April 24th, 2012

Hunt the Emails

Jeremy Hunt told Parliament in March this year: “at every stage of this process we have sought to be completely transparent, impartial and fair.” Apart from that bit where Cable “declared war”.

At the Lobby briefing this morning Christopher Hope of the Telegraph asked No. 10 whether there had been any inappropriate communication between the Murdochs and Hunt. The reply was “no”. 

This afternoon from we learn that Hunt’s people were sending briefings, updates and supportive words about the bid to Murdoch’s men. The cache of emails will be released at 4pm – there could well be a killer line. Someone who has seen files declares that they are “devastating”. The hunt is on…

UPDATE: Spokesman for PM says he has full confidence in Jeremy Hunt. The hare is running.


  1. 1
    Ringo says:

    The Hunt is dead man walking!


    • 9
      misterned says:

      MP in lie shock? Let’s get rid of all the current incumbent MPs and start afresh. Only vote for a candidate if they are not already an MP!

      VOTE UKIP!


    • 29
      Tony Blair says:

      I don’t think Dave has fully grasped the purpose of setting up a public inqury and who to appoint.


    • 61
      jake says:

      hunt. His total sanctimony. On 11th July 2011, he told the House of Commons:

      ‘With respect to the BSkyB decision, I have at every stage in this process followed the procedures laid down in the Enterprise Act 2002 that was passed by the right hon. Gentleman’s Government. Not only that, but I have done more than those processes require, because at every stage I have asked for independent advice from the expert media regulator, Ofcom, and after careful consideration at every stage I have followed that advice.
      Let me say gently to the right hon. Gentleman that he needs to show some humility in this matter. He attended Rupert Murdoch’s summer party and failed to bring up the matter of phone hacking. He was part of a Cabinet … which, according to the then Culture Secretary, discussed phone hacking and decided not to act, and we now know why. According to the autobiography of Tony Blair’s chief of staff, Jonathan Powell,

      “We first started discussing…the failed relationship between the media and politics in 2002…We discussed the issue back and forth for the next three years, but Tony never felt the moment was right to speak out…Gordon, who was courting the press, had no intention of agreeing to anything that might upset them.”

      Now is not the time for party political posturing. We have all failed—politicians, journalists and media owners—and we must all work together to put the problem right.’ [HC Deb 11 July 2011, col. 43]

      It’s never a good idea to claim a degree of impartiality and integrity that you don’t possess, especially in such a high-handed and sanctimonious fashion.


    • 118

      And They n gave me a Brown envelope This Big !


    • 125
      Fish says:

      Dead man walking?

      Looks as though Hunt has just done a Muamba and has left Harriet sufferring with a dose of premature congratulation.

      F*** me – even the BBC are saying he walks from the dock an inocent man!


  2. 2
    tommy5d says:

    Devestating? Is that a word…


    • 70
      What I say is gas the buggers says:

      Couldn’t happen to a smarmier bastard (other than Grant Shapps of course).

      Reshuffle! Reshuffle!

      Could get interesting.


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t you spell ‘devastating’?


  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Well we know what rhyming slang the BBC use for Mr Hunt………….


  5. 5
    terminator seed says:



  6. 6
    Brain dead Bimbo says:

    Balls has just come out with a load of shite in HoC. Just thought I’d lighten you all up a bit!


    • 11
      misterned says:

      Balls in talking shite shock? Let’s get rid of all the current incumbent MPs and start afresh. Only vote for a candidate if they are not already an MP!

      VOTE UKIP!


    • 16
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      The HoC is one of the few places in the country where you can say ANYTHING you want and not be held accountable for your words.

      One of the other places is my garden shed where I can say ANYTHING I want and I will not be held accountable provided no one is listening.


  7. 8

    Rupert has pulled up the drawbridge. Are Dave and Gideon inside or beyond the moat?


  8. 10
    (Caption) My tongue is this long girls! says:

    And it’ll anywhere you want it to go!

    honest! – trust me – I only speaks the truth!


  9. 12
    Rob Roy says:

    Alex Salmond is a national disgrace.

    His grandmother must be English.


  10. 13
    Marmite says:

    I just hope that tomorrow, when Murdoch Snr is top of the bill, he spills the b*e*a*ns on Princess Tony, Mctw*t and the rest of the lousy Leiber crew.


  11. 17
    Q says:

    Why does the picture show him ‘on the vinegar stroke’?


  12. 18
    Deknight Speaker Martin says:

    I bet 10p there is going to be a resignation or two.


  13. 19
    london man says:

    Hunt and murdoch are hand as well as gobv.? What’s next.


  14. 21
    Sizzla says:

    I smell toast.


  15. 25
    Golly says:

    Liam Fox off the scene, May neutered, Hunt about to return to business our Dave is a canny operator


  16. 28
    PinStripedChancer says:

    Mr Cameron must be ‘deeply shocked’ by these revelations. Mr Hunt must be preparing to spend more time with his family.


  17. 30
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Whats the big deal?
    Till the last minute, the deal would have gone through but the hacking story broke and it all fell through including the idea to make sky news a separate entity on its own.
    This court case (I mean inquiry) is more of a witch hunt rather than looking at hacking, they said this, he said this, email says this, poshy lawyer showing his questioning skills.


    • 43
      Brain deaimbo says:

      I think his questioning skills are questionable Baron. Rumpole he aint.


      • 47
        Brain dead bimbo says:

        Hey, get your own moniker. However, I do agree with your comments. In fact I’d go so far as to call him a pompous t.w.a.t.


      • 52
        Baron Hogwash says:

        He does like saying “Mr Murdoch” a lot, just to remind everyone its a Murdoch – and the head scratching behind the ear as he asks the question – whats that all about.


      • 55
        jgm2 says:

        His questioning skills are to steer the ‘Enquiry’ towards finding the ‘correct’ result.


  18. 39

    We’re All In This Together !


  19. 40
    Caption free competitor says:

    Hunt: “M’lud, it was that big – I’d have never guessed he had it on him. Of course I bent over and took the lot. I’m a good boy I am.”


  20. 42
    Desperate Dan says:

    Why can’t anyone explain why Leveson doesn’t want to know about relationship between Brown, Blair and the Labour Party? As for Hunt, we know Cable was lying when he was talking to the Murdochs so perhaps Hunt was as well.


    • 50
      jgm2 says:


      Britain’s biggest selling popular daily newspaper, The Sun, subsequently carried the headline “Brits 45 Mins from Doom”, while the Star reported “Mad Saddam Ready to Attack: 45 Minutes from a Chemical War”, helping to create the impression among the British public that Iraq was a threat to Britain.

      I wonder where these newspapers got these silly ideas. Surely they weren’t being briefed with such misinformation by the Blair government.

      I’m sure Leveson won’t be looking into that at all.


    • 51
      Loungelizard says:

      What he said….


    • 59
      Baron Hogwash says:

      Don’t mention Tony and Gordy, Little Ed, Big Ed – 14 years of sucking up to The Sun and Murdoch. And no doubt prior to 1997, they were sucking up to The Sun to change sides – where is Mandy?


      • 112
        Desperate Dan says:

        This is called Module 3: “The relationship between the press and politicians”. Except that it isn’t. Presumably Leveson is going to devote his report to “The relationship between The Murdochs and the Conservatives”. He can’t write about anything else cos he’s shown no interest in anything else.


        • 123
          jgm2 says:

          It looks like the S&P has been dragged in. Page 100.

          Dynamite stuff.

          Alex Salmond called. He had a very good meeting with the Editor of the Sun in Scotland yesterday.

          The Sun is now keen to back the SNP at the election. The Editor will make his pitch to the Editorial team tomorrow.

          Alex wanted to see whether we could help smooth the way for the process.


          He also asked whether we could go for dinner at Bute House before the election campaign kicks off on the 22nd March.

          On the Sky bid he will make himself available to support the debate if consulation is launched.


  21. 58

    I’m going to get to the bottom of James Murdoch


  22. 60
    Loungelizard says:

    The way I see it. Tory party…Honestish but stupid…..Labour….Totally dishonest and dangerous.


  23. 62
    The public says:

    Who is Jeremy Hunt?


    • 72
      Marlboro Man says:

      Didn’t he use to get pissed, shag loads of nubile chicks and then drive some Heath Robinson car around the Nurburgring at 200mph?


    • 77
      Sir William Waad says:

      Isn’t he that comedian who, incapable of humour, tries to engage his humourless audience’s sympathy by making a dispay of socialism?


  24. 65
    Gordon Brown says:

    Nothing, unless you grease the big gadge’s palm first.


  25. 67
    Scarlet(t) Pimpernel nee O'Hara says:

    Innocuous comment : Did these servers by any chance reside in a bank in Panama City or … erm … say for instance … well… Geneva ??


  26. 71
  27. 74

    The murdoch’s , Rebekka Brookes Cameron , Osbourne all having a jolly together
    no dodgy deals being done ,

    nothing to see here move along


  28. 76
    Hard of Hearing says:

    Oh Hunt ? Is the name Hunt with an “H” ??

    Oh now all is clear .

    Sorry my hearing’s awful

    Fisrt off I understood his surname to be something quite different …. poor chap


  29. 80
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Hunt was always a Murdoch cheerleader.
    Silly Huhne.


  30. 81
    spy-in-a-bag says:

    Who the hell is Christopher Hope?


  31. 84
    Brillo says:


  32. 86

    So Mr Murdoch ; You no nothing , you never spoke to anyone , nobody ever sent you an email , you never attended any meetings , your phone never rang , you never met with anybody involved in anything , and everything else you don’t remember , even though your company was paying out millions of pounds to people you never thought once to ask to who and why
    JM : Correct !
    Thank you Mr Murdoch for sparing us some time from your busy schedule
    and coming here to tell us the truth , you leave here with your integrity intact


    • 97
      James Murdoch says:

      You’re very welcome, Sir Penis. By the way, thank you for subscribing and buying into our products. Daddy is everso grateful.


  33. 90
    Minister on the Ropes watch says:

    I suppose Jeremy can take solace in that he is not called Mike


  34. 92
    Jimmy says:

    Only the crosshairs can save him now.


  35. 95
    Lucky Dave says:

    Dave must be pleased. If it weren’t for Hunt then his dinner date with James and Rebekah would be the headlines.


  36. 100
    genghiz the kahn says:

    NI = nest of vipers.

    Are we supposed to believe that malpractice was the sole preserve of Rupert Murdoch’s empire?

    Does that mean that The Mail, The BBC, The Gurniad, The Telegraph and assorted other papers were beyond suspicion, just like The Labour Party?

    Who in politics and the police and the CPS knew that NI were hacking, and decided to do nothing?


    • 107
      jgm2 says:

      They could do what they liked as long as they were printing Alistair Campbell’s news briefings as unquestioned fact.

      The second that changed Labour went for the nuclear option. The astonishing thing is that they (Labour) seem to be (so far) coming out of this smelling of roses.


      • 111
        genghiz the kahn says:

        It seems extraordinary that NI’s malpractice, wrongdoing pre-dates Cameron’s Coalition, yet Leveson is not pointing the figure at ZaNuLabour appointed cops, lawyers, civil servants and the big boys in Blair and Brown’s government.

        Much of the hacking was going on long before Call Me Omnishambles Dave took office. Yet XaNuLabour are getting off lightly.

        Who knew, what and when?


        • 113
          Tony Blair says:

          Love to stop and chat but I’m really busy pip pip



          • Pawn Sandwich says:

            In for a penny in for a pound.


          • SIR PENIS EVERHARD QC says:

            Oh come on ! a little torture never hurt anyone ‘ Anywho i have seen a dossier on those oil workers and i firmly believe they were about to launch a chemical attack on the capital which they could have organised in just 45 minutes There is overwhelming evidence to support this and as a result , my extremely large fee !
            Toodle pip
            just off to the Middle East see if i can stir up another war !


  37. 102
    I drive a Skoda says:

    Have you noticed Jimmy Murdoch is a lot happier talking about Tv than he is NofW.

    I have tried phoning JH this afternoon to discuss one or two things but he wont return my calls!


  38. 110

    There is absolutely no truth in the suggestion that
    News international ran out of Brown Envelopes !


    • 114
      Gordoooooon Brown says:

      Correct I gave them loads. They didn’t send them all back though and some were empty !


  39. 115
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    I took the time and trouble to write an e mail to Hunt when he asked for views on the Bsky B deal.

    I never had an acknowledgment or reply.

    I suspect it went straight in the delete folder .


  40. 119

    Call me Dave : I never discussed the BskyB takeover with James Cameron !
    James Murdoch : yes i did discuss BskyB deal with Cameron

    OH DEAR !


  41. 121

    Breaking News : Cameron “I have full confidence in Jeremy Hunt”

    I think you had better start worrying who if anyone has any confidence in you !


    • 134
      inside- out says:

      Call me Dave instigated this enquiry,should have remembered never ask questions unless you know the answers.He obviously does know whats going on in his Government.


  42. 126
    ian says:

    I’m starting to have doubts about the honesty of politicians


  43. 133
    Leam Stacey says:

    LOL – He’s toast!!!


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