July 22nd, 2011

Bell Pottinger Trained Rebekah Brooks For Grilling

Having retained the global spinmeisters to handle her press, Guido got a tip-off yesterday that the flame-haired former News International CEO was spotted in Bell Pottinger’s Holborn offices on Tuesday.

There have been unconfirmed rumours that Lord Mandelson was advising Rebekah via Global Counsel on how to deal with tricky questions from politicians, but Bell Pottinger confirmed to Guido this morning that their “public affairs team prepared her for the process she would face at a select committee.” Perhaps they could have a word with James Murdoch about the best bit of advice for dealing with Select Committees – probably best to just tell the truth.

UPDATE: Guido’s spinning eyes and ears suggests the training was done by Bell Pottinger director Alex Deane. Cosily, Deane was Cameron’s former Chief of Staff. Apparently when Brooks arrived she demanded the lifts be cleared so she could be alone.

She might be spending rather longer in a small confined room soon.


170 Comments

  1. 1
    I don't need no doctor says:

    And Tom Watso hasn’t been trained by spin meisters?

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    • 9
      Blah says:

      “Working for” and “being trained by” aren’t the same thing.

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      • 15
        I don't need no doctor says:

        Very astute but what’s your point?

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        • 114
          Anonymous says:

          “The US justice department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corporation relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of 9/11 victims’ answerphone messages, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.”
          Uh-oh, the net is closing!

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          • Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

            Lets hope Dr Kellys mobile phone number doesnt start linking Tom Baldwin….liebour will be seriously fucked…l think they call it treason!

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          • Barack Obama says:

            Look guys, we’ve got to raise some money from somewhere.

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          • Political pundit. says:

            On Mirror Group also

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          • Cynical Old Man says:

            It was a given that Obarmy’s hit men would have a go at Murdoch. They’ve been looking for a chance to close down Fox News. His Attorney General, Eric Holder is dodgier than Twatson, Campbell and McBride put together. There have been many questions as to why cases of criminality against certain organisations and individuals that are beneficial to or supportive of Obama have been mysteriously dropped. One case currently causing a headache for Holder is the dropping, at his order, of a case of voter intimidation by a group of Black Panthers during one of their local government elections, despite overwhelming and compelling evidence of their guilt.

            It seems Holder uses his office to go after those opposing Obama while lookng after the “Messiah” political friends.

            You want to see real political corruption at work, Anonymous, look at the behaviour of Obama’s government colleagues.

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      • 40
        Hang The Bastards says:

        I HACKED MILLIBANDs PHONE LAST NIGHT ! here’s the transcript

        Beep !

        Hello this is Ed I am really busy right now as I am a terribly important person. Leave a message and I will get one of my minions to ignore it.

        Beep !

        Rupert here. Listen up son I am going to rip you a new arsehole every day for the rest of your goddam miserable fucking nasal challenged life you little shit of a bandwagon monkey.

        I will survive this and live to nail you and your double standards holy-than-thou colleages day after day. I will expose you for the scum that you are and will ensure I free the UK people of you rotten lot that betray them daya after day with little regard.

        You have attempted to fuel this whole charade purely because I ignored your snivelling little attempts to curry favour with me. I despise the likes of you, no backbone, no morale standards, in it for yourself. Your party ruined the UK and you have no understanding of the the problems you caused.

        Well sunshine I am your new problem. Every day you will dread turning the pages of the press for fear of what I have on you and your corrupt little cronies.

        Consider yourself banished son into a life of failure ! You will never be PM, and never be a successful politician.

        I WILL DESTROY YOU !

        Give me a ring when you get this message

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    • 22
      The LAW says:

      Committees and the operation of parliamentary privilege

      Witnesses to select committees enjoy absolute privilege in respect of the evidence they give, whether written or oral, provided that it is formally accepted as such by the Committee. Absolute privilege protects freedom of speech in parliamentary proceedings; it is enshrined in statutory form in Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689, which prohibits proceedings in Parliament from being called in question in any court. In practical terms this means that select committee witnesses are immune from civil or criminal proceedings founded upon that evidence; nor can their evidence be relied upon in civil or criminal proceedings against any other person.

      http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/witnessguide.pdf

      It’s a shame the BBC does not challenge Watson with his ignorance of the rules

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      • 26
        I don't need no doctor says:

        Are you assuming the BBC is not ignorant?

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      • 27
        Tax Payer says:

        Watson knows this is true, as do the BBC. He is grandstanding, as usual; and they are indulging him, as usual.

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      • 29
        What the BBC does not tell its audience. says:

        So when Rebekah Wade at that very first select committee said that she paid the cops, there was nothing that could be done in law against her anyway? I have never heard this pertinent fact from the BBC once.

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        • 54
          labourunionsbbc we are one says:

          No, but there was lots that could have been done by the then bogus government and the Met.

          But they chose to ignore it.

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          • BBC says:

            It seems you have misunderstood. The ministry of truth has decided that the narrative is that this is all the fault of the conservative party and rupert murdoch.

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          • BBC Current Affairs Editors says:

            What is more we know that by employing Coulson, Cameron had direct access to Rupe Murdoch and Charlie Brookes’s missus.

            We also know that through Coulson, Cameron promised Rupe that his bid for BSkyB was as good as a done deal. All we are doing is trying to bring these FACTS into the public domain and we will continue to do so until such time as we manage to bring down this anti BBC Coalition.

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      • 57
        bergen says:

        Yes but this relates to other proceedings. If someone deliberately lies to a select committee, it could be taken as contempt of parliament (something we all suffer from) and punishable accordingly-I think that the miscreant has to brought before the bar of the House by warrent from the Speaker.

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        • 91
          Selohesra says:

          Imagine what that puffed up little twerp Berkow would make of that

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        • 104
          Lord North Street Casuals says:

          Everyone in this scandal is lying with the possible exception of Call Me Dave. I’m sure Cameron did ask Coulson if he knew about the phone hacking and was told no. I’m also sure Cameron had his doubts that was a truthful answer but (stupidly) took it at face value because he needed a tabloid attack dog in his camp. However we now know members of the Labour Government, the police, News International & the DPP all new there was a lot more to the phone hacking than they let on, yet it would appear only the police & NI and David Cameron – who had absolutely nothing to do with it – are going to pay any price.

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      • 58
        The Law says:

        There is a paragraph after that though which gives the House the power to punish a witness for false testimony. I don’t know what the punishment is now but in 1689 I would imagine it would have been quite severe. But this still does not take away the fact that Watson is wrong in asking Scotland Yard to investigate Murdoch’s testimony, they can not.

        The protection which absolute privilege gives to those preparing written evidence and to witnesses must not be abused. In particular, witnesses should answer questions put to them by a committee carefully, fully and honestly. Deliberately attempting to mislead a committee is a contempt of the House, which the House has the power to punish.
        http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/witnessguide.pdf

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        • 161
          Political pundit. says:

          The punishment could be to spend an evening with Ed Milliband or worse still Bercow.

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      • 87
        Drake's Drum says:

        What is the punishment to Parliament for failure to protect a witness and any criminal assault that may arise. Who falls on their sword?

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      • 95
        Mrs Hyancinths' Bucket says:

        It’s not for Watson to interfere or influence Police enquiries. Everyone knows that WATSON is playing politics, (no doubt on behalf of Gorgon). His intention to contact Sue Akers in respect of James Murdoch could be construed as political interference.

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    • 71
      Penfold says:

      and who has been writing his scripts ?

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

    I still think James Murdoch was impressive.

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  3. 3
    Sir William Waad says:

    If you have to speak live on telly it is quite a good idea to take some advice on how to do it.

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

    but surely the truth depends on your point of view?

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    • 23
      Wittgenstein says:

      If the truth of one proposition follows from the truth of others, this finds expression in relations in which the forms of the propositions stand to one another: nor is it necessary for us to set up these relations between them, by combining them with one another in a single proposition; on the contrary, the relations are internal, and their existence is an immediate result of the existence of the propositions.

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      • 33
        Rupert Murdoch says:

        I prefer the bit about shutting up when you don’t know what you are talking about.

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      • 49
        Hiram Holliday says:

        I always thought that you wrote bollocks. This is further proof. Nietzsche was a similarly dreary shit.

        Truth is having to get up at 6.30 every morning to work to make money to feed your kids. What you do is masturbation. 50% of your time is devoted to manipulation of your inadequate genitals. The rest to stimulating your excitement at the power of abstract intellectual endeavour. The trouble with that is it is pretty hopeless if all you can do is abstraction.

        Oh, FFS, I just realised, you are Ed Milliband, right?

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      • 60
    • 124
      Sir William Waad says:

      Sorry – can’t resist it.

      The Philosopher’s Song (Monty Python)

      Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
      Who was very rarely stable.
      Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
      Who could think you under the table.
      David Hume could out-consume
      Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel,
      And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
      Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.

      There’s nothing Nietzsche couldn’t teach a-
      -bout the raising of the wrist.
      Socrates himself was permanently pissed…

      John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
      On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
      Plato, they say, could stick it away;
      Half a crate of whiskey every day.
      Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
      Hobbes was fond of his dram,
      And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: “I drink, therefore I am”

      Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed;
      A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he’s pissed!

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  5. 5
    Eh? says:

    I hope she kept the receipt.

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  6. 6
    Nu Attack Dog says:

    History is written by the victors.

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  7. 7
    ShepshedRichTea says:

    You know – I would still give her one

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  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    They did a good job IMO.

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  9. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Your dangling participle totally throws the meaning of your first sentence, Guido

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  10. 13
    Anonymous says:

    i think this exclusive was in all the papers last week..?

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    • 70
      Dorian Smith says:

      You only think, don’t you know? Keep up posting vague recollections of past events, it’s really helpful.

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  11. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Earlier in the week i suggested a “where are they now” feature for Order-Order, How about a “Hero/villian” of the week?

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  12. 18
    I don't need no doctor says:

    With labour the lie comes before the sound of the voice.

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  13. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron cuts James Murdoch loose:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14245922

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    • 39
      A Theologian says:

      Is that like Tessa Jowell having a divorce?

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    • 41
      Tapestry says:

      Many former hacking, blagging participants would love to tell the truth about this whole mess, as the best way to deal with it all and put it to bed. But they know that life expectancy shortens the truer the words that they emit.

      The trouble is that no one believes the endless denials either.

      So we’re stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. It’s like joining the mafia. You can never resign. The other problem is that Prime Minister seems to have been recruited somewhere along the line.

      Could he please resign so we can all start again with a clean sheet. Thank you so much.

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  14. 24
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am excellent communicator and could offer my services as I seem to have a lot of time on my hands. I am being be thwarted in my attempts to emulate Blair as a public speaker.

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    • 86
      Close quarters battler says:

      Would you like to communicate with my Auntie – whose pension you destroyed, you Hunt?

      I would like to communicate a pint glass into your ugly, mad face and then twist the fucker until I reach your spinal cord.

      On the other hand, I might get unreasonably vindictive!

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  15. 30
    Aaron D Highside says:

    You can always rely on Mandy and Potty Bollinger to get you into the umbala.

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  16. 31

    Piers Morgan.. Book me in guys.

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  17. 34
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “spinners traind Brooks”

    Her wrist action is quite impressive!

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  18. 36
    fabians are Evil says:

    Hang on a sec! – Lord Mandy would advise her to tell the truth?

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  19. 38
    Salad Dodger says:

    Tom Watson was trained by Breville Sandwich Toasters

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    • 45
      Loungelizard says:

      Like to get an electronic training collar round Ball’s neck. Zap!! Blink…..kin awesome.

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  20. 43
    Two Eds cause Labour pains! says:

    Who cares Guido?
    We are all heartily sick of this affair by now.
    Mobile phone voicemail hacking, although against the law, is childishly simple to do and it is hardly surprising that it was carried out by so many for so long.

    Instead of endless inquiries and attempts to resurrect this story, the whole thing should be put in perspective and decently interred, with the proviso that such activity has zero tolerance from how on!

    QED

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    • 44
      Two Eds cause Labour pains! says:

      Type alert – meant “from now on”, not “from how on”….

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    • 75

      Reddy Eddie

      But this saved him. He was about to face a coup by the Ballites.
      Then this came along…and now he’s a kind of left wing hero.

      People come up to him in the street and ask for his autograph! And not all of them have mistaken him for the bloke with the specs from the In-betweeners.

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  21. 46
    Ichabod says:

    Big deal.

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  22. 52
    Penfold says:

    Hummmmmmmmmmmh,

    Why the training?, if you have nothing to hide then you just answer the questions as they are put.
    However, if you have something to hise then you need to recognise and avoid the leading question. Rebekah didn’t do that at her last appearance when she admitted to suborning and paying police officers, a criminal offence.

    The obvious conclusion to be drawn here, is that she has something to hide.

    This sort of coaching should be outlawed, it’s tantamount to conspiracy and perverting due process.

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    • 99
      Sophie says:

      Penfold you limp dicked pot bellied mysogynist – if you were being railroaded by British politicians wouldn’t you get the very best training you could beforehand?

      What would you have her do – walk in their naked & un-prepared for the arrogant smug fest from the politicos?

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    • 108
      rocknrolla says:

      Thing is you’d know that some disgusting pie-munching idiot like Watson will be out to trip you up, just any little thing he can latch on to. Life is in shades of grey not black and white and the labour party/bbc/guardian have shown a willingness to twist anything and everything to suit their narrative and with complete twats like Watson they have the tools needed.

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    • 163
      Political pundit. says:

      Absolute bullshit.
      Obviously you have done little if any public speaking or as a witness in a court of law.

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  23. 53
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Andrew Neil observed that James Murdoch displayed a talent for talking a lot and managing to say nothing. He has corporate waffle down to an art form. He gave tediously long winded answers that contained zero substance in the hope that the sheer volume of his verbiage would be enough to blind side the committee. The guy drips sleaze.

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  24. 55
    what a plonker says:

    Tom Watson had the highest food bill in the expenses scandal and you can see the result.

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    • 97
      Flim flam says:

      I e-mailed Wimpy Watson to ask him if he ever put his hand in his pocket in order to pay for food, as surely he didn’t ask for a receipt for a feckin hot dog. Got no reply!

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  25. 61
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Brooks is a nasty piece of work. She and James Murdoch lied their heads off. Rupert did too but at least he did it with short abrupt answers and not long winded waffle like they did.

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    • 141
      Bertie Sedd says:

      You, Mr Hamster, are a Hunt.

      I detest what you say and would not stir my arse to defend your right to say it.

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      • 165
        Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

        You’d have to first remove your tongue from Rupert’s rectum anyway.

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  26. 63
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    For once, the justice system has seen sense.

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  27. 64
    Da Vinci says:

    I listened to Robert Pestons voicemails.

    My ear now lies in a field someplace.

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  28. 65
    b34st says:

    Is it just me or does she look like Mick Hucknell ?

    Probably why “TV hardman ” and all round gayer Ross Kamp fancied her

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  29. 66
    Bullshit speak. says:

    James Murdoch has that peculiar ability to say a lot yet saying very little.

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  30. 72
    How many of the names in this were well know to the police in 2006 says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/may/10/newsoftheworld.pressandpublishing

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  31. 78
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    She looks more like this chap. http://g1egz.com/side-show-bob.jpg

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  32. 82
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Come on KP, make it a big one.

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  33. 84
    anonymouse in the Bell Pottinger skirting board says:

    Alex Deane is on holiday and was not in London on Tuesday.

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  34. 89
    Johann Hari says:

    It was a big for us, we had won the war in Ambrosia. Democracy was back once more in our beloved country.

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  35. 92
    Loungelizard says:

    Where is Brown anyway? after the rant, nothing……or is he at some meeting of global leaders, De Gaul….Wellington……Mr Hilter from number 36….

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    • 96
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Brown is recovering from turning up for work for the fisrt time in a year.

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      • 106
        Loungelizard says:

        He’ll be claiming income support and any other of the generous benefits available .

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      • 131
        Old Tory Bigot says:

        Indeed.

        The electorate of Kirkcauldy must consist entirely of c’unts.

        Who in their right mind would vote for a piece of ordure who entirely fails to represent you and only attends the house to piss and moan about his own perceived misfortunes.

        I find it astonishing that even if I was a died-in-the-wool Labour troglodyte could vote for Brown.

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        • 142
          Loungelizard says:

          You obviously don’t understand the Labour voters psyche. The more you crap on them the more they love you, treat em mean.

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  36. 94
    Sophie says:

    Rebekah Brooks is more of a leader than all of the current three partys front benchs put together.

    The hostility from the liberal left towards powerful female figures shows us a universal constant truth about them.

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    • 98
      Machoman says:

      Personally I’m terrified of powerful wimmin.

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      • 113
        Postal Vote says:

        If Rre-eh-ah is powerful, than Murdoch is emperor, king, president and prime minister as well as media tycoon all rolled into one – look at her admiring gaze on all those pics of them together.

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      • 121
        Lord GaGa says:

        I love ‘em

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    • 120
      Ross Kemp says:

      Tell me about it. Fighting on the front line in Afghanistan seemed more like R and R compared to life with Rebekah.

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  37. 112
    The Benefit culure goes industrial says:

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  38. 119
    Johann Hari says:

    I’m currently shooting my first film. It’s all about a cyborg who’s sent from the future to terminate the mother of a resistance leader, and if he doesn’t terminate her then the human resistance in the future will succeed in terminating the machines. It’s going to be called The Killer Cyborg Who Came From The Future.

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    • 140
      Warner Bros. says:

      But you haven’t finished the screenplay for “Barry Otter and The Deadly Shallows” yet!

      What did you do with the advance money?

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  39. 146
    Jimmy says:

    Would that be the same Alex Deane who runs the independent and wholly non-partisan Taxdodgers Alliance’s spin off anti-snooping campaign?

    Surely not?

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    • 148
      KS says:

      Indeed Jimmy – but we should be rejoicing today – for we have won.

      The EU is now a Planned Economy with a modern socialist Government at the helm.

      We have won Jimmy – rejoice.

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  40. 147
    Desperate Dan says:

    I wish journalists would f*** off and conduct their petty vendettas in private. I don’t want to be subjected to their infantile bickering all summer.

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  41. 155
    Erradicate The Slime of Trinity Mirror and NI says:

    Strange, she always seem more than capable of lying through her back teeth without any coaching, so with that she must have sounded more than plausible!

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  42. 159

    Bell Pottinger sounds like a chemical loo.

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  43. 162
    BPPA Insider says:

    Deane went on holiday on Wednesday so was there to train Brooks. And a jolly good job he did too!

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  44. 167
    McGeorge Bundy says:

    How many convictions will result from the unravelling of all these long strands of criminality and misfeasance?

    All the withholders-of-evidence in the CPS are still in place, so somewhere between none and five is my best guess i.e. the number to be prosecuted will have little to do with the number who are actually guilty, as we saw very clearly in the MP’s Expenses Scandal. A small list of the expendable must have been drawn up already. Deputy heads will roll.

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  45. 170
    Elgin's lost his marbles says:

    Mrs Brooks will of course know that discussions with PR people do not attract legal privilege, so whatever she discussed would not be confidential were there to be legal proceedings.

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