July 21st, 2011

The Met Widens the Net

With Cameron on his feet for three hours, and the reality of the Euro crisis taking the hold, for the first time in weeks the phone-hacking scandal isn’t top of the news. It’s still worth noting the Met’s interest in other newspaper groups though. The Beeb is heavily trailing a Radio 4 documentary that reveals tonight:

“Police have asked for files of an earlier inquiry into the use of private investigators… the files from Operation Motorman, which was run by the Information Commissioners Office in 2003, were requested three months ago. They contain 4,000 requests from 300 journalists and 31 publications for confidential information from a private investigator, which in many cases had been obtained illegally.”

Just what these illegal activities might have been was summed up by Nick Davies in 2009. As Guido revealed graphically last year, this is bad news for Trinity Mirror:

Guido has something up his sleeve for the circular firing squad today. Watch this space…


  1. 1
    Spartacus says:

    Chris Huhne is resigning, real soon now . . .

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

    Bang on!!!!

    Let the games begin!!!!!

    fuck you Miliband you jumped up parasite, tax avoiding arsehole, you do not know what you have done.

    If you do, you are very stupid

  3. 3
    smoggie says:

    I wonder if Toilets is “bricking it” now?

  4. 4
    Sophie says:

    “Guido has something up his sleeve for the circular firing squad today”

    Delicious – popcorn ready.

  5. 5
    Racked off says:

    This is why the the Lab grandstanding of “oh how awful” and the hypocrisy is going to look like a wet fart when they get to the real heart of stuff.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Wednesday he believes that News Corp will emerge from the current crisis and that he does not plan to sell any of his shares in the company. Alwaleed, who says his Kingdom Holding is the second biggest shareholder in News Corp and controls seven per cent of the votes, said he believes that News Corp’s leadership should not change.


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Are the MET going to re-open Cash for honours, cash for admendments and expenses investigations?

    Come on England !!!! 2000th test match, against India today , at the home of cricket.

    Only downside is weather, but this is England.


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    smoggie says:

    No, that’s been happening for ages.

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    Jess The Dog says:

    Good. About time that the focus shifted on Motorman and ICO report, reproduced in part as an appendix to the hacking report released on Wednesday. I bet the Met will undertake this task with some enthusiasm!

    They were all at it. Everyone knew about Coulson, the busiest bee in the hive. That’s why Cameron hired him in the first place! I bet Labour would have hired him if they had the opportunity.

    Chuck them all out. Leave media relations to civil serpents, as it used to be.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Well blow me down, now that parliament is in recess odious Balls has floated to the surface to spouthis bile.

  11. 11
    Silent Bob says:


  12. 12
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    and judging by Rupert and James Murdoch performence other day, who can blame him.

  13. 13
    Racked off says:

    The bloody should because anyone with an ounce of a brain knew that was shut down “on orders”. Total whitewash. Yates of the Yard has a lot to answer for.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    So who is governing UK?

  15. 15
    The Journalist doth protest too much, methinks says:

  16. 16
    Loungelizard says:

    But not as we know it Billy.

  17. 17
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Bob, I think i can safely say that you spe*k on behalf of all of us on Order-Order with your perils of wisdom.

  18. 18
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Balls has just been on BBC News 24. He was allowed to waffle on lying and spinning. Now if that was not BBC labour bias then nothing is. He must have ranted for three minutes, almost as long as a party political broadcast.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Van Rumpy.

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    Anonymous says:

    Does this mean Cameron is working for Rupert as well as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

  21. 21
    The Royal Household says:

    Her Majesty’s Government.

    And don’t forget it.

  22. 22
    smoggie says:

    Just post them on here Louise. We’d love to read more.

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    MrAngry61 says:

    this is bad news for Trinity Mirror

    Not according to the B-BBC – this morning Toady was spinning how it was bad news for the Daily Mail, which apparently made the largest number of (presumably illegal) information requests.

    The Sunday People and the Mirror made fewer requests than the Mail, according to the BBC.

  24. 24
    cheche says:

    Hes on sky now. I feel sick

  25. 25
    Potton Enders says:

    Fully agree, the Murdochs came across as completely on top of their game. OK, Rupert did look a bit out of it, especially when he nodded off, but if Billy and a Saudi prince agree about their performance, that’s good enough for us.

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    Anyone but Balls says:

    Why is something not done about Ed Balls is more to the point.

    Truth be told he is the best reason that the Tories have in persuading people not to vote Labour. Even Labour didn’t want him as Chancellor FFS.

  27. 27
    Steve Miliband says:

    Remind me Piers, which newspapers did you edit and when?
    City slickers and falsified photos. Not really in your interests to show off.

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    Anonymous says:


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    Tilly Bagshawe says:

    Hi Piers, I’d love to take you outside, tie you up, naked. I’d then smear you with rotten meat and watch the rats and birds feast on slug. That’s the only smearing I’d like to do to you.

  30. 30
    Crapper of the Yard says:

    Fatty poohs tend to float.

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    Spartacus says:

    He was on labournight, sorry newsnight last night too

  32. 32
    Cutie says:

    Has he lost weight?

  33. 33
    Steve Miliband says:

    He was also on the wireless. Not sure what his point was, or the point of him.

  34. 34

    Shouldn’t you be getting ready to do some umpiring this morning?

  35. 35
    Steve Lloyd says:

    + 1

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    G Orwell says:

    So it must be right.

  37. 37
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Play doesnt start till 11 :-)

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

    Piers Morgan v Louise Mensch.
    Piers, it’s not nice being picked on and shown up is it. Mind you you did the exact same thing when you was the editor at the Daily Mirror. You don’t like your own medicine do you.
    Even with all your wealth and the backing of CNN you didn’t win against Mensch.
    Methinks you ranted on too long during the interview, that showed that you have something to hide. It would be hard to believe that any editor of a scumbag publication would not have gone with stories obtained dubiously.
    Surely I’m not on my own in my thoughts.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Remember Billy he is only a (rubber) mouthpiece, and does exactly what his various handlers tell him.

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    Anonymous says:

    Looks more like Majesty’s Government from Saudi!

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    Oooooh, my hero!

  42. 42
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Piers doesn’t like his own medicine. Piers you protest too much!

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Yes but it will be off of the top slot on the B-bbc and only mentiond in passing being overshadowed by how we will all be going to hell in a handcart if the Euro is allowed to fail.

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    Loungelizard says:

    Darling on Today prog. BBC attempt to endorse labour’s financial competence.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    2000th or 1999th ?

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    Correction says:

    Trinity Mirror: 1663 incidents by 139 journalists
    Mail Group: 1248 incidents by 95 journalists
    News International: 182 incidents by 19 journalists

    Don’t forget that the UnHoly Trinity comprises of The Mirror, The Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People. The BBC is wrong (again). News International come out as saints compared to the Trinity.


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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Piers Morgan and CNN pick on Louis Mensch.
    We, the British Public, are not going to stand for that!

  48. 48
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    A day of slow-moving, torrential downpours. Look forward to long periods of repeats interspersed by the clatter of wickets. I hope and pray England end up bowling first. In the muggy conditions, Anderson should be unplayable for an Indian side short of practice.

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    Bowes says:

    Europe is unthinkable without the Euro!!! Good…

  50. 50
    Tax Payer says:

    Why is this coming out now – the day after parliament went on holiday?

    Plus the NI solicitors being ‘free to speak to parliament’ – on the day it isn’t now possible for 3 months?

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    h says:

    Presumably Express Newspapers are so low on the graph because Diana’s current phone is proving difficult to hack

  52. 52
    Johann Hari says:

    As I sat with Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on (insert day) drinking (research needed, what does he drink?) he sighed locquaciously and said he believes that News Corp will emerge from the current crisis and that he does not plan to sell any of his shares in the company. I nodded, knowingly…

  53. 53
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I know, he doesnt even get the duckworth lewis method!

  54. 54
    Archer Karcher says:

    Her Majesty’s Government are little more than glorified errand boys for Brussels directives these days.

    And don’t forget that either.

  55. 55
    Ed Mililmong says:


  56. 56
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    …or even pearls of wisdom.

  57. 57
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    That old chesnut :-)

    Sky sports with Lord Gower, Bumble , athers, Hussian, Ward say 2000th.

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    eeu to me says:

    Forgive me asking, but why is the Libsh*te Clegg doing action man ,rusty the u-turn warmongers job running the country, don’t we pay enough in taxes out to keep all these deadbeats in clover, do we need two PM’s ,can’t we sack one of them.

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    Fight On says:

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    Fat Tomson says:

    That’s right. We have decided to target the Mail next. Here’s what Damien and I gave to Polly to copy out last week

    Rejoice at Rupert Murdoch, but the Daily Mail still darkens the horizon | Polly Toynbee

    The Guardian, 15 Jul 2011

  61. 61
    TGF UKIP says:

    If it hasn’t already happened, it soon will – “Phone hacking caused by climate change” says BBC.

  62. 62
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Predictions on the test series?

    India v England.

  63. 63
    Hugh Jardon says:

    With all this hacking & smearing malarky going on…would anyone wish to hear about the time that I may have hacked off the tagnuts around Katy D’s plump arse & then smeared her buttocks with peanut butter..before sorting her out over the bonnet of my spitfire?

  64. 64
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Now that RedEd has, “forced”, Dave into ordering a wide-ranging enquiry going back to the start of the Labour years in power, but not in Office, Ed’s probably spent the week shitting himself wondering where the evidence will lead. No wonder he looks off-colour.

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    Postal Vote says:

    BBC will try shift focus on Mail rather than Mirror because Mirror is labour-biased and labour will give beeb more money aan higher gold-plated pensions – it’s quite transparent really.

    For same reason beeb puts all its expensive job adverts in Guardian, financially incentivising Guardian to write pro beeb as well as pro labour – also quite transparent.

    One way to at least prevent beeb using the job adverts to buy itself a friendly voice in the papers is a new law that requires all branches of the public sector, including quangos for more than 25% dependant on taxpayer, to spread their advertising and to provide accounts every year how advertising budgets have been spent.

    It is so obvious (I noticed it as a foreigner) that labour bribed the guardian with staff adverts during the public sector’s strong growth in the period 1997-2010 that conservatives should press to look into this with all the enquiries into relationship between politics and media. During labour’s last period in government the Guardian chairman switched to a minister post (Myners), while Mandelson’s ex PA switched to Guardian (Wagg Prosser). Then there is Ms Ashley whose father is labour peer, an MP on media committee who used to write for Observer and re beeb, Guardian journo Milne’s father was beeb chairman.

    Baffles me why conservatives don’t take action on this. Lazy bunch who don’t want to get their hands dirty. Suits me. If labour return to power, easy money shorting sterklng and gilts (BoE eventually needs to stop pretending it does not have a right-hand column in its balance sheet).

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, you predicted correctly, Billy.

    Now, what about the score?

  67. 67
    Steve Miliband says:

    Fucking Clegg is putting a spanner in the Euro works. Do we really have to dance to his pro Euro, pro EU tune? It’s fucked Nick, we need to let them sort their own problems out.

  68. 68
    eeu to me says:

    Billy I can honestly say I couldn’t a monkey’s uncle who wins what,good luck to both sides, so long as they do what they are paid to do , entertain people then it’s ok by me.

  69. 69
    Steve Miliband says:

    There will be some batting, some bowling and some fielding. And rain.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    You can tell when the senior brass in the BBC have ordered a major propaganda effort, from the effect on the Radio News. Usually this is a haven of real stories, with a bias towards international news, science and of course music. Before last year’s general election, though, it began to feature anti-Tory spin and this morning they ran the Motorman story, much to the bafflement and indifference (I should think) of many listeners.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Radio 3

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    m wood says:

    Your link to the 2009 Guardian article again raises the question – How did the Guardian get this information??? Presumably it came from lists obtained by the police – just like the recent hackgate lists of phone numbers.

  73. 73
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    1-0 to England, 3 drawn to to weather caused by global cooling. Tendulkar will fail to score a century due to dodgy LBW decisions which cannot be corrected as India won’t use Hawkeye.

  74. 74
    Greg Dyke says:

    Mark Thompson

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    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please!

    Let Piers Morgan get fvcked up by this and eventually sent to prison.

    Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please!

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    boulay says:

    it also became big on the World Service which usually keeps quite a balanced tone. I was most surprised by hearing Ed Balls’ dulcet tones blaming the Euro crisis on Osborne this morning on the WS.

    I don’t know whether they are going for broke or whether they now realise that nobody can or will do anything about their bias….

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    The British Media have become really really boring. Coulson, Coulson, Coulson. The media have all gone ito the same BBC News loop.

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    Hugh Jardon says:

    5 Live also allowed the scumbag some air-time to re-write political history.
    He failed to mention, nor was he pulled up on, the fact that darling signed us up to the EU bail outs whilst the current government was being formed.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    BTW. England are the home team, though the crowd composition will make it look like an away series. It’s England v India, not the other way round.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I like the anaylisis, i reckon 2-1 (weather allowing), But i do hope the little master gets his 100th 100 at Lords ( he hasnt got one there).

    Oh and i hope tim breason is picked over broad.

  81. 81
    Labour says:

    Don’t go after the Mirror. We have ways of getting revenge. We’re merciless.

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    Post hoc says:

    Thanks to Red Ed, Cameron now has a cast iron excuse to ‘ever so helpfully’ investigate previous administrations ‘which otherwise isn’t done old chap’ and also put a bit of stick about the BBC ‘while broad mindedly looking at all the media’. Good job Ed. Oh yes, your colleagues will love you – especially Gordon and Tony

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    This could be the reason King Rupert was against transferring power to EU because its his power that was transferred.

    I think we should have two refrandoms to free us from EU as well as King Rupert.

  84. 84
    Sir William Waad says:

    Nobody, really. Nearly everything important happens without, or despite, any Government intervention. It’s like a giant factory where a group of visitors from Head Office in business suits and yellow plastic helmets wander round occasionally pressing a button here or tapping a keyboard there. Every so often this causes a major disaster but it is mostly harmless.

    All the staff wish the visitors would go back to their snug offices and concentrate on doing their own jobs competently.

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    Its a bit rich blinky telling the Greeks they have run up too much debt.

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    Selohesra says:

    Suspect the nodding off was a bit of a ruse and the sprightly old dog gave his mrs a damn good seeing to when they got back to his pad.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Normally I would tend to side with anyone who puts it to Piers Moron.

    However, the individual in question decided to shit on the British people herself to the tune of £10 billion, that I and worse still, my children will have to pay for.
    So as I have no dog in this fight and wish them both, the very worst of luck, health and prosperity in the coming years.

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    Postal Vote says:

    How could I forget: Guardian Ashley’s hubby is beeb presenter, who incidentally has a common acquaintance with Ed Mili and said acquaitance works for a paper in the Murdoch stable!

    Ha, ha: Ashley embodies the guardian-beeb-labour congsi. Ashley provides the ideal argument in favour of including beeb in plurality test!

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    Handycock says:

    The Freemasons.

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    YorkshireLad says:

    Will the Met widen the net to include itself?

  91. 91
    Thunderbirds Recruiter says:

    Bunter Watson and a smoking bun ?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I think Ed has fucked up big time here, If he had stuck to Coulson then he would have landed some blows, by bringing News Corp into it and now all media he has managed shoot himself in both feet and bollocks.

    We may moch Dave for for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory but ED has outdone Dave this time, He will face a hostile media (excpet Guardian/bbc), a lot of pissed of journos and maybe no more invites to Ruperts slumber parties…

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    bergen says:

    I couldn’t agree more.A lot of us on this site have urged Cameron to sort out the BBC from Day 1 or they will finish him off but he has done nothing. I’m beginning to think that he no longer deserves to succeed.There is absolutely no point in trying to behave properly with them -they take it as a sign of weakness.There is no fight in them at all-effette,public-school pillocks,all of them.

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    Sixupman says:

    A great piece by Nick Davies, but devalued by the current concentration on the “Dirty Digger”!

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    Money Rules OK says:

    Today the dark clouds will roll over Europe. Fiscal Union of the Euro zone will become inevitable and the PIGS will loose all Sovereignty.

    For the Greek people the best thing would be to default, dump the Euro and reinstate the Drachma. For the ruling elite of Europe this would be financial ruin, The elite will win unless the people can bring about a revolution.

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    Selohesra says:

    perhaps they should be playing it in Wales?

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    CNN attacks NI and David Cameron...Seems to be an all out war says:

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    Steve Miliband says:

    Read the link above – CPS were told in 2006.
    It is starting to unravel. Cover up by Tone.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    No refrandom ( sic ) on the extortion funded Guardian television service, aka, the BBC? I think you will find that ‘King Rupert’ is small beer by comparison.

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    Mr Slater says:

    I’m stocking up on extra lining for the bottom of the old fellah’s cage – he’s getting a bit restless waiting for this latest revelation… I do hope he doesn’t sploot again, had a dreadful time cleaning up last time that happened!

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    Loungelizard says:

    Is Tonybee Angela Merkel’s fatter sister?

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    boulay says:

    from a country that elected Bush jnr and Obama. I’ll hold on their advice about leaders if you don’t mind….

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Already had 1 test in Wales against Sri Lanka (The one we won)

    It is the “England and Wales cricket board” tho.

  105. 105
    BBC under the microscope says:

    Dave has played a bit of a blinder by including the BBC in the inquiry. They ain’t going to be Happy.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh joy!!!!!

    This will run for a year with Judge led inquiry, more damage to Labour and current shadow minsters.

  107. 107
    Listless Emily says:

    DC has been contaminated by the many crimes of the Blair regime – crimes which he should have ordered investigated the moment he took office, but about which he did nothing. Now Dave is doomed, and the whole Conservative Party with him.

  108. 108
    Archer Karcher says:

    Ten years ago the EUro did not exist, I seem to recall Europe functioning perfectly well without it.

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    annette curton says:

    So according to the graph above Murdoch was one of the more responsible newspaper proprietors, another select committee investigation needed? (LOL).

  110. 110
    Mark Thompson says:

    I’ve just carried out a full inquiry into the BBC.
    Everything is fine. Except we could do with a licence fee hike.

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    G Orwell says:

    Do understand, there is an entire generation of churnalists who know nothing about how to find news when they aren’t doing it by dodgy menas. In the absence of any genuine curiosity, skills or ability they have to rely on press hand-outs, twittter and re-hashing each others’ work for their stories.

  112. 112
    The Russians have won says:

    So that’s it. America has lost the space race. Viva Obama.

  113. 113
    Archer Karcher says:

    Particularly as we keep loading them up with ever more debt, to err, pay off the original debt….

  114. 114
    annette curton says:

    Remember Primarkgate.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Merkel is intelligent and successful and has achieved that success through her own efforts, rather than inheriting it. They cannot be related.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    If Sky TV didnt exsist and all the current Sky programs/channels were owned by the BBC , would the left complain?

  117. 117
    G Orwell says:

    How much of a stake has CNN in protecting their own investments in damaged goods?

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    HandsomeDavid says:

    Has the BBC hired any private detectives in pursuit of investigations of any nature?

  119. 119
    Lord Kinnock of Windbagogogoch says:

    And me boyo!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    India win toss and choose to bowl, Y.V signh (Pie chucker) dropped.

  121. 121
    Fish says:

    Milliband? Educated beyond the level of his intelligence if you ask me

  122. 122
    annette curton says:

    Knobinson and his scruffy raincoat could do with a trip to the dry-cleaners.

  123. 123
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    It’s fun playing Jenga with bars of bullion, isn’t it?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    FFS Broad still not dropped!!!!!!!!!

  125. 125
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Sounds Llanfair to me.

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    imnumbervi says:

    Europe functioning perfectly well – hahahaha!

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    Lurker says:

    Or how about “Phone hacking causes climate change!”

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    annette curton says:

    Yes, they have an army of dodgy characters that go around threatening people with £1000 fines and imprisonment, its the biggest protection racket in history, give us £12 a week or else.

  129. 129
    Gordon Brown says:

    I like to widen my net. Wibble.

  130. 130
    Gordon says:

    ME !

    But nursie says I must have a little nap first.

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    Sir Reginald Titbrain [Decd.] says:

    Want to buy a story about a goose that can solve quadratic equations Peirs? Just up your street.

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    scott says:

    I look forward to the Sunday Mirror explaining how they got hold of Rio Ferdinand’s mobile phone records in 2003 to expose him for missing a drugs test. They obviously thought they were being helpful at the time……


    thank you Private Eye for bringing it to my attention


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    Churchill says:

    I seem to recall England functioning perfectly well without Europe.

  134. 134
    Felldoom says:

    ‘The BBC has hired private detectives to help make its investigative programmes, according to the corporation’s director-general.’
    The Times

  135. 135
    Bowes says:

    If I had my way the Royal Artillery would be setting up shop on the cliffs of Dover and the first round up the barrel would be Nick Clegg.

  136. 136
    Piers Morgan says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG – ‘The met are widening their net’???

    I must confess i’m shitting bricks right now!!

  137. 137
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Typical Labour lying and rewriting of history.

  138. 138
    annette curton says:

    Gordon says: I was hacked but not by the Daily Mirror.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Opps , Yes , but you all knew what i meant :-)

  140. 140
    slug balancer says:

    Because it is allowed to be regulated from within.


  141. 141
    Anonymous says:

    Selohesra says: July 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall was giving his wife Anna Nicole Smith damn good seeing as well. You might remember the story.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Good to see that the greatest umpire ever is on the field for this historic test match.

    Let battle comence.

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    Vimeiro says:

    The Beeb also say 2,000th, and I believe everything thay say.

  144. 144
    50 Calibre says:

    Not you…

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    Fish says:

    I don’t think anything will change.

    I was disappointed to hear Cameron say yesterday that the wide media would come under the scrutiny of the enquiries, only if it was shown that there had been some wrong doing.

    He seemed to suggest that the Beeb would not come under the general investigation into politician’s relationship with the media – it would make the enquiry too wide. I think that he needs to clarify this and if what he says is correct, think again.

    Re BBC ads in the Guardian it not only encourages a mutual scratching of backs – but it also has implications for recruitment. It attracts candidates only from a narrow (cess?) pool of people with similar political leanings – you don’t get the mix of people therefore that represents the make up of its viewers. And you don’t get the internal challenges needed in an organisation – when everyone talks the same language; can’t see beyond the end of their own little world, you get institutional and unconscious bias.

    I would have thought that a politically correct organisation, deeply into ‘equal opps’ would have understood this.

    (I think that I am being generous here – I don’t doubt that there are also activists at work, using ‘comedy’ for e.g. as a vehicle to get their bile across, targetting the young)

  146. 146
    Another Engineer says:

    Keep your hands in your pockets, Billy.

  147. 147
    50 Calibre says:

    Miliband minimus is beginning to look just like Wallace of Wallace & Gromit fame.

    Poor Gromit..

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    Mark Thompson says:

    If they don’t want him, we’ll sign him up as the new Johnathon Ross.
    £8 million plus you can use your own production company to make the show and have all the copyrights. OK, Piers?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Only if its not out ;-)

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    Crown Jules says:

    Yes. They’d complain that there was too much air time devoted to the elitist sport of cricket.

  151. 151
    Anonymous says:


    they’re all on holiday until october

    they still get paid tho’

  152. 152
    Postal Vote says:

    I agree that recruiting is narrowed down to fellow thinkers, a very improtant angle that I also have mentioned.

    Another anglo re beeb-guardian-labour operations: how much do you get as a non-beeb journo when you comment on beeb, as many times seems to happening with Guardian journa as well as Mirror’s pro-labour political commentator?

    Guardian must be laughing, taxpayer funding guardian as well as beeb and getting paid twice for doing labour’s bidding. Glad I don’tpay tax in UK anymore …

  153. 153

    Ah yes! The machine that goes ‘ping’ crowd.

  154. 154
    Louis Felch says:

    I couldn’t make it. I’ve got a touch of the flu.

  155. 155
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Get ready for the no-balls.

  156. 156
    Anonymous says:

    but don’t you think england need a couple more south africans in the team???

  157. 157
    scott says:

    Maybe the net should widen to the Mail on Sunday


    maybe worth asking a few questions with the benefit of hindsight

  158. 158
    Dr David Kelly's Psychic says:

    There are lots of unanswered questions about this.

  159. 159
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Its India, Not P*kistan :-)

  160. 160
    White Van Driver says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Can we have a political party in power that would
    put this country back together again from the dysfunctional 4th rate nation we
    have become. The entire Commons should resign in shame & be barred from
    ever entering politics again.

    A Written Constitution should be in place that has the interests of the nation
    at its core. We should pull out of the EU. Stop all foreign aid until the needs
    of all levels of British society have been met or can be covered. Our armed
    forces be recalled to look after the defence of Britain only. Any new rail
    rolling stock, ships etc., to be built should be awarded to British Companies
    & there should be a total block on immigration. With all illegals forcibly
    deported no matter if their home country would persecute them.

    Sort this country out quickly somebody, before I really get suicidal.

  161. 161
    Desperate Dan says:

    Terra Jowell can easily be summed up. Wife of a fraudster. Best friend of Mrs Alan Rusbridger. Has double act with Ken Livingstone.

  162. 162
    Postal Vote says:

    my spelling!@!@#@!#$%%^#%^&$@#!!

    improtant, read: important
    anglo, read: anglo

    and i’m not even product of local authority school

  163. 163
    BBC Radio 5 listener says:

    When Blowers shuts up (not often), I think I can hear Billy jangling his loose change.

  164. 164
    News Flash !!!! says:


    Mr and Mrs Scrotal-Contents would like to invite
    Mr Gordon Brown, – our Hero,
    The Directors and Senior Staff of AlJaBeeba, the Grouniad, and Senior LieBore Party members

    To a Reception at our lovely home

    To celebrate our recent comprehensive victory
    Over the Tory Party
    And the running dogs of Imperialism and
    News International

    Lots of Fun guaranteed!

  165. 165
    Meter Reader says:

    Yes, Selohesra. Murdoch and Son achieved want they wanted before the idiot MPs. The latter thought they were calling the shots, I think thy’ll find its the other way about.

  166. 166
    Anonycricket says:

    Gower is a mendacious, patronising idiot

    Hussein is a loud mouthed essex yob

    Lloyd still wears nappies

    Ward should be in a hospital

  167. 167
    Desperate Dan says:

    They’d complain that it was too highbrow and that there weren’t enough tacky game shows, celebs and reality crap that the BBC specialises in.

  168. 168
    Lazy Pissed Journo Says says:

    I know how to find news. I get it spoon-fed to me by Wonks, Spinners and SpAds. *hic!*

  169. 169
    Anonycricket says:

    No Billy

    it is the England and Wales and South African and Irish Cricket Board

    they are all odius morons

  170. 170
    Dick Private says:

    Weren’t me guv, – honest! – I woz over there!

  171. 171
    Desperate Dan says:

    A programme on Radio 4 isn’t likely to be documentary whatever the BBC is calling it. It’ll be a PPB on behalf of the Labour Party that’s been overseen by someone from the Guardian.

  172. 172
    110% Mortgaged Daily Mail reader says:

    What I want to know is how much their houses are all worth.

  173. 173
    A Millitwat says:

    Two thouthanth? ooh thath lotht and lotht!

  174. 174
    Anonymous says:

    EU commissioners want to set up their own debt agencies because the current ones are not reporting the right kind of risk assessment. Yeah right, these are the people who haven’t signed off the audit of EU accounts for 14 years.

  175. 175
    imnumbervi says:

    So Blunkett was Home Sec and did nothing about claims of payments to Police and now works for NI?
    I hope that nice Mr. Miliband will shout as loudly about this..

  176. 176
    Glenda Slagg-Chav says:

    AND you lot forgot the Mirrors MAGUIRE was on BBC World Service today spouting shite..what a wanker!

  177. 177
    Anonymous says:

    My Tory MP sees absolutely nothing wrong with the BBC. Indeed he sees it as a very useful media source. He supports the government completely overruling the wishes of his constituents. I think he could be gay. He never takes any notice of his constituents rather chooses to patronise them instead.

  178. 178
    Sam G says:

    Mr Morgan said he entertained the “little trick” of entering a “standard four digit code”, which allowed “anyone” to call a number and “hear all your messages”.

    Let’s see if he enjoys four digits being entered inside him while in prison!

  179. 179
    Beavis says:

    huh huh huh, he said stocking

  180. 180
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Have you sen the debate about the DRS, Sky will still show it (Viewr enjoyment), BUt it will not be shown on the big screen at Lords.

  181. 181
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC would love to run the country.they are having a good go at the
    let them go pay for veiw that will shut the fuckers down.

  182. 182
    Beavis says:

    beginning to see why they call it a “stretch”…

  183. 183
    Anonymous says:

    Put the guardian in that sentence about tax avoidance

  184. 184
  185. 185
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Anyone notice the ripple of laughter when Handycock stood up to ask a question at the debate yesterday?

  186. 186
    GlobalGaz says:

    Много спасибо для вашей жалкой программы космоса. Мы выигрываем!

  187. 187
    BBC Radio 5 listener says:

    So I hear.

  188. 188
    Desperate Dan says:

    Gordon sold it to the oligarchs, the Hindujas and that Indian bloke who hired Mandelson and Blair as his agent.

  189. 189
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Why do lottery winners go public? The couple who won £161m last week have gone into hiding because of thousands of begging letters. What did they expect?! Do Camelot force them to go public?

  190. 190
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    You scratch my hack and I’ll scratch yours.

  191. 191
    Desperate Dan says:

    Blunkett had done a lot of favours for NI. It was the least they could do. – Mind you, according to Tom Watson if someone takes money from NI that is proof that they’ve been bought off.

  192. 192
    William Brown says:

    Housing benefit cuts introduced by the Government are coming under challenge at the High Court.

    Guido Fawkes has warned the changes could amount to “social cleansing” and force thousands of poorer people out of expensive areas, such as central London, and increase homelessness.

    Today Guido Fawkes will ask a judge to rule the cuts unlawful.

    Guido’s lawyers argue that the fundamental purpose of the national housing benefit scheme is to prevent homelessness.

    They contend making a large area of London no longer accessible to housing benefit claimants in the private rented sector is contrary to what Parliament intended.

    They will tell Mr Justice Supperstone in a two-day hearing at London’s High Court the Government has failed to have due regard to equality legislation

  193. 193
    Hacked off with the BBC says:

    I remember the late great Denis Compton, still much missed, saying on air during a 1971 test match v India, that after a short ball from John Snow was really delivered with force on a dead pitch ” Snow proving the old adage, that the harder you push it in, the further it goes..” cue giggles from B. Johnstone and co., which led the blessed Denis to compound his error by saying ” thats on the cricket pitch of course!” To a teenage boy this was a hoot.

  194. 194
    BBC Radio 5 listener says:

    Was it out, Billy?

  195. 195
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    First wicket down, cook LBW ZKhan.

  196. 196
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yep, Hitting top of leg/middle.

  197. 197
    seth the pig farmer says:

    Operation Motorman was the name given to the army evevts that became Bloody Sunday.

    History repeating itself?

  198. 198
    marginally confused says:

    come on tim

  199. 199
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Nah – We’ll let the Aussies recruit a few, their need is greater than ours.

  200. 200
    GlobalGaz says:

    Yup, I believe the fine print says that they can be used for publicity.

  201. 201
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Tell you what Piers, YOU come back to the UK and give your version under oath in front of Lord Justice Leveson at the enquiry

  202. 202
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Not educated, just as well-qualified as paternalism could get him, like most of the opposition front bench.

  203. 203
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    …and the first shot fired would be a dud.

  204. 204
    he just doesn't get it...yet says:

    shame someone can’t take him to the cleaners..complete prat

  205. 205
    Cynical Old Man says:

    Labour keep boring us with accusations that Cameron may have had conversations with Murdoch executives about the BSkyB takeover. They seem to forget that Holy Tony actually LOBBIED the Prime Minister of Roumania about selling that country’s steel industry to Lakshmi Mittal, a foreign businessman at the time who then generously donated a very large sum to the Labour Party when the deal went through. Don’t forget Blair also lied to Parliament when he said Mittal’s company was BRITISH when in fact he only employed around 64 people in this country.

    Then there was Brown who made sure competition rules were relaxed to allow Lloyd’s Bank to takeover HSBC, a deal that was arranged with Victor Blank over cocktails at a social event.

  206. 206
    Ichabod says:

    Why does everyone hate Nick Robinson–he looks pretty harmless to me. Useless of course, absolutely useless, and utterly superfluous, but not really a threat to anyone. And I find it reassuring that such a plain looking man, of no obvious ability, can get such a prominent, well remunerated position.

  207. 207
    Ichabod says:

    Is this Singh another sub continent thrower ? Not seen him.

  208. 208
    Sir Colin Cowdrey says:

    What are the odds on a no ball on delivery 43 (that’s assuming the Indians field) ?

  209. 209
    Lord North Street Casuals says:

    Primarkgate is a good point. The BBC were caught falsifying evidence to discredit a popular and successful High Street store, which could have resulted in the store losing millions of pounds in sales. Imagine if the NOTW were caught doing that.

  210. 210
    Lord North Street Casuals says:

    If Tony Blair ends up in front of the beak for this it will be like getting Al Capone on tax evasion. If he can slip out of the dodgy dossier noose he can get out of anything.

  211. 211
    YorkshireLad says:

    NO ONE picks on Louise and gets away with it! She is the hottest totty in politics since Anne Widdecombe.
    Next time Morgan, it’s WAR!

  212. 212
    Lord North Street Casuals says:

    No they aren’t forced to go public they are just THICK. They seem to think they can win £161m, tell everyone about it and go on living in their 3 bedroom semi. Imagine if David Beckham lived in a council house in Peckham.

  213. 213
    Lord North Street Casuals says:

    If they win does that mean we all have the right to live in a 4 bedroom town house in Cheyne Walk paid for by the taxpayer?

  214. 214
    The Son of the Manse says:

    Do you need me to wipe your bot bot?

  215. 215
    Don't you know the Queen's English? says:

    Poor effort. You missed out an apostrophe.

  216. 216
    Ed Milimong says:

    Who is Handycock? What’s his phone number? Did I win? Really? Oh my God!

  217. 217
    Phil says:

    By any yardstick on Guido’s graph “The Mirror” needs to be the first port of call unless of course concentrating on the Mail gives the Mirror more time to sanitise their paper trail. Tackling the alleged biggest offender first is an intellectual no brainer unless of course you are a member of the BBC/Guardian/Labour Party.

  218. 218
    I don't need no doctor says:

    If I won £161 million I would still keep sending the begging letters.

  219. 219
    Sir Colin Cowdrey says:

    Apparently Monty Panesar has been helping Tendulkar in the nets. What does this mean ? If Tendulkar gets his ton, does Monty get an OBE ………..?

  220. 220
    Anonymous says:

    Does the timing at Mirror implicate Alastair Campbell?

  221. 221
    scott says:

    hey, don’t get me wrong The Mirror is a good place to start and the Ulrika/Sven story and Rio Ferdinand story is very suspect.

    But while the MoS is running adverts trying to pick up readers from the demise of NOTW and running articles sticking the boot in to NI when they are potentially worse is disgusting

  222. 222
    GlobalGaz says:

    Дуньте, я.

  223. 223
    Piers is goin down says:

    David Blunkett (home secretary) was very good friends with Rebekah Brooks around that time. that might be the reason he turned a blind eye to phone hacking

  224. 224
    To many twats on here have their brains in their dicks says:

    Likewise much as I detest Morgan, Mensch has fucked up here. After watching her performance on that committee of arseholes I am of the view that she is not as clever as she thinks she is.

  225. 225
    The Peoples inbox says:

    To be honest the inbox was a bit chocka but after deleting a few messages we got some new mail to open.

  226. 226
    Typically BBC says:

    “Phone hacking caused by Climate change” presented by John Barrowman

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