August 23rd, 2011

Exclusive: Hacks Silenced Until After Tory Conference
Lots More News of the World Compromise Agreements

Last night’s Pesto phone-hack flap was over the fact that Coulson had his severance pay “Compromise Agreement” strung out such that there was an overlap with when he started spinning for Dave. It looks bad to be still taking the Murdoch shilling when you work for the man who wants to be Prime Minister.

It was almost a vintage phone-hacking day. Pesto got the leak, Guardian got cross and finally Tom Watson wrote a letter to someone. Apparently there must be a full investigation into all of this, however it seems these sort of delays are nowadays not so uncommon. Despite what Brillo and Yelland are saying about their respective terminations:

Brillo and Yello stopped taking the Murdoch shilling a decade or more ago. Guido can reveal that right now those journalists dismissed from the News of the World last month have similarly had their payments subject to a delay which means their own “Comprise Agreement” severance payments will not be settled until October 6. Certainly one way of keeping mouths shut until after Conservative Party conference…

Cynics might think that yesterday was a good day to bury a little bad news for News International. But that would be casting aspersions on Pesto’s independence from his mate Will Lewis, News International’s general manager. He surely would never leak anything to Pesto, his friend of two decades…

Incidentally, whilst we are on the subject, Coulson walked for the illegal activities which happened on his watch. Will the Guardian’s Rusbridger do the same if his journalists get nicked?


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Grabs popcorn :-)

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


    what really scares me is what comes after this phone-hacking stuff is over with, we saw the reaction of a Tory MP (i think) after the riots saying that the police of home sec should have the power to shut down twitter/BBM.

    What the hell are they going to do to present a clean media, a clean police and a clen politics?

  3. 3
    Ken Clarke says:

    I appreciate that you don’t like the Guardian but they were going after a story in the public interest, not rummaging through a dead girl’s things in case something juicy turned up.

  4. 4

    So if Guido reckons Rusbridger is up to no good should I be able to listen to his phone calls? Be judge, jury and self-appointed policeman? Give myself a warrant to bug whomever?

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

    No, Bullshit, The hacking of a phone is illegal, It matters not who the phone belonged to.

    All MUST be equal under the law.

  6. 6
    Robert Peston's peyote supplier says:

    Has the plot thickened, then?

  7. 7

    Guido when you genuinely resign there isn’t a compromise agreement other than your employer not suing you for breach of notice terms. Of course, if Coulson was dismissed that would be different – oh no, I forgot, News Intewrnational get fired for gross misconduct and pick up best part of a quarter of a million, get made redundant and I bet its a lot closer to statutory rates (unless you know something that needs to be kept quiet).

  8. 8
    Ken Clarke says:

    No you shouldn’t – but the public will think that you should. The public don’t think that you should go after dead children, and it’s that – and sucking up to Murdo the Malevolent – that will make this team one-term wonders.

    That and call-me-Dave’s seeming indifference once he was in, of course. He really doesn’t seem to have thought past the bit where he got the keys to No 10.

  9. 9
    Ewanme Botha says:

    Hiya , supplier , babes x .

    Who nose , FFS ??

    These guys speak in riddells .

    I ain’t stupid but WTF is this shit ??

    E x .

  10. 10
    john miller says:

    Read Timmy’s take – amateur Tories again

  11. 11
    anon says:

    Bill lets face it without lord Haw-Haw how would you be able to discern propaganda from fact,

  12. 12
    ModBot says:

    This evening I shall be moderating Ewanme for no other reason than it amuses me.

  13. 13
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I fear regulation from Brussels over this as our politicons are corrupt*.

    *Thats how our masters in Brussels will see it anyway.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Ahh, the old moral relativism.

    Take a bow.

  15. 15
    Ewanme Botha says:

    Face hand arse , darlin xx .

  16. 16
    It's a conspiracy says:

    Ah, but who mods the modbot? Eh?

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  18. 18
    Gooey Blob says:

    Quick suggestion for those who are seeking Colonel Gaddafi: you might want to check up Gordon Brown’s backside.

  19. 19
    Jimmy says:

    Good interference there. You just have to hope that no-one here knows the difference between redundancy and dismissal for misconduct. I think you’ll probably get away with it.

  20. 20
    Jimmy says:

    “Be judge, jury and self-appointed policeman? Give myself a warrant to bug whomever?”

    I thought you already did.

  21. 21
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Peston is getting annoying. “I have learned that” is code for “my mate’s told me”. It’s crony journalism and not the stuff of a sharp news hound.

  22. 22
    Billy Clinton says:

    Its good to know that a ‘little war’ wont stop our Jobsworth doing their job. The leader of the authority charged with keeping track of the Lockerbie bomber says his officials are making efforts to reach Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, where intense fighting is raging between rebels and those defending the Gaddafi regime.
    The former Libyan intelligence agent is supposed to keep in regular contact with officials at East Renfrewshire Council, the area in which his family had a home during his imprisonment.

    Any infringement of the condition could, on paper, lead to Megrahi being returned to jail.

    Council leader Jim Fletcher said his officers have spoken to him recently and are satisfied he is alive and staying at his home address.

    You could not make this stuff up.

  23. 23

    Coulson resigned. Have you been drinking Jimmy? You seem more confused than normal.

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

    Whose that in top picture?

  25. 25
    Ewanme Botha says:


    Tiny little penis is amongst us , again .

    E x .

  26. 26
    Jimmy says:

    Not nearly enough. I stand corrected. He was indeed “resigned”.

  27. 27
    God is an Englishman. says:

    Why is this supposed to be interesting?

  28. 28
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Because Ed “Media deep cleaner” Miliband says so.

  29. 29
    Ewanme Botha says:

    You TOSSER !!

    The next Hain to say “grabs popcorn” will probably die , darlin x .

    E x .

  30. 30
    smoggie says:

    How the fuck will civilisation continue without Twitter?

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Is this just to get in first, or is there some clever joke that I don’t get.

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

    Talk to people on the phone like we used to?

  33. 33
    Babs Woodhouse says:

    Monkey-boy speaks again.

  34. 34
    smoggie says:

    He certainly bugs you.

  35. 35
    Who cares? says:


  36. 36
    MrAngry61 says:

    Write letters and keep otherwise unemployable postman busy

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    but you rather obviously don’t have any friends

  38. 38
    MrAngry61 says:

    Billy’s alter ego?

  39. 39
    John Danton says:

    After working all my life, I looked after my wife fore the last 13 months of her life and now i’m treated like a criminal, twice I’ve tried to apply for job seekers allowance, now I.m totaly confused and dispondant’ well done dave someone took what i payed in unfortunately theres none left for me

  40. 40
    П Thе Оrwеlliаn Undеrcrоft оf Nеw Lаbоυr Dоυblеspеаk П says:

    What more can happen in the space of one day?

  41. 41
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    True, but some do have a habit of stealing them or “Losing” them.

  42. 42
    pithed hack says:

    Have you been drinking Jimmy?

    Is a pig’s arse pork?

  43. 43
    pithed hack says:

    Why not get a job?

  44. 44
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    @ John

    Why do you rely on the state?

  45. 45
    BillyBob.... says:

    Spin, spin, spin, spin spin spiiiiiiiiiiiiin nothing more nothing else !!

  46. 46
    BillyBob.... says:

  47. 47
    pithed hack says:

    definately, I suspect there’s loads you don’t get

  48. 48
    pithed hack says:

    says the sad stalker

  49. 49
    Boris says:

    So nice to see architectual allusion returning in amongst all this riff-raff.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    This latest burp to the “phone-hacking” scandal is just another attempt by the Guardian/BBC axis to keep the pot boiling, and to distract attention from the Guardian’s own complicity in securing information illicitly from the police.

    No one else is interested.

  51. 51
    Spot the inconsistency says:

    “It looks bad to be still taking the Murdoch shilling when you work for the man who wants to be Prime Minister.”

    How many Mps from both sides of the House could that apply to?

  52. 52
    П Thе Оrwеlliаn Undеrcrоft оf Nеw Lаbоυr Dоυblеspеаk П says:

    Except Piers

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

    Are you jesting?

    Corrupt media/politicons/police exposed and you dont think people care?

  54. 54
    see below says:

    Fuck off.

  55. 55
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fuck me!!!!!!!!

    Ask a genuine question , get abuse!

    The UK is sick.

  56. 56
    Rohan Giggler says:

    A sanctimonious w….ker like Rusbringer resign. Guido your having a laugh resignation is only for the little people who work for companies that pay their taxes. People like him live in the rarified and lofty heights of mount guardian basking in the glow of of their own sense of smug self righteous satisfaction and knowledge that above all else we are all wrong and he is right.

    He’s just another left wing bell end that thinks pissing other peoples money away is a great idea as long as its not his that gets used.

    Pass the champagne Polly.

  57. 57
    John Danton says:

    There no jobs here pal, I live in the backdoor of no where, I can’t even get a job in the KFC’ I’ve tried

  58. 58
    Ewanme is a Jedward twat says:

    The BBC cripplers and the Guardian twats are obviously conspiring against the Tories. I do not pay my licence fee for the BBC to play pathetic games.

  59. 59
    Fuck you, bleed the system like MP's do says:

    Because that was the deal sold to us back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Work hard and pay your taxes, and if you need find you’re in trouble and need help, the government will step in.
    Some deal that turned out to be.
    and I, as a elder man rejoining the job market, would say, What job? Where are all these jobs to fill the bone idle’s hands for shit money when you see roma gippos walk in and milk the system with impunity. Have you ever seen one working in legitimate employment?

  60. 60
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Then find a job, even if it means moving, If i had a family (I dont i am gay) i would move to wherever i could get a job.

    I do have a job (not well paid, but gets by with it).

    Dont wait for things to come to you, go find them first!

  61. 61
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Your faith in goverment is truley misplaced.

  62. 62
    П Thе Оrwеlliаn Undеrcrоft оf Nеw Lаbоυr Dоυblеspеаk П says:

    We are taking you in for a rebuild, No 4333

  63. 63
    Fuck you, bleed the system like MP's do says:

    He’s one of the Chipping Norton set, or didn’t you know?

  64. 64
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dunno, How is Southend Pier looking :-) ?

  65. 65
    Fuck you, bleed the system like MP's do says:

    But plenty of other mugs do. It gives them something to whinge about.

  66. 66
    П Thе Оrwеlliаn Undеrcrоft оf Nеw Lаbоυr Dоυblеspеаk П says:

    Most of them will have to be broken up.

  67. 67
    BillyBob.... says:

    I dislike the LibDems as much as the Beeb and the Gruniad, the influence they have far out-ways their honestly and popularity…… actually the are just odious !!

  68. 68
    Fuck you, bleed the system like MP's do says:

    Not now it isn’t. Get your snout in the trough just like they do. Working for a living is for mugs.

  69. 69
    П Thе Оrwеlliаn Undеrcrоft оf Nеw Lаbоυr Dоυblеspеаk П says:

    We are taking you in for destruction, No 4502. Nothing to save.

  70. 70
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    That may be true, but personal satisfaction is better than watching jeremy kyle.

  71. 71
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Right fellow window lickers, i am off home, Please take care and have a great night whatever you do :-)

    Anyone using this monkier is a fake tonight from now on.

  72. 72
    pithed hack says:

    Sounds as if he’s talking shite. You can always get a job if you want one and you can always get benefits.

    Oh yea, and you can always get another wife.

  73. 73
    Fuck you, bleed the system like MP's do says:

    Only a pidgeon brained, pidgeon holer like you could equate watching Jeremy Kyle with living life free as a bird. Not all dole bludgers are of that ilk.

  74. 74
    pithed hack says:

    How old is this c unt pretending to be??

  75. 75
    pithed hack says:

    Ow, Easy Rider….get on yer bike !!!

  76. 76
    see below says:

    Screw you.

  77. 77
    bumcorn bonanza says:

    Oh dear, you two love birds fallen out? Bless.

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    fuck off

  79. 79
    Fuck you, bleed the system like MP's do says:

    I will be, if it’s nice tomorrow. Down to the local river for a spot of fishing, back home for breakfast, fill in jobsearch form telling how i’ve just done a Norman Tebbit, and then on to the interweb to take the piss out of all those taxaying workers keeping the whole rotten edifice afloat.
    Sweet dreams

  80. 80
    Chocolate Starfish says:

    More like “grabs rentboy & a bag’o’coke”

  81. 81
    kmq says:

    A lot of bitches have seen what the underside of that particular pier looks like Billy, surprised you haven’t.

  82. 82
    Chocolate Starfish says:

    Crack corn?

  83. 83
    Not so much Lions led by Donkeys as sheep led by Wolves says:

    Don’t forget folks! Keep voting for real choice between C*nservative, Labour and Lib Dems. It’s done you proud for the last 100 years and let’s face it, it’s all your tiny brains can understand.

  84. 84
    Jimmy talks in riddles says:

    I’m resigned to you being an utter fuckwit Jimmy.

  85. 85
    Chocolate Starfish says:

    Indeed, countries full bumpires.

  86. 86
    WVM says:

    Are you talking about the LibLabCon, the three in one liberal elite divide and conquer governing machine?

  87. 87
    Terry Collier says:

    Get a job! Like sitting on the checkout at Asda? What sort of job is that for a real Man?

  88. 88
    П Thе Оrwеlliаn Undеrcrоft оf Nеw Lаbоυr Dоυblеspеаk П says:

    You have never performed properly, No 4064. We are pulling you in tonight and will melt you down. Tomorrow you will be creosote on someone’s fence.

  89. 89
    carry on at your convenience says:

    Billy likes getting screwed by 6′ gorillas that he meets in various charming cottages around the capital.

  90. 90
    Robert Pissed-on says:

    There’s too much emphasis on Libya at the moment and it’s making the Tories look a bit good. We need to get back to the hacking scandal that everyone is talking about and give Knob Ed a bit of limelight.

  91. 91
    The BBC is Biased says:

    You could almost be describing the employees of the BBC there …………

  92. 92
    Not so much Lions led by Donkeys as sheep led by Wolves says:

    That’s just conpiracy theorists running riot on half truths and suspense of reason as demonstrated by wild imaginations like yours.
    Some us have faith in change you can believe in.

  93. 93
    the cottagers handbook says:

    I admire your spunk Billy.

  94. 94
    I don't care what you think says:

    But you go to love this:

    Still rolling down my thigh..

  95. 95
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have just returned from a secret holiday on Richard Branson’s island. Unfortunately things did not go too well on my first night there.

  96. 96
    M says:

    Gaddafi foundation connected to Milliband foundation
    Cameron connected to Coulson
    Is Coulson even worse than Gaddafi ?
    Coulsons sure getting more air time , guess he must be

  97. 97
    Libya. Latest odds! says:

    Orderly transition to democratic government received with much joy by population: In your dreams/1

    Any other scenario: gissa laugh/evens

  98. 98
    BBC Newes presented to you by Tupp Shepherd says:

    Good evening Sheeple and Chavs. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah *Brainwash* Blah, Blah, Blah. Now over to Little Bo Peep for the weather who will inform us that all Labour constituencies are warm and sunny. All Conservative areas are bitterly cold. Liberal Democratic constituencies will be extremely dull forever and ever. Goodnight.

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Not stupid?

  100. 100
    Fit & Proper Test. says:

    More money down the drain!

  101. 101
    the beg society says:

    They’re all in this together mate.

  102. 102
    peanuts says:

    Not bad for somebody who wasn’t left any money by the last government.

  103. 103
    BBC News says:

    Good idea, we’re on it!

  104. 104
    Muhammar Ghadaffi says:

    I am currently on my way to the UK to apply for political asylum and apply for welfare benefits. Once I am settled, I intend, on the advice of my good friend and MP, Mike Handycock, to become an MP myself. Mike has advised me that as well as a large salary, I will be entitled to almost unlimited expenses with which to employ Saif, Mohammed and other members of my family, who will not have to actually do anything for their salaries. I will also be able to travel around the world on official business, and get unlimited sex, all paid for by the UK Taxpayers. I might even be able to get back with my Ukranian Nurse on trips to Eastern Europe; Mike has promised to show me the ropes, and also how to get rich through property development in Portsmouth. Allah Akhbar, Handycock my good friend.

  105. 105
    spongebob squarepants forpm says:

    An you think you’re joking? Watch this space.

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    we interupt this programme to bring you the latest score from Libya

    gadaffi 0

    rioters sorry rebel freedom fighter 3

    leading up to half-time

    cameron beached for the day in cornwall

  107. 107
    WVM says:

    Wow what a great idea Willy!
    And when that cheap sweet Libyan crude starts rolling in I bet you’ll be dropping 10p tax off a litre for a couple of months as recompense to the British taxpayer eh?

  108. 108
    Engineer says:

    Conservative administrations know a bit about de-mining. Ask Arthur Scargill.

  109. 109
    Utter Fuckwit says:

    Take that back right now!

  110. 110
    nell says:

    they might (not likely but you never know) drop 10p off the tax when libya’s good quality crude oil starts to flow but don’t expect the price to come down.

    The oil companies are masters at putting the price up quickly when barrel price goes up and then not reducing price at the pumps when barrel price comes down.

    How else d’you think they are making their £billions!

  111. 111
    Real Men Shop Local says:

    ASDA is pretty well all self-service where I live.

  112. 112
    nell says:

    s p e a k ing of politicians where on e arth is militwit?

    has he gone to the be a ch too?

  113. 113
    Technomist says:

    Generally not the media, oddly enough. Most people I know get much more annoyed contemplating the rampant corruption and waste in local government which the Coalition has done next to nothing about.

  114. 114
    Ludmiila, Nurse from Ukraine says:

    I don’t want you visiting me Muhammar, I have had enough of you and your viagra, and we certainly don’t want that pervert Handycock back in Ukraine. He is not supporting the many children he has out here already and our young girls are terrified of him coming back and impregnating them, especially the underage ones.

  115. 115
    sally bercow says:

    can you lot kindly be quiet, I’m watching my favourite tv programme

  116. 116
    bumcorn bonanza says:

    fuck off where?

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    nell says:

    there’s as much chance of rusbridger resigning as there is of gad afi willingly coming out of hiding.

    leftwingers don’t do courage or integrity.

  118. 118
    Surfadelic says:

    I would live to kick sand on his towel.

  119. 119
    Phil says:

    What I dont get is if Lewis who works for NI is spilling the beans to Pestilence who works for the BBC “Why the fxxk doesn’t Lewis get the sack for consorting with the enemy and disclosing privileged info”?

  120. 120
    Ghost of Gordon says:

    But they do write books about it.

  121. 121
    Cynfeeaarr says:

    Oh just shut up Billy or better still go away.

  122. 122
    WPC Yvonne Fletcher says:

    Nor did a C*nservative government in my case.

  123. 123
    joescotus says:

    makes you long for gorbals mick his wife only fucked us for taxi fares

  124. 124
    The bring back the up and down arrows petition to Parliament says:

    Bring back the up and down arrows!

  125. 125
    Please don't fuck me up the arse says:

    fucking procreation!

  126. 126
    Byrds Fan says:

    I wanna grow up to be a politician
    And take over this beautiful land
    I wanna grow up to be a politician
    And be the old US of A’s number one man

    I’ll always be tough, I’ll never be scary
    I want to shoot guns or butter my bread
    I’ll work on the towns or conservate the prairies
    And you can believe the future’s ahead

    I’ll give the young the right to vote
    As soon as they mature
    But spare the rod and spoil the child
    To help them feel secure

    And if I win election day
    I’ll sign the bill to help the poor
    To show I’m not snob

    I’ll open my door, I’m chargin’ no admission
    And you can be sure I’ll give you my hand
    I’ll be glad you got me in everything I do
    And I’ll defend until the end
    The old red, white and blue

    I want to grow up…

    Roger McGuinn
    From the Album Byrdmaniax – 1971

  127. 127
    East India Company wallah says:

    Behave,one previous conservative government put an end to subsidy mining by the the NUM , quite why they dont put an end to wind subsidy mining is beyond my tiny intellect,maybe if it was not a coalition they would have shot the balloon down by now-your call engineer?

  128. 128
    Three a.m. shopper says:

    Who do you think stocks the shelves then?

  129. 129

    Disagree but:


  130. 130
    correction says:

    Actually it was the Libyan government (Arab Socialist Union) that shot you.

  131. 131
    correction says:

    and we let the yanks do their airstrikes from our airbases in retaliation.

  132. 132
    Scott Tracy - Thunderbird 1 says:

    Gadaffi downfall

  133. 133
    zzzzzzz says:


  134. 134
    Captain Blackadder says:

    This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it’s a twelve-storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying ‘This Is a Large Crisis’.

  135. 135
    the real bumcorn says:

    Fuck off Johann

  136. 136
    Johnny says says:

    Perhaps Yelland and Neil could turn their attentions to similar pay arrangements that are common in the upper echelons of local government. Coulson’s pay arrangement doesn’t seem at all exceptional.


  137. 137
    Span Ows says:

    Also multiple mentions of dead children…clearly Ken is on an Ed mission.

  138. 138
    The bring back the up and down arrows petition to Parliament says:

    But the silent majority at least got to speak.

  139. 139
    WPC Yvonne Fletcher says:

    I’ll rest easy in my grave knowing that passed for a full and proper trial, justicial examination of the facts and due deliberation.

  140. 140
    Fish says:

    I negotiated and drafted many compromise agreements.

    I would never offer one if someone simply resigned (you missed out Brillo!) or deserved to be sacked, but would do so if we wanted rid of someone but couldn’t quite guarantee that they wouldn’t have a case at tribunal. Or if we felt that a resignation would be in both our interests and the person concerned had been a valued employee.

    Yes. Some payments and ‘benefits in kind’ routinely continued for some considerable time – nothing to do with shutting people up. All of our agreements always had a confidentiality clause. If Coulson had one he would be in breach of this if he told anyone – new employer included.

    Not surprised that Pesto and colleagues don’t understand this. I read somwhere that many worthies in the BBC changed their employment status to become ‘self employed’ as a way of reducing their tax bills.

  141. 141
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Will the Guardian’s Rusbridger do the same if his journalists get nicked?

    Of course not, Guido! Because The hacks by The Guardian are the “Peoples Hacks” and thus sacred!

    In fact, Rusbridger will launch a campaign to have them declared martyrs, too!

  142. 142
    Displaced Brummie says:

    I miss them. Oh, yeah…


  143. 143
    Anonymous says:

    It’s a severance payment. Anyone who thinks this is untoward is a fucking idiot and likely to be in the pay of Labour.

  144. 144
    Sarah Twit the Tweeting Twat says:

    Never mind civi . . ciffi . . civvvy . . that words you said . . how will I manage?

    Which way up do you want me darling? – or is the floor easier?

  145. 145
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s taken for the moment – come back later

  146. 146
    Gordon Brown says:

    LieBore never severs anyone’s employment – do we Peter?

  147. 147
    Gordon's trick cyclist says:

    No dear – it’s the mirror – you seem obsessed by it – do you by any chance have a narcissistic streak?

  148. 148
    Anonymous says:

    This is how we treet wounded soldiers who lose both legs and an arm – shove them in a flat 6 floors up

    How proud Labour controlled Thurrock council must feel

  149. 149
    M says:

    Or does the public considered it the norm & are becoming numb to it ?

  150. 150
    Beachcomber says:

    Beach the fucker there permanently

  151. 151
    M. Illitwat says:

    Shhhh! I’m hiding here behind this sewage outfall

  152. 152
    The silent majority says:


  153. 153
    School Inspector says:


    Editor Alan Rusbridger (Cranleigh); political editor Patrick Wintour (Westminster); leader writer Madeleine Bunting (Queen Mary’s,Yorkshire); policy editor Jonathan Freedland (University College School); columnist Polly Toynbee (Badminton); executive editor Ian Katz (University College School); security affairs editor Richard Norton Taylor (King’s School, Canterbury); arts editor-in-chief Clare Margetson (Marlborough College); literary editor Clare Armitstead (Bedales); public services editor David Brindle (Bablake); city editor Julia Finch (King’s High, Warwick).; environment editor John Vidal (St Bees); fashion editor Jess Cartner-Morley (City of london School for Girls); G3 editor Janine Gibson (Walthamstow Hall); northern editor Martin Wainwright (Shreswbury); and industrial editor David Gow (St Peter’s, York); Seumas Milne, an Old Wykehamist (Winchester College) and at Balliol; the Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley (Rugby School and Cambridge U); George Monbiot (Stowe); Zoe Williams (Godolphin and

    Hat Tip TSE –

  154. 154
    The BBc says:

    Oh yes you do!

  155. 155
    A Grateful Pleb says:

    Thank you that man – or woman, – you have done us a truly useful service.

  156. 156
    Spot the consistency says:

    Lord Mandelson defending his aquisition of £8million pound home

  157. 157
    Sorry and all that says:

    If you’re willing to put your arse on the line in Afghanistan for HM government……………..

  158. 158
    BP says:

    Don’t hold your breath WVM.

  159. 159
    nell says:

    +1. Yes I agree. Bring them back. They helped to show the current mood of the blog.

  160. 160
    nell says:

    Perhaps now WPC Yvonne Fletcher will get justice.

    Apparently bliar’s and gordon’s government knew who the perpetrators were , that they were still living in libya, but neither bliar nor gordon had the moral courage to request gad afi give them up for trial.

    I think a request from our coalition to the free libya government might meet with some sympathy.

  161. 161
    nell says:

    Are you suggesting that mandy has raised the £8million he needs for his new mansion through his expenses in the HoL?

    I know he’s labour but that seems rather extreme even for them!

  162. 162
    Handycock, Ocean Going Shagger says:

    Any more of these scurrilous facts printed about me on this blog and my boys in Portsmouth will deal with it severely. We know who you are, and the next listed building, with planning permission, to be torched, will have you in it. Innit?

  163. 163

    “US markets rally on hope of Jackson Hole stimulus”

    hee hee, he said hole stimulus, hee hee hee

  164. 164
    State skool teecher says:

    Yeah, but if thyd gone to state skools thy wuldnt be ab le to fuckin rite at all.


  165. 165
    Pry says:

    Does that leave anyone?

  166. 166
    Peremy Jaxman says:

    Tut tut tut!

    He is A Rubbishbringer not a rubbishgoer!

  167. 167

    Ken Livingstone = Colonel Gaddafi

  168. 168
    I'm struggling to remember says:

    LieBore – yes – but not just any LieBore!

    It’s NooLieBore – ?4th incarnation + a Bit of Brussels pate.

  169. 169
    Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

    Declared a tax haven more Like!

    Guardian Tax owed = National debt!

  170. 170
    Lloyd Blankfein says:

    It was the stupid Hunt’s own choice to join the army in the first place.

    I susupect he didn’t mind shoooting johnnie foreigner’s arms and legs off prior to one of them getting their own back.

    Just whose war did this fuckwit of a useful idiot think he was fighting?

    Maybe he should write a letter to St Tony?

    But I don’t think Tony will let on!

  171. 171
    Rupert Murdoch says:

    We are watching you Handycock.

  172. 172
    Tony Blair says:

    You fuckin Hunt!…how dare you besmirch Gaddafi like that!


  173. 173
    the Fake Bono says:

    Tax is for the little people, just like Socialism which I advocate as its good for my image.

  174. 174
    No-one says:

    I know now that I should look up to the Grouniad coz they is the uppa krust innit coz they iz abal ter spil ‘n that.

  175. 175
    Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

    And what ever you do Libya, no giving Gordon any gold….he is useless with the stuff!

    poor old Bliar…his summer house Tent in Tripoli has gone up in smoke!

  176. 176
    Peremy Jaxman says:

    Emily Maitlis King Edward scholl Sheffield
    Jeremy Paxman Charterhose

    both salt of the Earth offspring of working class Yorkshire miners and just the type od people to keep the BBC from being to middle class.

  177. 177
    Baldrick says:

    ohhhhh, – so it’s a large crisis is it?

  178. 178
    Gordon Brown's arsehole says:

    Ohh look! – my picture is on here!

  179. 179
    Bystander #3 says:

    I hope he’s got a probation officer and all risk assessments have been carried out by good jobsworths as per standard protocols.

  180. 180
    St Tony the Nazarene says:

    Well if they shoved his legs and arm in a flat 6 floors up, tell ‘em to fuckin go ‘n’ bring them back down for Christ’s sake!

    Jeesssuusss wept!

  181. 181
    arthur bedloe says:

    i’ve just been woken up by thse nice chaps at the ministry of defence. i asumed they phoned up my mp for permission to fly below 250feet. he obviously said it was okay to fly directly over my roof at 12.30am – about 10-20 feet over my roof by the way. funny that nobody asked me if it was okay

    seems any nation can fly over my roof now as the government has given the okay if their own peoples won’t let them fly over their roofs. nice of cameron and fascist friends to do this

    the bastards

  182. 182
    BBC Controller says:

    “Will the Guardian’s Rusbridger do the same if his journalists get nicked?”

    *cough* *splutter*

    What a ludicrous suggestion! Guido – get a grip old boy…

  183. 183
    Mrs Egging says:

    Guido will have trouble bringing back the down arrow!

  184. 184
    anonymous says:

    its funny how Al-Qaeda is our enemy one minute

    and our ‘friend’ the next …..

    so what exactly are all those restrictions on our liberties about then?????

  185. 185
    not a machine says:

    Rather astonishing seeing Saif on farewell tour last night , quite a lot of t shirt wearing supporters looked well fed military types , however as day progressed there was no vacancey for international playboy dictator .
    Gaddafis hat and gold fly swatter has even been taken .
    near miss for Labour ,Paxman “do you think it was right for your government to embrace Gaddafi ” (only avaible labour person being hardley able to publicly recall Kim Howell) “well i couldnt comment on how close the raltionship was “. mmmm that loverly clip of Blair in moi moi moment.
    Sky did a good interview with senator John Macain and it was interesting to note how considerate and wise his thoughts were . Hospital pictures were a concern , given ammount of bullet fight outs , hope new government will allow some medic aid in fast , esp if Sirte is final urban shoot out .Those tunnels must be really amazing .

    Pestons leak career now makes sense , I suppose , still coulson story seemed small beer to me , given on going hack enq .

    I dont know if I should buy a toyota pickup (doesnt say anything about 14mm antiaircraft gun in broucher as an optional extra ), having seen B&P article on France , and yet i am pleased at least N African counties now have a chance to improve there lives .

    I think I will sign off for a while , I want to crack the question about behaviour and Knowledge systems , I am sure there is somthing very wonk in the consrtruct , I think you have to lie to yourself , perhaps thats how socialism has worked all along ……………:)

  186. 186
    John Bellingham says:

    Saddam’s sons–useless. Gadaffi’s sons–pathetic. Assad’s son–wobbly. Murdoch’s sons……………………………..

  187. 187
    albacore says:

    Fawkes, you are having a larf posting that link up there on the right, “Middle Class Rioters are To Blame” (and especially the choice comments thereto) aren’t you?
    You really should hold the sensibilities of your own readers in higher regard.
    Our cat disgraced himself.

  188. 188
    smoggie says:

    Most of what you pay at the pump is tax, 80% or thereabouts.

    Don’t blame the oil companies for wanting to make a profit – they operate in a competitive environment; blame the government – they don’t.

    BTW, expect Libya’s oil production to increase sooner rather than later. I happen to know that there’s a high level delegation of oil company executives in Libya right now talking about getting the facilities operating again.

    Unfortunately, as per usual, it ain’t the Brits. It’s Agip – Italians.

  189. 189
    smoggie says:

    We let the killer go because he had diplomatic immunity – we could hardly ask for him to be extradited once he got home.

  190. 190
    Popeye says:

    Rusbriger walk? Ha! don’t hold your breath.
    As for Pesto, he works for the BBC! Say no more.

  191. 191

    But why are the silent majority silent?

    Don’t they care enough to SCREAM just sometimes?

  192. 192
    Dave, Freedom Fighter My Arse says:

    so what exactly are we doing in libya then?

    we are told it’s to help and shield locals from the authorities but it looks more and more like we are aiding the overthrow of gaddafi???

    exactly who said we could do this????

    dave’s got blood on his hands

    no wonder he’s always on fucking holiday

  193. 193

    Self-referentialism is always a good starting point for discovering how wonderful constructs implode. Look at Russell. Good luck. See you back sometime.

  194. 194
    MrAngry61 says:

    But Italy took Libyan oil previously – and their refineries are designed to use it as a feedstuff.

  195. 195
    filipinomonkey says:

    OT but the link “We are out of touch on sentences – The Guardian” is a bit misleading, I was expecting to read a confession.

  196. 196
    Anonymous says:

    here’s a good one for Strauss Kahn, the guy who got off charges because his victim wasn’t credible enough

    what does justice mean anymore?

  197. 197
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Fish is right here. Compromise agreements are usually used to establish the conditions under which an employer makes an ex gratia payment (over and above statutory redundancy and notice period) to an employee. They are usually made a short period after employment ceases. Confidentiality is a key part of it and often restrictions in going back and poaching former colleagues. They are common in redundancy arrangements in the City because of potential legal disputes about bonuses.

  198. 198
    British Troops will exit...WITHOUT a shot fired they said in 2006 says:

    I suspect that “Dave” wants to put boots on the ground for “peacekeeping purposes” but “Nick” has vetoed it…the LibDems have their uses.

    What is it about NO UK troops in Libya that “Dave” doesn’t understand ??? Have we learnt nothing from Iraq and Afghanistan ? Apparently not

  199. 199
    QC says:

    A compromise agreement is effectively a gagging order. Labour will get no joy from those as breaking a gagging order will be where the real prosecutions occur rather than from any ‘grasping at straws’ smears. Who would risk being prosecuted for breaking a confidence like that? Watson and his lefty lynch mobs will have to try from another angle, as petty as those acts are.

  200. 200
    smoggie says:

    I know, but my point is that they are hot off the mark while BP are still having a wobble.

    I am pleased to say, hoever, that Russia and China won’t get a look in after their support of the skulking “Martyr”.

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