curry for you when you next come in and a few illegals to get past immigration. Boaz.

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  4. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Why dont we just sack the lot of em and close the Palace of Westminster and let those tossers in Brussels run the country?

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  5. 6
    MrAngry61 says:

    The Tories need to kill the Labour attacks – by dealing with the Coulson employment questions.

    Then they need to put the emphasis (and the blame) back where it belongs – Blair & Brown for allowing NI & the other dead press organisations to get away with it for so long.

    If Cameron doesn’t deal with it today, RedEd will crucify him on Wednesday.

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    • 36
      Tessa Tickles says:

      You know, the image of Milimong crucifying Camoron is both unsettling and exciting.

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    • 49
      Nemo says:

      Wouldn’t it be interesting to be a fly in Cameron’s private office, what has Coulson got on Dave C and & Brooks, I wonder if he was such a good operator wouldn’t he be doing a bit of arranging for a few taps of his own, so if anything went wrong he would have some ammo, “if I go down, you go down”

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    • 59
      genghiz the kahn says:

      If ‘Hacking’ appears to have been endemic across the MSM, and almost every cited case took place before the last General Election, why is it that Call Me Dave is getting all the blame from J. Anus Miliband.

      If someone is sitting on a story about how much Labour ministers knew, how much they did to look the other way, and who they were, I would be surprised if Deadward and ZaNuLabour fall into a bigger mess of their own making. If the polis were known to be augmenting their earnings by leaking stories, and Blair and Brown’s minsters were aware of this and did nothing, the story changes.

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  6. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Great to see you commending the Hacks for being lax with the rules etc in a previous post Guido.
    Quote
    “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. ”

    Trust you therefore approve of the Police doing the same.

    In the interest of catching baddies natch

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  7. 14
    issac hunt says:

    see now that is one person with a knife that should be locked up. nasal tampon

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  8. 16
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Ah, but what have the hacks got on our MP’s? ……and will it be enough to guarantee immunity…..?

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  9. 18
    greatlakesforex says:

    This is classic textbook Stalinist attacks from Miliband, make enough noise and people will forget the role Labour played in all this. It did happen under their watch, but you would never believe it the way the press are fawning over Miliband, only supported because of vested interests in stopping free speech allowing Murdoch to own 100% of BSkyb.

    We need BSkyb to be owned lock stock and barrel by Murdoch as he is the only voice against the EU and the Euro.

    Cameron could stop this in his tracks by announcing today a third inquiry into the Labour government(s) 1997-2010 dealings, relationships with News International. Make it judge led and arrest Brown and Blair + others

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    • 37
      MrAngry61 says:

      “We”?

      It’s for the shareholders to decide, once the politicians have extracted whatever personal gain they can from the saga.

      Frankly I wish News Corp would Fox News UK itself, and leave Sky alone.

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    • 44
      anonymousse says:

      Miliband has a point though, quite a few good ones too.

      Is Cameron hiding in this bunker?

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    • 47
      bald old git says:

      … and with Formula 1 and the Honours system and with a whole list of other companies, individuals and institutions that Private Eye might be able to name …

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    • 69
      John Bellingham says:

      A couple of lefties have been asked about Labour’s ties to Newscorp and their part in the lak of an earlier phone-hacking enquiry–none have been able to give a straight answer: the best was Tessa Jowell on The Daily Politics–I thought that the bitch was about to choke! A professional politician who didn’t have a ready lie!

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      • 92
        When is Jowells husband going to jail says:

        Jowell got so desperate that when asked the killer question about Baldwin she claimed it was an improper question to ask. Brillo helpfully pointed out that it was the same question Milliband asked Cameron re Coulson yet Labour that it proper then.

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  10. 24
    Sir William Waad says:

    As Paul Foot once remarked, in Britain we have freedom of the press and no idea what to do with it. He was referring to the press pack streaming across the land in pursuit of some minor celebrity caught in a strange lady’s bedroom with just his socks on, while sucking up to dishonesty pols and businesspeople. That’s the problem, ladies and gentlemen of the media, with press freedom: abuse it and lose it.

    Other professions do a fair job of squeezing out the charlatans and the disreputable. Why can’t the journos?

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    • 55
      MrAngry61 says:

      Because one needs no qualifications to be a journalist, except maybe an NUJ card.

      From what I hear, more hacks in the US have done degrees in journalism than here, and more importantly, more seem to practice what they were taught.

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      • 137
        Jan says:

        So, if you have ‘done’ a degree in journalism that makes you a better journalist? I don’t fink so… Standard of degrees in the US is pants. I can’t think of any great journalists here who have actually ‘done’ a degree in journalism.

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  11. 25
    Crumbs says:

    Why does back stabbing Ed keep trying to take the moral high ground on this matter.? These offences were comitted on labour’s watch but hardly a peep from labour at the time. Now they feel safe enough to poke Murdoch with sticks but not so long ago Blair was flying around the world for the chance to speak to him.

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  12. 27
    Sophie says:

    No wonder Miliband is ever more confident.

    He knows first hand what a fiscal lunatic Brown was. He knew how despised McMental was inside his party & outside by the electorate.

    Yet rusty Heathite Cameron could not win a clear majority against McRuin.

    Hilton probably did tell rusty – but the Heir to Blair was & is too arrogant to listen.

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    • 155
      Nemo says:

      Dave was trying to be loyal to Coulson or was their something else, was Coulson an smart operator, if so, he would have put in place certain things to be held until needed.

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  13. 28
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I hope someone has pointed out to Ed that this is not student politics now, He is playing with the big boys now and if you ask me, i dont think he unstands that the big boys normally win.

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  14. 31
    issac hunt says:

    jumping on a bandwagon of public opinion won’t make people suddenly forget you have no policies and are a nasal talking twat

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    • 40
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Exactly. All this beats having to fill in the blank sheet of paper which he is clearly incapable of doing.

      Meanwhile, the great British public are so cheesed off with the NOTW that, er, 4 million bought it yesterday, instead of 2.6 million usually.

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      • 66
        Nemo says:

        I think they were supposed to have printed 5.5 million, sounds like a lot going for pulping

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      • 73
        MrAngry61 says:

        If Rupert wanted to seriously wrong-foot the other red-tops, he could pursue errant politicians with the same vigour that the Screws monitored promiscuous footballers.

        The red-tops have administered a diet of footballers, celebs and Sarah’s law – but the proletariat probably would feel as outraged at what our masters have done in our name as they do about the issues that they’re currently goaded about.

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  15. 32
    Anonymous says:

    It’s nothing short of vomit inducing to see the political opportunism that is going on at the moment. This whole matter is much much much too important than a bit of childish points scoring. Once again “they just don’t get it”.

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    • 79
      Frank says:

      To be frank I don’t think it is very important at all.

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      • 103
        Anonymous says:

        So the:

        Systematic criminal acts, and resulting criminal conspiracy, of one of the largest media organisations on the planet.

        Bribery of what must be senior police officers.

        Nature of the relationship between the press and the political establishment.

        And the once in a lifetime chance to actually do something about it….

        are not important to you? Sigh…..facepalm.

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        • 118
          Frank says:

          The take over of BSyB by a person who already has the controlling interest is really of no significant importance. Obviously the criminal actions by some staff in one of his subsidiary companies in the past is of importance and they will be dealt with by the courts. Unless you are saying Rupert Murdoch phoned up Wapping and ordered them to hire a gumshoe to hack Millie Dowler’s phone, which i would think is highly unlikely.

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    • 84
      Sir Everard Digby says:

      Indeed. But that would require some form of morality,which would require a degree of compassion. I am sure St Ed of Islington and his mindless shrieking minions have in mind the effect of his ‘crusade’ on the relatives of those dead people who had their phones hacked… Thought not.

      Of course, St Ed says there is no comparison between what Tom Baldwin is alleged to have done and the NOW at all -because Ashcroft was a subject in the public interest. So stealing bank details is acceptable is it?

      By that feeble definition,what is not acceptable then?

      Miserable,self interested,Union owned, toothless poodle.

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  16. 39
    bald old git says:

    O/T, but Guido – please change the comment of the day more often … I dunno, perhaps once a day? . It’s not like you don’t have a lot to choose from …

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  17. 43
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Guido, you MUST upload the interview Brillo just had with Tessa Jowell. He asked why Labour did nothing over News International’s hackings. Her reaction was priceless. She stuttered and fumbled and said “We should have”. He asked why they didn’t and again she said “It was wrong. We should have”. He then said “It’s because you were in bed with Rupert Murdoch”. :-D

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  18. 45
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Stuff that has sneaked under the radar since hacking scandal broke.

    Chuckle Brother to open a Gove the Gimp “Free School”……….NO I DIDNT MAKE THIS UP !!!!!!!

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  19. 48
    loungelizard says:

    I just don’t see this new big brave Miliband. take away the NI issue and you’re still left with with a big girl’s blouse.

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  20. 54
    Newshound says:

    What’s going on?

    Let’s not forget Miliband is employing Baldwin and was part of the Brown cabal with McBride and co who obsessed with News and the Mail.

    Worse, Labour fabricated reasons to go to war which puts listening to voicemails into perspective.

    Cameron should be skewering Miliband but he’s on the back foot.

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  21. 58
    Frank's son says:

    Tessa Jowell on the DP not happy at Andrew Neil’s questioning about Baldwin. ‘He denies the allegations’ she says. ‘So did Coulson’ counters Neil.

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  22. 60
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Your average person doesn’t give a crap about this.
    Those that have an interest won’t be surprised by any of this and can see the stinking hypocrisy from Labour and the other media organisations. Everytime Milliwank throws a stone, people are just amazed that he would do that whilst living in such a large and brittle glass house!

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    • 74
      Anonymous says:

      The ugly fuck does look as if he was hatched in an aquarium tbh.

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    • 75
      new broom says:

      I give a crap, a huge crap. The media have been corrupting Westminster and Plod for years.

      They’re all in it together – all parties.

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    • 108
      John Bellingham says:

      I think that Milliband is showing his unbelievable immaturity. His “anti-cuts” speech, alluding to the Suffragettes, the US Civil Rights movement and the AAM was cringeworthy. His call today demanding that Cameron make a statement to the House immediately is out of proportion–you save that for things like dodgy dossiers and cash-for-honours. He really is out of his depth. So King Rupert cans his BSkyB acquisition for a year or so but his media empire continues, ( Do the twerps around Milliband believe that Murdoch and his family will go on gardening leave?) his newspapers then turn their attention to Miliband and his cronys. Even without the NoW or its replacement, some 20m copies of Murdoch papers are delivered each week–every reader being reminded every day what a pratt Millie is. That is going to be hard to work with.

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      • 124
        Hubris says:

        As has been pointed out Milliband is bringing forth a shitstorm on his own party as attention turns to what The previous Labour Government knew about all this when it occured on their watch. He is very niave not to realise what he has started. Anyway I’d better get my coat as I have to go out as I’ve work to do.

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  23. 61
    Reap what you sow says:

    Still asking the question: why did not Bryant call in the police when in 2003 to a question by him to RB, she said she paid the Police? Was their a labour edict not to stir the NI pot?

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  24. 64
    how some Balls Dave says:

    FFS Dave show some Balls and Let Murdoch buy his Telly channel, it’s not really all that important in the grand scheme of things. Stop pissing about getting embroiled in business takeovers. Once Murdoch has done the deal it will be yesterday’s news, life will go on and the Chavs will carry on subscribing to Sky wondering what all the fuss was about.

    The longer you let this drag out the worse it will be. And whatever you do, do not promise the parents of murdered children something you can not deliver or better still be out of the country when they come to number 10.

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  25. 70
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Daily Politics report on the raucous behaviour of parliamentary staff in the “sports and social” bar.

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  26. 78
    Steve Miliband says:

    All newspapers will have used shady modus operandi to get a story.
    All Politicians suck up to newspapers.

    It’s a can of worms

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  27. 82
    Just asking says:

    Is there any reason why Cameron should listen to Rusbridger whether through someone else or not? Is Rusbridger someone special?

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    • 93
      nell says:

      Well let’s put it this way. rusbridger employs pollytwaddle.

      Would you listen to someone with that sort of flawed judgement?!

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    • 100
      loungelizard says:

      Tooled leather sandals.

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    • 128
      same old, same old says:

      nowhere near as special as dave believes that he is.

      it takes a very special kind of cun*t, to put himself in a position where his integrity is being called into question, whilst he has shitloads of incrimiating evidence on what are – supposedly – his political opponents.

      it’s a measure of dave’s lack of ability, that miliband is allowed to make the running on this issue.

      time to dump this twat now

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  28. 83
    nell says:

    hmmm.

    I can’t help feeling that militwit is like a kid playing with matches in a petrol dump.

    His backbenchers are holding their breath hoping that the summer recess arrives before he manages to blow them all up.

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  29. 84
    Redpoll says:

    Here’s a few quotes for Dave..

    “I am not a crook”

    “There can be no white wash in the [enter your address(es)]”

    If that fails he can always bomb Hanoi (or Libya)

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  30. 90
    Jess The Dog says:

    Cameron needs to get a grip by lunchtime on Wednesday. Not for his sake, but for all our sakes. There are two issues he needs to grip: the specific News International issue, and the general issue of Andy Coulson.

    The issue of Coulson is straightforward: Cameron made a lapse of judgment, and now realises this. There is a convincing reason behind this lapse of judgment: Coulson was best placed to handle the toxic media climate at the time Cameron became Tory leader, and this climate was encouraged by all politicians and especially the-then government, ranging from ‘burying bad news’ on September 11 2001, through the Campbell era, the Blair-Murdoch era, and the Brown-McBride era, continuing to this day with Tom Baldwin in Labour’s employment. As well as the Ashcroft allegations, Baldwin was the journalist who named Dr David Kelly following hints from Downing Street. Baldwin is perhaps not in the same league as Coulson, but he is not an appropriate person to be involved in politics under the current circumstances.

    The Murdoch phenomenon was not self-creating… he was groomed and wooed by a succession of governments who were seeking illusionary media advantage. He followed trends and did not set them… other than consolidating and expanding his own empire, the only political philosophy that influenced a government was the anti-Euro agenda. It is easy to pull together a list of the schmoozing occurrences between NI figures and the Cameron, Brown and Blair governments, and Major/Thatcher as well.

    The wider NI issue will bottom out shortly, following the Royal protection cops payment revelations (apparently suppressed back in 2007, not on Cameron’s watch!) and the government needs a credible way of going with public opinion on the issue. They’re a busted flush in the UK now and this hasn’t exploded in America yet.

    Anyway, Cameron needs to get a grip. Otherwise we will have a cowed media and an opposition up to the same old tricks, damaging all of us. The swamp needs to be drained and every politician has dirty hands on this issue.

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  31. 94
    boulay says:

    i only hope that brooks and murdoch have given cameron a suitably good dossier of shit on the last labour government and cameron is just waiting for ed “scalpel” miliband to ask one of his fucking irrelevant questions such as “do you think that the NOTW, by having a red masthead, was actually trying to deflect the fact that it is owned and run by margaret thatcher and norman tebbit and they feast on babies after going to print…”

    and then cameron will stand up and ask why at cabinet on X date of X 2009 when the evidence of hacking and police payments was discussed did LOTO not make his principled stand etc

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  32. 101
    what a plonker says:

    All this will die down after a week or two, but still the labour party is being led by a two faced opportunist creep that will lead them to defeat at the next election .

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  33. 102
    Spannerintheworks says:

    More TRUTH.

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  34. 126
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The Tsunami will engulf Ed Miliband very soon.

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  35. 131
    Jimmy says:

    Actually the questions are can anyone prove Hilton told Lightweight and will he go quietly.

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  36. 133
    tory bear's worst nightmare says:

    Please confirm that neither you nor your sidekick have never had illegitmate access to anyone’s phone messages-including during Conservative Future elections

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  37. 136
    Simontm says:

    Now George Michael’s joined the fray:

    @Georgemichael: “Just spoke to my lawyer…. apparently they want to interview me about my comments on Rebekah Brooks here on twitter…”

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  38. 142
    Anonymous says:

    “did Steve Hilton discuss the two Guardian contacts with his boss. Yes or no?”

    Bet you 50p the answer is ‘yes’.

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  39. 147
    Peter says:

    Payments Alleged to Royal Protection Officers By Andy Coulson for Information About The Movements of The Queen:

    If true then this takes it from illegal privacy intrusion to interference with security services at the highest levels.

    If Andy Coulson is arrested for this specific matter (and certainly if he is charged) then it will break Cameron and Osborne and possibly even Murdoch in the UK.

    The charge and investigation, if this latest allegation is true, will now have to be framed with anti-terrorism in mind.

    If payments to the monarchs personal protection officers by Cameron’s man are proven then this scandal, which is already eclipsing the Jeremy Thorpe scandal, will possibly approach even Watergate proportions.

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    • 149
      John Bellingham says:

      Why is he “Cameron’s man”? Surely the PM is no more responsible for what Coulson did or didn’t do in 2007 that he is for David Laws sticking it to a Rent Boy in 2009.
      To lumber the Tories with (possible) crimes that were hatched, carried out and then covered up under Labour with possible Labour political involvement seems a bit like Stalin and Beria’s method of denouncing others.

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      • 161
        Peter says:

        Hello John,

        He was “Cameron’s man” as he was employed by Cameron as his right hand.

        During (and not just before) that employment the charge against Coulson is that he allegedly continued his spree of criminal acts.

        See the Perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan in Xmas 2010 in which according to Tom Watson MP Coulson gave allegedly perjured evidence whilst still in the employ of Cameron.

        He is innocent until proven guilty of course.

        I do say if you employ an unreformed and unrepentant crook, despite warnings not to do so, and then put him in a responsible position then you have to accept responsibility when that crook acts in his nature.

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  40. 158
    Greychatter says:

    I think Red Ed is totally childish trying to score points off the Coalition when He along with Gordon and Red Labour left whole country almost bankrupt.

    Although bankrupt of any ideas seems to fit the current opposition Leader.

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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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