December 15th, 2011

Breaking: Morgan Nemesis James Hipwell to Testify Wednesday

The former Mirror journalist whose testimony will painful to watch for Piers Morgan will be before Leveson on Wednesday morning. The day after Morgan.

In July Hipwell spoke out of his time at Morgan’s Mirror:

“I used to see it going on around me all the time when I worked at the Daily Mirror. I sat right next to the show business desk and there were some show biz reporters who did it as a matter of course, as a basic part of their working day. One of their bosses would wander up and instruct a reporter to `trawl the usual suspects’, which meant going through the voice messages of celebrities and celebrity PR agents. For everyone to pretend that this is some isolated activity found only at the News of the World is ridiculous, it’s just a lie.”

Said Showbiz Editor was one Mr. Richard Wallace who is also expected to give evidence this week. He is now the Mirror’s editor…

See also: Ex-Mirror Journalist Puts Morgan’s Denial in Doubt and Mirror Journo Speaks Out Against Morgan’s Version of Events

UPDATE: Sky’s digital-guru Neal Mann scooped Guido by about eight seconds. He’s pretty grumpy about this.


220 Comments

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

    was this not what the other person said?

    Will the mirror now close?

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  2. 2
    MrAngry61 says:

    Is it too soon for the cross-hairs?

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  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh and Have a great night Guido and neo Guido, I expect drunken photos in the Mirror tommorrow ;-)

    One thing tho,

    Neo, give us a wave Neo Neo Give us a wave :-) go on :-)

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  4. 4
    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    Large VAT please Dave and half a Carlsberg for Terrance.

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  5. 5
    Realistic says:

    How many more times do we have to feign surprise at the repeatedly-regurgitated ‘facts’.

    Please Guido, it’s become quite wearing; just let go?

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    • 21
      Two Nuns in a bath says:

      Wears the soap?

      Yes, doesn’t it.

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      • 93
        Sister Botha says:

        “Where’s the soap?”, you dolt.

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        • 96
          Two Nuns in a bath says:

          I was in two minds about which way to spell it best for the joke. You remain, of course, free to infer that I don’t know how to spell. but you would be wrong.

          I guess what I’m saying is…

          Fuck off.

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          • Hi sailors! says:

            You should also have given Kenny a hat tip for stealing his material. Some of us are old enough to have seen the original at the time it was delivered.

            And by gum that lad had some pretty lasses on his show too!

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      • 100
        Two Nuns on a tandem says:

        Have you come this way before?

        No, must be the cobblestones.

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        • 111
          What's black and white and red all over? says:

          Two nuns in a blender.

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        • 154
          Hi sailors! says:

          Two nuns walking through the woods when 2 blokes jump out of the bushes and rape them.

          Oh gosh, says the first nun, how are we going to explain to the Mother Superior how we were raped twice in one day?

          Twice? says the second nun.

          Well, we are coming back this tonight, aren’t we?

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          • Singalong now says:

            Or:

            There was a young nun from Siberia
            endowed with a virgin interior
            until a young monk
            jumped into her bunk
            and made her the Mother Superior

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  6. 6
    jgm2 says:

    I predict a sudden memory lapse on Wednesday. He’s not going to be naming any names – he has to still work with these fuckers – so it’ll all be just hear-say.

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  7. 7
    nellnewman says:

    Of course if piers was doing well in the States and increasing his TV stats it wouldn’t matter so much. But he’s fronting a show that’s haemorraging viewers and his bosses might be looking for a reason to get rid of him. This just might be the reason!

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    • 46
      Howard Stern, the Original, the King of All Media, and not the Anna Nicole attorney namesake says:

      He doesn’t even have a gig on America’s Got Talent next summer; I just replaced him. Not much reason for the jerkoff to stay in the US, and the sooner he goes the better; I am the King of All Media, not some British asshole!

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    • 67
      Cell time says:

      Perish the thought, shame, anyway,

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  8. 14
    WVM says:

    ‘Charlie Hebdo’ is France’s answer to Private Eye, here is it’s latest front cover.

    http://www.charliehebdo.fr/la-une

    It’s just like the good old days :)

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  9. 15
    NotaSheep says:

    Piers Morgan must be careful what he says with James Hipwell appearing the following day. Could he be recalled!

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  10. 20
    The wizz says:

    Hang fire one damn minute, how come these witnesses seem to come out of the woodwork? Surely it is nothing to do with hanging out this enquiry to fill the lawyers pockets?
    Lets face it it’s costing a fortune now. What at the end will the taxpayer be charged for this charade?
    When leave-a-stone finishes he will produce a set of recommendations that will be either followed or like all the other enquires will be found buried under a compost heap like all the rest.

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    • 30
      Jimmy says:

      To be fair, Hipwell was indisposed for some of the intervening period.

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      • 53
        Jethro says:

        29 “intervening period”? – blimey: first it’s Maternity Leave, then it’s Paternity Leave, and before you know it, it’s ‘Time of the Month Leave’! No, don’t tell me! He was having a Period!

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        • 56
          Jimmy says:

          You may rest assured that if it was anything that might bear on his credibility as a witness, Guido would have mentioned it.

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  11. 22
    Jimmy says:

    I wonder what their policy was on hacking abducted children?

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

      NOTW didnt hack or delete and messages of Millie Dowlers phone, keep up Jimmy.

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      • 28
        Jimmy says:

        They hacked. They just didn’t delete.

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        • 34
          nellnewman says:

          Well I’m not sure you’re right about that.

          What really bothers me are ‘supposedly respectable’ politicians like millitwit jumping on the milliedowler bandwagon to try and promote his popularity. That was really immoral!!

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          • jgm2 says:

            No Nell. It was just Ned being Ned. Labour were utterly indifferent to phone-hacking when Murdoch was re-printing their press releases as fact and supporting Blair in Iraq and the Maximum Imbecile’s systematic destruction of the UK economy.

            It was only when Murdoch jumped ship that the wicked and malicious Labour party spat the dummy out.

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          • Jimmy says:

            I believe the recent “revelation” was that the voicemail was set to delete messages automatically if they had been listened to.

            Besides, are you under the impression that Dowler was the only such case? To listen to the bleating recently one might be forgiven for thinking so.

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          • nellnewman says:

            Well too true jgm.

            But then that makes them immoral because they are not holding to a principle of free press unless that is the ‘free press’ is in their favour!!

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          • nellnewman says:

            jimmy, just a thought. alycampbell was a newspaperman. Think he knows anything about what journalists do re hacking? Or is he squeaky clean +++laugh+++…..

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          • Jimmy says:

            Not entirely. I’ve heard he sometimes uses profanities.

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          • CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

            Jimmy,the police admitted they had listened to the voicemail messages on Millie Dowler’s mobile phone. It’s highly likely THEY are the people responsible for the deletions but were to embarrassed about admitting it and so it suited their purposes when the Guardian wrongly alleged it was the NOTW was responsible. Still no definite proof that journos hacked Millie’s phone.

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      • 41

        @ Billy. Last year, I heard Jimmy spent Hogmanay in England. He came with clean underwear and a £20 note. When he got home, he hadn’t changed either of them.

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    • 35
      jgm2 says:

      Same as the Labour government’s policy Jimmy. Whatever Murdoch does is fine by us (Labour) as long as he supports the parteh.

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      • 44
        Jimmy says:

        If you’re arguing we should have acted sooner I’m not going to disagree. Some of our people did indeed get far too close. You will no doubt join with me in saluting those who did not.

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

          And even with Murdoch backing him, Dave still set up the inquiry, which is more than Labour did.

          So are you saying will done DC Jimmy?

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          • Jimmy says:

            Words can’t express my admiration for the principled way in which he was dragged kicking and screaming into doing that.

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            @Jimmy

            Which is more than Labour did in 13 years.

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          • Can we take that as a yes then?

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          • jimmy's brief says:

            Jimmy never replies in the affirmative or the negative in case he incriminates himself.

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          • jgm2 says:

            @jimmy’s brief

            Like Alistair Campbell then.

            ‘I don’t remember any instances of my authorising phone tapping while editor.’

            So, not an unequivocal ‘No’ then.

            I don’t know about you but if somebody asked me did I ever authorise phone-tapping I’d be able to give a pretty solid ‘No’ instead of inferring that my life was so incredibly busy and complex that a trivial thing like, oh, phone hacking, would send down no more of a mental marker than being asked ‘Have you ever had ‘Cheerios’ for breakfast?’

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        • 51
          nellnewman says:

          “Some of our people did indeed get far too close. You will no doubt join with me in saluting those who did not”

          Yes indeed jimmy – You name them and we’ll salute them! Was one of them gordon of the pyjama party?

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        • 63
          The Paragnostic says:

          The question raised by Colin Myler’s evidence to Leveson today is:

          Given that the Met obviously knew from their enquiries into the Goodman affair that phone hacking was widespread, why was there no further police action until 2010? Could it be that Labour’s placemen in the Met put a lid on it for political purposes?

          That is the question that the Labour party has to answer – and it seems to me that they, and CommissarCommissioner Ian Blair are up to their necks in this.

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        • 110
          jgm2 says:

          Some of our people did indeed get far too close.

          And the rest of them just kept their mouths shut and basked in the glow of power and played at being all growed-up. Meanwhile, with NI acquiescence, Blair brought us all an unnecessary war in Iraq and the Maximum Imbecile borrowed an average of 30bn quid a year during the ‘boom’ years, employed 1,000,000 bedwetters, boxtickers and bastards with the borrowed money to rig the unemployment figures, imported a million or so from Asia just to p!55 off the golf-club members and… well… generally fucked everything up.

          ‘get far too close’

          They fucking loved it. You all loved it. Murdoch telling you how great you all were, how brilliant your war in Iraq was, how prescient the Maximum Imbecile’s imbecile economic policy was. You all fucking well loved it. None of you gave a shit if Murdoch was anally raping newborns as long as he was behind the parteh. Just as y’all didn’t give a shit when Blair rigged the ‘evidence’ to justify his insane war in Iraq or Brown employed one million bedwetters at huge expense just to rig the unemployment figures.

          As evidenced by the pure bile y’all spit now that he’s jumped ship and doesn’t love you any more.

          And you know it. Everybody knows it.

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          • Mike Hunt says:

            Right on the money yet again.

            and still the idiots vote for them – see yesterday’s bye-election results.

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    • 45
      annette curton says:

      Read between the lines, it has become apparent that Plod accessed the voice mails in the first place which were then automatically deleted by the phone provider.

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  12. 27
    Expat Geordie says:

    So since it was the showbiz reporters who were hacking into phones does this include the 3am Girls? Would this also include a certain former 3am Girl whom Private Eye refers to as “Bryony Gormless”, and is now being given more “grown up” jobs at the Telegraph? (Thank you Mr. Brogan)

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  13. 29
    Anonymous says:

    “UPDATE: Sky’s digital-guru Neal Mann scooped Guido by about eight seconds. He’s pretty grumpy about this.”

    You should have had Billy on the Job.

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    • 36
      nellnewman says:

      It just means he’s a normal leftie not sure what’s he’s being paid £thousands to do and he’s looking for someone to show him the way forward.

      Y’know another miliitwit blank sheet of paper sort of person.

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  14. 31
    Realistic says:

    That Leveson’s a lazy bastard. Asks the witnesses what they think he should do. That’s hus job, innit!

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  15. 50
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  16. 58
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Hope you dont mind Guido sir? :-)

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  17. 77
    Really really really says:

    Been to German Market in Manchester looking for Unfair Trade products.
    None to be found. Couldn’t find any Glugwein with any alcohol in it either.
    Thought at first it was snowing, but turned out that the pavements were covered in chewing gum.
    Lunch in Town Hall, but they were out of white wine.
    Why do the continentals think that we should support their economies by buying their tat?
    £12.50 for car parking. And they wonder why shops are folding.
    Only developments seem to be Council funded.
    Glad to be back home.

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  18. 81
    The Paragnostic says:

    Climategate, and the Norfolk plod investigate sceptics rather than the UEA fraudsters whose “evidence” is behind the whole scam in the first place:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/15/climategate_police_action/

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  19. 82
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  20. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Piers Morgan should be locked in a decompression chamber with a band of rabid chimps for exposing us still further to Peter Andre and James Corden, and then hung for all the other crimes of being an insufferable prick.

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  21. 90
    No Question Time Tonight says:

    Only ‘This Week’ with Brillo tonight from the BBC as David Dimbledor is having his colostomy bag changed and will only be returning with Question Twat on the 12th January. The audience can be found camped outside St Paul’s.

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  22. 97
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Why is everybody so suprised about phone hacking
    I haven’t read a newspaper for about 30 years
    but i know that phone hacking has been going on for years probably even before the inception of mobiles only in the old days they called it tapping
    so why all the “Shock Horror” These lowlifes have always done it
    and probably will in the future ,and several papers are guilty !
    Only next time they will be much more discrete

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  23. 99
    joescotus says:

    where is “toilets” by the way?

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  24. 101
    Andy JS says:

    For the latest by-election updates, visit the BritainVotes live blog:

    http://britainvotes.survation.com/

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    • 149
      Really? says:

      If the bus pass Elvissers hadn’t wasted their vote on a joke candidate, Charalambous of UKIP would have been ahead of the LibDems. A hundred votes.

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      • 172
        Spartacus says:

        The bye-election was covered in a few words on bbbc tv this morning. It was along the lines of:

        The labour party won with a majority of over 6,000 votes, (with glee in voice) with twice the vote of the conservatives.

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  25. 103
    Bogeyman says:

    What’s the big deal? Most Mirror “readers” are illiterate Labour tribalists. That’s why it has big pictures.

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  26. 104
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    DM leaked email

    ‘‘Having had an extremely productive meeting with Nick Clegg and three of his Cabinet colleagues Vince Cable, Danny Alexander and Chris Huhne yesterday, we are convinced now more than ever that it is necessary for business leaders to maintain public pressure on the Government to follow through on its promise to be fully engaged in the European Union following last week’s veto,’ it says.

    Lot more interesting than the rantings of some old hacks with crotch rot.

    AH (C)

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  27. 105
    You dont say ! says:

    The Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court says there are serios suspicions that the death of Colonel Gadaffi was a war crime !

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  28. 106
    Brill Yo says:

    Fatbutt is back on the sofa for the last This Week of the year in a minute. Get out the Blue Nun before Brillo takes it. Fatbutt’s happy with her pot of ryce and pee.

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    • 119
      Kentucky Fried Chicken Family Bucket says:

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      • 140
        joescotus says:

        i just sensed portillo having a smallish fart and wondering could it get any worse it cost my parents and me a lot of capital to facilitate my sitting on this sofa as opposed to this jamacan brainless c^unt chancer fetched up next to me note how portillo is getting more estatic by the minute (go on andy fuck it right up her manky black winging arsehole fucking c^unt

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  29. 107
    Brill Yo says:

    Toilet Maguire, Quentin Letts, Portaloo, actor David Morrissey, Fatbutt and an X Factor finalist. A lineup that could only have been chosen whilst on magic mushrooms.

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  30. 108
    Brill Yo says:

    Toilet Maguire, Quentin Letts, Portaloo, actor David Morrissey, Charlie Kennedy, Fatbutt and an X Factor finalist. A lineup that could only have been chosen whilst on magic mushrooms.

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  31. 109
    Brill Yo says:

    Oops, double post. Like I said, mushrooms.

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  32. 113
    Brill Yo says:

    Does Fatbutt have the hots for Portaloo? She has a habit of touching his knee.

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  33. 120
    2012 says:

    Hello all, I’m just round the corner and I’d just like to welcome you all in to my 1930s depression bosom.

    See you soon ;)

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  34. 128
    What next? says:

    Now their marching the streets.

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    • 145
      joescotus says:

      if the manky stinking muslims bastards feel the uk is so bad why don’t they fuck off back to pakkki land Huntin disease ridden fucks

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  35. 129
    not a machine says:

    jon Craig throws down attendence gauntlett ! ………… 50% down on last times turnout ohh could be interesting .

    Dianne Abbot , eurosceptic? eh well I never ,interesting straw poll of guests , I couldnt stop laughing at Downturn Abbey bit when Maguire walked in and Quentin was on sofa , Lol and Lol again .

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  36. 146
    There Was NO Treaty! says:

    There Was NO Treaty!

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    • 151
      not a machine says:

      i think Dave called it a treaty outside the treaty , although treaty within a treaty was also used . so as i understand it vetoed joining a treaty not yet made or signed by any other state , ie said no to new eurozone compact becomming institutions of EU .

      But at least mr Barroso cannot now say 1 vs 26

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  37. 148
    joescotus says:

    seema wins feltham as if it will boost the e.t. eyed millitwat he really is a weapons grade tit.

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  38. 150
    not a machine says:

    28.8% turnout lowest for 11yrs in bye election
    Labour got 54% of vote

    so basically bad weather an all , 62% of electorate could not be bothered to vote , hardly that good a rush to Labour really is it . Its more an endorsement of a wet thursday at christmas than eds voter appeal .

    NN made me laugh when ambassador said “we havent yet seen what the details are” I just thought my goodness how well organised these people are 1 week after summit still no details for members . and some have already said No to tax harmonisation and no10 now taking up observers offer (flask, sandwiches ,sleeping bag , 50 shirts check)

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  39. 156
    London pride says:

    That’s it then, brain dead c*nts get the mp they deserve. Hilarious.

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  40. 157
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    In the meantime how many of you know about the ‘secret’ organ of the DWP, set up to harrass and gaol disabled people? These disability integrity centres are springing up around the country to redefine who is disabled and redefine who is eligible for benefits. Even parliament wasn’t told about their existence.

    Sounds like the stazi to me. Sounds like a little bit of ethnic cleansing courtesy of Ian Doombrain Smith. Sounds typical of a right wing coalition government.. The bankers, who have cost this country dear, go free and are encouraged …. everybody else is either a criminal or a terrorist

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  41. 161

    Christopher Hitchens

    Ferociously intelligent man. Politically misguided in his youth but came to see the light in his later years (not that way!).

    The world is a poorer place without him now but remains enriched by his having been here.

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    • 169
      The Paragnostic says:

      Just saw that – proof, if ever it was required, that there is no Dog – a caring Dog would have carted off Johann Hari or Polly Toynbee instead.

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  42. 162
    Attenborough Denier says:

    I see that there are no sbowdrifts in my part of London this morning. Acoording to the BBC I was supposed to be skiiing to the tube station. Looks like rain.

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  43. 167
    The Paragnostic says:

    R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens. Not always an easy person to agree with, but a shining ray of light when compared to the opinions of the Left.

    Like

  44. 170
    Gordon Brown says:

    today i am eating lots of liquorice so I can make the King for my toilet turtle chess set

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  45. 173
    Anonymous says:

    i see the labour sheep voters have been out in force again last night.

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  46. 174
    Knob Ed says:

    Where am I supposed to be today? Was it Cafe Nero or the ENT clinic?
    Someone has nicked my diary page. This is not funny.

    Did we win something?

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  47. 178
    Herman van Rumboy says:

    “We have an atomic bomb that we can use in the face of the Germans and the French: this atomic bomb is simply that we won’t pay,” said Pedro Nuno Santos, vice-president of the Socialist Party in the parliament.
    “Debt is our only weapon and we must use it to impose better conditions, because recession itself is what is stopping us complying with the (EU-IMF Troika) accord. We should make the legs of the German bankers tremble,” he said.

    http://tgr.ph/s80pQF

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    • 201
      The lights are going out all over Europe......back at the table by February says:

      The reason that the Germans are now trying to be nice to the British after last week and agree to them having observer status during negotiations is because they have looked at the budget figures and suddenly realised that the UK is the second largest net contributor after them and if the French are allowed to have their way and push UK out of EU the Germans will have to make up the shortfall.
      We’ll be back at the negotiating table in February as other nations are now decidely luke warm over the accord now they have had a chance to look at it back in their own capitals and discovered that their national Parliaments are less than keen…sp much for “isolation” in Europe…..it was always bollocks being spouted by the BBC, Guardian, Labour and the LibDems

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      • 210
        Democracy Now says:

        We should demand the negotiations are held in public on live TV so everyone in Europe can observe

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  48. 182
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Bring on the caption competition now !

    I have just thought of the winning caption

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    • 188

      Billy. You want to improve your mind.

      Look up the videos of Christopher Hitchens.

      In particular:

      1. his debate with Blair over the existence, or not, of God and
      2. his last interview with Paxo

      Your time will not be wasted.

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    • 199
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Billy cease your self glorification. Go and do some charity work.

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  49. 185
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Chinese government vow to halt protests by villages in Wukan
    so that will be yet more mass murder by everybody’s best friend China

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  50. 186
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Ha ha ha ! Britain will be given observer status at the EU negotiations
    We can sit and watch as it Crashes and Burns.
    They need us more than we need them !

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  51. 192
    Fuck the BBC says:

    Guido should stand outside and hand Morgan a large jar of Vaseline which a cute white boy like him will need in jail

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  52. 195
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Surely Tom Watson can’t remain silent over the implication of other newspapers. You would think, by his silence, that he was only out to get the Murdoch empire.
    What reason would he have, other than to get revenge for his master the proven liar Gordon Brown.
    It’s time Watson told the truth! Where is his moral compass?

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  53. 196
    50 Calibre says:

    I like the smell of toast in the morning, even Welsh toast, in’it…

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  54. 203
    Gordon F Brown says:

    It’s no good me being asked to give evidence about phone hacking because nobody ever called me or left messages. The other problem was my phone was always suffering from impact damage. Don’t know how that happened…

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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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