October 6th, 2011

Mirror Review Whitewash Wonder

Trinity Mirror are set to announce that their review into phone-hacking has found that there was no widespread malpractice taking place at its newspapers, despite a growing list of allegations around Ulrika Jonsson, Frank Bruno and Noel Edmonds. An internal investigation whitewash? Sound familiar yet? 

Sky’s Mark Kleinman is reporting that:

“Paul Vickers, the group legal director of Trinity Mirror, told a meeting of the company’s board last month that a review lasting about six weeks had been completed and that there were no grounds for directors’ concern.”

This is despite clear allegations from a former member of staff at The People that, Kleinman reports, were not considered by Vickers. We know full well that the legal director had been made aware of the allegations in this letter from the Sunlight Centre. Add this to the fact the same former staff claim the Mirror Group’s HR department “urged colleagues to deny any knowledge of phone-hacking at the company on the same day that Clive Goodman was arrested in 2006.” Plenty here for the Guardian to really get their teeth into…


  1. 1
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Hardly surprising.

    Anyway: isn’t the whole hacking scandal all down to the contents of one private investigators notebook.

  2. 2
    Mrs B says:

    Billy is just wiping his arse

  3. 3
    Lefty DNA says:

    Why would the Guardian bite a socialist newspaper? That is cannibalism

  4. 4
    The Guardian says:

    We have no teeth but plenty of venom

  5. 5
    Racked off says:

    The Mirror’s a bit like Rose West looking round the house going “nope, no bodies here” you must be mistaken, thats just a lump in the carpet.

  6. 6
    Selohesra says:

    Wont be covered by BBC – scrap the BBC petition here


  7. 7
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Yeah right…as if the Guardian will follow this one up with any level of rigor. Fat chance. The first whiff of potential impartiality in their reporting sadly sends them lurching for cover. It used to be readable back in the seventies – now it’s just a parody.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    comment of the day

  9. 9
    The Paragnostic says:

    I wonder if Piers Morgan knows anything?

    On second thoughts, that’s like asking whether he knew anything about Viglen share ramping…

  10. 10
    Bangor Piers says:

    Phew. I’ve got away with it…..

  11. 11
    Mark Thompson says:

    Oh look – it’s a cat stuck up a tree!

  12. 12
    misterned says:

    If there had been any new development at all in allegations against News International, the BBC would have interrupted their economic doomfest to lead with it. Similar allegations against any left wing publication are completely ignored.

    I have signed that petition.

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Even if they have, by now they would have got rid of it. Its legal if there is public interest in it but Rupert’s boys and girls even went after murdered victims.

    There is a big difference! Its legal to bet a thief who threaten you in your house but its a criminal offence to beat up a kid who comes to your house for trick or treat.

  14. 14
    nell says:

    The graudian get it’s teeth into trinity mirror?

    These leftwingers (including the beeb) will take up the whitewash on mirror’s behalf. They are not about impartial or professional journalism you know!

  15. 15
    Nemo says:

    Quick, make sure that he is doing it properly.

  16. 16
    Jasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    Holy dog shit, the cu’nts Tom Blubber Watson, the Guardian, and the BBC will be all over this in a fucking trice

    There’s no way the Labour Party/Hard left establishment will permit this to go unchallenged…Mark my fucking words you arseole retards

  17. 17
    Nemo says:

    Capitalism dear that’s what businesses do try to get one over on one of their rivals wherethey smell a weakness, they are business rivals!

  18. 18
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall,
    Funny! We can see no hackers,
    None at all!

  19. 19
    Nemo says:

    What Morgan did is used by still done by the more bubious sections of the financial pundits

  20. 20
    Anon E Mouse says:

    “Plenty here for the Guardian to really get their teeth into…”

    No chance Guido given the BBC/Guardian stance on Murdoch.

  21. 21
    Professor Sir Robert Winstons says:

    2000 Scotchers/welshists/and general smug, useless, chip on both shoulders paper shufflers going at the Labour Parteh’s propaganda machine.

    Its good, but it;s not enough

  22. 22
    Nemo says:

    Nup lad ’tis Tess May

  23. 23
    Professor Sir Robert Winstons says:

    Yes i think that was his point you anus

  24. 24
    Nemo says:

    And the Tit and Bum group is totally impartial and objective and truthful?

  25. 25
    BillyBob... says:

    “There may be trouble ahead, but while there’s music and sunshine and…… ” I can just hear Maguire singing in the background hahahahaha

  26. 26

    The POLICE, POLITICIANS, PRESS, have been filling us full of S–t for Years. No wonder all of the institutions are as corrupt and corrupting as they are. Pumping the economy up with Printed Cash to support building windmills, employing people engaged in the Phoney Drug War. Will not help the real economy. Only destroy it.

  27. 27
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire ! says:

    I’m not surprised that apple’s founder is dead.

    With the current state of the economy we were always going to lose Jobs.

  28. 28
    tube-thumper says:

    who gives a toss about hacking?

    The phone companies should be nade to make their products more secure and those twots that are crying (most has beens after some compo) should have made their own voicemail secure.

    Strange that they compalin about hacking then feel the need to tell everyone everything they do, say and shit on Twotter

  29. 29
    M says:

    Would Tom Watson please step forward

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

    How did the share value go on this news?

  31. 31
    Terrible But True says:

    On the plus side, Kevin Maguire may be off our screens courtesy of the national broadcaster for a while… until things have ‘moved on’.

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


    could pass this post onto Chris Bryant, Lord Presscott and Ed mIliband as i am sure that they would like to pass judgement on whether the Mirror is a ood or bad buisness.

  33. 33
    nell says:

    he’s still recovering from a massive labour conference hangover.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t get angry, get even!

  35. 35
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Tom Watson, the Guardian and the BBC are only interested in attacking Murdoch.
    Watson is seaking revenge on behalf of Gordon Brown for the Sun deserting labour. The Guardian just hates the Murdoch newspapers, while the BBC hates Sky television.
    Their agenda is not to help the people that were subjected to phone hacking but to see the demise of the Murdoch empire.
    Again no word from Ed Dowler Miliband on the Mirror’s involvement.

  36. 36
    I don't need no doctor says:

    get even angrier.

  37. 37
    Archer Karcher says:

    You think it was only N.I. who were dirty? If you do, you are retarded.

  38. 38
    stun says:

    Quite the Twitter to-and-fro with Louise Mensch going on currently. Yes, you’ve guessed it. Mirror Group sins in no way comparable to MURDOCH, according to Twatson. Mensch is trying hard though….

  39. 39
    I don't need no doctor says:

    His guts hanging over his trouser waist, that’s his massive hangover.

  40. 40
    stun says:

    Bryant actually (not Watson)…oops (engage brain first…)

  41. 41
    Archer Karcher says:

    Don’t the Mirror and Guardian both hate free market capitalism?

  42. 42
    jgm2 says:

    This is in the same league as NOTW declaring that hacking was just one or two rogue incidents and The Independent conducting its own investigation of the great interview inventor Johann Hari.

    It will work (in the sense of being a successful cover-up) only so long as folk allow it to work.

  43. 43
    Archer Karcher says:

    Shoot the bitch quick.

  44. 44
    Archer Karcher says:

    Fake Billy alert.

  45. 45
    shut up, luv says:

    That stupid wee girl makes those deceitful Labour twats seem plausible

  46. 46
    Archer Karcher says:

    Those who complain about being hacked, are also broadcasting to the world in a very loud voice ‘look at me, I am the stupidest person alive’. Though I doubt they are intelligent enough to realise it.

  47. 47
    I don't need no doctor says:

    By saying no way comparable this means that the mirror group did carry out some phone hacking. Come on Watson you hypocrite, or have you already completed your agenda.

  48. 48
    misterned says:

    In theory, yes, but they are both happy to profit from it.

    However, I am sure that both would be much happier if the government mandated that people received their publications and they were funded direct from the Government in a way which they could lobby to have increased each year.

  49. 49
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Can someone ask Tom Watson on twitter if he think he Guardian and Mirror are above the law?

  50. 50
    Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    You seem surprised to see a whitewash from an internal investigation. It happens all the time in the public sector, and where politicians or senior officials are involved there is always a cover up. The reason being that no matter how corrupt they might be, the public is never allowed to see this corruption, so as not to be disillusioned with the system. I must admit, in my case, it has been pushed to the limit, but there we are then; the system protects me as does the Brotherhood. Double protection. Boaz.

  51. 51
    Question says:

    There is some some negative comment about Mr JCB and his relationship with the Tories, some snide comments about donating £5000 whilst “laying off workers”

    In Left Land Anthony Bamford would be in a Gulag as an enemy of the state

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    You have left Sun.

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

    “Plenty here for the Guardian to really get their teeth into…”

    Oh come on Guido, That would be like Tony Blair being made middle east pe@ce envoy or Gordon Brown being bigged up for the IMF job.

  54. 54
    misterned says:

    Odd that Mensch was Praising Watson to the rafters on twitter a few weeks ago, she was full of admiration praise and respect for him.

    Perhaps the naive bint will finally realise what a twat the man is.

    Mind you, she was praising Blair to the hilt just after the labour party booed him at their conference, so I do not hold out much hope.

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

    Phone hacking (voicemail interception) is ilegal.

    Al MUST betreated equalliy under the law regardless or wealth , race or religon.

  56. 56
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    It’s clear that all the tabloids were at it and even some of the broadsheets. It will probably all be brushed under the carpet just like cash for honours and (to a large degree) the wholesale theft by MPs through the expenses system.

    Wonder if that tw*t Watson will be as diligent in pursuing his political soulmates at the Mirror as he was with NoTW

  57. 57
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:


  58. 58
    Princess says:

    You are telling me, pervert.

  59. 59
    Wanker Banker says:

    Quantitative Easing 2 being considered today! QE always brings us money, kerching, kerching I see bonuses this Christmas.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    You are upset because only Rupert’s boys and girls got caught.

  61. 61
    nell says:

    the consensus seems to be that they were all at it.

    the left (graudian, mirror, beeb) however are trying to paint themselves as whiter than white.

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

    No Anon.

    Evidence shows that Mirror Group , the Guardian and the Mail were all involved.

    Surely you agree that no-one should be above the law?

  63. 63
    Selohesra says:

    He’ll say he’s done his bit now and not pursue the rest leaving him more time to follow his other interests eating pies, doughnuts & chips

  64. 64
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Odious though he is Maguire wouldn’t need to tap phones as he is nothing more than a mouthpiece for assorted f***wits like Balls, Watson and Whelan.

  65. 65
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    And trying to cop off with young Labur activists not realising how repulsive they think he is.

  66. 66
    Public Sector Parasite with enormous gold-plated pension & 5 hour working week says:

    They were all at it including the Grauniad. It’s about time all this holier than thou crap was ended.

  67. 67
    nell says:


    talking of leftwing pigs in pokes – gordon being heralded as a distinguished global leader ++++laugh++++ -and invited to talk to some deluded crowd in abu dhabi about how to fix the global economy.

    I hope they don’t trust him with any actual cash otherwise they’ll fast find out what an illiterate economist he really is!

  68. 68
    Public Sector Parasite with enormous gold-plated pension & 5 hour working week says:

    I can’t wait to see Murdoch’s revenge on Labour. He’s plotting and scheming now and Labour must be terrified. Tom Watson’s dirty big secret will be announced when the time is right!

  69. 69
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s funny how most of the lefties liked Steve Jobs, who has recently rebooted. He was the very model of a dictatorial capitalist, his products made by sweated labour while he grew immensely rich, and then sold to the public at high prices by clever branding. Of course, it made a difference that said products were innovative and worked very well.

    It helped that Jobs came from an academic, soft-left background, perhaps.

  70. 70
    Public Sector Parasite with enormous gold-plated pension & 5 hour working week says:

    Gordon saved the world! I’m sure the Middle Eastern States would trust all their money to this intellectual giant. Just look at his impressive track record.

  71. 71
    Sandalista says:

    “Plenty here for the Guardian to really get their teeth into…”

    Holding of one’s breath commence……………

  72. 72
    Salford Slapper says:

    Discussion of plan to implement “20% cuts” today at the BBC. This should be at least 50% with an immediate removal of obvious political bias and a cull of the overpaid but underworked luvvies (so-called “talent”).

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Where is the evidence? There is hear say and people think, its not evidence.

  74. 74
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I am in no doubt that what you say is true however whilst this process might have worked 20 years ago the rise of the internet is bringing the maggots squirming into the daylight.

  75. 75
    I'm such a cunt even my parents abandoned me, Nicky of Campbells says:

    Yes, we will all over this at Radio Five Labour…………..

  76. 76
    Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    We politicians, backed up by our officials, are actively looking at introducing legislation to censor parts of the internet, particularly political blogs like this one. Exposing political corruption is not in the public interest. Furthermore, exposes about business activities of politicians, causes great anguish and sometimes financial hardship to those involved in it. It is particularly disliked by the Brotherhood who bring together business interests with politicians for mutual profit. It therefore it has to stop. Jahbulon.

  77. 77
    albatross says:

    Can’t believe Miliband is not springing on this new bandwagon.

  78. 78
    Jimmy says:

    It’s almost as if they didn’t take the Sunlight Centre seriously

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    they looked in the mirror and saw nothing there …….

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