April 24th, 2012

James Murdoch Skewers Hunt

James Murdoch has given the British establishment another lesson in mid-Atlantic business speak this morning. The long drawn out discussion has thrown up some interesting snippets so far. Not least was the discussion around a Christmas dinner foolishly attended by the Prime Minister at Rebekah Brooks’ house, which Guido broke a day before the Guardian claimed the scoop. You read it right here first…

Murdoch Jr. confessed that the BSkyB bid had come up at said dinner: “It was a tiny side conversation, it was not a discussion.” Which is somewhat different to what government spinners have said previously. A nervous No.10 will be thinking it could have been a lot worse, but this is still a potential breach of the Ministerial Code as Labour pointed out at the time.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was not so lucky though. Murdoch coughed that Hunt was essentially his back-channel point man for the deal after Vince Cable made clear that a meeting was not going to happen. The chief inquisitor Mr Jay called him Hunt a “cheerleader” and his statements made to the Commons on the matter are looking a little shaky this afternoon…

UPDATE: Rumour reaches Guido that correspondence between Hunt, his SpAds and the Murdochs in regard to BSkyB will be published by the inquiry later. It is said to be very bad news for Hunt.

UPDATE II: Hundreds of pages of emails will be released covering conversations with Hunt’s staff and Murdoch staff. At 4pm…


  1. 1
    Idiot Hunt says:

    The BBC are going to et themselves with this.


    • 2
      Idiot Hunt says:



      • 46
        Cameron's Vichy Conservatives says:

        Well, Camoron declared himself a great supporter of the BBC, so he deserves everything he gets from that odious organisation


        • 97
          Hang The Bastards says:

          Camoron, an un trustworthy self serving nest feathering lying toad. no better then Blair.

          Please Santa please send us a true Tory conviction politician, to replace the corrupt lying EU supporting bastard that we have now


          • Trahison des Clercs says:



          • Trahison des Clercs says:

            What is an R,B.?


          • Media=Police=State says:

            Its a bit of a shame, but what a monumental Fu-k up that the STATE are responsible. You cant tell me that GCHQ didn’t know of the hacking of ministers phones or prince charles or any other person who they follow. Why the Fu-k did they not put a stop to it earlier, or was it an arms length transaction and tool to control those in the public eye.
            Any Closet politician would be shitting themselves, Why did the NOW hold back? What Black mail was used? These intelligence tools had to be used we will never know how and by who.


        • 114
          Archie says:

          And here comes Rupert to get his revenge! What’s that saying about falling between two stools?


    • 5
      Larry the cat says:

      What does omnishambles mean? Everyone around here keeps on saying it.


    • 10
      Revenge says:

      I think you will find that Murdoch is no fool and he is deliberately stitching up Dave for setting up the Leveson inquisition. He will turn his fire on Miliband next.


    • 12
      misterned says:

      And where is the investigation into what deals labour did with the Murdoch empire when labour were in power? And what deals were done between the labour government, the Met police and the rest of the media at the time?

      I thought that the Leveson inquiry was to look into everything surrounding the hacking and the corrupt relationship between media, police and government at the time..

      However all the stuff that happened under labour’s watch and in other labour supporting media at the time has been completely ignored and the focus appears to be on nailing Murdoch and the tories.

      What the fuck is going on?


      • 28
        Loungelizard says:

        It’s the way the Left do business. With 90% of the media led by the BBC behind them they call the shots.


      • 48
        jgm2 says:

        Steady on Ned. The self-important bunch of c*unts responsible for administering justice don’t like it when you question what the fuck they’re playing at.

        The contemptible c*unts.


        In court this morning, Mr Larkin made it clear that he was not arguing that all criticism of judges was contempt of court.

        However, he said criticism which undermined public confidence in the administration of justice should not be permitted.

        Contemptible, self important, self-serving, oppressive, censoring shower of c*unts.

        Aye. We have to have confidence in the legal system and so anybody who questions it or criticizes it must be jailed. So that we can have confidence in the system. Have judges assumed divine prerogative now? Are they not to be questioned?

        Well that will certainly speed up the app*eals process.

        Welcome to the Alice in Wonderland Justice system.


        • 66
          Some Geezer wot knows a million corny jokes says:

          Apocryphal story of Mae West appeering in Court to keep her Broadway show, “Sex,” from being declared obscene and shuttered:

          Judge: “It seems the Defendant is attempting to show her contempt for this Court!”
          Mae West: “Hey, Your Honour, I’m doing my damnedest to conceal it!”


        • 95
          Just Call Me Mr. Mugabe says:

          Welcome to my world. Want to buy a Zimbabwean Corn on the Cob yours for 300 000 000 000 000 Zimbabwean dollars very cheap! I love the Chinese soon they will run my country for me!


    • 23
      misterned says:

      I am beginning to wonder if Tony Blair, Alistair Campell, Peter Mandelson and Gordon Brown were not joined in the early days of New Labour by David Cameron and George Osborne. Did they send them in to do to the Conservatives, what Blair, Mandelson et al did to labour?

      Why else is the Leveson Inquiry ignoring what labour were doing in power when the hacking was actually happening?


    • 49
      yeah, right.... says:

      Perhaps. But it looks as though Jim Naughtie was right all along.


    • 92
      jake says:

      jeremy hunt a lying Hunt,
      dave posh boy cameron should sack him for leaking everything to the james murdock


  2. 3
    Gary Jones says:

    Manuel strikes again “I know nothing”


  3. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    I really don’t give a shit


    • 13
      WVM says:

      Neither do I to be honest, I mean how long does this charade have to go on for.



      • 31
        dewberry says:

        Makes watching paint dry interesting, it’s not as if any of them are gonna be hung drawn and quartered is it? No entertainment value whatsoever. My navel fluff suddenly looks intriguing.


      • 42
        The Angel of Dearth says:

        I Leveson’s charging us by the hour, my guess is this will go on for as long as he can drag it out.


        • 56
          jgm2 says:

          He might be charging by the hour. But his big pay-off will come from the verdict.

          Which we must all pretend we didn’t know in advance.


  4. 6
    Brillo says:


  5. 7
    Mike Litorus says:

    I am still wondering why Murdoch hasn’t opened the old NOTW safe and dropped a few of the backstabbing MPs right in the shit…


    • 16
      misterned says:

      Perhaps he is waiting for the outcome of the inquiry first, to see who needs to be nailed hardest to the wall.

      Either that or there is some conspiracy to eradicate any conservative opposition to the “third way” lefty liberal corporatism which is ruining this country and is rife across the EU.


    • 64
      Maximus says:

      If you have an IED, it works better if you have something over it when it goes off. Murdochs are always looking at least a couple of years down the line. They have already started making their moves. Maximus’ tip: watch Alex the Salmon. When Alex starts to leap, watch how the Pasty Boy is going to sweat. The moment will be almost then.


      • 72
        Maximus says:

        And another little tell. In 1997 who went to see who? That’s right – Miranda flew half way across the world to practice her fellatio skills. In 2012 who went to see who?


  6. 8
    WVM says:

    The Guardian is forever claiming scoops they’ve stolen from others, maybe they could tell us when Ken gonna publish, now that would be a scoop.


  7. 11
    Jimmy says:

    What an absolute Jeremy.


    • 25
      Gordon Brown says:

      Snowdrops and daffodils
      Butterflies and bees
      Sailboats and fishermen
      Things of the sea
      Wedding bells
      Early morning dew
      All kinds of everything remind me of poo


      • 88
        Nurse Botha says:

        Yes, dear. Very poetic, Mr. Brown. Seeing your butterflies reminds me that the ladies have been complaining of a rather salty tang to the Lurpak in recent days. Please stop it.


    • 33
      Gonk says:

      Newsreaders everywhere saying a silent prayer.


    • 75
      Maximus says:

      Dinnae ken glasgae rhyming slang.


  8. 17
    A Smug git says:


    • 30

      To all londoners.

      Please, please make sure Ken does not get voted in as Mayor.

      The main reason being that if he overturned ‘Galloway proportion odds’ with ‘all the right wing wing, and some of the left wing, press against him’ we’ll never, ever hear the end of it.


  9. 20
    Biker Woods says:

    If Dave has to go, will Nick be the PM?


    • 32
      The Angel of Dearth says:

      What a horrible thought.

      Slightly OT:

      “Mr Cameron’s three-point lead a month ago has been replaced by an eight-point lead for Labour leader Ed Miliband.

      A YouGov poll for The Sun put Labour on 45 per cenr, 13 points ahead of Tories on 32 per cent.

      David Cameron sought yesterday to blame the Government’s recent difficulties on communication problems.” – Daily Mailygraph

      “communication problems”? Too right. The public are talking but he ain’t listening.


      • 40
        misterned says:

        Very true. In fact it is finally seeping through to a ridiculously patient public, that Cameron has never fucking listened to the British people.


        • 52
          The Angel of Dearth says:

          He does listen if you give him £250,000 first. So I’m told.


        • 58
          Anonymous says:

          He get’s all his policy ideas by listening to the jolly crowds at the Notting Hill Carnival as they pass by his window.


          • I Remember You Hoo says:

            Most Notting Hill residents use private security companies to guard their properties during “Carnival”. Whilst they retreat out of the place until after the streets have been cleared and the blood, piss and shite, is washed off the pavements.


      • 41
        Vimeiro says:

        And ironically EdM has been on holiday and not opened his mouth.


        • 47
          The Angel of Dearth says:

          That is an important factor that I had foolishly not considered.


          • jgm2 says:

            It is no coincidence that Brown’s popularity plummeted from the second he became PM. No longer wheeled out for a single well-rehearsed budget speech once a year but subject to daily questioning and media coverage. Suddenly the public realised why the economy was so fucked and why the Maximum Imbecile was so incapable of fixing it.

            Same goes for Vacant Ned. While his whiny, nasal head-prefect voice and Wallace-off-Wallace-and-Grommit face is kept out of voter consciousness then he has a chance in opinion polls. The problem for Vacant Ned comes the second voters get a glimpse of him or hear him sp*eak.

            And, like Kinnock, they have to ask themselves ‘Is this really the person I want to be negotiating around a table with the Russians or the French or the yanks…? Is this really the face I want projected of the UK around the world as the embodiment of bulldog spi*rit..?’


        • 112
          joescotus says:

          any one of putins recent shites would defeat neddy the edd


      • 59
        Your Guess says:

        The trouble is that cameron thinks that to govern is to talk. He has not actually done anything, except have a few photos taken. The public can sense his laziness.


        • 81
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          Cameron is not lazy, the errand boy works very hard for his masters.


        • 85
          jgm2 says:

          Never underestimate the art of doing nothing when in government.

          When you look at the utter clusterfuck the last crowd of jackasses made by attempting to app*ear busy. Changing this, changing that, tweaking the other..

          If Cameron would actually do nothing then it would be a great mercy. For starters we’d be 6 or 7bn quid better from money we hadn’t handed the I*r*ish. And another 10bn quid better off for the money we didn’t hand to the IMF. And so on and so forth.


          • Ivan Idea says:

            Quite so, but if he actually did do something – like undoing and repealing all the shit we have had heaped on us during the dark reign maybe he would earn some real brownis points from the voters.


          • Ivan Idea says:

            Yes, but if he actually did do something – like undoing and repealing all the shit heaped on us during the Labour years, just maybe he will start to earn some real brownie points with the voters.


          • Ivan Idea says:

            Sod it, forget me veggies again!


            Ivan Idea says:
            Your comment is awaiting moderation.

            April 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

            Quite so, but if he actually did do something – like undoing and repeeeeling all the shit we have had heaped on us during the dark reign maybe he would earn some real browwnie points from the voters.


  10. 22
    Yes Prime Minister says:

    I dont work for Murdoch I work for you the people of Britain visit my web site it clearly says so……..would I lie?



  11. 24
    BBC NEWS says:

    Cheerleader, Mr Cuηt, James Murdoch, Leveson, phone hacking, David Cameron, George Osborne, Vince Cable, bias… YES BIAS, BSKYB, bid information, official meeting, NOTW, posh boys, price of milk, Cheerleader, Mr Cuηt, James Murdoch, Leveson, phone hacking, David Cameron, George Osborne, Vince Cable, bias… YES BIAS, BSKYB, bid information, official meeting, NOTW, posh boys, price of milk, Cheerleader, Mr Cuηt, James Murdoch, Leveson, phone hacking, David Cameron, George Osborne, Vince Cable, bias… YES BIAS, BSKYB, bid information, official meeting, NOTW, posh boys, price of milk, Cheerleader, Mr Cuηt, James Murdoch, Leveson, phone hacking, David Cameron, George Osborne, Vince Cable, bias… YES BIAS, BSKYB, bid information, official meeting, NOTW, posh boys, price of milk…

    Now here’s the weather with Laura Tobin.


  12. 34
    NO to immigration says:

    Least he hasnt let in all the foreigners like Labour did


  13. 49
    Dave's OK...Well at least his promises are says:

    I can’t understand why everyone is pissed off with Dave. Has he not promised, a referendum on the EU, to halt immigration, not to give one penny more to the Euro zone and to tell the ECHR to fuck off?


    • 63
      Dave is a bit of a disappointment says:

      What Heir-to-Blair says and what he does are, sadly, two very different things.

      To whit: he imposed ever-increasing economy-strangling green taxes on us to force us to reduce our CO2 emissions, yet when in Washington DC he got on board the Presidential Boeing 747 for a 70-minute flight to watch a basketball match then hopped back on the Boeing 747 for the 70 minute return-flight to DC.


      • 71
        jgm2 says:

        I think the plane was going with or without him. He might as well have a joy-ride. And the thought that the Maximum Imbecile would have been chewing his tongue and spitting blood giving it..

        ‘It’s not fair – I used to be PM too and I had to settle for a couple of words in the hotel kitchen – that should have been me. I saved the world you know…’

        Well that makes it worth every ounce of CO2.


  14. 62
    bang says:

    Well Jeremy hunt is a gonner now. Dynamite just released at Leveson.

    A shame really as I quite like him.


  15. 65
    not Bernie Grant says:

    The new MP for Tottenham


  16. 68
    lastofthesummervintage says:

    and Cameron promised to clean up politics LOL
    another lie from the spin doctor Blair Mk 11


  17. 70
    bergen says:

    I don’t know whether it was vanity or stupidity that caused Cameron to think that socialising with Murdoch and his disgusting entourage could be at all to his benefit.

    Whatever-he is now very damaged goods indeed. He’s even made Cable look statesmanlike. The heir to Blair.

    Presumably Hunt’s toast.


  18. 74
    Posh Boys R Us says:

    Let them eat pasties!


  19. 78
    jkrsdghuie says:

    bell tolling (for someone reading this blog perhaps?!)
    Bongggg! Bongggggg! Bongggggg!
    If this was WWE wrestling, The Undertaker would turn up and kill Hunt and Cameron.


  20. 82
    yeppie says:

    Hunt did incur The Wrath Of God, by recently suing Christian radio. Divine retribution?


  21. 87
    Anonymous says:

    And the old question still unanswered: did the Murdoch stable hack the phone of Hunt before the election, we should be told what dirt they might have had on him, for dirt they had.


  22. 96
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    We are definitely “All in this Together”


  23. 98
    Ammanita Phalloides says:

    Hunt- never trust a Carthusian, especially the variety of scum that floats to the top.


  24. 104
    Desperate Dan says:

    Chris Bryant’s chum Evgeny Lebedev is making smart alec tweets about Hunt. That explains why Lebedev was treated with kid gloves by Leveson yesterday. He’s one of Leveson’s collaborators who can’t wait to get his hands on Sky.


  25. 105
    Desperate Dan says:

    How many times a day is Robert Jay required to mention The Guardian in order to qualify for his advertising fees?


  26. 107
    Sigmund Freud's Couch says:

    In my considered and professional opinion based on studies of similar subjects over many years the tenor of Mr Runt’s eyes belie him to be on the borders of sociopathic insanity .

    Again based on my multi year experience this marks him out as an eminently suitable candidate for a future Prime Minister.


  27. 108
    Hawkeye says:

    Moddy are you asleep ? You’ve allowed shrodinger two identical insertions at 2.35 and 2.38 .


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