March 29th, 2012

Murdochs to Appear Before Leveson

Guido understands that James and Rupert Murdoch are pencilled in to appear on separate days at the Leveson Inquiry in late April.

This should be very interesting. They will appear ahead of Rebekah Brooks.

The chattering classes will be ordering in industrial quantities of popcorn…


53 Comments

  1. 1
    John Pressgut says:

    I had my pie hacked.
    Hacked with a bloody big spoon.

    • 7
      In Camera says:

      Hasn’t Leveson set a precedent by allowing Piers Morgan to use a video link?

      • 29
        Pie Tax says:

        Head off Rebekah Brooks!!?!

        Oh… ahead of Rebekah Brooks – must get my glasses replaced…

    • 18
      Divine Sarah says:

      Wendy’s already training for pasty-deflecting duties

    • 53
      Mandy Kinnock-Clegg says:

      Does anyone apart from a few luvvies trying to revive their cocaine-destroyed “careers” give a shit about this stupid circus?

  2. 2
    Ha says:

    Bring it on!

    • 22
      1% and Proud says:

      You seem to have pretty good intel, Guido – any chance Ray Adams will be called?

      • 39
        Fish says:

        Look like the BBC might have fucked that Panorama story up. NI are alleging fabrication in a programme that our friend Watson allowed himself to be associated with.

        If this is correct Roop should sue them. Given the delay in broadcasting the programme, transmission must have been sanctioned at a very high level. Hopefully, as a bounus, some pretty senior BBC heads will roll.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/29/news-corp-bbc-pay-tv?CMP=twt_fd

        • 50
          Lizzie in the Sky with Diamonds says:

          The bloke in photograph which accompanies the Guardian article looks a lot like Kelvin McKenzie with a false moustace , of course I could be wong .

  3. 3
    Sophie says:

    Just imagine when Rupert decides to open the black ops file.

    He has the dirt on everyone in British politics.

    I for one cannot wait for the old codger to wipe the smug, self satisfied sanctimonious off the Wastemonster elites faces.

    Vote UKIP.

  4. 4
    Red Adair says:

    Red Adair :Who the f—k is responsible for the hacking into this TOTAL rig
    ” Well from Hell ” ??

    James : It was daddy.

    Rupert : You litle runt it was you !

    Wendy : It was the cream cake !!

    • 24
      Spartacus says:

      Red Adair – showing your age!
      (And he was a cowboy, in many senses of the word)

      Try Boots & Coots and Wild Well.

  5. 5
    Just an observation says:

    I reckon Guido is one of the chattering classes

    If he is not who is?

  6. 6
    Wehrmachtskanister says:

    Perhaps he could call in Lord Black of Brentwood to explain the oily transition from press complaints boss to Lord, via Telegraph corporate affairs?

  7. 8
    Widescreen2010 says:

    I think this will end with a ‘circular firing squad’ tag.
    Murdoch will get a kick in the nuts, respond by releasing the dirt, and end up with Sky’s broadcast licence being withdrawn on ‘fit and proper’ grounds.
    That last bit will be due to the code hacking and release, not the current enquiry.

  8. 9
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    WARM popcorn?

  9. 10
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    The vultures are circling, The Coup de grace, about to be administered

    Funny isn’t it……All 6000 victims of Hackgate, all the victims of spying, leaks, computer hacking…..NOT A SINGLE TORY TARGETTED…FUNNY THAT

    • 19
      Ex-Tory says:

      Or Lib Dem. That’s because Labour were in Govt.

      • 34
        SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

        errrrrrr numerous Lib Dems were targetted, along with Independants such as Galloway and Sheridan….but not a singlr Tory….funny that

    • 25
      Sir William Waad says:

      I’d be confident that Andy Gray doesn’t vote Labour.

    • 27
      The Labour Parteh says:

      Labour are at war with Murdoch. Labour have always been at war with Murdoch.

  10. 12
    Anonymous says:

    We’re all aware of Cameron and his Cast Iron lies
    But no one ever dreamt that he would tax our hot meat pies
    That Pickles chap and Prescott are beyond all consolation
    Both hoping that a pie-maker will make a big donation
    As Crudders says a wad of cash could get pie views on board
    Your Pies just might become TAX-FREE if you increase our hoard
    Were all in it together but the rich get the most by far
    We will tax the pasties but its tax-fee for caviar

    • 30
      You weren't edjookayted by Labour were you? says:

      May I suggest you do a little genning-up on the apostrophe and its many uses?

  11. 13

    More inportantly, will Johnnie Marbles, the only man who treated Murdoch with the respect he deserves last time he appeared, be ordering in industrial strngth quantities of cream pie filling?

  12. 14
    Sir William Waad says:

    Ah yes, the chattering classes in earnest conversation with their own belly-buttons. If it keeps them distracted while the real work goes on elsewhere, I suppose it may be worthwhile. I expect the ancient Romans felt the same when the barbarians were at their gates while the Emperor dined off larks’ tongues and copulated with his horse.

  13. 15
    Rust says:

    He d be in prison if he hadn’t been using the “My Dad is Rich card” all his life.

  14. 17
    yeah, right.... says:

    Yawn.

    Just imagine if all the energy with which this dull business is being persued was channelled into something positive such as improving state education or dealing with crime.

    Does anyone know what it’s all costing?

  15. 20
    Jimmy says:

    I wonder if he’s going to pretend to be senile again this time.

    • 40
      a non says:

      Senile? Who, Lord Leveson? James?
      Can’t be Rupert- He has the mind of a steel trap, and will reveal as little as is required of him to fit the circumstances.

  16. 21
    Ex-Tory says:

    Nobody outside the political/media bubble is remotely interested.

  17. 23
    nellnewman says:

    Am I the only one who is bored with this Inquiry?

    When is Leveson going to finish and finalise his recommendations?.

    He must be costing us hundreds of £thousands for every day he’s sitting there twiddling his thumbs talking to the same people over and over again!

  18. 28
    Bewildebeest says:

    I wonder what platitude Murdoch will spout this time ?
    “This is the second most humble day of my life” ??

  19. 31
    Anonymous says:

    What no pasties or petrol – very strange

    • 35
      David Camoron says:

      I strongly recommend that everyone calmly panic-buys pasties as quickly as possible. In addition to stocking-up your kitchen cupboard with pasties, you should keep 3 or 4 pasties in your garage.

  20. 38
    Some Geezer wot's getting more and more tin-foil as he goes along says:

    None of this would amount to anything if the stakes for the outcome of this investigation were merely local prosecutions in the UK. Prudential decisions would be taken as to the advisability of bringing some charges as opposed to others against the Murdochs, since it would open a can of worms as to whether other bad actors in the Media should also be similarly prosecuted, and as to how far any crusade to clean up the sewer that is the press-police connection should be taken, without engendering cynicism that it will not go far enough or that it will foster a complete disrespect for law enforcement and reportage.

    Of course, the whole point is that Rupert and James Murdoch are Americans by naturalisation and thus amenable to prosecution under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Any fine they would have to pay as a result of conviction on spurious FCPA charges based on convictions in the UK would obviously be covered quite extensively in the American Media and would contribute to the “FOX News lies!” narrative the Left are keen to maintain. It might affect old Rupe’s bottom-line to a certain extent too, but the prime objective is to neuter FOX News, which has gone after Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder, who would conduct the FCPA prosecution, since Day One of Year Dot, on numerous occasions on numerous issues.

    The Special Relationship at work here. Don’t kid yourselves, folks; once again the UK is tasked with doing the US’s dirty work.

  21. 45
    Plantagenet says:

    Seriously. Why the eff does Leveson have his own goddamn logo? Brits are a bizarre lot.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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