July 15th, 2011

Guardian Says Sorry to Sun

Guido understands that Nick Davies* had a breakfast meeting on Tuesday morning with Gordon Brown. That meeting was a two-way information exchange and the erroneous article – with David Leigh and Nick Davies bylines – was published the same morning. Brown’s speech in the Commons chamber on Wednesday came in the wake of the Guardian story. This combined Guardian / Brown line of attack has now completely unravelled, with the Sunday Times editor John Witherow rebutting the claim that it employed a criminal to blag for information about Brown’s flat purchase from Robert Maxwell’s estate in a dubious deal brokered by Geoffrey Robinson.  Witherow is adamant that it was a legitimate investigation, in the public interest.

Sun Front Page - Brown WrongThe Sun is unsurprisingly crowing about the apology, Rupert Murdoch himself has stuck the boot in an interview in the Wall Street Journal saying of Brown “He got it entirely wrong… the Browns were always friends of ours” until that is The Sun switched support to the Tories. Brown has handed Murdoch and Wapping a chance to fight back…

Murdoch is bullish about appearing before a committee of MPs next week, saying he wants to address “some of the things that have been said in Parliament, some of which are total lies.”  Tom Watson has lost his bet that the Murdochs would chicken out of coming to the hearing. He won’t mind, his consolation prize is a chance to grill Rupert, James and Rebekah.

*A previous version transposed Nick Davies and David Leigh. You know how it is, these Guardian journalists all look the same to Guido. Corrected and apology on page 37.


  1. 1
    the Guardian pay your taxes says:

    dosnt surprise me at all left wing politics at their best i bet BBC will be all over the apology.

  2. 2

    The Bufty frae Kirkcaldy wrong?
    No it can’t be true after all he’s a son of the manse with a moral compass!

  3. 3
    Gormless Brown says:

    Well done Jonah!

  4. 4
    Aless says:

    So not quite as prominent as the accusation then I see. Reminds me a bit of the Independent’s Trafigura apology

  5. 5
    thespecialone says:

    I think there will be a lot of other proven lies coming out over the next few days that have been reported by the BBC/Guardian.

  6. 6
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Breaking news: Newspapers talk shit.
    More Breaking news: The apologies are small.

  7. 7
    Sarah Brown says:

    I wouldn’t mind grilling Rebekah again.

  8. 8
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Does it remind you of all those apologies you get in the red tops?

  9. 9
    Can we arrest all MPs before they go on holiday says:

    sorry but read this


    all relevant to the relationships between MPs and their staff, Councillors, the media

  10. 10
    Gordon Brown says:

    i drink fucktard juice every morning

  11. 11
    Gonk says:

    Hey Watson you fat get,
    The eyes of the World are on you
    next week. You’d better your facts straight
    and don’t forget new glasses and a hairdo.

  12. 12
    Norman Dee says:

    Tom Watson will probably waste the opportunity and revert to standard Labour tactics of abuse and insults.

  13. 13

    Gordon Brown must look in the mirror (wall mirror, for the avoidance of any doubt) each morning and say, “I’ll finish you!”

  14. 14
    fkatorrc says:

    Read the whole piece. A tiny correction. Have the Sun requested any other corrections to make or do they admit the rest of this abhorrent behaviour?


  15. 15
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Pure Brown!

    He stands up and gives a speech at for a brief moment it sounds bold and authoritative. Then you start scratching your head, check some facts and within no time Brown is exposed as a delusional windbag.

    The Guardian and Labour have learned an expensive lesson: you can never take what Brown says at face value.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    No apology here however:

    Sir Paul Stephenson: ‘I am very satisfied with my own integrity’


    Honest Guvna, it was obviously an inside job.

  17. 17
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I’m perplexed and irate. Of all the stories, of all the incidents, this stupid shitty tale takes centre stage. at least for a few hours.

    More serious. I’ll bet you can find a copy of the sun where they’re really bigging up global warming. I’m damn certain that you’ll find one where they are condeming and attacking anyone who was against Blair’s war in iraq.
    You’ll find one where we’re all going to die of flu, and one where theres a conspiracy out there to make us think we’re all going to die of flu.

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    Anonymous says:

    A bit like David apologising to Goliath for using a stone that was little bit too hard.

  19. 19
    Rick the Roman says:

    I agree – but they all drink from the same cup – Brown/Guardian/BBC, the real axis of evil.

  20. 20
    Date Watch says:

    The only problem is Guido is that Gordon gave his speech on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th not Tuesday 12th.

  21. 21
    Poetlister says:

    Investigating suspected corruption is “abhorrent” now?

    Jesus…vote Murdoch…

  22. 22
    Man With A Very Hot Bladder says:

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



  23. 23
    fkatorrc says:

    Publishing snoopy stories about poorly children, which is what the apology related to.

  24. 24
    nell says:

    Oh that’s all far too serious.

    Let’s all be amused for awhile over how gordon has finally told one lie too many!

    I for one am looking forward to hearing the murdochs and rebekah regale the Tuesday committee with details of their long and close friendship with the odious browns.

  25. 25
    H Block says:

    go on Gordon, do a dirty protest

  26. 26
    East India Company wallah says:

    Surely Watson cannot sit on any committee since every action of his has been a woefully partisan brownite blunder
    Old Labour=Old prejudice

  27. 27
    Boog says:

    Brown is like a fart in a bottle

  28. 28
    Beardie Bishop says:

    I drink Brown bearded clam juice once a week.

  29. 29
    nell says:

    Have you ever heard twatson behave in any other way?

    A gentleman he aint!

  30. 30
    Postal Vote says:

    Brown has handled it cleverly, unfortunately; clearly has taken legal advice. When he was interviewed by beeb and his words would hence be aired he was very careful not to make any clear and hard accusations. The Guardian interview is obviously not on tape so Brown can wiggle out of that and in parliament he spoke un privilege. So Murdoch can not bring a court case.

    What a nasty piece of work Brown is and how poor is the combined wit of all those beeb journos when they couldn’t bring themselves to question the sequence of events in which Brown’s wife organised Brooks’s 40th birthday party 2 years after the Sun’s ‘scoop’.

    Still, the labour/Guardian/beeb trio have had a good week. all at the expense of the taxpayer (taxpayer has kept Guardian afloat while labour was in government as labour let it print all the public sector job adverts of which there were very many).

    Parliament should investigate the labour-Guardian-public-sector-job-adverts trick and enact a law requiring the government to spread its advertising and publish how it has spent its advertising budget. Beeb in 1 year put 75% of its adverts in Guardian. Nough said.

    PS What a surprise: Murdoch down, beeb strikes

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    You’re right: that is the real axis of evil Labour/Guardian/BBC. The BBC abuses its position and needs to be broken up. That would destroy the power of Labour and who cares about the fucking Guardian.

  32. 32
    Dorian Smith says:

    What is most strange, and perhaps demonstrates Brown’s detachment from reality, is that he made that speech and must have realised his statement would be checked and not only that, refuted. And yet the deluded, incompetent, economy ruining, Nokia throwing idiot carries on – with the end result that it just underlines what a disaster he was and continues to be.

  33. 33
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Break the BBC up and sell it off.
    BBC – Main story, only story, HACKING.
    BBC – Boring Boring Corporation.
    Close the Guardian down, but first sack the journalists and Editor responsible for the Sun misinformation story.
    Will Gordon Brown come back to the commons and apologies.
    Brown is a lying scumbag, along with Miliband et al.

  34. 34
    Observer says:

    It’s more boom and bust from Brown.

  35. 35
    BBC and the Guardian in collusion says:

    Also the BBC was involved in this deceipt.

    Kevin (BBC News Channell controller) also reveals that the Guardian’s Nick Davies was in the room for the interview, which underlines the point that this was part of a deliberate media management strategy.


  36. 36
    Your intellectual and political betters at The Guardian says:

    Excuse me! It was FAKE BUT ACCURATE! Like the George W. Bush National Guard service memos and our report on Boris Johnson’s cannibalism!

  37. 37
    bergen says:

    i just wonder whether there is a parallel to such a total incompetent rising so far.He is,at least, an advert for the judgment of the public over the political machine-we knew he was useless and they kept him away from any ballot box for as long as they could.

  38. 38
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Brown is the lowest of the low, but typical of labour shysters.

  39. 39
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    All the Lefties are retreating from the Wall then, slumped in defeat and abandoning their sledgehammers…. yeah, yeah, I know Moonbat is a festering fuckwit but I thought I’d pick up his metaphor and run with it for a bit. Anyway, it’s all thanks to a fucking delusional turd, a veritable golem of ordure, a deluded fucking spiteful fucking bullying fucking self-obsessed Hunt called Brown.

    Not only is he guilty of fucking up the Leftie’s ill-co-ordinated assault on NI, he’s guilty of hypocrisy (see Toby Young for a nice fisk of the Hunt’s deluded bletherings) but by going for the sympathy vote he has exploited his son’s illness for his own gain- exactly what he tried, and failed, to convict “The Sun” of doing.

    What an utter, utter, festering fucking pile of filth.

  40. 40
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Did Ed Miliband busrt out of Gordon Brown’s stomach.

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    boulay says:

    for the last week and a bit whenever someone on CiF mentions a new moral code for Newspapers one thing that crops up constantly is CiFfers desire that apologies by newspapers should be front page apologies and occupy the same size on the page as the offending article.

    there is silence on this wonderful Guardian led desire this morning. i wonder why……

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    Taxfodder says:

    The Guardian.

    The most predictable unimaginative boring lefty rag out there, an insomniacs instant cure.

    Its more about half arsed dippy monghead opinions than fact, if you ever wondered if you were a dipshit, read it, if you like it…..you are!

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    Anonymous says:



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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Funny that. the lizards really arsed things up in France, which until recently had an extraordinarily reverent media who weren’t going to rock the boat.
    Tight media controls appeared in France after the media were reporting a man’s death from cancer in too much, and intrusive detail.

    Actually, if you want a loopy theory murdoch is part of your “Common purpose”. By engineering outrageous behaviour for trivial stories, you get to muzzle the press. He’s in on it too.

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    nell says:

    You do have to admire gordon’s outstanding ability for pulling disaster from the jaws of almost certain victory.

  46. 46
    Sir William Waad says:

    Let the games commence!

  47. 47
    Basil says:

    I’m tho thorry, I made a mistake. I’m a naughty boy. Smack smack.

  48. 48
    BBC auditor says:

    Beeb news latest!!!!
    – NUJ workers on strike in BBC over cuts in World Service and other journalists.
    – BBC radio 4 Today Programme send Justin Webb left wing commentator to Japan for a long weekend to report on the situation there.
    Comment – High cost junkets for the high end left wing rollers like Webb, Davis, Naughty; but the sack for so-called bottom end journalists and others. Doesn’t sound like Socialism as I know it, and is definately not Best Practice in Corporate Governance or even PR.
    Solution: Thompson to go – that would rattle their gold plated cage.

  49. 49
    BBC and the Guardian in collusion says:

    Yes I know but when mentioning the Gruniad one has to insert a typo. :)

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    They may have had information on Brown from someone but surely they would have ‘robustly’ checked it out. Can you trust any statement?

    I thought the full interview with Saudi prince on news night 14th July indicated much. On a good tv you can see his eyebrows Twitching like mad, good to get a psychologists view on it?

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    James says:

    Surely, one thing to come from this review with regard to erronous reporting is that the apology has to fill the exact same space, size and page number, as the original article. Same with any announcement on the radio or TV.

    The problem is the Brown-Sun story was balzened all across the front page, so even people not buying the paper read the headline.

    How about Guardian wrong on Brown story. Apologises to Murdoch. On the front cover.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Did SUN, NOW or Times “Say Sorry” for its mistakes? If they had come clean they would not be in such a mess.

  53. 53
    rocknrolla says:

    Admit it, fellow order-order readers, he might be a complete cretin who has played a large part in ruining our country but on a certain level we’ve missed McBust and his ability to turn absolutely everything, and I mean everything, he touches to shit. Could there be a bigger open goal than the Murdoch hacking story? Even morons like Watson have managed to look ok but old McMental still gets it wrong.

  54. 54
    Ladt Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Actually it was very good of Gordon to pop up and remind us what a raving loon he is. I wonder if we’ll get a similar apology for that foaming at the mouth rant earlier in the week.

  55. 55
    Pundit says:

    Is it possible to find a more useless incompetent twat masquerading as a politician? How could this fucker become Prime Minister?

  56. 56
    john miller says:

    Someone know if Brook’s hair was like that before the pyjama party?

  57. 57
    Hang The Bastards says:


    BROWN – A lying bong-eyed-bastard who even in the dying days of his political carear would use his sick child as ammunition in his fucked-up attempt at portraying himself as a victim.

    Do us all a favour BROWN – Hang Yourself !

  58. 58
    Kooper says:

    Gordon Brown appears to be quite distressed over the “phone hacking” scandal

    It is interesting that he did not show the same concern when signing a blank cheque for a speculative invasion and subsequent WAR in Iraq

    It is time the Conservatives stop patronising the left and take them seriously

    Brown needs jailing

  59. 59
    Eamonn U Ensis says:

    Showing next week for one day only at The Westminster Odeon…”The Empire Strikes Back….Directors Cut !”…..

  60. 60
    Hugh Janus says:

    And to think that Barking Brown was was once in charge of government. What an utterly stupid and idiotic little man he really is. The sooner he is sectioned, the better, along with those toadying creeps in NuLiebour who put him there. We certainly didn’t.

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    Shooty* says:

    When this was reported on the BBC (briefly) this morning, it gave me a massive smile which I would be surprised if anything removed today.

    Not coz the Sun was vindicated. But because the Guardian admitted it was wrong.

    Oooh, I get a little shiver of pleasure from typing those words.

    Loving the quote from yesterday about Gordon kicking himself in the shin.

  62. 62
    Desperate Dan says:

    After all this hoo-ha and expense and waste of time neither the police nor the MPs not the BBC nor the Guardian have managed to come up with any proof for any of their claims and allegations. All these morons can offer is insinuations that someone who’s collected a list of names and phone numbers must have used them for nefarious purposes. So much for their supposed believe in the “rule of law”.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    He mis-spoke and mis-remembered. It’s what Socialists do best.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Funny that. the lizards really arsed things up in France, which until recently had an extraordinarily reverent media who weren’t going to rock the boat.
    Tight media controls on privacy came into force in France after the media were reporting a man’s death from cancer in too much, and intrusive detail.

    Actually, if you want a loopy theory murdoch is part of your “Common purpose”. By engineering outrageous behaviour for trivial stories, you get to muzzle the press. He’s in on it too.

  65. 65
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    If you section him, then the 30% of the UK who voted for him are ripe for sectioning too.

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    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    You don’t need a degree in media studies (please don’t get one of those) to know Brown was wrong. The fascinating thing is why did he bother? The answer may come out in the newspapers in the weeks to come. Going on the attack so swiftly shows amazing ineptness or total foolishness. Just the sort of thing you would expect from one cornered so easily. It’s a rockinghorse moment!

    AH (C)
    PS The mong will not be in the commons again any time soon!

  67. 67
    Spartacus says:

    Today’s Scottish Daily Mail headline about getting out of the Common Market is much more interesting (and does not include bbbc gloating).

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    boulay says:

    it’s really winding me up that the telegraph and mail websites seem to be effectively ignoring this story though. they are looking only at the short term to give their opponent a good kicking and missing out on also giving the guardian a kicking, something that will be very necessary if they want to reign in the guardian and bbc before they become intolerably self righteous.

    they should be screaming about this and pointing out every mistake the guardian make because sooner or later the guardian will turn their attention to the mail and telegraph and every muppet in the country will believe them (lie half way around the world before the truth has its boots on etc). it would make a lot of sense for them to undermine the guardian at every opportunity.

  69. 69
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    It goes all the way through to the snatch fella.

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    Eamonn U Ensis says:

    “The Guardian and Labour have learned an expensive lesson: you can never take what Brown says at face value…………”

    They had 13 years to rumble him after all……11 of which were his Budget Speeches masterclasses in hyperbole;statisics and complicated wheezes to con the taxpayers out of cash which sounded good when he delivered them but when you actally read the information afterwards revealed a different conclusion…let’s not forget his 10p Tax rate abolishment dressed up as a tax reduction on basic rate whereas of course a lot of the very people he said would benefit actually didn’t………..and his greatest con ever….”I saved the World !!!” .

  71. 71
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Jimmy Carter runs him close

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    Stan Butler says:

    Don’t forget Channel 4 too. The four pillars of middle class, luvvie leftie, champagne socialism in the UK.
    All betrayers of working people. All beloved of the liberal left middle class filth who are too thick to work in gainful employment so instead are employed by these left wing associations to pervert justice, scam the taxpayer and promote an idealology that undermines society and encourages deviants and criminals.

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    I'm not a cynic but..... says:

    Normally farts then bottles, I think.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    Today had an hour long ‘Thought For The Day’ delivered by a hero of the human rights industry. Apart from that the striking journalists are obviously surplus to requirements cos I didn’t notice much difference.

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    nell says:

    I think we must have some sympathy for the victims of gordon’s lies.

    sarah certainly . I hope this monring as she is unloading her dishwasher she is throwing plates at gordon’s head for having pushed their family issues back onto the front pages and making them them look so notoriously bad. Perhaps now, at least, she’ll stop calling him her ‘hero’!

    And let’s not forget militwit. There he was poised at the edge of his moment of glory and along comes gordon with his lies and pushes him and the whole murdoch thing into the abyss instead. Now the media story is all about gordon not about militwit winning the war against murdoch.

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    Zeno says:

    It is EXACTLY like Socialism as most of us here know it: a small, unelected, unaccountable group of people enrich themselves at the expense of the workers.

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    The Grim Reaper says:

    So Milibland is jubilant – ably supported by the New Left Wing Press (The Telegraph/Spectator) helping him crow. The Left want a One Party/One Media state as they try to sovietise Gulag UK.

    Moonbat describes the assault on Murdochville as “our Berlin Wall moment.” Riddell claims this will transform the Bean Boy. As the Left celebrate and justify their new title as the Really Nasty Party….just remember Milibland, Obama, Balls, Prescott, Blair, Brown, Tourettes Campbell and the Prince of Darkness…..Murdoch knows where all the bodies are buried. Revenge will be very sweet indeed.

  78. 78
    Mr Brown (from Essex) says:

    I’m changing my name to Mr. Hitler to avoid the embarrassment.

  79. 79
    Stan Butler says:

    Does the Guardian still advertise all the Government/Local Government public sector jobs and if so, why has this not yet been stopped?

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It might not be Socialism as you know it, but it’s certainly Socialism as it is practised. There’s plenty of examples in the period 1997 – 2010. Take your pick.

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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I appeal to all my fellow MP’s on the Culture Committee to go easy on the Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks next Tuesday, otherwise you are going to drop some of us deep in the shit. Boaz.

  82. 82
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Folks, Tuesday will be a legendary day. Brooks will get the grilling she deserves. And Murdoch will get to have his revenge against Brown for the bullshit he came out with this week.

  83. 83
    Sixupman says:

    Brown’s flat sale/purchase would (now] be a matter of open record from at least two web-sites, then it would still have been available through the Land Registry.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    I would say Brown is going to end up looking like a right twat but he does anyway.

  85. 85
    Dirk Diggler says:

    Absolutely no mention of this on the BBC. I’ll keep checking through the day, I’m sure they will give this as much prominence as they did the original report earlier this week.

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    boulay says:

    i think Brooks is going to dish out a serious handbagging. you do not get into the position at the Sun and NOTW that she was in without being hard as nails.

  87. 87
    Voice of the people says:

    Apparntly Rebekah Brooks has set a new website up where you can send her messages


  88. 88
    1820days says:

    Miliband should be careful what he wishes for.

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    Anonymous says:

    Could it be the case that Brown’s aim was to try and establish that his bank account details had been hacked by “criminals”? All the rest was just a means of backing up the story and to muddy the waters.?

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    English Liberation Front. says:

    Brown craved the Midas touch, but God simply made him touched.

  91. 91
    boulay says:

    can someone who has a suitably dave spartish name and anddress please complain to news watch about it? i cannot as they never take any of my complaints, think my name and address marks me out for a corrective farm once the beeb and guardian are ruling britain….

  92. 92
    English Liberation Front. says:

    10 years ago, a good spanking session with Rebekah could have been an interesting diversion. However, 10 years later, she needs a good haircut!

  93. 93
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    If you missed Brillo’s This Week last night, he said Miliband is having his adenoids removed during the summer! It’s not a joke. He’s having them taken out. His advisers have obviously told him his nasal voice is off putting to voters! First he gets married for his career, now he’s having his adenoids removed for his career! :-D

    You should watch it on iplayer. Brillo began with mocking Brown’s speech brilliantly, and it ended with mocking Miliband by showing a photo of him and the words “Ed Miliband’s adenoids RIP” and a guy dressed as the Grim Reaper in the studio! Worth it just to see Portillo convulsing with laughter as the credits rolled.

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    Gonk says:

    I find Brown a genuinely frightening character
    and as disappointing as Dave has been in office
    I would’ve voted for anyone, absolutely anyone
    to get rid of the Brown stain. Even Twizzle, now
    that’s seriously frightening.

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    Duns Scotus says:

    The volume of evidence against the Murdoch Crime Family and their accomplices is so great that the unravelling of Brown’s contribution is neither here nor there.

    Watch out for NI stooges trying to use Brown’s bungling to discredit the grass roots campaign to rid Britain of the Murdoch Crime Family, and free our country from the organised lying that has become the main modus operandi of government.

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    Geezer says:

    Mao had his Gang of Four….in post Brown Britain…our Gang of Four – the real enemies of truth, liberty & justice are….The Guardian, the BBC, the Unions and the Labour Party.

  97. 97
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    So how was Brown allowed to effectively derail Ed’s attack on the conservatives? An attack that was gathering momentum day by day.

    If Ed knew what Brown was about to do, why didn’t he ensure the veracity of Brown’s claims – easy enough to do as seen in the blogosphere just moments after Brown uttered the allegations – doesn’t the Labour Party have any decent researchers, who, using t’Interweb, could confirm his claims in seconds?

    If Ed didn’t know what Brown was about to do – then why? Does Ed have no control over anything in his party?

    Either way, it halted Ed’s attack and made him look a right fool – not difficult a difficult task and one so easily accomplished by Jonah McDoom.

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    Oldsilverferret. says:

    From what I can see, no corresponding apology from the BBC so far.

    What else should we expect from an organisation which is as much in the Guardian’s pocket, as BSkyB is in News Internationals.

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Just look at what Cameron did with his son.

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    Media savvy says:

    Yup…Miliband thinks his Westminster Village posturing against Cameron is terribly clever….great for the lobbies….just like he stabbed his brother in the back & plotted against Blair…..well, Miliboy….here’s a reality check….come the next Election….The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times etc…..you are doomed laddie. Start cacking now.

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    He's Cursed, I Tell You!!! says:

    Are you sure it wasn’t Friday the 13th?

  103. 103
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m going to destroy you Fawkes……bong!

  104. 104
    C P Scott says:

    Regular reader are you?

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I did hear them mention it on the radio yesterday.

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Of course Brown is a complete waste of space – but what everyone here seems to be forgetting is that Murdoch is finished, on both sides of the Atlantic. And it’s the Guardian that finished him.

  107. 107
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    If you missed the Twitter fun of Ask Ed yesterday, this was one of the best.

  108. 108
    misterned says:

    And this was the man who the current labour front bench had repeatedly described as “head and shoulders above everyone else to lead the party and the country”.

    They said this over and over and over again. What does this say about their judgement?

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    Disco Stew says:

    I think a spit roast would be better.

  110. 110
    Desperate Dan says:

    It made Bercow look a fool because he did nothing to stop the mad diatribe and it made the Labour benches look idiots cos they cheered the lunatic to the rafters.

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    Date watch says:

    Guido has since altered the text

  112. 112
    Man on omnibus says:

    Just look at what Brown and his evil No. 10 bunker sidekicks did over Cameron’s child. Now which one was genuinely sickening? You think Brown knew nothing about what they were doing……

  113. 113
    Aesop o'Sardis says:

    What is the opposite of ‘he is damned by feint praise’?

  114. 114
    English Liberation Front. says:

    “before they become intolerably self righteous.”

    Before? Are you serious??????

    Intolerably self righteous is in their DNA!

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    Chris Huhne says:

    That goes for me too boys and girls. Jahbulon.

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    That's News says:

    Not Boom and bust, but doom and bluster!

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    Taxfodder says:

    Yawn! here we have the normal windbag MP’s and chancer media enjoying themselves calling the kettle black.

    Don’t mention the two words together though…responsibility and accountability the thing all UK Government’s are so piss poor at!

    Murdoch is a sideshow, the establishments revenge for being shown to be stupid and corrupt, no good will come of it only more unemployment convenient smokescreens and expense for the taxpayer.

    There are more important things for Government to do, that is if we ever get an honest one!

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    Loungelizard says:

    I have no real opinion on Murdoch or News Corp, if they crossed a line and are proved to have broken the law then so be it. On the other hand I can never forgive Labour for what they have done to this country, not just our economic decimation but more importantly the destruction of our morals traditions and standards. Brown, Blair and their morally bankrupt followers are totally responsible. With this in mind I look forward to seeing Murdoch hang the lying bastards out to dry.

  119. 119
    Green Lantern Geek says:

    Perhaps the Riddeller can forsee Bean Boy turning into Super Bean.

  120. 120
    English Liberation Front. says:

    I imagine the Sunday Times will run a full and expansive rebuttal in their next issue.

    Brown was talking out of his only orifice with the power of speech and I am not referring to his jaw dropping mouth!

  121. 121
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I don’t believe that for one minute. but if it is true he’ll be crying all the way to a private tropical island. And the sun will stay the same.

  122. 122
    Moley. says:

    Will the interviews between Murdoch and the select committee be televised?

    Murdoch didn’t get where he is by being a pussy cat; I would put money on his skill and experience before I would back a politician who has performed no real work of any kind; ever.

    And thanks to Brown; it is the politicians who have obviously behaved disgracefully and vindictively; not the Newspaper Proprietor, against whom charges are as yet unproven.

  123. 123
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    While i enjoy mocking the left wing loonies, fair play to the Guardian, They fucked up and have apologised.

    Will anyone take Brown seriously now?

    The boy who cried wolf springs to mind.

  124. 124

    What’s red and looking for a new job?

    Hint* Its not Ed.

  125. 125
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:


  126. 126
    boulay says:

    you are correct – i forgot “more” although I am unsure how it is remotely possible!

  127. 127
    An old lefty trick of making out you said something you didn't says:

    Mick Hucknall tribute band!

  128. 128
    Postal Vote says:

    My comments on CiF re labour buying the Guardian’s newsroom through letting it publish all the public sector job adverts have all been taken down!

    And surprise, surprise: today there is no life blog, while yesterday’s life blog does not mention the Guardian’s apology to the Sun …

    Would like to see Rusbidger challenged under oath as to how many wordt his Coulson warning to Cameron’s staff existed of. Judge: Mr Rusbidger, did you use 20 words for that warning or 500? Rusbridger: More than 20 but I can not recall exactly.

  129. 129
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder if she’s a real redhead collar and cuffs.

  130. 130
    Shrug says:

    10.00 a.m. Rebekah Brooks has resigned. So now she will be free to tell us what really happened?

  131. 131
    stevo says:

    Excellent! Thanks to Jonah a wholesome resolution for all. Cameron’s done well. Hiring Coulson can easily be spun as akin to a householder hiring a dodgy plumber – sure people warned him – but that could have just been their own agendas – he ended up with a waterlogged kitchen – but all sorted now. Miliband has done well. He has managed to speak for the nation, express anger, but without the horridness of Brown and Balls. Osbourne comes across as callow and lightweight. Balls now really seems like yesterdays man, on whom the sheer awfulness of Jonah has been transferred. Phillip Hammond looks more statesmanlike by the day, and surely is an eventual shoe-in for Osbourne. Clegg has even improved his standing. Murdoch & co have been taken down a peg. Jonah is now clearly a raving lunatic. Its almost Hollywood the way that its all turned out. I’m well chuffed

  132. 132
    Ear Trumpet says:

    Red Ed could have said the same thing eight times and still get nothing across. Nobody would listen to the village idiot..

  133. 133
    Bile says:

    They’ve re-written history now anyway, “it was our ‘libertarian’ bloggers wot won it”, despite the fact that every right-wing Hunt dismissed the story as a leftie/BBC plot

  134. 134
    Speaker Squeaker says:

    The problem is that they will never “learn the lesson” because ‘McBride’ Brown is one of them. They are so blinded by their own prejudice, so up their ar*es in self righteousness and so spitefully vindictive against anyone who dares to hold a different view from their own bankrupt ideologies that they can never see their own glaring weaknesses never mind learn lessons. Consider some of the main cheerleaders for the left – “Tuscany” Toynbee, “Moonbat” Monbiot, ‘Honest’ Hari – says it all really.

  135. 135
    When shall we three meet again? says:

    Don’t fret …. he will be soon. Hubble, bubble.

  136. 136
    Helpful says:

    Just a leftie attack site. Some of the comments look like a bit like libel.

  137. 137
    johnbellingham says:

    So write to Ofcom, Pickles Dept and No. 10

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    I’ve checked and you must be looking in the wrong edition.
    BROWN – Pronunciation:/braʊn


    of a colour produced by mixing red, yellow, and blue , as of dark wood or rich soil:an old brown coatshe had warm brown eyes

    dark-skinned or suntanned:his face was brown from the sun

    South African term for coloured (sense 2 of the adjective)

    (of bread) made from unsifted or unbleached flour.


    1 [mass noun] brown colour or pigment:the brown of his eyesa pair of boots in brown[count noun] :the print is rich with velvety browns

    brown clothes or material:a woman all in brown

    2 a brown thing , in particular the brown ball in snooker.

    3 [with modifier] a satyrid butterfly, which typically has brown wings with small eyespots.

    Subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae: many genera and species
    4 South African term for coloured (sense 1 of the noun)


    make or become brown, typically by cooking:[with object] :a skillet in which food has been browned[no object] :grill the pizza until the cheese has browned

  139. 139
    Alex says:

    Oh fuck off with your drama queen “crime family” references. They’re business people, not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination – not even close. Scummy business people, but business people never the less.

    However, trying to liken them to organised crime families who routinely murder their opponents just suggests you’re another one of the hysterical masses who should be laughed at for taking a legitimate grievance about the way tabloid media behaves and tainting it by going way over the top with what you say about the matter. This whole thing will end up unravelling due to the fact that too many people are trying to use it as a political football, when actually politicians from all sides have questions to answer about their relationships with the media.

  140. 140
    Moley. says:

    I forgot to mention; I do not know how many people News International employs directly and indirectly, in this country.

    I do know that they and their families will not be grateful to the Labour Party for destroying their jobs out of spite.

  141. 141
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Put all government posts and job adverts on a government website. Do the same with the BBC. Eliminates the practice of automatic deselection of right wing applicants by putting them in a left leaning paper.

  142. 142
    Curly wurly says:

    That has literally made my day.

    Jonah curses his own attack against his enemies. You couldn’t make it up. Unless you’re Brown.

  143. 143
    Moley. says:

    I think the Select Committee should be asking its witnesses about membership of a masonic lodge.

    There is something very seriously wrong in the Police Force.

  144. 144
    jabbathecat says:

    Someone should stick a pencil in his remaining eye, preferably a 2H that won’t break at the tip of the lead…

  145. 145
    Anonymous says:

    Typical Jonah…don’t let the facts get in the way of my story! What a nasty vindictive person. How did he ever become PM of this country.

  146. 146
    g1lgam3sh says:

    What colour is the sky in your world?

  147. 147
    jabbathecat says:

    “A gentleman he aint!”

    Yep, another ZaNuLab mong…

  148. 148
    Moley. says:

    No one can now be in any possible doubt that it would have been a public service to have more information about Brown and his behaviour in the media; not less.

  149. 149
    Truculent Sheep says:

    The Sun uses a contact to betray a personal confidence and splash a story about a little boy’s chronic illness without justification or recourse to public interest. The Guardian misreports this, and apologises, even though the leak still happened and Wade still rang up Brown to gloat about it. The Sun uses this as a smokescreen for far worse behaviour, even though it’s still rolling around in its own shit.

    And you call this a victory?

  150. 150
    Billy Bragg's publicist. says:

    I shall be releasing a new “Don’t buy the Guardian” song to protest about their lies!


    £13.99 for download, to help keep me in my seaside mansion.

  151. 151
    Desperate Dan says:

    In this week’s show trial Keith Vaz just prevented the police from finishing a sentence if the police witnesses didn’t parrot the answers he wanted.
    Both John Yates and Sue Akers tried to say that things had been printed in The Guardian that were untrue. Vaz dismissed them by saying “The Guardian is not on trial here”.
    This seems to suggest that MPs are not remotely interested in “getting to the bottom” of anything.

  152. 152
    Jethro Q. Walrus-Titty says:

    Brown was close to cracking up in the Commons on his annual visit the other day.The occasion was about the “great I am”-nothing about the constituents of Kirkcaldy-just all about precious Gordon.Don’t you understand that people don’t care, have never cared for you?-the most unloved PM ever?

    A psychological abomination about to become a supernova, followed by a complete withdrawal from public life.
    I look forward the time drawing when you complete your entry into reclusedom.

  153. 153
    Civil Servant says:

    Brown was upset with The Sun for publishing the article, not for how they got hold of the information. He said in the original interview that he didn’t know how they go the information. The Guardian gave a narrow apology of the specific allegation that they got the information from medical records.

  154. 154
    GlobalGaz says:

    Watson just mad a first class tit of himself…..

    What is with those friggin glasses? Are they blinkers on the side?

  155. 155
    Spartacus says:

    All those mps exhibiting gloating and smugness look out.
    Rebekka Needahaircut has time on her hands to carve you up.

  156. 156
    That's News says:

    Oh! I thought they said: “get rid of the android.” I thought: “How rude! You can’t get rid of the android, he’s your bloody brother, FFS!”

  157. 157
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Vaz is a corrupt little toad – and the police are corrupt liars. I’m surprised you feel the ability to take sides between them.

  158. 158
    Audemus Dicere says:

    Oh, I think that’s unfair on “Jummuh”. At least he was successful at growing peanuts.

  159. 159
    Audemus Dicere says:

    Oh, I think that’s unfair on “Jummuh”. At least he was successful at growing p e a nuts.

    (second attempt to get past the bl**dy modbot!)

  160. 160
    Nigel S says:

    Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that is set before us, …

  161. 161
    An old lefty trick of making out you said something you didn't says:

    That is a low blow comparing Vaz to anyone or anything. He is in a class of his own, so low that that it is rarely reached.

  162. 162
    An old lefty trick of making out you said something you didn't says:

    Can we have an investigation of why in 2003, Blair – Labour, changed the law withdrawing any restrictions as to who could own our media.

  163. 163
    Jan says:

    That picture of Brown with his ‘children’ gives me the heebie-jeebies. But it’s not just him. The whole scene is creepy.

  164. 164
    Anonymous says:

    Fucktard Juice – That which the author of this comment harvests from the secretions of the glands behind his ears every morning.

  165. 165
    Sir Everard Digby says:

    But we are talking about the Guardian, Sherlock. That is now a very different ball game

    They printed a headline which said:

    ‘ Newspapers obtained information from the former prime minister’s bank account, legal file and family medical records’

    The article contained zero about medical records. It’s still available on their website,with an apology printed elsewhere.

    So, the crusading Guardian exposes journalistic failings elsewhere,then proceeds to exhibit them itself.

    Any failings by the Guardian will have a magnified effect because they have been inferring their ownership of the moral high ground when they are in fact in the same sewer as the NOW.

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    Are you aware that the Guardian broke the news about Brown’s child the day before the Sun?

  167. 167
    Anonymous says:

    If only there was a requirement that any retraction and apology be given the same prominence as the original article.

    On a related mattter, I don’t suppose the Guardian took the opportunity to account for how it was able to run the original 2006 story the day before the Sun and was therefore the paper which ‘broke’ the news?

  168. 168
    Post hoc says:

    Brooks’ resignation leaves her looking somewhat more honourable than the police….

    Milliband’s hypocrisy makes me want to vomit. He really ought to be careful about these moralisations because he might get what he wishes for. McTwat has already started pulling apart his righteous indignation with incorrect allegations. Just wait for the rest of it to unravel. Millibands both were at Number 10 when McBride was in full flow so they had best examine their own glass house.

    Murdoch strikes me as something of a godfather in which case he will have his moment and as someone else pointed out, this could well be at election time, particularly as the attitude of the jilted lefties is so poisonously personal. They really do look full of it. I don’t think they quite understand just how treacherous they seem and how hypocritical their outrage looks, especially after the fact.

  169. 169
    Jan says:

    Actually I thought the ‘show’ was feeble. No real serious discussion.Well how could you have ANY serious discussion with Snow,Greer and Miss Diane Habbbottt? Three leftie stooges all talking about the Murdochs. Real balance I don’t think. Brillo has sparks of brilliance but he needs to change his scriptwriter. Toilets Maguire on yet again. Does he work for the BBC now?

  170. 170
    Mrs Eva Braun (from Essex) says:

    F*ck you, I’m changing my name to Sarah.

  171. 171
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Who was it said of C4 News newsreaders:

    “you turn up, read The Guardian out aloud, then go home” ?

  172. 172
    Call me Infidel says:

    More like son of a nonce.

  173. 173
    Jimmy says:

    So Geoffrey Robinson was an estate agent? Who knew?

    Blogging means never having to say you’re sorry.

  174. 174
    Call me Infidel says:

    Has she got a pad near Canterbury?

  175. 175
    ichabod says:

    Jeremy Clarkson, I think.

  176. 176
    ichabod says:

    Why does anyone employ Germaine Greer, an authentic clapped out old bag and with an extremely iritating voice to boot, to air her dreary opinions on anything.

  177. 177
    Cynical Old Man says:

    I hope Plod didn’t find a copy of the London telephone directory in Mulcaire’s office. Probably some poor copper checking every name in it to enquire if they think they’ve been hacked.

  178. 178
    Milibean mincer says:

    Remember Miligeek….

    When you crow about giving someone a kicking….you are in danger of hurting your feet

  179. 179
    Shooty* says:

    Still smiling :)

  180. 180
    The BBC says:

    Our official spokesman, Mr Edward Silly Milliband, made a statement today condemning everyone who is not Labour. Only Labour with their history of being always right on everything can be expected to lead this wonderful socialist country. The fact that the country is economically, and morally bankrupt is of course due to the fact that during the 13 years of Labour’s government the wicked conservatives undermined all their good work.

    Mr Edward Silly Moribund also stated that the masses would soon rise up (at about 11.30 am) and would rebel against the curse of work which the evil Tory’s had been forcing them to do for hundreds of years. He also said that in the interests of saving the environment and helping poor people, when they get back in power they would ban the use of soap in all its forms. “We should all smell exactly the same “, said Mr Silly Mollyband

    There would also be severe penalties for anyone mentioning Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher or the traitor David Silly Williband.

    By the way, the easy pay to pay you licence tax is now on line at http://www.screwthebastards.co.uk.

  181. 181
    Iloathlefties says:

    It started in America…….

  182. 182
    Steve says:

    Didn’t Gordon Brown demand that apologies should be printed or posted in full scale on the front page?

    No link to this on the front page of the site. No mention on the front page of the Guardian. But the Left has already made the bullshit claim, and the mud has stuck. Job done, Rusbridger, eh?

  183. 183
    Steve says:

    Actually, The Sun says that Brown was happy for them to print it and actually forced the Sun to agree to let OTHER NEWSPAPERS run it as well. And Brown demanded apologies be front and centre on the front cover in print and pixel. Not this one though.

    Oh, and guess who Brown lunched with weeks later? The journalist who wrote the story about his son.

    So stop inventing bollocks and look at the facts.

  184. 184
    Disco Stew says:

    The Sun headline should was misspelt,it should have read BROWN MONG

  185. 185
    Disco Stew says:

    You know what I meant

  186. 186
    Poetlister says:

    The actual source of the story cites his justification. While you may not agree with it, it’s got some merit, and it’s hardly “abhorrent”.

    The think-of-the-children lie about “hacking” was a typical Brownite smear, and it was used to make the investigation of Brown’s corruption look unethical. Thank you for falling for the spin, dumbass.

  187. 187
    Stalin says:

    Repeat a lie until it becomes truth… because truth is only what the party says!!

  188. 188
    Toby says:

    Who is responsible for the downfall of NOTW ? Max Mosley, that’s who ! He got his revenge at last.

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