July 28th, 2011

Leveson Unleashed

Lord Justice Leveson told the press this morning he’s coming for them and will begin taking evidence in September. He says he will use all powers exercise his powers to compel witnesses to not only to testify but to turn over their documents as well. Is that the gentle hum of shredders coming out of Canary Wharf?

One thing he made very clear was that this inquiry would not be restricted to the News of the World, or even the tabloids. Leveson pleaded for hacks not to “close ranks”, making it clear they were all in his sights. Evidence will be given under oath. Better get lawyered up Piers…


  1. 1
    Daily Telegraph editor says:

    “he will use all powers exercise his powers”

    Fancy a job with us?


    • 17
      Span Ows says:

      I hope the BBC are ready…


      • 26
        roger37 says:

        You took the words right out of my mouth. Can I stop paying my licence fee now?


        • 45
          BBC says:

          No you can’t, we have a monopoly on all TV watching in the UK, stop paying and we’ll send threat letters to your home, goons to your door and detection vans round to spy on you.


    • 19
      David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

      Will this include the influence the government exercises over the BBC as a propaganda unit and whether the BBC should be truly independent and funded privately rather than a heavy tax on the public.

      Will Levison call Alistair sleaze Campbell for the way he changed the relationship between media and politics. Also for the way the unstable Campbell press officer influenced the BBC and witch hunt concerning Dr Kelly which resulted in his subsequent death. Of course Blair ought to be asked to pop along as well for all the lies and misinformation he put out through the press that caused the country to go to war with Iraq. Both should be high up the order for a judicial inquiry, perhaps this time they would be forced to tell the truth and produce all documentation.


    • 28
      I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

      I’ve told Guido for a year now that he should learn basic English grammar? Does he listen? Is Gordoon Brown a psychologically balanced individual?


    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      Has the Grauniad bought the Daily Telepharg?


    • 37
      Maximus says:

      His powers you say.

      He took silk in 1986, leading the prosecutions of:

      Ken Dodd for tax evasion in 1989.[6] Dodd, who was represented by George Carman QC, was acquitted after a three week trial.[7] Leading judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC later commented in interview on Leveson’s performance in the courtroom that “He lost the mood of the case, and he certainly lost the jury”.[8]

      Fred and Rosemary West in 1995 for the murders at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester.[9] [Wikiblah]

      You wouldn’t be referring to his powers of persuasion, the latter case pretty much arguing itself. Perhaps you mean all his virtues and dominations?


    • 71
      Piers the Penis says:

      Ya boo Guido!!!-you can’t catch me now-I’m a star in the States!!!


    • 121
      Drew Pecock says:

      This case will be persued with the utmost indiference


    • 129
      Giles Farmer says:

      There must be a General Election as soon as possible at the very least!
      We now know that we have a ConDem Coalition with no mandate that is implementing Rupert Murdoch’s NeoCon Manifesto!


    • 131
      Drew Pecock says:

      Buy shares in whitewash they will rocket, anyone who believes edditors or newspaper COE’s will get nicked are dreaming


  2. 2
    daedalus says:



  3. 3
    Anon E Mouse says:

    Bout time. No chance of “Pravda” being included I suspect…..


  4. 4
    brown /Maxwell criminal conspiracy says:

    I trust the parameters will not encompass our little arrangement of a few years back


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

    I hope he has changed the pin on his voicemail…..


  6. 7
    Loungelizard says:

    Reckon anyone will try and give him a bung?


  7. 8
    Matthew Palmer says:

    Please remeber that celebs who get paid to appear in glossy mags should not be entitled to a super injuction when their other activities get discovered


  8. 9
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    witnesses to not only to testify but to turn over their documents as well. Is that the gentle hum of shredders coming out of Canary Wharf?

    Rather hard (drive) to shred binary 0s and 1s. They have a habit of being cached all over the place, despite so-called company servers and intranets. You will find that many of these disposable hacks will have copied complete Encyclopedia Brittanicas of emails and other documents on easily concealed memory sticks, safely tucked away in hard to find places – just in case…

    ISPs also have tones of incriminating evidence all stored away, waiting to be found.

    Last and not least, GCHQ probably has the lot, as is their wont.

    Regarding Piers and lawyers – at last yesterday the tool stopped tweeting, stopped making a complete spunkbubble of himself – my guess is someone at CNN told him to shut the fuck up. Too late though, he’s already grassed himself up over the woears with his chinless motormouth.

    Rope/petard – LOVELY JUBBLY!


  9. 11
    Engineer says:

    Well, they all talk a good game before kick-off, don’t they? Still, might be interesting.

    Just a small thought that Tom Watson, Chris Bryant and John Presclott might like to chew on – you have to be a bit careful lifting lids off cans of worms. All sorts of things might slither out. Wonder how high Lord Leveson will lift the lid you’ve opened?


    • 23
      Filkined says:

      I am looking forward to Elizabeth Filkin’s report. This time the MPs won’t dare shit on her.

      Keeping me fingers crossed that she finds something dodgy on Vaz again.


    • 47
      Maximus says:

      What Watson, Bryant and Prescott might like to chew on…

      Pass the mind bleach, and mind your metaphors. I’m about to lunch.


  10. 12
    Chris Huhne says:

    Went into my local pub last night, landlord said what about the Breivik 76, I said, I not a big fan of Orange, I have a tomato juice instead.


  11. 13
    Mike Hunt says:

    Let’s hope his remit includes the period 1997 – 2010 and the cosy relationship between press and government politicians.


    • 50
      misterned says:

      I look forward to the inquiry into the police and media’s close relationship and hope that this too looks at how the labour government encouraged such a relationship.

      If there is any justice then the outcome of these inquiries will be an independent judge finding that the last labour government oversaw and encouraged a vile and corrupt incestuous relationship between all levels of the left wing media, the police, the civil service and the government for the purpose of manipulating events, news, laws and society for the labour party’s own selfish interests and the pockets of those who were joined deep in the same trough.

      For that is what really happened.


  12. 14
    A small advance for Ed says:

    Name of donor: Lord Sugar of Clapton
    Address of donor: private
    Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £34,712; staffing costs May to December 2011, including provision of a computer
    Date of receipt: 30 June 2011
    Date of acceptance: 30 June 2011
    Donor status: individual
    (Registered 24 June 2011)



  13. 16
    A.Blagger says:

    Leveson pleaded for right wing political bloggers not to “close ranks”, making it clear they were all in his sights. Evidence will be given under oath. Better get lawyer up Guido…


  14. 18
    Fred The shred says:


  15. 20
    Postal Vote says:

    Will the Lord Justice also look into labour – guardian – beeb collusion?

    Labour sent all the printed public sector job adverts to the Guardian, supporting the Guardian group to the tune of many millions over the period 1997-2010, in return for favourable coverage in the ‘quality’ paper of which the journalists get to speak frequently on beeb programs.

    The job adverts inquiry should look into all branches and types of government and government supported agencies, including beeb and guangos. The beeb sends 85% of job adverts in print to The Guardian, and, surprise surprise, the Guardian is a staunch defender of the beeb, while Guardian journalists make some money on the side when the comment on beeb programs.

    The inquiry should focus on print adverts, because that is where most of the money was at that period and probably still is. Needless to say that all advertising bills, including those for internet, should be looked into.

    It is high time for a law that requires the government to spread all its advertsing among media groups and report on how it spends its budget. This will prevent the covert purchase of biased coverage.

    To save money, government should just run a centralised website for all public sector job adverts.

    Blair, Campbell and Mandleson have been vey clever at spin, but their best trick was to buy the Guardian through job adverts and the beeb through a generous funding settlement.

    Lord Justice and conservative MPs, act!


  16. 21
    Man With A Very Hot Bladder says:

    The Leveson inquiry into phone hacking is a Common Purpose stitch-up:




  17. 24
    Steve Painter says:

    Yeah, guv! Whitewash is drying nicely already. Got any other jobs ya want doin’?


  18. 25
    Chamber's Rat says:

    In June 1989, Brian Leveson QC prosecuted Ken Dodd, who was accused of a tax fraud.

    Brian Leveson QC tried to concentrate on the evidence, while Ken Dodd cracked a series of jokes.

    The Liverpool jury had no difficulty in preferring the jokes to the evidence and acquitted him.

    The evidence was considered very strong.


    • 31
      Ken Dodd says:

      I say Mrs, what a lovely day for sticking a cucumber through the letter box at Broadcasting House and shouting “The Martians are coming!”


    • 34
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      You didn’t honestly expect a jury of scousers to convict one of their own, did you?


      • 58
        Ba-boom tish! says:

        And when the trial was over, Brian Leveson QC went outside and found his car had been stolen. Again. And the jury resumed their normal day-jobs of shop-lifting and whining in self-pity.


        • 98
          Essex man says:

          He finally had to catch a train back down south where the common culture is wearing gross looking sovereign rings and spending money you dont have on utter tat all to keep up with your equally fuckwitted neighbours


        • 99
          Big Burly Scouse Docker with Tattoos All Over My Body, you prick says:

          not funny


    • 114
      The Underdoug says:

      To be fair, as well as being on Doddy’s home turf, he was up against George Carman…

      Hopefully he will be able to hold his own against vested interests being allowed to infiltrate the inquiry (e.g. Sir David Bell, Media Standards Trust) – although if the latter’s involvment is sanctioned by DavCam then the inquiry is intended to be a stitch-up.


  19. 32
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Lets give the man a chance, shall we? Though telling the enemy what to expect is not the most confidence-building measure…….


  20. 35
    Penfold says:

    Rhetoric, rhetoric, rhetoric, all empty, he’s been well chosen as he’s pally with all the main contenders.

    I would be very surprised indeed if anything was to come of this exercise in PR and satisfying the proles. The media won’t go overboard, particlularly now that the law of unintended consequences has been invoked…this was only supposed to snare Murdoch and News Intl, not the rest.

    If we are to have a ritual scapegoat please god make it Piers Morgan.


  21. 40
    astromachia says:

    Leveson “in the first instance the inquiry will focus primarily on what I am calling the relationship between the press and the public and the related issue of press regulation”

    Translate: By the time I get through relationships of the general public & celebrities everyone will have forgotten about the police bribes or politicians on the payola-roll. There should be enough juicy personal details revealed in the inquiry to keep the public focused on the celebrities for at least a couple of years.


    • 65
      Maximus, L.J. says:

      The relationships of abstract nouns, much as wars on abstract nouns, can be extremely vexatious and frivolous at the best of times.


  22. 41
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Hope Greg Dyke and Andrew Gilligan are given an opportunity to get the boot into Alastair Campbell.


  23. 42
    Cuddle Cat says:

    Indian police take DNA from little girl British and American tourists believe is missing Madeleine



    • 48
      WVM says:

      That poor family.


    • 75
      vladikavkaz says:

      so hang on, she now thinks that the kidnapper tried the night before, but failed because they disturbed him/her?

      Yet they still left them alone again the next night?


      • 103
        Anonymous says:

        of course

        it’s what evry self respecting middle class professional parents would do

        I can’t believe they have not been arrested and questioned again


  24. 43
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    ” Better get lawyer up Piers…”

    and in English?


  25. 46
    Breivik says:

    Hello to all you good, decent English people. I’ve been very heartened by all your words of support that I’ve read on this site the last few days. Thank you. I hope I can continue to rely on your support as I fight for my freedom. The many comments I’ve read here show me that only you understand the righteousness of what I did. Thank you, and together we will change the world.


    • 59
      Pol Pot says:

      You’ll never beat the left when it comes to genocide Breivik, you should join us! together with socialism we could rule the galaxy!!!


    • 68
      misterned says:

      You are a delusional sick fuck if you think that there have been any words on this site in support of what Breivik did.

      Breivik is a fucking psychotic lunatic who killed a load of white kids. I am fairly certain that very very few of those posting here would agree with that being a good thing, but I do know that some of the more extreme lefties loved it because they could then wrongly accuse people of the right of being in favour of indiscriminate mass murder.

      The collective sigh of relief from the left, when Breivik described himself as a right wing conservative was palpable. He has become the left wing’s latest anti-hero.

      In reality he is not left or right wing. He is a psychotic lunatic who was pushed over the edge when he visited Bradford and saw what unrestricted immigration looks like in practice.

      Clearly he is a deranged lunatic as there is clearly no rational excuse for indiscriminate mass murder.

      It is not the immigration which turned him into a lunatic. He already was a lunatic waiting for an excuse to kill. But seeing the effects of unrestricted immigration in the UK is what triggered his delusional, psychotic, evil and ultimately self-defeating, killing spree.

      Nobody here would seriously excuse that as rational or decent or honourable.


      • 93
        Breivik says:

        I’m disappointed in you, brother ned. How could you miss all the wonderful posts saying it was only a brainwashing camp full of socialist mongs? How could you ignore the many heartwarming comments that my righteous actions were justified by Norway’s policies? Please don’t abandon me now, my dear aryan brother. We have a battle to win.ss all the wonderful posts saying it was only a brainwashing camp full of socialist mongs? How could you ignore the many heartwarming comments that my righteous actions were justified by Norway’s policies? Please don’t abandon me now, my dear aryan brother. We have a battle to win.


        • 111
          Cynical Old Man says:

          Breivik, or leftie trolling twat, there’s a hell of a difference between being uncomfortable with a ruling political party (Norwegian Labour) running what can only be described by any rational person as “indoctrination camps” and allying themselves with terrorist organisations (Hamas) – and condoning multiple murder. But then again, the left are experts at misrepresenting facts, statements and opinions for their own political ends.

          You,pal, are the one who’s using a massacre for political expediency. History tells us that left wing ideology cares not one jot for human life, despite feigning a humanist concern, and will destroy anyone who they consider “an enemy”.

          It was Stalin who said ” A dozen lives lost is a tragedy. A million lives lost is a statistic.”

          No one posting on this site, other than leftie trolls posing as right wingers, has condoned or cheered the deaths of those young people. The fact that you, and your leftie colleagues, can post such sick drivel says more about how deranged and extremist you are than any comment you make about the regular posters on this site.


      • 119
        Jimmy says:

        “Breivik is a fucking psychotic lunatic who killed a load of white kids. I am fairly certain that very very few of those posting here would agree with that being a good thing,”

        Thanks for clearing that up.


    • 69
      Desperate Dan says:

      Mr Breivik,
      You have much more in common with Laurie Penny (“Loved Amy Winehouse because she “once spat at Kate Middleton””) and Kia Abdullah (“..smiled when she heard about two students being killed when she heard they had double barrelled names”) and UkUncut who go in for physical attacks and totalitarian-type smashing and burning the property of anyone they don’t like.


    • 128
      You are Moussa Koussa and I claim my £5 says:

      Ever since that nutter went crazy with his gun in Norway Moussa Koussa has been pleasuring himself into a state of ecstasy that perhaps only Lee Jasper could hope to match.

      Now he has gone the whole hog and adopted his idol’s name.


  26. 49
    Ah! Monika says:

    Yesterday the Local Council tried to persuade me to leave my name alongside a complaint. I declined saying that even the police couldn’t protect whistleblowers names.

    Guess what’s the headline in today’s Manchester Evening News?

    You’re right. A copper took a list of whisleblowers names home on a memory stick and it’s been stolen.


    • 81
      Very Anonymous says:

      I told the Benefits Agency (and only the benefits agency) about a full-time builder in my area who was – by common knowledge – claiming incapacity benefit (plus free rent and council tax, on account of being ‘disabled’). I gave the benefits agency my own name and phone number, in case they needed more info. Within a week, the builder knew he’d been ‘grassed up’, and who had done it.


  27. 51
    Polly Peccadillo says:

    It’s probably because your link goes to Gmail Polly


    • 54
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Same vetting that allowed alistar camball and damian mcbride in to No 10?


    • 64
      Larry the Cat says:

      Iv’e been vetted several times. On the last visit he cut my balls off.


      • 77
        Loungelizard says:

        ‘Vital Guardian questions’…when has someone with bean breath ever managed to ask a vital question? Who on earth takes this woman seriously.


    • 72
      misterned says:

      I worry about the Guardian’s own clearance levels. I would not trust Polly with the remote control for the TV, let alone give her a voice in a national daily paper.


    • 73
      Nasal Voice Or Maybe Not Anymore says:

      Keep it up Polly, if we get into government we will again let Guardian earn millions through public sector job advertising …


    • 76
      Polly's mug shot. says:

      I presume people put their most flattering picture on their Twitter page.


  28. 53
    Robert Catesby says:

    The proofreaders at GuidoHQ need shooting.


  29. 56
    Desperate Dan says:

    One thing that hasn’t been made clear at all is how Leveson got the job. Who chose and appointed him and his panel is hidden in the depths of murky backstairs deals. The inquiry is tainted from the beginning. Presumably Leveson is deluded enough to imagine that Judges are beyond reproach and don’t need to be transparent. Well he’s wrong.


    • 85
      Spartacus says:

      I wonder what the newspapers have got on this judge?
      And when will they launch the dirt . . .


    • 108
      Anonymous says:

      remember Hutton?

      Bliar selection on account of his lack of experience and bendability???

      no one should have any faith in our governments or leaders anymore


      • 123
        Bob R says:

        Hutton wasn’t picked for his ‘bendability’. He was picked becuase he had a history of being ‘esatblishment friendly’. Bad Al Cambell. didn’t want him because of his establishment (i.e. Tory) credentials, but TB didn’t want a more left wing ‘anti -war’ judge.


    • 120
      Bob R says:

      Exactement. He got the job because he has already decided that the agenda is to ‘spread the poison’ away from NI and onto everyone and anyone else.


      “Mr Leveson led a number of declarations of interest on the panel, saying that he had an acqaintance with Matthew Freud, the public relations executive, and his wife Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp, which ultimately owns the News of the World.”


      • 122
        Bob R says:

        Arrogant fukker too;


        He said it was “inevitable” that there would be some contacts between the inquiry panel and the organisations that would be under investigation but “there should be no apology for this”.

        He added: “Had I the slightest doubt about my own position, I would not have accepted the appointment and I also make it clear that I am satisfied that what the panellists have said creates no conflict of interest for them or for me.”

        No other judges with no contacts? Pull the other one.

        Justice must not only be done, but be seen to be done, obviously an alien concept to him.


  30. 79
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Has he ever been caught with a dildo up his bum?


  31. 80
    Mr Angry says:

    I see that fuck cameron is having a holiday in tuscany at £10,000 per week

    that’s more than a lot of people get in a year

    who is he, this cameron, a fucking footballer

    fuck right off


    • 90
      Buy British says:

      More to the point, he could have taken his holiday in the UK and helped-out a number of small UK businesses.


    • 91
      So what? says:

      He is the PM FFS. Is he supposed to go to Pontins and pretend to be hard up?

      Wayne Rooney would probably blow that much in just a few minutes visiting a night club.


      • 109
        Anonymous says:

        it’s good to see the rich still have their supporters in times of austerity for the majority


  32. 82
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Hilarious. Only 16 months in and you are struggling to form a cabinet with any talent or ability.

    Hyena boys problem is simple –a huge proportion of his MPs are 30 something yummy mummy types ( cambos clits ) or spotty talentless floppy haired city boys. Both segments of this crew are career MP’s types, not interested in high office, just the desire to have MP on CV. Louise ( chick lit, one term ) Minge, being the perfect example.

    All Hyena boys new boy and girl MP’s were selected on their “Marketability” NOT their political talent, Intellectual flair or ideological grounding. The vast majority of Tory back benchers are politically naive, monosyllabic sheep, who are 100% loyal, but unclear to what they are actually being loyal too . Loyalty for loyalty’s sake is very transparent. Loyalty to “The Brand” is even worse. The number of U-turns is testimony to this underlying weakness in Cambos useless horde of hopeless MP’s.

    PS Woeful Warsi is going nowhere…She is integral to Hyena Boys marketing strategy…..you heard it here first


    • 86
      Anon says:

      “Only 16 months in and you are struggling to form a cabinet with any talent or ability.”

      After what – 10 months in the job – Ed Miliband’s sheet of paper is still blank?

      What? The guy who wrote Labour’s last election manifesto – all their ‘great’ ideas – now hasn’t got a single policy? On anything? At all?

      After 10 months?


    • 102
      Eric Cantona, Philosopher,Qindarka lover, Raconteur says:

      Jac-qui Smith, Caroline Flint, Barbara Follet


  33. 83
    Moussa Koussa says:

    You all clearly didn’t read the memo.

    Hacking celebs, MP’s, and sport stars is seemingly OK.

    Soham victims, Milly, and Brazilian electricians isn’t..


  34. 87
    Batty Hattie Harmanescu says:

    How strange that this enquiry is to take evidence under oath, after all, it is not as though anyone died. Unlike the Hutton and Chilot enquiries, where for some strange reason evidence on oath was seen to be inapropriate. I wonder why?


  35. 89
    I just despair at the stupidity of the law. says:

    Grandmother convicted of animal cruelty and made to wear electronic tag… for being too upset to put elderly dog down



    • 104
      The Law is for arseholes says:

      Im sure the magisraite who is responsible for this utter fuckwittery will in due course be selected to head some important Government Inquiry where the “right” result is expected.


      • 112
        Anonymous says:

        Isn’t this precisely the thing that recent governments have brought about?

        isn’t this the sort of thing that should be outlawed?

        How did the RSPCA find out about this situation?

        Aren’t there bigger things in life to sort like the economy, the nanny state and the rise of fascism in the uk via its elites and governments????


  36. 107
    HappyUK says:

    Pre-Guido et al, the media would have well and truly convinced us that Piers Moron was innocent and Rupert Murdoch completely guilty. End of.

    Fast forward to 2011, and Piers Moron will rightfully go down in history as a lying disingenuous slippery scumbag, despite herculean attempts by the left-wing media to convince us otherwise.

    Conservative libertarians now (at last) have a critical number of online outlets to far better reveal the truth.


  37. 116
    Gotcha Piers says:

    Alistair McGowan, on Radio 5 Live’ Richard Bacon show, has just accused the Mirror, when Morgan was editor, of publishing stuff they obtained by ilegally going through his bins.


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  39. 118
    Jimmy says:

    Shredders? How very 1980s.

    In a completely unrelated story NI as part of its routine maintenance will be replacing all computer hard drives.


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