August 19th, 2011

What Did Rusbridger Know?

Regular readers will recall how Guido often wonders how it is the Guardian gets their hacking scoops. Well it turns out their rivals and the Met itself have been wondering the very same thing…

This recent exchange between the Times’ Sean O’Neill and the BBC’s Gaetan Portal, who both cover crime, reveals their suspicions:

The proper source of information for journalists is of course the Met’s press bureau. The Indy’s Oliver Wright observes

Lo and behold today a 51 year old police officer, working on the phone-hacking inquiry named Operation Weeting, was arrested and suspended for leaking to the Guardian.  Given that David Leigh has already confessed to phone-hacking, the Guardian’s squeaky clean reputation is collapsing at a rapid speed. Was this blatant corruption of police integrity sanctioned?

Just last month the Guardian issued a lofty and updated guide to ethical standards for intruding into private matters, such as a police investigation, rule four stated: “There must be proper authority – any intrusion must be authorised at a sufficiently senior level and with appropriate oversight.” 

Guido looks forward to Rusbridger’s imminent statement on what he knew and when…


  1. 1
    Alan Rubbisher says:

    Just like tax avoidance, it’s OK if lefty newspapers do it.

  2. 2
    gordon says:

    nothing in this corrupt world should surprise us

  3. 3
    Bloated State says:

    Like shit to a blanket

  4. 4
    les says:

    As editor Rusbridger MUST have known what was going on and should resign!

    I loved typing that!

  5. 5
    AC1 says:

    Don’t worry. AlJaBeebya is busy making sure noone reads the facts.

  6. 6
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Who guards The Guardian?

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Are we really going to pretend that getting information from a police source about an investigation into, amongst others, the police themselves is equivalent to phone-hacking and paying the police for information?

    Oh no, the Guardian was engaging in journalism! Shocker.

  8. 8
    Rat's arse says:

    The Guardian are nothing but two-faced b”stards. The BBC have only said a 51 year old policeman arrested, and nothing about the Guardian, whereas Sky is naming the Guardian. No proof needed that the BBC is an utterly left wing sack of shite.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    and whilst our erstwhile politicians bend over backwards to support one another, at least the justice system is seeing sense in some of the cases where justice has gone out of the window

  10. 10
    Flim flam says:

    Oh Joy! There is a God in heaven! Y E S!

  11. 11
    Bloated State says:

    Unfortunately for the Guardian they are setting the bar vary high in their crusade for journalistic integrity, unfortunately, being a socialist rag this does not include morals and ethics.

  12. 12
    RusbridgerFan says:

    Interfering with a police investigation is far worse, isn’t it? Wasn’t that partly the point of the Milly Dowler hacking versus ordinary sleb-hacking?

  13. 13
    capt apollo says:

    is this the same tax avoiding, hedge funded hypocritical rag that is hemorrhaging money year upon year? silly me i forgot it’s not bad if lefties do it

  14. 14
    Solomon Grundy says:

    Resign Resign Resign Resign Resign.

    Yes, it is quite satisfying.

    How about it Rusbridger? Care to join in?

  15. 15
    What a plonker. says:

    The Guardian is up to its neck in phone hacking and hypocrisy ,As editor
    Rusbridger must resign now!!!

  16. 16
    Don't do what we do, do what we say says:

    There’s probably a couple of guys from an agency doing the brunt of it on just over minimum wage.

  17. 17
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Guido needs to check with Sky News because I’m sure Anna Botting challenged the real ugly woman from the Guardian who is running the story, she denied that the Guardian were getting info off the Police.

  18. 18
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The BBC are also involved in this though why hasn’t the BBC 6pm news even mentioned the arrests in the headlines?

  19. 19
    Ed Milibandwagon says:

    “Thith ith a dithgwace. Thothe rethpothible showld wesign at once! The government mutht be held wethponthible …. {Aide: whisper whisper ..’Its the Guardian.’.whisper}

    If I can jusht wephwase that…
    Thith scandawl hath gone on long enough. Itth time to dwaw a line and move on and thtop going on about forwgotten ithues of long ago….

  20. 20
    Cynic says:

    I would love to see Penny in cuffs. Not that shes done anything _ id just like to see her in cuffs

  21. 21
    MrAngry61 says:

    OK – the Graun is hypocritical & the B-BBC are biased (and also hypocrites).

    The truth will out in court & the Guardian will be shamed.

    Let’s not rock the boat though, as GMG’s heading for the financial rocks, and a new Captain might steer it away from them.

    As far as the Beeb is concerned, starve the beast.

  22. 22

    “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.” One Kant about another.

  23. 23
    Chris Huhne says:

    So bribing the police is OK now,is it?
    Why the fuck didn’t you say so before?

    £5000 to the police benevolent fund officer and we’ll say no more about my little mishap.

  24. 24
    MI6 says:

    Guido take that Hang em Banner down. It is S–t. Do you really know why the MURDER Rate has doubled since the 60’s. They closed all the fu—ng Loonie Bins. AND without medication Murder will be done. Do the fu—ng sums you are making yourself look like a complete t–t and I really admire you so STOP IT.

  25. 25
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Were they paying the bent copper?

  26. 26
    ZT says:

    Apparently the Guardian and Leigh are rather prone to giving out police information, see e.g.:

    “The Guardian’s repeated refusal to exclude counter-terrorism police as the source of Leigh’s information leaves obvious question marks.”

  27. 27
    The BBC is biased says:

    Proof once again, if proof were needed, that the Guardian-reading editors of BBC News provide their own version of the facts to suit their own political views.

    There should be a public inquiry into how the BBC has reported the hacking scandal, and then it should be dismantled.

  28. 28
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Plenty of benders at the Guardian

  29. 29
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The fucking BBC are a joke not a mention on the news. You can bet Newsnight will ignore it as well.

  30. 30
    Political studies teacher says:

    …And here we have a classic case of tribal, partisan, blinkered politics, common in activists.
    They are so ultra loyal that they cannot even begin to comprehend that their leaders and their supporters might be just as fallible, even more so in some cases, than their opponents.

    Its how the Liberals existed for so long. Their supporters couldn’t believe that anyone wouldn’t vote for them, even though nobody did.

    But these ‘agrovists’, or ‘doorstep fodder’ can be very useful. They would march out of a 12 storey window if the leader gave the order. Remember class…the more gullible they are, the more useful they can be….

  31. 31
    Operation Bed-Weeting says:

    You ‘orrible c unts are all nicked.

  32. 32
    Judge Judy for 2012 says:

    Off topic but if Judge Judy ran for president she’d win by a landslide. She’s fantastic. A no-bullshit attitude that would terrify libbies. :-D

  33. 33
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Ha now the BBC are ‘sort’ of reporting it. But trying to make out that the Guardian are not really involved.

  34. 34
    Paxmanr says:

    Tonight … I just can’t be arsed to listen to whining politicos and journalists, so I’m off to a brothel.
    You can watch Essler poncing about instead.

  35. 35

    Count Rusbridger: “I love to Kant. One ..Two.. three..Three Kants! Ahhhh-haa!”

  36. 36
    smoggie says:

    They should just to a NOTW and close it down.

    Rupert saw this coming and set the precedent.

  37. 37
    Alan Rusbridger's (30) Grand Piano says:

    Who grauns The Grauniad, shirley?

  38. 38
    Bogeyman says:

    Not sure which is the weirder – the Guardian or its readers.

    Here’s a classic which appears under a rare guest article by a Tory, in this case IDS. Remember, we are talking about a newspaper which is so maniacally Left, so bloated with cranky material by “progressive” socialists, that even Guardianistas occasionally question its judgement.

    The Ciffer writes

    The Guardian seem to be quite happy to let the Tories have free rein on CiF – even without Julian Glover positing his usual pean of praise to the coalition.

    We’ve had Tiny but Dim Tim Montgomery twice in 48 hours, Redwood and now IDS.

    A bit of balance is required.

    I actually doubled up laughing, causing a small damp patch in the zip area.

  39. 39
    Polly Toynbee says:

    This site wants a final solution for The Guardian. Leave us alone! Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Garçon! Where’s my fucking Krug?

  40. 40
    les says:

    Guardian headline tomorrow? “Cameron under pressure over prison places” !!

  41. 41
    Mobius says:

    Let’s see how the BBC-Guardian axis play this. I doubt the BBC will lead with it. No they’ll prefer the usual “cuts” story on the breakfast show, which they do every fucking day. “Biased, us… noooo.”

    Meanwhile congratulations on the Spectator story. Someone has to puncture the self-serving Westminster village, and nobody does it better than you. Sycophancy over; don’t go native no matter what they offer you… and they will. (Probably have.)

  42. 42
    BillyBob.... says:

    What a bunch of odious bunts !!

  43. 43
    Jacky Treehorn says:

    Is that the best you can do?

  44. 44
    BillyBob.... says:

    The BBC has not said who the officer has been leaking the information to !!

  45. 45
    lol! says:

    Hypocritical wankers, c’unts even!

  46. 46
    Col Nut. says:

    The B.B.C.has become institutionally leftist,no longer properly reflects the broad range of public opinion and is not fit for purpose.Payment of the licence fee should be optional as with the choice of other paid for service provision.

  47. 47
    BillyBob.... says:

    Polly get your grand-daughters over to Turkey…… looks like they want young girls there !!

  48. 48
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    Not half as much as I enjoyed reading it

  49. 49
    BillyBob.... says:

    What would she do with the Turks who love underage sex with Western girls ?

  50. 50
    The Elite Left says:

    A lefty paper thinks that breaking the law is OK because they consider themselves better than every one else. Who would gave thunk it?

  51. 51
    BillyBob.... says:

    Lots of Pedos in Turkey !!

  52. 52
    So what? The BBC says:

    Are the BBC crying out Rusbridger’s resignation?

    Thought not.

  53. 53
    annette curton says:

    Where does the Guardian get its insider information from, now let me think, bent coppers by any chance?.

    On Thursday, a 38-year-old man, named by the Guardian as former News of the World journalist James Desborough, was arrested and released on bail.

  54. 54
    God help us all says:

    Question is, did the Guardian pay plod?

    I also want to find out if the woman journalists was asked outright if they were getting information off the Police, do we know if this was asked on Sky News?

    We know the BBC wouldn’t have asked it.

  55. 55
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Be under no illusion, the arrested policeman will do anything to avoid going to prison. If anybody in authority was aware or even sanctioned giving/selling information to the Guardian, then it will be revealed at his initial interview. If he was a lone ranger, then he and the Guardian journalist who was on the receiving end are up to their necks in the brown sticky stuff.

    Watching this one with interest.

  56. 56

    They did on Radio 4 six O’clock news. It’s the Guardian. And the Guardian is ever so upset that they can not talk to Coppers off the record and then print the Conversation.

  57. 57
    paxtime says:

    When did the Guardian become a lefty paper?

  58. 58
    Queen Charlotte says:

    And forgery.

  59. 59
    sg-strummer says:

    “On the broader point raised by the arrest, journalists would no doubt be concerned if conversations between off-the-record sources and reporters came routinely to be regarded as criminal activity. In common with all news organisations we have no comment to make on the sources of our journalism.”

    Oh, that’s ok then. Nothing to see here, move along……

  60. 60
    Joe says:

    Bribe? What bribe? I must have missed your citation for the guardian having paid for this leaked information from the police. If you could direct me to it that would be great.

  61. 61
    Col Nut. says:

    You can smell their greenhouse gases.

  62. 62
    U got nuffin better 2 do G. says:

    Feeling a bit wimpy cause U got no real sources of your own.

    When did you last come up with anything original.

    Could be a place 4 U on the HuffPo!

  63. 63
    BillyBob.... says:

    Lock the buggers up……. Gruniad is as corrupt as every other newspaper !!

  64. 64
    BillyBob.... says:

    Something to do with Common law and time immemorial……. methinks !!

  65. 65
    Jimmy says:

    You finished with that barrel yet?

  66. 66
    BillyBob.... says:

    What happened, did you get a U in your General Studies A level paper ??

  67. 67
    Its Very Odd says:

    That $ky were able to report this arrest – hours before anyone else knew about it.

    Makes you wonder if …. No they couln’t have! – Could They?


  68. 68
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    They even being a bit duplicitous about it as well. Look at what they have published online, and how it’s laid out:

    “The 51-year-old detective constable was arrested at work on Thursday and bailed. He has been suspended.

    The BBC understands a second man arrested on Friday as part of the Met’s Operation Weeting was Dan Evans, 35, a former News of the World reporter.

    The way the article is laid out implies that the newspaper leaked to was – the NOTW. The Guardian does not even get a mention.


  69. 69
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    (addition to above – cr*p typing)

    the Guardian does not get a mention until the bottom half of the article which even then sort of implies the Guardian were being critical of the NOTW.

    Still twats.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    You seem strangely familiar

  71. 71
    annette curton says:

    And Jesus said: Will you who are without sin cast the first stone? and then he said, oh! no!, not the bloody Guardian again.

  72. 72
    Sir William Waad says:

    Still, I’s rather find out what really is going on, rather than have to put up with the mendacious pap that is the typical press release. Keep it up, Grauniad.

  73. 73
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today I have scored 181 not out at the Oval.

  74. 74
    jrand says:

    k ants surely?

  75. 75
    they're all at it says:

    PM = c’unt
    Politicians = c’unts
    Media = c’unts
    Police = c’unts

  76. 76
    jrand says:

    Forget the inquiry, dismantle will do.

  77. 77

    Rusbridger went to mow,
    Went to mow a meadow
    Rusbridger and his dog, Leigh,
    Bag of bones
    All the kit for hacking phones
    Sausage roll, bottle of pop
    Packet of fags, Walls Ice Cream
    Change at Bank for Golders Green
    Old mother Harding had a cow
    But she didn’t know how to milk it!

  78. 78
    gay Billy says:

    Can I suck your cock?

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    whats all this shit about global warming aliens man?

    those aliens aren’t coming to get us

    they are already here


  80. 80
    Error report says:

    PM = C’UNT – he’s the biggest one of all

  81. 81
    Y did U 4 get says:


  82. 82
    BillyBob.... says:

    I just dislike the odious c*nts

  83. 83
  84. 84
  85. 85
    YorkshireLad says:

    Sancomonious self serving bastards…all of them!1

  86. 86
    BillyBob.... says:

    The Gruniad is just as odious…..

    Sorry, Private Eye joke…….

  87. 87
  88. 88
    BillyBob.... says:

    You mean Gordon? the saviour of the world ??

  89. 89
    MrAngry61 says:


    Quote of the day!

  90. 90
    BillyBob.... says:

    I suspect that if he goes to prison he will end up with a sore bottom and a black eye……. no doubt he will make a claim and get lots of dosh in compensation…… a winner either way !!

  91. 91
    BillyBob.... says:

    I suspect that if he does go the journey he will end up with a sore bottom and a blick eye……. no doubt he will make a civil claim and get lots of dosh in compensation…… a winner either way !!

  92. 92
    U must have bin 2 sleep says:

    Don’t B a silly Billy

    This 1s an even bigger C. that NE1 B4 [except M.T. of course – after all she started it by givin Rupe the original green light.]

  93. 93
    the right is right says:

    The biased BBC website has a screen grab of the BBC website where any mention of the guardian has been airbrushed from the record, the BBC have even sunk to plastering a NOTW pic next to the story to give the false impression that the bent copper was arrested for leaking info to them and not the guardian.

    The BBC and the guardian working in harmony together to pimp their rancid ugly political narrative.

  94. 94
    PC 49 says:

    If there was no kick-back for providing this (clearly long lasting) information feed, I’ll eat my truncheon.

  95. 95
    BBC Controller says:

    Some have noticed we reported this story without actually mentioning the Guardian at all…

    Some have noted we used the News of The World Logo to illustrate this story rather than th Guardian logo…

    I’d just like to reassure everyone: this was an accidental omission followed by an innocent mistake

  96. 96
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    David Cameron, British Prime Minister, has warned rioters in England that they will pay for the crimes they have committed. He also introduced proposals before the House of Commons which aim to ensure that looters and other criminals will be punished. At the same time, innocent people will be protected from possible unrest in the future. (new jersey news)

    David Cameron has also rushed to the defence of British bankers who scheming with their US and foreign counterparts have speculated the world into a debilitating, dehumanising crisis and who by their greed and criminality, their indifference to right and wrong and lack of ethics have made millions in a handful of years while the taxpayer has picked the tab. (Trinidad News Blog)

  97. 97
    fuck off BBC - and you can whistle for the next Telly Tax - wankers! says:

    They can’t handle the truth.

  98. 98
    Cynic says:

    From the Guardian story reporting the arrest

    “On the broader point raised by the arrest, journalists would no doubt be concerned if conversations between off-the-record sources and reporters came routinely to be regarded as criminal activity. In common with all news organisations we have no comment to make on the sources of our journalism.”

    In other words what we do is journalism so corrupting police is OK but those tabloid chappies are another matter

  99. 99
    Yes but No but Yes says:

    Only $ky have got the inside info as to which paper/s it is.

    We don’t know yet how they got their exclusive from the Met. [We can guess of course]

    As for BBC Site – here is latest :

    “t is understood that the officer’s arrest relates to the alleged leaking of information to an unnamed newspaper. It is not possible to confirm the newspaper’s identity however the Guardian has issued a statement.

    It says: “On the broader point raised by the arrest, journalists would no doubt be concerned if conversations between off-the-record sources and reporters came routinely to be regarded as criminal activity. ”

    Seems quite balanced and enough to let all except the drongoes know what is going on.

    Hold off till you have got something real to get your stuck in to..

  100. 100
    Kev says:

    Please get them in front of Tom Watson and his fellow c’unts on the committee just to see Watson’s fucking hypocrisy:”So, Alan, I mean Mr. Rusbridger, what did you know about Guardian reporter’s receiving info from Met Police officers?” “Erm, about the same as I knew about them getting confidential info from this committee via yourself Tom, I mean Mr. Watson.”


  101. 101
    Think your Pen Name is accurate says:

    But my guess is that old Olily Osborne is at home rehearsing his new speach:

    “The problems with the economy are a result of international pressures and have nothing to do with the current Governments’s handling of the economy.”

    This will of course be contradictory to his previous mantra that the economy was suffering only because of the actions taken by the previous Government.

    Greasy or Wot…..

  102. 102
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Ian, who else?

  103. 103
    Indeed... says:

    In the very same fashion when senior politicians defraud the taxpayer (Call me Dave, Osborne, Laws, porno Smith, Blears et al) fucking plod turn a blind eye however if you and I did the very same it would be a very different matter.

    Fuck them all.

    Revolution now and don’t you fucking judges be giving me 4 years for saying it either.

    Fuck the establishment. It is a sinking ship and they know it.

  104. 104
    Mrs Faye Merritt says:

    Guido Fawkes would not be here if it were not for leaks
    He even advertises for people to give him secret info. Its all in red just above “get the Guidogram”. Have a look now, its on the right of the screen!!!!!!!

  105. 105
    Infanta of Castile says:

    are you doing the baddie bats Mr Q?

  106. 106
    Who stole all the money and destroyed the world? says:

    Guido’s looters, with their £3.50 packs of water, or the Moneychangers and their useful idiots?

    MOODY’S ANALYST BREAKS SILENCE: Says Ratings Agency Rotten To Core With Conflicts, Corruption, And Greed

    Read more:

    Come on now, fat paddy, admit you’re a prick, a whore for the tribe, a sleazy, no good douche. You say you’re a catholic. Repent your sins. You’re going to hell anyway. Tell the saddos and psychos the truth. Do one good thing in your worthless life.

  107. 107
    annette curton says:

    LOL, the best post on here came out with the phrase (form a) circular firing squad. BBC next up against the wall after the Guardian?, I sincerely fucking hope so.

  108. 108
    Sanctimonious arse says:

    You see? This man gets it. If one peddles hypocritical, self righteous drivel, one is entitled to avoid tax and break the very same laws which one criticises others for breaking.

    How wonderful it is to be so very superior to those grubbing types in business and the right wing press who avoid taxes and break laws……

  109. 109
    anon says:

    and what is Tom Watson’s relationship with the Guardian? I think that he should step down from the Select Committee or be sacked

  110. 110
    Richard Gott - KGB nark and Guardian Journalist says:

    It’s all fascist lies. The Guardian has an impeccable reputation.

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    Joe (No 60 above) says : “Bribe ? What bribe ? I must have missed your citation for the Guardian having accepted money for this information from the police.”

    Indeed. As we learn, a male policeman and a female reporter were allegedly the conduit for this information. And since the Guardian is poor but highly-principled, we may assume that no hard currency changed hands.

    Perhaps a softer portion of the anatomy was involved ?

  112. 112
    Joss Taskin says:

    ‘Guardian’ and ‘lofty’. First time those two words have appeared in a sentence together. How about Guardian and shifty ??

  113. 113
    Fish says:

    …and dont forget that Michele Bachmann-Alfa-Centauri person in the States. Although she has human form there is a picture of her on this site with her tongue unfurled.

    Horrible. I wish I hadn’t left the TV on stand-by and caused this catastrophe. We’re all doomed!

  114. 114
    Captain Ginger says:

    The same place every newspaper gets its copy from. It’s clear that Guido has never worked as a journalist – he clearly hasn’t got a fucking clue as to how the system works. If he had any nous at all he’d ask anyone in the CRA how stories are sourced. Any muppet that relied on the Yard’s Press Bureau for copy wouldn’t last the week as a crime reporter.
    So, move along, nothing to see…

  115. 115
    nell says:

    Impeccable reputation for what though?!

  116. 116
    sanelynch says:

    See it took you one day to jump on the Guardian Guido, shame it took you three years to get up to speed with the NOTW. There’s a joke about Fabregas/Madrid/Arsenal in there somewhere

  117. 117
    Saffron says:

    The beeboid arseholes can feck off for my tax payment to them from now on.
    Send your tax gang around to my house and you will get short shrift,you are trespassing,and no comment will be the name of the game.
    I also have my supporter which is a 4 year old Airedale terrier called Scamp,he hates people coming up the drive.

  118. 118
    Vain and Bumptious says:

    Thank God for people like you and Kelvin Guido

    WIthout you we would be reduced to listening to third rate, boring and irrevelant wannabes like Toby Young…

  119. 119
    jack says:


    If anyone thinks Britain will climb out of its “moral collapse” with people like Toby Young, they must be joking…

  120. 120
    Maximus says:

    Who needs to? I mean, has anyone ever stolen a copy of the Guardian?

  121. 121
    Kelvin says:

    And who even knows who the presumptuous Finkelstein even is ?!

  122. 122
    Bob says:

    Finkelstin is an overpaid hack on a loss making Murdoch newpspaper

    Says it all really

  123. 123
    Kelvin says:

    Is he a cousin of Mandelson by any chance ?!

    They have the same arrogance..

  124. 124
    Jack says:

    For losing money and using hedge funds to make up for the loss…

    Like all good self-respecting champagne socialists and hypocrites

  125. 125
    Jaques Delors says:

    is the Guardian shorting the Euro then ?

    Directly or indirectly ?

    While “espousing Europe” ?!

    They should be fired …on….

  126. 126
    I am Squeaker says:

    The husband of Cicciolia Sally up her Alley before I married her…

    You know the tart who sells herself to any TV programme for cash..

    Any other bids ?

  127. 127
    Chief Inspector Plod says:

    Dont’ tell me Berkow

    You are selling your wife for profit ?

    Using your position of state as a springboard ?

    You are worse than Blair and Levy flogging peerages…

  128. 128
    nell says:

    oldrusbridger is still crowing on his twitter account about news international.

    Why are these labour loonies so addicted to twitter??!!!

    According to him the story of the moment is a news international cover up and troubling times for james!

    It seems the graudian and pollytwaddle is finally exposed for the fraud that they are!!! They also ap pe ar to hack and pay public servants for information that is not supposed to be in the public domain!!

  129. 129
    Retired Inspector Plod says:

    I am told by a senior police offier outside of London who worked with the Met for 4 years that the whole of the Met has been bent from top to bottom for years

    Small favours for the bobbies on the beat

    Free holidays and travel and expensive goodies etc for the top brass

    As we have just seen with the Spa episode for the Chief Commissioner

    If the Mafia owned the spa what would people say or think ?

  130. 130
    God help us all says:

    What other information did this plod leak to the Guardian then? Shouldn’t the Police start seizing emails and computers and arresting Guardian hacks to find out?

    How do we know the Guardian don’t have copies of Coulson’s statement for example?

  131. 131
    Silly Sally Bigcow says:

    I’m the best looking slapper on the programme !!

  132. 132
    Elgin's lost his marbles says:

    “no longer”? Never did. State backed from birth. Should have been aborted.

  133. 133
    Retired Inspector Plod says:

    I a

  134. 134
    Guardian loss-making editor says:

    I am part of Britan’s moral collapse

    I am a progressive

    All the others wer hacking so why not me

    I am progressive you see

  135. 135
    Dr Spock says:

    I see Arianna the Greek puffy wuffy spotty middle aged wannabe girl living on her husband’s fortune is advertising on your site Guido

    That lowers the tone and the class of this site

    She is a single handed justification for homosexuality among men

  136. 136
    This Plod says:

    I was merely conducting business as usual

    For those of you who know the Met, we flog anything worth flogging for cash or “benefits” whenever we can

    Not choosy OK?

  137. 137
    Labour "Noble Lord" of the House of Ermin Vermin says:

    I am a member of the House of Lords

    Our Whips tell us to do the same thing..fiddle our expenses..take any favours ecpecially from rich lobbyists and bankers…

    Funny that..All of this seems to be catching…

  138. 138
    well_chuffed says:

    Guess what , the tossers at the Grauniad now have the story on the home page of their website. However , just like the beeb , there is no mention that the leak went to the grauniad. Instead there is paragraph after paragraph about NI and their people being arrested. Absolute wankstains.

  139. 139
    MI5 says:

    We were flogging Cherie Blair’s and Prezza’s telephone conversations years ago…

  140. 140
    MI5 says:

    Not much competition old slapper…

  141. 141
    Jack says:

    All journalists are guilty until proved innocent

    They are all whores

  142. 142
    Jack says:

    Arianne Huffington should save Greece

    Than come back triumphant

  143. 143
    Wimpey Boss says:

    You mean like Guido with Ireland ?

  144. 144
    Jack says:


    Guido will save Nevis…

  145. 145
    Mafioso MacShane says:

    I am Denis MacShame

    I have fiddled my expenses massively for years

    And I am scot free…

  146. 146
    Empty Ed Milli Child says:

    Pwease come to my Wabour Confewence Guido

    You will give the impression that we are not just the walking dead…

  147. 147
    Guardian editor says:

    We aer up siht cerek withotu a dadple.

  148. 148
    HandsomeDavid says:

    That is not bad reporting. It is deliberately deceptive and intentionally misleading.

    The proof is in the screenshot.

  149. 149
    Clarence says:

    A week ago, a story broke that, in 2002, a member of the Surrey police force leaked info on the Milly Dowler investigation to a reporter from the News of the World. Cue howls of indignation, calls for investigations, lots of self-righteous indignation, near-universal condemnation.

    Fast forward seven days and a police officer is arrested, allegedly for leaking information on Operation Weeting to The Guardian. The Guardian’s response?

    “Journalists would no doubt be concerned if conversations between off-the-record sources and reporters came routinely to be regarded as criminal activity.” Indeed they would.

    Just sayin’…

  150. 150
    Virgin Editor of the Times of London says:

    I accuse the Editor of the Guardian

    We are all clean


  151. 151
    Bloomberg News says:

    James Murdoch to retire hurt

    At 40 years old like his brother

    He will be succeeded by Damian McBride as predicted

  152. 152
    Minister of Mud Slinging Sir Tom Watson OBE, KBE OM CH and the Order of Lenin says:

    Ah Damian

    You are back again ?

    News of the Screws just up your street I think

    Is that where you learnt how to smear so well ?

  153. 153
    nell says:

    rusbridger retiring hurt – just like james – sometime very soon!!

  154. 154
    Damian Scum Macbride says:


    I learnt how to really smear with you, Blinky Balls, Thuggie Whelan and the Mental Gordon Brown

    The masters of filth…

  155. 155
    Joe says:

    Relying on Press Bureau publications is the worse kind of journalism, it’s lazy and it relies on reporting the interests and views of the rich and powerful in society.

    And the Guardian didn’t pay for the story, so what’s the problem? Would you have Woodward and Bernstein arrested for speaking to Deepthroat?

  156. 156
    MI5 says:

    That “member of the Surry police force” is now applying to become the Head of the Met

  157. 157
    nell says:

    Nope the gruadian is just slowly going bust!

    Basic fact of life = it costs more to run than it makes.

  158. 158
    Mrs Hyancinths' Bucket says:

    Time the f….ing Guardian and their TV broadcasting arm was investigated and shut down.

  159. 159
    Rohan Giggler says:

    If the sanctimonious self righteous nanny state lefties at the guardian get their come uppance, there is a god.

  160. 160
    Elby The Berserk says:

    It was, under, CP Scott, a “Liberal” paper, in the old sense of the word, and avowedly so. It certainly was not a Leftie paper.

  161. 161
    Elby The Berserk says:

    Because it was the rIght thing to do, I guess.

  162. 162
    Govt-By-Cluster-Fuck says:

    Oh well , they have at last arrested someone now they can get back to the doughnuts, claim their expenses, and forget about the whole affair.

    Phone hacking , case closed.

  163. 163
    Twats on the telly tonight? says:

    I am nipping out for a leak, and a half dozen pies.

  164. 164
    Joss Taskin says:

    I have been tweeting him at anusbreaker instead of arusbridger.
    Which one is correct ???

  165. 165
    nell says:

    nothing in this corrupt world, which has been created by bliar broon & bullyballs over the last 13 years should surprise us!

    Nor does it!!!

  166. 166
    Tellytubby Tom Fatson says:

    No,no,no,no !!! This will run until the General Election !

  167. 167
    Father Jack says:

    No ‘hackgate’ on NewsNight ! BBC News – brief piece about Met Officer but no mention of the Guardian! WTF!

  168. 168
    Altruist says:

    The polis (sic) are so stupid and politicised that they do not know where to turn in this instance, like headless chickens.

  169. 169
    Altruist says:

    Ginger Tom – left wing radical arrested for perverting the cause of justice as a police informer and pseudo journalist arraigned. Could not happen to a finer hack.

  170. 170
    Altruist says:

    She is not just real ugly – she is truly unbelievably ugly – yet she is the darling of BBC. Say no more.

  171. 171
    General Sir Philip Michael Hunt says:

    Here’s a thought…, it is quite possible that the future of this great nation is in the hands of a lunatic Scot, Alex Salmond. If only he could grow a pair and make good on his manifesto promise ofthe Guardian rather than have them and ir throats so that they are brave enough to go it alone, then, it becomes possible that this nation, ENGLAND may never have to suffer the ravages of the lunatic lefties again. The Scotch propensity of spreading socialism would be forced North of the border and the rest of us could create a decent society in what remains.

    We could then control these freaks at the Guardian/BBC in the way they now control us.

  172. 172
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Just ‘sanitising’ the news as usual. Move along – nothing to see here.

  173. 173
    Ivor Price says:

    100 Kroons and that is my last offer.

  174. 174
    Ivor Price says:

    But they could not uderstand (sic) them.

  175. 175
    BillyBob....BillyBowden says:

    Have we met b4

  176. 176
    Ivor Price says:

    Or Tristan

  177. 177
    Ivor Price says:

    Same for Harperson and company

  178. 178
    Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

    dumb leftie twat…

    did you work on sexing up any dodgy dossiers by any chance!

  179. 179
    Ivan Agenda says:

    They do not control US.
    They try as per their mentor Pravda to control their idiotic camp followers in all 3 parties, some (unfortunately not most) of which should know better.
    CDB – Circling the Drain Britain

  180. 180
    Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

    Yep, whats his name Lewis who talks utter leftie Bollocks, and that riot apologist twat who wrote a shit book about chavs… unimportant dont know his name…or care!

  181. 181
    Pholly Toybee says:

    Look … our heart is in the right place so we don’t need to follow quite the same moral code as everyone else. It should be obvious but you are just too right wing to understand this. Up the workers!

    see you in Tuscany

  182. 182
    Beeboid Twat spotter says:

    BBC now in complete ignore head in sand mode now.

    Keep on this Guido the Guardain are just hypocrites as are the BBC


  183. 183
    Beeboid Twat spotter says:

    Just an observation from my hotel room but BBC world still have not adjusted their news ticker.

    They have a headline running across the screen of the Detective arrested today (He’s 51 apparently) followed by the recent arrest of a clearly identified NOTW writer right behind it. To a casual observer it still looks like both stories relate directly to the NOTW.

    I have also not seen or heard the Guardian mentioned anywhere and have had TV on since around 7.30 ish this evening some 3.5 hours now.

    BBC bias to the core

  184. 184
    Pholly Toybee says:

    Iraq. 100,000 dead.
    Torture, rendition.

    Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and their chums.

    Now fuck off.

  185. 185
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Captain Ginger, I am a working journalist. Let me tell you how the REAL world works, son.

    NO police officer will talk to the media, these days. Not unless he is a loony with an axe to grind.

    These days it all has to go through the force press office.

  186. 186
    Displaced Brummie says:

    PS, a loony with an axe to grind or a desire for money from a suitable donor.

  187. 187
    Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

    you must be related because you too are a cu nt…..

    But thanks for your insight.

  188. 188
    Beeboid Twat spotter says:

    BBC finally change the ticker
    It now says ‘ Policeman arrested over New of the World hacking’

    No mention of the Guardian not a peep


  189. 189
    Beeboid Twat spotter says:

    BBC finally change the ticker at midnight

    It now says ‘ Policeman arrested over New of the World hacking’

    No mention of the Guardian not a peep


  190. 190
    Amounderness Lad says:

    So why are the Gruntian and the Bleeb so busy persecuting News International because, if getting information by dubious means rather then relying on “the mendacious pap that is the typical press release” is so good, it is exactly what the Gruntian, the Bleeb and the sycophantic lefties are persecuting News International for doing.

    Oh, I forgot, News inernational are no longer toeing the Party Line and the Gruntian and the Bleeb are paid up party Members so any behaviour, however dishonest, is supposed to unquestionably acceptable. Sounds about right for the usual lefty hypocrisy.

  191. 191
    not a machine says:

    This is good news in the sense that accusser may also have been up to neck in same game , wha wha wha whaaaaaa

    Best laugh of week for me ,connected with this story , was daily mash post “cat not in bag ” I defy anyone not to look at that cat and read the post , and not just fall over laughing .

    coalition working relationship possibilities no1 :)
    This week it has been announced that it is possible to get commercial Biofuel from the fatty tissue of alligators (as well as some nice shoes and a handbag) so in a joint statement
    Chris huhne to announce new alligator farms in river thames , Birmingham and manchester .Therresa May to announce 3 strikes and one way trip to alligator farm. Low CO2 , reduces prison overcrowding and provides new fuel source .

    word is this sexyest bigbrother yet (not really ever watched it as induces brain rot ) anyone remember Cupid stunt “all in the best possible taste” I thank that characture was based on putting two fingers up to the establishment .

  192. 192
    Ypots R Us says:

    They hav a impeckable repetition fer tiepoes.

  193. 193

    Louise Mensch supported Mrs Bercow, saying: ‘Sally Bercow is her own woman and it’s about time people stopped seeing wives as adjuncts of their husbands.’ DM

    Daft cows. Both of them. Mrs Blair was not seen as an adjunct of her husband, until it suited her purpose to be seen as such and, coincidently, enabled her to filled her pockets with gelt. Mrs Bercow has prominence solely as an adjunct of her husband.

    If the population is beginning to tire of anything, surely it is bandwagoning.

  194. 194
    albacore says:

    Can’t understand why you’re all bitching about the BBC.
    Just savour this wittily understated piss-take of cheeky chappies Cameron and Obama that they’re running as sizzling hot news at the moment.

  195. 195
    Cynic says:

    Perhaps the Met now have so much information that the Guardian and other tabloid newspapers could pay them to take it off their hands.

    That would avoid any corruption and solve the Met budget problem too. Ebay could be used for the sales so it was all open and transparent

  196. 196
    The BBC Formula for reporting the news says:

    You do not appear to get this Mr “Beeboid Twat Spotter”. The guidelines are quite simple.

    Anything that is negative about Labour,Left-Wing politicians(except of course LibDems as they sold out to the “class enemy” and are now fair game)publications etc are NOT reported or if it is because of mounting public interest impossible NOT to mention these things then it will be a brief one-line item or hidden away on our website in an obscure location.Thus when challenged that we are not acting impartially by such as you we can refer you to the webpage etc etc

    Anything negative about the Tory Party,politicians etc etc will of course get prominent coverage from our first rate team of 500 journalists located around the country who will ensure that such items are headline news on all our national/local broadacasts for at least a week in varying guises(in the case of Coulson this will extend for at least 3 weeks and be brought in to other news items that to the layperson appear unrelated but we, as news professionals,know this is not the case).Anything negative that occurred under the last Labour government and perhaps is just coming into the public domain will be spun so the public appears to think the Tories are responsible(in this case the use of the term “government” without the prefix “Labour” will suffice).Any positive news about the Tories will NOT be reported without some negatve spin being placed on it such as …”whilst government Ministers have said etc etc..independant experts suggest etc etc”.
    In closing…Mr Beeboid Twat Spotter can we assure you that we take your criticisms very seriously and have filed them in the round special filing recepticle we keep next to the door of our mail room for this purpose….

  197. 197
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    But Guido, The Guardian was only going after evil Tories so thats ok.

  198. 198
    Anonymous says:

    “blatant corruption of police integrity”

    What integrity?

  199. 199
    Piers says:

  200. 200
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I hope they all turn on eachother.

    That would bring much joy to my heart.

  201. 201
    Anonymous says:

    Actually, I wouldn’t mind doing her.

  202. 202
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sally done a Q and A with the Guardian before goin ginto BB house.

  203. 203
    to me then, no it's your turn says:

    Billy they are all friends, they make money by being in the news, they need people to talk about them to do it, good PR, bad PR is all money in their bank accounts, just like this Bercow woman telling tales outside the HOC bubble, it makes the news, good for business.

  204. 204

    Piers de-escalating defence (or defense from where he is reading from):

    1. I have NEVER done such things. Say that out in the street and I will sue you

    2. Some people have done such things in the industry but it wasn’t our group. Wanna come the ol’ hard with me then, eh?

    3. Some people may have done this in the group but it was all outsourced and without our knowledge. I’ll get my lawyers to explain to you.

    4. Admitted, is that a halo I see slipping before me?

    5. OK it happened, so what?

    6. (Said with handcuffs on.) I’ll be out and I have got tons on you. Best you move to Ulan Bator beforehand. I am a crook alright but you are dead.

  205. 205
  206. 206
    He's Spartacus says:

    “Lo and behold today a 51 year old police officer, working on the phone-hacking inquiry named Operation Weeting”

    Doesn’t this officer have a sensible middle name?

  207. 207
    O W's barbique says:

    There’s only one thing worse than being talked about . . .

  208. 208
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Details of David Camerons TMS interview.

  209. 209
    Twitter information sevices says:

    Arroganthypocritebugger, I think you’ll find.

  210. 210
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    You’d have to dust away the cobwebs down there first.

  211. 211
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Not being talked about?

  212. 212

    Jesus! What the hell’s that noise?

    Do I hear the sound of shattering glass?

  213. 213
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Looks like the B-bbc are brewing one on the back burner, (M. Thatcher minuets) ready to bring to the boil just when it’s needed.

    Keep plugging away B-bbc, drip drip drip, there’s nothing more important to the listeners than to know just what the woman said soon they will be baying for her blood. Then you can release what you already know about but if released too soon would go off like a damp squib.

  214. 214
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    are in the room next to matt Prior then ? :-)

  215. 215
    Retired Met PC says:

    I’d take anything a ‘senior police officer outside of London’ said about the Met with a pinch of salt if I were you. Rivalries and perceptions run both ways. County forces tend to assume the Met is full of shady lads from the Smoke when in fact it has plenty of nice middle class boys from the counties doing the best they can. The Met tends to think the Counties are full of bumpkins who need to set up ID parades just to distinguish arse from elbow when in fact they know their patches much better than the Met knows London. Corruption, especially in uniform, is really nowhere near as rife as fondly believed. Although it depends on the fastidiousness of your understanding of ‘corruption’. A good copper never gets wet, as they say. Mild incompetence and bungled PR is a bigger problem. Mind how you go now.

  216. 216
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    New thread.

    Stats are out.

  217. 217
    Father Jack says:

    No mention of the matter on Saturday Toady by Al-Beeba, gob-smacking? NOT!
    That knobhead Pesto would be all over it like a rash if it was NI.

  218. 218
    harriet's pants says:

    the mad don’ t hang for murder – they commit manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

  219. 219

    Nah! You’re thinking along the wrong lines, mate.

    Just look in the M…. Oh dear! What has happened to it?

  220. 220
    b34st over says:

    “Who stole all the money”


  221. 221
    he makes me puke says:

    Christ, yes, I read that.
    Cameron is such a complete and utter twat. I note he’s even doing that walking and talking hand gesture nonsense when he knows the camera is on him…oh so involved in intense conversation crap that Blair and Brown were at.
    Fucking wise up, Cameron.

  222. 222
    The Other Bloke says:

    Just seen Ms Pollytwaddle criting the newspapers with Ian Dale on Sky.
    According to Pollytwaddle “Starkey is a racist, he said….(long misquote)”
    Ian Dale “No he didn’t. He said (accurate quote, interupted regularly by Pollytwaddle).
    Sez Pollytwaddle ” Regardless of what he said, what he meant was….”
    So, that’s a journalist for you.

  223. 223
    Penfold says:

    OMG, shurely shome mishtake.
    The Guardian may have been offering financial inducements to an officer in the Met, yikes.

    It is oft said that schadenfruende is a dish best enjoyed when recollecting the follies and sinful pride of others……..

  224. 224
    Jumbo says:

    Misprint on the Rusbridger pic. It should say UNWANTED

  225. 225
    The BBC is biased says:

    Well done, I think you have covered just about all the underhand tricks they use in order to present the news with the political spin they desire.

  226. 226
    The BBC is biased says:

    I think you will find that this ‘wittily understated piss-take’ as you call it (and probably you alone), is actually a case of the BBC ‘bitching’ (as you call it) about David Cameron. This is the BBC trying to spin him as boastful, i.e. arrogant. It’s pathetic.

  227. 227
    A bloke of a certain age says:

    Exactly, its just another example of a cult.

  228. 228
    A bloke of a certain age says:

    These days thats a U “pass”.

  229. 229
    A bloke of a certain age says:

    Actually you are right, the economy inherited by the tories after 13 years of Labour administration would in no way have anything to do with that administration and Gordon Browns stewartship of the e onomy over that period had no consequences whatsoever. Yep that makes sense.

  230. 230
    A bloke of a certain age says:

    “Michele Bachman-alfa(sic) centauri person” , well thats the argument won then , forget the finer points of the political debate just think up an abusive term to describe them , use it often and hey presto !

  231. 231
    To be fair says:

    To be fair, Harman has the legal defence of being too dim to realise what she was doing.

  232. 232
    Dont let your bigotry get in the way of reality says:

    So Milliband, Balls, Harman, Prescot,Straw,Blunket,Benn, Scargill, Jones, Crowe, etc etc etc are all Scottish then ? Interesting analysis.

  233. 233
    Mark my words says:

    Mensch is a liability, mark my words. She is not as clever as she thinks she is and is the kind of unprincipled Politician who sees which way the wind is blowing before deciding which political party to join.

  234. 234
    Beness says:

    Guardian are not leading with Phone hacking today.

    Wonder why.

  235. 235
    Sweaty basher says:

    It’s not that we’re short of socialists in England (particularly the champagne-quaffing sort), it’s just that without their built-in majority in Scotland they will never be in power again.

  236. 236
    Fish says:

    Saw that.

    See that Alan Johnson and the slimey Andy Burman are already on the bandwagon – both members of a former government that could have released the minutes themselves.

    I remember Burman being booed at a memorial service at Anfield – a comentary on his govts handling of the matter.

    More opportunism. Labour really are scum.

  237. 237
    smoggie says:

    Gordon Brown sold more than half (60%) of the nation’s gold reserves, between 1999 and 2002 in 17 auctions. By announcing the the sales in advance, he actually drove the price down.

    He sold 395 tonnes raising about £3.5 billion.

    The price of gold is now at about £59M per tonne so what that lot would be worth now is around £23 billion.

    Nice one Gordon. I still can’t believe it was just staggering incompetence, though.

  238. 238
    dismantle the bbc and pop their bubble says:

    I wipe my bottom on it.

  239. 239
    dismantle the bbc and pop their bubble says:

    Impreccable? they can’t even spell it.

  240. 240
    dismantle the bbc and pop their bubble says:


  241. 241

    I’ve not had the pleasure, in a manner of speaking, but can see where you are coming from.

  242. 242
    I Only Arsked says:

    You posh gits (all pooves, I reckon) just don’t get what’s bleedin’ obvious to a NORMAL working class fambley man, i.e. there ain’t enough sex in this ‘un. Blah de blah about what some Rusbridger geezer knew. What any NORMAL bloke wants to know is who was knobbin’ Rebekah? I mean, Rupert made this typist with ginger hair all over the place an editor. If a bird like that moves up big time, it’s because she puts out big time. Innit?

  243. 243
  244. 244
    Sally De Alley says:

    Last updated at 11:47 AM on 21st August 2011

    * Comments (25)

    We’re sorry but reader comments are currently unavailable.

    Mrs Bercow is being paid £160,000 to take part in the three-week Channel 5 show but is the favourite with the bookmakers to be the first person to be evicted. She says she will give £100,000 of the money to an autism charity. Of the rest, £20,000</b? will go to her publicity agent Max Clifford, with £40,000 for herself.

    She is in the Labour partyisn’t she?

  245. 245
    Sally De Alley says:

    It was established here that Labour had a majority of seats in England.

  246. 246
    Suzanne Moore says:

    And while host Brian Dowling may persuade some that he is the new Davina, he won’t persuade me. I took against him after my daughter, then 12, went to interview him for a TV show.

    She was hoping to meet the camp, funny guy who won Big Brother but instead she met a moody grump.

    When she asked him if he liked her Bagpuss T-shirt, he said No. Sorry, but what sort of person doesn’t like Bagpuss?

    Read more:

    How many 12 year olds have the task of interviewing for a tv show?

    Brava Ms. Moore junior.

  247. 247
    Dave says:

    No, the mad and stupid hang – the bad and clever plead insanity and get away with it.

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