July 15th, 2011

+ + + Brooks Resigns + + +

It was looking tricky as soon as Murdoch’s real daughter turned on her this morning.

UPDATE: Brooks’ email to staff:

At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons. Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones.
The reputation of the company we love so much, as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk.

As Chief Executive of the company, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place.

I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate.

This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past.

Therefore I have given Rupert and James Murdoch my resignation. While it has been a subject of discussion, this time my resignation has been accepted.
Rupert’s wisdom, kindness and incisive advice has guided me throughout my career and James is an inspirational leader who has shown me great loyalty and friendship.

I would like to thank them both for their support.

I have worked here for 22 years and I know it to be part of the finest media company in the world.
News International is full of talented, professional and honourable people. I am proud to have been part of the team and lucky to know so many brilliant journalists and media executives.

I leave with the happiest of memories and an abundance of friends.

As you can imagine recent times have been tough. I now need to concentrate on correcting the distortions and rebutting the allegations about my record as a journalist, an editor and executive.

My resignation makes it possible for me to have the freedom and the time to give my full cooperation to all the current and future inquiries, the police investigations and the CMS appearance.

I am so grateful for all the messages of support. I have nothing but overwhelming respect for you and our millions of readers.

I wish every one of you all the best.

Rebekah

UPDATE II: Tom Mockridge the CEO of Sky Italia will replace her. Interesting decision to reassure the world that you won’t be selling your newspapers by putting a telly man in charge of them. 


260 Comments

  1. 1
    Water Story says:

    Babbling brooks

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    • 9
      Julio Crazyarse says:

      Pushed? Who gives a rats arse..

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      • 17
        Julio Crazyarse says:

        And not that it’s important but she should have done this a long time ago!

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        • 91
          James says:

          She did but Rupert turned it down.

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          • Prince Rupert, Supporter of Murdoch and free speach etc says:

            People beware, this attack on the Murdochs is an attack on the freedom of the press and of free speach. The largest media powerhouse in the UK is the BBC which is ridiculously biased against the conservatives. The people attacking News Corp are generally the hypocrites and media tarts who have either been exposed as fools or have used the press to make a name for themselves. Others include politicians who have made use of the media, but wish to control it. If News Corp falls these corrupt people will move next on the Bloggers, and least we forget, in those dark days when the media was All pro New labour, only this site, Guido himself, stood out and exposed the left for the corrupt and dishonest tossers most of them are. This site started stories rolling that even the Marxist BBC could not fail to run with, albeit grudgingly. It is odd, but if you truly beleive in democracy and honesty in politics, then support Rupe’s and his empire, who are fighting the Left and the BBC, both of which do not tell the truth.
            Thankyou

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          • Spartacus says:

            Prince Rupert, you mean the way they successfully moved against Wikileaks?

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      • 86
        socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

        All it needs to be true justice is, just as she is walking out the front door for the last time, Ross Kemp walks up and punches her in the face.

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    • 21
      Sarah Brown UK Tweet says:

      Is mortified. Such fond memories of those slumber parties. #friendsinneed

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    • 34
      Anonymous says:

      Fair does, she did offer her resignation some time ago.

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    • 37
      Aunt Hilda says:

      Queen to honour bletchley park today….good job we hacked the krauts

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      • 67
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        It wasn’t really hacking, they left the enigma machine with its default pin code.

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        • 116
          the old Dufflebag says:

          oh you are being pedantic Socky …we were monitoring their traffic unbeknown to them …early doors hacking really.

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        • 174
          Leftist simpleton that you are says:

          I suppose it woz the Russians wot won it in your myopic worldview, eh Socky?

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            Clearly because I don’t have much sympathy for the tabloids I am most certainly a leftie commie poofy bastard russian pinko homo vegan windmill smoking sandle wearing fag. Just like Turing.

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          • the old Dufflebag says:

            Frankly we don’t give a monkeys what you think about the tabloids.

            Turing was perhaps one of the most gifted men this country has ever been lucky enough to have…when bletchley was disbanded the meat of work and research was shipped to the states and formed the base upon which ‘big blue’ (IBM) was created. You do yourself no credit in maligning him.

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      • 162
        Admiral Leach says:

        And the Argies, but we were in hostilities with both these groups of bandits, can’t see how hacking the voice mails of the families of dead servicemen for headline compares, but then I’m not a shit who works for the political/media elite. Brooks should have gone weeks ago, the fact that her resignation was not accepted shows either incompetence or arrogance or more likely both from the Murdoch clan. But I’m sure once the hub bub has died down she’ll be back, no harm done.

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        • 225
          Captains Pugwash and Birdseye Media Scrutiny Committee says:

          oh dear Admiral we are touchy today…has you toy boat not come back to the edge of the paddling pond or are you just a grumpy sort. You don’t need to be a political or media worker to see that NI is only one of many using dubious tactics.

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          • Admiral Leach says:

            My point exactly Pugwash Pirate, never met a journalist or politician of any flavour in the last 10 years who did not put the themselves first regardless of the cost to others. As a pirate I wouldn’t expect you to respect normal human values just take stuff you fancy, more like a looter than a radical democratic I think, you’d fit in well with this lot of Hunties

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    • 48
      Family says:

      Never realised that the real daughter had turned on the adopted daughter. Nothing more true than Blood is thicker than water.

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      • 242
        Johann Hari says:

        Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;
        Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty;…
        Prescribe not us our duties.
        You see how full of changes his age is. The observation we
        have made of it hath not been little. He always lov’d our
        sister most, and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her 315
        off appears too grossly.

        As she said tome when I interviewed her waht with me being a great interviewer and double first and Orwell Prize winner.

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    • 57
      Gordon says:

      I’m in tears.

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      • 69
        Ivor Price says:

        Crocodile!

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      • 160
        W.W. says:

        Does this mean your wife won’t be inviting her to any more ‘slumber’ parties?

        W.W.

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      • 228
        Nodrog Nworb says:

        “Rupert’s wisdom, kindness and incisive advice has guided me throughout my career and James is an inspirational leader who has shown me great loyalty and friendship.”

        A-hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhah

        A-hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaah

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      it's gordons fault says:

      i can’t wait for the disclosure of the secret dossiers of information on people – sounds like blackmail-tastic

      now who was Tony’s lifestyle guru…….that would be interesting reading…

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  3. 2
    Redpoll says:

    Yawn!

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  4. 4
    Aunt Hilda says:

    sword falling continues

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  5. 5
    Robo says:

    About bloody time!

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  6. 6
    “Après moi, le déluge” says:

    Inevitable……….no greater love hath a woman that she lays down her reputation and liberty for her employer

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  7. 7

    Death of 1,000 cuts for NI. If she’d done this right away they’d be in a much stronger position.

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  8. 8
    AndyN says:

    Does she still have to attend Committee next week now?

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  9. 10
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    What a coincidence. She resigns days before her appearance at the committee. The perfect time for lots of papers and files to mysteriously go missing. What a c unt.

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  10. 11
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh well i was slighty wrong, i thought it would be after the kangroo court hearing.

    Re Last Thread.

    Will Brown be taken seriuosly by anyone in the media now?

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    • 14
      Eh? says:

      No. Not even the Guardian.

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    • 26
      John Bellingham says:

      I suspect that Rupert is playing chess with the rest of the world like Kasparov with Fred Gubbins. He is a half-dozen moves ahead and he sacrifices queens as readily as pawns–but only at exactly the right time.

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      • 92
        Ivan Agenda says:

        Absolutely right.
        He is a past master of intrigue and could even teach Machieveli a thing or two.
        Look forward to his hearing with the committee, though I feel a little sorry for the Chairman for having Labour and Limp Dims still in their egotistal feeding frenzy, and bound to go OTT.
        It will be interesting if the committee, with 3 individuals to intorrogate, will come up with anomolies between them? Expect the bbc to come up with the usual propaganda PC crap.
        I expect and hope for a 6 month campaign from NI revealing a lot of things politicians and left wing media groupies, including the Bring Back Communism beeboids, would rather be under the carpet.

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      • 118
        Snotrocket says:

        JB: Here’s a scenario. Between now and Tuesday next, Murdoch et al will start making overtures to people like Vaz and other sleazy MPs and offer them a deal: lay off NI; don’t overdo the questioning; and I won’t go nuclear with the info I have on you lot.

        We all hope that Tuesday will see Murdoch smiting hip and thigh in the committee room, but I think it will be an anti-climax and NI will recover and move on. As will Vaz and his ilk, until another time….

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    • 201
      Spartacus says:

      Is that the kangaroo court in the Hague, Billy?

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  11. 12
    Eh? says:

    I expect her bank account will swell considerably.

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    • 32
      Editor says:

      I liked the way he bought his daughter’s company for 290 million, out of NI funds.

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    • 139
      Anon says:

      She’s still young. She may feel that there’s time to confess, repent and rebuild rather than lying under oath and going to prison. If she can make history at the same time, that might please her ego…

      I suspect her appearance on Tuesday will be quite entertaining.

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    • 189
      Bill d'Sarse says:

      Once the heat has died down, what’s the betting that takes up a nice little earner stateside with her former employers?

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  12. 13
    Salthorse says:

    With many more yet to come – bring it on a platter!

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  13. 15
    Red head says:

    it is about bloody time

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  14. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Fucking A !!! The thought of the Kelvinator was just TOO terrifying !!!

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  15. 18
    Peter Biddlecombe says:

    Yeah. But how much compensation is she going to walk away with. And will she donate it to charity ?

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  16. 19
    Barnes says:

    Yes, we listen to the BBC news as well.

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  17. 20
    Anonymous says:

    AS PREDICTED BY GUIDO, FACT FANS !!!!!!!

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  18. 22
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Brooks can now concentrate on her new career as a professional Sideshow Bob lookalike.

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  19. 23
    Ladt Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    This should have happened about two weeks ago. I still think there was something that the public is unaware of that allowed her to cling on so long.

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  20. 24
    Plod Stevenson says:

    Thats great now I can give her a job working for the Met

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    • 99
      Ivan Agenda says:

      She can join his ethics committee and at the same time multi task as the new PR person.

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    • 108
      Yates's wine lodge says:

      Thanks Paul, that’ll be great. With Rebekka in my team we can do so much more. I’ve calculated, working at 40 hours per week, she can do EIGHT really thorough investigations. We can sack a lot of CID types and give ourselves an efficiency bonus.

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      • 222
        the old Dufflebag says:

        could you re-hire Hayman of the yard ? ..he a sight more entertaining than the sweeney…cops who speak with an east end twang and pepper phrases with…’when the doors went in’ and ‘guv’ are such a refreshing change.

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  21. 27
    Right Wing Political Blagger says:

    + + + David Cameron Resigns + + +

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  22. 29
    Sophie says:

    The baying leftist mob have their scalp.

    And pretty soon we will have only the BBC as the political worlds “client media” in Great Britain. Be afraid.

    I would like to thank Brooks for the service she has done to the nation – imagine what those pious bastards in Westminster & those celebrity assholes would have got away if it wasn’t for her leadership in exposing them?

    Welcome to East Germany – or worse, France.

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    • 50
      Divine Sarah says:

      MP’s fiddles were exposed by the Telegraph, not her.

      Would you “like to thank” Mrs Brooks if she’d paid for hacking into the phone of a murdered child or the relatives of dead soldiers?

      I disagree with you but I don’t think you’re a fascist. Am I right?

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      • 95
        Sophie says:

        Oh do fuck off you pious holier than thou utter mental spastic.

        Do you want a client media in the UK?

        Do you want journalists to be tame truth avoiders like Toenails?

        Keep wishing away press freedom here in the UK – we are basically a truth free zone now anyway – enjoy the future truth as dictated to you by the BBC via The Guardian.

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      • 104
        johnbellingham says:

        Heather Brooke (no relation, I trust) is the true heroine behind the expenses exposure. She worked for years under threat and harassment and while the Telegraph and other rags took the credit–she, alone, did 90% of the groundwork. The Journos didn’t want to antagonise their mates until the story was already pouring out and couldn’t be ignored. She also got the BBC to reveal the secret minutes of the Board of Governor’s deliberations. High performance–low profile.

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        • 137
          pissed off voter says:

          +1
          Heather Brooke has never been given the recognition she deserves. I would say she should have been honoured but that would have put her in the company of the fraudsters who so devalue the system and she is much better than that.

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    • 51
      Bile says:

      I think it was her leadership in hacking murdered teenagers’ phones that did for her. Slightly inconvenient for right-wingers, but we can airbrush that out later, or perhaps drown it out with hysterical shrieking about the BBC.

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    • 76
      baying leftist mob says:

      Plenty more scalps to come, darling.

      The enquires will expose the entire history of the evil Murdoch empire.

      Including when it first started buying dinners for/employing/owning plod.

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      • 110
        Sophie says:

        I look forward to the Blair years truth coming out.

        I look forward to NI leaking info to competitors about Prescott, Bryant, Watson, Brown, McBride, Campbell – & then of course there is the file on Labour & the Unions……- I think the truth coming out about Labour, its leadership & its Union “owners” will be delicious.

        Popcorn all round….

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        • 127
          Anonymous says:

          Don’t tune in to the BBC then.

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        • 142
          Snotrocket says:

          I shall wait with you, Sophie, but I fear we may wait in vain. Murdoch/NI will play a very tactical game. Perhaps they will first take down that egregious piece of filth, Campbell. In doing so they will open the way into the underbelly of the beast that was created by Labour over the past 13 years.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Bet Campbell’s hitting the vodka again! Hope he is very worried. Likewise Bliar.

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          • Captains Pugwash and Birdseye Media Scrutiny Committee says:

            pleasure to hear MI5 comments regarding the ‘missile’ campbell …any chance we draw the dodgy dossier debacle into this shitkicking session ?

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          • Captains Pugwash and Birdseye Media Scrutiny Committee says:

            apologies to purists I should have said MI6

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      • 111
        Ivan Agenda says:

        Be careful what you wish for.
        Those that live by the sword shall die by the sword.
        Expect the Guardian to pull in its claws now it sees danger approaching relative to its own ethics, double standards, and communication practices.

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    • 93
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      The tabloids are a very inefficient check and balance on the politicians in the UK. Its not what their main mission in life is.

      As for celebrities. I was just thinking “who” … I don’t really care what george michael or hugh grant do with their gonads, and those stories were thanks to the US police.

      You are actually falling into a trap where the IMPORTANT things that news media should do are mixed up with TRIVIAL BULLSHIT.

      Just to tempt you towards that trap, what is it exactly that “celebrity assholes” (my word, are you american?) have been up to that the NotW got them for?

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      • 115
        Sophie says:

        Half American – why are you some sort of leftist bigot?

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        • 138
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          Shit, you really have nothing to say about the rest of what I was saying?

          The only thing of interest about you having an american perspective is that you are astonishingly supportive of something that is very peculiarly british. ie part-serious, part-lunatic tabloids.

          The Sun is not a serious organ. Its lunatic antics cloud the important issues.

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  23. 31
    Two Hoots says:

    Black Swan Mr Talbeb has something to say about Browns “No more boom & bust”

    “Deeper crises when they happen”

    http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/notebook.htm

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  24. 33
    Loungelizard says:

    And with one bound they were free!

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  25. 36
    John Ward says:

    #Rebekah redtop beheaded by Arab sword of justice!
    And now Boris is in on the act via the Wallis/Stephenson fiasco….

    http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/rebekah-brooks-goes-murdoch-bows-to-shareholders/

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  26. 38
    son of selsdonman says:

    She had letters of support – who from!?!

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  27. 39
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    It was my speech wot dun it!

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  28. 41
    Here again says:

    Dochgate?

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  29. 42
    Gonk says:

    I believe this to be part of a plan
    to verbally and then physically assault
    Keith Vaz without threatening her postion at NI.
    At next weeks committee she will charge bare breasted
    like Delacroix’s Liberty leading the people, she will leap desks
    and belt him right in the face with a giant bat. The whole country
    will applaud and of course forget her sins. She will be honoured
    and ‘Torrey Canyon Vaz’ will be bloodied and bruised trying to appear
    statesmanlike and failing miserably just looking like a mugging victim.

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  30. 43
    G. Broon says:

    Let me be the first to offer my sincere condolances at what must be a difficult time for you Rebecca. My heart goes out to you and your family, I confess I was in tears when I heard the news. God speed Rebekka and if there is naything I can do to right this injustice, I will be only too pleased to help.

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    • 49
      Joss Taskin says:

      When are you going to spend a few minutes per week pretending to be an MP ??

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    • 62
      Gordon Brown MP says:

      ..And my “wife” is having a ‘sleepover’ next week. Of course you’re invited, even though we hate you and feel betrayed by you.

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    • 63
      Tooth fairy says:

      McDoom to Aide as an aside….. ‘Who was it that let me near that bigoted woman.. it was Sue wasn’t it? …. She should have known not to let me near red heads.’

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    • 72
      G. Broon says:

      I’d just like to add that I was supporting you fully at all times, but as I’m sure you are aware I had to do this discretely behind the scenes. I had sought advice on how best to support you, but was overruled by the authorities who have a dark agenda.

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  31. 45
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ++++++++++Rumour++++++++++++++

    James Murdoch seen buying 100 barrells of gunpowder.

    Source says it has nothing to do with next weeks select committee hearings…….

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  32. 46
    boulay says:

    the use of “Gotcha” over her picture on this post suggest that you think you played a key role in her downfall. as much as I hate the tossers i think that is one the Guardian can chalk up.

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    • 78
      Milliphart says:

      Hoomerruss reference to 30 year old Sun headlne I thnk you’ll find.

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      • 135
        Mata Hari says:

        The Metro used the same headline this morning. Not sure rehashing a Metro headline is something to be proud of…

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    • 144
      Desperate Dan says:

      He’s right Guido. You don’t want to be associated with putting journalists, print workers and delivery men out of work. You don’t want to be associated with the loss of income to services chariities. You don’t want to be associated with the devaluation of the pound, the downwards movement of the stock exchange and the presentation of the UK as somewhere not to do business. Leave all that to The Guardian.

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      • 170
        non believer says:

        yes

        this is all the Guardians fault; how dare they uncover industrial size corruption and invasion of privacy within the gutter press.

        you cretinous partisan wanker, being an apologist for this kind of bahaviour is beyond feeble minded.

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        • 221
          Desperate Dan says:

          So far the The Guardian has only come up with CLAIMS of industrial-sized corruption. If they had any proof for their claims someone would have been clapped in irons, or at least charged, by now.

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          • non believer says:

            yes

            The police arrested Coulson on a whim

            And News International closed the NoW down for a laugh

            nothing untoward has happened

            do you have any idea just how feeble minded you sound making excuses for behaviour like this?

            you’re as much a NI lickspittle as Mcruin and Dave.

            twat

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  33. 47
    Gordon Brown says:

    I cried when I heard that.

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  34. 52
    Jess The Dog says:

    About fucking time! A good few days too late. I wondered why Junior Soprano was so loyal to her, and her to him. Maybe Junior had some hidden talent.

    Series 1, Episode 9. Boca.

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    Postal Vote says:

    Can someone give me the inside track on when Brooks started dating Mr Brooks, who was at Eton with Cameron? Was that after Cameron became hot tory property?

    Nothing can surpirse me anymore, but I would not object to accustions that I always have been cynical …

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    eeu to me says:

    Today resigned , tomorrow holidays, 6 weeks later working as a media consultant for the Liebour party, six weeks is a bit short due to all the kerfufle but a few chats to the unbiased panels that will “chat” to her and the pain will flow away.

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  38. 59
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Caption competition starts early today does it? What exactly does that look on Dave’s face mean?

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  39. 64
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Reminds me of a military plane dropping off flares to make sure the guided missiles don’t strike the right target.

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  40. 68
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    I thought way back when she admitted paying Police Officers for information in 2003 she should resign. Her position was untenable.

    Its just that I forgot to mention it until a few days ago.

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  41. 70
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    You all laughed when I said I put 10k on her to go by the end of July, WHO IS LAUGHING NOW!

    ANOTHER CORRECT BET CALLED BY TOP BOY ON THIS BLOG, ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOU ALL TO MAKE MONEY PISSED AWAY BY YOUR OWN INCONTINENCE YOU CRIPPLES!

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  42. 73
    Johann Hari says:

    This is our Berlin wall.

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  43. 77
    Can we arrest all MPs before they go on holiday says:

    meanwhile, all over the country and especially the media – MPs are grandstanding about this – as if any of them have any credibility themselves – GET RID OF THEM before they all go on holiday

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  44. 79
    Here again says:

    Be clear.

    This resignation isn’t an act of principle; it is a component of a strategy.

    Watch the ball…

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  45. 82
    Graham says:

    Exactly who does give a toss?

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    • 177
      Anon says:

      You do know this is a political blog and her resignation is likely to have political consequences, don’t you?

      Maybe you should try 4chan.org/b or Yahoo! Answers.

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    • 235
      oh the pleasures of a media driven society says:

      grow some graham

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  46. 83
    Eileen Critchley says:

    I’ve heard she’s off to form a Gillan tribute band.

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  47. 85
    Raving Loon says:

    Quick question, what’s more important?

    1) The trials and tribulations of one media company
    2) Being robbed blind by the EU and the IMF

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    • 102
      Super Volcano says:

      Just like this Media story the EU political scandal is building up pressure and will eventually blow but the time and the date is unknown.

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    • 183
      Anon says:

      I’d like to think that if the politicians and journalists didn’t get together at weekends for circle jerks we might get some serious reporting of issues that really matter.

      I suspect the two issues you mention are in fact related.

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  48. 97

    Tom Watson saying that this is because of Ed Miliband’s calls for her to go.

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    • 236
      pourquoi un wanker ? says:

      tommy ‘bunter’ watson is a prat who should stick to thunderbirds impressions.

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  49. 98
    The Archibishop of Canterbury says:

    Good to see that the dead donkey has been dropped.

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  50. 101
    Gordon Brown says:

    Look at me, I’m a tree, I’m as happy as a tree can be, with dick rack, bottywhack, give my arse a bone, this old man is going home.

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  51. 103
    non believer says:

    GOTCHA indeed!

    Yes, congrats Guido, you should absolutely take credit for doggedly pursuing this issue.

    If it wasn’t for the likes of you we’d be left with leftist scum like the Guardian who did nothing what so ever to investigate or uncover this scandal, and who’s inaction and ambivalence in the face of this wrong doing has been brought into sharp relief by the finely honed investigative journalism displayed by one Guido Fawkes, the man almost single handedly responsible for bringing all this to light.

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  52. 106
    Sir Robert Mark's ghost says:

    The more serious problem is at New Scotland Yard

    Stephenson & Yates need to go. Fast.

    Is Theresa May up to it?

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    • 119

      Well, I do remember one evening when me and Rees-Mogg and ..Eric pickles had had a few, and we went to this bar and there she was , dressed in the most revealing..

      Oh sorry,. i thought you said up FOR it.

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      • 239
        Uncle Arthur says:

        if shes got the wellies on she up for it Bill…if the leopard specials shes just cruising

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    • 120
      Yates's wine lodge + George Stephenson says:

      Yes, we are both going soon. We’re going to dinner with James. Got to keep the gravy train running.

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  53. 107
    Breaking News says:

    + + +Andy Hayman Resigns From The Met+ + +

    OK it’s a fair cop Guido,I’ll come clean.

    I’ve always wanted to be a celeb or a stand up comedian,starting soon as the lead role in “Nick Clegg The Musical”

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  54. 109
    yawn says:

    Everyone who uses the ‘gotcha’ headline should be kicked in the bollocks

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  55. 113
    annette curton says:

    Who was the Right Honourable Member that called Brown a C***?, no wonder Squeaker went purple, standards are slipping terribly, (at 6.15 in).

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  56. 114
    It Takes two to Tango says:

    So which Top cop is going to resign?

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    • 181
      A Blagger says:

      Andy Coulson

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    • 212
      Spartacus says:

      A top cop resign? Yor avin a larf?
      Teflon tony had nothing on that bunch.
      And tony’s namesake had to be practically surgically removed from scotland yard.
      (Good ole boris)

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  57. 121
    Down With Brown! says:

    A week too late. Lots of fomer NOTW journalist will be cracking open the good stuff.

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  58. 123
    Moussa Koussa says:

    I am so grateful for all the messages of support…

    errrrrrr surely that should be – I am so grateful for the one and only “message” of support…..from you know who

    Fuc*k her and all who sailed on her

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    • 150
      Wotta Tossa says:

      Didn’t B£iar, McRuin and Campbell fly to Australia to kiss Mudrock’s ass in 1995 and keep kissing it until Mudrock he was wrong to support Liebour ?

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    • 151

      Someone print out this Moussa post and frame it.
      For the first time he’s written something we can agree with.

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      • 159
        Moussa Koussa says:

        The person I was referring to was Cameron The Hyena Boy. Not laughing very much these days..is he. Now go back to his cock Bill…slurp slurp.

        I wonder who we can topple next ?????. Look forward to all the main players in this scandal singing like canaries. Next stop CHQ…….hard drives may be destroyed, but you IP provider backs it all up….OH DEAR

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        • 178
          Wotta Tossa says:

          Sounds like Gordon’s been giving you some of his pills.

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        • 190
          GlobalGaz says:

          Moussa K, if you haven’t worked it out yet, I’ll help you. All of this was on Labour’s watch.

          It will be Labour mongs (your little Canaries) that get collared. Very funny that Miillidunce pushed for this. Turkeys voting for Xmas…gobble that.

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  59. 129
    Dr Stantz says:

    “At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons.”

    In just the first sentence, there is the crux of the problem with today’s media on both sides.

    Her going is a big scalp but it better not stop the continuing cutting down of Murdoch’s Empire. Just need someone to also start cutting down the BBC Empire too.

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  60. 145
    Sue Doughty says:

    Who signed the cheques that paid the people who were breaking the law?

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    • 213
      Bored snapper says:

      Cheques were signed by one Stuart Kuttner who,s also on plods list to have his collar felt

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  61. 148
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Funny isn’t that NO Tory MP’s were hacked…DO NOT reply stating that Gidders was…Coz he wasn’t, Daily Mail diversion

    Soon…. Funny isn’t that NO US Republicans were hacked.

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    • 154
      Wotta Tossa says:

      Maybe they were smart enough not to leave a default pin on their mobiles ?

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    • 161
      Anonymous says:

      Fucking Hell Mouser the Screws have exposed many a Tory MP, it’s just that for the last 13 years that Labour ministers have been creating the scandals.

      As type the Hypocrit adulteror Prescott is on Sky calling everyone else black. And before him was suck my toes Mellor

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      • 173
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        I’m still at a loss to think what their finest hour was.
        OK, so archer was a shagging bullshitter, but thats well within their usual remit.

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    • 176
      NOTW says:

      They were. Sadly the messages we heard revealed them to be loyal, honest hardworking family men, which doesn’t sell papers.

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  62. 153
    The Cloud with the Silver Lining. says:

    Looking on the bright side, at least she’ll have time now to get her hair done.

    Like

  63. 155
    Rebekah Brooks' new job says:

    Hey soldier boy! Me so horny! You want sucky sucky? Me love you long time.

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  64. 163
    That's News says:

    Yieee! The Curse of Brown!!

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  65. 164
    Fair-minded type says:

    Presclot on Sky complaining that Brooks and NI have made big mistakes.

    POT, KETTLE, BLACK?

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  66. 167
    Johann Hari says:

    Only last night at dinner Rebekah told me she’d decided to resign. Steven Spielberg was shocked, as was Beyonce. But Mr Burns said it was an excellent thing to do. Charles Manson threw the dessert back at Nigella and threatened to kill her. Luckily Robocop was on hand to shoot him.

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    • 187
      Alan Rubbisher says:

      OK Johann but we need 2,000 words. Could you perhaps recycle one of your interviews with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, such as the one you did in Yalta?

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  67. 168
    Moussa Koussa says:

    You have to Laugh. Cock Boy has sent out his SPOKESMAN…Nuff said

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  68. 169
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    Arthur doubts there’s much of a call for used gingers.

    AH (C)

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  69. 172
    Ego Trip says:

    Poor Gordon. He was given a real boost when he was informed that he was in Glenn Mulcaire’s notebook. And then it turns out he wasn’t important enough to hack anyway.

    Like

    • 186
      Moussa Koussa says:

      Indeed. Guido is just a humble bin riflier

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    • 211
      A sound recordist says:

      The reason Gordoom wasn’t hacked was simply because Muthercare hadn’t enough memory on his sound recorder. A previous hacking attempt on Gorddom had just uncovered an endless drone, similar to bagpipes, with no input from the person he was talking at.

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  70. 179
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Sing a long paddy boy Guido… Rock on Rockall. Guido will get it, but his thick minions wont

    Oh the empire is finished no foreign titles to seize
    So the greedy eyes of Murdoch are looking towards the seas
    Three thousand miles from London, there’s a place that’s called Whitehall
    And the groping hands of News Corp are grabbing at its walls

    LOL

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  71. 182
    Two Hoots says:

    Poor bloke doesn’t appear to know about his wife’s “slumber parties”

    Like

  72. 184
    Sarah Brown says:

    Can I organise your leaving party Rebekah? Please let me.

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  73. 188
    Disco Biscuit says:

    “I leave with … an abundance of friends”

    I’m not sure that’s entirely true, is it?

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  74. 192
    Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP says:

    Does that mean I won’t be able to study her form next week?

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  75. 194
    John says:

    will the last person in News International please turn out the lights

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  76. 196
    Mike Hunt says:

    Been thinking about the gutter press and how it feeds itself and the people that buy their product.

    The whole process is in many ways similar to being able to buy strawberries from the supermarket in January, and then the customers complain that they are tasteless and really not very good.

    The ‘people’ have an insatiable demand for ‘news’ (mostly tittle-tattle) without really a thought as to how this news is provided, and then complain when the methods used get out.

    The answer? Stop wanting fucking imported strawberries in January – wait until the proper English ones are in season. Stop wanting to know about which footballer/former big brother contestant is shagging someone or something they shouldn’t.

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  77. 197
    Santa says:

    Dave’s Christmas Dinner List 2011
    Rebekah and Charlie Brooks
    Rupert and Wendi Murdoch
    Andrew and Eloise Coulson
    George and Frances Osborne

    Nicholas and Miriam Clegg

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    • 206
      Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP says:

      What the fAWKES did Gorgeous Osborne do to Dave to deserve such impolite behaviour.

      Thank goodness, Gordo and Sarah are on the reserve list.

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  78. 200
    Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP says:

    Did Polly Toynbee pen the gush on the wrapper of the Beccy Suicide Pill?

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  79. 208
    Strangely Atracted says:

    Can someone give me the inside track on when Rebekah will be doing a Playboy centerfold appearance?

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  80. 210
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Carrot top gets chopped.

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  81. 214
    Grumpy Student says:

    The scandal in all of this that *no-one* is talking about is that the major mobile phone networks by default allow anyone in the world to access your private data (your voice mail) with a commonly known (and published by them!) PIN. This is insane, unnecessary and probably breaks the Data Protection Act (and if not it skirts close to doing so).

    It’s worse when you realise that the entire thing could have been avoided if they simply prevented you from connecting to your voice-mail from *another* phone if you haven’t set a different PIN. It’s literally 2-3 lines of code at most.

    When are we going to see prosecution of O2, Orange, T-Mobile etc.?

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  82. 216
    Robert Maxwell (Capt) says:

    What class!

    Hats off to Elizabeth Murdoch for feeding the hired help to the pork chops.

    Reminds me of myself at the good old Mirror. Bless it.

    And the silly cow rabbits about staying on the bridge of ss NItanic!!!

    As Bekah’s mate Bonkers Bruno would say ” Nice one, Lizzy”.

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  83. 217
    Rupert says:

    Nice line from Norman Fowler in the Lords this morning.

    Members of previous government flew to Australia to court Rupert Murdoch. Lady Thatcher did the same but made sure he came to her.

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    • 233
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      And then rolled over and gave him the Times and the Sunday Times on a plate.

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  84. 218
    Here again says:

    With every gloat Rupert’s strategy grows stronger.

    Watch the ball…

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  85. 219
    Anonymous says:

    Interview with Tom Watson on Sky News earlier. What an arrogant twat he is.

    I can only assume that West Bromwich is twinned with Kirkcaldy.

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    • 232
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      For an ‘arrogant twat’ he has quite a few notches on the handle of his revolver, don’t you think? NoTW, Coulson, Brooks… with more to come.

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      • 249
        Phil says:

        One of whom is likely to wind up being himself.
        I have always found that when you wallow in mud yourself trying to smear everyone in reach with it makes you many more enemies than friends.

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  86. 241
    Anonymous says:

    “This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past. ”

    Surely the wrong word. Does she mean ‘distracting’?

    Like

  87. 245
    Old Heathers says:

    C’mon, let’s get to the real question: Did Rupert protect her because he’d knobbed her?

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  88. 252
    The Bent Sword of Saudi Justice says:

    From the link above to the Telegraph story.

    “Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Al Saud, News Corp’s second largest shareholder, said Mrs Brooks should resign if there was any indication that she knew about the phone hacking taking place at the News of the World.

    He said: “I will not accept to deal with a company that has a lady or a man that has any sliver of doubts on her or his integrity”

    I love the last bit about integrity! Thus spake a man whose regime cuts off the heads of lady rape victims ( it could never be a Saudi man at fault)

    Sad that companies have to take money from a man whose mindset is somewhere in the middle ages!

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  89. 253
    toby says:

    good now all we need is for her to get cancer

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  90. 258
    God says:

    In my opinion, the problem at News International is all about Brooks! She is a jumped-up secretary who had an eye for the main chance and was promoted by Murdoch way beyond her capabalities. The mystery is just why a savvy operator like Rupert Murdoch should have been so besotted with her that this happened – as far as I can see, she is not even “junior executive” material, let alone having what it takes to be a chief executive. The result of this error of judgement by Murdoch is that his UK operation has been brought to its knees by this ridiculous woman, whose choice of hairstyle suggests that she has delusions of being a reincarnated Queen Elizabeth the First! I just cannot understand how Rupert Murdoch could be so uncharacteristically stupid as to have let her leave her notepad and typewriter.

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  91. 259
    Heraclitus says:

    Now that Brooks has been arrested, she’ll be able to claim she’s unable to answer the Select Committee questions while the police investigation is developed – a very convenient turn of events for her, and arrest by appointment on a Sunday too…

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  92. 260
    hang the bankers says:

    is it only right wing bug eyed nutjobs who can post here or is it available to normal members of society?

    Like


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