January 19th, 2012

Exclusive: Look Inside the World of Andy Coulson


Before Christmas Andy Coulson lost his bid to have News International continue to pay his legal  fees. We exclusively revealed that he was going to have to take his kids out of private school and that he would have to sell the five bedroom family home in order to pay the legal fees. Well now it is on the market for £1.6 million:

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From plasma TVs, marble bathrooms, modern art and Philippe Starck furniture, to the dock. A long way to fall…


135 Comments

  1. 1
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    shame

    • 12
      misterned says:

      I guess that is what can happen when someone has to rely on dishonesty and lies to get to that standard of living.

      He presumably knew the risks he was taking when he lied, to a Party leader, a select committee and to the courts, to maintain his standard of living.

      • 14
        Selohesra says:

        I think he was just doing what all the others were doing – no more no less. Doesn’t make it right but I think its sad he gets blame for whole industry

        • 38
          Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

          He deserves to be accompanied by a lot more spivs and chancers – both the Fleet Street variety and the SW1A 0AA variety.

          £1.6M, minus any mortgage, probably leaves enough over to get something reasonably decent, mortgage-free, within the M25, plus have a bit over for private schooling and legal fees.

          Whatever.

        • 106
          Organ Morgan says:

          I don’t. Take one for the “profession” Andy!

        • 110
          Our Denry says:

          He did it quite willingly and apparently egged his underlings on to do so, but a fire sale is not a very good position to be in, if his individual bosses at NI new and condoned it they should also have to personally pay up, he almost certainly did not do it off his own bat

      • 18
        podgy little fucker with a squeaky voice says:

        he deserves a second second chance

    • 37
      Brokeback Britain resident says:

      It is important that we house more fake asylum seekers and spongers. This house looks ideal.

    • 69
      Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament, Phd (Troughing), Teen Fondler and young Russians shagger says:

      It is absolutely essential that the British political system is not contaminated by scum like this. Our integrity is inviolable. I wonder how much compensation I am in for, for my phone being hacked and being followed for 8 years by a Murdoch Detective? I won’t settle for anything less than £10m. Boaz.

      • 94
        Vladimir Putin says:

        That will buy you a nice little apartment in Moscow, Handy and as many young girls as you can handle.

  2. 2
    Tory Press HQ says:

    Never heard of him.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    price?

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Too cool for skool

  5. 5
    anonymous says:

    Thought it would something more exciting…

  6. 6
    Polly Toynbee the original Champagne socialist says:

    I have two houses better than that. Pah!

  7. 7

    Why has he got patio furniture in the kitchen?

  8. 8
    SwissBex says:

    Shame what about Piers Moron? or is it ok when your a leftie parasite?

  9. 9
    Captain D says:

    Trawling through estate agent’s brochures?

    Cutting edge, ruthless political analysis from Guido.

  10. 10
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    And no books !
    How odd

    • 21
      Titford Hat says:

      Three books on the coffee table. Books never been opened, no doubt.

      • 41
        Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

        Frightful lack of books – obviously an uncultured oik!

        And I bet he had to buy his own furniture too :-)

        • 48
          Lord Mandlescum of Slime says:

          ..and not a hint of a brazilian man thong being hung out to dry, how uncool is that!

          • Our Denry says:

            Mandy, you honestly don’t think Mrs C would leave Andy’s dirty thongy thingy about when photos are being taken of their house interior

    • 74
      Anonymous says:

      Estate agents’ lore is that books can be off-putting to many purchasers who prefer to watch instead of read. Money doesn’t guarantee cultivation.

  11. 11
    That laugh offa The Simpsons says:

    HA HA

  12. 13
    podgy little fucker with a squeaky voice says:

    haven’t the rich suffered enough?

  13. 14
    Alizee the beast of paris says:

    Or indeed paintings or pictures
    Strange family

  14. 16
    Janner says:

    Why is it 1.6 million? It’s just an ordinary house in and ordinary street.

  15. 17
    yeah, right.. says:

    Let’s hope that this sets a precedent for those guilty of wrong doing.

    Looking forward to the glossy pics of chez Blair, Mandleson, Goodwin, Prescott et al.

  16. 19
    LabourBot says:

    COULSON,ASHCROFT,MURDOCH,COULSON,ASHCROFT,MURDOCH,COULSON,ASHCROFT,MURDOCH,COULSON,ASHCROFT,MURDOCH,COULSON,ASHCROFT,MURDOCH,COULSON,ASHCROFT,MURDOCH.

  17. 20
    Anonymous says:

    N.I should pay this poor chaps legal bills, keep a roof over his head,after al what did he do that was so wrong, the people still love the NOTW and Sun type stuff,it sells well

    • 119
      Our Denry says:

      No, Murdoch realised that all that tit and bum thing which originally lauched the Tit and Bum pales after a time then he hit upon the footy, it’s the footy that sells it that couple with Sky

      • 128
        Ms Holly Wood says:

        Just been watching “Hollywood’s Best Villains” on the telly. One of them was apparently based on old Rupie himself…

  18. 23
    JumbleJim says:

    That’s a bit of a cheap kick in nuts to somone who’s already down Guido. Not very edifying, regardless of who it is.

    But I’m sure you’ll encounter the same level of symathy on your inevitable fall.

  19. 25
    Gonk says:

    Does it make me tribal if I feel sorry for him ?

  20. 29
    Just Asking? says:

    On a pure corruption scale, are the coalition heading the to the same levels as the former labour government?

    • 40
      Well it's a thought says:

      YES

    • 44
      Boris's Miniscule Carbon Footprint says:

      …each one outpaces the previous, it’s called “scumbags law of all things uk governmental” bit of a long one that.

      It appears to work on the basis that whilst in opposition they observe and learn! I am sure the biggest leap forwards was of course NuLiebor watching the previous corrupt Conservative government, itching to get into power and put what they were learning into practice, reaching what would have previously been thought of as unimaginable heights!

      …..and now here we go again.

      Ok, at least we are not being shot as in Syria but we are certainly being shafted in everyway possible.

      Please pass the tax payer subsidised parliamentary lobster meal Thank you.

  21. 30
    Dalai Lama says:

    Coulson is the maker of his own downfall. It is not as if he had no choice but to go down the path he had taken which proved to be his undoing. You reap what you sow.

  22. 31
    Boris's Miniscule Carbon Footprint says:

    …..meanwhile Murdoch slimes back under his rock, remaining very, very, very rich and still the arch manipulator of lily-livered politicians.

  23. 32
    Another sad person!! says:

    Haaarrr- Diddummmsss!

  24. 33
    Sandy Shore says:

    You would not wish that on anybody.

    Hang on…..

  25. 34
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    Am I the only one to feel really sorry for Andy COulson? He is the only one taking significant rap and it seems that he tried to protect the PM by resigning etc… News Intl seem to be the only Company taking the rap for a practice that was widespread.

    • 39
      Ah! Monika says:

      + me

      I live in a glass house

    • 59
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      News int: isnt it the case that there is very very little solid evidence for any of this, and what does exist is from news int’s private investigator.

    • 91
      Leiber MP says:

      You’re right Quango. There but for the grace of God.

    • 102
      Tron says:

      You are not the only one.
      Coulson was singled out because he helped the Tories.
      If News Int. still supported Labour this story would have died ages ago.

      Fatty Prescott just got paid £40k for nothing.
      Who did more to wreck this country, Andy Coulson or 2-Jags ?

    • 121
      Humiliation by proxy.. says:

      .
      Murdoch has been humiliated. Power of news int greater so it needs to be cut down to size more. Coulson would not have been allowed to continue by the PM.

    • 134
      Fog says:

      This entire fiasco, including the Leveson inquiry, is to prevent Murdoch from setting up in UK a Fox-like news channel.

  26. 35
    Well it's a thought says:

    He’s been in the wrongjob , he got caught, surely with all that “investigatery” powers he had in his hands , he didn’t keep a few diaries or a few tidbits of the high and mighty escapades for a rainy day

    • 42
      Ah! Monika says:

      The fat lady etc

      • 50
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Geri halliwell was never particularly large, kerry Katona has been on a diet, and of course its not Jade Goody.

        Nah, I don’t know who you’re on about.

  27. 46
    The Doddering Old Fart says:

    Shouldn’t his home have bars over the windows and doors with a little peep hole to see in.

  28. 47
    Shit face says:

    I love this blog. Its all heart

  29. 49
    Bogeyman says:

    Guido, I know you have to make a living… but why have you allowed that disgraceful pack of lies from Ken Leninscum to pollute your website?

    He was absolutely the worst for jacking up tube and bus fares, now he is pretending he’ll keep them down.

    Either this is a massive con trick like last time (most likely) or he will be bribing voters with other people’s money, including their own, by subsidising fares further. Are they really that gullible?

    The man is a disgrace and his name should be banned from this site other than in a perjorative context.

  30. 55
    smoggie says:

    He should have been an MP.

  31. 56
    Smig says:

    Top Tips! Have you been busted for being a lying gobshite? Get the missis to spit out a few kids and New Liebour’s legacy will give you a house and enough child benefit to pay for stella, lambert & butler and a big tv.

  32. 57
    David Cameron says:

    Who?

  33. 60
    I don't need no doctor says:

    If only Coulson had worked for labour he would have been o.k.
    Abbott – racist
    Prescott – thief
    Dromey – liar
    Blair – liar, murderer, bent
    Brown – liar
    Balls – liar

    • 96
      Specsavers says:

      Blair babes – ugly
      (Eagles excepted obv)

    • 101
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      Socialists are above the law. When you next see Ed Miliband firing one of his MP’s then you can be sure its because they did something un-PC.

      Cheating stealing, lying (in the HoC or to the country) is acceptable behaviour for the labour party.

  34. 62
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Dromey was only doing what Mandleson said. “Labour are quite relaxed about people becoming filthy rich”.

  35. 63
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The hacking pay outs announced today. Will Prescott and Bryant be giving their money to charity?

  36. 64
    jgm2 says:

    It makes no sense going to court unless you’re 100% certain of winning. Even then it makes no sense – you can still get a perverse decision. All you’re doing is enriching lawyers.

    He would be better off sticking everything in his wife’s name. Absolutely everything. Then going down to the court and declaring himself guilty of whatever it is they fancy charging him with. They can’t fine him because he has no money so they’ll just have to jail him for a bit.

    He’ll be out in two or three years and he’ll still have a nice house and money in the bank. In his wife’s name.

    Bollocks to this ‘clearing my name’ horseshit. Just hang onto as much cash as you can and if they want their pound of flesh then fine, they can pay 40K a year to bang you up.

    • 76
      Rear Cubicle...Pomeroy's Win Bar says:

      Too late I’m afraid

      “If you wait to protect your assets until someone brings a lawsuit against you, it’s too late.

      Anything you do to remove your assets from the reach of your creditors after a lawsuit is filed is likely to be a “fraudulent conveyance.” That means the courts can and will seek to obtain repossession from the transferee. One specialist in the field says that if you are in a high risk profession or occupation, you must keep some assets (or insurance) available to your creditors or the courts can recover any assets you transfer to relatives or protected entities. “

      • 100
        jgm2 says:

        I thought he was being prosecuted by the state. They’re not likely to want more than a few quid in fines. By ‘few quid’ I mean 5,000 or 10,000. So he can perhaps leave a few quid in his name to settle any likely fine levied by the state but the really big money he’ll be losing will come in paying some fucking lawyer (who doesn’t give a shit if he’s innocent or guilty or if he wins or loses as long as he gets paid).

        The state might be a bastard but unless you’re some confidence trickster or embezzler it doesn’t tend to go after your home.

        Unlike a lawyer and his unpaid bill.

    • 81
      At home with the Jowells says:

      Can I suggest a “Seperation of convinience” and transfer everything into the wifes name. It worked for me.

  37. 67
    Jacqui Smith says:

    Only one home? Amateur!

  38. 67
    mikis says:

    Guido – How do you know he’s not looking to trade up?

  39. 73
    Richard Timney says:

    My favourite film is In Diana Jones and the Temple of Poon.

  40. 75
    Curse of Brown says:

    Why’s anyone surprised Coulson’s fallen on hard times? Don’t you remember that the first person who rang him when he resigned from the NOTW was Gordon Brown who wished him luck for the future? That’s when his life turned to shit.

  41. 78
    Realistic says:

    Oh, was someone tried and found guilty?

    Must have missed it.

  42. 79
    Dave Knows says:

    The Google Earth photo is dated 2011 and he’s got scaffolding up and the builders in, so I guess it’s either a forced sale or he had the spare readies to do it up before selling… Forced sale I reckon. I noticed Dave suddenly turned on him last summer, something happened.

    • 87
      spy in the sky says:

      Had he separated his recyclables from the general household waste?

    • 90
      Anonymous says:

      Having bought for half a mill a decade ago (number 50 on the LR?), he ought to have plenty of financial leeway, if he’s been earning big bucks throughout most of that time.

      That said, wouldn’t be the first time a well paid person who ought to be set up for life has blown it all.

      • 92
        Poker Bum says:

        Tell me about it.

        • 114
          Ed and Yvette says:

          Ed…just seen a house that’s going cheap – quick sale needed. We could flog it in a few months for a quick 200 grand profit – as usual we’d need to register it as our main residence. What d’ya think?

          Yvette…good spot, quick let’s get down to the GF Estate Agency before Chucky gets round there with his off-shore stash.

  43. 83
    Margaret Moran says:

    Dear Mr Judge Judy. I’m unfit to stand trial for fraud expensies. Woop woop! My name is lasagne.

  44. 84

    Meanwhile, Mark Oaten has received a shitload of money from NI for compensation and costs.

    Where there’s mook there’s brass, lad!

  45. 86
  46. 89
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    There’s not nearly enough of them in the dock yet though.

  47. 97
    Sir Keith Josephs Preserved Head says:

    I knew he lived somewhere nearby… but blinkin’ flip – I know that house!
    Our bit of south east London-only a good stone’s throw away….
    is worth a lot less though

    • 104
      Sir Keith Josephs Preserved Head says:

      Actually reading the estate agents details…
      made me think knowing the god Almighty crapness of London Labour rotten borough of Lewisham’s schools (which fully reflect the vibrant multi cultural diversity of the community) ( even Diane Abbot wouldn’t use them) you would move if you were taking your kids out of private school

      • 133
        Anonymous says:

        Most expensive house in entire postcode and 20% more expensive than the 2nd most expensive which is just down the road. Its a piss take.

  48. 105
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    The crowning achievement of the Blair years was the HIP.

    Now abolished – useless piece of red tape that was!

  49. 109
    joescotus says:

    he should try the saunders defence …i’m plainly gaga M’lud and i can do the blank stare all day long.

  50. 115
    jake says:

    UNDER OATH WILL THE PM ADMIT THAT COULSON TOLD HIM THE TRUTH ABOUT HACKING, ON THE GRAPEvINE A TAPE WILL BE HEARD( AFTER) HE GIVES EVIDANCE….shhhh watch this space

    • 131
      Fatty Pratty says:

      … and just exactly how will the PM know that Coulson’s utterances were really the verity or just a load of b…sh1t that he thought the PM wanted to hear?

  51. 124
    Hypocracy UK says:

    surely they could kick an elderly couple out of a concil house and put him there – something of a trial for Grant Shatts new initiative?

  52. 127
    Anonymous says:

    You seem to be implying that he’s somehow now destitute. In reality it’s more likely he’s just relocating. Top blogging.

  53. 132
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Hang on, the State provides for legal defence in court, doesn’t it?

  54. 135
    Stevethemouth says:

    If you dance with the devil you will always pay the price.I have no sympathy for a person who was quite comfortable with destroying peoples lives from the comfort of his nice fat office and under the protection of the PM at Number 10. Good old Dave his pal and buddy couldnt run away fast enough when the naughties hit the fan.


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